Bio and One Sheet

VICTOR & PENNY
and their Loose change Orchestra

SHORT DESCRIPTION:
Swing-infused folk-jazz rooted in the riff-driven Kansas City style.
Swing-infused folk-jazz rooted in the riff-driven Kansas City style, delivered with class, joy, and soaring musical improvisation.

SHORT BIO
Victor & Penny deliver swing-infused folk-jazz in the band’s signature high-energy style with joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation. V&P were named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH; “Standout Concert of the Year” by the Joplin Globe; and are two-time Folk Alliance International official showcase artists. Victor & Penny impress and delight with charm and hot licks and they are an "absolute rollicking blast." 

LONGER BIO
Celebrating a time when style mattered and class was king, Victor & Penny feature tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar work, and a fiery ukulele. Victor & Penny deliver swing-infused folk-jazz in the band’s signature high-energy style with joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation. This corset-tight group crafts clever original tunes and brings a modern Kansas City voice to prohibition era jazz. V&P impress and delight with charm and hot licks. Named, “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH and "Stand-out Concert of The Year" by The Joplin Globe, they are an "absolute rollicking blast." The group released a new full-length CD, “Electricity” that debuted at #12 with the #3 song on the folk radio chart (March 2016).

“Victor & Penny infuse their music with a strong sense of swing rooted in the riff-driven style of Kansas City jazz to create their own distinctive style.”
-- Chuck Haddix, Host of the Fish Fry on KCUR FM 89.3 and co-author of “Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop – A History”

FULL BIO
Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) and Erin McGrane (George Clooney's, "Up in the Air" and cabaret troupe Alacartoona). Formally trained at Berklee School of Music (Boston) and the Conservatory of Music (Kansas City), Mr. Freling participated in the international program, The Acoustic Guitar Project in 2014 and is an accomplished composer, arranger, an outstanding instrumentalist. Ms. McGrane is an ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant recipient and a Mid-America Arts Alliance Professional Development Grant recipient as well as a fellow of the ArtistINC program for which she currently serves as a peer facilitator and a workshop presenter. Classically trained reeds virtuoso James Isaac fronts his own highly respected jazz quartet, The James Isaac Group. Bassist Rick Willoughby attended the UMKC Conservatory of Music and is a member of Quixotic, The Snow Globes and the Barclay Martin Ensemble. Multi-instrumentalist Kyle Dahlquist (trombone, accordion, glockenspiel and vocals) rounds out the ensemble. The group just released their 4th album, 'Electricity,' which joyfully captures the energy, humor and soaring musical improvisation of their live show.

Victor & Penny was honored to represent Kansas City at a New York City press event as part the America’s Creative Crossroads campaign, “Paris of the Plains Goes to NY." The pair has performed at such notable Kansas City events as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts inaugural New Year’s Event, the Missouri Governor’s 2016 EDC Awards Luncheon and KC Union Station’s Centennial Celebration, and KC Mayor Sly James’ 2015 State of the City Address. Victor & Penny were invited official showcase artists at the prestigious Folk Alliance International Conference (FAI 2014 and 2015), the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (SERFA 2016), and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA 2014). V&P were 2013 Escape-To-Create artists-in-residence in Seaside, FL. The group regularly tours the USA, having made nearly 1,000 personal appearances and traveled 180,000 miles in the last four years.


QUOTES
"They were right-on; it's easy to tell the real deal when you hear it."  
-- Angela Lutz, PITCH

“…this duo hits it out of the park with something charming and subversive at the same time.”
--Chris Spector – Midwest Record   

“McGrane and her partner, guitarist-singer Jeff Freling, have a natural chemistry that infuses their musical performance with an undeniable electric energy. Her solid ukulele strumming provides a heartbeat while he provides leadership and rapid-fire solos recalling Les Paul or Chet Atkins on his vintage Kay archtop. They had me breathless…”
 -Kristen Shafel Omiccioli – KC Metropolis

“Their music is a rock-fueled take on jazz reflecting on prohibition-era swing.”
– Clint Weiderholt, American Roots Magazine

