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‘Brand New Me’
Bill Filipiak is a singer / songwriter with an affinity for acoustic blues music. His first album “Put The Top Down” received airplay on Americana radio stations across the US as well as a friendly home on blues radio programs throughout the United Kingdom. Bill released his sophomore album “Brand New Me” in April of 2020 and says the album reflects the direct inspirations from artists he’s met over the past year. “It’s impossible to be around the likes of Ray Wylie Hubbard, Larkin Poe or Hayes Carll and not be influenced by their incredible approach to writing. They are about as true to themselves as any artist I’ve met and reminded me that the secret to writing is being honest and vulnerable.”
BIll is originally from Buffalo, NY and currently lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Kristi. Bill is a Jeep enthusiast and avid runner.
‘The Beauty Of Women’
Having exploded onto the scene in 2017 with the release of his debut album Heddison, featuring key tracks Greatly Hasty and Oxytocin, which now sits at over a million Spotify streams – Hull born / Manchester based singer-songwriter Jack Conman went on to receive love & support from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, perform at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and make CLASH’s coveted Next Wave feature.
Citing Jeff Buckley, Pete Doherty, Aretha Franklin & Chet Baker as musical influences, Jack started his musical journey as the drummer in a Nickelback covers band at the age of 8. Things began to really come together when he started writing music at 15 & was soon signed to Warren Records (part of the highly influential Hull based Warren Youth Project), where he met friend & mentor Stew Baxter from indie band LIFE & released his first EP Euphoria Springs.
Then with the release of his debut album Heddison, Jack’s audience grew considerably when a version of Greatly Hasty, illustrating his percussive guitar style, was featured on aesthetic YouTube channel Colors attracting much interest & the single Oxytocin has since gone on to rack up well over a million streams on Spotify alone.
Now, with his 2nd album Seventh Sense Libido on the horizon, it’s time that Jack Conman slipped back into the lexicon of music fans.
Specific Coast is singer-songwriter, Matt Dunne. A veteran of the music industry, Dunne has held positions in concert promotion, artist management, music publishing, and label management. After multiple peers in the industry had come to him for guidance, Dunne created Cactus Coast, a community where artists, songwriters, mixers, and producers could help each other achieve their goals. Dunne began hosting backyard concerts at his home in Silver Lake, providing a unique, intimate setting for artists like Royal & the Serpent to perform. Dunne used this safe space to test out new material for his own project, Specific Coast. Eventually the house shows turned into networking events, which turned into writing sessions, which turned into songs, which turned into several placements in a Netflix series. After years of helping others transform their dreams into realities, Specific Coast returns with his highly anticipated single “Home.”
DL Rossi is a singer-songwriter from Detroit, MI who now lives in East Nashville. Writing honest, straightforward songs inspired by legends like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and informed by modern writers like Ryan Adams, David Ramirez, and Jason Isbell.
‘If You Wanna Know’
Since emerging in 2008 with his folky cover of ELO’s “Do Ya” – which earned the praise of rock legend, Jeff Lynne and was included on the Showtime hit “Californication” – the multi-faceted artist Neil Nathan (neilnathan.com) has made an art form out of joyfully schizophrenic record making, jumping seamlessly from genre to genre (blistering rock to intimate ethereal folk).
Rumour Mill is an independent Canadian band headed by Aline Daigle (violin/vocals) and Anna Katarina (piano/vocals).
Lifelong friends, the pair blended their classical jazz training with modern spirits to create an effervescent cocktail of indie-pop with strong twists of folk and country – influenced by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Haim, The Bros Landreth and Maggie Rogers.
Whether performing as a duo, trio, or 5-piece, hallmarks of their distinct sound include plush vocal harmonies, violin, keyboard, and driving grooves, with lyrics that weave the listener through an exploration of timeless themes, such as heartache, joy, love, and adventure.
Their debut EP Daylight’s Free, released in April 2019, quickly earned respect and attention on the international stage – leading to a nomination for Artist of the Year in the 2019 Kootenay Music Awards, Top 100 in CBC Searchlight, and a full scholarship to the 2020 Folk Alliance Conference in New Orleans. While consistently charting on US radio stations, their catalogue has also recently been licensed by 13 television networks, including Discovery, Oprah, TLC, MTV, A&E, and E!TV.
Their follow-up EP Gone With The Wine – which was entirely self-engineered, mixed, and produced – was recently released in September 2020.
Expect a moodier and more mature sound from this release, ringing with a touch of a broken heartedness, and pivoting slightly from their more upbeat and pop-centric debut.
With catchy melodies, soulful harmonies and skilled songwriting, these ladies will sweep you off your feet and leave you wanting more!
Since the 2016 release of Bobby Dove’s debut full-length album, Thunderchild, the Montreal-born singer songwriter has built a following across Canada and beyond. Bobby has become known as one of the country’s most dedicated troubadours, crooning live audiences with heart-worn originals, and paying tribute to the golden age of Country music.
Along the road, Bobby has worked with a number of legendary players, and shared stages with artists such as Mary Gauthier, Richard Thompson, Irish Mythen, The Sadies and JD Mcpherson. In 2019, Bobby spent a month in residency at the Banff Centre and has performed at a number of Canadian folk fests, including the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Vancouver Island Music Fest.
The story of Freyr springs from a true journey as magnificent, magnetic, and magical as any myth on the books.
In fact, his personal mythos already spans an enriching childhood divided between the deepest forests of Sweden and Icelandic summers, formative years playing everything from jazz and classical to metal and indie, a stint in Stockholm studying philosophy, and trips across the ocean to record in North America. Now, the half-Icelandic and half-Swedish singer-songwriter’s 2020 debut EP, I’m Sorry [Nettwerk Music Group], sits at the delta of his dynamic background.
Drawing on this rich musical history as well as inspiration from the likes of Bon Iver and Sigur Rós, he caught the attention of producer Tyler Neil Johnson [Joshua Hyslop, Austin Basham] and cut his first formal single “Over My Head.” The track collected over 200K total streams, and he inked a deal with Nettwerk Music Group. With Johnson at the helm, Freyr recorded what would become the five-track I’m Sorry.
‘Pales Comes The Morning’
Until he was 69, Thomas Rottenbücher took his time to publish his first album “All in this song”. It took a lot of experience and scars to be ready for it. The life story of the Munich-born songwriter reads like an exciting book that explores many abysses and contains addiction and longing.
Just like himself, Thomas Rottenbücher’s album “All in this song” needed the time to mature, which is now revealed in a relaxed way in the soulful songs.
Frances Luke Accord
When Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and their voices together, there is a delicate and powerful magic that commands the room to attention. The duo is known as Frances Luke Accord, and they are what NPR’s Mountain Stage calls “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soulful branch of indie-folk is orchestrated with spare and sophisticated acoustic threads woven into a lush backdrop for their intimate melodies. Rich, up-close tenor harmonies lend their timeless songwriting an urgency that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music.
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis