Clay Franz – The American Dream

The American Dream EP is the first record released by Clay Franz. Born and raised on country music, this album provides a good mix of country with a pop edge to it. For fans into anything from George Straight to Backstreet Boys!

The Cory Grinder Band – Cahoots & Other Favorites

With a deep love for classic country music, The Cory Grinder Band writes original honky tonk tunes for those who love that old hillbilly sound. Cory, from Akron, Ohio leads the group playing rhythm guitar, fiddle, and singing with pedal steel/electric guitar player Stephen “Tebbs” Karney. Gluing the group together is veteran bass player, Jason Willis. Between them the members of the band have quite a bit of experience playing for local venues (House of Blues, Beachland Ballroom) and national programs (NPR’s “On Point,“ SXSW.) Their entertaining live performances are full of fun, upbeat songs and the silly antics of the band. Always trying to have a good time, it’s not unusual to see the group switching around instruments and bringing guests into the fold.

Zoli Althea Browne – Never Too Old To Heal

Album Notes
Never Too Old To Heal supports recovery work, wounded child work, and spiritual renewal. I began my CODA recovery work in 1988 and continue working the 12 Steps to this day, one day at a time. After a double-header day of two meetings back to back, I intuited that we are indeeed never too old to heal! A participant had just stated that “ it is never too late to have a happy childhood”. Since I was nowhere near that understanding, I sought understanding by beginning to write the lyrics and music for this cd. I lived in Olympia, Wa. and was raising Scottish Highland cattle, but realized I required a change of scenery and energy to work on this project, away from my farm work. So, every weekend for the next couple months I stayed in the top left side room at the old Governor’s House Hotel on Capitol Way, to ponder, process and write. I finally recorded and released this cd early in 2010. Now living in Montana, I still honor those first difficult years of recovery work…I still choose daily not to drink alcohol. Some days are better than others, but after 30 years of challenging, continuing recovery work I still maintain that we are never too old to heal. This cd is a bit of a 4th step presented with the love and aspiration coming from the 12th. Many blessings and love to you!

Ashley Jordan – He’s Crazy

Described as “charismatic,” “honest” and “a vocal powerhouse,” 25 year old singer songwriter Ashley Jordan has performed her music across the U.S. and has had the honor of supporting artists such as Trace Adkins, Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Rusted Root, Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, Christina Perri, O.A.R., Magic!, Alex Preston, Crystal Bowersox, Howie Day and more!  With several high-profile performances as well as a host of major regional awards, Ashley shows no signs of slowing down. Ashley has performed for audiences as large as 40,000, and in 2015 her song “Angels” received a first-round Grammy nomination. Ashley was selected for a second time as a top ten finalist in Nash Next 2017, and won “Country Artist of the Year” in the coveted Boston Music Awards in Dec. of 2017. 

 

In 2016, Ashley finished recording a fourth album (“He’s Crazy”) of all original music and immediately caught the attention of Boston’s premiere radio station WBMX (MIX 104.1 FM).  Calling her new album “a masterpiece,” Matthew Reid (Music Director and on-air personality at WBMX) stated: “My favorite album of 2015? Adele’s 25.  My favorite album of 2016, so far? Boston singer/songwriter and Open MixFest 2014 Winner, Ashley Jordan’s He’s Crazy.”  Also in late 2016 (and again in late 2017), Ashley competed in “Nash Next” competitions hosted by Nash Icon radio and won local and regional contests to eventually be named a 2-time top ten finalist from across the nation and earning a spot to perform in Nashville.  In 2016 she performed for Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records, Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts  and Danielle Bradbery from the Voice; in 2017 she performed for Scott Borchetta, Kix Brooks, Country Artist Brantley Gilbert and Music Legend, Desmond Child. Desmond Child said of Ashley’s 2017 performance, “That’s like the music I grew up with…like I used to go see Janis Joplin at these big festivals and you have that feeling about you…”

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).