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The Fool I Am

  1. Fish Pond All On Fire The Fool I Am 2:47
  2. Little Red Armadillo The Fool I Am 4:39
  3. Music Is My Time Machine The Fool I Am 3:11

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TheFoolIAmDick Aven’s diverse musical influences have led him to create music that is often challenging to categorize. His personal approach to song structure, flouting convention and fusing musical genres has become a personal trademark. Collaborating with James Sanger Productions, Dick’s current focus–the production and persona “The Fool I Am” has created a groundbreaking melange that is powerful, innovative and irreverent. Perhaps the most striking quality that describes Dick Aven as an artist is his rare combination of developedmusical attributes all retaining a fresh sense of wonder. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, lead and side-man performer, whose work encompasses orchestration, composition, improvisation and arrangement.
Using original and traditional lyrics, “The Fool I Am” draws deep from Dick Aven’s song catalog to breathe fresh life into a voice which spans hundreds of years and is sonically, architecturally and emotionally modern.

Featured Artists – Spring 2016 CD

Spring 2016 College Radio CD

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“In order for music to be appreciated, it first must be heard…”

For our Spring 2016 College Radio CD project we are fortunate to work with Indie Recording Artists from across the globe representing a wide variety of the Rock Genre. Through our sister sites and, we present the following artists who have come together to Crowd Source this project, as well as its distribution to Top College and Public Radio Stations across the US.

From Asia to Europe to the Americas, our Spring 2016 CD features a fine sample of Top Indie Talent from across the globe for you to enjoy. After much deliberation, we have crafted a coherent soundscape that starts with Modern and Alternative Rock, and weaves its way to some Chill Electronica. After a left turn to more Alternative, Adult Alternative and Singer Songwriter tracks, to ease you down with Americana, Blues and Adult Contemporary tracks, leaving you with an Experimental groove for your final turn.

All DJs are invited to Download and Play the following tunes in your programming. If you are a College or Public Radio DJ, check with your Music Director or Music Librarian for the physical copy. If you have any questions or need CD or Digital servicing, please contact Patrick Rule at 573-355-9799 or by e-mail at patrick (at)

Featured Artists

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  2. Shake It Up! Kings Harem (Modern Rock) 3:38
  3. Surfing Junkies Left Wing Fascists (Alternative Rock) 2:38
  4. Chemical Soul Alien Drive (Modern Rock) 3:43
  5. All These Bitter Days Alien Drive (Modern Rock) 4:36
  6. Driven Aventyr (Modern Rock) 2:39
  7. Restless Doctrine Wavers (Alternative Rock) 3:43
  8. Crushin' LoadStoneD (Modern Rock) 3:48
  9. I Can't Lie to You LoadStoneD (Modern Rock) 4:09
  10. I See You Incognita (Alternative Rock) 3:49
  11. There's Something Wrong The Watanabes (Alternative Rock) 3:40
  12. Lent the Hand An Ordinary Day (Electronica) 4:01
  13. Brick Houses ブリックハウス Carpoolparty カープールパーティー (Electronica) 5:22
  14. Feed The Flames Greenrose Faire (Adult Alternative) 3:49
  15. Happy Again Andrew Pike (Adult Alternative) 3:20
  16. Sunny Day Dimestore Prophets (Adult Alternative/Reggae) 3:23
  17. Hey Darlin' Dimestore Prophets (Adult Alternative/Reggae) 3:50
  18. Lived In Eden Liz Graham (Adult Alternative - Singer/Songwiter) 3:05
  19. Self-Medication Alex Stamper (Adult Alternative - Singer/Songwiter) 3:33
  20. Lay One Down Ed Roman (Americana) 4:34
  21. Crusoe Bread & the Man (Adult Alternative/Americana) 3:05
  22. These Old Blues Bud Elkin & Company (Blues) 4:27
  23. Tuscaloosa Bud Elkin & Company (Blues) 3:35
  24. A Million Flavors Ivar Sigurbergsson (Adult Alternative/Adult Contemporary) 3:58
  25. I Have To Dance Guarded Jungle (Electronica/Experimental) 3:10

