folk rock

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes is an indie folk band which formed in Seattle, Washington, United States in 2006. The band consists of Robin...

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{"key":"10783","name":"Fleet Foxes","bio":"Fleet Foxes is an indie folk band which formed in Seattle, Washington, United States in 2006. The band consists of Robin Pecknold (vocals, guitar), Skyler Skjelset (guitar), Christian Wargo (bass, guitar, vocals), Casey Wescott (keyboards, vocals), Morgan Henderson (multiple instruments) and J. Tillman (drums, vocals). They are signed to the labels Sub Pop and Bella Union. Fleet Foxes released the six-track Fleet Foxes EP in 2006, a five-track EP, Sun Giant on April 8, 2008, and their debut full-length self-titled album, Fleet Foxes on June 3, 2008. It was given 4 stars by Rolling Stone, and compared to the likes of The Beach Boys, Animal Collective, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. On June 6, 2008, they received a 9.0 out of 10 in a review by Pitchfork for their self-titled LP, and on December 19th, the Sun Giant EP and the self titled LP together shared the title of Pitchfork's #1 album(s) of 2008.The quintet describe their music as \"baroque harmonic pop jams.\" They have played at major venues such as the Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle, Washington, South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas and Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in May 2008. On June 24, 2008, Fleet Foxes went #1 on the CMJ Radio 200 Chart..The band's second album, Helplessness Blues was released on May 3, 2011. The title track and first single was released as a free download on the band's website in January 2011. The band also announced that Morgan Henderson, a former member of The Blood Brothers and Past Lives, had joined the band as a multi-instrumentalist.In January 2012 drummer J.Tillman announced on his TUMBLR that he had left the band. 'Farewell Fleet Fans and Friends. Back into the gaping maw of obscurity I go. Tokyo is my last show with the Foxes. Sorry if I was distant and obtuse if we ever met. Have fun.'","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10783_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Dawes

Dawes is an American rock band from Malibu, California. Two members, Taylor Goldsmith and Wylie Gelber, were originally ...

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{"key":"74624","name":"Dawes","bio":"Dawes is an American rock band from Malibu, California. Two members, Taylor Goldsmith and Wylie Gelber, were originally from the band Simon Dawes. They branched off in 2009, now playing with Griffin Goldsmith and Tay Strathairn, to compile Americana\/Soul music in the band Dawes.Their debut album, \"North Hills\", was released in 2009. The album, \"Nothing Is Wrong\", follows in 2011.More info: www.dawestheband.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/74624_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Larry and His Flask

"Larry & His Flask are like no band I’ve ever seen (which seems to be the general consensus). As soon as Jamin says â€...

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{"key":"111288","name":"Larry and His Flask","bio":"\"Larry & His Flask are like no band I\u2019ve ever seen (which seems to be the general consensus). As soon as Jamin says \u201cHello everybody we\u2019re Larry & His Flask!\u201d and the first song begins people are glued to the stage. Everyone is watching with smiles and wide eyes. People are looking at their friends shaking their heads with looks on their faces that say: \u201cWhat the hell is this?!\u201c When all 6 members are on stage they are truly a sight to behold. They play their instruments fast and they play them good. It\u2019s difficult to describe the kind of music they play; they don\u2019t fit into any of the genres found in your neighborhood music shop. Their music sounds like rowdy bluegrass\/folk with heavy punk rock roots and a splash of gypsy soul.\" Larry & His Flask are out of Redmond, Oregon and are more than local heroes with tons of local fans!","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/111288_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

The Lumineers

The Lumineers are a folk rock trio which formed in Denver, Colorado, United States in 2002. The band consists of Wesley ...

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{"key":"10963","name":"The Lumineers","bio":"The Lumineers are a folk rock trio which formed in Denver, Colorado, United States in 2002. The band consists of Wesley Schultz (vocals, guitar), Neyla Pekarek (piano, cello, mandolin, vocals) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, vocals). The band's debut self-titled album was released on April 3, 2012. The album's first single, \"Ho Hey\" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.The Ho Hey Songfacts reports that Schultz and Fraites were originally based in New York and started collaborating in 2002 after Fraites\u2019 brother, Josh, who was also Schultz\u2019s best friend died of an overdose. The pair began writing and performing to cope with their grief and they later relocated to Denver, where they met the classically trained Pekarek after advertising for a cellist. A Denver, Colorado based group. The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music\u2014the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.http:\/\/thelumineers.com\/https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/TheLumineershttps:\/\/twitter.com\/thelumineershttp:\/\/smarturl.it\/ituneslumineershttp:\/\/smarturl.it\/amazonlumineers","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10963_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

In Extremo

In Extremo is one of the most famous folk metal bands, originating from Berlin, Germany in 1995. The band's musical styl...

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{"key":"10959","name":"In Extremo","bio":"In Extremo is one of the most famous folk metal bands, originating from Berlin, Germany in 1995. The band's musical style combines heavy metal with medieval traditional songs, blending the sound of the standard metal instruments with traditional instruments such as the bagpipes, harp, hurdy-gurdy and shawm. Versions of well-known traditional\/medieval ballads make up the main part of their repertoire, though over the years the band has also begun to write some original material using the German language. The traditional songs are sung in a variety of languages, including (but not limited to) Spanish, English, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Irish, French, Hebrew, Latin and Old German.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10959_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Schandmaul

Schandmaul is a German rock/folk band. The band specializes in a genre of music often known as "Medieval-Folk Rock," bec...

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{"key":"10952","name":"Schandmaul","bio":"Schandmaul is a German rock\/folk band. The band specializes in a genre of music often known as \"Medieval-Folk Rock,\" because they often include instruments typically used in medieval folksongs\u2014such as the bagpipes and shawms\u2014as parts of their rock sound. Contemporary groups in the same vein include Subway to Sally, In Extremo, Saltatio Mortis, Regicide, and Letzte Instanz.Schandmaul was founded in the summer of 1998, when six musicians from Munich and the surrounding area decided to put on a concert of folksongs. Because just doing covers was not enough, they decided to write some of their own stuff. Thus was created the first tune they wrote themselves, \"Teufelsweib\" (Devil Woman), which already had what was to become the typical Schandmaul sound that they've built on over the years.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10952_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Subway to Sally

Subway to Sally was founded in Potsdam, Germany, in the early 1990s. It is a rock band with clear folk and medieval infl...

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{"key":"10962","name":"Subway to Sally","bio":"Subway to Sally was founded in Potsdam, Germany, in the early 1990s. It is a rock band with clear folk and medieval influences, later also with gothic and metal elements added to the mix. With their continuous inclusion of oriental sounds and elements of classical music (noted for instance by the use of the arrangements of the backup vocals) and the use of instruments less frequently seen in metal bands, such as bagpipes, shawm, violin, hurdy-gurdy and lute, the band has acquired the label of medieval metal. They have released 8 studio albums, two live album and two live DVD\u00b4s. Their fame is mainly in the German-speaking countries, having played only a handful of concerts outside of their \"turf\".BiographySubway to Sally was an idea that was a long time coming. The very first concert given in the name was held in September of 1990. The band then consisted of Ingo Hampf, Bodenski, Simon, Coni (trumpet) and Guido (drums). Their first appearance onstage in the constellation with which they later recorded their first album (Album 1994), was given in the Potsdamer \"Stube\" in January 1992. The group had decided on needing a fiddle to complete the sound, something which brought Frau Schmitt (Silke Volland) to the band, who in turn introduced Eric Fish (Eric Hecht) on the bagpipes.In the early years, Subway to Sally played Irish \/ Scottish inspired folk rock, as reflected by the tracklist of their first album, being the only album where the majority of songs are in English (for this they hired a friend to write lyrics in English). The group then decided they wanted to keep their lyrics in German, thus being a part of the first wave of bands to do so after the Berlin wall broke down. Their second album, released in 1995 and aptly named MCMXCV, saw a mixture of biblically inspired lyrics and what is often referred to as \"medieval\" music, thus placing the label \"medieval metal\" firmly onto their foreheads. It is a label that they still are being confronted with, though the music can hardly be described as such and though the band repeatedly tries to deny this. Three major changes can be noted with the release of MCMXCV: Firstly, the appearing of the self-written German lyrics penned by Bodenski, secondly, Eric Fish moved up from being the piper to being the frontman and main singer. Thirdly, the focus of the music was no longer on folklore with the occasional self-composed song tossed in for measure, but was turned around to exactly the opposite, with the two translated folk songs \"Kr\u00e4henfra\u00df\" (\"Twa Corbies\") and \"Carrickfergus\" adapted to fit the band's style.Between 1994 and 1997 the band rapidly released four albums and toured Germany to exhaustion, with an average of around 100 concerts (take or give a few) per year. Drummer T.W. left the band in 1997, after completing the recordings of \"Foppt den D\u00e4mon\", being replaced by David P\u00e4tsch for the tour and the following albums. \"Der Sturm\" was the first chart entry of the band, but they were quite consequently ignored by the radio and music television channels. With \"Hochzeit\" the band broke their habits and spent more time on producing the album, leading to a more polished and worked-through sound. This payed off with another chart placement: the album made it to #19 in the official charts. The sound of \"Hochzeit\" is very much picked up by the next studio album, \"Herzblut\", though thematically moving in a different direction. Where \"Hochzeit\" is darker and ends on the note of \"M\u00fcde\" (\"Tired\") \"Ach, ich bin von dieser Welt so m\u00fcd'\" (\"Oh, I am so tired of this world\"), \"Herzblut\" starts off with the energetic \"die Schlacht\" (\"the battle\"), declearing that \"Ich gewinne diese Schlacht\" (\"I win this battle\").In 2003 the album \"Engelskrieger\" was released. In preparation of the release, the band made the lyrics available on their home page, leading to wild discussions and accusations of \"selling out\". The sound of the record, breaking clearly with their previous works, did nothing to silence those accusations. Subway to Sally had grown up, met up with the real world and made a deeply disturbing record, dealing with modern issues on modern terms. The lyrics were no longer veiled and styled old-fashionedly, but instead painfully direct, as was the music, delivered with more brute and force. \"Wenn Engel hassen\" (\"When angels hate\") from \"Herzblut\" can be said to explore the same terrain that \"Geist des Kriegers\" (\"Spirit of the warrior\") does, dealing with an individual running amok, though the latter is firmly lodged in the \"post 9\/11\"-world. Several band members have indeed emphasised the impact of the attacks of the Twin Towers and the following political events as inspirational source for the album. Other songs deal with incest, euthanasia, leaders who mis-lead their people and the general fall and corruption of our western society. \"Engelskrieger\" entered the German charts at #9, and the band once more toured extensively. A live DVD was filmed in the Columbiahalle in Berlin on the first leg of the tour, leading to the release of a double DVD in the autumn of 2003. In April 2004 Subway to Sally changed label, leaving Universal (Motor) for the smaller metal-label Nuclear Blast.The very last concert of 2004, the all-yearly concert in Lindenpark (Potsdam) on the 30\/12, was also the last concert of drummer David P\u00e4tsch, who left the band to pursue another musical direction with the Blue Man Group in Berlin. The band then spent half a year looking for a replacement, finally deciding on Simon Michael Schmitt to replace David. (On a side-note this has lead to a great deal of confusion, as there are now 2 Simons, 3 Michaels and 2 Schmitts in the band.) The recording of the new album was already finished by the time \"tiny Simon\" joined the band.Despite being very pleased with the outcome of \"Engelskrieger\", the band made no secret of it being a one-off and of returning to the more conventional \"Sally-sound\" with the next studio recording. \"Nord Nord Ost\" was originally planned to be released in 2004, but was delayed until fall 2005, due to the extensiveness of the production. Though the band have previously made use of musicians from outside the band, they now did so on a bigger scale, involving the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg to create a wider and more orchestral sound. The album debuted at #5 in the official charts, the highest chart placement the band has seen to date.In 2006 they released an acoustic CD\/DVD reminiscent of their pre-Hochzeit sound called Nackt (\"Naked\"), followed by another album in the vein of Nord Nord Ost, titled Bastard, in Fall 2007.Side projectsSeveral of the band members have side- or solo-projects going. Wanting to \"return to his roots\" as a musician, Eric Fish started touring on his own in 1999. This project has now grown up to become a band in its own right, and two CDs have been released; \"Auge in Auge\" and \"Zwilling\". Eric is also involved in a hitherto online-only project called Wei\u00df and often appears as a guest musician on records of other bands (for instance with Letzte Instanz and Fiddler's Green). Bodenski has published a book of poems, called \"Inniglich\", which draws heavily on his lyrics for Subway to Sally, but also contains other works and non-published Sally songs. Little Simon also plays in the powermetal band Silverlane. Frau Schmitt used to be a member of the somewhat \"folkyjazzy\" ensemble 17 Hippies.Discography * Album 1994 (1994, label: Costbar) * MCMXCV (1995) (1995, label: Stars in the dark) * Foppt den D\u00e4mon! (Tease the demon) (1996, label: Red Rooster) * Bannkreis (Spell circle) (1997, label: BMG\/Ariola) * Hochzeit (Marriage) (1999, label: BMG\/Ariola) * Schrei! (Scream!) (live album, 2000, label: BMG\/Ariola) * Herzblut (Heartblood) (2001, label: Island Mercury) * Die Rose im Wasser (The rose in the water) (Best Of album, 2001) * Engelskrieger (Angel's warriors) (2003, label: Motor Music) * Subway to Sally live (2 DVD, 2003, label: Motor Music) * Nord Nord Ost (North north east) (August 22, label: Nuclear Blast 2005) * Nackt (Naked) (2006, 1 DVD, 1 Live Album, Acoustic Concert, Nuclear Blast 2006) * Bastard (Bastard) (2007, label: Nuclear Blast)www.subwaytosally.com\/","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10962_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Ignis Fatuu

