Nancy Wilson And Liv Warfield Talk With Laura B. Whitmore About Their New Project, Roadcase Royale And Debut Album, ‘First Things First’

Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart,and former Prince’s New Power Generation band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield have joined forces to form the soulful, rock super group, Roadcase Royale.

Their debut album, First Things First will debut Friday September 22.

BackStory Events recently live streamed a Q&A with Wilson & Warfield via Guitar World and WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore – watch it below.

The band members include Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).

“Roadcase Royale is a band I’ve always wanted to be in,” says Nancy Wilson. “We all write and create songs as a unit. It’s an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I’m amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That’s why our first album is called First Things First.”

Roadcase Royale will play several headline dates, and Wilson is also the special guest on the Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Silver Bullet Tour. She’ll be playing with Roadcase Royale and performing songs off the new album as well as classic Heart favorites.

For tour dates and to order the album, visit their website: roadcaseroyale.com

Emily Curtis Releases Her Single ‘Battleshade’, An Empowering Song Of Self-Acceptance

By Myki Angeline

Setbacks and lies won’t phase me.

I’m just a shade away from crazy.

It was those particular lyrics that hooked me into this song. Maybe because it reflects my current life situation at the moment.  But, make no mistake – the entire song is empowering and relatable to any woman who has been told she cannot make her dreams come true. Those lyrics belong to “Battleshade”, the first single from the soon to be released EP Hindsight by Soul Pop artist, Emily Curtis. It is a battle cry song accompanied by pulsating beats, haunting piano keys, and metaphorical meaning.

Emily Curtis is a singer-songwriter from Charleston, SC. She was a finalist in The Great American Song contest. Her passion for music began at a young age and has continued through her life. She was a member of the female a Capella group, The Cocktails during her college years at The University of South Carolina.  It was after this experience that she was inspired to pursue a solo career.

Listen to “Battleshade” here: soundcloud.com/emily-curtis-music/battleshade/

The inspiration behind “Battleshade” was a response to Curtis’ own insecurities, and lack of support she experienced from some of the people in her life. She explains that difficult inspiration, “Remember me. Say you will. I’ll leave a mark. It won’t fade. It’s such a bold statement to make about yourself, but singing those phrases does something in me that makes me feel brave.”

Hindsight is set for release November 10 and includes 5 Pop songs with musical elements of jazz, soul, and country showcasing Curtis’ diverse talent. With every song created to inspire and empower women everywhere.

To order Hindsight visit her website: emcurtismusic.com

Below is another single from Hindsight,”Tough Love” which was recorded in 2016 at the Charleston Music Hall.

The WiMN Presents: Girls Night Out NYC with Lisa Loeb, Command Sisters & More

The Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com) presents “Girls Night Out NYC” – an evening of live music, fashion, education, networking and fun at The Cutting Room in New York City on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Featured performers include platinum-selling artist Lisa Loeb, sister duo Command Sisters, and Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jenna Paone

This all-ages evening will also feature an educational industry panel, on-site interactive sponsor displays, giveaways, raffles, a silent auction and much more. The event will support the Women’s International Music Network’s efforts to create a voice for women in the music industry.
 
The WiMN is holding a contest for the opening performance slot for this event. One lucky winner will have the chance to take the stage during this energizing event! Enter at thewimn.com/girls-night-out.
 
Girls Night Out NYC takes place on October 19, 2017 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at TheCuttingRoomNYC.com. The Cutting Room is located at 44 E. 32nd St. in New York City. This event is appropriate for all ages.
 
Sponsors include Martin Guitar, Casio, 108 Rock Star Guitars, M.A.C. Cosmetics, PRS Guitars, Sennheiser, Paul Mitchell, Luna Bars and more. The event will be live streamed on Parade magazine.
 
 

Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled by Women: The Round-Table Conversation, The NY Times

Top, in back row from left: Shawna Potter of War on Women; Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys; and Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz. Front row from left: Alex Luciano of Diet Cig; Laetitia Tamko of Vagabon; Christina Halladay of Sheer Mag; Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail; and Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy. Credit Natalia Mantini for The New York Times

By Myki Angeline

 

Q:  How do you first start making music?

Christina Halladay, Sheer Mag: “You have to suck for a while.”

Alex Luciano, Diet Cig: “You have to suck for so long! No one tells you it’s ok to suck.”

Shawna Porter, War on Women: “Just because of your gender, though. There’s millions and millions of completely mediocre, terrible bands with dudes in them.”

 

As digitally-enhanced pop music steadily dominates mainstream radio waves, many of us are left asking where did the musicians and bands go? We long for songs with artists playing guitars and drums, heavy bass chords, and organic lyrics.

 

Q: How are listeners handling this shift in power when it comes to gender:

Christina Halladay, Sheer Mag: “Teenage boys are very upset.”

 

The New York Times released this article that highlights women in rock – particularly in the indie scene. They interviewed some of their favorite female bands like War On Women, Downtown Boys, Diet Cig, and Snail Mail – who are a driving force in music today. Included in the article are quotes and song samples proving why rock is not dead because women are dominating the industry.

Complete article can be accessed here: www.nytimes.com/rock-bands-women

Sadie Dupuis, left, of Sad13 and Speedy Ortiz; Shawn Potter, right, sings in War on Women, a “super overtly feminist” punk band. Credit Natalia Mantini for The New York Times.

Domino Kirke Premiere’s Her Powerful New Video For “Half Blood”

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

By Myki Angeline

Just days away from the release of her debut album, Beyond Waves, Domino Kirke premieres her video for her emotive track “Half-Blood,” that discusses the unique dynamic of half-siblings. The video is “truly poignant” says Paper.

The song reflects on her family tree and relationship with her half brother, who appears in the video, along with her husband Penn Badgley (with his half sister).

You can purchase Beyond Waves on her website: dominokirkemusic.com

Kirke will perform songs from her new album at a special release show Sept 14 at Joe’s Pub in New York, NY.

Caroline Brooks Breaks Away From Writing Hit Songs For Other Artists To Release Her Own Music As BELLSAINT

By Myki Angeline

Some of the best songs ever released were written by someone other than the artist. They receive little recognition and often go unnoticed. And sometimes, those writers go on to record their own music. Like legendary hip hop artist Missy Elliott, who wrote for notable singers Timbaland, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, and Beyonce before embarking on her own career.

Songwriter Caroline Brooks has decided to do the same.

Her writing talents boast an impressive list of hit songs for artists like Natalie Imbruglia and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue. The list continues on collaborations with renowned producer/songwriters Giorgio Moroder (Daft Punk), Paul Williams (David Bowie, Daft Punk), and David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood). Her writing skills have also been recognized in songs placed in a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, and for popular TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and most recently Famous in Love.

In August 2017, she released her new single, “Landmines” under the name BELLSAINT.  Her sound is described as reminiscent of a modern-day Nancy Sinatra meets Sia and Adele. BELLSAINT gained ground with their first original song “Bang Bang (Remember My Name).”, which made it’s way into the trailer for ABC Family’s Famous In Love.

When she isn’t writing and recording, BELLSAINT spends her spare time volunteering as a coach at LA’s Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls and teaching songwriting to at-risk youth girls at Awaken Arts.

Learn more about BELLSAINT on her website: www.bellsaintmusic.com/

Below is her lyric video for her new single, “Landmines”!

Music Siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Release Music Video For ‘Down On My Knees’

By Myki Angeline

If your music tastes include R&B, jazz, soul, blues, ska, country, and rock ‘n’ roll then you will love the sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. They recently released the music video for their track, “Down On My Knees”. It is a song off of their soon to be released album Superscope due out September 29 through Sunday Best. “Superscope is our array of passionate, soulful and fiery songs injected with fierce guitars and reckless rhythms. Our songs speak of ardent feelings about love, sex, partying and even psychopathy.” say the band.

Pre-order Superscope on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/superscope/

Based in London, KD&L are best known for their electric, live performances and ability to play several instruments. Often switching instruments during songs while on stage! You can see them switching instruments in the music video as they partake in sibling rivalry – all in good fun.

Having sold over a quarter million albums worldwide, the band has sold out shows in London’s Koko and The Lexington to promote Superscope. Playing Bestival five times and Glastonbury thrice, they’ve opened shows for some big names – hello Mark Ronson and Coldplay.

Below is the official video for “Down On My Knees”. Shot on location in an old Working Men’s Club and produced by Bold Puppy.

50 Year Old Lost Demo Resurfaces In A Duet By Judy Collins and Stephen Stills On Their New Album, ‘Everybody Knows’

Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Judy Collins recently debuted “Judy,” the second track from their forthcoming collaborative record Everybody Knows  which is due out September 22.  Stills wrote it 50 years ago as a tribute to Collins while working on her 1968 album Who Knows Where The Time Goes?, in which he played guitar and bass on.

Listen to “Judy” via Billboard here: www.billboard.com

Just after the session wrapped, Stills paid the engineer to let him record a demo of the track in that same studio, but left the tapes behind. They were considered lost for decades. That following year, he would pen his better-known tribute to Collins, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. The song was named one of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

“Judy” wouldn’t resurface until 2007 on the Stills compilation Just Roll Tape. Presently, Collins and Stills decided to give it a proper duet recording during the Everybody Knows sessions last year in LA.

The new record features many other songs from the duo’s intertwined history, including a cover of Stills’ “Questions” and “So Begins The Task”, as well as Judy’s “Houses” and the aforementioned “Who Knows Where The Time Goes.” The album also features work by both Bob Dylan and Traveling Wilburys.

“As Stills and Collins wind their voices around the song’s incantatory, minor-key melody in a hypnotic, almost spooky, harmony, the depth and gravity of Cohen’s observations gain easier access to the soul.” says NPR Music.

The duo will tour together through the end of the 2017. Find a full list of dates here: www.stephenstillsjudycollins.com

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Alternative Rock/Pop Singer TRISTN Announced Her New Album ‘January’ To Be Released September 8

By Myki Angeline

New York-based singer/songwriter TRISTN has recently released her single “Anywhere But Here” available on Soundcloud. This is the first track off her anticipated album January which is set for release September 8.

Listen to “Anywhere But Here” on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/tristnmusic

The album notes an impressive list of producers including the late Tom Coyne (Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Adele), on the single, “Now You Know,” Ted Jensen (Norah Jones, Muse, Green Day) for the single, “Nothing to Say (Nothin’),” and Christian Wright (Abbey Road Studios UK) and Steve Kupillas (Oak and Ash, Brand New) for the remaining songs, including “Anywhere But Here”.

TRISTN, who came into her own as both a solo artist/songwriter and producer, co-produced this album which depicts true events in her life through way of music. The single, “Anywhere But Here” is a conversational piece about gossip, exposing those who talk about others but are too afraid to speak face to face. RawRamp Magazine says, “This is pure, slippery and abrasive architectural happiness. With angular blocks of sound pushed against the sweet chirruping voice.”

Follow TRISTN on Facebook to purchase January and upcoming tour dates: facebook.com/tristnmusic/

Below is the video for her single, “Nothing To Say” – from the album January!

Musical Mermaids Will Sing And Swim Their Way Into Your Hearts

Musical Mermaids. Photo credit: Jordi Cervera

By Myki Angeline

People have been mesmerized by mermaids and mermen for centuries. Greek mythology tells the tale of King Triton, messenger of the sea. Probably the most famous story about mermaids is by author Hans Christian Andersen. His fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” was first published in 1837, with a family-friendly version made popular by Disney in 1989.  Businesses like Dive Bar in downtown Sacramento, CA host real mermaids that swim in a tank above the bar for patrons to marvel at.

Musical Mermaids. Photo credit: Jordi Cervera

The Musical Mermaids have taken their show one step further by incorporating singing and the playing of instruments during their performances. Based in Ibiza, these talented ladies began performing in 2017 with a gig in The Maldives for an underwater-themed Easter party, at the luxurious One & Only resort Reethi Rah. Their growing popularity has brought them to Italy with recent performances in Rome and Panarea (an island off Sicily), the pipeline in Capri (on the infamous ‘Mermaid Rocks’), and the Greek islands.

Director and singer/guitarist mermaid Claire explains, “My fellow mermaids and I have shared many amazing smiles at some crazy locations we’ve found ourselves performing in. It’s also really enjoyable seeing the reactions of guests at these parties when they see and hear us for the first time. It’s the kind of stuff dreams are made of. Never a dull moment when you’re a Musical Mermaid!”

Learn more about these magical artists on their website: musicalmermaids.com

Below is their unique cover of Britney Spears, “Toxic”!