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Photo from Woodyfest 2014

Photo from Woodyfest 2014

Mid July and I’m just getting my Email out to y’all. It’s been a busy month but mostly I’ve been recording and preparing for that. Had a GREAT few days in the studio with the world’s best band, making the next record (as of yet unnamed). It won’t be released until March 2014, but stay tuned here for news soon next month of the impending Kickstarter campaign which will give everyone a chance to get involved and get the record WAY before anyone else does. I can say with confidence that this is the best record I’ve made so far. Neilson Hubbard is producing again and this time playing drums. Will Kimbrough and Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket) on guitars/pedal steel. Dean Marold (of Farewell Drifters) on upright bass. Danny Mitchell on keys and Eamon McLouglin on fiddle. Guest singers Garrison Starr and John Moreland, Tim Easton, Rod Picott, Doug & Telisha Williams, Ben Glover. I can’t wait…

This weekend I head to The Swannanoa Gathering to teach at The Contemporary Folk Week with Jim Lauderdale, Jon Vezner, Don Henry, Kathy Mattea. I’m so excited (and a bit nervous). Then the following week I’ll be heading to Colorado for a few dates with Mary Gauthier and to teach at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School for the 11th year. Wow.

There’s some House Concert opportunities to the left I’d love to come play for you while I’m in your neighborhood. If you’ve got room for at least 25-30 people (more if possible) and want to partner with me to host a concert in your living room, let me know and I can walk you through how easy it is.

In the meantime, stay cool and safe and take good care of each other out there.

xo
Amy


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The year of 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz – one of the most-loved films of the 20th century, with the most popular of songs… featuring lyrics by Edgar Yipsel “Yip” Harburg, who is perhaps less well-known to the general music-loving public than the immortal songs he helped create.

To celebrate the occasion and bring more attention to Harburg, acclaimed downtown New York City chanteuse Amanda Thorpe has a new recording: “Bewitching Me: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg”, showcasing her reinterpretations of beloved and obscure gems from the legendary American popular song lyricist, including “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”, “April in Paris,” and “It’s only a Paper Moon”.

English-born Thorpe aims to do her part to celebrate and preserve the Great American Songbook, but this project is more than a mere exercise in nostalgia. Having combed Harburg’s catalogue, Thorpe brings her unique style to interpret some of the world’s best-known standards to some relatively obscure finds. A strikingly sad and sultry version of “Paper Moon” (listen here), gives listeners a preview of her fresh approach to such well-covered ground. Determined not to record “just another standards album” Thorpe worked with the songs for weeks, taking them apart and putting them back together to uncover what is new as well what is timeless in Harburg’s songs.

The crack lineup included renowned guitarist Tony Scherr (Sex Mob, Bill Frisell), Broadway and Sesame Street vet Rob Jost on bass, Robert DiPietro on drums, and Don Piper (Syd Straw) producing and playing various instruments. In an early review, New York Music Daily notes that the chemistry between Thorpe and Scherr has been likened to “Julie London with Barney Kessel, or Mary Ford with Les Paul, and while this rocks harder than either of those duos ever did, the comparison holds true. As noir music and torch songs go, it doesn’t get any better than this. Is this album the best of 2014 so far? It’s one of them.”

About Amanda Thorpe

Among other projects, Thorpe is a longtime performer at the popular Losers Lounge series in New York City (under the direction of Joe McGinty), Bedsit Poets founder (with Ed Rogers), and performs with the best-selling NYU neuroscientist Joseph Ledoux in a band called The Amygdaloids. Her acclaimed solo album, Union Square, features vocal contributions from Graham Nash and Martha Wainwright, and her previous release, Promenade features the same dream-team musical line up as Bewitching Me.

Critics have called the English-born singer/songwriter, known for her moody folk/pop retro 60’s style, “Sexy and sensual, sophisticated and haunting” (AllMusic), praised her “Lovely melodies [and] haunting vocals” (People Magazine), noting how she “balances brassiness and vulnerability with panache.” (Variety).

