Ghost Dog Blog - 2015
Soona's Holidaze Edition
Ghost Dog here, hoping you are well and in tail-wagging fit condition as we begin the downhill run to the Holidaze (also known as gifting season)!
Here at Soona Central, things are squirrel chasing busy: Radiophonic's The Proud Ones promotion continues; Kevin Elliott's Patterns of Blue is almost release ready; Esteemed CEO has actually started her next album; plus we have some new gluten free, calorie free, Soona Snacks!
But first a word from Esteemed CEO -
Where to find the perfect gift, something unique, something musical, something cheap? Especially for friends and family who have yet to master the secrets of downloads! There is nothing like a nice Compact Disc, to have and to hold. You will find a wide selection in our Soona Store - everything from Radiophonic's rock, to Lisa Markley's jazz, with folk, blues, pop, roots and more... check them out, and I promise to personally gift wrap your purchase! Thank you.
Ghost Dog was very pleased to see Radiophonic's The Proud Ones made the first round of Grammy nominations. As we await the results, have a listen, and see if you agree with WETS-FM DJ Mike Strickland that "this is a great album!"
The final touches are underway for Kevin Elliott's next release, Patterns of Blue. It is on track to be passed through the critical ears of mixing man Graham Duncan and mastering guru John Scrip, of Massive Mastering for a February release!
Ghost Dog can report that Esteemed CEO has her list of songs and is recording them between her other Soona duties. This may take a while, but the goal is a summer 2016 release... watch this space.
New Soona Snacks! Download and enjoy!
- A cheerful ditty by J Paul Slavens (on piano) from Lisa Markley's release One Word, You Told Me So, with Jeffrey Barnes on Clarinet and Bach Wilder Norwood on bass.
- From Bruce Balmer's latest release, Get Outta Park, one of his contemplative tunes - and Ghost Dog's favorite - The End of Times.
- As a representative of adolescent angst midst the holiday season, from Radiophonic's The Proud Ones, Disappoint.
- And from Kevin Elliott's, It's a Circus Here, Dolores the moving ballad, Where the Songs are Silent.
Meanwhile, from all of us at Soona Songs, heartfelt good wishes for the very best of celebrations, for all you are celebrating... and many thanks for supporting independent music, especially ours!
Soona's Dancing Dog Daze
Ghost Dog here, hoping you are keeping cool through these lovely summer days and finding plenty of time to enjoy some music!
Things are rocking and hopping at Soona Central with the July 10 release of Radiophonic's new album The Proud Ones; Kevin Elliott's new album is in the mixer; Live recording has begun at Soona Songs Studio; and we have some new Soona Snacks up.
But first a word from Esteemed CEO -
Consider collectibles - there is nothing like giving a gift that keeps on giving. Show you care - find a nice album in our Soona Songs Store and buy the CD for someone who doesn't know how to download. Thank you.
Now Available! Radiophonic - The Proud Ones
Our geographically challenged, multi-talented alt/rock band has brought forth another musical masterpiece. Dark as a bluegrass ballad, timely as the evening news, social commentary weaves through Brian Aldsworth's and Graham Duncan's layered guitars, Daniel Loyd's bass, and is locked in place with the driving rhythm of Michael Galante's drums. Graham provides the vocal and these songs will weave into your subconscious. Beautifully mastered by John Scrip of Massive Mastering, Ghost Dog recommends listening on repeat.
Kevin Elliott's new project is presently in the mixing machine. Title, artwork, and song selection have all come together with uncharacteristic speed for a Soona project. Patterns of Blue will be available this fall!
Soona Snacks - for your download enjoyment
- From our new release The Proud Ones, the song Sure, because we are sure you will want to buy the entire album.
- From an old release Departures, Esteemed CEO's song Fly, which happens to feature the members of Radiophonic, yes they are indeed multi-talented.
- And from Beth Cahill's album Songs for Sarah, Black Sheep, which also features Radiophonic members Graham Duncan and Michael Galante.
We are past the solstice - Ghost Dog wishes you a happy rest of the summer and reminds you to keep your tail from under that porch rocker. We also wish to thank you for supporting independent music, especially ours.
Soona's Spring Forward Serenade
Ghost Dog here, hoping you are thawing well after a particularly snowy season!
Here at Soona Central we are tail wagging busy. Impending releases from Radiophonic, Markley & Balmer, and Kevin Elliott; rumors of The Malvinas in the studio; new Soona Studio offerings; and of course some new Soona Snacks!
First, a word from Esteemed CEO:
It is the spring gifting season so gift some Soona albums to all your unsuspecting giftees. Find something for everyone at the Soona Songs Store. Thank you.
The final touches are being made to the new Radiophonic release, The Proud Ones. It will go soon to the capable hit making hands/ears of mastering man, John Scrip. Our exceptionally gifted and geographically challenged rockers have given us another great album. You will find a pre-release of the title song in the Soona Snacks. The album will be available for download and also as a CD, for those of you who still like to hold your music.
Folk/Jazz/Eclectic duo, Markley & Balmer wowed us all at the Folk Alliance Conference and their recorded efforts are in the mixmaster now! Ghost Dog is excited about this upcoming summer release. To whet your appetite, you can find "She Knows" from their debut album in the Soona Snacks!
Man of the finger style guitar, Kevin Elliott's release is next in line, and our ears are very happy with the initial mix! Watch this space!
Rumor has it that The Malvinas, power female folk trio made up of Beth Cahill, Gina Forsyth, and Lisa Markley will be heading to the studio this summer! The long awaited third album may actually happen!
Soona Snacks - for your download enjoyment
- Rock out to The Proud Ones from The Proud Ones by Radiophonic.
- Happy blues in the song She Knows from Markley & Balmer.
- And as a teaser for the Malvinas, WestJet Ticket Counter, from Love, Hope and Transportation.
Ghost Dog wishes you a pleasant spring and hopes you keep your tail from under the rocker, once we can get back on the porch!
Thanks for supporting independent music, especially ours!
Soona's Winter Song
Ghost Dog here, hoping you are keeping well and keeping warm!
Things are busy at Soona Central, so, take a number! New Radiophonic album, almost out the chute; Markley & Balmer double album, ready for the mixmaster; new Kevin Elliott album, next in line. Add in the yearly trek to Folk Alliance International and some new Soona Snacks, and you know we are chasing our collective tails.
First, a word from Esteemed CEO!
Indulge us, go to the Soona Songs Store and buy a CD! Thank you.
Man of many tasks, Graham Duncan, is coordinating the final touches on the almost named and song ordered second Radiophonic album. Ghost Dog is pleased with progress so far - hopes it will be available by the March 1st blog!
The sweet summer recording session of Markley & Balmer will be in the mixing seat as soon as Radiophonic exeunts the chair. Preliminary listening promises a wonderful mixture of original tunes and American Songbook. Amazing Bruce Balmer guitar, amazing Lisa Markley vocals, even better together!
November brought Kevin Elliott with a load of new tunes into the studio in Jonesborough. Graham came too, and the session went very well, in Ghost Dog's humble opinion. Post production will be underway soon... look forward to classic Kevin, thoughtful, quirky and beautifully played.
Soona acoustic arteests are heading to Kansas City in February for the International Folk Alliance Conference! This year, in addition to the Soona Songs Showcase, where you can hear all our artists and many of our friends (see schedule below), we will introduce a new service - the opportunity to record a live CD in our studio! More later... contact Esteemed CEO with any questions!
- In honor of the winter confusion, a sneak peek from the new Radiophonic album, My Head is a Maze
- And continuing the lost theme, Beth Cahill's The Pilot from Songs for Sarah
- And on to the depths of winter, Marilyn Duncan's Darkening Sky from her album Departures
As we await the return of the sun, Ghost Dog wishes you a fruitful winter season, and thanks you for supporting independent music, especially ours!