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.
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Below you will find all of the artist that submitted music
Jen Tucker Band
Jennifer began writing songs when she was a teenager and spent summers playing hootenannys with her family and at local bars. In 1987 she began performing in Deep Ellum, but in her journey, left Texas in search of the coffee houses of San Francisco. It was nearly two decades later while living on a Sonoma County vineyard when Jennifer rediscovered her music and began performing live.
Jim Boggio co-created the Cotati Accordion Festival. At the time of his death, in 1996, Keyboard magazine described him as one of the three best accordion players in the United States. His family, friends and fans described him as one of the happiest and nicest men you could ever meet. Every year at the Cotati Accordion Festival, they honor him with a special song. His band, The Swamp Dogs, were a seminal influence in the Sonoma County music scene, bringing accordion to rock 'n roll in a exciting mix that continues to have influence to this day.
Jim Brumm is a Sonoma County singer/songwriter whose compositions cover a wide range of styles, from intricate fingerpicking, to jazzy styles, to folk-rock. He is a member of West Coast Songwriters and is a two-time Best Song twice. He has recorded one CD of all-original music, titled "These September Days," (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jimbrumm) and is working on another a full-length CD project with his partner, Theresa Stoops with whom he performs as the duo "Blacktop Moon." (http://www.blacktopmoon.com/home.html).
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.
Sebastopol, Ca.'s Jon Gonzales showcases ukulele rhythms, kazoo-buzzings, and original indie-pop diddies from his upcoming first solo album, Water 'n Whiskey. Accompanied by bassist, singer and producer, Michael Lindner, Jon has created original melodies in conjunction with the ukulele's magical charm and chimey plings. The former HQ singer/songwriter/guitarist brings forth a style true to his influences (u2, Dylan, Stones, Sublime), providing a hook-folkish pulse. Expect an occasional ukazooke-instrumental 80's tune to offset the newly-hatched songs.
Justin Terrance Brown has been playing music for the majority of his life. He has been striving to make a mark in the music industry and just play the music he feels regardless of boundaries & genre. His heart warming acoustic soul with a sprinkle of blues is like nothing you have heard before. He is a regular at many Jersey Shore hot spots and has a large fan base in the area. He was featured on Junior Cave's online magazine and even on Poet Minor's,"Different Voices" TV show on Time Warner Cable . This past year Justin was nominated for 2011 Best Male Vocal in the New Jersey Acoustic Music Awards.
KAZAMOZE is a world rock festival dance confluence of western and eastern beats, styles, melody and instrumentation. The sound is energetic and totally unique - electric ukulele funk, slide cuattro, driving fretless bass, world percussion and 4 part harmonies. Frequent special guests at shows bring accordion, wind, harmonica and other colorful surprises! KAZAMOZE released their second record “Rooftop Flyer” in 2011 featuring the single “Wind in my Face”. KAZAMOZE also backed up Roxanne Oliva on the acclaimed 2011 album “Box Candy” featuring accordion-driven world rock and groove. The band and dance repertoire continues to evolve with the help of their many friends and fans!
Lauren O'Connell is a Sonoma County-based alt-country artist whose understated songwriting and inventive approach to arrangement has drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Wilco, and Tom Waits. She recently released her third full-length album, Quitters, which was recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati.
Linda Ferro Band
Linda Ferro is an enthusiastic performing songwriter, keyboardist, wordsmith and bandleader. She graduated with Distinction in English (Linguistics) from Sonoma State University, and has enjoyed over twenty-five years of performances, recording, event producing, and writing projects in the schools and community. Linda lives in a cottage under the oak trees with her dog, Roxy, too many keyboards and too many shoes.
Lindalou and Michael Ryge
Lindalou and Michael Ryge have been writing songs and singing harmonies together for well over 30 years. They met in 1973 at San Rafael High School in Northern California. Michael was already playing the guitar and writing songs and encouraged Lindalou to take up the flute and sing with him. Soon they were writing songs together. Eventually they moved a little further north to live in the country and start a family. They continued making music on the side while raising their 2 sons. They've since taken up other instruments including harmonica and mandolin. They finally got their first CD recorded in 2003. They have continued writing songs and performing locally. They hope to find time and resources to record several more CD's someday! If you've never heard Lindalou and Michael play, give a listen! If you like what you hear, spread the word. They are available for house concerts, coffee houses, private parties, weddings and festivals. They often play at Farmer's Markets and benefits for the Arts, Education, and numerous Charities. They perform as a duo or with a full band of friends accompanying them
Lost Dog Found
Lost Dog Found is an 8 piece mini-big band who have been on the forefront of the current neo-swing revival around Northern California since 2010, evolving the sound of jump blues into a contemporary, high energy mix of swing, New Orleans soul, and rockabilly that sounds anything but dated. Whether they are appearing at a festival, club, or dance hall, their lively and crowd interactive performances are always remembered as being raucous smile makers. Their trademark sound comes from band leader and guitarist Stevie Mac's all original songs, Chris Hudlow's powerhouse vocals, Scott Yost double slapping on the upright bass, and Kyle Pesonen laying down the slap-knee backbeat. The combination of Adam Borden on trumpet, Nick Miller on alto sax, and Ray G on baritone show just how much you can get out of a small horn section, with their fiery solos and hot licks giving Lost Dog Found their distinctive feel.