July 2014 Newsletter

Music is everywhere. Terrestrial radio still exists, but satellite has led way to apps and other methods so that you can listen online, on cell phones, tablets and on and on. It’s in commercials and films. It’s on piped in stations such as Muzak at the gym or the department store, which are sort of the same thing as satellite radio stations. Spotify and iTunes and that ilk are more than just places to buy music you like, and they are now more like discovery zones. Word spreads and music is shared on social media and through tastemaker blogs as well.

Of course, there is also good ol’ word of mouth. I consider myself lucky to work in the music business every day, but I also am lucky that I get to discover music through colleagues or potential clients that I likely would not have found otherwise. Yet, I’m continually blown away by how much talent there is out there, and how much of it we have the pleasure of representing. And of course, while there are so many media avenues to hear music, making it stand out in a sea of, well, everything, is a tall order these days. Of course, this is where we come in. And with that, here is your July MJM newsletter.

New Clients and New Releases

Brigitte DeMeyer Savannah Road Singer-songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer has proved herself one of the rare masters at guiding listeners down romantic, often tricky, Southern paths. In fact, her latest single, aptly titled “Savannah Road,” is currently winding its way toward the top of the Americana chart, having entered the Top 40 shortly after its April 29 release. DeMeyer’s skill as an aural tour guide has been carefully crafted over the years, not only in the studio, but from her time spent on stage supporting fellow storytelling experts ranging from Bob Dylan to Buddy Miller. In short, Savannah Road marks DeMeyer’s sixth album in a career spent honing a storyteller’s soul. www.brigittedemeyer.com

Derek Fawcett Feel Better For over a decade, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Derek Fawcett toured with Chicago's beloved acoustic quartet Down The Line. As a solo artist, Fawcett’s music is informed by his tenure with Down The Line, and further influenced by Tom Petty, John Mayer, James Taylor, Bon Iver, and Fountains Of Wayne. The songs on his sophomore effort, Feel Better (October 2014 release) are “collaborations with the likes of Cody Fry (Ben Rector, Hunter Hayes), Niko Xidas (Matt Wertz), and Tim Marks (Taylor Swift, Jewel, Will Kimbrough), and as he says, “their contributions have truly taken my music to new and exciting sonic places.” www.derekfawcett.com

The Carmonas self-titled It’s not just the rich variety of locales The Carmonas have visited that’s informed their latest release. Their self-titled debut full-length is due July 29, and showcases the storied sounds of the band’s current hometown of Nashville, as well as the many places they lived growing up. They’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with a diverse slate of highly respected musicians, including the Blind Boys of Alabama, Karen Elson and Jeremy Lister, and country legend Marty Stuart. The result is a sound tinged with a lot of heartfelt folk, blues, bluegrass, those inexplicably perfect and priceless family vocal harmonies, and a prominent but delicate twang. www.thecarmonasmusic.com

Radar vs. Wolf Radar vs Wolf formed in 2009 around the talents of Tomás Gorrio (guitar, vocals) and James Bratton (vocals, guitar). After releasing two EP's and touring for two years, they decided to settle down in Nashville in the fall of 2011 and hash out a full-length album with producer/drummer Mike Marsh (The Agency, Paper, The Avett Brothers, Dashboard Confessional) and bassist Craig Schlesinger (The Remedy Session, Paper). The band released their debut full-length self-titled record out of The Paper Mill and will embark on their summer tour this month. www.radarvswolf.com

The Villains A Little Something For The Pain From the album’s leadoff single “The First” to the hard rocking “Daddy’s Got A Shotgun” and the country inspired “Coming Home To You,” Atlanta band The Villains’ A Little Something For The Pain picks up where their last album Velocity, left off. In an increasingly crowded musical landscape, The Villains have carved out their place with passion, hard work, and a dedication to deliver music and a live show that their fans deserve, all the time…every time. www.thevillainsband.com

Kerri Powers Once a fixture on the New England coffeehouse scene, Kerri Powers put her career on hold to start a family. But two decades later she has returned with a stunning self-titled album, recordings that she says have “a nostalgic and organic vibe - bringing me back to the days I sat listening to my mother's record collection of Joan Baez, Neil Young, CCR, The Band, and Roberta Flack.” Kerri is touring in support of her record throughout the Northeast. www.kerripowers.com

Companies We Represent

Concord Music Group: We are currently working with the following artists under the Concord Music Group umbrella: Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, Billy Porter, Boney James, BWB, Chick Corea, Curtis Stigers, Dianne Reeves, Earl Klugh, Eliane Elias, Emily Bear, George Benson, Harvey Mason, Helen Sung, Hiromi, Jeff Lorber, Kneebody, Kris Bowers, Mindi Abair, Molly Ringwald, Moreland & Arbuckle, Otis Taylor, Patricia Barber, Steve Tyrell, and Trampled Under Foot. There are some new releases that these artists are supporting, so check them out at Concord Music’s website. www.concordmusicgroup.com

Previously Announced Upcoming Releases

Red Wanting Blue Little America (Fanatic Records/July 1) www.redwantingblue.com

Recent Releases

Cowboy Mouth Go! www.cowboymouth.com
Craig Bickhardt The More I Wonder www.craigbickhardt.com
Tina & The B-Sides Barricade www.facebook.com/TinaandtheBSides
Will Kimbrough Sideshow Love www.willkimbrough.com
Charlie Parr Hollandale www.charlieparr.com
Bae Kuang These Darling Wings www.baekuang.com
Shaman Juan Soothsayer www.shamanjuan.com

Artists Currently on Tour

David Mayfield Parade www.davidmayfieldparade.net
Cash'd Out (Johnny Cash Tribute) www.cashdout.com
Jon Pousette-Dart www.pousette-dart.com
The Nadas www.thenadas.com
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime www.badfish.com
Desert Rose Band www.chrishillman.com/desertroseband
Chris Knight www.chrisknight.net
Strung Like a Horse www.strunglikeahorse.com
The Americans www.theamericansmusic.com
Seven Handle Circus www.sevenhandlecircus.bandcamp.com
Tim Mahoney www.timmahoney.com
Pure Prairie League www.pureprairieleague.com
Rosco Bandana www.roscobandana.com
Brian Lisik www.brianlisik.com

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