On July 28, 2014, President Barack Obama awarded the National Medal of the Arts to Linda Ronstadt at the White House! Among the other honorees were acclaimed writer Maxine Hong Kingston and Dreamworks pioneer Jeffrey Katzenberg. At the ceremony, the President publicly admitted that like millions of other American males, he had a crush on Linda "back in the day." This honor came just shy of four months after Linda was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014. That televised ceremony was held at the Barclays Center Arena in Brooklyn, NY, and the induction was masterfully done by longtime friend and founding member of the Eagles, Glenn Frey. A tribute to Linda followed, featuring Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood. That same week, her new CD, "Duets" was released by Rhino Entertainment, and debuted on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart at Number 32 with a bullet, Ronstadt's highest chart listing in over a decade. The album was compiled and mastered by John Boylan at Great Eastern Studios in Calabasas, CA. This followed on the heels of the success of her self-penned autobiography, "Simple Dreams, A Musical Memoir," which was published on September 17, 2013, and which entered the New York Times best-seller list for Non-fiction at Number 9! Linda was signed by Jonathan Karp, head of Simon & Schuster, in a deal worked out with Linda's literary agent, Steve Wasserman, and John Boylan. The paperback edition of the book will be released next month, and the e-book is still available everywhere. Linda completed an extensive and successful book tour after making stops in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, and Linda's native Tucson. She appeared on Diane Sawyer's ABC Nightly News as the Person of the Week, as well as on Good Morning America, Nightline, Rachel Ray, Dan Rather, and numerous radio shows.
Great Eastern Music is pleased to welcome the newest member of our creative family, Swiss instrumental artist, Eliana Burki. Eliana, who plays Switzerland's national instrument, the alphorn, has been touring all over the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Her first CD, Heartbeat, recorded in Switzerland with her own band, captures the spirit of this remarkable instrument. Her new CD, Travelin' Root, has just been completed with a new production team headed by John Boylan, together with noted Los Angeles percussionist and educator, Alan Waddington. Tracking was done at Hardstudios, in the beautiful Swiss city of Winterthur. Eliana played with members of her phenomenal road band - Adriano Regazzin on keyboards, Sam Siegenthaler on guitar, along with her new rhythm section, Thomas Reinecke on bass, and Lukas Gasser on drums. In addition, this was the first recording for Eliana's new instrument, the Burkihorn, a Swiss alphorn modified especially for her by famed brass designer Jim Patterson of Patterson Hornworks in Las Cruces, NM. The new instrument sounds identical to the traditional horn, but has the ability to play all the notes in the scale, a major breakthrough for an instrument with centuries of history behind it. Overdubbing was completed at Mooselodge Studios, and the project was mixed and mastered by John Boylan and Rob Jacobs at Mixed Nuts and Kingfisher Studios, both in Calabasas, CA. The new CD had a special, limited-edition release in Switzerland on September 13, (Eliana's 27th birthday), and was recently released in all of Europe on the German label, Edel. A U.S. release through noted independent label, Surfdog Records, has been tentatively set for the third quarter of 2014.
Country singer-songwriter David Jeremiah has inked a new co-publishing agreement with Great Eastern Music, and to help represent his catalog, John Boylan has entered into a joint venture with noted Nashville Production Manager Traci Sterling Bishir. Under the agreement, Ms. Bishir will head up the Nashville office of Great Eastern and work with John Boylan to obtain covers for Jeremiah's songs with the hottest artists in country music. "We're extremely excited to represent a writer of David's caliber," said Boylan.
Citrus College Recording Arts Department is about to begin its Fall Semester for 2014. Great Eastern's John Boylan is again teaching two courses, plus one more course in the college's music department. The recording courses are REC 145 - Critical Listening for Sound Engineers, and REC 245 - Careers for Sound Engineers in the Music Industry. The music course is MUS 152 - Songwriting Workshop. The recording courses are part of the college's extensive certificate program, and prospective students must apply for admission. The songwriting course is open to anyone. The new class will put on their now-famous Songwriter's Showcase in early December, 2014, featuring performances of songs written by the students during the class.
The long-awaited, limited edition CD of the 1960s cult favorite album, "Playback" by the Appletree Theatre, has finally been released on Spinnaker Records and is available now! Details are at http://www.terenceboylan.com. More info will be posted here shortly.
Michael Flynn is continuing to tour the mid-South with his band, Slow Runner, and you can check out current dates at his website: http://www.slowrunnermusic.com/. The group's newest independent CD, Damage Points, is now available everywhere. The CD features all new songs, and was recorded mostly at Michael's home studio in Charleston, SC.
Singer/Actress Sara Niemietz garnered rave reviews for her performance in the new Jason Robert Brown musical, "13," which finished its sold-out run at the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles last year. The Los Angeles Daily News predicted that "We will be hearing much, much more from Sara Niemietz," and complimented her vocal talents by reporting that "Niemietz unleashes a heartbreaking rendition of What It Means To Be A Friend." Sara's five song EP project, "Without A Net," produced by John Boylan is still available. Sara's latest movie, "Akeelah And The Bee" with Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and KeKe Palmer has been released on DVD and is currently available. In addition, Sara sings lead on three songs in the CD, "Teen Witch, The Musical," available everywhere now. For more info, check out her exciting website: www.saraniemietz.com and watch this page for updates on the career of this amazing young artist. For examples of the music from the new CD, log onto her MySpace site: http://www.myspace.com/saraniemietz.
Still in release on Spinnaker Records: Terence Boylan, a retrospective of his critically acclaimed Asylum recordings of the late 1970s and early 1980s. This is the first time these songs have been available on CD - "Shake It," "Dancing Shoes," and many others, digitally remastered from the original two-track tapes. For information and sales, log onto http://www.terenceboylan.com. You can also send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or order the CD from www.Amazon.com.The late singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow released her final album for Verve Records, produced by John Boylan. "Phoebe Snow - Live" was recorded at Woodstock's famous Bearsville Theater in late July of 2008, and features her then-current band members Roger Butterley on guitar and John Korba on keyboards, with the edition of three stellar musicians, Jon Gilutin on keyboards, Bob Glaub on bass, and Clint De Ganon on drums, plus the added treat of Fonzi Thornton on vocals. Material was chosen from her hits and from recent tunes, all newly arranged. The show was based on her triumphant comeback appearance at New York's Birdland in the fall of 2007. Phoebe and the live project were recently featured with a full-length profile on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.