Best of Cold Spring Tavern 1[CD]
This compilation CD features some of the best musicians of Santa Barbara, California (and a few from Nashville), most of whom are world-class musicians, singer/songwriters, studio musicians, producers, or teachers, who have played at Cold Spring Tavern since the '70's. (No amateurs here!) The Best of Cold Spring Tavern, Vol. I features 16 original songs by a total of 52 players. These are only a few who have given Cold Spring the reputation for featuring the best of the best. (Watch for Volumes 2 and 3!) This CD will appeal to everyone who enjoys musical perfection and all genres from classical to folk to blues to country to reggae to rockabilly to rock and roll! The genre listed below is for that song only. Check out the individual websites for these players. (Those with a * next to their name also sell their albums here with CDbaby.) Featured artists and songs listed in order on the CD are: 1.Tom Ball* (Old Irish Air, Danny Boy) Classical steel-string guitar solo 2.Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan (Perfect Woman) Traditional blues/ guitar, harmonica, and male vocal 3.Cadillac Angels* (Saturday Night) Rockabilly, male and female vocals 4.David Crane (Mr. Right Now) Rock and Roll, male vocal 5.Kate Bennett* (Here and Gone) Acoustic blues band with harmonica, female vocal 6.Teresa Russell and Cocobilli* (Long Way Home) Rock/Blues band, female vocal 7.The Excellent Tradesmen (Nightingale) Country band, two male vocal harmonies 8.Kate Wallace (Trophy Girl) Country band, female vocal 9.Jill Miles* (He Taught Me Well) Country band, female vocal 10.Antara and Delilah* (My Room) Acoustic band, female vocal harmonies 11.Jeff Bisch* (Devil on the Mountain) Blues band with harmonica, male vocal with harmonies 12.Wil Ridge (We All Move On) Acoustic guitar and male vocal (solo) 13.Gugga Qwan (Drive Thru Lives) Alternative band, male vocal 14.Daniel Lower and the Bloodbrothers (One Fine Day) Reggae, three-part male harmonies 15.Bill Lanphar (Right Where I Want to Be) Acoustic guitar and male vocal (solo) 16.David West (Se Beg Se Mor by Turlough O'Carolan) Classical guitar solo The names of other players not listed above who made all of these songs musically possible are: Terry Barham,Will Barkley,Joel Bennett,Rick Borella, Bill Breland,Jim Calire,Randy Cobb,Warren Crone, Scott Ernest,Jody Eulitz,Bill Flores,John Gardner, Rafael Gayol,Cary Hitsman,Jeff Kranzler,Scott Lasky, Jack Lee,Jay Dee Maness,Lorenzo Martinez,Jim Monahan, Bob Nichols,Dana Olson,Jeff Pevar,Jerry Pike, Mark Prentice,Gregg Richards,Micky Rae,Tony Ridge, Rob Bird-Robinson,Lee Rollag,Coco Roussel,Gary Sangenitto, Jesse Seibenberg,Stephen Shehan,Ed Tibbs,John Wagner, Gabe Witcher,Mike Wunderly 1.'Old Irish Air (Danny Boy)' (PD) 3:45 Tom Ball arrangement from '18 Pieces for Solo Steel String Guitar'* (Talk-o-Phone 2003) You can find this CD at CDbaby. One song from this CD has been recognized by NPR's inaugural edition of 'Open Mic' under 'All Things Considered.' National Public Radio ranked his song in the top 16 finalists. (See npr.org) Tom is the singer/songwriter/harmonica player in the duo Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan (see song two). Tom has released two classical CD's (the first accompanied with a tablature book for guitar-playing aficionados). Tom has also written a novel 'Marty Graw,' written in the format of a ten-year old's diary.(Tom also plays harmonica on song ten with Antara and Delilah.) 2. 'Perfect Woman' BMI 3:30 (by Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan) from 20th Anniversary-Live! (NG 2000-2) Tom Ball: vocals & harmonica, Kenny Sultan: guitar Tom and Kenny have been bringing their unique blend of blues, rags, and good-time music to Cold Spring Tavern for nearly 25 years every Sunday afternoon at the tavern. With 11 CD's, 10 books, movie and TV soundtracks, and over 150 appearances on others' recordings, they are 'America's good-time blues ambassadors' and great guys! 3.'Saturday Night' BMI 2:44 (by Anthony Balbinot) Cadillac Angels from 'Buckin' the Odds'* (Rockin' Rebel Music 2002) Tony Ridge: vocals and guitar, Micky Rae: vocals and slap bass, Scott Ernest: drums and percussion You can find this CD at CDbaby. These rockabilly favorites were the 'house band' at Cold Spring for over twenty years as the Roadhouse Rockers, then toured a million miles in the US and the UK playing original rock and roll as the Cadillac Angels. They still rock the house when they play on Sundays. 4.'Mr.Right Now' 3:56 (by David Crane) from 'Trailer Trouble/ Earl Laroux and the Rhythm Rockets,' (Home Group Records 1999) David Crane: vocals, Randy Cobb: lead guitar, Joel Bennett: bass,Jim Calire: piano and sax, Cary Hitsman: drums David's clever witty lyrics and joyful energy,complemented by the best side players, make all of his performances special, whether he's playing as a duo, trio, or full band. His new band Onohana includes his wife Brenda on bass guitar and Johnny Townsend on drums. 5.'Here and Gone' ASCAP 3:35 (by Kate Bennett) from 'Over the Moon'* (Katedid Music 1999) You can find this CD at CDbaby. Kate Bennett: vocals and acoustic guitar, Jack Lee: keyboards and bass, Jeff Pevar: electric guitar, Jeff Bisch: harmonica, Cary Hitsman: drums Kate is a performing member of Indiegrrl, an organization that supports women in the independent music industry. She has toured extensively in the US, yet still finds time in Santa Barbara to organize benefits for non-profit organizations, some to keep music programs in schools. She is sponsored by Polysonics. 6.'Long Way Home' ASCAP 5:23 (by Bill Breland) Teresa Russell and Cocobilli from 'Show You What Love Can Do'* (Moon Loon Records 2003) You can find this CD at CDbaby. Teresa Russell: vocals and lead guitar, Billi Breland: bass,Coco Roussel: drums, This band is currently working of their fourth CD. Teresa is the only female to ever win the west region Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's lead guitar competition, and as the only female of the 2000 national finalists, ranked in the top eight. ('Not Too Shabby for a Girl') Co-players Billi Breland from Mississippi and Coco Roussel from Paris complete the trio who generate a forceful improvisational freedom in all their songs and performances. They have been playing at Cold Spring the second Sunday of every month since 1995. They ROCK!!! 7.'Nightingale' 4:35 (by Jerry Pike) The Excellent Tradesmen from 'Safety First' (2002) Jerry Pike: lead vocals, guitar, John Wagner: vocals, guitar, Rob Bird-Robinson: lead guitar, Rick Borella: bass, Ed Tibbs: drums The Excellent Tradesmen bring a variety of musical backgrounds to the mix with retro/alt/country being the strongest common denominator, that and surf. Although all the players (separately) have been associated with many different groups for the past 30 years (Acadiana,Lonesome Tumbleweeds,The Acousticats, The Poets, Dusty Buds, and Joe Bob Frog), their common pursuit of musical perfection has made them a favorite here since 1997. Rick Borella also plays bass in a Cajun band Acadiana with Teresa Russell (see song 6). These are musicians' musicians! 8.'Trophy Girl' ASCAP 2:53 (by Kate Wallace and Sally Barris)from Kate Wallace 'Too Long from the Sea' New Pair O' Dimes (2000)/Wrensong Music BMI Kate Wallace: vocals and acoustic guitar, Steven Shehan: guitar, Mark Prentice: bass, John Gardner: percussion Kate is an award-winning nationally recognized singer/songwriter, who has a pile of cuts on major artists' recordings, three CD's under her belt, two books on songwriting, in which she is featured. She's been a main stage act at the Kerrville, Napa, Sierra, Wildflower, and Huffine's folk festivals. After 11 years in Nashville, Kate has returned to her native California, and lives in Santa Barbara. 9.'He Taught Me Well' ASCAP 2:59 (by Jill Miles) from Jill Miles 'It's Been Too Long'* (Oateo Publishing 2001) You can find this CD at CDbaby. Jill Miles: vocals, Jim Monahan: electric guitar and bass, Lee Rollag: electric guitar, Gabe Witcher: fiddle, Jay Dee Maness: steel guitar, Scott Lasky: piano, Bob Nichols: drums Cold Spring Tavern set the stage for Jill's debut at age 12 as a professional singer/ guitarist with her dad on harmonica. After releasing her third independent CD, Jill became Buck Owens' regular guest at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California, every Friday and Saturday night,where she garners a world audience via live web and radio broadcasts. 10.'My Room' ASCAP 3:29 (by A. Blasius and D. Poupore) Antara and Delilah from 'From Here'* (Antdeli Music 2002) You can find this CD at CDbaby. Antara and Delilah: vocals and guitars, Jeff Pevar: electric guitar, Jeff Kranzler: bass, Jesse Seibenberg: drums, Tom Ball: harmonica Jeff Pevar appears courtesy of Samsum Records. After six years of collaboration, 2 CD's, hundreds of performances throughout the country, Antara and Delilah earned the title 'Best Local Band' three years in a row in Santa Barbara. Their distinctive harmonies captivate a room to silence. Check them out. Antara hosts a showcase the first Saturday of every month at the tavern. 