Tuesday, December 12, 2017

American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Joel DaSilva new album "Everywhere From Here"

Joel DaSilva is an American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Fort Lauderdale,Florida. He has recently released his brand new album, "Everywhere From Here". The album was produced by  Grammy winner Eddie Perez at TruNoyz Studios in Fort Lauderdale. Joel, who has been performing as a lead guitarist and vocalist since the age of 18, was the front man for the renowned South Florida blues band The Hep Cat Boo Daddies for 13 years before breaking out on his own as a solo artist. Besides acting in several independent films, Joel's resume includes performances with dozens of blues, rock, and roots notables, including B.B. King, Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, among others.

Delving back deeply into his Chicago Blues and Americana roots, DaSilva has emerged with some truly visceral new material, the culmination of months of soul searching, hard living and late night driving. The first single from the album is titled "Shake," and is a simmering, swampy slow-burner of a song that builds to a fiery guitar solo and really shows off Joel's power and passion. 


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Award-winning guitarist Gwyn Ashton’s new album Solo Elektro, one-man lo-fi garage stoner distorto blues-rock

Solo Elektro is award-winning guitarist Gwyn Ashton’s new one-man lo-fi garage stoner distorto blues-rock album. Full of chord-crunching fuzz guitar, dirty octave dividers and slamming kick drum, it’s a 100% explosive live-in-the-studio recording, sounding retro, with a modern evolution, as heard on the riff-pumped 'She Won't Tell Me'. If you like Sgt Pepper, Jack White and The Black Keys, you'll LOVE Solo Elektro!  The album is heavily inspired and a homage to mid 60's Beatles albums.

'A post-psychedelic Phil Spector style wall of sound. If you’ve never heard Gwyn Ashton before listening to this album, you’d swear he’s part of an underground contemporary scene you might have missed. ‘Solo Elektro’  flies the flag for a psychedelic indie blues artist who is only truly happy when he finds new exciting outlets for his oeuvre. It’s an album shot through with raw, brash, kick-ass psychedelic tinged stoner rock with a blues heart and is worthy of your attention. ****’  Pete Feenstra, Get Ready To Rock

‘The journey is full of complexities, sonics that challenges your ear deftly combined with Gwyn Ashton’s sharp musical wit and timing. One thing for sure this marmite album from a one man band has a broad range of in your face rocking blues with complex sounds that never makes the mistake of falling into the pit of self-indulgence’. - Bluesdoodles

‘I produced hard rock for Alberts (Choirboys) and knew the AC/DC, Angels, Rose Tattoo guys quite well. Sounds like it would have fit in well with the Alberts stable of artists back then’. - Jim Manzie, Sydney / LA-based film music and record producer

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Aussie blues brothers "LamBros." release fiery new single "Do Something"

Up and coming Australian brotherly duo, LamBros., have just released their newest single, "Do Something". They've been playing around the country for the last few years at festivals including the Byron Bay Bluesfest.

The song is about the way of tackling the inner demons we face when deciding what to do with our lives. It seems like people are constantly making decisions between doing what they love, or what society tells them to do, and we think that life's too short to live like that. We want people to live without regrets, and live on their own terms. They wrote and produced the song themselves.

Stream or buy the full EP online at:

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Americana artist Janie Barnett new album release “You See This River”..stories of ambiguity and passion

Americana artist Janie Barnett recently released her album “You See This River” which reached the top 20 on Americana radio in its first weeks of release, and is on the first-round Grammy ballot in the following categories: Best Folk Album, Best American Roots Song (“Crazy Good Thing”) and Best American Roots Vocal (“Crazy Good Thing”). 

“You See This River” is the result of Barnett’s long search for artistic authenticity. She has mined her experiences as parent, partner, artist, and social animal, presenting stories that are full of ambiguity and passion. 

Recording artist Kenny White says of her work: “Janie turns the bumps, bruises, and joys of life into evocative and relatable songs…and makes it sound easy…which ain’t easy.”

