The Last Bandoleros are a four-piece outfit that blends Tex-Mex, country, and rock ’n’ roll.
Their story began in San Antonio, Texas, with guitarist/producer Jerry Fuentes, who, during a musical pilgrimage to Manhattan, happened to meet singer-songwriter/producer and New York native Derek James. Fuentes and James soon began collaborating in Brooklyn.
However, Fuentes was drawn to his native Texas to record in the same San Antonio studio where a couple of talented brothers also were emerging. Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of Tejano music legend Emilio Navaira Sr., were making a name for themselves around town with energetic live performances and sterling vocal chops.
Fuentes decided to combine both universes, introducing James to the Navaira brothers and inviting them to joint sessions in Brooklyn and San Antonio. Riffs and lyrics began flying fast, and the Last Bandoleros were born.
Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. The Boston based trio has played Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, and was nominated for Boston Music Awards in the categories Best Americana and Best Folk Artist.
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Akinetic, the new album from Chicago songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erik Hall’s one-man polymathic project In Tall Buildings, sees its creator plunge headlong into allegories of communication, loss, impulse, vice, and mass-denialism. With the addition of producer and engineer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine), Hall crashes through the aforementioned subject matter with brightness and lucidity, yielding his most intelligent and focused songwriting yet. Working out of his house with Deck in Pilsen, Chicago, Hall’s efforts yield ten tracks of spacious and textured pop, comprising one of the most sharply written and deftly recorded home-studio albums in memory.
Dan Russell is a highly revered artist manager and advocate, concert promoter, producer, creative collaborator, and video and film music supervisor. Russell has quite the impressive resume, having worked with the Call, Michael Been, Mark Heard, U2, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sam Phillips, Andy Pratt, Bruce Cockburn, Switchfoot, Robin Lane, the Vigilantes of Love, Ramona Silver, Rachel Taylor, the Violet Burning, and countless others. In 1998, Russell co-founded Soulfest, the first New England social justice music festival, which has become an annual event attended by thousands.
Despite his many successes on the business side of the music industry, Russell's passion for writing and performing his own work has never abandoned him. The "echoes" kept dragging him back until finally, Russell deemed one important collaboration or promised business commitment to be the last one. Then, with official duties forestalled, the guitars came out of their cases and studio time was booked to record a series of his personal songs, the cryings of his own heart.
Boketto the Wolf is a dusky pop-rock quartet. A combination of raw folk, crafty lyrics, and layered harmonies define Boketto the Wolf's live presence in the Boston music scene. They just recently released their debut album, Sleepless, which is available for purchase at their shows and online through iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon.
L.A. Salami (Lookman Adekunle Salami) is a singer-songwriter from London, England, known for crafting magnetic blues/rock songs with a postmodern twist.
Salami was fostered when he was two months old, growing up between his birth mother in South London and his foster family in Broadstairs, on the English coast. Most of his teens and early 20s were spent on the move, rarely settling in one place for more than few months. This lifestyle provided him with a unique insight about life in the city, something he later used to fuel his songwriting—lyrically and conceptually.
Salami's love for music began when he first heard Bob Dylan on the radio, leading him to explore more blues and folk music and inspiring him to write his own songs. He could not afford his own instrument and wasn't introduced to one until he was given a guitar for his 21st birthday. After three months of soul-searching, tapping into different creative avenues, and sleeping rough, Salami eventually wrote his first few songs and set out to land some gigs. Success came knocking after relentless gigging, starting with a tour-support slot for Lianne La Havas in 2012.
Cat Clyde is a brand new artist based out of Stratford, Ontario. Her music is a fresh take on the classic sounds of yesteryear, breathing new life into the velvety vocal, tack-piano, slide guitar style that can instantly walk you through the swinging doors of a packed saloon. With influences ranging from Etta James to Janis Joplin to Lead Belly, hers is a mix that goes down smoother than a neat glass of mellow Kentucky bourbon.
Watch Salami perform "The City Nowadays":
The Weather Station is the fourth—and most forthright—album by the the Weather Station, a project of Toronto songwriter Tamara Lindeman.
Her most fully realized statement to date, it is a work of urgency, artistic generosity, and joy. The self-produced album unearths a vital new energy from Lindeman’s acclaimed songwriting practice, marrying it to a bold new sense of confidence.
Her previous album, Loyalty, was recorded at La Frette Studios in France in winter 2014 with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist). Nominated for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, it earned praise from the Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Uncut, and MOJO, among many others.
Lindeman and her band have toured extensively in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, as a headliner and as support for artists such as the War on Drugs, the Mountain Goats, Damien Jurado, Bahamas, and Basia Bulat.
Sam Moss is a musician based in Boston, Massachusetts, whose 2016 release, Fable, was acclaimed by NPR, WXPN, and many others. Since 2014, he has been regularly on tour, performing in all manner of venues: pubs, galleries, abandoned silos, living rooms, and the Newport Folk Festival. Moss is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Marble House Project. His next LP, Neon, will be out in March 2018.
With her new album, Starfire, Caitlyn Smith has created a true portrait of an artist as a young woman, full of insightful observations, personal revelation, and commitment to craft. "Each song is a little snapshot of something I picked up along the way," says Smith. Powerful and nuanced, the record marks the arrival of a true musical force.
Though she began her career as a performer, in recent years Smith has become one of Nashville's most celebrated songwriters, with her compositions recorded by artists such as James Bay, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, John Legend, and Meghan Trainor (with whom she cowrote the multiplatinum duet "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"). Upon her return to the stage, tastemakers immediately began taking notice: Rolling Stone has called Smith's voice "soaring and expressive," and Elle magazine praised her "powerful, affecting songs." Smith was named one of the "top female vocalists" on Billboard's SXSW 2017 Music Discovery.
Andrea Davidson is an indie-pop singer-songwriter who is known for engaging audiences as a multi-instrumentalist and being a powerful solo performer. Davidson has toured extensively in the United States and overseas, opening for a diverse roster of renowned figures, including Robert Earl Keen and the Dali Llama. Davidson has spent recent years hyper-focused on honing her craft in Nashville, TN. After two and a half years of solo writing, co-writing with multiple acclaimed songwriters, and stepping into the studio with Grammy award-winning producer Jay Joyce, Davidson is currently thrilled to be planning the release of her next album and forthcoming tour.
Guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens released Preverbal, his second album as a bandleader, on March 24, 2017. The record is a visceral statement, a kinetic exploration of harmony and rhythm driven by Stevens’s masterful playing and singular melding of elements of experimental, jazz, and rock. The album blooms and disintegrates over eight original songs that are immersive and muscular, dark and joyous. Preverbal was recorded with Stevens’s core band of Eric Doob on drums and Vicente Archer bass, plus synthesizer and deft touches of sound manipulation and studio craft. It also features a soaring guest vocal appearance from Esperanza Spalding on album closer “Our Reunion.”
Stevens’s sophomore album as bandleader comes on the heels of a big 2016: he played an integral role in the recording and sound of Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution—one of the best albums of the year—and toured the globe as part of her power trio. He also has collaborated extensively with Christian Scott, acting as his musical director, performing on all of his recordings, and composing music. Preverbal is the fully realized vision of this in-demand collaborator and bandmate, the culmination of a decade spent lending an important voice to his many projects and being a bandleader.
33 year old Oakland, California, native Justin Brown is an extremely busy bi-coastal musician whose drumming with Thundercat, Gerald Clayton, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Kenny Garrett, Esperanza Spalding, and Vijay Iyer is simply a foretaste of his brilliant debut album as a leader with his band, Nyeusi. Part of a California-based crew that includes best friends Thomas Pridgen and Ronald Bruner, Brown is grace and fire to their pummel and power. Nyeusi—which also features keyboardists Jason Lindner and Fabian Almazan, bassist Burniss Travis, and EWI wind-controller player Mark Shim—ties together past, present, and future, with Brown helming the group with musical invention and drumming wit.
Brown’s own body of work exists more in jazz terrain, and includes Chris Dingman’s Waking Dreams, Flying Lotus’s You’re Dead!, Gerald Clayton’s Tributary Tales, Linda May Han Oh’s Walk Against Wind, Revive Music Presents Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1, Yosvany Terry’s New Throned King, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s Prelude to Cora and A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard.
At fifteen, Dead Horses frontwoman Sarah Vos’ world turned upside down. Raised in a strict, fundamentalist home, Vos lost everything when she and her family were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had long served as pastor. What happened next is the story of Dead Horses’ stunning new album, My Mother the Moon, a record full of trauma and triumph, despair and hope, pain and resilience.
Blending elements of traditional roots with contemporary indie folk, the album is both familiar and unexpected. It is unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of modern American life yet optimistic in its unshakable faith in brighter days to come. Earthy and organic, Vos’ songs often reveal themselves to be exercises in empathy and outreach; she writes not only to find meaning in the struggles she’s endured, but also to embrace kindred souls on their own personal journeys of self-discovery. As much as the album is a reckoning with the past and everything she witnessed growing up (mental illness, poverty, addiction, and violence), it’s also an effort to shape the future, to build a community based around love, art, and acceptance to replace the one she was so brusquely robbed of as a child.
My Mother the Moon is Dead Horses’ third album. It follows hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2016 release, Cartoon Moon, which Wisconsin Public Radio called “equally beautiful and effortless.” That record prompted the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to declare Dead Horses a "Band to Watch" and earned them honors for “Best Album,” “Best Americana/Bluegrass Artist,” and “Best Female Vocalist” at the 2017 WAMI Awards. American Songwriter called Vos “a compelling vocalist…who carries every tune with her husky, deeply emotional tone that feels lived in and real,” while No Depression hailed her songwriting as “beautiful and fresh.” With a fleshed out touring lineup, the group has logged countless miles, sharing bills along the way with Trampled by Turtles, Mandolin Orange, and Elephant Revival in addition to making appearances at festivals such as Bristol Rhythm and Roots and WinterWonderGrass.
Mountain Heart is the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. The band's name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group's creation. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship and just as notably, their incendiary live performances.
Mountain Heart and its members have been nominated for Grammys, ACM awards, and CMA awards. The band has also been nominated for and won multiple IBMAs. Having played at the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 130 times, Mountain Heart has shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, the Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, the Punch Brothers, Levon Helm, John Fogerty, and many more.
Throughout the band's storied history, members past and present have dedicated their time, talent, and creativity to the group, leading to their hard earned reputation as one of the most exciting and unforgettable live shows anywhere in the world. With a new team in place, Mountain Heart is beyond excited for this new beginning and journey ahead.
Fatai specializes in powerful, soaring vocals that feature great depth and sincerity, taking listeners on a journey through story and melody. A native of Melbourne, Australia, she has been heard by millions on television, radio, and online. Her debut single "Purple" was released in late 2015, and her debut EP Undone was released soon thereafter. Having sold out two North American tours during the past two years, Fatai is hitting the road to do it again in 2018.
Influenced by artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to Arcade Fire, BANNERS is a musician from Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Fascinated by dreams, life, death, hope, and despair, he grew up singing in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Liverpool Kop. His music is at once haunting and hopeful. His song “Start a Riot” has generated more than 50 million streams on Spotify. His recent single, “Someone to You,” reached the no. 1 position on Alt Nation as he prepares to release his highly anticipated EP, Empires on Fire.
After signing with Island Records, BANNERS first connected with audiences with his debut single, “Ghosts,” which rose to no. 2 at Hype Machine. “Shine a Light,” which has been certified gold for track sales in Canada, is featured in the official trailer for EA’s blockbuster game FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends and has appeared in spots on NBC, ESPN, E!, and FOX. BANNERS recently made his late night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, followed by touring select markets in the United States with Milky Chance.
Watch his video for “Someone to You”:
At 22 years old, Lauren Ruth Ward had a career in hairstyling that was going quite well. She was ambitious, successful, and doing work she loved, yet something was missing. “I saw the music then, but I was behind a chair six days a week,” says Ward about coming to terms with pursuing another career. In 2015, Ward packed up her life and took a road trip to her new home: Los Angeles. After a challenging, perfectionistic pursuit, Ward formed with a band: Liv Slingerland on bass, India Pascucci on drums, and fellow songwriter Eduardo Rivera on guitar.
Together, they created Ward’s debut album, Well, Hell, a nine track sampler of what she calls the band’s “four modes.” The band’s chameleonic moods are punctuated by Ward’s playfulness with her bandmates on stage, dancing with audience, and her signature white dotted eyes. Ward’s music has gained her a dedicated international fanbase — in fact, three fans flew from France to be at the Well, Hell record release show in Los Angeles.
Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR based performer, who the Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loudly to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered Craigie a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent him fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose, boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, “Highway Blood” and “I Am California.”
Clay Cook has made his living through many avenues in the music industry. An accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded and toured with John Mayer, Sugarland, the Marshall Tucker Band, and Shawn Mullins. In 2009, he became a member of the multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning Zac Brown Band, but he still finds time to tour his brand of acoustic singer-songwriter music. His new album, Unobstructed View, was released late last year.
At two years old, Manu Delago began what would become a very musically inclined life as he sat behind his first drum kit. Four years later, he started playing the piano and at the age of ten, he began taking accordion lessons. As a teenager, Delago mainly played football and drummed for his rock band HotchPotch, which won the Austrian Band Contest in 2003. After graduating from high school in his hometown of Innsbruck, where he studied classical percussion, he moved to London, where he studied jazz drums and composition.
When Manu Delago discovered the Hang - an enchanting musical instrument that is manufactured by PanArt in Switzerland - he simultaneously discovered his passion for writing music. His Hang solo piece "Mono Desire" has become the most popular Hang video on the internet and was featured in the top 30 music videos on YouTube.
With his bands, Living Room and Manu Delago Handmade, Delago has released several albums and performed in prestigious venues all over the world. The Austrian musician also frequently collaborates with high class artists such as Björk, Anoushka Shankar, the Cinematic Orchestra, Joss Stone, Andreya Triana, Shpongle, Bugge Wesseltoft, Aurora Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Scott Helman is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is influenced by artists such as Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, the Cure, Bon Iver, and Paul Simon. His debut full-length album, Hôtel de Ville, was recorded in Toronto at Revolution Recording and was produced by Tawgs Salter (Lights, Walk Off the Earth, USS). The album's first single is the irresistible alternative pop track "Kinda Complicated," which applies breezy, catchy songwriting and clever lyricism to either a failed relationship or his own daily struggle with ADHD. "The more that I write music, the more that I feel that I'm curing myself," Scott explains. "How am I gonna be a better person and how am I gonna be a better lover? I have to figure out all those things that are knocking around in my head."
In 2014, Scott Helman released the song "Bungalow" as the first single from his debut EP Augusta. The track was certified platinum and led to tours across Canada where he played with the likes of Tegan and Sara, Shawn Mendes, and Matthew Good. Opening for Walk Off the Earth on extensive tours of the U.S. and Europe, Helman stood alone on stage and, night after night, won over skeptical audiences and began building an international fan base. In January 2016, he topped the Teen Vogue list of voices to look out for that year over the likes of Melanie Martinez and Elle King. By the time Helman went back into the studio to begin work on Hôtel de Ville, he had been nominated for multiple MuchMusicVideo Awards in 2015 and Juno Awards in 2016, performing to massive national TV audiences on both award shows. Helman rang in 2017 with a raucous tribute to Leonard Cohen, performing "Bird On A Wire" in Cohen's hometown of Montreal in front of 50,000 people, along with countless others who watched the live broadcast on CBC TV.