Sunday, 25 January 2015
Texan NORWEGIAN American artist ERIK MOLL's evocative voice takes you traveling through a charming, rootsy and eclectic blend of Folk, COUNTRY, Gypsy, Swing, Blues, Tex-Mex, Bluegrass, Calypso and Rock.
ACTIVE since the early 70's in the US & Scandinavia, ERIK paints with his songs the colorful moods and feelings that move us through the twists and turns of the human experience. Transcending the traditional with upbeat rythmic trademarks and mysterious minor key melodies, his stories and pictures wander landscapes of the heart.
MOLL is a Norwegian Grammy Award winning songwriter and has opened for legends Willie Nelson, Jerry Garcia(Grateful Dead), New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Rick Danko(The Band), Taj Mahal, Louden Wainright, Peter Rowan, Hal Ketchum, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and many more.
Jacksonville, FL singer/songwriter LARRY MANGUM has nearly 3000 performances over 4 decades as a folk, rock, country and Americana artist. For over 100 years somebody from Larry's North Carolina family has been PLAYING. Larry's Mom, Kate was Randy Travis' guitar teacher and Uncle Homer was a member of the legendary WBT Briarhoppers!
A Floridian since 1970, known for his butter smooth voice, Larry has released 7 albums of original music and 2 live albums since 1980. An award winning songwriter, Larry writes from a keen sense of observation and experience capturing the moments that reveal the human truths that bind us all together. An evening of Larry’s songs is an emotional ROLLER coaster touching the heart, the mind and the soul that stays with the listener long after the performance.
Larry makes regular appearances at the Florida Folk Festival (featured performer in 2010), the Will McLean Festival (featured performer 2010), the South Florida Folk Festival, the Sarasota Folk Festival, the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, Barberville, the Lake County Folk Festival, Riverhawk and many more! He is also host and co-founder of THE SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE in Jacksonville-a monthly PROGRAM featuring many of the best regional and national touring acts. Since 2006, Larry has hosted a monthly Songwriters' Circle in Jacksonville and around the state.
Larry's concert appearances with music legends include the late Waylon Jennings, Roger McGuinn, The Texas Playboys, Billy Joe Shaver, Vassar Clements, Ray Price, Martina McBride, Juice Newton, Steve Young, Gene Watson, T.G. Sheppard, T. Graham Brown, Alabama and many more.
“Cowboys And Sunsets” the latest from Roo Arcus launched January 20 the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival
Based near Goulburn, NSW, Roo shares his time on the family cattle property and writing/performing his distinctive brand of country music. “Cowboys And Sunsets” was produced by Jerry Salley (Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Joe Nichols) in the USA amongst the landscapes and people that inspired him as a child.
Roo spent the better part of two weeks back in June 2014 recording the new album in Gallatin, just outside of Nashville, Tennessee with three of the twelve tracks being self-penned and one co-write. After Roo recorded ‘If We Didn’t Know So Much’ written by Jerry Salley for his last album, Jerry invited Roo to record in the US and Roo gladly accepted the offer.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
As one of the rising stars of the Texas country music scene, Ben McPeak’s versatility and crowd-pleasing appeal has landed him on the A-list of promoters across the state. His new self-titled album is set to release in early 2015, and contains hard rockin' country, traditional country stylings and delicate, emotive ballads. He has assembled a tight knit group of musicians who are poised to take him all over Texas and beyond. This is truly an exciting time for this Texas troubadour.
However, Ben nearly missed connecting with his musical destiny as a sports-loving teenager. On a dare from his classmates during prom night, Ben jumped on stage and sang to the packed house. Before he was done, the entire crowd was clapping and begging to hear more. Ben thought the crowd was pulling a prank on him, but people kept asking him weeks later when he was going to perform again. Ben’s future as a singer and entertainer seemed pre-destined from then on out.
Before he’d even graduated high school, Ben’s talents landed him in Fiesta Texas “Opryland” , where he became the youngest performer ever to join the show. Ben enjoyed five years with Opryland honing his voice and perfecting the art of entertaining a crowd. He moved on to become a player in the Texas and national country music venue circuit, and Ben says it was during his club days that he hit his stride musically.
“The best part of playing clubs night after night was finding my own voice,” the San Antonio-based McPeak says. “For so long, I tried to emulate other artists' songs, but once I found my own voice, I knew it immediately. From that point on, I knew I had something of my own that no one could take away from me.”
That “something” Ben says was not just finding his own voice, but also discovering his love and talent for being “a consummate performer.”
“All the years I spent doing seven shows a day in a theme park taught me how to grab hold of an audience and keep their attention,” he says.
The years he spent paying his dues in the concert circuit inspired Ben to create and write his own music.
“Music is in my soul,” he says, “and I love to create something that is new and has never been heard before.”
Ben has recently performed hundreds of shows on the corporate music and private concert circuit. While he has found loads of success in that musical realm, Ben knows his own original music is his true life’s calling.
Ben says that “Music keeps me balanced. The best thing is making good music and having a great time performing it. There is a certain synergy I feel with people in the crowd when I can help them forget their troubles—even if it’s only for one song. That feeling deep in my soul is what keeps me excited about being an entertainer.”
Monday, 19 January 2015
Khiana's love of music started at a very young age. She has been writing songs for the past several years, and finds great joy in both the writing and the performing. Now she strives to bring that enthusiasm to every show. Most recently Khiana was honored with the titles 2014 Best Female Country Artist, and Best Music Video of the year by Forsyth County Entertainment Awards.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Finally, a string band for the rock-n-roll fan. Back-porch stompin, fiddle-shreddin, tub-bass pluckin your classic favorites, the Bodarks dig up the roots from which today's popular music grew and the American soul was nurtured. You can't help but move to it, kick back with a beer in each hand and wail along. It's good ol' American-made roots music picked fresh.
In this album you will find many upbeat songs that talk about the rodeo lifestyle, western living, love, and faith. Tony put a great deal of time in selecting songs for this album that would speak to many people and give the listener a variety that will get them excited to here whats next.
Tony Lundervold has always had a passion for two things in his life, rodeo and music. For 13 years, rodeo took up most of Tony's time and focus. Many years of determination paid off when he was crowned the 2009 Northwest Professional Rodeo Association's Saddle Bronc Riding Champion. Unfortunately, the following year he experienced a severe broken neck and was forced to retire from the sport. For the next couple of years Tony toyed with the idea of competing again but decided it was time to put all of his focus on his music and try to achieve his musical goals. Although Tony has put competition in his past, rodeo still plays a large role in the songs he writes and sings.
Coming from a musical family, Tony has always had a love for music. His dad played a large role in the styles of music Tony enjoys such as country,western, yodeling, oldies, gospel, and Hawaiian music. He grew up singing in the church choir with his entire family. In his late teens Tony's mom gave him his first guitar, one she had herself many years prior. From that
moment on he knew music would always be a large part of his life.
In 2007 Tony married Richelle and welcomed two daughters into his life, Kelli, and Brenna. Three years later in 2010, Tony and Richelle had Bailey Rae. The family now resides on a nice piece of land in Sublimity, OR. Over the past few years Tony has learned a great deal from close friend and successful western artist Joni Harms. More recently he has had the opportunity to write a few songs with Joni that you will find on this album, "From the Ranch to the Rodeo."
Lucy Angel is American country music family trio consisting of mother Kate Anderton and her two daughters, Lindsay and Emily. They have released their debut single "Crazy Too" to SiriusXM The Highway. They will be starring in a docuseries entitled "Discovering Lucy Angel" set to premiere on AXS TV January 13, 2015