Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dom Flemons "'Til' the Seas Run Dry" embeddable mp3

Joe Fletcher bio

Joe Fletcher is a midwestern born, New England raised singer-songwriter living in East Nashville, TN. He is about to release his third independent record, You've Got the Wrong Man, on Sept 23, 2014. This intimate solo album is a departure from his previous efforts with his band The Wrong Reasons (White Lighter and Bury Your Problems).
Made up of his gritty original songs as well as covers by his peers Brown Bird and Toy Soldiers, it was recorded live over a few months on a mobile recording unit in Rhode Island, Georgia, and Tennessee in the spirit of some of Joe's favorite records by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Jimmie Rodgers, Bruce Springsteen, among others.

Now a three year veteran of the Newport Folk Festival, Joe has recently opened for Jason Isbell, The Devil Makes Three, Lucero, Robert Ellis, and The Low Anthem. Joe spends most of his time touring in what has truly been a grass roots operation thus far. He returns to his second Americana Music Association Festival in Nashville on September 20.

Monday, August 18, 2014

JOE FLETCHER BECOMES LOAR GUITARS ARTIST, JOINING JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, SHAKEY GRAVES, ETC.

With his new solo album ‘You’ve Got The Wrong Man’ and appearances at Americana Fest and Newport Folk Festival’s Way Over Yonder, Joe Fletcher has joined the Loar as an official artist of the guitar maker. He joins the ranks of a number of Loar artists who make up a new generation of Americana artists, including Justin Townes Earle, Paul Burch, Robert Ellis, Shakey Graves, and Sara Bareilles. Fletcher plays The Loar LO-16 small body acoustic and the LH-280 cutaway archtop.

Joe Fletcher Tour Dates:

Aug 27 - New Vintage, Louisville, KY
Aug 28 - Mahall's 20 Lanes, Lakewood, OH
Aug 29 - Howler's Coyote Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 30 - Abilene, Rochester, NY
Aug 31 - Campfire Festival, Lakewood, PA
Sept 3 - Great Scott, Boston, MA
Sept 4 - Dream Away Lodge, Becket, MA
Sept 5 - Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI
Sept 6 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, New York, NY
Sept 20 – The Basement, Nashville, TN (Americana Music Festival)
Sept 25 – Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Sept 26 - Way Over Yonder Festival, Santa Monica, CA
Sept 28 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA (w/ Rev. Peyton’s Big Dam Band)
Oct 2 - Standing Sun Winery, Beullton, CA
Oct 3-5 - Keepin' It Country, Bandit Town, CA
Oct 8 – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 1 – HiFi, Indianapolis, IN
Nov 11 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA (w/ O'Death)
Nov 12 - The Pinhook, Durham, NC (w/ O'Death)
Nov 13 - DC9, Washington, DC (w/ O'Death)

About The Loar

Inspired by the pioneering designs of the Golden Age, guitars and mandolins by The Loar combine expert craftsmanship and classic designs with upgraded features to appeal to today’s players. From premium hand-carved tonewoods to original inlay detailing, each instrument is made for the best sound, playability and timeless beauty.

The Loar pays homage to instruments from the 1920’s and 30’s, an age of outstanding craftsmanship and innovative design. We revive this tradition in order to bring you some of the best-sounding, most beautifully crafted instruments available today.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Joe Fletcher Publicity Photos

 Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins
  Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins
  Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins
 Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BILLBOARD STREAMS NEW CD BY “LEGENDARY” IRONING BOARD SAM, HOT OFF OF LINCOLN CENTER PERFORMANCE

SAM REMEMBERS PLAYING WITH HENDRIX

Billboard is premiering a full album stream of Ironing Board Sam’s new album ‘Ironing Board and the Sticks,’ calling the keyboard man “legendary."

Recorded with two young French musicians, the album presents some newly improvised songs along with blues classics. Sam earned a standing ovation at Lincoln Center Out of Doors over the weekend and was the subject of a New Yorker illustration last week.

Sam recently recalled how Jimi Hendrix sat in with him and inspired him to push his showmanship to new heights, saying, “We used to play shows together; you know, he made my show greater than his show. He had a nine piece band playin’ downstairs, and he heard me and my drummer playing upstairs; I was playing the button board, and I had it so I could sit down behind it and play it like a big organ. All the other musicians would come listen to us when the finished their sets, and then one night I noticed the crowd got extra, extra hot. I looked over my left shoulder--on my left they had a jukebox, like an old-time jukebox about six feet tall--and Jimi was on top of the jukebox playing his guitar behind his head. He sort of had to crouch because of the ceiling, but I said oh my, he’s making my show better than his. After I saw that, I knew I had to do something else so I started carrying my button board into the crowd so I could get some attention back on my show! That really started a trend for me, because nobody was carrying their keyboard into the audience then.”

Sam earned his nickname by mounting his keyboard on an ironing board with a strap that allowed him to walk the stage while playing, much as he did at Lincoln Center on Sunday, where fellow Music Maker Relief Foundation artists Dom Flemons, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, and Albert White joined him on stage.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Music Maker Relief Foundation. Next up is a new book “We are the Music Makers” (out September 15), a 2CD set of the same title (September 30), and a Homecoming festival October 3-4 in Hillsborough, NC.

Monday, August 11, 2014

JOE FLETCHER’S STRIPPED DOWN ‘YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG MAN’ RECORDED ON MOBILE FIELD RECORDING UNIT ACROSS UNITED STATES, SET FOR SEPT 23 RELEASE


FLETCHER ADDED TO AMERICANA FEST AND NEWPORT-PRESENTED WAY OVER YONDER LINEUPS

Joe Fletcher has confirmed a September 23 release for ‘You’ve Got the Wrong Man,’ his solo debut. A departure from his 2011 full band recording ‘White Lighter,’ the album strips down Joe’s tales of dead-end towns, barstools, ghosts, sailing ships, rat-trap motels, and mysterious fires to just his cigarette-stained vocals and acoustic, electric, and 12-string solo guitar.

The first songs were recorded at Fletcher’s old apartment in the harbor town of Warren, RI. The next batch come from a 150-year old farmhouse in Arnoldsville, GA. The final round was harvested in his new home in East Nashville, TN.

Fletcher’s writing is second-to-none. “Florence, Alabama” sees a barroom romance stifled as an AWOL soldier is sent back to the front. Hank Williams’ ghost appears in “Haint Blue Cadillac,” a tale set in the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, AL. “I Never (Reprise)” is one of Fletcher’s signature songs in concert, concerning a ship’s crewmate who suggests mutiny over returning home. It was recorded with the help of Patrick Sweany, John McCauley (Deer Tick), JP Harris, Joshua Black Wilkins, and others. A cover of Brown Bird’s “Mabel Grey” original sea chantey closes the album and pays tribute to Dave Lamb, who passed away last year at 36.

The former high school English and American roots music teacher says, “For years I have been using my trusty blue Tascam cassette four-track machine to work on new material. A little while back when I decided I was going to make my first real solo record, I dusted off that same machine and began recording my ideas. It quickly dawned on me that this was the sound I was after for this particular project. It was raw and personal and imperfect.”

The hard-touring troubadour will be on the road through the fall and has opened shows for Jason Isbell, The Low Anthem, Deer Tick, Devil Makes Three, Joe Doe, and Lucero. Fletcher has also curated two Newport Folk Festival events and played the festival himself twice. This year will also mark his sophomore appearance at Americana Festival in Nashville, TN and a performance at Newport Folk Festival’s Way Over Yonder Festival, both in September.

‘You’ve Got The Wrong Man’ Track List:

1. Florence, Alabama
2. Haint Blue Cadillac
3. Miss Red
4. Blame Game Blues
5. I Never (Reprise)
6. Oceanside Motel
7. Heart in a Mousetrap
8. The Wilsons
9. Life of the Party
10. The Promise
11. Highway Roulette
12. Mabel Grey

Joe Fletcher Tour Dates:

Aug 27 - New Vintage, Louisville, KY
Aug 28 - Mahall's 20 Lanes, Lakewood, OH
Aug 29 - Howler's Coyote Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 30 - Abilene, Rochester, NY
Aug 31 - Campfire Festival, Lakewood, PA
Sept 3 - Great Scott, Boston, MA
Sept 4 - Dream Away Lodge, Becket, MA
Sept 5 - Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI
Sept 6 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, New York, NY
Sept 20 – The Basement, Nashville, TN (Americana Music Festival)
Sept 25 – Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Sept 26 - Way Over Yonder Festival, Santa Monica, CA
Sept 28 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA (w/ Rev. Peyton’s Big Dam Band)
Oct 2 - Standing Sun Winery, Beullton, CA
Oct 3-5 - Keepin' It Country, Bandit Town, CA
Oct 8 – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 11 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA (w/ O'Death)
Nov 12 - The Pinhook, Durham, NC (w/ O'Death)
Nov 13 - DC9, Washington, DC (w/ O'Death)

Friday, August 8, 2014

SPIN PREMIERES “CAPTIVATING” GRACE ASKEW TRACK AS ‘SCAREDY CAT’ OUT NEXT WEEK

ASKEW INTRODUCES MISSISSIPPI DELTA WORD “JANKY” INTO THE MUSIC LEXICON

LA SHOWS THIS WEEKEND

SPIN posted a new track by fast-rising Americana artist Grace Askew, calling her music "Captivating... beautifully haunting... goosebump-inducing slide guitar improvisations. Channeling heartbreak and anger, she comes out sounding astoundingly defiant, wise beyond her years."

Meanwhile, in an interview, she told American Songwriter, about her sonic goal for ‘Scaredy Cat,’ to make it sound “janky,” which she says, “is a Delta word for rough around the edges, but in a good way. It’s raw, rough, raunchy, and Memphis.”

Early buzz has been strong. American Songwriter praised her “cool Memphis style.” No Depression called her “a singer who’s pushing country and blues boundaries with her super cool voice and great songwriting, [opening] up a gritty world of bar stools, bad luck and bad habits, unrequited love, hilltop liquor stores, and escape.”

Her hometown press has been just as effusive. The Memphis Flyer said, "Askew is relentlessly creative.” The Memphis Commercial Appeal called her a "pop culture shooting star." She has taped an episode of PBS Sun Studio Sessions to air in 2015.

Angelinos: Grace will perform at LA’s Hotel Café on Saturday and at LA’s Silverlake Lounge on Sunday.