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  • 02/21/2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Hi all! I have a show coming up this Sunday , February 21 at 5pm- it's at Bump 'n Grind, a coffeehouse and vinyl lounge in Silver Spring. I'll be playing an acoustic set, mostly originals, and would love to see you there! 

  • 12/31/2015 11:45 AM | Deleted user

    My winning song is, "Jessie Brown"


  • 12/12/2015 12:03 PM | Deleted user

    I just posted a tribute to the  soldiers on you tube jamesdavidbaldwinamericansoldiers . I only wish I could do more for those who have given  and continue to give so much. Thanks/ James Baldwin

  • 11/26/2015 8:09 AM | Anonymous

    Hello Friends,

    We released a single "The Christmas Crocodile" and we have a video to go with it.  You can check it out here:  The Christmas Croc Video.  Happy Thanksgiving!

    Larry Rice

  • 10/19/2015 7:48 PM | Deleted user

    Husband-wife duo Troy & Paula Haag are back at it again with their second full-length folk release, Migrate. In that their first full-length album was only released in 2012, they are fairly new on the music scene. But their music has such a nostalgic feel to it, you could imagine that they’ve been playing for quite a while.

    “A Tale In Hard Times” is the first track off the album. They integrate peppy melodies into their work, which is what makes their tracks so memorable. Their use of vocal harmonies is on point as well; there’s not too little, and not too much at the same time. Troy works to provide lead vocals while Paula chimes in during key moments to compliment his sound. Together with their instrumentation, the duo is able to create quite a moving set of tracks.

    The album is rooted in acoustic guitar work, and they utilize the style to the fullest through a focus on guitar picking, such as in “Touch,” where the guitar is a primary focus of the track. The final track, “Lies & Cries,” is another example of this. Because it’s an entirely instrumental track, the duo’s musical talent is put on display. However, it might have worked better situated between two other tracks instead of as a conclusion to the album.

    Troy’s upbringing also happens to play a huge part in their music. Because he was born in Hawaii, there is a slight island feel to their songs. This appears most in tracks like “Another Tale In Hard Times” and “Used Up.”

    “27” is perhaps one of the most memorable tracks on the release. In it, Troy sings of how so many celebrities have died at the age of 27. In the chorus he sings, “Death by misadventure; death by screwin’ up,” and goes on to list some of the ways they have met their fate.

    There are a lot of interesting lines in their work. One line in particular that stands out can be found in “Cries & Lies.” Troy sings, “Like any good tale, would you rather be covered by truth or covered in glory?” What’s more, is that you even get a little history lesson while listening. In “This is How it Feels,” for instance, Troy references Madame Bovary. There’s even a track called “Emily Dickenson’s Daughter.” “27,” which references literary figures such as William Blake and Robert Frost, is another example of this.

    Although Troy and Paula are only a duo, you can hear everything from mandolin and harmonica to piano and clarinet, which is another reason this album is such an interesting one. The songs draw parallels to 60s folk music. They’re like a 21st century Peter, Paul and Mary. But at the same time, there’s something modern about their music as well; they cite acts such as Iron & Wine and Gillian Welch as some of their influences, and by supplying their songs with peppy melodies, they find a way to traverse multiple genres.

    The Century, the duo’s first album, was a purposefully stripped down release. Migrate, on the other hand, was composed as an exploration of both their studio abilities as well as their musical style. The duo has done some growing in the past few years, and what has resulted is an album that’s even more enjoyable than the first.

    And while male/female duos are a dime a dozen, when they’re done right, they can really stand out. Troy & Paula are one of these acts. Their vocal harmonies are what really solidify this release. Put Migrate on the top of your list of albums to listen to; you don’t want to miss this one.

    Artist: Troy & Paula Haag
    Album: Migrate
    Review by Alec Cunningham
    Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

  • 10/06/2015 12:58 AM | Les Hatley

    Les Hatley was inducted into the Maryland Hall Of Fame on September 20, 2015. 

    The Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame honors individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the history of entertainment in the state of Maryland.  Musicians, singers, radio and television personalities, promotional icons and all facets of entertainment.

    Special weight and consideration is given to those nominees who have had national success and/or Maryland entertainers that have made an indelible mark on the lives of Maryland citizens and media.

    Nominees must pass rigid scrutiny of their careers to gain entry into the Maryland Entertainers Hall of Fame.

    Past inductees include Ronnie Dove, Daryl Davis, The Fabulous Hubcaps, Paul Reed Smith, Mama Cass Elliot and many more.

  • 09/23/2015 11:52 AM | Deleted user

    Anyone know of a Dobro Player?  Any Dobro Players interested in playing originals together?


    Please le me know ... at hjgold50@gmail.com




    "Angus Culpepper"



  • 08/08/2015 8:30 PM | Anonymous
    Exciting News! Julie Greene is traveling from Atlanta to join Lea and Larry for another Epic Cheese Night on Saturday August 8th from 8:30 to 11:30 at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax! No cover charge. It's family friendly, and reservations are suggested. We debuted a fiddle/banjo version of "Freebird" with fiddle studen t Holly Rose Weber's help the last time we were there. This time we'll play it with Julie on the piano and Holly as a second fiddler! Plus, it's Johnny or June Carter Cash night and anyone who covers a Cash song during the open mic from 9:30 - 10:30 will get the Big Cheese merch prize package of CD's, t-shirt, hat, and koozies. Maybe Julie will bring her pet, June Carter Cat. The food's great there; we hope you can join us!

    Another reason Julie is coming north is that we're going into the studio to record our new song, "Christmas Crocodile". We've assembled a children's choir for the event and will be joined by co-writer Jack Morrison, Larry's 4 year-old ukulele student. We intend to make a novelty record (think Ray Stevens and "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer").

  • 08/01/2015 1:01 PM | Deleted user

    Previously, I had completed a YouTube Tutorial Series called How To Promote Your Music With Video on The Internet: A Shoestring Approach. (I know, too long a title). I've just started a new tutorial series called Promoting Your Creative Passion. The differences are: each tutorial is very much shorter (normally 5-7 minutes long), more focused on one topic, covering not just using video to promote your creative passion, but other promotional areas, and targeted not just to musicians and songwriters, but all the creative arts. As part of this, I also want to do Skype interviews with people that have talents in promotion, that they can share. If you're someone like that, let me know. Link: Promoting Your Creative Passion

    I also continue my internet TV program The Performing Songwriter


    Ray Naylor

    Email: raysings@gmail.com

    Website: raynaylor.net

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