An Adult Alternative Artist who paints sonic pictures with a soulful palate of Blues, Jazz and Old School R&B. With a voice that channels the character in each song, ranging from the lighter to darker sides of life, usually with a twist, his songs take the audience on a musical, maiden voyage through the joys and absurdities of the world around us.
Originally from Chicago, Bruce honed his talents in San Francisco's eclectic music scene and polished them at Berklee College of Music in Boston where, after graduating, he joined the Faculty. Bruce is an outstanding entertainer, a dynamic guitarist and vocalist and has toured worldwide with his band including a production that featured singers, dancers and a live music to video presentation in Hong Kong. An accomplished composer, arranger, songwriter and musical director, his musical talents have been heard in several popular television shows. His song "Telephone Blues" was in the Sony Pictures release "Are We There Yet?", his song "Circles" was in the Warner Bros. current release "Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster" and his song "Wishing Well" as well as an on camera performance by Bruce will be featured in an upcoming episode of the TV Show: "Children's Hospital".
Arriving in Los Angeles, Bruce immediately built a reputation for musical excellence. His band, made up of some of L.A.'s finest musicians and vocalists, prides itself on its skill in performing music with heart, soul and showmanship.
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Bruce Garnitz: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Lead Vocals
Philip Bynoe: Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Cello, Vibe
Keyboards: Dennis Hamm
Drums: Neal Daniels
Flugelhorn: Lee Thornburg ("My Mother's Voice")
Lap Steel Guitar: Marty Rifkin ("She Likes It When I Drive")
Background Vocals: Elle Lewis, Jonathan Hernandez, Karen Hart, Michael Zigon, Bruce Garnitz
String Arrangement: Milton Nelson ("My Mother's Voice")
Recording Engineers: Rich Eames, Wes Claggett
Mixing: Wes Claggett & Bruce Garnitz Mastering: Marty Rifkin
Live Rhythm Section recorded at Palm Mountain Recording
Overdubs recorded at Big Toe Studios
I had an absolute blast recording these songs!
The rhythm section and lead vocals were recorded live by Rich Eames. With one prior rehearsal, the guys (Philip, Dennis, Neal) and I recorded 13 songs in 13 hours - I figured if the Beatles recorded their first album with 12 songs in 12 hours, we could do the same...
I recorded Lee Thornburg playing an exquisite Flugelhorn part on "My Mother's Voice" and Milton Nelson's delicate string arrangement captured the song's essence. Elle, Jonathan, Karen and Michael came in to sing background vocals on certain songs and Wes arrived to record and mix all of the guitar overdubs, shakers, my background vocals and the lighting of the final match on "Rainbows in Gasoline".
Mixing was accomplished in consecutive marathon sessions by myself and Wes. The final mixes were delivered to Marty for mastering just "under the wire". Bruce and Wes would like to thank Monster and Red Bull respectively - I think we should get an endorsement deal...
We hope you enjoy the record (yeah, I still call it that) and my thanks to all who were instrumental in it's delivery!
Bruce Garnitz / 2013 / Los Angeles, California.
All Songs Recorded at "Big Toe Studios" Los Angeles, California.
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All Songs Published by Bruce Garnitz Music BMI
Thanks to Ginger Garnitz, The BG Band: Milton Nelson (Keyboards), Philip Bynoe (Bass), Robert "Jake" Jacobs (Drums), Bobby Joe Holman (Blues Harp), John Cheas (Woodwinds), Christine Gordon & Elle Spencer-Lewis (Background Vocals).
Special thanks to The Berklee Alumni Songwriting Group – Los Angeles, Peter Gordon, Jan Goldstein, Jamie Glaser, Elle Spencer-Lewis, Evan Lazarus, Jael Gadsden, James Paul Carnelli, Eric Hochberg, Libby and Howard Garnitz and the crew at "Big Toe Studios" Los Angeles.
This album is dedicated to the Garnitz/Levin/Gore Family (Past and Present).
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