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Listen by clicking on the links or covers below.
Yours truly is offering up a little
Jazz-Pop confection, with all admiration for the ancient Greeks, who
knew a thing or two about winging it philosophically.
Use this link or click on
poor Democritus below to hear "A Simple Explanation".
Oh perversity at the county fair! I'm
sure involvement with the Future Farmers of America has ruined more than
a few young boys, what with all the glamour and all, and the exposure to
link or click on the good people below to hear another in a nauseating
string of RAR originals - "(You Do) That Thing That Sets Me Free".
Yours truly has been all about myself of
late, which is why I am behind on record reviews and most everything
else, but I do have a new batch of recordings, starting with
"Betty from Memphis", a tribute to stable types such as
my actual Aunt Betty (Olita) in Memphis (not shown here), as well as to
all those weary road warriors out there playing the soundtracks to
everybody else's movies.
"creative destruction", like Mitt Romney does.
Walty's Dead" is a cowboy yarn about a villain -
personified by the late and wonderful Warren Oates (below) - who
has left an unfortunate legacy for himself (see chorus...). Walty is my
metaphor for early 21st Century predatory capitalism, a force that must
be dealt with so that honest souls can carry on.
Glory be unto Angie Omaha, whoever
she is, pictured below on the cover to my next- generation version of
of Your Dark Eyes", introduced several years back
as a tune about "the dark side of loving a dark soul". Our girl Angie
may not let me exploit her in this way for long, but as long as she does
isn't she perfect? I mean, for this song?
Minutes" comes from a few years back, and from the same
box as "The Glow of Your Dark Eyes", but the versions provided below
come much closer to my ambitions for this story of a booze-fueled
cuckold speeding toward a crime of passion and revenge. The song is
almost entirely played around the single chord of E, with occasional
transitions through A-B, for those keeping score. The "psycho" version
was the original inspiration, but the Nashville chicken-pickin' version
has some nice qualities. Unfortunately it also shows that as a guitar
player I am no Randy Barker, though I hope to be when I grow up.
(Randy Barker played with Michael Woody and
the Too High Band, which in the end gave him way too little
exposure, but those who heard him play remember it even 30 years later
as something special.)
IN THIS EDITION
New Releases on
Leonard Cohen; "Sweetbread"
Mobile Disco and "Keep You"
off the Chronicle movie
"Goodbye to Love" from
October Dawn; Trouble in Mind 2011
Black Box Revelation Live on
Minnesota Public Radio;
Apteka "Striking Violet";
Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get
Along"; Dana deChaby's
|"The Musical Meccas of the World"
Compositions and Select Covers
►Fiction and Non-Fiction
ARCHIVES: RARWRITER.com has been undergoing
on audit and one of the initiatives has been to move articles and profiles of
people of historic interest, particularly to the Boulder, Colorado music scene,
to their own archives page. Click on the Colorado Archives link to view this new
From June 20 Edition
Response: YouTube from Herman's Hideaway
I thought that you might find
it interesting to hear what my Big Funky Dance Band has been
up to recently. Here are some crude one-camera videos from
Herman's Hedeaway last week (notice Chris - Pedestrians on
backing vocals and yours truly on bass):
Our web-site has some higher
fidelity postings - check out Down to The Nightclub and
Voodee - I felt that these recordings came our pretty nice!
Creative Carte Blanche
Ash Ganley's Sweet Deal
Lyons, Colorado —
the multi-faceted singer-songwriter-musician from Colorado,
seems to have captured the kind of backing and support dreamed
of by writers from the heart to the hinterlands (L.A. to
"I have been fortunate to strike
up a deal with Summit Road Studios in Parker (Colorado)
where through publishing/sales revenue, I am able to do 4-5 full
records there over the next several years, with a more than
generous budget for each, including living expenses for me,"
reports Ash. "Our mission is: The best songs win, without regard
Now that is the kind of deal that
comes only to talent someone believes in deeply enough to risk
for at the forefront of capital, or to someone with a
wonderfully benevolent friend with a trust fund. Whatever the
springboard for Ash Ganley's deal, he has a setup to savor. And
in the high risk/low return world of songwriter promotion,
Summit Road has a real racehorse in Ganley, whose only musical
shortcoming may be unlimited focus. Ash can do anything, from
Delta blues Robert Johnson style, to blistering blues-rock ala
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, to heartbreak country that could land him
comfortably on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
It is his range that got him his
deal, his open oeuvre wetting the appetites of the Summit Road
Ash describes it this way: "So
first, I bring in 20-25 songs and do an acoustic guitar/vocal
demo and Ed Edwards (producer/engineer), Don Debey ( Studio
owner) and I sit with them for a while and cast our votes for
the best 10-12.
"At first, Don - since he is
invested over a course of years - wanted to make sure that the
album was produced for a standpoint of commercial viability and
the requisite 'streamlining' associated with developing a
product that didn't run such a wide gauntlet of styles and would
not raise any flags when shopping for a deal.
But at some point
early on, we thought: 'What are doing, trying to make a record
to sell to people who sell records, or to people that buy them?'
Given that the 'getting signed' myth is no longer the only game
in town - or even the most viable, long-term self-sustaining
route to take - it as easy to say 'art first' and just go for
it. So basically, I am lucky to have partnered with someone who
believes in the music and does not cling to the old models of
dumbing-down, taming or streamlining a record.
"Aside from that; I continue to
gig heavily in Colorado and prepare for the release of Cruel
Waters. I just tore a tendon in my left hand so I am on the
sidelines for a month or so, which sucks, but it could be worse.
Some things we have planned include a full cyber-publicity
campaign with Ariel Publicity, which is very cool. Ariel is
clearly on the cutting edge of this...do you know her? Of her?
"Also, we are getting ready to
shop Cruel Water, and 'me', to publishing and a handful
of forward-thinking indie labels. I am getting better and better
response form radio here in Colorado, so my regional buzz is
may be the last to know, but Colorado has a star in its firmament in ASH
GANLEY. I recently received a package from Colorado and within it I discovered one of the
I have heard to come out of the state in a long time. Check out the MP3s
below (and on his myspace site), which may at times bring Dave Matthews to
mind in terms of vocal stylings, but this isn't copycat stuff. Ash
has a clearly authentic quality to his commercial sound.
is a Lyons, Colorado resident, which is where he takes the name for his
band, The Lyons Rock Council. He has a resume that includes
extensive touring in the U.S. and Canada over the last 10 years, sharing
stages with Little Feat, Derek Trucks,
William Topley, B.B. King, The String Cheese Incident, Maceo Parker, Jimmy
Cliff, and others. He has performed at numerous high profile venues in the
including Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Fox Theater, and the Boulder
would classify Ash a "Roots" or "Americana" rocker
based on a lot of his catalog - folksy, bluegrass, country-rock offerings
that have the timber of Mark Knopfler's acoustic offerings - but he has a
blues-rock side to him too, which brings Eric Clapton to mind. He, like
Clapton, has even dabbled in reggae.
has that assured virility in his sound that you hear in guys who have
achieved a certain level of professionalism. There is a quality in his
sound that says he has arrived at his musical destination, which is
Ash Ganley in the recording sessions for Dark Fuel. LEFT: Ash
Ganley and the Lyons Rock Council in concert.
Ash Ganley tunes are really good listening and it occurs to one right away
that a principle reason is the background vocals of Andria Ganley,
which are spot on perfect! She sounds, to me at least, like one of my
favorite singers, Margo Timmons. The quality she brings to the sound of
this band really elevates it to a higher level.
Ganley and The Lyons Rock Council are Eben
Grace on Pedal Steel, Brian Schey on
Electric Guitar, Brian McRae on Bass,
Percussion and Drums, and Andria Ganley,
GANLEY AND THE LYONS ROCK COUNCIL MP3s:
Ganley MP3s can be heard at his myspace website at www.myspace.com/ashganley.
Ash Ganley and the Lyons Rock
Council recently released Dark Fuel, a 13-song LP of roots rock. Ash
Ganley released a previous LP, Rainshadow, in 2002.
GANLEY & The Lyons Rock
Council and six other Big Bender
Records acts contributed tracks to a country-rock compilation, Seven
Dead Roses Vol. 1. (2006). Click on the links of the artists below to
go their sites:
Ganley & The Lyons Rock Council - "Elysian
Clymer - "It's All About the Ride"
McKinney and The 99 Brown Dogs - "Just Like Z's
- "Arkansas River"
- "Burn It Down"
- "Not Worth Repeatin'"
Munks - "Believe"
Big Bender's website - "Big Bender Records is proud to present
pure, true-grit, rootsy, twang- infused music that has an edge, some
flavor, and real meaning. Its not about sellout, its not about slick and
perfect production, its about what really matters music, energy, passion,
and tellin the story the way its supposed to be told."
Click on a link below to go to that artist's website:
Birds - Melodic Origami
COLORADO - Colorado readers will remember Links friend Keith Murdock,
formerly of the New Wave band The Transistors, who in the early '80s were
a Blue Note staple. Keith contacted RARWRITER.com recently to call our
attention to a band he feels may be on to something. The Paper Birds,
pictured above playing an informal in Monkeywrench Books in Austin, Texas,
aren't quite like anything else you are likely to hear. (Click
here to listen to "Paper Bird.") Keith writes - "Paper
Bird is a young upcoming Boulder band with (I think) big time potential --
playing frequently around Boulder and Denver, doing national act openings
at Gothic, Boulder Theatre, etc. plus lots of bar gigs (of course) even
though one is still 20. In fact, I have it on good authority they are
close to signing a tour deal with a nearby major brewery (you know
who)." The really cool (seriously) Onion A.V. Club says of them -
"With guitar, banjo, and trombone backing joyous harmonies, the folk
orchestra cuts softly but surely through indie-rock coolness. Paper Bird's
debut CD Anything Nameless and Joymaking, came out last year, and
it deftly captures the warmth and wonder of the band's stage
presence." RAR completely agrees, Paper Bird is cool in a way that
radiates a positive musicality. They are doing something really pure in a
really interesting way, wrapping melodic harmonies around a spare acoustic
bed of banjo, guitar and trombone. They get huge lift from a hip sense of
minimalist composition where the weight is primarily on the vocals, and
what vocals they are! Esme, Sarah and Genny are crystal clear and they
nail a certain sweet female sound currently hot on the charts in Colby
Caillet and Ingrid Michaelson, though either of those girls would
represent no more than a small piece of Paper Bird. That's Paul on guitar,
Caleb on banjo and harmonica, and Tyler on trombone. In the minimalist
tradition they don't have last names. RARWRITER.com thanks Keith Murdock
for turning us on to Paper Bird. Click
here to go to the Paper Bird MySpace to hear more.
Birds piece first ran in the April 15, 2008 edition, Artist News page
FOLSOM is a native "Boulderite," which makes her rare and
right at the heart of things in this site that developed out of Boulder
music community connections. She does some swampy and muscular blues-rock
that bespeaks a kind of a rebel life experience that includes taking an
alternative route to basic education and a lot of travel. Here is how she
her myspace - "I was born and
raised in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado with the Rocky Mountains in
my backyard, and a big city out front. I still love the mountains and I
enjoy visiting cities. My number one passion since Elementary School has
been music and singing; although I thought about writing and illustrating
children's books for a while. I used to sing my sister to sleep every
night from the bottom bunk.
"Carol King was one of my first influences. My parents listened to a lot of
James Taylor and Elton John. My very first album was the Beatles
"Revolver". I liked the artwork on the cover as well as the
music. My first concert was Earth, Wind, and Fire. I started my own music
collection with Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, The Band, etc....I liked the
older, more acoustic stuff. The best concert I ever went to, hands down,
was Bob Marley’s "Babylon By Bus" Tour.
"I started writing my own music at age 13 and began performing my songs at
school events and talent contests. After a few twists and turns I dropped
out of high school, and put music on the back burner. I got my GED early
and went on to art school with a focus in painting and drawing. I
graduated with a mixed focus of painting and performance art. My BFA was
done swinging from the rafters of the University Gallery in a graduation
gown made of bright blue and purple feathers, while singing a song about
being a Phi Beta Kappa. I believe "Gold Star Girl" was the name
of the song.
"I returned to singing after a month long trip to Egypt where I experienced
toning and chanting in the temples and great pyramids. I was deeply moved
by that part of the world and I came home with a renewed desire to sing
Go to Rebecca's MySpace
site for more information each her recordings.
Because of You
I Will Love You
© 2006-2007 Rebecca Folsom, All Rights Reserved
You can also hear
Rebecca Folsom's MP3s at her website and her myspace site at
Where It Is
Happening - In Frisco
Colorado No Longer "Home" for
San Francisco, California
- Jello Biafra (real
name Eric Reed Boucher) has never really stopped being
out of the news since leaving his native Boulder, Colorado and
showing up in San Francisco in 1977 to become the front man for
the seminal punk band the Dead Kennedys. (1978 was a big
year for Jello. He not only founded a band that would become
legend, but also ran for mayor of the City of San Francisco,
finishing fourth in a race won by now U.S. Senator Dianne
Feinstein.) Jello and his cohorts immediately achieved legend
and a measure of ignominy by virtue of being charged with
distribution of matter harmful to minors, this regarding the
band's 1985 LP Frankenchrist, which featured as insert, a
posterized version of H.R. Giger's painting "Penis Landscape". A
trial ended with a "hung jury" - and there must have been a
million puns to be pardoned there - and Jello and the Kennedys
became icons of free speech. Thereafter, Jello became more and
more politically oriented while band members East Bay Ray
(Raymond Pepperell), Klaus Flouride (Geoffrey Lyall), 6025
(Carlos Cadona), and Ted (Bruce Slesinger) became less
interested in the direction things were heading. The band had
arced from fast, hard Punk to something more nuanced and
sophisticated, and in some ways less interesting.
Jello Biafra has been the guiding
force of Alternative Tentacles record company (Emeryville,
California), which he founded with Raymond Pepperell, since the
mid-1980s. He has released numerous spoken word albums and
fronted the L.A. Metal band The Melvins. The "Dead Kennedys"
re-formed in 2001 and toured with various lineups into 2008, but
there remains acrimony between their former leader and the rest,
who won a law suit against Biafra for steering Dead Kennedy
royalties from Alternative Tentacles into his accounts in
disproportionate amounts. The suits were over songwriter
royalties, with Jello Biafra losing his claim to the lion's
share of the credit. It was a tarnish to the image of Jello and
his connection to the Dead Kennedys, whose entire purpose had
been to trash the ethics of corporate leaders and their unholy
alliance with the greenback. The band made its name by
disrupting a music industry event (Bay Area Music Awards, i.e.,
"The Bammys") by dressing as a despised "New Wave" band with "S"
painted in black on their white dress shirts so that when their
skinny black ties hung straight in front it looked like a dollar
sign. (That's "$" for those of you who haven't seen one in
Robert Hurwitt of the San
Francisco Chronicle did a piece on Jello Biafra this past
week, and for reasons I am curious about asked Jello if he ever
considered moving back to his hometown, Boulder, Colorado. As
RARWRITER.com has a direct connection to the Boulder, Colorado
creative community, which provided the initial inspiration for
this site, readers might be interested in this exchange:
What do you do to relax?
I guess it's a good thing that all the stuff most people
would normally consider hobbies I do for a living. I like
listening to and collecting a lot of music. I like the open
road and the outdoors from time to time, but I rarely have
time to relax. It's a different lifestyle when you don't go
to the office and then come home and there's no homework. I
had to look at that recently when the old hometown newspaper
asked me if I'd ever move back to Boulder when I retire, but
I'm in the kind of work where you never retire. Art and
activism goes on your whole life.
What do you like most about living in San Francisco?
I'm originally from Colorado. I grew up right up against the
Rocky Mountains and the forest started a hundred yards
beyond our backyard. But I've learned that I have to live in
a big city where there's a lot of cool things going on and
people making art and cultures rubbing up against each
other, and in that regard, San Francisco is where it's at.
It's not what it once was, before dot-com boom drove so many
artists and working people and people of color out.
Any plans to run for public office again?
Plans? No. The other two times were done on a dare. So, no.
I have no plans. But it could happen. I avoid planning my
life like the plague. Otherwise, where's the adventure?
DAVE BEEGLE has been a fixture on the
Colorado music scene for something like 25 years, since his electric
guitar band The Fourth Estate emerged in the 1980s and stayed hot into the
Fourth Estate produced three LPs, with
their recording See What I See, available on CD as a reissue,
considered an electric masterpiece in some guitar circles.
