Live from LaVal's #3Live from LaVal's program taped on August 1, 1993. Hosted by Earl Oliver, this program featured popular songwriters Elaine Dempsey (currently with Big Wide Grin), and John Fizer, accompanied by Don Burnham on guitar, Bob Blanchard on stand-up bass and John Davis on trombone.
She moved to the San Francisco Bay area from her home in Virginia with a desire and dedication to write. As a singer, songwriter and performer Elaine blends a background of folk, rock, gospel and blues to create a dynamic vocal and acoustic guitar style truly her own. Her music has received international airplay and won repeated recognition in various national songwriting contests. Her musical guides have included: Keb’ Mo’, Harriet Schock, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, Karl Werne, Lawrence Lambert, Janis Ian, Rev. Ann Jefferson, Anne Lamott, John Haley-Walker, Allowyn Price, Clayton Gibb, Bill Spooner and Jackson-Ray-Charles-Kendal-Brown-Cat.
In 1993, John Fizer was a wandering balladeer who could be seen performing often on the street in Berkeley and San Francisco. He was recently spotted singing on Main Street in Mendocino, CA, but he told a fan who ask him about it that he was "jest passin' through..."
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