Friday, September 21, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BLAZE - ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING


BLAZE
ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
(Light In The Attic Records)

The YouTube stars of today don’t understand the meaning of ‘paying your dues.’ Before American Idol and YouTube became the springboards for success, the artists of yesteryear rehearsed, played nightly in smelly clubs, and drove from city to city in a rickety van to build their audience. They wrote songs from the heart. They lived those songs before they even laid them down on tape. And the chance of them getting a record deal and achieving any level of success was slim to none. For many of them, sharing their music and baring their soul was the reason they created music. Fame was just a reward for their hard work. However, hard work doesn’t guarantee success without a little bit of luck thrown into the mix. Then again, there’s a long list of talented artists that never caught a break and have sadly faded into obscurity. Country/Americana singer/songwriter Blaze Foley spent many decades in in that sea of obscurity but now, nearly three decades after his death, this underground legend is finally getting the attention he has deserved since his humble beginnings in the mid- ‘70s.

Friday, September 14, 2018

PAUL COLLINS: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A



OUT OF MY HEAD:

An EXCLUSIVE Q&A 
with 
PAUL COLLINS


STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: OUT OF MY HEAD is about to be released. How are you feeling about the album and the reaction to it so far?
PAUL COLLINS: I’m very happy with the entire process of making this record. Usually, the making of a record is a lot more difficult - for some reason all the aspects of this recording came together relatively easy. The music, the recording and mixing, the artwork, we were so lucky to get Bob Gruen for the photos, and then, of course, our label Alive did a superb job of bringing it all together! The reaction has been great so far but as always there is a lot to do to promote a record.

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: STEVE FORBERT/THE MAGIC TREE


STEVE FORBERT
THE MAGIC TREE
(Blue Rose Music)

9.14.18

Forty years since the release of his debut album, ALIVE ON ARRIVAL, Steve Forbert remains one of the most honest and warm singer/songwriters in Folk, Rock and Americana. Unfairly declared ‘the new Dylan’ for a brief moment in the ‘70s thanks to that debut, Forbert proved himself to be more than just a guy strumming an acoustic guitar at the front of the stage. His hit single “Romeo’s Tune” (1979) became a Top 40 hit thanks to Forbert’s earnest performance, great songwriting and that incessant - and quite wonderful - piano riff. But Forbert was not one to crank out formulaic Pop or Folk – he was always moving forward while still paying tribute to his past. With more than two dozen studio, live, and fan-club albums in his back pocket, Steve Forbert still remains a songwriter that finds inspiration in the every day. His Mississippi soul may have moved to New Jersey but this is one cat that understands and connects with every inch of America.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hopeless Records' SONGS THAT SAVED MY LIFE: Coming 11.9.18!

SONGS  THAT  SAVED  MY  LIFE

HOPELESS RECORDS - along with their non-profit organization SUB CITY - announce, on WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY, a new project to benefit mental health and suicide prevention organizations featuring covers from NECK DEEP, AGAINST ME!, TAKING BACK  SUNDAY,  THE MAINE, DANCE GAVIN DANCE,  and  more.

Compilation album to be released on November 9 through Hopeless Records kicked off today with
NECK DEEP’s single “Torn” (made famous by NATALIE IMBRUGLIA).



SEPTEMBER 10, 2018: Today, Hopeless Records along with their nonprofit organization, Sub City, announces Songs That Saved My Life, a brand centered around music that has played a pivotal role in the lives of artists and fans and that benefits mental health and suicide prevention charities. The compilation will be released on November 9 through Hopeless Records and includes covers from bands like Neck Deep, Against Me!, Taking Back Sunday, Dan Campbell and Ace Enders, Movements, The Maine, Dance Gavin Dance, and more.

Songs That Saved My Life looks to engage current artists with cover versions of those songs and share those stories with the world. This project benefits a variety of mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Currently, this project benefits Crisis Text Line, Hope For The Day, The Trevor Project, and To Write Love On Her Arms.

September 10 is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides with various activities around the world since 2003.

On the launch of Songs That Saved My Life, label founder and President Louis Posen remarks, “Many of us became passionate about music, not just because it made us feel good in good times, but because of how it got us through tough times. Songs That Saved My Life is an ongoing project of our non-profit organization, Sub City, with a goal to recognize and use the power of music to break down the stigma associated with talking about mental health and to end the suffering of our loved ones.”

“We are very excited about this inaugural Songs That Saved My Life compilation. We are forever grateful to all of the bands on the compilation for being the first artists to be involved in the project, and for their courage to talk about how music helped them during difficult moments. If we can all talk about these moments together we will have taken the first and most difficult step in making things better.”




Friday, September 7, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MIKE FARRIS/SILVER & STONE





MIKE FARRIS
SILVER & STONE

9.7.18

There’s just something about Soul music. It has a different effect on every listener. Where one person can hear joy and jubilation, another may sense a feeling of loss and sadness while listening to the very same recording. The listener’s differing opinions revolve around just how deeply they immerse themselves in the music. On the surface, Soul and R&B is engaging and powerful but once you allow yourself to be surrounded by the music, you feel the emotional depth and intensity that went into creating the music. Mike Farris’ SILVER & STONE album is one of those releases that shows both sides at the same time, offering up layers of powerful music that is both engaging and engrossing.

Friday, August 31, 2018

EXCLUSIVE interview with STEVE FORBERT!



THE MAGIC TREE:

An EXCLUSIVE Interview 
with 
STEVE FORBERT


STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: THE MAGIC TREE is about to be released. How are you feeling about the way it turned out and the reaction you've had to it so far?
STEVE FORBERT: I feel pretty good about it. We got the cat ears and legs and tail and whiskers - I think we got the cat in the bag. It's hard to do.

EXCLUSIVE Q&A with ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO



IN SEARCH OF AMERICA:

An EXCLUSIVE Q&A 
with 
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO

DAVE RAYBURN: Late 2017 found you joining the esteemed Yep Roc family of artists. How did this shift come about and what’s your impression of the label that has now entered its third decade of service to quality artists?
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO: I have many fellow travelers who have been part of the Yep Roc family. I feel very comfortable with the people who make up the Yep Roc staff, they are all music lovers and aficionados of rock and roll.