A Sound Recommendation: Austin Based Duo — Hovvdy


photo:  Bronwyn Walls

Based in Austin, Texas, Hovvdy (pronounced “howdy”) is the writing and recording project of Charlie Martin and Will Taylor. The duo, both primarily drummers, first met in the fall of 2014 and quickly bonded over a love for quiet music. Within a few weeks, they had combined songs and began recording their first EP in bedrooms and family homes across Texas.

By 2016 the two had committed to each others growth in songwriting and recording, resulting in their debut album Taster, originally released on Sports Day Records and reissued in 2017 by Double Double Whammy. Hovvdy has found a unique identity in rhythmic, down-tempo pop songs that are hopeful, yet melancholy; relatable, yet distinguishable.

Hovvdy’s sophomore album, Cranberry, expands on a familiar texture, building off Taster’s minimal complexity and covering new ground. Cranberry will be released on Double Double Whammy on February 9th.


Hovvdy have released a video for “Petal,” the lead single from the new album, which NPR, who premiered the video are saying it’s “tender, thoughtful bedroom pop built off simple elements and pensive melodies.”

PRE-ORDER Cranberry

Additionally, Hovvdy have announced a west coast fall tour. All dates below.

11/7 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
11/8 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
11/10 – Santa Barbara, CA @ UCSB
11/11 – Oakland, CA @ The Hole
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
11/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space
11/16 – Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Saloon
11/17 – Denton, TX @ Bean Cave
11/18 – Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s




Rodney Crowell To Be Honored With Prestigious ASCAP Founders Award


Multi-Grammy Award winning troubadour Rodney Crowell will be honored by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, with its prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on November 6, 2017. The Founders Award is one of ASCAP’s highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Previous recipients include George Strait, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.

Crowell’s new album Close Ties, released March 31st of this year, has gained considerable critical acclaim with NPR Music stating, “There’s no doubt that Crowell was an architect of Americana as we know it, and with Close Ties, we’re fortunate to have a look at his blueprints.” The Wall Street Journal raved, “[Close Ties] proves energizing, engaging and often fascinating;” and the Associated Press added, “…the set ranks among his best.” The Los Angeles Times called it “exceptional,” while No Depression noted, “Whether he’ll accept it or not, [Crowell has] now assumed the mantle of the late Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, two poets who could zero in on our emotions by telling wry, straight-as-an-arrow stories about the desiccated desolation of the failures or triumphs of relationships, or the battered denizens of small towns searching for truth, comfort, love, or refuge in their own halting ways.”

Throughout his long and successful career, Crowell has written or recorded 15 #1 songs on the country music charts, with cuts by country legends (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Strait) to current country chart toppers (Tim McGraw, Keith Urban) to blues icons (Etta James) to rock and roll legends (Van Morrison, Bob Seger). He has won six Americana Music Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2009 as well as Song of the Year in 2017 for Close Ties’ single “It Ain’t Over Yet,” which is a vocal collaboration between Crowell, his ex-wife Rosanne Cash, and John Paul White. Rolling Stone Country premiered the Reid Long-directed video for the song stating, “The evocative lyrics call to mind the two-tone, punked-out cover image from Cash’s 1985 LP Rhythm and Romance, which preceded Crowell’s mainstream country breakthrough of five consecutive Number One hits from 1988’s Diamonds & Dirt and the subsequent collapse of the couple’s marriage.” The video also features legendary harmonica player Mickey Raphael and can be seen HERE. The Nashville Scene called the track “a folky shuffle about not quitting even if you feel like you have nothing left to offer. The elegantly crafted song takes the form of a conversation…and it’s one gem among many on Crowell’s album Close Ties.”




A Sound Recommendation: Cigarettes After Sex


Cigarettes After Sex is a pop group founded in El Paso, TX.

Initially created in 2008 the group has included a number of different members/collaborators since its inception.

