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Mayall The Godfather Of British Blues Eagle Rock Entertainment
presents an amazing look into the the blues legend and legacy
of John Mayall with the release of the duel documentary...
Pronn Takes A Long Journey To Plastik Lies At 10, a
young Martin Pronn found his father's guitar tucked
away in the back of a closet. Fearlessly, he dragged the
instrument from where it was hidden and from that moment
on, Martin Pronn was a guitarist....
Who, What & Where About Songwriting Organizations
you are a beginning songwriter, there are some things to
think about before joining a songwriting organization....
Success - 25 Strategies for Better Living Through Music
For my first 10 years of playing music, I was in a succession
of bands that went nowhere. Armed with the foolhardy belief
that we were destined to succeed just by playing out and
releasing product, we played gig after gig to dismal audiences
and sent out hundreds of CDs to radio and media, yet received
was Right - An Artist Indic tment of Clear Channel
"Over the last few years, as my band faded from the
press and as we tried to find a label crazy enough to release
another one of our records, I watched radio become exactly
what Pete Townsend said it would become..."
- Kick Ass or Die Trying
No, that's not the name of rock singer extraordinaire Leiana's
newest CD, but it could be - with no apologies to 50 Cent,
who could learn a few things about lyrics, power and pain
from this lady...
Music Stores: Resurgence With
so many major music retail chains closing up shop, primarily
as a result of the ever increasing ease of online purchasing,
Kenny Love believes we will also soon witness a case of
history repeating itself...
Rhymes Everything Remains Raw The Legendary, Multi-platinum
Recording Hip Hop Artist, Busta Rhymes Straight Into the
Homes of His Fans With His First Ever Live Feature DVD...
Breaks the Sound Barrier Cruzin' the Music Highway The
group Wavelength offers the perceptive listener many different
styles and textures from the colorful palette of the jazz
genre to enjoy...
Publicity: Lessons From 8 Years In the Marketing Trenches
Rhonda Kelley and Rainmaker publicity is celebrating eight
years in business, having represented over 600 independent
artists and record labels....
Store HitMusic Goes Beyond Mere Downloads
HitMusic announced the launch of a promotional campaign
to entice artists & DJs to sell their work without the need
for a major record label....
On Grupo X An interview with Grupo X
'Winners EP' - Where Love and Peace Surround Me
When you have a feeling that you are alone and your life
is nothing more than hard, crazy combination of obstacles
and mountains to climb over, then you are trying to find
the brightest thing in your miserable, hard existence...
Stevens Returns With Small Kindnesses Yusuf
Islam, known to millions as the British singer/songwriter
and pop star Cat Stevens, has reconciled himself to his
music. A long, personal journey led him to a small stage
in NYC last night for the private screening for the worldwide
release of his new DVD...
Stevens: Majikat: Earth Tour, 1976 Eagle
Rock Entertainment DVD Includes Exclusive 35-Minute Interview
Featured On DVD Breaks Artist's 28-Year Silence...
Moon And The 3 Big Lies Of Music Conferences
No matter how many music conferences I go to, no matter
how many panels I sit on, I continue to hear the same half-baked
advice doled out to unsuspecting artists. I've come to call
them the 3BL-- the three biggest bits of non-advice given
Fernandez - Beauty & the Ballad While other Latin artists
are setting their rhythm machines in top gear, Marilyn Fernandez
realizes that pace is no substitute for a quality voice...
Are You? Learning to Describe Your Band
The 'Guitar-ded' Release By Seven Mary Three
"Be ready for the rock," mock-warns Seven Mary Three...
Patrick Moore - Drum N Bass Society With the release
of his fourth CD as a leader, DRUM N BASS SOCIETY - Vol.
1 (Blue Canoe Records - 2004), Joseph Patrick Moore captures
a variety of moods, sound textures, and grooves - yes, he
Canyons' David Steele - Musical Magic From The Land Of The
Steele, whose album UNDERNEATH THE ICE is being released
early this fall under the City Canyons Records imprint,
comes from a part of England--the village of Brill-- that
inspired "Lord of the Rings" writer Tolkien, and Steele's
lyrics are, indeed, at times darkly magical...
to Get Targeted Traffic To Your Music Website With No Money
Everyone now knows that if you are an artist or you play
in a band that it is imperative you have a website. It is
now considered the norm and a nice place to refer existing
and potential fans....
to Me, Old to the World
I admit again to having fallen victim of pop, as I did buy
the new Good Charlotte CD. But, about halfway through the
summer, I was watching an infomercial that was selling old
CDs from the '60s...
