The Lineup is Here!
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The Nashville-based alternative southern rock band—THE VEGABONDS are ready to get back to what they know – releasing kick ass new music and touring around the country, having logged more 400,000 miles over their ten-year history. Their new full-length studio album, Sinners and Saints, is set for release on September 24, 2021 through Blue Élan Records.
While several of the songs were written pre-COVID, the tenor of Sinners and Saints is about not just survival but thriving in the midst of an unforeseen event. “Can’t Deal” is the perfect example, inspired by keyboardist Beau Cooper’s fascination with Yacht Rock, with his whirring Wurlitzer carrying the song into Atlantic Rhythm Section “Spooky” territory. Said Cooper, “The song is basically the nicest way to tell someone you care about to back off for a second. It falls under the ‘Sinners and Saints’ mindset. You can give bad news and tell the hard truth, but still be kind while you do it.”
THE VEGABONDS are Daniel Allen (Lead vocals/songwriter), Richard Forehand (Lead guitars/vocals), Paul Bruen (bass), Beau Cooper (keyboards/vocals/songwriter) and Bryan Harris (drums)
Like the beginning of most humble rock stories, flipturn came to be in a garage in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The place where the seemingly inevitable friends congregated to kill the extra hours of the high school years, produced a sound that flirts with the countless tangents that build up modern indie music. Although their genesis shares similarities to that of many other bands, their sound, raw magnetism and steep trajectory are unmatched by anyone among their ranks. The flipturn roll call is Dillon Basse (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Tristan Duncan (lead guitar), Madeline Jarman (bass), and Mitch Fountain (synth and guitar). Fans are drawn to the rarity of both strong female and male presences within the band that foster a sense of inclusion in the musical experience. The fever dream energy of their live shows has positioned flipturn as a metaphorical musical sun, holding fans in a trancelike orbit. There is nothing held back while the band is performing. Basse’s vocals possess the innate ability to simultaneously shake the physical walls of a room and shake loose latent emotions within a listener. The chemistry and talent shared between the bandmates allows for a total release of inhibitions. Their songs are written in an artfully understandable way that makes flipturn the storytellers for a generation of people who were never told what to do next.
Formed in a North Carolina dormitory in 2012, the Nude Party celebrates the clanging frat rock of the '60s as well as the Velvet Underground. Working with early mentor and producer Oakley Munson of Black Lips, they debuted with the Hot Tub EP in 2016. The band's eponymous full-length debut arrived on New West Records in 2018.
Originating as an extended group of childhood friends and step-siblings who decided to start a band and then began learning to play instruments, the Nude Party took root at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Freshman lead vocalist and guitarist Patton Magee eventually gathered lead guitarist Shaun Couture, organist/pianist Don Merrill, bass player Alec Castillo, percussionist Austin Brose, and drummer Connor Mikita. Most members also sing backup. The sextet soon moved into a lake house and started a nightly ritual of jamming in the basement. It was at a regular gig as the house band at a certain Boone party locale that the group's practice of performing in the buff earned them a local reputation as "the naked party band." They adopted the moniker the Nude Party just in time to move onto bookings at local clubs and bars, where they had to performed clothed.
In 2014, the band met Black Lips' drummer Oakley Munson at a show in Charlotte. He took an interest in the group and recorded their first collection, Hot Tub EP, which they released in early 2016. As word of the EP's rawness and good-times spirit spread, the band relocated to Munson's base in the New York Catskills and began to perform regularly in Brooklyn and the surrounding region. New West signed the group for their Munson-produced full-length debut. Featuring the original six-piece lineup, The Nude Party saw release in July of 2018. Working again in the Catskills with Munson, this time with two years of touring under their belt, they followed it with Midnight Manor in October 2020. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi
Blending genres such as hard rock, alternative, indie and more - The Stews are a rock band that cannot be confined to just one sound. Spawned out of impromptu basement jam sessions in the fall of 2020, the band started as a group of friends who also happened to be musicians. This chemistry is what fuels their electric (often sweaty) live shows and allows them to write the music that they love to play. The Stews consist of Preston Hall, Blake Dobbs, Bennett Baugus, and Wyatt Griffith. In March of 2021, The band chose 5 songs of the works compiled over the past year of playing and traveled to Muscle Shoals, AL to record their debut EP at Fame Studios. The Stews EP was released on April 15th, 2021. NEW SINGLE ‘Waste of Time’ OUT NOW!
DeeOhGee is the new chapter in the story of a band of brothers who’ve now been through it! Emerging on a fresh platform to share their unique blend of great American music. Formerly touring under the name “Blackfoot Gypsies”, they have dropped the old name but kept the same spirit. A spirit arising from a life dedicated to Rock-n-Roll. The group established a loyal fanbase across the US and Europe, while releasing a catalogue of music documenting their journey. After going through inevitable changes over the course of hundreds of shows and thousands of miles - it only felt right right to start a new book, with a sharper sense of who they are and what they’re doing.
DeeOhGee is now comprised of Matthew Paige, Zack Murphy, and Dylan Whitlow. Each member contributes songs and brings different musical expertise to the table. These 3 musicians cover a huge spectrum of instruments - everything from timpani to pianos and banjos to harmoniums. Every single note and voice you hear on their recordings, is them. No studio musicians. They are beyond dedicated to their craft and eagerly work toward giving the world their life’s work. Collecting vibrations from every walk of life in this world and turning them into a hummable tune, with a wink of humor. Now, after all these years of honing their craft, the music is a concentrated serum exported from their souls, for all to share and enjoy. DeeOhGee is a band of people, made of people, for the people.
Where did Nordista Freeze come from? Everyone who saw it happen has a different explanation, but they agree on one thing: a flaming blue orb came flying out of the sky and smashed into the earth, and there, lying sprawled in the crater, was a man wearing only his underwear with a tambourine in his hand. He rose to his knees, vomited profusely, and took off running over the rim of the crater and into the distance yelling “Na Na''.
Where did he come from?! Maybe outer space? His first two records were called Space Travel and Cosmic Haus. Is he a time traveler from the past? His 60s pysch-pop anthems and bouncy flow say so. A time traveler from the future? Many believe he’s like a Terminator 2 Terminator sent back to save the music industry from self-destruction. All this is speculation. His origin notwithstanding, he’s brought a transcendent message, a secret of life that transmits through his legendary live performance. Come hear it and believe.