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New Music Friday — Mar. 20, 2020

FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE | Elements

Bluegrass; Mountain Home Music Company – STREAM / BUY album

Asheville, North Carolina-based band Fireside Collective is continuing to make a unique artistic statement through a diverse approach on their Mountain Home Music Company debut album Elements, now available on all streaming platforms.

Fireside Collective’s ability to stylishly blur the lines of traditional roots genres has already gained the quintet a fervent fanbase and the attention of their peers. On Elements, the band blends the characteristic interplay of bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies with strong original material and exuberant energy, creating music that is part bluegrass and part roots rock with a dose of funk-influenced danceable rhythms.

Fireside Collective members Joe Cicero (guitar); Alex Genova (banjo); Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin); Tommy Maher (resonator guitar) and Carson White (upright bass) each bring a strong, original voice to his instrument, and the unique contributions of different lead and harmony vocalists complement the variety in the group’s songwriting.

 

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Produced by Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters, Elements is distinctive, continuing to use a wide influence of sounds to create a body of work that belongs to Fireside Collective alone.

The album is preceded by two singles, “She Was An Angel” — premiered by The Bluegrass Situation — and “Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me,” which gained ground for the band with national radio airplay and critical acclaim.

Brian Carroll of Red Line Roots noted, “Fireside Collective’s ‘Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me’ is bluegrassy twang with a soulful groove. The dobro lines running wild, the rhythm and chop keeping perfect time. There is such a vibe to this tune. It’s the expert blend of tradition with modern pizzaz that is impossible to not jive with and groove to. I may have found one of my favorite new-to-me bands here. Dig it folks. Dig it deep.”

The groovy “Winding Road” and the funky “Bring It On Home” show what can be done with bluegrass instrumentation outside the genre’s conventions, while songs like “Waiting For Tennessee” and “High Time” capture the band’s ability to bring their live energy to recording.

“Circles” and “Done Deal” bring an introspective restlessness, accentuated by the former’s musical pointillism and the latter’s insistent, loping rhythm and regretful lyrics, and the instrumental, “Night Sky From Here,” shows off Fireside Collective’s mastery of moods with an ever-moving spotlight on each member in “breakdown” passages that alternate with driving bluegrass rhythms.

Elements announces the arrival of a band that has found its place in the contemporary era of roots music by both reflecting and shaping new sounds of the genre.


ADRIEL CRUZ | “Super Legit” feat. Aireana Vidales

Christian hip hop, rap; World Renegade Music — STREAM / BUY single

Reaching Billboard breakthrough success in 2015, Adriel Cruz (formerly SKRIP) 16 years of performing, producing, songwriting and charting achievements are the tip of the iceberg—Cruz is also a national conference speaker, a music producer veteran, is the visionary leader and CEO of World Renegade Music.

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YANCY & LITTLE PRAISE PARTY | “I Love My Mom” feat. Brad G

Christian/Children’s & Kids; Yancy Ministries — STREAM / BUY single

Yancy and friends are here with a new “Little Praise Party” song to honor the hardest working people out there, Moms. Day after day they put their families first. “For years I’ve wanted to write a song to celebrate Moms. None of us would be here without our Mom. I am so excited that I finally have it done. “I Love My Mom” is a song that I pray will warm hearts and bring value and honor to all the Moms and ladies that take on that role for someone. Let’s thank them for how they love unconditionally and serve their families so amazingly well” Yancy shared. You may want to grab a tissue for this tender, heart felt ballad to honor all those Super Moms we know and love.

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ENDLESS HIGHWAY | Countless

Southern gospel; Skyland Records — STREAM / BUY EP

Gospel group Endless Highway is sharing an inspiring message that spans genres with their new album Countless, now available from Skyland Records. Highlighting a country sound, this album allows Vanessa and Jason Griggs and their children Jay and Allison to act as storytellers, painting a picture of the great and the tough moments of life all the while encouraging steadfast faith.

“As our followers know, we love variety and diversity in styles of music. This project has a slight country sound and adds another dimension to our catalog of music,” says Jason Griggs. “Half of the project is made up of songs that tell life stories, while the remaining songs declare encouragement, faith, God’s love, and faithfulness, and a desire to be more Christlike. We believe listeners will deeply connect with the stories and the Gospel messages in these songs.”

Countless begins with the upbeat, “Keep Looking Up,” a song of encouragement that reminds us to tune out doubt, have faith and take risks. It’s followed by “Somebody’s World Changed Today,” a slower song that tells of life’s stories, from the joy of a new baby to the loss of a loved one at the grave. People will always have some dark days, and sensitivity to their situations can give them a peace that everything will be settled through the Lord and happy days will come again.

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The first single and title track describes feeling down and as if life doesn’t truly make a difference on Earth. But when those moments set in, you can remember God won’t ever forget about you. Endless Highway sings, “You say I’m always on your mind / Oh, no there’ll never be a time / When you’ll forget about me / That’s how much you care about me / More than the tiny grains of sand / Setting on the shores of the sea / The thoughts you’re thinking about me / Are countless.”

Other tracks include “26 Cents,” a story of a young woman leaving home and how she can always remember her mother’s love and “Til They Came Home,” describing the collective concern of families who are separated by war from those they love.

As a collection, Countless maintains the gospel music tenets of trust, hope, and faith in the Lord, while expanding Endless Highway’s musical horizons with a country sound. With relatable stories of life’s trials, Countless will inspire and encourage.


RELEASED THURSDAY, MAR. 19, 2020:

JUSTIN MOSES | “Fall Like Rain”

Bluegrass; Mountain Fever Records — STREAM / BUY single

It’s an honor for Mountain Fever Records to announce the new single from the exceedingly talented, multi-instrumentalist, Justin Moses. “Fall Like Rain” is available today on all digital music sites and from bluegrass and Americana radio.

Justin is one of the finest artists in music today. He’s the 2018 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year and has performed on stage or in the studio with an astonishing lineup of artists. He also has a hearty list of professional accolades. Justin makes his home in Nashville, TN with his wife, acclaimed mandolinist, singer and songwriter, Sierra Hull whom he is often found performing music with as well. Learn more about his career and life here.

“Fall Like Rain” is a cover of Eric Clapton’s tune from his 1998 album Pilgrim. Justin says his good friend, artist Keith Garrett first suggested he try the song out because it fit Justin’s vocal style. After one try it was a fit and easily became the first single from Justin’s new project.

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Justin sings lead vocal on this track and plays banjo and dobro as well. He is joined by a who’s who of today’s top talent including: Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Cody Kilby (guitar), Dennis Parker (harmony vocals).

We are certain listeners will find “Fall Like Rain” a new favorite as this group of artists perform flawlessly to create a unique sound like none other in the genre today. Fans can look forward to a full album from Justin Moses and more of his top-notch colleagues later this year.