Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Should the Titans Bring Back Rob Bironas?

They say that if you have two starting quarterbacks you really have no starting quarterback. Arguably, the same holds true when it comes to kickers. Just ask Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, who has been watching Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons battle it out this offseason.

Is he getting close to picking one?

"Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he plans to continue letting Bonani and Coons kick this week – including Thursday's preseason finale against the Vikings at LP Field – before evaluating the position," wrote Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

"Whisenhunt said the competition is 'pretty close,' but he wouldn't identify a leader.

"There's also a chance the Titans could look elsewhere for a kicker."

There are a few veteran kickers on the free-agent market, including Jay Feely, Rob Bironas and Garrett Hartley. Feely has some history with Whisenhunt, having kicked for him while they were with the Arizona Cardinals.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New EP "Life" Released by Born Musician @EliseDavisMusic

Elise Davis released the Life EP, her latest effort, in conjunction with Horipro Entertainment. The aptly titled EP offers a peek inside the elation and hardships of a born musician making her way in the shadow of the neon circus of downtown Nashville. While the songs on Life could take a slight right turn and fit nicely on the Music Row hit parade, there’s an honesty and sharp-witted integrity fueling her creativity and constantly veering left.

The EP also encapsulates the mid-twenties turbulence stemming from an acceptance that settling down is not an option in the near future, and it’s in direct contrast with the more traditional path from here roots in Little Rock. It’s a deft and honest exploration of a woman whose talent and drive will ultimately land her in the public eye at the sacrifice of a life that was expected of her.

There's also a bit of a wavering perspective on Life, one that looks at the simpler path in envy. It’s a diary from a woman in her mid-twenties who knows the journey ahead, has ignored convention and explores the sting of relentlessly exploring her passion.

"Never Was Never Is” is a investigation of the unclear role a man holds when investing in a relationship isn’t an option, and “Almost A Woman” details the break-up which helped solidify the decision to keep potentially substantial relationships at an arms length on purpose. Life is not always pretty, and it doesn’t quite fit with most albums coming out of Nashville because of it.

On the role of songwriting in her life, Elise recently said: “My lyrics are my favorite part about what I do and I refuse to hold back. Any heartbreak, emotion or sadness I feel has to be realized in song. I’d be wearing a straightjacket if I didn’t express myself,” she adds, laughing.

Ultimately, staying true to her message may place her beyond the periphery of country label machine, but it simultaneously allows true music fans the opportunity to focus on a songsmith destined for a different kind of limelight.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Details on Terry Kretz's Hanover Corporation Ponzi Scheme Sentencing

The former chief executive officer of Hanover Corporation was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $14,784,983.75 in restitution for orchestrating an $18 million Ponzi scheme.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney David Rivera of the Middle District of Tennessee, Special Agent in Charge Todd McCall of the FBI’s Memphis Division and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Henry of the IRS-Criminal Investigation in Nashville made the announcement today after the sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell in the Middle District of Tennessee.

According to court documents, between January 2004 and August 2006, Terry Kretz, 61, of Gallatin, Tennessee, offered clients the opportunity to invest in Hanover through promissory notes bearing high interest rates. Kretz told clients that their money would be used for specific purposes, such as investing in stock options and startup companies. In fact, however, more than half of the money invested in Hanover went to repay earlier investors, to pay Hanover’s salaries and overhead and to fund personal luxuries, including Kretz’s purchase of a $600,000 residential building lot, a $176,000 contribution to a church, and golf memberships.

Kretz’ co-conspirators, Daryl Bornstein, a Hanover salesman, and Robert Haley, Hanover’s chief financial officer, previously pleaded guilty to similar charges and are scheduled to be sentenced on August 25, 2014.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gritty Rockers @BaconBros to Release 36 Cents on September 16th

The Bacon Brothers are anything but a typical rock band. Brothers Michael and Kevin Bacon, each accomplished in their own right, play gritty rock that is unapologetically unique and authentic. Their style can best be described by their first album title, Forosoco, a word describing the blend of folk, rock, soul and country influences. Now, nearly 20 years later, The Bacon Brothers continue to impress audiences and critics with their soulful sound and their latest offering of Americana 36 ¢.

