Todd Sheaffer, previous frontman for NJ root base rockers From Great Homes, demonstrated himself a full-throated tenor in shape for a fascinating acoustic folk single career from 2000. After From Great Homes performed its farewell concert at Waterloo Community in Stanhope, NJ, in August 1999, Sheaffer embarked on a single profession. First he performed locally in NJ at small locations to check the waters. By November of 1999, he sensed confident more than enough about his skills being a performer and songwriter to execute with keyboardist John Ginty (Jewel, Lou Reed) and percussionist Ed Nowicky (From Great Homes) at Centenary University in Hackettstown. The functionality, broadcast and documented on the Whitney Chapel on November 20, 1999 within WNTI’s concert series, highlighted Sheaffer’s variations of From Great Homes favorites such as for example “Scudders Street,” “Radio On,” and “Dark Elk Speaks,” in addition to Sheaffer’s own brand-new songs such as for example “Where in fact the Melody Starts” and “Imagine Love.” Imagine Appreciate: Live from Whitney Chapel, Sheaffer’s single debut CD, premiered on Handbag O’ Seed Music on, may 20, 2000. MTV certified the music for make use of on its present REAL LIFE. During his times with From Great Homes, Sheaffer also performed solo and discovered it was a sensible way to talk to the guts of his songwriting. Single functionality also afforded him the chance to broaden his technical abilities on electric guitar. In From Great Homes, Sheaffer sang business lead vocals, wrote music, and followed instrumentally within a flat-picking, rhythmic design on rhythm electric guitar. Solo work made another lead tone of voice for him on electric guitar. Songwriting became a matter of personal development and appearance of human feelings for Sheaffer, who initial started playing electric guitar during senior high school in 1977. Sheaffer performed in duo with multi-instrumentalist Tom Duval during his university years at night clubs in Greenwich Community in NEW YORK. After finding a B.A. in British books from Columbia School in NEW YORK in 1986, Sheaffer started performing using the Jack port Hardy Band within the U.S. and in European countries from 1986-1989. Hardy was a folksinger and creator of Fast Folk journal. Sheaffer recorded using the Jack port Hardy Band within the Hunter (Entente) and Through (Great Separate). Tom Duval and Brady Rhymer had been the trio’s bassists. Sheaffer became a member of From Great Homes in 1989 and spent ten years using the group, that was originally shaped from people of Sheaffer’s senior high school music group called Aged Crow Music group. From Great Homes disbanded in August, 1999. Soon after beginning his solo profession in Sept 1999, Sheaffer became a member of the bluegrass-rock group Railroad Globe, which began informally in nov 2000 during bluegrass jam classes in the Long Valley, NJ, house of multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling. The group presented former people of From Great Homes and of the brand new Jersey swing music group Blue Sparks from Hell, including Sheaffer (vocals, classical guitar), Goessling (classical guitar, mandolin, banjo, pennywhistle, saxophone), Tim Carbone (violin, classical guitar), and program participant John Skehan (mandolin, acoustic guitar, piano), in addition to drummer/percussionist Carey Harmon and upright and electrical bassist Dave Von Dollen. Railroad Globe documented its debut Compact disc, The Black Carry Classes, in 2001.