With roots deeply planted in Central California, where they immersed themselves in agriculture, husband-and-wife duo, Terra Bella (Joseph and Martina Costa) toured up and down the West Coast playing clubs and rodeos as well as opening for national acts such as Lee Brice, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Thomas Rhett and more. In August of 2013, the pair decided to move 2,200 miles across the nation to "Music City, USA" committing to their musical purpose. In 2016, their debut EP Road To Forever came to fruition and scored the duo's first Billboard Indicator (#51) and Music Row (#42) charting song with the single "You've Got That Somethin'."
Since the release of Road To Forever, Terra Bella has been endlessly writing new material for a much- anticipated album, produced by Johnny Garcia, due in early 2018. The duo recently released the first single from that album, "Before You," on October 24th. The heartwarming, hopeful mid-tempo tune, sung by Martina, is an ode to the one who helped make you whole again.
"I was careless, lost, and broken
Careless, lost, and broken before you"
Watch below as the duo perform an acoustic rendition of "Before You" below.
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With seven albums and years of touring already under his belt, respected Texas singer-songwriter Drew Kennedy is hardly new to the music scene. On November 3rd he releases At Home In The Big Lonesome. Produced by Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark, Jamey Johnson), the eleven track collection combines Kennedy’s well honed writing skills and soulful vocals with piano and strings alongside the more traditional acoustic instrumentation on his previous albums. The departure works well and serves as a perfect sonic backdrop for the evocative nature of the songs.
The tender, piano ballad ,“When I’ll Miss You Most” draws the listener in immediately with its reflections on the death of a lover, “With a steaming cup of coffee, and the paper by my side/ I can’t bring myself to read it ‘cause I know your life’s inside”, and the knowledge that memories of her will remain intact as he navigates the future without her. “Sing This Town To Sleep” and “Jackson” are sweetly nostalgic with the former celebrating the joy of sharing the small town life with the one you love while the latter recalls memories of a past relationship, “We sang along with The Jackson Five/Made love to Jackson Browne.”
Co-written by Kennedy and Sean McConnell, “24 Hours In New York City” takes the listener along on a young, teenaged couple’s impulsive roadtrip complete with vivid descriptions of the sights and sounds. “Cream And Sugar” brings you along on the excitement a blind date in a coffee shop as you follow the inner monologue of the guy trying to quell his nerves and minimize expectations.
The simple sounds of acoustic guitar and harmonica drive “Miles To Go” which uses roadtrip necessities as a guide for living a good life, “Keep a map in the glovebox and cut a path to the sweet unknown” while “House” conveys advice in more of a “how not to” guide for a crumbling relationship, “Not saying what needs saying is a sure fire way to let that fire die/And going through the motions is only good if you don’t wanna try/ I ain’t no architect but I know without a doubt, how to turn a home into a house.”
At Home In The Big Lonesome closes with a beautifully done cover of Walt Wilkins’ “Walnut Street” which serves as a reminder that no matter whose name is on the deed, a house is a vessel containing the memories of all who lived there. It’s a fitting way to close an album of songs about memories; some likely personal and others possibly conjured of out empathy and understanding of the human condition.
To find out more about the artist, his music and touring schedule, visit his website at www.drewkennedymusic.com.
Newly minted Angeleno Sam Marine will release his third cd, Big Dark City, on November 17th. Produced by Brian Whelan, the five-track outing delivers a smokin’ dose of straight up roots rock that’s all at once edgy, personal, complex, dark, and vulnerable. Marine and company (Whelan on guitar and organ, Mitch Marine on drums, and Aaron Stern on bass) kick things off with the thumping percussion and driving guitars of the title track, a tune that’s permeated with an underlying sense of both unease and excitement, “I ain't really been to sleep for very long just yet/I'm a couple drinks ahead of you I'll bet.”
From there Big Dark City segues into the urgency of “Dawn Come and Gone,” which begins with echoes of Mellencamp then travels to warp speed as he laments finding himself alone after a night of tending bar (Marine also works as a bartender), the pounding, anthemic “Freeze Em Out,” and the weighty “I’ll Soon be Gone,” where Marine’s rasp conveys the inner turmoil of self-imposed emotional isolation, “Nobody really knows me, good enough to know something's wrong/Sitting here all alone all night, clenching on my jaw.” Big Dark City closes with “Mike Lee,” a warm tribute to a good friend who passed way, and a song that provides the perfect closer, offering a dose of comfort in the fact that even though the city is often big, dark, and lonely, there are still good people who have your back.
While one may have to be cautious in the city after the sun goes down, you needn't be wary of this Big Dark City as each track offers Marine's insights into life's complexities that are deliberate, reflective...and intoxicating.
With a career that has produced nearly twenty hit singles, including three #1's, as well as chart-topping albums and sales in the millions, Darryl Worley returns with a brand new track, "Lonely Alone."
Truer words were never spoken in the poignant, heart-tugging mid-tempo tune that gently sways along as Worley sings without sorrow or regret, simply conveying a realistic, sad truth.
"If I'm gonna be lonely
I might as well be gone
If I'm gonna be lonely girl
I'd rather be lonely alone"
Purchase "Lonely Alone" HERE