1996 brought us eBay, DVDs, the concept of Global Warming and Wheat the band – Scott Levesque, Brendan Harney, Ricky Brennan and Kenny Madaras. They began playing in the Boston area, and grabbing the attention of local fans and writers, ultimately leading to world tours and a global fan base – receiving critical acclaim from Melody Maker, Q, Rolling Stone and Spin among others. Wheat has shared the stage with artists including The Flaming Lips, Liz Phair and John Mayer and have influenced artists including Snow Patrol. Wheat is always trying to find new and unique ways of delivering the love song.
A self-described ‘late bloomer’ musically, Ben Taylor didn’t start singing until his early 20s. The hesitation is understandable, given the daunting example of success set by his parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon. While Ben thought of other vocations he could pursue, including a wilderness guide or martial arts instructor, he was drawn to the family business. Ben had a true affinity for music, and not surprisingly, a love for words. “My scholastic career was not successful. My attention wanders, and I like to follow it. It’s a creatively lucrative process for me. My internal jukebox was always so much louder than my teachers.”
Patty Larkin has been redefining the boundaries of folk-urban pop music for 25 years with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and subtle sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter). A self described “guitar driven songwriter,” Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.