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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
Contact:
Jennifer Bohler/Alliance
615 292 5804
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Video: I’m With Her “I-89”

The new single from Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins, aka I’m With Her is predictably classy and delightful, as is the album from which it’s taken, ‘See You Around.’

CROOKED JADES / New Album Tour May 17-20!

Super Exciting!! The Crooked Jades have been working their music alchemy in the studio, completing their 9th album, “Empathy Moves the Water.” We’re about to head out on our CALIFORNIA TOUR, including our San Francisco hometown show at the Great American Music Hall! And we are thrilled to have Megan Adie, our beloved bass player, coming in all the way from Sweden! Come on down!

The band’s following have been clamoring for a new album, and one fan in particular, who wants to remain anonymous, is helping to make this possible. He was so impressed with the Crooked Jades’ performance at the California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in 2017, that he became a benefactor to financially sponsor the new recordings with the band’s present configuration. We thank you!


O N   T O U R   I N   C A L I F O R N I A

• THURSDAY MAY 17 – MICHAEL’S ON MAIN (Soquel/Santa Cruz)
• FRIDAY MAY 18 – GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL (San Francisco)
• SATURDAY MAY 19 – CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL (Claremont)
• SUNDAY MAY 20 – TOPANGA BANJO & FIDDLE CONTEST (Topanga)

see also SUNDAY MAY 13 – KPFA LIVE RADIO SHOW

MORE INFO BELOW + AT THESE LINKS:
 www.crookedjades.com / Crooked Jades on Facebook / Crooked Jades on Instagram


Thursday, May 17 / 7:30pm

MICHAEL’S ON MAIN International Music Show Case
2591 Main St., Soquel, CA / www.michaelsonmainmusic.com
Tickets: $15 / Adv. tickets at  https://thecrookedjadesmay17.brownpapertickets.com
All ages; under 21 to be accompanied by parent


Friday, May 18 / 9:30pm
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL San Francisco
with PINE BOX BOYS + surprise guest
In conjunction with SHELBY ASH PRESENTS
859 OFarrell St, San Francisco, CA / www.slimspresents.com/great-american-music-hall/
Tickets: $20 adv. + at the door; ticket + dinner package is $44.95
Tickets at www.slimspresents.com
All ages (6 and up)


Saturday, May 19 / Festival opens at 10am (Jades performance @ 6:30pm)
CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL
Workshops with Emily (fiddle) & Erik (banjo) at 2pm
Sontag Greek Theater, Pomona College, 300 E. Bonita, Claremont, CA /
www.folkmusiccenter.com/folk-festival.html
Tickets: $40 (children under 12 are free) / www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3356399

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
• Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones – Roots Rock Legends
• The Crooked Jades – Old-Time, Old World Music Revolutionaries
• Bula – Puerto Rican Community Bomba Group
• Mostly Kosher – Jewish Cultural Revivalist Klezmer Band
• Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players – Bluegrass Quartet
• Tom Freund – Singer Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist
• Fivacious – West Coast Gospel
…and many more.
All day event starting at 10am. Free parking at Pomona College parking structure.
Featuring art & music workshops for all ages, vendors village, local food & libations!
More info at link above.


Sunday, May 20 / 9am-6pm (Jades performance @ 2pm)

58th Annual TOPANGA BANJO & FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL
Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA / http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org
Get your tickets early and save: Adv. $17 Adult, $13 Senior/Teen ($23/$18 walk in) www.topangabanjofiddle.org/purchase_tix.html

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
Richie and Rosie, Jenna Moynihan and Màiri Chaimbeul, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Echo Mountain, Mike Mahaney & Friends, Latimer & Osborn, Ross Altman, and more
PLUS! Dance Barn with our pals Skillet Licorice, Ira Bernstein and more.
All day event with 4 Stages, Contests, Vendors, Food, Arts & Crafts and more. Info at link above.




Across the wide seas, distant mountains, and the vast complexity of the soul, The Crooked Jades new release “Empathy Moves The Water” emphasizes the lonesome in “High Lonesome” music. The band’s old-time roots reflect the cultural melange and longing implicit in the shadows of America – from haunting ballads punctuated by hypnotic fiddles that express digital isolation and humanity lost in a rapidly changing land, to the high energy revival songs inspired by early rural gospel blues. Reaffirming their reputation as an innovative old-time string band closer in spirit to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, The Crooked Jades create a unique and soulful modern sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa.

