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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A Sound Recommendation: Scottish Alt Rockers Fatherson

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Fatherson are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in Kilmarnock, consisting of Ross Leighton (Guitar, lead vocals), Marc Strain (Bass) and Greg Walkinshaw (Drums).

The band have released three studio albums, I Am an Island, Open Book  and this week released their third studio album, Sum Of All Your Parts.

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Fatherson have established themselves as a potent force, having sold out Glasgow’s Barrowlands as well as London’s Scala on their previous run of dates. Together with blistering shows and a rabid fanbase, Fatherson operate in a distinctly Scottish plane of sentimentally – it is no coincidence they have previously toured with the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro and Idlewild.

Have a listen to the lead single, Making Waves

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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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A Sound Recommendation: Fiddler Gaelynn Lee

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When Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, her two decades as a hardworking and talented musician finally crystallized in a beautiful moment of national recognition. It was also just the beginning of a grand adventure. With the wind of her award at their backs, Gaelynn and her husband Paul sold their house in Northern Minnesota, quit their jobs, bought a van, and hit the road.

Since then, Gaelynn has played over 250 shows in 42 states and seven countries, adding nearly 100,000 miles to their Ford Econoline’s odometer. The singer-songwriter and violinist has performed everywhere from coffee shops, bars, schools and festivals; she’s graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots , The Kennedy Center , House of Blues and even BBC World News . This June she was featured at arts festivals in Iceland and Switzerland, and she played the Winnipeg Folk Fest in July and Travelers’ Rest Fest (curated by The Decemberists).

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Her new album, Learning How To Stay , is an 11-song collection that runs the gamut sonically from pensive and luscious to aggressive and intentioned, from folk to decidedly pop, and even includes a couple of traditional fiddle tunes. Undoubtedly the connecting thread of this album is Gaelynn Lea herself. With her singular voice and deeply-affecting violin, she guides the listener through a journey that explores the contrasting nature of existence: dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy. Learning How to Stay encourages the listener to stay present for it all.

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In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn Lea loves to do speaking engagements about disability awareness, inclusion in the arts, and leading an enriching life. Gaelynn has a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones Disease) and she is a strong voice in the disability community. Gaelynn Lea believes society must prioritize accessibility so people with disabilities can participate in their communities and use their gifts without barriers or discrimination.

 

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New Music and Memoir From American Troubadour Steve Forbert

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Big City Cat – My Life in Folk-Rock, singer/songwriter Steve Forbert’s exceptional new memoir co-written with Therese Boyd, allows him ample opportunity to candidly reflect on those specific circumstances that first brought him to the public eye.

Originally conceived as a stage play and screen treatment, it finds him documenting his early adventures in the big city while pursuing his quest to make music. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, he weaves an absorbing narrative that fully documents the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40 year career. Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock also features first-person commentary from those who worked with Forbert on the road and in the studio.

The book is accompanied by its own soundtrack as well, an A+ new album entitled The Magic Tree that offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, overdubbed with new backing tracks and fleshed out as a series of songs that ring with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect.

Consistently upbeat and optimistic, the songs convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living. Then again, that’s been Forbert’s mantra for quite some time-honoring his past while plowing his way towards the future.

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The Magic Tree track list is as follows:

01. The Magic Tree (Version No 1) 3:51
02. That’d Be Alright (3:12)
03. Carolina Blue Sky Blues (3:02)
04. Let’s Get High (3:13)
05. Tryna Let Go (4:55)
06. Lookin’ At The River in the Rain (3:12)
07. Diamond Sky (2:51)
08. Movin’ Through American (3:40)
09. I Ain’t Got Time (3:35)
10. The Magic Tree (Version No 2) (3:19)
11. Only You (And Nobody Else) (3:58)
12. The Music of the Night (2:59)

Big City Cat – My Life in Folk-Rock and The Magic Tree will be released on September 14, 2018.  

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Nashville Beats: Country Rocker Ben Danaher

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Drawing on the influence of legendary troubadours like Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, and Townes Van Zandt, Ben Danaher first made a name for himself as a songwriter in Texas before relocating to Nashville. Along the way, he shared bills with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jack Ingram, Angaleena Presley, Rhett Miller, Travis Meadows, and Amanda Shires, in addition to co-writing songs for Ryan Beaver, Bonnie Bishop, Rob Baird, and Justin Halpin among others. For his own songs, Danaher collaborated with some of Nashville fastest-rising stars, including Maren Morris, on material that blended classic country tradition with modern rock and roll sensibilities. 

Recorded live and raw with his touring band, ‘Still Feel Lucky’ showcases Danaher’s hard-won wisdom and cinematic storytelling, capturing slices of life with a candid honesty that cut straight to the heart of things. Danaher lost his brother to murder and his father to cancer in short succession, and while many of the songs draw from that well of pain and loss, the music is anything but self-pitying. These are songs of revelation and redemption, reflecting a maturity and an acceptance that can only come with time and perspective. Writing the album was a therapeutic process for Danaher, an opportunity to make sense of the inexplicable, but it was also a chance to respond to the universe with love and gratitude despite all he’s been through. 

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You can go through hell and get completely hardened up, but there’s always going to be this human part of you that can still feel lucky and grateful for all the good that’s in your life,” he concludes. “No matter how difficult things get, in the end, there’s always hope.”

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AngloFiles: Jonathan Jeremiah

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Imagine a young London born singer songwriter working night-shifts for seven years to get the money together to hire legendary brass players, soulful string orchestras, and Questlove, one of music’s most influential figures to drum on five of the tracks, and record them in a little studio in Dollis Hill.

Born to an Anglo-Indian father and a Tipperary born Irish-Catholic mother, Jonathan inherited his name from his mother’s brother, a priest, and a boy in love with the idea of the American dream, who died in a car crash in Jefferson City, USA at the age of 23.

In his early twenties Jonathan crossed the Atlantic, just like his late uncle, to pursue American music. He traveled from New York to Los Angeles by bus, writing songs between petrol stations and burger stops. Realising that America didn’t hold the answers, the 22 year-old left his uncle’s ghost behind him, returned home, and began making his debut album. Seven years later, and featuring collaborations with the likes of The Roots’ bandleader Questlove, James Brown’s legendary band The JBs and Bernard Butler, the album is finished. After a life of loving music that expresses its emotions purely and truthfully, and after long years of working and dreaming, Jonathan Jeremiah is ready to become his own man.

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His latest album Good Day is available now via Pias.

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