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April-May 2001
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Crosstown Jam is Back!
Spirit of the Jam Remains as its Structure Evolves

As many of you know, Crosstown Jam had its genesis as a multi-day event spread over the Washington, D.C. area during which 100-150 bands, both established and up-and-coming, were showcased at several of the clubs. Its objective was to provide maximum exposure for bands, clubs, and audience members to each other. The fundamental philosophy of the Jam was to showcase a fairly deep and representative cross-section of the diverse musical genres represented in this area, and to enhance appreciation not only for the more commercially successful acts, but also the equally talented but lesser-known acts. Over the years, however, logistical difficulties, as well as disappointment in certain quarters with turnout, combined to create growing dissatisfaction with the Jam, and a feeling that by trying to be all things to all people, the Jam was not accomplishing any one objective.

After much contemplation, WAMA has concluded that the original objectives of the Jam are best achieved by reducing the number of bands and venues, and centralizing the location so that the Jam is more accessible to a greater number of people. Since WAMA exists to serve primarily the performance community, WAMA felt it was most appropriate to make changes that ultimately result in more effective showcasing of acts. Therefore, the Crosstown Jam has been redesigned in the spirit of the earlier Jams, but streamlined so acts can be experienced at one time and place. The `Crosstown' flavor has been retained with a smaller, but still representative, array of acts that highlight the musical diversity this region offers. Although this regretfully reduces the number of acts and venues that can participate in the Jam, it increases the visibility of the acts that do perform.

WAMA will present three events designed to bring Washington-area artists and audiences from all across town together in a single location to celebrate the collective talents of DC's diverse music community. WAMA will present two free festival-length concerts, `Crosstown Jam in the Park,' on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, August 5th at the historic, 4,000 seat Carter Barron Amphitheater in Rock Creek Park through cooperation with the National Park Service.

In September, WAMA will cap off the Crosstown Jam with a two-day event that will delve deeper into the Washington music community by showcasing a wide spectrum of performers on multiple stages in a single venue as well as providing an opportunity for musicians and music appreciators alike to connect with the behind-the-scenes community of the business of music in Washington.

Washington, DC is a city with a rich and vital musical past and present. WAMA invites Washington to experience it together through the 2001 Crosstown Jam.

Montgomery County Breaks Ground on Strathmore Concert Hall

Montgomery County will break ground on the new Concert Hall and Arts Education Center at Strathmore Hall in April 2001. The facility, which has garnered unprecedented cooperation between the county and state governments to fund its 88.9 million dollars in capital costs, is scheduled to open in September 2004.

Designed by William Rawn Associates, architects, Lawrence A. Kirkegaard, acousticians and Theater Projects Consultants<@151> a team famous for its widely acclaimed achievement, the Seji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood<@151> The Music Center at Strathmore promises to offer audiences and performers the highest quality musical experience. Moreover, it will provide unprecedented opportunities for study, refinement and artistic exchange among our area's most talented musicians. It will be a showcase for established performers and those just beginning their careers.

Following a three-year construction period, The Music Center at Strathmore is scheduled to open its doors to the public in September of 2004.

`We are all rightfully proud of the quality of life we enjoy in Montgomery County,' said County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, `and this world-class arts facility will further enhance the cultural amenities of our community. This groundbreaking marks an important beginning not only for the arts community, but for everyone in the area who enjoys both the performing and visual arts.'

Music News

Music and Sex Advice

Richard Koris hosts "Love and Money," a talk show that airs on Fairfax Public Access and DC Public Access. That's right, musical guests and sex advice - what a concept. Koris is seeking musicians to feature as guests on the show. The guests would talk about their projects, "and probably do a musical number, probably with a guitar." The show would be interested in musicians who also act, write, or make films. Contact Richard Koris or check out the website,

Area Musicians Receive Grammy Nominations

Washington area musicians who received nominations for Grammies this year include Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer for Best Recorded Music For Children for Pillow Full of Wishes (Rounder Records); Ali Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi for Remixer of the Year for Madonna's Music; Sweet Honey In The Rock for their Still The Same Me; Smithsonian Folkways' The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the Underground From The Pages of Magazine; Baltimore's Sisquo who received three nominations including Best New Artist; Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters; and Richmond's D'Angelo.

The Winners include:

They don't all live here anymore, but we haven't forgotten them.

Best Rock Album
There Is Nothing Left To Lose
Foo Fighters

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
He Wasn't Man Enough
Toni Braxton

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Untitled (How Does It Feel)

Best R&B Album

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Cherokee Maiden
Asleep At The Wheel

Best Contemporary Folk Album
Red Dirt Girl
Emmylou Harris

Best Short Form Music Video
Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters

TMOTTGoGo 3rd Annual Internet Go-Go Awards 2001

The following artists were awarded Internet Go-Go Awards. Congratulations to them all! For more information, visit the website at

  • Leaders of the New School - Suttle Thoughts
  • Best Comeback - Junkyard Band
  • Best Fusion of Go-Go - Northeast Groovers
  • Most Unfairly Slept on Band - Optimystic Tribe
  • Most Unfairly Slept on Album - Uncalled 4 Band - "We Got Next"
  • Tightest New Act - Suttle Thoughts
  • The Chuck Brown Hall of Fame Award
  • Buggs; Little Benny; Sugar Bear
  • Tightest Go-Go Single
    - Little Benny & The Legends - Go-Go Thong Song
  • Tightest Go-Go Album - Rare Essence - RE 2000
  • Tightest Pocket - Backyard Band
  • Band of the Year - Backyard Band

Bus of Monkeys Concert Series

Bus of Monkeys Music has begun a monthly concert series in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. The shows kicked off in January with Sam Shaber (from NYC) and Rachel Cross (from DC) for her CD release show. If you'd like to receive monthly notification of these shows, please see the website for more details: The website has detailed information about showtimes, parking, ticket sales, etc. Each concert will feature a local performer and a touring performer.

Mayor's Arts Awards

The city of Washington, DC recently honored its outstanding artists and patrons of the art community at the annual Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony at the Lincoln Theater. Hosted by News4 anchor Jim Vance, the event honored Washingtonian's G. Byron Peck for Excellence in Artistic Discipline; Nestor Hernandez, Jr. and Sowende Tichawonna for Outstanding Emerging Artist; Malik M. Lloyd for Innovation in the Arts; The Shakespeare Theatre and Karen L. B. Evans for Excellence in Service to the Arts; Folger Shakespeare Library and Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education; and Special Recognition Awards were presented to Chuck Brown and D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis.

Singer/Songwriter Phil Flowers Sr. Dies at 66

Phil Flowers Sr., a Washington area singer and composer, died of cancer January 22 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Gaithersburg. Flowers wrote hundreds of ballads, rock, blues, and gospel songs, with artists such as Glen Campbell (I May Never Pass This Way Again) and the Chartbusters (Slippin Through Your Fingers) recording his songs. Flowers was born in North Carolina and began his professional singing career in the Washington Area in the 1950s, while serving in the Air Force and performing with the Air Force group, Tops in Blue.

Guitar Innovator John Fahey Dies at 61

Guitarist John Fahey, whose eccentric acoustic stylings influenced a generation of musicians, died after undergoing a sextuple bypass operation. John Fahey was born on February 28, 1939 in Takoma Park, MD. John spent his youth raising wood turtles and fishing in the Susquehawa River and upper Chesapeake Bay. On Sundays the family went to the New River Ranch in nearby Rising Sun, MD where they heard the top country and hillbilly groups of the day, like Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers. After getting a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from American University, Fahey moved to Berkeley, CA in 1963, where he established his own label, Takoma Records, and began his long recording career. The following year he moved to Los Angeles, got an M.A. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA, and was instrumental in the rediscovery of blues artists Skip James and Bukka White. He expanded the Takoma label to include fellow guitarists Leo Kottke and Peter Lang, among many others, and New Age pioneer George Winston was another whose early career was nourished by the quirky innovator.

In recent years the Takoma catalog has been purchased by Fantasy Records of Berkeley, CA, and Fahey's Takoma LPs are now being reissued on CD.


WAMA News erroneously reported that the latest release from Cravin' Dogs, Roots Rock Paper Scissors, was their first full-length CD. It is actually their 6th full-length release.

Instrument Donations

Because of the ongoing generosity of Mars Music of Springfield, VA as well as individual donations, Hungry for Music (HFM) has received and distributed over 100 instruments in the past year. Most of the instruments are distributed in the DC Maryland Virginia area, but last year HFM donated a keyboard to a child in Michigan and recently donated violins to the Tierra Caliente Project. The Tierra Caliente Project provides musical instruments to poor Mexican communities. HFM has received musical instrument donations from across the country. If you have a musical instrument to donate to HFM, please contact Jeff Campbell at 703-549-4831 or email

Wampus Aquires

Wampus Multimedia purchased, the online retailer in the indie CD market. The acquisition gives Wampus access to a targeted database of indie music enthusiasts -- the fans who care the most about independent music. Dedicated to the support and promotion of independent music, Wampus Multimedia is home to Arms of Kismet, Mancini, Wampeters, Kowtow Popof, and, soon, to a growing roster of indie artists.

For artists who have marketed their work in the past through, Wampus is developing new programs to help them reach their audience. Wampus is interested not only in signing and producing new artists, but in marketing and distributing the existing work of artists seeking broader exposure. Wampus will announce details of its new signature and affiliate programs later this spring. For more information, visit...

Wammies House Band

WAMA would like to extend a big thank you to the members of Groovy for stepping in at the last minute to handle the pit band chores at the Wammies. They did a superb job.

Local Notes

  • Long time local musician and songwriter David Kitchen recently had a song picked up by Paramount for a movie, `Black Iris,' to be aired on Showtime in the near future. David secured this deal through attorney and former DC area bass player, Eric Zukoski. When not out with his own band, The Demolition or as a member of American Song, he contributes his studio talents to other local songwriters. The song, Mystery to Me has also been included in two roots rock samplers locally and is available on David's self released CD Low Falutin. Contact: or send $15 to P.O. 4093 Alexandria VA 22303.
  • Dulcie Taylor is one of the three finalists in the country category of The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest 2001, the festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Dulcie will be performing her song Pillow Like A Stone at the festival. To check out Merlefest, go to
  • Fairfax band, Smartbomb recently signed with Razor and Tie Records.
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer signed a three-book deal with RedLeaf Press of St. Paul, MN for educational books to accompany their recordings, Help Yourself, Nobody Else Like Me and Changing Channels (all on Rounder Records).
  • An excerpt of a song from Suzanne Brindamour's CD, Dear Sevda was played on the TV show `Popstars' on the WB (Channel 50).
  • Four-time Wammie nominee David A. Alberding has been awarded a 2001 Individual Artist Award for Music Composition by the Maryland State Arts Council.
  • Modern Yesterday is now Rotoglow. For more info and updates on shows, you can check out the band's website at .
  • Eva Cassidy's Songbird topped the British charts knocking the Beatles' `1" out of first place. The album has now sold one million copies.
  • Pete Papageorge has been moonlighting as an actor lately. He has played a deputy sheriff in America's Most Wanted - the story of Catalino Morales; a `shady looking dude in dark business suit and sunglasses' in the film Traffic; a police officer and a shopper at Union Station in the film Hannibal; and will be portraying a prison guard in the HBO film Shot in the Heart about Gary Gilmore's last days in prison.
  • Rah recently took the stage as lead rapper for the newly created group 911, ending his stint with Northeast Groovers. For more information, visit
  • Scooter Scudieri and his wife Kelly welcomed their new daughter Sophia Adara Scudieri on January 22 at 7:42 p.m. Little Sophia weighed in at 4 lbs, 7 oz and has a full head of hair. You can see photos of the new Scudieri at
  • Willy Paul, lead singer and songwriter for the DKGB Band, has been named for the 2000 contest, 'runner-up' in the World Category of the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. For more information, please visit the website at
  • Pat McGee Band performed for President and Mrs. Clinton at a White House Farewell party hosted by Chief of Staff John Podesta honoring White House staff and guests at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. The party, termed `I Survived the Clinton White House' drew around 1,500 invited guests. Pat asked how the White House had selected the band for this show so he asked. A White House staffer involved with the booking told him she had seen the band perform at the Kennedy Center Open House several years earlier on the WAMA Stage.
  • Albright Green announced the newest member of the AG family, bassist Stephen Vielbig. Stephen takes over for bassist Spencer Jamieson, who left in December.
  • Hot Soup is among the most-played artists on Folk Music and Bluegrass radio internationally in the year 2000. The Folk and Bluegrass DJ List reported the following: The vocal trio Hot Soup placed #55 out of all artists played on folk and bluegrass radio programs, based on frequency of reported airplay. Hot Soup's March 2000 CD release `Soup Happens' was #23 of all CDs played on folk and bluegrass radio programs, based on frequency of reported airplay. `(Don't Know What Was) The Last Thing On My Mind,' on Hot Soup's CD `Soup Happens,' was #33 of all songs played on folk and bluegrass radio programs, based on frequency of reported airplay.
  • The Choral Arts Society of Washington recently launched a national radio series produced in partnership with WETA-FM. Hosted by Martin Goldsmith, and distributed by WFMT of Chicago, IL, the programs feature music by the Choral Arts Society with commentary by Music Director Norman Scribner.
  • Esmirelda showcased at the Rockrgrl Conference in Seattle, WA.
  • Greg Berger and Renee became parents to Max.
  • Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) and the Friday Morning Music Club recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of Concerts in Schools. Sharing a culturally diverse spectrum of music, dance, and spoken word, the program reaches students from kindergarten through high school. For more information, call 202-533-1863.

New Releases

  • Dan Mazer released his new CD, Old Stuff. The album gets its title because the music was recorded between 10-15 years ago. There are four original songs and instrumentals on the CD, and covers of bluegrass and traditional tunes, as well as a couple of jazz standards and a transcription of a Chopin prelude. Many players and singers make guest appearances, including Mike Auldridge, Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein (recorded several years before Chesapeake); Tom Gray, Ben Eldridge, Dave Giegerich, Jim Queen, and more.
  • Benjie Porecki is contemplating the future on his second recording for Severn Records, The Rest of My Life. Assisting on the album are Keter Betts and Steve Gomes who share bass duties, Robb Stupka and Alejandro Lucini on drums, and guitarist Dan Leonard. He's also rounded up some very special guests: Chuck Brown and saxophonist Skip Pruitt. The result is a ten-song CD featuring a mix of jazz, funk, and even a little reggae.
  • Mary Byrd Brown's 5th recording, Live at House in the Woods, is now available. A limited edition, 6-song release, it is not available in retail stores. Recorded live at Ilene White Freedman and Phil Freedman's House in the Woods House Concert Series in Adamstown, Maryland, the CD also features Andrew McKnight on guitar and harmony vocals and was mastered by Bill Wolf. For more information, contact Mary Byrd Brown Productions, PO Box 301, Severna Park MD 21146 or visit the website at
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer's latest CD, All Wound Up (Rounder Records) is now available. The recording is a collaboration with Brave Combo, the Grammy-winning polka/Latin/indescribable dance band from Denton, Texas. The CD is available at record stores or from Community Music at 301-891-1228 or toll-free at 1-800-669-3942.
  • Nomad Records announced the release by Norway's Mensen. This limited edition (500 copies, first 100 on lemon wax) release features two exclusive songs Man From Outer Space and Dead Moon's Kicked Out, Kicked In.
  • Fear of Commitment, recently released its debut CD, Paper Dolls & Plates (Dren Records). Produced by Niall Hood (Sixty Acres) with Bruce Falkinburg, the CD features guest appearances by Eric Brace (Last Train Home) and Matt Felch (Sixty Acres).
  • Songwriter Janet Saadian (Fire and Stars Music) has just released her first solo CD Weather the Storm. Produced by Heidi Gerber (Bias Recording Studio) Weather the Storm features guest artists Paul Bell, John Jennings, Robbie Magruder, Wade Matthews, Casey O'Neal, Akira Otsuka, Charlie Pilzer, Mike Crotty, Mike Griffith and Heidi Gerber. For information or a copy of the CD visit or e-mail Janet at
  • James Jelasic's band released their first recording of Latin & American Jazz/Swing, Enter Club Havana.
  • The new CD, Yesterday's Child, from The Michael Fath Group, is now available from M.A.C.E. Music. This record features 11 original instrumental tracks; mostly progressive rock/fusion, including a be-bop tribute to Jimmy Bruno, a country burner nodding to Danny Gatton, an obvious Hendrix remembrance in a ballad. The CD features Andy Hamburger on drums and Chris Neubauer on bass. To order, visit the website at
  • Celtic Cafe (Maggie's Music), a CD featuring Irish, French & Flemish music and featuring Karen Ashbrook & Paul Oorts was recently released. The album was recorded at Bob Read Studios in Charlottesville, VA. For ordering information, contact Maggie's Music , PO BOX 490, Shady Side, MD 20764, (410)867-0642 or visit the website at
  • Daniel Clarke released his first CD, Danny C and His Musical Review (Courthouse Records). Recorded live, the CD was produced by Danny.
  • Radio King Orchestra's swing Christmas CD, Put A Little Boogie In My Stocking, has been released. The title track was written by the band's vocalist, Robin Gordon, and arranged by Dave Bandman. Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Omega Recording by Dave Cannon, sound bytes and ordering information are available on the website at or by calling 301-330-8622.
  • The guitar ensemble Tone have released their new CD, Structure (Dischord Records). The album was produced by Robert Poss (Band of Susans, Nicholas Collins), recorded at WGNS in Washington, DC, engineered by Charles Bennington, and mastered at West West Side by Alan Douches. For more information, contact 703-644-1926 or e-mail
  • Jay A. Turner has released his 3rd solo project called Celebration Day. Go to for info.


  • Rumba Club has recorded a new CD at Phase Studio in College Park, MD that will be released by Palmetto Records in June 2001.
  • Dandelion Wine's Gregory Lygon will start recording a solo contemporary folk album soon.
  • David Bach has been very busy with the final tracking of his CD. For more information, visit the website at, or
  • Angela Taylor's new album Songs for Strong Girls is at the plant being pressed.

Workshops, Conferences

NCSA 21st Annual Songwriters Conference
September 8-9, 2001

Northern California Songwriters Association (NCSA) is making history with its long-running organization and their annual conference for songwriters. The Early Bird registration deadline is June 9th. Members and volunteers receive an even lower registration rate. NCSA also offers special airfare and car rental discounts through their transportation sponsors. Contact: (650) 654-3966, website

2001 USA Songwriting Competition

The USA Songwriting Competition has announced the launch of the Year 2001 songwriting event sponsored by MARS Music Superstores, Mackie, Guild Guitars, D'Addario Strings, E-mu Ensoniq, Mix magazine, Onstage magazine, Music Connection magazine, Audio Technica, Superdups, ASN, Performing Songwriter magazine, Sonic Foundry, Event Electronics and Acoustic Cafe.

With a grand prize of over $50,000 in cash, merchandise, and exposure, winners' songs will be featured on a nationally syndicated radio program serving over 60 cities in the US and Canada, courtesy of a new sponsor - Acoustic Cafe ( Judges of the songwriting competition include representatives from record labels and music publishers such as Warner/Reprise Records, SONY Music, Epic Records, Mars Music Records and Peer Music.

Songs may be entered in 15 different categories including Pop, Rock and Country. It is aimed at promoting excellence in the art of songwriting among writers, composers, bands, singer/songwriters and solo artists in an international forum. Entries are accepted from now through May 31, 2001. For more information visit the website at or call (toll free) 1-877-USA-SONG.

Noon-Time Brown Bag Series Debuts

DC Commission Offers Networking for Art Community

In an effort to foster relationships between local artists and arts organizations, the Arts Commission is initiating the Noon-time Brown Bag Series. These casual meetings are intended to create a forum for open dialogue on current art events. These gatherings will also provide an opportunity for collaboration among artists and serve as a forum to present questions to the Arts Commission staff on relevant issues. The series will take place the second Friday of every month from 12-1:30 p.m. The series will be held in the Commission's conference room at 410 8th St., NW, Fifth Floor. For more information, call 202-724-5613.

Summersongs Songwriting Summer Camp
Ashokan Conference Center, Olivebridge, NY August 5-11, 2001

A songwriting camp will be held in Olivebridge, NY with workshops, marketing, music business, performance skills, and more. The faculty includes Bob Franke, Tom Prasada-Rao, David Roth, Sloan Wainwright, Freebo, Penny Nichols, and Jason Blume. The camp costs $599.00 and a $200 deposit is due by June 1, 2001. For more information, call 845-246-0223 or visit the website at

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts presents
E-Commerce Survival Guide

Co-Sponsored by: D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law Section; D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law Section; D.C. Bar Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section; Washington Area Music Association

E-Commerce and Business Basics
May 8, 2001

Overview of E-Commerce Landscape; Napster, MP3, Gnutella and the Changing Face of Copyright; Surfing, Linking, Framing, Spidering; Copyright Liability: DMCA Safe Harbor & AntiCircumvention; Trademarks: Metatags, Keywords, Framing, Linking; Domain Name Disputes and Alphabet Soups ICANN, UDRP, ACP; Critical, Parody and Commentary Sites; Business Formation and Corporate Basics; VCs, Angels, Friends and Family Counting Coup for Cash; The Exit Strategy

Session 2: Intellectual Property and Contracting Considerations
July 10, 2001

Copyright Protection for Websites, Music, Graphics, Articles and Art in the Digital Domain; We're Online! Is the Band Name a Trademark?; Rights of Publicity; Software and Business Method Patents; Databases <@150> Sony v. Connectix and the Gamers' Revenge; Content Licensing Agreements for the Digital World; Website Development Agreement; Software Development Agreement; Website Hosting Agreement

Session 3: Alliances and Sales
September 11, 2001

Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances; Co-Branding, Co-Marketing and Linking Arrangements; Privacy Online; Data Mining, Cookies and Profiling; Terms of Service (TOS) Agreement; E-Sign Act, UETA, UCITA, Shrinkwrap and Clickwrap Agreements; Payment Systems; Fulfillment Requirements and FTC's Mail Order Rule

The following information applies to all sessions:
Time: 6:00 <@150> 8:45 p.m.
Place: Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe, 1200 Nineteenth St., NW,
Seventh Floor, , Washington D.C.
Alan R. Lewine, Esq., Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe and attorney, musician, President of Owlsong Productions
Other presenters TBA. CLE: WALA is an Accredited Pprovider of continuing legal education in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Each session is worth 2.5 credits.
Credit for other jurisdictions may be available on request.
Fees: Attorney members of WALA or co-sponsoring organization
$60 per session; $165 for series
Student and Artist members <@151> $35 per session; $90 for series
Non-members <@151> $70 per session; $195 for series
($10 surcharge applies to payments not received at least one day prior to the workshop date.)



Call Maureen Cohen Harrington, WALA Director of Education, at 202-393-2826 ext. 23.

Beyond the Region
About our Members Outside the Washington Area

Richard Isen has released his debut CD, Let It Fall (Clearsong Records). The CD features all original material with one cover of Joni Mitchell's Willie. For more information, visit the website at
  • Debra Farris recently released her second music CD, a live show recorded in Santa Barbara's Club SOhO, and is an unedited version of the Debra Farris Band set list that evening. The CD contains 15 songs, seven of which have never been recorded, and others with new arrangements written for a full live band. To order the CD, please contact Debra care of Share The Ride Music, P.O. Box 4021, Santa Barbara, CA 93140 or e-mail
  • The brand new Rocket From The Crypt studio album, Group Sounds, is in stores now. The new record is also available online at and
  • Massachusetts' Peter Janson recently had his recording, Across The Bridge, reviewed in Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The CD received the 2000 NAV Music Award for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year Finalist. In the meantime, Janson has recorded a new album, Sometimes From Here (Eastern Woods Music) which has a release date of May 15, 2001. For more information, visit the website at
  • Singer/guitarist Mark J. Bradlyn's second independent CD, Lighthouse Keeper, was released on his label, Gentle Wednesday Records. Supporting musicians include folk legend Mary McCaslin, prize-winning fiddler Dennis English, cellist Kris Yenney, bassists Stan Poplin and Matt Bohm, and drummer/percussionist Rick Walker. In the months since its release, songs from the album have been played on folk radio shows across the USA and in Australia and Europe. For more information, please visit the website at


    Hey AskMike,
    I have been very dissatisfied with my WAMA membership, but I have decided to give WAMA a second chance and renew my membership. When is WAMA going to get it's act together?
    Dissatisfied Musician

    Dear Dissatisfied,
    AskMike is glad that you have asked that question and heartened that you renewed your membership. As AskMike thinks about the question, he wonders who is this WAMA that has not done enough for this musician? The answer is that WAMA is an all volunteer organization. There isn't a full-time staff at some suite of offices in a high-rise with a panoramic view of the city of Washington. When the members don't volunteer, WAMA's services decline. Let AskMike repeat his often used paraphrase of John Kennedy and also The Kennedys, "Ask not what your WAMA can do for you, but what you can do for your WAMA."

    AskMike would like to remind you of some of the things WAMA has done over the past year. WAMA produced the Wammies, which includes processing and verifying the nomination ballots and the final ballots, sending out invitations and organizing the awards show. WAMA presented quite a few educational workshops, printed the 112-page membership directory, published WAMA News, and issued countless bar codes for it's members. Additionally, WAMA receives and responds to some 50-100 emails and voice mails per day. As we speak, WAMA is planning two Crosstown Jam in the Park events featuring 28 artists at Carter Barron Amphitheater and another larger Jam event for this coming fall at another location.

    All of these projects are big jobs even for organizations with large budgets and paid employees. WAMA is its volunteers. By volunteering you also enrich your knowledge of and expose yourself to your fellow musicians, all the while giving back to the community. So, if you can, donate some time to the only organization dedicated to recognizing the musical talent of our region. And if you don't have time, possibly you have resources to contribute.

    And remember . . . if you don't know something... AskMike.
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