Chris Alastair ("allister") has lately been raising all sorts of eyebrows for both his songwriting and his showmanship. Five of the songs on his debut CD, "Ghost in Love," have received songwriting awards including a First Prize in last year's Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. He was nominated for a 1996 Wammie as Best Male Vocalist (Alternative Rock). His music has been heard on radio stations up and down the east coast, and abroad via the Voice of America. Come see why the regional press calls Chris "electrifying...one of the most interesting rockers on the verge."
is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer who performs instrumental
music combining diverse styles including acoustic jazz, celtic,
rock, and classical. His influences include Earl Klugh, Steve
Morse, Stephen Stills, and Aaron Copland.
He is currently recording a collection of original works with a small ensemble as well as solo guitar arrangements. There is one traditional celtic piece. Completion is expected in Spring.
In addition to his playing, he has produced concerts in Fredericksburg for Margo Henneback, and Al Petteway & Amy White.
A Fredericksburg resident, he programs computers for a living. This is his second Showcase appearance.
Kim Person & Lana Puckett write music in the key of life. Their songs speak of ordinary things: relationships, family, love... yet it's the way that Lana and Kim put words together that is earning them recognition." (The Daily Press). Based out of Yorktown, Virginia, four time Kerrville New Folk Finalists Kim Person and Lana Puckett have won many prestigious awards for their vocals, songwriting and musicianship during their fourteen years of performing together.
Their music journey together began in 1982 when they won the First Place Country Vocalist Award in the American Song Festival/Columbia Recording Artist Search. This award gave them national exposure, $2500.00 and an all expense paid trip to New York for the video taping of the winning vocal performance. In 1984 they were presented with yet another vocal award for the Best Traditional Female Country Vocalist in the state of Virginia.
But it wasn't until 1985 during a much needed break from the club scene that Kim & Lana began to write songs together. During that break Lana pursued a degree as a graphic artist and Kim worked on staff as a recording engineer at Alpha Audio in Richmond, VA. ...but at night they worked on songwriting.
In 1988 those evening sessions proved successful when they were selected as Kerrville New Folk Finalists for renowned Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Both performers loved the creative environment that prevailed for singer/songwriters at Kerrville and since that time been selected to appear in the New Folk Concerts again in 1993, 1994 and 1996 as well as being selected for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Showcase in Hillsdale, NY and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN.
In 1986 Kim and Lana formed Cimirron/Rainbird Records, an independent record label specializing in singer/songwriters and acoustic music. Kim continues her engineering work at Wistaria Studio a division of Cimirron/Rainbird, Inc. In 1993 Kim and Lana recorded and produced their CD "Windows of Life" with some help from friends Rickie Simpkins on Fiddle and Viola and Brian Wood and Stephen Bennett on guitars. Reviews from "Windows of Life" can be accessed through Kim & Lana's NOMA home page. Since it's release songs from "Windows Of Life" have won First Place honors for songwriting from The Austin Songwriters' Group, The Fort Bend Songwriters' Network, The Virginia Organization Of Composers and Lyricists and the West Texas Songwriters' Group, as well as awards from The Louisiana Songwriters' Guild and the Songwriter's Association of Washington. This debut, recording has received airplay in the US and overseas. Quotes from radio DJ's can also be accessed through their home page.
Their songwriting has taken on many new forms since the release of "Windows of Life." Lana and Kim's musical compositions can be heard on radio and TV jingles and soundbeds as well as in documentaries and videos. Their original music score for "The Ways of Our Fathers" an historical documentary on the Pumunkey Indians won a Telly Award and a Gold Award in the Houston Film Festival.
In addition to their vocal and songwriting abilities, Lana and Kim are also recognized as multitalented musicians. Kim is well known for her acoustic guitar playing as well as keyboards and banjo. Lana is one of a handful of female pedal steel guitar players in the country, she also plays acoustic and electric guitars. The duo continues their writing and performing as well as running Cimirron/ Rainbird Records. A new CD is in the plans for the coming year.
Steve McWilliams is
originally from New York City, but has been a resident of
Virginia for the past ten years. A veteran of many national and
regional groups, in 1990 Steve decided to strike out on his own.
Performing his own material in clubs up and down the East Coast and California, Steve honed his songwriting skills and put together a crack band to play the songs that he had written. His 1995 release, "Everywhere We Go", garnered three Wammie nominations including Best Roots Rock Recording. It also received a Naird awards nomination for Best Independent Release. The Washington Post said the record "recalled the restless spirit of Mellencamp's best work."
In 1996 Steve has enjoyed continued success. As a performer, he received three 1996 Wammie nominations for Best Male Vocalist, Best Roots Rock Artist and Best Roots Rock Group. Steve has also entered the studio to record a now record due out in early 1997.
Steve McWilliams writes American music straight from the heart. Nothing complicated or technical, just truthful and honest.
What's up next --
Friday, March 28, 1997, 8 p.m. -- From Athens, Ohio: Bruce
Dalzell, Pat White, Jim Phillips, JD Hutchinson
Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. - Steve Hudson, Rich Follett, Alisa Fienman, and Douglas Ebert and David Bailey
Friday, May 30, 8 p.m.- Lisa Taylor, David Alberding, Randy Barrett, Matt Holsen
For more information --
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