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Brian Pothier and I are honored to be a part of “An American Troubadour", a tribute album to Steve Forbert. And we were thrilled to discover that our cover of “Thinkin” is the opening track on the album!
Steve Forbert is a wonderful and prolific songwriter and highly deserving of this tribute, which is why so many great artists contributed to this project, including John Oates, Jim Lauderdale, Bekka Bramlett, Nicki Bluhm and Gramblers, John Popper, James Maddock, Todd Snider, Jason Crosby and many more.
Brian Pothier produced and played on "Thinkin", Jorgen Ingmar played drums, John Jorgenson played clarinet and, as you may have guessed, I did the singin’.
The album has been released on Blue Rose Music. It's founder Joe Poletto says, “Some say that Steve is too young to have a “tribute” record, and I think that’s true because Steve has a lot of music left in him. In my mind, this project is not a tribute, but rather its intention is to recognize the spirit of the troubadour in all of those artists who follow their life’s path like Steve, with purpose and passion.”
You can check out “An American Troubadour, The Songs of Steve Forbert” here: iTunes: apple.co/2xT6iKc
If you're a songwriter who’d like to give back and help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and/or Irma, here's your opportunity. My good friend, and exceptionally talented musician, Michelle Mangione has created a website called "Writers For The Storm" as a way for musicians to donate a song and have all of the proceeds go to the victims of these terrible storms. You can check it out at writersforthestorm.com. For an intro, here's Michelle's video explaining her vision for Writers For The Storm. www.facebook.com/WritersForTheStorm/
The song I'm donating is "Summer Rain", which was written after Hurricane Katrina. You can download it from my Music page under the album "That and Change". Your song, however, doesn't have to be about the subject matter, just any tune you'd like to submit... or you could write one.
Thanks in advance for helping out those in need!
Well, it’s been a while in the making, but I recently completed a new CD. It’s called “Find the Silver Lining” and it was recorded, produced and engineered by the wonderfully talented Brian Pothier. Brian and I had a really good time making this record and called on some of the finest musicians in town to play on it: Frank Cotinola, Trent Stroh, Jorgen Igmar, John Jorgenson, Bob Malone, Billy Alexander, Michelle Mangione and Ben DeVitt. Ya can’t do better than those cats!
I’ve once again been extremely blessed to co- write with so many super-talented songwriters for this album, including Tracy Newman, Mare Wakefield, Linda Geleris, John Diggins, Michelle Mangione, Billy Alexander and Harriet Schock. And one of the tracks, ‘Thinkin’ (written by Steve Forbert) was recorded for a Steve Forbert project that will be released this summer. I’ll keep ya posted on that release.
Please check out my “Music” page to listen to clips of the new CD. If you like what you hear, you can download it, purchase it via Paypal, snail mail, or come out to a gig and pick one up! The CD will also be available soon on iTunes and many more digital distribution outlets.
Thank you to all supporters of independent music. You’ve inspired me and kept me going all these years.
Laguna Sound Studio and Gary Hicks have brought a group of Orange County musicians together to create a very special Christmas CD to help the homeless this season. It's called “An Orange Christmas.” You can get a copy of the album at one of my gigs, or at one of the following locations in Laguna Beach: Sound Spectrum, Tight Assets, Fawn Memories, and The Cliff Restaurant. The CDs are only $10 and proceeds will be donated to Friendship Shelter. www.friendshipshelter.org
Take a look at the cover below to check out the artist who have contributed to the CD.
On December 13th, there will be a live performance of the CD at Bridge Hall in Laguna Beach at 7:00PM. All the artists on the album will be performing. Check out the flyer below for all the event info. This will be a very cool show for a good cause, and I'm honored to be a part of it!
The concert was held once again at The Sebastiani Theatre in beautiful downtown Sonoma, CA. All proceeds supported the Blue Rose Foundation.
The Blue Rose Ball came together in June of 2014 as a way of honoring the spirit and life of Joe Capone by establishing a scholarship fund in his name at Sonoma’s Old Adobe School. Last year the event raised over $25,000 — enough to fund five half-day year-round preschool scholarships.
For more information about the Blue Rose Foundation, visit: http://www.bluerosesonoma.org
Kelly Solo @ The Grille
Bacchus Wine Bar
Duo with Brian Pothier
Trio with Brian Pothier & Michelle Mangione
Duo with Adam Roach
Trio with John Thomas & Adam Roach
Trio with John Thomas & Frank Cotinola on the Main Deck
Trio with John Thomas & Adam Roach
The Cliff Restaurant