DREAM DISCS: The Rolling Stones “STICKY FINGERS” and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “DAMN THE TORPEDO
NEWMYER FLYER PRESENTS
DREAM DISCS: The Rolling Stones “STICKY FINGERS” and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “DAMN THE TORPEDOS”
Performances By: David Kitchen, Cal Everett, Scott Kurt, Ruthie & The Wranglers, Ty Braddock, Randy Thompson, Sean Chyun, Mary Shaver, Jonathan Mudd, Greg Hardin, Bill Starks, Tom Fridrich, Greg Hardin, Andy Rutherford, Dave Egelhofer, Chuck Sullivan, Arch Alcantara, Helen Hausmann, Justine Miller, Scott Ramminger, & Spencer Hoopes
The popular Dream Discs series pays tribute to the greatest albums in rock history, performed in in their entirety by some of the DC area’s greatest singers and performers.
The Rolling Stones 1971 album ‘Sticky Fingers’ is widely regarded as their best and it includes such favorites as Brown Sugar, Cant You Hear Me Knockin, Wild Horses, Moonlight Mile, & Dead Flowers. The record captures the band at the peak f their powers and it was an immediate sensation both for the strength of the songs and performances as well as for one of rocks’ most controversial album covers.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers breakthrough album ‘Damn The Torpedos’was released in 1979 and it contains the smash hits Refugee, Don’t Do Me Like That, Even The Losers and Here Comes My Girl. The record went triple platinum and launched Petty into the upper orbit of pop stardom. Both Sticky Fingers and Damn The Torpedos have been certified triple platinum and appear regularly on Best Rock Album lists compiled by Rolling Stone and others.
Newmyer Flyer is the second concert production company begun by BandHouse Gigs co-founder & DC musician Ron Newmyer. Previous shows have included The Last Waltz Tribute , Laurel Canyon: Golden Songs of Los Angeles 1966-73, Julia Nixon Sings The Songs of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, A Paul McCartney Birthday Tribute, A Southern Soul Tribute: Music Of Muscle Shoals & Stax/Volt, Love Songs: The Beatles , The Everly Brothers Tribute, A John Lennon Birthday Tribute, Like Your Dad Did : A Fathers Day Celebration, The Halloween Howl & four more Dream Discs album tribute shows.
David Kitchen is a soulful singer songwriter who specializes in cutting to the chase. His stick-in-your-head melodies and bittersweet lyrics meld 60’s pop with 70’s songwriter themes and draw on disparate influences such as Lennon-McCartney, TV and movie soundtracks and jazz standards. Early profound musical experiences and years of performing have given him the ability to move an audience with his intensely individualistic brand of rock, that is at times both childlike in its playfulness and adult with its wisdom, sincerity and honesty.
Born into a musical family and raised in Virginia, David’s first instrument as a young child was a miniature brass sousaphone. All through his school years, after switching to guitar, he formed bands and began writing songs in his mid-teens. Finally settling in the Washington, DC area, Kitchen has become a prolific musical force. When his first album, roots rock /country flavored “Low Falutin’” was released, The Washington Post’s Mike Joyce praised David’s mixture of “ … charm, attitude and tunefulness.” His latest effort, an EP entitled “Underground” led The Washingtonian Magazine to admire his “knack for writing clean, pop driven rock with just enough soul and grit”
He has been nominated and has won several awards (WAMMIES) from The Washington Area Music Association. Including Best New Artist, Roots Rock Instrumentalist, Roots Rock Vocalist, Musician of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Debut Album, Songwriter of the Year and Best Pop Vocalist for 2009 and 2010. David was a finalist in the Mountain Stage/NewSong Contest of 2006 with his song “Find Our Way”.
Variously Kitchen’s music has been heard on TV spots for the U.S. Labor Dept. and the Association of Speech and Hearing. His song, “Mystery to Me” appears in the Paramount motion picture “Wild Iris” starring Gena Rowlands. David also found time to write and record the theme song for Washington D.C.’s 48 Hour Film Festival. Kitchen’s songs have also been covered by a number of artists, including blues rocker Tom Principato, who covered “If Love Is Blind”, and the Pacific Northwest’s Fabulous Wailers, who chose to feature his song “ Cadillac To Mexico” as the title track for their 2003 release.
As a producer David has used his roots rock bona fides to great effect first with “True To Life” by American Song, a revivalist group he fronted for a time. In 2009 he was approached by local working class hero Michael Butler to produce his debut album “Should’ve Been By Now”. A popular success, one tune off the record, a paean to Baltimore titled “Charm City” was adopted as a home game opening song by the Baltimore Orioles.
Known as a road warrior in the local D.C. area, Kitchen continues to hone his skills performing before live audiences. In recent years, you might have found him at IOTA Club and Café with his current stellar band, heard him singing jazz with The Cutaways or rocking at Annandale VA’s legendary roadhouse The Sunset Grille with The Thrillbillys. Perhaps you witnessed a nugget of David’s alluring personality last winter at The Music Center at Strathmore as part of the British Invasion show or at The Barns of Wolf Trap’s tribute to another artist like Warren Zevon or Nick Lowe. Earlier this year he played a benefit for Best Buddies, a mentoring program for disabled young adults and was asked to contribute a new song to Hungry For Music’s soon to be released charity CD, “Diamond Cuts”.
He has shared the stage with many national acts including Alejandro Escovedo, Freedy Johnston and Eilen Jewell. As both a bandleader and sideman of astonishing versatility, David’s ambition is rare, his vision unique.
Scott Kurt grew up in America’s Rust Belt, and the grittiness of his roots is evident in every aspect of his music. From his debut album, “Ragged But Right,” recorded with his band Memphis 59, to his first solo effort “Down This Road,” he captures the essence of hard living, hard work and hard times in deeply personal lyrics delivered by a whiskey-tinged barroom voice wrapped up inside a whole lot of full-tilt country-rock guitar. Scott has opened for The Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore and many other national acts. He is currently promoting his latest single “American Man” which reached #34 on the iTunes New Country chart.
Cal Everett is a triple threat singer/songwriter/ musician who was a founding member of 80's power pop sensations Four Out Of 5 Doctors. He appears with Still Surfin'a Beach Boys tribute and has been part of Zip, and One Stop.
Ruthie & the Wranglers
Azalea City Recordings' Artists, Ruthie & the Wranglers, play rockin' American Roots music (also known as FUN!) and after celebrating 25 Years of Wrangler twang, they remain a cornerstone of the Washington, DC area roots music scene.
From original Americana Country and Rockabilly to rousing Surf instrumentals, their clever lyrics, high energy and spritely hillbilly harmonies set them apart from the rest.
Loretta Lynn & Wanda Jackson are Ruthie's greatest influences and the high energy of rock and roll were infused from the start!
Six album releases, national touring, and Americana radio airplay have kept Ruthie and her Wranglers in the spotlight and the band has won 30 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.
The musicianship of this group is not to be outdone—their stage banter alone can be worth the show!
Ruthie Logsdon (vocals, rhythm guitar); Greg Hardin (bass, vocals); Andy Rutherford (guitar, baritone guitar, lap steel); Bill Starks (piano, vocals); Tom Fridrich (mandolin, drums)
"...songwriting flair... nothing short of brilliant"
"I Got a Rocket in My Pocket"...is the kind of rootsy, high-spirited crowd-pleaser in which the Wranglers have long specialized."
–The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Kindred spirits: Loretta Lynn, Bill Kirchen, Asleep at the Wheel and Delbert McClinton"
–The Washington Post
Ty Braddock has been honing his honky-tonk craft around the dimly lit clubs of the east coast region for the past several years now. It looks as if this past year could be the springboard he needed to jump into the mainstream lights where he belongs. His new CD entitled "Mr. Honky Tonk" features such stellar stars as Merle Haggard's ace guitarist Redd Volkaert, recent Grammy nominee Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody fame, and Austin Texas pedal steel guitar master Ricky Davis to name a few. Ruthie Logsdon (Multiple WAMA award winning country female vocalist) also makes a duet appearance on the project.
Many are calling him "the voice" of country music on the Washington DC music scene these days and for good reason. Picture listening to someone with Waylon Jennings power and range, Johnny Cash's attitude, and a George Jones like softness to deliver a heartfelt ballad that will surely get the eye faucets running. It's real folks, and he delivers the goods with great passion. He is engaging, polite, and commands a great presence on stage with an often tongue in cheek sense of humor.
Bassist, singer, songwriter, designated hitter and presidential hopeful, Greg Hardin has worn many hats. After 20 years with Jr. Cline and the Recliners, Greg currently is a member of Ruthie and the Wranglers and one of the core members of BandHouse Gigs.
After 30 years playing sideman in DC based bands such as Junior Cline & the Recliners and the Cathy Ponton King Band, and the last 10 years as a member of Americana/Country band Ruthie and the Wranglers, and as a featured performer on BandHouse Gigs concert productions, Bill Starks recently released his first ever CD of original music "I See Trouble"
With a lovable, lived-in voice, amazing piano chops, and a distinctive Blues-infused style, the new cd is a long awaited treasure of eclectic tunes showing Bill Starks’ versatile and charming songwriting style.
Tom Fridrich is a member of DC's Americana act Ruthie & The Wranglers and Annapolis' swamp blues act The Racket led by Dean Rosenthal. Along with his performance on drums he has perfected the Jambourine style of percussion playing adapted from The Subdudes Steve Amadee. He remains actively on call for a variety of roots music acts in the Mid Atlantic region along with his producing and engineering projects at Studio 33.
Guitarist Andy Rutherford is regarded as one of D.C.'s most accomplished , and has performed with The Thrillbilly's, Little Pink, Cathy King, and many others as well as on numerous BandHouse Gigs shows.