The Rafters

"The Rafters songs are about real people and real things"
Scott Alarik –Folk Writer – Boston Globe, Sing Out

"Breathing Room" is the Rafters 3rd full length CD. The title track is a poignant statement on the struggles a family faces in an economy where layoffs and joblessness are pervasive while all the time remaining hopeful that better days are to come. The Rafters core is Male/Femal Vocal harmonies over top of Acoustic guitar and Electric piano. For "Breathing Room" they have enlisted some of New Englands finest players expanding their sound with Cello, Violin, Dobro, Lap Steel, and some drum loops. Recorded in their home studio between the noise of life - step inside with The Rafters and see a world where fears are faced with honesty and hope with a strong passion for family and love.

The Belle Sounds

Noëlle Hampton sings like a wistful angel, her warm honeyed tones dripping with tender resignation. She’s released four albums under her own name, all marked by uplifting melodies, insightful lyrics, her quietly powerful vocals and the understated guitar virtuosity of her husband and musical partner, André Moran. With their new band, The Belle Sounds, she continues exploring deep emotions with a collection marked by her characteristic insight and compassion.

 

The bright folk/pop on The Belle Sounds balances electric and acoustic instruments to surround Hampton with lush arrangements that compliment her passionate vocals. Moran’s subtle, shimmering electric guitar arpeggios set the stage for “Island,” a dreamy celebration of love’s power to keep you safe, even when disaster is looming. Twinkling piano and Hampton’s sinuous, processed harmonies support the lilting melody of “Away Away,” a contrast to a vocal ripe with the mellow longing of a broken heart. Charlie Faye and Will Sexton add harmonies to “The Starry Eyed,” a ballad that salutes the dreamers and artists of the world. “Bourbon on Your Lips” is an uplifting pop tune with a serious message about the tension between love and anger in a relationship. Moran’s playful, chiming guitar and Hutchings’ propulsive drumming balance Hampton’s ardent vocal. (“Bourbon” will be featured on the soundtrack of Dark Skies, the Kerri Russell film directed by Scott Stewart.) The delicious tension between Hampton’s soulful, simmering vocals and the band’s uplifting arrangements makes The Belle Sounds is a perfect album for solitary late-night reveries, or playing at top volume on a long cross country drive, a collection that proudly wears its heart on its sleeve.

Ginger Leigh

Ginger Leigh (Austin) - From Austinmusiccity.com Feb 27, 2010
"Leigh brings a new dimension to the music business with her material, a total vocal warrior whose bawdy, soulful voice is seamless and relentless with no apparent boundaries or borders. She just doesn’t sing a song, she literally pulls the nails out of the stage floor with a powerful, hell bent delivery that is tempered with a silky sexiness in all the right places. The highest compliment she could be paid is that she sounds like no one, copies no one, and works a production on a record like a fine violin. If there is any one artist in Austin right now that would be considered capable of becoming a viable, bankable nationwide star, it would be Ginger Leigh. Hands down."

Sarah Blacker

​Just recently named, Female Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards, 2012 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by national Roots publication, No Depression.

Her new EP ‘Precious Little Things’ hit's it right on the money. I just came across Sarah's music recently from a friend and what a discovery one of the most interesting artists I've discovered this year. This album will make you smile, cry and sing along. Her lyrics are clever, and smart. Never heard of her? Well now you have.

 

 

Sara Azriel

ARTIST: Sara Azriel
ALBUM: Sara Azriel - EP
BIRTHDATE: April 7
BIRTHPLACE: Michigan
AMBITIONS: To write honest songs that reach massive amounts of people, to become funny ha-ha, to live in New Orleans and learn how to play piano like James Booker, to play drums in someone's band, to play bass in someone else's band, to travel the world and also learn the Tango.
TURN-ONS: Bass frequencies, creative genius, summer nights
TURN-OFFS: Pretension, condescension, bigotry
DREAM GIG: Headlining the Grand Rex (Paris)
TV ADDICTIONS: Treme, Mad Men
CELEBRITY CRUSH: How much room do we have for this question? Jon Hamm, Usher, Christina Hendricks, James Franco, Owen Wilson….
MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: The Slip circa 1999
5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Sting
I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Water and clothing
I WROTE THIS ALBUM: Over a span of ten plus years in three different states

The Boxcar Lillies

ARTIST:
The Boxcar Lilies

 

ALBUM:
Sugar Shack

 

BIRTHDATE:
September 26, 2009

 

BIRTHPLACE:
The Bridge Street Grille in Sunderland, MA. That’s the night we came up with our band name and made it official.

