Alabama Music Events - March 2014 Edition
Welcome to our First Edition of Alabama Music Events Magazine!

We hope to bring you information about all things regarding Live Music Events in Alabama!

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Just a Chat with:
CHAPMAN JAMES
Chapman James
Chapman James
We asked Chapman James the following questions about his performing career:
 
1. How do you classify your music genre?

- I consider myself a Folk Singer/Songwriter. Classifications evolve on a decade by decade basis so that currently I end up being placed in an 'Americana' or 'Acoustic Music' genre...

2. What instruments do you play?

- my first instrument was the spoons. I learned some Ukelele when I was 8. I picked up Gutiar when I was 12 and eventually studied Piano in school when I was 15.

3. How old were you when you started performing and where was your first public performance?

- 4 years old, I distinctly remember singing '500 Miles' to a railroad track in my backyard in Macon, GA. My 1st Stage Performance playing and singing was at 12 performing my song 'Tim' to my elementary school, N.H. Price in Powderly (Birmingham), Alabama.

4. At what age did you begin learning your primary performance instrument?

- My primary instrument has always been my Voice. I started studying Classical Voice at 15 attending the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama.

5. What artists if any influence your song writing?

- Where do I start? Folkies: Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver when I was 4-5 listening and singing back to Peter, Paul & Mary albums. As I grew older the work of Tim Hardin (Reason to Believe, If I Were a Carpenter), Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Simon and Garfunkel, Harry Chapin, Jackson Browne, Townes Van Zandt and of Course Dan Fogelberg.

6. Is there anything different you have noticed in the Alabama Music scene from other states?

- There seems to be more collaboration here than in the areas I have lived. Much of the Alabama Music Scene finds it's roots in Gospel and Church Choirs where camaraderie is a MUST. It spills over into secular music where harmony and texture construct much of the sound or FRAME of the lyric and melody.

7. What venues do you perform at in Alabama on a recurring basis?

- Lately I can be found every Tuesday hosting an Open Mic/ Music Therapy Night at a veterans based pub in Madison, AL called CDs. I usually put in one night a month at the Port of Madison 'Best Western' Lounge also in Madison. I also do a couple of Shows in Cullman at Berkeley Bob's Coffee House in Cullman, AL.

8. What advice do you have for young artists hoping to join the Alabama performing scene?

- Learn to play the Song mostly and not the instrument.
Try to write what YOU see and feel instead of guessing about what others experience (even if the song is in 2nd or 3rd person).
Connect with the world whenever possible... that is where your experience and inspiration finds fertile ground.
It's more gratifying hearing 2 people you love humming your song than 1000 strangers:)   


Just a Chat with:
RON BROWN
Ron Brown
Ron Brown
We asked Ron Brown the following questions about his performing career:

1. How do you classify your music genre? 

-I write in several genres including jazz, folk, Americana (whateever that may be!), traditional, bluegrass, alt country, and rock.

2. What instruments do you play? 

-I play guitar and harmonica. I am a beginner with the mandolin, but would like to learn to play it better.


3. How old were you when you started performing and where was your first public performance? 

-I guess that depends on what you consider performance. I did some acting in the 70's, but have come to musical performance later in life. My first "real" songwriter performance was at the Nashville Palace. Until then I had only played open mic nights.

4. At what age did you begin learning your primary performance instrument? 

-Ha! An on again off again experience! I took lap steel guitar lessons in the 3rd grade, had a cheap acoustic as a teenager, but only knew a few chords. I really got motivated in 2003 to really learn the guitar and play better.

5. What artists if any influence your song writing? 

-There are so many! David Byrne, David Bowie, Lou Reed, the Beatles, Harry Nillson, Laurie Anderson, Willie Nelson, Paul Motian (jazz), Tom Waites...I work to have my own style and not be a copycat of anyone's style.

6. Is there anything different you have noticed in the Alabama Music scene from other states? 

-I haven't played out of state a lot, but do know there are some incredibly talented songwriters in north Alabama and they are supportive of one another. In Nashville, I noticed there are a lot of "self-absorbed" songwriters.

7. What venues do you perform at in Alabama on a recurring basis? 

-Berkeley Bob's Coffeehouse in Cullman, AL. I've played at Moonlight on the Mountain with some other folks a time or two. Both are great venues.

8. What advice do you have for young artists hoping to join the Alabama performing scene? 

-Learn your instruments well and understand chord progressions and different chord voices. Know what key you are playing in and why. Play in a key that suits your voice without straining. Play the song, not the instrument (a little philosophy I stole from Chapman James!) Use minor chords to bring depth and feeling to your songs. Play out a lot at open mics to get comfortable on stage. There's more to being a performer than just your voice and your instrument. Learning to engage the audience will elevate your performance level. Tip the sound guy...And have fun! You could be sitting at home alone instead of doing something you love.
March Events in Alabama:

Happy Hour at the Sports Page w/ Gentle Ben
Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5:15pm
Solo acoustic blues, folk and classic rock!
Venue:Sports Page Lounge and Deli
9009 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, Alabama 35802



Southern Sisters Tour
Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:30pm
Alabama based singer/songwriters Christina Christian, Elizabeth Green, and Megan McMillan will tour venues across Alabama
https://www.facebook.com/southernsisterstour
Venue: Krewe On First
2215 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203


Southern Sisters Tour
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 6:00pm
Alabama based singer/songwriters Christina Christian, Elizabeth Green, and Megan McMillan will tour venues across Alabama
Emma's Tea Room - Huntsville, AL 6pm



The CARS & GUITARS Tour
Friday March 15, 2014
AT D'Licious Dining & Smokehouse Grill, Inc.
255 Pratt Ave 35801
Featuring:

Randy Lee
http://www.reverbnation.com/randyleemusic

Earl Watts
http://www.reverbnation.com/earlwattsguitar

for more info, GO TO:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1410872149166747/
http://www.reverbnation.com/show/12711168



Southern Sisters Tour
Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
Alabama based singer/songwriters Christina Christian, Elizabeth Green, and Megan McMillan will tour venues across Alabama
https://www.facebook.com/southernsisterstour
Venue: Flora-Bama
Orange Beach, Alabama 32507


Sandy Lane at the Encore
Sunday, March 16, 2014
For more infor Go To:
https://www.facebook.com/events/524814884301464/
Venue: Encore Pub and Grill
13136 South Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, Alabama 35803



Humphrey's Writer's Round March Edition
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Special Guest Writers BIG Dave Cunningham, Alex Dieterich and Amit Chadha
For more info Go To:
https://www.facebook.com/events/438372546263957/
Venue: Humphrey's Bar & Grill
103 Washington Street, Huntsville, Alabama 35801



Southern Sisters Tour
Friday, March 22, 2014 at 8:00pm
Alabama based singer/songwriters Christina Christian, Elizabeth Green, and Megan McMillan will tour venues across Alabama
https://www.facebook.com/southernsisterstour
Venue: Vj's Restaurant and Bar
2258 Highway 46, Shelby, Alabama 35143



Southern Sisters Tour
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6:30pm
Alabama based singer/songwriters Christina Christian, Elizabeth Green, and Megan McMillan will tour venues across Alabama
https://www.facebo
Venue: Old 27 Grill
19992 Highway 181, Fairhope, Alabama 36532


Gentle Ben Solo
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:30pm
Blue Pants Brewery
500 Lanier Road, Building 1 Suite A, Madison, Alabama 35758



Southern Sisters Tour
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:00pm
Alabama based singer/songwriters Christina Christian, Elizabeth Green, and Megan McMillan will tour venues across Alabama
https://www.facebook.com/southernsisterstour
Happy Harbor
27212 Marina Road, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561

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Sing A Song!

The state song of Alabama is entitled "Alabama". It was written by Julia Tutwiler and composed by Edna Gockel Gussen. It was adopted as the state song in 1931.

A State Senate bill (SB-458) was passed 32-1 in 2000 to move "Alabama" to the status of State Anthem, with "Stars Fell On Alabama", a song written in 1933 whose most popular release was by Jimmy Buffett in 1972 becoming the new State Song, and "My Home's In Alabama" (1980) by the Country group Alabama would become the State Ballad, but the bill failed in the State House.
Other grass roots efforts to make "Sweet Home Alabama" (1974) by Lynyrd Skynyrd the State Song have also failed, but the song's potential official status made a comeback when the State Tourism Agency chose the song as the centerpiece of its 2008 marketing campaign. ~ Wikipedia

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Jazz and Blues

Alabama has a rich jazz heritage, being the birthplace of such greats as 

Lionel HamptonErskine HawkinsNat King ColeCleveland EatonCootie WilliamsUrbie GreenWard Swingle, members of Take 6 and many more. 

 

Tubist Howard Johnson of the Saturday Night Live band hails from Montgomery

 

The museum of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame honors many of these fine musicians. 

 

In the 1930s and 40s, college dance bands, such as the Alabama Cavaliers, the Auburn Knights and the Bama State Collegians played an important role in the history of jazz in the South. 

 

Birmingham, Alabama boasts several active big bands, including the SuperJazz Big Band, the Joe Giattina Orchestra, the Night Flight Big Band and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra, founded and directed by Ray Reach

 

In addition, there is a world-class horn section, the Tuscaloosa Horns, comprising some of Alabama's finest jazz/soul/funk instrumentalists. 

 

Also the Newest/Youngest break out big band in Alabama which incorporates everything from Duke Ellington to Bob Marley; the New South Jazz Orchestra which prominently features the Tuscaloosa Horns and the composing/arranging skills of members of the Tuscaloosa Horns.

 

 

Ward Swingle, world famous multiple Grammy Award winning jazz vocal composer and pianist, hails from Mobile, Alabama.

 

 

Birmingham, Alabama contributed prominently to the history of jazz in America. It is the hometown of numerous influential jazz musicians, including bassist Cleveland Eaton, pianist and vocalist Ray Reach, guitarist Johnny Smith, trumpeter and bandleader Erskine Hawkins, trumpeter and arranger Tommy Stewart, composer Hugh Martin, arranger Sammy Lowe, bandleader Sun Ra, vibraphonist and bandleader Lionel HamptonJohn Propst (pianist for Pete Fountain and Boots Randolph) and many more. 

 

Historical areas such as Tuxedo Junction and the Fourth Avenue Historic District played an important role in the evolution of jazz in Birmingham and the United States. ~ Wilipedia



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