Kristina was born in San Francisco and raised in Haight-Asbury during the 1960's. Her approach to her music and life was formed by an environment of vital cultural expression and social activism. Kristina tours 10 months out of the year, performing in the troubadour tradition - telling hilarious stories, performing powerful bottleneck blues, playing acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina and piano. She is one of the most compelling performers on the international folk circuit.
Song: You Don't Know What Love Is by Don Raye and Gene De Paul
We are Arlington Priest. Otherwise known as husband and wife team Rhett & Jill McAllister. We play music that is a mix of a little bit of everything - folk, country, rock, pop, a little choralwe have no idea what genre, but we'll call it Americana. At our shows you'll hear any number of influences in our original music and from time to time you'll hear a very well-placed (but maybe not so well known) cover.
We don't pretend to be cool in the least but we can promise you this: We love to make music, find music, play music and entertain. We genuinely have fun on stage and hope it spills over to the audience as well so they'll keep coming back. We want you to feel at home when you're with us, so you'll come back again and again.
Song: Jolene by Ray LaMontagne
This vibrant new acoustic "trio" is made up of Mary Huckins (yes, from South Dakota) whose sweet strong vocals are the linchpin holding the group together, the smooth steady guitar playing and cool harmonies of Don Pinnella (nope, not blonde) and the charming acoustic bass work and humor of Tony Raddell. Performing originals and covers that are a unique combination of folk, bluegrass, and country with a little Celtic tinge - the trio nails their tight harmonies. They are an unusual group - they met through their careers in music therapy, working with children and adolescents who are emotionally troubled. That special capacity for empathy could explain the titanium bond the band quickly makes with their audience. All three come from musical families, and their charm stems both from the music they play and from the family feeling they bring into any concert hall or venue. Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson, Pete Huttlinger, Tony Furtado, Jim Horn, John Sommers, Jim Salestrom, Firefall, Mollie O'Brien and the list goes on. They also played in festivals along with folks like Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, David Crosby, Lucy Kaplansky and Greg Brown.
Song: Only You by Vince Clark
Ritt Henn plays bass, writes songs and lives in New York City. In 2005, he received both the prestigious Back Stage Bistro Award (for Outstanding Songwriter Instrumentalist) and a MAC Award (from the Manhattan Association of Clubs, for Best New York Debut-Male). He began playing the bass in the 5th grade when they were looking for a tall kid to play upright in the school orchestra. By high school, hip teachers were letting him write songs in lieu of taking tests. He began performing in coffeehouses. Upon graduating from Bucknell University with a degree in music and psychology, he bought a white 3-piece suit and joined a lounge band.
Ritt's worked with Buddy Rich, Chuck Berry, Tom Jones, whistled for Michael Jackson, and appeared in the Off-Broadway musical "Shockheaded Peter". He’s opened for Christine Lavin and the late Soupy Sales, and performed on the mainstage of the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland between Freddie Hubbard and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He's toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and received radio airplay worldwide, including a live performance on Levende Lijven on Radio 1 in Belgium. He's been a winner in the Sierra Songwriters Festival, a finalist in the Independent Music Awards, and an honorable mention in the Napa Valley Songwriters Contest. His CD, Goin' Back, features cats who've played with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Marvin Gaye to No Doubt.
In his spare time, Ritt's produced nearly 200 episodes of ManBassBoxTV (a.k.a. A Man, a Bass & a Box of Stuff), his own public access series which puts the "real" back into "reality TV." On the air in Los Angeles and New York since 1993, they're 28 minute made-for-TV movies that focus on independent musical artists, including, sometimes, Mr. Henn himself.
Ritt has conducted workshops in conjunction with his instructional book, Chart Writing Made Easy,and clinics touting the wonders of the almighty Azola BugBass, the electric upright that he proudly endorses. He's also an endorsee for B-Band, the folks who make his sonorous acoustic bass pick-up, and SWR, whose California Blonde amp has looked and sounded so sweet sitting there on the set of the TV show.
He's portrayed an alien bassoonist on Star Trek: The Next Generation, won a Drama-Logue award for his portrayal of an inbred bass-playing gas station attendant in the Hollywood production of Pump Boys & Dinettes, thrilled thousands as the loveable, golden-voiced murderer Officer Bell in the world premiere of The People vs. Mona at the Pasadena Playhouse, and held thousands more in thrall while singing of his dirty socks in Jim's Garage at the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina (another world premiere, of course).
Yet it all pales in comparison to the thrill of laying down the bass line to "Stand By Me" with Ben E. King at a used auto parts convention in Las Vegas.
Says Mr. Henn, "Life is pretty good." Yup.
Song: Picture in a Frame by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
It’s not all that hard to find a musician willing and able to offer a guided tour of life’s dark clouds -- but making the acquaintance of someone able to hone in on the silver lining, well, that’s an altogether rarer occurrence. That’s Catie Curtis and to listen to Catie is an experience to savor. Her music abounds with positive energy although Curtis deftly stays clear of sentimentality.
There’s never been anything remotely jaded about Catie Curtis.. From the first time she picked up a guitar -- an instrument given to her gratis by a neighbor who asked only that she promise to learn to play it -- the native of rural southern Maine has used music as a sort of sonic superglue to bring people together. She brought that to the fore on her charming 1995 debut Truth From Lies, a disc on which she tangled with heartache and -- on the affably goofy “Slave to my Belly” -- had a full-on dialogue with that body part, and ramped it up further on her 1997 follow-up, which was named Album of the Year at the Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards.
With her intoxicating brand of folk pop music, smart and enduring lyrics and engaging personality, Curtis has created a dedicated following that has grown steadily over the course of her 15-year career. With many albums and recognition that includes a 2006 International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize, Curtis has proven that she’s the real deal: a musician with the kind of raw talent and artistic maturity that makes her a force to be reckoned with, albeit a sweet force.
Song: If I Should Fall Behind by Bruce Springsteen
David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and unique subject matter. A singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions - Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) - and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.
David’s songs (“Rising in Love”, “Earth”, “Manuel Garcia”, “May the Light of Love”, “Nine Gold Medals”, “Spacesuits”, “Rocket Science”, and many more) have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, NASA’s Goddard Space Center ("Rocket Science" went up on the Space Shuttle Atlantis's May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Telescope), the classic folk song book “Rise Up Singing”, and 10 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. Featured on many of Christine Lavin’s Rounder compilations, the former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute has also been a songwriting judge at Kerrville, Napa Valley (CA), Tumbleweed (WA), Eventide Arts (MA), the Avalon Festival (WV), and the South Florida Folk Festival.
Song: Secret Love by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy Zimmerman. He's been writing satirical songs for twenty years.
The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer."
Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just 'rhyne.'"
Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."
Zimmerman has played clubs across the country, and shared the stage with George Carlin, Bill Maher, Kate Clinton, Dennis Miller, Sandra Tsing Loh, kd lang, Andy Borowitz and Paul Krassner. He's done several shows with The Pixies' Frank Black, swapping songs in a solo acoustic setting. His up-to-the-moment topical songs are featured on American Public Media's syndicated broadcast "Weekend America" and Sirius Radio's "West Coast Live."
"Faulty Intelligence" , the new CD, contains a lesson in Intelligent Design, "Creation Science 101;" an Elvis sounding love song to the government phone tappers called "Hello, NSA" that's featured on the ACLU web site; and the bawk-along "Chickenhawk," already a Zimmerman classic. He says, "I hope this record gets good reviews, but mostly I hope it gets denied under oath by Karl Rove."
The Roy Zimmerman CD catalogue also includes the Holiday offering ‘PeaceNick, ‘Homeland’, ‘Security’ and ‘Comic Sutra.’
Zimmerman founded and wrote all the material for the comedy folk quartet The Foremen, who recorded four albums, two of them for Warner/Reprise Records. He wrote over five hours of satire for the group. "We never did it all at once," he reports, "but we kept it ready in case we had to filibuster. Roy lives in Marin County with his wife and frequent co-writer Melanie Harby and their two boys.
Song: Octopus's Garden by Richard Starkey
A staple on the charts since the early '90's, Victoria's #1 compositions include Garth Brooks' 'The River' and 'She's Every Woman', Ricky Martin's 'So'lo Quiero Amarte', Doug Stone's 'Too Busy Being in Love', Jim Brickman's 'Sending you a Little Christmas' and the 1993 ACM Song of the Year 1993 - 'I Love the Way You Love Me' recorded by John Michael Montgomery and Boyzone. Other hits include the Ricky Martin/Christina Aguilera duet 'Nobody Wants to be Lonely' and the Garth Brooks/Trish Yearwood duet 'Where Your Road Leads'. Victoria's songs have been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards - winning in 1998-1999 AND 1999-2000 for 'This is Our Moment' co-written with Earl Rose and Olivia Newton-John (AS THE WORLD TURNS) and 'When I Think of You' (DAYS OF OUR LIVES).
In 1992, Victoria was signed to Warner/Reprise Records where she released two critically acclaimed albums. In 1999 she launched Taffeta Records and released her third CD, 'Old Friends, New Memories'. In addition to writing and performing Victoria is also an acclaimed producer, recently co-producing Lady Antebellum's Grammy-nominated debut CD.
