Come along for a ride… It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

29 04 2012

“My soul blows crazy on the sails of a ~ derelict wind”~ from Good Love, one of my favorite tracks on the new CD by Lance Taylor, “American Love.”

So for the past 6 months my job has been to drive every paved, public road from Santa Maria to the Salinas valley plus up Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur. I have about a week to go, and then my job assignment will be finished. Yesterday I was driving down this remote road off the Salinas valley enjoying a gorgeous spring day and listening to my singer songwriter friend’s new CD (Lance Taylor of Key West). I really love his music and new CD, “American Love!” I spontaneously decided to take this video with my iPhone as a souvenir of this fun job, and to preserve such a lovely memory. I never did see another car on this road. The video is a little shaky, because it was a rough, country road, and I was driving with one hand and holding my phone cam with the other. Look carefully, too, and you will see all kinds of critters in the air and on the road throughout the whole recording.

Check out Lance’s music on the Lance Taylor Music web site: http://www.lancetaylormusic.com/

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Próxima Parada ~ “Who You Callin’?”

8 04 2012

This is a great song written entirely, lyrics & music, by Bryson Bailey. I really like the vibe of this! Apparently the band was only introduced to this as a finished song the night before this performance. I wouldn’t have guessed as everyone seemed really into the groove like they had been playing it awhile.

Próxima Parada at Linnaea’s Café, San Luis Obispo, California, March 10, 2012

Bryson Bailey (lyrics, lead vocals, electric guitar)
Nick Larson (percussion)
Myles Wittman (trumpet)
Clayton Cole (bass)

Próxima Parada ~ “Who You Callin’?” from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Music To Make You Smile

28 03 2012

“I woke up this morning, and all I could feel was music
I woke up this morning, and all I could feel was music
Let’s jump on that front porch, and damn well darn abuse it
Let’s wake up every morning, and only feel this music”

So there was this new banjo, and the members of Próxima Parada, one of my favorite local bands, seemed excited to put it to good use. They only had the banjo for about a week, and just the night before this performance Nick & Bryson came up with the idea to do this fun medley. It starts out with the familiar “Dueling Banjos,” but then it segues into an original knee slapping, hand clapping, foot stompin’ song. They had the whole audience going (watch the video; it’s guaranteed to make you smile!). They call the medley “Next Stop; Porch Stompin’ ” (Próxima Parada is Spanish for “Next stop”).

Próxima Parada at Linnaea’s Café, San Luis Obispo, California, March 10, 2012

Bryson Bailey (lyrics, lead vocals, electric guitar)
Nick Larson (vocals, banjo, mandolin)
Myles Wittman (trumpet)
Clayton Cole (bass)
Kevin Middlekauff (sitting in on mandolin & banjo)

Próxima Parada ~ “Next Stop: Porch Stompin’ “ from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Bandly at The Sanitarium Music Nights Salon in San Luis Obispo

22 03 2012

Everyone at The Sanitarium Music Nights in San Luis Obispo, California, seemed to be enjoying the high energy performance of local band Bandly. They really rocked the house with their three song set. They are a newly formed band; I can’t wait to hear more! Here they are performing their original song, “Couldn’t Stay,” on March 21, 2012.

Bandly is Benly (guitars, vox and keys)
and Danly (drums, bass, keys and vox)

The Sanitarium Music Nights are organized by Vincent Bernardy of St. Vincent Folk. They are every first & third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at The Sanitarium Inn & Spa in San Luis Obispo, California. It’s a casual and fun gathering of local musicians, singers and singer-songwriters performing for an intimate audience of music lovers and fellow musicians.

Bandly ~ “Couldn’t Stay” from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.





Central Coast Love Song

22 03 2012

I really enjoyed finally meeting Central Coast singer songwriter, Don Lampson, last night at The Sanitarium in San Luis Obispo, California. Here is a song he wrote for his long time love, Peg, called The Heart of the Chaparral. It tells the story of their life together. Don gave a heart felt performance, and I loved how the lyrics referenced the Central Coast!

Don Lampson ~ “The Heart of the Chaparral” from Michelle C. Torres-Grant on Vimeo.








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