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Sam Hurwitz

 Throughout time, various people have come along and made an imprint in human culture, for instance J.K. Rowling, Ron Howard, and Paul McCartney. What has set these people apart from many others is, they are visionary’s. People like J.K., Ron and Paul are dreamers who look beyond the obvious, and creates something that impacts people. Sam is one of these people who has the ability to see things differently, and create something that those who listen, can find themselves being part of his story. 

Sam’s ability to create began showing itself at an early age. At just two years old, Sam would play a toy guitar and make up songs. When he turned eight years old he began performing for others. It was his guitar teacher who invited him to his first performance, which was a songwriters circle.  

Big dreamers often demand big audiences, well Sam got just that. He got to perform a song at a NY Knicks halftime show at Madison Square Garden. Of course this was a favorite of his. “I had never played to an audience anywhere that size and it was very exciting” says Sam. Another performance that has become one of his favorite shows was at a gala for Stuttering Association for the Young. For this gala, Sam was asked to write a song just for it. “This was the first time I had to write a song on demand. I remember the songwriting process leading up to this gig well; getting ideas, scrapping them, forming melodies, until finally coming up with a song I thought was good” says Sam. For this performance, he was accompanied by a professional band, which he really enjoyed.   

The creativity Sam has as a songwriter has started to catch the attention of various people in the industry. He was an American Songwriting Magazine Daily Discovery and an American Songwriting Awards nominee for his song, Without a Rhyme. Also a weekly independent chart in the UK called, Fabchart has picked up several of his songs. 

Unlike most new artists, Sam doesn’t generally perform many cover songs, but he does like to learn them, mostly the instrumentals. However his favorite artist is Wilco. “I like them because of how memorable and unique each of their songs are” says Sam. Another favorite band of his is, Avett Brothers. He says their songs are very catchy and musically interesting, especially their album I and Love and You.  

Getting out and performing to showcase the songs he has written, is something he loves. Sam says he likes to see the feedback his songs get. “It is also fun to play numerous songs as a set, bringing together different projects that I’ve been working on” says Sam.  He also says, it is interesting seeing what the environment and location of each performance is, and who is attending.  



Sam’s dream is to always do something involved in storytelling and fiction. It doesn’t matter if it is through writing songs, writing stories or film-making. “I am fascinated by fiction; how one thought can create a whole universe, how one sentence that anyone can write can create characters and settings. I always want to be involved with stories” Sam says. He wants to harness his creative energy and always study , create, and experience fiction.    

To master the art of songwriting a person needs creativity and imagination to bring the story that is in a lyrics alive. These skills along with many others can be found in the songs Sam writes. He officially started writing songs at the age of six, he is now fourteen with sixteen songs complete. One of the songs he loves is, Without a Rhyme. He remembers the writing process and creation of the video very well. “I wrote it while I was at a creative writing camp and the process and place I was in, was very special” says Sam. The music video for this was his first and has gotten the most attention.  In four of his songs he adds harmonica and this gives a great flavor to them. His latest song, Everlasting Oak, he has combined the guitar and harmonica which brings back to life an old era from Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Sam felt this was the perfect song to add the harmonica. The guitar he used can be seen by another icon who used one like it, his name, Buck Owens. “The guitar I play in that song was a gift I received that came from the collection of my favorite musician Jeff  Tweedy of Wilco. It’s a 1969 Buck Owens American guitar and using the harmonica just felt perfect with this song and guitar” says Sam.

Creativity and imagination is not only needed in writing a song, but also, to inspire ideas. When he was younger, he said he would just pick up the guitar and start singing, and that would be the song. As he got older, his ideas came from books he was reading or more often, a theme he is interested in. “For Everlasting Oak, I thought trees and forests had a lot of great imagery and potential for thoughtful lyrics” Sam says. He also says, he likes to write his lyrics as poetry, and strive to make the audience think. “I don’t just say the theme straight out, or tell the story in a very literal way” says Sam. He likes to weave a more complex tale that will leave the listener making his or her own interpretations for it.  It is songs written like this, that stick with him. 

As of right now, he doesn’t have any up coming gigs to attend, however he is starting high school this fall. During the summers is when he works on all of his passions that he doesn’t have time for during the school year. “I was lucky that I got to attend amazing programs this summer for film-making, creative writing and music” says Sam. He also self published his first book in a fantasy series that he has been writing for two years. He hopes to publish the second this fall. 

Somewhere inside of Sam lies sort of a lake of creativeness that is growing deeper by the day. It is being fed by many tributaries of imagination, wonder, fiction and reality. It is felt in what he creates, that this is not just what he does, but who he “is”. He is the modern day Bob Dylan, much of who Bob was, can be felt in Sam’s music as well. Sam is not just an artist, he is a visionary. He looks at things at different angles, not just straight ahead like most. The stories that he tells are not empty, they are full of substance. The music he creates is what music was meant to be. This is only the beginning. Where will his name be in the future? Beside Ron, J.K., Bob, and Neil, could very well be!

Maggie Baugh, Out Midnight Muddin

Maggie Baugh at stars2come

Roll down your windows, crank up the stereo, put the pedal to the metal and let’s do a little, Midnight Muddin! That is just what Maggie is doing in her brand new video, Midnight Muddin. In her new video there are AVTs and monster trucks tearing up a mud hole with everyone having a good ole time. And Maggie right in the middle of it jamming her new song, getting down and dirty.

Maggie Baugh at stars2come  Midnight Muddin is off Maggie’s new CD, Heck Of A Story. Her new CD has eight incredible songs and Midnight Muddin is riding high as a favorite. Midnight Muddin was inspired after Maggie’s experience mudding for the first time. Her first time out was after performing at the Devils Garden Mud Club. After performing she got to sing at a campfire for the people who worked at Sawgrass Ford and their family. Afterwards they took Maggie mudding in their giant monster truck that had won the truck pull the same day. “We went mudding at midnight. So about a week later I wrote, Midnight Muddin with my friend Keith Ridenour” says Maggie.

In the video Midnight Muddin, you find Maggie in a white dress, but it isn’t white for very long. The video was sponsored by Sawgrass Ford. Sawgrass brought out their monster truck along with ATVs, and Maggie invited all her friends to go mudding. During the shoot Maggie even got to drive an ATV a couple of times. The video and song are what you would see Toby Keith or Reba McEntire doing, but Maggie beat them to it. This video deserves a spot on CMT.

https://youtu.be/AnSZmJi7rOE

Heck Of A Story is a CD that everyone should have in their collection. The title song, Heck Of A Story is a little tamer for Maggie allowing everyone to feel the softer, tender side of Maggie. “Heck Of A Story was supposed to be about losing someone you loved, but then we switched it to be a happy song” says Maggie. The soft side of Maggie shows through very well, her voice touching you inside. This song is about wanting to spending time with that special someone instead of spending money and going to fancy places. This CD lets the listener feel and hear the different dimensions of Maggie Baugh. To get your copy of Heck Of A Story, just follow this link: Maggiebaugh.com. The song Heck Of A Story is one that Maggie says hits home to her. “There is something about the song and the groove of it that makes me wanna snap my fingers and sway my head to the beat” says Maggie.

Maggie Baugh at stars2come  There has been a great deal of excitement in the studio and on stage for Maggie. In the studio was her new CD and on stage her performing side by side some pretty big names in music. One of these big names it none other than, Charlie Daniels. With Charlie being well-known for his  fiddle playing and Maggie asked to pull hers out everywhere she goes, made for an unforgettable show for the audience, and Maggie. She was at Charlie’s show to open with the National Anthem on fiddle for his free concert he did in Weston Florida. She had a meet and greet before the concert and since she takes her fiddle everywhere, she had it with her for this as well. “I was about two feet away from Mr. Daniels and I asked him if I could play him a song. I gave him the choice of having me play one of his songs or mine, he picked one of his. I played the opening lick to Devil Went Down To Georgia, he just smiled and clapped” says Maggie. Just before Charlie’s last song of the night Maggie was asked if she would like to play on stage with Charlie. Charlie met her backstage and asked if she knew the whole song, but Maggie only knew about half. He told her just to follow his fingers. She did and had the time of her life, playing on stage with Charlie Daniels.

Another major player Maggie has enjoyed being on stage with is, Neal McCoy. Maggie says Neal and his family are amazing. She has opened and performed on stage with him twice so far.

Maggie says the coolest show was on the cruise. She says it was a lot of fun to be on a boat with all your friends, family and fans. This year Maggie is an artist on the cruise.

Heck Of A Story

The cruise will be coming up soon, but prior to that Maggie is nominated for an award at the Florida OBCMA event on Tuesday October 20th. “I get to play my favorite fiddle song, Orange Blossom Special, to the Orange Blossom Country Music Association. How cool is that!” says Maggie.  These will be great places to catch Maggie live, but if you cannot make it to one of these events, here are three more that might fit your schedule. On November 1st will be Maggies physical CD release party held at Sawgrass Ford. On November 8th she will be at Joe Dimagio Children’s hospital fundraiser, then November 13th Maggie will be opening for Chase Bryant at Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival.

Maggie Baugh Muddin 5  An artist is a person that shows or has creativity. Maggie has shown this from the beginning and continues to work at and grow her artistry in different directions. Vocally she has matured nicely, gaining good dynamics and a seasoned sound. The songs that Maggie is writing now are in the same category as the majors. Back When she first released Tennessee Dream, the song showed what was to come. Now Maggie has reached the level to where, what she is writing belongs on the Opry and CMT, like Midnight Muddin and many others on her CD. Maggie has now grown her act to include, ganjo, guitar, fiddle, and the mandolin.

During Maggie’s growth as an artist it has not been only the fans seeing what was brewing. Maggie now has an impressive sponsorship growing, they have seen who she is as an artist and proud to be part of her journey. Maggie’s current sponsorship includes: Sawgrass Ford, Durango Boots, Taylor Guitars, Monster Cables, Westone in Ears, Deering Banjos, Kyser Musical Products, Fishman,  Ammunition Depot, and Boot Bling Etc.

The title of her CD is a perfect fit because Maggie does have a, Heck Of A Story. Maggie’s story continues to grow everyday, and not long from now, she will look back and say, that was a one heck of a ride. This will occur the day when she pulls back the stage curtain for a quick peek, and sees that arena filled to the top with people there just to see her. It is coming!

 

 

Lyric Dubee, The New Guitar God?

Lyric Dubee at stars2come

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyric has been making music for many years. Residing in Canada, Lyric first began entertaining people there bringing wonder and amazement to all who listened. Lyric then made his way to the USA playing in many towns from east to west, leaving everyone in awe. When he picks up a guitar it’s pure magic what he does. His fingers move effortlessly from one end to the other of the neck. Watching him make something from nothing with such ease you wonder how. Could he be the next guitar God?  He has become one of the greatest guitarists that rock or any genre has seen in a longtime.

Recently Lyric signed with Robert Knight. Robert is the photographer to the rock stars, and has been for a great number of years. Being a photographer for so many years, he has come to know talent. And when Lyric crossed his path through a friend on Facebook who happened to see Lyric perform in Toronto, he had to have him. Lyric says Robert told him he had, swagger! Robert has been very successful in the management of several young up and coming  artists. Some of these artists include, Sick Puppies, Tyler Bryant, and Shania Twain’s guitarist Joshua Ray Gooch.

Robert has photographed and worked with the greatest rock stars of all time like, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Slash and the list goes on and on. Now Robert adds another great rocker and guitarist to his already long list, Lyric Dubee.

Lyric’s great musical talents have also earned him a place with the, Brotherhood of the Guitar. This was founded by Robert Knight and he has partnered with Guitar Center and Fender among others in search of the best guitar players in the world. Lyric says he is lucky and fortunate enough to be inducted into the, Brotherhood of the Guitar in August of this year.

Everything  turned for Lyric beginning in July when Robert contacted him. Lyric attended a Prodigy Camp in Washington after winning a scholarship to be one of twenty attending the camp. Since he was already on the west coast, he flew down afterwards to meet Robert for a few days. In the short time he was there, he got to meet many people including Grammy Award Winning Producer, Warren Huart. After this meeting, Robert then made his way to Canada in September, and Lyric signed to be under his management.

Lyric Dubee band at stars2come  No time was wasted, plans were immediately in the works. Lyric began recording  with Warren Huart in September and finished a five song EP. Robert then hand-picked a talented band to back Lyric up. These great musicians came from all around, Hunter Craig bass from LA, Bobby Rosson drums from Oregon, and Steve Costello guitar from Toronto. Photographer Maryanne Bilham made her way to Canada to shoot the band. Maryanne is a world class photographer and just did the new tour material for Def Leppard and Santana.

His management also booked him to perform for Sears. Sears showed some interest in Lyric, so they asked him to come and perform at their corporate Christmas party. Lyric said it was a great experience. He performed for the CEO and about 600 guests.

Now that the band is in place, a tour is being planned for 2015. They are  looking at debuting at NAMM  (National Association of Music Merchants)  January 2015. This is the world’s largest trade only event. After this event it is uncertain where they will tour first, USA, Canada or maybe Japan. It will really depend on the sponsors.

During Lyric’s trip to LA, he attended YAMAHA Artist Relations and performed for them. Lyric is now sponsored by Yamaha Acoustic Guitars. “It is a great honor and a beautiful instrument” says Lyric. He also had a private tour of the Fender Guitar Factory in Corona California. He said it was a great experience to see how they were made. Lyric got to see the custom necks that were made for Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Buddy Guy and many others waiting  to be duplicated for the next order. Along with all of this, he had other meetings while there, and came out with, Fender Electric Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings, Dunlop Pedals and Guitar Center as his sponsors.

Lyric is very excited about what the future has in store for him. He looks forward to the new experiences, meeting new people, playing for future fans, and just getting his music out to the population so they can enjoy his music as much as he does.

There are many exciting things happening in Lyric’s life, and there will be many exciting things to come from him. Keep up with all of this excitement by checking his website regularly,  http://lyricdubee.com/. Is Lyric Dubee the new guitar God? I say, yes!