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WAMA NEWS - INDEX
August/September 1999
Wammiesķ Nomination Ballot 14th Crosstown Jam - Schedule Local Notes
New Releases Beyond The Region Workshops, Conferences
Studio News Classified Advertising  


Wammiesķ Nomination Ballot

It‚s time to make your nominations for the annual Washington Area Music Awards (The Wammiesķ). The 1999 Nomination Ballot is included in this newsletter. Take time to read the Wammies Nomination & Voting Rules.

Wasted Nominations

While it‚s true, you can self-nominate, it takes many nominations to have your name placed on the final ballot. One nomination or a few nominations is not enough to qualify for the final ballot. Most people who nominate themselves receive only one or two nominations and therefore do not qualify for the ballot. Those are wasted nominations. Your nomination could be spent more wisely.

Meaningful Nominations

Do you have a realistic chance to be a nominee? If not, nominate the artist(s) you believe to have made the most significant career gains. Your nomination could possibly be the deciding vote for another nominee. That will go a long way towards maintaining the integrity of the voting process.


14th Crosstown Jam - Schedule
Sponsored in part by MusiCares

September 21

Iota
Invitation Only - Members & Jam Artists
6pm -9

Ron Holloway Group
Tom Principato Band

11th Street Stage
Free Outside - 5pm-9
11th St at Garfield in Clarendon
Doug Derryberry Band
ő52 Pickup
Cravin‚ Dogs

Bar None
3LG
Infinite Loop
Unspoken Herd
W Ellington
Asheru

Clarendon Grill
Less Travelled
P-Nut (Uncle Chunky)
#2 Pencil

Clarendon Metro Park
Free Outside 5-9pm
Carey Colvin & On the Air
Doris Justis & Friends
Flutar

Galaxy Hut
Esmirelda
Lava
Jane Doe

Iota
Kevin Johnson
Ruthie Logsdon and Phil Mathieu
Honky Tonk Confidential
Jumpin‚ Jupiter

Whitey‚s
Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
The Grandsons
Hula Monsters
Danny Morris
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

September 22

Lewie‚s
Tommy Lepson
Al Williams
Ron Holloway &Marge Calhoun
Kashi/Tara

Phantasmagoria
Great Mutant Skywheel
Terri Seymour
Poets in Heat
Ghost of Tom
Maven

Whitlow‚s On Wilson
Hey Norton
Resonators
Colleen Shanley Band
Janine Wilson Band
Levert & Harris

Velvet Lounge
555
Adam West
Spur

September 23

Luna Park Grille
2nd Story
Diana & the Moon Dogs
w/ The Towering Bouffants
Julie Sanderson

Madam‚s Organ
Peter Fraize Quartet
Pam Bricker
Vaughn McClarrin

Paddy Mac‚s
Red Letter Day
Rachel & Jacqui
Hollyfield & Spruill
Julia Rose

Vienna Tap & Grille
David Kitchen & the Demolition
Oklahoma Twisters
Blue Steel

September 24

Starland Cafe
Grace Griffith
w/ Special Guest Zan McLeod
John Jennings
Sara Landymore
Bill Baker
Bill Danoff


Local Notes

  • Robert Lighthouse has relocated to Charleston SC, but he will be coming back to DC often.
  • Speedy recovery wishes are sent out to bass player Jeff Sarli who was in a serious car accident and will be laid up for a number of months. Jeff has worked with John Mooney, Tom Principato, Big Joe Maher, Bill Kirchen, Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones and many others.
  • B.B.C. radio has confirmed that they will make a one hour special on Eva Cassidy to be broadcast as a Christmas special in December.
  • Pete Papageorge signed one of his songs, Why Can‚t Monday Morning Begin At Noon?, with Sandy Sherman Music (BMI), a West-Coast publisher based in the Palos Verdes Peninsula in California that pitches to movie and TV projects. Jay Rosenthal negotiated the deal.
  • The Norman Evans web page is up and running at http://www.diswho.com and the CD Heirloom has been completed.
  • Former Virginia resident Vyktoria Pratt Keating, who recently relocated to Sedona, AZ, is opening for national rock icon Jethro Tull on a two month coast to coast tour beginning in Boston on August 25 and ending October 11 in Phoenix. Pratt Keating will open 22 out of 27 U.S. Shows.
  • Singer/Songwriter Jack Quigley was selected from thousands of entries recently for the NewWorks Showcases at the 7th Annual Cutting Edge Music Business Conference in New Orleans, LA.. Quigly performed two shows at the conference.
  • Tom Principato‚s new book, Open String Guitar Chords, will be published world-wide by Hal Leonard Corporation and is scheduled for release in September 1999.


New Releases

  • Mark Brine released American Bleak House, a folk-styled collection of patriotic/religious-based songs about current social issues. CDs are available KJK Productions, P.O. Box 9799, Baltimore, MD 21284-9799, http://www.markbrine.com/.
  • Contemporary Christian duo Steadfast has released their self titled album featuring 9 original soul searching songs. For ordering or booking info contact: Steadfast Ministries 1698 Beech Creek Cove Franklinton NC, 27525 or call 919-528-4639 or 919-528-8335 or email: craigshall@mindspring.com
  • Kowtow Popof has just released his third CD, Eat My Dust, on Wampus Records, , and it‚s available for purchase on the internet http://www.wampus.com. Eat My Dust features lead guitarist Rob Santos, Kowtow‚s long-time live show companion, and includes cheerful songs about highway courtesy, the burgeoning airwave industry, and contemplation of one‚s golden years. Go to http://www.mp3.com/artists/13/kowtow_popof.html to check out Eat My Dust‚s lead-off track.
  • Bittersweet, Amy White‚s latest solo piano release has been receiving great press and reviews to date. It was recorded on site at Harmony Hall Regional Center by Art Isaacs and Al Petteway, mastered by Bill Wolf and released on Fairewood Studios, Amy & Al‚s label. Amy and her guest musicians (including Al, of course) were invited to participate in a special interview with Noah Adams on All Things Considered. It focused on őmusic and the family‚ and featured live performance of music from Bittersweet as well as one cut from Al & Amy‚s future duo release.
  • Three Word Records announced the release of devon‚s debut cd release. The cd of devon‚s original songs was produced by John Alagia with devon‚s vocals and guitar, Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) on bass and percussionist Rod Coles (Supertanker, The Ninth). www.devonmusic.com
  • Krewe of Renegades completed recording of their new CD Radiatin‚ Street Side. All recording, mixing , mastering was done at Omega.
  • The Uniform has released If It Takes the Form of a Human, I‚ll Kick it‚s Ass, 12" 45 rpm e.p/Limited edition 12" 45 rpm/CD package. Ex-members of The Great Unraveling and The Universal Order Of Armageddon join forces to create this new wave/old wave/no wave masterpiece. Limited to 500 12" 45 rpm EPs with hand printed covers, 150 to be packaged in a extra limited edition package including a bonus Uniform CD with the 12" plus 4 tracks from their extremely rare, out of print debut CD. Http://www.morphius.com
  • The Michael Fath back catalog of eight CDs is getting re-released, and will be available early this fall. These may be purchased, at first, only through the internet and at shows. Descriptions and reviews can be found in his home page www.michaelfath.com under: „What‚s Newš.
  • Tom Principato released his seventh CD, Live and Kickin. The CD showcases Tom‚s current live shows, with John Perry on bass and vocals and Eltorro Gamble on drums. The CD was recorded on location in March at Kitty Hawk Grille in Ocean City, MD and in April during his European tour. To order, contact Powerhouse Records POW-109, P.O. Box 2213, Falls Church, VA 22042.
  • Esmirelda is celebrating the release of her new CD, Purse Severe (Stampede Records), with a party at Phantasmagoria on September 11. Purse Severe features the Billboard Rock Song of 1998, Teenage Romance Makes Me Sick. Artists on the CD include Ron Holloway, Meagan Lane, and Jerome Lintz. For more information, e-mail esmirelda6@aol.com or contact Bob Siegal Management at 301-961-9071.
  • Power rocker Mack Fowler celebrates the release of his self-titled debut CD at the State Theater on Thursday, September 23 (Genuine Virginia Band opens). The CD features tunes written by Fowler with Granger Helvey on all lead and backing vocals and bass, Kirby Yarbrough on drums, Cleve Wehle on keyboards, and Casey O‚Neal on pedal steel. The CD release show includes special guest musicians Matt Baker and Carey Colvin. The CD was recorded at Cue Recording and mixed and mastered by Mack Fowler and Doug Johnston. For ordering information, contact Music 1 Management at 703-353-7331 or visit the websites at www.music1management.com or www.MackFowler.com.
  • The first group on the Flip The Script Entertainment label has released a full length CD. With 14 songs and an intro by the CEO of Flip The Script, the CD features a list of local artists such as Dee the E.V.P., Janaye, Dax of the Triple Plat Brothers and the brother-sister team of Costra Nostra and P-Love. The CD was produced by Maurice „Mo Diggaš Randolph. For more information, contact 301-336-4104.
  • Crow Valley Band has released their four song CD. For ordering information, visit the website at thecvb.com.
  • The Dreamscapes Project is releasing a five song EP CD, Focusing the Madness, the second week in October. For more information, e-mail dreamscapes98@hotmail.com.
  • Michael Bowers self-released his new CD, Angel On My Shoulder. Contact Michael Bowers at 301-924-7224 or michaelbowers@mindspring.com.


Beyond The Region

  • IRIS, the women‚s a cappella quintet from Boulder, CO, has released it‚s second CD, Love Cafe, produced by Cookie Marenco of OTR Studios in California. The CD is a mix of contemporary, jazzy originals and upbeat arrangements of folk traditionals. Available online through „Mainely A Cappellaš and „The Orchard.š
  • Dimitar Trifonov, a native of Bulgaria, has produced his first two U.S. CDs, Musical Magic for the New Millenium and Give Me Love, Give Me Life. The 20 tunes on each disc are a blending of traditional village style duets, orchestral instrumentals, and some jazz arrangements. For more information, contact Wisdom Enterprises, 3481 Federal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-398-6188 or e-mail sposter@compuserve.com.


Workshops, Conferences,
Showcases, Grants, Awards

Once You‚re Done Writing, Then What?
The Logistics of Great Recordings

Sunday, Sept 26, 1999, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
George Mason Law School, Room 304.
SAW & WAMA members, $40, non-members $45

Cosponsored with the Washington Area Music Association, join local producers Dusty Rose, Jeff Severson, SAW Vice President Michael Sheppard, and Grammy-winner Charlie Pilzer for a look at the nuts and bolts of making great recordings. Topics will include getting the most out of your producer, the recording and mixing process, home recording, and mastering.

Songwriting with John and JoAnn Braheny

Saturday, October 23, 1999, 0:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
George Mason Law School, Room 304
SAW Members $40, non-members $45

Join John and JoAnn as they take writers on a journey through many of the most important aspects of songwriting. Topics will include stimulating your creative process, the power of song dynamics, and getting heard in a „no unsolicited materialš world. John & JoAnn will be offering private „one on oneš sessions on Sunday, October 24. $30 for a half hour session, $60 for a one hour session. Location TBA. To reserve your Sunday session, call (818) 509-2996 or write nutunes@aol.com.

Song Camp in the Country

Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October 31
Ki Theatre, Washington, Virginia
(about 90 minutes from the Beltway)
$150, SAW members get a $10 discount, there is also a $10 discount for early registration Information and Registration: (202) 986-2387

Join instructors Angela Kaset, Pat Pattison, and Paul Reisler for this twice yearly gathering of writers at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains. Song Camp in the Country is co-sponsored by Ki Theatre, OASIS CD and Cassette Duplication, and ASCAP. Paul and Pat are well known to SAW members, and Angela Kaset, SESACs 1997 Country Songwriter of the Year, has penned hits for Lorrie Morgan and Suzie Boggus.

CMW2000

Toronto, Canada March 1-5, 2000

The 17th Annual Canadian Music Week will be held March 1-5, 2000 in Toronto, Canada. CMW is an exceptional opportunity to network with your peers, make new contacts, meet the decision-makers, hear the experts, discover new ideas artists and trends, and most importantly, make deals. For moreinformation, contact CMW2000 at 416-695-9236 or visit the website at www.cmw.net.

Philadelphia Music Conference

January 19-22, 2000

The PMC will be held at the Adam‚s Mark Hotel in Philadelphia, PA January 19-22, 2000. Registration is $135 if received by September 24, 1999; $185 is received by October 22, $225 if received by December 17, and $275 after December 17 and for walkup registration. The PMC is also looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, contact 215-587-9550, write to Philadelphia Music Conference, P.O. Box 30288, Philadelphia PA 19103, or e-mail info@gopmc.com.

Songwriters Guild

The Songwriters Guild of America has joined forces with the National Academy of Songwriters in a move designed to strengthen the position of the nation‚s two leading songwriting organizations. New general membership rates will drop to $55 a year for non-published members and all songwriters now receiving royalty statements can take advantage of SGA‚s royalty collection plan. SGA also offers a catalog administration service for self-published songwriters or those who have reclaimed a catalog after reversion. For more information, contact LASGA@aol.com, call 213-462-1108, or visit the website at www.songwriters.org.

NXNW ő99

1999 North By Northwest Music & New Media Conference NXNW ő99 will be held September 30-October 2, 1999 in Portland, Oregon. With three days of panels, trade show, and music, NXNW offers a $195 walkup registration rate. For more information, contact nxnw@nxnw.com or visit the website at nxnw.com.

5th Annual Reno Revival

The 5th Annual Reno Revival is set for Thursday, October 7, 1999 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Nashville, TN. For more information, contact Dan Wayne or Lori Reno at 615-889-4197.


Studio News

Airshow

Airshow Mastering now offers recording and mastering services using Sony‚s Direct Stream Digital (DSD) recording technology. DSD is an extremely high resolution digital recording technology developed for the Super Audio CD (SACD), a new high resolution music carrier being introduced by Sony and Philips.

Bias Recording Company

Bias is proud to announce that composer/arranger Paul Christianson has been nominated for an Emmy in the category of „Outstanding Achievement in a Craft in News and Documentary Programming - Musicš for his score for the PBS documentary, A Paralyzing Fear: The Story Of Polio In America. The project was recorded and mixed at Bias by engineer Bob Dawson.

Mary Chapin Carpenter recently released her latest CD, Party Doll And Other Favorites, most of which was tracked and mixed at Bias with Bob Dawson. It‚s a compilation CD which, in addition to some of her older hits, contains previously unreleased live tracks and studio gems, as well as several brand new tracks. Engineer Jim Robeson also contributed to the final product, having recorded and mixed the tune Grow Old With Me, which was originally released on the John Lennon tribute album, Working Class Hero.

Also, percussionist Robert Jospé released his Inner Rhythm project entitled Blue Blaze. Bob Dawson co-produced and engineered the CD, an eclectic mix of Latin, African, and jazz-influenced music. Some of the players that appear are Michael Brecker (tenor sax) John D‚earth (trumpet), Kevin Davis (percussion), Jeff Decker (tenor and soprano saxes), Bob Hallahan (piano), Royce Campbell (guitar), and Pete Spaar (bass). Bob is busy producing a CD for singer Dana Sanders as well as engineering for producer Jon Carroll on singer Mary Ann Redmond‚s latest project. Bob is also in the midst of tracking and mixing for the Howard University Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Fred Irby), and Tom Cunningham‚s Big Band.

Jim Robeson is currently mixing Al Petteway and Amy White‚s latest project. In addition, Jim put the final touches on the latest project from Celtic-style singer Grace Griffith, with Marcy Marxer producing. The CD is set to be released in the fall on the Blix Street label. Jim worked with Rounder recording artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer on their latest record, Pillow Full of Wishes, which is slated for a late autumn release.

Jim has also been recording basic tracks for songwriter Willy Kato and his producer, Peter Fox. Jim is currently working with bluegrass artist Mark Newton, as well as inspirational singer Kathy Berlin (with Bob Walters producing).

Heidi Gerber both engineered and produced Offtrax‚s recently released CD entitled Too Long. Heidi is currently working with Celtic harpist Jo Morrison, producing and engineering the follow-up to her last CD, The 3 Musics. Heidi has also begun working with the ensemble 24fps, whose project she is both engineering and producing. In addition, Heidi mixed folk musician Ed Trickett‚s CD Echo On The Evening Tide, produced by Charlie Pilzer. Fiddle player Andrea Hoag has finished Fire And Water, her latest offering, with producer Bruce Molsky. Heidi tracked and mixed the project.

Freelance engineer Doug Derryberry has been calling Bias his second home lately, having recently mixed The A La Carte Brass And Percussion Ensemble. The A La Carte project was tracked live at The State Of The Union in Washington, DC by Doug and engineer Jeff Juliano, and the resulting CD is slated for a mid-July release. Also on Doug‚s plate is tracking and mixing duties for the upcoming release of Last Train Home.

Coincidentally, another fantastic brass-driven combo, The Big Butt Brass Band, has been tracking with Bob Dawson at the helm. The Big Butt Brass Band boasts the core rhythm section and trumpeter/accordionist for acclaimed New Orleans-style ensemble The Dixie Power Trio, as well as several additional horn players.

Engineer Billy Wolf is continuing work for Bluegrass band The Seldom Scene, recording and mixing their soon-to-be-released project.

Fairewood Studios

At long last, the grand piano was delivered and Fairewood Studios, Al & Amy‚s digital home studio, is now complete. Al & Amy recorded their first formal duo project entirely at home. They just mixed the project at Bias with Jim Robeson and mastered with Bill Wolf. Their CD is due to be released in the Autumn of 1999. Please check out the Fairewood website for further release date information, performance schedules, silly pictures and other strange & wonderful things: www.fairewood.com.

Recording Arts

Virginia rock band Albright Green is finishing up basic tracks for their first album at Recording Arts Studios in Fairfax, VA. Marco Delmar (emmet swimming, Basehead, Modern Yesterday) is producing. The album was untitled at press time, but is slated for release in early November on the band‚s Mista Meaner Records label. Final mixing for the record is scheduled for the middle of August.

In The Studio

The Huge recently completed recording „SeĖor Santa Clauseš. The song will appear on the Santa Cause compilation CD for Children‚s Hospital, this is the second year The Huge has been invited to be on the CD. The song was recorded at Avalon Studios in Bethesda and at Green Goose Music in Washington DC. SeĖor Santa Clause was produced by Joel Langley and Jeff Severson.


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