Brewer & Shipley
w/ Star Belle
Featured Artist #1
Brewer & Shipley
Recognized as one of the most successful folk rock duos of the 70's, Brewer & Shipley have remained true to their original form throughout 3 decades. Although best known for their Top 10 signature song, "One Toke Over The Line" which permanently etched their names in rock history by becoming an anthem of the 70's counter culture, Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley were by no means a one trick pony. In all, the duo landed 3 singles on the Billboard charts and had the pleasure of working with such notables as Mike Bloomfield, Leon Russell, Jimmy Messina, and the late Jerry Garcia.
Constantly touring Brewer & Shipley could be found performing in such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, The Bottom Line, The Troubadour, The Roxy, Keil Opera House, and Arrowhead Stadium. Because of their broad appeal, they became a favored support act for major tours, sharing the stage with a diverse list of artists, including: Elton John, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, Electric Light Orchestra, Jethro Tull, Humble Pie, Ted Nugent and Black Sabbath among others. In 1979 after more than a decade of writing, traveling, and performing, Brewer and Shipley parted company to pursue personal interests. Michael Brewer continued to make music, recording a solo albumfor Full Moon Records entitled "Beauty Lies". This release featured guest artists such as Linda Ronstadt and J.D. Souther, and was produced by longtime friend Dan Fogelberg. Tom Shipley began working as a television producer/director, eventually forming his own production company (Tarkio Communications). He later founded the Oral History of The Ozarks Project, a not-profit organization producing documentaries about life in the Missouri Ozarks.
In 1986, at the request of KCFX (Kansas City) the duo reunited for a concert to celebrate the stations first birthday. Unsure of what to expect having been out of the public eye for so long, the duo was overwhelmed as they walked on stage to over 10,000 cheering fans welcoming their return. Having come full circle from their days as staff songwriters living in Los Angeles, Brewer & Shipley began writing together again. Their first project? The soundtrack for one of Shipley's documentaries...the award winning, "Treehouse - An Ozark Story."
In recent years, the duo has witnessed rejuvenated interest in their music, beginning with BMG's purchase of their catalog and subsequent re-issue of the critically acclaimed "Tarkio" release. This was soon followed by the inclusion of "One Toke Over The Line" on the "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Limited Edition 25th Anniversary CD" (Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Rcds). The same song was later featured on the "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" motion picture soundtrack (Geffen Rcds.). In addition, the duo was invited to contribute guest vocals to their trademark song on "Hempilation II" (Capricorn Rcds.).
Featured Artist #2
Star Belle Ukulele Band hails from the Nebraska plains and is a card carrying charter member of the New American Prairie style. Never heard of this genre? Don't worry: we made it up.
We're country. We're folk. We're Americana. But that doesn't tell the whole story. New American Prairie artists work with what they've got, make something out of nothing and rise with the sun to start sewing the seeds of art, trusting something will grow. In Nebraska we joke that our state motto should be, "bring something to do" and that's exactly what the NAP writers do. We are inspired by the quietness of small town living and the vastness of the landscape, but that open space makes one turn inward; that's where we become pioneers.
We know the west has been tamed, but we haven't. We're still exploring. We're still charting courses and following the stars--in our lives, in our writing, in our playing, in our arranging. And we want to share it with you.
While three part harmony/three ukuleles make up the band's foundation, Hope, Lisa & Emily take turns with guitar, banjo, accordion, or whatever is shiny, new, and serves the song. We have also been known to crack a joke or two (We're country. We're folk. We're Americana. We're improv comedy.).
Past shows include Swallow Hill's Denver Ukefest, Flatwater Music Festival, and The Listening Room. The belles released their debut album "Make Some Room for Love" and are putting the finishing touches on a live album recorded in early 2017.