California-based and North Carolina-raised singer-songwriter Joe Firstman will release “Live At The Treehouse” on August 17, 2010, via Rock Ridge Music. The album is not live in the sense of a traditional live album in front of an audience; rather, it was recorded in the studio (The Treehouse in Laurel Canyon outside Los Angeles) with Firstman playing and singing simultaneously to achieve a more live sound in the finished songs. Says Firstman of the album: “Everything is in line on ‘Treehouse.’ It's how I sound right now. It's an appropriate snapshot of my life and my sound. I think Mike [Vicarra, the producer] did a good job recording my voice and presenting my music. I wanted it to be a recording that would flow smoothly from beginning to end.” A number of the tracks are reworkings of older, already-released songs, while two (“Speak Your Mind” and “Fight Song” [only a live version has been released]) were never released previously in studio versions but have been part of Firstman’s live set for a while. One song, “Middle Ground,” is brand new and features Jay Buchanan (of Rival Sons) singing lead vocals; another is a cover (“Mrs. Rosenthal,” penned by Brian Wright who is also featured on “Fight Song”). Also joining Firstman on other tracks are Jamie Drake (“Marlene And Her Sisters”), Mike Vizcarra (“Everything Is A Crime”), and Tim Jones and Walker Young, both of Truth & Salvage Co. (on “Pretty Things”). Says the Hermosa Beach, CA, Easy Reader of Firstman’s sound these days – the one he sought to capture on “Live At The Treehouse”: “Firstman... has stripped back his music from the ‘professional badass ninja’ full band ensembles of his early years to just his voice, guitar, and songs alone on the stage. Along the way, something fundamental has happened. Firstman’s early music was wildly exuberant, frenetic, sometimes frantic – ‘one fluid flow of mania,’ as he has described it. Now he’s slowed it down. Every note counts. His music has grown more ragged, simple, and truthful.” “Live At The Treehouse” is the follow-up to Firstman’s early 2010 release, “El Porto.” He plans to continue touring in support of the new disc; he usually clocks in over 200 shows per year. Already in 2010, he has hit the road first with The White Buffalo, labelmate Ernie Halter, Josh Hoge, and Jay Nash, will play some shows with Matt Duke and Keaton Simons, and dates with BJ Barham and Jay Buchanan begin in August (see tour schedule below). He is also confirmed to perform at the second annual Hotel Carolina Singer-Songwriter Festival in late August. In the past, he’s toured with folks like Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Willie Nelson. Prior to “El Porto,” which was released on Rock Ridge Music, Firstman put out a full-length (“The War of Women”) and an EP (“Wives Tales”) on Atlantic, plus another full-length (“DrAma”) and live EP (“Live at The Sandbox”), which were released independently. Firstman has sold over 40,000 albums to date. In 2009, Firstman’s full-time, four-year job as bandleader on “Last Call with Carson Daly” ended in when the show was restructured.
Liz Nash: Liz Nash, a singer/songwriter originally from New York continues with her original songs of indie/jazz/blues carving the music of the future one fan at a time. Her music has been featured in HBO and has received honorable mentions in “Billboard” under jazz in the prestigious world song contest. Her regular line up includes herself on vocals and guitar, Oskar Cartaya from Cartaya’s Enclave on bass (Spyrogyra, Sheila E., Robbie Robertson) and Fausto Cuevas on percussion (Queen Latifah, Tito Puente Jr., American Idol) Other session musicians are known to sit in as well. As a child, Liz thought the folk guitar player at the local library was the coolest. She would become mesmerized by the stories she sang. There was truth in it, she thought. Soon after, Liz started attending USDAN center of performing arts in New York (a branch of Lincoln Center), and studied music. She would go home and play songs for her older brother Jorge and they’d study the back of Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel albums. After extensive study, Liz started playing duets in clubs and cabarets on Long Island and Manhattan. She recorded her first album of original songs called "Late Nite Menu" in Los Angeles which led her to first recognition. In order to promote her album, she toured extensively including MussikMesse Main Stage in Shanghai and Music China in Beijing. She shared the stage with Eddie Money, The Gin Blossoms, The Motels, Art Alexakis of Everclear, David Bromberg and countless other well know artists. “I would like to continue to collaborate with artists that I admire as well as continue working with the TV and film community. I also truly enjoying performing live on stage all over the world." Currently, Liz is recording a new album of original songs and jazz standards which is scheduled to be released by fall of 2011.