Jessup Cellars’ TasteMaker Forum Explores the Resurgence of Busking with Award-Winning Author Heather Jacks During

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Jessup Cellars’ TasteMaker Forum Explores the Resurgence of Busking with Award-Winning Author Heather Jacks During Napa Valley’s Arts in April Month-Long Celebration    Paradigm shift in music business’s economic model inspires artists of merit to return to the streets for fiscal independence and success   Jacks receives SF Bay Area book grant, launches crowd-funding   (Yountville, CA, March 26, 2015) — The Jessup Cellars 2015 TasteMaker Speaker Series returns on Thursday, April 9th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm with Busking ~…

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I Am On Patreon

I am funding my next multi-media project about buskers on Patreon. This one is centered in the Bay Area. Please take a moment to check it out, share and become a Patron of my project today. Here is the project link: TNBTA ON PATREON   TNBTA Is On Patreon from Heather Jacks of TNBTA on Vimeo.

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Pray for Rain, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra Review


  Melancholy, derivative of nothing, reminiscent of everything and proudly out of step with current music trends, Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, give us 12 tracks of inspiring lyrics and delicious melodies of roots/rock that are well worth digging into. From Santa Cruz, California, a high end beach town of liberal values and progressive politics, hails the improbable trio of young musicians who elevate and captivate. Wildly ahead of their time, they take us back to the era of…

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Nicola at Pianos, NYC: A Sultry Zwischenfach Siren

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Thank you to Singer/Songwriter/Busker, Samantha Echo for sharing the following review about Nicola at Piano’s. At 8 pm at the illustrious Piano’s NYC (which has a mean Thai chicken burger special at Happy Hour, I might add), the versatile indie singer-songwriter Nicola walked onto the stage wearing one of the most impressive necklaces I have ever seen in my entire life. It was a Cleopatra-looking collar-like necklace featuring blue circle rhinestones interchanged with gold circles. She was also wearing a black tutu-style…

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Santa Rosa Rockers, Kingsborough in Review


In his thick rimmed glasses, Fedora style hat and an effortless cool, Billy Kingsborough, comes across like the intelligent and loveable ‘boy next door’.  On the backdrop of Chroma Gallery in the beautiful Sonoma County, Jessup Chardonnay, gently sloshing in glasses, the warm buzz of good people and great conversation filling the air, I entered into a conversation with four young gentleman; musicians with an array of stories and experiences, from busking in Argentina to playing the world renowned festival…

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Greta Keating; An Intimate Conversation


Samantha Echo has an intimate conversation with Greta Keating @ Le House of Cole: Empowered Girls Are Empowered Women   Samantha Echo: How did you first become involved with music and songwriting? Greta Keating: I’ve always been surrounded by songwriting, since I was little. My dad is a musician, so I think he influenced me a bit, and what really made me first want to be a rock star was seeing Avril Lavigne when I was six. Although I wouldn’t exactly consider myself similar…

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Le House of Cole Mixer Empowers Ladies


Singer/Songwriter/NYC Busker, Samantha Echo, attended the premier mixer by Le House of Cole, Empowered Girls are Empowered Women. She kindly submitted a recap of the event for those of us, who couldn’t attend. Thank you, Sam!   On the afternoon of Sunday, February 8, I headed down to Williamsburg to attend and assist with the premier mixer hosted by Cole Williams-X of Le House of Cole. Cole Williams-X, also known as That’s My Cole, known for her soulful, rangy vocals, infectious…

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Mr. Moonshine Delivers Humor and Heart in Debut Album


On their debut album, slated to drop March 3, the four piece alternative rock band, Mr. Moonshine, has cast a wide net proving that they have a handle on anything from hard rock anthems to the Vaudevillian obscure.  Over the course of 12 tracks, they show they have the ability to paint in many styles. Think circa ‘80’s Red Hot Chili Peppers meet Metallica, and then go to a rodeo to down some ‘shrooms.  Well, here it is; gooey, glowing…

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Troubador/Busker Matt Turk Cold Revival Album Review


A folk plea for universal mercy, sung in the crystal clear voice of veteran Americana wordsmith, Matt Turk, sets the tone for the eleven tracks on his latest work, Cold Revival. At heart and soul, Matt Turk is a folk singer. I met him in New York City, when I was creating my first book, celebrating the spirit of busking. I’ve had the pleasure of following his career for the past few years, and here he dives headfirst into personal…

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Busker Brian Belknap, Cradle To Grave Album Review


Alongside the rainbow colored streets, under lovingly and artfully restored building facades, a voice filled with gravel and gut bucket blues, spills onto the sidewalks. Perched on a small stool, music accoutrements at his feet; banjo, accordion, guitar, harmonica; there sits a gentleman of sinew and force, a fedora hat slightly askew on his head, telling his stories and selling his songs; inviting us– the random passersby to find and lose ourselves at the same time.  In that moment, one…

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