Thursday 29 March 2018

Erin Rae announces new album via John Paul White's Single Lock Records


Nashville's best kept secret Erin Rae is about to stake her claim as the new voice from the south, with the announcement of her new album release PUTTING ON AIRS out via Single Lock on June 8
New track called ‘Can't Cut Loose’ immediately available for pre-order

Over 1 Million plays on Spotify Erin will play the End Of The Road Festival in the UK (Aug-Sept 2018)


Release Date: 8 June 2018
Label: Single Lock (Red)
Copyright: (C) 2018 Single Lock Records
Total Length: 40:15
Genres: Rock





Erin Rae Has a Song for You When You Feel Like Going Back to Your Old Ways - NOISEY.COM

This album is going to bewitch and enlighten the nation” – Ann Powers, NPR

“I wasinstantly transfixed.” – John Paul White

With a voice thatswoons and soothes” – Rolling Stone

NASHVILLE, TN, March 28 – Marking the arrival of a stunning new voice from the American South, Erin Rae will release her highly anticipated new album ‘Putting On Airs’, out June 8 on Single Lock Records.  In advance of the release, the track 'Can’t Cut Loose' dropped (Weds Mar 28), premiering on, who strongly related to the song's lyrics and music, stating, “Quitting is hard, especially when what you're quitting seems like it has some sort of purpose you can't find from anything else.”

Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk, indie-rock, and 1960s psych-rock production has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs – not to mention critical attention from the world’s top music media, including Rolling Stone, NPR, and the BBC -- is finally stepping out into the spotlight with ‘Putting On Airs’.

A forthcoming NPR World Café session and a busy tour schedule, including spring support dates with the Mountain Goats and Margo Price, and an appearance at End Of The Road Festival in the UK, shows Erin Rae’s star is on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic.

Buoying the release is Rae’s reputation as an enthralling live performer, which has earned her the respect of Nashville peers and music notables alike, including Grammy Award winner John Paul White, who has signed her to his Florence, Alabama-based label, Single Lock Records. Rae joins a Single Lock roster that includes Nicole Atkins, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, and White himself, who said “When I first heard Erin’s compelling voice, I knew nothing about her. 
It was live, with no intro (she was opening for friends of mine), and I was instantly transfixed. I couldn’t wait to engage, and that’s something I very seldom feel, much less do. I was thrilled to find out her personality was as engaging as her voice and songs, and that she was looking for a home. I couldn’t be happier to be hitching our wagons together.”

Rae describes ‘Can’t Cut Loose as “a song about romanticizing addiction in all of its forms, from substances to love and relationships. I wrote this song to that incessant longing voice in my head that tells me I need something else to make me feel different or better.”

Gifted with the unique ability to fuse musical genres and influences to craft songs that feels fresh and wholly her own, with ‘Putting On Airs’, Rae has thrown down a direct challenge to the stereotype of what a southern singer should be. Both musically and lyrically, she strikes a fiercely independent chord, proudly releasing a deeply personal record that reflects her own experience and upbringing in Tennessee, including the prejudices and injustices that she witnessed as a child that continue to impact her life to this day, including her personal struggle to understand her own sexuality. According to Rae, "this album was born out of a need to do some healing work in my personal life, to address some fears, and patterns of mine and allow my true feelings to come to the surface."

The isolated environment created the perfect setting for Erin and her bandmates to track these genre-busting songs, using the chapel and other unique spaces within the cavernous building to explore new sonic boundaries, all while continuing to showcase Erin’s trademark vocals and the song-serving restraint first heard on her critically-acclaimed 2015 debut album, ‘Soon Enough’ (engineered and produced by Anderson East and Mike Rinne).

The unique sound of the record is inspired by the innovative 1960s European production techniques from artists like the Beatles and Francoise Hardy, paired alongside the restraint and minimalism of modern artists like Angel Olsen, Richard Hawley, Twain and Michael Nau, bridging the sonic gap between classic songwriting and a modern indie-rock ethos. The album was co-produced by engineer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Tift Merritt) and multi-instrumentalist Jerry Bernhardt. Dominic Billett also served an integral role in the collective that worked together to create the album’s innovative and varied sonic pallet, providing the perfect soundscape for Erin’s soothing vocals, bathing everything in the warmth and purity that has become her trademark sound.

Alongside ‘Can’t Cut Loose’, preview track ‘Like The First Time’ was released in 2017 around her sell-out UK tour, drawing strong support from Spotify, as well as critical acclaim from British media, including the BBC and tastemakers Line Of Best Fit and Gold Flake Paint. Discussing the track, Rae explained that “I wrote this while I was kicking myself for acting against my own desires in an attempt to gain approval or validation to take the loneliness away. It just made me feel worse, which is a lesson I’ve had to relearn time and time again, and I think other folks do this, too. It’s that internal thought process of “if I just see this person one more time, maybe we’ll figure it out and make it work, and maybe I can make sure you think well of me, and speak well of me to other people.” Maybe that’s being too direct and clear, but I think so many of us have these little ulterior motives that get mixed in with attraction and lust. A driving force behind this record is the process of me trying to get honest with myself about when these feelings are at play, and waiting to act on them until I have more clarity and they feel like they are coming from a healthy place.

1.     Grand Scheme
2.     Putting On Airs
3.     Bad Mind
4.     Can’t Cut Loose
5.     Love Like Before
6.     June Bug
7.     Mississippi Queen
8.     Like The First Time
9.     The Real Thing
10.  Anchor Me Down
11.  Wild Blue Wind
12.  Pretend

Erin Rae - Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Jerry Bernhardt - Mellotron, Casiotone, Wurlitzer, Farfisa, piano, pump organ, electric/acoustic/slide guitars, bass, autoharp, whistle, drums on “Like The First Time”
Dominic Billett - Drums, percussion, vibraphone, bass guitar on “Like The First Time”
Background Vocals - Dom Billett & Jerry Bernhardt
All Songs written by Erin Rae McKaskle  
Produced by Dan Knobler
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Dan Knobler
Mastering Engineer: Alex McCollough, True East Mastering
Recorded at The Refuge in Appleton, WI (February 13-20, 2017)
Mixed at Goosehead Palace in Nashville, TN

MAR 30 FRI - The Burl, Lexington, KY, United States
MAR 31 SAT - Pretentious Beer Co. Knoxville, TN, United States
APR 19 THU - 116 E. Mobile, Florence, AL, United States
APR 24 TUE - Joshua Hedley - Record Release Show. Nashville, TN, United States
MAY 15 TUE - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC, United States (Support for Margo Price)
MAY 16 WED - Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC, United States (Support for Margo Price)
MAY 17 THU - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, United States (Support for Margo Price)
MAY 27 SUN - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, United States (Support for the Mountain Goats)
MAY 28 MON - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, United States (Support for the Mountain Goats)
MAY 29 TUE - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, United States (Support for the Mountain Goats)
JUN 27 WED - Sh*tty Barn, Spring Green, WI, United States
AUG 30 THU- SEP 2 SUN - End Of The Road Festival, Dorset, Southwest, United Kingdom

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Emily Watts - All These Years EP out now, Launch Night April 3rd

Singer / Songwriter, Emily Watts second EP
 ‘All These Years’ out now.

Stop Look Listen - 7 YEARS Anniversary Show
Future Sound Cartel/ Emily Watts (Live) - EP Launch)/ Jimmi Nolan (Live)/ Martha Bailey (Live)
WHEN: Tuesday 3rd April, 7.30pm
WHERE: at The Finsbury, N4 1BY (Website; The Finsbury Pub, Green Lanes 336, Hackney)
DETAILS: Event - Event

Influenced by female singer/songwriters such as Kate Bush, Bat for Lashes and Joni Mitchell, Emily Watts uses piano and vocals to perform her haunting self-penned songs.
Following her debut EP, FROM THE BLUE, Emily will release her second EP, entitled ALL THESE YEARS, on her own label, Beautiful Town Records.

The EP is a collection of songs written over the past couple of years, exploring themes of life, love, fear and loss. The EP features the singles, Where Are You Now, which received national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and Wait for You, which was included in Tom Robinson’s Fresh Faves. Both songs gained support and airplay from BBC Introducing.

The EP includes three brand new tracks; Fires, Resting Place and the closing track Island. 

The EP was produced by Daniel Moyler who has worked on releases by JP Cooper, Rae Morris and Jake Isaac and was recorded at The Neighbourhood studio in London – the home of multi-platinum selling band Athlete and mastered at Metropolis Studios by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin. Emily has also recently ventured into writing for other artists, co-writing Signs for Alex Maxwell with Alex and Gregor Philp (Deacon Blue), released on Hollywood Records / Polydor.

“A songwriter to be reckoned with. ****” Songwriting Magazine

“For fans of London Grammar… lovely vocals over beautiful production” Abbie McCarthy, BBC Introducing

“Echoes of early Adele mingle with classical overtones as her voice soars above her hypnotic piano.” The Musician

“A breath-taking performance” Melting Vinyl

Official music video for Where Are You Now (written by Emily Watts) published 10 June 2016 (2K Views) Filmed at Blundell Street Studios, London |  (608 Likes)

Release Date: 9 March 2018
Label: (P) Beautiful Town Records
Total Length: 20:15
Genres: Indie & Alternative/ Pop
Available on Amazon UKUK iTunesGoogle Play - Deezer

EP Track Listing
1 Where Are You Now 4:11                 
2. Wait for You 2:45                 
3. Fires 4:29                
4. Resting Place 4:02              
5. Island 4:48

Emily's vocals are just outstanding and faultless, they beat straight into your heart and stay there for every one note. Her beautiful skills on the piano make her not just a musician but an artist of an outstanding calibre.....The five tracks are all unique and you can't place any of them, they are between acoustic and pop, or maybe some modern jazz with a twist of folk. It is so nice to just listen to music which you can't label in a genre. (Review

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Emily Faye to release HERE I AM EP on April 27th

Tracklist & artwork revealed; new single ‘Giving In’ 
available to fans who pre-order now

English singer-songwriter Emily Faye - named in December as one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Ten Country Artists You Need To Know - has announced the April 27th 2018 release of her brand new EP HERE I AM, recorded between Southern Ground / Sound Emporium studios in Nashville, TN and The Banger Hanger in Essex, UK.
The set features lead single ‘Open Road’ which received extensive airplay across the UK on multiple country & Americana radio shows and stations (Playlist: BBC Shropshire), and new single ‘Giving In’ which is available to fans who pre-order.

Faye is due to mark the release with a special EP launch show at London’s The Bedford venue on 1st May, followed by an exclusive acoustic set on 4th May at Covent Garden Library Members Bar, before heading out for further tour and festival dates throughout the summer. In her own words: ‘So excited to finally be releasing the EP I recorded last year in Nashville - I can’t wait to share a little bit more of me, and I just really hope people will like it. It was an absolutely amazing experience recording in Nashville with such talented people bringing my songs to life’.


Tuesday 1 May at 19:30 - The Bedford, London (77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD) HERE I AM EP Launch!  ** FREE Entry ** Facebook Event  
Emily will be joined by 2 special guests - Jake Morrell and Two Ways Home  alongside her full band.
Also, on the evening, physical copies of her EP 'Here I Am' will be available to purchase. Underground Stations Distance   Balham Tube Station (3 mins from The Bedford), Tooting Bec Tube Station (12 mins from The Bedford), Clapham South Tube Station (15 mins from The Bedford), Mainline Stations: Balham Railway Station 3 mins from The Bedford 

Watch the video for ‘Open Road (Published on Nov 10, 2017; 2,028 Views) 

Release Date: 27 April 2018
Label: Horus Music Limited
Copyright: ℗© 2017 Emily Faye
Total Length: 14:02
Genres: Country/ Folk
Pre-order Amazon UK - iTunes

Open Road
Giving In
Game Over
Me For Me

Emily Faye Single Art 'Giving In'
Available now with pre-order

Emily Faye's journey into music and storytelling began in a back corner bedroom in a remote village deep in the English countryside. 

Her earliest musical influences came from the songs played on a mixtape made by her father, with the distinct voices of Stevie Nicks and Paula Cole paving the way for the captivating sound Emily creates and performs today.

Having taken the time to study songwriting at London's British And Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), her abilities as both an artist and a songwriter seemingly have no limits, something which is showcased in the balance between songs which manage to be both catchy and deep in her early material. During the four years she attended the renowned college, she co-wrote and collaborated with like-minded musicians to begin gigging around the capital.

With the help of her bandmates and the relentless support of her family, Emily has successfully begun to make her mark within the ever-changing industry and is now in demand as one of the UK's most exciting new country artists.
Having travelled to the home of country music - Nashville, Tennessee - last year to record her debut EP set for release in April 2018, and named as one of Rolling Stone Country's 'Top Ten Artists You Need To Know' at the end of the year, Emily Faye is certainly a name to look out for.

Emily's new EP ‘HERE I AM’ is out on Friday 27th April 2018, available to pre-order now.

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Hayley McKay new single Chance To Change and self-titled album due April 27

Photo credit - Wendy Carrig

Hayley McKay is back after roaring success with the new single ‘Chance to Change’ from her highly anticipated debut album due out in April which was recorded in Abbey Road and produced by some of the industry’s biggest names.

With support from Maverick, BBC Radio, Bob Harris’ Under The Apple Tree Session and performances at Glastonbury and SummerTyne Americana – you know Hayley means business.

(OUT NOW RELEASE DATE – 16th MARCH 2018 iTunes)
Touring In April

(28 March 2018)
It’s been a long time coming, but Hayley McKay’s self-titled, debut album, released on the Willow Records label, has been worth the wait. Hayley McKay is back with a bang after capturing audiences through both her live performances and her high quality produced tracks. After the success of her two previous singles, ‘Unspoken’ (Dec 2016) and ‘Bottom Of My Heart’ (iTunes; 5 May 2017), Hayley has been recognised by the likes of MaverickElmore Magazine, throughout BBC Radio including Introducing Tees ‘Artist of the Week’ and Bob Harris’ Under the Apple Tree sessions.

With performances in Nashville, Glastonbury, SummerTyne Americana as well as supporting iconic artists such as Albert Lee, Skip McDonald, Scouting For Girls, Tom Jones and Martha Reeves – it’s clear that Hayley is one to look out for in 2018… 

The majority of the tracks are written or co-written by Hayley proving there’s far more to her than just an amazing voice.

Haunting ballads, such as Ghosted and Don’t Give Up On Me, are supported by gentle acoustic numbers like You’re A Song and Matching Suitcase.

And there’s also an element of folk in another co-write - Following The Sun.

The lead track, Catching Fire - another country/rock track that found its way to her from Nashville - also deserves an honourable mention because it opens the door to what is to come.

The new single, Chance To Change, is a mix of all of these styles. Penned by Irish writers Aoibheann Carey Philpott and Joe Carey Jnr, it’s a mid-tempo, lilting song with a Fleetwood Mac vibe that confirms Hayley to be a true, all-round country artist with a style all of her very own.

Published March 12, 2018: Chance To Change (Official Video)

“Every song shows off a different element of my voice and my producer, Matt Parisi, has really delivered an amazing sound with Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road adding his own special magic. I’m so proud of this album and I really hope everyone will love it as much as I do”. – Hayley McKay

Renowned writers, Aoibheann Carey Philpott and Joe Carey Jnr have created a distinctive track that compliments Hayley’s emotional vocals and topped off with Matthew Parisi’s high end production that hook you in deeper with every listen.

Hayley McKay - Hayley McKay

Release Date: 27 April 2018

Label: Willow Records

10 Tracks
Total Length: 34:06

Available on Amazon UK - UK iTunes

Track Listing
1. Catching Fire 3:15
2 Following the Sun 3:29
3 Chance to Change 3:31 Pregrat Track
4 Ghosted (feat. Ian St James) 3:04
5 The Bottom of My Heart 3:18 Pregrat Track
6 Don't Give Up On Me (feat. Ian St James) 3:31
7 You're a Song 3:21
8 Matching Suitcase (feat. Philip Caffrey) 4:17
9 Unspoken 3:31 Pregrat Track
10 Songbird 2:49
℗ 2018 Willow Records

Saturday 24 March 2018 - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds (27-29 Headingley Lane LS6 1BL) Event Facebook Event
Saturday 31 March 2018 - Stockton Calling 2018 Event
Friday 6 April 2018 - Zanzibar, Liverpool (43 Seel Street, L1 4AZ Liverpool) Event
Friday 13 April 2018 - Woodside Hotel Aberdour, Burntisland (78-82 High St, Aberdour, Burntisland KY3 0SW) Event
Saturday 14 April 2018 - The Clutha Bar, Glasgow (167/169 Stockwell Street G1 4SP) Event
Thursday 19 April 2018 - BBC Club, London (MC4 C4 - Media Centre, 201 Wood Lane W12 7TQ)
Friday 27 April 2018 - The Forum Music Centre, Darlington (Borough Road DL1 1SG)
Sunday 29 April 2018 - Victoria Hall, Settle (Kirkgate BD24 9DZ) Event
Sunday 17 June 2018 - Willowman Festival (illside Rural Activities Park, Knayton, Thirsk YO7 4AN) Website
Saturday 1 September 2018 - Lindisfarne Festival WEBSITE
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