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Bill Scorzari’s
Through These Waves, Produced by Jonah Tolchin, Released March 10

Bringing Together a Cast of Fine Musicians,
Scorzari Explores Impassioned & Thoughtful Landscapes

Available now on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and CD Baby

Huntington, NY — New York native, Bill Scorzari independently releases his sophomore album, Through These Waves, Today, March 10, 2017. Produced by Jonah Tolchin (Yep Roc) and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Billy Bennett, the album of all original material was recorded over twelve days at the famed Bomb Shelter in East Nashville through the studio’s 1970’s MCI console and mixed to tape. In a recent interview with No Depression, Tolchin calls Bill Scorzari, “one of the greatest songwriters I’ve ever heard.” With sincere and robust lyrics, Scorzari’s raspy vocals usher the listener breezily into his world.

Joining Scorzari on the album are Joachim Cooder (drums, percussion), Laur Joamets (electric guitar, slide guitar), Chris Scruggs (steel guitar), Will Kimbrough (mandolin, piano), Eamon McLoughlin (fiddle, viola, cello), Jon Estes (upright bass, guitar, organ), Kim Richey (vocals), Brent Burke (dobro) and more.

Bill has a scruffy sentimentality that was comforting to behold.” Billy Bennett comments on the recording sessions, “There were humbling moments of marvel for me during the process, as the tremendous cast of musicians populated Bill’s emotional landscapes beautifully. I was privileged to have played a part.”

“One of the most idiosyncratic voices I’ve ever come across,” Laur Joamets expresses. “Bill’s timbre is one-of-a-kind. It’s a great record. I’m proud to be on it.”

Even through all of the chaos in the world, every time you are let down, or hurt, or feel broken, there is a softness within our hearts that will help us to come through and rise above anything that life deals us, without hardening our spirit. There’s a solemn, yet uplifting and gracious feel to Through These Waves, a gentle roll of energy in the songs and the recording experience that is emphasized in the musical collaboration that came about when the musicians entered the studio.

Will Kimbrough says, “I enjoyed playing on Bill Scorzari’s record… Boy, did it turn out fine — thoughtful, soulful songs, with -by God- real music to back them up. Top notch.”

From the Critics:

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Bill Scorzari. Photo by Lauren Jahoda

“One of 2017’s best albums so far… The crisp, organic interplay of both acoustic and electric instruments perfectly frame Scorzari’s weathered, raspy voice that many have described as ‘singular’ or ‘idiosyncratic.’ Just to give you some clues, head in the direction of Tom Waits or Malcolm Holcombe. Scorzari’s voice is in that neighborhood but still stands apart. And, then there are his thoughtful, cinematically shaped songs that continue to resonate after repeated listens. Yes, this is a ‘must hear’ for singer-songwriter aficionados.” —Elmore, Jim Hynes

“…once in awhile… just once in awhile… you find one and, man, it’s a rush. Case in point, a compact disc by Bill Scorzari titled Through These Waves…Bill Scorzari is a force. His songwriting is stellar, his picking above par and his voice fits his songs perfectly. The album itself is a knockout… performances are topnotch all-around…I give this a solid A, top to bottom. I give ‘Hound Dog Diggin” an A+ for the groove alone.” —No Depression, Frank Gutch Jr.

“Bill Scorzari has a lived-in voice that says, ‘Listen to these songs.’ They spring from the earth and the ocean with an open heart and the wisdom of experience.” –WFUV’s John Platt. Listen in to Bill’s recent interview in WFUV’s Sunday Supper → www.wfuv.org/content/susan-kane-and-bill-scorzari

“Scorzari’s songs are consistently profound, poetic, and emotional; and his voice—as gravelly and compelling as Tom Waits’s—is counterpointed beautifully with strings and, on the gorgeous ‘More of Your Love,’ a female vocalist. This is one of the most compelling albums by a little-known artist that I’ve heard in a while.”  The Morton Report, Jeff Burger

“Scorzari’s songs are often about seeking a kindred soul and in that finding solace. There is a poetic grace that makes them worth listening to and reading.” —Lonesome Highway, Stephen Rapid

“An album that is serene, uplifting, and powerful, Through These Waves is a gem waiting to be discovered.” —The Daily Country, Tara Joan

“Scorzari sings, but his version of singing is more of the spoken poetry with a pulsating vibration timbre that Sam Baker has perfected over the course of four albums and innumerable gigs. He connects with listeners by creating soundscapes that reveal descriptions of mood and atmosphere more than character. You listen and think, Yes—I’ve felt that…” —Fervor Coulee, Donald Teplyske

“… he’s a songwriter of the highest order with a three pack a day voice that sounds nothing like that during every day conversation. When he’s on stage though, that voice will make you pay attention to lyrics that can turn a phrase, make you think or make you thankful that there’s someone out there to relate to.” —Medium, Thomas Gerbasi

“…Scorzari has struck gold on what is only his second album, Through These Waves…His style of music occasionally reminds me of Sam Baker, the wistfulness and precise nature of the songs and wondrous beauty, and arguably his greatest attribute honesty the record is one of the finest I have stumbled across in a long time.”  —Flying Shoes Review (UK) Maurice Hope

Through These Waves Track Listing:
1. A Dream of You (5:48)
2. A Brand New Deal (3:12)
3. Shelter From the Wind (5:28)
4. Hound Dog Diggin’ (3:27)
5. More of Your Love (5:23)
6. Holy Man (3:26)
7. She Don’t Care About Auld Lang Syne (4:21)
8. For When I Didn’t See (3:56)
9. Loser at Heart (4:33)
10. I Can Carry This (4:32)
11. It’s Time (3:30)
12. Riptide (4:38)

Musician Credits (alphabetical order):
Brent Burke: Dobro
Joachim Cooder: Drums, Percussion
Jon Estes: Upright Bass (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 8, 11), Second Acoustic Guitar (Track 5), Organ (Track 10), Percussion (Track 8)
Laur Joamets: Electric Guitars (Track 4), Slide Guitar (Track 6)
Annie Johnson: Second Vocal (Track 5)
Will Kimbrough: Mandolin, Piano
Marie Lewey: Background Vocals (Tracks 4, 10)
Eamon McLoughlin: Fiddle, Viola, Cello
Matt Murphy: Upright Bass (Tracks 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12)
Kim Richey: Second Vocal (Track 6)
Danny Roaman: Slide Guitar (Tracks 3, 4, 9)
Bill Scorzari: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Chair
Chris Scruggs: Steel Guitar
Jonah Tolchin: Electric Guitar (Tracks 1, 6, 11, 12), Lap Steel (Tracks 1, 10, 11)
Kyle Tuttle: Banjo
Cindy Walker: Background Vocals (Tracks 4, 10)

For more information and updates, please visit www.billscorzari.com, www.facebook.com/billscorzari , and www.twitter.com/BillScorzari.

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The Honeycutters Debut Music Video for “Jukebox,”
A Swingin’ Honky Tonk Anthem

ASHEVILLE, NC — The Honeycutters recently filmed a music video for their original song “Jukebox” at the historical and eclectic Town Pump Tavern in Black Mountain, NC, just east of their hometown of Asheville. Folk Alley premiered the video and writes of it, “The jolly, honky-tonk rhythm of the song underscores the sweet plaintiveness of Platt’s voice…until it doesn’t. As she steps up on to the stage to join the band, her smile wide, her voice big and bright, she and the other musicians seem to be in perfect sync, swinging, swaying and encouraging the whole of the bar to join in and look ahead to the brighter side of life.”

“Jukebox” is the lead track and perfect introduction to their new album Me Oh My [Organic Records® April 2015], an album which is threaded with themes of love, loss, acceptance and regrowth. “‘Jukebox’ features a woman done with waiting to fully live and imploring her partner to come along and make some magic with her, ‘I’m going dancin’, you comin’ or not? Take a chance on me daddy, this may be all we got,’” writes Front Row Focus’ Beth Baldino. “And in a line that reflects an overarching theme running throughout the album, ‘no use asking why, songbirds just ain’t built to fly, but sooner or later we all have to try.’ In other words, don’t dwell on why it’s taken us this long, it’s about time for us to shine.”

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The Honeycutters. Photo by Sandlin Gaither.

The Honeycutters are fueled by the powerful songwriting and vocals of founder Amanda Platt who is also the album producer, band leader, and principal creative force behind the group. With songs that are honest and relatable, part chagrin and part hope, Platt’s voice carries a timeless appeal shaped by a raw honesty that comes straight from the heart and emits a sort of melancholy happiness. Joining Platt in The Honeycutters are Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums, and Matt Smith on pedal steel, electric guitar, and dobro.

The Honeycutters set out to visually tell the story of “Jukebox” by calling in a cast of friends and cohorts, as well as a few actors from the area, to spend a day filming in the perfect locale of this well-worn honky-tonk tavern. The video was directed and produced by Ty Gilpin, Senior Director of Marketing at Organic Records.

