This Brand new Stephen Bishop Studio Album is called, "BLUEPRINT." Produced by the talented Jon Gilutin. It will not disappoint... Stephen went through all of his songs and picked his best... A lot of Variety and certainly not the kind of album that only goes by one hit song. It's a great album!
Describing Americana singer songwriter Libby Koch as 'country meets soulful', Free Press Houston perfectly pegs the artistry captured on Koch’s new album, "Just Move On", to be released on June 24th, 2016, by Berkalin Records.
Working in Nashville with Bil VornDick, she draws on legends from Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, among others, to craft an album of 'true cryin’ and leavin’ country songs'. Combining her country soul with a 7th generation Texas troubadour’s storytelling skill, Koch fills these songs with intimacy and honesty. Like the most timeless country classics, they’re the kind that make you feel good about feelin’ bad.
Koch’s gospel grounded and honky tonk voice powerfully navigates the emotions inherent in an album about relationships, starting with the opening break up trio, “Just Move On”, “You Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “Out of My Misery”, 3 diverse, retro to modern songs that ultimately convey more about the triumph of empowerment than the pain of loss. Tracked live with veteran players handpicked by VornDick, the album, her 4th, is a fine follow-up to her 2014 release, "Tennessee Colony", which drew on her ancestors’ stories to address themes of family, faith and home. Calling it 'a frisky blend of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel set to some mighty fine fiddle, banjo and mandolin' and labeling it 'daisy fresh', the Houston Press put "Tennessee Colony" on its year end top 10 list.
Though Houston native Koch began writing songs in junior high school, she never considered doing so professionally until she attended law school at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University, where she discovered she could hold her own in a city full of heavyweight talents. A job at a large Houston law firm convinced her music, not law, was her true calling, and eventually, she decided it was time to, just move on.....
You’ve heard of crowd funding a CD, but what about an entire career? It all started with a promise to each other almost two decades ago in Edinburgh, Scotland. Gypsy Soul made the audacious commitment to each other to successfully make their living from their art and not to wait around for a label to discover them. They have just completed their 13th independent CD entitled, ”True” which is scheduled for an official release on June 17th, 2016.
Through their 19 year professional music career, Gypsy Soul have cultivated and nurtured an audience of life-long fans, not simply via their musical excellence, but because of their compelling story and dedication to all aspects of their craft. From their humble beginnings as immigrants to their unwavering passion, work ethic and approachability Gypsy Soul’s, Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit , have garnered a permanent place in the hearts of their fans. The exchange that’s come from these relationships has inspired their loyal supporters to donate over $81,000 for different CD projects. In fact, the duo's entire music career has been funded almost exclusively (save a few licensing deals and TV film uses) by the continued patronage of fans to over one thousand of their live shows.
Like its creators, their music is much like fine fusion cuisine, Italian, Irish, South African and Ukrainian to be precise. As with any work of art, their music is born from heartache and struggle, love and determination brewing with many textures, nuance and flavors. Their message is both universal and intimate, familiar yet otherworldly. Their roots rock meets acoustic soul sound is a true culmination of the very best of both Cilette and Roman's tastes, experiences and cultures.
Morykit, Gypsy Soul’s producer shares that he feels ”True” is their most unique CD to date, as it is a combination of both a live and studio record. "We like to call it a performance record as we limited ourselves to one or two takes to keep the performances fresh for our listeners”, states Morykit.
Gypsy Soul have had a Top 40 hit at Adult Contemporary radio with “Silent Tears”, and have had a number of other songs in the Top 5 on many other radio charts. In their 19-year professional recording and touring career, they've won numerous independent music awards, including the Independent Music Awards, International Acoustic Music Awards, Just Plain Folks and honors at Lilith Fair. The duo has sold over 140,000 CDs independently and had over 1.6 million downloads and plays of their songs on various online platforms. Their music has been aired on many TV shows including Providence, Roswell, Felicity and 90210, among others, as well as movies such as Quick Sand (Michael Caine) and After Sex (Brooke Shields).
Welcome to the Monkey House. This acclaimed project is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/arranger/producer Don Breithaupt, and, nearly 25 years into its career, Monkey House has recorded its strongest work yet Left, the fifth Monkey House album, is the follow-up to the 2012 album Headquarters.
That recording made believers out of some internationally renowned musicians who were then eager to participate in Left. That elite grouping includes LA session great Jay Graydon, guitar ace Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), and jazz star Donny McCaslin (David Bowie), while returning guests include current Steely Dan members Drew Zing and Michael Leonhart.
"Left" is more than just a collection of songs, it’s a fully formed and compelling work of art. Don explains "I view the making of an album as part of the art form. It is meant to be cohesive, something that musically and sonically sounds like one body of work.” He has accomplished exactly that here.
I discovered a few years back, Adam Craig with the band Telluride self debut EP and the song "Sing". In 2009, produced by Josh Leo (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), the follow up album was released, featuring the hits "Pensil Marks" & "Four Square Miles". Than dealing with two lawsuits involving their name, Telluride became Adam Craig Band. Adam is now back with new songs as a solo artist. If you like good country/rock/pop music, just consider his music is for you!
Amy Holland was honored with a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist after her debut self-titled album. The single, “How Do I Survive”, soared into the Top 20 on the Billboard charts and put Amy on the map. It was ten years prior that she came to Los Angeles as a teenager to exploit her singer-songwriter skills. Fortuitously, she met then piano accompanist Michael McDonald, who was later to become producer of the hit LP alongside Patrick Henderson, making her a household name – and a few years after that, his wife. And now she's back with a new studio album aptly entitled, Light on My Path, produced by award winning Fred Mollin (Dan Hill, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Mathis, Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus). It highlights her fluid and melodic style which will please country, jazz, blues and pop fans alike. In addition to the up-tempo first single “Walkin’ on a Wire”, which grabs you on the first chorus, the album features several sure-to-be classic ballads including “Prove That by Me,” a duet with Michael McDonald. Friends who contributed background vocals on the CD are David Pack (Ambrosia), David Crosby, Joseph Williams (Toto) and son Dylan McDonald. Amy co-wrote “Impossible Love” and “Light on My Path” on this record.
On the heels of her recording success that brought her fame globally, came her second album, On Your Every Word, also on Capitol Records. Although caught in the corporate crossfires there at the time, it was re-released by EMI in 2005. Cuts from the album, “Turn Out the Night” and “She’s on Fire” were featured in Scarface, and on the soundtrack, broadening her audience even more.
For the next several years, she became a staple for music supervisors of films big and small, most notably Night of the Comet (“Learn to Love Again” a duet with Chris Farren), Teen Wolf (“Shooting for the Moon”), St. Elmo’s Fire (“For Just a Moment (Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire”) duet with Donny Gerrard) and many more, as well as for television shows including One Life to Live (“All I Know” duet with Michael McDonald).
She also contributed vocally to recording projects with artists including Kenny Loggins, Joni Mitchell, Tim Weisburg, Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons as well as Michael McDonald’s solo albums. Her songs were recorded by Judy Collins (“The Journey to Miracle River”), Tim Weisburg (“I’ll Never Give Up”) and others and “She’s on Fire” was recently sampled by Lil Wayne.
By this time, Amy and Michael were married and had two children. Amy planned on a short hiatus to be a full-time mom and wife. The happy couple bought a farm in Tennessee and planned to settle down a bit from the typical rock ‘n’ roll whirlwind of touring and recording. As fate would have it, her lifelong dream career was brought to a screeching halt by a long and difficult battle with breast cancer -- that she gratefully won!
In the interim, when she was in Maui at their vacation home and had no performances and nothing she had to do, she started collecting museum quality buttons, antique charms and old jewelry that she repurposed into one-of-a-kind pieces – each named after a song! They became so popular that she couldn’t keep up with the demand and, once she returned to California, put it on a back burner to begin writing and recording again.
Her third album, The Journey to Miracle River (2008, Chonin Records), reflects her renewed inspiration. Amy co-wrote all of the songs with friends Jon Vezner, John Goodwin, Michael McDonald and Bernie Chiaravalle and featured contributions from Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, Shannon Forrest, Stuart Duncan, Tim Akers and son Dylan McDonald, to name a few. Amy’s voice is also heard on “Whatever Happened to Peace on Earth” from the very rare collector's DVD "Peace" by Willie Nelson and Friends benefitting the National Veterans Foundation; also featured are Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Michael McDonald and Pat Simmons.
Amy came to music organically. She was born in Palisades, New York to very talented parents. Her mom was a star in the 1930s and ‘40s. Known as Esmereldy, she could best be described as Ray Stevens meets Minnie Pearl (without the hat). She played on her southern roots and performed her novelty songs with a thick Hillbilly twang. Some of her records were “Slap Her Down Again Paw,” “I Didn’t Know that the Gun Was Loaded,” and “I’m My Own Grandma.” She was a woman of many “firsts.” She was the first female DJ on WABC Radio in New York, was in “soundies” that played in movie theaters, which were the precursors to today’s music videos, and she was the voice of Possum Pearl in the Popeye cartoons. She was also a terrific musician with expertise on the ukulele and piano. Although she was offered a movie contract by MGM, she felt it best to quit show biz when she got married, “probably because she didn’t want to outshine dad,” according to Amy. But dad was certainly no slouch. He was an opera star on Broadway but needed something more stable when their first child was born. He became a mastering engineer at Mercury Records and was responsible for mastering hits like “Walk Away Renee” (Left Banke) and records for Dusty Springfield, Johnny Mathis, the Four Seasons and early Ray Stevens hits.
Growing up with such strong musical influences led her to know by the time she was twelve that music was what she wanted to do the rest of her life. Despite the bumps in the road before, during and between hits, Amy Holland is here to stay and her album Light on My Path allows her vocals and style to shine, proof that talent will always be in demand.
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Legendary country band, Shendandoah released their first-ever gospel project, Good News Travels Fast, today, on the Daywind Roots label.
The band’s signature sound, including Marty Raybon’s unmistakable vocals, seamlessly lend themselves to eleven songs of faith, redemption, and familiar southern Sundays. The title track also serves as the first single, and is at radio now.
When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well-know for delivering such hits as ‘Two Dozen Roses,’ ‘Church On Cumberland Road,’ and ‘Next To You, Next To Me,’ as well as such achingly beautiful classics as ‘I Want To Be Loved Like That,’ and the GRAMMY Award-winning duet with Alison Krauss, ‘Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart.’
Today, that legacy continues as original members Raybon and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah’s storied career. Though they’ve secured their place in country music history, Raybon and McGuire are not content to rest on their laurels and have never stopped looking for new hit songs. With a pile of outstanding songs waiting to be recorded, the group moves forward into the next chapter, determined to deliver the same top-tier music that is synonymous with Shenandoah. Having recorded a number of faith-based songs and hymns in the past, the decision to produce a full-length gospel album was a natural one.
The project includes new and original music, the majority of which was written by band members and friends at a recent writer’s retreat in their home base of Muscle Shoals, AL. In addition to Raybon & McGuire, gifted writers such as Jerry Salley (Chris Stapleton, Steeldrivers), Gerald Crabb (Crabb Family) and Tim Menzies ( ) lended their considerable talents to the project.
Message from Michael Tomlinson about his brand new cd: "Howdy my friends, It’s here! House of Sky my new 16-song, full band album. Some of the most beautiful and inspiring songs of my life are on this album and it was truly one of the most enjoyable recording experiences I’ve ever had. The arrangements we created and the songs themselves made my months in the studio a pleasure. In fact, I was sad to let go and finish, but of course it was time to share them with you and to release them into the world. So many people helped me..."
Stefan Gunnarsson is a Swedish musician, known as team captain in the Swedish TV program Så ska det låta.
Gunnarsson is a multi-instrumentalist. He started as a drummer but also sought out guitar, bass, piano, trumpet and harmonica, and sings also. He has appeared on albums by, among others, Janne Schaffer, Raj Montana Band, Sandra Cross and David Carlson. Gunnarsson is a member of bands Enorma Groove and BLISS (a KISS-tribute band).
Created by Kris Wilkinson Hughes, My Girl The River was born out of a song. 'The Last Song' was the first song written for this americana, alt country, folk and roots project. Kris, hailing from Louisiana (and living in Jackson, MS and Nashville, TN) and English bassist Joe Hughes, have created a gorgeous collection of songs, showing a depth of range and storytelling that only some artists get to experience and some music lovers get to enjoy.
Along with some astonishingly gifted musicians (Jonathan Byrd, Will Kimbrough, Nick Pynn, Max Milligan, Kristin Wilkinson, Jacob Chano Lundby, John Garden and Tom Moth) they are very pleased to offer up their debut album 'This Ain't No Fairytale'. Described as 'stunning', it is mainly inspired by Kris' upbringing in the American deep south, bringing to life anecdotes, half-truths, white lies and fables. Ranging from alt country and folk to Americana and roots, it ticks every box. It was recorded in the front room of Kris and Joe's house in November 2015 and mixed by John Garden, produced by Kris, mastered by Mick Conley (Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart), with art direction by James Marsh (Talk Talk).
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN
Clarence Bucaro’s "Pendulum", the new album from the Brooklyn-based singer songwriter, is a vivid set of new compositions combining beautiful craftsmanship with heartfelt intimacy. The 10 song set of original material features a blend of emotionally honest lyrics delivered by Bucaro’s distinctive baritone with a rousing melodic sensibility performed live with a unique group of players.
Co-produced with noted vet Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams, etc) and showcasing Bucaro’s characteristically openhearted lyrics, the compelling new album features songs like the hypnotic “Pendulum”, the breezy “Girl In The Photograph” and the achingly beautiful ballad “Tragedy ”. The set also features a duet with velvet voiced alt country singer Allison Moorer on their co-written “Strangers”.
As a seasoned songwriter, Clarence’s storytelling has never been more thoughtful, and yet it retains a refreshing feeling of spontaneity. Whether from writing fiction or devouring and absorbing literature (Bucaro cites both as major inspirations to his songwriting, second only to life experience) the songs rich influences can be keenly felt. Bucaro, a Cleveland, Ohio, native, spent periods residing in New Orleans and Los Angeles before settling in Brooklyn, New York. With years of touring history under his belt and 9 studio albums, Bucaro has delivered his most diverse and mature album to date in "Pendulum", a collection that feels both timeless and fresh.
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN
The unique process that Americana group The Grahams employed in the writing of their debut album "Riverman's Daughter" resonated so well with the Nashville based band that they undertook a similar technique in the creation of new material, which will come together on their forthcoming release "The Glory Bound EP".
With "Riverman's Daughter" The Grahams traveled the Mississippi-hugging Great River Road, winding up on a houseboat in the Louisiana swamp where their songs of the river came together. A similar process went into the writing of new material, except this time, instead of following the lazy river, The Grahams rode streamlined rails, jumping aboard almost all the Amtrak cars including the Adirondack Line, the Texas Eagle, and the Sunset Limited, crisscrossing the country as the America that informs their songs whizzed by.
“Our methodology is to follow the paths and revisit the places that inspired our predecessors, not because we want to imitate them or faithfully reproduce their work, but because we are looking for the modern echo of older sounds, and hope to give shape to these enduring reverberations. Nothing can serve that methodology better than riding the rails".
Lifelong couple, both romantic and musical, Alyssa and Doug Graham have been performing together since they were teenagers, but fully committed to embracing their duo-ness with the release of the Graham’s debut in 2013. 2014 saw them play over 100 shows in support of "Riverman’s Daughter", including a 3 week run in Australia, which culminated with a performance at the Sydney Blues & Roots festival. The album was released on their own 12 South Records worldwide, except in Australia where Sony Music released it.
No strangers to the media they have appeared on Woodsongs, ABC TV and CBS Morning, and have been praised by American Songwriter, USA Today and the New York Times.
With their new release, "The Glory Bound EP", which was produced by Wes Sharon (John Fullbright, Parker Millsap), The Graham’s are expanding their roots-based sound to include more propulsive and dynamic songs, as influenced by the speed and energy of their recent cross-country train travels, where the songs came together. Concurrently, they will be releasing a live album and film, "Rattle The Hocks", both produced and directed by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, which chronicles their train-bound excursions and the influence of train travel on American roots music.
“We are not trying to reproduce the music of Woody Guthrie of Leadbelly or any other folk hero, but we are endlessly drawn to the master lines they (and their own forebears) laid down. Riding the rails gave us richer opportunities for this kind of work, allowing us to make the connection between rail and American song new, in a way that also honors the deep tradition of that connection".
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN
Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Melodic Rock masters DANGER DANGER, Ted Poley is also an accomplished solo artist, having released two acclaimed releases, “Collateral Damage” (2006) and “Smile”(2007).
The story of “Beyond The Fade” starts after Danger Danger’s acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano in 2014, when he and the label developed the idea to work together on some new music. The next step was to speak to producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) and with a band that he put together, they performed at the second edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival. A few months later, Ted came back to Italy to finish the vocals on the album.
With songs penned by the brothers Tom and James Martin (Vega), the sound of the record is nothing else but Ted Poley at his best, with immediately recognizable hooklines, amazing guitar work, immaculate production and total 80's attitude !
“Beyond the Fade” is sure to please not only Ted Poley's fans, but all fans of melodic hard rock. Don't miss this superb release.
Joe Lynn Turner’s career has had a number of highlights. From his early days with Fandango to his successful run with Rainbow to his time with Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen and his solo career, the New Jersey-born singer has shined in a wide number of musical styles with his inimitable vocals.
He certainly left an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of Melodic Rock fans when, in 1985, after the break-up of Rainbow, Turner released his first solo album, entitled “Rescue You”. He co-wrote most of the songs with keyboardist Al Greenwood (ex-Foreigner). The first single, "Endlessly," received extensive airplay on radio and MTV.
Tours with Night Ranger and Pat Benatar followed. He also wrote more songs for a follow up album in a similar style, but fate called him in 1988 to join the Swedish guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen for the “Odyssey” album, one of the most successful of his career.
Years later, when Turner got in touch with Frontiers President Serafino Perugino, the idea of digging up some old gem to create an ultimate Joe Lynn Turner Melodic Rock/AOR project came about. This brought the release of the first SUNSTORM album in 2006, then “House of Dreams” in 2009, and “Emotional Fire” in 2012.
After the release of the recent RATED X album, Joe wanted to go back to the more melodic material of SUNSTORM, but also wanted to retain some of the harder edge which the RATED X album had. So he asked producer and songwriter Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) to come up with some new songs in that vein. Del Vecchio joined forces with Simone Mularoni, guitar player of Italian prog metallers DGM. Together they developed songs which were exactly what Joe wanted, so it was a natural process to move forward and record another SUNSTORM album. As usual, other songwriters, such as Soren Kronqvist and Daniel Palmqvist completed the array of individuals involved.
The resulting album shows a slightly new direction for SUNSTORM; which still features organic and very strong melodies as a trademark. Enjoy!
Lonestar has been for more than 20 years a best-selling country rock group which has scored 20 country radio chart hits, including nine number 1's; the band has sold close to 10,000,000 albums worldwide and had three platinum selling albums. Boasting two lead vocalists and splendid harmonies, their countrified rock sound and finely crafted, relentlessly hooky songs are reminiscent of The Eagles.
Never Enders finds Lonestar in top form on a sparkling set of all new songs in the mold of their biggest hits, showing that the Lonestar formula works as well as ever. There is the inspirational, upbeat anthem Never Enders, the nostalgic My Town, and the heart tugging romance of I Know It Was You. This album delivers the classic Lonestar sound their fans crave.
Pianist-singer-songwriter Judith Owen is known for her love of musical variety and melding it into a great stylistic gumbo all her own. ‘Somebody’s Child’ is the culmination of this mix: voice and piano front and centre, songs that are vignettes of life crafted from the perspective that we ARE all “somebody’s child” – parental as well as planetary. An album about us.
“By nature, I am a diverse musician. It’s who I am because of all the music I grew up being exposed to, from opera to Sinatra, Joni to Stevie Wonder, and everything in between,” says Judith.
Whereas 2014’s critically-acclaimed ‘Ebb & Flow’ was personal and very much a love letter to Laurel Canyon, ‘Somebody’s Child’ takes a leap from the confessional to the observational, whilst recruiting the same crème de la crème of Los Angeles session musicians – bassist Leland Sklar, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Russell Kunkel – and incorporating them with her British-based musicians – master percussionist Pedro Segundo and sublime cellist Gabriella Swallow – to create a fresh new dynamic.
“It’s a very British thing where you love mixing all those styles. It’s classical. It’s pop. There’s jazz. There’s rhythm and blues. Then there’s rock thrown in there too,” Judith emphasizes, as evident in the jewel-like, pastoral and melancholic ‘No More Goodbyes’ and the staccato, jazzy rocker ‘We Give In’.
The opening song, and title track, is intimately framed with a string quartet and “is the heart of the record. It sets the tone – a mission statement. I was in New York, in the middle of winter, and I saw this beautiful young woman, about nine months pregnant, barefoot in the snow, wearing a trash bag, that was all she had, stomach out and in a state. I was crossing the street, with everybody else, trying to avoid her, when I thought, “That’s somebody’s child, and if my life had been different, that could have been me. Or any of us! We’re all so dehumanized, and this whole record is about reconnecting with our humanity, really seeing what’s around us, discarding, even if it is just for a moment, our constant state of denial.”
by Pierre Perrone (2016)
Following the recent acclaimed first edition of AOR Global Sounds compilation, DJ and producer Charles Maurice’s dug even deeper through international lost productions to create a sequel for this series.
The result is AOR Global Sounds Vol.2, a new compilation made of 8 forgotten and rare tracks produced between 1975 and 1983 in all parts of the globe. At the end of the 70s, many artists over the world were deeply influenced by AOR’s famous stars such as Steely Dan and his classic Aja LP, looking to reach the same attention to sound production and details, and this specific Westcoast style mixing together Pop-Rock standards, with Soul (sometime Disco) and Jazz influences.
From Renée Geyer Band in Australia, and Boban Petrovic in Ex-Yugoslavia, to Carol Ray Band in France, and Greg Yoder in Hawaï, Charles Maurice and Favorite Recordings built another hot selection of lost tracks clearly infused with this special AOR touch, in a Soulful and Disco way.
Fully remastered from originals with the same attention to sound quality than in first edition, AOR Global Sounds Vol.2 (1975-1983, selected by Charles Maurice) is presented by Favorite Recordings in a deluxe vinyl version, housed in a tip-on jacket and as CD.
Rita Wilson’s self-titled new album, her second, not only marks the singer and actress’ debut as a songwriter, it also showcases her knack for creating insightful, eloquent singer-songwriter pop that is etched with stunning honesty. Working with a host of the country’s finest and best-selling songwriters and producers, including several Grammy Award winners and nominees, Wilson taps into the bittersweet moments of her own personal experiences on songs like “Grateful,” “Forgiving Me, Forgiving You,” and “Crying, Crying,” giving the listener a window into the interior emotional life of someone known primarily for the indelible characters she has brought to the screen in It’s Complicated,Sleepless in Seattle, The Good Wife, and Girls.
“At one point in the writing process, I realized that there was a theme emerging from the songs that had to do with different levels of being vulnerable, or weak, or strong, or courageous,” Wilson says. “It seemed that there was something going on there and I tried to not get in the way and see what would come through.”
After the positive reception she received for her 2012 debut album AM/FM, an intimate collection of covers of her favorite songs from the ’60s and ’70s, Wilson knew she wanted to continue making music. “I thought, ‘I have to keep doing this,’” she says. “I didn’t know what form it was going to take. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But with the help of some really amazing people, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and going down the path, not without fear, for sure, I was terrified, but excited enough to see where it would lead.”
The path led to co-writing sessions in Los Angeles and Nashville with Grammy Award winners/nominees Jessi Alexander (Blake Shelton), Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), Kara DioGuardi (Carrie Underwood), Lauren Christy (Avril Lavigne), Richard Marx (Keith Urban), and Dan Wilson (Adele); acclaimed songwriters Kelly Archer (Jason Aldean), Darrell Brown (Keith Urban), Blair Daly (Rascal Flatts), Stephan Moccio (The Weeknd), Jon Randall (Sheryl Crow), and Jason Reeves (Colbie Caillat), as well as the producers Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen), Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat), John Shanks (Melissa Etheridge), and Babyface (Whitney Houston), in addition to Chapman, Marx, and Dan Wilson.
Allison Dietz sings in a voice both naive and experienced, like honeysuckle and heartache, or sunshine and sorrow. She's equal parts Loretta Lynn, Ford F-150, and Johnny Walker Red. No stranger to the stage, Allison has recently embarked on a journey from singer to artist, finally giving her songwriting skills priority. The result is 'Pretty Lies' and with it, she gracefully delivers songs filled with both anguish and redemption on a remarkable debut album.
Born and raised in Maryland, Allison’s musical roots began with the classic folk, rock, and rhythm’n’blues records her parents frequently played. An avid devotee of all genres of music, it was during her college years when americana, roots rock, blues and classic country began stirring her desire to write. Willie Dixon, Elmore James, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, and Patty Griffin all became personal songwriting heroes.
What inspired the songs on this album? “Most were at least in part inspired by things I have personally experienced, bad love, good love, lost love, and mercifully, real love. To balance the cheating, drinking, lying songs I seemed to be writing, I wrote 'Nobody Loves Me (Like You Do)' to honor joy and the real love in my life, and 'Let Me Keep you Warm' was written as a hopeful song for someone close going through some trying times. 'Parade' is a little different, as it was inspired by a large, formal funeral procession for a local fireman who passed away in the line of duty. I was driving a back country road when I saw it coming. I pulled over, got out and stood to pay my respects. It was one of the most moving and heart-rending things I have ever witnessed and, although a stranger, it affected me deeply. I can only imagine what his colleagues, friends and most especially his family were going through”.
Is there one song on the album that you feel has captured who you are as an artist? “I'm still discovering and experimenting with who I am, stylistically. However, if I had to choose one song that most captures my essence, it would be 'Can't Get Away'. It was one of the first songs I wrote for the album and it's a little sad and a little dark but a little redemptive and a little badass too. And I just love it”.
On 'Pretty Lies', Allison Dietz sings past the graveyard with a tone that makes it clear that she knows what it is to be nose-to-the-linoleum-heartbroke. But her delivery is without guile or artifice, purely innocent in all the best ways.
Very exciting news, Steve Porcaro long awaited first solo "Someday/somehow" will be released on June 10, on his label Porcara Musica.
Here's the track list:
1/ Ready Or Not 2/ Loved By A Fool 3/ Someday/Somehow 4/ Swing Street 5/ She's So Shy 6/ Back To You 7/ Face Of A Girl 8/ To No One 9/ Make Up 10/ She's The One 11/ Night Of Our Own 12/ Painting By Numbers 13/ More Than I Can Take
Listen to songs samples at amazon.com
More informations soon. Stay tuned!