Influenced by legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and Randy Newman, San Francisco based Liz Kennedy puts the unique, inviting stamp of her sandpaper and honey tinged vocals on her latest release Speed Bump. The 14 dynamic folk/blues influenced pop/rock tracks were produced by renowned engineer and producer Joel Jaffe, who helmed Kennedy’s previous recordings, Clean White Shirt, A Good Peach and Nothing Like An Angel. Jaffe’s credits include Maria Muldaur, Lenny Williams and Magic Christian, and he’s also the pivotal guitarist on all the tracks.
How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, Dean Ween Group and Ani Difranco, and collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.
Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin’s best-kept secrets, a musician’s musician who’d won the respect of some of alt-country’s biggest names but hadn’t yet found widespread recognition.That changed when Click’s latest CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April, 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, pop, and Americana radio charts. The first single, “Wait My Turn”, reached #1 on Nashville’s Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, “I Feel Good Today”, topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart along side Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Click now resides, he’s built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams. Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 200 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Sonny Landreth and JJ Cale. Last summer Click bumped it up another notch, playing large festivals like the new Mount Tam Jam and Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland. What’s causing all the buzz? First, there’s Click’s sound – a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click’s searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you’ve got at least part of the picture. Then there are Click’s live shows; an anything-can-happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected “Blue Skies”, you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious “Wait My Turn,” there’s not one person who can stay seated. Lastly, there’s his songwriting. Continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats, Click pens wide open songs deeply rooted in a life well-lived. Growing up in a small farm community outside Indianapolis, Click was the youngest of nine children in a working class family. He was gigging in his older sister’s country and western band before he was out of high school. Click moved to Austin, where his three-piece alt-country outfit, Danny and the Hurricanes, was a local phenomenon. He then spent three years with Americana artist Jimmy LaFave. Life Is A Good Place is the payoff, putting Click squarely in the upper echelon musically and lyrically. From its radio perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition. Fast forward to 2013. After four previous records and literally hundreds of gigs on the road, Click’s latest single, Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley’s Grave, went to #9 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire month of October, 2013. The music video is on CMT and is a viral share online. In 2014, Danny became a regular guest at Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh’s club, Terrapin Crossroads and released a ripping live CD, ‘Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE!’ In April 2015, Danny and band finished a brand new studio album with legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, etc.) which was released worldwide on Sept. 18, and is still on radio charts and DJ playlists across the country. The title track reached #1 on Indie Country radio in June 2016. Hell Yeah indeed.
As founding members and leaders of Austin, Texas’ The Band of Heathens, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist combine their unique voices to define the band’s kaleidoscopic American sound. Originally from the Boston area, Jurdi has forged a sound both rooted in the past and pointing toward the future. An ardent student of the masters of American music, he brings the passion of a gospel sermon and juxtaposes it against a gathering of merry pranksters with a soulful delivery . Jurdi currently lives in Asheville, N.C. after spending almost eight years in Austin, Texas. Quist spent most of his childhood outside of Houston, melding the influences of the 60’s pop music from his parents’ record collection with the rich folk and blues heritage he discovered in Texas. At home from Austin, he harnesses a rich baritone, a love of history, and alternating doses of red wine and coffee to chase song ideas wherever they take him, with whomever wants to come along for the ride. As a duo, Jurdi and Quist showcase the unique chemistry they have developed together that is the driving force behind the rock and roll of the Band of Heathens. “Anytime we get to be creative and record or perform, it helps bring us closer together,” says Jurdi. “It promotes the growth of ideas, which is our highest currency. Ideas are like gold, they are the seeds for the songs.” “It’s a much more vulnerable performance, and it’s been nice to let people inside some of these songs in a way that isn’t possible at the full band shows,” Quist says.
Join Tiffany Austin and her trio for an electrifying night celebrating the genius of Aretha Franklin. With soul hits like “Natural Woman” and “Respect”, to gospel and jazz classics like “Bridge over Troubled Water” and “Misty”, this is an evening not to be missed.
IRIEFUSE is a San Francisco Bay Area based dub-rock reggae band that has been fortunate enough to bring their energetic and unique performance to some of the largest and most respected reggae festivals in the country. California Roots in 2014 and the legendary Reggae on the River in 2015 were amazing to be a part of and put the band on the map. Since then the band has been working hard playing many other festivals and club dates up and down the West Coast including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico. The band has been blessed to provide direct support for many “A” list Reggae Stars such as, Barrington Levy, Richie Spice, Alborosie, Don Carlos, Anthony B, Israel Vibrations, Morgan Heritage, Sly & Robbie, Yellow Man, Sizzla Kalonji, Vaughn Benjamin, Black Uhuru, Junior Reid, Mikey General, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, The Expendables, & Josh Heinrichs. Their debut EP, Sun is Rising, was released in June 2013. Their first full-length album Give & Get Back was released on April 5, 2015. The band released the singles “Rainfall”,”Every time” and “Wake Up” in Early 2017.Their Newest release, “Drift Away” is their second full-length album, released on March 15th, 2021. All albums and singles can be found at all online music retailers. Please enjoy listening to the band on Spotify, Pandora, Youtube & More!!
