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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.
Gus Black: Autumn Days (3:51)
From his CD "Autumn Days" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
Autumn Days is Gus Black's fourth, and most intimate, release. Recorded in his Silver Lake apartment during what he euphemistically calls a transitional period, the album has an organic feel that highlights Black's brilliant melodies and arrestingly honest vocals. Released by Cheap Lullaby Records in the states, the record has already found a following in Europe from significant radio airplay and subsequent tour that was a critical success. Black also appeared on the famed radio program Rockpalast (past guests include REM, Tom Waits, Eels). Along with longtime band members Rocco Bidlovski on drums and Gianni Neiviller on bass, the self-produced Autumn Days also features performances by Dave Palmer (Air, Fiona Apple, Joe Henry), David Henry (Yo La Tengo, Josh Rouse), Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, and Sarabeth Tucek (Smog, Brian Jonestown Massacre).
Ben Johnson: Higher Than The Rock (4:04)
From his EP "Wait" ~ © 2006 All rights reserved.
Of the newcomers to the scene, there are always some good writers who may become good performers, some good performers whose material might mature. Once in a great while, along comes a "beginner" who is already nothing short of excellent on every front, and Ben Johnson is that musician. He is classically trained and has substantial experience in theatrical music direction; he is currently the vocal coach for the touring production of The Lion King. Perhaps if Chopin and Tori Amos had a child, and allowed Elton John to raise him, he would play the piano like Ben Johnson. But that wouldn't explain his voice, which somehow manages to be both flawlessly controlled and emotionally raw at the same time.
Tirk Wilder: Darker Shade Of Blue (3:36)
From his CD "I'm Letting Go" ~ © 2000 All rights reserved.
Tirk wrote the "The Eyes Of The Ranger" theme song for the CBS television show, "Walker Texas Ranger", starring Chuck Norris. Tirk received the BMI TV Music Award for three consecutive years. Tirk Wilder is a singer/songwriter. He appeared with Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Syndicate of Sound ("Hey, Little Girl"), Willis Allen Ramsey ("Muskrat Love"), David Allen Coe, Earl Thomas Conley, and many others. He toured as keyboard player for Toby Keith. Tirk's CD contains the original version of "The Eyes Of The Ranger" and ten other songs. Tirk now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
NUÑEZ: That's Where I Went Wrong(3:40)
From her CD "Cry Mercy" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
~ Rockin’ Out, Loud & Proud! ~ She’s an unapologetically Out Musician, is a featured performer for GLBT Pride Rallies throughout the Southeastern USA. NUÑEZ is a regional spokesperson/performer for the National Mental Health Association of Central Florida, helping to raise awareness of mental health issues. NUÑEZ has shared the National stage with many talented performers including Courtney Love & Hole, Ben Harper, Hootie & the Blowfish, Cheap Trick, Sevendust and Suzanne Westenhoffer! NUÑEZ has shared the Indie stage with many talented performers including Melissa Ferrick, Doria Roberts, Pamela Means and Alix Olsen!
John Restas: Another Downtown Song (2:57)
From his 3 song EP "3 From Me" ~ © 2006 All rights reserved.
Singer/Songwriter & Canadian Recording Artist, John Restas, invites you into his world of song! John was born July 11, 1960 and began writing songs in the mid 70's. John's first CD was as a member of a 4 piece Pop/Rock Band called Sacred Rain which released "Angel Skies" in 1994. The Band performed on City TV's Breakfast Television twice as well as CKVR's up & coming show which aired 2 videos across Canada. 1999 saw the release of John's first solo effort entitled "Hear Me Honestly". That CD received airplay on CBC Radio as well as 92.1 Radio in Brantford, Ontario and on other stations across southern Ontario. "Hear Me Honestly" was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Todd Pyper and released on his independent record label " Rude Clown Music ".
Jonah Sage: Something Better (3:38)
From his CD "Leaving Myself Behind" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
He started songwriting as a college freshman and spent his college years compiling experiences, struggles, and memories into his first full-length album which he released upon graduation. "Leaving Myself Behind" contains real-life songs from his past, the past of his friends, and fears we all share about the future. He believes genuine artists writing sincere, meaningful music, is missing from our society and he hopes to engage all the different cultures he sees on the road and challenge them to ask the big questions of life - the big questions that will hopefully lead to our lives making a little more sense.
