The Grassy Strip Music Series: Artists
Not sixty seconds into Beautiful Friction and it is clear; the haunting guitar of Jamie West-Oram, expressive synth of Rupert Greenall, pounding bass of Dan K. Brown, steady beat of Adam Woods and unforgettable vocals of Cy Curnin add up to the undeniable sound that could only be The Fixx. Apart, you couldn’t refute their talent, yet it’s together that they shine. Together, The Fixx has an incredibly strong voice, strong legacy and strong future.
"With one ear tuned to the sounds of the past and the other firmly facing forward, [The Boston Boys] have developed a one of a kind take on the great music of the Carolina hills and beyond. [They] can frequently be seen at plenty of great venues. plus, you can bet on the fact that, whether you have the pleasure of seeing them in Boston, or somewhere along the folk concert circuit, you'll be witness to a one of a kind show that's definitely something to write home about."
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band began its career in 1972 and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s with the "Eddie & The Cruisers - Motion Picture Soundtrack". The hit single "On the Dark Side" held the "Number-One" position on the Billboard Rock charts and the MTV video charts for five weeks. The album sold over 3 million copies and was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA. The title track from the group's 1985 follow-up album “Tough All Over” became their second "Number-One" single on the Billboard Rock charts. The song "C-I-T-Y" from that album also reached the Billboard Top 20 while "Voice of America's Sons" was the featured theme song on the motion picture soundtrack of the movie "Cobra", starring Sylvester Stallone. Cafferty's solo track "Hearts on Fire" was featured in another Stallone film and on the double platinum soundtrack album of "Rocky IV".
Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.Pearl and the Beard’s live show is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. The band captivates their audience from first note to last, leaving fans and press alike completely engrossed in the world they’ve created with their soaring and sensual songs. From subway platform to park to field to brightly lit venue stage, Pearl and the Beard take over whatever space they occupy, including the people occupying it with them, prompting The Wall Street Journal to comment “…as Pearl and the Beard joyfully belted… to a growing crowd on the [subway] platform… commuters missed their trains to stay and listen, unsure what was happening—only that it was a New York moment not to be missed.”
This queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul, who grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples, teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process. She’s the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band, whose latest CD, 2010’s The Deep End, was honored on five national Top Ten lists and features special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson, and others. Ohlman topped the Alternate Root.com’s 2013 Readers’ Poll as top Americana vocalist, joining other winners Paul Thorn, Rosie Flores, The Mavericks and Rodney Crowell.