New Album From Soul Man Sam Moore

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Sam Moore catapulted to international fame as the lead voice of the 1960s powerhouse duo “Sam & Dave,” a musical collaboration with long-time partner and fellow Georgia native Dave Prater. The duo recorded and performed together for 20 years, but it was the 1967’s hit “Soul Man,” that found them lasting fame, defined a genre, and altered the course of music history. Their signature sound influenced a diverse array of musical talents, including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and so many others. Sam & Dave’s music and personas inspired the film The Blues Brothers, and other hits like “Hold On I’m Coming” have appeared on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films. After a storied career with Prater, Moore has spent the past 35 years enjoying a long solo career, recording with some of the biggest names in numerous genres of music, including Conway Twitty, with whom he recorded the hit song “Rainy Night in Georgia.”

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In 1992, Moore was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, capping a career that includes a Grammy, and honors from the Vocal Music Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Moore was the recipient of the first ever MOBO Living Legends Honor, and he received the NARAS Hero Award in 2003 and an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Moore, who turns 82 on October 12, continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist. He is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Grammy award-winning song “Soul Man” this year and recently accepted a position as Artist in Residence at Florida International University as part of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education Humanities Project.

The Legendary Soul Man™ has released his newest album Sam Moore: An American Patriot

The album was inspired by Moore’s own performance of “America the Beautiful” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his dear friend and inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 53 years earlier delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Moore believes that music, the universal language that knows no boundary or color, was the best way for him to take a stand and make an impact in helping to bring the country he loves back together.

Enlisting the skills of renowned producer Rudy Perez, a Cuban refugee, who, with Moore has crafted An American Patriot with the goal of recording versions of iconic American anthems like they’ve never been done before. In Moore’s recognizably unique style, he has recorded classics such as “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.,” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” In addition to the traditional songs, the album also features new songs such as “Show For You,” the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games anthem, “Peace Please,” and “Land of the Free.” It is with the hope of rekindling love of country and each other that Sam Moore: An American Patriot is offered.

Moore, is credited by Bruce Springsteen as being one of the “great masters of momentum” when it comes to his showmanship, has performed for all six living presidents, including Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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New Music From Glen Hansard

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Marking his third solo album, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will release Between Two Shores on January 19, 2018 via Anti-. Following up 2015’s GRAMMY nominated Didn’t He Ramble, and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose, the ten-track collection was produced by Hansard himself for the first time. The culmination of more than six years of writing and recording, Between Two Shores came together in only a matter of weeks.

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This past March, Hansard booked himself time at Black Box Studios in France with the original idea of taking inventory of his songbook. Working again with former Frames bandmate and producer David Odlum, Hansard was in search of a direction for his next record. As he trove through his previous sessions, various ideas and home recordings, a sketch of an unplanned record began to take shape.

The aptly titled “Setting Forth” became the catalyst for the direction Hansard hoped to achieve with Between Two Shores. Recorded with drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade and members of his Fellowship Band the song tackles themes of self-doubt in a time when it’s impossible not to be riddled with uncertainty. The album’s lead track “Time Will be the Healer” is a hopeful plea to a forlorn lover that also speaks to the way forward in the current social climate. Indeed, it would be impossible not to in some way address the politics of the day, which Hansard does in “Wheels on Fire” and its refrain of “We will overcome!”

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While the record truly came together in France, Between Two Shores features material captured in New York and Chicago with a revolving cast of musicians. In addition to Blade, the record also features Thomas Bartlett, Brad Albetta and Rob Moose who appeared on much of Rhythm and Repose. However it’s Glen’s touring band – Joseph Doyle, Rob Bochnik, Graham Hopkins, Justin Carroll, Michael Buckley, Ronan Dooney and Curtis Fowlkes – that feature most prominently and take center stage on tracks like the upbeat E Street shuffle of “Roll On Slow” and the Van-tastic “Why Woman.”

The album’s title comes from Hansards ongoing love of sailing and the sea. When one is equal distance between their starting point and their destination they are in essence “between two shores.” A less than ideal time to wonder whether you should turn back or continue on, but a thought that inevitably rears its head.

With Between Two Shores Hansard has managed to capture that feeling of the big soulful sound of his large touring band while still retaining the intimate introspective nature of his acoustic shows. To which way the wind will blow on his next record remains to be seen.

Hansard is a founding member of The Frames who celebrated 25 years as a band in 2015. He is one half of The Swell Season, which also features pianist Marketa Irglova. Together in 2007 they wrote the music for and starred in the movie Once. The song “Falling Slowly” from the film was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original song. In 2013 the film was adapted for Broadway as Once, The Musical, winning eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself and an Olivier award in London for outstanding achievement in music.

Hansard is perpetually on tour. Dates for the rest of 2017 and many more to come in 2018 are to follow.

Tour Dates

11/03 Wangels, DE Rolling Stone Weekender
11/05 Erlangen, DE Redoutensaal
11/08 Hannover, DE Rosenhof
11/10 Jena, DE Volkshaus
11/12 Frankfurt, DE Mozartsaal
11/13 Saarbrucken, DE Congresshalle
11/15 Stuttgart, DE New Fall Festival
11/16 Halle, DE Ulrichskirche
11/18 Dusseldorf, DE New Fall Festival
11/25 Dublin, IE St. Patrick’s Cathedral
12/15 Belfast, IE Ulster Hall
12/17 Dublin, IE Vicar Street
12/18 Dublin, IE Vicar Street
1/21 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel
2/09 London, UK Royal Festival Hall
2/11 Utrecht, NL Tivoli Ronda
2/13 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique
2/14 Paris, FR Le Trianon
2/16 Zurich, CH Volkshaus
2/18 Vienna, AU Gasometer
2/20 Berlin, DE Admiralpalast
2/21 Berlin, DE Admiralpalast
2/23 Prague, CZ Divaldi DVA
2/25 Brno, CZ Sono Centrum
3/10 Los Angeles, CA Disney Hall (solo acoustic)
3/11 Los Angeles, CA Disney Hall (w/ LA Philharmonic)

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New Music from Austin’s Walker Lukens

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Walker has been called “one of the best songwriters in Texas”  The Austin-based, Houston-bred singer, multi-instrumentalist has been called “wonderfully inventive”  a “non-sexually intimidating version of Prince'” and a “veteran balladeer with sudden indie rock ambitions”.

In 2013, Walker released his first full length record Devoted, garnering praise from outlets like NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and Billboard. The word spread far and wide, taking Lukens all over the US with his backing band The Side Arms, made up of Kyle Vonderau (guitar), Zac Catanzaro (drums, percussion), Mckenzie Griffin (vocals, keyboard, percussion), and Grant Himmler (bass, vocals).

After meeting Spoon drummer Jim Eno in a bar, Walker & The Side Arms started recording new music with him at his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Their first collaboration, ‘Every Night,’ has been streamed over a million times now. Their second collaboration, ‘Lifted‘ from Never Understood EP (Modern Outsider) spent 11 weeks in total on the specialty commercial radio charts, including 5 weeks in the Top 5 and 3 weeks at #1!

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Walker Lukens has officially released his new album Tell It To The Judge this week via Modern Outsider Records! Produced by Eno, this highly anticipated record brings together some of Walker’s most prominent tracks to date, such as “Every Night” and “Lifted“, with new tunes for fans to enjoy.

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TOUR DATES

Sep 28 – Austin, TX @ Native Hostel

Oct 6 – Hot Springs, AR @ Hot Water Hills Festival

Oct 7 – Shreveport, LA @ Prize Fest

Nov 2 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard

Nov 3 – Kansas City, MO @ The Rino

Nov 4 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

Nov 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Nov 8 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic

Nov 9 – Seattle, WA @ Timbre Room

Nov 10 – Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret

Nov 11 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett

Nov 12 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar

 

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New Autobio by Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson

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Legendary rockabilly and country music pioneer Wanda Jackson is giving fans a chance to purchase one-of-a-kind personalized collectibles and memorabilia along side their pre-order of her new autobiography through a PledgeMusic campaign.

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Bonus collectibles and memorabilia available through Jackson‘s PledgeMusic campaign include include T-shirts, turntable slip mats, an enamel pin of her likeness, signed posters, signed guitars, and handwritten lyrics for her songs “Mean Mean Man,” “Rock Your Baby,” and “Right or Wrong.”

A limited number of fans will also have the opportunity to access unique experiences including front row seats to upcoming book events in Los Angeles and Nashville, as well as a 15 minute phone call from Wanda herself. Every bundle incorporates a copy of Every Night is Saturday Night, including options to have the book signed and personalized.

Wanda Jackson, known as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and the “First Lady of Rock & Roll” landed more than thirty singles on the country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974. Featuring over eighty photographs from her personal collection and a foreword by Elvis Costello, Every Night is Saturday Night is the rockin’ great-grandmother’s chance to finally share the story of her fascinating life and career in her own words. In Every Night is Saturday Night, Wanda tells the story of being discovered by Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson; why she refused to return to the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years; the challenges she and her integrated band, The Party Timers, faced when touring in a less racially tolerant era; personal memories of her relationship with Elvis; and how she ultimately found the love of her life.

While the Pledge campaign is live now, Wanda will officially begin her book launch with several public events and signings around its release, including an appearance at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 14 and a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville Saturday, December 2 with a Ryman performance to follow.

Jackson is set to release her autobiography Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with BMG on November 14, 2017.

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West Coast Beats: New Music From Lo Carmen

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Currently based in Los Angeles, Lo Carmen has recorded five solo albums, as well as a honky tonk-jazz collaboration with her father, Australian country-rock pioneer, pianist Peter Head. She has toured throughout Europe, Australia and the US, opening for a diverse array of artists, as well as showcased at SXSW.

Seemingly born with music running through her veins, Carmen composed her first original song at age ten, performing it publicly that night at a New Year’s Eve party at the Town Hall in her native Adelaide, South Australia, and the writing on the wall became clear: music was her destiny.

Known for the rustic simplicity and stripped-back honesty of her lyrics — displayed on her new song, “Sometimes It’s Hard,’ featuring Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. The single, taken from her album Lovers Dreamers Fighters, out on vinyl and digital platforms on November 10 through Chiquita Records, premiered yesterday with Clash Magazine. The outlet called the track “divine,” “a real charmer,” and “a beautifully composed piece of music.”

The single is now available via Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify.

Lovers Dreamers Fighters, her sixth studio album, was recorded in Nashville at The Butcher Shoppe and Welcome to 1979 Studios. Glide Magazine premiered the first single, “Last Thing I’ll Remember,” noting its “gorgeous twangy pedal steel, sensual vocals, haunting guitar and harmonies, and a drumbeat that conveys a quiet loneliness,” and stating “the album brings together sultry vintage soul and cosmic country sounds for something that is entirely unique. As a singer and songwriter, Carmen is simultaneously reflective and a storyteller.”.

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A Sound Recommendation: Rocker Abi Reimold

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“Artist to Watch” Abi Reimold of Philadelphia writes dynamic, cathartic songs that are darkly colorful. Rough around the edges in a way that is more honest than careless, Reimold’s music has a distinctly human quality with songwriting that builds tension using dissonance both harmonically and lyrically.

Her voice rides a range of octaves and emotions, exploring dark inner worlds by pairing starkly vivid lyrics with contoured melodies. She weaves the riffs and grit of modern rock with thoughtful phrases and poetry that are firmly rooted the introspective folk tradition.

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Reimold’s debut full-length Wriggling is available on Sad Cactus Records.

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Philly Beats: This Weekend – A Two Day Music Festival Showcasing Philly Acts

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DATE: September 22 and 23

VENUE:  World Cafe LIVE

The Philadelphia Music & Arts Festival is a non profit endeavor – founded, produced and curated by Greg Seltzer. The mission is to encourage the citizens of Philadelphia to support their local music scene. The Festival is both a testament and celebration of the exploding music scene in Philadelphia and a showcase of up and coming artists. Two Nights. Two Stages. Only Philly Bands.

In addition to music, the Festival will highlight the food, beer and arts of Philadelphia. Food trucks and local chefs will provide edibles, while all beer taps will be pouring only local craft beer. Local distilleries will handle cocktails. Local artists will display visual arts. The experience is an immersion in Philadelphia culture.

Philly local acts like Kississippi, Cheerleader, Chris Kasper and Strand of Oaks will be performing over two days/nights on two stages at the World Cafe Live.

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Come on out and support the excellent music and enjoy some Philly eats and beer!

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