|JAMES HURLEY: Described by Folkworks magazine as "One of the Top Ten Live Acoustic Male Singer-Songwriters in L.A." James Hurley’s eloquent guitar, smooth voice, and masterful writing combine to create a seductive blend of jazzy, blues-pop-folk that has been called "Americana, on-the-rocks....with a twist". His fourth solo release “Voice & Guitar” reinforces his well-deserved reputation as a consistently compelling artist whose music is a reflection of the life he lives. When James Hurley comes into town - you can expect a treat of a night! He is such a great guitarist and vocalist - high range - low range - uber intelligent, delightful, fun songs, he’ll make you laugh for sure. Very entertaining and not like anyone else you’ve ever heard. We will be meeting in a beautiful home in Carmel Valley. Everyone is invited to bring a bottle and an appetizer and we have a full on house party concert. Great way to meet people and feel comfortable in this gorgeous setting - backyard goes on for miles. RSVP at 831-235-7662 or email me and I’ll send you directions. About: James tours up and down the California coastline up to Oregon and back and we are very happy to have him share his new creations with us. Did you know he use to be a bull rider in the Salinas rodeo? Guess he liked playing the guitar better. Please come and enjoy his cleverness. He is a dear friend who is well worth the travel.|
Singer/Songwriter Ben MallottSinger/Songwriter
|Local Monterey, CA based guitarist, singer, and songwriter had recently relocated to Nashville Tenessee to connect with Troy Luccketta (Tesla) and Phil Keaggy - will be in town doing a show - with me! Please come and hear his goodness.|
|Sean Ryan, the popular and talented Monterey singer/songwriter, opens the night with his soft pop sound captured in the style of John Mayer, Van Morrison, and Norah Jones. His latest CD, “Heart & Soul,” demonstrates his writing prowess, which he skillfully displays in his live performances.|
|Born into a musical family in Germany in the 60’s, Hans was first introduced to classical music by his grandmother, a Chopin & Brahms loving pianist. His mother had aspirations of being an opera singer but that dream was truncated by the second World War. Hans’ biggest influence was his uncle Walter, who was an accomplished Jazz pianist that shared the music of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Gershwin early on. His father blasted a mix of Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and Baden Powell through gigantic HiFi speakers, which were common fashion at the time. Hans’ inner rebel countered with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Then on to Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Genesis, Yes, Pat Metheny and Steely Dan. By the age of sixteen Hans was clear about one thing – becoming a professional musician! At seventeen he had a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music, but with a high exchange rate, the cost of living in Boston was too high, so his second choice was the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland. At that time it was the only music school in Europe that offered a Jazz/Pop program rather than solely a classical education. Quickly realizing that this was no substitute for Berklee, Hans decided to go old school and moved back to Germany to play and tour fulltime. Within a few years he established himself as a guitar player, singer and bassist. He branched out into Pop and Rock music, writing for TV and performing with his own Band CHAO besides accompanying Robert Palmer on German TV. Spellbound is a collection of songs and a carefully crafted piece of art, each like a chapter in a book. They follow each other in an order that reflects an overall mood and experience of life. In 1979 I chose the life of a musician. 33 years later after a three-year consecutive tour with my odometer passing 300,000 miles I decided to take a break. I planned on a year Sabbatical, which quickly turned into two years. During that time I had moments of inspiration when I worked on small projects. I took part in a Gershwin show and recorded a meditation album after a Yoga retreat in Hawaii. The big picture was still in question and I decided to go on a listening adventure. I wanted to rediscover my love for music and take a deep look into my passion and why I always wanted to be a musician. I listened to Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Santana and then Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Brazilian music. I had to get current and revisited my American roots in California. I recorded in Fresno with my friends Eva Scow and Kevin Hill, both world class musicians I had watched grow up over the last 15 years. I knew that I did not have to explain one single thing about how to play my music. We literally just started recording. Most tracks on the album were a first take. Once the basics were recorded I invited Myra Joy to play cello. She and I have a history travelling the west coast during my Young Amelia album tour and I felt that she would make a great addition to the sound of Spellbound. Then I added with local Ray Moore. I cannot express how pleased I was with the overall result of the recording. I was very fortunate to line up an A-team in L.A. for the mixing with Michael James and mastering with David Donnelly. Brad Oliphant, one of my favorite fine arts photographers from New York City, was recruited for the album art. After he listened to a few tracks he suggested his a photograph of the “Nigella Spider Flower”. Needless to say that I was completely taken and mesmerized by its beauty and thus it became the cover art. Please enjoy my latest creation - Spellbound Hans York, Dallas, Feb 2015 ABOUTBIO Born into a musical family in Germany in the 60’s, Hans was first introduced to classical music by his grandmother, a Chopin & Brahms loving pianist. His mother had aspirations of being an opera singer but that dream was truncated by the second World War. Hans’ biggest influence was his uncle Walter, who was an accomplished Jazz pianist that shared the music of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Gershwin early on. His father blasted a mix of Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and Baden Powell through gigantic HiFi speakers, which were common fashion at the time. Hans’ inner rebel countered with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Then on to Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Genesis, Yes, Pat Metheny and Steely Dan. By the age of sixteen Hans was clear about one thing – becoming a professional musician! At seventeen he had a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music, but with a high exchange rate, the cost of living in Boston was too high, so his second choice was the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland. At that time it was the only music school in Europe that offered a Jazz/Pop program rather than solely a classical education. Quickly realizing that this was no substitute for Berklee, Hans decided to go old school and moved back to Germany to play and tour fulltime. Within a few years he established himself as a guitar player, singer and bassist. He branched out into Pop and Rock music, writing for TV and performing with his own Band CHAO besides accompanying Robert Palmer on German TV. In the late 80’s Hans decided to follow his heart and moved to Rio De Janeiro to study Brazilian music. It had always fascinated him and his original compositions were influenced by artists like Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, Djavan and Caetano Veloso. Hans returned to Germany and brought back the rhythms, sensitivity and richness found in Brazilian music. After a time of readjustment to his native country he started recording his first solo album “Hazzazar”. Around the same time he toured as a bass player with the New York Broadway Ensemble (West Side Story), played throughout Europe with master harp player Ruediger Oppermann, and performed a Concerto as soloist on fretless bass with the “Ars Quittilinga” Chamber Orchestra. (Concerto was written by contemporary East German composer, Thomas Koenig). Hans co-founded the German World-music cult band, Moka Efti, and they recorded/produced three CDs. The third album, Fata Morgana, features the late US saxophonist Charlie Mariano and producer/saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein. After his second German album “Sau Gut” was recorded, Hans became enamored with the idea of taking his talents to where the singer/songwriter scene was really happening - America. Without any promise of a record contract and less than a handful of American acquaintances, this adventurous musician set out to continue his career in a strange country. Spellbound is a collection of songs and a carefully crafted piece of art, each like a chapter in a book. They follow each other in an order that reflects an overall mood and experience of life. In 1979 I chose the life of a musician. 33 years later after a three-year consecutive tour with my odometer passing 300,000 miles I decided to take a break. I planned on a year Sabbatical, which quickly turned into two years. During that time I had moments of inspiration when I worked on small projects. I took part in a Gershwin show and recorded a meditation album after a Yoga retreat in Hawaii. The big picture was still in question and I decided to go on a listening adventure. I wanted to rediscover my love for music and take a deep look into my passion and why I always wanted to be a musician. I listened to Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Santana and then Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Brazilian music. I had to get current and revisited my American roots in California. I recorded in Fresno with my friends Eva Scow and Kevin Hill, both world class musicians I had watched grow up over the last 15 years. I knew that I did not have to explain one single thing about how to play my music. We literally just started recording. Most tracks on the album were a first take. Once the basics were recorded I invited Myra Joy to play cello. She and I have a history travelling the west coast during my Young Amelia album tour and I felt that she would make a great addition to the sound of Spellbound. Then I added with local Ray Moore. I cannot express how pleased I was with the overall result of the recording. I was very fortunate to line up an A-team in L.A. for the mixing with Michael James and mastering with David Donnelly. Brad Oliphant, one of my favorite fine arts photographers from New York City, was recruited for the album art. After he listened to a few tracks he suggested his a photograph of the “Nigella Spider Flower”. Needless to say that I was completely taken and mesmerized by its beauty and thus it became the cover art. Please enjoy my latest creation - Spellbound Hans York, Dallas, Feb 2015 ABOUTBIO Born into a musical family in Germany in the 60’s, Hans was first introduced to classical music by his grandmother, a Chopin & Brahms loving pianist. His mother had aspirations of being an opera singer but that dream was truncated by the second World War. Hans’ biggest influence was his uncle Walter, who was an accomplished Jazz pianist that shared the music of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Gershwin early on. His father blasted a mix of Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and Baden Powell through gigantic HiFi speakers, which were common fashion at the time. Hans’ inner rebel countered with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Then on to Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Genesis, Yes, Pat Metheny and Steely Dan. By the age of sixteen Hans was clear about one thing – becoming a professional musician! At seventeen he had a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music, but with a high exchange rate, the cost of living in Boston was too high, so his second choice was the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, Switzerland. At that time it was the only music school in Europe that offered a Jazz/Pop program rather than solely a classical education. Quickly realizing that this was no substitute for Berklee, Hans decided to go old school and moved back to Germany to play and tour fulltime. Within a few years he established himself as a guitar player, singer and bassist. He branched out into Pop and Rock music, writing for TV and performing with his own Band CHAO besides accompanying Robert Palmer on German TV. In the late 80’s Hans decided to follow his heart and moved to Rio De Janeiro to study Brazilian music. It had always fascinated him and his original compositions were influenced by artists like Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, Djavan and Caetano Veloso. Hans returned to Germany and brought back the rhythms, sensitivity and richness found in Brazilian music. After a time of readjustment to his native country he started recording his first solo album “Hazzazar”. Around the same time he toured as a bass player with the New York Broadway Ensemble (West Side Story), played throughout Europe with master harp player Ruediger Oppermann, and performed a Concerto as soloist on fretless bass with the “Ars Quittilinga” Chamber Orchestra. (Concerto was written by contemporary East German composer, Thomas Koenig). Hans co-founded the German World-music cult band, Moka Efti, and they recorded/produced three CDs. The third album, Fata Morgana, features the late US saxophonist Charlie Mariano and producer/saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein. After his second German album “Sau Gut” was recorded, Hans became enamored with the idea of taking his talents to where the singer/songwriter scene was really happening - America. Without any promise of a record contract and less than a handful of American acquaintances, this adventurous musician set out to continue his career in a strange country. His 2005 American release, Inside Out, established him as a masterful storyteller, multi-instrumentalist and a producer with a deep musical palette. As one writer said, it introduced an artist who was “… delicate, expressive and highly evocative.” His next release, the 2008 Young Amelia, was a natural progression as Hans was lauded for his “sweet, comfy tenor and expressive acoustic guitar work that place him in the upper echelon of music makers.” During the same year Hans was a winner at the esteemed Kerrville New Folk Festival. In 2009 he decided to go on the road full time playing 250+ shows per year. Late in 2011 Hans recorded Heard or Herded? with Producer Evan Brubaker and a band of Seattle rockers whose hard-hitting musicianship was an ideal compliment to the endeavor. Hans kept on his full time touring until May 2012 after which he to a break from the road. In 2013 a yoga retreat in Hawaii inspired Hans to recorded Echoes of Change, music for meditation, yoga and embodied living. The same year Hans was invited to be part of a Gershwin show in Seattle, which brought him closer to his roots in jazz and the American songbook. Then in 2014 he decided to record Spellbound in Fresno, CA with his friends Eva Scow and Kevin Hill, both world-class musicians he had watched grow up over the last 15 years. For the mix/master he trusted Los Angeles’ A team Michael James and David Donnelly. Now in 2015 Hans is back on the road delighting audiences from all over the US. If you are a serious songwriter - get yourself to this performer`s show. Listen and Learn.|
photo by ANTJE WOOLUM
JANNI LITTLEPAGE - Performing Singer Songwriter
Janni Littlepage’s career as a singer and songwriter has brought her the good fortune of working with such notable musicians, producers, and songwriters as Henry Lewy, Jon Mark Burchell, Jimmy Messina, Kenny Loggins, Malcolm Seagrave, Bruce Kunkel, Rob Harris, Kenny Edwards, Al Kooper, Chris Brubeck and Daniel Brubeck among many others.
Her song, “A Rain of Angels”, co-written with Michael Dulaney, appears on Lila McCann’s platinum debut album on Asylum Records.
A Northern California native, Janni has come full circle, returning to the Monterey Peninsula after living away in Los Angeles and Nashville for 20 years. Her musical style has been described as richly cinematic contemporary folk. And her songs, uplifting and poignant themes, tell stories of many journeys towards redemption, renewal & awakening.
Her new album, “Strange Angels” was released last Autumn.
|Originally from Newport, RI, recording artist Lisa Nemzo is known for her show stopping, over-the-neck harmonic 12-string guitar solos. Highly regarded by fellow musicians, she has released eight CD’s, three on German label Metronome/Polygram, garnering worldwide fans. Nemzo’s catalog of charted songs includes: “Walking on Ice”, “I Don’t Wanna’ Fool With Love”, “Hard for a Girl Like Me”(Europe) “Hot Summer Nights”—hit song for Harvey Mason / Lee Ritenour’s “Stone Mason”— “Stayin’ With It” a Tom Snow hit song, duet with Rick Roberts/Firefall— “Feel the Night” duet with Baxter Robertson in Karate Kid— “Short Cut,” hit single on “Here’s to Love” & “Greatest Hits” by Tanya Tucker. Lisa’s project ‘Arlington’ is a song and short film based on the true story of a young serviceman who died defending our country. His mother drives to Arlington National Cemetery to visit his grave. The song and film is a call to action to help our fallen and wounded warriors and their families. “Arlington” won Best Merit Award 2012 for Best Music Video/ACCOLADE FILM FESTIVAL La Jolla, CA. Visit the website HERE to find out why the Washington Post called this video and song: “An Anthem for Our Generation”. “Restless Soul” Lisa’s title track for her CD “Restless Soul” was featured on Vol 8 Fast Folk CD and was entered into the Smithsonian Institute representing the best of folk music from the 1990’s. It was featured in the documentary “Bear Down” included songs from Melissa Etheridge and Jewell. Lisa’s CD, “Unlock My Heart,” (Dream Wild Records) was culled from her catalogue of over 400 self-penned songs. The album is a renaissance of romantic edged tunes with catchy melodies and infectious riffs. “Hidden Message” Call to Arts! Winner: Lisa Nemzo: For Vision and Imagination. The lead single and video, “Reach,” won Best Environmental Music Video of 2009, from Green Screen Environmental Film Festival & Salon. During her celebrated career, Lisa toured with artists Bonnie Raitt, Heart, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Christopher Cross, Firefall, and Hall and Oates, just to name a few. Nemzo threw her producer hat in the ring with all critically acclaimed projects for Marc & The Plattitudes CD “Bitter & Sweet” and EP “Blue Collar,” Carey Appel’s “House of Cards” ; Bad Ass Boots, all female Oakland-based Rockabilly/Americana band -EP “Gotta Give Me Something”. PRESS QUOTES ‘Arlington’ captures grief of fallen soldier’s mother…It’s occasionally good to be reminded that for much of this country, the word “Arlington” refers only to Arlington National Cemetery, and military loss. Here is a new song and video called “Arlington” by singer-songwriter Lisa Nemzo and lyricist Artie Colatrella, about the cemetery’s lasting presence in the lives of the families of fallen American soldiers. If you watch it, you won’t soon forget it. Arlington: An Anthem for a new generation.” YouTube over one million views http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7aUSzRhZps Tom Jackman, Washington Post “Lisa Nemzo… Unlock My Heart shows Nemzo is a songwriter of remarkable range, from stunning soul fervor to full-blown rock passion, and is in the vanguard of female artists, who not only sing and write songs, but are also masters of their instrument.” — American Songwriter Magazine LISA NEMZO: Restless Soul “Ably backed by session pros Steve Farris (ex-guitarist for Mr. Mister), Denny Fongheiser (drummer for Brian Setzer, Counting Crows) and others, this is an expertly played, produced and written album that soars due to Lisa’s crystalline, expressive vocals and her incredible knack for crafting memorable songs with heart and passion.” — Jeff Watson, (Artist Underground Joe Seta) Marc & The Plattitudes Bitter & Sweet, Produced by Lisa Nemzo “When songwriters produce other songwriters, the results are often especially compelling…Lisa Nemzo, long one of L.A.’s most revered songwriters, has produced these songs with copious and palpable love for what Platt does, lovingly framing the songs to underscore the strength of each. She started with an idea often considered arcane these days, that the song is the thing.” — Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine, Marc Platt * Blue Collar, Produced by Lisa Nemzo, … “Whole World’s Watching” …it’s both alarming and deeply haunting, and also boasts one of his most passionate vocals. Nemzo beautifully lets it simmer slowly over an acoustic guitar edge before it bursts out into many sonic directions. “Living On The Edge” …Nemzo’s production of this one is so loving and tender that it underscores the sorrow with delicate dynamism. It all comes to a close with the single Platt-Nemzo co-write “There’s a Road,” an epic cinematic journey down inevitable pathways of life. This EP is seriously good.” — Paul Zollo, Editor American Songwriter Magazine|
Open Mic - Share Your StuffSinger/Songwriter
|Come and share your stuff - it’s fun! Don`t hide your talent - share it. It makes your life richer - and others enjoy it.|
|Dan Frechette has recorded 25 solo albums and many of his songs have been covered successfully by other artists, including Canada`s The Duhks, "You Don`t See It", Australia`s The Ploughboys, "Who Will Take My Place?", and Ireland`s Dervish, "My Bride And I". These masterfully crafted songs moved a reviewer for Sing Out Magazine to declare Dan "one of the most talented singer-songwriters I`ve heard in a long time." (Mike Regenstreif, Vol. 49 #3 page 136, Fall 2005, Sing Out magazine).|
Open Mic Talent ShowcaseSinger/Songwriter
|This is fun - its free - and its interesting. Come on by and maybe you have a tune you`d like to `give it a whirl` - great supportive listeners here and you would be blown away by the talent that lies in this town.|
photo by Brett Mikels from L.A. Returns
This Friday, 1/21 from 7-9pm a dinner concert with introspective and revealing, Brett Mikels, who’s music echoes the lyrical genius of James Taylor, the soul of Stevie Wonder, and the contemporary sound of John Mayer. This blue-eyed soul singer, songwriter and guitarist subtly weaves R&B and folk into thought-provoking songs with a groove, first showcased in his debut album, “Deep Enough” (released in 2006). Each song telling a story… an experience… resonating with his ever-growing fan base worldwide. |
Born in Germany then traveling the world throughout his childhood, Brett had the opportunity to spend time with people from different walks of life and cultures before his family established roots in Los Angeles, California. As a songwriter, Brett reflects, “For me, the most important thing is to just pay attention and be grateful along the way.”
With the release of his latest single, "Love Says So", a tune gifted with an infectious little hook, Brett is hitting the road once again in support of his highly anticipated second solo album, "What Are you Waiting for". Beginning with a return performance at the "First Night Monterey" festival stage on New Year’s Eve, Brett will then tour Australia in January/February 2010.
photo by Beautiful Songwriter, Amy Obenski
Amy Obenski’s soothing yet powerful vocals lay at the forefront of her music treating each word with care and attention. The music glides seamlessly between Folk, Jazz and Rock, with her vocals shape-shifting to fit the mood. With what have been described as “gripping” lyrics and “haunting” vocals, Amy’s songs are conveyed to the audience on an extraordinarily intimate level.|
In 2007 her song, “Carousel”, was heard on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, taking the song to number twenty-three on the iTunes Folk Chart. Before that, her second album had been receiving play on MTV’s program, MADE, which is still using her music today. Both successes have come to her by surprise. The first album, What We Tell, was discovered by an MTV executive who randomly heard her music on someone’s iPod. A few years later, and on a whim, an editor placed the song from her second album onto Grey’s Anatomy.
Based out of Santa Cruz, California, Obenski tours mostly through the West Coast of the United States and plays steadily in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s performed in notable venues such as Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, Don Quixote’s in Santa Cruz, and has opened for the John Butler Trio in Los Angeles.
Her musical history stretches back to age five, when she began singing in her school choir. She spent her childhood in arts related public schools and started private piano lessons at age seven. While attending UC Santa Cruz she minored in music while acquiring a degree in Environmental Studies. She has used both of these skills by creating a series of benefit concerts called Take Back Your Forest. Two successful concerts have happened so far: The first being in Santa Cruz, California, in 2007 and the second being in San Jose, California, in 2010. Collectively they have raised six thousand dollars for the Sempervirens Fund, an organization that purchases and protects redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Kiki Wow & Howe CochranSinger/Songwriter
|Kiki is a multi-genre music lover, promoter and performer who writes and sings songs and enjoys producing concerts every weekend for years. Kiki plays bass and guitar and believes music heals and invests her time and energy to music. She is comfortable with audiences and shares humorous stories about life. She was the former host for six years of a live music webcast in North Hollywood (www.kulakswoodshed.com) and was also a DJ/ Programmer of "The Dylan Hour"-she dubbed "Chillin’ With Dylan" for two years at 88.5 FM KCSN. Her light and beautiful melodies set a laid back vibe to her easy listening original songs and its always a treat when she throws in a familiar cover songs. "I`m really fortunate to not just book - but be able to play with so many outstanding musicians from the Monterey Peninsula." Her latest CD, "Deep Gratitude" co-produced with Greg Edenfield, is available online. Her first CD, "Back To Nature" was produced by Grammy Award Producer, CJ Vanston, and is currently receiving worldwide airplay with four tracks featured in two independent films. One of the tracks on her CD, "It’s New Year’s Day" received Honorable Mention for Song Of The Year Contest by VH1. Kiki Wow songs are also available on itunes, cdbaby.com, all over the web and is available locally at Do Re Mi in Carmel.|
|Passionate, and inclusive, Lenny Sales writes songs that speak to everyday life. The joys, the heartaches, the humor, the events that make up a life lived. Lenny Sales has the ability to instill in the listener a feeling of identification. They know this is someone who has been there, and is now playing it out in his songs. We all just feel better about ourselves knowing Lenny has expressed our common humanity in song.|
Johan Seige, the grounder and the main man in the band “Johan Seige Band” is an outstanding songwriter. He plays a mix of Rock/Blues/Country, Americana. Johan Seige does his music as he is, simple and relaxed. Johan has been and are still writing music together with musicians and authors as Janni Littlepage and Vivien Kooper. He also writes short storeys and chronicles for newspapers and is also working on a couple of books. Johan and his band just did a well acclaimed show that was recorded by Swedish national radio.
Started as a hard rock drummer, sang in different blues rock bands, went over to reggae and got publishing and record deals! Started a production company/studio! Worked as a sound engineer and media contact at Sweden’s most celebrated indi record label! Started Sweden Singer-Songwriter Festival! Started Girl school of rock! Started Johan Seige Band and now on tour in California.
photo by Americana with a Jazz Twist
|Often, singer/songwriters perform ‘at’ their audiences. Rebecca Sayre will sing TO you, talk TO you and escort you to the positive side of life. She’ll encourage you to smile, think, engage and perhaps even sing along with her catchy choruses. You may even fall in love. Rebecca’s songs celebrate the sweetness of love (lost or found), the humor in life situations, and the freedom of personal triumphs. Her music blends together elements of Jazz, Blues, and Acoustic Folk, introducing the Jones’ (Norah, Rickie Lee) to Ella Fitzgerald, as Joni Mitchell cheers in the wings! Her song “New Girl” was featured in the 2010 season premier of Fox TV’s, So You Think You Can Dance and a new album is in the works for 2011.|
Severin Browne was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1949 to a musical family. His 3-year old sister immediately took him next door saying that she already had a brother. Severin’s father, Clyde Jack Browne, was a native Californian who was in Germany with the U.S. Army newspaper, The Stars And Stripes. He had met Severin’s mother, Beatrice Dahl, while stationed in Alaska and she had followed him to Germany when he was transferred there. Shortly after Severin was born, the Browne family returned to California and moved into a home that was built by Severin’s grandfather in the 1920s. The Spanish style home is located in an old part of Los Angeles and is where Severin spent much of his childhood.
Severin comes from a very musical family. Severin has referred to his father -- a talented jazz musician -- as "The world’s greatest unpublished songwriter." Thus, Severin started playing piano and guitar at a very young age. His brother, Jackson, is also a talented singer/songwriter who has recorded many albums for the Asylum/Elektra labels. In 1970, Severin auditioned some of his songs for Motown Records, not as a performer but as a staff writer. He remembers that Barry Gordy came into his session and asked if he wanted to make a record, to which Severin answered, "No". But at the young age of just 21, Severin got a contract with Motown Records.
It took about eight months before he became the first white folk/country-type singer on Motown’s growing white roster. "They paid me a draw -- money to live on, advance against future earnings and all the songs I wrote, they published. They didn’t work the songs very much," he says without much regret. But Severin didn’t seem to be in such a big hurry. In fact, he spent the better part of a year trying to find the right producer for his debut album. As Severin recalled later, "All Motown wanted to do was to make their own record... so I just bided my time until I found Larry Murray who had written a lot of things for Johnny Cash including Cash’s film, ’Gospel Road.’" Severin’s debut album was released on Motown records in 1973.
People who appreciate music will pick up on the great melodies and smooth vocals of Severin Browne when they hear his debut album, titled simply Severin Browne. The songs on the album cover a lot of subjects, but they all come from Severin’s life experiences. Most of the cuts on the album feature, in addition to his savory vocals, Severin’s lead acoustic guitar and piano work. The track, "All American Boy And His Dog" has a great honky-tonk feeling with lyrics like "Shut down, thrown out, like an old motor scooter that’s not worth the repair". "Sister" is a beautiful song with a touching metaphysical theme. Severin’s subject matter always reflects his growth as an individual as well as an artist.
Severin’s second album for the Motown label, New Improved Severin Browne, was released in 1974. The album features a cast of stellar studio musicians and some very fine songwriting. Severin has admitted to being a romantic, a trait no more apparent than in the song "Love Notes From Denver" which chronicles an experience in his own life. Whether the atmosphere is the purity of "Beginning To Believe", the upbeat plaintiveness of "Do Magnolia Do", or the subtly seductive "Tickle My Lips," the listener cannot resist becoming totally involved. Severin has named his greatest music influences as Paul Simon, James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and his brother, Jackson.
By the age of 25, with two albums released, and the secretaries at Motown still asking his name when he visited, he made his get-away and swore he would not make another record. He kept that promise for 20 years before finally releasing his third album, From The Edge Of The World, in 1995. This album shows the growth that can come from 20 years of life’s experiences and is infused with an amazing flair for great melody and lyrics. Songs like "My Love Mo Betta" and "Uptown" showcase Severin’s inspired soul and R&B flair which shows a strong Van Morrison influence. "Edge of The World" is a great rocker with a strong Jackson Browne feel, while love songs like "Leaving You’s The Hardest Thing I’ve Known" and "If I Loved You" show that Severin has not lost the great 70’s pop feel that was such a part of his earlier recordings.
Severin’s 2001 album, This Twisted Road, and showcases Severin Browne at the very top of his profession as both a singer and songwriter. Ten finely crafted tunes about the failures and successes of life are brought together as few songwriters have been able to achieve. This wonderful set includes songs of love ("Water"), songs of growth ("My Midlife Crisis"), songs of contemplation ("Do You Think I’ll Go to Heaven") and songs of life in Los Angeles ("Angelyne"). In other words, something for everyone as we all travel "This Twisted Road" called life...
It would be another decade before Severin released a new CD. During that time, he wrote and performed consistently, while also teaching guitar and songwriting. Severin latest CD is called Lucky Man - A Songwriter’s Notebook and includes thirteen new songs from Severin’s ever growing catalog of songs. The CD was self-released in early 2012. The eclectic mix of songs and styles are some of Severin’s favorites... directly from his notebook! Produced by Severin Browne, Edward Tree, Jeff Kossack and Holland McRae, the variety and quality of the songs is impressive.
Severin is living in Southern California in the home built more than 80 years ago by his grandfather. He still performs regularly in various locations around Southern California, including a regular "First Friday" showcase with his band at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood.
|GARY STOCKDALE is a 2-time EMMY-nominated composer, who has composed music for television shows such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; Comedy Central’s Last Laugh; Cowboy U; The Independent Spirit Awards; A Home for the Holidays (CBS), and 8 seasons of Showtime’s award-winning Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT! Gary’s well-known theme for that show garnered him an EMMY nomination. He also wrote music for THE ARISTOCRATS, by Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza. Fresh out of college, Gary met Oscar-winning composer Henry Mancini, under whose mentorship Gary learned the craft of film music composition, as well as singing on many of Henry’s movies. He began his film-music composing career working for the legendary director/producer Roger Corman, scoring Corman’s first “art” film (entered in the 1989 Los Angeles Film Festival), Dance of the Damned. Around this time, he started working side-by-side with famed film and television composer Lalo Schifrin, arranging and composing cues for his various projects, including Sudden Impact, FX2, and Sam Peckinpah’s last film, The Osterman Weekend. Since 1990, he’s been the main composer for the “Bad Boys of Magic,” Penn & Teller. Leading the band on their critically-acclaimed variety series Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular, he received his first EMMY nomination for his work on that show. With Spencer Green, Gary co-wrote the irreverent adult musical BUKOWSICAL!, which opened at the New York Fringe Festival in 2007. After Variety wrote that getting tickets to the sold-out show caused “…a frenzy,” BUKOWSICAL! went on to win the Outstanding Musical Award. A CD of the musical has just been released by Kritzerland Records. Along with the Film and Television composition, Gary has also been a busy singer and performer. His latest CD Sure Of Mice Elf has become an indy favorite, and he’s been playing various comedy and music venues all over California, and will soon be performing in venues around the country. As a performer and singer, Gary has appeared in NBC’s Studio 60: Live on the Sunset Strip, was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and was a soloist in the cult classic musical TV series Cop/Rock. He has also lent his voice to such films as Avatar, The Simpsons Movie, The Watchmen, and TV’s The Family Guy. In 2010-2011, Gary wrote original incidental music for the very scary Off-Broadway hit Play Dead written and directed by Teller, and co-written and starring Todd Robbins. Gary is the recent recipient of a BMI Award for Music Composition for his work on Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT!|
|For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, taking his unique musical style across the United States and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love. John’s live performances – in private homes, cafes, festivals, and sold-out venues – inspire and delight his audiences, who welcome him like a long-lost son and return to see him whenever he visits. He has traveled around the world, having played in all 50 states and beyond, bringing his music to nearly every corner of the planet. His fans span generations, political ideologies and geographic locations, but they are all charmed by the dynamic yet humble troubadour peering out from under his signature cap. John Craigie writes, sings, and plays for the people.|
|Kiki Ebsen, grew up on a secluded ranch in Southern California. She is the youngest daughter of actor Buddy Ebsen and an accomplished singer, songwriter and keyboardist known for backing up such artists as Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Tracy Chapman, (to name a few), on world tours, TV appearances and recordings. She has performed at festivals around the county including the Maui Music Festival, Tin Pan South and the Temecula Music and Wine Festival. Her fifth record, The Beauty Inside, recently released on I-tunes, is an impressive collection original tunes inspired by her own real life stories. The reviews are in: “From her slinky, earthy style to her rich sense of melody and beautiful voice, this (album) is full of gems and treasures that I will enjoy forever.” Wendy Wilson (of Wilson/Phillips) on The Beauty Inside ...contains wonderful surprises in the tempos with the melody that implore you to join in your story. This magical honesty expressing the undeniable reality of relationships and the struggle to accept it” Christopher Cross on The Beauty Inside. Kiki is featured quite prominently in Christopher Cross’s new DVD/CD release, A Night In Paris, A full length concert showcases her keyboard ability as well as brings her downstage center with Christopher to sing "Spinning", a tune from Chris’s first record. Kiki continues to perform as a feature act and sideman and is writing material for release later this year. Part of Kiki’s music sales goes to The Healing Equine Ranch, (501c3) supporting natural equine learning and the rescued horses used in these programs. To find out more, go to thehealingequineranch.com|
Kunkel and Harris with Janni LittlepageSinger/Songwriter
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|Former founder of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, songwriter Bruce Kunkel, together with Rob Harris, celebrate 40 years of music along with the radiant songstress Janni Littlepage - for a night of harmonies and songwriting that will leave an impression on your heart! Bruce Kunkel and Rob Harris return to Monterey with their great original songs, harmonies, and musicianship. Let me say harmonies again! Joined by long-time friend, singer-songwriter Janni Littlepage. Don’t miss this one! About: KUNKEL and HARRIS - Kunkel and Harris are San Francisco Bay Area based folk/rock/Americana guitarists, singers and storytellers. Both are songwriters, and accompany each other as they perform their original songs. They sing with very strong vocal harmonies and their acoustic sound is complemented with traditional and contemporary instrumentation and arrangements. They are self-described as “Eaglely, Everly, Beatley, Browne.” Bruce Kunkel and Rob Harris met in Sonoma California 40 years ago, where their unique integration of songwriting styles and complementary vocal harmonies were immediately apparent. Their time honored collaboration of songwriting and performing also includes individual professional careers and families. Bruce Kunkel was a founding member and recording artist with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Rob Harris’ group BlueGrass by Default performed throughout the San Francisco Bay area in the 1980’s and 1990’s. About: JANNI LITTLEPAGE Singer-songwriter and recording artist, Janni Littlepage, is a Monterey Peninsula native. Composing on piano and dulcimer in genres spanning folk to country to pop and back again, Janni’s resonant voice holds qualities reminiscent of Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Joni Mitchell. Working with many notable artists, musicians, producers and co-writers throughout her career, two of the most important and influential of these are BRUCE KUNKEL and ROB HARRIS, who nurtured her talent and encouraged her at age twenty-one, to pursue a career in music. Janni released her solo album, “Strange Angels” in Europe in 2011, and most recently, formed the acoustic trio, TRUE NORTH, along with Swedish singer-songwriters, Eva Hillered of Stockholm and Patrick Rydman of Gothenburg. The trio recorded an album after their tour in Germany and Scandinavia this summer, and will return with it to tour the California coast in February 2014. Now coming full circle again to celebrate 40 years of music, friendship and camaraderie! It will be a great evening of songs and harmonies by KUNKEL & HARRIS and JANNI LITTLEPAGE ... Together again after all these years!|
Jackie Bristow & Mark Punch!Singer/Songwriter
photo by Jackie Toured With Bonnie Raitt!
|After opening for Tommy Emmanuel`s USA tour earlier this year Jackie headed down to New Zealand for successful 16-date solo tour which celebrated the release of her 4thstudio album Shot of Gold. (USA release date TBC) Now back State Side Jackie Bristow and Mark Punch return to California for summer shows. At once heartfelt and sophisticated, her songs combine subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotise the listener, demanding complete surrender then sticking around like the backbone of a real friend. Jackie says, “Shot of Gold, is an album of real stories and experiences in my life - songs of struggle, joy, love, loss and healing. I was living in Austin Texas when I wrote this album and was inspired by southern blues and country roots music and the people I met in great live music scene. I stepped away from trying to write commercial mainstream music and wrote stories from my heart and my life. This is why we recorded this album with raw and sparse production built around my live solo performances." The lead single ‘I Don’t Want To Come Down’ showcases the beautifully restrained, considered but confident nature of the album, produced by renowned Australian musician and longtime collaborator, Mark Punch (Kasey Chambers, Jimmy Barnes). Sparse acoustic picking and washes of slide guitar leave space for Bristow’s assured soulful voice as she tells the intimate story of euphoric love. ‘Fallen Youth’ borrows the lyrics from a poem written by an unnamed ANZAC WW1 soldier found in the public library of Jackie`s hometown of Gore. Written in remembrance of the Gallipoli 100 year reunion, the single was released in March 2015. `Whistle Blowin` is no exception - an elegantly restrained ballad which begins with a melancholy plucked banjo and weaves in washes of acoustic and pedal steel, spotlighting the clarity of Bristow`s plaintive voice as she sets the scene: Summers gone and Winter`s coming on / I can feel the cold front blowin` / and I don`t see the fog lifting Listen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJHCC_azig0 Jackie`s "Shot of Gold` album received great reviews in her home country and Jackie is looking forward to the official release of the album later this year in the USA. New Zealand Herald 4 star review: Graham Reid "And in the moving Fallen Youth she gives Emmylou Harris a real run for her money." Dominion Post 4 star review: Colin Morris "Chances are that should you play this to somebody that listens to the crop of new/new-ish female country stars and they would scratch their heads and say in turn, “Gillian Welch…err no, Lucinda Williams…err no, Alison Krauss…o.k. I give up”. Are they in for a pleasant surprise." More about JACKIE BRISTOW Bristow has opened for international stars Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Emmanuel, Marc Cohn, John Oates, John Waite, Bettye Lavette, B.J. Thomas, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Charlie Robison, Rick Springfield, Bob Schneider, Jimmy Lafave, Euge Groove, Ruthie Foster, Art Garfunkel, Willy Porter, Herbert Gronemeyer, Madeline Peryoux, Phoebe Snow, Daniel Lanois, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams and Howard Jones. Jackie`s songs are featured in New Zealand and Australian film and television shows: Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, The Secret Life Of Us, Blue Rose, Home And Away, Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street, and Go Big. Her song, `This is Australia` won Tourism Australia song competition and was featured in a worldwide promotional campaign. "Jackie Bristow, one of those "oughta` be more famous" artists, with an uncommon command of her craft and art.” - Santa Barbara New Press.|
Acoustic Americana styled singer/songwriter, Michael Gaither, was raised on the central California coast and takes the “write what you know” idea to heart. Musically, he wraps acoustic guitar, harmonica, and ukulele around stories of small-town life and humorous takes on everyday stuff. His love of animals and active involvement with local animal rescue work their way into Michaels songs, as well. Offstage, he produces and hosts the “Songs and Stories” podcast, which features stories behind his songs and interviews with other independent songwriters.|
Come and help me welcome singer/songwriter Michael Gaither to the village. Joining Michael will be Jonathan Foster - a first timer at the Bay of Pines but no stranger to the stage.
Mare Wakefield & NomadSinger/Songwriter
|2015 KERRVILLE NEWFOLK finalist 2015 Falcon Ridge Folk Fest EMERGING ARTIST Mare (rhymes with "very") is a PREFERRED MARTIN ARTIST “You’ll be astounded” says Maverick Magazine about this Nashville-based Americana duo. Featuring award-winning Southeast Texas songwriter Mare Wakefield on guitar and Turkish-born, Berklee College of Music scholarship winner Nomad on piano, this husband-and-wife team has been called “Cozy brilliance … the merger of Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Parton” by the Louisville Observer and "A little bit old country, a lot contemporary folk" by the New York Times. This nationally touring act has been recognized by many prestigious competitions including the International Songwriting Competition and Great American Song Contest. This year they were chosen as finalists at Kerrville’s NewFolk Songwriting Competition (TX) and as emerging artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY). “Daddy was a seeker,” says Mare Wakefield. “Eventually he became a Salvationist minister. Mama was some kind of gypsy, loving nothing more than a long, clear stretch of open highway.” Mare was born with wanderlust embedded in her DNA, and lived in 8 different places by the time she was 10 years old. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,” she says. “We had our rural Wisconsin accents down in two weeks flat. And eighteen months later we were drawling like native Texans.” For Turkish-born, German-raised Nomad, the journey was equally varied. His musical education began at the exclusive Istanbul State Conservatory and continued when he was awarded a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Nomad has a gift for musical arrangements and carries a full arsenal of classical, pop and jazz chops at his piano-playing fingertips. In addition to working with Mare, the versatile pianist and composer has designed sound for film and TV, and has had pieces performed by symphony orchestras and in Boston’s legendary Fenway Park. Versatility and love for travel is evident in Mare and Nomad’s music. Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and South Dakota plains, with side-trips to ancient Babylon and the streets of Amsterdam. The journeys go inward too, exploring hope and heartbreak, and the occasional whiskey-soaked barroom brawl. Story and song are woven seamlessly together by Mare’s intimate delivery and Nomad’s exquisite melodic arrangement. Currently based in Nashville the pair continue their journey by touring fearlessly, leaving strains of folk tunes and sweet piano melodies echoing down the highway.|
THIS HOUSE CONCERT WILL TAKE PLACE this SATURDAY NIGHT at 6:30 pm in the village at One Paso Hondo Rd. if you like a good storytelling’ songwriter - then you are really going to enjoy Drew Nelson! |
This performer has reached #4 on the Americana Folk Charts! Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles.
Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.
He first met John Gorka in 2006, when Drew performed as part of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s prestigious songwriting contest. John found him backstage after his performance and told him how much his songs moved him. Since then, Drew has shared the stage with John several times, including at such big events as the Kerrville Folk Festival. “Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists,” John Gorka says. “His songs sound like the rest of us feel….dazed, angry, amazed and climbing.”
Drew garnered further attention in 2009, when he released Dusty Road to Beulah Land (Waterbug Records), and it topped the folk radio charts. It also caught the attention of the Grammy-winning indie label Red House
Records, which just signed him. “I love that Drew can rock out as well as write sensitive ballads,” Red House president Eric Peltoniemi says. “I admire his down-to-earth songwriting which portrays our world and ordinary people with such deep feeling and unflinching clarity. He has worked hard in life and hasn’t been afraid to get his hands dirty. He has 100% credibility in the subject matter he writes about, and I’m excited to get the chance to work with him.”
Drew’s Red House debut Tilt-A-Whirl comes out in early 2012. He can also be heard on the new album Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era, along with Jon Dee Graham, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry and new label-mate Eliza Gilkyson.
In support of his new album, Drew Nelson will be showcasing at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and will be touring across North America and Europe.
When Drew is not on the road, he enjoys reading, rooting for the Detroit Tigers, doing hot yoga and working as an amateur luthier, building guitars and octave mandolins. He is also working on putting together a photography show.
JOHN BATDORF: Acoustic Pop Rock Country artist John Batdorf - Check out who he played with:|
I have survived many careers in one lifetime. Starting with the 70’s as a recording artist with Batdorf and Rodney and Silver. I made records and toured this country and Canada for most of the 70s. We headlined many shows, but as an opening act we got to play with a lot of great groups like America, Seals and Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Bread, The Youngbloods, Hall and Oats, Cheech and Chong, England Dan and John Ford Coley, Pure Prairie League, Harry Chapin, John Prine, Dave Mason, Kris Kristofferson just to name a few! A great time was had by all.
I spent the 80’s as a staff songwriter writing songs for America, England Dan, The Curry sisters and Kim Carnes, and as studio singer singing on hundreds of jingles, movies, and TV shows. I sang on four main titles including, "Doctor, Doctor", "Tom and Jerry Kids", "Garfield and Friends" and "Promised Land". I sang background vocals on some really great recordings by Rod Stewart, Motley Crue, Dave Mason, Eric Anderson,The Jefferson Starship, Berlin, Donna Summer, Dwight Yoakum, Boy Meets Girl, Mickey Thomas, Stan Ridgeway, James Lee Stanley, David Lee Roth, The London Choir Boys to name a few.
Then came the 90’s and I started producing records and commercials. During that time I met and went on to write some great songs with my friend, Michael McLean. We have recorded 4 CDs together. In 1996 I got my first chance to score a CBS TV prime time show, "Promised Land". I composed all the music underscore for three years until the show came to an end. I went on to compose music for another CBS drama, "Touched By An Angel" which after nine very successful seasons is no longer in production. TBAA and Promised Land reruns still appear somewhere on the planet every day of the week. Soon after, I composed the entire musical score for a 2 hour made for PAX TV movie called "Book of Days" which appeared January and March of 2003. "The Best Two Years", which I also scored and wrote songs with Michael and Scott McLean, had a successful theatrical run in 2004 and is now available on DVD as well as the soundtrack on CD.
Now entering into the new millennium, John has recorded a new CD with James Lee Stanley "All Wood And Stones" (a highly original take on early Rolling Stones songs, done acoustically with tight harmonies) along with his first solo EP, "Side One." His first full length solo CD, "Home Again" is an acoustic guitar and vocal enthusiasts dream come true! John’s 2008 CD, "Still Burnin’" teams him up again with Mark Rodney. The duo recorded a live show at XM Studios in Washington D.C. revisiting many of their great songs from the 70s. Also John and Mark have recorded two brand new songs in LA that are also included in the package. This marks the first new Batdorf and Rodney recordings since 1975! Now in June 2009, at last, after one year from writing to mastering, Johns’ finest CD ever, "Old Man Dreamin’" is taking on the world! Check it out... When you hear John sing songs about things that really matter to him, and you’ll understand why they mean so much to his fans that have spanned over three decades. JAMES LEE STANLEY: “So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let’s say something else let’s say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland and here is where the wasteland ends“ -- Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
James Lee Stanley, a master at relating to audiences” - The San Francisco Chronicle. “Unexpected power from one acoustic guitar” - The Denver Post. “A standing ovation followed his set opening for Art Garfunkel” – The Sacramento Bee.
James Lee’s remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create truly great songs, each accompanied by his amazing guitar orchestrations. p> This man is a great artist – his songs are finely-crafted and richly textured, with immediately memorable melodies and thought provoking lyrics, and his guitar playing is simply gorgeous, alternating between subtle finger picking. Lush chording, stark simplicity, rhythmically-charged complexity, and many and varied shades in between” – Fi Magazine. p>“There is no need for back up, Stanley is a one man band, who doesn’t need any help” – the Milwaukee Journal. p>When you couple this with his outrageously hilarious repartee, you get one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit.
“A solo performer, Stanley drew overwhelming applause for his outrageous monologue as well as his music” – The Daily Aztec, San Diego. p>From the Universal Amphitheatre to the most intimate house concert, James Lee delivers the goods. He has been hailed as one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time -- FI Magazine March 1999.
Singer/Songwriter, Kiki Wow, plays regularly throughout the Monterey Peninsula both classic favorites and original songs. Her sweet vocals and rhythm guitar hit a delightful and familiar chord that has her audiences singing along from the first song on.
She has the ability to transport an audience to a better place. Her songs are upbeat, and catchy, and put down roots in your mind. There’s a lot of the same sunshine and sea-breeziness in her music that KAREN CARPENTER or THE BEACH BOYS are famous for. Carefree, beautifully soaring harmonies are an element of most of Kiki’s songs—SHERYL CROW’s “Soak Up The Sun” could easily pass for one her originals. |
Her long-standing show at KULAK’S WOODSHED in North Hollywood is a popular “hang” and most of Los Angeles best songwriters have made an appearance. The six-camera live webcast is faithfully viewed on the internet by people the world over!
Kiki’s story will make a hell of a TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY one day. It’s had its share of high points, to be sure—from an appearance as a coffeehouse singer on NBC’s NORM, to opening for MIDNIGHT OIL at the height of her band`s (Citadel) fame. Her life has also held its share of hardships, but you’d never know it to meet her.
Her “Songwriter Circles” have been held at venues from The Cat Club to UCLA’s Royce Hall and in producing them, Kiki showcases, as much as anything, her desire to nurture and support the talents of the performers she admires.
