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After The Storm - New Video 

"AFTER THE STORM" The year was 2017 and Donald Trump had just taken office when Woody Moran and song writing partner Kelly Brightwell sat down for a writing session. As usual, they started their session with a little chat about what was going on and their thoughts on various subjects. These preliminary chats almost always open a doorway for a new song and this occasion was no exception. 

The subject was Trump and what the world would be like in 2020 after four years of his "leadership". As terrible as we envisioned it, we never imagined the reality: Family separations, imprisonment, and the deaths of immigrant children; Dismantling the pandemic response team and muzzling the CDC; Massive tax cuts for the rich and large corporations to the detriment of middle and lower income families as well as small business; Disregard of climate change; Coverup and corruption leading to his impeachment; Attacks on the news media as well as social media; The lies... so many lies every day of his presidency.  

In America right now, we are weathering the perfect storm: political unrest meets social inequality meets climate change meets pandemic. This song is a call for us to wake up to the changes that are happening in real time, and act where we can to protect what we collectively hold dear -- before it's too late. "Did you really think you'd get out unharmed?" To watch the video, just click the image to the left (and don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel).

New Songs. New Videos 

It's been much too long since Radio Stranger has been in the studio to record some new songs, but with the help of our good friend and bassist, Michael Henchman, we have released two new singles into the world. The first song is called "Barefoot Nightlife" which expresses a desire to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, such as... walking barefoot on the beach in the moonlight. For this "island" song, Woody plays ukulele, Jean-Pierre Garau plays Wurly piano, organ and accordion, Jeffrey Anthony gives it a strong reggae vibe on drums and Michael Henchman provides a fun melodic bass line. And yes, there is a video. Thank you for asking. Just click the image and it will take you to our video on Youtube. Don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel.

 

 

Our 2nd new single is "Top Of The World" and no, it doesn't sound anything like the old Carpenter's hit. In fact, if you are a fan of "The Lumineers", "Mumford & Sons", or Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros" you'll recognize the bass drum groove right away. Lots of cool sonic textures with Woody on acoustic guitar, Jeffrey Koch on electric guitar, Jean-Pierre Garau once again on Wurly, organ and accordion, Mr. Henchman on bass, with Donald Sulzer in the drum chair this time. Kelly's vocal on the bridge is so powerful. There is also a fun choir-like breakdown that almost got out of control but Michael managed to rein it in before it blew up on us. "Top Of The World" is dedicated to Kelly's Mom and her journey walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail in Spain several years ago. To watch the video, just click the image to the left (and don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel).

Annabelle - Writing a Custom Song 

Bryan Emerson asked Kelly and Woody to write a love song for his wife Anne. So we set up a time to get together and talk about it. Although we knew that Bryan was a musician and played a mean guitar, we were a little surprised when he showed up with his Breedlove acoustic. Bryan told us that he had been experimenting with an open tuning and wanted to show it to us, just in case we were inspired. The tuning was D-A-E-F#-A-E, and Bryan showed us some progressions and chord shapes that he had worked out using this tuning. Bryan was obviously in love with his wife Anne, and said that she reminded him of a museum of fine art. So, art, picnics at a local winery with their kids and friends became the basis of the song. Kelly asked the best question when she inquired if he had a pet name for Anne, and he told us yes... it's Annabelle.

Learn more about Custom Songs from Brightwell & Moran.

"Radio Stranger Are The Real Deal." 

Radio Stranger recently performed at Two Blue Roses House Concert Series in Eugene, OR, hosted by V.P. of FAR-West, Jeanette Lundgren. We had such a great night; Harmonies super tight, awesome dynamics, fantastic audience that were not afraid to sing along. We we also joined by amazing Eugene songwriter Phoebe Blume. After the show, this is what Jeanette had to say about the Brightwell & Moran performance.

"Radio Stranger are the real deal.  This is fully revealed when they hit a live stage, captivating the audience right from the very first song.  Tight harmonies; meaningful memorable melodies, lyrics and songs; audience rapor; and an impressive stage presence. Their show at Two Blue Roses in Eugene Oregon was outstanding and I can't wait to be able to book them again.  Radio Stranger are a high quality, high energy performing duo." Jeanette Lundren, Host - Two Blue Roses House Concert

"Christmas Lights" by Radio Stranger 

Radio Stranger wrote a Christmas song because we were playing a holiday party and the hosts encouraged us to play our own songs that celebrate the holiday season. We sort of looked at each other... (silence)... Well, I guess we're going to write a Christmas song. But it can't be cheesy. It can't be too lovey-dovey. No wise men or Jesus in the manger. It can't be a crooner song (at which point we both break into our best Frank Sinatra voices). Well what can it be about? Christmas Lights! Everyone loves Christmas Lights! So with no further ado, here it is... ta da!! "Christmas Lights" recorded live at a Cafe Artichoke Holiday Benefit Concert. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. One World, One Love.

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