Tuesday, December 23, 2014

#BhamJan11 - Jocelyn Arndt @JocelynSongs at @HighNoteLounge Sunday, Jan 11

 
Boston-based singer/songwriter, Jocelyn Arndt, recently released her new EP, Strangers In Fairyland, in October. The EP, mastered by Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Saving Abel, Eve 6), brings Jocelyn's signature raw energy and striking vocals to a new level. 

Strangers In Fairyland is available now on iTunes, here: http://bit.ly/1oQIwWJ and fans can stream the album over at Artist Direct, here: http://bit.ly/1FMhp47.





Jocelyn and her brother/co-writer Chris began to reach past their living room practice space when they were barely teens, playing anywhere they could find permission and a power outlet. While Jocelyn's distinctive vocal style took shape, Chris' guitar skills flourished, both drawing inspiration from local classic rock stations and their parents' bottomless record collection.

The duo soon became known for their stylized songs and powerful performances borrowing equally from classic rock and contemporary indie energy. The music is stunning, mature, sensual, and always impassioned.

At the same time, the siblings recognized another common strength. Both excelled in academics. When Jocelyn completed high school, graduating as Salutatorian, she was accepted at Harvard University. Chris, not to be outdone, finished school a year later as Valedictorian. He was offered enrollment at Yale, but with the duos music gaining traction and a development deal on the line he opted to join Jocelyn at Harvard. This critical decision allowed Jocelyn and Chris to accelerate their writing and complete their debut EP while at the same time providing a common home base to perform and tour from.

Regarding Strangers In Fairyland, the singer-songwriter states, "Chris and I have been writing music together for several years but I finally feel that the music we created for this EP truly reflects our identity, which we've laid out for the world to hear and judge... a little scary! Whether people believe in it, find inspiration in it, leave it or love it, this music makes us happy and knowing that anyone might just take the time to listen is one of the most wonderful experiences we have ever had! Simply put... we're STOKED!"

Strangers In Fairyland has given Jocelyn Arndt the opportunity to work with Grammy award-winner Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Saving Abel, Eve 6) who mastered the EP. Throughout her musical career, Jocelyn has played the Big Apple Indie Music Series, Black Bear Music Festival, Move Music Fest, and the Utica Music & Arts Festival as well as appearing live on Fox Television's Good Day New York. In addition she's shared the stage with artists such as Magic Man, Ryan Montbleau, Shawn Rowe, and Shinobi Ninja, performing throughout New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee, and Georgia.

The EP brings Jocelyn's signature raw energy and striking vocals to a new level. Both Jocelyn (19) and her brother Chris (18), continue to blend alt-rock texture with strong hooks to create broad-genre appeal. The result is worlds beyond ordinary.


(The High Note | 414 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard South. Sunday, Jan 11 )

WEBSITE: www.JocelynArndt.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/JocelynArndtMusic
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/jocelynsongs
YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/JocelynArndt



  

#BhamJan29 - @GriffinHouse at Workplay Thursday, January 29


Griffin House is a pretty happy man. He has a trifecta of a good life – MUSIC, GOLF and FAMILY.

Nothing is overnight, but for the athletically gifted House, who shocked his family by turning down a golf scholarship to college in order to focus on making music, things have moved along quite well.

When he left Springfield OH for college, House couldn’t play the guitar nor had he ever written a song. But, not to be deterred, he took a couple lessons and put that creative writing major to work penning a song for his old high school girlfriend which brought her to tears when he played it for her. There was no turning back then. He was hooked...
“What I was drawn to was the power of the song, how it could affect people emotionally.”



Soon after graduating, House moved to Nashville and released his first album, Upland (2003). He started playing out regularly and, within months, he was headlining. Within a year, he’d signed with Vancouver based label, Nettwerk, and, with is band, recorded LOST & FOUND (2004) in just five days. He spent most of the subsequent three years on the road, recording several “direct-to-fan” releases, a pair of EPs (House of David Vol. 1 & 2) and the 2006 digital release Homecoming.

From being featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, to touring with the likes of John Mellencamp and the Cranberries, House has continued to gain national recognition headlining his own tour across the U.S. His intelligent and heart-felt lyrics and melodies in such songs as “The Guy Who Says Goodbye to You Is Out of His Mind” and “Better Than Love” from his 8th release BALLS have garnered commercial and critical acclaim.

Last year, Griffin contributed to the Jackson Browne Tribute album 'Looking Into You' with his amazing cover of Barricades of Heaven.

