Nashville, TN (Press Release) — Fiery roots-rock singer/songwriter Scott Miller will release Ladies Auxiliary, his first album in four years on November 3rd via F.A.Y. Recordings. Raised on a cattle farm in Virginia, and well versed in topics ranging from Greek mythology to modernist poetry, Miller’s smart songwriting has long been admired by his peers. A founding member of Knoxville-based band the V-Roys, Miller’s raucous style influenced the newer generation of Alt-Country revelry and what’s now known as Americana.
The album title Ladies Auxiliary recognizes that Miler’s backing band on this album is comprised solely of women, including Bryn Davies (bass), Rayna Gellert (fiddle/banjo), Jen Gunderman (keys) Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Megan Carchman (drums) and guitarist Anne McCue who also served as a producer on the album. Miller enlisted McCue as producer after being blown away by her playing in an early tracking session. What transpired reflects the fact that as he has grown away from performing with a full rock band, Miller enjoys collaborating with smart, thoughtful and like-minded musicians who in this case just happened to be women.
The themes running through much of Ladies Auxiliary illustrate Miller’s observations and appreciation for the common man (and woman), the music and characters of his native Appalachia, and his talent for clever storytelling. In an album and live show highlight, “Lo Siento”, Miller takes on the travails of Spanishburg, West Virginia, a dying town recently rejuvenated by the arrival of wealthy retirees streaming down from Northern Virginia. Another character-driven narrative is the haunting “Someday / Sometime”, which deals with the suicide of a young mother leaving behind two 8-year old twin girls. In true Scott Miller fashion, the album also humors us with “Mother In Law” (one of the only two covers on the album) and the original “Jacki With An Eye” about an Augusta County fairground romp.
In 2011 Miller returned to his family land to take care of his aging parents, and to keep the farm alive. When he’s not farming, Miller will be touring this fall with members of the Ladies Auxiliary in support of the new album.
Nashville, Tenn. (Press Release) – Award-winning country legend Janie Fricke has never performed a full concert in Music City, until now. The show-stopping CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year will deliver her chart-topping hits, including “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby,” and many more August 18 at 7 p.m. at Nashville Palace (click here for tickets). She will be performing with Moe Bandyand his band all weekend as the pair make a stop at the world famous Grand Ole Opry the following night to perform their No.1 hit “It’s a Cheating Situation”.
“These past 40-plus years hold great memories for me in the recording industry in Nashville, including jingle/commercial solos, teaming up on No. 1 duets with many great singers and recording my own albums as a solo artist on Columbia Records, now known as Sony/BMG. It will be great to play my show in Music City, USA, and to sing at the Grand Ole Opry, all in 2 nights! Thank you, fans & friends!!" Fricke exclaimed.
The music and event curators at The Wild Honey Pie are preparing to host their celebrated, 5th annual Welcome Campers experience this September 8th through the 10th. In anticipation of the event, one of Welcome Campers' performers, dreamy indie-rock chanteuse Rose Hotel, gathered a playlist of personal favorites perfect for the weekend (or anytime). She writes,
"This is a playlist of songs I love to listen to when I want some mellow background music to a night camping with friends. Imagine the crackling of the fire, the smell of roasted marshmallows, box wine, and great conversation. Mostly older folk stuff, with a little bit of new music sprinkled in between that fits the mood.
I had the opportunity to play Welcome Campers last year with a different band, and I am so thrilled to be coming back again this year. It's such a magical experience and I really have the best time and made some new friendships that have lasted since - so I'm stoked for round 2!"
Held at Camp Lenox in Western Massachusetts, Welcome Campers is a one-of-a-kind experience, eschewing the large, modern music festival model for a weekend of spotlight performances amidst an array of outdoor activities reminiscent of summers past. Welcome Campers stages each musical performance in its own unique space, and with no overlaps, offering a full experience for attendees. Sprinkle in some sunshine (hopefully), catered meals, kayaking, arts and crafts, tennis, nature hikes, campfires, volleyball, basketball, kickball and some more special surprises along the way and you have a weekend to write home to everyone about.
