Sanford Music Festival Artist Spotlight on: Doc Ellis Orchestra

doc_ellisDoc Ellis Orchestra formed in the summer of 2011 to perform a benefit show as a gift for guitarist/singer/songwriter Ray Krugh’s one year old daughter. Apparently some kind of special magic happened during what was meant to be a one-time performance.  Six years later DEO has established a loyal fan base and a catalog of original music that will continue to draw in new fans and listeners.

Much of Doc Ellis Orchestra’s material stems from real people in real personal situations. This intimate aspect of their music allows the band to perform the songs with raw intensity and sincerity.

The band’s number one interest is to record great soulful music that remains in the ears, minds, and hearts of the people who love it most; the D-E-O Fans!

After the Sanford Music Festival, they will be back at the West End Trading Company on February 24th, opening for Drivin’ N Cryin’.  Keep an eye out for the release of a live video and audio CD from DEO in the very near future.

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Sanford Music Festival Artist Spotlight on: Joel Tyler

joel-tyler-copyOriginally from Michigan, Joel Tyler moved to central Florida a few years ago, and for the past year has been playing shows in the area as a solo acoustic artist.

Joel says that; “Music is an internal motivator. It affects me more than a lot of things in life. Music pushes me, humbles me, and moves me. I love being involved in my own art and seeing how is it’s subjected to interpretation.”

His acoustic show is raw, vulnerable and very honest.  He says he is still stretching his abilities and will most likely will be changing and evolving over time.  Joel is influenced by many different types of music and they spill out in the lyrics and inflections of his songs.

Joel is described as an acoustic, indie-pop singer and musician; but, Joel says that the future is a crazy place and he is not particularly set on writing and playing just one style of music.  It’s a safe bet that there will be collaborations and a full band “coming around the mountain when she comes”.

He will be on tour in March and will be playing a lot of new material including songs from the EP.  Playing mostly in small venues that he feels are good places for music to grow and people to connect with the songs and each other.   Be on the lookout for his  soon to be released solo acoustic EP entitled “Arms Are Meant for Holding”.

Fans and new listeners can find out more about Joel Tyler at: (Facebook) (Instagram) (Twitter) (YouTube)

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Sanford Music Festival Artist Spotlight on: Lynne Gibson & Beth Black Acoustic Duo

lynnegibson-photoBeth Black’s current collaboration with Lynne Gibson began in September 2016.  They have similar backgrounds in music from Jazz, Blues, Country, Americana and Rock.  Since they both enjoy music from a wide variety of backgrounds it is not uncommon for fellow musician friends to sit in.  Over time they have found a good blend with two other local musicians, Carol Ford Keck on harp, and Tracey Gibbs on percussion, and they are having a blast!  Thus, the creation of the “& Then There Were 4.” band.

Lynne says that “music expresses what can’t be said by words alone, it brings people together, takes us to another place and transcends everyday life.”

This is a duo and 4 person band formed by seasoned musicians that just happen to be women who know how to rock.  These ladies can groove and solo with the best of ‘em!

Fans often comment that “& Then There Were 4” is a unique blend of musical styles and talent, and are surprised by the variety of their set list.  It’s not uncommon for folks to get so into their performance that they stay through all four sets. 

 Lynne is currently in the studio working on an EP targeted for release in August 2017.  In the meantime, you can check them out at the Sanford Music Festival, and or

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‘Stereo Off’ announces EP ‘III’

stereooff-photo1-denekaThis New York band really has a unique twist on the indie/rock sound. They combine jazz and electronic for a an indie/electronic sound.

Formed in 2012 originating as a Solo project by lead singer Sebastian Marciano, but quickly grew into a five-piece instrumental experiment. Releasing their first EP in New York in 2014 followed by their 2nd EP The Long Hot Winter. 

The current band works as a three-piece featuring Sebastian Marciano and Niall Madden collaborating on the bands music.The third addition was Bridget Fitzgerald  bringing her formal training in viola from the Juilliard Masters program.

This band is a definitely one to take notice of for the exploration into new sound as they are not afraid to venture into different styles/sounds. So check out the band’s latest track ‘Sunsetting‘ off their new EP ‘III‘ out on February, 3rd. Stereo Off, Soundcloud…





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Sanford Music Festival Artist Spotlight on: Jason Fitch

jason_fitch_new-copyJason Fitch is a singer/songwriter from Eustis, Florida.  He cites Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Uncle Tupelo, Jason Isbell, Ryan Bingham and Holly Williams as his musical influences.

