If you play professionally, or even if you noodle only at home but your friends know your terrible secret, you may be invited to play at a benefit. This can run the gamut from grade school book drives to events to raise money for someone who is ill. The nature of the event obviously sets the tone, but each event can present different challenges or issues.
So someone asks you to play a benefit for their church choir to raise money to attend a conference out of state. They’ll be baked goods and soda and jugglers and a stage for musicians. So you need to find out some basics. Is there a sound system? Is it over 30 years old? Will it suffice, or do you need to bring you own PA? How large is the stage?
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PLAYING AT THE SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE
Although her musical career was already in progress, Patsy Cline didn’t make a splash on the national stage until her appearances on the Arthur Godfrey show in 1957. Before that, her music was only available in places where the audience was deliberately seeking out country-western music. Before that, she dressed in cowgirl outfits hand-made by her mother. Arthur Godfrey’s show brought her, dressed in elegant, sophisticated dresses, into homes across America, as a show heavily viewed by housewives who didn’t listen to country-western, heard her amazing voice on repeated appearances.
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THE DARK WORLD OF KIM FRIEDMAN:
L.A.’S BLIND BALLAD SINGER RIP
(APRIL 5, 1954—JUNE 22, 2015)
Kim Friedman did not have the luxury of John Milton to consider how her light was spent ere half her days were done in this dark world and wide. She was blind before birth.
Kim’s eyes couldn’t see the fret board her fingers never missed a note on, no matter how high up the neck they traveled; they couldn’t see the strings her right hand never missed a finger-style pattern on, no matter how intricate the back beat she was playing; and they couldn’t see the audience her singing had such an indelible impact on, no matter how deep the tears she inspired, or unaffected the laughter with which she caught them by surprise. And yet it was not Kim who was blind, but we—to how precious those moments were, how much we would miss her when she was gone, and how irreplaceable she was.
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TITLE: TANGLED COUNTRY
ARTIST: THE HONEY DEWDROPS
RELEASE DATE: MAY 2015
With their fourth studio album in six years, Tangled Country, The Honey Dewdrops continue to weave their addictive sound...even as they branch out from their Appalachian folk roots into Americana, blues and singer-songwriter genres.
Characterized by compelling, earthy harmonies – so tight that they often sound as if one person is singing in two compelling voices – The Honey Dewdrops are comprised of a young, multi-talented husband-wife duo, Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman.
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ARTIST: STUART MASON
LABEL: NATIVE HOME MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: MAY 26, 2015
Stuart Mason is from West Virginia but lives on California's central coast. He calls his music “oldternative” which is a good word to describe branching from old roots into unusual spaces. You can hear that in the arrangement of Red Rocking Chair with traditional lyrics and banjo but unusual harmonies and Tony Furtado's slide guitar. Ryan Davidson, who coproduced, plays bass on most tracks. That tinkering with tradition continues with Jesus Met the Woman in the Well on which Mason plays mandola and Tony twangs again. On Gospel Plow, which has a more old than alternative sound, Stu returns to banjo and Amber Cross adds strong harmony vocals.
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TITLE: I CAN SWING FOREVER
ARTISTS: TRACY NEWMAN / CHARLOTTE DEAN
LABEL: KABEAUTY MUSIC
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 12, 2014
Today, many artists feel the need to record only the music that they have composed; for many, this works. The same holds true in the world of children's music. For every CD that stands out, there are two that are just mediocre.
Among the best we have Malvina Reynolds, Ella Jenkins, Jose-Luis Orozco, Suni Paz, Marcia Berman, Patty Zeitlen, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and “Uncle Ruthie” Buell. Their music and stories have withstood the test of time.
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THE CROOKED JADES
Saturday, September 19th at 8pm
doors open at 7:30pm (food will be available)
in Van Nuys at Noble House Concerts
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General Admission: $18
FolkWorks members (Friend and above) – $15
Crooked Jades Concert Tickets
FolkWorks PO Box 55051
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413