Her is the new ambitious release from Alan Leatherman. While still drawing upon the Jazz roots that propelled him on his critically acclaimed and charting release Detour Ahead, Alan has masterfully strung together an eclectic collection of songs across varying genres that have influenced him. Alan takes a refreshing approach to soul, blues, and funk, all through a jazz lens, held together singularly by the reality that “Good Music Is Good Music” no matter the genre. Leatherman’s new album features seven originals (co-written with Brian Usifer & Rick Germanson), and three covers completely re-imagined. And while Alan has a number of musical influences, Her draws specific comparisons to Jose James, Jamie Cullum, and Gregory Porter.
The genesis of Alonso Padron’s Dimensions, his 3rd release, began in 2008 when he began to compose new compositions for what would eventually become the Dimensions album. He
continued composing songs and pieces with a very wide array of styles, and very ambitious in vision, scope, and moods, ranging in everything from rock, Latin, and folk, to funk, ambient, and classical.
The Nashville-based quartet who write arena-size anthems echoing with progressive intricacy, funk swagger, and even a little metallic edge– announced earlier this week they’ve been added to the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival, escalating the excitement for the release of their sophomore studio album, REACTIONS.
The 10-track REACTIONS–the first album from the band since teaming with Red Light Management who are applying all resources to elevate BACKUP PLANET as a next level band on the scene–was recorded at Syncromesh Studios in Birmingham, AL with producer Jason Elgin [Collective Soul, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster] and showcases the band’s top-shelf musicianship and songwriting. These strengths are spotlighted in songs like “Little Mingo,” “A Different Life” and another album standout, the haunting and heartfelt “Sublimation,” that’s a simmering stew of impressive fretwork, percussion and towering vocals.
Regina was born of a commission in 2014 from the Jazz Gallery in New York City to write and perform a concert of new music. This album’s queen theme was originally inspired by the life of Queen Elizabeth I, and then by other heroines and memorable figures throughout history, literature, and legend, as well as “queens” in my own life, imagination, and subconscious. Through delving into this theme, Regina has become my trusted muse and alter ego, allowing my art free rein to dance in directions both soul-stirring and soul-fulfilling.
Brooklyn, NY – Benyaro — the indie roots project of seclusive Jackson Hole, WY musician
who’s worked with Gary Clarke Jr., Brett Dennen and Shovels & Rope — announces the
release of his third original full-length album, One Step Ahead of Your Past. The LP was coproduced with Danny Kadar (Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses) and
recorded at the legendary Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and Ben Musser’s home studio in Wyoming. Notable guest musician includes Jacob Rodriguez (Michael Bublé) on tenor and baritone saxophone.
As the retro yet edgy BLIND LEMON PLEDGE, James Byfield explores his passion for “country blues” of pre-WWII icons like Son House, Bukka White and his namesake, Blind Lemon Jefferson. In 2008, he formed the eponymously named Blind Lemon Pledge blues band and built a fan base as he performed around California with a unique combination of classic blues, old time jazz, reimagined rock and pop tunes, along with his critically acclaimed original songs. Now, after a nearly decade long discography exploring a multitude of blues-related styles, Pledge is taking a ‘Backwoods Glance.’
It’s been a big year for Roots of Creation and their front-man Brett Wilson. Earlier this year RoC dropped their chart-topping triple-album Livin Free, and now the lead singer and guitarist has released his own live acoustic album, Get Ready! Live In Columbus. Get Ready! Live In Columbus was recorded during Brett Wilson’s opening performance for Slightly Stoopid in front of a sold out crowd at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. The set includes a number of original tracks, as well as an eclectic mix of covers and medleys. Brett Wilson handles everything from “Sugaree” by the Grateful Dead to R. Kelly’s “Ignition (remix).” The live album was recorded and mastered by Slightly Stoopid’s monitor engineer Joshua Driscoll, with additional mastering completed by Grammy Award Winner – Jay Frigoletto.
