From Bob Moore
Musicians, poets, workers that don’t get enough time to play, players that don’t get enough time to work, folks that don’t get enough time to sleep (well, maybe you will now that the season has come to a close):
Hope you all are recovering well from a wild ride in Boston the last week or so, and won’t be wiping the smiles off your faces too soon. I wanted to let you know of a duo, Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze that we’ll be featuring this coming Friday at the next First Friday Coffeehouse, November 1. Kevin and Barbara are from the San Antonio, Texas area, and will be passing through Exeter this weekend. The duo write and perform songs of a personal nature that fall into the Americana music genre. Kevin and Barbara tour as the duo known as “Ghosts of the American Road”.
Kevin has recently penned a song entitled, “Honor”, in tribute to his father and to all veterans that have served in previous wars, in particular, WW II. Kevin and Barbara are working on a video that will showcase this tune planned to be released on Veterans Day. You can read more about Barbara and Kevin below. There are also links below that can give you more information about Kevin and Barbara’s music including a Facebook link. Also, there is at least one surprise that I know of that I will keep for you until Friday.
Hope to see you soon,
The First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Exeter
12 Elm Street (Parish Hall), Exeter, NH
Friday, November 1st
Award Winning Duo To Perform for First Friday Coffee House – Will Release Worldwide Music Video as a Tribute on Veteran’s Day
(San Antonio, TX) ~ Internationally acclaimed songwriter from West Texas, Kevin Higgins and his musical partner Barbara Malteze, collectively known as Ghosts of the American Road, will be performing for the First Friday Coffee House, at the First UU Society of Exeter, 12 Elm Street, (Parish Hall), Exeter, New Hampshire, on Friday, November 1, 2013, 7:00pm. (603) 642-4648.
In the works is a music video, scheduled for worldwide release on YouTube the weekend of November 9, 2013. Framed around a song entitled “Honor”, which was penned by Kevin Higgins, the video includes family pictures dating back to WWII. Higgins, a five-time Texas Music Awards recipient, compared stylistically to Jimmy Webb, Neil Young and Paul Simon, composed the song after he was invited to perform for an Honor Flight Benefit in Fredericksburg, Texas just recently. “I sat down to write a special song the day before the event”, Higgins recalled, “and I thought about what the word ‘honor’ meant to me.
It was then I started thinking about my Dad, and the stories he told about WWII before he passed away. After a moment of meditation and inspiration, the song came forth.” Barbara Malteze, who is Kevin’s musical partner and wife, had accompanied him on the piano the night of that Honor Flight benefit. “When Kevin sang ‘Honor’ for the first time, people were quiet at first”, Barbara recollected, “then, as his words began to resonate, the crowd began to stand up and cheer. It was a standing ovation. People were crying. It was unbelievably touching, this outpouring of emotion.” One of the attendees, who has a son in the military told Kevin that “Honor” has “healing qualities,” which is why Kevin and Barbara decided to create a music video to share with military families on Veteran’s Day, as a tribute to sacrifices made for this country. Greg Forest, film producer with the Music Office (Kerrville, Texas), heard the song and immediately submitted a script. He is currently completing production on the project.
Inspired by Kevin’s cinema-graphic compositions, Ghosts of the American Road weave individual vocal styles over guitar and piano, embellishing the melodic poetry that has become their signature sound. This is “American Music”, where all styles come together at a distinctly original musical crossroads.
For more info or to schedule interviews, contact:
Little Train Records