We are looking for help to pay for the pressing of a CD as well as the song licencing and cover art
Iowa Duets by Pat Smith & Rich Wagor
We have recorded all the songs for the CD at Rife Studio in Cedar Rapids Iowa. We're looking to fund getting the cover art done, licencing the songs, and getting 1000 CDs made. We've played together for about three years now and this has been a long time in the making. All the songs are duets with Guitar and Acoustic Bass. There is an extra track, Shady Grove, that features some acousitic friends of ours; Natalie Brown on Violin, Doug Stock on Dobro and Jon Eric on Banjo.
Pat - I'm a Guitar player. I started in 1969 when I finally got the guitar I had wanted since seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Meanwhile I had gone through tap dancing, Piano, Clarinet and Bassoon lessons which, at the time weren't what I was interested in. I played in garage bands through high school in Evanston Il. I also played in the E.T.H.S Jazz band my senior year. In the summer of 1975 I was sent off to Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa where I played in the Jazz Band the first year and in the Swing Choir the second year. Like many youthful bums, I was more interested in playing guitar and girls than I was in studying. It was during this time that I started my main vocation of playing in dive bars, I still consider myself a "Bar Guitarist." So, after two years I went back to Evanston. I pursued assorted things, more school, Guitar building, and teaching. I have been very lucky to have studied with some wonderful and inspiring pickers, I have taken seminars or lessons with Ken Bloom, David Bloom, Howard Roberts, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Lenny Breau, Ron Eschete, Ted Greene, Joe Diorio, Jethro Burns, Guy Van Duser, and John Stowell. I also spent some time taking Sitar lessons with Som Mujumdar. I have played in many styles which has been both good and bad. Good because it's fun to try on different hats and bad because I never really got down to one style. In 1987 we moved to California and I started to concentrate on Jazz. I played with a fusion band called Io and some assorted Blues bands. Then, around 1994, my hearing having faded a bit, I started having bad headaches after I would play a gig and had to give up loud music. I started a band called The Penguin Jazz Quartet to play quiet Jazz. The PJQ disbanded in 2000 and I went on to start a Brazilian band called Nossa Bossa. I moved back to Iowa in 2008 and started playing duets with Bassist Rich Wagor.
Rich - Richard Wagor currently resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mr. Wagor, in earning his BA in music from the University of Iowa and a MM from Manhattan School of Music, has worked with various teachers including Eldon Obrecht, Diana Gannett, Homer Mensch, and Robert Kassinger. Mr. Wagor has also performed in a wide variety of professional settings. Mr. Wagor has played orchestrally as a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Dubuque Symphony. Additionally, Richard has performed as a substitute bassist with Orchestra Iowa, the Quad Cities Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, The Arkansas Symphony, the Delta Symphony, the Kenosha Symphony, the Austin Symphony, and others. Mr. Wagor has also played other Genres of music with Pat Smith, Jennifer Lee, Tim Daugherty, Leni Stern, Stephanie Wright, the Yale Repertory Theater, NOWIS, the Bill Shepherd Big Band, the Rod Pierson Small Band, Peter Hart, and the band Joecephus and the George Jonestown massacre. As a teacher, Mr. Wagor has formerly held positions with the University of Northern Iowa and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and currently teaches at Coe College in Cedar Rapids and Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
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