Described by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls as having “the soul of old country [but a] die hard rocker with some punk thrown in the mix,” Georgia-based Hannah Thomas isn’t afraid to play around with genres. Having released her latest album over a year ago, Thomas has been busy traveling the country, playing shows, and writing new material” but in order to help that last one come to fruition, she’ll need your help. Thomas has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her latest album, and is seeking $10,500. Though the album title is still in the works, she hopes to record the album in late spring/early summer for a fall release. You can pledge here and watch her video below. You can also catch Thomas on tour this March and April across the U.S. (more…)
Despite their name, there’s something absolutely grounding about Paper Bird‘s music. Their sound is easygoing and direct, with a folksy vibe that only a banjo and harmonica can create. And with seven members, one can imagine that touring is no easy task, making it all the more exciting when this Colorado band hits the road. Luckily for those of you on the West Coast, Paper Bird will be in your neck of the woods in no time, with dates in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho this March 18th-23rd with support from The Americans and Head For The Hills. Check out the full list of dates below. (more…)
I always get really excited when I hear about an artist launching a Kickstarter. There’s nothing that quite compares to a fan’s dedication to their favorite artist, and Matt Bailie is about to prove that all over again. After all, he did take home the country prize for our 2010 Intel Superstars competition, and then emerge as the big winner of our 2011 OurStage Panel”there’s no doubt this artist has talent and a surging fan base to back him up.
With a dream to fund his sophomore release, I Wanna Live Like That, along with the music video for “Dress Down,” Bailie has launched a 30-day Kickstarter. Having worked with ACM and CMA award winning producer Darran Smith on the album, Bailie is seeking funds to cover the cost of everything from manufacturing to promotion, with the aim of getting the attention of industry giants CMT and GAC. Some of the pledge prizes include the new album, handwritten lyrics, recording session, cover video, and a full band house show. Check out the Kickstarter video below, and pledge right here to be a part of Bailie Nation. (more…)
Not that long ago, Austin, TX musicians Dawn and Hawkes were finalists in our Intel Superstars competition. Garnering comparisons to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, this real-life couple turned folksy duo recently took to the The Voice to perform their cover of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” Within seconds of their opening lines Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Shakira had already expressed interest, with Levine saying that it was his “favorite performance [he’s] ever seen on The Voice.” In the end, they chose Levine. You can watch it all unfold below. (more…)
Longtime friends of OurStage Delta Rae have been added to the Chesterfield, VA Ragtime Carnival, featuring Carbon Leaf, Keller Williams, Edwin McCain, Eddie From Ohio, and a ton more. The festival will take place at Pocahontas State Park from May 30-31, with gates opening Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. You can check out a poster with the full lineup below, and grab tickets beginning tomorrow, Feb. 21 here. You can also catch the band on tour this February through April with dates across the U.S. (more…)
We’re suckers for simple, beautiful melodies and songs. That’s why when we read that New England native, Annalise Emerick – a favorite from our recent Intel Superstars Competition – had announced a string of late-winter tour dates around Georgia and Tennessee, we couldn’t help but feel a sting of pain that we in New England lost such a talent to the Nashville area. Running from February 21st to March 27th, Emerick has scheduled five dates, including the A-Town Get Down Festival. Emerick is also working on her next album, and giving away a free copy to whoever can correctly guess the cover song she’s adding. Check out the tour dates, and stream “Time of Day” below. (more…)
The Rocky Mountain Folk Festival in Lyons, CO has revealed their 2014 lineup to include OurStage artist Antje Duvekot alongside such crossover favorites like Josh Ritter, DISPATCH, Lake Street Dive, and many more. The festival will run from August 15-17. You can also catch Duvekot at The Song School four days prior. Check out the initial festival lineup below.
Hard to believe, but SXSW has announced yet another round of new artists, bringing the total to an amazing 2,000-plus acts. But after seeing that the new additions include The 1975, Against Me!, and St. Vincent we have to admit it’s worth expanding an already enormous lineup. Also performing will be Kelis, Damon Albarn, Chromeo, Ingrid Michaelson, Kylesa, Speedy Ortiz, SZA, Lucius, Jacques Green, together PANGEA, Women’s Hour, Betty Who, and Lost in the Trees. You can view the full lineup here (warning: it’s going to take you a while to sift through), and catch SXSW from March 7-16 in Austin, TX.
Ah, the New England Music Awards. A chance for this amazing cluster of states to celebrate an incredible array of talent. For its third year, the awards will take place at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA and kick off February 21st. The event will include several concerts, as well as a free artist conference featuring guest speakers and panel discussions.
Leading the way this year are Deer Tick and Spose, who hold three nominations each. OurStage artists Gentlemen Hall, The Shana Stack Band, Nemes, and Darlingside are also up for awards, while hosts for the evening will include Dressed for the Occasion, Haley Sabella, Josh Logan, Sarah Borrello, The Mallett Brothers Band, Will Dailey, and comedian Steve Sweeney. Check out the full list of nominations below.
After one year, thousands of artists, and three genre winners, Ernie Ball has selected a Grand Prize winner in the “Save Your Strings” competition. The winner will receive, in addition to their year’s supply of strings and accessories, Music Man guitars for each guitarist in the band and an official endorsement from Ernie Ball. In the running for the top prize were Pop winners Biscuits & Gravy, Rock winners The Jellybricks, and Country winners Gin House. Ultimately, Ernie Ball selected pop rockers The Jellybricks to receive the big prize.
OurStage is proud to host the music of such incredibly talented acts, and especially pleased to have helped not only expose them to new fans, but also to empower them with the tools they need to keep creating great music.
The Jellybricks will no doubt find use for their prizes as they begin to support their forthcoming record, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album’s first single, About The Weekend, was just featured by Little Steven Van Zandt as his Coolest Song in the World as well as video of the day on his hugely popular radio show The Underground Garage. Watch it below.
Congratulations to The Jellybricks, as well as Gin House and Biscuits & Gravy.