Pollyanna and Mokai appeared on January 27, 2013.
Pollyanna Bush 
January 27, 2013

"Pollyanna writes musically sophisticated and honest songs which
she sings with an impossibly beautiful voice."
- Bonnie Hayes, Singer/Songwriter/Producer

It took two years of writing and nine months of production, but when Pollyanna Bush came out of the studio with her debut album, Dying to Be Born, she knew it was well worth it. "While in production, I had concerns that the songs were too different from each other, that they cut across too many genres. But each song had it's own personality, and insisted on having it's way with me and all the musicians. I'm glad we stayed true to our instincts, since everyone's saying they love that my CD is such an eclectic variety of sounds and emotional experiences."

And is it ever! From her first track, with the tale of two lovers being purified in the crucible of love, to her last, of discovering that all along she has been the lotus flower of perfection she has sought, Pollyanna's wisdom, passion, and sophisticated musical expression shines through.

Dying to be Born is a journey in the truest sense of the word. It is a tale of love and loss, redemption and joy. "Every moment in the album is both intensely personal and universal," Pollyanna says. "I'm always touched and amazed by the varying interpretations that I hear of my songs and feel that I have done my job as an artist when upon hearing the CD, listeners can make it their own personal journey, not just mine."

January 27, 2013

"Great message in a vivid, deftly expressed package…incredible live!"
-Rosalie Howarth, Acoustic Sunrise, KFOG FM

Mokai takes a deep knowledge of roots music and adds a dose of contemporary attitude. He's becoming known for his authentic folk-blues picking and eclectic originals. On his new studio album for 2012 "Any Distraction'll Do", he moves from playful to somber, working from a palette of musical and lyrical ideas. Mokai's bag of tricks includes character driven story-songs and Americana inspired originals. He rounds things out with guitar instrumentals, slide guitar and fresh interpretations of traditional folk-blues.

In 2012 he performed in many intimate listening spaces, including house concert series and art houses, such as The Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley, and The Red Poppy and The Lost Church in San Francisco. His guitar style and technique was mentioned in the January 2013 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, in an article on Northern California guitarists, including Jackie Green, Garrin Benfield, James Nash and Nina Gerber.

His roots sound can best be compared to songwriters like John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, with an original guitar style that echoes his deep connection to the playing of seminal folk artist like Big Bill Broonzy and Dave Van Ronk.

Mokai's music is intended especially for acoustic music lovers.