Independent Artists Spotlight

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Max Earnshaw

After growing up as a performer and songwriter busking on the streets of Christchurch from the early age of 8, Max began performing solo and as a front man winning the SFRQ Regional Final and playing major events such as Christmas In The Park. Max can be found smashing the Auckland live scene at venues like The Wine Cellar alongside emerging NZ acts, and collaborating with artists such as the Skeleton of Colour (a Los Angeles based smoke artist) in his debut video.

Fresh off the release of his debut single “Temporarily”, he is currently an active solo artist backed by a driven live band. He recently made his radio debut on RNZ and KAOS FM, and his debut with NZ media including The 13th Floor and NZ Entertainment Podcast. He can also be found performing his heart out at venues like The Wine Cellar alongside emerging NZ acts like Harry Parsons and Only Brothers.

Supported by blues and jazz influences, his rock/pop sound is undoubtedly unique, and his stage persona has an infectious energy and a captivating look – he will draw you in with his highly engaging, upbeat music and astute lyrics. He will stir you up and make you think about what’s at stake.

His follow up single ‘Lonely Love’, that describes emotional heartbreak paired with epic driven rock music, dropped in November. Check out the track below and then head to his site Here to watch some videos and grab your copy, available on all major platforms!

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White Owl Red

Working Class Heroes – the new pro-democracy, pro-worker dynamic hit single – from the upcoming White Owl Red album Afterglow, out early 2020.

Dedicated to the working class heroes around the world who who take grass roots democracy to the streets and stand up for Peace, Love and Dignity!

Check it out below and the head Here to grab your copy and find out when Afterglow drops!

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Dick LeMasters

“Deft and dusty, lusty and loud…hold on while Dick doles out a sturdy collection on songs with [Neil Young] Crazy Horse grit in their grooves. With fluent and robust guitar breaks aplenty this is unabashed, joyous country-rock with much to savor and admire” ~ Mike Ritchie, Celtic Music Radio

After years playing bass and guitar in cover bands, Southeast Texas native Dick LeMasters began focusing on songwriting and filling the role of front man and vocalist. A father of four, the inspiration to take a more serious foray into music came after LeMasters coached three of his children for a performance of “Born Under A Bad Sign” at their elementary school talent show. The success of that venture spurred the decision to put together a band of experienced musicians to perform LeMasters’ original music.

In 2009, LeMasters formed the band Longneck Road. LeMasters’ original song “The Way You Walk,” which appears on the band’s debut CD, Texas Rock, held the No. 1 spot on the Radio Free Texas listener request chart for several weeks. Longneck Road quickly gained notoriety and has opened shows for Chuck Berry, The Charlie Daniels Band, Paul Thorn, The Randy Rogers Band, Ronnie Milsap, John Anderson, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Shinyribs, and others.

LeMasters’ fourth solo album, Plaza Rooms and Fallen Kings, was released in August. This album marks a return to the full electric band sound of 2014’s One Bird, Two Stones album. Drums were again provided by Longneck Road’s Adam King. “Blue” Marlin Golmon – a member of the Get Right Ramblers – added harp and harmony vocals, and Douglas Greer contributed harmony vocals. The album was recorded and mixed by engineer Mickey Rouse.

Check out a few tracks below, and then head To His Website to grab your copy (available on all major platforms), catch a few videos and find tour dates!

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Dylan Sherry

New Album Drop – “Western Sky”

“The “Silver Spring” EP was the first release for Dylan Sherry in 2016. After receiving show offers, a touring band containing members from Dream Talk, Niko Boy, Normies, and The Halfway Happys was formed. “Wild Range,” a debut album and short story, were both released in 2018. ‘Stars,’ the single from the recently released ‘Vacant Lands’ EP, was co-written with Misty Boyce.
“Western Sky” is Dylan Sherry’s sophomore LP. In an interview with BTD Radio, he describes it “as a gritty, night-ride through the desert. Maybe while on your way to Joshua Tree or Vegas. When it’s just you out there, you get a lot of time to reflect and think about life. I think the songs will express that, it dives into regret, loss of love, believing that things will get better… hopefully, it feels like a whole experience. The track I hold most dear I’d say is ‘Stars’ – I remember just loving the lyrics I wrote and the melody that Misty Boyce helped me create. I feel like it’s the peak of the sound I was trying to achieve also. It’s like yelling into the sky for answers while on this night-ride I keep referencing. This EP is the first time I dove into surfy and other vintage-inspired themes. I listen to music from the 60s mainly, and this is the first time I think you can truly start to hear the influence. Making it gritty, but not under-produced. There’s lots of reverb, some distortion, some echoes… I realized how quickly it can all go south during the mixing and mastering side of things. Getting a solid balance between instruments, vocals, and effects was definitely the biggest challenge.”

Check out a few tracks below, and then head to his website Here to find tour dates and grab your copies, available on all major platforms!

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The Kash Flowz

The Kash Flowz are a kickass punk-etal band from the land of beer, motorways, machine guns and universal love.
Tight riffs, no bullshit. Their songs don’t stick to the speed limits. They grew up on The Offspring, Bad Religion, Green Day and the shit their parents blasted through their speakers.

Check out a few tracks below and then head to their website Here to watch concert videos, pick up some cool merch and grab your copies, available on all major platforms!

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Kim Kondrashoff (feat. Sandra Capadouca & Andrew Kavadas)

The noted West Coast performer, Kim Kondrashoff, is an accomplished musician, singer, songwriter, & veteran of numerous country & rock bands. Kim’s original compositions received a three star selection from Vancouver Province’s music critic Tom Harrison. His songs have been fearured on C.B.C. Radio [“Coastals Grooves”] and independent radio stations world wide. As a veteran character actor, Kim has been seen in COLD SQUAD, X-FILES, Mac GYVER, and many other T.V. series and movies. His extensive feature film credits include working one on one with such stars as Dennis Miller [“BORDELLO OF BLOOD”] Aidan Quinn [“STAKE OUT”] and Jody Foster [“THE ACCUSED”]. Stage credits include numerous productions with every major theatre company in Vancouver including the Vancouver Playhouse and the Art’s Club. Kim is the recipient of Vancouver’s “Jessie Theatre Award” for ensemble acting, and has performed in over 100 CBC radio dramas.

When people hear Sandra Capadouca sing, what comes to mind are singers such as Janis Joplin, Tina Turner & Joan Armatrading. Vancouver-based artist Sandra Capadouca grew up in Kitsilano Vancouver B.C. Canada. She began her musical life via her family home’s converted double garage into a recording studio. Along with her brother Peter Capadouca & friends began writing & performing their own music. Sandra later met up with west coast actor, musician & songwriter Kim Kondrashoff and has been lead & back up vocalist on Kim’s songs, many that were specifically written for her.

An actor with many years experience, Andrew Kavadas has been featured on many popular television series and is a long-time voice over artist with many animation and anime credits, and he is also an accomplished singer-songwriter. He is very pleased to sing for you on the haunting, lovely, “Red Silk Fan” which also marks his return to publicly performing music after a personal tragedy led to an unplanned sabbatical. His latest venture, ’’The Runaround’’ has a real ‘’ hurtin’ country ‘’ flavor to it. Andrew absolutely delivers on this one!

These three talented artists have combined their talents to bring you new tracks encompassing Roots Rock, Boogie, Rockabilly & Old School Country, have a listen to a few below and then head to ReverbNation Here to grab your copies!

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Ivory Tower Project

Independent recording artists: Ivory Tower Project are a new breed of old school rockers. New original music, with a retro sound inspired by the great Classic Pop/Rock artists of the 1970s and 80s.

The phrase ‘Ivory Tower’ has long been a metaphor for a place of refuge from the rest of the world. For singer/Songwriter Mark Regulaof the critically acclaimed modern vintage rock band Ivory Tower Project, this figurative ideal resonates deeply. The New York City-based band has functioned as a safe haven for its members to process and, ultimately, triumph over trying times. The group’s greatest victory is its rousing and emotive latest album; ‘How Much More?’. It’s an album that bids farewell to a key collaborator, co-founder and dear friend while it also welcomes a new era as Ivory Tower Project gears up for more recordings and fresh creative partnerships. “For me, the name Ivory Tower always conveyed a feeling of escapism,” reveals singer, songwriter, co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Mark Regula. “The music has been where my heart and mind can live when everything around me goes wrong. It’s been my savior.” Ivory Tower Project specializes in the majestic power rock of the 1970s and early 1980s. The songs burst with stirring vocal melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, polished musicianship, heartfelt lyrics, and imaginative arrangements. The band is part of a new breed of classic rock purists preserving the traditions set forth by masters such as 1970s Styx, Queen, Foreigner and Boston.

The title of ITP’s latest CD ‘How Much More?’ references the band’s own challenging journey. “In life, you sometimes find yourself waiting for a good thing to happen or a bad thing to end.” Regula says. “It’s like, ‘how much more can we take? The struggle can be tough, but it can also be important in that, if you don’t give up, you learn something.”

The single: “Please Tell Me” is a Rock & Soul song written by our guitarist: Tony Novarro. On the surface; the lyrics could easily be interpreted as a ‘lost love song’. But the song is actually about our original drummer and friend Sal DiAngelo who died a few months after our first recording session. Sal was a Vietnam era Navy Veteran. Tony was influenced by a Stevie Wonder instrumental performed by the great Jeff Beck. The other single: “You Can See It In My Eyes” is a Power Pop ballad. The last single is “Burning” is a Pop/Rock track.

Check out the tracks below, and then head to ITP’s site Here to learn more and grab your copy, available across all major platforms.

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George Dearborne

The next big thing from the small town of Beaumont, Texas, country artist George Dearborne says he is influenced by the likes of local superstars George Jones and Mark Chesnutt. Dearborne sharpened his musical skill and stage presence locally before expanding outward, as he was previously the front man of the house band at Cutter’s, a world-renowned honky-tonk and night club. Throughout his years playing across Texas and Louisiana, Dearborne built a loyal fan base. Poised now to assume the role of major Texas country music artist, George has released his first-ever album, “I’M GONNA WALK”.

This is the first album from Dearborne and it features songs from veteran Nashville writers Bob DiPiero, Jason Greene, Clay Walker, Sandy Ramos and the Beaver Brothers. Calling upon his traditional country roots and delivering vocal performances worthy of award consideration, this album has something for every country music fan. “I took my time selecting songs that I could really get inspired by”, said Dearborne, “and I am really happy with the end product.”

Ironically, the song “If You’re Gonna Ride” poses the age old dilemma, “Do I pursue my dream, or do I stay home and raise a family?” For Dearborne, it was an easy choice to stay home and raise a family. Fast forward to 2018 and George is back where he feel like he belongs. “I have just felt a strong calling to perform. Fortunately, it seems like people appreciate what I’m doing and that motivation brought me back to the stage,” he says.

“This album takes you two places – to the dance floor and back to a time when we still rode around in the back of our trucks” – Tim Shipman. Look for more from George in the future as his music spreads to the honky-tonks and dance halls across the country.

Check out a few tracks below, and then head to their website here to learn more, get tour dates & grab your copy!

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Michael Ubaldini

Michael Ubaldini – the rock n roll poet, is a singer/songwriter guitarist and an indie cult hero in the Folk & Americana roots circles. He has released well-received and award winning albums both with bands and solo Folk-style acoustic. The LA times named his album Acoustic Rumble #1 of the year and “One better than Bruce Springsteen’s Ghost of Tom Joad” – writer Mike Boehm

He has overcome non self-inflicted adversities that would make Johnny Cash & Keith Richards blush –including being told he’d never walk or play guitar again, and fully overcoming that, he has toured and done shows with the likes of The Cramps, Dwight Yokam, Judy Collins, Don McClean, The Stray Cats & Kingston Trio showing his wide range of appeal. He’s even recorded an album in the legendary Sun Studios. Michael has also put together “The Outlaws Of Folk Music Series” presented each month in 4 different California counties – East Hollywood, Long Beach, Newport Beach & Seal Beach, featuring Michael along with other performers each doing sets in a kicked back vibe. “My friends & performers from all over have a place to play & hang out together with our fans. The people that come are as important as the musicians – a sense of community bringing counties together in divisive times”. It’s been running for a decade.

His latest folk release Song Of Our Time is a raw acoustic & harmonica folk record with 21st century lyrics. An album filled with poetic songs of social struggle, protest, hard times, sex & rebellion. Song Of Our Time is a gutsy album of original Ubaldini folk songs with a lot to say, along with biting satire that is recorded live with guitar & vocals at the same time. No slick overdubbing and studio tricks, it is reminiscent of the approach of Woody Guthrie, Joe Strummer.

Check out a few tracks below, and then head to www.rocknrollpoet.com to listen to more tunes, get show dates and grab your copy of Song Of Our Time!

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David Hatton

New Single Drop! – Kentucky State Line

Hailing from Winchester, KY, David’s been composing songs for 15 years, and has a couple of albums under his belt including one with Bill Douglas from Colorado Springs. Previously in the band Deadwood Creek, he took some time off from music and recently started playing his own original music again. Soulful guitar, melodic and haunting, Kentucky State Line is a beautiful original track, have a listen below, check out his older tunes on Soundcloud Here and follow him on Facebook Here to keep up with his new releases!

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The Celtic Kitchen Party

Welcome to The Celtic Kitchen Party!

Boasting a diversity of talent The Celtic Kitchen Party plays a mix of their own originals as well as traditional and contemporary East Coast, Irish and Scottish Celtic Music with just the right dash of Pop, Classic Rock and Country! They bring a lively high energy performance to any venue for a night you and your guests are sure to remember. CKP has shared the stage with The Mudmen, The Mahones, Sean McCann, Next Generation Leahy and Queens Bands to name a few. Career highlights include; Iqaluit Humane Society fundraiser (NUNAVUT), Ottawa Grey Cup Festival (Atlantic Schooners & Spirit of Edmonton), Brockville & Bath Tall Ships Festivals, Stirling Festival Theatre, The Perth Kilt Run, Fort Henry, Kingston RibFest and many of Ontario’s Canadian Forces Bases.

The lads are hard at work promoting their most recent ALBUM titled “Sociable!” [release September 3] which is seated somewhere between upbeat party tunes and beautiful folk storytelling to creative re-imaginings of traditional favourites. They are also pushing forward with the successful SONG OF THE MONTH CLUB sponsored by Patrons. So, what exactly is a Patron? You know how theaters have a plaque listing all the people who have financially helped them out? EXACTLY THAT! Check out our WALL OF PATRONS and click Here to find out how you can join the SONG OF THE MONTH CLUB. Set your event apart – be prepared to dance and sing along to some of the best party music ever made. Period.

Check out a few tracks below and then head to the band’s site Here to find tour dates, grab some cool merch and get your copy of Sociable!

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Bryant Carter

New Single! – “My Life Story”

Bryant Carter is a singer, songwriter and left handed guitar player with diverse influences from many different music genres and it shows in his music, which is a mix of blues, rock, r&b and hip-hop. Bryant says: “Sometimes with my music, I have all instruments backing my songs in the studio and sometimes I write a song over a beat or add a beat to it along with my guitar and vocals like for this track, which sums up some of the moments in my life that have stood out the most. This is a song that I had needed to write for some time now and I’m glad I’ve finally done it. I wrote four pages of the most personal lyrics I’ve ever poured out over a beat and added some guitar to it and brought it to life. Call this bluesy hip-hop.

Check out “My Life Story” below, and then head to The Bryant C. Project Here, to learn more about Bryant, listen to his wide array of talent, and pick up your own copy available now on all platforms!

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Judy Paster

Americana Artist Judy Paster has spent the last year writing and recording the Album, “LIKE STARDUST” with producer Bill McDermott of Omni Sound Studios, located on Music Row in Nashville. She has been sharpening her skills playing alongside hit songwriters and musicians at infamous Nashville venues such as 3rd and Lindsley, The Bluebird Cafe and The Listening Room. Judy takes her cues from legendary Singer Songwriters such as Carole King, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young with simple but powerful melodies that capture the heart and soul of the listener.

Paster incorporates a fresh folk country sound into cleverly and beautifully written songs. She makes you believe it when she sings, “…We open and close our hands, and change partners at the dance, We burn and shine just like the sky above us, and we go out like Stardust….” on the soon to be released title track ‘Like Stardust’. This speaks to the way she imagines our exit from this life could be – in a beautiful burst of Stardust.

Check out a few tracks below and then head to Judy’s site here to grab your copy on all major platforms, learn more about Judy and check out tour dates!

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Bill Abernathy

Bill Abernathy mixes the best of Americana, Blues, Country, and even shades of Rock to perfection. It’s not often you come across an album or an artist that is equally strong lyrically and musically. “Crossing Willow Creek” has you covered on both fronts. ~ Buddy Nelson – JamSphere

“My inspiration for music comes from many places. Events that occur to me, my family, my friends, and sometimes to people I have never met. I find it interesting to let my imagination go regarding these events and see where it takes me. Hence the statement, “If you hear a song that sounds like it was written about you, it might have been. I am a pure lyrics first writer. I am a bit of a storyteller. I feel the story and lyrics tell me what the rest of the song is supposed to sound like. Due to the variety in the life events that eventually turn into my music, the final songs end up being quite diverse both lyrically and musically. I really enjoy the freedom to create this way, and many times I am quite surprised how the songs turn out.”

Check out a few tracks below, and then head to Bill’s store to grab your copy and some cool merch!

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Lil $ithlord – debut single!

Shout out to our Florida friends! Lil $ithlord’s debut single “Nightmare” is now available on all major platforms!

Lil $ithlord’s music is heavily influenced by his feelings of sadness and anger from situations in his life, while still enjoying the process of writing music. When Lil $ithlord writes his tracks, they are a direct expression of his emotions and are carefully constructed to portray the inner workings of his mind. He believes others should be able to express themselves freely; to do exactly what they want to do and say exactly what they want to say, in order to portray their message to the world.

Check out Nightmare below, and then head to your platform of choice or CD Baby Here to get your copy and join KBOG in supporting Independent Artists!

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RJ Chesney

RJ Chesney has deep roots in the South, having grown up in Macon Georgia and Biloxi Mississippi. His voice is deep and sonorous with a twang. Country, folk , gospel and blues, breathe and inspire his songs. RJ evokes Hank Williams Sr. meets John Prine with a little Townes Van Zandt thrown in. RJ has toured America and Europe and has earned a very loyal following. In addition to performing his own music RJ has also become a regular in the notable Americana Roadhouse Series in Los Angeles.

RJ’s new album, Amateur Revolution (the origin of AMATEUR is latin “amator” meaning LOVER, we are lovers of music), is a collaboration with notable Norwegian Producer-Composer HP Gundersen and Los Angeles Producer Jason Hiller. The new album features great musicians from both the Los Angeles and Bergen, Norway music scenes. An advance review of the new album has already declared; “’Amateur Revolution’ is one of the most beautiful, and outstanding Americana albums of the year.” Christian Anger – Road Tracks Magazine (Germany) Winter 2019 Edition.

Have a listen to a few tracks below, and then head to the website to learn more and grab your CD or vinyl Here.

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Mercy Shine

With influences ranging from Johnny Cash to Motley Crue, music from vocal duo Mercy Shine is sure to bring a new and fresh feel to the country-rock scene. Comprised of Jason Clark and Matt Barfield, Mercy Shine is unapologetically honest and true to themselves which helped them achieve success with their debut single “So Do I”.
Born and raised in the Tidewater area of VA, Jason and Matt spent years in the rock arena playing shows with some of the biggest names in the industry such as KISS, Godsmack, Fuel, Saliva and Deep Purple, to name a few. They are excited to bring their country-rock transformation to a whole new audience. The duo just released their new feel-good, radio single “Curves” along with their self titled EP which was produced by Kimo Forrest; guitarist/vocalist for the groups Alabama and Cash Creek.

Check out the fun new single, Curves, below, and then head to Spotify Here or iTunes Here to grab your copy, and find out more about them Here.

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Deathtruck

Deathtruck is an American heavy metal band with its origins in Palm Harbor, Florida. Founded by rhythm guitarist/vocalist Anthony Edmiston, former drummer Chase Henderson, lead guitarist/vocalist Chris Savopoulos and bassist/vocalist Peter Tavoularis, they’re finally back with new rhythm guitarist/vocalist Antonio Glass and drummer Connor Fass, and heavier than ever before.

“This was such an unexpected surprise. We took a shot and dropped our name in a link on Facebook to win a free studio session to record a song and won. Preston DiCarlo over at MasterSound Tampa was an all around awesome guy who made the entire process a blast. Any band trying to record in the Tampa area need to do themselves a favor and make the trip. We are so happy and lucky to be able to have the fun we have doing what we love. We can’t wait to announce more in the future! Enjoy”

The new Deathtruck Single “On the Shoulders of Giants” is now available online in all major stores and streaming sites! Head over to Bandcamp to check out the band and grab some cool merch Here.

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Steven Graves

“How Long”, Steven’s 8th CD, leans more heavily toward the roots rock realms and even explores a new side with elements of gospel, soul, and R&B. Even so, there’s plenty of Americana, Country, and Jam/Dead influences present throughout the CD and like all of Steven’s music is woven together by finely crafted songwriting. The title and chorus lyrics of each song tell a story. The whole and extraordinary musicianship by Steven’s touring band and special guests. How Long couldn’t be any more perfectly timed given the current state of our world, music, and culture. The music connects the listener with a “collective consciousness” and desire for a more peaceful world all the while laying down undeniable and “impossible not to like” deep pocket grooves!

To learn more, grab the CD and see the tour schedule, check out his website Here.

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Gary Blackburn

Like most artists, music has been his passion for a very long time. As a youngster, listening to his heroes that shaped and influenced him into what he is now, Gary still looks to have his own personal style. When you listen to his songs, Gary’s intention is that “Gary Blackburn” comes across, instead of, “Hey he sounds like whatshisname”. It has been a very long journey from his early days of playing at friend’s parties and wedding ceremonies to the present. Now Gary feels like he can say, “I have paid my dues to sing the blues”. Those few close friends who know Gary will understand that, and when he gets up on stage you can see, feel, and hear the emotion when he performs. Okay, enough of the tortured artist. As a Singer/Songwriter, Gary brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking to form his own unique sound in the Country, Blues, Rock genre. With such influences from James Taylor, Hank Williams Sr. to Dwight Yoakam. Developing his own personal style to his originals, blending old school with contemporary, along with an intimate and emotional stage presence, you will no doubt connect with his musical performance. Currently, Gary is front man in the Gary Blackburn Band. Check out a few tracks from Gary’s new album, Streak of Gray, below and then head to his tour schedule & booking information Here.