For general information and booking: amandathorpe@horizonvumusic.com


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

The weekend of the 4th, 5th and 6th July Team News Nashville returned to Tours for the occasion of the great American Tours Festival.

During these three days, many people attended because of the 100% American program and because of the very attractive price. There were really a large number of visitors!

Something for everyone whatever, fans rock’n'roll, Bikers, Cowboys Rodeo, or fans of good country music, thanks to the famous Canadian Country Music Night, held as every year by Mr. Franck Boucheraud!

Jake Mathews, Franck Bouchereaud, Adam Gregory

Jake Mathews, Franck Bouchereaud, Adam Gregory

For the fourth consecutive year The Big Cactus Country Radio Show was the official partner of the Canadian Country Music Night, so once again, Johnny Da Piedade was the facilitator who had the pleasure and the honor to present Adam Gregory and Jake Mathews.

Johnny Da Piedade Photo:Jean Claude Rizzo

Johnny Da Piedade Photo:Jean Claude Rizzo

I remind you that these two songwriters, musicians and performers, are both real stars Country to Canada and each has a different style, which brought some diversity and to the program as seen by Franck, the organizer, attracting a wider audience. But still, pure Country.

Adam Gregory Photo: Jean Claude Rizzo

Adam Gregory Photo: Jean Claude Rizzo

The talented, young 28 year old, friendly Adam Gregory had the honor of opening the show. Adam gave an excellent performance, with a mix of pop and country music including (here and there) a touch of rock – such as the superb cover of a classic Bruce Springsteen song and another from the repertoire of Brian Adams,

Brian Adams

Brian Adams

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

which immediately affected the audience of connoisseurs, and rightly so, because two of the musicians were also part of the group who recently accompanied the Bryan Adams tour … Adam Gregory, not forgetting his own compositions, often hits in Canada, and known in France, played to an audience responding positively.

Adam Gregory and Alison

Adam Gregory and Alison

In the second part, Jake Mathews offered a more traditional show to a different audience, this time consisting of mainly country purists and more knowledgeable fans. So we were treated to a beautiful collection of superb Country hymns, including some beautiful rearrangements of classic cowboy Alan Jackson or King George Strait not to mention Dwight Yoakam a real treat!

Jake Mathews Photo: Jean Claude Rizzo

Jake Mathews Photo: Jean Claude Rizzo

Jake Mathews put the icing on the cake, and even graced us with a wealth of detail about his career in French. Side surprises – we were spoiled with the arrival on scene of the very young Raffi, a gifted pianist and singer only 12 years who came to sing “Let Your Love Flow” a hit of the Bellamy Brothers. It was a total success for Jake Mathews and a Country show which was very exciting for fans of the genre!

Jake Mathews and Alison

Jake Mathews and Alison

We note that the superb delivery of the little prodigy Raffi literally ignited the audience. And it was still young Raffi who had the privilege of accompanying on piano, with other French musicians, the highly awaited and legendary Wanda Jackson!

Raffi!

Raffi!

Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson

From her 76 years, Wanda brought us a very varied show, mixing country and her greatest rock’n'roll hits. A memorable concert punctuated again crispy and authentic stories between songs, but this time in VO! This is a great success for American Tours Festival and its organizers. All lovers of America and its music, whether or Country Rock’n'Roll parties are absolutely thrilled! Rendezvous is already for next year for the 2015 edition of the Canadian Country Music Night at the American Festival Tours.

dam Gregory, Johnny Da Piedade, Alison, Jake Mathews and Franck Boucheraud

Adam Gregory, Johnny Da Piedade, Alison, Jake Mathews and Franck Boucheraud


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The Women of Substance Radio Mobile App is NOW Available for Apple & Android!

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New York, NY (June 1 2014) – A Call for Entries has been officially announced for the 4th Annual Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival, a celebration of independent film to be held February 25 – 28 2015 in New York City. Filmmakers from around the world will travel to NYC to attend the three full days of film screenings and industry networking after-parties culminating in a glittering awards ceremony to be held on February 28 in the luxurious Empire Room at Club 230 Fifth.

WFA_squareWFA 2015 Festival Submission categories include Narrative Feature, Foreign Language, Short, Documentary, Animation, Music Video and Horror. Outstanding work will be awarded for each category, along with Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Original Score, Best Student Film, the WinterFEAR Horror Award in partnership with FearsMagazine, and the PERSPECTIVES Award for best depiction of the New York multi-cultural experience. Submissions deadlines are as follows: Early Bird Deadline – September 1 2014, Regular Deadline – November 1 2014, Late Deadline – December 1 2014. Entrants will be notified of final decisions by January 5 2014.

Steffanie Finn, WFA Executive Director says “At WFA, we seek fresh voices and alternate perspectives from creative emerging indie filmmakers from the entire world. We offer a truly exciting mixture of film genres, viewpoints and subjects in order to give our attendees the opportunity to see films they might never think to seek out otherwise.” For the 2014 Festival, 61 films from 20 countries were selected for screening, including 17 female directors and 9 student films. Works of all genres, forms, and lengths are considered for Festival screening.

Independent film makers from around the world are invited to submit films online:

…. via FilmFreeway at
https://filmfreeway.com/festivals/1739

…. or via WithoutABox at
http://www.withoutabox.com/login/10803


Things have been heating up in both a literal and figurative sense this month at the ÉCU office. Submissions for the 10th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival are starting to roll in, and we have been thoroughly enjoying going through them while we continue to promote the fantastic films from the past edition. The next ÉCU—The European Independent Film Festival takes place April 10th-12th, 2015 in Paris, France. Attention all indie filmmakers! Submit early for the opportunity to have your work showcased before a global audience at one of Europe’s premier cultural cinematic events.

Because ÉCU is a 12-month event, the fun doesn’t stop when the festival does. The ÉCU-on-the-Road tour kick started the month with a visit to Rome, Italy for the Mashrome Film Festival. Featuring mash up, remix, and experimental cinema, Mashrome presented 4 films that were part of ÉCU 2014 Official Selection: BYE-BYE STARR-FIZZ, experimental film by Charline Branger; NOT ANYMORE : A STORY OF REVOLUTION by Matthew VanDyke and winner of Best Non-European Independent Documentary at ÉCU 2014; POST SCRIPTUM by Spanish filmmaker Santiago Parres; and BABYLON, music video by Felix van Cleeff.

ECU_2015Dedicated to associating with festivals that highlight the most cutting-edge films worldwide, ÉCU was delighted to partner with the Festival of New Cinema, International Festival of Digital Cinema. The 10th edition of this 10-day event featured diverse, daring, and imaginative digital short films free of charge for a multicultural audience.

We ended the month with ÉCU-on-the-Road tour’s stop at the Victoria Film Festival at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains in Romania. Four films from ÉCU 2014 Official Selection were presented: 216 MONTHS by Valentin Potier and Frédéric Potier ; DAMN GIRL by Kira Richards Hansen; SWEET RABBIT by Camiel Schouwenaar; and CRUISE PATROL, animated film by Bobby de Groot and Arjan van Meerten. This special festival aims to preserve culture in a post-industrial society. We couldn’t support the cause more!

As June comes to a close and July appears closer and closer around the corner, the ÉCU team may have beach destinations on our minds…but indie film doesn’t take a vacation! We continue to promote this year’s submissions, organize ÉCU 2015, and work to bring you the best independent films from around the world. Stay posted to find out more!

Published on 27 June 2014


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Katie’s new album, Follow Your Heart, was recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Recording Studios in San Francisco, CA, and engineered by Ian Pellicci. Follow Your Heart, to be released in July 2014, consists of 13 new tracks, which include her most personal recorded songs to date, and all seem to reflect back to her simple yet powerful message of the importance of having the conviction to follow your heart. If you’re in the San Francisco area on July 12, check out her album release show!

