Rob Williams

Rob Williams

May 5, 2018 |  0 comments

An Hour Before Daylight is the third release from Richmond, VA-based singer/songwriter Rob Williams. Like his previous two albums, it offers all-original material plus one carefully chosen cover — in this case, it’s a briskly rhythmic rendition of Lucinda Williams’s “Blue.” His sound is rough but warm, full of turns and twists through a soundscape of folk, rootsy rock, Americana twang, and Williams’s original touches, unbound by genre. His stories lead us to places that feel familiar and timeless. Places that stretch as high as hope can go (“Icarus Dreamt”) or just a whisper away from someone who’s spent too many sad nights on that barstool next to yours (“Broken”). And not just to those places but also to the triumphs and, yes, the failures of people who lived there or were just passing through. Some of them are beyond our reach — the miners who perished underground in “Butte, Montana, 1885,” an ancestor from impossibly long ago in “Lucy, You’re...

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Brock Zeman

Brock Zeman

May 4, 2018 |  0 comments

When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre. What gives Zeman’s stories force isn’t that he’s just singing a narrative – he’s living it. Over the course of his career, Zeman has released 12 studio albums, one live record, toured North America extensively and received praise from numerous press outlets. “His songs have more depth than can be realized first time through, which only enhances with each listen,” wrote Penguin Eggs. Zeman has also won a slew of songwriting awards, including 2nd place at both 2016’s Unsigned Only Competition as well as the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his track...

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Suzie and the G-Tones Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Suzie and the G-Tones Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Apr 28, 2018 |  0 comments

“Suzie and the G-Tones” strikes a perfect chord between youthful energy and old soul. Featuring the passionate, full-throated singing of Susan DePhillip and the thrilling fretwork of John Georgiou, Suzie and the G-Tones play an eclectic mix of rock cover tunes and originals that are always sure to please. Think vocal harmonies with smooth rock and bluesy grooves. Think The Beatles, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, and a whole lot more. Expect innovative arrangements, instrumental prowess, and a surprise or two along the way. With Scott Young on saxophone and keys, and a rhythm section of Chris Colohan on bass and Gary Williams on drums, this seasoned five piece delivers major entertainment. Fun times, familiar songs, great music: Rock done right.    

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Eric Brace & Peter Cooper w/ Thomm Jutz

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper w/ Thomm Jutz

Apr 27, 2018 |  0 comments

Grammy nominees Eric Brace & Peter Cooper have created a body of work that reflects their journalistic sensibilities, their love of harmony, and their subtly wry humor, not to mention their deep respect for the masters they’ve learned from and played with. The duo’s fourth album, C&O Canal, was released in early 2016. Named for the historic waterway that runs from Washington D.C. up into the Appalachian Mountains, the album is Brace & Cooper’s tribute to Washington’s folk, bluegrass, blues, and country scenes from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. Both spent their high school years in Washington (and in Brace’s case, many of his adult years as well), and both absorbed the musical lessons of such Washington stars as the Seldom Scene, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter. This album of covers pays homage to those and others, and was produced, recorded, mixed, and arranged by the multi-talented Thomm Jutz, whose acoustic guitar playing and vocal harmonies are found...

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Julius Pittman and the Revival

Julius Pittman and the Revival

Apr 26, 2018 |  0 comments

The Julius Pittman and the Revival band is the vision of Julius “Ray” Pittman to form a band dedicated to revitalizing ‘Old School’ Rock & Soul sounds of the Memphis Stax Volt era. Julius Pittman has been the leading force for several popular bands over the years, including the Kingpins (1980’s and 90’s) and The Ray Pittman Project, which lead to the evolution of the Julius Pittman and the Revival in February 2009. The music of the “Revival” presents a trip back to funky southern soul. “My overall concept to get into a rock and soul revival, without forgetting our blues and jazz roots,” said Pittman. “Al Green is one of my all-time favorites, and the first time I heard Jack Mack’s first album, ‘Cardiac Party,’ I literally jumped out of my seat. I knew that’s the kind of band I wanted to be in.” Julius Pittman and the Revival brings to the audience, sounds and dynamics reminiscent of Otis Redding, Al Green, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack and Tower...

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Shenandoah Run

Shenandoah Run

Apr 21, 2018 |  0 comments

Shenandoah Run is a folk ensemble from the Washington, DC area. Formed in 2011, the band blends traditional and contemporary folk music in a manner that appeals to a diverse audience. Their performances delight music lovers of all ages and they consistently play to large, enthusiastic crowds. They showcase the spirited sounds of Americana, along with the occasional country, bluegrass or Irish tune, and deliver a rousing mix of music and styles. Their vocal and instrumental savvy, coupled with a strong desire to keep folk music alive and fresh, are key to the group’s success. Shenandoah Run’s second CD, entitled “SR,” was released in May 2016, offering fresh takes on classic and more contemporary folk songs and features two original compositions. The band’s first CD, “Winter to Spring” (2013) is an earlier compilation of traditional and contemporary folk songs.

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