Besides working regularly with the Dave
Beegle Acoustic Band and occasionally with a reformed Fourth Estate (with
Mike Olson and Matt Henderson), Dave reps at trade shows for the "Transperformance
Automatic Tuning Guitar, featuring the innovative Digital Tuning System.
The device allows guitarists to access thousands of tunings at the touch
of a finger" - from Dave's website.
Beegle joined Ian Anderson, of Jethro
Tull fame, for two dates on the Colorado leg of Anderson's The Rubbing
Elbows tour. Dave played sold out shows with Ian at The Lincoln Center in
Fort Collins and the Boulder Theater in Boulder, prompting Anderson to
comment of Dave - "Great to hear someone bringing together so many
varied influences and with such precise and fluid execution.”
Dave Beegle Acoustic Band includes bassist Mike Olson,
drummer Matt Henderson, percussionist Erik Meyer and
guitarist Aaron Lee, and are sometimes augmented by percussionist Christian
Teele. The band plays "world and ethno-alternative fusion with a
hearty kick of rock-n-roll inspired energy, leaving this progressive
acoustic contribution in a unique musical atmosphere sure to interest
those with exotic and sophisticated tastes. From Spanish and Flamenco
melodies to Middle Eastern and Balkan flavored arrangements, the Dave
Beegle Acoustic Band will take you on a journey 'Beyond the Desert' to a
place of tuneful bliss." - from Dave's website.
BELOW: 1995's See What I See
(left) is available as a reissue on CD. Acoustic Mayhem (center)
was just issued in 2006 with the Dave Beegle Acoustic Band. Beyond
the Desert, a Dave Beegle solo release, was issued in 2003. Dave has
numerous other LPs available through his website and other music outlets.
MUSICIAN - Dave
Beegle is currently working on several full-length CD projects as a
producer, guitar-player, bass player, keyboard player and programmer.
"Like Jimmy Page,
Brian May and Tom Scholtz, Dave Beegle is a one-man guitar army. A very
NICK FORSTER is another of the
mega-talented Hot Rize crew who has gone on to subsequent success.
He was recently nominated for a Grammy as a producer, and has worked as a
sideman to pop artists David Wilcox
and Michelle Shocked.
was (is) the stage spokesman for the quartet, which speaks to his talent
for easy repartee and witty rejoinder. In 1990, about the time that
individuals in Hot Rize were starting to go their separate ways, Nick came
up with the idea for "etown."
did have some broadcast experience. As a member of Hot Rize
he had appeared on Garrison
Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, as well as on Austin City Limits and The
Grand Old Opry broadcasts. It was Nick's wife Helen Forster,
who serves as co-host and co-executive producer of etown, who brought the
production know-how to get the enterprise off the ground.
was former co-owner and
co-producer of the annual, and very successful, Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
She also had experience producing and directing stage productions and live
"on-the-air" radio theater pieces. She had worked in improvisational
comedy and formal theatre, and she, too, had performed on Prairie Home Companion.
production since 1990, etown has been an
extraordinary succes and is heard on more than 100 radio
stations - probably many over 100, I started to count and became confused
- throughout North America, including a Winnipeg, Canada station.
co-hosting the show, Nick and Helen both perform with the house band, "the etones"
who have supported scores of top name artists. (The list of musicians who have
appeared on etown over the years is on the program website and well worth
checking.) Nick plays guitar and both sing.
is the skilled editor who pares the two-hour live recording down to
"the 59-minute version heard each
week on the air...
addition to etown, Nick remains an active player in the music world,
performing at major festivals and playing recording sessions for various
artists like Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Kathy Mattea.
He also is an accomplished record producer whose most recent project was
nominated for a Grammy." - from the etown website.
is an exciting weekly radio broadcast
We're heard from coast to coast on NPR®, commercial, and community
stations. Like old-time radio variety shows, every etown show is taped in
front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's
top musical artists as well as conversation and information about our
communities and our environment." - from the etown website
- etown is offered in numerous pod cast editions available for download
from the program website.
This photograph of Helen and Nick came
from an article on the Forsters at http://www.bluegrassnow.com/issues/42005/
The Beirut-born Nick Forster is the son of a former State Department
worker. Nick came up with the idea of "etown" while on a State
Department sponsored concert tour of eastern Europe.
Helen Forster has co-authored three children's musicals.
of the show's most popular segments is the e-chievement award. Listeners
from around the country send in tales of remarkable individuals who are
working hard to make a positive difference in their communities and
beyond. From massive river clean-ups to programs that help the homeless,
from neighborhood environmental activists to national social and
environmental organizations, we take pride in celebrating the success
stories of ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary things. -
from the etown website
The etones, etown's house band, features Chris Engleman on bass, Christian
Teele on drums, Ron Jolly on piano, and host Nick Forster on guitar and
mandolin, with Helen Forster on vocals. To quote Shawn Colvin, "The
etones kick ass!"
DR. WERNICK – Pete holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University – has been
a leading innovator in the bluegrass field (and beyond) since the early
1970s. Before moving to Boulder, Colorado in 1976 and founding Hot Rize
(with Tim O’Brien, Nick Forster, and the late Charles Sawtelle)
in 1978, Pete was a faculty member at Cornell University, host of the only
bluegrass radio show in the New York City area, and founder of Country
Cooking, which ushered in “bluegrass new wave.”
Pete is President
of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). He has been a
successful author of bluegrass instructional books, CDs and videos, including
the best sellers Bluegrass Banjo,
Bluegrass Songbook, and How to Make a
Band Work. (Anyone who has ever spent any time around musicians might find
some humor, or some hope, in that last title.) He has also inspired numerous
students through his banjo camps,
bluegrass jam camps, and clinics.
Pete recorded a solo LP, Dr.
Banjo Steps Out (Flying Fish Records) just before launching Hot Rize. The
group had several #1 bluegrass radio hits, including Pete’s "Just Like
You." Pete portrayed steel guitarist Waldo Otto as part of the Hot Rize alter ego band Red
Knuckles and the Trailblazers. (Waldo was the band’s “donut
impresario.”) Hot Rize was the first recipient of the IBMA's coveted
"Entertainer of the Year" award in 1990 – this before Pete took over
as the organization’s President – and the band has been nominated for Grammy
Rize does not perform regularly any longer, making only select appearances, but
Pete has continued his innovative bluegrass ways with stalwarts Jody
Stecher and Kate Brislin, Jeff White, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, and Jerry
Douglas. He released another solo album On
a Roll (Sugar Hill Records) in 1993. Pete founded another cutting edge
bluegrass unit called The Live Five,
which eventually morphed into Flexigrass,
a hybrid bluegrass/dixieland unit. From his website – “The Live Five's album
(now Flexigrass), I Tell You What!,
(Sugar Hill) was released in 1996, hitting the top 40 of the national Gavin
Americana Radio Chart. Their 2002 follow-up, "Up All Night", also
garnered widespread acclaim and airplay. The band's unique combination of banjo
with clarinet, vibraphone, bass, and drums continues to forge new pathways
combining traditional and modern elements in American roots music.” Flexigrass
scored a #1 bluegrass hit with another Pete Wernick original tune,
Pete also performs with his singer/guitarist wife Joan as a duet called
"Dr. and Nurse Banjo.”
FROM LEFT: Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, Steve
Martin at the New Yorker Festival; Hot Rize at Historic Ryman Auditorium,
July '96 (Photo: Bill Smith); Hot Rize at Louisville’s KFC
Bluegrass Festival, about 1981; Pete and Joan jamming with Leftover Salmon's
Noam Pikelny and Vince Herman at the inaugural benefit event for the Mark Vann
Foundation at the Trilogy in Boulder.
SUBDUDES did the unthinkable after coming together in New Orleans at
Tipitina's. They moved to Colorado to further their music career. You
don't get that many successful band who have fashioned their sound around
a tambourine. On their website the subdudes offer a timeline of
their band's history similar to that provided for Firefall on this page,
and they explain their name. Turns out they needed to be a little more subdued
than their naturally brassy selves.
Jock Bartley - "...my 1st-ever solo CD is finally finished &
out, yea! It's been getting rave reviews (thank god) and is
starting to sell. It's available at 6-8 local Colo. retail outlets
currently, more as the week progresses.. And selling on-line. You
can hear clips of all 13 songs on line at www.jockbartley.net."
you can see from the design of the CD cover to the right and the examples
of his work below, Jock is an accomplished painter. Check his LP out to
hear his accomplished guitar work. Former Firefall Producer Jim
Mason has an
interesting story on his website about Eric Clapton commenting on young
Jock Bartley's guitar playing at the dawn of Firefall's recording career.
Kansas-born Jock Bartley had a lot going for him as a kid, with talent in
music, fine art, and writing. He went to the University of Colorado as an
Art Major before dropping out to play rock guitar. He feels playing guitar
is what he does best, but look around. Jock does a lot of things really
well. His paintings are done in series that range from photo realism to
children's and cover art. Josh is a big Beatles fan and has several
paintings in a new art book out focused on the Fab Four (see below).
paintings © JJB Art Enterprises
BARTLEY has four pieces in "BEATLES
ART - Fantastic New Artwork of The Fab Four,"
edited by Linda and Jeff Webb for Boxigami Books, released nationally in
August 2006. On top of that, Jock wrote the book's Foreward, which
begins..."It’s no secret.
The Beatles are the best rock & roll band ever. They were back then,
they are today and will always be. Paul, John, George and Ringo changed
the entire world and human experience like no other group could ever hope
Daniels has been a happening act so long that he qualifies as a
historic figure in Colorado music.
Pretty impressive for a guy who really isn't that old. Sort of a legend in
his own time. Following early exposure in New York City backing
Johanssen, Chris was part of the seminal band Magic Music, which
lit up the early/mid 1970s Colorado music scene, providing an area soundtrack to the
post-hippie era. It is the band that brought the great slide guitarist Sonny
Landreth to Boulder. Sonny has gone on to become an internationally
renowned player, and Chris has just gone from one successful project to
the next. He fronted Spoons throughout the later 1970s and into the
'80s, then toured with former Amazing Rhythm Aces front-man Russell
Smith. In 1984 he put together a big band for a one-off Blue Note show
and it has never ended. Chris and the Kings are flat-out
great and have entered a pantheon of big horn bands that includes Blood, Sweat
& Tears and Chicago, though I think Chris has better songs. He is also
a superior showman, a guy who seems in the moment with an audience. And he is a wonderful singer
and guitarist. Stop me! Is there anything this guy can't do?
Daniels, rhythm guitar, vocals
Colin "Bones" Jones, lead guitar
Chris Stongle, drums, vocals
Kevin "Bro" Lege, bass, vocals
Dean LeDoux, keys, vocals
Darryl "Doody" Abrahamson, trumpet, vocals
Jim Waddell, alto, tenor sax, flute, vocals
UPDATE: Chris wrote recently,
having returned from his 15th annual European tour: "It's been 22 years and we
(The Kings) are, truly, still having a blast
doing it." He was in San Francisco a few weeks back and I'm sorry to have
Chris is very good about keeping in touch
with people and he has contributed significantly to the
development of the Links at RARWRITER.com. Check out his great MP3s below.
Daniels & The Kings MP3s:
- features Sonny Landreth on slide guitar, Steve
Conn on B3, Sam Bush on mandolin, and Richie Furay
(Buffalo Springfield, Furay-Hillman-Souther) on back up vocals
At The Moon - features a horn arrangement by
horns arranged by Tony Klatka (Blood,
Sweat & Tears) and
represents Chris Daniels & the Kings at their best
© Chris Daniels, All Rights Reserved
DANIELS AND THE KINGS NEWS: Chris
recently, incented by my plea to speak out against the escalation of troop
levels in Iraq. "In our tours in
Europe I am asked almost everywhere I go why Americans reelected Bush in
2004 and I cannot explain it. No matter how bad Rove made Kerry look,
nothing was as ugly as what Bush has done to America and America's
position in the world. To take the good will after 911 and piss it away by
launching a totally uncalled for, illegal and truly disastrous war in
Iraq, he single handedly destabilized the region and mortgaged our future.
Worse, he may try and "resolve" this mess and "save his
legacy" by going after Iran. Sadly, all his moves in the past month
seem to be lining up towards what my be the biggest disaster in modern
world history an unprovoked air strike on Iran. Guess I am not very
optimistic that Bush will bring anything but sorrow and horror to our
country. So I go to the rallies, contribute to the Democratic party, do
what I can to support our troops, and am hoping to go to New Orleans for a
week to work for Habitat For Humanity with my wife Kelly in the next few
months. God save us from our leaders.
"As for the Kings, we are moving into
2007 with some new songs and looking at studio sometime in May for a 2007
CD. Working title is They Call Me Naughty Lola -- but it will probably
change. We may be going back to Europe for our 16th tour. This spring we
will play for the 75th Anniversary of one of the oldest and best Steeple
Chase Horse Races in the country, the Carolina Cup in Camden, South
Carolina. Also slated to be doing a series of festivals this summer."
Chris has been mentoring young songwriters,
some of whom are probably encouraged by
the huge success of one of their own. Explains Chris - "I
am teaching at two colleges, Arapahoe Community College and CU Denver.
Lots of budding new songwriters and fun new music. It is the school that
brought you Isaac and his band The Fray which is up for a
Grammy and lots and lots of sales!"
have long existed in a theatrical terrain of bizzarro subtlety, youthful
and rock'n roll, where people enjoy shaking a tail feather and spotlighting
soul and R&B bellweathers. Bandleader Harold Fielden's venture
into this great beyond began in 1958... That's right, around the year of
that Impala pictured there to the right, that came with girl legs. (And
damned fine girl legs, too, I might add.) Then the band finally came
into existence in 1979, after its playlist had finally been written,
recorded, and seared into the minds of debauched people of a certain age
some levels, the 4-Nikators were what Flash Cadillac and the
Continental Kids and Zephyr became in their next lifetimes.
Besides Harold, from FCCK, the 4-Nikators had the Givens, Candy and David.
I saw the original 4-Nikators many times and they brought as much, if not
more, electricity to the stage as any Boulder band of the era. For one
thing, people knew their show and had a pretty good idea what they were
going to do, which was going to be silly, a little naughty, and a lot like
we all must have thought those '50s caravan tours of early rockers must
have looked like. The 4-Nikators had all that going
for them, plus an element of nervous tension because one felt absolutely
anything could happen at their show. They were live theater on the
burlesque side. Audiences knew the music was going to be good, because
Nikators were always an experienced professional act.
NOTE: Okay, call me juvenile and worse, but this logo exercises
a certain control over me.
band, with Harold Fielden at the wheel, has just continued on in the
tradition. The personnel keeps changing and yet seems remarkably stable if
viewed over the entire 27-year history of the band. Harold always pulls
from the best available talent, which these days includes guitarist Chip
McCarthy, keyboardist Joey Conway, and multi-instrumentalist Ron
is a site I like at http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_timeline-r1.html
that provides a really entertaining timeline of rock'n roll history.
You can read more about Chip
McCarthy and his company Accentual
Audio Productions on this page.
of Cuba - Chip McCarthy
have to admire a guy (Chip McCarthy in this case) whose creative
life so completely merges with his everyday existence. Chip - who has been
a 4-Nikator for quite some time now - took this photograph on
one of his many travels to Cuba, where he goes to study Cuban music.
(That's what this picture says to me, complete immersion in the culture of
Chip - "Well, I have been traveling to Cuba under a general license
researching Afro-Cuban music, teaching "folk" and
"rock" guitar, and studying congas along with an indigenous
guitar-like instrument called "el trés", which I am in love
with (you know me and those chimey sounding instruments). Last February,
whilst studying, teaching and performing there, I had an epiphany, if you
will (my mom says "mid-life crisis"). In teaching music and
giving away everything I brought with me, I saw that I was having a
profound effect on people's lives. I suddenly felt, for the first
time, that I actually had a heart and a soul, and that if I were to die
tomorrow, I would not be happy with my legacy as a good salesman for
corporate America. Upon my return, I gave notice and threw in the towel,
giving up a very comfortable package of salary and benefits. Hey, I held a
job with the same company for 34 years, and they had got me everything I
needed. Since March, I have been immersing myself in music and working
extremely hard to build my music business (click to go to Accentual
Audio below) from a "paid hobby" to
something that will support me for the rest of my wretched life. And, more
importantly, get my own music immortalized on CD (now that I have the
facility). But, it's scary to be self-employed...wondering if I'm gonna be
able to pay the bills. So, I'm livin' lean.
other part of my fascination with the island is a medical student named
Eliza, who is studying to become a nurse and took care of me last July
when I got destroyed by giardia and couldn't finish my program. I'm going
back down to spend Christmas with her and her family, and see how they
celebrate the holiday and with what kinds of music. It'll be my first
Christmas outside of the USA in my life, and I will be living in extreme
poverty, but I'm looking forward to it. I will also be continuing with
private instruction on the trés and have been asked to "sit in"
with my instructor's group at the Hotel Vedado en La Habana. Cool,
Game is Boulder keyboardist/drummer Steve Sirockin's new
metal fusion unit. The band uses ideas from multiple genres to perform
otherworldly instrumental music. Wild Game alternates between free
improvisation and intricate written parts without resorting to
conventional fusion tropes.
