Southern Utah Song Writers Association: Guestbook
February 2, 2012
New to St George and seeking to connect with area musicians. Avocational jazz keyboard background with current focus on hand drumming and percussion - twice weekly at Remo in Hwd. CA. Drop a note.
August 18, 2011
Cool! Good to know this exists.
July 29, 2011
Again, the way Yvonne Wall keeps changing and improving this site is fantastic, great job!
Just a few words about SUSWA's 2011 Fall Concert Series at Ancestor Square.
Great new talent and several we haven't seen for awhile representing different styles and music genres. The "opening performers" are young Patrick Swansborough, newest members Miki MicMullin, Jerry Allen, Mark Stevens, Rich Wilkinson, and journeyman pianoman, composer, and songwriter Mike Wiest.
The "featured performers" are Rock n Horse, Less Than Lucid, Steve Lemmon, Mason Cottam, and Lyndy Butler.
All concerts begin at 7 pm on each and every Thursday in September and take place in the courtyard of historic Ancestor Square - located at St. George Blvd. & Main Street in
St. George, Utah. The patio in front of the old jail house serves as our stage and these shows are absolutely free. Come hungry - great food is always available.
May 6, 2011
I attended the outdoor concert last evening, May 5, at Ancestor Square and loved it! I am a friend of Laura Lounsebury's and she invited me. I had no idea this was going on. I just wanted to let the other singers know, as well, how much I enjoyed them. I forget the other female guest singer's name. She was shy and afraid to begin, but she was truly amazing, loved her voice and the songs she wrote and sang..the hobo and RR songs. I love this type of music, very homey and tells a story. Jerone just blew us all away! Wow! I think someday he will be famous outside of Southern UT, if this is what he would like. Loved his showmanship, very sweet and strong at the same time. Thanks to everyone who was involved in producing this. I hope you have a bigger crowd next time.
February 22, 2011
Yvonne Wall has done a remarkable things with this website! The music, the pics, keeping up with the latest the best she can, and all by her lonesome. If you are a member and want to be on SUSWA's site - send her your stuff.
January 22, 2011
I am working on a team of people who are "Fundraising" for a young man that had a Liver transplant last year.. we have been working on this since last May. We are planning on having a Benefit/Silent Auction with local musical bands to perform in the month of May on weekends.. please contact me at: 435-272-7264 Thanks
P. F. Bacon
October 15, 2010
We just moved here and I was wondering how to find the other musicians in town ... I think I just did. See ya' Wednesday!
July 19, 2010
The "dog days of summer" are upon us and I hope everyone is coping with the heat. What choice do we actually have? The consecutive one hundred and umpteens are a zap to our collective energies and yet we push on. Stay hydrated. I admit the throat and vocal chords take a real beating, but in these last few weeks I;ve noticed a dryness and sometimes soreness too. Dr. Doxey ( a SUSWA member )has always told us about hydration and water consumption as a real bonus year round, but especially during the deep summer.
Check with Dan of Dan's Guitar Repair for more tips about protecting your guitars and other gear from the heat. He's always told me, "Don't keep your guitar in a place you wouldn't want to be, especially in a hot sizzling car in a parking lot!"
Last Wednesday - July 14, 2010 - power was off on Bluff due to a transformer fire. . . probably heat related. It didn't stop about 17 SUSWAn's from attending "tunesmithing" at Dan's. Literally the "unplugged version."
The Open Mic at Jazzy's suffered a little too, as some were turned away prior to the power restoration at 8 pm.
If you don't know the CD compilation for 2010 has been cancelled and we will make that production a priority in 2011, beginning very soon sfter the winter holidays end.
SUSWA has had many irons in the fire this season, possibly too many, but we've been working hard for the songwriters and musicians, while gaining the attention of the community. I hope all of you - before or during you performances - announce to your audiences that you are SUSWA members.
SUSWAn's should send in their upcoming gigs far in advance as Yvonne has requested so that she can post them on the website.
See you all of a sudden.
June 30, 2010
For the guitar lessons in Cedar City, try McKay Tebbs, he's great. www.mckaytebbs.com
June 30, 2010
This site rocks, what great tunes!
June 23, 2010
Hello, I work at SUU in the SCPS Office in the Hunter Conference Center. I signed my 9 year old grandson up for a guitar camp through the music store. The event has been cancelled because only two participants were signed up. He is very disappointed and I'm tring to find someone willing to teach guitar lessons to a 9 year old boy once a week for the rest of the summer. Phone: 435-865-8085 (work) or 586-2392 (home after 5:00).
Pastor Rick Newell Grace Baptist Church
June 9, 2010
Met Kim Whitney today Wed. June 9. Impressed with his songs and learned about SUSWA. Hope to attend Wed. nite program when I can.
April 30, 2010
Hi - looking for forward to being more involved in local music scene here; I'm a 39 yr. old bass-player (love acoustic, rock, folk, blues, jazz) whos a family man; been in several bands of the years, done some recording and looking for other musicians who love playing. email@example.com
Bob Giles, The Music Barn
April 12, 2010
What a great organization!! This is exactly what I am trying to accomplish in Parowan in the Historic Rambouillet Barn!! I hope to meet some of you sooner than later!! I thought of calling our volunteers the Parowan Music Guild, yet maybe we could have an Iron county branch of SUSWA!!? What do you think?? I'll be in-touch very soon!! Thanx for all that you do!!
March 1, 2010
I am just so in love with your music! Every single last bit of it! Just makes me smile even to think about it! Wooot! Go random simplicity!
February 14, 2010
In the Provo/SLC area is an organization called TSSA -
Timpanogas Singer Songwriter Alliance.
February 13, 2010
This looks like a great association. Is there anything like this in the Salt Lake area?
January 30, 2010
Weston and Alex! You guys are absolutely awesome!! Way to go at open mic! Random Simplicity is amazing. See you in class on monday, Weston!
December 23, 2009
Everyone Come to the Open Mic Finale Tonight!
It's the best of the best to be featured and we will have prizes galore!
Pre-show and post show entertainment by Blue Owen with friends, Steve Flagg and Ryan Tilby!
August 9, 2009
Hey everyone, I'm co-ordinating a small band for a friend of mine, Harold Allen, who is coming through the area on tour in September with his one man show, "Different Stages". I need a drummer and a bass player. Check him out at haroldallenmusic.com You can hear some of the songs from his show on youtube under different stages. If you are interested contact me, Nancy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Thanks so much.
kevin sean cooper
July 12, 2009
grant, we'd love to hear from u all! coop.
June 28, 2009
We hope all of our SUSWA members, supporters, fans and their families have a fun filled and safe summer. This is generally a period when many of the "perfomance ready" SUSWA singer/songwriters and bands are the busiest. All corners of Southern Utah continue to be entertained by our members and associates. Check out the itineraries of Jared Johnson and the Jackpines, Crippled Stripper, Eric Dodge Band, and many others throughout the summer months. Concerts and Festivals, Farmer's Markets, and shows throughout Cedar City, Springdale, Virgin
St. George, Ivins, Beaver Dam, and beyond have been very active. It is to the credit of the fine music creativity, talent, and improved marketing skills of all of you this is available to the area residents. Check all the entertainment sources like The Independent, Whereits@, 435events.com, the notices sent out by Groovacious, and this website, and links to seek out your favorite bands and performers. Yvonne Wall is the "gate keeper" of this site and has been working hard to include as much current info as possible. She also needs your help.If you are a performing singer/songwriter or band, your info and schedules can be inserted on this site - but you must be current members. For all inquiries go to the menu and click on "contact" or write to firstname.lastname@example.org or. . . you can write to me at email@example.com.
SUSWA "Tune-smithing" meets every Wednesday at 6pm at Dan's Guitar Repair at 705 North Bluff for open constructive critiques of songs and song structure. the public and prospective new members are always welcome. This is followed on the same night by SUSWA's "Open Mic" at Jazzy Java Cafe' at 8pm. Each participant is limited to 2 of their best tunes.
The "Open Mic" has been a huge success for SUSWA, but mostly for the hundreds of performers who have found a home on Jazzy's stage, and the audiences who continue to fill the seats every week.
Colgate Country Showdown - July 4
I could not find who the finalists were. Hoping Marty Lane sends me an e-mail before hand and
a reminder I've just started lining up talent for the SUSWA Fall Concert Series just around the corner. More good times and music for Southern Utahns.
See you this Wednesday
June 26, 2009
hey richie, it's me, alice. love the web site and all this work you're doing. this is great, very happy for you...........
June 23, 2009
We are looking for a talented Utah songwriter to create original songs for an upbeat school assembly about safety. Geared toward elementary school-age children, the assembly will center around music and be performed throughout the state of Utah and around the country.
You will write 5-6 original songs including lyrics and sheet music, and help produce minus tracks and full production vocal/music tracks. Specific subject matter and access to a collaborative team will be provided.
If you are interested, or know anyone else who is, please contact Becky Wickstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 6.
June 13, 2009
Hey, it's me from the Tribe. Helen and I were at the bar-b-que last Sun.. Shelia and I talked about going to Jean's on Sat., do you know if she is going to still go. You probably won't get this until maybe I see you at Jean's. I will go and if you are not there I will enjoy myself any way. Take care Diane
June 3, 2009
Hi I'm the President of the Las Vegas songwriters Association. Great website.We are in the process of revamping our website and yours is one of the best we have come across.
May 17, 2009
Good site, admin.
May 15, 2009
I love SUSWA
awesome website. hope we can be friends.
13523 Bridle Pointe Curv
Draper, UT 84020-7000
May 11, 2009
Just wondering if anyone good any quality still photos of the festival on saturday. I did all the reviews but had issues with pics. I know i saw a few people taking pictures from suswa if they could please email them to josh or contact noah backman at 272-4732. Thanks
April 11, 2009
Emjoyed your article in the Spectrum. My LTE was just above it. Got a call from Mrs. Curry, she says you call her your #1 fan. I write articles and songs. My brother writes cowboy novels. I've written and or produced 4 albums of Island songs. However I do have some country songs that I've demo'd that I would like to have you listen to. They've never been released or published so you can do as you like with any that you like. I live in Washington Fields. Call me or email me.
Thanks, Billy Tedreck 251-9844
April 11, 2009
April 7, 2009
SUSWA has a lot on it's plate in 2009. The "Open Mic" at Jazzy Java is a major success and if you haven't attended or performed get down there on Wednesday night at 8 pm. It's located at 285 North Bluff in St. George. Last week we nearly filled the house and had 20 performers. It's not just an event either; we've signed up a bunch of new members on Wednesday night because as you know songwriting and performing can be contagious.
The song writing seminar with Pat Pattison took place without a hitch at Dixie College on
March 27 & 28. Anyone who attended will tell you he's a master at technique and setting up sign posts for the writer to use as a guide. Good stuff and certainly worth every penny.
The SUSWA Spring Concert Series line-up is set and again we will showcase fine local talent. The four consecutive shows will be presented on Thursday nights at 7 pm beginning April 23 and 30 & May 7 and 14. Dan's Guitar will provide some of the sound for us. The line-up of talent looks like this: Kim Whitney and Stillhouse Road, Misty Murphy and Sam Payne, Nancy Hamblin and Honky Tonk Heroes, and finally Boston Crockett & Paul Barfuss opening for the Rok Dox. ( Free to the public )
Don't forget there is also a host of talented performers at the St. George Arts Festival and on the weekends at Jazzy Java, Toadz in Cedar,
the Red Coyote Cafe in Virgin and others.Check your e-mails, The Independent, and The Spectrum
for performances all over the place.
Yvonne is really doing a nice job keeping the website as current as possible. More SUSWA members are getting gigs, and it's becoming a full time position.
Don't forget - this is only April and
"We Write The Songs"
Rich Panessa (for SUSWA)
March 31, 2009
My name is Becky Greenwood. I found this site while surfing for local bands performing in the Southern Utah Areas. I AM CURRENTLY SEEKING A BAND TO PERFORM FOR A COMMUNITY EVENT IN FREDONIA, AZ. FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH 2009. I would love to make contact with some of the local Musicians listed on this website BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT DOING THIS! Would someone please point me in the right direction by senting me an email: email@example.com I would love to have one of these bands to perform at our event!
March 31, 2009
I was fortunate enough to attend the Pat Pattison Songwriting School and found it to be the best I ever attended. It was so great to have it right here in St George as it saved a lot of money for travel, motels and food. Thanks to Yvonne and others who made this possible. Pat is a very entertaining and interesting teacher, but more importantly, he taught things that I had never imagined were part of good songwriting. When he critiqued our songs he was very respectiful of us and our songs. Those who attended asked some great questions and presented some excellent songs. This all made for a wonderful experience.
Thanks to all,
March 30, 2009
WOW! What an awesome song school! Pat Pattison is a master! I think everyone that went will agree that it was a weekend well spent and I hope he comes back again for a future SUSWA Song School!
February 19, 2009
Hey Rich, Glad to see you are doing what you always wanted to. Going back to Vegas next month. Seems this is an annually thing for me the past few years. Hey if you get a chance, There is a film you have to check out when it comes out in the movies. Its called The Winning Season (its a basketball version of the bad news bears), I am in the final scene. I finally made it to the silver screen! They were just at the Sundance Film Festival in your neck of the woods , as Uncle Buckets would say. We are in, and everything is "just right"!
February 10, 2009
I am putting together a small spotlight on southern Utah's local music scene for KCSG. If you want to be involved, email me back and I will give you the details.
January 29, 2009
Hi SUSWA friends! As some of you know I am involved with a Theater Group called Dixie Dramatic Association. We have a play coming up about the women in Lincoln's life. I need a guitar player who would like to play a few songs for this production. "Skip to my Lou" - "Turkey In The Straw" and perhaps a few others. If any of you are interested please get back to me! The play is on February 19, 20, 21, 23. There will be rehearsals you will need to attend also. Thanks, Lauretta
January 15, 2009
Had a great time at the open mic @ Jazzy Java last night. Great meeting and hearing you all. I'll be a regular there for sure. Peace.
December 24, 2008
Have a play written about 25 years ago and no music is put to it yet. No talent in writing music here. A few people have been approached to get music done. No takers within reason. Problem is they all want cash in advanace. No way! I am willing to give credit for writing music and share copyrights as the basic lyrics are already written. You guessed it! the play is a musical. There is very little to the script that is spoken words. The music needed runs in nature from comical to classical.
Anyone want to take this misic writing project on so that the production of this play can be sought? Or would it be a good Association collaboration project? Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
December 23, 2008
May I take this opportunity to welcome the recent entries into the "guest book" portion of this site. I am encouraged by the new interest in our growing organization and expect 2009 to be an exciting one for our writers and musicians. I am still anticipating the "open mic" at Jazzy Java will happen beginning January 8th at 7pm and continue for 12 weeks. Yvonne is still hammering down a local venue for the Songwriting Seminar scheduled for the end of March with Pat Pattison. Get your money in for a valuable 2-day learning experience. We'll also continue the SUSWA meets with the songs of the week and month hosted by John West. They are proving to be a lot of fun and a great way to assist one another. The spring and fall concerts still have to be scheduled, plus all of the other gigs our members will have lined up, plus our friends KTIM radio want to get as much live talent on the air as possible. Don't forget about that either.
Most of all I want to wish all of you a wonderful Merry Christmas, and all the best in 2009.
Rich Panessa (SUSWA)
December 22, 2008
I was in the Utah songwriters association based in Salt Lake City..Way back in 1996..I am looking forward to joining this group..I have a few songs on YouTube now...http://www.youtube.com/cdkkiss1952..See you around sometime..Craig..
Utah-dixie bluegrass Music Asssociation
December 20, 2008
The Utah-Dixie Bluegrass Music Association is now in formation. We are loking for musicians and listeners alike to help create the greatest attraction for music that Southern Utah has ever seen. Lest us hear from you and how your can help.
November 28, 2008
I wrote for The Spectrum's St. George and Hurricane Valley Neighborhoods sections. I would love to meet and tell the stories of various members of SUSWA. Any of them may call me at 435-674-6293 and set up an interview time.
November 18, 2008
I'm coming to St George at the end of January 2009, looking for musicians to hang with while I'm there. Are there regular circles or jams?
November 13, 2008
I really enjoyed the get together on Nov. 11. I thought all the songs
had possibilities. Hats off to John, Yvonne, and Dan for making this possible. I think things will only get better in song writing.
My song was Six Beers per Hour
Thanks again Dan for the keyboard.
October 28, 2008
Today, two of my piano students cancelled and I have just spent the last hour listening to the amazing talent of the members of SUSWA. Wow! I am looking forward to the workshop on Thursday and hope to meet you and enjoy your tunes again!
September 13, 2008
The first of a series of 2008 SUSWA Fall Concerts was a complete success last Wednesday, Sept 10th.
An audience of 50 to 60 were treated to the soulful songwriting guitar work of Amy Whipple aka Xena aka Amie Marie.
She has been a enthusiastic new SUSWA member and I wanted to get an audience reaction to her work. As I expected, they loved it. She has been invited to be on my KTIM 101.9 FM "American Dream" show this Thursday at 10am to talk a little and play some tunes.
The featured performers "Desert Heat" continue to prove why they are a credit to SUSWA and the local music scene. Their mix of popular classic rock cover tunes and contemporary country pleases audience members of all ages. The band sounded "really tight" and do it all without a lot of bells and whistles. The entire night was a lot of fun - even the lawn sprinkler system that erupted in the middle of the show didn't deter the crowd or their enthusiam. "Desert Heat" performs at the OC Tanner Amphi-theater on Thursday & Friday evenings and has several dates in Novemeber at The St. George Elks Lodge behind Dixie Red Hills Golf Course. Good job to everyone. The next show is this Wednesday on September 17 at 7pm with Loni Stookey & Nic Chamberlain followed by Evazing.
Don't miss this one gang !!
September 5, 2008
September 3, 2008
Hey everyone! I'll be performing at the Hot Momma Makeover at the Dixie Center on September 6th with part of my group, "Soul Proprietor". I'll be singing songs off my new CD there. I'm assuming we won't be rained-out like at Peach Days in Hurricane since it will be inside! Check out my website at www.LeifSinging.com. I'll be able to post up-coming gigs and performances there and you can order CDs off it or down load songs. Thanks, Leif
August 26, 2008
I just want everyone to know that the songwriting workshop this spring is going to be AWESOME! I promise, this is one investment that you won't regret!
I hope you all put it on your calendars and treat yourself to a well deserved weekend of tunesmithing!
August 4, 2008
The meeting at Jazzy Java was awsome! Exactly what I was hoping to expect. WOW, there was so much talent in that little coffee shop! Good job everyone!
July 21, 2008
Hey! We have an awesome workshop planned for the month of July! So come on over to Jazzy Java, share a new tune, and rub shoulders with everyone!
July 31st, 7:30 Jazzy!
July 19, 2008
Hi! Love the site.
Thanks for all your efforts!
June 5, 2008
the site looks great, like the music different styles, great to listen to . I have'nt been aroud cause of some personal problems but I'm back i also need to renew my membership i think its over due. see everyone at the next meeting . can you please email me the new meeting location please.thanks E.T.
7 Days Prior
May 24, 2008
We are really stoked to get started with you guys!
May 21, 2008
Really looking forward to hearing the new compilation cd!!!
