DJ for Sunday Folks
Kingston, Washington, United States
Auntmama tells stories that are topical and narrative linking her Appalachian roots to her northwest home.
President of Seattle’s Storytellers Guild, emcee storyteller for Bainbridge Bluegrass and board member for Village Speaks, she can be heard on Sunday Folks.
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Review of A Garden Faire
Album Info: A Garden Faire
Jim Valley Album: A Garden Faire Label: Rainbow Planet Genre(s): New Age
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Jan 13, 2021
Back in the middle of the 1960’s guitarist composer Jim Valley was performing and playing guitar as a member of pioneering AM radio rockers Paul Revere & The Raiders. Taking over the band’s lead guitar slot and following in the footsteps of the Raiders' original co-founding guitarist, the great Drake Levin, Jim stayed with the Raiders back in 1966 and '67 (he is pictured on the cover of their famous Spirit Of ‘67 album) and then left. So here we are in January 2021, decades after the band’s heyday and I’m listening to a 2021 solo album by Jim Valley called A Garden Faire. Essentially a New Age piano-based album, the 14-track CD features a mix of Jim’s timeless neoclassical instrumental music that is quite beguiling and blissed-out. Primarily focused on Jim’s acoustic piano and guitar work, A Garden Faire also spotlights contributions
Saxophonist Jeff Benedict’s musical friends are also kindred spirits who bring more than just sterling musicianship to this big band’s second album. Their special bond, comfort and cohesion elevate their eclectic repertoire to an even higher plane of power and intensity. Jeff Benedict wrote the title cut in 1989 after moving to California to serve as a Professor of Music at Cal State, Los Angeles. His first impressions of L.A. evolved into discoveries of the city’s soul and substance. His other self-penned songs include “Ant Dance,” “Moonscape,” and “Armadillo Research.” Conducted by David Caffey, the Jeff Benedict Big Big Band also offers some inventive arrangements of selections from Irving Berlin (“Cheek to Cheek”), Miles Davis (“Nardis”), Sandy Megas (“Tom and Jerry”), David Arnay (“The
Cousin Harley Album: Let's Go Label: Little Pig Genre(s): Roots Rock
Posted By: Duane Verh
Jan 10, 2021
A tasty convergence of fretboard prowess, fresh-sounding lyric sets and a heap of roadhouse rock energy is offered up by Vancouver-based guitar ace Paul Pigat’s trio. The good-time rockabilly leadoff track “Right Back With The Blues” sets it up well for the full-throttled rocker “Let’s Go” and feverish fare such as “Rained Like Hell” and “Who’s That Lyin’”. Instrumentals sprinkled through the set are far more than filler, particularly the swinging, genre-crossing “Dancing For Bobo”. Good, good stuff.
Everybody Knows is a jazz-flavored soul album that also makes a beautiful thematic statement that the world needs more hope, compassion and care. Brianna Thomas’ powerful style of vocalizing is characterized by confident, articulate and intricate jazz phrasing. That allows her to cover many musical moods from light jazz to funky blues, always with a copious amount of emotional electricity. The album’s opening groove on “Since I Fell For You” juxtaposes nicely with the set’s relaxed bookend, “The More I See You.” Supported by a top-flight instrumental cast with guitar, piano, bass, drums and percussion, Thomas’ sophomore album project makes a complete jazz statement. It has fresh, well-sung renditions of classics like “It Had To Be You” and “Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues” and “It’s A Sin To Tell A
John Hackett Album: The Piper Plays His Tune Label: Hacktrax Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Jan 8, 2021
Coming from a fine pedigree of musicians and musically inclined parents, U.K. prog-rocker John Hackett returned in 2020 with a fantastic D-I-Y album recorded during the Pandemic of 2020 called The Piper Plays His Tune on his own Hacktrax recording company. Although he has worked extensively in decades gone by, performing his trademark flute sound on albums by his well-regarded brother Steve Hackett, John’s new 2020 10-track album is quite unexpected in some regards. Writing, performing all the instruments and singing lead on all the songs, the entire album is quite a feat, and surprisingly it sounds like a full-on prog-rock band. Prog in this case ventures into far-off prog influences like Brian Wilson as well as shades of brother Steve’s Genesis with another influence also being the late great Chris Squire, who I know would like this album. John's guitar and keyboard /