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Memories, Music & Pride, the third album by Alice Wallace, finds the Southern California-based Americana singer-songwriter exploring fresh musical terrain on striking self-penned material inspired by new emotional and geographical compass points. Wallace, whose powerful, elastic singing and melodic, literate song-crafting skill have helped her garner nominations as best Country/Americana artist and best live band from the Orange County Music Awards, views Memories, Music & Pride as a significant step forward – one that bears a more integrated yet all-embracing sound. The album was also named "Best Country/Americana" in 2015 by the LA Music Critic Awards.
“This record is more cohesive, as far as style is concerned,” she says. “I like blues, I like folk, I like country. This one still touches on all of those. But with this album I feel like I was trying to bridge the gap between my influences in old-time country with newer artists like Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell, whose albums have opened my eyes to what modern country can be.” The 11-track collection – Wallace’s first release on Los Angeles-based California Country Records – succeeds two widely praised independent releases, Sweet Madness (2011) and A Thousand Miles From Home (2013). Much of the material on Memories, Music & Pride is derived from Wallace’s recent work as a touring musician. It is no surprise that “A Traveling Song,” inspired by some of her chance companions on the American byways, is among the collection’s titles. “I’ve spent the last two years getting used to traveling – usually by myself,” Wallace says. “It’s definitely been a personal learning experience, dealing with being alone a lot, and the songs reflect that.”
"The album contains whimsical moments of blues rock and roll, Toscano's midwestern drawl, and an addictive listenability." - Valerie Veteto, The Bay Bridged
“The Logan Square band The Bribes takes pure ‘50s era rock and roll and re-fashions it into something fresh and bracing. What comes out through the monitors is clearly some of the most compelling rock ‘n’ roll being made in Chicago.” - Vernon Hestor, Windy City Times
"The EP, which references early rock n’ roll, blues and a bit of jazz and western swing, is loaded with unexpected turns, baroque embellishments and excellent musicianship." -Radio one Chicago
The dynamic frontman of the North Bay folk punk outfit known as The Crux. His onstage persona is part carnival barker, part sleazy reverend, and part super powered performance artist from the future.
Yours Truly, Michele, may best capture the heady mix of influences and experiences she can bring to any party simply by showing up. With a sound infused with 60s pop, shadowy torch songs, and touched by Americana Roots-Rock, it is truly Michele Kappel’s own brand of music. She co-founded the Garage-Pop Alt Rock band The Kirby Grips (Sympathy For The Record Industry), performing behind the drum kit on national stages including at Noise Pop and CMJ. When The Kirby Grips paused for an indefinite amount of time, Kappel created ukulele-toting folk pop artist Tippy Canoe and started writing her own melody-rich songs, inspired by influences as diverse as Squeeze, Ray Price, and the Spector Wall of Sound. More recently, Kappel incarnated as one-half of the close-harmony, country-tinged, impeccably decked out duo, Heartache Sisters and was behind the drum kit with classic country band Laura Benitez & the Heartache. YTM, however, puts Kappel’s style, substance and well-honed musical sensibilities front and center. “No matter your mood, you’ll walk away with a smile. It’s cheaper than therapy." Tony DuShane at The San Francisco Chronicle wrote of a YTM performance, which by turns can evoke Debbie Harry, Erin McKeown, and Patsy Cline.
“No matter your mood, you’ll walk away with a smile. It’s cheaper than therapy." - SF Chronicle
Tell Me a Song… a Seasonal Showcase of Songwriters hosted by Yours Truly, Michele.
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter a collection of songwriters gather to tell their melodic tales and sing their history, whether it be personal, shared or entirely fictional.
Find out what drives these artists to have the courage and curiosity to put words to music and open the door to their inner world.