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Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, world-traveling singer-songwriter Gav Brown has now released his second studio album: Road Less Travelled.

Early International Success is following:

  • Debut Single “Railroad Track” goes # 1 in Hotdisc Country Top 40 1/9/2019 and has been in the charts for four weeks. The video has been featured on SKY TV in the UK for five weeks to date.

  • “Road Less Travelled” album has obtained multiple #1’s in Play MPE weekly top 20 charts for Downloads and Streams to Radio for: Adult Contemporary, Rock, Triple A, and Australia

  • All Tracks from the “Road Less Travelled” album have had strong rotation on Radio in America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe.

  • 760,000 video views for “Road Less Travelled” tracks, (released July 19, 2019) -most popular in Australia, Canada, England, and Malaysia. “Railroad Track” video viewed 168k times with most views from Canada.
  • Over 2.3 million music video views to date.

 “It’s awesome stuff. I began to play the album on Thursday and will continue to promote. There are some amazingly technically perfect songs like “Nashville” and “Railroad Track.” I chose, however, “Mood for Love” to lead off with as it has the same underlying audiological draw for me as “Greatest Player.” You sound more relaxed and certain of your incredible talent on this latest work. Having said that- the same characteristic vocals and same smoking hot lead and sax are working their magic here, just as on the first release. From a strictly radio standpoint- give me 50 albums a month like this and I’ll be quite satisfied, indeed.”

-Gerry Sorensen WAAY Radio (Ohio, USA)

“Road to You song reminds me of my time on the road. All the while missing my fiance. She said yes. She is my wife now. I can never be far from her. All the roads I would ever take now lead me back to my wife and boy.”

-John Ragsdale 

The Road Less Travelled Album weaves captivating songs, an instrumental tune, and a multi-layered masterpiece of musical styles into a musical delight.

Road Less Travelled follows the internationally successful release of Gav’s debut album, Sound Circus, which was released in November 2018 and enjoyed success in the Play MPE charts for 12 weeks, reaching #1 in Australian, Rock, Triple A, and Adult Contemporary charts.
Popular Sound Circus single “Peter Pan” spent 9 weeks in chart Tasmanian Country Airplay Charts and reached #15. Sound Circus’s idyllic track 1, “Artist’s Dream”, reached #14 in Hotdisc Top 40 during its 6 weeks in the chart, and the video for “Artist’s Dream” was featured on SKY TV in the UK for four weeks. All tracks from the Sound Circus Album have had radio airplay, with strong rotation in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America and South Africa.

A regular on the live music scene in Perth, West Australia, Gav Brown has performed his soul-fuelled mix of country-rock, folk and pop around Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Hong Kong and Singapore. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gavin uses guitar, banjo, piano, harmonica, mandolin, cigar-box guitar and ukulele to craft honest uplifting music that captures the spirit of a traveller.

Brown has a passion for music which is clear in his song-writing. His influences include George Gershwin, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, James Taylor, Carlos Santana and John Mayer and he has been compared to Tom Waits, Joe Cocker, The Pogues and Dave Alvin.

Regularly compared to The Pogues and Tom Waits, and inspired by his childhood heroes; George Gershwin, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen, Brown’s use of guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano and cigar-box in his writing process create a rare and compelling musical palette. Combine this with his engaging and gravelly vocals, heart-felt honesty and addictively catchy melodies, and you can see why he’s mesmerising audiences across the country.

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Professor Louie & The Crowmatix – Miles Of Blues

 

Grammy nominees Professor Louie & The Crowmatix have been the torchbearers of American roots and blues music for nearly 20 years. The energetic five-piece band from Woodstock, New York return with their second album of 2019 and their 15th release, “Miles Of Blues.” The collection of nine new tracks and a bonus live cut is appropriately subtitled “From L-50 to Steampunk and Miles of Blues in between,” giving us a clue to the variety in store for our listening pleasure.

The acclaimed keyboardist, producer and engineer Aaron L. Hurwitz, aka “Professor Louie,” unselfishly shares the spotlight with vocalist Miss Marie, stalwart guitarist John Platania, along with the versatile rhythm section of Gary Burke and Frank Campbell. The Woodstock Horns make an appearance on two tracks with arrangements by super special guest and member of the original Blues Brothers Band, Tom “Bones” Malone.

Platania delivers masterful slide guitar work on the opening track ‘L-50 Blues,’ a lively ode to one of the most popular Gibson acoustic arch top guitars ever made and its influence on the development of America’s beloved music. Burke then gives us a deep jungle beat to bring in the ‘Funky Steampunk Blues, that capitalizes on the call and response song form created by Bo Diddley and Billy Boy Arnold in the 1950s. Louie and Platania join together on keys and lead guitar to push a gritty riff, while Miss Marie wails on the driving track ‘Love Bound.’ Louie then employs several classic blues conventions to expound upon his love for Miss Marie on the piano driven blues ‘Passion In My Life.’

 

The entourage takes a trip to the bayou for the second line fueled ‘Rain 40 Days’ that speaks to the trials and tribulations people have to endure during hurricane season. Louie demonstrates his extensive keyboard skills on the jaunty road song about lost love ‘Exit Zero.’ Miss Marie stretches out on the dynamic reading of the Percy Mayfield blues classic, ‘Please Send Me Someone To Love.’ The lyrics are a combination of a romantic love ballad and a social message against discrimination that is as timely today as it was back in the 50’s.

Professor Louie pays tribute to one of his mentors, Rick Danko from The Band, taking a deep cut from the “The Basement Tapes” and again in the 2000 reissue of the  seminal album “Music From Big Pink,” the mystery-filled groover, ’Orange Juice Blues’, dropping some barrelhouse piano on top of the rambling shuffle. The Woodstock Horns make a dramatic entrance in the epic minor ‘Oh My Lady,’ adding powerful gravitas to this epic passion play that is the highlight of the album and surely deserves much radio attention.

Clocking in at over nine minutes track number ten, ‘Bull Frog Jam Blues (Live),’ is an all-out barnyard boogie house party. The blazing solos from Platania on slide guitar, Chuck Smith on trombone, Jim Buckley on bari sax, Nick Driscoll on soprano sax and Danny Coyle on trumpet are a joy to behold with the players giving it all they’ve got before the chaotic cacophonous climax. “Miles Of Blues” takes us on a joy ride across a marvelous musical landscape.

 

Rick J Bowen

BIOGRAPHY

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix began as the studio backing band for Aaron “Professor Louie’s” musical productions for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, The Band. Rick Danko christened him Professor Louie due to his work and friendship with The Band.

This Grammy-nominated Woodstock, NY group plays 150 shows a year in the US and worldwide. They have performed at the Thunder Bay, London, Windsor, Tondor, Falcon Ridge Festivals, Sellersville Theater, BB Kings, NYC, House Of Blues, LA. Professor Louie has performed twice on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix repertoire is steeped in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, gospel and American roots music. They have 15 studio recordings on the Woodstock Records label. In 2016 their album, “Music From Hurley Mountain,” was voted best concept record & group by Radio Crystal Blue. PL&C have been inducted into Blues Hall Of Fame, New York Chapter and hold a permanent place in the Canada South Blues Museum.

 

More information about the band members is @ http://www.professorlouie.com/bio.html.

 

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Susan Gibson To Release New Album, The Hard Stuff promoted by Broken Jukebox.

 

Folk : Americana : Country
Release Date: October 4th
Radio Add Date : September 23rd
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“When I listen to a Susan Gibson song, I know she is sharing a piece if her heart and soul with me. Susan writes about true stories in her life. She writes with courage puts forth her message with powerful and heartfelt guitar and vocals. It only takes a few lines of her recorded songs for me to recognize that “Susan Sound”
Her new record has that for sure. Enjoy…..”

-Lloyd Maines-  Music producer and musician.

 

 

Wimberley, TX. Take it from Susan Gibson: “Nothing lifts a heavy heart like some elbow grease and a funny bone.” That’s the conclusion that the award-winning singer-songwriter reaches on the title track to her long-awaited new album, The Hard Stuff (due out Oct. 4 on Gibson’s own For the Records), and it may be the best bit of practical advice that she’s put to music since, well … “Check the oil.”

That “oil” line, a father’s reminder to a young daughter heading out on her own in pursuit of “Wide Open Spaces,” has been sung along to by millions of fans around the world ever since the Dixie Chicks recorded Gibson’s song as the title track to their major-label debut back in 1998. It became one of the biggest songs in modern country music history, but Gibson wasn’t aiming for a “hit” when she wrote it some 28 years ago. She was fresh out of college and had yet to officially embark on her professional music career, let alone to have figured out the basics of what she calls the “craft part” of songwriting. All she had to work with at the time, sitting at her parents’ kitchen table in Amarillo, Texas, and wanting to tell “an honest story with some universal truths,” was “sincerity and instinct.” 

Three decades, thousands of miles and countless songs and performances (both as a member of the ’90s Americana group the Groobees and as a successful solo act) down the road, Gibson is now recognized by fans, critics, and peers alike as a master troubadour who very much has the “craft part” of her art down cold. But check under the hood of The Hard Stuff, and it’s clear her songwriting engine still runs on pure emotional honesty. The only difference, really, is the mileage: Instead of reflecting the carefree exuberance of youth, these are the songs of a life-wizened, full-grown woman whose indomitable spirit springs not from untested naivety, but from hardened and tempered choice. 

The Hard Stuff is Gibson’s seventh release as a solo artist and her first full-length album since 2011’s Tight Rope. Much like the stop-gap EP that preceded it, 2016’s Remember Who You Are, it’s a record deeply rooted in grief, as Gibson wrote many of the songs while in the midst of coming to terms with the death of first one parent and then the other in the span of four years, a time during which she admits her career became far less of a priority to her than her family. But it was that very period of slowing down for emotional recalibration that ultimately pulled her out of the dark and back into the light, resulting in the most life-affirming and musically adventurous recording of her career. 

