Posts Tagged ‘blues


First Performance Video!

Back in March I was invited by the Jacksonville Blues Band to sing a few songs with them during a performance at The Mole Hill Theatre. I finally got a few moments to export a video of one of the songs from that night. Hope you enjoy it!


Club Act Songs

I’m putting together a club act to perform this year. I’ve got about 12 songs for the first set. If you’ve got any suggestions PLZ feel free to give ’em.  Gathering songs is a huge amount of fun. I don’t think I’ve listened to this much music since high school.

My current favorite is Stormy Monday as performed by Etta James but youtube doesn’t have a video of it that I can share with you so I gave you the original by T-Bone Walker.


Rory Block Lit the House!

Amazingly, Rory Block recently came to perform at the school I work at. If you don’t know her, she is an authentic blues goddess, learning to play at the knee of Son House (father of the Delta Blues.) If you already know Rory, I’m happy to report that she is everything you’ve heard.

“Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles
with ghosts, shadows and legends.”
The New York Times

Yup. That about sums it up. You must, first chance you get, go hear her for yourself. Here’s a taste to get you out the door…

Her story, her playing, her singing are all amazing. I learned so much listening to her that night. Her performance reminded me what it’s really all about – spirit.


Where I’m At

I’ve been putting together the business end of the…business. It’s been a good eye-opener and I’m realizing the amount of work that needs to be done that has absolutely nothing to do with performing but totally makes it possible to get the opportunities to do it. I’m deciding whether or not to use Indie Band Manager or Bento.  Bento looks like it can do a lot of what I want and in a visually interesting/pleasing way. However, the time it’ll take me to figure it out seems a little prohibitive, especially when I look at Indie Band Manager which isn’t as attractive visually but is set up to do exactly what I need it to AND has a lot of built in prompts (what to do next) and reminders. Right now I’d bet that I’ll go with Indie Band Manager.

I’m also looking for material. In particular, as much up-tempo blues as I can find. The fun part of the this process is getting to listen to so much music. Programs like Pandora make it easy to listen to a genre of music or similar artists. I may be late to the party but I’ve most recently found

Katie Webster.  I know, I know…where have I been =p  I may be late to class, but I am gettin’ schooled!

On the VoiceOver front I finally got my MXL Mic and PortaBooth. I’ve been in touch with Edge Studios and plan on consulting with them, taking 2 private lessons and then recording a narration and commercial demo.  In case your wondering, I have had voice over training before. I’m reviewing those sessions and practicing as well. As I collect material to possibly use for the demos, I’ve got several resources to send my readings to and get feedback.  The ‘who-wudda-thunk-it’ news here…I’ve never enjoyed listening to commercials, until now!

“Janine Hamilton has a tremendous voice that can blow you away with power and yet also tear you up with it’s subtlety and nuance.” Dennis Molesky