14 Aug, 2014

Maria The Mexican in the News

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23 Jul, 2014

Influences – Rick Springfield

I’ve been playing guitar for a while now and it’s a fact that I love all types of music. We’ve been lucky to play with lots of great musicians in many genres from around that world. I go through phases of this or that and always have something to learn.IMG_1201

But… there was a time when I was just a kid with a dream, a tennis raquet and a mirror. In those days, I had every Rick Springfield record (tape), knew every word but nothing about making real music. When I was 8, 9, 10, 11 I wanted to be Rick Springfield.


Tastes change and you hear new things as you grow older but Rick was always there. My Aunt Joni and Uncle Barry had the coolest record collection (real rock stuff) with those great album covers. Boston, Heart, et. al! and they even eventually sold me my first guitar!

Flash forward a few years…

Last week we got to see (for the first time in real life) Rick in concert in KC. I really felt like that kid with his Tennis Raquet in his room hearing all those songs again. Must have been a similiar feeling that those young girls screaming at the Beatles must have had. I don’t think I would have felt that way about seeing Clapton or BB King. I was a little weirded out by my own inner

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I still want to be Rick Springfield. It was a great show and Rick rocked it LOUD! Big Thank you to my Aunt Joni and Uncle Barry for the Tickets! They’re still seeing me through.

Thanks to Rick for the inspiration. A real 80’s Rock star who’s still the real deal today.

10 Jun, 2014

Parties On The Parkway

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5 Jun, 2014

Summer ’14

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3 Jun, 2014

Congratulations, Angie Pickman! Top Honors in Album Art for Moon Colored Jade

“On behalf of Music Resource Group and our distinguished judging panelists, it is our pleasure to congratulate Angie Pickman on winning top honors in the Album Art category for Maria the Mexican – Moon Colored Jade in The 13th annual Independent Music Awards.”

So proud of Angie’s amazing work for the Maria The Mexican Album cover. We knew it was award-winning all along but it’s nice when others take notice too. Thank you, Angie & Congratulations!

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29 May, 2014

Soca Jukebox Summer Tour ’14


15 May, 2014

Hoodoo @ The Voodoo ’14

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Friday, May 23, 2014 – The Voodoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, Kansas City.

Soca Jukebox, Maria The Mexican & Under The Influence.

3 Amazing Acts sharing the stage for 1 Night Only!

Kick-off your summer with us at “Hoodoo @ The Voodoo” ’14.

UTI reunion, Soca CD release & MtM recording LIVE.

Special Guests and Epic Final Jam. See You There!

8 May, 2014

Advance Copies of the New Album from Soca Jukebox

soca live voodoo albumThe debut, double-live album “Live Voodoo & Live Voodoo Too” from Soca Jukebox is set for wide-release on CD, May 23!

Can’t Wait? The band has Ok’d 30 copies of this limited-edition recording for ADVANCE RELEASE to friends and Super-Soca Fans. Order here now and we’ll take care of the shipping.

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29 Apr, 2014

New CD Compilation from Soca Jukebox

Your favorite Island Rock All-Stars, Soca Jukebox are set to release the limited edition CD compilation of “Live Voodoo & Live Voodoo Too” May 23 with a very special release party at the Harrah’s Casino KC venue of the same name.

The band recorded two live EP’s at The Voodoo Lounge in recent years and this is the first time that both will be available on one disc.

Together for the first time in this limited edition package. The album covers Island, Reggae and Rock favorites from Paul Simon, Bob Marley, The Dave Matthews Band and Sublime. There’s some Santana on there too!

Soca Jukebox
Live Voodoo & Live Voodoo Too

Live Voodoo
1. Late In The Evening (Simon)
2. Bang On The Drum All Day (Rundgren)
3. Jamming (Marley)
4. Cinderella (Albright, Elting, Jarman, Johnston, Leimkuhler, Riley)
5. What I Got (Nowell, Wilson, Gaugh)

Live Voodoo Too
6. I Can See Clearly Now (Nash)
7. Oye Como Va (Puente)
8. One Love/People Get Ready (Marley/Mayfield)
9. Into The Mystic (Morrison)
10. Send Me On My Way (Glabicki, Norm, Berlin)
11. Ants Marching (Matthews)

All tracks recorded live at VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, Kansas City, Missouri.

Clay Johnston – Lead Vocals, Double Seconds, Percussion
Jay (JayPan) Albright – Lead Pan, Percussion, Vocals
Ben Leimkuhler – Bass, Percussion
David Jarman – Drums, Percussion
Jason Riley – Guitar, Vocals

Mixed and Mastered by Larry Gann at Awestruck Studios
Cover Design and Layout by Tim Huggins
Photography by Megan Wyeth & Travis Morgan



20 Apr, 2014

MU Guitar Day

Looking forward to a reprise of my most popular lecture for the advancing guitarist. I’m really honored to be a guest artist and presenter for the MU Guitar Day at the University of Missouri – Columbia this weekend.

“Jazz for Classical Guitarists” is a topic I’ve been running with at conferences and festivals for about a decade and I’m so happy to be able to present it again.

MU Guitar Day is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC thanks to the director (and friend of the show) Anthony Glise and the MU School of Music. So come on down or share this with your favorite student guitarists.

AND… our the world’s greatest violinist, our friend and parter in The Nova Project, Ken Sugita will be stateside for the festival and a handful of shows! Can’t wait to hang and jam with Ken again.

MU Guitar Day, Saturday, April 26, 2014 — 9:00 AM-6:00 PM.

As with last year, the event is free and open to the public and is open to all styles of guitar.

Guest artists and activities this year will include:
– Ken Sugita, violin, French National Orchestra-Lille ([former concert master, Boston Philharmonic, et al.]
solo and ensemble coaching),
– Jason Riley (jazz for classical guitarists),
– Dr. Paola Savvidou, “Yoga for Musicians,”
– Final Concert (for the group concert, we’re doing 3 movements by Praetorious for 4 guitar sections; single-line
work and very accessible. Let me know if you need parts.

GENERAL SCHEDULE — MU Guitar Day, Saturday, April 26, 2014
University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Music – Fine Arts Building

9:00 AM Registration (Fine Arts Building Lobby)
9:30 Full Ensemble Rehearsal
11:00 Dr. Paola Savvidou – “Yoga for Musicians”
12:00 PM LUNCH (complimentary, courtesy of the MU School of Music)
1:30 Jason Riley – “Jazz for Classical Guitarists”
2:30 “Speed Lessons” *
3:30 Master Class / Coaching, Ken Sugita (French National Orchestra-Lille)
5:00 Concert

* “Speed Lessons” are our own invention. Like “speed dating,” these are five-minute lessons with one of our guest directors, upper-level players, and fellow students. These allow students to interact in a casual and fun situation while learning to coach each other before the whistle blows and the players change roles from being “student” to “teacher” for another five-minute lesson, then change partners, and start all over again.



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