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This is a once a month (every third Tuesday) show that is designed as a listening room for world class songwriters, many with hit songs, long touring/recording associations with music legends ETC... to play their original music in an intimate setting. NO COVER BUT DONATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURED AND GO TO THE SONGWRITERS. Project Barley serves excellent Food (Pizza, sandwiches, salads), wine, and award winning beer. Food served till 8:30pm. No reservations so arrive early to get a table. This month we are proud to present TED RUSSELL KAMP, ABBY POSNER, MARY SHOLTZ, JODI SIEGEL

TED RUSSELL KAMP

Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based singer/songwriter, producer and Grammy winning bass player.

Ted writes, records and travels the world performing his own country / roots / Americana music from his eleven critically-acclaimed albums. Ted also plays live, records sessions, and collaborates on songs with A-list songwriters and musicians in L.A., Nashville, Austin and around the world. Ted often works out of his home studio — The Den — and has produced several well-received albums for fellow artists there. Ted has also had the honor of being a friend, collaborator and member of Shooter Jennings’ band for most of the last 15 years. Ted also played on the 2020 Grammy winning Country Album of the Year, Tanya Tucker’s While I’m Living.

Ted is well known for his ability to step into bands and rock all genres of music — the decades he spent holding down the bottom end for bands as diverse as Shooter, Jessi Colter, Whitey Morgan, Wilson Phillips and others have made sure Ted had the chops for anything from major festivals to David Letterman appearances and the Sirius XM Outlaw Country Cruise.

The last few years have found Kamp focusing on his own career as well as touring and recording with Shooter. He tours continuously in the US and Europe, and has releasing his solo albums to critical acclaim. His records have debuted at #1 on the Euroamericana Chart and made the US Americana Chart’s Top 100 Records of the Year. The Big Takeover wrote, “Kamp simply knocks one ball after another out of the park…Saturated in talent and sincerity … good music done right.”

This Jack of all trades points to Dave Stewart and Buddy Miller as role models, in the sense that they move so seamlessly between the roles of sideman and frontman while supplying both substance and glue to every project they take on.

“The biggest challenge,” Ted says, “is always to be myself and express myself while still supporting others. Bringing in traditional elements is a way to make the music classier and more timeless, in my opinion, whether it’s to enrich my own music or to make anything I’m part of as great as it can be.”

“I was born in New York and live in L.A. and love the heart and honesty of Southern music,” Ted points out. “Most of my favorite records were made within a few-hundred-mile radius that circles Memphis, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans and up the Mississippi River, Dallas and Austin. It’s incredible — the passion, the storytelling and the soul that came out of that part of the country. It’s a huge part of the American voice.”

Ted dove into music after college. He spent several years woodshedding in Seattle, and recorded four LPs with his trio Ponticello before moving to LA in 2001. Once in LA, Ted formed the group Union Pacific, played with numerous bands, did extensive session work. That led in 2003 to Shooter Jennings pulling him into his band. And Ted’s never looked back. Whether he’s headlining a major show in the Netherlands with European superstars, playing Gruene Hall in mid Texas in the dead of summer, rocking an LA honky tonk with some of the best players in town, or working in his new studio to pull the soul from each song, Ted pours his drive and musical talent into every note.

ABBY POSNER

Abby Posner has been a working musician in Los Angeles for the past 18 years. She is best known for her ability to play nearly any instrument that she can get her hands on, twisting genres, and pushing the boundaries of folk, roots, electronic, and pop music making her "Genre Fluid." If you have seen Abby perform live, you know she can play a mean lead-blues guitar solo, or throw down a complex Earl Scruggs banjo riff. You also may have spotted her playing drums, mandolin, or bass while using her looping pedal. In addition to her versatility, she puts passion and soul into everything she does.

This CalArts music graduate has composed & produced music for commercials/TV, films, and radio shows all over the globe (including Hulu’s Maggie, The Fosters, This American Life, The Art of More, and Last Tango in Halifax, custom songs for Facebook, Viacom-CBS, and CW’s Kung Fu). She also has music placed in commercials and TV shows all over China, Sweden, The UK, and Australia. Posner appeared in two episodes of GLEE on season four playing banjo and guitar, and the Freeform show Famous In Love playing banjo, as well as performing live several times on KCAL 9 news and Good Day LA.

Posner has also scored the music for multiple films (Across Land Across Sea, Through Their Eyes, award winning short animation Elizabeth Sees, and recently scored the Award-winning Documentary Lady Buds) while playing and touring all over the US. In 2019 Posner played banjo and sang Wagon Wheel as a featured principal role in Bank Of America's ad campaign for the Ken Burn’s PBS Country Music Documentary.

After signing with Gary Calamar’s licensing company Laurel Canon in 2016, Abby Posner has gained major recognition in the LA music scene. Opening for such iconic acts as PHRANC, Sierra Hull, and Dustbowl Revival. She has released multiple albums under her Name Abby Posner, and Abby & The Myth, and will be releasing two records with Blackbird Music Label in 2023.

In 2020 Abby Posner won the Carl Gage "Give me Shelter in Place" Songwriting Award through the Topanga Folk Festival for her original song Blind Spots, and she received the runner up for her song Emergency Use Only for the 18th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. She was honored to land an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International in 2022 after signing with her booking agency Baker Booking.

MARY SCHOLTZ

The stage is dark. The ice in your glass clinks as you take a sip. When the lights come up, and Mary Scholz steps onto the stage, a warmth comes over you that has nothing to do with drink. Barefoot, with dark curls cascading, she is at once whimsical and grounded. Just one woman with an acoustic guitar, but fills the room from the moment the music leaves her lips. The sound seeps into you like honey. You feel seen. You feel human. You feel loved.

For years, Mary’s stunning voice and evocative songwriting have made her a live circuit favorite. The Philadelphia native has toured nationally for over a decade and made several excursions to Europe. Every time Scholz takes the stage, she forges a personal connection with her audience. As the Music Junkie Press put it, “To see Mary Scholz live in concert is to fall in love. It is not just the flashing dark eyes or the crown of black ringlets or the confident, welcoming body language at the microphone. It is the voice and the lyrics — the music that flows from the stage…you know this woman and her music and you want to spend the rest of your life listening to her.”

Growing up, Mary had a deep reverence for music. She was always drawn to the spiritual resonance of dusty church organs and captivated by the lyricism of seventies sweethearts like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. She grew up dancing, playing both piano and flute, and came to the guitar later, as a teenager. She went on to earn a BFA from the University of the Arts. But just as she would sing, years later, that she “knew about California,” she always knew her voice would be her primary instrument. On the road, she would also deepen her relationship to the guitar and begin a more nuanced level of exploration.

Today, Mary is based in Los Angeles, where her unique brand of gritty folk-charm has helped her make her mark. “I’ve been referred to as a ‘folk explorer with spacey roots and wings.’ I’m a fan of that one,” Mary says. Though she’s quick to follow that her musical genre is always evolving alongside her creative process. “I think it’s it’s important that artists can be exactly who they are, not who they think they should be, and create from that space.” That throughline of authenticity has set Mary’s music apart from the beginning.

Much of Scholz’s material considers how transitions color the human experience, as well as the side effects of love and loss. Her 2014 release, The Girl You Thought You Knew explores the self in relation to the other, and the bittersweetness of separation and self-actualization. In addition to its folk-pop title track, the album includes the HMMA-nominated song, “Bridges We Burn.” In 2017, Mary followed up with another breakout record, California. The album was recorded live in one room, to an Ampex 8-track tape machine. It was also the artist’s first vinyl pressing.

California marked a turning point in Scholz’s work and broadened her fanbase. “I don’t always get chills when I find a new artist, but I absolutely did with Mary Scholz,” wrote a journalist at Ear to the Ground Music. “There’s a purity in her performance that only comes along once in a while. The clarity in the composition is evident, allowing Scholz’s vocal to cut through the sound. It’s romantic and invigorating…[“California”] truly a treat of a pop-folk song.”

A music video for the song “Murder Ballad” followed the album release. The video garnered attention for its stark examination of abusive relationships, and the ways they inform one’s self-image and interactions with the world. Beyond its positive reception, the album also led to Mary’s partnership with Blue Élan records co-founder, Kirk Pasich, and the affiliated company, KZZ Music.

“One of the things I so appreciate about Kirk, and his team, is that they are really interested in cultivating a community, and creating space for artists to do what they do best. That gives me a platform to be myself, which is a beautiful thing,” she says.

With the release of the single “The Mother Song: Wild Womxn,” Scholz pushed her boundaries even further, telling a profound story of womanhood that is at once personal and utterly universal. Mary’s 2020 single, “LADY LIBERTY,” also touches on the broader aches of our modern world: “The song is written from the perspective of the Statue of Liberty,” she explains. “She is overlooking this country, seeing where we are failing to uphold the beliefs that we say are our foundation, demanding we acknowledge and make change.”

To date, Mary has seven studio releases and various singles available on all major platforms and plans to release more this year. Though her music has shape-shifted through the years, she continues to espouse the same message of love, hope, and personal empowerment.

JODI SIEGEL

Jodi Siegel, originally from Chicago, IL, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Over the years Jodi has opened for and or shared the stage with many respected musicians including: Albert King, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, J.D. Souther, David Lindley, Fred Tacket and Paul Barrere (Little Feat) and countless others. Her songs have been recorded by Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tommy Ridgley and Teresa James. She has recorded two CD'S; Stepping Stone and her latest CD, “Wild Hearts,” produced by Steve Postell (Immediate Family, David Crosby, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Iain Matthews), is filled with great songs, cool grooves, intimate, smart lyrics and some of the best of the best musicians in Los Angeles today including; Mike Finnigan (organ, piano), Hutch Hutchinson, Abe Laborial Sr., Alphonso Johnson (bass), Russ Kunkel, Michael Jerome Moore, John Ferraro, Arno Lucas (drums, percussion), Joe Sublett (Saxophone) and Maxayne Lewis and Clydene Jackson (background vocals). Each song has a soulful delivery with an undeniable down-home elegance. It has received great reviews by Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers), Maria Muldaur, Walter Trout, David Mansfield (T Bone Burnett), Leland Sklar, Mike Finnigan and Doug Macleod to name a few.

This is a once a month (every third Tuesday) show that is designed as a listening room for world class songwriters, many with hit songs, long touring/recording associations with music legends ETC... to play their original music in an intimate setting. NO COVER BUT DONATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURED AND GO TO THE SONGWRITERS. Project Barley serves excellent Food (Gourmet Pizza, wings, sandwiches, salads), wine, and award winning beer. Food served till 8:30pm. No reservations so arrive early to get a table. This month we are proud to present PHIL PARLAPIANO, DOUG HAMBLIN, LYNN COULTER AND JODI SIEGEL

PHIL PARLAPIANO

Multi-Instrumentalist, songwriter, A list session music maker, Phil Parlapiano is a versatile musician whose musical journey has followed several unique directions. Born in New York City and raised by his musical parents, Phil learned to play the piano at the age of 4 from his talented grandmother, who also played mandolin and guitar. After playing the organ at his church, the road called to him leaving to tour with Joan Baez.

Parlapiano followed his musical path as a founding member of The Brothers Figaro. Signed to Geffen Records after a bidding war, the seminal folk rock duo recorded their critically acclaimed album, Gypsy Beat, published by BMG. After opening for John Haitt, Billy Bragg and Jill Souble, the Brothers called it quits but continued playing together backing folk legend, John Prine. This led Phil to a nine year stint with Prine, touring and recording CD’s including the Grammy award winning releases The Missing Years and Fair and Square as well as co-writing “Leave the Lights On” for the CD Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings. After this Phil was asked to play on the Rod Stewart’s pivotal Unplugged and Seated album, after which followed a one and a half year touring stint with the rock icon. Phil was drafted into the smooth jazz world by saxophonist, Dave Koz, which culminated in co-writing a Chanukah song, “Eight Candles,” featured on the Grammy nominated December Makes Me Feel This Way. His songs have been featured in TV shows Friday Night Lights, Heros, Alias, Felicity and most recently Once Upon a Time.

Parlapiano continues to work in the studio and live as a first call accordionist and keyboardist with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Carlene Carter, Lucinda Williams, Social Distortion, Elvis Costello, Tracy Chapman, The Dixie Chicks, Jonas Brothers, Iron Butterfly and others. You could see him in the TV shows Happily Divorced, The New Girl, Transparent and Lethal Weapon. Movie goers saw Parlapiano in the blockbuster film The Titanic as an accordion player during the memorable scene in the lower decks when Kate and Leo are dancing.

LYNN COULTER

Lynn Coulter is a dynamic, versatile drummer and vocalist. He is equally adept in studio and live situations. His energy is felt by all. He has recorded at most of the major studios in the Los Angeles area. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lynn came to California by way of Jackson, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. He has recorded or toured with Leon Russell, Carole King, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Smokey Robinson, the Chi-Lites, Dan Peek (formally of the group “America”) and most recently Rita Coolidge. He has also worked with Mary Wells, Leslie Gore, Lou Christe, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bo Diddly, Sonny Bono, David Cassidy, Rose Maddox, Rosie Flores, Peter Rivera (Rare Earth), Johnny Rivers, Little Anthony, Peter Noone, the Shirelles, the Vandellas, and the Marveletts. He has also toured with the off-Broadway production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” featuring Rita Coolidge and Gary U.S. Bonds. Lynn works with multiple bands and artists throughout CA and beyond. He is also a great singer and songwriter!! And plays an array of creative percussive instruments that makes him as fun to watch as he is to listen to!

DOUG HAMBLIN

Award-winning guitarist Doug Hamblin grew up in Daly City, outside of San Francisco. By the time he was ten, music was coming at him from all directions: the Beatles/Stones/ British Invasion, Cream and Hendrix he heard on the radio, Sly Stone down the street, and the black R&B and soul records his cousins loved.

In the late 70s there was a minor music revival taking place- punk rock and new wave - and Doug found himself as guitarist in the power pop band Jo Allen and The Shapes, a regional smash act who recorded several sides for Howie Klein's 415 Records during the height of the "New Wave". Loud, frenetic and full of catchy pop melodies, the Shapes burned fast and bright, headlining punk spots like the Mabuhay Gardens and The Palms, and sharing bills with the likes of Robert Palmer, (who had a hit with Allen's "Jealous"), Tommy Tutone, Annie Lennox, the GoGos and The Ramones.

