National Touring husband/wife Duo - Bryson & Jill Marie VanCleve
Music with a SOUL
Troubaduo shares responsible roles from the singing and instrumentation, to co-writing on all material. Troubaduo plays a wide variety of songwriter material including Americana, blues, rock, folk, Gospel and soul with an emphasis on wailing vocals and intense to uplifting lyrics concerning the real life you and I live. Their 2011 album, "We Live in the Gray", even features former Tom Petty drummer Curt Bisquera who is now on tour with Sara Mclachlan.
Bryson and Jill VanCleve of Troubaduo met while performing in 2008 at Poet Roni Girl's Acoustically Speaking in the historic Room 5 Lounge of Hollywood, California where famous artists such as Nat King Cole used to perform. They became great friends recording and performing together, then fell in love and got married later that year. As they both had the same desire to tour on the road full time, they decided to leave and loose their Los Angeles apartment and jobs, for a life and calling as National touring artists performing around 125 shows yearly. The duo still calls the road their home, but has roots from the concrete to the country including Jill's upbringing in a Southern California beach town, to Bryson's in Arkansas. They are California country folks with a positive outlook to live the one life they have been given, spreading peace and love. They are a can't miss act coming to a town near you.
Currently touring 7-9 months out of the year, this dynamic husband/wife team writes mostly artistic Americana and folk with elements of blues, sunshine pop, rock, psychedelic, Gospel, soul, and jazz, placing an emphasis on lyrics. They follow their musical path without the help of a booking agency, management company, major record label, etc., booking 100 plus shows annually, claiming God as their guide. They've been blessed to work with world artists such as Curt Bisquera (drums for Tom Petty, Alison Krauss, Johnny Cash, Etta James, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Bonnie Raitt, Sara McLachlan, etc.), Bob Daspit (Studio guitarist, engineer/mixing for Sammy Hagar, Spectrasonics design engineer, composer for Chris Tyng and Hans Zimmer) and Sean Beresford (Engineer for 3rd Eye Blind).
Some of their many influences include:
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Tracy Chapman, Van Morrison, Chris Whitley, Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Malcolm Holcombe, SRV, Ryan Adams, the Allman Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Elvis, Dave Matthews Band, Lonnie Johnson, Cliff Eberhardt, Etta James, Ryan Bingham, Robert Johnson, Slash, David Crowder, Fiona Apple, The Band, The Avett Brothers, Ray Charles, Mr. Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Blues Traveler, John Hiatt and of course the Beatles.
The duo supports non-profits including PreemptiveLove.org, a reputable non-profit that raises money and awareness for children in Northern Iraq whose bodies have been highly affected by chemical warfare and need new hearts. Troubaduo also strongly encourages folks to check out KenyaJim.com to see how you can help their friend Jim Cooper stop child prostitution and hunger. Also visit persecution.com & prisoneralert.com for free ways to help those imprisoned for the religious beliefs.