Kim Lenz Featured in Rolling Stone Country's "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know"

Rockabilly goddess Kim Lenz is featured as one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in November. Rolling Stone Country describes Lenz’ music as “masterful rockabilly with modern influences and sonic touchstones that span the best of American roots music”

Lenz recently released a new video for "Slowly Speeding," the title track of her upcoming album. The video premiered on Taste of Country who writes, "The L.A.-based singer-songwriter practically invents a whole new genre with her new song, 'Slowly Speeding,' and its new video." Slowly Speeding will be released on February 22nd, 2019.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Premieres New Video With Guitar World

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band have shared a new video for their song "Poor Until Payday," the title track from their upcoming album. The video is currently streaming with Guitar World who notes that the video "features 300 volunteers, two closed roads in two different towns, one 1962 tow truck, one 1970 Cadillac Deville and a lot of fantastic slide playing." The colorful street scene that the Rev commands in the video encapsulates the riotous energy that he and his Big Damn Band have been bringing to the stage for years. The Band will release their new album Poor Until Payday on October 5th, via the band's own Family Owned Records label through Nashville indie Thirty Tigers. The album is currently available for pre-order here.


Dana Murray Shares New Video "Suite Kaepernick" via Okayplayer

Musician, producer and educator Dana Murray has shared a new video for his track "Suite Kaepernick." An expansive and kaleidoscopic work, the video provides a subconscious visual analogue for the unresolved racial tensions in America today. The video is currently streaming via Okayplayer. Murray released his socially conscious album Negro Manifesto  via Ropeadope Records on 4/20/18. Blending jazz, hip-hop, spoken word and more the album seeks the true roots of the system that creates and perpetuates injustice. 

Watch: Dana Murray: "Suite Kaepernick"

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Birdtalker Announce Anticipated Debut Full-Length Album 'One', Share New Single "Free Like A Broken Heart"

Nashville-based quintet Birdtalker announced today the release of their anticipated debut album entitled One. Out on June 22nd, One is the group's first full-length record following the success of their song "Heavy," a streaming phenomenon which has amassed over 21 million streams on Spotify alone (and counting) with no label support. The weightiness of the song's weightlessness captivated listeners who discovered the song, bringing the freshly intrigued out to see Birdtalker on their first tour recently, and whetting appetites for their full-length debut.

Fronted by couple Zack and Dani Green, Birdtalker have cultivated a special connection with their listeners through their blend of pulsing Americana/folk/pop, honest lyrics, and breathtaking harmonies. Hear their ebullient new single "Free Like A Broken Heart" which is out now and available on all streaming services.

Brooke Annibale Returns With Haunting New Single "Hold On", Announces New Album

Singer-songwriter/guitarist Brooke Annibale announced today the release of her new single "Hold On" off her third full-length album Hold To The Light. Set to release on June 8thHold To The Light marks Annibale's return following her 2015 critically acclaimed album The Simple Fear and features several major departures in terms of both songwriting and production. Annibale sheds a bit of her indie-acoustic skin and introduces a new pop-progressive direction offering a fusion of textured electronic and traditional instrumentation centered around Brooke's stunning voice and keen, soulful lyricism.

"Hold To The Light finds Annibale making strides in both songwriting and production, incorporating a wider and more experimental range of instruments," stated Uproxx who featured the single. "For 'Hold On,' in particular, the song's self-described 'dark vibe' came more alive in the studio recording process - the instrumental buildup before the track's bridge introduces otherworldly electronic undertones that echo Annibale's pure, ethereal vocals."

Benjamin Jaffe (of HONEYHONEY) To Release Solo Debut on May 11th, "Susan the Cat" Out Now

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."

Shawn Colvin Announces New Album, Shares Video via Rolling Stone

GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin has announced the upcoming release of the Amazon Original, The Starlightera 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 Announces New Album, Performs New Songs on NPR's Tiny Desk

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."

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Blind Boys of Alabama Earn GRAMMY Award Nomination for "Best American Roots Performance"

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 JuneNorth Mississippi AllstarsJohn LeventhalRuthie FosterMarc Cohn, and others.