With a bold vision and drive to innovate and inspire, the Crooked Jades release their brand new album “Empathy Moves The Water” on their own label, Jade Note Music. Largely recorded at Berkeley’s famous Fantasy Studios, this new album is produced by the highly celebrated Bruce Kaphan. The band once again features their signature mix of inspired re-arrangements of rare and obscure old-time gems and beautiful original compositions, played on vintage and eclectic instruments, including Hawaiian slide, Vietnamese jaw harp, harmonium, ukulele, banjo, ukulele, arco bass, and minstrel banjo.

The Crooked Jades continue their mission to move old-time music out of segregation and show its relevance in modern times. Their evocative, cinematic music has appeared in soundtracks for Sean Penn’s Oscar-nominated film Into The Wild and the PBS documentary Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait.



PHOTOS BY STEPHEN JOHNSTON & CO. / COLLAGE BY LISA

VIDEO LINKS:

“Going Across the Sea” (Erik & Jades at The Sweetwater) & “Girl Slipped Down” (Erik & Megan at Cyprian’s)

Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor’s vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. Their new music continues their mission to re-imagine old-time music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Building on an old-time foundation, the band filters old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, seeking to make sense of the future, reaffirming the importance of connecting to our roots in a time of intense digital connection. Writes Bluegrass Unlimited, “Chords in unexpected places, out of this world harmonies, and some of the most powerfully-arranged material I’ve ever encountered.” Innovative and fearless, constantly evolving and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.

The Crooked Jades core consists of founders Jeff Kazor (vocals/guitar/ukulele) and Lisa Berman (vocals/slide guitar/banjo/harmonium), with long-time member Erik Pearson (vocals/banjos/ukulele/harmonium/slide guitar), and the invaluable Megan Adie (vocals/bass) and Emily Mann (vocals/fiddle). This current line-up builds on 20+ years of The Crooked Jades performances and recordings. The band has traveled countless miles across 4 continents, 10 countries, and many festivals, resulting in 8 critically acclaimed albums.

“The two adjectives that keep coming to me during repeated listenings to The Crooked Jades are profound and transcendent. This is visionary music, forged from the raw materials of old-time forms and instruments. It’s easy to forget that the first old-time music recorded was a mirror of the times the musicians lived in. That was almost 100 years ago. Here, in the beginning of the 21st century, people in appreciable numbers are feeling as though they’re teetering on the brink of apocalyptic times. Through the lens of tradition, The Crooked Jades are voicing this feeling convincingly and beautifully.” – The Old-Time Herald 

Jon Patrick Walker shares new single & video, “I Won’t Sit Around and Cry”

Walker is currently on tour playing King George in the traveling company of Hamilton.
JON PATRICK WALKER SHARES

NEW TRACK & VIDEO FOR “I WON’T SIT AROUND AND CRY”

YOU AND I OUT MAY 11

“With “I Won’t Sit Around and Cry,” Jon Patrick Walker reveals his multi-faceted talents. The melody is balanced, while the rhythm is persuasive, and Walker’s vibrant tones add the icing to the musical cake.” – CelebMix

“The song possesses a rural pop fluidity, the kind of dusky movements you might expect from Ryan Adams or Jason Isbell but is wholly of Walker’s own making. His spry acoustic guitar lines rumble and shutter while a slide guitar trembles and shakes off its problems for just a few minutes.” – The Southern Sounding

“I Won’t Sit Around and Cry”
A highly respected actor for 25 years, appearing on Broadway, on television and in film (and currently playing King George to rave reviews on the national tour of Hamilton), JP made an audacious leap into songwriting and music-making, self-releasing his first album, The Guilty Party (recorded in Nashville), in 2013. Jp’s 2016 follow-up, People Going Somewhere is steeped in 60’s-70’s Rock & Folk and garnered excellent reviews, charting on numerous college stations. His latest offering, You and I, is a 6-song EP co-produced with Josh Kaufman ( Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Bob Weir). recorded in Brooklyn, it was mixed by Patrick Dillett (They Might Be Giants) & mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. The 6 tracks (all penned by Walker) cover an eclectic musical terrain, from Singer-songwriter Americana, jazz-inflected psychedelia, to Velvet Underground-influenced garage-rock. JP lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Hope Davis (who is featured in a duet with JP on the opener, “Your Open Hand”) and their two daughters.
JP will be acting & singing on the HAMILTON National tour through February, 2019.
Jon Patrick Walker “Your Open Hand”
Jon Patrick Walker by Lindsey Byrnes
Artist: Jon Patrick Walker
Album: You And I
Record Label: Self-Release
Release Date: May 11, 2018

1. Your Open Hand (Featuring Hope Davis)
2. I Won’t Sit Around And Cry
3. You And I
4. The Guilty Party
5. Jack O’Bells
6. I Can’t Not Do The Robot (Wen I’m Dancing With You)

Ana Egge Releases “You Among The Flowers”, Billboard Debuts Lyric Video

Ana Egge Releases
 “You Among The Flowers”
Lyric Video Debuts at Billboard
White Tiger out June 8
Featuring Alec Spiegelman, Anais Mitchell,
 Buck Meek, Billy Strings and more
Jacob Silver, Robin MacMillan, and more

  

   
Photo credit: Shervin Lainez
Today, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ana Egge releases her new single “You Among The Flowers” from her forthcoming record White Tiger out June 8 via StorySound Records.

“It was initially about an attraction and then questioning that and just exploring that little moment of meeting someone,” Egge tells Billboard about the “playful” track. “It took me to (John Milton’s) Paradise Lost for some reason — real happy stuff, right? But so much of that song was about that guitar riff that’s up front and loud and came from my obsession with playing that riff over and over and finding a melody over it.”
“You Among The Flowers” was a favorite of producer Alec Spiegelman, “who ‘really dug into it’ to create a light-spirited track that counters a darker lyrical tone” said writer Gary Graff. “The lyric video — directed by Nancy Howell and Mark Lerner — brings a whole other dimension to the track.”
 
White Tiger was announced at the top of April along with the release of the lead single “Dance Around The Room With Me.” UPROXX said “The spirited and vivacious track is about traversing through life deeply attuned to each cursory feeling, even the ones that seem insignificant or sting mercilessly….In it, she declares a warmly buoyant mantra: ‘Dance around the room with me / Start dancing and you’ll see / How it opens up, opens up your heart.'”
Egge is a collaborator at heart and has recorded full albums with The Stray Birds and The Sentimentals, as well as worked with highly acclaimed producers such as Jason MercerJoel PlaskettStewart Lerman, and Steve Earle.
Evident in the communical music-making of the album, White Tiger is no different,
most notably in Ana’s collaboration with producer Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic), whose contributions on reeds, keyboards, and vocals, together with his wind, string, and vocal arrangements, elegantly inform the whole. Other featured musicians include singer Anais Mitchell, guitarist Buck Meek (Big Thief), Billy Strings, drummer Robin MacMillan (Aoife O’Donovan), bassist Jacob Silver (Amy Helm, Joan As Police Woman), violinist Alex Hargreaves and violist Adam Moss (The Brother Brothers).
Pre-order the album via StorySound Records.
White Tiger tracklist:
1) Girls, Girls, Girls
2) White Tiger
3) Be With You
4) You Among The Flowers
5) Dance Around The Room With Me
6) I’m Goin’ Bossa Nova
7) Last Ride
8) Western Movie
9) In Tall Buildings (ft. Billy Strings)
10) Let The Light In
Tour Dates:
05/05 – Huntingdon, PA @ Standing Stone Coffee
05/12 – Newtown Square, PA @ Burlap and Bean
05/19 – Rosendale, NY @ Rosendale Cafe
05/31 – Waltham, MA @ Charles River Museum of Industry
06/12 – Exton, PA @ Eagleview Town Center
06/16 – Bethlehem, PA @ Godfrey Daniels
06/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Warming House
06/28 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
07/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Owl
08/01 – Saranac Lake, NY @ Berkeley Green – Music on the Green
Follow Ana Egge:
Website – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

#NOWPLAYING Grant-Lee Phillips

Grant-Lee Phillips just released a brand new video for his track
‘King of Catasrophes’ of his latest album Widdershins

Jill Barber Stands With The #MeToo Movement With Video For “Girl’s Gotta Do,” Reaches #1 On Apple Music Canada’s Singer-Songwriter Chart

Jill Barber Stands With
The #MeToo Movement
 With Video For “Girl’s Gotta Do”
Lead Single From Metaphora
 Bows At #1 On Apple Music Canada’s
Singer-Songwriter Chart
Announces North American Tour

 

Jill Barber released the video for “Girl’s Gotta Do,” the lead single from her upcoming album Metaphora (out June 22 via Outside Music.)
“Girl’s Gotta Do” premiered at CBC’s Q, and debuted at #1 on Apple Music Canada’s Singer-Songwriter Chart. Barber calls the song a “challenge to the patriarchal status quo as we usher in a new era of equality.”
The video debuted at PopMatters, who write, “If the women’s movement of the 21st century — whether it’s #MeToo or #TimesUp — needed a hashtag theme song to carry its message, this versatile vocalist who can handle jazz, pop, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll on any given night, delivers it with genre-fender-bender style.”
It was directed by Juno Award-winning director Christopher Mills, whose work includes videos for Modest Mouse (“Float On,”) Leonard Cohen (“Leaving The Table,”) and Broken Social Scene (“Stars and Sons.”)
 

A bold entrée into the world of contemporary pop music, Metaphora reveals a Jill Barber we’ve never heard before. Metaphora showcases her power and vulnerability as both an artist and a woman. Evolving over the course of many albums from folk to jazz, R&B and pop, Jill’s success is defined not by genre, but by her undeniable songwriting chops and distinctive voice. Metaphora is a continuation of Barber’s musical story that confidently tackles everything from issues of empowerment, sexual politics, the complications of love, and depression. It’s introspective and personal. It’s also a dance party.
Mutual friendships and living on the same street led Jill to sit down with Ryan Guldemond, the enigmatic lead singer of Mother Mother, for inspiration and creativity. Ryan’s commitment to Jill and unwavering enthusiasm garnered co-writing credits on four of the nine songs on Metaphora, including the instantly catchy lead single, “Girl’s Gotta Do,” a hook-filled and very timely call to arms that aims to “challenge the patriarchal status quo, as we usher in a new era of equality,” says Barber. “Writing with Ryan was a big departure for me, and very exciting. He’s extremely creative and not afraid to push my creative boundaries,” recalls Barber. “The sessions became part songwriting and part therapy because I was writing about things that felt pretty raw; politics, sexism, being a mother. I started to realize that this was going to be a very different kind of album for me. I had more that I needed to say and Ryan helped bring that out with his uncanny knack for melody and song structure.”
Metaphora’s opening track “The Woman” generates a sense of anticipation with its pounding bass drum, an urgent heartbeat for what is next to come from the fearless multi-Juno nominated performer. “It’s a song about how a woman is required to be everything to everyone, but may still be a mystery to her own self,” shares Barber. “She is part of nature, but also has a nature of her own, ever-changing and elusive.” On “Bigger Than You,” Barber explores a personal experience that she hopes may inspire others to take a stand against tactics like power plays, bullying and manipulation. “Mercy” is a striking piano ballad Barber wrote for anyone who battles daily with their inner critic, or wrestles with the beast of depression. “Hooked Your Heart,” “Clumsy Heart,” “Cage Without A Key,” “Love Is,” and “Hold On” round out Metaphora.
On the advice of trusted friends, Jill reached out to producer Gus Van Go(WhitehorseArkellsTerra Lightfoot), who immediately took on the project and began to craft a complete vision for Metaphora. They recorded at Van Go’s studio in Brooklyn, NY, with creative partner Werner F and multi-platinum Grammy nominated producers Chris Soper and Jesse Singer, collectively known as Likeminds, who perform all the drums, piano and analogue synths on the album. Additional tracks were recorded and produced by Gavin Brown and Maia Davies at Toronto’s Noble Street Studios.
On Metaphora, Jill Barber bursts back onto the stage with a bold and daring offering of music, confidently executed with the style and grace of a woman who knows exactly what she’s doing.
Jill Barber North American Tour Dates:
6/18 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Jazz Festival
7/6 – Montreal, QC –  Jazz Festival Theatre Masionneuve w/ Leslie Odom Jr.
8/4 – Kalso Bay Park, BC – Kaslo International Jazz Festival
9/22 Chicago, IL – Schubas
9/24 New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
9/25 New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
9/26 – Boston, MA – Regatta Bar
9/28 – Ottowa, ON – Ottawa National Arts Centre Theatre
10/9 – Fredericton, NB – Playhouse Theatre
10/11 -Charlottetown, PEI – Confederation Centre
10/12 Truro, NS – Marigold Theatre
10/13 Halifax, NS- Rebecca Cohn Theatre
10/16 -Toronto, ON – Roy Thomson Hall
10/19 – London, OT –  Aeolian Hall
10/20 – London, OT –  Aeolian Hall
10/25 Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
10/26 – Edmonton, AB – Triffo Theatre
10/27 – Calgary, AB – Bella Concert Hall
11/1 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
11/3 – Victoria, BC  – Capital Ballroom
Metaphora Tracklisting:
 
The Woman
Girl’s Gotta Do
Hooked Your Heart
Bigger Than You
Mercy
Clumsy Heart
Cage Without A Key
Love Is
Hold On

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

Video: Darlingside “Best Of The Best Of Times”

A new video for the final track from their outstanding new album Extralife, this is the wonderful Darlingside, one of the best new bands to emerge in the last few years.