For Maya de Vitry, striking out on her own to write her debut album Adaptations was a metamorphic experience marked by liberation, exploration and deep personal growth. A member of the acclaimed string band The Stray Birds, de Vitry had long wanted to release music under her own name, but, as she explains it, had Read more | For more information and tour dates, check out Maya de Vitry's artist page.
Concerted Efforts is proud to boast 2 GRAMMY nominees from its roster! Such artists include Dom Flemon “The American Songster” and our newly-signed Cha Wa. Dom Flemons’ Black Cowboys record, released in March 2018, has been nominated for the Best Folk Album category. Cha Wa’s Spyboy album, released in April 2018, has been nominated for the Best Regional Read more | Check out all nominations here.
Dom Flemons, “The American Songster” and songwriter Ben Arthur have been nominated for two Mid-America Emmy Awards, for their episode of SongCraft Presents (PBS). The episode, which aired in January, covers the unrecognized history of minstrel performer and recording artist Emmett Miller. Flemons and Arthur wrote a song reminiscent of Miller’s career, entitled “Good Old Read more | Visit his artist page for more information and tour dates.
To read the full NPR article, click here. Rhiannon Giddens was raised in North Carolina by a white father and Native American and African-American mother. Some of her earliest memories include jamming to her uncle’s bluegrass band entitled The Southeast Express, as well as influences from Hank Williams and gospel music. Giddens always grew up Read more | To read the full NPR article, click here.
“Strikingly personal and expressive…Cash crafts uniquely textured stories from a feminine perspective.” –Rolling Stone “Social concerns are built into her lyrics and compassion is at the forefront of her voice.” – NPR “She Remembers Everything is the sort of lovely, literate work we’ve come to expect from Cash for more than 30 years.” – AP “A razorsharp lyricist.” Read more | Visit her artist page for tour dates.
Planned Parenthood’s UNSTOPPABLE initiative released three dynamic short films. Cynthia Hill’s film My Body Is My Own, which features Carsie Blanton’s song and video “So Ferocious”, is among the projects. The film features a diverse group of women including Carsie herself, who share their innate wisdom and boldly declare encouragement to control their own bodies. Share Planned Parenthood’s hashtags: Read more | Watch the original video for "So Ferocious"
Rosanne Cash is due to release her first album in nearly 5 years, She Remembers Everything on Blue Note Records. The record will premiere on November 2nd, but NPR First Listen has provided an enticing pre-release opportunity to fans. NPR First Listen is streaming the entire album early on account of her special album release party at Read more | Visit NPR First Listen for the full article.
Rosanne Cash calls this song “the most compassionate, vivid and non-preaching anti-gun violence song I’ve ever heard,” according to Rolling Stone. Erelli’s carefully-crafted hook, “You can learn to live with anything when it happens by degrees,” sheds light on the controversy surrounding gun use and laws. The full lineup for “By Degrees” features Erelli, Cash, Read more | Visit Rolling Stone for the full article.
Heartland & Soul was produced by Kid Anderson and Jim Pugh who was Robert Cray’s keyboardist for over two decades and features Kevin Burt’s outstanding original recordings and a really cool stripped-down but intense cover of “Eleanor Rigby” that the charismatic Kevin Burt makes all his own like all true artists do. Kevin Burt’s vocals are absolutely Read more
“Amythyst Kiah is a Tennessee native who got into old-time music in college. She really is important in reminding people that there is a great tradition of African-American, old-time musicians. I love that she sings in this really rich low vocal range, just straight from the chest, resonant. Her version of blues has a bit Read more | Go to NPR's Best of AmericanaFest 2018