New Music

Chris Castino & Chicken Wire Empire

“Rhode Island Red”

from new album

Fresh Pickles

available February 4, 2022
Fresh Pickles highlights some of Chris Castino’s (The Big Wu) most beloved tunes arranged to manifest and honor his longtime affection for bluegrass music. With the help of many of Chris’s lifelong musical heroes, including Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Andy Hall, Peter Rowan, Keller Williams, Tim O’Brien, Nick Forster, Vince Herman, and album co-producer Adam Greuel, this record has a classic 70s and 80s alt-bluegrass sound, while never too far from the traditional bluegrass style that defines the genre.

“What turned out to be just something to occupy our time while we weren’t touring, became something outstanding. I am driven to make music that is lasting and accessible; but my personal style is a combination of sincerity and imagery … It brings me joy to hear how these songs in particular have been given new life.” ~Chris Castino

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Thomm Jutz & Tammy Rogers

"The Tree of Life" | Surely Will Be Singing

As songwriters, musicians, and friends, Thomm Jutz and Tammy Rogers explore the Appalachian sounds that inspire them on Surely Will Be Singing, their first-ever album together.

I’ve long been fascinated with the writing of Joseph Campbell. He talks about “the tree of life” as the mythological tree from which Adam and Eve ate. By doing so, the concept of duality entered the world. The cross Jesus died on is “the tree of life” through which non-duality, through the achievement of the full potential of humanity, was restored. The Buddha found enlightenment under “the tree of life.” They died to the world but awoke to the spirit. ~Thomm Jutz

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Hank Erwin | “Sally”

from his new album

The Copper Album

available October 22, 2021

This is my tribute to Porter and the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes and their tour bus they named Sally Ride. I was almost on the tour that claimed the lives of Chris Porter and Mitchell Vandenburg. The song features Adam Nurre, the sole survivor of the accident, on drums and horn arrangements, as well as former Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes Shonna Tucker on bass and vocal harmonies, and Daniel Stoddard on pedal steel and organs. This song is my proudest accomplishment of my musical career. ~Hank Erwin

Hank Erwin | Photo by Jan A. Bruso
Hank Erwin | Photo by Jan A. Bruso

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Ben Balmer | "Evil Eyes"

from his new album

Honky-Tonk Macbeth

available October 15, 2021

"This is a song about the inescapable draw and charm of bad relationships, and how it takes bad, maybe even 'evil' relationships sometimes in order to know what a good one is. This song was recorded days before the historic freeze in Texas this past February—we cut the final take just a few hours before the power went out for a week." ~Ben Balmer

Ben Balmer | Photo by Tina Beigelbeck Photography
Ben Balmer | Photo by Tina Beigelbeck Photography

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Mike Donello & the New Essentials

The Premiere of "Greedy Vampires"

From the album Mike Donello & the New Essentials

October 15, 2021

“Greedy Vampires” at its core is about the greedy thoughts that everyone can have and how we try to get by and survive to seek generosity. ~Mike Donello & the New Essentials

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Mike Donello & The New Essentials | "Greedy Vampires"

Dan Friese | "The Middle"

from his new album

Somewhere Brighter

available October 1, 2021

“The Middle” isn’t a song about finding some magical compromise in the center of the political spectrum. It’s about maintaining healthy communication with people who disagree with you. When we section ourselves off into bubbles, it makes it easier for us to dehumanize people on the outside. Stereotypes go unchallenged, assumptions
become certainties, and neighbors become enemies. ...

The instrumental arrangement of this song is meant to reflect the chaotic nature of American discourse. ~Dan Friese

Somewhere Brighter | Album cover art by Megan Gray
Dan Friese | Somewhere Brighter | Album cover art by Megan Gray

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The Video Premiere of
Mackenzie Shivers'
"100 Miles"

From Mackenzie's
Rejection Letter

September 10, 2021

The images almost felt like a film reel, the theme of which could be summed up by the song’s refrain: 'What a mess we’ve made.'" ~Mackenzie Shivers

Mackenzie Shivers | Photo by Lissyelle Laricchia

Mackenzie Shivers | Photo by Lissyelle Laricchia

July 23, 2021

Cedar Hill | Tend to My Flowers

Cedar Hill | “Tend to My Flowers”

from their upcoming album New Chapter
Available Fall 2021 Mountain Fever Records

“Many families have experienced Alzheimer’s and dementia with aging loved ones. This sweet song is about a lady who is trapped by the disease, and the last verse will cause happy tears when she is finally set free and gets to go home.” ~ Patti LaFleur (bass player for Cedar Hill)

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Released July 23, 2021

Caitlin Jemma | “Color”

from her upcoming album True Meaning
Available September 17, 2021

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Released July 23, 2021

Ryan Curtis | “The Hide Away”

from his album Rust Belt Broken Heart
Available July 30, 2021

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Released July 16, 2021

Mike Donello | "Kayak in the Keys"

Mike Donello & the New Essentials

"Kayak in the Keys"

"I wrote the main riff to 'Kayak in the Keys' years ago plucking away at my ukulele on an actual kayak while drifting out to sea. The song has been with me quite awhile and I have played it in a number of live formats. I am really excited now more than ever to release this version as my new single with a full band sound." ~ Mike Donello

Kayak in the Keys

by Mike Donello & the New Essentials

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June 25, 2021

Official Premiere

Jeremy James Meyer | “Test of Time”

from his new album

Alive & OK

In the spring of 2014 while working for Seattle’s Moisture Festival, I had the pleasure of watching Shannon Gray perform a piece to a song called “To Build A Home.” It was a beautiful interpretation of a very lyrical song the likes of which I had not seen. So when we were brainstorming video concepts for “Test Of Time,” I thought of her and reached out. What you see here is our collaboration in expression. Shot and edited by the lovely Sarah Kathryn Wainwright. ~ Jeremy James Meyer

Shannon Gray – dance & choreography
Sarah Kathryn Wainwright – video & edit

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Colin Clyne | “Within Hindsight”

Released June 25, 2021

Colin Clyne | Within Hindsight

When asked about the story behind the new single, Clyne had this to say, “… the song is a tale of loss, regret, and hindsight, be it in love, death, or a self-departure from who we felt we were. It is based around the symbol of public benches; more so than ever over the last year I’ve seen so many benches ablaze with flowers and messages to loved ones lost …”.

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David Franz | “My Greatest Enemy”

Released June 25, 2021

David Franz | "My Greatest Enemy"

Years of unlocking the creative genius of other artists as a co-writer, producer, and record label head has led to the evolution and development of David’s own artist persona for the very first time. “My Greatest Enemy” is David’s first single from his new album To the Unknown.

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The Premiere of David Starr's
"These Days"

From David's Touchstones Project

January 14, 2021

"For as long as I can remember, this Jackson Browne song has been part of my soundtrack. The plaintive lyrics, simple melody, and beautiful chord structure make it a great song to adopt and interpret. And the fact that the songwriter was only 16 when he wrote it makes it all the more poignant." ~David Starr

David Starr | These Days | Photo by Jeff Fasano

David Starr | These Days | Photo by Jeff Fasano

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