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You'll Love Your Woody Moran Pandora Internet Radio Station 

Woohoo! It has taken multiple attempts to get on Pandora Internet Radio, but with the submission of "Chasing Midnight" from the EP Sitting In Aztec Chairs, I now have a Woody Moran Station on Pandora. As you may know, Pandora's analysis of your songs determines what other songs show up on your station and where your else your songs may pop up.

So of course, I've spent the day listening to my Woody Moran Station and I love the company that I'm in. Here's what you can expect if you set your Pandora Internet dial to Woody Moran.

Click Five, Lifehouse, Dave Matthews Band (lots), The Fray, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder (lots of Pearl Jam & Eddie),The Calling, Michelle Branch, Goo Goo Dolls, Maroon 5, Jack Johnson, Alice In Chains,  Ryan Cabrera (lots), Ray LaMontage, Lyle Lovett, Bill Withers, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Ben Harper.

Seriously, this is such an awesome collection of wonderful music that I am humbled to just be part of the mix. I have been told several times that I sound like Ray LaMontage but I had never listened to his music. I love that Dave Matthews shows up so much, he has been such an influence on me.

So do yourself a favor and create a Woody Moran Station on Pandora Radio. You'll love it.

Sitting In Aztec Chairs Review in Music Connection Magazine 

The April 2016 issue of Music Connection Magazine has a review of Sitting In Aztec Chairs under their Unsigned Artist - New Music Reviews. Since Music Connection receives hundreds of submissions each week and they only chose 8-12 unsigned artists each month to review, it sorta feels like a pretty big deal just to get a review. Although focused on the Southern California music industry, they have become the industry "Bible" covering artists and events in other regions as well. I especially enjoyed this line of the Music Connection Magazine review. "Moran’s a relaxed, genial artist whose music conjures a kinder, gentler, friendlier world, one we can all experience, at least for a short while." Their comments confirmed that  Sitting In Aztec Chairs is the perfect Trop Rock album for your next trip to sunny climates and mojitos on the beach.

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"Chasing Midnight" Wins The Akademia Music Awards Best Rock Song Award 

Cynthia Miller, Program Director for WCTR Radio Chicago, contacted me via Facebook with some very encouraging comments on my latest collection of songs from Sitting In Aztec Chairs. In particular she singled out "Chasing Midnight" and later in an email exchange suggested that I enter it in The Akademia Music Awards. She mentioned that WCTR had been receiving some of their best music through this channel and thought that "Chasing Midnight" was exceptional and could win an award and that award winners were forwarded on to radio stations around the country. So, I entered the song and it won in the category of Best Song Rock/R&B. How cool is that?

Woody Moran Television Concert 

Television Concert on CCTV Salem from January 2016. All of the songs from Sitting In Aztec Chairs plus a wonderful version of "Cowboy in Babylon" from the album A Brand New Situation. Jean-Pierre Garau on keyboard, Anders Bergstrom on drums, Michael Henchman bass and backing vocals, Kelly Brightwell backing vocals. Hope you like it.

Photo Shoot For Radio Stranger 

The Kelly Brightwell & Woody Moran song co-write is starting to take on a new life as a recording and performance project under the name, Radio Stranger. As previously reported a new five song EP has been recorded at Rob Stroup's 8 Ball Studio and is currently being mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering in Seattle, WA. A CD Release Show is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Cafe Artichoke in Portland, OR. But first... we need a photo or two. Kelly quickly rejected my idea of a selfie and brought in Miri and Darka from Mirifoto. Kelly had worked with them before and I quickly understood why she wanted them to do our photos. These two rock!

Let me just say this, we had such a great time with Miri and Darka and we can't recommend them highly enough. It was a long session, partly because we kept coming up with cool photo ideas. Kelly and I played some songs to try and capture a little of the songwriting enthusiasm we share when writing together. This is a photo while we were goofing around with a few songs. After Miri and Darka had packed up and taken off, Kelly said, "I had no idea that smiling was such hard work."

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Radio Stranger at Eugene House Concert

Two Blue Roses House Concerts, Eugene, Oregon

Radio Stranger plays Two Blue Roses house concert series in Eugene, OR. This is a new concert series organized by Jeanette Lundgren of Mother Hen Promotions. Opening the show is local Eugene featured artist, Phoebe Blume. There is also a song circle after the show! Suggested donation $15-$20 each. RSVP to Jeanette at for address, directions and parking info.