Will Patton

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I’ve worked with Will on several projects, including:

What Love Is

Anna’s Birthday

Here’s Will’s bio. You’ll find links to his studio and social media pages below.

Will Patton. Will has been playing music since the age of 6, starting on piano and taking up guitar at age 12. Mandolin and bass soon followed, and he’s been leading bands since he was thirteen. He studied at Middlebury College in Vermont and discovered a deep connection with the rural landscape there. “Vermont called to me immediately as the place I wanted to call home… I love to travel, and I love returning to these Green Mountains.”

His travels have taken him to Rio, Paris and the Caribbean as well as all over the U.S. and Canada, playing rock and roll, folk, bluegrass, Brazilian music, and jazz. His bands have opened for Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Maynard Ferguson, John McLaughlin and Toots Thielemans. He has shared the stage with Roy Eldridge and Mose Allison and is featured on many recordings as a bassist and mandolinist. During the last ten years he has been visiting and playing in Paris, and his collaborations with legendary gypsy guitarist Ninine Garcia as documented on his recordings have received critical acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad.

He has also had a lifelong passion for Brazilian music. “The rhythms of the samba and the bossa nova and the sound of the Portuguese language are so seductive and sensual to my ears. And the spirit of the Brazilian soul, as expressed in the music, is very moving.” He has been exploring the music known as choro with his band Estrela do Norte, and the group plays many of his original compositions in this genre. The music features eloquent Portuguese melodies set against a harmonic backdrop of American jazz and propelled by the powerful rhythms of Brazil.

His recordings, made with his long time working ensemble as well as guest artists such as Ninine, have all been very well reviewed nationally and have been heard on folk, World and jazz radio shows all across America, as well as on NPR. There is a wide variety of styles represented on the CDs but the music is unified by the sound of the mandolin, violin, guitar and string bass. There are some cuts that bring to mind a smoky Parisian bistro, while others evoke a shady plaza in the heart of Bahia.

“I’ve been very fortunate in being able to play the music I love, and to find wonderful, inspired musicians to play with. The response has been really heartening.”

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Ryan Prewett

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Ryan Prewett. Ryan lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he plays keyboards, makes beats, produces music, and mixes records. He mostly works on Pop, R&B and Country music. In addition to his work as a producer, Ryan also travels as a keyboardist for many talented Nashville artists. Ryan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Recording Production and Technology from Middle Tennessee State University and has a passion for vintage keyboards, drum machines, and classic sounds mixed with current styles.

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Rachel Pearl

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Losing Lisa

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Rachel Pearl. Rachel Pearl whips together a delicious mix of jazz, pop, sophistication, and soul to create a rich new sound delivered in an unforgettable voice capable of both subtle nuance and rock-the-house power—think Billie Holiday singing Lady Gaga while deftly playing the ukele. It’s a surprisingly wonderful sound, new and refreshing and cleverly delivered. Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky to a talented professional blues singer-mother, Pearl’s early classical training earned her a voice with an amazing range and the mastery to wield it.

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Shane Murley

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Shane Murley is an American singer/songwriter born in Center Point, Texas. Music has always been a part of Shane’s life and runs in his family. Before having children, his mother was in a folk band playing guitar and singing harmonies, and Shane’s younger brother, Josh Murley, is also singer/songwriter/guitar player that was on Season Six of NBC’s The Voice.

Shane moved to Vermont in 2001 and quickly joined a band called The Huntington Project. The band wrote a few records’ worth of originals and put out an album in 2005. Later that year, Shane began four years of traveling, and along the way, he met musicians in San Francisco and formed a band that inspired him to pick up his guitar again. In 2009, Shane moved back to Vermont and began playing small clubs. He’s since gathered a group of very talented musicians – his current band is a six-piece featuring acoustic and electric guitar, violin, piano, mandolin, bass and drums. Their goal is to make an album during the next year while staying busy playing all over Vermont and the northeast.

I’ve worked with Shane on the following:

What Love Is

This Little World

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Andre’ Maquera

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I’ve worked with Andre’ on several projects, including:

What Love Is

Anna’s Birthday

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Andre’ Maquera. Andre’ is a Grammy-nominated recording engineer, guitarist, and writer/producer at his studio, West Street Digital, in St. Albans, Vermont. As a Guitarist, Engineer and Producer, André has worked with a diverse collection of artists including William Galison (Sting, Donald Fagen, Barbra Streisand), Anthony Resta (Duran Duran, Elton John), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz), Bobby Militello (Dave Brubeck, Maynard Ferguson), Paul Asbel (John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters), Al Conti (Grammy nomination), and The von Trapps (yes, those von Trapps).

André’s corporate clients have included NBC, CBS, Coors Brewing Co. and NPR, among others. André has toured with artists such as Edgar Winter, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Derringer, Foghat, and many others. He was even once considered as a replacement for Kiss’ guitarist, Ace Frehley!

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Ben Patton

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Anna’s Birthday

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Ben Patton. Ben Patton is an American songwriter whose diverse tastes and talents span the breadth of pop music, from rock to musical theater. In addition to writing songs for dozens of international artists, Ben has performed his own material on five solo albums, five Muller and Patton duo albums, and two live concert films. He has also penned a comic operetta entitled Simply Wonderful.

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Paul Asbell

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Anna’s Birthday

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Paul Asbell. From his early years, playing blues on Chicago’s South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul has earned an underground reputation as a true “musician’s musician.” He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin’ Slim, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others while in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

In 1978, seeking an outlet for more personal musical visions, he formed Kilimanjaro, and recorded two award-winning albums for Philo Records. Soon after, the band performed at the Kool Jazz Festival at SPAC, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and numerous national tours and concert dates.

Two sold-out Kilimanjaro shows at the Discover Jazz Festival in June, ’06 fueled a resurgence of interest in the group, the writing of nine new compositions, and the beginning of a two-year recording project at Kilimanjaro keyboardist Chas Eller’s studio. The result – Homecoming – was picked by Jazziz magazine for their “Best of 2009” CD, along with tracks by Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, and other heavyweights. Homecoming is available for audition or purchase at KilimanjaroJazz.com.

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Patrick Aprea

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What Love Is

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Patrick Aprea is the new generation of blues & soul musicians. Aiding in the preservation of music with a message of the story and struggle, Aprea has continued the long-lived journey to understanding how sounds can penetrate the deepest caverns of human emotion & stimulate action. Heavy influences from funk, pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock and blues; he will continue to forge his own style..

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