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February 27, 2018 (Press Release) - Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Calvin Abney has officially announced his forthcoming LP Coyote, out May 18. Along with the announcement, Abney shares the ablum's first single "Every Now and Then" at Glide Magazine who wrote, "Abney's voice carries a world-weary sadness while simultaneously exuding optimism."
For the past decade, Abney has made a name for himself as a solo artist and sought-after sideman. He’s toured as lead guitarist for fellow Oklahoman John Moreland, recording with him on his last two acclaimed albums, and in between, the prolific Abney found time to add another impressive record to his own catalog (2016’s Far Cries And Close Calls), supporting the release with a run of solo shows during a whirlwind year filled with as much struggle as success. Abney’s new full-length, Coyote (out May 18 on Black Mesa Records), draws from this tumultuous time, fearlessly staring down distance, isolation and fading love, as well as loss, fear and disassociation from the self.
“In the last year, I was confronted with a series of events that took the breath out of me,” Abney says. “I lost some dear friends to terrible accidents. I went through a breakup and moved to another town. My grandmother passed away. I was having some minor health issues glued together by anxiety, and there was no time to see a doctor. So much was happening. I wanted to be a million places at once, but I was barely able to be present where I was. I knew I had to figure out how to cope, how to adapt and keep moving forward.”
Founded by Pete Seeger, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (The Clearwater Festival) Announces Lineup Featuring Wilco Frontman Jeff Tweedy, Ani DiFranco, The Mavericks, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Hot Rize, Langhorne Slim plus many more
Tickets on sale now at www.ClearwaterFestival.org.
(Kids 11 and Under Free)
BEACON, NY (Press Release) – Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival), the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, brings together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2018, which takes place on June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY announces its initial line-up.
A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year including: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, Joanne Shenandoah, David Amram, Josh White Jr., The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dan Zanes, The Nields, The Kennedys and Dance Troupe The Vanaver Caravan.
Artists the festival will welcome for the first time this year include: Jeff Tweedy, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, bluegrass greats Hot Rize (celebrating their 40th year), folk-country troubadours Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore (performing on stage together), critically acclaimed rocker Willie Nile and his band, husband and wife duo The War and Treaty and open vocal participation group Choir! Choir! Choir!
The Festival’s parent, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc, continually looks to develop the next generation of environmental advocates into supporters of the organization. At the festival, we help to foster this by programming emerging artists who appeal to a younger demographic. This year we’re excited to present: singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim, NYC based chanteuse Margaret Glaspy, folk/bluegrass band Mipso, Latin music inspired indie band Making Movies, indie folk band River Whyless, UK based singer-songwriter Jalen N'Gonda and blues-country influenced singer-songwriter Parker Milsap.
Performing New Single “Run Wild Horses” On Saturday, March 3
Nashville, TN – February 28, 2018 (Press Release) – “Pioneering independent” (Cowboys & Indians) Aaron Watson is set to appear on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends Weekend” following his headlining show at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. Fans can tune in on Saturday, March 3 to catch the full band live performance of his new single “Run Wild Horses” in the 9AM ET hour of the show. The song, a self-penned homage to his wife of 15 years “turns the heat way up” as “R&B overtones dominate a sultry, guitar and fiddle-heavy arrangement that practically reaches out to dim the lights itself” (Taste of Country). It is already making waves at country radio, among the most added for the second week in a row pulling support in markets nationwide.
His weekend in the big apple is a stop on the tour in support of new album Vaquero,which has earned him a slot in the coveted Top 100 on Pollstar’s most recent “Global Concert Pulse,” ranking each artist by average box office gross per city worldwide. Full list of dates, tickets and information is available at AaronWatson.com.
Watch the music video for “Until We Both Get Bored” via YouTube
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Zander Hawley is thrilled to be heading out on tour with beloved synth-pop vets The Naked And Famous, who will be playing uniquely stripped-down sets, next month. He’ll join them for dates in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Boulder, and Aspen, Colorado, as well as multiple nights in LA, making for a string of special hometown shows, culminating at The Moroccan Lounge on Saturday, March 24th. This is not the first time The Naked And Famous have shown support for Hawley’s music; in an interview last year, when asked to list their favorite acoustic acts, they quickly name-checked “Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Zander Hawley.”
Recently named an “Artist You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone, Don Gallardo’s musical and personal journey is illuminated on his newest album, Still Here, due April 27th. With music that walks the line between Americana, folk, and roots-rock, Gallardo mines the influence of classic 1970's singer-songwriters while pushing toward something new. On songs such as the honky-tonk flavored “The Bitter End” to the introspective “Something I Gotta Learn,” and the song of farewell, “Ballad Of A Stranger’s Heart,” the twelve-track collection, united around the sentiment of persistence, asserts lessons learned with honesty, sensitivity, and wisdom.
Today, TDC is pleased to share one of the album’s cuts, “Stay Awhile.” Penned by Gallardo and David Borne, “Stay Awhile’s” New Orleans style melody, led by clarinet and piano, sashays along freely as Gallardo’s warmhearted vocals muse on finding peace and something to love right where you are.
"You didn’t need to venture too far
To finally find your bed of stars
Satellites dancing around in your head
The signal is clear, you ain’t going nowhere"
Gallardo relays the story behind the track,
“I wrote this song with David Borné. We were discussing the influx of people moving into Nashville the past few years. One common theme we had both realized was that we would keep hearing people who did not like the growth and were not subtle about bashing all the people moving here. A few people we knew had gone to the extreme to move out of Nashville but only to move back a year later. We all have a choice in what we do. If you don’t like your situation, an easy fix is to try just hanging out in a different part of town. Or making some new friends.”
NASHVILLE (February 27, 2018 Press Release) - The new Americana single from Joel Levi, “Will We Ever Change?” is a raw and honest glimpse behind the curtain of a marital dispute. Both haunting and cathartic, the music’s sonic elements wash over the soundscape like a warm and cleaning rain. A harmonica aches against an ethereal background as each melodic piece writes the words of a new chapter. It is the first single off Levi’s upcoming self-titled album, due out May 4.
“Will We Ever Change?” begs a loaded question that many have encountered in their lifetime. Through the dense layering of Levi’s vocals and lush guitar leads, the single is a sepia-toned snapshot of heated arguments, stubborn feelings, and necessary resolution. Throughout the song duration, Levi writes a first-hand account without any fear of vulnerability. Each time the chorus comes crashing in, the tension rises as if we were in the same stormy room as the impassioned couple. Chaotic, yet filled with soothing purpose, “Will We Ever Change?” follows a real relationship and punctuates the biggest truth...life happens, but you can’t run away from those problems.
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February 28, 2018 (Press Release) - Maine-based southern-infused rockers The Mallett Brothers Band have officially announced their forthcoming LP, Vive L’Acadie! The band has shared the album's video for its lead single at Relix.
Buried deep underneath blankets of wooly southern rock, gritty songwriting and soaring odes to lost love, The Mallett Brothers are entrenched in the dense forests, majestic mountains and icy beaches of their Maine homeland. Their rock ‘n roll resides inside of a weathered and lived-in, rootsy Americana built by brothers Luke and Will Mallett and band. It's that distinctive sound that's helped them to share stages with both critical favorites like Drive-By Truckers, Shovels and Rope & The Felice Brothers and legends like Phish drummer and singer Jon Fishman (who will be hopping aboard the band’s spring tour this year), The Allman Brothers, and many more. Their new album, Vive L’Acadie (out June 15), is an ode to all things French-Canadian.
“Vive L’Acadie," the title track, came out of a David Lynchian trip the band made to Fort Kent, Maine. "We were driving down the road on Main Street," says Luke. "We turned on the radio and it was playing all these French versions of pop-country songs. It felt like we were in a different world. Later that night, an old man in a bar was yelling "Vive L’Acadie". Turns out, that’s the Acadian battle cry! The Acadians wound up being Cajun, but they're a French, Canadian and Irish mix of people that ended up in the woods up north. Their influence is all over Maine. Our grandfather came from Salmon River, Nova Scotia. If you go back up there, there’s a whole cemetery full of Malletts.”
NASHVILLE - (February 27, 2018 Press Release) - Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation surprised more than 50 carefully-vetted animal shelters across the country with grants ranging from $3000-$5000. The support is given to help the shelters continue their outstanding work with rescue animals, Miranda’s primary passion outside of making music. “I am amazed and humbled by the great work these shelters do, and so honored to be able to support their critical efforts on behalf of rescue animals,” said Miranda.
FEBRUARY 26, 2018 - SANTA CRUZ, CA (Press Release) - Indie rock/blues band, Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, have announced a Spring 2018 tour in support of their recently released album, Stereoscope. The string of dates will kick off on March 14th at SXSW, and will include stops in New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA and more, before wrapping up with a set at BottleRock in Napa, CA on May 27th. See below for a full list of dates.
Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra are fresh off the release of their critically acclaimed album, Stereoscope, released on February 9th. Co-produced by Cian Riordan (Doyle Bramhall II, Foxygen, Nickel Creek) and the members of the Old Soul Orchestra, the album represents the maturation of artists shedding hero worship and embracing the creativity within. "Stereoscope marks an evolutionary leap in a journey of artistic identity, songwriting maturity, band friendship and fiery group synergy," Glide Magazine recently noted. "Here, Marty O'Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra homed in on their signature cosmic roots aesthetic, brimming with cinematic songcraft, impressionistic lyrics, clever arrangements, telepathic ensemble interplay, and soulfully world-weary vocals."
Blurt premiered a track: http://bit.ly/2BvftAG
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Press Release) — “There was a feeling back then of promise and that you might actually make a living at music someday. I’m not sure if 6 String Drag ever expected to play any stadiums, but we thought me might make a living in an NRBQ kind of way.” — Kenny Roby, frontman for the band.
When 6 String Drag first appeared on the scene in 1993, the Americana scene was still in its infancy. As one of the earliest alt-country bands of the era — a point in time at which Uncle Tupelo was winding down, Whiskeytown hadn’t yet formed, and scene bible No Depression was still a couple of years away from launching — the quartet, headed up by vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Roby and bassist Rob Keller, played a major role in eventually making the term “Americana” part of the musical lexicon. Now, with the impending arrival of a new album titled Top of the World, 6 String Drag broadens its collective purview, incorporating classic British Invasion pop, tough-as-nails ’70s rock and punk, and more. The album, due out March 9, 2018, will be available on digital, CD and vinyl
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