Music From Stanley. Those three words have a lyrical quality of their own. They speak of listening to the strains of a strummed guitar, the rich notes of an acclaimed vocalist or even a rowdy drum and bass rhythm floating through the halcyon haze of a summer Sunday with Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains as a backdrop.
The seventh season of Music From Stanley is in high gear, and every Sunday through Sept. 4 from 4-7 p.m., the concert series provides a chance to experience some incredible Idaho artists in the midst of some of Idaho's incredible natural artistry. The schedule may be subject to change but following is the current lineup:
July 3, Kelly Martin with Dan Costello; July 10, Bearfoot with guest; July 17, Chad Summervill with Boise Rock School; July 24, Todd Hallawell and Robin Kessinger; July 31, Carrie Rodriguez with guest; Aug. 7, Nathan Jay Moody and the Quartertons; Aug. 14, Nate Fowler with guest; Aug. 21, Thomas Paul with guest; Aug. 28, Douglas Cameron; Sept. 4, New Transit. And also this year, there will be three Wednesday performances in August: Aug. 3, James Orr; Aug. 10, Shook Twins; Aug. 17, Cary Judd.
Unless you're Charlie Sheen, "winning" is another lovely word. And unlike the tiger-blood-filled actor, young local MC/producer Alex "Customary" Post can now use it to describe himself without any of the irony.
A few weeks back, Post and young Tennessee-based singer Erin Elisabeth Aubrey entered the 2011 International Songwriting Competition, a contest that awards both new and seasoned musicians for their songwriting talents. Post met Aubrey at the Contemporary Music Center in Massachusetts and Post said he thought her music sounded "perfect for sampling." Their collaborative effort, "Fallin' So Fast," earned them third place in the R&B/Hip-Hop category, an accolade that may actually help further their careers.
"The contest offers some prizes that we will make the most of, such as online airplay [and] tools to help with booking and promotion," Post said. "But if anything, it gives us some credibility and proves that we are putting out solid work, which is nice to have when we approach labels and advertise our product. If people see we have an award-winning song, they will be more likely to give it a listen."
You can hear "Fallin' So Fast"--with local Jordan Freiburghaus on bass--at songwritingcompetition.com/winners.