Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gumbo Factory

Musical Flavors of New Orleans
It is urban myth: you hear about it, you know it’s happening, but you never tangibly see it. Somebody is making an amazing record right next door, and it could be something Big.

Gumbo Factory is such a record. Masterminded and produced by Travis Fullerton, its rich layers of musical flavors thoroughly satisfy. Gumbo Factory began as a musical tribute to Travis’ friend, the late, great blues singer Ronnie Barron. It evolved into a collection of songs in a unique fusion of eras and styles that pay homage to Ronnie’s New Orleans roots. Gumbo Factory features six original songs as well as covers that put a new spin on two classics.

Sid George, legendary sax man, plays a key lead role, weaving you through haunting New Orleans melodies. Star-quality vocals, mystic lyrics, power drumming, creative keyboards, and sublime slide guitar work are orchestrated into something truly special. I would say it as the French say: Gumbo Factory has that certain je nais se quoi.

Travis is no stranger to the world of music: his early history drumming in young bands up and down the eastern seaboard led to international touring with world-famous groups starting in the heyday of Haight Ashbury. Gumbo Factory members have played with Dr. John, Stephen Stills, John Mayall, Tower of Power, Quicksilver, Humble Pie, John Lennon, Roy Buchanan, Martha Reeves, Sly Stone, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, George Clinton, Duane Allman, Lou Rawls, and many more.

Recorded in Bellevue, WA and Tucson, AZ with strong southern R&B roots, Gumbo Factory is a tasty, eclectic experience.

You can get the EP on iTunes and at Visit the Gumbo Factory website to learn more or find them on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Fabulous Johnsons

Michael Johnson on lead guitar, Jeff Kathan on drums, and Lynn Sorensen on electric violin and bass.

It was one of those special nights at The Barrel in Burien: three rock stars having fun and honing their chops, taking requests, and digging into some pretty deep repertoire, like a private rehearsal for a lucky few. If The Fabulous Johnsons' show at J&M in Pioneer Square this coming Friday is anything like the other night, it will be a show well worth seeing.

The revamped J&M Cafe features a bigger stage at the back of the venue, past a huge well-stocked bar, and there is a nice size dance floor. The engineered sound is excellent. Get ready to rock!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Local Talent Eleanor Fye

Original and Unexpected

Business consultant by day, singer-songwriter by night, Eleanor Fye surprises and delights. Her genre-defying performances two-step in and around jazz, pop/rock, and a little country. A little Raitt, a little Tori Amos, a little Carole King, her original compositions and passionate vocal performances take you on a soulful exploration of her own experiences, with playfulness, sorrow, joy, and utter authenticity.

Eleanor is a local Seattle talent who lives on Whidbey Island. A few years ago she followed her heart to Nashville and has surrounded herself with Grammy-winning artists. Back home in the Northwest, she is concentrating on her own songwriting and producing.

While “Drive,” Eleanor’s first album, gives us a glimpse of her unique point of view, her second album, “Love Stays On,” being released this month, dives deeper as she ponders life’s poetic journey.

Eleanor Fye “Love Stays On” CD release party is Wednesday, February 16 at Egan's Ballard Jam House1707 Northwest Market Street, in Ballard, WA.