Song: The Time Machine by Gary Burr
Hope Nunnery &
Born in the woods of South Carolina, Hope Nunnery experienced gospel music from an early age. As a little girl, she listened in awe to the Southern Baptist Church music, and was fascinated by the genre’s melodic, melancholy undertones. She has kept this influence tight and close to her heart, adding blues, country, old time and bluegrass to create a cornucopia of pure American roots music. Her debut CD is called 'Wilderness Lounge'.
A Graduate of Berklee College of Music with a B.A. in Composition, SteveTarshis now performs with artists ranging from Bo Diddley to the Joffery Ballet and including John Sebastian, Chico Hamilton, Carl Wilson, Robert Lamm, Mamas and the Papas, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Nora York, and Bucktooth Johnson as well as performs in pit orchestras On and Off-Broadway including RENT, THEY WROTE THAT, WALMARTOPIA, TICK TICK BOOM and JOHNNY GUITAR. He has authored over fifteen books including published by Music Sales Inc. and Hal Leonard. Titles include The Complete Rock Guitarist, Original Hendrix, Teach Yourself Lead Guitar, Teach Yourself Rock Theory. Steve served as Musical Director for the 'Triplets' for three albums and several national tours between 1987 - 1993. Steve also teaches Blues and Slide Guitar, Theory for Songwriters, and Blues and Rhythm and Blues History.
Song: The Old Gospel Ship in Public Domain
Kulak grew up onstage, acting in theatre and playing classical piano. An award-winning composer, he has performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical world premieres. He crafts original songs that brilliantly showcase his talents as a dramatist, vocalist, and musician. His six-track debut album, Welcome, achieved a loyal following worldwide. Bryce recently released ‘Tin Can Telephone’, his first full-length recording, presenting 14 new songs in arrangements from lush chamber orchestra to solo piano and voice. Often compared to the great songwriters of the original cabaret era, Kulak carries the torch of this compelling genre into the new century. If you like songs about bicycles, depressed little girls, hot air balloons, skyscrapers, historical buildings, white trash, death and mourning, colourful obsessions, misplaced laundry, wine for breakfast, selfish fish, underwear and lingerie, and primitive telecommunications, you will love Bryce Kulak.
Song: The Honey Tree by Jake Wilkinson
Elating, moving, and amusing audiences with her beautiful blend of sweet melodies, gentle honesty and searing humor, Kat Eggleston’s music reflects a wide range of life's experiences with unusual clarity and authority.
In a clear alto with flawless intonation, Kat goes straight to the lyrical and emotional truth of every word and every note. Her musings on home, childhood, and her father's garden are gems of direct, unassuming plainspokenness. Her narratives push hard at our senses and demand we return again and again to pick up the pieces we dropped on first hearing, expanding our comprehension of difficult, personal and universal experience.
Kat has released five CDs to date, three of which are available from Waterbug Music, one from Redwing Music, and the most recent--Speak--in August 2009 as an independent release.
Also an actor, teacher and hammered dulcimer player, Kat has been a lead singer with The Otters and with Bohola, and recorded a duo CD with Kate MacLeod. She has played live and on recordings with David Bromberg, Bohola, the David Munnelly Band, Niamh Parsons, Jim Tullio, Tom Dundee, Dennis Cahill, Michael Smith, Brooks Williams, Andrew Calhoun, and many others. She has toured in Europe, Australia, Ireland, England, and Scotland as well as the U.S.
After nearly 20 years in Chicago as a performing singer-songwriter and musical theater artist (including two seasons in Michael Smith's "Snow Queen" at Chicago's prestigious Victory Gardens Theatre), she returned to her home community of Vashon Island in 2008 to be close to her beloved father, an inspiration for many of her best songs.
"I was born when my parents were working on the 'Gumby' show, probably sealing my fate as a performer, and certainly making green the central color of my wardrobe." Kat's mother was Gumby's first voice, and her father was Gumby's first art director and invented Pokey. Her father is an inspiration for some of her best songs.
Song: How Can I Tell You by Cat Stevens
Born in California, but raised in Switzerland, Lieberman felt the isolation and loneliness of growing up a foreigner early on, and as a young girl, turned to her writing as a form of connection, expressing her feelings in journals and in songs. One of three sisters, and the daughter of a chemical engineer and a homemaker, Lori Lieberman’s earliest influences came through her older sister, Susan, who, from her college in Maine, sent Lieberman her greatest and most life-changing gift of all, then current music from the states: Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, Jefferson Airplane and Tom Rush. Their music and sensibilities inspired her writing even more.
