Posts Tagged ‘songwriter’

Combining passionate songwriting and storytelling with soulful guitar licks and sensible grooves, ‘Rustbelt Renaissance’ is the newest album slated for release by Minster, Ohio natives, The Typical Johnsons, and this one should definitely be on your summer playlist of cool, new music!


As ‘Rustbelt Renaissance’ unfolds in your mind and really starts to sink in, you’ll be intrigued and inspired by the journey it takes you on!  Ranging from rowdy, roadtrip-worthy, heavy hitters like Genesis, Bear, and Have Heart to melodic, softer tunes like Saint Jennifer and the acoustic track Another Night Without You & Me”,  there’s a cool mix of Folk, Americana and Rock vibes on this album, layered with loads of attitude, harmony, relatable experiences, and emotional depth.   (more…)

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DUS-Songwriter-7-9-16___redocompressedThe Dayton Underground Series continued last month by featuring six phenomenal local songwriters at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton, and the night was dreamy from start to finish! The crowd was completely lured in by music from Raya, Kyleen Downes, Kevin Milner, Todd the Fox & Victoria Harper, Sharon Lane, and Jeremy & Lynne and The Typical Johnsons!

Maybe you think songwriters just sit around and sing folk songs by the light of a campfire, but we brought together a diverse group of writers who showed the crowd at Jimmie’s that songwriters can be fresh, pretty, political, soulful, funny, and even a bit rowdy from time to time!

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FRONT COVER2Released in June 2015, “A Better Place” by award winning Country artist, Richard Lynch, is pure country music through and through!

“An Independent Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Richard’s rock solid country roots span 3 decades; it comes up with the sun each morning, and it settles in the music he writes and the songs he sings. The spirit of Richard Lynch is that which is attached to the working man’s soul. It’s real, and it’s timeless. It’s country, the way country was meant to be. (more…)

DSC_0852aWith talent and a tremendous sense of compassion, country artist, Nick Nichols, has dedicated his life to music and to helping others.

Nichols has been performing professionally for more than 25 years, and recently, Nick and his writing partner, Bob Pennington wrote the song “Think Pink,” recorded by Nashville Star, Tammy Cochran, for the Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville Foundation, in support of Breast Cancer Research.

His songwriting experience and talent come to bear in his radio-worthy hit, “The High Cost of Loving,” currently in national rotation on Country Music Television, as well as his first single with Shine On Records called “The Other Side”, releasing worldwide on November 22nd.   (more…)

diddley-featuredimageAll this month, I’m excited to point our October Spotlight on local rock band, Diddley!

Bringing their heartfelt groove to area stages for more than a decade, Diddley’s “music from soul to soul” is all about making personal connections with those around you, and when you groove with these classic/southern rock tunes, you’re gonna have a good time!

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LUMINEERS’ STELTH ULVANG BRINGS HIS OWN SONGS TO OHIO

By Tim Anderl
Photo: Stelth Ulvang will perform at Canal Public House on March 11; photo: Norah Hoover

Although the name Stelth Ulvang may not be familiar, his performance with celebrated Denver, Colorado-based folk rockers The Lumineers probably is. The band’s self-titled debut album, released in mid-2012 peaked at number two on the Billboard charts in early 2013 and has been certified platinum in the U.S. As a result, they were nominated for both Billboard Music Awards and Grammy Awards.

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JSTNVSBLOriginally hailing from Indiana, but now calling the Virgin Islands home, Just Invisible is an aspiring songwriter bringing light, energy, and a sense of hopefulness to the world with great pop, dance and club mixes!

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One of my musical projects, Far From Eden, had the pleasure last night of playing with and hearing some cool new music by local acts: ButterFly Sting, Rachel Litteral and Dakota Wright, and my good buds in Element Earth!  

This acoustic artist showcase took place at Hank’s Pub on Patterson off Woodman in the Dayton/Kettering area, where there’s never a cover charge to check out some cool local music!  Hank’s features all different types of bands, from blues to metal to acoustic showcases like this one.  Though I’m always left wishing they’d put in just a couple of extra lights for bands (it’s not designed at all for live music), the “vibe” is always great at Hank’s, and in the last few years, it has become a hot spot in the Dayton area to hear some good local music, with friendly staff and a fun cast of other characters!  Last night’s crowd for the showcase was awesome, and they showed up in force to support their favorite acts and stick around for something new!  

ButterFly Sting opened up the night with some rockin originals and really started the night off well!  I really dug the 12-string acoustic guitar work by Wallace and felt his overall tone and skills were a perfect match for this trio.  The smooth, almost jazzy drum set up and performance by Jobe provided a really nice full sound without overpowering the acoustic guitar and vocals, and the rich, baritone vocals by Campbell really complimented their cover song choices and their original music!

I was also thrilled to get to hear Rachel Litteral sing and play guitar again. Her tone and pitch are beautiful, and you can really feel her passion for music when she performs.  It was great to see her and be able to have a show together!  Dakota Wright helped out Rachel with some guitar work on a few songs and then blew everyone’s minds with his own original music that was really fresh and different and showcased the multiple areas of talent and creativity and individuality of this young musician!  Expect to see his name again!

Element Earth always rock it out every time I see them, and last night was no exception!  Their rock-inspired, acoustic indie-folk style is unabashed and unpretentious.  I love it when they play a cover or two, but my favorites are always their own original songs which are well-written and diversely influenced! Not to mention, they are always a great band to jam with!

My crew in Far From Eden had a great time of course, and I thoroughly enjoy getting to play with them! They provide a special place in my little musical world, and I’m grateful to them!  I can’t wait to do another cool show with these awesome local musicians!

Click HERE for the latest news from Chas Smith and the Southeastern Ohio Songwriters Association (SOSA) on Buckeye Music Magazine.

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SOSA MEMBERSHIP

If you live outside the coverage area of SOSA (Southeastern Ohio), but want to become a supportive member of SOSA we have a membership category for everyone. While only songwriters from southeastern Ohio can be a Songwriter Member or a Songwriter-Team Member of SOSA, we do accept people in our other 5 categories: Musician Member, Jr. Musician Member, Poet/Lyricist Member, Community Member and Sponsor Member. Look them over and maybe you’ll decide to become a member of SOSA too! For more information about SOSA, you can contact me at sosasongwriters@yahoo.com

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Check out this sweet little acoustic instrumental from Danny “Gypsy Traveler” Dawes out of West Carrollton, OH!
Acoustic Instrumental (rough mix) idea #1:
https://soundcloud.com/danny-gypsy-traveler/acoustic-instrumental-rough

Danny is a Booking Agent and Promoter for BCGS Entertainment and a local filmmaker, and apparently a young upcoming songwriter and music fan!  We hope that Danny continues to explore his musical talents and maybe even joins up with or starts a local project of his own!  

Here’s a little more about Danny “Gypsy Traveler”:
“My name is Danny Dawes(or Dj to family) and I am a filmmaker. I attend Miami Valley Career Technology Center for Interactive Multi Media. My best quality is Video Editing Acting and some film work. I do Photoshop Dreamweaver and anything else you may need. You ever need a video done my rates are affordable but no free runs. 🙂
I LOVE HARD CORE MUSIC, and The Beatles, and John Lennon.
If John Lennon and Bob Marley were still alive, this world would be a better place.
Top 10 Favorite Bands:
1.Bring Me The Horizon
2. Emmure
3. For Today
4. As I Lay Dying
5. The Devil Wears Prada
6. Seether
7. Of Mice And Men
8. The Beatles
9. Family Force 5
10. Attack Attack!

Hit up Danny if you’d like to talk to him about his music or filmmaking or booking and promotion!