Nashville, TN (February 28, 2017 Press Release)- It’s been an incredible, and at times, overwhelming few years for Austin-based artist Sam Riggs since he burst onto the indie music scene in 2013 with a powerful debut album that quickly marked him as a brilliant new talent whose break into real stardom was a foregone conclusion. His latest studio album aptly titled “Breathless,” the first to be released on his own label (Deep Creek Records) in 2016, has kicked Riggs’ steady career stride into a cross-country sprint that has left him lightheaded and gasping for breath, but he ain’t about to quit.
Last week he proudly released his brand new single “Second Hand Smoke,” a highly addictive love song that captured the attention of Rolling Stone Country who featured the young artist and showcased the acoustic video performance of the song.
(Press Release) Rogue + Jaye, the brand new musical partnership between Los Angeles via Nashville singer-songwriter Courtney Jaye and Zach Rogue, frontman of the acclaimed Bay Area indie-rock band Rogue Wave, are proud to announce the Friday, May 5 release of its debut album titled Pent Up. Pent Up was engineered by Logan Matheny at Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses’s Fleetwood Shack studio in Nashville, TN. On the album, Reynolds played bass, Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) played guitar, and Michael Libramento (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Natalie Prass) played drums. The record was mixed and mastered by Mikael Eldridge (aka “Count”) in San Francisco.
“We have this thing, and I don’t really know why, it’s just a comfort level,” says Zach Rogue of Rogue + Jaye, his newfound partnership with Courtney Jaye. “We have this easy spirit with each other where I like hearing her sing, and I feel very comfortable proposing ideas.” Rogue + Jaye’s easy chemistry and mutual respect shine on songs like “Forces of Decay” (listen via Rolling Stone), a gentle, loping folk ballad on which the duo’s voices entwine beautifully. “You helped me to decide,” they sing in harmony, their voices sliding into place like delicate puzzle pieces destined to form a larger image. “I came to you in the midnight.”
When Lindi Ortega went in search of some quiet last year, the award-winning artist was pleasantly surprised to find a voice she hadn't heard in some time – her own. Amid sparse, atmospheric production, it's precisely this voice – a combination of Ortega's fatalistic perspective expressed with her evocative soprano – that grips your attention on a brand new EP, Til the Goin' Gets Gone. Watch the lyric video HERE
A dogged resilience permeates this unadorned collection – three originals and a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting ‘Round To Die." T he songs are the hard-won spoils of an internal war with words that struck after an extended stretch of touring, addressed in the EP's title track about the detours and ditches that a traveling musician faces.
Texas natives the Randy Rogers Band will perform at the Annual GRAMMY Block Party in Austin, TX on Thurs., Mar. 16 th at the Four Seasons Hotel. Coinciding with SXSW, the "musicians who grow along with their audience" (NPR) will perform alongside Hanson and other artists who will be announced in the coming weeks.
The band's current single "Tequila Eyes" is nearing the top of the CDX radio charts and the group will embark on an East coast tour this weekend, with shows in Boston, D.C. (sold out) and New York City.
As a solo act, Rogers was just added to the Miranda Lambert Red Rocks Amphitheater dates, where he'll perform alongside his fellow country cohort Wade Bowen as part of the duo's annual "Hold My Beer and Watch This" series.
Ticket information for the GRAMMY Block Party can be found here: grammypro.com/TXGRAMMYBlockParty1
Simplicity is the defining factor of Fanny and the Atta Boys’ music, yet the San Diego-based band's style is anything but simple. Uniting various genres from Roots, Country Swing, Jazz and Blues, their sound is sound is both undeniably eclectic and exciting.
The story of a couple that doesn’t have much other than one another, "Simple Love," the first single from Fanny and the Atta Boys’ upcoming album A Peck of Dirt, draws from many of those influences. With it's slightly ominous overtones, the jazzy track features the interplay of banjo and clarinet, as well as Fanny's strong, attention-grabbing female vocals that culminates in an incredibly singing outro.
Natt Wise has this to say of the track, "Simple Love is always a song that gets the crowd moving! The tempo change really catches dancers and listeners. It's always fun to see the reaction. The song is a life struggle love song. Two people who don't have much but they sure have each other. One more thing. This song has inspired multiple dance circles that always extends the tempo change. "
TDC is pleased to premiere "Simple Love." Stream the track below.
MELBOURNE, Australia (Press Release)-- Paul Kelly, Australia’s preeminent songwriter, will spend the month of May performing intimate shows across America and Canada — his first concerts on this continent since 2013. This tour is in support of Kelly’s 2016 release, the uniquely conceived Death’s Dateless Night, although he will also be playing songs from his award-winning career that has earned him induction into Australian Recording Industry Association’sHall of Fame and, just earlier this year, being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the performing arts.
Death’s Dateless Night, a collaboration with the highly regarded Australian multi-instrumentalist Charlie Owen, contains songs that they have played at various funerals. Featuring a mix of covers, traditional tunes and a few Kelly originals, the album’s vibe is actually far from funereal. The spare, stirring set has been hailed as a “powerful meditation on life, death and the mess we make in-between.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Following the exclusive premiere on Whiskey Riff, rising songstress Jordyn Mallory announces the release of her latest song "I Found Faith (and Tim)." The double entendre hymn was inspired by the music of country music icons Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, who greatly influenced the former American Idol contestant's music career.
Most recently known for co-writing "Separate Ways" off of country music superstar Kip Moore's latest EP, Underground, the Mississippi girl has shared the stage with country legend Loretta Lynn, as well as artists such as Jake Owen, Eric Church, and Colt Ford. The music video for her last single was released by CMT as part of their Artist Discovery campaign in 2016, where the video landed over 300,000 views.
Fans can purchase the new track on iTunes here.
Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, An All-Star Concert Celebration To Be Held April 6th at Bridgestone Arena
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The family of Merle Haggard, Blackbird Presents and Willie Nelson are proud to announce Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard, an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. CT in honor of what would have been Merle’s 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing.
This one night-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to honor the life and songs of music legend Merle Haggard. Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard will feature performances by Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie Smith and Bobby Bare. Additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Merle Haggard racked up an astounding 38 No. 1 country hits and every major award imaginable. Songs like “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive” and “The Fightin’ Side Of Me” continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike, and as we approach what would have been a major milestone, the time has come to celebrate his truly remarkable career. He was an iconoclast who refused to bend to country music convention and helped create the indelible Bakersfield sound. He gave voice to outlaws and outsiders and in a way that few, if any, have ever equaled.
Tickets on sale Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11 A.M. CT online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office.
"I am so very thankful for this tribute to my husband, Merle Haggard. Please come join me and my family at this fantastic show that Merle would be so proud of," said Theresa Haggard.
FOR COMPLETE SHOW DETAILS AND OFFICIAL CONCERT WEBSITE, VISIT: http://musicofmerle.com #musicofmerle
MAVIS STAPLES, MAGIC SLIM, JOHNNY COPELAND, HENRY GRAY AND LATIMORE ARE AMONG THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE BLUES HALL OF FAME
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Press Release)-- The Blues Foundation welcomes the 38th class of Blues Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony taking place on May 10, 2017. This year’s 14 richly deserving honorees represent all five of the Hall of Fame’s categories: Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classic of Blues Literature, Classic of Blues Recording (Song) and Classic of Blues Recording (Album).
The six performers chosen for induction include two distinctive vocalists, Mavis Staples and Latimore; a pair of legendary guitarists, Magic Slim and Johnny Copeland; and longtime Howlin’ Wolf sidemen guitarist Willie Johnson and piano-man Henry Gray. They will join the more than 125 performers who already are Hall of Fame members. The year’s non-performer selection is Living Blues Magazine co-founder and radio show host Amy van Singel, who passed away in Sept. 2016.
The Classic of Blues Literature pick is the rightfully recognized Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy’s 1941 memorable autobiography. John Lee Hooker was among the Hall’s first inductees in 1980 and now his 1966 Chess album Real Folk Blues will enter the Hall of Fame too in the Classic of Blues Recording Album category. The quintet of Classic of Blues Recording songs includes Bo Diddley’s signature tune “Bo Diddley,” Tommy Tucker’s much covered classic “Hi Heel Sneakers,” the Albert King h it “I’ll Play the Blues For You,” Son House’s “Preachin’ the Blues” and “I Ain’t Superstitious,” which features 2017 inductee Henry Gray playing on Howlin’ Wolf’s well-known 1961 recording.
'Sidemen' Shines a Light on the Legendary Sidemen of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf: Pinetop Perkins, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and Hubert Sumlin
In the final days of its Kickstarter campaign, Sidemen: Long Road To Glory races to reach its goal to secure the music rights for a wide release before this week's deadline on Wednesday, March 1st.
NEW YORK, NY (February 27, 2017 Press Release) — Sidemen: Long Road to Glory provides an intimate look into the incredible lives of three of the last Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen, piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin.
Premiering last year at SXSW, the film is complete. However, due to the cost of securing the music licensing for a full release, Sidemen may never reach a wider audience. In the final days of the Kickstarter campaign, filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum says “Their amazing story needs to be told. This is for them.”
The average music fan might not recognize their names, but these legendary bluesmen, who performed and recorded into their 80's and 90's, played a significant role in shaping modern popular music. The film features some of the last interviews conducted with all three men as well as their final live performances together. These memorable live performances, vividly capture these blues legends with the blues and rock stars they have inspired including, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Elvin Bishop (recent rock ‘n’ Roll Hall inductee with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band), and Tim Reynolds of The Dave Matthews Band. Personal insights from artists such as, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter offer heartfelt accounts of how these three legendary sidemen helped shape their careers as well as rock ‘n’ roll.
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