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Songwriters in the Round – hosted by the ambassador of song, Steve Hale
September 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Songwriters in the Round – hosted by the ambassador of song, Steve Hale will take place at the Hood River Library on Wednesday, September 16, 7:00pm. Songwriters in the Round is a program where three songwriters Steven Hale, Tracy Klass, and Lincoln Crokett each take turns playing an original composition and sharing about why and how they wrote it. Three sonically creative artists with their hand crafted audio treats presented to you totally acoustically, regaling beautiful melodies, intriguing chord changes and compelling stories about their songs.
Steve Hale is a singer/songwriter with a soul edge. Steve delivers his brand of blue-eyed-soul-Americana-pop in the tradition of Daryl Hall, Sam Cooke and Bill Withers. His love for melody is woven deeply into the chordal fabric of his songs, making his music rich, sultry glowing and delicious.
An Oregon native, Steve Hale has been a singer, songwriter and producer in the Northwest for over 30 years. He’s played and toured in many different bands with varying styles; from soul, to power pop (Kashmir), to glam funk (RIA), to bringing it back to the source with a single guitar and voice. He’s won an international song writing contest, co-authored three songs with Gino Vannelli on his album “These Are The Days”, was the lead singer in The Steve Farris Project (guitar player from Mr. Mister), worked with Playwrite helping youth find their voice through writing music, has sung back up and played on numerous international, national and local artists recordings, as well as doing vocals for radio spots and promotional materials. He has produced two heartfelt and soul filled albums of his own material: Illusion” and “Words, Wire & Wood”. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon he now resides in Lake Oswego. www.stevehale.com
Tracy Klas has headlined, shared bills and opened with well known artists such as, Sheryl Crow , Tommy Tutone, 4 non blondes, Vonda Sheppard, Jennifer Batton, the list is long and still growing! A Demonstrating Artist at NAMM 2009 for Sennhieser Microphones and a main stage draw for many festivals throughout the West Coast, she has received Multiple songwriting and performance awards, and has been seen at many top venues. In addition, her Original Songs have been placed in major and independent films for New Line Cinema and Indie film companies. She is a Voice talent for Commercial /Jingle Vocalist for Mattress World, Izzys, Fred Meyer, Lacerella just to name a few.
Acoustic shows bring you Tracy’s voice as unforgettable beauty with edge – gets to your head, under your skin and into your heart with powerful vocals and touching lyric, solo with just her mother’s “vintage” Guild guitar. She is reminiscent of the old school vocal power and integrity of Grace Slick, Robert Plant and Pat Benatar, mixed with the new and honest textures of Norah Jones, Alanis Morrisette and Edwin MaCain. Incredibly eclectic vocals Tracy brings vocal Dynamics back to the world of linear pop. Combine that with her own unique, musical giftedness, mainstream accessibility, and her ability to write a great hook, you have a fresh yet familiar sound.
Lincoln Crockett is a talented solo performer who delivers standout original songs on mandolin & guitar while playing a heady mix of simultaneous leads, rhythms and chords. Crockett’s superb songwriting, arranging, mandolin and harmonies first helped progressive bluegrass band Cross-Eyed Rosie win over crowds at festivals like Wintergrass (WA), String Summit (OR), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO) and Pickathon (OR). The Willamette Week called Crockett’s full-length solo debut “Angels & Devils Alike” (2007) “gorgeous” and The Oregonian said it “radiates all that’s good about the progressive side of bluegrass.” The album and others afterward reveal his penchant for wry soul-searching, acoustic genre-bending and a spiritual flavor specific to no particular tradition. A music teacher and a regular staff-member at the Sister’s Folk Festival Americana Song Academy, Crockett approaches music as a profound emotional language. He is currently taking a break from performing to devote his time to his family, his energy healing practice, and building a small cabin in the heart of Trout Lake. www.lincolncrokett.com