LLL071 The Real Samuel James: Practice, Practice, Practice @therealsjames

Samuel Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Samuel Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Samuel Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch! And some pens.

A few weeks after the Zimmerman trial, Samuel and Lanna hunker down to discuss race, politics, music, and how to make the world a better place. Lanna asks Samuel if he’s ever had a “real job.” Samuel talks about his obsession with music, his creative process, and how he taught himself to play the guitar. And he answers 10 questions.

Samuel James

Samuel James is an award-winning, solo-acoustic, blues/roots performer from Portland, Maine. He can be seen on tour on the west coast of the US and the east coast of Canada this summer, and in Europe in the fall.

The 411: Samuel James

LLL055 @PeteWitham and his Trailer Park of Love

Pete Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Pete Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Pete Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Think the life of a musician is romantic and exciting? Well, it kind of is. Join Pete and Lanna as they discuss a musical career, touring, recording albums, rockabilly and day jobs. Pete commends Lanna on her logical systems and explains how he writes songs about Zombies. They geek out about the Hobbit. Pete promises his second album is even more demented than the first. And he answers 10 questions.

Pete Witham of Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies

Pete Witham is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the rockabilly/twisted americana band, Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies.

Pete toured for two years as lead guitarist with national recording act Spookie Daly Pride, opening for musicians such as Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, Arrested Development, Bob Dylan, and other major bands. He returned to Portland and began playing original rockabilly and roots music with his good friend Steve Dunphy eventually forming Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies in 2009.

Since playing his original music, Pete & The Zombies have performed with local rockabilly greats like: Sean Mencher and King Memphis, as well as national recording acts such as Sonny Burgess and The Pacemakers, Nick Curran, and Los Lobos.

The band is comprised of Portland’s best americana musicians who blend their unique take on familiar styles, entertaining lyrics, the fire of an up and coming original act, and a solid foundation of americana rock and roll.

The band puts on a high energy performance that makes for an unforgettable show.

You can catch them at their monthly gig at the Frog and Turtle (Every 2nd Friday of the month), Monday nights at the Pier Patio Pub in Old Orchard Beach throughout the summer, or at various gigs in Portland.

Venues played: Kah Bang! music festival, Hard Rock Cafe Boston, Venue, The Empire Dine and Dance, Bayside Bowl, Midway Cafe, The Beachcomber (Wellfleet), Fryeburg Fair, Brian Boru, Harvest on The Harbor, The Frog and Turtle in Westbrook.

TV Appearances: 207 (WCSH 6), Private Stage (WPXT-TV), Good Morning Maine (FOX 23), Poets’ Cafe (CTN Channel 5)

Radio Appearances: Stay Tuned (WSCA 106.1 FM Portsmouth, NH), Local Motives, Get Hot or Go Home, and Ed’s Grindhouse (WMPG Portland, Maine)

The 411: Pete Witham