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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet The Outlaws - Morningsiders



INTRODUCTIONS ARE IN ORDER - As soon as you hear a Morningsiders song you know you need to know more. Gorgeous instrumentation, epic soaring moments filled with harmonies.. This is an epic sound. The band's debut live music video, 'Empress,' quickly went viral around campus, and soon after, Morningsiders performed with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Columbia's 2013 spring concert. In May 2014, the group released their first two singles, 'Empress' (studio version) and Welcome Rain,' the first of which was broadcast nationwide in Starbucks' Mother's Day commercial featuring a voice over by Oprah Winfrey. Their debut project, 'unfocus,' released in February 2015, demonstrates an impressionistic Americana sound derived from their acoustic influences. With an emphasis on story-telling, the group combines lush harmonies, folk instrumentation, and unconventional percussion to create an intimate listening space. 

To this music writer, I can draw some parallels to some of my very favorite music creators; Hey Marseilles (Outlaw from Seattle) and Hey Rosetta! (from St John's, Newfoundland) - two completely stellar acts in the same vein. This is mesmerizing music. Cannot wait for their set in New York this week!

MORNINGSIDERS
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Meet The Outlaws - Andrew Leahey & The Homestead




INTRODUCTIONS ARE IN ORDER - American rock & roll. It's a genre that's thrived for more than 50 years, fueled by a long line of true believers — from Buddy Holly to Tom Petty to Bruce Springsteen — with electric guitars in their hands and stages beneath their feet. Andrew Leahey & the Homestead are part of that loud, lively tradition. Led by singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist Andrew Leahey, the band makes modern music for roots-rockers and pop fans alike, mixing super-sized hooks with ringing guitar chords, Hammond organ, and stacked vocal harmonies. It's music that nods to the past while still pushing forward, finding new life in a sound that's been blasting out of car stereos ever since the invention of FM radio. Rolling Stone calls Leahey's sound 'heartland rock.' Billboard calls it 'southern-fried rock/soul.' The songwriter himself just calls it rock & roll.

One of the people we think you're going to love the most - call it the most pleasant of surprises, Andrew Leahey is an Outlaw. Join us in New York this week. Go ahead and be bad!



ANDREW LEAHEY & THE HOMESTEAD
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Meet The Outlaws - Star Anna

 
Marne Lucas Photography


INTRODUCTIONS ARE IN ORDER - To describe Star Anna’s sound would depend on the day, the show, the album, or the band. Alt country, folk, blues, soul, and Americana are all appropriate but what remains the central focus of every performance, is her voice. Star last appeared with The Outlaw Roadshow in New York three years ago and we were awestruck by her raw talent and promise. A year later she released one of the best records of the year. And whether she’s sitting on a stage with only her acoustic guitar or backed by some of Seattle’s finest musicians, it’s her voice that defines her music: belted out with a raw, grittiness that bellows out from some deep, dark reserve, it is softly laid down atop gentle strings, aching and tender. Alternately she spits out vocals with a fierce recklessness that echoes the glory days of punk. 

Star Anna's been compared to Joan Jett, Arlo Guthrie, Fiona Apple and Joe Cocker but she is unmistakably her own entity. Spare, fragile and gutsy, Star Anna is the real thing. This is a name you need to know. If you can get into Manhattan this week, you belong with us. 28 Amazing Acts and Free.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meet The Outlaws - Matt York




INTRODUCTIONS ARE IN ORDER - We've done a lot of great work with songwriters over the last decade, but every so often there's a gutty artist who seems to pluck every string just right. With a country and rock sound that's reminiscent of Joel Plaskett, The Hold Steady and Jesse Malin, Matt York is doing things right in 2016. They just played a scalding set with us in Nashville, TN that proved they've got the right stuff and now they're coming for you New York!  

The Boston Globe says 'Matt York knows what rock 'n' roll is supposed to sound like and do: Make you bob your head and pound your fist and forget about everything but the riff, your beer and your bruised heart'. Matt's new album explores a cross-section of everything from straight-up rock n roll to hints of outlaw country. His album, Boston, Texas, was released earlier this year and was recently named Limelight Magazines 'Debut Album of the Year'. Matt York is definitely "One To Watch" on the road ahead. And if you can get into Manhattan this week, you belong with us. 28 Amazing Acts and Free.

