Phil Feigin and Candace (Candy) Kreitlow (see her in in Generations and Heartwood) began singing together as students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison back in 1969, in the Wisconsin Singers and as a separate act, during what the Kingston Trio refers to as the “folk music scare” of the 1960s. In 1970, together with two other performers, they were flown to Hollywood for an appearance on the Arthur Godfrey All American College Show and were featured in TEEN Magazine.
After college, they went their separate ways. Phil went to law school in California, which led him to a 20-year career as a state securities regulator, the last ten or so as Colorado’s Securities Commissioner, and then private practice in Denver. On a lark in 1985, he started writing parodies about the financial scandals of the year to sing at the annual conferences of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Over the last 24 years, the annual parodies form a unique satirical musical history of the notable and often infamous financial events and characters of our financial markets. In 2003, Phil decided to record an album and put together a live show.
Candy continued on in the Madison area to earn her MFA in Art/Theatre, teach, sing, act and raise a family. Candy taught design at the UW Madison, then switched to making music and art full time in 1988. Since starting her musical career with the UW Wisconsin Singers, Candy has performed throughout the country in musical groups including Generations, a duo with daughter Holly Brook; the Outskirts Trio, sharing stages with Bill Staines and Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor; Heartwood, a duo with Katie Waldren; and finally A Pain in the A$$etswith her college buddy Phil Feigin. Recordings prior to A Pain in the A$$ets, include Outskirts’ When The Moon Smiles; Generations’ Dream Maker and Lift Me, both nationally awarded by “Parent’s Choice”, and Millennial Child/Waiting For You; and Heartwood’s Waterdance, Heartwood, Night Dancer and Babes In The Wood. Her music has found its way into a Narada collection and several film soundtracks. Candy can be reached via www.heartwoodproductions.com, email@example.com 541-290-9513.
Phil’s first step on the album project was a call to Candy. She said “Of course!”, and the team was reunited.
They were very fortunate as well to hook up with Denver’s Scott Bennett—producer, arranger, lead guitar extraordinaire, bass and vocals, and the one who generally knows where everything plugs in. Cutting across genres of music has never seemed to make trouble for Scott. For the past 30 years, he has added his guitar texture as often to folk bands as rock or country groups, mixing a Chuck Pyle album or producing Taos, New Mexico’s John Dillon, or playing in his own 60’s rock band, The ReJuveniles. He has been a member of the boundary bending Runaway Express for 20 years, backing up the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s legendary banjo player John McEuen with the Express for four years. You might have seen his name with the uncategorizable piano-guitar-violin group Upsidasium!, or with the envelope stretching folk band Jubilant Bridge. Scott brings color and variety to the vocal arrangements, blending Phil’s bottom-of-the-well bass voice and Candy’s crystalline harmonies, adding musical sparkle and depth to complete A Pain in the A$$ets.
|Scott Bennett, our friend, producer, arranger and musical maestro extraordinaire, passed away quietly, in his sleep, on the morning of October 29, 2011 after a year’s battle with cancer. If I told him I’d written a parody to “Un Bel Di” or “Nessum Dorma,” I swear he would have asked me “In what key?” and started playing a guitar intro. He was always upbeat, and kindly tolerated my flat notes and wrong chords (though an out-of-tune guitar string would test his patience). He loved all that was music, and we loved him for it. We treasure our memories of working, playing, singing and performing with him, and are privileged beyond measure to have just a bit of his soul captured forever on our album with him. He was the best, and we miss him.|