Joe Johnson brings a hyper technical
post-shred guitar sensibility to Wild Game. A transplant from the
Philadelphia metal scene, his previous credits include Wastoid,
Shadowdance, and The Great Kat. His use of the guitar has been compared to
Gallagher's use of the watermelon. "It was going very fast, but I'm
still not sure whether it's funny."
Forest Lauck lays down the
five-string funk that keeps Wild Game catchy. Equally at home in gypsy
modes or afro-cuban rhythms, his unique perspective keeps the bass in the
forefront where it belongs. Lauck's technical prowess allows him to
execute runs that would ordinarily be the province of lead guitar,
providing the band with enormous arranging flexibility.
Steve Sirockin's energetic drum
style drives Wild Game, setting the mood in the tradition of Elvin Jones,
Billy Cobham, and Terry Bozzio. He has performed or recorded with Carole
King's band Navarro, Robin Crow, folk rocker Buzzy Linhardt, Acoustic
Junction, and members of the Rippingtons, Michael Murphy Band, Jerry Jeff
Walker Band, and Firefall.
In the 35 years since "Bitches
Brew," fusion has given rise to its own genre conventions, often
obscuring the goal of bringing together divergent styles of music. Wild
Game returns to the fusion concept in its original, literal sense. Each
player is responsible for his own instrument. Aside from being highly
schooled, their musical backgrounds are vastly different. The resultant
sound is distinct, expansive, challenging, and playful.
Johnson (left) and Forest Lauck. LEFT: Steve Sirockin.
Wild Game has four MP3s playing on their
myspace site that you should check out. Wild stuff from Wild Game.
Otis Taylor on stage with daughter Cassie Taylor playing "trance
banjo-harmonic-guitarist-mandolin-ukelele playing singer-songwriter, has a
resume that includes work
Zephyr and the
Legendary 4-Nikators. In the 1980s, Otis like his friend Eddie Turner
(profiled below) dropped out of the music business and stayed out for two
decades. Then around 1995, Otis got together with Kenny Passarelli and
to do a low profile show in Boulder and he (and Turner) have been back ever
since. In fact, Otis Taylor has released five LPs since then and written a
song - "If The Devil Ain’t
Right" - for the film, Skin Deep (2003).
his reemergence, Otis, doing what he calls "trance blues," has
won a W. C. Handy Award for Best New Artist Debut. Taylor teaches
in the National Blues Foundation’s "Blues in the Schools" program and
continues to play with Passarelli and Turner, as well as cellists Ben
Sollee and Zachary Miski, bassist John Paul Grigsby, drummer
Josh Kelly, and backup vocalist/bassist Cassie Taylor, his
eldest daughter. John Richardson is an occasional guitarist with
the band. As you can tell from that instrumentation, Otis has another
idea. His music tends toward the candid and the political.
Rosa - a reverential ode to Rosa Parks and the cause of freedom
© Otis Taylor, All Rights Reserved
Eddie devil boy? I met EDDIE
in the office of Audience Magazine many years ago. He came in with Candy
and David Givens and I was thrilled to meet him because I had just
seen him on stage and thought he was just coolest. He had real star power
- something about the way he held the guitar, moved and looked. There was that
quality about him that you saw in Jimi Hendrix, a kind of other
worldliness, and he played that way too, emitting strange sonic
expressions that were beyond the usual tray. I recall Candy Givens,
that day in the office, seeming very thrilled to be associated with him -
her bands had always been built around flashy guitarists (Tommy Bolin,
Jock Bartley). Eddie seemed like an extension of the line, and Eddie
himself seemed like a sweet, humble guy. Then tragedy befell the music
community when Candy Givens died, and apparently among those crushed by
the news was Eddie Turner. Rather like Otis Taylor (profiled above),
another former 4-Nikator band member, Eddie dropped out of music. Like
Otis Taylor, he resurfaced two decades later and has issued CDs that have
been lauded by the critics in the music reviews.
NOTE: I love Eddie Turner's approach to guitar and marvel
at his ability. His electric guitar sound is the instrument as I love it
best - wild, experimental, moaning, feeding back, a lot of instruments in
Boy Eddie Turner. BELOW LEFT: The Turner Diaries CD. BELOW RIGHT: Eddie
also appears on The Future of the Blues compilation CD.
- deep groove blues-rock anthem for freedom with that trippy
Eddie Turner guitar (live)
Me - uptempo instrumental psychedilia (live)
© Eddie Turner, All Rights Reserved
Experience is a Denver-based Jazz vocal band that has shared the same
stage with Artist’s as; Kenny Loggins, Boney James, Jeffrey Osbourne and
Patti Austin to name a few.
Known for their Jazz Genre versatility they can be seen performing
throughout the country at large Jazz venues lighting up the stage with
Jazz Fusion, Contemporary Jazz and Neo-Soul. Also, you may see them
dressed in evening wear performing for the NBA All-Star game (Club NBA) or
for large corporate conventions playing Straight-ahead Jazz for the
Left: Jinx Jones, who
added guitar to The Latitude Experience's first CD, on stage with the
Latitude at the Soiled Dove.
Woo has been big on the Colorado music scene for much of the last 10 years,
and she is flat-out good. She has made her reputation as an energetic performer
and an attention-getting songwriter. The Boulder media has loved her, with the
Boulder Daily Camera naming her Best Singer/Songwriter, the Boulder Weekly
naming her the Best Boulder Musician in 2004, and the Colorado Daily calling her
Best Local Artist. She won the 1999 Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search. She
comes from interesting stock, her parents being founding faculty members of
Boulder’s legendary Naropa Institute, a school that has had a considerable
impact on Boulder/Denver area musicians, particularly of the jazz persuasion.
repertoire is rich and she has a bunch of really wonderful songs you can listen
to from her website.
Photo by Lisa Siciliano
OurStage - How It Works
Martian Acres #1 on Internet Play Competition
Boulder, Colorado —
Martian Acres, currently featured on RARWRITER.com,
reports that their song "Missing You" reached the top spot on
the innovative OurStage site, where bands place tunes to be
judged by listeners. The song was at #7 in the acoustic category
Dennis Wanebo/Martian Acres feature was published. When
Dennis contacted RARWRITER.com with the update, he also provided
a little information on how the site works.
"'Missing You' actually ended up
at number one in the acoustic category on OurStage. Blew me
away," writes Dennis. "In total, there were nearly nine hundred
songs entered from all over the country; and 'Missing You' was
played more than ten thousand times en route to winning that
category. Please see:
"As you may know, OurStage has
become something a 'player' in its own right. The site seems to
be filling some of the niche created by the utter failure of the
top-down music and radio industries to give people new music.
The judging capabilities give interested listeners the kind of
direct voice that seems only 'proper,' given the types of
democratization compelled by the Internet.
But, a word to the
wise: If you haven't tried an OurStage judging session, you
ought to watch out. It is not just unique, it is every bit as
addictive as a high-pay slot machine.
"The second a vote is cast
between two competing songs, two new songs are presented
immediately to the judge. The individual judges are treated over
and over to fresh, innovative, music. However, the nicest thing
is that the judging mechanism is a 'blind' voting system, which
means that people with lots of influence can't just get in there
and stack the decks. This tends to balance the playing field for
projects such as ours, which don't have big electronic
megaphones. We weren't hurt by the fact that a lot of our
friends and fans can't afford to sit on a computer 24/7 in the
usually vain hope that their 'chosen' song would sometime be
presented to them for a vote.
The sweetest piece of the whole
OurStage experience, though, arises from the fact that we had
originally submitted 'Missing You' as an afterthought. We were
dead set on the Bonnaroo rocker, and all of our emotional and
psychic energies were wrapped up in that song . . . so much so
that, when we were first apprized of the rising fortunes of
'Missing You,' I even got a weird sense of childhood guilt.
