Folk Rock and Blues
Sturdy stock. The blood in these veins is high-grade red dirt, stirred by ancient New River water, alongside Lead Mine Road, Virginia Rural Route 663. Not much Barbie Doll here. That pretty much sums up this music too... tunes chosen by a journeying woman crossed over the half-century mark. This is a soulful, sometimes rough-edged authentic sound in tunes I have written or covers I wish I had written. Collectively, they paint an American experience with a bend toward the feminine. Savvy writing and harmony are my passion. To that end, I have the good fortune to collaborate with some of the finest musicians in our region.
NOTHING BUT THE WATER: Americana Blues Marte Yerkins and I had known each other in musical circles for a while before we sat down to explore each of our next chapters. His playing history reaches back over 40 years! Marte is proving to be a stellar musical companion and a dang solid bass player! We made a "pact" to do the work on the front end and get clear about what we wanted to accomplish. This journey started well over a year ago. Rick Domion (guitar/vocals) and Marte reconnected over a class reunion in 2021 - these Pittsburg boys were in a band together back in High School and are now again. Lucky me!!
RYAN CHAPPELL and I were a rocking little duo playing smaller venues and festivals. We began learning each others music sometime around 2010 after a chance meeting at a local open mic and played together for about 7ish years in various incarnations. Ryan's extraordinary guitar skills and sparse harmonies added just the right polish. In 2010 we were awarded Charlotte Music Awards Folk Artists of the Year.
FOURTH CREEK BAND: A James Taylor Tribute
Our friend, Steve Roy, had a dream of performing a night of JT music and asked Ryan if he would be interested. We both said he was crazy, knowing it would mean a tremendous amount of work. Well, we all did that work and musical paths crossed at the right times to bring us additional members to round out the sound. We and our audiences had sooo much fun with this! We were Steve Roy (lead vocals), Ryan Chappell (lead guitar), Richard Wood (sax and flute), Joey Williams (bass), and me (harmonies and light percussion). Wow, that was fun!
WRECKING BALL: Cowboy Ambient Rock
We were four veteran musicians - all writers, all having been down a multitude of musical roads over the years. Think Emmylou, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin and Reckless Kelly with a little Jeff Beck! We played several festivals and even opened for Sam Bush's Charlotte Show, Fall of 2012! We were Douglas Barnhill (lead guitar), Brian Doell (bass), Scott McGlauphlin (drums), and me (rhythm guitar and vocals). Sure miss those guys... people move on and away...