Blood is thicker than water and there’s nothing like family creating music together to prove it. With contrasting blood-harmonies and left-handed/right-handed guitar playing, singer-songwriter duo The Talbott Brothers combine rock, blues and pop with honest storytelling.
Nick and Tyler were born and raised in Imperial, a small town in Southwestern Nebraska, just a stone’s throw from the Colorado border. They began writing and performing together before relocating to their mother’s birthplace of Portland, Oregon. Tyler, the youngest (lead vocals, baritone guitar, harmonica) and Nick, the oldest (backing vocals, lead guitar) discovered their love of music after digging their dad’s old dreadnaught guitar out of the basement and teaching themselves to play along to Johnny Cash, Bob Seger and the Beatles on vinyl.
Following the release of 2017’s GRAY, they found themselves in front of sold out crowds in the US and sharing the stage with ZZ Ward, Johnnyswim and AJR. Ear to the Ground Music dubbed the record as one of the ‘Top 5 Albums of the Year’ stating it as, “equal parts optimistic and captivating, inspiring and hopeful.” Through rigorous touring and over half a million streams on Spotify, they continue to build a strong and loyal fanbase wherever they go.
Ross Adams is a singer/songwriter from Charlotte,North Carolina who has been writing songs and playing shows for three years. Ross uses a blend of Travis picking and fingerstyle guitar playing to accompany his clever songwriting, that portrays intricate stories of heartache and loss all in the shadows of his major influence, Bob Dylan. Ross is currently signed to Gold Ship Records out of Bristol, T.N.
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From haunting acoustic ballads to gritty rock and roll songs filled with swagger and attitude, Matthew Mayfield has spent the past decade releasing music that has changed the hearts and lives of his listeners. His latest LP, Gun Shy, is a collection of songs as varied as the emotions each of us feels. If his previous release, RECOIL, was the fruit of an intense effort by Mayfield to depict the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world he inhabited, Gun Shy is a look into all worlds – those full of darkness and hope.
To connect with listeners and draw them into these worlds, Matthew created Inside the Song with Matthew Mayfield, a podcast dedicated to telling the stories behind the songs of Gun Shy. According to Mayfield, “I grew up with songs in such a deep way that I wanted to be inside them. I wanted to know how this artist could articulate the things I was feeling better than I could myself. The lyrics, the sonics behind the music, everything. I just craved to know more. Growing up with music when I did meant that I looked to liner notes. I think of the podcast as liner notes for your ears.”
Listen to any of the podcast episodes, and you’ll hear what makes Gun Shy Mayfield’s most introspective and personal record to date. “Our Winds” speaks of true love and hope in the midst of pressure from external forces while “Broken Clocks” finds Mayfield accepting a relationship that is doomed to fall apart. The riffs and hooks found in “Gun Shy” and “Best of Me” show Mayfield as the rock and roller he is.
While Mayfield is known for crafting both gripping ballads and eclectic rock songs, Gun Shy’s greatest triumph lies somewhere between those two styles. “S.H.A.M.E.,” the album’s third track, touches on what is currently Mayfield’s deepest concern – a world full of people that feel as if they are alone.
“Shame is something that no one wants to talk about, but we’re all ashamed of something. We all have demons and things that prevent us from seeing our self-worth. The song is about connecting with people and letting them know they are not alone,” says Mayfield.
Gun Shy was produced by Paul Moak, who Mayfield describes as, “one of the most gifted producers, players, songwriters, and overall artists I’ve ever met.” This is the fourth full-length album the two have recorded together, and Moak’s talents played a major role in making it special. Mayfield and Moak also happen to be great friends, which Mayfield says, “helped us push each other along through the process.”
With each new record, Mayfield has grown in his ability to evoke a broad range of emotions in his listeners. “I want to create melodies and lyrics that move people, that make them feel something. Connection is everything, and music has a unique way of helping people connect to others and to parts of themselves that they might otherwise be unable to access.”
Gun Shy is now available on all digital platforms worldwide. Physical copies are available on matthewmayfield.com.
he Get Right Band has been described as a funk-rock-reggae band, they’ve been described as a psychedelic-indie-rock band, and they’ve been described as a jam band. While they are indeed all of these things, they are fiercely determined to not be pigeon-holed by any style or label. They are shapeshifters, focused on following their muses to honest self-expression, to whatever excites them and pushes them into unexplored territory. The Get Right Band proudly carries the torch for a long line of genre-bending power trios from Cream to The Jimi Hendrix Experience to The Police to Violent Femmes to Primus to Green Day to Nirvana to Sublime. It’s the space between the notes, the rawness and the maneuverability, that makes a power trio, well, so damn powerful.
The Get Right Band’s career highlights include shows with Everclear, Rusted Root, Dr. Dog, Smash Mouth, Ozomatli, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Victor Wooten; appearances on NPR’s World Cafe and Nashville’s Music City Roots television show; and performances at major festivals and venues including FloydFest, StrangeCreek, Riverbend Fest, The Orange Peel, Brooklyn Bowl, and The Hamilton.
The band is built on the musical brotherhood that guitarist/vocalist Silas Durocher and bassist Jesse Gentry have formed playing music together since middle school. Durocher, who is a trained composer and has been commissioned to write for symphonies and chamber groups, has guitar chops that can soothe or rage and a charismatic swagger as a frontman and a singer. “Durocher has an impressive range and rich clarity to his vocals—think a more soulful Dan Auerbach” (Connect Savannah). Gentry’s virtuosic bass playing “catapults from elastic to nasty” (The Mountain Xpress). With the addition of Jian-Claude Mears, a drummer with “precision, passion, and an inescapable momentum” (Live For Live Music), the group’s sound has become an unstoppable force. They have been wowing audiences around the country and the Caribbean since their inception in 2011 with an unparalleled live show and a relentless tour schedule.
- When: Saturday, September 28
- Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
- Location: River Jam Stage
- Cost: Free and open to the public
- Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
“My heart is so blue,” sings Jade Bird on her song I Get No Joy. “I’m singing for nothing.” It’s a fakeout, of course: while the 21-year-old songwriter’s debut album certainly chases emotions from their depths to their peaks, there’s no lack of purpose here.
“I’ve never wavered in terms of wanting to do music,” she says. “But you often waver in terms of how you can change it, how you can add to a field that’s so saturated and if it’s worth it. Is my contribution going to do anything, going to help anyone? And it does. You get young girls coming up to you who want to play the guitar and listen to visceral music and play and shout, and that’s sick.”
It’s not so long since Jade was one of those young girls, searching for inspiration and release in music. Born to an army family in Northumbria, she moved first to London and then to Germany, before her parents split when she was seven, and Jade and her mother moved to Bridgend, South Wales, to live with her grandmother, whose marriage had also foundered.
In Bridgend, Jade learned the piano; one of her mother’s partners introduced her to the gothic, psychedelic, country-tinged alt-rock of Mazzy Star, her first love and the first thing she learned to play on guitar. That early taste of the good stuff led her on to classic country music – Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton. “That’s the stuff I really connected with, the struggling songs,” she says.
She began writing her own songs at 12, the beginning of a phenomenal drive that’s taken her around the world in the past couple of years. School in Bridgend didn’t offer her the opportunity to follow that ambition. “Unless you’re bilingual, in the arts, it’s impossible to get anyone to care about you,” she explains. “It was like, well, I’m 16. I don’t really wanna do a science A-level… and if you do a BTec in a normal college it’s kinda hard to get a good knowledge of the subject. So London was the place.”
Looking around the arts schools on offer for 16-year-olds in the capital, Jade picked on the one that seemed the best: the ultra-competitive Brit school. On her second try, she got in. “People are like, oh, you went to get famous,” she says. “Not really… or if you do, you soon realise that if you don’t work hard then that school does not get you favours.”
