Hey folks – it’s been a bit of a dry spell, so I think it’s time for a summer house concert!
On Saturday August 11th, we’re hosting Ojai songwriter/singer/guitarist Alan Thornhill and stellar guitarist Martin Young, recently returned from Nashville to his hometown of Ojai. It’s the usual drill: potluck at 6:30, show at 8:00. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and directions. Donations $20/person and it all goes to the guys.
When I was first starting out as a musician in the 1980’s I had the good fortune to befriend Alan and Martin, and they’ve both played with me at a number of shows – most recently at the Art Center summer music series. They have a long and celebrated history of performing together in Ojai, and I’m stoked to have the chance to host them at my house.
Okay! I hope to see you on the 11th! Write me back for reservations/directions.
Martin is a professional musician who has played and performed for many years all over the U.S. in major markets along with national TV shows such as The Tonight Show, Letterman, Good Morning America. His longest running gig was on the road and in the studio playing guitar for country singer Clint Black for 16 years. Martin has also performed with Martina McBride, Don Henley, Lori Morgan and Chely Wright. Martin is now producing independent artists for custom CD projects and running Music City Demos in Nashville and Ojai.
Long recognized as a notably brilliant player (winner of the prestigious Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship,) his distinctive sound has been featured on numerous recordings (Kate Wolfe, Chris Hillman, Hoyt Axton, The Rincon Ramblers and more.) While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it is simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many “one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.” Alan’s a singer admired by his peers and beloved by devoted fans and mesmerized first timers.
This award winning songwriter (American Song Festival, Mavric Music Awards) has been well-covered by Kenny Loggins, The Desert Rose Band, The Cache Valley Drifters, Chris Hillman, Michael Parks, Jim Messina and others. His place among the best was confirmed with the release of his solo album, “Sittin’ Out the Rain.” A spectacular showcase of Alan’s definitive songwriting, guitar playing, and vocal flair, the album, recorded in Nashville and produced by Pat Flynn (New Grass Revival) has been very well-received. “Sittin’ Out the Rain” has quickly become a favorite with fans and a testament to the talented guitar player, singer, songwriter, ‘guitarpenter’ from Ojai, CA. “Sittin’ Out the Rain” has just been chosen the winner of 2008 Mavric Music Awards-Album of the Year. Also chosen was “Lovers’ Question”, Country Song of the Year, and “Martin’s Tune”, Instrumental Performance of the Year.
Alan’s next solo release “Silver Morning” is a collection of thirteen original songs produced by Alan and Jim Monahan. The arrangements are more acoustically flavored and allow the artist and his songs to speak for themselves. Along with Alan’s guitar and vocals, “Silver Morning” includes Jim Monahan; Fender bass, weissenborn, and mandolin, Bob Nichols; drums and percussion, Tom Ball; harmonica, Gabe Witcher; fiddle, Randy Tico; fretless bass, Angus Cooke; cello, and Jeff Elliott; flugelhorn. Engineered by Steve Miles, “Silver Morning” was recorded in Santa Barbara and has received enthusiastic response from fans, old and new.
Alan’s latest release is ‘Guitarpenter’s Dream’ , an album of eleven original instrumental pieces recorded at home over the past Winter and Spring. Alan had often been asked about recording a collection of his instrumental songs, and ‘Guitarpenter’s Dream’ is just that. Recorded at home , this record has captured the warmth and melodies of his unique guitar style, as well as an occasional crackle of the fireplace, and the warmth of the 1928 stone house where it was recorded. Guitarpenters Dream was nominated for 2008 Mavric Music Awards Instrumental Album of the Year.
It is said that “an evening of Alan’s music is like nothing else”, and his albums are well worth a listen, a “rare documentation of musical jewels” from this guitar player, singer, songwriter, teacher, guitarpenter’ from Ojai, California.