 

AMBITIONS:
To have the energy we had 20 years ago when we’re on the road. Is that not realistic?


TURN-OFFS:
Driving I-95 on a Friday

 

TURN-ONS:
Katie says “Good Mexican food”
Steph says “Ice cold chick wine” (i.e. Muscato)
Jenny says “an awesome mix of 70s and 80s songs on my iPod to get us home late nights after gigs.”

 

DREAM GIG:
Opening for Neil Young in Ireland

 

TV ADDICTIONS:
Katie doesn’t have a TV, but currently is watching lots of old YouTube videos of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova matches
Jenny is currently obsessed with “So You Think You Can Dance”
Steph is hooked on “Storage Wars”

 

CELEBRITY CRUSH:
These were our celebrity crushes at age 14:
Jenny: Simon LeBon
Steph: Paul Stanley
Katie: Bono

 

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE:
Katie: Seeing Kim Gordon at a Sonic Youth concert in 1985
Steph: My very first concert was Howard Jones. I had nosebleed seats, but someone came around saying they had an extra 4th row ticket and I grabbed it and had the time of my life!
Jenny: Any Ben Folds show is always my favorite concert experience.


THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE:
Steph and Katie: “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret”
Jenny: “The Chronicles of Narnia”

 

5 PEOPLE WE’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH:
Bruce Cockburn
Neil Young
Steve Martin
Michelle Obama
Chrissie Hynde

 

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT:
Jenny: Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
Katie: My dog
Steph: My phone

 

WE WROTE THIS ALBUM:
Sugar Shack is our 2nd studio album. We had a bunch of new songs that were ready to be recorded, so we searched around for a producer and found the fantastic Lorne Entress to breathe life into them. We chose Jenny’s song “Sugar Shack” as the title song because we finished recording just as maple sugaring season was beginning which is a very welcome first sign of Spring in our neck of the woods.

ARTIST: Carole King (Unless you're talking about me?? )

 

ALBUM: Tapestry (or Zuzu's Petals)

 

BIRTHDATE: September 19

 

BIRTHPLACE: Denton, Tx

 

AMBITIONS: Backpack across Europe, spend time at an ashram in India, run a marathon, win a grammy

 

TURN-OFFS: dirty fingernails, bad breath, arrogance

 

TURN-ONS: laughter, a good listener, kindness

 

DREAM GIG: playing a song at the grammies right before winning

 

TV ADDICTIONS: friday night lights, parenthood, grey's anatomy, 24

 

CELEBRITY CRUSH: john cusack

 

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: carole king at radio city music hall the first time she ever played there. just her and a piano telling stories about all the songs like a house concert.

 

THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd (author of Secret Life Of Bees) - a spiritual memoir

 

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: michelle obama, patrick dempsey, ellen, amy grant, amanda palmer

 

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT:

lipstick

 

I WROTE THIS ALBUM:

Cary Cooper 

Marci Geller 

 

ARTIST: Marci Geller
 

ALBUM: Open Book
 

BIRTHDATE: April 11th
 

BIRTHPLACE: I was born in NY Polyclinic Hospital in NYC, but after a few days went home to our apartment in Queens.
 

AMBITIONS: To make as much music as possible and pay my bills with the money I make from music and someday not have any bills to pay but still make lots of music.

TURN-OFFS: Spinelessness, lying, greed, being unkind
 

TURN-ONS: Kindness, confidence, wit, humor, great food, great music, adventure.
 

DREAM GIG: Hmmmmm, either the Letterman Show or SNL would be kinda cool.
 