Honeycutters_Jukebox_2015_1.pngThe visuals lead the viewer through an entire transformation. In this rustic and sleepy bar, Amanda plays the role of the bartender. She drops a quarter in the jukebox and starts washing the bar and dreamily singing while a few desolate souls sit and drink. She has a heart to heart with a couple of them, reminding that the music is on and begins to dance with a lonely man and woman, in turn, as she gets to the lyrics, “It’s only a song, so for heaven’s sake won’t you sing along?”

The band has entered the bar by then, set up, and is playing. An excited fan who peers through the window likes what he sees, so he calls in a whole crowd to come in and dance. As The Honeycutters get to the line, “Sooner or later we all have to try,” Amanda’s character shifts her own energy and the scene flashes to her on the stage performing. The leading male and female, no longer in despair, start dancing. The color is brighter; everyone is there; the bar is full of happy people spinning and cowboy boots kicking. Flash back to the first bar scene and the couple is now slow dancing peacefully with just a few others in the bar. They found their place in the music.

For making the “Jukebox” video possible, The Honeycutters send a special thanks to the Town Pump Tavern and their staff, Ty Gilpin (Producer/Director), John Litschke (Director of Photography/J. Martin Productions, Inc.), Dan Burke (Videographer/Lighting), Michael Hendrix (Videographer/Media Management), Don Talley (Associate Producer), Adam Foster (Jib Operator/Lighting/Production Assistant), Katie Kasben (Makeup/Stylist), singer-songwriter Lance Mills (Male Lead and a friend of band), and female lead Deena Wade (NYS3 – The Meisner Conservatory for the Southeast Graduate).

honeycuttCov3D“Their music is the kind that you’d want to play on a jukebox in a bar, if bars still had jukeboxes.” No Depression’s Amos Perrine writes, “You can sit in a booth with a beer and a tear or stretch out and take a twirl with some like-minded stranger. And their new album is one of the year’s best.”


What Folks Are Saying about “Jukebox”

“From the first track – ‘Jukebox’ – to the closer (‘A Life For You’) this is a perfect album of tunes that – in most cases will have you dancing around the room (or at least tapping your toes)”
Amazon, Steve Ramm

“Frontwoman Amanda Anne Platt writes potently vivid narratives that mine the underside of hardscrabble rural America: her characters are people we all know…, Jukebox, sets the tone, a swaying midtempo number with a cajoling cynicism: it’s sort of a ‘better enjoy this because this might be all we’ve got’ scenario.” —New York Daily News, Delarue

“When I first heard the opening track ‘Jukebox’, I thought ‘how did my Patsy Cline CD get in there?’… It’s a fun, toe-tapping honky tonk anthem…”
That Music Mag, Jane Roser

“Not taking things too seriously is the theme of opening track ‘Jukebox,’ which immediately draws you into a place where you’ll remain throughout the record. The title track comments on the state of the modern woman.”
The Daily Country, Tara Joan

“From the very first track, ‘Jukebox,’ Platt’s words will have listeners hooked on the entire album. ‘Don’t go calling me the angel on your doorstep/Cause I fell just like all the rest/I was too broke down to fly.’ These lyrics in ‘Jukebox’ are sure to grab the hearts of listeners and force them to clear their schedules just to finish the record. If the first track doesn’t leave listeners in tears by the end, the opening lines of the third song, ‘Me Oh My,’ will.”
The Daily Lobo, Skylar Griego (New Mexico)

“Me Oh My… damn near beats anything coming out of Nashville these days. Singer/songwriter/producer Amanda Anne Platt is an irresistible and irrepressible force of nature. It’s all so authentic, organic, acoustic, sprightly, lively, lyrically profound and catchy that—when buoyed by Tal Taylor on mandolin and Matt Smith on pedal steel, electric guitar and dobro—you can’t get these songs out of your head. ‘Jukebox’ should be the obvious single… Americana comes up aces here.”
The Aquarian’s Rant N Roll, Mike Greenblatt

“‘Jukebox’ is on a different plane, as country as anything you would have heard on the radio back in the day.”
Lonesome Road Review, Larry Stephens

“The Honeycutters are a combo of supremely talented and empathetic musicians, fully committed to her vision. Whether driving and seasoning with pedal steel and brass the gently swinging honky-tonk of ‘Jukebox’, or creating the ideal atmosphere for the eye-opening dramatic desolation and stoic acceptance of life’s travails in the title track, they are indispensable. Their vocal harmonies, too, multiply the emotional effect of Amanda’s narratives.”
No Depression, Amos Perrine

For more information about The Honeycutters & further tour dates, visit: www.thehoneycutters.com. For news from the road, visit www.facebook.com/Honeycutters and twitter.com/thehoneycutters.

