Thursday, May 24, 2012

BUCKAROO BOB'S TROUBADOUR LOUNGE: Cap Wilhelm-Safian with Los Dudes

WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL INSTALLMENT OF BUCKAROO BOB'S TROUBADOUR LOUNGE!

Buckaroo Bob’s Troubadour Lounge is a feature on the Otis Ryan Productions blog and the Dirty Roots Radio Show, highlighting independent artists around the world, who have made contact with Dirty Roots through social networking mediums. The goal of the feature is to highlight unsigned talent and to illustrate the power of social media.


I first realized the power of social media through my contact with Cap Wilhelm-Safian.  A few years back, I hosted author and filmmaker Antonino D'Ambrosio on my Dirty Roots Radio Show.  D'Ambrosio had just released a book about one of my heroes, Joe Strummer ("Our Patron Saint" at Dirty Roots), and had a book about another of my heroes, Johnny Cash ("Our Founder" at Dirty Roots) on the way.  D'Ambrosio was also beginning work on the now-completed film "Let Fury Have the Hour". 

The feedback I received during and after my radio show that night, through the Dirty Roots Facebook page, peaked considerably.  Clueless at that point as to the impact of social media, I didn't realize that D'Ambrosio had alerted his fans to his being on my show through his own Facebook page.  Cap Wilhelm-Safian was a fan of D'Ambrosio, listened to Dirty Roots to hear him, enjoyed the program, became a fan of the show on Facebook, and eventually became my friend on Facebook.  

At the time, the Dirty Roots Radio Show was connected to a non-profit organization that I directed, called the Dirty Roots Revolution.  Cap also became a fan of/friend to that organization and a great champion of the cause. 

Cap and I are motivated by the same things socially and politically.  We're moved by much of the same music.  He's become one of my closest friends that I've never actually met in person.  He's a talented artist who deserves to be heard and, as this feature is designed to promote independent music and illustrate the power of social media, I can't think of anyone else that I'd want to highlight as the introduction to the new Buckaroo Bob's Troubadour Lounge.

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ARTIST/BAND NAME:  Cap Wilhelm-Safian with Los Dudes

LOCATION:  San Jose, California

SELF-DESCRIBED GENRE:  Folk & Roll

Cap Wilhelm-Safian: Hard at Play

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF/YOURSELVES:

When I turned 18, I wanted to be Phil Ochs, or Bobby Dylan, or Joni Mitchell when I grew up. I kept looking backwards. Found Woody and Pete. Then Hank and Patsy.

My retro style and political content were a big-time anachronism in the early Reagan years. I kept on keepin' on, as Zimmy advised, writing antiwar and antinuke tunes in a world that was falling in love with Journey and Flock of Seagulls.

I was at risk of completely devolving into a zither playing self-parody, when I encountered three forces of nature: Muddy Waters, Bob Marley, and The Clash (proof positive that there is some benevolent force at work in the universe). The power and urgency of this music pulled me into its orbit. Finally, somebody was confronting the fascists full on in a visceral way. Also in the early 80s, I met my good friends Brian Redden, Phil Sadler, and Michael T. Kirstein. In some chemically induced stupor, one of these fine gentlemen dubbed us Los Dudes.

LOS DUDES: Philip Sadler, Michael T. Kirstein, Brian Redden and Cap Wilhelm-Safian.

I played in my first band with Mike and Brian. After some stupidity, the band broke up and I moved to NorCal where I lived in the woods and survived on a steady diet of Albert King, Bob Marley, The Clash, and the Beat writers. Spent five years reading and writing music. While living in the redwoods, reunited with my old pal (and amazing songwriter) Brian Redden and once again began playing music in earnest.

Returned to school midway through Reagan's reign. I formed a band in Santa Cruz CA while studying Politics at UCSC. Did a lot of busking. We went by the name Age of Reason. We played whatever style we felt like. Folk rock, reggae, blues, country, space jam. Kind of gave our audiences whip lash. Not a good strategy in a music world looking to pigeonhole you. After playing our big gig at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, the band promptly broke up as different members pursued different educational paths. Brian and I tried unsuccessfully to reform the band, but could never find the right personnel. Got married. Hung up the guitar and harmonica for 25 years.

I rediscovered a real passion for playing and writing after hearing Lucinda William's "Car Wheels on Gravel Road". Wrote my first song in 20 years: "East of Eden". Enter social media. Was convinced by Brian to record a CD of my songs. (Thanks to Cheney and W, my old folk and roll antiwar songs were once again relevant.)

As I started to conceive of the CD, I realized that the theme of that song, two lovers unsuccessfully trying to find some meaningful connection was a reoccurring theme, but with a political doppelganger.  Decided to craft an album about a fallen nation struggling to find common cause and find its way toward a more just world.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC/SOUND?

I'd call what I play folk, folk rock, or folk and roll. If Neil Young, Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell, and the Byrds could have a baby, it might play music like this.

WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

See above.  Add some Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and John Prine. I tried to be more Strummer-like (as he was a big time hero), but it turned out that I had too much troubadour blood. I love playing with a bigger band, but don't currently have one.

TELL US ABOUT THE ALBUM YOU’D LIKE TO PROMOTE:

I've just released my album "East of Eden" through CD Baby. The album has been up on my MySpace and ReverbNation profiles in its entirety for about two years. Life has conspired to present quite a few obstacles to putting out the CD. I now have all my ducks in a row, and am ready to move forward. I have met many kind and warm hearted people who have stopped by to listen to my songs. Nothing is better than when a song resonates in the heart of another. This happens about once a month for me and it's a bit of a miracle.


WHAT ARE THE KEY TRACKS YOU’D LIKE TO FEATURE?

Well, for starters the title track "East of Eden". The odd thing is that it isn't in the slightest a political song, while most of the others are. "Frontiers of Sorrow" is another one that means a lot to me for its optimism. It was inspired by folks like you who get out there and confront the horrors of the world. It's always interesting seeing what resonates with others.  Maybe "Johnny Joined Up" or "Winter's Seed"?

HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU?

There's lots more groovy stuff on http://www.reverbnation.com/capwilhelmsafian and
http://www.myspace.com/capwilhelmsafian.  I can also be found on Facebook.

CAN WE BUY YOUR MUSIC ANYWHERE?

It's available for free download right now through my ReverbNation site.

Physical copies of the CD can be purchased HERE from CD Baby,as well as on Amazon and iTunes. 

ANY OTHER INFO YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

I've been told often, by reliable sources, that I talk too much.

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Artists interested in being featured on Buckaroo Bob's Troubadour Lounge may complete the questionnaire below and submit the answers to: dirtyrootsradio@rocketmail.com or send a message directly to Dirty Roots Radio on Facebook.

Those selected for inclusion will be profiled on Otis Ryan Productions and, when appropriate, one of their songs will be featured on Dirty Roots Radio to coincide with the appearance of their profile on the blog.

Direct all questions to
dirtyroots@rocketmail.com

ARTIST/BAND NAME:
LOCATION:
SELF-DESCRIBED GENRE:

HOW DID YOU COME INTO CONTACT WITH DIRTY ROOTS RADIO/OTIS RYAN PRODUCTIONS?



1. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF/YOURSELVES:

2. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC/SOUND?

3. WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?

4. TELL US ABOUT THE ALBUM YOU’D LIKE TO PROMOTE:

5. WHAT ARE THE KEY TRACKS YOU’D LIKE TO FEATURE?

6. HOW CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU?

7. CAN WE BUY YOUR MUSIC ANYWHERE?

8. ANY OTHER INFO YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

PLEASE PROVIDE:
Contact Name:
Contact Email:
Band/Artist Website:
Artist Facebook page:
Links to key songs:

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