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Published: 10/9/2008

Writers On The Storm

Kerry Politzer
Kerry Politzer started picking out melodies on a toy piano at the age of three. The following year, she started playing the real thing. She studied classical piano for fourteen years, attending the North Carolina School of the Arts and summer programs at Tanglewood and Interlochen. She entered the New England Conservatory of Music with the intention of continuing her classical studies, but fell in love with jazz after attending a concert in Keller Hall. She studied with jazz guru Charlie Banacos, who inspired her to begin composing, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano Performance. Some venues where Kerry has played include Wave Hill, The Blue Note, Birdland, The Cutting Room, the Queen Elizabeth 2, the Columbus Jazz & Ribs Festival, Jazz Improv Live, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Kitano. For Kerry’s full bio please visitww.kerrypolitzer.com/">www.kerrypolitzer.com

JJ & The Foreign Cowboys
New York City-based, contemporary country band JJ & The Foreign Cowboys was formed by duo Jennifer "JJ" Johnsen and Jorgen Kjaer (Yan Care) in early 2001.  The pair began their musical journey with a two-year residency at The Gold Rush, a country dance club in Hell's Kitchen. "That was such a crazy, fun time", recalls JJ, "The folks there were so picky about what they wanted us to play, but we would sneak our original songs into the set lists anyway.  Soon we noticed people singing along even though they had no idea they'd never heard our song before!" Since then the pair has performed all over the country and independently sold over 36,000 copies of their first full-length CD Be the Wild in Me, nationwide.  They are currently promoting their new CD Hello wherever you are..., released in Spring 2008.

Larry Stevens Band
From New York to Nashville, singer-songwriter Larry Stevens has developed a well-deserved reputation for high-energy performances that keep audiences on their feet. The Montvale, New Jersey native recorded his latest CD, “Heart of a Fighter,” in a Nashville studio. Inspired by his boxer grandfather and two years in the making, it is a signature collection of uplifting pop tunes with catchy melodies and lyrics that demonstrate the full range of his talents. Now commuting between Nashville and the New York metropolitan area, Larry continues to write with industry legends while pursuing opportunities for his band and his solo career. “While I enjoy the songwriting and recording process, the biggest thrill for me is to see how people enjoy and relate to my music when they hear it live,” he says. Stevens performed in Nashville at such renowned venues as The Bluebird Café and The Opryland Hotel. In New York, he has played at every music hot spot in Greenwich Village, including The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways. In his home state of New Jersey, he has shared the main stage with the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton at the annual QuikChek Festival of Ballooning and was a Main Stage Act at The Meadowlands Fair.  Exciting News: Larry has finished his brand new CD Entitled “Downstairs At Mayo’s” This was a labor of love for Stevens all song’s co written by him along with Veteran Writers Jimbeau Hinson, James Reilley and Margaret Harris and produced by Greg Mayo. More News: Larry just proudly performed at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC for our wounded Warriors!  (For The New York Friars Club) 

Andy Mullen Outfit
Andy Mullen and his group, the humbly named "Andy Mullen Outfit" play Folk Fusion:  a rousing combination of fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass, and even a little-bit-o-celtic for good measure.  The stage is festooned with fiddles, banjos, guitars, harmonicas, accordions, and sundry "means to tinker."  You'll be up on the floor in no time!  If prompted, Andy even calls some Square dances! The gang will be playing songs from Andy's new album, "The Toenail Jar" which, incidentally, is available as a free digital download on his website –ww.andymullenmusic.com/">www.andymullenmusic.com.  You can also go to his website for a full bio.