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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sweden's Lily Locksmith releases Rhythm and Blues rocker "Player"



Enviken Records are thrilled to announce the release of the first single by Lily Locksmith, "Player".

Lily hails from the village of Mockfjärd in the heart of Sweden. She first entered the stage in the mid 00’s, back then in the name of Lily Mae. She appeared as a guest with many fine acts like Mike Sanchez (also featured on his Babes & Buicks album), The Domestic Bumblebees and Danny & The Cappers amongst others. 

The song “Player” is well known to all Nick Curran fans and the track “No Use But O’Well” is from the pen of Chris Ruest.

Lily Locksmith and her band are ready to turn the world upside down with their Rhythm and Blues oriented music. She draws inspiration from icons such as Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton and Etta James as well as new artists like J.D McPherson and fellow countryman Daniel Norgren.

Marty's review: This one just ROCKS! Take my word for it and have a listen.

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Check out the video of “Player” here: https://youtu.be/mrUfMMqs1mw



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Kings of Lowertown new release "Quebec Roulette"..Gritty Blues from Pembroke, Ontario

Kings Of Lowertown have recently released a new single, "Quebec Roulette".





Kings Of Lowertown are from Pembroke, Ontario.  The new single was produced and engineered by Jordon Zadorozny of Blinker The Star.  The recording is a gritty blues track written in the vein of Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits. The vibe of the song was inspired by the rough and tumble of Chapeau, Quebec - just across the mighty Ottawa River from Pembroke.  

The track totally smokes and is as original as one can get these days.





                                    




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Monday, July 25, 2016

Tina Bednoff and The Cocktailers Deliver Rockin' Rhythm and Blues



Tina Bednoff and The Cocktailers are a quaint quartet from the shady red light district of Helsinki, delivering rockin’ rhythm and blues that you can dance your toenails off to.

With all due respect, don't you just sometimes get tired of the endless radio playlists and the monotonic, compressed sound barrier of today’s music and artists? Have no fear, Tina and the guys are here! The sound is firmly based on 1940's & 1950's rhythm and blues, but the mission is not to replicate the hits of the past, not by a long shot.




Their new album, Jump Sister Jump, can be streamed at the link below.


AirPlay Direct Link:
AirPlayDirect.com/TinaBednoffOfficial

The repertoire of the band consists mainly of rockin' rhythm and blues numbers fit for dancers, with a few slower blues, some rhumba rhythms, and, of course, a haunting ballad here and there. Original material is constantly ado, and the innovative selection of covers is dug out off the beaten path - not the worn-out standards everyone has heard a zillion times over. The outcome is a unique bundle of exciting cocktails, with both familiar and exotic ingredients.





As a Finnish female blues guitarist and bandleader, Tina is one of the very few. After bringing up her family, she returned to her true love: rhythm and blues. Her passionate vocal and guitar styles derive from the blues giants like T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, Memphis Minnie, and countless others, carefully studied by Tina. She has been playing guitar and singing her guts out for over 30 years now, so she knows her stuff.

The Cocktailers are an experienced bunch of players that have been on the rocky road of roots music for quite some time. Honey Aaltonen (drums) and Long John Rantapuro (upright bass) are old band mates from Tortilla Flat, a band that has been on the scene since 1980's, and Ville "Tri" (Doc) Tolvanen (piano) leads his own band called Rootsinkeksijät, among other engagements.

The album is released and available through El Toro Records and also on Spotify and ITunes.

Marty's review: this one just ROCKS!...take my word for it. Take time out and have a listen, you won't be disappointed!


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Lost Dog Found new release "Ain't No Better Place" video preview



Lost Dog Found are pretty excited that they will have a new EP coming your way soon, and thought they would give you all a taste with the first release, "Ain't No Better Place."  ...and it's out now :-)

Take a look/listen at http://bit.ly/AintNoBetterPlace

Their signature "modern throwback" feel is on display here, where they take some flavors of Sam Cooke, a touch of Jack Johnson, a little Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and maybe a smidgen of Nathaniel Rateliffe, to get a laid back love song. This tune was written by Stevie Mac (Lost Dog Found's band leader) on a warm, windy night while his gal had a string of nights that kept them apart.





If you have been around from the inception, you'll remember we had a female singer jump in for a few songs during our sets... well, we're bringing back that idea, and we are super stoked to have the fabulous Rachel Sierra singing with us throughout the summer (she'll be with us starting in July), and Stevie Mac will be joining in on fun as well.


Check out their upcoming shows! 


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Americana band Coral Creek Rocks Rochester and other locations



Colorado's Coral Creek Embarks on Tour of the
West Coast and Mountain West

Colorado based Coral Creek is scheduled to perform 16 tour dates along the west coast and mountain west beginning this week. With roots based in Americana, Bluegrass and Rock n' Roll, Coral Creek has shown considerable growth in the last few years with festival plays and packed theatre gigs both nationally and internationally. 

Not your average Americana group, Coral Creek features a prestigious lineup whose members have toured with groups such as Leftover Salmon, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Derek Trucks Band, Lyle Lovett Band, and The John Cowan Band. Led by founding member and chief songwriter, Chris Thompson, Coral Creek seizes center stage with beautifully written compositions and storylines reminiscent of John Prine and Robert Hunter. Previously produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Thompson’s playing is stylistically blazing new trails inspired by guitar heroes Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice.




Tour Dates
Jun 30 -  Thursdays on First & Third: Rochester, MN
Jul 02 - The Bottleneck: Lawrence, KS
Jul 08 - Summer of Love Festival: Hawkhurst, KEN
Jul 16 - Rudry Festival: Rudry, UK
Jul 29 - the BEACH: Buena Vista, CO
Aug 03 - Beaver Creek: ResortAvon, CO
Aug 05 - Parfet Park: Golden, CO
Aug 19 - Yarmony Grass: Rancho Del Rio, CO
Sep 02 - Reservoir Hill Park: Pagosa Springs, CO

For more information about Coral Creek, or the schedule of events, check out the official website at http://www.coralcreek.net/



                                            


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Danish power blues trio Jake Green Band..not your average blues band



Jake Green Band is not your average blues band.

With remarkably experienced musicians and an extraordinarily strong lead vocal, the band not only aims to venture outside of the boundaries of convention, but also has the technical foundation to do so. The sound of this power trio is an artful mix of blues rock, heavy shuffles and heart-wrenching slow blues, sure to reverberate in your chest and soul.

The band members span 30 years in age and professional experience in the music industry. This is perhaps what creates the unique combination of solid, traditional blues craftsmanship and elements of other styles of music from the past three decades.

Guitarist and singer Jake Green has played with just about everyone in the Danish blues scene, not least as a steady host since 2006 at the legendary Thursday Night Blues Jam at Mojo Blues Bar in central Copenhagen. Jake has also wielded his signature green Gibson guitar on the foreign stages of Austin, New York, London, Thailand and Spain to great acclaim.

Drummer Hans Rosenberg has recorded over 160 albums and played all over the world with big name acts, including Nanook, Teitur, Uffe Steen, and Rasmus Lyberth Band.

Bass player Jens Simonsen is an alumnus of the Musicians Institute of California and has toured the world and recorded several hundred albums both as a musician and as producer and sound technician.



For a decade the band has played at the famous blues spot MOJO Copenhagen and now it is your turn to have the honour of this band and listen to them.

Jake Green Band is known for delivering a live performance of high standard and a duration of 2 till 4 hours. In November 2015 the band released their album “Plugging in”, which you will find at spotify and Itunes.


                                      




                                               


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cross-Cultural Singer-Songwriter Danielle Prou new single release "The Healer"



Singer-Songwriter, Danielle Prou, has recently released a new single and video "The Healer" from her forthcoming EP.  "The Healer" is a haunting exploration of personal sadness, longing and redemption. Built around a sultry vocal hook and swelling strings, the song captures the exceptional level of maturity this young songwriter has reached.

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Hold a mirror up to the melting pot that is America and you may just Danielle Prou’s reflection in the glass. Her father is a fourth-generation American of Spanish heritage. Her mother is a refugee survivor of Cambodia’s sinister Killing Fields. Born in Australia and now living in Los Angeles, cross-cultural beauty glows bright in her face, much as the hopes and dreams of a young American emanate eloquently from her songs. She’s a one-woman embodiment of the multicultural reach for a shared destiny that is the American experience.

For Danielle, music is at the foundation of everything. As she puts it, “Music is the glue that holds the whole world together. I don’t know what life would be without it.” When she was younger, she pursued acting, and landed several gigs, but it soon became clear that music was her true passion.

When she was twelve, she began working with Shaun Royer, a vocal coach known for helping to launch the careers of young artists. It was at Royer’s urging that she began writing songs on guitar, and the piano (her chief songwriting instrument).

Where Danielle’s performances are electric, her choice of material is wonderfully eclectic. When she isn’t singing her own songs, she loves interpreting songs by other artists, mining a wealth of music created well before she was born.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Archive X releases cover of 1961 Ray Charles song "Hard Times" from new album "Some Ungodly Hour"



 Hints of Prince... some 'Exile on Mainstreet'... and a little bit from Queen. With ArchiveX, there are praises to be sung.” Steve Hochman (KPCC/KQED/LATimes)

"ArchiveX’s blend of pop, rock, gospel and ambient: unearthly…stomping…impossibly gorgeous…pure vocal conjuring.” HITS

"All I know is this is some mind-blowing shit!" MagnetMagazine.com

On June 10th LoEx presents the first single, ‘Hard Times, from ArchiveX’s forthcoming debut album ‘Some Ungodly Hour,a collection of what the San Francisco-based artist calls Soul-Ambient-Electro-Roots. It is, indeed, subtle, genre- and age-defying music.

Hard Times’ is a 1961 classic reworked by ArchiveX who was drawn to the track’s pointed yet universal lyrics, particularly well-suited to our own times

In the accompanying video (shot in London by Kamil Dymek) that message is honed to a sharp metaphorical point as an imprisoned man is forced to rely solely upon his inner resources, imagination and will to persevere within - and even transcend -  the harsh limitations of external circumstance. He is trapped. The walls are close and relentless. (The circumstance in the video is more than metaphorical in the mass-incarceration culture of the United States, where the prison population has grown a staggering 700% in the last forty years and where one in every fifteen black men is behind bars.)

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In the original version of the song, the great Ray Charles chose to create an ironic disconnect between the relatively cheerful bluesy/gospel piano lines and the very dark lyrics. ArchiveX pays homage to the peerless original while recasting its message for a fresh audience, darkening the music with electronic brush strokes, for our own hard times.

Hard Times is released June 10th 2016

Some Ungodly Hour is released on July 29th 2016

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