Stream the album: /playlist?list=PLCi2eb0eS-r6o0 Xe-eIoOvUE32cxOZI8o

A Virginia native, Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, church coffeehouses, and the American Folklife Festival.  When she met iconic Americana barnstormer and Newgrass pioneer John Hartford at Folklife, so began her love affair with the alternate roots movement. One can see the roots of this renegade impulse throughout Barnett’s growing up. She defected from the local high school for boarding school, where, ironically, she found her tribe of outside-the-box musicians.  She then defected from the Ivy League to play in a roots and reggae band in New Hampshire and Cambridge, and ultimately defected from the New England music scene to New York City. Barnett rose in the freelance world, making a name for herself as a smart, precise, and professional chameleon musician, singing on countless film, tv and commercial projects, as well as singing backup for iconic stars like Linda Ronstadt, Celine Dion, and Rickie Lee Jones. Appearances on SNL, The Today Show, membership in an elite session musician supergroup – these were the bookings of that time.

Barnett rose to become one of the top 20 session singer calls, while continuing her search for her own essential expression - the essential songs, the essential timbre, the core family of musicians. “I was also going through the long process of my marriage ending. My partner and I needed to set each other free in order to be ourselves. I recognized I had to own that process in the music.” Several collections of music were released through those years, but none Barnett felt had fully captured her authentic voice as a writer or musician.

“You See This River” is the culmination of Barnett’s years of searching and exploring, and living a life that many of us find ourselves living: “By trial and error we find ourselves, we retrieve ourselves from our own fires and folly. We poke and prod and with luck we find our authentic selves and stop looking over our shoulders. The renegade is part of my DNA in a good way, but it also played a role in running from myself. This record, these songs, reflect a period where I stopped running. So the stories reflect the process, and the sound reflects the result.”

​Janie currently splits her time between Brooklyn and Boston, where she has been an associate professor at Berklee College of Music for close to 15 years.


December 3, 2017
Janie Barnett’s Urban Americana Holiday Party
City Winery 
New York City, NY

December 16, 2017
Natick, MA
Opening for Paula Cole

December 17, 2017
Stoned Soul Picnic, featuring Diane Garisto and Friends 
City Winery 
New York City, NY
Guitar and Vocal

December 30, 2017
Black Squirrel Cafe 
Vienna, VA 

January 20, 2018 
Stoned Soul Picnic
Celtic Connections Festival 
Glasgow, Scotland 

February 10 and 11, 2018
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA  
Opening for Buskin and Batteau


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Leonard Griffie new album release "Better Late Than No Time Soon"...compelling contemporary blues

What's the winning recipe for a compelling contemporary blues album? Start with an artist firmly grounded in the blues. An artist who is also a prolific songwriter, blues guitar master, and a unique and engaging singer. Add to the traditional blues a generous helping of old school Rhythm and Blues, a big cup of Soul, a dash of Jazz. Then make sure all these delicious ingredients are put together in just the right mix, with the right musicians to properly enhance the final blend. 

"Better Late Than No Time Soon" is the result of exactly this recipe. With this effort, Leonard Griffie and a highly talented group of players has created a new album that manages to be both fresh, yet simultaneously traditional. The songs display impressive range. From soulful ballad to smoky R&B to foot stompin' shuffle. Truly the culmination of a lifetime of blues.

Marty's review: just the title alone would make you sit up and take notice of this latest release by seasoned blues man Leonard Griffie. With all the essential elements it takes to produce a super cool blues album, from stinging guitar to hot R'n'B, soul and some good old fashion foot stomping, the talent and years of experience of this artist shine through. 

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

UK Indie folk-rock outfit Speak, Brother new single release "Magnificent"

Vulnerable, honest, ethereal: this is the music of Speak, Brother. Boasting a powerful indie­-folk­-rock sound with subtle hymnal and gospel tones, their story-based anthems have drawn comparisons to the likes of Of Monsters and Men, Kodaline and Fleet Foxes.

Having played shows and received airplay across the UK including BBC Radio 2, the Midlands outfit return with their new single “Magnificent” from their debut upcoming album. The eagerly anticipated Album "Young & Brave" is to be released in Spring 2018.

"Magnificent" is inspired by the beauty and innocence of a young child. A child that could be born into the worst of situations.. A bad tempered Dad, a broken family, poverty, school bullies etc. But this zooms in on the purity, the unadulterated innocence that is born in every human. So small and precious, yet completely unaware of just how beautiful and important that is.

Vulnerable and honest vocals combine effortlessly with an ethereal musical soundscape to create a sound that launces Speak, Brother to the forefront of their genre. It’s no surprise that their music has already earned them airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC WM, BBC Introducing and their single “Lions Roar” hit No. 14 in the iTunes chart.

“A piece of class.” -­- Brody Swain, BBC Intro 
“Their mix of passion and emotive storylines are quite irresistible" -­- FATEA

Stream “Magnificent”, here:

Speak Brother on Spotify:

Facebook: @speakbrotheruk
 Twitter:  @speakbrotheruk

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jack Tempchin “Peaceful Easy Feeling” featuring Janiva Magness, Rita Coolidge, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

Iconic songs "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Already Gone," "Somebody" and "It's Your World Now" all have these thing in common: they have Jack Tempchin as either writer or co-writer. All were recorded by the Eagles, each is multiplatinum, and two are on the bestselling album of the 20th century: "Eagles: Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975."

Produced by Joel Piper, "Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs Of Jack Tempchin" has very special guest vocalist Rita Coolidge on a duet with Jack for "Slow Dancing," originally a top 10 hit for Johnny Rivers in 1977, with a video for the track shot by veteran director Jim Shea up now on YouTube. Grammy nominated blues vocalist Janiva Magness is featured on two songs on the deluxe digital release "Soul Searchin’" and "I Found Somebody," both written with Glenn Frey. Classic rock and country legends Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burritos) and Herb Pedersen (Desert Rose Band) are featured on two songs "Already Gone" and "It’s Your World Now."

During the Eagles' 14-year "vacation," Jack Tempchin co-wrote radio hits for Glenn Frey’s solo career including “Smuggler’s Blues” and “You Belong To The City” from the Miami Vice TV soundtrack. Other Tempchin tunes have been covered/sung by George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Glen Campbell, Chris Hillman, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Randy Meisner, Tom Rush, Kate Wolf, Richie Havens, Dave Edmunds, Vince Gill, My Morning Jacket and a Top 10 hit with rocker Johnny Rivers, “Slow Dancing Swayin’ To The Music.” 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Blues guitarist Chickenbone Slim second album release " The Big Beat "..blues played with a vintage groove

Chickenbone Slim is the stage name of Larry Teves, a blues musician based in San Diego, and The Big Beat is his second album. He only picked up the guitar in 2011 after many years of playing bass and singing in San Diego bands. He's worked with dozens of musicians, including San Diego blues legend Tomcat Courtney, Big Jon Atkinson and Scottie Blinn, as well as in his own bands, The Boogiemen and Jinxking. He started Chickenbone Slim & the Biscuits in 2013 as a way of strengthening his own vision of the blues. His debut CD in 2016 was nominated as Best Blues Recording in the San Diego Music Awards that year.

Chickenbone's second album was a combination of luck and destiny. He had planned a short tour from his San Diego home to the San Francisco Bay area but found himself with two gigs, four days apart with nothing in-between. As it turned out Kid Andersen was not only off the road from his duties with Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, but had available studio time in his Greaseland Studios in Hayward.

But there was a catch. Chickenbone had several songs, but did he have enough material to make a coherent, full CD of original music? The surprise studio availability had caught him off-guard. Some recent songs had yet to be arranged or rehearsed. He actually wrote one song in the back seat on the road to Northern California and rewrote another, "Man Down," as the minutes ticked off toward the end of his last recording session. The studio work was skillful, and final mastering was completed in July 2017.

Kid Andersen was a key component, handling the recording and mixing controls as well as playing guitar on "Hemi Dodge." Big Jon Atkinson brought his considerable talents to the studio on guitar, bass and, especially, harmonica. Marty Dodson was most critical on drums, using odd-time signatures and vintage grooves to new material, while Scot Smart bolstered his reputation as one of the West Coast's freshest new blues men with solid and nuanced bass playing as well as a guitar solo on "Long Way Down."

Marty's review: with a name like Chickenbone Slim and titles like Vodka and Vicodin and Long Legged Sweet Thing you know you're in for a good ride. With exceptional guitar licks, blazing harmonica and a back beat that is solid, this is rocking blues played with a lot of fun. The production has that raw and down to earth sound with a tightness that shows the dedication and professionalism of all players. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Alt Country singer-songwriter Michael Colton returns with breezy breakup song "Bye Bye"

Los Angeles-based alt-country singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Colton’s recently released his new single “Bye Bye”. The song, his first single follow-up to last years lauded EP California Blue—takes his country tinged blues rock and songwriting to a new level with guitar chops and backing band sounding stronger than ever and a killer chorus.

With this anthemic new single Michael Colton has written the ultimate breakup sing-along. According to, Colton “has depth, warmth, and grit - and he can play the hell out of his guitar.”

