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Song Of The Week | Nov 03, 2014

Charlie Mars – The Money

Charlie_Mars_The_Money_5-449x299Mars was born in Laurel, Mississippi and grew up in Oxford and Jackson, Mississippi. Mars was transformed to a musician at age 15 or 16, when he heard “Thriller” and “Slippery When Wet”. The first Violent Femmes record also figured significantly into his development as a musician.

He bought everything that had a similar sound. Mars’ family moved to Jackson, Mississippi when he was a senior in high school. He graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 1992. He was lead singer and guitarist in a band called Adley Madidafus in high school. Mars attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Mars started playing for Jack Ingram in 1992 (“The Charlie Mars Band”). Mars has a floating, mellow croon combined with sensual soul-rock arrangements. Mars has been compared to Jason Mraz and Josh Rouse, and described as a tougher edged version of Jeff Buckley. Mars says that songs come to him spontaneously, and that he relies on the quality and memorability of the material to remember what he creates. Mars says “…the stuff that’s any good I remember, and the crap I just forget. I’m a firm believer in the hypothesis that the good sh** sticks”



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Song Of The Week | Oct 27, 2014

Lost Leaders – I’m Gonna Win

lostleadersThe Lost Leaders are Byron Isaacs and Peter Cole. Isaacs on the duo’s new album sings and plays bass, guitar and lap steel guitar. Cole sings and plays guitar. The results are seismic, like an earthquake, like a shifting of the tectonic plates, like a leap into another dimension where everything makes sense.

Many know Isaacs from the years he spent performing in the Levon Helm Band. He is also a member of the Midnight Ramble Band, the Dirt Farmer Band and the Weight, all of which carry on the musical traditions of the late Levon Helm, a Grammy winning-member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who sang and played drums and mandolin in the Band.

The music that Isaacs and Cole make comes from a deep place shaped by history and tradition. But these two guys, even though they claim to be lost, craft tunes of their own that are quite the find.


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Song Of The Week | Oct 20, 2014

Anthony D’Amato – Good And Ready


Anthony D’Amato first came to national attention with 2010’s ‘Down Wires,’ which he recorded with a single microphone in his college bedroom. The album earned praise everywhere from NPR and The New York Times to Paste and American Songwriter, along with a nod from The World Cafe for their emerging artist series “Next” (past artists include Fleet Foxes and Dawes).

He followed it up with another home recording, ‘Paper Back Bones,’ which BBC Scotland named one of the Best Americana Albums of 2012. Dates in the US and Europe with Josh Ritter, Rhett Miller, Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Pug, Gretchen Peters, Israel Nash, and more ensued, in addition to performances at the iconic Newport Folk Festival and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.
In 2013, D’Amato signed with New West Records, home to Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, and Patty Griffin among others, and headed to The Great North Sound Society in Maine with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim) and members of Bon Iver and Megafaun to record his studio/label debut, ‘The Shipwreck From The Shore.’


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Song Of The Week | Oct 13, 2014

Ethan Johns – Among The Sugar Pines

ethanjohnsEnglish record producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Johns has worked with artists including Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Rufus Wainwright, The Boxer Rebellion, Crowded House, The Vaccines, Laura Marling, The Staves, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Although Johns is primarily a record producer, mixer and engineer, the multi-instrumentalist has also toured with acts including Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne and Tom Jones.

He owns the indie record label “Three Crows Music”, home to Julianna Raye, Sarabeth and pianist/composer Dave Palmer. Johns also runs “Three Crows Records” within Warner/Atlantic. Johns is the son of the notable record producer and engineer Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and The Who). In 2012, he won the 2012 Brit Award for Best British Producer.

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Song Of The Week | Oct 06, 2014

Isadora – Come On Back


Isadora is a Brooklyn quintet, born in 2012. The band began as a duo, writing dreamy, melodic pop tunes inspired by Andrew Bird’s early Mysterious Production of Eggs.

The lineup grew and shrank, eventually swelling into its five-piece formation. The evolution in the lineup has inspired an evolution as well in the band’s sound.

Isadora has arrived at a rich, textured sound, sometimes going purely on feel and sometimes highly composed.


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