'Real Music' features local musicians helping REFB
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By Kaydon Coburn  December 27, 2012 03:20 pm

A cornucopia of local musicians feed the listener on the newly released  "Real Music: A Taste of Sonoma County Music... Volume 2."

The two disc-set compilation, released by Oliver's Markets, which also raises benefits for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, is packed with a staple of 33 tracks submitted from native artists of almost all musical flavors.

"Real Music: A Taste of Sonoma County Music... Volume 2" has down-to-earth, novel, and eclectic samplings: second helpings of country, blues, folk, bluegrass, virtuoso guitar, a cuisine of jazz, mariachi, funk, R&B, rock, kids music, pop, Latin salsa, swing, gospel, and songs that do not fit into any musical category at all; country based-Spanish-Hawaiian fusion. Do not expect to feast on any local heavy metal, punk, rap or techno though; this audio buffet is intended for the entire family.

On the artist menu: Disc 1-Highway Poets, Baby Seal Club, Sarah Baker, Brendan Smith, Doug Jayne, Greenhouse, Windshield Cowboys, Stephen Tamborski, La Senal De Tierra Caliente, Levi Lloyd, Buzzy Martin, Adam Traum, Easy Leaves, Old Jawbone, Girls and Boys, John Courage and the Great Plains. Disc 2-Volker Strifler, Allyson Paige, Batacha, Nina Gerber, Randy Vincent, Markus James, Prisma Trova, McKenna Faith, Moss Henry, Jill Cohn, Bottleshock, Arann Harris and the Farm Band, Jim Corbett, The Jami Jamison Band, Robert Ethington, and the David Thom Band. The final course on "Real Music... Vol. 2" pays homage to the late Norton Buffalo, a long-time, popular local musician, with "Lovin in the Valley of the Moon".

A local committee of music industry professionals was recruited to help unearth and hand-pick the musical banquet from over 130 local musicians that makes up "Real Music...Vol. 2." They are: Frank Hayhurst, Blair Hardman, Alex Reyes, Josh Windmiller, Steve Jaxon, Susan Sykes, Mark Braunstein, Laurie Schaeffer, Brian Griffith, John Crowley, Allegra Broughton, Cliff Eveland, Andrew Mastrioni, and Andre Des Channes. Hayhurst is accepting submissions for the third compilation CD.

The bounty of music harvested, professional 24-page color insert design and photographs, detailed artist notes, quality audio production, the two-disc-set is worth the price alone besides the financial benefit to the food bank. All profits generated from the "Real Music: A Taste of Sonoma County Music... Volume 2" go to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The music will also be integrated into the house music mix at all Oliver's Markets The CDs are $10 and are available at Oliver's Markets, The Last Record Store, and on iTunes.


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