The Farm Hands – Good Things

Biography

WITH OVER 60 NATIONAL AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS, THE FARM HANDS ARE ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND IN DEMAND BLUEGRASS BANDS IN AMERICA. TOURING OVER 150 DATES EACH YEAR, THIS TALENTED FOURSOME FEATURES VETERANS OF THE WORLD FAMOUS GRAND OLE OPRY, GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS, HIT SONGWRITERS, AND CELEBRATED INSTRUMENTALISTS.

Two-time Songwriter of the Year Daryl Mosley has several #1 songs to his credit, including the southern gospel classic, ‘(Ask the Blind Man) He Saw It All. Daryl has written songs featured on ‘American Idol’, ‘The View’ and other TV shows around the world. Gospel music icon Bill Gaither calls Farm Hand’s bass player Daryl Mosley “a poet-and we don’t have many poets left.” Daryl is also a six-time Male Vocalist of the Year nominee.

In 2015, Grammy award winner Tim Graves was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Tim has over 30 years of professional music under his belt, including 20 years as part of world famous Grand Ole Opry. Tim has toured extensively across the U.S. both as a sideman and with his own group. Tim plays his signature ‘Tim Graves model’ Beard resophonic guitar and is the reigning Dobro Player of the Year in bluegrass music, a distinction he has held 12 times and the last 9 years in a row. In 2015, Grammy award winner Tim Graves was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Tim has over 30 years of professional music under his belt, including 20 years as part of world famous Grand Ole Opry. Tim has toured extensively across the U.S. both as a sideman and with his own group. Tim plays his signature ‘Tim Graves model’ Beard resophonic guitar and is the reigning Dobro Player of the Year in bluegrass music, a distinction he has held 12 times and the last 9 years in a row.

Three-time Guitar Player of the Year nominee Keith Tew has toured with High Strung, Vassar Clements of the Grateful Dead, Rock County, and performed on the Grand Ole’ Opry as a member of Rhonda Vincent’s band. Keith is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and is a 2 time Song of the Year winner. One for the Lonesome River Band classic “Am I A Fool” and again for The Farm Hand’s “Dig In The Dirt”

The newest member of the Farm Hands is Don Hill. Don has the distinction of being named state champion banjo player in several states including Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Don is a Tennessee native and has worked with many of the major artists in bluegrass music including Grand Ole Opry stars Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds and is a 2017 Bluegrass Banjo Player of the Year nominee.

Mama Caught Fire – Listen as She Speaks

Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Mama Caught Fire is a trio whose music explores intricate harmony, emotional storytelling, and the power of the voice.

Band members Julia Hobart, Abigail Tuominen, and Molly Sowash met as students at Macalester College in 2013. All three write for the group, which performs around the Twin Cities. 

Sharon Lazibyrd – Half Shame and Half Glory

 

” Georgie Rogers, Tom Robinson and pretty much every local radio station across the country are falling over themselves with love for Sharon Lazibyrd right now.”
Sam Bonham BBC Music Introducing

“This is quite simply put, gorgeous folk music…warms you like the sun on your face”
Fresh on the Net

“an eclectic selection of tunes, every one of which hits it   s mark…this is a debut album to be proud of” Angry Baby

Somerset based contemporary folk singer-songwriter and independent musician releases her eagerly anticipated debut solo album on 8th June. Sharon has made a great start as tracks from the album have been played on the BBC Introducing Mixtape and the title track was recently voted a Fresh Fave by Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net and has been receiving BBC airplay across the nation too. Her songs have been played by over 50 radio shows and she was BBC Introducing Artist of the Week in Jan 2018 on BBC Georgey Tonight.

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert – Beneath This Place

Beneath This Place is the debut album from Will Finn and Rosie Calvert. Known for their work as half of a capella quartet The Teacups, Will and Rosie will’s unique approach to arrangement see’s them explore both song and tune on this brave debut.

The unlikely pairing of piano and steel pan is joined by Evan Carson (Sam Kelly And The Lost Boys, The Willows) on percussion, Matt Downer (Mabon, Jim Moray, Gilmore and Roberts) on double bass, Seth Tinsley (Elephant Sessions, Tyde) on guitar and Sam Partridge (Pons Aelius) on whistles.

 

Great REVIEW here

Blue Yonder – Rough And Ready Heart

 

Every Tuesday evening since early 2013, Blue Yonder, a trio of nationally-known musicians representing diverse strands of Americana musical traditions, has given people in a small Charleston, WV, venue a soul-cleansing way to connect with themselves and each other.

With the February 2018 release of their new record- ing Rough and Ready Heart, Blue Yonder plans to bring this same experience to new audiences in similarly intimate settings beyond their home state of West Virginia.

Anchored in compelling grooves of classic country, rockabilly, swing and folk music, the band presents original songs about “living, loving and los- ing along life’s backroads and highways” that people from all walks of life can relate to.

“My songs tell stories that anyone who’s been in re- lationships or set out on a road trip can relate to, no matter where they come from,” says John Lilly, Blue Yonder’s national award-winning, and nationally traveled, performing songwriter. “It’s been great to be able to work in my home town with guys who ap- preciate playing mostly original music, and to share that music every week with our regulars, who keep coming back to hear new material.”

Blue Yonder guitarist Robert Shafer, noting the many styles of Lilly’s songwriting, appreciates that “with Blue Yonder I can stretch out more than I can with most bands.” One of few to win the prestigious Win eld Walnut Valley national at-picking contest more than once, Shafer is also known as a “spectacular rockabilly guitarist who also brings swing and bop in uences to his playing” (Washington Post).

Blue Yonder upright bass player and producer Will Carter, best known for founding the global summit of old-time musicians at the annual “Clifftop” festival in WV, reports that for him “an evening with Blue Yonder is like telling tales around a camp re – the stories we tell take me out of my speci c situation and connect me, through shared experiences and emotions, with everyone in the room.”

Recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC, Rough and Ready Heart introduces listeners to charac- ters dealing with life and death, love and loss, memories and aspirations – with stories set to a pleasing arc of Amer- icana styles ranging from barn-burning rockers to gentle waltzes to mournful ballads to inspirational anthems. The band’s debut recording, Bittersweet Road, features all origi- nal songs and reached #2 on the Freeform American Roots radio chart in late 2013. 

Gwenifer Raymond – You Never Were Much of a Dancer

The 32-year-old Welsh multi-instrumentalist Gwenifer Raymond is a perfect advertisement for the benefits of chasing down rabbit holes. As a young Nirvana fan, she heard their cover of Lead Belly’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night and started hunting down American acoustic blues, then sought guitar lessons from a teacher who introduced her to John Fahey, the pioneer of American primitive guitar music. Fahey echoes throughout her mesmerising debut album (there’s even a track called Requiem for John Fahey). So much so that hearing it blind you would refuse to believe it had been recorded by a Brighton resident originally from Wales. Surely this stew of bluegrass, blues and haunted Americana could only come from a land where cotton and tobacco grow.

The opening track, Off to See the Hangman Part I, is a red herring, Raymond picking out a droning, Arabic-inflected melody on an old violin. But on the second, Sometimes There’s Blood, the fingerpicking begins and never lets up. It’s a wonderful and mysterious album: Raymond plays everything herself, with attention to detail not just in playing but in instrumentation (a 1920s Bradley Kincaid “Houn’ Dog” parlour guitar included). It’s music that creaks, in which you can hear the metaphorical wind whistling through the figurative cracks in the walls. Please don’t assume it’s all southern gothic for acoustic instruments, though: there’s joy in the the fast picking of Face Down Strut and the frantic Appalachian banjo picking of Oh, Command Me Lord! This is a gorgeous album, and Gwenifer Raymond is a profound talent.

The Sea the Sea – From the Light

The headlong rush to consume, categorise and understand new music before, quickly moving on to the next new single, new EP, new album has become one of the defining characteristics of the contemporary listening experience.

Some albums, though, require and deserve close attention, repeated listening, revealing their intricacies and inner-depths long after the initial rush of vibrant rhythm or sugary close harmony has faded away. It will probably come as no surprise to you that I consider From the Light the second album from The Sea the Sea to be just such and album. This is folk-tinged pop of the highest order.

Having grown from the initial pairing of Chuck and Mira Costa, primary songwriters for the group with the addition of Cara May Gorman on vocals and synthesizer, as well as drummer and percussionist Stephen Struss, the sonic possibilities open to The Sea the Sea are much wider, as well as more challenging and ultimately exhilarating for the listener than they were previously. Production from Tony Pohl gives each element of the band plenty of room to breathe and space to shine, showcasing the versatility of both the songs penned by the Costa’s and the quartet themselves.

This album has everything you could possibly hope for. It starts deceptively-gently with ‘All Go Right’ which gives the initial impression of being an off-cut from The Civil Wars before expanding it’a palette with orchestral and percussive flourishes. Beautifully mixed vocal lines sweep in and out, weaving around and in between one another as the newly-expanded four-piece set their stall out early on.

But it would be a mistake to think of this record as an insubstantial slice of atmospheric pop. For every gentle ballad-esque moment such as ‘Gemeni’ or ‘Let it Be Said’ which is as ready made for a key scene in Grey’s Anatomy as any song has been in recent memory with its “When you come to me, let it be real, may the road rise to meet you the wind at your heels….we go with no apologies or we go alone” refrain and lilting 6/8 rhythms, there’s the pleasant surprise of the driving ‘Phototropic’ or the aptly named ‘Ricochet’, which skitters around, giving each member of the band the opportunity to truly shine.

By the time of closer ‘Take That’ any sense that The Sea the Sea are mere pretenders will have long-since faded away. This is substantial modern pop music, in the vein of bands like The Magic Numbers, another act with a recent album who are incredibly consistent and innovative but who remain oddly overlooked. This is a beautifully mixed and intricate record deserving of wider acclaim.

Melvyn Moll – Rain

Traditional Australian Country Music

 

Shaughn Uebinger – Days Uncertain

 

Gritty, Americana music about pain, regret, hope, and redemption.

Album Notes
Shaughn Uebinger loves to weave stories of people and places, struggles and pains, hope and redemption, set against a raw, Americana musical backdrop. Drawing from influences in early folk and roots music, bluegrass, and contemporary alt-country, his music tells of the human experience in America.

Shaughn Uebinger- guitar, vocals, percussion
Nick Pence- resonator guitar (tracks 1 & 4) and banjo (track 1)
Walt MIller- mandolin (tracks 2, 4 & 5)
Daniel Fahnestock- fretless bass and backing vocals

The Day Brothers – What Were You Thinking

We love songs with engaging lyrics, with melodies that lend themselves to vocal harmony and acoustic instrumental interpretation. The title of this album was derived from the song of the same name that was written by David Day about the Day family.

Album Notes
David, Daniel and John Day enjoy singing songs together, with an infectious amount of enthusiasm and joy. We have written many of the songs we sing, and the themes of our songs have come from the tapestry of our lives, weaving experiences both of joy and sorrow into the lyrics and musical expression. Daniel Day wrote a song for this album called “Shadow of the Son” that asks some important questions about what we each believe about God. While this album is not a gospel album per se, we love singing songs that celebrate eternal themes rooted in our deeply-held beliefs.