(Press Release) Birmingham, AL-based Americana/folk singer-songwriter Joel Madison Blount is set to release his new album, Our New Moon, on September 29, 2017. Merging the influence of Southern literary authors with a musical response to the rhythm and melody of life, Blount writes songs about the human experience, meant to offer hope and inspire the listener. The songs appearing on Our New Moon were written in response to the birth of Blount's first child and represent a new beginning for his growing family, and a new phase of life for Blount and his artistic career.
“A new moon marks the start of the first phase of Earth’s moon during the course of the lunar cycle,” says Blount, “and it also alludes to the mystery surrounding what we will encounter on our journey ahead, as neither are visible from our perspective.” Themes on the album wind their way through a time of sorrow and brokenness, but ultimately lead the listener to witness redemption and an outpouring of grace. “This is a record in favor of the quiet life,” Blount says about his forthcoming album, “best savored while winding down in the peace and calm of the evening.”
NASHVILLE, TN (July 28, 2017 Press Release) – The all-vocal sensation does not disappoint with their latest cover video — a sentimental rendition of Ed Sheeran’s hit “Castle on the Hill.” View it here.
Shot in Cottage Grove, Oregon, by longtime collaborator Jimmy Bates, the picturesque clip perfectly captures the tune’s nostalgic spirit. Set against rustic, natural backdrops and small-town scenery, the quintet narrates a rambunctious young couple’s carefree summer romance, full of love and laughter. "The imagery in ‘Castle on the Hill’ is so vivid and nostalgic. I think everyone, old and young, gets caught up reminiscing when they listen to this song,” says Austin Brown (high tenor).
Adam Chance (baritone) adds, "I fell in love with this song because it paints such a beautiful picture for the listener. It pulls at the heartstrings and makes you nostalgic all at once. And the best part is, it's a blast to sing."
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(Press Release) New England-based singer/songwriter Jesse Terry will release his new album Stargazer on September 15th. His fourth full-length album and follow-up to 2013's Stay Here With Me, Stargazer is Terry's most ambitious record to date, a lushly orchestrated collection of pertinent new songs centered around finding hope in a seemingly hopeless time, picking resilience over recrimination, and optimism over oblivion. Today, he released his new single "Dangerous Times," a timely tune one can't help but relate to in these turbulent days.
Listen to "Dangerous Times" HERE.
"'Dangerous Times' is about holding on to one another and finding strength and unity in times of chaos, confusion and upheaval," stated Terry. "I feel like so many of us are experiencing that turbulence right now in this country. I still have hope that the craziness we're going through will ultimately lead to sweeping changes in the future; greater understanding, love, tolerance, equality and unity."
Nashville indie-rock trio The Lonely Biscuits will release The San Francisco EP on September 22 via Most Lonely Records. The EP features three new songs and a cover of Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville classic "Never Said."
Recently, the band premiered their new video for "Talk About." To create the video, the band asked their fans to submit their own art, which they turned into a stop-motion video reminiscent of a vintage 90's Nickelodeon commercial. Stream the video for "Talk About" HERE
HEAR NOW: "Name of the Game," the last song penned by Jim Croce, and the first time A.J. Croce has recorded a Jim Croce song
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) — As the son of legendary singer-songwriter and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Jim Croce, A.J. chose to not follow in the folk footsteps of his father, and instead forge his own musical path in his career.
Only after 18 years of an established career did A.J. Croce begin to explore playing a song or two of his Dad’s at shows.
A.J. was only two years old when Jim Croce died in an airplane crash in 1973, so he didn’t know his father’s music firsthand. Instead, “I came to love it in the same way everyone else did,” he explained, “by listening to the albums.” While he describes his father’s music as “part of me, part of my life,” A.J. had never really performed those songs live. As a piano player, his interests tended to favor the blues and jazz-rooted music of musicians like Ray Charles and Allen Toussaint.
(Press Release) David Rawlings recently premiered “Cumberland Gap,” the first single from his forthcoming album, Poor David’sAlmanack. The rollicking cut from Rawlings’ third album, out August 11th on Acony Records, features long time compatriot Gillian Welch. Listen to “Cumberland Gap,” on Rolling Stone Country here.
For Poor David’s Almanack, Rawlings leaves the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker behind and serves up a wry mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in ageless American vernacular. The album of ten new songs was engineered by studio wizards Ken Scott (Beatles, David Bowie) and Matt Andrews on analog tape during a week of sessions at legendary Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Rawlings and Gillian Welch joined together with Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas, Ketch Secor, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to produce an album for all seasons.
The touring iteration of Rawlings’ band, the all-star Dave Rawlings Machine, will embark on the first leg of a national tour this August to support Poor David’sAlmanack, as well as perform favorites from the first two Dave Rawlings Machine records, AFriend of A Friend and NashvilleObsolete. Full list of dates below and you can find more info here.
Stream: "Better Off" at SoundCloud
(Press Release) Philadelphia-based Church Girls will release Hidalgo on September 15th, and the album is available to pre-order now at Bandcamp. The band shared the first single from the album, "Better Off," of which Church Girls' Mariel Beaumont says:
"The melody and lyrics to Better Off came much more easily than usual for me. As a band, we knew it had potential, so we recorded nearly five versions of it before landing on this one. We’re really happy with the textured, dreamy element Erik Wofford (producer) brought to the track. It’s about a creative relationship that began with promise but ultimately crumbled. I think we’d seen some things in each other that couldn’t be unseen. Writing the song helped me confront some of the mistakes I’d made, and eventually helped me move past them."
Driving country-rock single "Travelling Man" precedes timeless new LP. Listen HERE
(Press Release) Anglo-Irish Americana singer-songwriter Tony James Shevlin has announced the 11th August release of his new LP, American Odyssey. The aptly-titled collection of stunning new songs is preceded by today's release of Travelling Man, the lead single from the new album.
In 2015 Tony embarked on a 3-month tour of the US. He would visit 17 States, 21 cities and drive 11,000 miles to promote his album Songs From the Last Chance Saloon. He hoped that during this time he might be inspired to write a couple of songs. It turns out he wrote a whole album.
(Press Release) Humming House announced their third full-length album Companion, is set to release on October 6th via Soundly Music. The follow-up to 2015's Revelries, the new album finds the Nashville quartet expanding their sound into indie/rock territory, creating sonic landscapes that are at once compelling and honest while maintaining that sense of intimacy that derives from their roots of making music as friends all together in the same room. Their lead single "Takin' Over" is out now, and you can listen to "Takin' Over" HERE.
"'Takin' Over' is about the infectious nature of joy," frontman Justin Wade Tam told Baeble. "It's about those times when you're on the dance floor or listening to a song and are overcome by the moment...losing inhibitions, singing at the top of your lungs, and dancing because you have too. I think the power of these moments is underrated and should be celebrated. All that to say... it's all about dancing."
Due September 22nd, Billy Strings' new record, Tinfoil & Turmoil (the first material solely under Billy's name), veers into some hardcore psychedelia without losing the virtuosic playing that Billy Strings is known for. Listen to the title track HERE.
It’s at about five minutes and thirty seconds into the second track (“Meet Me At the Creek”) on the debut LP, Turmoil & Tinfoil, from Nashville bluegrass iconoclast Billy Strings that you start to see his intense vision for American roots music. It’s right after a jagged, spiraling solo from Billy’s mandolinist Drew Matulich, when Billy’s guitar starts aggressively stacking power chords and suddenly leaps into a screaming acoustic guitar solo that twists its way through a dark-Cthulhu bluegrass jam. This vision is echoed in the hallucinatory album art, and in “Spinning,” a spoken-word track that recounts a psychedelic-fueled dreamscape. Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. At the same time, he’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm. That’s how he can balance blazingly-intense, mind-expanding musical explorations with straight-up traditional bluegrass: he doesn’t see them as being any different. They both have the same white-hot core: a realization that the best way to be taken seriously in music is to blow people’s minds.