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
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.
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.
“the artist worth watching…melodic and mesmerizing… superb songs”
“the album tackles deep questions with music inspired by the Wild West mythos…postmodern attitude…brainy…politically-aw
“The perfect album for a road trip… the tracks all bear repeated listening.”
Delightful…Dylanesque…McManus is a wordsmith…sweet delivery and ability to
craft memorable language that sticks in your mind.”
“This is clearly a band on the rise…as good as any on today’s Americana scene”
“beautifully orchestrated…fresh…catchy, and highly differentiated songs…very handsome album”
“beautiful stories…takes the listener on a fascinating Americana trip..recalls young Dylan”
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.
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.
From their latest album, Moves, Portand Oregon outfit Hearts Of Oak. “shoegazer country”, there are distinctly psychedelic overtones to their take on Americana.
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’Addarrio, John 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.
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