Those Darlins, Tristen, and Adia Victoria Rock Nashville
Three of Nashville’s most dynamic female-fronted acts joined forces Sunday for a special Lightning 100 Sunday Night broadcast live from 3rd and Lindsley. Returning home from their west coast tour,Those Darlins invited established local Tristen and quickly rising newcomer Adia Victoria to perform on a triple bill that gave a solid sampling of the diverse Nashville rock scene.
Check out the premiere of the new Felice Brothers video for “Lion,” the latest single off their album Favorite Waitress, which came out earlier this summer. The clip features the guys and their dog performing some woodland acrobatics, frolicking in fields and, of course, fighting with pies.
In conjunction with the September/October issue, American Songwriter presents the The Muse September sampler, a free album available for download that features ten killer tracks from some of our favorite artists.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes Set For November Release
Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James and Marcus Mumford have teamed up with producer T Bone Burnett for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, a collaborative album based on recently discovered lyrics from Bob Dylan’s 1967 The Basement Tapes sessions. The album releases via Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records on November 11.
The album was recorded over the course of two weeks at Capitol Studios in Hollywood and features 20 never-before-recorded songs from one of Dylan’s most celebrated albums.
Daily Discovery: Lauren Winans, “Better at Breaking”
There are some things independent pop singer and songwriter Lauren Winans is shy about, but her music isn’t one of them. When it comes to songwriting and singing, Lauren brings her energetic and sassy attitude to the forefront for all to hear.
Bahamas Bahamas Is Afie Brushfire Records 4 stars out of 5
Bahamas is the alias of Afie Jurvanen, and his third album is called Bahamas Is Afie. That part is pretty self-explanatory. The connection between the Canadian folky and the Caribbean island chain is a little less so, but there’s no complaining about the results.
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off” Rating: 3 Stars (out of 5)
When Taylor Swift teamed up with Swedish producer Max Martin in 2012 for the massive single “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” the young singer-songwriter signaled a dramatic change. No longer was the Reading, Pennsylvania performer content with being country music’s sweetheart. In fact, it seemed like she had lost interest in country music altogether. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the best songs on her album that year, Red, still contained a trace of folk and Americana, but she had some stretching out to do. Swift had matured into a more versatile artist than previously expected, but more importantly, she was ready to have some fun.
“Shake It Off,” the first single on Swift’s upcoming album 1989, is once again produced by Martin, but its four minutes are different enough than her previous work with Martin to feel like another shift in an interesting direction. Loaded with synthesized horns and a bouncy beat, the track falls somewhere between Janelle Monáe and “Hey Ya,” and that’s a left-turn worth following.
Daily Discovery: Mike Wojniak, “Stone and the Sea”
In January 2013, Wojniak left his Midwestern hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and settled in San Diego, California where he has been writing and performing ever since. Recently, Wojniak partnered with a new independent label, and after more than a decade of music making as an independent artist, Wojniak will release his third studio effort, Anima Mundi, through Golden Wave Records
Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley has put her entire experience into her debut solo album, American Middle Class, out October 14. This Kentucky-born coal miner’s daughter recently opened up to us about finding inspiration in the everyday, her love for cooking, and the eternal flame she continues to carry for Elvis.