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Lone Star Blues And Heritage Festival, OCTOBER 25-27, 2019

 

JAIL, DENTIST, not my kind of venue.

Nola Blue, Inc. is delighted to announce the establishment of a new blues festival  to preserve, celebrate and support the rich musical legacy of Texas blues.  The inaugural East Texas-based event will be held October 25-27, 2019 at Salmon Lake Park. Confirmed performers include Benny Turner, The Peterson Brothers, Steve Howell and Kathy & the Kilowatts.  Additional lineup announcements forthcoming.

The festival’s location is significant because the area is considered the westernmost region of the Deep South, and has been fertile ground for some of the most influential blues artists of the twentieth century including Blind Lemon Jefferson, ‘The Father of Texas Blues,’; Lightnin’ Hopkins; T-Bone Walker; Freddie King and more.

Salmon Lake Park’s beautiful 100 acres provides an idyllic setting for the event, with a vintage bandstand nestled in a shaded area, a fresh water lake and plenty of buildings and other nostalgia from a bygone era of East Texas.  Well-suited for group gatherings of families or close friends, there are more than 350 RV hookups, furnished cabin rentals and tent camping available for those who wish to spend the weekend onsite.  Reservations can be made directly with the park by calling 936-687-2594.  Festival tickets will be sold separately.

When her client, Benny Turner, was approached with the opportunity to produce a blues festival not far from where he was born, Nola Blue President Sallie Bengtson knew that it was the right thing to do, at just the right time.  Turner embodies a living musical legacy, born on the porch of his Gilmer, TX family home where he and his older brother Freddie King listened to their mother and uncles playing the blues.  Turner continues to play the blues to enthusiastic audiences everywhere, more than sixty years after beginning his music career, carrying on a tradition of which he is very proud.  Bengtson says, “We look forward to celebrating with Benny on his 80th birthday (October 27, 2019) during this inaugural event.”

LINEUP

(Times to be announced)

Friday, October 25

Annika Chambers

Dylan Bishop

Salvation From Sundown

Saturday, October 26

Benny Turner

Kathy & The Kilowatts

Peterson Brothers

Sparky Parker

Steve Howell & The Mighty Men

Steve Krase

Trudy Lynn

Sunday, October 27

Gospel Brunch with Keeshea Pratt Band

Shake Anderson

Sue Foley

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Billboard Emerging Artist And Chart-Topping Folk Singer-Songwriter Bringing “Changes” To Radio

BA ChangesBill Abernathy “Changes”

KC-based folk artist Bill Abernathy has released his new single, “Changes” to radio stations everywhere. It is the second single from “Crossing Willow Creek.”

We are constantly in flux, learning to adapt to the many changes and challenges that occur in our lives every day.”

— Bill Abernathy

KANSAS CITY, MO, USA, March 25, 2019 — In 2017, Kansas City, MO-based singer-songwriter Bill Abernathy hit the top of the Roots Music Report’s Traditional Songs chart with “Goodbye Will Never Come Again.” His album, “Find A Way” reached the Top 5 on the Traditional Albums chart, that same year. The following year, Bill released “Crossing Willow Creek,” an album of revamped versions of previously released tracks, covers and one new song. That album spawned the politically-charged radio hit, “Cry Wolf,” which reached the Americana Top 15, the iTunes Top 100, the Airplay Today Top 20, and #4 on the New Music Weekly country singles chart. The track led to Bill’s feature as an Emerging Artist in Billboard Magazine.

Now, Bill Abernathy is releasing the 2nd single from “Crossing Willow Creek,” “Changes:” “Change is the one constant in our lives we can depend on,” said Bill. “We are constantly in flux, learning to adapt to the many changes and challenges that occur in our lives every day. My tune, ‘Changes’ explores how changes have affected me personally and how embracing these changes have brought me to where I am today. ‘Change always teaches us to be everything we’re destined to be.”

ABOUT BILL ABERNATHY: Everyone loves a good story about second-chances, and that’s exactly what Bill Abernathy’s story is all about. The Kansas City, Missouri resident began writing songs in his early teens. He played all through his school years, but then he stopped…Life took over. Bill went about getting married, building a business career, and raising his children. After his kids graduated from school and started their careers, Bill picked up the guitar again and began trying to rekindle his love of music. In 2017, Bill’s album “Find A Way” reached #5 on the Roots Music Report Traditional Folk Albums chart, spending more than a year on the chart. His single, “Goodbye Will Never Come Again” reached #1 on the Traditional Folk Songs chart. His current album, “Crossing Willow Creek” features the Top 100 iTunes chart and Top 5 New Music Weekly chart single, “Cry Wolf.” Bill is a Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist. www.billabernathy.com

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Introducing our ARTIST of the MONTH for APRIL, California’s one and only KATIE KNIPP.

NO SPOTLIGHT, NO ALBUM, APRIL WILL HAVE AN ARTIST OF THE MONTH.

Having hit #10 on the Blues Albums Billboard Charts with her 5th album release titled “Take it With You,” Northern California Blues Americana Siren Katie Knipp is equipped with powerful vocals and plays a variety of instruments from boogie woogie piano to slide guitar, to honest harmonica laden stories in between.  Her various performance formats from raw solo act to full band captures audiences hearts from her first notes.  She has opened for Robert Cray, Joan Osborne, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds, Jon Cleary, The James Hunter Six, among many others.  Her sound has been compared to Larkin Poe, Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Beth Hart, and what the late Taz Digregorio of the Charlie Daniels band once said, “Dylan in a Dress!”

Blues Americana artist Katie Knipp has been on a passionate musical journey her entire life. Always in choir, she was drawn to the piano at the age of 15. Since there was no piano at home, she began teaching herself on every lunch break during high school in the choir room. Beginning college, Katie believed it would be practical to major in medicine. Singing in a choir rendition of Mozart’s Requiem changed her future path. The haunting beauty of the music made tears roll down her face, and she knew that, in order to follow her heart, she would dedicate herself and her studies to music. Attending U.C. Santa Cruz, Katie enjoyed the calm, serene new environment.

Driven to continually grow, she taught herself guitar on the beaches of California’s coast. “The waves would drown out any mistakes I made, so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed by wrong notes,” says Katie. As she dug deeper into her music major, it became clear to Katie that she also wanted to write her own material. Witness to a gruesome on-campus suicide on her 21st birthday, she decide she needed a change of scenery; she transferred to Cal State Hayward, where she would earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance. The dark experience of the suicide, however, would stay with her, and became one of many events that helped mold her writing into the gutsy, soul-on-a-platter type material. To date, Katie has released four studio albums, a DVD, and played hundreds of venues throughout California. Sacramento News and Review nominated her for Best Blues Artist in Sacramento in 2017.

Readers of The Northbay Bohemian voted her band “Number One Band in Marin County” for two consecutive years. Currently laying down roots in Sacramento, Katie has worldwide radio support, has opened for such acts as Robert Cray, The James Hunter Six, Jon Cleary, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds and Tommy Castro, and shared the stage as a back up singer for Barry Manilow. Her music can be found on iTunes, many other digital mediums, as well as retail cds on www.katieknipp.com. Katie unflinchingly maintains the goal of being a viable force in the music world. Her success is largely based upon her willingness to take risks, diversify her format and learn from collaboration with others. Katie performs in several formats, from solo to full band. Equipped with a powerful voice, Katie also plays piano, guitar, dobro and harmonica. Her hard work has shaped her into a mature artist, focusing on the organic, free elements that reach people the most.  She is also busy raising her two toddler boys as well as teaching piano and voice lessons in Rocklin, California.

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FRANCINE HONEY Releases her latest single and video ‘Shacked-Up Sweetie’ From the album ‘To Be Continued…’

Hard-luck stories can have happy endings. Especially in Francine Honey’s world. “Some of these songs are about going through tough times and then getting to the other side,” the Ontario singer-songwriter says of her third record To Be Continued... “I know I’ve certainly been through my share of struggles. But it’s important to have hope and know you’re not alone. If you’re going through something, someone else has gone through it too. And you have to remember: You don’t know what’s around the corner. Your ‘to be continued…’ might be beyond what you ever imagined.”

To Be Continued… is an album that showcases Honey’s most striking and stirring compositions. “I’m so happy,” she says. “I’m really proud of this record and how it all came together.” Cut in Nashville with Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Jason Isbell) and first-call players like guitarists Will Kimbrough and Kris Donegan, pianist Dan Mitchell, bassist Dean Marold and legendary fiddler Eamon McLoughlin, To Be Continued… takes Honey’s mix of Americana, Country, Rock, Canadiana and Blues to the next level, capturing the sound she’s been chasing for years. “It’s hard to articulate what you hear in your head and get it to come to life through other musicians,” she says. But after getting Hubbard’s name from singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, she knew she’d found her man. “I looked up the songs he produced and went, ‘That’s what I’ve been hearing!’

Although she’s made music since childhood — “I wrote my first song in 1976” — Honey never dreamed of making it a career.  However, along the way, the down-to-earth artist has displayed extraordinary dedication to her craft. Francine’s debut self-produced album An Ordinary Woman came out in 2008 and was followed in 2014 by Re-Drawn, produced by Lang Bliss in Nashville.  As a graduate of the Berklee College of Music Professional Singer-Songwriter Certificate Program, Francine regularly makes the nine-hour drive from Ontario, Canada, to song-writing workshops in Nashville, where she has been mentored by icons like Beth Nielsen Chapman (who contributes backup vocals to Honey’s Snowflakes On My Eyelashes), Mike Reid (I Can’t Make You Love Me), Mary Gauthier (Mercy Now), Verlon Thompson (Boats to Build), Gretchen Peters (Independence Day) and Jonatha Brooke (My Mother has 4 Noses). Francine is a member of the Songwriter’s Association of Canada (SAC), Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Canadian Country Music Association and Americana Music Association. She co-ordinates the SAC’s Leamington/Windsor Regional Writer’s Group, mentoring other songwriters. She has showcased at the Texas Songwriters Symposium four years in a row, the WinterFolk Blues and Roots Festival in Toronto, the Kingsville Folk Music Festival and the Folk Music Ontario conference. Francine’s music and song-writing have not only taken her through Canada and the U.S but to the U.K., Switzerland and Italy.

Now, To Be Continued takes Francine’s listeners on a journey.  Courageously drawing from her own life, Honey’s latest songs run the gamut of emotion. Snowflakes on My Eyelashes channels the grief of loss; Can’t Break Through to You examines PTSD; and the moving Marilyn documents a harrowing health scare. “That’s a very tough subject and a very personal song,” she confesses. “The room goes quiet when I play it. But I’ll see someone wipe a tear from their eye, and know that song has touched someone.” It’s not alone: Stay was a semi-finalist in the Canada Songwriting Contest and Mamas Take Bad Dreams Away made the top five in the Canada South Songwriting Contest.

Equally laudable are cuts on the lighter side of the roster: The upbeat driving ode Open Road, the sexy come-hither blues of Honey and the uplifting title cut that chronicles her romance with a friend who re-entered her life at just the right time. “I sure had to kiss my share of frogs,” she quips. “I thought I was just meant to be single and figured we would just be friends, and I was happy with that. Little did I know!” And about Shacked-Up Sweetie, Francine’s latest single release and video, “I wrote this song for my sweetie and I. We talked about getting married and decided not to. It took me a while to work through my feelings about not getting married, but in the end, I realized that it’s really all about the commitment you make to each other, not the church ceremony. True love is just bigger than all of that.”

Francine’s music can be heard on CBC radio, Sirius XM and country stations across North America and she receives millions of views on her videos. She has appeared and been interviewed on CTV News, CFRU’s Folk Roots Radio and more.


Check out the single  ‘Shacked-Up Sweetie’ here:

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Links to the full album “To Be Continued…” here :

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Check out more about Francine Honey here:

Folk Roots Radio interview with Jan Hall:
http://folkrootsradio.com/francine-honey-folk-roots-radio-interview/

Sessions Podcast with Barry Davis :
https://soundcloud.com/user-250213153/sessions-nov-9-2018-guests-francine-honey-kenny-wayne

CTV News Windsor:
https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1541019&binId=1.1143910&playlistPageNum=1

Scribes & Songsters Interview:
https://youtu.be/nnF_P32ibss

Listen to the new single Alyssa by Kelly’s Lot from the upcoming album’Can’t Take My Soul’

Provided us with a copy of the new single from Kelly’s Lot.

We provide you  all a chance to listen to this beautiful, sad song.

 

Kelly Z told us

“Alyssa is the first song released from our upcoming CD, ‘Can’t Take My Soul’. Alyssa was the daughter of DJ Mark Mushin. We met on facebook after he started playing my last release ‘Rescue’ He asked me for a station ID, personalized for his daughter. He told me stories about Alyssa, her spirit and her battle with Canavan Disease. A few months later she passed away and the song was inspired by all the stories Mark told me. By writing the song, Perry and I wanted to reach out to everyone who needs to be reminded that we must grab a hold of the joy we have today because we don’t now how long it will last.”

 

A note about Alyssa from her family -“Alyssa was born with Canavan Disease, a rare and fatal genetic brain disease. In her short 23 years, without ever speaking a word, Alyssa was able to shine her light on everyone around her. She had a smile that would melt your heart and her laughter would always sooth your soul. Her amazing journey started with me holding her for 4 hours when she was born, forming a bond that will live for all time. She then became a medical pioneer being one of the worlds first to receive gene therapy. She continued to share her pure spirit throughout her whole life making all who knew her the best they could be and taught us all the meaning of true love. Although her earthly experience is done, she still sends us signs from above and continues to inspire us all.”

ALYSSA Credits

Written by Kelly Zirbes and Perry Robertson
Kelly Z – Vocals
Perry Robertson – Guitar
Matt McFadden – Bass
Mike Sauer – Drums
Bobby Orgel – B3
Background vocals – Jenna Mushin, Andrew Mushin, and Jeri Goldenhar
Mixed by Fred Paragano
Mastered by Mike Milchner at Sonic Vision Mastering

ALYSSA Lyrics

It’s there in your heart not trapped in your mind
And easier to feel than to search out and find
And Alyssa she knew the way to get you through
She was never behind but one step ahead of the blues

Some just don’t know what’s right there to see
Looking for easy to set them free
And Alyssa she knew these things don’t get you through
She was never behind but one step ahead of the blues
She was never behind but one step ahead of the blues

Don’t hold on to worry when the answer is there
Don’t try to fix every why, when and where
Take a deep breath and throw away your fears
Cause it’ll all be gone before you know that you’re here

She was never behind but one step ahead of the blues

Don’t hold on to a worry when the answer is there
Don’t try to fix every why, when and where
Take a deep breath and throw away your fears
Cause it’ll all be gone before you know that you’re here.

Stop chasing the questions when its all right there
No one promised this life would be fair
And Alyssa she knew the way to get us through
She was never behind she was one step ahead of the blues
She was never behind she was one step ahead of the blues
She was never behind she was one step ahead of the blues

 

Out Today: Anyone Can See by The Honey Dewdrops

 

March 1, 2019
“This is the kind of slow, thought-out acoustic music that is increasingly hard to come by, with the songwriters putting an equal emphasis on the the craft of lyricism and nuanced yet complex and intricate guitar solos.
– Glide Magazine

Though Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman of The Honey Dewdrops have long ago traded the Appalachian mountain air for the Baltimore sea breeze, one thing is certain: the duo, who’s fifth independent release, Anyone Can See out on March 1st, 2019, has lost none of the creative energy so prevalent on their previous releases. Rather, the duo are growing rapidly as artists, enthusiastically exchanging perfection for the compelling ebbs that accompany an intimate, authentic kind of expression.

For their newest release, Parrish and Wortman recreated the flexible, spontaneous atmosphere of their live performances. “We focused in on that live energy by sitting close to each other in the studio so we could hear everything in a natural way,” says the duo. “There is no click track on this album and we found that the takes that had the magic, often had some variation of pitch and rhythm.”

While chasing the magic, Parrish and Wortman found that their sense of musical clarity also evolved over the course of the album’s creation. “The process made us look at how we define what is “right” and what is “wrong” in our performances,” says Parrish and Wortman. “What sounded good to us tended to go more in the direction of emotion, dynamics, and improvisation in the arc of a song.”

Though the creation of Anyone Can See contains elements of an artistic awakening in certain senses, Parrish and Wortman have also remained loyal to their roots, with the album evoking the duo’s characteristic heart-wrenching melodies and intricate chord progressions. Producer Nick Sjostrom kept them on a path throughout the process, guiding the duo towards a grounded result even while they were undergoing such rapid growth as artists. “Nick has a great sense of melody and timing and brought forth some interesting ideas for rhythm changes and variations in our song structures,” says the duo. “His input became the fitting pieces to this record puzzle.”Ultimately, Parrish and Wortman decided to keep their listeners at the forefront of their thoughts throughout the production of Anyone Can See. “We want listeners to feel like they are sitting in the room with us, close by,” said the duo. “We used condenser mics to capture the voices and instruments, and we set up a few extra mics at different locations in the studio to get a “room” sound and feel with natural reverb.”

The result is a record drenched in sonic roominess, each of the tracks stretching to fill the space, but with a warmth that allows the album to fit cozily into whichever personal living room, bedroom, bar, or studio it might find itself in. In this way, the intimacy oscillating throughout the record complements and overturns the melodic vastness: nobody will get lost in this expanse.

The Honey Dewdrops are 
on tour now

Tour Dates

Publicity Contact
Lauren Ball
+1 206 557 4447
[email protected]
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BLUES IN MY BLOOD the SPOTLIGHT ALBUM for MARCH from Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson.

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With rave reviews everywhere it was an easy choice this month.

Here is what Rick J Bowen wrote and we agree with every word.

“There is a long tradition of vocal duos in country and folk music, with groups like Sugarland and Shovels and Rope continuing to see success and popularity with the formula. Tiffany Pollack, an acclaimed New Orleans jazz singer, and Eric Johanson (performing courtesy of Whiskey Bayou Records), former lead guitarist for Cyril Neville, have teamed up to bring that winning tactic to the blues and roots world on their new album “Blues In My Blood.” Eleven tracks of original and select standards showcase the depth of each one’s talent with a new collaboration that is fresh and natural. The Louisiana natives, who each have been building a strong career, met when Pollack was reunited with her biological family at 25, and discovered they are cousins and third-generation members of a musical family with a rich history. After years of the cousins’ mothers pushing for them to work together, the duo project has come to fruition for a very personal family project in celebration of the blues.

The opening track ‘Blues In My Blood’ sets the stage for the passion play, recorded and produced in New Orleans by Grammy, Emmy, 4-time Telly and 2-time Global Music Award-winner Jack Miele at The Music Shed Studios. The roaring Southern Gothic blues tome recants Pollack’s life story and her journey to discover the true origin of her musical gifts and a desperate longing that that has haunted her soul from birth. The mournful tone of Johnny Sansone’s harmonica echoes the heartfelt vocal from Johanson on the lover’s lament ‘Memories To Forget.’ He then shows of his formidable slide guitar skills on the southern fried funk burner ‘Keep It Simple,’ sparing with Pollack’s scorching vocals. Life experience often makes for profound art as exemplified in the sorrowful tribute to a fallen soldier ‘Michael,’ delivered form the unique prospective of the undertaker, a role Pollack played while working in the mortuary business. Her vocals weave a spell on us that is only broken when the 504 Horns join the Jazz Funeral Procession in the New Orleans’ first-line tradition. The duo joins together on the chorus of the politically charged blues rocker ‘Diamonds On the Crown,’ followed by a lovely reading of a deep cut from The Rolling Stones’ album “Beggars Banquet,” the lilting country ballad ‘No Expectations.’

Pollack then bravely steps into the shoes of Nina Simone, paying tribute to the jazz legend by digging deep into the classic ‘Do I Move You?’ with sultry finesse. The introspective ‘Slave Of Tomorrow’ is a heady dish of southern jam rock and the gently swinging blues ‘Get Lost With Me’ has a classic Memphis style that features a searing solo from Johanson. Pollack soars on the cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River,’ staying true to the original, while adding just enough of her own fire to put her mark on the masterpiece. The album’s finale is a gospel-fueled reinvention of the freedom song ‘If I had A Hammer.’ The duo trade verses and slow the tempo to allow in-depth focus on each phrase and emphasize the importance and truth in the lyrics written by Pete Seeger in 1949 in support of the progressive movement.

This inspirational duo of Tiffany Pollack and Eric Johanson bring an indie, roots-based approach to the blues, both honoring and expanding the traditions they learned growing up in Louisiana. Their powerful songwriting is a gift that flows from the undeniable blues in their blood.”

BIOGRAPHY

Tiffany Ann Pollack was born and raised in the musical mecca of New Orleans, where she began singing as soon as she could talk. Although never receiving formal training, countless hours of her childhood and teens were spent at her parents’ old 70’s organ and later the out-of-tune piano they bought for her, writing songs by ear and singing very loudly. Her family’s annoyance never discouraged her from sharing the songs in her heart.

Tiffany had her first opportunity to perform professionally when neighbor Russell Batiste learned that she could sing and invited her to sing backup with his band Russell Batiste & Friends. After several years, Tiffany formed her own band called Beaucoup Crasseux with some of the members of Russell’s band. In addition, Pollack begin singing in many other bands including Ph Fred’s The Round Pegs and The Consortium of Genius. Beaucoup Crasseux ultimately fizzled, and Pollack entered mortuary school. In the ensuing years, she was married, had children and focused on her mortuary career. After the birth of her third child, Tiffany left the mortuary business to focus on music fulltime. She developed a strong passion for jazz and eventually formed her own jazz band, Tiffany Pollack and Co.

At age 25, Tiffany gained new appreciation of the music in her soul when she was reunited with her biological family. Adopted at birth, the pieces of her musical puzzle became clear. Her mother, Margaret, plays bass and sings in a jazz band. Tiffany’s half-brother makes electronic music. Margaret’s sister, Frances, sings in a jazz band (and is mother of blues artist Eric Johanson).  Frances and Margaret’s brothers are also performers.  Tiffany’s grandfather owned a piano store and played clarinet. Her grandmother was a cellist, pianist and opera singer.

Today, Tiffany performs regularly throughout New Orleans singing primarily jazz with The Dapper Dandies and her jazz band Tiffany Pollack & Co, as well as doing session vocals at The Music Shed Recording Studios in New Orleans.

New-Orleans based Eric Johanson was tearing up nightclub stages in Louisiana with his soulful blues guitar before he finished high school. He has toured across the US and internationally as lead guitarist for the legendary Cyril Neville, Grammy-winning Zydeco artist Terrance Simien, and performed onstage with Tab Benoit, JJ Grey & Mofro, Eric Lindell, Mike Zito, Anders Osborne, the Neville Brothers, and many more.

Recently signed to Whiskey Bayou Records, his debut album, “Burn It Down,” was produced and engineered by Tab Benoit. Following its release in October of 2017, Eric has been touring across the US supporting Benoit.

