Artists

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Carrie Ashton

Passionate, Hard driving rock ala Joan Jett/ Melissa Etheridge

Kevco picks- Truth Is, Soldier On, Miserable, Everything in my Heart

Carrie Ashton’s passion for music has been long standing. She began performing at local and regional talent competitions at the age of thirteen and has never looked back. She has been performing professionally for over twelve years, perfecting a stage show that is unpretentious and captivating. She is currently performing in top showcase rooms in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts,and has appeared as a featured guest on several college campuses throughout New England. She has shared the stage with Natalie Merchant, the Go-Go’s, REO Speedwagon, Antigone Rising, and Van Zant. Carrie is well versed to perform solo with just her acoustic guitar or lead a full accompaniment of musicians. She has an innate ability to read the crowd and move them with her unique style and charisma; her energy on stage is hard to ignore! In 2006, Carrie collaborated with award winning musician/producer Kevin Hupp, President of Kevco Music Group, LLC and the owner of the Groove Room Recording Studio in Brewster, NY to write and produce by far her best work to date. From the opening title track, ” Truth Is” to the soaring ballad “I Wish It Would Rain”, Carrie’s music takes the listener on an incredible musical journey. The power rock influences in the infectious, hard rocking “Can’t Stop” leaves them breathless and wanting more. This record has something for everyone, proving Carrie to be a formidable competitor in the national music arena. She sites her musical influences as Joan Jett, Suzi Quattro, and Melissa Etheridge to name a few. “Music for me is like breathing, and I feel that with this record I’m able to convey the emotion I feel when I sing. Working with such amazing artists has really broadened my musical horizons, and I feel like “truth is” definitely shows that.” She has appeared as a featured guest on radio stations in MA, CT, and NY and has recently moved from “regular” status on the “Home Grown” local rock show to “regular” status on the WRKI I-95 top-rated Morning Drive show. Her charismatic performances have quickly made her a household name with WRKI listeners.


 

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Rich Wyman

Piano based rock ranging from Billy Joel to Van Halen as well as tender ballads.Winner of 9 ASCAP awards ! 

Kevco Picks- Too Late, Everybody Loves You, Angel, Blinded by Pain, Last time I Fell, So What 

“I am blown away by his songwriting and performing.” Eddie Van Halen, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer/guitar legend “Rich Wyman such a HUGE talet. I am truly awed at his music, passion and dedication.. So What! is a definite must for any radio stations playlist!.” Leigh Doyle, Head Of Station Sound, Beat 102-103, Waterford, Ireland “One of the most talented and politically aware singer / songwriters I’ve ever encountered. This generation’s Billy Joel, without the cheese.” Barry Hartigan, Music Journalist, Ireland. “The most incredible piano playing I’ve ever seen. Rich Wyman plays with everything from his head to his toes.” Jenny Nolan KCLR Radio Kilkenny “Rich Wyman is up there with all the greats when it comes to musicianship and surpasses most when it comes to performance.” Mike Walsh – Hosts The Clonmel Songwriting Contest JUST SOME OF THE HIGH PRAISE accorded this 6 x ASCAP award-winning singer-songwriter from America. Rich Wyman is arguably one of the most powerful and passionate performers to appear on the live stage anywhere…anytime.


Sean Cox

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Sean Cox

Modern Pop/Rock with heartfelt lyrics

Kevco Picks- Electricity, Somewhere Right Now, Lost and Lonely, Coming Home

Perhaps it’s the angel that brings the songs to Sean, if you believe in that sort of thing. If not, maybe it’s just talent, pure and simple. Either way, Sean’s been gifted with an ability to write catchy, relatable pop songs, singer-songwriter stuff backed by a full band that you can really sink your teeth into, wrap around yourself like a blanket, relate to like an old friend.
The album’s songs flowed smoothly, the production was like the sea air after a storm, crisp and clean. Sean brought in award-winning drummer/producer Kevin Hupp (Rufus Wainright, Joan Osborne, Maceo Parker); the keyboards and strarrangements were provided by the ever-talented C.P. Roth (Blessid Union of Souls, Ozzy Osbourne). The combination of production and instrumentation with colorful melodies and heartfelt words leads to a release that is vivid, lasting, heavenly.

“The songwriting comes easy,” Sean says without a hint of self-consciousness, “connecting with my emotions and translating them into songs.” It’s this emotional honesty that makes Return to Me resonate so strongly with the listener; at times, it plays almost like a personal conversation with a friend, set to music.
Sean received substantial AC,CHR/Hot AC radio airplay with his singles “Electricity” and “Coming Home” and is currently working on his new CD.ing arrangements were provided by the ever-talented C.P. Roth (Blessid Union of Souls, Ozzy Osbourne). The combination of production and instrumentation with colorful melodies and heartfelt words leads to a release that is vivid, lasting, heavenly.

“The songwriting comes easy,” Sean says without a hint of self-consciousness, “connecting with my emotions and translating them into songs.” It’s this emotional honesty that makes Return to Me resonate so strongly with the listener; at times, it plays almost like a personal conversation with a friend, set to music.
Sean received substantial AC,CHR/Hot AC radio airplay with his singles “Electricity” and “Coming Home” and is currently working on his new CD.

 

 

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Dave Diamond

Modern Pop/Americana …   influences ranging from a modern day Jackson Browne, John Mayer to The Band,Avett Bros.

Kevco Picks- Counting On You,See You Around, OneDay, Great Divide, A place For You, Bittersweet, Eastern Sky, Getting By, I got a Song

Dave Diamond’s career in music spans more than twenty years. A prolific singer/songwriter and session musician, Dave has recorded and performed as a solo artist and with his own band, PozzyGhuru, as well as with an array of other talented and acclaimed musicians.With a wide palette of tastes for different music, Dave’s passionate drumming and percussion reflects his many different influences. His versatility is evident in his session work, where he is in high demand for albums ranging from reggae to rock, from ska to punk, from free-form jamming to straight-up experimental jazz/fusion, to the most dynamic indie rock singer/songwriters.A drummer first, Dave is a creative multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on guitar, bass and keyboards.

When stepping out from behind the kit, Dave can be found singing and playing solo shows with his guitar, cajon and loop station. Some of his collaborations with artists have been featured in film and on TV.He has toured, recorded or shared the stage with a diverse mix of artists and bands, including Bob Weir, Maceo Parker, the Wailers, Todd Rundgren, Stanley Jordan, Richie Havens, RobertRandolph, Pete Francis (Dispatch), and so many more.

Among the highlights of Dave’s varied discography are two records with keyboardist JasonCrosby (Robert Randolph & the Family Band), which featured acclaimed artists from the AllmanBrothers, Oteil Burbridge, Derek Trucks and Marc Quinones; Leo Nocentelli (the Meters); SusanTedeschi; Shannon McNally; Harvey S.; and Marc Broussard.In addition to releasing two records with his jam band, Pozzy Ghuru, and one aptly named solo album Dave Diamond, Dave performs and records with indie rock artists such as Blow UpHollywood (over 50k units sold DIY) and Alan Semerdjian. He has earned praise for his work in several leading industry publications, including Drum! and Modern Drummer.After touring with Donna Jean and the Tricksters 2005-2007 (Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay/Grateful Dead) and releasing their self titled recording featuring two of Dave’s tunes “Weight ofthe World” and “So Hard”, Dave went to work on his now released “Revenge of the Slowpoke.”To date, Dave is currently performing with a wide range of artists like Assembly of Dust, JessieWagner & Envy while playing shows of his own either solo or with his little big band.

 

 

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C.P. Roth

Soundtrack compositions in all styles.

C.P. Roth is a musician and composer living in New York’s Lower East Side. Since arriving in New York in 1976 to study composition at Manhattan School of Music, C.P. has worked in many musical genres, helped in part that he plays drums, bass and keys. He’s served as a studio, and live musician for such artists as Suzanne Vega, Lenny Kaye, Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter, Ozzy Osbourne (appearing on his album “Just Say Ozzy”), and original NYC „beat poet‟ John Giorno, with whom he was Musical Director and produced five albums for. He also was the featured synth programmer/arranger for the NYC Dance Record production team of Liggett & Barbosa (Shannon, George LaMond). In 1992, C.P. became a founding member and co-producer of the Pop/Rock band Blessid Union of Souls. The band recorded four albums, and 11 singles, ten of which went to the top 30, including “I Believe” (#1) and “Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)” (#7). Since the early 80′s, CP has also had a long run in the advertising/jingle arena. He has written/produced National and International spots for Pepsi, Ford, Lee Jeans, Jordache, & Milton Bradley, to name a few. He’s also had a very long stint doing sessions in New York as a synth player/programmer. CP has also composed pieces for the Kathy Rose Dance Company and the Franklin Furnace Performance Space. He’s also a featured composer for the interactive “Read Along” book series from Scholastic Books (a position he originated in 1991). As of late, C.P. was the underscore composer for the Sesame St. produced animated series “Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures”, and acted as a featured underscoring composer for the new version of “The Electric Company”. C.P. serves as comic/actor Denis Leary’s Musical Director/drummer (as well as appearing with Leary in his various TV specials) for his live shows. And on the live front, can find him banging the drums for The Liza Colby Sound, The Enablers, Low Society, and Bebe Buell; slapping bass for Jahn Xavier & the Bowerytones, or pounding the keys with George Gilmore and the Giblets, The Major Toms, and Sean Cox.


Matt Turk

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Matt Turk

Alternative Rock/Folk “…an artist to be reckoned with.”
All Music Guide

Kevco Picks-You are the one, Fine Line, Bette Says, Silver Ring, Queen of the Set, All Over You

Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as hard-rocking bandleader and acoustic folk troubadour.

As a solo artist Matt has released three albums, including 2002′s highly-acclaimed What Gives, and 2006′s, Washington Arms. On Washington Arms, produced by Kevin Hupp, Turk updates Ten Years After’s anthemic “I’d Love to Change the World,” which appears on the Sony Music compilation “Play Back 111″ found in Greece and Cyprus, released in May 2009. “Bette Says” from What Gives, Turk’s 2002 debut album was featured on an episode of CBS-TV’s “Love Monkey” in early 2006.In June 1992 Turk teamed up with Pete Seeger as part of The Street Singers, a group that taught folk songs to schoolchildren in and around New York City. Turk was greatly inspired to write songs of social justice by Seeger and by his three-year stint working for God’s Love-We Deliver.


 

Hal Cragin

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Hal Cragin

Ecclectic, jazzy,funky, soundscape

Muti instrumentalist/songwriter and producer. Hal has written songs and produced for Iggy Pop and “A Fine Frenzy” as well as numerous National jingles.

 


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BRAVO

Instrumental music with a happy, Island / South African feel.

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, songwriter/composer David Bravo expressed an
interest in music at the age of seven.
Originally trained classically on the piano, David grew to love jazz and
began composing his own music that he performed locally.  In 1976, he moved to New York to pursue his
music career further. In 1980,
he established a working relationship with Eumir Deodato. Deodato recorded 3 of David’s songs on the Night
Cruiser
album.  Since then, he’s been a member of CBS recording act SHY TALK and had toured or recorded with
Harry Belafonte, Jack Bruce (Cream), Debbie Harry, Bo Diddley, Hugh Masekela
and Lebo M.  David has also collaborated
with “hit” songwriters Donald Markowitz (I’ve Had The Time Of My Life)
and Toni C (Whitney Houston’s Love Will
Save The
Day.) David’s projects include work with collaborator Robert Held.  Together they’ve written jingles for
commercials such as Prevention Magazine and the music for the ESPN show Out of Control.  They did the music score and composed various songs for the feature film Federal Hill
starring Nicholas Turturro. The film was well received at the Berlin Film Festival and received favorable reviews in
magazines like PREMIERE, VARIETY, PLAYBOY, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL, THE SAN
FRANCISCO EXAMINER and ROLLING STONE.
Trimark Pictures  released the picture in December 1994. It is now on video and playing on cable TV.  They also wrote the music score for the Spanish feature film “In Search of a Dream”, released in October 1997 by Miravista pictures and “Hitman’s Journal” starring Danny Aiello and William Forsyth, released in 2001.

David performed
and recorded with noted Jewish Artist Debbie Friedman from 1998 till 2008. He
worked as her Musical Director/Arranger and produced her Hannukah CD “Light These Lights” in 2004.


 

 

 


Matt Fried

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Matt Fried

“Thoughtful, strong lyrics promoting hope in the face of fear and despair”. Think Leonard Coen/Randy Newman

Kevco Picks- If Love Would Enfold Us, Its Got To Be Goodbye, Days Of Hope

 

 


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Bill Harris

Smooth Jazz

Bill Harris has been an integral part of the New York City area music scene for nearly 30 years. He has performed in the clubs, theaters and recording studios of the tri-state area as well as in Europe and Japan. Bill is a renowned performer in any and all styles on all of the saxophones, clarinets and flutes. His debut CD “The Extra Mile” was released to rave reviews from critics and musicians alike. Bill can be seen performing music from this CD with his band “Saxual Harrisment” as well as with the “Bill Harris Quartet.” He has performed and recorded with artists as varied as Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Willis, Dr. John, Average White Band, Jose Feliciano, Natalie Merchant, Celine Dion, Peter White, Jeff Golub, Gerry Mulligan and Jack DeJohnette.

 


 

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Don Harris

Smooth,Funk Jazz

Don Harris has been playing trumpet since he was 8 years old. He has been both skilled and fortunate
enough to work with many of the greatest artists on the planet. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music he immediately left to go on the road with James Taylor. He followed that with nine years as a studio and touring musician in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he recorded hundreds of records for artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Djavan, Roberto Carlos, and Elis Regina. His time in Brazil was followed up with a year in Italy where he performed with Rai Uno, and traveled throughout Europe. After returning home to New York with ten years of world class experience, he landed the job as lead trumpet player and featured soloist with legendary soul band Tower of Power. The experience gained with one of the preeminent horn sections in the world earned him the position of Musical Director for The Supremes featuring Mary Wilson. For the next six years he once again traveled the world with the U.S. Department of State as Miss Wilson was named an Ambassador of Rhythm and Blues. To date, Don’s career has offered him the privilege and opportunity of performing in virtually every corner of the Earth.
Some of Don’s recently completed projects include recording American Idol runner-up, Melinda Doolittle’s latest CD “Coming Back To You”, and writing original arrangements for Donny Osmond’s new “Love Songs of The 70’s.” He also contributed all of the horn writing to Yankee Great Bernie Williams’ new record “Moving Forward” which earned a nomination for a 2009 Latin Grammy and reached number one in the Adult Contemporary category. A 2010 Grammy nomination was earned for his arranging and performing on the new disk by instrumental super group Spyro-Gyra entitled “Down the Wire”. He also recently scored a number one hit with Smooth Jazz guitarist Peter White and his fresh new arrangement of Grover Washington’s timeless classic Mr. Magic. Working with Nora Jones’ producer Jay Newland, Don has recorded a new CD for Nigerian singer Ayo as well as Australian sensation Eran James. Currently Don can be found at Jon Bon-Jovi’s studio hard at work on the new Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes record. From Jazz to Folk to hard core Rock n’ Roll, Don has been a part of it all.

These days you can catch Don touring with Bernie Williams, Southside Johnny, Jeff Golub, Warren Hill,


 

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Trisha Blue

Bluesy, Jazz based versions of Classic Rock Classics !

Trisha Blue is the daughter of Jazz pianist Bobby Blue. Growing up in New England, her house was filled with the sounds of Etta James and Sarah Vaughan. These vocalist would become Trisha’s main influences later in life.She followed in her father’s footsteps and started playing all the smokey jazz and blues clubs on the East coast where she was discovered by a French club owner who invited her to Paris to play in the historic West Bank. After a few years in Paris, Trisha returned to the states where producer and drummer Kevin Hupp saw her perform at New York City’s famed Bitter End niteclub. Kevin thought her voice would be perfect for his new idea of twisting classic rock songs into greasy/sexy jazz flavored tunes. The result is Trisha Blue and the Rubber City Souls. We hope you enjoy these classic songs like you’ve never heard them before!

 


Market Zero

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Market Zero

Alternative violin driven jam band Rock, think Charlie Daniels meets Dave Matthews !

Kevco Picks- Better Days, High Rythm, Nature Walk

Market Zero is a Celtic-Jam-Rock fusion band from Middlebury College in Vermont. The group formed in fall of 2005 when guitarist/songwriter James Riley and Jordan Tirrell Wysocki, an award-winning fiddler versed in Celtic folk music, joined forces with Brian Harris, a bassist primarily influecnced by Motown and funk. Drummer Max Obata completed the quartet by joining in Spring of 2006, and it quickly became apparent that there was great potential to create something special. Market Zero plays mostly original compositions, but a normal set often includes fresh, rock-driven arrangements of Celtic fiddle music, a contemporary cover or two, and a personalized version of The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

For the last 18 months Market Zero has been performing shows at various venues on campus, at other New England colleges such as UNH, Darmouth, Williams, St. Michael’s College, and Western Conneticut State University, as well as different pubs, restaurants, and outdoor events in the New England area. In April of 2006, the band joined forces with producer Don Harris and recorded their first album at Trompaphone Studios in New Fairfield, Conneticut, the release of which is expected in the fall of 2007. The original work of the band displays a fusion of varied musical genres, lyrical depth and strong musicianship. The tonal interaction of their work is melodic yet unique, providing the audience with musical brainfood while they’re rocking out.

 


 

Miss Patti

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Miss Patti

Childrens’ music with a fun Rock vibe that parents would like too !

Patti Hupp New York musician, mom, actress and creator of ‘ArtSmart’, Patti Hupp teams up with her award winning drummer/producer husband, Kevin Hupp (Maceo Parker, Rufus Wainwright, Iggy Pop), to create a swinging children’s record, Feeling Groovy with Miss Patti. Feeling Groovy is a potpourri of musical genres with a nod to Cheap Trick, New Orleans, the blues, pop and reggae.

 


 

KEVCO

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Kevco


Alternative Rock/Pop along with touching ballads

Kevco Picks- All We Need, Say Goodbye, I don’t Want To, Keep On Loving You

As a drummer he has many recording credits including 2 platinum and 3 gold records. Kevin has also toured with Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter,Joan Osborne, Freedy Johnston, Rufus Wainwright, Iggy Pop and his current band Slo Leak, featuring Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar. As a writer Kevin co-wrote the opening theme “Things Change” for the daytime soap “One Life To Live” and the single “Talk To Me” for Rick Derringer”s CD “Tend the Fire”.