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Jeff Raught
Jeff Raught

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

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Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.
Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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I just play to worship. Music is a great way to give thanks, I have this gift and I want bring back something to my creator. In subscribing here I hope to get to talk with people and share this passion.

Adam Shenk

Adam Shenk is a pop singer & writer. A Berklee College of Music graduate with a BM in Songwriting, he has performed his original music all over the country and released several albums & songs on ITunes. His music has been featured on The Real World and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and his voice was heard in a promo for iCarly. He was a semifinalist on MTV's Making the Band 4, where he worked with Michael Bivins & sang for P. Diddy. One of Adam's songs, "Top of the World," was recorded by Nigerian superstar D'Banj, and used in promos and live performances at the Africa Cup of Nations 2013.

andi and i

andi and i performs a substantive body of original "funked-up folk," interrupted by the occasional well-chosen cover tune. Al Tauber's lyrics, ranging from intensely thoughtful to patently absurd (sometimes within the same song), are well served by his dexterous and creative guitar playing and Andi Tauber's whisper-to-roar vocals. As one venue operator has noted, "It's often difficult to believe that so much music is coming from two voices and a guitar."

Andrew Kreider

A singer-songwriter for the past 20 years, Elkhart, Indiana.

Andru Bemis

SINCE 2001, Andru Bemis has wandered the ends, edges and in-betweens of North America more times than he can count - by passenger train, foot, thumb, bicycle, bus, subway, ski and occasional aeroplane. Wearing a three-piece suit and a derby hat, he carries his beat-up instruments on his back: banjo, guitar, sometimes a fiddle or banjo-ukulele.... His unmistakable voice, lightning-fast banjo and expressive finger-picked guitar styles, quirky humor, engaging stage presence and exquisitely crafted tunes of travel, love and longing have earned Bemis a dedicated following throughout Mexico, Canada, the U.S. and beyond.

Ben Brown

Music was an important facet of Ben Brown's childhood on a rural Midwestern farm. It had always been a vital part of his Cherokee, Irish and African American heritage; his mother commonly expressed her thoughts and feelings through song. His parents' appreciation for the music of the big bands, jazz, country-western and the music of so many other cultures exposed him to a great variety of musical styles and interpretations. His first exposure to the harp was Harpo Marx playing boogie-woogie and jazz.

Years later, in a harp world dominated by orchestral pedal harps and classical music, Ben singlehandedly reintroduced and helped repopularize a singular variety of folk harp which had been obsolete for close to 100 years with only three or four original European examples still in existence. He has proven this harp to be uniquely suited to the jazz, blues and improvisational music of his youth.

Twenty years after Ben Brown's reintroduction of the cross strung into the American folk harp world, the instrument boasts several hundred players and growing.

Benjamin Ezra

Dear Music Fans,

I play alot of the music I have written at concerts. Most people stand around watching and claping. If you like music I think we could be good friends, because that means we would have alot in common. I've been playing and writting music all my life. So if you have any questions about my life, music or want to play some frisbee come to the show. See you there.

Benjamin Ezra

Bill Beck

Been playing for a long time. Mandolin, Guitar. Bluegrass, Country folk, Jazz. Christian. Haven't traveled much in the last 10-15 years. Used to all the time. 3 states. Wife and 4 kids 3 in college, 1 in 8th grade. Not much extra money.

Play at Church with a small group. Piano, bass, drums, 2 vocalists

Probably wouldn't want to travel more than 100 miles. You never know. Everyone I play with is age 40+ Not much hair anymore. Ride Harley, like to travel. Enjoy all kinds of music. Enjoy filling in for musicians. Enjoy people. Enjoy diversity.

brad yoder

Brad Yoder, voted "Best Acoustic Artist" in 2003 and 2004 by the Pittsburgh City Paper, in a live coffeehouse performance.

Logging hundreds of performances in venues ranging from colleges, clubs, and cafés to church basements and the zoo, Brad has earned the title of "ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene" (Pittsburgh Magazine.) His song "Used" was recently featured on the CBS show NUMB3RS, and “Till the Colors” was a part of the Pittsburgh History Museum’s 9/11 exhibit. As a solo performer, Brad has showcased at the Pittsburgh Folk, and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, and opened for artists as diverse as Robyn Hitchcock, Todd Snider, the Nields, Ellis Paul, Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer, the Vigilantes of Love, and David Gray.

Bryan Moyer Suderman

Bryan Moyer Suderman has a knack for writing songs that are deeply scriptural, musically memorable, and readily singable. Since the release of his first studio album “God’s Love is for Everybody” in 2002, Bryan’s “songs of faith for small and tall” have become favorites of families and congregations across North America and beyond, and have been published in numerous hymnal, songbook, and curriculum resources. Bryan’s newest CD, “New World Coming,” is a compilation drawn from his 5 studio albums released over the past 10 years on the SmallTall Music label (www.smalltallmusic.com).

Previous recording credits include albums with Huellas and Licanantay (Latin American folkloric music groups), participation in 2 CDs released by Mennonite Central Committee to support people impacted by HIV/AIDS in Africa, and production of "Songs from Africa 2003," a recording of the Mennonite World Conference Assembly 14 International Choir, of which he was a member.

Bryan lives near Toronto, Ontario, and tours regularly, usually by bus or train, singing and leading worship in congregational and conference/convention settings - as well as living rooms, camps, schools, and the occasional park bench. SmallTall Music has been his "flexible full-time" vocation since 2003.

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