Thursday, June 30, 2011

VOICE of the CITY, WESU 88.1FM: Live interview with Julie Clark Shubert

Only once in a blue moon does someone defy the odds and inspire us to remember our dreams, and our potential to live them! Julie Clark Shubert is a talented singer songwriter who began her her musical journey at 50 years old. For Julie's 50th birthday her husband brought her a Stradacaster electric guitar. Almost five years later Julie has written over 40 songs and has just released her first album. "From the Inside Out", which was recorded at Coffeehouse Recording Studio in Middletown, CT. This album rocks!

J-Cherry interviews Julie Clark Shubert on VOICE of the CITY. Listen to the show recorded at WESU 88.1FM here:

"I met and married my husband, Gary Shubert in 1976, when I was almost twenty years old. We had our first child Josh, in 1977, he was followed by Beth, Hauns and Jamie. I had always wanted to be a mother and for the next twenty eight years I was home mothering our kids on a full time basis.

During the twenty eight years I mothered, I lost myself and found myself about as many times as we moved. My active mothering experience was the most precious and extraordinary experience of my life. 

Gary bought me an electric guitar and now I am gig playing guitarist singer songwriter. I have written over forty songs and I’ve just finished my first studio CD. I don’t think I have ever received a bigger or a better surprise than to discover that I can play guitar and write songs. I cannot even tell you how much fun I am having."

Friday, June 24, 2011

J-Cherry and the Strawberries, VOICE of the CITY! Live on WESU 88.1FM... A Summer Solstice JAM!

J-Cherry and the Strawberries rock in the solstice strawberry style on WESU 88.1FM, Middletown. It's roots rock with a twist of funk and poetry! Join J-Cherry, Tim Sparks, Steve Far,  Sympetalous, Rich Hatfield, Phill Bullaro, at 70 Main Street Coffee House and Art Gallery in East Hampton this Saturday, June 25th, from 8-10 PM for a night of poetry and music.  Tune into hear the Summer Solstice show recorded live on WESU:

"This songbird has a voice that really packs a punch. When Jennifer Shafer Wood sings, she rocks you to your core. You laugh. You cry. And you leave a different person." Diana Carr

"Energy engulfed The Buttonwood Tree Saturday night when opening act J-Cherry and the Strawberries took to the stage and played to a house that overflowed the music room and spilled out into the library. A local artist with a passion for music, lead singer J-Cherry,  a.k.a. Jennifer Shafer Wood, plays her own soulful style of blues, poetry, and funk surrounded by an ethereal musical background.Her ad hoc 7-piece band included the main act for the night, Tim Sparks, on acoustic-electric guitar and a full group of supporting players: Phill Bullaro on drums and synthesizer, Steve Far on bass, Bumpy Chimes on guitar and keyboard, other guests and one talented bongo player/poet.  It was quite a crowd for The Buttonwood Tree's little stage, but it worked well.  The group played five of J-Cherry's poetic and thoughtful songs, each delivered with an passion that makes it clear music is more than just a side project -- J-Cherry lives it." David Gellar

Check them out on YouTube:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

VOICE of the CITY: Live interview with Jamie McLean

J-Cherry talks with Jamie McLean of the Jamie McLean Band as they make their way through the northeast. Listen here for the show recorded live on WESU's VOICE of the CITY

"Jamie McLean had a big decision to make in 2006. He could continue to tour the globe as the guitarist for New Orleans’ famed Dirty Dozen Brass Band playing sets at Madison Square Garden, Bonnaroo and Japan’s Fuji Rock. Or he could do it his way, take the road less traveled and begin to lead Jamie McLean Band. It seemed as though there was only one option.

“It was certainly a tough choice to leave my bread and butter gig but I could feel it in my heart that I needed to be singing and recording and performing my own music. I’ve never been happier!” 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bike and Build stops by, Anything Goes Open Mic Mondays at the Buttonwood Tree

Last Monday at Anything Goes Open Mic down at the Buttonwood Tree we had the great pleasure of meeting Rebecca and Rachel. Two cyclists from Bike and Build  traveling across the country to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, and awareness for the importance of affordable housing. Out of all the many wonderful places in Middletown they chose the Buttonwood Tree. They said, " The Buttonwood Tree was the coolest place to visit while in Middletown!"

It takes 9,000 calories a day to fuel these riders as they tackle hills and hundreds of miles a day! We'd like to wish them a safe and happy journey. Thank you, for your hard work and stopping by to educate us! For more information about Bike and Build follow the link bellow where you can also track the cyclists.

"Bike & Build organizes cross-country bicycle trips which benefit affordable housing groups. Specifically, we fund projects planned and executed by young adults.Over the past 8 seasons we have donated more than $2.7MM; built for more than 80,000 hours; pedaled over 5MM miles; and engaged more than 1250 young adults in spreading the word about the affordable housing crisis in America."

Monday, June 13, 2011

VOICE of the CITY: Live interview with Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson is a multi-talented musician. A native of Connecticut, he started playing music as a child. Tune into hear WESU's VOICE of the CITY, J-Cherry interview him,  and listen to some of his original music. As Always it's live and local! Listen to the recorded show here: