NEW MUSIC: Greg Allman’s Southern Blood

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SOUTHERN BLOOD serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades.

SOUTHERN BLOOD is Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, LOW COUNTRY BLUES.

Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where Duane Allman and the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, SOUTHERN BLOOD is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career.

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This emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn serves as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.

The first single, My Only True Friend is exquisitely heartbreaking and moving.

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Whitney Rose Announces Tour Dates and New Video

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Whitney Rose announces her Rule 62 North American tour and shares one of life’s more difficult types of lessons — the kind learned the hard way — with another track from the forthcoming full-length Rule 62. The new song, “Better to My Baby,” is a rueful take on moving on, a dose of wistful hindsight and a piece of good advice all in one. Accompanied by a video that captures a relationship in candy-coated but bittersweet rear-view style, “Better to My Baby” features co-producer Raul Malo on lead guitar and harmonies.

Rule 62, or “Don’t take yourself so damn seriously,” is Whitney Rose’s guiding philosophy.

The album is due out on Six Shooter Records via Thirty Tigers on October 6, 2017.

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Whitney Rose’s North American tour starts in Texas and ends in Nashville, after showcasing at Americana Fest on the 16th.

Walking a line between pop/rock and retro country as gracefully as anyone since Rosanne Cash and Linda Ronstadt.” —No Depression

U.S. TOUR DATES:

Sat., Sept. 16 NASHVILLE, TN AmericanaFest, Mercy Lounge

Thu., Oct. 5 AUSTIN, TX The Continental Club (CD Release)

Sat., Oct. 7 AUSTIN, TX Hill Country Galleria

Thu., Oct. 12 KANSAS CITY, MO Knuckleheads Gospel Lounge Stage

Fri., Oct. 13 DAVENPORT, IA Raccoon Motel

Sat., Oct. 14 NEWPORT, KY Southgate

Sun., Oct. 15 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Tue., Oct. 17 PITTSBURGH, PA Club Cafe

Wed., Oct. 18 TORONTO, ON Horseshoe Tavern

Tue., Oct. 24 CHARLOTTETOWN, PE Factory

Wed., Oct. 25 PARRSBORO, NS: The Hall

Thu., Oct. 26 NEWPORT, RI Parlor Bar

Fri., Oct. 27 NEW YORK CITY, NY Hill Country

Sat., Oct. 28 WASHINGTON, DC Hill Country

Mon., Oct. 30 KITCHENER, ON Centre in the Square, w/The Mavericks

Thu., Nov. 2 LONDON, ON London Music Hall, w/The Mavericks

Fri., Nov. 3 TORONTO, ON The Phoenix Concert Theatre, w/The Mavericks

Sat., Nov. 4 BELLEVILLE, ON The Empire Theatre, w/The Mavericks

Sun., Nov. 5 MONTREAL, QC L’Astral, w/The Mavericks

Tue., Nov. 7 CHARLOTTE, NC The Evening Muse

Wed., Nov. 8 ATLANTA, GA Eddie’s Attic

Fri., Nov. 10 NASHVILLE, TN The Country (early show)

Sat., Nov. 11 LITTLE ROCK, AR White Water

Fri., Nov. 17 DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX Mercer Street

Sat., Nov. 25 AUSTIN, TX The White Horse

Sat., Dec. 2 NASHVILLE, TN Basement East

Tue., Dec. 5 NASHVILLE, TN American Legion (Honky Tonk Tuesday)

 

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WEST COAST BEATS: AUSTIN SHAW DEBUTS WITH FELT

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Santa Cruz-rooted singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer Austin Shaw has always believed that everyone has a story to tell. “You can look into people’s eyes and get a glimpse of where they have been, where they are, and even where they might be going,’ he says. Austin Shaw catalogs his own stories and the in-depth feelings of other people in his life on his upcoming full-length debut, FELT.

His songs are diaries glowing with warm, intricate layers. They feature catchy guitar hooks and soul-baring lyrics that offer up Shaw’s perspectives on love, loss, longing and self-discovery. A natural improviser and a born collaborator, Shaw has created handcrafted recordings and intimate performances that carry on the tradition of the rock poets and storytellers who have inspired him. Innocent Words Magazine said, “Austin Shaw shares a passionate, distinct sound, pouring himself into the lyrics with the intensity of a man with something to say.”

Shaw grew up in a home full of uplifting music. The joy and comfort of folk, pop and rock songs by artists like James Taylor, Elton John, Neil Diamond and Neil Young fully overtook him as a young boy. Their way with words and music became ingrained in Shaw. He picked up the guitar in his early teens and started writing in a journal. As he continued to explore his instrument and the writing craft, his words morphed into song lyrics. I’m Music Magazine notes, “His diverse balance of sampling from life’s musical buffet went into molding him into the talented artist that he is today.”

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Many of the songs are autobiographical and some are just from experiences we’ve all had through life. Hopefully my songs can be a breeze that blows back the curtain and gives one a glimpse into a window in time or an experience in life. It’s all about love, loss, heartbreak, rebirth and renewal,” explains Shaw.

Shaw played in bands throughout high school and college, but he didn’t begin recording and sharing his own music until he left his job in corporate America. With a desire to reconnect to his passions, Shaw “played in bands and then did what society said I should do and took a corporate job. Slowly but surely, I played less and less until I finally put down my guitar for good. My music was my meditation, it’s what kept me balanced in life. I lost my balance and times grew dark. So, I took a leap of faith and I decided to move from New York to the West Coast for a fresh start. I picked up the guitar again and started playing, writing and recording.

Since January 2017 Shaw has been crisscrossing the country on tour with David Bromberg and playing to sold-out crowds. He also released an EP in the early spring that included songs from his upcoming debut full-length album, FELT.

His songs take you on a journey, combining energetic rock bombast with soulful melodies. Felt kicks in with a sharply infectious and very personal opener Citrine. “Essentially it’s a story about a daughter losing her father at a far too early age. Something I endured and watched my family struggle through,” says Shaw. The song I’ve Been Leaning is a heartfelt, soul-searching melodic blend and the title track Felt crafts an honest and uplifting spirit with its chiming guitar lines and impressive vocal delivery. Shaw says, “It’s about meeting your soul-mate and knowing it just by the feel of it. Even before you get to know them, you just know.” Love on Both Sides will pull at your heartstrings, but in a “long live romance” kind of way. CenterStage Magazine said, “There is something about his voice and personality that is quite soothing. Perhaps that is why listening to his songs is so appeasing. They just feel good for the soul.”

With his new album, FELT, Shaw is set to deliver a cohesive body of work that would be the envy of any artist. Produced by Robert Smith (Defy Records), the album also features the talents of guitarist Larry Saltzman (Paul Simon), drummer Joe Bonadio (Sting), bassist Malcolm Gold and vocalist Clara Lofaro.

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Pop Electronica from Scotland’s Be Charlotte

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Be Charlotte is all about the damn good vibes. She is a teenage singer, producer and writer from Scotland who is causing huge ripples in her native country. She has a knack for writing socially poignant songs that have depth and character, detailing life through the eyes of a young aspirational woman as well as possessing truly dexterous melodies. Charlotte uses digital technologies and live instrumentation to produce dynamic pop music that accompanies her singing, rapping and beatboxing. She plays with a live band.

First single ‘Machines That Breathe’ was selected on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in (UK and Canada) and subsequently went viral on that streaming service. The song has also been play listed on Radio X and BBC Radio Scotland as well as FLUX FM in Germany.

November 2016 saw Be Charlotte undertaking her first tour, across South East Asia including gigs in Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to UK to headline The Great Escape’s First 50 event at The Courtyard Theatre.

Be Charlotte are just coming off the UK Summer Festival circuit.

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New Music From Singer Songwriter David Ramirez

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Genre: Folk/Americana

Label: Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers

Release Date: September 8, 2017

 

Prolific singer and songwriter David Ramirez has earned a large and growing following for his soulful, introspective songs and passionate performances. Ramirez grew up in Houston, Texas, where he became interested in music and formed a band with his friends. Influenced by ’90’s alternative rock, Ramirez’s group primarily played parties, but he got hooked on making music, and while attending college in Dallas, he heard an album by Ryan Adams and became fascinated by contemporary folk and influential singer/songwriters of the ’60’s and ’70’s, especially Bob Dylan.

