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From the album What Is There
New West Records
Enduring rock quintet—Matthew Logan Vasquez, Kelly Winrich, Will McLaren, Jon Jameson and Brandon Young—realign on their fifth full-length and first album since 2014, What Is There. While it reflects their journey thus far, it also ushers them into new territory as both musicians and friends.
From the album Sending Money and Stems
California based indie-folk songwriter, Joe Kaplow, uses music as his currency for life. He pays for another spin on the Ferris wheel with songs and tours. “Little Sleep” is the first single from his upcoming sophomore album Sending Money and Stems, available in April on Fluff and Gravy Records.
From the EP The Time Is Now
Undercover Organism has always been recognized as a leader of electronic jam style, gaining increasing popularity among festivalgoers and music enthusiasts alike. UO thrives on exciting the crowd with sounds not normally heard from a live band.
From the album The New World Blues
Whiskey Bayou Records
Blues-rock singer-songwriter/guitarist Alastair Greene returns with an inspired solo record, The New World Blues, produced by Tab Benoit. A much in-demand guitarist, Greene has toured with the Alan Parsons Project, as well as Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and soul blues artist Sugaray Rayford.
The 19th Street Band
“Nothing to Do (All Day to Do It)”
From the album Diamond in the Rough
The 19th Street Band bridges the musical traditions of Americana/roots from Ireland to Appalachia with their eclectic gypsy-rock spirit. Fronted by a husband and wife team, the band’s new second album, Diamond in the Rough, also includes three songs that were co-written by Philip Donnelly and John Prine.
“Don’t Say Goodbye”
From the album In the In Between
Inspired by the likes of Gram & Emmylou and Nicks & Petty, Towne hits like a ‘70s rock band matched with smooth acoustic roots and an Americana vibe. After a million miles of good faith and bad deals, Towne recorded their debut LP with Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane. Released in November 2020.
Louisiana songwriter Ben Labat has quietly become one of Americana’s most striking voices. Lyrically rooted in the experience of a keen-eyed observer who’s felt the highs and lows that life has to offer, Labat’s ability to craft heartfelt songs is reminiscent of Springsteen, Browne and Dylan.
Sister Lucille fuses elements of swampy blues, rock, soul and gospel into a sound they’ve dubbed “Memphunk.” Their debut album, Alive, was named Blues Blast’s Best Debut CD of 2020. “Gone,” their new single, is what happens when you roll Beale Street, Muscle Shoals and 123rd & Lennox into a magical musical hydra.
“Greasy Warrior, Pt. 1”
Double You is quickly making a name for themselves in the Burlington, Vt. music scene. This jam-rock quintet places an emphasis on improvisation, and finds unexplored musical territory with each live performance. “Greasy Warrior, Pt. 1” displays variety within songs and their tight compositional abilities.
Editor’s Pick: Mipso
North Carolina-bred four-piece Mipso have captivated audiences with their finely layered vocal harmonies, graceful fluency in the timeless musical traditions of their home state and a near-telepathic musical connection that makes their live show especially kinetic.
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From the Album Refraction
Pickpocket play groove-based instrumental music with a focus on tight rhythms and singable melodies. Melding musical styles such as Funk, RnB and Jazz/Fusion, they change musical gears with ease, resulting in a compelling live performance that celebrates groove and embraces improvisation.
“Everything Will Be Alright”
From the EP Worthy
Sahara Moon released two singles, “Everything Will Be Alright” and “Beauty In A Rose,” from her debut EP, Worthy. She has been featured on PBS WHYY House Concert Series and has shared the stage with national acts, including Stephen Kellogg and Robert Cray Band.
From the album Rose Songs
Carry On Music
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “roots rock…that should appeal to fans of Bruce Hornsby and Bob Dylan,” Clint Roberts releases “The Drifter,” a hauntingly beautiful tale about unrequited love and the emotional turmoil that follows. The song is from Roberts’ debut album, Rose Songs, out February 26.
Big Harp George
“Heading Out to Itaipu”
From the Album Living in the City
Blues Mountain Records
Big Harp George electrified the jazz/blues scene in 2014 with his award-nominated debut album Chromaticism. He has since released three more records of startling scope and ambition, combining irreverent humor with searing social commentary. Critics call his latest, Living in the City, “a masterpiece.”
“No More Cowboys”
Based out of Portland, OR, fast-rising psych/dream pop artist Benji Moon combines the vintage tones of the 1970s and 80s with influence from the indie-pop music of the early 2010s. Moon’s single “No More Cowboys” is featured on his upcoming, debut LP Dream Rock (out March 2021).
“Tomorrow is Today”
Ed Roman is an eclectic multi-instrumentalist from Canada. His music has received airplay on 600+ stations, worldwide. Roman has won multiple awards and reached No. 1 on the international iTunes songs charts. His latest is a footstomper from his upcoming 2021 album, A Recipe For Perpetual Spring.
From the EP Gone My Own Way
Annie Frazier is a singer-songwriter located in Minneapolis, MN. Gone My Own Way is her solo debut. Rooted in country, folk and americana, the EP has been described by many as “heartfelt and true” invoking a “gentle yet rich sound” and is truly a “powerful expression of self exploration.”
Richard Lynch is a chart-topping traditional country artist who has recorded duets with Grammy Winner, Rhonda Vincent, No. 1 country artist Ronnie McDowell, and legend Leona Williams. Richard owns and operates Keepin’ It Country Farm in Ohio and he’s the co-founder of Love Tattoo Foundation for Veterans.
See Your Shadow Songwriting
“Today I Do Became I Don’t”
See Your Shadow
See Your Shadow Songwriting is a collaborative music creation entity based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Led by Artistic Director, Michael “The Metropolitan Cowboy” Coleman, See Your Shadow brings music to life spanning all genres with its primary focus being country and western.
“Music For My Soul”
Rocky Michaels Music
Having burst onto the scene in 2019 with a debut album which garnered accolades and national attention, singer-songwriter Rocky Michaels picks up where he left off with the first track off his follow-up record. “Music For My Soul” is a song about how music can serve as great therapy and an outlet for us all.
Wade In the Water
From the Single
As Pittsburgh’s “Lady Of The Blues,” Miss Freddye is a two-time Blues Music Foundation Awards nominee, and the 2020 Pittsburgh City Paper’s Blues Performer of the Year. Her latest single, “Wade In The Water” is from her forthcoming gospel album, scheduled for 2021 release.
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