Discover The Rockin’ Folk Of Ruby Fray

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Based out of Chicago, Illinois, singer and song crafter Emily Beanblossom took on the name Ruby Fray in 2011 as a moniker for her solo work apart from her other collaborative endeavors. Beanblossom was active in the Olympia scene in bands like Georgy, Legs the Crab, Karczol, and others, but was best known as the frontwoman for the raucous noise rock band Christmas.

Following extensive U.S. tours with Christmas, the singer retreated for a time to her family farm and began work on the darker, more organic sounds that would become Ruby Fray. Between gigs with Christmas and her fledgling business as a soap maker, she began performing stripped-down solo shows with these new songs.

In 2012, Beanblossom relocated from Olympia to Austin, Texas, where she began performing Ruby Fray shows more frequently. In the spring of 2012, Ruby Fray’s debut LP, Pith, was released on K Records. Pith found Beanblossom’s goth-charged indie songs augmented by a cast of players from the K Records and Olympia community, including members of LAKE, Angelo Spencer, Calvin Johnson, and Jake Jones, her bandmate from Christmas.

Listen To Ruby Fray’s New Single, “Honor

After moving to Austin, Beanblossom recorded her second Ruby Fray album with members of These Are Words, Ghetto Ghouls, Legs the Crab, Hotegia, and Clayface. Inspired by the wildlife of her new hometown, Grackle arrived in September 2014 on K Records.

This summer she will relocate to Chicago, and will begin working on the album inspired by her time in Texas, and embark on her 2017 Western Tour with a small army of all-female musicians.

TOUR DATES:

August 9 – Austin, TX at Cheer Up Charlie’s

August 10 – Marfa, TX at Capri

August 11 = Taos, NM at Taos Mesa Brewery

August 12 – Santa Fe, NM at Second Street Brewery

August 14 – Denver, CO at (House Show)

August 15 – Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge

August 17 – Boise, ID at The Olympic

August 18 – Grand Junction, CO at TBA

August 19 – Fort Collins, CO at (House Show)

August 21 – Colorado Springs, CO at Local Relic

August 22 – Albuquerque, NM at Burt’s Tiki Lounge

August 23 – Norman, OK at Opolis

August 24 – Denton, TX at Andy’s Bar

August 25 – Fort Worth, TX at Main at South Side

August 26 – Austin, TX at Beerland

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A Sound Recommendation: Bluesman Hamish Anderson

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Hamish is a blues rock artist (guitarist/singer/songwriter) from Melbourne, Australia who was the last artist to open for the late BB King. In 2016, he completed a 12-city tour opening for The Rides (featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg). In addition to these tours, he’s performed over sixty shows in the US including Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wynona Judd and Blues Traveler.

In 2015, he received an award for Best Blues Song by the Independent Music Awards for his single “Burn” and was profiled in Huffington Post “Beyond the Six Strings” as well as The Blues Magazine UK for their “Future of Blues Music” issue.

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His debut album, Trouble, was produced by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco, Grace Potter), and features Steve Berlin from Los Lobos on Baritone Sax; Johnny Radelat (Gary Clark Jr), Freddie Bokkenheuser (Ryan Adams), and Aaron Sterling (John Mayer) on drums; Chris Bruce (Doyle Bramhall II, Meshell Ndegeocello) and Rob Calder (Angus & Julia Stone, Kanye) on bass; Chris Joyner (Ryan Bingham) and Jerry Borge (Jonathan Wilson) on keys.

The first single from that album, also titled “Trouble,” is featured on Spotify’s official “Blues & Roots Rock” playlist. The official video had an exclusive premiere on Relix.com. Hamish’s second single, “Hold On Me” video debuted in November.  

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Americana Unveils Final Round of Performers For AmericanaFest 2017

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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Aug. 1, 2017 – The Americana Music Association℠ announced today the final round of almost 300 artists slated to perform at the 18th Annual AMERICANAFEST℠: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs from September 12-17 in Nashville, TN.

The six-day festival will fill the city with legends, newcomers, award winners, and buzz bands, showcasing the breadth of Americana’s influence. With almost 300 artists and bands participating, the event promises to be, as described by MOJO Magazine, the “roots alternative to the GRAMMYs® and South by Southwest.” A list of the 97 performers announced can be found below, bringing this year’s total lineup to almost 300.

AMERICANAFEST℠ Conference Registrations (currently $349 for members/$449 for non-members) offer priority admission into all showcase venues, sanctioned parties, and events, daytime educational panels, and can be purchased here. At this time, only Conference Registrants may purchase Honors & Awards show tickets. For those just interested in the nightly showcases, a festival wristband will be the most suitable option at the wallet-friendly price of $75. Available on their website, a festival wristband grants admission into all showcase venues as well as select sanctioned parties and special events.

For more information and ticketing, CLICK HERE

Final Round of Artists Confirmed to Play AMERICANAFEST℠:

A.J. Croce

Amelia White and The Blue Souvenirs

Amy Black

Belle Plaine

Big Star’s Third Live

Billy Strings

Blackfoot Gypsies

Blair Crimmins and The Hookers

Bonnie Bishop

Brigitte DeMeyer

Caitlyn Smith

Cale Tyson

Carson McHone

Carter Sampson

Cat Clyde

Cereus Bright

Charlie Mars

Christian Lopez

Colin Hay

Colter Wall

Danni Nicholls

Danny Burns

Darling West

Dave Alvin

David Mayfield Parade

David Myles

Don Gallardo

Early James & the Latest

Eddie Berman

Escondido

Falls

Faustina Masigat

Front Country

Gill Landry

Grant-Lee Phillips 

Harrow Fair

High Plains Jamboree 

India Ramey

Jack Ingram

Jamie Kent

Jamtown

Jason Wilber

Jesse Dayton

Jimmy Lumpkin and the Revival 

Joana Serrat

Joey Kneiser

Jon Langford

Joseph Huber

K Phillips

Kaia Kater

Kamara Thomas

Korby Lenker

Kristina Murray

Lee Ann Womack & Friends

Leyla McCalla

Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Lucie Silvas

Mark Erelli

Mary Bragg

Max Gomez

Me And My Brother

Motel Radio

Muddy Ruckus

Natalie Hemby

Old Sea Brigade 

Otis Gibbs

Parsonsfield 

Rachel Baiman

Rayna Gellert with Kieran Kane

Reckless Kelly

Reuben Bidez

Robby Hecht

Robyn Hitchcock 

Ryan Tanner

Sam Outlaw

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

Shane Nicholson

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

Shelly Fairchild

Skyway Man

Taasha Coates

Tattletale Saints

Ted Russell Kamp

The Americans

The Lowest Pair

The Mulligan Brothers

The Steel Woods

The Stray Birds 

Tony Joe White

Trout Steak Revival

Vikesh Kapoor

Webb Wilder

Wild Ponies

Will Hoge

Will Kimbrough

Zach Schmidt

Zephaniah O’Hora

AngloFiles: Indie Rockers Doe

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Since forming in early 2013 Doe have built a UK following with their unique brand of ‘wonky alt-pop’ (Clash Magazine). The band’s influences are rooted in 90s indie-rock, but their songwriting style and lyrical content place them very much in the present alongside contemporaries such as Speedy Ortiz, LVL UP and Dilly Dally. Off-kilter time signatures, intertwining guitars and the vocal-interplay between guitarist Nicola Leel and drummer Jake Popyura stand as clear markers of a band completely at ease with themselves. Their songs pack power but are also loaded with a wry sense of humour.

In 2016 Doe released their debut full length ‘Some Things Last Longer than You’ on Old Flame Records (US) and Specialist Subject Records (UK). Produced by Matthew Johnson (Hookworms / Suburban Home Studio), the album impressed critics and made it on to several end of year lists, most notably landing at 6th place on ABC News’ Best Albums of the Year. The Quietus branded STLLTY ‘the kind of record that will stir and inspire you during moments of existential crisis’.

Live, Doe are a formidable presence and bring a frantic energy to every performance. As noted by ABC News, ‘Doe might just become one of your new favourite bands.

Catch them this summer in a city near you.

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New Music From Joel Madison Blount

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Birmingham, AL-based Americana/folk singer-songwriter Joel Madison Blount is set to release his new album, Our New Moon, on September 29, 2017.  Merging the influence of Southern literary authors with a musical response to the rhythm and melody of life, Blount writes songs about the human experience, meant to offer hope and inspire the listener. The songs appearing on Our New Moon were written in response to the birth of Blount’s first child and represent a new beginning for his growing family, and a new phase of life for Blount and his artistic career.

“A new moon marks the start of the first phase of Earth’s moon during the course of the lunar cycle,” says Blount, “and it also alludes to the mystery surrounding what we will encounter on our journey ahead, as neither are visible from our perspective.” Themes on the album wind their way through a time of sorrow and brokenness, but ultimately lead the listener to witness redemption and an outpouring of grace. “This is a record in favor of the quiet life,” Blount says about his forthcoming album, “best savored while winding down in the peace and calm of the evening.”

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Standout tracks on the album include “Beauty that Remains” (which calls upon the listener to reflect upon the beauty of life in spite of personal shortcomings and failures), “Arms Open Wide” (written as a letter to his son after learning he would become a father), and “Inner Monologue” (written as a response to fear and anxiety – with the refrain “just let it go” sung as a reminder for us to let go of the things we can’t control).

Changing the way he usually approached the guitar, through the use of unfamiliar tunings, Blount challenged his songwriting sensibilities, breaking what had become rote in search of new perspectives. Limiting reliance on routine chord progressions allowed him to simplify song structures, discover new melodies, and focus on crafting more pointed lyrical content. He also invited others to collaborate with him in the studio, including producer Brian T. Murphy (The Lone Bellow, Sandra McCracken, Greg Holden, Drew & Ellie Holcomb), guitarist Josh Vigneulle, bassist Will Weir, and drummer Alex Hinson. Production in the studio was intentionally limited to a four-piece band in order to ensure the songs were presented in a simple, yet elegant manner. The album was mixed by Chris Steffen (Damien Rice, Beck, John Mayer, Joshua Radin) and mastered by Harris Newman.

Our New Moon follows on the heels of his first full-length album, Taming the Wind, which released in early 2014, and two EPs (Joel Madison Blount in 2010 and I Believe in Love in 2011); Blount has pursued music professionally as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer since 2010. In a previous life, Blount worked as a CPA in public accounting before refocusing his endeavors solely toward artistic pursuits. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Blount runs a music production studio called The War Room out of a nearly century-old commercial building near his home, he is the band coordinator for a local church, and he is a member of the band War Jacket and A Slim Shadow. Fun fact: he’s a distant relative of the author Roy Blount Jr., another relative is ’70s rocker Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show.

Blount is planning some tour dates in support of Our New Moon. Tour dates will be announced soon.

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New Release from Singer-Songwriter Jillette Johnson

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All I Ever See In You Is Me

Genre: Americana

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Jillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), Johnson’s sophomore album All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and ever-changing vocal texture, an instrument that’s irresistibly powerful whether she’s belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody.

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Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity. Recorded at RCA Studio A – the historic Nashville space where Dolly Parton laid down ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You‘ in the same three-hour span – All I Ever See in You Is Me bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, Johnson examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful and magnetic vulnerability.

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First Listen to Tyler Childers’ Debut ” Purgatory”

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Tyler Childers’ anticipated debut album, Purgatory is now streaming in full exclusively at NPR Music’s First Listen series.

Of the album, NPR Music’s Ann Powers declares, “Childers is a vocalist muscular enough to carry an outlaw rocker like ‘Whitehouse Road’ and agile enough to roll with a cosmic meditation like ‘Universal Sound,’ a road song that ends up as philosophical as [Sturgill] Simpson’s best work,” and continues, “Childers manages to really live within the stories he tells, having learned how to be unlearned and as authentic as possible.”

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Recorded at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe studio, the 10-song record was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson. In addition to Childers (vocals, acoustic guitar), the album features a variety of world-renowned musicians including Simpson (acoustic guitar, background vocals), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Miles Miller (drums, background vocals) and Russ Pahl (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, Jew’s harp) among others.

Of the album, the Lawrence Country, KY native comments, “I am extremely grateful for Miles Miller introducing me to Sturgill Simpson, and also for Sturgill and David Ferguson taking the time to work with me. I think we both wanted to make an album for east KY, and I reckon that’s what we did. It’s not about rock, or grass, or country…it’s just hollerin’ in the mountains and stirring shit up! The band Sturgill and David put together was an all-star cast, and an honor to work with and learn from. I hope to do it again, but once is more than most are blessed with. For that I am thankful.”

In support of the album, Childers will tour throughout 2017, including a sold-out show tomorrow at Prestonsburg, KY’s Mountain Arts Center, an August west coast headline run, a September residency at Nashville’s The Basement and a special show supporting Drive-By Truckers in Hazard, KY on September 24.  See below for full details.

Tour Dates:

July 28—Prestonsburg, KY—Mountain Arts Center (SOLD-OUT)
August 1—Kansas City, MO—The Riot Room
August 3—Abilene, TX—Grace Museum (SOLD-OUT)
August 4—Amarillo, TX—Hoots Pub
August 5—Denver, CO—Lost Lake Lounge
August 6—South Fork, CO—Rhythms on the Rio
August 7—Phoenix, AZ—Valley Bar
August 9—San Diego, CA—The Casbah
August 10—Los Angeles, CA—The Echo
August 12—San Francisco, CA—Hotel Utah Saloon
August 15—Portland, OR—Doug Fir Lounge
August 16—Seattle, WA—Sunset Tavern
August 18— Whitefish, MT—The Remington Bar
August 19—Bozeman, MT—Live from the Divide (SOLD-OUT)
August 22—Minneapolis, MN—7th Street Entry
August 26—Lexington, KY—MoonTower Music Festival
September 11—Nashville, TN—The Basement*
September 12-17—Nashville, TN—AmericanaFest
September 16—Irvine, KY—Kickin’ It On The Creek
September 17—Bristol, VA—Bristol Rhythm & Roots
September 18—Nashville, TN—The Basement‡
September 23—Gallipolis, OH—River Rat Beer & Music Festival
September 24—Hazard, KY—The Forum+
September 25—Nashville, TN—The Basement§
September 30—Roseland, VA—Devil’s Backbone

*with special guest Miles Miller
‡with special guest William Matheny
+with Drive-By Truckers
§with special guest Kelsey Waldon

 

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