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Murray sings like a bird." Townes
Christopher Murray is an accomplished singer/songwriter
and a veteran of the acoustic music scene. Raised in the
heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Scott grew up
absorbing its rich story-telling tradition and
Appalachian music legacy. His first album "The Old
Man Dreams," a collection of original material, was
a regional success. more info
Velocity Band, Classic Rock, Contemporary Rock, Jazz,
Power Trio, Philadelphia,
Montgomery County, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Rock Band, also play Jazz standards for Dance Clubs,
Weddings, Country Clubs, Private and Corporate Parties in
the Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County,
consists of a three-piece band with Carl on lead guitar,
keyboards and vocals, Joe on bass and vocals and Ron on
drums and percussion.
The current lineup of Velocity has been in place for over
5 years and unlike most bands, Carl and Ron have been
playing together since High School. Now that's experience!
In that time, the band has greatly expanded the range of
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as an extensive mix of modem and classic rock songs.
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fingers dancing over the guitar strings, his head thrown
back then bending deeply forward, eyes often shut, now
one foot poised in midair, he feels the music. He is
the music." - Mary Byrd Blackwell The Shenandoah
Valley-Herald - more info
Rick Harris at 703-722-6012
Harris, Jr. Celebrating Life and Family with Music
dancing over the guitar strings, his head thrown back
then bending deeply forward, eyes often shut, now one
foot poised in midair, he feels the music. He is the
Rick Harris, Jr. hosts the Sunday night open jam every
week at Chappalinos in downtown Woodstock, and pops
up at other venues and open mics in the Shenandoah County
area, such at The Art Groups monthly First Friday
in Mount Jackson. He blends country, bluegrass, jazz,
classical, blues, honky-tonk, rock and roll, and just
about any other flavor of music you can think of in his
How does he categorize his style?
I dont know. I just like music, he says.
If you dont have one style of music, no one
can put you in a box.
An exceptional guitarist and a gifted poet, Harris is a
rare talent with the potential to be a national celebrity.
He has no need of stardom.
Im the richest man youll ever meet,
he says. Why would anyone want to go on the road?
You can lose your kids on the road. You can lose your
wife on the road.
Ive played for 50,000 people, and Ive
played for no one, and its all the same, he
says. Im glad people enjoy what I do.
Performing is a strange thing. I just want to play with
When they turn the big eye on you, it ruins your
life. Ive watched all the people self-destruct or
be self-destructed, Harris maintains. I
dont want to be popular, I really dont.
For Harris, the magic happens when musicians come
together and just make music.
Music is a community thing, not an individual thing,
he says. The word ensemble is what
No part is more important that any other, its
the combination that makes it exciting.
Harris Jr., as he refers to himself, lives a simple
My wifes family and my family all live within
a 20-mile radius, he comments. Thirty
families have lived all over the place, and theyve
all chosen to live here.
His father -- minister, teacher and illustrator --
brought the family to the Valley when Harris was a teen.
Now this corner of the world is all the home he wants.
Hes been a rancher, a poultry grower, a house
painter, a photographer and a rug salesman. He was a
partner and recording engineer in a Tacoma Park, Md.,
studio, where he placed people with major labels and
played with hot D.C. performers.
Most of the music I was being forced to listen to a
hundred times, I wouldnt want to listen to once,
Currently he is a woodworker at Merillat in Mount Jackson.
I dont think you can write music unless you
do manual labor, he says. Most musicians are
out here living the day-to-day life.
Im working paycheck to paycheck. Ive
got two kids, Ive been faithful to my wife for 20
years, he says. I dont have a computer,
I dont have a good stereo. Thats not
important. The things that are important are the family.
He lives with his wife and children in a tidy doublewide
next to a bend in the North Fork of the Shenandoah River
west of New Market. There where the Plains Mill ground
grain a century ago and Native Americans camped centuries
before that, Harris and his sons have collected fistfuls
of ancient stone tools.
dad is a historian, and he got me interested, he
explains. My favorite things are looking for
artifacts and playing with folks.
Harris says he has no need to travel. He goes to
Harrisonburg, the nearest city, a few times a year and to
Woodstock once a week for the jam at Chappalinos.
He doesnt drive on the interstate. His inspirations
and his joys are within arms reach: river,
mountains, history, family.
Somehow if you dont immerse yourself in the
natural world, youre not going to write beautiful
music, he says. If you dont surround
yourself with things that are beautiful, youre not
going to be a beautiful person. Its pretty simple,
His wife Donna is a professional singer and until
recently has been a stay-at-home mom. Son Logan, plays
guitar and clarinet; Jacob, the sax.
Harris says he doesnt force music on his boys.
If music is a hobby, you should be able to do it
whenever you want, he maintains. If they want
to make it a part of their life, if they need it,
theyll make it a part of their lives. I need it.
Harris hates to go on stage.
Two hours before, I dont want to do it,
he says. I dont feel like playing music. Then
all the sudden you realize, if I dont do this,
Im not going to be happy.
Then I get there, and they cant shut me down,
he says with a chuckle. The next thing you know,
its one oclock, and theyre saying,
Can you pack your stuff up? because they want
to vacuum the floor. And it happens every time.
I sweat more than anybody else on stage, because I
dont know if Ill ever do it again, he
says. Every day is a gift.
Harris plays it all, what he calls the soundtrack of his
life: a rollicking drinking song, an ode to his beloved
Valley, a quest for the meaning of existence, a cowboy
song, a fathers lullaby, a sensuous love song. He
finishes with a rich chord or a single plucked sting,
then his rolling laugh, like children in an old wagon
making their voices shake with the ruts.
He hosts the weekly jam session to make music the way he
I dont have a band. I have lots of bands,
he says. I put together a group, and I sit in with
There have been incredible people who keep me here,
Harris says. Our musical exchange is more
meaningful than I can explain to anyone. Its beyond
sex or religion or any other wonderful things that can
I have had the rare privilege of experiencing a
community of music in a number of exotic places, he
relates. Sitting on the rocky beach outside Halifax,
Nova Scotia, and singing with the fishermen going out
lobster fishing; riding with the natives of the Amazon on
a riverboat late at night, clapping rhythms and chanting
for the rowers; joining the bluegrass pickers at
Raymonds up on Rudes Hill outside Mount
Jackson. Each of these experiences has had a profound
effect on my opinions about music.
Music stars miss the reasons Harris loves music
celebration, family and community by trying to impress
strangers, he says.
Impress the people you know by your ability to
celebrate life with all its ups and downs, its blues and
its greens. Impress your family by your love and
consistency. Celebrate shared experiences with your
I dont want to impress people I dont
know, he says. I want to impress people I do
know. I want to impress my wife.
He has turned down lucrative offers. His CD Harris
Jr. and Friends, which was available locally, has
sold out, and Harris doesnt feel pressed to have
more printed or to release another album.
I dont want to be remembered for anything
other than I stimulated other people into doing their
music, he says.
Some people hunt, some people work on cars to
relieve stress, Harris says. I write music.
It doesnt cost money and you dont need
a prescription, he notes. It keeps me from
seeking professional help.
He says he has written more than 300 songs.
Ive written music for 30 years, recorded all
but 30, heard my voice from age 18 to 48, he notes.
There are songs Ive recorded that Ive
never done live, never done again. Some songs you
dont sing because they are too real.
I can write a song anywhere or any time, at the
drop of a hat, he says, not boasting, just stating
fact. I can write another song tomorrow, and it
would probably be better, because Im older.
Sometimes [the music and the words] come together,
and thats just great, he says.
Thats the best way. But sometimes the
two happen years apart.
I am trying to write songs -- melodies, I should
say, Harris says. To me if you create a good
melody, like Stephen Foster who sticks around for a
hundred years, then youve achieved a kind of
immortality. ... Then the melody is bigger than you are.
local and regional artists, events, venues, and related
stories of interest. Americana Rhythm will bring together
the richly talented local music community and provide a
vehicle from which a broader audience of fans will be
able to access that community, and appreciate it's talent.
Wade, from Knoxville, on lead vocals and rhythm
guitar, fronts the band and writes most of their original
material. She is also an accomplished pianist and piano
instructor. She brings to the band many years of
performance experience in a variety of musical styles.
Coward, from Knoxville, on mandolin, lead
acoustic guitar and vocals, shares leadership duties in
the band and contributes to their signature energetic
show. He also co-writes and arranges much of the group's
original material and has performed in various bands for
almost 30 years, one of which toured overseas with the
USO in the 1970's.
violinist and virtuoso fiddlers, sisters, Laura
Knight and Cindy Wallace light
up the band's stage show with lively fiddle tunes as well
as beautiful string arrangements on their slower numbers.
They have performed in many bands, including Wild
Mountain Honey, and The Wallace Sisters. Their
credentials also include many years at Dollywood theme
comes right down to it, we all want the same thing, right?
To be given a chance, to be heard, to be loved. To
connect with other humanoids on some level, however small,
and find reason to believe that we're not as alone as we
sometimes feel. To take our muse from the safety of the
living room to stages far from home, to find our voice
and sing our song . . .
OK, thus go the mental ramblings of an artist. Thanks to
Mark Barrerres and Grassroots Networking for turning
dreams and ramblings into real results and even - dare we
say it - money. Yes, the "M" word. We in
Wild Blue Yonder are not afraid to say that we appreciate
being paid for our art, and Mark's "connect the dots"
system is already making that happen for us. We haven't
been affiliated very long, but already hits on our
website are up and new connections are being made daily.
Thanks so much, Grassroots Networking, for linking us up
in so many ways and so many places! We can't wait to see
what the future holds, to grow our relationships and to
tell more music biz people what great things you are
doing. - Philip Coward
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Hungry for Music (HFM) began April 15,
1992 as an annual benefit concert to help the homeless.
The concerts were organized by Hungry For Music founder
Jeff Campbell, with the help of Washington, D.C. area
musicians and music organizations. The contrast of street
musicians and homeless street people led to the initial
concept of Hungry for Music - to assemble D.C.'s best
street musicians and other local musicians for a concerts
to benefit the homeless and underprivileged. The concert
had a dual purpose - to raise money and collect food for
the National Coalition for the Homeless and to give
street musicians some well deserved attention and
you can Help Hungry for Music:
Become a HFM member
Donate sheet music
Buy a HFM compact
Buy a HFM t-shirt
Hungry For Music
is a grassroots volunteer-driven 501 (c)(3) charity
organization with a nationwide and international outreach.
Hungry for Music's mission is to inspire underprivileged
children (and others) by bringing positive musical and
creative experiences into their lives. Since becoming a
non-profit in 1994, Hungry for Music has brought the
healing quality of music to thousands of people through
its musical instrument donations, concerts, and workshops.
We support our programs through memberships, benefit
concerts and events, raffles, and the sale of Hungry for
Music produced compact discs. - www.hungryformusic.com