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Asheville’s Tellico Debuts with Relics and Roses, Due Out June 2nd

Tellico takes you on a journey through the modern Appalachian soundscape, with masterful storytelling and memorable instrumental and vocal performances that wed tradition with a contemporary Americana sensibility

ASHEVILLE, NC — Tellico independently releases their debut album Relics and Roses on June 2, 2015. The album features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass), and showcases Aaron Ballance on dobro and pedal and lap steel and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Guitar virtuoso Jon Stickley (Jon Stickley Trio) produced the album and makes a few guest appearances with drums and guitar.

The album is available now for pre-order at Tellicoband.com and includes an immediate download of the leading track, “Backstep Blues,” which is also available to stream now at the band’s website. Firmly planted in Asheville NC’s thriving roots music scene, Tellico is well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. Anya and Stig’s committed, authentic vocals are alloyed with Aaron’s flowing and soaring dobro and Jed’s textured and expressive mandolin, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with while pushing tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic.

Tellico. Photo by Jennifer Calllahan

Tellico. Photo by Jennifer Calllahan

Storytelling is at the helm of Tellico’s music. All of the songs on Relics and Roses were penned by Hinkle and Stiglets with the exception “White Line-River of Pride,” a Neil Young and Crazy Horse medley of two dirty electric rock tunes buttoned up bluegrass-style. The leading track, “Backstep Blues” [Hinkle] has a “backstep”, a rhythmic hiccup that is typical of old time music, telling the story of a man’s successive retreat from his wife (with the refrain “hey where did your daddy go wrong?”), leaving her with the “backstep blues.” “Calamity”, written by Stiglets, is a tale of disaster sparked by a combination of Hurricane Katrina and Japan’s 2011 tsunami, and the destructive and terrifying images of those events.

“Forsaken Winds” is poetry unto itself with the ethereal sounds of Ballance’s pedal steel filling in the spirit of the lyrics; while “Hawkeye Pierce and Honeycutt Blues” is a tongue and cheek raggy romp in an Asheville street busker’s shoes. “You Can’t Go Home Again” is inspired by Asheville author Thomas Wolfe’s book of the same name. Anya found the book to be so richly descriptive in Wolfe’s longwinded style, especially when the protagonist DOES go home again, which she said, “reminded me of something that my dad always used to say: ‘you can’t go home again’! Of course you can’t. The comforting idea of home is just that, an idea. You have to face yourself and your life. Running from it, either to home or far away from it, doesn’t alleviate your suffering.”

“Mexico 1995” is a coming-of-age story penned by Hinkle after a solo four month journey, mostly by bus, from Nogales, Arizona through Guatemala and back. It was before the internet, before cell phones, and after a grisly war and genocide in southern Mexico and Guatemala, a real eye opener for a kid, all during the winter after Jerry Garcia died. Hinkle says, “That early morning that I walked back, on foot, into my post-college privileged American life after crossing the border at Nogales was like a dream, I was a ghost in my own shoes, my idea of who I was as porous as the haze that seemed to linger that entire day that I re-emerged.” The song uses samples from iconic songs that set up the general feeling that it’s all been done before. Hinkle reflects, “Where does a kid go with that? What’s ahead that’s worth anything?”

Relics and Roses is the first since Anya, Stig, and Aaron formed Tellico after recording four records with the Asheville-based bluegrass band Dehlia Low, whose final album Ravens and Crows was released on the Rebel Records label in 2011.

“I love how the songs on Relics and Roses sound with these musicians covering all details that I didn’t even realize I was longing to hear. The band’s rich playing overlays absolutely perfectly with the meanings of the songs, whether playful and amusing or searching, haunting and lonely,” says Hinkle.

