"[Allison Pierce] polishes up a soft Americana sound that situates her comfortably alongside modern, folk-leaning country stalwarts like Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe. (Which is to say: She's great.),” writes NPR Music, in a ‘Songs We Love’ piece on Allison’s song “Fool Him.” “Pierce's full-length solo debut, Year Of The Rabbit, was released in May, and it's a gem — a big, consistently ingratiating batch of brightly rendered, sweetly hooky songs about growing up, getting smart and refashioning yourself into the person you need to be.”
“This album feels like the most important creative outpouring of my life so far,” says the Alabama-born Pierce, who teamed with producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney) to launch the second half of her career with Year of the Rabbit, following two decades with her sister in the acclaimed duo, The Pierces. “It feels like the most genuine expression of who I am, musically and personally.”
John Prine, Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, and More To Set Sail on “Cayamo: A Journey Through Song 11th Edition”
Pre-sale signups open now at Cayamo.com for Sixthman’s popular 7-day Americana Music Festival at Sea
Atlanta, GA (Press Release) – A true floating Americana Music Festival, the 11th edition of Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, brings together 2,200 music lovers and the who’s who amongst singer-songwriters for seven full days of inspiring music, camaraderie and Caribbean vibes sailing February 4-11, 2018 aboard Norwegian Pearl from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico and Harvest Caye, Belize. Register for the pre-sale now at Cayamo.com for Sixthman’s popular vacation and musical journey!
Now in its 11th year, Cayamo’s lineup will be another unforgettable assortment of some of the most influential and inspiring artists ever assembled at sea. They include Americana visionary John Prine, Brandi Carlile, roots-rock royalty Patty Griffin, English-folk legend Richard Thompson, Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack, Paul Thorn, Shawn Mullins and Hayes Carll.
(Press Release) Southern soul troubadour Jimmy Lumpkin has released a new video for his song "The Best One". As the front man for Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival, Lumpkin makes music that reverberates through the storied freshwater rivers and backwoods of his quiet town. “The Best One” is Lumpkin’s newest single from his forthcoming 2017 album Home.
Watch: Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival - "The Best One" HERE
The soul that runs through Jimmy Lumpkin's voice and music is like no other. Lumpkin's debut album Home will be released August 4th, and was previewed earlier this year with Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival's self-titled EP. Watch the previously released video for “Every Time I Leave” HERE.
Watch "Golden Lady" HERE
Rogue + Jaye, the musical partnership between Courtney Jaye and Zach Rogue, have released the music video for the single “Golden Lady,” taken from the band’s debut album, Pent Up. A song about self-love and consideration, “Golden Lady” details the all-too-common frustration with the universe and one’s ability to cope with a personally damaging situation. “This video symbolizes being trapped by your own fear, self-doubt, and lack of trust in universal timing,” Jaye says. “It was all about learning how to be patient, how to be alone, and how to love myself before I could love another. Throughout that lengthy, and at times incredibly dark and lonely process, I was able to go inward and eventually began to trust in myself, and in the process of life.”
Available now on iTunes, Pent Up, a critically-acclaimed full-length praised by the likes of The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter and many more, is the showcase of two seasoned songwriters with immense vocal abilities coming together to produce a body of work that blends the best parts of Americana, Country, indie and pop into a vision singular to Jaye and Rogue. Pent Up was engineered by Logan Matheny at Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses’s Fleetwood Shack studio in Nashville, TN. On the album, Reynolds played bass, Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) played guitar, and Michael Libramento (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Natalie Prass) played drums. The record was mixed and mastered by Mikael Eldridge (aka “Count”) in San Francisco.
(Bristol, TN/VA Press Release) This summer the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) celebrates the 90th anniversary of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings with an exciting series of panels, performances, premieres, and promotions showcasing the deep impact of the Sessions. Kicking off on July 15th with a symposium featuring Ralph Peer II, Barry Mazor, and the producers of the PBS documentary American Epic, the celebration continues through the award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival September 15—17, 2017.
“Ours is a story that isn’t often told, yet the events that happened in Bristol in 1927 revolutionized the country music industry,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of BCM. “This celebration honors the legacy of the Bristol Sessions and its lasting impact on the soundtrack of our lives. We urge everyone who loves music to explore this important history in Bristol and take part in the events during the 90th anniversary.”
Listen to "Texas Women, Tennesse Whiskey" HERE
(Press Release) Country favorites Josh Abbott Band will release their new album, Until My Voice Goes Out, on August 18th. Produced by Dwight Baker, Until My Voice Goes Out is a hopeful look into the future, a roll-up-the-sleeves-and-move-forward embrace of life and its potential. “This album is about appreciating the moment and your family and your friends, and living life the right way,” Abbott says. “It’s really all about finding clarity and focusing on what’s important.”
As Josh Abbott Band moved into the final stages of work on Until My Voice Goes Out, lead singer Josh Abbott’s personal life took a couple significant twists that underscored where JAB finds itself professionally.
Abbott’s father suffered a stroke while the album was being recorded, and Josh split his time between the studio and the hospital bedside, finishing all the lead vocals shortly before his dad passed away. Two months later, Josh welcomed his first child into the world.
Those developments in the spring of 2017 nutshelled the circle of life, and in a way, that’s how Until My Voice Goes Out operates. As the band observes 10 years since recording its first single, “Taste,” Voice finds the seven-piece Texas ensemble ending one chapter and beginning another.
Americana Music Association℠ Announces Second Round of Performers for AMERICANAFEST℠ 2017, September 12-17
Nearly 300 Artists to Play Critically Acclaimed Festival in Nashville, TN
Showcase Wristbands On Sale Now
Lineup to Include: Nicole Atkins, Hayes Carll, Yola Carter, Elizabeth Cook,
Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Drive-By Truckers, Joshua Hedley, John Hiatt & the Goners, Phoebe Hunt, Iron & Wine, Lori McKenna, Lukas Nelson, Rogue + Jaye, The Secret Sisters, Amanda Shires and The Wild Reeds
(NASHVILLE, Tenn. Press Release) June 28, 2017 - The Americana Music Association℠ announced today the second round of almost 300 artists slated to perform at the 18th Annual AMERICANAFEST℠: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs from September 12-17 in Nashville, TN.
The six-day festival will fill the city with legends, newcomers, award winners, and buzz bands, showcasing the breadth of Americana's influence. With almost 300 artists and bands participating, the event promises to be, as described by MOJO Magazine, the "roots alternative to the GRAMMYs® and South by Southwest." A list of the 84 performers announced can be found below, bringing the current line-up to 187 artists, which can be viewed here.
A.J. Croce and Dan Penn Explore the Healing Power of Music with 'Just Like Medicine' due August 11th
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) — Some artists are afforded the chance to tell their personal stories as they see fit, at a particular moment when they know the time has come. But for many, there is no choice --the story emerges hardwired to the music and they become forever identified with it no matter how their story may evolve or change.
A.J. Croce has been inextricably linked to a version of his own story by virtue of his name. He’s experienced a lifetime of comparisons to a father he lost at age two, whose music bares little resemblance to his own output yet still serves as a reference point despite the years that have passed and the many iconic mentors who have stepped in to offer their counsel, creativity, and endorsement throughout his long career.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – With countless chart-topping hits under his belt, Mark Chesnutt continues to spice up his prolific career with new single, “Hot,” the second release from 2016’s Tradition Lives. In conjunction with the single, Chesnutt has released his very own hot sauce, just in time for summer barbecues and celebrations.
“Hot” paints a vivid picture of a day in the sweltering heat, much like a summer in Chesnutt’s home of east Texas. Written by Donald Poythress and Wynn Varble, the track comes from Chesnutt’s most recent release, Tradition Lives, which was met with much critical acclaim and topped several “Best Album” lists in 2016. Download the single and album HERE.
(Press Release) DEAD ROCK WEST--the California alt-country rock vocal duo of Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen--partnered with Los Angeles Times' Pop & Hiss to premiere "Boundless Fearless Love." It's the lead single off their new album MORE LOVE due out Friday, August 11 via Omnivore Recordings. Click here to listen to "Boundless Fearless Love" which Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times notes is "set to a propellant track that's part R.E.M., part Tom Petty and part Neil Young..."
For their fourth album, MORE LOVE joins DEAD ROCK WEST with producer John Doe--of the legendary band X, with whom they've toured numerous times--to create an album that places their achingly beautiful signature vocals and harmonies in finely etched rock, alt-country and pop settings. The sound is both contemporary and timeless. "John brought focus, passion, and experience to the sessions, bringing out a better version of us," says the duo that'll perform the day the disc comes out at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA.