Thursday, October 16, 2014

FAST-RISING JOE FLETCHER NEW ALBUM ‘YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG MAN’ DEBUTS ON HEATSEEKERS CHART

SOLO ALBUM HERALDED BY ROLLING STONE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, ESQUIRE AND BEYOND

SPOTIFY FEATURES “I NEVER (REPRISE)” ON THE PULSE OF AMERICANA PLAYLIST

For Joe Fletcher, 2014 has seen a rapid ascent into the top ranks of the Americana music world, with a debut at 69 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart today; packed sets at Americana Fest and Way Over Yonder (presented by Newport Folk); upcoming opening slots for The Devil Makes Three; and raves for his new solo album ‘You’ve Got The Wrong Man.’ Spotify has featured “I Never (Reprise),” which premiered at Paste Magazine, on its Pulse of Americana playlist.

“Must-see… [His] songs… wind and roll with steep changes, always ending with a birds-eye view that suddenly organizes it all into one delicate vision. The Rhode Islander-turned-Nashvillian's words flow more like folk poetry than verse-chorus status quo, picking on a honky-tonk spirit with a Tom Waits heart.”
- Marissa Moss, Rolling Stone, September 17, 2014

"Gritty... a bracing breath of fresh air.”
- Miles Raymer, Entertainment Weekly, October 3, 2014, full album stream

"Joe Fletcher is a natural storyteller... It's the lyrics that get you, the complexities of which are sometimes hidden by the musical styling. They paint the sort of deep portraits of American life many songwriters allude to but which few accomplish. There's darkness down there, but with it humor and, absolutely, a damn good time."
- James Joiner, Esquire, August 28, 2014

“Wildly imaginative… charmingly raw”
– Jon Freeman, Country Weekly, October 13, 2014

“A diamond in the rough.”
- Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter, October 7, 2014

“This band’s namesake gave up his day job as an English teacher to make music, and he goes to the head of the class with his latest release.”
- June Wulff, The Boston Globe, September 1, 2014

“Sounds a bit like pre-electric Dylan.”
- Bob Strauss, LA Daily News, September 22, 2014

“Awesome… [his] best yet.”
- Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald, September 22, 2014

“Such a special record… Fletcher’s storytelling skills have never been better, and the characters in his songs are thoroughly developed and oh so dark.”
- Maeri Ferguson, Glide Magazine, September 25, 2014

Tour dates are here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Signature Sounds' 20th anniversary artwork





PETE SEEGER TO DOM FLEMONS: MY GRANDFATHER AND WOODY GUTHRIE BOTH PLAYED THE BONES

BACKSTAGE CONVERSATION WITH SEEGER PIVOTAL IN FLEMONS’ CARRYING ON TRADITION

HEADLINING DATES & OPENING SLOTS FOR OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW CONTINUE

Backstage at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger introduced Dom Flemons to Pete Seeger, an enthralling moment for the young American Songster. The elder told Flemons, “I like the way you play the bones. My grandfather played the bones.” (The bones are a pair of cow bones played together as a percussion instrument, related to the spoons. Old Crow Medicine Show was also backstage and that was the first time that they had met Seeger; Flemons and OCMS will play shows together in November.) Seeger also told the rising folk artist that Woody Guthrie used to play the bones but Flemons could not find a recording of Woody playing the bones until TIME Magazine debuted this duet with Sonny Terry from the new album ‘My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town’ earlier this year.

Flemons has been playing the bones since receiving a set as a gift at North Carolina’s Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention in 2006. Flemons’ new album ‘Prospect Hill’ features “Marching Up To Prospect Hill,” a tribute to harmonica great Sonny Terry and harmonica and bones player JC Burris (Terry’s nephew) based on a video of the duo shot by Seeger.

Flemons is the American songster, a master of a variety of African-American musical forms and digging to a depth and breadth not seen since the emergence of Taj Mahal. Flemons plays guitar, banjo, quills, and percussion as well as the bones and dig deeply into hokum tunes, jug band material, New Orleans jazz, ballads, original folk songs, rhythm and blues, ragtime, spirituals, and fife and drum music.

Peter Cooper of the Tennessean recently profiled Flemons.

Flemons expounds on his idea of the American songster here.

Dom Flemons Tour Dates

October 15 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
October 17 – Black Mountain, NC – Lake Eden Arts Festival
October 18 – Black Mountain, NC – Lake Eden Arts Festival
October 19 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
October 23 – Easton, MD – Avalon Theatre
October 24 – New York, NY – City Winery (Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders)
November 4 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
November 6 – Urbana Champaign, IL - Krannert Center
November 10 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
November 12 – Blacksburg, VA – Burruss Auditorium (Virginia Tech) *
November 13 – Ashland, KY – Paramount Arts Center *
November 14 - Louisville, KY - Palace *
November 15 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum *
November 20 - Athens, GA -The Classic Center *
November 21 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre *

* With Old Crow Medicine Show

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones bio

    Sugar Ray and the Bluetones begin their 35th year of bringing you the best in Blues Music with their release Living Tear To Tear (Severn Records) which debuted at #1 on the Living Blues Album Chart. 
    Singer and harmonica player Sugar Ray Norcia has been fronted this exciting band since its inception-but also spent seven years in Roomful Of Blues, and was also in the original line-up of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters.  You can hear him on recordings with these two great Artists as well as recordings with Michelle Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, “Big” Walter Horton, and over fifty other Artists.  Sugar Ray also earned a Grammy Nomination (2014) for his work on Remembering Little Walter (Blind Pig Records) and won two Blues Music Awards (Memphis, TN) for that recording.
    “Monster” Mike Welch-aptly named by Dan Aykroyd at the Original House of Blues (Cambridge, MA) at the ripe old age of 13, and has been wowing audiences the world over to this day.  He has been the guitarist with the Bluetones for over thirteen years and continues to do solo projects on his own and with with other artists.  You can hear Mike on recent releases by the Mannish Boys, Duke Robillard, Sugaray Rayford, and has also been featured on a recording with the late great Johnny Winter.
    If  you were to think of any modern Blues Legend chances are that Anthony Geraci has backed them up-B.B. King, Otis Rush, Big Mama Thorton, Chuck Berry, Big Walter Horton and countless others have had Anthony’s fiery piano accompanying them. Anthony was  nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for his work on Super Harps I (Telarc Records) that also features James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Branch, and Sugar Ray Norcia. You can also hear Anthony on Ronnie Earl’s first two releases on the Black Top record label; They Call Me Mr. Earl, and Smokin’.
    Bassist Michael “Mudcat” Ward has been featured on more recordings then we can count! Among them are recordings with Jimmy Rodgers, “Big” Walter Horton, Hubert Sumlin (that also includes Eric Clapton and Keith Richards), Otis Grand, Sleepy LaBeef, J. Geils and many more.
    Drummer Neil Gouvin has been with Sugar Ray since they were both in high school together.  Neil has been on every Bluetone recording and has also been featured on the John Hammond Jr. Grammy nominated Found True Love. Neil has also been featured on recordings by Otis Grand, Ike Turner and others.