What Folks are Saying About Relics and Roses:

“With deep warm tones, intimate vocals, vivid lyrics, natural arrangements, and emotional solos Tellico masterfully draws the listener into the center of their original songs. Relics and Roses paints a cinematic picture, continually stirring feelings of nostalgia. Through their wonderful musicianship they never fail to create an atmosphere that perfectly enhances their storytelling.  I love this CD!”
Chad Manning of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience

“….wonderfully original mountain music. Sometimes they sound like what Kate Wolf would sound like had she come from the Southern Appalachians – a beloved image if you ask me.” —Martin Anderson, Music Director & Morning Host WNCW-FM

“The album of mostly original songs is superbly orchestrated and delivered taking the listener on an auditory odyssey that ranges from soulful and deep to upbeat and euphoric. Anya, Aaron, Stig, and Jed have woven a tapestry that is timeless and authentic and deserving of your attention.” —Steve Johnson, Event Producer/Artist Relations Manager, Wilkesboro, NC

“Tellico picks up where Dehlia Low left off, focusing and refining their sound. Relics and Roses is… step forward in songwriting, with Anya Hinkle and Greg ‘Stig’ Stiglets crafting an acoustic soundscape of Appalachian daydreams that stack up to the works of John Hartford, Emmylou Harris and the Avett Brothers. Songs like ‘I Want To Know’ reach out and grab you immediately… a captivating album.”
–Joe Kendrick, WNCW Program Director 88.7 FM

Tellico Tour Dates
Fri 5/8 – LEAF Festival – Black Mountain, NC
Fri 5/22 – Music In The Valle – Valle Crucis Community Park – Valle Crucis, NC
Sun 5/31 – The Rooster’s Wife – Aberdeen, NC
Fri 6/5 – Isis Restaurant and Music Hall – Asheville, NC
Fri 6/12 – Music On The Square – Jonesborough, TN
Sat 6/13 – Granite Falls Brewery- Granite Falls, NC
Fri 6/19 – Groovin’ on the Green Summer Concert Series – Cashiers, NC
Fri 6/26 – Nantahala Outdoor Center – Bryson City, NC
Sat 6/27 – 185 King Street – Brevard, NC
Sat 7/11 – Bluegrass On The Grass, 20th Anniversary – Carlisle, PA
Fri 8/21 – The Jones House-Summer Concert Series – Boone, NC
Sat 8/29 – US National Whitewater Center River Jam – Charlotte, NC
Sat 9/19 – Apple Fest – Winston-Salem, NC
Sat 10/17 – Cowee School Concert Series – Franklin, NC

More shows to be announced!

Find out more about Tellico and Relics and Roses at at Tellicoband.com, facebook.com/Tellico & twitter.com/TellicoBand.

 

 

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Aaron Burdett @ The Speakeasy at the Preservation Pub
New album ”Breathing Underwater”
Saturday, Nov 17th
8-10pm Free!

865.524.2224
28 Market Square, Knoxville TN
www.preservationpub.com

Saluda, NC’s own Aaron Burdett has become one of our favorite regional singer/songwriters these last few years”Martin Anderson, WNCW

He reflects upon and questions life’s experiences in an honest tone, making you feel as if the songs are written on your behalf. A bit acoustic, a bit electric, and a bit early New Grass Revival, the music will get you moving to the beat in your most natural way. Take it on a road trip – I think you’ll enjoy the drive a bit more, and you may even find yourself singing along.” –Casey Driessen

I’m exposed to all types of singers, songwriters, and frontmen, and rarely do I hear anyone that compares to Aaron Burdett.  His sense of melody and depth of lyrics is the perfect combination.  His trajectory will be comparable to Ray LaMontagne and Amos Lee when people start to take notice.  It will be exciting to watch.”  –Brian Swenk, Big Daddy Love

Download Breathing Underwater and “pay what you want” at www.aaronburdett.com

Storyteller and musician Aaron Burdett shares an appreciation for the simple pleasures of life through his music. Burdett released his 4th album, Breathing Underwater September 11th, 2012. Building on the traditions of the finest performing songwriters such as John Hiatt, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and John Prine, Aaron’s music blends folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues with pop sensibilities. His honest songwriting pours in between hammer-on chord changes and rolling crosspicking rhythms, all the while keeping at the forefront his own unique sound and authentic voice.

After successfully raising $9000 through Kickstarter, Burdett and his band (Will Jernigan on bass and Billy Seawell on drums), took to Hollow Reed Studios to record with producer Chris Rosser. This is the first album where vocalist Burdett performs on his electric guitar as well as acoustic. Guest musicians include Casey Driessen on fiddle, Andy Pond on banjo and cajon, Brian Swenk on banjo and Chris Rosser on keys.

Optimistically themed, Breathing Underwater reflects Aaron’s life experience and the changing perceptions and priorities that come with the passage of time, working towards goals, and finding the peace of mind to allow life to unfold naturally. It features 11 tracks, all penned by Burdett, including the slow, bluesy electric title track. It’s a tonally diverse album, from the upbeat and newgrassy “Copper on the Corner” and “Sneaking up” to the more relaxed pace of “The Simplest Things”, a piece about stepping back from day to day distractions and concerns to remember the more important things we are blessed with. There is a musical release in “3 or 4 minutes”, a song about being taken away on a journey by an artist, and then realizing that it’s only a 3 or 4 minute song even though you feel like you’ve been gone and zoned into the music forever.

