The Albums are coming! The Albums are coming!

russsalton3And the first is already here! Russ Salton has just released a new album called “The Bear Creek Sessions”, recorded at the wonderful Bear Creek Studio near Seattle (choice of such artisits as Lumineers, Foo Fighters, Fleet Foxes and more).
Russ’ new album offers 13 songs, all exquisitly produced and he’s backed up by some really fine musicians. My favs are “Don’t Go (Talkin That Way)” and “Remember Me”. Get it here:

RobertGillies-Distance artOn the horizon, Robert Gillies new studio album “The Distance” is recorded and ready for launch. Of course, that takes money. So Robert has established an IndieGoGo project to fund the CD manufacture and distribution. His goal includes funds for some contributor rewards, so check out the fund-raising site and see what you can kick in for the launch of his new CD!–2

WGcover6-cropOK, the next one working is my own (Darrell Elmer Rodgers). It’s a total DIY project done right here at my home. I’m calling it “Woodstock Generation” for its first song, which I wrote LONG ago, in 1979. Another old 1979 tune of mine I have revived here is “What’s Goin’ On”, a war protest song. It features a Tenor Sax solo by yours truly. (Yes, I’ve been a sax player since grade school). This album contains 10 social-political songs including recent works like “Die Workin”, “Arizona Time”, and “Enough of These Stones”. Watch for an announcement (and a mini-tour up the West Coast in August) on my website:

JBLest I forget, JB Eckl is releasing a new album, but he’s SPOON-FEEDING it to us 1 song at a time! And so far, each spoonful has been a meal! Check out JB’s new music at

CaeliLohrDo you like electronica and “unusual” music? Caeli Lohr has launched Dog Unit Productions over in England and is turning out some very interesting material. He uses tags like: electronic ambient electronic chillout downtempo and chill. Please check it out at
(you’ll see familar names in the credits: Kelly Snook and Kelsey Bulkin)

elika-interview-processed-cI recently received an email from Elika Mahony over in China saying she too was working on another album (she has about 6 out there already). This one is themed on Detachment. She’s looking for photos of the Ocean she might use as Artwork.  You can read about one of the songs she plans to include, on her website at


LaniNashSummerTourNow, let me introduce you to Lani Nash, a wonderful Country/Folk singer-songwriter from Nashville who is the real deal.  She enrolled in the Baha’i Faith just a couple years ago and has already so beautifully expressed Baha’i-like concepts in her new album called “One”. Please check it out at

That’s some news I’ve been menaing to share. Please consider contributing some funds to Robert Gillies’ IndieGoGo project. I’ve heard the new album, and IT’S SAWEEEEET!!

There’s some new info on the Updates page. Please have a look! (we’re having some Sing-Along Training!)


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Springtime Greetings

Hi folks, Yes it’s been a long while since I’ve  posted anything, but here at Ridvan, it’s time to start seriously planning our next weekend gathering ( 23-26 October).

I have asked Bosch for guidance regarding a theme for this year that we will remain congruent with the directions of our NSA.

Meanwhile, we have an opportunity to consider what workshops we’d like. Several people have expressed their desire for more “whole group” sessions and last year we did more of that.  Was that good for you?  What topics would you like to see addressed this coming October?

It has been a BUSY year for quite a number of our alumni!

Robert Gillies – now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert has been playing up a storm and is about to release his second album called “The Distance”. Many of the songs on it he composed during that wicked “Song a Day May” whirlwind of songwriting.  He has also released a “side project” with his friend producer David Pramik. They call their project “Black Buffalo” and their first release is “Bad Moon”. You should hear this, it’s completely different than anything he has done before:  He and Rezal just moved into a new apartment in Oakland. Congratulations on the new abode Robert!

Alan James – Alan has been”Road Trippin'” all over the western US of late. We got a chance to perform together in Tucson when he invited me to help celebrate his Uncle Cazzie’s 100th birthday. Among the many poems that Uncle Cazzie delivered, was this gem for songwriters to consider:  “Levity and Brevity are very much akin. The fewer words to get it said, the sooner sinks it in!”  Brilliant.  Alan is up in the Seattle area at the moment playing a series of house concerts. Travel safely home to Del Dios Alan!

Kelly Snook – Kelly has been working with Imogen Heap in England to create a unique new instrument – MiMu Gloves – that turn your hands and arms into controllers for computer-based music. It’s probably the COOLEST technology to hit music since the Moog. You can see a video (with Kelly in it) at the Tech Crunch magazine page here:   Kelly, you are my favorite rocket scientist!

Caeli Lohr – Caeli has been working his electronic magic on a number of unique tracks and sharing them on his “Dog Unit Productions” bandcamp page. Check out this jewel featuring Kelsey Bulkin:

Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff – Jeff and Maya have a new blog site at where we can keep up on their latest exploits. For those unaware, Maya is now a “Bionic Woman” have recently received a new knee. This means that she will soon regain her championship title in Butt Kickin!  It may be just my perception but it appears that “Mystic Fig Studio” is getting rather busy producing albums for other artists. Jeff and Maya, I hope you still have time for more of your own.

Katherine Key – aka “KZING!” – Kat has been gallivanting around the African continent attending conferences, giving presentations, and making a difference.  She’s gotten involved with something called “Flashband” – it’s kind of like speed-dating for musicians.  You sign up for a gig of a particular genre and if selected you and other performers you don’t yet know form an instant band the night of the show.  Kat says “Flashband is the best invention since the internet.” 

Sasha Bayan – Sasha released his debut album “Do I Know You” at the end of March. (We heard him play the title song at Bosch last fall) On this album, Sasha’s unique Brazilian-Jazz-Pop-BigBand sound is decorated by over 40 instruments (I’m talking horns, woodwinds, harps, steel drums, strings, you name it) with help from 35 of Sasha’s musician friends.  Check it out at

Russ Salton – Russ has been working on a new album called “Bear Creek Sessions” recorded and produced at Bear Creek Studios which has recorded and produced such acts as The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, and Train.  Russ is about to visit England (he’s on a Beatles Pilgrimage) and has promised a full report when he returns.

Well, I’m sure there’s a lot more news from many more of you, so send me an email or post a comment and let me know what I can share with the group on my next update.


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist