Kingsville Folk Music Festival Announces Full Line-up!!

Kingsville Folk Music Festival Announces Full Line-up!!

Organizers of the Kingsville Folk Music Festival have announced the official line-up of the 3rd annual festival, held at Lakeside Park in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada, held Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14. The stellar, musically diverse line-up will take the festival to yet another high in its 3 year history.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree activist, Oscar, Juno, Golden Globe and Polaris winner is the Saturday night headline performer, gracing the festival stage in one of her ONLY ONTARIO SOLO shows this summer! Buffy Sainte-Marie is at the pinnacle of her career today with a multiple Juno-award winning new album “Power in the Blood”. Power_In_The_Blood_-_Album_Cover (1)

Sainte-Marie is best known for her 1960s protest anthems “Universal Soldier”, open-hearted love songs “Until It’s Time for You to Go”, incendiary powwow rock “Starwalker,” or the juggernaut pop hit “Up Where We Belong,” which Sainte-Marie co-wrote with Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang for the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman.

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2016 Performers:
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Alex Cuba
Quique Escamilla
Irish Mythen
Garnet Rogers
Qristina & Quinn Bachand
Bill Bourne
The Boxcar Boys
Alysha Brilla
Jason Dennie & Rochelle Clark
Tony Gouveia
Maneli Jamal
Connie Kaldor
Kaia Kater
The Laws
Rob Lutes
Danielle Miraglia
The O’Pears
Amanda Rheaume
Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane
Union Duke
Luther Wright
Dale Butler
Francine Leclair
Whoa Nellie! Vera & Johnny
Tribute to Willie P. Bennett

Children’s performers:
Jangles The Magical Clown
Butterfingers
Magoo
Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo

We wanted Kingsville Folk Fest attendees to experience the diverseness that makes up the folk genre, music ranging from world to blues, folk, singer-songwriter, country, Celtic, bluegrass, traditional and more. This year’s line-up, includes a Latin Grammy winner and Polaris winner as well as multiple Juno, East Coast and Canadian Folk Music Award winners and nominees,” said Michele Law. John Law also added, “AND we are still one of the only festivals across the country and the United States to provide a weekend of this caliber of entertainment for under $100 for a weekend pass!

The festival has also added a songwriter contest this year in which five finalists will be chosen to perform in the contest on Saturday at the festival. The winner will have the opportunity to perform on main stage later during the festival.

Named Finalist as 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards “Tourism Event of the Year” the ticketed outdoor festival is a celebration of all styles of folk music, boasting 3 daytime session stages, children’s stage and evening Main stage.

Attendees will enjoy locally sourced, delectable and diverse foods, partake of award winning Pelee Island Wines and local craft brews and delight in fine arts and crafts from prominent artisans! Rain or shine and accessible, Children 16 and under are FREE. Regular priced weekend – senior – student and single day passes are available.

TICKETS can be purchased online and at area ticket locations
Online 1-800-838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2468401

The festival is made possible with generous grants, sponsorship and community partnerships from the Town of Kingsville, Municipality of Leamington, Canadian Heritage, Leamington Southpoint Sun, Dominos Pizza of Canada, TD, Leamington Marina, SECC (South Essex Community Council), Unconquered Sun, TWEPI (Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island), Best Western Plus Leamington, IBEW Local 773, Unifor Local 444, Blueline Rentals, Kingsville BIA, Schroeder Electric, Pelee Island Winery, Socan Foundation, La Voz Latina, Blackburn Radio: Cool 100.7, Windsors Country 95.9, 92.7 and Mix 96.7. Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 10.25.00 AM
The media launch was held at Pelee Island Winery in Kingsville, Ontario on Friday, May 6th announcing the full performer line-up and sponsors to date. Guests were treated to Dominos Pizza and Pelee Island Wines with music performed by local, powerhouse duo The Oh Chays.

Kingsville Folk Music Festival is a project of the non-profit Sun Parlour Folk Music Society. A portion of the net proceeds from the Festival and Road to FolkFest Concerts are designated for The MAY FUNd (Music and Arts for Youth), a project developed by the Society that provides financial assistance to area youth to access the arts through workshops, lessons, mentoring sessions and an annual scholarship.

For more information, tickets, accommodation specials please visit www.kingsvillefolkfest.org

Groove in the Grove Celebrates 5 Years Saturday June 13

5th Annual Groove in the Grove Saturday, June 13 at Vasa Park, Budd Lake, NJ

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Join Mountain Ledge Music of Ledgewood, NJ as they present the 5th annual “Groove in the Grove Festival” at Vasa Park in Budd Lake, NJ on Saturday, June 13, from 1 to 9pm. “Groove in the Grove” features local and regional independent (indie) songwriters in the NJ/PA/NY area, on 2 stages at the lovely facilities of Vasa Park in Budd Lake, NJ. As one fan coined; “It’s the best music I’d never heard”.

The 2015, Groove in the Grove line-up includes Liz Nordstrom, Chaz DePaolo, Maura Glynn, e’lissa jones, Gregg Cagno, Kathy Phillips, Mari Byrd, Loretta Hagen, Dina Hall, Nalani & Sarina, Denny Tilton and The Alex Radus Trio! (Click on the red highlights above to visit artist websites)

There is also the opportunity for additional up-and-coming songwriters to get some real stage experience at “Groove in the Grove” by attending their open-mic on Thursday, June 11 at 7pm, taking place at Enzo’s Pizza and Restaurant 382 Rt 46 in Budd Lake. At the open mic 2 performers will be selected to open the stages at “Groove in the Grove”. The selection will be made by highly respected music industry personalities – Jeff Rusch of WNTI Radio’s “Crow’s Nest”, Joe Pszoneck of WMSC Radio and Radio Nowhere Internet Radio, and Maura Glynn – veteran local songwriter. Each selected artist will get 10-15 minutes to perform at the festival.

A variety of art/craft and service vendors will be available throughout the day on Saturday, along with delicious festival food from Arlington Lodge 62 of Vasa Park. While enjoying the 2 stages of music, you can also enjoy a fine selection of Scandinavian and US beers or any of your favorite beverages at Vasa Park’s fully stocked tiki bar!

Groove in the Grove at a glance:
Thursday June 11 Songwriters’ Open Mic at Enzo’s $7 admission – 2 will be selected to perform at GITG on Saturday
Saturday June 13 from 1 till 9:00 pm – $15 / Adult $10 /Student
Children 12 and under – FREE
Festival will be Rain or Shine – in case of Rain all musical performances will be in comfortable indoor spaces at Vasa.
This is a community oriented, family friendly event.
Find Groove in the Grove on Facebook and be up-to-the-minute with announcements!

Brought to you by:Mountain Ledge Music and 91.9 WNTI!!

Clark and Renee Paddock. Photo by Cathy Miller

Clark and Renee Paddock.
Photo by Cathy Miller

Roxbury residents Renee & Clark Paddock, creators of “Groove in the Grove” Songwriter Festival, are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the festival’s creation. Veteran musicians themselves, the Paddocks had been volunteering and working for many local music festivals and realized that they were touched most by the local and regional artists; hardworking and talented musicians and songwriters, marketing themselves and working on building their reputations. They began “Groove in the Grove” as a venture to feature these artists and bring them together to network. Five years later the mission remains the same: gaining exposure and networking power for talented but not-so-well known indie artists.

Clark and Renee Paddock also host the ever popular Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme concert series in Hackettstown, NJ. Their mission is to promote the arts, primarily independent singer/songwriters in the northeast.
Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme is an outreach program of the Skylands Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Managed by Renee and Clark, they produce live shows generally once a month with an opening hour Songwriter Acoustic “open mic” and finish the evening with a featured local or regional indie (independent) singer/songwriters.
Musicians themselves, Clark and Renee still find time to perform, while Clark founded and runs Mountain Ledge Music, a recording studio.

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For more info visit Groove in the Grove WEBSITE HERE
Connect with Groove in the Grove on FB HERE

Trespass Music Clients Make Best of Lists and Earn Top Reviews in December & January

Major publications and radio have published their Best of, Top 10-100 and Reviews. It’s been a busy time for Trespass Music radio clients who have earned places on those lists and stellar reviews. Listed below in no particular order, please check out the links to reviews and our 2014 artists. We’re proud to share these successes with you and thank the DJ’s and writers for their support. Trespass_Ad_4_copy

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-Great Albums of 2014 ~ SingOut! Magazine
- http://singout.org/2014/12/30/great-albums-2014/ Great Albums of 2014 SingOut! Magazine

- Sing Out! Magazine review ~ Craig Bickhardt “The More I Wonder
Bickhardt polishes his songs like finely cut gems. The lyrics spin tales and limn characters usually pulled from real life and weds them to melodies that drive the stories and propel the songs. Craig is a master craftsman of song and is at the top of his art here. The album is performed and produced with excellence on all levels. Craig is a superb guitarist and a warm, embracing vocalist, and the support players are wonderful. “It Opens” is about seizing opportunities when life places them in your path and, personally, helped me find the grit and boldness I needed this year. When a song has that kind of positive impact I take notice.

Four Strong Winds Favorites of 2014 The show airs alternate Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on KVMR/,Nevada
City 89.5 FM, 105..1 FM Truckee/Tahoe, 104.7 Woodland, 88.3 FM Camino and
webcastiing @ kvmr.org. The host is John Rumsey http://www.kvmr.org/

Favorite CDs 2014-Hudson River Sampler WAMC Hosted by Wanda Fischer since September 18, 1982, “The Hudson River Sampler” on WAMC is now in its 31st year of presenting the finest in folk and acoustic music to listeners both via terrestrial radio and online worldwide.
View Favorites of 2014 HERE

Top 30 Albums Of 2014 – The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio, South Bend, IN – with hosts Al Kniola & Norm Mast, Sundays 7-11pm – www.wvpe.org
#1 Craig Bickhardt “The More I Wonder”

Radio Crystal Blue by Dan Herman
Top Artists of the Year #75

Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 100 Americana Country
#53 Craig Bickhardt “The More I Wonder”

[FOLKDJ-L] Top Folk Songs of 2014
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 159806 airplays from 184 different DJs
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TOP ALBUMS OF 2014 The More I Wonder #65 with top played songs from the album “Giant Steps” “It Opens” “Gourd of Vine” “Woman Of The Mist” “Young Hearts, Wild Horses Or The Wind” “Crazy Nightingale”
TOP SONG OF 2014 #91 “Giant Steps”
TOP ARTIST OF 2014 #79 Craig Bickhardt
TOP LABELS OF 2014 Stone Barn Records #40 of 250 Labels

-Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie) Folk-Roots (US) – Top Airplay Albums for 2014
Stingray Music’s Folk-Roots with Greg Torrington (US list) channel broadcasts uninterrupted 24/7 and is
available from select digital cable providers in the US.
Top Folk-Roots (US) Airplay Albums for 2014
#117 – Craig Bickhardt — “The More I Wonder” — Stone Barn Records

Rob’s Music Best of List
Rob’s Music Review
Of course it just so happened that I had just published my album list for 2014, when I came across an album that should definitely be included. I’m talking about Craig Bickhardt’s latest album from Stone Barn Records, which has also released Nathan Bell’s wonderful albums. In the meantime Bickhardt has already become a veteran of the singer-songwriter genre but the record has the freshness of a debut album. Bickhardt threads the beautiful songs together like pearls on a string. His lyrics show a lot of life experience but never get too ponderous or didactic. The production is open and clear and after only a couple of times this album nestles itself comfortably in your head and heart. Excellent musicians, with a special mention of the harmonic vocals of daughter Aislinn Bickhardt, complete the picture. Absolutely recommended for lovers of the genre.”
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Esther Golton "Stay Warm"

Esther Golton “Stay Warm”


Esther Golton Stay Warm

Top 25 Americana Music Times by the Lost DJ
So much of this album reminds of one of my favorite artists-gone-too-soon, Kirsty MacColl. Golton’s voice is similar to MacColl’s and there is a similar overall feel to the music — serious but hopeful with dashes of island magic. “Echo Point” is a killer story tune, and, in fact, the songwriting throughout this record is top-notch.

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Winner Cannes Short Film Festival – “The Day After Stonewall Died,” a short film that Nathan Bell provided the music and songs for, was awarded first prize at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Festival.

Winner Cannes Short Film Festival

Winner Cannes Short Film Festival

Third Coast Music-JC (Johnny Conquest) Best of 2014 ~ Album of the Year “Blood on the River”
FreeForm American Roots Chart http://www.tcmnradio.com/far/

Great Albums of 2014 SingOut! Magazine Blood Like A River

Sing Out! Magazine review ~ “Blood Like A River” by Nathan Bell
Nathan Bell’s songs can shake, startle and astonish you. “Names,” the opener, is the most eloquent song I’ve heard in years about soldiers fallen in action. “Blue Kentucky Gone” is portraiture of a father and his daughter who loves to sing. “Fade Out” is a moving song of redemptive love. Nathan’s songs ring urgently true. There’s a lot of life infused in them, but as Nathan set aside music for about two decades he has a lot of life to draw from. The album is spare and sparse the best to let the songs and Nathan’s endearing if gruff voice shine. Every now and again an album comes along that shakes my world so I never quite see it the same again. Blood Like a River is one of those in my world.

Nathan Bell’s BLOOD LIKE A RIVER is without a doubt one of the most powerful, well-written albums I’ve ever heard. If I had to pick my album on the year, that would be it, without question.No Depression

Kelly Walker, host of The Sundilla Music Radio Hour on Troy Public Radio in Auburn, AL 2014 Year End Favorites

Americana Music TimesI could have put this album on this list simply for the song “Names”, which is the opening track. It’s a poignant song about how the soldiers we send to war are real people, not just names we may read in the obituaries, and it’s one of those songs that made me sit up and take notice when I heard it on the radio (WLVR, I believe it was). The rest of the album, though, is more than worth a listen, as Bell spins a series of well-crafted, powerfully delivered, acoustic tales.” Americana Music Times

Top 100 Alternate Root Magazine
#94 – Nathan Bell – Blood Like a River (1-1-14) – “Written, recorded and mixed, the album took thirty days to complete in Nathan’s Tennessee mountain home. Saying it is all Nathan Bell is technically correct. Though this is a technological world, the tunes that flow through Blood Like a River are human, not numbers, dots and dashes. The tracks walked by the characters in the tunes are responsible for the outcome of the song as much as their creator.

Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie) Folk-Roots (US) – Top Airplay Albums for 2014
Stingray Music’s Folk-Roots with Greg Torrington (US list) channel broadcasts uninterrupted 24/7 and is
available from select digital cable providers in the US.
Top Folk-Roots (US) Airplay Albums for 2014
#104 — Nathan Bell — Blood Like A River (American Family) — Stone Barn

-FOLKDJ-L
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 159806 airplays from 184 different DJs
TOP ARTISTS OF 2014 Nathan Bell # 160
TOP SONGS OF 2014 Nathan Bell # 22 “Names” from “Blood Like A River”
Album List 2014

Rob’s Music Best of Albums 2014
1 Nathan Bell Blood Like A River

Roots Music Report Top 100 Contemporary Folk Albums
#48 Blood Like A River

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Susan Cattaneo Haunted Heart
Top 100 Alternate Root
#81 – Susan Cattaneo – Haunted Heart (1-21-14) – “Susan Cattaneo uses a hushed voice to greet her characters in Haunted Heart. She handles love with care as she introduces spirits of love past, present, future, with no fear of the dark spots, drawing back the curtains to expose the spins, twirls and missteps that occur in the relationship dance. Susan Cattaneo uses words and sounds to create stories as snapshots, and places them out for full view as songs in Haunted Heart.

Twangville.com Mayer’s Picks Best Albums of 2014, Boston Edition
One listen to Haunted Heart and it is immediately clear that Cattaneo takes the craft of songwriting seriously. Her songs are filled with stories both poignant and light-hearted, all set to alluring melodies.

Nominee “Best Album of the Year” Limelight Magazine vote now.

Finalist of the 11th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) in THREE categories. Top Winners will be announced February 6
FOLK/AMERICANA/ROOTS “Worth The Whiskey” Susan Cattaneo
COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS “How A Cowboy Says Goodbye” Susan Cattaneo
AAA/ALTERNATIVE “John Brown” Susan Cattaneo
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Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt ~ Crooked Fiddle

-No Depression review ~ “Crooked Fiddle” by Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt
Nathans and Ronstadt are cashmere. Music you would want to get closer to and not be overwhelmed by. The well-thought-out approaches here are smooth with poignant tales filled with sincerity. Like many Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits songs, these tunes can linger in your ears and follow you into bed where you will be looking up at the ceiling with your eyes closed in the dark and the melodies still partying into your sleep.

Acoustic Revival WWSP ~
# 5 Crooked Fiddle/Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt/old Joe’s chair/Ronstadt
Acoustic Revival is heard each Sunday morning from 9-noon on 90FM WWSP. Broadcasting 30,000 watts from Stevens Point WI, 90FM also streams at 90M.org Music is a mix of singer songwriter, folk, bluegrass, acoustic blues, and whatever else fits on that particular Sunday with hosts Pat Sullivan and Jim Canales.

Four Strong Winds Favorites of 2014 Four Strong Winds airs alternate Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on KVMR/,Nevada City 89.5 FM, 105..1 FM Truckee/Tahoe, 104.7 Woodland, 88.3 FM Camino and
webcastiing @ kvmr.org. The host is John Rumsey

Sing Out! Magazine Review ~ “Crooked Fiddle” by Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt http://singout.org/2014/12/16/aaron-nathans-michael-ronstadt-crooked-fiddle/
This is an engaging, warm and intimate collaboration between songwriter Aaron Nathans and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Michael G. Ronstadt (cello, guitar, mandolin).Throughout the songs are stirring and they leave you thinking. A thoroughly satisfying and stimulating effort.

# 18 of Top 25 CDs in Nowheresville for 2014 WMSC Radio Nowhere
You can listen to this segment of the show at the following link: http://www.mixcloud.com/joltinjoe/radio-nowhere-122114-the-top-25-cds-in-nowheresville-for-2014/ Radio Nowhere streams @ www.wmscradio.com every Sunday 7-10pm eastern with host Joltin Joe Pszonek and Slimey Sue.

Favorite CDs 2014 Hosted by Wanda Fischer since September 18, 1982, “The Hudson River Sampler” on WAMC is now in its 31st year of presenting the finest in folk and acoustic music to listeners both via terrestrial radio and online worldwide.

-FOLKDJ-L
TOP ALBUMS of 2014
#182: “Crooked Fiddle,” Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt [aaronnathans.com, 9/14] with favored songs “Old Joe’s Chair,” “I Stood Upon A Hill,” “All Along The Watchtower,” and “Cars Don’t Keep”

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Favorite Discovery of 2014 WFUV – Sunday Breakfast with John Platt WFUV, New York 8-11 am 90.7 FM and anytime at www.wfuv.org

Acoustic Revival -# 22. Matt Nokoa/A Dozen Other Loves/we all gotta go/self
Acoustic Revival is heard each Sunday morning from 9-noon on 90FM WWSP. Broadcasting 30,000 watts from Stevens Point WI, 90FM also streams at 90M.org Music is a mix of singer songwriter, folk, bluegrass, acoustic blues, and whatever else fits on that particular Sunday.

2014 Year End Favorites Kelly Walker, host of The Sundilla Music Radio Hour on Troy Public Radio in Auburn, AL

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Best of 2014 Acoustic Revival is heard each Sunday morning from 9-noon on 90FM WWSP. Broadcasting 30,000 watts from Stevens Point WI, 90FM also streams at 90M.org Music is a mix of singer songwriter, folk, bluegrass, acoustic blues, and whatever else fits on that particular Sunday with hosts Pat Sullivan and Jim Canales.

No Depression Review While every song, in my opinion, is meat and potatoes, some are fillet mignon. It’s a matter of taste. But the musical cuisine here has ingredients that are sure to satisfy many appetites. Teresa Storch deserves attention for the recipes she shares on this platter.

Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 100 Contemporary Folk
#13 Teresa Storch “Come Clean”

Roots Music Report Top 100 Folk
#66 Teresa Storch “Come Clean”

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Neale Eckstein and Friends CLICK

2014 Year End Favorites -Kelly Walker, host of The Sundilla Music Radio Hour on Troy Public Radio in Auburn, AL The Sundilla Radio Hour airs Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. CT and Sundays from 9 to 10 p.m. CT on Troy Public Radio in south-central Alabama and western Georgia and Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. ET on WITH – Different Radio in Ithaca, New York. The most recent four episodes can also be streamed any time from our Live365 station. Our producer is Bailey Jones and the host is Kelly Walker.

Review ~ Sundilla Music – “Click: Songs by Neale Eckstein and Friends” might be considered no more than a vanity project by some, but that’s a sad misconception; this is a fine CD, full of great songs performed by some of the best of the best. No fan of good music will be disappointed with this collection. (And it probably goes without saying that the production, and the photos on the album cover and in the booklet are as top-notch as the songs.)”

No Depression Review ~ “Click is an interesting collection of songs. Though the majority of the tunes are performed and sung by different artists throughout – it does come across as a successful single unit effort. Nothing sounds like it doesn’t belong. It has uniformity, a message, a groove, a style and because every musician is accomplished — they fill out the picture perfectly and Neale Eckstein puts his frame around it.”

FOLKDJ-L TOP ALBUMS
TOP ALBUMS OF 2014
193: “Click,” Neale Eckstein & friends [Fox Run, 4/14] with favored songs “I’ve Always Been Older Than Me,” Dan Navarro, “One Month Crazier,” Buskin And Batteau And Tom Rush, “Angel On A Harley,” Eric Schwartz, “Click,” Neale Eckstein
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#5 Britt Connors / Warmer Season
Top 25 CDs in Nowheresville for 2014 WMSC Radio Nowhere
You can listen to this segment of the show at the following link: http://www.mixcloud.com/joltinjoe/radio-nowhere-122114-the-top-25-cds-in-nowheresville-for-2014/ Radio Nowhere streams @ www.wmscradio.com every Sunday 7-10pm eastern with host Joltin Joe Pszonek and Slimey Sue.

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#11 Davey O – No Passengers
Top 25 CDs in Nowheresville for 2014 WMSC Radio Nowhere
You can listen to this segment of the show at the following link: http://www.mixcloud.com/joltinjoe/radio-nowhere-122114-the-top-25-cds-in-nowheresville-for-2014/ Radio Nowhere streams @ www.wmscradio.com every Sunday 7-10pm eastern with host Joltin Joe Pszonek and Slimey Sue.

Favorite CDs 2014-Hudson River Sampler WAMC Hosted by Wanda Fischer since September 18, 1982, “The Hudson River Sampler” on WAMC is now in its 31st year of presenting the finest in folk and acoustic music to listeners both via terrestrial radio and online worldwide.
View Favorites of 2014 HERE

Year End Favorites 2014 The Sundilla Radio Hour The Sundilla Radio Hour airs Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. CT and Sundays from 9 to 10 p.m. CT on Troy Public Radio in south-central Alabama and western Georgia and Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. ET on WITH – Different Radio in Ithaca, New York. The most recent four episodes can also be streamed any time from our Live365 station. Our producer is Bailey Jones and the host is Kelly Walker. VISIT HERE

Favorites of 2014 – Chris Kocher, host of The Signal on WHRW in Binghamton, NY included “No Passengers” among its favorites of 2014

Top 30 Albums Of 2014 Top 30 Albums Of 2014 – The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio, South Bend, IN – with hosts Al Kniola & Norm Mast, Sundays 7-11pm – www.wvpe.org
Davey O- No Passengers

Roots Music Report RMR Top 100 Contemporary Folk
#26 Davey O “No Passengers”

Radio Crystal Blue by Dan Herman
Top Artists of the Year
#11 Davey O
Top 10 CDs for 2014
# 2 Davey O “No Passengers”

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#25 Top 25 CDs in Nowheresville for 2014 Whispered Words – Folkapotamus
Top 25 CDs in Nowheresville for 2014 WMSC Radio Nowhere
You can listen to this segment of the show at the following link: http://www.mixcloud.com/joltinjoe/radio-nowhere-122114-the-top-25-cds-in-nowheresville-for-2014/ Radio Nowhere streams @ www.wmscradio.com every Sunday 7-10pm eastern with host Joltin Joe Pszonek and Slimey Sue.

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Mike Laureanno ~ Pushing Back Wintertime cover


Michael Laureanno – Pushing Back Wintertime

“Little Red-winged Blackbirds” is the #1 protest video on Neil Young’s Living With War Today web site http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia5J3hvHYoY

Pushing Back Wintertime made the TOP 10 list as Best Albums of 2014 by WFUV Folk DJ Bob Sherman, the host of Woody’s Children.

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4PAN1T Jacob Johnson One Take Jake
No Depression Review
Jacob’s album “One-Take Jake” is filled with crystalline, pyrotechnical guitar playing but he has infused his performance with personality. It runs right down his arms into his fingers, onto the strings — missing not a grain of warmth and meticulous guitar-spirit.
The guitar is not just an instrument in the hands of Jacob Johnson – it’s his soul-mate.
His original songs are wonderfully performed and sound as if we may have heard them before. Then, in an effort to confirm his ability to interpret he whips out a Johnny Cash tune: “Big River” and virtually reinvents the song.

2014 Year End Favorites- Kelly Walker, host of The Sundilla Music Radio Hour on Troy Public Radio in Auburn, AL

http://www.sundillamusic.com/our-2014-year-end-favorites/

Johnson sounds like Norman Rockwell paintings and the open road. He is a virtuoso, expressing a working comprehension of dozens of techniques and styles. He has blended and blurred the lines of genres to craft a sound he calls ‘Neo-Acoustic Folk/Funk’ .” – The Florence Morning News (Florence, SC)

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2014 Year End Favorites Kelly Walker, host of The Sundilla Music Radio Hour on Troy Public Radio in Auburn, AL

The Muse’s Muse ReviewFrom start to finish, “Race to the Bottom” by Paddy Mills is an impressive collection of music. The songwriting is gold standard – full of consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Note for note, song for song, there isn’t really a weak piece in this entire catalog. The writing and playing abilities of Paddy Mills and company are rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted, and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with good old-fashioned conventional wisdom and a very appealing blue collar Folk filled atmosphere. At the end of the day Paddy Mills brings the mojo, and is clearly a marquee talent. No wonder he has so many impressive accolades. One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on him over the years to come – down in his new home. But perhaps he’s beyond all of that.

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TOP ALBUMS OF 2014 with favorite played songs “Race To The Bottom,” “Bay View Massacre,” “When Spring Comes Around,” “Since The Big Box Came To Town” and “Wooden Boat” from the album RACE TO THE BOTTOM
TOP SONG OF 2014 “Race To The Bottom” # 106
TOP ARTISTS OF 2014 #184
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 159806 airplays from 184 different DJs

Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 100 Contemporary Folk
#8 Paddy Mills “Race To The Bottom

Roots Music Report Top 100 Folk
#48 Paddy Mills Race To The Bottom

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Where The Rust Meets The Rise CD Cover

Ryan Taylor Band Where The Rust Meets The Rise
2014 Year End Favorites Kelly Walker, host of The Sundilla Music Radio Hour on Troy Public Radio in Auburn, AL

Italy reviewer Remo Ricaldone of The Long Journey Home calls the album “a varied and elusive sound, tastefully and subtlety worked influences ranging from progressive bluegrass to country folk rock with hints of New Grass Revival, experimentations of David Grisman, complimented with variations of jazz and bluegrass…. a fresh and invigorating sound where the pursuit of melody and instrumental plots go hand-in-hand.

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Capture Epilogue Ronstadt Generations Epilogue

The Ronstadts preserve & redefine a century-plus family tradition, integral to the diverse tapestry of American music.” —Stephanie P Ledgin, author, Discovering Folk Music

FOLKDJ-L
TOP ALBUMS OF 2014
# 158: “Epilogue,” Ronstadt Generations [ronstadtgenerations.com, 4/14] with most played songs “16 Tons,” “For A Dancer,” “Come On In My Kitchen,” “I Know What I Know,” and “Riders In The Sky”
# 240 TOP ARTISTS OF 2014 Ronstadt GenerationS
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 159806 airplays from 184 different DJs
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IN ROTATION – IN AIRPLAY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

FC_002_with guides Front Cover New Randall Kromm ~ Holidays and Homecomings & Time Won’t Let Us Stay
A masterful songwriter” – Dan Cloutier, founder, Birch Beer Records
Roots Music Report Top 100 Contemporary Folk
#46 Randall Kromm “Time Won’t Let Us Stay”

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Warriors CD cover_web Camela Widad Warriors of Love
Camela Widad is a welcomed newcomer to my activity as a promoter of roots music. Her CD (‘Warriors of Love’) shows how independent music is the best in today’s business.” Remo Ricaldone American Roots Radio Italy

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The Noise Boston
With Lynne Taylor, what you see is what you get. She writes the songs, she sings them, and she accompanies herself on the piano. She is a one-woman act, but there is no acting involved. It’s all Lynne Taylor, and her music is anything but sweet, often rocking, sometimes waltz-like, and as raw as it gets. She is “pushing conventions and boundaries in the realm of social and personal awareness.

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Papersleeve David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin In The Bleak Midwinter
Blabber ‘n’ Smoke Review of EP “In The Bleak Midwinter”.
David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin offer up their reading of Christina Rossetti’s In The Bleak Midwinter, the song that has snuck Bert Jansch into many a home via numerous commercial Christmas compilations. Llewellyn & Kristin stay true to the familiar arrangement with its wintry air and old-fashioned Dickensian Christmas feel while they both sing well. The pair have their debut album, Songs Around The Kitchen Table out soon but in the meantime you can buy In The Bleak Midwinter.

We’re getting excited that our EP “In The Bleak Midwinter” is getting airplay in countries as diverse as the US, UK, Netherlands, Italy, France and Belgium (click to listen/buy here on the right) and are looking forward to the full album release to radio of “Songs Around The Kitchen Table” (Feb 1st 2015). Our baby is leaving the nest and it seems, that it’s developing its wings in the leap.

