Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is acoustic blues man Eric Bibb.

Acoustic blues favorite Eric Bibb joined us for "Concerts and Conversations" in collaboration with AMP Concerts recorded live at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque. Eric talked in depth about his creative process, his choices, and what makes the blues such a timeless and compelling expression.

Full interview with music: https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/eric-bibb-2013-02-20-215248/ 

Eric Bibb Full Art of the Song Concert: https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/ericbibb/ 

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The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: 01_aots-podcast-eric-bibb.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Colorado-based singer/songwriter Mary Beth Cross, whose most recent EP 'Feels Like Home' is currently under consideration for Four Grammys.

MARY BETH CROSS is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician. Her music is a soulful, intimate acoustic mix of original and classic tunes. Her new EP titled "Feels Like Home" incorporates traditional Bluegrass instruments into her arrangements. Mary Beth's originals are inspired by the stories of her family, the forests and farms of her Wisconsin upbringing, and Colorado, where she makes her home. 

FEELS LIKE HOME by Mary Beth Cross begins by welcoming you in from the rain to the warmth of the hearth with the Paul Simon classic "Kathy's Song". Before you know it, the rugs are rolled up and a dance floor is cleared. Mary Beth takes listeners to her grand- parents’ dairy farm back in the 1940s with "Threshing Time", a tune she co-wrote with her 85- year-old father. Airing fears, worry, and concern is still a part of family gatherings. The burdens are shared and then released with Gary White's "Long, Long Time". Mary Beth takes the Linda Ronstadt cover and places it in a bluegrass arrangement, giving it new breath. She then leads you slowly into the wee hours of the evening (to the bedroom) with "The Medley", and concludes with an original ditty welcoming the morning and the gift of a new day with "Cottonwood Creek". 

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/mbcross/

http://www.marybethcross.com 

http://www.marybethcross.com/music.html 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Mary_Beth_Cross_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Austin singer/songwriter Michael Fracasso.

Michael Fracasso is a genre-crossing artist incapable of repeating himself. His critically acclaimed work includes nine distinctive solo CDs, recorded duets with bothPatty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, an epic reinterpretation of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” memorable tributes to Woody Guthrie,Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt, , two created alongside his gifted friend/producer/guitarist Charlie Sexton (Back To Oklahoma and World In A Drop Of Water). In 2011 he was short listed for the Austin Public Library Award for literary achievement. Fracasso’s oft-celebrated songwriting has reached new heights on his latest collection, Here Come The Savages. veteran recording artist Michael Fracasso has once again asserted himself as a miraculous American songwriter and truly exceptional singer, as well as a gifted interpreter of well-chosen covers. An authentic Texas musician born of Italian parents he spent years working the New York folk scene while mentored by the great Doc Pomus, Michael Fracasso follows a grand aesthetic compass found in a rare few.

http://www.michaelfracasso.com 

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/michaelfracasso 

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelfracasso12 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Michael_Fracasso_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is spiritual musician, songwriter The Handsome Family.

Our guests this week on Art of the Song are Brett and Rennie Sparks, together known as the Handsome Family. The Husband and wife duo experienced unexpected worldwide fame when their song "Far From Any Road" was picked as the season 1 theme song for the HBO hit show, True Detective. Their songs have been covered by artists including Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, and Andrew Bird (who released an entire record of Handsome Family covers). With their unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, their music explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West. We spoke with Rennie and Brett in our Albuquerque studios.

Full interview with musichttps://www.standingoproject.com/interview/the-handsome-family/ 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: handsome-family-podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Jason Luckett.

Jason Luckett is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and essayist based in Los Angeles. Supporting six albums and three independently released EPs, Jason regularly tours the United States and Europe. He’s performed at South by Southwest in Austin, TX and Glastonbury Festival (UK), and has shared the stage or recorded with Tracy Chapman, the Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Jeff Buckley, jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell and members of Bauhaus and Red Hot Chili Peppers. His latest disc, The Second Half of the Bet (Hope Again), moves organically through folk, jazz, rock and world influences, while retaining the strong personality of what Jason calls “groovy acoustic soul.” His essays and poetry have been published in the anthologies The Black Body and Voices from Leimert Park.

“He uses his guitar as an accompaniment to his stellar, expressive voice as well as his intriguing love songs and mesmerizing essays…. He’s a little Sam Cooke, a little Lenny Kravitz, and a little Neil Young.” – Music Connection 

“Luckett is a charismatic, romantic poet who wields lyrical dexterity in his heartbreaking yet inspirational narratives.” – HITS Magazine

 

http://www.jasonluckett.com

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/jasonluckett/

The Standing 'O' Project is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

 

Direct download: Jason_Luckett_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Elizabeth Hareza.

Elizabeth is raw, honest, hilariously quirky and out for the greater good.  Spreading love and music is her passion and she does that through sharing stories about her real life, experiences of others (anonomyously of course) and a few tall tales here and there.  She is based in Park City, UT but travels regularly to performances.  If you would like to hear her play in your town, I’m sure she will find a way to make it work. “In elementary school, a teacher told me that I would never have as much talent in my entire body as Bobby Mcferrin has in his pinky finger.” She says. “At first, I chose to believe it.  It took many years and a killer HBO documentary on Bobby Mcferrin for me to realize that she was wrong.  I don’t want anyone else to be made feel like they cannot accomplish their dreams.  The most beautiful thing about music is that there are so many different kinds to choose from.  If you are true to yourself and sing about what you believe in, you can move mountains.” Says Hareza. After a childhood of feeling misunderstood and the untimely death of her father, Elizabeth has found herself grateful that “different” is the new “cool”.  She runs a bi-monthly songwriting group in Park City where she brings community members and passers by together to share their love of music and writing.  Her groups include everyone from professional songwriters to people who have never even written a song.  “It is meant to be a safe space where anyone can come, feel welcome and encouraged, meet new friends and share some love.  We ask people to leave their ego’s at home and I’m not afraid to ask someone to not return if they have anything but the utmost respect for everyone else in the room.” She says. “It’s about spreading love and good vibes, not telling people about your superior level of awesomeness.  If you are at one of our songwriter groups we already assume that you are, so there is no need to boast.” She says with a grin. Elizabeth could not be more grateful for the opportunity to share her music with a community like the Standing O Project.  She would love to hear from you, so please send her a note!

 

http://elizabethhareza.com 

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/elizabethlivemusic/ 

 

The Standing 'O' Project is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: Elizabeth_Hareza_Full_Interview.mp3
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Rickie Byars Beckwith on Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is spiritual musician, songwriter Rickie Byars Beckwith.

We had the pleasure of delving into the world of new-thought spiritual music with Rickie Byars Beckwith. Her songs of unconditional love and spiritual transformation are the highlight of consciousness raising events throughout the world. She has performed in five sessions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at Green Festivals across North America, and at countless Peace Concerts that promote unity and the principles of non-violence. Rickie is the Music and Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center In Culver City, California, where she directs the 200-member Agape International Choir. Together with her husband, Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape Center, their powerful partnership has resulted in a dynamic catalogue of songs that enable transformational healing through the power of music.

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/rickiebyarsbeckwith/

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: aots-podcast-rickie-byars-beckwith.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Rain Perry.

Rain Perry is an award-winning songwriter. Her song “Beautiful Tree” was the theme for the CW Network’s Life Unexpected, a criminally cancelled series on which she also had the surreal pleasure of playing herself alongside Ben Lee and Sarah McLachlan.

In addition to releasing four albums on her own Precipitous Records, Rain is the author of the autobiographical play Cinderblock Bookshelves: A Guide for Children of Fame-Obsessed Bohemian Nomads.

She is the Grand Prize winner of both the John Lennon Song Contest (Folk Division) and the ROCKRGRL Discoveries competition, as well as a Telluride Troubadour finalist. She divides her time between motherhood and the lucrative world of independent folk-rock music.

Rain has received many nice reviews (and one really snarky one), but her favorites are those Google-translated from Dutch: “The album Cinderblock Bookshelves is not the melancholic childbirth that you would expect…Rainy Perry is a veritable asset to the music world!” – Kindamusik

http://www.rainperry.com/ 

 

Rain also recently directed The Shopkeeper (discussed in this interview) on Mark Hallman of Congress House Studio. View the preview here: https://vimeo.com/165494197 and check out full details, including premier dates here: http://www.shopkeepermovie.com 

Direct download: Rain_Perry_Full_Interview.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Tom Freund.

“If you want to hear what California feels like, Tom Freund’s new album is a good place to start...” – Acoustic Guitar

 It’s the ease with which he delivers conversational lyrics and honeyed melodies, a natural magic that is the soul of Tom Freund’s music. Though he’s widely-traveled in a variety of genres-- from hearftelt folk to buoyant pop to boho jazz to straightforward rock ’n’ roll, and beyond --Freund is, simply put, a singer-songwriter with a defined and captivating presence.

