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"Scott Murray sings like a bird."
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Scott 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


THE VELOCITY BAND

The Velocity Band, Classic Rock, Contemporary Rock, Jazz, Power Trio, Philadelphia,
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Classic Rock Band, also play Jazz standards for Dance Clubs, Weddings, Country Clubs, Private and Corporate Parties in the Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, area

Velocity 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 their repertoire to include many crowd favorites as well as an extensive mix of modem and classic rock songs.

Such a wide range of music and our high degree of professionalism allows the band great flexibility of being able to offer your patrons any kind of music from dance to hard rock to easy listening, depending on the venue.

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Fine Handcrafted Acoustic Guitars

Sullivan Guitars are high end, handmade acoustic guitars, Jim Sullivan caters to the discerning musician in search of exceptional tone, craftsmanship, and playability.

The home of quality handmade guitars, handbuilt by luthier and master craftsman Jim Sullivan. If your looking for a handmade acoustic guitar with outstanding sound, playability, and attention to detail, then a Sullivan Guitar could be the answer to your dreams. They are truly one of a kind artisan built guitars with the absence of mediocrity. Jim uses a special patented bracing system in the side assembly that changes how the guitar works, producing much more volume and frequency response in a small bodied guitar. Try a Sullivan handmade acoustic guitar and you'll be hooked for life - Handmade Acoustic Guitars - Artisan Built Guitars - Handmade acoustic Guitar Gallery

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"Jim Sullivan is truly a master guitar builder. If you are looking for a guitar that feels and sounds like the best guitar you have ever played and a guitar that you can hand down and keep in the family, I recommend you drive down to TN and pick one out today." - Mark Barreres


A GrassRoots Musician - Rick Harris Jr.

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"His 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

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Rick Harris, Jr. Celebrating Life and Family with Music

His 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.

Rick Harris, Jr. hosts the Sunday night open jam every week at Chappalino’s in downtown Woodstock, and pops up at other venues and open mics in the Shenandoah County area, such at The Art Group’s 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 original songs.

How does he categorize his style?

“I don’t know. I just like music,” he says. “If you don’t 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.

“I’m the richest man you’ll 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.”

“I’ve played for 50,000 people, and I’ve played for no one, and it’s all the same,” he says. “I’m glad people enjoy what I do. Performing is a strange thing. I just want to play with my friends.”

“When they turn the big eye on you, it ruins your life. I’ve watched all the people self-destruct or be self-destructed,” Harris maintains. “I don’t want to be popular, I really don’t.”

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 excites me.”

“No part is more important that any other, it’s the combination that makes it exciting.”

The anti-star
Harris Jr.,­ as he refers to himself, lives a simple life.

“My wife’s family and my family all live within a 20-mile radius,” he comments. “Thirty families have lived all over the place, and they’ve 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.

He’s 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 wouldn’t want to listen to once,” he says.

Currently he is a woodworker at Merillat in Mount Jackson.

“I don’t think you can write music unless you do manual labor,” he says. “Most musicians are out here living the day-to-day life.”

“I’m working paycheck to paycheck. I’ve got two kids, I’ve been faithful to my wife for 20 years,” he says. “I don’t have a computer, I don’t have a good stereo. That’s 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.

"My 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 Chappalino’s. He doesn’t drive on the interstate. His inspirations and his joys are within arm’s reach:­ river, mountains, history, family.

“Somehow if you don’t immerse yourself in the natural world, you’re not going to write beautiful music,” he says. “If you don’t surround yourself with things that are beautiful, you’re not going to be a beautiful person. It’s pretty simple, nothing complex.”

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 doesn’t 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, they’ll make it a part of their lives. I need it.”

Reluctant performer
Harris hates to go on stage.

“Two hours before, I don’t want to do it,” he says. “I don’t feel like playing music. Then all the sudden you realize, if I don’t do this, I’m not going to be happy.”

“Then I get there, and they can’t shut me down,” he says with a chuckle. “The next thing you know, it’s one o’clock, and they’re 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 don’t know if I’ll 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 father’s 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 likes.

“I don’t have a band. I have lots of bands,” he says. “I put together a group, and I sit in with them.”

“There have been incredible people who keep me here,” Harris says. “Our musical exchange is more meaningful than I can explain to anyone. It’s beyond sex or religion or any other wonderful things that can come along.”

“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 Raymond’s up on Rude’s 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 friends.”

“I don’t want to impress people I don’t 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 doesn’t feel pressed to have more printed or to release another album.

“I don’t want to be remembered for anything other than I stimulated other people into doing their music,” he says.

Song craft
“Some people hunt, some people work on cars to relieve stress,” Harris says. “I write music.”

“It doesn’t cost money and you don’t need a prescription,” he notes. “It keeps me from seeking professional help.”

He says he has written more than 300 songs.

“I’ve written music for 30 years, recorded all but 30, heard my voice from age 18 to 48,” he notes. “There are songs I’ve recorded that I’ve never done live, never done again. Some songs you don’t 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 I’m older.”

“Sometimes [the music and the words] come together, and that’s just great,” he says. “That’s 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 you’ve achieved a kind of immortality. ... Then the melody is bigger than you are.”

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Wild Blue Yonder

Melissa 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.

Philip 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.

Classically-trained 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 park.

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Thanks to GrassRoots!

When it 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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All Highland Strings guitars and mandolins are designed, built, and finished solely by the hands of luthier Jason Harshbarger. Highland instruments are created to be unique pieces of art as well as exquisitely functioning musical tools. Jason strives to achieve a delicate balance between the appearance, strength, weight, and tonal properties of each piece of wood used in a Highland instrument. The creativity of the human spirit, imbued into each work by the hands of one craftsman, merge with the incomparable natural beauty of materials given by the Creator. This provides you with a blend of sight, touch, and sound that has never been experienced before.

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Hungry For Music

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 exposure.

How you can Help Hungry for Music:

  • Become a HFM member
  • Volunteer
  • Donate an instrument
  • Donate sheet music
  • Donate books
  • Donate music related toys
  • Buy a HFM compact disc
  • 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


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