Multi-Emmy award winning guitarist/producer/composer Brian Tarquin presents Orlando In
Heaven, a very special project featuring an incredible cast of musical virtuosos playing their
hearts out for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Tarquin composed and produced each of these tracks and displays his own guitar prowess
alongside such world-class players as guitar icon Larry Coryell (his final recordings before his passing earlier this year), vocalist Phil Naro (Talas, Julian Lennon), Grammy jazz guitarist Mike Stern, fretless bass extraordinaire Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page/Blue Murder), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Will Ray (The Hellecasters), jazz keyboardist Bobby Baldwin, and Grammy nominee Denny Jiosa. The album features exclusively released tracks
inspired by victims of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Partial Proceeds donated to Catholic Charities of Central Florida. They provide case management and supportive services for victims and family members of the Pulse shooting in Orlando.
The Conniption Fits is a high energy modern rock band. They have had songs on MTV, ESPN’s X-Games, CBS’s Vans Triple Crown as well as national radio, and have been tapped as an opening act for Kings Of Leon, Train, Weezer, Panic at the Disco, The Wallflowers, Young The Giant, Kongos, and more. The Conniption Fits original sound has been compared to the music of Eve6, Jimmy Eat World, Green Day, Foo Fighters meets u2, The Police and David Bowie. While they draw on a wide variety of influences, they manage to carve out a unique, pop rock sound.
Dan Russell has been an artist manager and advocate, concert promoter, producer, creative
collaborator, video and film music supervisor, helping to launch hundreds of ships throughout his lengthy resumé. As a critical aide-de-camp to dozens of aspiring artists, it seems he’s always been in demand through his voluminous 35-year career. Russell’s reputation in music circles is one of a man willing to stand unwavering in the gap. That commitment led to decades of work in various capacities with The Call, Michael Been, Mark Heard, U2, Sam Phillips, Robin Lane, Switchfoot, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Violet Burning, Rachel Taylor, Cheryl Kelley, Ramona Silver, Bruce Cockburn, Robin Lane, The Vigilantes of Love, Big Kettle Drum and more.
Rob Duquette – founder and leader of the band duquette – has made his career since the mid-1990s as a well respected and in-demand sideman, most notably as a member of Jonathan Edwards’ touring band. He has also regularly played with other notables like Jack Sonni (Dire Straits) and the legendary composer David Amram over the last 15 years. He gained national attention as part of the jazz-folk-pop group Cactus Highway in the early 2000s, whom the Boston Herald called “a duo of true sophistication,” and the Village Voice called, “amazing.” With duquette’s new 2017 album Trust the Night, Rob comes further into his own as both a writer and bandleader, forging an indie-folk, singer-songwriter sound while mixing in touches of his extensive jazz and world music background. Stylistically, duquette is comparable to Dawes, Elvis Costello and David Gray.
Los Angeles/San Diego alt-pop brain trust Echo Park Social Club is one of the freshest and unusual bands to come out in the last year. With band members Eric Swank, Peter Simon & Rob King, the band’s material is carefully tuned with defining hooks and anthemic choruses as well as their detail to instrumentation and sound design.
Erin Harpe has been called “one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene” by Living Blues Magazine. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, her Boston Music Award-winning band, are releasing their second album, BIG ROAD on their own Juicy Juju label, through the VizzTone Label Group,going for adds October 16 . Following up their acclaimed 2014 debut, LOVE WHIP BLUES (produced by Dave Gross), the new self-produced album highlights Erin’s diverse influences, from her roots in acoustic blues, to her electric side – slide guitar, boogie blues, funk and soul. For fans of Memphis Minnie, The Record Company, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Davina & the Vagabonds, and Samantha Fish.
Everything sucks for everybody, but we navigate life in spite of it. With their new album, Young Randy, Eugene Tyler Band combines expertly crafted songwriting with acerbic wit and self awareness in describing this human phenomenon. Eugene Gardner and Daniel Tyler have been making music together for most of their lives, listening to Sturgill Simpson and Drive by Truckers, while learning how to play everything they heard.
