In both miles and metaphors, a 12-hour drive from Douglassville, Pennsylvania to Nashville is a considerable distance. With her blossoming career as an ascending artist, it is an inspiring journey that Stephanie Grace knows well.
A songwriter with something essential to say, a gifted singer and a charismatic live performer who has opened shows for platinum artists like Taylor Swift, Scotty McCreery, John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, and The Charlie Daniels Band.
Now 20, and already a veteran of national radio promotional tours and imposing concert stages, it is difficult to imagine that Stephanie could be overwhelmed by anything. “It’s all an act!” she laughs. “Growing up, I never had confidence. I was super awkward. Singing brought me out of that, but to this day I still get nervous before I sing. Then the second the song starts it’s like, ‘I’ve got this.’ It’s a drastic change. I get onstage and this explosion occurs.”
Seasons performs live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes “The Goat on the Roof” at 0:00, “Get My Pay” at 5:23, “Sea in My Veins” at 8:50 and “March Jigs” at 11:56
Seasons, a Celtic ensemble, features Peter Winter Lee on hammer dulcimer, Mary-Grace Autumn Lee on hammer dulcimer and drums, Mary-Kate Spring Lee on harp, and Mary-Clare Chun Lee on violin. The Sound Room is a project of Reading Eagle, WEEU830AM and Pretzel City Productions
Published on Sep 6, 2017
The Arrowhead Jazz Band performs live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes “Saint James Infirmary” at 0:00, “Mama Inez” at 5:10, and “Amazing Grace” at 8:56.
Berks Country Fest: An Americana Jamboree is proud to present the James Supra Band featuring Sarah Ayers on vocals, June 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the beautiful Stone Terrace Tent at the Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Rd, Reading, PA 19611 United States.
Harmonica or “harp” playing is well established with deep roots in the Americana music scene. Throwing back to its earliest use in countries like Germany, where it is also called the “mouth organ”, skilled players of the instrument can add grace notes, solos, blues notes, bends and twists like no other musician can. When you add fabulous vocals and superb playing on guitar and bass, you arrive at where we’re going with this show and you’re on the James Supra Band’s express train to concert fun.
Artists Sarah Ayers on vocals and James Supra on vocals and harmonica are joined by Lou Franco on acoustic guitars and vocals, and Mitch Shelly on acoustic upright bass. Sarah and James have been performing together unofficially some 10-plus years ago.
They continue to make great music and keep the crowds on their feet. In March of 2017, the James Supra Band was among the top nominees at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards, with nine nominations including Outstanding All-Around Performer, nominated both by fans and people who work in the music industry. He has won the top industry award two years in a row. James Supra also won Best Harmonica Player which made that the 18-consecutive time he won this award dating back to the award show’s inception in 1999.
The hallmark of a performance by the James Supra Band with Sarah Ayers on vocals is 100% professionalism and audience engagement. Long-established fans come to be at the party and newcomers find themselves in what instantly feels like a familial event where all are welcome to dig into the fabulous buffet of music that’s being served up by the band!
Published on Jun 8, 2016
Kevin Neidig performs live in The Sound Room at WEEU, 830 AM in Reading, PA. Set includes “The House Carpenter” at 0:00, “Boundary” at 6:42, and “Rain Down” at 10:24.
Extended Audio Session Below:
Rarely do you get in one musician the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Kevin brings all three with eloquent effortlessness:
The unexpected complexity, combined with graceful agility, are what grab you by the throat, compelling you to listen into the wee hours. Kevin possesses an otherworldly ear and literal sleight of hand. Watching his nimble fingers execute a fretboard is like bearing witness to a spider weaving geometry into form. He manages to project a kind of tenderness clad in power, by turns exuding mystery, exuberance and wit.
From first note, you notice honed, flexible vocals, at once at ease with old-as-the-hills bluegrass as the latest pop number on the radio. There’s authenticity underlying all the flow, and a comfort level with an impressive range – high and soulful to deep and baleful. Clear and powerfully emotive, Kevin’s voice commands you to listen time and again as you marvel at how your soul is stirred with each play.
Kevin’s approach never fails to present a different perspective – lyrically and musically. With his use of intricate timing, ingenuity with keys and tempos, and a dizzying contortion of chords, it’s easy to understand why other musicians clamor to play his compositions for the thrill and sheer workout of it. He delivers impeccably crafted, hand-hewn tunes – a perfect turn of word here, transforming melodies there – lush, tuneful journeys not to be missed.
I’ve been described as a singer-songwriter and maestro of guitar, banjo, mandolin (I love anything with strings), influenced by Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Tony Rice – heroes one and all. I can get eclectic, too – doing the occasional metal tune, Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers Band, etc. Times change, though, and I’m not sure this description fits me anymore.
A person of considerable influence in my life recently described the tunes on my new solo CD as “Music of a New Era” and this feels right to me. Maybe it’s because I’m now working with infusing intention into my music, the results of which feel like something altogether my own, or more “me” than anything else I’ve created musically. After studying under Grammy-nominated Sound Master Jonathan Goldman, I feel I’ve discovered a whole new way of working with music and sound, to the point where one of my sidelines involves working with sound in a healing capacity. I call it Sonic Reiki.
As performances and venues go, I was proud to perform, as part of Voxology, at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics and to open for such renowned acts as Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton and the Alison Brown Quartet. I’ve enjoyed playing numerous gigs at colleges and universities, including Bucknell, Penn State and Cornell, to name a few, and just about every festival a stick can be shaken at from Arkansas to New York, such as Ohio’s Funk-N-Groove Music Spectacular, Spoutwood Farm’s Fairie Festival and Harrisburg’s Kipona Arts Festival.
As for bragging rights, I have a nice collection of awards from the Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention in Westminster, MD, having won first place in the Male Vocal and Old-Time Banjo contests and four first place prizes in the Guitar competition. Another pride and joy of mine is the Neidig Guitar Studio, established 17 years ago in Mechanicsburg, PA, where I teach guitar and mandolin to a roster of talented and inspiring students.