AngloFiles: Traditional Scottish Folk – Talisk

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In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK.

Appearances at world-leading festivals – including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, WOMAD UK and Las Palmas, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Milwaukee Irish Festival and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections – have amassed a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their hotly anticipated second album, Beyond, in October 2018 was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.”

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A Sound Recommendation: Kaia Kater

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A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: her family’s deep ties to folk music and the years she spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression

Kaia started her career early, crafting her first EP Old Soul (2013) when she was just out of high school. Since then, she’s gone on to release two more albums, Sorrow Bound (2015) and Nine Pin (2016). Her second album wove between hard-hitting songs touching on social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (“Rising Down”) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (“Saint Elizabeth”). Nine Pin won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Stingray Rising Star Award and sent Kaia on an 18-month touring journey from Ireland to Iowa, including stops at The Kennedy Center, Hillside Festival and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush. For her third album, Grenades (October 2018, Folkways/acronym Records), she took a decidedly different direction, choosing to lean into a wider array of sounds and styles, in order to convey a wider array of emotions and topics, most notably her paternal ancestry. Grenades has been nominated for a 2019 JUNO award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.

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Nashville Beats: New Music From Alicia Beale

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Texas-native and Nashville-based pop singer/songwriter, Alicia Beale has released her brand new single ” Love Letters”.

On the track, Beale shares, “This incredibly personal song was co-written with two of my close friends, Reggie Williams (aka R/LUM/R) and Mike Gossin (Gloriana). As a woman raised in the South I was taught to ‘have grit’ and ‘save face.’ In the darkest of times I’ve felt alone. This story is unfortunately common for many women. We fight, we struggle, we survive toxic, violent, manipulate relationships with the very partners we are supposed to be able to trust completely with our whole selves.

I want this song to be a PSA and a point of encouragement and empowerment. You can cut the toxicity out of your life, you can work on better mental, physical, and emotional health, you can be ‘selfish’ and take care of yourself. The more I lean into that the more the painful memories become a pile of ash in the rear view.

More about Alicia:

Alicia has fronted hundreds of shows where she has captivated crowds all over Music City and North America. From 2008 to 2010, she paid for college with a tip jar, by playing late nights down on lower Broadway in Nashville. In 2010, her self-produced EP, Stronger, quickly caught the attention of Grammy-winning country producer, Garth Fundis. By then, Beale had founded country duo, Autumn Rose, their self-titled EP (Fundis) released in June of 2013. In 2014, she toured with Angelo Petraglia (Kings of Leon), and his wife, Eugene, as a background vocalist in their band, The Jane Shermans.

Then, in late fall, she began crowdfunding for her solo project, where she raised over $20k to bring life her debut record Ignite, which she wrote, recorded, and promoted with friend and producer Mike Gossin (Gloriana), which was nominated for “Best Pop EP” at the 15th annual Independent Music Awards. her song, “New Fling (feat. Kristo Rewlz)” took hope “Best Pop Song” at the IMAs in November 2016 at Lincoln Center in NYC.

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Americana Artist Edan Archer Debuts With Journey Proud

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Edan Archer’s Americana songs give music fans an escape to an alt-country world created by stacked harmonies, classic songwriting, and rock edge.

Archer unveils her debut stunner Journey Proud.  Her swampy sensibilities come through loud and clear in the grooves of Journey Proud, her voice is sultry as sweet tea and crackles like the ever-present heat lightning of her Everglades upbringing. All moonshine and honey, she gets gritty with dulcimer magic and casts spells with intimate ballads and fingerpicking, alternate tunings, and rich effects.

As she pulls from her varied influences–Appalachian folk, country, and rock, she creates music that’s familiar yet fresh, music that reflects the listener’s life experiences back to them. There are swampy songs, honky-tonk tunes, alt-country cruisers, and a samba-tinged nod or two to her Cuban heritage on Journey Proud, woven together with her direct lyrical challenges to society’s idea of gender roles and femininity, her throwback vocal vibrato, and fiery fingerpicking. She sings of heartbreak, rebellion, substance abuse, hard work, and spirituality–a micro-verse of American life told through American musical styles. The album encompasses tales of addiction, death, and even a bank robbery (a true story)–the subjects may be tough, but it’s a beautiful listen.

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AngloFiles: James Bay Covers The Shirelles

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English singer-songwriter James Bay has released an Amazon Original cover version of The Shirelles’s song “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” only available to stream and purchase on Amazon Music.

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Carol King’s Tapestry is one of my biggest influences as a songwriter,” Bay states. “The whole album is a masterclass in great, timeless songwriting. ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ has always had a particularly strong effect on me. From the famous Shirelles rendition to a favourite and more recent Amy Winehouse version, to Carole King’s own great recording; the earnest, intimate lyrics and beautiful melody never fails to move and inspire me.”

Bay had massive success in 2014 with single ‘Hold Back the River’ and his debut album, Chaos and the Calm.

Bay has been on an extensive European tour opening for Ed Sheeran since May, which will be wrapping up this month with a couple more shows in both Hannover and Reykjavik. Full tour below:

James Bay Tour Dates:
August 2 – Hannover, Germany – Messegelände *
August 3 – Hannover, Germany – Messegelände *
August 4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – CitySounds
August 7 – Schaffhausen, Switzerland – Stars In Town
August 8 – Bonn, Germany – KUNST!RASEN
August 10 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Laugardalsvöllur *
August 11 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Laugardalsvöllur *

* with Ed Sheeran

 

ROCK SHOW: Band On Tour LIVE at Tropicana Casino

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Band on Tour is a rock show inspired by the biggest rock bands spanning over 4 decades.  Last night showcased their month long residency in the Showroom at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City.

We’ll admit it.. we were skeptical.  We were expecting some cheesy “rock star wannabe” poses and off the mark vocals.  What were were treated to was two hours of credible tribute to legendary rock bands like The Eagles, AC/DC, U2, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd and Queen.

Three lead singers Fred Lebel, Bob St-Laurent and David Latulippe do more than hold their ground as they cover iconic songs from ACDC, Van Halen and even taking on the incomparable Freddie Mercury, respectfully.

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Band on Tour had the mostly over 40 crowd on their feet, dancing and singing along.

The musicians in Band on Tour are exactly that.. MUSICIANS.  This was not a stage  show of impersonators!  The 3 leads are accompanied by live musicians directed by Patrick Coiteux.   

Staging is a visually stunning multimedia rock set up.

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Warning:   Be prepared for some head banging and a very strong desire to dig out Guitar Hero when you get home! Major Shredding!

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Band on Tour performs at the Showroom at the Tropicana though August 30, 2019

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A Sound Recommendation: Cale Tyson

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Cale Tyson is an American indie/folk musician originally from Fort Worth, Texas, now based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2013, Tyson released his EP High on Lonesome and another EP Cheater’s Wine in 2014.

Rolling Stone wrote that the two EP’s “have documented his version of mournful Texas twang, where the steel guitar does the wailing and honky-tonk vamps keep it danceable instead of dreary.”  

His first full-length album, Careless Soul,  hit in July 2017 followed by EP  “narcissist” in early 2019.

On September 20th, Cale Tyson will release his new EP Who Hurt You, a collaborative work with Nashville-based songwriter and producer Thad Kopec. 

Below is the first single Fade Me Away:

This collection marks Tyson’s first release since relocating from Nashville to Los Angeles. “Fade Me Away is probably the most uptempo song I’ve recorded in the past two years,” explains Tyson. “It’s basically me being bitter about someone wanting to be friends when I had more-than-friendly feelings for them. It’s a request to be cut off instead of strung along.

The video for “Fade Me Away” was shot in Tyson’s new home base of Los Angeles, directed by Austin Leih, and features Tyson along with actress Jade Santana.

Who Hurt You which follows Tyson’s February 2019 release of the EP narcissist, of which NPR Music said, “narcissist is an intimate, sad, and often inspiring 180. Raw and stripped down, it positions Tyson more as a descendant of Elliott Smith and early Bright Eyes than the twangster influences he’s worn on his sleeve.”

This EP was recorded at Thad’s house. After Thad remixed ‘What Doesn’t Kill You,’ I knew I wanted to work with him on new material. We met up and decided that we’d start recording an album in a month. I figured I’d be able to write enough songs for the album in a month (foolishly) and came to the first session with absolutely no songs. So we decided we’d just meet up and make songs out of nowhere, usually extremely hungover. We spent 5 days on these 5 songs and each wrote and recorded the lyrics separately.”

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