1. Hookers and Blow

2. 36 Cents

3. 493 Miles

4. Get A Little

5. Shade

6. You Learn

7. Wonderful Day

8. Above The Clouds

9. New England

10. Kiss Your Mother

11. The Subaru Song

12. What Am I Gonna Do

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Magnetic Soul Singer, Songwriter and Performer @IAmCalebHawley to release Side 2

Harlem's Caleb Hawley is an American soul singer, songwriter and performer. Like savvy throwback crooners Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Hawley channels early Stevie Wonder and other Motown sounds into a complete, magnetic package.

Raised in Minneapolis by a family of preachers and therapists, Hawley’s family fueled his on-stage charisma and perceptive, witty lyrics. “Growing up in an a capella church, we didn’t have instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says. “We mostly sang older hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.” Hawley's grandfather hooked him on an early Ray Charles record, leading him into the fertile soul music of the ’60s and ’70s.

Hawley spent his early 20s touring the country with only an acoustic guitar and his dog, Fargo. “There's no place I'd rather be than on a stage in front of people wanting to hear music I've created,” Hawley says. In those years, Hawley racked up hundreds of gigs, along with multiple songwriting awards for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Competition, SongCircle Contest, and more.

Now a talented full band multiplies that energy across the country. “I used to love listening rooms,” Hawley admits, "but now I pretty much just wanna get a party started.” Music Without Labels agrees, calling the stocked setup, “a fantastic show, full of danceable riffs and singalong choruses all held together by Hawley’s tremendous charisma.” The Chicagoist says, “The New York-based musician has a flair for soulful songwriting and a voice that will blow your hair back.”

2014 marks the release of a pair of EPs: Side 1 and Side 2. Hawley says, “They are a bit different stylistically, but each share my own voice artistically and literally.”

Side 1 is a time capsule from the ’60s, employing a full string section from the NY Philharmonic to capture the authentic R&B sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Side 2 brings us to the present with beefier beats and more modern production. Hawley’s vocal swagger, his old Alabama garage-found Harmony electric guitar, and live rhythm section tie the EPs together. Lucius drummer and producer Dan Molad co-produced both with Hawley.

Side 1enjoyed a January 2014 debut, and Side 2 is set for a Fall 2014 release (September 9, 2014).

Monday, August 11, 2014

Southern-flavored Alt Rock Band @Melodime Set to Release Deluxe Edition of "Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide" in September

MELODIME, a rock band that blends haunting bittersweet melodies with emotionally rich vocals atop a bed of Southern-flavored alt rock, will be releasing its album, Where the Sinners & The Saints Collide, in a deluxe edition (with six new songs and a new band member) on September 2, 2014 via Rock Ridge Music.  With the original album fully funded by their loyal and ever-growing fan base during their “Make an album, change a life” campaign, the band is donating 100% of the profits from album sales to a non-profit foundation they started called Now I Play Along Too, which provides musical instruments and education for orphans, victims of disasters, and underprivileged kids locally and around the world. Melodime - Where the Sinners & the Saints CollideWhere the Sinners & the Saints Collide was recorded at Black Dog Sound Recording Studios outside of Atlanta, GA with producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, NEEDTOBREATHE, Charlie Mars).

“We want to do something with our lives beyond the music to show people that you don't have to be famous to make an impact in this world,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Bradley Rhodes.  Inspired by the gift of musical instruments years ago to a family member by an anonymous person (the song “Brothers,” which is new to the deluxe edition, tells this tale in musical form), they are continuing that story and putting instruments into the hands of people who would've never been able to afford them.

This idea of looking outside yourself is woven throughout Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide, along with the concepts of coming together, regardless of differences, to do some good. “The album carries strong themes of redemption and has songs about picking yourself up from your boot straps, using those past mistakes and failures to make yourself a better person to help people who may be ‘lost and broken,’” says Rhodes, who adds that the theme picks up where their 2011 album 3 Reasons For Fighting left off.

Virginia-based MELODIME, whose influences growing up included rock from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s instead of what kids their age were into, began as a trio and is now a fleshed-out quartet – Bradley Rhodes (vocals, guitar), brothers Sammy Duis (piano, organ, bass) and Tyler Duis (drums), and new member Jon Wiley (guitar, vocals) – that plays upwards of 150 shows a year. They have performed up and down the East Coast, including such legendary clubs as D.C.’s 9:30 Club and N.Y.’s The Bitter End, nabbing a spot on the 2014 and 2015 The Rock Boat cruise festival with Sister Hazel, Barenaked Ladies, Tonic, Collective Soul, Edwin McCain, others, and even landing a song early in their career on FOX’s hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Friday, August 8, 2014

Check Out the Official Music Video for "Peace Arch" from Indie Rockers @EmilyDangerBand

Check out Brooklyn based​ indie rock band​ ​Emily Danger and their BRAND NEW music video for "Peace Arch"​. ​The band recently released their sophomore EP Peace Arch July 20, 2014.

Emily Danger ​was recently featured on​ Death And Taxes Magazine,​ Baeble Music, Music & Musicians Magazine, NME and many more. Emily Nicholas, the lead singer, will be featured in the Fall issue of V Magazine ​later ​this year.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Former Member of The Harters, @JMichaelHarter, Launches Career As Solo Artist

J. Michael Harter, former member of the brother-sister trio, The Harters, is in the midst of launching his career as a solo artist with debut single, “Holy Cowgirl.”  The single is Harter’s first release from his forthcoming EP, Ride On, which will be released on GMV Nashville/Anozira Records Sept 30, 2014. The single has been released to radio and is now available.

A dance remix for “Holy Cowgirl” has also been created and is being distributed by Nashville-based venue marketing company Marco Club Connection to Country nightclubs across the country. The song is already receiving positive feedback and airplay in venues across the United States.

J. Michael Harter, Scott Harter, Earl Bud Lee, Scott Laurent, and Bruce Wallace co-wrote the up-tempo party song during a songwriting retreat in Alaska.

J. Michael commented about the day the song came to life, “I had the title in my phone for years and often brought the idea up when I’d do co-writes, but I had a hard time getting people to understand where I was going with it. While brainstorming for ideas with my co-writers at our retreat in Alaska, I thought, what the heck maybe they would get it. At first when I said the title, they were all silent, pondering what I'd just said. Scott Laurent laughed and said, ‘You mean like a really religious Cowgirl?’ I said no man, but that’s funny! I mean like you see a woman all dolled up in tight jeans and boots and you think, Holy Cow Girl!!! At that moment, Bruce Wallace started playing that very infectious guitar hook and the song came to life.”

A Tempe, Ariz. native, Harter’s music blends up-beat Country melodies with profound lyrics and a unique Western flair.

Harter most recently recorded with The Harters, which was made up of himself, his brother, Scott, and sister, Leslie. J. Michael’s forthcoming EP, co-written and produced by his brother Scott, contains some of the most special and refreshing music he’s ever written.

Of the new music, Harter says, “I am striving to be part of the pendulum swinging the other way to lyrically driven songs that would make you cry, laugh, or make you remember something that touches your heart.”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Frantic Rock Album, Outsider, Released Today by @FeedMusic

Urgent and infectious, The Feed return with sophomore album, Outsider, a collection of scuzzed out jams that rock like T. Rex at a Spoon concert, but with the lo-fi feedback of a Strokes album. And after a 3 year hiatus, their return couldn’t come soon enough.

The St. Louis four-piece burst back onto the scene earlier this year premiering lead single, “Rexy,” on Filter Magazine, who sang praises of their erratic and “ impressive” self-described soul punk.  The band were quick to follow with second single and title track, “Outsider,” on Alternative Press,  who boasted that they “blend classic motifs with fuzz and modern energy to create their frantic rock.” Hype surrounding the band has continued to escalate, features in the likes of The Blue Walrus, Diffuser.fm, PopStache, KDHX, Modern Drummer and Earmilk, not to mention supporting the likes of Ben Folds, Chuck Berry and The Roots to name a few.

