<![CDATA[My Site - News]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:48 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Song Premiere: Amado Gonzalez "Tennessee"]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/song-premiere-amado-gonzalez-tennessee
Amado Gonzalez is an old soul who reached the end of his rope sooner than expected. In the span of a few years, he left town, ended faulty relationships, and got fired from a job promising more than it could deliver. Feeling too young to be wise, yet too old to be reckless, he opted for travel which took him over 33,000 miles - and those miles culminated with a suitcase of stories to share.

Now calling San Marcos, Texas home
, Amado’s music stands on the shoulders of the Texas hill country, blending Americana textures with the “take it or leave it” attitude of punk rock. His upcoming album, Despite the Distance, is the journey to discover whether the gap that grows over time - between family, Creator, surroundings, and dreams - should be filled, forgotten, or reframed in a new light. Despite the Distance recalls life in your twenties, a time which leaves you strangely hopeful, even if simply for the fact that you’re lucky to still be alive.

​Today, TDC is pleased to premiere one of the album's tunes, "Tennessee." Penned by Gonzalez and led by churning guitars, a firm percussive beat, and his gravelly vocals (assured and resolute), the country rocker speaks of change and doubt, experiences that people in their twenties, or any age, will most certainly identify with.

"And I won't bite my tongue
And let you off easy for the things you've done
The train is coming fast
Maybe it's about time we get off the tracks"

PictureCourtesy of the Artist
Gonzalez had this to say about the track, “On a whim one day I took a road trip from Houston to New York City and spent some time in Tennessee along the way. At the time I guess I felt like I was running from something and that sentiment gave birth to that song. It’s a song about trying to change but not feeling like you’ve made any progress.”

​Enjoy, and share, "Tennessee" above and for more information visit:


<![CDATA[Cheyenne Frontier Days Announces 2018 Entertainment]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/cheyenne-frontier-days-announces-2018-entertainmentPictureCFD Montage on Fremont Street during 2016 WNFR
NASHVILLETenn. (Press Release) - In a live announcement made from the Downtown Las Vegas Events CenterCheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) announced all but two of the names for the 2018 Frontier Nights®entertainment series. In addition to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo, the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) World Finals will return to the arena in 2018.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, December 16 at 9 a.m. MTSat www.cfdrodeo.com, through the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Ticket Office, and by calling (307) 778-7222.

Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Charlie Daniels Band with special guest Tracy Lawrence, Eric Church, and Dierks Bentley were announced live, from Las Vegas and live-streamed on the Wrangler Network.
“We are excited about the lineup for 2018,” Contract Acts chairman Scott Fleming said. “We are working on securing the remaining performances and will have a follow-up announcement at that time.”

Championship Bull Riding returns to Cheyenne Frontier Days to crown the 2018 CBR World Champion bull rider with a $100,000 check. Bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman presides over the action matching the best riders to the industry’s best bucking bulls. Six-time World Champion Sage Kimzey broke all CBR records in 2017 when he won an unprecedented third CBR World title.

Additionally, the 122nd annual “Daddy of ‘em All®” will feature nine days of PRCA professional rodeo that will culminate in Championship Sunday where champions are crowned and legends are made.
There will be hundreds of vendors, a full carnival, artists, food and music that celebrate the history and culture of the American West.

Night show ticket prices will range from $29 to $71, with daily rodeo tickets costing $20 to $35. A $3 discount is offered on rodeo tickets purchased before July 1.
Fans can upgrade to a Frontier Nights® Fast Pass for early admission to the Party Zone, a voucher for best-available same-day rodeo tickets and a souvenir rodeo program. For a full events schedule and profiles of musical acts, go to www.cfdrodeo.com.  

All tickets concert performances will go on-sale December 16 at 9 a.m. MST

 2018 Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Entertainment Schedule:
July 20:                       Florida Georgia Line
July 21:                       Cole Swindell
July 22:                       Charlie Daniels Band with special guest Tracy Lawrence
July 23-24:                  Championship Bull Riding – World Finals 2018 - The Road to Cheyenne
July 25:                       Eric Church
July 26:                       TBA
July 27:                       TBA
July 28:                       Dierks Bentley
July 21 – 29:               PRCA Rodeo action
<![CDATA[Listen: Craig Gerdes "Christmas Eve at Our House"]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:13:14 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/listen-craig-gerdes-christmas-eve-at-our-house
Craig Gerdes gets you in the holiday spirit with his new single "Christmas Eve At Our House." The upbeat, boot-tappin' country Christmas number finds Gerdes weaving some dysfunction - whiskey, cigarettes, and fightin', - into an autobiographical tale of a holiday family gathering. Led by pedal steel, bouncy bass, and plenty of guitar licks, "Christmas At Our House" is a humorous holiday keeper.

