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"A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing." -Livingston Taylor
Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described by listeners as "compelling she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame." Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home on Boston's North Shore.
Chelsea has begun to attract the attention of radio stations, magazines, and venues all over the Northeast.. her music, rooted in the genres of folk and rock, has recently taken a turn for alternative rock. The importance of the lyric is still emphasized, but her music (with the help of her truly fantastic band) now chugs along with grooves and beats reminiscent of tracks by Alanis Morrissette, Sheryl Crow, and Florence and the Machine.
While Chelsea frequently supports artists such as Chris Isaak, Livingston Taylor, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, and Marshall Crenshaw, she has begun to develop such a strong following of her own in the Northeast that the shows she headlines have begun selling out regularly.
Following the success of her last solo release, LIVE in the Moment, Chelsea toured solo to promote the album and then returned to the studio where she recorded her first full-length, full-band album which is scheduled to be released on February 5, 2013.
Besides being the editor/publisher of the Noise (New England's longest running music magazine), T Max founded Boston Rock Opera (Jesus Christ Superstar; Preservation Act II; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; S.F. Sorrow), was the musical director of Project Eno, created and performer of the one-man folk-rock opera Why Do We Go to War?, and published Boston Rock 'n' Roll Trading Cards.
Singer, songwriter, storyteller, T MAX, has recently released Thinkin' Up A Dream on Dove Records. He weaves his songs into the tales he tells about where he has livedBrooklyn NY, Hollywood CA, Martha's Vineyard MA, Jamaica Plain MA, and Gloucester MA. Previous releases include On British TV (eclectic textured folk rock), Shake (an environmental tale with a score written, produced, and played completely by T Max), and Why Do We Go to War?, a folk rock opera that T Max has performed as a one-man show.
To extend the fun off the stage T Max offers membership in his Air Conditioner Clubeveryone says it's so much cooler than a fan club.
Willie "Loco" Alexander is an American singer and keyboard player based in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
He played with the Lost, the Bagatelle and the Grass Menagerie before becoming a member of The Velvet Underground in late 1971, joining fellow Grass Menagerie alumni Doug Yule and Walter Powers and replacing Sterling Morrison, who had gone off to pursue an academic career.
With the Velvet Underground, Alexander toured England, Scotland and the Netherlands in support of then-current album Loaded. After completing the tour on November 21, 1971, in Groningen, the band planned to start recording a new album, but band manager Steve Sesnick sent all of the band but Yule home, presumably to retain maximum control of the product (the resulting album was Squeeze, released in 1973) and effectively ending Alexander's time with the band.
After leaving the Velvet Underground, he enjoyed a checkered career, both solo and with his Boom Boom Band, that lasts to this day. In-between, Alexander teamed up with Powers to tour France in 1982 for French punk record label New Rose Records, in 1987 opening for Dramarama and in 2006 for a tour with the legendary Boom Boom band.
In addition to his storied music career, in 1994, Willie narrated a local film entitled Middle Street made by fellow Gloucester native, independent filmmaker Henry Ferrini. Willie has also contributed many songs to the soundtracks for Henry's other films.
Andy Pratt is an American rock music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In the 1970s, he made a number of experimental records that were appreciated by small audiences, and scored a commercial hit with "Avenging Annie."
After words of praise from Rolling Stone magazine ("By reviving the dream of rock as an art and then re-inventing it, Pratt has forever changed the face of rock"), he tried a more commercial approach. Having converted to Christianity and settled in the Netherlands in 1987, he continued to make records and perform at big Christian pop music festivals.
Pratt returned to Boston after an absence of 13 years in 2004. The continually-prolific Pratt has been trying to make a comeback with a new band as well as solo appearances at regional festivals (such as South By Southwest in 2006). Despite his reputation as a one-hit wonder of the 1970s, Pratt has released twenty studio albums as of mid-2006.
The great-grandson of oil magnate Charles Pratt, who founded Pratt Institute, Andy was the son of Edwin H. Baker Pratt, headmaster of exclusive Cambridge, Massachusetts day school Browne & Nichols School (now Buckingham Browne & Nichols), which he attended as well. Later, attending boarding school, he tried to make life more bearable by joining various school bands.
Inspired by The Ventures, he played guitar or bass guitar in Bogus Chimes, Zinias, and Vagabonds. Pratt attended Harvard College and was awarded an B.A. inEnglish Literature in 1968 (he missed attending Harvard with Gram Parsons, who had dropped out in 1963 after one semester). Soon afterward, he released his debut album, Records Are Like Life (1969), recorded just after his graduation from Harvard and re-released in 1971 on Polydor. It was not a success.
Pratt worked on his music with Boston-area bands Butter (a pun on Cream) and The Chosen Few, with whom he toured Europe. Neither the groups nor his first album were a success outside the Boston area. His family wealth enabled him to build AEngus Studios, where he broadened his knowledge of recording techniques and multi-tracking arrangements in the spirit of Brian Wilson and Phil Spector.
In 1973, he signed with Columbia Records on the basis of a demo of Avenging Annie. This song (based on Woody Guthrie's Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd) took 500 studio hours to record, and Pratt's vocals on it range from basso profundo to a maniacal falsetto. The label released Andy Pratt in 1973, which achieved modest commercial success on the strength of its hit single. Roger Daltrey recorded a raunchier version on his solo album One of the Boys. Pratt's version was used on the soundtrack to the film Velvet Goldmine in 1998.
After an American tour to promote the album, he was dropped by Columbia. In 1975, his father died and Pratt returned to the musical scene with Atlantic Records. Bee Gees producer Arif Mardin was recruited for a more commercial approach on Resolution. The result is a somewhat bombastic but more accessible record, a far cry from the eerie atmosphere of its predecessors. In 1977, after a final concert for 7000 people in Boston's City Hall Plaza, Pratt was forced to leave the music industry due to a lack of support.
In 1979, Pratt converted to Christianity and moved to Europe in 1987. Startled by the punk rock wave ("I hate ugly music"), Pratt produced the religious pop album Motives, after which he settled in the Netherlands and Belgium. In 1988 he married a journalist and became active as a social and pastoral worker. In 2004, he was divorced from his second wife and returned to the Boston area.
However, he continued his recording activities and performed at festivals and in churches. A solo concert at the former Hippie temple Paradiso in Amsterdam was appreciated by a mere handful of remaining fans, but an undaunted Pratt sang as if he were playing a crowded stadium. Not Just for Dancing (recorded with Stephen Hague) and Fun in the First World were later re-released on a single CD, as was the collection Heaven & Earth from this period.
Return to Boston
The re-patriated Pratt started a new band in Boston with Sal Baglio (former frontman of '80s Boston band The Stompers) and John Troy, formerly of Pousette-Dart Band; the former joined him (along with Mark Doyle, Tommy Hambridge and Gary Link) on Live at the Village Underground.
Pratt was sporadically seen busking at underground train stations. A reunion with his guitar pal Doyle resulted in Cover Me (2002) and I'm All Right the year following, on which Pratt also plays saxophone. The material covered ranges from Gene Pitney's Town Without Pity and The Beach Boys' Don't Worry Baby to The Message by Grandmaster Flash.
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