Picker's Supply Presents

Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase 
A Monthly Concert Series Featuring Original Acoustic Music

Friday, April 24,  1998, 8 pm

This Month's Songwriters ...

Peter Fields
Greg Trafidlo
Kim Person Lana Puckett 

Picker's Supply Concert hall 
902 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA (entrance in alley around back) 
Admission $6.00

Call (540) 898-0611 for

 Peter Fields has captivated audiences in the U.S. and Europe with his mastery of diverse music styles and unique approach to guitar techniques.  His repertoire ranges from the masterpieces of the classical guitar to extraordinary arrangements of R&B classics, as well as his interpretations of ethnic music from many parts of the world.  He can be heard on numerous recording projects on Polygram and various independent labels, and on many television programs.  His performances as finalist in the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival and the National Guitar Championships and the winning of first prize in the Mid-Atlantic song contest established his position as a fresh, new voice in the world of virtuoso guitar music.  He has composed several scores for films and has received several commissions from choreographers to create original music for the ballet and modern dance.  He has performed on the Washington Chamber Symphony recitalist series with the innovative guitar/violin duo Whiskey Tango, released an album of his compositions entitled Solo Guitar Music, which was selected by the magazine Northern Virginia Rhythm as best acoustic album of the year in 1996, and been nominated for a Washington Area Music Association award as best Jazz Instrumentalist.  His latest CD, Reflections on the River, has just been released.  
Greg Trafidlo is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter with credits as a music producer, and publisher.  He appears on over twcnty-five releases, and has produced over a dozen recordings; including six albums with contemporary folk trio Pole, Trafidlo and Phillips.  Greg is president of Kira Records and KiraPole Music, BMI.

This Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist, won the 1993 Grand Prize in the Louisville Songwriters' Cooperative Competition, as well as numerous Contests and "Addy" awards for his jingle and work in advertising and promotion.

Over the years Greg has opened for major artists from Emmylou Harris to Roberta Flack, from John Hartford to John Prine. He was mandolinist with the national touring bluegrass group, The Bass Mountain Boys, and has performed in many stage plays, including Stonewall Country  with Robin and Linda Williams.

Greg's writing reflects a mixture of beauty, humor and craftsmanship, plus a keen awareness of health and social issues.  He has appeared at the Fredericksburg Songwritersí Showcase once before.

"Kim Person & Lana Puckett write music in the key of life.  Their songs speak of ordinary things: relationships, family, love... yet it's the way that Lana and Kim put words together that is earning them recognition." (The Daily Press).  Based out of Yorktown, Virginia, four time Kerrville New Folk Finalists Kim Person and Lana Puckett have won many prestigious awards for their vocals, songwriting and musicianship during their fourteen years of performing together. Their music journey together began in 1982 when they won the First Place Country Vocalist Award in the American Song Festival/Columbia Recording Artist Search.  This award gave them national exposure, $2500.00 and an all expense paid trip to New York for the video taping of the winning vocal performance.  In 1984 they were presented with yet another vocal award for the Best Traditional Female Country Vocalist in the state of Virginia.

But it wasn't until 1985 during a much needed break from the club scene that Kim & Lana began to write songs together.  During that break Lana pursued a degree as a graphic artist and Kim worked on staff as a recording engineer at Alpha Audio in Richmond, VA. ...but at night they worked on songwriting.  In 1988 those evening sessions proved successful when they were selected as Kerrville New Folk Finalists for renowned Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.  Both performers loved the creative environment that prevailed for singer/songwriters at Kerrville and since that time been selected to appear in the New Folk Concerts again in 1993, 1994 and 1996 as well as being selected for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Showcase in Hillsdale, NY and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN.  In 1986 Kim and Lana formed Cimirron/Rainbird Records, an independent record label specializing in singer/songwriters and acoustic music.  Kim continues her engineering work at Wistaria Studio a division of Cimirron/Rainbird, Inc.

In 1993 Kim and Lana recorded and produced their CD Windows of Life with some help from friends Rickie Simpkins on Fiddle and Viola and Brian Wood and Stephen Bennett on guitars.  Reviews from Windows of Life can be accessed through Kim & Lana's NOMA home page.  Since its release, songs from Windows Of Life have won First Place honors for songwriting from The Austin Songwriters' Group, The Fort Bend Songwriters' Network, The Virginia Organization Of Composers and Lyricists and the West Texas Songwriters' Group, as well as awards from The Louisiana Songwriters' Guild and the Songwriter's Association of Washington.  This debut recording has received airplay in the US and overseas.  Quotes from radio Dj's can also be accessed through their home page. Their songwriting has taken on many new forms since the release of Windows of Life. Lana and Kim's musical compositions can be heard on radio and TV jingles and soundbeds as well as in documentaries and videos.  Their original music score for The Ways of Our Fathers an historical documentary on the Pumunkey Indians won a Telly Award and a Gold Award in the Houston Film Festival.  In addition to their vocal and songwriting abilities, Lana and Kim are also recognized as multitalented musicians.  Kim is well known for her acoustic guitar playing as well as keyboards and banjo.  Lana is one of a handful of female pedal steel guitar players in the country, she also plays acoustic and electric guitars.  The duo continues their writing and performing as well as running Cimirron/ Rainbird Records.  A new CD is in the plans for the coming year.

What's next!

The May 29 show will feature Erin McKeown, Max Ochs, and Michael Jonathon.

Want more Info?

For more information call (540) 898-0611 or send e-mail to Bob Gramann at bobgramann@interserf.net.

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