Nashville, TN (November 23, 2015 Press Release) - HONEYHONEY is wrapping up a fantastic 2015, with the release of their third studio album, 3, and successful North American tour. Now the band is looking ahead to 2016, and January gigs opening up for indie rocker and label mate JD McPherson as well as some more headlining shows of their own continuing into next year.
3, which was produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) was released in June to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone Country’s Andrew Leahey wrote, “Recorded at the tail end of their two-year stay in Nashville, HONEYHONEY's third album finds the duo mixing the stomp of Americana with the swagger of indie rock. Suzanne Santo has never sounded better, her voice alternating between the husky huffs of a soul singer and the ballsy acrobatics of a bar band frontwoman who's slammed just enough shots to convince her to try all of those difficult runs. Matching her pace are bandmate Ben Jaffe — the calm, steady anchor to Santo's stormy seas — and producer Dave Cobb, who keeps the mood raw and rough-edged by capturing everything in a handful of first takes.”
Nashville, TN (November 20, 2015) - Leslie Cours Mather sets the screen on fire in her new video, "Hell Hath No Fury," premiering today on Roughstock. Directed by 2013 ACMVideo of the Year award-winner Shane Drake (Little Big Town, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne) for Taillight TV, the sultry, "woman-empowered" scenes were shot in locations along California's Sierra Highway, including the VFW Hall in Canyon Country, and the Halfway House Café in L.A. County. Drake hooked Mather with his initial video treatment. "The concept centered on a 'Quentin Tarantino meets Patsy Cline-esque' scenario," Leslie recalls. "I was drawn to his treatment for two reasons: it was so cinematic and the character was very different from who I really am."
Leslie doesn't usually swagger around in black leather, a Concho belt or a cowboy hat either, but then the song itself is a bit of a step away from her normal fare. Written by Kelly Lang, the tale of a woman scorned is an anthem that carries a stern warning for cheaters everywhere. The single, produced by Denny Diante, prominently features Mather's confident, whiskey-soaked vocal, a full-blown contingent of horns on the chorus, and a Southern Blues feel throughout. The single is currently rising on the MusicRow Country Breakout ™ Chart (#72) and on the international Hotdisc Chart (#18).
"I love this song," Mather states. "And working with Shane to transition from song to video was incredible. There are dark aspects of the lyric that he highlighted simply by working with the play of light in the bar; close-ups where he captured real emotion. It was a great experience for me." Fans should be delighted to see the always fiery Leslie gaining retribution in the midst of smoke and flame.
Mather is gearing up for the release of her debut Christmas single. Always on the move, she'sjust returned to her California home after a full week of CMA Award week activities in Nashville. While in Music City, she escorted her two daughters to the CMA Christmas show and taped two international television interviews: Hot Country TV (Ireland), The Keep It Country Music Show (U.K.).
Nashville, Tenn. (November 20, 2015 Press Release) – It’s been a month since the release of My Stupid Heart, the new album from Grammy- nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins, and the record is still picking up momentum with a breakthrough into the Top 40 on the Americana radio chart and video premiere on CMT Pure this week.
The press continues to praise Mullins' ninth album as well. Steven Wine from Associated Press comments, “Shawn Mullins is at his best on My Stupid Heart.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine muses in All Music "Mullins is as at ease with burnished ballads and shuffling showtune blues as he is with broken-in country-rock and elegant tunes that echo his big hits.”
CMT Pure premiered the music video for the title track this week, and it has been added into rotation on CMT Pure and on CMT.com. Watch the video here.
My Stupid Heart also premiered in the Top 40 on the Americana Radio chart this week, breaking in at #39 joining the likes of Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Patty Griffin and more.
Mullins is on tour now in support of My Stupid Heart. His next stop includes a show in his hometown of Atlanta on November 28, followed by a series of dates in the northeast, appearances at 30A Songwriters Festival and on the renowned Cayamo Cruise in January.
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11/28/2015 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
12/4/2015 College Street Music Hall New Haven, CT
12/5/2015 Providence Performing Arts Center Providence, RI
1/15/2015 -1/17/2015 30A Songwriter's Festival South Walton, FL
1/31/2015 - 2/7/2016 Cayamo Cruise on Norwegian "Pearl" Miami, FL
2/18/2016 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
Anderson East is heading out on his first headling tour this winter with a stop in NYC at the Bowey Ballroom on February 12th. The Devil In Me Tour will hit stops all across the U.S., including UT, MO and IA, before concluding in Solana Beach on March 13th.
East's latest album, Delilah, can be purchased here.
You can also catch East and his band performing on CBS Saturday Morning next Saturday. Tune in at 7AM to watch!
Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Nashville, TN and Austin, TX—November 19, 2015--Austin City Limits (ACL) heads to Nashville for a special broadcast featuring performance highlights from this year’s Americana Honors & Awards, which was made possible thanks to underwriting from Nissan and the Tennessee Department of Tourism. ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015 premieres November 21st on PBS and delivers sparkling performances that represent the genre’s diversity and excellence. The music-filled special features many of the night's Lifetime Achievement Honorees, award-winners, next-generation stars and icons who helped define the genre; among them: Don Henley, Los Lobos, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Ann Womack, Shakey Graves, Keb’ Mo’, Jason Isbell, Rhiannon Giddens, Robert Randolph and John Hiatt. The hour-long program airs November 21st on PBS at 8pm CT/9pm ET. ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time here immediately following the initial broadcast. The show's official hashtag is #acltv.
“The Americana Honors & Awards showcases one of the biggest and brightest lineups of talent seen all year,” raves NPR. Recorded live at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in September, The Americana Music Association's 14th Annual Honors & Awards ceremony is a best in show reflecting the spirit of Americana: American roots music that incorporates elements of country, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues.
Jessi Alexander, Bobby Braddock, Chris Stapleton & Lee Brice to Headline "The First and The Worst" To Benefit Music Health Alliance
Nashville, TN…November 19, 2015 (Press Release)
Music City will celebrate “The First And The Worst” from its talented creative community when Jessi Alexander (“I Drive Your Truck,” “Mine Would Be You,” “The Climb”), Bobby Braddock (“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Time Marches On,” “People Are Crazy”), Lee Brice (“I Don’t Dance,” “More Than A Memory,” “Crazy Girl”) Chris Stapleton (“Never Wanted Nothing More,” “Drink A Beer,” “Crash And Burn”), along with special guest Sandy Knox (“Does He Love You”), perform the first and the worst songs they have ever written, as well as their biggest hit songs, all to benefit Music Health Alliance. “The First And The Worst,” now in its second year, will take place March 1, 2016 from Nashville’s City Winery, with tables and individual tickets, starting at only $25, on sale now. Purchase Floor Seats at http://bit.ly/1QKIsTz and Mezzanine Seats at http://bit.ly/1WXHk3K.
Earlier this month, Jeff Crosby released his latest full length album, Waking Days. Today, he released his Covers Series for October (won't get angry, late is better than never), "I Don't Want To Let you Down." Listen to the song below and read here for the inspiration behind choosing this track.
On November 20, Amazon Music will release a holiday playlist that will be available exclusively for streaming on Prime Music and for purchase on Amazon Music. Today, Langhorne Slim shared a new interpretation of "Deck The Halls (With Boughs of Holly)."
Stream the track via Soundcloud:
More than 25 artists will be featured on the playlist including Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices), Rogue Wave, YACHT, Anna von Hausswolff, Ivan & Alyosha, SOAK, Langhorne Slim and more, singing newly writing holiday songs or new renditions of holiday classics.
PBS to Broadcast All-Star Concert on Jan. 15
(Press Release) The Library of Congress is celebrating Willie Nelson's 60-year career and his selection as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C., with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight.
The two-day celebration began with a presentation and special display on Tuesday in the Library's historic Thomas Jefferson Building with a group of the nation's lawmakers, who recognized Nelson for his contributions to popular music. "Everywhere you look in this magnificent building there are symbols of knowledge, creativity and invention so it is fitting at this time to honor one of the world's most creative and inventive people, this year's award recipient, Willie Nelson," said Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao.
"It is truly a privilege to have Willie Nelson with us in our nation's capital and to be able to recognize him for the immense contributions he's made to the culture of America through music," said U.S. House of Representatives Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress Gregg Harper.
"It is a great honor to be receiving the Gershwin award," said Nelson to the group of well-wishers. "I have been a fan of Ira and George Gershwins' music since I was a little guy and in appreciation for the award-and also I wanted to make some great music-I've just recorded a complete Gershwin album. It's called Summertime."
OFFICIAL VIDEO RELEASED TODAY ON ETCANADA.COM
November 18, 2015 (Toronto, ON, Press Release) – Following a summer of tour dates across Canada and an appearance on the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, SmallTown Pistols are releasing a third single from their award-winning sophomore album Pistology. Charting now at Canadian country radio, this single presents the darker side of this award-winning duo.
Partnering with Soundcheck Entertainment, the band released an acoustic performance video yesterday to tide fans over until the release of the track’s official video. Captured at 604 Records in Vancouver, this video opens with the band’s inspiration for the single. “This is our poke at the 'peacockers' guys who tend to puff out their chests and think they can get any girl they want,” explains Amanda. “Jester In A Crown is our way of saying ‘No man, you're not as cool as you think you are.’”
Shot by CCMA Award winning videographer Stephano Barberis, the official video for ‘Jester In A Crown’ features an appearance by fellow CCMA Award winner Chad Brownlee. Both Brownlee and Small Town Pistols deliver incredible performances, leaving viewers with a feeling of deep uncertainty and one pressing question: was the outcome deserved?
Premiering on ETCanada.com today (November 18), the release of ‘Jester In A Crown’ marks the continued success of Canada’s favourite country duo.
For more information on Small Town Pistols, their sophomore album and upcoming tour dates visit www.smalltownpistolsmerch.com.
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