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Steve Noonan and Doug Haywood In Concert
Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse
Phoenix, AZ
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Steve Noonan and Doug Haywood In Concert
Steve Noonans music is naked, intimate, close, acoustic and beautiful. It will grab you by the heart and stay with you long after he has finished playing.  Coming of age during the great singer/songwriter era of the 1960s, his romantic ballad, Buy for me the Rain, became a hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Steve was dubbed one of the Orange County Three, along with Tim Buckley and Jackson Browne. He has played with the likes of Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Tim Buckley, Jackson Browne, Ramblin Jack Elliot, the NittyGrittyDirtBand, and many others.  Steve continues to bring his socially conscious Americana to audiences around the world.

A recent quote...
"I've known Steve Noonan pretty much all my life - he's One of the two most influential people Musically - in my life.  What I learned about Writing and Performing - I first learned from him."     Jackson Browne 2014

Doug Haywood is a singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by such artists as Bobbie Gentry, The Dillards, David Lindley, Jennifer Warnes, Mason Williams, John Hartford, Jerry Reed, and Juice Newton. Doug has sung and/or played instruments in the studio and/or on stage with Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Graham Nash and Warren Zevon.

For 20 years Doug Haywood was a part of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame sound of Jackson Browne. In 2014 they reunited in the studio where Doug sang harmony on an epic track for Jacksons new album, Standing In The Breach. He continues to spend his time creating and performing his own work, as well as choice selections from other artists, while making his home in Phoenix.

A bit more about the musicians:
Steve Noonan`The time was the 1960s, a golden era for singer-songwriters.  The place, Orange County California, a conservative and reactionary region of America.  Out of a dizzying array of beats, picks, poems and protests, emerged a triad of talent hailed by Cheetah Magazine as The Orange County Three.  Playing in clubs like The Paradox and The Golden Bear, singer-songwriters Tim Buckley, Jackson Browne, and Steve Noonan were crowned the ones to watch by insiders, as the 60s folk music scene unfolded.

Tim Buckley signed with Elektra in 67, while Jackson Browne embarked on a legacy career (later crediting Steve Noonan as a mentor and early influence).  Steve became a hit songwriter when Buy for Me the Rain hit pay dirt for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  A classic from the Dirt Bands first album, Noonan co-wrote the romantic ballad with high school friend and fellow songwriter Greg Copeland.

It was soon afterwards Elektra came knocking on Steve Noonans door.  Paul Rothchild, who had launched The Doors and produced Janis Joplins final album (Pearl), was to construct his musical debut.  Unfortunately, both the company and producer were seeking a successor for the recently-discovered Buckley.  A barely twenty year old Noonan performed on the self-titled album  a collectors item to this day  but the final product lacked his signature sound.  He ultimately left Elektra (and New York) to pursue music the way he wanted tohis way.  

Steves musical journey ended up taking him to places like Stony Brook, NY, where he opened for Phil Ochs (backed by an obscure local group named Soft White Underbelly - later to become Blue Oyster Cult).  He built his own five piece band in Santa Cruz, the rare Moog synthesizer capturing his work, while opening for Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt.  Developing a wonderful habit of turning the personal into ballads, his experiences are threaded throughout his songs.  Seeing Nevadas Battle Mountain under a full moon (while traveling with Ramblin Jack Elliot) led to his writing a haunting song of the same name on his latest CD, Bringin it Back Home.  

Record companies continued to knock; Steve continued to knock back.  One AR man at Columbia Records muttered something to the effect of dont you have anything like Boz Scaggs?to which Steve replied Im not Boz Scaggs, so why would I? Four decades later, youll be glad Steve Noonan couldnt be corralled.  This seasoned and deeply reflective musician continues to write, sing, and produce rarities  socially conscious pieces of Americana, which defy classification.  Tinkering over his art like a true craftsman, Steves expressive repertoire warrants minimal instrumental canvas.  A refreshingly unvarnished artist, Steve has, in a sense, brought himself home again.  Still proud to be called a folk singer, his compositions are an invitation to discoveryof him, his music, and perhaps even something in yourself.

Winding a road between then and nowthis is history and it is today. This is Steve Noonan - Bringin It Back Home.

Doug Haywood- Artist Biography by Tom Kealey:
Doug Haywood has written songs, made hit records, and toured and performed with several household names in country rock beginning in the 1970s. He began his professional career in Phoenix, AZ, when he and his two buddies, pedal steel player Ed Black and drummer Mickey McGee joined Goose Creek Symphony. The band opened up a show for Linda Ronstadt at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles. As a result, Ronstadt convinced Haywood's two friends to come over and play in her band, which they did for a couple of years. Haywood would join them some months later after devoting some time performing in Bobbie Gentry's band as her single, "Ode to Billy Joe," was climbing the charts. These were among the first boosts to Haywood's career, but they would not be his last.

Being the new kid in town had its disadvantages, most of which were financial, but Haywood found ways to overcome these obstacles. He wanted to join the musician's union but didn't have enough money for the initiation fee, so he worked out an arrangement with the union whereby he would picket a night club, Gazarri's for about 15 dollars a night until the fee was paid off. The union also sent him out on a couple of jobs, one of which was a Mod Squad shoot where he played the part of a folksinger in a coffeehouse. His song wound up playing in the background of the episode which got him into ASCAP, and the royalties, though shrinking somewhat, still continue to roll in.

What seemed like a pattern of trading up eventually led to a long and fruitful working relationship with Jackson Browne in 1973. Over the next 20 years Haywood would spend thousands of hours in the studio supplying bass, organ, and vocal parts on more than a dozen of Browne's albums. And, as is generally the case, following each release there would be a rigorous tour schedule to promote each record, adding up to hundreds of thousands of road and air miles and hundreds of concert performances logged by the talented music veteran. As a result of his singing on Browne's albums other artists began taking notice of Haywood's studio quality vocal talent and he became very busy with requests to appear on their albums, sometimes forced to command triple AFTRA scale.

Working with and for Jackson Browne provided Haywood with a stable and financially rewarding career in the big leagues of the music business, and it also provided him with an education in the industry. Having proved to himself that he had the knowledge and talent to go off on his own, Haywood opened up a recording studio in Colorado for the dual purpose of sustaining an income, and to serve as a vehicle for his own productions. This venture, by his own account, caused somewhat of a struggle within himself, however. After a hard day's work making his clients sound good, he found that it wasn't easy to muster up the energy to create his own music. He said, "I'd probably write more songs if I was a brick layer." And went on to say, "But I continue to chase the dream, not the money. Wouldn't it be great to have both?"


Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse (Ver)
1702 E. Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020
United States


Artes > Performance
Música > Americana
Música > Folk
Música > Rock
Música > Cantante/Cantautor

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