Producer Andres Moran (of the Belle Sounds) had a lot to do with helping Gibson expand her horizons at Austin’s Congress House Studio. “I’m a fan of the Belle Sounds, but Andres was a bit of an unknown to me to going into this, and I didn’t really know what he was going to do,” Gibson admits. “But I liked what I did know about him. The thing is, I’ve actually never used the same producer twice, which I think sometimes makes it hard for me to measure my growth or compare one album to the rest and go, ‘Was that forward or backwards?’ But for this one, I knew that I definitely wanted to stretch a bit more than usual. I’ve been very inspired lately by my friend Jana Pochop, who’s a brave writer and just the most unassuming pop star you could ever meet, but also a really good study in how to trust a collaborator enough to let them do their thing, instead of just what you might want them to do. She’s been getting some really good stuff that way, just by not putting limitations on herself in the studio or being tied to her acoustic guitar.”

Moran took Gibson’s “no limits” directive and ran with it. Although still unmistakably a Susan Gibson album, with her warm, friendly rasp of a voice front and center in the mix and an abundance of buoyant melodies brightening even the darkest corners (with a special assist from her beloved banjo on the bittersweet closer, “8×10”), the arrangements throughout The Hard Stuff are full of surprises. Rife with bursts of pop elan, splashes of funk (horns!), and even flirty hints of jazz, it’s a bright, technicolor palette delightfully unfettered by the constraints of her usually solo acoustic live shows. But far from seeming even remotely out of her element, Gibson embraces it all with arms and heart wide open, delivering her most spirited performances on record to date , and 10 of the best songs of her career, each one illuminated by her refreshingly clear-eyed perspectives on life, love, work, and yes, true to album’s title, even death.

Which brings us back to that line about nothing lifting a heavy heart like “some elbow grease and a funny bone”: the key point being, it takes both. And of course, a little time helps, too.

“I feel like Remember Who You Are came out of a lot of really raw and immediate, direct grief,” she says, recalling the EP she made not long after her mother’s death and her focus at the time on “the ache of loss and the balm of letting go.” A lot of that ache lingers still on The Hard Stuff, compounded of course by the loss of a second parent, but the sense of healing is palpable. But the difference with this batch of songs is, they’re not scabs anymore they’re starting to become scars: scars that you can talk about and tell stories about, and even find humor in. I don’t think it’s a particularly ‘humorous’ record, but I do feel like the common thread in a lot of the songs is me trying to not take myself so seriously.” 

To wit, in the title track, inspired by conversations with her concerned older sister (and an old John Wayne quote from the movie The Sands of Iwo Jima), Gibson reminds herself that, “if you’re gonna be stupid, you better be tough,” while in “The Big Game,” she baits a light-hearted account of frustrated desire with the winking tease, “Why you gotta make it so hard / for me to be easy?” 

A little bit of that kind of playfulness goes a long way; but its the elbow grease  and hard-earned experience  that ultimately does the heaviest lifting. In the opening “Imaginary Lines,” co-written with her aforementioned friend Jana Pochop, Gibson shifts seamlessly from a country mouse in the big city anecdote (and an account of a too-close-for-comfort encounter with a contract-waving industry business suit) to an exhilarating chorus reaffirming her commitment to the independent music back roads less traveled but traveled hard and with a joyous sense of purpose. The extended metaphors in “Diagnostic Heart” and “Hurricane” hit like brutally honest, tough-love therapy sessions, and the achingly beautiful “Wildflowers in the Weeds” ,ostensibly written for her friend and fellow independent Texas songwriter, Terri Hendrix, but by Gibson’s candid admission just as much about herself  is a portrait of courage and resilience painted in rich hues of empathy and bittersweet truth. And even when Gibson gets around to directly singing about how much she misses her mother (in “8×10”), or about the heartbreak of watching her elderly father struggle just to keep up in the world as a widower in the final years of his own life, her sadness is counterbalanced with equal measures of deeply felt gratitude for the memories she shared with them and the wisdom she learned from them. As she sings in “Antiques,” “Getting older ain’t for the weak / it only happens to the strongest ones.”

That’s the kind of “hard stuff” that The Hard Stuff is really about. Not the kind that breaks, but the kind that endures. 

1. Imaginary Lines (4:12)
2. Antiques (4:07)
3. The Hard Stuff (3:48)
4. Lookin’ For A Fight (3:19)
5. The Big Game (3:41)
6. Diagnostic Heart (4:06)
7. 2 Fake IDs (4:21)
8. Hurricane (3:52)
9. Wildflowers In The Weeds (3:35)
10. 8 X 10 (4:05)

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Focus Tracks : 1, 3, 8, 9

All Songs by Susan Gibson except:
“Imaginary Lines” – Susan Gibson, Jana Pochop, Michael Scwartz

Texas Songwriter Helene Cronin to Release Full Length Album, start listening on TMEfm Radio.