Lieberman's first album, "Lori Lieberman" contained her version of "Killing Me Softly With His Song", heard by Roberta Flack and added to her album. Lieberman went on to record four more albums ("Becoming", "A Piece Of Time", "Straw Colored Girl", and "The Best Of Lori Lieberman"), touring extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.
As the styles of the music industry changed from James Taylor to disco, Lieberman retreated from the spotlight, becoming the mother of three children, and living a settled country existence in the hills of California. For many years, her music took a back seat to her busy day to day life, and it wasn't to come forward again, until producer Joseph Cali coaxed a reluctant Lieberman out of the shadows, and got her singing again.
"A Thousand Dreams", marked Lieberman's return to the music industry. A two mic live recording, engineered by Mark Levinson of Red Rose Music, captured her performance which was nominated for The Golden Note Award for the best original recording of the year.
Lori Lieberman’s latest release, “Gun Metal Sky”, is the definitive Lori Lieberman recording. Four years in the making, this CD reflects Lieberman’s growth as a vocalist, writer, producer and arranger. With eight songs penned by Lieberman, it also includes four songs by some of our most beloved songwriters and interpreted in her unique style.
Song: Nobody's Crying by Patty Griffin
Teresa started writing songs at age 12 and was performing in San Francisco nightclubs by the time she was 15. She has played on and off in the Bay Area for years, and for almost two decades was based in Los Angeles where in addition to music gigs, she wrote comedy and worked as a character actress on stage and screen.
With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa sings with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Teresa's voice has been described as a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt (LA Weekly). Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing.
Teresa has recorded or performed with such greats as Leonard Cohen, Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke and Bonnie Bramlett. Now residing in Sonoma County, Teresa continues to perform and write new material. Her new CD, 'Such Fine Things' joins the recently re-released CDs 'Teresa Tudury' and 'River of Life' in retail stores and online music sites.
Song: You Don't Miss Your Water by William Bell
D.C. has toured extensively throughout the US and Canada this past 20 years with THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA as an actor/singer. Along the way he has taken advantage of any and every opportunity to sing his own collaborations - theaters, concert halls, music clubs…Recording studios are a favorite haunt - resulting in 10 recordings from FOOL MOON through to his recent release CLOSE COMPANIONS, many of which are available on the LML Music label (“Bless ‘em they keep me on the roster through thick and thin!”). His songwriting/songs have received numerous awards and nominations including the Jeff Matson Award, the Bistro Award and he’s placed in a couple of those Stony Mountain Leafy Forest Rambling River Windy Canyon Songwriting Contests.
Song: What We Saw by Cheryl Wheeler
Sally Fingerett is a multi-talented pianist, guitarist and composer, and one of the founding 'Mothers' of that Fab Folkestra THE FOUR BITCHIN' BABES. Sally's musical output represents a lifetime commitment with 5 solo recordings, 7 Bitchin' Babes group CDs and participation in over ten compilation projects. Film scores, commercial music for Radio and Television, theme songs for group events take her from concert stages to recording studios throughout the U.S. Sally considers herself a lucky girl. A contemporary artist who participates in all of life's rolls, sifts through it with a wacky view finder and lets it fly. Life is noisy. Life is wonderful!
Song: People Get Ready by Curtis Mayfield
On December 9 of 2009, Christine is receiving The ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy & friends Award. Established in 2007 by New York-based cabaret artist, actress, comedienne and record producer Jamie deRoy and presented annually, it recognizes outstanding work and dedication to the craft of songwriting. The recipient is nominated and selected by a panel of industry professionals and a representative from ASCAP's membership staff. Christine lives in NYC and has recorded 20 solo albums - her latest: 'Cold Pizza for Breakfast' on Yellow Tail Records. She has also produced nine compilation CDs showcasing the work of dozens of songwriters whose work she loves -- one of them, the food-themed One Meat Ball, includes a 96-page cookbook that Christine edited. For four years she hosted "Slipped Disks" on xm satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots, and is the occasional guest host for the City Folk Sunday Breakfast Show on WFUV-FM at Fordham University. She also writes freelance for various publications (including The Washington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, The Performing Songwriter, and Delta "Sky" Magazine). Her song "Amoeba Hop" has been turned into a science/music book by illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney (Puddle Jump Press), received the stamp of approval from The International Society of Protistologists, and a "Best Book Award" from the American Association for The Advancement of Science.
Song: For Real by Bob Franke
Peter Bradley Adams
Peter's songs are timeless, spacious, evocative, and simultaneously simple but profound. Peter was first known as co-founder of KCRW / AAA radio darlings and commercially successful duo eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson to Dreamworks Records. Now with Sarathan Records, Peter has garnered critical acclaim as a solo artist: "Everything about this recording, from Adams's hushed croon to the atmospheric weave of acoustic and electric instruments... sustain the intimate and sometimes haunting mood that allows this CD to quietly stand out" (Washington Post).
What is most impressive is the tremendous passion, loyalty, and even love that Peter's fans express online for his music: the social networks are filled with reports of listening to one of his records three times in a row, or that it was the perfect soundtrack to a road trip or a key moment in life. Peter's songs capture a feeling of place derived from his personal experience, but are written in a universal voice that each listener can forever own, as their own. There is also a sweet but restless yearning: as Peter says, "there has to be tension in music. Even the most placid music has to have some sense of longing, otherwise it's just boring; a close friend once told me if there was bumper sticker for me it would read RELUCTANT GYPSY".
During all his nomadic wanderings through Europe, India, and the US -- including living in Birmingham, AL, Los Angeles, Nashville, and now Brooklyn, NY -- Peter is always patiently waiting to capture the next song that feels like it has already existed forever. "Writing a good song... sometimes you just have to wait for it."
But Peter didn't wait long for Traces, which was written, recorded, mixed and mastered within six months after releasing his acclaimed CD ‘leavetaking’. The end result has the same timeless and powerful presence as the many landscapes he has wandered through for years.
Song: I Hear a Symphony by Matthew Ryan
A former defensive tackle for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, Mike Reid is one of the most sensitive writers of romantic songs in contemporary country music. He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the son of a railroad worker. Although he was a piano player from age six, Reid's real passion was sports; in 1969 he won the Outland Trophy as the best collegiate defensive lineman in the country. Reid also began to develop his musical talents, playing with local bands and graduating with a degree in music. He was drafted in the first round, and became the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1970.
In addition to playing football, Reid also played music with local bands. While recovering from an injury, he met Larry Gatlin, who admired Mike's song "Time Runs Away" and encouraged his music. In the off-season, Reid performed as a classical pianist with symphony orchestras in Dallas, Cincinnati, and Utah. In 1975, after undergoing knee surgery, Reid left football, joined the Apple Butter Band, and began playing Colorado ski resorts. As a songwriter, he was inspired by Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman. One of his songs was recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1978, spurring him to pursue a solo career. He signed to ATV Publishing in 1980 and remained there for a year and a half. After meeting the head of Milsap Music, Rob Galbraith, Reid moved to the label and penned a few songs which appeared on Ronnie Milsap's 1982 album Inside, providing Milsap with a number one single, "Stranger in My House." Sylvia also scored a major hit with one of Reid's songs. He has continued as a successful songwriter for other artists as well, including Bonnie Raitt, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Mark Gray, Marie Osmond, Tanya Tucker, and Conway Twitty, who had a major hit with "Fallin' for You for Years."
Through the '80s, Reid penned 11 number one hits. In 1990, he began his recording career, signing to Columbia and releasing Turning for Home, which contained the number one hit "Walk on Faith." Reid appeared on the charts three more times in 1991 with songs such as "As Simple as That." In 1992 Mike wrote several number one hits for others, including Collin Raye's "In This Life." ~ (thank you to: Sandra Brennan, All Music Guide)
Recently Mike has teamed with lyricist Sarah Schelsinger producing an opera: ‘Different Fields’, a song cycle: ‘Prairie Songs’ and three works of musical theater ‘The Ballad of Little Jo’ (produced by Steppenwolf Theater Company of Chicago) ‘In This House’ and ‘Casanova Returns’.
Song: To Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan
With the release of their third CD, Assisted Living, the somewhat musical group known as MODERN MAN continues its assault on the out-moded idea that only those persons not yet manifesting symptoms of senile dementia should perform in public. If the sight of three seniors attempting a hip-hop song (“Assisted Living”) or transparently trying to get a fatwa issued on themselves for the sake of notoriety (“Abdul, The Reluctant Martyr”) doesn’t bring up your lunch, you may well be Navy Seal material.
MODERN MAN is:
DAVID BUSKIN Singer, songwriter, performer, author, playwright, jingle composer (Clio Award), girls’ basketball coach it’s amazing how many things one person can try to avoid honest work. Some of the artists who have recorded his songs: Astrud Gilberto, Judy Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Tom Rush, Roberta Flack, Dixie Carter, Tracy Nelson and “some guys from Toto and the drummer from Kiss” (??!?) Moms like you choose Jif. Really.
ROB CARLSON Like Buskin a Brown graduate (it was easier to get in then), Rob Carlson has pretty much thrown away a decent education to do stuff like this. Also a performing and recording veteran, for years he was a regular contributor to The American Comedy Network, a national radio comedy syndicator, where his barbed vignettes were sung by his alter ego “Ramblin’ Bob” (“Sounds like Dylan but makes sense.”). He was the guiding force behind the song about cattle, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about him.