Yeah, guilt. it almost seemed that we had turned our
little orphan loose on the mean streets while we focused our
selfish attentions on something with perhaps a bit more flash.
It's weird to feel guilty about an unintended diss of your own
song, I admit. but, by the same token, I always feel more like a
midwife to our music than anything else, so in that sense there
is the notion that these pieces of work actually do have 'lives
of their own.'
Which brings me back to the place I frequently return to: the
more you try to engineer something, the less attuned you seem to
RAR can't help but notice that
the Martian Acres guys are tough to deny. It seems that if they
get a listen, listeners give them the thumbs up.
You can explore OurStage by
is a Boulder-based band that takes its name from "Martin
Acres," an unextraordinary and therefore affordable '50s-era
subdivision of South Boulder that over the years has been a local joke for
its blend of denizens. (RAR Note: I used to be one of them.)
Actually, calling Martian Acres a "band" may be overstating,
because they are really a songwriting team - one that has been a
surprising success on Colorado radio.
the mere existence of this duo as a win for the power of the void. Ten
years ago Wanebo became stricken with a life threatening disease and beat
the odds to recover. But it changed him. A baby boomer, he returned to a
passion for music, which led him to take guitar lessons from Story,
another boomer. The two clicked, started writing together, and now focus
on writing sophisticated, satirical pop. They bring in musicians and
singers, including Wanebo's 19-year old daughter, to record the songs and
perform them live.
first CD, Middle of the Night, 2004, included two songs - the
rocker "Middle of the Night" and country-rocker "Dan's
Place" - found regular rotation on 99.5, The Mountain, one of
Denver's premiere rock stations. Prior to the release of the CD, another
song,, "Diamond in the Rough," was entered in the John Lennon
International Songwriting Competition and was selected as one of the top
10 country songs of 2003. A fourth song
off the CD, "Water Under the Bridge," was recently included in The
Essential JAZZ Collection issued by Oasis Records in
Atlanta. The title cut, "Middle
of the Night," was also included
in the best-of CD from VS Planet Radio, where the song reached
Number One on VS PLANET CHARTS several times during 2004, and was the
far-and-away winner on VS Planet's Power Chart.
Successful songs in country, rock, jazz...it
"Alt-Boulder" band Martian Acres is
Denver trial attorney/ songwriter Dennis Wanebo (left) and country songwriter Bob Story
an auspicious debut CD for a couple guys in their fifties who were just
rolling the creative dice.
what of the sophomore jinx? Martian Acres released From Waltz to War
in June, and it had some momentum at birth. One track, "Road To Hell,"
was picked as one of three finalists in the 2005 John Lennon Songwriting
Contest - in the Gospel/Inspirational category! There is the fourth
genre in which they have shown strength. You think it's possible that
these guys can just plain write?
Cover artwork by Steve Bell
- from the Martian Acres website, an off-kilter anti-war
statement that sounds like music from an Off Broadway production; Dexter
Payne doing some nice clarinet work
© Martian Acres, All Rights Reserved
the early 1980s there was no cooler band on the Boulder scene than Pearl.
With Craig Skinner on lead vocals and guitar, Chip McCarthy
and Jim Manire on guitar and vocals, Roger Casey on bass, and
Dott Cabrera on drums, Pearl was one of Boulder's first New Wave bands. Wearing skinny
ties and Capezio shoes, trademarks of the era, Pearl played original songs
and cover material of Dire Straits, Talking Heads and the 1960s British
Invasion. Their assets were many, including great guitar work and Craig
Skinner's wonderful voice supported by Manire's and McCarthy's splendid
vocal harmonies. Pearl had something else that set them apart: charisma in
spades! They played regularly
to sold-out rooms at The Blue Note, Molly’s Back Room, The Boulder
Theater, The Boulderado, Tulagi’s and venues all over Colorado
and seemed like a unit that could break out and go national, but
things happen in the music business. As Chip McCarthy recently wrote -
"Well, maybe it might have happened had we not been caught up in a
gigantic management mess, lawsuits, etc. In our last months as a band in
1982, we recorded 'an LP's worth of tunes' with Jeffrey Wood producing,
but it never got shopped/released on accountacuz (sic) we broke up shortly
Jim Manire with a classic Ric and Vox rig - Pearl reunited in August at
Nissi's in Lafayette. LEFT: Chip McCarthy on the white Strat, on stage at
the Streets - A classic Pearl track from 1982, written by McCarthy
- a great example of the sound of an era
I Know - This is a new track, written by McCarthy and provided as
a work in development that will be issued on an upcoming Pearl CD
Need You Here - Written by Skinner with contributions from
McCarthy - inspired by the Columbine shootings - featuring Joey
Conway (organ), Lorrie Singer and Liz Tuzzolino ( female
vox), and a choir of high school-aged singers
songs are Copyright © Craig Skinner, Chip McCarthy and may not be
reproduced for sale without the expressed written consent of Craig Skinner
and Chip McCarthy
reunited in August for one night at Nissis in Lafayette. Minus
the original rhythm section, the reunited band included Michael Wooten
on drums and Ron Aguiar on bass and vocals (see bios below).
of the assets of this band were their brains - they are all really smart
guys. Craig Skinner and Jim Manire both earned B.A.s
in English Literature (from the University of Colorado and Yale,
respectively) and Chip McCarthy is a graduate of the Berkley School
of Music who worked for over 30 years in chemical engineering. Craig went
on to earn a law degree and is now a criminal defense lawyer in
Denver. Jim Manire earned a MBA from CU and is now an independent
financial advisor in Parker, Colorado and the owner of James Capital
Advisors. Chip McCarthy owns and operates Accentual
recording studio in Louisville, Colorado, where he conceives and produces
music and he is lead guitarist for The Legendary 4-Nikators. Chip
also travels extensively to research music of other countries and spends a
great deal of time in Cuba, where he studies and teaches at the National
School of Arts (Habana).
News for Pearl Fans: Mssrs. Skinner, Manire and McCarthy continue to
write together and are putting together material for a new CD of original
Wooten, drummer of the re-formed band Pearl, has been prominent in music circles since the early 1970s when
he played on an album with the legendary Colorado band Zephyr, which
included a very young Jock Bartley. He also played with Slumgullian
and worked with Chris Hillman, Jock Bartley, Mark Andes,
Larry Burnett and Rick Roberts in a band that was soon to be
known as Firefall.
Michael then joined Navarro, which eventually played on
three of Carol King’s albums.
Michael also played drums on an album with Richard Torrence,
Rosemary Butler and Mark Andes and when in Austin, Texas,
did studio work with Al Cooper, the guitarist who will be forever
legendary for his style-defining organ work on Bob Dylan's classic
"Like A Rolling Stone," which really redefined "folk
rock" in the mid-1960s. Michael writes: "Soon
the realization dawned that I needed a real job in the real world. Enter Leftover
Salmon - 'Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass.' You might say this was not the real
world but it was one wild and strange trip (at
least for five years or so). 300+ one-nighters a year, three CD's ( they
were not called albums any more but we signed a deal with Hollywood
records, part of Disney Corp.) and a lot of bus driving contributed to
a very burned out cowboy. Someday a memoir of those hilarious, unbelievable adventures
may surface; that is if all the thunderheads of piquant smoke that
billowed forth each time the bus doors were opened hasn't adversely
affected my memory. Leftover Salmon was the last serious and on-going gig
I had before deciding to follow a dream from my boyhood of driving an 18
wheeler, which has been my occupation for going on six years now and I
absolutely love it! However I have just recently come back around to
playing music again with a fresh attitude and new found enthusiasm. Keep
your fingers crossed."
Pearl has released a
new tune called "Innocent Skin." It can be heard at Pearl's
MySpace site. The track, which decries skin tatooing, was
recorded at Coupe Studios in Boulder, Colorado, and was engineered and mixed by Greg
Releases New Single
Colorado - Colorado's "veteran New Wavers" (I just love
the way that oxymoron jangles the brain) Pearl has released a
new tune called "Innocent Skin." It can be heard at Pearl's
MySpace site. The track, which decries skin tatooing, was
recorded at Coupe Studios in Boulder, Colorado, and was engineered and mixed by Greg
it's a generational thing. The guys in Pearl, featured on the Colorado
Links, came up in the '70s, and the band's three writers - Craig
Skinner, Chip McCarthy, and Jim Manire - triumphed as Pearl in the New
Wave '80s, becoming a popular Boulder attraction. The only people in their
day who were getting tatooed were Navy men and bikers. The thing where the
gorgeous chick gets tatooed with barbed wire girdling her triceps came
later, and now that affectation seems a little quaint in itself. Certainly
it clashes with a prom dress, which I think is something like the point.
boys cut back on their musical aspirations 20 years ago - except for Chip,
who continued as guitarist for The Legendary 4-Nikators, and I think got
some tatoos - and they established
other professional careers. Then, at the time of the Columbine shootings,
they were inspired to work together again and produced the beautiful
"I Need You Here," which landed on a few playlists in Colorado
and offered ample testimony to the ongoing power of Craig Skinner's
writing skills and vocal talents. Pearl was back, as they have been on and
off ever since. The trio is now amply supported by a couple other real
music pros: drummer Michael Wooten (Leftover Salmon) and bassist Bill
has a show scheduled at Nissi's in Lafayette, Colorado in June.
from March 2008 Artist News page
MCCARTHY is the proprietor of Accentual Audio, in Louisville,
Colorado, an analog/digital studio that provides original music
composition and sound production services. In Chip's studio sound
production includes the technical aspects of sound recording, as well as
the provision of specialized voiceover and instrumental talent. He offers
"multimedia sound editing, mixing, audio sweetening, sound effects,
sound creation, narration and voice-overs..." - from his website.
Chip's turnkey approach positions Accentual for commercial services in
marketing and advertising. That has been a big part of his clientele. He
also provides the full range of services for the production of automated
telephone answering systems for the corporate market.
Chip, from his website - "We
specialize in original music composition, songs, and scores that are
tailored to fit your project needs. We'll write the music, assemble the
musicians and deliver a high quality, finished piece produced specifically
for you. We just love writing creative music beds and commercial jingles
that you just can't get out of your head! We also specialize in simple to
complex music and vocal arrangements, as well as "knock-offs" of
prerecorded music, and provide transcriptions in standard music
studio isn't divorced from the production of hit-oriented pop songs. New
Pearl tracks are being developed at Accentual Audio. Chip has also worked
on soundtracks. He was at work on "a 75 min. indie film
soundtrack...I gotta compose a Sicilian folk music theme..."
Chip offers a range of audio/video demo
clips, including music, soundtracks, commercials, voiceovers, telephone
on-hold, and much more on his site.
|RAR NOTE - Chip's site
is currently going through a redesign and expansion.
||ABOVE: Chip McCarthy at the
helm of Accentual Audio, and a couple clients in seesion (from his
time to time, the Links on RARWRITER will feature venues that are of
particular importance to the creative community. One such venue is NISSI's
in Lafayette, Colorado, which was established by Teresa Taylor, a long-time
friend of music in Colorado. You see Teresa's name all over the Colorado Links.
She was a former associate of Jim Guercio's and his Caribou Ranch recording
facility. Now, with Nissi's, she is hostess to the best musical talent from
Colorado and across the nation.
NISSI'S FOUNDER TERESA
TAYLOR: Teresa's dream was to have a place where people of all ages
could enjoy quality music and entertainment in a fun, artistic,
comfortable, and intimate environment.
|"Playing at Nissi's is an
affirming experience for the musicians and audience alike. The Club is
light and comfortable with a positive vibe."
- Nelson Rangell
is home to some of the best local, national, and emerging musical acts
around. Unlike any other musical venue in Northern Colorado, our quality
sound system and intimate setting attract musicians from a variety of
genres. From classical and jazz to rock and acoustic, Nissiâ€™s truly
has something to fit any musical taste.
from the ground up to be a world-class music venue, Nissiâ€™s is
about as good as it gets. With classy interiors, atmosphere, and art work,
great food and drink, and a close-up look at top local and national
talent, what else could you ask for?"
- Jock Bartley, Firefall
|Go to www.Nissis.com
to check the event calendars for
upcoming musical acts and purchase tickets.
If seating is available, tickets will also
be sold at the door. We recommend you buy tickets well in advance and
arrive early for dinner to ensure a good seat or table.
||Nissi's™ Bistro serves
espresso and coffee drinks, sodas, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch during
the day, and wine, beer, chef-prepared small plates cuisine, and decadent
desserts in the evening.
Several nights a week, Nissi's features
musical acts in the main room, which seats up to 120. Musicians take the
stage around 7:30 p.m. and wrap up around 9:30 - 10:00 p.m.
JERRY CORBETTA OF
SUGARLOAF (WITH TERESA)
JOCK BARTLEY OF FIREFALL
THE ACTS AT NISSI'S
Here is a sampler of the
kinds of acts that appear at Nissi's. That gentleman in the orange shirt
on stage with Richie Furay (left), and in the green shirt (below) on stage
with Todd Park Mohr, is pop culture journalist and radio personality G.
Brown. G. Brown hosts a series at Nissi's that features interviews done
with the performers before Nissi's live audience. Conversation is
interspersed with music.
SONNY LANDRETH &
TODD PARK MOHR
JOHN MAGNIE OF THE
SOUND is a live Colorado hip-hop band out of Boulder who was brought
to my attention by my friend Steve Ignelzi, who recently engineered the
recordings featured below. These guys have a better idea. From their
website - "... influences of Reggae, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Latin
music provide a good vibe and atmosphere... The combination of both
English and Spanish lyrics, along with the smooth blend of various music
styles spread the message of unity that the band strives to convey. The
Rogue Sound experience is a celebration of the interconnectivity of life
liked their attitude up front but was blown
away when I heard their stuff.
Band leader Mingus Fine - now is that a
great name? - was born in 1976 in historic Willits, California - the
"Gateway to the Redwoods in the Heart of Mendocino County,"
eastern terminus for the famous "Skunk Train." His family moved
to Boulder in 1980 and Mingus writes - "I remember my dad going to
The Blue Note quite often..."
Rogue Sound is: Nick Odell (aka St.
Nick, Hodge Podge, SofaT) - MC, Instrumentalist, D.J., Posters and Art; Matt
Smart (aka MC SmarT) - Drums, Vocals, Assistant Booking Manager; Mingus
Fine (aka MadROne) - Guitar, Vocals, Booking and Management; Shawn
Briardy (aka BriarDRabbit) - Bass; Andrew McNew (aka Chachi
Marone) - Guest appearances on the Trombone.
© Rogue Sound
performances are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced or distributed without the
expressed written consent of Rogue Sound.
"Pimpin' Ain't Indy"
G.O.T. is a party band out of Boulder
comprised of three classically trained, highly theatrical girl singers
backed by a four-piece funk, blues and Motown unit. The group's website
describes the band as "a funny, smart and sexy, dance cover band
playing Funk, R&B, 60's, Motown, and the occasional original tune in
any venue (clubs, festivals, weddings, private parties, corporate
functions) that needs a kick in the pants and several hours of unabashed
“hair letting down.”
good friend Steve Ignelzi plays bass in this unit. He was a
co-founder of The Pedestrians, a piece on which can be found on this
was a guitarist then. This is Steve today - Mr. Funk.
seems happy in his present role. (Cialis ad?)
Gregg Wilkins and Keyboardist Trent Hines
Alec Sims and flutist Karen LaMoureaux
one that will mean nothing to anyone other than those readers
who happened to live in Boulder, Colorado in the '70s and early '80s, but
I ran into The Indulgers
by accident while looking for Judy Rudin. For the uninitiated, Judy
Rudin is this harmonica playing blues singer who had a club band that was
big on the Boulder circuit in those days. She is in Southern California, I
think, has worked with go-to San Francisco producer Linda Perry (Pink,
Christina Aguilera, James Blunt) was great, I can't find her, but in
looking I found Mike Nile.
is one interesting dude. He is a Colorado native, a
musician-engineer-producer- composer type who had been a big fan of the
band Spirit - guitarist Randy California,
drummer Ed Cassidy, vocalist Jay Ferguson, keyboard player John
Locke, and bassist Mark Andes. Mike met Randy California and Ed
Cassidy when each moved to the Boulder area in the late 70s and in 1978
engineered Spirit's Potatoland LP at Northstar Studio in
Boulder, even contributing the opening track.
1979, Mike Nile got a development deal that put him in Malibou with a
recording studio and instructions to write songs. He worked on others'
projects, established his band Nile, which worked as a house band
at a Malibou venue, and toured in Mick Fleetwood's Speed of Light Band.
And, he stayed in touch with Randy California, so when Randy got a
contract to do a solo LP Mike Nile and his band were there to help him
pull it together. The story winds on until finally Mike Nile becomes the
bassist for a reunited Spirit, a gig that lasts for years. It is all
richly detailed by Mike Nile at http://www.coloradorealtyhotline.com/spiritbiorevisited.htm
and is well worth reading. It is another "link" in the Boulder
forward to today and Mike Nile has returned to Colorado (in 1998 - I'm a
little behind) and, after years of playing tour dates with Spirit, has
dedicated himself to family - and a new band. And what a band it is!
Indulgers is the brainchild of Dublin, Ireland-born singer/songwriter Damien
McCarron, who with multi-instrumentalist Nile, fiddler Renee Fine,
drummer Pat Murphy and bassist Chris Murtaugh has forged a
fusion of traditional Irish folk and rock that is absolutely infectious.
in large part it is due to the very Irishness of the singer. That
accent is bedrock to this music and gives the whole affair authenticity.
And Damien can write a hook - or at the very least use what's his wherever
he finds it - because this music is delightful in the way that Irish jigs
are delightful. Add the power of a well-polished rock unit and you've got
moving stuff, as in make you dance around with a grin. It's good
for your ears. It's like ginger after sushi; cleansing somehow, even
a little late to learn of The Indulgers, but...(From
their website) - "The
Indulgers have been featured at nearly all of the major Irish festivals in
the U.S. and are the resident, premier Celtic band of Colorado and Las
Vegas... The Indulgers were recognized as Colorado’s 'Independent
Band of the Year' in 2003 and won Westword’s World Music Award and
CitySearch.com’s 'Denver’s Best Band Award.' Their first release, In
Like Flynn, garnered numerous awards including Ethnic CD of the Year
2000 and Celtic Song of the Year for its title track. The CD also peaked
at number two on Amazon.com’s International Independent Chart. The
Indulgers have rapidly gained a reputation as one of the top Celtic bands
in North America and have appeared with numerous nationally and
internationally known artists. The Indulger’s Celtic Rock band played on
U.S. College Radio, NPR affiliates, Web and Satellite radio stations,
Radio Scotland, Australian, Brazilian, Irish, French, Portuguese, German,
Canadian, and Russian Radio Stations."
Damien McCarron and Mike Nile.
Boulder Philharmonic veteran Renee Fine on violin.
LEFT: Damien McCarron in kilt.
LEFT: The Indulgers - backstage view. BELOW FAR LEFT: Mike Nile.
MIDDLE: Bassist Chris Murtaugh. BELOW RIGHT: Mike Nile device.
out these MP3s - these folks are a delight
The Indulgers, All Rights Reserved
are obviously a lot of people who make their livings performing music, but
far fewer are those who are making their livings as entertainers. What a
hurdle, when you think about it. You have the whole musical performance,
plus all this other stuff - the acting, the comic timing. Well, enter LANNIE
is a member in good standing of the "Bohemians of the Moulin Rouge
elite," a rare league of entertainers that has almost ceased to exist
outside of a few progressive locations. Lannie in Denver is a perennial
who just keeps morphing. This makes her a difficult subject for music
journalists to cover because she no longer fits into any commercial niche
outside of "cabaret entertainer," and in that mode she is a
woman of many personas. I don't think there are many pop culture
journalists out there who are equipped to deal with it. I've spent a
little time searching the Internet for information on Lannie, and what is
out there is just the canned promo text that comes nowhere near to
describing the Lannie Garrett Colorado music fans have known for so
in the golden age of Colorado music (1970s and early '80s) Lannie was
blowing the back walls off the Blue Note in Boulder with her
Latin-flavored rock'n blues act. Even then she was chameleon-like - and she
could deliver. Lannie could roar like a lion and purr like a...well, a
lioness. (Lannie's a lion - there, I've said it!) She was
professional ahead of the rest, a little more basted in theatrical sauce.
That she has just remained a presence in the Denver area and grown her act
along the way is really old school, like something from the clubby days of
old Hollywood. Lannie even has her own restaurant/show case - Lannie's
Clocktower Cabaret! Along those lines, I wonder how well Lannie would
do in my part of the country, in San Francisco - a city that has a rich
cabaret tradition and a hungry clientele. San Francisco would love Lannie.
again, Denver loves her too, and if you are Lannie Garrett, why would you
leave? She gets high profile gigs and travels her act, hangs out in swanky
places, and plays with top players. Most musicians just wish that somehow
they could establish a loyal local following that they could always count
on to show up for the gig. Drawing steadily from that reservoir of
appreciation is a great way to drain the lake. There again the path less
traveled belongs to Lannie, the entertainer, who is glamorous plush room
material and big band, and fun, and funny, and danceable, and someone who
evaporates that fourth wall and pulls the audience with her into her
very special place.
is a nature of a very special force.
THE MANY FACES/
THE MANY GUISES
Clockwise from top left:
Glamorous Lannie, Plush Room, Big Band, Athletic, Patsy Decline, Disco
Lannie performs with T-Byrd Gorden's R&B Band in
Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Hotel de Paris during
Monaco's 700th anniversary
Mir Bist du Schoen - from
Belong to Me - from Just
For A Thrill
it's the Samba - from
Chick on the Mellow Side LIVE
the Bottle Let me Down
- from Patsy
DeCline: Horsin' Around LIVE
© Lannie Garrett, All Rights Reserved
Chick on the Mellow Side LIVE
DeCline: Horsin' Around LIVE
|Lannie is so
great. Listen to "You Belong to Me," which is in no way cabaret,
just cool - and you get a sense of her extraordinary depth as an
interpreter of songs - RAR
With the best in live entertainment, a
visually sumptuous decor, a tantalizing array of appetizers, desserts,
spirits & wine, and a smoke-free environment, Lannie's
Clocktower Cabaret is Denver's perfect choice for a magical
night on the town.
Home to Lannie Garrett, Colorado's most
versatile chanteuse, this intimate nightclub showcases all of her diverse
shows, from her swinging Big Band to her hilarious country-western spoof,
"The Patsy DeCline Show".
In addition to Lannie's sparkling sets, the
Cabaret features an eclectic mix of high-profile National Acts, weekly
Variety Vaudeville, Comedy, Burlesque, Wednesday Soul/Latin Nights, VIP
concerts, Monday Night Piano Bar, and plenty of private booking
Located in the historic D&F
Clocktower on the 16th Street Mall, Lannie's is easy to reach by car,
mall shuttle or lightrail... and guests staying in any of downtown
Denver's hotels will find this classy little nightclub just a short walk
precious jewel of a nightclub."
- Maria Muldaur, Singer
walk down the stairs and the rest of the world disappears."
- Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News
HISTORIC D&F TOWER
375 feet tall, the Daniels and Fisher Tower was a perfect match for
William Cooke Daniels's ego-and Denver's ambition. At the time of its
completion in 1910, it was the third-highest building in the nation,
topped only by two Manhattan skyscrapers. Its design borrowed from
Venice's famous Campanile di San Marco, while the sixteen-foot-high
clock-alleged to be the largest in the world-used the same mechanism that
powered London's Big Ben. The symbolism could not be missed: Denver, the
tower declared, is ready to rise into the ranks of the world's great
less than that would satisfy Daniels, whose five-story department store
stood adjacent to the tower. He conceived of the structure as a way to
raise his business's (and his city's) national profile. Standing hundreds
of feet above the surrounding rooftops, the tower was visible from all
over Denver. Visitors came from across the country, often shopping the
Daniels store before riding up to the tower's observation deck. From that
perch, they could see 200 miles in every direction and gaze at the Rocky
Mountains from a sensational new perspective. A few floors below, people
of business and high society enjoyed a similar view from the gourmet
dining room. The building even had an appropriately scaled doorman:
seven-foot, five-inch-tall Carl Sandell.
Daniels and Fisher department store was razed during an urban renewal
project in the 1970s. The tower nearly met the same fate, but the public
outcry led Denver officials to reconsider. Renovated in the late 1970s, it
reopened in 1981 as an office building and tourist attraction. As an early
example of successful historic preservation, the tower did what it has
always done best
expanded the view and broadened the horizon, helping people see the vast
potential for saving Colorado's historic landmarks. - Coloradohistory.org
attractions . . . should be advertised throughout the length and the
breadth of the whole country.
-William Cooke Daniels
A DENVER/BOULDER LINKS ARCHIVE
Alan Rice (RAR),