Devon Allman + Duane Betts Announce new 2019 Album/Tour

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After a successful year touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts – the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to form The Allman Betts Band .

They will kick off 2019 with a new Allman Betts Band album and a worldwide tour that will feature new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The new album, which is slated to be released in the Spring of 2019, will be produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).

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The new ABB will include Devon, Duane, Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), slide guitar virtuoso, Johnny Stachela and DAP percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum.

Peter Levin (Gregg Allman’s Hammond B3 player) and Chuck Leavell (former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current Rolling Stones keyboardist) will also appear on the record.

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West Coast Beats: New Music From Rockabillys Kim Lenz

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Rockabilly goddess Kim Lenz is gearing up for the release of her fifth album Slowly Speeding, out February 22, 2019.

Lenz is a songwriter, performer, bandleader, engineer and producer who pores over every nuance of her music to ensure maximum potency. The ten songs on Slowly Speeding brim with growling vocals, clever turns of phrase and heightened musicianship that services both the songs and the emotional intent behind them. As the first song written for the project, “Slowly Speeding” sets the pace for what follows — a gauzy, Western Gothic gaze into the heart of a woman who has abandoned her walls and inhibitions, falling so deeply in love that the universe itself seems unreal. 

Lenz released her debut album in 1998 as Kim Lenz & the Jaguars, via Hightone Records. Heralded as the “Flame-haired keeper of the rockabilly flame” by Allmusic, Lenz reached the highest heights of the 90’s rockabilly revival. At the same time, she established her own distinctive voice as an artist who inhabited the musical and aesthetic traditions of a classic era, even as she subverted them. 

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For Slowly Speeding, Lenz pulled the most essential elements of the past forward into the present and gave her own voice to it. Lenz’s sonic vision for the project was to combine her favorite tones from her most-treasured records, regardless of genre or era, and co-producer DH Phillips was the perfect partner in crime. They looked to early blues, classic country, and old-time gospel harmonies. ”The idea was to try to use all the ingredients that made up rock & roll, but shift around the time frames,” she offers. “I started out in the ’90s making traditional rockabilly music,” she continues. “But in my journey to understand how rockabilly and rock & roll came into being, I found blues, rhythm & blues, gospel, Western swing, and country music.”

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Nashville Beats: Singer/Songwriter Brooke Moriber

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Brooke Moriber is a singer/ songwriter known for her edgy pop tunes. She has been critically acclaimed for her “clarion voice” by the Associated Press and her “immense vocal range”. Recent shows featuring music from her latest EP “Fire” have earned her glowing reviews by bloggers and magazines applauding her “huge vocals”, and songs that are “destined for high rotation”.

Born in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, Brooke has made a mark on New York City with her distinctive sound and her unique career.

Brooke’s first professional gig was performing on the Broadway stage as young Cosette in Les Miserables. Since then, she has made a name for herself on stage, film, and TV as one of New York’s most versatile performers.

As a teenager, Brooke’s original pop/rock music was licensed to Nickelodeon and her songs have been featured on soundtracks for film and theater . Her band has played venues throughout the Manhattan club circuit such as Pianos, The Cutting Room, The Knitting Factory, and The Red Lion. 

While juggling appearances with her band Brooke has performed in 7 Broadway shows including those in which she created such roles as “Nadine” in The Wild Party, “Iola Stover” in Parade and “Lily” in James Joyce’s The Dead.   She played a young opera singer in Follies on Broadway and performed with Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming in The Threepenny Opera. 

Brook has released the title track of her upcoming Cry Like A Girl LP, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, with legendary producer Fred Mollin (Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin) at the helm. The song is a powerful country-pop cut that showcases Brooke’s powerhouse vocal delivery and lyrics that challenge what it means to “cry like a girl”.

Cry Like A Girl is a deeply meaningful statement for Moriber who explains, “I named the album after that particular song because it has such a clear message that embodies the collection as a whole. It’s a statement about self-discovery and the strength that comes with embracing your emotions and allowing yourself to heal and grow. Human beings are resilient and I believe music can be the best reminder of that. I hope that the journey for the listeners can be as empowering and healing as it was for me to write it.”

The album also features “The Last Goodbye” which caught attention from No Depression, who lauded Brooke as “a major league talent deserving a spot in the mainstream spotlight”, and Celebmix who raved that “her powerful voice just blew us away the first time we heard her tracks, and she is definitely destined for success.”

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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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PHILLY BEATS: New Music From Rockers Mo Lowda & The Humble

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Philadelphia rockers, Mo Lowda & the Humble have released their new video for their new song “Card Shark

Card Shark” comes off of Mo Lowda’s sophomore album, Creatures , released earlier this year. The track is a slow, booming, yet bouncy song – drop C tuned guitar drenched in reverb, bellows over an assertive, forward moving bassline and stomping drums as shouty vocals tell the tale of a man who loses everything he loves due to a gambling addiction. Gang vocals sing an ironically joyful melody in the sub-bass driven choruses. The third person account was written by Jordan Caiola (lead vocalist, guitarist) on his flight home from a post-college graduation trip to Las Vegas with some friends. Caiola shares, “We were only playing $5 tables out there for fun but, even so…I saw how easy it could be to get caught up in that, especially if the stakes were higher and desperation played a role.

“We really wanted to dig into the psychology of our hero, and the struggle he faces between his home life, with his wife and child, and his gambling addiction,” says director, Kirby Sybert. “There’s a frightening power involved with addiction that can really tear lives apart. Whether it’s gambling, drinking, drugs, money, power, whatever the vice there are real world consequences attached. Most times core relationships are disrupted. Jordan had come to me with the idea earlier this year and so the band and I really paid attention to the moments that felt real and visceral. We wanted that internal struggle of our hero and his detachment from his surroundings due to this addiction. When it came to shooting we went in with cinematographer, Skyler Jenkins, and shot everything in that one day. It was one of those shoots where everything falls into place and it just feels right. It’s that feeling where we knew we had captured some magic.”

The trio, known for their progressive songwriting and energetic live performances, will be kicking off a fall North American tour this Friday in Columbus, and have announced their first-ever European tour for early 2019.

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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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AngloFiles: Singer-Songwriter Freya Ridings

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Hailing from London, 23-year-old singer-songwriter Freya Ridings self-releases her single “Lost Without You,” a pop ballad about an intense, regretful moment that changed her life.

Her debut single “Blackout” premiered in May and received international support on radio and editorial support on Spotify.

Her second single “Maps,” a spine-tingling cover of the classic Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit, further opened the doors for Freya as it received major support from Spotify and Zane Lowe, who added her to his #Breaking List.

Upon releasing a live album in September, Freya embarked on her first full headline tour in the UK. She then spent the rest of 2017 on the road supporting acts such as Dotan, Tears for Fears, Tash Sultana, and Lewis Capaldi.

2018 will be bright for the up-and-coming singer-songwriter, as Freya has set herself up to be an artist to watch in the new year.

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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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Nashville Beats: Alt Country Artist Elise Davis

 

 

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Elise Davis moves between lush alt-country and stripped-down folk on her second album, Cactus. Arriving two years after The Token — the songwriter’s 2016 debut, whose electrified roots-rock sound earned praised from outlets like Rolling Stone Country and The Wall Street Journal — Cactus spins autobiographical stories about a self-sufficient woman in the modern world. Like the desert plant that lends the album its title, Davis takes pride in her own independence, confident that she doesn’t need help from others to grow tall.

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Davis’ independent streak began in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she kicked off her career at 12 years old. Now based in Nashville, she has earned acclaim not only for her live show, but also her sharp, articulate songwriting. She collaborates with co-writers like Grammy-winner Maren Morris on Cactus, whose bold, country-leaning sound was produced by Jordan Lehning. The result is Elise Davis’ most honest record to date — an album about what it takes to stand alone, rooted in the hard-won wisdom of a songwriter who’s unafraid to shine a light on her missteps and victories.

 

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