Six Days to Go!
Welcome to Day 25 of the Indiegogo Campaign for The Shopkeeper: A Documentary about Mark Hallman and the Congress House. Every day during the campaign I am featuring a few artists who have recorded at the Congress House.
My turn! Let me talk about myself in the third person!
Rain Perry’s “Beautiful Tree” is the theme for the CW Network’s “Life Unexpected,” where she also had the surreal pleasure of appearing as herself in a music festival episode alongside Sarah McLachlan and Ben Lee. Rain is a Grand Prize winner of both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the ROCKRGRL Discoveries Competition, as well as a Telluride Troubadour finalist.
She has released four albums on her own Precipitous Records, as well as writing and touring a solo play about her hippie childhood called Cinderblock Bookshelves: A Guide For Children of Fame-Obsessed Bohemian Nomads.
A high point: hearing Nanci Griffith’s sweet voice on Tom Russell’s version of her song “Yosemite.” A not-so-high point: when it made the radio EP but not the album.
In addition to her career as a singer-songwriter, Rain also promotes concerts in Ojai and teaches songwriting, specializing in classes for people who harbor a secret desire to write songs but need encouragement and tools.
She has recently begun production on a documentary film called The Shopkeeper, which traces the arc of the music business through the story of her music producer Mark Hallman and his studio the Congress House in Austin, TX.
Pushmonkey is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Originally known as Billy Pilgrim, they first changed their name to Mad Hatter and later to just Hatter. The band experienced minor radio success with the song “Handslide” from their self-titled album. They appeared on Ozzfest in 1999 in support of the album, as well as Woodstock ’99. In 2007, the band won the first FameCast.com Battle of the Bands contest.
Ruben Ramos, also known as El Gato Negro, is an American Tejano music performer. Beginning his music career in the late 1960s, Ruben’s fame as has grown throughout the years as he formed his own distinct sound of music. In March 1998, Ruben was inducted into the Tejano Music Awards Hall of Fame and later won Best Male Vocalist in 1999. His band, The Mexican Revolution, also won album of the year in 2008. In January 2009 at the 51st annual Grammy awards, Ramos & the Revolution won the 2009 Grammy for “Best Tejano album of the Year.”
I can’t find much about Elizabeth Rice except that she made an album in 2002 called The Wishing Tree, that you can find here!