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Seth Walker. Photo by Zack Smith.

Seth Walker. Photo by Zack Smith.

  Seth Walker Tours With Upcoming Album: Sky Still Blue
Due Out June 10th Through Royal Potato Family

Revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon relocating to the Big Easy, the North Carolina-native completed his rounds of the Holy Trinity of southern American music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene. He’d later shuffle off to Nashville where he’d absorb the cosmopolitan twang of its storytelling tradition. Clearly, however, it is the influence of his current NOLA home with its funky melting-pot swagger that inspired the gospel-soaked fervor and gritty guitar burn at the core of his latest album, Sky Still Blue, due June out 10, 2014 from The Royal Potato Family.

sky-still-blueAbetted by producer Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers), Walker revels in the devil-on-my-trail grit and longing blue notes that make this latest collection of 11 songs resonate so convincingly. Yet, as Walker’s fans have come to expect, there’s always a sweet melody, a turn of phrase wrapped in a wink-and-a-smile or an undeniable hook close at hand.

“All the moves I’ve made have been so that I can be around new influences centered around music,” Walker says. “I’ve always loved New Orleans, and it definitely brought back a bit of the rough edge that got a little spit-shined on the albums that I did in Nashville. This one’s got some gristle on it, some push and pull, some funky stuff, and some of that Caribbean influence that New Orleans has.”

The seed for Sky Still Blue was planted with five songs co-written with Oliver Wood while Walker was on tour with the Wood Brothers. The rough-hewn lover’s lament “Easy Come, Easy Go;” the intimate, inspirational ballad “Grab Ahold;” the shuffling seize-the-day anthem “Tomorrow;” the organ-soaked blues moan “High Wire;” and the hopeful, intimate closing track “Way Too Far” – in their diversity and directness, these tunes served as a template for the album as a whole, fleshed out by the pair’s continued collaboration in the studio.

“Oliver and I both come from a similar place stylistically, which obviously helps when you’re trying to communicate,” Walker says. “I love the fact that his songwriting is not so calculated, and it really worked with where I wanted to go. As a producer he was the perfect combination of having his ears and his heart on the songs while letting things go organically. He didn’t produce with an iron fist; he was just one of us.”

Sky Still Blue was recorded at Southern Ground Studios, the Wood Brothers’ home base in Nashville, and fellow Brothers Chris Wood (also of Medeski Martin & Wood) and Jano Rix made crucial contributions, joining Walker’s longtime band-mates, bassist Steve Mackey and drummer Derrek Phillips. “It was essentially the six of us musically roping this thing,” Walker says. “We all worked real well together, and the next thing you knew, we had a record.”

While that camaraderie is evident in the songs’ taut grooves and relaxed atmosphere, Walker’s dexterous guitar work seizes the attention with its soulful lines and serrated edge. His commanding fretwork captures the album’s mood of forlorn optimism, encapsulated in its deceptively upbeat title. Sky Still Blue is drawn from the melancholy lyrics of “High Wire”: “If it pours down on you and the sky is still blue / It might be me crying from my high wire.” As Walker admits, “It is optimistic phrase – but it’s kind of a lonesome image.”

Walker didn’t have much opportunity to be lonesome as a child growing up on a two-family commune in rural North Carolina. His parents were both classical musicians, and his first axe was the cello, not the guitar. The tastes of the commune’s other residents ran more to Texas country music, so his youth was filled with the sounds of Mozart and Beethoven coexisting with Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson.

Walker discovered the guitar in college and never looked back. “I was just eaten up with it, man,” he says, his enthusiasm still evident. “I was just crazy for it. I immediately gravitated to the blues, but as I played I started to lean towards the uptown side, the jazzier side, and I think that probably has something to do with my classical training.”

His uncle Landon Walker was a jazz bassist and blues DJ on Jacksonville, Florida radio station WJCT, and would mail tapes to his nephew on a regular basis. “It covered the whole gamut of blues,” Walker recalls, “from the Piedmont stuff – Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Willie McTell and Blind Blake – to the Chicago stuff – Muddy Waters and Robert Nighthawk – and a lot of Texas stuff – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins. But the guys in my dorm room were listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, so that blues-rock sound definitely got my attention. It seemed a lot more interesting than going to school, so there went my education.”

Walker set out for Jacksonville with dreams of stardom (“I ended up playing in a Grateful Dead cover band,” he says ruefully), but before long realized that he needed to relocate to a more music-rich hub. He landed in Austin in 1995 and has remained in legendarily musical metropolises ever since.

