Also featuring RJ Cowdery, Billy Crockett, and cellist Dirje Smith in a special Christmas in-the-round.
Come for an eclectic and heart-filled evening of celebration, carol-singing, and, of course, great song writers doing what they do.
TOM PRASADA-RAO: Born in Ethiopia of Indian parents, Tom Prasada-Rao was raised on R&B and Ravi Shankar in Washington DC. With a shelf full of songwriting awards, he brings groove and spirituality to the stage, studio, and classroom. He is the winner of the Kerrville New Folk Award in ‘93, and Indie Album of the Year in ‘98. He has recorded with Ed Kind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eva Cassidy, Chris Biondo, and his many performances include The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and The Kennedy Center.
From headlining major festivals, to the relative obscurity of his recording studio, Tom has continued to develop his artistry. His work has blossomed into an impressive resume of producing credits as well as covers by other artists. This year (2012) will mark Tom’s first solo release in 10 years - featuring bass guitar legend Chuck Rainey, and piano virtuoso Julie Bonk (Norah Jones teacher) - masterfully produced by Jagoda. Tom is married to singer-songwriter Cary Cooper.
RJ COWDERY: After working for years in health care and writing on the side, Ohio native Rj Cowdery finally found the nerve to choose music as her career. At an age when most folks are thinking about retirement, Rj admits to being a late bloomer, but she’s been making up for lost time. She has continued to make her mark as a popular songwriter. Since joining the ranks of traveling troubadours, Rj has racked up major songwriting awards (Kerrville New Folk, Mountain Stage NewSong, Wildflower! Arts and Music, and runner up at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival) and fans from across the country with her heartfelt lyrics and tender voice. In This Light, Rj’s new release on the Blue Rock Artists label, is a collection of 11 intimate songs produced by veteran Billy Crockett and recorded at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, Texas. The CD features special appearances by Pierce Pettis, Kim Richey, and Jonathan Byrd.
BILLY CROCKETT: Love for the guitar, the right word, a clear idea, and a refreshing honesty has become, for Billy Crockett, 25 years of hit-yielding albums, and touring internationally.
In 2000, Billy retreated from performing and recording and in the quiet, he and his wife,Dodee, began creating their shared dream, Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, a top level recording facility, artist retreat and performance space in the Texas Hill Country. As creative director, he produces albums for some of music’s most vital artists, edits a thriving journal on creative process and hosts a popular concert series.
Dirje Smith, freelance cellist, is a natural musician whose joy comes through in every note.She brings an exquisite touch and improvisational skill, supporting artists at festivals, crafting parts in the recording studio, and playing with chamber ensembles. Working as a therapist by day gives her a unique soulful perspective that resonates in her playing.