Songwriters' Showcase Headliners


Professional musicians with Arizona ties join each Songwriters' Showcase.

Photo by Michael GingChuck Hall, May 23, 2014, Showcase XI
As a 35+ year veteran in the music business, Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member Chuck Hall has played with some of the best, opening shows for Albert Collins, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and many others. He has written more than 100 songs and, recently, six of his songs were featured in Season 5 of FX's Justified. Hall is a Hollywood F.A.M.E., Award Recipient and won “Best Blues Guitarist” in Arizona two years in a row. His song, “Young Boy,” was selected Best Song by Soundboard magazine. His most recent offerings include a two-disc compilation CD and the Live in Sweden disc. His newest CD, Hillbilly Wild will be released on Aug. 13 by Fervor Records. Photo: Michael Ging.

The PistolerosThe Pistoleros, Dec. 6, 2013, Showcase X
Tempe-based roots-rockers The Pistoleros are comprised of front man Lawrence Zubia, his guitarist brother Mark, guitarist Thomas Laufenberg, bassist Scott Andrews and drummer Gary Smith. The Zubias are sons of a mariachi musician and first emerged as members of the Chimeras, which included the ill-fated future Gin Blossoms guitarist Douglas Hopkins. Hopkins' "My Guardian Angel" later surfaced on The Pistoleros' 1997 debut album Hang on to Nothing, which featured songwriting contributions from the Jayhawks' Gary Louris, the Smithereens' Pat DiNizio and Radney Foster. View The Pistoleros performance.

Songwriters' Showcase IXJerry Riopelle, May 17, 2013, Showcase IX
In the 1970s, Arizona fell in love with singer/songwriter/producer Jerry Riopelle. Ever since, the rock icon has delivered a lineage of high energy performances to his loyal fan base. Riopelle has written several Top 40 hits and his songs have been covered by numerous artists including Herb Alpert, Joan Baez, Leon Russell, Kenny Loggins, Rita Coolidge and Meat Loaf. During his years in Hollywood, Riopelle wrote many songs and musical pieces for films and television shows. View Jerry's performance:

 Obadiah ParkerObadiah Parker, Dec. 1, 2012, Showcase VIII
Driven by a popular YOUTube video of a live performance, Obadiah Parker's cover of "Hey Ya" became a breakout hit in 2007, topping the iTunes singer-songwriter charts for the year. With the 2008 EP, The Tip Jar, Vol. 1, Parker built a strong Internet following with soulful vocals and his ability to cover a variety of tunes with a unique and singular style. In 2011, Parker released his first full length original material in The Siren and The Saint. View Obadiah Parker's performance:

By Chadwick FowlerSugar Thieves, Nov. 30, 2012, Showcase VIII
The Sugar Thieves have a sultry blues roots foundation and powerhouse delta sound that takes listeners back in time. The band competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis where it was voted one of the Top 10 unsigned blues bands in the world in 2009. It won the "People's Choice" award at the Old Daisy Theatre (Memphis, Tenn.) in 2010. The band is coming off of a new CD and shows in Las Vegas, Denver, Omaha, St. Louis and more. Photo by Chadwick Fowler. View the Sugar Thieves' performance:

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