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  • Martha’s Vineyard musicians recapture the magic

    13891894_939139176208049_3109206396783872498_n.jpgWhen word got around a year or so back that Will Luckey of West Tisbury and Tim Goodman of Vineyard Haven were collaborating on an album, those who first heard the singer/guitar pickers play on the Vineyard in the 1960s might have felt a bit nostalgic. Once they give a listen to what the two old pals have been up to recently, their focus will likely shift to the present, and maybe to the future too. Friday, August 19, is the official release date of “Magic Music,” a CD and plain old vinyl LP that reintroduces us to the folk/rock/country music that they cut their teeth on, while refreshing it with the help of some incredibly accomplished musicians and modern recording techniques. For anyone who likes good, honest acoustic music, it’s a happy





    Self-titled debut record out on August 19

    June 17, 2016, Denver, CO: Colorado-based legends Magic Music – dubbed the state’s first “jam band” – have a storied history that truly complements their name. The group began as a merry troop of renegades whose brotherhood was eternally forged in the music they made.

    The band’s sound coalesced in the days when the members lived in Eldorado Canyon (inspiration for a longtime favorite song in the band’s repertoire) in two school buses and a doughnut truck, where they made a living panhandling and busking.

    In addition to legendary performances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, 


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    Tim and Will were hanging around the studio and thought it would be fun to bring a couple of the guitars that we all played back in 1970 into the game. These guitars were built by NBN guitars in Colorado, back in the day and were cherished by many terrific performers, such as James Taylor. Magic Music was given a bit of money by a fan to actually buy real guitars so they could perform their  music properly.  Lynn and Will went straight to NDN guitars and bought two instruments. These War horses made it through thick and thin for a long stretch of time. Unfortunately, Will’s guitar was stolen at a gig in Denver but Tim, who had one built at the same time, was gracious enough to

  • Checking in with Scarlet Rivera


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    The first moment I heard the music of Magic Music, I was stunned. The highly original music of Magic Music is anti-formula and authentic to the core The musicianship is the in the stratosphere, combining both virtuosity and passion, and a story of remarkable lifelong friendships. I am grateful to be weaving my violin lines as apart of Magic Music’s new story as it unfolds.

    My musical life and career continues to be rich and rewarding.  Some of the highlights of the past few years as a member of Voice of Van Gogh, as writer, violinist and vocalist.  Our latest release entitled Painting With Van Gogh with the title track Sacred Wheel co-written with the group leader and founder, John Cate, originally from Boston.   Our other legendary co-writer

  • From Our Dear Friend Bill Payne~

    Billy PayneMagic Music

    Musical continuity attached to growth, and, often, separation, is the thread that binds a collection of individuals through the shifting landscapes of discovery, a reflection of a band’s life.

    What pulls band members back into orbit is ultimately the intimacy of the music that brought them together in the first place, along with a desire to expand upon that music, while simultaneously reliving and celebrating the joys and attendant struggles of an experience that is like no other.

    Magic Music’s bedrock of integrity is solidly based on those experiences and backed with a musical effort that could only have been realized by them. Their voice is intact and has indeed grown. I’m pleased to have been invited into their world. Thanks to them all for that.

    Bill Payne

  • Chris Daniels is set to MC


    Chris Daniel’s “looking forward to seeing old Magic Music friends at Telluride, Colorado, June 15-19th. It will be great to share the news about the ‪#‎NewMusic‬ that will be released August 2016. ‪#‎MagicMusic‬”

  • Photo Release: Tim Goodman & Henry Diltz @ American Music Conference

    Tim Goodman & photographer, Henry Diltz, Eagles, The Doors, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and oh so many more, connecting in Nashville at the opening event for the 2015 Americana Conference. (Henry shot the band’s portrait for the soon to be released Magic Music album)