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Jamie Shaler and Chris Younken met in 1972 in their hometown of State College, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State University. They began playing music together then and, although only together professionally for a few years long ago, they haven't stopped playing together since that day.
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Jamie Shaler & Woody Carpinella Present The Bellflower Concerts Sat. Sept 23rd, 1-330 pm Billerica MA *Rain date Sept 30th This outdoor show, hopefully part of an ongoing series, will be in Jamie’s backyard. Nearly unplugged!

The RULES are simple- No Pets Trained Children Welcome Leave Politics in the Driveway Be respectful of Jamie’s neighbors while parking

Summer’s supposedly over, but – hat, suSnglasses, sun block, bug spray? - yard chair or blanket, cooler with cold beverage or late lunch/early supper, all good – I have some seats – lots of shade most of the time, shifting around as the day progresses.

4 Feature Performers, Playing Two 15 minute sets each

CAROLYN WATERS Carolyn is gracing us with a return performance. If you haven’t heard this woman live, you don’t know what a force of nature she is! Socially conscious soul…a singer/songwriter whose easy, natural style communicates immediately with your heart…her powerful, compelling voice sweeps you away. Check it all out on her great website http://www.carolynwatersmusic.com/

PAUL BECK Paul Beck is a folk singer and songwriter who plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and cittern. Paul has been described as a "consummate folkie", performing folk, blues and bluegrass as well as his own originals. He is a past president of the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston. Paul is half of the popular folk duo Ergo Canto with Leslie Bryant on flute, fiddle, harmonica, and vocals. Paul has one solo CD, "High Ground", and Ergo Canto have three CDs on Paul's "Lady of Carlisle" label. Their latest, “Thunder” is available on iTunes, Amazon music, and cdbaby.com. Check out ergocanto.com and fb.com/ergocanto. Leslie may make it too, but her schedule is up in the air.

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WOODY CARPINELLA Woody has been playing since the Beatles released Help! He’s played guitar in bands since grammar school – rock & roll, blues, country, jazz, folk and some stuff that defies classification. He played professionally for 15 years in the 70’s and 80’s, and now that the family has been raised, he’s back in the saddle. Lately he’s done pit work for several community theatre projects, performed solo, and backed Jane Fallon, Carolyn Waters, Wendy Wolfberg, Ellen Schmidt and Paul Beck, among others, and is currently working with the talented Florie Namir. Check him out. You’ll be amused if not confused, infatuated and saturated, and amazed and dazed. In short, he ain’t like all the other boys and girls.

JAMIE SHALER Oh yeah, him. Jamie’s career as a songwriter/singer/guitarist/band leader spans more than 40 years. Best known for the 80’s and 90’s bands Angry Young Bees and Jamie Shaler On Vacation, Jamie has played all over New England, headlining and opening for the likes of David Clayton Thomas, Robin Trower, the English band 999, David Johansen, Tommy Keene, the Neighborhoods, the Stompers (hey!), Berlin Airlift, Robin Lane, Jon Butcher, The Fools and Down Avenue. After releasing a number of 45’s with the Bees, an album with On Vacation, a full-length CD with Thunder Monkeys, and a quite unusual Christmas CD, “Christmas Chills,” from which there are many YouTube videos that have garnered over 66000 views (He also has another 40 or 50 videos from the Bees, Vacation and his current solo act on YouTube) he released his first solo CD, “Scars, Guitars, & Tranquilizers,” in 2013, available on Amazon, and iTunes.

Needless to say, all of us are on Facebook and such. If you wish to come to this unique concert please contact the artist from whom you received this notice and express your interest. They will then give you the address. Hope to see you! jamie, woody, carolyn and paul


Well, I’d mentioned that my compatriot Chris was working on a new video for one of the songs from our “Christmas Chills” CD. “O Holy Night” is now on YouTube. To simplify things I have a link to it. I came up with an idea a year or so back about relating it to the Apollo 8 flight some of us (old enough!) remember as the one that circled the moon for Christmas Eve in 1968. Chris, as always, made a beautiful video out of NASA photos; yes that’s me giving you my best Huntley and Brinkley…hope you enjoy it and forward it to your friends and post it to your Facebooks and such.

Over the next week or so I’ll be sending out our other Chills videos! Happy Christmas, Jolly Holidays and a safe, healthy New Year to you all!
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Guaranteed safe by Jamie….straight from YouTube.

It's time to think about “Christmas Chills,” the mostly instrumental Christmas album I made a few years back with friend Chris Younken, the East Coast’s hottest guitar player and studio engineer. You can buy it from me, Amazon, iTunes, or our website jamieandchris.com. Also, you can go to YouTube and watch 6 beautiful videos Chris made for various songs from the CD. This man’s talents never end – you should check out his photography! Go to the Chris Younken channel to see all the videos (he’s working on a brand new one that should be up soon!) We ended up last year with about 48000 views and are currently pushing 58000, with the season just heating up (or, cooling down I guess…). They’ve been watching us all over the world, from Greece to the UAE to Singapore to Sweden to Qatar (?) to Old Blighty to Bulgaria! Join the rest of the world today!

Speaking of Chris’ channel, you can also see 24 videos of me performing solo, including the recently added….. “Back in Sept 2013 I played a great cable show called “It’s All About Arts” on Boston Neighborhood Network. Well, my buddy Chris has just loaded 6 new videos from that show onto YouTube. They are the best quality sound and picture of any my solo videos…”


Got a nice new review of “scars, guitars, & tranquilizers” in The Noise June issue! Don’t forget you can get “scars” in physical form for Amazon or from me, or download it and “Christmas Chills” in entirety, or individual songs, from Amazon or iTunes. Go to my website www.jamieandchris.com Chills for my rock and roll albums “Nothing Sacred” and “Jamie Shaler On Vacation.”
br> JAMIE SHALER Scars, Guitars, & Tranquilizers 18 tracks Mostly acoustic, fingerpicking alt/folk-rock done by one of New England’s most under-rated talents; this is a great release. Jamie Shaler was in Angry Young Bees and Jamie Shaler On Vacation many moons ago, and on this project he writes most of the songs and plays most of the instruments. The obvious exception is his cool punked-up cover of “Factory Girl,” a Rolling Stones Beggar’s Banquet-era melody. Jeff Baust and Chris Younken share the duties on bass. This is a very personal album, and his vocal style gives one the impression that Shaler is pouring his heart and soul out to the listener in both the lyric content and the song’s delivery. Introspective resolutions like “Time Free Sail,” “Silent Call of the Streetlights,” and “Time and Time Again” mix with more guitar-focused, good fingerpicking tunes like “That Sort of Feeling,” “Lothlorian,” “Fly Lady Suite,” and “Rue de la Paix.” I dig the way he picks notes and then strums a chord and then goes right back to fingerpicking. This style is very effective and interesting to listen for. The result is almost TWO CD’s worth of fantastic material on one release. He even gets electric and rocks out on “Never Ran with the Animals” and “Was in the Bentley” – music that could have been done by The Bees back in another time. More great music from Jamie Shaler. Add it to your collection now. (A.J. Wachtel)

JAMIE & BEES AT RAT, AT BRATTLE! I’ve mentioned before the way-cool documentary, “Let’s Go To The Rat,” by Director Andy Szava-Kovats, which chronicles the famed Rat rock club in Kenmore Square. It features Willie “Loco” Alexander, the Neighborhoods, Big Catholic Guilt, Real Kids, Classic Ruins, Rick Berlin, oh, the Angry Young Bees, (Will Hunt, Craig Kahn, Jeff Baust, and myself) and many, many more in live rocking action videos and interviews about this great club and the scene and scensters and bands and writers and DJ’s that shared it. This Sunday, Nov 16, at 7 PM, “Let’s Go To the Rat” will be on the big screen at the famed Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge. Famed and famed…how do you beat this? If only afterwards one could troll through Jacks, Jonathan Swifts, The Club and the Inn Square Men’s Bar! All equally dead rock clubs…but no one has made a way-cool documentary about them. Fortunately we have a great one about the Rat….on the BIG screen … Sunday…wear your leather!

Oh yes, the great documentary “Let’s Go to the Rat” is out, features many great bands (such as my old crew Angry Young Bees!) and is a blast. You can get it at www.LetsGoToTheRat .com or at Boston’s Newbury Comics! You must check it out!

PS Among the countries where people have watched our various Christmas vids: USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, India, Phillipines, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Greece, Trinidad and Tobago, Columbia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Peru, Japan, Romania, Netherlands, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Sri Lanka, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia (!), Ecuador, Nicaragua, Slovakia, Estonia, United Arab Emirates. Taiwan, Egypt, Finland, Venezuela, Lebanon, Singapore, Malta, Chile, Barbados, Moldova, Jordan, South Africa, Belgium, South Korea, Hong Kong, Botswana, Iceland, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Nigeria, Bahrain, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Vietnam, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Argentina, Paraguay, Mozambique, Israel, Qatar, Serbia, Iraq, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Switzerland, Ukraine, Costa Rica, Nepal, Cyprus, Indonesia, Hungary, Norway,Czech Republic, Bahamas, Georgia, Lithuania, Ireland, Honduras, Turkey, Guyana, Cambodia and Uganda! Wow!!

