NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 11, 2017) – In the midst of a busy touring season tearing up the road across the U.S., Scooter Brown Band dropped an anthemic single today called “American Son,” featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels. Nashville Country Club debuted the track earlier this week calling it “a gritty unapologetic track that has a rockin’ musical arrangement for the band’s Southern Rock appeal.” Fans can listen to the single on Spotify and Apple Music and purchase it on iTunes or Amazon.
“American Son,” features none other than one of America’s truest sons, Charlie Daniels, a southern rock/country icon and American Patriot that Scooter Brown has looked up to his entire life and sought advice from often in recent years. The Country Music Hall of Famer contributes his gritty southern drawl to the track like only he can, driving it home as a true tribute to the working man.
For Portland, Oregon songwriter Anna Tivel, the open road is more than a way to bring her songs to new places, it's also a near-endless source of stories. On her new album, Small Believer, Tivel taps into the stories she hears every night, after every show. “When you're touring,” Tivel explains, “you're naked onstage each time. You're doing this vulnerable thing in front of strangers and it encourages people to open up themselves.” You'll see it after one of Tivel’s shows, a young woman who steels up the courage to go up and speak to her. Something in a song has touched this person and her story comes tumbling out, tears streaming down her face. It's powerful to watch, and a testament to the intimate connection between the songwriter and the audience. For Tivel, herself a naturally soft-spoken introvert, perhaps people see in her the struggle they see in themselves to be heard in such a noisy world.
The songs on Small Believer were written while Tivel was touring, but also in-between shifts at the odd waitressing job, or driving Meals on Wheels in her spare time. She has an extraordinarily keen eye for recasting the images she sees into song. To make Small Believer, Anna Tivel drew her close community of friends and collaborators in Portland, starting with Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Della Mae), who produced the album. Nevins shared a deep love for the kind of quiet stories Tivel loves to tell. Nevins brought together Portland collaborators to make the understated accompaniment that pervades the album: slow-driving fiddles, accordions, electric guitars moving beneath and supporting Tivel’s soft words.
Tivel says her new single, "Illinios," is for a "friend who moved a long way to be with someone who ended up really breaking her spirit. It’s about the hope of making a new life, the promise of real love, and the terrible let down and destruction of abuse. I wrote it imagining her driving back home, hoping so hard that she would, but knowing how blindingly difficult it is to leave, how much shame and hurt and hope and fear is involved." Listen to the song above and for more information visit HERE.
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(August 10 – New York) The Lone Bellow have released the music video for their single "Time's Always Leaving." It's "full of upbeat, irresistible grooves," says Entertainment Weekly. The video features actor Marc Menchaca who has appeared in Generation Kill, Homeland, and has a reoccurring role on the new Netflix series, Ozark. After being the #1 most added single at Triple A radio last week, "Time's Always Leaving" has officially landed on the chart. "'Time's Always Leaving' leans heavily into the rootsy, big-hearted warmth that's made The Lone Bellow one of the most sure-footed crowd-pleasers in the business," said NPR.
The Lone Bellow's third studio album, Walk Into A Storm will be released September 15th on Descendant Records/ Sony Music Masterworks. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, TN. Walk Into A Storm is available for pre-order here.
BOISE, Idaho (Press Release) — Eilen Jewell laughs when told her label’s president called her a musicologist. But she confirms she and her husband and bandmate, drummer Jason Beek, have a passion for studying American music.
“We really love to uncover the past. It’s almost like digging for buried treasure,” she says. “For me, that’s where music is at. I like all kinds of music as long as there’s the word ‘early’ in front of it.” For her new album, Down Hearted Blues, releasing Sept. 22, 2017 on Signature Sounds, she and Beek unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery.
Known for what allmusic.com describes as a “country-flavored and blues-infused version of contemporary folk (which also can include healthy doses of rockabilly and surf),” Jewell’s discography includes several albums of original material and one of Loretta Lynn covers. Jewell has also recorded two albums with her eight-piece gospel-group side project the Sacred Shakers. But this latest effort, which she and Beek co-produced, with engineering by pianist/banjo player Steve Fulton and Pat Storey, is her first collection of blues — despite the fact that she credits the genre for igniting her musical curiosity in the first place.
PERFORMANCES FROM UK AND US ARTISTS INCLUDING:
ANGALEENA PRESLEY (USA)
YOLA CARTER (UK)
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS (USA)
DANNI NICHOLLS (UK)
ERIN RAE (USA)
WILDWOOD KIN (UK)
THE BOOTLEG BBQ IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED UK AMERICANA MUSIC AND NETWORKING EVENT HOSTED DURING AMERICANAFEST 2017 ON SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER @ THE GROOVE, NASHVILLE. FROM 12 NOON.
