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.

Missing Piece is Hiring - Music Publicist

Music Publicity Position
Missing Piece Group, a music PR, marketing and artist management company is looking to fill a Full-Time Publicity position at our Newark, NJ office. We are seeking a publicist with 1-2 years agency or record label experience to manage and oversee multiple media campaigns for recording artists, authors, catalog releases, and related campaigns.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Pitching and scheduling artist interviews, show previews, reviews, listings and features.
  • Daily organization, management and involvement in artist affairs.
  • Weekly internal/client reporting on all projects.
  • Research outlets for artist tours
  • Organizing of contact lists for marketing and publicity pitches

Requirements:

  • Must have excellent writing, editing, administrative and organizational skills
  • Strong relationships with writers, editors, producers and bookers and a proven record of placements
  • Excellent communication and research skills
  • A passion for pop culture, new music/media websites, blogs, Excel, Word, Google Docs and social media platforms
  • 1-2 years experience working in publicity preferred
  • Passion for music required
  • Ability to work independently and be a motivated self-starter
  • Professional demeanor
  • Must be able to work from our office in Newark, NJ

About Missing Piece
A music PR, marketing and artist management company, we are located in downtown Newark, a 20-minute ride from Manhattan and a short walk from Newark Penn Station, The Prudential Center and Rutgers Newark.

**Submit BOTH a resume and cover letter to info@missingpiecegroup.com.**

Fastball Launches Headlining Tour Following Sold Out Run With Everclear

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. 

View “I Will Never Let You Down" here.
View “We’re on Our Way” here.
View “Behind The Sun” here.
Stream entire album on Billboard.com

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/

Follow Fastball at http://www.fastballtheband.com

Suzanne Santo (of HONEYHONEY) to Release Solo Debut 'Ruby Red' on 8/11

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 Artist Daniel Norgren Makes His US Introduction

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.

Nikka Costa to Release New Album 'Nikka & Strings, Underneath and in Between' on June 2nd

American soul singer Nikka Costa returns with the eagerly awaited new album Nikka & Strings, Underneath and in Between due out on June 2nd via Metropolis Recordings. The album sees the celebreated soul, funk, and blues singer dipping her toes into a refreshing collection of songs backed by a luscious string quartet. Nikka is back in full swing with a collection of heartfelt songs that gives the listener more intimate and personal insight into her unique musical style than ever before. Billboard premiered the video for lead track "Nothing Compares 2 U", a stunning rendition of her former mentor's classic hit.

Missing Piece Group SXSW 2017

Andrew Combs, Colony House, The Dove & The Wolf, Pegi Young, Great American Canyon Band, Blank Range, Jason Eady, The Band of Heathens, Fastball, Cale Tyson, The Head, Troi Irons, Old Flame Records

Here at Missing Piece we’re looking forward to the cluster@#$@ that is SXSW, the way that you look forward to going to your high school reunion, or running a marathon, or getting a tattoo. Painful, exhilarating, memorable…and it leaves a mark.

This year, we’ve got 13 artists performing at SXSW; we’re packing insoles, shorts, sunscreen, and multiple pairs of earplugs to get us through.

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Andrew Combs
 
Nashville-based Americana artist Andrew Combs will release his sophomore album Canyons Of My Mind on April 7 via New West Records. The first single "Dirty Rain" premiered via NPR Music, with Ann Powers calling Combs "one of Nashville's most poetically gifted young singer-songwriters." Watch his Stranger Things-esque video for the song "Blood Hunters" at Rolling Stone Country.
 
3/16: 
 
6:30pm - Luck Reunion

3/17:
 
1:30pm - Noisetrade/Pledge/Fryedays at Blackheart

5:30pm - YETI/New West at YETI

12:00am New West showcase at Coopers
 
3/18:
 
3:00pm - Brooklyn Country Cantina


Colony House
 
Nashville-based indie rockers Colony House released their second album, Only the Lonely, on January 13 via RCA/Descendant records. The album has been embraced by Noisey, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Paste Magazine, Baeble Music and reached #3 on iTunes Top Albums chart & #2 on iTunes Top Alternative Albums chart. This past month the band has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Today Show, and Conan.
 
3/15:

2:45pm - Yeti/BMI 

5:30pm - C3 Presents Party
 
3/16:
 
2:00 pm - Culture Collide/RCA Party at Container Bar
 
9:30 pm - Pandora Party
 
3/17:
 
5:00pm - Culture Collide Party at Container Bar
 
3/18:
 
8:30am - KGSR 

1:00pm - Waterloo Parking Lot Show

3:40pm Southwest Invasion at Whole Foods


The Dove & The Wolf
 
The Dove & The Wolf have just signed to Fat Possum Records and will release an EP called I Don't Know What To Feel on March 30. The French-born, Philadelphia-based duo of Lou Hayat and Paloma Gil have been playing together for more than ten years.
The EP was recorded in their adopted city of Philly and was co-produced by Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs and Nick Krill of The Spinto Band. Recently, NPR Music premiered the video for the track "Seven Days" and called it "…shimmering, beautiful and languorous." The band also just announced a tour with Jens Lekman from the end of February through April. You can find other coverage of the band at Stereogum, Nylon, and The New York Times.
 
3/14:
 
8:00pm - Buffalo Billiards- REC Philly Amplify Philly Showcase
 
3/15:
 
2:00pm - SX San Jose- San Jose Hotel
 
3/18:
 
8:00pm - Madewell SXSW Party- Madewell Store Austin


Pegi Young
 
On February 17, Pegi Young stepped out on her own with Raw, a brand new collection of songs inspired by life, loss, and forgiveness.
The album was announced with a feature written by David Browne in Rolling Stone and saw incredible coverage in NPR Music, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and more. Young wrote most of Raw in the wake of her 2014 separation and divorce from Neil Young, to whom she’d been married thirty-seven years. The album is rounded out by legendary Muscle Shoals keyboardist and songwriter Spooner Oldham and several more recent Survivors, including Muscle Shoals-based guitarist Kelvin Holly, a veteran of Little Richard’s band; drummer Phil Jones (Tom Petty, Joe Walsh); and bassists Benny Rietveld (Santana) and Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers).
 
3/15:
 
10:00pm - Hilton Garden Inn, 18th floor
 
3/17:

 
8:00pm - The Driskill
 


Great American Canyon Band
 
Baltimore duo Great American Canyon Band released their debut album Only You Remain in early 2016 via Six Degrees Records which was embraced by NPR, WNYC, Stereogum and Impose Magazine. The music video for the album’s title track was shot in Iceland and The A.V. Club proclaimed that it “should be an Icelandic tourism ad.” This fall the duo released a follow-up EP, Out Here, featuring new material and remixes from Only You Remain.   
Stream Only You Remain HERE & Stream Out Here HERE
 
3/16:

12:30pm - Quantum Collective at Whole Foods 

7:00pm - Lil Big Fest at Tiniest Bar in Texas


Blank Range
 
Nashville's Blank Range just released their sophomore EP Vista Bent on Thirty Tigers and have just wrapped the recording of their debut full length album with Brad Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger). Stereogum premiered the EP in its entirety and said "The four-track collection is a country-tinged drive down the highway with whiskey-soaked vocals and plenty of steel guitar. Blunted bell clangs and lively pop rock melodies of Vista Bent make for a happy compendium of ’70s nostalgia, Nashville heartbreak, and subtle experimentation.” The band are currently on the road for an extensive tour with the Wild Reeds.
 
3/14:
 

2:30pm - Tellers (Downstairs)
 
3/15:
 
12:00pm - NoiseTrade/PledgeMusic Party
at The Blackheart
 
3/16:
 
4:30pm - Thirty Tigers/Yeti Party at
Yeti Flagship Store, 220 S Congress Ave
 
3/17:
 
1:10pm - Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion at Wholefoods Rooftop Plaza, 525 N Lamar Blvd
 
4:40pm - The Jackalope

9:00pm - Thirty Tigers Official SXSW Showcase at Maggie Mae’s, 323 E 6 St
 
3/18:
 
12:00pm - Urban Outfitters


Jason Eady
 
Jason Eady will release a self-titled on April 21 via Thirty Tigers. Recently, NPR Music premiered the song "Barabbas," the second single to be released from the album. Rolling Stone Country premiered "Why I Left Atlanta" and called the self-titled release "...an acoustic-heavy album that makes room for electricity, eclecticism and guest appearances, with Eady serving as the master of ceremonies." The album features contributions from guests Vince Gill, The Steeldrivers' Tammy Rogers, and wife, singer/songwriter Courtney Patton.

3/16:

4:00pm  -Yeti Flaghip store - 220 South Congress Ave (Thirty Tigers official showcase)
 
3/19:

Lucy’s - 2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (writers round)


The Band of Heathens
 

The Band of Heathens released their new album Duende, the band’s fifth studio album (and eighth overall), which also marks their tenth anniversary as a group. The album first premiered with an exclusive stream on Rolling Stone Country who said, "An album built around connection and collaboration, it spotlights a pack of players whose influences – Southern boogie-woogie, stoned soul, heartland country-rock and all points between – are as wide-ranging as their tour dates.” Duende was also embraced by The Boot, Popmatters and Relix, and was #1 most-added album on the Americana Music Association radio chart
 
3/12:
 
7:00pm - Westin Austin Downtown

3/14: 

4:10 PM - Dog Day Afternoon @ The Dogwood
 
3/15:
 

11:00pm - New Frontier Official SXSW Showcase @ The Parish

 
3/16:

2:00pm - Twangfest at Broken Spoke

7:00pm - SXSW Second Stage @ Hyatt Downtown
 
3/17:
 

5:45pm - Amigos Internationales @ Guero's

9:00pm - Greenwich
Village Troubador Tribute Show @ The Driskill Hotel

10:30pm - The Band of Heathens + Friends Decompression Session - Geraldine's @ Hotel Van Zandt


Fastball
 
Seven years after the release of their last studio album Little White Lies, Fastball is returning to the scene, securing a spot in this year’s SXSW lineup. The Austin-based band is returning with their new album Step into Light! set to be released later this spring. Stream the first single from the LP at Consequence of Sound. Unexpectedly, at the end of 2016, Fastball reached new heights reaching #1 on the Hip-Hop charts through recently formed duo Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello, who took the chorus from Fastball’s 1998 hit “Out of My Head”, and incorporated their own rendition into their new collaboration “Bad Things”. Check out Billboard’s exclusive interview with Fastball front man Tony Scalzo, discussing the band’s newfound success.
Watch “Bad Things” HERE
 
3/12:

10:00pm - Capital One House (Antones)

3/15:
 
9:00pm - The Parish
 


Cale Tyson

Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter Cale Tyson is set to release a new album in the U.S. this spring. The album, Careless Soul has already been released in the UK to great acclaim (4 stars in the Guardian, Rolling Stone, BBC Radio and more.) He recently completed a great UK tour, and was just nominated by the UK Americana Music Association for "International Song of the Year" for "Somebody Save Me" - going up against Sturgill Simpson, Lucinda Williams, and Margo Price. Cale just released Introducing Cale Tyson, a vinyl compilation of his first two EPs, 2013’s High on Lonesome and 2014’s Cheater’s Wife on March 3. Originally released in early 2015 via Clubhouse Records in the UK, Introducing Cale Tyson has already endured great success reaching and holding #13 on the UK Country Charts for two weeks as well as receiving a 5-star rating in both Country Music People and Maverick Magazine, and a 4-star rating in Q Magazine.
Stream High on Lonesome HERE and Cheater’s Wife HERE 

3/17:

8:00pm - Luckenback Dancehall / Fredericksburg
 
3/18:
 
2:30pm - Brooklyn Country Cantina
4:15pm - Hard Luck Lounge


The Head

Atlanta based alt-rock trio The Head are set to release their full-length album Space on August 4th. Impose Magazine recently released their video for the first single “Tea Colored Radio” and said "The Head make feel good indie rock that will have you bopping your head and dancing."
Dubbing the band their #1 unsigned artist of 2015, Purevolume premiered the song calling it “a mission statement that shows that The Head is really on the brink of something big.” The band has been embraced by Alternative Press, Creative Loafing, GhettoBlaster, Performer Magazine and more. They are currently on an extensive US tour. 
 
3/15:
 
12:15pm - Big Bang
 
8:00pm - Maggie Mae's (official showcase)
 
3/16:
 
12:45pm - Yard Dog
 
3/17:
 
3:45pm - Whip-in
 
3/18:
 

3:00pm - Chugging Monkey
 


Troi Irons
 
Troi Irons is an LA-based songwriter currently signed to Def Jam. A fearless creative mind with insight beyond her years; Irons is a rebel voice speaking her truth through music. In 2016, she released her acclaimed Turbulence, EP. Brimming with self-reflective lyrics and instantly-catchy choruses, Irons’ music has been compared to Imogen Heap and Alanis Morissette. Stream Turbulence HERE. You can check out her new music video for her song “Today” via it’s exclusive premiere on Interview Magazine, and watch here mini-documentary EPK video HERE
 
3/15:
 
3:00pm - Circa 13 Showcase with Bibi Bourelly, Earl St. Clair (UMG @ Antones)


Old Flame Records
 

For the last two years we've been lucky enough to handle PR for most of the releases from Old Flame Records. This year, Old Flame will host an official showcase at Swan Dive located at 615 Red River on March 18.
 
8:00pm - Gurr
9:00pm - Frontier Folk Nebraska
10:00pm - Booher
11:00pm - Dawg Yawp
12:00am - Slow Caves
1:00am - Doe