GEORGE WURZBACH Frequent third member of the group when visiting this galaxy. Graduated with honors from Brooklyn’s Midwood Academy For the Desperate. Has appeared onstage with Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Oscar Brand and Mel Torme, none of whom were aware of his presence at the time. Won the 1995 New Folk Award at the Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival, which resulted in the Festival’s subsequent adoption of computerized voting machines with a paper trail. George’s favorite movie is King Kong; shortly before her death, he was lucky enough to meet Fay Wray and express his admiration directly. No one there will ever forget her gracious response, “Go away.”
Song: The Last Thing On My Mind by Tom Paxton
Claudia has had a love affair with folk songs all her lifebeginning with group singing at camp--through Peter, Paul and Mary and the 60s folk revival--to music of her Irish/Scots heritage--to studying at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and with Frankie Armstrong in Cardiff. She uses folk songs in her work as a teacher of acting students, and traditional music inspires her song writing. She’s appeared on stage as a singer/actor, and has sung in cabaret venues and in both school and professional choirs. All informs her writing and musical ideas. She currently teaches at DePaul University and coaches voice and dialects in the professional theatre.
Song: Pretty Bird by Hazel Dickens
Executive Producer, LML Music
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Lessack makes his home in Los Angeles, where in 1996 he founded LML Music (www.LMLmusic.com), whose catalog of CDs includes over 70 of the country's top live recording artists and performers.
Also an accomplished singer, Lessack's graceful lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing, "Cabaret romanticism of a high order." Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing three albums, Lessack has proven himself both as performer and recording artist. His fourth and most ambitious recording to date is called "In Good Company". Intimate and impeccably produced, the album beams with outstanding performances featuring duets with such music notables as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz.
Mr. Lessack, who attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, has also released four other critically acclaimed albums, including a live recording of a 2001 concert tour "Too Marvelous For Words: The Songs of Johnny Mercer". "Too Marvelous," recorded at the famed Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, was chosen for the preliminary ballot for 2002 Grammy Awards.
Other recordings include Mr. Lessack's self-titled debut solo album, his GLAMA Award-winning, I Know You By Heart, and the cast recording of An Enchanted Evening: The Music of Broadway.
Mr. Lessack also lends his voice to many philanthropic functions throughout the year including the annual S.T.A.G.E. Benefit in Los Angeles. As a companion to the launch of In Good Company, Lessack co-produced a live concert, to benefit Operation USA, the 25 year-old international relief organization known for supplying emergency medical supplies and housing to victims of natural disasters at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre.
Original paintings for in my room
Richardson earned a bachelor of fine arts in painting degree with honors from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, studying her junior year in Rome, Italy. She has experienced an exceptional story-filled life, which enables her to produce such intense and honest works an early age. She is collected throughout America and in Italy and Germany.
Recent exhibitions include “2005 Art Kudos International Competition" where Richardson was a finalist, juried by Giorgiana Cray Bart, Pennsylvania, 2005 Centerstage Benefit and Art Auction, Centerstage, Boston, MA, 2005 "Faces 2005" Juried International Show, the Blance Ames National Competion at the Ames Museum in North Easton, MA, earning the special “Blance Ames Award”,2005 Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE, earning Special Recognition. Publications include “21 to 31” artists under the age of 31 making waves in contemporary art, by Southwest Art Magazine, 2006, and “Fine Young Things” by PDX Magazine highlighting local emerging artists to watch in 2007.
“There is only honesty in the true moment of something, after that it is just the illusion of memory. But it is these memories that serve as the catalyst for inspiration. I do not intend to render through these works my own personal experiences, I do not wish to share my secrets, I bury these truths below layers of paint, which creates a narrative between reality and fantasy. When these two perceptions intertwine I am able to separate myself from the memory and allow objective observation and imaginative interplay to connect. The work transcends the boundaries between memory and fantasy with an added element of the fantastic; this infuses the works with a sense of romance and reverie. I am able to take some of the gravity of life and turn it into something tangible and beautiful, but not quite real. They are memories as I wish I could remember them. The truth becomes the fable and what I find is not myself, but more the shadow of self and the remnants of dreams. This is a way to be honest without being accurate. In the most private of settings painting allows me to commemorate the occasion of self-discovery, and to understand, with sensitivity, the severity of being honest with myself.”
I was approached for ['in my room'] in the fall of 2009, an exciting request, 2 paintings to be used for the benefit CD of the NMSS. The only direction I was given was to tap into the similar solo process of a musician with that of the painter to produce paintings which reflect the title, in my room, and the need for peace and support and soulful guidance to overcome any obstacle in life. I did not want to be too literal. It seemed too obvious to paint portraits of musicians in quiet dark rooms, so I focused on the internal room, the real source of strength and courage that we all can access inside of us. I see all creativity and all triumph through courage to come from this inner place of strength, where we harbor our memories and feelings from nature and our relationships. So although each musician in these paintings is essentially alone in a vast and overwhelming space, there are the spirits and ghosts of those who have triumphed before us and paved a way for inspiration and healing there at our side.
NYC: John Kilgore: Christine Lavin, Hope Nunnery, Ritt Henn
CA: Jane Clark: Teresa Tudury
Atlanta: Will Robertson: Arlington Priest
Boston: Tom Dube: Catie Curtis
Columbus: Dan Green: Sally Fingerett
Nashville: Don Kerce: Add’l Hope Nunnery and Steve Tarshis
St. Louis: Alex Jones/Clayton Studios: D.C. Anderson
Special Thanks to:
Chris Yankee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Lee Lessack of LML Music
Doug Haverty of Art and Soul Design
Betsyann Faiella of Savoy Communications
Kohel Haver of Swider, Medeiros, Haver LLP
D.C. Anderson conceived and co-produced (along with Marguerite Pritchard and Dennis Drake) the first Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS holiday benefit CD recording 1993’s CABARET NOEL: A BROADWAY CARES CHRISTMAS a 2 CD set featuring 22 premiere recordings of songs by Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Polly Pen, Alan Chapman, Amanda McBroom, Flaherty and Ahrens, Ervin Drake …and 23 holiday standards sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell, Karen Ziemba, Amanda McBroom, Karen Akers, Howard McGillin, Leslie Uggams, Robert Morse, Andrea Marcovicci, Maureen McGovern….
He produced ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm’ and ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ - musical revues of Broadway composers in Seattle at the Skid Road Theater and Conservatory Theater Company between 1978 and 1980 featuring Paul Maurice King and Darcy Danielson.
He has produced in excess of 40 benefit concerts for non-profit organizations throughout the US including Los Angeles Theatre Center, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Centerstage… as well as a revue of his original songs ‘Not For the Squeamish’ at Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis and the Duplex in New York City.
D.C. is also credited with producing his solo recordings 1989’s ‘Fool Moon’, 1993’s ‘Time Was’, 1995’s ‘You Were There, 1997’s ‘The Box Under the Bed’, 2000’s ‘Blue Summer Day’ and ‘Collected’, 2001’s ‘All is Calm All is Bright’, 2004’s ‘Ballad’, 2006’s ‘I Am Still’, 2008’s ‘Our Story’ and 2009’s ‘Close Companions’ most of them on the LML Music label.
Designer, Art and Soul Design
Doug grew up in Northern California with a love of music and art. In school he spent many hungry afternoons dreaming about the records he would be able to buy with all the money he saved when he didn't spend it on lunch! Music was his creative outlet. After spending hours at the record store picking out new music, he would take the record home, put on headphones, and savor listening to every second of the songs as he stared at the graphics on the record cover. He traces his artistic merge of music and graphic design to those vivid aural-visual moments.
After high school, Doug enrolled in University of the Pacific in Northern California where he pursued theatre and journalism. The stage was his playground-he did everything from acting and scene painting to writing and directing. With his passion for music as strong as ever, he became an expert on the local music scene. He wrote for the entertainment section of his college paper and had fun covering concerts, movies, and other music events. After graduating with his BA in Drama and Journalism, he headed south for a new life in Los Angeles and a place in the entertainment industry.
Doug began by working in publicity and marketing at A&M Records, where he was mentored by some of the best professionals in the music business. He soon moved on and up, working for the next ten years for the record company All American Music Group. He was involved with anything visual that the record company needed, from advertising, posters, and in-store displays, to producing music videos! He is most proud of the gorgeous CD covers he designed for musicians on the All American record label. He collaborated with a wide range of talent, from Weird Al Yanchovic to James Brown to major rap artists like Craig Mack and DJ Yella of NWA.
Doug’s award-winning plays and musicals have been produced around the world. Could I Have This Dance? was named “Best New Play” (produced outside of NYC) by The American Theatre Critics Association and is included in the Otis Guernsey Best Plays anthology and published by Samuel French. Aftershocks and Death Defying Acts, both premiered in New York at The Long Island Stage. Inside Out (co-written with Adryan Russ), played Off Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre and the Original Cast Recording was released worldwide on DRG Records. His works have been presented at Charlotte Rep., Laguna Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre and Theatre-On-The-Square, just to name a few. Other published works include: In My Mind’s Eye [Samuel French] and Flavia & The Dream Maker (A musical) [Dramatic Publishing Company]. Legend of the Crystal Waters (A musical was a winner at the Deaf Drama Festival). Both Flavia and Crystal Waters were commissioned by the award-winning Access Theatre of Santa Barbara, California. His first play, Hello, This Is The Bottom Drawer, was discovered by the legendary Audrey Wood. Two Haverty-Russ musical one-acts were recently presented at The Dramatists Guild’s Friday Night Footlights and Theatre West.
