Francine Honey’s latest single ‘STAY’

FRANCINE HONEY

featuring the single ‘STAY’

 Finalist with Honourable Mention (Americana category) in the
International Songwriting Competition!

 

To Be Continued… is an album that showcases Honey’s most striking and stirring compositions. “I’m so happy,” she says. “I’m really proud of this record and how it all came together.” Cut in Nashville with Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Jason Isbell) and first-call players like guitarists Will Kimbrough and Kris Donegan, pianist Dan Mitchell, bassist Dean Marold and legendary fiddler Eamon McLoughlin, To Be Continued… takes Honey’s mix of Americana, Country, Rock, Canadiana and Blues to the next level, capturing the sound she’s been chasing for years. “It’s hard to articulate what you hear in your head and get it to come to life through other musicians,” she says. But after getting Hubbard’s name from singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, she knew she’d found her man. “I looked up the songs he produced and went, ‘That’s what I’ve been hearing!’

Although she’s made music since childhood — “I wrote my first song in 1976” — Honey never dreamed of making it a career.  However, along the way, the down-to-earth artist has displayed extraordinary dedication to her craft. Francine’s debut self-produced album An Ordinary Woman came out in 2008 and was followed in 2014 by Re-Drawn, produced by Lang Bliss in Nashville.  As a graduate of the Berklee College of Music Professional Singer-Songwriter Certificate Program, Francine regularly makes the nine-hour drive from Ontario, Canada, to song-writing workshops in Nashville, where she has been mentored by icons like Beth Nielsen Chapman (who contributes backup vocals to Honey’s Snowflakes On My Eyelashes), Mike Reid (I Can’t Make You Love Me), Mary Gauthier (Mercy Now), Verlon Thompson (Boats to Build), Gretchen Peters (Independence Day) and Jonatha Brooke (My Mother has 4 Noses). Francine is a member of the Songwriter’s Association of Canada (SAC), Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Canadian Country Music Association and Americana Music Association. She co-ordinates the SAC’s Leamington/Windsor Regional Writer’s Group, mentoring other songwriters. She has showcased at the Texas Songwriters Symposium four years in a row, the WinterFolk Blues and Roots Festival in Toronto, the Kingsville Folk Music Festival and the Folk Music Ontario conference. Francine’s music and song-writing have not only taken her through Canada and the U.S but to the U.K., Switzerland and Italy.

Now, To Be Continued takes Francine’s listeners on a journey.  Courageously drawing from her own life, Honey’s latest songs run the gamut of emotion. Snowflakes on My Eyelashes channels the grief of loss; Can’t Break Through to You examines PTSD; and the moving Marilyn documents a harrowing health scare. “That’s a very tough subject and a very personal song,” she confesses. “The room goes quiet when I play it. But I’ll see someone wipe a tear from their eye, and know that song has touched someone.”   It’s not alone: Stay was a finalist in the ‘Sing Your Heart Out/Love Songs’ category and a finalist with Honourable Mention in the ‘Americana’ category of the 2018 International Songwriting Competition (placing 7th place out of 19,000 entries), as well as a semi-finalist in the Canada Songwriting Contest. And Mamas Take Bad Dreams Away made the top five in the Canada South Songwriting Contest.

Equally laudable are cuts on the lighter side of the roster: The upbeat driving ode Open Road, the sexy come-hither blues of Honey (a semi-finalist in the Blues and Americana categories of the International Songwriting Competition) and the uplifting title cut that chronicles her romance with a friend who re-entered her life at just the right time. ”

Francine’s music can be heard  worldwide on radio stations from the U.K. to the U.S.A., Ireland, Canada and beyond.  She has been featured on CBC radio, Sirius XM and country stations across North America and she receives millions of views on her videos. She has appeared and been interviewed on CTV News, CFRU’s Folk Roots Radio and more.

Listen to the single ‘STAY’ here:

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Read more about what critics have been saying about Francine Honey:

“Francine Honey has labored mightily to perfect her art and we reap the rewards with every track on her third release.”
THE MUSIC REVIEWS

“…superbly written,..it’s a real pleasure to hear how Honey leans into the chorus vocal and achieves everything she wants without ever coming off ham fisted.”
CARLITO’S MUSIC BLOG

“..a strong singer/songwriter sensibility far outside the purview of many of her peers and contemporaries…brimming over with wisdom and..freewheeling musical spirit.”
INDIESHARK MUSIC

“…particularly thoughtful and well constructed arrangements..”
INDIE MUSIC REVIEW

“..a rich, welcoming adventure for those who who embrace pensive, cautious and gorgeous songwriting.”
TAKE EFFECT REVIEWS

“..a modern sound with rough and ready traditionalist country …Honey’s voice holds everything to together with a zesty performance.”
INDIEBAND GURU

“…heartfelt, inspired original lyrics…freewheeling and full of life..”
NEUFUTUR

“…infectious from the moment that it touches down…you could definitely make the case for this being the most accessible Canadian country album of the year.”
GASHOUSE RADIO

