A Sound Recommendation: Country Singer-Songwriter From Brooklyn – Ryan Luce

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Ryan Luce has a love for music that grew out of warm Buffalo days, watching his dad mowing the lawn while listening to local oldies and country stations. At 11 years old he picked up a guitar, and for the next eight years he poured his being into perfecting his craft. Hiding himself away in the bathroom of his parents’ home, he would record mini albums on his cellphone. Eventually, he realized he needed to get on a stage, and at 27 performed live for the first time at the Buffalo venue the Waiting Room.

In 2014, Luce took his talents to New York City, where he’s been steadily playing open mics at Pete’s Candy Store and O’Reilly’s Pub.

Pulling from his experiences of growing up in a place where family and friends seem to have kept to their ways, Luce put out the single “Hometown Anthem,” which gained him radio airplay on the “Localized” segment of Alternative Buffalo 107.7.

His debut EP, California Gold will be out on April 26th.

He is hosting a record release show on May 4th at 8pm at the The Tabernacle at Sweet_ness 7 Cafe in Buffalo.   

 

 

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AngloFiles: Singer Songwriter John Adams

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John Adams is a Singer/Songwriter/Busker hailing from Aberdare in the South Wales Valleys. With a reach in his tone to match Sam Smith and James Blunt he draws influences from the likes of honest songwriters such as James Morrison, Damien Rice and David Gray. John’s acoustic approach and atmospheric piano accompaniment compliment his unique and impressive vocal ability as he earns the undivided attention of the listener by addressing them directly with emotive and heartfelt narratives.

This faithfulness to personal story is mirrored in how John came into the musical world, and continues to progress as a musician. A truly homegrown talent, he began his career busking on the streets, using the money to pay for his first release, fittingly entitled “The Pavement is My Stage”. After the album reached No.7 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts in 2016 he took a leap of faith and left his job as a Mathematics Teacher. That gamble paid off and John has gone on to support household names such as Take That, Lemar, T’Pau and Katherine Jenkins. His hard work and impressive live performance has built a strong following of 50,000 online followers, over 6 million views on YouTube and a steady 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

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Eager to show his progression John released his album “You Never Know Who’s Listening” in 2018 which combined his live organic sound with a minimal electronic production to make a sound that is satisfyingly different from the usual guitar wielding Singer/Songwriter. The album was very well received by fans and the music industry alike and has already accrued over 6 million plays on Spotify. All 4 singles were playlist by the BBC and Spotify editorials with “See You Again” and “Dandelion Wishes” becoming Radio 2 favourites. He spent the year up and down the country performing at the UK’s largest festivals such as The Isle of Wight Festival, Great Escape and Victorious Festival, and his headline tour sold out in just two days from release. To end the year on a high his festive hit “Lost In Christmas” became the soundtrack for “La Feltrinelli” Christmas campaign all across Europe.
Not showing any signs of writers block, John intends to build on the momentum of last years success by releasing his EP “No White Lies” this year and embarking on his largest UK tour to date. “No White Lies” comes from a songwriter that sounds older, wiser and a little more aware of life around him. John has continued to marry easy melodies with strong digital rhythms to create a collection of songs that arrive at a sweet spot between todays pop and the traditional evocative folk he was raised on. To celebrate the release of this new record, John Adams is excited to reveal ‘Million Lives’, the visuals for his brand new single which addresses the theme of searching for something that you have an unexplained connection with.

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A Sound Recommedation J.S. Ondara

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Known for his emotive singing and literate narratives, Nairobi-born singer/songwriter J.S. Ondara emerged in his adopted home of Minneapolis, Minnesota around 2016. Inspired by Bob Dylan, the largely self-taught Ondara paid his dues on the Minneapolis folk-scene before issuing his Verve debut, Tales of America.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Ondara first became interested in pop and rock music at a young age listening to his parents’ radio. Although he could not afford an instrument or lessons, he developed a keen love for songwriting, and by his teens had discovered classic folk artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, as well as contemporary performers like Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne.

In 2013, looking to expand his opportunities, and inspired by his love of Dylan, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota for college. There, he began teaching himself to play guitar, and put his lyrics to music. He began attending open-mike nights, and posted several cover songs online. He also issued an independent EP that caught the attention of the local public radio program The Current, which put his songs into rotation. 

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New Music From Jonatha Brooke

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke announced today the release of her new EP Imposter on April 19th via Bad Dog Records. Formerly of the New England-based folk-rock duo The Story, Jonatha also shared the lead single “Fire” from the forthcoming album. Parade Magazine stated “With ‘Fire’ songstress Jonatha Brooke lets her self-realized insights roll off her melodious tongue. This sing-song triumph is punctuated by insistent drums and intense horns and stars Brooke’s highly expressive vocal chops.”

‘Fire is about that powerful confidence you earn heading in to your fifties,” Jonatha told Parade Magazine. “You’re old enough, accomplished enough to speak your mind without worrying what people think, but you’re still playful enough and ‘hot’ enough to have some fun. It’s about telling the truth, standing up for yourself loud and clear, and taking your place at the ‘head of the table.'”

Of the EP, Jonatha stated “I explored a few different themes on Imposter; feeling like the emperor with no clothes, a very cinematic excursion into revenge, that ever present struggle with faith and loss. These are songs I developed and fell in love with over a longer period of time than usual, so I had the luxury that they turned out exactly as I had hoped and dreamed they would.”