In 1983 Doug relocated to a funky flat on Rampart Street in New Orleans, and worked on an Albert King-inspired barehanded approach to the guitar. He jammed on his front steps with a down-on-his-luck- at-the-time Mighty Sam McClain, and put together a ragtag group that played "every dive in town-and there were a lot of em"- from the RoseTatoo to Jimmy's, and eventually opened for the Neville Bros in the Quarter.

Back in SF in 1986 Doug met vocalist Jan Fanucci. Their first single Doug produced, "Like It This Way" became a local hit, and they were soon signed to independent Blueprint Records. The debut LP, Doug Hamblin- Jan Fanucci featured some of the Bay Area's prominent blues players keyboardist Jimmy Pugh, (Robert Cray) longtime Van Morrison bassist David Hayes; and stellar guitarist Amos Garrett. The LP received 5 star raves in the Gavin Report and CMJ (College Music Journal) and was an instant hit in various markets in the U.S.and Europe, both in the blues stations and on commercial rock radio (see reviews). (CD now reissued on Fat City Records,.

Doug and Jan, already a strong local draw, began touring with the strength of solid radio play, selling out San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, Seattle's Backstage and Aspen's Paradise club. The LP's first single, "Let's Make Love", finally peaked at #6 on Billboard Magazine's Top Ten for radio airplay in the Pacific Northwest, and earned Doug a Bammy nomination for Blues Artist of the Year (which was eventually won by Neil Young and the Blue Notes...)

Doug continued touring the US and Canada, as a headliner and on bills with blues giants such as Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, Dr. John and many others. Doug's first self-produced solo release, 1991's American Dreamer was a soulful mix of blues, New Orleans-style R&B and rock that furthered Doug's reputation as a master guitarist, gritty singer and eclectic songwriter... that CD's track 'Nobody's Fool 'was later covered twice, by Alligator Records artists SAFFIRE: THE UPPITY BLUES WOMEN on their BROADCASTING CD, and (in a nine minute version) by soul singer Sidney Ellis (Ask a Woman Who Knows)

Relocating to LA in 1990 Doug formed BLUES DE LUXE with veteran R & B shouter Southside Johnny Lyon. (from the ASBURY JUKES) in 1991. They headlined top LA clubs like the Palomino and Ventura Theater, and recorded several songs (including Charles Brown's classic "Please Come Home for Christmas” for the soundtrack to the blockbuster film HOME ALONE.

Doug began writing and touring with Johnny Rivers (co-writing "Closer To You" featured on LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS).

In 1998 Doug joined the Stephen Stills Band, touring nationally. That band eventually served as house band for the 4th Annual Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards at the House of Blues in LA, where Doug served as Music Director and backed legends Ruth Brown, Bobby Blue, Bland and Ray Charles.

Doug has also been with Bruce Willis since 1993 in The Accelerators; touring worldwide, from the Korean DMZ to Jakarta, Seoul to San Antonio; and making music for various Willis projects including THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, RED2 and others. In 2002 the band toured the US with Ivan Neville, and in 2003 did a USO tour of the Middle East and performed what was said to be the the first rock concert ever in Iraq.
Doug has also written and produced blues/gospel belter Karen Kraft (soloist with the First AME Church) and New Zealand songwriter Helen Henderson. Doug has scored tv and film, and worked on John Prine's Grammy-nominated Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, which was produced by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' bassist HOWIE EPSTEIN.

Doug formed MASON SOUTH with Lynn Coulter, Phil Parlapiano, Michael Murphy and in 2003 released the EP 3 Rooms. The second LP Orphan Songs was released in 2021.

JODI SIEGEL

Jodi Siegel, originally from Chicago, IL, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Over the years Jodi has opened for and or shared the stage with many respected musicians including: Albert King, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, J.D. Souther, David Lindley, Fred Tacket and Paul Barrere (Little Feat) and countless others. Her songs have been recorded by Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tommy Ridgley and Teresa James. She has recorded two CD'S; Stepping Stone and her latest CD, “Wild Hearts,” produced by Steve Postell (Immediate Family, David Crosby, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Iain Matthews), is filled with great songs, cool grooves, intimate, smart lyrics and some of the best of the best musicians in Los Angeles today including; Mike Finnigan (organ, piano), Hutch Hutchinson, Abe Laborial Sr., Alphonso Johnson (bass), Russ Kunkel, Michael Jerome Moore, John Ferraro, Arno Lucas (drums, percussion), Joe Sublett (Saxophone) and Maxayne Lewis and Clydene Jackson (background vocals). Each song has a soulful delivery with an undeniable down-home elegance. It has received great reviews by Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers), Maria Muldaur, Walter Trout, David Mansfield (T Bone Burnett), Leland Sklar, Mike Finnigan and Doug Macleod to name a few.

Previous events

This is a once a month (every third Tuesday) show that is designed as a listening room for world class songwriters, many with hit songs, long touring/recording associations with music legends ETC... to play their original music in an intimate setting. NO COVER BUT DONATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURED AND GO TO THE SONGWRITERS. Project Barley serves excellent Food (Pizza, sandwiches, salads), wine, and award winning beer. Food served till 8:30pm. No reservations so arrive early to get a table. This month we are proud to present TED RUSSELL KAMP, ABBY POSNER, MARY SHOLTZ, JODI SIEGEL

TED RUSSELL KAMP

Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based singer/songwriter, producer and Grammy winning bass player.

Ted writes, records and travels the world performing his own country / roots / Americana music from his eleven critically-acclaimed albums. Ted also plays live, records sessions, and collaborates on songs with A-list songwriters and musicians in L.A., Nashville, Austin and around the world. Ted often works out of his home studio — The Den — and has produced several well-received albums for fellow artists there. Ted has also had the honor of being a friend, collaborator and member of Shooter Jennings’ band for most of the last 15 years. Ted also played on the 2020 Grammy winning Country Album of the Year, Tanya Tucker’s While I’m Living.

Ted is well known for his ability to step into bands and rock all genres of music — the decades he spent holding down the bottom end for bands as diverse as Shooter, Jessi Colter, Whitey Morgan, Wilson Phillips and others have made sure Ted had the chops for anything from major festivals to David Letterman appearances and the Sirius XM Outlaw Country Cruise.

The last few years have found Kamp focusing on his own career as well as touring and recording with Shooter. He tours continuously in the US and Europe, and has releasing his solo albums to critical acclaim. His records have debuted at #1 on the Euroamericana Chart and made the US Americana Chart’s Top 100 Records of the Year. The Big Takeover wrote, “Kamp simply knocks one ball after another out of the park…Saturated in talent and sincerity … good music done right.”

This Jack of all trades points to Dave Stewart and Buddy Miller as role models, in the sense that they move so seamlessly between the roles of sideman and frontman while supplying both substance and glue to every project they take on.

“The biggest challenge,” Ted says, “is always to be myself and express myself while still supporting others. Bringing in traditional elements is a way to make the music classier and more timeless, in my opinion, whether it’s to enrich my own music or to make anything I’m part of as great as it can be.”

“I was born in New York and live in L.A. and love the heart and honesty of Southern music,” Ted points out. “Most of my favorite records were made within a few-hundred-mile radius that circles Memphis, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans and up the Mississippi River, Dallas and Austin. It’s incredible — the passion, the storytelling and the soul that came out of that part of the country. It’s a huge part of the American voice.”

Ted dove into music after college. He spent several years woodshedding in Seattle, and recorded four LPs with his trio Ponticello before moving to LA in 2001. Once in LA, Ted formed the group Union Pacific, played with numerous bands, did extensive session work. That led in 2003 to Shooter Jennings pulling him into his band. And Ted’s never looked back. Whether he’s headlining a major show in the Netherlands with European superstars, playing Gruene Hall in mid Texas in the dead of summer, rocking an LA honky tonk with some of the best players in town, or working in his new studio to pull the soul from each song, Ted pours his drive and musical talent into every note.

ABBY POSNER

Abby Posner has been a working musician in Los Angeles for the past 18 years. She is best known for her ability to play nearly any instrument that she can get her hands on, twisting genres, and pushing the boundaries of folk, roots, electronic, and pop music making her "Genre Fluid." If you have seen Abby perform live, you know she can play a mean lead-blues guitar solo, or throw down a complex Earl Scruggs banjo riff. You also may have spotted her playing drums, mandolin, or bass while using her looping pedal. In addition to her versatility, she puts passion and soul into everything she does.

This CalArts music graduate has composed & produced music for commercials/TV, films, and radio shows all over the globe (including Hulu’s Maggie, The Fosters, This American Life, The Art of More, and Last Tango in Halifax, custom songs for Facebook, Viacom-CBS, and CW’s Kung Fu). She also has music placed in commercials and TV shows all over China, Sweden, The UK, and Australia. Posner appeared in two episodes of GLEE on season four playing banjo and guitar, and the Freeform show Famous In Love playing banjo, as well as performing live several times on KCAL 9 news and Good Day LA.

Posner has also scored the music for multiple films (Across Land Across Sea, Through Their Eyes, award winning short animation Elizabeth Sees, and recently scored the Award-winning Documentary Lady Buds) while playing and touring all over the US. In 2019 Posner played banjo and sang Wagon Wheel as a featured principal role in Bank Of America's ad campaign for the Ken Burn’s PBS Country Music Documentary.

After signing with Gary Calamar’s licensing company Laurel Canon in 2016, Abby Posner has gained major recognition in the LA music scene. Opening for such iconic acts as PHRANC, Sierra Hull, and Dustbowl Revival. She has released multiple albums under her Name Abby Posner, and Abby & The Myth, and will be releasing two records with Blackbird Music Label in 2023.

In 2020 Abby Posner won the Carl Gage "Give me Shelter in Place" Songwriting Award through the Topanga Folk Festival for her original song Blind Spots, and she received the runner up for her song Emergency Use Only for the 18th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. She was honored to land an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International in 2022 after signing with her booking agency Baker Booking.

MARY SCHOLTZ

The stage is dark. The ice in your glass clinks as you take a sip. When the lights come up, and Mary Scholz steps onto the stage, a warmth comes over you that has nothing to do with drink. Barefoot, with dark curls cascading, she is at once whimsical and grounded. Just one woman with an acoustic guitar, but fills the room from the moment the music leaves her lips. The sound seeps into you like honey. You feel seen. You feel human. You feel loved.

For years, Mary’s stunning voice and evocative songwriting have made her a live circuit favorite. The Philadelphia native has toured nationally for over a decade and made several excursions to Europe. Every time Scholz takes the stage, she forges a personal connection with her audience. As the Music Junkie Press put it, “To see Mary Scholz live in concert is to fall in love. It is not just the flashing dark eyes or the crown of black ringlets or the confident, welcoming body language at the microphone. It is the voice and the lyrics — the music that flows from the stage…you know this woman and her music and you want to spend the rest of your life listening to her.”

Growing up, Mary had a deep reverence for music. She was always drawn to the spiritual resonance of dusty church organs and captivated by the lyricism of seventies sweethearts like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. She grew up dancing, playing both piano and flute, and came to the guitar later, as a teenager. She went on to earn a BFA from the University of the Arts. But just as she would sing, years later, that she “knew about California,” she always knew her voice would be her primary instrument. On the road, she would also deepen her relationship to the guitar and begin a more nuanced level of exploration.

Today, Mary is based in Los Angeles, where her unique brand of gritty folk-charm has helped her make her mark. “I’ve been referred to as a ‘folk explorer with spacey roots and wings.’ I’m a fan of that one,” Mary says. Though she’s quick to follow that her musical genre is always evolving alongside her creative process. “I think it’s it’s important that artists can be exactly who they are, not who they think they should be, and create from that space.” That throughline of authenticity has set Mary’s music apart from the beginning.

Much of Scholz’s material considers how transitions color the human experience, as well as the side effects of love and loss. Her 2014 release, The Girl You Thought You Knew explores the self in relation to the other, and the bittersweetness of separation and self-actualization. In addition to its folk-pop title track, the album includes the HMMA-nominated song, “Bridges We Burn.” In 2017, Mary followed up with another breakout record, California. The album was recorded live in one room, to an Ampex 8-track tape machine. It was also the artist’s first vinyl pressing.

California marked a turning point in Scholz’s work and broadened her fanbase. “I don’t always get chills when I find a new artist, but I absolutely did with Mary Scholz,” wrote a journalist at Ear to the Ground Music. “There’s a purity in her performance that only comes along once in a while. The clarity in the composition is evident, allowing Scholz’s vocal to cut through the sound. It’s romantic and invigorating…[“California”] truly a treat of a pop-folk song.”

A music video for the song “Murder Ballad” followed the album release. The video garnered attention for its stark examination of abusive relationships, and the ways they inform one’s self-image and interactions with the world. Beyond its positive reception, the album also led to Mary’s partnership with Blue Élan records co-founder, Kirk Pasich, and the affiliated company, KZZ Music.

“One of the things I so appreciate about Kirk, and his team, is that they are really interested in cultivating a community, and creating space for artists to do what they do best. That gives me a platform to be myself, which is a beautiful thing,” she says.

With the release of the single “The Mother Song: Wild Womxn,” Scholz pushed her boundaries even further, telling a profound story of womanhood that is at once personal and utterly universal. Mary’s 2020 single, “LADY LIBERTY,” also touches on the broader aches of our modern world: “The song is written from the perspective of the Statue of Liberty,” she explains. “She is overlooking this country, seeing where we are failing to uphold the beliefs that we say are our foundation, demanding we acknowledge and make change.”

To date, Mary has seven studio releases and various singles available on all major platforms and plans to release more this year. Though her music has shape-shifted through the years, she continues to espouse the same message of love, hope, and personal empowerment.

