Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Public Image Ltd. Announce 40th Anniversary Celebration

Public Image Ltd. (L-R) Lu Edmonds, John Lydon, Scott Firth, Bruce Smith (photo Tomohiro Noritsune).
In celebration of their 40th Anniversary, JOHN LYDON’s PUBLIC IMAGE LTD (PiL) have announced THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, will kick off in New Orleans on Tuesday, October 9 (see below for all dates). Tickets go on-sale starting Friday, July 13 at 10:00AM local time. Further PUBLIC IMAGE LTD activity includes the release of THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN a career–spanning box set (out July 20) and a new documentary film of the same name, the latter of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and at London’s Raindance Festival. Directed by Tabbert Fiiller and released by Abramorama, the film will make its North American theatrical premiere on Friday, September 14 in New York City at Metrograph with more theatrical dates in October-November to coincide with PiL’s North American fall tour. View the trailer for THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN film (here).

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN: NORTH AMERICAN TOUR arrives on the heels of the band’s current headlining UK/Europe tour which has included a number of sold-out shows as well as festival performances and Japanese dates. The group’s worldwide tour in 2016 was regarded by many as the best performances the band have ever played; it followed the release of their 10th studio album ‘What The World Needs Now…’ (2015) and the critically-acclaimed ‘This is PiL’ (2012) which marked the band’s first album in 17 years. ‘What The World Needs Now’ peaked at number 29 in the official UK album charts and picked up fantastic acclaim worldwide from both the press and public. (The album also peaked at number 3 in the official UK indie charts and number 4 in the official UK vinyl charts). ‘What The World Needs Now…’ was self-funded by PiL and released on their own label ‘PiL Official’ via Cargo UK Distribution.

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, PiL’s music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 singles and 5 UK Top 20 albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound, JOHN LYDON guided the band from their debut album ‘First Issue’ in 1978 through to 1992’s ‘That What Is Not’. After a 17-year hiatus, LYDON reactivated PiL in 2009 by taking them back on the road worldwide.

JOHN LYDON, LU EDMONDS, SCOTT FIRTH and BRUCE SMITH continue as PiL and remain the longest stable line-up in the band’s history.
John Lydon - After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. Outside of PiL John has released several solo records and collaborations. He also brings quality TV to the masses and has recently released the autobiography ‘Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored’.
Lu Edmonds - Multi instrumentalist and former guitarist in The Damned, Lu joined PiL in 1986 recording and playing on the album ‘Happy?’ and co-writing the album ‘9’, adding yet another dimension to the PiL sound.
Bruce Smith - Drummer in The Pop Group and formerly of The Slits Bruce became percussionist for PiL in 1986 playing and recording on the albums ‘Happy?’ and ‘9’. Seen as a drumming virtuoso, Bruce brought his unique style into the fold. 
Scott Firth - A bass player/multi instrumentalist that has collaborated and played with a variety of top musicians and bands including Steve Winwood, John Martyn and Elvis Costello.
TUE    10/9    New Orleans, LA       The Civic Theatre
WED   10/10  Atlanta, GA                Variety Playhouse                  
FRI     10/12  Washington, DC        Black Cat
SAT    10/13  Asbury Park, NJ         Asbury Lanes 
MON   10/15  Brooklyn, NY              Brooklyn Steel
TUE    10/16  Philadelphia, PA        Union Transfer                       
THU    10/18  Montreal, QC             Club Soda
FRI     10/19  Toronto, ON               Lee's Palace  
SUN   10/21  Detroit, MI                  The Majestic
MON   10/22  Chicago, IL                 Thalia Hall                  
WED   10/24  Dallas, TX                  Granada Theatre
THU    10/25  Austin, TX                  The Mohawk  
SUN   10/28  Portland, OR              Wonder Ballroom
MON   10/29  Seattle, WA                Showbox        
WED  10/31  San Francisco, CA     The Chapel
THU    11/1    San Francisco, CA     The Chapel
SAT    11/3    Los Angeles, CA        El Rey           
TUE    11/6    Mexico City, MX         Pepsi Centre
FRI     9/14    New York City, NY    The Metrograph

For more information on PUBLIC IMAGE LTD, visit:

EG Vines Announces Debut Album Conversation First Single “Me and You” Available Now

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 10, 2018 Today, EG Vines announces his debut album and forthcoming EP Conversation. Vines made his mark in Nashville as a member of rock band The Bandoliers; not only is Conversation his debut as a solo artist, but a statement on empathy, compassion, and greater understanding between people. Set for release on August 17, 2018, Vines teamed up with producer Eddie Spear (The Delta Saints, Dave Cobb) and noted studio musicians Leroy Powell, Chris Powell, and Brian Allen to create the five song masterpiece. EG Vines recently released “Me and You,” the first single from Conversation; the full album is available for vinyl pre-order today.

According to EG Vines, the lack of empathetic communication is at the root of a lot of our problems. “All this division, and the words that we use/the lines for no reason between me and you/well I won’t believe that this is the best we can do”, sings Vines on his upcoming record. From the funky “Tell Me Something Brother”, to the slow burning “Reconcile”, Vines is on a mission for more understanding on his debut solo EP Conversation

Vines is originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas. “It’s a small, religious town, somewhere that the same families have inhabited for generations,” he says, “There’s more churches than houses in that place.” Growing up, Vines was heavily involved in the Church of Christ, which is where he first became interested in music composition. “The music is all A Capella, so it really gave me an appreciation for vocal harmony and layering,” he explains.

His religious upbringing, his time spent at a large state school, and almost a decade of living in a progressive city have given Vines perspective. Having so many close family members and friends with such strong, and often opposing, beliefs helps him understand different outlooks on many current social and political conversations – even when he may not agree with everything (or anything) that is being said. “A lot of friends of mine, maybe we have a little bit of different viewpoints just because of the things we’ve seen in our lives,” he explains, “And I’m usually the type of person who will say something if I see a statement that is just not how I see the world, but I think we all find a way to respect each other’s opinions.”

Vines’ ability to hear others viewpoints served him well when he began the search for a producer of his first solo EP. After playing and writing with rock outfit The Bandoliers for half a decade, life pulled the bandmates in different directions, leaving Vines in search of a new way to present his original material. “I felt like my songs never quite reached their full potential in the band, so for a couple years I spent most of my free time writing, I wrote for hours every day.”

Finally, when he felt that he had a group of songs he was ready to record, Vines reached out to producer Eddie Spear, who he admired for his work with The Delta Saints and Dave Cobb. Spear was skeptical at first, he told Vines that although there was a lot of good components, some of the songs weren’t quite working for him, and he gave him some classic records to listen to as homework. Rather than take offense, Vines took the advice to heart. He listened deeply, wrote more, and worked harder on honing his craft. That initial conversation turned into a powerful creative collaboration. Over the next few months, the songs on Conversation were born and Spear agreed to produce the EP. 

“If you try to really hear someone out and not condemn a viewpoint before giving your opinion, that always works a little better,” Vines explains. We can only hope that Vines empathetic message is heard out, and paves the way for many more meaningful conversations.

Tour Dates:
July 12 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
August 4 – Bowling Green, KY – Tidball’s
August 17 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
September 28 – Nashville, TN – The 5 Spot

For more information, visit https://www.egvines.com/.


L-R:  Kinder on stage at British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival 
L-R:  Kinder on stage at British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival
Ryan Kinder has enjoyed an unforgettable summer touring with some of his biggest musical heroes John Fogerty and ZZ Top. Kinder recently wrapped the 22-city run with a stop in London, where he opened the 2018 British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival featuring iconic legends Eric Clapton, Santana and Gary Clark, Jr

"I would have been thrilled just standing side-stage each night," says Kinder. "But getting to share the same stage with those legendary musicians was a greater experience than I could have ever imagined. And, getting to talk music with Fogerty and Billy [Gibbons] still doesn't seem real." 

Kinder, whose powerful vocals and nimble guitar skills have been critically praised by Amazon, Billboard, CMT, Pandora, PEOPLE, Rolling Stone Country and Spotify, to name a few, is set to release his next single to country radio later this summer.

