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Big Belly Blues Band - Nobody's Home

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Nobody’s Home, the much anticipated second CD by the Big Belly Blues Band, draws together the rich blues, soul, funk, and jazz traditions that have long made Oakland, California, a hotbed of innovation in African American music. Led by seasoned drummer, songwriter, and record producer Paul Tillman Smith –with former Prince guitarist Levi Seacer Jr. serving as co-producer this time around – the current edition of the BBBB is, like the original group, a truly all-star assemblage of many of the most gifted vocalists and instrumentalists ever associated with the Oakland scene, from veteran soul men Bobby Reed and Freddie Hughes to the young Terrell “Tootie” Williams.

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Park Place - Bed Ballads

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Paul Tillman Smith the co-founder & artistic director of the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival for twenty two years is a musician who has written & published over 150 songs world wide and is currently the leader of the Park Place Band which has just released a new CD entitled Park Place Presents "Bed Ballads".

The new CD features songs from Paul’s forty years in the music business with vocal performances by Martin Luther, Phyllis Hyman, Lenny Williams, the venerable Freddie Hughes, Donnie Williams from the 4th season of American Idol and his sister Tootie Williams. Also vocals by TMarvin Williams who sings with the Persuaders, Avis Nixon from the Norman Connors camp and local up and comers Michael Cheadle and Chris Fields.

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Paul Tillman Smith - Fonky Times

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The new Chump Change Records CD release “Fonky Times” which showcases the song writing and musical talents of Oakland native & drummer/percussionist Paul Tillman Smith features a special guest list of many of the Bay Area’s finest recording artists along with American Idol finalists Latoya London and Donnie Williams. Musicians on the CD have performed with Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Jessica Simpson, Larry Graham, Lakeside, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers. Mariah Carey, Maze and Cameo.

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Bridge - Crying For Love

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"Bridge’s CD “Crying for Love” won the record of the year, Blues and Soul Magazines in the United Kingdom in 2001."

Considering the quality of the vocalists, Instrumentalists and songwriters who comprised Bridge, The Oakland/Berkeley, California septet should have been big. Dissension within the group and conflicts with producers doomed the band, which spent four weeks in Boulder, Colorado in 1981 cutting an album for Ilene Burns’ CBS distributed Bang label that never saw the light of day. Now after nearly 20 years in mothballs, comes a collection of the demos that helped the group land the Bang deal. These selections reveal a sophisticated fusion of soul, jazz, rock and latin elements that placed Bridge well ahead of its time.

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Park Place - Steps

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The ”Steps” CD, produced by drummer and bandleader Paul Tillman Smith, features the Park Place Band with special guest vocalist Donnie Williams, a 2004 American Idol finalist. Donnie missed his chance to become an American Idol winner because of a DUI. He later attended AA meetings, which educated him about the dangers of alcohol abuse. Park Place would like to spread the message about the dangers of alcohol and drug use to young and old alike. Also, the New York office of AA (Alcohol Anonymous) gave Chump Change Records permission to use the twelve steps of recovery in a beautiful musical and spoken-word dialogue.

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Park Place ft Donnie Williams - Just Like Magic

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Direct from American Idol Television notoriety, Donnie Williams is already being called by some, a future Luther Vandross. He teams up here with special guests and fellow American Idol finalist Latoya London, supported beautifully by Park Place and a line up of super star musicians. Combining wonderful uptempo beats with beautiful balladry, it is no wonder that bassist Nelson Braxton of the Braxton Brothers calls Williams "the LeBron James of R&B". Williams is a perfect-pitched tenor whose romantically atmospheric style perfectly compliments his intimate delivery, transforming intense sexuality into pure musical seduction.

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Park Place ft Donnie Williams - The Power

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“The  Power” CD features 2004 American Idol finalist Donnie Williams with special guest stars. Donnie missed his chance to become an American Idol winner because of a DUI, which caused him to be removed prematurely from the competition.  Part Of Donnie’s traffic fine called for him to attend AA meetings, which has helped to educate him about the dangers of alcohol abuse. Donnie, through song is the perfect candidate to spread the message about the dangers of alcohol and drug use to young and old alike. Most importantly, this product has been sanctioned by the New York office of AA (Alcohol Anonymous).

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Big Belly Blues Band

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The Big Belly Blues Band originated from a blues song co-written by songwriter/drummer Paul Tillman Smith and Jazz Diva Faye Carol called the "Big Belly Blues" in Oakland, CA, 2002.

Guys from the local sunday jam session at the Bluesville Jazz Club in Oakland California decided to form a Blues Band to honor bay area icon's ailing pianist Ed Kelly and vocalist George Hubbard. Jam session drummer Smith raised the idea that the band should do a album featuring the many talents of the band because they had all been friends for years and could now share in a special project.

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John Buddy Connor - Cant Hide Love

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"RIGHT FROM THE START this CD’s mood is set… the kind of power that comes from assured artists: not only from Connor, whose versatility in style is matched only by his remarkable control and timbre, but also from the remarkable instrumentalists. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS CD RINGS TRUE. "

- Phillip Elwood - Music Reviewer & Columnist (San Francisco Examiner)

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