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Sandi Siegel blends her love of guitar and piano with meaningful lyrics that tell stories of archetypal human experiences. While her most loved bands come from the Prog-Rock era, her song writing takes influences from folk, blues and what she has called “melancholy contemporary”. After many years as a student and teacher of Vedic chant and yoga music, she expands her repertoire in an eclectic collection on the upcoming sophomore CD “Dizzying Rain” where poetry and philosophy from studies in Hindu mythology and Native American dream work are woven into to haunting melodies. Love songs and stories from daily life come to life as well.
Laugh a little, cry a little, think a little, get the groove and sing along. That’s what you’ll do when you take a trip to Harrison Country. You might find yourself out with the girls on Saturday night, hoping all those Mr. Wrongs will finally turn into Mr. Rights. Or laughing with a dad as he tries to referee the never-ending insult contest between his two teenage daughters. You might find yourself in a small town church, singing along in a Nashville honky-tonk, strutting down Bourbon St. or watching a musical comedy on Broadway. And no matter where you end up, you'll never be too far from the Chesapeake Bay and its winding tributaries. With Climate Change, their debut album, the Harrison family – Don, Karen, Jennie and Amy – backed by the stellar musicianship and arrangements of Bryan Ewald and Alexandra White, draw on the richest traditions of American popular music to bring you a unique sound that can only be heard in one place – Harrison Country.
Penny Towers Wilber is a singer/songwriter and actress living and performing in Vermont with a strong background in the performing arts. Currently she performs through out Vermont with her band "Penny Arcade" singing Jazz, Blues and original songs. Penny also is recently involved in video projects featuring among other things, the group "Penny And The Replicates" part of the "Regina Wrenfield Series" featured at YouTube.com/toweringtunes.
Ben Siems is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He co-founded The Willie August Project jazz trio/quartet with drummer Jeremy Hauer of St. Paul, Minnesota, naming the group after Siems' late grandfather, an excellent dancer and a lover of live music The group plays progressive original jazz, drawing inspiration from 1960s small-group jazz and the "ECM strain" that emerged in the 1970s, and incorporating elements from Siems' background as a folk-blues guitarist and classical cellist. Siems and Hauer also founded the Siems-Hauer Acoustic Roots Project, an acoustic blues, folk-rock, and Americana band. In addition, Siems has composed soundtrack music for over 40 dance works, theatrical productions, and independent films, and continues to highlight his classical background in compositions for his chamber music collective, String Works by Ben Siems.
Ben Siems & The Willie August Project
Dave Matheson – El Colorado www.elcoloradomusic.com Dave Matheson (“El Colorado”) is a singer/songwriter who has been performing and writing music for over 40 years. Having been born and raised in South America (Peru and Colombia), Dave was exposed to a wide variety of music and culture. Early years were spent in rock bands performing at school and private functions and around the club circuit in Bogota, Colombia. One of those bands was featured on a local TV show. Since moving to North America, Dave has continued to develop his style including developing a better appreciation for vocal harmonies and the wide variety of music genres available. Influences include folk, blues, rock, jazz and a little Latin and Spanish rhythms thrown in for good measure. Add in life experiences and you'll find a unique blend of interesting lyrics, music and general joie de vivre. Enjoy!
Aloha, I'm an Indie Singer/Songwriter from Hawai‘i. My original music focuses on the timeless message of World Peace, Love and Harmony. In 2018, I wrote and produced two original music albums entitled "The Time Has Come" and "Open The Door" which includes a total of 24 original songs. On 9-30-2019, I released my 3rd album entitled "You Are A Star" including 10 original songs. I'm from a very musical family who are also accomplished musicians and singers in their own genres. I appreciate this opportunity to share my music with all of you! Peace!
Denise Glover is a singer-songwriter based in the Seattle area. Originally from New England, the Pacific Northwest is where Denise has made her home for over 20 years. As a humanist and a romantic (she holds a doctorate in anthropology), Denise writes soulful songs about love, family, life struggles, traveling, and issues of social justice. Her music is moving, thought-provoking, and inspirational. Having lived and worked in other countries, her perspective is broad, yet grounded in every day experiences. The genres of music she writes within are folk, bluegrass, Americana, and country.
PK Dwyer is a songwriter, creative force, and folk & blues busker extraordinaire. PK is also a living piece of music history, much of it connected to the Seattle area and Pacific Northwest, with the distinction of being recognized as the first to busk at the Pike Place Market in 1972 [forming and fronting the bands Felix & the Freelicks and PK Dwyer & the Live Wires]. He is also the founder of the influential proto-punk band The Jitters and creator of the musical personas George Michael Jackson, Hollywood Dick Doll, and Pioneer Square Jim. 2005 was a year of accolades which included PK Dwyer being nominated for a Seattle Weekly Music Award in the Blues category and a generous grant award from Art Patch that enabled the recording and release of the lauded Healed . In 2016 PK capped off his Blues Odyssey with the Cd release Busker Do which has been favorably compared to the likes of Woody Guthrie, Dylan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliot. In 2017 PK Dwyer and his music took an unexpected turn when he acquired an Autoharp. He has brought his unique stamp and style to this magical instrument and is presenting over an hour of original autoharp material at select live performances along with his signature high energy guitar and harmonica work. PK Dwyer continues to tour, record, and perform playing out roughly 300 dates in the year. There is even more to PK Dwyer's story. See the full biography at: www.pkdwyer.com
Gypsy Carns started performing in clubs in 1963 and making records in 1966. He has anointed the United States, Japan, France, England,Germany, Italy, Amsterdam & The Netherlands, Hawaii, China, Israel and Brazil with his vocals, percussion, and eclectic 12-string bottleneck guitar & Dobro prowess. Carns is also known as a blues songwriter, co-penning a Koko Taylor tune with Fred James and Mary Ann Brandon that garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations. Blues Revue states: Gypsy Carns, A one-man wrecking crew who plays a stompbox tambourine - kick drum combination, harp, 12-string resonator guitar….this is hammering, powerful stuff, driven by Carns energy and rough-hewn vocals. In 2008 Gypsy won the distinct honor of Christian Blues Artist of the Year at the Momentum Awards in Franklin, TN. Using the delta-blues musical format, Gypsy combines real-life lyrics for a unique blend of authentic American music. His energy and commitment are evidenced through his powerful live performances.
Born to a conservative family in Rotterdam, gateway to Europe, the life of Dutch drummer and composer Hans-Peter de Zeeuw a.k.a d'Z changed at the age of nine when he took his first drum lesson. He sat down behind the drumkit, the feel of the drumstick comfortable as if they had been waiting for this moment to meet. He knew he was destined to be a drummer. By 19, d’Z attended the largest conservatory for pop, jazz and world music in Europe, being taught by leading musicians of the Netherlands. He thrived while exploring the richness of music’s different styles & genres. It wasn’t long before d'Z was a sought-after drummer known for his inherent sense of groove and ability to allow fellow musicians to shine. With his career as a professional drummer in full swing, d’Z took to composing his own music. Giving voice to the melodies that filled him and finding inspiration from Incognito, Steely Dan, The Brand New Heavies, Tower of Power, and Gino Vannelli. It wasn't until the summer of 2016, d'Z decided to record. His mandate was simple. An EP of music made without concessions. He hand chose five original tunes with the Jazz-Funk flavor he so loved and went straight to his favorite producer, Raoul Soentken. The two began making plans to record “Connected” using some of Holland’s best musicians. In the very early stages of the journey, it was clear each song demanded a different vocalist which would prove to be a challenge the duo took on with gusto. The participation of Katie Léone (Incognito, The Brand New Heavies, Anastacia), lifted the project to a higher level. There was a buzz forming in the local music scene. Comments like “What a pleasant surprise”, “This is a HOT production” and “You guys sound brilliant on this”, were heard over and over again. After having recorded four out of five tunes (with Freddi Lubitz, a German singer/kick-ass bass player, Ingmar Glerum, a Dutch young vocal/guitar talent and Adriana Romijn, a well-known singer in the Netherlands) there was one song proving difficult to find the right vocalist. Searching for the perfect fit, d’Z asked two times Grammy nominee Sandra St Victor (Prince, The Family Stand, Chaka Khan) to lend her soulful voice to the title song “Connected”. She accepted and the rest, as they say, is history! d’Z’s much-anticipated album “Connected” is released June 2nd, 2018. With his often socially conscious lyrics and groove-based songs, d’Z feels the need to reach out, connect and – if only for a brief time – give people a place to feel love, hope and lightness.
Anne Tan is a songwriter originally from China and currently living in New Zealand. She enjoys the popular music of her homeland, and great Western music by songwriters like ABBA, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Enya, Elton John, and the music of Disney films. Her dream is to spread beauty and joy through her music, and to hopefully write something as great as the works of her idols someday.
