See the full lineup and schedule → www.grassrootsfest.org/culture-camp-1-1/
TRUMANSBURG, NY (Press Release) -- Over the past few decades, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance has grown to be more than just a single event in Trumansburg, NY and this year the latest addition to the roster returns for its sophomore year: the GrassRoots Culture Camp 2017 runs from Sunday through Wednesday, July 16-19, the four days leading up to the 27th annual GrassRoots Festival which takes place July 20-23. Both the camp and the festival are held at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds.
Culture Camp is an incredible opportunity to attend four days of music and dance workshops led by many of the favorite GrassRoots performers including instructors from Donna The Buffalo, Driftwood, The Horseflies, Preston Frank and His Zydeco Family Band, Keith Secola, Balfa Toujours, Los Texmaniacs, Big Mean Sound Machine, Jennie Lowe Stearns, The Blind Spots, Richie and Rosie, Bobby Henrie and The Goners, and many more!
Culture Camp Coordinator and co-founding member of Donna the Buffalo, Tara Nevins, says, "GrassRoots Culture Camp offers first hand learning experience with masters of traditional and contemporary art forms, including music, dance, visual arts, and culinary arts in a fun and positive setting, promoting community and the importance of tradition and culture in our society.”
Nashville, TN (June 22, 2017) – Lindsay Ell made her debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (6/20), revealing the title and artwork of her first full-length album THE PROJECT, due out in August. The rising star delivered a slew of guitar-soaked performances including current single “Waiting On You” and new album track “Champagne.” Teaming up with iconic Jimmy Kimmel Live! house band Cleto and the Cletones, Ell also performed rollicking versions of “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz and “La Grange” by ZZ Top.
Watch “Waiting On You” HERE.
Lindsay continues the trek on superstar Brad Paisley’s WEEKEND WARRIOR WORLD TOUR this weekend on the West Coast. For tour dates and more information, visit: www.lindsayell.com/tour
Paul Shaffer And Richard Leigh Added As Presenters For National Music Council's American Eagle Awards At Summer NAMM Show
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – The National Music Council has announced Paul Shaffer and Richard Leigh as guest presenters for their 34th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, July 13 at the Summer NAMM Show at The Music City Center in Nashville.
The National Music Council previously announced their 2017 honorees including GRAMMY® winning artist Crystal Gayle, singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith, and comic, actor, writer, musician and creators' rights activist Harry Shearer.
Paul Shaffer is best known for his residency as David Letterman's musical director, band leader and sidekick on the entire run of both Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993) and Late Show with David Letterman (1993–2015). Shaffer will present the award to Harry Shearer.
GRAMMY®, ASCAP, and SESAC award winning songwriter, Richard Leigh will present the award to Crystal Gayle. Leigh’s career celebrates hits spanning 4 decades and 9 #1 records including Gayle’s “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” and “I’ll Get Over You.”
Tickets to the VIP awards and dinner are available to the general public.
For more information on VIP dinner and seating, schedule, location details, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities, visit musiccouncil.org or contact NMC Director David Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds from the event support the National Music Council’s music education advocacy efforts.
Los Angeles-based quintet The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers are preparing to release their new album, No Glory, on July 14, and TDC is proud to premiere the video for the title track. Highlighted by the group's harmonies, jazzy trumpet, and a sensational bluesy-gospel groove, "No Glory," a song about finding God in the country, uplifts and inspires.
Will Wadsworth explains the story behind the song, "This song is about meeting up with God in northeastern Oklahoma. I was born in Tulsa, and I always go back there in my heart when LA freaks me out. It's about the physical beauty of that area and about how nature often inspires awe. It's really about paying homage to the artist behind it. The song aims to shed light on how there are a lot of counterfeit forms of love in the world, but genuine peace, hope, and joy are still real things to be received."
"When I was young I met my God
In a field of goldenrod.
I don't belong in a big cold town.
Can't hear my Lord in all that sound"
The song is also the title track on the album and Wadsworth explains why it was a perfect choice, "This song has an overarching theme that essentially represents the meta-narrative of the album. The songs on the album are about turning away from empty promises that are laid out by the world and embracing a higher truth. That being said, this song encapsulates the essence of that thought."
Completed in just a few takes, the video for the song is a performance piece that was filmed at their producer Matt Wignall's home studio which Will says "is called "Tackyland" and is decorated with a variety of things that look like they wouldn't sell at a garage sale. We love it there."
The video captures an intense and spirited performance, something that can be found in their live shows. "I would say that we are a party gospel band that could be enjoyed on a Saturday night just as much as a Sunday morning. We aim to dance, stomp, clap, and shout with you until there's nothing left," says Wadsworth.
As the summer approaches, the band is looking forward to playing for fans on the road. Will notes, "We are looking forward to the Wildwood Festival in Oregon. We're also playing some cool theaters like the Sunflower Theater in Cortez, Colorado and the Elks Theater in Prescott, Arizona. In addition to that, we'll be hitting Ophelia's in Denver, Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco, and a cool instrument museum in Phoenix. So, it'll be all across the board as far as venues go. Looking forward to it!"
"No Glory" is currently available for purchase on all digital sales portals
Pre-order the album, No Glory HERE
For more information visit their official website HERE
Craig Campbell Contributes Powerful Rendition of "American Anthem" to the 41ST Annual MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS® Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 21, 2017 Press Release) –Critically-acclaimed country artist-songwriter CRAIG CAMPBELL is lending a breathtaking rendition of “American Anthem” to the 41st annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®. The country ballad saluting our veterans will be featured in the patriotic musical score, which is synchronized to a dazzling 25-minute pyrotechnic display over the East River in New York City.
A USO tour participant and longtime supporter of troops, Campbell was honored when Macy’s invited him to record “American Anthem” for the treasured 4th of July Fireworks spectacular.
"It’s a privilege to have been chosen by Macy’s to sing this amazing song for their 4th of Julycelebration,” shared Campbell. “I hope my performance of ‘American Anthem’ shows our love and appreciation of America and those who risked their lives for this country.”
Listen to "Nothing To Escape" HERE
June 21, 2017 (Press Release) - Austin, TX-based folk/Americana group Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light have officially announced their new LP, Nothing to Escape, out August 25. Along with the announcement, the band shared the title track off their new record at No Depression, who called the single, "Certainly a stunner ... the pair has transformed hard-hitting prose into song."
Erik Flores and Amelia Rose Logan's songs as Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light are like modern dime westerns—gritty exegeses that float elegantly on pedal steel as driven, electric, rocking country. Sometimes the detached hero and the despicable outlaw in their songs are one and the same.
Looking back, principal songwriter Flores realized many of the songs on their new LP, Nothing To Escape, are about his old drinking habits. "I quit drinking a couple years ago,” he says, “right around the time we started making this record. That seems to be a big undercurrent." While Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light’s new album isn't overtly about sobriety, it’s often about the excesses that come along with addiction.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – Ashley McBryde is exactly where they said she’d never be-- working as an independent singer/songwriter in Nashville, opening for Chris Stapleton and Eric Church, making her Grand Ole Opry debut (6/16), and releasing music when and where she wants to.
McBryde fearlessly lays it all on the line, and it's that honest all-in approach that has led to NPR critic Ann Powers to ask if McBryde could be "among the first post-Stapleton country stars?"
Her drive and perseverance certainly led The Grand Ole Opry to invite McBryde to make her Opry debut Friday, June 16, as her SiriusXM The Highway’s “Highway Find,” "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," makes its way into the homes and hearts of Country fans the world over.
Watch the video for "I'm The One" HERE
Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are New York’s premier roots rock n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm & blues outfit. The Ark-Tones are releasing their 2nd full length album, entitled Love You to Life, out August 11th, and they will hit the road in support on August 16th, spreading the gospel of American music wherever they go. Describing their sound, Hope explained to Rockabilly Online “I would say we are a new take on an old sound. It’s been described as ‘pan-americana’ which means we use many areas of early rock and roots music as a creative launchpad. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess, because while we appreciate old music, we don’t want to write songs that have already been written.” The album will be available initially on CD and digital, with vinyl coming from Germany's Crazy Love Records in late summer. Pre-orders begin August 11th through Bandcamp, Itunes and Amazon.
Bob Seger’s iconic catalog makes its streaming debut today. The debut includes twelve platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger’s debut album, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man. Fans can stream their Seger favorites via services including Amazon Music, Apple Music, iHeart Media, Napster, Slacker Radio and Spotify. Listen HERE
Today’s debut offers one of the most sought-after catalogues for digital music distribution uniting Seger fans around the world. Ten of Seger’s albums included in today’s launch are now available via digital download for the first time.
AUSTIN, Texas (Press Release) — Chris Fullerton sings country music bold and brave beyond compare. Epilepsy Blues, the Central Texas singer-songwriter's debut on Austin-based Eight 30 Records (out August 11, 2017), delivers hard truths both elegantly (“Bad Winds”) and effortlessly (“Come to Texas”), and simply stun with candor (“I Feel Nothing,” the title track). “The songs are about my depression and struggle to cope with a medical crisis,” Fullerton says. “A lot are very hopeful about being in a dark place but knowing there’s light at the end of the tunnel and I'm gonna survive.”
The road for an artist living with epilepsy has been paved with dark holes; Fullerton survived with tales to tell. Sharp storytelling guides the journey throughout the new album (“Seven Roman Candles,” “Motel Blues”). “Songs such as ‘Bad Winds’ are just kinda hopeless,” Fullerton says. “The chorus of ‘Motel Blues’ is, ‘I’m taking a westbound train and I won’t be home again.’ ‘Westbound Train’ is a freight-train-hopping saying that means you’re dying. There’s a lot of death in [the release]. There’s also a lot of strange things that are just in my brain on a daily basis like ‘El Paso Spacedance.’”