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Latest Happenings…

Lots of great music happening all over the world right now and an the near future! Here are just a few picks…

Will Kimbrough and Brigitte DeMeyer’s tour moves across The Pond. Paul Kerr of Blabber ‘n’ Smoke added his two cents to the stack of glowing reviews on this duo: https://paulkerr.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/brigitte-demeyer-will-kimbrough-mockingbird-soul/ See Tour Dates for a show near you.

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Japandroids

Japandroids, a Vancouver-based punk band, invaded the West Coast, including a stop in Seattle this past weekend. They’ll head to Europe mid-April with a gig at Melkweg in Amsterdam before continuing the tour in UK into the first week of May. They return to Europe in June to play a few more gigs including Spain and Italy.

Oliver Gray , Americana music promoter (I hereby dub him Americana’s Duke of Winchester), is visiting SXSW.  I’m looking forward to his take on the scene. Here is last year’s post: http://olivergray.com/south-by-south-west-festival-2016/

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Jesse Dayton is heading West after SXSW to Seattle’s Tractor Tavern. The man is a beast on guitar and puts on an incredible, entertaining show. Jesse has a new album out called The Revealer. Here’s my review of his show with John Doe a few years ago: http://nodepression.com/live-review/john-doe-reigns-triple-door-seattle-wa. Dayton was featured in No Depression in October: http://nodepression.com/article/unsung-heroes-americana-music-jesse-dayton-real-country-music

John Doe will also tour this summer with a few stops up north.

Jeremy Nail was also featured in ND this month: http://nodepression.com/article/jeremy-nail%E2%80%99s-new-album-climbs-above-health-struggles

Jenny Whiteley, Canadian folk artist, was recently nominated for a  JUNO award, Canada’s version of The Grammys for her latest album, The Original Jenny Whiteley. Awards ceremony is in April.

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Dean Owens, a man from Leith–a Celtic Americana  artist via Nashville–has a new album, a movie in the works, and a new single called “Julie’s Moon” on iTunes with a chance to donate through Marie Curie.Check  Dean’s Facebook Page for more info and make a purchase to support this favorite Americana artist.

Kilkenny Roots Festival  happens 28 April – 1 May in Kilkenny, Ireland. Always a quality lineup, many artists from America. Western Centuries, a top-notch country band from Seattle, will attend this year.

Massy Ferguson’s April show at The Triple Door in Seattle will be a sell-out event. The annual show is a must-see for Ferguson fans. We just saw them play a lively set in a suburban venue called Capps Club, just blocks from home. It’s nice to finally have some quality  music venues outside of the city limits.

Speaking of suburban venues, McMenamins offers a variety of music throughout its Oregon and Washington properties. We are lucky to be minutes away from Anderson School where Fernando, McDougal, Jesse Dayton, Massy Ferguson, Ian McFeron, Sean Rowe, and Aaron Lee Tasjan have played–just to name a few artists since its grand opening over a year ago.

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Jeff Finlin’s brilliant new album The Guru in the Girl is due in May, and I’m giddy with anticipation for the rest of the world to hear it. The album is a perfect balance of darkness and light; of regeneration; of love and loss. It embodies poppy folk songs to naked, soul-baring blues. The haunting title track stirs and elevates the soul.

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Flight to Mars

Flight To Mars is landing at The Showbox May 12-13 for two RAWK shows with Mike McCready. Proceeds support Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 20, 2017 Posted by | 2017, Alt-Country, Americana, aplscruf, Brigitte DeMeyer, Canadiana, Flight to Mars, Folk, Japandroids, Jeff Finlin, Jenny Whiteley, Jeremy Nail, Jesse Dayton, John Doe, Kilkenny Roots Festival, Massy Ferguson, McDougall, McMenamins, Music, No Depression, Oliver Gray, Seattle Rock, The Tractor Tavern, The Triple Door, Western Centuries, Will Kimbrough | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Noam Weinstein – “On Waves”

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Noam Weinstein‘s emotionally satisfying album, On Waves is set to release on Leap Day, February 29. Check out my review on No Depression here: http://nodepression.com/album-review/ride-emotional-wave-noam-weinstein. Check out his website and catch his release party here: http://www.enoam.com/playtimes

February 5, 2016 Posted by | 2016, No Depression, Noam Weinstein | , , , | Leave a comment

Jeff Finlin’s New Video – “I Killed Myself Last Night” Posted on No Depression

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My musical family tree is showing signs of an early spring. New blossoms formed this week. I met two new friends–both have been around for years, but we finally connected. One friend will be featured in a separate post and video, once tour dates are announced. The other, as it turns out, was someone who, all things considered, I should have met a decade ago. Jeff Finlin is his name. We have several mutual friends in the music world. He’s also collaborated with Will Kimbrough and spent many moons in the Nashville scene before settling in Colorado.

His current album, My Moby Dick was released in 2013. “I Killed Myself Last Night” from the album, was just released as a video. The song has a powerful message of spiritual awakening. I just posted it on No Depression. Here is the link:  http://nodepression.com/video/jeff-finlin-i-killed-myself-last-night

Here is the video:

As I explore Finlin’s music, I wonder why I didn’t find him sooner. My music purchases are sporadic, though. I think I missed a whole decade at one point. Life gets in the way. Distractions galore. I heard him for the first time singing “Sugar Blue” in his distinct, drawn-out vocals, a favorite song featured on Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown 2002 soundtrack. But since then, I hadn’t ordered his albums. After he contacted me regarding posting the video, I hopped online and purchased My Moby Dick and an accompanying book of prose called Time Less Travel. I like the play on words.

He is also working on a retrospective album that will be released through a European label and another new album entitled The Guru in The Girl  to be released later in the year. Check his website for more details and updates.

Join him on his UK tour in February. Show dates here: http://jefffinlin.com/shows

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January 30, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Jeff Finlin, No Depression, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Eszter Balint – Official Video Posted on No Depression!

Check out singer-songwriter-violinist Eszter Balint’s new video “Trouble You Don’t See” from the long-awaited album Airless Midnight on No Depression:http://nodepression.com/video/eszter-balint-official-video-trouble-you-dont-see

December 10, 2015 Posted by | Eszter Balint, No Depression, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Luther Wright’s New Album: Hearts and Lonely Hunters

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Luther Wright & the Wrongs have a fabulous new album out. It’s a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. I interviewed Wright for No Depression. Check out the review and interview here: http://nodepression.com/album-review/luther-wrights-new-album-has-split-personality Go buy his album and support your local independent artist! Pick up another one for your bestie. Thank me later.

Try not to dance to this one:

November 22, 2015 Posted by | Concert Season 2015, Luther Wright, Music, No Depression | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Road Trippin’ Through Colt Kraft’s Debut Album

Check out my No Depression article on Colt Kraft Band‘s new album, titled My One True Home, set to drop October 30. Here’s the link: http://nodepression.com/album-review/road-trippin-through-colt-krafts-dreamy-debut-album 

“High School” is one of my favorite tracks on the album:

October 27, 2015 Posted by | Colt Kraft Band, Concert Season 2015, No Depression | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Church of Betty Exclusive Video Premiere on No Depression!

Check out my short review and smile-inducing video called “Paella” created by Steve Zehentner for Church of Betty.

http://nodepression.com/article/exclusive-video-premiere-paella-church-betty

October 1, 2015 Posted by | Church of Betty, Concert Season 2015, Music, No Depression | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Sideshow Tragedy Interview for No Depression

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The Sideshow Tragedy, Featuring Nathan Singleton and Jeremy Harrell. Photo by Michael Craft

My interview of The Sideshow Tragedy posted in No Depression today.  Check out the fantastic, insightful responses from frontman Nathan Singleton here: http://nodepression.com/interview/sideshow-tragedy-set-drop-fiery-fifth-album

April 23, 2015 Posted by | Concert Season 2015, No Depression, The Sideshow Tragedy | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments