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Related styles: Blues: Acoustic Blues, Easy Listening: Adult contemporary, Solo Male Artist
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This album is a straightforward live presentation of my songs. Some of them are from my CDs "Golden" and "Eons" and three of the songs were previously unreleased. The performance is not perfect but is a good representation of what I do. Upon listening, you will notice that I use a digital looper on my guitar, a vocal harmonizer on segments of my vocals and a wooden bowl with a tambourine on top of it as a percussion device. As for the music, well..........
What groundhogs listen to when they're not looking for their shadows. A little bluesy, a little jazzy and not too far from the rock.- Bud Summers
ââ¦.played with a degree of passion and enthusiasm that you just donât seeâ¦.with feeling and artistryâ¦. was a lot more than the same old same old.â A.E. Hamberg- Carbondale, IL
Budâs the real deal man Lots of people try to make music. Bud is music." L Schuiteman- Grand Rapids, MI
"music lovers will fall in love with what they hear. Summers has created something special"
- Isaac Davis Jr., Junior's Cave (Mar 19, 2010)
"The overall sound of the songs is a bit of folksy-country, mixed with a tad of bluesy jazz, and topped off with just a touch of a rockerâs edge. If that description sounds like thereâs too much going on, donât worry. This fusion of styles is accomplished very well"
- Carly Doenges â Sr. MuzikReviews.com Staff, MuzikReviews.com (Oct 18, 2010)
"voice sounds like he woke up with a hangover, and now he's chain smoking and telling his tale to a friend" P Richmond - St Louis, MO
"melodic guitar lines tinged with blues, rock, classical and jazz influences"
- Rick Duncan, CDuniverse.com (Mar 06, 2010)
"Always standing tall- even when he's sitting down"- S. Koritta - Fairview Hts, IL
"Cool country song with perfect melody! Artist: Bud Summers Title: Comin Home"
- Musicxray.com (Sep 28, 2010)
"You'll feel like your coupons have been tripled"- B. Bergin - Decatur, IL
"Summers gets back to basics by focusing on what really matters - good songwriting and solid playing"
- Beeb Ashcroft, Indie-Music.com (Aug 14, 2010)
"Music is really appealing! The melody is so good! Artist: Bud Summers Title: Big World"
- Musicxray.com (Sep 30, 2010)
Songs are simply GREAT! B. Campbell- Fayetteville, AR
"Even twenty-three-year-olds like him" - Brown Hat Girl- Carbondale, IL
Review of Bud Summers' 2nd album
Bud Summers Eons
Itâs a pretty obvious statement to say that people have a variety of tastes when it comes to music. What sounds positively heavenly to one listener may have the same effect as nails on a chalkboard to another listener. Every once in a while, though, an artist comes along who can easily appeal to listeners with all sorts of different tastes.
Bud Summers is one such artist.
The first thing one notices while listening to Eons, the sophomore effort from Summers, is the simplicity of the music. Each track is rooted in acoustic guitar, with only minimal percussion and just a touch of bass. The songs have a lightness to them, and Summersâs gentle voice fits in perfectly, creating tracks that are really just easy and enjoyable to listen to.
As for the style of the songs, thereâs a little of everything, while maintaining a consistency all the way through. The overall sound of the songs is a bit of folksy-country, mixed with a tad of bluesy jazz, and topped off with just a touch of a rockerâs edge. If that description sounds like thereâs too much going on, donât worry. This fusion of styles is accomplished very well, and the album is full of ballads and personal anthems that are really quite beautiful.
Because of the meshing of the different styles into one, Eons is an album that could easily appeal to fans across several different genres, although there are those who may find it too soft for their tastes.
The one negative to Eons is that the tracks do start to blend into one another about halfway through. However, the overall tone of the album is so pleasant that this really isnât a factor that can be complained about too much.
Hot Tracks: Big World, 92nd Floor, Cliff Diver
Carly Doenges â Sr. MuzikReviews.com Staff
October 18, 2010
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By Beeb Ashcroft
Bud Summers brings us '50s-flavored guitar licks on his feel-good folk/rock cut, "One More". Beautifully simple, Summers gets back to basics by focusing on what really matters - good songwriting and solid playing. This cut has a warm feel, with catchy riffs and a thoroughly fun approach that is sure to get your feet tapping - after you hear it, you'll surely want to give it "One More" listen.
Poems about the famed guitar slinger
His fingers pass across the strings likes lightning falling from the sky.
There's nowhere you will see the strike only the music of the strings.
Bud Summers strums picks and bends the guitar strings; he is alright
a music legend starting his flight. Turn around and look up into the sky
you will see his name in neon lights. The Guitarist is playing tonight.
Patrick S. Phillips
January 7, 2011
Patrick S. Phillps
A casual walk-in seated for the night
Placing his order
The dinner looked fine from the page
An establishment cornered in time
The music begins
A soft echo of his guitar quiets the room
His hard work over time has paid off for the night
For the night heâs the man of the hour
His voice is Golden
As he sang Iâll have to say I love you in a song
Every finger picking a string
Guitar pick lay at his feet
His foot tapping a rhythm on the tambourine
Never losing a step
The man of the hour played three
As the crowd listened in harmony
The stranger or maybe a habitual friend waits till he finished his set
Saying good-bye then walking into the night
Bud Summers read the next day in print
The Man of the Hour played it âStraightâ
Some articles about Bud Summers Music
Summers' Time Local Musician Releases 2nd CD
By JILL MOON
ALTON â Bud Summers made great strides as a soloist in the last four years and anticipates the release of his second CD, "Eons."
The Alton native and 1977 Alton High School graduate started his own thing in 2006, after always playing with bands, and created quite a name for himself playing regularly and at regular gigs. He will release "Eons" on Saturday, March 6, at Macâs Time Out in Downtown Alton. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.
Summersâ latest 10-song CD features a bit of blues, jazz and contemporary rock. He described the CD as somewhat adult contemporary but varied in its musical style, just as he is.
"Iâm trying to build a bigger fan base, one album at a time," said Summers, who released "Golden" in 2008.
Last summer, the singer/songwriter finished second in a Clinton County songwriting contest and won studio time at Elevation Recording Studio in Collinsville, where he is going to use the prized time for his third album. He already wrote 11 songs for a third CD that he plans to start this summer. He also plays guitar.
Summers inherited his parentsâ penchant for music. His father played upright bass and had his own eight-piece orchestra that performed swing, jazz and pop standards. Like father, like son, Summers also likes to mix it up.
Summersâ mother was a music educator and instilled in her children an appreciation for opera and musicals, as well as classics by the masters, Summers explained. Summersâ formal music education began with violin lessons at age 5, piano at age 7, and he started on guitar by age 14. Soon, he played in clubs with his father, accompanied singing at church and played gigs at block parties and the like with a rock band.
Summers received his bachelorâs degree in classical guitar from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and played in the Lewis and Clark Community College jazz band during college. Since then, he has been out there playing in bands and, now, as a soloist.
In the 1990s, Summers played in the Stingers, which played every Sunday at Macâs Time Out, he recalled. In the 1980s, Summers played in Tizzy and Shotdown, which released an album and traveled for shows. Since taking his act solo, Summers also travels for gigs. He has played in Indianapolis, Davenport, Iowa, and Paducah, Ky. Every summer, he takes a combo mini-tour and vacation to Michiganâs Lake Michigan shoreline and plays.
"Thatâs one of the cool things about doing a single act â I can go where I want, with a nice, smaller setup," said Summers, who went solo for more creative freedom. "It makes it much more convenient to travel."
He also has performed in Chicago and has an upcoming Windy City gig March 29 at the Elbo Room.
Closer to home, Summers plays at 9 p.m., the second Monday of the month, at Houlihanâs in Fairview Heights; each summer at the Piasa Winery in Grafton; and Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, Ill., in Clinton County.
In St. Louis, Summers plays at The Shanty in Soulard, and Candicciâs Restaurant and Bar in Ballwin, Mo. He also plays Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance, Mo.
"So much experience comes from just being out there, playing," Summers said.
Several local musicians will play the lineup at the CD release party, including soloist Steve Reeb of Belleville; soloist Cory Knapp of Breese; duo Everhart and Light; and then the Floyd Duncan Orchestra, made up of Summers, Gary Will, Marc Waters, Mike Waters and Jason McAtee.
"They all play in different bands, but weâve been friends for a long time," Summers said. "We formed (Floyd Duncan Orchestra) for the occasion, but weâre all having so much fun, we may do it for some other situations, too."
Tickets for Summersâ CD release party cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at www.budsummers.com or at Halpin Music Co. at 2375 Homer M. Adams Parkway, Macâs Time Out at 315 Belle St. and Pony Espresso at 2355 State St.
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New Music Spotlight
March 2010 Edition
Interview with Isaac Davis
Instantly, when one hears the music of Bud Summers, music lovers will fall in love with what they hear. Summers has created something special that sets him apart from the average joes out there in the music industry. His greatest gift is his command of the guitar and other instruments that are wonderfully integrated throughout his music. In this recent spotlight with the artist, Summers shares with our online readers why music is his passion. Enjoy!
Isaac: I just listened to your new CD. What was the inspiration for making your new album?
Bud: My last record jumped around a lot with different styles and instrumentation. I wanted to do a record that sounded a little more like my live shows.
Isaac: Who were your influences?
Bud: The Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, Jim Groce, and Herman Melville.
Isaac: What do you consider to have been the highlight and lowpoint of your career to date?
Bud: The highpoint so far was a 2nd place finish in the Clinton County Songwriter Contest- I was a solo act competing with bands that had four to six pieces.
The lowpoint was when I took a year off from performing to decide where I was going in life.
Isaac: Brief history about your background plus the style of music you play.
Bud: My mom and dad were both into music- dad was a jazz bassist and mom taught music history and appreciation. They had me try violin and piano before I got into guitar. My style is a conglomeration- I earned a B.A. in classical guitar but played in the jazz band in college and paid for school by playing in a country band and in a blues band. The music I write can shoot off in any direction but is mostly classified as adult contemporary.
Isaac: How easy is it to gets gigs for you as an artist? What is the live music scene like in your area?
Bud: It's not easy to get gigs in the St Louis, MO area. You have to work at it like anything else. I spend time contacting clubs, reading local entertainment guides and keeping good notes about who I've spoken to and when. I don't limit myself as to how far I'll travel. I play some out of town shows knowing that my expenses will exceed my pay but I feel that every time I'm out there playing a show somewhere I have a chance to win some fans and sell some CDs. If you go outside the box you can become bigger than the box.
Isaac: What do you think of the state of Indie music at the moment? Do you listen to radio much at all? Has the Internet helped music grow or hindered it in your opinion? Bud: I still listen to the radio some in my car. It's not just the Internet, but technology in general that has changed things since I first started playing. Overall, I'd say there's been tremendous growth in opportunities for independent musicians.
Isaac: If you could create a fantasy band - what would be the line-up and why?
Bud: On drums Frank Beard and Richie Hayward- Guitars Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Elliot Randall and Carlos Santana, Bass- Will Lee.
Isaac: What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from? Bud: I currently have two CDs available "Golden" released in May 2008 and "Eons" released in March 2010. They are both available at my website- www.budsummers.com or on www.cdbaby.com/budsummers and as downloads on iTunes.
Isaac: Where can fans access your music, videos, blogs, and anything else about you online?
Bud: The best place to find info about me is www.budsummers.com. It includes links to MySpace, Facebook and videos, pics, etc.
Isaac: Message to your fans?
Bud: Thanks for listening.
Blues musician plays 'Music Under the Stars'
By BEV DARR
Hannibal Courier-Post Posted Sep 11, 2010 @ 01:04 AM
Hannibal, MO â
The weather was perfect and the crowd appreciative when blues/jazz/rock musician Bud Summers played a solo concert for Hannibalians on Aug. 26 in the âMusic Under the Starsâ series sponsored by the Mark Twain Museum.
Playing solo is his preference, Summers said, because of the freedom it offers. âIâve played in bands for a long time and enjoy the creative side of it - allowing me to do what I want to do as opposed to a group decision. ... I wanted more creative control, where I go and all those things I can determine on my own.
âFor the last four years I been mostly doing solo and I have come to enjoy that more.â His solo performances can include harmony because he has a digital looper on his guitar.