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records, and touring since the early 90’s. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label in 1999 and has since released eight more albums including her most recent: 2016’s Midnight. Hallelujah. Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds among others. She’s also written for four Disney films and numerous television shows including composing/performing the theme song for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse . In 2014, Brooke debuted her one woman musical and companion album My Mother Has Four Noses at the Duke Theater in New York City. The show ran for three months to rave reviews and was a critic’s pick in the New York Times who called it “both funny and wrenching.

Track List:
01) Imposter
02) Fire
03) Twilight
04) Revenge
05) True To You

Tour Dates:

05/05 – Nashville, TN @ City Winery
05/17 – New York, NY @ The Loft at City Winery
05/19 – Washington, DC @ City Winery
05/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
05/23 – Old Saybrook, CT @ Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
05/24 – Boston, MA @ City Winery
05/25 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall

and just because this is brilliance….

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New Music From Steve Earle – Tribute to Guy Clark

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Steve Earle is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation. A protege of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, he quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, The Pretenders, and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts.

2018 marked the 30th Anniversary of his legendary album Copperhead Road. 

Steve Earle & The Dukes are set to release GUY on March 29th, 2019. A return to New West Records, the 16-song set is comprised of songs written by one of his two primary songwriting mentors, the legendary Guy Clark. GUY is Steve Earle’s 19th studio album.

GUY appears ten years after his Grammy Award winning album TOWNES, his tribute to his other songwriting mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Produced by Earle and recorded by his longtime production partner Ray Kennedy, GUY features his latest, and possibly best, incarnation of his backing band The Dukes including Kelley Looney on bass, Chris Masterson on guitar, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle & mandolin, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel guitar, and Brad Pemberton on drums & percussion. GUY also features guest appearances by fellow Guy Clark cohorts Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Terry Allen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mickey Raphael, Shawn Camp, Verlon Thompson, Gary Nicholson, and the photographer Jim McGuire.

Steve Earle first met Guy Clark after hitchhiking from San Antonio to Nashville in 1974. A few months after his arrival, he found himself taking over for a young Rodney Crowell as bassist in Guy’s band. “No way I could get out of doing this record,” says Earle. “When I get to the other side, I didn’t want to run into Guy having made the TOWNES record and not one about him.”

Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark were like Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg to me.” The mercurial Van Zandt (1944-1997) who once ordered his teenage disciple to chain him to a tree in hopes that it would keep him from drinking, was the On The Road quicksilver of youth. Clark, 33 at the time Earle met him, was a longer lasting, more mellow burn. “When it comes to mentors, I’m glad I had both,” says Earle. “If you asked Townes what it’s all about, he’d hand you a copy of Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. If you asked Guy the same question, he’d take out a piece of paper and teach you how to diagram a song, what goes where. Townes was one of the all-time great writers, but he only finished three songs during the last fifteen years of his life. Guy had cancer and wrote songs until the day he died…he painted, he built instruments, he owned a guitar shop in the Bay Area where the young Bobby Weir hung out. He was older and wiser. You hung around with him and knew why they call what artists do disciplines. Because he was disciplined.”

GUY wasn’t really a hard record to make,” Earle says. “We did it fast, five or six days with almost no overdubbing. I wanted it to sound live…When you’ve got a catalog like Guy’s and you’re only doing sixteen tracks, you know each one is going to be strong.”

Like the TOWNES record, GUY is a saga of friendship, its ups and downs, what endures.

Steve Earle will launch a six-date Record Store tour next week on Monday, March 4th at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, CA 

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A Sound Recommendation: Aussie Dean Lewis

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Dean Lewis is an Australian singer and songwriter from Sydney. He is best known for his debut single “Waves“, which was certified triple platinum in Australia in 2017, and his 2018 single “Be Alright“, which reached number one in Australia and was certified platinum within four weeks of release. Lewis is due to release his debut studio album A Place We Knew on 22 March 2019.

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“Be Alright”  perfectly captures gut-wrenching heartbreak that comes with the hardships of a break-up. But while it deals candidly with anguish, the chorus swells with hope; a recognition that this pain is only temporary, with Lewis emotively singing “It’s never easy to walk away/ Let her go/ it’ll be ok”. “Be Alright” has already amassed over 200million streams and is the first taste of Lewis’ forthcoming album and signals a newfound conviction in his own storytelling and singing capabilities.

Lewis’ debut EP Same Kind Of Different, gave us chart-topping single, “Waves,” which was added to Triple J rotation, has had over 122 million streams, 31 million video views and was the second biggest Australian single of 2017. Suddenly, Lewis was gracing the stages of Europe’s biggest television shows, playing headline shows and festivals slots across Australia and the US. “Waves” even appeared on programs like Suits, Riverdale and Grey’s Anatomy.

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A Sound Recommendation: Singer-Songwriter Colter Wall

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Colter Wall is a young Saskatchewan born songwriter and performing musician.

Steeped in Old Timey material and traditional Americana, Wall’s sound is comprised of resonate and raw baritone vocals, Folk and Bluegrass style guitar and banjo picking, steady kick-drum stomping, and visually provoking, story telling lyrics.

Wall Draws influence from legends of the past such as Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, and The Band, as well as more modern Americana pioneers including Shovels and Rope, Jack White, Ray Lamontagne, and Shakey Graves.

Despite only recently beginning his musical career, Colter Wall has been seen in the company of Saskatchewan’s infamous gritty bluegrass trailblazers,The Dead South. Wall has had the opportunity to open for The Dead South on several occasions with more show’s upcoming. In addition to racking up memorable live shows across the province, Wall is planning on releasing an EP in the summer of 2015 and has been busy recording at Regina’s own Studio One. From dive bars to fundraiser galas, Colter Wall has a history of leaving audiences in shock at the maturity of his voice as well as his songwriting.

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