Franklin County musicians have released a number of albums recently. In the coming weeks, we'll introduce several of them here and on the new AAC/WLFE Feature Artist Showcase on radio WLFE.

      The AAC/WLFE Feature Artist Showcase broadcasts cuts from the Featured Album on Fridays at 8:40 a.m. on Corey Cranston's show on WWSR-1420 AM. Country albums appear on Matt Henry's show on WLFE-102.3 FM


Although Alfred McEwen has soloed with Duke Ellington, hosted his own Jazz Radio Show, and made the nightclub tour, he's not really from Franklin County. His new CD, For the Love of Sean, casts a spell with its strong local roots.

Last summer David Millstone of the Bundy Gallery in Waitsfield asked Rob Guerrina to do a concert with Alfred McEwen. They hit it off. McEwen and the band recorded this album in a single sitting about a month later.

For the Love of Sean features Franklin County's best jazz pianist Rob Guerrina on keyboard, Paul Asbell of Unknown Blues Band and Kiliminjaro fame on guitar, and Bill Patton on bass. Bill is currently working on a jazz mandolin CD at West Street Digital.

"Bill and I have played together forever," Guerrina said. The Vermont music business is close. The three of them often work together here and throughout the state; Guerrina and Patton also play in Just Jazz.

Alfred McEwen is a classically trained baritone and a respected jazz stylist. He has soloed in Carnegie Hall, performed around the country and in Europe, and appeared on CBS.

This gentle record includes some of McEwen's favorite songs, such as Love Me or Leave Me, Where or When, and Duke Ellington's Solitude. The album was engineered and produced by Chuck Eller in Charlotte. It is dedicated to Alfred's son, Sean, and to all people suffering from autism. The proceeds benefit the Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children. CDs and cassettes are available from

Community Service for Autistic Adults and Children
751 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville MD 20877

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