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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 - http://www.bigwidegrin.com/home.html), 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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