Nashville, TN (May, 2016 PR) - Hannah Ellis performed her poignant song “Officer Down” during National Police Week held at the Capitol in Washington, DC on Sunday, May 15th. The song, written by Ellis and co-writers Steven Dale Jones and Justin Ebach, is a tribute to her cousin Daniel Ellis who was killed in the line of duty in Richmond, KY last year and written from the perspective of his wife. Daniel Ellis along with 251 other officers were honored by having their name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.
“Being asked to sing at the Fallen Peace Officers Memorial service is an honor in and of itself, but especially considering what my family has been through this past year with losing our own Officer, it is something I will never forget,” says Ellis. “Having the opportunity to sing a song that's so personal to me and feel it resonate with so many people who have similar stories was a very moving experience.
It was an emotional day for Ellis, who after performing, was given a memorial coin from the brother of a fallen officer from Crawford, NY.
Nashville, Tenn. (May 26, 2016 PR) - After working in concert lighting design and shining the spotlight on acts such as Sara Evans and Lee Ann Womack, up-and-coming country artist Chelsea Gill is stepping into the spotlight of her own with her new “Tennessee Heat” music video. The video, directed by Joshua Lockhart, captures the idea of an uncomplicated summer romance - one that you look back on and smile.
Watch via YouTube: https://youtu.be/G5LjxqYkPqU
Wanting to start her career by giving back to others, Gill has decided to donate $1 for every 10 views (up to 10,000) to the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund. The organization provides college grants and financial assistance to surviving children and spouses of U.S. military service members who have lost their lives as a result of their service in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.
“With Memorial Day right around the corner, I felt I had an opportunity to honor those who gave their lives for my freedom,” said Gill. “I don’t have much to give yet, but this is a way I can give something. I hope it inspires others to give and focus on those who are in need around us.”
The Michigan native recently released her debut self-titled EP as a country singer-songwriter.
Polyvinyl Records and Owen are thrilled to announce the July 29th release of The King of Whys, the forthcoming record from acclaimed musician and songwriter Mike Kinsella. Produced by S. Carey over 18 days last winter at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI, the album is Owen’s most inspired and evocative thus far, interpolating a group dynamic into what has long been an intensely intimate sound. It also marks the first work in Kinsella’s two-decade-plus career to be made entirely outside of the greater Chicagoland area. Lead single “Lost” is premiering today on NPR Music, who write that “the lush and lively The King Of Whys feels different and familiar at once,” with Kinsella exhibiting a “renewed sense of purpose.” The King of Whys will be released outside of North America via Wichita Recordings.
Stream “Lost” via SoundCloud
ASHEVILLE, NC (Press Release) -- Jon Stickley Trio is excited to embark on tour for a plethora of shows this festival season! They have stops throughout the country including the White Squirrel Festival in North Carolina and Rooster Walk in Martinsville, Virginia this May. They kick off June in Nashville on their way St. Louis and then Colorado’s Front Range. Mid-June brings them back to the Southeast and they finish up the month at ROMP in Owensboro, Kentucky. In July, the Trio simmers in the Carolinas before making appearances at Red Wing Roots in Virginia and North West String Summit in Oregon. Mid-July sees their return to Colorado to the Dolores River Brewery and they close out the month in New Mexico and Texas before making their way back East in August with a notable show at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. See the full list of dates below and stay tuned for more to be announced.
Jon Stickley Trio is making waves with the independent and fan-funded release of their 2nd album, Lost at Last[October 2015], which was produced by Dave King of The Bad Plus. The originality and sheer energy of this genre-bending ensemble serves as a welcome wake up call for those who experience it. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Jon Stickley Trio combinesJon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums.
It's been three years since Jamie Lynn Spears released the intensely personal song "How Could I Want More" and fans have been asking to hear new music ever since. Now, their wish has been fulfilled! Jamie Lynn announced today that she will be releasing a new single later in June titled "Sleepover" co-written by Jamie Lynn, Liz Rose, Tina Parol and Corey Crowder. The mid-tempo song tells the story of wanting an old-fashioned relationship and taking it slow. Official release date, single artwork and a clip of the audio will be released soon!
To promote her new single, Jamie Lynn is inviting fans to a free sleepover fan party at the Listening Room on June 9th from 3-5pm CT during CMA Fest with Sounds Like Nashville. Liz Rose, Jessie James Decker and Alyssa Micaela will also be performing. Wear your favorite pajamas, listen to music and hear stories about how the songs came together! Watch the announcement below.
