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It's A Beautiful Day is most famous for their song "White Bird", a melancholy ballad
that stood out not only for its memorable vocal melody and "seize the day" message, but
also for front man David Laflamme's slow-burning violin solo. Their albums were laced with
classic cuts such as "Hot Summer Day", "Bombay Calling", "Girl With No Eyes", "Wasted
Union Blues", "Time Is", "Dolphins", "Misery Loves Company", and many more you'll
Today the band performs the music of It's A Beautiful Day along with newer material,
moving effortlessly from an almost folksy sound to ethereal jazz to psychedelic to straight
on rock & roll, performing selections from three new CDs and over seven of their previous
albums. The show is enhanced with David Laflamme's delightful reminiscing of the San
Francisco Summer of Love Days and 40 plus years of performing.
The current band boasts the longest continuous lineup of 15 years, with the exception of their new guitarist, with 4 of the 6 members going back
35-40 years: David LaFlamme on violin and vocals, Linda LaFlamme vocals, original drummer Val Fuentes, 35 year veteran Toby Gray on bass, 15
year veteran Gary Thomas on keyboards and newest member Rob Cunningham on guitar.
VIDEO: Click HERE to watch videos of It's A Beautiful Day in a previous appearance at AMSDconcerts
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National City, CA 91950
Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charlie Russell of Western
Music.” Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be
one of the greatest Western songs of all time. In 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014
True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician.
Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now
one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been
voted seven times Entertainer of the Year, six times Male Performer of the
Year and five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music
Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of
He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states, and finds that he prefers this
to being stomped by angry horses.
|VIDEOS: Click HERE to watch videos of Dave Stamey
For over four decades and 28 album releases Tom Russell has continued to live up to his status as “one
of the best singer-songwriters of our time” (Washington Post). His previous two studio releases, Blood
and Candle Smoke (2009) and Mesabi (2011), are considered his strongest composed works yet and were,
in part, recorded with the ground-breaking roots band Calexico.
In the 1990s, Russell and Dave Alvin were hailed as the architects of what came to be known as
“Americana” music after their Merle Haggard tribute, Tulare Dust, initiated the Americana charts in
the U.S. and remained number one for a year. Russell’s previous release, Aztec Jazz (2013), moved
Americana into a new realm and his acclaimed song catalog into uncharted territory.
Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Lawrence
Ferlinghetti, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, and others. The Rose of Roscrae is his third in a series of acclaimed
folk operas, follows The Man From God Knows Where (1999) and Hotwalker (2005). Russell has also
composed movie scores, including songs for the Monte Hellman movie The Road To Nowhere. and
published five books, most recently 120 Songs of Tom Russell. An accomplished fine artist, Russell’s
paintings are featured in: Blue Horse/Red Desert: The Art of Tom Russell.
|VIDEOS: Click HERE to watch videos of Tom Russell
|QUOTES: Click HERE to read some great quotes about Tom Russell
|Click HERE to read some great quotes about Tom Russell.
- [Kim Richey] would rule the charts in a land where Marshall Crenshaw was king, Aimee Mann queen,
and the The Beatles never put out another record after Revolver.” ~ Steve Horowitz, popmatters.com
- “Richey entices you with sad and unembellished music that reveals an original spirit - and then she
ensnares you for keeps by making you consider all the noiseless sensations that no songs can ever
contain.” ~ Timothy White, Billboard Magazine
Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim Richey is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of
heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world, where
words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest,
her voice makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they’d be
streaming in rainbow colours from your iPod. Her voice gives you goose bumps.
Aside from her two Grammy nods, Kim has six critically acclaimed albums; been listed in the Top 10 Albums of 1999 in US Time Magazine for her
album “Glimmer”, and been given 4 stars in Rolling Stone and named Alt-Country Album Of The Year in People Magazine for her album “Rise”.
She and James Morrisson among others; sung on albums by Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter and even appeared on a
William Shatner record produced by Ben Folds. She’s worked with producer legends such as Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, Tom
Petty) and Hugh Padgham (The Police, XTC, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie) as well as Giles Martin (The Beatles “Love”) and Steve Earle
collaborator Richard Bennett, plus she’s had her music featured in films and TV and has toured all over the world.
Not bad for a girl from Ohio who was a teacher before realizing she wanted to be a musician.