JODI SIEGEL

Jodi Siegel, originally from Chicago, IL, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Over the years Jodi has opened for and or shared the stage with many respected musicians including: Albert King, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, J.D. Souther, David Lindley, Fred Tacket and Paul Barrere (Little Feat) and countless others. Her songs have been recorded by Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tommy Ridgley and Teresa James. She has recorded two CD'S; Stepping Stone and her latest CD, “Wild Hearts,” produced by Steve Postell (Immediate Family, David Crosby, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Iain Matthews), is filled with great songs, cool grooves, intimate, smart lyrics and some of the best of the best musicians in Los Angeles today including; Mike Finnigan (organ, piano), Hutch Hutchinson, Abe Laborial Sr., Alphonso Johnson (bass), Russ Kunkel, Michael Jerome Moore, John Ferraro, Arno Lucas (drums, percussion), Joe Sublett (Saxophone) and Maxayne Lewis and Clydene Jackson (background vocals). Each song has a soulful delivery with an undeniable down-home elegance. It has received great reviews by Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers), Maria Muldaur, Walter Trout, David Mansfield (T Bone Burnett), Leland Sklar, Mike Finnigan and Doug Macleod to name a few.

This is a once a month (every third Tuesday) show that is designed as a listening room for world class songwriters, many with hit songs, long touring/recording associations with music legends ETC... to play their original music in an intimate setting. NO COVER BUT DONATIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURED AND GO TO THE SONGWRITERS. Project Barley serves excellent Food (Gourmet Pizza, wings, sandwiches, salads), wine, and award winning beer. Food served till 8:30pm. No reservations so arrive early to get a table. This month we are proud to present PHIL PARLAPIANO, DOUG HAMBLIN, LYNN COULTER AND JODI SIEGEL

PHIL PARLAPIANO

Multi-Instrumentalist, songwriter, A list session music maker, Phil Parlapiano is a versatile musician whose musical journey has followed several unique directions. Born in New York City and raised by his musical parents, Phil learned to play the piano at the age of 4 from his talented grandmother, who also played mandolin and guitar. After playing the organ at his church, the road called to him leaving to tour with Joan Baez.

Parlapiano followed his musical path as a founding member of The Brothers Figaro. Signed to Geffen Records after a bidding war, the seminal folk rock duo recorded their critically acclaimed album, Gypsy Beat, published by BMG. After opening for John Haitt, Billy Bragg and Jill Souble, the Brothers called it quits but continued playing together backing folk legend, John Prine. This led Phil to a nine year stint with Prine, touring and recording CD’s including the Grammy award winning releases The Missing Years and Fair and Square as well as co-writing “Leave the Lights On” for the CD Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings. After this Phil was asked to play on the Rod Stewart’s pivotal Unplugged and Seated album, after which followed a one and a half year touring stint with the rock icon. Phil was drafted into the smooth jazz world by saxophonist, Dave Koz, which culminated in co-writing a Chanukah song, “Eight Candles,” featured on the Grammy nominated December Makes Me Feel This Way. His songs have been featured in TV shows Friday Night Lights, Heros, Alias, Felicity and most recently Once Upon a Time.

Parlapiano continues to work in the studio and live as a first call accordionist and keyboardist with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Carlene Carter, Lucinda Williams, Social Distortion, Elvis Costello, Tracy Chapman, The Dixie Chicks, Jonas Brothers, Iron Butterfly and others. You could see him in the TV shows Happily Divorced, The New Girl, Transparent and Lethal Weapon. Movie goers saw Parlapiano in the blockbuster film The Titanic as an accordion player during the memorable scene in the lower decks when Kate and Leo are dancing.

LYNN COULTER

Lynn Coulter is a dynamic, versatile drummer and vocalist. He is equally adept in studio and live situations. His energy is felt by all. He has recorded at most of the major studios in the Los Angeles area. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lynn came to California by way of Jackson, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. He has recorded or toured with Leon Russell, Carole King, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Smokey Robinson, the Chi-Lites, Dan Peek (formally of the group “America”) and most recently Rita Coolidge. He has also worked with Mary Wells, Leslie Gore, Lou Christe, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bo Diddly, Sonny Bono, David Cassidy, Rose Maddox, Rosie Flores, Peter Rivera (Rare Earth), Johnny Rivers, Little Anthony, Peter Noone, the Shirelles, the Vandellas, and the Marveletts. He has also toured with the off-Broadway production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” featuring Rita Coolidge and Gary U.S. Bonds. Lynn works with multiple bands and artists throughout CA and beyond. He is also a great singer and songwriter!! And plays an array of creative percussive instruments that makes him as fun to watch as he is to listen to!

DOUG HAMBLIN

Award-winning guitarist Doug Hamblin grew up in Daly City, outside of San Francisco. By the time he was ten, music was coming at him from all directions: the Beatles/Stones/ British Invasion, Cream and Hendrix he heard on the radio, Sly Stone down the street, and the black R&B and soul records his cousins loved.

In the late 70s there was a minor music revival taking place- punk rock and new wave - and Doug found himself as guitarist in the power pop band Jo Allen and The Shapes, a regional smash act who recorded several sides for Howie Klein's 415 Records during the height of the "New Wave". Loud, frenetic and full of catchy pop melodies, the Shapes burned fast and bright, headlining punk spots like the Mabuhay Gardens and The Palms, and sharing bills with the likes of Robert Palmer, (who had a hit with Allen's "Jealous"), Tommy Tutone, Annie Lennox, the GoGos and The Ramones.

In 1983 Doug relocated to a funky flat on Rampart Street in New Orleans, and worked on an Albert King-inspired barehanded approach to the guitar. He jammed on his front steps with a down-on-his-luck- at-the-time Mighty Sam McClain, and put together a ragtag group that played "every dive in town-and there were a lot of em"- from the RoseTatoo to Jimmy's, and eventually opened for the Neville Bros in the Quarter.

Back in SF in 1986 Doug met vocalist Jan Fanucci. Their first single Doug produced, "Like It This Way" became a local hit, and they were soon signed to independent Blueprint Records. The debut LP, Doug Hamblin- Jan Fanucci featured some of the Bay Area's prominent blues players keyboardist Jimmy Pugh, (Robert Cray) longtime Van Morrison bassist David Hayes; and stellar guitarist Amos Garrett. The LP received 5 star raves in the Gavin Report and CMJ (College Music Journal) and was an instant hit in various markets in the U.S.and Europe, both in the blues stations and on commercial rock radio (see reviews). (CD now reissued on Fat City Records,.

Doug and Jan, already a strong local draw, began touring with the strength of solid radio play, selling out San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, Seattle's Backstage and Aspen's Paradise club. The LP's first single, "Let's Make Love", finally peaked at #6 on Billboard Magazine's Top Ten for radio airplay in the Pacific Northwest, and earned Doug a Bammy nomination for Blues Artist of the Year (which was eventually won by Neil Young and the Blue Notes...)

Doug continued touring the US and Canada, as a headliner and on bills with blues giants such as Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, Dr. John and many others. Doug's first self-produced solo release, 1991's American Dreamer was a soulful mix of blues, New Orleans-style R&B and rock that furthered Doug's reputation as a master guitarist, gritty singer and eclectic songwriter... that CD's track 'Nobody's Fool 'was later covered twice, by Alligator Records artists SAFFIRE: THE UPPITY BLUES WOMEN on their BROADCASTING CD, and (in a nine minute version) by soul singer Sidney Ellis (Ask a Woman Who Knows)

Relocating to LA in 1990 Doug formed BLUES DE LUXE with veteran R & B shouter Southside Johnny Lyon. (from the ASBURY JUKES) in 1991. They headlined top LA clubs like the Palomino and Ventura Theater, and recorded several songs (including Charles Brown's classic "Please Come Home for Christmas” for the soundtrack to the blockbuster film HOME ALONE.

Doug began writing and touring with Johnny Rivers (co-writing "Closer To You" featured on LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS).

In 1998 Doug joined the Stephen Stills Band, touring nationally. That band eventually served as house band for the 4th Annual Blues Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards at the House of Blues in LA, where Doug served as Music Director and backed legends Ruth Brown, Bobby Blue, Bland and Ray Charles.

Doug has also been with Bruce Willis since 1993 in The Accelerators; touring worldwide, from the Korean DMZ to Jakarta, Seoul to San Antonio; and making music for various Willis projects including THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, RED2 and others. In 2002 the band toured the US with Ivan Neville, and in 2003 did a USO tour of the Middle East and performed what was said to be the the first rock concert ever in Iraq.
Doug has also written and produced blues/gospel belter Karen Kraft (soloist with the First AME Church) and New Zealand songwriter Helen Henderson. Doug has scored tv and film, and worked on John Prine's Grammy-nominated Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, which was produced by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' bassist HOWIE EPSTEIN.

Doug formed MASON SOUTH with Lynn Coulter, Phil Parlapiano, Michael Murphy and in 2003 released the EP 3 Rooms. The second LP Orphan Songs was released in 2021.

JODI SIEGEL

Jodi Siegel, originally from Chicago, IL, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Over the years Jodi has opened for and or shared the stage with many respected musicians including: Albert King, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, J.D. Souther, David Lindley, Fred Tacket and Paul Barrere (Little Feat) and countless others. Her songs have been recorded by Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tommy Ridgley and Teresa James. She has recorded two CD'S; Stepping Stone and her latest CD, “Wild Hearts,” produced by Steve Postell (Immediate Family, David Crosby, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Iain Matthews), is filled with great songs, cool grooves, intimate, smart lyrics and some of the best of the best musicians in Los Angeles today including; Mike Finnigan (organ, piano), Hutch Hutchinson, Abe Laborial Sr., Alphonso Johnson (bass), Russ Kunkel, Michael Jerome Moore, John Ferraro, Arno Lucas (drums, percussion), Joe Sublett (Saxophone) and Maxayne Lewis and Clydene Jackson (background vocals). Each song has a soulful delivery with an undeniable down-home elegance. It has received great reviews by Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers), Maria Muldaur, Walter Trout, David Mansfield (T Bone Burnett), Leland Sklar, Mike Finnigan and Doug Macleod to name a few.