Hazard spoke recently about his best known work.

"Escalator of Life" back in the 80s, that was poetry that was on the mark, the song hit the nail on the head," said Hazard. "Now I just feel the music I'm writing now, and the music I'm doing brings me much more pleasure. Some people expect to hear 'Escalator' and leave disappointed when they don't hear it."

Hazard then went on to say that he expects his fans to be nostalgic.

"Amazingly there aren't that many people who aren't disappointed and do enjoy the new music," he said. "My audience has changed a great deal over the years and they are more interested in the things I say now than they did then."

Hazard said that he still does play songs from the 80s, including "Out of the Blue" and "Hang Out With You," although he did say that during a recent Atlantic City show he did do "Escalator."

"As part of a co-bill with Southside Johnny we did "Escalator" because that was really a nostalgia show, you have to catch me the right way."

Hazard talked about his latest release "Seventh Lake" which is his first CD since "Blue Mountain," a mountain acoustic CD, and "How," a rock CD.

"'The Seventh Lake' comes from the mountains, Camp Lure rests on the seventh lake...," said Hazard. "'Pretty Little Thing' is about my daughter Corina, and it is about her life in general," he said. "She's my oldest daughter from my previous marriage."

Hazard's sons, Remy, 15, and Rex, 11, sometimes travel with dad.

"My kids play all of my old songs and some of my new ones," said Hazard. "Both boys play guitar. They might follow in my footsteps, or they'll be surfers."

When asked why he chose Steel City in Phoenixville, Hazard said that he knows former manager Debbie Calligan.

"She knows everyone in the music business, she's a great woman and she told me about the coffee house," he said. "I hear it's a great place to play, an intimate area that holds close to a 100."

"When I started out, I was a folk singer going to coffee houses," he said. "It was the rock and roll that was a detour. I didn't start rock until 27 or 28 and really got into it for awhile, then it took me a long time to find myself as a writer. It took some hard work and discipline, but three years ago it really hit me. I wrote a lot of songs that are in the vein of "Seventh Lake."

Hazard talked about recent touring in the area.

"The crowds have been unbelievable," he said. "We had a great time at The Point, played at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the music went over really well. We're starting to get some airplay on WXPN."

For tonight's show Hazard will bring the whole band, and when he plays at the shore he often uses just a guitarist and bassist.

He spoke about his former bandmates. Kenny Bernard still plays drums behind Hazard after 25 years, but Hazard hasn't kept in touch of the rest of the Heroes.

"We just lost touch with each other over the years," he said. "We've moved apart from each other. That happens and life goes on. I've never been a big nostalgia buff."

Hazard splits his time when away from the road in the Adirondacks and Florida.

"I'm more creative in the Adirondacks," said Hazard. "I have more time and its less hectic. It's easy to sit around and write, although I wrote a couple of songs here today, so I'm not doing too bad in Florida."

His home in Florida was damaged by recent hurricanes.

"The devastation is unbelievable," he said. "Our house got hit by the strongest band of the storm, the roof blew off and it rained for three days. My neighbors houses are totally gone. All my memorabilia was in the garage. Everything is fine there. The stuff in the garage is fine - not a drop of water.

"It was quite an experience. Francis effected us worse. Once we were getting over Francis, Jeannie came along. We're living in a rented house while the other one is being re-built.

Staff Writer Bill Rettew, Jr. contributed to this article.

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