Helene Cronin : Old Ghosts & Lost Causes 
Americana : Folk
Release Date : October 11th
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“Helene Cronin can flat out spin a lyric. Her ability to crawl within a subject and pull a story or emotion out the other end is what makes her a brilliant songwriter. Those writing chops delivered with those earthy vocals have made her one of the best artists I’ve heard in a long time.”
– Terri Hendrix, Songwriter

“I like songs that tell the truth. Helene Cronin’s songs do just that. Helene delivers her songs with sheer soul. She invites you into her world and it’s a great listen.”
– Lloyd Maines, Producer and Musician

“Helene is a master of words who writes and sings straight from the heart. Each song is a handcrafted mini-movie.”
– Zane Williams, Artist

Helene Cronin spent over 15 years performing and songwriting — often for other people — before she awakened to the idea that she needed to follow her muse and start making records that more accurately represent the songs coming from her own heart. Following 2 recent EPs, Old Ghosts & Lost Causes is her first full length offering, although Cronin is a seasoned player. Produced by Matt King and featuring Kenny Vaughan, Byron House and others, the album serves up Cronin’s phenomenal songwriting in a sonic landscape that runs the gamut of the label Americana with hard driving guitar and thoughtful, top shelf musicianship.

The crux of it all is the lyrical mastery and vocal delivery that made Cronin a New Folk winner at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in 2018.  Starting off the album is the first single, “Careless With a Heart”, a reflective song that considers how we treat the fragile but resilient human heart. Following that is the blues-infused “Mean Bone”, a co-write with her novelist daughter, Alex, which examines the idea: what if someone did in fact have a “mean bone in his body” contrary to the popular use of that expression? From that song about the darker side of humanity, Cronin flows into what she calls a centerpiece of the album, the uplifting “Humankind” which celebrates people’s inherent desire to care for others. Later in “Riding The Gray Line”,  she turns her attention to a host of characters riding a Greyhound bus and weaves their stories over an acoustic-based bed. To close out the record Helene returns fully to her folk roots with “Ghost”, a six minute ballad, recounting from his perspective the story of a dead husband, performed completely solo long after the band had finished their work in the studio.

Overall, Old Ghosts & Lost Causes is the perfect vehicle for the precision of Helene Cronin”s songs. It showcases her versatility as a writer and performer while maintaining a cohesive overall feeling.  In a world obsessed with singles and rushing to the next thing, Old Ghosts will grab ahold of you and demand that you sit and give it the attention a proper album deserves.


Helene Cronin: vocals, background vocals, guitar
Bobby Terry: acoustic and  steel guitar, mandolin
Byron House: bass
Chad Cromwell: drums Kenny Vaughan:
electric guitar Heidi Newfield: harmonica, background vocals
Matt King: background vocals

Produced by Matt King
Engineered & mixed by Mitch Dane

The Grahams Release Video for “Just What You Deserve”

Thanks to DOM VIGIL at The Prelude Press for publishing this article.

 

Where do beach balls turn when they’re feeling deflated? Alcohol? Sex? Adventure?

Cinematic rock group, The Grahams (Alyssa & Doug), tackle this question and more with their brand new video for “Just What You Deserve,” the first single off their upcoming record KIDS LIKE US (set for release in early 2020 via 3 Sirens Music Group/RED MUSIC/The Orchard). The video follows the rocky relationship of two beach balls, focusing on one’s journey out of their toxic partnership, as well as the self-discovery that strengthens a beach ball from the inside out. While admittedly beach ball-centric, the video’s sentiment, alongside the track’s balmy, graceful, and anthemic brand of dream pop, demonstrates a universal human story of love, loss, grief, and ultimately hope.

“Did you ever deny a love so fiercely that it’s a definitive affirmation?” asks one half of the duo, Alyssa Graham. “This is a song that reveals its own deception. We worked with our longtime co-writer Bryan McCann (BMC) and pieced together this dark love story that all of us know all too well. Deception of self and denial of passion.

JUSTIN PETER KINKEL-SCHUSTER – Take Heart, Take Care (Big Legal Mess)

 

What does a songwriter who has mined darkness do when he finds a measure of contentment?

This was the challenge that faced Fayetteville, AR songwriter Justin Peter Kinkel-Schusterwhen writing his new album Take Heart, Take Care. A songwriter who had success with Water Liars (including over 14 million Spotify streams) and Marie/Lepanto (his collaboration with Will Johnson of Centro-Matic) and has earned acclaim from NPR, Billboard, NY Times, and Paste Magazine now took time to reassess his writing process.

Characters are drawn to and away from other people. They seek both risk and comfort. In the album opener “Plenty Wonder,” he sings of balannce, allowing himself “Plenty wonder in this world still to be found.” Several songs look back at a younger self with curiosity. “Friend of Mine” belies the camaraderie of youth; “Cut Your Teeth” is about seeing abrasiveness around us but then finding and cherishing “a deep and gentle welcome place inside” and remembering the journey that brought you there and the maintenance needed to keep perspective. It also powerfully alternates from fingerpicked acoustic guitar to hails of overdrive.

