Client Login

News

SHOTGUN HOLLER SIGNS TO LONESOME DAY RECORDS Debut Album Mixes Traditional Bluegrass With A Modern Alternative Edge

(LEXINGTON, KY) - It's not often that a bluegrass band comes around sporting tattoos and singing about things that some radio stations of that genre might find a bit too left of center. But that's exactly what Randall Deaton liked about Shotgun Holler, the new five-piece bluegrass band with an edge hailing from all over Kentucky, when he signed them to his Lonesome Day Records this month.

 

"They are willing to tackle subject matter that is often shied away from in bluegrass music," says Deaton, who has known the band's co-founder and mandolin player Shawn Brock since before he launched his label in 2002. Brock actually performed guitar and mandolin on Lonesome Day Records' very first release by Sam Wilson and will also appear on the Bob Seger tribute record, Silver Bullet Bluegrass, which will be released later in the year. “Sean’s one of the most talented people I know,” adds Deaton.

 

On signing with Lonesome Day Records, the 33-year-old Louisville, KY-based Brock says, Lonesome Day is not afraid to take a chance. They are not into censorship. They don’t mind being on the cutting edge and trying something different. Lonesome Day is a very reputable label that has a very successful track record in placing new artists on the top and keeping established artists on the top and that’s where we are striving to be.

 

The subject matter tacked on the band’s forthcoming debut full-length album dives into some darker topics not usually heard in traditional bluegrass music, such as drug addiction and prostitution. “We don’t really fit the typical bluegrass mold of today,” explains Brock. “Instrumentally we are pretty recognizable as bluegrass. We’re using the traditional bluegrass instruments-banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, and fiddle. Where we tend to cross into other areas is the material that we choose, which can be very non-traditional. Lyrically, all the songs aren’t necessarily wholesome.”

 

One such song is the original 1930’s Washboard Sam version of the “My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It” popularized later by Hank Williams. “We do the Washboard Sam lyrics, which are totally different than Hank’s.” One verse says, ‘They ain’t standing on the corner/Everything was so slow/Can’t make no money/Tricks ain’t walking no more. Another verse says, ‘Gonna sell moonshine in the day/An peddle dope all night.’ This is not what you hear on the radio today, though the song was written in the depression era. These things happen, but they aren’t sung about. We carry all the news, both good and bad. However that song doesn’t necessarily represent the project as a whole. Three band members love to write, and along with material from other writers, we are cutting 8 original tunes.”

 

It was one fateful day listening to the radio that inspired Brock, a long-time session musician who also has two jazz albums under his belt, to start Shotgun Holler in February of this year. “I was listening to a bluegrass radio station and it was kind of like a volcano was building up inside of me. It seemed like people were cutting this watered down sterile material singing about the same subject matter and no one is trying to sound different. I listened to five songs and couldn’t tell one artist from another. I have been playing bluegrass for 23 years, and in the 90’s I knew every artist who came on just by their sound. Blue Highway had a great distinctive sound, which was vastly different from the classic sound of the Bluegrass Album Band. Both are favorites of Shotgun Holler members, but each unit had their own thing going. I called friend, and former band member from the group Blue and Lonesome, Matt Jones and I said, ‘I’m sick of hearing singers and pickers imitate each other and cover songs that were just recorded three years ago. Lets put and band together and do what we’ve always tried to do-be different.’ His words to me were, ‘Man, I’ve just been waiting on you.’ From there, the two co-founders, Brock and Jones – who takes on lead vocals and guitar for the group – put a band together featuring seasoned players Gil Benson (fiddle), Rod Lunger (bass and vocals), and Donnie Stevens (banjo and vocals). With their impressive resumes, they were able to book shows before the band even had their first rehearsal.

 

Shotgun Holler will hit the studio on August 22 at Lonesome Day Studio in Booneville, Kentucky, with noted producer and Mountain Heart founding member Jim Van Cleve at the helm.  Van Cleve has produced award winning projects spanning a variety of genres for acts such as Mountain Heart, Newfound Road, Del Shields, Celebration of Life II (Musicians Against Childhood Cancer), Annabelle Road, his own Grammy Nominated solo project, and the IBMA Awards Show Theme, among others.

 

 

"We've all known Jim through is work and watched him rise through the ranks. Jimmy is at the forefront of the progressive edge, which is where we strive to be.  Lyrically this will be in territory that Jimmy has not been in before, but instrumentally it's still very edgy, very modern bluegrass which is a specialty of his," says Brock.

 

NEWFOUND ROAD FRONTMAN TIM SHELTON SETS FORTH ON SOLO DEBUT WITH MOVING NEW SINGLE “LEARNING HOW TO LIVE ALONE ”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 20, 2014 – An already well-respected frontman and singer in the bluegrass community, Tim Shelton rose to fame with his band NewFound Road. After signing to Rounder, a string of hits and critical praise, Shelton aims to venture into a brand new creative project as a solo artist, combining his love for rock, country, and folk. To introduce his solo effort, Shelton is giving away his first single, “Learning How To Live Alone” free to the public in exchange for an email address via his Facebook.

“I’ve always loved and appreciated all kinds of music, and it was almost nagging at me that I wanted to do something else … I didn’t want to deal with reinventing NewFound Road, I’d been wanting to do other things musically, to go other places, and so I thought, now is the time.”

 

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Barry Bales, this first single to debut his solo album is both heartbreaking and soothing to the ear that one can empathize about living a lonely, single life. Shelton’s crisp vocals and simple guitar riffs are what make it a solid country song and a memorable anthem.

 

Honest lyrics and Shelton’s pure voice are what make “Learning How To Live Alone” such a relatable song with it’s repetitive, convincing chorus and steady pace. Shelton’s confident introduction to his full-length debut is only driven by his respected reputation and vision.

 

“I just want to make music that isn’t necessarily traditional Bluegrass.  I love it, but I also love James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Rock, hard Rock, traditional Country—all of those.  Just music.”

 

Shelton plans to release a Jackson Browne-inspired album February 2015.

 

Follow Tim Shelton:

http://www.timsheltonmusic.net/

https://www.facebook.com/timsheltonmusic

https://twitter.com/TimSheltonMusic

http://instagram.com/timsheltonmusic

 
   

SARAH BORGES' NEW SOLO CD, RADIO SWEETHEART, DROPS JUNE 24

Singer/Songwriter Adds Tour Dates with Girls Guns And Glory

 

(BOSTON, MASS.) - She's been Boston's singing sweetheart for the past few years as part of Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles. But, now, the singer-songwriter is claiming that title of her own as she readies the release of her new solo record, Radio Sweetheart.

 

The 10-track album, set for release on June 24 via Booneville, Kentucky-based Lonesome Day Records, is a return to self for the artist. "I wrote songs that felt important to me. Before, I had a lot of co-writes, so a lot of opinions in the mix, and this time I was able to think of just what I wanted. It was scary and freeing at the same time," says Borges, who Rolling Stone magazine describes as "friendly pop–rock with bits of twang, rockabilly, and '50 pop."

 

One song in particular, "Radio Sweetheart," was a track that always held a special place in her musical heart, but never had a home until now. "I wrote that song when I was really young, just out of college. For me, it was this version of my childhood self and very personal - it just didn't feel right to record with the Broken Singles. But, now, it means a lot to have it on my new record," says the Taunton, Mass.-born artist.

 

Radio Sweetheart was the perfect title of her new album as well as it represents her newfound optimism as she embarks on a solo career. "I titled the album Radio Sweetheart out of hopefulness about this record. I decided to call myself the radio sweetheart in hope that it comes true," she admits.

 

The album was recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound, which is owned by Dave Minehan, singer/guitarist of Boston rockers Neighborhoods as well as guitar player for the Replacements. Minehan also engineered the album while Steve Berlin, who played saxophone and keyboards with Los Lobos for 30 years, produced the record, which features a few very special guests - NRBQ's Terry Adams and Lone Justice's Ryan Hedgecock.

 

"I'm a huge fan of NRBQ and we sort of checked a chord from their song, 'Ridin' in My Car' on my song, 'The Waiting and the Worry.' So it was an honor to have their piano player Terry Adams play on it. When I'm writing songs I always like to think of how it'll play live and this is one I really like to perform. It makes people happy. Lyrically, it tells the story of a girl driving in the car, listening to music, and thinking about a boy," she says.

 

Another standout track is "Record on Repeat," which was written with another special guest - Ryan Hedgecock of Lone Justice. "This is the closest to the live show out of the all of the songs. It has lots of energy. I went over to Ryan's house when I was out in L.A. one night. His band, Lone Justice, was instrumental in mixing punk and country, and I am so enamored of them and him. We drank some tequila and ended up writing this song that's just a vignette of a rock and roll; fast girl and guy get together in a burst of flames, personified in the record they can't stop listening to. It was a really fun and natural writing experience," she says.

 

Along with her famous friends, her fans helped Radio Sweetheart along as well. "We did a crowd-funding campaign and within one month, I received more than 150 percent of the money I needed. I couldn't believe it. Donations would come in and there'd be $1,000 from someone I didn't know, and donations from China. Holy cow!" she says.

 

Borges will be touring for most the year with many shows featuring label-mates Girls, Guns, and Glory's Chris Hersch (guitar), Paul Dilley (bass), and Josh Kiggans (drums) as her backing band.

June 14, Bull Run, Shirley, MA

July 3, Natalie's, Worthington, OH

July 4, The Livery 4th of July Show, Benton Harbor, MI

July 11, Black Potatoe Music Festival, Clinton, NJ

July 18, Hungry Tiger, Manchester, CT

 

More dates to be announced...

 

album art
 
   

SINGER SONGWRITER AND 6X BILLBOARD CHARTING ARTIST MARGO REY RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE “COLOURS”

 

 

“COLOURS” CURRENTLY #27 ON MEDIABASE AC CHART; ADDED ON SIRIUS XM “THE BLEND” CHANNEL

 

 

colours

WATCH ON YOUTUBE OR VIMEO

 

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – June 26, 2014 – Billboard charting singer/songwriter Margo Rey has released an intimate new music video to accompany her latest moving single, “Colours,” her most personal and emotional song yet after major chart success at AC Radio with “Let The Rain,” “Between Us,” “Tempted,” and her Top 5 Holiday classic, “This Holiday Night,” Margo continues to climb the AC Radio charts. The video was directed by AlecZero and produced by StereoZzilla Productions.

 

“Colours” takes you on a personal journey with moving lyrics written by Margo herself and music by Margo and Barrett Yeretsian. “I am not afraid, I know how to be brave, in the best and worst of days, my colours never fade, impossible they say…”

 

A simple yet empowering song that describes overcoming any obstacles and gaining confidence in yourself to not care about what or who may bring you down, “Colours” sends a message to encourage listeners to believe in themselves. In the minimal music video, we see Margo playing a grand piano in a studio belting out the meaningful lyrics.

 

Following her latest CD release, “Habit” and successfully battling breast cancer for a second time in 2013, Margo hasn’t stopped pursuing her music. Margo recently became the National Ambassador for non-profit organization Brides Against Breast Cancer providing her top 20 Billboard charting song, “Let The Rain”, co-written by legendary John Oates as their theme song.

 

The Indie Music Digest quotes, “Margo Rey’s musical/vocal style is cut from the cloth of Celine Dion, Bonnie Raitt and Shania Twain but I will add she can go toe to toe with any of them vocally.”

 

 
   

EMERGING SINGER-SONGWRITER ROXANNA TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM EXOTICA ON JULY 8

 

 

 

exotica

 

“I believe the world is hungry to hear songs about love. Enough about bad romance and hate and war. Music should be easy on the ear.”

 

Entering into the music world with a devastating heartbreak, the incomparable Roxanna penned “Unforgotten,” a sorrowful but soulful song, threaded with hope for tomorrow. “That song was my therapy,” Roxanna notes. “It just poured out of me, and helped me believe all of this happened for a reason.”

 

With the introduction to Exotica, lead single “Close Your Eyes” takes you on a personal journey with its dramatic storyline and emotional lyrics, Roxanna’s heartfelt message is strongly emphasized by the elegance of her gorgeous vocals.  “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, after every storm there is a rainbow, just an overall hope in the end.”

 

Roxanna believes, “Music should bring pleasure, it should be elegant and relaxing. It’s all about friendship, pleasure, romance, love and beauty.” Roxanna’s world of experience is translated through her passion for music and songwriting. She was born in Iran in the midst of an ongoing war with Iraq. As a child, she turned to music for balance and tranquility, religiously mimicking the English-language songs of Olivia Newton-John.

 

After traveling the world and experiencing both heartbreak and love, Roxanna has teamed up with the best in the industry to release Exotica, a collection of stories that are universal and inspiring.

 

Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric as relatable to whomever will take a listen with the intention to always spread love and healing through her romantic songs and stories.  It was while studying to be a nurse that Roxanna witnessed first hand the healing power of music. Roxanna sang each night to a young man battling cancer. When he was released, the man’s father said to her, “My son is better because of the way you sang to him.” With that, she realized that music, like medicine is a great healer and it was then hat she realized she needed to pursue signing as a career.

 

For her full-length album, she contacted well-known producer Mark Portmann credited with working with Julio Iglesias, Barbra Streisand, and Christina Aguilera. It was her rendition of Aguilera’s “Lift Me Up” that convinced Portmann to bring Roxanna under his wing. And what spawned from their collaboration was Exotica, a seamless, mastered mix of adult contemporary, classic pop, and world music.

 

Listening through the album, you’ll be taken on a journey of love … from the first moment of flirtation to the confidence you find with everlasting love.

 

Featuring a string of romantic songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, “The Air That I Breathe,” and Lionel Richie’s 1984 smash hit, “Hello”.

 
   

Page 1 of 27

  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  3 
  •  4 
  •  5 
  •  6 
  •  7 
  •  8 
  •  9 
  •  10 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »