Posts Tagged ‘debut album’

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!


The Wretched Few are proud to announce their debut album “Wretched Enough to Know Better”.


March to May 1The powerful and emotional debut release, The Water’s Edge, by Seattle based duo March to May is an album that will resonate across a broad audience.   Infusing the folk & singer-songwriter tradition with  more traditional and classical elements, Darren Guyaz (guitar, vocals, keyboard) and Beth Wesche (Celtic harp, vocals) have created a musical chemistry that is undeniable!


Soulful melodies and lyrics lay bare the human heart on the new full-length album, “Drawing Blood”, released in March 2015 by Minster, Ohio’s Jeremy & Lynne.  With its cool mix of alt-country and southern rock peppered with just a dash of outlaw and punk attitude, this album is packed with great songs for all kinds of music-lovers!



By Tim Anderl
Photo: Stelth Ulvang will perform at Canal Public House on March 11; photo: Norah Hoover

Although the name Stelth Ulvang may not be familiar, his performance with celebrated Denver, Colorado-based folk rockers The Lumineers probably is. The band’s self-titled debut album, released in mid-2012 peaked at number two on the Billboard charts in early 2013 and has been certified platinum in the U.S. As a result, they were nominated for both Billboard Music Awards and Grammy Awards.


With the release of their debut EP, Babbling April brings a fresh feel to indie rock by using ambiance as a model for melody, creating fuzz tone pop songs without losing the emotional platform they were born from.

The self-titled EP by Dayton-based Babbling April is split into two halves: at times the songs are upbeat with pure pop vocals layered over fevered bass lines and hard-hitting percussion, while elsewhere dreamy instrumental pieces teeter on the edge of shoegaze.



Since I started this column in 2003, I’ve received plenty of packages from career people realizing the lifelong dream of releasing their own CD. To be frank, these vanity projects are often not worth sharing with a wide audience.

Other times, something special comes along — such as “Dark Stretch of Road,” the debut album from Tim Tye. He is a 61-year-old attorney from Oakwood.

Tye recently discussed the stunning collection of roots-rock songs recorded at Refraze Studio in Kettering with producer Gary King and a musical collective dubbed Midnight Sky and featuring Paige Beller, Trey Stone, Tod Weidner and other local talent.

Local attorney explores Midnight Sky |

Acoustic band, Let Us Pray, will be putting out their first full length album as a band on April 15th, 2015. The album will be titled “To Whom It May Concern” and will feature Dayton recording artist, Kyle “Hitman Aka Ammo” Law, and others. The album will feature 10 all new original tracks and a re-release of Forgive Me (a song formerly released by the band).  The band plans to begin playing shows together this summer.

This week I was introduced to Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders, an alternative country band currently based in Nashville, Tennessee featuring Australian born singer/song-writer Billy Roberts.  Roberts found his way to the U.S. in search of a career in country music, and here he has stayed creating some unique and cool music!     (more…)

“My Debut record arrived today!! 5$ for the hard copy and will soon be up on I-Tunes…Hit me up for a copy!”

–  Eric Wells Music


Dayton, OH