I’ve been busy with work lately and the new music flowing into my inbox has been piling up. Not to worry! I’ve started the listening and while much of it gets deleted within a minute or so, there are some great new artists out there who catch my ear and send me off to find out more about them. As you’ll see, none of them are “new” – some have been around – but the releases are new and as they say on TV “New to me”.
I hope you find some of these as enjoyable as I do. If you do, go read about them. Visit their websites. Re-tweet the post to your friends. Drop in on You Tube. If you’re anything like me in your passions about music, there’s no better fun than finding something entirely new. You never know the path it will take and you may find a new world of listening. What’s better than that? As they say across the pond “It’s all the fun at the fair!”
Indie-rock/Alt-country singer/songwriter Brad Byrd has been crafting hooky, timeless, left-of-center indie-rock-pop songs since the age of 21. His body of work has been described as “powerfully haunting and soulful”. With penetrating melodies and lyrical imagery that effortlessly deciphers the human condition, the elusive yet “on the verge” indie-rock singer/songwriter has been delighting crowds in the local bar/club, coffee shop scenes from LA, to NYC and all over New England consistently since his critically acclaimed and nationally distributed debut LP “The Ever Changing Picture” (2005).
Brad’s sophomore effort, entitled “Mental Photograph”, was voted singer/songwriter album of the year! (2011) in Europe. His music has appeared in dozens of popular television shows such as FOX’s “Ben & Kate”, ABC’s “Happy Endings”, E! and even independent films, namely “Winner – Best Short Film Documentary (at the Maui Film Festival) “All Aboard the Crazy Train”, featuring cameo appearances by Ben Stiller and Eddie Vedder, and includes music by Pearl Jam, U2, Beck, Ben Harper, and Mr. Byrd. Brad’s on a US tour now and after a few dates in San Fran and LA will be in New York at Bowery Electric the end of April.
Brad Byrd Official Site
Jennifer Saran is a North American alt-pop/adult contemporary artist, songwriter and vocalist based in Hong Kong. Her debut holiday themed album Merry Christmas, You Are Loved was released in 2015 and received many great reviews and widespread radio exposure. Her 2016 follow-up album Walk With Me was produced and co-written by the legendary producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Sting), and released on his Tarpan Records label.
She spent years away from music – raising children, working in various corporate roles, only singing in the shower or her car, rarely having any time away from work or children. She was moved to Philippines for an international corporate role where she spent 2 years, followed by another role in Singapore where, after two years she moved to Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been Jennifer’s home for the past 24 years.
Jennifer stumbled upon a women’s choir with the AWA in Hong Kong in 1992, which she joined as a Mezzo (second soprano/first alto). She and members of that choir broke away in 1997 and formed a registered charity in 1997, named The Hong Kong Women’s Choir, where the group performed to raise money for local charities. Under the brand name ‘NOVA’, along with an additional cappella subgroup named ‘The Grace Notes’, the choir’s aim was to perform more contemporary music and raise money for the disadvantaged in Hong Kong. THKWC has performed for multiple events over the last 19 years, including charity functions and public performances, and while many local and international women have joined and departed over the years, Jennifer is the sole remaining founding member.
Jennifer Saran Official Site
Produced and mixed by Grammy winner Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, The Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys) and featuring Tiger Army vocalist/guitarist Nick 13, acclaimed bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Ray Lamontagne, Dan Auerbach) and drummer Mitch Marine (Dwight Yoakam), V •••– is Tiger Army’s first album since 2007’s Music from Regions Beyond. Tiger Army have been playing “Prisoner of the Night” during their recent live shows, including their current tour with Dropkick Murphys. About the track and how it fits into the band’s set, Nick 13 says, “Our sound has always been about a mix of old and new. But this song, like others on the new record, draws from the early ‘60s. It was a transitional period after the end of rock ‘n’ roll’s first wave, but prior to the British invasion. There was a lot of sonic experimentation as people tried to figure out ‘what’s next’? Radio singles of that era also went on to influence early NYC punk, so ‘Prisoner’ plays with that as well.” Since their arrival in ’96, TIGER ARMY have drawn critical praise from the New York Times, performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had a No. 1 Most Requested Song on influential LA radio station KROQ with the single “Forever Fades Awa
Tiger Army Official Site
- Brad Byrd – “Back to Nowhere”
- Jennifer Saran – “Rise Up Time”
- Tiger Army – “Prisoner of the Night”