With many new faces and new voices the ACMA is growing week by week. So, we’re put three new ACMA songwriters on the stage together. Rick open for NUMR11 in November, Paul opened for Bill Bynum in June, and Ross seems to be at every open mic in the area. Please joins us, for our New Guy Homegrown Songwriters Round. An exciting night of original songs and the stories behind the songs.
Rick Hardeman, after “lifetimes” lived on both sides of the country, singer/songwriter Rick now brings his four decades of music and storytelling experience to audiences around the Gulf Coast of Florida. Built solidly on the 70’s-80’s acoustic folk/rock tradition, Rick’s writing delivers what one writer called “intelligent and emotionally moving songs….songs that are ABOUT something…..songs that take you somewhere.” His intricate and subtle acoustic finger-picking style, combined with his engaging lyrics, sense of humor, and mellow baritone voice make for a unique and entertaining musical experience. Rick’s second record (working title: “What Windows Do”) is scheduled for release in fall 2017.
Ross Jordan has been playing and writing music for a long time. He studied Classical Guitar at Rutgers University and has played his original songs from New Jersey to San Francisco to South Dakota and now to South West Florida. His songs reflect influences from these varied regions.
Paul Phillips trained musically, American Songbook, on a Hammond Organ, but switched to guitar in a Vermont college, where he was also introduced to Americana music, and folk music.
Living on the South Shore of Boston, he was a high school literature teacher and then President of the teachers union. He played guitar pretty much every night in his cellar studio, and for friends at events and weddings; but not for the public. Retiring from union thuggery, he moved to Florida, where he found there are no cellars, and so began playing above ground in his home studio, at open mics, and at song circles in the Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda area; and joined ACMA at the suggestion of friends. He loves his five guitars, two keyboards, and getting friends to listen.