After a 1000 mile cross country motorcycle ride with his friends The Bouncing Souls, Adam Gogola decided to follow his dream and start a band before his degenerative optic nerve disease took over his vision leaving him legally blind. And that he did, forming Blind Adam and The Federal League, Chicago's own folk-punk-Americana outfit who merge powerful lyrics and scorching melodies with a punk rock attitude. On April 28th, the quartet will release their self-titled debut album, an eleven-track outing full of barn burners and ballads built upon a rowdy punk base that's infused with relatable lyrics, rock and roll spirit, and a country heart.
Today, TDC is excited to premiere the video for "Another Lonely Weekend." A melancholy ballad led by Adam's sobering vocals, emotive pedal steel, and some light percussive tones, "Another Lonely Weekend" chronicles those empty, unsettling, and liquor-fueled days after the end of a relationship, when the yearning for the other has not yet abated.
"When Sunday comes and I wake up wherever that might be
I'll head out in the sunshine, find an open barstool
I'll drink away another, another lonely weekend without you"
Gogola notes, "Musically, I grew up with my parents playing great music, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Fleetwood Mac, Rolling Stones, Jim Croce etc… As I got older I found punk rock and in the last 10-12 years I’ve gotten more into alt-country, folk, Americana and traditional country music. Lucero kind of bridged the gap between punk rock and more of the country/Americana stuff for me."
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Virginia-based band of brothers Sons of Bill will release their fourth album Oh God Ma’am on June 29th. Today they have shared their new single "Believer / Pretender," an opening salvo that encapsulates the approach the group takes on their latest record - blending their lyrical Americana roots with a polished, driving set of songs punctuated by crystalline guitar riffs and tasteful synth flourishes. The track is currently streaming via Brightest Young Things who declares the track to be "...an absolute stunner, a sweeping piece of ‘80s-tinged guitar rock that recalls the sounds of New Order, The War on Drugs, and even The Gin Blossoms, while still being unmistakably Sons of Bill."
(Partial Press Release) Richard Edwards, the longtime frontman and architect of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, today premiered his new song “Howlin’ Heart” the second from his forthcoming sophomore album Verdugo. “Howlin’ Heart” follows the late March release of soaring first single “Minefield,” which can be heard HERE . Verdugo will be released on June 1, 2018 via Profound Discomfort and is now available for pre-order .
Nashville, TN (Press Release) - Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires will release her highly anticipated fifth album To the Sunset on August 3rd via Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers. To the Sunset is Shires’ second album with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb and represents an adventurous move with an edgier sound and attitude. Shires continues to push herself artistically and sonically, but the spotlight always shines brightly on her unmistakable songwriting style and emotive and distinctive vocals.
"Sharp Rocks" video at No Depression
April 19, 2018 -- Portland, Or.-based Americana singer-songwriter Chuck Westmoreland has shared the first single & video from his forthcoming LP Long Winter Rodeo at No Depression, who praised it in saying that "fans of the late Jason Molina’s musical endeavors will find a familiarity in Westmoreland’s work...this is no-frills Americana of the highest order."
The mind is the greatest escape. Chuck Westmoreland should know. Having already garnered acclaim from Noisey, the AV Club, & more with his eponymous 2016 debut, and having shared stages with the likes of Justin Townes Earle and Whitney Rose, Westmoreland is poised for a breakout with his forthcoming second album Long Winter Rodeo. Proud owner of a Portland, Ore., bar named The Red Fox, which he compares to the creepy watering holes of Twin Peaks, Westmoreland weaves his story songs from years of regulars shuffling through his doors, his characters drawing from a deep, personal well, while also pulling bits and pieces from his relationship with bar patrons with all the understanding of an old friend.
“He knows that there’s nowhere to go when you’re gone / There ain’t no direction,” Westmoreland sings with desolate beauty on Long Winter Rodeo’s title cut. Inspired by the real-life Tygh Ridge Rodeo Grounds (featured prominently in Westmoreland’s “Sharp Rocks” video), the sparse track unveils a simple love story. “A guy falls for this woman,” he says, “but she’s already with somebody else.” In an act of serendipity, the two finally end up together. Ultimately, it’s a hopeful tale, though one laced with an inescapable sadness. The song’s guitars ebb and flow beneath Westmoreland’s vocals, walking the line of solemnity and jubilee. “In the morning, you can see the outline of the rodeo, but it’s shrouded in mist—a lonely, desperate looking thing,” he says, detailing the colossal presence of the song’s Tygh Ridge backdrop. “When you drive by it after you’re done fishing, the fog is all burned off, and it turns into the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen. Every single mountain in Oregon is visible standing there in the arena.”
(Austin, TX, Press Release) After being diagnosed with a very rare fast-growing cancer called myxofibrosarcoma in June 2016, Austin-based singer and songwriter Jimmy LaFave resolved to continue to perform and record as long as he was able. The results of two stints at Austin's Cedar Creek Recording Studios just a few months before his death on May 21, 2017 will be issued as a two-CD, 20-track set titled Peace Town on his Music Road Records label on July 13, the day after what would have been LaFave's 63rd birthday.
A founding father of the now-thriving Oklahoma Red Dirt music movement and, after moving to Austin in 1986, a leading light of that city's world-renowned singer-songwriter scene, LaFave was a triple threat musical quantity as a performer and recording artist: "[O]ne of rock's best singers - certainly its finest ballad singer - with a voice that can swoop, dart, glide or knock you on your butt," notes the Associated Press; in the estimate of his peer Ray Wylie Hubbard, "His songwriting's just stellar, and it carries a lot of depth and weight;" and as the Philadelphia Inquirer raves, he's "a masterful interpreter" of songs by others. All three qualities shine on Peace Town.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) –Emerging singer-songwriter Dustin Collins has signed a label-services deal with Average Joes Entertainment for marketing and distribution of Collins' new album set for release this summer on DCDL Entertainment.
Fresh off his independent single "Cold Dead Hands," which ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard Singles Sales chart, Collins is in the studio preparing for his next music project.
(Nashville, Tenn. – April 17, 2018 Press Release) – Country singer-songwriter Kelsey Lamb has released her debut single, “Little By Little,” to Country Radio. The single is now available through all digital retailers and streaming services and is soon to hit the airwaves. Listen to “Little By Little” here.
Co-written with Erik Dinardo and Jesse Labelle, and produced by Bill McDermott, “Little By Little,” is a universal truth-tale about a relationship meeting in the middle. With its hypnotic melody and sweet sensibility, it is bound to be a crossover summer hit.
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Nashville, TN (Press Release) – In Our Time, the sophomore album from compelling Canadian singer/songwriter AHI (pronounced “EYE”), is set for a July 13th release on 22nd Sentry/Thirty Tigers. Overflowing with honesty, warmth and authenticity, the 11 original songs on In Our Time feature a boundless artist with a unique capacity to connect with anyone and everyone. AHI’s ability to unify his range of folk, soul and rock influences, personal philosophy and penchant for melody to create art that is both deep and accessible is pure alchemy.
Bri Murphy's upcoming LP Things We’d Rather Not Say is an antidote to the daily darkness we encounter, with the album's delicate melodies balanced by the intense honesty of its lyricism, Things We'd Rather Not Say allows the listener to experience the beauty of this poetic singer-songwriter.
Opting to record the project outside of Nashville in her home state of Wisconsin, Murphy notes, “There's a sort of shine here [Nashville] that's great, but it's not really me." So she settled into Pine Hollow studio in Eau Claire and turned to studio owner (and sound engineer for The National) Evan Middlesworth for co-production, and the result is a record teeming in a warmth that instills hope and love. Says Murphy about the hopes she has for the listener, "More than anything, I hope they find some pieces of the beauty, magic, and light we created up in the Northwoods when we were weaving these songs into a record, that they can carry with them through these strange and somewhat dark times.”
Today, TDC is incredibly pleased to share the album's first single, a desolate and expansive ballad led by somber pedal steel, organ, and Murphy's light as air, yet undeniably resolute, vocals which foster the spirit of a restless soul who wanders with purpose.
Murphy relays the story behind the track,
'"Heart Like A Rock" is an anthem for those who refuse to settle. For me, this song started as a breakup song, but it evolved into something bigger. It's a song that tells the story of somebody constantly on the move, somebody who can't be held down, somebody who's always seeking higher ground and pushing boundaries. The minor key and 6/8 time signature paint an unsettled ground that builds gradually into the bridge, where the organ takes the role of the bird and flies away into the solo. The baritone guitar and pedal steel throughout keep the story moody and stormy all the way to the end.'
Murphy moved to Nashville in 2011 and has since shared the stage with artists from Chris Stapleton to Tanya Tucker, and toured all over the U.S., Canada, and Japan as a fiddle player and background vocalist for other artists. She took a break from the road in late 2015 to pursue her solo career and released her debut record, Throw Down My Heart, in 2016, which saw the title track chosen as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
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Things We'd Rather Not Say is set for release May 18th
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