Bird Dance — The New Big Blue Sky CD is Now Available
Bird Dance, the new Big Blue Sky CD, includes 4 tracks recorded at the Elkader Opera House in October of 2009, and ten cuts recorded in the studio at SoundStrations Studio in La Crosse with Grammy winning engineer Brett Huus. All tunes are Big Blue Sky original material, including two tracks with Jon-Jon Stravers. Jon-Jon had recorded the guitar and vocal tracks in Boise in 2007 a few months before his death. We took those recordings into the studio and added the rest of the Big Blue Sky musicians.
Bird Dance is now available. Contact Jon to purchase one.
About Big Blue Sky
Manzano Mountains, New Mexico, September 2006
Big Blue Sky started as a father-son duo in the mid-90’s by Jon Stravers Sr and Jon-Jon Stravers. Their musical style includes the influence of folk, bluegrass, blues, and reggae. In their music they seek a closer connection to the planet, and indeed their musical writing comes from the inspiration of wild places and a celebration of our natural heritage and the natural rhythms of life.
This inclusive musical effort has expanded in recent years and continued after the death of Jon-Jon in September of 2007. Their musical events include regluar music cruises on an excursion boat on the Mississippi River, as well as concerts at Coffee Houses, Opera Houses, cultural events, and at various celebrations of river clean-ups in the Midwestern United States.
The Big Blue Sky Project
Big Blue Sky performances range from a solo act with Jon Stravers all the way to an eleven piece band (and every possible combination in between). Forty-five different musicians from eleven different states have recorded with or appeared as part of Big Blue Sky. See the list of musicans.
Big Blue Sky has released six CDs of original compositions by Jon Stravers Jr. and Sr., including River’s Rising in 2001, Mystic Migrations in 2004, and two live recordings: a live one hour program on Iowa Public Radio entitled Live at KUNI in 2006, and Live at the Elkader Opera House in 2007. Searching for the Cosmic Groove was released in 2008 which includes Jon-Jon’s last recordings. Their newest CD, entitled Driftless Groove, was released in May of 2009.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Big Blue Sky recordings goes towards bird conservation projects along the Mississippi River and to outdoor education programs for students of all ages in Northeast Iowa.
All CDs are available for $15 from Jon Stravers.
For bookings, CD sales, or for more information on Big Blue Sky, please contact Jon.