“Flawless live performance...inspired performances…skilled musicianship…depth and amusement come hand in hand. The energetic guitar skills of Victor (Jeff Freling) impress, and Penny (Erin McGrane) adds to the appeal with her usual moxie on ukulele, not to mention the jazzy vocals and delightful harmonies between the two.“
– Barb Corley, American Roots Magazine

"Freling's intense, complex guitar work embodied the...experience so fully that words were unnecessary. McGrane's voice was equally captivating, capable of joking and insisting at the same time."
--Angela Lutz, PITCH

"The duet soon makes it clear that the joy these two experience playing together is as high as this performance aims."
-- Danny Alexander, "Take 'Em As They Come" Music Blog

"Erin's vocal interpretations are engaging and perfect, and you'd swear that Jeff was channeling the deceptively smooth and fast style of Les Paul.”  
Dana Seeley, The Seeley Foundation


ARTIST
Website: www.victorandpenny.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/victorandpenny
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victorandpenny
Twitter: https://twitter.com/victorandpenny
Instagram: @VictorandPenny
Email: Info@VictorandPenny.com

BOOKING
Heart Roots Music
Liz DiSessa
Liz@HeartRootsMusic.com
heartrootsmusic.com
508-274-2951
 


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VICTOR & PENNY
“Electricity”
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Overtone Records #VP101 – Self Release

“Victor & Penny infuse their music with a strong sense of swing rooted in the riff-driven style of Kansas City jazz to create their own distinctive style.”
--Chuck Haddix, Host of the Fish Fry on KCUR FM 89.3
and co-author of “Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop – A History”

Electricity crackles and sparks with joy and regret; truths and dares; love and love gone wrong all set to a score of vibrant, rhythmic swing and virtuosic musicianship. Electricity is the culmination of 160,000 miles, 5 years and nearly 1,000 performances and is a testament to the incomparable vivacity of Victor & Penny’s live show, with newly added sophistication and rich instrumentation.

Penny drives the rhythm train with her nimble strumming on the ukulele to perfectly complement Victor’s agile, masterful guitar licks. Their spirited vocal exchanges and harmonies illuminate the deeper meaning and feeling of the song lyrics. Victor & Penny’s good humor shines through in their music which often takes unexpected turns, veering from the fiery instrumental, “Penny’s Pounce” to a fresh gypsy-jazz exploration of the musical gem, “Moon Over Bourbon Street”.

Electricity celebrates the positives and negatives of the electrical connection we all feel: the polarity of relationships – the necessary give and take, push and pull, yin and yang. “Day Off Boogie” extols the joys of a rare lazy day at home with your lover, while a tale of dark passion unfolds in the patient murder ballad “Say Goodbye”. “Rickshaw Chase” is a wild Klezmer-inspired ride on a creaky cart and “More In Store” steps spritely to resist the enticing lures of a big box store. Highlights include Penny’s smoky vocals on the jazzy, noir ballad lamenting the end of an affair in “Overtones” and the impassioned delivery of “Hide. Seek.” -- an uncomplicated look at a complicated relation in western-tinged 6/8 time.

Produced by Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Mitch Dane, and recorded at Sputnik Studio in Nashville, TN, Electricity features Victor & Penny’s fine band, The Loose Change Orchestra (LCO). The LCO’s rich, resonate sound is created by virtuoso reeds player James Isaac on clarinet, soprano saxophone and melodica; Rick Willoughby on upright bass; and trombonist Kyle Dahlquist. Supplemental instrumentation includes accordion, violin, saw, mandolin, piano and Hammond B3.

Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) on guitar and vocals who attended Berklee School of Music; and Erin McGrane (George Clooney's, "Up in the Air" and the cabaret troupe, "Alacartoona") on ukulele and vocals. Victor & Penny were named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH; “Standout Concert of the Year” by the Joplin Globe; and are two-time Folk Alliance International official showcase artists. Victor & Penny was born when Erin’s father gave her his prized 1951Hofner ukulele and Erin and Jeff discovered their mutual love of Jazz Age songwriting. Sparks, Electricity!

www.VictorandPenny.com

All songs written by Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling except "Say Goodbye" written by Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling and Cody Wyoming; "Moon Over Bourbon Street" written by Gordon Sumner.

