Dick Claassen, author/musician

PFI

Under the direction of master flautist and instructor Dick Claassen, PlayFolkInstruments.com is dedicated to increasing  accessability to the Native American flute. Dick has penned several instruction books on learning and playing the Native American flute, banjo, and ukulele, the most comprehensive, understandable, and fun books in the field. If you love folk music and want to know more about it, PlayFolkInstruments.com is the place to visit.

Neo Epoque Creative Cooperative

Neo

Neo Epoque comprises a host of musical wonder, including two member bands of incredible talent, Dogs & Docks and Russian Butcher Shop. Based in Chiba, Japan, Neo Epoque has released the CD/DVD package, Just a Human, an eclectic mix of musical styles, video, and animation, featuring Neo Epoque and works by some of their musical and artistic friends, including a new grass song by C.S. Fuqua entitled “Killing the Buddha.”  For more information, visit the Neo Epoque website.


J.D. Fox, musician

frittsJan De Vos, aka JD Fox, is one of Belgium’s premier rockers, having served as drummer for The Machines, Belgium’s number one pop band, from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. In 1989, he joined Derek & The Dirt, a heavy rock outfit that recorded four albums before his departure. In 1991, he became a singer-guitarist, combining American roots music with French lyrics, recording an album with the band Paris Texas and three solo records.

Shortly after what he thought would be retirement from the music business in 2007, Fox contacted Muscle Shoals songwriter Spooner Oldham and hooked up with the Sunset Travelers, Holland’s finest roots band. Together, they recorded The Roadmaster, a tribute to Oldham with songs that speak for themselves—no sophisticated arrangements, no big production, no vocal acrobatics.

In 2016, Fox released My Friend, his homage to another Muscle Shoals legend, Donnie Fritts. This time, he decided to go further back to his musical roots. With friends from Belgium, he formed The Velvet Street Band (the name refers to the address of the home studio where the album was recorded), an outfit that primarily plays acoustic instruments. The album also features Bonnie Fuqua, performing the spoken vocal on the title song, “My Friend.”

 To purchase these albums, please visit the JD Fox website for more information.


 

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