Jade’s work ethic mean she was far from coasting – most nights during her A-level studies, she was out gigging around London. “I was constantly ill, I was constantly tired from a gig the night before,” she laughs. At the Spiritual Bar in Camden, she learned to project her powerful voice, to grab an audience’s attention, and also, through a chance meeting with a lawyer, found herself a manager. Her debut EP, Something American, was recorded in 2017, the year after her graduation, at the Rhinebeck, New York studio of Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers, a few miles from Woodstock.
“I’d never been to America,” she recalls, “and I was going through quite a bit at that point, I was having huge anxiety, everything you get when you’re an 18-year-old girl, and I just always wanted to make things work. I’d seen my mum work really hard, and my grandma, and so I always had this ethic, you keep grafting. But then you stand there on this mountain, and it’s so cliched, but you see the ranges and you realise how small you are, and there’s this creative spirit… it was just kind of all perfect for me.”
As well as the EP, the majority of the songs on the album were written in that storied musical area, in a barn on Felice’s property guarded by a ferocious farmdog called simply “Girl”. The rattling, rambunctious “I Get No Joy” tracks Bird’s progress from nagging worry to release, but in its sound also demonstrates a broadening of her palette from the Americana and country inspirations that helped Something American get her noticed stateside (she toured the US with country artist Brett Cobb in 2017, and bagged radio playlists and TV appearances on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as an acclaimed set at South by Southwest) to darker, rockier tones. She’s “really into my 90s alt-rock” at the moment, she says – Sonic Youth are a current favourite – but her “holy trinity” are Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette and Patti Smith. “And I love what’s happening in the States with female musicians in indie, like Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus.”
Jade Bird is a perfectly constructed album of tight, hooky songs, from the bluesy garage rock of “Going Gone” and “Uh Huh” to the more reflective and melancholy “My Motto”, which stretches her remarkable voice, with its raw emotional and agile musicality, to the full. The track list was whittled down painstakingly in Rhinebeck from 200 songs written over the course of a year in which she’s toured furiously, testing every song out live. She was also longlisted in the BBC’s Sound of 2018, and performed the album’s lead single, the irresistibly soaring Lottery, not only on Jools Holland but on Tonight with Jimmy Fallon alongside the Roots. “That was ridiculous,” she enthuses. Her biggest thrill on the way up, though, has been closer to home: her biggest headline show, at Electric Brixton in London in November. “My mum said to me, we’ve seen bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in smaller venues and got really emotional. I thought, it’s true. This is crazy.”
Another huge shift for Jade personally has been overcoming disillusion and falling in real love. “I didn’t really expect that, someone like me. I’m always, like ‘I don’t need no man!’ Or if I do have a man, I kind of make sure that I’ve got it and then put it on the side. I’m just very driven.”
The songs on Jade Bird dive into a welter of emotions, from sharp cynicism to fear, vulnerability and the rush of possibility on the likes of Ruins. “This album’s all of my past and my present,” she says. “It feels quite freeing… a lot of people say, how do you write certain things when you’ve not experienced it, or you’re so young? My parents split and then both grandparents… so yeah, I kind of saw all that all the way through. My mum had some tricky relationships… you just see things that make you grow up quite quickly and little details that you put in your songs eventually.”
For all her experience, the feeling you take away from the sharp statement that is Jade Bird is an uplifting energy; not bubbly blind optimism, but strength for the fight. “I’m an incredibly positive person,” says Jade. “Because the facts are we’re all fucked. The environment’s changing, politically we’re fucked. Great. But people who work in the arts are supposed to believe in magic, that’s your job: to believe in magic. To believe that imagination can exceed problems… I want people to have hope for a future.”
Even death, in the album’s final closer, finds a positive spin. Why exactly is a 21-year-old singing about being transformed into a song if she dies? “My mum and I, we’re close, she had me at 20, she pretty much brought me up by herself,” Jade explains. “And she always says if you left this earth, for whatever reason, I’m not staying… that’s always really upset me, and I was like, oh, if I was going to write a song to try to make someone stay on the earth without me, if I’ve already gone, what would it be?”
More than death, what Jade fears is “my potential and the music’s potential… I’ve always had this image of me at 80 years old, and I’m looking forward to getting old, but at the same time it’s fucking scary to me, to think, oh, I could have done that, I could have done that. I could have done that free jazz album and never did it. And that’s to me that’s where it comes from the drive, the biggest defiance of regret… that perfect album you listen back to, that’s why I’m doing it. I’m always chasing that.”
She won’t stop, of course, but listen and you’ll see that Jade Bird has left herself no room for regret in 2019, with so much more to come.
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The best bands are formed not by people who decide on music as a viable career path, but by people who have no choice.
“When I was ten I got a nylon-stringed guitar and a Beatles songbook and that was it: I was going to be a songwriter,” says Will Taylor of Flyte, who have just made an album of perfectly constructed songs rich with deep harmonies, sunny melodies, and the happy/sad uncertainties of life and love. “I didn’t even do my A levels. I love reading, I’ll continue to educate myself, but I was so sure I wanted to be in a band that staying at school seemed completely pointless. Mum was a bit upset, especially as she’s an English teacher, but I think I made a good case for it.”
Guitarist Terence Young is an Accomplished Artist who’s Recorded 12 Instrumental Guitar CDs Covering multiple styles such as Jazz, Rock, R&B and Funk.. His shows are entertaining, electrifying an unpredictable because he’s an Experience.. The Terence Young Experience..
North Carolina natives, Zach Dunham, vocalist/ guitarist, Quincy Platt, bassist, and Adam McLean, drummer, formed Arson Daily in 2014. The trio work hard, and play harder – While making music and performance professionalism their main focus in a proper rock n’ roll fashion.
In the early stages of Arson Daily, they spent months playing in packed basement shows; Contributing to their inspiration and growth of stage performance. Their energy encapsulates the listener, holding them hungry for the next show. The blending of Dunham’s vocals, coupled with Platt’s golden-groove bass licks, and the complex sound of McLean’s percussion, create the vox-garage style that is the revelation Arson Daily.
Formed initially as an experiment in diverse songwriting, Rare Creatures has grown into a full on rock spectacle. Their sound navigates between heavy synth rock and melodic acoustic rhythms seamlessly from song to song, switching it up around every corner. Influenced by bands from Alt-J to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, with some ethnic spices sprinkled in for good measure. The group is fronted by Coleman Sawyer on vocals and guitar, with Hugh Camp on bass and synthesizer, Aaron Reece on lead guitar, and Logan Crank banging the drums. Their debut album was released on July 27th, 2018.
New Orleans-born quintet, Stoop Kids, has created a psychedelic conglomeration of genres that both honors and reinvents the classic sounds of hip-hop, doo wop, jazz, and surf-rock. The five-piece band is fronted by Griffin Dean, whose many hats include lead vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and rapper. Rounding out the rest of the band are Thomas Eisenhood on baritone saxophone and harmonies, Sam Fruend on bass and harmonies, David Paternostro on guitar and keys, and Joe Tontillo on drums. With over 300 shows booked from Texas to the Atlantic over the past five years, Stoop Kids’ impressive touring résumé includes supporting slots for Galactic, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Naughty Professor, and Stop Light Observations, as well as performances at Bayou Boogaloo and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Atwood Magazine praises their “comedically barbaric live performances,” which are unpredictable and theatrical to say the least. Their music is generational; they incorporate timeless sensibilities with accessibly catchy melodies and have developed what Pigeons & Planes describes as “a love letter to both doo wop and classic hip-hop.” Since the band’s inception, they have independently released two full-length albums and their most recent mixtape of genre-bending singles.
BORN ON BIG ISLAND RAISED IN AUSTRALIA, I PICKED UP MY DADS ELECTRIC GUITAR WHEN I WAS 7. MY NEIGHBOR, RYAN LOVEDAY, WHO IS A LONG TIME BEST FRIEND. TAUGHT ME HOW TO PLAY PARADISE CITY AND A FEW OF HIS DADS ORIGINAL SONGS. I THEN STARTED LEARNING METALLICA SONGS!
MUSIC CAME SECOND TO SKATING AND SURFING. THERE WAS ALSO GENERALLY RUNNING A MUCK AND GETTING IN TROUBLE IN MY LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD. WE CALLED IT WORLDSEND. IT WAS ON THE EDGE OF A TOWN CALLED NEWCASTLE. “WORLDSEND” WAS THE NICKNAME OF CHOICE, BECAUSE IT WAS AN EASY PLACE TO GET IN TROUBLE. WHICH MY FRIENDS AND I WERE ALWAYS KNEE DEEP IN. THE TOWNS OFFICIAL NAME WAS WALLSEND.
ONE DAY AT 15 I WAS WALKING PAST MY NEIGHBORS HOUSE AND I HEARD HIM SHREDDING SOME CRAZY DIMEBAG RIFF. I WAS LIKE “HOLY SHIT”! HE NOTICED ME STARING IN AWW, AND, ASKED IF I WANTED TO COME INSIDE AND JAM!? FROM THAT DAY ON, FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS, HE BECAME MY MENTOR, AND BEST FRIEND.
THE MUSICAL CREATION SIDE OF MY CAREER, STEMS FROM MY MUSICAL FAMILY, AND, LIFE EXPERIENCES OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS OF TRAVELING THE WORLD. PLAYING MUSIC WITH NUMEROUS BANDS INCLUDING NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE HAS ALSO GREATLY INFLUENCED ME. MY MUSIC HAS TRULY BECOME AN EXPRESSION OF MY INNER SOUL. EXEMPLIFYING THE EUPHORIA AND STRUGGLES OF THE ROAD. THE BALANCING ACT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AS WELL AS THE DETERMINATION OF SELF GROWTH THROUGH LESSONS.
SOME OF MY GREATEST INFLUENCES COME FROM MY AUSTRALIAN ROOTS AND UTTER RESPECT FOR ABBOIGINAL CULTURE. SO HAND IN HAND MUSICAL INFLUENCES STEM FROM JOHN BUTLER TRIO AND XAVIER RUDD, AND OF COURSE NAHKO. MY MUSIC IS A DEPTH OF GENRES INCLUDING INFLUENCES FROM, REGGAE, JAZZ, INDIE, HEAVY METAL, SKA, AND OF COURSE ROCK AND ROLL!
THIS MUSIC IS MEANT TO HELP IN ALL LIFE SITUATIONS FROM THE HIGHS DOWN TO THE LOWS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. THROUGH MUSIC WE CAN RAISE THE VIBRATION OF THE WORLD, AND THROUGH CONSCIOUS LYRICS WE CAN HEAL OURSELVES.
MY FIRST SINGLE RELEASE WILL BE A SONG CALLED “BLACK SNAKE.” IT WAS RECORDED BY “KARL VINCENT ROTH” IN “DREW’S LOUNGE ROOM” IN MONTANA. KARL ALSO GRACES THE TRACK WITH KEYS, BASS, AND HARMONIES. “DREW MCMANUS” LEAD VOCALIST OF SATSANG, IS FEATURED ON THE SINGLE WITH AN AMAZING VERSE!
STEPPING INTO “BELL LABS STUDIOS” WITH “TRENT BELL” FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK WAS SO MUCH FUN. AFTER A WEEK LONG ADVENTURE THRU VOCALS, ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC GUITAR, KEYS, AND DRUMS. IM SO HAPPY TO SHARE THE FINAL OUTCOME! THE FUN DIDN’T STOP THERE THOUGH! I THEN CONTINUED RECORDING FOR THE UPCOMING EP’S AT “ARDEN ROCK STUDIO’S.” WITH BRAMM KAPROW.
OH YA LETS NOT FORGET THAT A TON OF MY FRIENDS HEEDED THE CALL, AND ALL DID SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR THIS CREATION, INCLUDING, MADISON PRUITT, KARL VINCENT ROTH, DREW MCMANUS, AARON HALE, TIM SNIDER, MAX RIBNER, KATIE BUXTON, CASEY KALMENSON, THE OFRIEL FAMILY (HEATHER, SHAWN, AND CHRISSY), TEETO MILLER, CHUCK TORGEY, AND TY CLARKE.
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Starting in early high school watching his band, Bottom’s Dream, play guitar and sing while he played drums, Hayden Lee began learning guitar and writing music. He played acoustic at several college events and was in Stairwells, an all-male a capella singing group, which helped hone his confidence as a singer and a performer.
Hayden began playing with Teaser, a cover band in Washington D.C, after college, where they introduced many of their original works into the sets. After moving to the Charlotte, NC area, Hayden began playing at several venues acoustically and continued to write music in pursuit of eventually releasing an album. He teamed up with Producer and Musician, Ron B. Smoov, in 2007, where they started working on his first album, ‘House of the Lonely Souls’. The goal has always been to make a unique sound that has catchy hooks, flowing harmonies, edgy guitars, and expressive lyrics that will grab listeners. And, with Clayton ‘Clayfunk’ Turnage on drums, it’s hard for heads to stop bopping uncontrollably.
‘House of the Lonely Souls’ has a song for every listener and has roots in alternative rock, pop, and funk. Make sure to pick it up on iTunes, CD Baby, or Amazon!
Grammy-winning Bonnie Bishop delivered her sixth album, ‘Ain’t Who I Was,’ on May 27th, 2016 (Thirty Tigers/Plan BB). Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), the album features 10 new recordings, including six songs co-written by Bishop.
‘Ain’t Who I Was’ is her most transparent album to date. Armed with songs from her years-deep catalog, she approached the recording process with the innocence, hope and trepidation of a new artist, but with Dave Cobb at her side.
‘You can hear Bonnie’s soul and heart in every note she sings,’ says Cobb. ‘That’s what attracted me to Bonnie; the honesty and humility in her songwriting.’
SIRSY is fronted by powerhouse vocalist Melanie (Mel) Krahmer, who is described as “one of the most powerful & flexible voices you’ll ever hear.” (-Times Union). Aftertaste Magazine said, “Bursting and belting out emotion and substance, she can be the queen of ‘in the groove’ rocking or be simple and delicate.” Still, there is more to Mel than her soul-inspired vocals: she also plays a full drum kit while standing up (she’s been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine and is officially endorsed by Paiste Cymbals and Vater Percussion). At their live shows, Mel also plays bass parts with a drum stick (on a keyboard mounted on her drums). She even throws in an occasional flute solo, too.
Guitarist Rich Libutti plays a well-loved and road-worn Rickenbacker through a pedal board full of vintage effects. “The guitar player is flawless and raw. Clean enough to be enjoyed, and just edgy enough to make you grin.” (-SXSW Music Blog, Austin TX). Live, Rich also plays bass on a keyboard with his feet.
In 1977, history was made upon the release of THE GRAND ILLUSION album. DENNIS DEYOUNG AND THE MUSIC OF STYX celebrate that history by performing the album in its entirety plus all eight Top Ten hits LADY, BABE, COME SAIL AWAY, TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS, BEST OF TIMES, MR. ROBOTO plus classic rock anthems RENEGADE, BLUE COLLAR MAN, SUITE MADAME BLUE and many more.
DENNIS DEYOUNG is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and songwriter on seven of the bands eight Top Ten hits. DENNIS is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans. THE ORIGINAL VOICE….ALL THE CLASSIC HITS….ALL THE MEMORIES….ONE UNFORGETTABLE EVENING.