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Tangled-cover-2 Jane Fallon Tangled In A Tree
Review ~ The Noise Boston
Fallon makes the type of music that requires you to leave your cynicism at home. For many a Bostonian, this would probably be a deal breaker, but it’s their loss. The music here is pretty, intelligent and expressive, mostly folk but with some country flair as well. Fallon’s songs have as much PMA as the Bad Brains and enough ruminations on friendship to fit in perfectly on a 7 Seconds record. Maybe the punks and the folkies aren’t all that different! The band is solid throughout, led by the subtly great playing of guitarist Kenny Selcer. The only real misstep is “Talk to Me,” which rails against the kids and their texting and tweeting and Facebooking. It’s done in a jokey manner, but still comes way too close to “Hey kids, get off my lawn!” territory.

Nominee “Best Album of the Year” Limelight Magazine vote now.
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Unfolding_COVER_360w Glen Roethel Unfolding
Unfolding captures 3rd Posi Award Nomination “Together” has been nominated alongside “House of the Soul’s Belonging” by JD Martin/Marcy Baruch/Jan Garrett and “Joy In Our Hearts” by Karen Drucker/JD Martin in the Uniting category. [Ed. note: Glen plays some pretty funky guitar grooves on the “Joy In Our Hearts” recording – a spectacular song from the original 12-song holiday compilation, More Than a Season released by emPower Music & Arts in 2013].

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Sharon Glassman "Blame It On Hoboken" CD Cover

Sharon Glassman “Blame It On Hoboken” CD Cover


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Sharon Glassman Blame IT ON HOBOKEN VOL 1 & 2
Sharon Glassman’s Blame It On Hoboken CD has something for every musical taste! Folk, Americana, a touch of jazz & blues too! The songs are bouncy, lighthearted fun! Check out the title track: a paean to Sinatra’s hometown, which has quickly become a favorite in Nowheresville.” – Joltin Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere, WMSC-FM

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Tracie Potochnik The Dream
I am very grateful for the opportunity to listen more closely and find Miss Potochnik to be a songwriter of great discipline and tremendous lyrical and harmonic instincts.” G.W. Mercure

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Metronome Magazine Boston Review – “Taylor drops nine well penned numbers and two readily identifiable covers on listeners that are fueled by his stellar, campfire storytelling voice, deft acoustic guitar picking, wailing harmonica work and astute observations of everyday life and it’s unpredictable intricacies. It’s a delicate, well played slice of American roots music that’s as satisfyin’ as a warm, home cooked meal. Acoustic players will come and go, but Shawn Taylor is a masterful craftsman whose music deserves to be heard.
[D.S. – Metronome Magazine – Boston- Feb ’15 – “Best of ’14” edition.]

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FOLKDJ-L TOP ALBUMS, SONGS, ARTISTS, LABELS, DJ’S OF 2014
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L playlists
Based on 159806 airplays from 184 different DJs Visit here

SingOut! Magazine Website HERE – “Published since 1950, Sing Out! Magazine is a quarterly journal. Each issue includes traditional and contemporary folk songs, feature articles on the best of folk music and the artists who make it … plus news, reviews and more!”

Four Strong Winds Favorites of 2014 The show airs alternate Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on KVMR/,Nevada
City 89.5 FM, 105..1 FM Truckee/Tahoe, 104.7 Woodland, 88.3 FM Camino and
webcastiing @ kvmr.org. The host is John Rumsey http://www.kvmr.org/

Hudson River Sampler WAMC Hosted by Wanda Fischer since September 18, 1982, “The Hudson River Sampler” on WAMC is now in its 31st year of presenting the finest in folk and acoustic music to listeners both via terrestrial radio and online worldwide Saturday from 8-10pm

Top 30 Albums Of 2014 – The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio, South Bend, IN – with hosts Al Kniola & Norm Mast, Sundays 7-11pm – www.wvpe.org

-Stingray Music (formerly Galaxie) Folk-Roots (US) – Top Airplay Albums for 2014
Stingray Music’s Folk-Roots with Greg Torrington (US list) channel broadcasts uninterrupted 24/7 and is
available from select digital cable providers in the US. VISIT HERE

Americana Music Times-”Promote great Americana music by promoting the artists who make it, the businesses that make it happen, and the fans who make it work.” Visit HERE

3rd COAST MUSIC is the essential eNewspaper for American Roots music. Published monthly in Texas it contains news, opinion, and reviews of musicians and their CDs. It is available by email subscription for those folks who reside anywhere in the world. Visit HERE

The Sundilla Radio Hour The Sundilla Radio Hour airs Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. CT and Sundays from 9 to 10 p.m. CT on Troy Public Radio in south-central Alabama and western Georgia and Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. ET on WITH – Different Radio in Ithaca, New York. The most recent four episodes can also be streamed any time from our Live365 station. Our producer is Bailey Jones and the host is Kelly Walker. VISIT HERE

The Alternate Root “Originally formed in 2007 as The Artist Development Group, The Alternate Root, LLC is a multi-media company dedicated to the development and advancement of American Roots music and the artists, composers and producers that that comprise the format. By offering a comprehensive collection of services and expertise including radio promotion, marketing, consulting, film and television placement, video production and promotion and music publishing we are helping to define American Roots music and raise awareness of the music to the public sector. During our 5 years of operation we have developed The Alternate Root Magazine, Alternate Root TV, ADC Film and Songs With Vision as vehicles to reach our company objectives.” VISIT HERE

No Depression Contributor VISIT HERE

No Depression Contributor Visit HERE

Acoustic Revival is heard each Sunday morning from 9-noon on 90FM WWSP. Broadcasting 30,000 watts from Stevens Point WI, 90FM also streams at 90M.org Music is a mix of singer songwriter, folk, bluegrass, acoustic blues, and whatever else fits on that particular Sunday with hosts Pat Sullivan and Jim Canales. VISIT HERE

Radio Nowhere on WMSC in Montclair NJ streams @ www.wmscradio.com every Sunday 7-10pm eastern with host Joltin Joe Pszonek and Slimey Sue. VISIT HERE

WFUV - Sunday Breakfast with John Platt WFUV, New York 8-11 am 90.7 FM and anytime at www.wfuv.org Visit HERE

“WHRW is a free-format radio station that caters to locals, Binghamton college students, or anyone else in the world cool enough to listen to our stream online. Mostly, though, we just do what we like and it’s worked out well so far. We’re the only free-format radio station in the Southern Tier, and as such we do our best to keep it lit 24/7, so that whenever the need arises for quality radio programming of any kind, we, the disciples of Moe, are there to fill that void” VISIT HERE

Bob Sherman WFUV ~ “Though Robert Sherman’s background is in classical music, his long-running program Woody’s Children has made him a de facto authority on contemporary folk. The long-running show got its start at WQXR in 1969, a natural time to spark the interest in folk music that continues today. The series moved to WFUV in the fall of 1999.”

The Noise Boston
THE NOISE ONLINE (https://www.thenoise-boston.com/) Editor/Publisher is T Max
Somewhere in the ’90s the Noise’s website (thenoise-boston.com) was born and has stayed a constant sister publication of the print issue. It contains feature stories, CD and live reviews, the Big Shot, Rock School, Noise Live Picks, and Rita and Lolita’s gossip column Our Eyes on You. Reader comments can be made at the end of each online column. You can also find achieves of older stories and reviews there.

POSI Awards – emPower Music & Arts is a community dedicated to creating positive global change through music, writing and the spoken word. We are Musicians, Song Writers, Artists, Authors, Speakers, Performers, Ministers, Music Directors, Promoters, Suppliers, Distributors, Networkers, Organizations, Churches, and Fans; together we reach out to change the world.

Blabber ‘n’ Smoke
“A Glasgow view of Americana and related music and writings. Blabber ‘n’ Smoke was first of all a song by Captain Beefheart. It also served as a title for a column in the great UK rock magazine ZigZag. I’ve purloined it here as it just about sums up what I do in my daily life, all I do is blabber ‘n’ smoke, blabber ‘n’ smoke etc etc. So, here, for your amusement is my blabber ‘n’ smoke.”

Metronome Magazine Boston https://www.facebook.com/pages/Metronome-Magazine-Boston/476320125779555?sk=timeline

Roots Music Report (RMR)
“Roots Music Report is the number one independent music chart in the world. We compile radio airplay data from radio stations around the globe that play all forms of roots music, so that each week you can see which independent artists are being played the most & by what stations are playing them.”

“Founded in October 2006, Limelight Magazine is one of the leading online destinations for coverage of the New England music scene and beyond, providing its readers with exclusive interviews with musicians from all genres of music. Since 2014, we’ve expanded our editorial content to include movies and television and pop culture conventions throughout the United States. Besides its online efforts, Limelight Magazine is committed to supporting the local music scene of New England with its annual music awards ceremony in the late winter/early spring. Each year dozens of musicians have been recognized for their immense creativity and talent.” Visit HERE

International Acoustic Music Awards “The 11th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry.” Visit HERE

The Muse’s Muse -”The Muse’s Muse is devoted to discussion and information having to do with the craft of songwriting. Founded in 1995, it contains musician classifieds and spotlights, busy message boards, music-related links and resources, songwriting association listings, music reviews, articles, interviews, a free monthly newsletter and a great deal more.
Since its inception, The Muse’s Muse has received glowing reviews from mainstream publications (Billboard Magazine, Keyboard Magazine, The Music Connection, American Songwriter Magazine, NetGuide Live, Web Guide Magazine & The Wall Street Journal) and respected net sources (Suite 101 Top 5, Cool Site of the Day (three times!), Fiercely Useful Site of the Week) but it is the reviews of the songwriters themselves that mean the most to creator & webmaster, Jodi Krangle.” Visit HERE

Rob’s Music – Netherlands
I’m a bit of a list freak so you can find on this site lists all the concerts that I have visited, my personal album year lists and a concert with recommended by me gigs I sometimes himself will be present.
Also, the picture and sound may of course not missing so there are films with excerpts from concerts I’ve attended. Also music reviews of albums and concert reports will belong to the possibilities.
Visit HERE

What is Twangville?
Twangville began in early 2005 by humble means as a place to post playlists for our friends. It wasn’t long before we expanded to covering releases, reviews, downloads, links and more. Ultimately, we just want to help spread the word about some of our favorite musicians who often don’t get the credit they deserve. In search of twang, we typically look beyond traditional and mainstream country into genres like americana, alt-country, indie, rock, folk and blues … or just about anything that features a guitar. You’ll find that we tend to emphasize the alternative side of alt-country.Visit HERE

Radio Crystal Blue – host Dan Herman
Radio Crystal Blue, in its 15th year, is a weekly podcast that features top songwriters and bands, indie, underground, and touring, in a freeform format. Visit HERE

Gene Shay ‘Dean of American Folk DJs’ Ends 5 Decade Long Radio Career

UPDATE ~ January 6, 2015 ~ I have to say I was sad to hear that Gene ShayDean of American Folk DJs‘ is retiring from radio at WXPN. It’s the end of an era, a change in the guard, a piece of history that will be forever changed in folk radio and Philadelphia. I’m fortunate and honored to have had a couple of wonderful conversations with Gene, get to know about his amazing life and privileged to write a story to share with readers. I was also thrilled to watch Gene in action interviewing my artist Loretta Hagen, guitarist Gary Hagen and percussionist Curtis Kretz at XPN studios last year.

Gene Shay interviewing Loretta Hagen, Gary Hagen, Curtis Kretz and Michelle Fortier. Photo by Larry Ahearn

Gene Shay interviewing Loretta Hagen, Gary Hagen, Curtis Kretz and Michelle Fortier. Photo by Larry Ahearn


A support to so many in the folk community, he will be especially missed on WXPN as host of The Folk Show. Long a Sunday night favorite for Philly area listeners and a treasured radio gig for many musicians, Gene will hang up his headphones on February 1, 2015, the targeted date of his final show. Reports from “The Key” of WXPN say, The Folk Show will continue on Sundays from 8-10pm. “Bruce Warren, assistant general manager for programming at WXPN, says The Folk Show will air the next four Sundays – January 11th, 18th and 25th, concluding on February 1st. Details about special programming for those episodes will be announced in the days and weeks to come. “We’re planning on making his last four shows really special,” Warren says.
The Folk Show will continue after Gene’s retirement, running from 8 to 10 p.m. A search for a new host is under way, though World Cafe’s Dye underscores the irreplaceability of Shay as the voice of a musical community.
Full story from The Key HERE

It will be hard to fill this legendary, sweet man’s shoes. Congratulations goes out to this wonderful friend of Trespass Music, from Tracey Delfino, Larry Ahearn, and Michelle Fortier, Roster Clients ~ Craig Bickhardt, Danielle Miraglia, Loretta Hagen, Matt Borrello and Marc Douglas Barardo and all of our Radio Clients. Enjoy the good life Gene!

Photo Courtesy of Jayne Toohey

Photo Courtesy of Jayne Toohey


UPDATE ~ On October 24, 2013 Gene Shay was bestowed the honor of becoming one of the newest inductees in Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame. The ceremony held at noon and 50 years to the day from that legendary Dylan concert (see my interview below): Gene was awarded a bronze plaque honoring him, among others, for music legacy and a lifetime of work and will be unveiled on the Avenue of the Arts. Shay’s plaque will join more than 100 others, including Philadelphia greats like Dick Clark, whom Shay knew during “American Bandstand” days, Frankie Avalon, John Coltrane, Teddy Pendergrass and Patti LaBelle. For more information please visit Philadelphia Folksong Society HERE and Philadelphia Music Alliance HERE

See video footage provided by Steve Ramm following my story of Gene below.
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GENE SHAY ~ ‘DEAN OF AMERICAN FOLK DJS
by Michelle Fortier ~ May 2012

Gene Shay IS very simply a pioneer of the Philadelphia Music Scene.

WXPN Host Gene Shay

WXPN Host Gene Shay

I met Gene Shay a couple of years ago at NERFA and had a quiet moment with him at breakfast, before the rest of the seats filled with both DJ’s and musicians. What I took away with me then was his keen sense of humor, bright smile, and friendly personality. I was excited to have the privilege of speaking with him by phone recently and intimately hear more of this legendary man’s history and stories.

Radio listeners know him as Gene Shay ~Philadelphia’s WXPN’s radio personality and host of the Folk Show heard every Sunday night from 8-11pm. Shay has done a weekly radio show since 1962 on stations such as WHAT-FM, WMMR, WIOQ and WHYY-FM. Although his first professional radio job was in 1955 with WHAT, with a foray into radio in 1954 at Temple University, he also worked side by side with music industry icon Dick Clark from American Bandstand. images

One of the founders of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the first in the summer of 1962, Shay is now in his 52nd year as the festivals Emcee, the same time frame as Host of his XPN radio show, also serving on the charter boards of North American Folk Alliance, NERFA, immersed completely in the folk music community.

Gene Shay has received a lifetime achievement award from the Delaware Valley Music Poll in 1994 and was inducted into Temple University’s Radio, TV & Theater Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the National Award for Folk DJ of the Year in 2007.

