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Country Rock from the hills outside of Pittsburgh, PA With elements of soulful Country, in your face Rock n Roll, and a dash of Pop melodies help craft this unique sound of Noah Grice. A Pennsylvania man born on the outskirts of the city and Appalachia with a lot to say in his songs. Real stories about love, loss, inner demons, and the pull to find something more really come out in his music. While Noah is trying to pursue a career in music he is also currently serving in the United States Air Force often using his experiences from the military to help write his songs.
‘Promised Land’ – Radio Edit
Melbourne born and bred, flaming-red-headed, Matthew Gilbert an alternative singer/songwriter with a folky and ambient flavour is taking the indie world from strength to strength with his heartfelt song writing, compelling storytelling and relatable perspectives on life.
Matthew’s arrangements will captivate you with their honest melodies, lush harmonies and mysterious lyrics which reflect on the everyday to’s and fro’s of life. They hit hard, but always come for a cuddle afterwards.
After the successful launch of his 15-track album ‘This Heart’ in 2016, Matthew performed it alongside an incredible 18-piece ensemble creating a truly cinematic experience for his fans, full of a lush string section, earthy brass and a soulful choir. The performance was outer worldly!
Matthew takes his musical inspiration from the likes of Sufjan Stevans, Boy & Bear, Coldplay and Bon Iver. His music is deeply rooted with storytelling elements from his own life and the people around him. These personal stories give an opportunity to think about life, illuminating the emotions we all feel but just can’t fully explain.
Although mainly serious, Matthew is very partial to frequent shenanigans too, as sometimes a bit of a howl is all we need to get through the craziness of life.
‘I Wanna Be Your Man’
With shades of yesteryear and passion only a 6 foot tall ginger can possess, storyteller Jack Rayne depicts the mountainous highs and heartbreaking lows of the day to day in the most beautiful of ways. Boasting one of the most captivating voices on the Australian east coast, the Sydney-sider has graced audiences nation wide with his authentically raw live show. Rayne combines the traditional rustic nature of roots/Americana music with a unique vocal flair, creating a sound that is all his own. Rayne has the ability to tell emotional tales without sacrificing musicality, especially when he surrounds himself with some of the finest young touring musicians in the country to form the Jack Rayne Band.
Nick County is a songwriter and lifelong student of country music who has subverted the genre to fit his needs as a tropical cowboy hanging his hat in Miami.
His second solo album Cocorico Simpatico Corazón was a family affair– recorded in Miami and LA, with The Rainbow Smoke, a collection of old and new compadres, scattered around the country, playing in bands such as Gemma, Vampire Weekend, Krisp, Rick Moon, and the Jacuzzi Boys. Tracks were produced by D.A. Stern (Slumberland Records).
Nick County and The Rainbow Smoke – Cocorico Simpatico Corazón will be available on all platforms August 14th on Public Works.
Michael Barrow & The Tourists
‘Time Rolls On’
Michael Barrow & The Tourists is an indie rock band that blends folk rock with vintage soul. Their debut album, Juneau, dropped in May 2017. It was mixed and mastered by Chicago native Brian Zieske, who produced the breakthrough records for both The Hush Sound and The Academy Is… in the early 2000’s.
Selling out local venues, they have been praised for their soulful lead vocals, smooth electric guitar solos, and tight live performance. The band consists of Michael Barrow & The Tourists consists of Michael Barrow (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Mark Lanham (Lead Guitar), Alessandro Improta (Bass), Reed Perkins (Drums), and Zach Collier (Keys).
Tracks from their library have already passed the 300K mark. “All I’ll See Is You” was released as part of Santa Barbara Sessions, a live acoustic EP recorded in between their debut and their sophomore album. “Sweet Honey” and “Never Stop” were singles from their most recent EP, with the former being on track to pass 1 million streams by the end of 2021. Their second full length record drops Summer 2021.
‘Think Too Much’
Chicago based singer-songwriter, Breezy Love, has been catching wind over the years through her deeply personal and intuitive songs. Love’s music is known for its theatrical energy, clever positivity, and raw and often hilarious honesty. Her unique approach to songwriting aims to reveal overlooked truths in modern society, shead light on social issues, and portray the magic in everyday-average experiences. Love’s a recent graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy where she majored as 1 of 30 singer-songwriter students from around the globe. She has performed hundreds of shows including opening for Grand Ole Opry performer Logan Brill for Valslist and internationally recognized guitarist & composer Kaki King. At nineteen, Breezy has earned accolades from several prestigious songwriting competitions, both nationally and internationally. Her debut album, “Have You Noticed?” will be released throughout the summer of 2021.
Francie Conway lives in Dublin, Ireland.
CLUTCH were the first band in Kerry to play original songs, and these were written by Francie Conway. The band was formed by Casba O’Callaghan (Drums), Liam Hartnett (Steel Guitar, Concert Flute) and Francie. Clutch achieved national recognition with a line up consisting of Brendan Williams (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Casba O’Callaghan (Drums), Eamonn Campbell (Bass Guitar) and Francie ( Vocals / Guitar).
Yes it’s true…Alastair Campbell and Francie were once busking partners…Alastair also ended up being Tony Blair’s right hand man!! Other busking partners were Sam Seale, Brian Mc Ginley, Mossie Stack and ‘The King of the Buskers’ Don Partridge.
Francie signed a major recording contract with RCA Records, London after a chance encounter in Spain with Chris White from the bands The Zombies & Argent. As an A&R man, Chris was also instrumental in discovering the band Dire Straits. The band assembled by Chris and RCA Records included;
Russ Ballard (Argent) – Guitar, Piano, Vocals , Russ’s songs have been recorded by Kiss, Rainbow, America, Santana etc. , Tim Renwick (Pink Floyd/ Mike and The Mechanics) – Lead Guitar ,John Verity (Argent) – Guitar, Vocals, Jim Rodford (Argent) – Bass Guitar and Bob Henrit ( Argent, The Kinks) – Drums. Francie, years later recorded the Chris White classic song ‘Hold Your Head Up’.
‘Born To Make You Happy’
Kati Niemi, who records as Katnes, is an independent singer-songwriter who combines Nordic soundscapes and Finnish melancholy with americana country music. The end result is fresh indie-folk or what Norwegians call Nordicana. Katnes has been strongly influenced by vocalists like Adele, Birdy and Sara Bareilles. Combining those influences into her own unique voice and the tasty fingerstyle guitar playing of Petri Kuusela (Lanai), we can hear such warm, open and tasteful modern folk emerging from Finland.Kati
‘Broken Like Me’
The music of TruckerBomb takes a dash of dive bar grunge and mixes it with the up-tempo swing of honky-tonk. Los Angeles isn’t known as a hotbed for Americana, but that doesn’t stop TruckerBomb from doing their thing. It’s just a matter of time before one of their songs gets dropped into a film soundtrack. The band’s fourth single, “Broken Like Me,” brings them back to the solid country-rock styling they’re known for, showing off the versatility of the players and complementing the expressive lyrics. Inspired by a broken relationship, the song takes on a direction of its own and challenges listeners to make their own decisions about its meaning. Troy Richardson isn’t a common songwriter. He’s known for his ability to twist a phrase, infusing sarcasm and humor in equal doses to serious observations. Growing up, Troy Richardson spent many summers in South Dakota. Compared to his hometown of Minneapolis, it felt like the wild west. Even though he’d go on to spend most of his time playing in rock bands, he never forgot the vibe of those truck stops and diners that cranked up classic ’70s country. Inspired by that experience, and the southern rock of the ’80s that threw a little bit of every style into the mix, he formed TruckerBomb to bridge alt-country and Americana with alternative and hard rock.
Red Dirt Skinners
‘Brighter Days Ahead’
[progressive folk/indie rock]
Described by Roots Music Canada as “The Pink Floyd of Folk Music” the Red Dirt Skinners are the multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist husband and wife team of Rob and Sarah Skinner.
The first act in history to achieve accolades at both the British Blues and British Country Awards, the duo’s unique sound also won them folk/roots album of the year in several polls across the UK and North America and saw them nominated duo of the year at the International Acoustic Music Awards.
With male and female harmonies blending together as one voice and Sarah’s trademark soprano saxophone solos, you will be swept along by the refreshingly different sound of the Red Dirt Skinners.
If you like songs influenced by Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Supertramp, Crosby Stills and Nash, David Bowie coupled with some epic storytelling, humour and heartfelt emotions, you’ll love the Red Dirt Skinners. “Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before” Music News
“The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note”. The Alternate Root Magazine
In July 2017 it was deemed by Canadian Immigration that the Red Dirt Skinners were “performers of a world class level” and they were invited to become Canadian residents. Having already completed several successful Canadian tours, the Skinners were thrilled and honoured at the invitation and took up residency almost immediately.
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis