Photo selects from the All Time Low Stars show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, TN on September 16, 2014
Nashville, TN. August 13th, 2014 – Consonant Music, a Nashville-based entertainment company, is pleased to announce The All Time Low Stars feat. Kenny Olson (Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band) and Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd, P-Funk) live at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM CST. The performance will include special guest appearances by Alexander King (A&E’s original series “Big Smo”) and Laura Reed (Sony / ATV). Remedy 9 will set the fantastic evening of rock, funk and soul in motion with a debut live performance and video shoot.
Consonant Music, founded by music and technology veteran Dustin Templeton in 2013, is proud to present this group of talented musicians.
“I’m incredibly proud to work with all of the people involved in putting this show on. The artists are top-notch, and so are our co-sponsors. It’s a pleasure to work with professionals who share the similar goal of keeping integrity and soul into live music. This show might just bend some people’s minds,” Templeton said.
The evening’s headlining act will be The All-Time Low Stars featuring Kenny Olson and Peter Keys. The Low Stars are a vibrant blues-rock band that brings funk and soul to the stage along with gritty rock ‘n’ roll sounds that both Olson and Keys create. Kenny Olson, a founding member of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, now lives in Nashville and has collaborated with Keys to form the band full of phenomenal musicians. The All Time Low Stars includes J. Kott on bass, Michelle Lambert on fiddle and Timothy Haney on the drums. The collective band brings a mixture of talent together and combines it into an exciting blues-rock experience. When asked about The All Time Low Stars Keys replied,
“We are a group of seasoned musicians capable of entertaining even the most jaded fans. We collectively have played for millions, traveled around the world, and kicked its ass on every continent. We live for this sh*t!”
Special guest performers include Alexander King and Laura Reed. King co-stars in A&E’s original series “Big Smo” as singer/hype man touring in Smo’s band as well as a featured writer and artist on his Kuntry Livin’ album. King brings an interesting twist to the show with his unique style of “Southern Rock Hip-Hop.”
King recently released his debut single “Southern Fried” that features Olson and Reed and contains an appearance by Keys. King plans to release his debut EP American Gypsy later this year.
“It’s incredible to have so many talented people get down with you organically. These folks are some of my favorite artists in music, and it’s an honor to rock with them,” King stated about the show.
The opening act Remedy 9 features Kayla Dillon, who is in the process of moving to Nashville from New Jersey to bring her music to life.
“I am honored for the opportunity to open for such incredible talent; and beyond excited to rock out, and debut Remedy 9 with music that is so dear to me,” Dillon said.
Consonant Music is collaborating with Hard Rock Cafe (http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/nashville/), Nashville Sign and Graphics (http://nashvillesignandgraphics.com), the area’s #1 promotional material provider, and The Record Shop (http://therecordshopnashville.com), a full-service recording studio and production company, to promote the show and capture the experience on video. This free concert will showcase some of Music City’s finest talent, and all-ages are welcome.
Hard Rock Cafe, located at 100 Broadway, Nashville TN, 37204 can be reached by phone at (615) 742-9900.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.
Consonant Music Website Link: http://consonantmusic.
Kenny Olson: http://www.kennyolson.com
Peter Keys: http://www.peterkeys.com
The All Time Low Stars: https://www.facebook.com/AllTimeLowStars
Alexander King: http://www.aetv.com/big-smo/cast/alexander-king
Laura Reed: http://laurareed.com/
Remedy 9: http://remedy9.com/
Consonant Music: http://www.consonantmusic.com
Hard Rock Cafe Nashville: http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/nashville/
These days my energy levels are so much better when I’m listening to music. I have a basic playlist I listen to regularly, to which I add a few different things from time to time.
Prior to becoming obsessed with all things Lynyrd Skynyrd, my playlists were eclectic and diverse and very large. The benefit of ripping CDs and filling up my MP3 player (and later my phone) was that my playlists could contain 1200 songs so that I could listen to music for days without hearing the same song over and over again.
There are some songs I can here on repeat without tiring of, but not as many as you would think. I stopped listening to the radio with the advent of CDs and when I joined BMG Music Club and Columbia House and could buy more CDs than I knew what to do with. I used that time to acquire more CDs than most people think I need. I love music and I love exploring new and old music, rediscovering classics and finding artists I hadn’t yet heard of. I love music, plain and simple. It’s the one thing I can’t go very long without.
The past couple of weeks have been those kind of weeks, I had gotten away from listening to my playlist or any music regularly, as sometimes happens when I get busy. I started to feel tired all the time and couldn’t figure out why. Other than a long weekend in Biloxi, Mississippi, my schedule hadn’t changed much at all. I tried an experiment this past week and discovered that part of why I felt tired and uninspired was the lack of music in my daily routine. It wasn’t that I forgot to turn it on, or I didn’t want to listen, I just get busy with work and home and dogs and cats and, well, life. Sometimes I don’t realize until it’s time for bed that I hadn’t turned on my music or playlist. Some days I am busy with co-workers and trying to figure out third grade math, that there just isn’t a chance to listen to music at all.
The horror of it all to think that in working in the music business, there are days where there isn’t time to listen to music. But, it happens and such is life. My experiment was to see that if I turned that playlist on again, if my energy levels would be better. Sure enough, while the music was playing (loudly), I had all the energy I needed to get through my day. It was the fuel I needed to supplement the fuel I consume for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The last thing I need to add back into my world is my exercise routine, which is a whole other story.
Back to the music, my playlist of late, in particular. I went back to my regular playlist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, Blackfoot and Brantley Gilbert. That’s my main list. Depending on how I listen, via Rhapsody or via Amazon Cloud Player, I add Buddy Guy or Leroy Powell. My only problem is that some Blackfoot records aren’t on Rhapsody and while I have most of my music purchased as well, the bills have to come before I can buy every album under the sun. That’s why I love my Rhapsody subscription – you can try before you buy.
Back to my playlist. I started with my Rhapsody playlist which contains, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, Blackfoot, Brantley Gilbert and Buddy Guy. There are about 280 songs on that playlist for a total of almost 20 hours of music. There’s another version with Leroy Powell on it that instead of Buddy Guy. Rhapsody limits the number of songs you can have on a playlist so I have to change it out and mix it up from time to time. My Amazon Cloud playlist has Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, Leroy Powell, The Black Crowes and Brantley Gilbert at the moment. I’ve listened to both lists this week.
These are my go to artists for getting me through the day and putting a smile on my face. I’ve been listening to Leroy Powell and Blackberry Smoke for just over a year and I love both of them. I purchased their entire catalog and will rant and rave about them all day. Coincidentally, both are alumni of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise. They are both impossible to pin into just one genre, but both are worthy of all the attention they get.
The Leroy Powell albums I think you should listen to are the latest, Life and Death and The Snowblind Moonshone Deathride. They happen to be my favorite albums from his catalog. As for Blackberry Smoke, you should most definitely pick up their latest, The Whippoorwill. From there, get A Little Piece of Dixie.
If I use my Amazon Cloud Player, my playlist consists of my favorite Blackfoot albums, not available on Rhapsody, No Reservations, After the Reign, and Medicine Man. They were hard to find albums to begin with, but well worth the money and effort. If I’m on Rhapsody, I don’t have access to those albums, so it’s Strikes, Tomcattin’, Marauder, Siogo and Rick Medlocke and Blackfoot.
As for Lynyrd Skynyrd, they get the lion’s share of the playlist. It’s based around the 1991 Box Set, The Complete Muscle Shoals Album, Vicious Cycle Lyve, Live from Steeltown, Last of A Dyin’ Breed and God and Guns. There are more songs on one service as opposed to another. Again, the limits on the playlists determine how much of everything makes it to the playlist.
You’re probably wondering what good a 20 hour, 50 hour or 100 hour playlist would do. That is a good question. The answer is shuffle. When the playlist is shuffled I get a broad mix of music and can listen to the same playlist day after day without always hearing the same songs. There are always going to be repeats and there are multiple versions of the same song on a single playlist as well. You would, however, be surprised by how different the mix is everyday. Sometimes I hear songs I forgot were on the playlist. That’s why I make my lists so big.
Think of it as a radio station from about 30 years ago. While there was a Top 40 list that received the most plays, there was much more variety on the radio back in the day than there is now. They had vast catalogs of songs they could play. Spare the really popular songs, they would play a wide variety of artists and songs throughout the day. There were also multiple stations where I grew up, so I had all kinds of music to listen to when I changed the station. Back in those days we made our own mix tapes by recording them off the radio. My mixes were just as eclectic back then as they are now.
The only difference with now is that I’ve had 30 years to collect more music. Oh and this thing called the Internet happened. Now I can create the craziest playlists through my subscription with Rhapsody and take my purchased music collection and make even crazier lists. I can listen to what I want, when I want. So while I may be stuck on Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke and the like right now, at any given point I will put on Christina Aguilera, Aretha Franklin, Marty Stuart, Loretta Lynn, Louis Armstrong or whatever tickles my fancy at a particular moment.
I have another blog post in the works about what is and isn’t country or a particular genre in general, but my playlist always comes down to listening to the music that I want to listen to when I want to listen to it. I don’t listen to what I don’t like and I will rant and rave about what I do like. The plain and simple of it is that there are only two kinds of music – the kind you like and the kind you don’t. Maybe it’s time for genre based music and radio stations to be a thing of the past. Maybe we just need to go back to only a few genres and and not a thousand sub-genres and niches for artists to get lost in.
A lot of people will make the argument that the two kinds of music are good music and bad music. Well, in simple terms that’s true – but that varies from person to person. Not everyone will think alike. There are a few exceptions, or generalizations, that I can and probably will make from time to time, but it’s mostly just my opinion.
So what’s on my playlist right now is my go to, happy, get me through the day music. Tomorrow it could be all classical music or nothing but 80s hard rock. It’s mostly just whatever I’m in the mood for when it’s time to mix it up. I wholeheartedly admit I am addicted to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot, Blackberry Smoke and Leroy Powell. Adding in the new Buddy Guy and a couple of Black Crowes CDs I didn’t have, along with my favorite Brantley Gilbert tunes just makes it better. Each artist has its unique qualities, all similar in one way or another and just good stuff.
I first discovered Murray Porter while listening to all of the NAMA nominees a couple of months ago.
His entry in the awards that caught my ear was “Rez Bluez” from the album Songs Lived & Life Played.
It got my vote. It was one of those songs that sent me on a mission to find more from him and listen to it all. Well, that is just what I did. I downloaded the album from Amazon.com and listened. I listened three or four times or more in a row that first day – I only do that with albums I really love. I really dig this album.
Murray Porter is a blues piano player and singer. His style is charismatic and full of soul. His music reminds me of classic jazz and blues performances and artists that I learned about in a jazz history class I had in college. It was one of my favorite classes and one of my favorite professors, who also happened to be a jazz trumpet player.
“Rez Bluez” is the song that won me over, but the entire album is wonderful stuff. It is available on iTunes and Amazon MP3. A couple of my other favorite songs are “Call You Baby” and “Dog House”. “Is Sorry Enough” is a beautiful song.
You can find Murray Porter on:
MySpace – https://myspace.com/murrayportermusic
His bio and some career highlights are on the CD Baby site. Check out his music and add him to your collection.
Creatively Musical Artist of the Week for April 22, 2013
This week’s feature will be on all of the nominees for the Native American Music Awards being held on May 10 in Niagara Falls, New York.
Samples of all the nominees entries can be found at http://nativeamericanmusicawards.com. Click on each of the categories to listen to submitted entries.
Here is a list of nominees in each category (Source nativeamericanmusicawards.com):
ARTIST OF THE YEARGary Small & the Coyote Bros (Northern Cheyenne) – Hostiles & Renegades Jana Mashonee (Lumbee) – Stay With Me Baby Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida) – Lifegivers Joseph FireCrow (Northern Cheyenne) – Night Walk Tony Duncan (Apache Arikara, Hidatsa) – Earth Warrior Tony Redhouse (Navajo) – Release
BEST BLUES RECORDINGCompilation – Marc Brown & The Blues Crew Dancing In The Rain – Graywolf Blues Band (Yoeme Cherokee/Muskogee) Sing It Louder – Cary Morin (Crow) Songs Lived & Life Played – Murray Porter (Mohawk) Soul Left Blind – Smokestack Lightning (Tohono O’odham) Up From The Ashes – Mitch Walking Elk (Cheyenne/ Arapaho)
BEST COMPILATION RECORDINGA Tribute To Our Heros – Various Artists Healing Winds – Various Artists Native Circle Touch The Earth Festival – Various Artists The Longest Walk: Reversing Diabetes –– Lorena Windfeather Navarez The Meherrin-Chowanoke Project – Various Artists (Various) Written In Blood – Various Artists
BEST COUNTRY RECORDINGAli Fontaine – Ali Fontaine (Ojibway) Do It Anyway – John McLeod (Cree) Living For the Sunny Days – Jim Boyd (Colville) Forever – C-Weed Band (Metis) Still No Good The John Redcorn Experience – Graywolf Blues Band (Yoeme Cherokee/Muskogee) The Foundation of Who I Am – Duster (Cowessess)
DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAREmmanuel Black Bear (Lakota) – Memories Lena Recollet (Odawa/Ojibway/Pottawatami) – I Am Woman, Kwe Ryan Little Eagle Molina (Lakota) – Straight From The Heart Sinuupa (Inuit) – Culture Shock Smoke/ RedHeadz (Yanktonai Sioux) – Smoke Native Amerikaz Most Wanted Terry Strongheart (Cherokee) – Tears
DEBUT DUO OR GROUP OF YEARBig River Cree (Plains Cree) – The Old Way Dawa (Hopi/Tohono O’odham) – A Joyful Defiant Tone Frank Waln & Cody Blackbird (Rosebud Sioux) – Hear My Cry Honey Dawn Karima and Cloudwalker (Creek/Cherokee/Cree) – The Desire of Nations Painted Raven (Cherokee/Choctaw) – Mirage Polar Nation (Lenape/Cherokee) – Polar Nation
BEST FEMALE ARTISTAli Fontaine (Ojibway) – Ali Fontaine Callie Benett (Navajo) – Glorify Fawn Wood (Cree) – Iskewewak: Songs of Indigenous Womanhood Kelly Jackson (Lac du Flambeau) – Spirit of a Woman Radmilla Cody (Dine’) – Shi Keyah – Songs For The People Terri-Lynn (Haida Nation) – New Journeys
BEST FOLK RECORDINGD.R.U.M. – Wind Spirit Drum (Mic Mac/Lenapa/Cherokee) Michael Bucher – Michael Bucher (Cherokee) One Shot – Josh Halverson (Mdewakanton Dakota) Reach Within – Howard Lyons (Mohawk) Spirit of a Woman – Kelly Jackson (Lac du Flambeau) The She Wolf – Jimmy Lee Young (Maya)
FLUTIST OF THE YEARBryson Meyers (Chippewa/Cree) – White Elk Music Sounds of Heavan & Earth Douglas Blue Feather (Cherokee) – Flute Medicine Joseph FireCrow (Northern Cheyenne) – Night Walk Ryan Little Eagle Molina (Lakota) – Straight From The Heart Terry Lee Whetstone (Cherokee) – Peace 2 Love Tony Duncan (Apache Arikara, Hidatsa) – Earth Warrior
BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL RECORDINGA’BA – Cheryl Bear (Dene/Nadleh Whut’em) Glorify – Callie Benett (Navajo) Rain Holy Spirit Rain – Yvonne St. Germaine (Cree) Simple Things of Life – Stan Summers (Paiute/Miwok) The Desire of Nations – Honey Dawn Karima and Cloudwalker (Creek/Cherokee/Cree) On The Silent Night – Sayani (Cherokee)