The albums he’s made since then have consistently vaulted him into the Top 20 of the Americana charts and gleaned praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Blues Revue, among others. He’s toured the world as a headliner as well as opening for The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others. It’s all of these experiences and more that leave their well-traveled traces throughout these 11 songs at hand. Steeped in a rich musical heritage, Sky Still Blue is a masterful work conveyed by means of Walker’s expressive, soul-burnished voice, agile guitar artistry and impeccable southern songwriting, all of which have garnered him a reputation as one of the most acclaimed modern roots artists in the country over the last decade.

Seth Walker on Tour
5/04 Sun – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s *w/ Eric Lindell
5/09 Fri – Midland, TX – Basin Burger House
5/10 Sat – La Grange, TX – The Bugle Boy
5/14 Wed – Kansas City, MO – Knucklehead’s *w/ Bobby Bare Jr.
5/15 Thu – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Mayfest *w/ Paul Thorn
5/16 Fri – Dallas, TX – The Kessler *w/ Joan Osborne
5/17 Sat – Austin, TX – Strange Brew *record release show
5/27 Tue – Des Moines, IA – Flying Mango
5/28 Wed – Evanston, IL – Space
5/30 Fri – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
5/31 Sat – Columbus, OH – Natalie’s
6/01 Sun – Indianapolis, IN – The Jazz Kitchen
6/12 Thu – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
6/13 Fri – The Woodlands, TX – Dosey Doe
6/14 Sat – Fredericksburg, TX – Luckenbach Texas Concert Series
6/21 Sat- Tallahassee, FL – Bradfordville Blues Club
6/ 24 Tue – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
6/25 Wed – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
6/26 Thu – Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
6/27 Fri – Chattanooga, TN – Nightfall Concert Series
6/28 Sat – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
6/29 Sun – Montgomery, AL – Capitol Oyster Bar

For more information and to stay up-to-date on news from Seth Walker, please visit www.sethwalker.com.

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Leftover Salmon on 420. Photo by John Joy.

Leftover Salmon on 420. Photo by John Joy.

Leftover Salmon Still Smokin’
Setlist and Recap of 420 in the Streets of Denver

Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat played to a large crowd this past weekend on Sunday, April 20th. With the entire city a-lit with activities throughout the day, folks gathered in the streets outside of Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO, while Method Man and Redman performed inside to a packed house.

“People around the world are looking at Denver on this day…” said Vince Herman to The Denver Post/ Reverb. “I feel really glad that we can have a role celebrating in the streets.”

“It’s a little piece of culture that people can feel they own, and we’re going to see more and more of it,” Herman went on to state.

A bluegrass-focused jam band playing at the same event as a hip-hop act, Herman said is evidence of the different genres and cultures 4/20 brings to Denver. Vince said, “It’s a great indicator of the diversity of music in the Mile High City.”

The gates opened around 2pm with Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne taking the stage at 4:20pm. They brought up many guest throughout the day. After kicking off with “The 420 Polka” to celebrate this historic event, Karl Denson joined the band on sax on the majority of the first set. Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Allie Kral, Silas Herman (Gipsy Moon), Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival) joined in in the second set. Everyone that sat in during the second set came back on stage, along with Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival), to play during the encore.

The full set is available to download on www.LiveSalmon.com. All Leftover Salmon shows are streamed live on the site as well, pending a solid internet connection.

Set List:
Leftover Salmon
April 20th, 2014
Still Smokin’ – In the Streets of Denver, CO

Set I
1. 420 Polka
2. Down in the Hollow
3. Boo Boo > Gimmie da’ting (with Karl Denson)
4. Easy to Slip (with Karl Denson)
5. Breakin’ Through (with Karl Denson)
6. High Country
7. Bird Call (with Karl Denson)

Set II
1. Zombie Jamboree
2. Atlanta
3. All Nite Ride
4. Shanty (with Anders Beck)
5. Aquatic Hitchhiker (with Anders Beck)
6. Rag Mama Rag (with Anders Beck and Allie Kral)
7. Willin’ (with Anders Beck and Allie Kral)
8. Viper (with Anders Beck, Allie Kral and Silas Herman)
9. River’s Risin > Marley Medley
10. Everybody Must Get Stoned (with Silas Herman and Paul Hoffman)
11. Pasta on the Mountain (with Anders Beck, Silas Herman, and Paul Hoffman, and Bonnie Paine)
12. Boogie (with Anders Beck, Allie Kral, Silas Herman, Paul Hoffman, and Bonnie Paine)

Encore
13. Henry (with Bonnie Paine and Silas Herman)
14. Reach (with Bonnie Paine, Daniel Rodriguez, Silas Herman, Anders Beck, and Paul Hoffman and Allie Kral)

*Whole show with Bill Payne of Little Feat on Keys & Organ

For more information, please visit:www.LeftoverSalmon.com

Leftover Salmon and Friends. Photos by Mike Kaiz. See more of his shots at Jambase: http://bit.ly/1jQuxIC

Leftover Salmon and Friends. Photos by Mike Kaiz.
See more of his shots at Jambase: http://bit.ly/1jQuxIC

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Joseph LeMay Set To Release “Seventeen Acres” On May 20th

Stories of Desolation and Commitment From a Singlewide Trailer on Seventeen Acres in Tennessee

Before patching up the old trailer in West Tennessee, grass grew through cracks on the floor and copperheads mingled between decades of stacked boxes on a grandfather’s hand-me-down farm. It was in this abandoned singlewide that Americana artist Joseph LeMay cleared a space for his new life as a married man and Seventeen Acres, his first full-length release which is set for release on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Filled with stories of dissecting the nuances of love and uncertainty, Seventeen Acres was produced by LeMay himself and came to life in the same space the stories originated. Songs like “Fruit on the Vine” and “Warrant for My Worry” ache with missed expectations and hope in their draught, while “Molly My Girl” and “Just So” are timeless tales of endearing love. Start to finish, LeMay’s labor is driven by this love and all the desperation, fear and commitment that comes with it.

“Music fulfills a need,” says LeMay. “It’s communicating across mediums. We don’t just want words. It’s the color and the canvas. The cadence and the lyric.” It’s with a balanced grasp of bare truth and pursuit of grace that LeMay channels this primal need in the desolation of his Seventeen Acres.

LeMay began performing at an age when most kids are focused on learning the alphabet. Just barely a teen, the young musician could add Showtime at the Apollo, an opening gig for Brian Wilson and a countless line of county fairs across the southeast to his list of growing accomplishments. This passion for music continued to manifest during high school as LeMay took to writing and moved to New York in search of work as a performer.

JosephLeMayLOWResDuring his time in Manhattan, LeMay’s musical future bent when he met music veteran Charlie Peacock, producer of The Civil Wars and The Lone Bellow. LeMay moved to Nashville and spent hours as a silent observer of Peacock as artists passed through his studio. Witnessing the life of a working musician changed LeMay, inspiring him to find his voice.

It wasn’t long before LeMay found himself in an age-old Nashville ritual- working a part-time job to pay the bills and creating on the side. “After making sandwiches for 60 hours a week, it’s hard to find the energy and time to do the work you want,” says LeMay. To escape the inevitable pace their life was heading, LeMay and his new wife made a drastic change of scenery and moved into that forgotten trailer on her family’s inherited farm on the outskirts of Dyersburg, Tenn.

“It’s like sitting under a magnifying glass,” says LeMay of the isolation of rural Tennessee. “Writing this record, I was constantly alone and in a period of self-doubt. I was worried I wouldn’t measure up as a new husband and as a songwriter, more or less thrown out in the wilderness.” The intensity of his self-examination led to what we now know as Seventeen Acres.

For more about Joseph LeMay and tour dates, please visit www.JosephLeMayMusic.com.

Also, keep up-to-date with news at facebook.com/josephlemaymusic  and twitter.com/josephlemay.

 

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Red June Performs at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Friday, May 16th
CD Release Celebration for Ancient Dreams on Organic Records

Show at 8:30pm, tickets are $12 adv/$15 door and are available here.
General Admission Seated Show :: Limited Tables Available with Dinner Reservations
There will also be theater-style & balcony seating available

828-575-2737
743 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806
www.isisasheville.com

Powerful acoustic trio from Asheville, North Carolina, Red June released their third album Ancient Dreams on Organic Records April 15, 2014. They celebrate in Asheville at Isis Music Hall on Friday, May 16th for a special performance.

Purveyors of original music created in a traditional style, Red June performs beautifully distilled original music. The band is known for a dynamic, yet refined sound that features striking three-part harmonies, tasteful instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting that seamlessly blends bluegrass, old-time, country and American roots music.

Ancient Dreams is illustrative, honest and exquisitely crafted; it features the talents of Will Straughan (resonator guitar, guitar, mandolin and vocals), Natalya Weinstein (fiddle and vocals) and John Cloyd Miller (mandolin, guitar and vocals). The album was produced by Tim Surrett of the award-winning band Balsam Range; he also contributed some stellar bass playing on some tracks.

RedJUneAncientDreamsPressShotLOWImagine opening your front door on a mid-summer morning. Instead of your familiar scene, you walk out onto an old wooden porch facing east as the sun starts to rise. The day’s first light hits your eyes and your ears are filled with the close, warm sound of a mandolin.

Somewhere to one side the dust rises from a foot tapping. It’s keeping time to a melody that sounds older than any music you know. As the smell of dew covered grass floats by, so does a voice alongside that old melody….. ”I… I just want to wake… wake up with you and drink… something hot… best you’ve got.”

As you try to figure out how you got here, you realize it was by simply listening to the leadoff and title track of Red June’s Ancient Dreams.

The best thing is, this is not the only world you visit while listening to this North Carolina-based trio’s third release. Like your best dreams, nocturnal or daytime visions, Red June’s music has a transformative power that is the result of the pastoral story-songs which hold an underlying familiarity. It is music and songwriting that is instantly comforting, thought-evoking with relatable themes, even if they are not always obvious on the surface.

Like their namesake heirloom apple variety, Red June has strong roots in the Appalachian tradition while constantly forging new ground in American music. With Ancient Dreams, the trio collaborated with fine artist, Nancy Hilliard Joyce, who created the original album art: a pastoral painting that captures the idyllic tones within.

Preview and purchase Ancient Dreams today at Organic Records, iTunes, and AmazonMP3.

For more information and tour dates, please visit RedJuneMusic.com.

 

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Jeff Austin Announces 2014 Spring Tour
with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin, and Ross Martin

 

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Jeff Austin is on tour this spring with Danny Barnes (banjo and vocals), Eric Thorin (bass and vocals), and Ross Martin (guitar and vocals). They will be touring together throughout the year and also have been in the studio with a number of other friends, heroes and mentors to record an album.

 

The tour loops through the southeast starting in Knoxville before heading over to Atlanta and Greensboro and then landing at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival. Picking back up in Charleston towards the end of the month Jeff goes on to link up with Leftover Salmon for a few dates in North Carolina and D.C.

 

Austin will be appearing at a number of festivals as the season moves on including The Riverbend Festival, Blue Plum, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Nedfest, and Lockn’. Jeff’s appearance at Gathering of the Vibes will be a special Grateful Grass set featuring Austin along with Keller Williams and Reed Mathis.

 

Jeff Austin on Tour w. Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin

5/07 Wed – NV Nightclub – Knoxville, TN

5/08 Thu – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA *

5/09 Fri – The Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC

5/10 Sat – Aiken Bluegrass Festival – Aiken , SC
5/30 Fri – Pour House – Charleston, SC

5/31 Sat – Penguin Fest @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre – Wilmington, NC +=
6/01 Sun – Pisgah Brewing Company – Black Mountain, NC +
6/03 Tue – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC

6/04 Wed – The Hamilton – Washington, DC +

6/05 Thu – The Lyric Theatre – Blacksburg, VA

6/06 Fri – Riverbend Festival – Chattanooga, TN

6/07 Sat – Blue Plum Festival – Johnson City, TN

8/01 Fri – Gathering Of The Vibes – Bridgeport, CT %     

8/09 Sat – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival – Alta, WY

8/22 Fri – Nedfest – Nederland, CO

9/5-6 Fri- Sat – Lockn’ Festival – Arrington, VA%

     

* w/ New Master Sounds

+ Leftover Salmon

= w/ Keller Williams       

% Grateful Grass ft. Keller Williams, Jeff Austin and Reed Mathis

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Please visit JeffAustin.com for more information and further tour dates. Keep up to date with Jeff on facebook.com/JeffAustinOfficial and twitter.com/Jeffreyaustin10.

 

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Leftover Salmon Announces Spring 2014 Tour Dates
Featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat

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Newly Announced Spring Tour Dates:
5/23 Fri – Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL*
5/25 Sun – Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC*
5/26 Mon – Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC*
5/29 Thu – Cox Capitol Theatre – Macon, GA*
5/31 Sat – Penguin Fest – Wilmington, NC* !
6/03 Tue –  Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA*
6/04 Wed – The Hamilton – Washington DC* !
6/05 Thu – The Hamilton – Washington DC*
6/06 Fri – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC*
6/07 Sat – Ziggy’s – Winston- Salem, NC*


* Featuring special guest Bill Payne of Little Feat
! w/ Jeff Austin w. Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin

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Leftover Salmon is happy to announce additional dates for their 2014 Spring Tour. They are also thrilled that Bill Payne of Little Feat will be joining the band for the majority of the run. Tonight, April 1, LoS plays a second night at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co in Chico before heading to the midwest for a few shows.

Payne joins the band for the two-night run at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins and they close out the first leg of the Spring tour with “Still Smokin,’” an event taking over the streets of Denver in front of Cervantes on 4/20. This May, LoS and Payne travel through the midwest for a few shows and then veer south to Florida, after a stop at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, and then onward to Georgia, North & South Carolina. They’ll head up through Virginia and land in DC for a two-night stand at The Hamilton before returning to North Carolina for more shows.


In mid-June, they will be back in Colorado for Snowmass Mammoth Fest and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Early July brings LoS and Payne to Las Vegas to play at the NEW Brooklyn Bowl location for two nights. This summer Leftover Salmon ft. Bill Payne perform at many festivals throughout the country including the Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and Phases of the Moon.

LoS Fan Club ticketing for the new shows will go on-sale at 10am (MST) on Thursday April 3rd.

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Be sure to tune in to LiveSalmon.com for LIVE-streams of all shows (provided there is access to an Internet connection) and downloads of live performances within a few days of the show

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Leftover Salmon Featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat on Complete Tour Dates
4/01 Tue – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Chico, CA
4/03 Thu – Sweetwater Shakedown at Papa Charlie’s – Lutsen, MN
4/04 Fri – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN >
4/05 Sat – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI >
4/18 Fri – Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO* %
4/19 Sat – Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO* #
4/20 Sun – Still Smokin’ @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
(Outdoors – In the Streets) – Denver, CO*=
5/01 Thu – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN*
5/02 Fri – Old Rock House – St Louis, MO*
5/03 Sat – George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR*
5/04 Sun – Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis, TN*

5/23 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL*
5/24 Sat – Papa Joes’ Banjo-B-Que Music Festival – Evans, GA*
5/25 Sun – Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC*
5/26 Mon – Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC*
5/29 Thu – Cox Capitol Theatre – Macon, GA*
5/30 Fri – Blackstock Music Festival – Blackstock, SC*
5/31 Sat – Penguin Fest – Wilmington, NC* !
6/01 Sun – Pisgah Brewing – Black Mountain, NC* ! $
6/03 Tue –  Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA*
6/04 Wed – The Hamilton – Washington DC* !
6/05 Thu – The Hamilton – Washington DC*
6/06 Fri – Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC*
6/07 Sat – Ziggy’s – Winston- Salem, NC*
6/13-15 Fri-Sun – Snowmass Mammoth Fest – Snowmass, CO*
6/19-22 Thu-Sun – Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride, CO*
7/2 Wed – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV*
7/3 Thu – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV*
8/8-10 Fri-Sun Targhee Bluegrass Festival – Alta, WY*
7/31-8/1 Thu-Fri Gathering of the Vibes – Bridgeport, CT*
9/11-14 Thu-Sun – Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival – Danville, IL
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Featuring special guest Bill Payne of Little Feat (April 18th – September 14th)

> w/ The Giving Tree Band
% w/ Gipsy Moon
# w/ Grant Farm
! w/ Jeff Austin w. Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin

$ w/ Jon Stickley Trio (Late Night)
= w/ Bonnie Paine and Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival and Friends

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For more information and further tour dates, please visit: www.LeftoverSalmon.com

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JOsephLEmayTrailerTrashDreamspider Publicity is excited to be working with Joseph LeMay on his upcoming studio album release! Stay tuned for details on that and in the meantime check out his LIVE  3-song EP “TRAILER TRASH” which is officially out today on Noisetrade as a FREE DOWNLOAD. Get it here: http://noisetrade.com/josephlemay/trailer-trash-live-ep

Joseph LeMay’s Trailer Trash EP is a good indication of what’s to come from the Tennessee bred songwriter. The live EP, released via Noisetrade, gives us a barebones glimpse of three songs from his upcoming debut album Seventeen Acres performed in the same room in which they were written.

For more about Joseph Lemay and to stay up-to-date on tour dates and the upcoming studio album, please visit: http://josephlemaymusic.com.

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