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

Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams


Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, [creativ_pullright colour=”light-gray” colour_custom=”” text=”Absolutely beyond criticism! (fRoots)”] Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro Georgia native is, according to americanaUK, “impossible not to like.”

“I’ve known Brooks for many years. He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer and a lovely man. The real thing” (Martin Simpson)

“I suggest you get out and buy this album [New Everything] as soon as you can!” (R2)
“The masterly Brooks now proudly presents his latest solo set [New Everything], a typically classy mix of blues, raggy Americana and healthy new originals, impeccably played and sung as ever. Self-recommending and absolutely beyond criticism!” (fRoots)

“How soulful a solo guitarist can be when he has talent, taste and astonishing technique.” (Blues Revue)

“A slice of Americana at its finest!” (fRoots)

“Go see him live!” (NetRhythms)

“…classy, tasteful, bright, and hugely enjoyable!” (Blues Matters)

Jill Knight


Jill Knight’s soulful sound is unmistakable. India Arie once said, “I love great voices and when I heard Jill sing it stopped me in my tracks, and I had to listen.” She later asked Knight to be her opening act.

Knight has been a finalist at many songwriting competitions, including the Telluride Troubadour competition; the National Academy of Songwriters “Songwriter of the Year” competition; and Billboard Magazine’s “Best Unsigned Band” contest.  She has also toured and shared stages with other notable songwriters including India Arie, Shawn Colvin, David Wilcox, Michael Hedges, Phoebe Snow, Richard Thompson, Little Feat, and many others.


Nicola Gordon

Nicola with ukeNicola writes lots of songs. She plays guitar, ukulele and fiddle. She is a life learner and a joy facilitator, cultivating and sharing her process through music and workshops and coaching. Inspired by nature, acts of kindness, and a growing appreciation of life’s twists and turns, her intention is to grow in aliveness and inspire those around her to do the same.

There’s 5 CDs and presently a ukulele-inspired CD in the hopper. 3 CDs are original material; The last two are songs based on the poetry of Hafiz–an amazing 14th century Sufi poet (similar style to Rumi)- as translated by Daniel Ladinsky. She shares her creative flow with others teaching songwriting at the local college and doing workshops on creative flow and writing around the country.

Besides doing her solo shows and teaching, Nicola also plays in an ol’ timey girl-grass band called the Honeysuckle Possums: herself plus Susan Reeves, Lisa Macker, Ruth Alpert and Rebbecca Troone. They make a rowdy, genuine noise of foot-stomping glee. Three songwriters w/ three-part harmonies, fiddles, ukulele, banjo, mandolin (plus the usual guitar and base) and an o’l timey clogger…yep, they have fun.

Teresa Tudury

A San Francisco native, Teresa Tudury started writing songs at age 12 and was performing in local nightclubs by the time she was 15. She has played on and off in the Bay Area for years, and was a former cast member for “Beach Blanket Babylon” and was an actress at the Magic Theater. For almost two decades, she has been in Los Angeles where in addition to music gigs, she wrote comedy and worked as a character actress on stage and screen.

With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa Tudury is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and a disarming humor. Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing, and with that combination Teresa quickly gathers a dedicated following of fans wherever she plays.

Throughout her career, Teresa has recorded with such greats as Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke and Bonnie Bramlett. Now residing in Sonoma County, Teresa continues to perform and write new material, and has recently re-released her 1991 self-titled solo album on the Serpentine Music label. With plans for a CD of new material in the works and a steady stream of concerts coming up, Teresa Tudury is a gifted artist in her prime, and we are fortunate to have her around.

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.

Florence Riggs

Florence Riggs

Florence Riggs teaches a vocal technique which is predicated on singing as an extension of your speaking level: speech level connected singing. It’s applicable to all styles of singing and helps to remove the mystique about the middle voice mix and navigating through the passaggios/bridges of registration.

Florence has a B.A. in Voice from Caldwell College, N.J., and a Master’s Degree in Voice and Opera from the Manhattan School of Music, NYC. Vocal technique teacher for 40 years. Vocal Toning workshops for 20 years. Performer for over 45 years. Co-founder of five music improvisation groups…”Song Waves 1,” “Song Waves 2,” “Voce Arcana,” “Musement,” and “Gaia Mama.” As a member of the Independent Composers Association helped to pioneer the concept of a non-jazz, free-form, improvisational, spontaneous mode of vocal music called “Toning.” She has taught many singers and non-singers to consciously hear and sing overtones as a mode of chanting.

A partial list of artists who have studied with her include: Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Syreeta Wright, Carnie and Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips ), Katey Sagal (Married With Children, Eight Simple Rules), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), Dixie Carter (Designing Women, Family Law), Sam Harris (Star Search), Paulo Costanzo (Joey), Keith David, Jim Sloyan, Peter Reckell (Days of Our Lives), Dale Kristien (Phantom of the Opera), Wally Kurth (General Hospital), McKenzie Westmore (Passions), Talia Sodi, Martin Short, Michael McKean (Spinal Tap), Jeff Goldblum, Helen Slater, Triniti, Michael Pinder (Moody Blues), The Rooney Band (Robert Carmine, Ned Brower, Taylor Locke, Louis Stephens), John Saxon, Peter Mark Richman, Millicent Martin, Alan Rich, Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blues), Yumi Matsutoya, Cindy Yamamoto, Miho Nakayama, The Rock ‘n Roll Soldiers….. Also including singer/songwriters Penny Nichols, Severin Browne, Kristina Olsen, Linda Schack, Tena Moyer….

Voice studio is located in Sherman Oaks. CA. – 818- 990- 1221

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.

Dale LaDuke

Dale LaDuke

Dale LaDuke was born in Grosse Pointe Michigan (suburb of Detroit). He began singing in church choirs when he was 8 years old and was principal  solist and president of his high school choir, as well as trumpet player in the high school band. He went on to sing with the Michigan State Honors Choir and the Michigan State Fair Choir.

A songwriter from the beginning, Dale was determined to observe humanity at all levels, and to this end spent several years traveling around the country as an itinerant street peddler, finally settling in Los Angeles.

He was one of the founders of the popular Southern California country band “Five Wheel Drive” that was one of five finalists (and the only country band) in the first Yahoo Music Awards. The band was flown to the red carpet Yahoo awards show at Studio 54 in Manhattan that featured performances by David Bowie, Issac Hayes, Allanis Morriset and many others. The group recorded two demos for Warner Bros. Nashville, before finally disbanding. He then co-founded the folk group “Kaedmon” which went on to be a top pick of 2006 by both Music Connection magazine and KSUN radio.

Dale’s song “The Lone Ranger”has won or been nominated for several awards; most recently for “Single of The Year” at the Los Angeles Music Awards.

Dale is also a sought after music teacher in LA, teaching several instruments, songwriting and music theory.