Diving deep into the explosive traditions of virtuosos Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, Colton began his musical career as a cocky young guitarist. Exploring that music led him further down that road, all the way to blues legend Robert Johnson. Colton went on to record an EP of Johnson’s songs, the critically acclaimed The Robert Johnson Sessions. Colton’s recent live appearances include SXSW, The Sundance Film Festival, and Los Angeles’ House of Blues.

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For more information on Michael Colton, visit his social media: FACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM

Friday, November 10, 2017

UK blues rock band Dirk Digglers Blues Revue debut album release "Cuba Neils"..blues with boogie power

Dirk Digglers Blues Revue are a British blues rock band who play high octane boogie drawing influence from American and British artists such as ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green and Dr Feelgood. Cuba Neils, the band’s debut album, was completed in late 2016 and is a collection of their songs to date. Real life tales of women, wine and woe are told over thirteen great original blues tracks. From 70’s rock style opener ‘Nuthin’ Too Untoward’ to Lo-Fi ‘Black Cat Blues’ and Southern style ‘Keep Yo’ Momma Down the Line’, Cuba Neils is 45 minutes of top notch British Blues that is bound to excite any fan of the genre.

The album took its name from Cuba Neils Studio, where it was recorded. During their time at the studio none of the band met Cuba Neil but have been assured he is very nice.

Dirk Digglers Blues Revue are from the Midlands and continue to play the bars, clubs and blues festivals of the UK and are currently working on their second album.

Marty's review: If you like your blues with power, raunch and a generous dose of boogie then you will eat up this debut release from Dirk Digglers Blues Revue. Paying their dues doing live gigs over the last 10 years has certainly honed their talents and the 13 tracks on this well produced release will almost certainly leave you breathless. Turn it up, play it often and play it loud!

Sample tracks on their official website:

..and on SOUNDCLOUD here

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cassie Keenum & Rick Randlett new release "Hauntings"...soulful blues from a pairing of creative artists

“Hauntings” is a project that stems from the collaborations of two talented musicians, Cassie Keenum and Rick Randlett. They let their vision collide, as well as their passion for great melodies and earnest blues music to create an album that is truly personal and special. 

This collection of songs explores the depth of acoustic blues and echoes the roots of the genre. “Hauntings” is an album that feels intimate and understated, yet energetic and uplifting. This record is proof that the blues is alive and well, and here to stay.

Cassie was raised as the daughter of a Baptist preacher, but she always had a rebellious and independent attitude that would push her to fall in love with blues music and shady bars. Rick first fell for the blues spell in the 70's, influenced by artists such as Eric Clapton and other blues-rock pioneers. Together this unlikely duo produces an undeniable chemistry and soulful original blues.

Marty's review: It's always a treat when two like-minded and equally talented artists like Cassie and Rick combine to produce an album that has everything a blues and roots collaboration should, top notch instrumentation, up front and soulful vocals, and songwriting that is personal and from the heart. It all comes together on "Hauntings". A special treat is their version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", just magic!

Official websites: ..

Saturday, November 4, 2017

JD and The Straight Shot new album release "Good Luck And Good Night"..100% Acoustic Americana

New York City-based Americana band JD and The Straight Shot recently released their vibrant sixth studio album Good Luck And Good Night

Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) and drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band), the dynamic group’s all-acoustic record was produced and mixed by Copely (Toby Lightman, Owen Danoff, Upright Man) and engineered by Chuck Ainley (Mark Knopfler, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) at Soundstage Studios in Nashville.

Front man Dolan says, “We pushed ourselves harder than ever before on this album and are so proud of the new music.”

Influenced by artists like The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and The Beatles along with traditional Irish folk music and classical music, Good Luck And Good Night delivers a huge sound steeped in the quiet fire of American roots music and the swagger of rock n’ roll. New England Music News enthuses “They expertly fuse folk, country, blues and rock,” Rock At Night calls JD & The Straight Shot “Superb Americana,” Stageshottz Magazine praises, “They define the new Americana sound” and Front Row Music News raves, “They’re equal parts talented and entertaining!" 

The sparkling title track featuring a child chorus crescendo, is a thoughtful commentary on the divisive state of news reporting today, and scorching lead single, “Run For Me,” showcases unbridled energy, galloping rhythms and expansive sonic layers. “Moonlight” entrances with soaring melodies, while the banjo-and-fiddle-driven burner “Ballad Of Jacob Marley” re-tells the tale of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Story about greed and the ability to change. The beauty of Maya Angelou’s words shines in the contemplative “Never Alone” based on her 1975 poem “Alone,” the gospel-infused, foot-stomping “Redemption Train” sings of salvation, the melancholy, moving “Tonight” touches on the terrors of domestic abuse and the graceful ballad “I Know, You Know, I Know” addresses the secret passions of love that cannot be.

Good Luck And Good Night boasts two memorable covers including a rousing rendition of the Three Dog Night classic “Shambala” chock full of vocal harmonies, and, in homage to friend Glenn Frey, a sweepingly stunning cover of the Eagles’ “It’s Your World Now.”

JD & The Straight Shot will be touring aggressively in support of Good Luck And Good Night. The band has previously hit the road with luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, Don Henley, Dixie Chicks, Jewel, Joe Walsh, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more. South Florida Insider gushes, “JD & The Straight Shot’s wonderful harmonies make the melodies even sweeter” and their live show is “everything a music lover could want and more.”

Marty's reviewThe multiple talents of JD & The Straight Shots come together on this all acoustic, Americana roots production that I know will excite roots music fans. With instrumentation combining acoustic guitars, fiddle, upright bass, accordion and a shuffling percussion, the album sounds crisp and uncluttered with a down to earth approach that is both refreshing and compelling. The lead vocals and harmonies are exceptional as is the songwriting and level of musicianship. There are several music elements in the overall sound which combines blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass and Americana. Their efforts in pushing themselves on this release have paid off and the results more than speak for themselves.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hamilton Loomis new release "BASICS"...funk, soulful blues-rock and a special mission

Hamilton Loomis does indeed go back to basics on his new album, which is his most personal and emotional effort to date. Gone are the double entendres for which Loomis is known; this time, his lyrics are direct, personal, and often autobiographical. The “basics” theme runs through the entire CD, in its lyrics (“Prayer,” “Cloudy Day”), single-chord progressions (“Sugar Baby," "Looking Into a Dream”), simple melodies (“Come and Get Me”), and stripped-down instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums (“Reason," "Getting So Big”).

Still, Loomis’s trademark deep-grooved funk and soulful blues-rock is definitely present. “I wanted this record to be more stripped-down. Even the CD jacket is black and white and pretty basic itself," he says of the disc, which features songwriting collaborations with Grammy-award winning songwriter/ producer/bassist Tommy Sims, co-writer of Eric Clapton's “Change the World." Loomis’ 2013 album “Give It Back” showed his pay-it-forward attitude of passing on knowledge to young, up-and-coming musicians, just as his mentors (notably Houston’s Joe Hughes, Johnny Copeland and rock icon Bo Diddley) once did for him. On "Basics," Loomis continues the tradition by featuring several of his young protégées, and finishes the record with a jam session by some of his favorite Houston-area youngsters, whose ages range from 13 to 16.

Stream and download the album on iTunes HERE

Loomis is also on a mission to raise awareness about hyperinsulinism (HI), a rare disease that causes low blood sugar. His 3-year-old son was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition in 2015, and Loomis dedicates Basics' opening track, “Sugar Baby,” to Congenital Hyperinsulinism International (, an organization that heads research on the disease, educates doctors and hospitals, and supports families affected by the disease. “They call HI kids 'sugar babies,' so I wanted to write a song in appreciation for all they do for families all over the world,” Loomis says.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Finnish roots artist Dave Forestfield new solo album "Nobody's World"..blues roots with boogie

Finnish roots artist Dave Forestfield won The Best Film Score Award at Defy Film Festival, Nashville, TN in Oct 2016 for his music in the short film Body Language Zone. 2015 Finnish Blues Awards gave him Song of The Year Award for I Believe The Change Will Come, a song from his previous solo album Loyal Till The bitter End.

Nobody's World is Forestfield's 7th solo album. "I think this 14 song album is more a band record than any of my previous albums. It's funny in a way because it's just me and the drummer plus some quests here and there. There's lots of overdubbed guitar and bass in every song, but basically it's just drums and my singer/songwriter piano."

"Often there's been some kind of theme on my records or at least in my head when writing the songs. If I should name some theme this time, I think it could be the trinity of hypocrisy, populism and double standards and the satisfying feel of power it gives to some of us... mixed with some Boogie Woogie, of course!"

Music video Lazy Days and Lazy Nights was released in June and the 2nd video from the album Me and My Bible (We're The Devil) is out now.

