June 2017 Newsletter


Does anyone remember what technology was like in 2007? My wife and I have been watching re-runs of Cash Cab while eating dinner, and it struck me the other day on an episode from 2007 when one of the contestants/passengers did a mobile shout out, and took out this enormous flip phone. Leave aside the fact that my older brother had one of those until maybe a year ago, most people have been exclusively using iPhones and androids for what, five or six years?

It sure makes for less in person social interaction, because everyone has their own personal everything on their mobile device….newspaper, TV, calculator, phone, e-mail, text messages, retail store, map, music catalog, encyclopedia. Get a group of people together for anything or watch people on the train or waiting in an airport and chances are they will be staring at their phone most of that time. Sure, it opens up a vast world of possibilities, but it also opens up a vast world of possibilities. Yeah, I know what I just wrote. Go on Netflix and see if you can figure out what to watch in less than 10 minutes. I saved a bunch of albums that I love on Spotify, and now I can’t figure out which ones to listen to because they are literally all at my fingertips.

And then there is this problem— as an example I have the MLB package and have access to every major league baseball game. When my Mets aren’t playing or if they are getting blown out like last night, I may flip back and forth and can’t make up my mind which game to watch. So just like with NFL Red Zone, I want someone to change the channels for me to find the best moments in baseball games. So new technology and ideas make us want even better and faster technology. And that’s a scary prospect for the next ten years. Or is it? That is not just rhetorical; I’m curious what you all think too. So hit me back and let me know.

Have a great June everyone, and the kickoff to summer!—Mike

New clients/new releases

Stew Cutler Every Sunday Night (September 15) New York based Cutler, a blues guitarist with influences spanning the worlds of blues, jazz, funk, R&B, soul and roots is releasing his sixth album independently following stints on Fountainbleu and Naim Records. Cutler wanted to capture the sound of his standing Sunday night gig (hence the title) at Arthur’s in NYC—and says that the two generations of players constitute an “artsy bar band” of great players and singers. www.stewcutler.com

Ben Rabb Feel Me Fall (July 14) Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Ben Rabb is set to release his sophomore EP Feel Me Fall on July 14. Ben’s soulful lyrics and authentic approach to performance make him a refreshing, unique standout in an industry where realism often takes a backseat to the bells and whistles of pop production. This offering also illustrates a lifetime worth of experiences Ben has collected growing up and living in different places throughout the country. www.benrabb.com

Cameron Mitchell Maspeth (July 14) Singer/songwriter Cameron Mitchell will release his debut LP, Maspeth, on July 14. Self-mixed and largely self-produced, the album doubles down on the raw, roots-rock sound Mitchell introduced with 2015's Chelsea No Evil, an EP that presented the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist not only as a sideman, but also as a confident, articulate front man. Mitchell plays guitar, pedal steel, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and bass; while giving a nod to his influences, including songwriting legends Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Tom Petty and John Hiatt. www.cameronmitchell.net

Darcy Malone & the Tangle Make Me Over Big Easy soulful indie rockers Darcy Malone and The Tangle’s latest release, a four track EP, features their new single “Time To Be Free.” The record is a fresh and bold continuation of their bigger than life sound, first heard on the band’s 2016 debut, Still Life. Once again, they effectively combine their eclectic influences of New Orleans funk, soul, pop and rock into four distinct and catchy songs recorded at legendary Louisiana recording mecca Studio in the Country. darcymaloneandthetangle.com

Recent releases

The Gage Brothers self-titled (May 5) www.thegagebrothers.com
Todd Adelman & The Country Mile Time Will Tell (May 12) www.toddadelman.com
The Two Tracks Postcard Town (May 19) www.thetwotracks.com
Tim Mahoney featuring Barry Goodreau “Right by My Side” (March 3) www.timmahoneysinger.com
Jessie Smith Like the Sun (March 24) www.jessiesmithmusic.com

Companies We Represent

Concord Music Group — We are currently working with the following artists under the Concord Music Group umbrella for tour press: Boney James, Curtis Stigers, Danielle Nicole Band, Dianne Reeves, Doyle Bramhall II, Eliane Elias, Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi, Javier Colon, Jazzmeia Horn, John Pizzarelli, Jonny Lang, Kristin Chenoweth, Lee Ritenour, Lizz Wright, Melissa Etheridge, Mindi Abair, Peter White, Peter Wolf, Postmodern Jukebox, Richard Elliot, Southern Avenue, Stokley and The Record Company. There are some new releases that these artists are supporting, so check them out at www.concordmusicgroup.com. And if you would like a media kit for any of these artists, please let us know.

Other Artists Currently on Tour

Will Kimbrough www.willkimbrough.com
Red Wanting Blue www.redwantingblue.com
Brian Lisik www.brianlisik.com
Chris Knight www.chrisknight.net
Flow Tribe www.flowtribe.com
Cowboy Mouth www.cowboymouth.com
Darcy Malone & The Tangle www.darcymaloneandthetangle.com
Chris Hillman/Herb Pedersen chrishillman.com/desertroseband/index.htm
Lizanne Knott www.lizanneknott.com
Michael McDermott www.michael-mcdermott.com
The Quebe Sisters quebesisters.com
Pure Prairie League www.pureprairieleague.com
Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime www.badfish.com
Poco www.poconut.org
Darrell Scott www.darrellscott.com
Firefall www.firefallofficial.com

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