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A Note From Loren Davidson

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Hiya!

I hope you’re enjoying good weather. It’s been gorgeous here in the Bay Area, with a lot of blue skies and comfortable temperatures relieved by the occasional overcast and drizzle. In other words…spring! 🙂

I hope you like the sunset picture at the top. I took that while out in Florida last month. We took a break at my house concert in Holmes Beach to stagger the half-block to the beach to watch the sun go down. As you can see, it was a spectacular sunset!

Special Bay Area Show!

 

Picture of Anne HillsI’m honored and pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to open for songwriter Anne Hills at her upcoming concert here in Castro Valley! Anne has been deeply involved in the folk music world for many years, touring with such greats as Tom Paxton. If you’re local here in the Bay Area, please consider coming out and supporting this very talented artist.

 

 

 

Be Prepared!

We had a sobering reminder yesterday of how quickly things can turn upside-down on us. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Moore OK, that they can recover in a good way from Mother Nature’s latest visitation.

What type(s) of disaster can hit where you are? Are you prepared? Whether it’s hurricanes in Florida, earthquakes in California, or tornadoes and massive hail in the Midwest, stuff *does* happen. Have a plan, and have supplies. Coordinate with your friends, if you can. The Internet has more info on this type of thing than I can begin to list.

Living in Paradise can be awesome, whatever and wherever your personal Paradise may be. You just have to be ready to roll with what life throws you.

Thanks for listening,

Loren

PS – I just added a bunch of shows to my ReverbNation calendar. Some of them *are* new; others are just getting posted so y’all can see what’s on the horizon. Hope to see you somewhere soon!

Quick Note from Loren Davidson

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A Quick Note from Loren Davidson

LorenDavidsonI know we’re all about the escape here, but I want to take a moment for current events. As I write this, I’ve spent a bit too much time watching the footage out of Boston during yesterday’s Marathon. Let’s take a moment to send our best wishes, and prayers if you do those, for all of the victims and their families, and for all of the first responders whose first impulse was to run *toward* the trouble. If it turns out there’s a way you can help these people, please do so.

And take a moment for yourself, to be grateful for what you have…your life, your health, your friends and family.

On the Road…to Florida!

I’m just a bit over a week away from hopping onto a Southwest 737 to Tampa to kick off a week of shows and good times with friends in southwest Florida. With shows in Tampa, Holmes Beach, and Port Charlotte, it’ll be a fun trip. If you’re in that part of the world, I hope you’ll come out to say hi. Check the show links below for more information.

Songwriter Showcase in San Rafael!

It’s that time of year again. My songwriting group is holding its annual showcase at the Belrose Theater in San Rafael on Saturday 5/11. We’ll have a dozen of the Bay Area’s best up and coming songwriters, including me, playing their best stuff in a really cool old playhouse/theater in downtown San Rafael. You can get your tickets here. The ticket page has links to the home pages of most of the musicians, so you can hear what we do. If there are any left at the door, we might be able to squeeze you in, but I really recommend buying them now.

Drink of the Month

And now, to answer this month’s question: What *is* blue and orange and tastes good? The Orange Bluetini! It’s colorful *and* tasty – sort of like a creamsicle, if you remember those. Check it out.

Here’s looking at you!

Loren

 

Spring is Coming – Loren Davidson

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We had some lovely weather last week, here in the Bay Area; today winter has reasserted itself with chilly winds and rain. Still, I’m thankful I don’t live where it snows. 🙂

 

Here’s a picture I took in the Keys just last November, to inspire you:

 

Picture of Card Sound Bridge

 

The view is from the top of the Card Sound Bridge, just after I stopped for a lovely and relaxing lunch at the world-famous Alabama Jack’s. Once I get here, I always start smiling, because I know I’m on my way into the Keys! Just looking at the picture makes me smile.

 

More Radio!

 

While I haven’t heard myself on Radio Margaritaville yet, I *am* starting to get some airplay onRadio Free Americana! This is exciting, because it’s one of the first places outside our own cozy trop rock genre where I’m getting heard. 🙂 For the week ending 2/14, I moved up from a tie from #182 to a tie for #120 on their playlist!

 

I’d love to do even better, and you can help: Send an email to dj@radiofreeamericana.com and request one of my songs from my current album, Of All the Rum Joints.

