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(Press Release) Australian Icon Russell Morris is excited to be releasing his award winning album Sharkmouth here in the U.S. that has been added to SiriusXM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville, with early airplay at KPND (Spokane), KKXT (Dallas), KDNK (Carbondale) and WNCW (Charlotte).
Sharkmouth is the first album in a trilogy of records that sees Morris return to his early influences of American Roots & Blues.
“Originally I intended to do a blues album,” says Morris, “that was derivative of American delta blues, and rhythm and blues. However after my first song efforts, it felt contrived ; mainly because I was singing about things I did not have a deep understanding of. However, I realized that our countries - the U.S. and Australia - are both similar, and different. So I decided to base my blues around what I knew - the legends, and stories about my country. Strangely, they are both local and universal at the same time.”
Australia and America have very similar cultural beginnings of being places of refuge for the unwanted and displaced, so it’s no surprise that Morris’ music resonates strongly with the American musical traditions of documenting the history of lesser known characters that have helped shaped the fabric of the culture. The initial idea for Sharkmouth came to Morris on a trip to Sydney, where he saw the famous 1921 arrest photo of con-man Thomas 'Shark Jaws' Archer. Morris had a powerful reaction to the photo. The photo spoke to him encouraging him to tell Archer’s story about his life and the terror he evoked. This story was the launchpad into Morris’ signature story driven songwriting inspired by the gangsters, gamblers and backstreet dwellers of Depression-era Australia.
The album revitalized Morris’ music career and upon it’s release in Australia, Sharkmouth reached #1 on the iTunes Blues Charts, #1 on the Australian Blues Radio Charts, Russell received the ARIA award for Best Blues and Roots album and Sharkmouth went on to be the highest selling record of the year.
TIM BUCKLEY’S WINGS: THE COMPLETE SINGLES 1966-1974
CONTAINS A & B SIDE OF EVERY U.S. AND U.K. SINGLE,
INCLUDING ONE THAT WAS NEVER ISSUED
21-song compilation, due out November 18th on Omnivore Recordings, contains recordings produced by legendary
Jac Holzman, Paul Rothchild, Bruce Botnick, and Jerry Yester.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) – From folk, to rock, to psychedelia, to jazz, to soul, singer-songwriter Tim Buckley continued to evolve and explore — pushing boundaries at every turn. Through the course of his career, ten singles were issued from his nine albums, and they are collected for the very first time on Wings: The Complete Singles 1966–1974. Street date is November 18, 2016.
Each producer — Paul A. Rothchild, Jac Holzman, Jerry Yester, and Jerry Goldstein — brought the right feel to Buckley’s progressing musical persona. With material running chronologically from his self-titled debut from 1966 through 1974’s Look at the Fool, the Wings compilation traces his development as an artist and writer. Of special note is the unissued 1967 single “Once Upon a Time” b/w “Lady, Give Me Your Key” with the latter making its first appearance anywhere!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 30, 2016 Press Release) – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends - Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years is available todayas a CD or as a CD/DVD combo on the band's own NGDB Records, LLC, distributed by Warner Music Nashville.
For five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has remained one of the most iconic names in American roots music. With one foot planted in the traditions of country-folk and the other pointing toward something new and unexpected, the group continues to tour and release music, influencing multiple generations of audiences and artists along the way. Nearly a dozen of those artists join the group on this year's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends - Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Yearsconcert album.
Amerimonte Records Recording Artist Shane Owens Releases Debut Album 'Where I'm Comin' From' on December 9
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 29, 2016 Press Release) – Critics and fans alike have been raving about Shane Owens' highly anticipated debut album, Where I’m Comin’ From, citing the traditional-based artist as one – who like George Jones sang about in his classic song – just might be able to fill the shoes of legends such as “The Possum” and Merle Haggard. The Amerimonte Records recording artist received a ringing endorsement along those lines from Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Randy Travis – who lent his production talents to the album.
“Shane’s song, “Country Never Goes Out of Style,” is a simple and perfect description of what country living and country music is all about.” said Travis in reference to Shane’s current single, which is going for adds at radio stations across the country. “In listening to it, I can’t help but reminisce about the best days of my youth and life in simpler times—when technology was a phone with a cord and a party line, transportation was a bicycle, a horse, or a hand-me-down car with manual windows, and taking the initiative to help someone in need was your pleasure and just the way it was. Though much has changed, I think it’s important to keep a focus on our roots—it is a way of life that should never go out of style. Shane has successfully merged yesterday, and today, to remind us that country will always be in style!”
Singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham will release his first live album on October 21. Recorded this past August at Whitewater Amphitheater in Texas, the album will feature songs from the concert. Additioanlly, as part of the album release, Ryan is also releasing a LIVE VIDEO of his entire show. The entire concert, with additional songs available only on video, is now available exclusively on Amazon. Amazon Prime members can stream the video free of charge. The entire concert video is also available for download or streaming on Amazon Music.
Check out the video for "Southside of Heaven" here
CLICK HERE FOR RYAN'S LIVE ALBUM PRE-ORDER & LIVE VIDEO DOWNLOAD
(Press Release) Today, Amy Lee, the Grammy award-winning co-founder and lead vocalist of Evanescence, released a new Amazon Music Originals family album, Dream Too Much, as an exclusive with Amazon Music. The album, which features 12 newly recorded songs, including seven originals and five popular covers, is available for Prime members in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan starting today to exclusively stream and enjoy on Prime Music, at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, the album is available for all customers to purchase and download in MP3 format in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and Japan. The album is currently available for purchase at www.amazon.com/dreamtoomuch.
Recently, Rolling Stone caught up with Amy to discuss the new project and debut the audio for the title track. The album has also received coverage in People, The Huffington Post, and Entertainment Weekly, who just premiered the video for "If You're A Star."
Singer/Songwriter, Chicago Farmer Releases Midwest Side Stories Out TODAY 9.30
Get it now at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby
Head on over to Live For Live Music (L4LM) for the world premier of “9pm to 5”
Listen here→ http://bit.ly/ChicagoFarmer_9pmto5_L4LM_Premier
BLOOMINGTON, IL (Press Release) -- Chicago Farmer, the moniker Bloomington, Illinois’ Cody Diekhoff performs and writes under, independently released his 7th album, Midwest Side Stories, September 30, 2016. Midwest Side Stories is about hope, depression, job loss, meth, skateboards, a divided nation, used cars, the late shift, farms, factories, the destruction of our environment, and still being around to sing about it. The new release contains ten tracks all of which were written by Diekhoff (pronounced dee-cough), with the exception of the John Hartford classic “I'm Still Here.”
"Rue Snider’s path is the path of folk heroism.” - Eat That Guitar Chris Michael
BROOKLYN, NY (Press Release) - Folk-punk/Americana singer songwriter Rue Snider will release his second solo album, Broken Window, October 7, 2016. Three singles preceded the album; “Blackout,” “Blue Skies and Telephone Poles,” and “Stories.” “Stories,” a fan favorite, was a featured new release on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter homepage.
Broken Window was written in the midst of Rue’s transition from being a full time drinker to living as a sober person. The album moves from nihilism to hope over the course of its 36 hook-filled minutes. The songs’ instrumentation including jangly electric guitars, fiddle, and organ help to offset some of the darker lyrical content. Light overcoming dark is central to the album’s theme both in subject matter and tone.
"I try to be transparent in songs about a lot of the dark corners and trying moments in my life in an effort to encourage people to move past fear,” says Rue. “This record gets into a lot of the grittiness of alcoholism and becoming sober. The songs take a serious look at death and embracing the fact that life is finite as inspiration to live better."
Rue Snider has toured America extensively for three years in support of his debut full length album Leaving To Returning and single releases, The New New Colossus and Never Met A Girl I Didn’t Love. He has made appearances at SXSW and Folk Alliance International, and shared the stage with Tom Maxwell (Squirrel Nut Zippers), Tropic of Pisces, Superhuman Happiness, Benjamin Scheuer ("The Lion"), Blue Healer, Donna Missal, and Walter Salas-Humara (the Silos). He is currently on the road in support of Broken Window.
Leftover Salmon, The Wood Brothers, Sam Bush, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Blueground Undergrass, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, The HillBenders’ Tommy and more!
Plus Contra and Square Dances in the Dance Tent,
Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus at the Kids Tent and Stage
Get Tickets at → www.suwanneerootsrevival.com/tickets/
Schedule → www.suwanneerootsrevival.com/schedule/
LIVE OAK, FL (Press Release) -- Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is excited to announce the music schedule for the inauguralSuwannee Roots Revival taking place October 13-16, 2016 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL. This old school, family friendly event includes camping, disc golf, and campground pickin' stages and features multiple stages, The Amphitheater, The Porch, The Dance Tent, Workshops at The Music Hall & The Music Farmers Hands On Workshop Stage, many decorated with beautiful backdrops by Richard and Rainne of tye-dyebackdrops.com. Bring your instruments to enjoy the pickin’ parties going off throughout the campgrounds.
Suwannee Roots Revival is thrilled to unveil a poster design by Visual and Performance Artist Bean Spencewhose whimsical and fantastical art will also decorate The Amphitheater Stage. Bean Spence, along with Matt Abercrombie and Leo Hearn, will be painting live and displaying their art in the vendor village. Folks can pick up signed copies of Bean’s poster as well as the poster previously unveiled by Marci Davis at Festival Merch.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — Concord Bicycle is pleased to announce the October 28, 2016 release of The Independent Years: 1983 - 2004, Social Distortion’s first-ever vinyl box set collecting the band’s independent label output, Mommy’s Little Monster, Prison Bound, Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll and the early years compilation Mainliner (Wreckage From the Past). Mixing Bruce Springsteen’s factory-overalls ethic while supplying plenty of SoCal attitude and aggression, Social Distortion was formed by Mike Ness and his high school friend Dennis Danell, breaking through in 1983 with the critically acclaimed first album Mommy’s Little Monster. Their 1988 follow-up,Prison Bound, hinted at a sonic change to come, and well before the band’s 2004 Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll their sound had solidified into the instantly recognizable brand of rock ‘n’ roll that’s defined them since.