Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015
S.T.A.A.R. Benefit Concert featuring Simplified
Saturday, April 18, 2015
S.T.A.A.R. Benefit Concert featuring Simplified.
When the laid back vibe of Myrtle Beach, SC meets acoustic rock of Lake Michigan, Simplified, the island rock band arrives with a loud and welcoming splash. In 2002, Clee Laster of SC and Chris Sheridan a MI native, started out as an acoustic duo. Early on, both musicians displayed innate musical capabilities, which were passed down from family members, and inspired by a diverse collection of original influences. They both grew up on the water, in different parts of the country, but the beach life-blood continues to surge within their suntanned souls, flowing forth in passionate, fun, and energetic jams.
They began playing acoustic shows, revving up and charming the Charlotte, NC crowds, while writing original songs. In 2003, the full band took shape as Simplified. Acclaimed as a dedicated touring machine, they gained new fans, one by one. Simplified's sound caught on, with a devoted fan base in the Southeastern US. With their incessant touring, an enthusiastic buzz was growing, and in turn they began booking shows nationwide, playing for increasingly larger audiences.
With a never-ending tour schedule, including over 3,000 powerhouse, popular performances, Simplified members, with both electric and acoustic acts, are enthusiastic as ever. From Key West, FL to New York City and throughout the Midwest, their hard work, perseverance and commitment have always been key to their hard earned success. Sequentially, in 2011, their song “Shall We Begin” was featured on ESPN’s ‘Kick off to College GameDay.’ Currently their hit “Gettin Home,” is featured in the video game, NASCAR The Game 2013 and they have been praised as one of Pandora Radio’s top played indie rock bands.
Still writing and riding the sometimes choppy, always exciting musical shores, Clee and Sheridan reinvented the band in 2013 with their newest material, while getting back to their island rock roots. This year, they are releasing tracks from their crowd-pleasing, May 10th, 2013 show at Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, FL. Sheridan states, "Our fans have been requesting a live album so we are focusing on getting as much live content out as possible."
Sheridan and Clee have effectively reformulated the band by adding key ingredients: new players with positive energy, multi-instrumentalists, and a camaraderie that stimulates their passion for writing new material. Now abandoning what others suggested, returning to their roots of a feel good vibe, Clee explains, “We are writing new songs for ourselves and our fans, not for a producer or critic. We are getting right back to where we started, with what we know and love…music that makes you smile.”
Their signature sound is a contagious fusion of rock and reggae, attracting a diverse audience and embracing every kind of fan. Sheridan emphasizes, "We're a rock band with elements of reggae, funk, and acoustic roots. We don't limit ourselves musically and it shows in the songs we write." Conjuring up the island rock roots, Clee expresses, "Our live shows are all about having fun. Each performance will bring you to the beach and right back home.”
A decade later, Simplified continues to evolve and attract new audiences through their crowd-pleasing, relatable songs and ongoing support from their loyal fans. Starting out as two musicians with a dream, to one of the industry’s top emerging rock bands, makes Simplified a true tour de force. There’s nothing simple about that.
Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Monday, Apr. 20, 2015
Delta Reign Duo
Monday, April 20, 2015
Delta Reign, from the Mobile River Delta region of the Gulf Coast, is bringing a fresh new sound to bluegrass by incorporating swing rhythms, blues and a dash of jazz...
Delta Reign’s sophomore album entitled, "Home", released December, 2010, brings to the listener a taste of delta bluegrass, with unique arrangements of six originals, four covers and four traditional favorites...a total of 14 professionally mixed and mastered tracks. Clever artwork with a swampy, menu vibe, along with a song selection as diverse as the delta itself, the album showcases the band’s ability to appeal to listeners regardless of genre.
Formed in the fall of 2004, Delta Reign's bluegrass has evolved into something that contemporary as well as traditional fans can appreciate. The band is driven by strong fiddle and banjo, pushed along with swing rhythms and solid upright bass. With tight bluegrass harmonies woven throughout, the music ranges from hard, straight down the pike traditional bluegrass, to western swing and jazz. From originals, to covers, or traditional tunes arranged in their swingy, delta style", Delta Reign keeps the listener entertained with unique arrangements and song selection.
Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I was once called "The delta's rockin' country boy" by one of my roadie buddies at The
Osceola Arkansas Heritage Music Festival which I performed at for many years and it sort of stuck on me for a long time.
LINK TO: https://www.facebook.com/osceolaheritagemusicfest?fref=ts
Opening for national recording artist such as Night Ranger, Anthony Gomes, Buddy Jewel, TG Sheppard, Tracy Lawrence and
Doctor Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster have been just a few of my high points throughout my 40 years of performing.
I moved to Gulf Shores in June 2014 and started my new musical journey here. GooRoo’s American/Seafood Restaurant in Gulf Shores, AL. gave me my first gig and it was a huge success!
Being a singer/songwriter as well as a solo entertainer has opened a few doors. I am very excited about being involved in the Gulf Coast songwriting community that will showcase my writing and performing talents for the new fans and friends I have made on the Gulf Coast. Me and my wife Dana plan on living out the rest of our years here in Alabama and we aren't going no where. We love this place, the folks, the music scene and all of the cool festivals and events it has to offer, not only in and around Gulf Shores, AL. but the Perdido Key and Pensacola areas as well.
Steadily gaining shows and fans is very exciting to me now that I am a solo entertainer. Retired from floorcovering installations in December of 2013 gave me the opportunity to become fulltime at my music.
I have spent the last 15 years playing in bands as the front man and guitarist for many groups around Memphis, TN. All over N.E. Arkansas and around Olive Branch and Southaven Mississippi. Back in the 70’s & 80’s I played in Texas, Oklahoma and parts of Missouri. Sure feels great to do my brand of music and show these days but I would not take away any of my past because it is a big part of who I am and it helped to mold me into the musician I am today.
Musical and vocal influences range from John Fogerty, Paul Rodgers, Vince Gill, Randy Owen, Ry Cooder, Keith Urban any many more.
A Epiphone EJ200 acoustic/electric guitar is my instrument of choice and the faithful Shure SM58 vocal microphone" for vocals. I carry a small Pa System setup for my personal shows that is just the right size for most venues, indoors or outdoors.
People ask me if I am related to the King of Rockin’ Roll “Elvis”. Well, I am but it’s very far down the line related, 7th cousin in our family tree. But I am very proud to carry the name and I love knowing I am the only musician out of 7 kids in my family. Must have had that part handed down to me somehow…LOL.
At the tender age of sixteen i started my musical journey into the nightlife’s music scene and that’s how this all began. There is definitely much more to tell but I’d rather you check out my music, photos and show schedule.
My Cd/Album can be purchased at the links below. Also there are links to my Facebook Artist Page and Reverbnation as well.
I support and perform at every local cancer benefit show possible that my schedule can allow as well as other charity events.
Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Describing Webb Dalton and his style of music is like describing the different seasons. He was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama on the sounds of Hank Williams, Sr., Merle Haggard, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. After moving to Memphis, Tennessee, he grew up on the diverse sounds of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sun Studio, B. B. King, and the Blues of World Famous Beale Street.
Webb has toured/opened for George Strait, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Randy Travis, and The Romantics, and only scratches the surface of who Webb has worked with over the years. Webb has also had chart success with his previous releases, and videos aired on CMT and GAC.
Webb’s latest CD, “Mine’s Bigger” reveals his diverse style of music and songwriting that has been described as “Rockabilly HonkyTonkin’ RockNRoll”. Although not a fan of being labeled, Webb feels that this description comes pretty close.
Songwriting has always been one of Webb’s loves, writing songs of the heart, songs that people can relate to and ideas that come from day to day life. “Mine’s Bigger” is an example of Webb’s unique writing style. “The idea came from a conversation between my son and me. My son is 6’3, 260 lbs., and has never been hesitant showing affection with hugs or telling me he loves me, no matter who is around. My son had called me and told me he was going to a friend’s house after school. I told him to be careful. He said he would and that he loved me. I told him I loved him more. He told me, mine’s bigger and I told him my love’s bigger. I knew right after I said it, I had to write it.”
You can find Webb performing on Beale Street in Memphis, TN and along the Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, Alabama, as well as Perdido Key, Pensacola and the Florida Keys. Webb’s music can be found on iTunes, Amazon and cdBaby.