Blackfoot daisies are hearty wild flowers that grow on the prairies of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. You can find them growing naturally in the Texas Blackland prairie, which runs from the Red River to the Texas‐Oklahoma border. Blackfoot Daisy is also a duo, and sometimes a trio, that plays original, Americana style music. The band is based in Norcross and includes Don Sechelski, Wendy DuMond and Adam Sechelski. They have been from Texas to Atlanta to New Orleans to Chicago and now back to Atlanta again, “still chasing the buffalo,”, Wendy DuMond, and (when we are lucky) Adam Sechelski.
People who begin their lives in these wide‐open and windy places tend to be a bit haunted by them throughout their lives. And perhaps this is why Don, Wendy, and Adam seemed to fit like a glove and hand. We are a little haunted by the beauty and solitude of the prairie. And our music is tinged with the prairie wind, the shifting of tall grasses, the sound of crickets, and a lonesome train whistle drifting through the night with music that conjures up images and sounds of the prairie.
JONI MITCHELL TRIBUTE
The Joni Mitchell tribute is channeled by five women whose music and lives have been greatly influenced by this folk icon. They include:
Heidi Pollyea, is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist and local private music instructor. Her music is heavily shaped by introspectively poignant artists like James Taylor, Carol King and Joni Mitchell as well as soulful, groove‐oriented performers like Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston. (heidipollyea.com)
Kim Chamberlain discovered her voice through the lilting, haunting voice and lyrics of Joni Mitchell. Kim now performs as a vocalist and clarinetist in the jazz duo called Bright Moments with guitarist‐husband, Dave. She also joins Heidi in Body and Soul for weddings, corporate events and private parties.
Alexis Vear is singer/songwriter and fine artist who sees images, and uses them to communicate messages through many creations, transported through song. She currently has released two albums, and is preparing for her third. Alexis has received airplay on NPR. She is working diligently to communicate her music and its messages to as many people as she can reach.
Margot Bernstein began teaching guitar at age 13 and performing professionally at 16. Both a singer/songwriter and a jazz vocalist, her U.S. and International performances have included New York City’s Catch a Rising Star, Gerde’s Folk City, Carly Simon’s Hot Tin Roof on Martha’s Vineyard, and a soundtrack for PBS; in Atlanta, she has appeared at The Freight Room, Eddie’s Attic, Dante’s Down the Hatch and Inman Park & Yellow Daisy Festivals. Susan Rutherford plays keyboards, guitar, and mandolin in a rock n' roll cover band, The Split Levels, but says she “is keeping her day job.” The gals will be joined in this tribute by percussionist Paul Pendery.