David Gray. Needs no introduction. Play anything Man. Play anything.
David Gray. Needs no introduction. Play anything Man. Play anything.
Greg Laswell, 39, is from San Diego California.
I’m a (big) fan…own all his albums.
In this clip, he’d joined by a cellist.
Laswell + Cellist = Magic.
Liked this? Don’t Miss “What A Day” and “Not Out“
Matt Andersen is a Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, from Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. In addition to headlining major festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America and the UK, he has shared the stage and toured with Randy Bachman, Bo Diddley, Little Feat, April Wine, America and Loverboy. On January 25, 2010, Andersen won the top prize for a duo/individual in the Memphis, Tennessee, International Blues Challenge, beating artists from 11 other countries and five continents – the first Canadian to prevail over the event’s 26 year history.
His new album “Weightless” will be released on February 4th, 2014. Find it here on iTunes.
~ 26,000,000 views on Youtube in < 60 days, and somehow I’ve missed this. A cave dweller – where have I been?
The singer/songwriting duo “A Great Big World” features the talents of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino. Formed in 2010 while they were music business students at New York University, the duo toured in 2011 playing their own songs, as well as covers by such artists as Ingrid Michaelson and Five for Fighting. The duo hit the big time after their song “This is New” was covered on Glee and when they released the single “Say Something,” a duet with Christina Aguilera. A Great Big World’s First Album titled: Is There Anybody Out There will be released on January 21, 2014. Link on iTunes here. Band’s website: agreatbigworld.com
Source: Mme Scherzo
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Nathaniel Rateliff grew up in rural Missouri, learning to play the drums at age seven. As a young teenager, he taught himself guitar and began writing his own songs. At eighteen, Rateliff relocated to Denver for missionary work. Rateliff developed a dedicated following within the Denver music community. New York Times dubbed Nathaniel Rateliff a Denver local folk-pop hero. Spin (magazine) praised his “massive, alluring” voice. Billboard (magazine) dubbed the unsigned singer-songwriter a “must hear.” He released In Memory of Loss in May 2010 which captured the attention of Amazon.com, which listed his album as the number-one album you might have missed in 2010. In September, 2013, he set out on a tour with The Lumineers and Dr. Dog, in support of his new album. Rateliff has also shared the stage with artists such as Bon Iver, Mason Jennings, Iron & Wine, Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons, and Roseanne Cash. (Source: Wiki)
Find his new album “Faster Than You Can Run” at this link.
“This tune is from Sting’s 2013 album titled The Last Ship, his first album of original material since 2003. The Last Ship is also the basis for his late-2014 Broadway production. Sting grew up in the ‘50s during the dying days of shipbuilding in his town, which was dependent on it. The local industry finally collapsed in the 80’s. Now Sting pays a tribute with a song cycle heavy on Celtic sea chanteys, acoustic instrumentation, and somber, hard won truths. A lilting song such as “August Winds”, is where Sting is at his purest.” (Source: iTunes)
Find this song and his new Album on iTunes at this link.
The Avett Brothers /ˈeɪvɨt/ is a critically acclaimed American band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers—Scott Avett (banjo) and Seth Avett (guitar). The band appeared on the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011, playing “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise.” Their sixth album The Carpenter (2012) was nominated for Best Americana Album Grammy (55th annual). The band released their sixth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion, in October 2013.
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Liam Bailey, 30, born in Nottingham, England, is an English musician who is noted for his soul, reggae, blues vocals. He has been compared to Otis Redding, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Hendrix & BB King.
Tom Peter Odell, 23, was born in Chichester, West Sussex, England to an airline pilot father and a primary school teacher mother. He studied piano classically to Grade 7. He began writing his own songs at the age of thirteen but told no one, because he felt it was “uncool.”
Jon McLaughlin, 31, is an American pop rock singer-songwriter and pianist from Anderson, Indiana. His debut album Indiana was released on May 1, 2007. McLaughlin grew up playing piano since early childhood, though he disliked the lessons, and often sought to avoid them. Along with his older sister and brother, Jon McLaughlin began piano lessons at a very young age presenting an ability his parents hoped to foster. He loved playing the piano, and creating his own sounds, but lessons was another thing. “I took lessons every Thursday and I’d come home complaining to my mom. My dad traveled during the week for work, and when he’d call on Thursday nights, I’d inevitably give him the same grief I gave my mom. To their credit, they never forced the lessons; they allowed me to talk it through and somehow, at the end of every conversation, I’d say, “I think I am going to keep going.” They had infinite patience with me.” (Bio Sources: Wiki and MTV.)
The rest, as they say, is history.
James Bay, 22, is from Hitchin, UK. He brings his twist to the music of his heroes Carole King, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.
NoiseTrade: Your first single “Move Together” seems to either be an intensely personal story or a fantastically deceptive work of fiction. Did you write it to be creative or cathartic?
James Bay: My best songs are always the most honest ones. I try and stick to things that are going on in my life; all the feelings and emotions that I really need to express. So yeh, I definitely had something to get off my chest when I wrote “Move Together.”
The Deep Dark Woods are a Canadian alternative country band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Find this song on their new album Jubilee (Sept, 2013) on iTunes at this link.
Lucius is an indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York. The two lead singers are Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Lucius has been lauded by the New York Times for their “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies” and praised by NPR for their “charisma and charm.” On October 15, 2013, the band will release its debut album Wildewoman in North America. (Source: Wiki)
See October 11, 2013 NY Times article: Peas in a Vintage-Soul-Style Pod
Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz are the singers, songwriters, and musicians behind Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Mandolin Orange, a bluegrass/country/rock band.
If you like this tune, be sure to check out: Until the Last Night.
Bruce Cockburn, 68, is a Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer-songwriter. He has written songs in styles ranging from folk to jazz-influenced rock to rock and roll. He spent his early years on a farm outside Pembroke, Ontario. He has stated in interviews that his first guitar was one he found around 1959 in his grandmother’s attic, which he adorned with golden stars and used to play along to radio hits. Cockburn’s guitar work and songwriting skills won him an enthusiastic following. His early work featured rural and nautical imagery, Biblical metaphors, and the conviction that heaven is close despite hardship. While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not have a big impact in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. ”Wondering Where the Lions Are,” the first single from that album, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC‘s hit TV show Saturday Night Live. (Source: Wiki)
Find his album and this song at iTunes at this link.
Typhoon is an American indie rock band that began in 2005 and is based in Portland, Oregon. Typhoon’s music has always been marked by complicated arrangements and careful orchestration. Live performances routinely involve 12 or more band members playing at once. The group masterfully combines indie rock instrumentals and vocals with violins, percussion, hand claps, xylophone, horns and a choir of other instruments, making for inspiring and catchy songs. To date they have released two albums Hunger and Thirst (released September, 2012) and White Lighter (released August 20, 2013). On August 4, 2011, Typhoon made their television debut on Late Show with David Letterman, performing “The Honest Truth”. (Source: Wiki)
“Foy Vance, 39, was born in the North Ireland town of Bangor, but his passion for traditional music was born in the southern states of America. As a child, Foy relocated with his father, a preacher, to the American Midwest settling in Oklahoma. With his father, Foy travelled the American South, widening his horizons and absorbing the rich musical traditions he was exposed to. Returning to Ireland some years later, Foy began writing his own music, deeply shaped by the sounds of his youth. Since those days, he has spent a considerable amount of time on the road, touring with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, and Ed Sheeran. Foy also scored Oscar-winning short-film The Shore with David Holmes, who collaborated with Vance on his 2012 Melrose EP. Foy’s newest album, Joy Of Nothing, will be released this year. Vance is moved by the fractions of love and sentiment, giving himself over to the quiet deluge. His is a voice that rattles you and forces you to let it in so that you may all enjoy a dark room, a modest fire and something to toast with.” (Source: FoyVance.com)
Matthew John Corby, 22, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. In November 2011, he released his fourth extended play, Into the Flame, which which was certified 5× Platinum by ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association). In 2012, his single “Brother” won the ARIA Award for Song of the Year. Corby’s career started in high school where he was involved in the school stage band and the school choir. In 2007, Corby began his music career at 16-years-old on reality TV talent show series Australian Idol, where he finished as the season’s runner-up. (Source: Wiki)
Find his albums on iTunes at this link.
Nate Donnis is an American musician and hidden talent emerging. With robust, earthy vocals and songwriting that has gained industry attention via the BBC’s series “Skins” and the PBS series “Roadtrip Nation”. He delivers compelling/raw acoustic music expressed in forms of Rock and Folk. Following the release of his 2007 “All Directions” with the The Donnis Trio, his music has been well-received. Songs from his debut album have been placed in television/radio and commercials across the world. With roots in upstate NY, his music sounds like the pine trees, ponds,and fields he grew up with, always searching for the mirror of truth in all things. (Source: Artist Wiki)
Florence + the Machine are an English indie rock band, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella “Machine” Summers, and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music. The band’s debut album, Lungs, was released in 2009 and was one of the best selling albums in 2009 and 2010. The group’s second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, debuted at number one in the UK and number six in the US. Lungs won the MasterCard British Album award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, Florence and the Machine were nominated for Best New Artist. Additionally, the band performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Florence Welch, 26, was born in London. She was educated at Thomas’s London Day School then went onto Alleyn’s School, South East London, where she did well academically. Welch often got in trouble in school for impromptu singing. Welch has been diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia. She is the daughter of Evelyn Welch, an American Professor of Renaissance Studies at King’s College London and Nick Welch, an advertising executive. Her British father, Nick, contributed a “rock and roll element to the family mix”; in his twenties he used to live in a West End squat and attended the Squatters’ Ball organised by Heathcote Williams where The 101ers played regularly. A self-confessed “frustrated performer”, if Nick, as he put it, “nudged Flo in any way, it’s only been to listen to the Ramones rather than Green Day”. Evelyn had an equally strong yet completely different influence on her daughter. A visit to one of her mother’s lectures left teenage Florence deeply impressed. She explained, “I aspire to something like that but with music. I hope that my music has some of the big themes—sex, death, love, violence—that will still be part of the human story in 200 years’ time”. (Source: Wiki)
The Head and The Heart is an indie folk-pop band from Seattle, Washington that was formed in the summer of 2009. The band self-released their debut album The Head and The Heart in June 2009, selling it at concerts, by word of mouth, and through local record stores. In the ensuing months the album sold 10,000 copies. Their music plays heavily on the trio of vocal harmonies, piano and violin melodies, and prominent drums and percussion. The band has toured extensively through 2010 and 2011 in both the United States and Europe, opening for Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen, Dr. Dog, Dave Matthews, The Low Anthem, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, My Morning Jacket, and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as headlining their own shows. In March 2011, Seattle’s City Arts Magazine named them “Seattle’s Best New Band”, and the band made their network television debut on April 21, 2011 on Conan. (Source: Wiki)
John Butler, 38, is an Australian American musician, songwriter, record label owner and producer. He is the front man for the John Butler Trio, a roots and jam band, which formed in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1998. His recordings and live performances have met with critical praise and have garnered awards from the Australian Performing Right Association and Australian Recording Industry Association. Butler was born in the United States and moved to Australia at an early age. He began playing the guitar at the age of sixteen. (Source: Wiki)
Music Source: Knowledgeandlove
4 minutes. 36 songs. Something for everyone. And I mean everyone. From Beethoven to Hammerstein to Johnny Cash to Aretha to Queen to Gaga to Psy. Evolution of music from 11th century to today. Curious about the song list? Here it is: [Read more...]
Take two for Valentine’s Day. Woodkid performs “I love you.” Hypnotic video clip. Incredible greyscale cinematography in Iceland. Catchy tune. Complete package. Loved it.
Thank you Joyce VB from Mexico City for sharing.
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Out the door. 6:30am.
Driving to a team meeting in Manhattan.
Freezing rain. Tap tap tapping on hood of car.
