Holly Stephey and RJ Comer" Porch Songs"

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RJ Comer is a classically trained singer and composer .  Now he’s the banjo-wielding front man and primary songwriter of the roots rock show band, Dance Hall Pimps , & is branching out with an acoustic Americana solo project "Porch Songs"..  As a signed recording artist, singer, songwriter, and lyricist RJ’s music is fueled by a strong belief that there will always be an audience for good songs in the great Mid-Twentieth Century American musical genres as well as for contemporary songs inspired by that material. In 2009, RJ launched his first band the Dance Hall Pimps. In 2012, the Dance Hall Pimps released their debut LP, Beast for Love.  RJ wrote & co-wrote 8 of the 10 original songs on the debut LP, including the rockabilly single “Mommy Was A Zombie” and the big band/New Orleans throw-back and title cut “Beast For Love”.  RJ’s fusion of classic Dixieland jazz, bluegrass, and rock & roll styles on plectrum banjo caught the attention of Deering Banjo Company who have included him among Deering’s sponsored artists.  RJ and the Dance Hall Pimps are currently recording their follow-up to Beast For Love.With the Dance Hall Pimps, RJ is a physical showman and singer, belting out their songs above the band’s drums, guitars, organ, and horn section.  But RJ gets to explore his a quieter side on his solo Porch Songs project an acoustic mash-up of New Orleans jazz, country, soft ballads, Americana, swamp, blues, and acoustic rock.  With the Porch Songs project, RJ shows his softer side on acoustic Americana ballads .In addition to the recently-released first installment of six Porch Songs, RJ will go back in the studio and record traditional blues, country, acoustic rock & some covers for the next set of Porch Songs.  RJ will again return to his family’s music on a forthcoming jazz collaboration with DHP saxophonist, Steve Carr. 

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