Previously of the Nashville-based Americana group The Good Routes, Dom Wier is setting out to make an impression of his own. Recently, Wier joined with producer and friend Matthew Miller to record his upcoming solo EP New Waters, a four song collection that blends rock, country, and blues textures with an honest, roadworn vocal delivery.
With a tip of the hat to rock heroes (Petty, Seger, and Mellencamp), as well as folk (Carole King, Jim Croce, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles) and country influences (Waylon, Willie, and Cash), Wier captures something both familiar and distinct in his sincere songwriting. Today, TDC is pleased to premiere the acoustic performance video for the album's first track, "Doses," a heartland rocker about holding your head up high and taking the bad with the good as we travel this path called life.
"Everything comes in doses
Some weak, some strong
Where we end no one knows it
Like we've always done, we risk the fall"
Dom has been steadily touring since 2010, sharing show bills with acts like Asleep At The Wheel, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Shooter Jennings, Blackberry Smoke, Candlebox, Foghat, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Toto, among others. Wier plans to hit the road in January. See tour dates below.
January 6 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra
January 16 – Knoxville, TN – WDVX Blue Plate Special
January 19 – Nashville, TN – The Country
January 26 – Blue Ridge, GA – Blue Ridge Brewery
February 3 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra
March 3 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra
March 3 – Makanda, IL – Starview Vineyard
March 9 – Lexington, KY – Lynagh’s Pub
March 10 – Shelbyville, KY – Talon Winery
April 7 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra
May 12 – Evansville, IN – Ri Ra
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Throughout the year, my friend and fellow music lover Kasey, from Hitting All the Right Notes, and I do varied lists called "Ten Favorites," including, at the conclusion of every December, a list of our favorite albums of the year. Check out what made our ears happy in 2017 and let us know what records were your favorites this year!
5 The Rest Of Our Life, Tim McGraw & Faith HillThe balance of the two vocals intertwined on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s first collaborative album is just right and supports the duo throughout some remarkable performances. An album that is sure to offer at least one track a listener will find themselves drawn to – and grounded by it’s gorgeous title track – The Rest Of Our Life is certainly an impressive release that hopefully heralds many more collaborative albums from Tim and Faith.
4 Brett Eldredge, Brett EldredgeBrett Eldredge is a multi-faceted album that showcases it’s namesake very well. Narrowing his song-writing circle with impressive results, Brett Eldredge’s third album takes you on a journey through upbeat, catchy numbers like Somethin’ I’m Good At and Superhero to slower, really emotive tracks like Brother and No Stopping You, all delivered with Brett’s distinctive vocal.
3 Puxico, Natalie HembyThe debut album from a talented song-writer, Puxico is both intriguing and rewarding. Throughout the release it is evident that this is an album full of captivating melodies and emotive lyrics and grounded by an impressive vocal. Undoubtedly the strongest release from a solo female artist this year, Puxico is sure to leave you full of anticipation for what Natalie can produce with future albums.
2 Slowheart, Kip MoorePerhaps best described as ‘Heartland Rock’, Kip Moore’s third album builds upon the distinctive sound he has crafted throughout his previous two albums. Arguably one of the most under-rated male country artists, Kip has managed to craft an album that shows him at his strongest. His gritty, gutsy style comes through strongly and His distinctive tone easily blends to the collection of tracks, leaving you with an overall impression of a natural and comfortable performance.
1 Steel Town, Steve MoaklerWheels was the first song I heard from this album and from the moment I first listened I knew I was in for a brilliant listening experience from Steel Town as a whole. Without a doubt an album you will want to hear time and time again, Steve undoubtedly has a talent for story-telling and paints a compelling picture throughout each of the songs. Steel Town firmly plants Steve Moakler as a force to be reckoned with within country music.
(Press Release) Canadian band Port Cities are still bathing in the afterglow of November's Nova Scotia Music Week, where they scooped no less than five awards, including album of the year, digital artist of the year and entertainer of the year. In light of such accolades then, its only right that the band launch themselves back into the game with their trademark single 'Back To The Bottom,' a heart-racing stomper of a track that only partially disguises much deeper emotional undercurrents. As vocalist Breagh MacKinnon explains, “The song tells the story of a toxic relationship. It’s about being stuck in the cycle of coming back to something or someone that isn't good for either person; yet you still can't get out."
Listen: "Share It With You"
Released December 22, 2017, After All This Time — the newest project by the Richmond-based alt-country band Exebelle — is proof that there is strength in numbers.
A fixture of Richmond's roots-rock community for more than a decade, Exebelle formed in 2007. Co-founders Phil Heesen III and Chris Wright first bonded over their mutual love of Whiskeytown, the ramshackle alt-country band fronted by Ryan Adams during the late-Nineties. That sound — a blend of guitar grit, stacked harmonies, swooning pedal steel and Southern twang — has remained the foundation of Exebelle's sound ever since, although the band shows the full range of its abilities with After All This Time.
A double album that was written, recorded, and mixed in Richmond, After All This Time offers up plenty of roadhouse roots-rock, bar-band country, and singer/songwriter folk music. There's even some prog-rock tossed into the mix — a result not only of the band's appreciation for bands like Rush and Yes, but also the self-described "music school tricks" of Heesen, who graduated from Berklee College of Music. Cinematic, anthemic, and always engaging, this is an album that avoids the predictabilities of Americana music — a genre that was still in its infancy when Exebelle had its first rehearsals in 2007 — and chases its own weird, wild muse.
The career-spanning, genre-splitting 2-CD set, out February 23, features 25 previously unreleased songs that include performances from Jakob Dylan and Marc Ford.
Billboard premiered a track: http://bit.ly/2BJWXa3
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — Selective Memories: An Anthology offers 41 reasons Luther Russell is so highly regarded by his peers and so treasured by fans who have fallen in love with his eclectically personal songs, which careen rambunctiously among power pop, rootsy Americana, folk-rock, punk, funk and country. This 2-CD compilation, due February 23, 2017 via Hanky Panky Records (and as a double cassette on Burger Records), also provides newcomers a wonderful introduction to an artist whose work critics have compared favorably to Wilco, the Replacements, Ryan Adams, Elliott Smith, and Big Star.
Big Star’s drummer Jody Stephens, who plays in the duo Those Pretty Wrongs with Russell, describes Selective Memories as “an epic musical landscape that takes you from painted deserts to graffiti'd urban walls. All united by melody and colorful production."
(Press Release) Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album Whistle Down The Wind (Proper Records) on March 2 2018. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez’s favourite composers.
Whistle Down The Wind track listing:
Whistle Down The Wind by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Be of Good Heart by Josh Ritter
Another World by Anohni
Civil War by Joe Henry
The Things That We Are Made Of by Mary Chapin Carpenter
The President Sang Amazing Grace by Zoe Mulford.
Last Leaf by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.
Silver Blade by Josh Ritter
The Great Correction by Eliza Gilkyson
I Wish The Wars Were All Over by Tim Eriksen
(Los Angeles, CA Press Release) – Star of ABC’s hit sitcom, “The Goldbergs,” Hayley Orrantia, will be going on the road in the Spring of 2018 for the first-time-ever with the Strong, Sweet & Southern Tour. Hayley has been hard at work continuing her country/pop music career and cannot wait to perform for all the fans who have supported her along the way.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get a chance to meet everyone and share music that has been deeply inspired by this wild last year of my life,” says Hayley. “I’m looking forward to meeting and personally thanking the fans who have followed my musical journey from the beginning and those who have found me through “The Goldbergs.” 2018 will be Strong, Sweet & a little Southern.”
ASHEVILLE (Press Release)-- Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying, explosive instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “Stickley's Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres - all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.
Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio with violinist Lyndsay Pruett and drummer Patrick Armitage is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’”
Dave King (of The Bad Plus) joined forces with the Trio to produce 2017’s Maybe Believe and 2015’s Lost At Last in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the esteemed Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The Trio slipped a self-produced 5-track EP, Triangular, into the mix in December of 2016. Dave says, “The group retains its place as a modern-thinking acoustic ensemble with one foot in tradition and the other in a bluegrass honored future that allows for the avant garde, punk, and be bop to mix in freely and tastefully.”
(Press Release) To celebrate the holiday season, Amazon Music has released a new Amazon Original playlist Christmas Soul, and added new tracks to their most popular holiday playlists All Is Bright, Acoustic Christmas and Indie For The Holidays. All four playlists are now available exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music through Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.
Jessica Lea Mayfield released an Amazon Original video for her version of Loretta Lynn's "To Heck With Ole Santa Claus" that appeared on the Indie For The Holidays playlist.
Watch "To Heck With Ole Santa Claus" here:
The Amazon Original video was directed by Christopher Good, who recently directed videos for Kevin Morby, Grizzly Bear, Jay Som, Margaret Glaspy and more.
"I love Christmas so much and was super excited to get to record a song for Indie For The Holidays," explains Mayfield. "I've been hearing my mom sing this song my whole life - the original version is a lot more upbeat. I felt Christopher Good's video treatment for this version was perfect."
Beth Nielsen Chapman’s brand-new studio album, “Hearts Of Glass” is a powerful collection of songs that dig deep into the place within us where vulnerability meets strength. Produced by Sam Ashworth, “Hearts Of Glass” is sparse and beautifully recorded. The songs, mostly written by Beth alone, include several new compositions, from the haunting “Epitaph For Love” to the instant classic “You’re Still My Valentine”, to the infectious “Enough For Me”, written with Sam. The opening track, “Come To Mine”, the only other co-written song, was composed with the legendary Graham Gouldman and Kevin Montgomery at Chris Difford’s Songwriting retreat in Somerset England.
“My intention was to do an album of songs 100% written by me, and bring together those kinds of songs that have a certain focus and vibe, but “Come To Mine” just jumped out and insisted on leading the pack! It’s timely what with all that’s swirling around in the world right now”. The same is true for the closing track “Dancer To The Drum” which provides the perfect bookend" said Beth.
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