May 17, 2008
How do you join, and what are the benefits of membership?
May 6, 2008
Thanks EVERYONE for the support we have received while trying to put these 2 compilations together. It was way. . . . . more work than last go around! I guess that's expected when you do 2 albums instead of 1. I think you are all going to love the music.
We had an amazing amount of music sent in. Far more than we anticipated and while this was great, it required us to have to make some serious decisions on which songs would make the cut. I can tell you, that it wasn't a pleasant job.
In the mean time, come and support your local SUSWA members performing at the DownTown Thursday Night Celebrations going on the next 8 weeks. You won't be disappointed!!!!
April 28, 2008
how much fun is this?!just remember i knew you when!!
April 16, 2008
Love your website.
April 11, 2008
If you will send us your email, we will get you a membership application. Obviously we still need to get this posted on the site! I thought it was. So sorry. . . . we will get right on that aspect of the site. Thanks for the heads up!
March 27, 2008
How do I become a member of this association? There is no information about this on the site.
V. p. Jazz
March 18, 2008
Caught this candid snap of the crowd enjoying one of your recent performances....
March 16, 2008
Terrific work by Spiral Studios, Yvonne, and all who contributed with ideas for this new website. It was SUSWA's commitment to re-energize the rank and file with new and exciting projects and goals like the web, the CD compilation, participating in the "Downtown Thursday Night" venue in 2008, expanding the membership roster, "creating a buzz
about us with a better than ever Spring and Fall Concert Series at Ancestor Square, and recruiting support from the community and local business. SUSWA has not even scratched the surface of what we can become. In the weeks ahead I would expect many of you to forward updated photos and bios, and always remain SUSWA reps by assisting others to find their way to the songwriters and music of Southern Utah. Remember my radio show is on KTIM 101.9 FM. "The American Dream" promotes SUSWA every Thursday at 10 am and I'm still interviewing SUSWA members and others in the community "live". Bring your music and itinerary and join the show.
I would also congratulate the boys back in New York for the nice comments. Secretly they've always wished I would be accepting some award on CMT just so I would get up on stage and say, "Hey Pete, I told you I'd make it." But while that's still a dream, I really appreciate their support and enthusiam. Thanks boys!
February 23, 2008
All of Rich's former co-workers always said we would see him on the CMT Awards one day. And they day looks closer now than ever. He used to sing to us on the night shift back up North.
Good Luck Rich
February 22, 2008
Checking in from Texas and listening to SUSWA music. Hey Ryan: as I listen to your 'Carried Away', I want to wish you well and say how I appreciated working with you in the past. Also, best wishes to the other 'Northerner'...or is it 'Utah Yankee'...Sam Payne. A big loss of talent when you guys ventured away. Rich has been working extra hard to take up the slack! Speaking of Rich, what is this award stuff? I like the site!
February 22, 2008
Hey Rich !! Good luck & congrats with the TBS award . If you ever make it to the Country awards show please yell out " Thank You ED Sauthoff"
Keep pluging away !! Keith
February 22, 2008
You are in!!!!!
Everything is just right...14 years to go.
See ya in Vegas
February 20, 2008
Site looks terrific. SUSWA remains a torch in the wilderness. God bless. Onward!
February 20, 2008
Looking good, SUSWA. I miss hanging out with you all. Southern Utah really is home to some great songwriting!
February 19, 2008
I'm hosting a benefit at Ancestor Square on March 8th to "Stop Violence Against Women". We need artist A.S.A.P. to play at this benefit. All the proceeds for this event are going to the DOVE center to help victims of domestic violence. If your interested in playing or know a singer/song writer that may be interested, I can be contacted @ 435-705-9600.
Come help us end domestic violence against women!
February 14, 2008
Lookin good! Soundin' hot! Thanks SUSWA :)
February 12, 2008
Hey Panessa Still haven't seen you on the Country Music Awards!
February 9, 2008
The music sounds great. Toasted blue's for everybody. See you soon.