All songs written by Dave Forestfield.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes new album release "Walking In the Dark"..blues, folk and Americana

On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humor and a unique musical style.

Stream the album on SOUNDCLOUD HERE:

Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, "Walk in the Dark" is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’s unmistakable voice and literary writing style. Co-produced with celebrated Montreal producer and Cirque de Soleil collaborator Rob Heaney, the album features a group of Canada's finest roots and blues players, including guitarist Rob MacDonald and keyboardist Bob Stagg along with noted artists Ian Kelly, Guy Bélanger and Joe Grass. It finds Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, exploring a wide range of subjects and paying homage to some heroes: James Cotton (on "There's No Way to Tell You That Tonight") and guitarist Joseph Spence (on the instrumental "Spence").

Recorded mainly over three days in late January in a small studio in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace borough, the recording captures the essence of Lutes' soulful voice and rhythmic guitar style, enveloped by a group of players who are no stranger to his groove. Featuring 12 new originals, including two co-writes with award-winning Americana songwriter Dale Boyle, and the forgotten John Prine gem "Rocky Mountain Time," the album digs deep into the roots of Canadian and American music and delivers another strong statement. "This album, of all of them, was a journey into the unknown, which is why I like the title so much," Lutes says. "With a great co-producer, and a group of phenomenal players and friends, I went in to the studio to find these songs. And I really feel like we did that."

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lonnie Leo releases second single "Painted Things"

"I wrote this song in a season of life when I felt incapable of genuinely connecting with other people, even some of the people closest to me. It can be a lot easier sometimes to just make people laugh and handle your life on your own. But it sucks. We're designed to lift one another up and help each other grow. I wrote this song about that and it's called "Painted Things"."...Lonnie Leo

Stream the track on Soundcloud HERE

Lonnie Leo fell in love with great songs at a very young age. Via 90's radio country artists like Shania Twain, Martina McBride and John Michael Montgomery, LL was immersed into a world that would eventually prove to have had honed his instinct and equipped his heart for a lifetime of writing. He played guitar leisurely in high school, even though he was forming his own taste in music finding artists like Wilco, Bob Dylan, Parkway Drive (one of these things is not like the, but didn't really dive into learning music until his sophomore year of college in Chicago. Surrounded by proficient gospel musicians and the Chicago scene as a whole, those first years were so formative and after a year of living the barista/musician life out of college, Lonnie was able to make music a full-time career. He recorded his debut album "Painted Things" in 2016-2017 and is releasing singles off it now. LL moved to Nashville from Chicago in June of 2017 to pursue songwriting and is booking solo acoustic and full band shows in both cities while writing his next album. 

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Phil Lomac new release "Northern Cities Southern Stars"...folk roots with rock'n'roll

Phil Lomac combines his heaviest folk influences with the raw power of Rock'n' Roll and the faintest 80's tinge, for a sound that is endlessly charming and deep. His composition takes notes from classic rockers like Tom Petty and Queen with its free, refreshing form and attention to narrative. His newest release, "Northern Cities Southern Stars" is a must listen.

Phil's musical roots trace back to the cold war era Berlin in which grew up. The city is and always has been a cultural melting pot, unique unto itself. Permeated by musicians and artists from all corners of the globe the creative energy was magnetic and inescapable, igniting a spark that would set off his lifelong pursuit into music and shape his eclectic approach to the craft. 

Over the years Lomac has been equally comfortable performing as a singer/songwriter in coffee houses as he has been pounding out ear-splitting guitar riffs in rock'n'roll honky tonks and dive bars. “Northern Cities Southern Stars” is Lomac’s third official release and his most attentive in terms of production and song arrangement and features an eclectic mash-up of genres, including indie rock, pop, folk and roots music, without compromising the characteristics Lomac is known for: solid songwriting matched to lyrics that have power and genuine depth.

"His songs shine with a certain clarity of thought and expression. Solid songwriting and arrangements are matched to lyrics that have power and genuine depth. Phil's songs always have a backbone. Dig a little deeper and there is always a little more underneath." -Indie Darkroom

MusiciansPhil Lomac; lead/backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, banjo guitar, percussion
Styles: Alternative Folk Rock, Rootsy Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Americana Rock
Similar To: Wilco, Elliott Smith, Teenage Fanclub, Apples in Stereo, Tom Petty, Nick Cave
Location: Charlotte, NC / US

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