Did you get the memo? Hadiya is setting herself up to become not only Chicago, but the World’s new rising star. Hadiya is a unique talent, not because she is six years old and plays the violin, nor is she unique because she can rap seamlessly in different styles. She is unique because of her ability in the early stages of her career; to execute her craft at such a high level. She already has two single releases in her young career, with a 3rd release coming in August 2012.
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Beto Hale has received plum press accolades, matriculated at topnotch music schools, and played with some of the industry’s finest musicians. But what mattered to him most when crafting his third album is rediscovering the simple joys of uplifting, emotionally direct, and concisely catchy pop rock. Appropriately, he calls his latest Rebirth, and features bass legend Tony Levin on all tracks.
Ed Hamell picked up the guitar at age 7 and started writing songs not long after. In his early 20s, Mr. Hamell was the front man and writer for an original band, but local bands were a dime a dozen in the tough, working class neighborhoods in Syracuse, NY. So he launched a one-man act called "Hamell on Trial."
Armed with his battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar, Mr. Hamell toured the country, then settled in Austin, Texas, where he found a receptive audience for his esoteric mix of songs and story telling. In 1995, Mercury Records signed him straight out of the SXSW Music Conference and released Big as Life and The Chord is Mightier than the Sword.
A few years later, and a move to Brooklyn, NY, brought Mr. Hamell and Ani DiFranco together. He signed with Righteous Babe Records and released Tough Love in 2003, followed by Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs in 2006. Subsequently, he has toured extensively with Ms. DiFranco, and has collaborated with her on several songs.
Performing in and around the New York scene prompted Mr. Hamell to rediscover the roots of his hurricane-force musical style and authentic cutting edge world view. His response, The Terrorism of Everyday Life, is a one-man theatrical show which combines story telling, comedy and songs into a brilliantly outrageous theatrical event. Mr. Hamell explores family, politics, religion and death through his journey as a working musician, man of the street, and father of a young son.
Mr. Hamell was invited to perform at the 2007 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, where The Terrorism of Everyday Life earned five-star reviews in the Metro, Edinburgh Review, and Three Weeks, and was awarded the Festival’s prestigious Herald Angel Award, the highest honor the Festival gives to the most outstanding performance each year.
Nathan Hamilton has released six albums on his own and two as a member of the Good Medicine Band (aka Sharecroppers). He was a winner of the 2000 Kerrville New Folk Award and a Top 5 Finalist in the 2008 Independent Music Awards. Nathan tours internationally both solo and with his band, No Deal. His latest CD entitled, Beauty, Wit and Speed was released in October 2011 and debuted at #10 on the Euro Americana Chart. The album was co-produced with engineer Britton Beisenherz (Monahans, Milton Mapes, Doug Burr, Seryn) at Ramble Creek Studio in Austin,Texas. A wonderful group of artists took part including Kevin Russell (The Gourds) on mandolin, Jeff Lofton on trumpet, Greg Vanderpool (Monahans), and Amy Cook on vocals and many more. The result is a collection of some of Nathan's strongest songs yet, set to a multifaceted, oft times lush and sometimes sparsely lit sonic soundscape.
[Nathan] has arrived at a destination many songwriters set off for but few reach: bold, stark, simple and beautiful truth.
Nowadays it’s a rare feat to match stellar songcraft with stellar musicianship. Rising star quartet Harmonic Blue has labored hard to realize a vision of accessible songwriting delivered with instrumental virtuosity. Through writing its own material, self-producing, and running every element of the day-to-day band admin, the College Park, Maryland four piece has built an impressive profile. Now, the band is proud to announce the breathtaking Villa Borghese debut EP, a gorgeously vibrant video for the stunning track “Silver Spoon,” and a momentous self-booked 15-date summer tour.
Zayed Hassan is an electronic and acoustic composer and musician who spends his time away from music as a student of business administration and an amateur photographer. His videos on YouTube range from doodling with his new ukelele to accompanying himself in a compelling guitar/piano duet. Zayed is currently working on his debut album.
Zayed's music ranges is sound and genre from Jim Brickman-like mellow instrumental to Deep Forest electronica. His use of instruments like the tabla drum add a World Music flair to his compositions, elevated from the fray of run-of-the-mill sleepy instrumental artists.
Lisa's bold-yet-beautiful voice paired with her quasi-Americana sound have found a home in Austin's live music scene. While the closest description of her sound lies somewhere between Country and Americana, a Lisa Hayes live set ranges from the brooding and mysterious "She's A Beauty" to the upbeat Cajun-rock feel of "Fierce Love."
Hayes is the perfect artist... She can sing and write songs, and she has a strong point of view, which is rare in this day and age. Not to mention that the girl can play when she steps foot onstage.
– Stan Lynch, founding member of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
...a perfect example of why the musical bar in Austin is so high
– Stephen Bruton
Dan Hazlett is truly the epitome of a modern day musical Renaissance man – it’s simply impossible to place his body of work into a pre-defined musical niche. A producer, sound engineer, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, stay-at-home Dad and educator, Hazlett (pronounced HAZE-let) is an accomplished, polished performer who entertains and uplifts his audiences with a blend of his smooth, soulful voice, his finely honed acoustic guitar work, and his arsenal of well-crafted and thoughtfully presented songs. Weaving in and out of folk, jazz and a Will Rogers style of down-home humor, Dan captivates his listeners with subject matter ranging from the ordinary silliness of everyday life to the unexpected intensity of dramatic interludes.
The Heavy Guilt is as much Americana as it is avant-garde garage, as much folk blues as it is psychedelic indie stomp. It is six focused musicians, from varying backgrounds, translating their influences into a common language beneath the dim crimson lights of the stage. It is a sweaty driving catharsis, a train of thought bulldozing cross the tracks of rural America, it is a roadmap through the emotive wilderness, it is a collage put together by time worn hands, it is the sound and rhythm of a saturated city, it is the direction you take after last call. The Heavy Guilt is rock n roll.
Singer-songwriter Matthew Heller’s rock n’ roll folk has the stories, the brave vulnerability, and the painful truths of traditional folk, but it’s just way, way louder. Heller’s unique blend of alt-rock catharsis and protest music messaging is potent and poignant. His latest, Invitation, is a stunning display of raw-nerve emotionality and fine songcraft with a broad dynamic palette that stretches from euphoric rock to introspective ballads.
Monique AKA HER born and raised in New York City began writing at age 9 and had her first gig at NYC's Legendary CBGB's at age 13. From that day on, being a songwriter and performer was deep in her veins. To date, she has performed in thousands of bars, clubs, and even arenas around the world. Being the courageous high energy performer that she is, HER brings back and reminds us of some of music's greatest. She has been compared to the female Steven Tyler and the Grittier Madonna. Opening and touring with acts such as Kid Rock, REO Speedwagon, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, and Big and Rich to name a few. She was the front women/lead singer and songwriter for HER & Kings County a country/rock band she started with her producer Caleb "KBC" Sherman back in Brooklyn who later inked a record deal with Warner bros/Elektra and had a single "White Trash Country Boy" that charted at 26 on the Music Row Break out Charts. When asked her goal as a musician, she confidently replies, “ I want to climb over borders, I want to drive outside the lines, I want to make people feel connected. I want to tell a story – everybody’s story”.
Collin Herring arrives with a strange angled honesty, a dustbowl-true voice whispering about doubts and the hard things he’s seen, yet also capable of gently hooky rockin’ and moody drift.
...arrives with a strange angled honesty, a dustbowl-true voice whispering about doubts and the hard things he’s seen, yet also capable of gently hooky rockin’ and moody drift.
Hey, Gurl is a four-piece, all girl band from Pflugerville, Texas who have taken the Austin music scene by storm. Finding a home base at Red Eyed Fly, in the heart of the Red River music scene in downtown, the band rose to “weekend” status after just their second show.
Audiences have gotten behind the band for their style, strong vocals, and a songlist that spans five decades. One astute member of a bill-sharing band mused, “Hey, Gurl plays enough songs you know that anyone can sing-a-long, but are diverse enough to keep your interest and challenge your musical acumen.”
Hey, Gurl’s songlist spans hip-hop, indie, and classic rock genres, and even includes songs from TV and film. Come check out their next show so you can say “I was there when they first started.”
Back in the early seventies, a band was formed in San Antonio, Tx. that has since gone down in history as perhaps the greatest unsigned band to ever come from the State of Texas. Years of endless gigging, recording sessions, and ultimately ending after inner conflicts, changing musical landscapes and personal tragedies, Heyoka's music has remained lost to the ravages of time and has gained mythical status amongst the faithful and the serious collectors. Now, after more than 30 years since their original studio recordings, ShroomAngel Productions in partnership with Heyoka, have finally delivered the most eagerly anticipated CD in Texas music history! The original studio recordings taken from the master tapes and digitally remastered for superior audio fidelity and NEVER AVAILABLE BEFORE! Stunning. They had it all- musicianship (band featured two guitars, singer/flautist, bass, keyboards and drums)with chops, panache and great tone, superb compositions, multiple rhythmic changes and complex chord progressions, and above all they had tremendous SPIRIT. The music is very moving, and pays homage to the plight of Native Americans and sheds light on the many injustices done to them and to the common everyday person. A political, spiritual, deeply humanitarian work, this CD represents so many emotions, so much hard work and hopes and dreams, now finally soon to be available on CD.
It's almost 2013 and the Hickoids have been raising hell off and on for parts of four decades now. Reinvigorated and slimmed down to a touring act featuring original members Davy Jones (guitar) and Jeff Smith (vocals), Rice Moorehead holding down bass duties for several years now, and fresh blood Tom "Tony" Trusnovic and Lance "Slopoke" Farley both with the band for about a year now on guitar and drums repectively. Multi-instrumentalist Scott Lutz occasionally graces the stage for regional shows and records with the band.
The band's new album Hairy Chafin' Ape Suit is in the can and slated for March release to coincide with a SXSW appearance and their first ever European dates with San Francisco based gal pals The Grannies as the two bands share the stage on the "300 Years of Punk Rock Tour".
Influenced by everything from folk rock to hip-hop, Noah James Hittner's sound inspires the mind and warms the heart. Appearing on radio and network television as both a Musician and an Author, Noah's mission is to connect with the lives of as many people as possible in an inspiring and empowering way. His 2nd solo album, "Flesh & Metal" is a mesmerizing collage of genre-slashing acousti-tronic rhythms, melodies and vocals that beg listeners to feel something.
The Jon Hogan String Band plays scorch folk: Primitive-modernist music to feed your soul and blow the doors off your Ford. Percussive rhythm guitar, locomotive fingerpicking, technical-virtuoso washtub bass (seriously.) Well-made original songs with an Appalachian root and a blistering, modern take on vintage mountain music.
Howlin’ Alan is a singer/songwriter artist who doesn’t abide by musical boundaries, so he refers to his original creations as, “Country Rock Americana Pop (acronym not indicative).” Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, but calling Nashville home for over twenty years, he is student of music history. Years ago, it was the full intent of Howlin’ Alan to write and record his own music. His past is full of great material written on his own and with several co-writers, including “In the Shade of the Family Tree” recorded by an unbelievable A-list of Country Music and Grand Ole Opry artists over a decade ago for the book, “Chicken Soup for the Country Soul”. Now his dream is a reality. His first album, Back to Plan A is available at iTunes, cdBaby, and many other sites. On the album, Howlin’ Alan is fully responsible for all of the songwriting, guitars, mandolin, harmonicas, and vocals. He is currently readying songs for his second studio album and planning a Spring 2013 release.