“Name What You Are” may be the most autobiographical song here (a medium in which Pete does not usually traffic). “It’s being quietly amazed at the places and conditions you put yourself in and why and what that meant at the time and what that means now having more or less dedicated your life to it. The atmosphere of ‘what the hell’s going’ on but it not mattering as much as that you’re simply doing it. For lifers in terms of making music, I would hope it might pretty true.” Yet the fingerpicked guitar and melody is more about the reflection back than the manic activity remembered. When asked about the song, Pete quotes Harry Crews, “Survival is triumph enough.”

Several songs, such as “Take Heart, Take Care,” are in the second person as if speaking directly to those out there who can identify with his earlier, darker experiences. He sings, “Time, time is the mender, whose strange mechanics, yet untold, bid us rise entwined together.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist Forrest Gander notes how this technique makes the listener lean in, saying, “You’ll notice a little delay in the timing as the tunes of JPKS’ “Take Heart, Take Care” back-eddy while he leans into and opens up the song’s long vowels. It’s almost as though the singer were pausing for a friend—that’s us—to catch up, to keep him company just before he turns to dive into the reprise. In fact, friendship is a recurring theme in this album. The second song is ‘Friend of Mine’ but other lyrics remind us ‘to keep it close’ so that what counts doesn’t go ‘asunder.’ Pete’s voice has an easy, unfeigned sweetness tinged with melancholy, and its warmth blows convincingly behind the alternately precise and fuzzy guitar notation that gives the album its definitive sound.”

The intimacy that Gander and Baker observe comes of both form and function for Pete: a desire to keep things simple aesthetically but also the limitations of time and money. His bandmate in Marie/Lepanto, Will Johnson, taught him by example how to build a record by yourself; Pete followed this method, playing all of the instruments except keyboards. “Will is a hero of mine and I’d grown to admire his way of working. We made the Marie/Lepanto record in 3 1⁄2 – 4 days and looking back, I was taken aback that we were able to do that. I take a lot of cues from Will,” he reflects. It freed him. The effect is cinematic yet direct, wind across the plains at times, humidity you can feel at others, and the occasional glimpse of a promised coastline, all of it from a view always in motion.

The sounds also provide a backdrop of a complicated world for Pete to approach his type of makeshift, hard-won providence. The underlying message is of hope, to others as well as himself. He states, “Here I’ve fumbled my way, as always, and of necessity, into a collection of songs that hold a light to the joys and comforts of life not given up on, those that appear over time as we are looking elsewhere, to surprise and delight us when we need them most. Sure, it’s me, so there are glimpses of and nods to the dark, but the dark is not winning anymore. I simply mean to acknowledge its presence. To me, that’s the most fundamental job of songs, of stories, of all art—to be allies, friends, companions, when we need them most and it’s my hope that these songs can do that work in a world that seems to need it.”

So what does a songwriter do when he finds contentment? He tries to pass on what he knows in hopes of helping the next person. 

– JUSTIN PETER KINKEL-SCHUSTER-
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Nashville’s The Truehearts Release Songs For Spike

The Truehearts : Songs For Spike
Americana : Folk : Country
Release Date: June 21st

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Watch the video for “PFC Frankie Walker” on Ditty TV

Listen To “Won’t It Be Something” on Americana Highways

“This is as eclectic as any album can get but somehow it all hangs together because it’s so well thought out, arranged, and brilliantly executed. It’s not just a harmonious blending of voices; it’s that and the blending of so many styles that hit on a wide range of emotions too. Other bigger name duos will undoubtedly earn coveted awards, but the Truehearts are likely more deserving. This album is several cuts above the rest.”
– Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine

“Americana that blows open the ears and doors so firmly you really won’t know what to do with it.”
– Chris Spector, Midwest Record 

‘Songs For Spike is an excellent slice of Americana from start to finish from The Truehearts. It’s full of clever, compelling stories, set over a quite varied menu of musical styles!”
– Don Crow, Nashvlle Blues and Roots Alliance

“The Truehearts’ new album, Songs for Spike, is all heart the kind of album that tells honest tales of love and life with poetic clarity, heightened by the harmonies of co-leaders Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams and their mesh of electric and acoustic guitars. The expertly played arrangements are a perfect fit for their lyrics, both settling into and slightly pushing the envelope of Americana and roots rock with flourishes of banjo and odd turns of six-string like the bubbling intro to Milky Way and the chiming expressionist colors that heighten the drama of the telling 2Late July. Songs for Spike is packed with simple truths which are the best kind and immensely easy to fall in love with.”
– Ted Drozdowski, Senior Editor, Premier Guitar magazine

“With a knack for melody and sharp storytelling, The Truehearts have made a terrific album of modern Americana. Steve and Debra blend everything from ’30s string bands, ’50s rock’n’roll, ’70s Petty, ’80s Ramones, and 21st century folk into a warm-yet-sharp blend of well-observed tunes, full of layered harmonies and apt arrangements. Keep your ears open for The Truehearts.”
– Eric Brace

“The Truehearts are aptly named. These are good people, making good music for right and good reasons.” 
– Peter Cooper, Country Music Hall of Fame

“The Truehearts write music with true ear-worm quality.”
– Melissa Clarke, Americana Highways

Steve McWilliams and Debra Buonaccorsi are the TrueHearts. And they are. They’re an item. They hit East Nashville from the DC/Baltimore area a few years back as the Hummingbyrds and released a terrific album called Purgatory Emporium  that fell into the melodic side of Americana sound. It was a solid collection of songs that they sold at gigs as they worked up a reputation in the crowded East Nashville music scene. All very nice. Lovely people too. Salt of the earth and reasonably normal.

