Songwriters Confirmed for 2008 SBSF Construction Zone
Posted March 14th, 2008 by Linda

Introducing the 2008 Class of Construction Zone Songwriters

Dixie Jacobs

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Experimental Indie Rock
Band: white, wrench, conservatory
Dixie, a singer and musician, has performed at the last two Steel Bridge SongFests, but is experiencing her first year as a Construction Zone participant. She enjoys rocking out to Peter Gabriel-era Genesis and the Cocteau Twins.

Victor DeLorenzo

Racine, Wisconsin
Folk/Punk, Instant Composition, All the Rock and Soul Forms, Etc. and Beyond
Victor DeLorenzo has been playing and recording many forms of music most of his life. He is a founding member of the Folk/Punk Trio, "Violent Femmes." He's had the pleasure of working with many fine musicians such as Jill Sobule, Lou Reed, Eugene Chadbourne, Tony Trischka, John Zorn, Leo Kottke, John Wesley Harding, Julia Francis and many others.

Lynda Kay

Dallas, Texas
Roots & Country
Band: Lynda Kay
Texas born and raised artist Lynda Kay Parker has been singing, stomping, and strumming her way around the world for as long as she can remember. Lynda Kay's ancestry, which includes outlaw Bonnie Parker of Bonnie & Clyde infamy and Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, seems to have left her with "just the right amount of rebel DNA an insurgent country wildcat should have." (LA Daily News). She is known as the "triple threat" for her signature tenor guitars, homemade suitcase kickdrum, and her "furiously beautiful voice" which has audaciously been described as the "perfect blend of Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells" by Billy Bob Thornton. Lynda Kay is currently recording her debut solo album titled "Dream My Darling" which is set for release in September 2008. She also performs in the dynamic duo Lonesome Spurs with rockabilly guitar legend Danny B. Harvey.

Jentri Colello

Madison, Wisconsin
Band: Horse in Motion
Singer/songwriter Jentri Colello is generally found playing acoustic sets in her hometown of Madison, WI, accompanied by the melodious guitar work of Josh Harty. However, she also fronts a four-piece indie-rock outfit, aptly named "Jentri Colello." Their 2008 self-titled EP was released on Indefinite Music.


Rochester, Minnesota
Band: Patchwork
Patchwork is singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jeremiah Nelson, and a rotating cast of collaborators. In the spring of 2007 Patchwork released the "Work & Worry" EP, a collection of indie-rock, pop and folk songs centered on Nelson's thoughtful lyrics. "It's poetry and rust, modern precious pieces assembled in smart combos" as Left of the Dial stated. During the solo Patchwork tours, the layered arrangements can be heard in their naked form with simply a voice and an acoustic guitar, or transformed into orchestrated soundscapes using live looping and jazz inflected progressions.

John Pippus

Vancouver, Canada
Acoustic folk blues
A guitar, a harmonica and a voice, John is right at home playing a John Lee Hooker-style boogie or an open-tuned foot stomper. But then there are the other influences, ranging from Beatlesque ballads to political howls. In addition to his own music, John also helps promote the music of others. For the past two years, he has booked and managed Friday Music Night at Trees Organic Coffee House in Vancouver.

Mike Mangione

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Soulful Acoustic with Classical strings
Band: Mike Mangione and Band.
Born in Illinois, now living in Milwaukee, Mike is rapidly becoming a familiar favorite in the city's growing scene. Though he's a unique talent with an unusual guitar style, Mike has drawn comparisons to known greats including Ryan Adams and Elliott Smith. Germany's 'House of Rock' says of his new album, "'Tenebrae' is completely against the spirit of the time, and has therefore become timeless."

Dustin Welch

Austin, Texas
Dustin Welch was born on a haunted plantation house on the grounds of a Tennessee horse farm and it's not difficult to hear those spooky roots in Welch's banjo-driven folk rock and swamp blues-inspired melodies with Southern Gothic undertones. His first childhood band included the children of Steve Earle and Gary Nicholson and young singer/songwriter Cary Ann Hearst. Later, after touring the U.S. and Europe with roots-punk band Scotch Greens, the Nashville native moved to Austin, where he now has a band of his own and has recorded an upcoming record entitled “'Whiskey Priest.”

Danielle Gasparro

New York City
New York City based performing songwriter Danielle Gasparro offers songs that reflect life's lessons learned. Her 2006 EP "Big Movie Screen" was recorded with Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Jay Newland (Norah Jones, Etta James, Richie Havens). An experienced collaborator, she's participated in two UK based songwriting retreats in 2007, both hosted by Chris Difford of Squeeze. 2008 developments include a new studio album, a contract with one of the world's leading music publishers, and a role as host of "Second Sundays," New York's live interview series where she discusses music and meaning with some of today's most vital performing songwriters. "If you're not at Danielle's gigs, you're missing something very, very special." - Indie Sounds NY

ellen cherry
(Correct spelling is two words, lower-case.)

Baltimore, Maryland
ellen cherry plays spunky downer pop for History buffs. Seriously! She's got the usual suspects of Love and Loss represented with pathos and humor, but she's also slinging songs about serial killers during the 1893 World's Fair. Of course, her set wouldn't be complete without a sing-a-long sea chantey about the Titanic.

Martin Jack Rosenblum

Appleton, Wisconsin
Original Rock And Roll: Music taking Poetry Too Far
Band: Werewolf Sequence (However, will be performing at SFSF ‘08 with Victor DeLorenzo from the Violent Femmes and possibly members of Werewolf Sequence.)
Main Site For All Works:
Fan Site:
All Albums Since 2000:
MySpace for: Werewolf Sequence and Last Canyon Band
Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum is a recording artist on Rounder Records, a recipient of the Academy Of American Poets Award, and Historian Emeritus for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. He is the author of Searching For Rock And Roll, and a lecturer in music history and literature at the Peck School of the Arts, Music Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His poetry collections and recordings from the sixties to the present are typified by The Werewolf Sequence (1974), an epic poem, and Down On The Spirit Farm: 12th Anniversary Edition (2006), a cult album.

Seth Raddatz

Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin
Folk / Americana
“My name is Seth Raddatz and I’m 15 years old. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 8. I come from a very musical family. I learned pretty much everything from my dad Mark Raddatz. I’ve been writing my own songs for about a year and I’m looking forward to writing more in this year’s Steel Bridge songwriting festival.”

Chris Bishop

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Roots / Blues / Folk
Chris Bishop is a Door County native who has enjoyed living in Milwaukee as well as New York City. Interested by music at a young age, he started studying Jazz and Classical music for electric and upright bass at 12. After a heavy influence of Folk and Blues at 17, and attending the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee at 19, he began to play blues guitar and harmonica, which he is content with currently. Playing a natural, roots-style, foot tapping folk sound.

Tony Brown

St. Paul, Minnesota
Reggae, Soul, R&B, Funk, Blues, Country, Jazz, and Latin
Band name: Tony Brown & 608 Riddim Section
Tony Brown is the consummate musician. He began his musical career in Iowa and has performed in Europe, Canada, Central America and South America and the Caribbean. He has recorded 20 albums/CDs and has performed on the same stage with numerous legendary musicians and performers. His music is a combination of Reggae, Soul, R&B, Funk, Blues, Country, Jazz and Latin. Tony has the ability to completely entertain the house, no
matter what size, as a solo performer or within a band presentation. His musical abilities and style have the power to affect the emotions and attitude of his audiences. Tony’s music is the soul felt expression of his inner belief and spiritual awareness. His music focuses on the current
world, the past world, the future world and the personal and social events that people experience. Tony Brown’s message, as expressed in all his music, is one of love peace, freedom and hope. It is a message the world is waiting to receive.

Chris Simmons

Worthing, United Kingdom
Acoustic / Indie / Pop
Two months after picking up a guitar, Chris had written his first batch of songs. A month later he'd formed his first band and 2 months after that he was playing on Radio & TV. Then, within a month of his first band splitting up, he spent all his savings on a one way ticket to Australia. He left with £200 and his guitar. He busked his way around the globe getting nearly 80 gigs along the way. He came back a year later with 16 songs and £35. Chris is currently recording his debut EP ready for a summer release. It's looking like 2008 could, finally, be his year......"Beautifully ambitious. One to watch," said Time Out. "A breath of fresh air," wrote The Times. He's been fortunate enough to share a stage / collaborate with acts including Squeeze, The Von Bondies, The Kooks, The Departure, Suede, The Maccabees and Finlay Quaye. The BBC will be broadcasting Chris's Audio Diaries while he's in The U.S.

Louise Goffin

Los Angeles, CA
Alternative / Pop / Lyrical
Louise has been busy in Bristol, England, recording a new album with John Parish, best known for his production and collaborations with PJ Harvey. Daughter of the legendary songwriting team, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Louise has recorded five major label records. Her debut album Kid Blue was released on Elektra/Asylum in 1979. She was the youngest artist on the soundtrack to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Louise lived in England between 1984 and 1994 and made two records while signed to WEA. This Is the Place, released in 1988, includes the VH1 video hit "Bridge of Sighs." The following UK album was recorded 1990-91 at Astoria Studios, a houseboat once owned by Charlie Chaplin, now a recording studio owned by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. The unreleased Astoria recordings include a version of the U2 song "Sweetest Thing," with additional lyrics by Bono.

Peter Ress

Madison, Wisconsin
Came up in the Kenosha, Wisconsin punk scene. Moved to Madison in the ‘90s formed the band Mind Ox. In 1995, Mind Ox recorded an album (unreleased) at El Dorado studios in LA with the same team responsible for such classic albums as "Nothing's Shocking" and "Ritual de Habitulo" by Jane's Addiction, as well as "Dirt" by Alice in Chains. Currently plays with The Skintones (winner of two Madison Area Music Awards) on Crustacean Records. Also a member of Whore du Jour (debut album produced by Jane Wiedlin) as well as Jane Wiedlin's new band, The Weebots. Whore du Jour recently opened for The Go Go's at The House of Blues in Chicago.

Kacy Crowley

Folk Rock / Pop / Indie
New England native Kacy Crowley has got some battle scars. From cancer to drug addiction to the music industry, Kacy has proved herself to be the definition of a survivor. Her songs are both fiercely unapologetic and bravely tender, a combination of poetic insight and simple observation that has won over the hearts of fans from Sweden to Saskatoon. Kacy blew onto the radar in 1997 after Atlantic Records released her first independent recording “Anchorless.” With critical praise jammed in her back pocket from publications like Billboard, Time, USA Today and Vanity Fair she toured the US and into Canada, joined the Lilith Fair, played the H.O.R.D.E. festival, opened for acts such as Chantal Kreviazuk and Marc Cohn and participated in Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit with artists like Alanis Morisette, Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band. Her songs were featured in the films Little Boy Blue, Anywhere But Here and Three to Tango, and found their way into various television programs. Kacy was also a guest at Miles Copeland’s Castle, a prestigious songwriting retreat in France.

Corinna Wanish

Green Bay, Wisconsin
A bit of every category of music
Corinna Wanish was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She is currently a freshman in high school and has been honored to have opened Steel Bridge Songfest for the past two years. She is surrounded by friends and family with varied involvement in music and the arts. This community has given her a very unique singing style and positive attitude that is unequaled among many her age.

Kata Rhe Gillispie

Georgetown, Kentucky
Country Rock/ Southern Rock
Kata Rhe Gillispie was born into country. With rhinestone-encrusted maternity clothes, Kata’s mother performed as lead singer while her father played bass in a local country-western band out of Georgetown, Kentucky. As an only child, being brought into the world by musicians meant that she spent her earliest years on the road with her parents. At the age of five, Kata has memories of being mesmerized by Louise Mandrell as she sang and played the fiddle on the Mandrell Sister’s variety show. At that moment Kata decided she too wanted to play the fiddle the way Louise could. By the age of sixteen, Kata had fiddled and clogged her way into the spotlight. She and her parents decided to form their own band and Kata’s father assumed bass position while her mother took a backseat as a manager and let Kata sing lead. At the age of nineteen, Kata approached the Charlie Daniels’ tour bus at a concert and bravely entered for the sole purpose of asking Charlie himself if she could perform with him on stage. Followed by some witty banter between the two, the conversation ended with, “Do you know the ‘South’s Gonna Do It Again’?” That night, Charlie reluctantly invited Kata on stage with the best introduction he could give to a young girl he had just met before the show. Charlie was taken with her talent and the rest is history; She’s been playing off and on with him ever since, only driving her harder to pursue her dream for a career in music. Her love for music and passion of performing is best summed up when asked if she’s ready for the roller-coaster ride that the country music industry can be. Her response every time is “I was born with my bags packed.”

