Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill & Kacey Jones at FBISF
Alabama Music Office.com goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013 (FBISF). Playing on Flora-Bama's Main Stage was A Cowgirl, a Diva and a Shameless Hussey aka Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill & Kacey Jones.
Whiskey-voiced Becky Hobbs is one-of-a-kind. She is a gifted songwriter, as well as a captivating entertainer. On stage, she plays some rockin' keys, yet she can rope you in like an Oklahoma cowgirl with her from-the-heart ballads.
Becky has performed in over 40 countries, including nine in Africa. Her songs have been recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty ("I Want To Know You Before We Make Love" went to #1), George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Wanda Jackson, John Anderson, Janie Fricke, Lacy J Dalton, Moe Bandy, Shelly West, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Jane Oliver, Ken Mellons, and others. She is the co-writer of Alabama's hit, "Angels Among Us," which has been used by many charities throughout the world, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
More at http://www.beckyhobbs.com/bio.html
Songwriter, singer, recording artist,documentary producer, television personality, motivational speaker-these are just a few of the many colored hats that Benita Hill wears on her creative journey. She has written number one songs for Garth Brooks and her songs have been covered by artists in multiple genres-the legendary Isaac Hayes, gospel jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum, country songbird Crystal Gayle and many more.Her music has appeared in Broadway musicals, television and radio commercials and she has released six critically acclaimed CDs of her original jazz/pop inflected songs. Most recently, her documentary The Healing Power of A Song, premiered nationally in December 2009 on the Blue Highways television network.She also tours with a seminar of the same name, encouraging others to pursue their unique creative voice by following the music of their hearts. Her story of being a two time cancer survivor, combined with her music and inspiring message uplifts audiences everywhere.
More at http://www.benitahill.com
Audiences have been laughing with Kacey Jones for decades and laughing right along with them are People Magazine, USA Today, GAC & CMT Television, and Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion." "Donald Trump's Hair," is the hilarious follow-up to her previous album, "Nipples to the Wind" and contains fifteen tracks including "Christmas in Rehab," "I Can Always Get Skinny But You'll Never Be Tall," and "Whatever Happened to Kenny Rogers Face."
"I'm a singer-songwriter-musician first," says Jones, "I enjoy making people laugh in the tradition of musical humorists such as Tom Lehrer, Mae West, Roger Miller, Kinky Friedman, Dan Hicks, Jerry Reed, and Sophie Tucker." I also enjoy a good ballad...that's why I recorded a tribute to Mickey Newbury." ("Kacey Jones Sings Mickey Newbury" IGO Records, 2006). Jones' interpretation of Newbury's beautiful, melancholy songs achieved critical acclaim worldwide. She even enlisted Newbury's close friend, Kris Kristofferson, to play a cameo role in her music video,"San Francisco Mabel Joy."
More at https://www.facebook.com/kaceyjonesmusic/info
Dan Demay at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival
Alabama Music Office.com goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. I caught Dan Demay's performance at Lulu's in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Dan Demay is a Grammy nominated songwriter who hails from North Carolina. He has had songs recorded by Tracy Byrd (Crazy Every Time), Darryl Worley (If Something Should Happen), Tracy Lawrence (You Can't Hide Red Neck), Martina McBride (Everybody Does), Bobby Pinson (The RIght To Be Wrong), Joey+Rory (Heart Of The Wood), John Michael Montgomery (All In A Day) and Cledus T. Judd (Illegals).
More on Dan Demay at: http://www.dandemay.com/bio.htm
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Hope Cassity and Jeff Dayton at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013
Alabama Music Office.com goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Hope Cassity and Jeff Dayton entertained at Lulu's in Gulf Shores, Alabama to an enthused audience.
A native of Monroeville, Alabama the town that sparked "To Kill A Mockingbird" Pulitzer prize winner Harper Lee's creative writing, it's no wonder Hope Cassity's vivid imagery turned to songs by age 15.
Recently, Cassity was selected out of thousands of artists across the southeast to front the cover of the nationwide publication Regional Musician Magazine under the header "Burning up the Road Miles" with the editor stating to Hope "You are one of the hardest working women in the industry."
Her drive and hard work is definitely paying off. This year the popular indie duo Penny Rae (most often compared to Civil Wars) released a song Hope wrote titled "Closure" as the featured single from their newest record. The video is currently airing alongside the likes of Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum hit videos on 40 plus tv networks nationwide.
The twice nominated Dallas Best Female Vocalist had her emotional ballad about her grandmother's battle with cancer titled "50 Years" featured in the International "Stand UP to Cancer" Campaign that has support from A-list celebrities. Additionally, "Sweet Southern Sun" featured Grammy Award winning fiddle player Glen Duncan and was chosen in the Top 25 for the Nashville Music CIty Songwriter competition.
Cassity was amidst the top 10 finalists in a nationwide songwriter search "Songwriter Serenade among many other notables such as several sold out shows this year and an increasing number of supporting spots for major artists. Cassity has been the recipient of multiple regional awards/recognitions including reaching number 4 on the Reverb Nation charts.
Currently, Hope's latest single release "Partly You" that features Jason Wyatt (The Lost Trailers) has been playing in radio rotation across the nation and creating a buzz that is steadily getting louder as it surrounds this artist/ songwriter.
From the White House to the Wildhorse Saloon, Jeff Dayton has been playing guitar and performing all his life. He's been a Nashville writer for over a decade and thrives on the concentrated creative scene in Music City. His hometown roots in Minnesota and years in Arizona earned him a music degree, regional hit records and the honor of backing artists like Vince Gill, Buck Owens, Bo Diddley, Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Gene Autry, Toby Keith and many more.
Today, Jeff is an active Nashville music producer, songwriter, session guitarist, touring artist and educator. He tours as a dynamic solo artist too.
Melissa Joiner at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013
Alabama Music Office.com goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Melissa Joiner (John's Daughter) performs for the first time at river house. Young and nervous, regardless, she jumps into the deep end. As you watch this you just might be watching a career from it's very beginnings.
Ricky Whitley at Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival
Alabama Music Office.com goes to Alabama's Gulf Coast to attend Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival 2013. Ricky Whitley was on hand to honor us with his latest creations.
Ricky Whitley, Singer, songwriter, musician, and solo entertainer
Ricky learned to play the guitar during his teens from his uncle, Tom Darby, and from Jimmy Tarlton, well-known white Blues artists who recorded on Columbia, Victor, and OKEH Records during the 1920's.
He played with Johnnie Shines, John Prine, Bobby Rush, Bobby Keys, Wayne Jackson, Jimmy Hall, Jimmy Buffet, Gatemouth Brown, Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Tom Darby and Jimmy Tarleton. He writes serious music and comedy. Recorded seven albums that sold over 100 copies worldwide and have gone wood in several small foreign countries. Signed an exclusive recording contract whereas he only has to buy 4 albums a month. Available for Blues, Folk, Songwriters, and other Festivals and Shows.
Ricky has written songs with songwriter, Red Lane, who is in the Country Music Songwriters Hall of Fame. Ricky is an accomplished vocalist and is skilled on most of the stringed instruments including guitar, violin, and pedal steel. He loves acoustic Delta blues and old country blues music. Ricky is currently writing music in the country, blue and old country blues styles and also in what some people label as Southern Rock or rock music.