Monday, June 8, 2009
Kick-Off June 20 Embedded Reporter
Assignment Earth, Filing Stories, Making Deadlines
"Embedded Reporter" is a live music resource. The music is all over the map style-wise including ballads, Broadway, film-tunes, rock, blues, country, folk, roots, Latin, and more. Vocal harmonies are rich—everyone sings. Instrumentation is largely acoustic although the band does amplify as the situation warrants. One caveat: Embedded Reporter is not a "cover band", although it does "cover" a lot of great tunes. However, they tend to do them differently from the original—many people say, "Better!"
Artistically, there’s a lot of latitude, making Embedded Reporter music appealing to a diverse audience.
Embedded Reporter, a commercial band tipped toward original material, is able to split into assorted combinations of Embedded Reporter personnel to meet the needs and budget of a particular gig.
Who is Embedded Reporter?
* Howard Lewis (lead vocals, vocal harmonies, guitar, keyboards)
* Darrell Smith (lead vocals, vocal harmonies, violin, and percussion)
* Anthony Deutsch (lead vocals, vocal harmonies, keyboards, guitar, harmonica)
Embedded Reporter Bio
“We tell stories about what we see and things that have happened to us,” says Howard Lewis. “They are snapshots from a personal point of view, but many of the experiences are universal in nature. Others are just plain funny. All sorts of people relate to the music.”
Lewis formed his first band, Alberta Blue, in 1971 shortly after returning from Vietnam, touring the East Coast for five years. Along the way he began crafting material. “Songwriting and feature writing have been on the front burner ever since,” he says.
Violinist and Percussionist Darrell Smith, a native of Chapel Hill, NC, joined Embedded Reporter in 2003. According to Lewis, “Darrell sings harmony to my lead parts, and I return the favor when he has the lead.”
Relatively new to the scene is keyboardist Anthony Deutsch. “Anthony defies description,” says Lewis. “His keyboard skills are phenomenal, and he also translates his musical gifts to the guitar and any other challenge presented to him.”
The songs are rich in lyrical content. Embedded Reporter is a singer’s band. “It’s very joyful,” says Smith. “We do lowbrow music for smart people.”
Embedded Reporter is dynamic in concert. The music is all over the map style-wise including ballads, Broadway, film-tunes, rock, blues, country, folk, roots, Latin, and more. Vocal harmonies are rich. Instrumentation is largely acoustic. “We do amplify as the situation warrants,” says Lewis “We’re not a ‘cover band’, although we do ‘cover’ a lot of great tunes. But we tend to perform them somewhat differently from the originals. Audiences can also expect to hear a broad range of original material in many different genres.”