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•In April of 2011 Dan Crary recorded with his band ‘Thunderation’ and in June released “Perfect Storm” on Blue Night Records. A great review of the CD just appeared in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine which can be read by scrolling halfway down the page Here!
•Tyler Burn’s meticulously compiled synth-pop album “Solo Cinema” is a fantastic blend of old and new. Getting the best of analog synthesizers in the modern recording environment. Straight from classic keys such as a prophet 8 recorded to two inch at 30ips on the audiophile ATR analog tape and mixed to half inch analogue- you can’t get a bigger or better sound.
•Jazz guitarist Jonathan Smith was in the studio in June recording his album “En Route”. Check him out here.
•Yascha Noonberg recorded steel drums with the band Calynco. What kind of music do they play? – It can only be described as “calypso, funk, island, Latin, jazz.”
•Kory Quinn was in several times throughout the year. His first session was recording several songs for “Waitin for a Train.” In March he came back in with his band “The Comrades” to track four songs for “Waitin’” which was released in March. He’s been back since to work on his upcoming project. You can check him out on Facebook.
•Prolific political singer songwriter David Rovics has created several projects at Big Red in 2011. His February cd, Big Red Sessions, is available for free or by donation at his website. David also recorded two other projects; one of them being a children’s album.
•In September and October James Meyer recorded the album “A Life Uncomplicated” which features a unique fusion of blues and jazz. Be sure to check that out here.
•In July, Tim Murphy tracked lead vocals on his “Sleepwalk Kid” release.
•Bob Soper and the band Stringed Migration was here in March.
•Brownsmead Flats, a quintet from Astoria recorded their third album, Astoria at Big Red. Its compositions delve into the history and culture of the Columbia-Pacific region.
•Jimmy Free, featuring his 7 string violin, released his album “Where Saints & Angels Tread” in December, 2010. He came back in again in October of last year to work on another album. You can read more in an earlier posting.
Lyrical Strings Duo have just completed recording their upcoming album “Evening Songs,” full of original arrangements of classical pieces. From Mendelssohn to Satie.
Some great vibes came together in February at Big Red Studio . The progressive bluegrass band Wayward Vessel worked to get just the right blend of bluegrass and folk with an edge with co-producer Billy Oskay. It’s fantastic to hear the band gather round Billy in the control room and jam out to get into the mood. (Written by Intern James M.)
Be on the lookout for their upcoming release “Before the Grey” on Dram Records!
Yup, “One Bed One Bath” is their band name and they recently recorded a killer demo at Big Red.
Lauren Sheehan is fast becoming a legend in country blues circles. She is a trove of countless songs, all respecting tradition yet richly infused with her personal style.
Lauren’s new CD, “Rose City Ramble,” recorded in 2010, takes another step forward and is a wonderful collection of blues, ballads, country and new folk. It also features a compelling live track from her concert at the 2009 The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.
Lauren’s strong voice and guitar playing are joined, on different tracks, by some of her favorite Portland musicians: Terry Robb, Johnnie Ward, Dean Meuller, Greg Clarke, Laura Quigley, Betsy Branch, Elizabeth Nicholson, Michael Ballash and Zoe Carpenter. Release parties will be in April, 2011 followed by touring.
We brought in Big Red Rhythm as well as Nick Angelo and Tim Murphy on electric guitars.
Want to be Famous? It’s easy—to be famous, USE only ONE NAME!
It has worked well for Sting, Bono, and those below.
|Gaga (Lady)||Singer-Fashionista||Stefani Joanne Germanotta|
|Fabio||drum and bass DJ||Fitzroy Heslop|
|Byork||Islandic Singer||Björk Guðmundsdóttir|
|Nero||Fiddler||Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus
AKA Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
|Paul, Mark, Et Al||Saint, Disciple||*|
|Cher||Singer/Actress||Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre|
|Enya||Singer||Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin|
|Tut||King Of Egypt||Tutankhamen|
|T (Mr.)||Wrestler, Actor||Laurence Tureaud|
|Zeus, Apollo, Athena, et al||Greek Gods||Pallas Athena|
|Jesus||Son Of God||*|
|George||(Boy) Culture Club||George Alan O’dowd|
|Slash||Guitar/Guns’n Roses||Saul Hudson|
|Gallagher||Comedian||Leo Anthony Gallagher|
|Thuycides||*||No One Can Remember|
|Superman, Spiderman, Mighty-Mouse, Et Al||Super Heroes||Clark Kent|
|Lulu||Singer||Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie|
|Liberace||Flaming Pianist||Wladziu Valentino Liberace|
|Vangelis||Musician||Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou|
|Casper||Being Friendly||The Ghost|
|Piggy, Kermit, et al||Sesame Street||*|
|Prince||Singer||Prince Rogers Nelson|
Do you REALLY want to be Famous? It’s easy: — USE TWO (or more) FIRST NAMES!
It has worked well for those below.
|Steve Allen||Tv Personality||*|
|Woody Allen||Director, Writer, Actor||Allan Stewart Konigsberg|
|Tori Amos||Singer/Songwriter||Myra Ellen Amos|
|Jack Bruce||Musician (Cream)||*|
|Lenny Bruce||Comedian, Satirist||Leonard Alfred Schneider|
|Juius & All Caesars||Roman Caesars||*|
|Sean Cassidy||Canadian Illustrator||*|
|Sean Cassidy||Male Stripper||*|
|Ray Charles||Musician||Ray Charles Robinson|
|Dick Clark||First Dj||*|
|Montgomery Clift||Stage/Film Actor||*|
|Jamie Lee Curtis||Actress||*|
|Bob Dylan||Singer/Songwriter||Robert Allen Zimmerman|
|Percy Faith||Orchestra Leader||*|
|Ben Franklin||Statesman, Patriot||*|
|Ulysses S. Grant||18Th Us President||*|
|Paul Harvey||Radio Commentator||*|
|Woody Herman||Big Band Leader||*|
|Buddy Holly||50’S Rocker||*|
|Michael Jackson||Pop Star||*|
|Harry James||Trumpeter, Band Leader||*|
|Henry James||19Th Cent. Author||*|
|Et Al James||*||*|
|Jerome Jerome||English Author||*|
|Billy Joel||Pop Singer||*|
|Elton John||Pop Singer||*|
|James Joyce||Irish Author||*|
|David Kelley||Tv Writer/Producer||*|
|All The Kennedys||Politicians||*|
|Vacslav Klaus||President Czech Rep.||*|
|Bruce Lee||Kung Fu Actor||*|
|Peggy Lee||Singer||Norma Deloris Egstrom|
|Robert E. Lee||General||*|
|Huey Lewis||Rock Musician||Hugh Anthony Cregg II|
|Jerry Lewis||Comic Actor||Joseph Levitch|
|Juliet Lewis||Tv Producer||*|
|Juliette Lewis||Rock Singer||*|
|Richard Lewis (1)||Politician||*|
|Richard Lewis (2)||Bishop||*|
|Richard Lewis (3)||Comedian||*|
|Richard Lewis (4)||Baseball Player||*|
|Richard Lewis (5)||Tenor||*|
|Richard Lewis (6)||Musician “Cass”||*|
|Richard Lewis (7)||Welsh Martyr||*|
|Richard Lewis (8)||Literary Critic||*|
|Sherri Lewis||“Lamb Chop” Ventriloq.||*|
|Et Al Lewis||*||*|
|Little Richard||Wild Man Rock N’ Roll||Richard Wayne Penniman|
|Christopher Lloyd||Character Actor||*|
|Harold Lloyd||Silent Film Star|
|Martin Luther||Early Protestor||*|
|Marky Mark||Musician/Actor||Mark Wahlberg|
|Dean Martin||Crooner||Dino Paul Crocetti|
|Et Al Martins||*||*|
|James Mason||English Actor||*|
|James Maxwell (1)||Scottish Math/Physics||*|
|James Maxwell (2)||Tv Actor||*|
|George Michael||Pop Singer||Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou|
|George Mitchell (1-12)||See En.Wikipedia.Org||*|
|Sandi Patty||Christian Singer||*|
|Simon Peter||Apostle, Fisherman||*|
|Sally Jesse Rafael||Tv Talk Show||*|
|James Earl Ray||King Assassin||*|
|Pat Riley||Basketball Coach||*|
|Lionel Richie||R&B Singer||*|
|Christopher Robin||Winnie The Pooh||*|
|Axl Rose||Bassist, Guns N’ Roses||William Bruce Rose Jr.|
|Bertrand Russel||Writer, Philosopher|
|Babe Ruth||Baseball Player|
|Walter Scott (1)||Novelist, Poet|
|Walter Scott (2)||Singer|
|Sirhan Sirhan||Kennedy Assassin|
|Mick Taylor||Guitarist, R. Stones|
|Zachary Taylor||12Th Us President|
|Tiny Tim (1)||Character Fr. Dickens|
|Tiny Tim (2)||Musician||Herbert Khaury|
|Clarence Thomas||Supreme Ct. Justice|
|Sophie Tucker||Singer, Comedian||Sophia Kalish|
|Tanya Tucker||C/W Singer|
|George Washington||1St Us President||*|
Jimmy Free creates dynamic spontaneous compositions with live looping of a custom-made 7 string violin.
He recorded his fourth CD, “Where Saints and Angels Tread” at Big Red in December. Compelling stuff.
Cary Ray took This Video of Jimmy Free playing and singing the lead-off track.
Jimmy Free on YouTube
The March, 2011 release will include a DVD of Jimmy playing in nature.
His website: Jimmy Free