Out of the Shadows
The Puddle Jumpers were formed in 1995 by Seattle singer/songwriter Rick Vartian. Incorporating the elements of celtic folk, progressive rock and a distinctive vocal harmony reminiscent of CSN, this newly formed band, who would later be named The Puddle Jumpers, were made up of some of the most gifted studio musicians/vocalists in the area at the time. The group played extensively in the local Seattle area for the next six years, with their live debut performance held at the NW FolkLife Festival in 1996. Playing to a capacity crowd of over 4,000 music fans at Seattle Center (under the Space Needle), the band broke a NW FolkLife sales record for the most CDs sold during a live performance. The group continued to record and perform until they disbanded in 2001. Although the band is no longer together, the music of The Puddle Jumpers remains just as vibrant and relevant in today's turbulent world as it was the day it was recorded. The anti-war song HEY! For example carries even more impact today than it did back in 1996. Out of the Shadows is a critically acclaimed album who's distinctive packaging was praised almost as highly as the music it contains. Package details: Full color TRI-FOLD cardboard jacket produced by AGI Full Color 12 page lyric booklet Band line-up for Out of the Shadows: Rick Vartian: Mandolins, Lead and Backing vocals, Hammond Organ, Bass Guitar sampler, Mini-Moog and various other keyboards. George Short: Drums and Percussion George Michael: Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Backing vocals (Lead vocal on 'My Old Friend Jack') Dave McGrath: Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Backing vocals (Lead vocal on 'You' and 'All Too Soon') UPDATE March 11th, 2008: In addition to this debut album, the band produced two subsequent, critically acclaimed releases which will soon be coming to CD BABY! Stay tuned for more info on the arrival of CHOICES and What You Needed to this web site very soon!