February 27th, 2007
2007 FOLK ALLIANCE CONFERENCE, MEMPHIS TN
MILES' POST CONFERENCE REPORT

Best of Show
Luminescent Orchestrii
Sally Barris
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Andrea Menard
Houston Jones
The Wiyos
The Ginn Sisters
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
Karla Bonoff
Susan Werner
Johnsmith
Craig Curouthers
Alexcuba
Kenny White
The Roaches
Claire Lynch
Doug and Telisha Williams
The Lovell Sisters
The Laws
Jim Photoglo
Claudia Nygarrd

Did Not See but Wish I Had
Wendy Waldman
Keith Sykes
The Burns Sisters
Chris Chandler
Buddy Mondlock
David Massengill
Jim Lauderdale
Tom Kimmel
Will Kimbrough
Billy Jonas
Freebo
Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart
Doug and Telisha Williams

Best of Show
Luminescent Orchestrii 
Amazing!  Four from Brookland.  To very good violin ladies, a gentleman on resonator guitar and a gentleman on upright bass. Men in suits and women in hip evening wear.

Wonderful, wonderful music with influences from everywhere but leaning on gypsy, tango, kleezmer and for seasoning to taste, a little punk . About a third of their songs had vocals, often with the girls singing unison and the guys singing unison.  The musician ship was very high level and the look and the show were first rate.  Easy to dance to as well.  Very creative, clever and musical arrangements.  Where was this act when I had my Warner Brothers record deal?


Sally Barris
Caught a late Saturday night, 17th floor set with Sally Barris, Craig Corothers and Cladia Nygarrd.  Sally blew my lights out.  Her songs and her voice where stellar.  She was always good but now she is greatness.  Wonderful guitar playing as well. 

Craig Carothers
Saw in a circle with Sally Barris.  Almost another Darrell Scott in size, look and talent.  Seemed real nice too.

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Three dark skinned folk from the Appellations.  They are dedicated to keeping the old time music alive.  Very good singers and musicians.  And most entertaining.

Andrea Menard
This is the Canadian Singer/Actress that Don Bird, Ryan Laird and myself rescued when her guitar player could not fly in because of weather.  He did arrive at the last minute but we made a friend out of it and then saw her performance in the tent which was very, very good.

Houston Jones
Caught them in their own room and they have improved a lot in one year.  It now feels like a band.  Great players.

The Wiyos
Not much to say.  Caught them in the second floor lobby for just a bit and really liked them.  Old time influence.

The Ginn Sisters
Darn good Texas girls.

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem
Another act that is better this year although they were very good last year too.  Signature Sounds act.  Love the band and the drummer with his cardboard, tuna can drum kit.  The all sing very well.  Loved the three part harmony sound.

Karla Bonoff
What a singer!  Gentle and perfect.  Not too shabby songs either.  And her electric guitar player Nina Gerber was world class.

Susan Werner
Unfortunately I only caught the second half of her last song on piano and it was really good.  The hello hug was very nice.

Johnsmith
First time I ever heard Johnsmith play.  This a year after I made his CD record.  I was so very impressed with his performance and understood why Darrell Scott brought him to me. 

Alexcuba
Very different and very good.  Sung in Spanish.  Played guitar.  Very latin.  Looked like a cleaned up and gentle Jimmy Hendrix.  Latin grooves and melodies.

Kenny White
The Darrell Scott of Piano.  Man I'd love to see Kenny White and Darrell on the same stage together.  Anyway great songs and playing.  Pretty good on guitar too but not like on the piano.  And soulful voice too.  Got it all.

Claire Lynch
First time hearing Claire.  Bluegrass at it's finest. The whole band was top level.  Clair's voice was wonderful and her IBMA multi time winning bass player Missy Raines was amazing and one of the happiest bass players you'll ever see.  She really enjoys playing music.

The Lovell Sisters
Three young teenage sisters from the Atlanta area.  Great players for their age.  Rumor has it that they have a Nashville lawyer who is guiding them right now and they are only interested in obtaining a major Nashville record deal.  I say good luck.  Way too bluegrass the way they are now in the live performances that I saw.  Highly possible future ...  they go through that Nashville major record label meat grinder, get spit out in a couple of years, matured a bit. humbler and better.

The Laws
Duet act from Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  Saw them in the Stacey Earl Duo Room. Now that they have landed a Nashville publishing deal they are moving here and might be living in my area.  Very nice people, good songs, singing and playing.

The Roaches
At the ASCAP big showroom stage.  I've only seen them once live before at the Philli Folk Festival 8 or 10 years ago.  I liked them then but was not knocked out.  This time I was slayed.  The songs, the arrangements, the playing, the singing, the soul,  Just GREAT.
 

February 13th, 2007
Nashville has had one of the warmest winters in record but as February lopes along the daphodills and popping up and it's gotten quite cold. 

We've been doing a little recording at Darrell Scott's home.  He has been going through a writing frenzy and has a backlog of tunes so between his trips to Scotland and Montana myself, Kenny Malone and Darrell have been doing tracks at the home studio i designed and built for him.

Johnsmith is coming in to my Boulton Farms Studio next week to do some re-mixes and re-mastering for his CD "Break Me Open" which we recorded here in Dec. 2005.  This project was his first time in the producer's chair and after living with it for a year he wold like to tweak a few things for the second pressing.

Right after that we are going to the Folk Alliance Conference as usual.  We will have a booth in the exhibit hall and Miles is once again sitting on several panels with other producers and engineers.  Stop by the booth and say hi."

 
 
 
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