by Lola Rossi-Meza
Promoter Randy Foulds brings a blend of solo acoustic guitarists from Scotland, the USA and Australia to Schmidy’s Tavern
Thanks to the fine ear and determination of promoter Randy Foulds, Schmidy’s Tavern located at 72-286 Hwy. 111, Suite J-3 in Palm Desert, will feature three acoustic solo guitarists, John Taylor, Suzanne Oliver and Kai Brown, on Sunday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. (760) 837-3800.
Flying in from the UK for his first USA tour, John Taylor, from Glasgow, Scotland, has already made his mark in America with one of his songs, “Pull You Through” from his first album “Bring The Stars Alive” released in 2009. “I was watching an episode of Showtime’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning show, ‘Californication’,” explains Foulds, “I heard this beautiful song and was so impressed, I had to find it.” He searched the Internet and found three albums Taylor recorded on I-Tunes and downloaded all of them.
He contacted Taylor and discovered the song was becoming so popular; it already received over 150,000 hits on YouTube. Taylor released his second album “A Place Called Paradise” in 2010 followed by his third album “Sorrow and Sunshine” released in 2011. He has opened for such artists as Stacey Earl, Annie Keating, Sam Carter, Eddie Reader, James Grant, Kim Richie, The Magic Number and Gallagher & Lyle. He was also involved in the organization of a concert called “A Song For Autism” which sold out and was nominated for a top Scottish music award.
Singer songwriter Suzanne Oliver originally from Ridley, Pennsylvania, has been performing as a solo artist since she was fifteen and professionally in bands from that point on. After the release of her first two solo albums back East, she moved to Palm Desert where she continued performing with her own band. Her third album “Military Dance” was released last year. She is currently working on her fourth album, “Unconditionally” set to release next year.
“I am excited Randy Foulds included me in John Taylor’s USA Debut Tour here in Palm Desert along with another talented musician Kai Brown,” said Oliver, “I am happy to be back on stage at Schmidy’s Tavern playing not only my original music, but a few of my fan’s favorites.”
The evening will begin with Australian artist Kai Brown, who made up his mind at a young age that he would pursue a music career in the USA. In 2005, he left everything behind and moved to Dallas, Texas, where he worked on his debut album “Better Now” with producer Cary Pierce. In 2008, he wrote his second album, “Share” after being invited as a guest musician with Toms Shoes on their first ‘shoe drop’ in South Africa.
“Being involved with the shoe drop really allowed me to understand why I started playing music in the first place,” Brown reminisces, “Music is truly the universal language that speaks to everyone. The joy of bringing people together through music, for such positive outcomes, was a humbling experience.” Brown will be joining his friend in Palm Desert after his CD Release for his third album, “Simple Things” on Saturday, June 23, at WitzEnd in Venice, California, where Taylor will open for him.
The CD Release Party organized by Foulds, will kick-off Taylor’s first USA Tour and debut Taylor’s fourth album simply named “John Taylor IV”. It will be an evening you won’t want to miss. See you there!