Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast (general)

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Massachusetts singer/songwriter Thea Hopkins

"Attention, landslide! The discovery of "Love Come Down" (6 tracks) by Thea Hopkins may have the same effect as "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison, or "Lorca" by the late Tim Buckley. Nothing less"-- Patrick Dallongeville https://www.paris-move.com/reviews/thea-hopkins-love-come-down/

With her 4th album, “Love Come Down,” Boston performing songwriter Thea Hopkins has achieved an elegance of sound that lives up to her poetic prowess. A talent the Washington Post called “a standout writer,” she has created, in just six tunes, a seamless song journey that begins with a gentle invocation (“Love Come Down”), ends with a lullaby (“Until Then”) and gracefully travels to a few dark American landscapes in between. From love ballad to social history, every song is personal.

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

https://www.theahopkins.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: Thea_Hopkins_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Texas folksy duo and Kerville staples Him & Her.

Him & Her is currently promoting their third album release, “Him & Her Do Texas Women” (2018). Him & Her is a bluesy, jazzy, folksy duo playing primarily original music, featuring singer-songwriter Brenda Freed on vocals, and guitar or piano and Michael D’Eath (“DEE-uth”) on diatonic or chromatic harmonica. Couple Michael’s tasty harmonica playing with Brenda’s soulful & versatile voice and you get a powerful sound that delights house concert, theater and festival audiences. The duo becomes a trio with Duke Davis on upright bass. Him & Her also plays as a full band adding percussion, lead guitar and backup vocals. Him & Her devotes their creative energies to performing, recording, songwriting, musical arrangement, teaching and having a good time with live audiences. Find out more at www.HimandHerTX.com.

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

www.HimandHerTX.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: Him_and_Her_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Austin Americana staples Band of Heathens.

Americana stalwarts The Band of Heathens recently went into their hometown studio in Austin, TX deciding to record their own version of the classic Ray Charles album A Message From The People. In a time where the downtrodden need a voice again, the Heathens have delivered the message paying homage to one of the most important voices in American song history.

https://www.bandofheathens.com/ 

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/band-of-heathens-2-podcast/ 

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: Ed_Jurdi_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:04pm PST

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is steel pan virtuoso Jonathan Scales.

Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. He’s got a new album coming out featuring a pantheon of top-notch players, many of whom Scales grew up listening to and idolizing. I’d love to connect him with you for a conversation on The Standing O Project to discuss his new album as well as how it’s themes of loss, perseverance, and triumph reflect Scales’ own journey as an artist who has honed his craft while to taking bold musical risks.

Scales’ latest release, PILLAR—his sixth album, and fourth release on taste-maker label Ropeadope—is a testament to the grit and tenacity he possesses. The record features an incredible cast of special guests, including banjo pioneer Béla Fleck, bassists Victor WootenOteil Burbridge and MonoNeon, trumpeter Christian Scott, Tunde Adjuah, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, keyboardist Shaun Martin and percussionist Weedie Braimah. 

http://www.jonscales.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: Jon_Scales_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Massachusetts singer/songwriter Greg Klyma.

Road-tested troubadour. Relentless songwriter. Greg Klyma is keeping the American folk tradition alive with his enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter.

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

http://klyma.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: Greg_Klyma_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Ethio-American vocalist, singer/songwriter, and composer Meklit Hadero.

Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to New York, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more.

Her fame in Ethiopia skyrocketed in 2015 when her TED talk went viral in the country and her music videos began playing daily on multiple Ethiopian television stations. She goes back to Addis Ababa regularly to perform.

Meklit's album - When the People Move, the Music Moves Too - was released June 23rd on Six Degrees Records, receiving rave reviews and quickly reaching #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts, #1 on the NACC World Charts and #12 on the World Charts in Europe. It was also named one of the 100 Best Albums of 2017 by the Sunday Times UK, one of the Best Soul Albums of 2017 by Bandcamp and amongst the 10 Best Bay Area albums of 2017 by KQED. These 11 songs were deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke (the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz). Back in 2011, he told Meklit, "find your contribution to Ethio-Jazz and keep on innovating!" Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning artist/songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, John Legend, Dixie Chicks), the album also features world renowned musicians Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the violinist/whistler Andrew Bird. 

http://www.meklitmusic.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: Meklit_Hadero_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Texas singer/songwriter John 'Pops' Dennie.

John Dennie, Pops,  is a gifted storyteller who has a knack for developing plot lines in the space of four minutes. One part grit and one part silk, his songs always seem to push the right buttons, eliciting memory and emotion as only the very best music can. He has spent a lifetime stewarding America's musical roots including blues, jazz, gospel, folk, country and rock and roll. His latest studio effort represents the convergence of a wide variety of old and new influences including Neil Young, John Fulbright, Towns Van Zandt, John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton. 

https://www.johndennie.com 

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

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: John_Pops_Dennie_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter and Guthrie collector Barry Ollman.

Chances are you’ll never have heard of Barry Ollman. Not unless, that is, you happen to be a music collector. His father a Midwest correspondent for Billboard from 49-75, Ollman grew up immersed in music, not to mention gathering an impressive collection of autographs. This was the spark of what would see him become perhaps the definitive collector of Woody Guthrie, an obsession that has also encompassed the social movements of the time as well as Guthrie’s contemporaries, musical and otherwise. He’s also on the board of the Guthrie Foundation.

As well as being a music collector, Ollman’s also a musician, performing as a folk singer-songwriter since the late 60s. In the 90s, introduced by his photographer brother, Ollman met and became friends with Graham Nash, one of his longtime heroes. Fast forward to the present and this, Barry’s debut recording, the opening track of which, the waltzing ‘Imogen’s Lament’, features Nash on harmonies. It’s a song inspired by Imogen Cunningham, one of the great photographers of the 20th century and serves as a tribute to and lament for the passing of old school photography with the arrival of the digital age. Being something of a well-regarded snapper himself, Nash also provides the album’s back cover photo.

Nash isn’t the only familiar name here. Another of Ollman’s mates happens to be E Street band bassist Garry Tallent, who duly turns up on four tracks here, providing both bass and guitar on the strutting ‘Banker’s Holiday’, which takes a swipe at the profession behind the economic collapse.

http://www.barryollman.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: Barry_Ollman_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm PST

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Colorado singer/songwriter Katey Laurel.

Katey Laurel's new EP Daydream, her first release of new music in three years, represents the first step in the artist’s return to music. While written prior to her divorce, songs like “Lifeboat,” “Invisible” and the title track carry almost a haunting sense of premonition, as though Katey was subconsciously aware of the cracks in the foundation and the quake to come. Produced by Warren Huart and featuring her friends Mike Morter (formerly of Churchill) on mandolin and Dave Preston as a guest vocalist on “Lifeboat”, it is her most intimate and acoustic work to date.

For true artists who experience trauma and loss, it’s uncanny how the experience serves to deepen and purify their artistic expression. Katey Laurel has already earned a loyal following by writing solid melodies and relatable lyrics. Coming out on the other side of crisis with Daydream—along with that refreshing sense of transparency and vulnerability only gained through fire—it’s inevitable that we are about to hear her most profound work yet.

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

http://www.kateylaurel.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: Katey_Laurel_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm PST

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Kansas City singer/songwriter John L Keck.

John is a songwriter who creates lyrics with the intent of capturing emotion and moments in time that we can travel to and experience first-hand—much like a photograph captures the fleeting of an instant. With one foot in the South and one in the Midwest, John's music is a modern blend of traditional Americana and a willingness to be Undefined.

"People who haven't heard me play ask me what kind of music I make.  I want to answer them, and not be rude, but it's difficult to give a 30 second elevator pitch on something you plan to work on your whole life... I don't set out to do 'one thing', so I've started saying 'I write songs for people who love Van Gogh's paintings'.  I realize that's not an answer, but I want to have a conversation about what I've written.  Even if it means we only get to have it with our eyes while I perform. I want to provoke thought and connect with people. I would also love to see if I can get you to dance, laugh and cry a little." - John L Keck

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/john-l-keck-podcast/ 

http://www.johnlkeck.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: John_L_Keck_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Swiss singer/songwriter Veronika Stalder.

Swiss singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Veronika Stalder melts the genres of world, folk and jazz music, creating a unique sound that has captivated audiences the world over. With her touching and unique virtuose voice she plunges into the depths of her universe to tell stories and paint dream pictures that arise from it.

Veronika's true passion is the art of improvisation, which she masters with playful ease. Since the age of 6 she has played violin and her numerous visits to Ireland has helped her develop her gift for folk and traditional music. She is also an accomplished self-taught guitarist.

Veronika has studied at the Hocheschule Luzern Music Jazz Department Jazz singing with Lauren Newton, Susanne Abbuehl and Lisette Spinnler.  She won the Fridl-Wald award for Jazz musicians and gave the masterclass in Jazz Singing at the Sligo Jazz Festival. With her twin sister Patrizia Stalder she won the national bandcompetiton "battle of the bands“, as the singer-songwriter-folk duo „Twice“.

She has a master's degree in Education and has toured extensively with different bands to countries including Russia, Ireland, Armenia, Japan, Germany.

For numerous CD productions Veronika has contributed her talent as a singer and violinist. Her band Veronika’s Ndiigo recorded two albums so far, „The Topography Of My Heart“ 2009, „Feel It All“ 2014.

Rufus Reid (USA), Chris Wiesendanger (CH), Shirley Grimes (IR), Heiri Känzig (CH), Björn Meyer (CH), Kenny Wollesen (USA), Steve Davis (IR), Mike Nielsen (IR), Mich Gerber (CH), Andi Pupato (CH), Evgeny Lebedev (RU) are just a few of the international musicians Veronika has worked with so far.

http://www.veronikastalder.ch/en/Home/

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/veronika-stalder/ 

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: Veronika_Stalder_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Chicago singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds.

Dove Award-winning and Grammy and Stellar award-nominated gospel singer-songwriter Jonathan McReynolds has announced the release of his first ever live LP, “Make Room,” his third full album and the fourth overall release for the 28-year-old musician. The guitarist and singer also holds a Masters in theology from Moody Theological Seminary and is currently an adjunct member of the Columbia College faculty. His music has been cheered on by music icons from Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj, and Tori Kelly to gospel giants like CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, and Kirk Franklin, who dubbed McReynolds “the future of gospel music.”

http://www.jonathanmcreynolds.com/ 

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/jonathan-mcreynolds-podcast/

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: Jonathan_McReynolds_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm PST

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Canadian singer/songwriter Jenna Nation.

JENNA is an “exceptionally gifted” soulful singing sensation with an impressive track record. Raised in Ottawa, Canada, JENNA began singing when she was very young, winning her first competition at age 8 which was followed by her first professional gig a few months later on Parliament Hill as part of the Canada Day Celebrations. JENNA knew from that moment on that this is what she was born to do.

This accomplished Canadian singer/songwriter has earned many awards and accolades over the years and is a Berklee (Boston) Grad. JENNA has appeared at many international music festivals and venues as well as on radio and television programs and has been collaborating with top level producers and songwriters in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, Toronto, and Copenhagen.

JENNA's third album (R&B/Pop) of all original music is currently getting world-wide airplay in Canada, the US, and across Europe and she has been highlighted in many magazines and on numerous online stations/websites where she has been chosen as their featured artist.

Having massive international appeal, JENNA is the next Canadian superstar.

https://jennanation.com 

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/jenna-nation-podcast/ 

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: Jenna_Nation_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm PST

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Tony Glaser.

International touring and recording artist, Tony Glaser, is a funky bass playing, high-energy frontman with an impressive knack for getting the audience to do his bidding. Fortunately, his bidding is dancing, smiling, feeling the moment, singing, rocking out, and sharing a unique experience together. It is hard to stand still at his shows, since they are funky dance parties that totally rock, and rest assured he'll find a way to engage each and every person in the crowd.  

Based out of San Francisco, CA, he has played all over the world. Some highlights include performing for the troops in Iraq, playing for orphans in Bali, getting funky in Tokyo clubs, guerrilla playing the Super Bowl and U.S. Capital, rocking the upright bass with G.Love, and his band opening up for the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Cheap Trick.  

 

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: Tony_Glaser_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am PST

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter David Vito Gregoli.

David Vito Gregoli is a Composer/Producer/Multi Instrumentalist. His music is diverse & intense as well as passionate & romantic. Vito is a true renaissance man with many talents. His passion for truth in the creative process exemplifies his dedication of the dharmic path & a social-conscious lifestyle. Vito’s lifelong work as a performer & producer has resulted in a deep understanding & appreciation of the fine nuances of musicality. As he refers to himself, he’s a Sound Painter with the music & musicians as the brushes & paint.

http://www.dharmapalarecords.com

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

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: David_Vito_Gregoli_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm PST

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Austin-based singer/songwriter Madison McWilliams.

Like so many girls her age, 16-year-old Madison McWilliams is in love with friends, fashion, and — most of all — music.

Unlike most girls her age, Madison’s passion for music has led the teen phenom from Austin, Texas to be named "2018's It Girl" by Girls Life Magazine and to achieve her dream: the 2017 release of her debut EP, “MADISON.”  This March, she is excited to perform for a second time at her hometown's SXSW Music Festival and will begin her newest adventure with the release her latest single "Livin' For The Weekend"...watch for the music video!!  

Last year, she was honored to sing the national anthem live on NBC Sports for NASCAR and to share her music worldwide broadcast on Voice of America.  Even Justine Magazine has its eye on Madison too naming her "One to Watch" in 2018.

As one of Musical.ly’s Top 15 “NextWave” emerging artists worldwide and a writer on all of her songs, Madison gushes, “My whole life is surrounded by music.  Starting with her first audition as a child, which landed her the lead role in a local production of “Annie,” and fueled by her mom’s Beatles records, Madison has had a crush on music as long as she can remember. “It’s a piece of who I am.”  Austin Monthly agreed naming her "Artist of the Month."

https://madisonmcwilliams.com

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/madison-mcwilliams-podcast/ 

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: Madison_McWilliams_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Oregon-based singer/songwriter Diane Patterson.

Folkgoddess Diane Patterson writes, sings, and carries her Mystic Folk Americana with acoustic guitar, ukulele and voice. Since 1991, Patterson weaves spirit and unifying social commentary, now around the world, on festival stages, at folk music and conscious music gatherings, healing gatherings and in concert venues of Southern Oregon and Northern California, in Hawaii every winter for the last 10 years, in Europe summers of 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2016, and twice across the usa in spring and fall 2016.

“Joni Mitchell meets Ani DiFranco. Patterson is a modern day folk goddess.”

Diane plays and collaborates with a number of artists working towards a more sustainable future, through the celebration of Abundance by Design. Currently she is working on a fabulous new CD, recording her engaging and eloquent songs in New Orleans with producer Mike Napolitano.

Based in Southern Oregon, independent and supported by her community, Diane considers herself a micro magical munition of manifesting highest consciousness, cleanest food for body and mind, best balance and highest integrity of relations between all Peoples, Elements, Directions, Resources. For this the songs are caught, carried, sung, rocked, and recorded. Diane lives this traveling, bardic, community musician style, also producing musical mystical events.

http://dianepatterson.org 

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

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: Diane_Patterson_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is New York/Turkish singer/songwriter Demir Demirkan.

New York, NY January 15th 2017: Singer, songwriter, producer, and certified guitar shredder Demir Demirkan is announcing a February 16th release for “Awakening,” the first EP of three in the New Yorker/Turkish musician’s new “War III” project. The first chapter introduces some of the themes and concepts which Demirkan will explore in the trilogy: alienation, freedom, individualism, revolution. While Demir’s rumination on such themes certainly evokes and pays tribute to essential albums in the canon of rock opera and concept albums, he offers a fresh take informed by his own diverse influences and background which promise to make the trilogy an instant classic in this canon. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have legendary artist Hugh Syme on board, who has been responsible for the cover artwork of every Rush release since 1975, including their iconic logo, as well as creating iconic designs for key albums from Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Megadeth, and Queensrÿche. The album is co-written and co-produced with GRAMMY®-nominated and ASCAP award-winning songwriter and producer Phil Galdston (Starship, America, Celine Dion, Robin Williams).

“I’d been producing my own albums since I’d started,” Demir explains, “But I partnered with Phil Galdston on War III, which was a great blessing because I trust him with my music. He helped me learn to let the music take me to where it wanted to go, rather than me directing it all the time.” The resulting five tracks are both expansive and tight, matching methodical and honest lyricism to curious and amorphous sonic and musical qualities, incorporating at times heavy metal, prog rock, funk, acoustic balladry, and psychedelic rock. Demir’s passionate and technical guitar work anchors the five tracks into a cohesive whole, blazing through the complex and often subtle narrative movements of the music and lyrics.

Though this first part of “War III” marks a new chapter in Demir’s career, it is hardly the first—since 2000, he has released eight albums and five EPs just under his own name, not even counting his work in groups such as the Turkish metal band Pentagram (AKA Mezarkabul) and his Eurovision-winning original song “Every Way That I Can.” Though he lives in New York City now, his formative experiences growing up in Turkey as well as attending the renowned Musicians Institute in L.A. in the 90s are essential informants to his creative process, helping him to build and expand on a sound all his own. In “Awakening,” it’s clear that despite Demir’s impressive resume and life experience, he is not content to settle into anything, opting instead to continue pushing himself, project to project surely but even song-to-song. Rather, in this first chapter of “War III” we get the sense that Demir is just getting started.

http://demirdemirkan.net

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/demir-demirkan-podcast/

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Direct download: Demir_Demirkan_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song/Standing 'O' Project Coffee Break is Los Angeles singer/songwriter Thea Juliette of Arsnk.

Multi instrumentalist and singer songwriter Arsnk draws on Thea Juliette’s Celtic roots to create strongly visual music infused with mythology and gothic folk rock influences. Strongly and proudly a 90s child live Arsnk has similarity to The Cranberries, and moody melodic pop rock artists such as Lana Del Rey.

It’s Thea Juliette’s intention subconsciously to manifest music with morals and messages. 

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: ARSNK_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Taos singer/songwriter Max Gomez.

Though still only in his twenties, Max Gomez has always had the heart of an old soul. As a child, the first songs he learned to sing were originally recorded in the 50s by Johnny Cash. As a teenage guitarist he adopted Big Bill Broonzy as his blues master. And as a budding performer, he apprenticed in the rarefied musical climate of northern New Mexico, where troubadours like Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard helped foster a folk and Western sound both cosmic and cowboy. You’ll find his hometown of Taos and nearby Red River right there between Colorado and Texas on both your sonic and Google maps. Splitting his childhood between there and a farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Gomez is at home in the heartland, too.  

The youngest of five brothers, by several years—“That’s why I got into ‘old’ music”—Gomez got a children’s guitar for Christmas when he was 10. The family moved from Santa Fe to Taos in the ’80s, and his father, Steve, became a furniture craftsman. “There’s a similarity between my dad’s work and mine,” says Gomez. “He really studied what he did; there were always a lot of books on old furniture in his studio.”

Gomez reports that growing up in Taos was “wild. It’s still the Wild West compared to any city or suburb. You can get away with just about anything there, and we were turned loose as kids.”

At 14, when Gomez performed at a benefit concert, he played “Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down”—the down-and-out classic by future labelmate Kris Kristofferson. Soon thereafter he was playing at a late, lamented institution of a venue called the Old Blinking Light. “The school I went to was playing in that bar,” he says.  Country greats like Mentor Williams and Lynn Anderson frequented the place that led them to become fans of his music.  

Gomez moved to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue his music career and began writing songs and   performing around the city at many notable clubs. He wrote some songs with Shawn Mullins, who later recorded them. “That’s when I began taking it all a little more seriously and turned my music into a job,” says Gomez.  n his early twenties he began recording his own songs with producers in  New York, L.A., and  Nashville. His debut album, Rule the World, was released in 2013 by New West Records, home to the likes of John Hiatt, Buddy Miller, and Steve Earle. Soon after, Kiefer Sutherland directed the music video for the single “Run From You.”

Gomez grew up in a rich musical environment, but represents more than the sum of his influences—he’s got that ineffable and instantly recognizable x-factor called talent. Melodies that flow naturally. Trenchant lyrics that express wise-beyond-his-years observations on the ways of the heart. Laconic phrasing in a cafe mocha timbre, and guitar skills that can stand alone. In short: the whole package.

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: Max_Gomez_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter Keith Harkin.

Keith Harkin is an Irish singer songwriter and guitar playing minstrel who has been singing his way into the hearts of music lovers since the wee age of four. HIs musical talents have brought him across the world from the UK to Canada to Australia to America and back, over and over again in his past eight years touring.

During his time touring the States, he gained recognition from Grammy Award-winning Producer, David Foster, who then went on to sign Keith as one of his first artists to Verve Records. Keith released his first solo debut album with Foster and Verve Records, where they watched it soar to the number 1 spot on the Billboard charts.

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: Keith_Harkin_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is L.A. singer/songwriter TJ Doyle.

TJ Doyle, is an American artist with a world view, a love of Earth and a feel for what it takes to care for the planet we are on. He also takes a song, wraps it in melodic yet compelling music and delivers it with a sense of fun, responsibility and subtle but strong Americana sensibilities.

TJ has been lauded by critics for having his own musical and vocal styles, although he admits to his strong vocals being reminiscent of Neil Young . “That’s the way I sing. Can’t help it”.

His last single “Unconditinal” was buzzed about by The Vinyl District, Jamsphere, and Bearded Magazine. His newest single, “Anonymous” will be out Sept. 7, 2017. “Anonymous” is “a tribute to anyone who has felt marginalized”, says Doyle. As TJ’s lyrics say, “Don’t you know that you are golden, Don’t believe you’re anonymous”.

Raised in 5 Eastern cities by the age of 10, TJ now lives in a community on the edge of the Angeles National Forest above LA where he writes songs that transmit an authenticity harking back to the 60s. Does “harking back” mean he lives in the past? Not at all. “That era of music was when artists were writing about the challenges of a generation instead of the more personal and relationship-oriented pop and rock that currently dominates the airwaves.” He goes after that vision delivering his passion for the environment. “Nature is free from the human condition that afflicts humanity, and is an inspiration that can help us all. By observing nature we can learn more about our own true natures.”

Musically TJ, who has a touring history covering the northern American Midwest and Southern California, surrounds himself with some of the top musician’s musicians to be found today on his recordings like Rock Deadrick, Drums & Percussion (Tracy Chapman) David Sutton, Bass (Tracy Chapman) Matt Laug, Drums (Slash’s Snakepit), Lance Morrison, Bass, (Don Henley) Tim Pierce, Guitar (Crowded House, Dave Matthews) or in his live performances like Phil Parlapiano, Keyboards, (Lowen & Navarro), and Hank Van Sickle, Bass, (John Mayall). Legendary venues such as The Whiskey and The Roxy have hosted his band, “but it’s time to expand on that. The plan is to get out into the rest of the world,” fostered recently by extensive airplay in Europe, from his most recent album “On The Horizon”. The TJ brand of music is also picking up steam in Australia, New Zealand and, of course, across North America.

At a time when divisions seem to be so loud in people’s minds, TJ Doyle feels music can bring calm, so he presents ideas that help dissuade the internal discourse that is prevalent in our society today. In “Anonymous” particularly, the singer/songwriter says, ” It is my hope the listener can take away the thought they have something very special in them, and start to fan the flames of this ‘self’, so they can ‘spread their wings and FLY’!”