Many of his songs on Aug. 26 were original, including âSoulard Lady.â He also played some made famous by other musicians, such as âBlack Magic Woman,â âFly Me to the Moonâ and âGreen-eyed Lady.â
âI have a large repertoire of songs from different artists, that I play in restaurants and wineries,â Summers said, âso there is a good variety. At the type of atmosphere in Hannibal I tried to play a lot of my songs.â Some were from his first album, ËGolden,â and others from his latest release, âEons.â
âMy normal playing area is an hour or hour and a half from my home (in Alton, Ill.),â Summers explained. He often plays in the Soulard area of St. Louis, which he said is known for blues and jazz. One upcoming concert is at the Shanti-Soulard in St. Louis, and future performances are scheduled in Grafton, Belleville and Fairview Heights, Ill.
Local musician Alan Embree, who is often heard playing âTapsâ at official events, was listening to the music with his wife, Lori, and their dog, Lucky.
âWe have been to three or four this year and enjoyed the difference in genre,â Alan said. âIt is quite a varied repertoire with something for everyone.â
Lori agreed with him, âDitto.â (Lucky was content to remain quiet and listen to the music.)
Another listener, Sue Giroux, said it is âso neat, how he records and then harmonizes with himself.â
Kristie Darley commented, âit was a beautiful night - the sky, the weather, the music. - it was all beautiful.â
Summers was making his Hannibal debut and later said âif I am invited I would be thrilled to come back.â
Summers inherits musical talent
Recalling his musical background, Summers said both his parents, the late Fred and Lorraine Summers, passed on their musical heritage. âDad was a jazz player, but Mom was very much into classical music - an appreciation for music came from them. The family placed such a high value on music. It was very important. And my sister is a wonderful musician.â
Fred Summers played upright bass and had his own eight-piece orchestra that performed swing, jazz and pop standards. Lorraine was a music educator.
Budâs formal music education began with violin lessons at age 5, followed by piano at 7. By age 14, he had gravitated to guitar. He was soon performing in clubs with his father, accompanying singing at church, and playing at block parties with a rock band.
Bud explained he and his sister, Nancy Summers, âused to do duet performances. We used to have brown bag lunch concerts at church. We corroborated on those for at least 10 years. We picked a few songs to play together,â then alternately chose the melody with the other playing accompaniment.
Now Nancy, who plays oboe in a symphony orchestra in Grand Rapids, Mich., returns to St. Louis each summer to play in the orchestra at the Muny Opera in Forest Park.
Bud Summers earned a B.A. in music performance (classical guitar) from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and also played in the college jazz band. Now he performs mostly in the St. Louis area, but has traveled to play in fourteen states as a solo act, and as part of duos, trios and larger combos. Heâs been a featured instrumentalist on nine records and has had two of his songs recorded by other artists.
His first full-length solo album, âGolden,â was released in May of 2008 and his second album, âEons,â was released March 6, 2010.
Some information for this article is from the web site, budsummers.com
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24 Seven for The Telegraph
Local Guitarist heating up music locales.
By Jill Moon
Summers in the Winter
Alton- Classically-trained local musician Bud Summers gets jazzy with original and cover music.Summers plays guitar and sings in a solo act that can be caught at a number of places around town. Summers performs from 5 to 8 pm Friday Jan 12 at Stagger Inn in Edwardsville.
"Now I'm playing a Godin, which is an acoustic/electric guitar capable of running a guitar synthesizer," Summers explained. "This puts the synthesizer in the guitar player's hands and I can make it sound like a sax or organ." Summers plays a lot of blues, jazz, rock and pop in a combination of covers and original songs. He is currently working on a CD that he plans to release in June. Summers has also done a substantial amount of studio work on guitar for other musicians.
Some covers he performs are "Key to the Highway" "High Heeled Sneakers" "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Messin' With the Kid" an old blues song that was heard in the "Blues Brothers" film.
"I'm kind of laid back and I think my music reflects that," Summers said.
Summers is a long=time guitar player with a bachelor's in music performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. His focus was classical guitar. He also played with the college's jazz band.
The Alton native graduated form Alton High School and has played in several bands and as a soloist.
He plays regularly at Chez Marilyn Downtown and the Sunset Grill on Delmar Avenue.
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