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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Scott Boyer Benefit Grand Finale


Scott Boyer Benefit Grand Finale


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.
Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Decoys with Scott Boyer III at Scott Boyer Benefit


The Decoys with Scott Boyer III at Scott Boyer Benefit


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.
Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Decoys with Spooner Oldham at Scott Boyer Benefit


The Decoys with Spooner Oldham at Scott Boyer Benefit


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.
Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com
Dewey Lindon "Spooner" Oldham (born June 14, 1943) is an American songwriter and session musician. An organist, he recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and at FAME Studios on such hit R&B songs as "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge, "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett and "I Never Loved a Man" by Aretha Franklin.
As a songwriter, Spooner Oldham teamed with Dan Penn to write such hits as "Cry Like a Baby" (The Box Tops), "I'm Your Puppet" (James and Bobby Purify), "A Woman Left Lonely" and "It Tears Me Up" (Percy Sledge).
A native of Center Star, Alabama, Oldham started out playing piano in bands during high school. He then attended classes at the University of North Alabama but turned instead to playing at FAME Studios. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1967 and teamed up with Penn at Chips Moman's American Studios.
Oldham later moved to Los Angeles and has continued to be a sought-after backing musician, recording and performing with such artists as Bob Dylan, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts, J. J. Cale and Frank Black.
Frequently a backing musician for Neil Young, he played on Young's critically acclaimed 1992 album Harvest Moon, which was the follow-up to Young's 1972 album Harvest released 20 years previous. Oldham also appeared in the concert film, Neil Young: Heart of Gold and backed up Crosby Stills Nash & Young on their 2006 "Freedom of Speech" tour.
In 2007, Oldham toured with the Drive-By Truckers on their "The Dirt Underneath" Tour. In 2008, Oldham played on Last Days at the Lodge, the third album released by folk/soul singer Amos Lee.
On April 4, 2009, Oldham was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman.
In May 2011, Oldham backed Pegi Young on a six-show tour of California.

David Hood, Scott Boyer, N.C Thurman, Mike Dillon and Kelvin Holly are The Decoys.

The Decoys are a five-man powerhouse rock n' roll band, featuring five of the most seasoned musicians anywhere.

David Hood, bass guitarist, was a member of the world famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, better known as "The Swampers", made famous in the song "Sweet Home Alabama". David has played on a list of albums that reads like a who's who of the music industry, such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Traffic, and many more. David was recently inducted, along with the rest of "the swampers", into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville,Tn. Congrats, and well deserved.

Guitarist and vocalist, Scott Boyer, is renowned for his work with the band "Cowboy", who was on Capricorn Records out of Macon, Ga. That band, along with others, became the Capricorn Rhythm Section that played on a host of records that came out of Macon at that time. Scott also wrote the song "Please Be With Me", that was featured on Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard album.

Kelvin Holly has long been recognized as one of the South's premier guitarists. A long time member of Little Richard's touring band, and Grammy Award winning band "The Amazing Rhythm Aces", Kelvin has also appeared on numerous recordings and soundtracks with artists like, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Hall, Little Richard, and many more.

N.C Thurman plays keyboards, harmonica, guitar, and vocals. He has recorded or played with artists such as Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Hank Williams Jr., Little Richard, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and is currently touring with country music newcomer Gary Nichols.

Mike Dillon completes the band with timing and showmanship on the drums. Mike was a member of "The Dickey Betts Band" for two years. and was also a member of the Country Pop group "The Shooters" that was featured on CBS records from 87 to 91.

The Decoys was formed almost twenty years ago by veteran record producer, Johnny Sandlin (The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Delbert McClinton). The band has grown to gain wide respect and recognition. "They're kinda like Muscle Shoals own house band, backing up anyone who comes thru town", to quote one record industry vip. The band recently recorded their debut CD, entitled "Shot From The Saddle", at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and is avaliable at the given website. You can also hear The Decoys on the bonus disc of the DVD,"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", on a song penned by Donnie Fritts and Tony Joe White, entitled "One Foot In The Groove".

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Decoys with Friends at Scott Boyer Benefit


The Decoys with Friends at Scott Boyer Benefit


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.
Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com
David Hood, Scott Boyer, N.C Thurman, Mike Dillon and Kelvin Holly are The Decoys.

The Decoys are a five-man powerhouse rock n' roll band, featuring five of the most seasoned musicians anywhere.

David Hood, bass guitarist, was a member of the world famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, better known as "The Swampers", made famous in the song "Sweet Home Alabama". David has played on a list of albums that reads like a who's who of the music industry, such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Traffic, and many more. David was recently inducted, along with the rest of "the swampers", into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville,Tn. Congrats, and well deserved.

Guitarist and vocalist, Scott Boyer, is renowned for his work with the band "Cowboy", who was on Capricorn Records out of Macon, Ga. That band, along with others, became the Capricorn Rhythm Section that played on a host of records that came out of Macon at that time. Scott also wrote the song "Please Be With Me", that was featured on Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard album.

Kelvin Holly has long been recognized as one of the South's premier guitarists. A long time member of Little Richard's touring band, and Grammy Award winning band "The Amazing Rhythm Aces", Kelvin has also appeared on numerous recordings and soundtracks with artists like, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Hall, Little Richard, and many more.

N.C Thurman plays keyboards, harmonica, guitar, and vocals. He has recorded or played with artists such as Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Hank Williams Jr., Little Richard, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and is currently touring with country music newcomer Gary Nichols.

Mike Dillon completes the band with timing and showmanship on the drums. Mike was a member of "The Dickey Betts Band" for two years. and was also a member of the Country Pop group "The Shooters" that was featured on CBS records from 87 to 91.

The Decoys was formed almost twenty years ago by veteran record producer, Johnny Sandlin (The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Delbert McClinton). The band has grown to gain wide respect and recognition. "They're kinda like Muscle Shoals own house band, backing up anyone who comes thru town", to quote one record industry vip. The band recently recorded their debut CD, entitled "Shot From The Saddle", at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and is avaliable at the given website. You can also hear The Decoys on the bonus disc of the DVD,"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", on a song penned by Donnie Fritts and Tony Joe White, entitled "One Foot In The Groove".

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Travis Wammack at Scott Boyer Benefit


Travis Wammack at Scott Boyer Benefit

Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.

Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com
Travis Wammack (born November 1944) in Walnut, Mississippi, is an American rock and roll guitarist from Memphis, Tennessee. He began his professional music career when he wrote and recorded his first record at the age of eleven. A child prodigy, Wammack's first record was issued when he was twelve years old, and at 17 he hit the American charts with "Scratchy", an instrumental which peaked at #80 in 1964. Wammack got work recording at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals in the 1960s, and in 1975 released a solo album which generated two hits in the U.S. "Easy Evil" (#72) and "(Shu-Doo-Pa-Poo-Poop) Love Being Your Fool" (Billboard Hot 100 #38).
He was Little Richard's band leader from 1984 until 1995. Still performing, Travis now works with Muscle Shoals Music Marketing, and has added "Producer" to his resume. He is a member of the 'Memphis Music Hall of Fame', and in 1999 Wammack received the Professional Musician Award from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was inducted into The Southern Legends Entertainment And Performing Arts Hall Of Fame. In May 2006, Gibson Guitars presented Travis with a new Gibson ES-335 guitar as part of their documentary honoring legendary Gibson ES series players. Travis played (September 27, 2008)with Billy Lee Riley and with Sonny Burgess and the Pacers at Newport, Arkansas' "Depot Days," and most recently (in Newport, AR) on August 30, 2009 with Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers at the Billy Lee Riley benefit concert at the Silver Moon in Newport, Arkansas.
The concert was held to defray expenses incurred by Billy Lee's family due to his long and losing battle to cancer. Billy Lee died on August 4, 2009. Travis accompanied other groups besides Sonny and the Pacers.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fiddleworms at Scott Boyer Benefit


Fiddleworms at Scott Boyer Benefit


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.
Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com
The Fiddleworms emerged out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama; taking their name from night crawler catfish bait and known for fat chops, meaty grooves and original rock, which has become the central theme of their legendary live shows.

The Fiddleworms music and persona feature images of southern character and charm with personal stories that transcend life's struggles. Performed by five seasoned musicians The Fiddleworms are made up of guitarist/vocalist and founder Russell Mefford, guitarist/vocalist and former Drive By Truckers member Rob Malone, bassist Matt Ross, drummer John Tombyll and keyboardist Clint Bailey; all members have deep roots in the music and recording culture, including southern rock, jam band, and rock music scenes.

With their latest Heart of Gold Records release, VOLKSWAGEN CATFISH, produced by Jimmy Nutt, the 13-track album features music that spans a spectrum of styles, including reggae, country, jam band, rhythm and blues, funk, New Orleans jazz, rock and reflects the long and storied history of the Shoals music scene and the band members' individual past influences and connections.

The Fiddleworms create a live music scene that encompasses a wide array of talent and styles that fans adore. Their ability to captivate an audience through their harmonies, lyrical style and Malone's 'salt-of-the-earth riffs' are beyond comparison.3

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bottletree at Scott Boyer Benefit


Bottletree at Scott Boyer Benefit


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.
Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com
The Southern United States have for centuries been known for their colorful people, vivid imagery, and soulful music. In line with these longstanding values, we are proud to announce the formation of a new collaborative effort between six hardworking, established young musicians here in Muscle Shoals, AL which we have decided to name 'Bottletree' after another interesting southern tradition. Together, the six of us (Angela Hacker, James LeBlanc, Scott Boyer, Byron Green, Jon Davis, and Zach Thomas) pledge to continue to put our full efforts into consistently writing and producing new original material as well as delivering an outstanding live show every time we step onstage. We are immensely excited to be able to come together in such a compelling way, and look forward to many good things to come.

The actual bottle tree concept was originally brought to the southern states by slaves who had brought it with them from the Congo region. Colorful bottles are either slipped over bare branches or sometimes hung from them with twine, and the bottles dance around in the sunlight when blown by the wind. Legend has it that evil spirits, upon seeing this take place, will become entranced by the swaying bottles and will be helplessly drawn to them. Upon entering the bottles to appease their curiosity, the spirits become trapped and are unable to find their way back out, and eventually succumb to the intensified rays of the sun. These festive works of art have evolved from a very simple design in the beginning into an elaborate individual statement today, with entire groups dedicated to acquiring antique bottle for their trees and current artists taking things to a whole new level with customized trees made out of fabricated metals (see links on site for examples).

The story of the bottle trees not only adds another layer to our production, but in a large way embodies our spirit as well. All of the members of the band bring a distinct voice and a seasoned musical background to the group, and when blended together we have found that the result is a unique and quite alluring sound that has few limitations in terms of style and form. All have also stood alone as singers and songwriters prior to banding together. To fully capitalize on this, we will all be pitching in on vocals and writing duties, egging each other on in the studio, and encouraging each other to play our best onstage and have a good time doing it. We hope that you will decide to come on board, and promise to deliver the best experience we possibly can if you do. Thanks for checking us out and with any luck we'll see you at a show soon!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Gary Nichols, James Leblanc & Angela Hacker at Scott Boyer Benefit


Gary Nichols, James Leblanc & Angela Hacker at Scott Boyer Benefit


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.
Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com


Gary Nichols (born 1978 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama) is an American country music singer. Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2006, Nichols made his debut that year with the release of his single "Unbroken Ground", which reached No. 39 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Following it were the singles "I Can't Love You Anymore" and "Goin' Fast." Nichols never released an album for the label and soon left it.
In April 2010, he replaced Chris Stapleton as the lead singer and guitarist of The SteelDrivers.

James Leblanc was born and raised in Shreveport Louisiana. He has been playing since his Dad taught him to play as a toddler. In his teen years James started writing songs and playing in local bands. Over the years his following began to grow to include other songwriter’s and musicians. In 1995 one of these musician friends sent sone of James’ songs to Rodney Hall at Fame Publishing. After two years of staying in close touch with the FAME staff, James was signed to FAME Publishing’s, House of Fame branch. Since that time James has fast become one of the hottest songwriters around garnering cuts on artists such as Rascal Flatts(3), Martina McBride, Travis Tritt(2), Joe Diffie, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Heartland and Cyndi Thompson(2). In late 2000 James relocated to Muscle Shoals, Alabama where has continued to pursue his livelong music habit. James first hit single was released on Travis Tritt. The song is entitled “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde. The song garnered James his first top 10 single and ASCAP award for One of the Most Performed Songs of the Year. 
More Recently James has landed the title cut on Platinum artist Jason Aldean, as well as two cuts on Gary Allan’s forthcoming project. James also recently signed to FAME Records and will be releasing his next cd this fall. As an artist James released a singer/songwriter cd titled “Muscle Shoals City Limits” in 2003. The Cd garnered widespread critical Acclaim thoughout the music industry.
Source: Reverbnation


Angela Hacker is a country singer who first gained fame through winning Nashville Star, a country version of American Idol. She was born in 1978 in Muscle Shoals, AL. She grew up with three sisters and was shy as a child. When she was 13, she entered a singing contest at her school and claims that she "hasn't quit since." She struggled for the next 16 years with her singing career, but managed to get an audition on the fifth season of Nashville Star. She was selected to be one of the show's ten finalists and, throughout the competition, was perceived as the frontrunner. For the finale of the show, she was competing against her younger brother, Zac Hacker. In the end, Angela took the title and won a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records. She recorded and released her debut album, The Winner Is..., on April 3, 2007. The album had no singles, since the point of the album was to be a retrospective of her time on the show. She is currently working on her second album, which will be a collaboration with her younger brother, Zac Hacker. She has one son, Bay Simpson, and resides in Florence, AL.
Source: ALLMUSIC







Kelvin & Tonya Holly at Scott Boyer Benefit


Kelvin & Tonya Holly at Scott Boyer Benefit


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama to attend the Scott Boyer Benefit on 1-17-2013. Scott  was in Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital recovering from surgery to correct arterial blockage. The show was presented as a part of the Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live concert series.
Donations to "The Scott Boyer Recovery Fund" at Any branch of Bank Independent. The mailing address is PO Box 5000, Sheffield, AL 35660.
# 256-386-5000 or toll free 877-865-5050.
email customerservice@bibank.com

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bad Brad "Poor Man Ain't Got a Chance"


Bad Brad "Poor Man Ain't Got a Chance"

Alabama Music Office.com goes to Rogue Tavern in downtown Birmingham, Alabama to attend a performance by Bad Brad and The Sipsey.

Brad Guin is a phenomenal saxophone player who has been hitting the stage and studio with some of the biggest names in the music industry since the ripe age of 17 when he performed with The Four Tops and The Temptations in France.

Between then and now, he has been a saxophone player for: Greg Allman, Bobby Blue Band, B.B. King, The Ojays, Clarence Carter, Little Milton, Tony Joe White, Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock of Derek & The Dominos, T. Graham Brown, Percy Sledge, Johnny Taylor, Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Martha & The Vandellas, Jim Neighbors, The Muscle Shoals Horns, Travis Wammack, Cornell Dupree, Freddy Hart, Dennis Edwards, The Alabama Music Hall of Fame Induction Band. Guin has also been employed by Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and FAME Studios as a session player and arranger.

Guin has graced dozens of the most famed stages across the world, such as the Austin City Limits, The Apollo Theater, all The Blue Note Jazz Clubs in Japan, House of Blues across the U.S. and even Aretha Franklin's house for her birthday party one year. As a side man for major acts, he has played nearly every major theater and festival in the country.

To say Guin is a seasoned professional is like saying Mike Tyson is halfway decent boxer. He now adds to his list of accomplishments his first album as a producer.

Guin decided in 2011 to take his vast experience and start his own band, Bad Brad & The Sipsey Slims. All songs of the debut album "Slim Pickins" are written and co-written by Guin. And to the shock and awe of his friends and colleagues, he can really sing, which is something he had never done before and his own family didn't know he could. His voice is now being compared to the likes of Al Green, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Jimmy Hughes, Eddie Hinton and Sam Moore. Nobody is more surprised than him.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Red Mountain White Trash at Kentuck Festival 2012


Red Mountain White Trash at Kentuck Festival 2012


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the Kentuck Festival of the Arts 2012. On hand to entertain was Red Mountain White Trash.

Red Mountain plays good-time, old-time string band music. At festivals and clubs you'll hear them play high-energy dance tunes and old-timey blues, and sing songs from the earliest days of country music, when folks like the Carter Family and the Delmore Brothers were the stars. You're likely to hear a lot of impromptu humor as well.

Red Mountain's expertise as a dance band has garnered them invitations to dance festivals across the country. At dances they dip into their large repertoire of powerful contra dance medleys and driving square dance tunes.  They learned many of their tunes from older fiddlers in Alabama and Tennessee, and they play in a style that reflects the region in which they live.

Folks often describe Red Mountain  as a wall of sound. Components of this sound are fiddle by Jim Cauthen, guitar by Joyce Cauthen, mandolin by Phil Foster, harmonica and banjo uke by Jamie Finley, autoharp by Bill Martin and bass by Nancy Jackson.

Red Mountain White Trash "Rose of Alabama"


Red Mountain White Trash "Rose of Alabama"


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the Kentuck Festival of the Arts 2012. On hand to entertain was Red Mountain White Trash.

Red Mountain plays good-time, old-time string band music. At festivals and clubs you'll hear them play high-energy dance tunes and old-timey blues, and sing songs from the earliest days of country music, when folks like the Carter Family and the Delmore Brothers were the stars. You're likely to hear a lot of impromptu humor as well.

Red Mountain's expertise as a dance band has garnered them invitations to dance festivals across the country. At dances they dip into their large repertoire of powerful contra dance medleys and driving square dance tunes.  They learned many of their tunes from older fiddlers in Alabama and Tennessee, and they play in a style that reflects the region in which they live.

Folks often describe Red Mountain  as a wall of sound. Components of this sound are fiddle by Jim Cauthen, guitar by Joyce Cauthen, mandolin by Phil Foster, harmonica and banjo uke by Jamie Finley, autoharp by Bill Martin and bass by Nancy Jackson.

Red Mountain White Trash at Kentuck Festival


Red Mountain White Trash at Kentuck Festival


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the Kentuck Festival of the Arts 2012. On hand to entertain was Red Mountain White Trash.

The Trash play good-time, old-time string band music. At festivals and clubs you'll hear them play high-energy dance tunes and old-timey blues, and sing songs from the earliest days of country music, when folks like the Carter Family and the Delmore Brothers were the stars. You're likely to hear a lot of impromptu humor as well. At dances they dip into their large repertoire of powerful contra dance medleys and driving square dance tunes. RMWT's expertise as a dance band has garnered them invitations to dance festivals across the country.

The band members started playing together around 1985. They all lived in Birmingham on Red Mountain in a historic neighborhood that was being gentrified by young professionals. Slow to renovate, the band members wondered if they were considered the "white trash" of the neighborhood and savored the concept of BMWs upon blocks and obsolete espresso machines on the front porch. Thus came the band name that has been loved by some, deplored by others. Though their name is facetious, they take their music seriously. Many of their tunes were collected from older fiddlers in Alabama and Tennessee, and they play in a style that reflects the region in which they live.

Folks often describe Red Mountain White Trash as a wall of sound. Components of this sound are fiddle by Jim Cauthen, guitar by Joyce Cauthen, mandolin by Phil Foster, harmonica and banjo uke by Jamie Finley, autoharp by Bill Martin and bass by Nancy Jackson. Vocalist Carole Griffin often joins them for concerts and festivals.
Source: http://www.wbhm.org/Tapestry/bands/RedMountainWhiteTrash.html

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tosha Hill sings original at Dick Cooper Party


Tosha Hill sings original at Dick Cooper Party

Alabama Music Office.com goes to Shoal Creek near Florence, Alabama to attend the Dick Cooper Annual-Day-After-Thanksgiving Party. One of the great things about Dick Cooper's parties is getting to hear talent that you have not heard before. Dick's ADAT Party 2012 was overflowing with talent-that-is-new-to-me. One of those talents was Tosha Hill from Florence. Not only can this young lady sing but also is a songwriter. In this video Tosha sings "Think Of Me A Little" which she co-wrote with her baby boomer father. Tosha Hill is truly a talent to watch!

Tosha Hill kills it at Dick Cooper Party


Tosha Hill kills it at Dick Cooper Party


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Shoal Creek near Florence, Alabama to attend the Dick Cooper Annual-Day-After-Thanksgiving Party. This is a gathering of musicians, old and young alike. Tosha Hill from the younger side performed for the first time. This young lady is natural and unassuming with talent that will make her an important part of Alabama's music future.
Tosha Brooke Hill born ( February 15, 1993) is an American Gospel Singer, from Florence, AL. In December of 2008, she recorded her first album entitled "Sweet Holy Spirit". She is the daughter of Billy and Tina Hill, furniture manufacturers from Florence, AL. She has three brothers, Billy Hill Jr., Josh Hill, and Caleb Hill. Tosha was raised in church all of her life and always loved to sing. When Tosha was twelve years old, she surrendered her life to Jesus Christ. Ever since that day, she's had the burning desire to serve Him and minister to others through song. She started singing at other surrounding churches at the age of 12. One of the first venues she sung at was Restoration Ranch in Tuscumbia, AL., which is a rehab facility that ministers to individuals that have addictions through the Word of God. When Tosha was in the 8th grade she sung "Hold Me While I Cry" ,won her school's first talent show in March of 07'. Five months later she entered into a talent competition at Mug.Com in Muscle Shoals, AL. In September, she took home the title of Shoals Star II. In that same month she competed in the North Alabama State Fair and took home 2nd place in 07' and in 08'. She also performed at the "Halloween Hoot" in Decatur, AL in October of 07'. Being a member of Waterloo High School's Beta Club, she represented the group in Birmingham, AL by performing solo in the special talent competition, which was held at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center, in Birmingham, AL. She took home Runner Up 07'-08'. April 15th she recorded two songs at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL which can be heard on the radio. In June of 2008, she had the honor to sing at Mayor Bobby Irons Campaign, not once but on two occasions. One at Petersville Community Center, but also at the Florence Coliseum. The Mayor and his wife Sarah Irons, have become one of Tosha's best friends. July 4th of 2008, Tosha performed at Double Head Resort, in Town Creek, AL, in the talent show entitled "Star Spangled Spectacular" in the adult group and took home 2nd place. Also, in July 08', Tosha was thrilled to sing for the very first time at the historic W.C. Handy Festival in Tuscumbia, AL, and she opened the show for singer/songwriter Donnie Fritts. December 2008, Tosha and her brothers, Josh and Caleb, performed at the Florence Colisuem for Sara Lee's Christmas Party, which roughly 700 attended. Tosha is special friends with singer/songwriter Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery. Peanutt wrote several songs for Country singers such as: George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris, and Tanya Tucker.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dick Cooper ADAT Party 2012


Dick Cooper ADAT Party 2012


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Shoal Creek near Florence, Alabama to attend the Dick Cooper Annual-Day-After-Thanksgiving Party. These are always fun affairs where for some folks it's the only time during the year that you get to see them. Dick's parties brings the music world together with music lovers traveling both near and far to be there.
As with all of Dick's parties there's socializing, conversation, or recreation along with food, beverages and of course, music.

Late Night at Dick Cooper Party



Late Night at Dick Cooper Party 


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Shoal Creek near Florence, Alabama to attend the Dick Cooper Annual-Day-After-Thanksgiving Party 2012. As the night wears on the living room comes alive with music. It's a huge sing-a-long that has participants that change as the night goes on. 
Dick Cooper is a perfect host with a perfect place for musician parties. The one bad seed that came back days after the last party and stole from Dick's home has put this party in jeopardy. Look for this to be a more regulated affair as to who gets invited. As it should be, I guess, as Dick is one of the most generous persons that I have ever know. But even Dick has his limits. For the love of music, from time to time let Dick know you appreciate him.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Kentuck Festival 2012 Highlights


Kentuck Festival 2012 Highlights

Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the 41st Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts (2012).

Brother Ben Stage
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
9:30 am Alabama Blues Project Advanced Band The Alabama Blues Project's top students, mixing classic blues with a youthful perspective and some of their own compositions.
11:00 am Berteal Siblings Kim and Chad Gentry joined forces in 2010 to create Berteal--the Americana culmination of years of performing together at home and in church.
12:15 pm Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association An American tradition, Sacred Harp brings people together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. The term "sacred harp" refers both to the book that most "shape-note" singers use and to the human voice.
2:00 pm Solomon Sholanke & Osumare African Drumming and Dance Ensemble
Solomon Adeyinka Sholanke learned to dance and play drums at the age of 7 as a rite of passage within the Yoruba culture in his native Nigeria. Solomon moved to the United States in the 1970s for college and in 1988, founded Osumare.
3:30 pm Elizabeth Cook The youngest of 11, Cook began appearing on stage with her parents at age 4. At the age of nine, she had her own band. Since 2000, she has released 4 albums and toured the globe. Cook hosts "Elizabeth Cook's Apron Strings" on the Sirius XM radio station Outlaw Country on Channel 60.
Festival Acoustic Venue
10:00 am Storytelling--Steven H. Hobbs 10:30 am Brush Arbor Deborah and Gerald Hallman and Claudette Leper grew up singing at
the Dovertown Freewill Baptist Church in Cordova. They are bringing to Kentuck
a cappella renditions of hymns heard in Baptist churches across rural Alabama. 12:00 pm Rob Angus & Brant Beene Hammered dulcimer, guitar and mandolin.
1:00 pm Storytelling--Steven H. Hobbs 1:30 pm Russell Hopper A master Irish fiddle player, classically trained as a violinist and
violist, who also makes violins and sells them in his shop in Birmingham.
2:30 pm Storytelling--Steven H. Hobbs 3:00 pm Voodoo Saints An authentic New Orleans-style Dixieland Jazz trio.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
Brother Ben Stage
10:00 am Sharon Bounds & Brighter Day Bluegrass and gospel led by a musician recognized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Alabama Folk Arts Master Teacher
. 11:30 am Henri's Notions The Notions create a musical mix of their own compositions and traditional Celtic and American music, that have a rhythm and voice reflective of their Southern heritage.
1:00 pm Lil' Wayne & Same Ol' 2 Step Keeping their music firmly grounded in the Zydeco tradition of Opelousas-Lawtell and mentored by the legendary Roy Carrier, Lil' Wayne & the Same Ol' 2 Step have played throughout the United States and in Europe.
2:45 pm Red Mountain White Trash Old-time string band music, high-energy dance tunes, old-timey blues, and early country music served up with a good bit of impromptu humor. They learned many of their tunes from older fiddlers in Alabama and Tennessee, and they play in a style that reflects the region in which they live.
Festival Acoustic Venue
10:30 am Storytelling--Steven H. Hobbs 11:00 am Joyce & Jim Cauthen: Alabama Fiddlers and Their Tunes Two members of Red
Mountain White Trash, one of whom literally wrote the book on Alabama fiddling, bring
12:00 pm Storytelling--Steven H. Hobbs 12:30 pm Ricky & Mary Anne Stone Old-time music--which pre-dates bluegrass--played with
1:30 pm Storytelling--Steven H. Hobbs 2:15 pm Bob Tedrow Family and Friends Instrument maker Tedrow gathers family and
friends for home-made music Steven H. Hobbs is a storyteller, educator, lawyer, poet, ethicist, historian, quilter, entrepreneur, consultant, actor, community organizer, and world traveler. Steven sees himself as a storyframer, one who structures stories around history, law, entrepreneurship, culture, and life. Storyteller Hobbs likes to share stories of wisdom, humor, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Bob Tedrow and Jason Bailey at Kentuck Festival



Bob Tedrow and Jason Bailey at Kentuck Festival


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the 41st Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Bob Tedrow and Jason Bailey 
performed on this day.

Jason Bailey-Mandolinist, composer, teacher, studio musician, Jason Bailey possesses a range of musicianship of a well-seasoned professional. At the young age of 28, Jason quickly pushed through the Birmingham music scene to become a regional performing musician in a short amount of time. "I was 18 when I got my first mandolin. My Dad came home from a garage sale with it," says Jason. It must have been destiny because the mandolin is now a part of his soul. That year Jason discovered mandolinist David Grisman as well as other great acoustic musicians. "I didn't know music like that existed. I had never heard mandolins, violins and acoustic guitars playing essentially jazz with bluegrass instruments and tempo." While absorbing the diversities of these acoustic musicians he was also inspired to pursue a bachelor's degree in music from Maryville College, in 1999. Jason naturally applied his formal education allowing him to be at home in a wide variety of musical genres, including celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, jam, country and folk. Jason entertains his audiences with a solid wholesome sound, and places himself in the mix of the greatest innovators of the acoustic music scene.
 
Bob Tedrow-Robert E. Tedrow (born c. 1953 in Fort Collins, Colorado) is the owner of the Homewood Musical Instrument Co. and a luthier, best known for his custom-made concertinas.
Tedrow grew up in a family of musicians and learned how to play a variety of instruments, idolizing his grandmother, Belle Hest, a jazz pianist. He built a banjo at age 15 and took up with the house band at a local Shakey's Pizza. As a teenager he focused on guitar and played in church folk groups during the "folk scare" of the 1960s. He studied occupational therapy at Colorado State University and worked for a while in North Carolina before realizing he was better at working with instruments. He and his wife, Klari, moved to Birmingham in 1986 while she completed a degree at the Cumberland School of Law.
Tedrow opened a workshop behind Fretted Instruments at 2906 Linden Avenue in Homewood. In 1989 he opened his present business, Homewood Musical Instrument Co., at 3027 Central Avenue next door to Nabeel's Café and Market. He drives a 1928 Model A Ford is to work each day.
When Tedrow's prized concertina wore out, he took the time to learn to rebuild it and is now one of only three concertina makers in the United States, with clients around the world.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Pyles at Dick Cooper ADAT Party


The Pyles at Dick Cooper ADAT Party


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Shoals Creek near Florence, Alabama to attend the Dick Cooper Annual-Day-After-Thanksgiving Party. This is a gathering of music business folks that realize, music is the universal language of mankind.

Look out world, here come The Pyles. Fresh out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama enters this dynamic duo. The Pyles are; W. Cullen Stewart, of Killen, Alabama, and Jessica Rothstein, of Philadelphia, PA. These two handsome young performers are setting the world aflame with their fresh, new, exciting and unique combination of ukuleles, yes UKULELES, with Cullen often laying down his ukulele and picking up the mandolin as well. This combination, which combined with Jess's ukulele, and then backed by some of the most professional and gifted Shoals area and Nashville musicians you can find.

Their exciting, toe-tapping music brings the crowds to their feet, unable to stay off the dance floor when they are on stage "laying it down," as they say in the world of music. Cullen's remarkable song writing, at times with Jess adding her lyrical contributions, has made them the most sought after duo in the country today. Produced and Engineered by veteran record men Jerry Masters and Jimmie Nutt at the Nutt House, in Sheffield, AL, this record is destined to be a big seller to all sorts of genres and musical aficionados.

Cullen, birthed into this world with a musical mother, the former Jan Stevenson, of Florence, Alabama. Jan was born and raised in the Shoals area for a big part of her life, going to high school at Roger's High in Greenhill, AL. The East Hill neighborhood in Florence, Alabama,where Jan spent her childhood, along with Shoals greats Donnie Fritts, Junior Lowe, and the late session guitarist Terry Thompson, set the stage for her love for Muscle Shoals music from a very early age. Her love for these sounds, combined with Cullen's desire to follow in the footsteps of the funky music he had grown up listening to, has made him one of the most prolific songwriters, singers and musicians on the scene today. Add Jess' unusual, yet effective harmonies, and you have something that simply, WORKS.

You will enjoy Cullen's young trek through life through his songs, reflecting the good times as well as the bad. Along with life's painful experiences, coupled with seasons of joy, and disappointments, has taught him the ways of simple survival. These learned lessons are then put to song, and performed with an excellence unequaled in today's genre of new wave, sometimes puzzling sounds our ears are constantly bombarded with. The Pyles will bring you out of your seat and onto the dance floor the first time they hit a lick. So sit back, hang onto your seat, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy THE PYLES.

Elizabeth Cook "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman"


Elizabeth Cook "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman"

Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the Kentuck Festival of the Arts 2012. Elizabeth Cook was there to perform. Her first song was her hit, "Sometimes It Takes balls To Be A Woman."
Elizabeth Cook (born July 17, 1972 in Wildwood, Florida) is an American country music singer who made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry on March 17, 2000. She has released five albums to date. Balls was produced by Rodney Crowell, and nine of the album's 11 tracks were written or co-written by Elizabeth -- including the single "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman". Her next album, "Welder", released May 11, 2010, was produced by Don Was. The album received rave reviews.
The youngest of 11, Cook was born in Wildwood, Florida. Her mother Joyce played mandolin and guitar and performed on radio and local television in her younger years. Her father Thomas also played string instruments. He honed his skills playing upright bass in the prison band while serving time for running moonshine. Also while serving time at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary for the crime, he learned the welding trade to which Elizabeth paid tribute in the title of her 2010 album. After her father was released, he and Joyce began playing in local country bands together. Elizabeth was on stage with them at age four, singing such inappropriate songs as 'I'm Having Daydreams About Night Things'. At the age of nine, she had her own band.
Cook graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1996 with dual degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. In 2000, she independently released The Blue Album; she made her major label debut in 2002 with Hey Y'All. But following a corporate re-structuring that left the album virtually abandoned and stagnant on sales, Elizabeth fought back with her 2004 independent release This Side Of The Moon, which received positive reviews from The New York Times and No Depression. Her album Balls was released May 2007. It has been her most successful album to date, thanks to glowing press reviews and significant video play for the song "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman." Her 2010 album Welder features appearances by an all-star roster of guests including Dwight Yoakam, Crowell and Buddy Miller. Two songs on the album featured in an NPR report at the time of its release were "El Camino" and "Heroin Addict Sister."
Through it all, Elizabeth maintained a relentless touring schedule, playing shows in America, as well as South Korea, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Poland France and the UK, the last of these including memorable appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Maverick Festival and the Borderline in London. She has continued appearing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry - indeed, she has appeared over 300 times and yet is still a "non-member".
She toured the UK in support of her Welder LP performing 18 dates with her husband Tim Carroll and her upright bass player Bones Hillman, formerly of Midnight Oil, who had relocated to Nashville, Tennessee after hearing nothing out of Midnight Oil for a year.
Welder was number 23 on Rolling Stone's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.
Cook was invited by the Atlanta Braves to sing the national anthem before their 2011 home opener on April 8, 2011.
In June 2012 Cook appeared with Jason Isbell on the Late Show with David Letterman. American Songwriter notes that they sang covers of Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty" and "Tecumseh Valley."
Cook hosts the morning radio show "Elizabeth Cook's Apron Strings" on the Sirius XM radio station Outlaw Country on Channel 60. The show airs weekdays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM (Eastern Time). The show format is a mix of Americana, Outlaw, and Alt Country.
Source: Cook hosts the morning radio show "Elizabeth Cook's Apron Strings" on the Sirius XM radio station Outlaw Country on Channel 60. The show airs weekdays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM (Eastern Time). The show format is a mix of Americana, Outlaw, and Alt Country.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Elizabeth Cook between songs


Elizabeth Cook talks between songs


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the 41st Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts (2012). Elizabeth Cook performed for the event. Before ever hearing her sing I had heard of her stage chatter. This young lady is as natural on stage as anyone that I have ever seen. She has a wonderful sense for humor and shares it readily.
She is not from Alabama but put on a great performance here. Many great performers put on their best performances when they come to Alabama. Ask Nick Saban.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mark Lanter Interview



Mark Lanter Interview


Alabama Music Office.com interviews Mark Lanter in our studios.

"When I speak of natural drummers I'm talking about guys that are playing with the talent God gave 'em."-Gene Krupa
 
The drum is said to be man's oldest musical percussion instrument, but the same can't be said of drum sets or kits. Drum sets, a grouping of various toned drums, originated in marching bands and parade bands in New Orleans. It was found that one drummer could play more than one drum simultaneously. This is known as double drumming. Cymbals and Tom Toms, which were invented in China, were added to drum kits. Percussion additives such as cowbells, wooden blocks, and chimes were incorporated as well. By the 1930's the standard drum kit had taken shape. The Kit consisted of a bass drum and foot pedal, snare, tom toms, a hi-hat cymbal, and large hanging cymbals. Others say the drum set was born because of budget cuts in big bands. It made no sense to have one person hitting a ride cymbal, and one person hitting the crash when the music indicated. The drum set was born! 
Regardless, early on Mark Lanter realized drum sets are the most important instrument in rock bands. Since that revelation Mark has become a drummer par excellence whose techniques, resilience and versatility is known throughout the industry.
Mark Lanter was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee into a family with 5 other children. He is the only musician among them. His great grandfather was a fiddler in a Baptist church in Kentucky. His family moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama when he was young. He was in the class of  '76 at Tuscaloosa County High School where he was in the choir and played in the jazz band under Ronald Lett. His first recordings appeared while in high school with Trans Improvisation artists Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith. Pataphisical Reveue (Alcohol Records) and From the One That Cut You, have maintained a steady cult following since the late 1970s. 
Mark is recognized as one of the top drummers in the Southeast.  He is self taught and was originally influenced by The Beatles (He now teaches a Beatles college course.). He learned to play drums by trying to imitate what he heard from drummers playing on the records and radio. His first instrument of choice was the guitar. He switched to drums out of need in his band while still in elementary school. He got his first drum set when he was 12 years old. The set was a Sears Mayfair red sparkle kit that didn't come with a hi-hat. 
When he was 14 years old he auditioned for The Bonnevilles, a very popular regional family band, and got the job.  That was his first paying gig and Mark has been a professional drummer every since.  While attending the University of Alabama he traveled and recorded with numerous regional acts including legendary Muscle Shoals recording artist Tippy Armstrong.  Highlighting those regional acts was Steve Sample's Moon Pie, a Ray Reach jazz band, Rabbit Branch and an extended amount of time with Forecast. In the years that followed, Mark has performed and/or recorded with such notables including Michael Hedges, Mose Alison, Eric Essix (Nova Records), Vova Nova (Chameleon Records), Mundel Lowe, Giacomo Gates, Boots Randolph, James Peterson, Willie King, Big Bo and Little Whit, Microwave Dave, Tom Wolfe, Ken Watters, Topper Price and the Upsetters, Otiel Burbidge, Chuck Redd, Marlon Jordan, Stephanie Jordan, Rachel Jordan, Kent Jordan, Ed Miller, Brian McNeill, and many others.
Most recent recordings include Tom Wolfe, Simple Peace, 2001, regional independent artists Downright, Downright, 2001, Hidden Agenda, 2003, Henri's Notions, Trip To The Cottage, 2007, Right Action Figures, 2008,and the Crimson Quartet, 2010. He currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama performing with Henri's Notions, the UA Jazz Faculty, and his own groups Mark Lanter Review, The Peytones, Black Jacket Symphony, and Bonus Round.  He plays in an Allman Brothers tribute band from time to time called Eat A Peach and a Grateful Dead tribute band called Electric Monkey Wrench; all while teaching private lessons and Jazz Studies at the University of Alabama, and African American Music and Jazz History at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Mark stays very, very busy and thinks about retirement more often these days. Not saying he is ready for retirement but the thoughts of spending time on the remote property he owns in East Tennessee keeps reoccurring.  Mark is one of those guys that is just too busy to slow down right now.
Published January 2013 issue Tannehill Trader

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Jim & Joyce Cauthen at Kentuck Festival 2012


Jim & Joyce Cauthen at Kentuck Festival 2012


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the 41st Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts.
Joyce Cauthen learned to play guitar (as an adult) in order to back up the fiddling of her husband, Jim. Throughout the past 25 years she has performed with two old-time string bands, the Red Mountain White Trash and Flying Jenny and her playing can be heard on 6 CDs produced by those groups. You can listen to samples on cdbaby.com, if you like. She has taught guitar at the Alabama Folk School and the Augusta Heritage Center.
JIM CAUTHEN
I have played the fiddle since the late 1970s and played in several string bands.   I currently play with both the Red Mountain White Trash and Flying Jenny, both of which have released recordings (you can find all of the recordings, 4 Trash and 2 Jenny, at cdbaby.com where you can listen to excerpts for free).  My wife, Joyce (Guitar from Scratch ) and I sometimes perform as a duet.
Source: http://www.folkschool.dioala.org/

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

African Drumming at Kentuck Festival





Alabama Music Office.com goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the 41st Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts in 2012.
Solomon Sholanke & Osumare African Drumming and Dance Ensemble
Solomon Adeyinka Sholanke learned to dance and play drums at the age of 7 as a rite of passage within the Yoruba culture in his native Nigeria. Solomon moved to the United States in the 1970s for college and in 1988, founded Osumare.

Singing Lessons? by Jerry W. Henry


It is truly surprising how many singers you see on stage every weekend that could use the most basic of vocal lessons. Most need to improve their vocal technique, overall pitch and rhythm. These are the same music artists that balk at the very mention of a vocal coach.

Vocal instructors have standards that they follow to improve one's voice. A vocal trainer will know what is good for his trainee, which means improved singing abilities. A vocal coach will give the singer exercises that help deal with their individual problems. Does tone need to be strengthened? They will educate you on proper exercises for it. The most important lesson that affects the audience is the development of the singer’s pronunciation and diction.

Singers should be completely open with their vocal coaches. They are trained to understand and have the answers to every query you have. Openness will strengthen your bond with your trainer that brings you one step closer to your dreams.

Practice is utmost important for vocal drills and pitch exercises, especially if you truly want to improve your skills. It is important that you practice correctly. Pay close attention in class so you will know how to correctly practice at home. The wrong practice techniques can inadvertently harm your tone. Practice correctly!

Time and effort are required to become the singer you want to be. Many experienced singers still take lessons to keep their tones in top form and also to continue enhance their voice ability. With an appropriate help, bad singing habits can be corrected. Our voice learns through muscle recollection, which means, along with correct methods, your mind will remember them and will use them every time you sing.

Singing lessons are only needed if you love what you do and you're motivated enough to reach for your desire. Complete dedication and determination are needed to fulfill our destiny.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bad Brad & The Sipsey Slims "At Least They Can't Eat Us"



Bad Brad & The Sipsey Slims "At Least They Can't Eat Us" 


Alabama Music Office.com goes to Rogue Tavern in downtown Birmingham, Alabama to attend a performance by Bad Brad & The Sipsey Slims.
Brad Guin has been a side man for a great many of his heroes as a sax player live and in the studio. He has played for dozens of stars and the best of the best. He never sang until recently. He got weighed down with a catalog of songs that he had written and had stories to tell and music that had to come out, so he did something about it. He formed Bad Brad and The Sipsey Slims. 
All songs of the debut album "Slim Pickins" are written and co-written by Guin. And to the shock and awe of his friends and colleagues, he can really sing, which is something he had never done before and his own family didn't know he could. His voice is now being compared to the likes of Al Green, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Jimmy Hughes, Eddie Hinton and Sam Moore. Nobody is more surprised than him.