DANIEL JONES – We’ve Been Here Before (Spotify)

“Despite all the restraints covid-19 imposed in 2020 Daniel Jones was determined to deliver his seven track album until the end of the year and he succeeded. We've been here before is an acoustic folk guitar solo of high caliber with warm vocals that will surely stir emotions”

-Nagamag.com

After being signed to a Parisian Music producer in November in 2019 but the project being put on pause, due to the COVID 19, Daniel started writing and using his time to write his first EP that will be released in September 2020, his first single Take Your Time was released in June 2020 the Old Home Town in July which both got Radio play in England and Daniel was interviewed by BBC RADIO for his track Old Home Town and showcased on London Hayes FM!
https://www.instagram.com/dpjonessongwriter/

This Frontier Needs Heroes – Go With the Flow (Spotify)

“Brad Lauretti the indie folk singer – songwriter behinde The frontier needs heroes is bringing us his latest piece called Go with the flow a pleasant ballad that infuse all human emotions from humor, love to heartbreaking sadness”

-Nagamag.com

“Go With the Flow” was the first song written for the new album at Stetson Kennedy’s house in Fruit Cove, FL at the historical park where Brad wrote his last album “Real Job.” (2016) He was going to handle his new life as a true solo artist with a positive spin. The idea was inspired by North Florida’s beautiful fresh water springs where you can rent a tube on the side of the road and float downstream. It is an upbeat song, about when life hands you challenges sometimes it is best to just sit back relax and see where life takes you.

“Go With the Flow” is the 5th full length album from award winning singer-songwriter Brad Lauretti. This new collection of 10 songs was written mostly in Nashville, TN. After his last album “Real Job” (2016) was released Brad toured across Europe and Canada by himself, left Florida, moved to Nashville, and finished writing the songs for this album from a balcony in Barcelona.

“Go With the Flow” was recorded in Dalton, MA at the Stationery Factory by Johnny Irion (Producer, Mixing and Engineer) on a Studer Tape Machine previously owned by Jackson Browne, which Johnny shipped across the country. Brad and Johnny formed a spirited collaboration that included Johnny on Background Vocals, Electric Guitar, Piano, Organ and drummer Brian Kantor (Fruit Bats, Vetiver) with songwriter Wes Buckley on Bass, and Rory Verbrugge on pedal steel to create a classic analog sound.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, but with stints in Nashville and Jacksonville, FL Brad is known for his DIY tenacity and extremely entertaining intimate live shows. Whether it is a house concert, a listening room, or a streaming concert. Over the last few years he has traversed North America and Europe including Canada and Scandinavia and even played concerts in Colombia and Tunisia. One night with Brad will run the gamut of all human emotions from humour, hedonism, activism and heartbreaking sadness. From folk-rock anthems, to indie folk, flares of cosmic americana, psychedelic, alt-country, to straight up storytelling sometimes you get it all in one song. Influenced by classic songwriters like JJ Cale, John Prine, Billy Bragg, Kris Kristofferson, and Townes Van Zandt his timeless songs mix love, humor, and protest seamlessly to get you through the tough times.
https://www.instagram.com/thisfrontier/

Folkus – Blue (Spotify)

“Dylan James the singer and songwriter behinde Folkus is about to debut with an EP the forthcoming months and here with Blue is introducing us in an introvert folk journey with an acoustic ballad rich of deep beautiful tones and soul searching lyrics”

-Nagamag.com

The song speaks for itself, it was written in the drivers seat of a 2002 Toyota Echo!https://www.instagram.com/folkusmusic/

Let It Pass (Video)

“Despite all the hardships of this year, Travis Shallow came back early this summer with a masterfully performed guitar ballad and his characteristic warm voice to take us on an introvert travel in the magnificent sounds of rock ‘en roll”

-Nagamag.com

Take one listen to North Carolina native, Travis Shallow’s work and it is no wonder that he has amassed fans from his opening spots with legendary Gregg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Marcus King Band, Jerry Joseph, Todd Snider, and fellow native North Carolina band, American Aquarium.Travis Shallow is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and recording artist.Shallow started his career as a solo artist in 2002 playing every dive bar and club that would book him. He quickly developed a loyal following which allowed him to further explore the thriving North Carolina music scene. Soon after, he formed the alternative country band, A Few Good Liars, with whom he recorded a studio album in 2011 titled, Battered Wooden Body, at Tweed Recording Studio in Oxford, MS.In 2012, Shallow left A Few Good Liars and started writing and recording songs that would later be released as his first solo self-titled album, Travis Shallow, to regional critical acclaim in the southeastern United States.Shallow went back to Tweed Recording Studio with Andrew Ratcliffe engineering to record his solo debut album. This solo album was acoustically driven with an accompanying band to highlight the songwriting and lyrical prowess.After the release of his self-titled album in March 2016, Shallow took the show to the people performing intimate shows, stripped down with him and an acoustic guitar. While doing so, Shallow wrote a new batch of songs that was miles away from another solo acoustic album and set out to put together a backing band for the studio sessions. He reached out to longtime friends and trusted heavy hitters whose familiar chemistry quickly turned into his full-time road band, The Deep End. The result was clear and titled- The Great Divide. The Great Divide was featured in Relix Magazine and the single “River That Sings” made it’s radio debut on the Americana Charts. Shallow has now stripped down the musician line up and returned back to his acoustic roots. He often plays with Bob Russell accompanying on guitar and (before the pandemic) playing intimate seated listening rooms where the song itself is king. “Let It Pass” is out now on Cavity Search Records and a studio album is scheduled for release in the fall. https://www.travisshallow.com/

