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Doug Spears Wow’ed ‘Em on Oct. 30th!

Blending elements of contemporary folk, Americana, bluegrass, country and folk rock,

Doug Spears and His New CD

Doug Spears

Doug Spears produces a sound that is fresh and new, yet immediately familiar. Painting lyrical images set to memorable melodies, delivered with a warm, unique guitar style and powered by rich vocals Doug is an east coast favorite at festivals, folk clubs, house concerts and listening rooms.

“Lightfoot meets Taylor w/ the smooth vocal delivery of Gene Watson, bravo!” LeAnna Mosely, Music Moonk Music, Virginia.

Doug’s latest recording, Welcome Home, showcases the very best of Doug’s regional Florida material produced for a national audience. Produced by long time friend Jason Thomas and promoted to folk, acoustic and Americana radio by Kari Estrin Management & Consulting in Nashville, Welcome Home features a stellar, internationally known cast of supporting musicians including Claire LynchMissy RainesRob IckesJim Hurst, Mark Schatz, Kenny Malone and Jason Thomas, as well as some of the very best of Florida’s wealth of musical talent. Welcome Homedebuted on the International Folk DJ Chart (The “Billboard” chart for independent folk music) at #3 based on worldwide radio play in January 2010, with “Yellow Butter Moon” as the #3 individual song on the chart. This makes Doug the #5 artist based on total airplay.

A seasoned performer and touring troubadour, Spears has invested more than 35 years developing his distinctive craft and with each song bite, the rich flavors penetrate the listening palate. Often drawing comparisons to some of the best known and well established artists of the genre Doug has carved a special niche for himself in folk and Americana music.

In 2005 Spears released his debut CD, Truths & Lies, which received well-deserved praise for its song craft and musicianship. He followed with his 2007 sophomore album, Break Some Stones, a “live in the studio” solo recording. Chosen by Florida Times Union columnist Ron Johnson as his 2007 CD Release of the Year, Break Some Stones showcases Doug just as you’d hear him at a live show.  Released internationally in January 2010 to folk, acoustic and Americana radio, Doug’s latest recording, Welcome Home, showcases the very best of Doug’s regional Florida material produced for a national audience. Produced by long time friend Jason Thomas and promoted to folk, acoustic and Americana radio by Kari Estrin Management & Consulting in Nashville, Welcome Home, features a stellar, internationally known cast of supporting musicians including Claire Lynch, Missy Raines, Rob Ickes, Jim Hurst, Mark Schatz, Kenny Malone and Jason Thomas, as well as some of the very best of Florida’s wealth of musical talent.


Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen delighted us with a wonderful show on October 4th.

Steve & Cindy

“Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos.”

– Matt Watroba, Sing Out Magazine

Steve and Cindy have been performing together for 20 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitar, concertina and banjo, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor.

Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960’s. His songs have been covered by Ian and Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, and many others. But Steve’s own versions are some of the best, with his warm baritone voice and his unique finger-picking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers). Steve has many solo and duo (with Cindy Mangsen) recordings available. His most recent solo album, Texas and Tennessee, was named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year by Tower Records. Steve has conducted songwriting workshops all over the US and Canada, and is on the Board of Directors of the Kerrville Folk Festival. He is author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process, a standard text in songwriting groups.

Cindy Mangsen is “one of the finest singers in American folk music” (Come for to Sing). Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (Songs of Experience received the Editor’s Choice Award from Crossroads), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and Michael Smith. Her latest solo album, Cat Tales, is devoted to “songs of the feline persuasion.” Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada.

Links to Steve & Cindy’s music: (opens their web site): Listen to  The River From the Compass Rose CD Live In Concert. Listen to clips of all songs on Live In Concert. Compass Rose web site: Compass Rose Music

Bob Livingston entertained us on August 28, 2010, and he put on a spectacular show!

Bob Livingston

Singer-songwriter BOB LIVINGSTON has never been a traditional Texas country musician living the honky-tonk life, even though he’s spent more than his share of time on the roadhouse circuit with some of the most colorful musicians in Texas.  As a member of Austin’s legendary Lost Gonzo Band, performing and recording with such musical visionaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Livingston played an integral role in creating the music that first earned Austin the designation of Live Music Capital of the World.  Achieving recognition in their own right, the Gonzos’ self-titled debut record was named by Rolling Stone, “one of the best albums ever to come out of Austin.” Livingston was appointed Austin’s International Music Ambassador by the City of Austin in November 2009.

Bob’s websites are here: http://www.boblivingston.org, and http://www.texasmusic.org.  Check his music out on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/boblivingston.

Jan Seides

Jan Seides — Appeared Jan. 30, 2010. Singer/Songwriter Jan Seides performed for us on Jan. 30th, and we all had a blast! What a great show she put on for us–both songs and stories together! She is a gracious, warm, and engaging performer whose wonderful songs draw you and and make the time pass much faster than you want it to. Jan (www.janseides.com) writes and performs original, lyrics-driven, award-winning songs that combine uptown sophistication with down-home truth. They have been presented with style and verve in prestigious venues in the U.S. and Europe.

With gigs from Texas to Tennessee and Liverpool to London, Jan has been welcomed all over the world to play her unique brand of music. An award-winning songwriter, Jan received major awards in song writing competitions such as The Great American Song Contest, Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, Kerrville New Folk (regional NewFolk winner), Metro Detroit Song Writing Contest, and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

Listening to Jan was a trip! She is an incredibly talented woman with a beautiful voice… She sounds like a folk singer on Broadway, or a blues singer at the Opera…” David Barnett (A Core Life Blog).

Doug Spears at the Florida State Acoustic Music Camp, 2008 - photo (C) Diana Ost

Doug Spears at the Florida State Acoustic Music Camp, 2008 - photo (C) Diana Ost

Doug Spears – Appeared Saturday, November 7, 2009. 7:00 PM.
We had a wonderful time! Read about Doug, below, and be sure to watch for another appearance here or at another house concert venue near you.

Doug Spears is known as Florida’s Native Troubadour. As a singer-songwriter, Doug’s music is founded on his roots in rural Florida, but you do not have to be a Floridian to enjoy and appreciate his songs. His music speaks to everyone with emotion and rich, multi-layered storytelling. Don’t miss this one.

Doug’s Web site: http://www.dougspearsmusic.com/

Doug’s Music

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Jack Williams – Appeared November 12, 2009.

South Carolinian Jack Williams, guitarist/singer/songwriter/storyteller, is outstanding among a handful of artists who – in skill, depth and integrity – stand head and shoulders above the many performers flooding today’s folk circuit.  Among acoustic guitarists he is near-legendary. Having avoided the compromises of the commercial music industry during his 50+-year professional career, he prefers touring “under the radar,”  playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing.

This is our second house concert for Jack, and I can tell you, we’ve never had a better time. A frequent contributor at the Kerrville Folk Festival, you will be spellbound by the talent and skill with songwriting, vocals, and master guitar playing. If you play guitar, you can’t miss this. Jack makes a guitar do things that you might think are not possible.

Some of Jack’s Music

Quotes about Jack:

A Wind River Artist…

“…. his artistry… is nothing short of amazing. Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs. He is a showman in the best sense of the word and just wowed our audience. I think they would have followed him anywhere.”

Rich Warren, WFMT “Midnight Special”, Chicago IL

Jack’s concert schedule: http://www.jackwilliamsmusic.com/tour_schedule.html

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