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:
Nashville-based artist Grace Gonzalez recently released her first single, the infectious "This Old Town." Produced by Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris), "This Old Town" is grounded by a vibrant folk melody (think Mumford and Sons) driven by keys, a shuffling backbeat, and Gonzalez's raspy, passionate vocals which perfectly reflect the sentiment of the tune which encourages following your dreams.
"If we gave a damn about Abrahams
We wouldn't be here strumming
We play until out heart stops running"
Gonzalez is currently at work on her debut record.
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Released on February 9th Beth Nielsen Chapman’s Hearts Of Glass is a sparse, yet powerful collection that touches on the joyful and the melancholy - and all of the emotions in between. Produced by Sam Ashworth, Hearts Of Glass features eleven songs beginning with the timely track “Come To Mine” (written with Graham Gouldman and Kevin Montgomery), an open call for unity and love put forth by her serene and emotive vocals. The ten others include tunes familiar as well as several new compositions, from the mournful “Epitaph For Love” to the reflective “Old Church Hymns and Nursery Rhymes,” (a song Chapman wrote that was recorded by Waylon Jennings), and the gripping “Life Holds On.”
Love takes center stage (and fills your heart) on the sweet-tempered “All For The Love,” the classically romantic “You’re Still My Valentine,” and the delightfully uplifting “Enough For Me,” If My World Didn’t Have You,” which features Rodney Crowell on backing vocals.
Hearts of Glass is rounded out by three album standouts - “Rage On Rage,” a devastating story of domestic violence, the emotionally overwhelming “Child Again” and the encouraging, hopeful “Dancer in the Drum” which closes out a record that digs deep into honest emotions and truths both beautiful and devastating.
In an already crowded release year, don’t let Hearts of Glass fly under your radar.
Texas-based troubadour Wade Bowen returns on February 9th with his long awaited new album, Solid Ground. Working with friend and producer Keith Gattis, Solid Ground features eleven tracks that exemplify the varied musical soundscapes that are the Lone Star State. From the roots-rocking opener “Couldn’t Make You Love Me” to the Gattis-penned Tex-Mex seasoned tale of lost love “Day of the Dead,” the bittersweet harmonica and keys accented “Acuna” and the nostalgic “So Long 6th Street” the melodies and stories on Solid Ground carry you throughout Texas, imparting an auditory guide of the singer-songwriter's beloved home state.
On Solid Ground, Bowen and Gattis balance grittier tracks with heart-rendering ballads, tunes which Bowen has always had the ability to craft well, and continues to do here, including the haunting, remorseful “Broken Glass,” album stand-out “7:30,” an achingly painful yet beautifully universal story, and “Anchor,” a tale of crumbling love. Solid Ground is rounded out with the jaunty bluegrass-flaired ode to love “Compass Rose,” the rollicking “Fell In Love On Whiskey,” and the Guy Clark inspired solemn and comforting shuffler “Death, Dyin’ And Deviled Eggs,” before closing out with the moody, cinematic “Calling All Demons” a track that, at almost eight minutes long, perfectly completes an album that is varied, cohesive, and yes, incredibly solid.
LA-based band Bird Concerns - Marcus Buser (Bass, Vocals), Travis Meador (Guitar, Vocals), Jake Sucher (Guitar, Vocals), and Cooper Wolken (Drums, Vocals) - build their garage-rock sound upon four-part harmonies, interweaving guitars, and infectious rhythms, while delving into themes such as selflessness, awareness, relationships, and navigating the pressures of the outside world.
Their new single, "The Monster" mixes the 90's melodical moodiness of the Smashing Pumpkins and the jangle of Semisonic on a confessional tune that deals with self-acceptance, guilt, and facing internal demons via crunchy guitars, tight harmonies, and a driving back beat.
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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"