It’s been a long journey since I first discovered Mumford and Sons at Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2010. Apparently, I was late on the scene for this dynamic group, they had one of the largest crowds gathered at the Festival that year, and I wasn’t even sure who they were. Well, it didn’t take long to see why they rose to popularity so quickly, their guitar driven show is one of the most musically pleasing shows that I’ve seen in a long time.
I began to follow their sky-rocketing career and made it my mission to turn them on to Voyage-Air Guitar. They appeared again in 2011 at Bonnaroo and this time, I was ready. I called in a few favors from my friends at Sony/BMG and was given a personal introduction to Marcus Mumford and Ted Dwane, the two guitar players of the group. They checked out the guitar with much intrigue. Later that day, they sent their guitar tech, Adam and the drum tech, Ivan, in to check out the guitars. Adam really loved it and the guys posed with it just for fun. Adam said that the guys would love to travel with our guitar and he promptly gave me his contact information to try to facilitate that.
Being from England, and combined with their heavy touring schedule, it was a bit difficult to meet up with them again. A few weeks ago, they played three sold out shows at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium. I was able to go to the last one and meet with the guys. During sound check, I chatted with Adam again he was very excited that I would be leaving a guitar with them. Ted, of course, came out to claim it and had a great time goofing around with the keyboard player, Ben. See the video for a few laughs.
Watching the show from side stage, I had the best seat in the house. Big Kenny from Big and Rich was next to me, and guitar icon, Jerry Douglas appeared to sit in for a few songs.
Combine their passion, energy and sheer talent; it’s the perfect storm of the music world. Their ability to appeal to not only a younger age demographic but to listeners of all kind, including other musicians, is a testament to their talent.
Mumford & Sons members check out the Voyage-Air backstage before the show at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
|Here's Oskar Nyman from Finland, along with Tiffany Shea from Nashville TN. They're a part of the International Songwriters Tour, and Oskar is a big fan of the Voyage-Air guitar. He proudly plays it on stage.
The International Songwriters Tour features Nanna & Andreas Larsen from Denmark, Ashley Fayth from Newfoundland, Canada, Oskar Nyman of Jerry Lindqvist and the Grace from Finland, and Tiffany Shea from Nashville, TN/Austin, TX.
Each are being mentored by Robert Singerman (NYC) who, after 35 years in the music industry, is known for discovering new talent. Robert Singerman helped launch the careers of REM, 10,000 Maniacs, Violent Femmes, Smithereens, among others, He also founded Roadrunner Records and Gigmaven, which eventually became ReverbNation.
In 2011, these artists performed Official Showcases at CMJ Conference in NYC, Cutting Edge Music Conference in New Orleans, and are now touring from Memphis to showcase at SXSW Music Conference in Austin, then on to showcase at the CMW Music Conference in Toronto, Canada, performing 20 shows in 25 days. Click here for tour dates.
|Photos by Milton Adams
International Songwriters Tour 2012
Hello from Nashville, Tennessee! My name is Tiffany Shea, and I am thrilled to introduce the 1st Annual International Songwriters Tour, consisting of artists and musicians from Denmark, Finland, Canada, Brazil and the US, who are performing 20 shows in 25 days.
The tour starts in Memphis on March 2nd and goes to Austin (via New Orleans and Northeast Texas) for official showcases at South by Southwest, and ends in Toronto, with each artist officially performing at Canadian Music Week Conference and Festival.
- Saturday, March 3- Dru's Place (9 pm); Memphis, TN
- Monday, March 5- Bluebird Cafe (5 pm), Dan McGuiness Girls' Night (9pm); Nashville, TN
- Tuesday, March 6- Billy Block Show; The Rutledge (7 pm); Nashville, TN
- Wednesday, March 7- Bunganut Pig (8 pm); Franklin, TN
- Thursday, March 8- The Big Top Gallery (8 pm); New Orleans, LA
- Friday, March 9- Harmony Chapel (7 pm); Ben Wheeler, TX
- Saturday, March 10- The Iron Horse Pub (8 pm); Wichita Falls, TX (opening for Tiffany Shea Band)
- Sunday, March 11- J Gilligans (6 pm); Arlington, TX (Tiffany Shea Band Homecoming Show - pending)
- March 12-17, SXSW Music Conference; Austin, TX
- Wednesday, March 14- Iguana Grill (6-9pm), Austin, TX
- Thursday, March 15 – Cutting Edge Music Conference SXSW Stage; Victory Grill, Austin, TX (Individual Showcase Times TBA)
- Friday, March 16 – Waterloo Ice House, 6pm-2am; Austin, TX (pending)
- Saturday, March 17 – (Afternoon Performances) Love. On the Lawn @ Mercury Mambo; Austin, TX
- Saturday, March 18 – Waterloo Ice House, 6pm-2am; Austin, TX (pending)
- March 20-25: Canadian Music Week Conference; Toronto, Canada (Individual Showcases TBA)
How did these artists end up together?
These artists were introduced by Robert Singerman (NYC), who is known for discovering and developing new talent, and is a forerunner in the exploration and development of new concepts in the music industry. He has worked in the music business for over thirty years, representing at various times R.E.M., Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega among others. He has founded US labels; Fetish and Roadrunner (Rush, Nickelback, Lenny Kravitz), and has been meticulously involved in album and TV production; music supervision and consulting; co-founding music incubator and internet consulting firms, and is a partner in a French management firm.
He founded and then directed the EU funded European Music Office in the US for 3.5 years, and the French Music Export Office of North America for 5 years (through 2008). He has a long history of working with European professionals in music export offices to develop their artists and labels.
His current mission is creating a system of subtitling and dubbing solutions to make music truly universal and global. He is working with partners in a new company and non profit, to create (as Jon Pareles called it in his NY Times blog) a "world-pop utopia," so that fans everywhere can understand lyrics in their own language in real time with the music. He is also currently working with the Brazil Music Export Office.Singerman has been both a consultant and panelist at major music conferences in the US, including SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York City; additionally at CMW in Toronto, and other conferences around the world including those in Brazil, Paris,Warsaw, Berlin, and Los Angeles. He has also worked in conjunction with the World Cultural Economic Forum.
In the summer of 2011, Singerman coached a songwriting camp in Austria, where he met and worked with Finnish artist Jerry Lindqvist, as well as singer/songwriters Ashley Fayth from Newfoundland, Canada and Nanna Larsen from Denmark. In September, Singerman was a panelist at the Cutting Edge Music Conference in New Orleans, where he met and heard the music of Texan artist, Tiffany Shea, who currently resides in Nashville.
In October, at the invitation of Singerman, these artists played an official CMJ showcase together in NYC. They all discussed co-touring in 2012, starting with SXSW in March. As a seasoned US touring veteran, Tiffany Shea agreed to coordinate and book a tour from Nashville to Austin and then up to Toronto for CMW; co-producing alongside Singerman the “First Annual International Songwriters Tour.”
Robert Singerman's quote regarding this tour:
International Songwriting Treat!
A wonderful evening awaits if you take the chance to hear these 5 singer-songwriters/ bands from around the globe. Following their Manhattan CMJ Music Marathon concerts together last fall, they have joined up to tour the Southeast, culminating in showcasing at SXSW and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Do your soul a favor and spend the evening with them, you'll be glad you did!
Find all of these Artists on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, SonicBids - Buy Tour Merch at www.cafepress.com/internationalsongwriterstour2012
'ON TOUR NOW' with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band!
Click here for info: http://www.bobseger.com/tour
Jim “Moose” Brown is a session musician, record producer, songwriter in Nashville, TN. As a "live" musician Moose toured with Bob Seger as a member of the Silver Bullet Band on the 2006-2007 "Face The Promise" tour and the current 2011 tour playing electric guitar and keyboards. As a session player he has played on over 20 #1 singles, recording with artists: Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley, Trace Atkins, Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Jamey Johnson, Steve Holy, Chely Wright, Trick Pony, Bob Seger, Trent Tomlinson, Marty Stuart, Darius Rucker, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Osborne, Connie Smith, Lila McCann, Justin Moore, Rodney Atkins, Hank Williams Jr., Willie Nelson, Billy Gibbons, Heartland, Paul Overstreet, Doug Stone, Mark Chesnutt, Bucky Covington, Chris Young, Patti Loveless, The Whites, Lee Brice, Danielle Peck, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Griffin, Ritchie McDonald, John Hiatt, Joe Diffie, Randy Houser, and others. Moose was nominated for Keyboard Player Of The Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2005, 2006 and 2011. Moose played on the movie soundtracks of "Varsity Blues" "Cars" and recently "Country Strong" and the upcoming "Cars 2".
As a songwriter Moose won the Grammy award for Best Country Song for co-writing "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere". In 2003 it was the most played song on country radio and went to #17 on the pop charts. Moose also co-wrote the top ten hit for Darryl Worley "If Something Should Happen" as well as the recent James Otto single "For You". He's had songs recorded by: Martina Mcbride, James Otto, James Wesley, Josh Turner, Terri Clark, Julie Roberts, Darryl Worley, Jamey Johnson and others.As a record producer Moose co-produced the Darryl Worley album "Sounds Like Life" which featured the top ten hit "Sounds Like Life To Me", and he also co-produced the critically acclaimed album by Jamey Johnson "That Lonesome Song" which features the top 10 single "In Color". The Grammy nominated album went Gold and is approaching Platinum sales. Moose also co-produced Jamey's newest certified Gold double album "The Guitar Song", which was grammy nominated for best country album.
Jim "Moose" Brown was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainer's Hall of Fame in 2010.
Recent photos from the Bob Seger show in Grand Rapids, MI. -
Rock n Roll Never Forgets
Jim Moose Brown - Seattle
The Bob River Radio Show
Jim Moose Brown,
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Jim Moose Brown, Peter & Jim Mayer
Play "5 O clock Somewhere"
Check this great clip of a recent Bob Seger concert in St. Paul MN and a special guest joins him onstage - Jim Moose Brown playing the Blue TelAir electric
Friday March 29th the Bob Seger "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" tour landed in Seattle, Washington. There is a very popular radio program in Seattle called The Bob Rivers Show. It runs in the morning and it is streamed live across the country. (www.bobrivers.com) Jim "Moose" Brown, guitarist for Bob Seger, appeared on Bob's show Friday morning. Moose, a Nashville session musician and an amazing talent on his own, plays a Voyage-Air acoustic guitar and Custom Lake Blue TelAir on stage with Bob Seger. His appearance on the show was not only amusing and informative, but he showed everyone what a humble and down to earth guy he is.
Before the Nashville-dwelling Jim Mayer became a mainstay in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band playing bass alongside his brother Peter on guitar, he earned his keep playing and touring with the likes of Moody Blues, James and Chicago.
For those of us not yet old enough to appreciate the subtle humor and salted, sun-soaked vibe of “Margaritaville” – much less buy a drink – Mayer has captured the attention of a much younger crowd with equal success. They know him simply as “Uncle Jim” and having twenty nieces and nephews of his own, Uncle Jim knows a thing or two about what the kids like. His first children’s album Funky as a Diaper has the chart success to prove it.
To date, “Uncle” Jim Mayer has played on over 30 studio recordings for Jimmy Buffett, JD Souther, Annie Sellick and many more, having produced and engineered 11 of those on his own.
See Jim Mayer talk about his Voyage-Air VAD-2 and also Jim, brother Peter Mayer and Jim "Moose" Brown playing "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere".
Click the tabs below to see these videos:
Jim Mayer talks about his
Voyage-Air Premier Series VAD-2
Jim Mayer, Brother Peter Mayer with Jim Moose Brown
Play "5 O clock Somewhere"
To describe Peter Mayer simply as the guitarist for Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band is reductive at best and an understatement at most. Though he’s toured and recorded with Buffett for 23 years now, his eclectic and inspiring talent as a singer, songwriter and vocalist have produced an impressive and criminally overshadowed catalog of solo albums and material recorded under his own name, The Peter Mayer Group, and with his brother Jim in the band PM.
The Peter Mayer Group’s eclectic style and influence can be traced back to his childhood in India where his parents worked as missionaries and Peter soaked in everything from traditional Indian music to the Beatles. It also doesn’t hurt that his band is stocked with sidemen culled from the bands as varied as Chuck Berry, Sheryl Crowe, Bela Fleck, and Alabama. Hence, elements of jazz, Carribean, folk and rock n roll blend to create wide-ranging-but accessible fusion accompanied by an electrifying live show.
See Peter Mayer, Jim Mayer and Jim "Moose" Brown playing "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" and Peter talking about his Voyage-Air BelAir Limited Edition Electric.
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Peter Mayer talks about the BelAir
Fins: San Jose, CA Show
Peter & Jim Mayer with Jim Moose Brown Play "5 O clock Somewhere"
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