Con Brio Releases Anthem “United State of Mind” Off Their Full-Length Album, Explorer, Just In Time For Your 4th of July Weekend Summer Tour Takes the Rock-Soul Septet to Europe, Canada, and Across the U.S.

Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B that’s as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. This funk-soul septet known for their acrobatic, adrenaline-fueled live shows in clubs and festivals all over the world, have released their summer synergistic single, “United State of Mind” just in time for your 4th of July weekend party.

Add United State Of Mind to your July Weekend Spotify Playlist here - https://open.spotify.com/album/60LRHt6pv56VXLRUYsOevc

Order Explorer on Fat Beats

Con Brio never set out to be a political band. To be sure, Paradise contained songs about inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement. In a world divided, Con Brio has set out to find a way to bring love, positivity, and compassion through uplifting, sultry rhythms, and lyrics. It makes sense that Consequence of Sound has called them “a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone.

“United State of Mind” reflects directly on America’s current political moment, urging strength and perspective in the face of cynicism and apathy. It’s also a song that was created to be played on dance floors across the world.  Over a cheerful guitar lick from Benjamin Andrews, the former track sings the praises of travel, the ways it can make the world feel bigger and smaller all at once — and how sometimes you have to leave home to see it with fresh eyes.

Explorer, out today, July 6th, is Con Brio’s sophomore full-length album. Showcasing a newly layered, contemporary production style, the record represents an impressive leap for the group PopMatters calls “the best new live band in America.” Explorer is a travelogue of sorts, it was written over two years and one presidential election—all while the band was touring the globe and fielding questions about our leaders, our choices, our guns. If Paradise turned a mirror on America in 2016, Explorer looks outward, confronting uncertainty about the future, and the challenges of representing America abroad during a time of unprecedented volatility at home.

Con Brio will tour the U.S. and Europe in support of Explorer throughout the remainder of 2018. (See dates below.)

Con Brio Tour Dates

Jul 07           Bobital Festival                                     Bobital, France
Jul 08            Royal Park                                           Baarn, Netherlands
Jul 14         Bospop                                                   Weert, Netherlands
Jul 14        North Sea Jazz Festival                           Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jul 17            Umbria Jazz                                         Umbria Italy
Jul 19            Groene Ster                                          Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Jul 21            Umbria Jazz                                          Umbria Italy
Jul 22        Welcome To The Village Festival              Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Jul 27           Guitarfish Festival                                  Cisco Grove, CA
Jul 28            Newberry Event                                     La Pine, OR
Aug 03          State Room                                            Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 04 – 05 Arise Festival                                          Loveland, CO
Aug 08          Live! From Mt. Crested Butte                 Crested Butte, CO
Aug 09           Club Red                                               Telluride, CO
Aug 10          Dillon Amphitheater                                Dillon, CO
Sep 15-16    Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival      Paso Robles, CA
Sep 23         Sonoma Harvest Music Festival            Sonoma, CA

Listen to “Explorer” on SoundCloud

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Appaloosa Music Festival, D.C.’s 4th Annual Roots Music Fest, Announces Lineup Featuring Gaelic Storm, Mandolin Orange, Scythian, Town Mountain, Humming House, Six-String Soldiers, Karikatura, Fireside Collective, and more!

Appaloosa Music Festival, D.C.’s 4th Annual Roots Music Fest, Announces Lineup Featuring Gaelic Storm, Mandolin Orange, Scythian, Town Mountain, Humming House, Six-String Soldiers, Karikatura, Fireside Collective, and more!

Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31 - Sept. 2) at Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia

Appaloosa Music Festival, D.C.’s premier roots music festival will take place Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31 - Sept. 2) at Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia. The three-day fest is located just five miles from the entrance of Skyline Drive and George Washington National Forest, an hour drive from Washington D.C. The grounds provide the perfect backdrop for a roots music camping experience in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) has awarded Appaloosa Festival a substantial grant as part of its 2018 Music Festival Sponsorship Program-- Virginia is for Music Lovers-- building Virginia’s reputation as a music destination, and putting Appaloosa on the map as Virginia’s premier Roots Music Festival.

2018’s lineup features two sets by festival hosts Scythian, Gaelic Storm (Saturday headliner), Mandolin Orange (Sunday headliner), Town Mountain, Humming House, Six-String Soldiers, Karikatura, Fireside Collective, Upstate Rubdown, The New Familiars, The Gina Clowes Project, Cake For Dinner, Tajci, The Hillbilly Thomists, Ben-David Warner, Will Overman, Mountain Duo, Jack Dunlap Band, Kentucky Avenue, and The Williams Brothers Band + a few surprises.

Allen & Heath Makes Waves in California at Agenda Festival

The Agenda streetwear and action sports festival made waves in Long Beach, California on June 30th as over 15,000 fans gathered to take in a wide array of music, brands and experiences. The Agenda Festival is a one-day event which can be thought of as a curated mall of pop-up shops dropped in the middle of a music festival. Over 500 of the most influential street and lifestyle brands in the world drew crowds alongside live music from featured acts such as Brockhampton, Lil Yachty, Yung Lean, and 16-year-old rising star Billie Eilish.


An Allen & Heath dLive S5000 handled front of house duties while another S5000 supported monitors for Billie Eilish’s highly-anticipated performance. A dLive fan and Los Angeles native, the indie electro-pop wunderkind has over 100 million streams on Spotify alone and her music has been featured on the Netflix series, “Thirteen Reasons Why.”

According to Mike Bangs, Touring / Live Sound Manager for Allen & Heath USA, “Billie has been out with dLive for a while now and since she was local for this show she opted to go big with a pair of S5000 surfaces with DM48 and DM0 MixRacks. The fully redundant configuration was straightforward using a digital split over gigaACE, with 96kHz audio passing through the system around the arena as needed."

Swedish artist Yung Lean opted for a more portable approach, flying in an Allen & Heath C1500 from Europe to use on his shows in the United States. Bangs commented, “We had a C1500 running off of a DM0 at front of house for Yung Lean, who brought it all the way from Sweden. They’ve been taking this all over the US, which puts an exclamation point on how portable the system is.” Using just four rack spaces, the DM0 dLive MixRack is targeted at distributed audio scenarios and digital splits, housing Allen & Heath's XCVI processing core along with audio I/O, control and audio networking ports.

“The Agenda Festival is all about the next big thing, so it’s fitting to see dLive showing up with multiple artists on the bill,” says Jeff Hawley, Marketing Manager for Allen & Heath USA. “From the flyable C1500 all the way up to S7000, dLive is the intuitive, powerful and reliable festival console choice no matter which artist steps out on the stage.”

Nashville: A Songwriter's Paradise?

Nashville, TN - Bright, young singer/songwriter and Audient ASP4816 console owner, Lizzy McAvoy takes us around the city that she's made her home, and give us a glimpse of what it means to her.

I've had the amazing opportunity to live in Nashville, Tennessee for close to eleven years. I moved here when I was sixteen years old, a bright-eyed dreamer. I remember my first trip to Nashville, I was eleven years old. I was writing a few songs and singing back in my hometown of Newark, Ohio. My parents heard of a place called "Music City". When Spring Break rolled around, we packed up our car and drove six hours south. Looking back on that first trip, I don't think my parents were expecting this city to have the impact it did on me, but once I was bit by the bug, I had to come back. So much so, I graduated high school early, I focused on nothing but singing and writing songs and somehow convinced my parents to move two states away to follow this crazy dream. Three months after we moved to Nashville, I met my first publisher, Major Bob Music.
Music City has such a rich history there wouldn't be enough space in a lifetime to talk about it all. As I began writing this article, I was reminded how special this town is. Music City has changed a lot in my decade here and if you were to talk to my songwriting friends who've been here a few decades, it's reallychanged. But the one thing that hasn't been lost with the times is the music. This is a songwriter's town. These streets and buildings are filled with music and stories. As you read this, hit songs are being cranked out of Music City.
I want this journey to focus primarily on Music Row, the heart of Music City. This is the 'Songwriters Paradise'. Music Row is two streets (16th Ave S and 17th Ave S) lined with 1920's Craftsman-style homes, post-Victorian architecture and some classic 1980's office buildings mixed in. #1 Song Banners greet you as you walk up to the front door of publishing companies. Songwriters can be found writing their next hits in the small bedrooms of these converted houses. 
In the 90's, at the height of Music Row, I heard the most unfathomable stories. Songwriters would start their day at 10am, write a smash first verse and chorus then it was time to take a break. They'd grab a bite at Maude's Courtyard to see anybody who was somebody in the biz or grab a cold beer at Bobby's Idle Hour.Then it would be back to the publisher's office to finish their song. It was a laidback community of transplants and dreamers.

I heard stories of publishers running their writers down the street (guitar in hand) to play their songs for a record label exec, 10 mins later playing that song for a multi-platinum artist over the phone, a semi-truck driving down Music Row stacked with brand new Jaguars (gifts from Garth Brooks) and artists being discovered at The Bluebird Cafe. 
Then the internet came and the 90's Music Row changed dramatically. Publishing companies began to struggle. They were either bought out or just closed their doors. Songwriters and artists were being dropped and moving back home. But through that change and struggle the essence of Music City was still alive in the air, attracting the next generation. 
Today's Music Row is slightly different, but still one of a kind. You'll find it lined with the top record labels (Big Machine, Warner Brothers and Curb), the top major publishing companies (Universal, Sony, Word, Starstruck) and the small boutique companies (Big Yellow Dog, Creative Nation and Major Bob Music). New, incredible companies are being developed here, changing the face of the Music Business. RCA Studios, Ocean Way Studios and Allentown Studios still reside on The Row, even in the wake of professional home studios. Producers and songwriters from LA, NYC and the UK started moving to Music City. You may have heard, Justin Timberlake moved here :) Instead of being a country town, we're a Pop, Country, Americana and Rock town. We're truly living up to our name: Music City.
Publishing houses still have their songwriters cranking out smash hits five days a week. Bobby's Idle Hourstill has it's doors wide open andEdgehill Cafehas become the new "hang". Great live music can be heard every night. If you're looking for classic country hits, check out Tootsiesor Rob's Western World. Want to learn to Line Dance? Wildhorse Saloonhas got you covered. Take a step away from the neon lights of Broadway and grab a songwriters' night at The Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafeor The Bluebird Cafe. I promise you'll probably hear a song there before it hits the radio in a few months. 
The talent never stops flowing in this town. The waitress taking your breakfast order probably has the most amazing voice you've ever heard, the guitar player jamming down on Broadway may well be an incredible studio musician. It's a town bursting full of some of the best talent in the world; we are truly unique. 
Step into a writing room and it's an unspoken knowledge that the song will be split equally among the writers. So, two writers in the room, 50/50, three writers in the room 33/33/33... and so on. There's a saying in Nashville "a word for a third", which basically means, we don't line count, you get a piece of the pie. 
You may hear us musicians talking to each other in numbers. Things like "Sixty-Four-Fifteen" or "one, four, five". Have no fear, we haven't been abducted by aliens and beamed back down speaking a different language. We're communicating the Nashville Numbers System. Basically our chord system and charting system. 
We've experienced a lot of change here. Part of Music Row is being torn down to build the next big skyscraper. So in turn we are saying goodbye to a part of music history. But with change comes new opportunities. I've heard we're becoming a tech town with new technology companies opening their doors. We have the incredible Vanderbilt University and Belmont University, which bookend our precious Music Row. Tourists are flocking by the thousands for CMA Music Festival, Pilgrimage Festival, The Opry and The Ryman. 
Thanks to the TV sensation, Nashville for the new boom in tourism and the spotlight on our tiny little town. Tour buses can be seen driving up and down Music Row sharing our rich history and inspiring the new generation of dreamers and listeners. We may be saying goodbye to pieces of our town but the one thing that has always stayed true in Music City is the music. Great songs are being born here every day, shaping the course of music and paving the way for the next generation.
I hope you'll visit us someday soon - or come back for another visit. 
Happy Music Making from Music City!

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