STEVE FORBERT SETS RELEASE OF MEMOIR BIG CITY CAT: MY LIFE IN FOLK ROCK + NEW ALBUM THE MAGIC TREE FOR SEPTEMBER 14
More than four decades have passed since Steve Forbert made his way to New York City from his Meridian, Mississippi birthplace in quest of a career in music. It was the most unlikely time and place for a folk singer to leap into the fray in a burgeoning scene where new wave and punk were emerging while he took the stage as a the archetypal folkie, armed with just an acoustic guitar and sheaf of very personal songs. After busking on the street for change from passers by, he rose to sharing bills at CBGB’s with the likes of Talking Heads, The Shirts and John Cale as well as headlining more traditional venues such as The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways. Against staggering odds, he found blazing success early on with a string of critically acclaimed and commercially accepted albums including Alive on Arrival (1978), Jackrabbit Slim (1979), and Little Stevie Orbit (1980) and a most unlikely smash hit single,…
The information age has a sound. Revolutionary technology meets an evolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, the quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sowing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exaltation. Singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin’s visionary lyrics, eclectic production, and signature guitar work are anchored by the rock solid battery of drummer Mike Healy and bassist Rob McConnell. The quintet is rounded out by brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, whose virtuosic two-headed keyboard, synth, and programming attack give the band its unmistakable complexity and intensity.
Born in the burgeoning, artistic city of Athens, OH, the quintet now calls another creative community, Asheville, NC its home. Little time is spent nestled up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, though, as Papadosio spends much of the year on the road, crisscrossing the United States ceaselessly. In addition to headlining shows in every region of the country, their high-energy, technologically perplexing, and utterly engaging stage show has made the five-piece a staple on the festival circuit, with scene-stealing sets at All Good, Wakarusa, Sonic Bloom, Electric Forest, Envision Festival, Oregon Country Fair, and more.
The way Corey Smith sees it, he owes a debt to his fans. And it’s one he is determined to repay with his 10th album, While the Gettin’ Is Good. The project, released on Sugar Hill Records, marks the first time that the singer-songwriter, a wildly popular touring artist who has produced all of his past efforts, has turned over the reins to a bona fide country music producer in Keith Stegall. The result is Smith’s most ambitious record yet, as well as a return on the
Declared as “one of the top 10 artists you must know in 2018,” by Rolling Stone Magazine, local musican Will Stewart exploded onto the music scene with his release County Seat on Cornelius Chapel Records. It just doesn’t feel that way in his home of Birmingham, AL, but that’s alright. Because Will prefers it that way. Since the release of County Seat, Will’s purchased a van. He’s toured a lot more. A whole heck of a lot more. And he wears a mustache. That’s also new. Everything else, though, is just business as usual. You may have seen Will perform recently at Seasick Records, Sloss Music & Art’s Festival or Secret Stages, but if you weren’t looking for him, his quiet and modest demeanor could easily give cause to missing him. But if you were listening, then you would understand why everyone who listens to Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton or Nathaniel Ratelief has County Seat in their record collection.
Here’s what was written recently about County Seat:
“Released in 2017, County Seat is a guitar-fueled Americana record, caught somewhere between the worlds of country and electrified rock. The songs are roomy and lush, the result of an…