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Showing posts with label Papermoon Gypsys. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

4th Annual Woodystock Blues/Rock Festival Returns to High Desert


Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2 /Music Starts 11AM  Daily


Kenny Cederholm brings his distinct country-blues sounds to the Woodystock Festival when he headlines on Sunday, October 2. Kenny won "Country Artist of the Year" at the 2016 Los Angeles Music Awards.

  (Apple Valley, CA/August 18, 2016) - Staking it's claim as the largest yearly original blues and rock music event in the SoCal High Desert, the Woodystock Rock 'N' Blues Festival is back for it's fourth big year, taking place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, at Woodardville Ranch, (end of Chicago Rd.), in Apple Valley. Music start at 11 am each day. Tickets $20.00 per day in advance, $25.00 at the gate/day of show; 2-day tickets $35.00 in advance, $40.00 at the gate/day of show. Camping tickets $10.00 per night/per vehicle. Kids 12 and under, free. Tickets/info.: (760) 963-4994 or: Emceeing Woodystock again this year is High Desert station, KJAY Epic! Radio.

  "Our goal is to bring first-class musicians to the High Desert," states Woodystock founder John Woodard, who's also a Councilman for the City of Adelanto. Woodard was also a driving force behind the Adelanto New Blues Festival last May at Stater Bros. Stadium.

   Woodystock operates on Donations and Sponsorships. Contact John Woodard for Donation and Sponsorship opportunities.

Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys are Orange County's hottest new blues-rock group featuring the dual guitar attack of the "Six-String Siren" Diana Rein and Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams. They'll perform Saturday at Woodystock.

 About Some of the Performers at Woodystock Rock/Blues Festival

 *All the way from Ventura come Crooked Eye Tommy, fronted by brothers/guitarists, Tommy and Paddy Marsh. The band  - who headline Saturday at Woodystock - is up for Best Blues Band and Album of the Year at the 2016 Ventura Music Awards.

  *Hailing from Hesperia, The Lillies' sound is in the spectrum that lies between the raw/avant-garde tumble of sixtie's indie greats The Velvet Underground and modern-day rock greats, U2. Yet, the quartet are also heavily rooted in the Blues.

  *Returning to Woodystock this year is the 'Reverend' Smack Jonez. The singer-songwriter, New York-born and raised in Gavelston, Texas, was "sent here on a mission from God to bring you the love thru song and sound so that you, too can get down." Watch Jonez electrify the Woodystock crowd with his energetic blend of blues, funk, rock and soul.

  *One of the more eclectic bands to grace the Woodystock stage is Electric Parlor. The L.A.-based quartet takes pride in creating music that has an honest, raw, and live feel to it, relatable to music fans all over the world.  They are inspired by the past, and the lessons they have learned from years of listening to the forefathers of Rock 'n' Roll.

The tasty Down-Home Blues of guitarist Victor Crain
graces the stage of Woodystock again this year.

  *The guitar playing style of well-known High Desert-ite Victor Crain was once favorably compared to the great Jimi Hendrix. Crain, who resides in Llano, returns to Woodystock again this year to play some tasty Down-Home Blues. 



Monday, August 8, 2016

Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys Perform at Real Blues Festival 7

SoCal's Coolest New Blues-Rock Band!


Sunday, Aug. 14, 4 pm - COACH HOUSE, San Juan Capistrano

"Diana Rein and the Papermoon Gypsys brought a rollicking show to the Blue Beet. Diana's bluesy voice and Kenny 'Big Daddy' Williams' blistering lead guitar on their version of Jimi Hendrix' classic "Stone Free"  showed why they're one of the hottest new groups on the scene today. Rein's guitar propels the music with a rocking sound, the interplay of her guitar carrying both rhythm and some excellent solo work. All told, Diana Rein and the Papermoon Gypsys provide a hard driving blues sound that's hard to beat"                         - Ed Simon, LOS ANGELES BEAT

   (SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA) - SoCal's coolest new blues-rock ensemble is Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys, perform locally at the Real Blues Festival of Orange County 7, taking place at The Coach House, Concert Hall, 33157 Camino Capistrano, Sunday, August 14. Showtime: 4 pm. Tickets $20. Info: (949) 496-8930 or

                     About...Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys

   The new group is co-led by vocalists-guitarists, Diana Rein and Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams, along with Joe Dolci on bass and Rich Smith on drums. Rein, also known as the "Six-String Siren," has just released a new album, Long Road (Rude Mood Records). "Rein proves herself multi-talented by not only writing, recording, and producing Long Road, she also sings and plays lead, bass, and rhythm guitars, " writes National Blues Review. On Long Road, Rein - a big Stevie Ray Vaughan  fan who moved to Southern California from a hotbed of the Blues, Chicago - displays a sharp tongue, driving blues-based guitar, and melodic solos. Conversely, Williams is a longtime SoCal musician who, in addition to Papermoon Gypsys, also fronts OC-based blues-rock trio, Bluespower. "Big Daddy," as Williams is commonly called, is also co-owner of Kenny's Music in Dana Point in addition to the Host of the weekly "Laguna Blues" radio show every Friday night on KX93.5 FM. "Big Daddy is one of those guitarists whose showmanship comes naturally," writes Ed Simon of the Los Angeles Beat



          Upcoming Live Shows: Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys

August 14 (Sun.)       REAL BLUES FESTIVAL OF OC7           SJ Capistrano, CA
August 31 (Wed.)     TEMECULA VALLEY MUSIC AWARDS    Murrieta, CA
Sept. 3 (Saturday)     NEW BLUES FESTIVAL III                      Long Beach, CA




Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Papermoon Gypsys - Self titled - New Release Review

I just received the newest self titled release from the Papermoon Gypsys and it's versatile and interesting. Opening with instrumental, When I Look Into Your Eyes, PG, led by Big Daddy Williams carves a gentle anthem with a guitar filled melody. William's style, a blend of melodic and shredding, proves a cool opener backed by Rich Smith on drums and Ron Moreno on bass. Love Medication has an easy funky beat with a jagged rhythm augmented by Smith, Albert Margolis on keys and lead vocals by Lexi G add a cool additional dimension. It's Complicated has an easy jazz pop (Steely Dan) feel with a low key loping guitar solo and lead vocals by Lexi. Cool track. She's Tough is right out of Elmore James' music stream. Williams is tight on the slide with a boogie groove. Nice! Little Town has a Latin blend overriding a rocker with vocals by Lexi and Spanish guitar riffs from Williams. Halls of Chandrian has a euro feel with low grinding distortion and eastern flavored melody. Lexi's vocals are bright and cultured and Williams sprinkles hints of sitar like sounds throughout. A forward rock guitar solo slices through the mix and a cool bass riff from Moreno hits hard. Down In Paradise has a New Orleans funk feel with Williams back on lead vocal. The "falling down the stairs" drums style on this track is really cool. Darrell Mansfield adds some real nice harp work on the track as well. Possibly my favorite track on the release, blues track, Have You Ever Had A Reason, has that Freddie King style as used by so many like Clapton et al. Lexi does a real nice job on vocals and Williams does his best guitar work on the release. Albert Margolis also lays down some really nice piano work rounding out the track nicely. Tex Mex styling and prominent vocals by Lexi on Arthur Alexanders, You Better Move On, makes this the natural radio favorite. Authentic sounding acoustic guitar work from Williams and subtle accordion gives it a warm feeling. Wrapping the release is Max Bennetti's Lonely Nights, a smooth jazz guitar instrumental warmed by the organ work of Rob Whitlock. Williams shows his stylistic flexibilities as he moves through guitar transitions throughout the track.
Very nice!

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