Rock Entertainment Presents Jewel - Live At Humphrey's
By The Bay Eagle Rock Entertainment offers
Jewel fans a chance to experience an up-close, intimate
concert by the singer/songwriter with the release of Jewel
- Live At Humphrey's By The Bay....
How Much Money Has The Music Industry Left On The Table?
Thoughts & Reflections from Digital Music Forum
Little Space Visualized - Portrait of the Music as a Young
The collaboration between creator and listener has gained
About Awareness - Fore Reel Records Releases "It's About
After losing his cousin to breast cancer, music executive
Hernando Courtright was looking for the best way
to honor her memory...
Can You Achieve Success as an Independent Artist?
Often life as an independent artist has been regarded as
a one-way ticket to Smallville...
At The Wall" Marketing Approaches And Why They Don't Work
Focus marketing has been key in the success of our indie
music label playMountain Music...
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Brown & Jerry Stucker Produce Shota Osabe - Roc Armani, Urbanzone
Shota Osabes playing on the song, Memories of You,
was elegant and truly outstanding on the tune Jilly,
wrote renowned jazz critic, Phil Elwood for the San Francisco Examiner.
Pianist, arranger, jazz musician, Shota Osabe is on the move. In
February 2003 Osabe cracked the top 20 jazz chart at Soundclick.com
with the song 'Cant Leave Here Again', written by the late
Osabes first CD release, HAPPY COAT, is making a buzz in Japan
and the USA. HAPPY COAT, produced by the late bass legend Ray Brown
and Jerry Stucker (San Francisco producer/guitarist) is winning
listeners from Japan to New York City. HAPPY COAT was recorded and
mixed at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California. This album features
the late Ray Brown on bass and Harold Jones on drums. HAPPY COAT
is making the promo rounds at jazz stations in the US and will be
released soon to record stores. You can dig Osabes arranging
on I Touch the Stars', on the FIM Record Label, distributed
by City Hall Records.
Shota Osabe continues to perform in Japan and the US making San
Francisco, California his home base.
To contact this rising new jazz pianist email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Row Seat Media Press Release
23, 2004--Front Row Seat Media is proud to announce the signing
of the highly regarded classic metal band Sick Trigger for worldwide
distribution. The CD, The Stand, will be available February 24,
2004 through many of the top metal/hard rock mailorders, independent
retailers, e-merchants such as Amazon.com or direct from Front Row
Seat Media at www.frontrowseatmedia.com.
Alice in Chains like harmonies over progressive Zeppelin-esque melodies
interwoven with a freight train rhythm section....hook-ridden anthems...insightful
ballads.... classic metal at it's best!!!
Sick Trigger are currently one of the top draws, and certainly most
talked about metal bands, on the Sunset Strip and throughout Central
& Southern California and the Southwest......their music does
the talking and the word is spreading worldwide FAST!!!
Sick Trigger fans are given in to the empowering vocals of Keith,
the harmonic convergence of guitarists T. Sick and Rick Trigger
(brother of Adema guitarist Tim Fluckey), and rhythmic assault of
bassist JD Dolen and drummer Curly Ford.
The worldwide webcast premiere of The Stand can be heard on Saturday,
March 1, 2004, on www.electricbasement.com.
It will be available for streaming for 6 weeks after the initial
webcast as well. Hear what the noise is all about.............
Also available from Front Row Seat Media
Vixen The Works (with Marty Friedman, ex-Megadeth)
Tower Turn The Page (featuring Joshua Perahia vocalist Jerry Gabriel)
Jesse Damon The Hand That Rocks (Silent Rage vocalist/guitarist
and Kiss songwriter)
The Alchemist Songs From The Westside (with Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep
For more info visit : www.frontrowseatmedia.com
or email : email@example.com
One World Beat Global
2004 One World Beat Global Music Festival, which began in Switzerland
as an all-volunteer effort of socially conscious musicians, NGOs
and volunteers uniting to stage music concerts for charities, now
in its second year, expands to over 100 in more the 35 countries
worldwide. The 3-day global music festival is a series of
events taking place simultaneously in various cities, such as New
York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Sydney, and including locally
Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport ,Swansea and in North Wales, Bangor
from March 19-21, 2004 that provides a platform for musicians to
unite and convey a message of hope through their music; Music Making
Various events through out the South Wales Area are taking place.
They are :-
Saturday March 20th 'Cardiff's newest alternative night...'
