James Lee Stanley
Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library (map)
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let’s say something else let’s say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland and here is where the wasteland ends. Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
James Lee Stanley, a master at relating to audiences. The San Francisco Chronicle
Unexpected power from one acoustic guitar. The Denver Post
A standing ovation followed his set opening for Art Garfunkel The Sacramento Bee
James Lee’s remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create truly great songs, each accompanied by his amazing guitar orchestrations.
This man is a great artist — his songs are finely-crafted and richly textured, with immediately memorable melodies and thought provoking lyrics, and his guitar playing is simply gorgeous, alternating between subtle finger picking. Lush chording, stark simplicity, rhythmically-charged complexity, and many and varied shades in between. Fi Magazine
There is no need for back up, Stanley is a one man band, who doesn’t need any help. The Milwaukee Journal
When you couple this with his outrageously hilarious repartee, you get one of the most entertaining concerts on the circuit.
A solo performer, Stanley drew overwhelming applause for his outrageous monologue as well as his music. The Daily Aztec, San Diego
From the Universal Amphitheatre to the most intimate house concert, James Lee delivers the goods. He has been hailed as one of the few all-time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time. Fi Magazine March 1999
JAMES LEE STANLEY, born in Philadelphia, PA, has been recording and performing since he was fourteen. He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then with such diverse acts as BONNIE RAITT, ROBIN WILLIAMS, NICOLETTE LARSON and even BILL COSBY. STEVEN WRIGHT chose James Lee as his opening act for three years in a row; a testament to his professionalism and talent.
The combination of musical energy and astounding vocal harmonies between the members of THE BADDADZ is magic, and it’s earning this trio instant attention where ever they play. Johnny Bland, David Greene and Michael Monahan have more musical years between them then they care to mention. They are destined to become one of the most sought-after all Acoustic Classic Rock Bands in Eastern Virginia.
Johnny Bland started out playing solo at Bobby McGee’s after being asked to play a couple songs during a break for the group Mandela. The owner liked it and offered him a Monday night gig. Over the years he played around Hampton Roads in rock groups and even a dance band at one point. Johnny originally started The Baddadz in the late 80’s and early 90’s as a rock band with members Johnny, Steve Wood (guitar/vocals), Glen Barnes (drums/vocals) and Eddy Klaus (bass/sound). In 2000, Johnny took a five year break from music and returned in 2005 to play music. He revived the band as an acoustic duo when he started playing with Mark Alley in 2007. The group then added members Paul Blackburn that same year, and Dave Greene joined in 2009. The Baddadz were named acoustic vocal group of the year by Meona three years in a row and Johnny was named male vocalist of the year in 2008. In the fall of 2011, the band reformed to include Michael Monahan with Dave Greene. “Johnny B” as he is known, welcomes the new lineup and is amazed by the talented musicians that have allowed him to play with them over these many years.
Dave Greene Dave was born and raised in Norfolk, where he has lived most of his life. He started playing in bands when he was in high school and was active musically until 2001. During that time he was fortunate to be involved with some very talented players. “I got used to playing with good musicians, who had good vocal harmonies. Unfortunately, I gave music up when my work schedule changed, and then my bass went into the closet. I had pretty much lost interest over the years because I was kind of particular about what was important to me. That is good musicians, good harmonies, good songs, with guys that get along well with each other. It just doesn’t happen ... and then this fell into my lap.” Dave credits former Baddadz member Mark Alley with getting him back into music.
Michael Monahan began his professional career at 17 playing solo at McGinnis Flint’s at the Ocean Front and at the Hard Rock on Colley Avenue in Norfolk. His first group was a trio with Louis Jones and Jim Evans. Over the years he played in several bands, from acoustic groups to Southern Rock, most notably the Austin Richmond Band, Street Talk, and Cam Head and the Noisemakers. He also appeared for several months as bassist for the Tom Farley Band. However, he is probably best remembered for his time in the band Paris, where he was first teamed up with Dave Greene. Michael joined the Baddadz in the fall of 2011, after an almost 20 year hiatus from performing. “I really never imagined getting the chance to play music with this kind of vocal power ever again. Being a part of this band means means more to me than I can say in words.”
John Fautheree’s family is originally from Monroe, Louisiana (thus the Cajun last name) but he was born in Fort Monroe, VA. Growing up he lived in Virginia, Germany, Italy and Texas. He started playing guitar at 13, learning mostly from Mel Bay books and from plunking along with everything in his older siblings’ record collections. He joined his first band while in high school in Naples, Italy. John was fortunate enough to be picked to open for Harry Chapin at a benefit concert in 1978 when he was 17 years old. After a six year stint in the Navy John settled in Tidewater in 1986. He played in a number of local bands, most notably 10 years with Nighthawk which included local players Phil Shelton, Steve Wiley, Mark Alley and Lance Baker. “I’ve been a fan of the Baddadz for quite a while, so it’s quite an honor to be playing with them.”