April 2018

Tom Ghent 2018 Rhode Island Hall of Fame Inductee

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Photo Credit: Bob Jessa

Tom Ghent, the music pioneer, is about to be recognized and enshrined for his everlasting contribution to folk music from the 1960s to present day. After 50 plus years of performing, Tom is being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame on April 27, 2018. We caught up with Tom in New York City.

“I’m in my old stomping grounds in New York where I cut my musical teeth so many years ago. I just did an incredible show at The Old Stone House just south of Prospect Park. Great acoustics and a warm receptive crowd.” I asked about his Hall of Fame nod, “I’m originally from Rhode Island and was invited back there to take part in a songwriting seminar kind of deal that went really well. About four months later, I was back home in Nashville and got the call that I was being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. It’s an incredible honour.”

BTW Dave Allen, Hearing Trees, Sc Mira, The Damned, Allen Stone, Derek "Spinal Tap' Smalls, Brenda Lewis

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On the heels of his song "Plainview" being featured in the CBC television drama Burden Of Proof, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Dave Allen will be heading west with dates throughout May in northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. "Plainview" is the opening track on Allen's debut solo album, When The Demons Come, now available to purchase at Zunior.com.

When The Demons Come has drawn critical acclaim for Allen's approach that blends a wide range of country, folk, blues and gospel influences. Recorded at various locations around Ontario over a year, the album gathers a decade's worth of material not used with his previous band Stonetrotter. A common thread of sin and redemption connects all of the songs, and through the assistance of several of his Stonetrotter band mates and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein, it adds up to a haunting and rewarding listening experience.

Lead single "Oak," "Plainview" and "Saint John" sparkle with the instrumental interplay of The Band, blended with the brooding soul of Bill Withers and the pop inventiveness of Harry Nilsson.

Stony Plain Records Announces Signing of Guitarist/Singer Sue Foley

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Stony Plain Records announces the signing of acclaimed Canadian roots guitarist/singer Sue Foley and will release her label debut CD, The Ice Queen, on March 2, 2018.

Produced by Mike Flanigin, who also plays organ on the new disc, The Ice Queen was recorded at Firestation Studios in San Marcos, Texas. Joining Sue Foley as special guests is a trio of legendary Texas guitar slingers – Jimmie Vaughan, Z.Z.Top’s Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton – as well as a host of other Lone Star State all-stars, including Chris “Whipper” Layton (formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) and George Rains (drums), Derek O’Brien (guitar), Chris Maresh and Billy Horton (bass) and The Texas Horns: John Mills, Al Gomez, Jimmy Shortell, Randy Zimmerman and Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff. “I’m extremely excited to be working with Holger Petersen and Stony Plain Records,” Sue Foley says about the new CD. “Holger is one of the most knowledgeable ‘real music’ people in the business. Stony Plain is known to put out great music and I know The Ice Queen has found her home.”

Sue Foley is the only female member of the famed “Jungle Show,” featuring Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin and Chris Layton, which became one of the hottest tickets in Austin in 2016. Soon after playing two sold-out shows at Austin City Limits Live 3TEN Club in December, Foley entered the studio with her Texan pals and began laying down tracks for the new album. She will return to Austin for more of “The Jungle Shows” on December 26 and 27 at Antone’s.


Deer Park Ranger Bottom Of The Ocean


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Deer Park Ranger is the solo project of Trevor Humphrey. He formed the project in Oakland, California in mid-2016 and found his sound as he began pairing Rhodes Piano with delayed guitars, and electronics. Inspired by post-rock influences Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai, the layers are simple and beautiful melodies that build into powerful crescendos. 

Bottom Of The Ocean is the first full-length release from Trevor Humphrey’s post-rock/ambient solo project, Deer Park Ranger. After releasing 2 EPs in the last year, Humphrey has followed up with a 10 track LP of compelling and emotional songs. Bottom Of The Ocean is an extremely personal record that touches points of sorrow, pain, and fear while juxtaposing them with moments of hope and elation. This blend highlights the dichotomy of emotions that are present during a major life change. The painful end of things you used to love, and the overwhelming excitement of your next chapter. This emotional tug and pull are present throughout the listening experience. Progressive movements are intertwined with soft piano melodies and blended with synths and arpeggiators to create swelling soundscapes. Heavy, aggressive guitars tear through tracks like Gallows, while Part Of The Story and The Days You Used To Love are reflective and evoke feelings of nostalgia, and the title track cascades to a crescendo of hope and triumph.

For more visit: https://deer-park-ranger.bandcamp.com/

Dead Girls Academy No Way Out

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Los Angeles rockers DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY have premiered the pulsing, captivatingly cinematic, anthem inducing new music video for "No Way Out" from their debut full-length album, Alchemy. Alchemy was written and produced by Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse and mixed and mastered by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Trivium, Sevendust, Alter Bridge). This video proves that in your face, pissed off, rebellious, rock music is alive and well in 2018 and still breaking the rules. Accompanying the video, the band shares details behind the album, track listing and additional tour dates.

"Alchemy was a labor of love eighteen months in the making and we cannot wait to get it out to you all," explains front-man Michael Orlando. "Our goal is for people to understand that this grew from the genuine experience, that this isn't some paint-by-numbers rock and roll nonsense. DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY plan to bring back that spirit of danger that's missing in rock & roll today. We went into the studio with the intention of creating something organic and came out with a monster of an album. These songs express our raw emotion and show the power of DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY's determination to become one of the world's top rock bands today."