Vocals - "P.G." Andreas Haensel (since 2012)E-Guitar - Peter Pathos (since 2012)Bass - Volker SemmelmannBagpipe, flute, ...

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{"key":"105724","name":"Ignis Fatuu","bio":"Vocals - \"P.G.\" Andreas Haensel (since 2012)E-Guitar - Peter Pathos (since 2012)Bass - Volker SemmelmannBagpipe, flute, wait-pipe, Vocals - Irene GawlikWheel fiddle, bagpipe, nyckelharpa, wait-pipe, violin - Alexander ZwingmannDrums, percussion - Robert HeroldFormer members:Bass - Richard KinzelVocals, E-Guitar - Alexander TrappeThe combination of folk, metal, and also know the Middle Ages, the Franks Ignis Fatuu implement musically perfect.On her current release \"Es werde Licht\", they show this on a total of 13 tracks that are full of catchiness that way. Folk instruments such as flutes, hurdy-gurdy and shawm will find their place and their merits as well as hard electric guitars and drums. Even bagpipes sounding tones and a successful production rounds out the Silberling a true listening pleasure.The five musicians mastered both melodies that the wake-up call for movement, as well as those that invite you to dream. This already points to stimulate variety and this is offered not only on the album, but also within individual songs.Entry into the work makes \"on the run.\" Fast played violins, which show duel with later onset, harder guitars in the first few minutes of the game that Ignis Fatuu white rock and has a knack for melodies that stay in your head. A break and a variety of tempo changes an inclusive guitar solo makes the song interesting.\"North Wind\" - one of several highlights on the album - just starts rocking and vocally reminiscent of the B\u00f6hse Onkelz. An instrumental solo in the middle of the song is able to persuade and demonstrates the playfulness of the band.Ballad is the way of \"Your Star\". Understated drums, violins and acoustic guitar introduce the song that starts sounding for the first time female vocals. The delicate, almost fragile-sounding voice harmonizes excellently with the charismatic male voice.Although the track increases in hardness - especially the middle part of this is that contrasts with quickness and change of tempo ballad to the real character - he never loses its emotional appeal.After the intro with flute incipient \"Narrenweib\" has died away again faster and no less melodic, it's back to rocking. \"Longing\" is characterized by rifflastigen guitars, while the female vocals shine in both the two-part singing and in the 'Solo'.With the \"illusion\" to create Ignis Fatuu almost give the listener a very kind, leads one hand, the bagpipe intro but mentally in the Scottish Highlands. But this illusion does not stop long, but it is harder and faster. In the verses we remain vocally here almost on a pitch.Once a completely different one enters \"Dragon Rider\". With drums and bagpipes one sets the rhythm and the vocals give the song with great melody seduction. Equally unusual is the quiet end of decaying, which is also a good transition to the next ballad is lonely. \" This is quite something. Play initially only flutes and acoustic guitars, it is the male singer's voice in the foreground. The track undergoes increase in the duet part. Live will probably come here a few lighters are used, so the title of the album \"There Be Light will be heard\" quasi. Through a varied composition of the song is about his long-winded and not 6 minutes. Certainly there are powerful ballads, but here is very much potential there.\"Spring dance\" has the typical characteristics of a good rock songs on the Middle Ages and \"Fiddler,\" which stands in for nothing. While not innovative, but quite ohrwurmtauglich and especially by Alexander's voice still very own.Highlights for me then form again the last three songs. \"Guard Time\" Therefore, since it is extremely rousing and catchy, \"spell\" on the grounds that it once again knows hardship and emotion and can therefore combine the title of the song come alive, and \"The Night\" is because he simply no longer goes out of the ear. This song alone, I could run it on repeat, without me sick to hear them.Danse Macabre has managed to once again have a band under contract, which can inspire the listener. Fans of medieval coat here should necessarily purely hear. What can I say! Not just purely listening to buy! It is worthwhile and will not be boring.Discography: 2007: 5-Track-Promo-CD (own production)2009: Es werde Licht (Danse Macabre Records)2011: Neue Ufer (Trollzorn)","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/105724_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Ben Taylor

1) Ben Taylor (born Benjamin Simon Taylor on January 22, 1977) is a musician and actor. He is the son of James Taylor an...

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{"key":"72577","name":"Ben Taylor","bio":"1) Ben Taylor (born Benjamin Simon Taylor on January 22, 1977) is a musician and actor. He is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon. His sister, Sally Taylor, is also a musician.On his first released album Famous Among the Barns and his EP #1, Taylor collaborated with friends Adam MacDougall and Larry Ciancia to form The Ben Taylor Band. However, ultimately deciding that this path (which yielded music that Taylor describes as \"neo-psychadelic folk funk\") was not his true musical nature, Taylor released a follow-up album by himself that is much more acoustic in nature and more in line with his family roots. That solo effort, Another Run Around the Sun, features background vocals by his sister and mother, and still features drummer-friend Larry Ciancia, and well as Kevin Bacon on bass guitar, and producer. During 2008 Ben released his third studio album, the wittily titled 'The Legend of Kung Folk: Part One (The Killing Bite). This time however, Ben reverted his name to 'Benjamin', so look for Benjamin Taylor this in the record store :-) An extensive world tour of intimate venue's followed, with Larry again on percussion, and his old friend (and self declared heterosexual soul mate) and writing partner David Saw on accompanying guitar and vocal duties. Throughout 2010, Ben & David have continued to write, record and release tracks on Ben's website. 2) Viner \"ben taylor\"","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/72577_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Alain Johannes

Alain Johannes (Born 1962 in Chile) is a guitarist, though has been known to play numerous other instruments including b...

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{"key":"147007","name":"Alain Johannes","bio":"Alain Johannes (Born 1962 in Chile) is a guitarist, though has been known to play numerous other instruments including but not limited to bass guitar, mandolin, piano, fiddle and clarinet. He is the founding member of the now defunct bands Anthym (Later named 'What Is This?') and Eleven. He frequently performed and wrote music with his wife Natasha Shneider (Also of Eleven) before her death in 2008. Johannes has significantly contributed to albums by Chris Cornell, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Desert Sessions and the Mark Lanegan Band as well as mixing, recording and producing a number of other records. He also frequently tours with other bands and artists, most notably the hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age throughout 2005 and 2006 (Natasha Shneider also joined him on this tour).Most recently Johannes recorded new material with Brody Dalle and Eleven bandmate Jack Irons as part of Spinnerette. They released their first EP 'Ghetto Love' in 2008, though Johannes isn't joining them on tour. Johannes is releasing his first solo record, Spark, on Oct. 5th, 2010. He continues to perform live solo, and tour with Them Crooked Vultures.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/147007_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Donovan

Donovan Philips Leitch (born May 19, 1946 in Maryhill, Glasgow), better known as simply Donovan, is a Scottish singer, s...

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{"key":"10802","name":"Donovan","bio":"Donovan Philips Leitch (born May 19, 1946 in Maryhill, Glasgow), better known as simply Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and musician. Originally a '60s folk singer, as the decade progressed Donovan cultivated his own unique eclectic sound, mixing elements of folk, pop, jazz, world music and more, often with a twinge of psychedelia. His most well-known work was suffused with altruistic political overtones, making him an iconic figure of the \"flower power\" counter-culture of the '60s.Donovan came to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the television pop series, Ready Steady Go!. He first hit the charts in 1965 with his single \"Catch the Wind\", continuing on with a string of hits, most of them produced by Mickie Most. Donovan's 1966 Sunshine Superman marked not only a transition to the burgeoning psychedelic scene, but is also viewed as a formative album in its genre, inspiring countless contemporaries. His 1967 double album A Gift from a Flower to a Garden\u2014the first major album released as a boxed set\u2014completed the transition from beat poet folkster to hippie troubadour. As a close friend of The Beatles, he traveled with them to India during their stay at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and taught them the \"clawhammer\" finger-picking style, which is featured on several tracks on their seminal 1968 double album The Beatles, better known as \"The White Album.\"The decline of Donovan's commercial popularity coincides roughly with his split from Most in 1969, as well as gradually lessened interest in psychedelics by artists and the record-buying public alike. With the advent of punk rock during the mid-'70s, Donovan, now viewed as a \"nice boy\" '60s relic, truly fell from favor. Music critics' tastes too had changed; Donovan's new product, while still quirky and experimental, earned little but scorn and derision. As the decades progressed, Donovan would record and perform only sporadically, often separated by several years.Donovan's career went through a revival of sorts with the emergence of Britain's rave scene in the '90s. As a result, his most famous works were reissued, and once again viewed favorably by critics. With the release of the back-to-basics Rick Rubin-produced Sutras in 1996, Donovan's career settled into a comparatively steady stream of new releases, coupled with archival material and various reissues. He was inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame in 2012.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10802_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot is an American indie folk band based in Portland, Oregon.The band has performed on Carson Daly's show, opene...

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{"key":"11752","name":"Blind Pilot","bio":"Blind Pilot is an American indie folk band based in Portland, Oregon.The band has performed on Carson Daly's show, opened arena shows in England and been selected as iTunes' Single of the Week. After a busy summer that included the Lollapalooza, Sasquatch!, and Outside Lands festivals and a high-profile slot opening for fellow Portlanders the Decemberists on select dates, Blind Pilot is embarking on a national headlining tour to support their magnanimous debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, released last year on Expunged Records. Initially a duo of Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski, the group now includes Kati Claborn on banjo and dulcimer, Luke Ydstie on upright bass, Dave Jorgensen on trumpet and harmonium, and Ian Krist on vibraphone.Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski first met as college students at the University of Oregon. They played together in the occasional band, but the roots of Blind Pilot didn't take hold until the two friends spent a summer abroad in Newquay, England, a laidback surfing town in the coastal county of Cornwall. Nebeker says, \"The first night we saw a musician playing on the street. A cop came up and we thought, 'This guy's going to get busted.' But the cop stood and listened, then flipped a pound into the guy's case and walked off. So we said, 'Oh, we're doing this!'\" Nebeker strummed an acoustic guitar while Dobrowski, a fine art student, kept time on a makeshift percussion kit constructed out of a sketchpad and pencil tin. \"I used that sketchpad more as an instrument than for artwork,\" laughs Dobrowski. \"By the end of the summer, the tin was all flared out from me hitting it.\"After that summer of busking by the English seaside, it was a couple more years before Blind Pilot became a serious endeavor, but when Nebeker and Dobrowski decided to focus on making music as a duo, they again sought the ocean air for inspiration. In2006, the pair relocated to the dramatic landscape of Oregon's Pacific coast, a few miles north of Gearhart, Oregon, where Nebeker grew up. His hometown memories are strung throughout the lyrics to 3 Rounds' \"Things I Cannot Recall\": \"We took off sleeping by the river and the beaches in your car\/Up where you taught me how to drive a stick and told me your family secret.\"In the fishing town of neighboring Astoria, Oregon, the pair camped out on the top floor of an old cannery to prepare songs without outside distraction. The building jutted out into the water, not far from where the Columbia River's broad mouth collides with the Pacific Ocean. Against that tumultuous backdrop, the gentle songs took sturdy formation. Nebeker's honest delivery, accompanied by Dobrowski's uncluttered timekeeping, steered a batch of very personal songs to completion\u2013much like the river's pilot boats, from which Blind Pilot derived their name, guide the mammoth, freight-laden barges up the Columbia.Both avid cyclists, Nebeker and Dobrowski decided their next move would be a tour by bicycle. Once the songs were together, and a batch of CDRs was readied and hand-pressed, the two embarked without a map or any gigs scheduled. They biked down the West Coast, playing wherever they could along the way. The effort of touring by bicycle was reward in itself. \"If we rode all day and we couldn't find a show, or we played for just ten people, we still felt good about our day,\" remembers Dobrowski.The first Blind Pilot bike tour started in Vancouver and ended abruptly in San Francisco after their bikes were stolen. But when 3 Rounds and a Sound was finished in Portland last year, they toured again by bicycle, this time making it all the way down to San Diego with new members Claborn and Ydstie in tow\u2013Ydstie's upright bass lumbering behind in a coffin-like trailer. Says Nebeker of touring by bike, \"Ironically, the harder you worked, the more fun you had, as long as it's good work for a good reason. When you just sit all day in a van, that's not as much fun.\" Of course, for this upcoming national tour, Blind Pilot will be traveling by van\u2013a circumstance borne out of practicality, and a necessary side effect of the group's remarkably quick success\u2013but they hold future hopes to tour by bicycle again as soon as possible.In the meantime, the songs of 3 Rounds and a Sound have stood up after countless miles of road- travel, and Blind Pilot has evolved into a live unit whose group dynamic elevates the music. On record, songs like \"The Story I Heard,\" and \"Go On, Say It\" are intimately personal meditations, but in the live setting, they take on a communal, celebratory air. Nebeker's voice is buttressed by Claborn's and Ydstie's soaring harmonies, and the folk-spun, roots-inspired arrangements take on both the austere gorgeousness of classical chamber music, and the breathing, perspiring qualities of a great rock 'n' roll show.\"They're playing our song\/Can you see the lights?\" sings Nebeker in 3 Rounds' title track. \"Can you hear the hum of our song? I hope they get it right\/I hope we dance tonight before we get it wrong\/And the seasons will change us new.\"Those lyrics are of careful optimism\u2013but Blind Pilot already has much to look forward to. Very near the start of their journey, they've reached a broader audience than they'd ever imagined, yet they're not willing to make themselves comfortable, even insisting that their first European tour will be via bicycle. \"And one of the things I'm most excited about recording the next album is to see how different we can make it,\"Nebeker adds. \"The sound that we have going is working really well right now, but I'm totally excited to mess it up.\"","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/11752_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Justin Hayward

Justin Hayward (born David Justin Hayward, on 14 October 1946, in Swindon, England) is best known as the main singer, gu...

40,000 - 75,000
{"key":"145176","name":"Justin Hayward","bio":"Justin Hayward (born David Justin Hayward, on 14 October 1946, in Swindon, England) is best known as the main singer, guitarist and composer with The Moody Blues.Having played with local bands in the Swindon area since the age of 13, Hayward's professional career began in 1964 when he joined Marty Wilde and his wife, Joyce, in the Wilde Three. While still only 17, and against Wilde's advice, Hayward signed a publishing contract with the skiffle artist and record producer, Lonnie Donegan. This was a move that Hayward would go on to regret as it meant that the songwriter's and composer's rights to all the songs he wrote up until 1974 would forever be owned by Donegan's Tyler Music.Hayward joined the Moody Blues in late 1966, replacing the departing vocalist, Denny Laine. Bassist John Lodge replaced Clint Warwick at the same time.The integration of Hayward and Lodge into the Moody Blues sparked greater commercial success and recognition for the band, transforming them from a mainly covers band into one of the biggest selling acts of all-time. Their album sales from 1978 to date (2006) are in excess of 60 million. The exact figures for the bands' album sales from 1967 to 1978 have been contested in court as record company and accountants' figures differ considerably.The 1967 album \"Days of Future Passed\", one of the first and most influential albums of its genre, spawned the Hayward-penned singles \"Tuesday Afternoon\" and the classic \"Nights in White Satin\" that went on to sell in excess of 2 million copies. Hayward also wrote \"Question\" (that was held off the No1 spot in the UK by the England 1970 World Cup Squad with \"Back Home\") as well as the majority of the group's other singles including \"Driftwood\" (1978), \"The Voice\" (1981), \"Blue World\" (1983), \"Your Wildest Dreams\" (1986), \"I Know You're Out There Somewhere\" (1988), \"Bless the Wings\" (1991), \"English Sunset\" (1999) and \"Haunted\" (1999).In 1972, the group decided to take a break from performing and recording as a unit. During this time, Hayward found international solo success - in 1977, with his album, \"Songwriter\", and the first single from it, \"One Lonely Room\"; and in 1978, collaborating on the concept album \"Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of H G Wells' 'The War of the Worlds'\" that yielded his hits \"Forever Autumn\" and \"The Eve of the War\".Hayward has also co-written songs with other members of the band during their career, most prolifically with the band's bassist\/vocalist, John Lodge. Together, in 1975, they had a hit single, \"Blue Guitar\", and album, \"Blue Jays\".During the 1980s, Hayward composed and performed for film and television, including the theme song, \"It Won't Be Easy\", for the 1987 BBC2 science fiction series, \"Star Cops\". He also wrote \"Something Evil, Something Dangerous\" for the film \"The Howling IV\", \"Eternal Woman\" for the film \"She\" and music for \"The Shoe People\".In 1989, with producer-arranger Mike Batt, Hayward released \"Classic Blue\" - an album of standards written by other composers, set to orchestration and arranged by Batt. His most recent solo album, \"The View From The Hill\", was released in 1996 and a live recording, \"Live in San Juan Capistrano\" followed in 1998.In 1974, Hayward was awarded the first of numerous ASCAP awards he has received for songwriting. In 1985, the Moody Blues picked up the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, followed in 1988 by Hayward receiving the Ivor Novello Award, among other honours, for Composer of the Year for \"I Know You're Out There Somewhere\". In 2004, Hayward was awarded the \"Gold Badge\" for lifetime achievement by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) to add to the \"Golden Note\" for lifetime achievement that he was awarded in 2000 by the American Society of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) - one of only a handful of British artists to have received this award, the previous before Hayward being Elton John in 1991.In a recent BBC World Service interview, Hayward and Lodge made it clear they have no plans to stop working and regarded it as \"a privilege\" to still be working in the music business and have people still want to see them perform and buy their music.Hayward continues to tour and record with Moody Blues and as a solo artist. In April 2006, he took part in the stage tour of \"Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of H G Wells' 'The War of the Worlds' \". The show received outstanding reviews from audiences and critics alike and an international tour of the show is currently in the planning stage (June 2006).Hayward has lived in Monte Carlo since 1996 with his wife, Marie (married December 1970). They have one daughter, Doremi Celeste (born December 1972).","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/145176_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne (born Clyde Jackson Browne; October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter known for having sold milli...

150,000 - 300,000
{"key":"23944","name":"Jackson Browne","bio":"Jackson Browne (born Clyde Jackson Browne; October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter known for having sold millions of albums worldwide. First coming to prominence in the 70s, the rock musician has had a long career and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Browne was born in Heidelberg, Germany, his father being an American serviceman stationed in the nation, but he moved to the Highland Park district of Los Angeles, California at an early age and soon began singing folk music locally. In 1966, his major career began as a part of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Often mixing catchy melodies with reflective, moody, and sometimes melancholic lyrics, some of his most popular hit singles include \"Doctor My Eyes\", \"Running on Empty\", and \"Somebody's Baby\". Considered a precociously-talented songwriter by many peers, Browne's solo career got its legs when he signed a publishing contract with Nina Music. His work have been performed by several artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Larry Norman, Linda Ronstadt, Nico, and Tom Rush, among many others.After moving to Greenwich Village, New York, Browne worked, for a brief period, in Tim Buckley's back-up band and on Nico's Chelsea Girl. This album includes two of Jackson's songs and the pair were reputedly lovers for awhile. After leaving New York City, Browne formed a folk band with Ned Doheny and Jack Wilce.In 1971, Browne signed with Asylum Records and released Jackson Browne (1972), which included \"Doctor My Eyes\", a major hit and later coverec by the Jackson Five . He didn't sustain pop success, though, and his next album, For Everyman (1973), while considered of high quality, was a commercial failure.Late for the Sky (1974) established a significant audience for Browne, and fans and critics often consider this Browne's best album. Highlights include the searching title song, the elegiac \"For a Dancer\" and apocalyptic \"Before the Deluge\", the pure arrangements featuring David Lindley's evocative violin and guitar playing, and the Magritte-inspired cover. The title track was also featured in Martin Scorsese's film, Taxi Driver.Browne released his breakthrough album, The Pretender (1976) soon after the suicide of his wife, Phyllis. Featuring livelier production by Jon Landau, the title song is a vividly described account of trying to maintain one's ideals in the struggle against the realities of day-to-day life.During this time, Browne produced and played on Warren Zevon's first two Asylum albums.Browne began recording his next LP while on tour, and Running on Empty (1977) became his biggest commercial success. Breaking the usual conventions for a live album, it was truly made on the road, including tracks recorded on buses and in hotel rooms, with none of the songs having appeared on any of his prior albums. Running on Empty contains many renowned songs, such as the propulsive title track (Browne's biggest hit single), \"The Road\", \"Rosie\", and \"The Load-Out\/Stay\" (Browne's affectionate and knowing send-off to his concert audiences).In 1979, Browne was a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy.Browne achieved less critical acclaim with Hold Out (1980), although it was commercially successful\u2013his only number 1 record, and with his hit single \"Somebody's Baby\" from the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack. Lawyers in Love followed in 1983 and contained hints of a more political focus, especially in the mysteriously satirical title track.Political protest came out full force in Lives in the Balance (1986), an overt condemnation of Reaganism and American policy in Central America. Flavored with new instrumental textures, it was a huge success with Browne fans, though not with mainstream audiences. World in Motion (1989) was even more politically-oriented and polarizing. Browne frequently played for causes he believed in, including Amnesty International (making several appearances on the 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope Tour), Farm Aid, and the Christic Institute.After four years of silence and a break-up with his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, Browne returned with I'm Alive, a critically acclaimed album with a more personal perspective that sold respectably, the title track being a modest radio hit. Looking East (1996) was released soon after, but was not as successful critically or commercially. The Naked Ride Home was released in 2002. On 11 May 2003, Jackson Browne made a celebrity guest star debut on the FOX series The Simpsons.As a whole, Browne's work is marked by compelling melodies, simple, honest, and insightful lyrics, and a flair for composition rarely seen in the world of rock and roll. He is often referred to as \"a thinking man's rock star.\"Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He also participated in the Vote for Change tour in October 2004, playing a series of concerts in American swing states. These concerts were organized by MoveOn.org with the general goal of mobilizing people to vote in that year's Presidential campaign. Browne's appearances were joint performances with Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo', and in one instance with Bruce Springsteen. Three of Browne's albums were selected by Rolling Stone magazine as among its choices for the 500 best albums of all time.Browne released \"Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1\"in 2005 and \"Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2\" in 2008, both on Inside Recordings. The \"Vol. 1\" album consists of live recordings of eleven previously released tracks and \"The Birds of St. Marks,\" a song that does not appear on any of Browne's studio albums. The \"Vol. 2\" album contains roughly the same mix of twelve songs (popular hits vs. deep cuts). Interestingly, both albums also contain separately tracked \"intros\" to some songs, giving a brief glimpse of the intimacy between artist and audience at the shows where the songs were recorded.\"No one gives a shit but Jackson Browne.\" - Randy Newman in \"A Piece Of The Pie\"Website: www.jacksonbrowne.com","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/23944_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}

Kevin Devine

Kevin Devine is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for alternately introspective ...

20,000 - 50,000
{"key":"46672","name":"Kevin Devine","bio":"Kevin Devine is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for alternately introspective and political lyrics and melodic acoustic guitar tunes. He cites his influences as Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Guns N' Roses, Brother Paramo and Nirvana, among others. He grew up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and has spent significant time in Manhattan and Queens as well. Devine graduated Fordham University at Lincoln Center in 2001, majoring in journalism. He also played in an indie\/punk\/emo band called Miracle of 86 after the (Miracle) New York Mets. Even before that, he played with a popular band in the local Staten Island scene called Delusion. At Fordham he was able to hone his acoustic solo skills by playing at various open-mic and college events which made him very popular among the student body.During this time he also appeared in regular stints at the Wetlands Preserve. Although still relatively unknown, Devine gained some popularity with his 2003 album, Make the Clocks Move. Newer songs reflect Devine's political views and the recent death of his father to a stroke. He has recorded records for Immigrant Sun Records and Triple Crown Records and has worked with Brooklyn based producer Mike Skinner, who is also credited as the drummer on his solo records as well as the drummer for Miracle of 86. He signed with Capitol Records, who released his fourth album, Put Your Ghost to Rest, on October 17, 2006. Only four months after his major label debut, Devine was dropped from Capitol Records due to EMI merging Virgin and Capitol Records.Devine was able to gather a strong fan base as a result of his exposure through touring with Brand New. First appearing as their opening act in their 2004 spring tour, Devine made a small splash among their fan base. However, opening for them again in April 2006, and joining their 2007 Spring tour with Manchester Orchestra, Kevin's following was multiplying by the day. (Kevin also opened for Brand New as a surprise act at the Triple Crown Records 10th Anniversary Concert.)Devine's late 2007 touring schedule included a tour with close friend Jesse Lacey (of Brand New) and Grace Read at the end of July through early August, followed by a short trip to London, a spot on the Austin City Limits Festival, and a tour with Chin Up Chin Up throughout Germany. In October 2007 he toured with Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra and Owen.Kevin posted numerous demos via his MySpace profile in late 2007\/early 2008 and after negotiations with Capitol records, \"Put Your Ghost To Rest\" was re-released on April 20, 2008 by Procrastinate! Music Traitors.Kevin toured Europe with Jenny Owen Youngs and Tournaments in May and other tours followed throughout 2008 with Jesse Lacey, Rachael Yamagata and Matt Pryor in August and September 2008.In late 2008, Kevin announced his new album Brother's Blood would be released in early 2009 on Favorite Gentlemen records, as well as a tour with Manchester Orchestra and the I Could Be With Anyone EP in support of both.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/46672_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Saltatio Mortis

Saltatio Mortis is a German folk metal band formed in 2000. Their motto is "Those who dance don't die", which represents...

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{"key":"10955","name":"Saltatio Mortis","bio":"Saltatio Mortis is a German folk metal band formed in 2000. Their motto is \"Those who dance don't die\", which represents their music style.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10955_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Vogelfrey

Founded in spring 2004 Hamburg, Germany, the six members have played many venues around Germany and several Open Air Fes...

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{"key":"105727","name":"Vogelfrey","bio":"Founded in spring 2004 Hamburg, Germany, the six members have played many venues around Germany and several Open Air Festivals together with bands as Corvus Corax and Haggard. They did their first Germany-Tour with the bands Ingrimm and Cumulo Nimbus succesfully in spring 2010. The ecstatically to powerfully, threshing sounds of the Drums played by Dominik combined with Chris' groovy, booming basslines and Dennis' lashing, fast riffs and solos, associated with sweet arcs of melodies played by violincellist Johanna and violinist Alex and the aggressive Rauschpfeife and happy Irish Bouzouki rounded off by the voice of frontman and charismatic singer Jannik, all go to make Vogelfrey. They perform with authentically ancient outfits and cheerfull show-interludes. The lyrics are of all shades, melancolic, funny, gloomy or meaningfull to give the music the right mix. Elements of different styles are integrated cleverly in the unmistakable sound of Vogelfrey. Pounding Metal, sweet-mystic Ballads, straight Rock, powerfull Folk-Punk & more. The Medival-Rockers also fascinated people who don't normally listen to music in this genre. The long awaited debut \"Wiegenfest\u201c will be released in winter 2010.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/105727_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Don McLean

Don McLean (born October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, New York) is an American singer-songwriter, most famous for his 1971 s...

30,000 - 50,000
{"key":"4478","name":"Don McLean","bio":"Don McLean (born October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, New York) is an American singer-songwriter, most famous for his 1971 song \"American Pie\", released from the album of the same name, about the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry (J.P.) (Jape) Richardson, Jr.). The song, an international number one single, spawned the phrase \"The Day the Music Died,\" referring to the day of the crash . It was later listed as the No. 5 song on the RIAA project 'Songs of the Century'. Early in his career, McLean was mentored by the folk legend Pete Seeger, and he accompanied Seeger on his Clearwater boat up the Hudson River in 1969 to protest at environmental pollution in the river. The Clearwater campaign was widely credited for improving water quality in the Hudson River.In 1980, McLean had an international number one hit with the Roy Orbison classic, \"Crying.\" Only following the record's success overseas was it released in the U.S., becoming a top-ten hit in 1981. Orbison himself once described McLean as \"the voice of the century,\" and a subsequent re-recording of the song saw Orbison incorporate elements of McLean's version.In 1991, McLean returned to the U.K. top ten with a re-issue of \"American Pie,\" which nine years later became a worldwide smash all over again thanks to Madonna's controversial cover.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/4478_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Vanguart

Vanguart is an folk-rock and indie rock band from Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The band members are Hélio Flanders (vo...

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{"key":"10975","name":"Vanguart","bio":"Vanguart is an folk-rock and indie rock band from Cuiab\u00e1, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The band members are H\u00e9lio Flanders (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica), David Dafre (guitars), Reginaldo Lincoln (bass), Douglas Godoi (drums), Luiz Lazarotto (keyboards).The first two albums, \"Ready To..\" (2002) and \"The Noon Moon\" (2003) were released as H\u00e9lio Flanders solo albums, an one man project. Only in 2003 the band was completed with the other members. They released two EPs \"Before Vallegrand\" (2005) and \"Sem\u00e1foro\" (2006). Sem\u00e1foro is the first album with portuguese lyrics!","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/10975_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit is a band from San Diego, California, United States, beginning in 2005. This band is most known for their i...

20,000 - 50,000
{"key":"6046","name":"Delta Spirit","bio":"Delta Spirit is a band from San Diego, California, United States, beginning in 2005. This band is most known for their intense live performances, their congregational song-writing, and their driving rhythm. The group consists of Jon Jameson (bass), Brandon Young (percussion), Matthew Vasquez (vocals\/guitars), Kelly Winrich (multi-instrumentals) and Will McLaren (guitar).\"The raw spirit of indie rock. An amplified, rocking version of \u201960s protest folk. The soulful passion of the Violent Femmes and The Waterboys.\" All of these comparisons have been made in attempts to describe Delta Spirit, the southern California five-piece who might just be one of the most important new bands of the decade. Each description contains elements of the truth, but the real answer to the question \u201cwho is Delta Spirit?\u201d lies within Ode to Sunshine, the band\u2019s captivating debut. The group\u2019s DIY ethic shines throughout the album, with songs honed razor-sharp over a year of non-stop touring across America. Opening sold-out tours for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Cold War Kids, and Dr. Dog, the band developed a riveting live show and gained a loyal following amongst tastemaker music fans, earning them invites to national festivals like Austin City Limits, Noise Pop and Sasquatch. So it would not be an understatement to call Ode to Sunshine one of the year\u2019s most highly-anticipated debuts. But don\u2019t take our word for it; in the words of Delta Spirit: \u201cIf you\u2019re feeling what I\u2019m feeling come on, all you soul searching people come on.\u201dJonathan Jameson of Delta Spirit took a few minutes out of the band\u2019s busy touring schedule to answer a few questions about the band, their music, and Ode to Sunshine.Where in California did the band come together? How did you meet?We are all from Southern California. Brandon met Matt while he was singing and playing guitar by the train tracks in San Diego. The rest is boring.Who plays what and sings? Do you trade off instruments on different songs?Brandon plays drums and percussion. Sean plays guitar, does some percussion and hits a big drum. Jon exclusively plays bass with the occasional vocal. Kelly plays piano, hits a drum, sings, hits a trashcan, plays guitar and a high strung guitar. Matt plays guitar, sings and plays piano.Your songs are credited to the band as a whole. Could you describe how they come together? Are the lyrics collaborative as well?It\u2019s always a new experience. Matt and Kelly write the lyrics with minor editing done by the band. Songs come as jams, ideas, almost complete chords, hummed notes, drum beats, etc.Some of the songs have very infectious sing along melodies (like the ba ba ba\u2019s in \u201cPeople C\u2019mon\u201d). Do you envision your music as communal, for audiences to participate in as well as listen to?Our music feels most at home when we play it with people as opposed to at people. There is a mystery to music played live. It brings us out of ourselves into something bigger, something beyond our individuality. Sometimes it happens, other times the songs are just songs.You recorded Ode to Sunshine at a cabin in Julian, California, out in the desert east of San Diego. Did the isolation of the setting influence the vibe of the album (like say, Dylan and The Band\u2019s Basement Tapes)?It feels like sun, saunas, dogs, friends, Old Crow and Coke, Eli Thompson, beards, hot days, long star filled nights, good books, hikes, shorts, bbq and just the way we wanted to make our first record.Your music has been compared to current indie rockers, \u201980s punk roots bands, and sixties folk rockers. Was there any music you listened to growing up, or that you listen to now, that you hear seeping into your current sound?We were born in the \u201980s, grew up in the \u201990s and have parents from the \u201960s. We are proud of the bands that are making great music now. Maybe it\u2019s like the Waterboys covering Harry Nilsson or maybe a song by the Weavers at a rally, but on tour next month with Richard Swift. We want to be found in the lineage of honest and true music that has found its way through every current of music history.There seems to be a conscience in the music, a sense of taking responsibility for ourselves, each other, and the world. What do you feel is special about this moment in history, and this generation, and the place of music and art in society? Are you encouraged by the energy you feel coming back to you from your audiences?There is a feeling of possibility in our age. We feel that same possibility with our band. There is a deep connection there. We don\u2019t want to forget about the most important thing for us, which is simply making good music, but that does include being aware of what\u2019s going on in the world as well as what\u2019s going on in our own heads and souls. We aren\u2019t self-aggrandizing cock rockers or activist idealist hippies. We just want to be honest about ourselves and how we see the world, not minimizing the darkness or the hope, because both are very real.Your original DIY version of Ode to Sunshine featured austere black & white artwork, while the new cover is much warmer, with the smiling face of Dr. Thomas Payne (an uncle of one of the band members) raising a toast while at a scientific convention on bark beetles. The Rounder release also features an additional song, \u201cStreetwalker,\u201d which despite its somber subject features a Phil Spector \/ Brian Wilson groove. Do the new artwork and song show a new side to the band?I think that before when we were looking at the album it felt kinda heavy to us and serious. About the big things in life. Like a dusty record of Kennedy speeches. But I think we realized that the true feeling of the album also included what we were feeling while making it and recording it and that those bits of summer and excitement and wonder break through every once in a while. It\u2019s as if after listening to those sobering speeches we found the pics of the Kennedys on vacation and now it all really made sense. The light and the dark. Sometimes you have to laugh at the serious stuff to be able to do something about it.From the opening Rubber Soul-esque acoustic guitars of \u201cTomorrow Goes Away\u201d to the saloon piano-over-grunge chords of \u201cTrashcan,\u201d from the harmonica-driven protest waltz \u201cPeople, Turn Around\u201d to the insistent surf rock drums of \u201cChildren,\u201d Ode to Sunshine perfectly captures the energy and hope of a new generation that\u2019s rising like a phoenix to change the world. And with Delta Spirit providing the soundtrack, this is one revolution you can dance to.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6046_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}
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