Posts Tagged ‘Americana’

Combining passionate songwriting and storytelling with soulful guitar licks and sensible grooves, ‘Rustbelt Renaissance’ is the newest album slated for release by Minster, Ohio natives, The Typical Johnsons, and this one should definitely be on your summer playlist of cool, new music!


As ‘Rustbelt Renaissance’ unfolds in your mind and really starts to sink in, you’ll be intrigued and inspired by the journey it takes you on!  Ranging from rowdy, roadtrip-worthy, heavy hitters like Genesis, Bear, and Have Heart to melodic, softer tunes like Saint Jennifer and the acoustic track Another Night Without You & Me”,  there’s a cool mix of Folk, Americana and Rock vibes on this album, layered with loads of attitude, harmony, relatable experiences, and emotional depth.   (more…)

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15442361_643640449130575_1124652700580521978_nThe 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!

 

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DUS-Songwriter-7-9-16___redocompressedThe Dayton Underground Series continued last month by featuring six phenomenal local songwriters at Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton, and the night was dreamy from start to finish! The crowd was completely lured in by music from Raya, Kyleen Downes, Kevin Milner, Todd the Fox & Victoria Harper, Sharon Lane, and Jeremy & Lynne and The Typical Johnsons!

Maybe you think songwriters just sit around and sing folk songs by the light of a campfire, but we brought together a diverse group of writers who showed the crowd at Jimmie’s that songwriters can be fresh, pretty, political, soulful, funny, and even a bit rowdy from time to time!

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Jeremy and Lynne featuring the Typical Johnsons - The Sailor and the Siren

‘The Sailor & The Siren’ is the brand new album by singer-songwriter duo, Jeremy & Lynne!  It’s their first release featuring their band, The Typical Johnsons, and includes three new tunes as well as three previously released favorites revamped with the band’s signature sound AND two bonus tracks!

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13346895_564583110391296_139164524013798081_nIt was spring of 2015, at Sideshow X, when I first heard the friendly, sweet voice of local singer-songwriter, Kyleen Downes, and now, coming up in July 2016, she’s preparing for the release of her highly-anticipated debut album, ‘Maybe Sometimes’! 

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!

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BMHProfileFeeling “lucky” is often an elusive quality, but Boston-based Alt-rockers, Blue Moon Harem, have nailed that singular emotion with their new single, “Lucky,” off their forthcoming third album, ‘Deep Into Blue.’

“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…)

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All this month, Music Connection Dayton is proud to spotlight the Singer- Songwriter duo of Jeremy Siegrist & Lynne Baker. Since 2012, these long-time friends from the small town of Minster, OH have been writing songs about life’s struggles, victories, and triumphs. Together, the pair embodies a “never give up” mentality that has carried them through the highs & lows of the music biz!

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Mark Cantwil and Brett MullinsThe Americana Folk/Roots movement is well represented here in the Dayton area. The Miami Valley is bursting with amazing, young talent, including Dayton native, Mark Cantwil. Cantwil showcased his talents recently at Oddbody’s Music Room opening for North Carolina’s “Mipso”. The Wednesday night show was a welcome and much needed mid-week diversion!

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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!

Tune in your TV (or set your Tivo/DVR to record) ToddtheFox on 5/7/13 for WDTN’s program “Living Dayton” around the noon hour! (Roots/Americana/Bluegrass – Dayton, OH)      Tuesday at 12pm!
Click HERE for the event link!