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WAMA NEWS - INDEX
June 2001 / July 2001
Post/mp3 and Wammies™ Crosstown Jam in the Park Local Notes
Music News New Releases Beyond The Region
Workshops, Conferences Studio News


WashingtonPost.com/MP3 and the Wammies

WAMA announces what it calls a natural alliance between the organization and washingtonpost.com/mp3. WAMA is endorsing the site as a "wonderful resource of regional music." WAMA's 1,100-plus members will be encouraged to upload their music and search the site prior to submitting nominations for this year's annual Washington Music Awards, the Wammies.

Each year WAMA membership nominates approximately 300 bands and individual artists, many of whom are not connected to the organization. WAMA president Mike Schreibman hopes that the washingtonpost.com/mp3 site will help members discover the many artists with whom they may not be familiar. "What washingtonpost.com has accomplished with the MP3 site fulfills a need for WAMA members, and it's a real one-stop source for Washington music," says Schreibman.

The nominating ballot will go out to the WAMA members at the end of the summer. The Wammie awards are being planned for late January.


WAMA Crosstown Jam in the Park

15th Annual Concerts Highlight
Region's Exceptional Music

The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) will continue it's annual tradition of showcasing the Washington Area's exceptional music with its Crosstown Jam in the Park at Carter Barron.

New this year is a festival format that will taking place this summer. The first one was on Saturday June 30 and the next Jam will be on Sunday, August 5 at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Rock Creek Park from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. This format will allow the public to see many of the most talented performers in this area at a single venue.

The August 5th concert will feature J Street Jumpers, the Nighthawks, Ruthie and the Wranglers, 3LG, DKGB, Marcus Johnson Project, Ratso and Friends, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun and Nap Turner will emcee.

Admission to Carter Barron is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available on the day of the show at the Carter Barron box office, noon - 8pm. Carter Barron Amphitheater is located 4850 Colorado Ave, NW (16th and Colorado), Washington, DC - Concert Line: (202) 426-0486 Park Information: (202) 282-1063. Free parking is available at the venue.

Jam at the Millennium

Days of Showcases, Workshops and Exhibits

The concerts at Carter Barron will be augmented by two days and nights of programs at the Millennium Arts Center, Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22. The Arts Center, a former Junior High School at 65 I Street, SW, is a new national arts center that brings fine, visual, and performing artists together under one roof.

The Jam at the Millennium will showcase the wealth of talent that hails from the capital area, but will also include educational workshops, food and exhibition space. For more information about the Millenium Arts Center check their website at http://millenniumartscenter.org/

Crosstown Jam Program Booklet

Each Jam event will have a program for the show - advertising rates are below: Buy one ad and have it included in both publications.

SIZE (5x7) WAMA Pages Crosstown Jam Program

Distribution WAMA membership 4,000 - 8000 (est.)

Nat'l Local Member
Full (5"w x 7"h) $600 $500 $320
Half (5"w x 3 3/4"h) $420 $350 $220
Quarter (2 1/2"w x 3 3/4"h) $290 $245 $155
Deadline for camera-ready art and payment is Aug. 1, at 5pm.

For information about exhibit space during the Jam at the Millennium Arts Center, call 703-237-9500.


Local Notes

  • Hungry for Music has moved! New address and phone: Hungry for Music, Millennium Arts Center, 65 Eye St. SW, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 479-2810, (202) 479-2811 (FAX) Same email:hungryformusic@worldnet.att.net Same website:www.hungryformusic.com
  • Gretchen Richie...Jazz Cabaret will be appearing at Cate's Bistro in Old Town, Alexandria throughout the summer. Check out her web site at www.gretchenrichie.com for more information.
  • A special roster featuring Latino artists is being created as part of the Arts Commission's Latino Initiatives Program. This list will serve as a central public warehouse of information on local Latino artists. Any Latino artist or arts organization wishing to be placed on this list should call Santiago Montana at 202-724-5613.
  • Scooter Scudieri has been added to 94 stations across the USA and is charting in the College Music Journal. Scooter@intrepid.net
  • Bill Parsons and Eric Weinberg were voted `The People's Choice' at The 2001 Wildflower Festival National Songwriting Competition held in Richardson, Texas on May 19, 2001.
  • The Choral Arts Society of Washington, under the direction of Music Director, Norman Scribner, performed during a seven-day tour at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. This was the second appearance for the Society at the invitation of the Spoleto Festival's founder, Gian Carlo Menotti. Choral Arts performed two concerts of majestic choral works from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Borodin.
  • John Dawson, saxophone player from Annandale High School, was selected as a member of the Grammy High School Jazz Ensemble. The band traveled to Los Angeles during Grammy week and performed at the nominees' party.
  • The United States Air Force Band will continue their tradition of Christmas in August with a performance on Friday, August 24th at the Sylvan Theatre at 8 p.m. WETA radio will co-sponsor this event which will be simulcast on 90.9 FM. There is also a food drive for So Others Might Eat, so bring canned goods which will be distributed to the D.C. area's less fortunate. www.bolling.af.mil/band or 202-767-5658
  • St. Elmo's Open Mike Mary Sue Twohy hosts an open mic every third Wednesday of each month. Sign up from 7-8 p.m. The show lasts from 8-10 p.m. and if the slate of performers is full, everyone gets to perform two songs. St. Elmo's is on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Strathmore Hall Art Center recently partnered with the Levine School of Music to provide music education at the Music and Education Center at Strathmore.
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has welcomed a new President, Michael M. Kaiser, who succeeds outgoing President Lawrence J. Wilker. Kaiser was most recently the executive director of the Royal Opera House in London, the largest performing arts organization in the United Kingdom. He also served as executive director of the American Ballet Theatre and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation.
  • Bonnie Rideout won the top Celtic award for her recording Scottish Fire on the Maggie's Music record label in the 4th Annual New Age Voice Music National Awards . The magazine is available online at www.newagevoice.com. For more information Maggie's Music, www.maggiesmusic.com, PO Box 490, Shady Side, MD 20764, 410-867-0642.
  • Singer/songwriters Mary Sue Twohy, Michelle Swan, and Rachel Cross have joined together to create a new trio, 3 Moon Union. Be on the lookout for this new configuration performing at venues across the DC area.
  • James D. Sarge, Producer/Engineer, opens Exploding Wall Studio in Waldorf, Maryland. 24-track digital recording studio can be reached at 301- 638- 7818 or by email at Jdavidsarge@aol.com.

    Entrances...

  • Garth Ross and his wife Christy, welcomed their first child, Simon Stone Appleby Ross, 5lb, 7 oz on June 26th.
  • Lisa and Jim Taylor and their daughter Halle welcomed the newest member of their family, Rachel Harlene Taylor, on May 7th at 5:28 p.m. Rachel weighed in at 8 lbs, 4 oz and was 20" long.
  • WAMA Board Member becomes a grandmother. Stacey Williams' daughter Zachquita Shaw, gave birth to Johnnica Zakeyta Jones, born May 4th at 8:00am 6lbs, 8ozs, 20ins.
  • Sunny Sumter gave birth to her baby girl, Layla, on March 20.

New Releases

  • David Bach's new 12-song CD, Five Thousand Words has been released. The artwork direction was overseen by Michael Northrop (Steely Dan /MCI Records) and Spur Design. It was mixed by Frank Marchand, mastered by Charlie Pilzer/Airshow, and the portrait photography by Eva Hambach. The concept is inspired by Lao Tzu. Here is a partial list of musicans. Bobby Read (Bruce Hornsby), JuJu House (Chaka Khan, Arrested Development), David Wells (Maysa), Ekendra Das (Fertile Ground), Stan Whitaker (Happy the Man), Omar Miguel (Mystic Warriors).
  • Smartbomb's new release Yeah. Well, anyway... has been released on Razor and Tie/BMG. It will be available in stores across the US, or online at www.razorandtie.com. Their website is www.smartbombonline.com for more info about the album.
  • London Towne Music's release of Don Bridges' first solo children's CD, mister don, has just been pressed. The CD has 25 songs and contains nearly 80 minutes of pure fun. Seven songs are Don's originals, six are co-written with Bobbi Bliss and/or David M. Scales of Don's trio, Bridges To Bliss. Contact: London Towne Music, P.O. Box 230741, Centreville, VA 20120-0741 or via email to donbridges@myexcel.com or call 703-371-0887.
  • Songs for Strong Girls by Angela Taylor is now available. Angela is an alternative singer-songwriter on Skinny Girl Records. She is a Lilith Fair Talent Search Finalist, IMX Discovery Contest Finalist, and "Best of Baltimore" Solo Music Artist (City Paper Weekly). www.angela-taylor.com
  • Joanne Juskus just released her debut CD, Joanne Juskus (Rudderfish Music). A collection of 13 songs best described as "contemporary folk", it has been hailed by MP3.com as "hauntingly beautiful". Produced and engineered by Brad Allen of Greenworld in McLean, Virginia, with additional engineering by Bob Dawson of Bias Recording in Springfield, Virginia, the CD is available at www.joannejuskusmusic.com.
  • Lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Melanie Mason self-released her debut album, Bendin' the Blues. The album blends contemporary rockin' blues with more traditional forms, and consists of nine original cuts and three covers. Melanie performs all guitar work on the album and is joined by Mickey Meiklejohn (harmonica), Sam Goodall (bass), Mike Utz (drums), and special guest Benjie Porecki (keys). The CD was produced and engineered by Bob Dawson of Bias Recording and mastered by Charlie Pilzer of Airshow. For more information, visit www.melaniemason.com
  • Maggie's Music has released Celtic Meditations: Into the Light a collection of music culled from Maggie Sansone's A Traveler's Dream, Dance Upon the Shore, Mist & Stone and Ancient Noels, mastered and edited by Charlie Pilzer at> Airshow Inc. in Springfield, Virginia. With over 60 minutes of music it includes many guest musicians from the Washington D.C. area including Al Petteway, Bonnie Rideout, Sue Richards, members of Ensemble Galilei and Bob Read. For more information: Maggie's Music, PO Box 490, Shady Side, MD 20764, 410-867-0642, 410-867-0265 fax, email: maggie@maggiesmusic.com. Website: www.maggiesmusic.com
  • Unsung Hero CD Compilation 2001 Vol. #1. Subscribe to Unsung Hero Magazine and get the CD Compilation free. Featuring Emily's Toybox, Virgos Merlot, Clove, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Mary Prankster, Amy Simpson, SEV, Live Alien Broadcast, Voxology, Tidewater Grain, Rhyne McCormick, Luxx, Lake Trout, 51 Peg, and more.
  • Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Joe Devlin has released his first CD, titled Father and Son. The album features eight original tunes and two covers and is dedicated to his father Willy, who performs harmonica, mandolin and accordion on the CD. A CD Release Party was held at Prime Grill in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Please contact Joe at josephdevlin@yahoo.com for additional information.
  • The Kennedys' Positively Live! hit the street on June 5th! For more information check their website: http://www.kennedysmusic.com.
  • Songwriter Steve Ducey (Falling Awake Music) has just released his first solo CD Trust Your Stars. Co-produced by Steve and Mike Griffith (Bias Recording Studio), Trust Your Stars features guest artists Paul Bell, Pete Kennedy, Eddie Hartness, Mary Ann Redmond, Wade Matthews, Jon Carrol, Jim Robeson, Glenn Workman, Angie Miller, Jen Smith, John Thomakas, Larry Melton, Dana Biagini, Todd Kruezberg, and Mike Griffith. Email info@steveducey.com Trust Your Stars is available for purchase online at www.steveducey.com, amazon.com, and CDBaby.com.
  • Pam Steinfeld, singer/songwriter and winner of 20 songwriting awards, released her debut CD, Open Hands. The CD Release Concert was held at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Silver Spring. Open Hands, which was produced by WAMA Producer of the Year, Marco Delmar, features 11 of Pam's songs as well as an interpretation of John Gorka's tune Love is Our Cross to Bear. Pam's songs are upbeat, rhythmic tunes or soulful ballads. Her topics range from coming to terms with an old relationship to a joyful re-creation of summer kickball games and the Good Humor Man. The CD features songs that won four awards from the Billboard Magazine Song Contest, as well as honors from the Unisong International Song Contest and the Great American Song Contest. Guest musicians on the CD include Paul Bell, J.T. Brown, Jon Carroll, Laurie Rose Griffith, Granger Helvey, Cletus Kennelly, Robbie Magruder, Al Petteway, Jeff Severson, and Norm Thorne. Website: www.pamsteinfeld.com.
  • Gretchen Richie...Jazz Cabaret has recently released the debut CD, Close Your Eyes. Recorded at Bias Studio, it features classic jazz standards, acoustically performed in a relaxed, polished style. Backing up Gretchen's vocals are Bill Hones on bass, Howard Kadison on drums and Randy Richie on piano. For more information, to hear a sound byte or order a copy of the CD, visit www.gretchenrichie.com.
  • Jerry Bresee's second CD, Lifeline, has been released. Fine contributions were made by Pete Mealy and Laurie Rose Griffith, Danny Knicely, Andrew McKnight, John Dillon, producer/engineer/vocalist Les Thompson, and Brian Murphy on vibraphone as well as semi-regular band-mates Kirby Yarbrough, Granger Helvey and Steve Hudson. www.shenandoahacoustics.com/jbresee
  • Doug Alan Wilcox released his second CD, NewHorizons on Wednesday Morning Records. To order go to www.dougalanwilcox.com
  • Jaared Arosemena's first solo CD was released nationwide in April. The CD entitled Foreward is on the Marimelj/Lightyear/Warner Bros. label and includes some amazing talent. The first single Love's Taken Over is being played all over the country now and is doing quite well. It has charted #3 in the country on Gavin's "Chartbound" list for pre-releases and it's been on the Gavin charts since it's debut. Website: www.jaared.com.
  • Jim and Holly Lawrence released their CD, Of Gaels and Saints. It was engineered and remastered at Montfort Recording in Orange, VA. It consists of mainly traditional songs from Scotland and Ireland. Other musicians on the CD include Mary Triola on harp, Raymond W. Scott on the Highland bagpipes and Mark Davis on violin and mandolin. It was produced by Jim Lawrence, who also plays guitar, tin whistle, bohdran and claves. Vocals are handled by Jim and Holly Lawrence.
  • The Satin Doll Trio have put together a CD entitled I'm Glad There Is You. The Trio consists of Patrice Ferris on vocals, Ken Kilpatrick on guitar and Fred Ferris on bass. It was recorded and mixed by Eric Lemly at Omega and mastered at Foothill Digital in NYC. Romantic jazz classics like Ellington's Just Squeeze Me and Arthur Hamilton's Cry Me A River are included.
  • Shamba Band have put out a CD, Paying Tribute to Both Jazz and Reggae. From Miles Davis to Dizzy Galesby and the Skattalights of Jamaica, you'll find it being recognized here. Englishman on organ and bass, Anthony Ellerbe on drums, Jackson Briscoe on piano, Walter Tate/ Frankie Addison on sax and the Roots Player horn section pass on the their thanks to the musicians that have inspired them.
  • Fork released a three song demo called Suck Me In. Fork is Adam Guth, Matt Billingsley, and Mike Buscema.
  • Jerry Mierez has put out a CD called Love Forever. It was produced and engineered by Steve Murphy at Avalon Sound Studio in Bethesda. It features the music of Mierez's native Trinidad. Website: www.j-ez.com
  • Megan Hayes' new release Snow On The Waves was mixed by Harry Evans at Cue Recording and mastered by Bill Wolfe, of Wolfe Productions. All of the songs are originals and there's a guest appearance by John Jennings.
  • Camahogne has released Spice, Jazz and Soul and also More Spice, Latin Jazz and Soul. Both were produced by Alana La Grenade, who also plays the guitar, keyboard and synthesizer.
  • Danny C's Musical Review was recorded live at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, VA.
  • Arblemarble's self produced CD, Flair, has hit the streets. It was recorded at Butterworth Ranch in DC and mastered at Sound Labs in LA.
  • Tommy Forsey's CD was produced by Chris Biondo. He is backed by Benji Porecki and on keyboards and Raice McLeod on drums.
  • JP McDermott and Western Bop have released a five song CD demo with songs Ting A Ling, Last Cigarette, Blue Days/Black Nights, Rock and Roll Ruby and Cry, Cry, Cry.
  • Distilled's self titled release has five songs on it. Based in Arlington, the band plays in Baltimore, Maryland, and the DC area.
  • Little Pink's Cul de Sac Cowgirl features songs by Mary Grace Battiata and Karl Straub. Also included is ex-Graverobber and Last Train Home veteran J. Carson Gray on bass. A limited East Coast tour is being set for Autumn 2001.
  • Juniper Lane has out a three song demo called Tightrope. It was mixed by Mitch Eastman and Jim Ebert and was produced by Ted Comerford. The band consists of Vivion Smith, Chris Bonavia, Brian Frederick and Eddie Pasa.
  • Eric Lewis has put out a CD called The Speed Of Light. It was tracked and produced by Alan Kozlay and mixed by Tim Miskimon at Basement Floor Productions. Band members include Eric, Bob Turk, Alan Kozlay and Loren Duffey.
  • Lisa and Paul Fenstermacher gives us music with a mission on their latest release, A Promise For Tomorrow. From coffeehouses to ministries, their message is personal and spiritually based.
  • New Gospel artist, Doreen Vail, recently released her first CD entitled, Reflections of a Yielded Vessel. Her song, Use Me, Lord, from the CD was once included on the nationally syndicated Bobby Jones Countdown radio program. You can learn more of her story from her web site at www.doreenvail.com.
  • Eighty Pre-K and Kindergarten students from The School-Within-School Charter at Peabody celebrated the release of their CD The Greatest CD in the Whole Solar System. The students performed some of their original songs such as Bugs, Bugs Are Everywhere, What Do We Know About Trees, and Mary Took Her Lamb to Outer Space. WAMMIE-Award-winning singer/songwriter Rachel Cross has been working with these young musicians since last September.
  • The new CD by John Townley and the Press Gang, A Chesapeake Sailor's Companion (Adelphi Records), is now available. Consisting of Four Centuries of Maritime Music on the Chesapeake Bay, the music includes songs composed during the reigns of Elizabeth and James I to Tin Pan Alley tunes of the early 20th Century. For ordering information, call 301-434-6958 or visit the website at www.adelphirecords.com.
  • Folk/Blues artist David MacKenzie has released his latest recording, A Better Way (Adelphi Records). For ordering information, contact 301-434-6958 or www.adelphirecords.com.
  • Brave of Dale City, Virginia have released four CD's. They recently changed their name from Arise From Thorns. The band includes Michelle Loose, Scott Loose, Trevor Schrotz, Chris Wellborn and Tom Phillips.

    In The Studio

  • Airshow Mastering recently put the finishing touches on one of the most anticipated of the musical collections honoring Bob Dylan's 60th birthday. Nod to Bob, on St. Paul, MN-based Red House Records, features folk greats such as Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Rosalie Sorrells. Airshow Mastering founder and chief engineer, David Glasser, mastered the 14-song tribute at Airshow's Boulder studios. For more information on Airshow Mastering call Ann Blonston at 1-888-545-9035 or visit their Web site, www.airshowmastering.com.
  • Don Bridges will be back in the recording studio again at the end of July to record his first solo singer-songwriter project at Recording Arts in Fairfax, VA. Tentatively entitled An Ardmore Afternoon, this CD will be a collection of Don's original songs ranging from country to folk to blues to rock to stained-glass bluegrass.
  • Band members of Saldo Kreek are heading down to Nashville to record a full length CD at Dark Horse Studios produced by Duane Scott. Duane's reputation and talent as a producer and sound engineer has earned him industry recognition on platinum and double platinum albums over his 30 year career. His resume of artists includes Tom Petty, ELO, CS&N and Dan Fogelberg to name a few.
  • Lex Orillyon on Orillyon Entertainment LLC is working on an upcoming release in November entitled I Defy Logic Check out the label at www.orillyonentertainment.com or www.mp3.com/LEXO.

Music News

Ebo Signs with Maverick

Alan Stewart and Kathleen Cloutier of SG Artist Management are proud to announce the signing of Fairfax, Virginia, artist ebo to an exclusive multi-album recording agreement with Maverick Records. Maverick is a respected major label with a roster that includes Madonna, Alanis Morissette, The Deftones, Prodigy, Tantric, and DC's Bad Brains. The label, which is owned by Madonna and the Warner Music Group, plans on releasing a new full length record by the band in early 2002.

ebo is finishing up writing songs for their debut album, and is in the process of choosing a producer. This will be the followup to ebos latest album, Secret Weapon, which was released on the DC-based label Mullet Records International. Secret Weapon has received critical acclaim from press and industry critics. ebo is Dave Connelly, lead vocals, guitar, Moog; Ted Comeford, guitar; Bryan Smith, bass, backing vocals; and Christopher "Mik" Mikula, drums.

For more information please call Alan Stewart at (615) 300-5049 or Kathleen Cloutier at (703) 644-1926 or email SGManagement@aol.com. Website: www.ebomusic.com

MusiCares

Since 1989, MusiCares' Emergency Financial Assistance Program has been helping music people across the country cope with financial hardships and crises. It provides totally confidential crisis intervention, health care referrals and financial assistance. MusiCares' confidential and caring approach allows those in need to seek help with dignity and confidence. At MusiCares, we understand that the music business is often better at bestowing fleeting fame and fortune than financial assistance and health care referrals. Everyone from stars and songwriters to engineers and other music industry people can find themselves in financial crisis and in need of a safety net, a discreet helping hand. They may need assistance with a doctor's bill, an AIDS hospice, rehab center, rent check, or just keeping the utilities on during a financial emergency. To learn more about MusiCares or to seek financial assistance, call MusiCares at 1.877.303.6962.

The Beat: Go-Go'S Fusion to Funk and Hip-Hop
By Kip Lornell & Charles C. Stephenson, Jr.

An extensive book documenting Go-Go's past, present and future. With interviews from Terance Cooper, Donnell Floyd, Tom Goldfogle, Benny Harley, Andre Johnson, Mrs. Mack, Big Rosey, Benjy Little, James Funk, Ignatius Mason, Ken Moore, Big Al, Sugar Bear, Bruce Brown, Charlie Fenwick, and others. This book chronicles the development and ongoing popularity of go-go, focusing on many of its key figures and institutions, including established acts like Chuck Brown (the Godfather of go-go), Experience Unlimited, Rare Essence and Trouble Funk; well-known DJs, managers and promoters; and filmakers who have incorporated go-go into their work.

Going to a go-go is perhaps the only way to gain a full appreciation for the music, but reading The Beat is the next best thing.

Lou Reed Tribute

Wampus Multimedia is seeking submissions for a new CD tribute to Lou Reed. Following the success of Wampus<@146> first tribute CD, If I Were a Richman: a Tribute to the Music of Jonathan Richman, this compilation will feature selections from Reed<@146>s solo career as well as from his Velvet Underground catalog. For more information visit http://wampus.com/lou.html

Back Surgery for Big Joe

Big Joe Maher took a spill down some stairs at a Red Roof Inn in North Carolina and broke his back. He has had surgery and the doctors expect a full recovery. So in about six months Big Joe will be able play a shuffle for us once again. In the meantime, however, Joe will be out of work, facing not only his doctor bills, but also his mortgage, groceries, etc. That is why on August 12 there will be a benefit for Joe at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA. So far the line up includes Bill Kirchen, Tom Principato, and <@147>Special Surprise Guest.<@148> There are also a couple of other well-known blues artists that may be added to the line-up soon. For those of you who can<@146>t make the benefit and would like to make a donation you can send a check to: Joseph Maher, P.O. Box 529, Centreville, MD 21617 If anyone would like to volunteer their services, whatever they may be, you can email Kevin McKendree at kevin@delbert.com or call 615-591-5252.

The Twain Meets Petteway and White

Al Petteway and Amy White report that Ken Burns and his independent film company will be using three tracks from Al's Waters and the Wild CD for an upcoming documentary on Mark Twain - scheduled to air in early 2002.

Playground, a track from Al & Amy's debut duo release, Racing Hearts, will be featured on an upcoming Narada CD sampler of finger style acoustic guitar music, and several tracks from all four of Al's solo CDs and from Racing Hearts will be featured on an educational National Park Service video entitled: The Southern Appalachians: A Changing World. Al Petteway & Amy White's most recent recording, Gratitude (Groovemasters vol. 3) received the 2001 Association for Independent Music (AFIM) Indie Award in the Acoustic Instrumental category. Gratitude was recorded at Al & Amy's own Fairewood Studios, mixed by Jim Robeson at BIAS Recording, mastered by William Wolf at Wolf Productions and released by executive producer James Jensen on Solid Air Records. (contact email: amrusa@aol.com phone:1-800-649-4745 - Acoustic Music Resource, P.O. Box 3518, Seal Beach, CA 90740)

Beyond The Region

  • Peter Janson released Sometimes From Here. It was produced by Peter, and engineered by Steve Hunt at the Kitchen in Chelmsford, MA. All songs are original.
  • Clara Landau has released Blonde Stirrings, which consists of sparkling, blues and jazz. She's a singer, songwriter and pianist who writes original songs.
  • Greg Shrader has put out his CD entitled, Thys Functional Family with Rockhopper Productions. It was done at Root Cellar Studios in Dover, DE.
  • Tone (The Expanded Ensemble) has a CD called Structure. It was produced by Robert Pass and engineered by Charles Bennington at WGNS and dedicated to Bruce Licher.
  • Adam Dorfman has just released The Difference. One part original, one part cover artist, Adam's songs are built for audiences to sing along with. All songs were mixed, recorded and produced by Don McCollister at Nickel and Dime Studios in Avondale Estates, GA. McCollister has worked with the Indigo Girls and Billy Pilgrim.
  • Coyote Run released their self-titled CD. They are a Celtic/Folk Fusion band from Williamsburg, Virginia, and perform throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The album features 13 original numbers and 2 covers and was produced by legendary folk music producer, Paul Mills of Toronto. It features the members of Coyote Run: David Doersch, Les Kayanan, Steve Holliday, Arthur Rosenberg and Gabe Stone.

Workshops, Conferences

The 18th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

The Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) presents its 18th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) sponsored by SAW, BMI, Oasis Duplication, Omega Recording Studios, TAXI, and Writer's Digest Books. SAW is a non-profit organization assisting songwriters in the Washington, D.C. area. SAW sponsors workshops and seminars featuring songwriters, musicians, producers and other music industry professionals.

The Mid-Atlantic Song Contest is a great vehicle for recognition of up-and-coming songwriters, with results printed in national, regional and local press as well as on the internet. There are a total of 10 categories of music including jazz, children's folk, country, adult contemporary and rap with prizes ranging from $1,000 in cash to gift certificates for CD mastering by Omega Studios, memberships in TAXI (an independent A&R vehicle), and a collection of books from Writer's Digest Books. In addition, all gold and silver winners from each of the 10 categories will be recorded on a Winners' CD, compliments of Oasis Duplicating, to be distributed to top personnel of several major record labels, publishing companies, web sites, and regional radio stations.The judges are local and regional industry representatives from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the Virginia area. Past judges represented BMI, Warner Chappell Music, EMI, Sony Music, Polygram Music, Opryland Music, Sony Tree, regional producers, promoters and radio station personalities.

For more information about MASC 18, contest rules and regulations or to enter, call 800-218-5996. Or check out www.saw.org. Deadline is August 13, 2001.

Adopt A School Music Program

Beginning in 2001, Hungry for Music (HFM) will adopt a school music program for youth to be involved with the creative process of recording and producing their very own CD music project. HFM united with the Baltimore-based non-profit Project Millenium, Inc. ("The Underground") to launch this program. "The Underground" is dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and provides a drug/alcohol/obscenity free environment for teens and young adults with special emphasis on music and the arts. On March 10, 2001 the recording of sixteen of "The Underground" bands took place at the Baltimore Community College campus at Dundalk, MD. Over the next couple of months, the bands will fine tune their live recordings at Invisible Sound Studio in Baltimore. A special committee assembled from members of the bands will create the CD booklet artwork and liner notes. The CD will be available in the Fall. HFM extends special thanks to live recording engineer Dave Gevanthor and "The Underground's" Carla Crisp, Marty Canelli, and Tim Scully.

Songwriting Seminar

The Kennedys' Songwriting Seminar will be held September 1 and 2, 2001. This is for the beginner and seasoned songwriter alike. Cost for the full weekend is $200. For a detailed description of the songwriting seminar check www.kennedysmusic.com/songsemgeneral.html An order form is available at this site. The class size is limited to around twelve.

Song Camp Weekend in the Country September 14-16, 2001

Songwriting Workshops and Concerts with Beth Nielsen Chapman, Ysaye Barnwell, and Paul Reisler. Friday-Sunday, September 14-16 at the Ki Theatre in Washington, VA. $160 early registration, $175 after August 15th which includes concert tickets. For more information contact: Mary Sue Twohy (301-270-6832) e-mail: songcamp@kitheatre.com or www.kitheatre.com/songcamp. Sponsored by Ki Theatre, SAW (301-654-8434) and Oasis CD and Tape Duplication.


Studio News

Bias Recording

Bias engineer Jim Robeson recorded the song Swept Away for Mary Chapin Carpenter. The track appears on her latest Columbia/Sony release, Time*Sex*Love*. Jim has also been working with Sci-Fidelity recording artist Keller Williams, tracking and mixing his latest project. Jim is working with recording artist Scott Reiss, and he has just finished producing and engineering for singer Colleen Shanley.

Jim also recently mixed for recording artist Robert Finch and his band, and mixed a record for traditional blues artist Louisiana Red. TheLouisiana Red tracks were cut in New York and feature the talents of drummer Levon Helm and keyboard player Garth Hudson. Jim is in the midst of tracking for singer Sally Love.

Bob Dawson cut two new tracks with 5-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon for his upcoming compilation record. He is currently tracking and mixing for Honky Tonk Confidential and recently finished engineering and producing for singer Jennifer Beck. In addition, Bob is also mixing for the Howard University Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Dr. Fred Irby) and he is currently cutting tracks for jazz big band The Great American Music Ensemble (under the direction of Doug Richards).

Heidi Gerber has recently finished tracking and mixing with singer/songwriter Randy Barrett for his soon-to-be-released CD, Lights Of Home (produced by Randy and Tom Mclaughlin).

Heidi is currently working with the folk-flavored Jones Family, as well as with young singer/songwriter Taylor Percy. Engineer Mike Griffith recently tracked and mixed two songs for Sweet Honey In The Rock for a project to support legislative representation in the District of Columbia. Mike also recently cut tracks for Native American flute player Jeff Ball. Mike is tracking a gospel project for singer/producer Michael Baldwin and singer Ken Baldwin. In addition, Mike is engineering for music hall-style performer Stephen Carter-Hicks.

Contact: Gloria Dawson
Phone: 703-941-3333
Fax: 703-941-1521
Gloria@biasrecording.com



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