Tall Men Group in Concert Nov. 10th Influence Music Hall Independence OR

Influence Music Hall, Hillsboro, is pleased to present Tall Men Group (TMG), 5 accomplished musicians from Los Angeles who will be visiting Oregon in early November. “Tall Men Group” (everyone is at least 6’2” or taller, hence the name). TMG consists of — Marty Axelrod, Severin Browne, Jeff Kossack, Ed Tree, and Jimmy “Muffin” Yessian.

Their unique blend of acoustic guitar styles is a treat for anyone to hear, especially those interested in the Art of Songwriting.

Event details:

Influence Music Hall
135 SE Third Ave.
Hillsboro, Oregon

November 10th, 2012
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30)
Admission: $10


Jeff Kossack (pronounced ‘Kozak’) is a producer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, percussion and piano). He’s played for and produced some of Los Angeles’ most notable acoustic acts, Amila K. Spicer, Severin Browne, the Big Red Sky, and Matthew Lee, most of whom went on to become National Academy of Songwriters Artist of the Year nominees or winners. He’s released three CDs of his own (The Power of One, This Boy’s Life, and HalfLife), enhanced by the OtherHand, a group of the most versatile players that Jeff had met while hanging in other bands and around L.A. As much as Jeff, these players have infused his music with accessibility and emotionality. Never a full time player until recently, Jeff’s albums have all found critical success in print and on internet radio. He continues to write and perform, and has plans to complete a tandem release of CDs: CountrySoul – a blending of blued-eyed soul and the lonely, yet compelling sound of Dobro slide guitar, provided by L.A. producer-guitar luminary, Ed Tree, on acoustic Americana tunes all bearing Jeff’s heart-on-his-sleeve delivery. The other CD: theOtherHand/theOtherVoices will feature some of his new tunes along with tracks from previous outings, as interpreted by some of over-the-top talented friends…. Jeff continues to work on music, almost daily at his tracking space, OtherHand Recording in the San Fernando Valley, and hopes to continue to make meaningful and impactful music for years to come. Visit Jeff’s site: http://www.jeffkossack.com/Welcome_to_JeffKossack.com.html, as well as finding his music on iTunes, YouTube, CD Baby, Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jimmy Yessian has been inspired by music his entire life. He is a passionate live performer who connects instantly with his audiences. He has performed all around the country, France and Italy. Jimmy has appeared on the same bill or has worked with artists as diversified as Jeffrey Steele, Allan Rich, Steve Dorff, Al Anderson, Billy Dean, Gary Baker, Tia Sillers, Mark Selby, Martin Page, Jamie O’Neil, Chuck Cannon, Walt Aldridge and many others. His song “Stand Tall America,” dedicated to the 9/11 tragedy co-written with Gary Baker (“I Swear”/ “I’m Already There”) and Jerry Williams, was featured in the PBS aired documentary film One Voice/ The Healing Pole and is the lead song on the Inspiration New York CD. Jimmy’s latest CD “not a wave goes by” http://jimmyyessian.com/not-a-wave-goes-by is dedicated to his late wife Amy who lost her battle withcancer in 2006. The collection features songs from their life together and follows his journey after losing her up to present day.
There is also a new video for the song “not a day goes by” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txmOZHNpAFc

MARTY AXELROD is a songwriter whose work has appeared in TV (“True Blood”, “Friday Night Lights”) movies and records. He co-created the original concept CD “Songs of Shiloh” with Nicole Gordon, and the stage musical “Emperor Norton” which has had four successful runs.

Severin Browne: Sev (as we call him) has been playing in and around the Southern California area for many years. Some interesting career highlights: In the 1970’s Berry Gordy offered Severin a staff songwriting deal just as Motown was moving to Hollywood, and in the next few years released two albums on that label. In the 1980’s the “Severin Browne Band” packed the Troubadour and many other clubs. In the Nineties, his third album was released, along with his fourth in 2001 and his fifth CD “Lucky Man – A Songwriter’s Notebook” in 2012. Severin also teaches guitar at SummerSongs, the summer camp for songwriters in Cambria, California. For more information see www.severinbrowne.com www.severinbrowne.com/ www.severinbrowne.com/ > > .

Ed Tree is a producer, engineer, guitarist and songwriter with over 30 years of experience working in the Los Angeles area. Ed has produced more than 80 CDs in the Americana, AAA, Blues, Folk, and Country categories, including two top five Billboard Blues Chart CDs, 2 #1 singles on the European Country Charts, and winning a DIY Producer of the Year award for Amilia Spicer’s “Seamless”. He has recorded and toured with Spencer Davis, Rita Coolidge, Juice Newton, Al Stewart, Dusty Springfield and Booker T. Jones as well as sharing the stage with Jimmy Buffet, Aaron Neville and Bonnie Bramlett. http://www.spencer-davis-group.com/BioTree.shtml He also played on the Grand Ole Opry with his band The Bum Steers. His songs have been recorded by a number of artists including Spencer Davis, Lacy J. Dalton, Steve Kolander and others and have appeared on the Country Top 40 charts. His songs have been featured in several movies and TV shows. Recently he had a song on the ABC hit “Good Christian Belles”.

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