Gail Wynters, with Greg Walker
Gail Wynters is an uninhibited singer with a rich, throaty voice that can take on a torch singer's woe or exuberant, gospel enthusiasm. Her songs boil and bubble with strong emotion - the infectious joy with which she projects Cole Porter's ''I Love You'' or the depth of despair in the Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg song ''Moanin' in the Mornin' '' Gail, an Ashland minister’s daughter, has been performing since she joined her family’s gospel vocal ensemble at age 3. Her first professional tours had her opening for Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, and others. She then joined guitarist Cal Collins in Cincinnati and ventured into the jazz arena. Wynters’ influences range from Southern a cappella gospel singers to jazz performers Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Fats Waller to the rock and soul of Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight. Her sound and approach to jazz is a bl/files/storyimages/of all these influences as well as her Southern country church upbringing. In the late 1970s, Gail moved to New York, where she was signed for an RCA album, Let the Lady Sing, and began working in clubs like the Village Gate and the Blue Note. Two more recent CDs—Boogie to Heaven and My Shining Hour—are also available. She tours South America, Poland, and Singapore on a regular basis ... and occasionally returns to her home state for a gig, such as the her first appearance on the Homefront Porch. She is joined on the porch by Greg Walker. Welcome Gail and Greg! For more information about Gail, click on; www.vwcrecords.com/artists.html#gail
Mark "Big Poppa" Stampley
Mark Stampley is a renaissances musician for the new millennium, He is a multi-style guitarist and vocalist, who has switched from his 'Cariblujazzean " sound to a blues/ folk / rock mix on his new SOLO CD effort, "SOME BLUES FOR YA." Mark has covered a lot of musical ground over the years as a soloist , front man with ECLYPSE of the MOON since the 80's and as a sideman, studio guitarist and educator. He has performed with a wide variety of entertainers in the areas of Blues, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Rock, Film and T.V. They include; Roy Ayers, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Fernando Jones, Montel Jordan, Maurice Mahon, Malik Yusef, Trackster (of Twista and the Goodie Mob), Earl “CHINNA” Smith(guitarist for Bob Marley and currently Ziggy Marley), Henry Johnson, Roger (of the Zap Band), Billy Branch, Koko Taylor, Valerie Wellington, Calypso Rose, John McLaughlin, Billy Dickens, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Lefty Diz, J.W. Williams, Mac Loving, jr., Bobby “Slim” James, the Delfonics, the Emotions, Maurice Mahon, Ray, Goodman, & Brown, Blue Magic, Gwendolyn Brooks(Poet Laureate of Illinois), , Jerry Butler, Donald Byrd and the Blackbirds, Timmy Thomas, Louis Satterfield (Earth, Wind, and Fire). And now, he appears on the Homefront Porch for his very first visit. Find more information at; www.markstampley.com
Billy Blues Band
Billy Blues members are, Colin Raitiere: bass, mandolin, and vocals; Mark Lucas: resonator guitar, bass, and vocals; Mike Norris: harmonica, guitar, and vocals. They began on a back porch in backwater Kentucky. Mark and Colin were thumb-picking Mississippi John Hurt songs when Mike came by with a bottle of Jim Beam and a suitcase full of harmonicas--and the band was born. The sound they developed over the next seven years and three albums took inspiration from all styles of blues--Delta to Chicago--but especially from mountain-South traditional music, which is bluesier than the people who make categories usually notice. Songs by the likes of Blind Blake, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Reed are an important part of what they do, but they have become known for the dark wit and weathered three-part harmonies of their originals. In the words of one reviewer, "Tom Waits Meets the Soggy Bottom Boys." Beyond their club schedule, the trio has played respected roots-music events such as the Hot August Blues Festival and the Hindman Folk Festival as well as major regional venues such as the Brown Theatre, Kentucky Homefront in Louisville and the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville. BILLYBLUES has gotten radio play on WRVG, WHIR, Americana Crossroads, WFPK (Kentucky Homefront) and WUKY. "Hoot Owl Blues" and "El Camino" were highlighted in a KET-TV feature on the band. They are friends of Kentucky Homefront and know the Homefront Porch well; we welcome them back! For more info, click on; www.billyblues.org
Peach Pie Band
These folks are the Peach Pie Band; Eric Larson, guitar, New Haven; CT, Jane Harrod, vocals, Frankfort, KY; Ben Griffith, bass, accordion, vocals, Frankfort, KY; Tico Vogt, guitar, vocals, Saratoga Springs, NY and Michael Ward, violin, Philadelphia, PA. Their website says Peach Pie (www.peachpieband.com) is a group of musicians who have been making music together in different combinations for thirty years, playing original compositions, Tin Pan Alley, Swing, Celtic, and Sixties Classics, with an emphasis on down home humor and spontaneity. They have performed on the Governor's train at the Kentucky Derby, the Caffe Lena and the racetrack in Saratoga Springs, the Berea Kentucky Craft Fair, and played at parties, clubs, funerals, and weddings in many states. "Them There Eyes," their new CD has something for everyone: gutbucket blues, hilarious accordion comedy, introspective bossa nova mystery, passionate swing violin, tongue-in-cheek philosophy, beautiful original waltz and reels, and enduring ballads. "Crusty on the outside, sweet on the inside"- enjoy Peach Pie's music, performed in the happy present tense. Here's a little info about the band's musicians; Ben Griffith and Eric Larson met in Iowa, at Scattergood School, where they never met a thirteenth chord they didn't like. Then Eric met Tico Vogt at Beloit in 1972, where they never did a number they didn't totally appreciate. Ben and Eric ended up in Kentucky where they met Jane Harrod, along with other great musicians too numerous to mention; they never sat under a Rainbow they didn't get completely ecstatic over. After Eric moved to Pennsylvania, he met Michael Ward, who never let a bunch of green rushes grow under his musical feet. They somehow got together in the summer of 1996, starting out as a wedding band. They often play at venues surrounding the Kentucky Derby (in May) and the Saratoga Races (in August). They play swing, and do acoustic treatments of rock 'n roll and jazz numbers as well. Their latest CD is titled, Them There Eyes, has 11 tunes, including 6 originals. (Check them out at their website noted above) They are first time visitors to the Homefront Porch and we are delighted to have them!
Ed McClanahan is a native of Brooksville, KY, born in 1932. A graduate of Miami (Ohio) University (AB, 1955) and the University of Kentucky (MA, 1958), he has taught English and creative writing at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Montana, the University of Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky University. His books include THE NATURAL MAN (a novel), FAMOUS PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN (a serio-comic autobiography), A CONGRESS OF WONDERS (three novellas), and MY VITA, IF YOU WILL (a miscellany of previously uncollected fiction, non-fiction, reviews, and commentary). He is the editor of SPIT IN THE OCEAN #7: ALL ABOUT KESEY (Viking-Penguin, 2003), a tribute issue of the late Ken Kesey's self-published magazine, and he contributed an introduction to KESEY'S JAIL JOURNAL (Viking-Penguin, 2003), a volume featuring Kesey's art work. The title story of A CONGRESS OF WONDERS was made into a prize-winning short film in 1993, and in 1994 McClanahan was the subject of an hour-long documentary on Kentucky Educational Television. His work has appeared in many magazines, including ESQUIRE, ROLLING STONE, and PLAYBOY, and twice won PLAYBOY's Best Non-Fiction awards. He has also been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, two Yaddo Fellowships, and an Al Smith Fellowship. McClanahan is now at work on a novel, THE RETURN OF THE SON OF NEEDMORE. He lives with his wife Hilda in Lexington, KY. This is his first visit to the Homefront Porch. Find out more at; www.edmcclanahan.com
Joining John once again will be the inspiring (and sometimes perspiring) COL. Bob Thompson. Bob returns after another successful "Corn Island Storytelling" festival, where he presided as President of CI.
Come prepared to stay for an after hours Jam - all are welcome and it's free! (musicians, bring your instruments)