MARQUETTE - Here are two updates on stories covered in recent weeks in local entertainment:
Marquette resident Jeff Krebs, who performs under the name Papa Crow, has received accolades from a number of national reviewers for his children's CD, "Things That Roar," released in 2011.
Marquette musician Scotty Alan and his band play in Los Angeles. Alan has been in California, playing and promoting his solo CD, “Wreck and the Mess.”
Those lists include Time Out New York; Fids & Kamily Music Awards; Zooglobble; Spare the Rock; Out With the Kids; and Family Man Online.
"Some of the writers contacted me about the publications," Krebs said when asked how he found out about the reviews. "And some I found by 'Googling' my album."
"Seeing my Papa Crow album praised alongside albums from my music heroes such as Dan Zanes and Ella Jenkins was a little surreal - humbling as well," he said. "I knew I had made a very good album but I also know that there are quite a lot of kids albums released each year. I did my homework and got my CD to people in the kids music biz whose work I liked and who I thought would be receptive to my music."
Reaction in general has been even better than Krebs expected.
"It's all been very positive and beyond my expectations: reviews, radio, YouTube, shows, CDs and downloads on Amazon and iTunes," he said. "I'm excited that many libraries in the U.S. are purchasing the album. Libraries are such a great way to discover music. Through the web, I've been able to reach families in other countries as well."
This winter, Krebs is concentrating on a short, five-song album called "What Was That Sound?" about, well, a sound the body makes that kids (and many adults) find funny.
He's also writing his follow-up to "Things That Roar" and keeping his fingers crossed he may get invitations this year to music festivals in other parts of the country.
While concentrating on songwriting at present, Krebs does have two gigs booked in Marquette for this summer: July 11 at the Peter White Public Library; and July 21-22 at the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.
For more info on Krebs' work, visit papacrow.com.
Marquette musician Scotty Alan has been in California, playing and promoting his solo CD, "Wreck and the Mess," recently and really enjoyed that journey.
But he was also excited to get home, according to an email he sent earlier this week.
"I've been gone for about two weeks total now and very ready to come home to my cabin and the snow, to slow down," Alan said. "And to take a sauna."
The singer-songwriter-guitarist played Friday at Upfront and Co. in Marquette along with good friend Jeremy Porter as well as in Traverse City on Thursday. This comes on the heels of a set of California gigs.
"We had one casual practice with the group followed by two L.A. gigs, one at Room 5 in Hollywood and one at Cinema Bar, Culver City," Alan said in his email. "I played with the guys who played on the album in support of 'Wreck and the Mess.' It was over-the-top well received, full houses both nights. The guys are ready to get a tour bus and go!
"Several professional photographers and professional video cameras were going around and I am looking to get some music videos put together from the footage."
Alan attended the National Association of Music Merchants event while in Los Angeles, making connections there as well.
That's just the start, however.
Vintage Magazine is doing a story on Alan for its May edition, which hits the newsstands in March. And rumor has it Rolling Stone South Africa is interested in doing a piece on him as well.
"I have been doing a lot of interviews as well, in person and phone," he said. "And CD sales and downloads are going well. May need to press another 1,000 before too long."
Alan could be headed back to L.A. in the near future for more gigs and would like to book in Marquette with the crew he played with while out west.
"Bernie (Larsen, the CD's producer and a noted musician) was of course here (in L.A.) and it was incredible to share the stage with him and the group," Alan said. "This group has amazing talent. It felt good to come back and play the album we all worked so hard on. Everyone is proud of it."
Alan has finished writing his next album and plans to start recording that in February.
For more information on Alan, visit scottyalan.com.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.