Julie Amici has been nominated for a “Best Traditional Act” 2016 Muddy Award. Voting is from Oct 2nd through Oct 16th at the Cascade Blues Association website. This nomination follows on the heals of last year’s “Best New Act” nomination.
The new single by Julie Amici entitled “Yellow Roses” is now available on ITunes, Amazon, Google Play, and over 15 other online locations. The world needs this music now, please check it out here and share.
Be the FIRST to hear our new single “Yellow Roses” today, Oct 2nd!
Julie Amici and Dean Mueller will be on Rob Rainwater‘s program on Portland Radio Project “Songs from the Source” today, Sunday Oct 2nd: 1PM – 3PM. We will be discussing our current project “Yellow Roses” and broadcasting the song publicly for the VERY FIRST TIME!! You can listen on the web or at 99.1 in Portland. Tune in and be the first to hear our new baby, “Yellow Roses”. Click the link HERE to find out how to listen.
Julie Amici “Yellow Roses” Release and Kickstarter Launch Party
Lake Oswego, Oregon, Sept 15, 2016 – Julie Amici will host its “Yellow Roses” Single Release and Kickstarter Launch Event on Oct 17th at Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego. Proceeds from the event will help fund the CD project and resulting tour. The night will feature the debut live performance of Yellow Roses, a viewing of the Kickstarter video, as well as a host of performances from an All-Star cast of musicians who have performed with Julie Amici along the way including Dean Mueller, Chris Carlson, Alan Hager, Mark Shark, Dan Gildea, Carlton Jackson, and Alan Jones.
“Julie Amici” is the collaboration between Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller that started in late 2014. Over the past year, the pair has performed as a duo as well as collaborated onstage with some of the Northwest’s finest musicians. Julie’s strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50’s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Dean brings both a music and business perspective to Julie Amici. He cut his teeth in the blues world, playing bass with some of the finest blues legends in the U.S. During this time, he developed a keen sense for the business by managing, and touring with, the award winning international act, The Insomniacs.
“The name is derived from Julie’s first name, and “Amici” the original family name of my father,” said Mueller. “It is a melding of the two of us. And our music is the fusion of Julie’s country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with my deeply rooted blues foundation.”
Evolution of Julie Amici’s Americana Style
In the spring of this year, the couple started writing original tunes inspired by simple melodies of childhood memories that Julie recorded on a trip back to her hometown in Wisconsin. After working together on the material for a couple of months, they enlisted the help of their longtime friend and mentor, Alan Jones, to further develop the songs. As their work developed Alan offered to produce the music, scheduled the studio time, and in July they started long hours of studio work.
Alan’s reputation as one of the finest Jazz drummers and music educators is known across the world. His most recent work as a producer for both of Taylor John Williams latest EP’s is solidifying his position as a talented producer as well. When asked why he decided to produce the record, Alan said: “The lyrics are great… the music is an authentic expression of a snapshot of American tradition”.
“The project has turned into an exciting adventure that has far exceeded our expectations on many levels,” said Yanko “The original plan to mix some covers typical of our past performances, but it was quickly traded in favor of a project based on original material we can put 100% of heart into. The end result is an Americana style – a blend of our typical roots in jazz, blues and country and influenced by our personalities and lifestyles.”
In this age of digital releases, Julie Amici plans to release a series of singles starting with “Yellow Roses” that will culminate in the release of a final LP.
About the Event
The Music Monday series at Lake Theater & Cafe features top jazz, blues and roots artists from throughout the region. Originally built in 1940, the recently restored Lake Theater and Café is an all-ages state-of- the art concert facility, with a beautiful lakeside view and a full-service bar and restaurant. Showtime is 7:00pm and doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets for this show are $10.00 for general admission and can be purchased online at https://laketheatercafe-com.seatengine.com/
The Cascade Blues Association published and article about Julie Amici’s performance at the September meeting and the original article can be viewed here.
Here is the text from the article:
For the second set of the night we will be presenting Julie Amici, last year’s nominee for the “Best New Act” Muddy Award. Known for their spacious, intimate, and open sound, Dean and Julie have teamed up with Dan Gildea on guitar and Alan Jones on drums for their 2016 festival shows this summer. The addition of these two master performers have taken the band in a decidedly more powerful dimension suitable for the big stage. Alan Jones is also working as their producer for a new recording project coming out this fall.
“Julie Amici” is the collaboration between Julie and Dean Mueller that started in late 2014. Much like the name is a melding of the two, the music is much the same, combining Julie’s country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with Dean’s deeply rooted blues foundation.
Julie’s strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50’s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Dean’s bass playing is rooted in the blues chops he earned playing with some of the finest blues legends in America and touring with the award winning international act, The Insomniacs. Over the last couple years the pair has performed as a duo as well as collaborated onstage with some of the finest musicians in the Northwest including Curtis Salgado, Chris Carlson, Alan Hager, Dave Fleschner, Henry Cooper, Carlton Jackson, Mark Shark, and many others.
Guitarist Dan Gildea teaches jazz guitar at Portland State University and has a lengthy list of acts he has performed with in the area aside from Julie Amici, including recent collaborations and tours with Earl Thomas and Dave Fleschner. Alan Jones is one of the premier jazz artists in Portland with a long resume of places he has studied, taught and performed with, including the late Portland great Leroy Vinegar as well as leading his own sextet. The addition of Gildea and Jones to Julie Amici makes this a powerful line-up that surely speaks for itself.
Julie Amici was the subject of a extensive front cover article in the Cascade Blues Association “Blues Notes” for November. This article contains some great background information on the band. You can Read The Article Here.
Lake Oswego, Oregon, – A new Patsy Cline Tribute show will be debuting November 16th at Lake Theater & Cafe, 106 N State St in Lake Oswego. The show is produced by Lake Oswego local Dean Mueller of Ripping Glass Entertainment, who has been hosting Music Mondays at the Theater since June of 2014.
The show will feature four Portland-based singers who have emerged as the latest rising stars in Jazz/ Blues (Julie Amici), Country (Leslie Biea), Folk (Anna Hoone), and Americana (Jennifer Smieja). These immensely soulful singers, powerful in their individual styles, are backed by an all-star lineup: Dean Mueller on Bass, Mark Shark on guitar, Ian Miller on Pedal Steel ,and Carlton Jackson on drums. The combination of these lovely voices and seasoned musicians make for an inspired performance sure to bring back warm memories of classic tunes made popular by Patsy Cline.
Julie Amici, who calls Lake Oswego home, has recently been nominated “Best New Act” by the Cascade Blues Association. She performs with Dean Mueller regularly at the Theater with The Julie Amici Band. Julie brings an intimate and alluring sweet voice that melds jazz, blues, and country.
Jennifer Smieja, who recently released the well-received EP “To Measure the Sky” is a singer/songwriter with Midwest roots, who has a compelling voice and ability to beautifully deliver songs covering a wide range of styles and genres.
Leslie Beia has been a fixture in Portland’s underground country scene since 2011. Fronting her own honky-tonk band Leslie Lou and the Lowburners, the classic and critically-acclaimed country band Copper & Coal, she has since teamed up with one of Portland’s most integral and established musicians, Pete Krebs. Their project, The Earnest Lovers, is rooted in the sounds of vintage country and they are currently busy touring regionally, playing regular gigs in Portland, and writing their first full-length album.
Southern Oregon native Anna Hoone is a singer song-writer rooted in old-time gospel, country, and folk traditions. Her classic Americana songwriting and precise delivery shoots like an arrow straight to the heart. Anna’s voice is soft and lilting, with an edge that comes from having lived the words she sings.
In addition to the talented vocalists, the band is made up of a cadre of award wining musicians, including Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Carlton Jackson; a national Blue Music Award nominee Dean Mueller; Mark Shark, who and has appeared on 32 different recordings, including those by Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne; and Ian Miller, one of the most active and versatile musicians in the Portland country music scene.
Lake Oswego, Oregon, Oct 5, 2015 – Performing at the Lake Theater & Cafe on Oct 12th, the Lake Oswego-based band, Julie Amici has been nominated for a Muddy Award for “Best New Act” by the Cascade Blues Association (CBA). Ballots are cast by the CBA membership and will be awarded at the November meeting on Wednesday Nov 4th at the Melody Ballroom in Portland OR.
We are really pleased to be nominated for this award, much thanks to all that have joined us along the way: Curtis Salgado, Chris Carlson, Alan Hager, Mark Shark, and Carlton Jackson. Thanks also to our close musical family that have encouraged and inspired us!