All songs published by Plumtunes (ASCAP) except "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI).

© 2015 V&P Productions, LLC | All rights Reserved


Track Listing

Victor & Penny
“Electricity”

Day Off Boogie (2:58) – mid-tempo swing with boogie-woogie piano
A rare, lazy day at home with your lover – let the records spin! Do what we will, give the neighbors a thrill.

Electricity (2:32) – playful mid-tempo swing with blazing clarinet intro and captivating vocal interplay
Science meets Love and sparks fly.

Penny’s Pounce (3:38) – up tempo horn driven instrumental
A romp reminiscent of the bar line crossing syncopation of Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce,” and more fun than anyone should be allowed to have in 3 minutes and 38 seconds.

Hide. Seek. (3:13) – down tempo 6/8 blues with New Orleans piano and soulful horns
An uncomplicated look at a complicated relation, but definitely no child’s game. Love hurts.

Moon Over Bourbon Street (4:45) – gypsy-jazz back alley French café lament, with violin and accordion
This soulful re-working of Sting’s tragic tale of forbidden love as seen through the eyes of a condemned soul features an expressive, emotional soprano saxophone solo.

Rickshaw Chase (2:25) – up-tempo instrumental, Klezmer-inspired caper
Inspired by a wild ride on a creaky cart through the bustling streets of Chicago, this thrilling musical joy ride will have you holding on to your hat.

Say Goodbye (3:17) – patient murder ballad with spaghetti western horns in a minor key
A tale of dark passion written on a rainy drive through the mist hung mountains of North Carolina. There must be many secrets buried in that soft, damp earth.

More In Store (3:33) – driving, rhythmic up-tempo number with buoyant ukulele intro
You better step sprightly to resist the enticing lures of the big box store: there’s everything you want and nothing you need.

Overtones (4:26) – jazzy noir ballad with lush horn arrangement, exotic chord changes and smoky vocals
A lament, a regret, a recognition of the end of an affair. Overtones, and broken bones and powerlines overhead.

You’re A Revelation (3:32) – cool mid-tempo jazz groove with guitar/clarinet riff intro
What’s the difference between a dream and a revelation? When you have a dream, you awake to your former reality. When you have a revelation, it becomes your new reality. All that we see or we seem is a dream, within a dream.

TRACK LISTING

1 - Day Off Boogie (2:58)
2 - Electricity (2:32)
3 - Penny's Pounce (3:38)
4 - Hide. Seek. (3:13)
5 - Moon Over Bourbon Street (4:45)
6 - Rickshaw Chase (2:25)
7 - Say Goodbye (3:17)
8 - More In Store (3:33)
9 - Overtones (4:26)

All songs written by Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling except "Say Goodbye" written by Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling and Cody Wyoming; "Moon Over Bourbon Street" written by Gordon Sumner.

All songs published by Plumtunes (ASCAP) except "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI).

© 2015 V&P Productions, LLC | All rights Reserved


Lyrics + Credits

ELECTRICITY | Victor & Penny

Produced, recorded and mixed by Mitch Dane
Sputnik Sound, Nashville, TN - August 2015
Mastered by Matthew Odmark at An Original Master
Overtone Records 2016
Release Date: March 4, 2016

Victor & Penny is: 
Erin McGrane - Vocals, Ukulele
Jeff Freling - Vocals, Guitar

The Loose Change Orchestra is:
James Isaac -- Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Melodica
Rick Willoughby -- Upright Bass, Kala U-Bass
Kyle Dahlquist – Trombone

Special Guests:
Dustin Ransom -- Piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, Accordion, Mandolin
Paton Goskie -- Violin

Cover Photography by Paul Andrews Photography
Design and Layout by You’re Welcome

All songs written by Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling except "Say Goodbye" written by Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling and Cody Wyoming; "Moon Over Bourbon Street" written by Gordon Sumner.

All songs published by Plumtunes (ASCAP) except "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI).

c2015 V&P Productions, LLC | All rights Reserved


TRACK LISTING

1 - Day Off Boogie (2:58)
2 - Electricity (2:32)
3 - Penny's Pounce (3:38)
4 - Hide. Seek. (3:13)
5 - Moon Over Bourbon Street (4:45)
6 - Rickshaw Chase (2:25)
7 - Say Goodbye (3:17)
8 - More In Store (3:33)
9 - Overtones (4:26)
10 - You’re A Revelation (3:32)


LYRICS

DAY OFF BOOGIE

No need to get up
There’s mud in my cup
I’m staying in bed till all the papers get read
Day off Boogie with you

I’m still in my socks
Neglecting the clock
Messing around in my dressing gown
Day off Boogie with you

Brewing a pot, sturdy and hot
If it’s sugar you want, honey that’s what I’ve got
I’ll take a shot, ready or not
This bag of bones just wants to stay home
Oh man I hope it keeps on snowing…

The dishes can stay (all day)
Right where they lay (until we put them away)
That laundry pile will have to wait awhile
Day off Boogie with you

Day off boogie – stay in, stay up
Day off boogie – hang out, hang up
Day off boogie – turn on, tune up
Do what we will – give the neighbors a thrill

Stirring the pot, until the burner gets hot
You know I love your cooking a lot
Like it or not, it’s melting your pot
Nothing to do but make dog eyes at you
Oh man, it’s really blowing….

Making a plan (a plan)
Like nobody can (oh man)
Honey, we conspire like a house on fire
Day off Boogie with you

Day off boogie….

We’ve got records to play
I’ll be your deejay
We’re gonna let ‘em all spin till the sun turns in
Day off Boogie with you



ELECTRICITY

Electricity
Feel the spark between you and me
We’re conducting atomically
And you’re charging me
With love with love with love with love

Proximity
Oh the nearness is thrilling me
You’re pulling magnetically
And I can’t breathe
For love for love for love

Electricity - it’s an event (it’s not a thing)
And heat can do most anything when you
Speed it up, heat it up
Melt my heart

Positivity
You’re giving it all to me
Liberating your energy
And that’s the Science of Love

Heavenly chemistry
Intoxicating biology
We’re combining organically
And that’s the Science of Love of Love of Love

Mathematically
It’s all about you plus me
Calculating complexity
We’re primed, you see
For love, for love, for love

Electricity - it’s an event (it’s not a thing)
And heat can do most anything when you
Speed it up, heat it up
Melt my heart

Electricity
Feel the spark between you and me
We’re conducting atomically
And you’re charging me
With love with love with love with love
Speed it up, heat it up, melt my heart
With love with love with love

PENNY’S POUNCE
(instrumental)
HIDE. SEEK.

Hide. Seek.
You run. I creep.
Spin the bottle
Go to sleep
Pick your poison
Hide. Seek.

Hide. Seek.
You laugh. I leap.
Spill your story
Spring a leak
Keep your secrets
Hide Seek.

You’re the one who always lands
Your feet upon the floor
You’re the one who always stands
In the shadow of the door
Swinging fists and open hands
And always keeping score

Hide. Seek.
Fast sled. Too steep.
Spin your partner
Lose your feet
Pick your prison
Hide. Seek.

Hide. Seek.
Wade in. Too deep.
Bet your limit
Play for keeps
Feed the baby
Hide. Seek.

MOON OVER BOURBON STREET
By Sting (G. Sumner)

There’s a moon over Bourbon Street tonight
I see faces as they pass beneath the pale moonlight
I’ve no choice but to follow that call
The bright lights, the people, and the moon and all

I pray every day to be strong
For I know what I do must be wrong
Oh you’ll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there a moon over Bourbon Street

It was many years ago that I became what I am
I was trapped in this life like an innocent lamb
Now I can never show my face at noon
And you’ll only see me walking by the light of the moon

The brim of my hat hides the eye of a beast
I’ve the face of a sinner but the hands of a priest
Oh you’ll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there a moon over bourbon Street

She walks every day through the streets of New Orleans
She’s innocent and young, from a family of means
I’ve stood many times outside her window at ight
To struggle with my instinct in the pale moonlight

How could I be this way when I pray to God above?
I must love what I destroy and destroy the thing I love
Oh you’ll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there’s a moon over Bourbon Street

RICKSHAW CHASE
(instrumental)