And now comes THIS Songs for Spike  is their new album, their first under the TrueHearts moniker, and it takes their whole career up to this point such as it has been – and stands it on its cotton pickin’ head. Under the aegis of the increasingly popular producer/guitarist Dave Coleman (with Pete Pulkrabek on drums and Brian Hinchliffe on bass and cameos from Richard Bailey of the Steeldrivers and Paul Niehaus of Calexico) they have put together the best new record I’ve heard since Nick Piunti’s ‘Temporary High a year ago. This is not just more agreeable pleasant Americana songs and sounds (though there are elements of that), this is a quantum leap. This is a rocking damn gorgeous eclectic but unified set of songs, about the never-ending fight to come out on top in life. A guitar group with terrific vocals, songs that are about things with profoundly well-constructed arrangements on a comfy bed of Dave Coleman’s construction of wonderful electric guitars with subtle twists and turns like Tom Petty ‘ rest his soul ‘ and damn near XTC territory to my ears. There is a song ( Hey Hey ) that embraces a reggae vibe in the verses and then steps up and punches you in the face with a fifth gear rocking chorus. They thought out all this stuff really well. No song is less than inspired and they never repeat themselves   they embrace rock, they go to the country and get pensive, they shift the focus to a piano ballad or a close-up of an acoustic guitar, but they make joyous loud noises too, a lovely and appropriate amount of it. It’s bearing up to repeated listening as a gift that keeps on giving.

Enough of my yacking. Let’s go through some of the record. Things kick off with a ‘Wont it be Something’, a swinging guitar descending chord progression reminiscent of ’16 Tons’ or a trashier version of the Kinks ‘Sunny Afternoon.’ Complete with horns, it soars into an exuberant chorus:  Won’t it be something, to make gold out of nothing. I still believe in nursery rhymes. Sunshine & Violets  has traces of Aimee Mann with another chorus that lifts everything higher —  PFC Frankie Walker  is a return to more rural territory, a banjo-driven up-tempo minor-key folk tale and probably the album’s centerpiece. During World War II, Steve’s mother was 15 and PFC Frankie  Spike Walker was 18, and they had to be known to court and spark. He shipped out, went ashore D-Day +1 and was killed 2 months later. It highlights some of the struggle with the cards you’re dealt that permeate the record, making ALL the record songs for Spike, hence the title.   Manzelle Marie  is a chugging bo diddley verse that roars into a chorus that grabs you like all the ones have so far. —  Late July  features a gorgeous guitar figure —  32nd Street  is a free-swing rocker with shades of McMurtry — There’s much more. It’s all good too. Everything hits you musically, genuinely musically. In our world of everyone having a record out and anyone over 21 need not apply,  Songs for Spike  deserves to be heard, and considered one of the best albums to come out in 2019. I’m serious.

Scheduled for release on June 21, 2019, the Truehearts will be true to their hearts and continue to play both in Nashville and out in the real world. I don’t lend my name to just anything, so I close off this missive with what I truly know: they’ve made a solid damn record, and if you care at all about East Nashville music, or the whole Americana scene in general where they’re suddenly pushing the envelope, you must hear this album.
– Tommy Womack, 2019

  1. Won’t It Be Something
    2. Sunshine and Violets
    3. PFC Frankie Walker
    4. Mamzelle Marie
    5. Hey, Hey
    6. Let It Sing
    7. 32nd Street
    8. Late July (explicit lyrics)
    9. Milky Way
    10. Goodbye

    Focus Tracks : 1,3, 5, 6
    FCC Warning : Track 8 

Produced by Dave Coleman and The TrueHearts
Recorded and Mixed by Dave Coleman at Howard’s Apartment Studio in East Nashville, TN
Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering, Donelson, TN

Photo Credit : Stacie Huckeba

Swim Deep – Emerald Classics, Pop Committee / Cooking Vinyl released 4 October 2019

 The singles have picked up some really solid radio airplay at Radio 1 with a number of plays coming from Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Greg James, Dev & Alice, Jack Saunders, and Nick Grimshaw. It has been a focus track on these shows as well, named “Hottest Record In The World” by Annie Mac, and picked as “Midnight Drop” by Jack Saunders. I think there’s a strong narrative to the record too, centred around the influence of 90s pop, falling apart to rebuild, and the binding power of the local pub. 

It’s a record that comes into the world out of a period of huge upheaval for the band, one out of which they weren’t sure whether there would even be a band left at all. They were sat at a crossroads in their local pub – The Emerald, from which the album takes its name – wondering if it was all worth it. After the release of their second album “Mothers”, and having played Glastonbury and gone out on tour with the 1975, they very nearly fell apart at the seams, with personal demons unfortunately rearing their heads, leading to a couple of members departing. However with the local pub being so central to them as mates, and a band, it ended up being the scene at which they would decide to get themselves together, find new collaborators, and make music again.

The band are fiercely of the position that you should never allow yourself to sit still, creatively, and the evidence of that mindset is stamped all over the record. With new personnel came new and invigorating ideas that would see them again shape-shift their sound. Through their forays into psych-pop, acid-house and beyond, Swim Deep could never be accused of re-treading old ground, and they’ve never been scared to throw in a curveball either. Case in point is the album’s lead single “To Feel Good” which riffs on the 1991 Rozalla hit single “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)”, this time re-purposed with a full gospel choir. Coupled with its video – which tells the story of lead singer Austin’s real-life experiences of signing on – it’s actually rather affecting:

 

 

 

SWIM DEEP herald their return, sharing new single To Feel Good and announcing details of their new album Emerald Classics. It will be released on their newly formed label imprint Pop Committee through Cooking Vinyl on October 4th, 2019 across all formats.
Newly reconfigured as a five-piece they now number original frontman Austin alongside bassist Cav and James on keyboards with ex-Childhood drummer Tomas Tomaski whilst Cav’s catwalk partner-in-crime Robbie Wood takes over guitar duties.
Following the release of 2015’s album Mothers and a US tour with 1975, the band embarked on a self-induced hiatus to take stock – four years and two albums had taken their dreams and good looks and offered them everything in return – An everything that never quite materialised. Personnel changes, friendships revived, relationships requited sees the original axis of Austin and Cav return together with a steely confidence and a collection of their most fully-fledged pop songs yet.
Emerald Classics is available to pre-order here
The first taste of this new relationship is the gospel infused and spoken word of album opener To Feel Good – Featuring Margate’s Social Singing choir, the track’s a big statement and an even bigger song that transcends the group’s intrinsic feel good factor and DIY ethos of the early days through to the synth-pop strains of Mothers. The Evoking a dose of self-loathing in the shape of a particularly dark but wonderfully shot video, To Feel Good opens another chapter in what thus far has been a life-affirming rollercoaster of reality, struggle and proof that you can keep going.
Recorded on the South East Kent coast over a three week period late last summer  with Dave McCracken presiding over production duties – who has worked with everyone from Ian Brown to Beyoncé and  proceeded to meld the pop sensibility of their debut and the burned out psychedelia of their second – as Austin recognises; “ He’s a very vital part of this record. Maybe the most vital.”

Emerald Classics – an album for dreamers and pub jukeboxes.

 

Available Everywhere Now! The New Album From Grammy-Award Winning Artist Bobby Rush! Sitting On Top Of The Blues.

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“Bobby’s brand of blues is for anything but sitting.”
– Blues 
Magazine

After decades of tearing up the chitlin’ circuit on a nightly basis with his sweaty, no-holds-barred funkfests, Bobby has thoroughly broken through to the mainstream. Bobby’s brand-new album, Sitting on Top of the Blues, on his own Deep Rush imprint (distributed by Thirty Tigers) promises to further spread the news that this revered legend, well past 80 years of age, even if his stratospheric energy level belies the calendar, is bigger and badder and bolder than ever.

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Rush won his first Grammy in 2017 for the Scott Billington produced LP, Porcupine Meat, which won the Best Traditional Blues Album category. Porcupine Meat also won for Album of the Year in the 2017 Blues Music Awards and for Best Blues Album at the 2017 Best of the Beat Music Awards. More recently, Rush has been nominated for the 2019 Blues Music Awards for the B.B. King Entertainer award, to make 48 career BMA nominations with 12 wins, and garnered 37 Living Blues Magazine Awards.

Following the release of Sitting On Top Of The Blues, Bobby Rush will support the album with a run of tour dates into the end of the year.

Tracklist:
01. Hey Hey Bobby Rush
02. Good Stuff
03. Get Out Of Here (Dog Named Bo)
04. You Got The Goods On You
05. Sweet Lizzy
06. Bobby Rush Shuffle
07. Recipe For Love
08. Pooky Poo
09. Slow Motion
10. Shake Til’ You Get Enough
11. Bow Legged Woman

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Garrett Carty
[email protected]

Thirty Tigers
615.664.1167 ext. 25
611 Merritt Avenue, Nashville, TN
http://www.thirtytigers.com

Ben Davis Jr. – Suthernahia, a cracker of an album, Go get yourselves a copy.

 

 

Ben Davis Jr. : Suthernahia
Americana
Release Date : August 16th.

