Independent Artists Spotlight

Will Overman

Will Overman’s incomparable voice — he made it through two levels of NBC’s “The Voice” —  is at once melodic as it is relentless, as refreshingly unique as it is familiar and evocative. His music is Americana, a mix of folk, country, rock, and pop — and is as energetic as it is passionate. It can be haunting and evocative yet sincere, sweet.

Musically and lyrically, Overman draws deeply from his Virginia roots, producing a rare combination of enticing straight-ahead, hard-charging rhythm and riffs and introspective melodies paired with sleek vocals. He takes on love, life and loss. All with an edge driven deep in reality. And while his music is rooted deeply in the South, it transcends genres and convention, blending essential elements of rock, folk, and country, wrapped in a thin varnish of pop sensibility, to create a concoction reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, with the softness of James Taylor.

In 2017,Overman found himself at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively, professionally and personally. He said farewell to the band that has borne his name over the past several years and embarked on his first solo project since 2013. “Crossroads,” his newly released solo EP produced by Rockfish Music, is without a doubt his most self-reflective work yet. Drawing comparisons to Jason Isbell and Damien Rice, Overman carries an unwavering commitment to his music and to his fans. Soulful and unforgettable. Addictive and sometimes playful. Meaningful and real. Those factors, plus a transcendent passion and unyielding commitment to his craft, are what truly define this rising, must-see young artist, who has only just begun what promises to be a long and fruitful musical journey.

Check out a few tracks:

For tour dates and more music, visit his website Here.

Raven & Red – We Rise Up

Raven and Red is a Contemporary Country/Folk group whose music is acclaimed as “very entertaining with warm melodies and even a slight commercial edge,” (Country Music People Magazine, UK). Now based in Nashville, the group is comprised of classically trained musicians from Georgia and Pennsylvania. Brittany Lynn Jones and brothers Mitchell Lane and Cole King “all already have impressive musical resumes and, more importantly, a ton of talent. On their first full-length album of original material, their harmony vocals are gorgeous throughout, and so are their melodies and violin-, banjolin-, and mandolin-spiced instrumentation,” (No Depression). Their newly released album, We Rise Up, has been enthusiastically applauded as “a perfect bridge between tradition and modernity” and an “outstanding debut with razor-sharp and sometimes goosebumps-inducing singing.” The trio “knows exactly how to hit the right chord with the listener,” and according to Glide Magazine, “Their tight harmonies, adept musicianship, and shifting genres will keep you engaged.”

Raven and Red creates music “with heart, soul, abandon, and great care.” Their songwriting style “effortlessly nestles into the timeless tradition of the Trans-Atlantic folk idiom” and is influenced by artists across multiple genres, including Celtic, country, rock, classical, and American folk music. They aspire to reach audiences with “stories wrapped in beautiful, acoustic songs” and “the disarming honesty with which they bring their music” (Lust for Life Magazine). Raven and Red has been compared to such legendary artists as the Eagles, The Stone Poneys, and The Byrds.

Check out a few tracks:

You can find out more about Raven & Red Here.

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Cascade Crescendo new album coming Fall 2018!

Cascade Crescendo, from Portland, Oregon has been crafting their own brand of bluegrass since 2013. Pulling from their vast range of collective influences, they play original, high-energy bluegrass, jamgrass, and Americana music with captivating lead vocals by Hunter White, blazing fast mandolin licks by Aden Beck, and creative, thumping bass lines by Taylor Skiles. Duluth, MN banjo player, Harrison Olk, joined the band in late 2015, bringing with him solid Scruggs-style banjo and high lonesome harmony vocals.

Cascade Crescendo recorded their first studio album in Spring 2016 at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. The album features fiddle player, Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band) on five tracks and a guest appearance by drummer Nick Werth (Yak Attack). Cascade Crescendo is gaining steam, quickly winning over fans across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. They performed at the 2016 and 2017 Northwest String Summit and regularly team up with national touring bands including Hot Buttered Rum, Reckless Kelly, Henhouse Prowlers, Trout Steak Revival, Front Country, Vince Herman, Danny Barnes, and more at venues including the Crystal Ballroom, Star Theater, and Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, and Seattle’s Nectar Lounge.

They have completed multiple national tours and are crowd favorites across the country. In Spring 2018, they recorded their second studio album, “Chasing The Sun”, slated for a Fall 2018 release. This album again features Allie Kral and Nick Werth, as well as a guest appearance from Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass).

Check out a few tracks from their live shows:

Bridgetown (Doug Fir Lounge, Portland):

Song You Know (Sofar, Portland):

On The Other Side (From their first video):

For more information and upcoming show dates, visit their website Here.

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Darren Senn’s new album, Detrimental Tendencies, has arrived!

Darren Senn thrives on engaging his audiences with storytelling and simple, yet well-crafted songs. Through his slow and steady songwriting journey the past twelve years, he has taken away the most precious lesson; honesty is the only way. His often melancholy humor is balanced with plenty of keen insight, ripe with colorful stories and revealing admissions of his shortcomings and how he moves past them with whatever grace he may stumble upon.

Darren was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and currently resides in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. After playing regionally for the remainder of 2018, he is planning a nationwide tour for 2019.

Check out a few tracks:

Detrimental Tendencies
Before The World Blows Up
St. Helens and Harry

To find out more about Darren and get the tour schedule, click Here.

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New music from the UK!

The king heat ensemble

In March 2018, the king heat ensemble released their debut EP ‘songs’.

The ‘band’ is comprised, primarily, of Jeff Kightly (guitar/vocals) and Dave Goldsmith (drums/keys) and they’re based in the UK. For ‘songs’ they’ve then brought in other musicians – friends and rogues – on tracks as needed. Jeff says “We’re a small scale operation – there’s no machine behind us – which we see as an opportunity to keep the schpeel/gumpf surrounding this work succinct! We’ve no current plan to take the full set out ‘on the road’, but we do play stripped back versions of songs from the collection for sporadic, live, intimate performances”.

If you need any further info, don’t hesitate to get in touch:

theband@thekingheatensemble.co.uk

Bandcamp Link (for purchase)

*The EP will be available in the most popular digital stores around the world like iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify and more shortly!

(Inuit’ artwork © The Manitoba Museum, used with kind permission)

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Have a listen – Compositions By Randy Hathaway

Randy Hathaway’s debut 2 CD set, Classical Guitar In America, was released in the Fall of 2017. Fifteen compositions are performed by eighteen musicians in various solo and ensemble configurations. Included within are thirteen guitarists, three vocalists, a flutist and violist

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Randy’s compositions illustrate tonalities of North American, European and Latin origins. Depictions of l9th century American migrations, images of a cafe in Paris and themes in the Spanish spirit are exhibited . From substantial works of over 16 minutes to petite art songs, Randy’s style is recognizable throughout

Over 3 years in production, this uniquely immense project celebrates the classical guitar in a variety of different settings. Along with this recording, all compositions have been rendered into sheet music with ten artists contributing images for the covers. Check out his website here.

Check out a few tracks:

Gypsy de Malaga

Le Beau Tango

Exodus