the reluctant songwriter of Cottonhead, is also a reluctant studio owner,
reluctant record producer and full time father living in the New York City
area. His work has appeared in film and television, and his musical accompaniment
has helped sell products which have made your life much better. His years
of toil in the studio have led to semi-successful projects with such rock
luminaries as the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Beck, Pavement, Pussy Galore,
the Walkmen and, of course, the French Kicks.
Birdsong is an actress and comedienne whose one woman show
'Judy Speaks: Gumm's Last Tape' is currently in production at the Ars Nova theater
in New York City. She recently starred in Elaine May's off-Broadway comedy "Adult
Entertainment" with Danny Aiello and Jeannie Berlin, and has just completed
shooting the new CBS tv pilot "Rubbing Charlie"(starring Scott Wolfe).
Other tv credits include NBC's "ED", "Contest Searchlight",
"The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart", "Late Friday", and was a
series regular ("Connie") in the CBS sitcom "Welcome to New York"
with Christine Baranski. Film credits include "Above Freezing," "Let
It Snow," "In God's Hands," (starring Peter Sarsgaard) and "The
Last Request" (starring Danny Aiello).
Jansen is a drummer and law student. In addition to Cottonhead
she has worked with Dorothy Scott, Folkstone, Princess Superstar, the Gamma
Rays and Alton Maddux.
Chatzky, when not busy playing bass guitar with the Cottonhead
all-star band, has worked with a variety of artists including Bruce Springsteen,
Ronnie Spector,The Gotham Playboys, Julia Greenberg, They Might Be Giants and
Laura Cantrell. He has also performed in the rock musicals "Hedwig and
the Angry Inch", and "People are Wrong" in New York.
Mendelson is the glue without which there would be no Cottonhead.
His commitment to level-headedness has seen the band through many a difficult
decade. In addition to the piano and organ, Joe has at various times pummeled
the band together with bass, drums, kalimba and accordian. He was the singer
in Rise Robots Rise, the pianist with Joe Henry and the guitarist in Acts Magdelena.