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Video Feature & Interview: LAUREN DAIGLE

Video Feature & Interview: LAUREN DAIGLE
VIDEO FEATURE OF THE DAY Artist:  LAUREN DAIGLE Song:  “How Can It Be” Lauren Daigle is the fastest selling new artist in Contemporary Christian music in the past decade. Her debut album reached #1 on the iTunes Christian Gospel Top Albums Chart with more than 270,000 album sales and 730,000 track sales. She has almost 50 million YouTube and Vevo views, with about 200,000 subscribers. “How Can It Be” alone has had more than 14 million... 

EXCLUSIVE SONG – RACHAEL SAGE

EXCLUSIVE SONG – RACHAEL SAGE
  EXCLUSIVE SONG FEATURE Artist: RACHAEL SAGE Song: “Loreena” (Acoustic)   Web-Exclusive Interview with M Music & Musicians magazine publisher, Merlin David How did the idea of “Loreena” come to you? I actually wrote this song in a dream! That’s only happened to me a handful of times, and not recently. I woke up, or probably a New York City siren woke me up, which is the only reason I may have remembered my dream—with the... 

VIDEO PREMIERE – DARRYL PURPOSE

VIDEO PREMIERE – DARRYL PURPOSE
VIDEO PREMIERE Artist:  DARRYL PURPOSE Song:  “Prince of the Apple Towns” Web-Exclusive Interview with M Music & Musicians magazine publisher, Merlin David How did the idea of “Prince of the Apple Towns” come to you? This song is about the poet from Wales, Dylan Thomas, whose last words were said to be “Eighteen whiskeys, I think that’s a record.” But this song is mostly about happier, early days when he called himself, “Prince... 

Video Feature & Interview: BILLY CROCKETT

Video Feature & Interview: BILLY CROCKETT
VIDEO FEATURE OF THE DAY Artist: BILLY CROCKETT Song: “21 Times” Website: BillyCrockett.com Web-Exclusive Interview with M Music & Musicians magazine publisher, Merlin David How did the idea of “21 Times” come to you? Awareness of our finiteness dawns on us eventually. I had read Paul Bowles’ novel, The Sheltering Sky, in which two travelers begin to understand that opportunities for experience, and for reconciliation, are numbered.... 

Video Feature: EMMETT SKYY

Video Feature: EMMETT SKYY
©Noah Schutz EMMETT SKYY Song: “Love Leads to Nothing” Website: EmmettSkyy.com Web-Exclusive Interview with M Music & Musicians magazine publisher, Merlin David   How did the idea of “Love Leads to Nothing” come to you? It came from feeling you’ve invested so much love and energy into a relationship, and it falls by the wayside. But even though that relationship ended, you still feel something. It’s coming to terms with yourself—and... 

Tom Prasada-Rao “Sleeping Beauty”

Tom Prasada-Rao “Sleeping Beauty”
VIDEO FEATURE OF THE DAY Artist: TOM PRASADA-RAO Song: “Sleeping Beauty” Website: TomPrasadaRao.com How did the idea of “Sleeping Beauty” come to you? I wrote this song for my ex mother-in-law. She found the love of her life later in life, and she transformed from someone who stayed in her bathrobe all day, to someone who closed down the VFW hall every night. It was a beautiful sight to see. But soon after they got married, they got the call... 

MERLE HAGGARD

MERLE HAGGARD
MERLE HAGGARD Okie From Muskogee Anniversary Edition Anniversaries. The 20th anniversary of the notorious Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding relationship, as celebrated by two specials coinciding with last month’s Winter Olympics, caught me by surprise. So I had my own celebration by reposting Loudon Wainwright III’s transcendent tribute to the bygone days of women’s figure skating and sportsmanship, “Tonya’s Twirls,” which eventually surfaced... 

Ryan Shupe – Just Say Yes

Ryan Shupe – Just Say Yes
Ryan Shupe – Just Say Yes When asked about his new video, “Just Say Yes,” Ryan Shupe said, “Sometimes you just want to hit the road and leave everything behind. That’s the vibe I wanted to capture with the song ‘Just Say Yes.’ I love the imagery of hitting the road, driving all night and wind blowing through your hair. I think the production has a nice building effect, with the piano and mandolin, that creates a feeling of anticipation... 

2016 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

2016 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES 2016 RECIPIENTS FOR THE ELAINE WEISSMAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS  RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT, SONNY TERRY AND BROWNIE MCGHEE AND THE ENGLISH FOLK DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY TO BE HONORED AT AWARDS GALA   FEBRUARY 17, 2016 28TH ANNUAL FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 17-21, 2016 IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI Folk Alliance International is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of The Elaine... 

28TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

28TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
  FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES   KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND ARTIST SHOWCASES FOR THE 28TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 17-21, 2016 FOLK LEGEND JUDY COLLINS CONFIRMED AS SPEAKER AND PERFORMER ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 MORE THAN 190 ARTISTS FROM 11 COUNTIRES SLATED TO PERFORM DURING CONFERENCE AT THE WESTIN HOTEL CROWN CENTER IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 2016 ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE DARLINGSIDE (USA), JEFFREY FOUCAULT (USA), LOS TEXMANIACS (USA),... 

Six String Theory Competition

Six String Theory Competition
Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour hosts the biennial Six String Theory Competition for the 5th time with applications accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards and Drums. Registration is open from January 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016 on the website by submitting two YouTube videos. For Guitar, applicants may register in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic/Country, Classical/Flamenco and Rhythm Guitar which includes Pop,... 

Country Guitar Tones for EZmix 2

Country Guitar Tones for EZmix 2
Toontrack releases a new collection of Country Guitar Tones for EZmix 2 Toontrack released Country Guitars EZmix Pack, a new expansion for its widely popular multi-effect mix tool EZmix 2. This is the first release of Toontrack’s ongoing Country Month, a month-long celebration in February 2016 of all things country music-related. The Country Guitars EZmix Pack presents a diverse collection of settings for all walks of vintage and modern electric... 

TOONTRACK ANNOUNCES COUNTRY MONTH

TOONTRACK ANNOUNCES COUNTRY MONTH
TOONTRACK ANNOUNCES COUNTRY MONTH Swedish drum sampler pioneers Toontrack announced today that they will be presenting the company’s first-ever theme month centered around country music in February. The month will include four new releases, all of which will be announced weekly throughout the month. In addition to this and several other efforts, Toontrack will be hosting a player based on customers’ songs. Individual tracks will be selected weekly... 

31st ANNUAL NAMM TEC AWARDS

31st ANNUAL NAMM TEC AWARDS
NAMM TEAC AWARDS – Les Paul Award to Don Was CREATIVE & TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE  31st ANNUAL NAMM TEC AWARDS    PRESTIGIOUS LES PAUL AWARD PRESENTED TO DON WAS JEFF “SKUNK” BAXTER and RECORD PLANT’S CHRIS STONE AND GARY KELLGREN INDUCTED INTO TEC AWARDS HALL OF FAME   Evening hosted by comedian Sinbad Presenters included: Joe Walsh, Nathan East, Peter Asher, Ed and Rose-Mann Cherney, Sylvia Massy,... 

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano The Surreal McCoys     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Lucious   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Town Mountain     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano The Wood Brothers    Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano The Grahams     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano The Hello Strangers     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano The Honeycutters     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Whitney Rose      Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano The Carmonas     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Ted Russell Camp     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano The Contenders     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Whitehorse    Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Robyn Hitchcock and J.P. Harris     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Tall Heights   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Robyn Hitchcock     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Liz Longley    Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Nora Jane Struthers     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Oh Pep     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Olin and The Moon     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Nora Jane Struthers and Joe Overton      Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Michaela Anne     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Manda Mosher     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Sarah Borges    Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Lindi Ortega   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano  Lilly Hiatt     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Lilly Hiatt and Andrew Leahey     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Leigh Nash      Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Laney Jones     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Kingsley Flood     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano J.P. Harris     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Jonathan Tyler  Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano    John Jorgenson   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Joe Overton     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Joel Rafael     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano John Moreland    Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Jackie Greene   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Jeff Black     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Jewel     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Jay Nash      Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano   Grant Lee Phillips   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Helen Rose and Alexander Wright   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Humminghouse     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Helen Rose          Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Brandy Zdan, Jamie Lin Wilson and Liz Foster     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano  Bryan Simpson – Whistles and Bells     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Calico     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Christian Lopez    Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Applewood Road     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano  Band of Heathens     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Bonnie Bishop     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Blackfoot Gypsies      Read More →

Americana Music Fest 2015

Americana Music Fest 2015
  Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Alice Wallace     Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Andrew Leahey   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano American Aquarium   Americana Music Fest 2015 Portrait Sessions Photography by Jeff Fasano Annette Conlon    Read More →

2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards

2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards
2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) honors music in film, TV, videogames, commercials and trailers. The HMMA nominations have historically been representative of the nominees of key awards shows that are announced months later.  Last year’s Golden Globe nominees for score matched the HMMA’ selections.  Nominees of this year’s HMMA represent visual music from around the world including Spain, Argentina,... 

A Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra

A Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra
L.A. Jazz Institute Presents Big Band Concepts: A Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra October 29-November 1  A Four Day Jazz Festival   This weekend promises to be incredible! You’ll hear LIVE world-class bands including The Johnny Mandel Big Band The Patrick Williams Orchestra The Frank Capp Juggernaut The Scott Whitfield Big Band The Carl Saunders Be Bop Big Band The Mike Berkowitz Big Band Roger Neumann’s Rather Large Band and even a few... 

New Drum MIDI by Kenny Aronoff

New Drum MIDI by Kenny Aronoff
Toontrack releases new drum MIDI by Kenny Aronoff Toontrack announced the release of a new drum MIDI title performed by Kenny Aronoff: American Rock MIDI. “It’s a privilege to be able to give our users the experience of working with grooves from one of the most recorded session drummers in music history. Kenny’s performances are both musical, and inspiring – the perfect combination for any sort of production ranging from basic songwriting... 

EZdrummer 2: Post-Rock EZX

EZdrummer 2: Post-Rock EZX
Toontrack releases new EZdrummer 2 expansion: Post-Rock EZX Today, Toontrack announced the release of the Post-Rock EZX, a new sound library expansion for EZdrummer 2 recorded in Iceland’s iconic Sundlaugin Studios. This marks the fifth EZX since the EZdrummer 2 launch in 2014. About the Post-Rock EZX & the Sundlaugin Studios ”Dramatic. A force of nature. Unpredictable and almost cinematic.” When asked how to put words to the term post-rock,... 

CASIO LAUNCHES NEW CELVIANO GRAND HYBRID DIGITAL PIANO

CASIO LAUNCHES NEW CELVIANO GRAND HYBRID DIGITAL PIANO
CASIO LAUNCHES NEW CELVIANO GRAND HYBRID DIGITAL PIANO It’s not the real thing, but it’s really, really close. New York City pianist Simone Dinnerstein played to a rapt audience at Lincoln Center recently, and demonstrated the remarkable sound of Casio’s new CELVIANO Grand Hybrid digital piano. Stephen Schmidt could’ve sworn he was seeing and hearing an acoustic concert grand. “Between the sound and the appearance, that’s all I could... 

MASTER THE ART OF CO-WRITING

MASTER THE ART OF CO-WRITING
MASTER THE ART OF CO-WRITING—this Saturday, August 8, at Manhattan’s Nola Studios Chart-Topping and Award-Winning Songwriters Join Forces to Host Co-Writing Workshop in NYC NEW YORK, NY – The chart-topping and award-winning songwriters behind SongwriterLink, Educated Songwriter, and the New York Songwriters Collective have joined forces to create an intensive afternoon workshop called Master the Art of Co-Writing on August 8, 2015... 

SUMMER NAMM in NASHVILLE

SUMMER NAMM in NASHVILLE
Music Industry Day at Summer NAMM in Nashville   The public is invited to attend Music Industry Day at Summer NAMM in Nashville, a chance to attend the normally exclusive, trade-only music event. Amateur and professional musicians, songwriters, and general music lovers are invited to try new musical products and instruments, attend workshops and sessions, and network with industry leaders. In addition, enjoy live music throughout the day with... 

Doug Strahm – Your Love

Doug Strahm – Your Love
Doug Strahm – Your Love From Doug Strahm’s debut album “Everything Has Changed” this story is about the love between a father and son that overcomes life’s obstacles and finding the strength in love.  Read More →

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – HONEY PIE

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – HONEY PIE
EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE – HONEY PIE Exclusive track premiere from Jonathan Tyler new album HOLY SMOKES - They have toured with everyone from Grace Potter, AC/DC and ZZ top, to Kid Rock, JJ Grey and Robert Randolph.  Jonathan is currently out on tour all Summer with Butch Walker. - Their song “Devil’s Basement” was used as the theme song for Martin Scorsese Boardwalk Empire for the entire first season.  In fact, nearly... 

