(Press Release) Shoot The Moon, Roger Street Friedman’s album (which was originally released by The Playroom Records in CD and digital formats in January 2017), will see a vinyl format release on May 5, 2017. Shoot The Moon, co-produced by the artist and Felix McTeigue (co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s #1 hit “Anything Goes” and Americana chart topper and Grammy-nominated “Wreck You” by Lori McKenna), is the result of a concerted woodshedding effort following Friedman’s debut album, 2014’s critically lauded The Waiting Sky. Shoot The Moon is currently at #8 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Album Chart.
Friedman, now 54, lives in a small Long Island town and re-started his career in music in 2010 following the loss of his parents and the birth of his daughter. He told USA Today, “It’s never too late to make a change, to take your life in a direction that brings you joy and closer to realizing your dreams.” With Shoot The Moon, he’s making up for lost time in a very palpable way. “It was scary,” he says of his decision to make music his full-time pursuit, adding, “I had gotten to a point where, to be myself, I had to give music everything I had.”
No Depression likened Friedman’s sound and approach to that of Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot and Fred Neil. The roots music website’s John Apice called his a “faithfully driven melodic voice,” suggesting, “this artist is someone you can explore without growing weary.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) - Up-and-coming traditional Country singer Shane Owens will make his long-dreamed of debut on the legendary Grand Ole Opry® April 29, and fans can purchase tickets for Saturday's show here. As Owens gears up for this weekend's performance, Country Rebel hosts the exclusive world premiere of the companion music video for his latest single, "All The Beer In Alabama," today. To watch the clip, click here.
Written by Owens, Dan Murph and Phillip Douglas, "All The Beer In Alabama " offers an alternative to the party songs that proliferate in modern Country today. It acknowledges the pleasures of "drinkin' with the boys" and "shootin' that 8-ball" but affirms that loyalty, integrity and faithfulness to the one he loves are his greatest priorities. The video was shot in Rainbow City in Owens' home state of Alabama and directed by Flick Wiltshire (Alan Jackson, Tracy Lawrence).
Seasoned Americana artist, and recent finalist in the 2017 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, Mary Bragg will release her most personal album to date on May 5th with Lucky Strike, a ten-track collection that recounts life experiences in a way that is both honest and human.
One of the tracks from the project, "Done Ain't Done", details that oh-so-relatable experience of being in a relationship that by all accounts should be finished, but at the same time, keeps you reeled in. Bragg tells of the inspiration behind the song, "Similar to writing "Wildfire," the timing was mighty lucky, in that my co-writer Stephanie Lambring had some fresh real-life fodder for the idea. It started with this riff I'd had on my guitar, and we talked for hours about how tough it is to walk away from a relationship that probably should be over - but you're not quite sure yet. You're arguing and going around in circles, and you're probably saying things you don't mean - and eventually, you realize that perhaps the relationship is not just worth salvaging, but worth fighting for to be salvaged."
"Hey, how do you figure
When it's time, time to pull the trigger
Can't help but stay, can't help but run
That's how you know what's done ain't done"
The roots-based track - led by acoustic guitar, percussion, and Bragg's emotionally honest delivery - may be based on the real life experience of one person, but it's a situation many have found themselves in. Bragg notes how writing something so personal, can also be universal, "It's tough to say how to tap into it, but what I've learned is that the more honest you are, the more universal it becomes. When I write I always ask myself: 'Is that really how <insert emotion> feels? How would <situation x> play out in real life?' Breaking through any resistance to really be open I think makes the songs feel more universally applicable."
