|7th And Beale|
The formation of the band 7th And Beale is a testament to the power that music can have in the lives of those who truly love creating and performing. By the standards of the mainstream music business we’re too old, too far from those who move and shake the market, and too enamored of older forms.
But this is about love, not simply business. We love what were doing. And we sincerely believe that what we love will find the ears and hearts of the folks who feel the same way we do.
Like historic Route 66, an old highway thats no longer the fastest way to get from here to there but which still provides a unique experience, 7th And Beale rewards the discerning listener with a sound and sensibility very different from the current radio rush hour freeway.
Take a leisurely drive down back roads past old country kitchens that echo with the songs of Hank Williams, Sr., and the voice of Patsy Cline. Ride along endless Southwestern highways and listen for the ageless cowboy stories of Gene Autry and Marty Robbins. Stop behind a flashing crossbar as the heavy wheels of a rumbling freight train resonate with the melodies of Jimmie Rodgers. And so many more.
The dust of our ancestors sings in our bones.
Pull up to 7th And Beale. You're at the crossroads.
Gilbert Sanchez, who writes the music, was born and raised in San Juan Capistrano, California. He picked up his first guitar at the age of twelve and began playing bass three years later. He sat down to learn piano when he was sixteen. Over the years he has listened to, enjoyed, and played a wide variety of music.
Stanfield Major, the word guy, was raised in Eureka, Illinois. He has been writing lyrics for almost forty years and has worked with nearly thirty tunesmiths. Hes learned a few things about songwriting in personal interactions with Jack Segal, Alan ODay, Steve Seskin, and Beth Neilson Chapman.
Katherine Stewart, the woman who makes Gilbert and Stanfields songs actually sound pretty good, was born in Reno, Nevada. She was raised in one of those families where everybody sings, plays an instrument, or does both. Family gatherings became songfests, between bites of beer battered deep fried catfish and home made ice cream.
Tim Clark, the man who records all this stuff for posterity whether posterity wants it or not, was born in Middletown, Ohio, and raised in Cave Creek, Arizona. He started playing the guitar around 12 or 13 years old. In 2006 he moved to Dolan Springs with his newly purchased Roland Digital Studio and met Gilbert Sanchez.