Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and musical satirist Eric Schwartz.

Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, satirist multi-instrumentalist and entertainer Eric Schwartz (aka Eric “Red” Schwartz) tours the U.S. and Europe bringing his music to every audience he can find. He’s been playing music and comedy venues nationally for fifteen years (the Improv, The Bluebird, The Comedy Store, The Bottom Line…). He has composed for and performed in various Satiristas shows spearheaded by Paul Provenza, as well as “The Bad Boys of Comedy” with Bobby Slayton, Jim Norton et. al. His songs have been sung by Ronny Cox, Holly Near and Van Dyke Parks. Schwartz is possibly the only artist in the history of the world to get raves from Gloria Steinem and Hustler Magazine, Eric’s songs go from the political to the profane, sometimes both (see the International Songwriting Competition’s best comedy song of the year, “Clinton Got a Blowjob”.)

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

http://www.ericschwartz.com/ 

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: Eric_Schwartz_Podcast_1.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is UK-based singer/songwriter Lisa Redford, who just came out with this new Christmas single "When Christmas Comes Around".

Described by legendary BBC DJ Bob Harris as “one of our finest singer/songwriters” Lisa is a versatile female artist from the UK who has also been based in NYC. Her music has been described as melodic acoustic music and tinges of Americana with heartfelt lyrics, gorgeous melodies and stunning vocals.


She has released acclaimed studio albums ‘Slipstream’, ‘Lost Again’ and ‘Clouds with Silver’ that have received glowing press and airplay across the world including Bob Harris’s BBC Radio 2 shows. Her track ‘Dragonfly’ was played on his ‘Best of British’ special which featured the Best British songwriters and has also been featured in an independent film in the US. She has worked with many outstanding US musicians including those who have worked with Teddy Thompson, Jeff Buckley, Norah Jones, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Ryan Adams. She has toured the UK and Europe and has a distribution deal for her albums with the UK’s biggest independent distributors, Proper.


Lisa’s EP ‘Reminders’ was recorded with multi-instrumentalist and producer Jeff Hill in Brooklyn and has received great reviews and BBC radio airplay. Her last release was ‘The Sweetest Dream’ a compilation of acoustic Americana love songs. She has also sung on and written electro pop and dance tracks. Lisa is also a keen writer about music and has a regular column for UK magazine Songwriting Magazine where she talks about song writing gives advice to other independent artists. Her song ‘Here Alone’ was also recently covered by a young artist and won a national competition in the UK, the Pre-Teen Award 2015.

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/lisa-redford/ 

http://lisaredford.com 

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: Lisa_Redford_Podcast_1.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Kansas City-based singer/songwriter Wyatt Brewer, who will be releasing his new EP "Factory Made", December 10.

Wyatt Brewer started at age 4 helping my dad in his home 4-Track studio. Helping unplug wires and making the intricate spaghetti work on older modeled equipment, paved the way to doing the same things on digital equipment in our new digital age. Wyatt learned guitar from my dad at age 10 in the year 2000. He performed in talent shows through middle and high school, and found enjoyment in writing his own songs at age 14. He has had a couple song placements in advertising, but most of his love is in finding new ways to tell the same stories we have always known: Love, pain, death, and rebirth. December 10th will be his first official release. It is an EP titled, "Factory Made."

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/wyatt-brewer/ 

http://wyattbrewer.com 

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: Wyatt_Brewer_Podcast_2.mp3
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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
Category:Singer / Songwriter -- posted at: 3:53pm MDT

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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