Massachusetts-based quintet Parsonsfield put forth a mature reflection on the emotional turbulence life places at our feet in their new EP, WE. Produced by Dan Cardinal, WE embodies the band’s multi-person harmonies, layered instrumentation, tight musicianship, and signature merging of styles on four originals and one cover that offer perspectives on loneliness, sadness, and unrequited love in ways thoughtful and sincere.
The warm and spacious banjo-led track “Light of the City” opens the project, capturing an intense loneliness that's present despite being surrounded by many. That's followed by the wistful “Go Find Yourself,” which builds to become a passionate plea to follow your heart rather than taking the easiest path (“When love comes to find you/Don’t run and hide”), the bluesy-yearning of “Take Me Back,” and a stunning rendition of Everclear's "Santa Monica" which expresses the emotional weight of the song in an unexpected and welcome way. The short set concludes with the "Kick Out The Windows," a buoyant anthem of perseverance.
On WE, Parsonsfield explore universal experiences that while undeniably real, never leave you disheartened. Struggle, loneliness, and depression all exist, but do so alongside a hopeful resiliency with which we are tasked to mine and enjoy every minute of this gift we've been given.
No Dry County - Trent Langford (Singer/Songwriter/Guitar/Keys), Matt Newsom (Drums/Vocals), Dub Wood (Bass/Vocals) and Bristen Phillips (Guitars/Keys) - began in 2009 as an 80’s cover band. Developing a sound of their own, they released their debut EP Ella Rose in 2011 followed by their sophomore EP To Whom It May Concern in 2012 and debut full-length, The Night Before, in 2015. Now, the Texas-based foursome are gearing up for their newest LP, Panhandle Music, due this Spring.
Recently, NDC debuted the first track from the project, "Fifteen Piece Band." A melodic and moving roots rocker "Fifteen Piece Band" grapples with the struggles a veteran encounters when he tries to reconnect with family while trying to cope with PTSD.
"Seventeen when I signed some papers playing an arcade game
You were young and wild like I was, we were much the same
Now I'm waking night sweats, walking nightmares, it ain't what you signed for
The best thing a man can do is leave you on this big dance floor"
The poignant "Fifteen Piece Band" packs an emotional punch where you're feeling your feet move while simultaneously sensing your chest swell. It's a precursor to what you'll find on Panhandle Music - an album that tells the stories of the people within this landscape, from their deepest despairs to their highest hopes, climbing mountains, and facing illusions and failed expectations in the place they call home. For all the info visitHERE
Coming off his most recent #1, "God & George Strait," Rich O'Toole released brand new music on March 2nd with the track "Mississippi Baby." Led by a carefree, breezy melody buoyed along by electric guitar and O'Toole's familiar and heartfelt vocals, "Mississippi Baby" paints a vivid picture of one man's journey down the highway as he travels to seek clarity and escape the every day.
"I got the windows down, you can smell the salty air
I got a little gumbo, turn up that banjo
Dancing in the Dark, got the wind blowing through my hair"
What began as a way to make extra money by performing thousands of concerts at senior living centers, soon became a driving force in Jim Seem's life. In late 2016, the singer-songwriter took four days off to record a batch of brand-new material at Pine Hollow Studios in Eau Claire. And now, Seem is ready to share those tunes with the world beginning with the first single, "Shelly."
Inspired in part by a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel, “Shelly” is utterly charming. Led by acoustic guitar, a breezy indie folk/pop melody, and Seem's throaty vocals, "Shelly", about the redemptive power of love, simply makes you feel good.
“Shelly” will be available everywhere March 3.
Hailing from Michigan, singer-songwriter Brandon Grafius’s upcoming second album, Highways and Backroads, explores the journey of life - our connections with places, what it means to travel from place to place, and why some places aren’t right for us, while others feel like home. The first single from the project, "Things Get Right" is a carefree shuffler led by fiddle and Brandon's rich, warm baritone that carries the listener along to a place of contentment where as Grafius sings, "things get right."
Brandon has performed widely throughout Michigan and beyond. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe, Jared & the Mill, the Drunken Hearts, and Michigander. For more information visit:
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Highways and Backroads is due May 11 on Lost Mitten Records.
For Washington-based artist Kären McCormick, it all started with a song. After hearing Taylor Swift's "Tim McGraw" McCormick begged her father for a guitar, which she got as a Christmas present when she was 13 years-old. McCormick got right to work and wrote her first song that day. Since then. she has performed for audiences at fairs and festivals across the Pacific Northwest. Now, the young singer-songwriter is gearing up for the release of her new single, "Just A Song."
Produced by Matt Carey in Nashville, "Just A Song" is an autobiographical, yet universal, tune that deals with how a song can be so much more, especially when it evokes strong feelings of nostalgia. The pop-country track is accented by electronic flourishes, drums, and McCormick's airy vocals, which recalls a certain superstar.
"Just A Song" will be available on March 16th
For the better part of the past twenty years Texas native Johnny “Chops” Richardson has been perhaps best known as the bass player for the Randy Rogers Band. In 2013 the talented singer-songwriter released his first solo album Sticks & Stones introducing the music scene to his blend of blues and soul. On March 23rd Richardson returns, backed by an all-star band, for the release of Johnny Chops & The Razors. Co-produced by Richardson and David Abeyta of Reckless Kelly, the new release is a refreshingly eclectic mix of rock, blues and soul that is buoyed by stellar writing.
The album adds an other-worldly vibe to the blues as it delves into the supernatural and superstition in “Believer” and infuses rock on “Medicine” a song grounded in the reality of the dangers inherent in our pill-for-everything society. Willie Dixon’s sultry “I Just Want To Make Love To You” has been covered by a variety of artists spanning many different genres but Richardson’s version is a breath of fresh air and provides a more modern take on the lyrics with the addition of Brandy Zdan as his duet partner.
“Ten Cent Talker” and “Only When You’re Breathing” are stories of deceit with the former exposing those who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, while the latter explores the dissolution of trust in a relationship. The Gospel Starz are featured on the uplifting, soulful “Taking A Chance On Me” which was released as a single in January and is a song of gratitude for those who can see past the flaws in a person who might look less than promising on paper.
The humor is dark and clever on “Tombstone Flowers,” where an old school R&B sound backs the lament of a relationship’s end, and “Rock Bottom,” a rollicking romp of a tune about bad decisions.
The collection closes with the same other-worldly vibe of the first track on the shadowy and sharply-written, “Good Night,” which tells the tale of a killer having his fate sealed by a revenge seeker skilled in deception.
There’s a lot to love in Johnny Chops & The Razors for both the lyric driven listener and fans of gritty blues. Visit the website at www.johnnychopsmusic.com to pre-order the album and to learn more about this multifaceted artist.
On February 16th, singer-songwriter Courtney Patton follows up her extraordinary 2015 release, So This Is Life, with her eagerly anticipated third album, What It’s Like To Fly Alone. Continuing to draw on true life and personal experiences, the twelve-track collection is replete with well-crafted, vividly emotional stories of everyday people who encounter struggle, love, and loss - yet through it all resolve to persevere.
Album opener “Shove” acknowledges those sentiments via a spirited declaration of continuing on despite the trials and tribulations that come along the way. “It’s still a long way up to getting back to who I was/And I watch the leaves fall down about ten times and grow back up/Before I find the nerve to say I just can’t climb another way/I need a shove.”
That’s followed by the fiddle and mandolin led title track which at first blush appears melancholy, but really is an affirmation of personal strength; the solemn “Round Mountain” a story song about a farmer’s wife who commits transgressions and ultimately decides to forge her own destiny, and “Open Flame” where, over a stirring acoustic guitar and piano, there is courage in the decision to end a relationship “It might burn but it won’t leave a scar/Let’s just walk away.”
Among a weary troubadour, there is tenderness felt on the rootsy “This Road To You,” deep sadness, guilt, and regret on “Devil’s Hand” the tale of a sinner who “grabbed the devil’s hand for a minute to see if it felt as warm as it looked,” intent on "I've Got One Waiting," and devastation on “Words To My Favorite Memory” an astute take on how songs can trigger memories that shatter. “The words to my favorite memory were playing when mine fell apart.”
Patton rounds everything out with the Owen Temple and Kelley Mickwee penned “Gold Standard,” the utterly relatable “Sometimes She Flies” which recognizes universal truths, “Red Bandana Blue,” for friend Kent Finlay, and the extremely loving and compelling “Fourteen Years” about the tragic loss of her sister.
Throughout the self-produced project, which features an all-star line-up of musicians - Chip Bricker (piano), Heather Stalling (fiddle), Lloyd Maines (pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, mandolin, baritone guitar, electric guitar and acoustic lead guitar), Giovanni “Nooch” Carnuccio (drums) and Jerry Abrams (bass), respectively - there is a beautiful balance between the instrumental interplay and Patton’s always strong, yet sensitive vocals that only compliment and enhance the poignant storytelling present.
Via layered narratives that relay tales of heartache, loss, and ultimately determination, Patton delivers a stunning album that not only touches the listener, but empowers them to find their own happiness and inner fortitude as well. On What It’s Like to Fly Alone, it’s clear Patton doesn’t simply fly, she soars.
Hailing from Connecticut, Jeff Przech (pronounced 'Presh') is prepping for the release of his new album, JEFF PRZECH & THE OUTFIT, on April 6th. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2015 release Sounds Like Fresh offers a vintage vibe and full band take on the Americana sound that's heavy on Telecasters, twang, and grit while remaining grounded in solid storytelling.
The project's first single, “Maribelle,” is steeped in southern rock tradition with gritty electric riffs and a solid backbeat that's led by Przech's perfectly-worn vocals relaying a tale about things not turning out the way one planned.
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Atlanta's Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics are the heirs to the throne of the old schools masters - but they are much more than just a group of revivalists trying to create a period piece. Powerhouse singer Velle and her band will settle for nothing less than bringing these classic sounds glimmering into the now with a fresh, new contemporary sheen. And that they do with their new single "Call Out My Name." The funktastic, soulful vibe of the track channels Motown/Jackson 5 heyday into an original, impassioned anthem led by Velle's captivating vocals, a firm percussive beat, the swell of an organ, and a dynamic blast of horns.
Previously, the group has shared bills with Erykah Badu, the XX, Gary Clark Jr., Animal Collective, Feist, The Temptations, and Kendrick Lamar among others. For more information: