Real Music VOL 3 will be release June 7th, join us for a release party & benefit: Real Music Vol 3 Party
Oliver’s Markets proudly presentsour Real Music CD VOL I, II & III, featuring bands and musicians from Sonoma County. Real Music was born from our desire to play original Sonoma County music over our store public address systems to delight and entertain our shoppers. Our search for local content connected us with a miraculous local music community that embraced our interest and inspired this compilation. Just as it is with food, we believe local music is valuable, compelling and intrinsically relevant to our lives. Local musicians draw from the experience of living here and their music reflects the diversity and uniqueness of life in Sonoma County.
We have compiled over six hours of original music written, performed and generously donated by 66 Sonoma County artists to benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank. While certainly not comprehensive, we believe this collection represents a good sampling of the amazing music that is being created and performed right here in our backyard everyday. We hope you enjoy it!
We’d like to thank all of the artists featured in this CD for their generous support of this project and the Redwood Empire food Bank. Special thanks to Frank Hayhurst, Blair Hardman, Prairie Sun Recording, Doug Jayne at the Last Record Store, and the KRSH 95.9fm whose hard work and deep rooted connections to Sonoma County music made this CD possible.
If you would like to be considered for the next volume, click here.
Below you will find all of the artist that submitted music
Rock & Roll
Established as one of the Northern California wine country’s most popular party bands. This versatile and energetic band features a hard driving rhythm section (they all sing), the mighty four-piece Blue Moon horn section (they all sing too), and one of the finest female vocalists you will find anywhere. Blue Moon captures the Motown, Rock n’ Roll, Rhythm and Blues, and 70′s Disco spirits.
The Sorentinos are a four piece California rock and roll band that has been pleasing and baffling audiences for more than 25 years with their brand of west coast rock that takes heavy doses of English pop/rock , American garage , blues and country with a bit of singer songwriter folk to make their own special kind of noise.
John Courage & the great plains
Born from the mind of a wild eyed teen a decade ago, John Courage has been learning how to be a songwriter the old fashioned way. But even after countless bar gigs and hours put in at unassuming day jobs, there is still the spark of something innocent and full of wonder at the magic of communicating through song.
The sound has varied over the years, if not wildly, then to say it has been directed by change, trying to get to the core of the sound that inspired a life in music. At times it has been country, at times folk, and most recently a return to rock and roll roots.
Now with the addition of The Great Plains, a handpicked band of great friends and fantastic players, John Courage and said company have released their latest effort, “Don’t Fail Me Now”, An 11 song full length album that goes everywhere from country fried rock and roll to psychedelic musings to end-of-the-line ballads, all while drawing heavily on the band’s 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies. Recorded in Santa Fe, NM, the record clearly was influenced by the geography, but more importantly it reflects the sound of life long musicians pulling together for a new project.
This is the 4th full length release from John Courage as a writer, and a great beginning to this new venture, The Great Plains. Jonathan Palmer began performing as John Courage 10 years ago with a full 5 piece band. The group disbanded to pursue solo careers, and Palmer continued on alone as John Courage, recording over 100 original songs in the following years, with hundreds of other songs still in wait in dusty notebooks. He met Francesco Catania (lead guitar, keys, vocals) as a teenager working in a local grocery store. Their shared love of classic rock and nights spent watching The Last Waltz finally brought them together after years of talking about sharing a project, and it has finally happened after the end of Catania’s project A Pack Of Wolves. Dan Ford (drums, percussion, vocals) showed up shortly after, if only for a brief time, playing with then Sonoma County based songwriter Daryl Scairiot, but left enough of an impression that Courage quickly contacted him upon learning of his return to Sonoma County years later. Kevin Carducci (bass, vocals) and John met shortly after, when Carducci was a wandering free radical living in a van and pursuing a solo career. The blending of multiple songwriters has created a unique arrangement sensibility, and continues to push the band in further directions.
Now back in Sonoma County after years spent in Washington State and New Mexico respectively, Courage and Co. are already working on the next generation of songs as the band continues to grow and blossom into the heirs of a long forgotten art: live rock and roll played by real people, singing harmonies free of pitch correction, and bringing back the distant art of songwriting.