(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Manager/agent Stephen Bailey has recently spun off a new company, Apex Artists, from his current EPACC Inc to specifically handle the management and booking aspect of EPACC. Apex Artists represents David Bromberg, Habana Sax and the show ”An Evening of American Acoustic Music” and has just signed a new group, Angel Band, for management and booking.
Angel Band features David Bromberg, who Bailey has been booking and managing for several years, on guitar, mandolin and dobro. The core of the group consists of three vocalists, Nancy Josephson, Terry O’Byrne and Candice O’Byrne. Other members are guitarist Mike O’Byrne, guitarist/mandolinist Ryan O’Byrne and bassist Bob Taylor. They will be out all summer at festivals and theatres, including a main stage appearance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
The O'Byrnes are Mike and Terry (father and mother) and Ryan and Candice
(son and daughter). Candice just turned
15 years old and sings lead on many of the songs.
"I took the Angel Band project thinking it would
be a slow burn," Bailey told CelebrityAccess, "and I wasn't ready
for the response thus far. They did do a small three-song set at the
David Bromberg Band show at the Count Basie in Red
Bank, NJ. That's where the word began to spread.
They went into the studio on April 11 to begin
work on their debut CD. We're trying to rush the
release so I suspect by end of May/early June we'll
get it out to the public."
"They will be touring all
through 2005. The offers are
coming pretty steadily, and you can expect to see the group working in support of the new CD. The plan is to play as many shows with the David
Bromberg Quartet and the David Bromberg Band as
possible to get accelerated exposure. There may also
be some other high profile support slots soon."
In some ways the Angel Band project represents all of the new musical activity of David Bromberg. After years of not touring or playing very much, Bromberg is hosting a weekly jam in Wilmington, DE, touring with the Quartet and Big Band and playing with Angel Band. "He’s talking about going back in to the studio to
record some of the stuff that never made it onto
records but were featured in his live shows," adds Bailey. "He's
also writing again." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen