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Bobby Long News & Tour Dates

Bobby Long, the young British singer-songwriter who has built an expansive worldwide fan base through constant touring over the last year, will be featured on National Public Radio's popular World Café program going out to its affiliate stations on Tuesday, April 27.  Carried nationally on over 200 radio stations through out the U.S., the show will be culled from Long's recent appearance on WXPN's weekly Free at Noon broadcast along with an interview with World Café host David Dye.

Long, who is unsigned and whose demanding tour schedule will continue into the summer, appeared live on Free at Noon on March 12 from Philadelphia's World Café Live venue, where he also played to an SRO audience in their upstairs room the following evening.  The prolific singer-songwriter-guitarist's set list included a selection of his better-known songs-"The Bounty of Mary Jane," "In the Frost," "Penance Fire Blues," "Dead and Done," "Two Years Old" and "Who Have You Been Loving," the song that first brought him to the attention of WXPN's music staff.  He also performed two of his newer compositions, "A Happy Winter" and "A Stranger Song."

A new Bobby Long single entitled "My Darling Bell" will be available for download from all digital outlets, including iTunes and amazon, beginning today (April 13, 2010). "My Darling Bell" appears on the new live collection of highlights from his DANGEROUS SUMMER 2009 tour, which is available exclusively at his live appearances.  Long has previously released two songs digitally from DIRTY POND SONGS, the first CD he recorded to make available at his live shows.  The first-"Left to Lie"-reached #1 on iTunes' Unsigned and #8 on its Folk charts. "The Bounty of Mary Jane" was released at the start of last summer's tour, followed by a live version of "Being A Mockingbird" recorded at Arlene's Grocery in New York during one of Long's very first U.S. appearances.  "My Darling Bell" is his first new digital release in almost a year.

Though still unsigned, Long is nearing completion of his much-anticipated studio debut recording, produced by Grammy®-winning producer Liam Watson (The White Stripes).  The CD was recorded at Watson's analog Toe Rag Studios in London with studio musicians backing him up on most of the tracks, but several songs will receive the spare, acoustic guitar accompaniment his fan base has come to know and love.  A review in Jambase of his recent SRO show at New York's Mercury Lounge comments on his finger-style guitar playing:  "The majority of [Long's] catalog builds off relatively simplistic chord progressions, but he shows a remarkable knack for adding color via accent notes with his unorthodox two-fingered picking attack and construction of fuller, brighter chords than the standard singer-songwriter fare. Notably, he walks the line between country blues and the more uplifting traditional I-IV-V type structures, while taking the crowd energy through high peaks of heavy strumming howls and low valleys of quiet, whispered picking."

Upcoming Bobby Long shows include: 

April 28-Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA

May 1-The Bamboozle Festival, Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, N.J.

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Bobby will support matt pond PA on the following shows in May: 

May 5-Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA

6-Allen Street Stage, Penn State University, State College, PA

7-Mac's Bar, Lansing, MI

9-The House Café, DeKalb, IL

10-Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI

11-Slowdown, Omaha

12-Fox Theater, Boulder, CO

14-Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS

15-Mojo's, Columbia, MO

17-Hi Tone Café, Memphis

18-Square Room, Knoxville

20-40 Watt, Athens, GA

21-Village Tavern, Mt. Pleasant, SC

22-Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC

24-The Southern, Charlottesville, VA

25-Otto Bar, Baltimore, MD

Amelia's Mechanics Announces Plans for New Album + Tour Dates

Amelia's Mechanics is fronted by Greensboro, NC singer-songwriter's Molly McGinn and Molly Miller and backed by a talented group of musicians out of Nashville, TN. Despite what the oil-and-iron name might suggest, the women of Amelia's Mechanics swap that toughness for a more urban, sophisticated take on Americana music, using luxuriating harmonies and classical swells to temper their lyrical frustrations with love and life. The instrumentation and vocal harmonies of Amelia's Mechanics result in a genre-busting sound best described as "vintage country with a moonshine concerto."
The band released their debut album "North, South," produced by Jim Avett (father, The Avett Brothers,) in February of 2010 to critical acclaim and embarked on an inaugural tour pleasing audiences from Florida to West Virginia. Select performances in May will feature support from guitarist Daryl Hance (guitarist, J.J. Grey & Mofro.)
Amelia's Mechanics will begin recording a follow-up album this summer in Asheville, NC at the wonderful Echo Mountain Studios (Smashing Pumpkins, The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses) with three-time Grammy-winner Steven Heller (producer, David Holt's Stellaluna, Doc Watson's Legacy) and fellow Greensboro, NC singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett (songwriter, Ana Lee) at the helm. A release date has not been set for the new album.
REMAINING PERFORMANCES - SPRING 2010:

Acoustic Coffeehouse - April 8 (Johnson City, TN)
Canyons - April 9 (Blowing Rock, NC)
Pisgah Brewing Co. - April 10 (Black Mountain, NC)
Five Spot - April 21 (Atlanta, GA)
Carrboro Arts Center - April 24 (Chapel Hill, NC)
Carolina Theatre - April 25 (Greensboro, NC)
Preservation Pub - April 28 (Knoxville, TN)
Garage - April 29 (Winston-Salem, NC)
Tipsy Teapot - April 30 (Greenville, NC)
MerleFest - May 2 (Wilkesboro, NC) - Molly McGinn PA
Purple Fiddle - May 5 (Petersberg, WV)
Ashland Coffee and Tea House - May 6 (Ashland, VA)
Center City Park - May 7 (Greensboro, NC)
Pour House Music Hall - May 12 (Raleigh, NC)
Stillwater Taproom - May 14 (Augusta, GA)
NC Potato Festival - May 15 (Elizabeth City, NC)
3rd & Lindsley -May 18 (Nashville, TN)
FemmeFest - May 22 (Charlotte, NC)
White Mule Music Pub - May 27 (Columbia, SC)
Home Team BBQ - May 28 (Charleston, SC)
Music in the Woods - May 29 (Paris Mnt. State Park)
Maguire Theater - June 3 (Elizabeth, City, NC)

The Infamous Stringdusters Reach New Heights w/ Things That Fly

About the most important question a young bluegrass band faces right out of the gate is whether they can play. The Infamous Stringdusters wasted no time in providing their answer—an emphatic “yes”—winning IBMA Album, Song and Emerging Artist of the Year the very same year they released their debut, Fork In the Road. On Things That Fly, their third album, due out April 20, 2010 on Sugar Hill, they venture into virtually uncharted territory for an acoustic group: a sonically and thematically expansive album that lends itself to absorbed listening from start to finish, much like the great rock albums do.

Holed up in the Charlottesville, Virginia studio Haunted Hollow, with significant preproduction under their belts and Gary Paczosa (Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Tim O’Brien) on board as engineer and co-producer, the ‘Dusters did things they’d never done before: guitarist Andy Falco put his hidden keyboard talents to use on smoldering organ parts; voices and instruments alike were splashed with reverb; and, though the band has no shortage of quality lead singers in fiddler Jeremy Garrett, dobro player Andy Hall and upright bassist Travis Book, a few fine-singing friends—country standout Dierks Bentley, Americana songwriter-chanteuse Sarah Siskind and Crooked Still frontwoman Aoife O’Donovan added novel tones.  All this—and more, much more—makes for a lush, new ‘Dusters experience.

Says Book, “I think string bands have a tendency to feel like when they go to record, doing anything that they can’t necessarily replicate 100 percent live is off-limits. Instead of saying ‘This is how it sounds when the six of us play it standing around in a circle, so we’re just going to put mics up and capture it and that’s going to be it,’ we really got deeper in the production aspect.”

Factor in that every member of the band—rounded out by de facto tour videographer Chris Pandolfi (banjo) and Jesse Cobb (mandolin)—is a stylish, consummate picker with a hardly strictly bluegrass background, as well as a skilled songwriter, and you see that this band is genuinely built for breadth. “We wanted to make sure everyone had writing input on the record,” Hall relates. “We’d never done that before, and it’s a lot of why we started the band.”

Speaking of formidable rock albums, the 'Dusters drew the second track on Things That Fly from U2's Joshua Tree. Not only did they transform "In God's Country" into their own propulsive, virtuosic vehicle, they wrote transcendent anthems in a similar spirit: "Taking a Chance on the Truth" and "Love One Another." Surprising covers, unusual arrangements and other departures from the expected make Things That Fly something different - namely a sign that they've elevated their sound and set their sights higher than ever before.

Upcoming Tour Dates:


2/4 - Lexington, KY 
2/5 - Granville, OH
2/6 - Cleveland, OH 
2/8 - Ames, IA 
2/10 - Billings, MT
2/12+13 - Big Sky, MT
2/16+17 - Steamboat Springs, CO 
2/19 - Logan, UT
2/20 - Salt Lake City, UT
2/21 - Park City, UT
2/25 - Eugene, OR
2/26+27 - Tacoma, WA
3/17 - Tuolumne, CA
3/18 - Crystal Bay, NV
3/19 - Grass Valley, CA
3/20 - Felton, CA
3/21 - Berkeley, CA
3/22 - West Hollywood, CA
3/24 - Albuquerque, NM
3/25 - Durango, CO
3/26 - Telluride, CO
3/27 - Glenwood Springs, CO
3/28 - Denver, CO

Indie Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriter Collin Herring To Release New Album OCHO Today

Fort Worth-born singer-songwriter-guitarist Collin Herring will release today, Tuesday, November 17, his fourth distinctive album of originals that defy easy categorization, the sophisticated and haunting OCHO: eight songs with essences of rock, folk-rock and country in both the lyrics and instrumentation and subtle surprises in each.

Herring and band play a series of shows to introduce the album to longtime fans and new listeners, starting with an in-store performance at Austin’s Waterloo Records & Video on the day of release.

From the first track to the last — including “Young Ones,” “Seemed to Be,” “Little Aches” and “Nothing’s Wrong” — Herring engages audience attention with the twang of his vocals, the mix of contemporary and traditional in electric and steel guitars, lyrics that lament love with modern insight rather than tears, and wry twists that add texture and mystery.

“I wanted it to sound like I’m just sitting in my living room,” says Herring about OCHO. “I wanted something haunting and organic. It’s not country. It’s not rock ’n’ roll. It’s just Collin Herring. It’s music the way I wrote it.”

On the album with Herring, who moved to Austin a year ago, are Centro-matic’s Will Johnson (backup vocals, guitar), Monahans members Roberto Sanchez (percussion) and Britton Beisenherz (bass), and Keith Hanna (bass) — and, as he’s done on his son’s previous three records, Herring’s father, Ben Roi Herring, contributed pedal steel, keyboards and harmony vocals. It was tracked at Beisenherz’s Ramble Creek Studio in Austin and produced by Johnson.

Herring’s first three albums — AVOIDING THE CIRCUS (2002), THE OTHER SIDE OF KINDNESS (2005) and PAST LIFE CRASHING (2008) — earned awards and comparison to a number of other indie genre-benders including Alejandro Escovedo and Drive-By Truckers.

Upcoming shows include:

November 17, Waterloo Records & Video, Austin
November 26, The Moon Bar, Fort Worth
November 28, The Ghost Room, Austin
December 12, Jake’s Back Room, Lubbock
December 16, Mohawk, Austin

Singer-songwriter Bobby Long

Singer-songwriter Bobby Long still doesn’t quite know what hit him.  One minute he’s making the rounds of open mic nights in London testing out his original material in front of generally ambivalent audiences, and the next he’s selling out club dates in far-off America.  Pretty heady stuff for a 24-year-old who only began writing and performing six years ago and whose most recent goal was to graduate from college.

While his meteoric rise to instant recognition can be attributed to the inclusion of a song he co-wrote in the soundtrack of the blockbuster film “Twilight,” Bobby Long’s music has a way of rising above the film frenzy and speaking volumes to a receptive flock.  “There’s something about his humble, apologetic humor that endears him to audiences, and something about the honesty and vulnerability of his music that captivates and moves them as well,” wrote Liz McClendon in Blast Magazine of one of those early club appearances in New York City.  “The contrast in the two makes for an absolutely great performance.”

Bobby Long was born in Wigan, near Manchester in Northern England (“into a red house,” he says) and moved when he was two years old to the town of Calne in the countryside of South West England known as Wessex (think Thomas Hardy country).   His musical parents provided a constant flow of music in the house, from the Beatles to Bob Dylan to the blues.  “I’ve always loved music, but it didn’t start to hit me how much I loved it until I was about 16 and was given a guitar and started writing songs,” he recalls.  Playing along to old blues records, Bobby, who had tried cello at an early age, fell in love with the guitar and quickly joined a local grunge band, playing lead guitar.

A short time later, he began writing his first songs (“they were rubbish,” he says), and after completing his studies at 18, Bobby moved into a friend’s house for a year, working on a construction site to save up for a move to the big city.  He enrolled at London Metropolitan University, settling in a small apartment in east London, where he quickly became a regular on the open mic circuit.  Often playing five shows a week, he learned how to sing while showcasing his finely-crafted, original songs.  At one such appearance, he met his soon-to-be manager Phil Taylor as well as fellow musicians Marcus Foster and soon to become mega-acting star Robert Pattinson.

“I was playing open mic nights in London, and he [Pattinson] was playing at one too,” recalls Long.  “There was a mutual appreciation for our music.”   Long and Foster began to write songs and perform together, and it would be a song they co-wrote—coupled with their friendship with Pattinson—that would create the unforeseen break Bobby was working towards.  Pattinson, who went on to star as Edward Cullen in the film phenomenon “Twilight,” played Long and Foster’s composition “Let Me Sign” for the film’s producers.   It was the perfect fit for a crucial dramatic scene and is sung by Pattinson himself in the movie.

Almost immediately, some of that (twi) light began to shine on the music of the unsigned musicians who had composed the song, and their shows in London began to sell out.  Within two months, Long signed a publishing deal with SGO Music in England and Bug Music, the largest independent publisher in America, and made plans to capitalize on the huge interest coming from America by scheduling a short tour in April, 2009 that took him to New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.

Fueled by the support from “Twilight” fan sites, the nine scheduled shows quickly sold out and spawned interest in his two-month Dangerous Summer tour of North America.   He issued DIRTY POND SONGS, a collection of 10 songs recorded in his bedroom that he calls “a big EP,” (“You can even hear traffic sounds from outside my bedroom window on some of the tracks”) to be available at shows and via the internet.  Bobby’s debut single from the collection, “Left To Lie, reached #1 on the iTunes “Unsigned” chart and #8 on the Folk chart.  Other songs on Dirty Pond Songs include the plaintive “Who Have You Been Loving” (“When the world holds out its flag/the sun will fall across the plain/I will hold out my hands and take the blame”) and the anthemic “Dead and Done,” while the haunting imagery of songs like “Being a Mockingbird,”  “The Old Shamed Face” and “The Bounty of Mary Jane” showcase Long’s talent for telling a good story in song.  “A Passing Tale” evokes images of early Bob Dylan, while “Penance Fire Blues” is performed with near defiance.  Rounding out the set are “The Rattle and the Roll” and “So Tear Me Up.”

The tall (6’2”), shaggy-haired Bobby, who cites his influences as ranging “from Dylan to Elliott Smith to chopping wood in the night with a rusty spoon,” graduated from university before the summer tour and will continue touring until the end of the year.  “I would be happy to play every night and try out new songs,” he says.  “It will help me start thinking about what I want my first album to sound like.”   He plans to begin work on that project very soon.

That demand has spawned a fall tour beginning next week in New York to continue until the end of the year.  Bobby Long will play the B-Side Lounge in Boulder for the first time on Tuesday, November 17 and return to the Hi-Dive in Denver on Wednesday, November 18.

The Songwriter's Beat 8th Anniversary Concert

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The Songwriter's Beat, New York's premiere night for performing songwriters, celebrates its eighth anniversary on December 6, 2008 at the renowned Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, New York. Performers include: Ann Klein, Kismet Lyles, Chloe Temtchine and Songwriter's Beat founder Valerie Ghent. A free songwriting workshop will be offered in the afternoon.

Founded by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 250 songwriters and hundreds of new songs. Performers include Broadway-bound Elisabeth Withers (The Color Purple), The Letterman Show's own Felicia Collins, the legendary Jimmy Norman ("Time Is On My Side"), Morley, rocker Patti RothbergJoe Bowie (Defunkt), violinist Deni Bonet (Cyndi Lauper), Haale, funk-metal bass extraordinaire T.M. Stevens, political satirist Roy Zimmerman, bluesman Michael Hill, Songwriter's Exchange members Michael Fracasso and Carolyn Mas, jazz singer Paulette McWilliams w/ Nat Adderly Jr., Christian artist Ginny Owens, cellist Stephanie Winters and hundreds more. Performers hail from NYC and the Tri-State area, as well as from across the USA, Canada, France, Germany, England, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, South Africa and Japan. Notable guests have included legendary songwriter-performer-producers Ashford & SimpsonSteve BuscemiLou Reed and record producers Orrin Keepnews and Mike Thorne.

The Songwriter's Beat supports songwriters and their creative process, providing an encouraging atmosphere for songwriters to try out their newest material and the opportunity to cross-pollinate with other writers and audiences. Featuring four up-and-coming artists of differing genres each month, over 500 new songs have been born over the years - thousands of new songs if you go back a few decades and include the Songwriter's Exchange, where Suzanne Vega got her start. The Songwriter's Beat culminates in the annual Songwriter's Beat Festival, featuring 25 songwriters in 6 nights every July. The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to begin its 9th year of supporting songwriters, bringing new songs to life and artists to new audiences.
 
What: Songwriter's Beat 8th Anniversary Concert

When: Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Time: 9:00pm

Who: Valerie Ghent, Ann Klein, Kismet Lyles, Chloe Temtchine

Where: Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014 212.989.9319

WILLIAM MYLAR...Singer, Songwriter, & Musician

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William Mylar is a singer, songwriter, and musician, currently living in Galt, CA.  Mylar has played music nearly all of his life, beginning with piano at age 7. He acquired vocal training while working as a child actor in professional and community theatrical productions. Mylar taught himself guitar at age 18 and, along with his booming singing voice, the guitar became his primary instrument.

Mylar invented Folk Wave music to describe his unique approach to performing his original music. Folk Wave was unusual in the late 70s and early 80s, because solo Mylar performances were more like rock and roll shows instead of the typical entertainment provided by folk artists of the time. Mylar often performed 4 to 5 hour solo shows that included leaping on tables and chairs. It was not uncommon to see people get up and dance. His legendary performances and pioneering approach to Folk music has been copied by many other folk artists.

Mylar also played in a number of rock bands in the 80s and 90s, mostly as a rhythm guitarist and lead singer. He has performed all over the world and has recorded on a number of albums, radio, and television. "I Like It That Way", One World, One People", and "Randy's Fence" have all been aired on radio around the world. "Don't Ever Go" and "Sweet Alibi" became two of the first mp3s to be featured on MP3.com.

Mylar's first album, Folk Wave Music, was acclaimed for both the muscial compositions and also the way the album was recorded, using a simple one track technique and engineered acoustics. His second solo album, Real Mylar, was rated #17 in the top 25 Folk albums in America. His new album, Listen, was recorded with some of the Sacramento area's finest musicians and arranged to propel Mylar's music into the pop and rock genres. "The best album to come out of Sacramento in a long time." - Matt Erich, owner of EME Recording Studios.

Mylar has performed with some of the top names and at some of the top venues in the music business. Mylar performs as a solo artist and with his jam band, WMB. There is nothing like a William Mylar show.