Free track from the upcoming record by Birmingham, Alabama rock band, Teen Getaway.
Holy shamoly! This is super cool!
The original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section album re-issued for the benefit of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame!
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Michelle Malone was part of the Atlanta music scene that evolved from the Indigo Girls’ success, enjoying national attention for the music of Shawn Mullins, Tinsley Ellis, and Drivin N Cryin, with her band at the time, Drag the River. The confluence of blues-tinged Southern music at the time made for an exciting music scene, that was later replaced by the still-dominant hiphop scene. Atlanta is a weird place filled with temporary residents who are not from the area, but it is also a collection of neighborhoods with their own identities and people who are part of the arts culture and give different places their distinct vibes. It is from the latter community that Michelle Malone emerges, not as an ingenue, but as the definition of the Atlanta rock sound–Southern, blues-touched, guitar-driven, but still about the song.
When Malone decided to record her most recent album, Day 2, she called upon her long-time friend, Shawn Mullins, to produce. Mullins and Malone collaborated to include their friends in the project, including Gerry Hansen (as co-producer), Phil Skipper, Tom Ryan, Trish Land, Chuck Leavell, Marty Kearns, Glen Matullo, and Randall Bramblett. Pretty much everyone who has ever been in the Atlanta roots scene has played with one or more of these stellar musicians. Malone knew her songs and vision were in excellent hands, and sought out their ideas and guidance in the recording process.
Currently, Day 2 is available in limited release directly from Malone’s website. She has released music within the spectrum of independent to labels and back again, finding the “new normal” DIY allows the artist to retain creative control. Michelle Malone plays regularly, both solo and with her band. If you get a chance to see her, you should try to catch a show in each setting, as the songs adapt to the venue, and bring fresh sounds with each format–more Southern than bluesy this time around. Malone is a player and songwriter that should be as recognizable to roots music fans as Bonnie Raitt is to blues rock fans.
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Here’s an interview (not by me) of Alabama musician, Scott Ward, from the Standard Deluxe in October 2012. In it, Ward discusses his first 2 recording projects and his influences: Spooner Oldham, David Hood, Drive By Truckers, etc. In the piece, you can hear a couple of Ward’s tunes, too.
Scott Ward also is the person behind A Heaping Helping- Songs For The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Of Alabama. Sales of this album will go to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. In honor of Scott Ward’s mother Cheryl, and in memory of his classmates Brenda Bostian and Becky Maddox Tucker.