Jan Smith and Jeff Vogelgesang
While most of their time is spent performing for adults, where they mix fine distillations of folk, country, bluegrass, and jazz into a front porch sound that swings, these two definitely know how to get the kids swinging each month at the Prism. In addition to the Prism gig with the cast of Tell Us A Tale, Jan and Jeff have brought their mix of folk, bluegrass, country and jazz to such festival environments as Fridays After Five and First Night Virginia 2002. Below are a few of their tunes in streaming RealAudioÆ format.
In the fall of 2002, Jan released her debut album, Tin Heart, and I can not recommend it highly enough. Joining her on the album are her band members, as well as countless guest artists, including Terri Allard and Mary Lucey on harmony, percussionist Paddy League, fiddler Sara Read, and dobro player Bill Cardine on the pedal steel. For you moms, dads and other adults, pay a visit to cdbaby.com to pick up your copy.
Your Momma Don't Care (J. Smith, Tin Heart)
Gorham Mountain (J. Smith, Tin Heart)
Jeff, who also plays with the traditional bluegrass band, the Virginia Ramblers, has an album of his own, On the Lam: Mandolin and Guitar Instrumentals. The album is available at a few on-line stores, including cdbaby.com, County Sales, and Mid Continent Music.
On the Lam (J. Vogelgesang, On the Lam)
Tom Proutt and Emily McCormick
Tom and Emily first worked together at the recording sessions of Tom's latest CD, Farm Jazz. Emily appears on two cuts, "Killer Sally" and "Road to Appomattox." Since then, they have formed the duo Proutt & McCormick, showcasing their original material in sparse and thought-provoking arrangements. They have opened shows for John and Mary, formerly of 10,000 Maniacs, and Richard Shindell, to name but a few.
Tom has played guitar almost his entire life and has been a part of the Charlottesville music community since 1981. He released his latest album, Farm Jazz, last year, which nicely blends all sorts of acoustic genres together. Below are two of my favorite cuts off the album. He has another cd out with a different group, HalfGrassd, that was released in 2002. He has also played with Tell Us A Tale over the last several years at different venues.
Autumn In New England (T. Proutt, Farm Jazz)
Kick The Can (T. Proutt, Farm Jazz)
Emily has lived in Virginia since 1997 and currently sings with the Virginia Consort, a 40-member choral ensemble. She has experience singing in small acoustic ensembles and with choirs. She is best known for her work in jazz and folk music.