Michaela Anne Announces New Album – “Desert Dove”

Michaela Anne grew up bouncing around the States and abroad—from Washington to California to Italy, to name a few. A child of a military family, she learned to cope with her lack of roots and what she called “having more questions than answers” by learning to write songs. That skill set and those songs have carried Michaela Anne farther than ever imaginable, impressing the likes of NPR, who said she “works through weepers and hits the honky-tonks as every great country singer should,” and Noisey, who praised her most recent release as the antidote to commercial pop-country, calling her “our saving grace, our angel, the person who will help usher us into a new age.” And into the new age, she continues to push. On September 27th, Yep Roc Records will release Desert Dove, Michaela Anne’s full-length follow up to her critically-acclaimed Bright Lights and the Fame. “By Our Design,” the album’s first single and video, was premiered today by Rolling Stone. The song, a mid-tempo burn framed with dense violins and tremolo guitar, is a sweet ode to a carved out life together; imperfect, but adaptive and free.

Recorded over the course of several weeks in San Clemente, CA, Desert Dove was completed “on location” with the help of an all-star cast. Producers Sam Outlaw and Delta Spirit’s Kelly Winrich assembled guitarist Brian Whelan (Dwight Yoakam, Jim Lauderdale), fiddler Kristin Weber (Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price), and drummers Mark Stepro (Ben Kweller, Butch Walker) and Daniel Bailey (Everest, Father John Misty) to address this batch of songs with a fresh take, not leaning too hard on traditional arrangements or instrumentation. “Child of the Wind,” the album’s fourth track, is a great example of this; using a chunky, fuzzy electric guitar in place of what could have been a pedal steel or fiddle intro, adding sonic and tonal variables to the breadth of Michaela Anne’s range of characters and motifs. Amidst the ups and downs of Desert Dove, there is a recurring focus on the emotions that fall in between peaks and valleys. “This record, for me, highlights the gray area, the nuance of emotional life and relationships that seems to be harder to convey in today’s modes of communication and limited attention spans: short excerpts on Instagram or Twitter paragraphs,” says Michaela Anne. “Nothing is black and white, solely good or bad. Who we are, how we live, how we love, what we desire or reject, it’s all full of contradictions and confusions. I wanted to explore that through my songs with care, depth, reality as well as light-heartedness, fun and fantasy.”

Michaela Anne also attacks most of the album with a sharp feminine perspective, dealing out wisdom, confidence, and sass with authority and maturity that is never tiresome. The easiest example of this is Michaela Anne’s light-hearted rebuttal to condescension and “mansplaining” with “If I Wanted Your Opinion,” but her stance drives deeper with each new song, all the way through the end of Desert Dove. “When I got to Nashville, I was told the ‘rules’ of songwriting,” Michaela recounts. “I was informed that a woman in a country song can never be the victim, but she can also never be the perpetrator. That’s not real life. As a woman, sometimes you’re everything all at once, and I wanted to write about those real experiences.”

Desert Dove is also Michaela Anne’s first release as a new signee to Yep Roc Records. North Carolina-based Yep Roc announced their partnership with Michaela Anne on May 16th of this year, making her label mates with the likes of Mandolin Orange, Jim Lauderdale, Aoife O’Donovan, Chatham County Line, The Felice Brothers, Amy Helm, Tift Merritt, and Kim Richey.  Michaela Anne will tour in support of this release and was recently included in the first round of artist announcements for Nashville’s long-running AMERICANAFEST 2019.


Riff City Welcomes Michaela Anne!

Riff City is excited to announce the signing of Nashville’s Michaela Anne.

Upon releasing her 2014 album Ease My Mind Michaela Anne started to catch the attention of notable press, including The New York Times, for her introspective songwriting paired with her timeless voice. Building on the success of the album, Michaela released Bright Lights and the Fame (featuring guest appearances by Rodney Crowell and Punch Brother Noam Pikelny) in 2016. On this album she achieved new creative heights and her catchy, complex songwriting paired with her sweet, steady voice yielded widespread critical praise from NPR, The New York Times, Noisey, Rolling Stone, and Stereogum, among others.

Stay up to date with what’s coming next by joining Michaela’s mailing list HERE.


DADDY LONG LEGS’ Announce New Album for 2019

DADDY LONG LEGS – The New York City based trio’s forthcoming album, produced by Jimmy Sutton (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, Jake LaBotz), will be released on Yep Roc in 2019.

These beloved blues bashers have been huffing and puffing and blowing houses down on a nightly basis and always bring an elevated level of rough and ready intensity to contemporary lo-fi blues with their explosive fire ceremony!

