Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast
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: 8:37pm MDT

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: 9:41am MDT

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: 4:36pm MDT

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: 12:23pm MDT

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: 1:00am MDT

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: 1:00am MDT

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: 2:57pm MDT

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: 5:39pm MDT

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: 1:38pm MDT

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: 10:53am MDT