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MUSTANGS OF THE WEST RETURN WITH A NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO“T-SHIRT FROM CALIFORNIA” (AUGUST 17, 2018)

Back when the Palomino was ground zero for the post-cowpunk California country scene, the Mustangs were an all-girl band who were long on chops and strong on harmonies. 2017 marked a renewal of a band that began in Santa Monica in the late 80’s and performed across the US and Europe through the mid 1990s. With a new name,The Mustangs of the West, the band is back in LA, recording and will be releasing a new single and video “T-Shirt From California”(August 17th) on the Blue Élan record label. This dynamic all-girl band decided to get back in the studio to see what kind of music they’d make today. With 3 of the original members—Suzanna Spring, lead vocals/songwriter/acoustic guitar; herry Rayn Barnett, lead electric guitar, vocals; Holly Montgomery, bass/vocals, and two new additions—Suzanne Morrisette, drums, vocals and Aubrey Richmond, fiddle/vocals— the group is setting their sights on breaking new ground.

 

MUSTANGS OF THE WEST RETURN WITH A NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO“T-SHIRT FROM CALIFORNIA” (AUGUST 17, 2018)

The All Woman Rock-Tinged Country Band Re-Invents Itself

 

“This is as classic a heart-tugging Southern California song as anything heard since, well, the Eagles were trying to check out of the Hotel California. Welcome back Mustangs.”
—Bill Bentley

August 2018 Los Angeles, CA – California country is back, and The Mustangs of the West are about to ride again with a new single and video, “T-Shirt From California” which will release on August 17, 2018. The Mustangs were an integral part of the budding Los Angeles 80’s and 90’s alt-country scene, opening for Rosie Flores, Jim Lauderdale and Lucinda Williams. An all-female country band, they were an anomaly on the scene and their career paralleled that of The Dixie Chicks. As Barnett reminisced to The Pasadena Weekly, “We were on a lot of the same bills just before the Dixie Chicks Broke. We’d be there one week and The Dixie Chicks the next.” After many years of gigging and touring extensively, the band broke up in 1997 and eventually scattered to various cities.

Twenty years later, The Mustangs are back with a name change (The Mustangs of the West) and three of the original members, Sherry Rayn Barnett (electric guitar, vocals), Suzanna Spring (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), and Holly Montgomery (bass, vocals). They’ve also newly added to the team Suzanne Morissette on drums and vocals and Aubrey Richmond on fiddle and vocals. Featuring the same three and four-part vocal harmonies, the chemistry of their voices and instruments creates a powerful sound that draws on both country and rock influences.

Re-connecting in 2017, Sherry, Suzanna and Holly rekindled their interest in the Mustang sound and decided to take it into the studio where they added Suzanne and Aubrey to record the upcoming single, “T-Shirt From California”, a sentimental song about love gone wrong. The song was written by lead singer, Suzanna Spring (co-written with Wes Hightower), and recorded at the Los Angeles-based Taylor Made Studio. “I wrote T-Shirt from California when I was living in Nashville and homesick for California,” said Barnett. “Sitting on my couch one morning, strumming my guitar, the chorus melody and chorus lyrics came through, almost complete. I took that chorus into a writing appointment with Wes Hightower, and we wrote verses and the story. He had the idea for those great Beach Boys harmonies in the chorus, and Mustangs of the West has such a beautiful vocal blend; it was natural that we’d record this song.”

The arrangements were worked out as a band adding jangly guitars and full harmonies. “Originally the song was called “She’s Got Your Heart, but the band said, “No! It’s T-Shirt From California!” Barnett explains. “It just FEELS like California at the edge of summer, driving with the top down, Highway 1. Singing the chorus always makes me smile.”

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BIOS:
Sherry Rayn Barnett is a guitarist who loves anything with a good twang. Her passion for 6 strings began as a classical guitar major at NYC’s “Fame” School of Performing Arts. She continued to Los Angeles, lured by the west coast sound of classic country rock, and the opportunity to play with like-minded bands. Sherry was an original Mustang in the group’s first incarnation, and is the founder of the newly reunited Mustangs of the West.

 

Suzanna Spring: “I’ve always been drawn to outsiders,” says this classically trained musician and prolific songwriter who grew up on both coasts, many parts in between, and now calls northern California home. Discovering Steve Earle, Tom Petty, and Lucinda Williams inspired a writer whose poetry, melodies and haunting vocals seem to embody longing and the quest for home. 

 Suzanna worked as a staff writer and artist at Bluewater Music in Nashville, where she wrote “T-Shirt From California”. An original Mustang, she is currently writing and recording again with Mustangs of the West.

 

Holly Montgomery first began playing as a Mustang during the mid-90, and now plays bass, sings and writes for the Mustangs Of The West. She is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Kentucky and is currently very active in the DC/Mid-Atlantic area doing live shows with her band and other live and session work. Holly is equally comfortable rockin’ out or adding melodic bass lines to a hardcore country classic.

 

From the small Canadian town of Chicoutimi, Suzanne Morissette’s family migrated to Quebec where she began studying music earnestly, focusing her energy on drums and percussion in her teens. As a master’s level graduate of the Quebec Conservatory of Music and honors graduate of Hollywood’s Percussion Institute of Technology, she met bassist Holly Montgomery, and together they played all over Los Angeles, reuniting this last year to form the rhythm section for the Mustangs of the West.

 

West coast born and raised, Aubrey Richmond is a California native who grew up playing fiddle, classical piano, and riding horses amidst the woods and rivers of Northeast Washington State. Her love of music finally led her to Los Angeles where she’s spent the past 12 years building her career as a professional live & studio musician, and the last three of those touring and recording as the violinist/vocalist for Shooter Jennings. A big fan of horses and all-female bands, she is honored and excited to join the MOTW line-up!

STEVE HOWELL & THE MIGHTY MEN New Album Release Date JUNE 22, 2018

There must be something in the wind of the Texas/Arkansas/Louisiana tri-state area that makes everyone from there wonderfully sentimental. The music and art from that region is steeped in tradition and plays out as if time has stood still for a century. Steve Howell and his quartet, The Mighty Men, are living embodiment of that charm and style of Texarkana, as they prefer to honor melody and lyricism over pyrotechnics and flashy instrumentation. Lead by Howell the group returns with their third album “Good As I Been To You,” along with special guest vocalist Katy Hobgood Ray, delivering further explorations of long-hidden gems from the great American songbook. The eleven tracks, a celebration of songwriting and storytelling from the masters, run the gamut of genres from roots to blues, country, gospel and work songs from well-known originators such Lead Belly and Memphis Minnie to lesser known ones such as Arthur “Blind” Blake, all of whom have been a lifelong influence on Howell and his passion.

The Mighty Men open the set with a slinky blues romp from the 1950’s, ‘Bacon Fat,’ that features some jaggedy lead from guitarist Chris Michaels and a Doodley Wop sing-along chorus. Katy Hobgood Ray then joins Howell for a duet rendition of ‘When I Was A Cowboy’ that was first recorded by Lead Belly in 1933 and is given full band electric roots rock treatment sounding like something from the Buffalo Springfield catalog. Katy Ray leads the band through a swinging cover of Memphis Minnie’s 1930’s ragtime ‘New Dirty Dozens.’

Howell goes on to celebrate the songwriters, who created the “Brill Building Sound,” where numerous teams of professional songwriters penned material for girl groups and teen idols in the early 1960s, by covering the bubble gum pop classic from 1964 ‘It Hurts To Be In Love.’ He then gets way low down for the downtempo spacious blues ‘Come Back Baby,’ and the slow rolling Texas finger-picking ramble ‘Blues In The Bottle.’ Katy Ray steps to the mic again for a lovely update of the timeless tune ‘Easy Rider,’ with a lilting vocal, Mark Knopfler like guitar work and a forward moving groove. Howell reveals more of his love for syrupy 60’s pop by covering the Frankie Valli hit and surely one of the saddest songs of all time ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.’ The crew lifts the mood with the inspired country blues from the Blind Lemon Jefferson archives ‘Bad Luck Blues.’ Jefferson, a fellow Texan, is considered by Howell to be “the greatest of all of the Texas blues singers.” Howell plays the role of the section boss, leading the Men though an acapella Gandy Dancer work song ‘Lining Track.’

Steve Howell is recognized as a world class blues finger style guitarist, and so pays tribute to Arthur “Blind” Blake by covering his 1927 ragtime ‘You Gonna Quit Me,’ thanking the man who inspired Howell to take up the mantle of this difficult technique and endeavoring to keep this blues alive.

Rick J Bowen – Five-time Blues Writer winner and KBA Award recipient from the Washington Blues Society

 

BIOGRAPHY

East Texan Steve Howell’s guitar playing and singing are very much rooted in the traditional jazz and rural acoustic blues genres born in the American South. His interpretations of tunes from these genres have been enjoyed by audiences in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Great Britain for over forty years and lauded by critics from the United States and Europe who have unanimously praised his unique approach to breathing new life into time-honored songs from days gone by and reintroducing little-known gems of American music to a whole new audience. He has released six CD’s and was the recipient of the Texas Music Academy’s 2011 Historical Significance Award. His recordings are in steady rotation on radio playlists in the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Croatia, and Australia and on XM and WorldSpace satellite radio. A set of fifteen of his fingerstyle guitar arrangements of early jazz standards will be released by the Hal Leonard Corporation in the summer of 2018.

Chris Michaels cut his musical teeth in the late 80’s and early 90’s as a bass player in the Shreveport, LA area, including notable one nighters with Cab Calloway, Martha and the Vandellas, and Augie Myers and numerous gigs with local heroes such as The Deadbeats, Iraz Baz, The Cut, David Egan, and Buddy Flett.  Later exploits included extensive touring with Beanland, a notorious jam-band from Oxford, MS.  The mid-90’s were spent doing numerous recordings and live dates as a member of Boondogs in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Other notable gigs that followed included recording dates and live shows with artists such as the late Jim Dickinson, Greg Spradlin, Isaac Alexander, Mulehead, Ho-Hum, Kami Lyle, Kevin Gordon, The Yellow Hope Project and Buddy Flett.  Although primarily focusing on electric bass, upright bass, and guitars, Chris released a solo record of Americana inspired songs titled “Morning & Night” in 2009.  Throughout it all Chris has maintained a musical kinship and friendship with Steve Howell, both in the studio and on the stage.

Dave Hoffpauir started playing professionally in 1982. He played around Shreveport for 10 years or so in bands such as the Psychobillies, the Native Sons, the Deadbeats (his first collaboration w/ Steve Howell) Dorothy Prime and the Housecats, Betty Lewis and the Executives, and in various house bands which backed artists like Jessie Thomas, Kenny Bill Stinson and Buddy Flett. In 1989, he formed the SugarKings (his first serious collaboration w/ Chris Michaels, and he also played in the Infidels in 1990 (his first serious collaboration w/ Jason Weinheimer.) After moving to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1992, he continued playing with the SugarKings but also began playing in several Arkansas bands, including Ebo and the Tomcats (which backed Billy Lee Riley and Dale Hawkins on several occasions), the Skeeterhawks, the Cockleburrs and Mulehead.  He and Kevin Kerby briefly tabled Mulehead and joined Ho-Hum in 1993.  After recording several demos with various producers, including the legendary Jim Dickinson in 1994, they eventually signed a record deal with Universal Records in 1995.  They had one major label release, Local, which came out in 1996.  Hoffpauir joined the Boondogs in 1999 and again worked with Michaels, Weinheimer and Dickinson as they completed a project that was never released on Garageband.com Records.  Michaels, Weinheimer and Hoffpauir have continued to play with Steve Howell for over 30 years while pursuing their other musical interests and have formed a very creative bond that has yielded some fine recordings.

Jason Weinheimer owns and operates Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, AR. In addition to producing and engineering, he plays in the Boondogs, Love Ghost, The Libras and with songwriter Isaac Alexander. He also played with the late great Jim Dickinson, who served as his studio mentor and musical guide for many years. Jason is the owner/operator of Fellowship Hall Sound recording studio in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he has played on, produced, and engineered many significant recordings by artists including Steve Howell & The Mighty Men, Jim Mize, Isaac Alexander, Boondogs, The Yellow Hope Project, Greg Spradlin & Band of Imperials, and Buddy Flett.

Katy Hobgood Ray is a singer-songwriter, children’s author, the host, director and producer of Confetti Park, a kid-friendly radio show and podcast featuring music and children’s stories from Louisiana. Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, raised in Shreveport, she has lived in New Orleans for the past several years, and is now located in Memphis, Tennessee. Katy has been chronicling Louisiana arts and culture since 2000, when she launched an online North Louisiana music zine called NeonBridge (now in archive). As a writer, she’s contributed to SB Magazine, VisitSouth.com, New Wave, Tulane Magazine, Jazz Archivist, and more, and worked as a radio host and content producer for NPR’s Red River Radio. Her new CD release, Louisiana Oranges, is currently gaining widespread critical favor.

DISTRIBUTION
BURNSIDE
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Russ Green – City Soul

Russ Green’s debut album, “City Soul,” is a love letter to the Windy City and all the musicians who helped create its legendary sound. The ten original tracks, recorded at Rax Trax in Chicago by renowned engineer Rick Barnes, was co-produced by Russ and Sam Clayton and features a select group of the city’s hottest session players.

Green and his hot blues harp burn from the top of the boogie blues opener, ‘First Thing Smokin,’ paying tribute to the sounds of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker and setting the tone for things to come. Green then works his soulful baritone like Bill Withers for the bittersweet ‘Believe In Love,’ with drummer Ricky Nelson mixing in a touch of classic side stick playing into the groove. Green displays his affinity for Jimi Hendrix with the swirling psychedelic harmonica intro to the foxy funk rocker ‘The Edge.’

International troubadour Eric Bibb graced the sessions joining Green for a duet on his delta blues stomp, ‘Going Down South,’ that was written as an exploration of the heritage of blues people. Joe Munroe lays down some super thick Hammond B3 sparing with Green’s harp on the south side strut ‘Lover Man.’

Green takes on the difficult social issues of poverty, homelessness, abuse and desperation that plague the inner city on the theatrical ‘Train Of Pain.’ The slinky blues ‘Up From The Bottom’ features some slick ice pickin’ guitar work from Giles Cory, and bass man Marvin Little leads the charge clearing the way for Green to tell the tale of a man down on his luck on the blazing chi-town funk, ‘Lint In My Pocket.’ The crew pushes the envelope on the style shifting ‘Something New,’ with Vince Agwada tossing some greasy slide guitar into the mix of modern blues rock.

The album closes with a classic R&B groover ‘Love To Give,’ with Green trading off between a soulful vocal line and screaming blues harp, showing off the chops that are certain to win him new fans and satisfy his legion of loyal followers.

Rick J Bowen – Five-time blues writer winner and KBA award recipient from the Washington Blues Society

BIOGRAPHY

Harmonica player and singer Russ Green’s journey into the blues is different than those of most musicians. Russ was born in Chicago and grew up on the city’s west side. Although, throughout his life he had listened to all types of music, his desire to play wasn’t realized until his adult years.

After being discharged from the U.S. Army, Russ attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he studied film. It was at this time that his desire to play music began to grow. Like lots of fans of Jimi Hendrix, Russ wanted to be able to re-create the sounds of the man whom he had admired for many years. But being a film student and having all his money going to these films, he couldn’t afford to buy a guitar. Undaunted by this realization, Russ remembered the purchase of a harmonica from a west side shop a few years earlier. The ability to re-create the sounds of Hendrix was becoming realized, not with a guitar, but with a harmonica!

Before leaving Southern Illinois, he was told that when he got back to Chicago he should check out Sugar Blue, described as one of the best harmonica players in Chicago. So, on his first Friday night back in Chicago Russ went out and found a Chicago Reader to see who was playing where in the city. And there it was, Sugar Blue at Blues Etc., one of Chicago’s premiere blues clubs on the North side. Mind blown by what he was hearing and seeing, Russ sat down at a high-top table not far from the bandstand. As he sat he saw a card on the table that said “tonight at Blues Etc. Sugar Blue the Charlie Parker of the harmonica and the Jimi Hendrix of the blues harp.” That’s it! That is what he wanted to be and it’s right in front of him. And the song the band was playing when he first arrived, it was ‘Miss You’ by The Rolling Stones, a song that Sugar Blue played on during his time with the band. He spent the next three months in Chicago going out to see Sugar Blue wherever he was playing but was too intimidated to speak to him. Russ then moved to Seattle, a city that captured his heart while he was in the Army.

His return to Chicago, some three years later, was not only an opportunity to learn from Sugar Blue, but also brought about the realization of a lifelong dream for Russ, working in film production. He started in television commercials and moved into television shows and feature films. Starting as a Production Assistant, he worked his way to Assistant Director and became a member of the Director’s Guild of America. Television shows include E.R. and Prison Break. Feature films include Soul Food, The Break-Up, Hardball, Save the Last Dance, Road to Perdition, Tears of the Sun and many more. With actors Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Vince Vaughn, Vanessa Williams, Jude Law, Bruce Willis and many others. Russ even joined fellow harmonica player Bruce Willis on stage with his band while working on Tears of the Sun in Hawaii.

Musically Russ’ career has continued to grow since returning to Chicago. Not only has he been tremendously influenced by Sugar Blue, but also by Chicago’s other legendary harmonica player, Billy Branch. He playfully describes his relationship with his two mentors as like two little devils standing on each shoulder whispering in his ear of how he should play. He has also played, recorded and toured with John Primer and Lurrie Bell. His producing credits include a recording for Big Llou Johnson, from B.B. King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM, that won a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist. He is also one of the harmonica players featured on an album, Chicago Blues Harmonica Project, that has received rave reviews and has been played on radio stations around the world. This recording has been credited with proving that the harmonica is still alive and vibrant in Chicago. Russ has performed at numerous blues festivals, including the Chicago Blues Festival, the Burnley Mechanics Blues festival, the Gloucester Blues Festival, and the San Francisco Blues Festival, to name just a few. At this point the journey for Russ Green is rolling on!

LABEL
CLEOPATRA RECORDS
RELEASE DATE
JUNE 8, 2018
DISTRIBUTION
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Harper Grae’s “Bloodline” Music Video Premiered t’other day.

First Video in the Buck Moon Medleys Four-Song/Four-Music Video Set

Nashville, TN  June 8, 2018 —  The music video for “Bloodline,” the first release in a concept four-song/four-music video set from Harper Grae, premiered a few days ago. The song and music video companions are part of Grae’s upcoming Buck Moon Medleys EP.  Each song and its correlating video will be released every eight weeks over the course of the year, and are interconnected, with each release carrying forward the story thread of the collection — does the apple fall far from the family tree?

The EP was produced by Jennifer Hanson and Nick Brophy, and the music written by Grae and some of Nashville’s most creative writers, including Hanson, Brophy, Fred Wilhelm, Dakota Jay and Will King. “Bloodline,” a “Must Hear Song” according to Rolling Stone Country, is already garnering high praise from fans and music critics alike.  The song “has all the creative ingredients that hit records are made of,” according to Billboard Country Update editor Tom Roland. Music Row’s Robert K Oermann declares it “her best yet,” and adds “despite the toe-tapping tempo and upbeat mood, the underlying message is a desperate quest to know the mother she never had. Very involving.”

The music video for Bloodline was produced and directed by Robby Stevens and Alexander Jeffery of Midtown Motion. For all of the latest information on the Grae Area Records/ONErpm artist, including announced tour dates, please visit harpergraemusic.com.

Photo ID (l-r): Robby Stevens, Grae and Alexander Jeffery
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Brooke Annibale Releases New Album ‘Hold To The Light’, On Tour Now

Hold To The Light finds Annibale making strides in both songwriting and production, incorporating a wider and more experimental range of instruments.”
– Uproxx
“‘Glow’ is a prototype of what Annibale sought for the new set…[It] introduces a sunnier kind of tone to Annibale’s songs, another musical sea change that’s echoed throughout Hold To The Light.”
– Billboard
Hold to The Light is a pop-progressive album that offers a fusion of textured electronic and traditional instrumentation and ‘Glow’ stylishly represents this shift.”
– Under The Radar
“Brooke Annibale is transitioning from her usual indie-acoustic vibe to a more pop and electronic sound with her latest album Hold To The Light…a fresh take on indie pop.”
– The Wild Honey Pie
“…a more intellectual version of Haim.”
– Glide Magazine
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Brooke Annibale released today her third full-length album Hold To The Light. The new record marks Brooke’s return following her 2015 critically acclaimed album The Simple Fear and features several major departures in terms of both songwriting and production. Brooke sheds a few layers of her folk-acoustic skin and introduces a new indie-pop direction offering a fusion of textured electronic and traditional instrumentation centered around her stunning voice and keen, soulful lyricism. Listen to the album now via SpotifyApple Music, and all other streaming services.
Watch the video for single “Glow” HERE.
Hold To The Light has been embraced by UproxxBillboardUnder The RadarThe Wild Honey Pie, and Glide Magazine among many others.
The songs on Hold To The Light develop like Polaroid photos: each reveals a memory suspended between the perspective of the past with all its wistfulness, pain, and joy, and the revelations of the present. Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Craig Finn) at his Great North Sound Society in Maine, Hold To The Light features contributions from seasoned artists Zachariah Hickman (Ray Lamontagne, Josh Ritter) on bass; Josh Kaufman (The National, Josh Ritter) on accompanying guitars; Sean Trischka on drums; and Matt Douglas (Sylvan Esso, Mountain Goats) on woodwinds. Brooke’s thoughtful, layered songwriting anchors the production to explore a range of narratives working through themes of seeking truths, letting go, and reconciling the past with the present.
Catch Brooke on tour this Summer which includes stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. To purchase tickets, visit www.brookeannibale.com/shows.
Tour Dates:
06/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Three Rivers Arts Festival
06/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Philadelphia Folksong Society
06/16 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
06/17 – Northampton, MA @ The Parlor Room
06/19 – Burlington, VT @ The Skinny Pancake
06/21 – Boston, MA @ Fraser Performance Studio
07/03 – Edgartown, MA @ Harborview Hotel – WMVY Porch Concert Series
07/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe – 2nd Stage (w/ The Sweeplings)
07/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods (upstairs) (w/ The Sweeplings)
07/16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/ The Sweeplings)
07/17 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern (w/ The Sweeplings)
07/18 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett (w/ The Sweeplings)
07/29 – Allison Park, PA @ Hartwood Acres (w/ Lucius)
08/16 – Fort Collins, CO @ Magic Rat
Hold To The Light Track List:
01) Hold On
02) Glow
03) Distraction
04) Hold To The Light
05) We Were Not Ready
06) Collided
07) Either I
08) Underneath
09) Point Of View
10) Then Again
11) Imagination
Follow Brooke Annibale:
Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – YouTube
Hold To The Light is now available for purchase on iTunesAmazonand
through Brooke’s webstore.

THUNDERPUSSY UNLEASHES SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM 

THUNDERPUSSY UNLEASHES SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM

FEATURING LEAD SINGLES “BADLANDS” AND “THUNDERPUSSY”

“Thunderpussy is everything you want in rock — raw, spontaneous, bombastic, outrageous —
and they’ve got the look, songs, musicianship and dynamic live show to take your breath away.”
– NPR Music

“If White Reaper is “The World’s Best American Band,”
then Thunderpussy is undoubtedly the coolest.” – NPR Music

“Seattle-based group Thunderpussy boast tunes just as brazen as their band name.” – Billboard

“The four-member band is creating a musical sound that’s all their own.” – Refinery29

“This high energy band is here to rock your world.” – Loudwire

“They’re a force that will stick around…” – Baeble

New York, NY (May 25th, 2018) – Today, Thunderpussy finally unleashes their anxiously awaited, self-titled full-length debut, Thunderpussy, out now via Stardog Records/Republic Records.

Listen HERE now!

A journey of epic proportions, the album features 12 anthems of unadulterated and unfiltered spirit driven by goddess-level ambition and a willingness to boldly defy any and all convention—and succeed. From the distortion-bathed desert romance of latest single, “Badlands” to the swaggering call-to-arms of the metallic manifesto, “Thunderpussy,” these ladies revive, reinvigorate and resurrect rock ‘n’ roll like never before.

2018 is shaping up to be the year of Thunderpussy. They made a hell of a lot of noise at SXSW, tore up the road on a sold out headlining tour and dropped the teaser Greatest Tits EP, featuring “Speed Queen” and “Torpedo Love.” Now, they’re ready to take the crown with their full-length debut.

What if Thor’s Hammer of the Gods from “Immigrant Song” landed in the hands of four wise, willful, and wild women? Well, it would sound something like Thunderpussy. The quartet—Molly Sides [vocals], Whitney Petty [guitar], Leah Julius [bass] and Ruby Dunphy [drums]—do the most rock ‘n’ roll thing possible and quite literally fuck up every rock ‘n’ roll stereotype you know to be true, piercing the halls of Valhalla in the process. The Seattle-based group turned into a quiet phenomenon with the endorsement of Rolling Stone and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, as well as a string of already legendary performances under their high-waisted belts.

LISTEN TO THUNDERPUSSY HERE

THUNDERPUSSY TRACKLIST
01. “Speed Queen”
02. “Badlands”
03. “Fever”
04. “Torpedo Love”
05. “Velvet Noose”
06. “Gentle Frame”
07. “All In”
08. “Cloud”
09. “Pick It Up”
10. “UteroTango”
11. “Thunderpussy”
12. “Young and Pure”

THUNDERPUSSY’S UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 25 Quincy, WA Sasquatch Festival
June 7 Buffalo, NY Iron Works*
June 8 Albany, NY The Hollow*
June 9 Montreal, QC Fairmount Theatre*
June 11 Ottawa, ON Algonquin Commons Theatre*
June 12 Kingston, ON Stages*
June 14 Hamilton, ON Club Absinthe*
June 16 London, ON London Music Hall*
June 18 Detroit, MI The Pike Room
June 19 Cincinnati, OH Madison Live
June 20 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit
June 21 Cleveland, OH Mahall Lanes
July 28 Big Sky, MT Center Stage At Town Park
August 17-18 St. Poelten, Austria Frequency Festival
October 12-14 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
* Supporting Black Pistol Fire

THUNDERPUSSY: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

FOR MORE INFO ON THUNDERPUSSY PLEASE CONTACT:
Taylor Vaughn | Republic Records
[email protected]

Nicole Hajjar | Republic Records
[email protected]

Stephanie Russo | Republic Records
[email protected]

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

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Heather Whitney Is “Moving On” With New Album And MTS Management Group

Heather Whitney Is “Moving On” With New Album And MTS Management Group

Texas-based country singer-songwriter, Heather Whitney has signed with MTS Management Group. Her album, “Moving On” features her latest single, “Movin On Song.”

What gave me strength to complete my album, was knowing that I was not alone, & that someone else out there would hear these songs, relate to them, and possibly gain some healing like I did. ”

— Heather Whitney

JASPER, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, April 24, 2018 — MTS Management Group is happy to announce Heather Whitney as joined the “MTS Family.” Heather has signed on with MTS for publicity and promotions of her album, “Moving On,” including her latest single, “Movin’ On Song,” and her video, “Shut Up and Dance.” The video was produced by Cherish Lee, daughter of country legend Johnny Lee and “Dallas” vixen, Charlene Tilton.

“Moving on” is full of love, heartbreak, and… moving on. This album is everything Heather has lived through, felt, and overcome, while in the studio. “Just because you’re working towards your dreams, doesn’t mean that the world stops spinning, and hardships won’t find you,” says Heather. “What gave me strength to complete my album, was knowing that I was not alone, & that someone else out there would hear these songs, relate to them, and possibly gain some healing like I did. We have to stick together.”

“Moving On” is available worldwide, on all major digital music outlets.

ABOUT HEATHER WHITNEY: Singer-Songwriter, Heather Whitney comes from an itty-bitty, one-red-light town deep in the pines of Southeast Texas, where the mosquitoes are big, but Heather’s love for music is bigger. Heather spent the last year flying back and forth from Newton, TX to Nashville, TN, writing, hand-picking songs for the album, and recording with producer, Buddy Hyatt.

Official Website: http://www.Heatherwhitneymusic.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/heatherwhitneymusic
Instagram: @heatherwhitneymusic
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/29MOLiexy3LJ32IFZIimnG

Marcia Is having a Ball and Shining Bright

For the 15th album of her illustrious career, Marcia Ball enlists Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) to handle the production, and one listen proves that was a wise decision. Recorded in Austin and at the legendary Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana, Shine Bright finds Marcia being backed by different bands—each providing a touch of the local flavor of their respective cities. The album features nine originals and three covers (Ernie K-Doe, Ray Charles and Jesse Winchester). From the opening moments of the funky, groove-laden title track “Shine Bright,” a song that manages to tie together Ken Kesey and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, you know you could only be listening to Marcia Ball. Like a great roux, one that takes time, care and attention to create, Marcia Ball, over the course of 50 years as a professional musician, has developed a style that, while imitated, is uniquely hers. Whether it’s Texas Roadhouse Blues or the boogie-woogie barrelhouse sounds of legendary New Orleans piano players, it’s all stirred up and presented in a soulful and classy, yet down home and funky manner. And while Marcia’s musicianship and delivery are second to none, she has become quite the songwriter, one who is not afraid to tackle the difficult issues that we face today. However, the message is often delivered on top of such wonderfully infectious grooves that even heavy topics provide opportunities to feel good and dance. If you are doubtful then check out “Pots And Pans.” “They Don’t Make ’Em Like That” returns the listener to a simpler time; and while those times are gone, at least we are lucky enough to still have originals like Ball in this world full of built-in obsolescence. The sax work of Steve Berlin (baritone) and Eric Bernhardt (tenor) ebbs and flows with Ball’s piano and takes a wistful lyric and propels it into a feel-good dance party.

While Ball has certainly made a career of delivering infectious swampy dance grooves, don’t think for a second that she can’t still deliver soulful ballads and tender love songs. Ball’s road-weary vocal delivery on songs like “What Would I Do Without You” and “World Full Of Love” tends to lend an air of extra authenticity to each. On “I Got To Find Somebody” and “When The Mardi Gras Is Over,” Ball tackles quintessential New Orleans institutions like Ernie K-Doe and Mardi Gras with the confidence and swagger required. Of course, getting help from a backing band that features Roddie Romero (guitar), Eric Adcock (Hammond B-3), Lee Allen Zeno (bass), and Jermaine Prejean (percussion) paired with Berlin and Bernhardt on sax certainly helps to liven up the celebration. That same backing band is in full swing on “Once In A Lifetime Thing,” giving Romero and company a chance to shine as they lay down a swampy groove that is reminiscent of the classic swamp pop sounds of yesteryear.

Shine Bright closes out with Ball covering Jesse Winchester’s “Take A Little Louisiana.” This is a match made in heaven; and while Jesse is no longer with us, his spirit is certainly kept alive by performances like this. So take their advice and take a little Louisiana with you… and make sure to take a little Marcia too!

—Christopher Weddle

 

A career-defining album produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.  Marcia is simply on fire throughout, with an exuberant array of piano-fueled roadhouse romps seasoned by incomparably soulful ballads.  Tracks include nine new Marcia originals, plus brilliant takes on the music of Ray Charles, Ernie K-Doe and Jesse Winchester.  Producer/saxophonist Berlin guests on five tracks.  “Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth” Rolling Stone

Spotlight Album for the next Month is….

TME.fm Radio favorite Kathy and the Kilowatts new album Premonition of Love

 

With their recent signing to Nola Blue Records and the release of “Premonition of Love” on April 13, 2018, along with the successful 2017 release of “Let’s Do This Thing”, Kathy Murray and her band, the electrifying Kilowatts, reassert their place in the blues pantheon that helps Austin, TX keep its reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.

I know four weeks isn’t long but don’t worry it will still get lots of airplay afterwards or I’m not the musical director.

Long Tall Deb & Colin John – Dragonfly

Given the label, you’re probably expecting a blues album. There are traces of that here, but Long Tall Deb and Colin John move in several directions, sometimes blending genres within the song. But even when it is not clear what kind of music you   re listening to, it’s a compelling   even intoxicating   mix. This is not entirely new for this pair as it follows their 2015 EP Streets of Mumbai, which similarly used a bedrock of blues and soul accented by rock n    roll, surf, spaghetti western, noir jazz, pop, Americana, and world. The couple seems intent on musically reflecting their travels throughout America, Europe, India, and Nepal.

These are all original songs save the cover of Townes Van Zandt’s    Lungs.    The wide range of instrumentation primarily come from Colin John, with Deb singing. John (who also sings) is credited with all acoustic guitars, baritone guitar, baby sitar, lap steel and occasional bass and piano. Numerous guests add vocals and instruments throughout with Michael Landolt (Coldplay, O.A. R.) producing. The title is symbolic of change and transformation. You   ll hear the familiar strains of a lap steel to kick off the album, a crunchy blues shuffle in    On the Way Down,    pop in the radio-friendly title track and resounding electric guitars in the quietly rendered    Lungs.

According to Deb and John, they   re mostly creating a series of sounds you might associate with a car radio. In other words, songs full of choruses that you want to sing along with. This is especially the case in    I   ll Be the One    and    Trouble.       Remember Why (It   s Good He   s Gone)    is rife with spaghetti western motifs.    Pull the Pin    begins quietly with spooky chords before Deb becomes balladeer, perhaps the album   s best example of her pure, soulful vocals.    Horizontal Lightning    is surf music in slow motion.    Lights That Shine    is a slow-building tune, with another of their patented sing-along choruses.

Credit Long Tall Deb and Colin John for forging their own unique sound. It   s refreshing and captivating.