WILL PAYNE HARRISON - EAS...

WILL PAYNE HARRISON - EAST NASHVILLE BLUES

Will Payne Harrison (from the album East Nashville Blues)

It is right across the Cumberland River yet the day to day lives of its citizens are completely unique to the neighborhood with music, lifestyle and economy drastically different, as Will Payne Harrison points out in “East Nashville Blues”, the title track from his recent release. East Nashville Blues lets Will Payne Harrison...

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AMY BLACK - MEMPHIS

AMY BLACK - MEMPHIS

Amy Black (from the album Memphis)

While heading back into a personal past, Amy Black discovered a musical legacy of the South while recording her previous release, Muscle Shoals Sessions, that helped her find a voice to make yesterday sound current. With her recent album, Amy Black traveled west on the Music Highway, traveling I-40 between her Nashville home through Tennessee over to Memphis. ...

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MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS - EX...

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS - EXISTENTIAL BEAST

Miranda Lee Richards (from the album Existential Beast)

Rhythms roll and loop as Miranda Lee Richards marches into “Ashes and Seeds”, the opening track Existential Beast, her recent release. The track opens the album with the theme of questions and answers that cascades throughout Existential Beast, the words of Miranda Lee Richards playing tag with Folk based melodies that chug on ...

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SELWYN BIRCHWOOD - PICK Y...

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD - PICK YOUR POISON

Selwyn Birchwood (from the album Pick Your Poison on Alligator Records)

Selwyn Birchwood was a quick learner. Growing up in Orlando, Florida, a younger Selwyn Birchwood picked up the guitar at age thirteen, mimicking music on the radio. His education took a giant leap forward when he heard Jimi Hendrix and followed the sound back to the Blues, becoming deep into the style by age seventeen throu...

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BRIAN JOHANNESEN - NORTHE...

BRIAN JOHANNESEN - NORTHERN TOWN

Brian Johannesen (from the album Northern Town)

Returning to Iowa City, Iowa from Nashville, Tennessee, the songs of Brian Johannesen musically touch the sound of the south and the easy strums of his midwest home. Northern Town is the recent release from Brian Johannesen and the album adds to its musical heritage with characters that match the origins its sound. Piano and guitar notes flicker a...

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SHAWNA RUSSELL - BACK ARO...

SHAWNA RUSSELL - BACK AROUND

Shawna Russell (from the album Back Around)

Celebrating a return to the recording studio after a six-year hiatus, Shawna Russell offers Back Around, her recent release. Shawna presents the title track as inspiration in a tale of taking a chance and being prepared to fall without feeling that any mistakes are a dead end. The power in her voice lets Shawna Russell own the spotlight as storyteller...

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SARA PETITE - ROAD LESS T...

SARA PETITE - ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Sara Petite (from the album Road Less Traveled)

Heartbreak and happiness share the front seat with Sara Petite as she makes her way along Road Less Traveled, the latest release from the SoCal songstress. Sara Petite catches air on south of the border horns, choir loft organ swells and harmonies, chugging punk rock guitar riffs, and a salvation-seeking story line as she mounts a pulpit soapbox t...

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PHILIP MARINO - DAYS LIKE...

PHILIP MARINO - DAYS LIKE THESE

Philip Marino (from the E.P. Days Like These)

A deep loneliness echoes in the voice of Philip Marino on his latest release, Days Like These. To capture the resonance, and surround the vocals with haunting layers of lightly picked guitars coaxing ethereal accordion breaths (“Long Road”) and shuddering percussion backing whispered harmonies (“Everybody Knows”), Philip Mari...

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ANGALEENA PRESLEY - WRANG...

ANGALEENA PRESLEY - WRANGLED

Angaleena Presley (from the album Wrangled)

Angaleena Presely is the guide for her personal path in the music business on Wrangled, mapping out her journey with the five steps loss, surrender, resurrection, redemption, and connection. With a lot of elbow grease, Angaleena sheds the skin of sacrifices, explaining Wrangled as an ‘explicitly forthright journey through my experience in the bu...

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JOHN NEMETH - FEELIN' FRE...

JOHN NEMETH - FEELIN' FREAKY

John Nemeth (from the album Feelin’ Freaky)

Summertime is coming and John Nemeth is feeling the heat though it is not the fire of the sun beating down on his home in Memphis, Tennessee that is burning his skin. John is “Under the Gun” on the opening track for Feelin’ Freaky, his latest release, as he namechecks hotspots across the U.S.A. Following the shots of horn blast...

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THE NEW ZEITGEIST - MYTHS...

THE NEW ZEITGEIST - MYTHS AND MORTALS

The New Zeitgeist (from the album Myths and Mortals)

Middle America visits the citizens of middle earth as Chicago, Illinois duo The New Zeitgeist explore the origin of Folk traditions and oral stories involving meetings of Myths and Mortals on their recent release. The New Zeitgeist link the past with the present, spinning tales in tune with olden times (“Lake Isle of Innisfree”, &...

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STRING BONE - LOVE AND HI...

STRING BONE - LOVE AND HIGHWAYS

String Bone (from the album Love and Highways)

Southern Ontario songwriter String Bone (aka Barry James Payne) traces a trail in “Feel the Power of Your Love” as he follows the emotional force from San Francisco’s hippie days to New York City’s punk scene on the opening track from his recent release, Love and Highways. String Bone uses the songs of Love and Highways as a...

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CHASTITY BROWN - SILHOUET...

CHASTITY BROWN - SILHOUETTE OF SIRENS

Chastity Brown (from the album Silhouette of Sirens on Red House Records)

A commanding presence is the only way to describe the vocal of Chastity Brown. On her recent release, Silhouette of Sirens, Chastity Brown guides the songs with complete control, gently steering “Drive Slow” onto solid ground as she leads her character into a new life free from addiction in the story line, rai...

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JEFFREY HALFORD - LO FI D...

JEFFREY HALFORD - LO FI DREAMS

Jeffrey Halford (from the album Lo Fi Dreams)

Jeffrey Halford was one of those kids with a transistor radio glued to the side of his head while growing into his formative years in Dallas, Texas. The music that came through the loudest was Roger Miller, and Jeffrey took that education along when his family packed up and moved to California coastal beach town in 1959. Though his folks moved aroun...

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RUSTON KELLY - HALLOWEEN

RUSTON KELLY - HALLOWEEN

Ruston Kelly (from the album Halloween)

Out of the gate, Halloween, the recent release from Ruston Kelly, has a unique flavor. “1814B 6th Ave N” is the sound of a chiming clock, creaking door hinges, a cigarette lighter and piano softly playing in the background as the ambient sound mimics taking a break from rehearsal or a reminder of sneaking out for a smoke. Likening being in lov...

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RICK SHELLEY - HOPE WRAPP...

RICK SHELLEY - HOPE WRAPPED IN RAZOR WIRE

Rick Shelley (from the album Hope Wrapped in Razor Wire)

A Rolling Stones song was the inspiration for Rick Shelley as he opens Hope Wrapped in Razor Wire, his latest release, with “Sing Waiting on a Friend”. A mental mix of Rock’n’Roll, Country, blue-eyed Soul, and Roots music play as a soundtrack in the head of Rick Shelley as he translates their influences into the so...

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GENE JACKSON - 1963

GENE JACKSON - 1963

Gene Jackson (from the album 1963 on Blue Lotus Recordings)

Open the window to catch summer breezes and imagine the sound of transistor and car radios turned way up high to blast the sound of classic Soul music from 1963, the recent release from Gene Jackson. The St. Louis, Missouri-based singer puts the sound of Soul at the heart of the tracks, adding in touches of rock’n’roll (&ld...

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PAUL NIPPER - KAMIKAZE HE...

PAUL NIPPER - KAMIKAZE HEART

Paul Nipper (from the album Kamikaze Heart)

Paul Nipper delivers his songs like a conversation with listeners on the stories of Kamikaze Heart, the latest release from the North Dakota native. Currently based in Austin, Texas, Paul Nipper hits the highway in a double-wide looking for a place to set up and play with “Asphalts and Heartaches” as Kamikaze Heart sings a song of travelin...

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NICK SCHNEBELEN BAND - LI...

NICK SCHNEBELEN BAND - LIVE IN KANSAS CITY

Nick Schnebelen Band (from the album Live in Kansas City)

Nick Schnebelen returns to home turf with his band on the recent release, Live in Kansas City. Nick brings his powerhouse trio to the reunion, coming home to the place where he was home taught a love of the Blues from parents that were part of the Kansas City Blues scene with their band. Late night jams further educated the Schnebelen cl...

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GRANT MALOY SMITH - DUST ...

GRANT MALOY SMITH - DUST BOWL: AMERICAN STORIES

Grant Maloy Smith (from the album Dust Bowl: American Stories)

Grant Maloy Smith immediately establishes the characters that come out of Dust Bowl: American Stories, his latest release. The setting is the Great Plains of North America, circa 1930, where weather becomes an ‘angry fist’ pounding down men and women who are ‘hard as horseshoe nails’. “Old Black Roller&...

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