Jessica Shepherd has developed an entertaining, seasonal program of folk, country, big band, gospel, and show tunes from the 1920-1950’s era of music. The “Sing Along” style of participation is encouraged, thus giving the residents in assisted living and nursing homes today the benefits of breathing deeply and singing. The music repertoire is tailored to stimulate memories and thus, reconnect or reinforce neural pathways.
Congratulations are in order for Jessica as the Texas Music Awards have nominated her Female Vocalist of the Year 2010, for her performance on You’re Country Now in a state-wide polling of over 43,000 nominations.
Amber Lucille and “The Lightness” offers a beautiful blend of Country, Rock, Americana and original music.
The solid band line-up includes Amber Lucille on bass and vocals, Charlie Murphy on lead guitar and vocals and Melodie Zapata on drums and vocals. All the band members write and sing their own music, as well as offering backup and sweet harmonies to Amber’s songs. Amber Lucille has opened for, or shared the stage with Kevin Fowler, Seth James, Billy Joe Shaver, The Mother Truckers, Micky and the Motorcars, James Otto, Vallejo and Rosehill.
Scorch-folk: Old-time music with a modern edge and original songs with old souls. Half power-folk, half vintage valentine, with a fiery intensity straight from the Old Weird America. Hogan & Moss have created a unique, powerful blend of old-time and original songs that’s uplifting and dark, modal, modern, and haunting.
Doug Marsh and the Shimstocks is an exciting and eclectic ensemble that performs original guitar- and vocal-driven music with classic folk and rock influences. Included in their repertoire are a number of covers of Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Lynard Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Magic Sam, Willie Nelson, the Stones, Dwight Yoakum, and Taj Mahal.
Band leader and principal songwriter Doug Marsh, a Vancouver native and longtime Austin resident, says the band’s music focuses on a positive approach to life – and this optimism is instantly apparent in the group’s joyous melodies and introspective lyrics.
This electric band deftly blends various guitars, mando, steel, fiddle, bass and drums. Besides the strong songwriting and musicianship, Doug Marsh & the Shimstocks‘s distinguishing characteristics include the compelling and intense three-part vocal harmonies of Marsh and fellow vocalists Greg Jordan, Richard Parke and John Ponder. Two of the band members contribute to songwriting duties. Richard’s eclectic instrumental capabilities bring a refreshing element to the band- steel to flute to fiddle and back to guitar. He has played everywhere from California to Philly where he played with Sister Sledge and is the Music Director of the band. Marsh says it’s exciting that such talented performers with their own solid and diverse backgrounds could come together as friends and as a singular, powerful musical force. Greg Jordan has played in punk, metal, and country bands from Houston to Blanco and, has in the past, toured the east coast; John Ponder has played in numerous bands including, currently, the Blue Jays and Flaming Stamin in the 80’s.
Doug Marsh & the Shimstocks are: Doug Marsh (guitar, acoustic guitar and vocals), Richard Parke (guitar, steel, fiddle, mando, flute, harp), Greg Jordan (drums, congas, percussion, and vocals), John Ponder (bass), and the rest…
Check out the latest release, “All that Matters” from 2010 on dougmarshmusic.com
Hollow Wooden Box – watch the video
Deann René performs her original music with her full rock band as well as a solo artist. Her lyrics tend to tell the stories of her life experiences, as songwriting is her favorite therapy.
Ms René’s debut album Not Crying Today: It’s strong-willed rock and roll, with soulful, hard road anthems like “Heartbreak,” “You’re Gonna Lose,” and “Not Crying Today” offering an inside look at an Austin girl who grew up with music in her blood.