Ellie Maybe

Chicago, Illinois
(Please note: spelling of "Experence" is correct.)
Ellie Maybe of The Ellie Maybe Experence and The Sonnets draws on a past of teenage debauchery and ineffective psychotherapy to spin a lyrical web that rivals Bukowski's self-loathing and Henry Miller's antibiotic regimen. She's also an egocentric, quasi-intellectual that only compares herself to authors in order to feed her superiority complex, but the music's pretty good despite it.

Sara Wasserman

New York, New York
New York-based singer songwriter Sara Wasserman is presently completing her debut cd release -- a collection of orginals with a sound of acoustic soul influenced by blues and jazz. Special guests include Aaron Neville, Rob Wasserman, Lou Reed, Christian McBride, Jim Capaldi, Vernon Reid, Bob Weir, Irvin Mayfield, DJ Logic, and Soulive.

Dan Mayhew

Newport News, Virginia and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Acoustic Contemporary Folk/Country
Dan has been writing and performing his off-center original music for over 20 years. After recording his first album "The Gordon Road Gang" in 1981, he went to Nashville and recorded "Don't Lose Your Heart" which charted in 1982. He returned to Nashville in 1998 and set up a business on Music Row which provided Marketing Services for the Labels, and eventually expanded to Artist Management.

Zach V

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Elastik Waste Band
Since the tender age of twelve, Zach has committed his heart and soul to music. Whether it be rocking solo shows, as part of one of his numerous group projects throughout the years, or sitting in with seasoned professional musicians, Zach lives, sleeps, eats, and breathes music. Currently working on his first TRULY solo album, Zach spends nights performing acoustic shows around Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Zach has taken part in numerous recording projects, including STOKED, RoChi, Lo Cal, and other guest appearances on albums. Zach has shared the stage with many other musicians, such as pat mAcdonald, Tony Brown, Josh Fishell (Bargain Music), Chris Aaron, blues legend W.C. Clark, Brian Blush (Refreshments), Jason DeVore and Bill Marks (Authority Zero), and The Liars Handshake.

Lumberjack Cash

Chandler, Arizona
Alternative Stand-up Comedy Rock
“My name is Cash Murphy, a local of the valley of the sun. I have grown up in the 602 and 480 for the past 16 years. Currently, I play lead guitar in three bands, Not So Selfish, WINC and Our Town. Last but not least is Lumberjack Cash which is a dirty twist on standup comedy and music. This summer I have two tours I will be on trying to push my music as far as I can across the U.S. All I want in life is to be heard, whatever means necessary. People always ask me how I juggle so many bands and projects at the same time, and I tell them "Music is life and life is Music."

Rick Younglove

Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Rick got his first guitar when he was ten, but soon switched over to electric bass. At the age of 22 he found himself writing a lot more while playing the acoustic guitar and singing. Having been a bassist for most of his musical life, Rick's playing style shows a propensity towards the guitar’s lower notes and lower tunings, as well as a preference for finger picking. He recently recorded and released an album titled "Prey" with the assistance of good friend and fellow songwriter Mark Janka of "The Lesser Birds of Paradise."

Emilie Rose Bishop

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Emilie Rose is a semi-door county resident who has traveled, lived and sung all over the country since she was 17 years old. Highly influenced by Jazz vocalists Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and various other blues, jazz and folk vocalists and instrumentalists, she is a self-taught, free spirit who tells her own stories through the medium of jazz standards. She has co-written several original songs with her younger brother Christopher Bishop and is planning on writing more this year. Emilie Rose sings from her heart and soul, and will never forget where all this great American music came from.

Sid Brown
Sonoran Desert

Sid Brown's songs are hard and hooky, composed to always remain catchy with a serious attention to simplicity. Having established a diverse Los Angeles underground cult following via downtown loft parties, hush-hush after-hours appearances and shocking displays of showmanship whenever and wherever duty has called, Sid Brown is primed to pimp Steel Bridge SongFest 4!
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