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Woody Simmons

This long awaited album is a collection of Woody's banjo instrumentals recorded over a 22 year span and includes favorites from her first two albums as well as previously un-released compositions. Simmons' style, called 'easy listening banjo' music, was hailed in Frets magazine in 1978. Her album Oregon Mountains (1977) was singled out by Frets as "one of 12 landmark banjo albums of the century".

BanjoRAMA ranges from an east Indian influence to a fully orchestrated and introspective feel, to a light bluegrass touch. It truly is an eclectic collection and deserves an uninterupted listening experience to get the full impact and depth of the music.

BanjoRAMA is now available with two additional tracks and a reduced price.

Woody Simmons Banjorama
I love the banjo for the same reason I like so many things - it's not obviously cool. No, I feel that playing the banjo must be like being part of a religious order; a calling. No one would suffer the slings and arrows of Deliverance and "Hee Haw" references if they had another choice. Even in a world of oddballs, Simmons is odder still as she plays a much quirkier brand of banjo than I've heard before. You can hear the same stuff you hear in a lot of banjo music - bluegrass, the mountains - but there's also as much Ravi Shankar, symphony orchestra, and Ornette Coleman. Her songs are adventurous, meditative, and best of all, original. With a judicious use of accompaniment, Simmons allows her banjo to hog the spotlight, her fingers flying with the wild abandon of a woman possessed. (JB)
Dirty Linen issue #97 Dec-Jan 2002

. BanjoRama
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  1. Raga Rama
  2. Banjo Raga
  3. Firefly
  4. Ashtavakra's Tune
  5. Door To The Infinite (new cut added)
  6. Cowboy Raga (new cut added)
  7. Sally Walks The Dog
  8. Suite For Wings
  9. Trolley Car


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. Woody Simmons
This self-titled album first released in 1980 contains Simmons' most pop-influenced work, as well as a taste of her guitar and banjo style on the last track. From the opening song titled 'Too Good to Be' to the heart-felt 'Who'll Save the Animals' Simmons takes us through a journey of love and compassion, with an emphasis on fun.

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  1. Too Good To Be
  2. It Don't Rain
  3. For All The Times
  4. Sleepin' Out
  5. Who'll Save The Animals
  6. You Are My Friend
  7. August Tides
  8. Fare Thee Well
  9. Trolley Car


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. Oregon Mountains
Oregon Mountains is Woody's first album released in 1977 to rave reviews. (see above) Primarily of bluegrass influence, the album also contains some of Simmons' jazz and pop influenced music as well as two banjo instrumentals. The album's title song 'Oregon Mountains' became a favorite among Simmons fans well before the album was recorded, prompting Simmons to invite a large contingent of women to sing on the album's title song. Featured in this group are Rhiannon (Alive!, Voicestra) other members of Alive!, Nancy Vogl, who also toured with Woody in 1978, and members of the Berkeley Women's Music Collective. This is the first time 'Oregon Mountains' has been available on CD.

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  1. You've Got The Love
  2. Can't Say Why
  3. Feather In The Wind
  4. Banjo Raga
  5. Oregon Mountains
  6. Goin' Down South
  7. Grey Today
  8. Mockingbird
  9. Suite For Wings
  10. I'll Give It All To The Music


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Paula Barnett Castillo

Deep River Records is proud to announce the release of a full-length CD by singer-songwriter Paula Barnett Castillo. The CD entitled LOOK, showcases ten of Paula's original compositions and features the talents of producer/engineer and arranger, Woody Simmons. With additional arrangements by Joy Julks Productions and guest appearances by recording artists Sapphron Obois, Richie Kotzen and Otma Anur, LOOK takes the listener on a journey of introspection and beauty.

Ms. Barnett Castillo's powerful singing voice and unique song writing style have been noticed by reviewers such as Nicki De for the Victory Music Review in Seattle, Washington: "Paula's songs take the lessons life has to offer and provides a theory from which to learn", ".....brimming with personal charm, grace and magnitude of vocal spirit."

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Look
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  1. Into The Light
  2. Give It Back
  3. Talk To Me
  4. Silver Thread
  5. Big World
  6. Deadline
  7. Look
  8. I Remember You
  9. Nothing More
  10. Everything In Me
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