RoMP Web Services
Paul has been designing and developing websites ever since Al Gore invented the internet. He's also been a vocalist and guitarist since he was 10 years old. Sometimes the two disciplines come together and Paul will develop a website for a musical performer like D.C. Anderson (they are on their 3rd design since Paul developed his first website several years ago). He will also take over an ailing website and make it into a viable and strong statement for an organization like Los Angeles Women in Music. Musically, Paul can be found at eclecticamusic.com. Paul is honored to be working on the In My Room project.
The Music Lab
Owner/chief engineer of The Music Lab, Dennis Drake has had many years of audio engineering experience, starting with doing Sound Reinforcement with the Beach Boys, James Taylor, The Yes Group and many others. He then worked with legendary producer Phil Ramone at A & R Recording Studios in NYC, assisting on albums for Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and others. Drake also spent many years working in LA as a staff recording engineer at United-Western Studios, working on albums and TV show soundtracks with Mike Post, Ringo Starr, Steve Binder and Jimmy Webb. He started his mastering career with Polygram Records in 1982. As head of studio and technical operations, Dennis was responsible for creating the Polygram Tape Facility in Edison, New Jersey. This required consolidation of the label's masters from many countrywide locations, into one secure facility. Drake also supervised the design and construction of three mastering studios to service the label's needs. As the CD revolution began, Polygram was in the forefront, having been one of the developers of the format, along with SONY.
With a huge catalog to mine, the Polygram mastering studios were always busy, with CD's in production for artists like Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, and the great Verve records catalog including recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and many others.
One of the Polygram-owned classical labels, Mercury Records, had a stellar collection of recordings, which the label started to address in the late 1980's. Drake developed the custom analog-to-digital transfer chain and mastered the first 26 CD reissues from the legendary Mercury Living Presence classical recordings, working with the original producer, Wilma Cozart Fine. A restored Ampex 350 three-track tube tape recorder, a Westrex 1524 tube console, and Westrex 34 mm film deck were used on these sessions. The Mercury Living Presence CD reissue program has been critically acclaimed for it's sound quality by the New York Times and leading audiophile publications like The Absolute Sound and Sterophile.
The Music Lab was founded in 1991 to meet the specialized needs of record companies and recording artists in the areas of audio mastering, restoration, and archiving of music catalogs. Today, the Music Lab continues to serve a variety of clients, including both record labels and individual artists and bands. Located less than one hour from New York City and close to the Jersey Shore music scene, our studio has an at-home feel with state-of-the-art equipment. A passion for quality sound is what we're all about.
Dennis Drake’s Music Lab is a full service audio mastering facility serving the recording industry since 1991. Utilizing the state-of-the-art Sonic Studio HD mastering workstation mated with vintage analog and tube gear, we specialize in audiophile mastering and are equipped to handle all analog and digital formats. Mastering of your music is the last creative step in the record-making process. Let us use our audio tools and experience to ensure that your album sounds competitive in the marketplace. Chief Engineer/Owner Dennis Drake brings over 20 years of engineering experience to The Music Lab. Former Studio VP for Polygram Records and concert sound engineer for the Beach Boys, he has mastered hundreds of rock, pop, jazz, country and classical albums for companies such as Time-Life Music, Verve, Mercury, Polydor, Brunswick and Sony-BMG. This includes three GRAMMY Winners: “Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads”, James Brown’s “Startime” and “The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve”.
SAVOY COMMUNICATIONS, a public relations and media production company, was founded in 2008 by Betsyann Faiella and Len Triola. Areas of practice include public relations, record promotion for internet and traditional radio, and film/video/new media production for advertising and promotional use. The company has an eclectic roster of clients in the arts, entertainment and sports. Betsyann Faiella leads a double (or maybe it's quadruple!) life as a producer/publicist and a singer/recording artist. She has been described by Variety as 'a swinging jazz seductress' and by The Los Angeles Times as 'contemporary cabaret at its best.' Since releasing her bold debut recording CAN I BE FRANK?, a tribute to the artistry of Francis Albert Sinatra, she has performed at some of the world's most famous nightclubs, including Birdland, The Blue Note and Ronnie Scott's. As a producer, she counts collaborations with directors Michael Cuesta, Rachel Harms, Stacy Peralta, and Steve James among her favorite recent projects.