Greg Aaron: Small Talk (4:40)
From his CD "Rings In Spaces" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
Raised in Kansas, Greg began playing piano at age 5 and spent childhood in the basement playing Beatles songs. He graduated from University of Kansas and moved to New York, September 11, 2001 being the catalyst for taking his keyboard to the subway and starting a musical career. After a short while playing literally underground, he started working in many New York City clubs and studios. With the help of more than 30 other musicians, including Robbie Adams who mixed several U2 songs and Gregg Williams who produces Dandy Warhols, Greg finished his debut "Rings in Spaces" in March 2005.
Kevin Mitchell: Dance Till Dawn (4:27)
From his CD "All The Way" ~ © 2006 All rights reserved.
Prairie born and raised, the music of Kevin Mitchell is now coming out on the west coast of Canada. 2006 marks the year Kevin's debut album "All The Way" hits the road across B.C. and Canada. After years of fronting various Folk/Roots Dance bands, Kevin has taken some time to launch his solo career. Kevin writes, sings, and plays songs with guitar, mandolin, and harmonicas, in the vein of Country meets Roots. Combine that with a strong sense of the blues and you get driving fence-smashing rhythms that can stop on a dime.
DEEP: TX Boyz (4:29)
From his CD "In Trunks Now" ~ © 2004 All rights reserved.
Raised in Houston, DEEP attended the same high school as Paul Wall and Chamillionaire. His first interest in music came at a young age when a tight family house hold income made him seek other avenues/interests. After a rough year in 2000, DEEP was forced to re-evaluate his position and decided to co-create DA 1 RECORDS with his cousin Head. DEEP's album 'IN TRUNKS NOW' features SLIM THUG, TOO SHORT, DAVID BANNER, BIG MOE, BIG POKEY, KAMLA PUNJABI, LENN LENN and more…this instant classic pushed DEEP into the radio/television scene in the United States. Since then he has personally signed new artists Lenny Lenn and Kamla Punjabi to the label and has played a major role in the financing of their album. Featured on countless mixtapes and in numerous magazine reviews, DEEP continues to grow not only in the United States but worldwide.
NYCO: English Song (4:17)
From their CD "two" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
NYCO is a 5 piece band, based out of Chicago. NYCO was founded by two members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ted Atkatz, from New York, NY, and Rob Kassinger, from Denver, CO (hence the name!). The band's debut release, Two, is a culmination of two years of writing and recording by the band. The band has been played on over 50 stations nationwide, including Q101 Chicago and WXRT Chicago. As the band prepares for their official east coast tour in August, they are currently semi-finalists for the Lollapalooza Last Band Standing competition. The band has resisted the lures of record labels, which include Capitol, Elektra, and Atlantic, and continue to build their following through touring, promotion, and hard work.
Caeser Pink and the Imperial Orgy: In Praise of Shadows (3:36)
From their CD "Gospel Hymns for Agnostics and Atheists" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
Although the members of the Imperial Orgy are tight-lipped when asked to explain the meaning of the name "the Imperial Orgy," these lyrics from Caeser Pink's Sex Salvation provide a telling clue. The orgy is the orgy of life's feast. Everything about the group displays an unbridled lust for creative freedom and a gleeful "f**k you" to the norms of convention. The Imperial Orgy began in 1994 at Penn State University's Film Department and was soon embroiled in controversy for it's nonconformist blend of music and artistry. Whether musically or socially, the Imperial Orgy excludes the prejudiced. The music fan who limits their tastes to a particular style of rock and roll, or who are uncomfortable with a socially open environment, will surely find some aspect of the Imperial Orgy offensive. But for those who have no restraints to hold them back from savoring the feast, the Imperial Orgy is waiting.
Abe Quigley: Tales Of A Boy(4:03)
From his CD "b" ~ © 2005 All rights reserved.
Chicago, New York, Los Angeles - it doesn't matter. Bar, coffeehouse, grocery store - it doesn't matter. Abe just likes to play music. With 200 shows a year, over 7,000 cd's sold, a fanbase growing nationally, a car with 180,000 miles on it, and a guitar taking the place of the passenger seat, Abe Quigley is quickly making a name for himself in today's ever-changing music industry - one road trip at a time. With innovative live performances, relentless touring, and a desire to know the name of everyone in the room - Abe is gonna be around for awhile.
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