RoryLewis has produced 2 CDs, Heroines in 1999 and SOngs For Friday in 2006. Rory Lewis is currently working on its 3rd CD Belize. Click here for further stats on the CDs
The Rory Lewis Band has appeared on Rolling Stone’s Billboard Charts two slots under Eminem. Their huge sales of Heroines and Songs For Friday catapulted the indie band to open for Everclear, Buckcherry, George Thorogood, Violent Femmes, Jerry Lewis and three acts before Stone Temple Pilots. Rory was known as the most downloaded indie artist during the heyday of MySpace. Since receiving his PhD in Computational Neuroscience in 2008 Rory began clinical research in Acute Brain Injury and Epilepsy at Anshcutz Medical School, CU Denver where he is an adjunct professor in the department of Neurology and the department of Pediatrics. Rory is an Assistant professor in Computer Science, Bachelor of Innovation and Computational Neuroscienmces at UCCS too. In 2011 Rory began writing songs again and is now recording his third CD: “So Ugh L.A!” Provided by artist representative.
Steve Beai has been a professional drummer for over 25 years in bands which include The YardApes, The Gear, and Intermission. Also an accomplished author with several hundred published pieces, he has received critical acclaim for his non-fiction work on censorship as well as his novels and short fiction. An outspoken fourth-generation Italian from Clinton, Indiana, Steve now hides out somewhere along the Front Range in Southern Colorado.
Members: Rory Lewis, Steve Beai, Joseph Gress
Sounds Like: Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ELVIS PRESLEY
Rory Lewis Band: MTV 1999, Heroines
With riff driven, toe tapping – knee slapping rockers, story ballads, and some witty songs thrown in to make you smile, DoubleWide Debris loves to play live and entertain.
The name DoubleWide Debris reflects the band’s sense of humor. Their songs reflect their various musical influences from classic rock to traditional country. It’s hard to confine DoubleWide Debris into one genre. Americana, southern rock, and alternative country could all be used to describe the band’s original music.
Founding members Mark Chapman and Carson Baker started DoubleWide Debris as an acoustic duo. They were quickly joined by Mark’s son, Keith, on electric lead guitar. The next addition to the band was lead singer Traci Carter, who changed the band’s dynamics with her smooth to saucy vocals.
After playing several gigs, doing acoustic covers of rock and country songs, the band decided it was time to take it to the next level. All of the band members had been writing songs for years, and decided to begin playing their own original music. With this change in direction also came the decision to “plug in” and add a drummer and bass player. Their first choice for a drummer was their good friend, and outstanding drummer, Gary MacPhee. They were thrilled to find that Gary was interested, and available. The obvious choice for a bass player was Keith’s friend, Bill Thomas, who was a proven, rock solid, bass player.
Everything immediately clicked during the first practice with the new line-up, and they quickly arranged their songs to emphasize all of the band members’ talents. Strong female lead vocals, smoking hot lead guitar, a combination of electric and acoustic rhythm guitars, and rock solid, in the pocket, bass and drums have become the heart and soul of DoubleWide Debris.
Hailing from rural southern Illinois the band members are:
Traci Carter – Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Keith Chapman – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Mark Chapman – Electric Guitar/Mandolin
Carson Baker II – Acoustic Guitar
Bill Thomas – Bass
Gary MacPhee – Drums/Vocals
Sounds Like: Blackberry Smoke, Miranda Lambert, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Powder Mill, The Departed
Label: Big Red Truck Records
Manager: Big Red Truck Entertainment
Pond Creek by DoubleWide Debris
As the name implies, The Outliers is a bit different type of band. The band formed out of the respect for traditional American music but a love for genres spanning from reggae to Delta blues and a belief that music can change, become new and still evoke the deep ancient tones within.
Hank Bowman is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. As the frontman and lead singer for The Outliers, Hank brought his original music to the stages throughout the southeast. Now, with the release of his first solo project, “Lonely”, The Outliers will be touring listening rooms across the area to bring his unique stylings to his loyal fans and new ones alike.
Stan Brown is undoubtedly one of the best to ever pick the five string banjo. After years in Nashville playing with the likes of Grand Ol Opry stars Wilma Lee Cooper and Bill Monroe, Stan returned to his home state of North Carolina to become a first call banjo picker. He is widely regarded for his unique backup licks that give life to any song.
Joining Bowman is Julie Brown on bass. Julie has a sense of tone and timing that is highly sought after. After a solid run with the nationally touring Sweet Potato Pie, Julie holds down the rock solid upright bass duties with style and grace, knowing that what you don’t play is as important as what you do play. She is an enlightened bass player.
Spencer Mobley on mandolin adds to the signature sound of The Outliers through the style, timing and tone that he delivers. Spencer is known for his crowd pleasing romps through a melody that brings you to edge of your seat.
Together, The Outliers are pushing limits, reaching back in time, and creating an unexpected acoustic experience each time they take the stage.
The Hank Bowman Band – Tornado Benefit – pt 1
Soft, airy, and graceful, Sweden’s sweet Sofia Talvik sings songs touching on themes of love and heartbreak, as well as a healthy dose of anecdotal stories from her own life. Her vocals are backed by minimal instrumentation, including an acoustic guitar, cellos, double bass, soft percussion and sometimes piano, to create melodic stories that reveal the simple world of a 29-year-old songwriter traversing an array of emotions. In 2005, Talvik released her debut album, Blue Moon, to much acclaim, followed by 2007’s Street of Dreams, on which she sings, “it’s just love, how hard can it be“, in a beautiful duet with veteran British performer, Bernard Butler.
“Soft, airy, and graceful, Sweden’s sweet Sofia Talvik sings songs touching on themes of love and heartbreak, as well as a healthy dose of anecdotal stories from her own life. Her vocals are backed by minimal instrumentation, including an acoustic guitar, cellos, double bass, soft percussion and sometimes piano, to create melodic stories that reveal the simple world of a 29-year-old songwriter traversing an array of emotions. In 2005, Talvik released her debut album, Blue Moon, to much acclaim, followed by 2007’s Street of Dreams, on which she sings, “it’s just love, how hard can it be“, in a beautiful duet with veteran British performer, Bernard Butler. Have a listen to her latest fairytale hymn, “Diamonds.” The song is so light and magical – and her voice so delicate – that you could easily find yourself whisked away into the sweet, sugary air of her world.”
Jonestown 2008: Fresh from a powerful performance at 2008’s Lollapalooza festival, Sweden’s Sofia Talvik is now poised to conquer the States with the release of her devastatingly beautiful third album. It’s a record of staggering elegance, with the faintest trace of Scandinavian twee and youthful exuberance. (Timpani, crisp castanets, tambourine, all the toys and tricks to put some bounce in your step.) But those forces are tempered by a subtle melancholy that slowly drips down the lonely walls while you listen until, by the last song, you’re drowning in a warm, welcome bath of sad sounds, syrupy string sections, and round, resonant horns. She combines modal chord changes and beautiful 60’s euro-pop production with the gentle singing of a 70’s folk songstress. Her voice shines through the dark tones of dramatic, lush orchestrations and the haze of reverb like a ray of liquid luminescence. “Jonestown” will remind you of Goldfrapp, Pulp, Nico, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Belle & Sebastian, Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, Burt Bacharach (I could go on and on!), and yet it sounds entirely original and, more importantly, rings true.
(Chrisr CD Baby)
Sofia Talvik was born on an island just off the west coast of Sweden. Her debut album Blue Moon took forty intense hours to record and the end result is a collection of songs presented virtually intact from the original live studio sessions. Having earnt a reputation as a great live performer, frequently playing at clubs in and around Stockholm and throughout Sweden, this is naturally the only way of bringing Sofias gentle, almost fragile voice to you and gives the album a unique sound, making it almost timeless in the sense that it could have been recorded twenty years ago as well as twenty years from now. Blue Moon was released in May 2005, and got rave reviews from press all over Sweden.
In January 2007 Sofia Talvik released the second album “Street of Dreams”. First single from the album was a duet with one of the UKs top indie icons of the last 15 years – Bernard Butler. “It’s Just Love” evokes memories of the last great “triumph over adversity” duet; “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. Sofia’s soft, delicate, almost fragile vocals soar over a powerful piano melody punctuated by soft percussion, gentle strings and the rarely heard resonance of an acoustic double bass.
Sofia Talvik – Glow
Barley Station is a double-fronted band whose music combines the roots of Americana, Pop/Rock, Country,
and Folk and puts them in a blender with a dash of amaretto pouring out a tasty glass of sound.
The result is a distinctly alternative blend that draws deeply from its roots yet looks forward and to the future.
The music features two and three part harmonies, driving rhythms, and contagious melodies.
The songwriting covers the whole gamut of emotions moving from upbeat bright material to
darker or introspective moods. The sound is punctuated throughout with rootsy alternative country,
bright pop/rock to progressive folk and alternative pop/rock sensibilities.
Real instruments – real voices – real harmonies
“Many hardcore genre purists even like what we’re doing, though some don’t, but its who
we are, and we can’t change that. It’s just how we write and how we’ve been
influenced”, explains Randy. He adds, “I was once told by a hard core country fan that
mixing pop into country (or folk) in one of my songs is like spitting in beer! Though
he seemed to come across as rather offended by our genre bending, the person proceeded
to say he couldn’t help but like that particular song.” That kind of response comes as
no surprise as songs penned and sung by Randy and Brian in their prior band had won several male
vocalist awards at garageband.com and had been featured tracks despite fitting more
into an “other” category rather than neatly into any one genre.
Barley Station’s core is a trio of two singer/songwriters, Randy Wayne Belt and Brian
Kious, and background vocalist and songwriting partner Casey Wollberg, who worked
together in the midwest based group, The Barnacles, honing their songwriting, stage,
and composing skills for over 10 years. Their music reflects the influence of the roots
of the three writers who are products of the crossroads of music in the midwest, St.
Barley Station is no stranger to radio and press. Under the banner of their previous
group, The Barnacles, they achieved the release of several CDs, national and regional
tours, given radio interviews, and had airplay on over 200 land radio stations,
including college, public, and some commercial radio. They received medium rotation on
TABC’s ‘Best of Rock’ show and enjoyed everything from light to heavy rotations on
other stations. Their genre blending sounds gave them a constant #1 pick up rate (over
90% consistently) with their radio promotion firm. Barley Station will be a group to
watch as they take those previous successes to new levels.
The group is currently working on their first CD and has just released 3 singles in
anticipation of that release. ‘Common Knowledge’, the first single, explores some
rockin shores along the edge of dreamy melodic landscapes, and a punchy driving rhythm
section that captivates to bring you on the plain of the lyrics. While ‘I Found You’
sticks to roots but combines the elements of melodic pop and rock with a distinctive
Johnny Cash kind of country feel. The third and latest single, ‘Close To One’ follows
suit but with a pop vocal and delivery inserted into a country beat and feel.
You can find music by Barley Station under their old band name, The Barnacles, here: