PREMIERES

SONG PREMIERE: Minor Characters Craft Indie Rock Travelogue With “NOLA”

Minor Characters is a rock band in the truest sense. As lifelong Chicagoans, the men in Minor Characters carry with them that very American blend of wistful angst and ever striving hope. After their last ...

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SONG PREMIERE: Charlie Overbey’s “Shame” Matches Punk Flair With Righteous Storytelling

Charlie Overbey may be a lifelong Californian, but his songs are steeped in the timeless traditions of the American South. After years of touring the world supporting acts ranging from David Allan Coe and Blackberry ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Bonnie Montgomery Offers Soft But Forceful Vocals and Full Country Treatment on “Forever”

Upon first listening to Bonnie Montgomery, it’s easy to mistakenly assume that you’ve stumbled upon a long-buried track by a legend from the golden era of country western music. Such is the artistry of this ...

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SONG PREMIERE: Sir Canyon Delves Into The Aural & Visual With Desert-Tinged “Think You’re Amazing”

Ventura Skies is an unexpected return from a songwriter who just a few years ago thought he might never make another album again. But a romantic breakup and the death of his father to cancer ...

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SONG PREMIERE: Young Valley Shine With Fiddle-Charged Alt-Country Tune “Hang Me”

Jackson, Mississippi’s Young Valley offers points of view from three songwriters: fraternal twins Zach Lovett and Dylan Lovett, and Spencer Thomas. Each of them bring a different perspective to the table, and present their lyrics ...

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FULL ALBUM PREMIERE: Hood Smoke’s New LP ‘Cannonball Porch’ Curates A Must Listen Jazz Rock Presentation

Bridging both genres and generations with original music steeped in the history of its influences, Hood Smoke’s sonic narrative illustrates timeless stories using beautifully simple melodies set to a rhythmic foundation built firmly from the ...

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Matador! Soul Sounds Brings Members of New Mastersounds, Soulive, Pimps of Joytime and Orgone Together For Unique Jazz-Funk Sound on “The State of Affairs” (SONG PREMIERE/INTERVIEW)

No offense, but the funk scene these days leaves much to be desired. Many of the acts that are out there now rely heavily on uninspired tributes and bland grooves that may showcase plenty of ...

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SONG PREMIERE: Janiva Magness Teams Up With Poco’s Rusty Young and Della Mae’s Courtney Hartman For Twangy Soul Tune “On and On”

After Janiva Magness added a 2016 Grammy nomination to her 26 Blues Music Award nominations — with seven wins, including Entertainer of the Year — she might have taken at least a short rest on ...

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SONG PREMIERE: Boston’s Juice Joyously Mixes It Up Via Percolating Track “Sugar”

With seven distinct personalities, Juice distills rock, r&b and hip-hop into a signature sound with a flavorful kick of electric violin, rich harmonies, honest lyrics, and festival-worthy choruses. The Boston septet—Ben Stevens [lead vocals],Christian Rose ...

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SONG PREMIERE: Big Little Lions Celebrate Simplicity of Love With Harmonic Folk Tune “Do Better”

You’ve never heard anything quite like Big Little Lions. Well, that’s not exactly true. Helen Austin and Paul Otten, who comprise this intriguing duo, occasionally echo elements of artists who came before. Helen’s vocals ring ...

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