Hailing from Dallas, singer-songwriter Joseph Wayne Miller will release his third album, Pacey, in September. Recorded at Cloudland Recording Studios in Forth Worth and produced by Peter Wierenga, the confessional eleven-song project deals with the death of his sister and the meeting of his wife, both of which occurred within a year of each other (2014-2015). The self-penned tunes were written from June-September 2016, between his marriage proposal and the first day of recording and result in a project that is personal, immediate, and raw.
Beginning with the "Open Door," Miller's familiar vocals draw you in with a gentle tale about the one who he can't get off his mind, then amps up the tempo with the dark undercurrent of "Turn On All The Lights" and the solemn "Words So Strange." Miller keeps things sonically varied, and fresh, with the rocker "Scrambled Eggs" and pulls at your heart strings with "No Smoking" and the ballad "Wasting Time."
Pacey is rounded out with the spacious "Window Plant," and two songs that tell stories via home ("Yard Sale" and "Garage Mess") before closing out with the reflective "Yellow Sky." While generally somber, Pacey is filled with meaningful lyrics and melodies that grow with each listen. For more information visit HERE.
Boston-based four piece, The Novel Ideas have earned a reputation for their stirring four part harmonies, rich melodic folk-country sound, and deeply personal songwriting - all of which are front and center on their new single,"I'll Try."
The superb first single from their forthcoming album due in September, "I'll Try" emanates warmth while expressing an intimate, honest look at that difficult experience of letting go, and moving on, from a previous relationship. "I'm finally looking for love/And I'm finally feeling alright/I think that it's about time."
Recently voted Best Band in Austin Monthly, Cowboy Diplomacy - Ian Cochran (guitar, vocals), Brad Bentley (Bass), Zac Walden (lead guitar), and Matt Leslie (drums) - delivered their second single, "No Alibi," on August 25th. Recorded at 601 Studios in Austin and mastered by Howie Weinberg (The Wild Feathers, Wilco), "No Alibi" is a driving blues rock scorcher led by a dirty groove, fiery guitar work, and Cochran's gritty vocals, that finds the foursome celebrating the dog days of youth, freedom, and young love.
“So the question is will you cruise on by
So the question is will you take a drive
So the question is will you get so high,
So the question is will you deny 'cause it's no alibi”
Check it out HERE
Alt-Country songstress Caroline Reese has returned with a new EP, Two Horses. The four songs reflect a traveling theme, every one saturated with Reese's country/folk vocals and lush instruments.
"(I'm Not Selling) The Telecaster" kicks off the EP and sounds autobiographical in nature. Reese made the move from Pennsylvania to Montana and channels the hardships of relocating in this bouncy number.
The melancholy filled title cut delves into a past relationship, driven by metaphors and Reese's powerhouse vocals. Meanwhile, "Ease My Mind" touches on the history of the Centralia, PA ghost town before seamlessly transitioning into the singer's past ramblings. It's the standout track, buoyed by Reese's fabulous storytelling and the fine guitar licks.
Closing out the EP is "Nicotine," a youthful nod to the past. The pedal steel wraps around the nostalgic lyrics "...I just thought thought 10 years would be long enough...But now I'm right back where you left me...left me..." leaving the listener revelling in the storyline.
With this EP, Reese has captured the ears of new listeners and no doubt, leaves them wanting more from this Pennsylvania native. Two Horses is out September 8.
Jericho Woods wind down those last lazy days of Summer with their surprise acoustic EP, Bonfire Songs, which was released August 18th. Led by Jory Hutchens' fiddle and Josh Mitcham's welcoming, warm vocals, the EP kicks off with the romantic "Sinkin Creek" (a real creek that runs throughout Breckinridge County) which conjures images of being with the one you love under the clear evening skies.
That's followed by the tender story of "Gonna Be Alright" which chronicles the emotions of getting married, starting a family, and watching children grow to adults; "Smalltown Jimmy" a song that relays the challenges one encounters living in a small town and (personal favorite) "Anna Wait for Me," a heartwarming shuffler about watching your kids grow and wanting time to slow down just a bit. The Kentucky-based quintet close things out with the emotional "Weep No More," which relates the push and pull of the road and family.
Whether it's a warm summer night around the bonfire, sitting on the porch with friends, or taking a leisurely drive, Bonfire Songs is the perfect companion.
Having found success as a pop/rock artist touring with Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Kip Moore, and Counting Crows, among others, Bowen, is ready to pave a different path with new single, "All I Ever Do."
A bright, yet thoughtful radio ready tune that's
imbued with modern sonic flourishes, "All I Ever Do" captures the sweetly romantic feelings (and sacrifices) that accompany being with that special someone. Watch the lyric video HERE.
"Everybody wanna be this, wanna be that
Wanna go here, wanna go there
Me, I don;t care if I ever go anywhere, but
Right here white sheets, sun in your hair, bare feet
I never get tired of waking up next to you"
Nashville by way of Napa Valley, newcomer Shelby Darrall recently released her debut single, "Swim." A mid-tempo easy flowing ballad backed by guitar and banjo, "Swim" features Darrall's airy, earnest vocals on a tune about the ebb and flow of a relationship. Follow the links to hear the track and for more information on Darrall who will release her EP September 1st.
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5EuFSF0WkNdx3a0fbKQKOv
Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lostharbormusic/shelby-darrall-swim-lhm
Buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/swim-single/id1263768296
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Nashville’s My Politic – Kaston Guffey (vocals, guitar), Nick Pankey (guitar, vocals), Wilson Conroy (Dobro mandolin, vocals), Will Cafaro (upright bass, electric bass), Jen Starinic (fiddle), John Woods (drums) – is set to release their first studio album, 12 Kinds of Lost, on August 25th via The Orchard. Their Appalachian-infused folk/country sound combines with compelling storytelling and achingly vulnerable vocals on the 12 track collection for a brutally honest look at some of life’s darker and more difficult challenges.
The fear of stagnation meets the fear of risk in “Bored Young Ghost” (“Dreams are too big for a small town kid to own”) and “I Don’t Wanna Run”. “Loneliness” and “Only Human” tackle coping with the emotional aftermath of lost love and finding a way to move forward from the depression. Alcoholism, addiction, family dysfunction and fear of repeating destructive patterns play out in “Down In Hell”, where the lilting melody seems to signal a quite resignation to the inevitable, and in “Devil’s Playground”.
“News Alone” explores suicide and self-isolation (“Friends are few, by design. They can’t give me up if they don’t know where to find me. But it’s getting hard to watch the news alone. Wish I had someone to cry with beside me”). The album closes with the title track, a sonic and lyrical summation of the human frailties laid bare in the previous songs.
12 Kinds of Lost is both sadness and beauty and definitely worth a careful listen. I look forward to hearing more from My Politic. You can visit their website to find out more about the album, the band, and their upcoming tour dates.
Nominated for Best Live Act, Best Country Artist and Artist of the year 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, Ohio-based singer-songwriter Noah Smith recently released his new single, "We're On Fire." A mid-tempo country rocker reflecting on a love now gone (but hoping to be rekindled), "We're On Fire" draws you in with it's foot-tapping melody and Smith's muscular vocals.
"Past out in the over pass
Surrounded by your love and broken glass
Our hearts were beating baby I was stuck on you
I’d give up all these good time songs to sing one more song with you"
Smith has had the opportunity to share the stage with Josh Turner, Steve Miller Band, Aaron Tippin, Reckless Kelly, Levi Lowery, and Andrew Combs, among others. For more information visit his official website.
Tennessee-born, Ohio-raised, Robin April Newman was raised on country music, but credits her insurgent teenage years for her broadened horizons which included the music of Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Self-taught on the guitar at the age of 14, Newman competed in local talent shows all while being an avid YouTube user with some of her videos reaching as many as 100,000 views and counting. With over 1,000 subscribers, Robin left college at the age of 18 and set off to Nashville to chase her dreams.
At the age of 21 she met with a group of musicians who helped her embark on her first real musical journey. She spent time in the studio cutting her first recorded original songs - releasing her first single, "The Trusting Kind," today, August 4th. The mid-tempo number, led by Newman's steady, emotionally honest, yet weathered vocals, touches on the aftermath of being heartbroken and questioning whether you can open yourself to trusting another after being burned.
Listen to the track above.
For more information visit HERE.