“Anonymous”, produced by David Z Rivkin (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals) is part of a planned EP, “or maybe an album. “It doesn’t matter anymore”. People can now enjoy music from an artist one song at a time. The album will arrive when it’s the ‘right time.

Doyle, describes his music in general as a vehicle to “help people make sense of themselves and the world. That is my prime directive with my music and lyrics.”

As Doyle puts it, “many perceived separations exist on the surface, while there is something much deeper that humans share behind the mask of consciousness.”

As his new song “Unconditional” says in reflecting his credo, “Love is power to set us free”.

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: TJ_Doyle_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is L.A. singer/songwriter Severin Browne.

Severin Browne performs solo to packed house concerts, intimate listening rooms, and even an occasional almost-rowdy bar crowd with friends from his SoCal roots. He is a sought-after guest in many singer-songwriter festivals and shows, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished performers in the Los Angeles area. Severin’s easy manner in front of an audience makes it seem as if playing his guitar and singing his songs is effortless and second-nature. His brilliant lyrics invite listeners into the songs while his solid melodies carry the story from one note to the next. His delightful and inviting delivery has charmed audiences for almost 40 years.

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: Severin_Browne_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter Cidny Bullens.

Cidny Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee whose 40-year career in the music business began auspiciously- working with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark, Rod Stewart, The Alpha Band, and Pop producer/writer Bob Crewe. She also sang three lead vocals on the movie soundtrack of Grease, then recorded her own critically acclaimed album 1979's Desire Wire, which earned her a Grammy nomination and catapulted Cindy into the international spotlight.
 
In 1980’s, Cindy took time off to raise her children. In the 1990’s she had success in Nashville writing with some of Country’s hottest songwriters including Matraca Berg, Radney Foster, Kye Fleming, Mary Ann Kennedy, Al Anderson, and Bill Lloyd, including the 1994 Country hit “Hammer and Nails” written with and recorded by Radney Foster.
 
Then in March of 1996, Cindy lost her 11 year-old daughter Jessie to cancer. That tragedy inspired Cindy to write and record her widely acclaimed 1999 CD Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth, featuring appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Beth Neilson Chapman, Rodney Crowell, and a haunting duet with her elder daughter, Reid Crewe.
 
With that release, Cindy received worldwide attention from press, radio, and television, including NBC's Today Show, CBS This Morning, Conan O'Brien Late Night, The New York Times, People Magazine, Rolling Stone and many more. The CD also received the Best Rock Album award in 2000 by the AFIM Independent Music Association.
 
Cindy’s next CD, released in 2001- Neverland, was co-produced by Cindy and Steve Earle's Twang Trust partner, Ray Kennedy. Once again, Cindy's friends make appearances on backing vocals -this time featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and John Hiatt.  Her 2005 album, dream #29, was again co-produced with Ray Kennedy and includes the rollicking piano playing of pal Sir Elton John on the title track, and a bluesy, down-home duet with Delbert McClinton, and a vocal appearance by Boston Red Sox great Tim Wakefield. Her 2010 CD, "Howling Trains and Barking Dogs" is a tribute to her Nashville co-writing days in the 1990's, compiling her best songs from that period. Her co-writers include Al Anderson, Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Wendy Waldman, and Matraca Berg.

In 2007, Cindy formed the upstart and uprising super-trio The Refugees with Wendy Waldman and Deborah Holland. These three artists have been tearing it up together across North America. Their first CD Unbound was released in 2009 and their second CD THREE in 2012.   The Refugees recently began work on their third album in Los Angeles—to be released some time in 2016.
 
In 2011, Cindy became Cidny, making the difficult and daunting decision to transition from female to male, not knowing what the personal or professional response would be. He stepped back from the public eye to go through the process until this year, re-emerging as Cidny Bullens.
 
Cidny is now performing his one person show Somewhere Between: Not An Ordinary Life, which premier ed in Santa Fe, New Mexico in February of 2016.  The show has since been performed in New York, Nashville, and Maine twice in 2016. Albuquerque, NM and Santa Fe again in January and February of 2017----with upcoming shows this year in Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX, Newburyport, MA, Portland, ME, Anchorage, AK.  Cid continues to book the show wherever and whenever possible.

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: Cidny_Bullens_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Canadian singer/songwriter Terra Lightfoot.

“a roots rocker with a powerful voice and a bad-ass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease… she could be your new rock ‘n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul and blues, [Terra Lightfoot] is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time.” – PopMatters

With New Mistakes, Canada’s Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing.

From the ground-shaking stomp of “Paradise” and wild-eyed energy of “Pinball King” that open the set to the psychedelic, gospel-tinged album closer “Lonesome Eyes,” the steeltown native’s third record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence. 

Produced by Gus van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Sam Roberts Band, Wintersleep), New Mistakes is a heady journey. As poignant as it is rollicking and vulnerable as it is rowdy, it cruises long and sometimes lonesome highways that lead everywhere from brokedown dive bars and endless prairie skies to mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert.

Built around Lightfoot’s killer live band — Maury LaFoy (bass), Joel Haynes (drums) and Jeff Heisholt (keyboards) — the session impresses on all counts. It’s Lightfoot’s hungriest and most raw album to date, able to mesmerize with graceful melodies one moment, and step into the ring to deliver a hurricane of hooks or a heart-wrenching chorus the next. Lifted by bright waves of organ and classic roots-rock vibe, “Ruthless” nails that lethal dynamic, slowly building a story of deep connection fraught by distance, until letting loose its knockout crescendo.
 
Lightfoot’s stunning, soulful voice powers her emotional wallops, laid low as a gentle whisper over the swirling finger-picking of “You Get High,” or belted out with nuclear swagger over the rock ’n’ soul grooves of “Hold You,” battling things out with a righteous Jake Clemons sax solo during its climax.
 
And the only forces that can go toe-to-toe with Lightfoot’s vocal prowess are her guitar chops. “Slick Back Kid” is a bluesy scorcher, barreling forward with monster riffs, dappled with hits of slide guitar work from guest vocalist Oliver Wood. “Stars Over Dakota” lays down blistering ‘70s grooves between feral blasts of overdrive as Lightfoot howls across the American midwest to someone she can’t stop thinking about. “Drifter” reflects on love long past, with her emotive guitar playing saying what the lyrics cannot.
 
That’s not to say she’s a tentative wordsmith. Lightfoot’s evolution into a potent songwriter might be captured best on the poignant “Norma Gale”. The tune tells the real life story of its namesake’s battle to make it as a songwriter and bass player in the colourful world of ‘70s country music, fighting to pursue her passion while raising her son alone and touring non-stop. It’s easy to hear why Gale’s story would resonate with Lightfoot: As tried and true road-dogs, they’re kindred spirits, both driven by a creative force they’d be willing to let tear them apart if it had to. And sometimes it does. But, as Lightfoot wails in the song’s transcendent finish—though the trek so far has been long and treacherous, and isn’t likely to let up—“I knew I had to keep on going.” That’s how she got here, after all.
 
It’s Lightfoot’s relentless commitment to the cause that made this album possible: racking up endless, hard-earned miles, forging and letting go of relationships, and seeking out every sliver of truth in a life on the road that is anything but easy to navigate. It’s an odyssey without a map to guide the way, filled with infinite missteps. But if they all sound as wild and beautiful as this, let’s hope Terra Lightfoot never stops making New Mistakes.

http://terralightfoot.com 

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/terra-lightfoot-podcast/

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: Terra_Lightfoot_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Lee Harvey Osmond.

"Allow us to draw attention to the new slab by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, Lee Harvey Osmond, aka Tom Wilson aka one of three Rodeo Kings, aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse.

Beautiful Scars is the third solo album from Tom Wilson’s Lee Harvey Osmond and follows two albums, A Quiet Evil and The Folk Sinner which were previously longlisted for the Polaris Prize and nominated for a Juno. In addition to releasing another album, Tom Wilson has recently signed a deal with Random House for the publishing of his first book. Lee Harvey Osmond heads for Canada’s West Coast for a string of dates with Colin James beginning on March 24.

Produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) in the intimacy of his Toronto Roncesvalle studio, the humanity of the album is like the warmth of blood that rushes to the cut: a sudden alive jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of possibility that anything can happen next. Redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave, Lee Harvey Osmond’s voice - forever the hallmark of his sound which spans over three decades of work - sounds, here, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world. At once evoking Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Scott and Roy Loney, Beautiful Scars bends and twists and stretches and squeezes Lee Harvey Osmond’s deep baritone - the producer treating it as if caged in a transistor radio, bathed in echo from above, or sunk in the muck of distortion.

The strength of the songs notwithstanding, Beautiful Scars is a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time. Through the truncheon swing of “Loser For Your Love” to the haunting balladry of “Come And Go” to the morose beauty of “How Does It Feel” to the exotic fusion of the album’s penultimate track, “Black Spruce,” Beautiful Scars journeys between the quiet, smouldering, raging, moving, and sad. Lyrically, Lee Harvey Osmond reflects on the mistakes of the singer’s past with the resigned perspective of someone coming through the other side.

A song like “Hey, Hey, Hey”, featuring a thrilling slide guitar piece by Aaron Goldstein (Elliot BROOD, City And Colour, Cowboy Junkies) describes two lovers caught in the throes of personal despair, their “dreams turned to rust,” their lives waiting until “the morning comes and sweeps us both away.” Lee Harvey Osmond sings: “The world is fucked up. And so are you and I.” It defines an album, and a songwriter, bereft of any choices other than to keep moving for fear of sinking into the mire of a dark past."

http://leeharveyosmond.com 

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

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: Lee_Harvey_Osmond_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is San Francisco based singer/songwriter Scott Mickelson.

Through a career that spanned five full-length releases with his band Fat Opie, a struggle with a long-term illness and a career as a fine artist, Scott Mickelson has persevered. Now, with his debut solo release Mickelson Flickering, he delivers his most critically acclaimed work. Mickelson is singing the stories of those living their lives in contemporary America, as fragmented as it is. Flickering is on the 2015 Grammy Ballot in two categories, “Best Folk Album” and “Best Roots Music Performance”. 

Appearances include NPR Radio, Jimmy Lloyd Show (NBC), Huffington Post, CBS Morning Show, Glide Magazine, PopMatters, TheBayBridged, Alternative Press Magazine and a Folk Alliance Showcase. Other accolades include winning a national band search sponsored by MTV/7-Up with a prize of $15,000 and a song in the feature film Along The Way. When not touring, Mickelson produces artists from his Bay Area studio.

Mickelson has opened for acts that include Matt Nathanson, Larry Campbell (Grammy producer), Jim Lauderdale (Grammy artist), Griffin House, Nick Lowe, Dr. John, Smashmouth, Jonathan Richman, Peter Case andRob Hotchkiss (Grammy artist).

http://www.mickelsonmusic.com

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

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: Scott_Mickelson_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is New Mexico based singer/songwriter Russell James Pyle.

Russell James Pyle was born into a Pennsylvanian family steeped in musical tradition. With parents who were a trumpet player and classical pianist, respectively, and a grandfather who commanded big bands with his horn during the 1940s and 50s, the groundwork for a career in music was laid. He was playing piano by age six, trumpet by age ten, before settling into the guitar after he found his great-grandfather’s broken ukulele in the attic, repaired it with fishing line, and plucked out a major scale. Songwriting followed at age 14, and those songs were horrible. He immersed himself in the punk and hardcore scenes of Richmond, VA and Lancaster, PA, playing in a myriad of different bands that were pretty awful. Towards the end of high school, Russell discovered traditional singer-songwriters and began almost a decade of honing his songwriting skills.
 
