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Listen Up to HalleyAnna!
"HalleyAnna takes a subtle approach to blowing people away with her music." - Lloyd Maines
HalleyAnna’s a singular soul wise beyond her years, and her compelling sophomore full-length Bill Chambers-produced album, HalleyAnna, captures that soul, pairing youthful edge and energy with a seasoned songwriter’s lyrical elegance.
HalleyAnna’s deep Lone Star State roots wrap around each texture and phrase of every song. “I grew up listening to people who play music in Texas,” says the 26-year-old, who learned the ropes in her family-owned legendary San Marcos singer-songwriter listening room, the Cheatham Street Warehouse. Cheatham Street was the birthplace for kindred spirits Terri Hendrix, Bruce Robison, Todd Snider and a host of others. HalleyAnna adds, “Today, I really love the traditional stuff that’s going on in East Nashville and here in Austin.”
HalleyAnna carries forward the spirit that has been embodied at Cheatham Street for decades: She writes, in the Townes Van Zandt tradition, simply "for the sake of the song." Her artistic purity consistently turns heads among audiences and veteran songwriters alike. “Hearing HalleyAnna always makes me happy,” celebrated Austin-based songwriter Walt Wilkins says enthusiastically. “Every song she writes or sings is great, and her voice really, really sends me and reminds me of so many of the great records I loved growing up. She’s like sunshine in a beautiful package.”
Her words tumble forth as naturally as her hometown San Marcos River flows over smooth rocks; her thought-provoking lyrics stretch the listener's imagination, like the river caresses its banks, and her stories will take you on tangents, as effortlessly as the river winds down to the sea. There's no question - HalleyAnna will become a treasured gem in your music collection. Discover HalleyAnna today, and you will be a fan for life.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 5th Annual Lone Star Music Awards, especially JFP artists:
The Will Callers - IN STORES NOW
The Will Callers' brand new release, What Else Is Left?, is AVAILABLE NOW! CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today.
"Cool as Buffalo Springfield, deep as Dylan, trashy as The Stones, smart like The Beatles, fight like The Eagles, and they're original." - Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Will Callers are a veritable gumbo pot of American roots music, blending elements of Country, Blues, Soul, and Gospel to create an organic mixture brimming with honesty and youth. Their debut full-length, What Else Is Left?, finds songwriting duo Jake Murphy and Daniel Slatton exploring the depths of the American tradition, while creating a sound seemingly timeless though altogether original.
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Shinyribs Hits The Road
Hot on the heels of the Gulf Coast Museum release (which debuted on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart this week), Shinyribs kicks off their Northwest tour this month. Check out the dates below and don't miss a show in YOUR neck of the woods:
5/1 Beaumont, TX Courville's
5/2 Conroe, TX Dosey Doe
5/3 Austin, TX Threadgill's (Official Release Show)
5/8 Milheim, PA Elk Creek Cafe,
5/9 New York, NY Hill Country BBQ
5/10 Somerville, MA Johnny Ds
5/13 Washington, DC Hill Country BBQ
5/15 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
5/16 Lafayette, IN Lafayette Brewing Co
5/17 Chicago, IL Martyrs'
5/19 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
In case you missed it: CLICK HERE for Kevin Russell's special version of "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" (and Happy Birthday, Willie!!)
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New Video by Caitlin Rose
CLICK HERE to watch the video Caitlin Rose shot for Yours Truly, in which she shares behind-the-scenes insights and performs her standout track, "Pink Champagne."
The Nashville-based singer songwriter has been wowing audiences and critics alike for her noteworthy live shows and her new record, The Stand-In. The Chicago Tribune loves her, "vintage sound that pays homage to Nashville's Music Row roots while remaining a product of the modern era" while Chicago Reader notes how the "terrific" record works by "staking her claim to a modern brand of the sun-drenched country rock Linda Ronstadt used to make." City Pages writes "now she has risen to can't miss status" with The Stand-In, and Interview Magazine calls it a "melting pot - citing the sounds of modern country in one fleeting moment and the dusty ragtime waltz of yesteryear in another."
Deemed a "young darling of Nashville's music scene," check out Rose's recent performance on NPR's World Cafe.
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James McMurtry Interviews Guy Clark
Grab your copy of the May/June edition of Lone Star Music Magazine (available later this month) to read the incredible Q&A James McMurtry conducted with friend and hero, Guy Clark (whose upcoming release, My Favorite Picture of You, will be in stores July 23rd). Now, for a limited time, Jenni Finlay Promotions Newsletter readers receive a discounted rate for a YEAR's subscription of Lone Star Music Magazine (featuring the best of the best in Americana and Red Dirt music). CLICK HERE to subscribe now.
James McMurtry is gearing up to go into the studio soon to start recording his upcoming record (scheduled for release in 2014). Get a sneak-peek of his brand new material at a show near you!
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Jess Klein Homecoming
Dave Matthews On The Music Is You - A Tribute to John Denver
Dave Matthews recently sat down with NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" to talk all about The Music Is You - A Tribute to John Denver. This beautiful tribute to the unparalleled songwriter and poet is soaring up the charts (currently #12 on the Americana Chart), and receiving rave reviews worldwide. USA Today raves, “Treated respectfully, Denver’s hits generally fare well, and a few covers, such as the one by Matthews…may even improve on the originals.” NPR hails, “The Music Is You shows that his songs maintain the power to reach new audiences - and, yes, make them cry." Fan favorite, “Wooden Indian” (by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) was recently featured as KCRW's “TODAY’S TOP TUNE”. CLICK HERE to check out the CMT Edge premier of "Take Me Home Country Road" (featuring Emmylou Harris and Brandi Carlile). CLICK HERE to see Milow and Brett Dillon perform "Annie's Song" LIVE.
CLICK HERE for more about The Music Is You - A Tribute to John Denver
Gurf Morlix On Tour
Gurf Morlix continues his world-wide tour this month, performing across the Midwest. Check out the tour dates below, and be sure to catch his incredible LIVE show:
5/10 Oklahoma City, OK The Blue Door
5/11 Kansas City, MO Knucklehead's
5/14 Omaha, NE Side Door Lounge
5/15 Des Moines, IA The House of Bricks
5/16 St. Paul, MN Real Phonic Radio Hour
5/17 Madison, WI Kiki's House of Righteous Music
5/18 Grand Rapids, MI TerraTrike
5/19 Cleveland, OH Mechanic Street House Concert
5/22 Nashville, TN Douglas Corner Cafe
5/24 Aubrey, TX Doggie Dude Ranch
And stay tuned for more Morlix-produced albums in 2013. As Gurf says, "There's never been a better time for music, believe it or not. More great songs and more great songwriters than ever before. You've got to wade through a lot more crap to find 'em, but they are there, and I'm lookin' out for them!"
Dustin Welch Buzz
Check out what folks are saying about Dustin Welch's stellar release, Tijuana Bible:
"Venturing into a deeply personal, darker strain of roots music, Welch's haunted, bleeding Tijuana Bible is aggressively original." - Elmore Magazine
"Tijuana Bible is an epic tale of an album that gets better with each telling." - Roughstock
"Blending elements of Americana, rock and folk, Welch has crafted a delightful 11-track collection of tunes that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible." - The Daily News
"Dustin Welch’s new Tijuana Bible album spotlights earthy protagonists who frequently search for better days under heavy clouds." - CMT Edge
"[Welch's] songs bear a Southern Gothic edge, and he succeeds with a palette of sounds ranging from forcefully Celtic and windblown rock to deeply introspective." - Austin Chronicle
CLICK HERE for more about Dustin Welch
Mary Gauthier Carries the Americana Musical Torch Overseas
Gauthier, who sits on the Americana Music Association's Board of Directors, is in the midst of a 17 city tour through Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and the UK. During the tour, she will carry the banner (both literally and figuratively) of the Americana Music Association to each venue in order to share the music and spread the mission of the non-profit roots music association around the world! A longtime advocate of the AMA, Gauthier will share her thoughts and observations on music and community with regular updates through social media and on the Americana Music Association's Facebook and Twitter feeds.
"Americana is more than a musical genre; it's about a community of music lovers who are connected by a passion that goes well beyond national borders," said Gauthier. "I'm experiencing this every night in clubs wherever I play; there is definitely a rising tide going on and I love being part of that."
Mary Gauthier will be accompanied by Ben Glover from Belfast, Ireland and Michele Gazich from Italy, performing songs from her recent release Live at Blue Rock and others from her inspired catalog.
For more information and tour dates, CLICK HERE.
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Bobby Long US Tour
Bobby Long just kicked off his 2013 tour, which will take him across the Midwest and Northeast. CLICK HERE for a show near you!
Check out what folks are saying about Long's stunning release, WIshbone:
"Somewhere between Neil Young's Broken Arrow Ranch and Bruce Springsteen's New Jersey." - Relix
“A promising talent has arrived and suggests he will have much more to say.” - Wall Street Journal
“His swaggery growl goes tender in the right places; his tunes are sturdy but graceful, like the curve of something hand-carved.” - L.A. Times
“His old-before-his-time romanticism and strong rasp are real draws.” - Entertainment Weekly
“An authentic creator of Americana-infused rock. He owns the bluesy folk-rock that pervades his sophomore album, Wishbone.”
- Consequence of Sound
“Wishbone is a piece of art, allowing Long to express himself by transcending genres.”
- The Aquarian Weekly
- The Daily News
"[Long] has toughened his sound, better defined the deep, resonant older-than-his years vocals and crafted a solid set of thoughtful Americana rock." - American Songwriter
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Kris Kristofferson Feeling Mortal
Kris sits down with NPR to discuss his new record, Feeling Mortal. Read excerpts or listen to the whole piece HERE. Rolling Stone features an in-depth perspective - Kristofferson recalls a life rich with Hall of Fame-worthy country-music writing and recording credits, acclaimed acting roles, a Rhodes scholarship and collegiate athletic prowess with nothing short of fondness. "It's a pretty neat life when you think about it," he says. "I just feel so grateful." CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE for Kristofferson's LIVE video performance of "Feeling Mortal" on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country.
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The Catfish Concert Series
Jenni Finlay Promotions has teamed up with Brian T. Atkinson to present the Austin house concert series, Catfish Concerts. With intimate solo/acoustic performances by some of the top artists of Americana (including Jon Dee Graham, HalleyAnna, Walt Wilkins, BettySoo, and more), CLICK HEREfor information, details and tickets.
Special thanks to Lagunitas Brewing Company, Cheatham Street Warehouse, and Enoteca Vespaio for their continued support.
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