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Trickshooter Social Club
‘Carry Me Home’
Trickshooter Social Club is a full-on, lean-in, roots-rock band from Chicago that celebrates country, rock, pop, punk and blues with completely original electric rock music. Our influences include Cash, Kiss, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick, Steve Earl, Tom Petty and early Wilco. We have previously released two albums and have just finished our third (American Experiment) at Chicago Recording Studio with Grammy award-winning engineer producer Jon Zacks. We have played with several national touring acts including Peggy Young and the Survivors (featuring Spooner Oldham) and recent shows have included gigs at the Whiskey a Go-Go in LA and The Hippodrome in London. We are proud to be regulars at the House of Blues Chicago, Club Metro and Lincoln Hall, and are regular guests on the Nick Digulio Show on WGN. In 2019 we will support our new album with a series of regional tours – bringing the music we truly believe in to folks all across the country.
‘Je vois le ciel’
Gal Musette, taking her name from the French style “Bal Musette,” an accordion-based French waltz style, draws inspiration from artists like Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, Bjork, Cocteau Twins, Rufus Wainwright, Irving Berlin and The Cure. In more recent years, she has opened for several renowned artists such as Macy Gray, Suzanne Vega, Todd Snyder, and Donavon Frankenreiter. In October she will be releasing her debut album “Backwards Lullaby,” featuring a vocal duet with one of her musical inspirations, Rufus Wainwright. Her upcoming album explores the pangs of hopeless romances and unrequited love, what it’s like to move beyond idealized love into the acceptance of what is real and constant, as well as the cyclical nature of life and love in relationships.
‘Pulled You From the Fire’
E.G. Phillips is a San Francisco based songwriter who creates lyric driven songs with his own special blend of whimsy and cinematic imagery which he uses to give a wry take on dealing with the longings of the heart and the madness of existence.
In possession of a degree in Geography, he comes from a country called the Midwest and his favorites include Bob Dylan and The Kinks as well as Duke Ellington…and that crowd. When it comes to his stage presence, there’s a touch of satirist Tom Lehrer in the mix. As for the inspiration for his lyrics, he readily admits an unusually outsized influence by long running British sci-fi show “Doctor Who.”
”Ducks With Pants” is the name of his fake band.
Originally hailing from Central Coast, California, singer and songwriter Bobby Kendrick made the decision to move to Nashville, Tennessee in January 2019 with his wife, daughter, and two dogs to pursue his passion in music. Country music with a California flair, his beachy and upbeat songs instantly transport you to white sand and warm water.
Trent Summar and The New Row Mob
‘Honky Tonk Baby’
Since his first major label release in 1994 with his former band, Hank Flamingo, Trent Summar has been a trend-setter and barn door blower-off-er. His unique sound merges elements of deep rooted traditional country with heartland rock & roll, honky tonk, and straight ahead contemporary country music.
Coming out of the Middle Tennessee State University music business program, Trent is as at home in the studio as he is playing his self-coined “farm rock” on large stages such as the Conan O’Brien Show and the Grand Ole Opry. Trent’s live show with his New Row Mob has been described as the Rolling Stones meets Chuck Berry and George Jones.
For the past two decades, Trent has been focusing his energies on songwriting and it’s paid off. His first big success came in 2003, when Gary Allen included “Guys Like Me” (co-written with Kostas) on his platinum album, See If I Care. The next year, Pat Green recorded “Somewhere between Texas and Mexico” (co-written with Irene Kelley) on his 2004 release, Lucky Ones. The album track, spurred on by listener requests, entered all major U.S. recording charts and was a runaway smash in Texas, spending 60 weeks at #1 on the Texas chart. Simultaneously, Billy Currington’s platinum release Doin’ Something Right featured Trent’s song “She Knows What to Do (With a Saturday Night)” (co-written with Grammy award winning producer/songwriter, Gary Nicholson).
Summar’s biggest hits to date have come in recent years. First, Jack Ingram’s hit “Love You” (co-written with Jay Knowles) reached the Top Ten and garnered Summar a BMI Award for One of the Most Performed Songs of the Year. The single also won a CMT video award. Next, David Nail had a hit with Summar’s song “KissYou Tonight” (co-written with Jay Knowles and David Cook) which spent 52 weeks on the Billboard Chart and4 months in the Top Twenty, garnering a second BMI Award for One of the Most Performed Songs.
Other major cuts include “Everything But You” (co-written with Kip Moore) on Kip’s hit debut record; “There’s the Sun” (co-written with Brandon Kinney) recorded by legendary future-Hall-of-Famer, Kix Brooks; “Shine” (co-written with Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher) on Randy Houser’s How Country Feels album; “California Country Boy” (co-written with David Lowery) which was featured on Cracker’s Berkeley to Bakersfield album,;and most recently Jon Pardi included “Over My Head” (co-written with Jon Pardi and Gary Nicholson) on The B-Sides.
In addition, Trent has continued to be a favorite writer of top Texas artists resulting in 10 Top Ten Songs on the Texas Music Charts recorded by artists such as Bart Crow, Casey Donahue, Ray Johnston, Rick O’Toole and more.
[indie folk/lo-fi pop]
Louisiana-born and bred, Odie Leigh draws inspiration from the classic blues, folk, and country musicians who shaped the musical south. Recorded mostly in her New Orleans home with a hand-me-down guitar and a sometimes-broken banjo, Leigh’s music is an intimate portrait of her life.
‘Not A Machine’
[indie folk/lo-fi rock/acoustic]
Dez Boheme is a Kiwi-American singer-songwriter and producer residing in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, USA. Dez B writes songs about the human condition with a melodic vibe, integrating modern technology.
‘Bound For Glory’
Americana songwriter Vince Vanguard longed to record and release a solo album for years. The irony being he actually owned a recording studio and ran his own production company—his dream was literally at his fingertips. Sadly, he was a casualty of the musician’s overindulgent lifestyle. Today, Vince makes good on his artistic aspirations with the upcoming release of his debut full-length, Spirit Blues, a soulful folk and Americana album flush with personal revelation, hard truths, and fine songcraft.
Pheelynx is a self taught producer, singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. Her musical mission; bring to light an uncomfortable truth and heal those who may never see justice within their lifetime. Her dark melodies and compelling lyrics are meant to wake you up and she does so without apologies.
‘Through The Park’
[indie folk rock/acoustic]
Inspired by the sounds of PNW trees, acoustic guitars, Taylor Swift, long drives, Alanis Morrisette, falling in love, Fleetwood Mac, childhood nostalgia, utter heartbreak, The Head and the Heart, and much much more, Aimee blends her love of indie/folk/pop with her love of country songwriting styles to create her own sound to tell her stories. You can find more information at aimeelefkowicz.com.
[All Press Notes provided by the artists]
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis