Tonight on the Dash – we have a special guest that is dear to me (Dawn) both as a person…her music…and as an industry. Rachel Fields is an absolutely brilliant vocalist that brings me to tears every time I listen to her sing. As a vocalist…she humbles me and inspires me at the same time. As a woman – she has a nurturing spirit about her that makes everyone she encounters feel loved…safe…and welcome. Everyone who knows Rachel has incredible things to say about her – and they drive 2 hours or more to hear her perform…which speaks volumes for her music.
Listen to the show: Building Your Music Biz w Special Guest Singer Rachel Fields
In this economy – everything changed…and the music industry was equally effected. Performers are having to think outside their traditional boxes to create venues for themselves…and industries are being born in the process. “Necessity…who is the mother of invention”, (as Plato so wisely stated)…is at work creating home concert venues and other interesting strategies that artists like Rachel are embracing. Join us tonight and learn about what it takes to get started (and keep going) in the music industry…and listen to some fantastic music in the process.
Brick Fields: 2010 Ozark Blues Challenge winners, 2011 Pick of Club 152 for Beale Street Blues Kings in Memphis at the IBC’s, 2012 nominee for NWA Music Awards Best Blues Band, 2012 nominee for NWA Music Awards Best Acoustic Duo, 2012 3rd place Ozark Folk Songwriters Award, Winners of 2012 King Of The Roots Springfield, MO division
Brick Fields have done well considering there young three year run as a band and 5 year run as a duo. They are now a multi-award winning group and an Arkansas original.
Larry Brick growing up in the delta along the Mississippi River in West Memphis remembers learning his very first guitar licks from blues players sitting on their humble front porches down in the deep of the southern cotton fields. Larry left home and headed for the mountains of CO where he began his musical journey, from there to the coasts of Florida. It was in Florida where Larry was invited to begin playing Gospel Music in churches along with his first wife. That eventually led to a record deal and traveling to the west coast to bring music to the Calvary and Vineyard Chapels, these were the first of the “Christian Hippie movement” started by Chuck Smith. Some of Larry’s music has been published and is still being sung in churches today.
Rachel Fields born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas recalls hearing her care taker Ms. Marcella Jackson singing Gospel and African American Traditional music to her at the young age of 2 and 3 years old. Rachel left home for Mississippi where she lived and attended school, then to NY where she studied music. In the late 90’s while singing for a traveling festival she began working on her songwriting skills by improvising with traveling jam bands and opening up for groups such as Government Mule, Merl Saunders, and The Jerry Garcia Band. Rachel then attended one tour with JGB in 1997 singing with the band and selling merchandise. She then moved to CA where she began songwriting, performing, and recording with members from various west coast bands such as, Big Brother, Starship, and JGB. The recordings began a west coast tour with a collaboration called “Big Folk”. Later Rachel spent some time writing with a Nashville company. After having her songs recorded by a few different Nashville artists she went on to pursue her solo career. Rachel began singing as early as three, entertaining her family. “I knew I wanted to sing for people my whole life.” “That’s all I’ve ever done and all I want to do.” Rachel has sung in bars, venues of all sorts, and churches from New York City to San Francisco, CA and in between.
Larry and Rachel have both had the privilege of joining some national and internationally known performers along the way. They found one another at a mutual music venue in Eureka Springs, AR in 2006, then “Brick Fields” was born. This couple’s original music is rooted deeply in Blues, Gospel, Folk, and Roots music. Their musical combinations can accommodate venues from an intimate relaxed setting with the acoustic duo to a full band experience. This husband and wife team with Larry’s anointed guitar sound and back vocals along with Rachel’s, soulful voice, flute, and rhythm guitar continue to touch their audiences deeply.
Brick Fields Music has been called an “Unleashed cleansing of the soul” by Nashville Blues Society, Doug Hill of the Norman OK Transcript called Brick Fields album “Gospel Blue” “A worshipful House of Blues with a steeple on top!” And New Classic Music for Tomorrow said, “Brick Fields is by far the most soulful artist I’ve heard in years!” You can read more national and international reviews at their website. Brick Fields music can be heard on blues, gospel, folk, and even children’s radio nationally and internationally. The State of Arkansas has produced a self-sufficient amount of musical treasures over the years and some of them are still a best-kept secret. The Brick Fields Band is both a tradition-rich and forward thinking natural progression of that lineage. But with their work ethic and deep-rooted talent, the fences we have around this state will no longer be able to contain them. Brick Fields is an Arkansas Treasure and a must see. For more information check out:www.BrickFieldsMusic.com
Here are some of the festivals and significant shows Brick Fields have performed for:
“Bikes Blues and BBQ” Fayetteville, AR, “Central Coast Wine Fest”SLO,CA, “Chautauqua Hills Blues Fest” KY, “Eureka Springs Blues Fest”, “Eureka Springs Folk-Fest”, “Eurekapalooza”, “First Friday Bentonville” AR, “Good Morning Arkansas”, “King Biscuit Blues Festival” Helena, ”King Biscuit Radio Hour”, “Run For Your Lives Fest, St. Louis, MO” “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” Oxford, MS, “War Eagle Festival” War Eagle, AR,
Brick Fields is available as a duo, or a four to seven piece band.
Rachel Fields and Larry Brick
PO Box 779
Eureka Springs, AR
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