Beginning 7/17/17 Songsalive & The Sound Connector invite songwriters to participate in a seven-day songwriting challenge. A seven-day songwriting challenge is an excellent way to supercharge your songwriting skills, engage with a wider community, and showcase the songwriting skills you’ve been working on.
Each day of the seven-day challenge will feature a prompt to help you get your creative wheels turning. These prompts are merely considered suggestions - feel free to write about anything you’d like on each day and share them on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. The challenge welcomes all levels of talent and genres.
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NASHVILLE, TN (Press Release) – Road-warrior brothers ELI YOUNG BAND have been performing together across the globe, and today release their 11-track album FINGERPRINTS as a return to sonic roots and celebration of those who have had a hand in their successes along the way. Out now, the new music is the MULTI-PLATINUM-selling band’s first on The Valory Music Co. imprint and features songwriting credits from namesake members lead singer Mike Eli and guitarist James Young. They recorded the album in Nashville alongside co-producers Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover, showcasing a mix of heartfelt lyrics over driving rhythms.
While the band just last week launched “Never Land” on SiriusXM’s The Highway and exclusively premiered music video with ETOnline.com, they are surprising fans today with another cinematic creation for “Skin & Bones.” Watch now: http://smarturl.it/SkinandBonesVEVO. Eli Young Band has always maintained a strong connection with their fans and the bonus music video is a reminder with several scenes filmed during a run of their live shows with videographer Lance Goodman.
Los Angeles, CA (Press Release) --Songwriting and playing music has been a consuming passion for Gerry Spehar since he picked up his first guitar at age 14. “I never went on a date in high-school without my guitar,” he admits. If you look at the album artwork on I Hold Gravity, you’ll notice that there’s not one image of Spehar without a guitar except for the one in which he has his arm around his wife, Susan. “Ever since I can remember, I have always had one or the other –usually both –with me.” Susan was Spehar’s college sweetheart and his other consuming passion--and this album is a love letter to her.
I Hold Gravity is a collection of 10 songs on which he collaborated with Susan as they chronicled their final cross-country drives, their mountain heritage, and an L.A. to Texas landscape filled with shrimpers, dynamiters and wildcatters, wrestlers, roughnecks, overambitious farmers, and Monsanto lawyers. Spehar spent the past year producing and finishing this album and taking care of Susan, who passed from cancer in September, just as they were finishing the recordings.
Born and raised in Grand Junction, CO, during the 1970’s and 1980’s Spehar was based in Colorado and had a thriving musical career. He played as a duo with his brother George in the 70’s and in the Spehar Brothers Band with both George and brother Tom. He then performed solo until meeting Bobby Allison whom he began writing and performing with in 1981. During all this, Spehar opened shows for Merle Haggard, Boz Scaggs, Townes Van Zandt, John Fahey and others.
Award-winning artist Donovan Woods announced today the release of his new single titled "All Mine." An acclaimed songwriter who has written songs for artists such as Tim McGraw, Charlie Worsham, Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum), and Billy Currington while amassing a cataloge of rousing and well-received music of his own, Woods' "All Mine" is available now worldwide through iTunes, Spotify, and all other digital platforms HERE.
Listen to "All Mine" HERE
Peter Himmelman Finds Light in the Smoke and Flames of Today's World on New Album, 'There Is No Calamity'
HuffPost premiered the lyric video track for "245th Peace Song" at http://bit.ly/2scgg4T
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — Some songwriters wrestle with demons. Peter Himmelman wrestles with dialectics. In “Sacrificial,” a central song on his new album There Is No Calamity, Himmelman ponders questions like “How angry is too angry? How sweet is just too sweet?/How do you call out for love when love feels like defeat?” Later, he defines his song title “Ropes or Wings” as being among “the deepest choices of the human mind … With ropes we stay tied up, and with wings we can make this troubled world aligned.” His all-too-prescient “245th Peace Song” states, “the anger in people’s hearts needs to be cooled” before noting: “but you’ve got to be careful what you cool it with.”
The album’s brick-and-mortar release date is August 11, 2017 on Himmasongs Recordings.
Nashville, TN (Press Release) – Critically acclaimed artists and sisters Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer have announced select tour dates in support of their highly-anticipated upcoming release Not Dark Yet. The new album, which will be released on August 18th (Silver Cross/Thirty Tigers), was produced by Teddy Thompson and recorded in Los Angeles last summer. NPR Music unveiled an exclusive first listen of the album’s title track "Not Dark Yet" today. Click HERE to listen.
The shows start in New York City with two nights at City Winery, followed by stops in Boston, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Alexandria, Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta. Shelby and Allison haven’t toured together since 2010. For a taste of the pair’s incredible musical bond, please listen to this in-depth All Things Considered feature that highlights their emotional live performances. Click HERE.
The 8th Annual Festy Experience Announces Additions of Ani DiFranco, Elephant Revival, Beats Antique, Joan Osborne, Sierra Hull, & More
Thursday-Sunday, October 5 - October 8, 2017 at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, VA
Charlottesville, VA -- The Festy Experience is excited to announce the second round of its music lineup for the 8th annual festival, happening October 5-8, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia. The lineup comprises a carefully curated blend of national and local roots music acts and additions include Ani DiFranco, Elephant Revival, Beats Antique, Joan Osborne, Sierra Hull, EmiSunshine, Della Mae, Shook Twins, Sarah Siskind & Sunliner, Phoebe Hunt, Maggie Koerner, Dori Freeman, Erin Lunsford, and Tara Mills. Danny Barnes, Nick Forster, and Gallatin Canyon have also been recently added!
Other performers already announced include The Infamous Stringdusters, Drive-By Truckers, Sam Bush Band, The Travelin' McCourys, The Jerry Douglas Band, Cabinet, Billy Strings, Love Canon, Carl Anderson, and The 8th Annual Garrettgrass Gospel Hour. Tickets are on-sale now.
With half of the lineup consisting of female artists, The Festy Experience Director Michael Allenby says, "We recognize that the previous version of the music industry is hurting and can not invest in artists and progress their careers. It is now the promoter's job to evolve the industry and we believe that gender equality is a critical issue. Other industries often claim that gender inequality is a ‘pipeline issue’ that will take a long time to evolve; however, there's no shortage of amazing female artists and performers. The marketing of this talent happens AT festivals… not just FOR festivals.
“The fact that the first half of this year's Festy lineup was ALL MEN went surprisingly unnoticed by most.” Allenby continues, “We see unbalanced programming too often and wanted to do something to draw attention to the issue. It's one of many progressive changes that The Festy intends to roll out over the coming years and we are challenging promoters to make social progress a priority in all aspects of large-scale community gatherings."
Less than one week after the release of 'CHUCK,' the first album in 38 years from founding rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, comes the second-ever Chuck Berry music video for "Darlin'." The song is a gentle, euphonic duet between Berry and his daughter, Ingrid, furthering the familial essence of a record that also features three generations of Berry guitarists (Chuck, Charles Berry Jr., and Charles Berry III). The video illustrates that lifelong father-daughter relationship through never-before-seen Berry family footage, home movies and photos. Watch "Darlin'" HERE.
Available now for pre-order on Cornelius Chapel Records
(Press Release) The Bohannons are a bit of a Tennessee institution, but the central tenant of their music is their unwavering commitment to making challenging records. Their third full length album, Luminary Angels, promises nothing short of that commitment. This is their first album on Cornelius Chapel Records, which is owned by Elliot McPherson of the Dexateens.
Brothers Marty and Matt Bohannon have been at it for a while; the two made their first recording on a four-track cassette tape in a duplex garage at their parents’ home. Their first release in 2008, Songs for the Disenfranchised, found them performing at Mucklewain Festival and completing a tour of England. In 2010 the brothers recorded the Days of Echo EP at Chicago’s Electrical Audio Studio produced by both Steve Albini and Vance Powell of Nashville’s Sputnik Sound, and guest musicians included Jimmy Matt Roland (Ghostfinger) and multi-instrumentalist, John Spiegel (Freakwater.)
After the success of their EP, The Bohannon brothers went on to record their critically-acclaimed debut album, Unaka Rising at Chase Park Transduction, with both David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers) and Drew Vandenberg. The album’s title references the Unaka province of East Tennessee and western North Carolina, a place that has inspired much of the lyrical poeticism found in Bohannons’ songs. Their sophomore album, Black Cross, Black Shield, put them at the top of a new breed of bands to emerge from the South by delivering an intense, highly-charged platter that incorporated punk, metal and southern roots music into a heavy and heady melting pot of sounds and styles. Guest musicians on the album include James Leg (piano and Fender Rhodes), Nikki Ellis and Mary Higgins (backing vocals) and Jimbo Mathus (harmonica).
The four piece band continually show respect and dedication to their Southern roots, as they are known locally for hosting national and international artists in their hometown of Chattanooga, a mid-size post-industrial southern city with a burgeoning arts scene. The land and the population are indicative of the material generated by the band. For more information visit HERE.
Countrypolitan songwriter Whitney Rose celebrates her return to Lone Star State after a four-month tour that included North America, the UK and Europe with – fittingly – a suite of shows in South Texas. One highlight among many was a memorable night in Utrecht, where she played to 3,000 people opening for The Mavericks. Rose was also greeted with many of her own sold-out shows throughout the tour.
South Texas Suite, released in January by Six Shooter Records, is Rose’s most recent and highly praised EP. “Recorded in Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Studios, the album offers up jaunty conjunto flavor, waltzing dreaminess, and a nice bit of brazen boot stomping in the span of only six tunes,” wrote Dallas critic Kelly Dearmore.