Gerdes' forthcoming record, Smokin', Drinkin' & Gamblin'  is out February 16 and features production work and contributions from Jim Vest (Johnny Paycheck, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe), as well as pedal steel from Robby Turner (Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapleton). Smokin' Drinkin' & Gamblin' is full of outlaw-country rug cutters and ballads about strong heads and weak hearts. Fueled by nostalgia, Gerdes' songwriting talent turns old habits into dependable crutches, nursing the phantom pain of distant love. The nine-track album is full old-school four-to-the-floor honky tonk that calls to mind country legends like George Strait, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. For more information, visit HERE.

<![CDATA[Yep Roc Records Signs Alejandro Escovedo; 'Think About the Link' Tour Sponsored by Prevent Cancer Foundation Begins January 13]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/yep-roc-records-signs-alejandro-escovedo-think-about-the-link-tour-sponsored-by-prevent-cancer-foundation-begins-january-13PictureCourtesy: Yep Roc
12-City Think About the Link Tour Sponsored by Prevent Cancer Foundation Begins January 13 in Austin, TX
Tour Features A Man Under The Influence  Performed In Its Entirety
Yep Roc Records proudly announces the signing of acclaimed Texas singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo. Currently working on material for his Yep Roc debut anticipated for 2018, Escovedo will headline the Think About the Link 12-city tour beginning January 13, in Austin, TX. A full list of dates is below.
In partnership with Prevent Cancer Foundation®, the Think About the Link® tour will raise awareness of the Foundation’s educational campaign about the connection between certain viruses and cancer, www.thinkaboutthelink.org of which Escovedo is a spokesperson. As a hepatitis C survivor, Escovedo hopes to raise awareness about the link between hepatitis C and liver cancer. Each night he will perform his A Man Under the Influence album in its entirety with most of the original musicians featured on the album and a string section.
“I had a great time performing at Yep Roc Records 20th anniversary show,” says Escovedo, “connecting with friends old and new, I look forward to joining Yep Roc’s esteemed roster.”

“We are massive fans of Alejandro,” says Yep Roc’s Glenn Dicker. “I first met with him about Yep Roc in 2003 at a little festival outside of Chapel Hill called Shakori Hills. Through Alejandro directly and a handful of managers, we've managed to stay in touch over all of the ensuing years and, you know, I just can't put you down!  We're so proud to be finally working together.  Let's have some fun!”
With 14 solo albums throughout his illustrious career, Alejandro Escovedo has a rich musical history and future. In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators in the mid ‘70s, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions, including No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998, and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006. Previously produced by John Cale, Tony Visconti, and most recently Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey on his last album Burn Something Beautiful, Yep Roc will release his 15th album in 2018.
January 13 - Austin City Limits at Moody Theater - Austin, TX
January 16 - The Hamilton - Washington, DC
January 18-20 - City Winery - New York, NY
January 21 - City Winery - Boston, MA
January 23 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
January 25-27 - City Winery - Chicago, IL
January 28 - The Castle Theatre - Bloomington, IL
January 30 - City Winery - Atlanta, GA
January 31 - City Winery - Nashville, TN
February 6 - Knuckleheads - Kansas City, MO
February 8 - The Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX
February 9 - The Heights Theater - Houston, TX
About the Prevent Cancer Foundation®
The Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and the only U.S. nonprofit focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection.  Founded in 1985, it has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence and fulfills its mission through research, education, outreach and advocacy across the country. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org
<![CDATA[Volunteer Jam XX Announced for March 7, 2018]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:41:41 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/volunteer-jam-xx-announced-for-march-7-2018PictureCourtesy: EBM
Nashville, Tenn. December 7, 2018 (Press Release)—Blackbird Presents and Charlie Daniels are proud to announce “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie,” an all-star concert event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7 PM CT.  Since its inception in 1974, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam has brought together some of music’s greatest legends. Now, 43 years later, friends, fans, and an extraordinary lineup of musicians will come together for a very special Volunteer Jam honoring the southern rock pioneer Charlie Daniels – the man who started it all.
This unforgettable concert event will feature performances by Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band, Alison Krauss, Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Ricky Skaggs with many more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. Storme Warren will be returning as host. For the first time ever, rock great Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will honor Daniels at the Jam. Country music legend Eddie Montgomery will make a heroic return to the stage after the tragic passing of his partner, Troy Gentry.  

Tickets go on sale December 8, 2017, at 10 AM CT online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds from 2018’s Volunteer Jam will be donated to The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager David Corlew to help Veterans.
Charlie Daniels has collaborated with some of music’s most influential artists – from Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan – and with The Charlie Daniels Band has created such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, the signature “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,”which won a GRAMMY® for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. Daniels is also a tireless supporter of the men and women who serve the United States military.
“Charlie has had an enormous impact on American culture through his dedication to supporting our troops, founding the unique southern sound that we know and love, and creating the unforgettable Volunteer Jam legacy,” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents. “I am honored to be producing this year’s Jam alongside Charlie’s longtime manager, David Corlew.”
"It’s hard to believe that it’s been 43 years since the CDB and some of our friends got together at War Memorial Auditorium for what was supposed to be a live recording session, a one-time happening that took on a life of its own and was to become known worldwide as The Volunteer Jam. I am extremely honored and excited to have this year’s Jam documented by Blackbird Presents. Gonna be a great night at the Volunteer Jam!"

Blackbird Presents’ Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” and “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” is the executive producer of “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie.” GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band including Chuck Leavell, Kenny Aronoff at this unforgettable concert event.
<![CDATA[Matthew Mayfield Addresses Addiction with Lyric Video for “Warfare on Repeat"]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:39:00 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/matthew-mayfield-addresses-addiction-with-lyric-video-for-warfare-on-repeatPictureCourtesy: PLA Media
Watch HERE

Veteran singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield has released the lyric video for his song “Warfare on Repeat” from his latest LP RECOIL. The namesake for his recent fifteen-city tour is one of the more upbeat tunes from the project but is one of the hardest hitting lyrically highlighting the subject of addiction and the struggle that accompanies it. “Can’t recall an evening that I didn’t end up drowning at the bar. Yeah…loneliness is crippling and memory is frankly just too hard. Do I fear that I will change if I empty all the booze down the drain,” sings Mayfield to cheerful melody. 

“Addiction is a hell of a thing as we all know. It could be anything: drugs, booze, sex, gambling, cutting, food...the list goes on forever. I never intended to write this song - it wrote itself," says Matthew. "I have had so many fans tell me how this song and other songs in my catalog have helped them gain some perspective on those issues and for some, they’ve told me it saved their life. There’s no higher honor than that. THAT will bring you to tears. It’s why I do this in the first place...to make a difference." 

RECOIL is a sonic and lyrical departure from Mayfield’s previous release, Wild EyesWild Eyes was a collection of songs created over time that reflected different periods in Matthew’s life. RECOIL, by contrast, was born quickly and violently, the fruit of an intense effort by Mayfield to depict the good, the bad, and the ugly in the present world he inhabits. According to Mayfield, “making RECOIL was extremely hard—I had to drag the songs out of me and stick with them until they said exactly what I needed them to say.” 

<![CDATA[SHANNON & THE CLAMS Announce New Album, 'Onion']]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:36:22 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/shannon-the-clams-announce-new-album-onionPictureCourtesy: Q Prime
Watch the video for "The Boy" HERE

(Press Release) Shannon & The Clams 
will release their fifth studio album, Onionvia Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label on February 16th. Today, the band debuts their music video for Onion’s lead single, “The Boy,” directed by Ryan Daniel Browne via Noisey who calls the song “a sparkling, hook-laden track that immediately gets under your skin with its wall-of-sound chorus, rife with crisp guitar strums, cascading riffs, and raw harmonies led by vocalist-guitarist Cody Blanchard.” Watch “The Boy” hereOnion is available for pre-order on CD, vinyl, and digitally here.
Onion, produced by The Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach at his Nashville studio, finds a finely tuned and tour-tested band stretching out from the 60s-inspired, surf inflected rock that has defined their previous releases, and delves into genres including soul and psychedelic pop. On their new LP, the band explores themes of origin and self-determination, loss and recovery, and the power of community to heal after tragedy. “It’s okay for people to interpret the songs,” Shannon Shaw says. “You can put your own story into it if that helps you heal. I just want people to feel something, whatever it is.”

Recently, the band has been confirmed as openers for the 20-date “Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour,” with Dan Auerbach, Shannon Shaw, and Robert Finley. The extensive North American tour will kick off on February 10 in Vancouver with stops in Brooklyn, Portland, Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles, Nashville and more (full dates below). Tickets for this tour are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Shannon & The Clams recorded Onion over ten days in early 2017 at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville, where he helped refine and embellish the songs and steer the album. “He works in this very layered style,” Cody says. “He has all these instruments in the studio mic’d up at all times, ready to go. You can go back and add all these layers of instruments really fast and then cut stuff away in the mix.” With Shannon and Cody focused on pinning down the songs and tracking vocals, Nate and Will dug into the studio’s wealth of instruments, tapping into their own years of songwriting and multi-instrumental experience to ornament and color the tracks, which lead to the band’s most nuanced and layered album to date.
The themes of origin and introspection are central to Onion, and each song wrestles with the idea of identity, and identity’s origin as a collection of experiences. “I had this epiphany that was likening an onion to being human and how you’re nothing without layers of experience,” Shannon says, “Every time you think you’ve figured something out there’s just another layer beneath it.  Each song on this album is about problem solving and having realizations about yourself.” Album opener “The Boy” is quintessential Clams. Written by Cody, the track speaks about the way childhood experiences stick with and shape you, for better or worse, and hang around forever like baggage until you choose to lose them. “It’s Gonna Go Away,” written by Shannon, is the album’s biggest stylistic departure and muses on the notion that all in life is temporary, the good and the bad, and finding comfort in that.

Shannon & The Clams had already begun writing for the Onion sessions in Fall 2016, when their world was rattled by the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire in early December. In the wake of the fire, the band looked back at their origins in the Oakland underground and the importance of that world to their genesis. They could recognize the community as a delicate incubator for fringe art, and an unstable but nurturing place for performers to practice and cross-pollinate where there otherwise is no platform. The song “Backstreets” is Cody’s response to the Ghost Ship fire, and particularly the issues of artist housing and being forced to make your own way in a society that is not arranged to accommodate artists. Album closer “Don’t Close Your Eyes” is Shannon’s response, an inspirational ballad urging those suffering through loss to not give up in the midst of tragedy.
Over the last decade, Shannon and her chief collaborator guitarist Cody Blanchard have released four albums of 60s-inspired pop on indie labels, toured tirelessly and have gradually solidified a lineup of devoted Bay Area musicians. In this current iteration, Shannon and the Clams, consisting of Shannon Shaw on bass and vocals, Cody Blanchard on guitar and vocals, Nate Mahan on drums, and Will Sprott on keyboards, have developed notoriety for lively and genuine stage performances and a zealous following that craves their particular authenticity and innovation on classic sounds.

Onion Track Listing
  1. The Boy
  2. It’s Gonna Go Away
  3. Backstreets
  4. If You Could Know
  5. I Never Wanted Love 
  6. Onion
  7. Did You Love Me
  8. Love Strike
  9. I Leave Again
  10. Tryin’
  11. Tell Me When You Leave
  12. Strange Wind
  13. Don’t Close Your Eyes
Dan Auerbach & the Easy Eye Sound Revue featuring Robert Finley,
Shannon Shaw with special guests Shannon & the Clams

February 10 /// Vancouver, BC /// Vogue Theatre
February 11 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom
February 12 /// Seattle, WA /// The Showbox
February 14 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
February 17 /// Los Angeles, CA ///  The Wiltern
February 18 /// Santa Ana, CA /// The Observatory
February 19 /// San Diego, CA /// The Observatory North Park
February 20 /// Phoenix, AZ /// The Van Buren
February 22  /// Dallas, TX /// Canton Hall
February 23 /// Austin, TX /// Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
February 25  /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
March 24 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer
March 25 /// Boston, MA /// House of Blues
March 27 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel
March 29 /// Toronto, ON /// Danforth Music Hall
March 31 /// Cleveland, OH /// Agora Theater
April 02 /// Chicago, IL /// Riviera Theatre
April 03 /// St. Paul, MN /// Palace Theatre
April 04 /// Kansas City, MO /// The Truman
April 05 /// Denver, CO /// Paramount Theatre
<![CDATA[26th Annual Tin Pan South set for April 3-7]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:31:19 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/26th-annual-tin-pan-south-set-for-april-3-7Picture
(Nashville, Tennessee...Press Release) - December 8, 2017 -- The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced April 3-7, 2018 as the dates for the 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. The popular event features hit songwriters from all genres of music performing at some of Nashville's hottest music venues. Regions Bank returns for the 11th year as the presenting sponsor of the event.
Tin Pan South reigns as the world's largest all-songwriter festival, and thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hit songs they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed. The 2017 festival featured over 400 talented songwriters performing 100 shows during the five-day event.
For the 11th consecutive year, NSAI invited a select group of students at the Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film to present artwork concepts to be used on all marketing materials for the upcoming Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Students are given full creative license on how to best capture the sense of community, diversity and energy the festival embodies. Of the 13 participating students, the chosen design was created by María Sol Mancini. Currently an Illustration major at Watkins, Mancini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, raised in Sunrise, Florida and studied at the Dillard Center for the Arts. 

Stay tuned to tinpansouth.com in the coming months for information about venues, lineups, the popular Fast Access Passes and more.

<![CDATA[Jamie McLean Band Announces New Album, 'One and Only']]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:25:43 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/jamie-mclean-band-announces-new-album-one-and-onlyPictureJamie McLean - Photo by Evan Felts.
Listen to the title track HERE

December 8, 2017 - Jamie McLean Band has just announced the Feb. 23 release of its new LP, One and Only, produced by ex-Wilco drummer Ken Coomer (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris) at Nashville's legendary Sound Emporium, and featuring contributions from an impressive list of guest artists, from Americana mainstay Sam Bush to reed man extraordinaire Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck, Dave Matthews Band) and mesmerizing British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas.

Jamie McLean Band also released the album's title track and lead single today. The song premiered this week at Glide Magazine, who called it McLean's "strongest songwriting to date—straightforward, no frills American guitar rock that brings to mind Americana and alt-country favorites like Jason Isbell, Whiskeytown and The Jayhawks."
When Jamie McLean and his band get cooking, signature Gibson Les Paul slung over his shoulder, jangling downhome American rock & roll blaring from the speakers—damn the torpedoes, it’s like 1976 all over again. With the depth and honesty of his songs, and the effortless showmanship of his live performances, you can trace a clean lineage straight back from McLean to the legends whose influence he’s proudly stitched on his sleeve.

“I’ve been working at this long enough now that I know what’s going to be a great song and what feels extra,” McLean says. “Tom Petty had the line, ‘Don’t bore us, get to the chorus.’ That always resonated with me.”

One and Only, brought to life with the help of Coomer, is the most assured studio expression yet from the Jamie McLean Band. The album was culled from pure heartbreak, McLean grappling with the dissolution of a long-term relationship just prior to writing the record. He potently distills the experience into the album’s 11 tracks, from the Petty-esque swagger of “You’re Not the Only One” to groovy escapes (“Let’s Get Out of Here”), laid-bare ballads (“Not Today”), open-road country rambles (“Virginia,” “One and Only”), chooglin’ boogies (“Sing It”), soulful summits (“Yesterday’s Champagne”) and—with closing track “Holding On-Letting Go”—a gospel lilt that seamlessly bridges church and concert hall.

McLean cut his teeth playing guitar for years in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, eventually departing to carve his own path as a solo artist. He soon began collaborating with bassist Ben Mars and drummer Brian Griffin, and the Jamie McLean Band was born. Since then, they’ve been burning up the American highway together, playing countless shows, and have thus far released three studio records and a live album. McLean has the sharp, roguish eyes of a hard-touring musician, his resume thick with sessions for everyone from Norah Jones to Aaron Neville and Chuck D; bills supporting Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Trombone Shorty, Grace Potter, and The Jayhawks; epic performances at Madison Square Garden, Bonnaroo and Fuji Rock; and endorsements from Gibson Guitars and Esquire magazine.

With the release of One and Only on the horizon, the Jamie McLean Band is poised for a breakthrough, its Americana rock & roll honest and true as ever.

“With this new record, I’ve finally let my guard down a bit,” McLean says. “I’m not afraid to say what’s on my mind.”

Catch Jamie McLean Band on tour...

12/28 - Cambridge, MA @ Atwood's Tavern
12/29 - Fairfield, CT @ Fairfield Theatre Company w/Ryan Montbleau Band
2/8 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern Music Hall w/Marc Broussard
2/10 - Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester Performance Center w/Marc Broussard
2/11 - Graham, NC @ Haw River Ballroom w/Marc Broussard
2/13 - Chattanooga, TN @ The Revelry Room w/Marc Broussard
2/14 - Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre w/Marc Broussard
2/16 - Asheville, NC @ Diana Worthham Theater w/Marc Broussard
2/17 - Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater w/Marc Broussard
2/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West w/Marc Broussard
2/19 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
2/22 - Washington, DC @ Hill Country Live
2/23 - Roanoke, VA @ Blue 5
2/24 - Richmond, VA @ Cary Street
3/1 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
3/4 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theatre 
3/15 - Virginia B
each, VA @ Doc Taylor's
3/16 -  Easton, MD @ Avalon Theater
3/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
<![CDATA[Lynn Taylor's 'Staggered' Shows Deeply Personal Sides of Grief and Renewal]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:26:08 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/lynn-taylors-staggered-shows-deeply-personal-sides-of-grief-and-renewalPictureCourtesy: Michael J Media Group
Nashville, TN (Press Release)--Nashville-based Americana artist Lynn Taylor has an uncanny knack for composing narratives that detail a two-edged razor, tackling — and even celebrating — both life’s angels and devils in one swoop.

On his third release with band the BarFlies, Staggered (set to drop January 30), Taylor continues to flex this talent, this time revealing a staggeringly personal side. The majority of the record was written by Taylor, with his favorite songwriting pal Larry O’Brien — who teamed for what developed out to be a narrative of the emotions surrounding deep grief. 

Taylor lost his wife, Kim, last year after an ongoing struggle with cancer, and much of the album examines his difficult journey. The set’s "If You're Gone” and “Crumble Away” deal directly with the loss, while others such as the title track, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” and “Lean Into Me” continue the narrative of healing, as life for those left behind must go on. 

"It's cathartic,” Taylor says of his creative, therapeutic path. “Writing and recording songs about love, loss, and moving forward, are all part of the healing process. There's a dark side to the record, but there's also light and levity. You know — just like life.” 

On the sonic side, the album was recorded and produced by Dave Coleman at Howard's Apartment Studio East Nashville, who took to task the Taylor and the BarFlies’ last release, 2012’s enigmatic and acoustic Hollow Man. This time around, Coleman put his muscle to capturing the grit and soul of the electrified BarFlies, harnessing a side of the band that will bring fans to their feet while they bathe in the emotion of the lyrical content.  

Taylor's vocals are beautifully set off by his backing vocalist/fiddle player Jennifer Halenar; the songs are given a full spectrum of emotion by musicians Sergio Webb on dobro and guitar; Parker Hawkins on bass; Reid Cummings on drums; Dave Coleman on guitar, archtop, pedal steel and percussion; Brady Beard on keys and Mary Mack on clarinet.

Raised as a preacher’s son in east Tennessee and Louisiana, Taylor first became interested in songwriting when a Sunday school teacher gave him an old beater guitar and a stack of dusty Bob Dylan records. John Prine, Neil Young, Guy Clark, The Bad Livers and the vagabond Michael Hurley all influenced the young musician in his formative years. He moved to Nashville in the mid-‘90s and worked his original band, Felix Wiley, before deciding to take off some time to raise a family. Returning to a music career in 2009 with the BarFlies, he’s charmed and electrified Nashville with his flexible indie folk/roots approach. 

For more information, please visit www.lynntaylormusic.com