Luke Underhill

  1. Too Good For Me Luke Underhill 5:02
  2. Something Luke Underhill 4:29
  3. Stars (Acoustic) Luke Underhill 4:10

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Luke Underhill - Too Good For MeLuke is rising star in the Chicago area and has recently gained national attention with his music. He is a 20yr old alternative/pop/rock singer/songwriter who plays multiple instruments while he continues to turn heads when he performs with his band or as a solo artist. He has a unique voice and has been described as a combination of a young John Mayer and Bryan Adams with a little Gavin DeGraw.

Luke is set for 2016 new releases both (songs and videos) following up on his two releases in 2015, “Atlas” and “Atlas Unplugged”.
“Atlas” was a power pop/rock 5 song EP in which Luke teamed with renowned producer Stuart Epps. Luke then returned to the studio with producers/sound engineers Bobby Scumaci and Brad Showalter for “Atlas Unplugged” stripped down emotional acoustic renditions of tracks off “Atlas” along with additional new songs.

Luke UnderhillLuke is releasing a new single “Too Good For Me” on February 23, 2016 where Luke took the reins on producing along with writing and performing. He will release another single (TBA) followed by a full production CD later in 2016.
“There is an inspirational message in every song I write and I hope my music touches someone, somewhere and makes a positive difference in their life”.

Leaving Memphis

  1. California Leaving Memphis 3:54
  2. Dizzy Leaving Memphis 3:00
  3. Long Night Leaving Memphis 3:38

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Leaving MemphisOriginally from Cleveland, Ohio Dave Matelske studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Touring many years with different acts he found his home now in Las Vegas, NV. With many musical influences he creates a blend of old rock and new alternative/pop.

Erick Macek

  1. No Worries Erick Macek 3:54
  2. Love Erick Macek 3:36
  3. You Say stripped (feat. Kate Earl) Erick Macek 3:16

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Erick Macek EP 500Erick Macek sees his music as an unending expression of daily life. “I create. I love. I fail. I do it again. I live. I learn. I love harder.” This message rings clear in the first single, No Worries, from his new self-titled EP.

The EP was fully crowd-sourced and is filled with guest appearances. Mikal Blue, who holds a Grammy for his work with Jason Mraz, produced, mixed and engineered the project. Erick, and co-writer/vocalist Kate Earl, were accompanied by bass player Dean Dinning, from Toad the Wet Sprocket, on their duet You Say. They produced two versions of the song, one of which Earl will also release later this year.

Macek says, “I joke about being an international hugger and high fiver. These gestures, along with my music, only scratch the surface of how important the word love is in my life, and how much I want to express it moving forward.” The song Love, which features Katie Shorey, Caroline Brooks, Katie Cole, and Moi Navarro, articulates this ideal.

Over the past year, songs from Macek’s prior album, Colors May Change, have received a tremendous amount of music placement. CBS used his work in the series Life Unexpected, Melrose Place and 90210. The feature film The Opposite Sex, which stars Mena Suvari and Geoff Stults, used Long, Long, Time for the closing credits.

Recently, Erick has been co-writing with artists like James Ragan and Robbie Boyd. In his spare time he pursues his interest in men’s fashion by modeling.

Cory Sipper

  1. Holding Strong Cory Sipper 3:47
  2. Campfire (feat. Glen Phillips) Cory Sipper 3:54
  3. This Is The Day Cory Sipper 3:48

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corysipperphotoCory Sipper has been writing and performing songs since the tender age of 13. She has four critically acclaimed albums out and her fifth “Make Your Magic” is being released in Spring 2015. Cory’s songs and voice have been used in hundreds of TV shows, films and commercials over the years, both nationally and internationally. Some of her most recent placements include: American Idol, Bates Motel, The Today Show and Law and Order. Cory has toured nationally opening up for such bands as The Samples and Toad The Wet Sprocket. She has recorded with many fantastic musicians including artists Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Glen Phillips, Peter Himmelman, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and percussionist Lenny Castro. Cory has had a top 10 single in Japan and toured there, as well.

