A Sound Recommendation: Singer- Songwriter Julie Odell


Julie Odell is a New Orleans artist who writes songs with surprising turns and sudden drop offs, one minute belting lyrics with all her being on top of crunchy hollow-body guitar, then interluding into delicate ethereal melodies barely fingerpicking the guitar and leaning into her band (Kenny Murphy on bass, Jonathan Arceneaux on drums) for soft yet powerful support, which then builds into an unexpected groove and into a dreamy swamp pop ending. Multiple stories take place in each song which is the main reasoning behind her chaos/calm/chaos style of writing, meant to portray the ups and downs of life.

Odell is currently working on her debut full length album to be released springtime 2019.






AngloFiles: From London, Songwriter “Nancy”


The enigmatic songwriter was raised in subdued North East England and not unlike many others, Nancy dressed & acted in ways that seemed out-of-the-ordinary. Combined with his then-unhelpful androgynous and abnormal physical features, “Nancy” was both a punchline &label throughout the songwriter’s formative years.

Beginning as a form of escapism a pop music obsession began. It’s these past lives & vivid influences that are reimagined and regurgitated into debut Mysterious Visions.

Within 8 weeks in the real world, Nancy has been been described as a musical auteur, a surrealist king, a mysterious newcomer, a provocateur, both male and female, a necromancer, in the same sentence both classy and trashy, weird and wonderful.

Recorded, produced, art-directed by Nancy the none-the-same 7-songs-long ‘EP’ is proof of concept. An explosive kaleidoscopic vision of theatricality, romance and melancholy, a cocktail of sassy lo-fi cabaret and art-dream-pop with contemporary deformities, a Sgt. Peppers-for-degenerates body of work to get lost in; best understood with a front-to-back listen.

Like cigarettes, its highly addictive and probably bad for you.



Nashville Beats: Singer-Songwriter Tony Lucca


Nashville-based singer-songwriter Tony Lucca is flexing his Americana muscles on his forthcoming new album, Ain’t No Storm, which he will be releasing on March 29, 2019.

Ain’t No Storm reads like a who’s who of East Nashville notables: Ken Coomer produced the record at his studio, Cartoon Moon, great Nashville players like Michael Webb, Ted Pecchio, and Joe Garcia lent their talents — and even Patrick Sweany stopped in for a cameo on “Room With A View.” Replete with songs borne of his admiration for Nashville’s rich history – the town’s creative community ultimately fueled Lucca’s return to the studio and inspired the new album – Ain’t No Storm finds Lucca embracing with reverence the process and craft of songwriting and taking his time (more than two years) to get it right.

In Nashville when you visit, people say, ‘Anything I can do for you, just let me know,’” Lucca says. “And then you move here, and you realize those arms really are wide open and those people aren’t full of sh*t. They really do want you to be part of the community here.”

Lucca brought a workman-like mentality to songwriting in his new hometown, writing or co-writing “daily and diligently,” spending years honing his craft. “I just took up songwriting as a full-time occupation, figured I’d make another record when I felt compelled to,” Lucca says. He eventually developed a songwriter residency at Midtown venue The Local, all the while touring the country. Over those formative years at the beginning of Lucca’s Act II, the songwriter again found himself falling in love with the purity of it all. “It was restorative for me on the creative side,” Lucca says. “It was also educational as I really tuned into the creative community and Nashville rhythm.” He eventually found a home with Demolition Publishing, which boasts one of Music Row’s more notable rosters of both young and established writers.

Lucca’s admiration and respect for Nashville’s songwriting community, it turns out, was mutual. After moving to Nashville, he quickly found his calendar consumed with co-writes from old and new friends alike. Those include Driver Williams, tour-mate turned co-writer and “Nashville treasure” Gabe Dixon, and the Grammy-nominated Billy Montana (“Sage wisdom — bit of a mentor,” Lucca says of Montana).

Throughout that process, Lucca began “salting away” the songs that really reached out and grabbed him. “Those songs that make me sit in an empty room with an acoustic guitar and go, ‘Yeah, I’d be playing this song right now even if nobody were listening,’” Lucca says. He found the songs that “started to feel like my expression — how I want to channel my creative energy,” as he says. “It took my whole career to get to the point where I just went into the studio and, as Ray Charles said, ‘Make it do what it do.’”
Lucca continues, “This is about as honest an album as I could ever make. There were very few takes of each song even recorded. Most of the vocals were recorded right along with the acoustic guitar. There was minimal editing and very few overdubs.” The combination of meticulously crafting songs and freewheeling in the studio led to a record that is ready to announce Lucca as a force not just for his vocals, but also for his voice. It’s a record that delicately balances the eternal optimism of a man drawn to put newness out to the world with the road-worn realism of a man who weathered the storm ever-so-slightly more than it weathered him.

Lucca’s career is a long and noteworthy one that spans some of the country’s greatest music scenes — from his hometown Motown mecca of Detroit, to the hills of Hollywood, to the borough of Brooklyn. It includes stints in some of the shiniest environments, from his early years in the “Mickey Mouse Club” alongside future pop stars like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, to his top-three finish on the second season of NBC’s “The Voice.” But for Lucca, and for his music, Nashville just makes the most sense and is the best fit.

Lucca plans to tour in support of Ain’t No Storm (see confirmed tour dates below; more to be announced at a later date). In the lead up to the album’s release in March, Lucca is also slated to perform at the annual City Summit Gala in Los Angeles on February 24, 2019. This year’s event honorees and speakers include Colin Farrell, Les Brown, Kevin Harrington, Randy Jackson, and Mario Lopez.

Tony Lucca Tour Schedule:

2/4/2019 – Nashville, TN / Cambria Hotel
2/8/2019 – Kitty Hawk, NC / Jack Brown’s
3/4/2019 – Nashville, TN / Cambria Hotel
3/15/2019 – Charlotte, NC / Evening Muse
3/16/2019 – Greensboro, NC / Backyard Stage
3/22/2019 – Decatur, GA / Eddie’s Attic (w/Eliot Bronson)
3/23/2019 – Decatur, GA / Eddie’s Attic (w/Eliot Bronson)
4/1/2019 – Nashville, TN / Cambria Hotel
4/23/2019 – New York, NY / Rockwood Music Hall (w/Dan Rodriguez)
4/24/2019 – Philadelphia, PA / World Cafe Live (w/Dan Rodriguez)
4/25/2019 – Vienna, VA / Jammin’ Java (w/Dan Rodriguez)
4/26/2019 – Boston, MA / City Winery Haymarket (w/Dan Rodriguez)
4/27/2019 – Schenectady, NY / The Van Dyck
4/28/2019 – Basking Ridge, NJ / Ross Farm
5/6/2019 – Nashville, TN / Cambria Hotel
5/29 – 6/2/2019 – Kill Devil Hills, NC / Pat McGee’s Down The Hatch




A Sound Recommendation: Americana Artist Karen Jonas


Photo: Amber Renée Photography 

Karen Jonas is an Americana singer/songwriter from Fredericksburg, Va.

Her intensely personal songwriting first grabbed national attention with the release of her critically acclaimed 2014 debut album Oklahoma Lottery, and international praise with her second album, Country Songs.

Five years of non-stop touring have produced a smoldering live act that’s culminated in her latest album, Butter, which debuted strongly on both the US and UK Americana charts. She’s shared stages with Dale Watson, Alabama, Joe Ely, Bob Schneider, The Lone Bellow, Brandy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Amanda Shires and dozens more—lighting up venues around the country from intimate house concerts and listening rooms to rowdy honky-tonks and outdoor festivals.




A Sound Recommendation: Canadian Rockers Hillsburn


Hillsburn is a powerhouse. Their songs are timeless, their sound every bit as anthemic as Florence + The Machine’s, but with soaring three-part harmonies thrown in for good measure. The band has toured extensively across Canada, and in international markets like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. They released a deluxe version of their award-winning sophomore album, The Wilder Beyond, on February 1st, 2019.

Hillsburn’s indie-rock sound draws on the songwriting focus of folk music, and combines it with a pop sensibility. Their performances are dynamic, energized, and emotive. You won’t want to miss this band that is already on its way to becoming a national treasure.




AngloFiles: London Rockers – Doe


It’s safe to say that for indie-rock trio Doe, the last 12 months has seen a dramatic shift in their evolution as a band. After the release of their 2016 debut album, ‘Some Things Last Longer than You’ the London based outfit played sold out shows on both sides of the Atlantic and toured with the likes of LVL UP, Jeff Rosenstock and Honeyblood.

Not content with stopping there, Doe released ‘Grow into It’ their critically acclaimed sophomore album with Big Scary Monsters and Topshelf Records in September 2018. The album has received rave reviews from the likes of NPR, Stereogum, Dork, as well as radio play on KEXP, BBC One, BBC6 and over 85 US college stations. The band toured with Speedy Ortiz and Dilly Dally in late 2018 to close out the year and are now ready to pick up and run as they set out on headline tours in the US, UK, and EU in Early 2019!



A Sound Recommendation: Blues Artist Vanessa Collier


At 27 years of age, master musician and multi-talented blues performer Vanessa Collier has become an in-demand artist, bringing her charismatic charm, passionate and fiery performances, soulful voice, searing saxophone solos, and witty songwriting to the stage. Over the past year, Vanessa toured through 11 countries, alternating between tour legs in Europe as a featured artist with Ruf’s Blues Caravan and back in the U.S. and Canada with her talented 5-piece band.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vanessa’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as Best of 2014 Blues Breaker. In 2017, Vanessa continued her success with the release of her sophomore album Meeting My Shadow, earning many prestigious honors and awards.