I was raised a military brat and saw the world at an early age. The lifestyle must have stuck because, after dropping out of college which I found far too regimented, I really drifted around. I hiked the Amazon and the Andes, pruned apple trees in the Catskills, drove combine in the wheat fields of Washington, painted houses in Key West, drove truck in New York City, and used my early background in biology to land a job training sea lions at the Pittsburgh Zoo. You might say I worked my way through the alphabet, but it was more like I was a songwriter moonlighting as an apple pruner or zookeeper than the other way around.
I was a founding member of the band Sandoz which was signed to Relix Records in New York and played a ton of gigs mostly in the Pittsburgh area. Since then Iâve been doing more traveling, particularly out west, and that led to a lot of the songs that are going to be on my new CD, Out from Nowhere.
A lot of what I write about are real people and things I witness while I travelâI shoot for authenticity and to make the songs bigger than me. My roots are in folk and blues, and my influences include singer songwriters such as Dylan, Tom Waits, Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne, but everything I listen to finds its way into my music.
(Late Show) Da Funny Team Presents Rob Allen with Special Guests White Mike, Shaun McCarthy and One Eye with Music by DJ Yas!
Since leaving his day job in 2016, Nick Barilla has been inspiring audiences all over the country with his heartfelt melodies and honest lyric writing. In 2018, Barilla won the Pittsburgh City Paper Battle of the Bands competition. His original music has been heard on radio outlets both locally and nationally, including featured placements on Songtradr.com and AT&T Sports (Pittsburgh Pirates) Barilla has performed extensively at: Colleges, Concert Venues, Wineries, Hotels, Bars, and Backyards over the past three years. He has toured with names such as: Howie Day, Aaron Carter, Kate Voegele (One Tree Hill), Kina Grannis (Crazy Rich Asians), Indie Christian band Cloverton (Hallelujah Christmas), Kris Allen, Lee Dewyze (American Idol) and more! His third studio album, 'Moments', is scheduled to be released in summer 2019, and promises listeners a fresh new sound, with relatable lyrics pertaining to many of life's biggest moments.
The Dead Tongues with special Guest The Hoffman Road Band
Ryan Gustafson remembers very little about the origins of the ten songs on Unsung Passage, his profound new reflection on the emotional architecture of love, loneliness, and life at large.
He mostly knows that the songs were written during quick spans scattered between various tours of the last two yearsâas a supporting guitarist for his kindred North Carolina spirits Hiss Golden Messenger and Phil Cookâs Guitarheels and as the leader of his own long-evolving vehicle for a beautifully fractured vision of folk, country, blues, and cosmic American rock, The Dead Tongues. Gustafsonâs third and best album under that name, Unsung Passage depends more on the songs themselves than the sounds around them. It is a first-person reckoning with the things Gustafson, a chronically peripatetic adventurer, has seen enough to sing about. âEvery turn, every changing that occurs,â Gustafson offers during âThe Broken Side of People Everywhere,â his voice sweetly yearning for whatever it is that might come next. âThereâs a string attached, with a promise at the end.â
Indeed, funneling the lessons of the road into songs isnât new for Gustafson; during the last two decades, it has become his standard practice. When he was twenty, he left North Carolina for the first of many backpacking trips across Europe, little but a sense of adventure and wonder to his name. He has hitchhiked from Oregon to New Orleans with a banjo and a bag and lived in and rebuilt an aging school bus, meant for an extended trek across the continent (that is, until the cost of gas proved prohibitive). After several years in a commune in the western woods of Asheville, North Carolina, he now lives in a nearby camper, at least when heâs off the road long enough to call anything home. âWhen Iâm traveling, itâs like walking into these different windows. Iâm a witness, with my mouth shut,â Gustafson says. âThe people you meet, the way the landscape speaks to you, how a desert is different than a mountain: It has the potential to bring out something you didnât know was there.â
The ten remarkable songs of Unsung Passage are long-distance distillations of such experiences, of events lived and places seen and pondered and ultimately poured into reflective anthems for our harried times. During âLike a Dream,â a gentle gallop of grinning harmonica and trickling guitar, Gustafson explores the balance of existence from a hillside vantage. He sees the curve of the earth while pondering his need for a paycheck, a moment that eternally pits the banal against the beautiful. âThe Broken Side of People Everywhereâ is a gorgeous love song written with the wisdom of someone who knows that nothing is forever or perfect, that thereâs no real risk in a life where everything ends, anyway. There are meditations on mortality and devotion (the flute-laced dream âMy Otherâ), on money and temporality (the banjo trot âThe Giverâ), and on impermanence and acceptance (the achingly gorgeous âPale November Dew.â) This isnât Gustafsonâs idle speculation about life and the world; these are the realizations of a restless mind, of a songwriter who sings âthis old town ainât gonna watch me dieâ and means it.
On Ramonda Hammer's searing debut LP "I Never Wanted Company," frontwoman Devin Davis takes a hard look at her struggle between despairing loneliness and embracing independence. The Los Angeles quartetâs blistering guitars and Davisâs paint-peeling vocals â recalling past greats like Hole and likeminded contemporaries like Mannequin Pussy â form support for lyrics that grapple with two years of emotional upheaval for Davis.
Since the band released their 2017 EP Destroyers, a release that cemented Ramonda Hammer as a tentpole act in LAâs surging community of woman- and queer-fronted bands, Davis struggled to come to terms with her codependency, fought against her own overwhelming over-analysis, and got into her first queer relationship. The result is an album thatâs bruising, cathartic, searching, and ultimately therapeutic. Featuring production by Alex Newport (At The Drive In, Bloc Party), I Never Wanted Company is a powerful and triumphant return for the quartet â including Justin Geter on guitar, Andy Hengl on bass, and Mark Edwards on drums.
âNo one is coming! No one!â Davis wails at the end of lead single âHoaxâ. On its face, itâs a bleak and almost nihilistic statement â but for her, itâs a call to independence. Davis hopes the album will help people who want to take better control over their own lives and emotions. âIâm an anxious person,â she says. âIt helps me to play loud rock music with gritty sounds and brash lyrics. Sometimes you need to scream to wake up.â
A Very Special Birthday Celebration for Libby Hilf featuring Acoustic Sets by Good Brother Earl/ Jeff Schmutz, This Side of Eve, and Chris and Libby
Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. After dominating the New Orleans club scene for over a decade, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement to a world-wide stage with her hit reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back on Fuse TV. The weekly docu-series, now in its sixth season, follows the life of a choirboy turned Bounce rapper and remains the highest rated original series on the network.
In 2016, Freedia was featured on Beyonceâs Grammy-winning single, âFormation.â
Freediaâs first LP, âJust Be Freeâ was named one of the âbest electronic releasesâ by Rolling Stone and was critically acclaimed in outlets such as Pitchfork , SPIN , USA Today , and Consequence of Sound . Big Freedia has collaborated with artists ranging from Sia, Elliphant, The Postal Service, Matt & Kim, and Mannie Fresh, and Sylvan Esso.
Big Freedia continues to tour over a hundred dates a year with her legendary shake team, who are bring Bounce moves like âthe twerkâ (popularized by Miley Cyrus in 2013), âthe shakeâ âthe wiggle,â âthe bend ova,â the âhands on the ground,â to audiences worldwide. Big Freedia is a consistent festival favorite, known to steal the show at Outside Lands, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Bonnaroo, FYF and many more.
In 2015, Big Freedia penned her first memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! on Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. The book was hailed in the press by outlets from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork to Out and Bust.
In 2012, Big Freedia made her television network debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She has also appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, Watch What Happens Live, NPRâs All Things Considered, NPRâs Marketplace, Ridiculousness, and The Real. Her TV show received the
GLAAD Media Award in 2014 and was nominated again for the award in 2015.
Big Freedia continues to release new singles and released her sophomore album in 2018.
Bonneville is a 1970s era Rock-n-Roll tribute band. Its members are Paul Skowron (lead vocals, harp), Ron Marks (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Guzman (bass guitar, vocals) and Mark Allen (drums). Veteran musicians with international credentials, our lineup, are literally children of the '70s who cut their teeth performing rock music. Bonneville doesn't merely imitate this genre, but recreates the sonic passion that made 1970âs rock concerts so exciting and timeless.
Marks (who is a member of the metal band, Celtic Frost) grew up during the '70s listening to multiple music genres, but hard rock was (and still is) his favorite. âCollecting magazines featuring my favorite bands (pre-internet) and dreaming of going to concerts and actually seeing them onstage filled my hours.â Being a full-time musician has led Marks down many roads performing everything from Country, Death Metal, Goth, Industrial, and even a run with '60s 'peace and love' Pop music. It's always been 1970s hard rock tugging at his sleeve, which inspired Marks to form Bonneville.
âAfter a massive and lengthy search we've finally realized our live line up.â Marks recruited Paul Skowron, who has been in national acts including Noisy Mama (Atco), as well as numerous Pittsburgh/Youngstown based bands. With no digital enhancements, every note sung and played is authentic and passionate; and because of the professional standards set for this project, Bonneville, is motivated and capable of realizing its greater national potential.
Bonneville shows feature music from rock legends Aerosmith, Sweet, Montrose, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Faces, Nazareth, Uriah Heep, The Who, Foreigner, Van Halen, Mountain, Blackfoot, Ted Nugent, Queen, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Free, KISS, David Bowie, Steve Miller Band, AC/DC, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Eagles, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Alice Cooper, Foghat, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more.
The Goddamn Gallows/Koffin Kats with Special Guest Bridge City Sinners
Spit from the heart of America's Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland, OR and later in Los Angeles, CA, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments.
In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next 4 years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly (Life of Sin 2004 and Gutterbillyblues 2007), they began picking up stray musicians along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo (Ghost of the Rails 2009 and 7 Devils 2011) creating a sound referred to as "hobocore", "gypsy-punk" or "americana-punk", while never being stuck in any one sound.
Enter 2018 and The Goddamn Gallows have reinvented themselves once again with The Trial. From rockabilly, psychobilly and punk rock, to bluegrass and metal, The Trial infuses disparate sounds into a new strange recipe of seamless genre bending profundities.
Chock full of impromptu antics of the shocking variety and hauntingly eclectic instrumentation, The Goddamn Gallows have made legions of fans with their legendary, live shows.
(Early Show) The Living Street 'It Won't Last' Album Release Show
The Living Street is an indie-folk duo who goes outside the box, trickling their way into a variety of different genres like pop, rock, alt-country, etc. Nick and Edward have been writing and performing music together for over a decade!
(Late Show) Model Rockets / The Vics / Ghost Party
July 19th 2019 finds Rod Picott releasing his eleventh album, titled Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil. The new album is completely acoustic, featuring only guitar, harmonica and Picottâs weathered vocals. Many of the songs on Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil are influenced by a health scare that Picott endured in the winter of 2018. The condition was hunted down and solved but the weeks long incident of a freight train running through his chest played a profound role in the writing and recording of the album. Alone with his modest recording gear, Picott set about making an album as honest, raw and uncontrived as his spine would allow. Already known for the intimacy and vivid narratives of his previous work, Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil opens the door wider still. The songs are confessional and honest. The recording itself is unpolished and raw. Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil takes a small turn away from the blue collar anthems heâs been lauded for and finds Picott exploring his own inner life with the same deft and revealing hand heâs honed over the last nineteen years. Rod Picottâs health is now in check.
The opening song, âGhostâ reveals Picottâs inner voice announcing itself with introspection, openness and poetic revelation.
I lost a couple of high notes from the top of my voice
From moaning too hard but I guess that was my choice
I drink myself to sleep at night canât tell myself I donât
Crawling through the minefield of passing time and losing hope
Hard as nails thin as hope
Iâm the punchline of my own joke
And Iâm broken as a bone
Going up in smoke
Iâm a ghost
One of the songs, âMamaâs Boyâ was written with Picottâs long-time co-writing partner Slaid Cleaves. The song asks questions of masculinity and self identification in a world that can be so often cruel and limited. Picottâs own working class childhood is explored nakedly.
They hung a clothesline up to make a ring
Drinking Mickey's Big Mouth the first day of spring
His uncle was a boxer his grandfather too
His father fought a couple times in 62
So they tied the gloves on his shaky hands
Gonna turn that boy into a man
A wasp will sting and flowers grow
Learn to make a fist and when to throw
In his dirty shirt and his corduroys
He wasnât tough enough he was a mama's boy
Now in his fifties, Rod Picott has garnered a cult audience across the U.S. and Europe. He tours tirelessly and continues to garner rave reviews for both his songwriting skills and darkly humorous, compelling live show. A prolific writer, Picott has recently turned his hand to poetry (God In His Slippers, Murmmeration â Mezcalita Press) short fiction (Out Past The Wires â Working Title Farm) and has a novel in the works titled A Bony Right Fist. Born in the small mill town of South Berwick Maine and residing in Nashville TN since 1994 Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil is the latest release from former construction worker Rod Picott. Tour dates can be viewed at www.rodpicott.com
âGreat writing is all about story, and Rod is a so damn good at story.â â Mary Gauthier
âMesmerizingâ â Rolling Stone.com âSongs like Raymond Carver short storiesâ â Houston Chronicle âA truly great songwriterâ â 3rd Coast Music âSeriously giftedâ â No Depression
Flying Lotus in 3D with Special Guests Brandon Coleman Spacetalker, Salami Rose Joe Louis, PBDY - Presented by Opus One & PromoWest North Shore
A distance of approximately 2,042 miles separates the California Coast from Nashville, TN. Hop on the I-10 East from the Pacific Coast Highway, drive straight through, and youâll be a stoneâs throw from the Grand Ole Opry and strolling downâMusic Rowâno more than 32 hours later. Fairground Saints literally and creatively made such a trek
Like a montage out of a movie, the California-bred trioâElijah Edwards, Meg McAllister, and Mason Van Valinâmet by way of various social networks and Craiglist postings, locked into a once-in-a-lifetime groove, sold everything, packed up, and headed to Nashville. Within two weeks of relocating, they drummed up a palpable buzz and landed a deal with Sony Music Nashville.
They had already earned acclaim from NPR, Huffington Post, and more as early recordings âCanât Control The Weatherâ and âTurn This Car Aroundâ amassed millions of streams. Moreover, they toured alongside everyone from Brothers Osborne and Sara Evans to Scotty McCreery and Kip Mooreâwho after hearing them for the first time invited them to open for him. Touting a striking singular sound, they pave a musical highway between Laurel Canyon and Music City, finding a shortcut to universal bliss by way of country, pop, and rock. These three lifelong musicians transmit real stories through real instrumentation and make a real connection.
The Unlikely Candidates with Special Guest Luxury Machine
Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates are an indie rock band initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male in 2008. Eventually expanding the lineup to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard, the band was also able to expand its sound in bigger, more sweeping directions. In 2013, the band signed on with major-label Atlantic and released their debut EP, Follow My Feet. In early 2016, the Unlikely Candidates returned with a hooky new single in âYou Love Could Start a War,â which made a strong showing on Billboardâs Alternative Songs chart.
Virgil Donati Band - Ruination Tour 2019 - Presented by Opus One & Iron City Rocks
Known for his fast and highly technical drummer skills, Virgil is widely recognized as one of the most dedicated and technically advanced drummers of all time, with a lengthy career both solo and involvement with groups Planet X, Icefish, With Ring Of Fire and more .
Judah & the Lion: Pep Talks Worldwide Tour 2019 - Presented by Opus One & PromoWest North Shore