SAY GOODBYE

Take me to the river bed
Where Fine Creek ran dry
We’ll make it right as rain
With our lovers’ lullaby
Let’s lie amidst the roots and shallows
Older than my dreams
We can bury the hurt
In that soft red dirt
And pretend we’ll never have to say goodbye

Take me to the soft green hills
We’ll put it all to rest
I should have told you sooner, love
Should have got it off my chest
We’ll stay here in the silent shadows
A quiet, piney bed
We can bury the hurt
In that soft red dirt
And pretend we’ll never have to say goodbye

Time doesn’t always ease the pain
Just because it’s passing
Love doesn’t come to stay
Just because we’re asking
Some songs hurt more than others, love
And nothing stays the same

Lie me down in the lush, soft ground
A canopy of leaves
Still our hearts in the mossy mound
No one will ever see
I wish I’d told you sooner, love
I wish I’d told you so
We’ll put it all to rest
No sorrow will we know
We’ll bury the hurt
In that soft red dirt
And pretend we’ll never have to say goodbye
Goodbye

MORE IN STORE
additional lyric C.B. Embree

Imagine a store selling nothing but more
Of everything better for less
I found what I found when I got there
Was a whole lot of lots of lots there

I saw right away that I could buy more and pay
A sum greater that somehow seemed less
Buy three and they’ll give you a free one
Pay more now for less in the long run

There’s one of every shape and kind
The more I look, the more I find
Rows and rows of those and these
Lots of boxes, yes indeed
Everything I wanted
And nothing I need
Nothing I need

It seemed so smart to upgrade to a cart
and fill it with things that impress
So I cashed in my piggy bank savings
to satisfy all of my cravings

There’s one of every shape and kind
The more I look, the more I find
Rows and rows of those and these
Obnoxious boxes, yes indeed
Everything I wanted
And nothing I need
Nothing I need



OVERTONES

She hums a low hymn slow
Can’t remember how it goes
Slim hopes and low blows
Whip or will and hips slung low
She runs onto the soft grass
With her high heels on
He paints himself a corner
Unaware he’s overdrawn
Fall in, fallin’, fallen, fall in

She knows that she chose
Nothing that she’s known before
He’ll choose and he’ll lose
After all those years of keeping score

Sorrow sleeps upon her doorstep
Fear lies waiting in his bed
With overtones and broken bones
And power lines overhead

Pictures thrown across the floor
Asking, “What was it for?”
You’re all the things that I adore
I always meant to love you more,
I couldn’t love you more
She’s standing at the corner
With her raincoat and a case
He’s waiting for the bell
Unaware he’s missed the race
Fall in, fallin’, fallen, fall in

Sorrow sleeps upon her doorstep
Fear lies waiting in his bed
With overtones and broken bones
And power lines overhead

I always meant to love you more, yes
I meant to love you more
You’re all the things that I adore
I couldn’t love you, no
I couldn’t love you more

YOU’RE A REVELATION

Today dawned strange
My life – my heart – all rearranged
What’s the difference between
What is real and a dream
What is, and what seems to be?
Poets are saying
There are things to be seen better than we can dream
Well, maybe it’s true
I know I never knew
A dream as fine as you
You spoke and I awoke
As if I was dreaming all my days away
What was no longer is
Honey, you’re no dream
You’re a Revelation

Science is saying
We spend six of our years lost in our dreams
We all play the same part
We all want a new start
Same desires of our hearts
But the shoes in my closet
And the shade on my lamp, the heart in my chest
Tell me nothing looks different
But everything’s different
Oh, I couldn’t have guessed

You spoke and I awoke
As if I was dreaming all my days away
What was no longer is
Honey, you’re no dream
You’re a Revelation

Wake me up honey, if I’m falling
I don’t want to sleep, it’s true
Now the only dream that I hear calling
Is the real you

All that we see or we seem is a dream within a dream
All that we see or we seem is a dream

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Contact

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Heart Roots Music
Liz DiSessa
Liz@HeartRootsMusic.com heartrootsmusic.com 508-274-2951

RECORD LABEL

Middle Class Records
1520 Grand Blvd
Kansas City MO 64108
Info@middlecalssrecords.com middleclassrecords.com 816-337-7553

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