Be the first to hear news and updates by joining the Daddy Long Legs mailing list HERE!

Follow DADDY LONG LEGS on Spotify HERE.


Eli Paperboy Reed – Roll With You (Deluxe Remastered Edition)

Originally released in 2008, Roll With You is Eli Paperboy Reed’s debut album. 2018 marks the record’s 10th anniversary, and for the first time ever, Reed’s iconic album will be available on CD and vinyl, complete with exclusive content, packaging, and bonus tracks.  Stream and purchase the record HERE.

Roll With You is a vital, gospel-tinged mix of sweaty, up-tempo numbers and aching, lovelorn ballads that connect instantly thanks to the passion of Eli Paperboy Reed and his former band, the True Loves. Not only has the record stood the test of time, it has grown even better with age. Reed’s unmistakable soul-infused style leaved listeners wanting to dance and cry all at once, and is a must for long-time fans and newcomers alike.


Mandolin Orange announces new album, Tides of a Teardrop!

Mandolin Orange — North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Andrew
Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz — announce the release of Tides
Of A Teardrop, their first new music since 2016. Out February 1, 2019, on Yep
Roc Records — their fourth album for the venerable label — Tides Of A Teardrop
finds Mandolin Orange exploring the intimate grief at the frayed edges of their
songwriting and confronting loss head-on, facing down the depths of despair and
emerging with something renewed and redemptive. It’s a progressive, personal
statement from one of roots music’s most thoughtful young groups, on the cusp
of yet another prodigious breakthrough. Pre-order the record NOW!

NPR calls the band “a slow-burning, steadily rising folk duo” that “exudes gentle elegance.”  Listen to lead single “Time We Made Time,” on NPR Music HERE!

On the self-produced Tides Of A Teardrop, their slow-burning acoustic
meditations on love and loss are belied by a newfound directness as Marlin
tackles the death of his mother, who died when he was 18. “I think her passing
was almost the genesis of my writing,” says Marlin. “That was when I really
began to find refuge in writing songs.”

Marlin’s songwriting voice emerges clearer than ever, set in sharp relief by the
indelible performances of Mandolin Orange’s longtime touring band: Josh Oliver
on keyboards and guitar, Clint Mullican on bass, and Joe Westerlund on drums.
Whether it’s the trilling, weighty atmosphere of the allegorical “Wolves” or the
Appalachian yearning of the hymn-like “Suspended In Heaven” (written on
Mother’s Day), Marlin and Frantz’s vocal and instrumental interplay is as dialed in
as ever, the instinctual expression of deeply known but unspoken truths.
Mandolin Orange’s last album, 2016’s Blindfaller, is an exceptional outlier in the
age of streaming — a quietly reflective, acoustic album that made a lot of noise.

It was named one of Rolling Stone’s ‘40 Best Country Albums of 2016,’ debuted
at #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and helped the band surpass 100 million
catalog streams, multiplying its fanbase through a combination of their “angelic
harmonies” (NPR Music), “low-key instrumental heroics” (Vox), and fervent word-
of-mouth support. Their touring profile skyrocketed: Mandolin Orange sold out
every single U.S. date they headlined in 2018, sold out 12 dates (out of 14) on a
headlining Winter 2018 European tour, played with the likes of the Avett Brothers
and Josh Ritter, and graced iconic stages such as Red Rocks (twice!), the
Ryman, Bonnaroo, and Newport Folk Festival.

Founded by Marlin and Frantz after meeting at a bluegrass jam session in 2009,
Mandolin Orange’s journey has been an auspicious one, as they’ve garnered
praise from NPR, Paste, American Songwriter and more, and performed at such
esteemed festivals as Telluride Bluegrass, Pickathon, and Austin City Limits.
Tides Of A Teardrop follows Blindfaller (2016), Such Jubilee (2015), and This
Side Of Jordan (2013).

Pre-order your copy of Tides of a Teardrop HERE!


Mandolin Orange Debut Spotify Singles After 75M+ Streams

Following the release of 2016’s breakout LP, ‘Blindfaller,’ Mandolin Orange have rapidly grown from North Carolinian upstarts into under-sung heroes, selling out tours across the world, serenading the legendary stages of Red Rocks, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk, and the Ryman, and amassing praise from NPR Music, Paste, Vox and more. Today, they release their Spotify Singles, a surprise gift to the fans who have helped the duo earn over 75 million streams.

Inspired by downtown Chapel Hill’s high-rise influx and its impending deforestation, ‘Blindfaller’ standout “Echo” is a poignant match of Mandolin Orange’s socially conscious lyricism and “low-key instrumental heroics” (Vox). Their “angelic harmonies” (NPR Music) are on full-display in “Amsterdam,” however, offering a rich and raw re-imagining of the Gregory Alan Isakov hit.


