New album NIGHSWONGER SINGS NILSSON out March 30!

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Available March 30, 2020, Nighswonger Sings Nilsson is a studio collaboration between songwriter Alyssandra Nighswonger and producer Chris Schlarb. Nighswongers sweet warbly vocals are backed with lush string arrangements, horn arrangements, and even a tap dancer. The album was recorded like a classic record, with each song tracked live - with all the musicians playing together at the same time. 

“Think About Your Troubles”

 “Without Her”

“One"

“He Needs Me”

“Me and My Arrow”

“Are You Sleeping?”

“P.O.V. Waltz”

“Good Old Desk”

“The Puppy Song”

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“WHEN MY LOVE KNOT SLIPS...” 

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SONGS FOR GRANDMA

A collection of sweet songs recorded at home in honor of the sweetest, most stylish grandma in all the land, the one and only Millie Murff. 

 

 “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

 “Honey Pie”

“J’ai deux amours”

“Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear”

“Dream A Little Dream of Me”

“This Will Be Our Year”

“Gatekeeper”

“La Vie En Rose”

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WHEN MY LOVE KNOT SLIPS...

Or "To the greatest romance that never was". A playful EP is written with a sassy heart, an ode to those who don't want to waste their time. 

Two of the songs, "Watch Out Nosferatu" and "Red Balloon", were recorded with Portland songwriter, Joshua Bassett. 

The songs were recorded with long time friend, Mike Plell, at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, where Plell was studying. They layered in saxophone by Matt Knapl, trombone by Matthew Proffitt, piano by Alexander Blanco, and layers of vocals. 

Alyssandra then toured the album down the coast in her bicycle adventure. 

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DAYTROTTER SESSION - DEC 18, 2012

The Dovelles

The Dovelles were a short and serendipitous collaboration between four Long Beach songwriters, Jenny Stockdale, Tess Shapiro, Mary McKeever and Alyssandra Nighswonger.

In fall of 2012, after winning Buskerfest, a Long Beach battle of the bands, Jenny Stockdale decided to move back home to her father's farm in upstate New York. The quartet embarked on cross country tour to move her there playing over a dozen shows, and making an appearance on Marfa Public Radio

Coming close to the end of the tour on a cold and wintery day in Davenport, Iowa, The Dovelles visited a studio in the basement of a former schoolhouse for a session with Daytrotter, tracking an intimate performance into an old ribbon microphone and a reel to reel tape machine. 

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LIVE AT 4TH ST VINE

The Dovelles

The Dovelles formed on the kind of Summer night where you feel life pulsing in your veins. 

Alyssandra had just finished a 1,450-mile music-tour-by-bicyle down the West Coast, and had been dumped by her boyfriend. She was over playing solo. When Sawtooth, a local bluegrass band, asked her to open at this show, she put together her dream band to back her up. She invited Jenny Stockdale, Mary McKeever and Tess Shapiro to form some thick four part harmonies, and a band was born.

The bar was so full during the performance that there was a crowd in the street. Tap by tap, the bar started running out of beer. You can hear service dog belonging to cellist, Joy Shannon, bark in a song. 

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LUCKY PENNY

Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny was about savoring the moment. It was a collaboration between songwriters Merrady, David Robison, Lexi March Lee, and Alyssandra Nighswonger. 

The band delicately crafted these songs on Tuesday mornings with mimosas, french pressed coffee, and Merrady's two sweet terriers cuddled up on the couch, listening in. 

These songs were recorded in a session on the two inch tape machine at Long Beach City College. 

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ALYSSANDRA AND THE DAYMAKERS

Alyssandra and the Daymakers

When Alyssandra met, Ellen Warkentine, her best friend and long time collaborator at Viento y Agua coffeehouse. They shared songs and a music crush was formed. Ellen messaged Alyssandra on Myspace and said, "Dear Alyssandra, I am officially in your band. Love, Ellen."

They added childhood friend, Travis Christopherson, on drums, and upright bassist, Doug Brown, and added a playful, vaudeville sound to Alyssandra's whimsical songs. "Blow All Your Troubles Away" is an especially meaningful song on this album, dedicated to anyone who needs to stop and just take a breath and let it all out. 

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a Monte Bre Records Artist.

 

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