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Hear “Just Let Me In” on Glide Magazine
Hear “I Think You Should” on Southern Sounding
Hear “Line Boat Blues” on Americana Highways


“Davis shows his impressive songwriting chops as he channels troubadours like Todd Snider, David Childers, and Steve Earle. ” – Glide Magazine

“Suthernahia is solid rootsy southern rock’n roll, the kind of album that you’ll want to listen to all the way through  and then you’ll put it on repeat.”
-Melissa Clarke, Americana Highways

 “A hard charging roots rocker with accent on the rock, Davis shows his sure fire pen on a dandy original set that fires up the blood taking looks as various topics that affect the contemporary psyche. Solid modern songwriting that stays on point throughout, here’s a smoking slice of life live from the heartland to you.”
– 
Chris Spector, Midwest Record 


“a noteworthy, memorable release”
– Will Phoenix, HVY

“Ben Davis Jr’s Suthernahia will stay with you long after the record’s over.”
– HR Gertner, Americana Highways

 “one of Americana’s brightest young artists”
– Don Crow, Don and Sheryl’s Music Blog

Born of the hills, hollers, and river valleys of southern Ohio, veteran singer-songwriter Ben Davis Jr’s appropriately-named new album Suthernahia is a dazzling cornucopia of roots based musical styles and heartfelt emotions. Anchored by Davis impeccable song craft and compelling vocals, the collection speaks to the primacy of personal responsibility (“I Think You Should”), enduring relationships (“Just Let Me In”), and honest work (“Line Boat Blues”).


Produced by Eddie Ashworth at The Oxide Shed outside Athens, OH, Suthernahia boasts versatile and full bodied backing by The Revelry (Erik Miller on drums, Levi Westfall on bass, Ben Ervin on guitar, and Ashworth on mandolin and keyboards) and various guest artists, including legendary North Carolina singer-songwriter David Childers (one of Davis’ major musical influences) who contributes vocals and harmonica. Stylistically, one hears elements of alt-country, punk rock, psychedelia, folk, and even 60’s sunshine pop reverberating in the carefully crafted tracks. Suthernahia is an album that rewards repeated listens with layers of meaning and sound uncommon in today’s musical landscape.

1. I Think You Should (4:12)
It starts like a runaway freight train of churning guitars and electric mandolin, with lyrics that call out to those who are going down in a suicide plane to right their course before it’s too late. Unexpectedly, it morphs into a spacey psychedelic jam complete with swirling theremin, mellotron, intertwining guitars, and phased background vocals. Then, at the last minute, the rock roars back for a final chorus to thrillingly close the song.
2. Can’t Get Enough (3:07)
 Davis celebrates his affinity for outlaw country and Bakersfield twang with this cautionary tale of obsessive love gone wrong, then somehow right. Incendiary guitar work and funky Wurlitzer lines complement Davis’ burly, effervescent vocals.
3. If You Ever Will (3:59)
A sweet folky bluegrass tune with high lonesome harmonies, clucking mandolin, and bouncy train beat. Captures that bittersweet tang of yearning for someone and wondering if that feeling is shared.
4. Porchlight (3:44)
Davis excels at capturing the sadness and sorrow of failed romance without becoming maudlin, and there is no better example of his skills than this song. By turns hushed, dramatic, and finally cathartic, the song’s lyrics perfectly capture the forlorn universality of unrequited love.
5. Just Let Me In (5:38)
Using the sound of a gentle rain (captured during one of the album recording sessions) as a segue, this song’s lyrics are traditional in the best possible sense. The line I’ve got a love/like they had way back when resonate over a bed of tape-echoed guitar, stately Wurlitzer, and interlocked bass and drums to create an instant classic ballad.
6. Sunday Morning (2:48)
Davis gets soulfully funky on this uptempo track that evokes the sounds of Motown and Stax records. Boasting a rip snorting baritone sax solo and galloping groove, the song celebrates absent friends and appropriate retribution.
7. Ramblin’ Bones (2:35)
Another folk infused track, with an old-timey feel complemented by fiddle and dobro. 
8. (I’m Doing) Fine Girl (3:03) 
Davis’ fearless songwriting range is on full display with this homage to the sunshine pop and soul of the 60’s. Combining a lighter than air verse melody with period instrumentation (Beatle-esque clavichord, bouncy finger plucked electric guitar, and once again theremin), this track provides a perfect balance to the more intense and introspective songs the album.
9. Line Boat Blues (featuring David Childers) (3:21)
 Davis has always lived on, or very near, the Ohio River, and his familiarity with its vagaries and the people who derive a living from it is evident on this track. Celebrating the folks who work long and hard to navigate the river’s line boats, the song features legendary North Carolina singer-songwriter David Childers on vocals and harmonica.
10. Carly (3:47)
The album closes on a melancholy note with this ode to a lost love whose life ended too soon. The track features Davis on acoustic guitar and voice (in contrast to the rest of the album’s finely wrought arrangements) and is all the more devastating because of it.

All Tracks FCC Clean
Focus Tracks: 1, 5, 9, 10

All songs written by Ben Davis Jr
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Eddie Ashworth
at the Oxide Shed, Coolville Ridge, Athens, OH

Additional recording by Chris Garges
at Old House Studio, Charlotte, NC

Mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice
at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA


Photo Credit: Olen Queen