Following a two-year stint working with The Band's Levon Helm at his studio in Woodstock recording the famous Midnight Rambles, R. Finn returned to Los Angeles and started his own recording studio and creative space, The Heritage Recording Co. It was in that studio that Finn recorded his debut LP, Collecting Trip—a ten-track collection of timeless Americana that finds the singer-songwriter channeling influences from Woody Guthrie to Leon Russell. Co-produced by legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Lennon), Collecting Trip is an ode to the singer-songwriter's (nee Chris Rondinella) deep dive into folk and Americana and features contributions from Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Sean & Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), and more.
A heartfelt album colored by subtle, lush, haunting, and hopeful arrangements, the album represents the years of accumulating songs, players, and styles that have resulted in his affecting, long-evolving sound and lyrics which explore relationships and his worldview. Today, Finn shares one of the album's tracks entitled, “I Am Soldier." The hard-edged, yet meaningful tune is led by Finn's airy vocals and assisted by softly muted percussion, somber keys, and guitar riffs that lend tension to the track. "I am a soldier in an unknown army/just a peaceful fighter in an endless war."
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Buffalo Springfield celebrated by Richie Furay and All-Star Guests at Wild Honey Tribute show, Feb. 17
Benefit for the Autism Think Tank to take place February 17th at the Alex Theatre
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — Benefit-concert producers the Wild Honey Foundation will present a playlist of songs from the legendary Buffalo Springfield, performed by a star-studded house band featuring Richie Furay, Buffalo Springfield co-founder, with guest singers. The event, which will benefit the Autism Think Tank, will take place at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. in downtown Glendale Saturday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
Led by acclaimed musical director Rob Laufer (whose credits include George Martin’s Hollywood Bowl tribute to Sgt. Pepper), the Wild Honey Orchestra and Friends will explore 30 plus songs of earth-shaking folk/country/psychedelic rock from the short-lived but legendary band that featured Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, Dewey Martin, and later Jim Messina. In addition to Richie Furay singing many of his seminal Buffalo Springfield songs, the show will include fully orchestrated versions of the Jack Nitszche-arranged classics “Expecting To Fly” and “Broken Arrow.”
NPR World Cafe premiered the video for "Blame On Me": http://n.pr/2D8kJgH
BOSTON, Mass. — “Some might call me that,” muses Chris Smither, or one might simply say that the world is lucky because Smither’s songwriting and touring can stand the test of time. A songwriter, guitarist, bluesman, interpreter and performer for more than 50 years, Chris Smither has proven himself an American original. Recorded at the gorgeous Blue Rock Studio in Texas’ hill country, just outside Austin in Wimberley, Smither’s 18th album, titled Call Me Lucky, due out March 2, 2018 on Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert, distributed by Redeye, is the artist’s first studio recording of brand new originals in six years. Once again Smither turned to his long-time producer and multi-instrumentalist David Goodrich, drummer Billy Conway (Morphine), Matt Lorenz (a.k.a. The Suitcase Junket), and engineer Keith Gary. The four musicians went into the session to record ten songs. What they ended up with is a double record: Disc 1 features the eight originals and two covers they started with; Disc 2 catapults the very same songs — with what life-long fans may know as the Smither sound — into another dimension, featuring very different arrangements.
LONDON, UK - Friday Jan 12th 2018 (Press Release): London based, American-Israeli duo O&O’s debut single ‘Traveling’ was one of the highlights of the UK’s homegrown country/Americana scene in 2017, with support across the media, from inclusion on Chris Country’s new music list to the ‘Best of August’ playlist by Richer Unsigned. Having grown their fanbase further through a summer of live appearances and online videos, racking up thousands of followers and over 100,000 views on their Youtube channel in the process, the duo return on January 26th 2018 with their brand new single ‘Some Days’.
Inspired to write the song during a month-long stay in Nashville - where they performed at multiple venues including the legendary Bluebird Cafe - Orian and Obadiah returned to England to record the single in Liverpool, the city where they originally met. In their own words: “Being a couple, as well as musical partners, of course inspires many love songs, and in this case, a song about the more challenging moments in a relationship. ’Some Days’ was recorded over three, intense days and the lyrics were being tweaked right up until we recorded the vocals.” For more information, visit www.oandoduo.com.
NYC's own Emily Duff recently released a new track entitled "Shame." Penned by Duff and recorded in Brooklyn at Excello Recording and engineered by Excello owner Hugh Pool (who also plays harmonica and slide guitar), "Shame" - about that emotion we've all felt one time or another - is a slow burning rocker led by Duff's grainy vocals, harmonica, and plenty of bluesy guitar riffs.
"SHAME I KNOW THAT PAIN
STANDING ON THE FRONT PORCH WATCHING YOU DRIVE AWAY
WE DON'T HAVE TO SAY
NOTHIN’ ABOUT WHAT WE DID YESTERDAY "
Listen and Purchase "Shame" HERE
The B Side to “SHAME” is a cover of one of Duff's favorite songs, “SYLVIA’S MOTHER,” written by Shel Silverstein. Check it out HERE.
Catch Duff live at Cowgirl in NYC January 15th
Duff is headed back to FAME in Muscle Shoals, AL to make her new full length record in the Spring. Check out her GoFundMe link here: https://www.gofundme.com/manhattan-to-muscle-shoals-take-2
LOS ANGELES, CA (Press Release) -- Wisconsin-bred, Georgia-based musician John McCutcheon is folk music's Renaissance man — master multi-instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. His recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including six Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. McCutcheon’s commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many issues with relevance to communities and workers.
