Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“EVOCATIVE” (CMT EDGE) EILEN JEWELL UNVEILS MOST PERSONAL ALBUM TO DATE AND FIRST IN FOUR YEARS WITH VIVID, CINEMATIC ‘SUNDOWN OVER GHOST TOWN’ MAY 26 ON SIGNATURE SOUNDS

Eilen Jewell had to move back to her hometown of Boise, ID for ‘Sundown over Ghost Town’ (May 26 / Signature Sounds) to turn out as her most personal record to date, a meditation on home. Written north of Boise in the mountains of Idaho, Jewell’s fifth album sees the songwriter coming into the most emotional writing of a career filled with vivid, evocative, metaphorical imagery. Jewell says, “I’m more comfortable in my own skin, have a clearer sense of who I am and the kind of music that I want make.”

Check out the first single “Rio Grande,” as premiered by CMT Edge, here.

The wide-angle landscapes where she wrote and recorded ‘Sundown Over Ghost Town’ seep into the music: waters rush through gorges and canyons, falls plunge down rugged cliffs, and Rocky Mountains towering above wide-open vistas. With influences that range from Mavis Staples to Marty Robbins and from Sleepy John Estes to Loretta Lynn, her broad-eared approach to Americana lends itself to a cinematic sound.

Jewell’s influences come from the literary world as well as the musical world. She cites poets Mary Oliver and Miller Williams along with novelists John Steinbeck and William Faulkner as favorites who’ve made an impression on her style. “One can use imagery as vehicle for talking about anything,” she says simply. A pair of those images stand out on an album full of them:

“A lucky horseshoe in a pile of junk…”

“A half-broke horse… too wild for this world, too tame for mustangs…”

Jewell has opened for Loretta Lynn and Lucinda Williams and sold out headlining concerts this winter in NYC, Boston, and DC. NPR.org has said, “She’s got a sweet and clear voice with a killer instinct lurking beneath the shiny surface.” USA Today has proclaimed, “Give me more of that voice… Dark and haunting… but alluring just the same.”

Stay tuned for announcement of a nationwide tour.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BROOKLYN FOLK FESTIVAL CARRIES ON SPIRIT OF EARLY NEWPORT FESTS WITH WORKSHOPS BY MASTERS, BANJO TOSS

SEVENTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL MOVES TO LARGEST VENUE TO DATE AT ST. ANN'S CHURCH APRIL 17-19

The seventh annual Brooklyn Folk Festival—held this year at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, its largest venue to date—is set to educate as well as entertain when it returns April 17-19. In the spirit of the original Newport Folk Festivals, the BFF celebrates the legacy and music of a variety of cultures and communities through performances, instruction, panels, film screenings, contests, and more. Central to the festival's mission of perpetuating vernacular music from around the world is an impressive slate of interactive workshops, which honor the folk tradition of passing on songs, stories, and techniques from generation to generation. Check out more information on the festival, which has sold out every year, in the New York Times.

Saturday's workshops include an old time jam session; a discussion and performance of the Irish revolutionary songs of rebel leader James Connolly by Matt Callahan and Yvonne Moore; a presentation about the history of folk music in New York by the Museum of the City Of New York's Stephen Petrus; and vocal harmony instruction for all levels of singers from Don Friedman and Phyllis Elkind, who regularly teach at Brooklyn's own Jalopy Theater and School of Music.

Sunday afternoon's activities kick off with the famous Banjo Toss, which honors players' love/hate relationship with the 5-stringed instrument as they vie to hurl it furthest into the Gowanus Canal. It's followed by a fiddle workshop with the renowned fiddler Bruce Molsky, who, in addition to becoming one of the country's most celebrated Appalachian players and instructors, has collaborated with everyone from the GRAMMY-nominated Fiddlers 4 to the Irish/Hungarian/Dutch supergroup Mozaik to Norwegian hardingfele player Annbjorg Lien. Art Rosenbaum, who won a GRAMMY for his Smithsonian-Folkways box set 'The Art of Field Recording: Fifty Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum' and has authored several books on the African-American folk tradition in Georgia, will lead an old time banjo workshop later in the day.

"The workshops not only allow people to learn or improve on an instrument or as singers, but also give important background to the music that makes it come alive as a force for understanding cultural history and social change," says founder and co-host Eli Smith. "Music is an important form of storytelling, and with our workshops, films and lectures, we hope to offer people a way to understand the backstory and social function of the music."

In addition to the workshops and panels, this year's performance lineup features 30 bands, including Daptone gospel group Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, country blues multi-instrumentalist Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, folk legend and songwriter Michael Hurley, old-time fiddle and banjo player Bruce Molsky, fiddle player Frank Fairfield, and intergenerational anti-folk collaborators Peter Stampfel & Jeffrey Lewis.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NLE Media at SXSW

WEDNESDAY

Joe Fletcher • Wed 3/18 • 2pm • Zen Fit
2200 E. 7th St • Sx7th St Day Party

“Must-see… [His] songs… wind and roll with steep changes, always ending with a birds-eye view that suddenly organizes it all into one delicate vision. The Rhode Islander-turned-Nashvillian's words flow more like folk poetry than verse-chorus status quo, picking on a honky-tonk spirit with a Tom Waits heart.” –Rolling Stone

The Stone Foxes • Wed 3/18 • 4pm • The Blackheart
86 Rainey St • Noise Trade/Green Notes Showcase

The Stone Foxes are seeing their profile rise to a new level as it announced its SXSW lineup and a headlining tour. The hard-driving, harmonica-blast inflected San Francisco rock & roll outfit, which has opened for the Black Keys, has seen almost 100,000 Spotify spins in February alone for new song “Cold Like a Killer,” its Foxes First Friday entry for the month. The Stone Foxes are premiering a new song the first Friday of each month leading up to its full-length album ’12 Spells,’ out August 7.

The Stone Foxes • Wed 3/18 • 6:20pm • Shiner's Saloon
422 N Congress Ave • Conscious Immaturity's Showcase

Kevin Gordon • Wed 3/18 • 10:15pm • Opa!
2050 South Lamar Boulevard • Radiothon

New record coming mid-2015! In the NY Times, Lucinda Williams said, "He’s writing songs that are like short stories, and I really like the kind of swampy, bluesy sound."

"Four stars… The sheer brilliance of the lyrics to Colfax/Step in Time alone justifies a top rating for the first album in seven years from this Southern-raised poet/rocker. Gordon sketches a not-so-simple portrait of a junior-high marching band on a bus trip, and every single image feels, tastes, smells and sounds absolutely true." –USA Today

THURSDAY

Kevin Gordon • Thurs 3/19 • 11am • Maria's Taco Xpress
2529 S Lamar Blvd • Grand Ole Austin

Kevin Gordon • Thurs 3/19 • 12:30pm • Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd • Twangfest

Joe Fletcher • Thurs 3/19 • 2:25pm • Maria’s Taco Xpress
2529 S Lamar Blvd • Grand Ole Austin

The Stone Foxes • Thurs 3/19 • 4:50pm • The 512 (Rooftop)
408 E 6th St • SpokesBuzz Colorado Music Party

Kevin Gordon • Thurs 3/19 • 6pm • G&S Lounge
2420 S 1st St • Not SXSW

The Stone Foxes • Thurs 3/19 • 9pm • Maggie Mae's (Rooftop)
323 E 6th St • Monterey International Official SXSW Showcase

FRIDAY

The Stone Foxes • Fri 3/20 • 3pm • The Jackalope
404 E 6th • DeliRadio And Audiotree Showcase

The Stone Foxes • Fri 3/20 • 6pm • Little Woodrows
520 W 6th • LiveVibe Showcase

Joe Fletcher • Fri 3/20 • 8pm • Sam’s Town Point
2115 Allred Dr

SATURDAY

Various Artists • Sat 3/21 • 11am to 1am • Licha's Cantina
1306 E. 6th St. • Brooklyn Country Cantina

Kevin Gordon • Sat 3/21 • 1pm • Strange Brew
5326 Manchaca

Joe Fletcher • Sat 3/21 • 2pm • J Lorraine Ghost Town
14219 Littig Rd • BanditTown Texas Bound

The Stone Foxes • Sat 3/21 • 3pm • The Ginger Man
301 Lavaca Street • Dogfish/Blurt Magazine Party

Kevin Gordon • Sat 3/21 • 5pm • El Mercado
1302 S 1st St • Sun Radio

Leland Sundries • Sat 3/21 • 8:15pm • Licha's Cantina
1306 E. 6th St. • Brooklyn Country Cantina

“Oddball storytelling with a lo-fi country sensibility” – Time Out New York