Shameless request……any fans who would be so kind as to go to Amazon or iTunes, call up “Scars, Guitars & Tranquilizers” and “Christmas Chills” (music…Jamie Shaler….pretty easy) and make nice comments about said CDs would be greatly appreciated by moi! If you already have one or both CDs it’s very easy (if not, why not?)….or, if not, you can stream sections of every song right there…..and, at last resort, you can, shall we say, invent! Or simply gush!

From July 2013.........

Just got a very nice review from Metronome Magazine - thanks!

Metronome Magazine Hearings July 2013


Singer-songwriter-guitarist Jamie Shaler is best known for his work with the ‘80s Boston band Angry Young Bees, but these days he’s directed his focus on the singer-songwriter aspect of his music. On his new solo debut, Scars, Guitars, & Tranquilizers, Shaler delivers an ambitious 18-song effort highlighted by energetic acoustic guitar playing, inventive lyrics and spirited vocals. Fourteen of the album’s tracks are penned by Shaler, while the other four are meticulously crafted renditions of songs by Guy Clark (The Last Gunfighter Ballad), Paul Simon (A Poem On The Underground Wall), The Rolling Stones (Factory Girl), and former bandmate Will Hunt (Nobody I Know). Aside from compatriots Jeff Baust and Chris Younken contributing bass parts and some engineering chores, Shaler plays all the instruments heard on the album while turning the knobs for the project in his home studio. It should be noted that Chris Younken also mastered the well recorded and produced project. Best tracks sure to capture the imagination of folkies everywhere include the sweet guitar picking of “I Know You’re There,” the ethereal “Time Free Sail,” the gritty “Was In The Bentley,” the deft guitar work of “Fly Lady Suite,” the superb interpretation of The Rolling Stones’ “Factory Girl,” the masterful fretboard workout of “Lothlorien,” the moody “Rue de la Paix co-written with wife Louise, and the acoustic uprising of “Everybody Wants a Cut." While Shaler’s musical journey has brought him to many crossroads over the years, it’s clearly evident that he’s found comfortable ground on Scars, Guitars, & Tranquilizers. (Doug Sloan)

Note from Jamie – Louise Shaler is my sister, not my wife. She wrote the poem ” Rue de la Paix.”


Scars, Guitars, & Tranquilizers It’s officially released now…..I’ve already mentioned you can download the album, or any individual songs, from Amazon.com, iTunes, Spotify, eMusic and lots of other such places, but for the old-school among us (like me!) you can now order a physical CD from Amazon.com! And I have a batch that I will be carrying around from now on as well, which will have the groovy back cover that Amazon on Demand doesn’t deal in……

The information missing as a result is as follows (shortened version)….the album has 18 songs, all mine except for Paul Simon’s “A Poem on the Underground Wall,” the Stones’ “Factory Girl,” Guy Clark’s “Last Gunfighter Ballad,” my dear fellow Bee Will Hunt’s beautiful ballad “Nobody I Know,” and one song co-written with my sister Louise.

Other than 3 songs with Jeff Baust on bass and one song with Chris Younken on bass I play everything….acoustic, electric, classical, 12-string and bass guitars, harmonicas, keyboards, percussion, balalaika and, of course, vocals. I’ve been working on this critter for a long time and am very proud of it. Most of it was recorded at my home studio although some at Jeff Baust’s Coral Sea and Chris Younken’s house. Chris, besides teaching me to engineer, was also invaluable in that he mastered the entire project, without which it would not exist!


From Feb. 2013.....

I should remind everyone…..

Congratulations! Your song was selected to be on Valentine's 2013 - A TuneCore Artist Compilation, Volume 1. We had over 1,100 artists submit their songs, so you beat out a lot of competition. There were so many good tracks, sent from all over the world, that we decided to create three albums: Volumes 1 & 2, plus a Hip-Hop/R&B version. Your song is on Volume 1, now live on Amazon MP3 U.S. (not anymore....)

The song they reference is “I Know You’re There.” Also happens to be the first song on “Scars, Guitars, & Tranquilizers.” Did I say FREE??

Thanks to Metronome Magazine for a wonderful cover story in the January 2012 issue. They also featured Angry Young Bees in their "Time Machine" section!

Chris is busily recording assorted folks in his studio, playing in a couple bands and doing lots of freelance audio work. Speaking of which, check out his new website www.chrisyounkenproductions.com. He is also working on a solo album of many great pieces of his music from throughout the years! Some wonderful material, and, of course, wonderfully recorded!

Don't forget - under the "Music" section you can listen to one of the songs from the upcoming album, sample from the 3 albums available for sale at the Store tab and listen to Jamie's entire set from August 2007 when he opened for David Clayton Thomas at the Lowell Summer Music Series. Not altogether bad!

Contact Jamie and Chris at: info@jamieandchris.com

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