Russell migrated to Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was 26, and quickly formed The Porter Draw and it was with this band that Russell gained experience and sharpened his abilities. The Porter Draw was in a lot of ways an amalgam of Russell’s influences: the punk energy of his youth mixed in equal parts with the country songwriters he fell in love with in his early 20s. “Punk and hardcore really speak to the anger that comes along with adolescence, country music relates to the existentialism of adulthood,” Russell remarked in a radio interview in 2013. After releasing five albums with The Porter Draw, Russell and the band parted ways in April, 2016. 
 
In May, 2016, Russell released his debut solo album, “Rise”. Backed by a talented young lineup of Albuquerque musicians, Rise creates the sound of the desert where it was born. Influenced as much by Brian Eno and U2 as by Texas troubadours, Rise creates an uplifting mood amidst honest songs about struggle. Delivered in a trademark vibrato rasp and accompanied by an ethereal folk soundtrack, Russell's songs are poems and calls to action.
 
In September 2016, Russell was selected by the National Parks Arts Foundation as the centennial artist-in-resident at Big Bend National Park. Russell is passionate about our national park service and the outdoors in general and this shows throughout his music and social media presence. “I can relate to struggle more than any other experience. There is a lot of struggle in the natural world and I draw inspiration, hope and healing from it,” Russell stated in an interview in 2016. Not only drawn to environmental activism, Russell incorporates principles of ecopsychology, or healing mental health through interaction with nature into his songwriting. Russell has done extensive academic work on ecopsychology and ecowellness and continues to write about the topic on his blog, The River’s Bend.
 
Russell is an avid outdoors enthusiast and tours the country living out of his 2005 Honda Element. Between shows he is often found exploring streams with his fly rod, or hiking trails. He released a new EP, Seasons in December, 2016.
 
 

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: Russell_James_Pyle_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is pop singer/songwriter Noah Parker.

With a powerful creative vision and unique sound, Noah Parker will soon become a leading force on the contemporary pop landscape. Songs like the kinetic pop of “Fight The Feeling” and the effortlessly romantic “Tomorrow’s Too Late” display the singer-songwriter’s natural gift for melodic style and emotive energy, synthesizing classic songcraft, studio invention, and timeless pop smarts.

https://www.noahparkermusic.com

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/noah-parker-podcast/

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: Noah_Parker_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Los Angeles-based artist Reverend Shawn Amos.

The Reverend Shawn Amos is a Los Angeles-based, chart-toping bluesman ready to turn any venue into a 1960s' Chicago blues club. His foot-stomping, harp-wailing performances, like tent revivals of yore, energize the faithful, and convert the wayward to the Rev's message of booty-shakin', deeply joyful blues.

The Rev came up in the 1970s Los Angeles, at the feet of musical legends like Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones, as well as all manner of Hollywood street folk. The son go music agent-turned entrepreneur, Wally "Famous" Amos, and R&B nightclub singer, Shirlee May, Shawn found music early, and has worked within it his entire adult life. His rich career as a producer includes overseeing new music and retrospectives from R&B blues legends Solomon Burke, John Lee Hooker, and Johnny "Guitar" Watson, and scores of other legacy acts.

http://www.shawnamos.com 

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/rev-shawn-amos-podcast/

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: Rev_Shawn_Amos_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Standing 'O' singer/songwriter/storyteller extraordinaire Kray Van Kirk.

Kray Van Kirk is a singer-songwriter delivering performances that the Borderline Folk Club in New York called "...what every singer-songwriter should aspire to." At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where many shows receive only a handful of audience members due to the sheer volume of available performances, his room was sold out, leaving folks sitting on the stairs and a Fringe reviewer to write "the Alaskan singer-songwriter, in his Edinburgh debut, was not the reason I arrived early, but certainly why I stayed late".

Kray walked away from his first stint in graduate school to tour and live in his van, booking shows from pay phones on the side of the road in the early 1990's. He had two self-released albums, "The Captain and the Lady' and 'Contrary Visions', when he stopped touring for a number of years when he found himself a single parent - he went back to graduate school, got his PhD, and settled down to hold the day job and raise his daughter. He continued to refine his songwriting and fly out to play shows when possible.

After two decades in remote Alaska, he recently relocated to northern California to concentrate on writing and playing music. All of his songs wait patiently on his website, ready to march their way across the world like little digital penguins, leaving no footprints in the snow.

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/kray-van-kirk/ 

https://www.krayvankirk.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: Kray_Van_Kirk_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Los Angeles-based badass singer/songwriter Ali Handal.

Moved early on by wise and resilient women, singer/songwriter Ali Handal wore out the Tapestry album. As a cat-obsessed six-year-old (some things never change), Ali honored her initial musical heroine by naming her very first kitten “Carole.” Over the years, the sweet melodies and lyrics penned by musical sages King, Dylan, Lennon and McCartney captivated her. She had an epiphany when, as a teenager, she heard Led Zeppelin for the first time. Completely mesmerized by Jimmy Page’s seductive guitar riffs, Ali quit her piano lessons to pick up the guitar.

Now based in Los Angeles, Ali unleashes sultry, groove-filled songs upon live audiences, setting the stage ablaze with fiery guitar passages and soulful lyrics delivered by her powerhouse voice. She holds her own among the ranks of fierce female performing songwriters like ani difranco and formidable guitarists such as Jimmy Page. Music Connection magazine describes her as “earthy, natural, real and loaded with talent…a singer/songwriter with something to say… a gifted artist who brings insight and intelligence to her art.” When asked about her music and stage presence, fans simply say “badass.”

Ali’s songs have been featured in numerous films and hit shows like Sex and the City, Dawson’s Creek and iCarly. She’s toured Australia, Japan and beyond, provided backing vocals for Neil Young, and shared the stage with songwriting legend Paul Williams as his featured vocalist. Also a published author, Ali penned Guitar for Girls (Hal Leonard), an exceptional guitar method book & CD brimming with advice for aspiring female musicians, as well as encouraging quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres.

Ali's fourth full-length album, released by Red Parlor Records, is a collection of songs embodying the strength and sense of humor necessary to thrive as a woman in the 21st century. Cheeky songs like “I Love My Pussy.cat” and “Thank God For Birth Control” tap into her natural sass, while others, including “You Get What You Settle For” and “Better Man,” are chock full of an older sister’s tough love and the wisdom Ali has gained as she’s evolved as an artist and a woman.

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/ali-handal/ 

http://alihandal.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: Ali_Handal_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Austin-based band Band of Heathens who just released their album Duende.

Duende, the title of The Band of Heathens’ fifth studio album (and eighth overall), marks their tenth anniversary as a group, and it certainly applies to its overall theme about the collective search for connection and communion in a technology-fueled world increasingly splintered, distracted and lonely. As band co-founder Ed Jurdi, who first learned of the term, explains, “It’s the essence of the artist,” or as partner Gordy Quist says, “It’s a word we don’t have an equivalent for in English, Artistically, that’s where we tried to set the bar, to do what this band does best.”

Indeed, Duende lives up to those high ideals, a stylistically diverse effort that takes a leap beyond their last, more acoustic, introspective effort, 2013’s Sunday Morning Record, with an eclectic batch of material that shows where The Band of Heathens has been, but more importantly, where they are going.

There are high-energy rockers like the Keith Richards-Chuck Berry guitars and barrelhouse piano in “Trouble Came Early” as well as the Grateful Dead-by-way-of J.J. Cale Oklahoma boogie in “Keys to the Kingdom,” The Band-meets-New Orleans honky-tonk blues of “Sugar Queen,” the British Invasion harmonies laced through “Deep Is Love,” the south-of-the-border flavor of “Road Dust Wheels” and the New Riders pedal steel country twang of “Green Grass of California,” an ode to the more potent strains of sensimilla on the dispensary shelf and a fervent plea to “legalize it.” Duende also touches on some of The Band of Heathens’ favorite topics, from the sacrifices of a life lived on the road (“All I’m Asking”) to the limits of materialism (“Keys to the Kingdom”), social media absorption (“Cracking the Code”), and a moving depiction of Mexican immigration in an age of increased discrimination (“Road Dust Wheels”).

 

https://www.bandofheathens.com

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/band-of-heathens-podcast/

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: Band_of_Heathens_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter Kimberly Haynes who just released her album Awaken Me: Songs from the Heart of a Seeker. Accompanying her is her producer & talented musician himself Vito Gregoli

 

Kindled by an awareness of divine guidance and conscious connection with spirit, singer/songwriter Kimberly Haynes’ debut album “Awaken Me,” brings forth an uplifting invitation to discover a sacred space deep within the heart. The spectrum of her eclectic and enlightening vocal performance evokes both the tenderness of a mother’s touch and the ancient feminine power of a tribal priestess singing her truth. The essence of New Age is felt within the harmonious dance between world music, folk, soft pop and Americana in this masterful production of 11 devotional songs cultivated by accomplished producer and multi-instrumentalist David Vito Gregoli.


While the style and feel of the songs reflect Kimberly’s greatest musical influences such as Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss and Sarah Mc Lachlan, her music harmoniously weaves inspirational heart-felt lyrics into a rich tapestry of world instruments to create poetic reflections born of a life of tremendous trials and blessed tribulations. “Having risen from my own ashes multiple times, it is my mission to carry music of the heart into the world. My life and my music are richer and deeper than they would have been without the challenges I have overcome, and my songs are a reflection of my journey to wholeness” she conveys.

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

http://www.musicmedicinewoman.com

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

http://www.dharmapalarecords.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: Kimberly_Haynes_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter Kristina Jacobsen who is hosting an AMAZING upcoming songwriting retreat in Navajo Nation. Deadline to apply is May 1st so be sure to check it out now. Details at http://kristinajacobsenmusic.com.

Kristina Jacobsen’s first album, Three Roses, proves that she is a certified country singer/songwriter who couldn’t be more
authentic if she had been born backstage at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, a
program that she celebrates in a song of the same name. She delivers her 11 originals in a yodeling alto that can warm your heart, bite off a searing denunciation, or celebrate good times with equal fervor. The songs revolve, for the most part, around family, both blood and chosen, and she is especially adept at portraits. “Long Returning Road,” written with Janni Littlepage, was inspired by the lives of two female ancestors whose dreams were torpedoed by life’s realities. “Inez” paints a Navajo woman—“A Latter Day Saint, but she drinks pop and whisky”—who’s been beaten down but not conquered. “Has-Been Cowboy” flips off a man turned into a bitter bully with a limp. “Dogs and Children” delivers a startling simile that compares an abused dog with its owner: “Like her, he’s a carcass on a chain.” “White Knuckles” tells of a successful woman’s emotional dislocation, and how her
infant’s white knuckles grasping her finger relax her own frozen grip on anxiety. There’s grit, dust, desolation, and abandonment—hey, it’s country music—and love and redemption enough to make up for it. Jacobsen, who plays guitar and lap steel, is backed by a fine group of
musicians, and they help her, as she says in her song “Ms. Loretta Lynn,” “sing it sassy . . . sing it downright brassy.”

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

http://kristinajacobsenmusic.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: Kristina_Jacobsen_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter David Starr who just pre-released his album "The Head and Heart" on standingoproject.com.

"David Starr has a voice you will never forget. His music is authentic, his songs are honest, full of emotion and truth. His new EP, The Head and Heart, is a showcase for his classic songwriting style and wonderful guitar playing.”– John Oates

 David Starr owns a thriving guitar store in the heart of Cedaredge, Colorado, yet he believes his most compelling instrument is his voice – a strong, beautiful baritone that is the cornerstone ofhis new EP, The Head and Heart.

Starr wrote orco-wrote five of the six songs onThe Head and Heart, which was produced and arranged by John Oates and recorded in Nashville. The longtime friends decided to let the recordings have some breathing room, while still giving the city’ s brilliant session players anopportunity to shine.

“I’ ve always done my own producing and it was liberating to let someone else take the reins,”Starr says. “I told John, ‘ I really want you to push meto sing better.’ I have a tendency when Iget in the studio to say, ‘ Yeah, that’ s in key and I got all the words right. Let’ s move on.’ On a number of songs, he said, ‘ That’ s great. Get back in there and do it one more time.’ I can hear where he pushed me a little bit.

”The Head and Heart begins elegantly with “Edge of the World,” which began as a story about the complexity of women, but also applies to the mysteries of music. The thoughtful title track conveys that dramatic distance between what you think and what you feel.

It was Oates’ suggestion to include The Mamas & The Papas’ classic “California Dreamin’ .”Without the familiar four-part harmonies of the original recording, Oates’ atmospheric production draws attention to Starr’ s soulful singing.

“I like John’ s energy and his work ethic,” Starr says. “He’ s willing to take a song and reimagine itin any number of ways. In other words, just because you’ re locked into hearing it a certain way doesn’ t mean that’ s the only way.”

Starr’ s intriguing melodies elevate songs like “Waiting in the Dark,” which alludes to the drug addictions that haunted a number of his friends in the 1980s. Meanwhile, “I’ ve Come for You”hints at timeless late-night temptations. “Dancing With My Pride,” co-written with his friend Bob Liepman at a songwriting workshop in California, is inspired by a character in a book written by his grandfather Fred Starr.

David Starr grew up in Northwest Arkansas and started playing drums at 10, then picked up guitar at 13. He has released eight albums (including The Head and Heart) and opened shows for Survivor, Clint Black, Restless Heart, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Guess Who.

He launched Starr’ s Guitars in Little Rock in 1998, then relocated to Cedaredge in 2001. Today, the store is such an institution that Cedaredge proclaimed the musician’ s birthday as David Starr Day in 2016. The year before, Starr released the album Love and Sabotage with special guests like John Oates, Richie Furay, Dana Cooper and Steve Cropper.

As with previous albums, Starr is planning to divide his time between operating his guitar store and touring internationally to attentive, appreciative audiences. He will tour Southern California in April, followed by an international tour in May.

“In a perfect world, I would be playing in a room where everybody’ s listening,”he says. “That’ s why I like a situation like a house concert or listening room because I like to tell a story. I like totalk about the inspiration behind the song. I just like connecting and that’ s what I hope to do with this new music.”

 

 

Direct download: David_Starr_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Colorado singer/songwriter Rob Roper.

Rob Roper is a songwriter, singer, guitarist and composer currently living in Denver, Colorado. He has released five solo CDs, “Some Songs I Wrote” (2007), “Me” (2009), “Misfit” (2011), “The Other Side of Nowhere” (2012), and “Word” (2016).

Jon Solomon of the Westword calls him “…a guy with some sharp songwriting skills and a knack for penning witty lyrics.”

The website Rootstime.be described his full-length CD “Misfit” as “…drenched with emotion, with truly beautiful songs…A modest masterpiece.”

In June, 2016 Roper released the instrumental rock CD, “Roses,” under the band name Total Flower Chaos.

Roper’s songwriting and compositional abilities range from the quiet, beautiful acoustic song, “The Man in the Movies” on “The Other Side of Nowhere” to the metal/noise/psychedelic instrumental rock songs of his Total Flower Chaos EP, “Roses.” Then there’s the political spoken word lyrics over rock/hip hop hop music on his EP, “Word.”

Rob Roper has played over 100 shows the past several years, mostly in Colorado, where he resides. He is currently fronting his acoustic singer-songwriter band, Scupanon, and forming his new rock band, Total Flower Chaos.

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/rob-roper/ 

http://www.robroper.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: Rob_Roper_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Germany-based singer/songwriter Paul Fogarty.

Australian-born Paul Fogarty is a prolific songwriter-poet with more than 1200 original songs to his name. Since turning pro as a performing singer-songwriter in 2001 Paul has  released four studio albums totaling 55 songs. He’s opened for Status Quo and Arrested Development and Richard Clapton and Neil Murray and James Blundell, and showcased at festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Holland and Australia.

He plays lap-slide guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, harmonica, piano, percussion and ukulele as well as singing.

Paul has worked as a journalist, taxi driver, postal worker, clerk, public relations manager, editor, cartoonist, illustrator, desktop publisher, sub-editor/proof reader, nude model, farm hand, guitar teacher and vocal coach.

He’s been on the road playing live shows in Australia and Europe for fifteen years and in 2014 he placed five songs in two acclaimed German TV crime series and a short film.

Paul is currently based in Europe and is in pre-production for his fifth studio album with German hit songwriter and producer Nosie Katzmann.

“Paul is the quintessential singer-songwriter…”   Joe Lamont, manager Arrested Development, Jose Feliciano

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

http://www.paulfogarty.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: Paul_Fogarty_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm PST

Our guests this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break are Laila Garsys, Mike Trella and Pat Mannella of the band Short Sleeve Heart.

Laila Garsys (Lead Vocalist, songwriter​, rhythm guitar, harmonica, tambourine). Armed with powerhouse vocals, slick harmonica and rhythmic guitar chops, Laila continues to seduce us by mixing blues, soul and gritty rock into a sultry style of her own. Practically raised in a theater auditorium, she was first inspired to perform by watching her mom direct local musical theater. She began singing in prestigious and select choirs beginning in 5th grade, which led her to participate in a number of ​local, ​state and national vocal competitions all the way up through High School. By age 15, she toured Europe as part of her select High School Choir​, including​​ ​performances​ ​at​​​​​ ​Carnegie Hall​ ​and Duomo di Milano. Laila ​has ​studied vocal composition in German, Latin, ​English, ​French and Italian. Before joining ​Short Sleeve Heart, ​Laila ​dabbled performing rock, soul and blues in a number of bands across the country. ​C​urrently​, Laila​ resides in Los Angeles, maintaining an active life as Yoga Instructor​/Therapist ​and Holistic Health and Wellness Consultant.

Mike Trella (Lead Guitarist, songwriter​, ​producer). Mike has formerly been a songwriter and lead guitarist for a number of Washington DC and NYC-based soul-rock bands, including Politicks, Stella and the Fire and Bridge City Hustle. As a member of Politicks, Mike played with legendary artists, such as The Roots, Al Green, Lauryn Hill, and Blind Melon. He recently wrote the original music for the theatrically released feature film, “The Hornet’s Nest”. His theme song for the movie, “Chariots”, was short-listed for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category for the 2015 Oscars. He recently completed the score for the forthcoming feature documentary, “Citizen Soldier” and will shortly begin work on two more feature films.

Pat Mannella (Drummer/Percussionist) was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and currently lives in Los Angeles. He began playing drums at 10 years old, performing with bands by age 13, and studied amongst Buffalo’s top instructors. Over the years, Pat’s mastered various genres, not limited to, rock, gospel, jazz, progressive rock, indie, jam, musical theatre, to name a few. As former member of Free Henry!, they’ve opened for major acts including, The Guess Who, Foreigner, Blues Traveler, Steven Page, Rusted Root, Blind Melon, Better Than Ezra, We The Kings, Drake, Dr. John, Joan Osborne, and Shania Twain. Pat also has recorded on full length albums and toured up and down the east coast. Patrick’s rule of thumb: “Never stop playing.” Just as his old music teacher once said, “So that is what he does and will continue to do for the rest of his time here.” 

Grace Rodgers ​(Violinist) ​originally from Detroit, ​now ​based out of Los Angeles​,​ enjoys a varied musical career ​as a violinist ​spanning ​across genres ​from classical to pop​​. Grace is a member of ​both Hollywood Light Orchestra and Short Sleeve Heart​ (band)​, ​and ​often perform​s with ​other ​classical ensembles​, ​​and current ​musicians​​. ​​She has participated in ​several ​orchestral and chamber music festivals​​ such as Zephyr International Music Festival in Italy, Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, and ​the ​National Music Festival in Maryland​, where she work​ed ​​with renowned faculty from around the globe​​​. Grace​​ has ​also taken part ​in a number of recording and video productions (BØRNS, Megadeth, and others)​ throughout her career​. Grace earned her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Violin Performance from Wayne State University under Dr. Laura Roelofs.

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

https://www.facebook.com/shortsleeveheart/ 

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: Short_Sleeve_Heart_Podcast.mp3
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Our guests this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break are Zach Broocke and Marlaina Youch who make up the songwriter duo Slings & Arrows.

Local Nashville duo made up of Zach Broocke & Marlaina Touch. These two have taken music city by storm. With their sound rooted in a blend of Americana and Southern Folk Rock, these two have set themselves apart with their rolling guitar lines, playful lyrics, and harmonies that are reminiscent of acts like The Civil Wars.

 

http://www.slingsandarrowsmusic.com

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

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: Slings__Arrows_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Nancy Ann Stubbs, a "Big Leap" Coach, who works with musicians (and in fact will be there offering her services at Folk Alliance this year!).

A little bit about who she is:

"My passion is to guide individuals and teams to an understanding of their innate talents and inspire them to align their work and relationships accordingly. I utilize a myriad of proven tools and processes to deliver results that make a difference. And more quickly than you might expect!

We ALL have instinctual talent. Yes, ALL of us. Mine shows up as an unstoppable ability to facilitate connection with the intention of understanding myself and others at our deepest level.

Over the years, I’ve honed this gift and decked it out with tools and practices so it can help others: through my coaching, consulting, facilitation, and much more."

Learn more about her:

http://www.nancyannstubbs.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: Nancy_Ann_Stubbs_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Pete Kronowitt, who just last year released his first album "A Lone Voice".

A Lone Voice review from antiMusic: 
"Kronowitt is an established Americana artist, a singer, songwriter and guitarist with a penchant for making political statements without conveying anger or preachiness; in fact he generally gets his point across in a fun way. Not that there's anything fun about the situation with all the shootings going on in the US right now, but Kronowitt's protest song "Got Guns?" is jangly and an easy sing-along with biting lyrics like "Don't tell me you're too young/If you've got a hand, get a gun." With a song title that plays on the "Got milk?" slogan, Kronowitt makes the statement that gun violence has become all too ubiquitous even before he starts singing. The John Mellencamp-like "Necessary Evils" is another cut filled with political commentary although it paints with a wider brushstroke, and "The Beast" laments current events with a Jimmy Buffett tone. Not everything here is about the state of the world; the tender "You Are Here" is a hopeful cut that reminds that it is possible (and a good idea) to look around and see the beauty of living in the moment. Some listeners will hear the call to action here but all can certainly enjoy Kronowitt's fine voice just as pure entertainment."

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/pete-kronowitt/ 

http://petekronowitt.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: Pete_Kronowitt_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10am PST

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is fellow Californian singer/songwriter Ynana Rose.

Ynana Rose sings, writes and performs with a passion to connect with people through music. Her music can best be described as “Acoustic Americana music threaded with folk, bluegrass, country, jazz and more.” She sings of the joy and heartbreak of living in a rich, soulful voice that crosses genres with ease. Pulling on inspiration from Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Sarah Jarosz, The Duhks, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch and more, Ynana’s music is rooted in the traditions of American music while reaching for new horizons.

Her debut CD, Ynana Rose, was released in October 2014. A finely crafted offering to the folk music genre, "Ynana Rose" is not a work of straightforward folk music. However, with Rose's rich vocals and mature songwriting, sure-footed acoustic instrumentation and lush production, "Ynana Rose" is a welcome addition to the genre. Her debut effort has garnered national airplay & great reviews.

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

http://ynanarose.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: Ynana_Rose_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Mid-Week Coffee Break is Santa Fe-based singer/songwriter Martha Reich, who was just in town for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

With vocals reminiscent of icons like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez and an originality impossible to duplicate, Marthaʼs songs possess an exquisite poetry, capturing the depth of personal and universal subjects, while tapping into something true and real for all that listen deeply with their minds as well as hearts. Inspired by the contradictions of everyday life; Anchored by the truth and beauty of natureʼs elements, Martha is an authentic troubadour. She delivers her songs with beauty, intelligence and honesty that gives new meaning to similar moments in our own lives.

Reich has received a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement, for Protest Music and Emerging Artist in the 2016 Global Music Awards, 2015 Southwest Independent Music Awards Winner and 2014 New Mexico Music Awards Winner for Best Folk Song. She has performed at some of the most respected venues in New Mexico, through out the country and internationally. Most recently her music can be heard on the internet radio stations of "PANDORA" Radio and "Women of Substance Radio".

Her deep roots in traditional folk and story telling shine through each and every one of her original works. Ira Gordon—Host of Santa Fe's KBAC radio—calls Martha "the closet thing to Joni Mitchell that Santa Fe has."

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

http://www.marthareich.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: Martha_Reich_Podcast_1.mp3
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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 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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am PST

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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Judy Collins - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is folk music icon Judy Collins.

Judy Collins joined us on Art of the Song and described the unfolding of her creative process during her career spanning four decades, lighting up the world with music and books in an effort to bring hope and healing to the hearts of the world.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

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

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: aots-podcast-judy-collins.mp3
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Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Terry Kitchen.

Terry Kitchen's songs are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. He has released ten CDs of original contemporary folk music since the 1990s, and his songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His latest CD, 2015's The Post-American Century, reached #19 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart. His 2013 novel Next Big Thing, based on his experiences with his '80s band Loose Ties, was called "a great debut novel" by the San Francisco Book Review. Terry Kitchen grew up in Easton, PA on the music of the 1960s before moving to small town Ohio in the '70s. He attended Occidental College in LA (with Barack Obama), then moved to Boston where he played in the '80s rock band Loose Ties before deciding folk music was the most natural setting for his distinctive narrative songwriting. For the past twenty-five years he has performed on the New England and national folk scenes at clubs and coffeehouses including Club Passim and The Nameless Coffeehouse in Mass., The Rockland Music Hall, Postcrypt Coffeehouse and Cafe Lena in NY, Godfrey Daniels in PA and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and at festivals including Falcon Ridge, the South Florida Folk Festival, VT Solarfest, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He performs solo and as a duo with singer Mara Levine, and his songs have appeared in film and TV and been recorded by Barbara Kessler, Janet Feld, and Rebecca Lynch.

Terry Kitchen with Mara Levine performing "Sequel": 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMqJxbJ7Kww 

Terry Kitchen Standing "O" Page:

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

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: Terry_Kitchen_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm PST

Shelly Peiken - Mid-Week Coffee Break Podcast

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Shelly Peiken.

Grammy-nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken has been a prolific, behind-the-scenes force in the music business for more than two decades. Her songs have sold in excess of 50 million records. She is best known for penning culturally resonant, female-empowerment anthems such as Christina Aguilera’s No. 1 hit, “What a Girl Wants” and Meredith Brooks’ smash, “Bitch.”

Shelly’s experiences, accomplishments and the circles in which she has traveled give her a unique perspective on the music business: that of a professional woman who fought her way into a highly competitive industry, found a way to succeed, balanced a thriving career and a family, and who has witnessed firsthand the changes that have turned that industry upside down. All the while, Shelly has stayed true to her first true love: the often elusive but always immensely satisfying act of writing a great song.

 Shelly’s book, Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter is a humorous pop culture memoir about her journey: from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional, writing hits of her own. It’s about growing up, the creative process, the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas, the celebrity egos and schemers but, most of all, the remarkable people she’s found along the way.

Buy Confessions of a Serial Songwriter

www.ShellyPeiken.com

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

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: Shelly_Peiken_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm PST

Gabrielle Louise - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is singer/songwriter Gabrielle Louise. Gabrielle is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song. Gabrielle Louise's music is anchored deeply in folk, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Unafraid to take a random musical escapade in the name of inspiration, Gabrielle is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky jazz chanteuse. Gabrielle's music has been best appreciated in listening atmospheres with introspective, attentive crowds. She is striving to communicate more soul than special effect and gently entice her listener to release their grip on the status quo. Known for her authenticity and candor on stage, her performances are notably present and sincere, a professional presentation of her private creative world. Gabrielle has been entrusted to open for or shared the stage with greats such as Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Clark. In the original songwriting realm, she has independently released a handful of records, the most recent of which are Cigarettes for Sentiments (2008), Mirror the Branches (2010), and most recently, The Bird in My Chest (2014).  Her most recent collection of songs was released in tandem with a book of poetry and short stories. It comes in an original, handmade case that holds a the book as well as the record itself, which features the beautiful black and white photography of Kristen Hatgi-Sink and Mark Sink. "The Bird in My Chest" is an intimate, self-exposing love record. The prose that accompanies it was written at the same time as the music, and provides deeper insight into the songs, as well as Gabrielle's personality and her life on the road as a traveling troubadour.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

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

https://standingoproject.com/artist/walterparksThe 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: aots-podcast-gabrielle-louise.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23pm PST

30 Minutes of Rock 'n' Roll, Pt 2 - Midweek Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Jim Rhodes of Partners 'n Crime

The next few weeks we will be featuring a very special three-part series on our mid-week coffee break called 30 Minutes of L.A. Rock 'n Roll History. We will be talking with Jim Rhodes of Partners 'n Crime, a southern California native with a long history in the Rock 'n Roll scene in Los Angeles about his experiences with the changing music industry in Los Angeles from the 1960's till today.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/tapiacorel

 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: 30_mins_Rock_n_Roll_Seg_2-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm PST

Walter Parks - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is veteran blues and jazz guitarist, Walter Parks. Walter has built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, as half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and as leader of the neo-southern rock group Swamp Cabbage. Inspired by the sultry gospel music of storefront churches and roadhouses in the American southeast, Walter’s raspy vocals and heartfelt lyrics explore the depths of the human spirit. We spoke with Walter in our Albuquerque studios.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/walterparks

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: aots-podcast-walter-parks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm PST

30 Minutes of Rock 'n Roll History, Pt 3 - Midweek Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Jim Rhodes of Partners 'n Crime

The next few weeks we will be featuring a very special three-part series on our mid-week coffee break called 30 Minutes of L.A. Rock 'n Roll History. We will be talking with Jim Rhodes of Partners 'n Crime, a southern California native with a long history in the Rock 'n Roll scene in Los Angeles about his experiences with the changing music industry in Los Angeles from the 1960's till today.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/tapiacorel

 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: 30_mins_Rock_n_Roll_Seg_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm PST

30 Minutes of Rock 'n' Roll, Pt 2 - Midweek Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Jim Rhodes of Partners 'n Crime

The next few weeks we will be featuring a very special three-part series on our mid-week coffee break called 30 Minutes of L.A. Rock 'n Roll History. We will be talking with Jim Rhodes of Partners 'n Crime, a southern California native with a long history in the Rock 'n Roll scene in Los Angeles about his experiences with the changing music industry in Los Angeles from the 1960's till today.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/tapiacorel

 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: 30_mins_Rock_n_Roll_Seg_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am PST

30 Minutes of Rock 'n' Roll, Pt 1 - Midweek Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Jim Rhodes of Partners 'n Crime

The next few weeks we will be featuring a very special three-part series on our mid-week coffee break called 30 Minutes of L.A. Rock 'n Roll History. We will be talking with Jim Rhodes of Partners 'n Crime, a southern California native with a long history in the Rock 'n Roll scene in Los Angeles about his experiences with the changing music industry in Los Angeles from the 1960's till today.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/tapiacorel

 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: 30_min_Rock_n_Roll_Seg_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm PST

The Pine Hill Project - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guests this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast are Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell, together known as The Pine Hill Project. Lucy and Richard have been singing together for 25 years. And they’ve talked about making a record together for just as long. Lucy and Richard are songwriters—each with many solo albums of original songs. But they’re also fans of great songs. Their recent release, “Tomorrow You’re Going,” is a collection of eleven songs they love by other songwriters, including Nick Lowe, Gillian Welch, Dave Carter, Bono, and Elizabeth Ziman.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/pinehillproject

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: aots-podcast-pine-hill-project.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Blake Morgan - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is songwriter / artist / producer / label owner, Blake Morgan.

Born and raised in New York City, singer / songwriter / music producer / label owner Blake Morgan began playing the piano and going to music school at age five, with the aim of becoming a professional pianist. At age six his interest began to switch from classical composers such as Mozart and Bartók to The Beatles, after his mother introduced him to Meet The Beatles. Blake's first gig was at CBGB's in New York, when older students from his school recruited him to play in their band. Since he was legally too young for the venue, they smuggled him inside the club in a bass drum case. As the show began, Morgan came out of the case to jump on stage and play the keyboards.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/blakemorgan

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: aots-podcast-blake-morgan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40am PST

Mindy Dillard - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Mindy Dillard.

Mindy Dillard is an adventurer and an award-winning singer-songwriter. She plays clawhammer banjo and rhythm guitar, often in alternate tunings to accompany her electric and raw, crystal-clear voice. Her music pulsates with funky rhythmic grooves and sparkles with heartfelt storytelling. Mindy is a mythological scholar and has performed her one woman folk rock opera based on Grimm’s fairytales and the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estes internationally. In June 2015 she won Susanne Millsaps performing songwriter competition in Salt Lake City, Utah (which is also her hometown). She opened for folk icon John Gorka at the 2015 Utah Arts Festival. Mindy’s musical influences include Joni Mitchell, Dar Williams, Cosy Sheridan, Stephen Sondheim and Ella Fitzgerald. A genre bender, Mindy’s sound holds shades of old-time Appalachia, contemporary folk, gospel, musical theatre and rhythm and blues. Through her music she seeks to transform the ordinary into the magical and poison into medicine. 

She’s recently released her second full length feature album, How to Survive a Poison Apple, a folk rock song cycle and the soundtrack for her revisionist fairy tale one-woman show, which explores her journey to finding her own voice and healthy body image. She’s performed her show at festivals, conferences and eating disorder treatment centers since 2011, including the Santa Cruz and Vancouver (B.C) fringe festivals, and the iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals) symposium.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/mindydillard

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: Mindy_Dillard_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05pm PST

Glenn Frey Tribute - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is the late Glenn Frey.

All of us at Art of the Song are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Eagles founding member Glenn Frey on January 18, 2016. An inspiration to a generation of musicians and millions of fans, he helped to define the genre of country rock.  A member of the rock ’n’ roll hall of fame and a winner of six grammy awards, Glenn Frey will truly be missed.

We take this opportunity to revisit our interview with Glenn from 2012, prior to the release of After Hours, his album of pop standards. We spoke with him about this new project, his creative process, and, he told us a great story about how he and Jackson Browne wrote Take It Easy.

This was truly a high point in our careers as interviewers, as we were able to sit down and have a relaxed conversation with Glenn at the Southern California Public Radio studios in Pasadena.

Click here to listen our Art of the Song tribute to Glenn Frey with some of his most beloved songs:

https://standingoproject.com/artist/glennfrey/interviews

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: aots-podcast-glenn-frey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm PST

Melissa Monforti - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Melissa Monforti.

Coffee with a friend.  We were discussing her newly published book and my desire to finally record after 15 years of writing songs, when in the course of the stimulating conversation, an idea came to me.  Why not blog about the process?

I hang on every word when performing artists speak about their creative process, or even what they had for lunch, both on stage and in interviews.  Writing about the recording process, how I write songs, and what I think about the big deep world - that's part of what I do now and I love it.

I also love the conversations that are popping up on the blog and beyond.  I feel content being part of a bigger discussion exploring creativity.  Perhaps you'd like to grab glass of wine and step into my brain for a minute.  You can read the blog at www.melissamonforti.com.

My music might be described as contemplative folk music.  I hope you'll enjoy a listen.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/melissamonforti

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: Melissa_Monforti_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm PST

The Rails - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guests this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast are British folk duo The Rails.

Kami Thompson and James Walbourne combine a rich musical lineage with a contemporary point of view that is electrifying. It’s almost Shakespearean - this meeting of two great houses. The daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson, meets the go-to guitarist for The Pogues, The Pretenders and Son Volt to create a rich new approach to folk.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/therails

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: aots-podcast-the-rails.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm PST

Kevin Dooley - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Kevin Dooley.

Tim O'Brien said, "Kevin successfully marrys the soul of acoustic with the range of rock." 

Main stage performances at Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, Paonia Roots Festival , Telluride Blues , Yellowstone Music Fest and more. On the faculty at The Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song School for several years. Has hosted songwriters in the round at various location. Past winner of the Crossroads Acoustic Blues Award at The Telluride Blues Fest. Has opened shows for Bo Diddley,Leon Russell,Pine Top Perkins,John Smith,Catie Curtis,Chris Smither,Vance Gilbert and more.

Kevin -plays a wide variety of venues small and large, living room and large hall, busking and house concerts. He plays mostly regionally at this time and does tour Ireland and the UK. And wrote several of the tunes on his new record on his last tour of Scotland, Wales and England.

http://standingoproject.com/artist/kevindooley

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: Kevin_Dooley_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am PST

Brooke Annibale - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is indie singer/songwriter Brooke Annibale. Brooke’s evocative musicianship is driven by an deep passion for songwriting. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brooke’s grandfather opened a music retail and live-sound business in the 1960’s, that is still family-run today. 

As a guitar player, Brooke Annibale stands out with her deep groove and interesting stylistic choices. However, it’s her magnetic voice, that smoldering and irresistible delivery, that draws you in. We spoke with Brooke about her recent CD The Simple Fear.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

http://standingoproject.com/artist/brookeannibale

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: aots-podcast-brooke-annibale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am PST

Richard Byford - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Richard Byford.

Richard & Mary have performed throughout the United States and many countries around the world. They represented the US at the 1992 World Trade Fair in Spain where they sang to enthusiastic crowds of more than 100,000 people from all over the world. Richard & Mary also had charted records in several countries in Europe with some of Richardʼs original songs.

During this time, they have recorded four albums of mostly original material. Several of the songs were played in heavy rotation on the radio stations and were charted songs in several countries including the UK. Richard & Mary have also performed on TV both in the US and Europe.

In 2011, Richard Byford was diagnosed with and cured of prostate cancer. He credits the loving care of the dedicated doctors and nurses at City of Hope Hospital for his recovery and wrote a song about them and his experience called, Touched By the Hands of an Angel. This song has garnered international acclaim with fans spread from Iran to Brazil and caused him to be a finalist in the Smokey Mountain Songwriter Festival Contest and  to be a Grammy Contender for Song of the Year. Richard and Maryʼs “Keeping The Dream a Live” cd was also a Grammy Contender for Folk Album of the Year!

http://standingoproject.com/artist/richardbyford

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: Richard_Byford_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37am PST

Dan Navarro - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is  singer/songwriter, Dan Navarro. Dan started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick and many more. In the 1990s, Dan recorded and toured with Eric Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit. 

We spoke with Dan Navarro in front of an audience at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. Viv Nesbitt was unable to be at WoodyFest this year, so our Chief Community Builder, Katie Mitchell sat in for the interview.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

http://standingoproject.com/artist/dannavarro

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: aots-podcast-dan-navarro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am PST

Eric Maisel - Creative Escapes for the Creativity Corner

This week on the Creativity Corner we welcome internationally known author and creativity expert, Dr. Eric Maisel.

Eric Maisel was born in the Bronx, New York, where he lived until the age of 5. He grew up in Brooklyn, attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, and briefly attended Brooklyn College. After serving in the Army from 1965 – 1968 he attended Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, where he received a B.S. in philosophy.

Dr. Maisel subsequently lived in Boston, New York and San Francisco and traveled extensively in Europe, spending time in London, Dublin and Budapest. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University while ghostwriting mysteries and nonfiction and self-publishing fiction. In the ’80s he returned to school and earned a second bachelor’s degree in psychology, a second master’s degree in counseling, and a doctorate in counseling psychology.

After completing training, Dr. Maisel became a California licensed family therapist and worked exclusively with creative and performing artists. In time he moved from therapy and the medical model to coaching, where he founded the profession of creativity coaching.

Art of the Song is a weekly one hour public radio program heard on over 150 stations across North America. The Creativity Corner is a short segment featured on the broadcast. More creative inspiration at:

http://artofthesong.org/creativity-corner/

The Standing "O" Project helps keep Art of the Song on the air. 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: 158CC-Eric_Maisel-Creative_Escapes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am PST

Doug Balmain - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest on the Mid-Week Coffee Break is Doug Balmain. A rock ’n’ roller with the voice of a soul man, Balmain’s lyrics and vocals have all the power & tenacity of a man desperately fighting for what’s his while maintaining the honesty and sentimentality of a true storyteller. Rachelle Lacy of the Billings Gazette described his work by saying, “Balmain’s voice and guitar are extraordinary, and his songwriting ability is a super-power.”

Doug's musical diversity and eclectic range of influences are brought to light through his guitar work - which can echo with a haunting, acoustic sparseness reminiscent of the pre-war delta - flow with a rich, melodic voicing that’ll leave you thinking you've just heard The Edge and John Mayer’s unborn love-child caressing the fret board…while at other times it stabs through the heart of the song with a violent, electric wail evocative of an agitated, “Let it Bleed” era Keith Richards.

Not one to candy-coat his words, Balmain’s writing confronts life experience with an unyielding stare and attention to detail. “His is a very unique sound with stories that capture life from a different point of view,” said Marcus Walton - editor of L.A. based Music Arts Magazine. Having no formal knowledge of music, Doug relies on visceral instinct and his hemorrhaging vehemence to form his songs' compositions.

After being asked what kind of music he plays, Balmain responds by saying, “I play rock ’n’ roll with soul in its veins.”

https://standingoproject.com/artist/dougbalmain

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: Doug_Balmain_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm PST

Beth Hart - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Beth Hart. She is a chart-topping hit-maker, collaborator with guitar legend, Joe Bonamassa, and performer to sold out audiences across the US and Europe. In spite of her success, Beth has been dealing with demons that have pursued her for her whole life: the tragic death of a sister, and her own battle with drugs, booze, bad relationships, and a diagnosis with bi-polar disorder. 

Perhaps it has been coming to terms with these challenges that has elevated her music to a new level. Beth Hart’s recent release, Better Than Home, is by many accounts her best work to date. It goes to the depth of her soul, revealing past pain, family issues and personal demons as well as her coming to grips with them and using that knowledge to find the real beauty in her life.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/bethhart

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: aots-podcast-beth-hart.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41am PST

John Dillon - Using Intention to Start a Creative Project

This week on the Creativity Corner we welcome author of The 20-20 Creativity Solution, John Dillon.

John is a singer-songwriter, performer and guitar maker. Along with his wife, noted actor Vivian Nesbitt, John launched The Standing 'O' Project as a way to overcome what he sees as one of the biggest inequities in the music business: despite being talented creative professionals with a profound work ethic, singer/songwriters are often shortchanged professionally. John and Viv are intimately familiar with the challenges of the itinerant singer/songwriter lifestyle: they used to tour the country in a green van, playing original music in bars, coffee houses and other roadside venues.

Art of the Song is a weekly one hour public radio program heard on over 150 stations across North America. The Creativity Corner is a short segment featured on the broadcast. More creative inspiration at:

http://artofthesong.org/creativity-corner/

The Standing "O" Project helps keep Art of the Song on the air. 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: CC-John_Dillon-Using_Intention_to_Start_A_Creative_Project.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm PST

Partners 'n Crime - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest in the Mid-Week Coffee Break Podcast is singer/songwriter duo Tapia Corel and Jim Rhodes, otherwise known as Partners 'n Crime. 

Tapia Corel revived her musical career in 2008, after taking time off to raise a family and fight breast cancer (in that order). Facing her mortality (she has been cancer free since 2007) caused her to look at life and music in a new light, with a new attitude. She has focused on writing and sharing music that reflects the experience of one who has "been there, done that," and come back for more. It is the story of countless women, who have faced similar fights, in the struggle to find their true selves versus being the reflection of other people's expectations. Within that, there is a resolve; a determination to live life to its fullest, have a positive influence on the world and leave, knowing that whatever happens, she gave it her best. 

Tapia's original compositions range from evocative memories of days gone by, anger over betrayal, sadness at disappointment and joy in the darkest moments. For anyone who faced challenges never expected, and found themselves amazed they are still standing, and better than ever, Tapia's and Partners 'n Crime's music will make you say: "Yes. I know that feeling," and be proud of what you know."  

http://standingoproject.com/artist/tapiacorel

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: Partners_n_Crime_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am PST

Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller) - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast is the Grammy Award winning founder of Mannheim Steamroller, Chip Davis. A musical prodigy who wrote his first song at age 6, Chip went on to form the American Gramaphone label in 1974. A multiplatinum selling artist, he is widely credited with launching the New Age music genre. Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, making it one of the 50 top-selling musical artists of all time and the top-selling Christmas artist of all time. 

Beyond his work with Mannheim Steamroller, Chip Davis has developed Ambient Therapy, an innovative use of composed and natural sound designed to heal and calm, which NASA has approved for use by astronauts in long-range space travels. Davis is the author of seven best-selling children’s books, and the creator of a line of food & home products under the Mannheim Steamroller moniker.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/chipdavis

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: aots-podcast-chip-davis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Arlene Kole - Fan Letter for the Creativity Corner

This week on the Creativity Corner we welcome frequent contributor, Arlene Kole.

Arlene graduated the vocal program at the prestigious Grant McEwan College jazz school in Edmonton, Canada. She has sung hundreds of sessions for television, records, and commercials and had the honor of seeing a composition penned by herself and husband Bill performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (of Procal Harem fame). In fact, the December 2009 & 2012 issue of Music Connection Magazine named Arlene in their HOT 100 list of the top live unsigned artists in the nation.

Art of the Song is a weekly one hour public radio program heard on over 150 stations across North America. The Creativity Corner is a short segment featured on the broadcast. More creative inspiration at:

http://artofthesong.org/creativity-corner/

The Standing "O" Project helps keep Art of the Song on the air. 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: 296CC-Arlene_Kole-Fan_Letter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Jerry Rockwell - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest in the Mid-Week Coffee Break Podcast is singer/songwriter, Jerry Rockwell. 

Jerry Rockwell is one of a handful of folk musicians who,  since about
1970, have been national and international advocates for the  mountain dulcimer.
 He is an accomplished player, teacher, and custom  builder of this
American folk instrument.  Jerry specializes in the gentle,  soothing, and hypnotic
sounds of Celtic airs, waltzes, and folk tunes, and is  committed to
helping his students explore the dulcimer in the deepest and  fullest way
possible.  He lives and works in the Appalachian foothills of  southeast Ohio, and
regularly teaches mountain dulcimer at workshops across the  country.  In
July of 2007, he performed, taught, and lectured at a folk  festival in
Siglufjord, Iceland.

https://standingoproject.com/artist/jerryrockwell

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: Jerry_Rockwell_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm PST

The Burns Sisters - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

This week on the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast we explore creativity from an Irish-American perspective with Annie and Marie Burns. Having toured the country as back up singers with the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Jimmy LaFave, the Burns Sisters have released 6 albums of their own. I was unable to be there for the interview, so our Chief Community Builder, Katie Mitchell sat in..

