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Kevin King - a.k.a. "BlindDog"Kevin King - a.k.a. "BlindDog" - runs Blind Dog Audio, a Christian recording studio in Longmont, Colorado. A passionate guitarist and occasional songwriter with a practical, no-nonsense approach to the music industry, Kevin's true love is in achieving the impossible, shattering perceptions, and helping artists find their voice and personal success by matching aspiration to inspiration.


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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.


Tim MahoneyTim Mahoney: Theme Song (4:37)
From his CD "Stay/Leave" ~ © 2007
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Tim Mahoney's CD, Stay/Leave, secured his highest profile gig to date. Mahoney was announced as the winner of the Ray-Ban 'Never Hide' music contest in partnership with Myspace.com and Rolling Stone magazine. Mahoney performed pool side at the Rolling Stone magazine 40th Anniversary party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Mahoney will have a “Never Hide’ photo spread and article in Rolling Stone's November 14 issue. Stay/Leave reflects the Minneapolis singer/songwriter's commitment to his craft and growth as a musician. Evident through the honest and pensive lyrics, Mahoney's latest CD, released in February 2007, reaches a deeper poetic level than his previous recordings. While prior Mahoney albums feature his driving grooves, Stay/Leave marks a change for the songwriter. Combining a catchy pop/rock sound, bittersweet lyrics and a comfortably raspy voice, Minnesota raised Tim Mahoney etches himself as a mainstay in the Midwest music scene. His 150 shows per year and extensive travels clearly reflect his commitment to music, performance, and his fans.


Allister BradleyAllister Bradley: What A Day (4:14)
From his CD, "Too" ~ © 2008
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He may have more in common with the cartoon geek Dilbert than with Bob Dylan, but this Canadian singer/songwriter/pianist delivers emotional songs with a depth and insightfulness that betray his quiet demeanor. Having left a senior corporate position several years ago to devote himself to music full-time, Allister Bradley has since released two full length original albums and been honoured with several nominations and awards, plus regular radio airplay. Add to that his work as producer/engineer, session musician, web developer, film composer and songwriting mentor, and it's plain to see his corporate career is truly a thing of the past.
Sal BelloiseSal Belloise: Shake Up The World (2:58)
From his CD "Nothing But Love" ~ © 2007 All rights reserved.

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a head full of songs, Sal Belloise set out in a VW bus on his musical journey back in the hazy 60s. He's been traveling that road ever since, performing thousands of shows and meeting millions of faces. In the process, his music, like his rich, melodic guitar work and vocals, has deepened with life experiences along the way. A prolific songwriter for decades, Belloise, encouraged by his peers and audiences, decided to release his debut album in February 2008 entitled "Nothing But Love". His music has received considerable airtime on independent radio in the U.S., U.K., and abroad. As the first album continues to garner accolades and downloads, Belloise is preparing to release his second album, "The South in Me" this summer 2008.

T.J. SullivanT.J. Sullivan: The Blues Is Like A Baseball Game (2:23)
From his CD "Sunland Chronicles" ~ © 2008 All rights reserved.

Over the past thirty five years, TJ has performed with stars such as Big Joe Turner, Joe Houston, Delaney Bramlett, and Paul Butterfield. In an interview with Vintage Drummer Magazine, Preston Ritter of the Electric Prunes hails TJ as one of the hardest grooving guitarists and great songwriters he knows. "Anytime you listen to his originals you hear them showcase T.J.s rich, powerful voice, and a tasty palette of guitar sounds - Gibson acoustics, Dobro Duolian slide sounds, the T-bone of the Gibson 175, the chunky hot sauce of the Telecaster and the bright sting of the King Bee Jazzmaster."

Jon DowlingJon Dowling: Here To Stay (4:21)
From his CD "Trials & Tribulations" ~ © 2008 All rights reserved.

Jon Dowling has been a lifelong musician, playing on anything he could get his hands on since the tender age of two. Jon has been playing professionally for well over twenty years with ten of those years loggen in as a singer/songwriter pianist. Jon is an accomplished studio musician and has worled with countless artists of all genres of music. He has had the opportunity to work with legendary and cutting edge producers on his latest Cd "Trials & Tribulations", available in BestBuy stores September first..

Marla LewisMarla Lewis: The Weirdest Dreams (4:12)
From her CD "I Love To Talk To Plants" ~
© 2007 All rights reserved.

Marla's been singing since she learned to talk, and writing songs in styles from around the world. Her two CD's for kids and famlies, We All Laugh in the Same Language, and I Love To Talk to Plants, have won Parents' Choice GOLD, and many songwriting awards as well. By day, she teaches English as a Second Language and Music at PS 14 in the Bronx. She says, "My Students inspire me and make me laugh every day."


STRIVESTRIVE: Good (3:44)
From their CD "Fire" ~ © 2007 All rights reserved.

STRIVE is a piano driven rock-pop band mixing the style of The Fray with an inspirational message akin to CCM cross-over act Switchfoot. STRIVE wants to inspire people to find out what they're passionate about and then use those passions to make the world a better place. "If the lyrics/melodies touch you, it's less important what genre it comes from," says Derick. STRIVE has toured extensively in the Midwest and internationally. Derick recounts, "The most memorable gig we had was for 1,500 orphan kids in a city near Moscow. The looks on their faces is what STIVE is all about."
Jacob MoonJacob Moon: The Great Beyond (4:47)
From his CD "The Loop" ~ © 2007 All rights reserved.

Jacob Moon has been one of Canada's leading independent songwriters and touring artists for the past 10 years, but he is still awaiting his big break. There have been lots of little breaks, though, including numerous awards and rave reviews, a large and passionate fan base, and a string of six successful CDs. His creative approach to the guitar has won him a great deal of attention, and he displays his craft on his latest live CD, entitled 'The Loop'. Catch him live while it's still cheap.
Richard MorganRichard Morgan: Letting Go (3:37)
From his CD "Letting Go" ~ © 2007 All rights reserved.


Richard Conrad Morgan has been living in the French part of Switzerland for the last twenty years with his wife, Brigitte. He has tried his hand at over 30 different jobs and is now embarking on his third creative career. After writing and publishing poetry in numerous magazines and winning the same UK national poetry competition (Mary Wilkins Memorial Poetry Competition) two years running, Richard Morgan went into film-making and has been an independent director/producer for the last 15 years making company films and documentaries, some of which, such as 'Marie and Gilbert' and 'fin de courses' have gone out on Swiss National TV (TSR1 and 2) and been presented at various festivals. Only when Richard Morgan moved into a house in 2004 after living in apartments for many years did he start seriously to explore his singing voice, and then to write/compose songs from 2005. He has just brought out an EP CD called ‘Letting Go’ with four of his songs, accompanied by Leo Chevalley on piano.

Vixy & TonyVixy & Tony: The Apprentice (6:46)
From their CD "Thirteen" ~ © 2008 All rights reserved.

Vixy & Tony have been performing Filk music as a duo since 2005. Their folk/rock musical style, and science fiction and fantasy lyrics, combine to tell engaging stories. Vixy was formerly the lead singer and songwriter for the band "Escape Key", whose album "Shadowbeast" contains the Pegasus-award-winning song "Girl That's Never Been". Vixy & Tony have together released the album "Thirteen", containing the Pegasus-award-winning song "Emerald Green". Their live performances are highlighted by Tony's skillfully played acoustic guitar, and Vixy's smooth, pitch-perfect voice.

Terry Ray ThomasTerry Ray Thomas: Memories (2:44)
From his CD "Still Finding My Way" ~ © 2007 All rights reserved.

Terry Ray Thomas has never won any awards, done any major touring, nor entered/won any contests. He just enjoys writing songs and playing them for whomever will listen. In addition to Terry on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, "Still Finding My Way" features the outstanding musicianship and vocals of Jeannine O'Neal, Scott Joss, Bobby Black, Tom Tomasello, Jeff Scroggins, Alex Gonzales, and Joe Ferrante. Some say Terry's sound may be described as "Modern Country with an old school feel". However you want to describe it, he's worth a listen.

Dan HazlettDan Hazlett: Try The Beginning Again (4:08)
From his CD, "Just A Guitar" ~ © 2008 All rights reserved.


Blending a folky, jazzy style with carefully crafted and thoughtful songwriting, Dan has often been compared to artists like James Taylor and Bruce Coburn. During a career spanning more than thirty years, he has been actively touring the Midwest. Dan has been nominated for several Detroit Music Awards. He was named a finalist in both The KRCL Performing Songwriter Showcase in Park City Utah and the Big Top Chatauqua Songwriting Contest and was awarded both 2nd and 3rd place and an honorable mention in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest. He has been a guest on Nationally syndicated radio shows Albom In The Afternoon (Mitch Albom) and River City Folk (Tom May) and one of Dan’s songs was featured on the Nationally syndicated radio program “Car Talk. Dan hosted his own folk radio show “Local Folks” on WXOU-FM at Oakland University for seven years and also currently works as a producer, engineer and session musician for many local artists.


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