Songs on "Somebody Else's Somebody":
The Kerry Hill Band
The Kerry Hill Band’s distinctive sound comes from veteran musicians Kerry Hill, Stanley Wilder, Mark Bond and Doug See and is a fluid yet driving blend of blues, smooth jazz, and R&B perfect for dancing and listening.
Kerry has been a drummer, band leader and vocalist for many years in the Atlanta area playing clubs, festivals and private events. His song list includes several original songs and on occasions when he comes out from behind the drums to front the band, he displays his mastery of the blues harp.
Stanley Wilder uses his electronic keyboards to create the tones of the classic Hammond organ, electric and acoustic piano, synthesized horns and other effects. Stan serves as a Deacon and Music Director at his church and adds his jazz and gospel background to the band.
Mark Bond on electric bass is the backbone of the rhythm section, laying down the grooves to keep the band’s sound in motion. Mark is also a music teacher in the public school system. Mark, Kerry, and Stanley were members of a Motown and R&B band prior to the formation of The Kerry Hill Band.
Doug See on guitar is the most recent addition to the band, having been influenced by “old school” blues, Motown and the “Philly sound” since his teenage years in the Philadelphia area. He volunteers with the Atlanta Blues Society, serving on the Board of Directors and is involved in the organization’s “Blues In The Schools” program.
The KHB band has performed at many Atlanta venues, including Two Urban Licks, Black Bear Tavern, Will Henry’s Tavern, the Auburn Festival, Ribs N Blues. Other bookings include Fat Matt’s, Maddy’s Ribs & Blues, and Charlie Mopp’s Pub.
As band sponsor members of the Atlanta Blues Society, they have also served as the host band at membership meetings. The …meeting and jam…was good and greasy ~ and that just wasn’t the ribs! The Kerry Hill Band did it up right. It was my first time to see and hear them. Kerry has a smooth, Robert Cray-style voice, and our own ABS Board member Doug See played some mighty fine guitar.” – (Editor) The Atlanta Blues Society newsletter.
The Kerry Hill Band delivers the best in blues, soft jazz, and R & B for clubs, restaurants, weddings or other private events.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Shirley
Diamond has been an opening act for many years in the R&B, blues,
jazz, and gospel fields of show business. She is a very
creative school teacher, showing she loves children and people from all
walks of life. Naturally enough, she sings to her class. Now,
it is time for you to know the songstress in person and get to hear the
commanding voice of Shirley Diamond
Theodis Ealey, currently known worldwide as a skilled
guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer for Ichiban Records, began
his career at the tender age of thirteen as a basist with Y Z Ealey and
the Merrymakers, a band consisting of Theodis' brothers, Y Z and Melwin. Theodis
made his performance debut at a nightclub called the Horseshoe Circle in
his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. After a year of playing
bass, Theodis began to hone his skills as a guitarist with a local-based
group called Eugene Butler and the Rocking Royals.
Track List for 'Memories of You'
Track List for 'Trudy Lynn - Live in Tiel, Holland'
Born and raised in Houston's music-rich Fifth Ward, Trudy Lynn began singing in an era when the neighborhood's blues and early R&B culture was first turning on to a new sound known simply as soul. As a younger female working with established hometown favorites such as guitarists Albert Collins and Clarence Green, Trudy learned how to fuse classic blues elements with the music of the moment. Playing for savvy audiences at places such as Walter's Lounge, she quickly came to understand that the freshly budding flower had to be connected to its roots to survive.
It's a lesson that Trudy never forgotten. And as she's evolved--as both singer and songwriter--it's been the fundamental philosophy behind her distinctive, multi-faceted style. "I'm not a so much a blues singer; I'm a soul-blues singer," she says. "Now I can do traditional. I can do ail types. I can even do country, you know. But my first thing is really soul--kind of soul and blues mixed together."
Beyond any quibbling about musical categorization, Trudy's work also speaks to the universal human condition, experiences all people can appreciate. "I write, and I enjoy, songs about real life," she explains. "1 don't care about trends, you know. I like writing about life." Combined with her capacity for delivering convincing vocal interpretations, a Trudy Lynn track simply tells it like it is-- the straight and timeless truth.
"I've been writing songs a long time. I just didn't start recording them until more recently," she also points out. During her developing years in Houston, she began by filling the pages of paper tablets with original lyrics, words that often came to her spontaneously as she mused on life and its ups and downs. Occasionally she would show the scribbled results to peers such as singer-guitarist Johnny Copeland, whom she particularly singles out as a valuable source of advice and encouragement. Over time she figured out how to craft her rough ideas into polished musical statements. And the twenty-first century finds her now at the top of her game in this respect, as the seven new Trudy Lynn compositions on this disk so eloquently attest.
"Once I get a hook, something that might happen to the average person---you know, a catchy way to phrase it--I just trust that, just go with that," she says. "Once 1 get that good hook, I start writing around it, you know, story-wise: trying to put over the idea, drawing from both my own life and my understanding of how it is for other people."
As for the music--that sound that blends the emotive power of the blues with elements of sophisticated funk and soul--it comes to her naturally, despite the fact that she's never played an instrument. "Normally when I'm writing lyrics, first I can just tell if it ought to be a slow song or a fast song. Don't ask me how," she says with a laugh. "Then I get with a piano player or a guitar player, and just hum out what I'm trying to do. And that usually comes through pretty good."
Whether the final form is a love ballad such as the nostalgic" Memories Of You" or a slick blues such as the philosophical "No Deposit No Return", these songs are all Trudy, through and through.
But as Trudy reminds us, "I'm from Texas, so I know about country music too." Then she adds with a smile, "I'm giving it all a pretty funky flavor though." Ultimately these genre-blending experiments make perfect sense for a open-minded singer whose primary theme is the core reality of human relationships.
goes back to what she learned starting out in Fifth Ward, creative
self-statement can be enhanced by a grasp of tradition and the fundamental
truths. Trudy Lynn understands. Listen and you will too.