Vikki McGee – Two Bottles

Armed with deep musical heritage, Vikki McGee has enjoyed a long and quite diverse musical career. Hailing from the small town of Port Barre’, Louisiana, Vikki followed in the musical footsteps of her great grandfather, the famed Cajun fiddler, Dennis McGee, and her uncle, the highly-acclaimed, and member of the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame Gerry McGee.

 Vikki is a singer-songwriter with a rich voice and an uncanny ability to deliver a song in such a way that, no matter the message, the listener’s experience is filled with the intended emotion. Extreme versatility is often used when describing Vikki’s style and artistry. During one week in October 2017, Vikki took her band to perform at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess, Arkansas, and then three days later, she performed as the Guest Artist with the Delta Symphony Orchestra at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She also performed at the Arkansas Roots Festival in the summer of 2017. The four-time winner of the readers’ choice award for “Best Musician” (Occasions Magazine), Vikki entertains a wide variety of audiences and wins over fans with her authentic, soulful and effortless sound.

Growing up in South Louisiana, Vikki was exposed to many genres of music and quickly developed an affinity for Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash. By the age of 14, she was talking her way into places that were willing to let her sing. She quickly went from weddings and social gatherings to opening shows for artists such as Tanya Tucker, Restless Heart, Little Texas and Tracy Lawrence. After the sudden death of her husband, who was also her lead guitarist, Vikki passed on a pending record deal to raise her then two young children. A choice she has never once regretted. After the hiatus, Vikki returned to the scene with a renewed perspective and has since been consistently playing shows throughout the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta Region for the past 15 years. She recently commented on her musical career, “I am fortunate to have worked with and been mentored by so many talented musicians, including another Uncle, Randy Latiolais and South Louisiana’s Ted Broussard. But I truly believe God gave me this voice and talent, and He has blessed me beyond measure, so none of this career would have been possible without Him.”

Whether with her full band on a large stage, or with her guitar in a living room for a House Concert, Vikki delivers her music with the same honesty and humility. As she often says, “Whether for 2 or 2,000, you give the same show.” Such unassuming talent is rare and undoubtedly intended to be heard.

Heather Whitney – Moving On

Singer. Songwriter. Heather Whitney comes from an itty bitty, one red light town deep in the pines of Southeast Texas where the mosquitoes are big but her love for music is bigger!

Heather’s new album, “Moving On” is full of love, heartbreak, and moving on. This album is everything she lived through, felt and overcame while in the studio. “Just because you’re working towards your dreams doesn’t mean that the world stops spinning and hardships won’t find you. What gave me strength to complete my album was knowing that I was not alone & that someone else out there would hear these songs, relate to them and possibly gain some healing like I did. We have to stick together.”

Heather Whitney has spent the last year flying back and forth from Newton, TX to Nashville, TN writing, hand picking songs for the album and recording with producer, Buddy Hyatt. She just wrapped and released her first music video for her single “Shut Up And Dance” (Now available on ITunes)!

“Everyone who was apart of this project was there because of their belief in me and I’m forever humbled and thankful for them and this experience. Everything that I put into this album will absolutely translate to the listener! Hope y’all enjoy it!”

Trainride – Southern Calling

About

‘Trainride’ is a band founded by Australian duo singer-guitarists Steve Bridger and Simon O’Neil. After 20 years of jamming and playing parties, Steve and Simo booked some studio time at The Grove Studios in Gosford, north of Sydney, where they met producer Josh Telford, who encouraged them to make an album.

Following on from a demo album, Steve and Simo were joined by legendary Brisbane guitarist Simon Gardner and the powerhouse rhythm section of David Shaw (drums) Tommy Hynes (bass) and Michael Hynes (keyboards), and ‘Trainride’ was born. A couple more songs ‘Give it Back’ and ‘Bout The Song’ were recorded in Brisbane and the debut album ‘Southern Calling’ (after the title track) was finished in 2017.

A journey through southern rock, outlaw country, and some stations which may not have a name.

Shelly Jones Band – Highways

 

A mix of contemporary and traditional country with a little rockabilly thrown in for added spice.

John Paul Von Arx – Break Through

Country music through and through, John Paul reawakens the sounds he grew up loving with his melodic guitar lines and real-life lyrics.

Album Notes
John Paul uses his love for country music and guitar to connect with his fans. Whether he’s playing at a music festival, doing radio interviews, or leading worship at his church, he writes his music to be relatable to all potential listeners. In his song “He’s Different” he opens up about the hidden beauty in life having a brother with Down Syndrome. In “Cell Phone Blues” he demonstrates his fun-loving personality and guitar prowess in what he hopes will be an addition to every summer playlist for country music lovers.

10 String Symphony – Generation Frustration

 

“If I yell it out will I go unheard?” is the searing question that kicks off the title track of Generation Frustration, the uncompromising collection of songs from progressive roots duo 10 String Symphony.

