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
“Hold To The Light finds Annibale making strides in both songwriting and production, incorporating a wider and more experimental range of instruments.”
“‘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.”
“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 Spotify, Apple Music, and all other streaming services.
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.
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)
Album Release Scheduled For June 15, 2018 via RED MUSIC (Sony)
May 18, 2018 – (Los Angeles, CA)JASON CHARLES MILLER is proud to announce the upcominv release of “In The Wasteland,” his definitive new album set to come out June 15, 2018 via RED MUSIC/ SONY.
Mixed and produced by Grammy Award-winner Matt Hyde (Jonny Lang, No Doubt, Deftones) and featuring drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellenamp, John Fogerty), “In The Wasteland” showcases 11 tracks that blur the lines between Southern Rock, classic country, and the outlaw attitude that has earmarked MILLER‘s career as a singer, songwriter, producer and performer for more than two decades and over a dozen releases.
“From the many different styles of music that have influenced me over the years, to the lyrics that are a mixture of observational storytelling and pure emotional ferocity – some songs are collaborations or even duets, and others were written alone in a darkened room” exclaims MILLER, “If you’ve followed the journey of my career as an entertainer, you’ll hear every place I’ve been, and where I ended up today. I’ve released a lot of music in the last few years for a lot of various projects – other artists, video games, TV shows, musicals and films – but this is my first solo album in six years… you can bet I’ve got a lot to say!”
“In The Wasteland” includes guest performances from the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke and keyboardist Peter Keys, legendary Soul vocalist Brenda Lee Eager (Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Diana Ross), Blackberry Smoke vocalist Charlie Starr, King’s X frontman Dug Pinnick, guitarist Duane Betts (son of founding Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts), guitaristAdam Shoenfeld (Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean) and ‘Cowboy’ Eddie Long (Jamey Johnson).
MILLER adds, “To be able to collaborate with so many of my heroes on this album is completely surreal, totally mind-blowing and incredibly humbling, all at the same time. If I were to put a dream list of musicians together to play with, every single person on this record would be on that list. This truly is an all-star team of players, singers and stars that I somehow tricked into showing up to the studio… then, while they weren’t looking, I hit the record button! In all seriousness, each and every performance helps elevate the album to a level that I could never achieve alone, and I’m grateful to every single person who helped me bring In The Wasteland to life.”
“IN THE WASTELAND” Track Listing
1. Hundred Pound Hammer (feat ‘Cowboy’ Eddie Long)
2. In The Wasteland
3. No Bridge Left Unburned
4. Get Thee Behind Me (feat. Dug Pinnick, & ‘Cowboy’ Eddie Long & Duane Betts)
5. Trunk Full Of Bibles
7. Old Scarecrow (feat. Charlie Starr & Rickey Medlocke)
8. The Line
10. No More Reasons
11. Finding My Way In The Dark (feat. Peter Keys, Brenda Lee Eager & Adam Shoenfeld)
The album’s debut single, “Hundred Pound Hammer,” is available now across all digital streaming platforms and can be instantly downloaded as an instagrat track with all digital pre-orders.
ABOUT JASON CHARLES MILLER:
Originally from Clifton, VA, MILLER currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he runs the successful recording complex, Central Command Studios.Having been formerly known as the frontman and founder of acclaimed rock band GODHEAD — who were signed to Marilyn Manson’s label, Posthuman Records, selling over 250,000 albums and touring internationally with heavyweights including Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Rammstein, and Jonathan Davis (KORN) — MILLER has co-written songs with a genre-crossing who’s who of artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Ben Moody (Evanescense), Chuck Goff (Toby Keith Band), Driver Williams (Eric Church Band) and Paul Anka. He has achieved three Gold Record Awards for sales, and his music has been heard on popular tv shows, films and video games including HBO’s True Blood and Hung, WWE Smackdown, The Guild, Queen of the Damned, The Punisher, Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
When he’s not writing, recording or performing music, MILLER is a professional voice actor and has appeared in over 100 animated productions and video games. Notable highlights include: Attack On Titan, Hearthstone, Star Trek Online, World of Warcraft, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and many more. MILLER is currently host of the popular Geek & Sundry show “Starter Kit” and has also been seen on screen in Battle Planet (SyFy), Stan Lee’s World of Heroes ‘Chatroom of Solitude’, The Guild and squabbling with Lewis Black and Andy Dick in various productions on Comedy Central.
