It all started with my plan to develop a duo act in the style of the classic Joe Pass/Ella Fitzgerald performances of yesteryear. I had heard SeQuoia Iman singing briefly at an open mic night, so I reached out to her with an open invitation to sing some songs with me, and see what happened. She had been wanting to learn some jazz standards, and I found that she possessed a quality much more interesting than merely a great voice; she had a great attitude. I was all set to become the world’s first jazz vocal accompanist to perform exclusively on harpguitar….
However, after our first rehearsal, it quickly became clear that our two voices together were actually much more compelling than anything else we were doing. SeQuoia had been singing contemporary gospel for years, and I had been writing and singing folk songs for years. Somehow our common interest in spiritual songs melded very quickly, as did our voices, and within a month or so, we had a full show ready to roll.
The LoveTones wish to use our music and songs to bridge cultures and bring people together. Music has a healing power, and the LoveTones are purposeful about using it. With a deep emotional resonance coming through a beautiful hybrid of folk and gospel music, our sound is unique and new, yet somehow strangely familiar at the same time. The LoveTones are dedicated to singing messages of love, hope, and healing.
Now that this Summer tour is nearly over, and the planning of the Fall tour is underway, I’ll be heading into an Upstate NY studio after Labor Day to commence recording my next album, a truly solo harp guitar record. I have been running my latest songs around the track (indeed, around the nation!) for a while now, and I’m ready to make the record for posterity. It’ll be done all “live on the floor” so to speak, no overdubs or anything. A record of a performance in a studio, like the good old days. Stay tuned…
Hello, the situation at the JoBop Records studio has blossomed wonderfully over the last few months. Installed a new (to us) console, laid in more room treatment, fixed some old mics and grabbed some more. But most of all, got the environmental bits down to where this is the greatest place on earth to be a writer and creator of new music without the usual hassles of the outside world creeping in! The sounds of work from the new location have been uniformly lauded by all who have participated or merely heard! Yay!
And, JoBop can now accept credit cards right on site for payment of any fees for services or any other of our fine, fine products!
Here, I was thinking of posting news and ruminations on studio life at JoBop”s new location. Or record reviews, or music nerd-talk.
But, what occurred to me as being a better start to my “blog-style” page, would be answering some of the most common questions that I get while out on the road performing. Questions about the instruments that I play, songs that I write, etc.