Nashville, TN (May 25, 2016 PR) – Last night (5/24), the Emmy-nominated, groundbreaking online music series Skyville Live amped it up with a mesmerizing, guitar-fueled concert anchored by legendary ZZ Top frontman Billy F Gibbons. The unique live performance also featured country music rocker Frankie Ballard, internationally-acclaimed guitar slinger Orianthi, soulful powerhouse ZZ Ward, and Grammy-nominated songwriter and musician Mike Henderson.
Gibbons immediately set the tone for the show when he opened with “Waitin' for the Bus" and "Jesus Just Left Chicago,” followed by “Got Love If You Want It” and “Treat Her Right.”
Phillip Phillips to Join Headliner Tim McGraw for the American Kickoff Concert Held at Falcon Stadium September 17
Colorado Springs, CO- (May 24, 2016 PR) -- Basis Entertainment, in partnership with IMG, has announced American Idol Season 11 winner and multi-platinum seller Phillip Phillips to join previously announced three-time Grammy award winner Tim McGraw, multi-platinum rock band Train and country newcomer David Ray for the American Kickoff concert being held on Sept 17 at Falcon Stadium.
Phillips first rose to fame as the 11th season winner of American Idol, and has since released two albums: 2012’s “The World From the Side of the Moon” and 2014’s “Behind the Light.” Both records were a commercial success with folk pop hits like the 5x platinum smash “Home” and the critically acclaimed “Raging Fire.” The 25-year-old is currently at work on his third studio LP.
Mikko Joensuu is the kind of singer-songwriter who’ll easily stand out from the crowd. His debut album ‘Amen 1’ taps into the American folk music tradition, and it is all about deep and healing songs which at times give the listener an impression of spending time in quiet, intimate surroundings with people like Townes Van Zandt, Lee Hazlewood, Josh T. Pearson or Leonard Cohen. Arrangements are raw but beautiful - mostly just the piano and guitar accompany Mikko’s voice, with pedal steel guitars and soothing string sections paying a visit every now and then.
Mikko Joensuu’s grand solo debut is three albums long, and with part two appearing in late 2016 and the third instalment coming next spring, it forms the Amen Trilogy. Joensuu, who’s spent some years in the proverbial wilderness after the split of his earlier combo Joensuu 1685, comments on the creation process of his magnum opus:
Nashville, TN (May 24, 2016 PR) - Deep in south Texas there is an old Spanish term called “Dale Shine,” which in today’s slang style simply means “give it gas” and/or “go for it.” Further up north, in Stephenville to be exact, hails a band so heavily mired in that credo that their stages are nearly overrun with fans pressed hard up against the edges, eyes wide, hanging on every word. In the Americanized version, they call themselves Dolly Shine, and on June 10th they will release their new album “Walkabout,” individual tales from a drifter’s diary…no “moral of the story,” just straightforward observation.
Pre-order here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/dollyshine
According to Rounder VP of A&R Scott Billington,“Long before the term ‘Americana’ was used to describe a genre, Rounder Records was exploring the common threads that run through American roots music, and the way contemporary musicians had begun to tie those threads together. The June digital release from Rounder includes many classic roots rock and Americana titles, including Laura Nyro’s exquisite final album, and the surprising collaboration between Tiny Tim and Brave Combo.”
See the full list of reissues below. Spotify and iTunes playlists will be added as soon as they are available, so check back.
888072389076 Nerissa & Katryna Nields This Town Is Wrong
Based in Western Massachusetts, sisters Nerissa and Katryna Nields celebrated their 25th anniversary as a performing pop/rock/folk duo in 2016, beginning with their celebrated quintet, The Nields. This Town Is Wrong, which stands as one of their best recordings, is the “soundtrack” to Nerissa’s novel of the same name, about a pair of 13-year-old girls who use rock and roll to cope with adolescence. Gorgeous harmonies and hooks abound.
888072376809 Ann Wilson Hope & Glory
2007’s Hope and Glory is the first solo album by Heart co-front person Ann Wilson. Produced by Ben Mink, the album comprises an imaginative selection of covers that focus on social and political issues, including The Youngbloods’ “Get Together,” John Lennon’s “Isolation,” and the Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place, ” along with her original “Little Problems, Little Lies.” Wilson’s musical guests include Elton John, Gretchen Wilson, Wynonna, Deana Carter, Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, and, on three tracks, her sister Nancy Wilson.