• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

News From Hemifran April 2020

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Hemifrån is an independent A&R, promotion and marketing company, based in the heart of Sweden, specializing in, what they call, “gut music” – The kind of music that you can feel in your gut, no matter what. Hemifran is promoting a lot of singer-songwriter, westcoast-pop, country, AOR and more. Here are featured some of their latest news – it is not all west coast, but dig into it!

Mannish Boy – Last Ticket To Rock’N’Roll Land Redux : Extended Tour Edition

Mannish Boy (MB) is a classic rock band from Stockholm, Sweden, with background and roots from Öland, Småland and Gotland, that has been around for many years. We were raised in the 70’s with Sweet, Alice, Bowie, Mott, Purple, Lizzy, Beatles, Stones, and Pugh, John Holm, Nationalteatern from the Swedish stage. More information at Hemifran.

Son Of The Velvet Rat – Monkey Years #2

Son of the Velvet Rat celebrates the release of their anthology “Monkey Years #2”. This latest collection, culled from a deep dive into the albums “Loss & Love”, “Red Chamber Music”, “Firedancer” and “Reaper” is a treat for those willing to track americana to its farthestflung outposts and represents a sampler of S.O.T.V.R.’s considerable back catalogue. The collection also includes 2 previously unreleased tracks, “Mother Of Pearl” and “Sirens”. More information at Hemifran.

Dave Greaves – Still Life : The Legacy Collection

Most of Dave Greaves’ songs are from personal experiences telling poignant stories in his own very special language of the heart. Perfectly thought out guitar parts along with a smoldering, and as he puts it, gin soaked voice, set Dave Greaves apart from other world class musician and songwriters from both ‘back in the day’ and today. “He’s as real as it gets and utterly convincing”. More information at Hemifran.

Carrington MacDuffie – I’m The One

Far reaching influences of a lively musical childhood weave through Carrington MacDuffie’s unusual, hook laden songs, and stand out in her new EP, “I’m The One”. The spirit of independence runs deep in her lineage, with her English forebears having fought in the American Revolution, including a colonel who crossed the Delaware River with General Washington. This maverick spirit has persevered through successive generations, and informs Carrington’s artistic practices, her passions, and her calling in life. More information at Hemifran.

Mia Arends & Michael Derning – Rough Magic

“Rough Magic” was recorded in Seattle, WA, and re-imagines the music they heard from childhood to the present, mostly interpreted in fingerstyle guitar and voice. Along with 6 originals are songs by Paul Simon, Biff Rose, Lennon McCartney, Incredible String Band, Michael Peter Smith, Blind Willie McTell, Duke Ellington, and more. More information at Hemifran.

John Cee Stannard – When The Time Is Right

“When The Time Is Right” is another new album from John Cee Stannard, following on from his last album “Moving On” released in the spring of 2019. Musicians appearing on this album include his Blues Horizon band mates Howard Birchmore and Mike Baker along with Spencer Couzens, Craig Broadfoot, Les Calvert, Nick Pentelow and Dean Robinson. These new songs include 5 written at a song writing course in August 2019. More information at Hemifran.

John Cee Stannard – Folk Roots Revisited

“Folk Roots Revisited” sees John Cee Stannard return to his roots as a folk singer, this collection of original songs, some going back over 40 years, reflects the music he was listening to around the time of Vertigo releasing the debut album from Tudor Lodge, the folk group John founded back in 1968. Musicians appearing on this new release include Simon Mayor, Mike Baker, Howard Birchmore, Les Calvert, Tom Evans and Jackie Doe. More information at Hemifran.

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Good music enriches your life. At BLUE DESERT we are passionate about this particular yet wide-ranging style of music we call West Coast Music. This site is a modest tribute to the music and the performing artists, who through the (many) years have given us - and continue to give us - endless hours of musical enjoyment. As long-time fans we want to share our enthusiasm, experiences and views with fellow connoisseurs as well as curious newcomers. If we can do our bit to help promote this great music and all the gifted artist – well, then we have succeeded.

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