Lucky Strike was recorded in a backyard barn studio, which Bragg says was old, not "expensive-vintage-old, just old", where the vocal booths are unfinished and recorded live means just that. Bragg shares that "working in a rugged, imperfect studio allowed me to really focus on the songs and the performances, instead of being overwhelmed by how cool the experience/studio was (that's happened to me before). Eric's space - Eastwood Studios - is wonderfully representative of the vibe we wanted for these songs - honest and human, with no guise of inauthentic shine. "
Of recording "Done Ain't Done” in that space, Bragg explains, " This one is about as live as it gets - we played it once. Once. I tracked vocals - what I thought would be scratch vocals - as the band was tracking, and I was also tracking my acoustic guitar simultaneously - which isn't something I do a lot, but after that experience, I'd sure like to do more of it. The vocals stuck, the take stuck, and that's what you hear on the record. It sure says a lot about the players who come in and absolutely nail it on the first take - and how much absolute fun that is. We didn't even do full-band pre-production for this record, so literally, this was the first time I'd heard it all come together - and I think you feel that energy on the record. I was beaming from ear to ear. "
It's an energy that's conveyed in "Done Ain't Done" where the listener feels, both in head and heart, the push and pull of the emotions in a relationship and how although they may be frustrating, they also may be worth fighting for.
TDC is pleased to premiere "Done Ain't Done" below.
National Music Council to Honor Crystal Gayle, Patti Smith and Harry Shearer With American Eagle Awards at Summer NAMM Show
34th Annual American Eagle Awards Set for Thursday, July 13
Tickets on sale now
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 26, 2017 Press Release) – The National Music Council has announced that Grammy® winning songstress Crystal Gayle, singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith, and comic, actor, writer, musician and creators' rights activist Harry Shearer will be honored at the organization’s 34th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, July 13 at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The highly prestigious Awards are presented each year in recognition of long-term contribution to American musical culture and heritage, the importance of music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and internationally.
"Each year, the National Music Council carefully chooses a very small group of music creators, artists, educators and advocates to honor for their truly remarkable contributions to American and global musical culture," said NMC Director David Sanders. "Those whose careers we have celebrated in the past are among the giants of American music, and Ms. Gayle, Ms. Smith and Mr. Shearer are worthy additions to the list of those whose long-standing excellence continues to make the US music community the world's leader in musical arts innovation."
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters New Album Out June 9, UK Tour Announced
The album is now on pre-sale → https://clg.lnk.to/Lj4Wo
ASHEVILLE, NC (Press Release) --“We're switching things up a little. After four albums I've decided to step out and start using my own name. It's something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” That name, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, is also the title of the band’s new album, which will be released by Organic Records June 9, 2017. “We're keeping The Honeycutters too because we don't want to confuse people... really, we've always been Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters. I think I've just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.”
"Amanda is so good it's ridiculous. I don't even know what words to use. Her singing, songwriting and presence is unmatched in Americana, Country, Pop… Simply breathtaking," said Saul Davis: producer (Percy Sledge), manager (Gene Clark, Carla Olson, Phil Seymour).
Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it's just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 26, 2017 Press Release) – Two of traditional country music’s most dynamic personalities, Gene Watson and Moe Bandy, are coming back to RFD-TV for their new show, "Country’s Family Reunion Presents The Gene and Moe Show," sponsored in part by Springer Mountain Farms. Thirty minute episodes will air nationwide each Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT during the month of May on RFD-TV. Click here to check local listings.
"Country’s Family Reunion Presents The Gene and Moe Show" will feature classic country hits from Gene Watson and Moe Bandy, who've collectively charted 63 Top 10 hits. Along with their traditional country music the two entertain audiences with their down-home humor while exploring their passions for cars, trucks, bulls and rodeos. Watson admits, “Moe’s expertise is horses and mine is horsepower!” Each set out to teach the other about their expertise.
The two long-time friends travel to some of the largest private car collections in the south as well as get down in the dirt with drag racing experts. Upcoming episodes feature Jess Lockwood, one of the top bull riders in the world at just 19-years-old, as well as an up close look at the No. 1 ranked bull, Airtime.
Watson and Bandy have been friends since the 70s. Bandy was coming onto the scene with “I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin’ Songs” and Watson was singing about “Love in the Hot Afternoon.” These two classics marked the beginning of more than two decades of chart topping country radio hits respectively.
Nashville, TN (Press Release)-Honky tonk troubadours, Saints Eleven, are riding the high waves of acclaim from their new album “Coming Back Around.” Produced by the iconic Walt Wilkins, the album quickly incited media applause with rave reviews across the nation calling it a riveting collection of profound musical bliss. The band’s brand new music video “Coming Back Around” is the next chronicle in an already impressive video library. Watch the video HERE.
“Coming Back Around” is the album’s first single release and the song that sets the definitive tone of the album. The entire collection symbolizes Jeff Grossman’s full circle journey in life, mistakes made, pain digested and resolve to wear those scars like a shiny new tattoo. The matrix-esq video was shot at Tellers Bar in Austin, Texas, and was produced by Van Scott Folger whose work with Uncle Lucius sold Grossman on the idea.
"This is one of my favorite songs on the new record. It's about making dumb decisions in life and learning from those mistakes. Yes, I know I screwed up, but give me a minute, I'll come back around. I had been talking to Van Folger, out of Austin, Texas, for a couple of months. Van had shot the video "Keep The Wolves Away" by Uncle Lucius, which is why I reached out to him. I thought that video was incredible. Then I received the script that the director Shrader Thomas wrote, and I was in. I thought it was brilliant! From the first ten minutes of being on the set the day of the shoot, I knew it was going to be a cool video."
Saints Eleven’s live show reputation has definitely moved them to the forefront of the music scene attracting music fans from all walks of life, and music business veterans as well. In fact, it was at a recent festival that music manager Bobby Turner caught the band’s set and struck up a conversation with them about working together. Turner started out in the entertainment business managing nightclubs and venues in Texas. In 1997 he became manager and booking agent for Cooder Graw, one of the pioneers of the modern Texas music scene. He was responsible for booking the band into venues throughout Texas and has been associated with them for 20 years. While getting back with the band to book their reunion tour, Turner noticed the obvious need for indie artist management, someone to take over the gears when demand becomes overwhelming for the artist. It’s that situation that inspired the company name, Shifting Gears Entertainment, and Saints Eleven is a proud new addition to the family. Turner’s instinct to sign the band was immediate and he is pumped about their new partnership. www.saintseleven.com
Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons NYC Benefit Concert for Iraq Refugees Announce New Date and Venue: April 30th at Mercury Lounge
April 18, 2017 (Press Release) - This spring, Jerry Joseph, critically acclaimed songwriter and international touring artist, is traveling to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to perform, provide music education and bring guitars to refugees living in camps near the city of Sulaymaniyah. To raise money for the trip, Jerry organized three benefit shows with his band, the Jackmormons, and very special guests. The first two at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR on April 1 and at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA on April 2 sold out. The third show is on Sunday, April 30 at Mercury Lounge in NYC with special guests to be announced soon. Originally scheduled for May 1 at Brooklyn Bowl, the show was moved. Those who already purchased tickets to the May 1 show can receive a refund at point of purchase.
Growing up internationally as the son of a renowned fisheries scientist, Josephhas always had an interest in global politics and cultures, and a curiosity in seeking out and exploring the human condition in the dark corners of the world. Sharing his songs as he’s explored the world, Jerry has experienced firsthand the power of music to unify, and to promote peace, dialogue and understanding. This understanding led him to travel to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2014 to work at an underground rock school. Teaching guitar to kids in the middle of a conflict zone, Jerry saw how music provided hope and healing to those directly impacted by war and violence.
(Nashville, Tenn. - April 25, 2017 Press Release) – With a voice that is as powerful as it is honest, Grainne Duffy’s new single “Where I Belong,” is a true testament to her talent as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. The song draws on Duffy’s raw vocal talent over a beautiful acoustic instrumental. Duffy describes “Where I Belong” as “a reminder not to take anything for granted, especially when it comes to loved ones.”
Guitarist Magazine describes Grainne Duffy as having a “deliciously soulful voice and gutsy blues inflected guitar work in one compelling package.” Having performed at numerous famous music festivals including Glastonbury, Blue Balls, Blues du Passion, and Tremblant International Festival, she caught the attention of renowned producer Justin Stanley (Beck, Eric Clapton) and multi–Grammy Award winning engineer, Adam Ayan (Madonna, The Rolling Stones) of whom she had the privilege to work with.
She is planning to release a new LP this September, and has scheduled shows across the world spreading from Europe and Australia to the United States. For more information on Grainne Duffy, visit www.grainneduffy.com an follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.