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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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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Bay Area Street Performance is the Focus of Upcoming Art Style Coffee Table Book


  For Immediate Release: Monday, February 2nd, 2015  Patreon Campaign Announced To Raise Funds To Create Multi-Media Art Book Project Focusing on Bay Area Street Musicians  Bay Area Street Performance is the Focus of Upcoming Art Style Coffee Table Book SAN FRANCISCO, CA., February 2, 2015 — (San Francisco, CA) – Producer and music journalist Heather Jacks, author of The Noise Beneath the Apple®, (TNBTA®), announced today the launch of a Patreon campaign to raise funds for her new Limited Edition Art Style/Coffee…

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Tip Me, You Wanker! Jack Dempsey Busks From Across the Big Pond

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Editor’s Note: We are delighted to welcome Jack Dempsey, from across the Big Pond. Jack Dempsey is the author of Tip Me, You Wanker! A Comedy Of Ill Manners In London’s Underground Tube. This is his first in a series of guest posts he will contribute to TNBTA®. Enjoy a good laugh and learn a bit about busking along the way! Cheers! Its 1978 and Britain’s Winter of Discontent is in full swing. It’s miserable. Luci and I are holed up in a squat in…

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Buskers of the Day, Franglais; An Audio Postcard for the Ages


  Some years ago, my son and I spent a summer in France. It was one of those moments that stay frozen in time; like a favorite movie that keeps replaying in heart and head. My son, then 16 had yet to enter that stage, where exasperated sighs would escape through clenched teeth and eyes would roll at the very sound of the parental voice. We drank cappuccino, gorged on pastries, traveled and reveled in all that is French. That…

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