February 2016 Newsletter

Posted on 02 Feb 2016 by Admin


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I work in the music business, but every month tends to carry a connotation to the sports world for me. February is the Super Bowl, the start of baseball training camp, college basketball heating up before March Madness, the NBA and NHL seasons coming into the home stretch of their seasons, the Daytona 500, etc. So along with July it’s one of the slower sports calendar months (in a non-Olympics year).

In the music business, there are ebbs and flows of new releases and festivals and summer touring. But for the most part, it is slow around the holidays—before and after—and then picks back up again as winter turns to spring. So we are now into that upswing, and it always feels good to know we are helping to build awareness for the projects we feel great about and that deserve to be heard and seen. With that, here is our collective plate for February…

New clients/Upcoming releases

Darcy Malone & the TangleStill Life (March 25) "We play a tangle of genres," says Malone, a New Orleans native who is the daughter of Dave Malone, vocalist and guitar player of the legendary band The New Orleans Radiators. With their debut album Still Life, Darcy Malone & The Tangle whip up a sound that nods to New Orleans' past while pushing ahead toward something entirely new. It's big, bold music, rooted in pop/rock but filled with influences that stretch the band's reach far beyond the boundaries of a single genre. www.darcymaloneandthetangle.com

Jason PaulsonCrow River Ramble (March 25) Armed with a mix of electrified Americana, blues, country, and forward-thinking folk, Jason Paulson has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the Midwest's most popular touring acts, thanks to a live show that shines a light not only on his big, booming voice, but also his skills as a bandleader and lead guitarist. With Crow River Ramble, Paulson turns down the amplifiers and picks up the acoustic guitar. It's the songwriter's third studio record, as well as his first project to focus so heavily on Paulson's singer/songwriter roots. www.jasonpaulsonband.com

Lizanne KnottExcellent Day (April 8) Philly based singer/songwriter Lizanne Knott is back with a solo record inspired by the loss of her longtime friend and guitarist, Jef Lee Johnson, who passed away unexpectedly two years ago. She dug really deep and went back to her roots in blues and jazz flavored Americana, and says that these are “songs of love, loss and redemption wrapped in an engaging, blend of Americana, Delta Blues and New Orleans Soul with echoes of vintage Nashville tying it all together.” The album contains a cover of one of Johnson’s tracks, and a track written by Janis Ian that Lizanne has exclusive rights to. www.lizanneknott.com

John Papa Gros Born in New Orleans, John "Papa" Gros has spent more than a quarter-century championing the music of the Big Easy. He's played it all — New Orleans funk, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Americana, pop/rock — and he swirls those styles into a genre-bending gumbo that pays tribute to his influences while still pushing ahead into new territory. Gros is releasing a solo record in 2016 (date TBA), his first recording since his band Papa Grows Funk called it quits in 2013; and Gros is currently touring regionally in advance of the album. www.johnpapagros.com

Underhill Rose Harmonies. Soul-touching lyrics. Eye-catching stage presence. Underhill Rose has become synonymous with beautiful music, charming personalities, and rippling success. In the last three years, the all-female trifecta from Asheville, North Carolina has independently released two albums that have topped Americana and roots music charts alike and garnered critical acclaim from around the globe. www.underhillrose.com

MJM artists at NOLA Jazz Fest

The lineup for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was released last week, and MJM has four bands performing—Cowboy Mouth and Flow Tribe on Friday, April 22; and Darcy Malone & the Tangle and Big Sam’s Funky Nation on Saturday, April 23. Among the headliners this year are Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Beck and Van Morrison. You can read more at www.nojazzfest.com

Recent Releases

The Westies Six On The Out www.westiesmusic.com
Mike Farley Band Where We Stand www.mikefarleyband.com
Jordy Searcy Seasons www.jordysearcy.com
Ric Todd Drawing Lines www.RicTodd.com

Companies We Represent

Concord Music Group — We are currently working with the following artists under the Concord Music Group umbrella: Al Jarreau, Ben Williams, Billy Gibbons, Boney James, Chick Corea, Danielle Nicole Band, David Benoit, Dianne Reeves, Eliane Elias, Fourplay, Hiromi, Javier Colon, Jeff Lorber, John Pizzarelli, Kristin Chenoweth, Kurt Elling, Lizz Wright, Mindi Abair, Peter White, Richard Elliot, and Terri Lyne Carrington. There are some new releases that these artists are supporting, so check them out at www.concordmusicgroup.com

Artists Currently on Tour

Harlis Sweetwater Band www.harlissweetwater.com
Cowboy Mouth www.cowboymouth.com
The Quebe Sisters quebesisters.com
Chris Knight www.chrisknight.net
Firefall www.firefall.net
Will Kimbrough www.willkimbrough.com
Pure Prairie League www.pureprairieleague.com
Ben Rabb www.benrabb.com
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime www.badfish.com
Tim Mahoney www.timmahoney.com
Kerri Powers www.kerripowers.com
Red Wanting Blue www.redwantingblue.com
Flow Tribe www.flowtribe.com
Big Sam’s Funky Nation www.bigsamsfunkynation.com

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