The “After the Fire: Vol 1” benefit CD was a great excuse to get three of our favorite Bay Area musicians together for a good old fashioned fundraiser. By passing the hat and selling merchandise we raised some money for North Bay fire relief and had a wonderful time doing it.
Mickelson, the mastermind behind the CD, was the perfect man to open the show, explaining how the whole thing came together and performing some compelling tunes.
David Luning is a John Prine loving singer songwriter who manages to walk that fine line between compelling songs and hilarious stories much like his musical hero. He spoke about his brief stint on American Idol and his upcoming appearance at his hometown music festival, Bottlerock Napa Valley.
The Sam Chase is our first three-peat guest and it’s easy to see why. He’s so damn funny and his tunes seem effortless. Go see Sam at every opportunity you get. Either with his band or flying solo, Sam is the real deal.
“After The Fire: Vol. 1” is a compilation produced Bay Area artist/producer Mickelson. It features 15 new recordings by many of the top singer/songwriters in the Bay Area including Sam Chase, David Luning and Mickelson himself. We will pass a hat and sell CDs at the event and all sales go to those affected by the devastating Northern California fires.
Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful of cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you’ll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool.
Forestville singer and songwriter David Luning has been working long enough and hard enough that any day now, as the old show business joke goes, he’s about to become an overnight success.Luning, 30, born and raised in Sonoma County, gave his first performance at a piano recital when he was 5 years old, and music turned out to be his lifelong pursuit.Long popular on the local club and festival circuit, he drew national attention with his televised “American Idol’ audition three years ago, and while he didn’t win, he accomplished his goal. He raised his own profile and graduated to a new level of polish and professionalism.
Through a career that spanned five full-length releases with his band Fat Opie, a struggle with a long-term illness and a career as a children’s book author and fine artist, Mickelson has persevered. In 2015, Mickelson released his debut full-length Flickering which made the Grammy Ballot in two categories, “Best Folk Album” and “Best Roots Music Performance”. His new full length album “A Wondrous Life” will be released May 4th.