"Griffin House, who transforms a Browne deep cut, “The Barricades of Heaven,” into a riveting tour de force that makes the song sound like an unearthed treasure.” ~Sam Gnerre, LA Daily

His songs continue to reach the masses behind the scenes as well. Griffin’s song “The Way I Was Made” is currently being featured in ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame Commercial. Watch it here .
It's fitting that ESPN picked up on House’s music; though he gave up that golf scholarship, he has continued to hone his skills on the course and was recently included in GOLF DIGESTS Oct ’14 issue tied at #6 in their TOP 100 in MUSIC poll --
Golf Digest 'Top 100 in Music'

..and brand New - “Songs for a Prisoner” (Griffin House LIVE from Prison) EP was released on Black Friday.

For Griffin House, who lives in Nashville with his wife and two adorable little girls, things are pretty darn good
….and, there is so much more to come.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Legendary Blues Singer Joe Cocker Dies - #BhamDec22 #BhamMusicNews


http://www.cocker.com/us/home

Pic by Ivanaivanova
The BBC reports that legendary blues singer Joe Cocker has died.

Cocker's career spanned for decades including hits like his versions of "Up Where We Belong" "You Are So Beautiful" and "With a Little Help from My Friends." 
   
Cocker passed away due to lung cancer
according to his agent. He was 70 years old.







https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Cocker

January Hashtags #MusicBham #BhamEvents @FreePressMusic


Just enter # + Bham + 3 character month + day of month to contribute example - #BhamJan1


Friday, December 12, 2014

#BhamJan10 : Musicians for @_IWW Union Info Meeting, Daniel Day Gallery, Jan 10

Saturday January 10 at Daniel Day gallery 

Daniel Day Gallery and DreamMecca Studio
3025 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 731-9420



 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1568686286677141

 

About the IWW(from their website)

"The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.
"We are the Industrial Workers of the World because we organize industrially.

"This means we organize all workers producing the same goods or providing the same services into one union, rather than dividing workers by skill or trade, so we can pool our strength to win our demands together. Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have made significant contributions to the labor struggles around the world and have a proud tradition of organizing across gender, ethnic and racial lines - a tradition begun long before such organizing was popular.

"We invite you to become a member whether or not the IWW happens to have representation rights in your workplace. We organize the worker, not the job, and recognize that unions are not about government certification or employer recognition but about workers coming together to address common concerns.
Sometimes this means refusing to work with dangerous equipment and chemicals.

"Sometimes it means striking or signing a contract. Other times it mean agitating around particular issues or grievances in a workplace or industry.

"The IWW is a democratic, member-run union. That means members decide what issues to address, and which tactics to use and we directly vote on office holders, from stewards to national offices. Why wait? Join the IWW and organize for a better future."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#BhamDec29 #BhamDec30 #BhamDec31 or #BhamNewYearsEve - @FreePressMusic Events

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#BhamDec22 #BhamDec23 #BhamDec24 #BhamDec25 #BhamDec26 #BhamDec27 #BhamDec28 -@FreePressMusic Events

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#BhamDec15 #BhamDec16 #BhamDec17 #BhamDec18 #BhamDec19 #BhamDec20 #BhamDec21 @FreePressMusic Events

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Sunday: BFP Music Share- #BhamDec14 (My New Hashtag and Why You Should Check in to Your Old Twitter Feed)


This is the new tagging system for Birmingham music events. Just hashtag #Bham+three letter month
abbreviation+day of the month. If you include day of the week you will exclude yourself from the automatic search. This might instill some order into finding crap happening in Birmingham, that is, for those of you who use BFP Music.

This will allow for forward sharing. 




Saturday: BFP Music Share- #BhamDec13 (My New Hashtag and Why You Should Check in to Your Old Twitter Feed)

This is the new tagging system for Birmingham music events. Just hashtag #Bham+three letter month
abbreviation+day of the month. If you include day of the week you will exclude yourself from the automatic search. This might instill some order into finding crap happening in Birmingham, that is, for those of you who use BFP Music.

This will allow for forward sharing.

#BhamDec12: My New Hashtag and Why You Should Check in to Your Old Twitter Feed

This is the new tagging system for Birmingham music events. Just hashtag #Bham+three letter month
abbreviation+day of the month. If you include day of the week you will exclude yourself from the automatic search. This might instill some order into finding crap happening in Birmingham, that is, for those of you who use BFP Music.

This will allow for forward sharing.