Richard Paul Thomas – better known to his friends as RpT – has been making music since rock ‘n’ roll was young. And he’s still finding new sources of inspiration each time he picks up a guitar and sits down to write a song. Thomas prides himself on exploring a wide range of musical genres – from rock and R&B to jazz and soulful balladry – and emotions that travel from lighthearted and fun to serious and introspective. His thought-provoking examinations of life’s joys and challenges come from the heart and speak to the soul.
On his latest album,Wings Of My Heart, Thomas whittles his diverse array of influences and lifetime of experiences – including producing environmental festivals for Jacques Cousteau’s Cousteau Society – into a dozen self-penned tunes. Produced by Chris Gage and recorded at Austin’s Moonhouse Studio, it features musical contributions from Gage and his wife, Christine Albert, plus Kristin deWitt, Bruce Logan, Glenn Fukunaga and Steven Bernstein.
2way Radio happened when two friends sat in the stern of their respective sailboats and traded tunes back and forth.
Alan Stewart and Will Gullatt have played together for years.
In the picking parties, song circles, music festivals and jamborees that gather in Central Texas and the Hill country, they’ve played their blend of country blues, bluegrass, and have developed a distinct style of Americana.
As they both grew more interested in an acoustic guitar flatpickin’ style with harmonies to showcase their songwriting and cover innovative artists, it was natural to create 2way Radio.
Their new CD is expected to be released in the spring of 2013. Look for it on their ReverbNation page.
Norm Ballinger is a poet, carpenter, strawbale home builder, sculptor of trash magic, but most of all he is a guitar slinger.From his early days as a soloist playing delta blues and ragtime finger picking to accompanying songwriters such as George Ensle, Eric Taylor, and Jerry Stevens, Norm has explored a wide variety of musical styles. Though coming from a folk/rock/blues background, Norm’s songwriting transcends genre. Every song opens to another place of wonder. As a seasoned guitarist, he can play a wide variety of cover songs and instrumentals. As a performer/songwriter/composer he can masterfully lead a band through all levels of wow at restaurants, bars, concerts, and festivals.
With his third CD release, Where The Heart Lingers, Norm proves himself as a seasoned songwriter and instrumentalist. His new band, featuring guitarist Jimmy George, percussionist Jorge de Armas, and Kurt Huffman on fretless bass, has been filling rooms since their first show. The band is a fine complement to the variety in Norm’s songs from soulful waltz to gypsy jazz to rockin’ jams. Think Bruce Cockburn, or how about Dave Matthews Band meets Jethro Tull with Leo Kottke sitting in.
Americana singer-songwriter Tony Airoldi‘s music is Americana at its best.Unique lyrics and tunes executed with the skill that comes from decades of live performances. Tony is not just a singer/songwriter, he’s an entertainer, and his original songs speak to the everyday joys and absurdities of modern life. His enthusiasm is contagious. Tony can perform as a solo, duo, trio, or quartet. He is available to play at any venue, large or small.
Harry Bodine is a guitarist and songwriter based out of Austin, Texas.
Harry’s interest in playing music started after he left high school from his hometown in Central New York State. He started playing bass guitar the same time his older brother Howard was learning to play the six-string. Howard taught Harry the Blind Lemon Jefferson song “Easy Rider Blues”; he then was hooked on the blues sound and switched from bass to guitar.
His passion for slide guitar was inspired by Duane Allman’s work on the Allman Brothers’ Fillmore East and the Derek and the Dominos’ Layla album. Muddy Waters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Ry Cooder, John Mooney, Jimmy Page, Johnny Winter, John Hammond and Mick Taylor also have had a big influence on his guitar work.