For Immediate Release: Bill Wence Promotions is Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 FAR-West Official Showcases.

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2018 at 7:08 pm
Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West)
FAR-West is very pleased to announce the Presenting Sponsor of the Official Showcases at the 2018 conference, which will take place October 11 to 14 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA.

Bill Wence has been an attendee and sponsor at FAR-West conferences in prior years, making our region his chosen home.  We have always appreciated his knowledge, good humor and generosity.  This year, Bill Wence Promotions has elected to take the role of Presenting Sponsor of the Official Showcase stage through a very generous donation.  Bill has supported artists all around the country, through radio promotion, picking, writing and singing for all of his life.  He began in California in the late 1950s and expanded to the Northwest and Alaska before finding even greater success in Nashville.

As a songwriter and artist Bill has charted over a dozen songs on the Billboard charts through the years. He is a founding member of Americana Music Association, a lifetime member of the Country Music Association  and the Musicians Local #257, as well as a member of ACM and Folk Alliance International.  (

We were thrilled to welcome him back “home” when he first attended a FAR-West Conference and again when he made us his primary regional affiliation. We are now very grateful to receive another round of his ever growing support in 2018.

We encourage all attendees to seek him out at the forthcoming conference, enjoy his companionship, stories and much more.  We are all blessed to have his accomplished, generous and ever optimistic presence as part of the FAR-West family.

Thank you to Bill Wence Promotions – Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 FAR-West Official Showcases.


Carrington MacDuffie

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Carrington MacDuffie is not your typical Americana singer/songwriter. She is an award-winning voice actor, a spoken word performer, and a widely published poet; her music embodies a passion for language and sound, shaped by her carefree spirit and the richness of her alto voice. While comparisons have been made to Americana folk singer/songwriters, such as Neko Case, Patty Griffin, and Lucinda Williams, and her live performance has been described as “alt cabaret” and compared to Nina Hagen and Laurie Anderson, perhaps best grasped MacDuffie’s lighthearted warmth and infectious charm when they described her as a “female Jimmy Buffet.”

Her latest release CRUSH ON YOU out in February 2016, is a collection of five original songs about the independent spirit of love crossed with longing, that MacDuffie herself refers to as electronic folk. There is a playfulness and sensitivity to her work, and the tunes are both catchy and deep. MacDuffie has merged her Americana folk singer/songwriter sound with an ’80s rock twist for an eclectic, retro sound. The tracks range from the powerful title track “Crush on You,” to the meditative “I Call You” with its steadily rolling drums, to the sweet melody of the ballad “Precious Kisses,” the dynamic lullaby “Sweet Pea,” and is rounded out by an anthemic ode to the musician’s instrument, “My Little Guitar”. Her vocal clarity and expressive range, her creative use of lyrics, and her signature background vocal styling ensure her unique voice will be heard in not only the Americana singer/songwriter scene, but in other genres as well.

CRUSH ON YOU was produced in Austin, Texas, by Rob Halverson, who has produced and performed with an impressive roster of legendary Austin performers. Halversonics Recording has played host to a bevy of award-winning artists. On the CRUSH ON YOU EP Halverson (synthesizers, bass, piano, vibes, percussion, guitars) is joined by renowned drummer/percussionist Dony Wynn, who has long been appreciated for his work with Robert Palmer, Dr. John, Patti LaBelle, Brooks and Dunn, and Robert Plant. Paul Klemperer steps in on baritone sax, and Carrington croons, whispers, and belts out her vocals and plays acoustic and electric ukuleles and piano. CRUSH ON YOU was mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, Portland, Oregon.album_cover.jpg

John McDonough

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm

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John McDonough is a singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas whose shows span five decades of hits combined with unique originals. John’s acoustic guitar work, passionate vocals, and personal lyrics result in a modern singer/songwriter/pop sound rarely heard. John has spent the last 20 years playing in and around Austin while co-producing and self-releasing five CDs of original music. He has played to the rowdy crowds of 6th street, the dinner crowds of Austin restaurants, and everything in-between. Four years ago he decided to retire from practicing psychotherapy and focus solely on music. In that time he has written and recorded two new CDs, played over 200 gigs, performed in six major music festivals as a solo artist, and three times appeared and performed on local radio. He has drawn comparisons to Elton John and Harry Chapin for his vocal style/abilities while Austin radio host Stephen Rice has compared John’s emotional storytelling to the songwriting styles of James Blunt and Damien Rice.

So much more about John: