AUDIO: Tyler Nail’s “Valentina”

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If music by The Wood Brothers, The Avett Brothers, or Ray Lamontagne is a turn on, may I turn you on to the music and words of Tyler Nail, an artist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina who offers his style of Americana to where it will become identified with him. He has an album out now (his second) called Feathers and from it is a very nice song called “Valentina”, which may remind you of The Eagles or Loggins & Messina too.

AUDIO: Howard’s “Song About Something”

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You might hear the name Howard and automatically think it’s the name of an artist. It is the name of an artist, but this artist is a trio. Oddly enough, the promotional photo I was given only shows two people. Nonetheless, this is what represents the group known as Howard, and this folk/electro group will be releasing an album very soon called Religion. To get the juices flowing for new fans, they’re sharing with you a song about something that is aptly titled “Song About Something”

AUDIO: Jasia’s “Safety”

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Jasia is an artist who has done a bit of traveling before he decided to become an artist. He was raised in the United States but originates from the island of Jamaica. At 18, he moved to Autralia and started playing with a number of bands while bringing in the range of music he played, which involved a number of different instruments. Now he’s making music on his own and he has an album coming very soon. For now, he’s letting people know about his first single called “Safety”, which is the follow-up to his first, “Inverbatim”. He takes his pop in unique places and it seems he’ll be doing that for many years to come.

COVERED: The Beatles vs. Keith “Wild Child” Middleton

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We all know about Abbey Road, the 1969 album by The Beatles that has been honored, homaged, parodied many times over in the 45 years since its release. Now there’s a new album that pays tribute to the cover in its own way. This time it’s a new release by Keith “Wild Child” Middleton called Transitions, released last month but I only became aware of the release a month later. Middleton portrays each member of his “group” in the photo, while the Ringo spot seems to be energetic and jumping up proud. Middleton raps but also explores some spoken word into his music too so if you’d like to have a listen, the Bandcamp page for the album is below.

SOME STUFFS: Chris Robinson to release new album with the Brotherhood this Friday

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If you have been waiting for new music from Chris Robinson, Friday is the day. He and the Brotherhood will be releasing a new EP exclusively on vinyl called Try Rock ‘N’ Roll, a celebration of the music of the past featuring four cover versions, including Mel Tillis’ “Goodbye Wheeling”, Delaney Bramlett/Mac Davis’ “Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingam” (covered by Bobby Whitlock and Blue Cheer, among many), and a live rendition of Big Joe Turner’s “Shake Rattle And Roll”, also made famous by Bill Haley & The Comets. The title track is the centerpiece, originally performed by Bobby Mitchell. To check out “Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham”, head to LA Weekly for a listen.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood are currently on tour but the new record will only be sold at record stores, so head to your favorite vinyl shindigs and get a copy or two. As for a show, head there too, incuding some festival dates in April down in Australia:

November 25-26, 2014… San Diego, CA (Belly Up)
November 28, 2014… Los Angeles, CA (El Rey Theatre)
November 29, 2014… Santa Barbara, CA (Lobero Theatre)
November 30, 2014… Santa Ana, CA (The Observatory)
December 2, 2014… Sacramento, CA (Harlow’s)
December 3, 2014… Arcata, CA (Humboldt Brews)
December 5, 2014… Nevada City, CA (Miner & Foundry)
December 6, 2014… Chico, CA (El Rey Theater)
December 7, 2014… Sonoma, CA (Sonoma Winery)
December 30-31, 2014… Denver, CO (Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom)
January 2, 2015… Telluride, CO (Telluride Mountain Village)
January 7, 2015… Park City, UT (FIS Freestyle World Cup)
January 17, 2015… St. Petersburg, FL (Sunshine Music & Blues Festival)
January 18, 2015… Boca Raton, FL (Sunshine Music & Blues Festival)
February 3, 2015… Minneapolis, MN (Fine Line Music Cafe)
February 5, 2015… Milwaukee, WI (Turner Hall)
February 6, 2015… Chicago, IL (Park West)
February 7, 2015… Pontiac, MI (Crofoot Ballroom)
February 8, 2015… Millvale, PA (Mr. Small’s Theatre)
February 10, 2015… Woodstock, NY (Bearsville Theatre)
February 11, 2015… Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
February 13-14, 2015… Boston, MA (Paradise)
February 15, 2015… Stowe, VT (Rusty Nail)
February 19, 2015… Huntington, NY (The Paramount)
February 20-2, 2015… New York, NY (Gramercy Theatre)
February 22, 2015… Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of the Living Arts)
April 2-3, 2015… Byron Bay, Australia (Bluesfest)
April 4, 2015… Melbourne, Australia (The Corner Hotel)
April 6, 2015… Sydney, Australia (Metro Theatre)

VIDEO: Alex Calder’s “Lola”

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Alex Calder has released a single for his song “Lola” (no relation to The Kinks song of the same name). It’s a tune that wil lbe released on his album out on January 20th called Strange Dreams and while he may have them (strange dreams, that is), this song is not strange by any means. Watch and listen to “Lola” and if you like your style of pop with eclectic twists along the way, you will find this very interesting and enjoyable.

VIDEO: Hosannah’s “The Road”

From It’s ALL Academics is the debut album from Hosannah, who would like to share with you a song produced by The Clydes called “The Road”. They’re not in the middle of the road nor at the end of it, but they may be on it because they must ride it all night long, and days. The video, which may come off unfinished but what’s what they supplied, was directed by José Ruiz.