MAGNOLIA BAYOU Releases Official Music Video for Heavy Rock “Train Don’t Stop”!

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Mississippi based, Southern Blues / Rock Band MAGNOLIA BAYOU has released the official music video for their new, heavy rock single, “Train Don’t Stop”. Recorded at Natchez Sound Studio, produced by Burne Sharp, and mixed by Jacquire King/Nashville, “Train Don’t Stop” premiered on ROCK & BLUES MUSE.

“A couple of years ago, we had some issues with band personnel. We promptly had a meeting to rectify the issues. During that meeting, our manager made the statement “This train don’t stop for anyone or anything.” Being floored by that statement, singer Drew Fulton jotted it down in his notes for potential use in a future song. Fast forward to 2020 and a worldwide pandemic took the world by storm. The lyric “This Train Don’t Stop” just kept knocking on our door. This song is the 2021 anthem for the people who have just had enough. Despite the odds, we won’t stop.” – MAGNOLIA BAYOU

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“’Train Don’t Stop’ proves that rock and roll is still very much alive, at least in the hands of Magnolia Bayou. When these four plug in and play, you can’t help but believe in them. If you live for loud, passionate blues/rock, you’re going to want to get behind this band and this song. Do yourself a solid and get onboard right now!” – ROCK & BLUES MUSE

Click to Download / Stream “Train Don’t Stop” Online

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Track List:
1. Dig Deep
2. Sleepin’ In The Dog House
3. Sugarspell
4. Preachin’ Blues
5. Hands In The Dirt
6. From The Other Side
7. The Robber
8. Hurricane
9. Tupelo
10. Sweet Magnolia
11. Thieves

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Forged in the heart of a Mississippi swamp, Magnolia Bayou’s sound is appropriately reminiscent of the golden age of Rock N Roll, and it is simultaneously flavored with a heavy, southern swagger that is distinctively theirs. Their bluesy aura can be traced back to the group’s origins, where they submerged and steeped themselves in their home state’s profound musical wealth; covering the likes of Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Son House and so many more.

Like their musical forefathers, the band spent three years blazing their way through juke joints along the Mississippi Blues trail, before independently recording their debut album in 2018. After its release, they spent the last three years extensively touring the surrounding south, traveling as far as the midwest and the pacific northeast. In that time, they’ve supported many acts such as Whiskey Myers, Wet Willie, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Fantastic Negrito, Tyler Childers, Ian Moore, Aaron Lewis, Bishop Gunn, Black Stone Cherry and most recently Buckcherry. They are set to open for Nightranger at the annual HWY 30 music fest in Filer Idaho on June 24th, of 2021.

In May of 2019, Magnolia Bayou set out to record their follow up album, Strange Place, at Natchez Sound Studio with Bishop Gunn’s very own Burne Sharp at the helm. The record is now available everywhere.

“Echoes of The Rolling Stones, Hendrix & early Aerosmith that come roaring out of your speaker… Strange Place is a transcendent blast of Rock & Roll with Southern Swagger and by any measure, Magnolia Bayou is one of the most crucial bands blowing up in the USA right now” – Rock & Blues Muse

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NEAL SCHON Releases Hotly Anticipated, Solo Album, ‘Universe’

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JOURNEY Founder NEAL SCHON has released his highly anticipated solo album, UNIVERSE, a 15 track mixture of symphonic classical blues, R&B, soul and rock-fusion. It’s the latest release from the iconic virtuoso guitarist and composer who’s soaring melodic and soulful playing will guide you through a journey of your senses and emotions in only the way his mastery of the instrument can, where each listen feels different and fresh every time. Experience the energy, beauty, and the musical healing nature of one of the most important artists of our generation with NEAL SCHON UNIVERSE produced by Narada Michael Walden. Neal Schon joined Santana in 1971 and founded Journey in 1973, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Track List: 1. Something In The Heart 2. The Eye Of God 3. The Universe 4. Caruso 5. Voodoo Child 6. Third Stone From The Sun 7. Purple Rain 8. She’s For Real 9. What Has Become 10. Lights 11. Silent Voyage 12. Chrome Shuffle 13. Be Happy 14. I Believe 15. Hey Jude

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Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana at the age of 15 and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad EnglishJan HammerHSAS, and has released 10 solo albums.

Neal Schon’s guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, infamously admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince.

In 2005, Neal Schon and Journey received a Star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Neal Schon and Journey were further recognized by Billboard Magazine with the Legend Of Live Award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Conference.

Neal Schon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Journey in 2017. Tulsa, Oklahoma Mayor G.T. Bynum honored Neal with the announcement of June 5th to be Neal Schon Day in Oklahoma. The announcement was at the Woody Guthrie Center Museum on 6/4/2017, and Neal also made an archival contribution to the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) in July.

Schon has also received honors for his philanthropic work including John HopkinsRainforest FundCalifornia Fire Relief, and numerous additional charitable foundations. He has also organized numerous fundraisers for military services and first responders.

In 2019, Neal was voted Guitar Connoisseur Fan Favorite Guitarist in a social media poll over the course of 15 rounds, consistently topping the list among his fellow legends.

Journey’s worldwide sales have reached over 100 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with a wide selection of chart-topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin­'”, the most downloaded song of the last century. The band’s album sales have resulted in twenty five gold and platinum albums and nineteen Top 40 singles in the US. The band’s Greatest Hits album is certified fifteen times Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album-holders.

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THE ROAR Releases Official Music Video for Cover of BRYAN ADAMS Rock Classic “Heaven”

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Corona, CA based Rock Band has released the official music video for their cover of the 1985 BRYAN ADAMS hit single, “Heaven.” Off of their new LP, Ninja Kitties, “Heaven” was filmed at Musicians Performance Studios, Inc..

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“I became interested in covering ‘Heaven’ by Adams in the 90s when I noticed that many melodic punk bands covered his song ‘Summer of 69’. I wanted to do a different song, and I always thought Heaven would sound better in a faster tempo with heavier guitars. The song is nostalgic for 80s love songs. It reminds us of the innocence of love and hope. Maybe a trip into the past is what we need…, albeit reimagined.” – THE ROAR

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Track List:
1. Ninja Kitties
2. Someone to Listen
3. Super Girl
4. The Driver
5. Claddagh Ring
6. Heaven
7. Decay
8. Crossfire
9. Till The End

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The Roar is a power rock act and the culmination of a decades worth of work in roots music ranging over Blues, Jazz, Rock n’ Roll, and Soul. The band creates a unique sound by combing blues and other roots techniques with hard rock and melodic punk.

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THE SPIDER HOLE Releases Official Music Video for “The Leviathan Stomp”

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Phoenix, AZ based Cinematic Alternative Rock band THE SPIDER HOLE has released the official music video for “The Leviathan Stomp,” the first video off of their hotly anticipated new LP with graphic novel, To the Monsters. Directed by Johnny Wilkerson and front-man Ethan Scott, “The Leviathan Stomp” was exclusively premiered on Dread Central.

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“The song ‘The Leviathan Stomp’ is about a wealthy, uptight family who keeps its monstrously deformed son chained up in the basement of their opulent mansion. Naturally, one day the son breaks loose. The “stomp” is him coming up the stairs. We didn’t have access to a mansion or a monster or a rich person, so for the video we just kind of cherry picked the themes of chaos, disease, and duality, and threw it all in a blender. Also, stairs. We found some stairs.” – The Spider Hole

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Track List:
1. Werewolf Biker Bastard
2. Still Draw Breath
3. The Skeleton Wedding
4. Hungover at the Eel God Festival
5. Rock, Your Body
6. Chomp-Chomp
7. The Goat Witch of Cornman Road
8. The Leviathan Stomp
9. Devil By a Nail
10. The People Who Come Out of the Ceiling
11. Night of the Nighty-Night Slasher
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A quartet with frequent guest musicians, The Spider Hole performs songs meant to stir brains and rattle bones. Based in sun-scorched Phoenix, AZ, the band started banging sounds together in the late nineties, and has steadily developed an aural stew that is partly rock, partly cabaret, partly blues, and partly goth. Influences include Tom Waits, Oingo Boingo, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primus, The Pixies, Frank Zappa, The Doors, and your face when you taste something unexpected. New music is being prepped for a new full-length album called To the Monsters, due near the end of 2019.

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HELL & HOLLAR Release Official Music Video for “Showdown”

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West Palm Beach, FL based Stoner Rock Band HELL & HOLLAR has released the official music video for “Showdown,” off of their debut EP, 442.

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“We are so excited to release our first music video “Showdown”, from our debut EP 442 that is available now! ‘Showdown’ came into the Nashville studio with us as an unfinished idea. With the help of our great friends at Lust For Tone Studio we finished it and we did so by giving it a Nashville kick that gives the song a very southern rock vibe we really enjoy. Our director and cinematographer Cam Brooks had the great idea to do a Cool Hand Luke inspired theme which was a lot of fun to film and we really think everyone is going to enjoy watching it. We are also very excited to be heading out on our Why The Hell Not Summer Tour at the end of June. We will be making stops in Johnson City TN June 26th, Summerfest in Milwaukee WI June 28th, Raleigh, NC July 5th and more dates to be announced soon. So be sure to follow us, Hell & Hollar on all our social media channels to stay up to date. We can’t wait to see you all out there!” – HELL & HOLLAR

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Track List:
1. Low And Slow
2. Double Wide
3. Desert Dust
4. 442
5. Personal Issues
6. Showdown

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Hell & Hollar is a rock band from South Florida featuring Blake Burns on guitar and vocals, Nate Largent on drums, Johnny Dusko on bass and Mike McCleary multi instrumentalist. Drawing from their many influences that span the areas of blues and heavy stoner rock, they are developing a brand of rock all their own. Their heavy yet inviting sound is a refreshing straight forward rock music that anyone can have a good time with. This power trio has an old school heavy rock vibe with an open eye on the future.

Catch Hell & Hollar Live:
06/26 @ The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
06/28 @ Summerfest Uline Warehouse Stage – Milwaukee, WI
07/02 @ The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC

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LoveSick Radio Release New Blues Tinged Single, “Bloodshot Eyes”

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Alternative Rock Band LoveSick Radio has released their newest single, “Bloodshot Eyes,” which was voted Track of the Week on Classic Rock Magazine.
“Good times now with part Ohio, part Vegas-based rockers LoveSick Radio. The opening riff sounds a little like a more rootsy You Shook Me All Night Long, but in truth this is a more layered affair – in a good way. Punchy blue-collar rock’n’roll, rough-edged touches of punk, pop rock, bluesy guitar soloing… All audibly drawing from the classic rock likes of The Stones, Aerosmith and co.” – Classic Rock Magazine

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“’Bloodshot Eyes’ is about overcoming and how we cope with life’s struggles. Some people may have a drink with friends, some may like to get high, and some just need a good scream. No matter what is the fix or how you get there, “it will be ok if we end the day with bloodshot eyes”. – LoveSick Radio

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LoveSick Radio (LSR) play unapologetic blue collar rock n’ roll on steroids! Big guitars, big vocals with punk and blues infused swagger creating a fresh sound all their own.

LSR has performed at some of the most buzzed about festivals and events such as NHL All-Star Game with Fall Out Boy and O.A.R.; the Changjiang International Music Festival in China, the Vans Warped Tour, and has shared the stage with the likes of the Bon Jovi, Scott Weland of Stone Temple Pilots, Dorothy, Josh Todd & The Conflict, Wayland, Bobaflex, Blue October, Kid Rock, Steel Panther, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry, Hinder, Twenty One Pilots, Paramore, Dead Sara, to name a few. Additionally, between live shows and writing/recording, the band found time to bring their live energy stage show overseas for tours in Japan, South Korea & Singapore.

LoveSick Radio has received great airplay , landing in the top 50 Billboard pop chart with their 1st single. LSR received multiple placements on several MTV shows (including a appearance on “My Super Sweet Sixteen”) and MTV2 featured the band as one of its “Bands on the Rise.”

Thanks to LoveSick Radio’s road work and live shows, the band boasts a strong, loyal fan base. The band recently began production on the their new record with guitarist David Harris co-producing with Joe Viers ( Twenty One Pilots, Bobaflex ) & producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith) on new tracks.

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STEW Reconnects Rock to its 60s and 70s Roots with ‘Hot’ EP

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Swedish Rock Band STEW has released their 4 track EP, HOT, a gritty and nostalgic fusion of classic rock and blues inspirations.

“This EP is a mix of classic rock, blues and soul! The four songs are heavy influenced by the late 60’s and 70’s era. With groovy riffs, strong vocals and swinging drums! Classic yet modern..” – STEW

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“The title may signal hot contents, but Stew’s blues-rockin’ four-pack regularly rises to boiling point. The riffs roast, the solos steam and the vocals variegate. A groovin’ goulash that satisfies the audio appetite like the finest of phonic feasts.” – Loud-Quiet-Loud

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 Track List:
1. Might Be Keeping You
2. If This Will Be The End
3. Tongue Tied
4. Dig For Gold

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Stew is a Swedish power-trio that consists of Markus Åsland (Bass/Vocals), Nicklas Jansson (Guitar), and Nicklas Dahlgren (Drums). We got together in the beginning of 2017 and noticed quickly that we all were into the same kind of music and drew our influences from the late 60’s and 70’s era. We started jamming, wrote a few songs and booked some gigs. Everything went well, and then we made plans for the EP. We recorded the basic tracks live in studio and then vocals, solos and percussion on top in Lakesong Music Studio with engineer Kristian Lakeson. The EP was mixed/mastered by Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord; the cover art was made by Maline Nordin. It’s really fun because the three of us can now call ourselves best friends, we just love to play with each other and that’s the main thing! We hope it shines through to the listener!

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Free Music Festival to Showcase Music Venues in Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown Neighborhood

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On July 6, 2013, more than 40 bands will perform on Pittsburgh’s Northside as part of the Deutschtown Music Festival. Local bands will perform in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues throughout the neighborhood, starting at 2pm and ending late into the evening. A wide variety of music styles will be showcased, including jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, German, Middle eastern, Irish, and electronic. The daytime portion will be family-friendly, while the evening will be more adult-focused. Food trucks and other vendors will be on-site. Admission to this event is absolutely free. Attendance is expected to be around 800 to 1,000.

The festival was conceived by neighborhood advocate, Cody Walters. When asked about his motivation behind organizing the event, he said “Deutschtown has an up-and-coming music scene that so many people just don’t know exists. There’s live music somewhere in the neighborhood almost every night of the week. I thought it would be easy to draw attention to everything Deutschtown has to offer by taking advantage of an asset that we already have.”
Participating venues to date include James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, The Rattskellar at Max’s Allegheny Tavern, KeyWest, The Parkhouse, Artists Image Resource, Bistro To Go, Stedeford’s Records, Peanutz, The ELKS Club and a great outdoor stage on Foreland Street. Performers to date include Meeting of Important People, The Harlan Twins, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Round Black Ghosts, Locks and Dams, Chet Vincent and The Big Bend, Al Dowe and Etta Cox Band, Autobahn, Ishtar, Grand Piano, Big Gypsy, The Red Western, Brewer’s Row, Dave O’brien Trio, Triggers, Legs Like Tree Trunks, The FED, Nic Lawless and his Criminales, Neighbors, Nerve Ending, Gene Stovall, Mega Def, Tracksploitation, DJ Three, Chrome Baby Jesus, Arlo Aldo, DJ Harry Lurker, Sun Ray Shining Light, The Wreckids, Sleep Experiments,  Blue X Baxter, Faithful Sinners, Dan Pritchard, Ike Mississippi, Tyree Morgan, Household Stories, Blue Redshift, Motometer, Weird Paul, Casino Bulldogs, Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo, The Dressed Frets, Adadsdad, The Banned, & Hot Metal Bridge and a number of others still in the works. (40+ bands so far)
Response from local bands has been remarkable, but other acts interested in performing can contact Cody Walters at cody@greenapplebarter.com. More information can also be found online at www.deutschtownmusicfestival.org or www.facebook.com/deutschtownmusicfestival.

ZED Premiere Lyric Video at RevolverMag.com

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“These guys have managed to strike a fine balance between blues rock and stoner rock…”

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Great Rock and Roll doesn’t just happen. It’s made. With sweat, swagger and alcohol. AndZED makes rock the way it should be made. Loud guitars, a shot of whiskey and a middle finger.  ZED‘s latest album Desperation Blues was released on May 21st and the critical acclaim continues to come in.

 

Today ZED has partenered up with RevolverMag.com the online home of Revolver Magazine, for an exclusive premiere of the band’s new lyric video.  The video is for the song “More”.  Check it out HERE.

 

Desperation Blues is streaming in its entirety HERE.

 

The band recently completed work on a video for the first single from the album entitled “Please”.  Check it out on their YouTube Channel HERE.

 

Desperation Bluesis available for order from ZED’s store HERE.  The album can also be ordered on Amazon and iTunes.

 

San Francisco Bay Area’s ZED takes it cues from the greats like Zeppelin, Sabbath and AC/DC, but combines them with their contemporary musical influences such as Clutch, Rage Against the Machine and Queens of the Stone Age, creating a mixture that is new, yet familiar. With this explosive sound they are bringing back the guts, the grit and the balls to Rock. And they won’t stop until they succeed. At least in getting drunk and having a good time.

 

In June of 2012 ZED entered Sonic Room Studios with Tim Narducci engineering and producing their sophomore album Desperation Blues. With the studio expertise that he gained from working with greats like Bob Rock (Metallica, The Cult) and Howard Benson (P.O.D., My Chemical Romance), Narducci was able to harness the raw energy and essence of ZEDin a way that had not been done before. And what they came out with was 46 minutes of giant, hook filled riffing, crafted into 10 songs that make up one beast of an album.

 

ZED on Tour:

June 28 – The Annex, San Lorenzo, CA

July 18 – The Black Forest – Eugene OR

July 19 – The Red Room – Portland OR

July 20 – El Corazon – Seattle WA

August 3 – The Red Hat – Walnut Creek, CA

 

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ROBERT RANDOLPH ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM ON BLUE NOTE RECORDS

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Robert Randolph, the slide guitar jam/rock/blues phenomenon who’s been captivating global audiences for a decade, announced to reporters assembled at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Music Festival in Madison Square Garden that his long-awaited new album is titled Lickety Split. The new record is Randolph’s first for Blue Note Records and will be released July 16. Lickety Splitrepresents the first new studio album for Randolph & The Family Band in three years.
“This record has elements from all of our earlier records,” Randolph explains. “There are cool songs with lots of guitar and we can see the growth of our band in the new recordings. With this record we got to reconnect with the originality and creativity that fans fell in love with from the very beginning. This is the music that we started out playing and now that we are back on a roll I’m sure we won’t keep our fans waiting three years for the next album.”
Randolph co-produced the 12-track album and co-wrote nine of the 12 songs.  Randolph has reconnected with songwriting partners such as Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders, with whom he composed such Family Band hits as “Ain’t Nothing Nothing Wrong With That” as well as Grammy Award winner Tommy Sims, perhaps best known for “Change The World”. Any one familiar with Randolph’s high energy live performances are familiar with his love for reinterpreting classic songs Family Band style.  Lickety Split honors that tradition with enthusiastic interpretations of The Ohio Players’ dance-groove “Love Rollercoaster” and The Rascals’ (and Olympics’) “Good Lovin’.” Randolph recorded the album with his longtime bandmates and actual family members, The Family Band, including Marcus Randolph (drums), Danyel Morgan (bass, vocals), Brett Haas (guitar, keys) and Lenesha Randolph (vocals) along with special guests Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana. The album was engineered by Eddie Kramer [Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin] and mixed by Jim Scott [Tedeschi Trucks].
The new album kicks off with the vigorous anthem “Amped Up” capturing the high-energy excitement that is so identified with Randolph’s legendary stage performances. That celebration of creative renewal continues with “Born Again.” “It’s about finding the joy again,” says Randolph. “At first it was more of a love song, about the sense you get when you find the right person. Then, as we were recording this new music with a whole new sense of direction and feeling free again it all came together. It’s not a religious thing, it’s just new energy—which is really the old energy that I had at the beginning of my career.”
Randolph also notes that the title track of Lickety Split is one of his favorites.  The song features Randolph joined by his sister Lenesha on vocals.  “What’s great about that one is that it’s something we actually played in church, just like that,” he says. “There’s a section in the service called the ‘Jubilee Jam Session Time’.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The concert recording was taped at New York’s historical Wetlands Preserve Club before it closed in 2001. The band followed that acclaimed live album with their first studio recording Unclassified, attracting the attention of Eric Clapton. Since then, the band has toured with Clapton, Santana and the Dave Matthews Band and, as a headline act, has developed a large, passionate following built upon legendary performances at such major festivals as Bonnaroo, Crossroads, Hard Rock Calling, Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.   Later albums, Colorblind and We Walk This Road, enjoyed critical and commercial success led by signature Randolph composed songs such as “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That.” Rolling Stone named Robert Randolph one of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists,” the only pedal steel player so honored, calling him “one of the most intense live acts in all of jamdom” and citing his solos as “perpetually cresting, lightning-fast explorations.”
“Robert Randolph is an American Original,” says Don Was, President of Randolph’s new label, Blue Note Records. “He has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo. This album finally captures the energy and excitement of his legendary live performances.”  Fans worldwide have taken notice of this American original, with audiences and critics alike singing the praises of this unique superstar. “I’m the only one who does what I do,” sums up Randolph, simply. After years away from the recording studio, Robert Randolph & The Family Band have finally come back with Lickety Split.
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1.     Amped Up       3:18
2.     Born Again       4:20
3.     New Orleans   4.11
4.     Take The Party 4:09
5.     Brand New Wayo     4:36
6.     Lickety Split         4:01
7.     Blacky Joe       5:49
8.     Love Rollercoaster   3:12
9.     All American     2:43
10.  Get Ready           5:07
11.  Welcome Home     6:11
12.  Good Lovin’         2:55

Walter Sickert & The ARmy of BRoken TOys Turn Reality Inside Out

Walter Sickert & The ARmy of BRoken TOys are the spinners of a charming, demented fairy tale that gathers new characters all the time. At the heart of the colorful fantasy is Walter Sickert, the writer, ringleader and conjurer.The name of the band came to Walter in a dream. He had been living in a haunted barn in the woods of New Hampshire and would often record very late at night. During one of these sessions on a mid-winter’s eve, he fell asleep curled under a pile of broken porcelain dolls. The dolls kept him warm and infiltrated his dream, marching as a musical army and finishing the recording he was working on, much like the elves in the tale of the shoemaker. Upon waking Walter realized that the song he had been working on was indeed finished and embarked on a journey to find real life broken toys to join him in his musical alchemy.

The first to join The ARmy of BRoken TOys was Edrie, an accordionist from a North Dakota farm. The two, brought together initially by sadness were soon making music so powerful that more broken toys flocked to them. They brought talent of all shapes and sizes: Rachel Jayson, a conservatory-trained violinist who conducts several orchestras; Meff, a playwright and mandolin player, is always mentally writing the next play; jojo, the Burlesque Poetess, writes poetry and teaches ukulele at the Passim School of music; TJ, the gravel-voiced punk and hardcore drummer; and Mike Leggio whose upright bass has taken him all over the world. Add to this a troop of thirty-six performance artists who bring contortion, burlesque, and aerial performance to The ARmy of BRoken TOys’ arsenal.

Walter lives as a conduit for art of any kind. Music, illustration, video – his ideas are like Jack’s magic beans – fast-growing and irresistible. “Walter is one of the most prolific and easily flowing artists that I’ve ever worked with,” Rachel Jayson says of his astounding output. “Songs just kind of pour out of his face and his body.” The ARmy of BRoken TOys takes Walter’s handiwork and filters it, developing music that is influenced by everyone. The results have been described as a “Dada-esque circus carnival run amuck,” by Boston Survival Guide.

While Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys can create mayhem anywhere, they’ve found the perfect workplace to hone their craft. The WIREFOREST sits atop a steep hill overlooking the city and the ocean. “The studio where Walter makes his art, is painted entirely black and when the lights are off the room seems to expand outwards as if you were in the middle of a black hole,” says Edrie of the space. The band has recorded countless hours of music in the WIREFOREST’s upstairs studio.

It was therefore important, when the band chose to record their latest album, Soft Time Traveler (due out April 16) outside their home studio, to find a place with a similar spirit. Enter Watch City Studios in Waltham, MA, where Walter and the rest of the BRoken TOys found a homey collection of odd antiques including a functioning wax cylinder player and vintage victorian embalming paraphernalia. “It was exactly like walking into a museum of the inside of Walter’s head,” says Edrie. “With the added benefit of the same soundboard that Thriller was recorded on.” The album is frenetic yet melodic, and sounds like an exorcism by Lewis Carroll.

Whether live or in album form, Walter Sickert & the ARmy of BRoken TOys will transport you to a realm where imagination rules, and sound is alive. You may not sleep tight, but your dreams will be like none you’ve ever experienced.

Praise for Walter Sickert & The ARmy of BRoken TOys:

“Ringleaders Sickert and co-singer/accordionist Edrie come across like a pirate and an exotic marionette, respectively, and the music, hinged to Sickert’s remarkably grizzled voice, draws from the bloodthirsty side of folk and cabaret.”
–Brett Milano – Boston Phoenix

“This “steamcrunk” ensemble incorporates visual performance art with a unique rock, classical, and blues sound that pairs perfectly with Sickert’s powerful raspy voice. And they sure as hell know how to host a party”
–Christina Lacoste – Weekly Dig

On “Droog and Devotchka”: “The romantic drunkenness of Walter Sickert’s voice pushes against the meter, and moreover, I love this tasty arrangement from the Army, which includes the sweetest little fiddle/mandolin hooks I ever did hear.”
–Jonathan Donaldson – Boston.com – Inbound Sounds

“Walter is a presence on the stage, commanding this troupe of performers through renditions of the classic Batman theme song, and an apocalyptic tune, and one written just for this show. It’s hard to fully process this band, with the dancers, singers, instruments, and general zaniness of the set. But trust me when I say this band cannot be absorbed via CD. You need to see them live.”
–Max Bowen – The Noise

“Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys isn’t a band as much as a collective of like minded outsiders frolicking in the band system. Or maybe they’re a cult, we don’t really know. What we do know is that their performances are marked with a barely constrained chaos, most times spilling from the stage into the crowd into some frenzied near orgy of steampunked bunny ears.”
–Richard Bouchard – bostonbandcrush.org

THE LONE BELLOW TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED ALBUM

On the band’s opening slot for the The Civil Wars, “the main attraction had some competition in the harmony realm from The Lone Bellow, a Brooklyn-based trio cut from the same rootsy fabric. Between songs, Williams also had a deft comedic touch, a nice fit on a night when sadness still offered reason to smile.” – Orlando Sentinel

Hailing from Brooklyn via south of the Mason-Dixon, THE LONE BELLOW will release their self-titled album on January 22nd, the premiere signing and release for the brand new label Descendant Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The Lone Bellow (formerly known as Zach Williams & The Bellow) have made a name for themselves with their acclaimed live shows in New York and across the country during their stint opening for Grammy Winners The Civil Wars. Featuring lead singer and principal songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin and singer-guitarist Brian Elmquist, The Lone Bellow isn’t just a group of musicians; they are an “urban tribe,” a family away from family.

Paste Magazine is premiering the band’s very first music video for the song, “You Never Need Nobody.”

At the heart of it, Zach Williams is an intentional songwriter focused on growing a community, rather than merely finding a following. Georgia-born Williams began songwriting in 2005, during a prolonged stay at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center after his wife was thrown from a horse and paralyzed from the neck down. With a dire diagnosis of quadriplegia, there was nothing to do but sit vigil with his group of friends – also artists. While they waited for healing, Zach picked up a guitar and taught himself to play, putting melody to a journal entry that would become his first song, “Hospital.” His wife eventually recovered (her spinal cord, initially thought severed, was terribly bruised) and the couple and their group of friends moved to Brooklyn shortly thereafter.

Williams and the band’s music evolved to reflect his Southern roots, incorporating elements of rock, gospel, country and blues that result in a unique and soul-searing blend of can’t-get-them-out-of-your-head lyrics that spring from a deep emotional reservoir. The upcoming record is a complete work, a “collection of stories embodying tragedy, hope, betrayal and redemption.”

Daniel Wayne To Play EP Release Show

Monday, October 8th At Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)

U.S. Tour Starts Next Week
Dates With Holly Golightly And McDougall
Poor Boy’s Love Letter Vol.1 EP Out October 9th

“DANIEL WAYNE is one of the TOP 5 NY ACTS you MUST SEE IN 2012” – CBS .COM

“Cincinnati-bred, Brooklyn-based auteur Daniel Wayne pens dark Americana with indie melancholy and a distinct bluegrass twang.”
– TIME OUT NY

“..he performs with a delicate strength – precise and passionate. His style of singing and playing is such that there’s power in the silences between strums and verses, that’s how much he had the crowd on a string” – GIMME SHUTTER .COM

“Daniel Wayne plays that steel string, sunburst Guild guitar like his mama told him not to…he plays bar chords with his thumb. Sometimes bluesy, Daniel Wayne has a classic country backbone with eerie undertones: Slow songs like “Far From Here” sound like My Morning Jacket, while “The Fool” gristles like a basey Townes Van Zant song.” – THE DELI MAGAZINE

In a time where audiences are starved for authenticity, there are only a few that can actually deliver the goods to make you feel like you are hearing some thing classic and familiar yet fresh. Brooklyn’s best new troubador, Cincinnati transplant Daniel Wayne is one of those artists.

You are sold on Daniel Wayne’s talent and potential as well as his infectious charisma in the first nanoseconds that you hear the powerful and amazing range of his gifted voice. There aren’t many artists that possess the talent to mesmerize the listeners to absolute silence and command them to listen to a voice that is both angelic, as well as full of power and range. Daniel’s music is simple, raw, at times dark, at times inviting, but always with a sense of vulnerability. If you are looking for the next big voice, look no further than Daniel Wayne.

Daniel Wayne’s live shows, whether solo, or with is band, are sharp, stunning and pack a serious visceral wallop and must be seen to be believed. Opening the past year for Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs, Shawn Mullins, O’Death, Handsome Family, Heartless Bastards, The Head and The Heart, and Anna Calvi, Daniel has captivated audiences with his stunning performances with a voice that’s like a potent cocktail of Tim Buckley, Devandra Banhart, Harry Nilsson, and Roy Orbison with a spice of that hillbilly high lonesome wail, and the best whistle you’ve heard since Andrew Bird.

At the age of 8 he began writing songs and beats on a Casio keyboard his sister gave him. Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, teachers used to complain to his mother that he made weird noises in the classroom. He has always had music in his head and lyrics on his mind. He played trumpet in high school and was once given a failing grade for a music theory class because he refused to recite someone else’s song, opting instead to perform an original.

Daniel Wayne’s self titled EP was released in June 2011. The follow up, “Poor Boy’s Love Letter Vol.1,” will be released on October 9.

Click to purchase tickets to EP Release Show Monday 10/8

10.08 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY* (EP Release Show)
10.09 – The Saint – Asbury Park, NJ*
10.10 – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA*
10.11 – Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH*
10.13 – Mickey Finn’s – Toledo, OH*
10.14 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
10.16 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL*
10.17 – Jackpot – Lawrence, KS*
10.18 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO*
10.20 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA*
11.02 -11.10 – Tour with McDougal (VENUES TBA)
11.13 – The Way Station – Brooklyn, NY# (FREE)

*opening for Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs
#opening for Kelli Scarr

Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson Premieres “For Just One Second”

Click Here To Listen To “For Just One Second” On PopMatters

“I grew up in the country, a hard working environment where your ass had to get out there and work,” laughs Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson from Phenix City, AL, a rural city deep in the Black Belt across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, GA, where the last battle of the Civil War was fought. During Jackson’s childhood, this Southeast corner of Alabama was called the Las Vegas of the South. The city’s infamous club-lined main drag became such a hotbed for organized crime there were city ordinances calling for a weekly drag of the River. Jackson was sneaking into those same clubs throughout the 60s, learning how to turn out a crowd and entertain the ladies. Now a sleepy hub city to Columbus, he finds his hometown, neighbors and country living the greatest influences on his nearly 50 year career as an entertainer and The Alabama Love Man.

Jackson began writing as a teenager and after hearing Otis and Pickett on the radio he sent a demo to Rick Hall at FAME. Hall brought Jackson to Muscle Shoals for his fiery debut recordings, christened him ‘Soul’ and released his first single in 1965. Like in the local juke joints, he watched Hall pull sounds from instruments and the angles of his studio, saw Spooner Oldham run one-take live sessions and experienced the marriage of what Jackson calls “honky-tonk” guitars and driving, church-influenced rhythms, the blueprint for southern soul. “Steve Cropper, Jimmy Johnson and the white bands playing those country licks made a lot of hit records. I was expecting to show up in Muscle Shoals surrounded by black musicians. Growing up, we were all dancing to “Hi-Heeled Sneakers” not knowing it was a country and western song.”

The overwhelming theme in Jackson’s music is the love of a good woman. “I’ve learned. Women dogged me out when I was 18, 20. I got burned, man. Finding a good, trustworthy woman of virtue takes years and when you find one, well, it makes you want to moan. They tell me “I get chills when you scream from the stage.” See, I may sing my songs from the gut but they come from my heart. I learned very early that women appreciate attention, I’m not singing for women, I sing to them.”

‘The Alabama Love Man’ is Jackson’s debut album The process began three years ago with a core group from Alabama and Chicago cutting the rhythm tracks live in Jackson’s home studio during a wicked March cold snap. Over the next couple years, overdubs and vocals were recorded in Chicago with the help of Todd Rittmann, Adam Fitz, Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis, and members of The Drastics, Mucca Pazza, Detholz!, US Maple and Dead Rider. Not trying to recreate the magic of an era disconnected by our analog to digital world, the album captures a living document of Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson in his prime. After all, Jackson is constantly advancing his craft and he believes you’re never too old to entertain, “I’m still up at 3 AM writing songs or performing two sets or learning how to get the most out of my access to technology as an independent artist.” He understands he’s not in this alone, “The Lord gave me this gift and it’s been good to me. With him on my side I’m able too keep moving forward.”

Steelesque Is Meta-Rocking With Johnny On The Spot

A quick way to describe the sound of the June 2012 release “Johnny On The Spot” is the word “Olympian,” both in the sense of athletic power-lifting and in the sense of large columns of marble (i.e. “rock”). But it isn’t in your best interest to be too hasty in trying to describe what Rob Eldridge and Josh Egan are doing in this first major offering under the banner of Steelesque. The equation that Steelesque’s super computer is running on is dense and deserves the time to decode carefully.

The overdrive energy of the two-man guitar and drum front might remind a bit of a Black Keys arrangement, however the soundscape varies way beyond the heavy-handed, gin-joint persona of that duo. Also on this album, recorded in studio time split between the Pittsburgh and Burlington Vermont are guest musicians Mick Lykens (lead and slide guitar), Eric Bee (guitar), and Kevin Maurer (with an impressive mix of horns). This addition of artists makes one track to the next an adventurous shift. In fact, the variation of influences makes it difficult to identify a signature in the sound of Steelesque, but this more than resolves itself in the fact that the songs are unlimited by any formulaic approach. In a sense, Johnny On The Spot has the feel of a greatest hits album for what Steelesque can do with the wide range of licks and lyricism at their disposal. The predominant vibe of what emerges is an unapologetic rock-homage to rock-itself.

By way of a run-list of what you might listen for: Big board effects on vocals and crazy amped guitars (not loud or dramatically distorted, but crazy good in the effect combinations that are fitted together); Occasional wild background recordings and sound bites; Some British festival rock qualities that lean toward jam band aspects (particularly in track 3, “Life Fast Wheel,” which takes off flying like a neo-Dead track or Lotus/Phish piece); Some old-school country guitar popping up in the midst of smoothly syncopated vocals on track 4, “Raven Don’t Mind;” Well engineered cross-fading, big electric rift-outs on several tracks as well as a quirky Apple Studios-style spoken word and electric drift-in on the sixth/final track “Dead Bee;” J.R.R. Tolkien fan-boy references on the Rush-spirited track 5, “Tom Bombadill;” and, Overall, cool variations in lyrical/vocal mood and color from song to song – sometimes a bit Robin Trowery, sometimes a bit Alice Cooperish, sometimes a bit Bowiesque. If that all sounds a bit tour de force, it’s because it really is.


To express the resounding effect of Johnny On The Spot I have to give a personal association that became obvious to me while listening. My brother beat the snot out of me on a somewhat regular basis growing up, but he more than made up for it by introducing me to the breadth of Classic Rock (from AC/DC to Zappa) before it was called “classic.” Although he listened to a wide array of artists, he was discriminating in his rock interest, even down to the finer distinctions between bands like RATT, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, and WASP. I mention this because, as far afield as Steelesque’s Johnny on the Spot is from being a glam rock product, you can nevertheless hear a studied ear of rock-at-large working in the instrumentation and structure of each track on the album. When I consider the virtues of rock songs I often ask myself if my big brother would like it. He lives in the Chicago area now, but when I send him Johnny on the Spot I know he is going to rock out this album in his Steeler-fied garage.

Steeleque’s Johnny On The Spot is available for sale on iTunes, and for test drive at: steelesque.bandcamp.com or Spotify.

Milian Hip Hop Crew SMOD Coming to Pittsburgh

If you are looking to take a bit of a turn from the typical mainstream groups that come through Pittsburgh, look no further than SMOD coming to visit us at The Shadow Lounge on July 25.
SMOD is a Malian musical band established in 2000 made up originally of Sam, Mouzy, Ousco and Donsky. The name of the band is an acronym of their first names {Smod is also a common pet name given to a loved one (wikipedia)}. Mouzy eventually left the band to pursue a solo career in France. Their music is a mix of rap, hip hop, folk, blues and traditional Malian music. SMOD embodies the emergence of a new scene in Africa, the embracing of new urban sounds while incorporating the importance of heritage.

We here at Pittsburgh Music Magazine took a listen and found SMOD’s sound encompasses a rich tradition with an upbeat new mastery that has the feeling of the islands, mixed with the pulse and beat of Marley, blended with the best of raps’ rhythm and a touch of the jungle meets Louisiana. Their music would be a welcome addition to your party mix and comes in perfect time for summer celebrations.

SMOD’s debut album was in 2002 entitled Dunia Kuntala (meaning the course of life in French) produced the music manager of Amadou & Mariam, a blind Malian famous duo. Sam is the son of the couple. This was followed in 2004 by the album Ta i tola (meaning come on). In this album, they cooperated with Amadou & Mariam, Manu Chao, King Massassi and Kisto Dem.The same year they won a golden disc for their song “Politic Amagni” (meaning politics is not good) taken from Amadou & Mariam album Dimanche à Bamako (meaning a beautiful Sunday in Bamako in French).
In 2005, their music video “Dakan” directed by Fabrice Brovelli remains very popular broadcast on Malian television. They have been featured in African Cup of Nations event and in a number of Malian and international festivals and give around 50 concerts a year in Mali. SMOD started touring Europe in 2008, supporting Touré Kinda, Matthieu Chedid, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Salif Keita, Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare and Manu Chao amongst many others.
For their third self-titled album in 2010 called SMOD, they collaborated with Manu Chao who produced the album and was recorded in Mali and France. The first release from the album was “Ça chante”. Other public favourite from the album include “Ambola” and “Les dirigeants africains” (meaning the African leaders in French). As a result, they became well-known in France and in world music (wikipedia).

SMOD has received some stunning accolades such as in Rolling Stone saying, “SMOD carries Chao’s signature psychedelic bounce: bulbous reggae bass lines, one-note melodies, dubby chants, video-game sound effects” NPR “FIVE AFRICAN ARTISTS TO WATCH”, “This young group’s self-titled debut combines clever and hard-hitting political rap with appealing African guitar lines. The result is an engaging new sound of Mali, with a strong dose of Manu Chao in the mix”, and MTV IGGY, “SMOD has one of the most intriguing sounds I’ve heard in a long time.”

Check them out here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/smodofficial

And be sure to check them out at Shadow Lounge July 25 http://www.shadowlounge.net/.