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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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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.’

CURSE OF LONO Announces New Album, AS I FELL To Be Released August 17th Via Submarine Cat Records New Single “Valentine” Is Streaming Exclusively on Magnet Magazine

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CURSE OF LONO 
Announces New Album, AS I FELL To Be Released August 17th Via Submarine Cat Records

New Single “Valentine” Is Streaming Exclusively on Magnet Magazine

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Album Documentary By Gregg Houston (Noel Gallagher, Michael
Kiwanuka, Tinie Tempah, Foy Vance). 

Watch Full Film over at Relix

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“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 on  August  17th via 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

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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 

Charley Crockett – Lonesome as a Shadow

Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who lived a wild life on the American frontier. After train hopping across the country, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for nearly a year before searching for home in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa.Charley returned home to Texas and released his debut solo album titled A Stolen Jewel in 2015, receiving critical acclaim and landing him a Dallas Observer Award that year for “Best Blues Act”. He released his sophomore record In The Night in 2016 and played over 125 shows that year. Crockett’s song “I Am Not Afraid” received international recognition from top tastemakers after being picked by NPR Music as one of the “Top 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing” and featured on World Cafe. Now in 2018, Crockett releases Lonesome As A Shadow, an album recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillip’s Recording Service with producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang. Backed by the Blue Drifters, this album was recorded live to tape during a long year of touring. It’s a musical gumbo that showcases the various depths of Crockett’s sound.

TME say thanks to John Prine.

A regular artist here at TME.fm Radio John Prine released a new album this year, here is the best review I could find. It’s followed up by an excellent biography and some tracks to listen to.

On his first album of new songs in over 13 years, John Prine baits you but good.

The opening tunes to “The Tree of Forgiveness” are presented with ragged simplicity and homey cheer. Then the veteran songsmith, from an emotive standpoint, tosses you off the cliff with works full of stark, devastating resolve. Then, just as you think his world (and, perhaps, yours) has fallen into ruin, he winds the record up with a reverie of mortality that makes the hereafter sound like a street parade.

To perhaps no one’s surprise, “The Tree of Forgiveness” enlists the help of Dave Cobb, who became the Americana producer of choice during Prine’s prolonged writing absence.

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Wisely, Cobb keeps things simple, even when he invites a few friends and clients – Jason Isbell and Brandi Carlile, among them – to the sessions. Their contributions provide attractive color, but Prine’s best music has never involved fuss. He tells stories succinctly, keeping his songs focused on lyrics of Mark Twain-ish worldliness with melodies dressed by the lightest and most open of folk melodies.

So it’s business as usual to hear a back porch reverie like “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door” with its sleepy summertime candor and references to sweet potato wine and George Jones 8 track tapes masking a sheepish sense of loneliness at the record’s onset. Three songs later, though, the album heads into the abyss with “Summer’s End,” a tune whose delicacy doesn’t even pretend to hide its sense of loss. “You never know how far from home you’re feeling until you watch the shadows cross the ceiling.” The song’s resulting sadness takes hold so immediately that it’s easy to overlook how graceful and gorgeous the melodic structure is.

But there has also been a mischievous slant to some of Prine’s music that regularly runs hand in hand with homespun, but very pointed social commentary. Case in point is “Lonesome Friends of Science.” It’s partly a slow-poke country rebuke of fact-denying politicos, but it’s mostly another worldly washing of hands, much in the way the classic “Fish and Whistle” was four decades ago. “The lonesome friends of science say the world will end most any day. Well, if it does, then that’s okay, ‘cause I don’t live here anyway.”

The mood is gloriously reprised for the album closing “When I Get to Heaven,” a view of the afterlife both affirmative in its abounding sense of forgiveness but ripe with show biz panache. “As God is my witness, I’m getting back into show business, open up a nightclub called The Tree of Forgiveness and forgive everybody who ever done me any harm.” But Prine saves his prime agenda for the pearly gates to the end as a chorus of laughing children and kazoos ring out. “This old man is going to town.” Sounds like heaven to me.

Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny

One of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of his generation, John Prine is a master storyteller whose work is often witty and always heartfelt, frequently offering a sly but sincere reflection of his Midwestern roots. While Prine‘s songs are often rooted in folk and country flavors, he’s no stranger to rock & roll, R&B, and rockabilly, and he readily adapts his rough but expressive voice to his musical surroundings. And though Prine has never scored a major hit of his own, his songs have been recorded by a long list of well-respected artists, including Johnny CashBonnie RaittKris KristoffersonGeorge StraitBette MidlerPaul Westerberg, and Dwight Yoakam.

John Prine was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois. Raised by parents firmly rooted in their rural Kentucky background, at age 14 Prine began learning to play the guitar from his older brother while taking inspiration from his grandfather, who had played with Merle Travis. After a two-year tenure in the U.S. Army, Prine became a fixture on the Chicago folk music scene in the late ’60s, befriending another young performer named Steve Goodman.

Diamonds in the Rough

Prine‘s compositions caught the ear of Kris Kristofferson, who was instrumental in helping him win a recording contract. In 1971, he went to Memphis to record his eponymously titled debut album; though not a commercial success, songs like “Sam Stone,” the harsh tale of a drug-addled Vietnam veteran, won critical approval. Neither 1972’s Diamonds in the Rough nor 1973’s Sweet Revenge fared any better on the charts, but Prine‘s work won great renown among his fellow performers; the Everly Brothers covered his song “Paradise,” while both Bette Midler and Joan Baezoffered renditions of “Hello in There.”

Common Sense

For 1975’s Common SensePrine turned to producer Steve Cropper, the highly influential house guitarist for the Stax label; while the album’s sound shocked the folk community with its reliance on husky vocals and booming drums, it served notice that Prine was not an artist whose work could be pigeonholed, and was his only LP to reach the U.S. Top 100. Steve Goodman took over the reins for 1978’s folky Bruised Orange, but on 1979’s Pink CadillacPrine took another left turn and recorded an electric rockabilly workout produced at Sun Studios by the label’s legendary founder Sam Phillips, and his son Knox.

Storm Windows

Following 1980’s Storm WindowsPrine was dropped by Asylum, and he responded by forming his own label, Oh Boy Records, with the help of longtime manager Al Bunetta. The label’s first release was 1984’s Aimless Love, and under his own imprint, Prine‘s music thrived, as 1986’s country-flavored German Afternoons earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. After 1988’s John Prine Live, he released 1991’s Grammy-winning The Missing Years; co-produced by Howie Epstein of Tom Petty‘s Heartbreakers, the album featured guest appearances from Bruce SpringsteenBonnie Raitt, and Tom Petty and proved to be Prine‘s biggest commercial success to date, selling nearly 250,000 copies. After making his film debut in 1992’s John Mellencamp-directed Falling from Grace, Prine returned in 1995 with Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, also produced by Epstein, which earned him another Grammy nomination.

In Spite of Ourselves

In 1998, while Prine was working on an album of male/female country duets, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, with the cancer forming on the right side of his neck. Prine underwent surgery and radiation treatment for the cancer, and in 1999 was well enough to complete the album, which was released as In Spite of Ourselves and featured contributions from Emmylou HarrisLucinda WilliamsTrisha YearwoodPatty LovelessConnie Smith, and more. In 2000, Prine re-recorded 15 of his best-known songs (partly to give his voice a workout following his treatment, but primarily so Oh Boy would own recordings of his earlier hits) for an album called Souvenirs, originally issued in Germany but later released in the United States. In 2005, he released Fair & Square, a collection of new songs, followed by a concert tour. Two years later, alongside singer and guitarist Mac WisemanPrine issued Standard Songs for Average People, a collection of the two musicians’ interpretations of 14 folk and country classics. In Person & on Stage, a collection of performances from various concert tours, appeared in 2010.

