Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Ashbury Park has been revolving and evolving for over a decade. And for the last two years it has been in the process of evolving into its tightest and most dynamic ensemble yet, Ashbury Park Trio.
This Friday, Ashbury Park plays Savino’s Lounge starting at 9:30 p.m.
The Trio is a soulful, back porch combination of sure-handed guitar slinging, inspired storytelling, and sublime vocal harmonies.
Recent notable events include two shows with honorary member Vince Welnick, former member of the Grateful Dead; the Family Affair in Port Orford, Ore., with David Grisman, Col. Les Claypool, Spearhead and Sound Tribe Sector 9; the Crystal Ballroom with Merl Saunders; the Moscow Hempfest; The Oregon Country Fair; shows with String Cheese Incident, The Zen Tricksters, Hanuman, Keller Williams, Umphrey's McGee, and Steve Kimock's KVHW.
In keeping with their community-minded spirit, Ashbury Park Trio has participated in several benefits for groups such as Cascadia Forest Alliance, Oregon Food Bank, the Big Mountain Relief Effort, People's Food Co-op and a host of others, including Earth Day celebrations in both Portland and Eugene.
Through rigorous touring of the Western United States, a mailing list that's rapidly approaching 1,000 names, and an infectious love for and belief in what they are doing, Ashbury Park Trio is on the verge of becoming a national sensation. Most people seem to leave their shows feeling lifted, whistling on home, and telling all their friends, they say.
On Saturday, an incredible rising female talent, Stephanie Schneiderman, plays at Savino’s.
Schneiderman's gritty sultry song writing and earthy, chameleon-like voice is creating remarkable industry momentum for her latest project, 'Unbelievably Unbroken’. The breadth of Schneiderman's talent is abundantly clear on 'Unbelievably Unbroken'. Producer Martin Feveyer (Screaming Trees, Presidents of the United States, Alejandro Escovedo) helped Schneiderman shape a varied and richly textured sonic landscape.
From the sparse, country-twang of "Anyway" to the multi-layered, sexy symphonic trance of "Marmalade," to the drunken, straight-ahead rock of "Betty", to the dark, moody pop of "Deep End" (co-written with Jeff Trott, Sheryl Crow's Grammy-winning song writing partner), each song is imbued with a distinct emotional character. Schneiderman's uncanny stylistic versatility at once completes the songs and secures the continuity of the album.
Schneiderman's entertainment career began in high school where she merged an interest in singing and theater-performing in musicals and plays (she played the lead in Grease), and mastering various instruments (piano, french horn). By age 18 she was fronting a top 40 cover band and went on to perform with Body and Soul, the region's top Motown and old school funk act. Despite fronting a 10-piece act that played to crowds of up to 15,000, Schneiderman was thinking about making her own music and in 1999 left to become a full-time singer/songwriter.
She released her self-titled acoustic debut to ecstatic reviews and maintained a top spot on the Northwest Top Selling Artist Chart for over a year. Schneiderman takes her craft seriously, honoring every song idea that she encounters.
"My songs usually start on receipts, napkins, or parking tickets," laughs Schneiderman. "If I get a melody or lyric in my head and I'm not home, I'll call my voice mail, and leave it there. I believe that the song already exists and that it comes through me, not necessarily from me." Her song writing appeal comes from her ability to give each song a personality.
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