TV ADDICTIONS: Top Chef, Chopped, Project Runway

 

CELEBRITY CRUSH: Sadly I don't have one at this time, but my past includes (in chronological order): Mighty Mouse, Flipper, Danny from the Partridge Family, Keanu Reeves, David Duchovny (X-File error, not Californication error), the guy who was terminal on Grey's Anatomy that left Izzy a big check when he died...can't remember his name.
 

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: If you mean one of mine, I have no favorite, they are all a gift. If you mean one I've gone to...they're kind of all a gift that leaves me breathless except for the bad ones, which there haven't been many of!
 


THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Anne of Green Gables
 

5 PEOPLE WE’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Rachel Maddow, Albert Einstein and Jesus
 

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Clothing and My iPhone
 

WROTE THIS ALBUM: To heal, to explore, to share, to hopefully provide some comfort and because I just had to. I don't really have much of a choice in these matters ;-)



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Marci's new CD Open Book features performances by: Vance Gilbert, James Maddock, David Glaser, Jean-Philippe Martignoni, Marshal Rosenberg, Barbara Kessler and more!

Carolann Solebello  

 

ARTIST:  Carolann Solebello
 

ALBUM:  Steel and Salt
 

BIRTHDATE:  February 15, a long, long time ago.
 

BIRTHPLACE:  Staten Island, NY
 

AMBITIONS:  I'd like to live to be 100, and never retire from writing songs and playing music.

 

TURN-OFFS:  Rude people, snakes, spiders, football, and superstition. 
 

TURN-ONS:  Guitars of any kind, really excellent bass players, ice cream, cats, and red wine.
 

DREAM GIG:  Beacon Theater, New York City.  Now wouldn't that be nice?
 

TV ADDICTIONS:  Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire, Star Trek (TNG, Voyager, and DSN)
 

CELEBRITY CRUSH:  Patrick Stewart, John Travolta
 

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE:  Patti Smith at Brooklyn Academy of Music, performing the entire Horses album for its 30th anniversary.  It was absolutely electric.  Patti's energy and magnetism filled that huge hall and really changed the way I think about performing.  She invited the audience into her open arms, and gave us a glimpse of her brilliant mind.  What a privilege.
 


THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE:  The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I am fascinated by tales of life in 1920s America in general, and Gatsby is pretty much the best of them all.  I find something new in it every time I read it, and think that Fitzgerald's commentary on the darker, crasser side of human nature is still as fresh and frightening as it was the day it was published.
 

5 PEOPLE WE’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH:  Hillary Clinton, Suzanne Vega, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Stephen Sondheim.
 

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT:  My iPhone.  Whatever did I do without it?

 

 WROTE THIS ALBUM: 
(story behind the album)

All the songs on Steel and Salt were written in the last two years since I've been a regular at the New York Songwriters' Exchange.  This ever-changing group of writers has been meeting every Monday for more than 30 years now to share a meal, new songs, and constructive criticism with others who are serious about songwriting.  Because of this group, I feel more liberated in my writing than I ever have.  When you need to present a song every week to a critical, however helpful, group of peers, it really steps up your game, and silences your inner editor.  Honesty in writing is what we're all striving for, it seems, and the truth is more than just the facts.  

Suzie Brown  

 

ARTIST: Suzie Brown

 

ALBUM: Almost There

 

BIRTHDATE:  June, 6

 

BIRTHPLACE:  Montreal, Canada

 

AMBITIONS:  Being happy

 

TURN-OFFS: Lack of humility

 

TURN-ONS: sense of humor

 

DREAM GIG: Newport Folk Festival

 

TV ADDICTIONS: Mad Men, Downton Abbey

 

CELEBRITY CRUSH: I can't really think of one!

 

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE:  Seeing or giving?  Seeing I'd say Brandi Carlile

 

THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE:  The Full Catastrophe by Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

5 PEOPLE I'd MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: (5 musicians I'd most like to have dinner with:)  Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, Sippie Wallace, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Kiwanuka

 

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: My contact lenses (I wouldn't get very far)

 

I WROTE THIS ALBUM: (story behind the album) - about life - some are love songs about my then boyfriend/soon to be husband - others are about just stuff that happens.