|1--index of this page:
2--welcome to after the war
musicians and singers (photos and contact info for each):
3--rod macdonald, acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals
4--mark dann, bass, 12 string guitar, octave mandolin
4--jp bowersock, acoustic and electric guitar, and bass (“stop The war”)
5--gary burke, drums
5--pete levin, organ and piano
6--jay ungar, violin (“for the people” and “after the singing”)
6--pete clark, violin (“i’ll walk in the highlands”)
7--george goehring, piano (“half heaven half heartache” and “white buffalo”)
7--bernie shanahan, vocals (“ballerina”)
8--penny nichols, vocals (“stop the war,” “days of rain,” “after the singing,” “white buffalo,” “every living thing”)
8--ruth ungar merenda, vocals (“stop the war,” “days of rain,” and “white buffalo,”)
8--david roth, vocals (“every living thing”)
9--tracy grammer, vocals (“american jerusalem”)
9--ellen bukstel, vocals (“half heaven half heartache”)
2--Welcome to After The War.
In May 2007 I went on tour in central Europe with bassist Mark Dann and guitarist JP Bowersock. We had some long drives to concerts, and during our conversations JP mentioned he had listened to all of my cds,
to study my songs for the tour.
“Your songs are killer, dude,” said JP. “And you sing a lot of them even better now. Ever think of re-recording some of the ones you do regularly, along with some new ones?”
Now as it happens, audience members often ask about the cds we have for sale.
“Which one has the songs you played tonight?” they ask. The answer was, “all of them,” spread out over eight previous cds.
JP had also produced several cds for various artists, so I asked: could he produce the very cd he suggested, some old songs, some new ones?
This is that recording, going back to songs I have sung consistently through thirty years of concerts, plus others that were never recorded, and some current new songs.
On Memorial Day 2007, we met in Woodstock, NY at Mark Dann’s studio, and began recording the band heard on this cd: Gary Burke on drums, Pete Levin on keyboards, JP on guitar, Mark on bass, and myself on guitar and vocals. In successive months we added the stellar musicians and vocalists also heard on these tracks, and thanks to this wonderful inspiration, and the help and support of our families and friends, here it is.
Why title this cd After The War? I’ve always loved this beautiful song by Fred Pohlman, it’s a song everyone should take to heart. Imagine a day, a time, a year, an era, when it truly is after the war, instead of during one or planning for another. What war? Does it matter? There’s always a war available if people want one. There are always people enriched by it to keep the pressure on. What’s needed is a new way: a time to heal, a time for peace, a time to stop wasting lives, resources, and spirit on violence and loss.
Welcome to After The War.
MacDonald began his singing career in a Newport, Rhode Island
waterfront bar while in the US Navy’s officer training school.
Honorably discharged as a conscientious objector in 1972, he became one
of Greenwich Villlage’s leading club headliners during the 1970s
and 80s, and is said by the All Music Guide to be "one of the most
politically and socially aware lyricists of our time." He has
recorded eight previous full cds of original songs, and tours
throughout N America, Europe and Australia. In 1995 he moved to
south Florida, where he lives with his wife and two daughters;
currently he is an instructor in “Music Americana” for
Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Program and
appears locally and on tour.
Contact Rod MacDonald at www.rodmacdonald.net or www.myspace.com/rodmacd
or at Box 3844, Boynton Beach, FL 33424
Dann has recorded and played bass with hundreds of artists, both
through his long-running recording studio and with the Fast Folk
Musical Magazine in the 1980s. Born and raised in New York City, he is
the principal bassist on all of Rod MacDonald’s recordings, and
since 1986’s “White Buffalo,” the recording engineer
and co-producer as well. He has toured with a long list of fine
musicians, most often with blues guitarist Robert Ross, the Dharma
Bums, and with Rod MacDonald (30 tours in Europe alone).
Contact Mark Dann at www.markdannrecording.com
Bowersock was the lead guitarist in Ryan Adams & the Cardinals for
several years, producing some of the group’s recordings as well,
and more recently served as an informal guitar teacher for the seminal
NYC band The Strokes. A food and wine connoisseur of note, as well as a
stunning guitarist, he lives in NYC with his wife and two sons.
Contact JP Bowersock at firstname.lastname@example.org
Levin is a veteran of New York's jazz, pop, and electronic music scene
since the 1970s, when he joined legendary arranger Gil Evans’
group on french horn, later changing to synthesizer, helping create the
group’s electronic/acoustic hybrid that won 2 Grammies. He has
since worked on film scores, jazz and pop records, and hundreds of TV
and radio commercials, and recently completed his 8th solo CD, Deacon
Blues, “a mainstream jazz organ/guitar trio project.” Pete
lives in Woodstock, NY.
Contact Pete Levin at www.petelevin.com
Burke has served as drummer for Bob Dylan, Graham Parker and many
others, and is best known for his dozen albums with Joe Jackson,
including 1983’s top ten album "Body and Soul." A veteran of many
world tours and media profiles in Modern Drummer Magazine, Gary was
also the drummer and percussionist for The Radio City Music Hall
Orchestra during the 80's.
Contact Gary Burke (via Professor Louie & the Crowmatix): www.woodstockrecords.com
|Jay Ungar is one of American folk music’s great traditional fiddlers, known for his knowledge of Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, and for original compositions such as Ashokan Farewell, featured in the Grammy-winning PBS series The Civil War. Together with Molly Mason, Jay has appeared on CBS Good Morning, All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion, and the BBC's Transatlantic Sessions, and host their own live-performance radio show, Dancing on the Air, on WAMC in Albany, NY. Jay lives in Saugerties, NY. Contact Jay Ungar at www.jayandmolly.com|
Clark is one of Scotland's top fiddlers of traditional and original
music, whose 1996 debut “Fiddle Case” was named one of the
BBC's albums of the year. His recent cd 'Now & Then' features
Pete's compositions alongside those of Scottish fiddle composers Niel
Gow, Willam Marshall and James Scott Skinner. In addition to his solo
career, Pete is a member of the Benachally Ceilidh Band and the Niel
Gow Ensemble, and an instructor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music
and Drama in Glasgow, and Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD.
He lives in Perthshire, Scotland.
Contact Pete Clark at www.musicinscotland.com/PeteClark
Goehring began playing in piano bars in Philadelphia and New York, and
by the late 1950s was a contract songwriter in the Brill Building in
NYC, home base for rock and roll songwriting in that era. Composer of
the music for Half Heaven Half Heartache (recorded in 1962 by Gene
Pitney), as well the 1959 #1 classic Lipstick On Your Collar, George
currently performs “My Life In The Brill Building” in
concert with Rod, Ellen Bukstel and Nicole Yarling. He lives in Delray
Contact George Goehring at email@example.com
Shanahan began his musical career in Greenwich Village nightclubs,
including a stint as pianist and lead guitarist in the 1970s Rod
MacDonald Band. His debut solo album, “Bernie Shanahan,”
was released in 1989, and since then he has recorded with such artists
as Cher, Michael Bolton and Alice Cooper. His 2007 release,
“You,” is “classic Americana.” He lives in New
Contact Bernie Shanahan at www.bernieshanahan.com
Nichols began singing in California in the 1960s, played the Big Sur
Folk Festival and recorded her first album, "Penny's Arcade", for
Buddha Records. Since then she has recorded with Jimmy Buffett &
the Coral Reefers, Art Garfunkle, Jennifer Warnes, Steve Gillette and
Arlo Guthrie, and earned a doctorate in Education from Harvard
University. She produces the annual conference SummerSongs: A
Songwriters Summer Camp. She lives in Saugerties, NY.
Contact Penny Nichols at www.pennynichols.com
Ungar Merenda is lead singer and fiddler in The Mammals, and appears
with her husband, Mike Merenda in Mike and Ruthy. A powerful vocalist,
she also sings in the Jay Ungar/Molly Mason Family Band, with Lyn
Hardy, and with Sometimes Why. Ruth also gave birth to William Puck
Merenda on January 28th, 2008. She and Mike live in West Hurley, NY.
Contact Ruth Ungar Merenda at www.mikeandruthy.com
Roth was born and raised in Chicago, and began singing in Greenwich
Village in the 1980s, winning the Kerrville New Folk Award in 1987. His
songwriting has led to judging the Napa Valley, Tumbleweed, and South
Florida Folk Festival songwriting contests, in addition to singing
"Earth" at the 40th Anniversary of the UN and having his "Rising in
Love" performed at the 100th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall in 1991. His
songs appear in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and in the
best-selling books Care Packages for the Workplace and Care Packages
for the Home.
Contact David Roth at www.davidrothmusic.com
Grammer was born in Homestead, Florida and raised in southern
California, where she began choral and classical violin studies at the
age of 9. After earning an English literature degree from the U of
California at Berkeley, she moved to Portland, Oregon and began singing
in 1997 with the late songwriter Dave Carter. Her first solo release,
“Flower of Avalon,” was the #1 most-played album on folk
radio in 2005. Currently touring with songwriter/multi-instrumentalist
Jim Henry, she is one of the top “folk” touring acts
in the US. She lives in Amherst, MA.
Contact Tracy Grammer at www.tracygrammer.com
Bukstel’s songs have won the 2008 Hollywood Music Awards - Best
Political Song Of The Year, the 2008 Paul Stookey’s Music To Life
Song Competition, the 2008 Breaking The Silence in Song - Domestic
Violence Theme Song Competition, and the 2007 Wildflower Arts &
Music Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition. Born and raised in south
Florida, she sings in concert and in George Goehring’s “My
Life In the Brill Building” performances, and is a successful
graphic designer. She lives in Sunrise, FL.
Contact Ellen Bukstel at www.ellenbukstel.com
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