Kane Miller – Never Coming Back (Spotify)

“What makes the contrast between many good solo guitar+vocals songs? Well hard to describe in words as the answer it comes from inside and is a combination of harmonics, shapes and turns/style of the vocals, depth of lyrics and how everything sync together beside the level of recording and mix which are necessary for such minimalism. We felt all these with Never Coming Back of Kane Miller, was no hard to pick this among many last days and proud to share this with you to discover!”

-Nagamag.com

Kane Miller is a singer-songwriter based in Lakefield, Ontario. His sound is intimate and organic, a combination of warm instrumentation and well crafted lyrics that quickly hook the heart of the listener. With an extensive classically trained background that began at the age of 7, Kane’s entire life has been masterfully shaped by the emotional power of music, resulting in an artistic authenticity that is impossible to replicate. Kane’s music has been described by BeatRoute magazine as “sustenance you didn’t know you needed” and has received over 2 Million streams across platforms, with playlist placements on Apple Music’s Best of the Week, Breaking Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic Chill & Spotify's Folk & Friends. He is signed with Nashville Artist Development Label, LV Music, working with Grammy award winning producer, Femke Weidema, to create music that is both simple and refined. Kane’s most recent release, “ The LV Cabin Sessions”, brought him to a cabin in the woods of middle Tennessee to collaborate with four Nashville musicians to fully write and record a six song EP in just four days. The release has been met with rave reviews, classified by Metalhead Community Blog as “natural, heartwarming and sincere” and “bullet-proof”. https://www.instagram.com/kanemillermusic/

BabyJake – Bread & Butter (Official Visualizer) (Video)

Today, singer, songwriter BabyJake drops his highly-anticipated debut EP, Don’t give me problems, give me wine—listen HERE!
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The seven-song genre-blurring EP includes his latest single, “Head In The Clouds,” out now.

Don’t give me problems, give me wine jumps from exuberant pop to moody sunset-slicked folk. The EP features BabyJake’s breakout songs, “Confidant,” “Blue Cellophane” and “MadHappySad,” alongside four new tracks, “Head In The Clouds,” “(Consumption)(Addiction),” “Bread & Butter” and “Anywhere,” which are each accompanied by unique and compelling visuals shot by Alex Hall.

Of the EP, BabyJake says, “‘Don’t give me problems, give me wine’ is a special project for me. It’s the first time in my life I’ve really felt like the songs all make sense and have a genuine feeling. It took me awhile to figure out who I was as an artist, and this project fully embodies that,”

This past spring, BabyJake teamed up with Dillon Francis on his tracks, “You Do You” and “Touch,” which Billboard Dance praised, saying, “Florida vocalist BabyJake delivers the track’s smooth-as-silk vocals over Francis’ slinky production.” The singer, songwriter capped off 2019 with over 25 million streams across his first three singles and live performances of “Blue Cellophane” and “239” for Vevo DSCVR’s ‘Artist to Watch’ 2020 campaign, which he was 1 of 20 emerging artists selected.

Stay tuned for more from BabyJake this year! Follow him on Instagram!
https://www.instagram.com/itsbabyjake/

More about BabyJake:
Jake Herring, the artist who records as BabyJake, has a complicated relationship with music. Growing up in Fort Meyers, Florida, Herring first picked up the guitar when he was eight years old. “My dad actually played guitar,” Herring says. “He used to sing in the Navy band and taught me ‘Smoke on the Water’ on guitar, and from there I just picked it up on YouTube and started playing.” Like a lot of other kids his age, Herring’s interest in music happened to coincide with the release and subsequent ubiquitous popularity of the Guitar Hero video game, which emphasized guitar theatrics over quieter playing. “I was listening to AC/DC…you know, all the classic records that you would hear on rock radio. I didn’t even want to be a singer. I just wanted to play guitar.”

Herring, it should be noted, is 6’ 6” and very athletic. By the time he was in high school, he was juggling a deep, somewhat private love of music with genuine enthusiasm for sports and partying with his friends. He didn’t feel like he fit in in any specific social group, and soon felt alienated. “I was just kind of sad,” he says. “I remember always feeling like I wasn’t in the right place.” For solace, Herring turned to his dad’s folk records, favoring the low-key contemplative sounds that resonated with the sense of alienation that he was feeling. “When I was in a mood, when I would feel anger or sadness, I’d go to the guitar,” he says. Though he maybe wasn’t conscious of it at the time, Herring was priming himself to be a sort of musical chameleon. Well versed in the building blocks of rock music, the intimacy of folk, and with an innate understanding of the rap and pop music he grew up around, he was constructing a well of disparate influences to draw from when he eventually made a serious go at a music career, it just took him a second to get there.

