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Daphne and the Mystery Machines
Daphne Culver went from turning wrenches to turning heads on stage with the help of Jenn Palmer, a fiery redhead with a voice and a story that will leave you covered in goosebumps. The two of them joined forces very naturally with a kindred friendship and a common love for music as an outlet. They sing of love, loss, death, addiction, hope, and the occasional lack there of.
Daphne and the Mystery Machines have been on quite an extensive festival tour, and has plans to continue to bring this unique musical experience to music festivals across the US and to do a radio tour after the debut album releases.
Daniel Bell Band
Daniel Bell - Lead Vox/Guitar
Keaton Williamson - Bass
Naomi Walker - Drums/percussion
Sarah Turbett - Electric Violin
Ronnie Lee Stanley - Vox/Guitar
Jeremy B Smith - Saxophone
Jude Johnstone has had her share of unforgettable moments during her three-decade music career. Fresh out of high school, she found herself seated next to Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band’s sax player, on an airplane. Afterward, he was so taken with the demo she sent that he invited her to recording sessions forThe River and got her hooked up with Bruce Springsteen producer Chuck Plotkin in L.A. Then there were the singular songwriters—T Bone Burnett and Leonard Cohen, to name two—who recognized in her a kindred spirit and asked her to sing on their albums, and the legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson who’d show up early at her weekly gigs just because he enjoyed helping her decide which songs to put on the set list. Once, she even received an out-of-the-blue invitation to pen lyrics to music composed by Bob Dylan, who’s not only the archetypal singer-songwriter of the modern era but a pretty darn infrequent co-writer.
There’s a good reason why these sorts of informal encounters have opened so many doors for Johnstone along the way, and it’s not dumb luck.
“It’s all because of the power of the songs,” she says. “When I met Clarence, I was 18 years old, so the songs were not quite as well-written. But there was something going on that he heard, and he just plucked me out of Bar Harbor, Maine and I never went back.”
That’s no exaggeration. Ever since then, this child of a tiny, blueberry-picking New England town has made her home within shouting distance of Hollywood, and made use of her gift for emotional excavation combined with her love of sophisticated songcraft.