The Bluegrass Situation have shared an insightful op-ed piece from River Whyless on the message they hope to spread with their recently released video for their cover of CCR's 'Fortunate Son'.
You can read the full piece here and watch the video for 'Fortunate Son' below.
"Do we continue down the path of least resistance or do we learn from our mistakes? Will we be able to look past party lines, gender, sexuality, race, and class in order to return our partisanship to its proper context, which is not, after all, winning for winning’s sake. Rather, the context of our partisanship is much larger: It ought to fall somewhere among or within our commitment to generosity and humility.
By capturing footage of that march and putting it to our rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” we in River Whyless hope to both emphasize and celebrate the power of active political engagement, to relate CCR’s original moment, back in 1969, to this moment, as a way to emphasize its significance. It’s time for everyone -- on the left and the right -- to stand up and demand from our government the things we all deserve. We don’t all agree on who deserves what and why, but we do agree that we all deserve to be heard."
Roll Call has joined forces with Turntable Kitchen to present a showcase at this year's SXSW in Austin, TX. The show will take place on March 15th at Maggie Mae's Gibson Room, featuring performances by The Dig, Night Drive, Molly Burch, River Whyless, Dude York, and Active Bird Community.
RSVP now to let us know if we'll see you there! You can listen to music from the full lineup on Spotify here.
SWIMM have announced their upcoming Love You Down fest — a one-night-only event taking place on April 8th at The Hi-Hat in Los Angeles.
The mini-festival will span across two stages, and will feature live performances from SWIMM and six other local artists, plus DJ sets from Gardens & Villa, Jenny Lee (of Warpaint), and KCRW's Aaron Byrd. You can peep the line-up for the whole night down below.
Tickets on sale this Friday, March 3rd, at 12pm PST at $15 a piece.
Click here for more info and be sure to pick up your tickets ASAP! You won't want to miss this.
Asheville's River Whyless have released their cover of Creedance Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son', alongside a powerful 60's protest-style video that features footage from the Women's March in DC.
Here's what the band had to say about the video:
"By using footage from the Women's March on Washington (and our hometown of Asheville) in our rendition of CCR's "Fortunate Son," our goal is to help speak truth to power, not for the sake of perpetuating our country's present divisiveness, but as a way to support and encourage the need for an open, honest, and compassionate conversation about our universal rights and freedoms. We're not asking everyone to agree, but to listen to one another. We promise to do the same.”
You can watch the video for 'Fortunate Son' below. The track is available now via iTunes, Spotify, and all other music retailers. For tickets to see River Whyless on tour this Spring, head to riverwhyless.com.
River Whyless have been featured in No Depression's list of Six Roots Artists Breaking Out In 2017! You can read their feature below, or check out the full piece here.
The band will be embarking on their first headlining tour for We All The Light this Spring. To see a list of dates and purchase tickets, head to riverwhyless.com.
"River Whyless is a four-piece band formed in Boone, North Carolina, in 2006 (then called Do it to Julia), and includes Ryan O'Keefe (vocals, guitar), Halli Anderson (vocals, violin), Daniel Shearin (bass, vocals), and Alex McWalters (drums). They have two albums under their belt: A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door (2012) and We All the Light (2016). After graduating from Appalachian State University, they moved to Asheville and have played numerous festivals, relentlessly toured the Southeast, worked odd jobs, built a home studio, lost a van, bought a new one, and toured the Southeast again, where they are well-known and highly regarded.
Their music has been called folk, nature-pop, and baroque pop. Utah writer Scott Stroud describes them as “an eclectic fusion of retirees, back-to-the-land hippies, tourists, and natives to the region ... , blending American and international influences into a dreamy, spiritual mixture ... combining bluegrass-inflected harmonies with gorgeously adventurous fiddle-playing and guitar to create a distinctive vibe that will ring familiar bells without sounding quite like any of them.”
But they will not remain 'emerging' for long, as on February 15 the rest of the country will see what the fuss is all about when they kick off an ambitious 10-week tour. It begins in Kentucky, and takes them from New York City to the West Coast with many stops in between. It that were not enough, they’ll also drop by SXSW, and in the summer, Bonnaroo.They also did an NPR Tiny Desk Concert last year. During the next few months they will undoubtedly be playing somewhere near you, so after checking out that Desk Concert, I am sure you’ll want to get out of the house and catch them live."
Tigercub have released a new video for their brilliant single, 'Control', off their 2016 debut album, Abstract Figures in the Dark. The video provides contrast to the track's emotional weight, and instead follows the boys around for a day as they explore their hometown of Brighton.
The band have also been announced as the main support on Pulled Apart By Horses' UK tour this Spring.
Watch the video for 'Control' below, and head over to Tigercub's website to see a full list of all their upcoming UK and EU shows!
Oakland-based Wax Idols have premiered a brand new video for their track 'Deborah' via Noisey. The release of this "entrancing" video coincides with the announcement of the band's upcoming Spring tour supporting Thursday, alongside Touche Amore and Basement.
Wax Idols have also announced that they will be reissuing the critically-acclaimed American Tragic as a limited-edition signed purple cassette on Estrucan Gold Records. Cassettes are now available for pre-order here.
Watch the video for 'Deborah' below and don't miss the band on tour starting in March. To see the full list of dates, head to waxidols.bandcamp.com.
The Dig have released another new single called 'Astronaut', ahead of Bloodshot Tokyo's release next week. The track premiered today via Ones to Watch, where frontman Emile shared some insight on the inspiration behind it:
“I wrote the lyrics to Astronaut with David in the middle of the night out on a boat on a lake up in Connecticut last summer. It’s a song about two people that can’t see one another for what they actually are, they only see the framework of something foreign. Two people that are connected but not quite calibrated. One experiences the other the way an alien would experience a spaceman, the right experiences the left (and vice versa), a dog experiences a turtle etc. Now seems like an appropriate time to set it out into the universe.”
Listen to 'Astronaut' below, and be sure to catch The Dig on their North American tour this Spring!
For a limited time, tickets can be bundled with digital and physical pre-orders of Bloodshot Tokyo. For a full list of dates and to buy tickets, head to TheDigMusic.com.
The Dig have premiered their "warm [and] inviting" new single, 'Jet Black Hair', on FLOOD Magazine. This track is the latest release off the band's forthcoming album Bloodshot Tokyo, out everywhere February 3rd via Roll Call Records.
Here's what the band had to say about 'Jet Black Hair':
"We're not a folk band per se, but we've always loved folk music, and have tried to learn as much of it as we can in the hopes that it will show up in the songs in its own way. Jet Black Hair came out of a real life event, but it's filtered through a Rapunzel type story to mitigate some of the heaviness. Like Townes Van Zandt once said, no one wants to hear blues on blues on blues. And looking at it after the fact, the song appears to cover all of the stages of grief, without the acceptance phase."
Listen to the song below and catch The Dig on tour this Spring! For dates + tickets, and to pre-order Bloodshot Tokyo, head to TheDigMusic.com.
The Bluegrass Situation have included River Whyless' Roll Call debut, We All The Light, to their Class of 2016 Albums list! Awarding the record with Best Multi-National Incorporation, BGS writes that "not only is the album an upbeat, string-heavy, shimmering beacon of hope musically, but it also boasts lyrics that everyone in the midst of post-election fallout should soak in." Click here to read their full review.
The Dig have launched the pre-order for their new album Bloodshot Tokyo with their American Bandstand meets late-night informercial style trailer, along with the announcement of their Bloodshot Tokyo North American tour.
In addition to the standard digital download and CD, the band is offering 3 different pre-order exclusive packages with items like Bloodshot Tokyo t-shirts, limited edition pink marble vinyl, and a personalized cassette tape featuring an unreleased demo single and a 100% buyer-exclusive track. You can find out more and pre-order your copy HERE.
The Dig are also offering a limited number of ticket bundles for each date, which include one (1) General Admission ticket, Bloodshot Tokyo on the format of your choice, and instant digital downloads of 'Bleeding Heart (You Are The One)' and 'Simple Love'. Grab yours HERE before they sell out!