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Alejandro Escovedo Signs to Riff City Sounds!

Riff City Sounds proudly announces the signing of acclaimed Texas singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo. Currently working on material for his debut anticipated for 2018, Escovedo will headline the Think About the Link 12-city tour beginning January 13, in Austin, TX. A full list of dates is below.

In partnership with Prevent Cancer Foundation®, the Think About the Link® tour will raise awareness of the Foundation’s educational campaign about the connection between certain viruses and cancer, www.thinkaboutthelink.org of which Escovedo is a spokesperson. As a hepatitis C survivor, Escovedo hopes to raise awareness about the link between hepatitis C and liver cancer. Each night he will perform his A Man Under the Influence album in its entirety with most of the original musicians featured on the album and a string section. For more information about the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

With 14 solo albums throughout his illustrious career, Alejandro Escovedo has a rich musical history and future. In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators in the mid ‘70s, to the Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to Texas bred darlings, True Believers, through countless all-star collaborations and tribute album appearances and a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992’s acclaimed Gravity, Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions, including No Depression magazine’s Artist of the Decade Award in 1998, and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006. Previously produced by John Cale, Tony Visconti, and most recently Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey on his last album Burn Something Beautiful.

January 13 – Austin City Limits at Moody Theater – Austin, TX
January 16 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC
January 18-20 – City Winery – New York, NY
January 21 – City Winery – Boston, MA
January 23 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
January 25-27 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
January 28 – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL
January 30 – City Winery – Atlanta, GA
January 31 – City Winery – Nashville, TN
February 6 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO
February 8 – The Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX
February 9 – The Heights Theater – Houston, TX


Mandolin Orange announces Spring Tour in support of Blindfaller!

Hailed by No Depression as “one of the most talented acts making music today,” North Carolina-based duo Mandolin Orange—Emily Frantz (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Marlin (mandolin/vocals)—announce spring tour dates in support of their critically acclaimed album, Blindfaller. The tour includes notable appearances at Merlefest, Red Rocks, Bonnaroo, Forecastle, and Pickathon. A full list of dates can be found below.

The duo’s “mesmerizing” (Wild Honey Pie) Blindfaller fall tour drew rave reviews and included 16 sold-out shows in Chicago, Denver, Boston, Nashville, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC.

Debuting at #3 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart and #7 on Heatseekers, songs from Blindfaller have garnered over 6 million album streams, with 3.5 million streams on Spotify for the single “Wildfire” and 1.2 million for “Hey Stranger.”

No Depression raves, “The voices of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz were seemingly destined to make music and beautiful sounds together in harmony…the music they make is nothing short of perfection.” Their single, “Hard Travelin’,” previously premiered with PopMatters who called the track, “a delightful mix of Americana, bluegrass and country.

Founded in 2009, Mandolin Orange’s 2013 release This Side of Jordan garnered critical acclaim with NPR calling the album “effortless and beautiful.” Their 2015 follow-up, Such Jubilee, garnered further press praise with Rolling Stone including the album in “30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn’t Hear” and NPR’s Folk Alley’s “Best of 2015 Listener’s Poll.” The record was #1 on Magnet’s “Top 10 Indie Roots Albums of 2015” and Paste called it “an album full of blissful moments.”

See full list of dates HERE!


Via App’s ‘Sixth Stitch’ out November 11, 2016 on Break World Records

Via App is Dylan Scheer, a Queens, NY-based electronic producer and performer.
She started hosting and playing shows, as well as releasing cassettes as Via App
in Boston, and from there she moved on to New York in 2014, where she quickly
became an integral part of the city’s experimental electronic scene.

Her early live hardware sets brought her recognition for their often stark modes
of sample manipulation and collage, dynamic narrative compositions, and their
refusal to adhere to any one genre. More recently, her live sets have maintained
a similar sense of precariousness. She works synthesized sounds into polyrhythmic
infectious grooves which veer from edge to breaking point, unpredictably giving
way to either manic frenzy, or complete pause.

Her studio recordings exist, in part, as documentation of her performances and
are all recorded live.

In 2015, she released ‘7 Headed’, a heavily sample-based techno 12″ that met with
critical acclaim, landing her a spot on the top 10 electronic releases of the year in
The Wire, and an artist feature on Resident Advisor.

She has toured Europe and played esteemed festivals such as Moogfest, Sustain-
Release, Rewire, and will play Unsound Festival this October.

‘Sixth Stitch’ is set for release on Break World records on November 11, 2016.