Bred to Jam for Bread / Various
Every Wednesday night at the Robinhood Restaurant and Lounge in Union you will find local songwriters entertaining a packed house. These artists spend countless hours wood-shedding (practicing) their material, honing their talent, and sharpening their skills, all for the show; people who write lyrics about life, joy, sadness, death and reality, songs with meaning, songs that speak to the heart and soul. Tom Wilson approached the host of the Wednesday night jam, Robert Poole last March with a proposal; a "CD" project comprised of donated material from a dozen talented and local songwriters. The proposal involved raising money by selling the CD for $15.00 through local retail outlets with all net proceeds slated for the four Mason County Food Banks. A percentage from each sale would be held for remanufacture. The CD will then be self-sustaining. Thirteen artists stepped forward to donate their talent, time and material to this project and Tom Wilson owning a 24 track digital recording studio was certainly helpful. The resulting CD titled, "BRED TO JAM FOR BREAD" is a diverse compilation of original material that surges in a poetry of sound and unimaginably exceeds the sum of it's parts. The 13 SONGS listed below are on the CD. A short bio of represented songwriters is included. WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE HOOD, THE STORM: Steve Madsen is a rare talent. Steve was clever enough to come up with Wednesday Night at the Hood as the CD's official theme song. The lead vocal is superbly crafted by Shannon Stanton and is nothing short of pure magic. "THE STORM" is a tune about the recent hurricane and flooding disaster in New Orleans. His lyrics paint this almost biblical and certainly political tragedy in grassroots realism. Steve will draw you right into the disaster with his mesmerizing vocal. SYMPHONY, BY AND BY MY LOVE, & WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE HOOD ENCORE W/STEVE MADSEN: Tom Wilson has performed in regional venues for over forty years. Tom is an accomplished songwriter, musician and published author with one-hundred songs, two singles, nine albums, and three books to his credit including the "Manly Adventures and Other Delusions" series. Tom produced, engineered, mixed and mastered, "BRED TO JAM FOR BREAD". DAVID'S DAILY DINNER: Lindsey Jackson has a distinctive approach to songwriting and her unique vocal style sets her well apart from the crowd. Her performances are riveting and distinctive. Hear Lindsey Jackson with her posse in person at the Robinhood Lounge on Wednesday evenings. You will surely find the experience a treat. THE LIGHT: Chris Anderson is an accomplished songwriter & musician with six LPs to his credit. Chris has performed throughout the northwest and nationally for thirty years. His duo, Anderson and Skok found success with their tune, "High Flying Bird" from the LP, "In and Out of Rhyme". The duo also placed a tune on the KEZX second album project. Chris has opened for Donavan, Phoebe Snow, Michael Tomlinson, Danny O'Keefe, Jesse Winchester, Bruce Hornsby, Suzanne Vega, Jessie Colon Young and America. STAY ON: Robert "Rob" Poole is and songwriter and musician who is also the "Bred to Jam for Bread" Project Coordinator and the venerable Host of the Wednesday Night Robinhood Lounge Jam. Rob's contribution to this CD will draw you in with it's cool flowing groove. MORNING SUN & JUDGMENT DAY: Jesse Noll writes and performs in a style reminiscent of Robert Johnson as he slips and slides the blues right into the anxious ears of everyone in the room. Jesse's voice could melt butter in December. Hearing Jesse Noll slippin' and a slidin' is a special experience you will not want to miss. BATHE YOUR SOUL: Cody Goodwin packs the power of his tune into this CD with a reggae/ska style that initially seems a contrast. As you will clearly hear, this song is actually an integral part of the glue that elevates this project to a special level. Cody's music vibrates with the resounding energy of youth. Keep your ears on Cody Goodwin and one eye on your woman. SHE DANCES: Mike Coucoules is solid, 'in the pocket' and in demand. Mike is a true pro and is directly in the center of the music business in Tacoma. Mike has performed with The Smoke and Blues All Stars, Karl Thurmond, Steve Cooley, Loose Gravel and The Malcolm Clark Band. Mike is guest host at the Robinhood every six weeks or so. Do not miss him if you get the opportunity. DANGEROUS TIME: Steve Anzalone donated this tune to the project. In this poignant social commentary Steve captures life's ups and downs from a different perspective taking the listener for a rolling ride through local culture. His vocal inflections are innovative and unique. Steve is slated to be on album number two and I look forward to having him back in the studio and to the magic that will surely follow. DAYS SPENT: Justin Stang contributed this beautifully touching piece of work. His guttural, sexy voice leaves the ladies feeling warm, cozy and ready to dance the night away. Justin's band, Sideways Reign, occasionally performs at the Robinhood. Cody Goodwin is also a member of the band. Check around for word of Sideways Reign playing in town. You will not be disappointed. ALL I WANNA DO IS: George Stenberg wrote this tune that simplistically states one of life's fundamental truths, not necessarily with words that have never been spoken, but with the way his melody and timing set the line up as the perfect "Hook." Sometimes simple is best. BOTTOM LINE: Local musicians, songwriters, artists, producers and engineers have donated over $40,000 in time, effort and expertise to create this truly amazing piece of work. Release is slated for December of 2008. Enjoy the compilation CD we have made available for you to download and share.