Atlanta-based Southern rock (and identical twin) duo Haley and Alexis recently released the first song from their upcoming album, ROGUE. Entitled, "Phoenix," the driving track - led by the sister's bold, assured vocals and pulsating guitar riffs - focuses on rising above whatever or whomever brings you down.
Haley and Alexis and their band have opened for artists such as Dustin Lynch, Parmalee, Love and Theft, and The Bacon Brothers, among others.
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Penned by Molly Adele Brown, Tim Angsten, and Tim Baumgartner, "Me Too" finds the trio addressing the current #MeToo movement. Originally written from a dad's perspective, the emotional piano-driven, highly relatable track focuses on the mothers' point of view, explaining their desire to protect their daughter from the evils in the world and hoping as she grows, she is able to stay strong, be safe, and never, ever have to utter those words.
"If I could shelter you the rest of my life, I would
That's what I wanna do
I hope and pray that you never have to say, never ever have to say, never have to say me too"
Shannon & The Clams - Shannon Shaw (bass and vocals), Cody Blanchard (guitar and vocals), Nate Mahan (drums), and Will Sprott (keyboards) - peel back their musical layers exposing a sound that is deliciously retro yet undeniably fresh and 100% their own on their upcoming fifth studio album, Onion.
Produced by Dan Auerbach, Onion contains thirteen tracks – layered, refined, and creative - that speak to identity, experience, and determination via a fusion of sounds including surf rock, 50’s pop, soul and psychedelia. Beginning with the Blanchard-led “Boy,” a shimmering doo-wop reflection on childhood experiences, the quartet flow into the soulfully surreal “It’s Gonna Go Away,” a tune that explores the fleeting nature of, well, everything, and the western-accented, anthemic “Backstreets.”
Shaw takes lead vocals on the bubbly (and under two minutes) “If You Could Know,” the potent title track (whose riffs recall The Doors), and the aching ballad “Did You Love Me.” The varied aspects of relationships are also at the forefront on the pulsating “I Leave Again,” the infectious “I Never Wanted Love” about realizing you might indeed want what you thought you didn’t, and the hand-clap filled “Tell Me When You Leave” before closing out with the cinematic “Strange Wind” and the affecting and inspirational “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”
Life's experiences - love, loss, tragedy, recovery, change – shape who we and who we become. It's these layers of our identity that Shannon and the Clams explore on Onion, and in doing so, give us an album that’s authentic, sharp, and full-flavored...like life itself.
Onion will be available everywhere February 16th via Easy Eye Sound. For all the information visit HERE.
On her new single, "Cut The Line," Annachristie Sapphire entwines Americana and Folk with 90's era grunge and in doing so captures something incredibly expressive and powerful. Penned by Annachristie and produced by Grammy-winner Tim Sonnefeld, "Cut The Line," tells a dreamlike story of searching for love via dire, soulful verses, a retro chorus, and an atmospheric melody that both engulfs and liberates the listener.
"I wanna put the hook in your lips and draw you in
Cut the line drop you back and watch you swim
I just wanna see the sun shining on your skin
Cut the line drop you back and watch you swim"
Annachristie has shared the stage with favorites such as First Aid Kit, Amos Lee, and Langhorne Slim, as well as Victoria Williams, the founder of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund best known for work with Neil Young and Lou Reed, who lends her backing vocals to Annachristie Sapphire’s new single and upcoming EP.
"Cut The Line" will be on Sapphire’s forthcoming EP, Desert Car, which was recorded at Chaparral Bottom Studio and Red Star Studios. For more information:
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This past December, Canadian-born singer-songwriter Hugh Christopher Brown released his latest album, PACEM (Latin for peace). The record begins with the beautiful chant-like melody of “The Prayer of St. Ignatius” (the "Prayer for Generosity" from St. Ignatius's "Spiritual Exercises") which accentuates the timelessness of the divine message. From there, PACEM continues with ten additional tracks that draw on a deep well of experiences and meditations that took him, as he has said, "inward and outward".
One of the tracks, "Keeper of the Flame" is a delicate, thoughtful shuffler led by piano and Brown's sincere vocals that focuses on following your inner light. Stream the track above and for more information visit HERE.
"With you everything is music, everything is magic
And I know how to use it
Just jet me hear your laughter, the greatest thing since silence"
On January 26th, Laura Benitez and the Heartache will release their third full-length, With All Its Thorns, which, despite its name, is something to behold as Benitez tackles the prickly aspects of relationships with keen insight, unique perspectives, and heart.
With All Its Thorns starts off with the Tex-Mex flair of the lively “Something Better Than a Broken Heart” which with its opening line “I’d always thought I’d get that diamond ring” and accordion work (courtesy of Billy Wilson who plays throughout) instantly grabs your attention. That’s followed by ten more songs, told by Benitez’s distinct voice, that strike a chord, whether they’re breaking your heart or lifting it up.
The slow shuffle of “Easier Things To Do” conveys the thought that even though things, whether in work or love, aren’t always we easy, we shouldn’t avoid them; while the jaunty “Our Remember Whens” tells a darling story about looking forward to being able to reminisce with a new love, and the rollicking “Whiskey Makes Me Love You” where she asks, “How can you say it’s wrong when that amber starts to pour” extols the virtues of the favored beverage.
While Benitez is the primary songwriter, The Heartache - Bob Spector (acoustic and electric guitar), Ian Sutton (pedal steel), Mike Anderson (electric and upright bass), and Steve Pearson (drums) - elevate her lyrics with their dynamic musicianship whether with the dark backbeat on the murder ballad “In Red,” the haunting fiddle (courtesy of Steve Kallai) and steel on the stirring “Ghostship,” a true story of a fire in an artistic collective, or capturing the conjunto feel of “Almost the Right One/Casa Mi Cielo.”
With All Its Thorns is rounded out by the astutely told tale of two cheaters entitled “Secrets,” the charming “The Fool I Am Right Now” and the bluegrass infused closer, “Nora Went Down the Mountain” which tells the story of an ordinary woman who, one day, simply picked up and left.
Alphonse Karr is quoted as having said, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” Benitez and company adeptly tackle life’s sadness, heartaches, and struggles on With All Its Thorns, and in doing so have exposed the beauty behind those thorns, capturing something incredibly pure, poignant, and timeless.
Alabama native, Tiera, who was the Song Suffragettes #LetTheGirlsPlay Artist of the Month in August of 2016, has been singing ever since she was a little girl. The self-taught guitarist and soulful singer-songwriter earned a spot performing at Nashville establishments like the Bluebird Cafe and the Listening Room Cafe, and recently opened for Shenandoah and the Charlie Daniels Band. With these highlights already under her belt, the Nashville resident has been hard at work on new music at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals with producer Noah Shell.
Tiera's follow-up to her 2015 EP is a brand new single entitled “Wake Up Call." Written by Tiera and Shell, "Wake Up Call" is a mid-tempo anthem that portrays a no-nonsense, self-assured woman who finds the strength to leave a relationship that hinders, behind. "Wake Up Call" has a breezy melody that's easy to hum along to, but it's also a song with a message of empowerment and independence that women should take to heart.
"I don't take orders from nobody but myself
I ain't that pretty little piece of arm candy
You can put on your shelf
No I ain't the call for a good time
Go and take a slow ride
Type of girl"
"Wake Up Call" will be released on January 5th.