“We open our hearts
So filled up and loving life.
All comes back to us.”
Kathryn N. Harrison
2017 looks like another great year for us at PuffBunny Records! After more than 4 years of collecting live multitrack recordings of songswarms from some great Texas venues, we finished our first offering which is available NOW!
Here’s what Alternate Roots Magazine says about it!
“The title from the recent Songswarm release is a noun. By definition, Songswarm is ‘two or three performers practicing their art or act of improvisational accompaniment on each other’s original songs in front of an audience’. PuffBunny Records ups the ante for the pot of tracks collected on Songswarm, Vol. 1, offering six songwriters with two tracks each on the release. The album gathers songwriters in a circle, presenting the tunes in a live setting. Taylor Pie was the catalyst for the project She plays on the album as well as surrounding herself with top tunesmiths from the Lone Star State.Songswarm, Vol.1 presents music from Texans such as Michael O’Connor, Jeff Plankenhorn, George Ensle, Greg Whitfield, and Jack Saunders. The players offer their music as they back each other instrumentally on the album.
Taylor Pie (Susan Taylor) has a resume in music going back to the 1960’s as a part of the Pozo Seco Singers who took their hit “Time” to the top of the charts. She fronted a Country band in New York City in the 1970’s and travelled as a solo act during the 1980’s. Throughout her career, the art of the song was at the heart of what Taylor Pie found important about playing. She found a home in the Songswarm movement feeling that it ‘has become my favorite way to walk on a stage’. Songswarm, Vol. 1 offers two tracks from Taylor Pie as she closes out the compilation with “Peace Within”, and brings in help for “Oh, Mandolin” from Michael O’Connor and Jeff Plankenhorn to form a trio of mandolins to back her song. Greg Whitfield whispers the story of a guitar born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with “Martin’s Song” as George Ensle strums Folk Blues for “Knee Deep in the River” and Jack Saunders tells the tale of a troubadour in “This Highway”. The gathering of musicians presents the gentle picking of Michael O’Connor as the South Texas Walk of Fame recipient sings of the “Homesick Boy” as he introduces a hard luck story on a rambling rhythm with “Throw a Nickel”. Jeff Plankenhorn brings his own guitar creation (The Plank) into Songswarm, Vol. 1, relating a tale of temptation with “Trouble Find Me” and welcomes Taylor Pie in on mandolin for a story about his house in “The Mess”.
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We’re proud of this album which includes great songs by songwriter performers like George Ensle, Greg Whitfield, Jack Saunders, Michael O’Connor, Taylor Pie and Jeff Plankenhorn!
In 2015 we watched Taylor Pie’s induction into the National Traditional Country Music Assn Hall of Fame and applauded The Oak Ridge Boys inclusion of “Peace Within”, cowritten with Allen Reynolds & Dicky Lee, on their widely acclaimed “Rock of Ages” gospel album. Pie and Ruby Lovett also got a cut on Dale Ann Bradley‘s cd, “Pocket Full of Keys” which was a grammy nominated bluegrass album of the year! Dale Ann did a fine version of “Hard Lesson Road“! Congratulations to all!
Here’s Taylor Pie about to board the PuffBunny plane in Sioux City for Tennessee. She was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Assn Hall of Fame on Sept. 5th in LaMars, Iowa, and performed on stage that evening with her old friend Jerre Haskew, formerly of The Cumberland Trio, who received a Lifetime Achievement award from the association. His wife, Barbara was also there to accept folk album of the year for the Haskew family’s “Songs From the Fiery Gizzard.” Congratulations again!
Congratulations Liberty Arts House Concerts on becoming an official Folk Alliance International sanctioned venue! We are proud to be a sponsor of the music you bring to your community in Liberty, TN! Many of our fine Texas musicians have played at the Liberty Arts Center and we are actively involved in helping them livestream some events.
The official Pozo Seco Singers website is where you can purchase the re-release of the group’s final Columbia album, “Shades of Time” @ the best online price available. There is a fabulous history of the group tucked inside, along with 11 singles that never made it on an album before Pie and Don Williams left the label like, “I Believed it All”, “Louisiana Man”, and “Morning Dew”, and if you order from their website, you can even get it autographed!
The Pozo album is a great companion cd to Pie’s first solo album after Don and Pie retired the group, which is available now on the CDBaby shelves! Allen Reynolds not only produced the record, but you’ll hear him singing throughout, playing guitar and even whistling on Dolly Parton’s song, “Blue Ridge Mountain Boy.”
Thanks to all of you who’ve purchased a copy already and are now spreading the word to others. You are still PuffBunny’s main marketing network, and your support is what keeps us coming with the music! And don’t worry, we’ll keep the shipments going out to make sure those of you who don’t have a copy yet, can get one!
And if you haven’t seen the article posted about Pie by Les Marcott for Scene4 Magazine, it is a must read for Pie and Susan fans alike! Thank you Les for a beautifully written account of our Americana folk pop artist extraordinaire!
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