Freund's latest disc "Two Moons" on Surf Road Records draws roots sources for an urbane Americana sound, melding nostalgia with a raw and sharp-eyed views of life today. “If Two Moons, with its underlying message of hope in this messy world of ours, serves as an inspiring, encouraging soundtrack for listeners, then I can say to myself, ‘ok, you’re doing something right for the people out there”, Freund says. He delivers this CD’s main message in the standout track “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be,” in which he declares: “I’m basically hooked on this life/it’s got a lot of problems/but it treats me real right/and you don’t have to agree with me/but let me fly my freak flag.” This oddly upbeat anthem of personal empowerment so impressed Canadian rock star Serena Ryder that she asked to sing on it. The opening track “Angel Eyes,” featuring vocals by Ben Harper, serves as Freund’s take on Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” motif, expresses his appreciation to his Southern California friends for always having his back. Notes of nostalgia play into Tom’s self-declared favorite track “Mind of Your Own” which delves into a deeply personal memory of the New York native’s childhood home.

Freund spent the mid-’90s touring with the indie rock cult faves THE SILOS and has been releasing solo albums since 1998. Tom has alternated between recording and touring behind his own discs, playing upright bass, electric bass guitar, and mandolin with the likes of British pub-rock great Graham Parker (who hailed Freund as one of the best singer-songwriters operating today), pop star Mandy Moore, groove-soul sensation Brett Dennen, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne, and three-time Grammy winner Ben Harper. “What really brought me to wanting to work with Tom in the studio is his songs,” Harper concludes. “It doesn’t have to even go any further than that. As far as I’m concerned, who wouldn’t wanna work with him in the studio? Because the songs are there.”

More recently, you can spot Freund playing with Parker in the Judd Apatow film, "This Is 40" and featured on the hit TV show “Parenthood” and the upcoming Pamela Adlon show “Better Things”. He continues to tour North America, Europe and Japan playing with his band or doing solo shows.

http://tomfreund.com

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/tom-freund/

The Standing 'O' Project is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

Direct download: Tom_Freund_Mid-Week.mp3
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Steve Postell - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Steve Postell.

Steve Postell is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/composer and producer. His latest solo CD for Immergent Records features a host of brilliant guests who have worked with him over the years. These include David Crosby, Jennifer Warnes, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Dave Koz, Paul Barrere and many others. A native New Yorker, Steve moved to Los Angeles to join Steve Ferrone (illustrious drummer for Average White Band, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty) and Grammy award winning engineer/producer John Jones, at Drumrolll, a studio/production facility in Burbank.

Trained at The Mannes College Of Music in New York City, Steve Postell has had a successful, prolific career which spans his days playing with Pure Prairie League, performing on Broadway in shows such as “Evita” and “The Man Of LaMancha,” co-writing the score for the off-Broadway rock musical "Fallen Angel" (starring Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover), touring with Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Princess Lea in "Aladdin") as her musical director, and fronting the popular New York City bands, “Chain o' Fools” and “Little Blue”. Steve has written scores for film and television including ESPN’s Sportsweek featuring Greg Gumble, and producer Lawrence Kasdan’s "Jumpin' At The Boneyard," a 20th century Fox production starring Tim Roth and Samuel Jackson. Steve wrote and produced Jingles for Right Sound Music in New York City for clients including Pontiac, AT&T, Dupont and many others. He has performed live on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show with Katie Couric, The Regis and Kelly and The Regis and Kathie Lee shows.

Steve was the project coordinator for the Shout Factory release of the 20th anniversary edition of the Jennifer Warnes/Leonard Cohen project "Famous Blue Raincoat", and has toured and recorded with Jennifer as her guitarist and musical director. He is also working on a documentary featuring the debut of a new orchestral piece by Ravi Shankar.

Steve recently won a “HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD” for best song in the Americana/Roots category for his song “3:45 Coming Through” (which features guitarists Buzzy Feiten and Robben Ford), and had a song featured in the Ricky Gervais film “The Invention Of Lying”. He also recently composed the music for a classical ballet choreographed by Zippora Karz, (former soloist with The New York City Ballet).

Steve’s latest projects include guitar lessons and production for an exciting series of music instruction apps for the iPad, created for the ON THE PATH Series, which also will feature lessons by Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Eric Johnson, Ravi Shankar, Richard Thompson, Robben Ford and many other prominent performers. He is also fronting the all-star band “NIGHT TRAIN MUSIC CLUB”, which features some of the finest musicians in the country, and recently played The Vancouver Island Music Festival with special guests Vonda Shepard, Albert Lee & David Crosby.

Steve manages Pier Street Sound and The Renegade Music Group.

Steve Postell Website:

http://stevepostell.com 

The Standing 'O' Project is about socially responsible streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com #sociallyresponsiblestreaming

 

Direct download: Steve_Postell_Podcast_Interview.mp3
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