This warm, giving, earth mother side of her is incredibly sexy, and men and women both respond to it. It shows in everything she does, from greeting a friend, to debuting a work-in-progress at one of her regular L.A. haunts. She’s such a positive force that, when I first met her, I thought her outlook had to be an act, but that’s just “Keek”. --Lord Carrett
photo by Scott Dudelson
|FREEBO is a bass and tuba player, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer noted primarily for his work with Bonnie Raitt. He is also a respected session musician who has recorded and performed with Ringo Starr, John Mayall, John Hall, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Willy DeVille, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Maria Muldaur, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and many others. His long collaboration with Raitt began when he attracted Raitt`s attention as a member of Philadelphia`s Edison Electric Band in the 1960s. Freebo was soon in great demand for studio work and touring. In recent years, he has recorded four solo albums: The End Of The Beginning (1999), Dog People (2002), Before The Separation (2006), and Something to Believe (2011).|
Hamilton’s had a long career following the success of his first album on ABC Records, “You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right,” produced by Gary Katz of Steely Dan fame. His album “Meet Me at the Crux” released on Elektra Records was listed in Rolling Stone as “One of the overlooked gems of the seventies.” A longtime cult favorite in the U.S. and Europe, Dirk Hamilton’s catalogue currently includes 16 albums and he’s making new music all the time.|
The New York Press called Hamilton “The original anti-folkie… always one of the few true poets on the scene.” The L.A. Times lauded him as “One of rock’s best kept secrets… a gripping live performer”. And the Austin Chronicle noted: “Lucid, intelligent and distinctive songs, with a throaty howl that resembles Van Morrison and John Hiatt; he’s also an emotive, evocative singer and a winning presence on stage.”
Dirk divides his time between the U.S. and Europe. In Italy he fronts an Italian band and he often tours there with his American band (New Jersey’s Don Evans on lead guitar and California’s Eric Westphal and Tim Seifert on bass and drums respectively).
Dirk currently resides in Dallas. A bi-lingual book, (English/Italian), of Hamilton’s complete lyrics, entitled Alias I, was published in Italy in 2009 by Fernandel Press. “I’ve had a long, strange career”, says Hamilton. “One of the weirdest and best things has been my relationship with Italy”. (He’s played at least one tour per year there for over 20 years). “I consider myself a poet first, but most
Kelli Scarr was raised in Folsom, California, the old gold rush town now more famous for its prison than its prospectors. First discovering her passion for singing in the choirs of her local church and high school, Kelli left the west coast to attend music school in Boston and eventually landed in Brooklyn, NY. Over the next ten years she explored her way through various projects and collaborations including the bands Moonraker and Salt & Samovar. Kelli also ventured into film scoring and in 2010 received an Emmy nomination for her score to Jeremiah Zagar’s intimate documentary, In A Dream. Prior to the nomination, Kelli was given the opportunity to perform as a solo artist opening for the musician Moby on his world tour. Spanning four continents and two years, it was during this time that Kelli was able to expand her sketches of songs into fully developed narratives. These muted snapshots became fully realized in Kelli’s acclaimed debut solo album “Piece”, released July 2010 on Silence Breaks. Kelli toured this record for most of 2010 and 2011, harnessing the rugged energy of her skillful group of musicians and molding the palette for her follow up album.
Encouraged by her newly discovered musical freedom and a powerful live band, Kelli felt a fresh sense of confidence as a singer and songwriter, bringing her back to a musical template that felt most like home and allowing her direct lyrical style to stand forcefully. Armed with a fresh batch of songs and insistent on escaping the confines and distractions of everyday life in the city, Kelli brought her creative collective featuring Scott Metzger on guitar, Andrew Southern on bass and Taylor Floreth on drums to the intimate studio The Isokon in Woodstock, NY. With Kelli and Joe Rogers sharing the role of producer, the foundations for the record quickly took shape. Surrounded by trees and huddled around fires built during January snows, the album was performed live with every member of the band encircling Kelli as she belted her way through their set of material. It was in these live moments that new album “Dangling Teeth” came to life.
Back at home, the precise touches of piano and organ by Jo Schornikow and the country sway of Jonathan Lam’s pedal steel were delicately draped around the record’s inspired core. With the saccharine string arrangements of Daniel Brantigan recorded by a quartet in a large, two hundred year old church in the South Bronx and Kelli’s vocal arrangements for “400 Days” performed by the fourteen member choir of her high school alma mater, Dangling Teeth reached a diversity that truly captured its vast view of influences. To melt the snows of its winter creation, Dangling Teeth was mixed to tape at Fireproof Recording by Adam Lasus (Mark Mulcahy, Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and Joe Rogers (The Shivers, Noah And The MegaFauna).
Rooted in the traditions of American folk and reflecting the diversity of such iconic artists such as Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Patti Smith and Rickie Lee Jones, Dangling Teeth exists as a collection of songs arching through an intimate narrative of independence, a search for joy and the perpetual arm-wrestle with grace. Captured as a live session amongst a group of talented musicians and friends, Dangling Teeth provides a journey through wide-open plains, the towering pines of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and a return to the currents of the American River. It is in the vast colors of these landscapes that its course is revealed.
Kelli Scarr’s new album Dangling Teeth, will be released on June 5th 2012 on Silence Breaks with a summer tour soon to be announced.
Jennings & KellerSinger/Songwriter
Jennings and Keller is Laurie Jennings Oudin and Dana Keller, an acoustic duo based out of Miami, FL. They bring a wealth of experience to their collaboration, from the Broadway musicals of New York to the honky tonks of West Texas. Their music is called ’Fusion Folk Americana’—a blend of many different elements that comes from their vast and wide-ranging musical backgrounds. Their story begins in 2006. After playing together in several different bands, Laurie and Dana decided to join forces and take their show on the road. With the release of their 2007 debut CD, ’Susan’s House’, Jennings and Keller quickly gained recognition as well as songwriting awards throughout the country. In 2007 alone, they were finalists or winners in 5 different songwriting competitions across the country.
In May of 2009, Jennings and Keller released their second CD, ’As The Universe Unfolds’, which garnered great reviews as well as airplay on independent radio stations from Florida to California.
They have just released their third CD, ’Mirror With a Memory’ (June, 2012), their most sophisticated and exciting collaboration to date. Lee Zimmerman of the Palm Beach New Times says of ’Mirror’ that it "..is a lovely and enticing 12-song set that spotlights both their songwriting prowess and supple skillful delivery..."
A former Shakespearean actress, Laurie has been a singer and songwriter for many years. Her theater training combined with many years of professional singing gives Laurie an obvious command of the stage as well as the songs that she sings. Dana Keller is a veteran pedal steel, dobro and guitar player who has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. Dana has been an endorsee of the Gretsch Guitar and Drum Company since 1980. His dobro playing has been called ’jaw-droppingly good’.
The synergy created from these two diverse talents is apparent in the responses they are getting from festival directors, club owners, and audience members. Laurie’s and Dana’s music is not easy to define, but will leave a lasting impression on all who listen.
Bonnie Murray TamblynSinger/Songwriter
Bonnie Murray Tamblyn is a musician, a mother and a mentor. As a lifelong musician, she has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and recorded her songs with many notable musicians including Duke Bardwell and Butch Hornsby, Merel Bregante and Al Garth. Her debut full-length CD, Return of the Rainbow Girl (2006 Club Louisianne Records), was warmly received by critics and fans alike, recognized for both its, “elemental blend of rock and blues sensibilities laid on a provocative foundation of her early counter-cultural folkie roots, and for its rich and rollicking instrumental layers.” As a pre-cursor to her forthcoming release, Winter Wind, Bonnie released two digital singles in 2011 on Light Rail Records, Lil’ Wind and Love Is. |
In her rich and varied career, Bonnie has also avidly embraced the roles of mentor and producer--paths well-suited to coexist with her other main roles--wife to actor Russ Tamblyn and mother to actress/poet Amber Tamblyn and artist/musician, Chinafaye Tamblyn. Among her many production credits as an artist and educator, is as the founder/executive producer of the June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival, now in its fourth year, and the founder of the non-profit June Lake Loop Performing Arts Association.
|Eddie Gutierrez is a singer/guitarist/songwriter from Monterey County, CA. He has been supporting act for Jesse Colin Young, Robben Ford, Los Lobos, Hal Ketchem, Its A Beautiful Day, Lydia Pense, Sam I Am,Nasty, Habit,Trial By Fire ,Barbarrito Torres, Gene Loves Jezabel, Laura Chandler, Lovers And Strangers. He has toured with Patrik Mata, Troy O’Shann, Randy Baldwin, Maria Matia, Al Berry, Ba Baloo, and many, many other good times.|
Lisa Turner & Deanna PinoSinger/Songwriter
photo by Lisa & Deanna Together
Lisa Turner plays what might be described as Celtic-tinged acoustic power folk-rock. She is right in the vanguard of the new generation of female songwriters who not only sing, but have taken the time to master their instrument as well (in her case, the guitar). She’s got a clean, pure, agile voice coupled with some smokin’ tight guitar licks making her a very compelling act to watch onstage. Paul Anderson of the LA Times said, "Her crystal-clear voice will make your head turn. And once you hear her folk-based songs, you’re hooked..." In 2003, Lisa Turner created quite a stir in the Hollywood area winning the inaugural "Performing Songwriters Boot Camp" Competition at Highland Grounds in Hollywood. She released her second CD “Red Jasper Sun” in 2005 and went on to be a finalist in the Performing Songwriter competition at the Wild Flower Arts & Music Festival in Richardson Texas. She was selected as a featured artist at the Sedona Jam Emerging Artist Festival in Arizona in 2007 and a prestigious premier showcase at Far-West in 2009 in Irvine California.
Lisa Turner delivers smartly crafted songs in a variety of colors and textures in plainspoken stories and with honesty and depth of emotion. Moving songs of loss and heartbreak. Songs that remind us it’s the simple things that matter most. Songs that tell us to open our hearts and love.
You can visit me: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/deannapino/from/swoop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khlrHMh3HZs
She’s back - in full living color. Don’t miss this acoustic special show on a Tuesday night with Caroline Aiken.
She delivers - like Janis. All heart - and what a guitar player. Watch for this performer, special show added to accommodate her tour. Please come - bring a friend and be prepared to be blown away!
“Years of constant touring/performing, beginning in 1969 in NY, California, South America, Seattle- NW and Europe, Caroline Aiken moved back to her birth town of Atlanta, GA, in the early 80’s, (opening for acts Arlo Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, 38 Special, Beach Boys, Janis Ian, Richie Havens...), where her bluesy voice, masterful finger picking guitar style and hypnotizing stage presence anchored the city’s acoustic and folk scene, influencing up and coming artists whom she took under her wing, including Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins.”
GA MUSIC HALL OF FAME 2011
"Spending time with Caroline is as unforgettable as it is inspirational. She’s truly at the heart of America’s folk/roots movement and has the skills along with life experience we all desire as entertainers."
Artichoke Music - Portland, OR
Zen and the Art of Performance Workshop, May, 2011
“Caroline Aiken is one of the reasons music will always survive. You can illegally download it, record companies can come and go, people can preach the doom of the music industry, and concert prices can get so out of control that many predict the days of the mega-shows are coming. But there will always be music by folks like Caroline Aiken, whose heartbeat is part of her song...who has lived her dream and inspired others to dream...who has suffered the pain that pursuing a way of life that requires constant road work to survive...who has played to thousands in beautiful halls and to a dozen in a dim lit bar. Music will always survive because of, as Kristofferson put it, ‘the poets, the pickers, the prophets, the pushers, the pilgrims, the preachers, and the problems w,hen they’re stoned...the walking contradictions partly truth and partly fiction..taking every wrong direction on their lonely way back home.’
Caroline Aiken may have taken some wrong directions, as she will freely admit...but she has always found her way back home through her music...and through her music she has healed millions of hearts on that lonely road and brought them hope...and given them peace if only for awhile. I know ‘cause I am one of those millions...thanks, Caroline, for your devotion to your craft and for being one of the artists who truly practices their art and will always be the future of music, as you have been its past. The apps, the delivery methods, the hype, the flavor of the week starlet...will come and go, but the true artists will never die. Caroline, I am proud to have crossed paths with you..and to have been able to walk the path with you for a time. God bless you.”
~ Bruce Burch, songwriter
“Sensual voice, expert guitar, masterful songwriting.”
Victory Music, Seattle
"The Best Acoustic Act"
"The Real Deal" Performing Songwriter Mag
Santa Cruz Goodtimes
"CA tears her 12 string a whole new consciousness"
Blue Suede News
"Caroline is one of Atlanta’s most talented and respected performing songwriters. I guarantee absolute joy.."
Eddie Owen of Eddie’s Attic
August U’s writer’s conference was made all the more memorable by your terrific performance and craft talk. All starred reviews from all the respondees. Thank you!
Tony Kellman - Prof. of Creative Writing
Caroline Aiken, often cited as one of the cornerstones of the Decatur folk movement, has long been at the forefront of modern folk and acoustic expression, and her soothing, fine wood-grain voice purrs with a youthful innocence one minute, then growls like a wise old blue singer the next, marking each song with her trademark, time-honed stamp of quality...
- Lee Valentine Smith
photo by See Video below of song dedicated to me!
|Might as well look at the video I posted of Chauncey Bowers - he dedicated the song about Spiders having Sex to me. Hot off the release of his debut CD, Rumors Of Reason, Chauncey Bowers is a man on a mission. His career path from assistant “repo man” to Harvard-educated scientist made an unlikely turn to the folk music circuit. Often compared to John Prine or Randy Newman, his barbed humor and explosive songwriting lights up any audience with whom his songs come in contact. "His songs make listeners think, and feel, and laugh – but the laughter has bite.” —Bliss Bowen, Pasadena Weekly "Chauncey Bowers is a world class songwriter, musician and performer... A Hidden Treasure" —Tracy Newman (Emmy Award winner) “One of the most original writers on the Los Angeles songwriter scene.” — Bill Berry, Songwriter’s Square|
|"An incredible and intelligent musician and songwriter with an angelic voice that I`d kill for" - Dave Alvin Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew up. He`s since gone on to build a solid career for himself as a solo artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter. Shea is equally at home with an acoustic guitar and a set of ballads and stories, or with his worn old Telecaster burning through a set of his own songs and a few honky-tonk standards. With nine critically acclaimed albums he’s performed all over Southern California, the West Coast and across the country and in Europe. "Shea is to interior California what Joe Ely is to west Texas: his music evokes deep Kern, San Bernardino and Riverside counties the way Ely nailed down Laredo - two pinches of old Mexico, a blast of exhaust from the bossman`s new Suburban and a baseline of working-stiff desperation." **** four stars - Jackson Griffith Shea’s storytelling, songwriting and performing skills place him in the tradition alongside the finest California roots singer-songwriters of the last 40 years including Dave Alvin, Tom Russell and John Stewart." - Terry Roland, No Depression "a hauntingly nostalgic vocalist, imperative guitarist and literate, detail rich songwriter, do yourself a favor" - Sing Out Click For Recent Press Quotes Video Links: Mexicali Train http://youtu.be/LSTXfoAoLwc Que Mas Quieres? Live at Slims SF https://youtu.be/ZWTt0BZP95M Mariachi Hotel https://youtu.be/RGsAdNpRpjI Nelly Bly - Live at McCabes https://youtu.be/Gtfn4o6SN0U Sweet Bernardine https://youtu.be/VCnA7AirBok Link to my YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/rickshea Some Past Shows: Canmore Folk Festival Strawberry Festival Tucson Folk Festival Sisters Folk Festival Kate Wolf Festival Claremont Folk Festival Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival - Tullamore Ireland Maverick Festival - Suffolk, England McCabes - Santa Monica The Freight and Salvage - Berkeley The Palms - Winters Kuumbwa - Santa Cruz Palookaville - Santa Cruz The Living Tradition - Anaheim Sings Like Hell Concert Series Bow Valley Folk Club - Calgary Full Moon Folk Club - Edmonton Acoustic Music San Diego The Tractor Tavern - Seattle Mississippi Studios - Portland The Iota - D.C. Fitzgeralds - Chicago Slim`s - San Francisco The Belly Up - San Diego Mucky Duck - Houston The Bugle Boy - La Grange Tx Paradiso - Amsterdam Honolulu Academy of Arts - Honolulu Roots on the Rails Whelans - Dublin IE Dolans - Limerick IE|
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Jesse Kalin has been pursuing and perfecting his first love: music. Jesse’s original band, Moon Dogs, traveled extensively across the United States in the early 90’s opening for such artists as Peter Frampton, Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Starship, Orleans, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band and a host of others. His band Cool Black Kettle, which he formed in the late 90’s released “Move On” in 2002, and is still being played on national and international radio stations. Currently, Jesse is excited about focusing his creative talents on his solo career and is writing and recording in his home town of Lake Tahoe, California, with plans to release his first CD sometime in 2012.