The record expands their style in an organic and authentic way, with production talents lent by Kris Drever-one third of the folk trio LAU and the 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the year. Generation Frustration features 10 subtly subversive songs that seek to articulate the “helplessness blues” often felt by the Millennial generation with regards to politics, privilege, and the global climate crisis. This division and collision of generations plays out lyrically, but also musically in the push and pull between traditional acoustic and modern sounds-a combination of past and present that engages the listener both emotionally and intellectually. 10 String Symphony is comprised of Rachel Baiman (whose solo debut Shame garnered critical acclaim around the globe) and virtuosic fiddler Christian Sedelmyer (who has performed and recorded with Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and The Jerry Douglas Band).

Chris Hennessee – Ramble

Chris Hennessee says-
“Not so many years ago I loaded up the Ford Ranger and made my way out of my home town of Decatur, TN headed for Nashville. In the years that followed I have been blessed to have the opportunity to write with some of the most talented people in the world and play with the most talented musicians. I’ve also been blessed with cuts on records like Billy Currington’s “A Little Bit Of Everything” as well as Kevin Fowler, Corey Morrow, Rodney Carrington, and Cody Johnson albums. Recently a song I wrote with my friends The Wild Feathers titled “Hennessee” was featured on the hit TV show “Nashville”.
Since the Fall of 2012 I’ve been a member of one of the best bands on the road backing my good friend Mr. Jamey Johnson. With Jamey I’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with some of my musical heros like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Allison Krause just to name a few.”

Great review here

https://www.savingcountrymusic.com/album-review-chris-hennessees-ramble/

 

The Ragtone Ramblers – Ragtone Stomp

Playing in the pocket where country and jazz unashamedly mingle, The Ragtone Ramblers first release Ragtone Stomp, represents 12 months of careful songwriting and captures a sound that is both unique and strangely familiar.

The six tracks showcase a style distilled from the great hillbilly, honkytonk and western swing acts of the early 20th century with hints of jugband, Dixieland and country blues also getting a nod. The recording retains the warmth and character of the bands vintage sound and energetic live shows.

The sweet country twang of three distinct vocalists and songwriting styles blend seamlessly against a back drop of steel guitar, slappin’ bass, tenor banjo and the rattle of the washboard.

Introduced by a mutual friend who just knew they’d be great together, the band formed in early 2017, after realising they shared a common love of early American roots music and vintage instruments.

Evolving from bands including Floyd Family Breakdown, Mayhem County Boys and the Sugar Shakers – the Ragtone Ramblers recorded on this release are: Dennis Duigan (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp), Mitch Humphrys (vocals, archtop guitar, steel guitar, tenor banjo), Paula Hackney (vocals, washboard, tenor banjo and snare). Toby Mellonie plays double bass at live shows.

The High Country Cowboys – Great American Cowboy

Award winning yodeling and Traditional Western Harmony with a Classic sound similar to the original Sons of the Pioneers.
 

Remembering the good old days of Western Music and the Silver Screen Cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of the Pioneers, the High Country Cowboys present to you, their brand of this Classic Genre! Born and raised in Montana, the three brothers John, Joe and Marty were brought up in the heart of ranch country where the roads are all dirt, and the cows still out number the people! They grew up watching the old B-western films on VHS which instilled in them their love for the west and of course cowboy music. Since their beginning in 2014, they have been recognized by different associations across the country. Their lead singer Marty has been awarded as Western Music Associations ‘Yodeler of the Year’ 3 times and once with the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association. The PCCAA Also awarded the group as “Music Group of the Year” in 2017. They also received “Best Traditional Album of the Year” with the WMA IN 2017. Their traditional sound and three part western harmony has been compared to the Sons of the Pioneers and Marty Robbins.

Kenny James & Friends

Album Notes

Kenny James retired from life as a Network Administrator in a mid-size mid-western town in late 2016. He immediately returned to the life he had given up years before – as a singer/musician/entertainer and sometimes songwriter. He and his wife Donna sold the family home, bought an RV and began looking for a place where the musical tastes fit the music that had always been in his heart. Even though traditional country music had been starved from the airwaves, it was still loved by many and he knew he could find an audience who would share his musical tastes. And where better to look than in the Hill Country of Texas! Kenny spent as much time as he could listening to and playing with the many of the outstanding artists in and around the Bandera, Texas area and this album is in large part derived from the musical legacy of that area. Kenny went to his son, Ken Pearsall, who worked at a recording school in Madison, WI, to engineer the tracks and he went to his many friends to lend their talents to the recordings. Many had played country music most of their lives. For all involved, this was a labor of love. You will find a list of the musicians and the instruments they played on the liner notes on the album and below. We all hope you enjoy the music!

Lee Miller, Steel Guitar & Harmony Vocals
Lance Massey, Lead Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Glenn “Junior” Moore, Bass Fiddle
Jesse Armstrong, Cajon
Randy Myatt, Lead Guitar
Gary “The Voice” McAdams, Harmony Vocals and Vocal Arrangements
Ken Pearsall, Archtop Guitar, Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer
Steve Doiel, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Biff Blumfumgagnge, Fiddle
Eric Nofsinger, Fiddle
Kenny James, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Accordion, Bass Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals, Arrangements, Songwriter and Producer