Released in late 2012, their latest EP, recorded in a stairway over the course of a night, draws upon the influences of the Trinity Session, Julee Cruise, Red House Painters & Cocteau Twins.

“Your lips, my lips… Apocalypse”




European Tour Dates and New Single from Grayson Capps


Hailing from South Alabama and spending over a decade in New Orleans, revered singer-songwriter Grayson Capps has found listeners the world over enthralled by his stinging tales of the Southern Gothic. In his own words, he explains: “I write songs which have the voice of dead prophets masquerading as town drunks screaming ‘look at us we’re pretty, too!'”

Over the course of four critically acclaimed studio albums and cameo appearance in the Golden Globe Award-nominated film A Love Song For Bobby Long, one will find a stunning depth to his discography, authenticating Grayson Capps as a rare American gem, equal parts country singer, bluesman, rock star, philosopher and poet. As Jambase recently declared, “New Orleans’ marvel Grayson Capps is alive and well and slowly building one of the most phenomenal songbooks in America today. If ever there were a cat primed to pick up where Lowell George and John Prine have left off, it’s Capps.”

Capps has announced the release of a new album, ‘Scarlett Roses,’ due December 1 via Royal Potato Family. The nine-track effort is the acclaimed Alabama-based songwriter’s sixth studio recording and his first new solo release in six years.

Below is the first single:  Hold Me Darlin

Throughout the collection, Capps showcases the kind of understated brilliance that can blossom when creativity is detached from expectation, when songs are truly given the space and time to find their writer.

“A lot of these songs came to me the way dreams do, where all these different bits and pieces from all these different parts of life come together,” Capps explains. “I would pick up the guitar and things would come to me naturally because I wasn’t actually trying to make a record.”

Capps wrote the album slowly and steadily after moving back to his home state with his partner, the Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Trina Shoemaker. Recorded over the course of two whirlwind sessions and abetted by his longtime guitarist Corky Hughes, songs like “Taos,” “Bag Of Weed” and “Thankful” don’t shy away from tackling the heavy burdens of growing older: separation from loved ones, the weight of fatherhood, the mortality of our parents, self-medication. As serious as it may sound, Capps manages to write with an eye towards beauty and humor, extracting hard-won catharsis and even genuine joy from pain and loss.



“The songs on ‘Scarlett Roses’ really chronicle me discovering my position in the world,” says Capps. “It was a process that felt like gaining something and losing something at the same time.”


Tour Dates

October 30 – Lauchhammer, Germany – Real Music Club
November 1 – Worms, Germany – Die Fünzel
November 2 – Eppstein, Germany – Wunderbar Weite Welt
November 3 – Nieuw- en St. Joosland, Netherlands – Theater de Wegwijzer
November 4 – Leusden, Netherlands – In The Woods
November 5 – Liempde, Netherlands – House concert/private event
November 7 – Westwoud, Netherlands – De Schalm
November 8 – The Hague, Netherlands – Musemix @ Engels
November 9 – Maassluis, Netherlands – De Waker
November 10 – Bakkeveen, Netherlands – Muziekpodium Bakkeveen
November 11 – Amen, Netherlands – Café de Amer
November 12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
November 13 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Meneer Frits
November 14 – Leiden, Netherlands – Q-bus
November 16 – Cantu, Italy – All’Una E Trentacinque Circa
November 17 – Milano, Italy – Spazio Teatro 89
November 18 – Ravenna, Italy – Marlin
November 19 – Verona, Italy – Le Cantine dell’Arena
November 22 – Correzzola, Italy – Cockney London Pub
November 24 – Dozza, Italy – Teatro Comunale
November 26 – Fiorenzuola, Italy – Teatro Verdi



AngloFiles: Meet Derbyshire’s The Natterjacks


The Natterjacks are an indie folk duo hailing from the historic market town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. They set out with their guitar and banjo, accompanied by the forceful thud of a kick drum and smatter of tambourine to create an energetic live atmosphere continually noted for having a huge presence, despite there being just the two of them.  The duo consists of Freddie Bingham & Mark Evans, who began playing together in 2010.

Following their debut album, “Highlands” and their following EP, “In The Bark”, which led to slots on some top festivals including a set for BBC Introducing at Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival, Freddie & Mark are now working on their second full length record whilst continuing to broaden their horizons across the UK’s folk music scene.


Their latest White Peak is now available.   Check out “Spiralling Down” off the new release.




West Coast Beats: New Soulful Music From Klez


Klez is the new Cali-Soul/R&B musical project of the young Bay Area-bred musician, John Klezmer. John was raised playing multiple instruments and listening closely to his family’s music collection, which included the likes of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Smokey Robinson. In his early teens, Klez took his immense love of soul music and began developing his own original sound. Over time, Klez has honed his skills as a true lyricist, composer, and performer. While Klez was still in college at Chico State, he was discovered by Los Angeles based label, Sound x3 Records, in the music industry program’s bi-annual singer songwriter competition, Chico Unplugged.

Old Soul New World‘, out October 20, 2017, is the explosive and aptly titled second EP of Klez, whose music lies somewhere in the nebulous middle of the soul spectrum. Take the purity and resonance of Hozier and pair it with the soulful grit of Son Little, and you get Klez.

Old Soul New World is a refreshing throwback to the glory days of Motown. It is Klez unchained and ready to steal the anthems of summer. The EP was recorded in the Bay Area; mixed in Northern California and mastered by audio guru, Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, and Cage the Elephant) at Magic Gardens Mastering in Los Angeles.

Klez’s debut EP, Here Right Now, was released in May 2016. The title track from the EP was featured in a promo for the finale of the ABC primetime show, “Castle,” in May 2016. The waves from the release of this EP quickly led Klez to well-known venues throughout Los Angeles. Over this last year, Klez has gained momentum in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. His consistent dynamic performances have earned him headlining spots at respected venues across the city, including. Klez is set for an upcoming explosive European tour.




Amy Helm Announces SKYLARK Concert Series


Amy Helm Announces SKYLARK Concert Series Featuring Nicki Bluhm,
Rachael Yamagata, Carolyn Wonderland and more.

The All-Female Concert Tour Making Stops in Woodstock, New York City, and Norfolk

This November, Amy Helm and some of her closest friends and collaborators will hit the road for three very special SKYLARK shows. The evening will feature an all-female lineup of musicians, singers and songwriters from Helm’s hometown of Woodstock, NY and beyond. The tour begins on November 3 at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY and will make stops at City Winery in New York for two shows on Saturday, November 4 and Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT on Sunday, November 5.

From the rhythm section to the vocalists, these woman play and sing with grace and fire. The evening will first both long term musical partnerships and first-time collaborations. SKYLARK will feature performances by Nicki Bluhm, Cindy Cashdollar, Jennifer Condos, Emily Gimble, Amy Helm, Shelley King, Allison Miller, Simi Stone, Carolyn Wonderland, and Rachael Yamagata.

“I can’t wait to dig into the collaborations with these fine musicians and singers,” said Helm of the upcoming SKYLARK shows. “The songs, voices, and musicians cover all the ground we need, from kick-ass boot stomping funk, to heart breaking melodies and quiet, masterful playing. This group of ladies is surely a force to be reckoned with!”

Amy Helm’s most recent release, her critically-acclaimed solo debut Didn’t It Rain, was released in 2015 via eOne Music. The album was embraced by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Relix, Rolling Stone and firmly established her as a solo artist.

While Didn’t It Rain was her first official album as a solo artist, Helm has been making music most of her life. She’s already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated alt-country/ collective Ollabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.

Tour Dates:

11/3: Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios – SKYLARK

11/4: New York, NY – City Winery – SKYLARK (Two Shows)

11/5: Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall – SKYLARK

11/18: Jay, VT – Foeger Ballroom, Jay Peak Resort