COTUIT ON THE ROAD!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cape Cod’s own Sit-A-While with Kami Lyle as host where the stars fall in love with Cape Cod!
What is a Sit-A-While? A Sit-A-While is an evening of great music and a gathering of friends set in a variety of cozy, Oceanside settings across Cape Cod. Each Sit-A-While showcases Cape Cod’s beautiful venues as we move around to different towns. Our two national touring visiting guests will perform their favorite songs in a round with custom musical jingles for our sponsors interspersed with stories, skits performed by the Cape’s prominent business owners, and more great music! We have teamed up with international radio station WMVY to broadcast the shows on their website and with Live from Center Stage to videotape and broadcast locally.
Al Anderson Singer Songwriter He wasn’t the first. He wasn’t the last. However, Al Anderson did spend an amazing 22 years there – playing guitar in the college of musical knowledge known as The New Rhythm and Blues Quartet or more simply, NRBQ.
Alan Gordon Anderson grew up in Windsor, Connecticut, the son of a bass-playing father and piano-playing / teaching mother. His ear tuned to radio station WWVA out of Wheeling, West Virginia, he heard the sounds of country music that would later so much influence his guitar playing and singing. He also played electric guitar on Jonathan Edwards‘s 1973 album Have a Good Time for Me and was a member of the Wildweeds in the late 1960s.
Being the guitarist for NRBQ was no easy feat. In the course of an evening’s show, He was called on to play a Duke Ellington tune, some Carl-Perkins-rockabilly, country a-la No-Show-Jones, NRBQ’s own grab bag of songs or perhaps something from the Magic Box – a box into which the crowd submits songs for the band to perform – anybody’s songs. Perhaps overshadowed by his guitar playing, let’s not forget Al’s fine soulful voice. Just as his guitar playing ran the gamut of styles, so was he called on to sing a wide variety of cover songs and originals.
Al has kept himself busy singing radio and television jingles – Tide, Rax Roast Beef and United States Fidelity and Guaranty have been mentioned as ads his voice has graced. Also, you may have seen or heard him in “Double J” Jeff Jarrett’s backup band for a WWF pay-per-view event or performing the entrance music for WWF wrestler Billy “Rockabilly” Gunn.
In the 1990s, Anderson shifted his focus to country music, writing hit songs for such artists as Carlene Carter, Vince Gill, Diamond Rio and Trisha Yearwood, as well as Tim McGraw‘s number 1 hit “The Cowboy in Me“ and several album cuts. Anderson has also released six solo albums.
These days, Al is working primarily as a song-writer. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off Al’s songwriting career back in ’88 (however, Big Al did receive the first annual “Connecticut Songwriter if the Year Award” in 1979), recording his “You’re Gonna Be A Sorry Man” for his gold-award winning release Wild Streak. His songs have since been covered by a veritable who’s who of “new country” artists including The Mavericks, Hal Ketchum, Deanna Carter and Lee Roy Parnell. Also in demand as a session player, Big Al’s guitar playing can be found on releases by various artists including Brothers Phelps, Kevin Welch, The Highwaymen and more. These days, Al splits his time between Connecticut and Nashville where he writes with some of the best tunesmiths in Music City. At this point in time, he has said he is not even slightly interested in forming a touring band. “I’m very reluctant to go on the road. They don’t make a bunk long enough.”
Jill Sobule Singer-Songwriter is a Denver-born songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and gypsy. Over seven albums and nearly two decades of recording, Jill has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence and the Christian right.
Her recording career began in 1990 with her debut album Things Here are Different, recorded by Todd Rundgren. Her 1995 self-titled album, Jill Sobule, yielded the hit songs I Kissed A Girl (the original) and Supermodel. Since then, she has continued to record, produce and tour with an ever-growing loyal fan base. Jill is considered a pioneer in crowd sourcing, with her 2009 fan-funded record, California Years. She continues to be at the forefront of exploring and creating new models for artists in an ever-changing changing music industry. She’s performed with Neil Young, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Morello and Warren Zevon and inducted Neil Diamond into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
In the words of New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, “Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant…grown-up music for an adolescent age. She’s an American original.”
DETAILS: What: The Kami Lyle Sit-A-While..real songs, real writers, fake fireplace TV Series Where: The Cape Playhouse 820 Route 6A, Dennis, MA 02638
When: Saturday, October 8th at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $38.00 G.A.
For more information visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669. The Cape Playhouse is located at 820 Route 6A in Dennis 02638.
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