Rock-pop songwriting legend Jesse Barish premieres a set of brand-new material for the first time on TV as special guest on the next all-new edition of “House Blend,” the WAVE award-nominated music-and-interview program on Santa Clarita’s SCVTV hosted by veteran music journalist Stephen K. Peeples, ecncoring Saturday, April 13 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.
Barish, whose catalog includes more than 1,400 songs — among them the BMI million-played hits “Count on Me” and “Hearts” — accompanies himself on piano and harmonica and sings “Save Me” from his latest solo album, “Selling Fire in July,” plus three brand-new songs he hasn’t even recorded: “Play it One More Time,” “Valley of a Thousand Dreams” and “Georgia Rain.”
This “House Blend” show also marks the world TV premiere of all four new songs.
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A “House Blend” favorite, Barish is making his third appearance on the show. He guested early in Season 1and in Season 2 [no longer available due to technical difficulties]. His Season 3 appearance is the first in which he accompanies himself on electric piano instead of acoustic guitar.
Between performances,“House Blend” host Peeples talks with Barish about the artist’s upbeat new “Selling Fire in July” album, and recording it with Barish’s longtime collaborator/producer, multi-instrumentalist Jeff Pescetto.
A longtime resident of Venice Beach, Barish also gets into some fascinating personal history, including growing up in South Brooklyn and Miami Beach; landing in San Francisco in the early ‘60s; his first recording deal with Denny Cordell’s Shelter Records in the early ‘70s; meeting Marty Balin and Jefferson Starship, who recorded Barish’s “Hearts” and “Count on Me,” respectively; the story behind “St. Charles,” another Starship song Barish wrote with the band’s co-founder Paul Kantner; and lots more.
You can also find Jesse Barish on Facebook.
About SCVTV’s ‘House Blend’ with Stephen K. Peeples
“House Blend” is booked, researched, written and hosted by Peeples, who also co-produces the series at the SCVTV Media Center in Newhall, Calif., with SCVTV studio director Megan Perez. She also directs the show, assisted by SCVTV’s Austin Dave, sound engineer Mike Mazzetti and the studio staff. Leon Worden, SCVTV president/CEO, is the series’ executive producer.
Now in its third season, “House Blend” premiered on SCVTV in September 2010 and airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. Pacific Time, with an encore Thursdays at the same time. The series is seen in the Santa Clarita Valley on Time Warner Cable Channel 20, and throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.
The program also streams live everywhere via the Web at scvtv.com at the same times.
In addition, all “House Blend” programs produced to date — more than 30 original editions with music and interviews and a dozen all-music best-of compilations — are archived and viewable on demand; click here.
A series highlight is the May 2011 “House Blend” program featuring folk-country-bluegrass legends Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen; the show was one of three finalists for a WAVE award from the Western Alliance for Community Media. Read more here.
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In addition to his “Peeples Place at KHTS” blog, Stephen K. Peeples is a features writer/reporter and photographer for KHTS Radio News (hometownstation.com) and SCVNews.com, and host, writer and co-producer of the weekly “House Blend” music and interview television show on SCVTV, community television for the Santa Clarita Valley (scvhouseblend.com). A former SCV music and entertainment columnist for The Signal (2004-2011) and drummer with SCV jazz group RainTree (raintreejazz.com, 2010-2011), Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” MIPF/Rhino, 1992), an award-winning radio producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” Westwood One, 1988-1990) and an award-winning online editor (The Signal website, 2007-2011). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit stephenkpeeples.com.
Photos: Stephen K. Peeples
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