MATT YORK
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Meet The Outlaws - Brandy Zdan



INTRODUCTIONS ARE IN ORDER - While folks marvel at our remarkable discoveries on The Outlaw Roadshow, we're still finding out about the best names in music through recommendations from friends. That's the case with our artist spotlight Brandy Zdan, who came to us in K Phillip's band last year in New York City. Brandy played me songs from her 2015 album (it ended up becoming one of the best breakouts of the year - in case you missed it) and immediately stole a place in our hearts. But it was the solo video session that really knocked us over. So much so that we immediately asked to have her join us back this week in New York where she'll play with a band all her own.



If you don't know Brandy Zdan, you are in for one hell of a surprise. Get a load of this video and pick up that album. And if you can get into Manhattan this week, you belong with us. 28 Amazing Acts and Free.

BRANDY ZDAN
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Music Festival Experience Returns to NY next week

At times we all need to be reminded of what is truly great in the world. And for music lovers.. For myself, that is The Outlaw Roadshow. The concept behind the Outlaw came to Adam and I over a series of enthusiastic phone conversations and emails. Almost a decade ago now.. just two like-minded friends talking about putting together the shows we wanted to see ourselves. We started a community that is today proving to have a lasting legacy. This "little train that could" (a small fry in the global world of the Music Industry) does well everywhere it goes, no where is that more true than in New York City. 

Manhattan is our home. For my partner in crime, Adam Duritz, the city is where he resides and where we get together to celebrate music and life. But for The Outlaw and our community of returning musicians, friends and family - each October is a place to be together, to breathe again and to laugh at the void.




For years now, we have gathered early and worked late together to celebrate the best new music the world has ever seen. Along the way, we are constantly reminded why music is life for us. And every single year, our group grows. New friends, new artists, new stragglers (folks looking for a place to be in this world where great bands die for the actual lack of attention) they join our fold. Every single October in New York City we meet and there are discoveries all around us. The team responsible for The Outlaw Roadshow love to guess which acts will end up being the biggest winners - the acts that win a throng of new supporters and fans. It's almost never who we think. But really, everyone wins kind of big.



The Artists who play our stages get more out of this experience as the fans. They meet artist-brothers and -sisters who will tour with them, put them up on couches and attend their shows in distant cities while on tour. They meet producers who can help. Some get signed to (actually beneficial) indie record deals and licensing opportunities that will help sustain them financially. Everyone leaves with a full heart.


poster art (as always by Man on Fire Design) final unveiling w/ artists in days!

At times we all need to be reminded of what is truly great in the world. It has taken me a long time to write this introduction to The Outlaw Roadshow New York 2016 because (at first) it felt so much like some kind of self-adoration (and to be honest, I never feel I do enough to actually win any praise when I can see how much greatness out there.) The Outlaw is needed. And today with what appears to be an apparent collapse of the CMJ Music Festival the need for great - and free - live music entertainments has never been so real. 



If you want to see what the excitement is all about (and you most certainly should) come and try us out next week - The Outlaw Roadshow is a spectacle without equal. Every bit of passion that comes from Counting Crows on stage is there for you in terms of great artistry from the best new music in the country. The shows in New York are absolutely free to attend. All sets, whether they come early or late. On Thursday, Friday or Saturday (Oct 20-22) are remarkable lineups full of miracles.



We also only work with the best people. Truly great humans who will sit and talk with you if you give them half the chance. I want to thank PledgeMusic for powering our event this year. If it were not for their understanding of the event and their vision as an organization, music would be in a much worse place today. That I can assure you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us!




There will be many surprises in store for those who attend The Outlaw Roadshow next week at The Bowery Electric. Giveaways and secret pop-up sets (not saying anything else about either of these - but you should really follow on social media), and tons of free smiles. The best thing for me is if you leave with a smile and a list of favorite new bands. It used to happen with mixtapes made by a classmate when we were kids. It also used to happen on great radio programs. As a friend and a radio host myself, I would like to think that The Outlaw Roadshow New York is all of those things - and more.




Over the next few short days, I will spotlight as many of the artists as I can get done at rslblog.com (that's my website) but everything you need to attend the show and to get a feel for what is to come this rollercoaster week in New York can be found at The Outlaw Roadshow webpage (http://outlawroadshow.com) which is the repository of everything we've done in New York for videos, posters, etc. You can also RSVP to attend. This will be important as you must arrive early to ensure access. Those who RSVP will have advantage at the door over walk-ups.




We have taken this adventure to parts around the US and even to Tel Aviv, Israel last year. And then Adam and Counting Crows take our artists on the tour wherever they go. It really has become a family where, perhaps there would be none. Music lives on in New York this October. This is our home. And I hope you can join us. It costs nothing to attend. You'll be glad you did.