Let Sunshine InCharlotte native featured on debut album and on tourby Lynn Farris
Charlotte native Sunshine Anderson recently released her debut album, Your Woman, on Soulife Entertainment/Atlantic Records. After graduating from North Carolina Central University some years ago, Anderson relocated to Washington DC and later moved to Los Angeles. She's been touring with Macy Gray for the past 12 months, and Gray also serves as her manager. Gray has been quoted as saying, Sunshine is a star through and through. She has a fabulous way of being every girl and completely unique at the same time. For more info on Anderson, go to www.sunshineanderson.com.
The Bayou Kitchen recently started up their Music on the Patio series. Bands will, of course, be performing out on the patio every Sunday from 2-6pm through May 27. If it rains, the party will move indoors to the screen porch. The schedule is as follows: May 6, Michael Reno Harrell; May 20, Eric Lovell Band and Dave Rhames and the Westchesters; May 27, David Childers. (A performer for May 13 has not yet been confirmed.)
The Interstellars have added a new member, currently making them a six-piece. Dave Walen plays saxophone, flute and trumpet, and also contributes on backing vocals.
In other Interstellar news, band members Jason Herring and Patch Hanna are periodically hosting a night of music at Cafe Bisous. They're inviting local musicians from other acts to perform with them as the Stellar Regions. The next performance is scheduled for Friday, May 4.
Mars Music will host a free percussion clinic with J.R. Robinson and Russ Miller on Thursday, May 3 at 7pm. Robinson began his professional career at age 10 and has played for the likes of Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Madonna. Miller is regarded as one of the top touring and session drummers in the world, and has played with the likes of Ray Charles, Fifth Dimension, Slash and Tom Scott. For more details, call Mars Music at 704-522-9253.
John Tosco, host of the Tosco Music Party, has begun hosting a monthly event at The Evening Muse. Tosco says the Tosco House Party is a scaled down version of the Music Party events. Since the Music Party is only held about three times each year, the House Party will give more performers a chance to participate. The House Party will feature an acoustic open mic segment as well as sing-alongs. Participants can even burn a CD (at cost) of their performance. The Tosco House Party will take place on the first Tuesday of each month.
Our State magazine has released a compilation CD of North Carolina songs performed by NC artists. The publication teamed up with Steve Leatherwood, host of the weekly bluegrass and gospel radio show Live At Leatherwood's (which airs on WGWG 88.3 FM) to produce the album. Down Home In North Carolina contains 13 songs and is only available through the magazine by calling 800-948-1409 or visiting ourstate.com. New River Bluegrass Band, Ramona Church & Carolina Road, David Via and Corn Tornado, Dewey Farmer and Powder Creek, Southern Junction and John Mason are a few of the artists who appear on the disc.
Dave Haire of the X-Periment and co-creator of Subatomic Magazine recently announced that the new and improved website for the zine is now up and running. The zine is no longer available in print but will continue to be available online at www.subatomicmag.com. The new site has interviews, reviews and audio files, among other things.
In other X-Periment news: Daniel Thomas, band manager and Earman Ali frontman (a side project featuring other members from the X-Periment) will be doing the intro on the new Ursula Rucker release that's due out later this year. And Producer King Britt is helping the group shop their material to various world music labels.
Last week, David Childers' latest album, A Good Way To Die, made its way onto the Album Network's Americana Chart at number 38 (Johnny Cash followed at number 39).
Local musician and sound engineer Chris Garges recently finished recording a project with JS3 at Studio East. Mark Stallings mastered the material, and it should be available soon. Garges also worked on a four-song demo for the new band, Henry Hoo. He's currently working with Bellyfull.
Garges and his band godmanradio are about to finish their 3-song demo, which was also recorded at Studio East. Dan Hood and Mark Stallings make guest appearances on the record.
At The Recording Den, Mark Perullo is currently working with Punch Line Entertainment artists The Hardy Boys, Zimani and Machete. He's also working with the Queen City Ringers.
4th Ward recently added drummer Frank Bloom to its line-up. Bloom, who relocated to Charlotte in 1997 from the Athens/Atlanta area, also has an acoustic act with Jimbo Chapman (of Cravin' Melon).
And if you didn't get enough music at Center CityFest last weekend, lots of other festivals are taking place across the region. In Charlotte, the Charlotte Pride Celebration will host several events, including a concert at Marshall Park on Saturday. Babyshaker, Violet Strange, Jill Austin Band, Christy Snow and Latin pop artist Jade Esteban Estrada are scheduled to perform. The event begins at 11am and admission is free.
Winston-Salem is hosting a three-day festival May 4-6. Alejandro Escovedo, Gran Torino, Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mt. Boys and Bare Jr. are some of the acts scheduled to perform. Charlotte's own Mike McBride will also be on hand to display his 13-foot playable guitars. For more details, call 336-725-1083 or go to www.wsevents.com.
And Atlanta's monstrous Music Midtown will also be taking place May 4-6. Some of the headlining acts include Ben Harper, Gov't Mule, Live, Run-DMC and The Wallflowers. For more details, call the hotline at 770-643-8696 or visit www.musicmidtown.com.