Gene tells me, “I was a jazz DJ before becoming a folk DJ, and was brought up in the musical comedy era, musical theater, a huge fan of Rogers and Hammerstein, know alot about their shows… ‘Carousel‘, ‘Oklahoma‘ and ‘South Pacific‘. I also teach classes in American Popular Song and Music, including songs from Rag Time to Dixie Land, Spike Jones, Big Band, Doris Day, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn and I worked with Mel Torme (jazz musician/composer/singer) doing commercials, Grover Washington JR ( jazz-funk / souljazz saxoponist/arranger/producer) worked with him 2 years although now passed he was a wonderful man.”

Shay has also been Creative Director at many advertising companies. He wrote and produced the original radio commercials for Woodstock, designed the famous ‘smiling banjo‘ logo for Philadelphia Folk Festival and named the famous “World Cafe” heard on WXPN.

Philadelphia Folk Festival Logo

Philadelphia Folk Festival Logo

I knew Gene had brought Bob Dylan to Philly in 1963 for his first concert and I asked him “how did that go, what was it like to bring in Dylan?” I could almost see the smile I heard in Gene’s voice as he answered, “It was easier than I thought! Dylan made a debut recording for John Hammond. I got a copy and my wife and I fell in love with his singing; so unusual, he took folk music, which I knew quite well, to a new level, because he was so different in the way he treated it and adapted it for his own special needs and I found that quite exciting! It was easy to bring him in, although he was relatively unknown. One of the board meeting’s for the Folksong Society, they were looking for someone to fill the next month, so I said, ‘why don’t we try to get Bob Dylan?’ The board said ‘Who’s Bob Dylan?’ “Why he’s the next big singer in Folk Music!” I said and the board poopooed it. But, I managed to bring him in, $1.50 a ticket, 30 people in the audience, and we paid Dylan $150. We picked him up at the railway station, now the Amtrak Station, along with his girlfriend Suze Rotolo, (and many say Dylan’s muse….also the girl on “The FreeWheelin” album cover walking with Dylan) she passed away just last year. I emceed 3 of his earliest concerts at Rittenhouse Square, and ironically Arlo Gutherie also wrote “Ring-Around-A- Rosy Rag” at Rittenhouse Square a few years later.”

He’s also spent some time with folk legends like Joni Mitchell who wrote the classic song, ‘Both Sides Now’ which he aired on his show just 2 days later. While with Joni he met Graham Nash one afternoon. “Nash began telling Joni and I, that he would be getting a band together, which would eventually become Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The people you meet in this business; I’m a lucky guy!” says Shay.

Gene Shay's Resume

Gene Shay’s Resume

“Gene do you have a bucket list of who you would have liked to interview or still would like to interview?” Gene immediately mentioned Pete Seeger. Gene and Pete Seeger who recently turned 94, served on the board of “Sing Out!” magazine together, and he calls Pete now and then if he has a music question or just to chat and still sees him from time to time. Shay would have liked to interview Allan Lomax, a pioneering folklorist, historian and folk music collector, producer, and DJ who has since passed. And although he emceed a few of Dylan‘s concerts, and brought him to Philly for the first time, interestingly enough he’s never interviewed him.

Shay told me an interesting story told to him by Pete Seeger about Yip Harburg, a lyricist whose career spanned over 50 years, writing more than 600 songs. Harburg was famous for many songs and particularly “Somewhere Over The Rainbow“. Gene remembers Pete telling him “The song was originally almost operatic in score until Ira Gershwin said you need to change a few things, change this, change that. Afterall, a 13 or 14 year old young girl would be singing the song in the barnyard.” Gene reminded me, “The girl, as we all know today was Judy Garland. The rest is of course history: The 1939 motion picture classic The Wizard Of Oz was awarded an Oscar for “Over The Rainbow” and has since been voted the Number One Song of the 20th Century. He also wrote such standards as “Brother Can You Spare A Dime”, “April In Paris” and “It’s Only A Paper Moon.” During his prolific career as a lyricist, Yip worked with over sixty composers. His lyrics have been sung by a galaxy of artists from Judy Garland to Pete Seeger to Lena Horne to Eva Cassidy. Yip fought for social and economic justice for all people his whole life.”

Gene related a time when “Tin Pan Alley” played a key role in music history…“it is a term used to describe an area in a major city known for its large clusters of music publishers and music stores. A singer might need a song, and head to Tin Pan Alley and management would buy a song for their use. But the era began to change, and singer songwriters such as James Taylor and Neil Diamond with their beautiful voices and lyrics began to emerge. Writers like Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and Phil Och’s and Bob Dylan came forth and began the social conscience writing of the 60′s and protest writing of the Vietnam War.”

Gene Shay

Gene Shay

Gene Shay, has been called “The Dean of American Folk DJ’s” by the Philadelphia Daily News and the “Grandfather of Philadelphia Folk Music”, by the Philadelphia Enquirer. He’s seen, heard, hosted and worked with a good share of legendary musicians, singer songwriters, producers, composers, folklorists, and more.
“Folk Music has been good to me, it’s the music I love!” Gene Shay has paved the way for folk musicians, fans of folk music, and festival goers to enjoy a lifetime of music. He’s grown a music community rich in history, wealthy in song, prosperous for all time. Receiving the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s induction into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame is testament to a rich career, Gene Shay’s work of a lifetime. Congratulations Gene!

Special thanks to Steve Ramm for Press Conference footage with Gene Shay courtesy of
Steve Ramm
In The Groove/Amazon.com

Special thanks to Jayne Toohey for the photo of Gene with his bronze plaque.
For more info about
Jayne Toohey please visit her HERE

For more information about Gene Shay please visit www.geneshay.com or click HERE
WXPN The Folk Show HERE
Philadelphia Folk Festival HERE
Philadelphia Folksong Society HERE and Philadelphia Music Alliance HERE
“About The Key -Philadelphia: Home to a rich musical history, a unique musical identity, and one of the nation’s most thriving musical communities. In a scene filled with so many local bands worth listening to, there will always be new music to discover—and The Key is your source for finding it. Brought to you by WXPN—the non-commercial public radio station that World Cafe, XPN2, and XPoNential Music Festival call home—The Key covers all local music in Greater Philly and beyond.”

Trespass Music Heads to NERFA – Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference

It’s that time of year! The leaves are changing to beautiful reds and sparkling golds, the morning air has that nippy little chill while the sun warms us throughout the day. Trespass Music makes it’s annual trek into the Catskill Mountains of Upstate NY to NERFA ~ Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, where old friends meet and new friends are made. NERFA
NERFA is held Thursday, November 13 to Sunday, November 16 at the Hudson Valley Spa & Resort. Music flows from the lobby to the stairwells, wafting into every corridor, while soaring harmonies float through decked out hotel rooms. Tricks of the trade and wisdom of the elders is shared through workshops, and wares are displayed in the exhibit hall. Relationships are forged, giving and sharing enjoyed at delicious meals while long nights turn into early morning rising and 3-4 hours of sleep if you are lucky!

