New album Young Man, produced by Robert Ellis, is due out in early 2022.
Jamestown Revival have made the quietest record of their career with Young Man, yet it may resonate the most. Recorded in their home state of Texas, it is their first project without electric guitars, with the emphasis instead on skillful songwriting, flawless harmony, and intricate fingerpicking. In addition, it’s the first time that bandmates Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance have created an album with a producer—in this case, Robert Ellis, a fellow Texan and a recording artist in his own right. Showcasing most of the genres that collectively make up “Americana” music—folk, jazz, bluegrass, roots rock—sometimes all in one song, their upcoming LP Young Man represents a distilled and pure Jamestown Revival at their finest. Today, the band is happy to share “Young Man,” the album’s namesake and first single, with fans. “How far removed from our younger selves have we become? Sometimes it seems like just yesterday that we were full of piss and vinegar and blissful ignorance,” say Clay and Chance. “We hadn’t yet felt the burdens and responsibilities of growing up. ‘Young Man’ is about trying to identify with our younger selves, someone we know from old photographs and memories that start to feel a little more distant with each passing year and asking ourselves, ‘Is that part of me still there? Do I still have the same fire that I once knew?’”
GRAMMY-winning UK artist James Blake’s first new full-length album in 3 years, Friends That Break Your Heart, was released last month, via Republic Records and features the single, “Say What You Will.”
Blake calls this a concept album and worked closely with artist Miles Johnston to design cover art that is a visual encapsulation of the emotions brought forth throughout the body of work.
Lopez isn’t merely riding the wave of Americana, the West Virginian native is bending it to its knees. As the son of a music teacher, he was learning piano and guitar by the time he was in kindergarten, and he recorded his debut album, produced by Americana super-producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) when he was just 18. But on his new album The Other Side, Lopez transcends all of those hot-shot titles to emerge a well-rounded and experienced artist.
A collection of 12 eclectic songs that veer from sprightly indie-rock to brutally vulnerable ballads, The Other Side, produced by Robert Adam Stevenson (Queens Of The Stone Age, Jeff Beck, Hollywood Vampires) is the sound of a man who knows precisely who he is. Now 25, he’s excised the trappings of a youth run wild and all but killed the ego that can undermine the evolution of an artist. “Take the blade from my hand and do what I can’t: cut me down,” Lopez pleads in the slow-burning “Tanglin’.” He doubles down on that sentiment of transformation in the brooding title track: “I’m gonna go to the woods and come out the other side,” he sings over and over again like a mantra.
“This album is a product of the strength I had to walk away from everything I knew,” Lopez says. “I had to start fresh on my own.”
The Wild Feathers have just released Alvarado via New West Records. The 12-track set was produced by the band and follows their 2020 career-spanning odds-and-ends collection Medium Rarities.
Formed in 2010, The Wild Feathers have released three critically acclaimed studio albums, one live record captured at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and toured with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bob Seger, and more.
After a major tour with Blackberry Smoke was rescheduled due to theCOVID-19 Pandemic last year, the group hunkered down in a small cabin northwest of Nashville in Van Leer, TN. Using the confidence gained from self-producing three new songs found on Medium Rarities, The Wild Feathers decided to keep things in-house, producing themselves, which was a part of the hard-scrabble work ethic that got them their success in the first place.
For the first time without a fancy studio, the band were confident and calm during the process, which cohesively allowed the sound to be exactly what they felt like instead of having to answer to anyone. Knocking out 14 songs in just four days, they bonded over barbecues and beers and there was a warmness that hadn’t been present since their early days. This relaxed approach is reflected in the laid-back nature of the songs featured on the stellar Alvarado.
American roots artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson have toured the eastern United States as a power trio called Dwight + Nicole since 2017. They have been steadily cultivating a devoted following and gaining plenty of industry respect along the way; they’ve been nominated for nine Boston Music Awards, eight Daysie Awards, and ten New England Music Awards, winning “Band of the Year,” “Vocalist of the Year,” “Best Blues/R&B Band,” “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Blues Act of the Year,” and “Video of the Year.” They have opened up for their idols, including Mavis Staples, who said, “Dwight + Nicole are powerful! They’re one of my favorite new bands.” Melissa Etheridge also chimed in, saying, “Dwight + Nicole are absolutely the real deal; they are outstanding singers and songwriters, and I am proud that they are here. They are carrying the torch.”
Nelson and Ritcher met in Boston, MA when they were just out of school, both cutting their teeth on the local club circuit. They each fronted popular bands in the area and discovered a shared obsession of soul and blues greats like the Staples Singers, Albert King, Lighting Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roberta Flack, and Etta James. They began singing together often and developed a close friendship that grew romantic over time. Eventually, they formed Dwight + Nicole, which was, in the early days, a duo: Dwight on electric guitar, Nelson on tambourine, stomping their feet and singing in harmony. They began to tour regionally, writing together and developing a sound. After a move to Burlington, VT, they met powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan (Nicole Atkins, Elle King), and the group quickly formed a trio with Nelson picking up the bass.
Their 2018 EP, Electric Lights, was recorded live to analog tape with multi-Grammy-nominated producer Joel Hamilton (Aaron Neville, Tom Waits, The Meters, The Black Keys) at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY. Hamilton undoubtedly captured their sound and live energy while also bringing out their experimental side. The EP introduced the band to a new wave of fans and opportunities, including their first major label distribution deal through Orchard/Sony Music. The year wrapped up with another Independent Music Award nomination, and the Electric Lights EP landing on several “Best of the Year” lists.
Dwight + Nicole is set to release its new EP, Further, on October 22, 2021. Five songs deep, the EP showcases the strengths inherent in the American roots/vintage R&B music made by band members Dwight Ritcher, Nicole Nelson, and Ezra Oklan. Produced by multi-Grammy-nominated producer Joel Hamilton (Aaron Neville, The Meters, The Black Keys) and recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2019, the new EP was set to be released in April of 2020, but the worldwide shutdown and cancelled tours hit pause on the release of the new music.
Says Ritcher of Further, “The EP came about with time off the road. Believe it or not, we don’t listen to a lot of music when we’re on tour, so we listened more and more at home. What changed over the next few months, and fueled the EP, was that we began to hear the threads that connected five of them. It was almost like they decided to share a sonic landscape apart from the other songs. It’s important for us to tell a story whether we choose to release a full-length record, EP, or even a 78, and with Further, we felt a sense of relief because it was almost like the songs chose themselves.”
While Covid shut everything down in 2020, the members of Dwight + Nicole took the time off the road to become more active in their local community, hosting fundraisers, streaming concerts, and Nelson began offering online sound healing sessions. Unable to wait any longer to share new music with their fans, they released the first single from the EP, “The Next Go-Round,” in the summer of 2020 to set the table for the forthcoming release. The Boston Herald called them “a retro soul band, contemporary blues act, roots rock duo and R&B dynamo all at once,” and said that “The Next Go-Round” “resembles a gospel tune written a century ago and would also fit nicely on Brittany Howard’s 2019 experimental pop album.” A cinematic video for the track, directed and produced by Jim Dandee, was released in late September 2021 and premiered at Americana Highways.
Says Nelson of “The Next Go-Round,” “When I wrote this song, I was suffering from a broken heart. I had to let go of a person whom I love deeply, but I don’t think that real love actually ever dies. From that perspective, I found some solace. There is a feeling – or a knowing – that our connection is bigger than this lifetime. What if we can just try it all again in some other incarnation? Maybe we can, and maybe the next time we’ll get it right.”
As 2021 brought waves of the music industry re-opening, Dwight + Nicole celebrated by releasing the second single from the EP, “Time,” on June 18, 2021. A retro-soul, R&B banger for the new age, the song premiered at Glide Magazine, who praised the Ritcher-penned track, writing, “Beginning with the simple and soulful vocals of Nicole Nelson, the song leans into a slinky groove that carries notes of R&B and hip-hop with a smoothness that feels like cruising through the city on a summer night. The band layers on funky elements on guitar and organ, culminating in a mix of vocal harmonies and rich instrumentals that leave you feeling enchanted.” Says Ritcher of the song, “I started writing this song after a conversation Nicole and I had about our perception of the passing of time. I wanted the listener to feel that sense of mystery and unlimited possibility. Time is measuring our echoes in the corners of the universe, and Nicole’s voice on this track is one of those ethereal echoes.”
A third single from the EP, the title track, “Further,” releases today (October 8, 2021). It premiered earlier this week at American Songwriter who wrote, “They’re retro, they’re groovy… the single and its soulful, lo-fi sound are indicative of Dwight + Nicole’s particular brand of thoughtful song-smithing. [There’s a] sense of immediacy… there’s something about Ritcher and Nicole Nelson’s vocal performances that makes it feel so raw, so urgent.”
As touring and live shows return, the stages have gotten bigger and the band has grown to feature horns, keys, and backing vocalists. Fans interested in seeing Dwight + Nicole live should follow them on socials (@dwightandnicole) for tour dates. Relix Magazine has applauded their live show, writing, “Take R&B, soul, blues, mix in razor-sharp rock guitar… heat to boiling, and watch your face melt. That’s Dwight + Nicole.”
“Dwight + Nicole are powerful! They’re my favorite new band.” – Mavis Staples
“Dwight + Nicole are absolutely the real deal; they are outstanding singers and songwriters. They are carrying the torch.” – Melissa Etheridge
Written about the healing powers of water through his own experience with the waters of Key West, Florida, the song captures the dreamy qualities of being beneath the surface with its warm elegance and creative sampling.
“Somebody Break My Heart” features instruments like the Plethora (waterphone), samples of water, and crushed sand that tie in with the song’s theme, while the mesmerizing visuals follow a graceful aquatic dancer through the deep oceans and above magnificent reefs for a most calming, lucid experience.
The steady, orchestral arrangements contribute to the emotive power of the song.Seth says of the video, “I knew I wanted water and specially movement through water as the predominate story telling aspect to the video. I reached out to this free diver on Instagram, Gabriel Forestieri, and shared with him what inspired the song and that I’d love to have him consider making a music video for it. About three days later he emailed me back with a rough cut of footage he shot in Sicily. We made a few rounds of edits back and forth but this video sort of just happened without any discussion. We clearly both understood the feeling well, had a deep reverence for water, and working with Gabriel felt more like surfing the energy of an idea than making a music video. I’m eternally grateful and connected to Gabriel now.
“The Coronation is Glier’s sixth album on MPress Records, and is a beautiful and powerful collection that explores an expansive range of musical styles and topics from the personal to the political. A Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Western Massachusetts, Glier has also won five Independent Music Awards. NPR describes his voice as “otherworldly” while praising him as “an engaging performer and storyteller.” His critically acclaimed, emotionally dense catalog of work often draws upon traditional roots music, experimental instrumentation, and moody atmospheres that result in soulfully intelligent stories that can alternately fight the power and break your heart.
Tour Dates: 10/14 – Los Angeles, CA – We Found New Music 10/21 – Plymouth, MA – Spire Center for Performing Arts 11/9 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall 11/10 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery 11/11 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse 11/13 – Huntersville, NC – Homefront Music Series 11/14 – St. Augustine, FL – Cafe Eleven 11/18 – Sarasota, FL – Listening Room of Palmer Ranch 11/19 – Orlando, FL – Hotel at Universal Orlando 11/20 – St. Petersburg, FL – Craftsman House Gallery, Cafe & Pottery Studio 11/28 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Caffe Lena 12/17 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre
The Velveteers, a primal rock trio from the mountains of Boulder, CO made up of singer/guitarist Demi Demitro and drummers Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig, will unveil their debut album Nightmare Daydream on October 8 via Easy Eye Sound.
Produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Dan Auerbach, the record is the long-awaited first statement from a band that formed in 2014 and has been carefully honing its sound and identity ever since. “Charmer And The Snake,” the record’s first single, is out now with an accompanying video.
Growing up in Boulder, Demitro rebelled through her guitar, practicing up to nine hours a day and neglecting schoolwork to develop a playing style that is heavy but agile, theatrical but nuanced, grounded in rock history but wholly idiosyncratic. With Pottersmith and Fig playing on a conjoined set, the band developed a reputation for their rip-roaring performances. Clips of the band’s live shows and DIY videos made it back to Auerbach, who invited them to his studio in Nashville to produce Nightmare Daydream.
“I instantly dug them,” says Auerbach. “They’re amazing live, and their videos are so creative. And they just sound so powerful. Any time you doubletrack drums on a record, it’s going to sound so heavy. Then you put that together with this baritone guitar player who is so unique, and it’s so bombastic. There’s nothing like them.”
Nightmare Daydream finds The Velveteers stripping down rock and roll to its most primal elements—the riff, the rhythm, the snarl—and rebuilding it in their own image. “We don’t want to sound like a band from a different time,” says Demitro. “We want to sound like a band that’s right here right now—in this very moment.”
Lately is the follow up to Hiatt’s critically acclaimed Walking Proof, which was among the first records released to feel the full wrath of the soon-to-be raging pandemic that would bring the world to its knees.
Despite the timing of its release, the long player was named a “Best Album of the Year” by Rolling Stone, No Depression, Magnet Magazine, Slant Magazine and more. NPR Music called Lilly “…one of the great 21st Century Southern Rockers,” saying, “…she’s a striving, self-made heroine of country-accented indie rock” while Rolling Stone said “Hiatt proves herself to be Nashville’s indie-rocker-to-watch on this collection of Big Star-worthy jangle anthems and introspective psych-folk.” Rolling Stone Country called the album “…exhilarating…” saying, “At once electrifying and dreamy, the follow-up to Hiatt’s breakout Trinity Lane cements her as a vital voice.” Pitchfork said, “…Walking Proof winds through moments of incandescent joy, gentleness, cathartic noise, and even unease…It’s as if Hiatt has emerged from a dark, uncertain period as a stronger, bolder artist, winding up with an album that encompasses a full spectrum of feeling as it rocks with abandon” while Paste Magazine said in their 8 out of 10 star review, “This is music to liberate yourself to.”
Lilly Hiatt’s Lately will be available across digital platforms and on cassette. Lately is available for pre-order NOW via New West Records.
Catch Lilly Hiatt On Tour:
October 20, 2021 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater * October 21, 2021 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger * October 23, 2021 – Austin, TX – Continental Club * October 24, 2021 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler Theater * October 26, 2021 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress * October 27, 2021 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern * October 28, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room * October 29, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel * October 30, 2021 – Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post * November 3, 2021 – Bend, OR – Tower Theatre * November 4, 2021 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge * November 5, 2021 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern * November 6, 2021 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern * November 8, 2021 – Boise, ID – The Olympic * November 10, 2021 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall * November 11, 2021 – Denver, CO Globe Hall * November 13, 2021 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway * November 14, 2021 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley * December 10, 2021 – Bristol, VA – The Cameo Theater February 10, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl February 11, 2022 – Charlotte, NC – Free Range Brewery February 12, 2022 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Raleigh February 14, 2022 – Washington, DC – Union Stage February 15, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s February 17, 2022 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge February 18, 2022 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom February 19, 2022 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Upstairs February 20, 2022 – Northampton, MA – Parlor Room @ Signature Sounds February 22, 2022 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern February 23, 2022 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe February 24, 2022 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi February 25, 2022 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) February 26, 2022 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
How Do You Live is Amon Tobin’s first new album since he launched his Nomark Records label with the #1 Fear in A Handful of Dust and its sister album, Long Stories, in 2019. In the 25 years since Amon Tobin released his first album under the pseudonym Cujo, he has made music that has not only tested the boundaries of sound but has also challenged our emotional response to the music that electronics can make. Tobin has released pioneering bass music as Two Fingers, psyche-folk as Figueroa, rock electronica as Only Child Tyrant. His most recent outing as Stone Giants showed another side as he explored love songs through his own unique lens. When considering the influence of his Nomark label mates on this new album, Amon comments, “Everything feeds in. After spending time in the micro of personal experiences with Stone Giants and Figueroa this record explores bigger scenery from a distance, for the most part.”In a quarter century of music making Tobin is one of those artists who has never sat still; restless to always try one more thing, one more avenue, a different fork in the road. Tobin’s records are musical anomalies. They’ve been this way since the beginning, and in 2021 his musical curiosity remains as sharp as ever.
Beginning in 1996 with Adventures in Foam the distinctive otherness of sound, which Tobin inhabited, was revealed. The musical and technological development of his production ideas through albums like Bricolage, Permuatation, Supermodified and Foley Room culminated in 2011’s ISAM album.
ISAM utilised advanced synthesis processing and production techniques traditionally reserved for sound design in film, and paved the way for a radically new kind of audio-visual performance. The pioneering use of projection mapping in a live performance, saw the landmark ISAM shows being rightly hailed around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to the Olympia in Paris to the Roundhouse in London, and many international festivals including Sonar, MUTEK, Coachella and Moogfest.
Amon spent eight years quietly developing a series of works under different aliases, alongside new material under his own name. These are now gradually being unveiled on the Nomark label. 2019 saw the release of Fear In A Handful of Dust and Long Stories. The first new alias ONLY CHILD TYRANT saw its debut Time To Run in the same year. In 2020 the long-awaited TWO FINGERS album Fight! Fight! Fight! was released to widespread acclaim and the FIGUEROA alias was revealed with an album, The World As We Know It, which was quickly hailed as an “album of the year.” In the summer of 2021 Tobin revealed another new alias; STONE GIANTS. The debut album, West Coast Love Stories, is a record which celebrates the relationship between voice and machine from an altogether different perspective and was described in reviews as being another extraordinary, gorgeous and thrilling release.
His long-established reputation for musical ingenuity is unconfined by genre, and he remains one of the most visionary electronic artists of his generation.
“I got to know Amon’s music via his collaboration with Pina Bausch. Great energy, rhythm, feeling… ‘We used some of his music for the film PINA, and even after months and months of listening to it every day in the editing room I did never grew tired of it. On the contrary, it kept growing on me. If that’s not an acid test…” – Wim Wenders”
Amon Tobin was one of the reasons I signed to ninja back in the day. He’s incepted from the drum n bass scene but became so much more. And was a link to me between sampling / synths / spookiness / straight party. He always looked out for me and showed support before the rest!” – Diplo
“How does that cat do it?! keep pushing his sounds further out… I love his shit” – Flying Lotus
Amon is truly unique, one of the all-time brightest stars in the electronic world.” – Mike Patton