Boston soul-funk kings Biscuits & Gravy, once selected by Ernie Ball as the winners of the pop edition of our “Save Your Strings” competition, have today dropped their second full length, Young Love. It features the single “Down With You,” a smooth, vocal and horn driven pop track that evokes prime-era Michael Jackson as well as Nile Rodgers‘…well, his whole career. The band successfully embraces that familiar ’70s-’80s hybrid, a vibe that connects the rest of the songs on the album. It’s a great time. More like this:
California rockers Lucid Fly have been making music for well over a decade, and though they’ve released three acclaimed EPs, they have yet to produce a full length album. That’s about to change, as the band is in the midst of production on Building Castles In Air, their debut LP.
Lucid Fly, who were once selected by Ernie Ball from hundreds of OurStage artists to receive a year-long sponsorship, made a name for themselves while stationed in Orlando, Florida, before heading west to Los Angeles. It was during their time in LA that the band’s lineup – formed around co-founders Nikki Layne and Doug Mecca – really gelled. They released more music, and earned a number of achievements and chart placements on OurStage, including two #1 rankings.
With the completion of their new LP on the horizon, the band is looking to crowdfund the remaining steps to get the new music out there. Using the Indiegogo platform, they’re offering a number of interesting rewards to supporters, including custom-made jewelry, house parties, a mystery roll of film, a co-hosting gig on their radio show, and – in one of the more unique crowdfunding levels we’ve ever seen – the honor of being immortalized as a star. Check out the fill list below and click on the image for more info:
The Jellybricks, grand prize winners of last year’s Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” competition, hit us up today to show off some of their prizes – four Music Man guitars. Pretty awesome. The band is currently promoting their new record Youngstown Tune-Up. Check out our preview of the record here.
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.
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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The 2nd winner in our yearlong Ernie Ball Save Your Strings Competition has been selected. For phase one, with your help, we found a great, undiscovered pop act, Biscuits & Gravy. This installment of the competition was a hunt for the top rock band, and the winner is¦ Pennsylvania’s The Jellybricks.
The Jellybricks aren’t exactly an out of nowhere band of newcomers. In 2012, they released their fifth album, Suckers. They’re a road-tested working band who have been lauded by Rolling Stone and SiriusXM’s Steven Van Zandt. The last few years have found the band honing their sound, and evolving away from pure power-pop and toward something new, with elements of ˜70s glam and vintage garage (no wonder Little Steven was hooked). But it still circles back to the basics “ undeniable melodies, crunchy guitars, and killer harmonies.
Check out the winning track, Rock ˜n’ Roll Suicide, to hear what convinced the Ernie Ball judges to award The Jellybricks with a year’s supply of strings and accessories, plus a chance at the Grand Prize “ an Ernie Ball endorsement and a Music Man guitar for each player in the band.
Next up is our Save Your Strings Country edition, and then Ernie Ball will select the big winner from among the three genre winners.