Bright Hopes! is the third release from Mike Crawford & His Secret Siblings. The collective spent three years recording 16 songs with 50 people and over 100 minutes of music. From the start Bright Hopes! has been a gigantic community art project. The 16 songs fill three LPs with accompanying triple-gatefold artwork and 12 page booklet. Available now!
Jerry Jean‘s twelve new songs explore the strains of modern living, human connection, and renewal. Cinematic and grand, the album features honest vocals and an expansive piano-driven backdrop adorned with lush strings. The LP was recorded with all live instruments for an organic, chamber pop sound. Do We Reach Home is an everyman’s journey through longing, disillusionment, and hope.
Produced and arranged by Jerry Jean in NYC, mixed in Los Angeles by Bryan Cook (Train, One Republic), and mastered in Portland, Maine by 11 time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig, the album was engineered to stand the test of time.
Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Mic Harrison, lead guitarist Robbie Trosper, bassist Vance Hillard, acoustic guitarist Chad Pelton and drummer Don Coffey, Jr., have a chemistry that can only come from long term friendships and shared experiences. Harrison, who started his young adulthood working in a saw mill in Bradford, Tenn., a town so small it barely shows up on the map between Memphis and Jackson. He moved to Knoxville in the 1990s to become co-lead singer-songwriter (with Scott Miller) in The V-Roys, a band that defined “Americana” before it was genre. After that group split, he teamed with Trosper in the short-lived favorites The Faults and, later, teamed with Coffey in the now legendary power pop act Superdrag. When Superdrag ended, Harrison enlisted established Knoxville rock act The High Score to back up a tour and the chemistry was so good that the partnership never ended.
In the past 12 years or so, Mic and the guys have traveled the country, performing at festivals from Bonnaroo to Easyriders Rodeos, headlining bills from concert halls to the stickiest bars, opening shows for everyone from Billy Joe Shaver to Huey Lewis and the News to ZZ Top, and recording a terrific single with classic country singer Con Hunley.
The new album – Vanishing South – is available on vinyl in a limited edition of 300, 180 gram audiophile pressing, tip-on gatefold jacket, hand numbered.
The second full length release from Brandon Krebs. “Avant-Garde Pop for everybody, filled with romantically gloomy soulvoyages.” Refuge In Exile’s instantly breathtaking sweep and rhythmic hooks challenge its title’s reveal of how it was made intimately and mindfully in an uncertain two-year period of the artist’s life.
We are really excited to announce that our short film will be screening at the Cleveland International Film Festival as part of the Ohio Shorts Program on April 4! Directed by Nick Cavalier – Director, it tells a bit about who our company is and what we do.
On What In the Natural World, entrancing guitarist and singer Jake Xerxes Fussell follows his celebrated self-titled debut (produced by William Tyler) with a moving new album of natural questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humor, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. Featuring art by iconic painter Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans—Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn), Nathan Salsburg (Alan Lomax Archive), and Nathan Golub (Mountain Goats)—as well as Joan Shelley and Casey Toll (Mt. Moriah). Available for pre-order now from Paradise of Bachelors.
The Charlotte, NC based Sinners & Saints features Perry Fowler on guitar, vocals, kick snare, and harmonica and Mark Baran on stand-up bass, vocals, kick drum, tenor banjo. Since the bands’ formation in 2011 Sinners & Saints has brought their live show to many a main stage or festival with a combination of small regional tours in the Southeast and regular appearances across their native Charlotte.
On The Other Side, the group’s sophomore album, will be released on March 10, 2017. Sinners & Saints’ sophomore full-length album was recorded in Winston Salem at Electromagnetic Radio Recorders by Doug Williams and mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering. Lacquers were cut by the team at Well Made Music.
ADIOS is Cory Branan’s death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan’s mercurial work, it’s probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed “loser’s survival kit” doesn’t spare its subjects or the listener.
Not even Branan’s deceased father is let off the hook. In the tender homage “The Vow” he drolly cites his father’s favorite banality “that’s what you get for thinking” as “probably not the best lesson for kids.” For most songwriters that would be the punchline but Branan pushes through words and, in his father’s actions, finds a kind of “genius in the effortless way he just ‘did’.”
Not all the death on ADIOS is literal mortality. “Imogene” is sung from the wreckage of a love that once “poked fun at the pain, stoked the sun in the rain” but ends with the urgent call to “act on the embers, ash won’t remember the way back to fire.”
The trademark lyrical agility is mirrored sonically. Never a genre loyalist, ADIOS finds Branan (much like his musically restless heroes Elvis Costello and Tom Waits) coloring outside the lines in sometimes startling shades of fuzz and twang. While unafraid to play it arrow-straight when called for (“The Vow,” “Equinox,” “Don’t Go”), ADIOS veers wildly from the Buddy Holly-esque rave up “I Only Know” (sung with punk notables Laura Jane Grace and Dave Hause), through the swampy “Walls, MS” to the Costello-like new wave of “Visiting Hours.”
Mastered by John Baldwin, lacquers cut by Clint Holley.
Tokyo guitarist/songwriter/singer Suzuki Junzo‘s new album! Known from his work with Miminokoto, 20 Guilders, Overhang Party and more, Junzo’s Shark-Infested Custard mixes psychedelia, blues, drone, noise and rock into an intoxicating singular blend. Limited edition of 250 copies in a screen printed cover featuring art by Eric DeJesus (Easy Pop Art Research, We Have Heaven).
William Ryan Fritch is a composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer currently based in Oakland, California. His compositions are characterized by his unique range as a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer, allowing him to realize large ensemble arrangements found in folk, Indie-rock, electronica, hip-hop, World and orchestral music as a solo endeavor.
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