Anglo Files: Manchester’s Sam Fender


2018 will be the year everyone claims to have seen Sam Fender before he was famous.

Hailing from the North East of England, his songs tout bitter social commentary with a vocal as unique as Springsteen, the indie spirit of The Maccabees and the live energy of Foals.

Sam Fender is one of the unsigned stars of the British music scene having hit number 1 in the iTunes singer songwriter chart with debut single Play God and no.2 in the Spotify viral chart.

The 21 year old has high profile support slots with the likes of Catfish and The Bottleman, Hozier and Daughter under his belt.

His self-released singles have been well flaunted by radio across the UK including BBC Introducing Record of The Week on Radio 1, MistaJam’s New Name and every track has been made Record of The Week on Virgin Radio.

European tours with Declan McKenna and Bear’s Den have helped spread the word alongside critical acclaim in the press.




SHOW REPORT: Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer Sell Out In Sellersville

Sellersville Theatre, February 15, 2018

Critically acclaimed artists and sisters Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer performed a stunning set in support of their album, Not Dark Yet, to a sold out crowd at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA.


Not Dark Yet is a duet album produced by British folk artist Teddy Thompson and marks the first official studio collaboration between the sisters.  The title track is taken from the Bob Dylan song of the same name.

Songs covered feature a variety of genres along with an original, Is It Too Much.

The “sissy” bond was evident as they reminisced via gorgeous songs of growing up in Alabama.

A show stopping moment was their performance Allison’s Thunder/Hurricane off her 2015 album Down To Believing.


Between them they have 24 albums along with Grammy, Oscar, and many other kinds of awards.  Their musical bond is as solid as their sisterly bond.







West Coast Beats: Indie Rocker Tracy Bryant


photo: Kimberly Fitzner

Los Angeles based musician Tracy Bryant, as a one of a kind solo artist, is speaking out as an outstanding singer/songwriter who isn’t afraid to dig below the surface.

His second studio album, “A Place for Nothing And Everything In Its Place” was recorded in early 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Originally conceived to be an introspective acoustic album, the written songs, once in the studio, developed into a fully arranged, conceptual work. With the help of producer Leonard Kaage, the acoustic intention became the red line that guides the nine songs through their variety.

Bryant’s lyrics go a more personal way and follow inner and outer conflicts captured through the words of a restless outsider who ends up finding the company of love. The album is filled with dreamy footnotes of piano, 60‘s percussion and a more than once appearance of edgy guitars. Imagine a classic singer/songwriter record loaded with the intimacy and grit reminiscent of Alex Chilton or Nikki Sudden.




SHOW REPORT: The Record Company Melts The SteelStacks


SteelStacks/The Musikfest Cafe

Bethlehem, PA

February 8, 2018

The Record Company  absolutely melted the Steel Stacks Musikfest Cafe with their scorching set last night in Bethlehem, PA.

They showcased their Grammy nominated debut album ‘Give It Back To You’  recorded and mixed by the band in bassist Alex Stiff’s Los Angeles living room.  ‘Give It Back To You’  yielded a #1 spot on the US Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart with the lead single “Off the Ground”.


Alex Stiff: bass, guitars, vocals

Noted by Rolling Stone Magazine on their “10 New Artists You Need to Know” list, The Record Company is a band to definitely have on your radar.

The Record Company is Chris Vos on guitar and lead vocals, Alex Stiff on bass and backing vocals, and Mike Cazorla on drums and backing vocals.


Inspired by early electric blues rock n’ roll of John Lee Hooker and the Rolling Stones, to name a few, The Record Company are following the same road capturing the heart, soul and authentic sounds that you may not hear if you follow what’s considered “pop”ular music today.


Chris Vos

For a lesson in old school rock n roll, catch The Record Company  on their latest outing in a city near you.

Can’t get out to a show??  You can stream their show at Fox Theater, Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT HERE


Feb 9 – Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Feb 10 – Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, NY
Mar 16 – Castaway with Southern Ground, Maya, Mexico
Apr 20-23 – Sweetwater 420 Fest, Atlanta, GA
Jun 09 – LaureLive, Cleveland, OH



A Sound Recommendation: Folkie Ben Provencial


Photo by Henna Taylor


Ben Provencial is a folk and pop singer-songwriter based out of Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado.

After beginning his career as a finalist in Guitar Centers Annual Singer-Songwriter Competition, Ben recorded and released his first EP in February of 2017, titled Love and Ghosts. The album’s promotional tour took Ben across the eastern United States, and included collaborations with Lewis Watson and members of the New York City jazz community.

Though still in the foundational phase of his career, Ben has booked performances across the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, including at New York’s The Mercury Lounge and Atlanta’s Center Stage. His first music video was produced by Australia’s Rusty Shutter Film Co, and has been screened both domestically and internationally.





Nashville Beats: New Music From Ron Pope


Photo: Nicole Mago

Nashville-based artist Ron Pope’s EP Worktapes is out now on his own imprint Brooklyn Basement Records.

The Worktapes EP follows Pope’s seventh studio album, Work. Pope notes, “This whole Worktapes record is really about that space between childhood and adulthood, when you’re floating in the vast nothingness trying to find something to cling to so you don’t drift off into the abyss. Thank God I found people to listen to my music. It keeps me off the streets, which is good for me (and good for the streets).”