We’ve been enjoying the Burns Sisters performances and harmonies at the Woody Guthrie Festival for five years now, and we finally got a chance to visit with them. It was really neat to hear the stories of their upbringing in New York state, and learn about how they explored their Irish roots.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/theburnssisters

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: aots-podcast-burns-sisters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm PST

Rev. Martha Quintana - Personality and the Successful Life for the Creativity Corner

This week on the Creativity Corner we welcome Reverend Martha Quintana, Senior Minister of the Rio Grande Center for Spiritual Living.

As a lover of life, Rev. Martha shares insights, discoveries and personal experiences with others in a way that inspires and empowers them to move into a deeper, richer relationship with themselves, a more active, participatory relationship with the Universe and a greater appreciation of and participation in the world around them.

Art of the Song is a weekly one hour public radio program heard on over 150 stations across North America. The Creativity Corner is a short segment featured on the broadcast. More creative inspiration at:

http://artofthesong.org/creativity-corner/

The Standing "O" Project helps keep Art of the Song on the air. 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: 405CC-Reverend_Martha_Quintana-Personality_and_the_Successful_Life.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm PST

Heather Pierson - Mid-Week Coffee Break

Our guest in the Mid-Week Coffee Break Podcast is singer/songwriter, Heather Pierson. 

At first glance, Heather Pierson appears to be the girl next door – youthful, friendly, a little bit shy.  However, at the seat of a piano or brandishing an acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, or melodica, she transforms into a world-class performer, baring her soul in a manner that leaves her listeners breathless and aching for more. Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer.  From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s live performances move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity. 

https://standingoproject.com/artist/heatherpierson

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: Heather_Pierson_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am PST

Michael Hearne - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Welcome to the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast, formerly known as The Standing "O" Project Singer/Songwriter Podcast. 

Our guest this week is Southwestern Americana artist Michael Hearne. Now living in his native Texas, Michael spent several decades in northern New Mexico where he developed his signature style of two-steppin' dance music. He hosts the annual Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Music Festival every September in Taos NM.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/michaelhearne

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: aots-podcast-michael-hearne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm PST

Don Richmond - Worth, Trying & Trust for the Creativity Corner

This week on the Creativity Corner we welcome frequent contributor, Don Richmond. Don has been a professional performing musician for more than forty years. He regularly performs and records on more than a dozen instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin, viola, dobro, electric and string bass, pedal steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, accordion, trumpet and percussion and is an award-winning songwriter. He has released 6 solo CDs, 4 other albums with the Colorado band Tumbleweed earlier in his career, 3 with the Taos, New Mexico based group Hired Hands, and three CDs with The Rifters.

Art of the Song is a weekly one hour public radio program heard on over 150 stations across North America. The Creativity Corner is a short segment featured on the broadcast. More creative inspiration at:

http://artofthesong.org/creativity-corner/

The Standing "O" Project helps keep Art of the Song on the air. 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: 425CC-DonRichmond-Worth_Trying_and_Trust.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:16pm PST

Doug Adamz - Mid-Week Coffee Break Podcast

Our guest in the Mid-Week Coffee Break Podcast is singer/songwriter, Doug Adamz.

Dazzling guitar, scorching harmonica, brilliant songs, soulful singing and spellbinding stories; all delivered by Doug Adamz with insight and a terrific sense of humor. Between bawdy blues, tender ballads, exquisite instrumentals or hilarious story songs; the range of his writing and musical skill lends his shows an epic quality.

Doug Adamz has recorded five albums of original, instrumental music and four albums of his songs.  His compositions have been used by The Joffrey and other ballet companies (Santa Fe/Aspen, Oklahoma City, San Francisco), featured in a film by Robert Altman (The Company), heard in a PBS documentary soundtrack (Jim Thorpe, World's Greatest Athlete) and in two Spanish television series (La Frontera Herida, Sahel).  The Kronos Quartet commissioned Doug to write several short pieces and Stevie Coyle (The Waybacks) and Dr. Elmo (Grandma--Reindeer) have recorded and released some of Doug’s songs on their albums. He’s performed with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Peter Rowan, and many finger-style illuminaries including Stevie Coyle, Doug Young, and Vicki Genfan, he’s played (informally) with Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur, and Jim Messina, recorded with Huey Lewis and opened for many stars including Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jesse Colin Young, Leo Kotke, David Lindley, Dottie West, The Chambers Brothers, Steppenwolf, Johnny Rivers and Johnny Lee.  His 1973 degree in music is from  the University of Texas at El Paso, with a major in guitar.  

https://standingoproject.com/artist/dougadamz

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: Doug_Adamz_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am PST

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

 Welcome to the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast, formerly known as The Standing "O" Project Singer/Songwriter Podcast. 

Our guest this week is the legendary Canadian-American folk singer, educator and activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie. Although Buffy’s music today is far from traditional folk, it embodies the anti-war and native rights sentiments that were prevalent in the sixties. Her music was blacklisted by the FBI during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Despite the setback, she persevered with her music and teaching, and found a new venue, the children’s TV show, Sesame Street. In 1997 Buffy Sainte-Marie founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans. She has won recognition and numerous awards for both her music and her work in education and social activism. We spoke with Buffy about the release of her CD, Power in the Blood.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/buffysaintemarie

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: aots-podcast-buffy-sainte-marie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27am PST

Vivian Nesbitt - Gratitude and Peace for the Creativity Corner

This week on the Creativity Corner we welcome our own Vivian Nesbitt. In addition to her duties at Art of the Song, Vivian is an actor, teacher and coach. She is the owner and director of Sol Acting Academy, New Mexico’s premier school training actors for the film and television business. Vivian shares her thoughts on gratitude and peace for this holiday season.

Order the PIVOT book and do your holiday shopping at http://artofthesong.org/shop/

Art of the Song is a weekly one hour public radio program heard on over 150 stations across North America. The Creativity Corner is a short segment featured on the broadcast.

The Standing "O" Project helps keep Art of the Song on the air. 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: 572CC_-_Vivian_Nesbitt_-_Gratitude_and_Peace.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm PST

Trinity Demask - Mid-Week Coffee Break Podcast

Our guest in the Mid-Week Coffee Break Podcast is Colorado singer/songwriter, Trinity Demask.

The first thing that grabs you about Trinity Demask is her voice. Often drawing comparisons to the angelic, rootsy tones of Alison Krauss, Trinity's voice can also pack a powerhouse punch reminiscent of blues rocker Susan Tedeschi. It is a voice perfectly suited to bring songs to life with heart and passion.

Trinity honed that voice singing to her pets as a child and alone in her car as an adult, but when it came to singing to a human audience, fear of rejection kept her silent. "By the time I made my singing debut, I was in my thirties. I had always written poetry and stories, so songwriting wasn't so much of a surprise, but my friends and family were shocked to learn that I had this voice that I'd been keeping secret. I've since discovered it's not uncommon for people, especially women who tend to nurture others and put their own desires last, to have shelved talents or dreams. Finally, they reach a point in their mid-thirties or later when they ask themselves, 'if not now, when?'"

https://standingoproject.com/artist/trinitydemask

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: Trinity_Demask_Mid-Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am PST

Jonathan Edwards - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Welcome to the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast, formerly known as The Standing "O" Project Singer/Songwriter Podcast. 

Our guest this week is singer/songwriter, actor, and harmonica player, Jonathan Edwards. Perhaps best known for his 1971 hit song, Sunshine (Go Away Today), Jonathan has released 15 albums to date. We had the pleasure of visiting with him in his home studio in Maine.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/jedwards

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: aots-podcast-jonathan-edwards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PST

Monica Taylor - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Welcome to the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast, formerly known as The Standing "O" Project Singer/Songwriter Podcast. 

This week our guest is Monica Taylor. We’d been going to the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma for five years, and this year, Monica was at the top of our list of folks we wanted to interview. Katie Mitchell, our chief community builder made the trip and sat in for the interview. Monica Taylor epitomizes what we’ve come to know and love as the Oklahoma “Red Dirt” sound, and it was great to hear her stories exactly what that is and how it got started. We had some interesting questions from the audience including an unexpected visit by art of the Song alum, Ellis Paul!

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://standingoproject.com/artist/monicataylor/interviews

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: aots-podcast-monica-taylor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm PST

John McLaughlin - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Welcome to the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast, formerly known as The Standing "O" Project Singer/Songwriter Podcast. 

Our guest this week is guitarist extraordinaire, John McLaughlin. Known for his work with Miles Davis in the 60s and as the founder of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti in the 70s, John is truly one of the top guitarists of our time. We had the pleasure of speaking remotely with John McLaughlin from his home in Monaco.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/johnmclaughlin/interviews

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: aots-podcast-john-mclaughlin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am PST

Birds of Chicago - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Welcome to the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast, formerly known as The Standing "O" Project Singer/Songwriter Podcast. 

Our guests this week are JT Nero and Allison Russell, together known as Birds of ChicagoDefying categorization, their brand of rock and roll poetry centers around the vocals - Nero's fractured country soul croon and Russell's smooth tones create a harmony blend that’s truly captivating. There sound is like a full tilt revival - streamlined poems, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing straight from the heart. We spoke with JT and Allison in our Albuquerque studios.

To hear the complete show with music as broadcast on 150 Public Radio stations, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/birdsofchicago/interviews

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: aots-podcast-birds-of-chicago.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39am PST

 Jon Pousette-Dart - Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast

Welcome to the Art of the Song Coffeehouse Podcast, formerly known as The Standing "O" Project Singer/Songwriter Podcast. This week, we introduce a new format and new name. Katie Mitchell, our chief community builder, is our host, and the format consists of a complete Art of the Song interview (without music) as broadcast on Public Radio.

Our guest this week is Jon Pousette-Dart, founder of the rock group, the Pousette-Dart Band. Jon has recently released an album new tunes and re-makes of two PDB classics. Viv sat down with Jon in his New York home studio.

To hear the complete show with music, the unedited "naked" interview, and to browse segments by topic, please visit 

https://standingoproject.com/artist/jonpousettedart/interviews

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: aots-podcast-jon-pousette-dart.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm PST

The October 11, 2015 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features Jon Herington performing "I Ain't Got You," John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt interviewing Jon Pousette Dart, and Melissa Monforti performing "Another Lonely Day Is Done."

Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "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: TSOP_Podcast108_Herington_Dart_Monforti.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm PST

The Standing "O" Project Podcast - Kevin Dooley / Janet Devlin / Paula Rae McDonald

The October 5, 2015 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features Kevin Dooley performing "Let It Roll," John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt interviewing Janet Devlin, and Paula Rae McDonald performing "Low Down Broke Down Fool."

Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "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: TSOP_Podcast107_Dooley_Devlin_McDonald.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am PST

The Standing "O" Project Podcast - Evie Ladin / Mary Gauthier / My Darling Clementine

The September 28, 2015 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features Evie Ladin performing "Dimestore Glasses," John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt interviewing Mary Gauthier, and My Darling Clementine performing "Goodbye Week."

Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "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: TSOP_Podcast106_Ladin_Gauthier_MyDarlingClementine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm PST

The Standing "O" Project Podcast - Eric Bibb / Lucy Kaplansky / Mike & Ruthy

The September 21, 2015 edition of The Standing "O" Project podcast features Eric Bibb performing "New Home," John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt interviewing Lucy Kaplansky, and Mike & Ruthy performing "My New York City."

Want to matter to the music? TheStanding "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: TSOP_Podcast105_Bibb_Kaplansky_MikeAndRuthy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59am PST