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‘Free Ride Lullaby’
Peat Residents started in the summer of 2014 when Anouk (from May and June) and Robert (from Ramblin’ Boots) started to write songs together. From the first songwriting session it was clear to them that there was something magical happening in the room when they sang together.
In March of 2020 the duo released their first single “The Open Sky”. A Sunday kind of shimmer. Like that early morning chill of mountain air.
‘Dance Me Through Manhattan’
[indie folk/chamber pop]
After pursuing a career singing in bands and writing punk songs, Jim took a few years off from creating music to try and start fresh with a clean slate. At the time, Jim says, “every song I would come up with began to sound tired and stale. Every song seemed to follow the same formula, and I found myself writing more to impress record labels than actually writing from my heart”. During his time spent away from music, Jim’s influences drastically changed from bands like Rancid, Green Day and other 90’s punk bands, to earthy 60’s and 70’s folk. Jim began to study and obsess over the early works of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie, which opened up a whole new world of songwriting and out of the box chord progressions to experiment with. In early 2017, Jim began to write again, fusing his punk influences with earthy folk sounds, creating his own unique brand of Alternative Folk. After making a splash in the underground scene with his 2018 release, The Lookout EP, Jim will be releasing a follow up EP in 2020.
‘Just a Girl’
Nina Yates is a Portland, Oregon based singer songwriter who pulls you into her stories with thoughtful and distinctive songs. A slow, tender and delicate drag, yet fierce with lived emotion, the wisdom of a mother, the comfort of a sister and the heartbreak of a daughter.
It didn’t occur to Yates to start writing songs until the day she first met her mother, when she was twenty-three years old. Since then she has been using songwriting to redeem hard times by turning them into beautiful artifacts.
Zach grew up in Clarendon, Texas, where he began playing guitar at age thirteen. Upon moving to Wichita Falls, Texas for college, he took to songwriting and performing acoustic shows in local bars. Cornell recorded his first EP, ‘Leave This Town,’ while finishing his last semester at Midwestern State University. The EP was released on June 22, 2018. ‘Leave This Town’ made its way to local radio stations throughout North Texas, helping him to perform in a larger area. Despite his newfound success, Zach still felt an underlying desire to try his hand in Music City. In December of 2019, Cornell moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Shortly after arriving, he recorded his debut studio album at Black Dog Recording in East Nashville. ‘Devil’s Been Working’ is scheduled for release in October 2020. The album includes 12 original songs, all of which were penned by Cornell. The first single from the album, ‘Next to Mine,’ releases on August 21, 2020. Zach, considered one of Nashville’s up-and-coming artists, can be found performing in local venues around Nashville and the surrounding areas most days.
CHUCK BRISENO is an independent recording artist hailing from GEORGE WEST, TEXAS. He comes from a small town full of trouble, success, hardwork and love. Raised by his grandparents, at age 12 his grandfather gave him a guitar and the rest is history. Influenced by artists such as Mike McClure, Dean Dillon, Ramon Ayala, Aaron Lewis, etc. he began writing poetry and songs about every day life. “One of my favorite things about performing is telling the stories.”
“PUT LIFE INTO MUSIC AND MUSIC COMES TO LIFE”
Chuck served in the military after high school for 12 years, travelling all over the world, as well as deploying to Afghanistan as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 2007. Chuck’s debut solo album “Texas & You” released May 2018, and featured their first music video “Bar Girl”, this showed some success for the band. Their sophomore album “You Should Be Mine” released December 2019. This album featured their second music video “Stronger Than the Whiskey”.
He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Norwich University with a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He currently resides in Springfield, Missouri touring nationwide.
‘You Get Pulled’
Evan started playing with several local rock bands in 2006. He started recording as a solo artist in 2011 and has since released 6 albums and 8 singles.
“My mom is a Johnny Cash fan, has been since she was a teenager. So I can honestly say I have been listening to his records since before I was born. Outside the womb, I remember Ring of Fire blasting out the 8-track player of her 1969 Thunderbird as she was trying to talk her way out of another speeding ticket. Listening to old Johnny Cash records led me to discover the rockabilly songs recorded at Sun Studios by Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. My musical education continued to other artists on other labels such as Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran.
Besides all the great music from the 1950s and 1960s, I also really dig the story-telling styles of Roger Miller and Shel Silverstein and the well-crafted lyrics of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson. Maybe some of those influences find their way into my music as well.” – Justin Curtis
Enok Amrani is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. His music, which is driven by the lyrics, often moves in a melancholic landscape with elements from different styles like rock,soul and country.
Ryan Pocan is a singer songwriter from Sacramento California. He uses a producer in Nashville to record all songs. Country, blues rock and soul are the main styles.
‘See You Later’
For years people had tried to convince John George Cooper to record his songs. But there was always something better to do. Like the night he was locked out and slept in a foxes den. Or that weird summer when a loophole made magic mushrooms legal and he spent his entire pay check on them. Or re-applying to the Natural History Museum for a job in their bat department.
The devil makes work for idle hands. Time’s a thief. And talk of rock stardom, forever daft, becomes ludicrous in the context of ‘proper’ jobs, debts, growing families and responsibilities.
But the songs kept coming. And in the summer of 2019, childhood friend, multi-instrumentalist, Steve Blackwell decided it was time to put a band together. He enlisted Dan Akerman on bass and Adam Killip on guitar. The music came quickly. They already all had their hooks in the same pond: Creedence, Magnolia Electric Co., Westerberg, Zevon, The Band, REM. A little bit Country a little bit rock and roll.
In late 2019 they headed to Greenmount Studios in Leeds and sought the talents of more old friends: producers Jamie Lockhart and Lee Smith. Over four days they recorded the songs that would become the album “County Show”
All they needed now was a name. Since it was Steve’s band how about… ‘Steve’? But there’s already a band from Athens, Georgia called Steve. So they settled on Stove. As Lowell George tells it: “I’ve had my head stoved in but I’m still on my feet”. Yes, Stove like the Lemonheads song. But of course there is already a band called Stove from Connecticut. Just when they thought hope was gone, along came St. Ove. The patron saint of lost time, wasted talent, old waves, silver-haired werewolves, dark secrets and last chances. Here to keep it going. Here to sing us all back home.
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis