JAKE LA BOTZ - They're Coming For Me
August 27, 2019
As a hard-luck kid wandering the streets of Chicago, young Jake La Botz chased
the magic he found in stories. He volunteered in theatres as a boy to get closer
to the stage, he haunted Chicago libraries picking up books and records, and he
busked in the subway, learning from elder blues legends like Honeyboy Edwards
and Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis who took him under their wing. All of this set
him up for a life of storytelling, in streets, subways, juke joints, and eventually on
the big screen and stages around the world. A noted film and stage actor, La Botz
approaches music with an ear for the unusual, a knack for speaking for the fragile
characters and half-mad sages he encounters on his own travels. His new album,
They’re Coming For Me (out October 18 on Hi-Style Records), is a collection of tall
tales and strange stories ranging in subject from a magic comb that can save the
world, to a bank robber who moans gospel hymns, and a confessional from Bigfoot
himself. The eclectic subject matter reflects La Botz’s own wide-ranging interests
and unconventional career arc. He’s experienced the highest highs and lowest lows
of life, and his own story is so unbelievable that it’s currently being adapted by La
Botz and actor/writer Ian Barford as a stage musical for Steppenwolf Theatre!
Some of these highs and lows saw La Botz racing across the Midwest in stolen
cars, finding refuge in the early 80’s punk scene, touring tattoo parlors for years
because his music doesn’t fit in noisy bars, playing guitar in an all-Black church in
LA, educating himself in public libraries, acting in Hollywood movies, and, most
important, kicking a years-long drug addiction.
Jake La Botz is living in Nashville now, writing music and finding a place to rest
from the road. He’s a man that exudes calm in the heart of a hurricane, but this calm
is hard won. He turned to meditation after kicking heroin twenty years ago, and
teaches meditation now at home and in prisons, trying to give a little back. “I think
this happens for people,” La Botz says, “when things get really rough. There could be
a possibility of meeting life in a new way. For me meditation keeps that door open. It
infuses my relationships, my music, any creative thing; it has this quality of opening
the space and making experience, making life more available.” Experience is the key
word here. It’s what he was chasing as a kid on the road, it’s what he’s looking for
now, and it infuses every part of his new album.
To record They’re Coming For Me, La Botz returned to Chicago with his old friend
Jimmy Sutton, of Hi-Style Records and JD McPherson’s band. At Jimmy’s studios
in Chicago, the two worked to meld Sutton’s background in the vintage sounds of
American roots music with La Botz’s natural inclinations towards country blues,
gospel, 60s pop, and 70s rock n roll. “I’m of the school where you make a record in
one day because you don’t have money for more than that!” La Botz says. “There
was a lot of learning for both of us in our first record (2017’s Sunnyside). We learned
to really appreciate and work together. This one was a lot easier for us, we took our
time with it, and we were much more sympatico. If he had an idea, I was able to
catch on right away.” The result is an album that seems torn between the sacred and
the profane, high art and low art, the dichotomy at the heart of all American music.
But Jake La Botz brushes that idea away, saying simply “In my opinion sacred and
profane are misnomers. Everything is sacred.”
Wolverhampton, UK's DEARIST Debut New Video ("Colours") on The Noise
January 01, 2020
Sophomore LP 'Sonder' Available Everywhere Now
Wolverhampton, UK rockers Dearist are debuting their new video "Colours" on The Noise!
Lyrically, the track deals with a random and devasting event that shook the lives of frontman Adam Binder and his wife. Binder explains:
"The lyrical content is quite dark, I don't think I've spoken before about what this is about, but I will. Basically a few years ago I saw my then girlfriend (now wife) get hit by a car and I think about the things that happened that day often and how lucky she is. But its inspired by how she must have felt as she lay there in the road waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Its not specifically about her on that day, but more about anyone that has been through an experience like that."
"Colours" appears on the band's sophomore LP 'Sonder,' out everywhere now via Spartan Records.
Check out the Fargo-inspired clip here: http://bit.ly/2QWrTaA.
Stream "Sonder" on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/5wXduNr4W6eYk93VC4pYpp
and Apple Music https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sonder/1357935102.
SOWFLO Sign with Space Duck Records; New LP “New Shoes" To Be Released March 15
January 18, 2019
Reggae/rock group SOWFLO has signed with Chicago's Space Duck Records (Bumpin Uglies, Sun-Dried Vibes, Resinated) The band's new record "New Shoes" will be released on March 15, with a tour to follow.
SOWFLO is a 5 piece reggae-rock band from southwest Florida. They have been steadily making a name for them selves as they continue to tour across the country. In doing so, SOWFLO has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the genre (Rebelution, Julian Marley, Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Wailing Souls). They were an instant success as their first full length album debuted in the top 5 on the Billboard reggae chart.
They are currently working on their second full-length album entitled "New Shoes". The album will again see the band working alongside veteran producer/engineer Marc Lee (Stephen Marley, Damian Marley) and is slated to be released on March 15.
Check out SOWFLO on Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
SONG SUFFRAGETTES CELEBRATES 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
January 18, 2019
SONG SUFFRAGETTES CELEBRATES 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF “TIME’S UP” WITH “THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG”
One year ago today, the all-female, singer-songwriter collective Song Suffragettes released the original song and music video for “Time’s Up”, a musical nod to the female empowerment movement that began in January of 2018. The song went on to receive major media coverage, critical accolades and ultimately raised $10,000 for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund through single sales and streaming. In celebration of this anniversary, Song Suffragettes just released “'Time’s Up’ – The Story Behind The Song” via their YouTube page which has amassed over 2.6 million views to date.
Written by Kalie Shorr and Lacy Green, the song features the voices of 23 Song Suffragettes and pointedly addresses gender inequality and sexual misconduct against women with sharp lyrics like “we aren’t waiting anymore for the moon to turn the tides”. The accompanying music video features the following Song Suffragettes (women listed in order of appearance in the song): Kalie Shorr, Tasji Bachman, Chloe Gilligan, Savannah Keyes, Mignon, Gracie Schram, Tiera, Jenna Paulette, Emma White, Jordyn Mallory, Emma Lynn White, Regan Stewart, Kim Paige, Jenna McDaniel, Madison Kozak, Jenny Ray, Tenille Arts, Tristan McIntosh, Tia Scola, Alexis Gomez, Candi Carpenter and Trannie Stevens.
After the song and video were released, the intense media coverage included the Associated Press, USA Today, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Voice of America, U.S. News & World Report, Billboard, Rolling Stone, CMT.com, TasteOfCountry.com, SoundsLikeNashville.com and Grammy.com. Most recently, the song was one of sixteen songs featured on TuneIn’s Country Roads “Fab Females of 2018” radio special. TheShotgunSeat.com named the song one of the Top 20 Singles of 2018 calling it “arguably the most important song released in 2018.”
Song Suffragettes remains at the forefront of the disparity and discrimination debate surrounding females in the country music genre. ELLE Magazine prominently featured Song Suffragettes in their November 2018 issue with a story titled “The Women of Nashville's Music Scene Are Calling Time’s Up.” In December, National Public Radio (NPR) touted Song Suffragettes nationally in a Morning Edition piece called “Female Country Music Singers In Nashville Navigate Gender Bias To Be Heard.”
For more information on Song Suffragettes, their one-sheet and success stories can be found here along with behind-the-scenes photos. For more information and to donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, visit www.TimesUpNow.com.
About Song Suffragettes
Song Suffragettes is a collective of female singer-songwriters that performs every Monday night at The Listening Room Café in Nashville, TN. In four+ years, Song Suffragettes has showcased over 200 talented women out of over 1,700 who have submitted to play the showcase. With weekly sell-outs and a mantra of #LetTheGirlsPlay, Song Suffragettes vocally combats wide-spread discrimination against women in the music industry by giving female talent a place to play, grow and evolve with fellow creatives. Since its inception, 11 Song Suffragettes women have gone on to receive record deals and 40 have landed music publishing deals. With over 2.6 million views on their YouTube channel, Song Suffragettes was recently named by Billboard magazine as one of “Next-Gen Nashville: 16 People, Places and Things Shaking Up Music City”. Featured in Elle, USA Today, Washington Post, Grammy.com, Boston Globe and more, Song Suffragettes continues to fight for female talent to be heard throughout the country and beyond.
About Kalie Shorr
Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. The Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM Highway Find and was praised by Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Taste of Country, and even Billboard magazine. In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country. Her first 2018 single “Two Hands” garnered airplay on Sirius XM, Radio Disney Country, Pandora and TuneIn with prominent placement on Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Cool Country playlists. Named a CMT Next Women of Country and a “Top 10 Country Artists To Watch In 2018” by the Huffington Post, Kalie released her latest EP Awake to critical acclaim and recently toured with Sara Evans and RaeLynn on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour. On March 31, 2018, Kalie fulfilled a life-long dream when she made her Grand Ole Opry debut calling it “one of the most emotional experiences of my life” and has since gone on to play the Opry 8 times. Kalie recently wrapped headlining the Walmart/Pepsi “Road to the CMA Awards” Tour raising awareness for the 52nd annual CMA Awards telecast. And in November, Radio Disney Country launched a daily radio series called “Let The Girls Play” hosted by Kalie and fellow Song Suffragette Savannah Keyes. Playing over 100 shows a year, Kalie’s message of female empowerment has led to praise for her “social advocacy” [NPR] and to her being called a “modern country woman [who will] continue to inspire” [TasteofCountry.com].
You can find her music on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and everywhere digital music is sold or streamed. As tour dates continue to be announced you can stay current with Kalie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow her onYoutube and visit www.kalieshorr.com.
LAW TAKES LISTENERS THERE AND BACK AGAIN FOR BRADLEY’S HOUSE
November 20, 2018
ALBUM RELEASE SET FOR NOVEMBER 23
Over 2 decades after the death of his father Bradley Nowell (Sublime), 23-year-old Jakob Nowell is poised to release the debut album from his band, LAW. Recorded by Eagles of Death Metal guitarist, Dave Catching, There and Back Again represents LAW’s sonic journey captured within the walls of the renown Rancho De La Luna recording studio, which was prominently featured in Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways documentary series.
LAW is a 4-piece rock band out of Long Beach, CA featuring vocalist Jakob Nowell and bandmates Nick Aguilar (drums), Aidan Palacios (guitar) and Logun Spellacy (bass). The foursome, all in their early twenties, trekked to Joshua Tree, CA and holed up at the infamous Rancho La Luna for inspiration. The sessions yielded 13 songs, which were mixed and mastered by Michael "Mic Dangerously" De La Torre at 17th Street Recording Studios in Costa Mesa, CA.
LAW draws their sound from a wide range of rock bands such as Tool, Primus, Rush, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction to name a few of the group's mainstream influences. The band plans to release its full-length LP There and Back Again on Black Friday, November 23, 2018.
The band’s first single “Cold,” made its debut on October 12th, followed by the band’s performance at the massive Aftershock festival. The video for the single was debuted via Consequence of Sound/Heavy Consequence, with the publication noting "The young act’s musicality and Jakob’s vocal stylings on “Cold” immediately call to mind the hit-making vibe of his father’s famous band, as LAW put their own spin on the ska–infused rock that propelled Sublime to sell millions of albums in the ’90s."
To support the release, LAW embarks on a run of upcoming live shows including a special Record Store Day acoustic appearance, Live Q&A, and album signing November 23 at their local hang Fingerprints Records in Long Beach, CA.
Law will also appear this Saturday, November 24 at Gaslamp in downtown Long Beach to benefit The Nowell Family Foundation’s ‘Bradley’s House,’ set up in memory of Jakob’s father, in an effort to provide addiction recovery services to the music community. The foundation is raising funds presently to finish the building of ‘Bradley’s House’, a recovery facility that will provide education and treatment for addiction recovery, regardless of financial situation. Proceeds from the upcoming LAW shows will benefit Bradley’s House.
LAW “SO DAMN COLD TOUR” 2018
11/24 @ Gaslamp Long Beach, CA
11/30 @JunctionLBNY Long Beach, NY
12/1 Hightopps Bar & Grill Baltimore, MD
12/7 Alex’s Bar Long Beach, CA (official album release show)
12/13 Silverback Music ‘Go Flock Yourself’ 8th Annual Holiday Jam, Los Angeles, CA
12/20 Regent Theater (with FISHBONE) Los Angeles, CA
Nicole Atkins Releases “November Rain” Duet with Mark Lanegan
November 20, 2018
Nashville crooner Nicole Atkins, releases her take on the Guns N’ Roses classic ballad, “November Rain,” as a duet with The Screaming Trees singer, Mark Lanegan. Premiering the song with Stereogum, they describe, “Atkins and Lanegan’s “November Rain” cover turns the song into a slow-cooking country-rock duet. The Screaming Trees singer’s signature grizzled, gothic baritone makes an ideal complement to Atkins’ sweet high-pitched twang.” The song is available on all digital platforms this Friday, November 23rd, 2018. Listen/Embed here.
Atkins found her inspiration for the cover while staying at a cozy Vermont Inn, a retreat from the usual corporate hotel digs provided while on tour. At the inn, Atkins found herself having strange dreams, one of which inspired the track. Atkins explains, “I dreamt that I was in an old tower and I was singing an old ’60s country style duet of the Guns n’ Roses song “November Rain,” and it sounded awesome. I immediately woke up and sang it into my phone the way I heard it.”
Returning to her home in Nashville, Atkins gathered a group of musician friends and headed into the studio to record the song as she dreamt it. Missing a duet partner, Atkins called upon The Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan to complete the track. Atkins states, “I still didn’t know who I’d get to sing it with me and then I thought, “well who’s the best living singer?” For me it’s Mark Lanegan… Mark and I have been talking about singing together now for over ten years so this seemed like the perfect time to do it. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by asking and it turned out exactly as I’d pictured.” Lanegan adds, “Doing this song was a blast. It combined two of my favorite things: Nicole’s beautiful voice and GNR.” The result is a gorgeous, sprawling country reimaging of the rock n’ roll classic.
This past weekend saw Atkins perform at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY as part of an all-star collection of musicians to recreate The Complete Last Waltz. Atkins brought her vocal prowess to Neil Young’s “Helpless” and Young’s version of the Ian & Sylvia classic “Four Strong Winds” which appeared on The Band’s The Last Waltz. Click here to watch the performance. Atkins can next be seen heading overseas for a UK tour with Mercury Rev, kicking off on December 8th, 2018. All announced dates and tickets are available at www.nicoleatkins.comStay tuned for North American tour dates to be announced soon.
GRAND STAND - MOLLY BURCH
November 20, 2018
DIRECTED BY NÖEL WELLS (MASTER OF NONE / SNL)
NEW ALBUM FIRST FLOWER OUT NOW CAPTURED TRACKS
Today Molly Burch shares the video for “Candy” taken from her recently released, critically acclaimed new album First Flower.
“Candy”, captured beautifully on 8mm film and playfully nodding to pushy photographers and crazed shoots, was shot by director, songwriter and actress Nöel Wells (perhaps best known for her role in season one of Master Of None / Saturday Night Live) and is a perfect meeting of minds between the two artists.
Of the collaboration, Burch says; "I’ve been a huge fan of Noël’s for quite some time so it was a dream of mine for her to direct this video. It’s really inspiring to watch her work. Her mind is so fast and full of ideas constantly. The whole day was mostly female dominated, which is always my preference (shout out to my sister Samy Burch who cast all of the wonderful actors in the video!) It was a glorious experience collaborating and I feel she captured the song so well."
And Wells expands; “I was a big fan of Molly’s first album and so I was really excited when she asked me to direct a music video for “Candy.” The song itself is very visual to me, and my first instinct it that I wanted the video to be bright and colorful and fun…I also had this instinct where I wanted to make Molly look really great, I think she’s so beautiful and it made me excited to play with that, and there was a part of me that thought “as a woman why would I want to make her look so hot, isn’t that objectifying her?” And then realized the female gaze is completely different, if anything it’s a celebration and appreciation, there’s a safety in expressing that beauty. But that notion of exploiting something beautiful paired with the lyrics, which are all about trying to escape personal anxieties, came the idea of this girl at photoshoot, literally dressed like a flower child, kind of coming to terms she doesn’t want to be this photographic prop, but every time she changes how she looks and tries to escape, she gets caught again. We shot on 8mm to capture a 60s pop vibe, and to add to the levity of the silent film nature of the video, especially toward the end.”
New album First Flower, the follow up to Burch’s acclaimed debut “Please Be Mine”, is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. The voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist. Burch has just begun her EU tour and heads to the UK in December in support of the record. Check below for list of dates.
LISTEN TO FIRST FLOWER: SPOTIFY | BANDCAMP | APPLE
"stoic with the innate sensual glow of Golden Era Hollywood starlets like Judy Garland and Loretta Young. But just like those iconic women, there’s something mysterious about her that’s hard to pinpoint. She’s the last person in the club you would expect to be center stage, but when she is up there — she transforms. And she is excellent." FADER GEN F FEATURE
"The open-ended imagery of a two-person partnership falls under Burch’s magic for finding the archetypal emotion in everyday life." AUSTIN CHRONICLE COVER STORY
"By inserting pointed lyrics into an older musical style, Burch stirs up many of the assumptions that surround the way she sings. On 'To the Boys,' she is both feminine and in charge. She doesn’t need to play-act machismo in order to be heard. She knows there is strength in her gentleness." PITCHFORK
"Burch is your typical Texan girl-next-door with a twist of mysterious vixen power." PENTHOUSE
"There’s a self-soothing vibe to the way Burch opens up on First Flower, like she’s reaching out, looking for like-minded souls. And it is a worthwhile effort." NO DEPRESSION
"A time-traveling delight." EARMILK
"It’s all give-and-take between the jangly lead guitar and Burch’s warm, jazzy vocals, painting the singer-songwriter as both feminine and in-charge." PASTE
COUNTRY STAR JOSH GRACIN PARTNERS WITH 117 MANAGEMENT, REVIVER RECORDS
October 24, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 24, 2018) – Country powerhouse Josh Gracin has had quite an impact on country music since hits like “Nothin’ to Lose” and “Brass Bed” - and now he is back and better than ever. The Marine-turned-country-singer has dealt with trials and tribulations over the years but has redeemed himself, fought demons and come out on top. His new independent label, Revel Road Records has enlisted Reviver Records’ hit-making marketing and promotion staff for his new music and he has inked a management deal with 117 Management. The Kinkead Entertainment Agency will continue to exclusively represent Gracin world-wide and 117 Publicity will handle PR representation.
“I’m looking forward to knocking down walls with this team. The humbling path I was on through the last several years forced a lot of self-reflection, so I made some changes and now I’m ready to start again. With Reviver, 117 and Kinkead leading the way, I’m beyond excited to get to work!” said Gracin.
“I could not be more excited to help Josh grow his career, especially with the new music he’s recorded. Country music fans are about to experience Josh Gracin like they’ve never seen him before and they aren’t going to know what hit them!” said 117 Management’s Zach Farnum.
“Josh's music is like a fine wine that gets better with age. We are proud to be involved with Revel Road and the team assembled, bringing Josh and his music to the top where it belongs,” said David Ross, President and CEO of Reviver Entertainment Group.
“Josh Gracin has contributed to Country Music at the highest level on both radio and on the stage! We are proud to represent Josh in the ‘live touring’ segment of his career and look forward to a great 2019,” said Bob Kinkead, CEO of the Kinkead Entertainment Agency.
About Josh Gracin
Fans fell in love with Michigan native and former Marine, Josh Gracin, upon his ascension onto the Country charts in 2004 with “I Want To Live.” The hits came in short order for Gracin – the chart-topper “Nothin’ To Lose,” “Stay With Me (Brass Bed),” and “We Weren’t Crazy” all hit high on the Billboard charts. And, as it does when an artist tastes success, the road beckoned. Seattle. Green Bay. Austin. Bangor. Gracin found himself thrust into the national spotlight. Now, with the release of his new single, “Good For You,” Gracin is back on Country Radio – a format that has been very good to him – alongside the digital service providers that were treated him well on his last digital release “Nothin’ Like Us.” The release is a partnership between Reviver (David Lee Murphy, Michael Tyler, Tenille Arts) and his own Revel Road label. With the new single, Josh Gracin is armed with the best music of his career. It’s a song he’s been in search of for a while and he knows that once listeners hear it, they will be hooked, as well. “Good For You” is available now digitally here, and impacts Country radio on November 5th. So, you’ve heard the hits. You’ve seen him live on stage. But, now with his new music, he’s ready to impact lives. So, get ready, because you are truly about to know Josh Gracin as never before! Keep up with Josh on his website www.joshgracinofficial.com.
Pam Minick Extends Hosting Duties Into 15th Year For RFD's 'The American Rancher'
October 24, 2018
FORT WORTH, Texas - The American Rancher, hosted by Pam Minick, is in its 14th year of broadcasting on RFD-TV. The series began in the fall of 2004 and brings audiences in touch with the people and places that make ranching an American lifestyle. Show episodes premiere each Monday night at 9:00 PM EST on RFD-TV and re-air again Tuesday at 1:00 AM EST and Sunday at Noon EST.
The American Rancher is a half-hour television series that continues to reach a vast audience through RFD-TV (DISH-231 & DirecTV-345). Each week, sit back and enjoy a glimpse into the lives of hard-working men and women who contribute to the beef industry in America.
The American Rancher features a variety of shows including seed stock producers, genetics companies, breed associations, western heritage and more!
Each week Pam Minick takes our viewers on an informative visit to different ranching operations and the people that run them with stylish enthusiasm and warmth. Pam is a former Miss Rodeo America who has a distinguished career in both rodeo competition and in television. She has years of experience as an on-camera personality. She has been honored with awards from national institutions of western culture and achievements including the 1999 Tad Lucas Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, 2000 inductee into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, 2004 inductee into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas and was the recipient of the 2006 Great Woman of Texas award.
The American Rancher has premiered many cattle ranching seed stock program featured guests including 44 Farms, Holden Herefords, Felton Angus Ranch, Cross Diamond Cattle Company, Profit Maker Bulls, Willow Oak Cattle Ranch and several Breed Associations. The show has also featured The Bellamy Brothers from their Florida Ranch, Nolan Ryan from his Gonzales, Texas ranch and many other fine outstanding producers across the United States. Superior Productions Manager, Kirbe Schnoor-Weiser sits down each week to produce and edit the story of these outstanding families and operations. Not only does the American Rancher feature stories on livestock operations but the medicine and equipment companies that are a part of the industry.
In the coming days, viewers will continue to see the people and personalities that keep the ranching spirit alive. The American Rancher will continue to provide ranch owners the opportunity to showcase their operations, while at the same time sharing the experience of ranching with RFD-TV viewers in a real way.
The American Rancher is produced by Superior Productions in Fort Worth, Texas which has produced a number of programs that have aired over RFD-TV this year. Superior Productions is owned by Superior Livestock Auction, America’s premier video livestock auction company. Superior Productions is a full-service production company that is managed by Joe Lichtie, an experienced media professional. Joe began The American Rancher in 2004. Producer Kirbe Schnoor-Weiser brings a sense of style and storytelling like no other in the Livestock industry. The American Rancher has several excellent sponsors that have helped bring the show to viewers each week over the years.
The American Rancher is seen exclusively on RFD-TV, rural America’s most important network which reaches over 100 million households across the nation on DirecTV and DISH Network.
About Pam Minick:
Pam Minick is a former Miss Rodeo America, and is one of the most well-known faces in the world of rodeo. She's a former Women's World Champion Calf Roper and qualifier to the Women's National Finals rodeo in team roping.
Minick has appeared as a sports commentator/interviewer on over 1000 nationally televised Rodeo, Equestrian, and Country Music specials.
Honors for Pam Minick include the 1992 Coca Cola Woman of the Year in Pro Rodeo for her contributions to the sport. Pam was selected to co-announce the prestigious Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, marking the first woman to announce a major pro rodeo. In 1994 Pam was named the recipient of the "Lane Frost Award" for enhancement of the sport of rodeo and in 1999 Minick received the Tad Lucas Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 2000 she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, in 2004 she was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth and in 2006 was named Great Woman of Texas.
Seattle, WA's Subways On The Sun Debut New Song ("Know It All"); Sophomore Album "Capsize" out Sept. 21
September 14, 2018
"Subways on the Sun offer up some powerful, guitar-driven pop on "Just to Be With You" that recalls the best of early Jimmy Eat World, Mew, and Muse."- PopMatters
Seattle, WA indie rockers Subways on the Sun are debuting "Know It All" another new song off their upcoming sophomore album 'Capsize,' out September 21st on Spartan Records.
Check out the song here: https://youtu.be/RveG1rnyslo.
Frontman Erick Newbill says, "'Know It All' sums up a lot of what we were processing internally as we wrote songs for this album. While not isolated to this point in history, we live in a time were people are so polarized, convinced that what they think or feel is the only possible path. We are surrounded by strong opinions from individuals and groups that are unwilling to waver, most of us even being guilty of this ourselves at times. None of us truly know it all, and could benefit greatly from taking more time to listen to each other and find common ground instead of trying to drown each other out."
All pre-orders include an instant download of "Know It All", “Hope You Like Getting Old" and "Just to Be With You."
The label recently re-released the band's 2013 debut record 'The Honeymoon Stagecoach' as a free download on the Spartan website and Bandcamp. It is also available on streaming services.
Stream/download the re-release here: http://smarturl.it/honeymoonstagecoach.
Record release show:
9/14- Seattle, WA- Columbia City Theatre (21+. 8pm)
(w/ Fell From A Star, Northern Nomads)
BOB MOSES’ NEW ALBUM BATTLE LINES OUT NOW ON DOMINO TO PERFORM “BACK DOWN” ON ELLEN SEPTEMBER 21 TOURING NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL
September 14, 2018
Battle Lines, the much-anticipated new album from Grammy-winning duo Bob Moses, is out now onDomino. The album is receiving early critical acclaim; Dancing Astronaut praises its “smoky rock attitude, soundtrack-worthy ambiance, and subtle dance floor sensibility.” Get the album on all physicals formats here and digitally here.
In celebration of the release, the band return toEllen to perform single “Back Down” onSeptember 21. The track is currently climbing Alternative radio charts nationwide.
Additionally, the band will perform a special live set for CBC today, live-streaming at 7 p.m. ET—listen/watch here.
Battle Lines follows the band’s acclaimed debut album, Days Gone By, featuring their worldwide hit “Tearing Me Up.” The band recorded the new album in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, after writing and testing out new material on the road. Inspired by their time playing raves and rock clubs all over the globe since the release of Days Gone By, Battle Linestakes a harder look at the world in which they find themselves.
“This record is about the battles and struggles we all live through,” says the duo—Vancouver-bred, Los Angeles-based Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance—of the new album. “Battles within ourselves, battles with and within our society, battles between each other, with our loved ones, battles between ideologies. It’s also about struggling to identify where those battles lines start and end, and what within us and within our environments cause these struggles, and ultimately cause our suffering. It’s also about the struggle to reconcile with those things, somehow.”
Furthermore, the band will tour North America this fall, with dates kicking off September 21 inSacramento and further stops including a headline set at San Diego’s CRSSD
Festival, SanFrancisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Austin, Los Angeles and beyond. Tickets are on sale now. Visit bobmosesmusic.com for more information.
BOB MOSES—BATTLE LINES
1. Heaven Only Knows
2. Battle Lines
3. Back Down
4. Eye For An Eye
5. The Only Thing We Know
6. Nothing But You
7. Enough To Believe
8. Listen To Me
9. Selling Me Sympathy
10. Don’t Hold Back
11. Fallen From Your Arms
BOB MOSES LIVE
September 15 Ensenada, Mexico Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food & Music Festival
September 21 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
September 22 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
September 24 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
September 25 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
September 26 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre
September 27 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
September 28 Salt Lake City, UT The Metro
September 29 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
September 30 San Diego, CA CRSSD Festival
October 2 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
October 3 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
October 4 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
October 5 Las Vegas, NV Encore Beach Club
October 6 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
October 7 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
October 9 Boston, MA Paradise
October 10 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
October 11 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
October 12 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel
October 13 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel
October 15 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
October 16 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
October 17 New Orleans, LA Republic
October 18 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
October 19 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 20 Dallas, TX Trees
October 23 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace
October 24 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf
October 25 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
November 1 Guadalajara, MX C3 Stage
November 2 Mexico City, Mexico Auditorio Blackberry
November 3 Monterrey, MX KNOX
November 16 Los Angeles, CA The Palladium
November 30 Fort Lauderdale, FL Riptide Music Festival
December 29 Hexton, NZ Rhythm and Vines
December 31 Glenworth Valley, AU Lost Paradise
January 1 Melbourne, AU The First NYD
February 12 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
February 14 London, UK Heaven
February 15 Paris, FR Le Trabendo
February 16 Brussels, BE Orangerie
February 18 Zurich, CH Kaufleuten
February 19 Munich, DE Strom
February 20 Berlin, DE Funkhaus
February 21 Warsaw, PL Mala Warszawa
RED BULL MUSIC FESTIVAL BERLIN 2018 A Conversation with Janelle Monáe
January 01, 2020
A public lecture with the Wondaland label head, R&B futurist, and
six-time GRAMMY nominee Janelle Monae, moderated by Christine Kakaire
One of the most forward-thinking creative voices of her generation
shares a public lecture to be LIVESTREAMED INTERNATIONALLY
LIVESTREAM BEGINS TODAY 9/14 @ 2PM ET / 8PM CET
via FACEBOOK HERE and YOUTUBE HERE
A singer, songwriter, producer and actress, Janelle Monáe has been electrifying audiences with her hybrid brand of Afrofuturist funk, soul and R&B since her 2010 debut LP The ArchAndroid. Most recently, the Kansas City native and Wondaland label head has starred in two award-winning films, Moonlight and Hidden Figures, and released 2018’s critically-acclaimed audiovisual piece Dirty Computer. A fierce activist in her public life, Monáe uses science fiction and sonic elements from various styles and genres to explore themes of race, class and sexuality – which has established her as one of the most forward-thinking creative voices of her generation. As part of Red Bull Music Festival Berlin, we welcome the musical android to the former silent movie theatre Delphi for a public lecture about her life and career.
Janelle Monáe’s conversation will be livestreamed online globally via Red Bull Music's Facebook and YouTube starting today, Friday September 14th at 2pm EDT (11am PDT / 8pm CET). The live lecture broadcast will have an approximate duration of 60 minutes and will be available for the next 24 hours.
Barrie Singles - 12" Winspear 12 October 2018
September 14, 2018
Barrie, Dom, Noah, Sabine, and Spurge – collectively known as Barrie– began releasing music together in the early months of 2018. Their first single, “Canyons," arrived in February, quickly resonating with fans of ambient, dreamy pop. It wasn’t until June that the group shared their second single “Tal Uno," a shimmering tune that recalls 80s synth tones and features haunting vocal melodies. The third and final single in the series, “Michigan,” also features a shift in production style, this time opting for the more traditional rock-band instrumentation of drums and guitar.
Collected together for a 12" release with Winspear, the 3 singles make up side A. For the B-Side of the record, the group wanted to involve the work of some friends from the Brooklyn house and techno community. FaltyDL & Shura, who Barrie met through The Lot Radio, handled a downtempo remix of “Canyons," while Brother Michael, a long-time friend and engineer, remixed “Michigan."
Converging upon Brooklyn from all over the world, most of the band initially met via their involvement with The Lot Radio, a Brooklyn-based online radio station. A regular at The Lot found Barrie’s music online and approached Spurge and Noah (who both DJ at The Lot) about forming a band with Barrie. With the addition of the fresh-from-London-drummer, Dom (of Is Tropical), the band was nearly formed. The last hill to climb was finding a bassist. The answer… setting up a Tinder profile to track one down. Sabine, Brazil via Berlin, swiped right, and Barrie was born.
November 08 - Elsewhere (Zone One)*
November 10 - Elsewhere (Zone One)*
November 11 - .Elsewhere (Zone One)*
SINGER-SONGWRITER ERIN ENDERLIN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “THESE BOOTS”
September 14, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 14, 2018) — Country singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin has released her latest single “These Boots.” The single was premiered last week during Erin’s fourth appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. You can watch an acoustic performance of the song here. The digital version of the single was premiered yesterday exclusively with Roughstock. “These Boots” can be streamed or downloaded here.
"I suppose all songs that you write have a piece of your heart in them, but ‘These Boots’ is extra special to me,” said Enderlin. “This last year has been a really pivotal year for me, a lot of milestones, and through it all I wore this one pair of boots. It hit me how they were a witness to it all and literally going step for step with me. ‘These Boots’ encompasses all of that journey and those feelings. I'm really proud to share it with everyone."
“These Boots” will be added to WSM’s Route 650 show and Erin will appear on WSM Nashville Today tomorrow at 5 p.m. You can listen to the broadcast live here. You can find “These Boots” along with Erin’s other music on Apple Music, Spotify, andAmazon Music. As tour dates continue to be announced you can stay current with Erin on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow her on YouTube and visitwww.erinenderlin.com.
Erin Enderlin Tour Dates
Sept. 15 - Nashville, Tenn. - Bluebird Café (Americana Fest)
Sept. 20 - Little Rock, Ark. - Presbyterian Village
Sept. 28 - Leipers Fork, Tenn. - The Leipers Fork Distillery (The Still House Sessions)
Oct. 1 - Nashville, Tenn. - 3rd & Lindsley (Big Stage Nashville)
Oct. 10 - Franklin, Tenn. - Jamison Theater in The Factory (The Huff Project Benefit)
Oct. 13 - Nashville, Tenn. - Country Music Hall of Fame
Oct. 27 - Nashville, Tenn. - 3rd & Lindsley (Backstage Nashville)
Nov. 5 - Nashville, Tenn. - Winners (Whiskey Jam)
Nov. 14 - Nashville, Tenn. - Tin Roof Nashville (615 Spotlight)
About Erin Enderlin
When Erin Enderlin writes a song, more is born than melody and rhyme. Women and men leap from her music, as fully formed and real as we are, all blood and sweat, living, loving, killing, and dying. Produced by Jamey Johnson and featuring Chris Stapleton, Ricky Skaggs, Jon Randall, and more, Enderlin’s highly-anticipated sophomore album Whiskeytown Crier puts all the sad souls she’s become known for singing and writing about in the same tiny, fictional city. The result is unprecedented: a concept album devoted to women’s experiences in small town, America. An in-demand songwriter, she penned Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church,” Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call,” and others for Luke Bryan, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Joey + Rory, and many more. She was named to CMT's Next Women of Country class of 2018, and her critically acclaimed 2011 solo debut and 2017’s Whiskeytown Crierhave positioned her as one of county music’s brightest torch bearers. Visitwww.erinenderlin.com for more.
ROSIE CARNEY’S NEW SINGLE “THOUSAND” FEATURING LISA HANNIGAN AVAILABLE NOW HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM BARE SET FOR RELEASE JANUARY 25
September 14, 2018
“Already an industry veteran at 20, Rosie Carney writes songs that feel lived-in and worn, conveying a bruised ache well beyond her years…it makes sense that her newest songs capture the weary grace of a survivor who’s located the source of her strength.
“Simply put, Rosie Carney’s
voice is gorgeous: her sound is crisp and
pure, with a soft ambience of authenticity.”
“Quietly powerful, she’s an artist reaching
for meaning and inner resources after
severe trauma…Heavy listening in the
tradition of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’.”
Irish singer-songwriter Rosie Carney’s new single, “Thousand,” featuring acclaimed artist Lisa Hannigan is available now for streaming, sharing and purchasing HERE. The single appears on Carney’s highly anticipated debut album, Bare, which is set for release January 25 via Akira Records/The Orchard.
Of the deeply personal track, Carney notes, “The past few years have been quite a struggle for my family, my mum especially. She’s currently a full-time caregiver for my grandmother (her mother) who is sadly suffering severely with dementia, and has been for quite a while now. We call it the long goodbye as every day a little piece of her leaves us. It’s hard to witness a woman that was once so strong be as vulnerable as a child, but even throughout this struggle, kindness and love have never been absent.”
Regarding the collaboration with Hannigan, one of her musical idols, she continues, “In the past my songs have mainly been on acoustic guitar, but on ‘Thousand’ we introduced drums, bass and cello. When it came time for vocals, I tried harmonizing with myself, which I do on most songs, but it didn’t feel like quite enough…I wanted something richer and deeper. Just before I began recording, I met Lisa at a festival we both played in Cork. She has been a big influence of mine since before I can remember. I was, and still am, pinching myself over the fact that she agreed when I sent her ‘Thousand.’ I can’t imagine anything more perfect than singing it with a woman whose musical footsteps I aspire to follow. It is such a huge deal to me.”
The single follows the release of album tracks “Awake Me,” “Winter” and most recently, “Bare.” Carney’s music has been streamed over 18 million times, and she currently has over 600,000monthly listeners on Spotify. Listen/share the previously released songs HERE.
Carney was born in Hampshire, England and at 10 years old moved to Donegal on the northwest coast of Ireland. Inspired by the rugged and picturesque landscapes of her new home, she began writing music. At 15 she left school in Donegal to showcase her work in New York and Los Angeles, and was signed to a major label shortly thereafter. In 2013 she received widespread attention with a performance on Ireland’s leading live music TV series “Other Voices.” That same year she played London’s Bushstock, the first of many high profile festival billings including Latitude in the U.K., Electric Picnic in Ireland, Seven Layers in Amsterdam and SXSW in Austin. Recently she supported Haux on a 28-date tour of 12 countries, including the U.S. and Canada.
While navigating this meteoric rise, Carney grappled with depression and an eating disorder born from personal trauma. Simultaneously, she struggled to assert herself creatively in a large commercial system, facing pressure to co-write and even change her name—before leaving the major label system altogether. Throughout it all, the one constant has been her songwriting, which is both cathartic and empowering. Bare is the product of that time.
BARE TRACK LIST
1. What You’ve Been Looking For
3. Thousand (feat. Lisa Hannigan)
6. Awake Me
9. Your Love is Holy
LAWRENCE’S LIVING ROOM OUT NOW TO CRITICAL PRAISE SOLD-OUT ALBUM RELEASE SHOW TONIGHT AT NEW YORK’S BROOKLYN BOWL KICKS OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
September 14, 2018
Lawrence’s highly anticipated new album, Living Room, is out now to critical praise:
Town & Country featured co-singer/songwriter, Gracie Lawrence, in their “Modern Swans” piece profiling some of the most exciting and accomplished young women in the world.
“Lawrence is already a force to reckon with—and they’re only getting started.”
“They are combining influences of Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, The Beatles
and Etta James, with modern trend setters like Beyoncé, Ben Folds and Amy Winehouse. Lawrence is trying to revolutionize the term ‘pop’ from a negative connotation to something people crave.”
“The brother/sister musical phenomenon you need to hear.”
“Lawrence are already a bona fide phenomenon.”
“It’s the gospel flair, the R&B grooves, the instrumentation, the early soul tones—all wrapped in modern pop sensibilities.”
“…if this groovy corner of the New York City scene is going to take the world by storm, Lawrence may well be its best bet for the future.”
In celebration of the release, the band will be playing a sold-out show tonight at New York’sBrooklyn Bowl and will embark on a North American tour throughout December. See below for a complete list of dates.
Living Room—co-produced by Jordan Cohen (tenor/baritone sax), Jonny Koh (guitar), Eli Crews, Clyde Lawrence and Gracie Lawrence—chronicles the life of two kids growing up, coping with break-ups, make-ups, family loss and finding harmony between excitement, anxiety, melancholy and empowerment.
Of the album, Lawrence says, “We wrote Living Room over the course of the past two years in our family’s living room. It’s important to us that when you hear the songs we write, you feel like you are getting to know us as people. In short, this album is about growing up, and everything that comes with it. So each song is a little window into a moment in our lives, whether that be a fight we had with a loved one, a night of insomnia, or a bite of spicy food that we weren’t prepared for.”
Clyde, 24, and Gracie, 21, have been writing songs and listening to countless Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman and Aretha Franklin records together in the living room of their family’s New York City apartment since they were little kids. After years of playing together, they officially created Lawrence, an eight-piece soul-pop band comprised of musicians who happen to be their best friends from childhood and college. The keyboard-driven rhythm section and horns create dynamic arrangements to support Clyde and Gracie’s lead vocals and melodies.
In addition to the band, Clyde and Gracie also work in other artistic fields. Clyde has composed songs and score for films such as Miss Congeniality (2000), Music and Lyrics(2007), The Rewrite (2015), Landline (2017) and an upcoming Disney film Noelle (2019). At age six, Clyde was admitted as the youngest member to the Songwriters Guild of America. Gracie can be seen as a series regular in the role of Julie Gardner in the upcoming CBS All-Access murder mystery, $1 alongside John Caroll Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr. and Sturgill Simpson, which premieres August 30. Gracie has also appeared on Broadway in “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (2009) and in films such as The Sitter (2011), upcoming film Adam (set to be released 2018), Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) and in television shows such asThe Good Wife (2012), The Americans (2014) and Younger (2015).
LIVING ROOM TRACKLIST
2. Friend or Enemy
3. Whoever You Are
4. Make A Move
6. Try (Reprise)
7. The Heartburn Song
8. Almost Grown
9. Probably Up
10. Too Easy
12. The Last Song
13. And Many More
September 14—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Bowl
September 15—Providence, RI—Rhode Island Music Festival
September 17—Ann Arbor, MI—The Blind Pig
September 18—Madison, WI—High Noon Saloon
September 19—Minneapolis, MN—7th Street Entry
September 20—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall
September 22—Bailey’s Harbor, WI—Door Country Brewing Music Hall
September 24—Lawrence, KS—Granada Theater
September 25—Denver, CO—Larimer Lounge
September 27—Boise, ID—The Olympic
September 28—Vancouver, BC—The Fox Cabaret
September 29—Seattle, WA—Lo-Fi
September 30—Portland, OR—Mississippi Studios
October 4—Los Angeles, CA—El Rey
October 5—San Francisco, CA—The Independent
October 7—Oakland, CA—The New Parish
October 9—San Diego, CA—Casbah
October 10—Tucson, AZ—Club Congress
October 12—San Antonio, TX—The Rustic
October 13—Dallas, TX—Club Dada
October 16—Birmingham, AL—Saturn
October 17—Atlanta, GA—Aisle 5
October 18—Nashville, TN—TRUE @ Cambria Hotel
October 20—Washington, DC—Union Stage
October 26—Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall
December 6—Burlington, VT—Club Metronome
December 8—Philadelphia, PA—The Foundry
December 9—Fairfield, CT—The Warehouse via StageOne
December 11—Boston, MA—Sinclair
December 12—Boston, MA—Sinclair
December 14—Montreal, QC—L’esco
December 15—Toronto, ON—Adelaide Hall
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and BREAKING BENJAMIN DONATE $190,000 FROM SUCCESSFUL SUMMER U.S. TOUR TO: C.O.P.S. - CONCERNS OF POLICE SURVIVORS AND PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AMERICA
September 11, 2018
This past weekend (9/9), FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and BREAKING BENJAMIN wrapped the summer portion of the biggest North American outdoor amphitheater rock tour of 2018. The co-headliners chose to donate a portion of their ticket sales this summer to two charity organizationsclose to their hearts. As a result, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has donated $95,000 to C.O.P.S - Concerns Of Police Survivors--whose mission is rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community--andBREAKING BENJAMIN has donated $95,000 to Prevent Child Abuse America--which counteracts the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children by promoting services that improve child well-being and developing programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect.
“We’ve had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years,” explains ZOLTAN BATHORY of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. “Today we are making this donation as a token of our respect and gratitude to those who committed to protect and serve, to those who signed up to bravely hold that thin blue line between ‘civilization as we know it’ and ‘lawless savagery and chaos’. Unfortunately, every 58 hours a police officer who believes in something sacrifices everything and dies in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. (Concerns Of Police Survivors) helps and benefits the families of our fallen heroes in blue.”
"C.O.P.S. is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation from Five Finger Death Punch,” saysDianne Bernhard, C.O.P.S. Executive Director. “We not only appreciate their amazing musical talent, but their support for surviving families and co-workers of America's law enforcement truly sets them apart. Thank you on behalf of over 47,000 survivors!"
“We’re honored to be able to utilize the thing we love to do most as a tool to help children in need,” explains BEN BURNLEY of BREAKING BENJAMIN. “Organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse America remind us that we are the voice of the voiceless and positive change is possible in otherwise hopeless situations for these kids. We offer our utmost gratitude to every fan who bought a ticket this summer and made a difference. And last but not least, thank you to the selfless people at Prevent Child Abuse America for inspiring greatness and all that you do to make the future brighter for so many.”
"We are very grateful to the members of Breaking Benjamin, not only for this incredible donation, but for helping to spread the world that child abuse and neglect prevention is possible,” adds PCAA President & CEO, Dan Duffy. “This donation from Breaking Benjamin and their fans will go directly towards programs like Healthy Families America that are making a difference in local communities across the country. At Prevent Child Abuse America, we say that 'we all have a role to play,' and we hope that others are inspired by Breaking Benjamin to learn more about the ways that each of us can make an impact in our local community. Thank you again to Ben, Aaron, Shaun, Jasen and Keith for your generosity on behalf of our nation's children."
Due to fan-demand, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and BREAKING BENJAMIN announced an expansion of their current co-headlining North American Outdoor Amphitheater tour with additional dates which will take both bands through Fall 2018 in Arenas. Co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions, the tour featured special guests Nothing More and Bad Wolves on the summer leg. On the Fall leg, global 2018 breakout rock band Bad Wolves will once again join the trek on select dates and Swedish heavyweights In Flames on other select shows. Chart toppers From Ashes To New will be support on all fall dates. The artists on the tour are also dominating the rock charts with their most current singles: Five Finger Death Punch at #1 last week with “Sham Pain,” Breaking Benjamin at #3 with“Torn In Two,” Nothing More at #8 with “Just Say When,” Bad Wolves at #9 with “Hear Me Now (feat. DIAMANTE),” and From Ashes To New coming off a #2 hit.
JOHNNY LEE CONTINUES 'URBAN COWBOY REUNION TOUR' WITH MICKEY GILLEY THROUGHOUT FALL 2018
September 14, 2018
Lee’s Autobiography 'Still Looking For Love' Remains Fan Favorite
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Due to recent success and high demand of the ‘Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour,’ country music hitmaker Johnny Lee along with Mickey Gilley, have extended dates into the fall and early winter.
The extension of the tour will take place at Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre in Branson, Missouri. With the addition of multiple dates, fans who missed the first round of shows now have another chance to see these two superstars together once again, live.
After thirty-eight years, the music from the blockbuster movie ‘Urban Cowboy’ has remained a favorite among country music lovers with hits such as “Lookin’ For Love,” and “Cherokee Fiddle.” After spending three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, “Lookin’ For Love” crossed over to the Billboard Pop Chart peaking Top Five in 1980.
While maintaining a heavy tour schedule throughout the country, Johnny Lee continues to promote his recently released autobiography, ‘Still Lookin’ For Love.’ This tell-all book reflects life while growing up in Texas and his chart-topping music career that has produced several hits including “One In A Million,” “Bet Your Heart On Me,” “Yellow Rose Of Texas,” “Pickin’ Up Strangers,” “Hey Bartender” and more.
While still promoting his latest album, ‘You Ain’t Never Been To Texas,’ Johnny is also fast at work in the studio, creating a new project that will be announced at a later date.
Johnny Lee is still going strong and there doesn’t seem to be anything that can slow this “Urban Cowboy” down.
THE GREEN ROOM
August 17, 2019
DIERKS BENTLEY LAUDED BY MUSIC CITY YESTERDAY FOR 17TH CAREER NO. ONE “WOMAN, AMEN”
Tune-In Tonight to See Bentley Perform The Chart-Topping Hit During ABC’s Primetime WE Day Special Ahead of
Receiving ACM's Merle Haggard Spirit Award Next Week
NASHVILLE, TN - Aug. 17, 2018 - Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley was joined by family and friends yesterday to celebrate his 17th career No. One single "Women, Amen” off his ninth studio album THE MOUNTAIN. Teaming up with ASCAP and BMI at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Nashville, Bentley was celebrated alongside collaborators producer/co-writer Ross Copperman (BMI), co-writer Josh Kear (ASCAP) as well as producers Jon Randall Stewart and Arturo Buenahora. "Woman, Amen" serves as Copperman's 17th and Kear's 14th No. One career chart-topper.
Tonight, the "shimmering song of devotion" (Billboard) will be highlighted by Bentley's performance during the fourth annual WE Day televised primetime special (8/17 at 7:00P CT on ABC) celebrating youth making a difference throughout the country. Next week at the 12th Annual ACM Honors, Bentley will be honored with the Merle Haggard Spirit Award. This award is presented to a singer-songwriter who is continuing the legacy of country legend and 20-time ACM Award Winner Merle Haggard by following his/her own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing Merle’s spirit through genuine performances and great storytelling.
Reaching a new creative high, Bentley co-wrote 10 of THE MOUNTAIN's (Capitol Records Nashville) 13 tracks, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album and has been touted for its "quality music with depth and sincerity” (NPR) ranging in style from textured rock to acoustic folk. The Arizona native has amassed nearly five billion digital streams, countless nominations from the CMA and Billboard Music Awards while earning 13 GRAMMY nominations – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Continuing endeavors outside of the music industry Bentley has partnered with Flag & Anthem to create an exclusive lifestyle collection, Desert Son, available now. He continues to host capacity crowds throughout the summer on his 2018 MOUNTAIN HIGH TOUR and will launch his inaugural Seven Peaks Music Festival over Labor Day weekend. Bentley continues the trek tomorrow (8/17) headlining Canada's Country Thunder Festival. For more information visit www.Dierks.com.
Photo (L-R): Producer Arturo Buenahora, Co-Writer/Producer Ross Copperman (BMI/Rezonant Music Publishing), Dierks Bentley (ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing), Co-Writer Josh Kear (ASCAP/Big Yellow Dog Music)
Photo Credit: Ed Rode
Swedish songstress/actress Frida Sundemo has announced the release of her highly anticipated international debut album Flashbacks & Futures, due for release on October 6th through leading Scandinavian record label Cosmos Music.
Flashbacks & Futures is a record inspired by space, traversing a vast universe from minimal synth-pop isolation to heavenly orchestral vistas, filled with color and beauty.
Frida explains this inspiration, “First of all, I love the way I feel when my mind is set on space. It’s like I enter this place beyond time where you’re free to create whatever you like. I feel that I’m allowed to think and create much bigger than I usually do.”
She continues, “Second, I’m struck by the beauty of it. You’d never need a filter to make a photo of outer space better. I’m also in love with all kind of sci-fi movies taking place in space. Everything from 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Martian or Interstellar.”
From the opening sci-fi tinged and Depeche Mode-esque title track right through to the teary, fearful album closer ‘Astronaut’, Flashbacks & Futures is a kin to if alterna pop singer, Robyn did the soundtrack for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The album features the sky-scraping glacial grandeur of previous highly acclaimed singles ‘We Are Dreamers’, ‘It’s OK’ and ‘Keep An Eye On Me’.
Elsewhere on the record the pulsating undulations of the anthemic hit-in-the-making ‘Stay Young’ and the arresting sparseness of tracks such as ‘Circles’ and ‘To The End And Back’, further develop the sound that Frida and producer Joel Humlén have been making their own over the past few years.
Frida Sundemo has created a debut of otherworldly beauty and one that is set to meet the expectations for one of the most highly anticipated albums to be coming out of Scandinavia this year.
FURTHER INFORMATION ON FRIDA SUNDEMO:
Frida Sundemo released her debut album Dear, Let It Out exclusively in Japan in 2010, with its lead single ‘Towers’ becoming a No.1 radio smash. Two years later she began to create music with producer/songwriter Joel Humlén, and together they spawned the critically acclaimed EPs Indigo in 2013 and 2014’s Lit Up By Neon.
Frida’s profile rose even further in 2015 when she made her Hollywood acting debut with a leading role in the big screen adaption of John Niven’s Kill Your Friends, alongside stars including Nicholas Hoult and James Corden.
In the film Frida fronted the A&R-hounded collective The Lazies, where she performed her highly praised single ‘Heroes’, and also had two further new songs feature in the soundtrack. Her irresistible music has lit up the small screen too in recent months with the delicate ‘Keep An Eye On Me’ featured in Grey’s Anatomy, while the uplifting ‘You’ premiered with Scream Queens.
Now newly signed to leading Scandinavian record label Cosmos Music, Frida is releasing her international debut album Flashbacks & Futures in 2017, which has already delivered the highly acclaimed single’s ‘We Are Dreamers’ and ‘It’s OK’.
Today, Highly Suspect are announcing another string of US headlining tour dates this October/November. Touring through major markets, the band are playing headline shows as well as making an appearance at Spaceland Block Party, Aftershock Festival and more. The band are also heading to Europe for a handful of festival appearance and headlining shows this winter in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands in early 2018.
Their track, “Little One" is the second single from the band’s critically praised sophomore album, The Boy Who Died Wolf, released via 300 Entertainment, which debuted at #1 on the Current Alternative Album and at #2 Rock Album on the Billboard Charts. The album spent over 22 weeks on the Billboard charts.
“Little One” is the follow-up to “My Name Is Human” which spent 9 weeks at #1 at Active, reached Top 15 at Alternative Radio and was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Rock Song category among legends like David Bowie, Metallica, Radiohead, and also Twenty One Pilots.
Set in the mid-1980's, the “Little One” video stars band frontman Johnny Stevens as a thrift store manager who is at breaking point, and bandmates Rich and Ryan Meyer as policemen who are hot on his tail. The video, which you can watch below, was co-directed by DJay Brawner and Johnny Stevens.
Be sure to catch the band on the road this Fall - dates and more info below.
UK it girl, Izzy Bizu drops
White Tiger (Cat Carpenters Remix)
touring the US this summer with Coldplay
+ over 200 million Spotify streams, 1.9 million monthly listeners
+ collabs with Honne and Milky Chance
Izzy Bizu is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from South West London, born to an Ethiopian Mother and English Father. She grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Swan, Betty Wright, and James Brown and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz and pop that sounds classic and brand spanking new all at once.
Being 2016 Brits Critics Choice finalist, The BBC’s Introducing Artist of the Year 2016 and chosen as the voice of the 2016 Euros with her cover of Edith Piaf’s La Foule, she is quickly proving herself as one of the most exciting breakthrough British artists of the year. Garnering early support from 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1 on her independent six-tracker, Coolbeanz EP, before signing to Sony/RED MUSIC there’s been plenty a new fans in the front row thanks to instant classics like ‘White Tiger’, now with over 75 million global Spotify streams, the heart-wrenching ‘Mad Behaviour’, and viral Honne collaboration ‘Someone That Loves You’.
