(Nashville, TN Press Release) Bill and Shannon Miller, the founders of Icon Entertainment Group, joined Merle Haggard’s family to unveil plans for the new Merle Haggard Museum and Merle’s Meat + 3 Saloon to be located at 121 Third Avenue South, Nashville, TN. Working together, the Millers and the Haggards have curated performance wardrobes, instruments, professional and personal possessions and are designing interactive exhibits, to ensure that Merle’s fans are treated to a unique experience. On this date, which marks the 50thAnniversary of the Capitol Records release of “Sing Me Back Home,” it was revealed that Merle’s Meat + 3 Saloon will also be a part of the plans to preserve this country music legend in in Music City.
“The world lost one of the greatest country singers of all time and I lost the love of my life when Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday April 6, 2016,” says Theresa Haggard. “Now, nearly one and half years later, I have partnered with my friends Bill and Shannon Miller, owners of the acclaimed Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museums to open the Merle Haggard Museum. Merle would be very happy knowing that his museum will be next door to his dear friend Johnny Cash. I'm sure he is up there smiling about that. Our family is also very excited about the Merle-themed restaurant and bar featuring first-class, Southern home cooking and a saloon to boot. This museum will be a way to preserve and share the love Merle had for music and life.”
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Atlanta, GA. (Oct. 30, 2017 Press Release) – In the spirit of the season, Rock By The Sea (www.RockByTheSea.org) combines goodwill and holiday cheer by producing their eighth annual charity Christmas record. A Florida-based non-profit, Rock By The Sea produces music events and products in hopes of inspiring fans to raise money for philanthropic causes, specifically in support of pediatric cancer research and treatment. Since inception, Rock By The Sea has donated more than $500,000 to the cause. With the release of their new holiday CD, the organization hopes to contribute even more.
“A Rock By The Sea Christmas :: Volume Eight is full of generosity from some of our favorite artists,” says Beth Gosnell, the charity’s President. “We are so grateful for the contributions of these artists and thrilled to be able to present them to you for this Christmas.”
A Rock By The Sea Christmas :: Volume Eight includes a mixture of traditional Christmas favorites, as well as original holiday songs unique to the record. Among the beneficiaries is Camp Sunshine, an Atlanta, Ga-based foundation that provides support for children with cancer and their families through recreational and educational programs.
October 27, 2017 (Press Release) - Austin, TX-based psych/Americana artist Johnny Dango has officially announced his new LP, Dear Everybody, I Love You. Along with the announcement, Dango shared the album's first single, "Too Late," at Glide Magazine, who praised Dango's brand of "rollicking, animated Americana." Dear Everybody, I Love You is out January 19.
Gonzo songwriter Johnny Dango's music is a confluence of country and rock, with a hefty sense of self-satire. His sound ranges all of tornado alley, from the folky roots of Stillwater to the gospel soul of Tulsa. Acoustic social critiques, intellectual southern rock, and psychedelic country have become his trademarks. He's shared the stage with greats like Wayne Kramer of MC5, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alejandro Escovedo, and Billy Joe Shaver. He's been featured in No Depression, HuffPost, and PopMatters as one of Austin's rebellious stalwarts, swimming against the tide in an expanding echo-chamber of Americana, writing smart songs that confound genre.
On his new album Dear Everybody, I Love You, he battles with the concept of time, and questions his efficacy as a songwriter. He asks out loud whether playing barroom rock is the sole benefit he's meant to provide, or if this is just another vanity project keeping the news cycle of elections and reality television alive. He's made sure to examine himself with as much humor as he has the world around him.
Legendary reggae and soul/R&B labels to be reissued,
starting with Gladiators and Ethiopian & His All Stars albums
via Nighthawk on December 15, and Something Got a Hold on Me:
The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume 1, 1963–1964 on January 19.
LOS ANGELES (Press Release)— Founded in 2010, the Grammy® Award-winning Omnivore Recordings — a record label not bound by genre, era, or style, but dedicated to the discovery and preservation of music old and new — is proud to announce the acquisition of both the reggae label Nighthawk Records and soul/R&B label Ru-Jac Records. Omnivore has acquired rights to the master catalogs, as well as the respective publishing catalogs of each. Omnivore co-founder/partner Cheryl Pawelski said, “We are so pleased to be the custodians of these wonderful recordings and songs. It is deeply meaningful to all at Omnivore to be entrusted with the preservation of these labels so we may introduce new audiences to the music they hold.”
Initial releases from these acquisitions include Full Time by Gladiators and the previously unissued Ethiopian & His All Stars album The Return of Jack Sparrow, both via Nighthawk, on December 15, 2017, and Something Got a Hold on Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story Vol. 1, 1963–1964, onJanuary 19, 2018.
(Press Release) The Marcus King Band has released a new four-song collection titled Due North EP out now via Fantasy Records. The EP is now available for purchase and streaming at all major retailers.
The digital-only EP consists of three songs the band recorded during their sessions at The Carriage House Studio in Stamford, Connecticut, for their sophomore album, The Marcus King Band, with producer Warren Haynes, and a fourth live recording: an epic 15-minute medley of the band's "Sharry Barry," "Sliced Milk" (Jeff Sipe cover), "25 Or 6 To 4" (Chicago cover), "I'll Stay" (Funkadelic cover), and "Gloomy Sunday" (famously covered by Billie Holiday).
"The Due North EP is a love note from the band of words we didn't get to say," explains frontman Marcus King. "Songs that are a big part of our live repertoire that we would like to share with everyone. Also included is a recording of the 'Sharry Barry' medley from Chicago last winter to give a taste of MKB recorded live."
In addition to "Sharry Barry," the EP features two other original compositions, "What's Right" and "Slip Back," along with a cover of the Marshall Tucker Band's"This Ol' Cowboy."
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1. What’s Right
2. This Ol’ Cowboy
3. Slip Back
4. Sharry Barry/Sliced Milk/25 Or 6 To 4/I’ll Stay/Gloomy Sunday (Live)
LISTEN TO ”ISLANDS IN THE STREAM” HERE
Nashville’s Boo Ray has teamed up with Lilly Winwood to pay tribute to the great Kenny Rogers as he continues his “Farewell Tour,” with their cover of the classic “Islands in the Stream.” This is a sneak peak into the 7inch duet series Ray is gearing up to release in partnership with Kindercore Vinyl later this year.
“As a kid I was way into the Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton version of the song,” says Ray. “Earlier this year Lilly Winwood & I were nostalgically digging the song and discovered The Bee Gees wrote it. We gone and went down the Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb rabbit-hole and landed on the soundtrack from “Grease”... it’s just a blast and we had to record it. I think we got kind of a Muscle Shoals take on it.”
Ray who christened the Kindercore pressing plant with the vinyl release of his album Sea of Lights last month is excited for the upcoming duets series, that in addition to Lilly Winwood features collaborations with Elizabeth Cook and celebrity chef Sean Brock. Kindercore is a unique new pressing plant with a mission to modernize the current pressing process by making it more sustainable. The Kindercore research and development team have taken active steps toward renewable PVC replacements, seeking to be the first pressing plant to offer petroleum free phonograph records in the coming years. By Boo Ray being the first artist to work with Kindercore he is hoping to set an example for that taking steps towards preserving the planet, can be an simple as working with forward thinking companies like Kindercore. If enough artists follow Boo’s lead collectively they can make a huge impact on making the industry more sustainable
Following the path of great southern troubadours Boo Ray forged & honed his sound on the road in South Georgia honky-tonks, Gulf Coast jukes, Nashville nightclubs & Los Angeles songwriter joints. Hailing from the mountains of Western North Carolina and now spending equal parts time in Nashville, Tennessee; Los Angeles, California; and Athens, Georgia.
While living in LA, Ray struck up a fast friendship and found a kindred spirit in producer Noah Shain (Dead Sara, Escondido, Nikki Lane). The two collaborated on a few tracks that became Ray’s 2010 album, Bad News Travels Fast and reunited to create Sea of Lights. The album was recorded Shain’s White Buffalo studios in Los Angeles backed by an all star band that included Steve Ferrone on drums (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Paul Ill on bass (Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Hole etc.), Sol Philcox-Littlefield (Jim Lauderdale, Jake Owen, Aaron Lewis) on guitar, Dallas Kruse (Justin Grennan, Skylar Stonestreet) on Hammond B3, Smith Curry (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Gibbons, Kid Rock) on pedal steel, and twin brothers Todd and Troy Gardner (Lenny Kravitz) on backup vocals. The all-star line up recorded 10 songs in two days live to tape, using the same 2inch tape machine used to record Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and several of Johnny Cash’s nashville albums.
