Thursday, January 29, 2015

MusicDish Review: Rhea Francani Debut Single "Dizzy"

"I'm following my heart's highway from NY to Nashville. My fans know me as a city girl with a country heart. I'm thriving in two completely different worlds!" This is how Country artist Rhea Francani describes herself. She will be releasing her first single "Dizzy" on January 20, 2015 and it perfectly represents the dichotomy Rhea feels deep down for all to listen. A New York attitude with with the soul of Nashville.

The song is about a girls night out drinking together, and that all too familiar feeling of having drunk a little too much is the result leading Rhea to be feeling 'Dizzy'. The fact that the lyrics are so relatable… at least to a fellow millennials, adds to the experience. It is one thing to listen to a song, it is another to understand it.

The song starts off very intensely, with gospel organs building up to Rhea's eloquently sweet voice, and soon the chorus is cheerfully blasting. The melodic song melds seamlessly between chorus and verse, leading the listener to yearn to sing along. Listening to Dizzy before knowing more about Rhea, one would assume she was part of the Nashville Country scene since childhood. But she is actually a New Yorker (Buffalo, NY native) who left to record with the talents of Nashville, the home of her heart. The result is a fresh wake up call to an otherwise stale NYC country scene.

Rhea Francani readily admits she's not your typical country music artist and we quite agree. Dizzy has overtones of Michael Jackson-like Pop and Light Rock. "I am drawn to the southern charm of country music's heartfelt lyrics - songs about love, life and good times," Rhea explains. "I wanted to create an authentic country album drawing on the talents of the Nashville music industry, and those seasoned professionals that could bring my music to life." After listening to the song one would have to agree that she has succeeded in this.

Her debut EP "I Want You To Know" will be due out in February 2015.

MarilynMusic Welcomes You To A Creative And Fruitful 2015

Latest recording projects include three new tracks featuring Australian top ten singer songwriter Thom Crawford. "No Reason No Rhyme," "Smoke and Mirrors," and "Just Say Yes" are all available on

"It's been a privilege to work with and feature Sony recording artist Sera Burus, whom Michael Bolton has called the best singer he's ever heard," said MarilynMusics' Casey Conrad from The Vertical Room studio in NYC. "You Loved Me Best" is a powerful pop country crossover."It's the perfect match for Sera's incredible vocal chops," Conrad explained.

A unique opportunity to create a "State song" for California was the genesis of "Golden State," a rock anthem that evokes the power of Springsteen and Seger. Showcasing the talents of NYC based studio legend and Blues Brother's lead singer Jonny Rosch, the song is like a trip along the California coast including a cool homage to the Beach Boys.

Continuing a longstanding working relationship with New York producer/writer Gary Haase, Conrad is currently in the studio using his engineering and mixing skills on projects for various artists including Paul Mcartney and Chaka Khan.

MarilynMusics' Michael Gaines is busy in L.A. writing songs while also working on several film endeavors including "The Auctioneer," a drama set in the early 60's dealing with the seamy underbelly of the auction business.

Gaines and Conrad remain committed to their belief in the power of music to affect positive change.

You can access all of MarilynMusics'songs for licensing and purchase at MARILYNMUSIC.NET

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Award Winning Southern Rocker Launches Indiegogo Campaign For "Outlaw In Love", The New Album By Glitter Rose

Known as the Outlaw Southern Rocker, 29 year old singer, songwriter, producer and 8-time award winner Glitter Rose launched her 30 day Indiegogo campaign today in support of her 3rd full length studio album "Outlaw In Love". GR is a 17 year veteran in the music industry, and has worked as an independent artist her entire career. She is a perfect blend of rock, country, pop and alternative.

Her first 2 albums, "Southern Comfort" and "Dead or Alive", show an assertive side of the female guitarist, with songs that focus on fun story-telling and good times. "Outlaw In Love" takes a different approach, showing a softer, more vulnerable side of GR and addresses the personal experiences she's been through since moving to Los Angeles, CA in late 2011. The album will also be produced by Glitter Rose.

GR's reason for the campaign is to engage with her fans on a more personal level. People who contribute are rewarded with some great gifts, but more importantly, they become of part of the making of the album.

"I wanted to let my fans in to my world, let them see how the process works for making an album. Since this is such an intimate album for me on an artistic level and as a songwriter, I wanted it to be intimate on the development level as well, bringing my friends and fans in close, so they can be a part of the journey with me." –Glitter Rose

Album production will start shortly after the campaign ends. Pre-production has already started for the album and some teasers of the songs can be heard on GR's campaign video and new album teaser video on her YouTube channel (

GR's Indiegogo campaign will end Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 11:59pm PST. In celebration of the campaign's final day, Glitter Rose and The Band will be performing at The Mint in Los Angeles, CA. For tickets to the February 20th show and for information how to make dinner reservations, please visit To visit the Indiegogo campaign, go to or GR's website,

ABOUT GLITTER ROSE: Starting at the age of 13 in 1998, GR has dedicated her life to her craft and her fans. Never swaying in her musical truths, Glitter has walked away from several offers to be something she's not. Pushing strong as an independent artist, she has performed over 3,000 shows, has 12 major endorsements including companies like Gibson Acoustic Guitars, Orange Amps, and Telefunken Elektroakustik to name a few, and has worked on projects with musicians like Matt Sorum, Chris Chaney, Stu Hamm, SeHwang Kim, Billy Morrison, and more.

In 2012, GR moved from Ft. Worth, TX to Los Angeles, CA, with a residency at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Blvd for her signature show titled Southern Rock Brunch. 2013 brought some of her many accolades, like Best Rock Artist and Album of the Year for Dead or Alive from the Artists In Music Awards, Best Music Video for "Buda Negra" in the Bare Bones International Film Festival and Country Artist of the Year in the Los Angeles Music Awards. GR also wrote the title track for the feature film "American Girl", as well as made a cameo appearance, and is an associate producer on the film, which won Best Producer of a Feature Film in the 2014 LA Femme International Film Festival. In 2014, GR launched her career as a producer, teaming up with engineer and mixer Francisco Rodriguez. She also co-wrote and performed on a track with Stu Hamm and SeHwang Kim for the soundtrack of the Korean box office smash The Technicians, titled "Two Lovers".

Well, Well, Well! Midland Rock Band Capture Horse Rampage On Video

Newly formed Staffordshire-based grunge rock band SLUMBERDOG have released their first music video for brand new single The Well, in support of their debut album Orca. The home-made animation shows a day in the life of a local horse who goes out for a quiet drink at a bar, but ends up getting more than he bargained for when he bumps into an old adversary.

This is the second song to be released from the 3-piece band's self-produced record, after BBC WM Introducing picked up on their first release Always Is (A Horse to be Reckoned With) only last month.

Created on a shoestring budget and with no prior animation experience, The Well is an extension of the DIY ethic that SLUMBERDOG hope to portray with their album, which fans are encouraged to download from their website on a pay-what-you-like basis. CD copies are also available from just £1 plus P&P.

Interested music fans can watch the video for The Well, listen to Orca, and find out more information about SLUMBERDOG on their official website at

Monday, January 26, 2015

Award-winning Sea Dance Festival Partners With UKF And TheSoundYouNeed

Following last week’s Best Medium-Sized Festival Award win for Sea Dance Festiavl at the European Festival Awards, it can now be revealed that they will be partnering with London-based media company AEI and its global music brands UKF and TheSoundYouNeed.

The team behind Exit Festival’s success will be working with AEI across the planning, artist line-up, ticketing and marketing of their beach event which is a part of 10-day Exit Adventure package that begins at Exit Festival in Serbia. Sea Dance is a premium festival event that is held on one of the most beautiful beaches of Adriatic coast, Jaz Beach in Montenegro, Europe’s best kept secret. Both sides of this newly founded partnership see it as a natural progression of their earlier collaboration and a way to further develop Sea Dance as one of the leading events in Europe.

Watch the Sea Dance Festival Video here:

Founded originally as YouTube channels both UKF and TheSoundYouNeed boast impressive fan engagement figures and with masses of experience in electronic music events in UK, US and across Europe, this partnership will present Sea Dance to an even wider global audience. TheSoundYouNeed is one of the fastest growing music brands in Europe, amassing over 2.5 million YouTube subscribers over the past two years. Representing the best in bass, UK house, future garage, lounge music, hip-hop, minimal and more, the carefully selected tracks receive well over 1m views each from the hyper engaged audience, and has become a sonic sanctuary for electronic dance music.

UKF has almost 9 million subscribers across its network, almost 2 billion views, and a champion of electronic music’s most talented, creative artists online and live: the brand is trusted by a huge international audience. The first channel of its kind to hit over one billion views and win two prestigious Google Gold Play Awards, UKF’s position and globally renowned brand excels at video content, global events, best-selling compilations, podcasts, merchandise and ticketing.

Exit CEO, Dušan Kovačević welcomes the new partners: “The collaboration on Sea Dance Festival will build upon the solid relationship we have formed working with AEI and UKF over the past years. We both believe that this will develop into a long-term partnership which will further raise Sea Dance as part of the Exit Adventure, the most unique festival experience in the world. For the fans this means a 10-day adventure starting at the medieval fortress of Exit festival and continues on to Sea Dance at one the most beautiful beaches in Europe”.

Jenni Cochrane, AEI’s head of events and tours commented on the news: “We have been heavily involved in Exit Festival in Serbia for the last 2 years, and it is great to be able to bring all our successes from that experience to this partnership for Sea Dance Festival. We are incredibly excited to make this festival a truly memorable weekend for our fans”.

Following on from the Exit Adventure, which kicks off at Exit Festival in Serbia from 9th to 12th July, this summer’s Sea Dance Festival will be held from 16th to 18th July at the gorgeous Jaz beach near Budva, Montenegro, with a special event happening on the 15th July.

Tickets for Sea Dance are on early sale at 44£ (54€) + b/f and can be purchased at For those who seek to experience the whole Adventure and save up to 40% with both Exit and Sea Dance included, can buy joint ticket at 105£ (130€) + b/f. Plenty of additional options for packages that include travel and accommodation options with more info can be found at and

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Co-Producing, engineering, and facilitating regional performances since March 2014, Grammy Award winning engineer Butch Jones is bringing home an ardent project to complete. From conception to fruition with long-time industry veteran Dodie Pettit, a true labor of love has helped develop an endearing tribute album like no other.

After Broadway actor Kevin Gray's sudden passing in 2013, a sold-out memorial show at The Majestic Theatre in NYC inspired Pettit, Gray's wife, to preserve the magical performances of that night. It was then that Pettit started to produce that magic again in the form of an album, which will honor Kevin's memory and commemorate his 8,200 plus performance career.

Pettit reached out to dear friend, Butch Jones, to help produce, engineer and mix the album. "When you work with the best, you know you are going to get the best. Butch is the best engineer I've ever worked with as well as my best friend," says Pettit. "I knew this was also a work of love for Butch because of his deep connection with Kevin."

Recorded across the country, from Nashville to Los Angeles and of course, New York City; Jones is currently beginning the mixing process at 825 Records' studio. "I want it to be as awesome as Kevin's performances were on Broadway," said Jones. "What better way to accomplish this than by bringing this project home to 825. I can now spend all the time needed in a brand new room with a hybrid console that I helped build."

The upcoming album features over 30 tracks and over 200 Broadway performers. It brings new life to well-known songs and will bring happiness and nostalgia to audiences everywhere.

The album features multiple Tony Award winning entertainers including Bebe Neuwirth, Len Cariou, and Judy Kaye as well as long time friends and Broadway veterans Jack Coleman, Charles Randolph-Wright, Hugh Panaro and Alton Fitzgerald White. It also features almost entire casts of current and long-standing Broadway shows. Well known conductors and session musicians back up every guest with the likes of David Caddick, Kristin Blodgette, and Kevin Stites in front of Bashiri Johnson, Matty Amendola, Ira Siegal, Dunn Pearson, and many more.

Butch says "We have used so many great players that it would impossible to list everyone in one press release. I will say that there will eventually be a full list posted of everyone who helped turn this dream project into reality."

825 Records is extremely proud to support this project and the work of our very own, Butch Jones. Please contact Pettit's publicist OLGATALYN@AOL.COM for additional information about the album.

I'm The King Of Alternative Pop Music The Ugly Superstar Announces As If He Was Leo Standing At The Tip Of The Titantic

"I know the statement I made was bold, but I feel I am onto something awesome" said the singer, songwriter, music producer, screenwriter, author, poet and human Michael Blaney. "Before CHRONICLES OF AN UGLY SUPERSTAR part one of five, I had done four albums that were folk rock/punk rock oriented. I had some success with songs like WHATS WRONG WITH YOU, WHY, TOMATO, DON'T CALL ME AN ANGEL, RAINSTORM, LITTLE BOY LOST and then a series of personal issues stemming from a stupid attempted suicide, major robberies, i.d. theft, police senseless acts and stupidity to a whole domino effect kept me from music and writing all together, then one day I sat back and created the UGLY SUPERSTAR character, a kids franchise named FROGUEY, three autobiographies and a soon vampire graphic novel franchise all from the situations that occurred," Blaney blurts out. Then why all yourself the king of alternative pop music? "Everything you hear I did alone, and everything from music to the vocals were done in one take, often no lyrics in front of me. But, that's where the beauty of part one of five comes from and songs like I'M A ROBOT,CHRONICLES, PICK UP THE TEMPO, WE ARE ONE, MACHINE, I'M A PROUD AMERICAN And DEVIL KNOWS MY NAME have already found an audience with no marketing. There are lots of flaws and I Do go against the grain to me that's alternative. And I am just getting started." Blaney says. You can check his stuff at amazon or his personal link below.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WILLIE BASSE Will Be at The 2015 NAMM Show Celebrating His Relationship with AMPEG

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January 19, 2015


"Cultural Ambassador To The Sunset Strip, WILLIE BASSE Will Be at The 2015 NAMM Show Celebrating His Relationship with AMPEG"

WILLIE BASSE, a professional recording artist best known as frontman of the legendary Los Angeles based rock band, Black Sheep has recently toured the USA & Canada several times. His philanthropy work with his charities, and is unparalleled.

While touring, opening for Ex-Dokken virtuoso, George Lynch and his band, Lynch Mob, bassist ROBBIE CRANE allowed Willie to use his Ampeg Bass rig to cut down on set up change time.

"I was reminded of the power and tone I had in the early Black Sheep days."

Willie explains, "It was like going home, very warm and very distinct. So I got in touch with Ampeg and have enjoyed using the V4-B model."

The Ampeg V-4B 100W All-Tube Bass Amplifier is a remarkable reissue of the legendary 1971 original, delivering the pure tube tone and unmistakable grind that earned the classic model a place in bass history.

Willie says, "The V4-B has a Pre-Amp stage with Master Volume that allows me to dial in the saturation of my desire, creating grit and sustain, while at the same time the sound is Big, Clear and Distinctively Pronounced."

Basse has also been using Schecter Guitar Research basses. When he recorded his single, "BREAK AWAY" with Led Zeppelin/Van Halen engineer/producer ANDY JOHNS, Andy introduced Willie to Schecter basses and guitars.

WILLIE said,

"On my song, "BREAK AWAY"

(hear it at )

I take a short bass solo in the middle. The Schecter bass & 12-string guitars cut through, while maintaining a warm balance and pronounced tone throughout the whole song.

Catch up with WILLIE BASSE at The NAMM Show, January 23-25, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. BASSE will be at the upstairs booth #209 A/B and at

Stay Tuned for touring updates starting this February through Summer 2015. is the current WILLIE BASSE musical adventure headed to a venue near you.

His weekly Podcast is at:

Monday, January 19, 2015

M.C. Records To Release "Rise And Fall" From Dayna Kurtz On March 31

M.C. Records is proud to announce they'll be releasing "Rise and Fall" by genre outlaw Dayna Kurtz on March 31. This marks the 2nd recording that Dayna and M.C. Records have released together. In 2013 M.C. Records issued her R&B recording, Secret Canon Vol. 2 to critical acclaim.

Rise and Fall, is Dayna's first album of originals in 4 years. Says Kurtz, "This album is the most like (debut) Postcards From Downtown in that it covers such a long span of collected original material. Rise and Fall covers these last few years of my life and they were pretty heavy years; My father died, my marriage ended. I moved to New Orleans. I had a couple years of wild oat-sowing and then found a grand new love. There’s been a lot to think about, to write about.”

With roots in New Jersey, a lengthy New York City past, and her time now divided between her family’s cabin on a river in Vermont, and a home on another river in New Orleans, she is an entirely American creature -yet her greatest successes and most regular touring have happened in in theaters and rock clubs in European cities such as Barcelona and Amsterdam.

She had a top 10 hit song in the Netherlands with the gorgeous and beguiling, "Love Gets in the Way." She has toured with Richard Thompson, Elvis Costello, Richie Havens, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr. John, Rufus Wainright and Mavis Staples. She’s recorded a duet with Norah Jones, and both Ms. Jones and Bonnie Raitt have sung her praises in interviews. She has appeared at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, The Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Mountain Stage, Austin City Limits Festival and World Café.

"Rich as the darkest Godiva chocolate, the voice gets into your bones until you can barely sleep at night and can’t get through the day without it." – Paste

"Kurtz's voice is a potent thing. She projected that voice like a stage actress; the occasional glint of grit made it all the richer."
Keith Spera, Times-Picayune (Jazzfest 2012 review)

"When Kurtz sings, one of two things typically happens. Either she lets out a deep, husky croon that seems to bubble up from her toes, or she unleashes a full-throttle roar that’s more inviting than imposing…There’s no logical reason why Dayna Kurtz is not a full blown star." - James Reed, Boston Globe

Dayna Kurtz Tour Dates

For bookings contact Mark Carpentieri at M.C. Records,

Tues Jan 20 New Orleans LA Café Istanbul 9pm (w/special guests)

Thurs Feb 5 San Antonio TX The Cove (Greenhouse Concerts)

Sat Feb 7 LaGrange TX The Bugle Boy (anyone can watch this show live via concert window!)

Sun Feb 8 Austin TX Strange Brew 4pm afternoon show!

Fri Feb 20 Bluffton SC UU Low Country Concert

Thur March 19 Kansas City MO. Folk Alliance Conference

Sun March 22 Breda Netherlands MEZZ

Mon March 23 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso "Rise and Fall" ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

Tues March 31 Brooklyn NY (Gowanus) "Rise and Fall" ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

Saturday April 11 New Orleans LA Louisiana Music Factory
IN STORE PERFORMANCE 2pm-2:45pm (during FQF!)

The Premier Of "Light Girls" On Own. Directed By Bill Duke

On Monday January 19th

"Hooked On Onyxx" presents "Smile You Are Beautiful" Movie Night! Sponsored by Onyxx Unlimited and Snow Orthodontics.

She has invited friends and business owners to come out and watch it with her in Palmdale will be playing at the Snow Orthodontist Movie theatre. Sorry no small children.

From the creator and director of the critically acclaimed documentary “Dark Girls”, award-winning filmmaker Bill Duke continues the conversation on colorism with Light Girls. Sharing the untold stories and experiences of lighter-skinned women, Light Girls dives deep into the discussion of skin color, preference, privilege, pain and prejudice. The documentary features interviews with Russell Simmons, Soledad O'Brien, Diahann Carroll, India Arie, Iyanla Vanzant, Michaela Angela Davis, Kym Whitley, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Onyxx Monopoly and more.

Tune in January 19 at 9 p.m. ET 6 p.m. PST on OWN.

Also join in on the twitter conversation during the premiere & chat time at 6pmPST! With @RealBillDuke and @BraveChickTweet @onyxxmonopoly and more

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#Lightgirls #DarkGirls #HookedOnOnyxx #OnyxxMonopoly #HookedonOnyxxLA #selma #MLK #MartinLutherKingJr

Bring your Dark Girls Book and have it signed personally by Mr. Duke himself.

If you haven't purchased one yet, you will have the opportunity to buy one from Barnes & Noble at the event.

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Cost: Suggested donation $10.00 proceeds benefitting The Bridge Program a program that places homeless families back in homes. RSVP mandatory.

Location: 868 Auto Center Dr, Ste C, Palmdale, CA 93551


Dress attire: Business Casual

Carpet: 5:00-5:45pm

Show Time: 6:00 pm PST

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