Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://tomfreund.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve manages Pier Street Sound and The Renegade Music Group.

Steve Postell Website:

http://stevepostell.com 

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

 

Direct download: Steve_Postell_Podcast_Interview.mp3
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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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm MDT

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