”Big Texas Sky” is a country album at heart and pulls a lot of the usual emotional strings, but it’s also a love letter to my Texas roots and the down to earth, real life feeling I got whenever I visited my kin in the Lone Star State.
The title of the CD comes from a line in the second track ‘Anywhere But Here’ when the protagonist asks why she was born under a Big Texas Sky. The image of a big sky overhead makes me think of God: the omnipresence, the spirit that is always there, the unseen/unfelt watcher. It's overhead as we live our lives. We either acknowledge it or not, but the fact remains that it is there. Each of these songs are stories of the everyday life we all lead with the final song wrapping it all up with a prayer and a hallelujah.
*released March 1, 2012
Soaring female vocals over a tapestry of eclectic styles from folk to jazz and bluesy rock; Swanky Hotel brings smart lyrics and infectious pop melodies to each track on their debut album.
Cole Wheeler (guitar), Francine Wheeler (lead vocals and keyboards) and Darryl Gregory (bass).
*released January 1, 2003
Hard/edgy country swamp-rock with sweet flavoring from dobro, fiddle and some softer acoustic guitars. Sit back and listen to this song cycle that paints aural portraits of women.
I’ve been writing songs about her for a long time: She - this girl, this woman, this female concept that has infected my being. She is no one person, yet with in all women there are shards of each personality these songs speak about. The Mother, the Lover, the Whore, the girl you stepped on and the girl who ran over your heart with a U-Haul truck. The crazy ex and the one you’re with right now that you promise to hold on to with a frenzied grip. This is a song cycle that begins with a no and ends with a yes. A cycle that goes through stories of rejection and damnation to stories about the reasons for holding on to that thing that is killing you softly. Love. She.
*released August 1, 2007
SaReel Project's second CD: Worldology. Hauntingly beautiful melodies and danceable rhythms are accompanied by a multitude of world and homemade instruments. Flowerpots, didjeridoo, mandolin, African kora, and a wide variety of flutes round out this eclectic ensemble of composers and innovators.
*released October 1, 2006
Darryl Gregory, Sasha Bogdanowitsch, Peter Hadley, Robert Nasta
Music using world instruments, junk, found object and Western instruments. A total integration of styles: Bluegrass and Javanese gamelan, jazz structure and Indian improvisational techniques, rock back-beat and African polyrhythms.
The Sa-Reel Project began as a collaborative effort between composer / performers Darryl Gregory and Sasha Bogdanowitsch and grew to include the talents of Peter Hadley and Justin Piccirillo. The ideal aspect of this collaborative 'avant-world' ensemble is to explore the myriad sounds available to composers using instruments from around the world as well as common household items, junk and Western instruments.
*released January 1, 2001
SaReel Project is:
Sasha Bogdanowitsch, Darryl Gregory, Peter Hadley, Justin Piccirillo