Influenced by an eclectic collection of artists, from Miles Davis to Queens Of The Stone Age, the Outsider LP is a progressive step forward for the band, and comes 3 years after a brief hiatus and their last release. With each member actively working on several different projects during their quiet period including jazz, rock and indie endeavors, the four-piece come together on Outsider, cohesively blending their varying external influences. The result? An album that screams of throwback 90’s garage jams bled together with perfectly weird and eccentric melodies.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Labelmates @jdeicher and @charlieoxford to hit the road with @joyike in September

Labelmates JD Eicher and Charlie Oxford will be heading out on tour together with guest Joy Ike for the second half of September for a series of dates across the Midwest and East Coast (see full list of tour dates below).  Fans can expect an evening of stellar acoustic performances at venues from Chicago to Nashville and as far East as South Carolina and Delaware.

Says Eicher about the planned tour:  “Not only are Joy and Charlie great musicians, but they're great friends. It will make for a special energy on stage and good stories from the road.”  Oxford concurs, adding, “I'm really looking forward to this upcoming tour with JD Eicher and Joy Ike.  JD and I toured together last March and it was a great time.  We made so many new fans and I know Joy will be a great addition to the group.  I think it's really cool for singer/songwriters from completely different influences and backgrounds to tour together because it gives the crowd so much more to take in.”

Eicher, leader of the Pittsburgh, PA and Youngstown, OH-based quartet JD Eicher & the Goodnights saw the release of the third album with his band, Into Place, on September 10, 2013, via Rock Ridge Music (with distribution through ADA).  Grammy-nominated producer Dustin Burnett (who worked with the Newsboys, Augustana, Rush of Fools, Moriah Peters, Darling Parade, Dave Barnes) produced Into Place, and the band’s soaring and graceful pop-rock songcraft has garnered the group favorable comparisons to Coldplay, Keane, The Script, The Killers, and Death Cab for Cutie.  Live, JD Eicher & the Goodnights has shared a bill with such diverse and respected artists as the Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Hot Chelle Rae, Pete Yorn, Anberlin, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Cartel, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, and Matt White, among many others.

Oxford, whose self-titled album was released on March 11, 2014 (also via Rock Ridge Music with distribution through ADA), has been called “indie-rock meets pop-rock” and “versed in blues and jazz sensibilities” (InForty.com), while Innocent Words said that his album “artfully layered a taut rhythm section, slick horn lines, fat keys, dramatic strings and gritty guitars under Oxford’s boy next door voice with its Southern tinged charm.”  The Nashville-based Oxford traces a line from Sam Cooke to pop contemporaries like James Morrison and John Mayer. A highlight for him was performing on the BMI Songwriter Stage at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, as well as performing twice at the annual BMI Key West Songwriters Festival. His time spent in college in New Orleans—he was there when Katrina hit—was extremely influential on his musical self; both the city and the musicians there helped to shape Oxford.

Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her Nigerian upbringing. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Denison Whitmer, Cody Chestnutt, Butterfly Boucher, Tyrone Wells, Allen Toussaint, and Serena Ryder to name a few.  A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says, "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop... a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small." A recent segment on NPR's World Cafe (December 2013) featured Ike as one of Pennsylvania's up-and-coming artists.

JD Eicher, Charlie Oxford, Joy Ike Tour Dates:
9/16 – Chicago, IL / Abbey Pub (bar side)
9/17 – Columbus, OH / Rumba CafĂ©*
9/18 – Cleveland, OH / Mahall’s*
9/19 – Kent, OH / Kent State ‘Round Town Music Festival*
9/20 – Pittsburgh, PA / Pittsburgh Winery*
9/21 – Wilmington, DE / World Cafe Live
9/22 – Lancaster, PA/ Community Room on King
9/24 – Bluffton, SC / University of South Carolina Beaufort
9/25 – Winston-Salem, NC / Salem College
9/26 - Nashville, TN / Listening Room
*JD Eicher will be performing solo acoustic on this tour without his band except in Columbus (trio performance), and Cleveland, Kent, and Pittsburgh (full band performances).

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