In Dallas, Ramirez formed a new band and began writing songs that fused pop music with his new lyrical influences, and in 2003 he released his first album, 11503 Lansbury. Two more albums would follow — 2005’s Human and 2007’s While Underneath Lights — before Ramirez chose to break up the band and moved to Nashville to focus on acoustic music.

In 2008, Ramirez traveled to Birmingham, Alabama and cut an EP, simply called Birmingham, that was the first step on his new musical journey. After leaving Nashville for Austin, Texas, Ramirez started touring extensively, playing as often as his circumstances would allow, and as he wrote more songs, he began releasing new material at an impressive rate, cranking out two albums (2009’s American Soil and 2012’s Apologies) and two EPs (2011’s Strangetown and 2013’s The Rooster) in the space of five years.

 

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Meet Little Rock’s BIG Rockers: Knox Hamilton

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Fueled by the similar staples within their collective musical taste, the members of Knox Hamilton blend laid back guitar riffs and catchy bass lines with rhythmic drum beats and soaring vocals to produce a sound that’s as likely to make you want to visit the beach as it is to move your feet.

Raised as a pastor’s sons in Arkansas, Boots and Cobo Copeland discovered music through the timeless, harmony-driven devotionals that filled their father’s church. Buried within concordant melodies is the vibrant bond between Boots and Cobo that propels their writing and enticing stage presence. That brotherly connection, which drives Knox Hamilton, has a degree of intuition to it; a genetic thread. That innate energy encompasses their songwriting.

Knox Hamilton is a band that embraces light and life; celebrating that grace to create a mood and drive a feeling. Every note punctuates an intentional effort to thrive on blooming melodies that last in your mind and create butterflies in your stomach. This isn’t music that plays with skittish vocals, avant-garde notes, and dissonant rhythms just for the sake of it.

One listen to the first single from their debut, The Heights, Washed Up Together, and one could argue they’ve achieved this goal.

The band previously released debut EP How’s Your Mind, featured the runaway single “Work It Out.” The single seemingly climbed out of nowhere to the top of SiriusXM’s Alt18 charts and reached “near-Adele levels on alt-rock radio” (Huffington Post), garnering over 5 million streams on Spotify.

There’s something about the electric, restless rhythm and the shimmery beat that capture a true timely ethos –never too self-conscious to be catchy, never too pop to forgo serious attention to lyricism. With their locomotive, melodic tunes full of synth breaks and booming choruses would echo out into the rural town – in true Knox Hamilton fashion, it was a meeting of both their roots and their far-reaching artistry which is poised to last a long time.

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AngloFiles: Manchester Grunge Rockers False Advertising

 

Born out of a desire to prove what is so vital about raw, energetic live music. Manchester based False Advertising address modern discontent in their music, fusing sweetly snarling hooks with a cathartic hit of fuzz-guitar.

Musically, the trio carry echoes of underground ‘90’s alternative grunge. Over time developing as much of a name for themselves in the UK as “The ultimate DIY band” as they have for their energetic, guttural, instrument-swapping live dynamics.

Previous self-recorded releases ‘Brainless’ and ‘False Advertising’ and the Too Pure (Beggars Group) released ‘Give It Your Worst / Scars’, have won praise from the likes of The Guardian, DIY, Drowned In Sound, Line of Best Fit and Clash. Their early recordings capturing the rebellious and youthful spirit of a band carving out their own space.

2017 has seen the band’s first foray into working in real studio environments. However, it’s not all been plain sailing – upon beginning their first session in Abbey Road Studios, the band were told to stop playing because ‘they were too loud’. Instead having to wait to record two full songs in a brief window while the studio next door went for lunch.

Their single ‘Not My Fault’ has received plays on BBC Radio 1, Radio X and Amazing Radio. Last year the band hit UK festivals, Sound City, Kendal Calling, Dot To Dot and Off The Record (where they headlined), as well as being personally chosen for support slots with Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü) and opening for The Garden, The Amazons and Pins.

Check our their latest single, Honest  

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