Ron Pope along with Ted Young (percussion with the Rolling Stones and Sonic Youth) produced the EP, which was recorded at Welcome to 1979 Studio in Nashville and Plum Creek Sound in Austin. Pope collaborated with a host of musicians on the EP including Mike Riddleberger (Bleachers, The Defibrillators) on drums, Andrew Pertes (Demi Lovato, Big Data) on electric bass, Kai Welch (Kacey Musgraves, Sarah Jarosz) on organ, piano and accordion, Alan Markley (Maggie Rogers) on piano, Alex Foote (LPX, Greg Holden) on guitar, Jeff Malinowski (Wheeler Walker Jr., Frances Cone) on guitar, vocals, harmonica, Amal Bouhabib (New Ponies) on vocals, Courtney Trice on vocals, Charles Ray on trumpet, Nathan McLeod on tenor and baritone saxophone, Alex Brumel (Nikki Lane) on guitar, tenor saxophone, vocals, dobro, Jay Collins (the Allman Brother, Levon Helm) on tenor saxophone, Vanessa McGowan (Brandy Clark) on upright bass, Ted Young (the Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth) on percussion and Paul Hammer (Savoir Adore) on guitar and vocals.



To date, Pope has surpassed 1.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify, sold out shows in more than 20 countries, sold over two million digital tracks, had over 250 million streams on Spotify, 630 million plays on Pandora and 150 million views on YouTube. Pope’s music has been featured on NBC’s “The Voice,” CW’s “Vampire Diaries,” “90210,” and multiple seasons of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which sent two of his albums into the top 100 on iTunes simultaneously. Pope also guest starred as himself in season three of the show “Nashville.” When Ron is not touring or releasing his own music, he is writing and producing for other artists signed to his Brooklyn Basement Records label.


February 7 /// Saint Louis, MO /// Delmar Hall
February 8 /// Lawrence, KS /// Granada Theatre
February 9 /// Englewood, CO /// Gothic Theatre
February 10 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The Complex
February 12 /// Missoula, MT /// Top Hat Lounge
February 14 /// Vancouver, BC /// The Rickshaw Theatre
February 15 /// Seattle, WA /// The Showbox
February 16 /// Portland, OR /// Wonder Ballroom
February 17 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
February 18 /// Sacramento, CA /// Ace of Spades
February 22 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Fonda
February 23 /// San Diego, CA /// House of Blues
February 24 /// Phoenix, AZ /// The Van Buren
February 25 /// Tucson, AZ /// The Rialto Theatre
February 27 /// Albuquerque, NM /// The El Ray Theater
March 1 /// Austin, TX /// The Parish
March 2 /// Houston, TX /// White Oak Music Hall
March 3 /// Dallas, TX /// The Granada Theater
March 4 /// Memphis, TN /// 1884 Lounge



New Artist Alert: Merritt Gibson Debuts with Eyes On Us


Photo: Anna Haas

Indie singer-songwriter Merritt Gibson is set to release her debut album, Eyes On Us, on March 30, 2018.

Recorded in July 2016 with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Mitch Dane at his Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, the forthcoming album is full of songs that truly mean something, be it advice to other young women, reflections on youth and love, defiance of the status quo, or a deeper understanding of the self. From a wide range of inspiration and sources, Gibson creates a holistic view of what it means to be a young woman today. She states: “My songs are the synthesis of my life and the lives I observe and imagine.” Gibson crafts songs with a seamless musical and lyrical balance of both mystery and familiarity, of grand emotion and real life.

Merritt Gibson is a blooming talent,” says Dane. “Her songs are very honest and written from a deeply personal point of view. That authenticity is contagious, and I look forward to seeing her career move in great places.”  


Gibson, who was born in New York and grew up in Boston, began writing songs in high school. As her song repertoire grew, she became serious about pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter. Gibson recorded seven demos at Soundscape Boston with Grammy Award-winning producer and Berklee College of Music professor Michael Moss in the fall of her junior year. He praised Gibson’s songwriting prowess at such a young age, saying, “I have never experienced an artist like Merritt Gibson before. Such a sure grasp of the storyteller’s eye – a window into the soul and intellect of this outstanding young woman. Done with such authentic soul and ease, and a melodic sense that makes you want to listen over and over again. Truly exceptional.” She proceeded to send the EP to several Nashville managers, breaking into the Nashville music industry as a New England teenager. Less than a year after sending her demos, she recorded Eyes On Us over summer break. Entirely funding the recording and promotion of the album by herself via money saved from summer jobs, Gibson is entrepreneurial and driven as well as talented.

With a “wise beyond her years” outlook on life and an unmistakable self-confidence, Gibson is currently a freshman in college at the University of Virginia. On Eyes On Us, Gibson explores many themes with a confident vocal performance and genre-blending production. The upbeat “When You Were Mine” introduces the set of self-penned material with a story of a hasty, soon regretted, breakup. Following that is the titular song “Eyes On Us,” a vivid representation of the excitement, frustration, and uncertainty of an entrancing new relationship.

The collection encourages the listener to ponder questions that confront us all, from the spiritual, to the emotional, to the mundane. Most emblematic of this theme is “Truth and Myth,” an ode to the deep connections and understandings shared amongst close friends. Songs like “Area Code” and “Ghost Town” evoke visions of Gibson commanding a set of piano keys, sharing complex stories of urgency, insistence, and despair.

Besides being a musical thinker and explorer, Gibson is also very much a fun-loving teenager, and that part of her personality also features prominently in her songs. She has a fun, upbeat, “girl-next-door” side to her songwriting that can be found in guitar-driven songs such as “Lovesick,” “My Best Friends,” and “I Heard.” Ending with the hauntingly beautiful, simple “Faraway,” the listener is left with a full view of Gibson’s take on life as a teenaged girl in the 21st century.

Pre Sale and Tour Dates will be announced soon via Gibson’s social pages.