Sarah Borges new single ‘Caught in the Rain’

Sarah Borges is a Rock/Americana artist out of Boston. After her band broke up back in 2011 she has been building a very successful solo career. It’s no wonder why when you hear her sing. She has quite the set of pipes, combine that with her songwriting and shredding on the guitar and she really has something special. You can hear the passion Sarah sings with, add on that perfect amount of twang and it’s really addicting.

Sarah has been working hard on her upcoming album ‘Good and Dirty’. This will be her third solo album and 6th overall. This album is a bit different than her previous releases. “It’s the first time I’ve gone away from home to record, without members of my own band, with songs that I’ve written specifically for the album. Most of them pertain to the last couple of years of my life, which have been among the most personally challenging. I’m trying to make a record that sounds like my inner core” says Borges.

I can’t wait to hear it, luckily she gave us a taste with the first single to be released entitled ‘Caught by the Rain’. If the single is any indication, the album is going to be a gem!

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Swell Daze ‘Electrify Me’

These brothers did ‘Electrify Me‘ and got me hooked on their first guitar riff! It’s rock with a poppy chorus, dipped in this bluesy sauce that would make you lick your earlobes if you could!

Check in with Swell Daze on:
Twitter: @SwellDaze
Instagram: @SwellDazeBand
iTunes: Swell Daze’s single ‘Electrify Me’
This was presented by The Dutch Guy

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Interview with OnPlanetZu

  • MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
    • OnPlanetZu: Growing up, my influences were definitely artists with personalities that were over the top, such as George Clinton, Prince, Boy George, David Bowie, Bootsy Collins, James Brown. These personalities also took music to boundaries where nobody else was brave enough to go. That is the category that I feel I am in now today. The same genres and styles that those guys did back then are the styles that influence me in my music, and how I challenge myself with it now.
  • MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
    • OnPlanetZu: As a musician, I want to be regularly on tour. I want my music to reach all over the planet. I want the music to communicate that there are other styles of music that still artistic, innovative and can get the listener excited. Not just more of the same watered down mainstream stuff on some brainwashing rotation. I want my music to help people learn how to be excited about music again, as an art and as an expression.
  • MuzicNotez: What is your latest release?
    • OnPlanetZu: We have just released OnPlanetZu’s second album, King of the Planet.
  • MuzicNotez: What else are you working on? What can we expect to see and hear from you in the future?
    • OnPlanetZu: It’s funny that you mention that. I’m excited to announce that we have been recording some really fun songs for George Clinton’s upcoming Funkadelic album. We are also working on our third OnPlanetZu album called, ‘I’m Famous As Whad!’ On that album you can expect to hear us getting deeper into trap, electronic, hardcore bass; along with serious experimenting with some freaky styles.

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New solo EP ‘The Ann Wilson Thing’ and tour

Ann Wilson is well known for her countless hits with Heart and is a Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductee. Now she has released her first solo EP ‘The Ann Wilson Thing’ via Rounder Records. A couple of the featured tracks are ‘Fool No More’ which Ann describes as “a heavy blues song about bad love and the fleeting of time” and ‘For What It’s Worth’. The EP was released digitally September 18th and will in stores October 9th.

Along with the EP additional tour dates have been announced. The tour began September 21st in Solana Beach, CA., additional dates will include The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on October 6th, and a 2nd show at City Winery in New York on October 7th. Also Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris will be siting in with Wilson at her Nashville City Winery date on Oct. 15th, and Jon Batiste, the band leader of the Colbert Show, will join her for a song at the New York City Winery show.

Ann Wilson is obviously an amazing songwriter and renowned singer. Now you’ll be able to enjoy her new work in this intimate tour including raw performances of blues and rock songs. The tour is almost all sold out already so check out the remaining dates and make sure to try to get your seat!

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Shotgun Holler debut bluegrass album ‘Loaded’

Shotgun Holler is a bluegrass band unlike any other out of Kentucky and Ohio. Shawn Brock founded the band back in 2014 and plays mandolin and harmony vocals. Matt Jones is on the guitar and is the lead singer. Rod Lunger does the bass/harmony vocals, Nathan Treadway on the banjo and Alex Benefiel plays the fiddle and harmony vocals.

This isn’t your every day bluegrass band that blends in with all the rest. Shotgun Holler strives to stand out and push the boundaries of a great genre. Their songwriting doesn’t cover your typical topics that you’ve heard before in traditional bluegrass, they touch on some darker subject matter such as prostitutes and drug addiction. Plus they cover pop songs that you wouldn’t expect to be easily translated to bluegrass but they do it seamlessly in the cover of Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball’ which they performed on CMT’s Josh Wolf Show.

You can see all of Shotgun Holler’s authenticity and originality shine through on the debut album ‘Loaded’ which was just released on September 18th on Lonesome Day Records. Their masterful talents and cutting edge style blend perfectly like a beautiful bluegrass harmony to create an amazing sound and album. These guys are a real breath of fresh air in one of the most iconic American genres.

Be sure to pick up the new album and you can hear them on Sirius FM’s Bluegrass Junction.

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