David Watts Barton is a long time Sacramentan. After more than 2 decades as a reporter for the the Sacramento Bee, David has decided on a different tack for his second act. While still writing for various outlets, David currently occupies himself by traveling, writing and recording music and testing the boundaries of Airbnb. We were lucky enough to get him into the studio for a very interesting chat about his 5 songs.
Russ Solomon is the founder of Tower Records and a music industry icon. During our time with Russ we discussed everything from 78s to streaming music on the internet. An incredibly interesting guy, Russ is also the subject of a new documentary entitled All Things Must Pass – The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records.
Kyle Vincent is a recording artist who tours internationally. He has been signed to several major labels and appeared with some of the biggest names in the biz, including opening for Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits tour. He is preparing to release his 12th solo album. Website: http://kylevincent.com
Tara Sissom is an actress, singer and dancer. Born in Maryland and raised in Florida, Tara grew up in a family of entertainers who performed in venues as diverse as railroad trains and theme parks.
Her experience in theater started at age 6 and has ranged from dramatic to comedic and all stops in between.
Dick Bright is one of the Bay Areas best known and best loved musicians and bandleaders. As a child growing up in Los Angeles, Dick studied classical violin. All that changed when he was introduced to rock n roll music while attending the University of California at Davis. Since then Dick has worked with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett (as the Musical Director at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room) to Bonnie Raitt and Huey Lewis. He continues to add his unique talents to shows all over the world.
One of our favorite episodes featured Elisabeth Nunziato. Elisabeth is an accomplished actress, director and producer. As a member of the B Street Theatre Acting Company, Elisabeth has performed in far too many productions to mention. She made her directorial debut with the feature film, Stolen Moments.You can link to this and other projects at nkmediasolutions.com Elisabeth’s song choices and stories made for one of the most personal and compelling “5 Songs” to date.
Another one you may have missed! A native Californian and a Sacramentan since 1951, Tom Phillips graduated from Sacramento State College with a music degree in 1970. He studied guitar under Tiny Moore as well as Cuban classical guitarist Rey de la Torre.
A member of the seminal Sacramento country rock band Redwing, Tom continues to teach and play music with everyone from rock bands to symphonies in the Northern California area.
We’re taking a few weeks off and thought we’d replay some shows that you might have missed. Our first guest on 5 Songs (back in September 2013) was Marcus Crowder. Marcus has been the theater critic, jazz, pop music, and arts writer for the Sacramento Bee since May of 2000. A graduate of UC Davis and the American Film Institute he’s extremely pleased his love of music and his profession are so neatly aligned. The first concert he ever saw was Lee Michaels at the Cal Expo Exhibition Hall, the second was the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Cal Expo racetrack.