Hey Music Lovers!!! What a week we had!
The Banner Days
First, we had the INCREDIBLE Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney of The Banner Days in our home to play for our family and friends. We had an incredible time!! Our house was full of love and appreciation and best of all, MUSIC.
Here is a link to The Banner Days Bandcamp music player. FYI – I completely adore the song “Song in my head” but you can’t go wrong if you listen to all of them…like…”Brother” is playing right now and I’m dying because of Beth’s voice. As far as Bradford is concerned…this beast of a man has the soul of a gentle giant and his powerful voice filled our home to the RAFTERS in the best way imaginable and he could hold it back so softly to a whisper – just magical.
They are truly spectacular and there are some HUGE things happening for them within the music industry. It was very exciting to have had them in our home before they blow up so huge they won’t be able to play in these intimate settings anymore. So gracious and humble. GAH! How is it that these people we meet are so freaking AMAZINGLY talented and STILL SUPER RAD?!
The Banner Days are getting ready to embark on a tour across the US and I encourage you to look for them – like them on Facebook and check their status messages to find out where you can see them live.
Bryan John Appleby
Our second house show was at a friends house and they booked Bryan John Appleby.
We had a chance to see Bryan play at a local church in Tacoma, WA a couple years back. The show was put on by a local production company called The Warehouse. They put on these great shows called “Candlelit Show” and they are usually held in a church or really cool old vintage concert hall – anyway – when our friends told us they booked him we pretty much freaked out and instantly said we’d be there.
His touch on the guitar is really great…soft and subtle fingerpicking and his voice is just tender and builds throughout the song. Bryan is also getting ready to tour starting in May and y’all should look him up if you’re on the West coast.
Just so that you can get to know Bryan a little bit, I wanted to share this video. You’ll need about 12 minutes…but just before the 4:00 mark, you’ll hear his sweet voice sing and his guitar. I hope you enjoy:
You’ll probably get tired of reading my words and telling you how important music is to me and our family and friends, but it bears repeating. If you know of an independent artist or hear something that I’ve shared that you like, start following these artists. They need our support. Go to their shows. Be prepared to purchase their CD’s, T-shirts and any other merchandise they have for sale. Donate to them. Participate in their Go Fund Me pages, GIVE. THEM. MONEY. They work so hard to share their gifts and talent. They deserve it.
Thank you for reading. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below. I’d love to hear from you – if you are interested in hosting your own House Show and would like to know how to accomplish this or have any questions at all, leave me a comment.
Music is life. Live it. Love it. Share it with the world!