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Here is a bit of information on each of the songwriters included in this Radio Muse Webcast (in order of their appearance in the show). I hope you'll take a moment to explore their own web sites (linked to from their names) or purchase their CDs if they have them. We don't have anything if we don't support each other. If you like what you hear, let the songwriter know! Words of encouragement are always welcome.
Sherby: Honey (3:30)
From her CD "Starfish Lane" ~ © 2004 All rights reserved.
Sherby grew up in North Carolina, studying music since childhood, and continuing her love of music through college. Since then, Sherby has put out two albums and been charted nationally. Her music is energetic and passionate; she is inspired by love, living by the ocean, and all things groovy, creating a timeless pop sound that never goes out of style. In her spare time, Sherby is a producer for TBWA/Chiat/Day and also runs a children's music charity called Likwid Joy (www.likwidjoy.org). Sherby is a powerful combination of talent, playfulness, and depth that is sure to win you over.
Glyn Bailey: The Plastic Bag Song (Facts) (4:57)
From his CD "Toys From Balsa" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
Who? And English songwriter making tunes with unusual themes. The debut solo album "Toys From Balsa" features songs about plastic bags, cannibalism, a communist feast, Laurel & Hardy, and more. Bailey's sound is unashamedly retro. Influences include David Bowie, Niel Hannon (Divine Comedy), Julian Cope Warren Zevon. Former bands include "The Urbane Gorillas" and "Harvey's Wall of Sound", with releases on their own "Inane Records" label. He became active in politics in the late 90's and worked full time for a British MP. In 2004, he did production work with "The Container Drivers" and gained airplay on legendary DJ John Peel's BBC show. Bailey embarks on his first solo UK tour this summer.
OstinAuto: Hold On(3:36)
From their CD "The Whole World Spinz Anyway" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
It's been suggested that if The Police and Fleetwood Mac wrote songs together, mixed in a little Viola and then added Natalie Merchant as their singer, you'd have a notion of the OstinAuto Sound. What does OstinAuto mean? It's based on the musical term "ostinato", which is a well-defined musical segment that is repeated. All of their songs are built upon repeated lines from the piccolo bass. So what's a piccolo bass? It's kind of like a 6 string electric cello. Listen to the tunes and see if you can pick it out.
Dan Hazlett: Only Love (3:06)
From his CD "Water Over Stone" ~ © 2004 All rights reserved.
Dan Hazlett has recently released his sixth full length CD while doubling as a producer and session musician. He was nominated for a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Acoustic Recording in 2001 and again for Outstanding Acoustic Performer in 2004. A finalist in The KRCL Performing Songwriter Showcase in Park City Utah, and awarded an honorable mention in both the Michigan Songwriting Contest and The Billboard Songwriting Competition, he has been a guest on Nationally syndicated radio shows Albom In The Afternoon and River City Folk and one of his songs was featured on the NPR radio program, "Car Talk".
Ivory Tower Project: Way Too Late (3:08)
From their EP "Red Hot" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
Webster's definition of "Ivory Tower" is: a figurative place of mental withdrawal from reality. INdependent recording artists: Ivory Tower Project is a new breed of 'old school' rockers. Music for those who love the sound of New Classic Rock, Ivory Tower Project (ITP) was founded by NY veteran songwriters: Johnny Jace and Mark Regula. NYC veteran guitarist: Tony Novarro was soon recruited, thus Novarro and Regula formed the core of ITP. As band members left, they were replaced by the NY Metro area's finest studio musicians that transcended Ivory Tower from being a band into a Project.
Carla Ulbrich: The Guy Who Changes The Lightbulbs (3:02)
From her CD "Professional Smart Aleck" ~ © 2003 All rights reserved.
Frequently heard on XM radio and the Dr. Demento show, award-winning songwriter and Professional Smart Aleck, Carla Ulbrich, has been compared to the likes of Weird Al, Chet Atkins and a bologna sandwich. A better guitar player than most bologna sandwiches, the Southern Carolina native and former school band geek has a BA in music which she currently uses to cover a hole in the wall. She has released 3 CD's: Her Fabulous Debut (1999), Professional Smart Aleck (2003) and Sick Humor (2004). She is constantly touring the US so visit her website for live show information and schedules.
Meg Tennant: Maker Of Marimbas (4:19)
From her CD "Driving With You" ~ © 2001 All rights reserved.
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Meg Tennant now lives in Vancouver, BC, and performs at festivals, concerts, and songwriter showcases. In a review of Meg's CD, Driving With You, Penguin Eggs (Canada's Folk, Roots & World Music Magazine) said "Her crystal clear and inviting voice shines." Steve Edge, of BC's Rogue Folk Club and host of radio show "The Edge on Folk" has called Meg's songs "powerful" and "beguilingly beautiful". Stacey Board reviewed Meg's CD for The Muse's Muse: "She has a gift for the unexpected yet still simply beautiful melody." Meg is currently writing material for her second CD.
Timothy Cameron: The Place I Leave Behind (2:43)
From his CD "...every cloud has a sulphur lining..." ~ © 2004 All rights reserved.
Timothy Cameron is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. His musical style combines the rootsy honesty of folk music with the straight ahead no-nonsense delivery of punk, hence the label "folkpunk". Although born in Toronto, Timothy has lived in many different parts of Canada, choosing to return to the city in his mid 20s. During his journey he discovered the music of Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Gordon Lightfoot and the Clash. In 2000 he independently released his first CD, Never Mind The Hyperbolics, which was well received on campus radio across the country, even managing to claw its way onto the charts at some stations. His latest CD, Every Cloud Has A Sulphur Lining, was released in late 2004, and has received airplay (and some fantastic reviews) in North America and Europe.
Cassandra Kubinski: Wherever You Wait (4:43)
From her CD "Hiding Underneath" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
Based in NYC, Cassandra Kubinski's smart and sassy disc, Hiding Underneath, continues to garner attention: recently, showcases for BMI and The Songwriter's Hall Of Fame. Her music straddles the sophisticated storytelling of Billy Joel and the powerhouse vocals of Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple. She's heard on NYC net radio stations and in legendary clubs the Bitter End and the Living Room. In the NYC songwriting community, she volunteers with LIfeBeat, the music industry fights AIDS, and with Add Joy to Learning, teaching urban youths about the music biz. She's a Florida State University grad and a Leo.
Catman Cohen: If I Could Divide The Smell Of Flowers (3:40)
From his CD "The Catman Chronicles 2: How I Want To Live" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
After purchasing a $200 piano from a family in Inglewood, California in 2003, Catman Cohen was reborn. It was a magical piano and contained the spirits of many dead composers who guided Catman to find his unique sound. He would speak with them late at night and they taught im the secrets of the Yahweh chord, upon which all of Catman's music is based. The Yahweh chord comes directly from Heaven and when it is played, it soothes the pain of the world and softens the hardest of souls. Every one of Catman's songs contain the Yahweh chord and without it, there would be no Catman song. Without it, there would be no Catman.
Linda M: Turn It Around (3:02)
From her CD "Pretty On The Inside" ~ © 2004 All rights reserved.
Evolving over the years into "Pop/Rock with a kick of Country" Linda M's songs have always been radio ready, resulting in over 1500 albums sold independently without distribution. Linda M has licensed several original tracks to the teen drama "Dawson's Creek", SONY USA and the Clearnet Corp. Known for her solo live show, Linda M has played supporting slots for Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Macy Gray, Don Henley and Lyle Lovett all at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre Side Stage. Currently touring her latest release, "Pretty on the Inside" Linda M has showcased at the Bitter End and CBGB's in New York City and just completed her fourth tour of Germany. As host and founder of Toronto's hit song circle "GIRLS WITH GUITARS", Linda M has featured the likes of Linda McRae (Spirit of the West), MadViolet and Juno nominee Dottie Cormier.
HAM: Cleaning House(4:25)
From their CD "Bluffing With Integrity" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
HAM comes from London, American and Germany (betcha didn't learn that in school). HAM is all about honestly performed songs with a handmade twist. HAM calls their music "light grey suicide sunshine smile". Ken Rose is a first generation L.A. surfer slackerdude who always finds the bright side to life's little stains. Joe Cang (he has a sunny side too) carries the London fog with him in a ziplock baggie. Ralf Nicklaus is a Bavarian whistling boy who spends his free time tatooing himself (his motto: "practice makes perfect")... HAM is acoustic. HAM rocks. HAM is spaced out, and digs for truffles. HAM is high in cholesterol and makes you thirsty. Without formula, and recorded in record time, HAM follows their creative juices. Their debut IP, Bluffing With Integrity (Nov. 2005 release), is hot for a hungry world.
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