Fertitta and McClintock: Fertitta and McClintock Raised in the port town of Beaumont Texas, these two Forest Park High School mates were always involved in music from an early age. Leaving Beaumont for the big city of Houston, David Fertitta and Steven McClintock performed for the Steak and Ale chain as well as locking in the coveted club gig at the Lion Bar for the famed Galleria Houston Oaks Hotel.
It was there Fertitta and McClintock's unique acoustic sound was formed and their versatile writing skills honed. After a year they decided to head for Los Angeles, where in 1977, the pair quickly signed a publishing deal with Island Music (Lionel Conway) and subsequently a record deal with the legendary Clive Davis and his newly founded label Arista Records.
Produced by the multi platinum Canadian producers Fred Mollin and Matthew McCauley celebrating a recent ..1 international hit with Dan Hill (Sometimes When We Touch), it seemed that Fertitta and McClintock were on their way. But as fate would have it, the business took a dramatic musical change into disco followed immediately by new wave and punk leaving Clive Davis and the producers at odds as to what direction to take the talented acoustic balladeers.
The record was never released. The duet ended and both went on different musical paths collectively writing songs for movies and TV, commercial jingles and many other recording acts. Starting in the late 1970's both had extensive cuts as songwriters with such artist as Juice Newton, Lorrie Morgan, Sixwire, Andy Williams, Tiffany, ATC, David Pomeranz, Victoria Shaw, Pat Boone, Diamond Rio, Paul Jefferson, Rose Maddox and dozens of foreign releases.
Advance ahead 25 years to a chance meeting between the duo and their former producer Fred Mollin in Nashville at a Canadian industry event. Fred, having gone on to produce America, Eddie Money, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson to name a few, offered to finish the record that was never released. Fertitta and McClintock were back and on the move.
Recording 14 songs in Nashville with some of the finest musicians alive today cutting songs from the past and present, selling out their first three shows in Los Angeles and basically continuing where they left off, this talent vocal duo is primed and ready to finish the job they started back in 1975. They are now seasoned professionals with a vocal sound and original music that rivals anything in the market place today or yesterday.
Kevin Sousa will be featuring original songs written about the shifting of psychic energies, training for and completing the Catalina Classic paddleboard race and crossing the channel as well as songs from the EP, More Stars than Sand. A collection of songs that are little snippets, scenes from the South Bay and the characters here; the waitresses and chasing surf and fun, 4th of July parties on the strand where everyone is looking past you for the next place to be, poor choices in women and life by the beach.
Paul Lemire Band: Local singer/songer, Paul Lemire, has been peforming locally in Southbay restaurant establishments (Salt Creek Grille, Riviera Mexican Grill, and Terranea Resort) consistantly for 15 years as a solo acoustic artist. While he's recorded and released (independantly) two albums of original music along the way, he's best known for crafting his own versions and arrangements of his favorite cover songs ranging from Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Neil Young, and Johnny Cash to Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, The White Stripes, and Eddie Vedder. His polished acoustic, coffeehouse sound is a hit during summertime afternoon BBQ gatherings of family and friends.
Recently Lemire has enjoyed incorporating and developing a "bigger sound" playing on larger stages (6th Annual White Light White Night event, July 2012) with local guitar virtouoso, Dan O'Sullivan on lead acoustic guitar who naturally offers his own tasteful stylings and masterful licks complimenting the tunes Lemire chooses to play in his sets. "What what we do and where we have succeeded over the years is offering a fresh take on older, classic tunes where it may take you one or two minutes of listening to a song before you know which one it is." Lemire goes on to say, "I'm at a point in my music career and life, in general, where I have a desire to reach more people and make more people happy with the music I'm playing. I can do that more efficiently with a band and, as it turns out, it's much more fun for me having bandmates supporting and incorporating their individual musical styles and professionalism."
The music speaks for itself. It's very "in the moment", yet well-rehearsed, not geared toward one specific age group or musical genre. There's something for everyone. It's feel good music. "When I get to play with the band," Lemire says, "it feels like Christmas Day on stage. We all laugh a lot between songs and enjoy ourselves so much. And when I can tell the audience 'gets it' there's no better feeling."
Paul Lemire Band's bass player is C.C. Thomas, Jr. (Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne). Rich Lambert (I Am Robot) is on drums.