The Commonheart – the 8-piece Pittsburgh powerhouse led by firey frontman Clinton Clegg – has won fans over with a sound “so explosive…it [could] summon a biblical thunderstorm” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Today, the band announces their new album ‘Pressure,’ out August 16th on Jullian Records, along with lead single “Do Right.” American Songwriter said the song “radiates true soul” and “reverberates through your core.” Listen to “Do Right” here.
If you are familiar with The Royal Hounds then you know that they play quirky, in-your-face, roots rock and roll driven by a wild front man with a stand-up bass. You can now add to that tagline, “And a Brazilian kid who can play guitar like Brent Mason and Johnny Hiland.”
Early James and the Latest is a combination of roots rock, the lonesomeness of the blues and tongue and cheek of classic country. Drawing their influences from Hank Williams to Miles Davis this raw combination of James Mullis and Adrian Marmolejo is a musical meltdown that draws from the rich lyrical content of the south.
Earlier this spring, The Brother Brothers partnered up with old friends — folk darling Sarah Jarosz and bassist Jeff Picker — at a house in Nashville to create a stunning rendition of “Colorado,” taken from The Brother Brothers’ debut album SOME PEOPLE I KNOW out now on Compass Records. Intimate acoustics and three-part harmonies demonstrate the striking talent of these musicians. Today, Billboard premiered the “stirring” performance, calling it “a gentle, winsome elegy.”
CHARLIE PARR is the eponymous new album by the Minnesota-based folk blues artist the same name. The album is a collection of new songs and new studio versions of classics/audience favorites from throughout Parr’s career and will be released September 27 on Red House Records.
Grammy nominated Raging Fyah is kicking off their U.S. tour this week. They are supporting their latest single/video “Better Tomorrow” that premiered at Relixearlier in the year and was released on all digital service providers in late March. The band will also be performing at VP Records 40th anniversary event happening on August 10th at Central Park SummerStage. More info on the event here https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/vp-records-40th-anniversary.
Nashville based Southern-inspired rock band The Steel Woods will perform at the Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival on August 17 in support of their recent album Old News (Woods Music/Thirty Tigers). Centered around the soulful and commanding vocals of lead singer Wes Bayliss and the instrumental prowess of guitarist Jason (Rowdy) Cope, The Steel Woods are a band steeped in Southern culture with a modern approach and powerful intensity.
Freekbass, hailed by the legendary Bootsy Collins as “the new spiritual warrior for the funk,” is ready to serve up his new album All The Way This. All The Way That. on the exciting new Color Red imprint on May 31, 2019. The highly anticipated album embodies the past, present, and future of funk music from the creative minds of Freekbass and co-producers Itaal Shur and Color Red founder Eddie Roberts.
Iconic GRAMMY and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and activist, Melissa Etheridge released her new album, The Medicine Show, April 12, 2019 via Concord Records. Reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks (Keith Urban, Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson) Melissa sounds as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her 15th studio recording. Known for her passionate and dynamic live performances, she is currently on tour supporting the new release.
Neo-traditional honky-tonker Chuck Mead serves up a Memphis-spiced hardcore country platter with Close to Home, due for release on June 21, 2019. The 11-track collection, on Nashville independent label Plowboy Records, is the follow-up to Mead’s first Plowboy release, 2015’s Free State Serenade. Recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Studios in Memphis, Tenn., the album was produced by acclaimed Memphis recording engineer and producer Matt Ross-Spang.