Drawing on her time moving countries, schools and the relationships that have entailed, Izzy is a cultural explorer, memories, experience and feelings evoking the songs we’re soon to hear and the thought-provoking conversation she already provides. Wearing her thoughts on her sleeve, you’ll be pushed to find many a debut this honest.
Her debut album, “A Moment of Madness” is out now; and today, the South London born singer/songwriter is debuting the Cat Carpenters remix of her hit "White Tiger," which you can stream HERE.
NO PROMISES FT. DEMI LOVATO
heat Codes hit single, "No Promises ft. Demi Lovato" hits top 15 at pop radio;
nominated for Teen Choice Award
for Choice Collaboration
+ release gorgeous stripped rendition of "No Promises"
Euphoric and effervescent, Cheat Codes have it figured out. Perfectly blending pop and electronic music, the LA based three piece, who attract 22.5 million Spotify listeners a month, seem to know something that we don’t know - they’ve figured out the secret to life, or at least a way to jump right to the good part.
Their hit single, "No Promises ft. Demi Lovato" is the song of the summer - with 300+ million cumulative streams, and a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; the song is currently sitting at number 15 on the pop radio charts and has moved over 2 million track equivalents globally to date. The track has been gold certified in Australia, Denmark, Italy, the UK and the US; and has been platinum certified in the Ireland, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. Cheat Codes also just released a gorgeous stripped back rendition of the track, available for stream HERE.
The group have been busy this summer making appearances at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland and more.
With 1.5 billion streams across DSPs and currently in the Top 30 most streamed artist on Spotify globally, the three piece recently collaborated with David Guetta and Robin Schulz with the track, "Shed A Light"; and just released the new track, "Sober" ft. Nicky Romero. Their remix of Maggie Lindemann's "Pretty Girl" with CADE has been streamed over 260 million times and has just been certified gold and platinum in over 10 countries including just recently, the U.K.
Comprised of Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell and Kevin Ford, the group have seen a meteoric rise since they first formed in LA two years ago. “Matt and I met like 5 years ago, and we lived together a few different times since then,” Trevor explains. “We never really made music together seriously. But when I moved to LA, Matt and Kevin started to write and we worked on a song together, and that’s when it all happened.”
ANNA OF THE NORTH
Anna of the North today unveil new single ‘Money’, another infectious alt-pop gem from the ever-more endearing Norwegian-Kiwi duo who stand on the precipice of blowing up.
Following previous singles ‘Lovers’ and ‘Someone’, the third glimpse of their highly-anticipated debut album pairs a sun-drenched synth-driven backing with Anna’s impassioned take-down of people driven by the wrong things in life. Slickly combining the darker message of the track with its euphoric instrumentation shows how assured the duo’s song writing has become, and offers another example of the varied yet coherent palette which is deftly employed across their debut full-length.
As with the rest of ‘Lovers’, due for worldwide release on September 8th, ‘Money’ was recorded in Oslo and mixed in Copenhagen and London by Luke Smith (Foals, Petite Noir, Depeche Mode). It’s an album deeply rooted in heartbreak, a subject that courses through the veins of all ten tracks – through the turmoil, the guilt and the tentative joy of finally letting yourself move on.
In three years since the release of debut single ‘Sway’, the Norwegian-Kiwi duo of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith have paved the way for their full-length debut following a run of singles which have notched up over 65 million streams, multiple No.1 spot’s on the Hype Machine charts and rotation on Radio 1, Triple J and Beats 1. Anna also recently lent her vocals to Tyler, The Creator for two tracks on his new album, and performed a collaboration at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which you can watch here on Tyler, The Creator's YouTube.
The story of the project began when Anna was working in a shop in a small town near Oslo, settled with her first love whilst anticipating a life of routine and normality, when a customer came in and changed her life. Polite and well groomed, the woman, a stranger to Anna, began making daily visits, browsing for hours but never buying a thing. One afternoon, for reasons Anna will never know, the woman approached her and implored her to abandon the traditional life she had planned out, and go and expand her horizons. The plea jolted something in Anna, and in an act of uncharacteristic spontaneity, she booked a flight to Australia, leaving behind the life and the person she thought she’d spend her life with.
Her time in Australia was fulfilling but turbulent. She fell in love again, only to have her heart broken as suddenly and inexplicably as her decision to leave Norway in the first place. That’s when she met Brady Daniell-Smith. Brady, who’d been struggling with his own complicated relationships, was performing an acoustic show in Melbourne; Anna was in the audience, drinking with friends. Becoming friends, he encouraged her to find solace in songwriting, discovering they could make music together as a way of exorcising the demons of their love lives and the project was born. He jokingly started calling her “Anna Of The North” and the name stuck.
It’s the two of them combined that make Anna Of The North’s sparse, brooding electro-pop so potent. Brady, who’s from New Zealand and grew up partly in Australia, injects elements of the countries’ bright, vibrant electronic scene to their music; Anna brings the glacial minimalism of her Scandinavian roots.
Anna of the North’s debut album Lovers is due for release on September 8 via Honeymoon / +1 Records / Different Recordings - you can pre-order the album here.
KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND’S
LAY IT ON DOWN DEBUTS AT #1
OUT TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM ON CONCORD RECORDS
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES THIS SUMMER
Recorded at Echophone Studios in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana and produced by Shepherd with Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Kate Voegele), the album was largely recorded live in the studio to analog tape.
“Diamonds & Gold,” the latest single off Lay It On Down, recently premiered via Guitar Player. Additionally, Billboard premiered the record’s title track, while CMT Music premiered the video for the album’s first single, “Baby Got Gone.”
Shepherd’s band on Lay It On Down features long-time band members Noah Hunt and Chris Layton, along with bassist from Shepherd’s supergroup side project The Rides Kevin McCormick and keyboardist Jimmy McGorman. “I’m proud of the album we have delivered to the fans and I think they’ll be excited by what they hear,” notes Shepherd. “The band we’ve assembled did a fantastic job bringing these songs to life and conveying the musical message to the listener. Now we are looking forward to bringing this new music to the live show to watch it develop even more.” Shepherd further discusses the writing/recording process in the new album’s video trailer, watch/share it HERE.
Shepherd is currently on a U.S. tour in support of the album’s release. See below for a list of dates.
Lay It On Down finds Shepherd two decades into a recording career that began when he was 16. Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, he has won two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He’s had six #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles, and his acclaimed documentary project 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads was the top-selling blues album of 2007. Shepherd’s last release, 2014’s Goin’ Home (Concord Records), debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and spent several weeks at #1 on the Billboard Blues chart.
Claire Reneé is a classically trained dancer who sings from the soul. Singing a combination of R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop while being heavily influenced by Hip Hop, this singer/songwriter’s raspy yet graceful vocals along with her unique harmonies always provide an incredible vibe and sound. As a writer she is not one to limit herself and lets all genres of music influence her from world music to country music. With unique vocals, thoughtful messages, and varied musical influences she creates clever and relatable songs such as “License To Drive” from her Doubts, Dreams, and Ambitions EP and “Telepathy” from her most recent collaborative EP Breaking Codes with beat maker Bagir-Ba.
This multi-talented woman has quite a unique background that didn’t start with her having a microphone in her hand or singing in front of family and friends at a young age. Claire started dancing at the early age of 4 in a local modern dance program. At the age of 10 she got accepted to The Dance Theater of Harlem on a full scholarship where she studied Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. Her high school years were spent attending Alicia Keys alma mater Professional Performing Arts School. While attending PPAS she majored in dance completing the PPAS/Alvin Ailey dance program.
Claire’s desire to enhance her natural ear for music and performance led her to study at Manhattanville College, Berklee College of Music, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. While in college she studied both Music Business and Vocal Performance. She made the decision to put school on hold to focus on herself as an artist and work on accomplishing the goal of sharing music with the world. “I get inspired by so many things whether singing, writing, dancing, choreographing, or taking pictures. I love expressing myself through art, bringing ideas and topics to light that people can relate to.”
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