Song Writer Sunday


Well hello!

It's been kind of quiet in the blog world for me lately... BUT...! there is something noteworthy going on these days.

Those of you who know me and follow my journey know that I enjoy promoting and helping showcase those who write and perform their own music, especially ones who are still trying to build a following, get some attention and present their music to new audiences. That was what The Collabative was all about.

Late last year, I had a discussion with Natalie Wurz, owner-proprietor at Stonefield Cellars in Stokesdale, NC. We bantered around the idea of holding a "Song Writers In The Round" event at her winery. It was a lively and enthusiastic chat which led to an agreement to put on the first one in March 12th of this year.  Thus was born "Song Writer Sunday".

On that Sunday afternoon Abigail Dowd, David Cecil, Bobbi Needham and Benjy Johnson shared their tunes with an almost full house. It was a wonderful blend of personalities and songwriting styles which thoroughly pleased and entertained folks. The beauty of the event is that while they were singing and playing, you could hear a pin drop in the rest of the room. There a few truly "listening" rooms, but the keg room at the winery has such an ambience and vibe that it makes for a perfect setting for this type of performance.  Needless to say Natalie and I were pleased and encouraged by the way it came together and immediately started looking forward to the next one.


The second one took place June 25th and featured Bradford Reaves, Carrie Pazdziora, Jack Gorham and Sarah Sophia. It was such a good mix of artists that, after the show, Natalie invited these four to come back to do a longer, more concert like presentation, which will happen November 4th. I can't wait for that one!

In the meantime, there is another group of song writers ready to strut their stuff on September 17th. They are. Wes Collins, Lyn Koonce, Barry Gray and Casey Noel. It is always fun to get to meet and hear these talented people, while getting them in front of some new faces that hopefully... turn into fans! Please come support local original music and check out Stonefield Cellars too!

Inspirations / Shana K. Tucker, follow-up, 6 months later


Shana-Tucker-singer-song writer

Not too long ago I did a blog post about a fabulously talented woman, who was living in Chapel Hill at the time we first met. Her name is Shana Tucker. She is currently performing with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas NV. BUT... she will be in Greensboro, NC. at Greensboro College on September 27th of this year for one night only in a special engagement.

Here is a link to an interview she just put up on her Facebook page. Have a listen and enjoy learning more about this incredible artist.

I am certain I will have my chance to sit down and speak with Shana before her show in September and will be proud to post that interview here for your enjoyment. In the meantime, I hope you will take a listen to her chat with the folks at "BlogTalkRadio" and mark your calendars to help us make September 27th one of the sold out house for her show.

Occidental Gypsy, Boston band, coming to The Creative Center February 19th, 2013



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Looking forward to the Showcase, 2013

The crowd enjoys Mike Garrigan at showcase 1It is always quite intriguing how a year can seem to last forever and then all of the sudden, you are looking back on it as if it went by in the blink of an eye. Here it is 2013 and I am already well into preparations for the upcoming season of the Showcase of Original Music having barely processed the 10 events we put together in 2012. The first 2 dates for this year are set and the featured artists have pretty much been confirmed, so we are off to a good start!

At ther beginning, it seemed like a cool way to spend one day a month doing something to give back to the local community and to improve the chances of original artists to be in front of an audience. Out of that one day a month has grown a

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