Day 3 of The 10th Annual ASCAP EXPO

Day 3 of The 10th Annual ASCAP EXPO
Day 3 of The 10th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO The Writers Jam Brings Attendees To Their Feet as Aloe Blacc, Andrea Martin, Andrew Bird, and Ashley Gorley Close HOLLYWOOD – MAY 2: From left, Andrea Martin, ASCAP VP Pop/Rock Membership Marc Emert-Hutner, Andrew Bird, Aloe Blacc, and Ashley Gorley at The Writers Jam at the 2015 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on May 2, 2015 in Hollywood,... 

Day 2 of The 10th Annual ASCAP EXPO

Day 2 of The 10th Annual ASCAP EXPO
Day 2 of The 10th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Bill Withers, Aloe Blacc, Desmond Child, Mali Music, Darrell Brown, Victoria Monet, & Kirby Lauryen Highlight HOLLYWOOD – MAY 1: Bill Withers speaks at Who He Is (and What is He to You): “I Create Music” Interview with Bill Withers at the 2015 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on May 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tonya... 

Day 1 of The 10th Annual ASCAP EXPO

Day 1 of The 10th Annual ASCAP EXPO
Day 1 of The 10th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO Paul Williams, Ingrid Michaelson, Valerie Simpson, Richard Marx, Kevin Cronin, Toby Gad, Hanson, Goapele, Santigold, Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) Top The Bill At Day 1 of The 10th Annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO HOLLYWOOD – APRIL 30: From left, Valerie Simpson, Kevin Cronin, Mike Reid, Isaac Hanson, Zac Hanson, and Taylor Hanson at the “I Create Music”... 

JOEL RAFAEL “Old Portland Town”

JOEL RAFAEL “Old Portland Town”
JOEL RAFAEL “Old Portland Town” Critically acclaimed, California songwriter and seminal folk artist Joel Rafael releases his ninth album today, Baladista, on Inside Recordings. Inside Recordings, a label created by Jackson Browne and his management team, is distributed worldwide by Alternative Distribution Alliance. “Joel Rafael’s songs are filled with passion and compassion,” says Jackson Browne. “Passion for social justice, and compassion... 

New Toontrack release: Classic Soul EZkeys MIDI

New Toontrack release: Classic Soul EZkeys MIDI
New Toontrack release: Classic Soul EZkeys MIDI Today Toontrack announced the release of a new title for their widely popular line of piano MIDI for EZkeys: Classic Soul EZkeys MIDI. By fusing gospel, blues and jazz with an aura of change and positivity, soul music dominated the charts of the late 1950’s and ’60s. More than sixty years later, some of the timeless anthems of this classic era are covered, interpreted and still play a central part... 

EZdrummer 2 has its first birthday

EZdrummer 2 has its first birthday
EZdrummer 2 has its first birthday – Extensive deals on EZX sound libraries, free EZkeys MIDI title with EZkeys Sound Expansions On May 6 2015, the second generation of Toontrack’s groundbreaking drum production tool, EZdrummer 2, has its first birthday. To celebrate this event, Toontrack is offering 40% off on EZX sound expansions all through the month. In addition, existing owners of Toontrack’s EZkeys get a free EZkeys MIDI title of their... 

Sweetwater Presents GearFest ’15 – June 12-13

Sweetwater Presents GearFest ’15 – June 12-13
Sweetwater Presents GearFest ’15 – June 12-13 Sweetwater, the number one online retailer of music instruments and audio equipment in the U.S., will present GearFest ’15, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make and record music, on Friday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Sweetwater campus, 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana. GearFest is free and... 

Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan
Matthew Ryan http://www.matthewryanonline.com AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 http://americanamusic.org Photography by Jeff Fasano http://www.jefffasano.com  Read More →

Miss Tess

Miss Tess
Miss Tess http://www.misstessmusic.com AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 http://americanamusic.org Photography by Jeff Fasano http://www.jefffasano.com  Read More →

Moot Davis

Moot Davis
Moot Davis http://www.mootdavis.com AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 http://americanamusic.org   Photography by Jeff Fasano http://www.jefffasano.com  Read More →

Pete Molinari

Pete Molinari
Pete Molinari http://www.petemolinari.com AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 http://americanamusic.org Photography by Jeff Fasano http://www.jefffasano.com  Read More →

Phil Cody

Phil Cody
Phil Cody http://www.philipcody.com AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 http://americanamusic.org Photography by Jeff Fasano http://www.jefffasano.com  Read More →
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