Nashville Beats: Daniella Mason Has The Feminist Anthem You Need Right Now

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Daniella Mason might be known for her pop songwriting sensibilities, but don’t let that fool you. Hailed by The Guardian as “a serious musician with a distinctly pop edge, the indie songstress’ music is marked by an undeniable streak of self-awareness that even the most savvy of audiophiles can enjoy.

Her new song, Woman Lover Powerful acts as a call to arms to all women who are struggling and reminds them of the power they have inside of them… For Mason, this song serves as a dedication to all of the women in her life who persevered against all odds… It’s through her lyrics that Mason shines, and her glow is even brighter when she’s singing about the women in her life who she adores.”

The track premiered yesterday, marking the first cut from the Nashville-based alt pop artist’s forthcoming EP, Physical State, due out this fall. The new album is a continuation of her highly regarded State of Mine sound series that includes previously released EPs, Mental State and Emotional State.

This song is a first for me in that it isn’t entirely based on my story,” Mason explained. “There are huge parts of myself included, of course, but it actually takes on the perspective of many different women in my life and tells a multifaceted narrative for the most multifaceted beings on the planet. I wrote this for Gigi, my husband’s great-grandmother, who lived in a time where she couldn’t open her own bank account because she didn’t have a husband or a father to open it for her. Not only did she figure out how to make her own money and provide for herself and her kids, but she eventually helped change the system in Texas. I wrote this for Jane, a friend walking through breast cancer at the time this was written, who needed the perfect song to shave her head to, to remind her of the power she had but couldn’t feel. I wrote this for my mother, who raised me to be an independent and strong woman, but didn’t get to live to see me grow into that. I wrote this for Alex, who shattered glass steeples, and Lou, who shattered glass ceilings, and Becca, who has sacrificed so much to mother her boys well. And I wrote this for myself, for breaking away and going out on my own in this industry… for every time I’m broke and tired and need my blood to pump again. I wrote this for every woman who has been made to feel less than, or has been told to pick a lane, or to sit down, or to be quiet. I hope this can serve as a reminder of our power, when days get long and hard.”

While Mason is no stranger to pop commerciality, earning millions of streams on Spotify and praise from the likes of Popjustice, V Magazine, and Refinery 29, it’s her left-of-center musicianship and distinct powerhouse vocals that afford her credit in tastemaker and alternative spaces alike. Mason’s material is pop for pop’s sake— no flashy aesthetics or overhyped production, just a knife-edge balance between club banger and emotional gut punch that blurs genre lines to convert fans of all musical sensibilities.

Woman Lover Powerful” is available now via SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer, and Google Play.

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West Coast Beats: The Soulful Tiera Beverly

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Tiera Beverly is an R&B soul singer from the Bay Area. Now based in Los Angeles, the young songstress has been melting listeners with her distinct blend of old school R&B and fresh, modern elements. Born into a family of musicians, she credits her upbringing for her array of musical influences. With a father and grandfather (the famed Frankie Beverly) both musicians and accomplished artists, Beverly was propelled into the industry and has not looked back.

Her single ‘Can’t Talk’ was produced by Jason Mater (Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Eminem) and Brandon Rogers (Alec Benjamin, Troye Sivan, Bea Miller) as well as mastered by Evren Goknar at Capitol Studios.

The highly anticipated release oozes with sultry vocals, dramatic drums and soaring smokey harmonies, creating a throwback feel to Beverly’s love of 90’s girl groups. The track is brought to life with live musicians and twinkling keys, emitting a mesmerizing ambiance and showcasing her love for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Aaliyah.

Thematically ‘Can’t Talk’ narrates the journey of youth and realizing that to reach your goals you need to put yourself first. Beverly reveals, “This song was inspired by what I view as the current state that we live in, as far as technology. I do like things about social media, but I do feel like we are in a world so fueled by the need for constant reassurance and instant gratification. I definitely think that a lot of people have such a short attention span and it can cause for insecurity in relationships”.

Engraving her own unique sound into the Los Angeles music scene, Beverly hopes that her music can inspire someone to come to the realization that it’s unselfish to be selfish every once in awhile. Using her past relationships as inspiration, she was able to take her experiences and mold them into a song, as a form of self-medication and healing. She confides, “I guess it kind of empowered me in a way. I hope that people in similar situations can find some kind of empowerment in my song as well”.

Tiera Beverly continues to bewitch listeners with her hypnotic melodies and seductive vocal tones, with ‘Can’t Talk’ slated for release late summer 2019.

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Third Annual Allman Family Revival 2020

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The Allman Family Revival will be returning for its third year in celebration of Gregg Allman’s birthday. 

This year the show is expanding to 3 nation-wide performances. San Francisco at The Fillmore, Denver at the brand-new Mission Ballroom and NYC at The Beacon Theater.

A portion of the proceeds will go to School of Rock, to help fund after school music programs that are picking up the slack for the alarming lack of in-school music programs declining nationwide.

THE ALLMAN FAMILY REVIVAL 2019

DECEMBER 7 San Francisco @ The Fillmore
DECEMBER 8 Denver @ The Mission Ballroom
DECEMBER 28 NYC @ The Beacon Theater

The Allman Family Revival started as a celebration of music and life in honor of what would have been Gregg Allman’s 70th Birthday. It was a party at The Fillmore in San Francisco hosted by his son Devon Allman of The Allman Betts Band.

The first two years featured insane 4-hour long shows with epic jams and guests ranging from Robert Randolph, Luther and Cody Dickinson, Marcus King, Samantha Fish, Jimmy Hall, G. Love, Brooklyn Allman …and many, many more. All the feels were felt and this night has become a year end tradition and a fan favorite. People fly in from all over the world for this one.

After a warm up set The Allman Betts Band will invite guest stars onto the stage to sing a song they are famous for, and also a song from the Allman catalog. There will be a rotating cast of characters and some epic collaborations onstage culminating in a “all hands on deck” encore that proved to be a juggernaut at the first two Family Revival shows.

Tour Dates

Oct 18 Natchez, MS @ Great Mississippi Balloon Festival
Oct 19 New Orleans, LA @ Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest
Oct 20 2019 Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon
Oct 22 Walhalla, SC @ Walhalla Performing Arts
Oct 23 Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
Oct 24 Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Oct 25 Fort Pierce, FL @ Sunrise Theater
Oct 26 Punta Gorda, FL @ Big Orange Music Festival
Oct 27 Pembroke Pines, FL @ Charles F. Dodge City Center
Oct 28 Key West, FL @ Sunset Green
Oct 31 Augusta, GA @ The Miller Theater
Nov 1 Auburn, AL @ Woltosz Theatre
Nov 2 Tybee Island, GA @ Tybee Post Theater
Nov 3 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Nov 4 Frankfort, KY @ Grand Theatre
Nov 6 Morgantown, WV @ Metropolitan Theatre
Nov 7 Blacksburg, VA @ Lyric Theatre
Nov 8 Richmond, VA @ The National
Nov 9 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theatre
Nov 10 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Nov 13 @ New York, NY Beacon (with Charlie Daniels Band)
Nov 14 Glenside, PA @ Keswick (with Charlie Daniels Band)
Nov 15 Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale (with Charlie Daniels Band)
Nov 16 Waterloo, NY @ The Vine at Del Lago (with Charlie Daniels Band)
Nov 17 Northampton, MA @ The Academy of Music
Dec 7 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Allman Family Revival)
Dec 8, 2019 Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom (Allman Family Revival)
Dec 28 New York, NY Beacon (Allman Family Revival)
Dec 30 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
Feb 5 St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theater
Feb 6 Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Feb 7 Fort Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
Feb 9 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Feb 13 Albany, NY @ Skyloft Music
Feb 14 Salisbury, MA @ Blue Ocean Music Hall
Feb 16 Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music hall
Feb 20 Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre
Feb 21 Anniston, AL @ Anniston Performing Arts Center
Mar 6 Phoenix, AZ @ MIM
Apr 23 Cleveland, MS @ Bologna Performing Arts Center
May 14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Manship Theater
May 15 Lafayette, LA @ Acadiana Center (SOLD OUT)
The Story of The Allman Betts Band:

In December of 2017, Devon Allman was ready. After a year of mourning the losses of his mother and father, Allman was ready to make music again. He deeply appreciated all of the condolences and well-wishes, but, respectfully, it was time to forge ahead.

Allman organized a concert at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco to honor the music and memory of his father, founding Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and singer, Gregg Allman, and also to debut his new band, The Devon Allman Project. A proverbial star-studded affair- with guests such as G. Love and Robert Randolph- the marathon performance also marked the beginning of a partnership with Duane Betts, son of founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist and singer, Dickey Betts. It was time, in that historic venue, to pass the spirit to this next generation. It was time to take all the lessons of the past, all their collective experiences, and make something new.

Betts recently had turned solo after a touring stint with folk-rockers Dawes, and would serve as an opening artist on the Devon Allman Project 2018 world tour, as well as joining Allman each night for a musical tip of the hat to their respective fathers. The year-long trek was the first to pairAllman and Betts, and saw the two tally nearly 100 dates at theatres and festivals nationally and internationally, including a summer leg in Europe, and notable appearances at Colorado’s venerable Red Rocks amphitheater, the Peach Festival, Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus in Jamaica, and a return to The Fillmore for the second annual, sold-out Allman Family Revival.

2018 provided them a certifiable proof-of-concept: Performing a repertoire gleaned mostly from their respective solo careers, as well as a handful of Brothers gems, the Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts consistently drew audiences growing in size and enthusiasm with each successive leg.

Now, they were both determined to embrace a new challenge; to write and record new music that could someday join the classics; to wow new audiences; to form a new band. During off-days on the bus or in hotel rooms, Devon and Duane collaborated on new original material, inviting respected songwriter Stoll Vaughn for writing sessions on the road.

On the still-smoldering heels of the hugely successful Project world tour, Devon and Duane circled back to their roots for this ambitious next step. They called up their old friend Berry Duane Oakley, son of the Allman Brothers Band’s founding late bassist, Berry Oakley, and floated the idea of joining them. The trio’s musical friendship traces back to The Allman Brothers Band’s 20th anniversary summer tour in 1989 when the three first met, and often sat-in with the Rock-And-Roll Hall of Fame inductees; teenage descendants rightfully joining a rock-and-roll legacy.

As well, they recruited seasoned players from the Project ensemble: slide guitar sorcerer Johnny Stachela, drummer John Lum, and percussionist R Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow). In November of 2018, they announced the formation of The Allman Betts Band.

For a subsequent world tour, they recruited keyboardist John Ginty (Dixie Chicks, Robert Randolph) to The Allman Betts Band. The band’s first performance was March 26, 2019- 50 years, to the date, after The Allman Brothers Band first jammed in Jacksonville, Florida. This is TheAllman Betts Band.

New Music From Aussie Americana Duo Falls

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Australian Americana/folk duo Falls have announced the independent release of their new EP Bodega Rose on October 25.

Inspired by their time spent on the road, Bodega Rose features five stunning new tracks that explore the emotional struggle of chasing a dream while craving a place to call home. The first track “On Attack” released today, showcasing the duo’s compelling songwriting and charming vocal harmonies. 

Simon Rudston-Brown and Melinda Kirwin formed Falls after meeting at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, before eventually moving together to Los Angeles and signing with Verve in 2015. Their debut full-length album Omaha released to widespread acclaim from press and fans alike, with the breakout track “When We Were Young” garnering over 11 million Spotify streams to date.

Over the last four years, Falls has moved to New York City and continued to build a solid following in the US and abroad. The band has toured with artists including Of Monsters and Men, Iron and Wine, Passenger and The Lumineers, and performed everywhere from Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits to Sundance Film Festival. 

Falls illustrates their period of both personal and artistic growth on Bodega Rose, with authentic, vulnerable confessions that offer a sense of comfort in their conviction.

The pair’s fierce musical partnership has morphed out of a turbulent romantic relationship, allowing them to write about the realities of life, love and growth with an unflinching honesty. The new EP was produced by Grammy award-winner Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, Manchester Orchestra, Alanis Morissette) and recorded at the iconic Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles.

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New Music From North Mississippi Allstars

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North Mississippi Allstars are set to return with Up and Rolling on October 4th via New West Records.

The 12-song set was produced by Luther and Cody Dickinson and recorded at The Zebra Ranch, their family studio established by their father, the legendary Jim Dickinson in Independence, MS.

The album also features guest appearances from Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, Cedric Burnside, Duane Betts, and Sharde Thomas. Up and Rolling finds North Mississippi Allstars getting back to their roots and recapturing the communal spirit upon which the band was founded.

The single “Mean Old World” featuring Jason Isbell & Duane Betts is below:

About the song ,” Luther says, “Our father recorded ‘Mean Old World’ with Duane Allman and Eric Clapton during the Layla sessions. Jason invited me to record an acoustic, slide guitar duo version. Cody came up with the new arrangement and wanted to record an electric version with Jason and Duane Betts, using ‘Mean Old World’ as a vehicle to lay down an epic statement about modern-day roots rock guitar.”

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A forgotten roll of film inspired a musical accompaniment, the North Mississippi Allstars’ new record Up and Rolling. Shot before the turn of the century, the photographs resonate with the music of four families from the Mississippi hills. The music “is the sound of modern Mississippi,” says Luther Dickinson.

In 1996, a photographer from Texas, Wyatt McSpadden, traveled to North Mississippi looking to photograph local musicians. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson had grown up just south of Memphis and cut their teeth playing experimental rock & roll together, as well as the roots repertoire pioneered by their father, Jim Dickinson, a legendary producer (Big Star, the Replacements) and session player (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan). Their feet were firmly planted in the North Mississippi mud and music scene, and they were excited to show Wyatt around their community, to introduce him to the musical families of Otha Turner, RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. “Wyatt was so smooth nobody felt he was taking photos,” Luther recalls. “No one was self-conscious or posing. Wyatt had a cloak of invisibility.”

A month after McSpadden took those photos, the newly formed North Mississippi Allstars made their Memphis debut, incorporating their father’s concept of roots music as a framework for improvisation and blending experimental/psychedelic excursions into Hill Country anthems. In just a few short years, their lives would then be forever changed with the release of their debut album Shake Hands with Shorty in 2000. They wouldn’t see most of the photos for over two decades until McSpadden tracked the brothers down in 2017. Luther says, “The images stopped me in my tracks and blew my mind. The music that changed our lives was captured in these photographs. Cody and I wanted to set the music free and record an album to accompany these photographs illustrating what Mississippi music sounded like in 1996 – and what it sounds like now.Up and Rolling takes listeners on a tour of this vibrant and rural community: through the hills and along the back roads to Otha’s home, to Junior Kimbrough’s nightclub, and RL Burnside’s house parties.

Along with their originals, they covered some of their favorite songs by these local heroes, with help from Cedric Burnside and Sharde Thomas, Otha Turner’s granddaughter. “She was only a child when she became his apprentice and heir to the bamboo throne of fife and drum music,” says Luther. “Now she’s the Queen of the Hill Country and my favorite singing partner.” In addition to duetting with him on RL Burnside’s raunchy “Peaches,” she also sings with Luther on Otha’s “Call That Gone.” Mavis Staples keeps NMA marching on the freedom highway, singing on her family’s classic “What You Gonna Do?”

Luther hopes, “the boogie is rooted, but spreads evasively from the kudzu jungle grown-over Junior’s concrete slab and Otha’s porch boards through the Zebra Ranch’s razor wire chain link fence. Transcending time and space, the music reaches out into the dark of night like the wisteria vine, looking for free-hearted souls to latch onto and wedge into the foundations of hate, slowly tearing down walls a generation at a time.”

In 23 years, North Mississippi Allstars have released ten acclaimed studio albums, three of which were nominated for Grammy Awards in the Blues Album of the Year category. Luther Dickinson has also garnered another four Grammy Award nominations in various categories as well. They have also shared stages with Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin, John Hiatt among many others.

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A Sound Recommendation: The Nude Party

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Formed in a North Carolina dormitory in 2012, The Nude Party celebrates the clanging frat rock of the ‘60s. Working with early mentor and producer Oakley Munson of Black Lips, they debuted with the Hot Tub EP in 2016. The band’s eponymous full-length debut arrived on New West Records in 2018.

Originating as an extended group of childhood friends and step-siblings who decided to start a band and then began learning to play instruments, The Nude Party took root at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

The band is comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Patton Magee, vocalist/lead guitarist Shaun Couture, organist/pianist Don Merrill, bass player Alec Castillo, percussionist Austin Brose, and drummer Connor Mikita. Most members also sing backup.

Soon after coming together, the sextet soon moved into a lake house and started a nightly ritual of jamming in the basement. It was at a regular gig as the house band at a certain Boone party locale that the group’s practice of performing in the buff earned them a local reputation as “the naked party band.” They adopted the moniker The Nude Party just in time to move onto bookings at local clubs and bars, where they had to perform clothed.

In 2014, the band met Black Lips’ drummer Oakley Munson at a show in Charlotte. He took an interest in the group and recorded their first collection, Hot Tub EP, which they released in early 2016. As word of the EP’s rawness and good-times spirit spread, the band relocated to Munson’s base in the New York Catskills and began to perform regularly in Brooklyn and the surrounding region. New West signed the group for their Munson-produced full-length debut. The Nude Party was released in July of 2018, and was heralded by Rolling Stone as “equal parts ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ Velvet Underground and Exile on Main Street Stones.”

In the year following the release, the band has opened for the likes of The Arctic Monkeys and Jack White, with plans to continue touring with over 150 dates globally in this year including appearances at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, the Newport Folk Festival and more.

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Mac Miller Lives On Through Rayland Baxter’s Tribute

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This summer Singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter issued good mmorning, an EP featuring seven Mac Miller. 

Rayland discovered the music of Mac Miller,  watching his performance at the 2016 Okeechobee Music Festival.

Baxter was instantly captivated and felt an overwhelming connection to the music, and although the two never met, Baxter was deeply inspired by Miller’s music and frequently cited Miller as one of the major inspirations on Baxter’s latest album, 2018’s critically acclaimed Wide Awake

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Rayland in donating proceeds from good mmorning to MusiCares’ Mac Miller Legacy Fund and the organization’s mission to assist young adults struggling with substance abuse.

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