Vanguard Records head Kevin Welk heard one Daphne Willis' songs on an American Airlines flight and sent A&R rep Gary Paczosato Chicago to meet her. After signing a deal with Vanguard Records in 2008, Willis released her second EP, Exhibit A. In the latter half of 2009, Willis headed for the Tennessee hills to begin writing and recording her first full length album. What to Saywas released in 2010. The album was co-produced by Tim Lauer and Grammy Award winning Gary Paczosa. "My Shoes", a track from this record was featured on ABC's Switched at Birth.Album number two, Because I Can, was produced by Tim Lauer and released in 2011 on Vanguard Records. Shortly after the release, Willis was interviewed on NPR'sWeekend Edition Saturday with Host Scott Simon. Because I Can reached the #2 spot on iTunes Top 40 Singer/Songwriter Chart. The track titled "Sad" was featured on the CW Network One Tree Hill. Trevor Hall makes a guest appearance on the track titled "Circumstances". Willis parted ways with Vanguard in early 2012 and is currently working on an independent release.
|Nick & the Ovorols|
With debut album Live at Kingston Mines under their belt, Chicago Americana band NICK and the Ovorols are back at Martyrs'! Bandleader Nick Peraino was a sideman in The Joanna Connor Band from 2005-2011. The band held a weekly residency at renowned Chicago blues club Kingston Mines and toured nationally opening for Taj Mahal and Buddy Guy. In 2009, Nick was invited to join Rolling Stones harmonica legend Sugar Blue on a two week European showcase tour.Peraino’s shift from sideman to frontman was realized through a shift in consciousness. A seemingly bad turn of events led to a positive shift in his outlook on life. An unfortunate visit to the emergency room in February of 2011 led to a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. Peraino came upon newfound confidence and a burning desire to become a band leader. Shortly after forming NICK and the Ovorols in the late summer of 2011, he held a residence of his own at Kingston Mines from December 2011 to April 2012. Kingston Mines MC Frank Pellegrino is calling Nick “one of the best young, up and coming talents.” In February, the band decided to record one of their weekly Wednesday night shows and the album Live at Kingston Mines was born.The new record Telegraph Taboo is self-produced. “I took my time with this record. Erik Sraga (co-producer/engineer) and I spent many-a Friday over a year and a half getting together at my place laying overdubs. We kept the cost down in doing so, and also feel confident that the record is our strongest yet. It’s been really challenging and super fun to attempt a recording at home that can stand on its own two feet in the real world.” Peraino says.NICK and the Ovorols will be headed south in mid-January for a Gulf Coast tour. Fresh off the road the band will be primed to perform a live set in their home town at a great venue like Martyrs’. Physical copies and downloads of their records Live at Kingston Mines and Telegraph Taboo can be found on the band’s website, Amazon.com, and will be on sale at the show. The records can also be streamed on Spotify and downloaded on iTunes.