Banshee Child – Nothing Left

Banshee Child – Nothing Left

 

Banshee Child – Nothing Left

Banshee Child – Nothing Left

 

ARTIST NAME:  Banshee Child

 

SONG TITLE:   Nothing Left

 

GENRE: Rock

 

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Banshee Child was founded in 2016 when Joshua Catlett, Vince Heller, and Colin Yopp came together with one purpose: To create Rock N Roll that paid tribute to the old school while pushing the envelope of the modern day Rebel Yell.

 

Matt Meredith was added shortly thereafter, and that my friend was when the magic took place.

 

Banshee Child takes no prisoners and provides males with music to unleash their wildest ambitions, and women to shake their groove things.

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Discuss your music career.

We all have day jobs but we love to play. We practice together once a week and play shows once or twice a month.

 

We’ll be opening for Nita Strauss on May 31st at Zanzabar here in our hometown of Louisville KY! Exciting times…

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Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.

I’d say energy and passion are the two most important things. People will feel you if the music is genuine and real and you put on a show.

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List the names of your biggest supporters.

Our friends and family have been amazing. They’ve been behind us from the beginning and we’re very fortunate!

 

Also, shout out to David Payne at Louisville Music Studio for all that he does and giving us a 24/7 rehearsal studio.

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Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.

Having people tell you how much they enjoy your music is pretty awesome. I’d like to think and hope that we can inspire people and that’s what we try to do……and rock out of course!

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Discuss your experience as an artist.

There are lots of ups and downs in this business. You just have to stay with it and never give up. For every “yes” you’ll hear “no” 100 times.

 

We’ve been very fortunate in recording two albums so far, a bunch of music videos, and opening for some very cool bands. Life is good.

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Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.

There have been times we have listened to other people instead of following our hearts or doing what we wanted. You live and you learn!

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Discuss the story behind the song.

It’s about a guy that’s just had enough of life. He’s on edge and just about to lose it all.

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Tell us how to fund a music project.

Save! It takes a lot to properly fund any project. My advice is to not rush it and save enough money that you can do it right. Don’t cheap out just to get it done.

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Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.

Safety is important. I think in this day and age it’s even more important than it ever was before. You never know what’s going to happen when you go out these days. Be careful and look out for one another….and have a good time!

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Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.

Be yourself. Don’t spend so much time trying to emulate your idols. Only you can truly be you. That is your greatest power as a musician. Embrace it.

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Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.

We’re just working on new material and just pushing the Banshee Child sound. How hard can we go? How soft can we go? Dynamics and trying different things and throwing it all into a blender and seeing what happens!

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Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.

The biggest thing is just taking care of yourself and your body.

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Discuss your best mood during a performance.

Everyone is usually always amped up on stage. Playing live is one of the best adrenaline rushes in the world.

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List your best artists with reasons.        

Our influences range anywhere from AC/DC, Nirvana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alice in Chains, The Beatles, and Black Sabbath.

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Discuss your existence as an artist.

When you write a song it’s like sharing a piece of your soul with the world. Leaving a legacy and sharing it with the generations to come is pretty awesome sounding.

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Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing the society and the solution.

As a whole, I think people are pretty self-centered and selfish. I think if we took the time to love one another; the world would be a lot better.

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Discuss your songwriting and recording.

We usually have ideas and we bring them into our rehearsal studio and just jam them out. I’d say 95% of the magic happens during rehearsal. We have recorded two albums so far. One was done in Nashville, and one here in our hometown of Louisville KY. The one we did here is almost a live album. Everything was done in one or two takes and we were all playing together in the same room. You could really feel the mojo.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Our name is Banshee Child. We took forever to come up with a name and we had a bunch we were kicking around.

 

Our drummer Colin came up with Banshee Child and we all dug it.

 

I think the name represents reckless abandon and being loud. Wailing like a Banshee ya know?

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The title of the song is “Nothing Left” and it’s a pretty straight forward song about a dude who is down and out and feels as if there’s nothing left for him in life.

 

I think we all get a little bummed sometimes and that’s okay as long as it doesn’t consume you.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

It’s Banshee Child (self-titled) EP. We couldn’t think of anything clever for our first release so we decided to just do the classic thing and make it self-titled!

 

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ARTIST NAME: Betty Fox Band

 

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Green Light

 

Winter’s Cold

 

Runnin’ Back To You

 

Peace in Pieces

 

ALBUM TITLE: Peace in Pieces

 

RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2019

 

GENRE: Soul / Blues / Americana

 

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With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, Betty Fox has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent.

 

Now the 2015 representative of the Suncoast Blues Society, an International Blues Challenge Finalist, and 5 time winner of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay, she is truly proving herself a force to be reckoned with.

 

Betty Fox appreciated singing early in life and performed for the first time at a church play at the age of four.

 

Her family had a deep love for southern country gospel and tight harmonies which they would express at every Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and that is where her affinity for music began.

 

“My uncle Fred would pound on the keys with his monster hands while my (rather large) family and I would all gather around the piano… My grandmother would stand behind me and my cousins would hold my hands as we all sang four and five part harmonies to songs like “It Is Well With My Soul”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, and “Till the Storm Passes By”. To this day, those songs and those moments mean more to me than anything”, Fox says.

 

After honing her craft for twenty years, her debut album, “Too Far Gone”, put her on the international map as a songwriter and vocalist and had the critics from American Blues Scene Magazine to Blues Revue Magazine singing her praises!

 

Her sophomore album, “Slow Burn” was released in June 2015, and is already receiving rave reviews from Blues DJ’s, critics, and enthusiasts around the world! It will surely take her farther than she ever imagined.

 

To support her talent, she has carefully selected musical heavyweights Barry Williams on bass, and Josh Nelms on guitar to set herself up for nothing less than well-deserved success.

 

In fact, in the past year this dynamic quartet has skyrocketed to the Florida spotlight, playing on multiple notable music festivals including the world renowned Tampa Bay Blues Festival, and the largest free music festival in the US: Springing the Blues.

 

This band has competed in the International Blues Challenge making it to the finals 8 of 150 bands!

 

They have opened for such artists such as Mavis Staples, Lucky Peterson, Jimmy Thackery, Marcia Ball, Southern Hospitality, and The Meter Men, for crowds amassing over 6,000 screaming fans!

 

As many will tell you, you definitely don’t want to miss this one of a kind musical experience!

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

Music chose me. It has called to me from my earliest childhood memories, and I followed it. It has become my confidant and my healer. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have it.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your songs.

Sometimes they come to me free-flowing, sometimes it’s like solving a Mensa puzzle. It depends on the song.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

When you’re an entrepreneur and your entire life’s work is on the line, you don’t have much time for anything else.

 

I sometimes get to go see live music or watch a movie with my puppy, but when I’m at home during the day, I’m working on something, whether it’s writing a song or promoting the album or editing our website. I wear all the hats.

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Discuss your music career.

I started singing at age 2 and have been taking lessons or singing in some capacity ever since. This band was started about 8 years ago and I have been doing it full-time for about that long.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

Betty Fox is my real name.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Gospel. The Mighty Clouds of Joy. The Dixie Hummingbirds. The Staple Singers. Al Green. Aretha Franklin. Mahalia Jackson.

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

People typically are seeking connection and want to feel something. It’s a beautiful thing when your music can move them emotionally and you get to have a moment with them. That has happened to me more times than I can count and it is a huge factor in why I do what I do.

 

If you can make someone’s day better or make them feel like they’re not alone with the beauty of music, what better thing is there in this world?

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Elaborate on the recording of this album.

Recording this album was hands-down one of the most wonderful musical experiences of my life.

 

We went to Muscle Shoals, AL and recorded at the Legendary FAME studios with some world-renowned legendary players: Spooner Oldham and Clayton Ivey.

 

We used the FAME horn section and backing vocalists and were able to arrange all the parts in real-time.

 

We produced our own album, so everything you hear is our own creativity.

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Tell us your future projects.

Right now we’re planning the release of this album (this is our first interview for it) and writing songs.

 

Our writing has been improving exponentially, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes next, but for now I’m satisfied relishing in the wake of our hard-earned efforts with this last project. I’m proud of it.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

Clearly my band: Josh Nelms on Guitar, Barry Williams on Bass, and Jake Winebrenner on Drums.

 

My mom: Susan Fox, my business partner: Rich Cavanagh, and our countless sponsors and fans.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

Ear training is usually necessary for the average person and they have great applications for that online.

 

Using a piano when you warm up is helpful – I don’t typically subscribe to auto-tune in the studio, but sometimes if there’s one note that needs a little help, I say go for it.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

All of your music should be quality – All of it and regardless of quantity.

 

Your songs should mean something and go somewhere and if they don’t, work on them until they do. I think releasing a couple singles before the album is wise.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

I have had a lot of jobs and this is by far the easiest job I have ever had because I love it so much.

 

My mom was a successful lawyer and she worked hard for it but she was very good at it.

 

I know other people who work in software automation and they have worked hard and are very good at their jobs because it comes easy to them.

 

A music career is just working hard at being good at music. Whatever it is that you love, find that and chase it down. Let it kill you.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

I don’t think music fits into the boxes we try to create for it. Genres are guesses. My album has influences from Hip-Hop and R&B to Americana to Rock & Roll to Soul and Blues. Somewhere in there, that’s where I live.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I love music. To despise an entire genre regardless of quality would be to negate the musicianship of the best people in that realm.

 

I disagree with that notion, and think it’s too closed minded. I enjoy the passion of music from all genres.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Green Light – is about the fantasy of leaving and finding love and freedom and joy. Strongly inspired by road trips I have taken.

 

Peace in Pieces – is about how peace of mind comes piece by piece.

 

Winter’s Cold – is about braving the winter in a relationship.

 

Running Back to You – is about trying to let go of love but always returning to that person because living without them is harder than the pain of loving them.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Peace in Pieces is the name of the album because that is what music has been to me and that’s what I want my music to be to other people. Peace of mind – Piece by piece.

 

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ARTIST NAME:  Steel Standing TX

 

SONG TITLE: Black Cat

 

ALBUM TITLE: Black Cat – Single

 

RELEASE DATE: 12/2/2018

 

GENRE: Blues

 

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Steel Standing TX is from Spicewood, a lakefront suburb of Austin, TX (Live music capital of the world).

 

They have been described as “Blues meets 60’s Psychedelic” with their growing eclectic catalog of original tunes.

 

 

All members contribute their songwriting skills equally to this four piece band consisting of David Houston-Percussion, Leo Maurer-Guitar and Vocals, Roger Kinzel-Bass and Vocals and Leslie Adams-Vocals and Guitar.

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Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

We all started studying music in school with band and choir etc.  All of us are passionate about music.  We were all surrounded and influenced by some of the greatest musicians who performed back in the early days of The Austin, TX music scene.  Musicians like Rocky Erickson, the Allman Brothers, Freddie King and Johnny Winter.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

Our fans continuously tell us how much they enjoy our energy and that we do more than just play music, we give a live performance that is memorable.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Social media has become the lifeline for communicating music all over the world.  It allows us to reach people who in a way we couldn’t imagine possible in the span of our careers.

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Tell us how you record your song.

The latest songs were recorded at the Congress House Recording Studio, one of Austin’s oldest established and iconic studios.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

The story was written by David Houston, our drummer.  He says it was inspired by a visit to a friend’s house and a chance sighting of his elusive black cat named Oracle.  The cat strutted past like he was the king of the neighborhood.  He was the biggest, toughest cat around.

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State your musical skills.

We are a four person band.

 

David Houston:

Songwriter/Drums/Percussion/ Vocals

 

Leo Maurer:

Songwriter/Lead Guitar/Lap Slide/Vocals

 

Roger Kinzel:

Songwriter/Electric Bass/ Upright Bass/ Vocals

 

Leslie Adams:

Songwriter/Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Percussion.

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

Have you ever woken up at 3 a.m. and had a song in your head? You get up and write the words down then take it to the band and develop the melody. Some songs have been completed in a day others take more time to develop.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

Some lyrics come from inspirational experiences and others from spontaneous reactions.  Sometimes a melody gets in your head first and you write the lyrics to match.

 

Music is a creative experience and it doesn’t often follow a set pattern.  It sometimes takes the collaboration of the entire band.

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Discuss music in full details.

Music is the universal language.  If music is good, it will invoke an emotional response regardless of who you are or what circumstance you are in.

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State your five favourite genres of music with reasons.

Blues: It’s the root of the American South.  It was extremely influential to modern music.

 

Rock: It was the heartbeat of young America.

 

Punk: It gives you the frenzied release of emotions.

 

Reggae: Very relaxing in some form yet in other forms was the political voice of an oppressed people.

 

Psychedelic: Just groovy!

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Discuss your rehearsal.

Rehearsals are determined by the immediate need of the week.

 

We usually dedicate time to running the set list for an upcoming gig although we reserve special time to work through our entire catalog.  We schedule special work days for new original or cover tunes.

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State your favorite musical instruments.

Our guitarist, Leo prefers his Jazz Master guitar and his Telecaster.  Acoustically, he uses a Taylor.

 

David’s leaning is to Gretch and DW drums for their unique sound. Acoustically, he uses a slap top Cajon combined with a bass Cajon.

 

Where Roger is proficient in the upright for acoustic, he prefers to rip it up on the Gibson Grabber.

 

Leslie uses her Di’Angelica acoustic and she enjoys playing percussion on the Dembe.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

The minute we hit the stage, we pour our heart into it and give a performance that they will remember!  People tell us “you guys have so much fun!”  And we truly are!

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Discuss your personality in full details.

Leslie Adams is a true blues woman.  Her songs come from experience and she expresses them with that “I’ve been there girl” attitude.  Her fiery stage presence and big vocals bring the house down.

 

Leo Maurer brings to the stage his masterful leads and David Byrne-Like vocals combined with intelligent songwriting skills that electrify the stage.

 

David Houston never misses a beat.  His technical proficiency and passionate performance along with his mad song writing skills make him a cut above.

 

Roger Kinzel exudes an on stage energy that is contagious.  This gifted bassist infuses the atmosphere with his song lyrics and powerhouse vocals.

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Discuss your music career.

We are all seasoned musicians.  We started at a young age. Together we have a creative synergy that is uncommon in this industry.

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List your previous feature.

Steel Standing has been featured in Texas Rebel Radio, Austin Blues Radio.

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Share your memorable experiences with us.

With us, we have had too many to count.  Every show is a memorable experience

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

We are made of Steel and still standing regardless of life’s challenges.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The title of the song is Black Cat.

 

 

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Sannie Fox – My Soul Got Stranger

 

Sannie Fox is an iconic singer that will create timeless songs for those who know and value original composition and sound.

 

 

She has a compelling vocal that will make fans of Sade fall in love with her performance. Her songwriting skills and arrangements are outstanding. The instruments put together are appealing and entertaining. Fox proves to us that original music is nevertheless alive.

 

Fox will be an idol on a live stage because one will not be disappointed to see her sing these melodic and timeless song live.

 

‘My Soul Got Stranger’ is an eclectic collection and the sum of thirteen tracks including two bonus tracks which cross genres of psych rock, blues, soul and Elizabethan folk.

 

 

It is retro.

 

 

And modern at the same time.

 

 

Sannie Fox wrote the songs over many years and played the melodic instruments (guitars, synths, keys vocals) and wrote the lyrics and arrangements.

 

 

Inspired by artists such as Kate Bush, David Bowie, Sade and Malian desert blues and Portuguese folk music, John Lee Hooker, Etta James in penning these songs.

 

 

The album is a journey with sonic changes, from the heart and with deep love and attention to detail.

 

 

The songs elaborate on loss.

 

 

And people parting from one another.

 

 

But the songs are not sad.

 

 

With a voracious voice and fingers to her electric guitar, Sannie Fox sways across an evolving sonic tapestry of desert blues, soul and psychedelic rock sounds.

 

 

Fox has released two solo albums- Serpente Masjien (SAMA nominated) and My Soul Got Stranger.

 

 

She has released a self-titled debut album through her band, Machineri featuring the songs, “Big Bad Machine” and “The Searchers” and the album artwork created by Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).

 

 

London and Cape Town based Sannie is a mix of Portuguese, Afrikaans and English nationality.

 

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Three years after the release of her debut solo album, Sannie Fox’s My Soul Got Stranger is a calculated evolution from her blues sound.

 

 

Incorporating elements of psychedelia (“Vibra Snake”), gritty soul (“Sorrow”) and folk (“Me and the Man”), the singer-songwriter embraces compositional complexity—multiple-part vocals, keyboards and synthesizers—resulting in new sonic flourishes., Fox revels in her ballads, dealing with themes of desertion, general heartache and how you need to realise when it’s time…

 

 

Expansion of her musical arsenal underlines My Soul Got Stranger’s unique ebb and flow.

 

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Peter Hostage

 

Born Hartford Ct., 1957; raised in Nashua, NH.

 

Taught himself guitar at age 10, piano at age 11.

 

Inspired by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Mike Bloomfield, Mississippi John Hurt, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Otis Spann, among many others.

 

1970’s – Played in bands through high school playing blues, country rock and classic R&B, started writing songs.

 

Attended New England Conservatory, then Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, 1978-82.

 

1980’s – Formed original bands that played throughout New England and opened for Taj Mahal, Dave Mason and Steve Forbert.

 

1986 – Released “Motion” an album of original “blue-eyed soul,” with 5 piece band.

 

1980’s – Began performing more jazz, as solo, trio and with big bands.

 

1990’s – Performed throughout New England as bandleader with trio and 6 piece swing & soul band.

 

1996 – Started teaching private music lessons full time.

 

1999 – Released “Do That,” a jazz trio CD featuring all original compositions.

 

2004 – Released “Swingin’ the Blues,” CD of original swing, blues and jazz with 9 piece band.

 

2008 – Released “American Standard Blue,” CD of classic standards and blues in solo, trio and 6 piece band formats.

 

2012 – Released “The Wayback Machine,” songs from the birth of jazz and blues. Peter performs on all of the instruments.

 

2000 – Present: Produces music for film & TV, Music featured on “Dateline NBC,” “Bad Girls Road Trip,” “Storage Wars,” and internationally.

 

2000 – Present: Engineers and produces CDs and demo recordings for local solo artists, rock bands and classical musicians.

 

2015 – Writing, arranging and recording new original music in the style of the American standards and blues.

 

 

Peter Hostage is a jazz/blues pianist/vocalist from New Hampshire, USA. He cites Ray Charles, Mose Allison, Dr. John, Bill Evans, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner and Louis Jordan among his major influences.

 

Mr. Hostage taught himself guitar and piano starting at the age of 10. The Beatles and Bob Dylan were his first major influences, but he was soon taken with the blues of B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Paul Butterfield, Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt.

 

Peter started gigging in his early teens as a solo guitarist/vocalist playing country blues at coffeehouses and house parties. That led to opportunities to play guitar and piano with local blues and R&B “bar” bands, though he was still under age for those kinds of gigs!

 

Peter attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, as a piano/composition major from 1978 until 1982. There he found a deep appreciation for jazz and improvisational music, and started performing jazz along with blues and classic R&B.

 

Mr. Hostage formed his own rock and R&B band in the early ’80s and in 1986 released his first album “Motion,” a collection of original “blue-eyed soul” songs. By the late ’80s he had also started performing with his jazz trio, and gigging with some area jazz big bands.

 

In 1999 Peter released his second original album, “Do That!” with his jazz trio. In 2001 he put together a 9 piece swing and jump blues band called the Peter Hostage Situation, and released an album, “Swingin’ the Blues,” of mostly original songs penned by Mr. Hostage. “American Standard Blue,” released in 2008, features jazz standards and blues covers, performed with his working band at that time.

 

In 2012, Peter recorded an album of “songs from the birth of jazz and blues,” called “The Wayback Machine.” On this recording, Mr. Hostage plays all of the instruments including piano, bass, organ drums, guitar and vocals.

 

Mr. Hostage continues “blurring the line between jazz and blues” with his newest (2018) release “Uptown,” on which he again performs all of the instruments. This album of 12 songs is written, arranged, recorded, produced and mastered by Peter in his modest home studio.

 

Mr. Hostage is a full-time music instructor with over 50 students per week, so touring is not an option right now. Instead, he will embark on his “World Wide Web” tour with live streaming concerts from his home studio broadcast to Facebook Live and concert streaming websites. He is also writing songs for a new release planned for 2019.

 

 

 

Major Influences:

The Beatles, BB King, Otis Spann, Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Mose Allison, Ray Charles, Dr John, Professor Longhair, Paul Butterfield, Hank Jones, Aretha, Red Garland, many more!

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ARTIST NAME:   JON SPEAR BAND

 

SONG TITLE:   Geographical Cure

 

ALBUM TITLE:   Hot Sauce

 

RELEASE DATE:   July 2017

 

GENRE:  ROCK / POP / BLUES

 

 

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” Hot Sauce is one of the finest albums I have heard in a while.  Well-rooted in the blues, and never straying far from those roots, Spear and the guys lay down solid music, whether it is straight blues, blues with a Latin flair, rockabilly, slow-burnin’ R&B or somewhere in between.  The tunes, all penned by Spear and the other band members, are exceptionally well-written and performed with a level of passion not often heard these days.  Spear is also developing into one of the finest storytellers I’ve encountered…straight to the point, these stories are absolutely believable and incredibly powerful…  The more I hear from Jon and the band, the more impressed I become.  This is 100% the real deal…This is perhaps their best work to date.

– Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blues (July 2017)

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“I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hot Sauce, by Jon Spear Band and I quite like it. Opening with Bottom of the Bottle, Jon Spear Band gets into a really nice groove somewhat like Come and Go Blues but with more texture, cooler guitar riffs and better vocals for my taste. With Dara James on guitar, harp and vocal, Jon Spear on guitar and vocal Andy Burdetsky on bass and vocal John Stubblefield on drums and vocals, this is a super opener.”

– Bman’s Blues Report, August 11, 2017

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“The Jon Spear Band is the band that said, “Live music is better,” and they took over the Tin Pan’s spacious stage and filled it with some of the best music I’ve heard in quite a while. With only four pieces in the band, Dara James on lead guitar and vocals; Jon Spear on rhythm guitar and vocals, Andy Burdetsky on bass and backing vocals; and John Stubblefield on drums, they managed to create the sound of a much larger group.  James is a guitar wizard who can move from playing a standard lead to delivering a blistering break that could actually cause the audience to break into applause before he even finished playing. Spear is a helluva player as well, great on the vocals, and writes most of the band’s material.  . Burdetsky is a very animated bass player who made several songs come to life and Stubblefield is a very underrated drummer who threw in some great fills throughout the night.  Together, the four of them dropped some great blues in support of their latest album Hot Sauce, and mixed up a very spicy meal.”

– Professor Johnny P’s Juke Joint (July 2017)

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“Hot Sauce is a solid collection of blues tunes . . . And there is a little something for everybody in it.  It is nice to see a band put the time and effort into writing and working out an entire disc of new music, and fortunately it has very good production too.

– Blues Blast Magazine (July 28, 2017)

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With the Jon Spear Band, you can always bet your last money that the music will be excellent, and the songs built either for the dance floor or to make you think. Everything goes good with “Hot Sauce!”

– Don & Sheryl’s Blues Blog (July 23, 2017)

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“This new disc from the Jon Spear Band is their best yet! Plenty of great playing on a dozen original songs that span a variety styles.”

Professor Bebop WTJU FM (July 11, 2017)

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“Welcome back Jon Spear Band, you have done it again! You have created another masterpiece that encompasses so many elements of roots music and not just blues. The light and shade of this album is stunning and weaves an intricate story that is so very entertaining. The Jon Spear Band have created an album ‘their’ way and not a clone of somebody else.”

– Peter Merrett, PBS106.7, Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

HOT SAUCE

​★ “a well-played collection of rootsy rock originals …the recording features a clean stripped-down sound and deep, in-the-pocket grooves that result when a band develops into a tight-knit unit from extensive live gigs.”

–  Living Blues Magazine

 

★ “Hot Sauce gives further proof to the fact that The Jon Spear Band is one of the most talented bands playing the blues right now. They show an amazing versatility with their music, mixing blues, soul, and rock in equal measures. The two-headed vocal/guitar attack with Spear and James is highly effective and the rhythm section is most righteous. Add a highly unique songwriting approach that includes entertaining party songs, interesting story songs, and other thought-provoking fare, and you’ve got a disc that deserves to heard and heard again”

– Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

 

★ “With the Jon Spear Band, you can always bet your last money that the music will be excellent, and the songs built either for the dance floor or to make you think.”

– DonandSherylsBluesBlog.

 

LIVE MUSIC IS BETTER
★ “This is the real deal…blues as it was meant to be played”.

– Bill Wilson “Reflections in Blue”

 

★ “Four superbly talented musicians plus stellar guests have produced an album that epitomizes how live Blues should be played.”

 Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7FM Melbourne

 

★ “This CD would make a welcome addition to any blues lovers collection”

– Professor Johnny P’s Juke Joint (AKA John Porter) 

 

★  “Live Music Is Better is a rock solid set that gives fans and newcomers a nice summary of how good a band the Jon Spear Band really is, especially on stage.”

– Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes Magazine

 

★  “Virginia-based singer/guitarist Spear and his talented band released their debut, Old Soul, in 2015, an album which finished in the Top 25 of the Roots Music Report’s Top Contemporary Blues Albums.  Spear’s been around since the early 60’s, but recently connected with a phenomenal young talent, singer/guitarist Dara James, who is a blues star in the making……a gifted guitarist, singer, and songwriter whose style works perfectly with Spear’s…. Live Music Is Better provides a great look at one of the most underrated bands currently practicing.

– Friday Blues Fix

 

★ “We had two favorites – the fellows lay down a sweet Chicago-styled blues groove as Jon takes lead vocal and Dara blows some serious harp on “Shake Your Boogie!”  And, the highlight of the set, for us, belonged to Dara James and his slow-burnin’ blues guitar lines on the classic “Have You Ever Loved A Woman.”

– Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society

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OLD SOUL

★  “[The Jon Spear Band’s] debut release, “Old Soul”, is a stunning reminder to all and sundry that skill, practice and years of live performing enables you to shine like a true glittering star without reliance upon vacuous tinsel twinkling internet driven media videos.  Across the ten numbers here, is an atmosphere of relaxed confidence, combined with second nature playing all wrapped up in invitingly assured arrangements whether they have forays into soul, blues, country, rock R&B, funk, swing, or even a little salsa, it is all delivered with enticing aplomb.”

– Bluesinthenorthwest.com (July, 2015)

 

★ “Spear and company put into words and music what all of us know and have experienced but might not have the ability to express. Running as smoothly as a well-oiled machine, this band operates as a single unit…each member doing their part. The result is a work of absolute beauty. The guitar work and vocals on this piece are absolutely sublime…and the rhythm section is right on the money. Adding an assist from Ron Halloway on sax on “Old Soul” and Nate Brown on congas on “Mean Mean Woman” and “Can’t Help Myself” is just the icing on the cake… ‘Nuff said…this is good stuff.” – Bill Wilson, “Reflections in Blue,”  

★  “The Jon Spear Band is a talented quartet with more than enough experience and creativity to get the job done.  Jon Spear is the leader and main songwriter for the band, and on this record he provides guitar and vocals.  He was joined in the studio by Dara James (also on vocals and lead guitar), John Stubblefield on the skins, and Andy Burdetsky on bass.  For a small group they have a big sound, and you will like what they have to offer on this collection of nine originals and one awesome cover tune.  Besides their more obvious talents, they also give back to the art and are active participants in the Central Virginia Blues Society.   This is a strong debut from the Jon Spear Band, and throughout all ten tracks they present top-shelf musicianship, mature songwriting, and a most importantly, a good time for the listener.

– ” Blues Blast Magazine, June 2015

 

★ “[The Devil’s Highway] is one of those kind of songs that lyrically and musically could fit nicely into several music genres. It’s blues, it’s rock and give it to Toby Keith and it’s a number one country hit. Well written, well sung and well performed.”

– Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro. Blues Editor @

 

★ “Old Soul is a highly enjoyable set of blues and soul that features some impressive original tunes. The veteran Spear, the rock-solid rhythm section, and the gifted young James proves to be a winning combination on this release.”

– Graham Clarke. Blues Bytes Magazine

 

★ “Forever Home is a laid back country blues track with strong radio appeal. A light slide guitar riff behind the clear vocals of James makes this track an absolute pop standout. With its jazzy attack and nice harp work, this track is the most well rounded track on the release.”

– Bman’s Blues Report

 

★ “The Jon Spear Band bring excellent musicianship, strong lyrics, and a rising star in young Dara James.  ‘Old Soul’ is a fine debut from some of Virginia’s finest!”

– Sheryl and Don Crow donandsherylsbluesblog.

 

★ “This central Virginia band has a definite old soul when it comes to their heartfelt nod to blues and soul, running a gamut of delectable styles. Some very intelligent songwriting, excellent musicianship and lyrics that delve into deep recesses one second and speak plainly the next flavor this debut with vibrant life and listenability”

– Mark E. Waterbury Music Morsels Reviews

 

★ “Not many groups can boast two virtuoso guitarists as The Jon Spear Band does and few can match the writing skill of [Jon] Spear and [Dara] James.”

– Peter Merrett of PBS 106.7 FM, Melbourne Australia

 

 

 

Tell us your history.

The band was first organized in 2012 through the Central Virginia Blues Society, which organizes blues-related activities and jams on a regular basis.  We enjoyed our playing and improvising, and decided to attempt a more serious collaboration.  After a few gigs and a very positive crowd response, the Jon Spear Band was born and is now in its 7th year with just a few personnel changes.  The current lineup includes Dara James (guitar, vocals and harmonica), Andy Burdetsky (bass), John Stubblefield (drums), and Jon Spear (guitar and vocals).

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Describe yourself as an artist.

The artistry of the band arises from our success at combining multiple influences.  Jon, the oldest member, started playing in the ‘50s and was heavily influenced by the rockabilly, jump and swing hits of that time, as well as the social upheaval of the ‘60s.  The youngest member, Dara, is a modern electric blues guitarist who also sings and plays harp, and compares favorably to Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa.  Andy is a funk-loving bassman who coaxes a lot of notes out of just a few strings.  And drummer John Stubblefield is a straight-ahead rocker who learned his trade during the British invasion.  When we first joined up, we openly wondered if we could successfully blend all those different styles and influences, and worried that all the music would simply fall to the lowest common denominator.  Instead, we found synergies in our varied styles and combined that with writing original songs, and that’s given us a sound that’s unique and immediately-recognizable.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Our music is best described as blues rock, or blues-influenced rock with a bit of an old school flavor.  That said, we’re not purists and if we hear something we like, we’ll play it even if it may fall outside the blue or rock category.   Geographical Cure was written with a slightly Latin or calypso feel which together with congas by guest artist Nate Brown, gives it a feeling of inviting new places.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

This song started life over 20 years ago when Spear was involved in writing a rock opera based on the parable of the Prodigal Son.  The project was never completed and the song stayed on the shelf until Spear dusted it off a few years ago for the band which liked it enough to include it on the 2017 “Hot Sauce” CD.   The idea behind the song is that sometimes a fresh start in a new location can be the best way to deal with issues.  So, if things aren’t going well for you, you’re not a tree – you can move!

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

The major problem faced by musicians today is keeping pace with technological changes that are driving a music industry transition from CDs to downloading to streaming as the main way people purchase and listen to music.  This has forced many musicians to focus on promotion and touring to replace the revenue that used to be created by record sales.  This is tough for musicians who would prefer to spend their time in the creative process of writing and recording music rather than on the road or pushing social media campaigns.  The Hot Sauce album itself was financed through a Kickstarter campaign and we are very grateful to all our friends and fans who contributed to offset the cost of the CD and all the related expenses.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

The entire Hot Sauce CD was recorded at Ravensworth Studios in Scottsville VA with our producer, Andy Waldeck.  Andy is a great mentor and the studio location, on 23 wooded acres, is very conducive to creative work.  While our previous albums were mostly songs we’d been performing in public for a while, the Hot Sauce CD is comprised entirely of newly written material.  That meant we had to do a lot arranging and rewriting in the studio.  After the songs were mixed down by Waldeck, the final mastering was done at UE Nastasi of Sterling Sound in New York City.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.   The band’s members have a combined total of over 150 years’ experience in making music, but we don’t have 150 years’ worth of income to show for it.  That can only mean one thing – we do it because we love it, not because we expect to make a lot of money from it.  So, we all have day jobs along with family obligations and balancing those competing demands is always a challenge. That said, the people in our band have an inborn love of music and will continue to forge ahead.  The future will very likely see us release some more new music in the next few years while building our presence on the touring circuit.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Bono said “Music can change the world, because it can change people.”  That pretty much sums our inspiration as musicians.  If we can use our music to make people happier, more loving, more thoughtful, more accepting of others, and find more joy in life, we will consider ourselves wildly successful.  We’ve had several people tell us that our song “I Love My Skin” has changed their life. Can you imagine that?  A song we created has changed lives.  What more could we ask for?

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song. 

If we knew this for sure, we’d bottle and sell it!  We strongly suspect it takes a lot of hard work and maybe a little talent along with some serendipity – and having a memorable and enjoyable song can’t hurt either!

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Pursue a career in music because you love it, not because you’re counting on success. That way, you’ll be happy no matter what happens. Also, be prepared to stick with it for as long as it takes to get a break.  Some artists may appear to be overnight successes but if you study their careers, you’ll find out they’ve been working for years, and some never make it at all to the big time.  The important thing is to enjoy the journey and don’t get too preoccupied with the destination.  Finally, don’t try to be someone else.  If you do achieve wider success, it will be because you are unique and entertaining, not because you’ve copied someone else.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received. 

Recent highlights include:

Blues Blast Magazine nominee for Best Live Blues Recording of 2016.

 

Opened for nationally touring acts including Debbie Davies, Delbert McClinton, Anson Funderburgh, the Iguanas, the Chris Duarte Group, Memphis Gold, and more.

 

Selected to compete at the 31st and 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

 

2017 IBC Finalist for “lLive Music is Better” for Blues Foundation Best Self-Produced CD award.

 

Released three critically acclaimed CDs all of which charted in the US, UK, France, and Australia.

 

2016 WAMMIE nominee for best Blues/Traditional R&B Recording (Washington Area Music Association).

 

Extensive airplay on over 100 stations worldwide, including SiriusXM Bluesville Rack of Blues “Picks  to Click” (May 2016).

 

Favorable reviews from numerous publications including Living Blues Magazine and Blues Blast Magazine.

 

The members are:

JON SPEAR – Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jon Spear doesn’t admit how long he’s been performing but here’s a hint: Jon was in a band that opened for the Isley Brothers at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester NY when Twist and Shout was top-40 hit.  Since then, Jon has performed with numerous bands from New York on down through DC and Virginia, playing a wide range of styles including swing, rockabilly, classic rock and blues. His electric playing has been influenced by such guitar greats as Hollywood Fats and Debbie Davies

 

DARA JAMES – Dara James is an amazing young talent with outstanding vocal, guitar and harmonica skills far beyond his years. Dara’s grandfather gave him his first harmonica when he was about 5 and he joined his first band with his father – Upland Express – at the age of 11, and stayed with them for 10 years playing regularly around central Virginia.  He started playing guitar in the band when he was 14. Since then Dara has pursued a number of solo, band and recording projects.  Dara has also won several songwriting awards.

 

ANDY BURDETSKY – Bassist Andy Burdetsky has been playing bass since his junior high school days back in the mid 70’s. Andy was born and raised in the D.C. area where he was influenced by such great musicians as the Nighthawks, Danny Gatton and Charlie Byrd. Andy has shared the stage and/or sat in with such musical greats as Koko Taylor, NRBQ, Nighthawks, Roy Buchanan, Nils Lofgren, Stephen Stills and has had the honor of being Big Bill and Mud Morganfield’s bass player on several occasions when they have played in town.

 

JOHN STUBBLEFIELD – Drummer John Stubblefield started playing drums around the time the Beatles made their US debut. His dad owned radio stations and he grew up loving all styles of music. In college he played with The Charlottesville Blues Allstars (later called just The Allstars). During those years he opened often for the Nighthawks playing clubs in Virginia and DC.  In addition to the Jon Spear Band, John currently plays swing and blues with Bluzonia and original folk rock with the Eric Heinsohn Band. John has been building drums for 10 years and has drummers all over gigging and recording with his custom drums.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

No two songs are written the same way.  Some arise organically with the words and lyrics coming together at the same time. Our song “Forever Home” was written at the request of a local animal shelter that wanted to encourage pet adoption.  “Wintertime” was prompted by our producer’s suggestion that we needed a slow song for our CD and that a hard luck story might be the right choice.  Hot Sauce grew out of bassist Andy Burdetsky’s appreciation of hot chili peppers.  Dara and Jon found the initial inspiration for Natchez Burning in an airline magazine squib about tourist destinations in Mississippi.  Once in the studio, our producer Andy Waldeck has a chance to listen to our songs with fresh ears and suggest changes based on his many years of music industry experience.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

Among our favorites are saxophonist Ron Holloway who guested on two of our CDs.  We appreciate that because Ron’s talents are in great demand as he has played with the Allman Brothers Band, Susan Tedeschi, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Scott-Heron, Root Boy Slim and Warren Haynes.   Another of our favorites is keyboardist Butch Taylor who appeared with Dave Matthews Band from 1997 to 2008, performing both on tour and studio albums.  To complement the work of our own talented drummer, John Stubblefield, we often turn to Nate Brown who is Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of OnlineDrummer.com, Alfred Publishing author and Drum! Magazine Groove Analysis video instructor.   One of the band’s mentors is bassist, producer and songwriter Andy Waldeck whose band Earth To Andy toured nationally with Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel and Tonic.  Andy’s songwriting has landed him notable cuts with artists such as Daughtry, David Cook, and others.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

We would underwrite a European tour.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base. 

Promotion requires a band to walk a thin line between staying in touch with fans without being too pushy or self-serving.  We use an email list and Facebook along with our website, Instagram and Twitter to let people know about our upcoming gigs and share interesting developments. We trying to avoid puffery and instead build our following through steady gigging and lots of personal contact.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

The band schedules activities in a way that assures everyone has free time for the personal things that are important, especially day-jobs, vacations, friends and family.  This sometimes means we have to decline a high-profile gig but we think preserving personal sanity and relationships are more important.  Many years from now the band will be ancient history but hopefully our loved ones will still be around us, so they have to come first.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.   

We chose Jon Spear Band because it’s short and not likely to be confused with other band names.  Although Jon Spear has his name on the band, we all have an equal say on all band decisions.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

We usually name our CDs after one of the tracks and in this case, we thought “Hot Sauce” was a good all-round name.

 

JJ Soul Band

 

Artist: JJ Soul Band

 

Song Title: That Kinda Man

 

Album Title: Bright Lights (2008)

 

Genre: Blues(con)fusion, Funk, Samba

 

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JJ Soul Band

Pop/jazz/funk/blues and whatnot performed by an Icelandic band fronted by UK vocalist/songwriter/lyricist JJ Soul.
When living in Iceland for a brief period (‘93-‘97), JJ met songwriter Ingvi Thor Kormaksson and soon they began writing music together.

In 1994 they made their first CD, ‘Hungry for News’, with JJ Soul Band and in 1997, ‘City Life’. On both CDs the music is many-sided; Blues, R&B, Fusion, Rock, Pop and Latin, sometimes all in one (blues-confusion?). – JJ Soul Band mainly served as a vehicle for the songwriting team. The third CD was ‘Reach for the Sky’ (2002) and finally there was “Bright Lights” in 2008.

 

 

Latin Faculty

LATIN FACULTY – LATÍNUDEILDIN (2012) –

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One album. Nine vocalists perform on the album. The musicians include Jóhann Ásmundsson (of Mezzoforte) on bass who also engineered and mixed the album, Einar Scheving on drums, Vignir Thor Stefáns on kbs., Edvard Lárusson (of JJ Soul Band) on guitar, Birkir Freyr Matthíasson on trumpet and Stefán S. Stefánsson on saxophones who also produced the music.

 

THE COMPOSER:
Ingvi Thor Kormaksson is a native Icelander and has occupied himself with songwriting for the past 30 years or so and has to this day 12 albums to his credit. Altogether; he has had more than 150 of his compositions recorded by various Icelandic artists. He writes mainly in the AC (adult contemporary) genre, but jazzy chord progressions and bossanova rhythms are often featured in his music. Folk music traditions and blues can also be heard.

Collaborating with JJ Soul from Oxford, Ingvi has written music for JJ Soul Band’s 4 albums (see JJ Soul Band on Facebook, Reverbnation and MySpace).

LYRICIST JJ Soul is from Oxford, UK; artist, art teacher, singer, songwriter, lyricist, author of books.

 

 

Share your life story with us.

Ingvi: Icelandic. Used to play keyboards in dance and rock bands. Turned to songwriting around 1990.

 

JJ: Played in blues, jazz and rock bands in UK as a drummer. Was more and more asked to do the vocals, and when he moved to Iceland in 1992, became the vocalist/lyricist for JJ Soul Band, a group that stopped performing in 2005, but had only occasionally performed live because JJ had moved back to Oxford in 1997.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

 

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“When I started playing the tracks I was very impressed by how smooth they sounded.” – Gulf Coast Music Review

 

 

“These guys from Iceland and that one guy from the UK really know how to put out a first class album that is both fun and sophisticated at the same time.”

Andrea Guy – ReviewYou

 

 

“With a stellar band and instrumentalists at hand, the boys from Iceland execute nicely.” – Ross Christopher – Awaken Music

 

 

“Excellent musicianship, fine arrangements, impeachable mixing …” – Dagbjartur Gunnar Ludviksson – Monitor

 

 

“… seldom heard more talented musicians gathered on one album… ” – Harold van Dorth – Bobtje’s Blues

 

 

“Good entertainment. JJ’s vocals are nice and warm. Blues and jazz flavoured music with a swing. Well written music and lyrics. This one will appeal to all those who like thoughtful and sophisticated music.” – Arni Matthiasson – Morgunbladid

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring. 

Usually a lot of fun in the studio. Sometimes there were tight arrangements, and sometimes the sessions were more or less improvised.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Ingvi: Since my teenage years I’ve admired the music of Brazil; Jobim, Bonfá, Lins and many more composers, and all the wonderful vocalists. Bossanova and samba rhythms have been featured on my albums, even in the more blues or folk oriented ones. Finally I decided to write music for an album that would showcase Latin music only (Latin Faculty). There are two or three salsa songs on that album, but mostly the music nods towards Brazil and could also be categorized as AC or smooth-jazz.” (Ingvi). – As for JJ Soul Band’s 4 releases, they are blues oriented but leaning a bit towards jazz, fusion and funk.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

Occasional single songs, and perhaps a smooth-jazz album in 2018, with saxophone player and arranger Stefan S. Stefansson (who produced the Latin Faculty album, and has also appeared on JJ Soul Band’s albums) –

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

Not much these days.

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.  

I studied library science and have always worked as a librarian along with being a musician/songwriter. I have often thought: to hell with it… (The music, I mean).

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

I have often written music to existing poetry or lyrics, so the atmosphere and build-up of the text has much to do with where I go with the music. When writing I am mostly entertaining myself, and I do whatever I like. I am not writing pop music, although I have written straight (and strict) pop songs, so there are no rules. I like to include some surprises, and I sometimes use quite complex chord structures. I also compose Instrumentals / Smooth-Jazz.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.  

When dealing with publishers, all agreements I sign are non-exclusive, which means I keep on being the owner of all masters. The publishers and other music providers have my consent to license the music to other companies…or I do it myself without the help of others.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

The music of Brazil (all of it), Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, The British Invasion: Animals, Kinks, Beatles, etc.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

They vary.

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Elaborate on this song.

The subject Of “That Kinda Man” is a philanderer, the kind of guy that consistently has to make excuses for his bad behaviour, sometimes on his knees. It’s a medium fast, bluesy funk number.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

It’s a new and different world, but not so bad for the independent songwriter.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

I’m not good at this. I don’t bother much with social media nowadays. I have 70 songs with one publisher (non-exclusive), and a few with other publishers; tracks with lyrics in English or instrumental tracks. The other hundred or so songs I’ve recorded have Icelandic lyrics, and therefore only cater to the Icelandic public via record stores (obsolete?) or Icelandic National Radio.

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music. 

I studied drumming as a young boy, and then as teenager started some piano lessons. At sixteen I studied jazz harmonics with Arni Scheving, the best jazz vibe-player of Iceland, and that got me going so I could play in bands as a keyboardist. In my late twenties I studied harmonics for one year at the Reykjavik Jazz Conservatory. That’s all, the rest was acquired by listening and playing.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

I am not into writing hit songs, although I did check out pop-songwriting at a time and have written a few songs that in the pop-category and some entered the Icelandic Eurovision finals. But the verse, chorus-verse, bridge-chorus or A-A-B-A approach to writing hits/songs has changed and I have no inclination to write modern pop stuff. I’ve recently worked a bit with DJ Intr0beats (House – Soundcloud, the sessions will probably be out on a British label later this year.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

JJ Soul Band refers to UK vocalist/lyricist/composer, John J. Soul.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

“Bright Lights” refers to track #7 on the album.

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