The UWIC Union Bar, Churchill Way
The Sick of Silence Tour dedicating the proceeds to
Sunday March 21st The Engine Rooms, present An Acoustic Extravaganza featuring,
Audiocalm, Brachyn, Juniper, Circle Boy and from America Michael
Hirsch, along with many, many others.DJ's Greg Morris from Bridge
FM and Kerfuffle will be there, followed by a late night party!
Sunday March 21st Clwb Ifor Bach. Three bands and a guest speaker
for this event.
Merthyr Tydfil :
Friday 19th and Saturday 20th RMs Rock Club and the bands
have dedicated the evenings to One World Beat.
Sunday 21st Sees TJs react in its usual 'rock nature' with
a 15 band listing, including Shaped By Fate, SAL, Mombomb, Samo
Hung, Four Ways To Fall, Thenextnineyears, Wishing Hour, Flailing Wail, Panel,
Vigilance, Emily All Over (Ex NUKE), Open Fire, Cartel, Art Brute,
The Fads (from England) and DJ Lee Underpass. Also there are side
shows and a raffle.
Saturday 20th A mini festival takes place in three venues, The Uplands
Tavern, The Chattery and The Celtic Pride. This event is being coordinated
and run by Tune Town/Swansea Song Writers Guild.
Friday 19th Sees Bangor hosting a night with Valluem and friends
at one of North Wales most exciting venues, Hendre Hall.
Also THE MUSIC BOX, Cardiff (Band Practice Rooms) is gifting
20% of their earnings for the weekend to the charity.
This has been simply an amazing reaction from the 'grass
routes' of the music industry in Wales says Glyn Mills, One
World Beat events coordinator for Wales The reaction
from Venues, Promoters and the artists has been so positive it truly
touching to know how many people care.
The second annual event will benefit Keep a Child Alive, a
new initiative, supported by Alicia Keys, set up to provide
life-saving medicine to children living with HIV/AIDS in the developing
world who will die without it.
In addition to attending a local event, people all over the world
will be able to participate in this unique, all-genre event by logging
on to www.oneworldbeat.org to listen to the web casts of various
artist performances worldwide and live interviews, download music
from the broadcast, bid on auction items, or make a donation to
help fight this global epidemic.
The festival will feature events in such countries as, Australia,
Burundi Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Kenya,
New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and
the United States.
Supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO), and famed artists such as Phil Collins, the
2003 One World Beat Festival led to its first-ever global volunteer
effort, reaching a worldwide audience helping to raise money for
For complete event information, please visit the events page at
or contact: Glyn Mills 01656 648279/07739181528 , firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep A Child Alive
Keep A Child Alive is dedicated to providing life-saving medicine
to the 3.2 million children and families living with HIV/AIDS in
the developing world. Every minute, a child dies because of
lack of access to life-extending antiretroviral (ARV) therapy and
Keep A Child Alive helps to provide antiretroviral medications to
those living with this disease. www.keepachildalive.org
One World Beat
One World Beat is a Switzerland-based non-profit whose mission is
unite socially conscious musicians and charities for social change;
Music Making a Difference! One World Beat is an all-volunteer
organization that provides musicians and non-profits a platform
on which to communicate their message, while raising the consciousness
of the planet, and much needed funding to support those in need.
One World Beat shares this goal with various charities each year.
Robson Press Release.
poet lloyd robson has returned from a successful reading tour of
: the 8-date reading tour saw lloyd read at sydney's prestigious
museum of contemporary art as part of the welsh assembly's 'showcase
of wales', & in other venues in sydney, wagga wagga, & melbourne.
lloyd's poetry was broadcast on several national radio stations,
including ABC radio national & radio 702, as well as regional
stations, including radio adelaide.
the 34-year-old poet & novelist was there to promote his new
& associated weirdness' (parthian books) & to increase
awareness of welsh culture & literature.
lloyd, from adamsdown in cardiff, said: "travelling to australia
was a great opportunity & proved more successful than i could
have hoped. i read in some great venues with some great poets to
some very responsive audiences. i had the opportunity to discuss
wales & welsh culture with both australians & ex-pats who
now live there, my poetry was very well received, & several
venues offered me readings for when i next return. providing we
can secure the funding, a more comprehensive reading tour of australia
is an absolute priority & i can't wait to return".
the tour was part-sponsored by wales arts international & parthian
books, & follows on from successful reading tours of new york
for more information, contact lloyd: email email@example.com
or visit: www.lloydrobson.com
A selection of Lloyd Robson's books can be found in the Hybrid
Ruby is on a roll!
