Cam and Alicia Keys to Perform “Girl Crush” Tonight on the ACM Honors Awards

Tune in to watch one of the must-see and most talked about performances of the night…Grammy nominated Cam, and multi-platinum recording artist Alicia Keys performing “Girl Crush” as a mark of respect to the nights’ Crystal Milestone Award winners Little Big Town.
“Girl Crush”, written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose and recorded by Grammy award winning country artists Little Big Town caused quite the controversy when the song was released late 2014 for its perceived provocative lyrics.   The track went on to receive numerous awards for the band and its songwriters, including two CMA’s, two Grammys and a CMT Award and has sold more than 3 million copies to date.
“That was one of the most magical moments I’ve had on stage, and of course it was at the Ryman!” said Cam. “Alicia is so insanely talented and such a gracious person to work with. We both felt so honored to be celebrating Little Big Town together.” With Cam on guitar and Alicia on piano, the duo delivered a mind-blowing performance that received one of the biggest and loudest standing ovations of the evening.
The two girls also have a lot more in common than one would think, including: both have worked with Jeff Bhasker, last years recipient of the ‘Producer of the Year’ Grammy award. Bhasker is Cam’s executive producer and co-writer of her break-out hit “Burning House” and most noticeably, Alicia’s co-producer and co-writer of “Girl on Fire”, amongst others; both girls are also Sony label mates.
                          

Christian Lopez Band @ClubCafe 10/3

Christian Lopez Band is in the midst of promoting its debut album, Onward, which was released May 19th via Blaster Records.  (For a full list of confirmed upcoming tour dates please visit: www.christianlopezband.com/tour/.) Produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), Onward features ten songs written by the band’s 19-year-old namesake, which tackle themes of love, perseverance, coming of age and an appreciation for where you are in life.  The lone cover on the album is a spirited version of the public domain Gospel song “Oh Those Tombs” that was later popularized by Hank Williams. The video for “Leaving It Out” so impressed CMT that they premiered the clip in August on the music-intensive CMT Pure;  a live performance clip of the song “Goodbye” also aired around album release on the channel.  A video of an acoustic version of one of the album’s tracks, “Seven Years,” is set to premiere at The Bluegrass Situation this week.

American Songwriter:  “Put any preconceptions on the shelf and it’s easy to see that Christian Lopez has a rich career ahead of him. It’s a concept he alludes to in the disc’s forward looking title and proves on every song of this impressive first effort.”
Stereo Subversion: “…it’s Lopez’ acoustic guitar and his soulful voice that pulls deeply on the heartstrings and shines brightest. …[His music] can be revelatory; a much-needed salve for all of the lacquered up bruises brought on by contemporary country and Music Row. …In a noisy realm of new bands and artists, Lopez could be a standout just based on his songwriting ability alone.”

Alternate Root: “There are guys twice Lopez’ age making records that are only half as good. Preternaturally wise and notably talented, this is a kid to watch.” – Top 25 Artists of 2015

Lopez hails from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, where he was influenced by the Appalachian bluegrass tradition, jam bands, and his father’s deep record collection (which included the folk rock sounds and great songwriting of artists such as Jackson Browne, and James Taylor). Lopez was also young enough to soak up the energy of Americana roots revivalists The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show.  It was these fiery, acoustic bands that inspired him to trade in his electric guitar for an acoustic.  Lopez began writing songs as a teen and began touring before he was old enough to drive.  Music and performances from Christian Lopez Band have been featured in television and online ad campaigns for Belk’s and West Virginia state tourism.

 

Website – www.christianlopezband.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/Christianlopezband

Twitter – @Clopezmusic

EPK – www.christianlopezband.com/onward-epk

Christian on his live show – https://vimeo.com/120864467 (pw: Lopez1)

The Bluegrass Situation – “Morning Rise” premiere

Country Weekly – “On The Edge” feature, ran January 2015

Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s “That’s It!” Produced by Jim James and Ben Jaffe Out July 9th

July 9th On Legacy Recordings

First Original Music Recorded in 50 Years

Produced by Jim James and Ben Jaffe

Listen and Share First Single “Dear Lord (Give Me The Strength)”

Watch Jim James and Preservation Hall Jazz Band In the Making of That’s It! HERE

Preservation Hall Jazz Band was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity. Legendary players like George Lewis, Sweet Emma Barrett and Kid Thomas Valentine, all rooted in the formative years jazz, were its original stars. That generation is long gone now, yet the hall is still in business and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to tour the world.

Therein lies a paradox: how does an institution based on an early 20th century musical culture prosper in the 21st? When asked that question on the occasion of the Hall’s 50thanniversary, Creative Director Ben Jaffe had a ready answer: “This anniversary is about the next fifty years.”

It is in this spirit that Preservation Hall Jazz Band is delighted to announce the release of their new album That’s It! on July 9th via Legacy Recordings the band’s first album of original music in its entire fifty year history. 

That’s It! was produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Ben Jaffe and recorded at The Preservation Hall.  As these are all brand-new compositions, band members Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel, Rickie Monie and Clint Maedgen wrote for the album and collaborated with Paul Williams, Dan Wilson and Chris Stapleton on several songs. And record fans should make note: The LP version of That’s It! will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and includes a full size poster.

That’s It! is an eclectic album that draws on the collective experience of players nurtured in the New Orleans tradition but determined to build something fresh and exciting on that foundation. For his part, producer Jim James is convinced that the PHJB has a future as vibrant as its past: “The music will speak forever,” James says. “Will people stop listening to Beethoven? Will people stop listening to Bob Dylan? Will people stop listening to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band?”

Not if Ben Jaffe can help it. “My parents were never preservationists in any strict sense,” he says. “They simply presented the music the way the old jazzmen wanted to play it. This is the music we want to play today. We’ll continue to do the old standards, along with new material that allows us to be creative and relevant. With this album, I wanted to do something that would challenge us and make us proud.”

Another exciting new challenge for PHJB is the making of the music video for their first original title track, “That’s It!” In a partnership with Genero.tv, fan filmmakers now have the opportunity to create a music video for the song. Submissions close June 12th, and all the details are available at Genero.tv/preservationhall.

Catch Preservation Hall Jazz Band at a Festival Near You:

May 24 – Strawberry Fest – Camp Mather, CA
May 25 – Sasquatch! – George, WA
June 14-16 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
August 7 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
September 22 – Life Is Good Fest – Canton, MA
October 4-5 – Hardly Strictly – San Francisco, CA

Full List of Tour Dates Available HERE

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