Nashville rock trio Music Band may have a name that's impossible to search, but their sound is straightforward. The self-described "honest-to-goodness rock and roll" purveyors are set to release their debut LP, Wake Up Laughing, on April Fool's Day. The lead single, "Day Stealer," opens with nothing but guitar for a good eight bars that lulls you into a groove. From there, the song slowly builds into the perfect balance of energy and commanding rhythmic guitar strokes that contrast with deceptively penetrating lyrics. The hook, "She's all I ever wanted/ If all I ever wanted was a lie," serves as the crescendo with all of the harmonies and fuzz coming together to punch up the subdued energy. My only gripe is that it's too short. I could have this ramp up and down for another couple minutes or so. Check it out.
From Oxford American: "'Midnight' is a song I've loved for a very long time," said singer Thomas Johnson. "My granddad gave me his copy of Modern Sounds Two about six years ago, and 'Midnight' is the song I always come back to. The track is so moody and groovy, which is the kind of thing we like to do anyway. We hope we did the song justice."
"Midnight," as performed by Futurebirds-track 24 on the Oxford American's Georgia Music Issue CD-is not just a melding of eras and genres. It also displays an intersection of geography, as Georgia's southwest region-which Charles, Bryant, and Atkins have all called home-meets the Futurebirds' base of Athens in the northeast."
Futurebirds take flight across the US at the end of January. Check out the dates here!
From Third Man: "We're very excited to announce a new addition to the Third Man lexicon... A very cool collaboration with Red Digital Cinema Camera Company that we are calling The Blue Room Spotlight Series. The Spotlight Series features visually arresting, intimate performances in our Blue Room venue, shot by in-house film and video guru Brad Holland on RED cameras, and posted in 4K resolution...
Since tomorrow is our Detroit Rock n Roll hero's 50th birthday, we're going to go ahead and launch this baby with Danny Kroha's incredible version of Clarence Ashley's "Walking Boss" on a baritone dulcimer that Danny tells us previously adorned a friends home as a purely ornamental display. A recorded version of "Walking Boss" is featured on Danny's Third Man release Angels Watching Over Me. "
Danny is hitting the road with Jake Xerxes Fussell in August. Check out the dates here!