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What do we sound like? 'Organic Soul'...'Free Range'... 'Curtis Mayfield meets Keb Mo at the Oregon Country Fair'...
Alexander's Real Time Band is a temporal ensemble. The usual suspects are Sarah 'Frankie' Linderman (drums, voice), Susan Peck (keyboards, voice), Whit Draper (guitar, bass) and myself.
Other musicians who have joined me at gigs and/or in the studio include Jolie Clausen, Hershel Yatovitz, Mary Flower, Leah Hinchcliff, Danny Lamb, Poeina Suddarth, Felicia Figueroa, Mark Simon, Art Alexander, Nancy Durham, Ward Griffiths, Mel Kubik, Newel Briggs and Mary Sue Tobin (to name a few).
I am blessed and truly grateful to have so many talented friends who enjoy playing my music. But sometimes the live gig is just me singing my original tunes solo and accompanying myself with fretless bass, walkabout dulcimer, guitar, piano or whatever other instrument I can get my hands on. Whether it's the quartet, trio, duo or just me, I think you will have fun anyway.
It's about the songs. I'm a songwriter. It's just what I do. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for visiting my site and thanks for listening.
--alan alexander iii
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November 23, 2013
Mel Kubik, ZZRose, Hershel Yatovitz, Ward Griffiths and Alan at Alberta St. Pub (Nov 2013)
Zoom zoom zoom. I've been meaning to update the blog for a few weeks now, but things have been soooo…..busy! Got a breather now, so here is the latest.
My October road trip was fun, productive and satisfying. I was able to get some good research done for the 'Alan's Confectionary' script and score. I had a fun performance at The Wolf in St. Louis and I had some quality time with family.
I returned home to a series of first world problems requiring my immediate attention (a story for another time). Then a few days later, I was off to the 'Far Lookout' writers cabin for 7 days of immersed writing for 'Alan's Confectionary'. I managed to finish Act 1 (first draft) and sketch out the 3rd musical number. Progress.
Then it was crunch time, in pre production for the second episode of our monthly Songwriter Carousel at Alberta Street Pub. This one took a little longer to arrange because Sarah was (and still is) on tour with Poeina Suddarth and Whit was also unavailable.
But I got lucky. I was able to recruit one of my favorite PDX drummers, Ward Griffiths (Quadraphonnes, Gravy) and guitar legend, Hershel Yatovitz (lead guitarist for Chris Isaak) to sit in.
The guest song writers for the show were Mel Kubik (a former Dub Squad bandmate who currently performs with Quarterflash) and ZZRose, a new face on the Portland singer/songwriter scene.
The resulting show was pure magic! Even though none of these musicians had ever rehearsed or even met each other before the night of the show (aside from Susan and I), they played as though they had known each other for years. The level of talent on stage was about as high as you could ask for and the audience loved it. Great songs. Great players. Magic! Have a listen right here!
So now I get a few weeks with no gigs or travel. Whew! But I'll be in the studio finishing up mixes on a few tracks we hope to release before Christmas. And our next Songwriter Carousel is December 18th, once again at Alberta Street Pub. Susan Peck and I will share the stage with special guests Leah Hinchcliff and Andrew Maldarelli (the dynamic duo otherwise know as Gravy). Ward Griffiths will once again be joining us on drums.
I guess it's not much of a 'breather' after all. But hey, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Thanks for your support.
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October Road 2013
October 1, 2013
Just a few months left in the year of 2013. Seems like every year about this time I'm about to hit the road. This year is no exception. We have a couple of shows in the Pacific Northwest at the beginning of the month (see calendar).
Then its back to St.Louis for more research for the musical 'Alan's Confectionary' which I'm currently writing. If you've been to any recent ARTB shows you have heard us perform music from this project. It is a work in progress (2 years so far). I'm hoping to finish it this year. The story involves events which occurred in St. Louis between 1935 and 1948. The 'Alan' in the story is my grandfather.
I'll be getting in a couple of solo performances in while I'm there. Always a treat to play in my home town.
When I get back to Oregon I'll begin a residency at the Far Lookout writers retreat to hopefully put a big dent the script and score for 'Alan's Confectionary'.
One more thing. Our premiere Songwriters Carousel at the newly remodeled Albert Street Pub last month was a huge success! That means we will be doing another one real soon (sometime in November). Look for details next month.
Thanks for your support. Hope to see you again real soon.
Come to our Songwriter Carousel
September 25, 2013
I am very excited about this show. I'll be sending another reminder out near the end of next month but I just want to give you a 'heads up'.
Even though we have been gigging a bunch this past summer, we've been 'on the road' and we haven't played in Portland since June! So this will be a good chance for our local friends and fans to catch us in full force (with Whit, Sarah, Susan and yours truly) while we're all in town.
Not only that, but this is a pilot for what we hope will be a monthly songwriter showcase at the newly remodeled and re-imaginged Alberta Street Pub. Its a great new venue for live music and we are pleased to host 3 great area songwriters. Matt Meighan, Alexa Wiley and our own professor Susan Peck for the first ARTB Songwriter Carousel.
More details as the date approaches but please put this one on your calendar. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7pm. Thanks! -a