GREG JACQUIN SHARES NEW ALBUM CLOCKS SLOW DOWN

LISTEN & SHARE: Greg Jacquin – Clocks Slow Down LP
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LISTEN & SHARE: Greg Jacquin – “Store Policy”
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LISTEN & SHARE: Greg Jacquin – “Barry”
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LISTEN & SHARE: Greg Jacquin – “Time Again”
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“The singer-songwriter has spent much of his life with music at its center, a steady marker amidst the turbulence. Born in Tarrytown and an active contributor to the Hudson River folk scene, the New York artist’s plaintive Americana stylings blossom throughout ‘Time Again’.”
– PopMatters

“With a charming, wistful folk sound and a strong lyrical presence, Greg Jacquin and his band can expect an awful lot of critical acclaim when their new album.”
– The 405

“Greg Jacquin brings unconditional love.”
– Substream Magazine

“Hudson Valley is quite an impressive return to the ‘arena’ for Greg Jacquin and his band’s anticipated full length, due in 2019, will undoubtedly prove to be one of the year’s most compelling indie releases.”
– No Depression

Today, New York-based, indie folk, singer songwriter Greg Jacquin shares his new albumClocks Slow Down, out now on all DSPs. Earbuddy exclusively streamed the record in advance, stating “Recorded at Woody’s House in Croton, New York, the album is a sometimes somber meditation on pain, suffering, and self-discovery. Add a little politics and humor, and you have yourself an album.” Jacquin has announced East Coast tour dates in support of the album, and will be celebrating the release tonight with a performance at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 at 6pm. See below for all his upcoming dates. Clocks Slow Down is out now on all streaming platforms.

Greg Jacquin and bandmates Paul Griffin (piano, keys, vocals), Rich Berta (guitar, vocals), Peter Wilson (drums) and Lalit Loomba (bass) recorded Clocks Slow Down, a beautiful collection of eleven original songs. The album is a sprawling statement of sadness and hopelessness, pain and suffering, rebuilding and self-discovery, with a dash of politics and humor, too. This time around, Jacquin enlisted another impressive crew of musicians for the album, including Andrew Bordeaux on violin and guitar, Jim Keyes and organ and electric piano and Sarah Browne on vocals. The album was recorded by Fred Gillen Jr. (Pete Seeger) at Woody’s House in Croton, NY, and mastered by Scott Hull (John Zorn, Snarky Puppy, Loudon Wainwright III, Uncle Tupelo, Edie Brickell, Ani DiFranco) at Masterdisk. The album art is by Ian Felice (The Felice Brothers).

All songs were written by Jacquin, eliciting collaboration with a variety of artists and bandmates. “Store Policy” and “Time Again” saw Lalit Loomba & Jacquin team up in their writing process, “Coffee” was written by Greg Jannacone and Jacquin, “Too Hungry For Dinner” and “Highways & Hotels” was written by Paul Griffin.

TOUR DATES
02.15 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY (LP Release Show)
02.22 – Six Degrees of Separation – Ossining, NY
03.18 – Hotel RL (Brooklyn) – Brooklyn, NY
03.19 – Hotel RL (Baltimore) – Baltimore, MD
03.24 – Pianos – New York, NY
04.02 – Pianos – New York, NY
04.18 – Hotel RL (Brooklyn) – Brooklyn, NY
04.25 – Forest & Main Brewing Company – Ambler, PA
04.26 – Seasons & Seasons – Washington, DC
04.27 – Garden Grove Brewing – Richmond, VA
04.28 – The Juggling Gypsy Cafe – Wilmington, NC 
05.02 – The Cellar in Newnan – Newnan, GA
05.06 – El-Rocko Lounge – Savannah, GA
05.10 – Hotel RL (Baltimore) – Baltimore, MD 
05.11- Hotel RL (Washington DC) – Washington, DC 
05.14 – Pianos -New York, NY
CLOCKS SLOW DOWN LP – TRACKLISTING
01. All These Strangers
02. Store Policy
03. Coffee
04. Too Hungry For Dinner
05. Time Again
06. What If I?
07. Higher
08. Barry
09. Jim Carrey
10. Hedgehog
11. Highways & Hotels
BIO

New York-based, indie-folk, singer-songwriter Greg Jacquin has spent much of his life writing and playing music. From singing and playing guitar as a little kid through writing his songs with his best friend and cousin in the 80s up to the present moment, Jacquin has been contributing to the rich music scene in New York’s Hudson Valley. Drawing on his own life experiences, the natural world, and politics, Jacquin is still out there pouring his heart and soul into every song he releases. His EP Hudson River was released to rave reviews in February 2018. After playing the new songs all over New York and the Hudson Valley for the past year, Greg was eager to get back into the studio in the summer of 2018.

For all Greg Jacquin press related inquiries please contact
Rachel Rossen [email protected]com

TME.fm Radio Album of the Month…. is…. Beatles Blues Blast from Gaetano Letizia & the Underworld Blues Band

 

Yes folks after much deliberation we have decided on our Album of the Month and what a treat it is, Beatles Blues Blast , 17 of the Liverpudlians great tunes Bluezed up by Gaetano and the boys.

 

The Fab Four are unquestionably one of the most influential groups of modern times, with over 500 artists recording cover versions or full tribute albums of Beatles’ songs. The list of artists spans the gamut from Ella to Elvis, the Philharmonic to Phish, even The Muppets and Alvin & the Chipmunks have had a go at them. The Beatles themselves began as a cover band, recording songs by 50’s icons Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Carl Perkins and the influence of classic R&B and blues can be heard on all the group’s albums. Several notable R&B stars had hits with Beatles songs, such as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, but only a few authentic blues acts have ventured into the territory of the lads from Liverpool.

Cleveland Ohio is the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and birthplace of guitarist extraordinaire, Gaetano Letizia, leader of the Underworld Blues Rock Band, who was a teenager during the years of Beatlemania and the British invasion. The effect of those heady days has stayed in the forefront of his mind for decades and now, with a little help from his friends, Mike D’Elia on drums and bass man Lenny Gray, Gaetano presents “Beatles Blues Blast.” The third disc from the trio is a rowdy romp through 17 classics from the Beatles’ catalog, cleverly arranged and reframed as a funky blues jam session. Recorded live off the floor in a single day at Bad Racket Studio in downtown Cleveland, this lo-fi indie blues rock album takes this magical music back to its roughneck roots of dance clubs in a hard-working industrial town.

 

In classic Beatles’ fashion the album begins at the end with ‘Come Together,’ which was the opening song of their final studio album “Abbey Road,” where the trio forgo the dramatic intro and jump headlong into the groove setting up the formula for the project. D’Elia turns McCartney’s first drum track into a jungle beat of swamp rock fury on ‘Do It In The road,’ and then we all yell “More Cowbell!” during the four on the floor funk ‘Drive My Car.’ 1960 Motown hit ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ is injected with surf guitar as a tip of the hat to the American bands that also covered it. Harrison’s Rocker ‘Taxman’ is given a Texas Shuffle treatment, and his beloved ode to the six string, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ shifts between a samba and power ballad. ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,’ retains the funky groove of the Joe Cocker version, and they keep the psychedelic blues rocker, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy),’ true to its original metal prototype form. The Latin tinged ‘And I Love Her’ has a 70’s Santana vibe, and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ is turned into a Chicago Blues. Letizia steps hard on the fuzz pedal for ‘You Can’t Do That,’ and plays ‘Yesterday,’ as a soft blues rhumba.

The boys pick up the rooftop party right where the Beatles left off for a rocking ‘Get Back,’ then bring out the full drama for ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’ The novelty song with a great riff, ‘Birthday,’ is tossed in for laughs before a sweet country blues reading of ‘Blackbird’ that features marvelous finger picking lead guitar and articulate counter point on the bass. The aptly chosen closer ‘A Day In The Life,’ also the final track of the 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band,” is bumped up with touches of Soul and Rockin’ Fire for an epic climax.

By tackling this iconic repertoire, Gaetano Letizia and The Underworld Blues Rock Band, have created a whimsical and yet sincere tribute with “Beatles Blues Blast,” that will find a respected place in the Pantheon of Beatlemania that remains strong some 50 years on.

Rick J Bowen

 

BIOGRAPHY

Gaetano Letizia – Guitarist, Song Writer, Vocalist

Gaetano, also known as Tom, was born in Cleveland in 1951. He began performing his own blues shows at the age of 16. One of his first stage appearances was with the James Gang, sitting in for Joe Walsh at his Alma Mater, Kent State in 1970. Since then, he’s performed all over the U.S. along with Europe and Asia. Early performances with June Core of Robert Jr. Lockwood’s band, gave Gaetano a strong blues foundation based on B.B. King, Albert King, Muddy Waters and all the great blues patriarchs.

Producer of ten blues and jazz guitar CDs, Gaetano has received stellar reviews in DownbeatGuitar Player and many national/international publications and his music has been played on radio stations in every state as well as most foreign countries.

The Underworld Band is Gaetano’s blues trio formed in 2010 and now beginning to tour the U.S. with plans for European and Asian tours in the works. The band won the Cleveland Blues Society’s 2014 Memphis Challenge and did four great shows in Memphis. The Underworld Band plays creative blues shows that audiences love and will remember. The band has two excellent albums, “Voodoo Doll & Other Blues Lessons” (2014) and “Resurrection” (2016).

Described as “a guitarist’s guitarist” and a “virtuoso” by music critics, Gaetano’s music stays true to the roots of blues while advancing the standard blues forms to delight the listener. “A new take on the blues” describes Gaetano’s treatment of modern blues problems in our lives now that we’re far from sharecropping in Mississippi. With blazing electric solos, red hot slide playing and nylon string guitar, listeners will be treated to a fun style of blues rock combined with funk and R&B that grooves and makes you move. The guitar playing is top shelf and the performances are high energy, audience oriented fun.

Michael D’Elia – Drummer, Vocalist

Born in Canton, Ohio in 1953, Mike started playing drums professionally at the age of 8 and toured nationally with various groups in his teens. Mike is the “go to” drummer for almost all the Cleveland based groups not only because he is a dynamic vocalist, but because he is a great drummer whose powerful groove and solos drive audiences wild. Known affectionately as “Daddy Sweet Roll”, Mike is loved by his thousands of music fans and everyone who meets this great lifetime blues rock musician.

Lenny Gray – Bassist

A Cleveland native born in 1950, Lenny started playing drums at 10 years old and switched to bass to play in R&B bands in 1966. Nephew of Slide Hampton, Lenny’s family is loaded with professional musicians, family reunions are big jam sessions. Lenny’s style is based in blues and jazz, heavy on the groove side. A Victor Wooten student and disciple, Lenny pops with the best and swings with all the rest.

 

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Getaway by Abigail Lapell

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Abigail Lapell

February 1, 2019

“As (Getaway) unwinds, a palpable intensity mounts and gets under the skin.”

– The Vinyl District

Toronto vocalist, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist Abigail Lapell is rewriting the narrative of her past in a new album that says farewell to transience, both emotional and physical. Recently engaged, and with her new album, Getaway, due out today via Coax Records / Outside, Lapell in her latest work offers parting words to a time in her life she’s leaving behind. A bold vocalist with the rare ability to stop you cold with her voice, Lapell’s powerful, uncompromising nature is mirrored in her determined new album.

A whirlpool of genres, Getaway is grounded by the resolute essence of Lapell’s crystal voice, which demands a peaceful concentration. Drowned in an ethereal beauty, waves of pop persuasions are overturned by avant-garde forays, while classic rock riffs and indie folk roots float to the breezy surface. Reminiscent of the introspective strength of Bridget St John, the vocal power of Natalie Merchant, and the trance-like lulls of Sybille BaierGetaway combines a mid-century tone with a modern edge.

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LP opener and first single “Gonna Be Leaving” echoes the certainty that sooner or later, every relationship will end. “This is one of my favorite tunes on the album, and one of the most fun to play live,” says Lapell. “The song started as a guitar  part that I couldn’t get out of my head, this insistent line that keeps circling back on itself, doubled by the vocals in a sing-song rhyme all about the contradictions of couplehood: the push and pull of independence versus commitment, trying to make it work even against the odds, or trying to leave and not being able to.” Closing the album, “Shape of a Mountain,” written in the Alberta Rockies during a Banff Centre artist residency, sets majestic scenes of wanderlust over cinematic strings.

Though an active member of the thriving Toronto indie folk scene and a winner of a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award, Lapell’s sound is distinct due in part to the influences she’s been surrounded by on her extensive travels. Throughout her career, Lapell has performed around the world, toured by bike, canoe, and train, shared a cheap Montréal apartment with tUnE-yArDs, and completed writing residencies across North America. The result is work that’s primarily rooted in indie folk, but that delicately weaves in sounds like Canadiana desert rock and even an accordion-driven shanty on “Runaway.”

Watch the video for “Down by the Water,” premiered at The Bluegrass Situation
Working once again with producer Chris Stringer at Toronto’s Union Sound studio, Lapell expanded her pool of collaborators, recruiting Christine Bougie (Bahamas) on lap steel, Dan Fortin (Bernice) on bass, and Jake Oelrichs (Run With The Kittens) on drums. Trumpeter and composer Rebecca Hennessy plays on “Sparrow for a Heart”—her trumpet swirling in a sublime duet with Lapell’s synth flute and electric guitar—and also arranged horn parts for band workout “Little Noise.” The album also features longtime collaborator Lisa Bozikovic on piano and vocals and fellow Canadian indie roots singer Dana Sipos on vocals. One of the record’s most striking moments is just acoustic guitar and two voices: Lapell and Sipos, captured live in a room together, harmonizing atop plucked strings on the transfixing “Down by the Water.”

Abigail Lapell is no stranger to constant traveling, but she’s now making peace with putting down roots, both with her life in Toronto and within love. The eleven prairie noir tracks on Getaway represent a dynamic closing to this reflective journey. Whether transient and exploring, or switching gears to build a home, one thing about Abigail Lapell remains fixed and clear: all of it will be on her terms.

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