CE GRAMMY Nominees: Dom Flemons and Cha Wa!

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 Nominated for Two Mid-America Emmy Awards

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.

Rhiannon Giddens: The 21st Century’s Own Barrier Breaker

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.

Rosanne Cash Releases LP “She Remembers Everything” Today

“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.

Carsie Blanton’s “So Ferocious” featured in Planned Parenthood Short Film

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 Premieres New Album ‘She Remembers Everything’ on NPR First Listen

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 and Josh Ritter Join Mark Erelli for Anti-Gun Violence Song ‘By Degrees’

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.

Kevin Burt’s Debut Album HEARTLAND & SOUL (Little Village Foundation) to be released on October 30

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 & Birds of Chicago included in NPR’s Best of AmericanaFest

“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

CNN Features Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin Collaboration on “Downey to Lubbock”

Friends of 30 years, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin have only just begun playing music with each other. The two musicians’ friendship sprouted when they both frequented Ash Grove, a Los Angeles club many years ago. In all the years of their friendship, they hadn’t thought to collaborate musically until they started a project Read more | For more information, visit CNN for the full report.