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…)
The third and final installment of our 2013 Ernie Ball Save Your Strings Competition was the search for one great artist in our country category to win a year’s supply of strings and accessories. We’ve previously introduced you to our pop winner, Biscuits & Gravy, and our rock winner, The Jellybricks. They will now be joined in consideration for the grand prize “ an endorsement deal with Ernie Ball and a Music Man guitar for each player in the band “ by our country winner, Gin House.
Gin House has a winner with their great country porch stomper Roots, a perfect title for this band, whose other songs reveal a passion for all kinds of Americana beyond country “ blues, folk, and even classic pop. The main driver behind Gin House is Brandon Clark, who sings with a voice like tarnished gold “ built for radio, but with a deep character, and sounded with conviction. Check out the appropriately slow-burning stunner The Fire Is Alive for evidence. Clark founded the band in 2011 with Paul Lynch, and the following year released their self-titled 5-song EP, which features Roots. In support of the release, Clark hit the road with Austin Renfroe, hitting colleges from the Northeast to the upper Midwest. Sad to say we missed them last time around, but we won’t that mistake again.
All of the songs from the EP are currently posted on their OurStage page “ highly recommended listening. Stay tuned for the selection of the Ernie Ball Save Your Strings Grand Prize winner.
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Country legend Tim McGraw is a music-making machine. He’s released a dozen albums in his career and, according to a recent interview with Billboard, he’s got another on the way.
Speaking while in Las Vegas for the iHeart Radio Music Festival this past weekend, McGraw recently revealed to that he is already a few weeks into production on new material.
“I’ve actually been in the studio over the last couple weeks,” McGraw said backstage at the MGM Grand Arena. “I don’t know when we’ll have it out, but I’ve just been putting a lot of work that in that process where I’m sort of in the dungeon singing when I get the chance.” (more…)
Ever wondered what it would be like to have an endorsement deal with a major music brand? Well you’re in luck, because Ernie Ball is extending this incredible opportunity to one lucky OurStage artist. They’re partnering with OurStage to host three competitions – one each for Rock, Pop and Country artists. The winner from each genre will win a year’s supply of strings and accessories.
At the end of the year, judges at Ernie Ball will select one Grand Prize winner from amongst the three genre winners to take home an endorsement deal and music man guitars for each axe slinger in the band. First up – pop. If you’re a pop artist with the knack for serious hooks, ENTER your best track in the Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” Competition by April 22, 2013. Good luck!
Since its debut, the Folgers Jingle has been transformed into country, gospel, jazz, R & B, folk, Celtic, and a cappella versions. Over the years, many artists have put their own spin on the classic tune.
Now it’s your turn. Remix your very own version of the classic Jingle and enter this year’s Folgers Jingle Contest before March 6th, 2013 for a chance to win $25,000! Ten finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges and featured on Folgers.com for public voting between May 15th and June 19th, 2013. Only one will become the Grand Prize Winner “ do you have what it takes?
McCready, known mostly for her strong of hits in the mid-90s, reportedly shot and killed herself last night at her Arkansas home; her body was found on her front porch by local authorities. She is survived by two children, Zander and Zayne.
More information on McCready’s death can be found on PopDust.
Losing a member of the music community at any age is hard, especially when there is children involved. Please join us in honoring McCready’s career by clicking below and enjoy her hit, “Guys Do It All The Time.” (more…)
OurStage has partnered with Ernie Ball for an incredible opportunity that could help launch your career. Throughout the year we’ll be hosting the Ernie Ball Save Your Strings Competition in three genres: Rock, Pop, and Country. Pop stars, you’re up first.
Not only will the finalist get a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories, along with editorial coverage on OurStage.com, but at the end of the year, one Grand Prize Winner will receive an endorsement deal from Ernie Ball along with a Music Man guitar or bass of your choosing for EACH guitarist in your band. All you have to do is enter your song into the competition by April 22.
Oh, and you might want to start practicing your John Hancock. After all, you’re gonna need it when you sign that endorsement.
Following her stunning win on the most recent season of The Voice, Cassadee Pope has wasted no time in capitalizing on her success, signing with Universal Republic Nashville. I am so excited to be joining the very talented Republic Nashville family. I am so passionate about my music and I couldn’t be more excited to have this amazing team to back me as I embark on this next chapter in my career,” reads Pope’s statement. While fans might be saddened by the impact that Pope’s burgeoning solo career has had on her band Hey Monday, who are currently on hiatus, they needn’t worry about missing the singer herself in 2013. She will reportedly be working on a project that is supposedly a “edgier, less country” version of Taylor Swift.
While you’re waiting for Cassadee’s album, check out OurStage artist Aubrey Wood.
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It’s officially awards season. Sure, it can be an obnoxiously gratuitous, self-congratulatory time, but there’s always a little entertaining drama to keep things interesting. Then, of course, there are the performances to look forward to. And now, music enthusiasts, the first batch of performers for the Grammy Awards have made the rounds.
Among this year’s Grammy performers will be first timers The Black Keys and fun., along with Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, and Rihanna. All these performers are nominated in various categories, including fun., Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys competing for Album of the Year.
View the full list of nominees right here and don’t forget to tune in as LL Cool J returns to host the 55th Annual Grammy Awards live at 8p.m. EST Sunday, February 10th on CBS.
If you like Mumford & Sons check out OurStage artist Kory Murphy.
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