• 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 November 2019

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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!

The Gothic Cowboy & Mando Dan

The Gothic Cowboy & Mando Dan – S.T

The Gothic Cowboy (aka M.Litton): I’m a creek-bank-ghetto boy, a two-legged child of the prairie. I been blown between the Rockies and the Rising Sun, and I’ve tumbled up against a few cities. I began my singin’ on the northern tip of the Louisiana Purchase, along the night shores of Edmonton, Alberta. I stayed the whiskey season then caught a warm southeasterly. I’ve touched Canada, the North Atlantic, and mined Colorado all over; I found that Kansas has the softest loins. The military trained me to stand upright and I’ve worked a pick-ax and shoveled my grave a thousand times. More information at Hemifran.

Reverend Freakchild

Reverend Freakchild – Road Dog Dharma

Take a journey with Reverend Freakchild around the United States Of America. Just lay your hands on the radio. Let the  good vibes, traveling tunes and insightful interviews enlighten your mind and heal what ails you. Amen. More information at Hemifran.

Thorsten Flinck

Thorsten Flinck – Kan Du Fira Jul Med En Sån Som Jag

Swedish Text. Kan du fira jul med en sån som Thorsten Flinck? Klart Du kan! Särskilt som han precis spelat in en av den här julens allra finaste låtar. För att inte tala om att han har med sig legenden Kenny Håkansson med sitt lysande gitarrspel. Så se nu till att fira jul med Thorsten Du också, och till och med tomten och alla hans tomtenissar kommer att vara på ett strålande humör hela långa julhelgen. More information at Hemifran.

Tragedy Ann – Matches

Tragedy Ann – Matches

Tragedy Ann is a forward-looking folk duo from Guelph, Ontario. 

Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan find warmth in questions and daring in answers, making space for the tear that lies behind laughter. With intimacy and care, the duo favours a flashlight over a spotlight in songs for community, nature, and hardworking hospital staff. Braiding organic harmonies with accordion, singing saw, guitars, and ukulele, Tragedy Ann’s arrangements are as delicate as they are driving. 

Their sounds and stories were most recently captured on September 2018’s release ‘Matches’, garnering them two ‘Songs from the Heart’ songwriting awards (Folk Music Ontario), national folk/roots radio charting, and syndication on CBC Radio and Stingray Music. Regularly touring across Canada (and, shortly, in Europe and the USA), Tragedy Ann concerts emanate “..the honesty and enthusiasm of people who can’t help but create and perform.” (Jon Farmer, Georgian Bay Roots). More information at Hemifran.

Peter Gallway & The Real Band – Reach For It

Peter Gallway & The Real Band – Reach For It

With his return to Maine, the resurgence of The Real Band has been unstoppable, including wonderful receptions at St. Lawrence Arts and One Longfellow Square in Portland, The Frontier Theater in Brunswick, Slates in Hallowell, and the 207 Show on WCSH television. The Real Band is Peter Gallway on vocals and guitar, Mark Wainer (The Buffaloes, Berklee School of Music) on lead guitar and Andre Re (Jackson Browne, Garland Jeffries) on vocals and percussion.

Called “a master of free verse” in the Boston Globe, Peter Gallway has released more than twenty-five albums on the Warner/Reprise and various independent labels. He has also produced over fifty albums and special projects, such as the Grammy nominated Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village in the ‘60s, Time and Love: The Music of Laura Nyro, participated in Laura Nyro’s final album, Angel In the Dark, and produced all of the seminal albums by Maine’s own Devonsquare.

A founding member of The Fifth Avenue Band, Gallway’s music spans styles from ‘60’s rock and roll, to “jazzy folk”, to atmospheric Americana. Along with his solo recordings, he has collaborated with acclaimed singer-songwriter Annie Gallup in the duo Hat Check Girl, with seven releases to their credit.

2019 heralds the highly anticipated release of Reach For It, the all new Peter Gallway & The Real Band album on Gallway Bay Music. More information at Hemifran.

Moonfruits – Ste-Quequepart

Moonfruits – Ste-Quequepart

A folk concept album that plays like a short-film soundtrack, Moonfruits’ début full-length album Ste-Quequepart (2017) \saint-kehk-pahr or Saint Somewhere\ tells the story of a village making a hopeful go of a hard here and now. Writing in French and pulling as much from their imaginations as from their encounters on the road, intimate moments give way to cinematic arrangements as characters emerge and speak through song. 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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