Brendan James, Chris Ayer, Adam Barnes
Friday March 16, 2012
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Some artists name an album after themselves because they’re stumped for another title. Brendan James grins at this suggestion. “As a fellow musician, I definitely get that,” he says, “but I actually had a good reason to do it. The album is self-titled because I feel like it’s my first recording that really showcases the different sides of me as a musician. It’s got everything from the mellow to the upbeat, to the somber to the unashamedly positive. My friends know me as the guy who loves to jump in the middle of a pick-up basketball game, but they also know me as the guy who needs to be reminded to stop spiraling when I start thinking about something too deeply. I have a lot of different sides and I wanted to make sure my music reflected that.”
Chris Ayer is a solo guitar artist. A graduate of Stanford University, where he studied philosophy and music, Chris began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was 18 years old. While at Stanford, Chris also sang with the Stanford Mendicants, an all-male a cappella group. Chris released his first EP, Static, in June 2003 (which sold over a thousand copies), a live album in 2004, an album of acoustic demos in 2005, and a self-produced EP entitled New Songs, which received national airplay.
His first full-length album, This Is The Place, was recorded in Nashville and produced by Jason Gantt (The Chieftains, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill).
Ayer was a winner in the folk category in the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his original song “Evaporate”.
He has performed two tours with MC Lars as a live guitarist and singer in the UK in 2006.
Adam Barnes is an Oxford born songwriter and performer, currently residing in the countryside that surrounds the city. He is a folk artist; a haunting songwriter and an honest performer waiting for some more people to take a step back and listen in.
Tim Snider, Amber Rubarth, Dave Eggar, Gold Heart
Thursday May 17, 2012
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How would you define “world music”? For Tim Snider, it’s personal expression inspired by his world travels. Studying violin, guitar and percussion across the globe and incorporating his influences like Ben Harper, Dave Matthews Band and Bill Withers, Tim Snider continues to surprise his audience – and himself – with new blends of foot-stomping, soul-stirring musical goodness.
AMBER RUBARTH has become a fixture in New York’s burgeoning indie scene, named #1 Best of NYC Songwriterby Deli Magazine last year and NPR’s Mountain Stage New Song Contest grand prize winner.
Her fourth album A Common Case of Disappearingproduced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones) further roots her as her own artist by highlighting raw, vulnerable songwriting against a driving band. The album debuted at #13 on iTunes Songwriter charts and features duets with Jason Reeves and Jason Mraz.
Dave Eggar’s body of work is consistently greeted with superlatives and rave reviews. It’s a luxury not often enjoyed by an artist who records in diverse genres and performs live in multiple musical categories, seamlessly moving between each, be it Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, New Age, World or Classical music. His ability to effortlessly blur the lines between any musical style is truly unique. That’s the magic of Dave Eggar.
The five piece band, GOLD HEART, features sisters Analise (mandolin, 21), Jocelyn (guitar, 18) and Shelby (fiddle, 15). They have created a lot of appreciation and respect from the bluegrass and acoustic communities. Their award winning instrumental ability and their astonishingly accomplished, harmony-laden music is rootsy, yet fresh and exciting!
The Alternate Routes with Bronze Radio Return
Saturday June 9, 2012
The Alternate Routes
The Alternate Routes’ name suits them well. They’re a band that‘s never really fit in — in a good way. Without a definitive genre to reference or an established scene to rally behind them, they’ve been something of a rogue wave in an ocean of bands. They built a fan base the old fashioned way, by driving around the country in a big, white Ford Econoline van, winning crowds over one-person-at-a-time with solid, catchy songs and an explosive live show. Since their genesis in 2004, co-founders Tim Warren (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Eric Donnelly (lead guitar) have taken their group through the dizzying heights and frustrating lows of the modern music industry, and have learned some valuable lessons along the way.
Bronze Radio Return
There are some records that manage to span multiple eras of time and various places, in essence creating a new sonic space. New Englanders Bronze Radio Return have done just that on their sophomore album, the gorgeous and varied SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!. Contained within the space between notes and breaths are thousands of miles, and decades of history.
Matt White, Justin Trawick & Matt Simons
Saturday, Oct 29, 2011
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Since debuting in 2007, Matt’s music has been featured in numerous films, TV shows
and commercials including; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Shes The Man, What Happens In Vegas, Shrek The Third, McDonald’s, The Hills, Brothers and Sisters and One Tree Hill. In addition, his Songs Of Freedom
became the theme for Gap’s Vote For campaign, airing on a special electoral episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Best Days also hit #4 on Billboard’s New Artist chart and received acclaim from RollingStone and Details. Selling 400,000 digital downloads, he’s cultivated a diehard fan base that turns out anytime he hits the stage.
Born and bred in Leesburg, VA and currently residing in the Washington DC suburb of Arlington, VA, Justin Trawick is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and frontman of The Justin Trawick Group. His music is a cross between Ryan Adams, Bob Schneider, and G Love and Special Sauce and his voice is often compared to David Gray. Justin has opened for such notable acts as Bob Schneider, The Avett Brothers, Blues Traveler, Pat Green, Cowboy Mouth, Jill Sobule, Shawn Mullins, Edwin McCain, Pat McGee, KC and the Sunshine Band, Brett Dennen, Sara Bareilles, Paula Cole, The Gourds, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Travis Tritt, Hanson, Julia Sweeney (the It’s Patwoman from SNL), and even the Ying Yang Twins. Justin’s fourth album, After All Is Said and Done was released in late 2010 and was produced by Jim Ebert (Meredith Brooks, Butch Walker, Cowboy Mouth).
Through a fusion of piano Pop-Rock and Jazz, 24 year-old Singer/Songwriter Matt Simons blends his wealth of influences from Ben Folds and Gavin Degraw to Stevie Wonder and John Coltrane, into an upbeat, eclectic and fresh sound all his own. After graduating Magna Cum Laude as the Presidents Award Recipient in Music from the prestigious SUNY-Purchase Conservatory with a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance, he decided musical academia was not the right path for him. Matt instead sought to follow his affection for songwriting and hasnt looked back.Supporting his current release Double EP: Living Proof + Fall In Line, Matt has been touring extensively on both the East and West coasts along with numerous shows at the mainstays in New York City, where he resides. His heartfelt, passionate performance with the musical knowledge to back it up has proven to audiences all over the country to be a winning combination.