May 30, 2017
What: Peter Feldmann & Mother's Boys CD Release Party
Where: Soho Restaurant & Music Club, 1221 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
When: Monday, July 3rd, 2017; 7:30 PM. (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Visit: http://www.sohosb.com/ or call 805 962-7776 for advance tickets: ($15.00)
Mother's Boys, L-R:David Jackson, Dave Dawson,Peter Feldmann, Rick Cunha
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Santa Barbara folk and bluegrass icon Peter Feldmann will bring his LA - based group Mother's Boys to the Soho music club and restaurant in Santa Barbara Monday evening, July 3rd. The group will be giving a show and release party celebrating their long-awaited CD "Home Among The Hills", a collection of songs by the original Carter Family of Maces Springs, Virginia.
"Mother's Boys" includes Rick Cunha, whose warm vocal stylings reflect his Hawiian roots, David Dawson, autoharpist and singer from New Mexico and a fellow band member in Rick's 1960s group, Hearts and Flowers, bassist David Jackson, who also plays piano and accordian, and Peter Feldmann, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Jackson, Dawson, and Cunha were members of the seminal folk rock group Hearts & Flowers in the 1960s. They have performed with Emmy Lou Harris, Hoyt Axton, Mason Williams, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and Rose Maddox among many others.
The CD project contains a selection of songs recorded by Sara, Maybelle, and AP Carter, some well-known, some quite rare, between 1927 and 1941. They are considered a major bedrock of American country music. The Carters are the subject of a new documentary film, The Winding Stream, released just recently. Peter and Rick selected the included material based on its musicality and variety. Mother's Boys had help from friends on certain tracks during the 6-year recording process, including Aubrey Richmond, Maria Smiley, Fred Sokolow, Susie Glaze, and Laurie Lewis.
The performance is scheduled to begin Monday evening, July 3rd, at 7:30 PM. Soho is located at: 1221 State St, Ste 205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Advance tickets, priced at $15.00, will be available by phone at: 805-962-7776, and on their website: [ sohosb.com ].
For further information, contact Peter Feldmann by phone at 805 688-9894
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Peter Feldmann is available for interviews at (805) 688-9894, or via email: [ info@BlueGrassWest.com ].
Versatile musician Rick Cunha was born as Richard Dale Cunha on July 17, 1944 in Washington, DC and raised in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. He graduated from Grant High School in 1962 and attended Valley College for one year. Rick studied Hawaiian steel guitar with Ernie Ball and switched from steel guitar to Spanish guitar during the early 60's folk music renaissance. Cunha moved to Hawaii in February of 1963 and began performing at a small Honolulu club called Hum-bums. He made a guest appearance as the Hawaiian Hootenanny Boy on the TV show "Lucky Luck" in 1964. Along with partner Dave Dawson Rick worked the Honolulu nightclub circuit through 1966. Cunha then moved back to Los Angeles and formed the folk-rock trio Hearts and Flowers with Dawson and Larry Murray. The group recorded two albums for Capitol Records before breaking up in 1968. Among the people Cunha has toured with are Jennifer Warnes (who had a Top 40 hit with Rick's song "When the Feeling Comes Around" in 1980), Mason Williams, John Stewart, and the Byron Berline and Sundance Band. Moreover, Rick has worked as a studio musician for such artists as Emmylou Harris, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and Rose Maddox. The artists who have recorded his songs include Ian Matthews, Michael Johnson, and the Smothers Brothers (Tom Smothers has performed Cunha's song "Yo-Yo Man" both on television and in concert). In addition, Rick has performed in concert with such folks as Emmylou Harris, Jennifer Warnes, Mason Williams (he has also worked as a producer for Williams), Anne Murray, and the Smothers Brothers. In 1981 Cunha performed his composition "Rainbows" for the Hawaiian Song Festival in Honolulu (Rick is the grandson of noted "Hapa Hoale" Hawaiian music songwriter Sonny Cunha). He composed the catchy country-folk score for the offbeat road picture "Best Friends" and contributed to the soundtrack of the poignant indie drama gem "Stanley's Gig." Rick's albums include "Cunha Songs" and "Moving Pictures." Rick Cunha now works as the musical director for Wells Fargo Radio Theater and is the owner and operator of the Rainbow Garage, a recording studio in Van Nuys, California.
Hearts and Flowers.
Hearts & Flowers was a Los Angeles folk rock club band, perhaps most significant as one of the groups that launched the career of Eagles' founding member and guitarist-songwriter, Bernie Leadon. The lineup included Larry Murray (vocals, guitar), Dave Dawson (vocals, guitar, autoharp), and Rick Cunha (vocals, guitar).
The individual members met at the ongoing Monday night jam sessions being held at The Troubador over which Murray presided. Cunha and Dawson, who played in a duo, were newcomers as recent transplants to the area from Hawaii. After a few informal picking sessions, the trio gelled and started performing.
"We had a unique sound, a very strange sound, particularly because we found what we did best was old, traditional, country hillbilly music, Murray told John Einarson. "That became the core of what we did, the three of us, and we took it from there."
The group's sound was described as "Merle Haggard-meets-Sgt. Pepper" as a result of the wide-ranging influences each member brought to Hearts & Flowers. This included the aforementioned Haggard, plus Buck Owens, The Louvin and Everly brothers, The Country Gentlemen, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan. With such unorthodox influences -- plus the fact that the band featured autoharp --, the group was torn about the direction it wanted to take. "Had it been up to us, we would have gone way country," said Cunha. "We wanted it to be commercial and fit into the pop market, but left to our own devices it would have been even more country. Production changed what we would have done."
Meanwhile, Hearts & Flowers was influencing local musicians who heard them in various folk clubs around the Los Angeles area. This included several people who would later be credited with developing the then-germinating Southern California country-rock sound. Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins and Messina) says, "Those three guys were probably the closest thing to what we were all flowing into. They were the cutting edge of where the rest of us were going. They were the black that didn't quite have the edge sharped on it yet. I got my first Telecaster from Rick Cunha."
The group signed a deal with Capitol Records' Folk World label in December 1966. Once in the studio, the trio was filled out with studio musicians and steered into a more folk direction. On the road, the group would be augmented with an ever-changing series of musicians including Terry Paul (Kris Kristofferson), Pete Carr (The Hour Glass), and Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters).
Tensions over the direction of the group eventually came to a head. Cunha left the group in Fall 1967 to write country music and produce. Leadon replaced Cunha for the second album in 1968. Leadon was well known to Murray as they had played in the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, a San Diego bluegrass group responsible for launching both those members' careers as well as those of Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas) and Kenny Wertz (The Flying Burrito Brothers, Country Gazette).
Among venues they played during the mid-1960s, were Los Angeles clubs Ledbetter's, Doug Weston's Troubadour, The Whisky-a-Go-Go, and the Ash Grove, primarily as an opening act. Some of the groups with whom they shared a bill included The Doors, Bill Monroe, The Buffalo Springfield, and Blue Cheer. After recording two albums without major success, the group disbanded in 1968.
Murray claims the group was "in a rut" and each member was working with other, different musicians. "But for a simple twist of fate, we could have been huge. We had what it took, we had a lot of charisma, the personality of the group was amazing. But I don't think we were focused business-wise. We tended to go with losers, because they were less high-pressure, and we dodged the real pressure people whose asses we should have been kissing. But you do what you do. Everything we did seemed like a good idea at the time."
The timing of the break-up couldn't have been worse. It was just prior to the release of the seminal country-rock album by The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, and the subsequent formation of The Flying Burrito Brothers, both of which are credited with popularizing the genre.
Dave was born September 2, 1940 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawai’i.
After graduating from Roosevelt High Dave moved to Washington D.C. and studied art at
Corcoran Art School. Washington D.C. was an epicenter of Bluegrass music in the early 60’s and Dave learned to play the Autoharp and joined in.
Drafted into the army in 1963, Dave found himself back in Honolulu on active duty during the day, and playing music at night. Dave meet Rick in early 1964 and they worked as a duo; DAWSON and CUNHA.
Their repertoire drew largely from the songs of the Carter Family, as well as the worlds of Bluegrass and Country music. In 1966 Dave found himself in Los Angeles, joining Rick and Larry Murray to form
HEARTS & FLOWERS, a seminal folk/rock band that went on to record two albums for Capitol Records.
It was the early 1960s when David Dawson picked up an autoharp for the first time. As the story goes, the girlfriend of Dave’s good friend Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna was strumming on one when she noticed his obvious interest in the flat, stringed instrument. “Wanna play?” she said, handing it over to him. The rest, as they say, is music history.
“I put it up against my chest and I strummed it and it went right through my body,” says Dawson, remembering that first encounter. “To this day, it still does that. It is a very earthy instrument … It moves your whole body because you have it up to your heart.”
“All of the sudden, songs started coming to me and I started putting them down,” recalls Dawson. What was created was a truly unique blend of rock, folk and country tunes. Dawson’s characteristic voice and soulful playing as well as original lyrics that exemplify his personal philosophies, observations and concerns about the world around him, are the glue that keep it all together.
Before retiring from the music business to raise a family more than 30 years ago, Dawson partnered with Cunha and after, from Hawaii to Los Angeles, the two formed the group “Hearts & Flowers.” At the height of their popularity, Hearts & Flowers produced two albums through Capitol Records and was sharing the bill with some of the top bands of the 1960s, including Buffalo Springfield, Arlo Guthrie, Linda Ronstadt, Simon & Garfunkel, The Doors and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Although Hearts & Flowers broke up in 1967, their influence can be felt in rock and folk songs to this day.
“David’s band in the ‘60s (Hearts & Flowers) was a really pioneering country-rock band … they were the first to introduce country roots within the folk-rock framework,” says Long.
Indeed, when Cunha left the group after the first Capitol album was produced, he was replaced with Bernie Leadon, who later went on to be one of the founding members of The Eagles. And a quote from Jim Messina of Loggins and Messina (in a recent Dave Dawson press release) said about Hearts & Flowers: “They were the cutting edge of where the rest of us were going.”
David P Jackson
David Jackson, bass player extraordinaire, is much in demand as a studio musician and voice-over artist. He is known for his infectious enthusiasm and humor and has wowed audiences across the country with his prowess and versatility on bass, piano and accordion.
He was bassist in LA’s Hearts and Flowers, which also featured singer/ songwriters Larry Murray and Rick Cunha and guitarist Bernie Leadon. Leadon and Jackson joined the first version of Dillard & Clark in 1968 and stayed with the group until Clark left in late 1969. On their second LP, he played not only guitar but also piano and cello.
In 1996 Dave was honored by the California Country Music Association as Best Instrumentalist. He has played and sung with luminaries such as Kenny Rogers, Hoyt Axton, Cher, Jackson Browne and Dwight Yoakum, to name a few. His true love is music and poetry about the West. Now touring and recording with the trio, New West, he brings abundant experience and heart to this sweet singin’ trio.