Songwriter: Libbie Linton

Libbie Linton’s early influences led to a proclivity for progressive folk themes and for writing unique, memorable and literate songs. She began performing at overcrowded house shows while in her early college years. Eventually this led to 2006 home recording of seven songs, packaged one-by-one in sewn cases, titled “The Shackleton EP.” Libbie’s debut, full-length album titled “Bird Wings in the Bleak” was released April 23, 2009. This record is a collection of 12 songs with admittedly somber leanings that range from bare guitar and voice to more complex arrangements of banjo, ukulele, piano, violin, electric guitar, harmonica, glockenspiel, bass, tuba and percussion. Lyrically the album is full of distinctive phrasing and unique lines. Regardless of the subject matter, perhaps Linton’s most memorable quality is her ability to sing only like she means every word. Jenny Poplar of Salt Lake City Weekly wrote of Libbie Linton: “Linton’s voice — best described as a slightly more tremulous female version of folk legend Nick Drake’s ear-catching pipes — has turned out to be one of her strongest musical assets. There are throngs of female singer-songwriters with acoustic guitars, but only a select few — even on the local level — can hold an audience and build a following. When it comes to vocals, unique is not a liability. Unique is as good as it gets.” Visit Libbie Linton’s Facebook fan page.

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Songwriter: Dave Eaton

Dave Eaton hails from Chicago, Illinois. He has been writing songs and performing live for more than 20 years. Dave has been called the Nick Nolte of music. He describes his musical style as folk rock. His music and CDs can be found at http://daveeaton.bandcamp.com/

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Host: Craig Tovey

Craig Tovey has always been a music junkie whose tastes cross genre boundaries in his quest to find a band or song that fits his mood, feelings and general outlook on life. Craig started learning guitar chords and Nirvana songs from a book, late in his high school years, but he says he has never fully dedicated himself to disciplined playing because he has always preferred listening over practicing. He started playing bass guitar in his friend’s punk band while in college — which turned into his playing for three bands by the time he graduated. Along the way, Craig also picked up some basic drumming and backup vocal skills. He is currently the bass player for the Dave Eaton Element. Craig is also publicizing his endeavors to learn songwriting on The Songwriting Podcast with his segment called “Craig Can Write.”

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Host: Grant Adams

Grant Adams discovered his dad’s record collection when he was 12 years old, which inspired him to ask for a guitar and lessons. Though he coveted his dad’s red Gibson SG, Grant settled for an old Peavey guitar and amplifier. Grant later studied classical guitar with a private instructor for about five years. He started writing songs in high school and formed a band with two friends — they even recorded a cassette tape! Grant has also played in several other groups, such as a hard rock band in Detroit, a bluegrass band in southern Utah, and a rock / acoustic band in Denver, just to name a few. Grant currently does more visual art than songwriting, but he says he still feels like he’s got an album or two left in him.

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Host: Jason Pyles

Jason Pyles originally hails from Wheeling, West Virginia, where he began teaching himself piano at age 14 and guitar at age 18. He started writing songs from the beginning and now has written more than 150 original tunes. Jason says his musical inspirations are Billy Joel, Glen Phillips (formerly of Toad the Wet Sprocket fame) and his best friend, Bill Barnes. Jason has formed a few bands and has performed everywhere from nursing homes to outdoor amphitheaters. In 2002 he produced his first CD, “Things to Come,” which garnered him a distribution deal with Excel Entertainment in Salt Lake City. The CD sold fairly well for about a year, and then sales tapered off. In 2006 Jason produced his second CD, “On Sacred Ground,” with his bass player friend, Eric Fichtner. In addition to hosting The Songwriting Podcast, Jason also hosts two other movie podcasts — the Considering the Sequels Podcast and The Best Picture Podcast. Jason now refers to himself as “a living room musician,” and he plays piano for the Dave Eaton Element. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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