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In my first novel, Lake Surrender, I use my love of Michigan lakes to tell a story of a woman struggling with abrupt change and difficult circumstances to see a greater hand at work.
With slices of humor, I write of hardships many face as a single mom, a parent of a disabled child, a displaced employee, a lonely widow and a once homeless young man.
My characters, flawed, live through unnerving stress, like a barefoot water-skier hanging on to the boat connected with one strand of yarn to life. While hanging onto the boat for dear life they find the unwavering patience of God in the most unusual places.
Using my degree in Recreational Therapy I have worked with autistic children, In this novel I wanted a story that would lift their value in the world while at the same time highlight the difficulty raising such a special child.
My first book, Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted is a devotional for movers, anecdotes pulled from 22 moves. I have a passion to help families move reminding them they will have a life and community at the other end.
A foot loose and fancy-free freelancer for fourteen years I've now settled down to a regular gig as a reporter for the Mooresville Weekly in Davidson, North Carolina.
Words define me....I love to speak to women's groups such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and at national writers' conferences.
Family defines me more. I have a great husband, four grown children and five grandchildren. As far as hobbies I love music and favor bluegrass. If prodded, I will produce a mandolin.
My secret dream was to become a lounge singer. But realizing that dream is a little late to happen, I've found great contentment writing stories to encourage and inspire women. So actually I've chosen the better path.
Nashville makes a huge presence at The GRAMMYs, not just in the Country category, but Rock, Americana and Alternative as well, plus several of the major categories. Matt and Shawn discuss the awards and performances and highlight our Nashville presence at music's biggest night!
And this week's #NUArtist is Humming House! The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more completely than this quintet. It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It’s in the inspirational and revealing songwriting. It’s in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. It’s in the pleasant tension between rousing energy and nuanced arrangements. And it’s in the voices, with two complimentary stylists up front and backed by the full band’s rapturous harmonies.
Country artist JAMIE WARREN lives in Kitchener-Waterloo, but was raised in Hanover Ontario, where he pursued an adolescent dream of playing hockey professionally in the NHL, with music as a background distraction. When he realized that his natural abilities for singing and playing guitar might make it easier to attract the attention of girls, he hung up his blades. It was a logical progression for a sensitive guy who wrote poetry and short stories throughout his high school years.
His interest in music was likely genetic, since his mother sang and played piano, and his father played guitar and mandolin. Jamie had piano lessons at age 5 and guitar lessons at age 8, and by the time he was 10 years old, it was traditional for the Warrens to entertain after Saturday night euchre games in their smoke-filled basement. His earliest influences were whatever his parents listened to on the radio, and the only thing his parents radio seemed to play was country music. To this day, he’s still a huge fan of Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline.
Eventually, he began an association with producer J. Richard Hutt, who produced “Right Here Right Now” and all of Jamie’s previous recordings, but who initially engaged Jamie as a singer for jingles he produced out of his Kitchener-based CedarTree Studios. “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing” says Jamie, “but Rick had a lot of patience”. In 1993, Jamie was convinced that both radio and Nashville might have relaxed enough to make room for him again, and he released “Fallen Angel” on River North/Mercury Records, which yielded an enduring fan favourite and radio hit, “One Step Back”. There were many more hits to follow for this talented Canadian artist.
Tune in for stories & songs from Jamie on this episode of In The Country.
This episode of A Kind Voice on Music features The Big Cheese. The Big Cheese is a family band plus one. Larry Rice (Father), the musical mastermind, plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, vocals and banjo if need be. Shannon Rice (Daughter) is on drums, keyboards and percussion, and Lea Rice (Other Daughter) plays guitar, keyboards, banjo and sings. Shannon is away for a two-year stint in San Diego as Lieutenant Shannon Rice, Naval Medical officer. Larry and Lea anxiously await her return. They are joined by Julie Greene on mandolin, tenor guitar, and autoharp.
The group plays a mix of traditional music as well as more modern tunes as Poker Face by Lady Gaga and even some favorite Gospel tunes! The Big Cheese is working on releasing a live album "Live Culture" which will feature a performance from earlier in 2014 as well as four studio recorded tracks. Host Mitch Ruth will discuss the naming of the group, what happens when your keyboard/percussionist joins the military, and which cheese goes best with traditional music gouda or swiss?
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Award winning musician J.P. Cormier captures in one 4 minute song the devastation and reality of Post Traumatic Combat Disorder. This remarkable man delivers the profound message that so many of our veterans of war are coming home permanently scarred. It is not an American issue, or Canadian, it is a global issue.
Lyrics to Hometown Battlefield, He got home from service as the spring began its turn, 12 long months away, He folded up his uniform with the medals tucked inside, Started living for today, But the present could not find him, nor could his wife and kids, He was there but he was gone, Soon his only comfort was a bottle and his gun, Something right that went so wrong.
Some of J.P.'s accomplishments:
• 13 solo albums released since 1995
• 12 East Coast Music Awards since 1991
• 5 Music Industry Association Nova Scotia
• Canadian Folk Music Award, 2005 Instrumental Album Of The Year – X8: A Mandolin Collection
• Juno Nomination, 1998 Roots/Trad Recording of the Year for Another Morning
• 30+ awards over 20 years for competitions in fiddle, guitar, banjo, and song writing
• Maritime Fiddling Festival, Best Reel – 1989, 1995
• Performed over 20 times at the Grand Old Opry
• Two #1 hits on European country radio
• Dozens of TV and Radio appearances
Mountain Music had it's roots in the deep rural South,during the early 1920's family groups were popular singing groups. Then in the late 30's more groups were forming,playing and singing this musical form,then a Mandolin playing Tenor singer from Rosine,Ky. appeared with a unique Sound of a different venue,it blended the 5 String banjo,fiddle mandolin,bass,and dobro, plus a high lonesome sound that Mr. Monroe called Bluegrass, and the rest is history.
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WEDNESDAY NIGHT 10/15/14 AT 8 PM EST. SOME GOOD CRAIC IS BACK WITH FIDDLER TONY DEMARCO !!!
Tony DeMarco: Irish fiddler. If that sounds slightly off, you have only to listen to the music on this recording to be cured of any preconceptions about the importance of ethnic purity in traditional music. There may have been a time when Irish music in New York City was played exclusively by Irish immigrants and their offspring, while their Italian neighbors strummed mandolins and sang opera. But the Big Apple really is a melting pot, at least for some of its disparate immigrant elements. Before World War II it really wasn’t very common for Italian and Irish Americans to marry each other. By the 1950s, however, this kind of ethnic mixing was fairly normal in Tony’s native Brooklyn, where the Italians and Irish lived side by side and attended the same parish churches.
Tony was born on May 20, 1955, the second of three children raised in East Flatbush by Paul DeMarco and his wife, the former Patricia Dempsey. Paul, a grandson of Italian immigrants, was a teenage lightweight boxing star who turned down an offer to turn pro and work with lightweight champ Paddy “Billygoat” DeMarco in order to pursue a more conventional career on Wall Street. Tony’s maternal grandfather Jimmy Dempsey was a New York City cop and a son of Irish immigrants who married Philomena “Minnie” Fenimore, one of several Italian-American siblings who married into Brooklyn Irish families.
Musical ability runs on both sides of Tony’s family. During the Prohibition years, Minnie Dempsey’s Italian immigrant father ran a speakeasy in East New York, where he played the piano and mandolin. Tony’s paternal uncle Louie DeMarco was a singer who performed with 1950s doo-wop groups, including “Dickie Dell and the Ding Dongs.”
ArtSees Productions welcomes Susan Block for a 6 week series, "Conversations On Creativity." Susan welcomes Paul Smith for week 1, "the psychology of creativity." Paul is a Professor of Psychology at Alverno College in Milwaukee. His background is in cognitive educational psychology, and he holds an MS in Learning Sciences, an MA in Philosophy, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Urban Education). In that work he focused on belief formation and the barriers to belief change. His current academic interest is in how adults learn new skills in areas such as programming, foreign languages, and music. In addition to Paul's many talents, he is also a musician currently serves on the Board of the Badgerland Bluegrass Music Association.He is active in local music as a guitar and mandolin player and singer.
Susan Block brings with her a vast knowledge of the arts and creativity. She is LaPorte County Poet Laureate Emeritus, playwright, writing workshop leader, art exhibition curator and cultural arts advocate. "Conversations On Creativity" is the brainchild of Block.
Special thanks to Jefri Clark Payne for contributing his music for this special series.
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Tonight's Special Guests: Little Roy & Lizzy Long
Lizzy Long - Having roots in the heart of the south, Elizabeth Long, or Lizzy as her friends and fans know her was born on a farm in Lincolnton, Georgia. She began her music accomplishment at an early age. While starting out on the piano, Lizzy soon took up the fiddle, guitar, autoharp, bass, banjo, and mandolin, and has become an accomplished musician, alternating between these instruments as part of her entertainment repertoire. She has played with great acts such as Mac Wiseman, Jim and Jesse, The Lewis Family, and Earl Scruggs. Continuing her quest for success, Lizzy has paired up with Little Roy Lewis from the legendary Lewis Family. Her extraordinary voice shimmers with strains of America’s musical roots. Little Roy summed it up the best, "pull a plank off the wall and she'll play it!"
Little Roy is awfully hard to overlook. He makes sure that no one in the audience gets bored at any time. Little Roy has won awards as Entertainer as well as for his banjo playing. Little Roy learned to play banjo when he was only six years old, and won a local talent contest for his playing when he was eight.Little Roy is multi-talented - he sings, plays many instruments, tells stories, and acts. When you see this Duo, you are sure to notice Little Roy, and he'll make you smile.
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Ryan Corn might not identify himself as a craftsman, even though he’s recently taken up the hobby of woodworking, but the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, native approaches everything he does—performing,
production, audio engineering, and especially songwriting—with the same care and attention to detail as a master carpenter. Not surprising then, Wonderful Things is jam-packed with such offerings. Tracks such as R&B infused, “It’ll Be Alright,” burst with soul and emotion, a homage to one of the many genres Corn has been influenced by. Such original tunes as “Burst,” “The Only Good,” and “Always You” will surely find listeners in every format.
To listen to the songs of Marie Miller is to know this impressive new Curb artist, a triple-threat talent — singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist — who’s poised to become one of the breakout stars of 2013. Just as Miller insists on writing from true experience, her music blurs the lines in defining her style. She aims only for the right musical bed for her lyrics, crafting songs that appeal across many genres. Such original tunes as “You’re Not Alone,” “To Be Loved,” “Unconscious,” “Fall Alone,” and “6-2” will likely find listeners in every format from Triple A, Americana, front porch folk to nuegrass to country and classic pop. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, the third of ten children, Miller began singing at the age of seven. At “the ripe old age of twelve,” she joined her family band, playing festivals and churches, and trading off lead and harmony vocals in duets with her sister Justina, with whom she was billed as the Miller Sisters. Their parents backed them up on guitar and upright bass, as Marie played mandolin, guitar, and eventually bouzouki.
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Host Mary E., brings together folk musicians, Thirty Steps To Forward and Paul Smith to discuss Thirty Step's... new album, "Hinterland."
Thirty Steps to Forward is composed of brother sister folk duo, Seth and Gretchen Powers, South Haven MI. Through their strings and voices, the kindred duo strive to sing and play songs of the delicate heart. They are promoting their album, "Hinterland."
Paul Smith is an old-fashioned folkie/aspiring fingerstyle blues player focused in the Bay View, Wisconsin area. Paul is shooting for something roughly at theintersection of Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen and Jerry Garcia, though with more vocal harmony. He has been banging away on the guitar since his enthusiastic Beatles days in the 1970s, but got quite a bit more serious around 2009. Since then he has studied with Jorma at the Fur Peace Ranch, and studies with Pat Donohue and Mike Dowling.
Mary E., is the creator/producer of ArtSees Productions, ArtSeesDiner.com, author of Flower and Stone, An Essay on Life, and a member of the acoustic duo, Champagne and LaLuna
Bluegrass is known for not being the most sophisticated form of music. People think it is all hillbillies and hay bales, which may be true at some points. But, the majority of bluegrass has a unique sound, different than any other genre. It is not country nor folk. Bluegrass is bluegrass. It's instruments, in a typical band, include a violin (fiddle), an upright bass, a banjo, a guitar and a mandolin. But how did bluegrass start? Well, listen to find out.