First, Herring gave college a try, thinking he’d maybe get a marketing degree while also living it up and partying. About a year in, he realized he didn’t want to be at school, and he was maybe interested in partying a little less, too. “I got depressed again, and I started playing the guitar and writing heavily, and I just fell in love with it again,” he says. He and his friends made “Bright Blue Eyes,” a song he says, “sounded really bad but got a little bit of notoriety on Soundcloud.” That song, along with one other key moment, was enough to convince him that maybe he could try to leave college and make a go at this music thing. “One of my best friends is named Aaron,” he says. “The turning point actually came from him. I was drunk one night and went to his apartment and I was playing guitar and I remember closing my eyes and jamming and then probably 30 minutes later [he was like], ‘You’re pretty good at this. You should try to do something with it.’” Herring brushed him off, but Aaron grabbed the neck of his guitar and said “No seriously. Do something, because you don’t want to be here.”

Herring dropped out of college and started writing songs as often as he could, and after narrowing down his six favorites, he convinced his dad to give him a loan so he could record them in a local Florida studio that gave him a Valentine’s Day discount. Before too long, he had his first official body of work: The Little Mess, which evolved into a multifaceted career that currently involves his own music as “BabyJake,” a record label called daycare with an added merch/streetwear line, and a budding career penning and producing songs with artists like Dillon Francis. Herring and Francis’ collaborations, the club-ready “Touch” and poolside dance gem “You Do You” both have more than five million streams combined to date.

Herring debuted as BabyJake in 2019 with his viral single “Cigarettes on Patios,” which has accumulated over 35 million streams to date. The piano-led anthem is accented by subtle snaps and booming drums that follows a night of party-hopping, but with a slightly dark edge. This theme of partying and coming down, of love and regret, of anger and frustration, is a crucial part of his music. Herring’s perceptiveness is what makes him a good songwriter and is a common theme throughout his music.

Toward the end of 2019, BabyJake was named one of VEVO DSCVR’s Artists To Watch 2020, and now he is preparing to release his debut EP, Don’t give me problems, give me wine, a seven song collection that jumps from exuberant pop to moody sunset-slicked folk, and even includes a psychedelic digression on substance abuse. The EP opens with “Blue Cellophane,” as Herring meditates on loneliness, addiction, and the pitfalls of giving yourself over to another human over a warm guitar stomp that evokes dimly lit blues halls, and a country swing that is present in so much of the music of the ’70s that he loves. Elsewhere, on “MadHappySad,” Herring combines disparate influences—think Kanye circa 808s and Heartbreaks by way of vintage Police—to create a modern, tense reggae inflected breakup jam. While on the bouncy, jangly “Head in the Clouds,” he explores the hidden weight of emotional escape, juxtaposing bright guitarwork against moody lyrics about self-defeat and the pitfalls of depression and avoidance. “Confidant,” (over 3.5 million Spotify streams to date), on the other hand, is about navigating the knotty feeling of bitterness that comes from being jerked around in a relationship. But on the last two songs—the one-two punch of “Bread and Butter” and the choir assisted “Anywhere”—Herring steps away from the party, slows down, draws on the warmth of lush ’70s southern rock, and the moody crawl of the folk music he grew to love to create a mature, horn-drenched suite that feels like the result of an artist older than his years, someone who has lived recklessly and loved hard and is ready to put it all on record.

The Karmanauts – Hold Me in Your Heart (Spotify)

The Karmanauts – Hold Me in Your Heart
(Spotify)

Folk

The Karmanauts’ experience as highly experienced and reputable studio session musicians in Northern California is so firmly infused into their music that the simple and solemn message, drawn from personal tragedy, of “Hold Me In Your Heart” maintains the interest of even the most discerning of music fans and musicians.
https://www.facebook.com/thekarmanauts/

Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys – Ode to the Lonesome (Spotify)

Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys – Ode to the Lonesome
(Spotify)

Folk

Robert Connely Farr is a songwriter originally from Bolton, Mississippi (Charley Patton / Mississippi Sheiks) currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. Since 2017, cherished elder Mississippi bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes has been mentoring Farr in the Bentonia Style of the Delta Blues, an obscure style that Holmes learned directly from Henry Stuckey, who also taught Skip James, among others.

‘Dirty South Blues’ (recorded & produced by Leeroy Stagger) was released to widespread critical acclaim in various genres including Contemporary Blues, Americana & Indie Rock. Steeped in the haunting sounds of the Bentonia Style of the Delta Blues, the album garnered over 40 reviews in various publications & spent the better part of 2018 & 2019 on Canadian and International radio charts. As a result, Farr was nominated for Songwriter of the Year & New Artist of the Year for the 2019 Maple Blues Awards. The album was recently named by Greg Vandy at Seattle's heralded KEXP as one of the Top Albums of 2019.

Farr works closely with Jimmy "Duck" Holmes’ & his independent label Blue Front Records. And when Robert is home in Mississippi, he can most likely be found pickin' & grinnin' in Bentonia, Mississippi at Duck's renound Juke Joint - The Blue Front Cafe.

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