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Sam Amidon Plans Spring Tour Amid Album Anticipation

Sam Amidon is currently working on a new album and has announced a Spring tour with many special stops, themes and guests along the way.

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Sam Amidon, photo by Marcella Cytrynowicz
Sam Amidon, photo by Marcella Cytrynowicz

Sam Amidon is a singer and multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, fiddle) from Vermont, now based in London, England. He has released seven acclaimed solo albums of songs on Bedroom Community and Nonesuch Records, the most recent of which is 2020’s Sam Amidon. He is currently working on a new album to be released this year. In anticipation, Sam has announced a Spring tour with many special stops, themes and guests along the way.

“I will have my trusty compatriot and fellow expat, drummer and soundseer, Chris Vatalaro, with me for the duration of the East Coast run,” Amidon explains. He will start his journey at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN, with Shahzad Ismaily and Beth Orton joining him.

In Sam’s own words:

“I am heading out on a wandering springtime adventure across the US in March and April”

Amidon continues, “As a duo we will swing by The Parlor Room in Northampton MA, and the wonderful word Barn in Exeter, NH. At Levon’s Barn in Woodstock, NY we will have a special night of music with Josh Kaufman (he of the wondrous Bonny Light Horseman), UK folk icon Bridget St John, and Annie Nero, what a gang!”

Tour Dates:

March 22: Knoxville TN – Big Ears Festival (with Beth Orton & Shahzad Ismaily)
March 26: Northampton, MA – Parlor Room…(with Chris Vatalaro)
March 27: Exeter, NH – The Word Barn… (with Chris Vatalaro)
March 28: Woodstock NY – Levon’s Barn… (with Josh Kaufman, Bridget St. John, Annie Nero & Chris Vatalaro)
April 6: Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s…(Solo)
April 7: Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon… (with Sam Gendel)
April 9: San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Music Hall…(with Sam Wilkes)
April 11: Portland, OR – Polaris Hall (with Laura Veirs)
April 14: Seattle, WA – Ballard Street…(with Shahzad Ismaily)

Lover of all things music, Vanessa De La Rosa has been involved in the music scene most of her life in different capacities. All genres welcome, she is a past master in the art of "nerding-out" with music, and is excited to explore that passion by sharing the stories of artists everywhere. Fan of: Festivals, gear, music production, all genres, supporting artists, concerts, and merch!

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Frank Viele Releases His Brand New Single “Sleepless Nights Alone”

Singer-songwriter Frank Viele has released his brand new single “Sleepless Nights Alone” from his upcoming ‘The Trouble With Desire’ album.

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Frank Viele, photo by Donato Biceglia
Frank Viele, photo by Donato Biceglia

Milford, CT native and current Hamden, CT resident Frank Viele is prepping to release a brand new album entitled The Trouble With Desire, which is set to exhibit the musician’s exceptional storytelling and strong roots in a wide range of genres from heartland rock and blues to folk and country.

To further introduce the project, Viele returns today with his newest cut from the forthcoming LP, “Sleepless Nights Alone,” along with an accompanying lyric video.

2023 was a big year for Frank Viele, as he became the first Connecticut artist to win the prestigious award for ‘Act of The Year’ at the 2023 New England Music Awards. Viele thus follows in the footsteps of previous award winners, including Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Dwight & Nicole, Ryan Montbleau, Air Traffic Controller, Sarah Barrios, Deer Tick, Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton, Liz Longley, Chris Trapper, Adam Ezra Group, The Mallet Brothers, and more.

Earlier this year, Viele shared another new single entitled “Mountains We Can Climb.” Previously, 2023 found him sharing an additional handful of singles — “Hearts We Left Behind,” “The Trouble With Desire,” “Claws,” and “Trying To Raise A Man” — which were recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This is the town that launched the careers of legends such as Aretha Franklin, The Allman Brothers, and Wilson Pickett. It is also the place where The Rolling Stones recorded “Wild Horses” and which boasts the roots of modern greats such as Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and The Alabama Shakes.

Received with glowing reviews, these four songs made their way onto outlets across the industry, including American Songwriter, Boston’s Country 102.5, and NPR. He additionally toured nationally as both a headline act and also as a support act for rock legend John Waite, Season 9 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, and folk rock troubadour Jeffrey Gaines.

Frank Viele’s newest single, “Sleepless Nights Alone,” is out now via all DSPs. Stay tuned for more information on his forthcoming full-length LP, arriving later this year.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest Drops First Year Lineup

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in North Carolina.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024

Lovin’ Life Music Fest dropped their official lineup this week, and it is exceptional. The festival’s first-ever installment will occur on May 3-5th, 2024, in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. The star-studded lineup includes headline sets from Post Malone, Noah Kahan, and Stevie Nicks. From headliners alone, we can tell this festival has something for everyone.

The festival will showcase many popular acts spanning various genres and generations. Supporting acts include Maggie Rogers, Dominic Fike, The Fray, The Chainsmokers, Quinn XCII, Mt. Joy, Young the Giant, and NC’s DaBaby and The Avett Brothers. There will also be a local stage to highlight Charlotte’s own artists throughout the weekend. This is one of the most stacked lineups we’ve seen for the 2024 festival season.

Tickets to Lovin’ Life are on sale now! Grab them while you can; this is sure to be an epic weekend!

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 2024 poster

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Gileah Taylor Premieres Her Deep, Intimate Single “Dream Explorer”

Singer-songwriter Gileah Taylor premieres her intensely personal new single “Dream Explorer” from her upcoming album ‘Slow Parade.’

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Gileah Taylor, photo by Gileah Taylor

With her brand new single “Dream Explorer,” Gileah Taylor is offering you a deep and intimate look into her innermost being. She’s laying it all on the line so to speak, not intimidated by what it may suggest or reveal about her. The song, off of her new record Slow Parade, due out on April 26th via Velvet Blue Music, is something of a calling out.

Despite the external shell we create for ourselves or the stiff upper lip we put on, people often hurt inside. They want to be taken notice of and at least offered some attention or a pat on the back. “Dream Explorer” is about waiting to be “found” or wanting to be comforted. The song is a useful acknowledgement that despite the love we may feel from others, we still may feel alone. Longing can take many forms, even when it seems like you shouldn’t need to be longing for anything.

Explaining more about the song and her songwriting process, Taylor tells us:

“When I write a song, one of the first things I imagine is the scenery in the song. When I wrote ‘Dream Explorer,’ it was the middle of the night and it was quite dark outside. I was in my cozy living room sitting on the sofa with my old Gibson Dove and was feeling rather lost and lonely.

“I remember closing my eyes and singing, ‘Am I out in the dark again? Face stoic heart weeping…’ I could see myself in the woods. I could feel the cold night air. The song spilled out of me in a matter of minutes. The chords are very simple, so I focused on the feeling of being out there, hoping that someone would find me.

“The choruses talk about seeing a flash at midnight, but it wasn’t in the sky. It was that sharp, clean, concentrated light that comes from a flashlight. Finally, at the end of the song, we don’t see who is holding the flashlight, but we can see the light cutting through the darkness. I don’t see myself as the dream explorer. I see the person holding the light as the explorer, finding me and bringing me hope.”

Gileah Taylor “Dream Explorer” single artwork

Gileah Taylor “Dream Explorer” single artwork

With Slow Parade, Taylor embarked on a rather expansive musical adventure. She worked closely with Nashville brothers Gideon and Gabe Klein, who produced the record and, in so doing, tried to expand upon her sound. A nice, soothing chamber pop album, the record features a string quartet led by Gideon. The North Florida-based Taylor crafted Slow Parade as an autobiographical concept album about the journey of life. From an idealized and blindly optimistic childhood to choosing happiness as an adult, this album covers a lot of ground. Exploring dichotomies of depression and hope, these songs represent much growth in Taylor as a person and a songwriter. Through these songs, she encourages you, the listener, to embrace change and grow into a better version of yourself.

Slow Parade Track Listing:

1. My Vision is Coming Back
2. Still Here
3. Watch the World Waking
4. Way Out
5. Roll Over Me
6. Summer Jubilee
7. Dream Explorer
8. You Have Been Here, Too
9. Nobody Spoke My Language
10. Sweetness Surrounding

Gileah Taylor ‘Slow Parade’ album artwork

Gileah Taylor ‘Slow Parade’ album artwork

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