January 9th, 2018 (Press Release) - Outlaw country singer-songwriter Dallas Moore is gearing up to release his latest LP Mr. Honky Tonk and has shared two singles from the album at Wide Open Country & Glide Magazine, with the former stating "this year, Moore will cement his place at the forefront of outlaw country music with his upcoming album." Moore's LP was also featured as one of Saving Country Music's most anticipated releases for 2018. Mr. Honky Tonk is out March 2nd via Sol Records.
Dallas Moore’s old-school country sound developed honestly, following over 20 years of sharing stages and studios with his honky-tonk heroes. Satellite radio support, paired with a willingness to perform over 300 shows a year, finds the seasoned veteran positioned to reach the Americana masses with his forthcoming album Mr. Honky Tonk.
Tastemakers have taken note already, with the Dallas Moore Band crowned the Ameripolitan Music Awards’ 2017 Outlaw Group of the Year. The award came after three prior nominations for the band No Depression credits with bringing “hangovers and excitement to outlaw country fans everywhere.”
NASHVILLE, TN – After a five-year wait and a multitude of life changes, Scotty McCreery releases his highly anticipated album, Seasons Change, for digital pre-order everywhere today, ahead of its March 16 release on Sony’s Triple Tigers Records – his first album on the label. The project features his current nearly-Top 10-and-climbing radio hit “Five More Minutes,” which People calls an “emotional walk down memory lane.”
The 24-year old singer/songwriter has a lot to say on the 11-track album, produced by Rogers (McCreery’s See YouTonight, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker), Derek Wells (guitarist for Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldridge, Little Big Town), and Aaron Eshuis (producer for Ryan Hurd, songwriter for A Thousand Horses, Joe Nichols, Cole Swindell).
With every song co-written by McCreery himself, Seasons Change marks the first time he’s played a hand in writing his entire album. With songs influenced by true-life events that occurred since he released his last album at 19 -- including moving out on his own, going to college, getting robbed at gunpoint, losing his grandfather, changing record labels, releasing a book and proposing to his high school sweetheart -- Seasons Change is a true reflection of where the North Carolina native is in life.
Seasons Change Track Listing:
1. “Seasons Change” (Scotty McCreery/James McNair/Tommy Cecil)
2. “Wherever You Are” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Dan Isbell)
3. “Boys From Back Home” (Scotty McCreery/Dan Isbell/Jason Gantt)
4. “Five More Minutes” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Monty Criswell)
5. “In Between” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Jessi Alexander/Jonathan Singleton)
6. “This Is It” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Aaron Eshuis)
7. “Wrong Again” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/Phillip White)
8. “Move It On Out” (Scotty McCreery/Dan Isbell/Aaron Eshuis)
9. “Barefootin’” (Scotty McCreery/Frank Rogers/David Lee Murphy
10. “Still” (Scotty McCreery/Aaron Eshuis)
11. “Home In My Mind” (Scotty McCreery/James McNair/Tommy Cecil)
Album bundles are also available on ScottyMcCreery.com including autographed CDs bundled with a personalized video and various merchandise options for pre-order.
Fans can purchase “Five More Minutes” HERE, and watch the video HERE.
(Press Release) Nashville indie-rock trio The Lonely Biscuits release "Blue Glass", the first single off their debut full-length record The Universe In You, out March 30 via Soundly Music.
Watch and embed the official music video for "Blue Glass"
The Lonely Biscuits have released two EPs to date, the most recent being The San Francisco EP which included their hit single "Talk About" and a fantastic cover of Liz Phair's "Never Said". After establishing that alt-rock sound in The San Francisco EP, The Lonely Biscuits teamed with Cage The Elephant guitarist Nick Bockrath to produce “Blue Glass”, a driving anthem with creative production that mixes fuzzed out rock with hints of motown esque percussion.
Announcing The 2nd Annual Suwannee Spring Reunion March 22-25, 2018 Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL
Featuring: The Infamous Stringdusters, David Bromberg Quintet, Donna The Buffalo, Larry Keel Experience, Dar Williams, Billy Strings, and more!
Sowing The Seeds of Music ~ Sustaining Our Community
Tickets on sale now at → www.suwanneespringreunion.com
LIVE OAK, FL (Press Release) -- For decades the onset of Spring meant gathering at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida for a weekend of fun, family, Bluegrass and string music. A beloved tradition continues as the picturesque grounds play host to a new take on a classic family-friendly gathering with the 2nd Annual Suwannee Spring Reunion taking place Thursday through Sunday, March 22 – 25, 2018.
Suwannee Spring Reunion 2018 features The Infamous Stringdusters, David Bromberg Quintet, Donna The Buffalo, Larry Keel Experience, Dar Williams, Billy Strings, Amy Helm, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, The Grass Is Dead, Rev. Jeff Mosier and Biscuit Tragedy, Jon Stickley Trio, Front Country, Roy Book Binder, Grayson Capps, Ralph Roddenbery, Grandpa's Cough Medicine, Nikki Talley, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, and Big Cosmo!
Most of these artists bring with them storied histories of epic Suwannee performances! Matching the history on the stage, long time festival creators Beth Judy and Randy Judy along with an amazing staff, are partnering with the Spirit of the Suwannee to make sure that every piece needed to make an epic weekend of music and fun is in place and ready to write this next episode for this new legend.
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