Welcome! The "Great Northwest
Music Preview" is devoted to featuring the recordings and
creative talents of the talented performers --- not to mention very special
people --- who have worked with Cascade Geographic Society on our festivals,
special events, and programs. The Society acknowledges the impressive work of
these individuals, duos, trios, and bands, and thanks them for their unselfish
contributions to our work. These talented artists can be
seen at the Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival
& Barlow Trail Days. A schedule of other events
for this years festival is available for your review.
Theresa Demarest is a singer-songwriter from Portland whose style of music could
be called "Neo-Folk/Jazz-Fused-With-Blues." The message in her music
is creating positive change in the environment through music. And that means
Demarest is an award-winning singer-songwriter who plays guitar, piano, and
sings. She performs with an incredibly talented band called "Good Company."
The release of their latest recording in September 1999, marks the
third CD to their credit so far on Joshua Records, with more surely to come.
"Good Company" is comprised of the following collection of talent:
Janice Scroggins on piano; Tim Ellis on lead guitar; Chata Addy on African
talking drum and congas; Dennis Springer on saxophone; Myrtle Brown on vocals;
and Linda Hornbuckle, who they refer
to as the affiliate member, on vocals.
"Theresa Demarest & Good Company" performed at the "Mount
Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days" in 1999 on
the "Great Northwest Music" stage. Their music proved to be not only
show-stopping, but perfection at its best, as they put on a show that most of
the audience will not forget.
Recently, these creative folks took some live recordings and fashioned the songs
into a spectacular CD. These great songs were recorded by Dana Monroe and,
later, mastered by Bob Stark. Ten of the 11 featured tunes were performed on
stage at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts in September of 1996, while
"She Alone" was recorded by Richard Mathis in 1992. The end result was
their creation titled "Keiko's Dream -- Theresa Demarest & Good Company
Live in Concert", on Joshua Records.
The title song of the CD, "Keiko's Dream", is dedicated to Keiko, the
Killer Whale, who was rescued from a zoo in Mexico and taken to Newport, Oregon,
for rehabilitation. Then Keiko was moved to a special sea pen located in his native
waters in Iceland. This tune is an original instrumental piece that was written
by Demarest and eloquently performed by lead guitarist Ellis, and is dedicated
to this cetacean and evokes his song and his ultimate dream of being released.
"Keiko's Dream" is a great CD if you love superb vocals and music
performed by some outstanding musicians. If you don't have this CD already, it's
one that you really need to have. Also, don't forget about the others on
Joshua Records -- "Bein' Who You Are" and "Moon Rising."
"Theresa Demarest & Good Company" is utilizing "Keiko's Dream"
as a centerpiece of their recent tour. Proceeds from the sale of this CD goes to
the Ocean Futures Society, which resulted from a merger between The Free Willy
Keiko Foundation, Inc. and the Jean-Michael Cousteau Institute.
The "Keiko's Dream" CD is available at Music Millennium, Tower
Records, Borders Books & Music, and Locals Only in Portland, Oregon. If you
are on the Pacific Coast, it's on sale at the Words, Inc. store at the Cannon
Beach Information Center. Or, you can order it directly from Joshua Records at
P.O. Box 3132, Portland, Oregon 97208 for $13 (which includes shipping).
For more information on "Theresa Demarest & Good Company", phone
(503) 235-6072. Their toll free message phone is 1-888-771-6893. Or,
visit their website at: http://www.theresacd.com
or you can email them at Joshua Records at firstname.lastname@example.org
to keep up on this exciting collection of musicians.
Arlene Hale is a folksinger who knows how to not only perform a song, but also
how to write them. She's a songbird extraordinaire who brought a crowd halt in
their tracks at the
"Mount Hood Salmon &
Mushroom Festival" so they could listen to this talented
lady on the "Great Northwest Music" stage, and applaud after each and
A member of the Portland Songwriter's Association, her songwriting talents come
through loud and clear on her "Winter Rose" cassette. Hale's beautiful voice
and superb guitar playing makes this a refreshing recording project that was
worth all of the creative effort that went into this venture.
This cassette features Hale at her best. All the songs are great, particularly
the title tune, "Winter Rose." With the outstanding Tracy Grammer (of
the Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer duo) accompanying her on violin, this song has
got to be the best of them all. The lyrics are literally captivating and
absolutely refreshing. Or, as Hale writes in the liner notes: it represents
"a symbol of faith and renewal, and a portal to the natural world where all
happens in whatever time it is intended." Well put.
"Winter Rose" can be purchased from SeaByrd Music for $10 (which
includes shipping). Send your orders to P.O. Box 756 in Oregon City, Oregon
If you enjoy listening to sheer talent, you need "Winter Rose" for
your private collection. And, to learn more about Hale and her music, you can
email her at email@example.com
or give her a call at (503) 656-8701.
My response to the "Southern Nights" CD can be
summed up in one simple, but actually very descriptive word: "Wow!"
"Southern Nights" is a trio that hails from the Portland Metropolitan
Area and does things right -- or should I say "perfectly." Whether
they are up on stage or in a studio, or just creating a package for their CD,
they give their best and it comes through loud and clear.
This CD, titled "Southern Nights Volume 1: Americana," was released
just in time for the New Millennium. The CD features thirteen
outstanding songs, all new, that were written in 1999. Eleven of the tunes are
written by Wayne Richards, with "Maybe" and "When We Were Young"
co-written by Richards and Karolyn Laster.
Just who are "Southern Nights"? They are Wayne Richards, Carolyn
Laster, and Cheri Brown, three incredibly talented individuals who have been
gaining recognition as their music increases in momentum.
The past several years "Southern Nights" have performed at the
prestigious "Stormy Weather Arts Festival" on the Oregon Coast, with
their performances seeming to dominate the "Great Northwest Music Stage"
at the Cascade Geographic Society's increasingly popular "Mount
Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days" and at the "Mount
Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival." Wherever they perform, audiences
all seem to love them. Perhaps it's their particular style of New Folk that
features all original songs which seem to touch everyone. Perhaps its their
blend of outstanding guitar work with beautiful harmonies that seem to invoke
continuous reveries once they stop performing on stage, or when the recording
halts, as in the case of this CD.
The "Southern Nights" trio consists of a blend of individuals whose
talents appear to be seemingly unlimited. And, if the CD "Southern Nights
Volume 1: Americana" offers any sort of proof to this truth with its New
Folk mood that's harnessed with an interesting and strong dose of Countried
flavor, then we can hopefully expect even more recording projects from them.
All the vocals were done by Richards, Karolyn Laster, and Cheri Brown, with
Richards on guitar. However, assisting on "Southern Nights Volume 1:
Americana" were a number of people who are not only talented musicians, but
also great friends of the three who wanted to lend a hand in making this
recording project a reality. They include Ken Brewer on fancy guitar, Arlene
Hale on bass, Tracy Grammer on violin and mandolin, Mike Pearson on piano and
organ, Dave Griffith on flute and wind synthesizer, Gary Watters on synthesizer
and keyboard, Mark Evilsizer on percussion and drums, and Doug Fulton on
The songs featured on "Southern Nights Volume 1: Americana" are nothing
short of being great. Which one is the best is difficult to say, and surely will
provoke some arguments since you have 13 to listen to.
"Soup Surprise," the lead-off song on the CD, is a good illustration
of Richard's work as a songwriter. With clever lyrics accompanied by
country-flavored music, not to mention an appropriate illustration of a can of
"Soup Surprise" inside the accompanying song booklet, it's a great
beginning to an impressive CD.
"Billy the Kid and Soup Surprise,
two pretty good answers to what otherwise
Would still be a mystery to me
Billy the Kid and Soup Surprise,
the rain on the sage and a pink sunrise
It may be everything you'll ever need."
"So Easy" is probably the best song, and it rightfully deserves this
credit since it made it into the finals of the Portland Songwriters Association's
"Showcase Finals." However, in reality it's still difficult
to say, since there are so many great tunes that are featured on this CD.
"Maybe," written by Richards and Laster, as well as their other
jointly-written song, "When We Were Young," are two other favorites
from the CD. Both are possessed by lyrics that will be long remembered by
listeners as thought-provoking poetry.
"Country Love" is equally as good as any other stand-out song on the
CD. Written by Richards, this tune portrays love, Country love, that is, that is
masterfully crafted with lyrics that are interwoven into some interesting
Country-Folk instrumentation that accents the song's message of simple living
and appreciating the love that goes along with it.
"Cause nothing's like the way
my baby she says hello
She's happy just to see me
She smiles and says I love you
and the long day slips away
She's in every Country Love Song
that they play."
"Southern Nights Volume 1: Americana" was produced, engineered, and
mastered by the person the trio describes as "the patient, gifted genius of
Gary Watters aka Pat Doro" of Take The Lid Off Productions. An impressive
recording project, Watters (or is it really Doro?) has captured this threesome
perfectly on disc.
As for the packaging on "Southern Nights Volume 1: Americana," credit
goes to Kathleen Williams and Jerry Elparin of Magic Glass Photography. Their
artistically-fashioned graphics are accented by some outstanding photography
that dominates with a brilliant photo of a set of steps that appears to cascade
down into a garden-like setting, while the back is occupied by a a lone yellow
school bus maneuvering along an obviously misplaced modern asphalt roadway that
cuts across a Western Desert landscape, as if to leave its own misplaced mark on
this particular patch of earth.
As for the trio that makes up "Southern Nights," you'd be hard-pressed
to find nicer people. Forget for a moment that they are talented; Richards,
Laster, and Brown are the kind of folks that remind you of being as pure as the
wind-driven snow, making them three individuals for whom you want nice things to
come their way. Well, their CD is one heck of a blessing for all of them.
Wayne Richards is a singer/songwriter with his feet firmly planted flat on the
ground as he reaches into everyday life and creates lyrics that most everyone
can seem to identify with. He is a great guitarist who appears to literally
invoke a kind of unique, quiet symphony with the music he creates.
Richards has a long tradition of performing, recording, and publishing. He is
one of the founders of the "Portland Music
A dedicated tunesmith, Richards has written hundreds of songs. One of his tunes,
"So Easy," placed in the finals for the "Portland Songwriters
Association Showcase," while "Blossoms of May" took second at the
"Dallas Texas Songwriters All-State Gospel Competition."
Carolyn Laster is the second member of "Southern Nights" and is the
primary promoter of her trio. She is also an accomplished writer and radio talk
host who seems to be always in demand as a studio singer.
Laster is a national award winning singer who possesses an impressive range to
her voice that has almost a magical quality to it. She was a member of a
Regional Touring Champion Accapella Quartet and was invited to perform at the
Arlene Snitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon and at the Superdome in New Orleans. But, her main
talent clearly is when she is up on stage or in the recording studio performing
as a member of "Southern Nights," capturing the songs with her
beautiful harmonies or lead vocals.
Cheri Brown is the third member of the trio. An accomplished singer with
impressive credentials, she was a member of the four- time Regional Champion
Accapella Chorus in which her group was selected to perform in the multi-ethnic
"Good in the Hood" production. She was also accepted as one of
Portland Oregon's famous "Singing Christmas Tree" performers, and also toured
and performed in Europe.
Brown is well-known for her beautiful vocals and perfect sense of timing,
wonderful range, and world-class ear for music. She has opened for such
entertainers as "Manhattan Transfer" as well as Roy Clark. Her role in
"Southern Nights" brings an amazing range of experience and vocal
gifts to the trio.
"Southern Nights" is a popular Northwest trio who can fill your
musical needs with New Folk music that everyone should enjoy. With their
beautiful harmonies and well-crafted songs, they're available for any venue
wanting the best. With tunes ranging from the tender and sweet to love and
sensitivity to the heart-tugging, not forgetting the toe tappin' to the
get-out-on-the-dance-floor rhythms, as well as the just plain funny and slightly
risquť, they perform all original music of the people.
This trio has now entered a new dimension for their music. Their CD "Southern
Nights Volume 1: Americana" can now introduce new audiences to their
original songs, as well as help to remind their ever-loyal followers that even
when off stage their music can still entertain them.
The CD "Southern Nights Volume 1: Americana" is a must.
To say the least it is impressive, from its great 13 songs to the captivating
photography featured in its packaging. Clearly, if anything could best
illustrate the talents and the professionalism of this trio known as "Southern
Nights," it is this recording project that should create the mold for
anyone willing to take to a studio and capture their music.
You can order The CD "Southern Nights Volume 1: Americana" by sending
a check or money order for $15 (plus $3 for shipping) to: Green Swings
Productions at P.O. Box 82267, Portland, Oregon 97282.
For touring and booking information on "Southern Nights", also contact
Green Swings Productions by calling (503) 257-0643. You can even reach them via
electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or just be keeping your ears tuned in and listening to the sound of great music
being carried out into the world by the wind; odds are it'll be the music of
this talented trio.
Self Titled: "Lyle Stephen Ford" Reviewed By Michael P. Jones
Professional musicians in the Portland Metropolitan Area have paid more dues
than people will probably ever know, as they struggle to get somewhere in their
career. For over twenty years, the gifted guitarist and vocalist, Lyle Ford, has
done his time performing in bands and duos, or just "by his lonesome"
up on stage as a solo act.
Ford is a songwriter who puts poetry to music. Some refer to him as a
folksinger, while other claim he really touches Country, and still others claim
that it's Soft Rock. Call his sound what you will, no one can dispute that
he is one of the best around these parts.
The twenty-year career of Ford is being blessed with a CD that should be a
If you're in the mood to hear real talent, both in the vocals
and songwriting department, you need to give a serious listen to this self-titled creation called "Lyle Stephen Ford".
"Lyle Stephen Ford" is one of those CD's that features simply
beautiful songs that you'll want to listen to in any kind of mood. With twelve
of the thirteen featured tunes written by Ford, and the thirteenth co-written by
Ford and Russ Fast Lyrics, the result is nothing short of great.
Ford, who studied music at Marylhurst College near Lake Oswego, Oregon, clearly has
demonstrated his abilities on this CD. Not only can he write some darn good
lyrics, but he can also write the appropriate music to go with them.
"Lyle Stephen Ford" should be on your shopping list for birthdays or
any special occasion. It's a gift that most everyone can enjoy, for it is quality in
every aspect imaginable; from songwriting to the back-up musicians, to studio
work and the packaging. No one cut any corners here, and it definitely
shows in the final product.
This CD is outstanding! And, the influences of other artists -- like James
Taylor, The Eagles, Steely Dan, Don Henley, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jackson
Brown, and Elvis Costello -- seep through the tunes featured in this recording
project. Ford is accompanied on his CD by a collection of some of the best
musicians in the Portland Metropolitan Area. These include Dan Decker on bass
and keyboards (who also produced and engineered the project); Gary Ogan, who
played the drums and piano, as well as did some of the back-up vocals; Wayne
Thompson on the Hammond B-3 and accordion; Ken Brewser and Tom Ellis on electric
guitars; Lonnie Turner on bass; Darrin Clendennin on piano; Ron Stephens on
pedal steel; Chata Addy on percussion; and back-up vocals by Kelly Vanacker, Tim
Lamar, Christopher Morrisette, Mel Kubik, and Doug Fulton. John Purcell
contributed to the majority of the arrangements.
"Lyle Stephen Ford" is a Portland project throughout, but not only in
respect to the musicians. It was recorded and mixed at Sound Impressions by Dan Decker and John Gates. It was mastered by John Gates at Super
Decker Audio, all located in Portland, Oregon. The record company putting out
the CD is MDR Records, also of Portland.
The tune "Broken Hearts," written by Ford and Fast Lyrics, is one of
my favorites. Its lyrics are beautiful and speaks to depth of trying to get over
the break-up of a relationship, and the struggles that one must endure:
hearts don't mend completely
They ache a good long time
I wish the past would
leave me alone in my sleep
I wish the future was a friend of mine..."
"New Modern Man" is another great song for this CD, and is about our
endless pursuits in life that keep us always on the move. Ford's lyrics are
near-haunting and easy for one, in this day and age, to identify with:
know this highway like the lines in my face
I'd do this my way if I could stay
in one place
But the wheels keep turnin'
And my life's not my own..."
My favorite song, even though this CD is filled with them, is "Exploding
Cigar". The piano work by Clendennin is outstanding, which complements the
beautiful guitar work by Ellis.
"Goodbye My Heart," along with "Runaway Heart," are tunes
you'd expect to hear on the radio. The song sung by Ford and Mel Kubik, "Everybody
Here (In This Place)," is also very much worthy of airplay. These have a
Top 40 appeal to them yet, the kind of brilliant lyrics that one would
expect from a serious songwriter like Ford is always present.
Other noteworthy tunes by Ford that are featured on this CD are "Voice Like
a Ghost," which possesses some outstanding poetry-like lyrics, and the
beautifully-worded "Sand and Sea Motel." "Devil Misses Heaven" another
standout features Ford playing a lone nine-string guitar with
backing vocals by Ogan, whose talent really shines throughout this recording
"Lyle Stephen Ford" is available at Tower Records in Portland and
Beaverton, as well as at all locations of Music Millennium. It is also available
at Locals Only.
Or, you can call MDR Records direct at (503) 287-3975. You can also order by
mail by writing: MDR Records, 1920 N. Vancouver, Portland, Oregon 97227. The
cost is $15 for the CD, or $10 a cassette, with a $3 shipping charge. All major
credit cards are welcome.
Bill Bloomer is a guitar-totin' singer-songwriter who has the knack to write and
sing straight "from the heart". With words from his garden of
creativity, this is his debut CD titled "Temple Dogs".
"Temple Dogs" was produced by Robert Brown and features twelve
captivating, and thought-provoking, songs that were written by Bloomer. The CD
clearly reveals the talents of this tunesmith, who has been a finalist in
the "Portland Songwriter Association Annual Competition" twice.
Bloomer is a world traveler who has played his music in a variety of venues.
This includes clubs in Mexico and even in the subways in and parks in France.
These experiences have helped him with his songwriting he said. And, whenever
he needs to, he'll reach back into his recollections and fit these antic dotes into the words of his tunes.
"Some songs just seem to write themselves" said Bloomer,
matter-of-factly, talking about tunes on his CD such as "If Wishes Were
"Some songs just jump out of the swamps at you," explained Bloomer
further. "Then there are those that you have to pull out by the ears."
Bloomer moved to Portland, Oregon from San Miguel De Allende, in Southern
Mexico. Armed with a 1930 Gibson acoustic guitar (an extremely rare
LOD model), he sought out the necessary nurturing from a friendly environment
that all songwriters need when they start to get real serious about their music.
For this singer-songwriter, the result was "Temple Dogs".
The songs depicted on "Temple Dogs" run the gammet from Bruce Cockburn, Tom Waits, and the late Steve Goodman, not to mention hints of other
notables. However, some people may even hear Bob Dylan intertwined into the
style of Bloomer, who is actually hard to "pigeon-hole".
"Temple Dogs" is a CD that entices one to seek sustenance in New Folk
music. With words that grip the heart and challenge one's own intention in life,
this is a top-notch project that grapples with creativity at its best.
Interestingly, it wasn't just the singer-songwriter accompanying his superb
songs with his 1930 Gibson guitar, but some very talented friends. Joining
Bloomer on "Temple Dogs" are some of the best musicians from the
Portland Metropolitan Area. Tim Davis was featured on Spanish guitar and
acoustic lap guitar; Jason Noice on rhythm guitar and violin; and Ron Shaffer on
Bloomer even went one step further by having the winners of the "Kerrville
Music Festival" perform on "Temple Dogs". These individuals, who
traveled from Oregon to the State of Texas to take home the honors, added a
special touch of musical class to the CD. On piano and Hammond organ was Dave
Carter; on violin was Tracy Grammer; on acoustic guitar was Eric Hester; on harp
was Paul Summers Jr.; on drums and bass was Mike Damron; Robert Rude on bass and
a variety of guitars; and Ben Wertheimer on hand drum.
In spite of the fact that Bloomer utilized a number of guest musicians, he
thankfully avoided the mistakes that many singer-songwriters tend to make
in recording. "Temple Dogs" did not rely upon the typical studio
tricks of over-tracking and computerization, but retained the necessary
"acoustic lifescape" that he strived for and succeeded in projecting into
each and every song featured on "Temple Dogs".
The tunes of "Temple Dogs" demonstrate Bloomer's talents not only as a
musician, but as a sincere tunesmith. "Xmas in St. Petersburg", "Thinkin'
Bout You", "Little Each Day", and "Tender Loving Ways",
"Starting To Like", and "Yucatan Getaway" are excellent.
"Milltown", "Good Ol' Days", "Phenomenon",
"St. Susanna", and "Temple Dogs" are real standouts. And,
yet, there is something really special about "If Wishes Were Horses"
that should make this most everyone's favorite.
Two of the songs on "Temple Dogs" have already won awards from the
Portland Songwriters Association's latest national contest. In December of 1998,
he won the Folk/Acoustic category for his song "Milltown", while the
tune "Yucatan Getaway" won the "Country/Americana" category.
"Temple Dogs" is a must for anyone seeking a good CD that provides
thought-provoking listening enjoyment. The CD is for sale from the stage
wherever Bloomer is performing in the Portland, Oregon or other
states. In addition, you can even order it by mail by sending $16.60 (which
includes shipping and handling), directly to: Bill Bloomer, 1809 S.E. Hawthorne
Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97214.
One of the best recordings that has come out of the State of Oregon for a long
time, not to mention the Pacific Northwest, is "Snake Handlin' Man" by
Dave Carter. This eleven-song CD features a collection of tunes from one heck of
a tunesmith. He is a talented individual that could be labeled as a Folk
musician, but really can't be easily "pigeon-holed". This is because he
reaches out to a large, diversified audience. Dave is surely one of the best
singer-songwriters not only West of the Rocky Mountains and I'm
sure you'll agree once you've given a listen', far beyond.
Carter's release of "Snake Handlin' Man" signifies his serious
approach to his craft. He has moved far beyond the comforts of the stage -- which
he masters most brilliantly -- and is now displaying his talents on the airwaves
for anyone who cares judge his talents in the quality of the presentation of his
music and lyrics in this splendid recording project.
"Snake-Handlin' Man" is a great CD, but it's not unique in respect to
Carter, because when he hits the stage all of his performances are great,
appreciable, and definitely not easily forgotten. Undoubtedly this recording
project clearly "mirrors" the incredible talents of this
This CD features the talents of this multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and
is a must for anyone who appreciates a refreshing approach to "life's
music". Whether it's "The River", "Where
She Sleeps", "Long, Black Road into Tulsa Town", "The Promised
Land", "Texas Underground", "Snake-Handlin' Man",
"Cowboy Singer," or any of the other tunes
written and performed by Carter for this project, you'll become a fan if you are
not one already.
Carter's career as a singer-songwriter has just begun, but he's already won some
major honors. He was awarded the "Best Contemporary Stylist" by the
Portland Songwriters Association in 1998; won First Place in the "American
Songwriter Lyrics Contest" in 1998; named "Entertainer of the Year"
by the Portland Songwriters Association in 1998; and won First Place at the
"Sisters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest" in 1998.
As for his stage appearances, Carter has traveled the highways and back roads
throughout the country, performing in festivals and clubs and gaining an
impressive reputation as a brilliant tunesmith and entertainer wherever he goes.
And, as more and more audiences discover his talents and identify with the
timeless, sensitive stories which he tells through his songs, the demand for his
music will continue to soar.
Already, Carter has opened for an array of top acts. This includes Bonnie Raitt,
Jackson Browne, and Ian Tyson. He even was picked up once while hitchhiking by
the one and only Merle Haggard who wished him the best of luck in this
unpredictable world of music.
Carter's music seems to take on a life of it's own. The songs appear to reach
out to the listener and gradually, if not quickly, pulls them into the threads
of the tune, where they find themselves pleasingly haunted by the songwriter's
lyrical and musical messages.
All the songs of Carter seem to tell the stories of the American people.
Everyone everywhere will be able to identify with the tunes, whether they've
all traveled the same or different roads. There is something about the words and
the way the music is presented that seems to be able to filter through the
distractions of our everyday lives and find its way into the fabric of our
"Snake-Handlin' Man" is one CD that you'll gladly add to your music
collection and should never tire of. It represents one of those recording
projects that reflects life's living tapestries as reflected in the various
moods, lyrics, and music served by Carter.
Carter's "Snake-Handlin' Man" is sold for $15 throughout the Portland
Metropolitan Area or from the stage wherever he is performing. And, to find out
more about him and his music, you can reach him directly at (503) 228-2319 or by
email email@example.com. Or, you can
write him at Number 40, 25 N.W. 23rd Place, Suite 6, Portland, Oregon
What does one do if they love a state for its natural beauty and wildness and
wants to let other know how they feel, but they don't know how to appropriately
express them self? Well, if you have a lot of musical talent, you'd write a
bunch of great songs, record them, and put the creation out as an album so the
world could enjoy it. Well, this is exactly what Carolyn Kardinal of
Cherryville, Oregon, has done.
Kardinal'stape, titled "Oregon Glory", features twelve great
songs that should appeal to all members of the family. Written in the western
foothills of Mt. Hood in her home at the historic Village of Cherryville, the
collection of original tunes captures her thoughts and feelings about this great
state that she loves.
The songs of "Oregon Glory" allow one to carry the state's forests,
beaches, and mountains in your pocket. Available on both CD and cassette,
Kardinalcelebrates the spirit and uniqueness of Oregon's natural beauty,
On "Oregon Glory", Kardinal plays the guitar, violin, and synthesizer,
and sings lead vocals on the songs. A former teacher at schools in the
Centennial School District, as well as in Springfield and Lake Oswego, she also
sang professionally in the Bay Area where she recorded three albums between 1989
"Oregon Glory" makes Oregon's infinite beauty come alive and should be
on everyone's "want list" especially if you want great music that seems to place
you - you swear - smack dab in the middle of an Ancient Forest, and even makes
you believe you can actually taste the salty air of the Pacific Ocean, or see
the breath-taking view from a vista of the Columbia River Gorge.
You can order "Oregon Glory" at any Music Millennium store, or by mail
from CRK Music, 52120 S.E. Cherryville Drive, Sandy, Oregon 97055. CD's cost
$15.00 and audio cassettes sell for $10.00. For further information you can callKardinal directly at (503) 668-8804.
Pamela Jordanís personal story as a struggling
singer/songwriter is similar to a lot of people trying to
make it in the music
business, except that she may really
one day accomplish this seemingly
impossible dream in some fashion with her particular style of Pop-Jazz. Her
captivating vocals and Blessed with an outstanding singing voice that some
people classify as "angelic jazz" or just plain
"better-than-good," Jordan has the ability to take her music and blend
it into the vastly different audiences that hear her perform. From
"Art-in-the-Park" in Cannon Beach to the "Mount Hood Huckleberry
Festival & Barlow Trail Days," whether itís Jazz or Folk, no matter
how varied and diversified her audiences are, she easily wins them over.
Jordan is a favorite amongst critics. They have described her
singing as "honey-hued, meltingly sensual, arresting, sensitive, and
powerful." Yet, whatever term you choose to use, she has a special way of
interpreting a song that provokes even more special descriptions.
People regularly compare Jordanís voice to a lot of
outstanding singers. This includes everyone from Pop singers Sade and Desíree
to the legendary Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughn.
Jordan seriously put her talents to work in the
recording studio. The end result being her first CD, "Standard
Procedure," an eight-song collection of Jazz songs that she easily mastered
with internationally-renowned guitarist John Stowell.
Jordanís "Standard Procedure" was blessed to have
Stowell on guitar, especially since he is on the road traveling beyond the confines
of the United States. His unique style and masterful command of the strings
bonded to hollowed wood, makes him and his special sound highly appreciated.
The Jordan and Stowell collaboration on "Standard
Procedure" is nothing short of refreshing. This CD should be a must for
most anyone who loves darn good music, even those who may not even realize that
that they really can appreciate the contemplating sounds of Jazz.
From the splendid tunes of "Bewitched, Bothered and
Bewildered" to "The Nearness of You" and the "Devil May
Care," you are won over by the haunting-like lyrics and accompanying guitar
work. The sound of Jordan and Stowell is similar to the magic that one gets from
a star-infested sky that seeming The images conjured up by "Embraceable
You," "Never Let Me Go," and "O' didnít Know What Time it
Was" are an interesting byproduct of these two songs, and, perhaps, are the
best on the "Standard Procedure" CD. Clearly, this is what you get
with good talent.
The songs "My One and Only Love" and "Round
Midnight" are beautifully-perfect. The partnership of master Jazz guitarist
Stowellís nimble fingers and Jordanís unique and refreshing voice, leaves
one wanting more and more.
Jordan has a winner with this special CD of Jazz standards.
The familiar sound of the eight featured tunes clearly invokes those past
memories of the listener of which there is no escape. Brilliant! Simply
brilliant! You can catch Jordan on stage throughout the Portland Metropolitan
Area, where she has carved herself an impressive niche as a "Jazz
chanteuse," performing at clubs and coffeehouses, entertaining her
audiences with both standards and her own special original songs. She is also
the featured vocalist for the "Woody Hite Orchestra" and "Dr. Tís
Big Band Orchestra."
Jordanís reputation as a superb vocalist is steadily
growing. She was selected from 700 contestants as a finalist for the
"1999 Lilith Fair Opening Act Contest." She also won the
"Portland Songwriters Association 1999 Annual Songwriting Contest" for
her original tune, "The Fall of Love," which won the Pop category.
Jordanís second CD is due out sometime this summer. Titled "The Fall of
Love," her refreshing Pop-Jazz style should accent her superb songwriting
abilities which continue to make her a favorite amongst audiences.
Promotions for Jordan are being handled by John DeLance and
Mitchelmore of BlueSpot Productions. They can be reached by writing 9220 S.W.
Barbur Blvd., Suite 119, Portland, Oregon 97219. Or, by calling (503) 704-2583.
For additional information on Jordan and to learn more about her music, write
For booking information on Jordan, give her a
call at (503) 833-7379. Or, you can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Summers Jr. is a singer-songwriter who specializes in
promoting and sharing good music: his own! His Soft Alternative Rock tunes speak
of the elements of life that all of us face; they are tunes that conjure up
emotions that everyone has, but are probably too busy to stop and take notice
of. This ability is clearly the art of a true tunesmith.
Summers has taken his music from the recording studio to the
wide open road, performing in clubs, coffee houses, and concerts, and anywhere
else where there's an audience. And, now with two CDs to his credit, he's even
more determined to share his creativity with people who want to listen to both a
gifted and energetic performer and a prolific songwriter who writes from the
The story of Summers' struggle in the music business is
similar to most other musicians: one heck of a lot of miles donated to the
pock-marks of too many highways and back streets; living out of suitcases in
dingy hotel rooms or anyplace he could toss his bedroll; and entertaining what
has become a blur of people's faces in his audiences that, he cannot
remember their names, only their reactions to his songs.
It's been a lot of years and many thousands of miles since
Summers began traveling that unpredictable and the
no-one-said-that-it-would-be-this-hard road as a professional in the music
business. Today, having recorded two CDs featuring his original songs, there is
a renewed sense of purpose to take to the road once again and hawk his creative
wares. And why not, since his career is continuing to steadily build.
Summers comes from Las Vegas, Nevada, although you wouldn't
believe this with his must-be-an-Oregonian mannerism and sincerity. Having come
from a place that he describes as "culture-barren" and "synthetic"
with all its glitz and glamour, he made the best of it and honed his skills as
not only a musician, but as a tunesmith.
The Vegas nightclubs opened up opportunities for Summers and
his music, especially when he began playing in the larger venues. He has opened for
"Little Feat", "Devo", "Crash Test Dummies", and "The Smithereens", as well as "Matthew Sweet". At the
3,500 seat Hard Rock Hotel, he broke-in the audience for the legendary "Al
In spite of Summers' success in Las Vegas, he soon realized
that his original music would never get the support that his hard work should
one day reap. So he headed out for the more artist-friendly Pacific Northwest,
taking refuge along the Willamette River in Portland, where his creative juices
not only flowed, but his stage personality blossomed. Revitalized by the rain that turned the landscape green, and the changing
seasons, Summers' talent soared. The result was a revitalized confidence in his
music, and a determination to share his songs with a variety of audiences.
Today, Summers is absolutely committed to his career as a
singer-songwriter. He's an artist extraordinaire whose passion to his music and
his down-to-earth approach to this way of life is illustrated in the CD "Brag's
A Good Dog" and his latest recording "Juggling Butterflies", with
his "Paul Summers Band".
The Northwest inspired Summers to write more original songs.
These became a special 13-tune collection called "Brag's A Good Dog". This
CD, whose title was taken from an old saying of his father, sent him on the
road touring and showcasing his original songs. Two years passed, 1,400 copies
of this recording sold, and radio stations in 22 states gave it airplay.
"Brag's A Good Dog" provides a full menu of the
songwriting talents of Summers. With a voice often resembling that of Tom Petty,
the lucky thirteen songs that are featured are as refreshing as a street poet's
special collection of verse.
"You Deserve My Love" is a notable song, with a
straight-forward message of music accented by a violin that's uniquely inserted
in just the right places. "Spoiled Generation", with its folksy presentation
and Bob Dylan-like harmonica makes this a notable traveling song that takes the
listener on a journey. "Wayward Potion Blues", with its lyrics written in
first-person, is also notable with it's brilliant harmonica work. The magic of
the slide guitar in "Caught In The Maze" is refreshing. The
title tune, "Brag's A Good Dog", an instrumental, demonstrates that
Summers is master of the Folk guitar.
One of the main highlights of the CD "Brag's A Good
Dog" is a
song entitled "Doubts". This tune offers a lingering array of guitar mastery
with haunting lyrics. It is not only brilliant but most assuredly addictive. Of
all the thirteen offerings by this singer-songwriter on this CD, this best
represents the talents of this artist.
When Summers returned from the road to Portland, the
experience clearly had nurtured his song writing talents even more. Next came
the "Juggling Butterflies" CD which featured his latest songwriting direction,
which he calls "ultra-honest personal tales that reflect my experiences,
conclusions, and abilities as a singer, lyricist and guitarist."
Backed by a band, the "Juggling Butterflies" is special and
reveals this singer-songwriter as a gifted performer whether it's in the studio
or in a live performance. And, while reflecting on this latest recording
venture, Summers describes the finished product as "ever-evolving", and whose
"songs seem to playfully dance around the balance beam which ties good to bad;
pain to joy; intuition to insensitivity; wisdom to carelessness."
Guest artists who appear on "Juggling Butterflies" include
the following: Michael Keith Fouts on drums and percussion; DARA Quinn on
keyboards and piano; Mike Dillon on conga drum and bongos; and Mike D on bass
guitar. Summers plays guitar and harmonica.
Notable songs on "Juggling Butterflies" include:
Latin-influenced guitar work that takes you south of the border; "Cold
Feet" with its haunting lyrics; and the beautiful and thought-provoking Folk Rock tune
"What U Wish 4", whose words are accented by the sound of a fleeting
Both of Summers' CDs can be purchased at Music Millenium and
Locals Only. You can also order them directly from Summers by contacting him at:
Autonomous Records CD, P.O. Box 56104, Portland, Oregon 97238-6104.
Good Dog" sells for $15 (which includes shipping); "Juggling
Butterflies" sells for $10 (which includes shipping); or both CDs for only $20 (which
includes shipping). Or, you can take your chances by tracking him down at
performances in clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals at just-about-anywhere along
the West Coast and throughout the United States, and purchase them directly from the stage.
For additional information about Summers and his music, you can call him at
(503) 285-1558. And, be sure to check out his website at www.mp3.com/pauljr to
download songs and for other information such as tour and performance dates, or
contact him via email at JamPAULjr@aol.com for updates. You can also get on his
mailing list, which has grown to to over 800 interested listeners from around
The music of Harrison, formerly Andi Harrison, is superb. A
master of the guitar and of the craft of songwriting, he is a musician to keep
your eyes on and your ears tuned to.
The music of Harrison seems to fit a lot of categories. Perhaps it's because his
approach appears to mix the unique styles of Bowie, Prince, and Nirvana, that
adds to the confusion. Yet, some people will call it Pop, while others call it
New Folk or Folk Rock, while still others call it Rock or Alternative Rock. And,
with this artist's musical influences running the gamut from Mozart to Eddie Van
Halen, you can probably call it whatever you like, but just be sure to refer to
it as being "darn good!" because it is.
Harrison is an outstanding songwriter, guitarist, and arranger, not to mention
producer. This combination has resulted in three impressive CD's featuring his
original tunes. "Butterflies and Demons" was released in 1996 as his
debut album, "Evolution" in 1998, and his latest effort "Solo
Acoustic, Vol. 1".
The music that has resulted from Harrison's hard work has made him a national
recording artist, and rightfully so. His original songs have been played in many
states including: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Arizona, Vermont, Missouri,
Idaho, Florida, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Georgia, South
Dakota, Pennsylvania, and California. Over 70 radio stations have introduced
listeners to his thought-provoking tunes.
Harrison's original song, "Close To You", from his "Butterflies
and Demons" CD, reached number three on the charts in October of 1996. In
fact, from that debut album, he was able to place three songs on the charts. Due
to his past successes, deejays nationally welcomed the release of his next
recording project, "Evolution". In June of 1997, his "Spoke In
the Wheel", from this new CD, climbed to number one.
Harrison's "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1" has been taking him on the road.
This special project grew out of requests from his fans of his solo tours to
have something to take back home with them. When he finally emerged from the
recording studio the result was a quality CD featuring eleven of his original
tunes. "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1", like his performances, features tunes
that are lively and thought provoking. A few notable songs are "Butterflies
and Demons", "Spoke in the Wheel", "Loud As Thunder",
"Gloomy Tuesday", and "Deep As Your Heart".
Audiences at concert halls, colleges, fairs, resorts, and clubs are entertained
each year by Harrison. He performs at least 150 shows a year throughout the
Pacific Northwest and beyond. If you'd like to listen to Harrison's CD's, keep
your ears tuned to the radio throughout the Pacific Northwest, where his tunes
are receiving airplay. Or, better yet, purchase his CD's. "Butterflies and
Demons" and "Evolution" as well as "Solo Acoustic, Vol.
Harrison will be performing his special brand of music at the
Cascade Geographic Society's 16th Annual Mount
Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days. The festival will be held
at Mt. Hood Village, 6500 East U.S. Highway 26 in Brightwood, where, for three
days, top-notch singer-songwriters like Harrison will be performing selections
from their original CDs. Admission and parking are free.
You can ordered Harison's CD's from any music store
through Burnside Distributors. Or you can order any or all of these
directly from Nosirrah Entertainment Corp. by sending your check or money order
for $14.95 (plus $1 for shipping and handling) to: 2459 S.E. Tualatin-Valley
Highway, Suite 243, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123-7919. For multiple orders, please
call (503) 693-4642.