WSLR is pleased to present a Singer-Songwriter in the Round performance featuring three of the areas most talented songwriters. The format involves three songwriters taking turns singing their own songs adding comments about the music – and occasionally accompanying each other instrumentally and on harmony vocals.
The three songwriters that will be featured in April are Dean Johanesen, Rebekah Pulley and Ed Woltil. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The show takes place on Saturday, April 23 at 8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court. Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.org or by calling 941-894-6469.
After being in bands for many years with rotating members and differentiating musical influences, Johanesen decided to pursue a solo career. In 2013 Dean released his first solo record A Time and A Place, a collection of songs that fit more of a personal storyteller type influence. A recent passion for gypsy jazz music in the vein of Django Reinhardt has put Dean Johanesen on a musical path with a focus on new stories of old times.
Rebekah Pulley’s ethereal vocals and poetic lyrics made her a favorite among fans and critics alike. Pulley has earned five Best of the Bay awards from the readers and editors of Creative Loafing. That publication has described her live singing as “both technically spot-on and emotionally devastating. It can drop your jaw and break your heart”.
Best known for his work as singer, multi-instrumentalist and chief songwriter for St. Petersburg art-pop band The Ditchflowers, Ed Woltil has garnered numerous regional and national awards, including First Prize in the 2000 USA Songwriting Competition, Gospel category, and Runner-Up in the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Folk category.