Benjamin Jaffe announced today the release his solo debut album Oh, Wild Ocean of Love on May 11th via Diamond Family Records. Best known as one-half of the acclaimed Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Jaffe steps into the spotlight with his debut and reveals his ingenuity as a guitar virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, writer, composer, and arranger. Along with the announcement, Jaffe released his new song titled "Susan The Cat," a sweeping folk ballad inspired by an odd roommate. Billboard stated, "'Susan The Cat' and Oh, Wild Ocean Of Love's other tracks do indeed stray far afield from HoneyHoney's brand of Americana -- more textural and moody, with fuller (but not overwhelming) instrumentation and lusher aural brushstrokes."
GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin has announced the upcoming release of the Amazon Original, The Starlighter, a new album of songs adapted from the children's music book "Lullabies and Night Songs." The record will be released on February 23rd via Amazon Music. Today, Colvin has shared a new video for the song "The Starlighter," which is currently streaming via Rolling Stone who stated, "The LP's title track is accompanied by a dazzling music video crafted by Jordan Stone and Martin Hughes in Victorian pantomime-inspired animation, while at the same time echoing the spirit of the original Sendak illustrations."
Walter Martin (co-writer/multi-instrumentalist of The Walkmen) announced today the forthcoming release of his new album Reminisce Bar & Grill. His fourth solo record since The Walkmen announced their hiatus in 2013, Reminisce Bar & Grill is set to release in early 2018 via Ile Flottante Music. Today, NPR Music released Walter's Tiny Desk performance which features two new songs from the upcoming album: "I Went Alone On A Solo Australian Tour" and "Me & McAlevey."
Watch Walter Martin Live @ NPR's Tiny Desk HERE.
Reminisce Bar & Grill is one that might throw fans of his two award winning kids' records (2014's We're All Young Together and 2017's My Kinda Music) for a loop. Listeners will still recognize the same affable narrator and quirky musical style as his previous solo work, but here the subject matter is shifted dramatically. With frankness and poignancy, Martin, now a 43-year-old married man with two young children, squarely tackles the subject of adulthood - specifically, his own.
"I think this is my mid-life crisis album," said Walter. "These days my friends and I all seem to be thinking the same dark thoughts - 'What the hell am I doing? What the hell's going on? I'm lost. I'm running out of time and I'm doing everything wrong. And I'm probably dying.' This is definitely an insane period," he continues, "but most of the time I kind of love it."
While Martin approaches these subject matters with candor and sincerity, he clearly also enjoys mining them for humor. "I wanted this album to be an entertaining discussion of marriage, fatherhood, work, fear, and weakness," he explained. "I'm definitely influenced by Woody Allen movies. No matter how serious or romantic or dark his story may be, there's always a strong undercurrent of comedy."
Iconic gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama received this week their tenth nomination from the 2018 60th Grammy Awards. In the American Roots Music Field, they received the nom for "Best American Roots Performance" for their song "Let My Mother Live" off their latest album Almost Home, released this summer on BBOA Records as an Amazon Original. Throughout their eight-decade history, the group has won five Grammy Awards including 2009's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The story of "Let My Mother Live" originates from the childhood of original founding member Jimmy Carter. It recounts the devastating loss of his father in 1945 during a mining accident when Carter was just 12 years-old. The youngest of six boys, Carter and his father were very close and his death lead to a difficult time. Still close with his mother, the family struggled for a while to overcome the loss and make ends meet. When asked during the album interviews "Have you ever asked God for anything?", Carter responded "I asked him to let my mother live 'til I get grown." Fearing the loss of his mother as well, he prayed every night that his mother would live to see him through his adolescence. And she did. She lived until she was 103 years old.
"Let my mother live 'til I get grown / Don't leave me in a God-forsaken world all alone" sings Carter with strength and vulnerability throughout the song. "I was just a boy when my daddy died / He got killed down in the mine in 1945 / I remember people talkin' while my momma cried / I was just a boy when my daddy died."
Coming almost 70 years after the group released its first single, Almost Home serves as a fitting capstone to a career that has helped define the sound of American music. Recorded over four difference sessions with four different Grammy-winning producers in four different cities, Almost Home serves as a musical memoir, telling stories from the lives of original founding members Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain (both now in their eighties), through new, original songs written by Valerie June, North Mississippi Allstars, John Leventhal, Ruthie Foster, Marc Cohn, and others.
Last week Colony House began their run opening up for Mutemath on their Play Dead Live tour
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New Single “Behind the Sun” from STEP INTO LIGHT Premieres Exclusively via Guitar World
Award Winning Clip by Legendary Director Nigel Dick
Headlining Tour hits Atlanta, St. Louis, Detroit, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and more
“…The trio of Tony Scalzo, Miles Zuniga and Joey Shuffield remains Austin’s best rock band. Their first record in eight years features a dozen songs that range from Zuniga’s Beatles-esque acoustic gem “Behind the Sun” to Scalzo’s instantly memorable pop tune “I Will Never Let You Down.” — Austin American Statesman
“Step Into Light is a diverse, engaging record from one of pop’s most tenacious bands. …Fastball’s commitment to craft and feeling, without sacrificing fun or humor make Step Into Light another welcome entry into the unjustly overlooked catalog of this enduring, charismatic group.” — Paste Magazine
FASTBALL released their 6th album, Step Into Light, earlier this summer and immediately set out on an extensive North American tour with Everclear. The new album is available through the band’s own 33 1/3 label and is the first FASTBALLcollection to get a vinyl LP release. The band is now launching their own headlining tour beginningJuly 20th in Atlanta with multiple stops across the country through October.
Just prior to the tour announcement, FASTBALL premiered the video for their third single, Behind the Sun, with Guitar World. The award winning video clip was directed by legendary director & producer, Nigel Dick, whose credits include videos for: Def Leppard, Oasis, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, Cheap Trick, and many more.
It’s been a busy start to the season for FASTBALL. Before Step Into Light, was officially released the band shared the entire album via billboard.com. Appropriately, Fastball then appeared on MLB.com and on Sirius XM for an interview and performance on the Howard Stern Wrap Up Show where they discussed the unexpected reincarnation of their hit “Out of My Head” on Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello’s #1 smash Hit “Bad Things.” The band also performed one of Howard’s favorite Beatles songs “The Two Of Us.” Highlights can be found here.
With nearly 20 years of musical explorations and milestones under its belt, FASTBALL remains one of the most consistent and continuously celebrated rock bands on the road today. Thegroup recorded the new album Step Into Light in their hometown of Austin, Texas, with the three bandmates co-producing with longtime friend Chris "Frenchie" Smith.
The resulting collection extends FASTBALL’s widely-loved body of work, which encompasses such acclaimed albums as their 1996 debut Make Your Mama Proud, their 1998 platinum breakthrough All the Pain Money Can Buy (which spawned the Grammy-nominated Top Five hit "The Way"), 2000's The Harsh Light of Day, 2004's Keep Your Wig On and 2009's Little White Lies.
FASTBALL “Step Into Light” Tour
07-20-17 Atlanta GA City Winery Atlanta
07-21-17 Chattanooga TN Nightfall Concert Series
07-22-17 Lexington KY Willie's Locally Known
07-23-17 Knoxville TN Open Chord Music
07-26-17 St. Louis MO Off Broadway
07-27-17 Cincinnati OH Taft Theatre / The Ballroom
07-28-17 Marietta OH The Adelphia Music Hall At The Galley
07-29-17 Wilkes Barre PA F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
07-30-17 Pawling NY Daryl's House
07-31-17 Westerly RI Tunes On The Dunes
08-01-17 Exton PA Eagleview Summer Concerts On The Square
08-02-17 Harrisburg PA Sawyer's
08-03-17 Ardmore PA Ardmore Music Hall
08-04-17 Rochester NY Public Market
08-05-17 Detroit MI St. Andrew's Hall
08-06-17 Grand Rapids MI 20 Monroe Live
09-14-17 Berkeley CA Cornerstone
09-15-17 West Hollywood CA Whisky A Go Go
09-16-17 Pasadena CA The Rose
09-17-17 Agoura Hills CA The Canyon
09-29-17 West Springfield MA The Big E
09-30-17 West Springfield MA The Big E
10-01-17 West Springfield MA The Big E
10-02-17 New York NY City Winery NYC
10-03-17 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage
10-04-17 Leesburg VA Tally Ho Theater
10-05-17 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe
10-06-17 Kent OH Kent Stage
10-07-17 Kalamazoo MI Bell's Eccentric Cafe - Back Room
10-08-17 Chicago IL City Winery Chicago
For ticket info check: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/
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On June 9th, the London-born Paris-based artist ALA.NI released her debut album You & I via Missing Piece Records. NPR Music's Bob Boilen said of the record "you won't hear another record that sounds like this one this year, or dare I say this decade." You can stream You & I below via Spotify:
On August 11th, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Suzanne Santo will release her solo debut album Ruby Red. Best known as one-half of the Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Santo steps out on her own for the first time and, more than 10 years into an acclaimed career, turns a new corner. Today, she released lead single "Ghost In My Bed," premiered by Rolling Stone who stated "'Ghost in my Bed' barrels forward at highway speed, folding mandolin, fiddle and keyboards into a nocturnal track about waging war with - and, ultimately, losing ground to - one's darker side."
Swedish folk-rock artist Daniel Norgren makes his US introduction with Skogens Frukter (Fruits of the Forest), a limited edition vinyl-only issue on marbled Northern Lights colored vinyl available now exclusively through Vinyl Me, Please. To celebrate the release, NPR Music debuted a live video of "People Are Good," a previously unreleased song that's featured on the album.
Last summer, he played his first ever US show at Pickathon 2016 and became the must-see act of the weekend following three sets in front of stunned audiences. Although his name may be unfamiliar in the US, Norgren has built an astounding career over the past 10 years in his home country and across Europe including an extensive catalog and an exponentially-growing audience where fans would be lucky to catch him at a venue smaller than 1,000 people. A multi-instrumentalist whose expertise includes guitar, piano, harmonica, and accordion, Norgren's sound is distinctly homegrown, authentic, and powerful.