Aaron Burdett won first place in the Carolina Songs Competition with Our State Magazine for his song “Going Home to Carolina” in the Fall of 2012!

Our State writes:

From more than two hundred entries submitted in Our State magazine’s first-ever singer/songwriter competition, Aaron Burdett’s song “Going Home to Carolina”, has emerged as the winner. The competition called for original, North Carolina inspired songs that celebrate the place we call home. It was judged by a panel of local industry professionals.

“As judges, we had a great opportunity to hear some passionate songs about North Carolina,” said Rhiannon Giddens, lead singer of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, “Aaron did a wonderful job capturing the strong connection that I think all of us feel about the state.” and there is more info and a video of the song here: http://www.ourstate.com/songwriting/

Whether solo or with his band, Aaron’s talent for the craft of songwriting and knack for connecting with a live audience has won him praise time and time again.

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facebook.com/AaronBurdettMusic
twitter.com/Aaron_Burdett

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Mike Cullison and The Regulars
The Barstool Monologues
“A Honky-Tonk Canterbury Tales”

Album Release Show
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Building

www.theroadhouserambler.com

… one of Nashville’s most respected tunesmiths
–Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

He does a great job painting this picture of this little roadhouse and the lives of its regulars. It draws the listener in, allowing us the opportunity to see behind the curtain of the world from where he draws his musical inspiration.” –Bold Life

The Regulars will join Mike Cullison for this special staged presentation of the songs and stories from the new album The Barstool Monologues. All songs from The Barstool Monologues are written or co-written by Cullison, who has been hailed by critics as country the way country used to be. Mike plays the role of the Bartender “Hollis” for the occasion, while the cast of “The Regulars” is performed by a variety of singers and musicians, all listed below. The show will be videotaped—and, of course, the bartender will be kept busy. Mark this special event on your calendar–it’s not every day that Music City plays host to “honky-tonk Canterbury Tales.”

In The Barstool Monologues, Nashville singer-songwriter Cullison weaves the lives of bar patrons into songs, then threads those songs together with short spoken-word narratives to create a vivid musical tableau: There’s the heartbroken lover, the fracturing couple, the other woman, the lonely imbiber … each introduced by a bartender named Hollis who sees and hears it all.  Various singers inhabit their personas, spinning musical novellas.

The Barstool Monologues will take place at The Building in East Nashville on Friday, November 9th. Audience Specials for the evening include souvenir scripts as well as ”Barstool Monologues” drink coasters while supplies last!

Show Details:
Mike Cullison and The Regulars
The Barstool Monologues CD Release Show @ The Building
Friday, November 9, 2012

7pm / $5 cover
The Building, 1008C Woodland St, East Nashville TN 37206
More info: 615-975-9465
www.theroadhouserambler.com

Musicians and Cast:

Mike Cullison (aka “Hollis”, Owner/Bartender at “The Oasis”), Vocals / www.theroadhouserambler.com (has written with Johnny Neel of The Allman Brothers, No. 1 country hit writer Don Goodman, and Crosby Stills & Nash veteran Mike Stergis)

Mark Robinson, Guitar and Vocals / www.MarkRobinsonGuitar.com (also Producer of the CD; debut album is critically acclaimed ‘Quit Your Job – Play Guitar’; has played and guested with Tommy Womack, Davis Raines, Walt Wilkins, Johnny Neel, Tracy Nelson)

Daniel Seymour, Bass / http://danielseymour.wordpress.com/ (also Associate Producer of the CD; plays with Tommy Womack, David Olney, Matt Urmy, Otis Gibbs)

Justin Amaral, Drums / https://www.facebook.com/justin.amaral (has played with Junior Brown, The Half Brass, Amelia White)

Randy Handley, Piano and Vocals / http://bigsisterproductions.com/randy_handley (has written songs for and/or played with John Mellencamp, Garth Brooks, Lee Roy Parnell, Hal Ketchum, John Cowan, John Denver)

David Wood, Steel Guitar (has played with Lorie Morgan, Joe Diffie, and Doug Stone)

Ben Graves, Harmonica, Saxophone and Vocals / https://www.facebook.com/ben.graves.311 (jazz-rocker extraordinaire; has played with Kid Rock, James Otto, Rebecca Lynn Howard)

Jon Byrd, Vocals / www.jonbyrd.com (most recent album is the critically acclaimed “Down at the Well of Wishes”: “Americana the way it was and the way it should be” –MOJO Magazine)

Davis Raines, Vocals / www.davisraines.com (well known Nashville songwriter with cuts by Walt Wilkins, Kenny Rogers, Pam Tillis; his most recent album “Santa Maria Hotel” has been called “a gem”)

Tiffany Huggins Grant, Vocals / www.tiffanyhugginsgrant.com (this award-winning songwriter’s new album is “Sing Sigh Kitty”)

Travis Lamb, Vocals / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Travis-Lamb/267214746632470 (has worked with, among others, Jim & Jesse and The Oak Ridge Boys)

Lisa Oliver-Gray, Vocals / https://www.facebook.com/lisa.olivergray.7 (sings with Tommy Womack and many others, including Will Kimbrough, Bonnie Bishop, Marshall Chapman; new CD “Dedicated to Love” has been called “compelling and distinctive”)

Photos by Greg Roth.

www.theroadhouserambler.com

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The Barstool Monologues

MIKE CULLISON & The Regulars

“A Honky-Tonk Canterbury Tales”
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Fans of classic country music will feel right at home with Mike Cullison.
–John Davy, No Depression

A captivating blues rocker … soulful roadhouse songwriting.” –Simon Hallett, Totnes FM (UK)

This is what country music has been missing … [Mike] is bringing it back.” –Renaldo 6, SongCritic.com

I think music is the highway through life and I’m just rockin’ and rollin’ down the road.” —Mike Cullison

www.theroadhouserambler.com

Singer-songwriter Mike Cullison (aka “The Roadhouse Rambler”) is used to hearing his work defined in painterly terms; music journalists commonly pull out such metaphors when trying to describe songs. But with his new album, The Barstool Monologues (due out November 13th through JoeDog Records), it’s almost as if he’s working in the 3D style of sculptor J. Seward Johnson Jr., who turns famous Impressionist paintings into life-sized tableaux, incorporating not only the original images, but his own fanciful imaginings of what went on beyond the canvas.

Cullison takes a similar approach with The Barstool Monologues, weaving lives of bar patrons into songs, then threading them together with spoken-word narrative to create a vivid musical tableau. There’s the heartbroken lover, the fracturing couple, the other woman, the lonely imbiber … each introduced by a bartender named Hollis, who sees and hears it all. Various singers (including Jon Byrd, Davis Raines, and six others) inhabit their personas, spinning musical novellas into what Cullison likes to describe as “a honky-tonk Canterbury Tales.”

“It’s as if you walked into a place and you took a snapshot and everybody’s looking in the camera,” says the Nashville resident. “What I wanted to do was place everybody in that picture into one of the songs, either as its subject or the person singing it to somebody else.”

Mike Cullison. Photo by Greg Roth.

Cullison, an Oklahoma native who’s honed his songwriting skills with such royalty as Don Goodman (“Ol’ Red”; “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands”), Johnny Neel (the Allman Brothers) and Mike Stergis (Crosby, Stills & Nash), describes his style as “roadhouse blues and country roots-rock.” But his influences are as vast as the early rock ‘n’ roll his mom adored and the classic country his dad preferred, and he draws deeply from that well, along with other Americana styles — from Bakersfield to hybrid zyde-Cajun blues — to create a rich aural tapestry as colorful as Johnson’s art.

He considers himself a lyric writer first, however. “The story and how it is told are very important to me,” Cullison says. “Some songs come at you very quickly, but most take time. There’s still a lot of polishing to do even after the lightning bolts strike.”

Cullison’s career has taken time, too. In fact, the release party for his first album, 2004’s BAC (Big American Car), was also his retirement party after 32 years with the Bell Telephone Co. Midway through his Bell Tel years, he moved to Atlanta, “because it was five hours closer to Nashville.” His ultimate goal was always Music City, “because that’s where the writers were.”

He finally made it in 1995. Throughout his day-job years, he always wrote and performed; in Atlanta, he was in a band called Lone Walter. These days, Cullison appears solo or with a variety of friends and collaborators in the states and Europe, where he first released the EP Roadhouse Rambler in 2011, which hit #1 on the Airplay Direct radio charts. (His second CD, Blue Collar Tired, came out in 2007.)

Like most musicians, Cullison spends his share of time in bars. And like most country-influenced players, he’s sung his share of “tears in beer” tunes. But one night, while performing at the late Nashville bar the Sutler (lost, sadly, to developers), a thought struck: “Instead of having somebody sitting on the customer’s side of the bar crying in their beer, what if we turned it around?”

That was the genesis of the Mark Robinson-produced The Barstool Monologues.

“Songwriting is storytelling, so it kind of fit for me,” says Cullison, who also has plenty of “behind the song” stories. One of his favorites involves the opening tune, “Wish I Didn’t Like Whiskey” — a perfect choice to open an album set in a bar.

“I had bought a drink for a friend of mine,” Cullison relates, “and as I handed her the glass, she said, ‘I wish I didn’t like whiskey so much.’ I excused myself for a minute while I wrote that on a coaster. Turned out to be a very good song.”

They’ve all turned out to be very good songs — vignettes, actually, sung and performed by some of Nashville’s finest. If Cullison has his way, The Barstool Monologues might even turn into a musical of some sort, with actors and stage sets. Life-sized, like a Johnson tableau. Only even more real, because we can recognize the characters in Cullison’s stories. They’re our friends, our exes … or maybe even ourselves.

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Dana and Susan Robinson Release New Album “American Hornpipe”
Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic, Americana, Old Time Mountain Music

“It’s grooves like these that instantly put a smile on my face!” –Martin Anderson WNCW Spindale, NC

“Love the rhythmic drive, and your fresh take on old chestnuts.” –Keith Weston WUNC Chapel Hill, NC

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­­­(Asheville, NC)– Announcing the release of Dana and Susan Robinson’s new CD, American Hornpipe.  American Hornpipe is Dana and Susan’s fourth album since their 2004 debut Native Soil and exemplifies their trademark brand of “new-time, old-time music.” American Hornpipe is a melting pot of Appalachian, British, and African influences, full of earthy grooves, elegant melodies, stories of heroes, ne’er do-wells, and cautionary tales. Dana and Susan back up their songwriting and string band sound on American Hornpipe with the edge, groove, and sophistication of Asheville, North Carolina’s world music super-group, Free Planet Radio (River Guerguerian – percussion, Eliot Wadopian – bass, Chris Rosser – harmonium, recording, and mixing).

Dana and Susan’s chilling and arresting take on the traditional song “Who Killed Cock Robin” is an audacious start to the album. This is followed by Dana’s original, “The Invitation,” which invites the listener to “get unplugged and get recharged.” Their cover of Lui Collins’s “Farmer’s Market A-Z” is a joyful celebration of local food, and in “When This Old Hat Was New,” Dana collaborates with Floridian poet, Hank Mattson, to tell the true tale of Jake Summerlin, King of the Cracker Cowboys. Returning to the traditional, Dana and Sue let it rip with the oldtime tune “Roscoe,” and restore the blues to “Raleigh and Spencer.” Throughout this album weaves a thread of close harmonies, brilliant songwriting, and the intimate instrumentals that Dana and Susan Robinson are so well known for.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980s, Dana settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” on 30 acres. In 1994 he launched into full-time touring and recorded four CDs before meeting up with Sue. Sue grew up in New England where she studied piano and Scottish fiddle. Dana and Sue met at a house concert in California in 2002, where Sue was living at the time. Upon moving to North Carolina, Sue launched into studying with many of the great old-time musicians in the Asheville area. Dana and Sue maintain a busy concert schedule performing throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.

Dana and Susan will be performing select shows surrounding the release:

Dana and Susan Duo Show @ Purple Onion on Thurs, October 18, 2012
7pm, by donation, all ages, (828) 749-1179
16 E Main St. Saluda, NC 28773
www.purpleonionsaluda.com

NEW DATE: Dana and Susan Duo Show @ Duck Pond Pottery on Thu, October 25, 2012
7.30pm, $10, all ages, 828.883.4536
1840 Greenville Hwy. Brevard, NC 28712
www.facebook.com/TheDuckpondPottery

Dana & Susan Robinson with Free Planet Radio
Fri, October 26, 2012 @ White Horse Black Mountain
Free Planet Radio will also be performing their original music in this co-bill
7pm, $15 all ages, (828) 669-0816
105C Montreat Rd. Black Mountain, NC 28711
www.whitehorseblackmountain.com

Dana and Susan Robinson with Free Planet Radio
Sat, October 27, 2012 @ Madison County Arts Center
Free Planet Radio will also be performing their original music in this co-bill
7pm, $15 all ages, 828-649-1301
90 South Main St. Marshall, NC 28753
www.madisoncountyarts.com

www.robinsongs.com

You can also find Dana and Susan on
FaceBook, ReverbNation and YouTube

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