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1964 was the year the Beatles burst on the US scene, the first year of the Johnson Administration and the year David LaPlante and Stephen Pounds first played guitars and sang together (well, true, it has not been as important as those other events, but it certainly has lasted longer!) Their early influences ran the roster of the sixties folk boom and it was during this time they developed their symbiotic rich vocal sound and what Rory Block has described as their "coordinated, entirely well-played guitars."

As high school students they performed locally in New Haven, CT, at places such as The Exit Coffeehouse. Performing regionally in the 70's and 80's, the duo was equally at home in the intimate setting of clubs like Caffè Lena, Club Passim or the Iron Horse as well as festivals where they shared the stage with acts such as Pete Seeger and Bill Morrissey.

The 80's brought the release of their first album, "Big Kids, Little Kids" recorded between 1980 and 1983 at the Maine studio, Neworld, owned by Noel Paul Stookey. Their perseverance caught Stookey's attention and he worked with the duo to help develop the album. The duo continued to perform throughout the northeast through the 90's and forged a musical relationship with acoustic bassist Dick Kniss, best known for his work with Peter Paul & Mary and John Denver.

2002 brought a new relationship for David and Stephen joining with singer-songwriter Gloria Jean at Caffè Lena featuring Gloria's original music. Since then, both David and Stephen have added co-writing credit to their signature vocal and intricate guitar work. And so was born ALL-SHE-WROTE.


Gloria Jean's first guitar at age 12 was a Kay, impossible to play and torture to learn on. But she was determined. She learned all the folk and popular music of the day (Buffy Saint Marie, Dylan, Tim Hardin, The Beatles) and sang her way through high school. The first songs she wrote appear in her high school's arts magazine. Looking back, they weren't very good. But she was determined.

During college in the 70's she discovered the coffee-house circuit and helped run "The Freeze Dried" at Albany University. Most of the performers stayed at the apartment she shared with banjo-player and former Star Spangled Washboard Band member, Roger Weiss: Robin & Linda Williams, Paul Siebel, Jack Hardy, Utah Philips, Banjo Dan and the Midnight Plowboys, Bill Staines . . . It was a rich time of late night jams and a lot of learning, all the while paying her respects by performing their songs in coffeehouses. It would be several years later she would receive the phone call acceptance into an audition-only songwriting class with Rosanne Cash, literate daughter of "the Man in Black"; and this would be the first life-changing event that led to several more. Gloria's rich, deep voice garnered comparisons to Kathy Mattea, and she was encouraged to pitch songs to her . . . which led her to songwriter Fred Koller (co-writer of Mattea's hit, "Going Gone"). He, too, gave her encouragement, told her to send him more songs to hear, even offered one or two lyric changes. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Texas mystic & music legend, offered encouragement next providing unique co-writing opportunities in his songwriting classes attended by the likes of Mark LeGrand and Susan Werner.

With a book full of new songs, Gloria began performing in upstate New York, building a loving and faithful fan base. A live cd ("*live") recorded at historic Saratoga Springs coffeehouse Caffè Lena in September 1999 captured the magic that developed with all that encouragement. Enter LaPlante & Pounds with their ear for arranging and distinctive dual guitar and vocal work to enrich Gloria's songs. And so was born ALL-SHE-WROTE.

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