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Tell us about yourself
 


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'll start:


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.



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BC

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C'mon people. I showed you mine...

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brad benton

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Im Brad Benton ... 25 .... married in December '05.  I've been playing guitar and singing since I was thirteen.  I've never been involved in music professianlly, although it is my "dream" to be a staff writer.  I did some things in Tampa, FL, including recording a CD and playing at the college there. I have no musical training, but my father was lead singer for a country band called the Sundown Brothers from the time I was born until late in my teen years.  I actually wound up playing with them.  They toured pretty heavily around the SouthEast, and so I grew up surrounded by music.  That's about it for me.

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Charlie

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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.


Cheers


Charlie



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AcousticSoul

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I'm Carley. I have been a musician as long as I can remember; from my little 20-key Casio keyboard when I was four, to the violin I hated in middle school, to the guitar I picked up from my dad, I've always been playing with something. My dad is incredibly musical, and always had guitars around the house, so I learned from him. I focused that energy when I was 16, started a band and did some cool things with it; we played with a Chicago funk band called Bumpus, played a big Milwaukee venue called the Rave, and did a lot of fundraising for Amnesty International.

Then part of that band fell apart, and the rest of us became Io Donna (whose debut CD is still on CDbaby, by the way). The coolest thing we did was play the South Dakota State Fair in Huron. The most interesting thing we learned is that all that stuff they say about seeing the weather three days before it happens is true.

So now I'm a solo artist, putting together my first summer tour around Wisconsin, which is a trick considering I'm currently living in Portland, OR. I'm getting ready to go to school for music production and recording arts this fall, because I want to know my way around a studio, but I'll always be a performer.

And I like long sunset walks on the beach, and Chinese noodles.

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treeef

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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.



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SteveHanlon

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Steve Hanlon
Started guitar at 13 yrs. old. Studied jazz, classical guitar at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. Went to Redlands University in So. Cal. for college.

Found vipassana meditation my senior year in school. Found my wife that same year. She plays flute. We both like doing meditation retreats yearly.

We moved to Taiwan 10 years ago. We've done a lot of stuff here from teaching classroom English, writing children's music, writing children's storybooks and textbooks to acting in and writing music for a TV show.

Currently we are jobless (in the sense of a regular daily job) and we are spending time writing our own personal songs. I'm also taking a course called 'Music for the Media'. That's proving to be interesting. Trying to see if writing for picture is worth it.



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AcousticSoul

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treeef wrote:

oh yeah, and I.T.M.F.A.




RIGHT ON!!!!

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bradroll

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Brad Roll here - I'm 23, married just shy of one year and work at a small newspaper covering high school sports. I'm currently pursuing my Master's of Arts in Liberal Studies and probably will end up teaching communications somehere, maybe.

I didn't grow up in an overtly musical home - my mom and dad sang, but mainly for church or recreation. I'm a self-taught guitarist, but I got a late start at 16. I took piano lessons starting when I was five, but quit at 11 because my friends thought it was girly. That was a big, stupid mistake on my part. But it did lay an awesome foundation. I also played trumpet for nine years. It's actaully my favorite instrument to play, but harder to do without friends.

I'll be completely honest - most of what I do, learn and create I do by ear. I can read music and I can score music, but what I like to do more than anything (and I feel for me, it keeps the art truly artistic) is just flow. If it sounds good, it's a keeper. I know chords and structure, but throw caution to the wind. I like to use alternate tunings on my guitar and really just find ways to make simple stuff sound simple, if that makes sense. I'm not out to change the world - maybe just provide a soundtrack.

But, I haven't really done anything amazingly awesome with my music - maybe it's fear, maybe it's a lack of confidence, definitely a lack of funds, but for whatever reason I've sat on it for a while. I have sang for over 10,000 people, but it was an accapella version of 'God Bless America' at a National Motorcross motorcycle race. That was pretty cool, but it didn't last long enough and left me wanting more.

I would love to someday work in A&R and discover the best artists in the world, but maybe that's too far-reaching for a kid stuck in northwest Ohio. At any rate, I've decided to start booking some shows for myself and although it's starting out slow, maybe I'll be able to pick up steam sometime.

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BC

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Brad, Get out there, man! You are easily one of the most talented artists to have joined this site and I am confident that you can go places with your music. With your chops you will create a buzz, but you have to make your presence known. Book shows!

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Tracie

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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.



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WM

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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. 



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Adam

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Hello all, My name is Adam Middleton. I'm 23 years old and currently live in charlotte nc. I started writing songs and playing guitar at 11. I remember back then I was really into kurt cobain and nirvana so most of the songs were just me screaming my lungs out. My first real band started around the age 14. It was great, We'd play little punk rock clubs just about every weekend. Soon after that we recorded an EP and later an album. Some of those songs ended up being in an Independent movie.(which i thought was pretty cool). We toured and did the rock n roll thing for about 6 years until I moved to Charlotte. I still try to get out and play. Mostly just open mic nights and parties. Hopefully someday soon I can get another band going. I really miss playing with a drummer.

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Cherell Williams

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I am a young stay at home mom who loves music. I like to sing around the house and for the purpose of recording my songs I've written. I don't desire to become an artist but a songwriter/arranger. I've always loved music especially contemporary gospel which encourages me so much. I wrote my first song as a teenager but never thought more about it until year 2005. I really began to enjoy writing and arranging songs. I think that song writing is a wonderful way to get a message across. I would get insight from God and then it would just become a song while I was in the shower and messing around on the keyboard. I don't play any instruments but sometimes I try to fiddle around on the keyboard. Soon I will learn how to play the acoustic/electric guitar so that I can add to my songs. Unfortuntely I can't afford to professionally record my songs so all I can do is do what I can ,with what I have and hope that I can still get my songs across. A lot of talent will go unoticed because it's not top quality and to be honest that discourages me a little sometimes but soon hopefully I will be able to rearrange my songs and get them top quality. I love song writing it's an outlet for me and whether or not I become a professional songwriter/arranger it will still be something I enjoy.

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Runic

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I am the reclusive, write poems in a dark corner kind of guy. I dabble in various mediems of art including , digital art, 3d modeling, painting, drawing photography, cinematography and most recent;y music.  I write,perform and record all my music in my basement/home studio. I have been doing the whole music thing for about a year and really enjoy it. I am not concerned with hitting it big, I just like passing the time writing music. :) I have a bunch of my other art posted on bandspace.com/runic.

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Pamela Barger

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Hi, I've been playing something as long as I can remember. My father played fiddle on the radio and had alot to do with my loving music. I play by ear and can play almost anything I can get my hands on. I played drums for several groups when I was younger and we were lucky enough to come in third in a battle of the bands to open for Jimi Hendrix when he came to Indianpolis. Although we did not win I really thought that was cool. I wrote my first song at fourteen. By the time I was in my twenties I had to decide weather to pursue my love or get a job. Fate said I had to get a job. I continued to play with friends and family until I met someone at my work who had been a lyric writer for a musician in New Jersey. She and I started writing songs and now have sixty. I do it because I love it and hope I can make others happy by hearing what I do. Music has gotten me through some ruff times and I know how it makes a person feel to hold a instrument in their hands and let their heart flow through it. AZZLE

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jmelees

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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. 


melle


 


 


 


 


 



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Hey!

I'm Maura. I'm a senior at Berklee College of Music, majoring in Songwriting. I've been playing instruments since I was 4, and started singing in choir my sophomore year of highschool cuz I thought I might do something with music in college, and I would need to know a little about singing. Didn't really think I had a future in singing...(I sound like Minnie Mouse when I talk and a 30 year old when I sing:) but it turns out singing became my passion! I started singing on the worship team at my church in MD, and got a soprano solo at the MD All State Choir my first time trying out. I started songwriting about the same time I started singing, and by the time senior year rolled around, I knew there was no other college for me--Berklee was it! Like I said, songwriting is my major, but I always seem to get more comments on my voice, and not so many on the SW. oh well. I will keep writing and singing until I get lung cancer (probably from all the second-hand smoke in front of Berklee!) or die, and if the Lord wants me to do something big with my music, I will! And if not, I will just sing to my future kids:)

Oh, and all of the songs I post for now will be mainly rough recordings I did myself, because I figure I may as well get feedback before I spend a fortune on recording and THEN try to fix everything...you know? So I don't expect to win, but CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK and ideas on what I could change would be greatly appreciated! Thanks and I hope you enjoy!



-- Edited by mjensen at 21:35, 2006-08-14

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BC


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Maura, You have a great voice-- Don't let the academic musicians at Berklee screw you up too much!

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haha... thanks BC:) You're a sweetheart. I am trying not to let it get to me! only one more year...

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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!

JL
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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-

 



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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'!

JL

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