“From a band that began their career performing for displaced Hurricane Katrina victims, the band has continued to tighten throughout the years, brewing southern swampy rock with that upbeat NOLA funk to bring something uniquely powerful, guaranteed to make you move.” – Live For Live Music
With excitement towards the release of their upcoming album, Flow Tribe explains, “As a band we are thrilled to release “BOSS” Flow Tribe’s latest full length album. Over a year in the making, “BOSS” blends the hard-hitting grooves of Flow Tribe with the infectious production brought by Mannie Fresh. This uniquely New Orleans’ collaboration puts a new spin on funk, soul, and explores the depths of backbone cracking music. We hope you enjoy listening to “BOSS” as much we had creating it.”
“His rootsy musical narratives are filled with heart and packed with eccentric and authentic characters. His new release ‘Standard’ is a raw and intimate song-cycle.” –Chicago Tribune “Standard refers to a Zen term where transmission is a form of communication. There is also Dharma transmission, a custom of community teaching each other. This is considered a low grade transmission. Tongue-in-cheek, Standard, is even lower. It refers to having things put into place for you – like gears on a vehicle standard transmission. This is the simplest and least innovative way of learning or teaching. It is my term for staying in the box.The people on this album want to stay in the box but they can’t.” – Fred Eaglesmith
Indie/pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, Virginia native, and currently the guitarist on Broadway’s Beautiful – The Carol King Musical who weaves delicate human stories with a joyful voice. Freddy set up camp in Brooklyn in the fall of 2008 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. He quickly made a name for himself as a professional guitarist playing on the first national tour of Duncan Shiek’s Tony award winning Spring Awakening. It was on that tour that he met drummer, Marques Walls, and bassist, Alan Stevens Hewitt. They have joined forces, along with producer (Tokyo Police Club, Andrew Bird) & Cian McCarthy (Music Director on Book of Mormon) to shape Freddy’s new album, Nothing in the Open – an autobiographical meditation on the perils of reacquainting a childhood love.
Greg Schatz writes and plays music that gets stuck in your head. Steeped in tradi7on, yet
completely original, his songs give words to life’s hard-to-describe moments. Small Peace of Mind, his sixth overall full length album of original material, expands the song-driven mix of roots music he began exploring with his 2012 record, Where the River Meets the Railroad Tracks, and the 2015 follow up, Everything That You Wanted. Small Peace of Mind further solidifies Schatz’s musical vision, informed by the tradi7ons of New Orleans piano masters and a myriad of songwriters, from Jelly Roll Morton to the Kinks.
So funky, you’ll swear it’s vinyl!! The GroovaLottos debut album, “Ask Yo’ Mama” is a fun, retro funky soulful, and bluesy offering from the first note to the last word. This 16 track opus offers 13 original songs and three sketches that demonstrate why The GroovaLottos are considered one of the most entertaining bands on the scene. “Ask Yo’ Mama” demonstrates the wide, genre bending musical vocabulary of the band, as it smoothly transitions from smooth soul grooves, to juke-joint worthy blues, to dance floor ready funk tunes. Featuring the instrumental virtuosity of the trio, topped with amazingly orchestrated vocals by band keyboardist, Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor and drummer, Eddie Ray Johnson.
Jenna has been recognized as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover for three years in a row by Jazziz Magazine, having shared it’s cover w/Diana Krall & Norah Jones. She has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, Phish, & David Sanborn, and at Jazz Aspen, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, Big Sur. Rolf appears on over 60 CDs including recordings that feature Tony Trischka, Loudon Wainwright, David Johansen, John Medeski, Catherine Russell, Jorma Kaukonen & members of the Grateful Dead. He has performed at JVC Jazz, Syracuse Jazz, Toronto Jazz , Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Together they have toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico!
“Footprints on the Moon” (track 1) is a rock/funk-inspired original featuring Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis on Hammond organ and legendary bassist Alvin Moody. Anchored by Jocelyn’s powerful and emotion-filled voice and Chris’s stylized guitar counterpoint, “Footprints” showcases lyrical sass and powerful songwriting all wrapped up and delivered with a beat and hook that just won’t quit! We sincerely hope you love it! About: Sibling rockers Jocelyn & Chris Arndt blend deeply powerful vocals and retro-inspired guitar to create a new generation of authentic album rock. The Arndts’ debut full-length Edges gained airplay nationwide, charting within the FMQB Top 200 albums and singles in 2016. Their live album 30,000 Miles, released in January, debuted on The Relix Jambands Top 30 at #8. The duo and their band perform coast to coast with past stops at legendary events including The Sundance Film Festival, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, SXSW, Mountain Jam Music Festival, and numerous others. www.jocelynandchrismusic.com
Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles is a Denver based jazz band bringing swing to a new
generation. Formed in 2013, the band has been touring the country since their inception. With an ear to the past, and eyes to the future, the Pickles bring an authentic sound reminiscent of the big band era to audiences young and old. Their original music has been placed in commercials, awards shows, and feature films around the globe. This latest album Gin & Moonlight offers a fresh voice to vintage jazz and its uniquely American ‘spirit of swing’. This album takes listeners on an alluring journey, exploring the enchanting and ominous tones of the moon at night. Seasoned jazz vocalist, Jessy Carolina, offers a timeless sound full of subtly and distinct originality. This is – no doubt – the future of American Swing.
How many fingers does it take to rock ‘n’ roll? For Johnny 2 Fingers, two is more than enough.
Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities are what rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be all about. Their
music is loud, raw, visceral, messy, and it might make you walk funny the next day. Based out of
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Johnny 2 Fingers & the Deformities have been whipping crowds into
a frenzy across the prairies, earning a reputation for kicking ass, taking names, and leaving every
audience in a sweaty, gooey mess.
Arkansas native Joseph Israel returns to his roots with his new album Paradise. The fourteentrack album was released July 15, 2016 on the Lions of Israel label and showcases the continuing evolution of Joseph Israel as a songwriter, and the skills of the Jerusalem Band in the recording studio. Paradise is anchored by bass statesman and producer Christopher Meredith, (Ziggy and Stephen Marley, Lauryn Hill, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Jimmy Cliff ) who has been working with Joseph Israel since co-producing Gone Are The Days (UME) in 2007. Meredith’s bass lines shine throughout this album and are complemented by the highly talented drummer Marlon Davis. These two set the groove and are accompanied by Matt Smith on lead guitar, and Carl Blackmon on piano and Hammond B2 organ.
Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are a once-in-a-generation group playing a heady combination of psychedelia, prog rock, freakbeat, jazz, heavy metal and Krautrock at a breathless punk pace. Today they introduce Murder of the Universe, to be released June 23rd via ATO Records. A concept album to end all concepts, Murder Of The Universe is a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet. With the album’s tracks separated into three separate chapters, you can now watch the new video for all of “Chapter 3: Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe.” Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, MOTU inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilization, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict. Pre-order it on vomit splatter and 180
gram black smoke vinyl.
Brian Eno feat. on Track 2. These previously un-released recordings are LL Goat’s finest works. They are socially minded songs that groove and rock and roar. LL GOAT (aka “Goat”) is a stellar soloist, but is performing here with his full band. Having been signed to several major labels (Ruffhouse, Interscope), these songs were not included in his previous releases for all the right reasons. FCC Warning: Tracks 1&12 (“faggot”)
Phish bassist Mike Gordon has announced the release of his new album OGOGO, arriving September 15, 2017 via Megaplum / ATO Records. Produced by GRAMMY© Award-winning engineer Shawn Everett, OGOGO was recorded earlier this year in Boston and Los Angeles, and features Mike‘s regular touring band: Scott Murawski (guitar/vocals), Robert Walter (keyboards), John Morgan Kimock (drums), and Craig Myers(percussion). Gordon will celebrate the release of OGOGO with a North American headline tour that will kick off at the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA on September 22.
Throughout his productive musical career, guitarist/vocalist Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam has always understood the connections between West African music and the sounds of the American South. His landmark book Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta discusses the music of the three empires that dominated the culture of West Africa starting in the 6th century, tracing the music from its role in the culture and daily life of Africa to its eventual emergence in the United States. In his teachings, lectures and music (where he displays his own individual voice), Pascal has consistently paid tribute to his ancestors. “As a musician, I have always tried to synthesize the convergence of African esthetics and appreciate their influence in the music of the African American communities of the American South, from the rural sounds of the Blues and Gospel into this music we call Jazz.”
Hailing from the great Northwest, where he was a founding member of the pop-noise band Frequency dB, Peter Buzzelle is a singer/songwriter that can best be described as a devotee to guitar-centered Power Pop in the tradition of Big Star, The Posies, and The Shins. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find additional layers that demonstrate a keen sense of song craft featuring a dichotomy of joy and melancholy mixed into a style heavy on melodic hooks, original riffs, and the occasional odd time signature.
The title of Pomegranate’s latest 4-song EP, The Night is Never Dark Enough, is not without irony. “Our music is often characterized as dark and moody, even when, to us, many of our songs are bright and happy,” states singer/guitarist Gavin Canaan. The EP title’s allusion to darkness, while intended as tongue in cheek, may be thematically accurate as the songs on this new EP reflect a band with a career now spanning several decades looking both forward and back.
Paul Messinger is a poet, songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist, who writes nuanced, character-driven songs in varied styles. Grant Britt, reviewing AMERICA 2.0 for NO DEPRESSION, wrote: “Take the earnest, anguished delivery of Jonathan Richman, stir in a pinch of John Hiatt’s unearthly yowl, add the soul of Van Morrison, then back it with Lee Oskarinspired harp, tossing in a few pages ripped from the Little Walter catalog. T hat’s the recipe for AMERICA 2. 0: Assorted Tales and New Myth, the latest effort from Chapel Hill, NC-based harpist/vocalist/composer Paul Messinger.”
The Nickel & Dime Band’s 4th (and Berlin’s 18th) album: THE COURAGE OF THE LONELY is a rock and roll album in the tradition and spirit of J. Geil’s, David Bowie, Dr. Dog, Frank Zappa, and even The Rolling Stones. Also, none of the above. When you’re a local legend, it’s tempting to coast along on past glory. Thankfully, Rick Berlin doesn’t yield to that temptation. The Courage Of The Lonely is a record that is equally familiar and new, a classic sound in an authentically modern wrapper.
Root Shock’s debut album covers a wide range of musical ground while staying true to its reggae soul core. Fronted by the stunning vocals of Jessica Brown, the 7-piece band weaves musical magic with positive messages and heavy grooves, resulting in uplifting, engaging music to make you dance! Root Shock is right at home in front of reggae, soul, rock and jam audiences and has been embraced by them all. Music press has been equally kind.
In 2016, Stolen Rhodes returned to the studio to record their highly anticipated album Bend With The Wind. Recorded at Dylanava Studios outside of Philadelphia with the help of producer David Ivory (Halestorm, The Roots, Silvertide) and mastered by Ted Jensen (The Eagles, John Mayer,AC/DC), Bend With The Wind includes several songs the group has road tested over the years, with a few that were written right in the studio.
Turkuaz blends soulful sounds with potent funk grooves and has become one of Brooklyn’s freshest exports – nine charismatic men and women brightly outfitted to have their colorful nature match their expressive voice. Today they release “On The Run”, a scalding dance track produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, ahead of the next leg of the band’s national tour.
American singer songwriter Wendy Webb releases her fifth studio album Step Out Of Line.
Songs written under a Nashville skyline with an urban attitude attracted legendary musicians such as Wayne Jackson, David Grissom, Willie Weeks, Mark T. Jordan and Dan Dugmore to record with Webb. The record consists of nine original songs along with a haunting electric piano rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘Girl From The North Country’, a stunning tribute that pays homage to her Midwestern roots. The recordings took place in a private residence in Nashville where Webb co-wrote and produced with engineer Mark Keller.
The Winterlings survived the rainiest winter in Seattle history while giving birth to their fourth
album, American Son. The songs rose like mushrooms in defiance of the dark, and a line from “Puget Sound” describes it best: All this water taught us not to drown. We are at home in Puget Sound. American Son is filled with the stories of the duo’s favorite subjects: poems that live as people.