11.'Devil on the Mountain' ASCAP 4:22 (by Jeff Bisch)from '40-Watt Stars'* (Pocketknife Music 2002) You can find this CD at CDbaby. Jeff Bisch: vocals, guitar, harmonica, Jack Lee: dobro, bass, harmonium, piano, Kate Bennett: back-up vocals Jeff moved to southern California in the early 70's from the Ohio River Valley. Many of his songs draw on the characters and events of working on family farms and in rust-belt factories. This song is closer to his Santa Barbara experiences. He performs with his wife, singer/ songwriter Kate Bennett (see song 5). Jeff backs her songs with harmonica; Kate backs his songs with vocals. His son Keegan now plays lead guitar with him in the Bisch'n'Blues Band. 12.'We All Move On' (by Wil Ridge) 4:15 (from demo tape 2003) Wil Ridge: vocals and solo guitar Wil showed up one Friday night with a small amp, a guitar, and a harmonica and asked if he could play for his five friends. That was over six years ago. Today (at 23)his dynamic voice and emotionally-driven performances pack the house inside and out wherever he plays. He physically bares his soul to exhaustion in each performance. Wil is working on his first CD. 13.'Drive Thru Lives' 3:20 (by Gregg Richards) Gugga Qwan (from demo tape 2003) Gregg Richards: vocals and guitar, Will Barkley: guitar, Warren Crone: bass, Mike Wunderly: drums In 1999 Gregg and Mike, both from the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, formed a duo Gugga Qwan. After Gregg moved to Santa Barbara in 2001, Mike joined him a few months later. In the next 6 months, Will Barkley, new to SB from LA, joined as lead guitar player. Bassist Warren Crone from Canada completed the powerful unique sound and energy of this band in January 2003. Gregg's vocals and songwriting skills, along with his co-players, are extraordinary. They are working on their first CD. 14.'One Fine Day' ASCAP 5:52 (by Daniel Lower) Daniel Lower and the Bloodbrothers from 'Some Fine Days' (Battle Hymn Records 2000) Daniel Lower: lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Gary Sangenitto: bass, Jody Eulitz: harmonies, Bill Flores: sax, Jim Calire: sax (solo) and organ, Dana Olson: lead guitar, Rafael Gayol: drums, Daniel and the Bloodbrothers are great friends who have sung tight three-part harmony for four decades. Their warm stage presence and offbeat sense of humor gets the audience laughing and singing along. This album is honored to be on two national compilations,including NPR's 'Car Talk.' 15. 'Right Where I Want to Be' 1:41 (by Bill Lanphar) from 'I Found You' (2003) Bill Lanphar: vocals and solo guitar Bill Lanphar is an exponent of the singer/songwriter/ amerifolk/havingwallowedinrock/westcoastbluegrass but slower/alt-malt style. He plays guitar with many local singer/songwriters: Antara and Delilah (see song 10), Noelle Price, and Heather Stevensen, with whom he plays folkish cover tunes under the name Telltale Signs. 16. 'Se Bag Se Mor' (by Turlough O'Carolan PD) 3:22 arranged and performed by David West: solo guitar In 1972 David co-founded the 'Cache Valley Drifters,' a modern-style bluegrass band that recorded four albums and toured North America for 12 years. Since leaving the band in 1984, David has worked as a freelance musician, playing as a sideman in recording sessions with many well-known artists. As a staff producer and recording artist for C.M.H. Records in L.A. (the 'Pickin' On' series) and Taxim Records in Germany,he has produced over 60 albums. They have involved various groups as well as a reunion album of the Cache Valley Drifters and 2 well-received solo albums released in Europe and the U.S. He recorded this demo especially (and perfectly)for this CD. It is my favorite melody ever. Producer: Patty Tierney Tierney Productions 2003 History of Cold Spring Tavern Cold Spring Tavern is a historical landmark built in 1868. It was a stagecoach relay station until the railroad came through in 1907. The Ovington family bought this 40-acre parcel in the mountains of Santa Barbara in 1941. Cold Spring has always been recognized for serving fine food and featuring the best music. Today travelers arrive by means other than stagecoaches. Now it's motorcycles, cars, trucks, limosines, vintage cars, Corvette clubs, bicycles, and sometimes horses. I am proud to say there is no television reception, no sports, no pool table, no darts, and no foozball. Cold Spring Tavern is all about music, fine dining, meeting friends, and enjoying an escape to clean air, spring water, and the great outdoors. I have worked as the bartender at Cold Spring Tavern almost every weekend since 1989, and have had the privilege to hear not only these great musicians, but also many, many others who hopefully will be on Volumes 2 and 3, and so on, and so on. I thank all of them. Patty Tierney, Producer Tierney Productions 2003.
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