“…a signature all its own…Americana is a popular subgenre in modern music, to be sure, but practitioners the caliber of Francine Honey are a breed apart.”
RAZORFISH

“There’s something for almost every taste among these 11 tracks,..all of the adrenaline of a raging bar band fueling a crowd of excitable cowboys and ramblers looking to dance the night away…. wistful harmonies that ache with a yearning that is anything but disingenuous.”
INDIEPULSE MUSIC

“Another exceptional musical export from the Great White North…an authentic and individualistic interpreter of Americana…”
REVIEWFIX

“…an endearing old world charm that is far from the plasticity of the mainstream….Honey’s vocals undisputedly steal the show.”
IMAAI

“…amazingly tender vocal stylings…Honey is going places fast..”
MUSIC EXISTENCE

“…Honey is in the primetime now, and this is her very best work yet…”
INDIE MUSIC REVIEWS

“…a strong contender for best video and single of the year.”
MOBANGELES

“…spellbinding ballads…Canadian country music simply doesn’t get much better than what this skillful songwriter has done in her new record’s eleven engaging songs.”
VENTS

“…appealing and uncomplicated..”
SKOPE

“..a rousing country tune …This one will get your boots on the dance floor.”
LA MUSIC CRITIC/INDIE VOICE

“…a wonderful calling card for a talented and schooled musician on the move.”
CHALKED UP REVIEWS

For more information please contact:

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East Nashville’s Meghan Hayes Releases Seen Enough Lovers

Today the latest release from East Nashville’s Meghan Hayes, Seen Enough Leavers is officially available. A video of the first single, “A Birthday In The Pawnshop (Morristown)” was premiered on Americana Highways.

 

“Tread lightly but take the time to marvel at Hayes’s courageous and brilliant songwriting. Let the emotions fall where they will.”
-Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine 

“Meghan Hayes proves with Seen Enough Leavers that she’s an Americana artist ready to be recognized throughout the industry and to music fans alike.”
 Tim Jackson, Ditty TV

“I’m also happy to be adding Meghan Hayes and her new one called Seen Enough Leavers. It’s angsty, tough, and feminine all at the same time.”
– Calvin Powers, Americana Music Show

“It is Hayes’ songs that are the star of this album – which are brought to life by the great music and vocals.”
– Joe Wolfe-Mazares, E2TG

“Human emotions and their complexities often force one to cope in the best way they know how. For Meghan Hayes, she poured out her heart into the songs of “Seen Enough Leavers” and brought us all along for an incredible ride!”
– Don Crow, Review

“Opening the gates to a new wave of singer/songwriters that are going to need something on the ball to keep up with this, count this as a hard core winner throughout.”
– Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“The music here is passionate and sincere, and features some excellent lyrics.”
– Michael Doherty, Michael’s Music Log

“a songwriter capable of sharp introspection and character examination… resting somewhere between the literacy of Aimee Mann and the mass market sheen of Sarah McLachlan.”
– Pop Matters

“Meghan Hayes is a prodigious talent, both an imaginative, original songwriter and a singer with a gift for wrapping her voice around a song.”
– The Daily Vault

“Lyric- rich songs by Meghan Hayes will cast their gentle spells on you, while the dark musical layers will earn your devotion.”
– Melissa Clarke, Americana Highways

Review by Will Phoenix
11 Questions with a Nashville Musician – Music City Mike’s

Seen Enough Leavers is the third record from East Nashville songwriter, Meghan Hayes. Coming on the heels of a divorce from a 20-year marriage, the songs have strong elements of pain and loss, as one might expect. Perhaps less expected are the threads of hope that also permeate the album. Coping and moving forward are themes that pushed Hayes not only in life but in the writing and recording of the record. Sonically diverse and lyrically driven, Seen Enough Leavers showcases Hayes’s many strengths. Sometimes folky, sometimes reaching to the realms of pop and rock but always grounded in the art of songwriting itself, this album is by far Hayes’s most ambitious recording to date. Knowing she had a special batch of songs, Hayes reached out her community and invited some heavyweight guest musicians into the studio to flesh out the sound. Those guests include Audley Freed, Mando Saenz, Derry DeBorja and many more. In addition, Dex Green produced and Joe Costa engineered the album. The result is a stunning look and listen into the mind of one of the most promising songwriters working today.

DJs and Music Critics are Loving White Owl Red’s new album ‘Existential Frontiers’

Honest, gritty, poignant and powerful, this album unites elements of Americana, Alt.Country and Indie Folk traditions, to take the listener on an unforgettable musical journey.

 

Album Reviews:

“the artist worth watching…melodic and mesmerizing… superb songs”

Lee Zimmerman, Music Critic & Author ‘Americana Music

“the album tackles deep questions with music inspired by the Wild West mythos…postmodern attitude…brainy…politically-aware”

Bobby Moore, Music Critic

“The perfect album for a road trip… the tracks all bear repeated listening.”

Alan Fitter, AmericanaUK

Delightful…Dylanesque…McManus is a wordsmith…sweet delivery and ability to

craft memorable language that sticks in your mind.”

Jeff Monk, Winnipeg Free Press

 

“This is clearly a band on the rise…as good as any on today’s Americana scene”

Jim Hynes, Music Critic

 

“beautifully orchestrated…fresh…catchy, and highly differentiated songs…very handsome album”

 (valsam), RootsTime.be

 

“beautiful stories…takes the listener on a fascinating Americana trip..recalls young Dylan”

Cis van Looy, WritteninMusic.com

 

 

Bio:

White Owl Red is the San Francisco based music of singer/songwriter Josef McManus. It features drums by Kyle Caprista (Chuck Prophet, Megan Slankard) and Guitars by Gawain Mathews (Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, and Ben Lee). Americana Ash, White Owl Red’s first album debuted on the Americana Music Association Charts (AMA) and remained there for 14 weeks in 2014. Naked and Falling, the second studio album by White Owl Red received international acclaim and airplay in 2017 and 2018. It charted on the AMA top 100 Chart, the FAR Chart top 10, and the Root 64 airplay chart top 20. Naked and Falling was ranked in the top 100 albums of 2017 by Alternate Root Magazine.

OFFICIAL VIDEO-Danny Burns- “Let It Go” ft.Sam Bush & Jerry Douglas

Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas both perform on North Country’s kickoff track, “Let It Go,” whose lyrics tell the story of two lovers drinking up the nightlife of New Orleans.

Don’t call Danny Burns a newcomer.
Two decades before releasing his 2018 debut, North Country — a collaborative album filled with appearances by icons like Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tift Merritt— he kicked off his career as a traveling folksinger, logging shows on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s been on the road ever since, sharpening a sound that mixes the folk traditions of his native Ireland with diverse American influences. 

SONiA disappear fear Lyric Video for Title song from album “By My Silence”

SHORT BIO  (11/2018) SONiA (Rutstein) disappear fear releases her highly anticipated 19th CD By My Silence worldwide -January 2019. Currently, SDF has 18 award winning CDs including first round Grammy entries. “Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations”, writes Don Kening-Chicago Daily Herald, “her music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time.” 

 

SONiA Rutstein is a world class composer and artist. Her awards include 6 GLAMAs and one being Female Artist of the Year, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian American Anti Defamation) Award for Best Album (previous recipient Elton John), Coin Of Honor from a joint coalition of the United States Military for her humanitarian efforts and (2017) Spirit of Folk Music Award from Folk Alliance International. SONiA’s talent of writing in a variety of genres and languages has garnered her a vast following worldwide. SONiA’s double CD “LIVE at MAXiMAL” was in the first round running Grammy for Folk Album of the Year. Looking at her touring schedule past and future one can trace decades of dedication to various humanitarian and animal rights’ causes.
From the Sydney Opera House to the Kerrville Folk Festival and a bomb shelter in the Negev, SONiA has shared stages and caves with many of her heroes; Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Nickel Creek, Green Day, Emmylou Harris, GEORGE, John Fullbright, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen at the Light of Day Benefit concert(2014),Ani Difranco and Indigo Girls. She is honored to be endorsed by 7 international manufacturers including the SONiA Signature Model of Santa Cruz Guitar Company, ShubbCapos, Fishman Transducers, D’AddarrioJohn Pearse Strings and Audix.   “The honesty of her songs touches the hearts and minds of people from a wide spectrum of social and ethnic backgrounds who share a positive world vision”, says Rounder Records.  SONiA has performed in 20 countries and will return to Europe in February 2019 then back to the USA and onto Australia and New Zealand in December 2019-2020. 

 

Critics Choice
Rutstein who plays guitar and harmonica is this generation’s Dylan. The Advocate Magazine

Rutstein on guitar and piano and a small circle of friends create lean yet surprisingly colorful folk-pop. – Mike Joyce, Washington Post 

SONiA of disappear fear had the audience actually holding our collective breath in awe. It was one of the most electric live ‘performances
I’d ever seen. In SONiA, I found a contemporary artist with Lennon’s way with a phrase. From that night until this, she’s been my favorite

singer/songwriter.”   – Cliff Weimer, In the Balcony

“Quirky and smart, a poet with a guitar, SONiA is a master of crafting songs that make you want to simultaneously dance, sing,
and change the world.” – Georgia Voice, Atlanta USA

“….with a voice that is raspy yet pure and lyrical melodies reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Springsteen, and Joni Mitchell.”  – Waiheke Jazz Festival, New Zealand”

SONiA has returned with her best album in years, Broken Film …and it’s high point is the breathtaking “The Banker”
–Gregg Shapiro, Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco/Chicago USA)

There is an exuberance and passion shining from SONiA as she warms the audience with her humanity, charm and a touch of glamour.  –Roger Dietz, Sing Out Magazine (USA)

“I came to the concert learning she was Dylan’s cousin, 2 minutes into the first song I forgot about that and was just mesmerized the entire night” Fan from Kassel, Germany 2017

“Everybody loves SONiA” —Dar Williams, performer