Joey Shaheen, a singer/songwriter performing as The Wrong Omar, is from Minneapolis, MN. He's an engaging personality who's songs are generally story-telling pieces reflecting on his experience. You can hear some of his work and learn more about him here.
Gail Wade, making her second appearance on The Blue Place Special, after a successful gig at Bristol Rhythm & Roots last weekend, is a deeply affecting singer/songwriter from Connecticut who is well-known in the region as a solo performer as well as a member of her blue grass band Turning Point. She also serves on the staff of a number of children's academies at bluegrass festivals. You can listen to some of her work here:
Gail's song "I Like a Train" won the song contest at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival a couple of years ago. Her new song "Anna's Owl" brought tears to both Irene's eyes and mine, a beautiful song about her mother-in-law's struggle to establish her independence after the loss of her husband. Gail's rich voice, warm personality, and comfortable presentation reach out to listeners who can't miss her full effect.