Nerfa_Specialty_'14 (1)Trespass Music is pleased to host Trespass Music First Timers Guerilla Showcases on Thursday, Trespass Music Friends & Fun on Friday, and Trespass Music Presents ~ our black tie event for Trespassers on Saturday in ROOM 1508. Tracey Delfino, founder of Trespass Music will MENTOR conference attendees on the hows and whys of the business end for the DIY musician and will be available in the exhibit hall -TABLE 62 &63 to share our musical finds and radio clients with you.
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Trespass Music Roster client Loretta Hagen has been awarded a QUAD Showcase this year. We are thrilled for Loretta and we’d love it if you would stop by the DUCHESS ROOM at 9:45pm Friday night to take a listen. Reviewers describe Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, award winning, Folk Americana.‘ Her rich alto voice and strong songwriting skills have led her to win many awards, including a 2013 JAM Awards’ (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) “Top Female Songwriter of the Year,” JAM nomination for “Album of the Year,” winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist. LORETTAHAGEN_CARD_Front (1)

Hagen’s third CD, “Mud and Stone,” features uplifting folk ballads, up-tempo country swing, and cool, bluesy grooves. “Mud and Stone” debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and continues to receive airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She has performed at premiere venues across the Northeast and Nashville, sharing the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Sloan Wainwright, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Kim Richey, among others. Loretta will be joined by Linda Lambiase on djembe and husband-guitarist Gary Hagen on guitar at NERFA.
Visit Loretta Hagen WEBSITE HERE
The Duchess Room presenter is Margie Rosenkranz – The Eighth Step Coffeehouse

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Many from the folk community will arrive at NERFA on Thursday. The highlight of the evening is the ever popular Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase. Suzi Wollenberg was a well-known figure at both the Folk Alliance International (FAI) and the North East Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conferences. For several years she was one of the coordinators of the annual NERFA Folk DJ Showcase, and following her sudden passing August 8 2009, that event was renamed the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase in her honor and memory.
Trespass Radio Client Mike Laureanno will be presented by WAMC’s host of The Hudson River Sampler – Wanda Fischer. Wanda’s show airs in Albany, NY. Mike Laureanno is old school songwriting at its best: Poignant themes and heartfelt imagery that allow the listener to experience a slice of Americana through the eyes of the quintessential everyman.
8:52 ‐ 9:02PM: Mike Laureanno ~ Presented by Wanda Fischer, The Hudson River Sampler ‐ WAMC, Albany, NY BENTLEY ROOM
Little Red-winged Blackbirds” is the #9 protest video on Neil Young’s “Living with the War Today web site.
Take a listen to a sample of what you will hear Thursday evening.
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THURSDAY NIGHT

First Timer Showcase Trespass Music Room 1508

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11:45~Christopher Mark Jones
12:00~Zak Trojano (Rusty Belle)
12:15~Will & Alona Williamson (Mosby Territory)
12:30~Larry Ahearn
12:45~Lynne Taylor
1:00~Brothers McCann
1:15~Rick Vines
1:30~Jacob Haller
1:45~Phillip Dollard
2:00~Jake Lewis
2:15~Robert Sarazin Blake
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Nerfa_Friday_'14 (1)FRIDAY NIGHT

Friday Night Friends & Fun Trespass Music Room 1508

11:45~Don White
12:00~Susan Cattaneo
12:15~Loretta Hagen
12:30~Marc Douglas Berardo
12:45~Danielle Miraglia
1:00–2:00~Neale Eckstein & Friends “CLICK” CD Release set
2:00~Mike Laureanno
2:15~Brian Dolzani
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SATURDAY NIGHT Our black tie affair for Trespassers! Join us for great music, champagne and chocolates!

TRESPASS MUSIC PRESENTS Room 1508

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11:45~Marc Douglas Berardo
11:55~Loretta Hagen
12:05~Matt Borrello
12:15~Danielle Miraglia
12:25~Paddy Mills
12:40~Matt Nakoa
12:55~Davey O
1:10~Lynne Taylor
1:25~Teresa Storch
1:40~Folkapotamus
1:55~Aaron Nathans
2:10~Camela Widad
2:25~Glen Roethel
2:40~Pesky J. Nixon & Friends
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3rd Annual Bob Dylan Jam ~ Matt Borrello
Matt Borrello returns to NERFA as host of the 3rd annual Bob Dylan Jam at NERFA.
**Everyone is welcome on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-3:00pm in RM 1508.**
Borrello’s singing hints of the desperation like that of Dylan and Springsteen (with a better voice).
Steve Ide – Folk, Bluegrass, and Traditional Music Blog MBpromo

Matt Borrello, a recent graduate of Northeastern University’s Music program, takes the stage with a vibrant energy and charismatic charm that audiences of all ages easily connect with. He plays the guitar as if a language, accenting the message of his lyrics.
For over eight years Matt has performed regularly in the Boston/Providence area, usually as a solo acoustic act, but also as a sideman for other songwriters and as the frontman of his blues rock band, the Quality Dogs. Matt’s insightful songwriting and passionate performances have earned him recognition in various New England talent showcases and songwriting contests. His songs draw their structures from folk, country, blues, and rock music. He is a lover of spontaneous collaborations with other musicians and his songs have highly malleable arrangements.
Matt has opened shows for well known local and national musicians such as John Flynn, Brooks Williams, Paul Geremia, Michael Troy, Don White, and Kevin So. He has been a part of shows at venues including Club Passim, The Narrows, The Lizard Lounge, The Burren, The Somerville Armory, The Soule Homestead Folk Concert Series,Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse, The Cotuit Center for the Arts, and Rick’s Music World.

NERFA SCHEDULE
Saturday Afternoon
Third Annual Bob Dylan Jam – 1-3pm RM 1508 Host Matt Borrello
Saturday night Showcases:
Trespass Music 12:05-12:15 RM 1508
Alan Rowoth and Sally Johnson Present 12:15-12:45 – RM1421
Heart and Hope 2-2:30 RM 1419
Visit Matt Borrello WEBSITE HERE

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Danielle Miraglia
2009 NERFA Formal Showcase Artist Danielle Miraglia returns to NERFA this year with a sneak preview of her upcoming album “Glory Junkies.” Danielle is closer to her musical roots than ever on this one which combines classic rock, blues and soul. The rich songwriting that has made Miraglia a stand out is also evident throughout “Glory Junkies,” along with a new level of musicianship.

Danielle Miraglia Pic

Danielle Miraglia Pic


Alternate Root says “Danielle Miraglia’s guitar work keeps Delta traditions alive. Her steady thumb and playing style trace a direct line to the blues of the field and chicken shacks. Vocally, Danielle’s voice digs in, twisting within the delivery, seeming to break but more likely soaring before the fall.

NERFA SCHEDULE
Friday:
Susie’s House Concerts 12:05 – 12:25 – RM 1512
Trespass Music 12:45 – 1am – RM 1508
Suds & Songwriters Exchange – 1:30 – 2AM – RM 1423
AcousticMusicScene.com – Mass Appeal – 2AM – RM 1506
Saturday:
Trespass Music – 12:15AM – 12:25AM RM 1508
Philly Folk Song Society’s Philly Music Co-op – 1:15AM w Ansel Barnum RM 1302
Barnum & Braunfeld – 2:20AM w Ansel Barnum – RM 1501
Visit Danielle Miraglia WEBSITE HERE
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NERFA 2014 poster 6copyMarc Douglas Berardo
Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. He has been recognized nationally for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, 2013 Rams Head Onstage Rammie for Show of the Year.) No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: “a highly polished personal collection with songs that are on the delicate trapeze of poignancy.

Berardo is the winner of the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Songwriter Contest and also the recipient of the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award and designated as 2014 Kerville Folk Festival Songwriter Showcase Finalist, 2014 Solar Fest Songwriter’s Showcase Selection and 2015 South Florida Folk Festival Song Finalist.
Visit Marc Douglas Berardo WEBSITE HERE
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**Trespass Music- radio clients, roster clients, Tracey, Larry and Michelle would like to thank our hosts at NERFA, volunteers and staff, as well as the venues and friends who are hosting showcase rooms and those who come to listen**

We’d like to thank our sponsors Morning Star Studios ~ Springfield Music and Burlap and Bean for allowing us the opportunity to showcase our clients, friends and first-timers at NERFA.