Bo Ramsey

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Sometimes the music chooses an artist. It can arrive in the form of a sound heard in the middle of silence, or maybe a certain guitar is ready to share its secrets. Either way, the spirit world is involved and there is no way to stop it. 

Bo Ramsey is used to an outside world invading his inner world with deep messages and mesmerizing songs. As it came time for Ramsey to record again, an idea that had been hanging around would not be denied: an instrumental album. Of course, it has to be a little more convoluted than that. “We have a big kitchen in our house, and I’m always playing guitar in there”, Ramsey says, “There always seems to be two or three amps in there too. One day last fall I was on the road and swung into a guitar store in the Twin Cities and on a stand sitting on top of an amplifier was an old Harmony electric guitar. Just yelling on me.”

That Harmony ‘yelling’ was the birth of Bo Ramsey’s irresistible new album WILDWOOD CALLING. The musician, who was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, and has lived in Iowa City the past few decades, has carved out a unique career for 40 years. And it shows not one sign of slowing down. He has been involved in enough high-profile and low-down endeavors to have become somewhat of a legend, but a legend who still hides from the spotlights and leans away from stardom. Maybe that’s because Ramsey has mystifyingly maintained a devotion to the music side of the music business, and lets everything else fall by the side. Naturally, an all-instrumental album was just a matter of time.

After buying the Harmony guitar, a series of inspirations began to land. First were some musical ideas that got recorded on Ramsey’s phone, and then a band of like-minded musicians began to converge, and get mixed and matched. Finally drummer JT Bates and bassist Marty Christensen found themselves together in Bo Ramsey’s kitchen with engineer Adam Krinsky. Of course, it had to be in the kitchen because that’s where the idea was born and that’s where it had to come to life. Still, the emotional side of the music had to emerge before ‘the keepers’ started being recorded. That is exactly what happened in the two days the players were together in that Iowa kitchen. With Alex Ramsey chiming in on three tracks by way of Minnesota, adding lush living-room piano and perfectly hushed basement keyboards.

It only takes a few seconds of listening to realize something completely off the grid has been captured on WILDWOOD CALLING. Maybe that’s because there’s as much silence as there is sound. Musical guru Miles Davis once famously said that it is “what isn’t played” that is really at the heart of so much timeless music, and that is the secret to Ramsey’s new opus. It is a sound that could probably only hail from the vast heartland of America, a place that hasn’t been completely cluttered with buildings, cars and people. There is so much breathing room on these songs that it feels just like a new life has just been born.

For those who might recognize Bo Ramsey by his association with artists like Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown, Kevin Gordon, Pieta Brown, Charlie Parr and others, his new music is the perfect introduction to someone who always listens and plays with his own sonic vision in full motion . So not surprisingly, the list of Ramsey’s accolades is long: including Grammy-Award Winning Guitar Player, 2 Time Grammy Nominated Producer, Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer. And if there were other Iowa halls of fame he would no doubt be in them too. But above all, Ramsey is a proud card-carrying member of his own hall of fame, which is the one where he chases the sounds in his head and his heart. He is always looking for a way to wrestle them into a recording so he can share that love of music with friends and strangers alike. WILDWOOD CALLING is an album for the ages, and the perfect calling card for anyone with an interest in hearing the past, the present and the future rolled into one. Long may Bo Ramsey run.

 
 

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Brent Best

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Texas has more than its share of proud traditions, but none prouder than the remarkable depth of its pool of storytellers. From Larry McMurtry to Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Cormac McCarthy to Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Lone Star state has been produced a stunning array of folks who’ve used both pen and song to convey tales that are at once universal and redolent of the land of their creation.

With his riveting solo debut, Your Dog, Champ, Brent Best makes a strong case for inclusion in that select group. The Slobberbone frontman has spent the past two decades proving his mettle as a formidable rock frontman, capable of cutting to the quick with a fierce vocal and delivering the sort of sharp-tongued wit that got the band name-checked by Stephen King (who named their “Gimme Back My Dog” one of the three greatest rock songs of all time).

While Your Dog, Champ retains much of that band’s steeliness, Best presents the stories – actually one long and winding story told in a dozen parts – with a disarming simplicity, largely swathed in acoustic instruments and spare arrangements that whisper more than they shout, shimmer more than they glare.

“I come from a background where no matter how much you’re bearing your soul, you can always hide behind this wall of noise,” says Best. “And I didn’t want to do that here. I tried to make it very sparse. At first, I thought it would just be me and a guitar, but I started thinking of things I wanted to add – and who I wanted to bring in to add them. I knew that I wanted things to be quiet, though. I wanted to let the songs breathe.”

And breathe, they do. Accompanied by an impressive cast of players, including Ralph White of the estimable Bad Livers on fiddle, Petra Kelly (Hares on the Mountain, The Angelus) on violin and Andy Rodgers (Boxcar Bandits) on banjo. The players weave a web of sound that’s hypnotic without being overbearing – all the better to underscore Best’s narrative about a family with deep roots and dark secrets, strong bonds and fraying nerves.

“Early on, I jettisoned the idea that this was just a bunch of songs,” the Denton-based singer-songwriter says of the loose narrative that connects the disc’s dark and emotionally stormy songs. “Even though I didn’t go into this intending to write a whole album of things that were connected, it didn’t take me that long to realize that the baby brother in ‘Robert Cole’ shows up again, angry, in ‘Good Man Now.’ A lot of the characters keep returning.”

Best credits his late friend Larry Brown – author of such acclaimed novels as Big Bad Love and Joe – with inspiring him to take his writing in this deeper, darker direction. The influence of what’s come to be called “grit lit” is palpable in songs like the wistful “Aunt Ramona” (which chronicles a road trip with a dying loved one from the perspective of a wide eyed child) and “Daddy Was a Liar” (an unflinching portrait of a paternal figure whose violence resonates long after the fact).

The characters that populate Your Dog, Champ (a title taken from a line in “Robert Cole”) are vivid in the most cinematic of senses. The rueful villain who drives the beautifully bleak “Tangled” (which Best concedes was the hardest of the songs to write) burrows into the memory bank with a headstrong intensity, while the knowing narrator of “Career Day” (a guy who knows all about forking paths) leaves an impression that’d do Raymond Chandler proud.

“I don’t think I could have written these songs 15 years ago, or even ten,” says Best. “Your perspective changes as life goes on. You start to see consequences. Just when you think you have a handle, life throws you a curve.”

That was certainly the case in the making of Your Dog, Champ. Best took his first stab at the recording several years ago, then stepped back, thinking he hadn’t separated himself sufficiently from Slobberbone – which still commands a solid following when reconvening on the road. He shelved that effort, then nearly completed a more fully-realized album that he lost when his hard drive gave out – a disaster he can laugh at now, but one that he admits emotionally sidelined him for a spell.

“I forced myself to go as far as I could with this record,” he says. “When I was signed, there was always something confrontational – it was like ‘you want your album, here it is.’ But with this, I was making it for myself. I didn’t have someone cracking the whip to finish, so I was able to take as long as I wanted and get exactly what I wanted. That got me to dig myself into a hole a few times, but when I got out, it was really worth the trip.”

One spin is all it will take to make you agree that both the trip and the destination really are well worth it.

 
 

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Charlie Parr

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Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota's Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic.  It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his long scraggly hair, father-time beard, thrift-store workingman's flannel and jeans, and emphatic, throaty voice, Parr looks and sounds like he would have fit right into Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music."

Parr’s forthcoming album, Barnswallow will be his eleventh studio release.  Most of his recordings, including Roustabout (2008), Jubilee (2007), Rooster (2005), King Earl  (2004), 1922 (2002) and Criminals and Sinners (2001) eschew typical studio settings.  His inspiration is drawn from the alternately fertile and frozen soil of Minnesota. Parr grew up in the Hormel company city of Austin, Minnesota (population 25,000) where most of the world's favorite tinned meat, Spam, is still manufactured. And he hasn't moved far, drawing sustenance from the surprisingly large, thriving and mutually supportive music scene of Duluth: Parr's 2011 album of traditional songs, Keep Your Hands on the Plow features locals including Charlie's wife, Emily Parr; old-timey banjo/fiddle band Four Mile Portage; and Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of the renowned alternative rock band Low.





 

 
 

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Chris Hawkey

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Chris Hawkey, the self-described luckiest man in the world, was born and raised In Union City, a small town that rests on the state-line that separates Ohio from Indiana.  He spent his youth competing in a wide variety of sports while dreaming of seeing the world through the windows of a tour bus. Having joined his first band at the age of 15, Chris began his pursuit of “the dream” while still in high school, playing “every bar and city festival within a 100 mile radius”.

After graduating from Mississinawa Valley High School, Chris attended a broadcasting school in Dayton, Ohio with the idea of pursuing a career in radio while continuing to chase his musical dreams.  The radio business would take him from Ohio to Indiana to Virginia, and then to his current home state of Minnesota.  It would also lead him to Kim, his wife of 22 years with whom he has two children, Alex and Abigail.  As his broadcasting career flourished, Hawkey continued to perform with various bands on evenings and weekends while also releasing two well-received solo rock records in the early 2000s.

Hawkey’s big radio break came late in 2001 when he was hired to co-host and produce the Powertrip Morning Show on sports giant KFAN Radio.  During its 15 year run, the morning show has become the number one rated morning radio program in the Twin Cities and is now syndicated to multiple cities across the upper midwest on the Fan Radio Network.  Hawkey also produces the radio broadcast of Minnesota Vikings NFL football games for the Vikings Radio Network and is a regular contributor to the VIkings Entertainment Network.

The big music break came in the form of a phone call from an old friend in 2010.  That phone call led to a run of hits and national acclaim as a member of the group Rocket Club.  Hawkey was given the opportunity to sing on three songs that would spend time on the Billboard National Country charts.  Those hits, and four full albums of other fantastic songs, would be heard by thousands of fans on stages all over the country as Rocket Club played concerts with some of the country music world’s biggest stars.

In 2014, Chris launched the next phase of his career with the release of his first solo country record.  Filled with high-quality songs produced in Nashville and written by some of the world’s best songwriters, the 8 song self-titled collection would find a highly receptive audience and radio traction with the hit single “My Kinda Crazy.”
2015 saw the release of the CD “Country Underneath”, a powerhouse compilation of songs that would yield three radio hits including the nationally charting single “Favorite Song”.  The run of shows supporting this second solo country release would last for 18 months and see the Chris Hawkey Band play to record crowds all over the United States as both headliner and direct support for Country Music Superstars.

On October 1 2016, Chris Hawkey released the single “Good Liar”, a fantastic song written by country-music legend Brett James that found immediate radio airplay.  The song was the first release from the forthcoming album “Shine”, which will be released in late 2016.

“I named the record “Shine” after seeing a photo of our appearance at the Ramble Jam Country Music Festival in late 2016,” Hawkey said.  “The photo, taken by Kelly Kamish of Kix Photography, showed a perfect moment in time.  The sun was going down, the crowd was singing, and the smile on my face was like a window into my soul.  I couldn’t tell what was shining more brightly, the sun or my smile.  Those moments are examples of pure joy.  Moments when I feel perfectly content.  Moments when I can feel Love Shining at me from every directions.  And I am doing my best to shine it right back.  That’s the feeling I think we captured on this record.”





 

 
 

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Daisy Dillman Band

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40 years later… just like one of their fan favorite songs “Turn My Head”, The Daisy Dillman Band is still turning heads!

Far from Nashville and well before alternative country, or whatever the music is being called these days — 5 guys from the western suburbs of Minneapolis created a beloved blend of country, rock and folk music in 1976 that they soon exported to the nation. Then like now the band’s combined heart-breaking 3 and 4-part harmonies and five-star musicianship that made them a top draw in Minnesota as well as the rest of the country.

Named after the 104-year-old grandmother of Stymie’s (Bass player/Vocals) wife, the group’s electrifying sound, heavy rhythm section and those sweet harmonies earn them a huge following and in 1978 a national record deal with United Artists. Buoyed by Minnesota Music Awards for Best Band and Best Vocal Group, the DDB took to the road that same year in their customized, ’57 Greyhound Scenic Cruiser they named “Melbourne”.

The band’s first single “Border Bound” played on the radio nationally and in Europe. On tour, the Daisy Dillman Band racked up thousands of miles playing concerts from coast to coast, north-to south and east to west. Back home they continued to sell out big nightclubs like Doc Holidays, the Cabooze and others in the region and welcomed their hometown fans with a “live” studio concert at the PBS affiliate KTCA. In 1981 the band recorded its second album, this time for RCA Records at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios with world renowned producer Rick Hall. Their single “Lovin’ the Night Away” rises to the top 100 on the Billboard charts.

Recently and by request another chapter has been added to the DDB legacy… “Daisy Dillman Acoustic”, bringing pure 3-part harmony and acoustic instruments to an “unplugged” and intimate setting, performing their own and other iconic country-rock and folk classics.

In 2015 the band released their 3rd album and single titled “Radio” to the delight of Dillman fans everywhere.

This year with their 2016 tour, celebrating “40 Years Together”, they’re still making new heart-felt memories for old friends, longtime fans as well as a whole new generation of music fans – who love the sweet, country-rock and folk sounds of one of Minnesota’s most cherished groups…”The Daisy Dillman Band”.





 

 
 

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Deke Dickerson

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DEKE DICKERSON
KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD
Deke Dickerson is one of America’s musical treasures. As an entertainer and musician, he has toured the world and established himself as one of the foremost purveyors of roots music,headlining festivals from Las Vegas to Finland. As a writer and music historian, he is well known for his regular column in Guitar Player magazine and recently authored two enormous essay projects for Bear Family’s 2007 Merle Haggard box sets. As an entrepreneur, Deke has partnered with Hallmark Guitars to produce the Deke Dickerson model guitar, as unique in its design as its namesake. As a behind-the scenes mover and shaker, Deke has recorded songs that have been featured in a variety of movies, TV shows, and radio programs, from the Oscar-winning movie Sideways to HBO’s documentary Dirty Driving: Thundercars of Indiana and the hugely popular XM satellite radio show Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan. For this last, Deke not only contributed background guitar music but was also interviewed and quoted by Bob Dylan. Deke’s latest project is his new studio album, King of the Whole Wide World. Like his previous albums it’s a musical journey through the twisted roots of Americana, but this time the roots go deeper and further than ever before.

He comments, “People love to label me rockabilly, but that’s just a small fraction of what I do. There are a couple of great rockabilly songs on the new album, but there are a lot of other styles as well, from bluegrass (“Boone County Blues”) to western swing (“Misshapen Hillbilly Gal”) to Memphis soul (“Make Way for a Better Man”) to doo-wop and rhythm and blues (“Itchin’ for My Baby”). The title track (“King of the Whole Wide World”) could even be called old timey; it’s a tongue-in-cheek, autobiographical song about being a rich man without the constraints of money or fame. I decided the song sounded better with some 78 rpm record noise dubbed onto it. Call me sentimental, but I really think music like that sounds better with a little grit.” For the recording process, Deke enlisted the help of the many friends he’s made during his musical journeys. The core band consists of “Crazy” Joe Tritschler, the new guitar whiz-kid that has proved a fan favorite, as well as his old friends Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague on drums, Wally Hersom and Jimmy Sutton on bass, and Carl Sonny Leyland on the piano. Guest artists include the western swing band the Lucky Stars, who back up Deke on the politically incorrect (but very funny) “Misshapen Hillbilly Gal,” and Mary Huff of Southern Culture on the Skids, who contributes high harmony vocals on the honky-tonk number “Do You Think of Me.” All in all, King of the Whole Wide World proves why Deke Dickerson could be called the Renaissance man of roots music. Rising above the numerous revivalists and cartoon like retro bands on today’s scene, he has forged something new, exciting, and original, utilizing all the great American musical styles of the last century to take his musical journey forward, not backward. 2008 will find Deke on the road promoting King of the Whole Wide World. Tours across the United States will be supplemented with trips abroad to Australia, Europe, and even Estonia in the former Soviet Union! Perhaps the title King of the Whole Wide World isn’t so tongue-in cheek after all.

MORE ABOUT DEKE DICKERSON…
Deke formed Untamed Youth at age 17 in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri: the legendary surf-garage band that has released a total of eight full-length albums. In 1991 he moved to Los Angeles and joined Dave Stuckey to form the Dave & Deke Combo, a partnership that yielded two albums and a much-touted 2005 reunion at major rockabilly festivals. Embarking on a solo career in 1997, Deke was immediately signed to HighTone Records and released three albums for the label, touring nationally as a solo act and as an opening band for Cake, Mike Ness, and the Reverend Horton Heat (who has written on his website: “Deke Dickerson is the best rockabilly guitarist in the world!”). In recent years Deke has also toured nationally as lead singer for the legendary instrumental band Los Straitjackets and with the great western guitar-and-steel-guitar duo Biller & Wakefield. He has toured as a stripped-down rockin’ three-piece band and as a swingin’ rhythm and blues fivesome with saxophones and piano. On his many recordings, he has had guests as diverse as the doo-wop group the Calvanes and punk guitar legend Billy Zoom. Playing an average of 225 shows every year throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia, Deke spends his rare moments at home with recording projects (he owns his own label, Ecco-Fonic Records) and writing articles and liner notes for music magazines and CD box set reissues.

 
 

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G.B. Leighton

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More than 200 shows a year. Jubilant fans who follow him from Minnesota to Mexico. More than 70,000 albums sold. A crushing live-performance DVD. And now even a state-of-the-art nightclub named after one of his songs — all without the support of a major record label. Meet GB Leighton, a band named after one of the region’s most incendiary live performers and consistently solid songwriters, Brian Leighton.

Through more than a decade and nine studio albums, Leighton and his six-piece band have been tearing up rock clubs, church fundraisers and even a few fan’s living rooms with a slew of songs that connect with the heart and couples singing along out on the dance floor. “A man of the people” is a phrase usually reserved for statesmen and politicians, but for Leighton, whose politics are more conservative and libertarian, it’s a fitting description when you see him in action working a joint, or on his 2006 DVD, Live at the Minnesota Music Café. Leighton delivers that inescapable rock ‘n’ roll spirit night after night. “He’s always been a great songwriter and performer, like a preacher almost who commands an audience. That’s the place I’m coming from. But at the end of the day, I’m just a common guy, a working class kid from a Twin Cities suburb who loves to put on a good show and hopefully write some good songs in between.” In Acapulco or Pickle Park, connecting with people still privy to a pretty good rock ‘n’ roll thing Leighton’s countless live gigs have that golden glow of legendary status about them throughout the Midwest. But he’s also done his share of non-conventional gigs at the Minnesota Governor’ Mansion, church festivals, in fan’ living rooms and at a special show in March 2006 for Minnesota National Guard troops who were shipping-off to serve in the Middle East from Camp Shelby in Mississippi. In January 2006 GBL also began the first annual trip -with fans- to Acapulco. More than 120 people joined him and the GB Leighton Band for a week. His tenth album, Shake Them Ghosts, is Leighton’s finest effort to date. Longtime fans wonder if this is the one to break him out nationally. But whether or not that happens, Brian’s doing what he does best, rocking the house. “This is the only thing I ever wanted to do. I don’t see stopping or changing it up no matter where it takes me and the band.”





 

 
 

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Gear Daddies

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Gear Daddies from Austin, Minnesota featuring members Randy Broughten (electric and steel guitar), Nick Ciola (bass), Billy Dankert (drums and vocals), and Martin Zellar (guitar and vocals). Their most mainstream success was when they played Late Night with David Letterman in 1991. Ciola and Dankert did not play on the show because many bands simply sat in with Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band when playing the show. Zellar had this to say of the experience: “I was so nervous, and it happened so quick. I couldn’t tell you what the hell happened. I got done, and I was walking back and said to Randy (Broughton), ‘Did I sing all the words? Did I do that?’ When I watched it that night in the hotel room ( the Omni in New York), I had no recollection of having lived it.”





 

 
 

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Hoots & Hellmouth

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Hoots & Helmouth
(Robert Berliner, Todd Erk, Sean Hoots, and Michael Reilly)

Hoots & Hellmouth have a lot of nerve.

Eight years in, this Philadelphia outfit has taken its blend of soulful roots music to every corner of these United States. Relentlessly spinning their wheels and leaving their hearts on whatever stage happens to welcome them, these guys have been there and done that.

Eight years in and they still hunger for more.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled.
We’ve got some big ideas.





 

 
 

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Jesse Larson

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Jesse’s father was his biggest influence and introduced him to classic blues at a young age. After his father suddenly died of a heart attack, he began to lose his drive and considered quitting music. Then he got a call to audition for Prince. After many auditions, he got the opportunity to play for Judith Hill, whom Prince was producing. After Prince’s sudden death, the tour was canceled, but the experience reignited Jesse’s passion for music.   Just off a #4 finish in the latest season of NBC’s “The Voice” Jesse is now available to take his music to the world.





 

 
 

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Kat Perkins

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Kat Perkins most recently reached the TOP 5 on Season 6 of NBC’s ‘THE VOICE”. Hailed by ‘THE VOICE’ music director Paul Mirkovich as “The best female rock singer we’ve ever had on the show…” Kat’s career has taken her all over the world, having performed alongside acts like Bon Jovi and The Foo Fighters to name a few.

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Kim Lenz

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Los Angeles-based musician Kim Lenz has been cultivating her take on rockabilly since 1998, releasing three albums, including a pair for Hightone Records – one of the most influential labels in the genre –and playing hundreds of dates around the world. Already a recognized force on the roots music scene, Lenz is now poised for a breakthrough with her upcoming album Follow Me, scheduled for release on August 20th via Riley Records.

Follow Me stays true to the genre and its traditions, but Lenz also allows her recent life experiences to show through in a way that she hasn’t attempted before. While growing up in San Diego and Phoenix, Lenz was a fan of Blondie, The Pretenders, X, Big Star, and The Buzzcocks.

“I’ve always had a penchant for good pop music,” she says, but Lenz really fell in love when she moved to Los Angeles and discovered the burgeoning roots music scene there.

“It was pretty small back then,” Lenz says of the community at that time. “Big Sandy, Dave & Deke, and the Revered Horton Heat were all happening there in that small scene. Everyone was looking back and taking their own stab at what they found. It was cool.” At the time, Lenz was working in an office that piped in the Pasadena public radio station KPCC throughout the day.

“That’s how I came to know the standards and classic American songwriting,” she remembers. Armed with a musical education in the works of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, and others, Lenz moved to Dallas to finish school, and to take a chance at becoming a performer herself, playing her first show at the Bar of Soap (bar in the front, laundromat in the back.) She immediately knew that she had found her calling.

Lenz began performing regularly around town and a year later was named the Dallas Observer’s “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Flying back to L.A, she recorded a 45 that quickly found an audience among the rockabilly scene there. The call to make an album for Hightone Records came soon after.

“It did better than anyone expected,” Lenz says of her debut album. “We toured and played about 200 dates a year for three years. We were so wild back then, when I look back, I’m surprised we survived!” Lenz then took a break to start a family, and assumed that someone else would fill her shoes while she was gone. But no one had. “I was able to pick my career back up seamlessly,” she says about returning to the road. “That is one thing about this scene. Once they love you they love you forever.”

Lenz hopes that loyalty continues with Follow Me.

“This record will seem like a departure to some people,” she says. “But, it’s really the same ingredients, just mixed up in a different way.”

 

 
 

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Martin Zellar

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Immediately after graduating from high school Martin moved to Minneapolis and formed the country-rock band The Gear Daddies with friends and fellow austinites Nick Ciola, Billy Dankert and Randy Broughten. The Gear Daddies had some success, and a lot of fun, and considered themselves lucky to have been part of the 1990’s Twin Cities music scene. They amicable parted ways in 1992. Martin went on to record and perform as a solo artist and with his band the Hardways. That’s what he continues to do, and he still has fun.

“…writers from Dylan to Springsteen, often tell us far more about the human condition by concentrating on life’s everyday moments. That’s the strength of Martin Zellar…” – Robert Hillburn, Los Angeles Times

“…he writes songs with a nakedness, perhaps, or lack of pretentiousness that’s particularly convincing.” – Gina Arnold, Creem Magazine

“Let’s get this straight: Martin Zellar is one of the country’s finest young songwriters and it’s doggone time he started getting the recognition he deserves.” – Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

“While Zellar’s gravelly voice and gritty country-rock nicely suit the material, his songwriting is what really shines.” – Eric Fidler, Associated Press

“Talk about the most underrated songwriters of the past decade and this guy’s got to be in your first sentence.”
– Kevin O’Hare, Newhouse News Service

“His songs are just too beautiful, too fully realized to ignore.” – Austin Chronicle, Austin, Texas “… reflective country-rock musings that only barely conceal some rather world-class emotional turmoil beneath.”
– Steve Simels, Stereo Review Magazine

“Zellar’s snapshots of down-and-outers…vividly detail an entire life in under three minutes…” – Hal Horowitz, All Music Guide





 

 
 

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Shannon Curfman

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Along with being a member of Kid Rock’s band ‘Twisted Brown Truckers’ for the past seven years guitarist and singer/songwriter Shannon Curfman burst upon the blues and roots rock scene in 1999 with her major-label debut for Arista Records, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions. She has sold a quarter million albums and has been Kid Rock’s duet partner, background singer and guitarist since 2010. As an opener she has toured with Mellencamp, Buddy Guy, The Indigo Girls, ZZ Top, Page/Plant, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and more. She has played on Letterman, Leno, Good Morning America, Rock n Roll Record Breakers and has recorded with John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Kid Rock, John Mayall and Joe Bonamassa, to name a few. Shannon is an electric and commanding performer who rips solos on the guitar like one of the guys. Between Curfman’s songwriting, her saucy and demanding vocals and her scorching lead guitar Shannon is not to be missed!





 

 
 

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Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience

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The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience (BBE) is the only group taking big band music, fusing it with modern day mixes of all genres, and making the act of giving “cool.” Created for intelligent music lovers worldwide who wish to be a part of an electric musical experience accomplishing the unexpected: reaching out in an era of people typically looking  out for “number one.”

The Big Band Experience creates more than music. They create feelings. Experiences. The kind you remember as, “that unbelievable night out.” Wanna levitate off your chair with the pulse of pop? Done. Just don’t ask that they hold back the edge because THAT is what makes the Big Band Experience who they are. Big band was born out of rebellion. and we owe it to Sinatra to keep that evolution alive. Suits. Edge. Energy. Contemporary sons with big band punch.

Shaun Johnson is an Emmy-winning singer/songwriter who seemed destined for a life of music from the very beginning. “one of my earliest memories he says, “Is of performing at state fair talent shows with my little sister. We’d sing Sonny and Cher songs, a cappella, when neither of us was quite tall enough to reach the microphone.”

Originally from the small town of Saint Joseph, Iowa, Shaun attended Saint John’s University before settling in Saint Cloud, Minnesota where he began his career with the nationally known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa. The quartet has sold nearly two million albums independently and has been featured in Newsweek and on the Today Show. Shaun is still an active member.

Wanting to bring an innovative big band experience to the audience, Shaun put together a group featuring some of the best instrumentalists and arrangers in the Midwest – guys who’ve toured with such luminaries as Aretha Franklin and Johnny Mathis, who are Music Educators of the Year and who are integral members of collegiate jazz faculties. His vision was to create a contemporary big band sound with a pop flair, honoring legends like Frank Sinatra, with a nod to Michael Buble, while giving the music his own twist performing songs ranging from the “Spiderman Theme” to originals from U.s. songwriters. The proceeds from that first small tour of holiday shows were subsequently donated to local charities. The initial tour received such overwhelming feedback that an expanded holiday tour was undertaken the following year with all proceeds again going to local charities. In 2014, with increasing presenter and fan demand the BBE added even more cities to the holiday tour and for the first time began accepting regular season shows.

Look for the BBE’s very first PBS special, “Spirit of the Seasons,” to air across North America through 2016, The Big Band Experience’s first orchestra dates in 2015, and enjoy the BBE’s very first studio recording, “What’ll I Do” (The Youtube Sessions) – currently available everywhere online and at www.bigbandexperience.com





 

 
 

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Slobberbone

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In the beginning, in Denton, Texas sometime in the mid-90s, Slobberbone was all about playing for friends and free beer. Fortunately, their modest aspirations were quickly thwarted by the growing realization that they had something really special on their hands. Even in his earliest songs, Brent had an uncanny ability to fuse seriously deep subject matter with catchy-as-hell melodies and compelling song structures. Bassist Brian Lane, and drummer Tony Harper are a rock-solid, rhythm section and guitarist Jess Barr can pretty much do as he pleases on his instrument, his trademark being a wickedly fast solo, followed by a one-finger in the air salute to, well, himself. It’s all done with humor, of course, which is what differentiates these guys from a lot of other bands. Not that they don’t take what they do seriously, it’s just that they know that when people come out to see a band, they also want to have fun, to be released, to get rocked. One thing about Slobberbone: for all the labels and genres that critics and writers can toss at them, the band has always insisted that they are a Rock band first and foremost. From Crow Pot Pie, their critically lauded 1996 debut, to Barrel Chested (’97) to Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today (’01), the band’s first release on New West, the sound and spirit of rock ‘n’ roll has permeated the music. But if rock ‘n’ roll were a neighborhood, Slobberbone has explored and terrorized most every street, alley and cul-de-sac: Country, Punk, Pop, Soul, Metal. Those styles and influences have always been there, but over time they’ve become increasingly integrated into the fabric of the band.





 

 
 

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Eric Roberts
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The Disparrows

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After returning from a brief tour in India, The Disparrows began work on their third album in their hometown of Hollywood, CA. Reviews from Rolling Stone India & the Indian press celebrating the American Rock band’s acceptance by the international crowds were fuel to a group that has run on fire and passion.
The band started in June 2009 with the meeting of Singer/ Guitarist Daniel Weber and Bassist Stephen Tecci. A brief jam session resulted in instant realization of chemistry and mutual interest in Blues-Rock bands. The two spent the following month in Tecci’s home studio recording what would become their first album. During the recording and creative process Tecci called up old friend Grant Loosvelt to add keys to the tracks. The playing went so well, it became evident that the three had come across something bigger that just recording an album. According to Tecci, “We clicked, we knew we had something special, and we knew it was the right time to bring back that 70’s dirty rock feel with a touch of modern composition. Daniel was a big Dylan fan, and had a knack for story telling in song, words with meaning and something that was quotable, as well as singable.”

The band initially brought in drummer Mike Brasic from Ceesau who had a very hard hitting John Bonham style. Over the next two years the band toured the west coast building a live show of catchy tunes filled out by energetic jam sessions. They brought in the feel and style from the best of 60’s and 70’s groups and added a modern sound to top it off.

With Daniel’s guitar inspired by Slash, and lyric style by Dylan; Tecci bringing in the creative and production mindset of the Hendrix and Roger Waters, and Loosvelt adding the energy and drive of (insert piano players here) –the band has worked and matured in a must see- must hear group.

“Producing and working in the International Movie and Entertainment scene through India for the last few years has given me the opportunity to expose The Disparrows music to a variety of musicians and fans; the over-whelming positive response and thirst for more has driven me to take this group beyond California and the West Coast, and pursue the dream of having an internationally recognized band and music style, “ says Daniel Weber. Weber further states, “The third Album ‘Wasting Time’ comes at a time when we are at out peak writing and communicating abilities as a band, and I really feel this album can deliver on that dream.”

The maturity of The Disparrows as a band is very apparent in their third album ‘Wasting Time’, however, the chemistry and musicianship that transcends friendship to a brotherhood of sound can never be estimated without the experience of their live performance.





 

 
 

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Eric Roberts
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Tim Mahoney

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A career as a working musician and songwriter is one of those gigs that people look at and think, “How awesome would that be?” Well, Minneapolis based Tim Mahoney has been doing it his way for over fifteen years now.

What began as a side career with huge aspirations while Mahoney was waiting tables has now blossomed into a full-fledged career. And make no mistake, the way that Mahoney hustles, it IS a job, but one he is very happy to have. To date, he’s sold over 100,000 units of his various releases between a solo career and his part as a member of The Blue Meenies. And he also has the raw talent to win multiple awards year after year. In fact, Mahoney was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2007 for their 40th anniversary issue when he won a Ray-Ban promotion.

He’s also won or placed high in songwriting contests about fifteen times over the past decade. In 2011, Mahoney appeared in a commercial for Platos Closet, an upscale used clothing store, and the spot, which features Mahoney’s song, “Piece of You,” ran in 40 markets nationwide. Then, of course, was his appearance on NBC’s new hit reality show The Voice. Mahoney was chosen by Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine as one of his 8 team members after hearing Mahoney’s stunning rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring it On Home to Me.” And while Mahoney was eliminated from the competition on the episode that aired in May 2011, the iTunes single of his duet with Casey Weston of “Leather and Lace” reached at high as #75 on the iTunes singles chart.

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Michael McGregor
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Tom Fuller Band

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The five-member Tom Fuller Band embodies the soul and creative energy of Chicago’s rich musical heritage – from the city’s finest rhythm and blues, through Cheap Trick to late period Wilco. Their diverse collection of memorable rock and pop songs embrace songwriter Fuller’s distinctive blend of pleasing melodies and distinctive chord progressions, alongside outstanding lyrics that uplift and resonate with passion and truth.

“Ask,” Tom Fuller’s third album on Redcap Records, is extraordinarily emotional and incredibly captivating. Recorded in both LA and Chicago, “Ask” was produced by studio maestro Rick Chudacoff (Alison Krauss), mixed by Cenzo Townsend and Dave Bascombe (U2, Bon Jovi), and features two of Paul McCartney’s band members, Abe Laboriel, Jr. and Brian Ray. “Ask” was mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London.

In February 2013, Tom Fuller Band performed a critically-acclaimed European Tour, playing with Little Feat as well as Wishbone Ash. The music media raved about the band’s strong performances and Tom’s outstanding songwriting, and provided comparisons to Tom Petty, The Beatles, Neil Young, Todd Rundgren, Ian Hunter and Oasis. TFB rocked the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, and the Gruenspan in Hamburg, among other iconic European venues.

The very successful Tom Fuller Band European Tour comes on the heels of a jammin’ 2012, headlining key gigs at Summerfest’s Rock Stage and other famous venues like La Zona Rosa in Austin, Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas, multiple House of Blues locations and all points in-between. Over the last ten years, the broad, global appeal of the Tom Fuller Band rock-pop sound has resulted in compatibly sharing stages with a diverse array of nationally established artists. A rockin’ fourth album with world-class, meticulous studio production is in the works along with accompanying radio and promotional support, plus touring throughout 2013 and beyond.





 

 
 

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Michael McGregor
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WOOD

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Wood is the dream project of American Conservatory Theater Alumni and veteran actor Brian Goff. Goff, assembling a group of top Minnesotan musicians, set out on the journey of writing and recording. Creating a unique sound in the hard hitting rock and complex musicality genre, Wood the Band has hit the tour path with their first album.

This rock heavy compilation consists of touring veteran Ryan Guanzon on vocals, Brian Goff on vocals, Alex Tonjes on percussion, Berkeley College alum Austin Perkarna on bass, and Ethan Elseth of McNally Smith College on lead guitar.





 

 
 

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Michael McGregor
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