Passenger side wiper banging on an ice chunk. Curse. In a hurry. Again.
Fwap. Fwap. Tap. Tap. Fwap. (You could stop and clear it pal. You could. Or you could keep watching and listening to this show. Show plays on.)
I fan through playlist.
Dreary day. Fog. Rain. Icy conditions.
Feels like, looks like, Detroit. I rifle through playlist hunting for Bob Seger.
And, land on “Against the Wind“
Traffic slowing. Yellow caution lights frenetically flashing.
Salt truck scattering its melting magic on I-95.
I turn my attention to the lyrics.
↓ click for audio (Bob Seger – “Against the Wind”)
It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago…
We were young and strong, we were runnin’
Against the Wind
Running. To get on travel teams. To get grades. To get out of high school. To get the girl. (No one would have me!) To get to college. To get to adulthood. To get. To acquire. To, To, To, something else… [Read more...]
Now I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun…
(Music Starts at 0:50 seconds…go ahead…see if you can keep your foot from tapping…)
Melissa “Missy” Morrison Higgins, 30, is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She learned to play classical piano from age six but realized she wanted to be a singer at about 12 when she appeared in a Primary School production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Hoping for more freedom, she urged her parents to send her to a boarding school attended by her siblings. There she took up the piano again, this time playing jazz. She was introverted and found that piano practice helped her cope with living at boarding school.
Now I wouldn’t consider myself a groupie (and that would depend on the definition of groupie)…but I’m a fan. A Large One. ”Running on Empty.” The Pretender.” ”Stay Just a Little Bit Longer.” ”Here Come Those Tears Again. “You’re A Friend.” “Rosie.” And I can go on and on, yet…Yet, somehow, I’ve never heard this song. Shaking my head in wonder. How’s that possible?
And if you’re a purist, here’s Jackson Browne’s acoustic version of the same song (and a far superior version in my opinion) to ease you into the weekend:
↓ click for audio (Jackson Browne: Sky Blue and Black)
The Aunt Martha Band was formed in 2008 and is led by Tim Noyes (guitar/lead vocals), Brian Kim (violin/bass), and Garrett Leahy (drums). All three members are originally from the greater Boston area. The “band draws comparisons to the always moving and incredible Ray Lamontagne, Tim’s soulful yet gritty vocals are wise beyond their years. If you didn’t know the boys were in their twenties, you’d think these tunes were written by men who had already lived a full life and then some.“
Thank you ColdDeadHeart for pointing me to another great band.
I wondered how it was possible that this Van Morrison track slipped from my playlists – and then I glanced at length of track (11+ minutes) and I understood. I was in too much of a hurry. 11 minutes was an eternity. Today, I didn’t want this tune to end.
“Listen to the Lion” has been said to rank amongst Morrison’s greatest work. During the 11-minute voyage, first recorded in 1969, he sings, shouts, improvises lines, delays and omits them, until he symbolically re-creates the sound of an unleashed lion within himself. It remains a considerable achievement.
I’ve played this tune on a loop for 3 days. Here’s my new favorite Van Morrison song…enjoy!*
*Note: The video is a bit “disconnected” – live performance would have been preferred…
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Sharon Van Etten, 31-year old singer-songerwriter, was born and raised in suburban New Jersey. Her songs are described as having some echoes of folk tradition but generally in a more personal, introspective space. Van Etten’s folk music evokes the open landscapes and lonely expanses of Middle America. A dedicated choir student during her childhood, she began writing songs on her guitar as a high school student and, upon moving to New York, start playing them in concert. She has released three albums including “Tramp” in 2012.
Sources: Thank you Colddeadheart for introducing me to Sharon Van Etten. Wiki and Itunes Bio were bio sources.
Fink, aka Fin Greenall, is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and DJ. He was born in 1972 in Cornwall, grew up in Bristol and is currently based in Brighton, UK. His mother worked in the field of classical music and his father was a folk musician. Fin can recall “the one thing of his dad’s that Fin Greenall wasn’t allowed to touch was the old Martin acoustic guitar.” In an interview, Greenall remembers “It was his one possession where he said, ‘everything in this house is owned by everybody – apart from that.’” Their presence had an impact on his future in music. “The great thing about growing up in a house where music is a big factor… was the fact that music being part of your life was a perfectly natural thing.”
Freelance Whales is an Indie Rock Band from Brooklyn, NY. Interesting lyrics (odd) but love the music. One of the Youtube comments described the music: “This song makes me feel like I’m running in slow motion through a field of flowers on a sunny day.” About right…
Source: Music Touches The Soul
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…And I’m taking in the Indian Summer
And I’m soaking it up in my mind
And I’m pretending like it’s paradise
On a golden autumn day, on a golden autumn day
On a golden autumn day, on a golden autumn day, golden autumn day …
~ Van Morrison
Neil Young, the legendary Canadian born singer and songwriter turns 67 today.
He can’t sing. He can’t play. He’s great.
- Tom Earls
Source: Yet, another great post from Rob Firchau @ the The Hammock Papers. Thank you Rob.
Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. This song, In The Waiting Line, is from their debut album, Simple Things which was released in 2001 and received critical acclaim.
↓ click for audio (Zero 7: “In The Waiting Line“)
Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec.
There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills…
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust…
This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home…
And I built a home
Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree as old as me
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Ground had arose and passed it’s knees
By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held on me
Held on as tightly as you held on me…
And I built a home
Here’s a track from Van Morrison’s new album titled “Born to Sing: No Plan B.”
↓ click for audio (Van Morrison – “End of the Rainbow”)
Album Cover Source: ultimateclassicrock.com
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The Boss turns 63 today. Here’s Bruce Springsteen with “I’m going down.”
Here’s Glen Hansard with The Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing Hansard’s new song titled “The Gift.” Be sure to also check out Hansard and his co-star Marketa Irglova in the movie Once which earned them the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” along with 10 other major award nominations. Great song and great flick.
This gift will last forever
This gift will never let you down
Some things are made from better stuff
This gift is ready to be found
Just you believe it now
Hal David passed away on Saturday. David was a lyricist and partnered with music composer Burt Bacharach to produce some of the most memorable and long lasting hits of our generation including ”Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head“, “This Guy’s in Love with You“, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again“, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose“, “Walk On By“, “What the World Needs Now Is Love“, “I Say a Little Prayer“, “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me“, and “One Less Bell to Answer“.
In memory of Hal David, here’s Dionne Warwick singing “Walk on By.”
Image Source: Bacharachonline.com
Maria Mena is a Norwegian Pop singer and songwriter. Here’s Maria (with Thomas Dybdahl) singing “So Sweet.”
↓ click for audio (So Sweet – Maria Mena)
“…cool and soothing…the wind is in your hair…not a single care…the speed of moving…feels like you can fly… feeling kinda high…beneath the big blue sky…you let go and landed on your feet…and it felt so sweet…there’s nothing more that can hold you back now…Amelia, you always had what you finally found…you’re on your way…your fears are behind you…morning glory…shines upon your face…not a single trace…of years all gone to waste…oh now here’s a story…full of hope and light…you didn’t win without a fight…now here’s to your delight…you let go and landed on your feet …and it felt so sweet…there’s nothing more that can hold you back now…”
It’s Van Morrison’s 67th birthday today. Here’s Van singing “High Summer.”
↓ click for audio
Here’s Beth Waters singing “Blue and White.”
…it’s okay I’m going home now
I’ll be okay tonight
I just wanna be alone now
with the dark and the light
that’s my favorite color blue there
as the sun sets in the sky
there’s just something in the hue there
in the corner of my eye
in the dark and the light
in the blue and the white
something’s pure that I am missing
something’s sure that I am not
holding back and never letting you see…
Image Source: Thank you Anake Goodall - Manolo Valdes, Double Negative, 1942
Here’s Amos Lee with Norah Jones singing “Colors.” Lee was born in Philadelphia. He was a former schoolteacher and bartender before pursuing a career in music.
↓ click for audio (Colors: Amos Lee with Norah Jones)