With a voice that is equal parts Rod Stewart, Van Morrison and Sam Cooke, Jon Allen has an uncanny ability to write songs that feel instantly familiar. The British singer-songwriter returns after four years, releasing his fourth album, “Blue Flames”, May 18th 2018. This album represents Allen’s growth into soul elements. The record honors classic 60’s style of Motown, with feel-good sounds accompanied by Allen’s signature raspy vocals. From track to track, Allen ventures into the feelings of joy, love, loss, and change.
Throughout his career, Allen has become a go-to favorite for US music supervisors, with his songs being featured in hit prime time TV shows such as Homeland and Bones, along with movies like The Oranges, Safe Haven and Army of One.
The first single off the album, “Jonah’s Whale” released March 9th, starts of the record with reminiscent vibes funk and soul. The upbeat single ignites the album.
On the process of writing the single Allen states:
“With ‘Jonah’s Whale’ I stumbled upon the groove and chords first and wanted the lyric to evoke the sense of joyfulness I was getting from playing it through on an acoustic guitar. I settled upon the concept of a central character, head over heels in a love bubble, blinded to the outside world’s troubles. If this song doesn’t make you feel good, I have failed.”
It was the experience of immersing himself in the production and vibe of classic recordings of the sixties and seventies from iconic record labels such as Motown, Stax, Atlantic and Chess that made Allen think it would be great to bring more of that earthiness to his sound for Blue Flame’s recording sessions.
Today, Jon Allen, is looking forward to sharing the soulful excitement of “Blue Flame”, out May 18th 2018.
Winchester-born, Jon Allen was originally discovered by Mark Knopfler in 2006 (who later offered to play guitar for him), but it was the single “In Your Light” from Allen’s 2009 debut album Dead Man’s Suit that landed him a coveted spot on “Later…with Jools Holland”. Allen’s second album ‘Sweet Defeat’ (2011) continued his rise, spawning the Radio 2 A-listed hit track “Joanna” – the song that made it onto the soundtrack of the global TV smash Homeland.
Allen toured extensively during this period, both solo and with his band, appearing with Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Seal (who would tell Jon every day he should be making soul records) and Damien Rice, amongst others. ‘Deep River’, Allen’s last album, released in 2014, received the best reviews of his career to-date from the UK’s national press and was made BBC Radio 2’s ‘Album of The Week’. After his UK tour to promote ‘Deep River’, Jon took a break to write songs with and for other artists, while also writing music for films.
1.Jonah’s Whale *
2. Keep On Walking
3. Since You Went Away
4. It’s Just the End of the World
5. If You Change Your Mind
7. Hold You In My Heart
8. Better Day
10. Waking Dream
11. Blue Flame
12. You (US Exclusive Bonus Track)
Virginia-based band of brothers Sons of Bill have shared a new track, “Easier,” from their forthcoming album Oh God Ma’am.The track is currently streaming via Rolling Stone Country who writes “It’s a gorgeous ballad – half resigned and half optimistic, with a rainy-day aesthetic that the bandmates partially credit to one of their album’s two engineers, rock vet Phil Ek.” Oh God Ma’am will be released on June 29th.
“It’s a love song, and I’m so glad Molly Parden agreed to make it a duet with me. Her voice adds a haunting depth to every song she touches,” writes singer/guitarist James Wilson. Reflecting on the song’s inspiration, Wilson writes “there’s a strange unspoken
malaise with my generation – ironic and sad… but I think it’s important to try and sing about love and hope in some genuine way now more than ever. We have to remind each other in some way that it’s going to get easier, even if we know in our heart of hearts that that may not be true.”
“Easier” follows the group’s lead single “Believer / Pretender,” an opening salvo that encapsulates the approach the group takes on their latest record – blending their lyrical Americana roots with a polished, driving set of songs punctuated by crystalline guitar riffs and tasteful synth flourishes. “Believer / Pretender” debuted via Brightest Young Things who declared it “…an absolute stunner, a sweeping piece of ‘80s-tinged guitar rock that recalls the sounds of New Order, The War on Drugs, and R.E.M., while still being unmistakably Sons of Bill.”
Oh God Ma’am is the followup to their 2015 album Love and Logic, which Q magazine called “a glorious sour mash of every great Americana trope of the last 50 years– think Dylan, R.E.M, Wilco, — Blended with top notes of Husker Du, Big Star, and The Replacements… A family affair welcoming one and all.” Recorded both in Seattle with west coast indie legend Phil Ek (Shins, Fleet Foxes) and in Nashville with Sean Sullivan (Sturgill Simpson) and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) Oh God Ma’am movesbeyond the galvanic americana-rock comfort zone of previous efforts, for a more elegant and restrained sound– a darker, and more complexly layered rock record that manages to be the band’s most emotionally intimate and sonically expansive.
“Reaching far beyond their Americana roots, Sons of Bill brew up a lush, literate sound with this year’s Oh God Ma’am, a wide-ranging album that mixes honesty, hooks and headiness in equal measure.” – Rolling Stone
Oh God Ma’am is currently available for pre-sale HERE.
As three sons of a venerated theology and literature professor at the University of Virginia (who also taught his sons how to play guitar and write songs,) Sons of Bill were always keen to represent the american south with a slightly higher brow– an upright and literary aspect of the southern culture that rarely gets an adequate hearing in pop music. And like so many of the southern writers they grew up reading (James teaches and is currently writing a book on William Faulkner) The Wilson brothers often pull songs from the darker regions of the human imagination– slyly and earnestly scratching at their own spiritual scabs with both humor and sincerity, as a way of exploring life’s enduring complexities: faith, love, and the weirdness of time. It gives the whole record a unique atmosphere of tragicomedy– equal parts post-adolescent anxiety and old-soul humility. In search of the proper nomenclature, one critic would simply describe Sons of Bill as “metaphysical American music.”
Sons of Bill Tour Dates:
August 2 – Richmond, Virginia – The Broadberry
August 3 – Washington DC – Union Stage
August 4 – Charlottesville, Virginia – The Jefferson Theater
August 13 – Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
August 14 – London, UK – OMEARA
August 15 – Bristol, UK – The Tunnels Bristol
August 16 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
August 17– Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
August 18– Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
August 19 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
August 21 – Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
August 22 – Munich, Germany – Milla Club
August 23 – Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
August 24 – Hamburg, Germany – Stage Club Hamburg
August 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Once In A Blue Moon Festival
Richard Thompson has announced an extensive UK tour for October and November 2018 in advance of a new studio album which will be released later this year on Proper Records, kicking off in lovely Liverpool’s Philharmonic on 11th October. Last year, Thompson released two volumes of acoustic recordings: ‘Acoustic Classics Vol. II’ featuring acoustic renderings of songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, and ‘Acoustic Rarities’ featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in his repertoire. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of Fairport Convention, the groundbreaking band he co-founded as a teenager in the ‘60s, with a performance at its annual Cropredy Festival last August. He also briefly did a remarkably authentic stint as Abe Simpson when he berated the state of modern music at the AMAUKs last year.
Richard Thompson UK Dates 2018
Thu 11 Oct – Liverpool Philharmonic
Sat 13 Oct – Perth Concert Hall
Mon 15 Oct – Canterbury Marlowe
Tue 16 Oct – London Barbican
Wed 17 Oct – Bath Forum
Thu 18 Oct – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sat 20 Oct – Stoke on Trent Victoria Hall
Sun 21 Oct – Manchester Opera House
Mon 22 Oct – York Grand Opera House
Tue 23 Oct – Hull City Hall
Wed 24 Oct – Gateshead Sage
Fri 26 Oct – Birmingham Town Hall
Sat 27 Oct – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sun 28 Oct – Oxford New Theatre
Tue 30 Oct – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wed 31 Oct – Salisbury City Hall
Thu 1 Nov – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 2 Nov – High Wycombe Swan
Sat 3 Nov – Woking The New Victoria
James Scott Bullard’s , Full Tilt Boogie, was released in the US on April 27th and marks his 9th release and 6th LP Release. Bullard may be a new name to your ears, but he is not new to the country/Americana music scene. Having shared the stage with David Allan Coe, Butch Walker, Dex Romweber and The Steel Woods. Bullard is a man with many stories to tell and he tells those stories with truth and passion.
Ditty TV recently debuted the video “Wicked Ways” on the show Eleven. Keep your eye out for the video and you can also watch on youtube
In Case you missed it! Gary Hayes Countryand a live review of the Americana Roots Hoedown Pre-Party Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Nashville which was presented by MagnoliaRoads!
Europe and UK praise:
“Full Tilt Boogie is getting into its groove and is outpacing many albums in its sort I’ve heard recently as is competing full on with my favourites in the genre…The title in the right hand corner is nothing but a statement, full disclosure. Brace yourself to rock!– Wout de natric, WoNo Music Blog (Netherlands)
From “Warpath” to “Jesus, Jail, Or Texas”, from “Leavin ‘On My Mind” to the final “Back To You” with his clear guitar duets that refer to the Allman Brothers Band of the “Eat A Peach” period, all contributes to forming a group to be strongly recommended. A (for us) beautiful discovery. —Lonestartime (Italy)
“Full Tilt Boogie is full of up-tempo songs that combine influences from country rock, blues rock and Southern rock, combining a traditionally sounding roots sound with wonderfully teasing guitars. It occasionally reminds me of the early records of R.E.M., which were much more rootsier than the most successful records of the band. All in all a nice plate. A very nice plate even.” – Erwin Zijleman, De Krenten Uit De Pop (Netherlands)
“Full Tilt Boogie is full of booming honky tonk, where the blues are drowned in shots of whiskey.”—Altcountry.nl
“‘Full Tilt Boogie’ sees songs such as Lord, Have Mercy, Wicked Ways, the sublime and rather fabulous Jesus, Jail, or Texas, Leavin’ On My Mind and Back To You inhale deeply, take in the rush of air that surveys the scene from the deep south and lets go with unnerving majesty.”—Liverpool Sound and Vision
“WOW! Bullard has a delightfully leathery voice and his band are red hot, to the point of melting the CD Player on that opening track; and it’s fair to say……things only get better from then on in!” — TheRockingMapgie (UK)
” This is unrelenting, full throttle outlaw country assault with screaming guitars and riffs that sound at times like the Allman Brothers on steroids. “– Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine
“Full Tilt Badassery…It is a rowdy, raucous good time, that changes pace when necessary to settle you down and allow Bullard to really unleash himself on you. It’s a very full and robust record that takes you on a journey with stops including rowdy women, living your own rowdy existence, and all points in between.”—Country Music Armadillo
“This is straight-up entertaining fare – musically and lyrically – and I could take a whole album of it. Luckily, there’s one on the way.”— Jolene Country Music Blog
“Calvin plays a double shot of the new southern rock sounds of Mr. James Scott Bullard. His new album is called Full Tilt Boogie and it lives up to its name…“James Scott Bullard has delivered a Southern Rock album par excellence.” — Tony Ives /Americana Music Show
“Waving flags is a hazardous business these days but James Scott Bullard is a deserved standard bearer of the southern rock tradition. Drawing on impeccable sources he has created his own original, authentic style that flies high above some very pale imitations of one of music’s finest genres.”—Lyndon Bolton, Americana Music Show
“If you are looking for your next honky tonk hero, I think I may have found him. His name is James Scott Bullard (JSB) and he is pure, 24 karat gold.”— TwangriLa
“James Scott Bullard’s ‘Full Tilt Boogie’–“This album is great from start to finish…Don’t think twice. Get this one now.”— Bob Leggett, LA Music Critic
‘”The South Carolinian’s burly baritone appeals with the rough warmth of an overly loved flannel shirt, making hard-luck tales like “Lord, Have Mercy,” “Wicked Ways” and “Jesus, Jail, or Texas” more relatable. RIYL Jamey Johnson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed.”—Pasadena Weekly
“Walmart parking lot music for the country folk that don’t go to Sunday meeting. Down and dirty, loaded with electric blues, when you’re piloting that big rig on reds, this record becomes totally clear.” — Chris Spector/Midwest Record Entertainment News
“The raw, high-energy boogie of “Hey, Hey Mama” and the swinging tempo of “Evil Lovin’,” showcases Bullard’s fun, delivering an edgier country rock sound. ” — J. Pasinski/JP’s Music Blog
NEW YORK, NY (May 11th, 2018) – Platinum-certified duo Marian Hill’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Unusual, is out now—listen here!
Unusual is made up of ten tracks written and produced by Jeremy Lloyd (production/songwriting) and Samantha Gongol (vocals/songwriting) of Marian Hill. Leading up to the release, the duo, “known for an arty blend of jazz and R&B that fits curiously well on a dance floor” (Apple Music), released three tracks, “Subtle Thing,” “Differently” and “Wish You Would,” off the album. “Differently” was produced by Marian Hill and notable Canadian producer Boi-1da (Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Lana Del Rey). Apple Music hails the track as, “an ominous hip-hop cut about jealousy…bursting with nervous energy yet feels meticulously controlled, a tension carried throughout the album.” See the full Unusual tracklist below.
In celebration of the album, Marian Hill is currently on their full-scale North American headline tour, including a show tonight in Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn Steel. Billed as the “UNUSUAL” tour, Los Angeles-based singer and producer Michl is serving as support. See the remaining list of tour dates below. Tickets are available now via MarianHillMusic.com.
01. “Subtle Thing”
03. “All Night Long”
04. “Don’t Miss You”
05. “Wish You Would”
06. “Don’t Do It”
08. “No Hesitation”
10. “Go Quietly”
“UNUSUAL” UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 11 Brooklyn, New York Brooklyn Steel May 12 Boston, Massachusetts Royale May 13 Toronto, Ontario The Mod Club May 15 Chicago, Illinois Metro May 16 St. Paul, Minnesota Palace Theatre
“The quintet, led by vocalist/guitarist Felix Bechtolsheimer, is back August 17 with sophomore album As I Fell, and the LP continues the band’s exploration of its patented Amerigothica sound—one that comfortably rides right alongside both Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Drive-By Truckers.” – Magnet Magazine
May 10, 2018– Acclaimed London five-piece Curse Of Lono announces their new album,As I Fell, to be released onAugust 17thvia Submarine Cat Records. Today, the band has unveiled the first single, “Valentine.” CLICK HERE to listen exclusively on Magnet Magazine.
Recorded between Joshua Tree and London with producer Oli Bayston (AKA Boxed In), the track builds on the band’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Underground as it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco.
Felix says, “Valentine is about the kind of murderous jealousy that twists you up until you don’t recognize yourself anymore. The sort of dejection that will make you do things you know you will regret,” says Felix. “I think the vocal harmonies floating over the tribal beat, distorted bass and filthy baritone guitar going through a tiny 1950’s Selmer practice amp, really capture that feeling.
Formed in London in 2015, Curse Of Lono is Felix Bechtolsheimer (vocals and guitar), Joe Hazell (lead guitar and vocals), Dani Ruiz Hernandez (keys and vocals), Charis Anderson (bass and vocals) and Neil Findlay (drums). ‘As I Fell’ is the follow-up to ‘Severed’, one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of 2017, and builds on Curse Of Lono’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Undergroundas it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco. Although some of the songs on ‘As I Fell’ revisit familiar themes like murderous jealousy and the death of loved ones, much of the album covers new ground.
Having spent much of 2017 on tour in Europe and the UK, Curse Of Lono will be embarking on their first UK headline tour in May this year. They have also been invited to open for Steve Earle and for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes in Europe in July and in the UK in October.
CURSE OF LONO Tour Dates May 17 – The Alternative Escape, Brighton May 24 – Fat Lil’s, Witney (UK Headline Tour) May 25 – The Lexington, London (UK Headline Tour) May 26 – Dot-To-Dot Festival, Mr Wolf’s, Bristol May 30 – Greystones, Sheffield (UK Headline Tour) May 31 – Hug & Pint, Glasgow (UK Headline Tour) June 1 – Gullivers, Manchester (UK Headline Tour) June 2 – The Ent Shed, Bedford (UK Headline Tour) June 22 – Black Deer Festival, Kent June 24 – Isle Of Wight Festival July 7 – Maverick Festival, Suffolk July 12 – Oltrivierenhof, Antwerp (with Steve Earle and Southside Johnny) July 13 – Toogenblik, Brussels (headline) July 14 – Paradiso, Amsterdam (with Southside Johnny) July 18 – Fabrik, Hamburg (with Southside Johnny) July 19 – Kaufleuten, Zurich (with Southside Johnny) July 21 – The Sage, Gateshead (with Steve Earle – Summertyne Americana Festival) July 22 – Summertyne Americana Festival, Gateshead (main stage) August 26 – Graze Festival, Hampshire
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)
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)
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
“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