When Jesse is performing with his band, as a duet, and more recently as a solo artist, his passion for music can be heard and felt in each and every song he plays. Influenced by a wide variety of musicians and musical genres, Jesse captures a distinctive style in both his cover and original music. His dynamic live performance incorporates vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica and flute and has been described as “grass roots American groove”.
Whether you enjoy the classic rock sounds of Eric Clapton, The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the country styling’s of Lyle Lovett and the Zac Brown Band or the softer sounds of James Taylor, David Grey and Van Morrison, Jesse has something to offer for every taste.
In addition, Jesse’s original work will have you clapping for more. His talent, charisma and energy guarantees a unique experience at every performance and you will see why he has been voted the “Best of Tahoe” over seven times.
Dana Cooper: The Conjurer
“I’ve always considered myself an outsider as far as the music industry goes,” Dana Cooper says. “I focused on a grassroots career by making albums I liked and that I took to people by playing live. Now that’s what everyone says is the new music model, that you build a sustaining career by playing live and sticking to your own vision. If that’s the case, then I figure I’m ahead of the game, because I’ve been doing it that way for more than 30 years.”
With his newest release, The Conjurer Cooper strikes a powerful balance between a lived-in, natural artistry and a passionate desire to speak one’s truth. Finding that balance between craft and art takes experience, and this is where Cooper’s lifelong commitment to his work shows: Having started performing more than 40 years ago at age 16, he owns an expert craftsman’s skilled hand and a dedicated artist’s constant desire to tap deeper into his own experience.
Cooper’s talent has been obvious from the beginning. Signed with Elektra Records in 1973, that talent has taken him around the world, performing regularly to enthusiastic audiences in Europe and nearly every state in the Union. Always a critic’s favorite, he’s never rested on his laurels, as The Conjurer makes clear.
Often accorded the accolade of a ‘songwriter’s songwriter,’ his songs have been covered by numerous recording artists, many acclaimed songwriters themselves, including Maura O’Connell, Claire Lynch, Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. He has been a featured performer on many prestigious TV and radio programs, including Austin City Limits and Mountain Stage, and he is a much-anticipated annual regular on the main stage at the esteemed Kerrville Music Festival. His worldwide audience includes hotbeds of Americana music in Europe, where Cooper has performed at the Belfast Songwriters Festival and tours regularly in Sweden and Denmark, often with support from the well-regarded Danish band The Sentimentals.
Working for the first time with co-producer Thomm Jutz on The Conjurer provided Cooper a creative boost. A guitarist in Nanci Griffith’s touring band, Jutz also has worked with Mary Gauthier, Pat McLaughlin, David Olney and Steve Young, among others. Working in Jutz’s TJ Studios in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Cooper went for a rawer, more organic sound than on past recordings.
His bandmates in the studio also rose to the occasion. The lineup includes a rhythm section featuring Griffith’s longtime drummer, Pat McInerney, and bassist Dave Roe, who played with Johnny Cash for the last decade of his career. Jutz joined Cooper on guitar, drawing the singer to describe his co-producer’s playing “as remarkable, restrained and tasteful,” high praise considering Cooper’s own considerable six-string skills. The exemplary multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin played fiddle, mandolin and steel guitar, while percussion wizard Kirby Shelstad plays the tablas, giving Cooper’s venerable song “Jesse James” a darker texture than in its previous version. Grammy award winning singer songwriter Kim Carnes who co-wrote the opening song, “Enough”, joins those singing harmony with Cooper on the album.
As the album’s eclectic nature suggests, Cooper long ago stopped trying to fit into categories. Ostensibly an acoustic singer-songwriter presenting contemporary adult songs, Cooper draws on folk, blues, rock, reggae, pop and country. The Conjurer features some of the bluest, rawest music of Cooper’s career, as well as some of the sunniest and most tender. He ties it all together through sheer force of his creative vision, his expressive voice and his distinctively rhythmic guitar style.
Dana Cooper has not just been practicing art in his own way for more than thirty years; he’s been succeeding at it. A popular speaker and mentor at songwriting workshops, he’s become what elders should be: a role model. Having just created the best album of his career, he’s still showing others that inspiration and vision aren’t about trends, but about tapping into what you do best.
Debra Davis writes hooky songs that hit deep. The singer/songwriter and her “band of gold” are powerfully fun live, and have a big national following of fans who call themselves “debheads.”
Debra is a storyteller—her songs make you think and feel…and sing along. Her latest CD, “Complete” (GCG Records), is packed with some of her most powerful material yet. “In the course of a couple years I was dealing with loss of loved ones, and then the birth of my daughter, Ella. So this album speaks of survival, and of the whole the circle of life.”
The first single, “Born to Love You,” features a duet with 5-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross. Songs from Debra’s 3 CDs—”Complete,” “Angels in the Attic” and “Uninvited Guests”—have been featured on numerous TV shows including “Beautiful People” (ABC), “Dawson’s Creek“ (WB), “Joan of Arcadia” (CBS), “Any Day Now” (Lifetime), “The Bold & The Beautiful” (CBS), and films like “Dangerous Proposition,” “Implicated,” and “All You Need.” Her song “Supernatural High” is the end title track for a new indie film at Tribeca, and she has 4 songs on the soundtrack to the popular Web TV series “We Have to Stop Now,” starring Meredith Baxter Bierny.
She wrote the new theme song for the Global Girl Media organization, empowering underserved girls with skills and opportunities across the world. Debra’s songs inspired a book of angel stories called “An Angel In My Life,” written by children and sponsored by RIF, Reading Is Fundamental. She co-founded the non-profit group Music Heals, bringing arts enrichment to inner-city kids.
Debra’s music can also be heard on radio stations nationwide, Internet radio, retail in-store and airline in-flight music stations. She is featured on the “Real Artists Working” documentary on PBS affiliates, on the “Innervieworld” music interview webcast, & on an “Angel Encounters” episode (TNN, The Nashville Network that explored the stories behind her songs.
Debra was featured as the cover story in “Singer/Musician” national magazine. Her song, “Supernatural High,” is the SonyWonder CD single for the best-selling kids’ book series “Avalon: Web of Magic,” and her new song, “Golden” is promoting the books’ new Manga series.
Debra has toured nationwide playing festivals and venues like Summerfest, PRIDE, Eat’m Las Vegas, LA Marathon, AIDS Walk LA, Revlon Run/Walk, the Bluebird in Nashville, Billboard Live, House of Blues, the Troubadour and the Coach House in SoCal, as well as numerous radio on-airs and morning TV shows. She’s opened for such artists as Christopher Cross, Edwin McCain, and Collective Soul.
Her songs are on several compilation CDs for good causes, including “Artists Against Cancer,“ “It’s About Eve” for breast cancer research, and “Home” for Children International.
Debra grew up in Orange County, CA, and started songwriting and performing at a very young age. After high school graduation, she landed a job as a singer/dancer at Baxter Street Dinner Theater in Newport Beach. There, she met her hubby/drummer, Dave Beyer, who drums for such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Christopher Cross, Loggins & Messina and Wilson Phillips.
Debra also performs corporate gigs, teaches guitar, piano, voice and songwriting to youth; created a music program for her daughter’s school; and is a journalist for the Los Angeles Times and other publications.
Laurel Thomsen & Dan FrechetteSinger/Songwriter
Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen:|
What do you get when you combine the forces of a mesmerizing and soulful classically trained violinist and a prodigious and prolific Canadian singer/songwriter who met via the internet?
She hails from the coastal beauties of Monterey, CA, began teaching and performing professionally as a teenager, and has performed and recorded with ensembles ranging from orchestras to singer-songwriters and tribute bands. He hails from the rocky and remote reaches of the Canadian Shield and was signed to a major publishing company as a prolific teenager who’d already penned a remarkable 500 songs, now numbering upwards of 1300.
Dan has recorded 13 solo albums and many of his songs have been covered successfully by other artists, including Canada’s The Duhks, "You Don’t See It", Australia’s The Ploughboys, "Who Will Take My Place?", and Ireland’s Dervish, "My Bride And I". These masterfully crafted songs moved a reviewer for Sing Out Magazine to declare Dan "one of the most talented singer-songwriters I’ve heard in a long time." (Mike Regenstreif, Vol. 49 #3 page 136, Fall 2005, Sing Out magazine).
Though based over 2,000 miles apart, the duo found a way through the Fall of 2012 to foster their musical synergy and will be touring together in 2013. Dan and Laurel bring a joy to music and power to phrases that move listeners, reminding audiences that the best moments in music (and in life) are full of surprises.
Simon Lynge has been to the future, and he likes what he saw, “I saw the mountains and the rivers and the beauty of us all”. |
With those lines, Simon sums up his outlook on life and a basis for his music. His debut album, The Future, (just named Album of the Week by MDR – radio and TV in Germany) introduces Simon as a fully–formed contender for major success. It was recorded at Bright Orange Studios in Los Angeles with co– producers Matt Forger (Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney) and Jon Mattox (The Young Dubliners). The Future is a musical beauty worthy of the wide audience it is finding after entering the BBC UK charts at #22 one day after the June 7 release. It also hit #1 on the Amazon.com UK Rock charts. German Rolling Stone just did a two page feature on this new artist and The Koelner in Cologne said Simon’s music is “Full of fresh craftwork, positive energy and original ideas... This is so beautiful it makes you want to listen to it very loudly and again and again.”
The forces that shaped Simon for this moment are elemental gifts – a receptive mind and heart, a musical family, opportunity and bone– sure drive. Simon’s music roots are Inuit–Scandinavian. Raised in the beautiful steppes of Greenland, Simon’s early years were spent outside of school, at play, often helping to tend his neighbor’s sheep. He was constantly exposed to music and storytelling by his multitalented father Karl, who played accordion with the “Greenlandic Bob Dylan” Rasmus Lyberth, and also worked with Eskimo folklore in the Tukak Theatre Group. Simon later enrolled in the Holstebro Music Conservatory in Denmark, where he immersed himself in the study of drums, piano and opera. His musical hunger led him to the guitar and songwriting, and he quickly found himself co–writing and performing with exceptional talents in the Copenhagen songwriter scene. Invitations followed to perform at Kashmir Club in London, to write and perform on Nashville’s Music Row and in Los Angeles. To complete the circle, Simon recently returned to the Danish capitol to perform to 25,000 fans at the famed Tivoli Gardens.
He writes and performs mostly on guitar with a style that produces bell–like harmonies that splinter in gorgeous patterns around superb melodies. It’s there his spirit moves best. Never too clever or self conscious, Simon’s music wraps round you like a new hug from an old friend. When the word got out about Simon’s talents, it worked like a magnet attracting world–renowned talents like bass–player Lee Sklar (James Taylor, Jackson Browne), guitarist Shane Fontayne (Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon), drummer Jay Bellerose (Marc Cohen, Madeliene Peyroux), and bassist Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, CSN).
|True North is an acoustic trio ensemble of three wonderful and well-respected singer-songwriters,; Eva Hillered of Stockholm, Sweden, Patrick Rydman of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Janni Littlepage of northern California, USA. Their respective styles traverse many musical genres from Folk and Americana, to Rock, Roots, Pop, Jazz, and Country, and their performances consist of songs co-written together, as well as their original material arranged for three voices and accompanied by guitars, dulcimer and percussion. Though they live on distant continents, they are great friends who love each other’s music, and have written songs together for the past few years. Performing for the first time as a trio ensemble at the Copenhagen Songwriters Festival in Denmark in August 2012, the response was overwhelming and they realized that what they had created together with the amalgam of their individual styles and the blend of their voices and vocal harmonies was very unique. Thus, True North was born. EVA HILLERED is a Swedish recording and touring singer-songwriter. Eva’s unique voice boasts a deep soulfulness coming from the need of expressing herself in songwriting from a very early age. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Eva has made seven solo albums, was grammy nominated for her debut album and she tours in Scandinavia, USA, and Germany. www.evahillered.se / www.reverbnation.com/evahillered / www.singingsongwritingstudio.se Video single: “For Peace In Us All” http://youtu.be/F7bYkAAQ7Hg PATRICK RYDMAN is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer from Gothenburg, Sweden. He has appeared on many recordings, not least with the Amanda vocal ensemble, with several international tours and Swedish Grammy nominations to their credit. He`s also been a vocal soloist with several big bands and orchestras throughout Sweden, produced other artists and written music for stage and radio. www.patrickrydman.com / www.reverbnation.com/patrickrydman Video single: “The Gingerbread Man” http://youtu.be/RCG1SNeYMGA JANNI LITTLEPAGE, from Northern California, is a singer, songwriter, poet, and musician. Throughout her career, she has worked with many notable recording artists, musicians, and producers. Janni’s song “A Rain Of Angels”, graces Lila McCann’s platinum debut album on Asylum Records, and recently, she released her own new album, “Strange Angels” in Scandinavia, Europe and the U.K. (publicity, Europe: Hemifran.com) www.jannilittlepage.com / www.reverbnation.com/jannilittlepage Video single: “All My Days” http://youtu.be/9q3fkdQf9wo "True North is a gathering of songwriters, a chorus of voices, and the expression of many passions. True North possesses that certain subtle something. True North is that rock solid groundswell of music and purpose. True North has that, “Oh yeah baby!...that’s why we came to this concert!” moment, within every song. True North. Yes. Of course." --Daniel Mandel Music, Oakland, California|
Tommy Faia And The True Blue Facts consisted of Tom Faia on guitar, harmonica and vocals and David Rosenkranz on drums and flute. They first got together in grade school and continued performing together off and on through high school. In 1966 David had a drumming job at a studio in Los Angeles and he told Tom to come down so he could shop his songs around. They recorded a demo at the studio David was working at and the owner of the studio took the songs around L.A. Producer/manager Ed Forsyth liked what he heard and within a couple of weeks had secured a deal with A&M records. They went into the studio and recorded "Who’s Got The Right" and "I’m Back", two songs Tom had written, with a studio band including James Burton on guitar. The second single was "Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain" and "The Boy I Left Behind" which have the "Blossoms" singing backup. The third and final single was another original by Tom "You’ve Got My Soul" with a non original "An Exception To The Rule" on the flip side. The Blossoms again added their backup vocals to the record. Tom and David were with A&M for about two years but they couldn’t seem to get the elusive "hit" single.
Later Tom became known in Nashville and LA for his clever and infectious music. Tom wrote songs recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Mandrell and rock legend Dobie Gray. Today Tom is still writing classic good-feeling tunes, but this time he’s performing them, too! Tom’s self-titled debut album includes all original material. With the help of friends Tom Ayres and Yuji Togo on guitar, Dennis Murphy on bass, and Jimmy Norris on drums, Faia plays harmonica and his strong rhythm acoustic guitar holds it all together. He’s lived and performed in LA and Nashville and now he’s back home on the Monterey Peninsula living his dream and recording his second album to be released in 2012. Tom’s currently playing solo acoustic shows throughout California as well as shows with his band, The Juice, which includes friends Dave Evert on guitar, Scott Rudoni on bass, and Bill Kucher on drums.
Tom And David are still good friends today and both live on the Monterey Pennisula.
Tom has his own great web site.
|After thirty years in Los Angeles, Nicole is proud to make the Central Coast her home. A former concert artist, hard times and heartbreak turned her towards songwriting. In 2012, Nicole released a new EP of original material inspired by Tin Pan Alley composers, “The Original Standards Project,” which featured jazz all-stars Dan Lutz, Ray Brinker (Tierney Sutton band), and John Boswell. In 2014, Nicole had the honor of having her original song, "Planned For Love", demoed on Sugar Joans (season 7; The Voice). “Lies For Christmas,” her original song performed by the Cement River jam band, was used in the feature film “The Co-exist Comedy Tour” (Starz network). An upcoming folk-pop CD, "Poison Tide" features some of the finest players in Central California and Scandinavia. Recent projects have included a Joan Baez tribute with Dan (Bald) Dylan.|
Tracy Newman & The ReinforcementsSinger/Songwriter
Tracy Newman is a TV writer and producer. She started as a staff writer on Cheers. In 1997, she won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for co-writing the ground-breaking “coming out” episode of Ellen. In 2001 she co-created the ABC comedy, According to Jim. Tracy has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was 14. Her band is called Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements. Her CDs are “A Place in the Sun” and “I Just See You.” For more details: www.tracynewman.com.