EVENT HOSTED BY BBC RADIO’S BAYLEN LEONARD AND PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LINE OF BEST FIT AND AMA UK
FREE ENTRY / FREE BEER
Thursday 10 August, London/Nashville (Press Release) – International music showcase producer and curator British Underground will partner with the Americana Music Association to host the fifth annual Bootleg BBQ in Nashville, held on Saturday 16 September, during AmericanaFest, the world’s biggest celebration of Americana music. The internationally recognised industry networking and music event, held each year at East Nashville’s coolest record store - The Groove, showcases the UK’s best musicians influenced by Americana, alongside performances from the best USA emerging artists.
On Wednesday night, Miranda Lambert invited fellow Texans Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen on stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater. The three swapped verses on the Merle Haggard classic "Sing Me Back Home", paying tribute to both Haggard and Glen Campbell, who played guitar on the original.
Nashville, TN (August, 2017 Press Release) - Songwriter, performer and producer Gary Kyle wears many hats, just never on stage. He’s a generational Texan raising a big family and a big career with a couple of acclaimed albums under his belt and five kids underfoot. A consummate songwriter and a robust entertainer, Gary’s live show echoes his deep Texas roots and the storied music scene that thrives there, and his writing style is the seasoned recipe found largely in the music city of Nashville. It’s this kind of 50/50 concoction that removes all regional borders leaving Gary free to move about the “country.” It’s also the basis for his decision to release his brand new studio album in parts. On September 15th, 2017, Gary will release Part I: “Rewind White,” a 6-song EP that projects the spirit of his big Texas soul.
Growing up just outside of Houston under the tutelage of musical parents, a very young Gary was scratching out lyrics from the time he could put pen to paper. His urgency to write was a constant companion captaining him through a life infused with rich homemade love, personal family tragedy and a deep respect for the time allotted us in this life. He did well in school, went to college and got a sales job accompanied by a big devoted paycheck, yet nothing gave him the peace he found in creating music, a beckoning that rose above the cacophony of a “responsible life.” So, he changed direction towards his true north and over the last few years released two studio projects that saw four Top 30 singles on the Texas music charts including “Texas Strong,” the theme song for the nationally syndicated TV show “Lone Star Roads” with host and revered radio programmer, Justin Frazell.
(Press Release) NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- August 10, 2017 -- Drew Kennedy regularly finds himself at the same intersection, contemplating the selfishness of being a musician while wanting to remain a selfless father and husband. He’s often doing what he loves while who he loves most is 1,000 miles away. It’s that tension – the struggle between being the kind of man he wants to be and being the kind of artist he has to be – that keeps him up at night. At Home In The Big Lonesome, set to release on November 3, finds Kennedy in familiar territory, although he ventures into his most complex musical territory to date.
“A lot of artists say art comes from conflict – they talk about relationships ending or trying to overcome serious habits,” Kennedy says. “Well, my conflict is this: how do I be so self-centered while being as selfless as I can?”
There is no doubt his family’s influence is weaved into the fabric of At Home In The Big Lonesome, along with that same conflict. In the middle of the first day of recording in Nashville, Kennedy’s wife Holly went into labor with their second child at just seven months pregnant. He made it home to help welcome his son into the world, but complications arose that required a 37-day stay in a Level IV NICU. Joy over Oliver’s progress bumped up against fears about feeling disconnected as other musicians laid the foundation for the album without him, and then there was shame over worrying about the record at all.
Songwriter, singer, musician, producer. John Pedigo of The O's branches out into new musical territory with his upcoming full-length solo project, Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner. An homage to his father, Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner is John's unique musical brew of ten satisfying tracks, simmering in piano and acoustic guitar, that center on failed relationships, mortality, and embracing life to the fullest.
TDC is proud to premiere the video for the lead track from the album, “Some Days,” which offers the gentle reminder that while life has its ups and down, it’s up to us to do our best, persevere, and enjoy it to the fullest. The video, shot in black and white, captures the sentiment of the song while simultaneously being sweetly nostalgic, slightly goofy, and exciting. Watch the video in its entirety below, then read the interview with John who took the time to speak about his Dad’s influence on the record, "Some Days," and more.
(Press Release) Nashville-based, Australian-born artist Ruby Boots has signed with Chicago label Bloodshot Records. Recently off the road with Nikki Lane throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, Ruby will unveil the first single and video from her forthcoming label debut in the fall. She will also be making her first label-related public appearance at this year’s AmericanaFest, performing at the ‘Bloodshot & Pandora Backyard Bash’ at The Groove in Nashville on Friday, September 15th.
With specific details on the album and tour plans still under lock and key we can share that the album was recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas, TX under the watchful eye of talented producer Beau Bedford (Paul Cauthen) and features Lone Star-bred collective and studio wizards The Texas Gentlemen as the backing band.