Saturday, February 28, 2009

Guitar tab for "Notebook"

Every once and awhile I turn up something I hadn't thought of scanning or putting on the site, and although there is already a guitar tab for "Notebook" on the "other" page, this one was too hard just keep in a binder without sharing. This one comes directly from Don Peris and a copy was shared with me many years ago.

"Wonder of Birds" photo shoot

I've been holding onto this story for several months, but it would seem now is good a time as any to highlight two unpublished photos that have turned up on the net.

During the making of the "Wonder of Birds" music video, Valerie Gates (Gates Studios) took photos for A&M Records. Many professional and personal photos were taken of the band during this time, and Valerie's husband, who worked for A&M Records at the time, become friends with both Karen and Don.

You can visit her two web sites to view the images in their entirety. One image is hosted at Gates Studios, and the other is hosted at her site at Behance Network.

Source: Valerie Gates, Gates Studio.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Folk and Proud compilation

Added to the discography today is a 2-disc French compilation CD set called Folk and Proud. The song "Colors of the World" appears on the 2nd disc.

You can view the promotional video below.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Mike Bitts and Hunter Johnson with Hiram Ring

Mike Bitts and Hunter Johnson performed with Lancaster resident Hiram Ring yesterday evening. Unfortunately, I just received this information early this morning. Unfortunately, this was a one-time performance with Mike and Hunter.

Hiram and Mike met at a local open mic in Lancaster, and Mike played upright bass on two of the songs from his new album, "One Girl for Me" and the title track "Breathe Deep". These two songs were recorded live with Sam Frantz engineering - other musicians on those two recordings are Aaron Walker (drums) and Matthew Monticchio (piano), as well as other local musicians and friends.

When Hiram was putting together a group for his CD-release, Mike was available, and since Aaron Walker was not, he suggested Hunter Johnson. So the three and Matthew Monticchio became the core musicians for the CD release. For those who may not be familiar with Hunter Johnson, he performed drums with Don Peris and Mike Bitts on Don's 2006 mini-tour.

Below is a video from the CD release party. The song is called "Eternity".

Hiram Ring: Eternity from Timothy Rezendes on Vimeo.

Source: Heather & Hiram Ring