web site: http://www.birdhousestudios.com/Grand_Junction/index.html
Colleen Shanley & Grand Junction
with special guest Mac Walter
In a nut shell, Grand Junction plays “Americana Music”, blending various genres of music such as bluegrass, folk, irish, country, blues, swing, rock and jazz.
Collectively the members of GRAND JUNCTION have had the honor of sharing many stages with such notorieties as The Sun Studio Rhythm Section, Holly Cole, Wayne Toups, Kelley Willis, Cleve Francis and Friends, Michael Fath's Le Jazz, Patti LaBelle, Los Lobos, Blues Travelers, The Chieftains, Shane MacGowan & The Pogues, Black 47, The Saw Doctors, Bad Haggis, Charlie Musselwhite, Dennis Chambers, Carl Filipiak, Deanna Bogart, The Kelly Bell Band, The Slickee Boys, Half Japanese, The Prodigals, Eileen Ivers, Sue Richards, Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway, Billy McComiskey, Hasil Adkins, Almighty Senators, The Crawdaddies, Edith Massey, Hibiscus & The Screaming Violets, Violent Femmes, Tinsley Ellis, Koko Taylor, Gaelic Storm, Flogging Molly, Great Big Sea, Robin Bullock and The Baltimore Symphony.
Colleen Shanley has been performing throughout the DC/Baltimore area in various musical groups for at least thirty years. She's honed her skills while exploring the various genres of music such as bluegrass, folk, country, blues, swing, Celtic, and rock. She's also taken much of what she has learned and incorporated it into her own expressive songwriting.
During the '80s, she got her first taste of radio airplay while working with a small Nashville based indie label, and she became a regular at Bethesda’s infamous Twist & Shout. During the late 90s she was enlisted into former Capital Records/Nashville artist Cleve Francis’ band “Cleve Francis & Friends.” She’s produced two CDs during her career, and her songs have been included on several CD compilations and gained airplay in the U.S. and overseas. During the last year of the Lilith Fair Tour, Colleen was one of 20 finalists who competed at the 9:30 Club for a spot to perform at the concert. She’s accrued several WAMMIE nominations and has had the honor of sharing many stages with notorieties such as The Sun Studio Rhythm Section, Holly Cole, Wayne Toups, Kelley Willis and Cleve Francis.
Casey O'Neal also claims a number of WAMMIE nominations during his thirty some years of playing music in the DC/Baltimore area. He's lent his talent to many bands ranging from bluegrass to country, to rock, blues and jazz, all the while dazzling the audiences with his stellar playing on pedal steel, Dobro and lap steel. Not only has he worked with Colleen Shanley over the years, he’s also worked with many other talents such as Cleve Francis and Michael Fath. Several years ago, Casey and Fath collaborated on some original compositions that led to Fath's group called Michael Fath's Le Jazz. They produced a recording, "The Chase is On," which gained its own notoriety in the jazz world. Being a highly regarded studio musician, you can hear Casey's first rate licks on a wide variety of numerous recording projects by local artists such as Colleen Shanley, Michael Fath, Lisa Taylor, Brian Fox, Kevin Kline & Eric Scott, and Donal Leace and many more. Venues for both: Birchmere, Kennedy Center, Iota, Blues Alley, Delaplane Strawberry Festival, Baltimore's Artscape, Glen Echo Folk Festival, MD's Annual Seafood Festival, Annual VA Wine Festival, Vintage VA Wine Festival, Alexandria's First Night, WRNR sponsored Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival, Damian Einstein's WRNR afternoon & evening programs, Columbia Pike Blues Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, Downs Park, Quiet Waters Park and numerous other festivals & park concert series both in VA and MD.
Jamie Wilson moved to Baltimore in 1972 from Portsmouth, Virginia to attend the Maryland Institute-College of Art receiving a BFA degree in 1977. He has played a wide variety of music in the Baltimore / Washington area for over thirty two years, R&B, soul, traditional American, Punk and Irish.
In the late 60's and early 70's, Jamie was playing gigs like New York city's famous C.B.G.B Club. In the 80's he played with the Trutones who opened for Charlie Musslewhite, Tinsley Ellis and Koko Taylor among some of their great openers - mid 90's with Smash-the-Windows, a large Irish group formed by Martin O'Malley; to late 90's ,The Shannon Tide which featured fiddler Robin Bullock of Helicon fame. Over the last 16 years he has played with O’Malley’s March and has had the honor of sharing the stage for Patty Lebelle, Los Lobos, Blues Travelers, The Chieftians, Sean McGowen & The Pogues, Black 47, The Saw Doctors and The Baltimore Symphony.
Also other members of Grand Junction include:
Marion Stanley on electric bass guitar from Baltimore, Maryland.
Evan O'Neal on electric guitar from Arlington, VA.
Special Guest Mac Walter Mac
Three-time WAMMIE winner Mac Walter began his music career at 15 when Marianne Price, formerly of Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks/The Kinks, convinced him to give up the ukulele and try the guitar. Three months later, Mac was playing in Marianne’s band and he has not put the guitar down since. Music became the guiding force in a life spent as a professional musician.In the 1960’s Mac developed his unique fingerstyle approach to playing folk, rock, blues, jazz, and country and taught students at the Charlie Byrd Studio in Bethesda, Maryland. Heavily influenced by folk luminaries such as Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Van Ronk, Dick Rosmini, and especially by his guitar mentor, Raun MacKinnon Burnham, he totally dedicated himself to his music and refused to be pinned down to one musical genre.
Driven by an insatiable desire to learn all things about music, Mac attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He continued his studies with John Knowles, John Miller and Woody Mann. After his education, he returned to his home base of Maryland/Virginia/Washington DC and earned a reputation as a stellar guitarist and singer/songwriter. He hitched up with legendary 12-time WAMMIE winner and boogie woogie/jazz/blues icon Deanna Bogart for an 8-year ride during which they released three CDs on the Flying Fish, Blind Pig, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville record labels and headlined jazz and blues festivals all over Europe and the USA including the Monterey Blues Festival.
While touring as an opening act with Johnny Winter, Mac earned the respect of all the tour musicians because he was the only guitarist they’d ever seen Johnny stand in the wings to see and Johnny told everyone he thought Mac was ‘a really great guitar player.’ Coming from one of his guitar idols, that meant a lot to Mac. Mac also played with other DC legends including Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan. Deanna nicknamed Mac ‘The Professor’ because of his guitar prowess and knowledge about off-the-wall things and to this day people still refer to him by that name.
Mac is an exciting, versatile, dynamic master of the guitar and a role model to would-be players for his dedication and virtuosity on the instrument. His fingerstyle synergy always leaves an audience on their feet and wanting more. Mac's repertoire is a stunning variety of musical styles and reflects the depth and range of emotion he conveys in his playing. His command of the acoustic guitar is breathtaking and he is one of those rare musicians who can do it all while still maintaining his own distinctive voice. He makes the guitar come to life with a rare passion and plays at a level few musicians ever achieve. He is a guitar virtuoso who has to be seen to be believed.
Mac also conducts guitar workshops and seminars and has become a much sought-after studio technician. He also finds time to pursue his interests in 100-mile bike rides, rebuilding guitars, playing bridge and strategic war games, traveling, and collecting seashells from around the world.