“Rhiannon Giddens shows us that while Americawas never as innocent as some nostalgists wantto believe, its young spirit still lives within, resistant to corruption, leading those who canhear its voice toward a better place down theroad.”
This morning, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has been named a MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as a “genius grant,” offers an unrestricted $625,000 grant, distributed over five years, to, in the Foundation’s words, “individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future.
Giddens said of being awarded the Fellowship: “I am just thrilled! So many things I want to do - but the first thing is to thank whoever nominated and supported me for this grant - it means the world to me, and to the projects I have been longing to do”, and added in an interview with her home town paper, North Carolina’s News & Observer, “it’s gonna let me live a little bit. I’ll be able to pursue some things while not having to stay on the road so much to keep the lights on. This will let me tour a little less and work on larger projects I believe need to be done.” More info about Giddens and her Fellowship, including downloadable photos and video, is available here.
NASHVILLE (October 11, 2017 Press Release)
Music industry veteran Charlie Monk was honored Monday, October 9 at the second annual Music Row Storytellers event, benefiting Music Health Alliance.
The event honors those who stand the test of time in telling the stories that make the music industry so fascinating – the journalists, interviewers, reporters, show hosts and others who chronicle and share the stories of Music Row and its musicmakers.
New York, NY (October 11, 2017) Press Release–
Warbly Jets play synth-driven guitar rock that is a genre-bending blend of punk balladry, wide-screen production and unflinching attitude. The LA quartet will release its self-titled debut album on October 20 but today debut the genre-bending churner, "RIDE." LISTEN HERE
"It could easily give The Dead Weather a run for their money in terms of Led Zep monster riffage and swagger," says BlackBook. "But with a celestial psychedelic vibe that reminds of Black Angels. And their Lennon-esque way with an infectious melody makes it all eminently hummable.”
Despite a lack of allegiance to any sound or place, since the release of their debut single "Alive", the slithering music industry indictment "The Lowdown", the hip-swaying "4th Coming Bomb" and the maniacle "Shapeshifter", the four piece has grown explosively and earned praise from Brooklyn Vegan, Indie Shuffle, FLAUNT, Self-Titled, Live FAST, KROQ, 91X and LA Weekly. The band is climbing the charts at Spotify, VEVO and Apple Music and were announced this morning in the first round of performers for SXSW 2018.
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — Sometimes recordings result from carefully made plans; sometimes they come about through fortuitous serendipity. Louise Goffin’s latest single “Revenge” is one that arrived because of wonderful happenstance. In fact, it came about because of The Band. In March of 2017, Goffin was part of a star-studded Band tribute concert held in Los Angeles to raise funds for the non-profit Wild Honey Foundation. Backstage, she met her fellow performer, the young North Carolina-based singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz. Bonding immediately, they decided to try writing a song together.
When the two met up later at Goffin’s L.A. house, Gudasz showed up with a guitar riff and Goffin brought a lot of lyrics. It was, as Goffin recalls, “a fast match,” with the rest of the chords, lyrics, and melody quickly falling into place. Excited with their new tune, Goffin suggested demoing it in her backyard studio, a place Gudasz fondly describes as “a magic treehouse.” The two proceeded to work up the vocal arrangements, and Goffin put down the keyboard, baritone bass, guitar and drum tracks, while Gudasz added in some slide guitar.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — During the British Invasion, there was another Liverpool band topping the charts worldwide. The Searchers had 11 Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1966 in the U.K., including three #1s with “Needles and Pins,” “Sweets for My Sweet,” and “Don’t Throw Our Love Away.” There were eight hits in the U.S. including a #3 cover of “Love Potion No. 9.” By the end of the decade, the group’s chart presence may have slowed down, but the Searchers didn’t. They continued to hone their sound on the live circuit, adding a modern musical crunch to their incredible harmonies. After seeing the band perform, Sire Records head Seymour Stein offered them a home on his new wave flagship label (home of the Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys, and soon, Pretenders).
The Searchers returned in 1979 with a self-titled release, featuring originals and covers of tracks from Tom Petty, The Records, Bob Dylan, and the Mickey Jupp-penned “Switchboard Susan”—a concurrent hit forNick Lowe. Produced by Pat Moran (Be Bop Deluxe, Dr. Feelgood, and Rush —yes, that Rush), it was a sonic powerhouse. That album was followed the next year by Love’s Melodies (titled Play for Today in the U.K.), with Ed Stasium (Ramones, Talking Heads, Smithereens) joining Moran as co-producer. More originals, and more covers (Big Star, John Fogerty, and others), and another great album.
Both records were released multiple times in different territories, with different track lists, B-sides, and mixes. They have been unavailable for the past decade. Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981 straightens out all those matters by compiling everything onto one 2-CD set. The collection, to be released on Omnivore Recordings on December 8, 2017, features 29 tracks, including a previously unissued cover of John Hiatt’s “Ambulance Chaser.”
Nashville, TN (October 9, 2017) - Singer/songwriter Rick Monroe invites fans to sing fromtheir "Gypsy Soul," via a contest that launches today on Facebook. Entrants have untilNovember 13 to film their own version of Rick's signature tune, post the video to Monroe'sFacebook page and then solicit "likes." The entrant with the most "likes" wins the contest. Contest rules are explained in a YouTube video; fans can get a free download of "Gypsy Soul" by texting "Rick" to 38470, or by clicking HERE. Lyrics are available on Monroe's FB page and website.
The grand prize is a Monster-branded Schecter Electric Guitar, and additional prizes includeWestone Audio UMPRO 30 in-ear monitors, a Rip Tide Ukulele from World Music Nashville, a custom Gypsy Soul ring from Speakeasy Original Jewelry, a box of Medium Acoustic Strings and t-shirt from GHS Strings, a Shubb Capo and t-shirt, and a Camo Soft cooler, hat, t-shirt and license plate from Banded.com. The contest, presented in conjunction with Evok Advertising & Marketing, runs today through November 13, and winners will be announced on November 20. "Gypsy Soul" is the title track of Rick's current EP, which can be purchased from iTunes.
Rick toured heavily this year, entertaining fans with the sultry Billboard hit, "This Side of You," and other songs from GYPSY SOUL. Monroe also revisited tunes from his previous project, IT'S A LOVE THING, including the previous Billboard hit "Great Minds Drink Alike." Rick made time to participate in several charity events, including a July house build for the Murfreesboro, Tennessee chapter of Habitat For Humanity. He also played in the annual Team Gamez golf tournament supporting The Boys and Girls Club, performed at a fundraiser for Folds Of Honor during The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, and participated in the Hike for the Homeless, benefitting Safe Haven Family Shelter, Middle Tennessee's only shelter-to-housing program for families.
Edwin McCain, Warren Haynes Contribute to
15-Track Co-Produced Album
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(Oct. 9, 2017) Nashville, Tenn. — At this point you might think country superstar Lee Brice needs no introduction. A GRAMMY nominee and CMA and ACM award winner, Lee’s accolades and accomplishments since bursting onto the country scene in 2010 are numerous. They include 11 million in RIAA certified sales, with albums that spawned five platinum and double-platinum Number 1 singles on country radio.
Household names like Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney consider him a peer — each has recorded his songs. He’s performed for oceans of fans at festivals, packed arenas and has appeared on NBC's Today, ABC's The Bachelor and The Late Show with David Letterman. The New York Times called him an "evocative" vocalist, while USA Today named him, "one of the finest singer-songwriters country music has to offer."
(Press Release) On her third full-length, Portland, Oregon-based artist and songwriter Jenn Rawling delivers Golden Colors, a ten-track collection of harmony rich indie-folk songs that embody the D.I.Y. spirit.