Weekend passes include free meals (plus access to food trucks), lodging, musical performances around camp and summer camp activities such as kayaking, arts and crafts, tennis, nature hikes, campfires, volleyball, basketball, kickball and more.
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Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are a rootsy rock n’ roll band influenced by the early musical surroundings of Petty, Young, and The Beatles.
Songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis’ - alongside Kyle Poppen (lead guitar), Aidan Collins (bass), and Henry Chadwick (drums) - blend those influences, as well as folk, blues, R&B and rock, with intensely personal lyrics and tender harmonies in ways that have garnered them accolades in the Golden State and beyond.
In anticipation of their upcoming third record, Roll With It, due later this year, the quintet offers a new track that is sure to widen their audience even further. Written by James Coffis "What's Wrong With Me" is a mournful (and relatable) piano ballad about the dissolution of a relationship that places Coffis' vocals - warm, hurt, and questioning - center stage...and tugging at your heart strings.
"Don't try and act like you don't see it
Don't say those words if you don't mean it
I tried so hard to be there/You left me standing nowhere
What's wrong with me and you/Is this the best that we can do?"
Coffis had this to say of the track which you can hear in its entirety HERE,
"I had a song of the same title that was a peppy kind of pop song with a bouncy piano part and some catchy chord changes. It was even a contender for our last album until we decided it was a bit unfocused and probably needed a little more work. I took another look at it in the lead up to the recording of "Roll With It," moved it up a few steps slowed down the tempo considerably and changed the main hook from "What's Wrong With Me" to "What's Wrong With Me and You." After that it was easy to come up with the rest of the chorus, I added a few lines about some things I was going through at the time and voila! I had a rather sad and brooding song of love lost and longing, with a big note in the chorus. Perfect!"
(Press Release) Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern music, will make her debut for ATO Records on October 27 with the release of 'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,' an album that mixes the country, soul, gospel and blues of her native East Texas, into an audacious, sharp-edged work of art. Produced by Womack's husband and fellow Texan Frank Liddell (fresh off a 2017 ACM Album of the Year win for Miranda Lambert's 'The Weight of These Wings'), and featuring songs mostly co-written by Womack, 'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,' is her most personal album to date, marking the culmination of a journey that began with her 2005 CMA Album of the Year 'There's More Where That Came From' toward an authentic American music that celebrates her roots and adds to the canon.
Listen to new song "All The Trouble," co-written by Womack and her band mates Adam Wright and Waylon Payne via NPR Music here: http://n.pr/2uKTgdy
So-Cal's Moonsville Collective return with their third EP of 2017, Moonsville III, on September 8th. Moonsville's Corey Adams says; “EP III is different than EP II in that we went for a warmer approach instrumentally. Overall it has a more laid back feel.”
With multi-instrumentalists and several songwriters in the band, the quintet keeps their Americana style variable, always open to showcase their diversity via experimentation and the blurring of genre lines. From the swinging “Peace of Mind,” to the steady wistfulness of “Hurricane Girl” to the lonesome ballad “New York or Memphis," the EP, says member Ryan Welch, "is lyrically rich and asks the listener to follow the songs into a space of nostalgia.”
TDC is pleased to premiere the EP's closer, "Divided." A thoughtful folk ballad highlighted by a gentle mandolin, "Divided" finds Adams' warm yet weathered, and somewhat weary, vocals encouraging one to reflect on what divides us in order to be more united, both in our relations with others and within ourselves. Stream the track in its entirety above.
Exploring the common ground between heartfelt indie-folk ballads and stomping hootenanny showstoppers characteristic of Americana-grass, Moonsville III is brimming with optimism and love for the simple side of life. For more information:
Called "Baltimore's modern-day version of The Band," The Herd of Main Street blends a soulful mix of Americana, classic country, and rock n’ roll on their original tunes. The quintet - comprised of Peter McKibben (vocals, guitar, harmonica, and piano), wife Gena McKibben (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, pedal steel, piano, mandolin) Corey Zook (guitar), Kevin Alban (bass), and Lance Smith (drums) - have previously released three albums, and is gearing up for its latest, Heyday, on August 18th. In advance of the album's release, TDC is pleased to premiere one of the tracks, "Feels Like Work."
Written by Peter Mckibben, "Feels Like Work" is a traditional country foot stomper (think Jones and Haggard) replete with relatable lyrics, emotive pedal steel, and a hefty dose of twang. McKibben's straightforward yet sensitive vocals make clear that he's reached the point when the bad times in a relationship seriously outweigh the good - and he's ready to move on.
"I can't burn the candle at both ends
I can'mt even say that we'll stay friends
Loving you shouldn't have to hurt
Loving you just feels like work"
McKibben relays the story behind the song, "While reading dates and names in a local graveyard, I was thinking about all the work that goes into a relationship. Whether it's a relationship that holds strong and follows us to the grave, or one that collapses, each lifetime holds those crucial acts of labor."
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Features live sessions from the late Roz & Howard Larman’s legendary folk radio program.
Founding member of the Nerves and the Plimsouls to tour this fall.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) -- Peter Case has always been a pioneer. Genre-tripping through punk withthe Nerves (“Hangin’ on the Telephone”), new wave/power pop with the Plimsouls (“A Million Miles Away”) and Americana with his Grammy®-nominated, self-titled solo debut. It is a career that is still going strong over 40 years later on the strength of his exceptional songwriting.
On the Way Downtown: Recorded Live on FolkScene, due out October 27, 2017 on Omnivore Recordings, is a snapshot from nearly 20 years ago when Case sat still long enough for the airwaves to catch up to him.
This new album captures material from two live radio performances on the highly influential KPFK-FM Los Angeles syndicated radio program in 1998 and 2000. The first half features material from his then, newly released Full Service, No Waiting — an album New York magazine called “stunning.”The Full Service No Waiting set is a live full band performance featuring some of Peter’s great musical friends.
Nashville, TN (Press Release) -- Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville GRAMMY Award-winner Miranda Lambert’s critically acclaimed and award winning song “Vice” is now certified PLATINUM by the RIAA.
The newly PLATINUM song, “Vice,” that received GRAMMY and ACM nods for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song as well as SINGLE OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR (artist and songwriter), and VIDEO OF THE YEAR respectively was co-written by Lambert along with fellow GRAMMY Award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.
Stream Gerdes' "Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets" HERE
August 14, 2017 (Press Release) - Outlaw Country revivalist Craig Gerdes has just announced his forthcoming LP Smokin' Drinkin' & Gamblin. The news comes on the heels of a premiere at The Boot for his new cover of Johnny Paycheck's "Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets." The article also includes an exclusive interview with Jim Vest, Paycheck's original pedal-steel player who plays on Gerdes' version of the song. Smokin Drinkin' & Gamblin' is slated for a Jan. 26 release.
Singer/songwriter Craig Gerdes “rolled into Nashville, on four bald tires, in his beat up, old four-door Plymouth. "With a stack of songs he’d written, and some old school country pickin, he was gonna be a country music star,” says the opening line of his autobiographical song “Redneck Sons a Bitches.” The song tells the summarized tale of his discontented journey from Nashville rejection to recording his debut album Smokin’ Drinkin’ & Gamblin’ on the Indiana-based Sol Records label.
Gerdes took to the stage at a very young age, following in the footsteps of his father and fronting his dad’s band, working his way through high school, performing in the honky tonks of Central Illinois. Marrying his high-school sweetheart, Janel, they began raising a family together very young. Gerdes worked hard to take care of his family and continued to play, never letting go of the dream of being successful in the music business.