Jeremy Nail – My Mountain

Rave from Rocking Magpie (UK) for Jeremy Nail’s “My Mountain” produced by the “fabulous” Alejandro Escovedo. Please read full review here!

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Jeremy Nail
My Mountain

Classy Singer-songwriter transcends what we know as Americana.

Hailing from Albany, Texas Jeremy Nail trod the well worn path to Nashville some ten years ago; playing in an assortment of bands and bars; eventually releasing his first album in 2008 to some critical acclaim; but few sales.
His apprenticeship continued until he joined the legendary Alejandro Escovedo’s band in 2013. Later that year a world tour was being booked and life looked great; until Nail was diagnosed with Sarcoma (a rare soft-tissue cancer in his leg) which eventually meant the offending limb had to be amputated.
How the Hell does a young man cope with such a devastating thing? Well; if you are a singer-songwriter; you write songs; and that’s what Jeremy Nail did as therapy.
The end result is this fabulous Alejandro Escovedo produced record.
Even if you didn’t know Nail’s back-story; you would…

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Weinstein’s ‘On Waves’ Rolling Stone Rave!


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Rave for Weinstein’s On Waves in Rolling Stone Magazine, Germany!

Album of the Week!

Music critic Arne Willander for Rolling Stone/Germany raves about Noam Weinstein’s new record On Waves, describing it as “Highly intelligent pop songs reminiscent of Elvis Costello and Randy Newman”.  Please read more and watch Mr. Willander’s concise video review here.


Noam Weinstein feature in The Examiner!


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Boston singer-songwriter Noam Weinstein’s new album On Waves releases on Leap Day, 2016. Weinstein was interviewed by Thomas Gerbasi for the during the stormy months between the devastating loss of the artist’s mother and the arrival of his dear son, On Waves is an ode to the inescapable cycles that spin and shakes us all: birth & death, love & longing, connection & confusion, trauma & healing.  Gerbasi describes On Waves as “timeless and clearly [Weinstein’s] best record.” Please read interview here.

“Selah” by David Corley is Released by Prisoners

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pandc21 An anonymous piece of artwork from one of the prisoners at Pittsburgh Institution

David Corley wrote a song and gave it to his friend and producer, Hugh Christopher Brown. Chris took the song to the prisoners that he mentors at Pittsburgh Institution in Canada in a program called Pros and Cons Program.  The result, along with an entire album of other songs, is a powerful reminder of humanity at its finest, regardless of prison walls.

See my No Depression Article below for more information, and take a listen:

Check out Brown’s Tedx Talk for more information regarding the Pros and Cons Program:

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Blabber ‘n Smoke’s Favourite albums of 2015

Paul Kerr’s (Blabber ‘N Smoke)’s favourite albums of 2015 includes David Corley’s Available Light, produced by Hugh Christopher Brown!

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Well it’s that time of year again when we make up lists. Some get songs written about them (Santa’s naughty or nice one), some guide us around the supermarket, ensuring we don’t forget that all important stuffing. Blogs. Well, blogs do their “best of the year” lists so here’s Blabber’n’Smoke’s list of our favourite albums of the year. They’re not in any order (other than alphabetical) so there’s no number one and no losers, just some great music. 2015 was a bumper year for country music with young artists wresting the spotlight away from the ‘bros; back home there were some excellent releases that have received international recognition on websites, blogs and radio stations scattered across the globe. I’ve separated local releases simply because I think it’s important to highlight Scottish made music, had it been a straightforward top ten several of these would be in there. I’ve provided links…

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No Depression features Eszter Balint’s new video!


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Eszter Balint’s new video, “Trouble You Don’t See” first premiered on Paste Magazine, is being featured on various media sites and blogs, including No Depression.

Lisa Knight/No Depression writes “Trouble You Don’t See” is…”An ominous and mysterious new video produced by Nick Nehez for Eszter Balint from her latest album, “Airless Midnight”.  It’s dark and sexy, with a punk vibe.”

Watch video on No Depression!

“Paste named Eszter Balint an artist to watch back in 2004 after she released her second album Mud. And she’s delivered on that promise with this year’s long-awaited follow-up Airless Midnight, which comes on the heels of a recurring role as a Louis C.K.’s love interest in the most recent season of Louie.” Josh Jackson/Paste Magazine

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International raves are flowing in for Balint’s Airless Midnight:

“This whole effort was a master class in the philosophy of “less is more.”… The songs all work together very well in evoking a darkly beautiful late-night world, populated with mysterious lonesome people. The musicianship is sharp and restrained… The closer you listen, the more you appreciate the detail and care that went into it.” Ludwig Wodka, The Daily Vault

“Net als de twee voorgangers is airless midnight geproduceerd door JD Foster, die opnieuw bas speelt. Ook Marc Ribot is weer van de partij, op banjo en gitaar, en Sam Phillips zingt mee in het openingsnummer. En natuurlijk klinken de enigs- zins lijzige, onderkoelde zang- stem van Balint en haar viool. Dat instrument bespeelt ze erg origineel, soms lijken de klan- ken afkomstig uit een spook- huis. De songs zijn sowieso heerlijk spannend ingekleurd en zinderen nog meer dan we gewend zijn. Het centrale thema is de dood, ontdekte ze achteraf, maar al te dik ligt dat er niet bovenop. Of je nou fan bent van rockende vrouwen, Tom Waits of nachtkoningin Jill Tracy, Eszter Balint is een naam om achteraan te gaan.” PopHeaven Magazine (The Netherlands)

“Balint has talent in spades. She is a blues folkie who doesn’t mind messing with time signatures and cutting her teeth on the avant-garde and jazz.” Hans Werksman, Here Comes The Flood (The Netherlands)

Paste Magazine Premieres Eszter Balint’s 1st official music video!

Paste Premieres Eszter Balint’s First Official Music Video “Trouble You Don’t See”

Paste Magazine exclusively premiered Eszter Balint‘s first official music video “Trouble You Don’t See”, created by filmmaker Nick Nehéz, from Balint’s highly-acclaimed new album Airless MidnightWatch or read more about the premiere here.
Josh Jackson writes: “Paste named Eszter Balint an artist to watch back in 2004 after she released her second album Mud. And she’s delivered on that promise with this year’s long-awaited follow-up Airless Midnight, which comes on the heels of a recurring role as a Louis C.K.’s love interest in the most recent season of Louie.”

 Still of Eszter Balint from video: Nick Nehez

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Or please subscribe to Eszter’s Youtube channel and watch or share Eszter’s music video on or from Youtube!
More info on EB’s website here.