GROUP OF THE YEARBig City Indians (Navajo) – Tuwa Bluedog (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) – Just Living The Blues Graywolf Blues Band (Yoeme Cherokee/Muskogee) – Dancing In The Rain Nake Nula Waun (Rosebud Sioux) – The Definition Pipestone (Ojibwe) – Tribute To The Old Timers Tha Tribe (Various) – Warriors in the Mist
HISTORICAL/LINGUISTIC RECORDINGCelebrate – Kalan Wi (Salish) Deers R Us – Deer Clan Singers (Tuscarora) New Journeys – Terri-Lynn (Haida Nation) Preserving The Heritage: Insights & Songs – Kevin Locke (Lakota/Anishinabe) Spirit of a Woman – Kelly Jackson (Lac du Flambeau) Tali – SilverWolf: AdelaunegvWaya (Cherokee)
BEST INSTRUMENTAL RECORDINGNative Colors: Homeland Nation Soundtrack – Rickey Medlocke (Lakota/Choctaw) North West Voyage – Metis Fiddler Quartet (Metis) Open Your Heart – Mark ThunderWolf (Lakota/Eastern Band of Cherokee) String Theory – Joseph Strider (Apache) Tribal Fusion – Cal Silverfox (Apache) Wind Dreamer – Jan Michael Looking Wolf (Grand Ronde)
BEST MALE ARTISTCheevers Toppah (Kiowa/Navajo) – True Melodies Harmonized Songs From The Heart of Native America JJ Kent (Oglala Lakota) – Owayanka Wastelo Jan Michael Looking Wolf (Grand Ronde) – Wind Dreamer Jim Boyd (Colville) – Living For The Sunny Days Terry Lee Whetstone (Cherokee) – Peace 2 Love Wayne Silas Jr (Oneida) – True Round Dance Songs
BEST NEW AGE RECORDINGAmong The Ancients – Rushingwind & Mucklow (Cahuilla) Earth Songs – Douglas Blue Feather & Danny Voris (Cherokee) Journey – Gvwi (Cherokee) Medicine Crow & The Sandhill Band – Carroll Medicine Crow (Lenape/Cherokee) & Aki Red Bird Release – Tony Redhouse (Navajo) Walking From The Roots – Coyote Jump (Mescalero Apache)
BEST POP RECORDINGDEEP Soul Chants & Hollers – Mwalim DaPhunkeeProfessor (Mashpee Wampanoag) Indian E – CC Murdock (Shoshone/Paiute) Shawn Michael Perry & Only The Brave – Shawn Michael Perry (Salish/Myan) Stay With Me Baby – Jana Mashonee (Lumbee) Supernation – Vince Fontaine’s Indian City (Ojibway) The Art of Peace – Michael Jacobs (Cherokee)
BEST POW WOW RECORDINGThe Old Way – Big River Cree (Plains Cree) Drum Boy – Mistikwaskihk Napesis – Northern Cree (various) Horse Dance – Mistation Simoowin – Cree Confederation (Cree) Memories – Emmanuel Black Bear (Lakota) Tribute To The Old Timers – Pipestone (Ojibwe) Warriors in the Mist – Tha Tribe (Various)
BEST PRODUCERFrancois Couture – Yahndawa’ Gabriel Yaiva– Written In Blood John Avila – Shawn Michael Perry & Only The Brave Kelly Parker – The Old Way Peter Blackwell – Homeland Nation Soundtrack Stefan Galfas – Stay With Me Baby
BEST RAP/HIP HOP RECORDINGAlienated – Chase Manhattan (Muscogee Creek/Leech Lake Ojibwe) B of Dakota South Records – B of Dakota South Records (Yankton Sioux) Love Me Down – Ralphael Deas (Apache) Smoke Native Amerikaz Most Wanted – Smoke/RedHeadz (Yanktonai Sioux) The Definition – Nake Nula Waun (Rosebud Sioux) Trouble – Tha Native (San Manuel)
RECORD OF THE YEAR (Traditional & Contemporary)Earth Warrior – Tony Duncan (Apache Arikara, Hidatsa) Lifegivers – Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida) Shi Keyah – Songs For The People – Radmilla Cody (Dine’) Spirit of a Woman – Kelly Jackson (Lac du Flambeau) Supernation – Vince Fontaine’s Indian City (Ojibway) Tribute To The Old Timers – Pipestone (Ojibwe)
BEST ROCK RECORDINGA Joyful Defiant Tone – Dawa (Hopi/Tohono O’odham) Find My Way – Saving Damsels (Navajo & Hopi) Just Living The Blues – Bluedog (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) Forty Years – Original Xit Ox Boyz (Yazzie/Navajo) The Joint Effect – The Joint Effect (Muscogee/Seminole/Cherokee) Wrong Side of Salvation – Arcane Belief
SONG/SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Contemporary / Traditional)Every Rez! – Johnny Oberly (Eastern Shashone) God Bless The Whole World – Michael Jacobs (Cherokee Hear My Cry – Frank Waln & Cody Blackbird (Rosebud Sioux) Lac du Flambeau Reservation – Bobby Bullet (Lac du Flambeau) Rez Bluez – Murray Porter (Mohawk) Stay With Me Baby – Jana Mashonee (Lumbee)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEARAli Fontaine (Ojibway) – Ali Fontaine Cheryl Bear (Nadleh Whut’em) – A’BA John McLeod (Cree) – Do It Anyway Leon Skyhorse Thomas (Navajo) – Lost Tapes Peter Sackaney (Constance Lake) – Where Love Belongs Tash Terry & Elena Higgins (Navajo &Maori) – Grandmother Earth Grandfather Sky
BEST SPOKEN WORD RECORDING6 Directions – Janet Rogers (Mohawk) Got Your Back – Janet Rogers and Alex Jacobs (Mohawk) I Am Woman, Kwe – Lena Recollect (Odawa/Ojibway/Pottawatami) I Know This Man – The Sampson Bros (Seneca) Long Long Ago – The Story Tellers (Abenaki) Preserving The Hertiage: Insights & Songs – Kevin Locke (Lakota/Anishinabe)
BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEOA Tribute To Our Heros – CC Murdock Do It Anyway – John McLeod (Cree) Horses Thunder – Big City Indians It’s About Time– Shane Yellowbird (Samson Cree) Polar Nation – Polar Nation (Lenape/Cherokee) Trouble – Tha Native (San Manuel)”
BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEODesert Woman- Yolanda Martinez (Apache) Frank Waln Common Man Nake Nula Waun – Randy Eriksen Films Homeland Nation (Various) – Rickey Medlocke Sacred Ground Extended – Michael Bucher (Cherokee) The Making Of A Joyful Defiant Tone – Dawa (Hopi/Tohono O’odham) Wicohan – Cody Blackbird (Cherokee)
BEST TRADITIONAL RECORDINGEastern Wind, Northern Lights – James Stephenson (Plains Cree) Emotions – Randall Paskemin (Cree) It’s A Love/Hate Thing – Dearly & Denny (Lakota Sioux/Menominee) Shi Keyah – Songs For The People – Radmilla Cody (Dine’) Tsionathonwisen – Akwesasne Women Singers (Mohawk) Warfield Moose – Warfield Moose Jr (Lakota)
BEST WAILA RECORDINGIn Loving Memory – T.O. Combo (Tohonor O’odham) Chapter Four – Juanios Boys & Familia (Tohono O’odham) Lesson 1 – Mumsigo Tribe (Tohono O’odham) Musicians In Harmony – Gertie & The T.O. Boyz (Tohono O’odham) With All Our Love…Catherine Conde – Carl & Buddies (Tohono O’odham)
BEST WORLD MUSIC RECORDINGCelebrate – Kalan Wi (Salish) Flying Down Thunder and Rise Ashen – One Nation (Algonquin) Hostiles & Renegades – Gary Small & the Coyote Bros (Northern Cheyenne) Tuwa – Big City Indians (Navajo) Written in Blood –Casper Loma Dawa/Various Yahndawa’ – Andree Levesque Sioui, Akienda Laine, Franceis Couture (Huron)
NATIVE HEARTMichael Longrider – Endless Time John Two Flutes Fields – Creekside Scott Tweedie – Opening Sound Steven Graves – Matter of Time Sybille Hummingbird – Serenity Terry Frazier – The Awakening