SYDNEY SHERWOOD Releases Official, Performance Music Video for Acoustic Version of “Let Me Down”


New Jersey based Singer / Songwriter SYDNEY SHERWOOD has released the official music video for the acoustic version of her new single, “Let Me Down.” Filmed, recorded and edited by LAMPSHADE SESSIONS, “Let Me Down” is off the dynamic, young songstress’s upcoming EP, Headspace, due out February 27, 2021.

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“I wrote ‘Let Me Down’ with one of my favorite songwriters a few years ago after getting over someone I had feelings for for some time. I like to see the good in people and deep down I knew this person had good in them, but I looked at what that person could’ve been instead of the person that was standing right before me. I gave this person every chance to prove themselves and time and time again I was let down. I was so blinded by this false sense of reality that when this person let me down it felt shocking. I think a lot of people can relate to the fact that when you care for someone, you tend to overlook the negative things they do because you’re consumed with feelings, but now I realize it’s important to have one foot in reality at all times. Writing this song was one of my biggest moments of clarity to see that I deserved more. While the song is definitely not in favor of the guy, his actions opened my eyes to see what I don’t want and what I won’t tolerate. Had I never gone through this experience, I would’ve never known to look for those red flags in the future and I guess I have him to thank for this killer song.” – SYDNEY SHERWOOD

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Track List:
1. Wolves
2. Let Me Down
3. Creep
4. Born to Roll
5. Horizon’s Edge
6. All The Aces

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“Sydney is rock’s answer to pop’s P!NK or country’s Carrie Underwood, she exudes all the power and confidence and sings with no-nonsense authority, all while remaining firmly situated in heavy alternative rock. Sydney Sherwood cannot be merely compared to female singers of her generation and writes and performs with a conviction that fans of 3 Doors Down or Daughtry would instantly recognize.” – Joe Makoviecki (Singer, songwriter of Jackson Pines)

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Sydney Sherwood is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from New Jersey. Sydney began singing and playing guitar as a way to express her emotions after her brother was diagnosed with cancer.

Since her brother’s diagnosis, being a childhood cancer advocate has become a big part of Sydney’s life. She has performed and spoken at many childhood cancer events over the past twelve years and continues to be a voice for all children with cancer, as well as their siblings.

Sydney began writing her own music when she was 13, and on March 3, 2019, she released her first EP, Beauty from Ashes. Her release show was held at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In 2019, Sydney also received a golden ticket to Hollywood from American Idol celebrity judges Katy PerryLuke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.

Over the course of the pandemic, Sydney has been writing and recording her new album, Headspace, which will be released February 27, 2021.

Sydney’s goal is to touch the lives of others through the music that she writes, as she takes inspiration directly from her life experiences.


Karabas Barabas Release Powerfully Charged, Third LP, ‘Degenerate National Anthem’

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Psychedelic Alt-Rock trio KARABAS BARABAS have released their newest, Degenerate National Anthem, recorded by Steve Albini. Blending rock, country, Russian dinner music, new wave, punk, and jazz with some Roy Orbison vibes thrown in, the Brooklyn based threesome delivers their most polished and politically antagonistic album to date, instigating more imaginative discussion than anything offered by the mainstream. The degenerate stories each have their own vibe but tie together by their overall absurdity.

Degenerate National Anthem is available digitally along with a limited run of hi bias cassettes NOW with physical CDs and Vinyl arriving in March, 2020.

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“In these tumultuous, uncertain times, we wanted to make an album to lift up the spirits of the degenerates and the doomed, inspiring them to let their freak flag fly… high!” – KARABAS BARABAS

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Degenerate National Anthem Track List:
1. Kool-Aid Giuliani
2. Have a Blessed Day
3. Microwaves
4. Peter Pan
5. Trump University
6. Connecticut
7. Let the Buffalo Remain
8. Bait and Tackle
9. Wcvs-FM
10. River’s Dry
11. Dinner with my Boss
12. Degenerate National Anthem

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Click to order ‘Degenerate National Anthem’ on hi bias cassette on bandcamp




Karabas Barabas formed in late 2015 when Cern ripped a hole in space time. A portal opened in Jacksonville Florida from where they emerged. After being discovered by Stanley Cup winning hockey coach Jacques Lemaire who taught them everything they know They moved to Brooklyn and used those skills to work with Dean Jones on The Truth About Gordon Bombay and Steve Albini on Return of the Sexy Demon in 2016.

Some have compared them to the likes of WeenPrimus, and Mr. Bungle, but the band scoffs at such correlations.

They released their second lp Sex with the Devil on 12.22.17. It was recorded by Greg Norman at Electrical Audio in Chicago and Mastered by “the Devil himself” Chris Gehringer, at Sterling Sound in NYC. It features veteran cellist Jane Scarpantoni, Dean Jones, and percussionist Mike Dillon.


SAY NEVER Release Official Music Video for “Do it Again (featuring Billy Grey)”!

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Heavy Rock Band SAY NEVER has released the official music video for their single, “Do it Again (featuring Billy Grey).”


“Do It Again” is a positive, upbeat blue collar tune with a head bobbing tempo about letting loose and having fun with friends after a long hard week at work. All of us can easily relate to this type of song and we all know that feeling of happiness when the weekend rolls around. “Do It Again” soars with its driving bass guitar, heavy drums, guitar tones that are dialed in just right and that feeling that it’s party time so let’s “blow off some steam”. – SAY NEVER

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Rough and Rugged: Hank Williams III’s Return to Country

When it comes to having a pedigree on his belt, Hank Williams III is a poster-child. As the grandson of one of the forefathers of country music and the son of a country rock mainstay, Hank III has a family rooted in the fundamentals of southern spirit and down-home tradition. But even with country in his blood, Hank III has earned himself a reputation of diverting from that long-tread path. He’s experimented with heavy metal and punk, all while performing in every role, from singer to drummer to bassist to banjo. But his reputation is taking a rest with Brothers of the 4×4, a return to the musician’s country roots. Though the songs are too lengthy to really experience in their prime without losing steam, Hank III’s multi-faceted talent is still very much alive, even in his most traditional of genres.

The realm of modern country music has been about palatability. The roots of country twang and guitar virtuosity has been set aside in favor of accessibility and pop success. Hank Williams III, like his grandfather and father before him, has ignored the simple song structures and generic lyrical content, instead embracing a “classical” approach to the genre. Songs have demonstrated exciting rhythms, along with virtuosity using stringed instruments like the banjo and acoustic guitar. It’s homey, and while some might call this philosophy “dated”, it still has substance and it allows for a lot more instrumental experimentation on the songwriter’s part. Hank III is a fascinating songwriter. “Farthest Away” is a steady country ballad that has a surprising amount of instrumentation to keep things interesting, despite its smooth, buttery groove. The gloomy sounds of “Ain’t Broken Down” is a worn burn, one that sounds pristinely somber, while the energetic fiddles and guitar twangs come alive in “Lookey Yonder Commin’” (especially in the final instrumental stretch). Williams’ nasally snarl morphs into a steady croon throughout the album (and vice versa), so there’s a lot of variety between the songs themselves.

While Hank Williams III has grown a collective following for his recurrent desire to step outside his established country genre, Brothers of the 4×4 is a country album through and through. The rhythmic riff snarls from Hank III in the laid-back “Outdoor Plan” shows a smoother and much less serious side of the country world. The title track is another song that embraces relaxation and comfort in the outdoors; it doesn’t clutter itself with melodrama, instead sounding off on mudding and hitting the gas. It’s very refreshing, as modern country still sounds restricted in its own skin. The moments in pop country that attempt to celebrate living life and playfully writing music are rare and normally forced, so Hank III’s ideology of taking country back to the roots (roots established by his grandfather and his peers) is exciting and shows that the genre hasn’t lost that rugged charm it built itself on.

Unlike the works of his father, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams III likes to revel in his music. The result is a remarkably long album. Songs rarely drop below the five-minute mark, with the longest, the opener “Nearly Gone”, clocking in at nearly nine. While you do get a sense of Hank Williams III’s skill with rhythm and technicality on the strings, the songs rarely break up their own monotony and move outside their established vibes. They simply don’t change enough. After about three minutes, the songs drag on longer than needed. Compared to the works of his father, many of which were shorter and more radio-friendly recordings, Hank III’s songs on Brothers of the 4×4 overstay their welcome. Hank III’s song-by-song diversity is encouraging and a fresh form for the genre itself, but the songs themselves are simply too consistent individually, dragging on into repetitive and overly extensive territory.

Brothers of the 4×4 is a fun and good-spirited album. Even in its slower and steadier moments, it has a sense of soul that carries it further than other releases from the year. Hank Williams III remains a multi-faceted and technical musician, one who can carry multiple influences around and still add a panache and power to them. But the songs themselves, for all their different vibes and upbeat rhythms, don’t have the endurance to carry themselves for their respective lengths. Brothers of the 4×4 sounds too padded for its own good because of it. But the moments of excitement and spirit are still apparent; Hank Williams III is able to take his most classic of genres and make something remarkably contemporary. While he will continue to be known for his experimental musical guts, this return to his familial musical bloodline is smart, laid-back and it’s a country album that may even turn some heads of those new to the genre.

Western Avenue Are On a Journey to Harmony Heaven

For Nikki English, Keith Robertson and Matt Williams, music has been a driving force in their lives for as long as they can remember. Together since 2007, they are the members of Western Avenue, a contemporary country music band from central Ontario. The trio is heading out on a journey following their dreams.  Western Avenue is winning over audiences with its new original music, including the catchy first single “Highway Headin’ Out of Town”, which has been picked up by Canadian country radio.

Now the focus for Western Avenue is kicking into a higher gear. Lyrics for Highway Headin’ Out of Town couldn’t be more perfectly suited for the band. The chorus goes: Like that highway headin’ out of town/ Never looking back, never slowing down/ Bigger and better things on the way/ Mile by mile, day by day/ It’s all about the journey and not about where we’re bound/ Like that highway headin’ out of town. English describes the song as ‘fun, upbeat and about following your dreams’. Growing up, English fondly remembers her father Frank always playing guitar and singing around their house. He died in 2001 after a battle with cancer. While her father always encouraged her to perform, English says she was always too shy.

Her father’s passing was motivation to at least try; “That’s what he always wanted me to do, and I wanted to, but I was a wimp,” she says. “It gave me confidence to do it in his memory. It’s been a challenge because I’ve always been shy. I guess I’ve been developing that over the years, breaking out of my shell. It’s been a lot easier with the band, having people beside you.” English and Robertson have been married now for two years. “It’s great because we get to spend a lot of time together,” English says.

There was always music around Robertson’s household. The Colborne native began playing instruments at an early age and has been playing in bands since he was 12. He couldn’t imagine having another job. “The only thing I can do is play guitar,” he quips. Robertson taught guitar for 16 years, and still does occasionally. He also plays fiddle and “pretty much anything with a string on it.” Keith has played professionally with country musicians Tara Lyn Hart and John Landry. Williams remembers when he knew music was a path for him. He was 10 years old and received tickets from his parents to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers in concert.

“As soon as the lights went down, that was it,” Williams said. Years earlier, he participated in a YMCA music program in Cobourg. He began playing piano at age six. Two weeks after the Tom Petty show, he took up the guitar. It wasn’t easy, but he’s still playing. “I had to work really hard at it, but it’s something I persisted at.” That’s what Western Avenue will continue to do.

Another line from Highway goes: I wanna feel those wheels under our dreams keep rolling. Western Avenue’s journey is just getting started…Western Avenue are a contemporary country music band from central Ontario. Known for winning over audiences with original material, Nikki English, Keith Robertson and Matt Williams showcase their exceptional three-part harmonies to great effect.  Their new single “Wherever You Are” was released to radio on June 17th (  Pittsburgh Music Magazine caught up with the band recently to try to get more insight into their background;Nikki English answers our questions…

Can you give us some background on how you came about the name Western Avenue?
It was a street we used to jam on. I was laying in bed one night and was thinking about how it would be a cool name for us. And then the next night when we had a practice, Matt was turning down the street and thought the exact same thing, and told us when he arrived! So since we both thought the same thing without mentioning it to the other prior, we thought it was meant to be!

Now that you are delving more into songwriting, is there a particular process or technique that you employ?

We all have our own ways. Me personally (Nikki) I like to co write. I’m more into making the melody to the song, so I have an amazing lyricist I work with named Dave Woods. I usually sit in front of my piano and read through the lyrics, find the right feel for the song, and play it out! When Keith and I are writing together with Dave’s lyrics, Keith will come up with these great riffs and chord progressions, and I will work out a melody to go with them! We have a lot of fun writing together like that.

When you were more of as cover band, what were some of your favorite cover songs to play nightly?

Ever since day one we have always played “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey! It’s my all time favourite song! Whenever I hear those opening piano chords I am instantly in a great mood! We also love playing “Animal” by Def Leppard. That’s a great song for harmonies! As you can see we have a huge 80’s influence!

Can you tell us some of your best road experiences and some of the people you have had the opportunity to play with?
Well just this past summer we played at the Havelock Jamboree, which is Canada’s largest outdoor camping festival! We opened up for great acts like Josh Thompson, Jayda Dreyer, Trace Adkins and REBA! It is definitely one of the big highlights for us so far!

What types of goals does the band have for the next few years?
Well we would like to snag a supporting act on a major artists tour. I think that would be pretty amazing! And also to just be able to keep releasing new music for everyone!

Finish this sentence: If I’m not playing music I’m…Just hanging out with my dogs! I’m a huge animal lover. 🙂


Cabinet Announces Fall Tour, Part 1/Club Cafe Pittsburgh 10/4

When it comes to the music of Cabinet, the essential bywords are soul, simplicity, and serious musicianship. In concert, the combination of these qualities invariably yields an experience that is so celebratory and moving that the very word Cabinet takes on a new, vivid meaning for anyone in the audience. An inclusive and engaging energy is the uniting through-line as Cabinet weaves bluegrass, country and folk influences to powerful effect. Tight dynamics punctuate gorgeous, soaring harmonies as down-to-earth rhythm and lyrics give way to dreamy jams that are the musical equivalent of the back road scenic route. But this impressive result is no accident. Pappy Biondo [banjo, vocals], J.P. Biondo [mandolin, vocals], Mickey Coviello [acoustic guitar, vocals], Dylan Skursky [electric bass, double bass], Todd Kopec [fiddle, vocals], and Jami Novak [drums, percussion], all love and live music. They each have a nuanced approach and posses broad talents in their own rights. But the passionate, affirming, and joyous musical world that they create together is Cabinet.
This is a band that wants to play music, that loves to play music. You can hear in each song a bridled optimism, like they are just waiting to take you on an extended journey across the countryside. It is this tension, perfectly crafted with each player trading licks, that holds the listener in rapt attention.
Cabinet’s 4th record, LEAP, out now on Ropeadope Records, comes after years of tearing apart American music and building it up again in their own vision. Cabinet has unveiled a work that perfectly defines…. Cabinet. The rough hewn structure that began as six musicians with divergent styles coming together has been whittled, sanded, and polished through persistence and hard work. The result is an impressive structure that shows each of the players and their unique contribution in simple, elegant beauty.
Cabinet is a band that has outgrown any “regional favorite” tag and has progressed to a broader fanbase, all while retaining their signature sound. Not only did the band put together their very own celebration of music and art this past spring with The Old Farmers Ball Music Festival in Scranton, PA but they have also played many great venues and festivals (including CMJ 11, SXSW 11 & 12, musikfest 10 & 11, Floyd Fest ’12, Peach Music Festival ’12, Philadelphia Folk Festival ’12, Dark Star Jubilee ’13) across the land. You can expect to see them at All Good, Peach Fest, Sterling Stage String Fling, Bear’s Picnic, Catskill Chill and more this year. Cabinet has shared the stage with Yonder Mountain String Band, Allman Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Yarn, Delta Rae, Zac Brown, Infamous String Dusters, Railroad Earth, Rusted Root, Hoots & Hellmouth, Blackberry Smoke, Hot Buttered Rum, Cornmeal, Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, Hackensaw Boys, 7 Walkers, New Riders of the Purple Sage and many, many more.
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Tour Dates:
9/1 – Twin Rivers Music Festival – Terra Alta, WV
9/6 – Catskill Chill (DEAD SET!) – Hancock, NY
9/8 – Catskill Chill – Hancock, NY
9/13 – Carroll Creek Amphitheater – Frederick, MD
9/15 – Wang Dang Doodle Music Festival – Johnstown, PA
9/24 – ** Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA
9/25 – ** Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
9/26 – ** Church – Boston, MA
9/27 – Meeting of the Minds 6 – Meshoppen, PA
9/28 – **/++ Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA
10/2 – ** Cafe 210 West – State College, PA
10/3 – ** Woodland’s Backyard – Columbus, OH
10/4 – ** Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
10/5 – ** Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/11-13 – The Festy Experience – Roseland, VA
** with Holy Ghost Tent Revival
++ with March Fourth Marching Band

HANK3 Announces TWO New Releases Hitting Stores on October 1, 2013

The king of hellbilly, Mr. HANK3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases, hitting stores October 1, 2013. HANK3 will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4×4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project “3”.  Brothers of the 4×4 will also be available as a single LP vinyl version, and A Fiendish Threat will be available as a double LP vinyl version.

Recording in his own home and releasing music on his own label, the Megaforce distributed HANK3 Records, allowed Williams complete creative control during the four month period it took to make both records.

Besides living the songs subject matter first, HANK3 sang and played both guitar and drums on the records. As if pulling triple duty wasn’t enough, he engineered, produced, mixed and mastered all the tunes as well.  Not bad for someone who in his own words is dyslexic and has ADD,  ccording to HANK3 “my mind is all over the place”. But even a man talented and driven enough to do (count ’em) seven jobs at once has his limits, so HANK3 has once again assembled a top-notch ensemble of pickers and pluckers for Brothers Of The 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat.

The required stand-up bass holds the low end down at the deft hands of Zach Shedd, with David McElfresh and Billy Contreras whipping razor sharp bows across the fiddle. Daniel Mason handles banjo, with a special guest appearance on “Possum In A Tree” by former National Old-Time Banjo Champion Leroy Troy working his banjo in the old school clawhammer style, while Andy Gibson wrings the sweetest of notes out his stand up steel guitar. Finally, long-time collaborator and fellow multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Johnny Hiland rips his chicken pickin’ guitar to feathers and shreds.

HANK3‘s latest country record is just that- country, and the realness of it shines throughout the record like moonlight hitting a mason jar of corn liquor- it ain’t always the smoothest, and it doesn’t come wrapped in a fancy package, but it’s 100% pure whoop-ass in a bottle that gets the job done quicker and better and reminds you of where you originally came from once you figure out what just hit you. On “Outdoor Plan” he sings of fishing and hunting as a way of life, and it’s a fact that more than one deer and turkey has met its maker at the end of HANK3’s gun’s barrel. The title track, “Brothers of the 4×4” celebrates the wide open full throttle love of off roadin’ and rootin’ in a four wheel drive- the cover of the record shows Williams mud bogging in a custom 4×4, and it’s not some redneck rental- that’s his ride. And because life ain’t always happy, when the heartbreak and hard times cracks through the sonic celebration on songs like “Loners 4 Life” and “Ain’t Broken Down”, it’s because HANK3 is well acquainted with the darker side of life, and not as some tourist. The album is a rich and gritty sounding mixture of sadness, pride, hope- in other words, it’s a great country record.

As mentioned above, HANK3 will head out on a headline tour of select major markets on August 24th. The tour will kick off in Austin, TX at The Austin Bat Fest, and will tour several cities, coming to a close on September 8th in Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade.

With Brothers of the 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat set for release October 1st, Williams is ready to hit the road, and when he hits the road, he hits it much harder than most. Hank 3 shows are legendary for their length and intensity, averaging three hours a night, starting with a country set and ending with whatever his latest musical experiment happens to be. For this touring cycle, fans will get to taste the hardcore punk horror rock of A Fiendish Threat, a rippingly fast blast of sounds reminiscent of The Misfits, Minor Threat, 7 Seconds, The Ramones and other punk rock greats that are as much a part of Hank 3’s musical identity as his country roots. But A Fiendish Threat, like all of the man’s musical output, is anything but a formulaic, by-the-numbers rehash of what has been previously done by others. Stand up bass, fiddle, and banjo are not exactly standard instruments in punk rock, but they are on this record, riding beneath 3’s howling distorted vocals. Perhaps this is the birth of rebelcore punk? Whatever you want to call it, Williams has left his own touch on the genre, even utilizing a bizarrely beautiful Hula-music-on-acid sounding Hawaiian guitar at times. Some of the songs can make the listener feel like someone dropped LSD in their cheap draft beer at a CBGB matinee show headlined by a ghoulish Hawaiian punk band. A Fiendish Threat is yet another of Williams already numerous signature sounds, and he’s excited to put it in front of the audience for the first time. “You know when you do a new record, you just want to play it for all your friends. That’s what I’m excited for with this punk record, I get use a voice that doesn’t get used that often, and pay respects to some of my influences at the same time. Doing this record made feel like I was growing stronger- it took some of the years off me, to tell you the truth. Playing it makes me feel young again,” he laughs, “How long I will be able to pull it off all depends on the voice, man.”

With these dual releases, Brothers Of The 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat added to his already huge and varied arsenal of music, HANK3 will be raising all sorts of hell on stage while the fans raise their glasses in the audience once again, and you can bet your last dollar a damn good time will be had by all. The man goes full throttle all the time, every time, as anyone who has ever been to one of his innumerable shows will attest.

Listen to Brothers of the 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat, go to a show, and find out for yourself. Just remember the next day, after a few aspirins, a dinner at your own table, and a sleep in your own bed, that HANK3 will be down the road doing his thing again, and for that rebel, “doing the best I can” means something a little different than it does for the average man.

HANK3 Tour Dates:

8/24 Austin, TX @ The Austin Bat Fest

8/25 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rail Club

8/26 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

8/27 Lawrence (KC), MO @ Granada

8/29 Sauget, IL @ Pops

8/30 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s

8/31 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

9/1 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue

9/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter

9/4 Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon

9/5 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

9/6 Richmond, VA @ National

9/7 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

9/8 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

HANK3’s new biography was recently penned by none other than heavy metal renaissance man and self-proclaimed redneck Randy Blythe of Lamb of God. Who better than a backwoods brother from another mother to conjure up a personal summary of HANK3’s recent successes and future plans?

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Classic Country Influenced Charlie Greene Releases New Tracks + Performs Shows In Nashville and LA


Listen  “Honorable Woman” and “I’m Going Inside”

“Charlie Greene is truly a joy to watch perform, and his compositions apply a keen sense of musicality, humor, discovery, intellect and a distinctive lyrical point of view that is rare these days. His will be a career that will be fun to watch unfold.” – Phil Ramone, legendary record producer 

Originating from a long line of musicians, singer/songwriter Charlie Greene was born the son of a touring singer/songwriter and recording artist, the grandson of a big band leader from the 40’s and 50’s, and the great-grandson of a front-porch, Georgia banjo player. But of course, Charlie is also a talent in his own right.  But you can ascertain that yourself by listening now to his two latest tracks. “Honorable Women”, which debuted via American Songwriter , is “a hooray to sexy older ladies and the young bucks who love them,” Charlie explained.

And with a slower Southern flow, Greene describes “I’m Going Inside” as “the last clicking gear that lights the match that burns the rope that releases the hound that runs you off the edge of the cliff into the wild blue yonder.” You can hear the song courtesy of CMT EdgeHERE.

Charlie also keeps his family tradition alive by performing around Los Angeles backed up by his father and younger brother. An Atlanta native, Charlie is a guitarist and pianist in addition to a singer/songwriter and his writing and musical influences are as diverse as his songs; from Harry NilssonMerle HaggardOrnette Coleman and Burl Ives to Chopin’s Nocturnes and Charles Bukowski, his style is a unique blend that defies categorization yet commands attention with a disarming show of lyrical firepower.

Charlie’s last album Wildfire Music, released in January of this year, was produced in part by one of music’s most talented and versatile professionals, Ed Cherney, who has worked withThe Rolling StonesEric ClaptonBonnie RaittBob Dylan, and Buddy Guy, among many others.

Cherney notes, “When I heard Charlie for the first time, my heart nearly leapt out of my chest.  I was driving home late, from working in the studio for 18 straight hours. I was tired and it would have taken a lot to get me excited about anything. Here was this big, pure voice coming out of the speakers in my car, singing songs that were brave in their honesty, framed by really sophisticated and compelling musical arrangements. Charlie’s songs are totally unique in their lyrical and musical perspective. In other words, it’s really cool music.”

Nashville natives can experience Charlie’s cool music in person as he will be playing The Family Wash tonight and The 5 Spot next week; see details and RSVP via email below if you wish to attend.

7/18 – The Family Wash – Nashville, TN 
7/23  – The 5 Spot – Nashville, TN
8/6 – The Piano Bar – Hollywood, CA


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.”

The Angel Mary and The Tennessee Werewolves Interview

Closed minded people who will not listen to any types of “country music” need not read any further. But, if you like all genres of music, and can appreciate a great crossover band with influences ranging from Johnny Cash to Pink Floyd to Lynyrd Skynrd…well proceed this way.

Angel Mary and The Tennessee Werewolves are hitting the road on a radio tour, as you read this, and new fans are blowing up the phone lines requesting ‘Cowboy’, their latest single. The Nashville based band draws a huge influence from Johnny Cash and his multi-genre influences, as well as other cross over bands such as Alabama, Kentucky Head Hunters, added in with some outlaw country like David Allen Coe and Merle Haggard. As they push themselves to the limit getting up at 4AM to do morning drive interviews, Angel Mary and The Tennessee Werewolves are in constant motion promoting the EP produced by Doug Phelps and developing work in various genres. Entertainers at heart, all the members are actors as well as musicians much like Kris Kristofferson. Angel Mary has been on shows like ‘Ugly Betty’ and movies such as ‘The Other Guys’. Even though the road offers long hours and lack of sleep, the trio are soaking up all the culture in every city, especially the rich history of some of the venues. What follows is an interview that reveals a fun-loving group with a serious attitude about the music business: Angel Mary and The Tenn Werewolves Interview

Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves Release “Cowboy”

Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves are quickly becoming a notable name in country music. The band puts the sexiness back in country music with cool collective sounds of old fashion Dixie roots, bluegrass picking and Haggard styled lyrics; giving traditional country music a modern overhaul. Their debut project, an EP titled, Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves features the highly anticipated singles ‘Cowboy’ and ‘Waiting On You’ and are both available on iTunes. Frequently referred to as outlaw-themed, ‘Cowboy’ has already triggered the industry buzz.

Co-Produced by Grammy Award winning artist Doug Phelps of The Kentucky Headhunters, the new single delivers a well-balanced rhythm of traditional country music with a hint of pop. Written by the band members Angel Mary, Antoine Wolf and Christian Wolf this collaboration solidifies a new frontrunner in country music. The strong lead vocals and the group’s fun rockstar flare offers a renewed approach to excellent country music.

Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves attended this year’s CMA Festival in Nashville and were greeted by hosts of loyal fans during the red carpet event. The band will be opening up for country music legend John Michael Montgomery November 17th at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, Kentucky.

While the group is continuously touring and working on new music, they are also actors. Angel Mary (who once dated Ryan Gosling) has appeared in Hollywood films, The Other Guys with Will Farrell, The Sitter featuring Jonah Hill and in Nicholas Jarecki’s directorial debut, Arbitrage featuring Richard Gere. Antoine Wolf has appeared in Mitch Albom’s For One More Day, produced by Oprah, The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and is currently being considered for a role on ABC’s new drama, Nashville. Christian Wolf is a Method Acting Alumni of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

PMM will be interviewing Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves in the very near future…stay tuned.

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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.”

“..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

Rosco Bandana Is Beginning It With Real Swagger

The rockabilly resurgence, alt-country movement has been exploding in the American music atmosphere over the past decade… to the point that American rock n’ roll feels like it is has truly revolted against the British Invasion and reestablished itself as the source, rather than recipient, of influence that inspired that cultural surge (for example, Muddy Waters’s blues being the root of Led Zepplin’s rock). This has been somewhat obvious in the main-aside-of-the-mainstream stages played by Wilco, the Jayhawks, Bright Eyes, and the Avett Brothers, and a bit less obvious, but just as beautifully, by bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, the lesser-known Notorious String Dusters, and the meteoric Punch Brothers.

Into this glorious era of country rock comes a solid offering from authentically souled and uniquely qualified Rosco Bandana, who are bringing it all with Southern and vintage style on “Time To Begin,” released by Hard Rock Records in September 2012. Thing is, listening to Rosco Bandana gives the very legitimate impression that they’ve been doing this steadily and are now emerging up and out, rather than landing on the scene.

A strong initial impression is young Dylan-esque vocals strongly rolling along on many tracks, but the mild, gravel-tremolo quality of lead singer and song helmsman, Jason Sanford, neither dominates nor diffuses the clear strengths of the ensemble in terms of vocals or instrumentation. Ballads and rambling rock are the mainstay on Time To Begin, however there is a variety of action that moves between twangy old-country/near-Gospel and hard-hitting beer-bar bouncers (like a bumpy tour bus, swerving back and forth across US-Route 90, Beach Boulevard through Rosco Bandana’s hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi). The album actually has the feel of a road trip and gives a well-mixed swath of strengths from the instruments that reveals a diverse mix of influences. Tracks like #2 “Woe Is Me” range from a toe-tapping akin to the Soggy Bottom Boys on the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers’ “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” to a screaming wail that inspires as much jump as quintessential Lynyrd Skynyrd, while a number of tracks have real moments of full-Jerry Lee Lewis-blooded piano from keyboard provider Emily Sholes tinkling on top.

Both in instrumentally inventive and lyrical terms, listen out for some of everything you’d hit on a road trip from FLA to LA – with, obviously, major pit stops in the heart ‘Bama, Mississippi, and Texas. See if you don’t catch a mellowed ZZ-Top vibe off of track #8, “El Luna,” when lapsteel player Jason Weldon backs-up an Eliminator classic car in your drive way. Also be ready for frequent bursts of Merle Haggard and the Hank Williamses throughout and taken to the maximum on Track #9 “Tangled Up,” which brings a super satisfying, funky beat that is reminiscent of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen.

Associations aside, Rosco Bandana is belting big sounds out with their seven-person set that don’t belong to anyone but themselves. The band’s bio reads like a 21st Century American music parallel to the 20th Century American astronaut story The Right Stuff – not a band of misfits, but a well-fit band of differences. The blending of the female and male vocal ranges offers a 3D version of the traditional screening of the spectrum of music into which Rosco Bandana might be best categorized, and the Southern identifiers of the music come across as a “best of” of that respective soundscape minus any of the hangups or languor that stereotypically get lumped in with the word “South” in Northern ears. But, don’t take my word for it, if folk rock/alt-country is your genre in the least, get Time To Begin and take the road trip yourself.

“Time To Begin” by Rosco Bandana is out there on Hard Rock Records and the American highway.

BOB WAYNE to Play Wacken Open Air Festivial

Outlaw Country star BOB WAYNE has stayed very busy this past year. Sticking to the road with a number of dates overseas, BOB is proud to announce he has confirmed two landmark gigs. On December 7th, BOB WAYNE will be direct support for punk rockers SOCIAL DISTORTION on their Anaheim, CA date at the House of Blues. BOB WAYNE has also been confirmed to play the 2013 Wacken Open Air Festival. Held in Wacken, Germany, the Wacken Open Air Festival is one of the largest metal festivals in the world, attracting all kinds of metal fans to the grounds. More information on the festival and billing can be found here:

BOB WAYNE released his fifth studio album, TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF, on People Like You Records earlier this year. Produced by Andy Gibson, the 13-track stand out record showcases BOB’s talent for blurring the lines between country, roots, bluegrass, rockabilly and punk rock. The album features a diverse collection of tunes, including a duet with HANK 3 entitled “All My Friends,” his trademark party anthems and a handful of more introspective songs.

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