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      August 2, 2013


      908 K Street
      Sacramento, California 95814

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      Tribute to Positively 12th and K

      Bob Dylan Tribute
      Blues, Country, Jazz
         On two separate nights in August 2002 and January 2003, several singer/songwriters and musicians in the local scene gathered at Marilyn's on 12th & K Streets in Sacramento, CA to pay tribute to Bob Dylan. Highlights from those two evenings are assembled on a 13-song CD, Positively 12th and K: A Bob Dylan Tribute which, though billed to Jackie Greene/Sal Valentino & Friends, is more of a various-artists compilation. Beau Brummels fans should note that Valentino sings lead on four of the tracks; singer/songwriter Greene takes lead on four others, with the Jackie Greene Band serving as the backing group for nine of the cuts. Mick Martin, Sherman Baker, Lew Fratis, and Billy Harper, Jr. serve as the vocal frontmen on the remainder of the program. These are good musicians doing energetic, straightforward covers of an assortment of Dylan tunes both celebrated ("Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Isis," "It's All over Now, Baby Blue," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "All Along the Watchtower," "I Shall Be Released") and more obscure ("Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?," "Not Dark Yet," "Everything Is Broken").    1964, and the world is deluged by a flood of mind-altering variations on a relatively new theme called Rock and Roll. The Beau Brummels, led by the rich, moody vocals of superlative front man, Sal Valentino, exploded on the music scene with the Top 20 hit Laugh, Laugh. Considered the first American band to respond to The British Invasion and ironically, pioneer Country-Rock music, the Beau Brummels went on to release such classic top 40 hits as Just A Little, Don't Talk To Strangers, and You Tell Me Why. As The British Invasion evolved into a whole new era of psychedelia, The Beau Brummels decided it was time to pursue their separate musical muses with Sal going on to lead the big-band musical experience known as Stoneground. But that was then and this is the 21st Century.
         Today, Sal Valentino is back on the road performing and sounding better than ever. Valentino continues to tour extensively throughout the West Coast as well as appearing at select-featured performances across the country. Sal's haunting voice is still one of the most recognizable in music, prompting Ritchie Unterbeger, critic for The Rolling Stone to claim: "Sal Valentino owns one of the finest voices in mid-60's Rock and Roll."
         Currently fronting his own orchestra featuring a full string section, Sal has drawn on his 40+ years of musical experience and crafted an incredibly unique sound which he has now made available to his fans with an amazing new CD, Every Now And Then. Every Now And Then clearly establishes Sal as a performer who is still to be reckoned with and not just a singer but also "a singer's singer." At the forefront of the birth of Rock and Roll, his voice combines a past rich in history, yet still maintaining the ability to reach a contemporary audience while continuing to expand his demographic to include a whole new generation of listeners.
         Sal Valentino's ability to craft great songs into uniquely individual experiences while drawing on his huge reservoir of classic Beau Brummels and Stoneground hits makes his performances compelling and a sometimes nostalgic venture. He can mesmerize you with his soulful interpretations of his own classic songs, warm your heart by covering well know standards, and astound you with his approach to contemporary new tunes, crafting them all into his very own. Sal Valentino is not just a performer. He is a crafter of songs, a medium through which passes all that is honest in music. He will take you to that rare place that only the great vocalists of our time dare to go.    For a few years, Hence Phillips toured with the Jackie Greene Band, sharing stages with artists such as Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins and The Blind Boys of Alabama. He then left to do his own thing. His first CD, "Highway Of Forgiveness," features 2006 Blues Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) nominee Mitch Kashmar on harp. His present three-man band plays, he says, everything "from Bach to bluegrass and back."~The Hence Phillips Band is a lively combo of roots music and rock and roll. There is a firm dedication to original music and the universal groove. The band enjoys busting the blues as well as exploring the chordal richness of country music and jazz.    This seventeen year old musician from Sacramento started performing in 2011 and since then has played over 60 shows, including Concert In the Park and SN&R's own JAMMIES showcase at the Crest Theatre. She won both Judge's Choice at the 2011 JAMMIES, and Outstanding New Artist in the 2012 SAMMIES. Her first EP, "Manifest", is an accumulation of her first and most personal songs.
         "She's still in high school but already this teenage folk-punk singer has the poise and songwriting chops of a road-weary, life-worn artist." - Rachel Leibrock

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