SEAN ALTMAN & JACK SKULLER
We would like to thank SEAN ALTMAN & JACK SKULLER for generously donating their time on talent on behalf of "Musicians On Call".
In 1957, teenagers Phil and Don Everly, supercharged the vocal sound of Rock'n' Roll with the sparkling brotherly harmony that would influence The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary and the Bees Gees, releasing "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie" in the same year.
Now 60 years later, acclaimed NYC singer-songwriters and Everly devotees, Sean Altman (Rockapella founder, Carmen Sandiego theme song composer, Jewmongous creator) & Jack Skuller (winner of The Songwriters' Hall of Fame's Holly Prize in songwriting) are The Everly Set. Together, this dynamic duo approximates The Everly Brothers, presenting in concert: Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, Cathy's Clown, All I Have To Do Is Dream, When Will I Be Loved, Crying In The Rain, Love Hurts, Bird Dog, Claudette, Walk Right Back, plus many more classic hits and historic rarities.
Altman, and NJ native, Jack Skuller met on stage at the famed NYC tribute series, "The Loser's Lounge" in 2011 when Jack was just 14. In 2015, they formed The Everly Set and bought their first matching shirts. With their precision harmonies, masterful playing and engaging stage presence , they have been spreading joy and bringing audiences to their feet ever since.
"I was blown away... The Everly set is AMAZING! You'll feel like you traveled back to the '50s.....sounded as good as the actual Everly Brothers, maybe better. A fabulous night!"
NYC entertainment critic Neil Genzlinger
His silky tenor voice produced chills....The Ricky Nelson of the New York City club scene.
The New York Times
... In terms of vocal talent, Altman is light-years ahead of most singers...
New York Press
Power-pop mensch and aspiring teen cult leader Sean Altman (yeah, he gets the press), of "Carmen Sandiego" fame, was another recent Loser's Lounge winner with his smooth, plummy "Golden Years" - better than Bowie's!
The Village Voice
Joshua Garcia is a folk-singer/songwriter whose music and writing style draw from the influences of his musical heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua spent time writing and performing in Providence, RI before settling in Astoria, Queen.
A firm believer in the power of song and 'the album' as an artistic format, Joshua is currently in pre-production for his first official release.
Joshua thanks you for stopping by, and as he often tells his audiences:
"If you do your best to listen; I'll do my best to remember the words!"
"Garcia sings in a strong, confident baritone that harks back to the more purposeful folk voices of the 1950s folk revival: in other words, he isn't trying to be Dylan or, for that matter, John Mayer. Likewise, his guitar picking is steady, and fluid, and fluent in several bluesy styles. He writes in images: rather than telling you what's going on, he gives you an audio movie to figure out. He's got a deadpan sense of humor that can be very grim, which makes sense considering who's in the Oval Office right now."
-New York Music Daily Blog
"It was a special night at Cafe Vivaldi on that summer day last year. Vivaldi's dimmed lights and low ceilings were packed to the brim with people, and the excitement was brewing. So many talented songwriters played one after the other that I was in awe. I felt hopeful. And among all of those incredible songwriters, one stood out to me-Joshua Garcia. He had a booming voice that gave you shivers. When the first few words poured from his mouth, it shocked me dead silent. I turned my body toward him and listened until the moment he was finished. Everyone in the audience was silent, hypnotized by him. 'You can buy yourself freedom, but you can never be free' was one line. 'I'm sewin' my dreams in the suitcase factory' was another. His lyrics are subtle and they project honesty and humanity, which is rarely found. He also doesn't fall into the nearly universal genre of love-song writers. He is one of the last of a dying breed of topical singer/songwriters, and he is one of a select few in that category who write great songs."