Your musical inspirations?

Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, U2, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Bjork

Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Radiohead - The Bends, Bjork - Post, Tom Waits - Mule Variations,
Crowded House - Best of, Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth, Coldplay -
 A Rush of Blood..., Peter Gabriel - So, Sinead O'Connor - Universal Mother

How has music inspired you?

Just when I think I can't write another lyric, a melody comes along that
digs into my subconscious and finds ideas and words that I didn't even
know were there.

Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Sometimes music causes the difficult time, because the music industry is
so brutal and I'm married to my producer...but at the end of the day, there
is nothing that makes me feel more complete than when I'm singing a song
that I really feel good about.

Start with that voice - a voice that someone described as "a hot rock wrapped in velvet." Now, place that voice in a strikingly beautiful young woman. Sprinkle in breathtaking live shows, and what do you have? An act that is both talented and seasoned. And most importantly, an act that moves people with passionate, thoughtful music.

When Fisher's ballad "I Will Love You" first hit the airwaves on Star 100.7 in San Diego, disk jockeys Jagger and Kristi reported drivers pulling off the side of the road in tears to call the station on their cell phones and find out, "Who sings that song?" Star's Program Director Tracy Johnson said of the audience reaction, "I've never seen anything like this." Three thousand miles away, the Boston Globe reported, "The radio term is 'reactive,' meaning that listeners love a song and make their feelings known. Such is the case with Fisher's touching ballad, 'I Will Love You,' which has lit up the phones of several area stations, including WBMX-FM (Mix 98.5)."

Then there's the press attention. There were feature articles on Fisher in the Boston Globe, LA Weekly, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Bold. A gatefold article about Fisher appeared in Time magazine before they ever had a record deal.

Add a December 2000 appearance on the Tonight Show, several thousand Top 40, Hot AC and AAA spins, Soundscan sales of their major label debut LP nearing 60,000, a solid touring base from supporting David Gray and Duncan Sheik, a song on a gold soundtrack LP ("Great Expectations"), three million downloads, numerous uses of their songs in film and on television, and countless repetitions of that voice in national television ad campaigns that caused the switchboards of Verizon and Chrysler to light up with people asking, "Who is that singing on your ad? I love her."

Fisher has just released their third album, a double CD they have been working on for the past year. Uppers & Downers is a musical ride. The uppers are the upbeat tracks that make you dance and sing, a treat that will pleasantly surprise Fisher fans. And the downers are, of course, the songs that make listeners feel, those "reactive" songs that Fisher have become known for.
Fisher is currently working on their new cd, The Lovely Years, in stores
April 26th, 2005. In the past year, their song "Beautiful Life" was
featured in Toyota's "Moving Forward" campaign, and Kathy's voice could be
heard while Lance Armstrong road his bike across the country in the Nike
"Buffalo" spot. Their songs have also been featured in Smallville, Joan of
Arcadia, and for tv and radio promotional spots for The "L" Word
.   CD Baby


* Your musical inspirations?  

Willem de Kooning, Lucas Cranach, Egon Schiele, Van Gogh, Albrech Durer, Jackson Pollock, Hieronymous Bosch, Picasso, everyone.

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

Everyone. Bach, Beethoven, Purcell, Django Rheinhart, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Sarah Vaughan, Beth Hart, Hank Williams, Glen Gould, Wanda Landowska --- everyone.

* How has music inspired you?

It has shown me the beauty of the proportions in the universe. Music is order expressed in a gorgeous form.

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Music has always helped me through good times and hard times. Music is a window into the deep inner sanctum of life.

Sam Andrew
March 2005

He loved the relaxed atmosphere of San Francisco in the early 60s, and spent many hours taking long walks through the city. One day while walking down Page Street and admiring a huge Victorian on the corner, he heard guitar music coming from an upper floor window. With a love for music and a sense of adventure, Sam boldly walked into the house to investigate. It was here that he met Peter Albin and the seed for Big Brother was planted.

Sam Houston Andrew III was born December 18, 1941 in Taft, California. As the son of a military father he moved a great deal as a child. Sam developed a love for music a very early age. By the time he was fifteen, living in Okinawa, he already had his own band called the "Cool Notes".

Sam’s early influences were Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Little Richard. He also listened to a lot a black delta blues. Not only did Sam have his own band at age fifteen, but he also had his own weekly TV show, an Okinawan version of American Bandstand.

Shortly after Sam graduated from high school his father was transferred to Hamilton Air Force Base north of San Rafael, California. It was during this period that Sam started attending classes at the University of San Francisco and got involved in the San Francisco folk music scene of the early 60s. But it wasn’t until he returned from a two-year stay in Paris that he met Peter Albin at 1090 Page Street.

As Big Brother began to jell, Sam brought many songs into the band. He has been a prolific songwriter all of his life, penning his first tune at the age of six. Of his early compositions, "Call on Me" and "Combination of the Two" have been two of Big Brother’s most enduring classic tracks and are still concert favorites today. Sam continues today in his original role as musical director of the band.

Sam and original band mate James Gurley have produced some of the greatest psychedelic guitar solos of all time. In February of 1997, Guitar Player magazine listed Sam and James work on "Summertime" as one of the top ten Psychedelic solos in music history.

In December of 1968 Sam along with Janis Joplin left Big Brother and the Holding Company to form the Kozmic Blues Band. After about nine months and one album, "I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!", Sam returned to Big Brother.

After Big Brother’s stopped performing in 1972, Sam moved to New York where he studied harmony and counterpoint at the New School for Social Research and composition at Mannes School of Music. During this period he also scored several films in the US and Canada as well as writing two string quartets and a symphony. Sam remained in the east for eight years before returning to San Francisco where he began playing clarinet and saxophone.

Since Big Brother reunited in 1987, Sam has provided a wonderful variety of fresh new songs to the band. A sensitive and thoughtful man, his personality is reflected in the lyrics of his beautiful ballads. When Big Brother is not on the road, Sam pursues his solo project, The Sam Andrew Band.

Whether with the Sam Andrew Band or with Big Brother, Sam is a pure delight to see in concert. Not only is he a fabulous performer, he is also one of the most gracious, humble and kind human beings you will ever meet. One does not quickly forget an encounter with Sam Houston Andrew III
Big Brother and the Holding Company


* Your musical inspirations?  

Past: I always knew I wanted to play with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
since I was 14! I was in a local rock and roll band in high
school/college (American Truckin Co.) and I would whip out my
Gemeinhardt classical flute and try to emulate the man who would one
day honour me by playing on one of my records!

Future: I see myself moving more into the world music scene as my
tastes are very eclectic.  I feel I have so much musical exploration to
do,  which I hope will take me to far away places. I long to connect
with other indigenous peoples, meld music styles, similarities and
differences into a cultural dance that helps bring a healing in some
way to The Mother ...

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

   Currently on My 5 disc CD player:

Acoustic Alchemy- Against the Grain
Strunz and Farrah - Heat of the Sun
Behzad- Gypsy Renaissance
James Taylor- That's Why I'm Here
Oliver Mtukudzi- Vhunze Moto
Ok, So I LOVE guitar, world music, guitar, and JAMES!    ... But I had
to think really hard about my all time favorite song and it came down
   "Isn't This a Lovely Day"  Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong / Ella
and Louis (1956)

  * How has music inspired you?

It has given me a gift, and a necessary creative outlet in a time
when the our society, my adolescent body and the world as we knew it
was seemingly turning upside down... (The 70's!)  Basically, it saved
the spirit of a sensitive, young adopted Native girl, who painted and
sang her way through the pain- and found her way home.

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Music has walked with me through every moment of this journey. And I
must admit, I have written some of my best compositions whilst tears
were spilling onto the pages... Actually I think I shape-shift into an
emotional drama queen before I pick up my Martin... But seriously,  I
try to laugh through it and remember that the funky times sure can
morph into cool tunes...

FEED THE FIRE, Youngblood's newest release, follows her GrammyAward winning album, Beneath the Raven Moon and offers stellar performances on Native American flute with signature melodies again framed in captivating arrangements spanning a variety of musical styles. Mary is heard for the first time performing on piano and alto flute, and offers sweet vocals with original lyrics on two songs. With special guest appearances by Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull), Bill Miller, and Joanne Shenandoah, Feed the Fire is full of energy, warmth, and passion.

Bending tradition, Mary Youngblood is a modern American Indian woman of one half Aleut (Alaskan) and one half Seminole (Floridian) descent. Youngblood is often touted as the first Native American female to professionally record the Native flute. Verifying her talent and mastery of this ancient instrument traditionally played only by men, she was the first woman to win the Flutist of the Year award in both 1999 and 2000, as well as the Best Female Artist award in 2000 at the Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS).

Youngblood has a lifetime of musicianship behind her. She started with piano lessons at age six, violin at eight, classical flute and guitar at ten. As an adult, when Youngblood received her first wooden Native flute, she was compelled to pursue the mastery of this instrument so tied to her own heritage. Now years later with four unique and accomplished albums under her belt, Youngblood owns over 125 hand carved Native flutes in her collection and uses a wide variety of them throughout every one of her albums. Each of her flutes is masterfully crafted from different types of wood, bringing a unique sound and texture to each song.

Grammy Winner 2003: Beneath the Raven Moon

"Absolutely enchanting! On Beneath the Raven Moon, Youngblood beautifully demonstrates the talent that earned her numerous awards."
-Billboard Magazine

Beneath the Raven Moon can be considered a poetic concept album. The title of each track is a line from a poem written by Youngblood. Thematically, this album is about the human condition with its growth, interaction and journeys, and showcases Youngblood's strong voice harmonizing along with her many flutes. Further instrumentation is arranged by award winning producer Tom Wasinger who has worked on each of Youngblood's four albums. Beneath theRaven Moon explores Youngblood's exemplary flute playing with other American music styles including classical and blues, two of Youngblood's favorite genres.

"Mary Youngblood brings a fresh perspective to original melodies."
-Dirty Linen Magazine

Each of Youngblood's four recordings differ stylistically. Her debut, The Offering, for which she won Flutist of the Year in 1999 from the Native American Music Awards, is a beautiful solo flute recording that was recorded live in the huge underground chamber of the Moaning Cavern in California. These natural acoustics lend an amazing echo and organic quality to the distinctly memorable melodies that Youngblood creates with her flutes.

"In addition to the haunting sounds of various handcrafted wooden flutes, the listener can occasionally hear the drip of water in the cavern, which adds a surreal you-are-there feeling."
-Monterey County Herald News

Heart of the World found Youngblood weaving her flute melodies with the lush accompaniment of guitar, percussion and the exquisite voice of Joanne Shenandoah. The impetus for this recording is the U'wa people of the Rainforest in the Columbian Andes who are desperately struggling to save their land and their lives from destruction by oil companies. Heart of the World is the name the U'wa have given their native land. Proceeds from each sale of this album benefit their resistance struggle.

won numerous awards and accolades including:

Best Native American Recording
Association for Independent Music INDIE Award - 2000

NAV Radio Award - 2000

Best New age Album - 1999

Best Female Artist & Flutist of the Year
NAMMY Award - 2000

When Youngblood performs it takes only a moment to acknowledge the profound spirituality of the sacred Native American flute and its historical courtship and wooing attributes. Her haunting music is much more than a song-it's liquid poetry, a prayer. Mary Youngblood takes little credit for the intense emotions people feel when they listen to her music. "I am only a vessel between Creator and this instrument. As a sculptor would tell you, the clay has a spirit of its own and decides what it will become; so it is with the flute. These songs came from those who walked before me."


* Your musical inspirations? 

My musical inspirations are Modest Mouse, Maroon 5, Jamie Cullum, Carole King, Violent Femmes, The Killers, Gwen Stefani....I know there is really no rhyme or reason to my list, I like so many different types of music.  The most important thing to me is the lyric.

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

My favorite music is Razorlight (Up All Night), The Killers (Hot Fuss), Green Day (American Idiot), Pink (mizunderstood).  My favorite songs are Howie Day's Collide, Good Charlotte's I Just Want to Live, and Beck's E-pro.  My favorite musicians are Adam Levine, Jamie Cullum, Vanessa Carlton, and Jason Mraz.

* How has music inspired you?

Music has inspired me to keep on going.  Sometimes things don't go your way and you feel like quitting, giving up...but a great song can make you change your mind.  Some songs have also inspired other songs...I can get an idea for a song by a lyric or a chord progression.

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Music has helped my find myself.  Growing up and being a teenager is tough..I think that music has helped my discover what I want to do with my life.
What would you get if you crossed Pink with Edie Brickell?  If it’s pop musics hottest new artist Brie Larson then your right!   Singing her own songs for as long as she can remember, Brie started her professional career at age 7 and picked up her first guitar at age 12 on the set of her first television show -- where she scored free lessons from a series regular and also learned that you don’t buy a guitar just because it’s pretty.

Growing up on California film sets, Brie realized at an early age that she wanted to be a performer.  Having the opportunity to star in Disney Channel’s most watched original movie Right on Track , the WB’s Raising Dad, and MGM’s feature film, Sleepover, Brie learned that she was heading in the right direction.  But her pursuit of a musical career was really infused by her love for musical theater and was further cultivated by collecting vintage vinyl and attending massive amounts of rock concerts!  With every live performance she consumed she would go home late and scribble down lyrics to join a melody the following morning.

Larson’s infectious debut “Finally Out of PE” is based on her personal experiences and her prolific lyrics are written well beyond her 15 years.  Whether it’s the break up power ballad, as documented in the song “Go”, or the self doubtful, “Ugly”, a lyrically haunting song about depression and insecurities;  there is a story for everyone.  Brie also shows a feisty, whimsical side in “She Shall Remain Nameless” - a power pop anthem about a competitive girl, “Loser in Me” a homage to the slacker in everyone, as well as the title track, “Finally Out of PE” the anthem to all of those who despised gym class.

Brie’s expansive musical influences run the gamut from the likes of Carole King and Edie Brickell to the new sounds of The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, The White Stripes, and Modest Mouse.  Her album was produced by a stellar line up of producers that include David Frank, Ric Wake, Alex Cantrell with Soulshock and Karlin, Peter Zizzo, and Michael Binikos.


Daniel DuBois

Musical inspirations:

Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Fleetwood Mac

Favorite CDs:

"The Hard Way", Steve Earle;
"Lucinda Williams", Lucinda Williams;
 "Elite Hotel" and "Ballad of Sally Rose”, Emmylou Harris

Favorite songs:

"Pancho and Lefty", Townes Van Zandt;
"I Can't Make you Love Me", Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin;
"I Still Miss Someone," Johnny Cash

As my music evolves, I am always striving to be more honest in my
writing; that is what I admire most about the songs I love best.

The daughter of an Oklahoma schoolteacher and a pilot from Pennsylvania, Suzanna Spring grew up in northern California, listening to Emmylou Harris and Tom Petty, later discovering the music of Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams...two of her favorite albums are "Pieces of the Sky" and "The Hard Way."

After graduating from art school, Suzanna worked at an ad agency before being lured away by The Mustangs, a southern California country/rock band with a will to tour. Suzanna worked with the group as lead singer/songwriter, touring the western United States, Europe and Scandinavia, including gigs at The Powerhaus in London, the famed Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and the International Country Music Festival in Zurich, where Suzanna's song "Promised Land" was featured on a Swiss television special. Nominated by the California Country Music Association as "Vocal Group of the Year," The Mustangs also participated as featured performers at the Jimmy Dale Gilmore & Friends Show in Austin, sharing the stage with Texas artists Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock.

After the band broke up in 1995, a tape of Suzanna's songs was given by a friend to several Nashville writers, beginning a long-distance writing relationship with The Music City. Suzanna's homemade 5-song CD received the DISCovery Award and outstanding reviews, including accolades from local publications Music Row and The Scene. She spent summers 1999-2000 touring in the northwest as lead singer for band Ghosttown, along with bassist/vocalist Cary Beare, formerly of EPIC artists The Riverdogs, and opened for CURB recording artist Hal Ketchum in Salt Lake City. Fall 2001 included an invitation to showcase at Durango Songwriters Expo (October 12) in Colorado, and a week in Normandy, France (October 24-30) performing with an acoustic band. Signed as a staff writer at Bluewater Music Publishing from 1999-2002, Suzanna spent 2002 and 2003 writing and recording at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with Scott Paschall producing. The new album, She's Got Your Heart, was recently reviewed in UK music magazine Maverick, and a UK tour is planned for next year. Suzanna performed at the first annual Nashville Folk Festival in October 2003, and was a featured artist at TinPan South in March 2004. Recent performances include an interview/performance on WPLN's Songwriter Sessions, NPR's Nashville Folk Festival radio program, an invitation to perform at Durango Songwriters Expo 2004 in Santa Barbara, and an interview on Channel 5's "Words and Music" program. An active member of NSAI, Suzanna has participated in lobbying efforts in Washington, DC during 2003/04 on behalf of writers issues, and performed at NSAI's songwriter showcase on Capitol Hill for the US House of Representatives. Suzanna's only baseball song, "The Sweetest Part," was recently selected for a FoxSports compilation CD, and her song "Time" is the first single on the upcoming album from country artist Doug Stone.

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