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Katey Brooks – Will She

“I don’t often like to give too much of  the meaning inspired behind a song, so as to allow the listener their own journey with it . ‘Will She’ comes from an intense breakup – that feeling when someone you love so deeply has to leave your life, and coming to realize that another human can not fix that – instead you have to find that inside yourself.”

– Katey Brooks

Truly delightful speaking with Bristol born Katey Brooks this morning, whilst she was sitting on a bus near Manchester.

How lovely she is, and most equally her new single ‘Will She’ which is warming us up for her album coming in the new year.

I will forever say the best part of what I do is meeting good people.
I know you will enjoy Katey Brooks  as she finds her way not only onto your playlist – but into your heart.

Stay tuned for more of this sultry soul as we flip over the calendar to a New Year.

Fresh Independence

Documentary – Music – Life

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Galadrielle Allman’s – “Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father”

By Doug Hall

“He could play rhythm, acoustic, anything you want,”… “He couldn’t read a chart but he had this amazing talent. You hear this all the time but Duane really had it. He’d hear a song one time and you didn’t have to tell him – you play any chord in the song and he would know right where it was.”
-Jimmy Johnson, FAME Studio’s House guitarist & producer of Hour Glass demos.

‘Most slide players are muddy,’… ‘Their playing sounds sour. Duane is one of the very, very few who played clean, sweet and to the note.”
-Jerry Wexler, Producer, Atlantic Records

“I mean I couldn’t understand it…He would do – I really don’t know how to describe it(reference to the guitar notes hit by Allman on slide for “Layla” recording sessions). I loved the fact that he was an improviser… He threw away tradition a lot of the time. You know he was fantastically gifted.”
-Eric Clapton, “Layla” recording sessions

“He was the foremost electric slide guitar player… all the way around.”
– Dickey Betts, founding member and guitarist of The Allman Brother’s Band

“It’s always great to get a glimpse of something in somebody’s formative years, …with Duane Allman, who was here such a short period of time, you see the growth: He was great in 69’, but he was better in 70’ and in 71’ he was way better still, so who knows what 72’ and 73’ and 74’ would have brought…his ability was increasing at an exponential rate.”… “He was a huge influence on me.”
-Warren Haynes – founder of the band Government Mule, and guitarist/ singer of The Allman Brother’s Band since 1989.

These are some of the first hand acknowledgements that have come to describe Duane Allman, his guitar playing, his musicianship, and finding few other peers (i.e. Hendrix, Clapton, Page) – a definition in itself of being exceptional. Following in parallel, is the consideration of the explosive creativity signified by the 1960’s and early 1970’s. A chapter that closes a particularly crowded field of great musicians, bands and notably – lead guitarists – of this same time period. And yet Duane Allman still stands tall on a short list. But in a life tragically cut short in 1971, at the ascending rise of his star, with the accompanying frantic pace of performances and demands for his time – to record, to sit-in on a session, to collaborate with a musician in NYC, after finishing a concert in Atlanta the night before, or finding a moment to just to jam with a friend, and then off to catch the next flight to a gig, and on and on – How do we ever come to know him? – without reflection, or a chance to peek backwards.

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Jessica Allossery – A Canadian Troubadour

I write a lot about other people’s experiences – they reach out to me when they need words to share a special message. It’s been the place where most of my songs have been born from…

Jessica Allossery

London, Ontario troubadour Jessica Allossery recently finished up a 4 month tour with her quaint companion ‘Pearl the Camper’ –  together on a road less traveled – taking in some of the most beautiful scenery across Canada and the USA. Sharing what she does best – making hearts feel a little brighter through song.

 

If there ever was a story of do what you love – love what you do – it is found inside the sweet charm of Jessica Allossery.

 

 

 

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Good Grief Charlie Brown – We Love You

(I wanted to rerun this as Halloween is not the same without the Great Pumpkin – Still can not help but feel that Charles Schulz did something so very right)

Had the privilege of taking in The Peanuts Movie and couldn’t help feeling that Charles Schulz would be so proud of his son Craig and grandson Bryan with the beautiful homage paid to him and the characters he so lovingly created.

The particular animation and vibrant colour they fought for set an ambience that took every Peanuts lover back to the excitement of days gone by – holiday specials with Charlie Brown and those delicious Kraft commercials.

Staying true to Charles’ vision it was refreshing to see not an iphone, ipod or any other technological device in sight. Instead relying on colour, dialogue and sound effects to lead the way.

This screen play was written by Cornelius Uliano who honoured the storyline and as Bryan Schulz said “If you change one line it’s not a Peanuts comic strip. If you need inspiration you go back and look at the old comic strips Grandpa had done.”

“Peanuts” comic strip “isn’t a laugh-out-loud strip, it’s a chuckle strip. I told them that this is sophisticated humor. You almost had to grow up with my dad to be able to write this movie.” Craig Schulz said.

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