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August, 2008

"America's Soul Live!"

by Webmaster

In January, 2004, I made a phone call that can still be heard. I was working at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada, CO. The owner, Kit Simon, bemoaned the loss of a songwriters circle. I thought about who might be willing to host another songwriters circle. The first name to pop into my mind was Jon Chandler Jon Chandler: Bands, Singers, Songwriters /
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                  Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, so I called him. The next day, Jon came to the store and, by the time he left, the details for the format and the date for the first show were nailed down.

When I left the Pickin' Parlor a few months later, there had been a few very successful shows. The series went on to be televised on Douglas County Cable DC8, PBS and Frontier Airlines. It started out with the name "Pickin' in the Parlor," but changed it's name to "America's Soul Live!" It is a concert series which takes place on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7:30 p.m.

For two hours, singer/songwriter/author Jon Chandler welcomes two guests to the stage for America’s Soul, a round-robin, Austin City Limits-type acoustic concert showcasing regional and national singer-songwriters. String wizard Founders:
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                      Musicians, fiddler extraordinaire Johnny Neill, and bass player/audio producer Butch Hause (who collectively play with Chandler as Jon Chandler & the Wichitones) are on hand, as well. ...

“I perform at a lot of festivals, and the highlights are always after the main shows when writers and players get together in private rooms or hotel lobbies to jam,” says Chandler. “We’ve captured that spirit in this series.” Chandler invited singer/songwriters Chris Daniels and Timothy P. Irvin to join him for the first show. The intimate atmosphere and close proximity between the performers and the audience were immediate selling points. The audience loved the shows, the singers loved the shows, and the venue grew.

In 2005, Jess Stainbrook, Creative Director for Pacific East, approached Chandler and Simon with the idea of videotaping each of the shows and broadcasting them locally in the Denver metro area. The multi-camera shoots are being edited into an 18-episode series titled America’s Soul with Jon Chandler. According to Stainbrook, “We caught one of the shows, and realized immediately it was a video project waiting to happen. There’s a real need, in my mind, for quality music programming on the local level. Jon and his guests provide wonderful shows, and we’ve succeeded in capturing that spirit. We named the series America’s Soul after one of Jon’s songs, and it fits like a glove, particularly since the Pickin’ Parlor is such a great place for Americana-style visuals as well as music.”

In addition to Jon and the Wichitones, a “who’s who” of the Rocky Mountain region’s Americana singer/songwriters have performed, or are slated to perform, on America’s Soul. They include:

Chris Daniels – Leader of the Denver-based, internationally popular Chris Daniels & the Kings.

Timothy P. Irvin – Fronts the legendary Timothy P. & Rural Route III; lead singer for Flash Cadillac.

Acoustic Eidolon – Joe Scott (guitars) and Hannah Alkire (cello), internationally acclaimed new age/celtic duo.

Jim Ratts of Runaway Express Runaway Express: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets – Renowned songwriter; member of the Wild Jimbos

Mary Huckins – Nationally recognized songbird, fronts Dakota Blonde.

Milton Carroll – One of the original Austin-area Cosmic Cowboys with Jerry Jeff Walker, et al.

John Magnie – Incredibly soulful founding member of the Subdudes.

Rebecca Folsom – A genuine chanteusse, one of Colorado’s most popular singers.

Richard Dean – Exceptional writer; stints with Michael Murphy, Lix Deluxe, Patsy DeCline.

Bill Barwick Bill Barwick: Bands, Singers, Songwriters /
                    Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen,
                    Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers,
                    Musicians – The Voice of the West; the cowboy singer’s cowboy singer.

Patty Clayton – A true troubador who travels the West singing lovely songs of love and redemption.

Jim Salestrom – Nationally and internationally known acoustic artist, carrying on John Denver’s tradition.

Celeste Krenz – Stunning songwriter and singer, now based in Nashville.

Chuck Pyle – The Zen Cowboy, known throughout the world for his intelligent songwriting.

— From America's Soul Live! website

As an aspiring songwriter, I was delighted to plant the seed and watch this series grow. I also aspired to be good enough some day to be on the show.

Well, June, 2008, that happened! I was invited to join Jon, Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters /
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Thanks, Jon, for a dream-come-true! Thanks, Founders: Bands,
                    Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers,
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                    Instruments, Music Teachers Ernie, Butch and Johnny, for being wonderful sidemen!

Thanks for visiting AcousticByLines.com!

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Thanks to Bill Patterson for most of the photos

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