Susan Marie Reeves

Susan Marie Reeves

Susan Marie Reeves is a multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter. Winner of the Silverton Jubilee and the Kauai Music Festival songwriting contests, she toured for 6 years with her bluegrass band, Wild Sage, and played at both Telluride & Strawberry music festivals. She tours with her daughter Sierra Reeves, and also with the acclaimed bluegrass band, the Honeysuckle Possums. Her second solo CD, Young Heart is currently played internationally on internet radio to rave reviews, while she continues to create picturesque, melodic, music that flows across genres.

Susan calls her original music “Gypsy Newgrass,” which is a combination of bluegrass, mountain, folk, Irish, and alternative desert rock. Susan Marie lives in CA and tours the U.S. and Europe throughout the year.

“Brimming with twangy guitar colorings, dusty folk meanderings, and strong emotive vocals, “Young Heart” is a true S.B. gem, and well worth a spin for fans of Alison Krauss & Sarah McLachlan.” – Aly Comingore at S.B. Independent

Joyce Woodson

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Joyce Woodson’s roots are in acoustic folk as well as in vintage 1930’s cowboy music. Her songs, though, are about what she knows – the southern California farmlands and the ranches that surround it. Joyce’s upbringing on her family’s farm makes for a rich background, giving her a strong sense of place. Woodson’s lovely voice and striking stage presence sometimes lead people to compare her with the late Kate Wolf or Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Joyce’s songs have been recorded by over 27 western and folk recording artists including Rounder recording artist Kristina Olsen, western artist Belinda Gail, and the songbird of the west Liz Masterson. She is the recipient of both Song of the Year in 2008 and Songwriter of the Year in 2014 from the Western Music Association.

Woodson started out playing the local folk music scene in southern California soon gaining recognition playing the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, the Napa Valley Music Festival in northern California, and the Western Music Gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is also a regular performer at the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles. She makes her home in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Rebecca Troon

Rebecca Troon

Performing songwriter Rebecca Troon accompanies herself on guitar, banjo and percussion. She won first place in songwriting at the Gig Harbor Folk Festival in Washington in 2007. Her song “Animal Skin” was a finalist in the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards, Best Folk/Americana/Roots category.

She’s also a member of the Honeysuckle Possums, a harmony-based old-time, originals & bluegrass band.

CDs: Turning around, Animal Skin, The Honeysuckle Possums

Past gigs: Bodie House, Auburn House Concert Series, Trinity Backstage, Songtree Concert Series, and Live Oak music festival.

Penny Nichols

Like many musicians in the Sixties, Penny Nichols started her career as a folk singer in coffeehouses around Orange County, CA. She shared the stage with legendary artists such as Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponies, Jennifer Warnes and Mary McCaslin.

In 1964 & 65 she sang in a bluegrass band with John, Bill & Alice McEuen and then formed a duo with Kathy Smith called the Greasy Mountain Butterballs which toured Vietnam in the fall of 1966. Upon returning, she opened the show for numerous artists at the Troubadour and Ash Grove in Hollywood.

In the spring of 1967, Penny rode up to San Francisco on the back of a Harley motorcycle and decided to stay in the Bay Area for a while. She performed in concerts and clubs all over the bay area including: the Fillmore, the Avalon, the Matrix and opened for bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Co. (Janis Joplin), Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 13th Floor Elevator, Chocolate Watchband, Jefferson Airplane and others. During the “Summer of Love”, Penny played at the Big Sur Folk Festival and recorded her first album, Penny’s Arcade, for Buddha Records. (It eventually sold over 50,000 copies)

After touring the U.S. promoting her album in the fall, she toured Europe in the winter of 1968, staying with George & Patty Harrison and recording at Apple Studios while in London. On her return to the U.S., she decided to devote her time exclusively to songwriting for a number of years and studied voice with noted vocal coach, Florence Riggs. In 1975, she began to perform around Los Angeles with her jazz band, the Black Imp, and opened the show for Little Feat in concert. She wrote and performed commercials for Toyota’s campaign to plant a tree for every car bought, Carnation Dairies, and produced a public service announcement for the Navajo Nation called “Black Mesa” to protest the misuse of the land around the Four Corners power stations in Arizona.

In 1977, while working with Emitt Rhodes on a record for Elektra, Penny joined Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefers. She appeared in the movie FM with the band toured the U.S. and earned a Platinum Record for her singing on Son of a Son of a Sailor.

In the late 70’s & 80’s, Penny went back to school and earned degrees in Music & Psychology from Antioch University, and then went on to Harvard University to do research in music & psychology eventually earning a doctorate in Education there. During the same time, she recorded and toured with many performers including: Art Garfunkel (Fate for Breakfast) Suzi Quatro, Yvonne Elliman, Jennifer Warnes, Albert Brooks, The Credibility Gap, Steve Gillette and earned a Grammy nomination for her work on Arlo Guthrie’s album The Power of Love. In 1990, Penny co-produced her second album, All Life is One.

In 1993, she released another record, Songs of the Jataka Tales. In 1997, Penny and Molly Mason collaborated on the song The Unbroken Thread which is included on the CD, the Catskill Collection.

Her most recent ventures include a new album of songs by Jackson Browne called Colors of the Sun: Penny Nichols sings the early songs of Jackson Browne, based on her long friendship with Jackson. She has also recorded a Harmony and Background Vocal arranging CD’s; a book and CD called the 8 Voyages of Nep, songs of grieving and healing through cancer treatments; and has taught at many other music camps across the country, including SAMW, Colorado Roots and Moab Folk Camp.

Severin Browne

Severin Browne

Severin Browne began teaching guitar when he was 13 or 14 to a neighborhood kid who wanted to learn “Secret Agent Man.” His focus changed as he was signed by Motown Records as both a staff writer and an artist at the tender ago of 21. Since then he has released 2 LPs with Motown, one with the Japanese label Moo Records, and two self-released solo CDs. He has also released 2 CDs with the Tall Men Group, six songwriters who play as a band and have monthly song challenges. Along the way, he has shared stages with the Kingston Trio, John Hartford, Kenny Rankin, Crystal Gayle, Willis Alan Ramsey, Country Joe & The Fish, and his brother Jackson, among others. His songs have been recorded by Thelma Houston, Patti Dahlstrom, Colin Blunstone, Twiggy, Daisaku Kume, and Elderlocke. Through it all, his love of songwriting has been the passion that has defined his life. He began teaching songwriting at SummerSongs East in 2001, and is very happy to be continuing at SummerSongs West 2017 and beyond.