Check 1, 2

Join host Daniel Shaw as he talks to bands, national and local, about the creative process as they prepare to the hit the local stage. "Check 1, 2" is your backstage pass to conversation about the creative process of today's music.

Parker Millsap

Feb 15, 2015
Daniel Shaw

At only 21 years of age, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. Since the release of his self-titled debut album earlier this year, he has garnered a nomination for the Americana Music Association's 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year and has received praise from The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, American Songwriter, The Boston Globe, and NPR, to name a few.

John Oates

Feb 8, 2015
Daniel Shaw

UPDATE: John Oates will be playing at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday February 13th.

You can find more more information here: http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/john-oates

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John Oates was destined to be a musician. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, his calling in life was never in question.

When John first met Daryl Hall it was their mutual love for urban rhythm and blues blended with the more rural roots of Americana music that created their unique sound. Since the formation of their partnership in the early 70′s Hall & Oates have gone on to record 21 albums which have sold over 80 million units making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 top 40 hits and have toured the world for decades. In April 2014 Hall & Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He is also the creator and executive producer for the “7908 the Aspen Songwriters Festival” that brings together the finest songwriters from around the world to perform at the Historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen Colorado. The festival’s mission is to celebrate the art and craft of songwriting combined with a strong educational component dedicated to mentoring and developing the next generation of songwriters.

Since 1999, John has recorded five solo albums: “Phunk Shui”, “1000 Miles of Life”, “Mississippi Mile” and a live album called “The Bluesville Sessions” .His latest project is called: A GOOD ROAD TO FOLLOW which began as a series of digital singles featuring collaborations with legendary as well as new rising stars. In March of 2014 the songs were compiled into a critically acclaimed fifteen song, three disc album. The wide range of songs and productions showcases the unique musical diversity that has become the trademark of his artistic talent.

When, not touring with his solo show or with Daryl Hall, John, his wife Aimee and their son Tanner divide their time between Nashville Tennessee and their rescue ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, along with dogs, Emus, Peacocks, Llamas and Alpacas. In his free time he enjoys driving his tractor, riding his mountain bike, hiking the backcountry and telemark skiing.

John will be performing Sunday evening August 10th at the Aspen District Theater with Emmylou Harris & Shawn Colvin as a fundraiser for the Aspen Animal Shelter.

David Ritz

Feb 1, 2015

From David Ritz’s website:

As a professional writer for the past 40 years, my main focus has been the collaborative autobiography. I've written thirty-six such books and am currently working with Willie Nelson on his life story.

I've written three independent biographies of which Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin is the most recent.

As a novelist, my books include Search for Happiness, Sanctified Blues, The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn and Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat.

As a lyricist, my songs include "Sexual Healing," co-written with Marvin Gaye. In addition, I've collaborated on songs with Janet Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Narada Michael Walden.

My articles have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Essence, People, US, Art Connoisseur and TV Guide.

As an essayist, I've written some seventy sets of liner notes for albums and discs, ranging from Sammy Davis, Jr. to Donny Hathaway to Michael Jackson.

I've been honored with a Grammy (Best Liner Notes) and, on four occasions, the Ralph Gleason Music Book Award (for collaborations with BB King, Etta James, the Neville Brothers and producer Jerry Wexler). I received the 2013 ASCAP Timothy White Award for outstanding musical biography for When I Left Home, the story of Buddy Guy.

I live in Los Angeles with Roberta, my wife of 47 years.

More about David Ritz: http://www.ritzwrites.com/home.html

Richard Loren

Jan 25, 2015
Photo from http://highnotes.org/

From the author’s website:

He started as a music agent at the Agency for the Performing Arts in New York City and promoted the ascendancy of rock ‘n’ roll in the United States from 1966-69. He scouted, signed, and worked with, new and up-and-coming artists and groups—most notably, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Chambers Brothers, Iron Butterfly, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steppenwolf, Love, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and Tim Buckley.

In 1970, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked as Jerry Garcia’s personal manager. He worked closely with the Garcia-Saunders Band, and facilitated the formation of Old & In the Way—a bluegrass band comprised of Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, John Kahn and Vassar Clements.

Stoney LaRue

Jan 19, 2015
photo from his website

Stoney LaRue combines a rootsy sound with rock and country and a taste of the blues. When he was a teenager, he moved to Oklahoma and would become part of the Stillwater "Red Dirt" musical community along with likeminded acts such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, and Mike McClure. On the road over 200 dates a year, LaRue has also released several studio and live albums. His latest is “Aviator”.

More about Stoney LaRue: http://www.stoneylarue.com/

Nicole Henry

Jan 11, 2015

From the artist’s website:

Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists.  Ms. Henry possesses a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance.  Her repertoire includes the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz titles, contemporary' standards, blues, and originals; while her accompaniment ranges from a simple jazz trio to a full big band.

Juanito Pascual

Jan 4, 2015
Daniel Shaw

Jonathan "Juanito" Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. Born in Minneapolis, MN on July 26, 1973, Juanito has won praise around the globe as a respected new voice in this most Spanish of musical genres. He is recognized in Spain as a unique and creative voice with mesmerizing virtuosity, warm and evocative playing, and original compositional style. He has been a featured artist in some of the best-known fine arts centers, clubs, and festivals in the United States, including the renowned Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's 92nd St. Y, Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston's Jordan Hall and Regattabar, and countless colleges and performing arts centers. He has also been featured on National Public Radio's "The World" program, as well as countless television and radio programs.

Juanito holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory and was Second Prize winner of the 1996 New England Classical Guitar Competition. He has studied with Adam del Monte, Parilla de Jerez, Manolo Sanlucar, El Entri, classical guitarists David Leisner and Eliot Fisk, jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and Boston-based maestro Dimitri Goryachev.

Since 2005, Juanito has been the director of the annual summer Flamenco Institute at the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston. He made his on-screen debut with an appearance alongside Steve Martin and Andy Garcia in the 2009 Pink Panther 2 film. His latest album release, Language of the Heart, is the next step in his driving passion to share the beauty and soul-stirring power of this ancient yet most vibrant musical style.

Jay Blakesberg

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real is an American rock group based out of California and Hawaii. The band consists of Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass), and Tato Melgar (percussion). Lukas is the son of Willie Nelson.

The band played their first shows in the fall of 2008, creating “Live Beginnings” from tracks recorded off the soundboard at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, California.

Daniel Shaw

Jimmy Ibbotson & Bobby Mason need no introduction to the Valley. Long time Aspen favorites, Ibbotson arrived in the early 1970s with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Bobby Mason around the same time with his band Starwood. The duo plays songs, share stories, and even take part in a holiday sing-a-long with friends and listeners live on Aspen Public Radio.

You can catch Bobby Mason & Jimmy Ibbotson in a free concert at the Woody Creek Community Center on Saturday, December 20th at 7pm.

Glyn Johns

Dec 14, 2014
Julia Wick

Glyn Johns

From the book's website:

Born just outside London in 1942, Glyn Johns was sixteen years old at the dawn of rock and roll. His big break as a producer came on the Steve Miller Band’s debut album, Children of the Future, and he went on to engineer or produce iconic albums for the best in the business: Abbey Road with the Beatles, Led Zeppelin’s and the Eagles’ debuts, Who’s Next by the Who, and many others. Even more impressive, Johns was perhaps the only person on a given day in the studio who was entirely sober, and so he is one of the most reliable and clear-eyed insiders to tell these stories today.

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