Sam Valdez is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, whose music is built upon the fusion of shoegaze and vintage Americana indie folk. Embodying the best of both genres, Valdez has created dreamy, yet haunting atmospheric soundscapes that resonate with her listeners.
Valdez grew up at the edge of the Nevada desert, in Las Vegas and credits the desert as a major influence in her writing and composing. The vastness and solitude of desert life is apparent throughout her writing, with cinematic resonance and euphoric arrangements.
After performing in numerous bands, she found the essence of her solo sound and decided to run with it, indulging in her own creative process and ultimately developing a sound that is true to her own. As a classically trained violinist, Valdez has a sense of musical maturity within her songs, adding technicalities that bring her to the forefront of her genre.
Lead single, ‘Its Alright’ oozes beauty and grace through it’s forthright lyrics. Featuring fuzzy 90’s shoegaze melodies, wistfully innocent vocals and driving drum rhythms, it’s a melancholic tale of both love and loss. ‘Its Alright’ thematically focuses on coping with the disillusion that comes with relationships. Valdez reveals, “I wrote this song in a dream-like state of mind”.
Valdez has seen success with her previous release ‘Hours’ receiving acclaim from prestigious media outlets including Black Book. She has also performed at high profile venues throughout Los Angeles.
Inspired by Sufjan Stevens, The War On Drugs and the words of Sylvia Plath, it is no wonder that Valdez creates stunning compositions. More music coming soon.
CMA Announces More Musical Performances & Collaborations for "The 51st Annual CMA Awards" Airing November 8th on ABC
New Performers Include Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Pop Superstar P!NK, Keith Urban and an All-star Group Performance Featuring Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Urban
NASHVILLE--One of the best things about the CMA Awards are the surprises, and “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” has more unexpected collaborations to share as another round of superstar performances are announced for the Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8-11 PM ET), live broadcast from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, P!NK, and Keith Urban will perform on this year’s Awards, and an unprecedented opening collaboration will feature Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and more. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host The Awards for the 10th consecutive year.
Hill and McGraw are among Country Music’s most nominated couples and “Speak to a Girl” marks the sixth time they’ve been nominated together for a CMA in the Vocal Event of the Year and Musical Event of the Year categories since 1997’s “It’s Your Love,” which they won. The couple has 61 nominations combined, with McGraw winning 11 times, including the 2001 Entertainer of the Year. Hill has three victories.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 27, 2017 Press Release) - Scooter Brown Band, known for their own style of country and southern rock music, has released a music video for their debut nationally-distributed single, “American Son.” The video was directed by Derrek Kupish and can be viewed here. “American Son” features Country Music Hall of Famer and true American son, Charlie Daniels on the track. The album by the same name, American Son, released by Red River / BFD / Sony Orchard can be found at listeners’ digital retailer of choice through www.scooterbrownband.com.
The Country Network aired the exclusive television premiere of the video Thursday and it can be seen online throughout their programming ongoing. "The band and I are really excited to be releasing our first music video off of the American Son album. “American Son” is an anthem of the spirit of this country. The ‘never back down, stand up for what you believe in, never quit’ mentality. I believe this video will speak to a lot of hard working people,” said frontman Scooter Brown,adding, “this one goes out to all the American sons and daughters out there.”
Scooter Brown Band has been on the road playing for fans around the country with over 150 shows this year, both headlining and opening for iconic acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, Lee Roy Parnell and the Marshall Tucker Band.
Scottish artist ONR. recently premiered the stark, black and white video for his tune, "Jericho."
ONR. (aka Robert Shields) started making waves after leaking some demos via indie label Leftwing, then was swiftly signed to Capitol Records in the US. Debut single “Jericho” was released this summer, and early reviews have lauded the ‘supreme confidence’ of ONR.’s sound, drawing comparisons to Echo & The Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, Arcade Fire and David Bowie. Shields is currently recording his debut record with producer Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag & Bone Man).
If you're a fan of 80's Alternative/New Wave, then you'll absolutely dig "Jericho," which you can watch HERE.