 

And if you’re feeling ambitious, do feel free to keep requesting my stuff at Radio Margaritaville byclicking here.

 

Meanwhile, if you haven’t gotten your copy yet of my newest CD (or any other), today’s a good day for it. And once you start listening, your days will get even better.

 

Buy an autographed copy direct from me.

 

Buy it digitally from the BeachFront Radio Music Hut.

 

Interesting Potables

 

I recently encountered a new liqueur at Beverages and More, called Agwa de Bolivia. It’s made with coca leaves – you know, the stuff they make cocaine out of. What will they think of next?

 

I’d love to be able to tell you what it tastes like, but I literally don’t have the words to describe it. It’s definitely a bit herbal and aromatic. You can buy it in “travel size,” so if you don’t like it you’re only out three bucks. Try it as a “topper” with rum & cola; it adds some very interesting herbal notes to the flavor, and the flavors seem to complement one another:

 

To a “rocks” glass add:

 

1 1/2 ounces rum of your choice

1/2 ounce Agwa de Bolivia

Ice

Cola (or diet cola) to fill the glass

Stir.

 

I can’t speak to any interesting pharmacological effects yet. But I’ll research those. 🙂

 

Tours, We’ve Got Tours!

 

I’m well on my way to booking my “Rum Joints of Southwest Florida” mini-tour, starting on 4/24 or 25 and ending on 4/30. I’ve got three gigs so far between Tampa and Punta Gorda; I’m looking to add one or two more. Each show will be somewhat different from the others, and I’ll have friends stopping by to guest-star as well.

 

If there’s someplace you’d like to see me play there, or if you’d like to have me in *your* living room for as few as 5-10 people, let me know

 

I’m also looking for one or two more people in that area to couch-surf with. I’m housebroken and I’ve had my shots, and I’ll play for you. 🙂

 

I’m working on some possible shows here in the SF Bay Area as well, and a couple of other mini-tours for the summertime – stay tuned!

 

Here’s looking at you!

 

Loren

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Quick Update from Loren Davidson

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I’ve taken a bit of a vacation from sending notes out, but I’m back. 🙂 I hope you’re managing to stay warm and think tropical as the winter drags on.

I’m currently busy booking dates and mini-tours for the first half of 2013. I’ll definitely let you know as things happen.

Your Request is Important!

Could you please do me a favor? It’ll take you just a minute or two. I’ve finally got a CD in to the folks at Radio Margaritaville – been trying to do that much for *years*! But I still need some demand to help get me on the air.

Please take a minute to go to the Radio Margaritaville request page and tell them you want to hear something by Loren Davidson. Heck, request “Tropical Therapy.” That’s probably the song they’re most likely to play, but if you’ve got another favorite from my new album, request that. They’ll want to get you on their mailing list, but you can always unsubscribe from that if you want.

Also, feel free at any time to email the folks at BeachFront Radio and tell them you want to hear more Loren Davidson songs.

One Night in a Roadside Bar

I had a fun time stopping off to avoid rush hour one night recently. You can read about it here.

Coming soon!

More drink and food recipes, more travel stories, more cool music! I’ve got plans for 2013, oh, I’ve got plans…

Thanks for listening,

Loren

“Every Loren Davidson album should come with the warning “Prepare to Set Sail”. While some artists “grab” your attention, Davidson captures your very imagination and takes you to distant shores as you listen to his well crafted songs.” — Island Radio .Net

“Every song on the new CD immediately transports you to…happy tropical places, with your favorite boat drink…a virtual vacation where you can “dress down” for that island vacation you never seem to get around to taking.” — Vicki Shivers, Jimmy Buffett Examiner

“Your songs are Trop Rock exemplified, and the writing and production are both superb.” — Dick Williams, Southernmost Radio

Loren Davidson – Back from Key West

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Well, I had a magnificent time in Key West. You’re shocked and surprised, right? The header picture on this email was taken on our catamaran cruise on Halloween morning. Well worth being up at Oh Gods O’Clock. 🙂 I played four shows plus a couple of guest appearances, and it was all wonderful. Got a little bit “overserved” on Thursday, for which I did penance on Friday. But it’s all good, and I even wrote the first drafts of *two* new songs while on the island.
First Reviews In on “Of All the Rum Joints”

 

Sales have been brisk on the new album, and a lot of people are listening who’ve never had their hands on one of my CDs before. Not only are people loving it, they’re listening two, three, or more times. Dianne says, “You have leapt forward as a songwriter! I really love this CD.” Tony says, “What a great way to start the day!”

 

This tells me it’s time to spread the word further. So I’m running a sale, because the holidays are here and, well, you’ve got people you want to give presents to, right? When you go to my online store and enter the code HOLIDAY2012, you’ll get 30% off on all orders from now through Christmas.

 

Click here to get to my store and save money on your holiday shopping!

 

2013 – Coming Soon!

 

Well, unless you’re a pessimistic Mayan, you know we’re about to get into a brand new year. I’m starting to book next year’s shows – looking to spend more weekends on the road, playing house concerts and Parrothead club events, as well as doing more special and fun stuff here in the Bay Area. If you’d like to have me come and play in your home, for your charity, or other group event, call or email and we’ll work it out. House concerts are a fantastic way of getting up close and personal with songwriters, hearing the stories behind the songs, and making you the social king of your town. It’s easier than it sounds, and I’m ready to help you make the event a success.

 

Bonus Drink Recipe

 

Root Beer Float with a Kick: In a tall glass with ice, pour in one jigger (1.5 oz) Pinnacle Whipped Vodka. Fill with root beer. Stir. Tastes just like a root beer float, but with alcohol.

 

If you’d like to suggest a better name for this, let me know. Free swag to the best name suggestion.

 

Thanks for listening,

 

Loren

“Every Loren Davidson album should come with the warning “Prepare to Set Sail”. While some artists “grab” your attention, Davidson captures your very imagination and takes you to distant shores as you listen to his well crafted songs.” — Island Radio .Net

“Every song on the new CD immediately transports you to…happy tropical places, with your favorite boat drink…a virtual vacation where you can “dress down” for that island vacation you never seem to get around to taking.” — Vicki Shivers, Jimmy Buffett Examiner

“Your songs are Trop Rock exemplified, and the writing and production are both superb.” — Dick Williams, Southernmost Radio

 

Greetings from Key West! Loren Davidson

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Greetings from Key West!

Today is my fourth day in the Keys, and I’m having a marveous time! A lot of you are here too, and that just makes it more fun.

Some of my friends have had time to listen to the new CD, “Of All the Rum Joints.” Several of those people have listened to it more than once, and like it more with each listen. That’s extremely gratifying to hear.

Some of my friends had a tough time getting here, because of the Muckin’ Great Storm. Some came early before the airports closed; some still aren’t here. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the storms, with hopes that you’re staying safe and healthy and that things get back to normal soon.

I’ve written a blog post about my first few days here, that barely begins to cover it. Hope you enjoy that.

If you’re in the Bay Area, the party’s heading your way next week. My West Coast CD Release show will be at Forbidden Island on Sunday the 11th, and I hope you’ll come by. It’s worth it just for the decor and tiki drinks, but the music and the friendship will be worth it as well.

I hope to see you someplace soon!

Loren

Shorespondent Dani Hoy Reports from The Keys

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From Key West, FL to Marietta, PA:
Meet Me in the Keys & my CD Release Party
Waking up to a rooster crowing nearly every morning, when you’re not used to it, is a sure way for you to know you’re someplace different. You stumble out of bed, plant your feet on the floor and go in search of ibuprofen and strong coffee. How much fun did I have last night? Must have been a lot. (My apologies to anyone if I misremember or gloss over any important details.)
June 14th, around 11:30am, our 737 landed in the Conch Republic. My good friend J9, and I were here to participate in Meet Me in the Keys, a fundraising event for KOA Care Camps hosted by the Southernmost Coconut Castaways. This Keys-based club is an extension of Howard Livingston’s group of fans and friends from Iowa and was attended by the man himself, along with Cyndy, his lovely wife he affectionately calls “Cinderella,” and many other fine folk.
My “job” was to play the Meet and Greet that night, but our first stop was to hang out with John Friday at the Smokin’ Tuna. We had fun playing to the small group there and hamming it up for the Tuna Cam. After many previous Facebook chats, I finally met Key West Chris Rehm when he dropped by with his two lovely hounds. After a bit of Sam Adams and Ceviche, we scooted over to the DoubleTree for sound check (thanks for the use of your PA, Chris!) and the Meet and Greet from 6-8pm.
Marc and Tammy Hollander, and all of the Castaways, were a great audience and so much fun! Captain Josh, John Friday, Loren Davidson and a few other performers were there as they were playing over the weekend, too. The really cool thing for me was, after my gig and a few announcements, plus a song by Captain Ron, Howie came up to speak and play a few songs. Who’s guitar did he use? Mine, of course! For a lighter travel footprint, I brought a ¾ size Martin LXME. On me, it fits. On the guys, it looks like a toy. However, Howie played his wonderful songs on it, including “Meet Me in the Keys,” and proved that (wait for it), size doesn’t matter!
The following day there was a pool party and a beautiful fashion show featuring comfy, flowing outfits by Keykers. During the pool party, music was performed by Captain Josh, Jim Hoehn, John Friday, Loren Davidson, Paul Roush, C.W. Colt, and Thom Shepherd. After popping in to see the Barry Cuda show at B.O.’s, we caught Thom again, as he was appearing all week at the Tuna. Coley McCabe, a beautiful singer with wonderful music projects of her own, joined him on stage for a couple of songs such as “In Spite of Ourselves.” Thom blew quite a few strings over the weekend and, when one of his B-strings came apart, I lent him my mini guitar while I restrung the B on his. Tom got a lot of laughter when he asked, “Does this guitar make me look fat?” A few other musicians jumped up to do a number and, when Thom asked me to do one, I played “Meet Me on the Boardwalk.”
Saturday was a glorious, steamy day. After a dip in the pool at Casa 325 Guesthouse, we did a little shopping, then ended up at Artist Koz’s Green World Gallery. Captain Josh performed, and then I joined Jim Hoehn and Paul Roush for a little “round robin” on guitar in front of a great audience and the web cam. Later, we were back at the Smokin’ Tuna for more Thom Shepherd. He does a wonderful show, playing favorites like “Parrothead” and the hit song he wrote, “Riding with Private Malone.” He also performed “Djibouti,” which he wrote to entertain the soldiers when he visited there. This time, he was joined on stage by the lovely Gina Maseratti, a local celebrity.
After a brief downpour, Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24 hit the stage. In my opinion, you can’t beat a horn band for creating a big sound and they really blew us away. The other thing that blew me away was the appearance of the Johnson outboard motor/margarita maker. After a vigorous auction, a generous bidder spent $4,000 for that first margarita. As I mentioned earlier, this was a charity event and the money went to the pool, collected over the weekend. The Castaways raised over $10,000 for the KOA Care Camps.
Sunday dawned, another beautiful day. (Dawn? Did I say, “Dawn?” Never got up that early!) After breakfast at Pepe’s, J9 and I meandered over to Schooner’s Wharf to catch some Michael McCloud. We then headed to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, for more fun with the Castaways. The crown of the evening was the Sunset Cruise on the Fury catamaran. Thom Shepherd played for the cruisers while we noshed on snacks, and sipped champagne and margaritas. I played “TropiGal” during the inevitable string break. Later, Chris Rehm, Loren Davidson, Captain Josh, Jim Hoehn and Captain Ron also each did a song or two. I’m pretty sure Loren did “Pirate Vacation.” With the champagne and margaritas flowing, I vaguely remember him whipping out a bandana. Arr!
Monday came, and it was time to go. After a queasy breakfast of coffee and a fiber bar, we packed and made hasty preparations to mail some booty and swag home. J9 won a wall-plaque created by one of the castaways and commemorates the Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24 experience. I had a huge box of recently purchased cozies and t-shirts to get home. Marc Hollander (with thanks to Tammy for letting us “borrow him”) was kind enough to drive us to the UPS Store and Post Office. After he dropped us off, we made one last stop at Margaritaville, had a real meal and said, “see ya later” to Chris Rehm and his dogs. The plane flight home was fairly uneventful and I arrived home to temps in the 70’s and a fine rain. For the first time in five days I was cold.
Meet Me in the Keys was a great experience for me, and I highly recommend to anyone, to attend next year.
Original Article from WNYTheShore

Featured Artist – Loren Davidson

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As an “escape artist,” Loren’s art inspires and encourages people to escape from whatever is bringing stress and distress to their life – job, traffic, rude people and frightening headlines – by helping them imagine life as it could be, sitting on a warm beach with a cold drink, even if only for a little while. Seen from this perspective, the problems of the moment don’t seem so bad anymore.

Loren’s fourth and current album, Island Standard Time, was released in November 2010 by Renaissance Island Music. Produced by Kevin Johnston, this album is already on several “best of” lists, and his song “Worst Day Sailing” was named to the all-time Trop Rock Top 40 on BeachFront Radio in May, 2011. The ten original songs on this album will take your escape to a whole new latitude!

Loren performs regularly in and around the San Francisco Bay area, at county fairs, art & wine festivals, yacht harbors, tiki bars, wineries, coffeehouses, and house concerts. He has also performed in other locations around the country including Los Angeles, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Key West.

Loren currently lives, works, and plays in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Great Article from Examiner.com

Grab your favorite boat drink and get ready to live on “Island Standard Time” with the latest release from Trop Rock crooner Loren Davidson. His likeable style, a cool a mix of contemporary folk and acoustic music with a good splash of tropical attitude, takes you on a virtual tropical vacation no matter what the season or where you actually are.

“Island Standard Time,” contains ten new original songs about enjoying life in a laid back way that makes him a popular choice of island loving Parrot Heads and Trop Rock fans everywhere. Loren sings about work, life, Mondays, the beach, sailing, and love …in other words…enjoying living life on “Island Standard Time.”

This CD is appropriately named because this is exactly how Loren lives. Making his home on the ‘left coast,’ near sunny San Francisco, CA. Loren pegs himself as ‘an escape artist’ as he entertains audiences with his engaging performance that gives folks a chance to escape for a few hours from their everyday stress and routines.

Every song on the new CD immediately transports you to a scenario that is played out in your daydreams and memories of time spent with good friends, in happy tropical places, with your favorite boat drink…just living on ”Island Standard Time.’

My personal favorite, “Beach Front Day”, where waves wash my cares away, is a salute to the ever popular need to take a mental day and head for your favorite shore! Loren actually wrote this song for the crew at Beach Front Radio, recently voted Trop Rock Radio Station of the Year at theAnnual Trop Rock Music Awards.

I really like the title track, “Island Standard Time” as well. I particularly like the story behind Loren’s inspiration for the track. Loren says he was inspired by a friend who told him that we need to remember what’s important. The sun rises in the morning and sets at night…and everything else is relative! Pretty profound, huh? Loren also received a watch as a gift that contained some sand and a piece of slate with the word ‘Now” written on it. So Loren’s inspiration is simple: It’s always now and we’re always here…and it’s always Island Standard Time…at least between our ears.

I could go on and on about Loren’s new CD about palm trees, pirates, parrots and boat drinks. It’s a virtual vacation where you can “dress down” for that island vacation you never seem to get around to taking or that you’re looking forward to next month.. It’s about a chance to make friends and hang out with people who know how to have a good time and aren’t afraid to live life on“Island Standard Time.”

Check out Loren’s video on the left of this article to get you in the island mood. You can buy “Island Standard Time here! I proudly salute Loren’s new CD and give it 5 out of 5 coconuts!

ALSO, due to release his Newly Designed Website designed by Coconut Networx this week.

Meet Me in the Keys 2012 – June 14-17, 2012

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Meet Me in the Keys 2012

Entertainment – click on a name to be taken to their website
Note: Entertainment lineup is subject to change
Events
  • Meet & Greet – Thursday 6:00 pm – Doubletree Grand Key West
  • Annual Hangover Classic Fundraiser – Friday 9:00 am
  • Castaways pool party – Friday 11:30 – Doubletree Grand Key West
  • Tropical Breeze Casino boat outing – Saturday – 1:00 – 4:00 – Key West Harbour Yacht Club
  • Howard Livingston & the Mile Marker 24 Band – Saturday 7:00 – Location TBA
  • Piano Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar – Sunday 1:00 – 4:00
  • Farewell Sunset Sail on the Fury – Sunday 6:00
News and updates
  • Registration fees are $65 per person – Go to calendar to register
  • Do you wish to make additional donations to Care Camp?  Use the “donations” page now or you can make your donation at the event.
  • Questions?  Visit the FAQ page  
    Information Available from Southernmost Coconut Castaways 

2012 BAD BOYS OF TROP ROCK – The Pyrates Behaving Badly on BeachFront Radio

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Special Thanks to the Pyrates Behaving Badly at BeachFront Radio