New Video & Opening for BMA Award Winner Samantha Fish 2/20 – D.C.

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Some fun things have been happening and I am excited to share them!

My debut album From the Soles was nominated for a Washington Area Music Association award, or WAMMIE, for Best Contemporary Recording of the Year. I did not win it, but am thankful, humbled, and honored to have been nominated and on the ballot. Congratulations to the 2013 WAMMIE winners! I enjoyed The Wammies at The State Theatre this past Sunday!

The last time I was at The State Theater, I saw Scott Kurt open for Devon Allman who was on tour supporting the release of his solo album, Turquoise. I later joined Devon on stage to sing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” a duet he recorded with Samantha Fish on Turquoise. (“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” was originally recorded by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty in 1981.)

I will be opening for Samantha Fish
Gypsy Sally’s
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20!
Doors are at 7p!
Maryland’s renowned blues guitar player Tony Fazio accompanies me on guitar!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!

Samantha Fish is a Blues Music Award Winner and internationally recognized guitar player. If you are from the NOVA area, you may know her bass player, Christopher Alexander. Come say hi and enjoy a rockin, jammin’ show!

Lastly, NEW VIDEO!  It Didn’t Matter Babe Ftr. Ron Holloway

From the Soles gets D.C. WAMA Nomination – Best Contemporary Folk Recording

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It is an honor and a privilege to simply be nominated and on the ballot for the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) 28th Annual WAMMIE awards.

After recording From the Soles live at BIAS Studios in Springfield, Virginia, I finally released the album in my hometown, Fredericksburg, Virginia in November 2012. At that time, I was four months pregnant. My daughter is now old enough for me to hit the ground running this spring, and truly release and support the album.

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM
WAMA NOMINATAIONPLEASE VOTE HERE!

A few have asked why From the Soles  is in the “Contemporary Folk” category.

I did not know it was nominated, so here is what I can figure, especially in a crossover era of music.
The album is not strictly blues, though it is blues infused.
The original songs have elements of roots rock, some jazz stylings, and other Americana flavors.
Many place early, rootsy blues, along with bluegrass, and traditional songs, in the folk category
because of the musical origin and development. Some categorize acoustic blues rock as folk rock!
If you listen to From the Soles with this in mind, the nomination category begins to make sense.

The following video was filmed by Argentinian videographer Carolina Contreras while the album was being recorded.

Here is an article about From the Soles in the Free Lance Star

HUGE THANKS TO:
Jon Carroll produced the album, and played the keys and Hammond B3 organ tracks. Dan Hovey laid the guitar tracks, Paul Langosh played the double bass, and John Thomakos played the drums. Special guests included Hunter Wolfe on slide guitar, and Ron Holloway on tenor saxophone. Graham Breedlove (U.S. Marine Corps Band), played the trumpet and flugelhorn. I recorded t wrote all of the songs and their lyrics, provided the PRO-foot stompin’, and laid the vocals. THANKFULLY, Bob Dawson was there to wrangle all of our musical nonsense, and Matt Monseur mastered the recording.
Stephen Graham for Front Cover Photography. Ryan Poe for Back Cover Photography.

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 - Video for Track 1

My newest video for the track, It Didn’t Matter Babe, featuring Ron Holloway, will be released February 2014!

Thank you all so much for the love, support, listening to the music and sharing the love!

Songs – From the Soles – Done Me Bad

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This album is raw and real, from my soles through my soul, up and out.

From the Soles is the result of a reflective heart exploring different avenues of vocal expression and honest songwriting.

Done Me Bad – (Track 2)
First true blues song I ever wrote – in a cottage on a cow farm in the middle of winter in Virginia.
As Son House said, “Ain’t but one kinda blues,…” (Video Clip)
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Jon Carroll to Produce Debut Album “Can’t Fool”- & Other Good News

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Hello Friends!

It has been a while since I have reached out and let you know what is goin’ on! Well, there has been and IS a lot in the works! And, I am very excited, pleased, honored…and busy.

Jon Carroll Produces Debut Album Can’t Fool
Jon Carroll has agreed to produce my debut album Can’t Fool. We have begun the process of crafting this original album and will be going to BIAS Studio in June to record. Jon Carroll is a dynamic and phenomenal GRAMMY and WAMMIE award winning musician, who happens to come from Fredericksburg. :D Jon and I have sat down and worked through some tunes. I am excited and lookin’ forward to the final product! I am deeply thankful for the opportunity and time Jon Carroll has spent.
(Don’t miss his full band show, Saturday, June 2 at The Olde Silk Mill in Fredericksburg, VA). Get Tickets! —Ted Garber opens!

SHORT Tour with Asheville’s (Culpeper’s) Same Ol’ Sound
Through Memorial Day weekend, I will be performing with Same Ol’ Sound (Now called Barefoot Summer) for a ONE TIME short tour. The Dates are: Wednesday, May 23 at The Camel in Richmond, with Canary Oh Canary, Signs of Iris, and Crushed Purple (My second cousin, Danny Cholewa is in this band, and I didn’t even know it! The BIGGER the world gets, the smaller it is!) Friday, May 25 at Fellini’s #9 in Charlottesville, Featuring Gina Sobel, Saturday, May 26 at The Otter House Featuring Bruce Middle, and Sunday, May 27 at The Cat’s Eye Pub at Fell’s Point in Baltimore, MD (Thank you, RJ Maxwell with Shockwave Magazine). Come jam your blues out this Memorial Day Weekend!

Same Ol Sound --NOW Called 'Barefoot Summer'

Same Ol’ Sound –NOW Called ‘Barefoot Summer’

Rhythm & Muse – Fxbg’s Arts & Music Show
Internationally renowned artist Bill Harris has asked me to take over his show, Artscape (where he did a wonderful job of covering local artists.) I will be working with Steve at Comcast to produce a new show covering art and music – it is called Rhythm & Muse. Thank you Fredericksburg Live and Stephen Graham for your video and artistic contributions. Stay tuned for more and everything that will be happening with this program!

KIRA SMALL ROCKS!
I had the extraordinary pleasure of taking a voice lesson from Ms. Kira Small, singer/songwriter extraordinaire! I learned a lot and LOVE her tunes! Check her albums out and LOVE her online. (I also interviewed her for my new e-book, which I am pleased to announce is half way done and will be release in the fall. More on THAT, later.)

ANOTHER Fredericksburg Musician & Friend Doing AMAZING Things!
Fredericksburg native bass player, Christopher Alexander (Spanky) is also doing really well for himself. I saw him last night performing with is home town band, White Oak Boys at Yak-a-doo’s. After moving to Austin, Texas, Christopher built a strong reputation for being the best funky man on bass. Hehas toured with Mike Zito (now a member of the The Royal Southern Brotherhood with Cyril Neville and Devon Allman) since 2010, and is now scheduled to tour with Samantha Fish (AMAZING blues lady). It was great reconnecting with him and meeting his lovely lady, Michael Catherine. Keep it up, Spanky!

RAPIDAN RECORDS – 93.3 WFLS Country Idol & 99.3 The Vibe – ‘Burg Idol
I have begun working with a grass-roots record label called Rapidan Records. It is no secret that Fredericksburg has talent – a LOT of it. This company is a small business dedicated to connecting and working with Fredericksburg musicians. This company is not designed to compete with major labels or major independent labels. It is a non-exclusive, Fredericksburg based company run by and for musicians and artists. We had the opportunity to sponsor a demo for 93.3 WFLS’
Country Idol and 99.3 The Vibe’s ‘Burg Idol 2012 Winners.
We look forward to working with Ryan French (Country Idol Winner) and Tommy (‘Burg Idol Winner). Congratulations to all of the contestants and winners!

Thank you Sharon DeSouza and Star Media Group for a great opportunity. We enjoyed hearing the performers! While judging is always difficult, it is a blessing to share in music.

Rapidan Records has a few other projects up its sleeve, and we are looking forward to them. I recently attended the ReTHINK Music Conference in Boston, and learned a lot. More on THAT coming up as well!

Fredericksburg Dog Fair is coming up – Oct. 6, 2012 on the Riverfront Downtown!
Mark your calendars. This will be a GREAT event for a great cause.

FORTE Music Studios will be hosting a SUMMER ROCK CAMP the week of July 23-July 28 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. This will be a packed few days for ages 10-16. Students can choose a focus of guitar, bass, drums, or voice. Classes include songwriting, music theory, sound system and musical gear overview, and LOTS of band practice and jamming! Instructors include Brittany Frompovich, Shelby Browne, Lane Drum, Pete Mealy, myself and OTHER guest instructors! Call Forte Music Studios to register today! (540.899.6787)

Gig Review
The 9 Songwriter’s Series hosted by Justin Trawick
This was a pleasure to be a part of and I look forward to more! Check out this awesome video!

Thank you, Steve Jarrell and David Beck for allowing myself and The Bruce Middle Trio to be a part of the Brian Strobel Benefit Concert. It was a blessing and our best wishes go out to his wife and children.

THANKS
A most sincere thank you to Bruce Middle, Moe Jones, and Joe Kane for teaching me so much in music. I look forward to more gigs, more songs, and more fun.

Thank you to Forte Music Studios (Fredericksburg) and BANG! Music (Stafford)– I LOVE teaching and LOVE my students!