Congratulations to our friend Ben Lear on his Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in a feature length film

“Ben Lear’s, “Imaginary Friends,” is on the shortlist for the Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song in a feature length film. The song appears in “Olive,” the first feature shot entirely on a cell phone and the only film without distribution or festival appearances to be considered for an Oscar this year. A real underdog story, you might say. Ben Lear is an unsigned, self-distributing artist up against the likes of Mary J Blige, Elvis Costello, Chris Cornell, Elton John, and Lady Gaga (among many others). Listen to his song.

Here’s a fragment from “Olive”.

A couple links related to this story:
http://radioalice.radio.com/2011/12/20/olive-song-makes-oscar-shortlist/
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/oscars-national-mary-j-blige-original-song-275418

And the link to Ben  Lear’s music:
http://benlearmusic.com

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Worked it in December @ The Village

Beth Hart

Beth Hart

After winning the grand prize on Star Search in 1993, Beth Hart’s career began to take flight. She went on to be the lead in an off Broadway musical, record with icons like Les Paul and Slash and more importantly, earn the respect of the great blues/rockers that came before her.

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

 

 

Joe Bonamassa has also had his fair share of notoriety, opening for BB King at the age of 12 and later founding the group Bloodline with Berry Oakley, Erin Davis, and Waylon Krieger. This December, Hart and Bonamassa teamed up with famed engineer Kevin Shirley in Studio D.

Images:
Beth Hart pic by Bamble kommune @ Wikimedia commons (2012)
Joe Bonamassa’s pic by Scortiaus at en.wikipedia (2012)