Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SUSAN CATTANEO NOMINATED FOR 5 INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS INCLUDING BEST COUNTRY ALBUM, BEST PRODUCER ROOTS / COUNTRY FOR HER DOUBLE ALBUM 'THE HAMMER & THE HEART'

Renowned Boston Singer / Songwriter Susan Cattaneo was named as a nominee in five categories at the 16th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential honors for independent artists and releases. More than 400 innovative self-released and indie label projects culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, were nominated by fans and industry panelists

Four of the nominations are tied to Susan's eclectic double album 'The Hammer & The Heart' which was released in August 2017, charting at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Northeast chart. The album features collaborations with 40 artists on an electric and acoustic disc. It is named for Best Country Album and Susan is nominated for Best Producer Roots / Country ("Backdoor Slam" produced by Susan Cattaneo & Stuart Kimball). The acoustic version song "Work Hard, Love Harder" featuring The Boxcar Lilies, which charted at #1 on the Folk DJ Radio Chart in August, is nominated for Best Acoustic Song. A stripped down cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," featuring Amy Fairchild and Todd Thibaud is the Fan Nominee for the Best Cover Song category.

Rounding out the nominations in the Best A Cappella Song category is "Sisters Of A Different Skin," a song about gender equality that features 26 New England based female musicians from different ethnic backgrounds, musical genres, and ages.

Nominated along with Susan Cattaneo is an eclectic mix of established artists and rising stars include: Taylor Grey, Esprit d'Air, Harriet, Fiona Joy, Dan Zanes, Next To None, Rozina Pátkai, Air Traffic Controller, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Julian Lage, Jane Siberry and The Bankesters.  Fan-nominated artists in the Song and Video categories include: Reeve Carney, Matthew Huff, MADYX, Ganda Boys, Karim Baggili and Amiss O.mega [featuring Snoop Dogg]. Click here for a full list of The 16th IMA Nominees and Categories

The winning projects will be selected by judging panels of top recording artists including:, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Sepultura, Amy Lee [Evanescence] among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim.

Winners will be announced at The IMAs Independent Music Party at Lincoln Center on March 31st. Now in its 17th year, The Independent Music Awards, produced by Music Resource Group honor the year's most exceptional & artistically daring music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the globe. And connects them to new performance, promotion, distribution and fans. Program winners and nominees include extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers and include Amy Lee, Masta Ace, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, Jackson Browne, Team Me, Radio Radio, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Girl In A Coma, Apples in stereo, Pokey LaFarge, Killer Mike among many more.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Eric Andersen bio

"Eric Andersen is one of our finest singers and songwriters, in the most literal sense of that tradition… the most elegant of singers." David Fricke, (Rolling Stone Magazine)
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“A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” (The New York Times)

“An American master.” Robert Palmer, Ghosts Upon the Road liner notes.

“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer.” (Bob Dylan – live on stage at the Oslo Spektrum)

Eric Andersen first came to prominence as a performer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s
and immediately became part of the Village folk and songwriter scene along with Phil Ochs, Tom
Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, and was at the epicenter of the American Greenwich Village
singer-songwriter explosion.

Aside from his own classics, he’s co-written songs with Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead), Townes
Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed.

His songs have been covered by many artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins,
Fairport Convention, Rick Nelson, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Peter, Paul
& Mary, The Blues Project, Gillian Welch, Linda Thompson, and Rick Danko. Bob Dylan’s
version of Eric’s song “Thirsty Boots” was released as a single on Record Store Day and also
appears on the Dylan CD Another Self Portrait .

Over the past 50 years, Eric has toured the world and released over 30 CDs of original music
including Blue Rain (Appleseed Recordings) his first live concert recording in Oslo with the band
Spoonful of Blues, released in 2007.

In the early 1990s Andersen recorded 2 trio-harmony albums with The Band’s Rick Danko and
Norwegian singer Jonas Fjeld. He’s featured in the Joni Mitchell American Masters documentary,
the Wildflower Festival DVD with Judy Collins, Tom Rush, and Arlo Guthrie, the rock film
Festival Express and the documentary Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation.
In 1990 Eric won the New York Music Award for his album Ghosts Upon the Road,
in 1992 the Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammy) for “ Danko/Fjeld/Andersen ” and in 2003
The Premio Tenco award with Patti Smith in San Remo, Italy, which is an award given to
outstanding songwriters. Previous Premio Tenco awards have gone to Randy Newman, Tom
Waits, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Lou Reed.

The Eric Andersen and Friends Webcast was launched in June 2011 by Nevessa Productions
Woodstock with special guests Happy Traum, John Sebastian, Joe Flood and Inge Andersen.
Featured songs performed in the webcast were from his album The Cologne Concert (Meyer
Records) which was released on CD and Vinyl in April 2011. The live album features Eric’s wife
Inge Andersen on back-up harmonies and he is accompanied on violin by Michele Gazich.
Mingle With The Universe: The Worlds Of Lord Byron (Meyer Records) was released in May
2017 on CD and Vinyl formats. “Byron was a born songwriter whose ceaseless waves of rhymespresented an endless sea for the ships of song.” All songs on the album featured the romantic
poet’s stanzas with Eric’s music. Included are two original Andersen tracks: “The Curled
Darling” and “Albion” which describe for the listener a taste of Lord Byron’s controversial and
sometimes scandalous life, travels and writings.
Eric Andersen - Mingle With The Universe - Album Review

Coming this September 2017 an expanded long-play version of the Shadow and Light of Albert
Camus (Meyer Records) will be released with two new tracks. The four-song EP was originally
released in 2014 on Vinyl and in 2015 on CD. Eric extrapolated new lyrics from Camus’ novels.
Of the original EP version, he said in an interview, "From the rolling vineyards of Camus I tried
to capture four bottles of good wine that tasted deep and true."

Coming soon, in conjunction with Eric’s fall tours, this October 2107 will see the release of two
new albums:

Sony/Legacy Recordings will be issuing THE ESSENTIAL ERIC ANDERSEN – A 42-track
digital release, 33 track double CD release and 20 track double LP retrospective release covering
fifty years of his recorded history from Today is the Highway to Blue River, and Ghosts Upon the
Road and Beat Avenue and on to The Cologne Concert album and unreleased New York
recordings.

The fall of 2017 will see the release of a new EP from Meyer Records called Silent Angel: The
Exploded World of Heinrich Böll.

Work continues on The Songpoet – a new eight-year-in-the-making documentary about Eric
Andersen to be released in 2018. The Songpoet follows Eric’s remarkable 50-year journey in
America and Europe that continues today as he writes and records with a poetic passion. With
unprecedented access to Andersen’s life and his personal archives the film will be a study on the
culture of fame, the fragility of an artist’s career and the integrity of the artist as it reveals the
indestructible energy that drives the artist and writer Eric Andersen in short -- a glimmering
mirror and portrait of his times -- The Songpoet.

Eric Andersen’s poetical songs have entertained and captivated audiences worldwide. He plays
acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano/keyboards in concert and often performs with
his great bands in America, Japan, and Europe. He performs songs which span across all his
albums, including his early classics “Thirsty Boots” “Violets of Dawn” and “Close the Door
Lightly,” as well as exciting new material from his recent projects like Camus and Lord Byron.

Eric Andersen artwork





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Friday, January 26, 2018

NY TIMES PREVIEWS MARIE/LEPANTO'S 'TENKILLER,' OUT TODAY ON BIG LEGAL MESS

WILL JOHNSON/JUSTIN PETER KINKEL-SCHUSTER PROJECT HITS ROAD SUPPORTING PEDRO THE LION IN FEB AS NYC SHOW, LIVING ROOM TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL

AMERICAN SONGWRITER, BITTER SOUTHERNER RAVE

Marie/Lepanto - the collaboration between Centro-Matic's Will Johnson and Water Liars' Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster - has a new indie/folk Big Legal Mess album 'Tenkiller' out today, which the New York Times previewed: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/22/arts/music/playlist-cardi-b-migos-charli-xcx-sugarland.html

The two explore literate southern themes and spare, desolate sounds that lead to cinematic grandeur in their incredible music. Here's the track "High Desert" (OK to share): https://soundcloud.com/big-legal-mess/marielepanto-high-desert

American Songwriter gave the set 4 stars, calling it "moving... mesmerizing... unique and enticing."

The Bitter Southerner said, "A pairing made in Southern indie rock heaven… 'Tenkiller' finds their two voices shadowing one another, with Johnson's battered vocals and Kinkel-Schuster's wavering tenor complementing one another… the perfect record for a long-drive on a two-lane."

The duo will tour supporting Pedro the Lion in February and have newly announced a NYC show as well as a living room tour in April.

MARIE/LEPANTO TOUR DATES:

February 8 - St Louis, MO - Old Rock House*
February 9 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar*
February 10 - Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard*
February 11 - Fayetteville, AR - living room show
February 12 - Dallas, TX - Trees*
February 13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk*
February 14 - Houston, TX - Rockefeller's*
February 15 - Baton Rouge, LA - living room show
February 16 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack's*
February 17 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn*
February 18 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive*
February 19 - Orlando, FL - The Social*
February 21 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
February 22 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
February 23 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In*
April 5 - Springfield MO - living room show
April 6 - Omaha NE - living room show
April 7 - Sioux Falls - living room show
April 8 - Minneapolis - Turf Club
April 9 - Madison - living room show
April 10 - Milwaukee - living room show
April 12 -  Chicago - Schuba's
April 13 - Detroit - living room show
April 14 - Toronto - living room show
April 16 - Boston - living room show
April 17 - NYC - Mercury Lounge
April 18 - Philadelphia PA - Johnny Brenda's
April 20 - Baltimore - living room show
April 22 - Asheville NC - living room show
April 23 - Athens GA - living room show
April 24 - Waverly AL - Standard Deluxe
April 25 - Mobile AL - Satori Coffee House
April 26 - Oxford, MS - living room show
April 27 - Little Rock AR - living room show

Friday, January 19, 2018

"Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" trailer

BETTE SMITH SKYROCKETS TO #35 ON AMERICANA SINGLES CHART AND #35 ON AMERICANA ALBUM CHART, HITS TOP 5 ON ROOTS MUSIC REPORTS R&B AND SOUL CHARTS

BIG LEGAL MESS ROCK & ROLL/SOUL ARTIST SIGNS WITH NEIL O’BRIEN, SHARES NEW MUSIC VIDEO
 
Big Legal Mess (Fat Possum imprint) soul and rock & roll singer Bette Smith has skyrocketed to #35 on the Americana Album Chart and #35 on the Americana Singles Chart at radio. On The Roots Music Report, Smith’s album ‘Jetlagger’ hit the top 5 on both its Top 50 R&B Album Chart and Top 50 Soul Album Chart.
 
Click here for the Bette Smith mini-documentary.
 
She’s earned praise from NPR, Billboard, WNYC, Paste Magazine, MOJO, American Songwriter, and Bust Magazine. Here’s her brand new music video for “Durty Hustlin’” (OK to share).
 
Neil O’Brien Entertainment represents Smith international bookings.