Since I’ve been working for Rams Head, I notice that regardless of what genre of music you like best, for some reason show genres seem to pass through our town in waves. There will be periods where we’ll have a lot of Jazz shows but not many Country acts. And then we’ll get a chunk of Folk shows, but not as much Rock n’ Roll, etc. I can’t really say what the reason for this is, or even if anyone else notices. But if you check out our calendar you’ll see that we have a slew of first-time Indie acts in the room over the next five days. For those of you that are Indie Music fans, I thought I’d break it down for you with a brief summary with some video in order to educate you all with what might be new music for ya:
John Wesley has built a long and varied career as a songwriter, “sideman” guitarist and recording artist. His songwriting style incorporates emotionally-charged vocals that evoke the honesty and intimacy of Roger Waters and Patty Griffin coupled with a melodic yet intricate guitar style reminiscent of David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, Jeff Beck, and Warren Haynes.
Most recently, John Wesley has performed as sideman, guitarist/vocalist for critically acclaimed UK based recording act Porcupine Tree. In recent years he has also performed lead guitars and background vocals for White Lion front-man Mike Tramp.
On this tour he’ll be playing tunes off of his brand new album, Disconnect, which features 10 songs, including a guest performance by Alex Lifeson of Rush as well as a mix by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
This is from his latest album titled Disconnect
Since moving from Colorado to Nashville in 2006, Katie Herzig has become a fixture in Nashville’s indie music scene. She has spent the last several years touring the US, sharing the stage with Brandi Carlile, The Fray, Sara Bareilles, Ten Out of Tenn, and as a headliner. Her signature sound of orchestrated “textured pop that’s clever yet sincere, sunny but grounded” (-PASTE) has been featured on AAA radio, multiple commercials in the US and abroad, movie soundtracks/trailers and TV alike.
Her latest album, Walk Through Walls, is REALLY cool (in my opinion..). Here is the title track:
Over the past decade, Ben Kweller has established himself as one of the nation’s most treasured songwriters and performers. His magnetic live shows and Grammy nominated collection of studio albums has earned him a die-hard, almost cult-like, global fanbase numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Kweller’s genre-jumping blend of Alt Rock, Piano Ballads and Folk Music has captured the hearts of music critics going all the way back to his 2002 debut, Sha Sha. In 2012, Kweller released his fifth LP, Go Fly A Kite, on his very own Austin-based record label, The Noise Company, which pushed his discography over the half a million mark in sales. There is no doubt that Kweller’s career has been driven by his unsettled creative spirit and compulsion to move where the wind takes him. Through all of his twists and turns, however, the one special constant that remains is his authenticity. Whether or not he’s playing guitar or piano, with a band or all alone, stripped down or built up, the emotional result is always the same; 100% pure, Ben Kweller.
Ben Kweller – Wasted & Ready
Little Barrie is a London-based trio whose sound is an exciting blend of hard rock, blues, soul, and funk that calls to mind classic bands of the ’60s like Traffic and Cream, and whose loose and groovy earthiness earns it a place near the front of the jam band class. Formed in Nottingham in 2000 by Barrie Cadogan (guitar, vocals), Wayne Fulwood (drums, vocals), and Lewis Wharton (bass), the group has released three full length albums and one EP on various labels. After a short hiatus, the English trio are back and ready to return with a new drummer, son of Yes guitar giant Steve Howe, Virgil Howe.
For Fans Of: Gary Clark, Jr, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tame Impala, White Denim
Little Barrie – Tip it Over (okay, now this is pure coolness)
Not a “newby” to our room, but an Indie artist just the same, Joan Osborne is considered one of the great voices of her generation. She is a multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee. Her debut album, Relish, wove together strands of American roots music, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocals, and produced the international hit “(What if God Was) One of Us.”
Since then she has released several albums, toured extensively with her own band and as a member of The Grateful Dead, appeared in the Grammy Award-winning documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” and shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris and Patti Smith to name just a few.
Joan has produced two albums for Americana stalwarts the Holmes Brothers, and co-produced her most recent critically acclaimed release, Bring it on Home, which was nominated in the category of Best Blues Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. She is set to release her ninth studio album in 2014.
If you haven’t seen a live performance, in short, IT ROCKS. This woman can sing. And for this tour, her sister Rebecca Osborne is one half of the duo that will be opening up: griffytown. How cool is that?
Joan Osborne – St. Teresa (this is one of my faves from years ago..)