He took a 10-year break from music, but began playing again after his wife Debi, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  One day she asked him to write a song, and once he started the first song, he found that more songs just came pouring out.  While he cared for his wife in the hospital and at home, he would pick up his guitar and play for her.  Jason says it helped raise Debi’s spirits during this time, and for him it was a way to cope with his emotions and escape the reality of what was going on in their lives.

Jason’s debut album “Broken Wing” was released on October 16th, 2015. The 14-song album chronicles the emotional roller coaster that Jason and Debi went through while she fought hard and endured several rounds of treatments to conquer her illness.

He says that music is a means of escape.  Writing music helps him cope with different situations in life.  Good or bad.  “I’m a story teller.  I tell a lot stories about my life, what I’ve gone through, and where I come from.  My songs are inspired by people around me or something that has happened to me at one time or another.”

Jason is currently in the studio recording his second album with the same musicians he worked with on “Broken Wing”.  He has written all the songs and plays acoustic guitar and mandolin.  His friend and producer, Mike Castonguay, brought in Jake Coco on drums.  Mike played bass, some guitar, and several other instruments.  Mark Goldenberg, who has worked with Willie Nelson and Jackson Browne, is on lead guitar.  Jason credits Mike Castonguay as a fantastic musician and producer and the he could not imagine doing a record without him.

Right now, he is focusing on completing the album and only has a few shows coming up.  But you can see him at the Sanford Music Festival, and find him at, or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at JasonFitchMusic.  Check out his music on ITunes, just search for Jason Fitch.

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Sanford Music Festival Artist Spotlight on: Cosmic Chillbillies

cosmic-chillbillies-photo-1Cosmic Chillbillies is the result of over five years of collaboration between Tim Adams (guitar) and Lon Degraw (bass).  Originally an improvisational instrumental jam band known as ZODRAZ, then Tim started singing, the songs started taking shape and the transformation to Cosmic Chillbillies was inevitable.  The band has recently added Stixx on drums and they continue to accumulate new original songs.  The band says that each new song has its own magic and they are looking forward to recording and playing them live.

When asked how music affects life, the steadfast reply is that music is most certainly the center of their lives.  “Becoming successful entertainers is definitely our dream…to be on stage and to provide the soundtrack of life for our fans as they cruise through the cosmos.”

The Chillbillies song styles range from psychedelic, funk, punk/pop to blues and rock with lots of southern style licks for good measure. The music is the focus of their show, and listeners will never get bored with their various styles. As the band grows, they are accumulating new lighting and gadgets to add to the visual excitement.  There are new ideas (being kept under wraps for now) for an interactive project that promises to be lots of fun for future audiences, both current fans and new followers.
Though Facebook is their primary mode of promotion, they rely on direct contact (via the magic of texting) with friends and family, and word of mouth to spread the word far and wide as they move through the universe.

The Chillbillies are currently recording their music at a local theater in hopes to have promo copies available at the Sanford Music Festival.  Fans can look forward to a full length album recorded on a Neve console in the coming months.

Their next show is the Sanford Music Festival, where they will appear on the Rabbit Food Records stage at 9:00 p.m.  It’s for sure that no matter where the Cosmic Chillbillies play, listeners will have a great time, and so do they. “We love music and appreciate people who also love music. We’ve been getting a great deal of positive feedback from our listeners.”

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Sanford Music Festival Artist Spotlight on: Captain Colossal

captaincolossalBack in 2012, three members of Captain Colossal were in a group known as Cherri Ryno.  Although that band broke up, the three continued to make music.  Sean and Kevin continued to make music together and formed Captain Colossal in 2015 with Justin joining them on bass.  In August 2016, Harley joined the band on drums.  With the lineup complete, Kevin was able to add to the band’s unique style by taking over the synthesizer and keyboard instead of switching between drums and guitar.

The band says that “music is a sanctuary away from all the negativity that’s in the world, and often in our daily lives.  It’s comforting being with other musicians, linking together and creating something with our own ideas and influences, then sharing it with others who relate to it as much as we do.”

Captain Colossal delivers a visually energetic and musically dynamic performance, while obviously having a great time sharing and connecting with their audience.

The band released their first self-recorded EP in November 2016.  They have plans to book studio time to record their first full length album in 2017.

They utilize the power of Facebook and Bandcamp as the primary method of promoting their work; but notes that friends, work associations and networking with other bands is a a source for getting the word out too.

After performing at the Sanford Music Festival, they have shows booked in March and April at The Copper Rocket.  They are hard at work on new material, which they expect to be ready to play live by then.

You can find all of their show dates, and links to their music on their Facebook and Bandcamp pages;


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