Summer Concert Series
Songwriters at Play presents a Summer Concert Series, every third Thursday monthly at Templeton Tennis Ranch.
Tickets: $17.50 ea / TTR members $10 ea.
Purchase at TTR Front Desk.
Doors open 5:45pm, Music 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Food & beverages available for purchase.
For more information, contact the TTR Front Desk (805) 434-9605.
Burning, Bad & Cool
Amelia White with Phil Lee
Misner & Smith
Jim Conroy & The Mystery Brothers
September 21 - Jim Conroy & The Mystery Brothers
Jim Conroy & The Mystery Brothers play a mix of originals, jazz and R&B played in their own energetic style. After more than a decade of performing together, the Mystery Brothers are qualified for super-group status, as all members have become involved with other well known groups from the area:
- Bassist Billy Baxmeyer holds down the bottom for the county's favorite dance party, Burning James and Funky Flames;
- Percussionist Paul Trent is a founding member of the popular Mama Tumba;
- Keyboardist Bruce Beck mixes his licks with 3 Martini Lunch, who just opened for The Four Seasons at the Mid-State Fair
- Guitarist/vocalist Jim Conroy is the cool part of Burning, Bad & Cool, as well as doing solo work that recently led to Songwriters at Play putting on a Tribute Show to him.
The Mystery Brothers will present songs from their two CD's: "Heart Searches,' from 2012 and "Get On Board Live at D'Anbino's," from 2015. http://jimconroy.com
August 17 - Misner & Smith with Chris Beland
Soaring vocal harmonies and story-filled, poetic songwriting - Misner & Smith's sound is modern American rock & folk. American Songwriter Magazine compares them with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Their combination of vocal blend, lyrical potency, and diverse songwriting make this duo one of the most unique and loved bands on the scene today. The award-winning original songs range from folk to rock to Americana to bluegrass, but essentially are something all their own, defined by the stories that each song tells. http://misnerandsmith.com/
Misner & Smith tour extensively both in the U.S. and overseas. Headlining regularly at venues such as the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, they have also played The Kate Wolf Music Festival. They recently celebrated over a decade of making music together; a decade that has produced four albums, including their most recent release, Seven Hour Storm. Watch the official video of the album's title track here: https://youtu.be/2wba6mTpg28
Special guest Chris Beland is a sought-after local talent at the finest local music venues, cafes and wineries. His music nods stylistically to folk gods Paul Simon and Bob Dylan as well as contemporary artists Vance Joy and Josh Ritter. Beland’s soulful silk vocals flesh out his subtly profound lyrics of love, humanity, and humility. As a solo act, he accompanies his words with the seasoned strum of an acoustic guitar, the haunted twang of a harmonica, and the steady heartbeat of his kick drum. http://www.chrisbeland.com
July 20 - Amelia White & Phil Lee
One critic compares Nashville's Amelia White with Emmylou Harris and The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde. Her latest album, “Home Sweet Hotel”, was hailed as a Top Country Album by UK Telegraph, placing it alongside releases by Buddy Miller, John Moreland, and Bonnie Raitt. True to the album's title, Amelia tours all across the country and overseas. Her music has been heard in television shows like Justified and Summerland. Amelia's previous album was met with a slew of praise from outlets like USA Today, American Songwriter, the Bluegrass Situation and more. No Depression said, "if Lucinda ever fronted Fleetwood Mac, this might be the outcome," with the Bluegrass Situation adding that "I think we're entering a great new era of alternative country music. If you need an example, look no further than Amelia White." http://www.ameliawhite.com/
Special guest Phil Lee is, according the Glen Starkey of New Times, "a wiry little knife thrower and dog lover who unleashes a caustic barrage of his by turns hilarious and poignant songs." Native of North Carolina, longtime Nashville resident, Phil Lee spent a couple of decades playing drums, driving trucks, dumping motorcycles, hauling equipment, stealing hearts, eluding the authorities and raising Cain. Then he recorded several albums (the latest is "Some Gotta Lose") and touring the world. More at http://www.philleeone.com/
June 15 - Burning, Bad & Cool
Burning, Bad & Cool is a vocal-oriented trio mixing toe-tapping classic gospel tunes with fun and soulful pop numbers. "Burning" James Scoolis alternates lead vocals, plus lead, slide and rhythm guitar playing on his electric Stratocaster. Jimmy “Cool” Conroy adds rhythm and leads on his acoustic guitar, plus deep baritone vocals. “Bad” Billy Baxmeyeris the bass guitarist and third complementary voice. You might call the sound of Burning, Bad & Cool "southern fried soul, gospel and blues music dipped inthick, sweet harmony".
"Burning" James Scoolis has played in blues, soul and rock bands for over 40 years. His fretboard influences range from blues greats like B.B. King, Albert Collins, and Eric Clapton to soul and funk masters like Steve Cropper, Jimmy Nolen and Walter Washington. His vocal influences include James Brown, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke. James is also the leader of the band Burning James and the Funky Flames. http://burningjames.com/
Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and recording artist Chris Laterzo has managed to keep the muse alive with the release of his fifth and latest album West Coast Sound. Blending varying degrees of folk, rock, and alt-country, Laterzo is inspired by the likes of Creedence, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Bruce Springsteen. http://www.chrislaterzo.com