Saturday, July 12 (doors 8pm/show 8:30 pm)
Neck Of The Woods – 406 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA
w/ special guests: Mike Annuzzi and The Devil’s Chord
$8 advance / $10 door
Purchase advance tickets at www.ticketfly.com/event/5891

With her seventh full-length album release imminent, and a brand new endorsement deal with Two Old Hippies, who worked with Breedlove Guitars to build her a new custom guitar, Katie Garibaldi has proven to be an artist with staying power. Based in the golden city San Francisco, this determined and enthusiastic singer/songwriter/guitarist is an avid national touring performer who has acquired a devoted fan base, due in large part to her engaging live shows, and personal connection to her listeners through her music.

She sings with an emotional nearness that, in combination with her melodic and catchy songs and her soulful and expressive vocals, captures her audience wherever she performs. While she’s been compared to household names such as Sheryl Crow, Jewel, and Taylor Swift, Katie has a characteristic musical style wherein her equally pop- and country-tinged folk-rock gives her a distinct and edgy sound—Americana with sparkling memorable melodies. Katie Garibaldi has been named a Music Connection Magazine Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist and is a recent recipient of the Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year award.

Visit Katie at www.katiegaribaldi.com


Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

Team News Nashville came to cover the 43th edition of the CMA Music Festival, which was held from 5 to 8 June. This year’s CMA was perfect in every way and only a somewhat difficult weatherc temporarily delaying some concerts.

Dave Robbins, Alison, Henry Paul du groupe Blackhawk

Dave Robbins

Joshua Scott Jones and Johnny Da Piedade

Joshua Scott Jones and Johnny Da Piedade

On site, we were able to conduct several interviews like Henry Paul and Dave Robbins Blackhawk group, and also that of Joshua Scott Jones former member of the duo Steel Magnolia without forgetting Mike Estes leader, singer and guitarist of the rock band Southern Skinny Molly, who will be on show at the Country Festival Craponne lineup in late July,

Mike Estes of Skinny Molly et Alison

Mike Estes of Skinny Molly et Alison

You will soon discover the interviews listening to the Big Cactus Country. During this trip, we went to the annual show of Marty Stuart Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium, still very rich country music animated with humor by superstar Marty Stuart. A lot of surprises came with first delivery of the young Emi Sunshine, only 10 years old, and were pleasantly surprised with her powerful vocal talent and very country style.

Emi Sunshine

Emi Sunshine

Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt

Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt

The highlight of the evening was the eagerly awaited guest Travis Tritt. The occasion was more about talk and telling stories rather than singing! Despite this, his classics are always a pleasure to hear, especially a duet with Marty Stuart. Note also the presence of the very talented LeAnne Rimes and Connie Smith, who is none other than the wife of Marty Stuart and the cherry on the cake, the arrival on scene of the famous Soul Man Sam Moore, a great moment.

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes

Sam Moore

Sam Moore

Marty Stuart and Connie Smith

Marty Stuart and Connie Smith


In terms of the overall feel of the CMA Music Festival, we noticed that the real country music there was more present than in the previous year. On the stages of LP Field, River Front, the scene near the Bud Light Arena Bridgeston as well as the Samsung Galaxy Stage near the Country Music Hall Of Fame, one could admire real country or southern rock with such performers as: Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Alabama, Travis Tritt, The Cadillac Three, Blackhawk, Zane Williams,

Charlie Daniels Band

Charlie Daniels Band

Marshall Tucker Band

Marshall Tucker Band

Alabama

Alabama

Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt

Cadillac Three and Alison

Cadillac Three and Alison

Blackhawk

Blackhawk

Zane Williams

Zane Williams

the vocal quartet Raven Cliff, Wynonna, headlining the Country RDV Craponne Darryl Worley, Craig Campbell, Eric Pasley, Aaron Watson, the duo Pearce Avenue whose style guitarist and singer actually did make us think of Keith Urban and other nice surprises.

Raven Cliff

Raven Cliff

Wynonna

Wynonna

Darryl Worley

Darryl Worley

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay

Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson

This year there were fewer young pop country and completely unknown artists than in 2013! After the massive invasion of Pop and Hip Hop Country flavor, will true country music return? Stay tuned! With regard to the concerts taking place in the evening at LP Field, one could navigate all superstars TOP 40 Nashville as Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Georgia Florida Line, The Band Perry and many others, and the finding was with few exceptions rather distressing.

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

The music was steeped in pop rap and Hip Hop R’n'B rhythms, but absolutely not developed country and one has the impression that all the songs were similar. It borders on the ridiculous when the star Tim McGraw this starts dancing while trying to imitate the game scene, Luke Bryan on reggae music, not to mention the appearance of the duo Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert on a pop song ultra aptly named “Something Bad”. It was really surprising, but mostly disappointing. Fortunately, the superb benefits of Zac Brown Band, the CBD, Travis Tritt, The Band Perry and Brad Paisley largely increased the level.

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley


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Photo: Mick Leonardi, Nashville, TN

Photo: Mick Leonardi, Nashville, TN

Tim Easton and Amy Photo:  Mick Leonardi, Nashville, TN

Tim Easton and Amy Photo: Mick Leonardi, Nashville, TN

Happy summer! Mostly this month I’ll be sharing shows with my friend Tim Easton and his fiddler Megan Palmer with one weekend where I steal Megan and head to Chicago w/o Tim. If you don’t know Tim, you’re welcome in advance. He’s an incredible songwriter and singer from Ohio. He and his family moved here to the neighborhood from Joshua Tree a few years back. Tim’s wife, Katie, just opened a really cool art gallery here called Red Arrow. His newest record, Not Cool (Thirty Tigers), is a badass piece of rockabilly-roots music inspired by hanging on Lower Broadway at Robert’s Western World. Tim is hard to pin down: a folkie who loves to rock and bluegrass and blues and all of it. With Megan, his secret weapon, who plays a mean fiddle and sings like an angel (and she’s a great songwriter herself), we’ve been having more fun playing music together than anyone should. We’d love you to come out. And please buy tickets in advance — it helps all of us out!

July is already looking pretty sweet, including shows in town at The Family Wash & The Bluebird Cafe with John Moreland (one of my new favorite songwriters), Woodyfest, teaching at The Swannannoa Gathering & recording my next record!!!

xoxo
Amy


Women of Substance Radio has been on the air for 4 years. We broadcast 24/7 on the Live365 Network and iTunes Radio garnering fans from all over the world. WOSRadio plays the BEST female artists, both label and Indie, in all genres. We hand-pick all of our music starting with icons of the past like Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Tracy Chapman, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, Adele, Carrie Underwood, Amy Winehouse, Feist, Christina Perri and so many more. Women of Substance take submissions from Indies and our review board selects only the best quality artists and songs that can stand up next to the forementioned superstars. Indie artists we have chosen early in their career have gone on to be Top 24 on American Idol, win second place on the Bravo show Platinum Hit, and one artist is currently a chosen contestant on NBC’s The Voice.



Women Of Substance Radio Top 10 Tracks

1. Voodoo Highway – Been A Long Time Baby

Voodoo Highway

Voodoo Highway

Voodoo Highway is known for eclectic musical tastes from straight-up blues and blues-rock to Latin rock, folk-rock, and even reggae. Live shows are about rippin’ rock and blazing blues, but all genres make the playlist including R&B, country, and even, on occasion, a little rap

2. Social Potion – Drive Myself Home

3. Susan Sacco (writer Jacqueline Cuba Norkin) – You Mesmerize My Mind

4. Lisa Molina – It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

5. Martha Reich – Promises

6. Amy Susan Heard – The Answer

7. Nikki Nash – Room For Me

8. Victoria Celestine – Pending

9. Vali Reinhardt –

10. Deborah Wargnier – Hey There Child


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