The highly-anticipated new album, Missing Chapters, by Winchester Gray is set to be officially released this Friday at Oscar’s Bar in Vandalia, and folks had better clear their schedules for a night of musical delights!
Her voice floated above the crowds on that day and found its way into my brain like a cool breeze, and since that show, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her perform a number of times and watched her grow as a performer and artist!
“Lucky” is a fresh, upbeat, and hooky piece that elicits a sense of wonder, lightness, and warmth. The music rolls through your body, tugs at the heart, and says “Come! Let’s have some fun!” Good-time acoustic guitar rhythms pump out a Folksy/Americana sound. Just a hint of bluesy soul in the lead brightens up your day, and the Alt-Rock style that holds it all together is a cool mix of power and layers and drive. (more…)
There are so many GREAT local bands/performers playing in the Dayton area right now, and July’s featured band/artist contest brought the awesome local acoustic group, Higgins Madewell, straight to our attention! This band has literally been blowing up the area with shows and deserve all the attention we can shower them with!
Higgins Madewell is an acoustic duet featuring Erin Higgins on vocals, guitar, violin, harmonica and percussion and Jeff Madewell on lead guitar, vocals, and percussion. The overall style is mostly country at it’s roots, but it’s easy to hear the folk, bluegrass, blues and rock influences throughout their music, and they’ve been rocking the Dayton region since 2006. Both musicians are seasoned veterans and well-known throughout the local music scene. Erin has a beautiful voice with a lovely richness that floats over the music with ease and harmony, and Jeff’s backing vocals are the perfect compliment to Erin’s style. Jeff also has some really tasty guitar work that fills in nicely (exactly where it’s supposed to) and showcases the broad diversity of their style and musical influences. The percussion is minimal throughout but effectively placed through many years of honing their skills. The overall production quality of their recordings is excellent and retains that “sitting round the campfire with friends having a great time” feeling! Higgins Madewell has many upcoming shows in and around the Dayton region, including a great spot at the Miami Valley Music Fest on August 10th in Troy, OH, so hit them up on Facebook, show em some love with your music listens, buy a copy of their album, attend a show, and also check out Jeff as the host of the new local TV show, Miami Valley Music Scene, coming up in September!