even better now than when they opened the historical Woodstock
Festival. Nancy Nevins has too much soul to be white. Like
Billie, Nancy sings from vast and probably painful experience
with a voice much richer now than in earlier recordings"
Maggie van Ostrand
Paul took studio pics while Nancy set up for interview Click
Friends, Music & History Lovers -- prepare!
August 15, 2014 will be 45 years since Sweetwater (and me, of course) took the stage at Woodstock. My heart turns to this day.
** Happiness is/ was/ always will be/ making music with great friends-- onstage and off.
Valentine's Day/ Presidents' Days' gigs made me happy. Here's a cell phone video of "That's a Daddy" which I'm grateful to have been invited to share in Jann Klose's sets. Jann supported me with background vocals and guitar work AND his positive, professional vibe.
He's become a friend and these shows knocked us all out. I'm so thrilled by the players I met and worked with. . . Marky Lennon, Sherry Luchette, Jann, Mike, and Lisa Donelly. True artists. Huge talents. Skills. I'm so lucky. . . .
My heart and head turn toward the Woodstock anniversary as mentioned above, but also to a new goal: somehow I need to professionally record my new music-- working on that-- I don't want to die with the music in me. (a phrase another good friend shares: don't die with the music in you). I sure hope I don't. . . .
The video below was shot on an iPhone one crazy night at Corky's. This is a video of the song, "Welcome Vet'ran" created by Manny Martinez, Pac Blue Productions. Here's Manny's video:
Thank you, KCSB, Paul Berenson, and all you awesome callers and listeners. I sure enjoyed doing the Christmas Day broadcast at KCSB. To listen again, click hour 1, and hour 2. The live songs mostly new, are in the second hour. Some fun calls from fans, too-- cool and appreciated-- every single one.
Notice my new logline, too: Legendary Rock Star. I'm 1 of about 6 women from the days of Woodstock and before who sang lead in a rock band. Musicians used to say women can't sing rock.
Celebrate, Dudes. We can!
Happy 44th anniversary coming this year, Woodstock-- August 16, 17, & 18th.
In April I performed on my first Internet TV show! Lou Pizarro interviewed me and taped my new tune "Things I Carry" on his new Thursday night podcast-- Episode #9. A cute and silly show. My interview starts 14 minutes into it. Listen here. Enjoy! Yeah-hey, Internet!
I'm working on 3 new tunes to be out this year-- Yea!
Check this amazing article & photo of Sweetwater from the first Pop Festival in Miami, 1968. Scroll deep into the piece to see the new, favorite pic-- it's August, Fred, me, and Albert performing our heads-off almost a year before Woodstock. Behind Fred is the fuzzy, blonde "brillo" hair of Steve, one of our favorite roadies.
Come. Enjoy some sounds and stories.
Read on if you're new to my site and don't miss clicking on the videos.
Thank you for looking in, keeping up, and loving music. Good creative folks worked hard contributing to this website, especially Paul B. Enjoy!
Hey, CBS' Stacey Butler -- Channel 2 in L.A.- interviewed me 3+ hours in '09-- 40 years after Woodstock. See you in '14, Stacey (smile) 45 years after. . . .
Back to Woodstock" shot my performance with the Heroes of Woodstock
on Labor Day. Isn't that cool? The film is a TV flick that will
also be available on DVD. I'll keep you posted.
The photos are here.
I had a great interview with Kevin Modesti of the L.A. Daily News
that celebrated Sweetwater and me at Devonshire Downs in the San
Fernando Valley in 1969. Modesti's piece ran on the front page,
Father's Day, June 21, 2009. How special! My Dad was a journalist
long ago he probly smiled from heaven when that happened. Hans Gutknecht's
photos are here.
Ang Lee uses
my arrangement of "Motherless Child" in Taking Woodstock.
You may miss the song because though you hear the music, he never
shows the bands playing in his fiction. Still, my name rolls by
in the credits. Yay! (smile)
I'm featured in at least 6 of the big Woodstock anniversary books
this time. Go to your nearest Barnes and Noble, folks!
Artie Kornfield interviewed me on his Artist First Radio Network
show which is online and is now archived, I think.
On August 11, I was on Paul Berenson's show at 3 pm on Progressive
Talk 1490, KIST, Santa Barbara. The mp3 is posted here.
Rhino is releasing a few new CD sets, 40 year Woodstock anniversary
products, domestic and international! Its music thats
never been heard. Sweetwaters included with 2 songs I wrote
that we performed at Woodstock. At last, Warners admits we were
A few months
ago, Cherry /Revola Records in England licensed from Warner Bros.
the first Sweetwater CD and is re-mastering for a new release any
day now. Tiffany Anders is writing liner notes. We are going abroad,
Thanx for the
interview, Rona Elliot. I look forward to your History Channel special!
More exciting developments loom. And hey, a fan captured Albert and
me with Sweetwater at the Fillmore East years ago. See photo below.
Thanks, Bob!" Stay tuned.
When you get
back, read on, you blessed person. . . .
to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you feel like it, and if youre new to my site, please read
on to catch up on my good, talented, long-time friend, Paul
Berenson, and how all this got started. . . .
a good friend and he is one well-informed music afficionado. Believe
it. There's little Paul doesn't know about classical or pop music.
Just ask him (smile).
I spent time with Paul on his radio show in August for the 35th
anniversary of Woodstock. You can see some photos of me at the radio
station. (It was awfully early and I buzzed up to the station from
L.A. at 4 am. I dressed funky, since it's radio-- so-- whatever.
Don't judge my scruffy look too hard.)
Paul and I met a hundred years ago, through Chris Huston, Sweetwater's
second record producer. Thanks to the Internet we re-connected and
Paul offered to help me with a website. He loves Sweetwater and
is a serious believer in my music and my writing. Man, how I appreciate
people heard them at Woodstock. No one heard from them again.
this collection, which the band itself helped compile from their
three Reprise albums... features three unreleased sides. Think a
jazzier Jefferson Airplane thats the tasty material that
awaits you here, and all of its been out of print for decades.