Posts Tagged ‘Folk’

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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After more than 23, 250 votes were cast in Round 1, we are proud to  present you the official results for Round 1 of the 2016 Best of Dayton Underground contest!

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fall2016tourIf you’re ready for a powerful and emotional album about heartache and love, ‘Taken The Wrong Side,’ by Dayton native and singer-songwriter, Wheatley Matthews, is the album you can’t afford to miss!

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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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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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The new single, “Gentle Healing,” by Shine On Records artist and Scotland-born singer-songwriter, Dave Bremner, is the perfect remedy when you’re seeking refuge from the battering of life’s storms.

The overall message of “Gentle Healing” seems to be about how nature, time, and love can provide a sense of clarity and relative perspective about your life in ways that nothing else can. Supporting and reinforcing the lyrical message, the folksy rhythms and melodies are uplifting and lighthearted.  Touches of electric guitar are tastefully layered alongside a simpler acoustic guitar rhythm that is the heart of the track, and there is a dreamy, almost lazy, quality to “Gentle Healing” that brings together the music and the message really cohesively. This is a subtle, but extremely powerful, characteristic that helps place “Gentle Healing” a cut above others in this genre. 

When in need of some “Gentle Healing,” you’ll definitely want to have this new single by Dave Bremner close at hand!  Get your copy today at the link below!

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ryg_2The brand new single, “Lay One Down,” by award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist, Ed Roman, is a refreshingly positive outpouring of love!

Roman is best known for fusing together pop, rock, folk, and country flavors with his own sensitive and forward-thinking lyrics, and the new single, “Lay One Down,” is one of his best songs to date!

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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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