Sara Morgan – Average Jane

Biography

Sara Morgan is a performing singer/songwriter quickly making her name known throughout the Midwest and beyond. Sara’s sound is refreshingly different with a slight soulful hint of blues mingled with an undeniable, yet very identifiable country twang. Her voice has been called “a blend of Norah Jones, Jewel, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Reba McIntyre, and Patty Lovelace” – all of whom are musical influences.

Sara truly enjoys performing for audiences, but she is most content and “at home” when she is writing and composing her own original material; her songwriting catalog reaches across multiple genres. Sara writes and composes an eclectic mix of songs ranging from folk, Americana, bluegrass, and country, to rock, pop, R&B, Broadway, and contemporary Christian. Her versatility as a songwriter is as undeniable as her unique vocal sound.

Sara sells out listening rooms, is a crowd favorite at song swaps and songwriter showcases, and is often asked to assist other songwriters with their work.

Sara has opened for multi-Grammy and Dove award winner BJ Thomas, country superstar John Michael Montgomery, singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, Sex and the City heart throb John Corbett, alternative folk singer-songwriter Sean Rowe, and singer-songwriter Ben Taylor. She was also the preshow act at the Industry Bar inside the Uptown Theater in Kansas City before her idol, Loretta Lynn, took the main stage.

Sara has appeared on WDAF Fox TV, KCTV 5, KTHB, KCTP, and she has performed the National Anthem for the Missouri Mavericks, Sporting KC, and the Kansas City Royals; her songs get radio play on community radio station KKFI 90.1 FM, and 90.9 The Bridge in Kansas City, and KMXN 92.9 “The Bull” in Lawrence, KS; she has been featured in the Kansas City Star, Deli Magazine, Ink Magazine, and The Pitch news publications, and she records at Chapman Studios in Lenexa, Kansas. Sara resides in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Ricky Cook – Thanks A Lot Loretta!

If you’re lookin’ for country, you came to the right place… #authenticcountry.

Ricky along with his good friend, writing partner and producer J.P. Pennington is laying out his heart and soul on his first CD, Thanks A Lot Loretta. This is the kind of music that true country music lovers have been anticipating for quite some time. Not only has he brought back authentic country music but he pays tribute to his longtime idol, Loretta Lynn whose cassette tape was the first he ever bought, ‘Just a Woman’. I thought she was a knock-out right then and there. I really fell in love after seeing her perform with Conway Twitty in my very first concert in Knoxville, Tennessee. I think when she hears my music, she’ll be just a little bit proud… after all I’m just a coal miner’s son.

Pretty Gritty – Seven Year Itch

 

There is something simply divine coming out of Portland Oregon and it’s the duo Pretty Gritty. Their release Seven Year Itch is a colorful palette of their songwriting and multi-instrumental skills. Sarah and Blaine have a sound that is a timeless treasure, they also succeed in bringing something fresh to the rootsy-Americana genre. Pretty Gritty is a flawless fit.

A bold start off with ‘If I Was a Carpenter‘ shows the grit and the amazing harmonies that these two our capable of. The simplicity of a stripped down song out the gate only means one thing; you are good!  They enchant you from the beginning.

Having shared stages with Tim O’Brian, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Rod Picott, Lake Street Dive and Joe Newberry.  This is a show you will want to see. They are equals in this project. It is their mesmerizing vocal harmonies and beautifully crafted songwriting that really tug at the heartstrings and earn them life-long fans.

‘Bone to Pick’ can’t help but remind you of a Johnny Cash and June Carter duet. Yet they equally have their own standout style. ‘Coming Loose’ is a handcrafted track that again shows the perfection and beauty in their partnership.

The duo originally formed in Maryland in 2010, but after completing 2 (completely DIY) National tours, Sarah and Blaine decided to relocate to Portland, OR.  At first they hit the streets, busking downtown, but it didn’t take long for folks to take notice.  Pretty Gritty are now playing at venues all over the Pacific Northwest. In 2015, Pretty Gritty began their relationship with producers Fred Cannon & Paul Buono at Creative & Dreams Music Network (Nashville, TN) where they recorded their Lonely Road EP (released Feb 2016).  Pleased with the experience, everyone decided to continue the relationship and return to the studio to record a full album, Seven Year Itch, due to release later this month.

Standout track and the single off Seven Year Itch is ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore‘. The song gives you the real sense of the ups and downs of love, the nothingness’ and the hope. The video for this track captures every lyric effortlessly.

Blaine said the collective ideas of both Sarah and him were on target with Ian Rushing (Toy Box Studios) before they even discussed their wants for this video. “He simply gets it and us! The video translates the song perfectly by painting a picture that is both sad and beautiful. While outlined with hope.”

‘Every Road’ brings an edgy country pop radio hit for the album, making it a standout addition to their collection. ‘Somthing’s Gotta Give’ is intricately textured with stringed instruments and their breathtaking harmonies. The stylistic ‘Save Yourself the Trouble’ and ‘The Town’ again shows more in this duo’s arsenal. The start to finish flow of this album is nearly perfect in every way.

Bottom line the whole album from Pretty Gritty is highly listenable and highly recommended.

Caroline Jones – Bare Feet

It would be putting it mildly to say that Caroline Jones has a lot of herself invested in Bare Feet, her new album, which is out now. The singer-songwriter, who also hosts Art & Soul,a radio show on SiriusXM’s Coffee House, proudly states that “this body of work is my baby. I wrote all the songs, and co-produced it, and played all the instruments — except bass and drums. So, if something could be my heart and soul out in music, it would be this record.

“I’m really grateful to have the full body of work out, and also because we love playing live so much — it’s a blast to be able to really stretch out in certain shows where we have an hour, an hour and a half where we can play the full record,” she adds.

Jones – part of Billboard’s 15 Country Artists to Watch list in January – has gotten plenty of opportunities to showcase her music for fans while opening shows for the Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett. She says that the eclectic musical tastes of those respective fan bases has meshed quite well with her own musical sensibility. “We’ve built a lot of fans on the Zac Brown tour and the shows we’ve done with Jimmy thus far. I’m really excited to continue building a fan base that really enjoys my body of work and not just one song or one style,” she says. “I’m excited by the fact that music fans now grow up with an appreciation for different genres of music, and that those influences are reflected in my music.”

Jones allows that willingness to approach her music as an open canvas is something that she has learned from both Brown and Buffett. “Both Zac and Jimmy have their own vision, and have always been true to their own vision — even before it was popular or when it wasn’t popular. They have that kind of rogue, renegade spirit, and I think that is most conducive to creativity. We all have that deep desire to be really authentic and really uniquely ourselves. So, to be able to call them mentors and friends is hugely informative, hopefully for my entire life, for my entire career.”

While opening for Buffett, you just might see Jones join the singer on stage, with “Come Monday” being one such opportunity for her to add her harmonies. “I was actually so surprised that they wanted me on that one, because usually when they ask you to sing a song with them, they’re not going to ask you to sing one of their biggest hits. That’s one of their moments, you know? I was really excited to be able to sing that song. It’s been a blast to sing. I mean, obviously, that’s one of his biggest hits, so people love singing that song.”

To promote Bare Feet, Jones said the plan of attack is to get the music out in front of the people. She feels that’s where the music begins and ends for her. “I don’t think that there’s any other experience quite like the visceral feeling of being in the room with someone, and the audience being part of the creative process. In live music, you’re there to connect with the audience. That’s the whole purpose. I think that’s where you can really build a special bond that someone will never forget, and I take that really seriously.”

As the music business has evolved dramatically over the years, Jones said she’s definitely focused on the viral way of doing things. “In terms of promotion, we’re really focused on the digital side. I love creating video content, so we have Paul Boyd, who’s directed a bunch of the Shania Twain videos as our creative director. We try to film a lot of different aesthetic aspects to my music and to the emotional aspects of the music. We’re releasing a bunch of little videos and teasers over the next couple months. I love the aspect of video because, I think, when it’s done right, it can add to the emotional depth of the song. People who are really visual can understand the song in a way that they can’t if they just listen to it.”

Jones will be sharing her music and her story on the April 11 episode NBC’s Today – her nationwide TV debut. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time in her life and career. She doesn’t want to take one second of the ride for granted. “It’s extremely gratifying. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of. It’s exciting to see fans coming to my music who are real music lovers and really appreciate the craft of it. I’ve always wanted to build fans like that. That’s really important to me, because I know those are the fans that … as long as I stay on my path of artistic integrity, they’ll come and see me in ten years, twenty years, thirty years. I’ve always tried to take that long view in building a career. To see that starting to happen is really exciting.”