“From the very first tracking session, I wanted to create a Bio page for all the contributing musicians, as a way of highlighting them & promoting the other projects/bands they create & perform in. In an effort to network and spread the word about other exciting acts, but also to acknowledge a growing community of artists from all musical backgrounds imaginable,… though each of the musicians mentioned here are unique and amazing in their own creative ways, they do share one common thread,… They’re ALL Storytellers!” Kg~
Electric Bass Guitar
Steve Johnson Jr. is a composer, performer and educator. He holds a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Rhode Island College. Steve is active performer in Rhode Island playing with cover and original bands such as The Rockin’ Soul Horns, Get Up and the Unibrows.
Vibraphone / Electric Piano / Glockenspiel
Ryan’s contribution to the Inner Voices project was very in-depth and diverse, much like the talented musician He is. Ryan explains his musical background very simply: as a kid, his parents wanted him to learn piano. Eventually, after enough piano lessons, Ryan leaned how to play the drums! Years later Ryan was introduced to a fun looking instrument called the vibraphone! Essentially, combining the important features of piano and percussion! Ryan gives lessons on all his instruments. Ryan also plays & composes with the progressive jazz/post rock band Interplay! He is also a member of the 2 man collaboration Dusty Frames, a creative project that involves each of the 2 members simultaneously filling multiple musical roles, such as drums, glockenspiel, electric piano, bass guitar and electric guitar. The 2 man musical multi-tasking concept makes for a very entertaining live set!
Drums / Bongos / Djembe / Percussion
Rufus has contributed his rhythmic influence on various musical projects, ranging from fully produced pop music studio albums, to progressive jazz/post-rock ensembles. Notable achievements include; studio recording for musician/songwriter Gavin Castleton, in which Rufus recorded on the entire 2009 full length LP, HOME. Other Walk of the Earth Productions include an upcoming debut album by the soulful and thought provoking artist Erin Boyea! Rufus’ true passion is progressive jazz/post-rock rhythms as can be heard by the experimental music collaboration, Interplay!
Electric Lead Guitar / Acoustic Rhythm Guitar / Synthesizer / Percussion
Robert Hanna is the owner/lead producer of Walk of the Earth Productions. Rob has been a musician for 15 years, writing, performing and recording music across the Northeast; most notably with the internationally recognized psychedelic/fusion rock ensemble, Moments of Imagination. He has spent time working, studying and overseeing projects in renowned studios, such as Ocean Way Studios (Nashville), Sterling Sound (NY), Sound Station Seven (RI) and Triad Recording (RI).
Since the inception of Walk of the Earth Productions in 2005, Rob has engineered and produced recordings for dozens of regional bands and artists while harnessing the power of the studio to record and release his own creative projects. Other than CD album releases, these projects have included stints with film recording, television work and live event recording.
He has most recently spent some time studying at Ocean Way Studios with some of music’s greatest, including Jerry Douglas, Bob Ezrin (of Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel), Bil Vorndick (of Bela Fleck and James Taylor), Kyle Ford (of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand) and Steve Fishell (of Emmylou Harris). http://www.walkoftheearth.com
Acoustic Violin / Electric Violin
Yanna Kiriacopoulos has been playing music for 15+ years in chamber ensembles, orchestras, theatre productions and local bands. Along with transcription work, she has done numerous recordings for the likes of California Smile, Babies in Limbo and Leather Bastard. She plays violin, cello, upright bass and viola. She also knows, “maybe about 10 chords on guitar,…” When she’s not playing music she’s listening to it. She also likes spending as much time outdoors as possible.
She would like to give special thanks to Cameron Brennan, “Meeting you at that shitty show at the Living Room led me to where I am today.”
Alto Saxophone / Tenor Saxophone / Electric Rhythm Guitar
Frankie is a self employed music teacher of guitar & saxophone. A graduate from UMASS (Lowell) with a Bachelor in Music Performance & Music/Audio. Frankie has been involved in many well known & influential musical projects, including being an original member of ska band, The Agents. Frankie has toured internationally with the reggae sensation, Soulshot, and has also recently joined new forces to establish a hip & exciting new project called Boo City!
Dennis Hughes: Playing professionally since 1982. Received an Associate of Fine Arts Degree from the Community College of RI. Received a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music. Leader and member of the band Brass Force for 24 years. Teaching piano, keyboard and composition since 1987. Have performed with members of the band Tower of Power including Ellis Hall. Also performed with Blood Sweat and Tears, Chuck Mangione, Joe Piscapo, John Stamos among others. Currently working on a CD and playing on 3 others in the works.
Alto Saxophone / Electric Guitar
Cameron Brennan is an extremely creative and thought provoking musician. Cam has been involved with numerous progressive instrumental/rock projects that mix a healthy balance of psychedelic contemplation and straight out rocking! The two most mentionable groups are a 3-piece called Robot Dick and California Smile, a large ensemble at times of various musicians offering a multitude of instruments, used for far more than adding texture and color. California Smile is mainly comprised of 5 original core members of which Cameron is one.
Brittany Thompson is a free spirited young female singer. Brittany’s vocal ability is as dynamic as it is energetic. Brittany is sassy & smooth! She has a range from raspy & soulful to powerful & triumphant! Other Walk of the Earth Productions include vocals on singer songwriter & performer Chet Matteson’s patriotic single “Unity” available on Itunes!
Proudly introducing Kassie Lufkin!
Kassie makes her vocal debut by bringing rich character & attitude! Kassie’s abilities mix a classically trained background with a playful sense of charisma and style! Kassie’s vocals add an elegance and charm to any harmony! She sings with passion and lives her life quite the same! She is a young, talented woman bursting with creative expression! “If an Angels song turned into a scat…. they would’ve learned it from Kassie!” . . . Kg