LATIN FACULTY – LATÍNUDEILDIN (2012): The album contains 2 discs. CD-1: English lyrics by JJ Soul, Portuguese lyrics by Jussanam da Silva and two instrumental songs. CD-2 includes the same songs with Icelandic lyrics written by various authors. Nine vocalists from Iceland perform on the album. The musicians include Jóhann Ásmundsson (of Mezzoforte) on bass who also engineered and mixed the album, Einar Scheving on drums, Vignir Thor Stefáns on kbs., Edvard Lárusson (of JJ Soul Band) on guitar, Birkir Freyr Matthíasson on trumpet and Stefán S. Stefánsson on saxophones who also produced the music. COMPOSER: Ingvi Thor Kormaksson is a native Icelander and has occupied himself with songwriting for the past 30 years or so and has to this day 11 albums to his credit. Altogether; he has had more than 150 of his compositions recorded by various Icelandic artists. He writes mainly in the AC (adult contemporary) genre, but jazzy chord progressions and bossanova rhythms are often featured in his music. Folk music traditions and blues can also be heard. Collaborating with JJ Soul from Oxford, Ingvi has written music for JJ Soul Band's 4 albums (https://www.reverbnation.com/jjsoulband). LYRICIST JJ Soul is from Oxford, UK; artist, art teacher, singer, songwriter, lyricist, author of books. - "Since my teenage years I've admired the music of Brasil; Jobim, Bonfá, Lins and many more composers, and all the wonderful vocalists. Bossanova and samba rhythms have been featured on my albums, even in the more blues or folk oriented ones. Finally I decided to write music for an album that would showcase latin music only. There are two or three salsa songs here, but mostly the music nods towards Brasil and could also be categorized as AC or smooth-jazz." (Ingvi)
With a sound born in the Swannanoa River Valley, Jackson Grimm marries folk pop melodies with the lonesome mountain sound of traditional North Carolina music. In a region saturated by old-time fiddle music, bluegrass, and ballad singing, it is no surprise that Grimm's sound is representative of his musical birthplace. His songs run the gambit from an homage to a traditional country waltz in "If Not For You", an unrequited love song driven by a Beatles-esque melody in "I'd Hold You (But I Don't Wanna Hold You)", to a drunken partygrass song à la Old Crow Medicine Show in "Last Train Home". Grimm lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where his songwriting draws on traditional ballads, bluegrass, old-time, folk, and western swing music. He can be found playing around Western North Carolina with bluegrass band, The Bull Moose Party. The band is also the band on Grimm's latest album by the same name, "The Bull Moose Party" Grimm studied Traditional Music at Warren Wilson College under the tutelage of great players like Wayne Erbsen and Kevin Kehrberg. He also studied guitar, banjo, mandolin, and singing with the Western North Carolina music master, Josh Goforth. Josh was the obvious choice when it came to finding a producer for Jackson's latest album. Grimm also plays extensively as a sideman for his father, singer-songwriter Tim Grimm. Touring with Tim has taken him to over 20 states in the US and 7 countries in Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, & England). He has appeared on, written songs on, and co-produced the last two Tim Grimm albums. Jackson has also shared the stage and played with singer-songwriters Ben Bedford, Krista Detor, and Jennie DeVoe. Grimm also accompanies the sound of Montana singer-songwriter, Old Sap. The duo, sometimes trio, plays extensively in the Western North Carolina region.
Pablo Embon originally hails from Argentina, rich in its history of tango and Andean folk music, where he learned from famed classical guitarist Eduardo Isaac. Pablo played in several modern bands and as a single musician in his youth. Embon is not a purist when it comes to jazz. His music is fusion, drawing on direct and indirect influences that include Pat Metheny, Azymuth (a great band from Brazil that emerged in the 1970s), the late bassist Jaco Pastorius and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever (especially the early edition with Airto Moreira and Joe Farrell). With over 35 years of music experience, Pablo Embon has the advantage over other egregiously talented musicians in that he is highly accomplished on multiple instruments and has had the privilege of studying and composing in vastly different geographic sectors.
You can hear Ed Maly on Jazz On First. Creative Blues and Rock from this Artist who has released 12 albums independently. This album features sixteen tracks with guitars, real drums, bass, and strong vocals.
Ed Maly Band
Like pages out of his diary, the music of Matthew Inkala and his hostages details the familiar joys and heartache of love and lust; melancholy and merriment. With a mixed palette of acoustic and electric sounds, Matthew Inkala & the Hostages draw from multiple genres such as rock, folk, blues and country.