Poor Elijah Foundation
As these two played….I saw an innocence and a maturity, a naivety and a wisdom. I saw wild horses in these girls souls. I heard the hooves beating into the ground as their hearts beat into the rhythm of their vision….their journey…and where so they go from here?
“To Delaney & Bonnie From The Friends Of The Poor Elijah Foundation”
“Livin On The Open Road”
“Get Ourselves Together”
Recorded to honor the music and influence of Delaney Bramlett and Bonnie Bramlett
and the benefit of Poor Elijah Foundation
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Friends of the Poor Elijah Foundation
Michael Allman – Vocals
Tony Tyler – Guitar & Vocals
Ike Stubblefield – B-3 Organ & Piano
Todd Smallie – Bass
Yonrico Scott – Drums & Percussion
Donna Hopkins – Vocals on Get Ourselves Together
Laura D’Orsi – vocals on Livin’ on the Open Road
Produced by Floyd (Tom) Skinner
Executive Producer – Gina McClain
Engineered by Miguel Scott
Edited and Mixed by Miguel Scott & Floyd (Tom) Skinner
Recorded at Tree Sound Studios Norcross,GA
Mastered by Miguel Scott at Tree Sound Studios Norcross,GA
Original Painting (cover) by Michelle Bramlett
Digital Art Design by Jaesen Kanter
A Very Special Thanks to Paul Diaz for his Unmatched Generosity
An All-Skinn Music Group Production for the Benefit of The Poor Elijah Foundation – 2010
Below is a writing about the art work for the CD cover
“Just Paint What Your Dad Loved”
Michael Allman and Friends of Poor Elijah Foundation CD cover for singles “Livin On The Open Road” / “Get Ourselves Together” honoring Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.
“Just Paint What Your Dad Loved” were the words of Michael Allman as we discussed the cover art for his CD “To Delaney & Bonnie From The Friends of the Poor Elijah Foundation”
The figure in the top right corner is honoring Michael Allman and his dedication to the movement of PEF and the induction of D&B and Friends into the RRHOF. Michael, with F Tom Skinner, and ”Friends of Poor Elijah” did an amazing job and the Bramlett family is so proud. You rocked it. Thank you.
Dad loved horses and he loved to ride. He loved our “Rock and Roll Ranch”. He loved being home.
My Dad was a brilliant composer and loved and rocked the most soulful horn sections.
He heard music in his head all the time
The guitar is a given…I can’t even imagine Dad without his guitar close by.
He loved, and was influenced by, Robert Johnson. Dad said, “He was a good friend of mine ‘long time ‘fore I was born”.
He loved his front porch. Swinging and singing and sitting on his chair and playin guitar and talking and telling stories
looking at his roses
I painted the corner of the album “The Original Delaney & Bonnie and Friends- Accept No Substitute” to honor the Magic.
The figure in the top left corner is from an image Jaesen created.
My Dad loved to fly in his dreams.
This symbolism was created during the first works of the Elijah Series.
It represents Dads hand and who he touched directly. Those he taught, mentored, inspired, and loved.
The back cover is an image of an empty greyhound tour bus by Jaesen Kanter.
Can you imagine the stories on that bus?
The Poor Elijah Foundation is dedicated to assisting musicians in need develop strong business ethics within the music industry to the working musician aspiring to learn and who does not qualify for assistance from charities that require long term and/or professional establishment in the music industry. Through mentors, workshops, and camps, PEF will take the working musician and educate them in various aspects of the music industry e.g. engineering, management, publishing, money management, contract negotiations, and musical education to elevate the art of the artist fostering skills to become more proficient in their craft.
The long and short term plan is to raise monies through the production and promotion of charitable musical events, art exhibits, DVDs, CDs, and any other such fund-raising that are permitted under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Once all corporation costs are met; the remaining monies raised will go directly to the education/mentoring of and or assisting the musicians with financial relief.
acrylic on canvas
This painting is to honor the dream of the musician
and the heart of my dad.
The “wall of dreams” behind Elijah represents his aspirations.
In his vision he flies
He takes hold of the roots of the tree of his creativity.
He welcomes “the road” and all that entails
The swirling symbolism is meant to convey the desire to be heard
The bleeding heart in the tree represents the heart of an artist
sensitive, as all true artists are
He stands before an audience and he plays his love and sings his life
his music finally heard
In honor of dad, I placed a yellow pad of paper next to Elijah
My dad always had a yellow pad next to him…he was always writing
always creating songs
Dad was an amazing storyteller
The crossroads (upper left corner) honor the roots of my dad and his music
My dads favorite color is purple
Matilija Magic Poster
July 24th 2010 Art and Music Show
Jimmy Messina, rock legend (Poco, Buffalo Springfield, Loggins and Messina) Set to debut his paintings at the WAV in Ventura Matilijah Magic Art and live music show WAV July 24TH ~~ 3:00P.M to 10:00 P.M.~~ 35 W. Thompson Blvd Ventura, Ca Born in Texas in 1947, Jimmy began learning to play the guitar at the age of five. His influences were Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson. He was especially drawn to the California sound of The Beach Boys and Dick Dale. This singer, songwriter, producer, engineering master, has found satisfaction in every new adventure. Painting for years , this is Jimmy’s first public showing . Michele Bramlett will be unveiling her piece “Poor Elijah” ( Inspired by her fathers song of the same name)~ Michele will also be showing for the first time her collaborative effort with artist Jaesen Kanter! Live music with Victor Vega & The Bomb With Special Guests Johnny Smith (Delaney Bramletts Nephew), David Bell, Paull E. Rubin, and Paul Kanter
This was the first real image that I worked with of Delaney.
It struck a chord with me because Michele handed me a picture she drew when she was 13.
It had a certain innocence. A simplicity that kids have.
That day, there was a lot of spiritual energy was in the air,
reminding me who we are and where we came from.
I heard a war cry, and it’s message is the heart of this story.
Bramlett- Heard him on the promenade near the pier in Ventura, California.
This man touched my heart. He played and sang and I danced.
Kanter- So many stories beneath the callas shell that protects those who live on the street.
“Boy Playing, Girl Dancing”
Bramlett- Night stroll down Main Street, Ventura, California.
This young man was anxious to be heard and was so eager to play.
His girl loving him, dancing for him.
Kanter- When I closed my eyes I heard something different, I was able to hang on to that feeling for a few moments after I opened my eyes and before harmony met reality.
“Player at Farmers Market”
Bramlett- Interesting to see this man playing like he had the whole worlds attention. Playing on the edge of his life and from the depths of his soul as if he were playing “The Gardens”…or Carnegie Hall. The greatest universal concert imaginable inviting him to take the leap.
Most of the people walked on by, picking through the veggies and fruit, sipping their coffee, and talking on their cell phones, oblivious to his song.
Except for one little girl….
Kanter- What struck me about this image was the curiousity and innocence of the little girl as she was called by the sound of music.
Bramlett- He plays the blues…this makes him happy. The use of color blue combined with his expression, I think, is an interesting contrast.
Kanter- This image had so many magical things going on with in it that I was compelled to only bring some of them to light.
“Sax Player 1”
Bramlett- We heard him playing as we were coming out of the courthouse in LA. His playing, mesmerizing. His execution, brilliant. The saxophone’s singing colors the “grayness” of the city.
Kanter- He was like a snake charmer, his sax called to the animals as they paraded by.