Tracy Newman grew up in Los Angeles. She started playing guitar as a young teen, usually sitting on the diving board of her family’s pool, strumming for hours each day. Back then she was mostly influenced by the Kingston Trio, because she could actually play some of their songs, especially “Tom Dooley” which had, and still has, only two chords.
After high school, Tracy wanted to be a folksinger, but her parents insisted she go to college. She went to the U of A in Tucson and quickly dug up the “folk” community. Soon she stopped attending college and was playing on street corners for money.
Understandably, this freaked out her mother who flew to Tucson and dragged her back to LA for “help.” The therapist, an elderly man in a suit and tie, kept nodding off during Tracy’s sessions. I guess he couldn’t relate to an upper middle class teenage girl who just wanted to be a folksinger. It’s taken Tracy a while to get back to her dream.
r>In the early 70s, she joined an improvisation class taught by Gary Austin, which soon became The Groundlings. Tracy is a founding member, and besides being in the show, she began teaching and directing there. Her sister, Laraine Newman was the first Groundling to be discovered there by Lorne Michaels for Saturday Night Live. Others include Phil Hartmann, Jon Lovitz, Julia Sweeney, Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Kristen Wigg, and Chris Kattan. And other notable Groundling alumni – Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, Kathy Griffin and Lisa Kudrow.
It was at the Groundlings that Tracy met her future TV writing partner, Jonathan Stark. They started on Cheers, and worked on many shows, including Bob (Bob Newhart), The Nanny, Ellen, The Drew Carey Show and Hiller and Diller (Richard Lewis and Kevin Nealon.)
In 1997, they won the Emmy and the prestigious Peabody Award for writing the ground-breaking “coming out” episode of Ellen. In 2001, they created the ABC comedy, According to Jim, which recently completed it’s eighth and final season of production. Tracy has been writing songs all along and is once again performing full-time. Her debut CD is “A Place in the Sun” followed by "I Just See You" in 2012. Her current band is made up of Gene Lippmann, Rebecca Leigh, John Cartwright, Paula Fong and Doug Knoll. The music is essentially acoustic folk. They do a funny, moving and memorable show.
Erica Sunshine LeeSinger/Songwriter
|Erica Sunshine Lee is an incredibly talented Nashville Recording Country Singer/Songwriter, who just released her 4th studio album “I’m Still Me” and recently toured throughout Australia, Thailand, New Zealand and the US promoting her newest hit single “Drinking and Driving Me Crazy.” Originally from Georgia, Erica Sunshine Lee is a true southern gem and prolific songwriter who has toured with legendary David Allan Coe, Jack Ingram, Wayne Mills, and written over 1000 songs, including songs cut on records by Australia’s ‘Viper Creek Band’, ‘Wayne Mills’ and ‘Kenny Johnson’. Writing over 50 songs in 2012 with just other Australian Artists such as Bill Chambers, Mitchell Shadlow, The Viper Creek Band, and Aleyce Simmonds, as well as being the only international artist selected to perform at the Mildura festival in Australia, Sunshine has been well received down under, gaining fans worldwide, and just had her first top 10 single in Europe. Erica Sunshine Lee was recently selected as Georgia-Country’s artist of the month, and already hard at work recording her next album in Nashville, Tennessee, Erica Sunshine Lee tours back and forth across the country singing heartfelt, honest and catchy true stories about her everyday life, romance, background, and southern roots, as well as recording session and background vocals on albums across the world. "I’m Still Me", Sunshine’s brand new album was just featured in New York’s premier Millenium Magazine, and her new music video “Drinking and Driving Me Crazy” was filmed in Half Moon Bay at the Longbranch Saloon. Between touring, writing, recording and modeling, Sunshine still remains very active as she surfs, mountain bikes, hikes, skydives, plays softball and basketball and is a graduate of Belmont’s Notre Dame De Namur University with a Marketing Degree. After selling cars at Putnam Chevrolet Cadillac and Hummer for 7 years on Auto Row, Erica Sunshine Lee gave up her corporate day job to pursue her dream, sharing her music around the world. *You can follow her journey and view tour dates @ www.EricaSunshineLee.com Become a fan @ www.facebook.com/EricaSunshineLeeMusic|
Brett Alan Freshour was born in 1991 in the small town of Lawton, Oklahoma. His mother (Annette Stewart) recognized his ambition to become the best at whatever it is he did at such a very early age. After joining the military, Brett’s mother and step father (Timothy Stewart) gave him the amazing opportunities to experience much more than most in a very short amount of time.
As a young boy at 7 years of age, I heard my first rock n roll record. ’’Nine Lives’’ by Aerosmith along with Tom Petty’s ’’Full moon fever’’ set my mind on the music for years to come. At the age of 9 years old a good friend of my mothers built me a skateboard mini ramp in my back yard. He was a hero to me because of this! As my friends and I took to the ramp I noticed William (Sully) Sullivan, set up on the deck of the ramp plucking at his guitar playing the ’’ Joe Dirt ’’ song ( Sweet home Alabama). I thought to myself ’’Wow, This guy is the coolest!’’ From that day forward until they finally gave in christmas the next year at age 10, I bugged my mother and step father for a guitar. My self taught style begins here.
By the age of 14 Brett realized that the poems he had written as a young boy matched wonderfully with the rhythm guitar skills he adapted. He quickly felt the desire to put a band together to start performing these songs at any gig/ open mic he could get into. Brett also just as quickly realized that music brought the band together but, money would be the only thing to keep it together. He started taking on side acting and modeling jobs by age 16 to fund his ultimate dream, which has always been to spread his Love, Peace, and rock n roll themed messages within his music.
In the summer of 2009 Brett started the band called ’’ The Locksmith’’. A local Monterey based modern rock n roll band who became well known in the Peninsula for their complex vocal harmonies and outrageous goth/retro stage attire. With notoriety from a performance on the local KION news and from various news and magazine articles, Locksmith seemed to be on their way. The band broke up after just 3 short years forcing Brett once again to be a solo artist.
Brett then took a break from music to focus more on his work for contractors at Central Coast CCD while also poking into real estate currently. Though he has spent a lot of his time lately in 2013 appreciating the other local artist in the area, he still writes new music daily crafting the wonderful ideas of the ’’ New Time’’ he intends to create. Brett currently prepares to record his first solo record in association with Kiki Wow of Carmel Valley. At 21 years old, he feels that the most important thing we can learn in life is that ’’ We are always students. With desire, enthusiasm, and absolute good faith, we are absolutely capable of accomplishing any thought or idea our minds can conceive. Our thoughts are the starting point of every single one persons reality’’
Megan Burtt & The Cure For LoveSinger/Songwriter
|On the heels of their sophomore full length release, “The Bargain”, Megan Burtt & The Cure for Love have been taking the Indie Americana-Roots Rock music scene by storm. In the last year, they have performed at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, been featured with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, toured Europe, been across the US, and opened for music industry favorites like Brett Dennen and Robert Randolph. Guitar World calls band leader, Megan Burtt “Pulsing, powerful and lovely. Burtt gracefully manipulates words and melody into a sultry delight.” Burtt is a Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Kerrville, and Westword Songwriter of the Year. Together with her band, The Cure for Love, they deliver a live show that will captivate, engage and take you on a wondrous musical journey weaving elements of pop, roots and groove music into seductive ballads and undeniable rockers. - - - - - - - - - - New Album "The Bargain" now available on iTunes: http://apple.co/1M0octA Watch Megan with The Colorado Symphony Watch Music Video for "Fast As I Go" Megan Burtt 303.594.7971 @meganburtt (twitter/instagram) www.meganburtt.com www.facebook.com/meganburttmusicpage www.youtube.com/meganburtt Get Email Updates via Megan`s Email List WINNER 2015 Best Singer/Songwriter Westword Music Awards Finalist 2014 Songwriter Serenade Competition WINNER SW Region 2011 Mountain NewSong Competition WINNER 2011 Kerrville NewFolk Competition WINNER 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Finalist 2011 Great American Song Contest|
|“Havilah’s music moves across genres with ease, glancing against various facets of jazz, country, folk, blues, to stand alone as a thing in itself. Her phrasing is remarkable, syllables stretched slowly with elegance and laid down against and over each other like braids”- Scot Casey, What’s Up Magazine "Her songs fall in that country-rock area, but more like a singer-songwriter with country influences, with her voice a country-fried cross between Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow with a little Lucinda Williams grit." - Mac MacDonald, Monterey Herald “Like the trapped butterfly that Havilah sings of, she has definitely found her hole in the screen. This album is sure to take flight and be lifted on the currents of smart lyrics and a wonderfully familiar soothing voice that can rock on a dime.” Lane Gosnay - The Bugle Boy / Founder Havilah began her music career at the age of 6 when she began composing songs on an old piano given to her family by some friends. Heavily influenced early on by James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stones, The Police and a wide range of other styles, Havilah’s songs immediately took on an identity of their own. Havilah’s soulful and passionate vocal style would lead her to Interlochen Arts Academy and then on to Manhattan School of Music where she would train formally in both jazz and classical technique. Songwriting remained her true love and she soon left New York City for Seattle where she fronted pop-rock band Wish before picking up the guitar and moving on to a solo career of touring and recording. Havilah’s first three albums were recorded in the Pacific Northwest where she fell into a tight knit community of artists and musicians. After a years of touring regionally and nationally for over a decade, Havilah moved to Europe in 2006 where she was warmly welcomed in Ireland, the UK and Mediterranean. She departed Barcelona wistfully in 2007 to relocate to the Live Music Capital of the World Austin, TX where she now lives. She has earned herself a steady audience and a respected name in a town where the caliber of musicianship is nothing less than stellar. "A High Wave" is a compilation of original songs inspired by a life of walking the road less traveled and expressing the deepest of thought and emotion through music.|
James Lee StanleySinger/Songwriter
JAMES LEE STANLEY, the true renaissance man, was born in Philadelphia, PA, and has been recording and performing since he was fourteen. He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as BONNIE RAITT, ROBIN WILLIAMS, NICOLETTE LARSON and even BILL COSBY. STEVEN WRIGHT chose James Lee as his opening act for three years in a row; a testament to his professionalism and talent.|
“James Lee Stanley, a master at relating to audiences” - The San Francisco Chronicle. “Unexpected power from one acoustic guitar” - The Denver Post. “A standing ovation followed his set opening for Art Garfunkel” – The Sacramento Bee.
“This man is a great artist – his songs are finely-crafted and richly textured, with immediately memorable melodies and thought provoking lyrics, and his guitar playing is simply gorgeous, alternating between subtle finger picking. Lush chording, stark simplicity, rhythmically-charged complexity, and many and varied shades in between” – Fi Magazine.
“There is no need for back up, Stanley is a one man band, who doesn’t need any help” – the Milwaukee Journal.
“A solo performer, Stanley drew overwhelming applause for his outrageous monologue as well as his music” – The Daily Aztec, San Diego.
From the Universal Amphitheatre to the most intimate house concert, James Lee delivers the goods. He has been hailed as one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time -- FI Magazine March 1999.
Discography: JAMES LEE STANLEY JAMES LEE STANLEY,TOO 3’S THE CHARM (RCA) MIDNIGHT RADIO (MCA) RACING THE MOON (TAKOMA) ECLIPSE (JOLLYE ROGER) LIVE (MUSIC CONNECTION- TOP 5 Record of the Year)(BEACHWOOD) SIMPATICO RIPE FOR DISTRACTION COWGIRLS GET T/BLUES THE ENVOY (MAC Report - top100 AC airplay) DOMINO HARVEST TWO MAN BAND (w/ Peter Tork) ONCE AGAIN (w/ Peter Tork) TWO MAN BAND TWO (w/ Michael Smith) FREELANCE HUMAN BEING (One of the Top 200 CD’s of All Time) A BEACHWOOD CHRISTMAS (w/Peter Tork, Pamala Stanley & Tom Paxton) LIVE / BACKSTAGE @ THE COFFEE GALLERY (w/Peter Tork) THE ETERNAL CONTRADICTION ALL WOOD AND STONES W/ John Batdorf Special Guest Musicians: Timothy B Schmit (Eagles); Paul Barrere (Little Feat); Laurence Juber (Wings); Peter Tork (Monkees); Scott Breadman (Rippingtons); Ken Lyon (Lemonheads, the Divinyls); and Laura Hall (Who’s Line Is It, Anyway?) NEW TRACES OF THE OLD ROAD LIVE IN TEHACHAPI (2 DISC SET) – Recorded in June of 2009 Over Two hours live BACKSTAGE AT THE RESURRECTION 2011, February 14 Release Date ALL WOOD AND DOORS W/ Cliff Eberhardt 2011, May 24 Release Date Special Guest Musicians: Timothy B Schmit (Eagles); Paul Barrere (Little Feat); Laurence Juber (Wings); Peter Tork (Monkees); Scott Breadman (Rippingtons);Chad Watson (Janis Ian); Rick Ruskin; John Batdorf; and Very Special Guests John Densmore and Robby Krieger (The Doors)
Emmy Award Winning - CATHY Specials (from the comic strip) for prime time CBS TV
Cable Ace Award Winning TOM PARKS - HBO Special
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART, a musical in development, scheduled for release - Fall 2012
It is only a long lived singer-songwriter career that lets JAMES LEE STANLEY unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric. But a whole new dimension is added when James Lee performs live. These incredible songs, coupled with his outragously hilarious repartee, make for an evening of hilarity and tenderness and one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit. He has been hailed as one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time - FI Magazine March 1999.
|Without a doubt, one of the best performances that I have seen... a musical experience that you do not want to miss.” Roy Donkin - Cambridge Drive Concerts - Goleta / Santa Barbara “Two things stand out about the Koles’ music. First is the songwriting. Then there are those voices..." Steve Brogden - President, Far West/ Folk Alliance “It is a rare delight to encounter a band that sounds as good (or better!) live, as their videos and recordings.” Sabrina & Craig - Hosts - LA Acoustic LIVE! @ Hallenbeck’s “Very few have touched me metaphysically. Arlene Kole touched me as she does all who hear and listen to her... an “out of the park” homerun of modern music, melody and sound.” Dave Chambers - Ghost Ranch Concerts - Lake Havasu, AZ|
|BOSCOE’S BROOD (aka Sam Regalado) earned his musical stripes in the Los Angeles coffee house, bar and nightclub scene. Weaned on the music of The Beatles, his tastes and songwriting style eventually expanded and came to include progressive, alternative, harmonic and pop genres; those that today he blends into a creative acoustic sound. Many of his songs are often windows designed to observe the often-quirky lives and habits of everyday people. A veteran road warrior, Boscoe’s Brood has amassed considerable performance miles from San Diego through Seattle, having serenaded music lovers throughout the west with his with guitar, loop, and harmony effects. It’s who he’s been and who he is. Facebook Music Page https://www.facebook.com/boscoesbroodmusic/ Originals Boscos Brood Live.mp4 Covers https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B14McGJodeztODBRM2lERzNMQWc/view|
Odi (ON TOUR)Singer/Songwriter
|Best Female Act 2011 Winner - UK Exposure Music Awards (EMAs) Chosen by Emerging Icons as one of the top unsigned acts to playat The 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. "Her songs demand to be listened to. I’m not a fan of camparisons, but if Suzanne Vega had been born in Wexford she would have been Odi" FATEA Magazine (also awarded top 3 female vocalist of 2010 alongside Thea Gilmore & Fay Hleld. ODI LEEDS MUSIC SCENE Originally from Co Wexford in Ireland, singer-songwriter ODi has the aura, voice and poise, which provides a musical glow, to every member of the audience. A very special performer now receiving the plaudits she richly deserves. Norwich Arts Centre An Irish female singer/guitar player, joined by Dave Redfearn on guitar and harmonica. Her voice covers a large range and has a powerful but haunting quality, a wonderful mix of gentle Irish tinged vocals with energetic choruses that gets inside of you and draws you in. She dedicated a track called A Superman to Craig AKA The Tilting Sky for all the effort that he puts into helping artists and bands get heard, which caused cheers from the audience. She sung it smiling across the room, glad to be able to have a way to say thanks, and enjoying every moment of her set. Dave, never really ever stood still, always little bobbing, tapping to the beat, joining in with Odi, the harmonies between these two were wonderful, in perfect time and complemented each other well bringing an added depth to the song. As the song got towards the end it built up, becoming faster, more emotional, and intense, to die back down to a softer finish. She has been described as being like Suzanne Vega and I would have to agree, she has the diversity in her music to be compared to her and the likes of Sheryl Crowe����www.unitedmoshers.com Album Review Glorious vocals bring this stunning album to life Odi is an Irish singer/songwriter whose music combines folk, acoustic, pop, rock and indie. Odi played her first gig three years a go, since that time she has supported Eleanor McEvoy, Brian Kennedy and Seth Lakeman as well as playing gigs in Ireland, the UK and Germany. Odi has already been tipped as one of the top five artists to watch in 2010 by MySpace/Vodafone. Dave Redfearn joins Odi on vocals and guitar. Odi’s musical influences include Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Elbow. Odi’s debut album MASLOW’S SONGBOOK was recorded with producer Karl Odlum, who has worked with the likes of Fionn Regan. Odi’s vocals blend together an upbeat version of Didowith the strong vocals of Dolores O’Riordan. The album opens with Red Light an upbeat slightly rocky folk number. The vocals are strong and engaging and the melody is catchy. Something Beautiful is a forthcoming single. This is an enigmatic song full of magical vocals, which enthral. Odi effortlessly blends folk with pop; the end result is a really classy sound. Real To Me has a gentler more acoustic sound. The vocals here are haunting and packed full of emotion. Make It Better is a glorious song with delicious vocals. This song sees Odi in fine form with her vocals seamlessly blending a mixture of Tracy Chapman and Vanessa Carlton together. The backing music adds atmosphere and depth. Leaving My Love In New York sees the pace pick up a little. This is a more dramatic edgy folk/pop song. One In A Million has a very organic sound. I’m Done has a slight blues feel and an up-tempo beat. You Can’t Have It All is a vibrant folk/pop song backed with uplifting music. You Win But You Lose is a charming song with delicate vocals. Odi’s vocals have a slight touch of Carly Simon about them on this standout number. This is a striking folk infused song. Mariposa is another song, which really showcases Odi’s beautiful vocals. Here her vocals are warming and quite enthralling. This is a song that fans of good quality modern folk and country will enjoy. Lonely Ballerina leads nicely into the final song on the album Maslow’s Love Song, running at slightly over five minutes; this is a fantastic song to end the album on. Glorious haunting vocals, a little reminiscent of Tori Amos, give this song drama and character. This is an album bursting with top quality vocals and strong songs. One listen will never be quite enough! https://twitter.com/odimusic https://www.facebook.com/pages/ODi/72244380205 http://www.reverbnation.com/odi|
Amber Lynn NicolSinger/Songwriter
|Amber Lynn is an edgy singer-songwriter based in St. Petersburg, FL. She’s known for her smokey voice and powerful songs that span the boarders of blues, rock and country. She is entirely independent, owning her own record label, writing and producing her own music. Her much anticipated, full-length album, "Broader Horizons" was recorded in Nashville, TN and released on December 15, 2012. The album was successfully funded by Amber Lynn’s fans on Kickstarter.com. The previous year, her “Beach Day” EP landed her TV, radio, and festival gigs throughout the southeastern US. Amber Lynn was featured in TBT’s 2012 Best Local Musicians Guide. She was born in New Jersey and raised up and down the East Coast. She moved to Florida with her family at age 15 to be closer to her Grandfather. Prior to that she spent most of her time in New Jersey and several years living in the small town of Morrisville, North Carolina. Amber Lynn is the oldest of four siblings. She took 12 years of dance lessons growing up and studied the piano and the trombone before finding her way to the guitar in her early teens. She started singing and writing before she was 5 years old. Amber Lynn’s plans for 2013 include multiple tours in the Southeast and out to California. She is currently writing songs for her new album, which has yet to be titled. This album will depart from the contemporary Nashville country sound that shines in her last two releases, and will feature a more electric blues and indie rock style, which is already evident in some of Amber Lynn’s releases like “Criminal” and “Ever There.” Amber Lynn has a puppy named "Roo Dog" and she loves him very much. He is smart and furry and he loves pig ears. Amber Lynn rescued Roo Dog from the Humane Society. He is a Mountain Cur mix. Sometimes Roo Dog hangs out on stage at her shows and accompanies her on the road as a security guard and co-pilot.|
Int`l Songwriters ShowcaseSinger/Songwriter
|Come and enjoy the fabulous songwriters are from all over the world presented by Brett Perkins, founder and host of the International Songwriters Retreat. This special concert presentation of new songs co-written during the previous week on the annual Listening Room International Songwriters Retreat in Ben Lomond. One of the foreign artists featured will be French songwriter Magali Michaut www.magalimichaut.com|
|I love surprises - you won’t believe your ears!|
Dan Beck BandSinger/Songwriter
|A unique Blue Jazz sound, the Dan Beck Band has achieved international acclaim over the past year. A Salinas-based guitarist, singer & songwriter with jazz, blues & a bit of rock in his blood, Dan Beck burst onto the scene after quitting his corporate job in organic produce and founded the Dan Beck Band to follow his passion for music and storytelling. A composer by trade, Beck learned to play classical guitar as a child and has been entertaining crowds ever since he was in college. The Dan Beck Band`s first album was released in March.|
|Songwriter and acclaimed drummer Michelle Mangione has just released "The Edge of Madness". The single, which is her second collaboration with rock icon Grace Slick (formerly of Jefferson Airplane) was chosen as one of Rolling Stone Magazine`s "Top Singles" in November, and can be downloaded from iTunes, where proceeds will be donated to victims of the latest Gulf Coast disaster. Slick, who describes Mangione as “…a gifted artist and poetic songwriter” also contributed lyrics to two of the songs on Michelle`s second CD "What is a Saint", and in 2007 the rock legend-turned-painter provided the cover art for Mangione’s critically acclaimed debut CD Life Beneath the Sun after hearing a demo version of the album. From its inception much of Michelle`s sophomore release, "What is a Saint" was created primarily by Mangione in her home “bedroom” studio – from writing to arrangements, to production to performances. In addition to most of the acoustic and electric guitar work on the record, she plays drums, piano and percussion. ”Financial constraints” translates to “get as creative as you can with what you have” for the artist, who was once seen putting on a pair of heavy boots in the bathroom to get that specific sound “only shoes can make” for the recording of the song “Sticky Fingers.” Michelle also assembled a team of some of her favorite musicians to play on the CD, including Greg Leisz (Beck, Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant & Alison Kraus), Duncan Cameron (Amazing Rhythm Aces, Little Feat, Sawyer Brown) and Larry Hanson (Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Alabama). A familiar face in the Los Angeles music scene, Mangione first polished her chops playing drums for such greats as saxophonist Buddy Collette and guitarist Robben Ford. An accomplished drummer by age 16, Mangione taught herself to play guitar, bass and piano while growing up in Los Angeles. She studied under legendary jazz drummer Kay Carlson before going on to graduate at a young age from Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood. She later taught at PIT and then became a successful road musician. Mangione was well-known in the rock world as the drummer and driving force behind the band Sideswipe, named one of the ten Greatest Orange County Bands Ever by the OC Weekly and winner of two Orange County Music Awards. Mangione toured nationally and abroad as singer, songwriter and drummer for the band. Audiences were drawn to the rich, alto textures of Mangione’s voice, and they connected to her lyrics. Sideswipe’s high-energy performances, lauded by music reviewers and fans alike, became synonymous with Mangione’s explosive drumming style. Delivered with a powerful voice and bold lyrics, Mangione’s songs connect the dots between personal experience and the big picture. She then sets that picture into motion through hypnotic melodies. "What is a Saint?" challenges our ability to give love freely, while “Man With a Gun,” written after she was held-up at gunpoint, examines the cycle of hate, poverty and crime. With her band, box drum and acoustic guitar, Mangione challenges the world of live music to rise to a very intimate and honest level. Her signature blend of percussion-infused acoustic music has been featured on KLOS with Jim Ladd, 100.3 The Sound F.M., WWOZ (New Orleans) CBS Radio Night Views (New York), Canada`s CUIT radio, and The Early Show with Matt McAllister on Santa Barbaras’ KTYD f.m. Mangione’s music and likeness has appeared in film and on television, including: Skins (BBC), New Now Next Music Awards (MTV, Logo), Witchblade, Time of Your Life (Sony/TriStar), Army Wives, The Travel Channel, Secret at Arrow Lake and the award-winning film True Rights. Michelle Mangione’s music is available at: iTunes, CDbaby, and other outlets..|
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|He`s ambitious - hangs out with Casey Frazier - and is doing a Kickstarter launch. Come and show your support. Check out his story at: tinyurl.com/dylanstokes|
Matt Conable BandSinger/Songwriter
|Their new acoustic lineup, sweeter than ever. On the left, Kinsha Em on percussion. Center, Matt. Right, David Trustman now on upright bass. Love this new set-up, our sound is sweet, warm, harmonies are starting to soar. Great people and great music July 19th - Jack London Pub in Carmel, CA. 7-11 pm, no cover. Facebook event link|
|About Michael McNevin: A San Francisco Bay Area native, Michael McNevin started his career with a six-month stint in New York City, cutting his troubadour teeth in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. He has a seasoned voice, accomplished guitar work, and a vivid brand of storytelling. A respected artist on the songwriter scene, he`s logged 20 years of concerts across the U.S. He`s been a main stager the Strawberry, Kerrville, High Sierra, and Philadelphia music festivals and he`s been billed in clubs and halls with the likes of Johnny Cash & The Carter Family, Shawn Colvin, Donovan, Richie Havens, Christine Lavin, Utah Phillips, Iris Dement, Greg Brown, Laura Nyro, Rosanne Cash, and 100s of others on the songwriter circuit. Winner of the prestigious Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, 6-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song Of The Year" (`91, `92, `97, `98, `05, `09), and a Performing Songwriter Magazine Top 12 “DIY Artist Of The Year". Michael`s next CD is tentatively titled "Kickin` Tires". Tracks include `Broom` & `Scarecrow` (both winners of the West Coast Songwriters `Song Of The Year` award), `Phoenixville`, `Pioneer Shindig, & `60 Years Of Sand`. Two other tracks - `This Town Is Gonna Change` & `I Shot Broncho Billy` - are also heard in the indie film "Weekend King", which uses five of his songs in the soundtrack, and casts him in a cameo role as a broke and lovesick bartender. Michael is also an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown (not kidding) - delighting and dumbfounding audiences with his song illustrations on the little red toy. His art and music have been featured on CBS "Evening Magazine", ABC, NBC, numerous other news and entertainment outlets. For the past eight years, Michael has also owned and operated the Mudpuddle Shop in Niles, CA (historic district of Fremont CA, in the SF east bay). He hosts concerts and jams, songwriter workshops, and other gatherings in this 1920s converted barbershop. Some of his original Etch A Sketch drawings hang proudly on the shop walls waiting for an earthquake. Find Michael`s tour dates and CDs at www.michaelmcnevin.com "Friend" Michael on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mudpuddlemusic. The Mudpuddle Shop is located at 37433 Niles Blvd Fremont CA 94536 Contact Michael by phone via the Mudpuddle Shop Concert Line: (510) 794-9935|
|Jim Koch is a singer/songwriter known in some circles as “The Relationship” songwriter. Like other writers he writes about life’s observations, although he is credited with writing the healthiest love song ever written, I Want You. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. Jim was born the son of a Broadcast Radio Engineer named Cliff, and Shirley, a piano playing housewife. Both parents also sang in the church choir, so consequently the house was always filled with music. Jim’s professional musical life however, began as a fusion of music and technology. As a teenager, Jim and his brother Steve would accompany their dad to KFDI, a mid-market station in Wichita. One year Jim worked all summer at the station to earn the money to buy a reel-to-reel tape recorder that he and Steve used in recording their songs. In his early adult life, Jim felt the urge to escape the Kansas landscape and he moved to Dallas, Texas. But after a couple of years in Texas he moved back and founded a Country/Rock group playing music that he had brought back from the Lone Star State. Ultimately though, Jim was pulled back to Dallas and became involved in several band projects. During this time, Jim gained a reputation as an excellent Recording Engineer/Producer. Jim loved producing local talent that he felt had a unique sound with commercial potential. He teamed up with friend and fellow musician, Mike Lovitt, in starting their own production company and studio. At this point both men started working on their own projects. For a while Jim Koch was still producing local talent, and doing an occasional live recording of performances at local clubs, and Universities, but he never stopped writing his own unique material. Though Jim co-produced 2 CDs for his band Ooga Booga, and a couple of others for local artists, Jim released his own live CD, Crimes and Missed D minors. In 2009…Jim Koch relocated to Monterey, California and released his studio produced CD, Two Foot Fetish (2011 on Promethean). He did a small summer tour to Nashville and back to promote the CD. Now he is living in Wichita, Kansas and is currently working on a third CD which will return him to his Country/Rock influences.|
|Howdy, folks! My name is Rusty Preston and I`m proud to introduce my inaugural CD "When We Called," a collection of heartfelt originals along with several American classics. As an Army brat, I grew up in Kentucky listening to bluegrass and country, and singing a lot of gospel at home and in church. After running away from home in high school and going on the road to finish high school, then on to college and an Army career of my own, I returned to Kentucky 40 years later to record this CD of personal favorites.|
|Rose Merrill is a folk/rock acoustic singer/songwriter living in Carmel Valley. Performing from the Monterey area, Big Sur River Inn, and Los Angeles, (Genghis Cohen, Rainbow Room, and Malibu). Her CD release concert, Driving Home, was a highlight performance at Hidden Valley Music Center. Her influences, Stevie Nicks, and Neil Young.|
|This is Bob Cheevers` 50th year as a songwriter. He’s written over 3,000 of ‘em. He`s the 2011 Texas Music Awards “Singer/songwriter of the year” and an Emmy winning songwriter who was opener for what was to be Johnny Cash’s final tour. His 10 commercial CDs offer a wealth of characters some of whom are real and others imagined. A seasoned, journeyman performer with endless tales of to tell, the road he’s been on has resulted in a fine tuned musical voice and the spinning of his rootsy, blues-flavored tales of life in conversational language of the heart. His Austin pal Ray Wylie Hubbard says “Bob Cheevers is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic, beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen." Press release: Having grown up in the R&B/Blues flavor of the Memphis/Mississippi Delta then moving into the pop field of Southern California for 25 years followed by 16 years as a staff writer for a major country music publisher in Nashville and finally landing in Austin, Texas 7 years ago, Bob Cheevers has covered all the musical bases and come up with his own unique style blending character songs with those of personal experience. The 2011 Texas Music Awards “Singer/songwriter of the year” with an Emmy under his belt and a stint as opener for what was to be Johnny Cash’s final tour, Cheevers has just entered his 50th year as a song writer and his 12 year of Europe tours the last one was 25 concerts in 30 nights this past november promoting his brilliant new “On Earth As It Is In Austin” CD. The result of his long, journeyman’s road has finds him having fine tuned his musical voice and having become an expert at spinning his rootsy, blues-flavored tales of life in a conversational language of the heart. His Austin pal Ray Wylie Hubbard says “Bob Cheevers is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic, beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen."|
|MARIA BLOM is a Swedish singer-songwriter with three released solo-albums. Her roots goes down to the soil of blues and country and the branches of her music sway up in the vivid wind of the Swedish traditional genre - Visa. She has been singing with many well known artists like Marie Fredriksson in Roxette and the famous guitarist Lasse Wellander in ABBA (and even with Bob Weir from the Greatful Dead). Maria Blom`s music is like a cool, fresh breeze on a warm summer day"|
|RICHARD BRYANT knew his life was going to be about music since he sang in the choir as a child - and it has been exactly that. Recording Engineer, Teacher, Drummer, Keyboardist, Singer/Songwriter and currently the Vocalist for the White Album Ensemble. Richard has performed with many, many bands and even toured with The Doobie Bros. and Little River Band as well as recorded numerous bands including Chaka Khan, Tom Ayres and Al Jardine to name a few at Franklin Street Recording Studio.|
|NICOLE DILLENBERG After thirty years in Los Angeles, Nicole is proud to make the Central Coast her home. A former concert artist, hard times and heartbreak turned her towards songwriting. In 2012, Nicole released a new EP of original material inspired by Tin Pan Alley composers, “The Original Standards Project,” which featured jazz all-stars Dan Lutz, Ray Brinker (Tierney Sutton band), and John Boswell. In 2014, Nicole had the honor of having her original song, "Planned For Love", demoed on Sugar Joans (season 7; The Voice). “Lies For Christmas,” her original song performed by the Cement River jam band, was used in the feature film “The Co-exist Comedy Tour” (Starz network). An upcoming folk-pop CD, "Poison Tide" features some of the finest players in Central California and Scandinavia. Recent projects have included a Joan Baez tribute with Dan (Bald) Dylan.|
Songwriters in the RoundSinger/Songwriter
|About the Songwriters: JANNI LITTLEPAGE, a native of Monterey, California, is a singer, songwriter and musician who has collaborated and performed with many notable artists and producers throughout her career as a recording artist and a backing vocalist, including Jimmy Messina, Jon Mark, and the late Kenny Edwards. Her song “A Rain Of Angels”, graces a platinum album by country artist, Lila McCann, and in 2011, Janni released her own solo album, “Strange Angels”. For the past four years she has written, recorded and toured with the acoustic trio, True North. www.jannilittlepage.com MARIA BLOM is a Swedish singer-songwriter with three released solo-albums. Her roots goes down to the soil of blues and country and the branches of her music sway up in the vivid wind of the Swedish traditional genre - Visa. She has been singing with many well known artists like Marie Fredriksson in Roxette and the famous guitarist Lasse Wellander in ABBA (and even with Bob Weir from the Greatful Dead). Maria Blom`s music is like a cool, fresh breeze on a warm summer day" KYLE KOVALIK spent many a year chasing songs and rivers around the country and abroad, with residencies or extended travel in most of the western states, among other beautiful places. Recently he settled back on the Monterey Peninsula, the place of his origin. He writes songs of love and loss, heartbreak and hope. A graduate of the Musician’s Institute of Los Angeles, and long time guitarist for the Jackson Sundown Band (Seattle) and indie artist Megan Burtt (Denver), his guitar skills add special flavor to his compositions, beyond the typical strumming troubadour. When he’s not playing and singing he can usually be found frolicking on a challenging whitewater river somewhere, guiding friends and clients down many of the west’s most famous waterways. NICOLE DILLENBERG has been a featured guest on “The New Jazz Thing” with Vince Outlaw (San Diego Jazz 88.3 FM). She has performed at the Savannah Music Festival in "American Traditions", ensemble shows at the Hollywood Palladium and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and solo shows at multiple venues throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Room in New York. Her 2005 CD, “Just Like Heaven”, was arranged by Grammy-winner Bill Cunliffe. Her 2009 follow-up, “The Heart of the Matter”, was arranged by Eli Brueggemann (musical director; SNL). Her version of the title track by Don Henley charted at number 5 on amazon.com upon release. An ASCAP songwriter, Nicole`s work is featured in the feature documentary "The Co-exist Comedy Tour" (Starz; iTunes; amazon) In 2012, Nicole released a new EP of original material inspired by Tin Pan Alley composers, “The Original Standards Project,” which featured jazz all-stars Dan Lutz, Ray Brinker (Tierney Sutton band), and John Boswell. In 2014, she had the honor of having her original song, "Planned For Love", demoed on Sugar Joans (The Voice). Her upcoming folk-pop CD, "Poison Tide" features some of the finest players in Central California and Scandinavia. Recent performances of note include: Golden State Vaudeville in Monterey; the Junior League of Monterey County; Ghenghis Cohen in Hollywood; the Haute Enchilada in Santa Cruz (with Dan Frechette); the Chamisal Tennis Club in Monterey; Society Cabaret at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco; and the Arthur Newman Theatre in Palm Desert. RICHARD BRYANT knew his life was going to be about music since he sang in a choir as a child - and it has been exactly that - all about the music. Richard is a Recording Engineer, Teacher, Drummer, Keyboardist, Singer/Songwriter and currently the Vocalist for the White Album Ensemble. He has performed with many, many bands and has toured with The Doobie Bros. and Little River Band as well as recorded numerous bands including Chaka Khan, Tom Ayres and Al Jardine, to name a few, at Franklin Street Recording Studio in Monterey. KIKI WOW is a Singer/Songwriter/ Musician and Producer of local music shows and special events in the Monterey Peninsula. She performs with many notable musicians such as Kenny Stahl, Dave Holodiloff, Guitar Bob, Steve Uccello and many others. Kiki has released 3 CDs and written hundreds of songs, some of which were produced by Grammy Award winner CJ Vanston and Greg Edenfield in and is currently producing a local music TV Show. Kiki’s long musical history in L.A. includes years as the Music Host/Emcee of a six camera live webcast at Kulak’s Woodshed, working for Neil Young’s attorney, Dick Clark Productions and Warner Bros. Kiki also produced ‘Songwriter Circles’ at several venues from the famous Cat Club to UCLA’s Royce Hall and co-produced ‘Progfest,’ a two-day Progressive Rock Festival that has become an annual event to this day. Music is the pulse of Kiki’s world and she enjoys turning people on to great songs, new talent, both local and touring artists that deserve to be heard. She regularly produces music shows, house concert and most recently produced a successful Variety Show benefitting the homeless women of Monterey County. Events and upcoming concerts are listed at kikiwow.com - outside of putting on concerts for other artists, Kiki plays regularly with various performers at the Courtside Bistro and Bay of Pines.|
|Corky Siegel is known internationally as one of the world’s great blues harmonica players, and is a celebrated composer, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, band leader and author. Along with the likes of John Cage, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, and Meredith Monk, he is the recipient of a Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program for New American Music grant for chamber music composition resulting in his Chamber Blues ensemble’s popular Aunt Lila’s Suite; he has also been honored with the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, the Chicago Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. Born Mark Paul Siegel in Chicago in 1943, Corky’s professional music career began when he founded the now legendary Siegel-Schwall Band in Chicago in 1964 with guitarist Jim Schwall. The group was a major component of the young generation of white blues artists—also including Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites and Michael Bloomfield—who learned the historic Chicago blues style at the feet and hands of such towering figures as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Sam Lay. Corky played with all these greats at Siegel-Schwall’s first steady engagement, in 1965 at Peppers, Chicago’s internationally renowned blues club. They were soon signed to Vanguard Records, with blues luminary Samuel Charters producing. Their first album, The Siegel-Schwall Band, was released in 1966, and with it the group made San Francisco a virtual second home: There the likes of Janis Joplin, Santana, Steve Miller and Joni Mitchell opened for them (Siegel-Schwall actually produced Mitchell’s demo tape); the band would record three more classic albums for Vanguard up through 1970, then five for Wooden Nickel/RCA through 1974 before going on hiatus. In 1973 the band released Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony Orchestra on the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon. The titletrack was an avant-garde piece composed by jazz trombonist William Russo combining classical music played by an orchestra (the San Francisco Symphony) with blues music played by a four-piece band (Siegel-Schwall) conducted by maestro Seiji Ozawa. Ozawa had been a huge fan of Siegel-Schwall since 1966, when he was the first music director of the Ravinia Festival–the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He used to see the band perform frequently at Chicago blues clubs, and suggested a blues-classical collaboration. Corky worked closely with Russo, and in 1968 they premiered Three Pieces for Blues Band and Symphony Orchestra with Ozawa and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; its success—including a high charting Billboard pop and classical single culled from the program–led to Siegel-Schwall’s performance with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra on an Evening At Pops program for PBS, and in 1979, Deutsche Grammophon’s release of Russo’s Street Music, A Blues Concerto, featuring Corky on harmonica and piano, which received the French Government’s Grand Prix du Disque award as well as the Recording of Special Merit in Stereo Review. After releasing three solo albums, Corky founded Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, featuring himself on harmonica, piano and vocals, the West End String Quartet of topflight Chicago classical string players, and Frank Donaldson on world percussion instruments. The novel ensemble performed Siegel’s pioneering blues/classical music compositions and released its first album, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, on Chicago’s famed blues label Alligator Records in 1994. The album gained rave notices from publications like Billboard and Stereophile, and has been followed by two more albums. Additionally, Corky has written and performed works for the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago (most recently Blues for a Green Planet-Opus 10) and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He composedContinuum with renowned choreographers Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, and his music has also been choreographed and performed by five international ballet companies and has been used for numerous motion pictures and national TV specials, as well as the Olympic men’s figure skating competition and the World Championship skating competition featuring Olympic gold medalists Torvill and Dean. His recent commission from the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, The Symphonic Blues Suite, has already been performed many times around the world. Corky continues to appear internationally as guest soloist with symphony orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Metropolitana De Lisboa in Portugal, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the NHK Symphony in Japan, and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Maestro Charles Dutoit. He has performed many symphonic collaborations with Doc Severinsen, and also tours frequently with Dr. L. Subramaniam, India’s greatest Eastern classical violin virtuoso: These “global fusion” tours have further featured some of the top names in jazz including Ernie Watts and Larry Coryell. Meanwhile, Corky continues to perform with Siegel-Schwall, which in addition to Schwall and longtime bassist Rollo Radford, includes drummer Sam Lay, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of the Paul Buttefield Blues Band. He is prominently featured in the acclaimed documentary Born in Chicago, which recounts the history of the ‘60s rock-blues explosion and also stars Bob Dylan, Jack White, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Eric Burdon and Steve Miller, as well as Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel and Nick Gravenites; he has recorded and toured with Goldberg, Mandel, Gravenites and Lay as the Chicago Blues Reunion. In 2007 Corky published the music guide book Let Your Music Soar: The Emotional Connection, co-written with Peter Krammer. And his harmonica playing accompanies the storytelling of award-winning Mexican American young adult novelist Pam Muñoz Ryan in the audio book version of her 2015 book Echo, a mysterious tale involving a prophecy, a promise and, of course, a harmonica.|
Karrie Pavish AndersonSinger/Songwriter
|Galena, Alaska, a remote village on the Yukon River might seem an unlikely locale for a singer-songwriter with an active touring and recording career. Karrie Pavish Anderson flourishes in this remote locale accessible only by plane, an indigenous Athabascan community where resilience and fortitude are rooted in the frozen darkness of winter and the glorious arrival of the midnight sun. There are no Wal-Marts or Starbucks in Galena and no recording studios, so Karrie tracked her 2012 CD Once Blind in Los Angeles. Over a one-week span, a cast of empathic musicians and vocalists breathed life into the tracks. Strings, a gospel choir and rich acoustic instruments illuminate the richness of Karrie’s expressive voice and luminous song craft. With the release of that CD, Karrie performed shows in a variety of locales between Los Angeles and Seattle, then traveled east to Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ontario. The next leg of her tour took her to Louisiana and California before she headed back for shows in Alaska. On Karrie’s website is an area designated “World of Good,” which links to various endeavors that are committed to helping others. In 2012, the Alaska Governor’s Office posted the music video from Karrie’s single “Let Love In” on their Choose Respect: Breaking the Silence website to help end domestic violence and sexual assault. “Where the bears and the ravens feed/That’s our mall,” sings Karrie of her chosen environment. “It doesn’t matter where you are or what limited resources you have, you can do what’s in your heart,” she concludes. “You can still live in a place like this, and achieve your goals.” As the transcendent artistry of Karrie Pavish Anderson beams across the tundra and the glaciers, it echoes the sound of endearing warmth and the providence of welcome assurance. - Dan Kimpel|
|Sofia Ekberg is a Swedish, Gothenburg based singer-songwriter who plays music in the field of folk-country-pop. Sofia sings stories about daily life, its big questions and small details, with a voice and lyrics that get under your skin. All accompanied by her rhythmical guitar playing. Sofia’s musical journey has taken many turns. She was born in the small village Bottnaryd in the deep forests of Småland, and very early on had a longing for music. At the age of five she got her first guitar and soon found a way to express herself musically. Growing up she changed direction: trained and worked as a musical theatre performer, both in Sweden and England, and took part in productions on stages like Oscarsteatern in Stockholm, Östgötateatern in Norrköping and The Mercury Theatre in Colchester, England. When living in England she discovered her songwriting and began to play her songs at open stages in and around London, where she also worked as a session singer and was a member of Jest, a soul-rock band that played in the streets. Somewhere along the way, Sofia wrecked her voice, and wasn’t able to sing for a number of years. During this silent time her songwriting kept evolving, and she worked hard to find a way back to her authentic voice and unique expression. Winter 2013 she released her debut EP “All The Small Details”, produced together with Patrick Rydman and Henrik Cederblom. Recorded mostly live at the studio Epidemin in Gothenburg, with three guitars, harmony singing, mandolin, dobro and stompbox, the trio creates a strong presence and a feeling of acoustic directness where the songs and the stories really come into focus and grab your attention. Sofia plays solo, duo, as well as with the trio My Quiet Companion (with Rydman and Cederblom).Spring 2014 she toured in California and appeared at the Arctic Sounds festival in Sisimiut, Greenland (2014 and 2015) She has played venues such as Visby Songwriters Festival, Copenhagen Songwriters Festival, Sunne Folk Festival, Pustervik (Gothenburg) and Jarmusch Club, Caserta, (Naples, Italy). Sofia also works with various co-writing projects in both Sweden and Denmark. Currently she’s involved in a project together with Danish singer-songwriter Cecilie Sadolin, who released her debut EP “Nordic Craft” in September 2013. Furthermore, she has developed and runs the one-year course for singer-songwriters at Löftadalens folkhögskola in Åsa, Sweden|
|Award-winning Singer-Songwriter & Recording Artist, Jeannie Willets, has been writing and performing her memorable songs for over three decades now. Although Jeannie is an independent artist, without the backing and support of a major record label as of yet, her perseverance and passion for writing, recording, and performing have kept her progressing through the years, gaining interest, recognition, and respect in the music scene, both from fans, as well as, from her peers. And , despite taking time out to raise a family earlier in her career, her musical accomplishments have continued to grow. In 2004, Jeannie won 2nd Place in a Singer-Songwriter contest sponsored by Los Angeles Women In Music for her song, "Plans With You", and her composition, "That`s Christmas", was chosen to appear on a holiday compilation CD, released in 2006. As a songwriter, Jeannie has written in a variety of genres and four of her songs have been included on two separate children`s albums, one of which was a project for Marvel comics and the other was the #1 selling children`s CD of its kind in 2003. In 2005, Jeannie released her debut album entitled, "Anywhere I Go", a self-produced work, containing ten of her original songs, including her award-winning "Plans With You". And now, her new CD, "Souls Of Love", has just been released ! "Souls Of Love" comes from a place of passion and perseverance, much like that of Jeannie`s own journey throughout her musical career, There is a positive thread of "never giving up" that manages to weave itself through several of the songs included in this work. Jeannie`s hope is that "Souls Of Love", her latest collection of original songs, "feeds the soul" and indeed fuels the passion that dwells deep within, just waiting for a reason to emerge and dance! Stay tuned for more info on the up-coming "Souls Of Love" CD Release Party and cross-country Tour this spring! Now available at: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeanniewillets !|