I for one, would like to know more about the people who contribute their music and thoughts to this site. Here's a chance for you guys to tell us your background and even give an unabashed advertisement for yourselves.
I'm Brendan Callahan. I am one of the guys who started this little site. I started playing out as a solo musician in clubs in the burbs outside of NYC at age 14 (as a result, my mom has no hair). I toured the world and hit top 10 on dozens of college radio stations as lead guitar/vox in an original band (you never heard of) for 10 years. I then did artist management for a while with C. Winston Simone Management/Deston Songs where I worked closely with folks like Carly Simon, Desmond Child, Joe Jackson, Curtis Stigers, and many more (boy, could I tell some stories). I was involved in everything from negotiating tour money, to helping to pick a single, to drinking guinness and smoking cubans (thanks, Joe). I then went on to work with a new media ad agency focused on music-oriented websites. Now, among 100 other things, I do the artistweekly thing, and I'm lucky that I've met good people in the music biz along the way who are willing to help out here simply because they think it's a good idea.
My name is Charlie Hiestand. OK, I'm old, so this would be long if I told you all. But the short version is I live in Seattle and I make my living as a musician. I've been a musician since I was 5, and except for some years as a high-tech kind of guy, I've always worked as a musician. I've produced three albums (all on http://www.cdbaby.com, which, if you don't know about, you should) and am starting on my fourth.
My music tries to take some rather eclectic elements and hammer them together to make something new. So, for example, the songs on the new CD have influences that go from Bach to mountain music, Tolkien to Mingus. The trick is to try to get the stuff to not sound like a blob, but a style. We'll see. I know some will hate it, but I'm only looking for an audience big enough to keep me and my family in beans.
To order to pay the bills until my CD goes platinum I am the music director of a children's theater, I play at a couple of churches, I teach, I gig around Seattle, I am generally a mercenary for music.
my name is therese frech. i started playing guitar in 1967--acoustic folk and blues in massachusetts. i quit and didn't play at all during the 70's. Bought my first electric guitar (a flying vee) in 1980 and played in some obscure minneapolis bands for about 10 years. (top 40 cover bands, vfw variety bands, an all women's R&B band, another all women's rock band that was inspired by the go-go's, a goth/metal trio, and some bands that never left the basement. I quit playing again and spent the 90's working in social services until 2003 when i burned out, (one round of budget cuts too many--do more with less funding again) i sold my house, and moved into the woods of wisconsin--south shore of lake superior, about 50 miles east of duluth. we're talking hauling water, chopping wood, and running a little honda generator to charge up some deep cycle batteries to run my gear.
i started playing guitar again in 2004 to distract myself from worrying about my kid and dang if i didn't end up playing better than i ever used to play. i write songs and record with my laptop. so many musicians inspire and influence me, lately i'm listening to lucinda williams and randy newman and captain beefheart and willie murphy and david lee roth and green day and tori amos and patti smith.
being 52 years old is very weird for someone who still watches dragonball z. i'm writing new songs, reworking old ones, playing a lot of open mic nights around duluth (5 nights a week there are open mic venues) and trying to get a full evening's worth of original music figured out. to pay the bills, i train social workers and probation officers and suchlike about working with people who have cognitive disabilities, especially fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or traumatic brain injury. but living in a log cabin, i don't have all that many bills. you can hear some of my songs at http://artistlaunch.com/treeef . eventually, i'll post some stuff here at artist weekly. in the meantime, don't drink if you could get pregnant. oh yeah, and I.T.M.F.A.
treeef wrote: oh yeah, and I.T.M.F.A.
Brendan, we must be 89th cousins or something.
I'm Tracie Callahan, and I'm from Maine. I went to school for music, with the thought of becoming an opera singer. Some time near the end of my college years I started writing songs, and decided that I really wanted to sing my own music instead of Mozart's. (thought singing his operas was a joyful experience) and I've been writing ever since.
I've been a street busker in Portland Maine, which I found to be a fantastic way to work one's craft and get better. At this point I'm really just starting to break out of the nest so to speak. It's been my goal for a long time to make singing and writing be my only work, so that's what I'm pushing for.
It's solo acoustic music, a little folk, a little rock, and a little blues. I'm working on recording my first EP right now, which I have to say is quite an experience. (I feel like such a new kid. Where's my nametag?)
I'm looking forward to the chance to learn more about songwriting and improve my own here.
Brad....I agree with BC. You are quite the talent. I have always thought you were pretty cool, but now that I know you played the trumpet (I played for 7 years) and sang at a Motocross (I am a HUGE fan of MX) you are truly my idol.
Keep up the good work. We've enjoyed all you stuff.
I'm the fellow who probably rated your song a 5 when everyone else hated it. I'm a pushover for a critic but a great cheerleader. I am recording a concept that will install in an art gallery and then move to a CD/DVD. It's called "61" and I'll post the demo of a track called Calling out the Dreamers soon.
I learned to play guitar by memorizing the Beatles A to Y (there is no Z) although some guy was telling me that the anthology has a song that starts with Z. Took some lessons but kept missing them cos I was more of a jock than a musician in high school.
But then dope, college and insular dreams of mass stardom brought me back to the git box. I was in a band and became the songwriter mainly because I was a journalism major and everyone else was into more technical things. My first song was called "Dewey Defeats Truman" Just kidding.
We were the most spaced out, incoherent jam band that Iowa City had ever heard and made $30 in two years. Strangely the first ten songs I wrote all sounded like "If I Fell" off of Hard Day's Night. So imagine a very drunk Grateful Dead playing "If I Fell" 10 different ways and you get why we only made $30.
We broke up and I graduated. After 3 months of isolation from playing any Beatles song whatsover, I surfaced in Denver with a new non Beatles style that was very inspired by Tropic of Cancer, Massive Attack and Big Star. Did a demo called "#1 Songs"
Then I became a Gary Louris impersonator and recorded another demo "Goldentown"
Then started impersonating a dad and husband and put songs on the back burner until about a year ago when this 61 project started. I am working with a songwriting partner for the first time and I love it.
I think the most important part of writing a song is the title. if someone ever says my songs sound like a Raymond Carver story I will kiss them, man or woman. The way to success is to make sure you miss that turn onto the lost highway.
I think there are great songwriters in this community and it seems like a diversity of styles and backgrounds. So keep it up and remember there is power in focus.
I am Joe Lamont, I am the keyboard player for Doug DeJoe and The BloomLaters and BlueField. I live in Nashville where I play out and score studio gigs occassionally. 40 years old, 1989 grad of New Mexico State in Music/Theater. I spent 1990 to 2004 on the road playing in the old "Caravan Circuit", so named for it's grouping of several smaller "name" acts, which was a good place for musicians to make a living even though the 6 night schedule could kill ya! I finished with various Nashville acts. I decided to retire from the road in 2004 and keep it at home in Nashville. I play 4-6 nights weekly in Nashville where, if you're a side man for even a name act, the pay is terrible. Even though I'm not ever going to get rich, as they say, it's a living. I enjoy working with writers and helping them to get their ideas across musically. I enjow AW and hope it enjoys a long and prosperous ride!JLDDATB-- Edited by Jlamont at 20:42, 2007-01-19
Great Knowing you Joe. You guys are posting some great stuff. Keep it coming. Are you playing anywhere during Tin Pan South? i wouldn't mind checking you all out live.
Let me know-
Thanks Coffee, those were some nice sentiments! (BTW, I'll bet you're happy to be done with that whole U.N. gig, talk about a tough gig! LOL), As to TPS, Nothing from Doug or Rick and Jennifer has been mentioned yet. Bluefield leaves for Ohio in a couple weeks for a Video shoot and I'll be with Doug Feb 7th at 3rd & Lindsey and I think 12th & Porter sometime around the first week of March. Both acts are working on new releases, which typically takes up the majority of their time. Bluefield's has left for Duplication just this week. Historically, neither has done much with TPS, even though both have scored cuts with major acts, particularly Rick. Once I know, you'll know. BTW, do you live here in N'ville? If so let me know where you're playing and I'll stop by and we'll do the ol' N'vill handshake, (if you know what I mean), LOL... Also, I'll be at a jam session at "The Pub", in SpringHill next Sat. nite (27th). We play for fun and the band is pretty quick on it's feet so jammers are welcome. We do it once or twice a month, it's nothing, intimate, small and lots of originals mixed in, but lots of fun! Come out and jam, we'll back you up. Everybody's good with charts so bring em' if you got em'!