In The Valley Below – Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob – meld harmony-laden Americana, adventurous art rock, squelchy synth pop and woozy blues into something altogether different: stylistically elusive, yet oddly inclusive. Her loaded purr cajoling with his weathered inflections, they craft gauzily compelling music at once introverted and all-embracing. A small-town girl from Michigan, Gail discovered songwriting while holed-up on an even smaller Caribbean sailboat. A thousand miles away in Memphis, Jacob was inhaling Link Wray’s ragged rebellion and the darker side of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. In The Valley Below was born one Texas night when the pair, performing at SXSW in an experimental L.A. rock band, recognized their rare on-stage connection. Back in California, they plunged into collaboration with twin-like telepathy and a feverish, fated chemistry ITVB’s genre-ambiguous, dreamily accessible expressions traveled well, inducing tireless touring. High-profile stops included England’s Reading and Leeds festivals, Rock en Seine in Paris, Austin City Limits, Corona Capital in Mexico City, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Conan. They have toured with bands from Cold War Kids to Tricky, White Lies to Albert Hammond Jr. and many more. “Peaches”, their debut single from “The Belt” (Capitol Records) first found the airwaves in Europe, debuting on BBC Radio One and climbing the charts in France and Germany, becoming #1 on French Alternative radio. Over a year later, it became a staple on US alternative radio. The song was remixed by Passion Pit, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party and more. Their latest chapter is an ongoing relationship that is rooted in both the music they create and the family which has followed. Relocated from their tiny, one-bedroom Echo Park apartment in Los Angeles, the pair have moved to a 100-year-old house they bought in Grand Rapids, MI. There, they installed a basement studio that served as the birthplace for their sophomore album released on acclaimed indie labels Bright Antenna and Arts & Crafts. The band self-produced their album for a second time with one song produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. “The Pink Chateau” album release was a groundbreaking creative endeavour with a live immersive experience in Los Angeles and a feature length music video/movie. “The Pink Chateau” film premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival and screened across the US while the band played the accompanying soundtrack broadcast through headphones to a live audience. The full movie is now streaming on Amazon.
Hurricane Ida Relief Benefit featuring The Last Minute Band with Tal Morris, Eric McCann, Lex Razon, & Austin deLone
Emma Swift is an Australian-born songwriter, currently residing in the Nashville, TN and London, UK. A gifted singer inspired by Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithfull, Linda Ronstadt and Sandy Denny, Emma’s sound is a blend of classic folk, Americana and indie rock. Although she writes her own songs, she is best known for her interpretations of other people’s work. In August 2020 she released the critically-acclaimed “Blonde On The Tracks”, an inspired reimagining of some of her favourite Bob Dylan tunes on Tiny Ghost Records. The album received Best of 2020 accolades from Rolling Stone, Nashville Scene, No Depression, The Guardian and more. The album charted in the Australian Top 10, as well as in the UK, US and European Americana Charts. In 2021, Rolling Stone Magazine named her version of Bob Dylan’s “Queen Jane Approximately” as #18 in the 80 Best Dylan covers of all-time. In addition to making music, Emma loves surrealist art, collage animation and travel. She counts visual artists Dora Maar and Dorothea Tanning among her heroes, as well as the poets Mary Oliver and Louis MacNeice. She is married to British alternative songwriter Robyn Hitchcock and the pair frequently perform live together. As a duo they have released two 7 inch singles, “Love Is A Drag” and “Follow Your Money”. Swift has toured all over the world and hopes to do so again soon. “Her high, clear voice highlights each syllable, letting you hear the words form, one seemingly following inevitably from the other, until they feel handed down, fragments of old songs now speaking to each other.” – Greil Marcus, LA REVIEW OF BOOKS “Swift navigates Sansone’s majestic folk-rock arrangements like the able captain of a frigate sailing over shimmering seas.” – Bud Scoppa, UNCUT MAGAZINE “Nobody has ever sung Dylan quite like this Nashville-based Australian singer-songwriter, nor with such a rare interpretive gift…comparable to Emmylou Harris’s Wrecking Ball in its intent, execution and intimacy.” – Andrew Stafford, THE GUARDIAN More info and tour dates can be found here.
Helping to spearhead a revival of neo-psychedelic pop, California’s Sugar Candy Mountain fuses sunny, retro sounds with lush, sophisticated composition. Blending classic ’60s West Coast psychedelia with pastoral folk and pulling inspiration from pop experimentalists and Brazilian Tropicalia. Their latest album “Do Right” takes a more modern approach layering vibrant synths alongside more organic instrumentation. Oscillating between the hazy psychedelic pop of Mild High Club, the driving energy of Tame Impala and the danceable familiarity of The Supremes, the band is a perfect cocktail of old and new, imploring the listener to take a ride into the sunset with Sugar Candy Mountain.