January 2013 Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to 2013. Sometimes we learn things from our kids, and sometimes they do things that inadvertently send us subliminal or not-so-subliminal messages. Recently our five-year-old son, who has autism, has become obsessed with digital clocks, and in particular with trying to literally turn back time. The clock may change from 9:31 to 9:32, and he will say “thirty-one!” and change it back to 9:31. This sometimes will go on for a while, off and on, and as a result I may walk into our bedroom, and the clock may tell me it’s 10:15 even though it’s really 11:20.

We all joke about wanting to turn back time, and on how time flies, blah blah blah. But we also accept that we cannot stop time from whizzing by. What our son taught me is that while that may be true, it doesn’t mean we can’t try, or throw a Hail Mary every once in a while. Breaking the rules or trying to bend them or somehow trying to alter what we typically accept as set in stone is usually futile, but may someday be exhilarating if we keep at it.

Where am I going with this? My son’s message to me, though probably not intentional, is that anything is possible—you just have to try. There is nothing wrong with asking, “What if?” (and nothing wrong with having an extremely active imagination, either). That’s also how some of the greatest music has been created. Music….oh yeah! About that…….

New Clients

The Whiskey Gentry: Paste Magazine was dead-on when they called The Whiskey Gentry a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass, feet stomping in line with a punk-inspired kick drum.” Formed in 2009 by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, The Whiskey Gentry is a group of seasoned veterans —and to put things mildly, some of the finest pickers and musicians the Southeast has to offer. www.thewhiskeygentry.com

Desert Rose Band: Originally formed in 1985 and having gone through various changes and incarnations, southern California country rock group Desert Rose Band is back on tour as an acoustic act featuring original members Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson and Bill Bryson. www.chrishillman.com/desertroseband

The Nadas: The Nadas are Iowa's signature alt-rock-country band, selling more than 200,000 albums through their own label, Authentic Records. They mix country, rock, alternative, and indie with flawless songwriting and catchy melodies for a crowd-pleasing experience and are gearing up for their new album, Lovejoy. www.thenadas.com

Fat Opie Lead by singer/songwriter Scott Mickelson, this Bay Area band continues to reinvent what can be termed “Americana,” and as Fat Opie is officially releasing its new album, Victoryville, in early 2013, Mickelson and members of the band will embark on a West Coast acoustic tour in support of the record. www.fatopie.com

Shivering Timbers Northeast Ohio based Shivering Timbers was discovered by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach when married couple/band leaders Sarah and Jayson Benn played at Auerbach's birthday party, songs they'd written for their infant daughter. Their first album was subsequently recorded at Auerbach's studio, a collection of home-spun dark folk songs and fractured fairy tales. Now the group is on tour supporting their 2012 album, Sing Sing. www.shiveringtimbersmusic.com

Other News

Poco: Legendary country rock band Poco (est. 1968) will release its first studio album in eleven years, All Fired Up, next month. Founding member Rusty Young still fronts this legacy act and Poco will continue to tour in support of the new album. www.poconut.org

Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project For two decades, Atlanta native Ed Roland has been the front man and heart of the platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul. Now, Roland is set to officially launch his new band—Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project with a five-week residency at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta beginning January 15. www.thesweetteaproject.com

Upcoming Releases

A Fragile Tomorrow Be Nice Be Careful (January 8) www.afragiletomorrow.com
Tim Mahoney Shine Through (January 22) www.timmahoney.com
Poco All Fired Up (February 2013) www.poconut.org
Charlie Parr: Barnswallow (February 5) www.charlieparr.com
Todd May Rickenbacker Girls (February 2013) www.pelotonrecords.com/toddmay.cfm
Paper Bird Rooms (March 26) www.paperbirdband.com
Burning River Ramblers TBA (March 2013) www.reverbnation.com/theburningriverramblers
Tommy & The High Pilots (April 2013) www.thehighpilots.com

Recent Releases

War Poets Dulce et Decorum Est www.warpoets.net
Jacob Blazer: I Am Jacob www.jacobandthegoodpeople.com
The Iveys The Iveys Christmas www.theiveysmusic.com
Heyday Media In This Together www.heydaymediagroup.com
David Olney: Robbery & Murder www.davidolney.com
Dolls on Fire Ladies and Gentlemen … www.facebook.com/dollsonfire

On Tour Now

Red Wanting Blue www.redwantingblue.com
JP Harris & The Tough Choices www.ilovehonkytonk.com
John Oates www.johnoates.com
Dan Miraldi: www.danmiraldi.com
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime www.badfish.com
Scotty Don't (original project of Badfish members) www.scottydont.com
Darrell Scott www.darrellscott.com
Mark Bates www.markbatesmusic.com
Brian Lisik www.brianlisik.com
A Clever Con facebook.com/aclevercon
Cash'd Out (Johnny Cash Tribute) www.cashdout.com

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