Meet Lolly Lee: Resilience, Inspiration, and Artistry

Meet Lolly Lee: Resilience, Inspiration, and Artistry

Meet Lolly Lee

Born a couple of miles from the Okefenokee Swamp the 74th of 75 grandchildren. A childhood rich with love and adventures. Realized I had an ear for music so taught myself to play guitar. It wasn’t until I was grown that I put together my love for listening to stories, words, music and started writing songs. In 2022, I lost my Dad, dog, and dear Husband. With the encouragement from my 4 grown-a** kids, I dove into writing again.

1 In Music tried to find out more about the musician…

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Lolly Lee [LL]: My music is a combination of Rock, Country, fa-so-la, Swamp.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

LL: My sister’s and parents’ album collections. Including Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, The Carter Family.

I’m very grateful for the support I have.

1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Lolly LeeLL: It crept up on me.

1 In Music: lol. We actually know what you mean! What type of music do you listen to?

LL: From Rap, Hip Hop to Hank Williams.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Lolly Lee [LL]: Don Tinsley

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

LL: Practice, practice, and vocal warm ups.

1 In Music: What do you do aside from music and that you are passionate about?

LL: Family, my dogs, pottery, quilting, lots of laughter, listening to live music.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

Lolly Lee: Contentment.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

LL:

Be yourself. Do your thing, there’s a place for everyone.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

LL: CD release February 23, 2024.

1 In Music: Thank you and best wishes. Where do we find you music?

Lollyleemusic.com

Sugarcane Jane: Meet America’s sweethearts

Sugarcane Jane: Meet America’s sweethearts

Meet Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee from Sugarcane Jane

Sugarcane Jane, led by Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee from Loxley, Alabama —has been America’s sweethearts from Alabama’s Gulf Coast for over a decade. Between them, they have amassed a rich musical heritage working with such notables as Neil Young, Steve Winwood, and Dwight Yoakam. Comparable to Shovels & Rope or The Wood Brothers, their music is melodic and direct, rooted in Country and Rock, and anchored by their sweet and soulful harmonies. 1 In Music got an exclusive with the duo.

1 In Music: The Sound of SugarCane Jane: What is unique about you and your music?

The vocal harmony is our trademark.

Anthony Crawford [Anthony]: We are a 3-piece duo; The amount of sound we generate live is due to our instrumentation. Acoustic guitar (played thru amp and pedals like an electric guitar); A kick drum for low end thump; And bass guitar. The vocal harmony though is our trademark.

Savana Lee [Savana]: Anthony’s music (he’s the writer) has always sounded original to me. As long as I’ve known him (23 years), I’ve never seen him listen to other music. I think by doing that, it keeps you from sounding like anyone else. Also being that we are a couple truly in love with each other, it seems to translate into the music through the harmony.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee from Sugarcane Jane

Anthony: Leaving the constraints of the Nashville music matrix. We have the most dedicated fan base that appreciate true artistry.

Savana: I’ve been a big listener and learner of music since I was about five years old. So many influences but the ones that really stand out through the years are Hank Williams, Lucinda Williams, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers. Buzz Cason has been a huge supporter of our music.

1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Anthony: The day I got a real job and worked one week to make the same as I could make in one night playing guitar while having a beer.

Savana: I’ve been dreaming of doing this for a living since I was five years old.

1 In Music: I already know Anthony’s answer to this but all the same, what type of music do you listen to?

Anthony: I do not listen to music anymore. I did in my younger days. Silence is what I seek.

Savana: I rarely listen to other people’s music anymore, mainly because I don’t have time. Three kids will keep you busy.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Anthony: That would be many including us. It’s still a pay to play business.

Savana: Older artists in general seem to be undervalued. The music business typically is looking for young artists although the older ones to me truly have something to say that make them more interesting.
I’d like to see Joy Lynn White back in the headlines or Jonell Mosser. Iris Dement is another who deserves more of a spotlight.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Anthony: We don’t. After thousands of shows we have our groove imbedded. We will go over new songs .

Savana: Again with three kids, it can be very challenging. Most shows involve trying to feed my kids before I leave or line up babysitting, get gifts for the kid’s friend’s birthday parties, pack merchandise, etc.
If we have new material, I really do have to carve out time during my week to practice. Otherwise we typically just go and do what we do. We’ve been doing this for fifteen years so we could perform probably for 8 hours straight without stopping if we needed to.

1 In Music: What do you do apart from music that you are also passionate about?

Anthony: I live in my studio. And I built a golf facility on our property to get sunshine.

Savana: I love gardening. I’ve been successful growing okra, corn, and tomatoes on our land. I really enjoy seeing the life of the plants in the yard. Being outside and getting fresh air and sunshine is addicting too.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

Anthony: Standing next to Savana knowing she loves the music and me.

Savana: Enjoying what you do for a living and being able to pay your bills without struggle.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Anthony: Define success outside of the realm of financial gain. Freedom is everything.

Savana: No one will care about your career more than you do. Be as independent as you can. Grow your career one fan at a time.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

Anthony: A road trip in May to Northern California for two weeks.

Savana: Yes! Our eleventh studio album On a Mission is coming out March 1, 2024.

Wow, good luck with it all and thank you for the interview! Before we part, where can we find your music?

Anthony: our website

Savana: Our website has ALL of our music (11 albums) but you can find 3 of them including the new release on all the typical streaming platforms.

https://www.sugarcanejane.com/

NY PodCat: Crafting Musical Harmony

NY PodCat: Crafting Musical Harmony

Unique Sound, Timeless Appeal

NY PodCat, comprising the dynamic duo Li Mann and partner Pete Sawchuck, resonates with a unique blend of pop sensibilities and rock-infused melodies. With Li and Pete both taking the lead on vocals, their sound echoes the iconic harmonies reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, yet with a contemporary twist. Breaking stereotypes, they embark on a musical journey, proving that age is no barrier to artistic expression. Their mutual love for rock music serves as a compass, guiding their creative endeavors towards authentic and soul-stirring compositions.

Unwavering passion

Li’s classical piano background intertwined with Pete’s early accordion adventures paved the way for their musical odyssey. From childhood gigs to college compositions, their shared passion for music propelled them towards a professional career. Drawing inspiration from diverse genres, they immerse themselves in a kaleidoscope of musical influences, embracing everything from classic rock to contemporary hits. Their unwavering passion and their propensity for blending humor and heartfelt dedication for music fuels their craft and perseverance.

A central and inclusive message of Love

For NY PodCat, success transcends conventional metrics, encompassing the joy of creating original music, charting their own path and sharing the message of love. Their journey is a testament to the belief that true fulfillment lies in pursuing one’s passion with unwavering determination, surrounding oneself with a supportive community and sharing love as far and wide as possible.

Future Endeavors and Musical Delights

NY PodCat invites listeners to join them on their musical escapade. Their Christmas single “Ring All the Bells (O Bambino)” enchanted audiences during the 2023 holidays. Their first 2024 single Silence reigns is accompanies love in the heart of all Valentines on the 14th of February. They promise that more music will soon grace  their official website and streaming platforms, inviting all to experience the magic of NY PodCat firsthand, and their unwavering message of love.

Meet NALA: The Majestic NY PodCat Street Cat

All throughout their adventures, Li & Pete remain the dedicated custodians of an illustrious feline princess, NALA. Bearing the name of a goddess, NALA commands attention with her captivating gaze and playful demeanor. She weaves her way into the hearts of her human companions, asserting her authority with a well-timed nose kiss or a mischievous leap. But NALA’s realm extends beyond the confines of the city streets. In the cozy confines of her residence, she reigns as an indoor feline goddess, a testament to her irresistible charm and boundless spirit. As her human companions, Pete and Li, embark on new adventures, NALA stands as a loyal companion, ready to lend her voice to their musical escapades. With her royal presence, NALA adds a touch of whimsy and enchantment to their creative endeavors.

Embrace the Melody, Join the Journey

NY PodCat’s melodic tapestry weaves a narrative of passion for music, perseverance in their craft, and boundless creativity. As they embark on new musical adventures, they invite you to embrace the melody and join them on a journey filled with love, joy, rhythm, harmony, and endless possibilities.

nypodcat.com

 

NY PodCat release Silence Reigns

NY PodCat release Silence Reigns

About Silence Reigns

“Silence Reigns (Acoustic Mix 1)” emerges as a testament to the power force that is Li Mann and Pete Sawchuck, better known as NY PodCat. It also showcases Pete Sawchuck’s craft as he plays all the instruments (except the violin) and Li Mann’s enduring creativity. The track originates from a spark on an old Casio keyboard years ago and blossomed into a fully realized composition only recently. Originally christened simply as “Silence,” Mann’s renaming of the track reflects a deliberate effort to distinguish it from its namesake counterparts while aligning seamlessly with its thematic essence. Beginning and concluding with the evocative refrain, “Silence reigns in the dark of night…,” the song’s evolution feels organic, its acoustic iteration merely the first of many envisioned variations.

Upcoming alternative versions

NY PodCat’s multifaceted vision extends beyond the acoustic realm, with plans for softer vocal and instrumental mixes, as well as a grandiose “BIG rock ballad” rendition featuring full band instrumentation. The trajectory of the song’s development intertwines with Mann’s theatrical endeavors, notably as a poignant duet within the acclaimed musical comedy “Save the Girl,” which she co-wrote with Daniel Guzman. This serendipitous collaboration found fruition during the New Works Festival in NYC, where Mann’s songwriting prowess shone amidst a constellation of original compositions.

The violin dimension

The addition of Ayran Nicodemo’s violin artistry, facilitated by modern digital connectivity, enriches the arrangement with a haunting elegance, complementing the sampled string section to perfection. Mann’s marvel at the global collaboration facilitated by technology underscores the transformative nature of contemporary music production, wherein boundaries dissolve, and creativity knows no geographic confines.

Happy Valentine!

As NY PodCat continues to craft and curate their sonic tapestry, their embrace of the digital era’s musical landscape is palpable. While the allure of the full-length album persists, the ethos of the single as a standalone artistic statement resonates anew, echoing the golden age of vinyl in a digital guise. With distribution channels spanning from their official website at nypodcat.com to major streaming platforms, Mann’s dream of a Valentine’s month release is now realized, a fitting tribute to the enduring theme of love woven into NY PodCat’s expanding repertoire.

In the name of Love

In this symphony of creativity, NY PodCat invites listeners on a journey where passion, innovation, and collaboration converge, promising an enriching sonic experience that transcends borders and celebrates the universal language of music. Happy Valentine’s Day to all, as love continues, as it did in their last Christmas release Ring All The Bells (O Bambino), to find resonance within the harmonies of NY PodCat’s musical odyssey.

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Vandes Jackson: Exclusive with the renowned talent

Vandes Jackson: Exclusive with the renowned talent

Vandes Jackson, renowned American record producer, songwriter, musician, and artist, has officially released a highly anticipated masterpiece, “Rockstar Trap Music II.” The album showcases his innate talent and encompasses a diverse range of sounds that reflect his upbringing in the culturally rich city of Chicago.

Vandes Jackson

Growing up in Chicago, Vandes Jackson discovered his passion for music at a young age, honing his skills in a small home studio attic on the south side of the city.

The unique sound of Vandes Jackson

my lifelong love and dedication for the craft are unmistakable

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Vandes Jackson’s music stands out due to its unique blend of genres and his captivating flow. He is classically and professionally trained. Nevertheless, he seamlessly draws influences from various genres, and his music has a distinct charm that resonates with listeners worldwide. His ability to seamlessly fuse traditional Hip Hop with contemporary Trap sounds creates an innovative and refreshing musical experience. Vandes Jackson also explores deep and relatable themes in his lyrics, addressing resilience, love, and the challenges of pursuing dreams. With his mesmerizing flow and catchy hooks, he has gained attention within the industry and is establishing himself as a standout artist. Additionally, his collaborations with renowned producers and artists further showcase his talent and versatility.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

 

Vandes Jackson’s music has been shaped by various influences that have played a significant role in his development as an artist. Some of his musical influences include industry moguls such as Pharrell, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Kanye West, and Zaytoven. These influential figures have not only inspired Vandes Jackson but also contributed to the unique blend of genres and sounds in his music.
In terms of support, Vandes Jackson has garnered attention and backing from both his fans and the industry.
Through his dedication and passion for music, Vandes Jackson continues to gather recognition and support from a growing audience as he establishes himself as a standout artist.

The inspirations that birthed the sound of Vandes Jackson

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

Vandes Jackson

VJ: Beginning in a small home studio attic in the city, my roots in music were humble. Equipped with a drum set, a plethora of musical equipment, and boundless creativity, I began honing my skills. As I delved into a variety of genres and drew influence from various sources, my passion for music intensified, driving me to pursue it full-time as a record producer, songwriter, musician, and artist after my military enlistment. Though the exact moment of my decision to pursue a professional career in music may be unclear, my lifelong love and dedication for the craft are unmistakable.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

VJ: Attending a performing arts high school provided me with a unique opportunity to immerse myself in various artistic disciplines, including studying the art of Jazz. During this time, I was exposed to a diverse range of musical styles and influences that shaped my musical journey.

One significant influence came from my grandfather, who would play Gene Ammons’ “Canadian Sunset” and the music of my great boogie-woogie pianist father, Albert Ammons, daily during my adolescence. These experiences rooted me in the rich jazz tradition and allowed me to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of this genre.