For Better, Or Worse

In 2016, Prine issued a follow-up to In Spite of Ourselvestitled For Better, or Worse, another set of duet performances of classic country tunes. This time around, Prine‘s vocal partners included Kacey MusgravesAlison KraussMiranda LambertSusan TedeschiLee Ann WomackKathy Mattea, and Prine‘s frequent collaborator Iris DeMentPrine teamed up with Nashville producer Dave Cobb to record 2018’s The Tree of Forgiveness, his first set of original songs since 2005; the album included guest appearances from Brandi CarlileJason Isbell, and Amanda Shires.

ARKANSAS DAVE Releases self titled album today

Arkansas Dave’s debut album features a variety of influences including blues, rock and indie and features 13 tracks. The self-taught musician recorded the album in only eight days at Muscle Shoals’ infamous Fame Studios where legendary musicians such as Will McFarlaneClayton Ivey and Bob Wray all recorded music.

Arkansas Dave may be releasing his debut record but he’s no stranger to the performing scene, having performed on several stages ranging from Austin to overseas in Hamburg, Germany. He’ll be hitting the road again in support of his newest effort, starting out in Little Rock, Ark. on Feb. 6. His late winter tour with several spring and early summer tour dates will conclude on June 22 in Switzerland. Top festivals he’s billed on include the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Miss.

It’s a romantic cliché to find an escape in music and the blues, but living that life is a different matter. Ask Arkansas Dave about growing up in a broken home, with fundamental Christianity on one side, and crippling drug-addiction on the other, and you can see in his eyes that this is no easy ride, and that at times music really was his only friend.

Chasing his dream of music, Dave played in bands, funding his music with a succession of jobs where he had to find his feet quickly – from busboy to assembly-worker in a trash-bag factory.

His wake up call came at the edge of a breakdown with a cataclysmic weekend epiphany. He headed home for a rare visit, and was persuaded to play a few songs to his family. The response he got from his grandfather sent his mind racing, only for him to find out the next week that his grandfather had died 24 hours later.

Determined to clean himself up, and sort his life, Arkansas Dave enrolled on an audio engineering course at Media Tech in Austin Texas, driving into town with a trailer loaded with all his possessions, ‘like something out of the Beverly Hillbillies’. And that’s where everything changed – the college was housed at that time in the famous Arlyn Studios, home to sessions from Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Ray Charles. Dave with his musical co-horts took the night shift at the studios – laying down tracks and learning the ropes.

A succession of bands followed, picking up a strong local following around Austin. The final part of his musical education saw Dave touring North America as a member of old bluesman Guitar Shorty’s band, where he learned ‘what it took to be a professional musician’

Fast forward to 2016 and Dave has written the album he’s always wanted to create – a wide ranging blues-rock based record that tells the story of his life, but resonates with all of us.

The project just needed one more ingredient, so enter the Swampers, the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. In a blistering eight-day recording session at Fame Studios the band laid down the backing tracks, and Dave returned to Arlyn to complete the vocals.

So the next chapter of Dave’s life is about to be written as he pulls his band together and takes his album out on the road – this time on a road that he’s building….

Photographer: Jaxology Studios

Phil Madeira – Providence

Most people who know Phil Madeira know him as one of the most seasoned players in Nashville. Since his arrival in 1983, Madeira has seen success in a plethora of different ways. He has quietly released five solo critically-acclaimed records and has shared the stage with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, and Jack White. If you can think of it, Phil Madeira has probably lived it; but that’s what most people don’t know about Phil Madeira – his own story – and he’s finally ready to tell it.Released on April 6, Providence is a rare look at the man behind the music, a chance for listeners to get to know Madeira’s own stories, after having spent decades helping other songwriters and musicians tell theirs. Click here to read Madeira’s interview with Rolling Stone Country + watch the video for “Gothenburg,” a song that celebrates his family’s immigrant experience.

Comprised of 10 songs, Providence gives listeners a closer look at Madeira’s life and the inner conflict of being raised in New England, yet feeling an undeniable attraction to the music of the South, “It’s an album full of love songs to where I’m from and where I’ve come to.” Songs like “Rich Man’s Town” reflect on his childhood in Barrington, a suburb of Providence, Rhode Island. Others, like “Dearest Companion” with the words “We’re Dixon and Mason, lost in translation. If love ain’t frustration, I don’t know what is,” make the connection between where he was raised and Nashville, his home of over 30 years.

Independently produced, the album is a complete change from anything he’s ever done, “I don’t know what happened, but I fell in love with piano again.” The record straddles his iconic Americana style and jazz, more specifically, a sixties jazz piano style. Made at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, the live album features “three quarters” of The Red Dirt Boys, with Chris Donahue on bass, Brian Owens on drums, and Madeira providing lead vocals and piano. Will Kimbrough (also a Red Dirt Boy) lends guitar work on one songs, and jazz icon John Scofield adds guitar to another. Touches of brass and reeds round out the sound, but it all hinges on the trio of Madeira, Donohue, and Owens.

If Madeira has proven anything to the world, it’s his ability to bring people together in whatever capacity he’s working in. Though he didn’t intend on the “feel good” record having one overarching theme, he says the most important message is evident in the last track, “Gothenburg”, the Swedish city from which his maternal grandparents immigrated to America from. “It’s a reminder that most of us are immigrants. Most of us picked out a city and trusted that the community was going to embrace us, which is what Nashville has been to me.” Just like Nashville embraced Phil Madeira, Providence embraces the ultimate universal truth – we all have our differences but are, inherently, the same.<

As an instrumentalist, playing electric guitar, lap steel, accordion, dobro, or a Hammond B-3 with icons like Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Sixpence Pence None the Richer, Mavis Staples, and Garth Brooks — to name a few. As a producer, producing tracks for Keb’ Mo’, Emmylou, The Civil Wars, Humming People, The Band Perry, and the 2012 release of Americana Paul McCartney covers, Let Us In: Americana. As a songwriter, with a cut list that includes Alison Krauss, Amy Grant, Toby Keith, and The Civil Wars’ 2014 Grammy-winning single, “From This Valley.”

About Phil Madeira:

The last of three children, Madeira was born in Rhode Island to a Baptist minister and a church pianist. He’s lived and breathed music since he can remember, but that didn’t always coincide with his religious family. By high school, he had joined the school band and eventually began to write songs and dabble in piano. From then on, Madeira continued on his own path. He left Rhode Island for Taylor University, a conservative, religious school in small town Indiana, to study art. He continued to write and play songs in his free time, but everything changed when he met popular Christian guitar player Phil Keaggy. “When I met Phil, he said, ‘I think you’re gonna be in my band someday,’ and sure enough, three years later, I was playing with this guy.” He joined Keaggy’s band in 1976, but after recording just one record, the band broke up. Five years later, he made the move to Nashville and was immediately embraced by the Christian world, but always knew that he belonged elsewhere. In the early nineties, Buddy Miller hired him for studio work, which eventually led to him joining Miller’s band and finding his place in Americana.

In 2008, Madeira joined Emmylou’s famed band “The Red Dirt Boys”, a group with alumnus like Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Al Perkins, and Buddy Miller himself. During the first campaign for Barack Obama, he became disheartened with the political climate and approached Emmylou with an idea. “I went to Emmylou and said, “You know? I want to do kind of a Gospel record. I want to do a record that says God loves everybody.” Shortly after, the two began working on what would become Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us. The critically-acclaimed album, released in 2012, featured an all-star track listing – beginning with The Civil Wars’ “From This Valley”. The album featured songs from the likes of Shawn Mullins, Buddy Miller, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mat Kearney, Amy Stroup, John Scofield, Emmylou, and Madeira himself. The same year, the Americana Association asked Madeira to perform Mercyland at the legendary Downtown Presbyterian Church, as part of the AmericanaFest. A second volume was released in January 2016, that included Americana staples Will Kimborough, The Wood Brothers, John Paul White, and The McCrary Sisters; as well as newcomers like The Lone Bellow and Humming People, among others.

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.