Saturday, October 13, 2007
Born in Detroit and raised in New York City and Phoenix, Deanna Bogart was at age six or seven "gently removed" from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for playing piano by ear and refusing to learn to read music. In middle school, she wanted to play the saxophone and was told, "Girls play the clarinet." Well, the tide has changed: These days, the Maryland-based singer/songwriter/pianist/sax player fronts her own group and brings audiences to their feet with her unique fusion of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country and jazz. Her most recent recording is Real Time (Blind Pig Records). The Deanna Bogart Band: Dan Leonard, guitar; Mike Aubin, drums; Matt Everhart, bass.
Where would popular music be without Carole King? She's written some of our best-loved, most enduring songs "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "One Fine Day," "Up on the Roof," "You've Got a Friend," "Natural Woman." Born in Brooklyn, she dropped out of Queens College to work with then-husband Gerry Goffin. The two were hired by Don Kirschner to write songs for his Brill Building song-publishing firm, Aldon Music. King followed the success of her early works with her 1971 album, Tapestry, one of the top-selling recordings of all time. More recently, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer released The Living Room Tour (Rockingale Records). A new DVD, Welcome To My Living Room (Rockingale), comes out later this month.
John Starling and Mike Auldridge
Bluegrass fans remember John Starling and Mike Auldridge as founding members of one of the most influential groups of the 1970s, The Seldom Scene. Although guitarist Starling left the band in 1977 to concentrate on his other career heart surgeon he has never been far from the music business. Among other projects, he served as music director for the landmark "Trio" albums of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. Dobro ace Auldridge, who recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association, played with The Seldom Scene until the mid-'90s, when he formed his own band, Chesapeake. Earlier this year, John Starling and Mike Auldridge's band Carolina Star released a new CD called Slidin' Home (Rebel Records).
Jearlyn Steele first sang with her siblings (as The Steele Children) in churches, concert halls and on radio and TV. After she left Indiana and moved to Minnesota, one by one the rest of the Steele kids followed. They started singing together again as The Steeles. Now music is the family business. Jearlyn is the entertainment reporter for Twin Cities Public Television's public-affairs program, Almanac, and she hosts Steele Talkin', a Sunday-night radio show that originates on WCCO in Minneapolis and is heard in some 30 states nationwide. Steele Praising Hymn is her most recent CD.
J.T. Bates started playing drums when he was seven. By the time he was 15, he was sitting in with his dad's big band. Since then, he has backed up countless musicians, as well as working with his own bands Fat Kid Wednesdays and Poor Line Condition.
Andy Stein (violin, saxophone) definitely has far-flung musical leanings, He collaborated with Garrison Keillor to create the opera Mr. and Mrs. Olson, and he's performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Eric Clapton, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan.
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).