Additionally, my upbringing exposed me to other genres as well. Coming from a gospel background, thanks to my grandfather being a pastor, I was deeply rooted in the spiritual and soulful sounds of gospel music. This connection to gospel music instilled in me a deep appreciation for the power and emotion conveyed through this genre.

Furthermore, my mother’s influence as an avid hip hop historian and super fan introduced me to the vibrant world of urban and soul music. Listening to these genres opened my ears to the rhythmic and lyrical artistry found within them. It allowed me to explore the nuances and creativity that each genre offers.

As a result of these diverse influences, I have developed a broad appreciation for music across genres, finding beauty in each. I believe that every genre has something unique and valuable to offer, whether it’s the improvised solos in jazz, the passionate melodies in gospel, or the rhythmic poetry in hip hop. This open-mindedness allows me to draw inspiration from a wide range of styles and create music that reflects the amalgamation of my musical influences.

Ultimately, my ability to listen to and appreciate all genres has enriched my musical journey and fueled my desire to explore and push boundaries as an artist.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

VJ: My perception honestly changes with the season. It’s important to note that the perception of an artist being undervalued can be subjective. I have always been fascinated by how different artists approach music, and one issue that I have noticed is that some artists, like Charlie Puth and Dominic Fike, are often undervalued despite the fun and unique music they create. While not necessarily my style, I appreciate the creativity and originality they bring to the table. It’s always refreshing to see artists who are unafraid to take risks and explore uncharted musical territory.

1 In Music getting inspiration from Vandes Jackson

Vandes Jackson

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?:

In the past eight months, I have incorporated the practice of daily meditation into my routine, which has become a valuable habit for me. Prior to important events such as meetings, shows, or conferences, I make it a point to pause and reconnect with the divine creator and the universe. This allows me to enter these moments with a sense of purpose and to be fully present for the people I am engaging with. I aspire to fulfill their needs, be it providing guidance like a prescription, offering a source of inspiration, or showcasing my unforgettable talents to make a lasting impact.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

VJ: One of my greatest passions is traveling and exploring new places, and along with this, I also enjoy reading a lot. Over time, I have amassed an extensive collection of incredible books that I am very proud of. I value education highly, and as a result, have been pursuing a graduate degree. With graduation just a few months away, I am patiently awaiting the opportunity to celebrate this milestone achievement.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

VJ: Success in music can be interpreted in different ways, as it means something different to each individual. However, from my perspective, success in music goes beyond fame and fortune. It encompasses the ability to connect with and inspire others through your art, the fulfillment of expressing yourself authentically, and the continuous growth and improvement in your craft.

To me, success in music means being able to create music that resonates with people on a deep emotional level, evokes positive emotions, and leaves a lasting impact. One day we will all die. The music will remain forever and that’s something beautiful to behold! Success is a metric. Music is power!

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

VJ: I wish someone told me what I was up against. Other artists aren’t enemies. The machine is. Initially, Diana Schweinbeck provided valuable guidance on industry trends and how to effectively navigate the music industry as an independent artist. I deeply appreciated this direction, but my desire to learn the most effective fundraising methods remained strong. I understood that this required connecting with the right individuals and seeking out opportunities to leverage my talent more effectively.
From my experience, I would offer this advice to aspiring independent artists: Nothing comes for free, and unless you can find a balance between your passion for music and the business side of things, your journey may not unfold as you anticipate. It is crucial to recognize that pursuing a career as an independent artist involves both artistic fulfillment and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in the highly competitive music industry.

What is next for Vandes Jackson?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

VJ: I have some exciting musical projects on the horizon! One of them is the release of visuals from “Rockstar Trap Music II”. I’d say be on the lookout for “Flash Out” (feat. Sticky Fingaz). I recently collaborated with the legendary artist on this new single, and I’m absolutely thrilled about it.
Furthermore, I’m currently working with a new production team for a special project that is set to be released this year. While I can’t provide many details at the moment, I can tell you that it will have an abstract and unique flavor, distinguishing it from my previous projects and releases. I’m aiming to release it by summer, so stay tuned for more updates!

1 In Music: Thank you for a great interview! Where do we find your music?

VJ: Vandes Jackson on all platforms!

Instagram: @vandesjackson_official
Twitter: @vandesjackson_
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-w5FYBCxxhEO8Wsumu1t5A
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2bHo946Vxq1I0JoNiZ66JH
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/vandes-jackson/1478456384

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-w5FYBCxxhEO8Wsumu1t5A