Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Bigger Hands"

I think this video by our friend, Jim Parker, is very timely and will speak to each of us. Jim co-wrote this song with Nashville Recording Artist, John Anderson. It was released last year on John's album "Bigger Hands." This video was recorded during The Jim Parker Songwriter Series at the VBC in Huntsville, Alabama, where he hosts a monthly show.

A picture is worth more than a thousand words! Awesome video...awesome song...awesome singer!
Thank you, Jim!

Next Jim Parker Songwriter Series Show is
Friday Night ~ July 9th
6:30 PM at the VBC

Jill Colucci
Pam Rose
Randy Sharp
& host Jim Parker
opener Mike Willis

**Tickets on sale at the
VBC & Ticketmaster

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Madison Gazebo

Thursday June 24 – 6:30 PM

Village Green Gazebo in
Historic Downtown Madison

Donny and Susan Grace
Donny and Susan

Jim Parker
Jim Parker

Lori Lovelace
Lori Lovelace

MaryJustice Lucas


Monday, June 21, 2010

MaryJustice Live! Guntersville Civitan Park

A great event for the young folkes.... See you there!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

In Memoriam – BD Chase

Happy Birthday, BD!

BD started the Songwriters Open Mic at the Coffee Tree Books & Brew in Huntsville, Alabama, an event mentioned frequently on this blog.  I suppose you could say that this blog came into being because of him.  We stumbled onto the event one Wednesday night after MaryJustice's ballet class for a sandwich and cup of coffee, totally unaware of what that would mean to us. There were a handful of songwriters strumming guitars and singing their  songs… just a handful. Now the place is packed on Wednesday nights ... new comers and old friends sharing what they have written and carrying on his tradition of encouraging and helping one another.
Donald B. Faulkenbury was born June 20, 1947 in Pageland, NC.  He took the name BD Chase and began playing bass professionally in 1967.  He played in scores of night clubs, roadhouses, dives, and the usual assortment of weddings and played up and down the east coast in a variety of "beach bands" doing mostly Carolina shag music, oldies, and rhythm and blues.  He also performed backup for such groups as The Platters, The Clovers, The Coasters, Clifford Curry, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs and a brief two-week stint with a young country singer named Randy Travis.  BD decided to go solo in 1987 and in '93 retired from professional performances concentrated on writing. BD won numerous awards at the Mountain Valley Arts (MOVA) Festival.  BD said, “I've enjoyed this aspect of the business a lot more than the performing end but have yet to see any financial gain, however, as any songwriter knows, once you start, you're hooked”.  “So, if I never make a dime on any of my songs, I'll continue to crank'em out”.

BD was a talented artist who loved painting caricatures and  Americana. Some of his work is displayed at the Coffee Tree Books & Brew.  

BD_Chase_Chicken_TruckBD went home to be with his Lord on July 9, 2008. BD is lovingly missed by his family, friends and The Coffee Tree. His friend, Ken Dupree stepped up to host Songwriter’s Night. BD, he is faithful to get first time singers to sign the guitar. The first one got so full a second one was added.

Happy Birthday!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Jim Parker's Songwriter Series

Friday - June 4, 2010  - 06:30 PM

Von Braun Center Playhouse
700 Monroe St SW
Huntsville, AL  35801

Jim Parker's Songwriter Series is a monthly showcase featuring the world's greatest songwriters and musicians. It is hosted at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to see these artists perform in the round, up close and personal!
Here is a small sample from the last show!

Sally Barris
Sally Barris 
“Let The Wind Chase You” recorded by Trisha Yearwood
”Reluctant Daughter” recorded by Martina McBride
Don Henry
Don Henry
“Where’ve You Been” recorded by Kathy Mattea
”If I Was Your Man” recorded by Blake Shelton
Tom Kimmel
Tom Kimmel
“The Blue Train” and “Never Saw Blue Like That”
Host Jim Parker
Jim Parker
“Chicken Truck” recorded by John Anderson
”Bigger Hands” recorded by John Anderson
The best and most entertainment you’ll ever get for $20.00. Food & drinks available and served by Playhouse staff.

Tickets on sale at the VBC & Ticketmaster