ANGLO FILES: Young Artist to Watch Alfie Templeman

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Alfie Templeman is a fifteen year old recording artist from Bedfordshire, England.  There is not a great deal of information available on the young artist which is not surprising as he is just 15 years old!  Alfie has just released his debut EP Like An Animal

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We will just have to let the music do all the talking… and man this young man has a lot to say!

Templeman’s songs max on melody, with lovelorn lyrics midway between a resigned shrug and a prolonged swoon, and are uniformly lovely. If this is what he can come up with alone in his room at the age of 15, he has to be one to watch closely.  – The Sunday Times

You can stream Like An Animal HERE.

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New Music From Americana Artist Greg Hawks

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It’s been more than three decades since Greg Hawks picked up his first instrument, kicking off a career that has found the critically-acclaimed songwriter, front man, and multi-instrumentalist leaving his mark on everything from alt-country to bluegrass music.

He casts a wide net with 2018’s I Think It’s Time, an album inspired by the twang of classic country, the hooks of 1970s pop/rock, the rhythmic soul of old-school Stax records, and Hawks’ own roots in the American South. With influences that veer from Big Star to Buck Owens, I Think It’s Time shines new light on an enduring, eclectic musician who was making Americana music long before the genre had a name.  “The album is a culmination of all my influences, thrown into a big pot as separate ingredients and turned into something cohesive and new,” says Hawks, who recorded I Think It’s Time at his home studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

He produced the album himself, playing most of the instruments — from finger-style acoustic guitar to keyboards — along the way. He then turned to Chris Stamey (the dB’s, Whiskeytown, Alex Chilton), who had previously mixed Hawks’ debut album for YepRoc Records, Fool’s Paradise, back in 2001. Stamey reprised that role for I Think It’s Time, resulting in a DIY album whose songs mix Hawks’ sharp, melody-driven songwriting with plenty of social commentary.

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Nashville Beats: Country Musician Clare Dunn Releases Soulful Dylan Cover

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Clare Dunn, known for her transfixing live shows, unparalleled guitar artistry, and clean, powerful vocals has released her version of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” This track’s audio and video were recorded in one pass and Clare’s vocal remains raw and unedited.

“I’ve always loved this song because of its poetic cadence and honesty. I recently rediscovered it playing guitar on my couch late one night, and remembered being a little girl driving a tractor the first time I heard Garth Brooks’ version of it, so in a lot of ways, Garth introduced me to Bob Dylan. I love Dylan’s writing style so when I was offered the opportunity to record a song of my choice for Spotify, this was my immediate pick,” says Clare.

An artist on the ascent, Clare is a “masterful guitar player who can do it all” (CMT) with “big, soaring vocals and serious guitar prowess,” (Rolling Stone).

Clare caught the attention of rock legend Bob Seger who, after hearing her sound check only once, invited her to be his opener for his Ride Out Tour.

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A Sound Recommendation: The Marcus King Band

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A Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. 

Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own.

Going beyond the sonic textures of his acclaimed 2015 debut album, Soul Insight; The Marcus King Band broadens his sound, touching upon everything from funky R&B to Southern soul and Americana in the process. His band gets in on the action too, stacking the songs with blasts of swampy brass, a lock-step rhythm section and swirling organ. Ever the multi-tasker, King bounces between several instruments, handling electric and acoustic guitar — as well as pedal and lap steel — while driving each track home with his soulful, incendiary voice.

A childhood introvert who leaned heavily on music as a way of expressing himself, King fills The Marcus King Band with a mix of biographical tunes and fictional story songs.

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His latest release, Carolina Confessions features 10 brand-new songs, all written by Marcus except for ‘How Long,’ which was co-written with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin.

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Whether it’s the searing rock exorcism of ‘Confessions’ or the propulsive road-bound soul of ‘Where I’m Headed,’ Marcus exhibits an almost Southern gothic sensibility in his songs, owning up to failed relationships, portraying his complex connection with his hometown, arraying a sprawling musical firmament in the process.

Marcus and his five bandmates – drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and keyboard player DeShawn ‘D’Vibes’ Alexander – are in top form on Carolina Confessions, exhibiting an intuitive sense of control and expression as they tackle their most sonically layered and emotionally complex compositions to date.

Marcus is the first player I’ve heard since Derek Trucks to play with the maturity of a musician well beyond his age,” Haynes says. “He’s very much influenced by the blues, but also by jazz, rock, soul music, and any timeless genres of music. You can hear the influences, but it all comes through him in his own unique way. He has one of those voices that instantly draws you in, and his guitar playing is an extension of his voice and vice versa.”   Warren Haynes

 

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An Evening With Dawes 2019 Dates Announced

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Dawes have announced the Feed The Fire EP, their official video for “Feed The Fire” and the second leg of their An Evening With Dawes: Passwords Tour!

The Feed The Fire EP is available on all streaming platforms and includes a special live version of “Feed The Fire,” in addition to a barebones acoustic version and a radio edit of the song. The band has also released the official video for “Feed The Fire,” which can be seen below.

FEED THE FIRE EP TRACK LISTING:

Feed The Fire (Radio Edit)
Feed The Fire (Live)
Feed The Fire (Barebones Acoustic)
Feed The Fire (Album Version)

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Dawes have also announced the second leg of their An Evening With Dawes: Passwords Tour. Each night will be a special night, filled with two full Dawes sets. The additional dates kick off mid-January and run through February, early 2019.

Tickets for all 2018 An Evening With Dawes shows, and for January 26 in Oshkosh, WI are available now HERE.

October 3 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall
October 4 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
October 29 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
October 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
October 31 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
November 2 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s
November 3 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
November 4 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
November 6 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly
November 7 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
November 9 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
November 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
November 11 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
November 13 – Richmond, VA – The National Theater
November 14 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
January 18 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
January 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Orpheum Theatre
January 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
January 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room
January 23 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
January 25 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
January 26 – Oshkosh, WI – The Howard
January 27 – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theatre
January 29 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
January 30 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
February 1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
February 2 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
February 5 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
February 8 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson Theater
February 9 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
February 10 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
February 12 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
February 17 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
February 19 – St. Augustine, FL – Backyard @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
February 20 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall

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New Music From Young Rising Sons

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At first glance, Young Rising Sons may seem to be just another Jersey band, raised on Bruce in the ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’. Perhaps, at some point, that’s exactly what they were, but Young Rising Sons has grown into a family, with its foundation rooted in resilience.

On a moody fall day in the East Village, bassist Julian Dimagiba & drummer Steve Patrick stumbled into a dive bar and caught Andy Tongren performing an acoustic set. The two realized that Tongren, an Ohio-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist, was what their band needed. They had instant chemistry, and the newly formed Sons threw themselves at the NYC and NJ circuits. After beginning to develop a humble, yet loyal fan base they met producers Shep Goodman & Aaron Accetta.

In 2014 Young Rising Sons signed with Goodman & Accettas’ production company, Dirty Canvas Music, and released ‘High”. It garnered the attention of fans and industry executives alike. The band ultimately signed with Interscope Records and released their self-titled EP shortly after.

Following their signing, Young Rising Sons played to the world through placements in Toyota, Pepsi & Hulu commercials, trailers – like Universal Picture’s “A Dog’s Purpose,” the Guitar Hero video game, and ESPN broadcasts of NCAA Football.

They have performed across the US, Canada, and the U.K. with the likes of Halsey, The 1975, & The Neighbourhood. From 200-cap shows at Bowery Electric, to a field of 20,000 at Firefly, the Sons fans have grown with the band. Young Rising Sons have garnered critical acclaim from publications such as Billboard, Clash and Teen Vogue to name a few.

Their new single ‘Scatterbrain’ features infectious playful lyrics, driving drums and gritty guitars, while narrating the chaos and confusion of feeling something and not understanding or knowing how to process it. The band explain “It’s the byproduct of being an emotional hoarder and carrying baggage that you know you shouldn’t. Scatterbrain is about trying to balance the outside work when you’re living inside your head”.

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A Sound Recommendation: Folk Rockers Edward and Jane

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Originally formed in Cleveland, Tennessee, Edward + Jane trace their roots to a young duo comprised of Lee University Students, Timothy Edward Carpenter (guitarist/vocalist) and Emilie Jane Creutzinger (mandolinist/vocalist).

In search for a deeper folk sound, the duo quickly became a trio adding fellow Lee University student, Spencer Thomas Smith (guitarist/vocalist). The final member of Edward + Jane was added in Carpenter’s childhood friend, Jerome Obholz (drums), who completed the folk/rock sound. The four found immediate success in the Cleveland music scene, writing and recording their first EP, Grow, and earning early recognition by being afforded the chance to open for Jon Foreman.

As their Tennessee fan-base grew, Edward + Jane parted ways briefly when Carpenter and Creutzinger made the move up north, back to their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. The band‘s stint away from home in Cleveland created their first true debut EP, As Family We Gather, an album written and entirely dedicated to the joys and pains of family, being away from the ones we love, and growing older. This album, recorded at Varsity Recording Co. in Anderson, Indiana, established the rock/folk sound Edward + Jane drew influence from in the sister sounds of The Head and The Heart and The Lone Bellow. The album propelled the band to their first international tour in the Spring of 2017, three summer music festivals (once opening for Mandolin Orange), and the feature-length documentary, Gather, surrounding the making and touring of the album.

With the recent addition of Aaron Sawyer (bass), and Brenden Koon (keys), Edward + Jane are now reunited with the full six-piece band in Chattanooga, Tennessee, writing and recording their second EP. The band’s desire to make true, folk/rock music is heard in their honest lyricism and incredible family band instrumentation. They are a reminder to all who listen, that music is the cloth by which we clean the window looking into the heart of what’s really important in life—those we love most.

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The folk rockers just released their anthemic new EP Too Early To Tell. The heartfelt five-song set artfully continues the band’s tradition of making folk-rock music that brims with honest lyricism and incredible family band instrumentation. The album beautifully showcases the group’s palpable chemistry, harmony-laden hooks, and ability to make even the most stoic listener swoon, as they distill influences from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers-esque classic rock to soul-moving gospel choir sensibilities. Too Early To Tell is a nostalgic journey to freedom that blends the bittersweet pain of departure with the flourishing beauty of independence.

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