Tag Archives: Jazz

Russell Howard – City Heart +

North Carolina native Russell Howard sounds like nobody you have heard of – and that’s a good thing. There’s many different layers to his sound – a little pop, a little jazz, and even a dash of country. Yet, somehow, he makes it sound like a natural blend of all things, and also something very special. Howard received help in making this disc from the Kickstarter campaign, and those who made donations got their…
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Rachel Solomon – Love Ourselves

Sometimes, the quiet ones can be the most lethal. Now, in saying that, let me stress I have never met Rachel Solomon. But, upon first impression via her press kit and CD, she seems like a very stunning young woman with a tenacious voice – who has no idea just how strong she really is. On this album, it’s almost as if she is playing the role of seductress in a way. She spins her web, where you might not think…
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Gina Sicilia – It Wasn’t Real

Pennsylvania native Gina Sicilia might not be a seductress. She might not be a vamp. But, she plays one on CD rather well. The Temple University graduate has released an album where, more often than not, she gets to show off her sensual side to maximum effect. If you need proof of this, take a listen to the opening title cut. It’s not that hard to imagine her in a jazz club late at night while belting this one out, and having…
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Valerie June – Pushin’ Against A Stone

Every now and then, you hear an artist that makes the word special seem like such an understatement. West Tennessee native Valerie June is such an artist. There’s really nobody to compare her to, because I have never heard an artist who can do what she does and do it so effortless. Blues? Check. R&B? Check. Country? Yes, check. June even flirts with a mountain vibe on several of the cuts here, and can at one time bring…
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Paul Sikes – The Craft

I have no idea what the recipe is for stardom in this business. There are so many intangibles that can have an effect on a person’s rise to the top. But, I can tell you what talent is, and Nashville native Paul Sikes has that and plenty of it. Sikes has been working at his craft and developing it since childhood. He cites artists of many different genres as influences, but when you…
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Join the House Concert Movement

“House Concert” is a new buzzword in Independent Music. The concept is simple; fans open up their homes for private performances by their favorite musicians. While salon shows have taken place for centuries, Independent musicians are now viewing House Concerts as a viable revenue stream. Thousands are taking place each year. Even the big industry conferences like SXSW and The Independent Music Conference are now featuring panels on the importance of House Concerts. The House Concert movement has also…
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Music Startups Aren’t Dead – They’re Just Changing

Rumors of the death of the digital music industry are greatly exaggerated, says former Last.fm executive Matthew Hawn. While there may not be much room for profiting from recorded music any more, an entire generation of companies are building a different, more exciting future. For those of us who work in digital music, this week has delivered a nasty one-two punch to the gut. First David Pakman (eMusic, N2K, MyPlay) posted the text of his testimony during US Congressional hearings on his blog. It focused on how…
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New York Rock Exchange Introduces Song Investing For Superfans

The New York Rock Exchange may at first appear to be a new form of investing in songs. Though that is a key element of the Exchange, owning shares seems more akin to joining an artist fan club and adding ownership to one of the perks afforded superfans. A campaign for Leslie Craig’s “Rockstar” illustrates their approach. Introducing New York Rock Exchange. The New York Rock Exchange recently …
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Jazz Pianist and Composer Dave Brubeck Dies

Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as “Take Five” caught listeners’ ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91. Brubeck died Wednesday morning of heart failure after being stricken while on his …
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What’s A Band’s Best Use Of $2000?

What if a touring band were to come into an extra $2000, what should they spend the money on? Beyond the obvious answers like food and gas, lots of other possibilities should quickly roll off the tongue, spending the money like a gambler in a casino. It’s easy to play the hypothetical game giving imaginary money to imaginary bands, but I ask the question because that amount of money might be all an independent band needs to put them in position to succeed. Assuming the band has their own gear (guitars, drums, mics, etc.) and are …
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Collaborating With an Audience

I have long stressed the value of live performance for songwriters. Get out there and play your songs whenever and wherever you can! Get some feedback from a live audience. I’m not necessarily talking about doing a full-on live show, but rather performing a song or two at an open mic type event, or a songwriters night. By the way, if no such event is held in your area, you may want to look into starting a songwriters night where you are. Of course, if you live in or near Nashville, well, need I say more?
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Artists to Watch Presents Country Night at Rooster’s Texas BBQ

Artists to Watch has been making their impact around Music City with shows at Two Old Hippies, Roosters Texas Style BBQ, and Puckett’s Downtown since April of this year (2012) and they have one final show to close out the …
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Lisa Matassa’s New EP ‘Somebody’s Baby’ Available For Purchase Today (12/4)

Lisa Matassa’s new EP, Somebody’s Baby, is proving its depth as it resonates at radio and with fans.  The disc is available today at Amazon, iTunes and CDBaby. With a voice that FAME writer Mark S. Tucker calls “big, brassy, clear and …
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Country Star Craig Campbell’s ‘Outta My Head’ Five-Song EP Available Today

Just in time for the holidays, Craig Campbell releases a collection of five brand new songs from his upcoming sophomore album.  The Outta My Head Five-Song EP is available for fans to purchase now HERE.  The sneak peek EP not …
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Concert Review: Carrie Underwood in Pittsburgh

Carrie Underwood came to Pittsburgh looking to score a first round knockout at CONSOL Energy Center. The arena managed to endure seven bruising rounds of a high decibel beat down before she let up with “Temporary Home.” The “Blown Away” tour is a 23-song auditory assault from the scorching opener, “Good Girl.” The show includes about a third of the songs from the new album and showcases a spectacular main stage featuring moveable screens and floors. The video screen was mostly filled with tornado imagery throughout.
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Florida Georgia Line ‘Cruises’ To The Top at Country Radio & Goes Platinum For Over 1M Singles Sold

Hot new duo Florida Georgia Line has more than enough holiday cheer to wrap up the
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Young Statues ‘Covers’ 7″ Available for Pre-Order Now

Young Statues’ brand new ‘Covers’ 7″ is now available for pre-order from Run For Cover Records. The EP is due out on December
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Pete Kennedy Wraps Up His International Tour With Impressive Company

Irish Singer/Songwriter Pete Kennedy brought his international tour to a close earlier this month after a 3-month stint opening for incredible pop icon/composer Neil Sedaka and Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. It was the experience of a lifetime for Kennedy, …
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Jason Castro to Release Debut Word Records Album January 15, 2013

American Idol alum Juan Castro to release his debut Word Records album, Only A Mountain, due out January 15, 2013 (a day prior to the kick-off of the new season of American Idol). It marks his first full-length album on …
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Metal Mother Drops Album Cut “Mind_Off” From “Ionika”

“To be an outspoken optimist these days is nothing less than heroic, albeit highly unfashionable,” Metal Mother’s Tara Tati tells Diffuser.fm about her new track “Mind_Off,” culled from the upcoming sophomore Metal Mother album Ionika. “This song is about the …
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