2FriJanuary 2, 2015
Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest,), the streets (and 45's) of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos and the soul, funk & blues of his youth, Paul Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture. His time spent in his second home of New Orleans, as a musicologist in Florida, and as a journeyman wanderer in Cuba, is reflected in his musical worldview.
At the core is gifted songwriting, and the company Paul keeps bears it out: Bonnie Raitt, Nick Lowe, Chris Smither, John Hiatt and Cesar Rosas are among his friends and admirers.
Tomorrow Sound are an elite crew. Drummer Reggie Bordeaux, New Orleans native percussionist Mac Perkins, and bassist Mike Fredrickson, throw down some of the best dance grooves in the business. Multi-instrumentalist Bob Jennings adds the luxury of implying a much larger ensemble with his multi-hued contributions on keys and reeds.
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound's latest album is "Fine Rude Thing" . The songs "Baby Shake" and "You Owe it to Me" feature Cebar's unique mixture of R&B, Caribbean and New Orleans style.
3SatJanuary 3, 2015
Kyle Feerick is a Midwest singer-songwriter with a passion for music. Feerick's uplifting, soulful brand of folk-rock has been evolving over the better part of three years into more focused, polished combination of sensible hooks and unique instrumentation with a full group. Over the last two years, Feerick has collaborated with many well known Milwaukee musicians and released a single on 45rpm vinyl entitled "Just Listen," an EP entitled "The Places We Can Go," and has just released his first full-album entitled "The Sky, it Moves."
9FriJanuary 9, 2015
A quote from Trouser Press sums up Marshall Crenshaw's early career: "Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself." All Music Guide captured Crenshaw's vibe perfectly: "He writes songs that are melodic, hooky and emotionally true, and he sings and plays them with an honesty and force that still finds room for humor without venom."
"His intelligence, integrity, and passion for the great song always show up in his music," wrote Robert Christgau in his Consumer Guide of Marshall Crenshaw. Over a span of 30 years, Crenshaw has released 13 albums, all of which have received the highest marks from critics and have earned him a fiercely loyal fan base.
"I wanted to think of a different way of working that would inspire me and keep me motivated," Marshall Crenshaw says of his newest endeavor: a subscription-only service that addresses the recent seismic changes in the music-industry landscape by cutting out the record-company middle man to distribute his new recordings directly to fans.
The subscription service, which the veteran singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer recently launched via a successful Kickstarter funding campaign, will provide fans with a steady stream of new Marshall Crenshaw music via a series of exclusive three-song 10-inch, 45-rpm vinyl EPs on Addie-Ville Records, six of which the artist plans to release over a two-year period. In addition to the vinyl discs, subscribers will also receive a download card for high-quality digital versions of the EP tracks.
Each EP will consist entirely of newly recorded, never-before-released material, encompassing a new original Crenshaw composition, a classic cover tune, and a new reworking of a time-honored favorite.
"I really do think that vinyl sounds best, and that playing a vinyl record is still the optimum listening experience," Crenshaw asserts. "And with the sound quality that you get at 45 rpm, I think that these things are going to deliver the goods, sonically."
The first subscription EP's A-side is the brand-new Crenshaw number "I Don't See You Laughing Now," recorded with longtime cohorts Andy York (John Mellencamp, Ian Hunter), and Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants). The record's double B-side features a memorable new reading of The Move's 1971 post-apocalyptic anthem "No Time," recorded with veteran New Jersey rocker and frequent Crenshaw collaborator Glen Burtnick; and a new version of "There She Goes Again," whose original version appeared on Crenshaw's eponymous 1982 debut album, recorded live with alt-country icons the Bottle Rockets.
All three tracks were mastered for maximum awesomeness by legendary engineer Greg Calbi, who will handle mastering duties on the entire EP series.
Earlier this year, fans made the subscription project a reality by pledging more than $33,000 to Crenshaw's Kickstarter campaign, above and beyond Crenshaw's original goal, in increments ranging from $1 to $5000.
Crenshaw is excited that his new subscription model allows him to embrace his love for singles, while allowing him to make music on his own terms, free of record-company politics and the emotional baggage that routinely accompanies the making of full-length albums.
"I've always put a great deal of care into the albums I've made," Crenshaw states. "But as a listener, I've always been a singles guy and an individual-tracks guy. I'm looking forward to creating a steady output of music in small batches, rather than being stuck in a cave for months and stockpiling a whole bunch of music and dumping it out all at once. Now, when I finish something, I get to put it out, instead of having to wait until I've got 12 more."
Over the course of a career that's spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw's musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.
After an early break playing John Lennon in a touring company of the Broadway musical Beatlemania, the Michigan-bred musician began his recording career with the now-legendary indie single "Something's Gonna Happen," on Alan Betrock's seminal Shake label. His growing fame in his adopted hometown of New York City helped to win Crenshaw a deal with Warner Bros. Records, which released his self-titled 1982 debut album. With such classics as "Someday, Someway" and "Cynical Girl," that LP established Crenshaw as one of his era's preeminent tunesmiths -- a stature that was confirmed by subsequent albums Field Day, Downtown, Mary Jean & 9 Others, Good Evening, Life's Too Short, Miracle of Science, #447, What's in the Bag?and Jaggedland.
Along the way, Crenshaw's compositions have been successfully covered by a broad array of performers, including Bette Midler, Kelly Willis, Robert Gordon, Ronnie Spector, Marti Jones and the Gin Blossoms, with whom Crenshaw co-wrote the Top 10 single "Til I Hear It From You." He's also provided music for several film soundtracks, appeared in the films La Bamba(as Buddy Holly) and Peggy Sue Got Married, and was nominated for a Grammy and a Golden Globe award for penning the title track for the film comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Crenshaw also wrote a book about rock movies entitled Hollywood Rock 'n' Roll, and has assembled compilation albums of the music of Scott Walker and the Louvin Brothers, as well as the acclaimed country-and-western collection Hillbilly Music . . . Thank God! Since 2011, he has hosted his own radio show, The Bottomless Pit, on New York's WFUV, Saturday nights at 10 p.m. ET.
But it's writing songs and making records that remain at the center of Marshall Crenshaw's creative life, and he's distinctly excited about the potential of his new subscription service. "I still think that recorded music is a great art form, I still love it and believe in it, and I'm still always striving for excellence. The fact that the Kickstarter thing was a success, and that people responded so well to the concept, felt like a good validation of that."
"This is a really inspiring situation," Crenshaw concludes, "and I think that it's gonna be a good way for me to proceed into the future."
In a country where interstates don't take you to new places, but to the same places, where everywhere you go you've already been or you've just left, The Bottle Rockets' new album absolutely nails a sound and a vibe with a palpable sense of place. Lean Forward is suffused with the determination and resilience of their distinctly midwestern roots; theirs is a celebration of pragmatism and tempered optimism, not the delusions and exhortations of glassy eyed zealots--they aren't going to fall for that. Oh, it's a flat out, smoking rock record, too.
Lean Forward continues the Rockets' creative resurgence ignited by 2006's Zoysia. Reunited with producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (who ran the knobs on the Bottle Rockets' seminal albums The Brooklyn Side and 24 Hours A Day), the Bottle Rockets do what no other band does better -- look into the hearts and minds and faces of the dying small towns in America and crafts populist anthems with the sympathetic eye of Woody Guthrie and sonic stomp of Crazy Horse. They are songs that demand the windows be rolled down and the volume turned up. And with the hooks, you'll wonder how they make such problems sound so good ...
Lean Forward is stacked with a sharp lyricism and gritty fatalism that looks off the front porch for inspiration, and has the locked down groove of a band on top of its game. "The Long Way" looks on the bright side of the path not intentionally taken and works into a joyous song-ending jam. Songs like "Done It All Before" and "Get on the Bus" shine with an irresistible buoyancy, as does "Shame on Me" which gets to the meat of the relationship matter that, despite our best intentions, we're all gonna screw up. "Hard Times" whips up a ZZ Top-inflected boogie with effortless mastery and a dual guitar attack that'll put some much-needed flare back in your jeans.
On "Kid Next Door," the lyrics bypass protest in favor of simple commentary on a war coming home, making it a far more powerful song no matter where one stands on the issue. It's a stone cold classic and handled with the deftness and conviction that speaks to the Rockets' sober-minded realism. To see that they've still got scruffy punk moxie to spare, look no further than "The Way It Used To Be" and the channeling of Bo Diddley via the Stooges on "Nothing but a Driver."
With their 15th anniversary now in the rear view mirror, the Bottle Rockets show no signs of letting up. Lean Forward is an album that celebrates the forces of erosion not earthquakes, of the marathon not the sprint. Honed in their towns and on their back roads, it is distinctly the Bottle Rockets. Rather than be confining, this identity broadens the appeal and strength of their music far from their backyards into our own. Their specificity speaks universally and the message is a simple one: Lean forward, man, because it beats falling back.
10SatJanuary 10, 2015
Sena was born and raised in a house of blues in the Minneapolis area. As a kid her parents took her to many all-ages concerts and she was able to see artists like B.B. King, Koko Taylor and the Fabulous Thunderbirds wow their audiences with polished and exciting performances. As she grew older young artists like Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi gained success, putting young, contemporary faces to the music she loved.
A pivotal moment for Sena was attending one of Luther Allison's final concerts. As she describes it, "As the sun went down and the lights came up, the emotion of his voice washed over the crowd like a wave, leaving me with tears in my eyes. His ability to connect through music with every member of that audience, each with their own stories, struggles and victories, was stunning to witness. In that moment the idea of being a singer ceased to be a choice for me and instead became a calling."
After graduating from college in 2005, Sena began singing with Plan B, her father's band, which led to her desire to front her own group. In 2010 she started the Sena Ehrhardt Band.
In 2011 Blind Pig released her brilliant debut recording, Leave The Light On, and the critics and fans alike took immediate notice. Blues Revue said, "From track to track, Ehrhardt establishes that she is capable of crooning softly or wailing with the best of them." Living Blues added, "Sena Ehrhardt has a bright, soulful sound, and she doesn't hold back - she can go from sultry and coaxing to gritty and gutsy in an instant."
Elmore commented, "A wicked sense of soul power. Ehrhardt creates an atmosphere of lamp-light jazz club, diva-esque swagger through effortless vocal bends and brassy, wrapped-around-her-finger inflections that will have the listener hanging on every word."The album won the Blues Blast Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut Release" and was nominated for a Blues Music Award in that same category.
For her second recording, All In, released in 2013, Sena teamed up with one the foremost producers in the worlds of rock and blues (Santana, Luther Allison, Stevie Ray Vaughan), multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines. The result of their collaboration is a groove- rich, exciting exploration of the blues in all its moods.
Calling her "truly one of the most dynamic young voices any genre has seen in a long time," Living Blues said, "Her 2011 debut was a bold statement in cabaret-blues silken gloss. Whereas her debut can be seen as walking into the club and feeling the crowd, on this effort, Ehrhardt owns the joint. Sena Ehrhardt's voice cannot get any more powerful, range-defying, and throwback cool." Sena was just announced as a 2014 Living Blues Award nominee in the "Blues Artist of the Year (Female)" category.
With her newest release, Live My Life, Sena continues to forge her own personal and intelligent take on the blues. Says Sena, "Live My Life is such a fitting title for my new release. The last year has been one of tremendous growth and inspiration for me both personally and professionally through music." For one thing, she's excited about an all- new lineup of top-flight musicians she recruited to her Band. After serving as her band's lead guitarist and songwriting collaborator through her first two releases, Sena's father stepped aside earlier this year and she's formed a dynamic and energetic new Band.
With the new band behind her, Sena's looking forward to exciting opportunities on the horizon to play more festivals nationally and begin touring internationally, as she continues to come into her own as a vocalist, songwriter and entertainer.
"Working in the studio with producer David Z. at the helm was a dream come true. His catalog of work has been, in some ways, a soundtrack of my life - ranging from Prince to Jonny Lang. I was thrilled that David, who has strong ties to Minnesota, was able to come to my home state to record my album. In the studio he brought inspired and emotional performances out of myself, my band and the guest musicians on my album. It was truly an honor to work with a creative and contemporary living legend in music."
"The carefully selected covers are songs that I have held dear to my heart for years, with my own spin on their classic stories and appeal. The process of writing for this album along with my guitarist, Cole Allen, was incredibly rewarding."
With her commanding stage presence, and gritty, soulfully emotional vocal prowess, Sena Ehrhardt will continue to rank among the very best and most versatile of current blues vocalists. The journey's just beginning for this artist, but with the release of Live My Life, her expressive songwriting, and outstanding performances, the recognition and accolades for this rising star will continue to amass.
16FriJanuary 16, 2015
After his first two records came a plethora of well-crafted, unforgettable songs on such albums as Little Stevie Orbit, Streets of This Town, The American in Me, Mission of the Crossroad Palms and Evergreen Boy. His tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. In October 2012, 35 years after his first album, Steve has released an exciting new one, Over With You. Its ten fresh but mature songs pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships -- emotions that most listeners have undoubtedly felt and struggled to understand at some point in their lives. "This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make," explains Forbert. "You don't just pull these songs out of thin air -- you have to live them."
Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) is an iconic American singer, acoustic guitarist, and songwriter. Best known for his unique and distinctively soulful voice, Sam's fiery vocals fueled many of his former band's finest songs including their biggest hit "Closer To Free." It was Llanas' voice that supplied the trademark vocal on Robbie Robertson's "Somewhere Down the Crazy River."
In 1997 Llanas founded the band Absinthe. As Absinthe Sam released one album, 1998's critically acclaimed A Good Day To Die. In 2011 Sam Llanas left the BoDeans and released 4 A.M. (The Way Home) on Inner Knot Records. In 2013 he released the live retrospective 4/5 Live - Vol I.
In 2012 the music from 1998's A Good Day To Die was incorporated into a collaboration with playwright Doug Vincent and producer Gary Tanin in the production "A Day for Grace." By 2013 the play had evolved to include multi-city tours and multi-week runs in New York City.
On November 18th, 2014 Llanas is set to release The Whole Night Thru an all new studio record produced by longtime collaborator Gary Tanin. It features 9 new Llanas originals. The Whole Night Thru is Llanas' first studio outing after parting ways with the band he co- fronted for over a quarter century. Shedding new light on a multi-decade career Sam returns to his roots adding a refined rock sound complimented by a full band, all veterans of both studio and live performance. Behind his lone-wolf image and tuffness, Llanas continues to hone his skills. A master craftsman that feels most at home in the city he's always called home, Llanas has set the stage for fans to embrace his new identity.
Sam Llanas is prepared to tour in support of The Whole Night Thru during fourth quarter of 2014 and throughout 2015.
17SatJanuary 17, 2015Mary Fahl, former lead singer of October Project
23FriJanuary 23, 20158:00pm $5.00The area's most gifted vocalist and showman is back in town and on a mission from God. To bring back Classic Rock hits and good-time Rhythm and Blues, lightly seasoned with sophisticated Jazz. He has gathered the original lineup to revive what was one of the most popular acts at festivals and nightclubs throughout the Midwest.
Originally formed in 1982 at a small hall on 22nd Street in Milwaukee, the group has amazed audiences with their superb musicianship and dynamic stage show. They have played to wildly enthusiastic crowds at virtually every major festival, opened for many national acts, and been nominated four times for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards.
If you enjoy the music of Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen this is one act you will not want to miss.
24SatJanuary 24, 20158:00pm $7.00The Colour Bold is a Milwaukee based three-piece crafting original alternative rock with pop undertones. With a diverse background of musicians, they incorporate classical training, grit, passion, and technology into their albums and live performances. Their debut E.P. "When Our Lives Were Young" was critically acclaimed and all of it's proceeds supported a national charity. The members are as passionate about creating an intense, accessible, provoking sound as they are about creating a better world around them. Material from their sophomore E.P. (due Winter 2014) is only expanding their already powerful live performances.
In 2008, two high school best friends began embarking on their dream. Sure, they already had been active in Milwaukee's music scene: front man Ian Ash won the Summerfest Pepsi Talent Search performing an original song at age 13. Bassist Chivo had already cut his teeth playing hard rock in several projects. But after seeing an opportunity to compete for a major label record deal, Ian & The Dream were formed.
Competing in Bodog's Battle of the Bands, Ian & The Dream were named "Best Milwaukee Band," landing them performances in front of larger crowds such as the Metro and House of Blues in Chicago. Ian Ash won the title "Top Singer" at Waukesha County Fair, earning him an opening performance with the Beach Boys. When Grammy award-winning Beach Boy Bruce Johnston praised Ian's performance, the band knew they were ready to reach higher in pursuit of their dream.
Enter Stephen Short, Grammy award-winning record producer who was brought to the band's attention late last year. Identifying a band with strong songs and musicianship, Short helped the band hone in on their identity. Taking them to the famed Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX, Short produced an EP that brought out the best elements of Ian & The Dream: concise pop songs with uplifting honesty and emotion. How fitting that Ash, a songwriter who sat inside dissecting Beatles songs growing up, would get to work with Short, a sonic wizard who had worked intimately with Paul McCartney in the seventies.
The resulting release, Ian & The Dream, touches on themes of love, honesty, and living in the moment. One listen reveals the freshness this music has in this time and place. Melodies with flairs of oldies, combined with modern sonic textures, form a sound you haven't quite heard before. To boldly go into new territory, that is The Dream.
25SunJanuary 25, 201512:00pm Members $15 / Non-Members $25FIRST 20 will be accepted.
Bring your best 90 seconds on a track!
SOLO ACTS AND BANDS ARE WELCOME, COVER AND ORIGINAL MUSIC.
Prizes include festival slots and studio time. Winners announced at end of event & must be present to win!
Make sure you're there!!!!!
Registration starts at 11AM. Event starts at 12pm SHARP. Non-Members can sign up the day of the event for a membership with WAMI.
28WedJanuary 28, 2015
Bahamas is Afie is a coming of age record. Self-titled and self-produced -- It is the next step in the evolution of Jurvanen's songcraft, guitar mastery, and melodic pop hooks -- following his previous full-lengths Pink Strat (2009) and Barchords (2011). Bahamas is Afie remains a sparse, moving, headphone album, complemented by a more developed arrangement of strings, brass, winds, orchestral percussion, and chamber choruses that transport the listener from moving seas to a search for strength, to a place of resolve and comfort.
"This feels like a self-titled record to me. The songs seem to have a definitive quality to them, and they ended up going to all kinds of unexpected musical places. I really thought I was going to make a traditional folk record but as the recording evolved I started having some pretty different ideas. I started playing this game like, 'what would 80s Van Morrison do if he were producing this?' or 'what about John Williams?' It all came together in a simple, naive and direct way and I was really energized by the process. And I got to play a lot of guitar...I feel like I'll get another chance to make a folkie record somewhere down the road. For now, this is me."
29ThuJanuary 29, 2015
For a decade, Dixon helmed the critically acclaimed The Gabe Dixon Band; originally formed as a quintet at the University of Miami and last heard on record as a trio on their 2008 self-titled release for Fantasy Records / Concord Music Group. The album earned accolades from Paste, The Village Voice, American Songwriter and Performing Songwriter among many others, and virtually the entire album was licensed for use on primetime television. In addition, one of the songs, "Find My Way" was featured as the main title theme for the smash-hit Sandra Bullock & Ryan Reynolds film The Proposal. But, in the Autumn of 2009, when the band exited Seattle's Benaroya Hall stage to a standing ovation, it would no longer be "The" and "Band," but only Gabe Dixon. Says Dixon: "Working together over the last ten years, I think we all felt we had made the creative statement we wanted to make and it was time for me to jump into something unfamiliar and uncomfortable, something that would break me open creatively." Adding, "If I'm living in the moment and I don't know what's next, usually something good will happen."
Just one month off the road, Dixon's mind quickly turned from bringing a crowd to its feet to putting a baby to sleep, becoming a father for the first time. The odd waking hours of a young dad were filled with a flood of new musical ideas that would ultimately become One Spark and set the stage for an unexpected call from producer Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Kate Voegele, Marc Broussard). "I was in the midst of a baby haze, but I kept getting song ideas, and I began thinking seriously about making another album. Around the same time, I heard through the grapevine that Marshall was interested in working with me." Says Altman: "I'd become more than a little obsessed with Gabe's voice over the prior year. I'd listened to his last album on almost a daily basis, and his songs became a source of creative inspiration for me. Just a pure emotional current running through them that reached me, as clearly as any of my favorite music ever had. I was mid-sentence, telling my wife how badly I wanted to find an artist 'like Gabe Dixon' to produce, when she stopped me, and said 'why don't you just find Gabe Dixon?'"
That 'living in the moment' spirit lead Dixon and Altman to jump on a plane and head to London, setting up writing sessions literally 'on the fly'. Those London sessions, with Ivor Novello Award (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) winner & ex-Snow Patrol member Iain Archer, Starsailor frontman James Walsh and ex-Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross, yielded four of the new album's twelve tracks: "Strike" and "Perpetual Motion" with Archer, "I Can See You Shine" with Walsh and "Losing You" with Ross.
Collaborators back in the States included Grammy® "Song Of The Year" Award winner Dan Wilson ("My Favorite"), Grammy® "Song Of The Year" Award nominee Tia Sillers ("Even The Rain") and transplanted Scotsman and Ivor Novello Award nominee Gary Clark ("Release Me"). Even with the diversity of his co-conspirators, the material flows easily into a stream of music unified by Dixon's identity as a superb songwriter and sublime keyboardist.
Those highly familiar with Dixon's previous work may be surprised by his accomplishment with One Spark. All of Dixon's prodigious talent has thickened into a powerful collection of masterful songwriting and performance, giving us as pure a listening experience as we're likely to find. These songs proudly wear their heart on their sleeve, conveying very human emotions, the things we all want and need but often remain just out of reach: connection, romance and the courage to follow our dreams. Musically, his singular gift is melody, each track deeply-rooted in finely hewed tunefulness, giving his honey-toned tenor the appropriate space it needs to deliver his reflective, thoughtful intent -- so rare for a young writer. Like Paul McCartney, who admired Dixon's gifts enough to offer him a position in his band, Dixon knows how to take you by the hand and dance, be it a romp or a romantic embrace.
The sizzle and sting of love's possibilities is felt in "Strike," and "Even The Rain" (with guest vocals by country/bluegrass icon Alison Krauss) leaves us with the ache of recognition as a lover leans in close "like I am your black umbrella." We've all been there, in our hearts -- if not in fact. Lovers look past the heartache to find the best in each other in "I Can See You Shine." "On A Day Just Like Today" is a resolute plea for a relationship's hard truth, and the infectious "My Favorite" is an anthemic statement of love's determination and purpose.
Recorded in Los Angeles with new producer Altman and a stellar new cast of players, One Spark significantly broadens Dixon's palette. These songs rock and Dixon's fierce, open-hearted piano playing leads the way: "Unlike previous albums, going in, the arrangements & demos were very loose. That first week, we'd run through the song a few times, record the last pass, and move on to the next song." Continues Dixon, "When we got down to recording the next week, we'd listen to the last pass from rehearsals and then cut the song for the album. We didn't have a chance to over-think anything. We recorded it as we felt it, and I think that gives the tracks an immediacy and a freshness I've never had on record before. It was great to step back and give a little rein to Marshall and the musicians, spread it around and just see what happens."
Immediate but lasting, fresh yet familiar, One Spark is the milestone first step in the next chapter of Gabe Dixon's musical legacy. And as album opener "Strike" promises that "one little spark can make a thousand more degrees," One Spark promises that Gabe Dixon will be striking a chord with listeners for many years to come.
30FriJanuary 30, 2015Liam Hayes
The result of this appreciation was Hayes and Coppola making a soundtrack out of Hayes' music. "It evolved," says Hayes. "When we met to discuss the project we talked about possible songs. We talked some more, added a few more songs, and I ended up doing the score." Hayes also appears in the film performing the tune "So Much Music." It isn't his first time onscreen: In 2000 he appeared in High Fidelity performing his song "Soaring and Boring". His imaginative, atmospheric, cinematic style is well suited to movie soundtracks, and his Charles Swan soundtrack is made up of songs from Fed, Bright Penny and the forthcoming Korp Sole Roller along with music written specifically for the film.
Hayes has been making critically acclaimed pop records since 1994, when he released the single "Three-Quarters Blind Eyes" b/w "Found a Little Baby". Considered by many to be a pop classic, it helped to establish him as a songwriter. In 1998, he released More You Becomes You, a spare, stripped-down collection of his intimate tunes. In 2002, he released Fed, a lush, orchestral album. 2009's Bright Penny, an ode to pop music, was released under the name Liam Hayes and Plush. Although he emerged from the Chicago indie-rock scene, Hayes is often compared with artists such as Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson, Laura Nyro, Burt Bacharach and Harry Nilsson. Like some of the best folk-pop or soft soul from the 1960's of 1970's there is a timeless quality to his music.
Hayes is not the kind of artist who spends all day interacting on social media. He doesn't reveal a lot in interviews. He's not trying to be cagey or eccentric or elusive, he would just rather keep the focus on his songs. And let's face it, mystique is underrated in this era of over-sharing.
31SatJanuary 31, 20159:00pm $6.00Pat McCurdy is a singer/song writer from Wisconsin. He tours the mid-western part of the USA, his shows usually consisting of just him and his guitar. While the majority of his audience is made up of a college-age crowd, McCurdy manages to appeal to a large number of people of all ages with his interactive shows. Performing well over 300 shows a year, his large catalog of original songs (nearly 600 and growing) covers a variety of topics such as lost loves, politics, family vacations, the joys of Asian cuisine, and the sex organs of long-dead French Emperors.
Classifying McCurdy's style has long been a problem since he tends to follow wherever his muse takes him. Many of his songs could be classified as rock/pop, though he's been known to wander into folk, jazz, country and even Gilbert and Sullivan. Whatever style he chooses, his songs often include memorable lyrics.