After a long break from actively pursuing her music career, Cory is now excited to release “Make Your Magic.” Cory lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her very nice husband, two little girls, 2 dogs, 9 chickens, 2 ducks, 2 fish, and a cat that bites. Cory is a happy person, much happier now that she is doing her music again.

Featured Artists – Spring 2015 CD

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“In order for music to be appreciated, it first must be heard”

Through our sister site, the following artists came together to Crowd Source our 2015 Spring College Radio CD Project. In addition to their presentation here, these artists have their tracks compiled on a Physical CD that is distributed to the Top College and Public Radio Stations across the US.

All DJs are invited to Download and Play the following tunes in your programming. If you are a College or Public Radio DJ, check with your Music Director or Music Librarian for the physical copy.

If you have any questions about this or future projects, please contact Patrick Rule at 573-355-9799 or by e-mail at patrick (at)

Featured Artists

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  2. Feel n' Hear Blind Fret (Blues) 4:56
  3. Play for You (Song for Mitch) Blind Fret ft. Shawn Helm (Blues) 3:24
  4. Burned To Ashes Clay Snyder (Adult Alternative) 3:26
  5. Your Own Path Clay Snyder (Adult Alternative) 3:42
  6. Calls to the Dead Phone Deadphonecalls (Techno) 4:41
  7. Blink (The Baby is Crying) Deadphonecalls (Techno) 4:36
  8. Human Nature The Vimana (Rock) 3:14
  9. Shades of Grey The Vimana (Rock) 3:00
  10. Man Don't Know A Thing Aeons Promise (Christian Rock) 4:45
  11. Let It All Go Cat Cork (Adult Alternative) 3:05
  12. Bartender Crimson Sun (Americana)
  13. Breaking Me DeadSleep (Modern Rock) 3:26
  14. SAY Lions Named Leo (Alternative Rock) 4:14
  15. Easy Love Orange Grove (Reggae, R&B) 3:33
  16. Here With Me St.Aria (Alternative Rock) 2:54
  17. Money Man Kyle Warren (Adult Alternative) 3:26

Black Bears Fire

  1. Bite The Hook Black Bears Fire 2:24
  2. Long Song Black Bears Fire 3:08
  3. Way Down Black Bears Fire 3:42

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rsz_covercdfrontNic Mcnamara was born in Johannesburg South Africa and was surrounded by music at a very young age. Upon moving to the states Nic started his musical pursuits while learning recording engineering from his father Stevin Mcnamara – an accomplished musician and studio engineer since the 1970s.

Nic has been playing music in some form or another his entire life. He began recording under the name Black Bears Fire around 2012 and has self released 2 albums, the 2013 debut Start Sleeping In and the 2015 sophomore release The Bottomless Blue. He is currently working on a followup expected to be released in 2016.

He has played with a variety of musicians in live settings but writes, composes and records the majority of his music. Nic currently lives in Southern Oregon and plans to tour rigorously in the near future while continuing to record and produce albums.

Blind Fret

  1. Every Time Blind Fret 5:12
  2. Feel n' Hear Blind Fret 4:56
  3. Play for You (Song for Mitch) Blind Fret ft. Shawn Helm 3:24

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blindfretBlind Fret is the creation of Guitarist and Producer Raphael Slagg, featuring collaborations with Musicians and Vocalists from around the globe. Raphael’s guitar style is reminiscent of luminary Blues Guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Bonamassa, and Robin Trower. He’s a consummate professional in the studio with decades of industry experience, with a laid-back, easy going personality that is easy to make close friends with.