Steven D. Harris - Correspondent [PASADENA STAR-NEWS: October 24,
2003] : Move
over, Scott Joplin. Likewise, Jelly Roll. Make way for Southern
California's own extraordinaire of the ivories, Ruby Fradkin, aka
Ragtime Ruby. This dainty miss whose keyboard reach is a mere octave
can pound out some mean arpeggios and then some. She may be the
only gal her age to tackle the art of boogie-woogie, blues, ragtime
and stride -- and she's successful at all of the above.
In fact, Ruby attacks the keyboard with all the authority and assurance
of a major league prodigy. Pretty impressive for one who just turned
While many new teenagers suffer the turmoil of such awkward years,
this eighth-grader is cool and collected in the present. Or maybe
she's just too busy to contemplate growing up. Ruby's got an itinerary
of bookings almost every week. In the last few years, she's played
for music halls, colleges and 400-seat theaters.
She was even awarded a Certificate of Honor by the state's governor.
Most recently, she wowed an audience of 800 at last month's Sweet
& Hot Festival in Los Angeles. Her first CD, recorded in September
of last year, has received glorious reviews. It's called Warmin'
Up with Ragtime Ruby and is available through her own web
site at ragtimeruby.com.
The youthful star talked with U this week from her home in Sherman
Q. Tell us about your early training and your first public
performance at age 9.
A. I started playing when I was six. Our neighbors next door
were taking classical piano lessons. I hung out with them and wanted
to start playing myself. About my second year, my dad showed me
a few Christmas carols (arranged for) left hand stride. That was
a lot more exciting; I connected more with that than classical.
Then I started playing at local nursing homes in the area for the
old folks. They loved it, because I played all the old things they
grew up with like Baby Face and A Bicycle Built
For Two. I even got some tips. I once played at a retirement
home where, every time I played a certain note, it would stick and
wouldn't come up. My dad helped by lifting the key every time I
would play the note.
Q. You're also a composer. How many tunes have you written
A. About four boogies and some blues. I tend to play or compose
a lot of stuff in C because there's no sharps or flats. But the
rags I have to learn are sometimes in E flat or D flat. I don't
transpose a lot, but for the Maple Leaf Rag, I end it
by reprising part of the first section. But it comes from the third
section, so it's in a different key.
(At this point, Ruby sits at her piano to demonstrate.)
Q. Of all the styles you incorporate, do you have a preference?
A. I like all of them in different ways. The blues and boogies
I write are a lot of fun. It's like if you're in the groove, you
don't need to get every note perfect. You play whatever comes. With
ragtime, it's more challenging 'cause it's a lot more work. You
have to keep it up with practicing.
Q. How did you discover the old-fashioned music that you've
grown to love?
A. I got into ragtime by going to the Rose Leaf Ragtime Club
in Pasadena. They take place the last Sunday of every month and
all the ragtime players get up and play a few songs each. That's
where I first heard the music and then I got into the blues.
Q. Have you any interest in the historical aspect of the
A. I know some history but not as much as I would like. I
haven't listened to that many players. One of my favorite blues
artist is Johnnie Johnson who played with Chuck Berry for years.
In fact, I wrote a boogie in his style as a tribute to him. A more
contemporary ragtime favorite is Morton Gunnar Larsen from Norway.
I also enjoy Count Basie.
Q. How do you balance music and school?
A. I did rags in the talent show last year and also the talent
show in elementary school. But I'm not in the school band or anything.
Actually the choir teacher at my school has been showing me some
licks and coaching me; he's a really good piano player.
Q. Do you get stage fright?
A. Audiences don't scare me; I'm pretty comfortable. I can
get a little shaky but not too much. Once I get on stage and the
audience is supportive, it becomes fun, even easy. Like at the Coffee
Gallery; it's a great crowd every time I play there.
Q. You appeared in YM magazine. How does it feel to be picked
among YM's 20 Coolest Girls in America?
A. It's so exciting! I found out about it the day after it
came out. I walked into my first class at school and everyone was
saying my name and showing me the magazine. It was really hard to
focus at school for the rest of the day.
Q. How many hours do you spend practicing?
A. It just depends. I don't spend hours everyday since I
have homework and other chores. It's preparing for the next gig
usually, or doing exercises to get my fingers in a good place for
a certain song I might perform.
Q. From all reports, you were one of the highlights at the
recent Sweet & Hot festival.
A. It was my first festival ever. I was a guest artist, so
I didn't have a featured spot, but I played every day. I asked all
the leaders of the different bands if I could sit in to play some
blues. That's how I met Herb Jeffries. I introduced my self and
said, I wanted to know if I could sit in with your bass and
drum player. He said, I don't know. I'm just the singer;
I'll have to check. So it didn't sound like I would get the
chance. So I went up stairs and found someone to play with. After
a few minutes, some people came looking for me saying, Herb
has introduced you three times already! Where have you been?
So I rushed downstairs and played Over the Rainbow.
Q. Herb is indeed a 92-year-old institution. Did you realize
how famous he was at the time?
A. I didn't know who he was. Afterwards, I thanked him in
the lobby. Herb told me that when he was real young, he had asked
Louis Armstrong if he could sit in with his band. Louis said yes,
so that's why Herb said yes to me. After the festival, I researched
him on line and found out everything about him. I talked to him
over the phone a few days later and he invited me down to Oceanside
for a retrospective on his life and I played a few songs with him.
Q. What would you like to do in the future?
A. I'm not exactly sure. Wherever life leads me is what I'd
say. I don't want to force anything on, I just want to go where
I'm meant to go. One of my dream gigs would be to perform a duet
with Norah Jones. It would feel really good to know I've gotten
Find out more about Ruby Franklin & Ragtime Ruby @ ragtimeruby.com
Award Europe 2004
press release from Dance Award Europe
: "Dance Award Europe 2004 will be held in Barcelona/Costa
Brava (Spain) from 8th to 12th April during the Easter Time
2004 and will be held in Italy from 18th to 23th June 2004
International Event Competitions for Ballet-Contemporary-Modern-Hip
Hop-Latin-Swing- Folk-Tap-Schools/Companies and Dance-Theatrical
"EVERYBODY CAN PARTICIPATE IN THESE BIG EVENT ONLY A LITTLE
FEE OF PARTICIPATION NEEDED" If you are interested,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
new job for Ron Chironna brings new opportunities for writers...
Studios Member Ron
Chironna, freelance illustrator, is now also a part time
submissions editor for a small, but growing publishing company in
New York City, USA. The company, Images SI Inc, has, to this point,
produced three audio books of science fiction and fantasy stories,
including a story by SF master, Robert Silverberg.
They are now going to expand into publishing print books, and they're
looking for short story and novel length science fiction and fantasy
submissions. Anyone interested can learn a bit about the company,
including contact information and writers guidelines at: http://ronchironna.tripod.com/writersguidelines/
Ron is very eager and willing to read any of your written creations.
An update on the listings show three
weeks of 'signed' bands playing the Tollhouse, Bridgend. First 'Tuuli'
from Canada, an awesome all girl band that are really drawing the
attention of the media. With an Album out on Golf records, already there
have been enquiries received about purchasing tickets! Tiny
Elvis support along with SAL. Next, with one of the fasted growing
reputations on Householdname records, Five Knuckle. Anticipation
is huge for this band, having such a big following
because of their live act. (If you'd like any more info for
interview requests please email email@example.com
). June 19th sees a new partnership forming with Complete Control
Music and to open this 'one a month' event an amazing 'twin
peak headline' of Jarcrew and Tetra Splendour for TS it's a visit
to what is virtually their home town. Hailing from Porthcawl, near
Bridgend, many a friend is expected to attend, so book
early. "This is an exciting prospect. This partnership
could provide an opportunity to many up and coming bands to
showcase" said Glyn, responsible for marketing and booking
at Cunning-Stunt promotions, who run the music nights at The Tollhouse.
The Tollhouse growing reputation as a 'must' gig to play is
reflected by label tour bands being pencilled in as late as
October to ensure the venue date has not been taken. "When
we first took it over in January this year we gave it 3 months to
see if we could turn it around.It is not unfair to say it was dying
on it's feet before we took over. Some were very Sceptical and the
chances of seeing another venue converted into a wine
bar were not unreal" said Glyn Mills for Cunning-Stunt, "Now
we seem to be inundated with requests to play, from bands as far
away as Norfolk, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Swindon, Aldershot and
Devon. It's simply amazing and pleasing" he further added "in
the end it's the music fans in the Bridgend district who are the
have been running gigs in the Tollhouse, Bridgend, South Wales from
the New year (check out the Gig
Page) if you want a gig, contact Cunning-Stunt Promotions
ASAP : firstname.lastname@example.org
Local talent will always be encouraged. We will also be
holding promotions at the Rec Centre, Bridgend which holds
500+, these are all age gigs.
Contact: Glyn Mills
for further details, bookings and information. And keep your
eyes on the Hybrid Studios Gig Page for
new gig dates!