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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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