Recorded with friends and
fellow musicians in a house in Durango, Colorado, and co-produced with Awna Teixeira (of Po Girl) and Inajah Lujan (of In/planes), Golden Colors is Rawling's first record created outside of a traditional studio. "I rented a small house and invited a handful of musical friends to co-produce and create the album," Rawling says of the experience. "I invited some very talented players and singers, everyone's in really great bands and projects. What a cast of collaborators: Awna Teixeira, Inaiah Lujan, Desirae Garcia, Fred Kosak, Chela Lujan, and Alissa Wolf. We stayed on site together, which afforded us the luxury to work long hours and create a container of intimacy, friendship, and comfortability, which are all important components of recording for me. Inaiah Lujan was on board with years of sound experience, the right equipment, and a passion for home recording. There was a great synergy in this group of people." The result is a record that mixes the richness of Rawling's voice and lyrics with the grit of Americana in the caldron of creative collaboration. Golden Colors journeys through heartbreak, renewal, connection, and betrayal, ultimately transforming these experiences into a devotion to feel the love to keep on walking, no matter what. Rawling created this record "as an offering of beauty and healing to the broken world."
The debut EP by Los Angeles-based band The Morning Yells, “Proper Wilted,” is a collection of five tracks, that is already getting the attention of the press, which has compared the group to luminaries such as Wilco, Fleetwood Mac, and Bruce Springsteen.
The foursome evolved earlier this year from the brother-sister duo Phil and Lu (Phil and Laura Stancil), which released its debut album Mood Rock (“True emotion and reminiscence,” said The Line of Best Fit) in late 2016. The Stancils are essentially life-long bandmates who have performed together since they were members of the family band as children.
“We grew up in a family band, playing roots-rock and folk music at festivals and local watering holes throughout Michigan, where we’re originally from,” says Phil, whose warm and reedy tones define the vocals on the EP. “Our Dad taught us everything we know about music, and we fell in love with Beach Boys, America and The Moody Blues by digging through his record collection.”
As The Morning Yells, the siblings are now joined by fellow multi-instrumentalists Trevor Smith andCurran McDowell.
“Proper Wilted” was recorded by Mark Rains, best-known for his work with artists as diverse as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Waylon Jennings, which goes a long way towards explaining the sound ofThe Morning Yells.
In the span of a mere five songs, the band adeptly covers a variety of genres, with each member easily jumping from piano, to guitar, to bass. All four contribute to the songwriting.
Although a short set, “Proper Wilted” is full of highlights, notably on its lead single “She Got Time,” a track that, despite the Stancil’s assertion that it had been tossed around for years, sounds completely inspired.
“It didn't find a place until The Morning Yells became a group, but it definitely is the strongest example of our style at this point,” Phil says. The Morning Yells is currently working on a second EP, and will continue to perform in and around Los Angeles throughout the rest of 2017.
“Proper Wilted,” the debut EP by The Morning Yells is out now.
01. Must Be You (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
02. She Got Time (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
03. She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing
04. Sad Eyed Boy
05. Take Me Somewhere
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Nashville, TN --- Oct. 6, 2017 (Press Release) Josh Grider released his new single “Good People” to the world. The single, which lauds the “life savers” and “game changers,” seems even more poignant given recent events and the heroic response from average citizens, neighbors, volunteers, and first responders. “Good People” is the title track of his new album due out in early 2018.
“Good People” was written by Grider, longtime collaborator Bobby Hamrick, and James Slater (who has hits with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, among others).
“It’s just a song, but as a songwriter, it’s the best I have to offer in the face of the random, unexplainable, sometimes evil world we live in,” Grider says. “Since the day it was written, ‘Good People’ was intended to be a reminder and an encouragement that despite mounting evidence, the good people really do outnumber the bad. By a lot. I believe that, and I believe that in times like these it’s important to remember that as often as we can.”
"Good People" is available at all digital retailers today.
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