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Weekend Edition: Indie Mixtape Nashville and 7 other not-to-be-missed features!
This Week's Featured Music
The Minnie Driver Collection
Frazey Ford Five EP
This Week's Featured Audiobook
Former Taylor Swift manager and private consultant Rick Barker (Music Industry Blueprint) and longtime radio journalist / professional artist developer Wade Sutton (Rocket to the Stars)
combine nearly 40 years of radio, marketing, public relations, and live
performance instruction experience into one publication for artists
seeking careers in commercial music. This book covers a wide array of
- When artists should consider hiring a manager
- How to prepare for radio tours and interviews
- The importance of PROPER live performance training
- How to sell sponsorships for live shows and CD releases
- Building fan bases through the use of e-mail marketing - How to go about hiring a booking agent
- How artists can better communicate with the media
SIMILAR AUTHORS Donald Passman, Bob Baker, Dave Kusek and David Hooper
We did it, you guys! Another wonderful week is in the books and the
weekend lays before us like blank canvas just waiting for shenanigans to
fill it from corner to corner. I’ve been a bit sleep deprived this week
covering the amazing goings on at AmericanaFest – including a killer
show this afternoon I’m really looking forward to featuring The Avett
Brothers, The Lone Bellow, Shakey Graves, and Angaleena Presley – so
this is gonna be short and sweet. This week’s recommendations are a bit
theme-based, as every artist in this foursome turned in an unbelievable
set during their AmericanaFest showcases. While I try to find the
nearest place to take (another) nap, dive in and sample some of the best
voices and songwriters in the rootsy Americana game. Onward and upward,
my friends! –WILL HODGE, NoiseTrade Music Editor
If you like the slink-and-thump of 1970s-era classic country, you’re
gonna love Sturgill Simpson. Channeling a modern day Waylon Jennings,
Simpson’s deep drawl and conversational storytelling style of
songwriting is a truly fresh take on the unpolished outlaw country of
decades past. The self-description of “bonafide mountain hillbilly soul”
accurately hits the nail on the head like few others do. This sampler
features four tracks from his stunning debut album High Top Mountain,
and they are all worth a listen. “Railroad of Sin” and “Some Days” are
the standouts here, but give “You Can Have the Crown” a spin and you’ll
see why Simpson still introduces it as “the song I wish I had never
written." If you like Simpson’s sound, he also just released his
fantastic follow-up album Metamodern Soundsin Country Music this year as well.
The NoiseTrade Sampler
I’m still buzzing from Amy Ray’s untouchable Thursday night showcase at
Mercy Lounge, so I thought I’d pull this one from the vault and shine
another light on it. It’s been available here on NoiseTrade for awhile
and you owe it to yourself to pick it up if you’ve not done so already.
Featuring 12 catalog cuts from Ray’s solo material – including tracks
from Stag, Prom, Didn’t It Feel Kinder, and Lung of Love
– and a few bonus live tracks as well. This is a rich retrospective
from one of the best voices and most gifted songwriters in all of music.
Sure, I may be a little biased since those of us that grew up in
Georgia where pretty much raised on Amy’s voice. But even if you aren’t
already a fan of hers, I’m sure you’ll find my fervor well deserved when
you dig in to this incredible collection.
Live at the Iveagh Gardens
Back in 2010, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
traveled to Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, Ireland and recorded a two-hour
show spanning his entire career. It was the first rock show ever
performed there and the 21-songs presented here accurately capture the
aural atmosphere of that magical night. Ritter’s beautifully wistful
take on “Moon River” and the frenetic funk feel of “Rattling Locks” are
gorgeous entry points. As a bonus, there are also two tracks from
Ritter’s The Beast In It’s Tracks from last year. I’ve always
felt Ritter’s voice fits somewhere between the passionate tone of Glen
Hansard and the wiseman whimsy of Tom Waits, so if you are into either
one of those legends, give Ritter a spin.
An Introduction to Joe Pug
For Joe Pug’s AmericanaFest
set, he straight knocked the walls out of High Watt with his booming
voice and his modern folk masterpieces. I promise you it would not be
overstated hyperbole to say that he has one of my all-time favorite
voices. The fact that he is an unquestionably brilliant lyricist just
sweetens the pot. Most ears will impulsively try to attach the Bob Dylan
tag, but a closer listen will show that influence as a starting point
and not a destination.
I’ve come to be untroubled in my seeking and
I’ve come to see that nothing is for naught.
I’ve come to reach out blind, to reach forward and behind.
For the more I seek, the more I’m sought.– “Hymn #101”
I mean, c’mon. Download the intro sampler, go buy everything he’s ever put out, and then tumble sweetly down the rabbit hole.
When writer Will Hodge isn’t closer to fine, can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack .