So just in case you were wondering, as I was, what the hell a troubadour is – this is for you:
trou·ba·dour noun: a French medieval lyric poet composing and singing in Provençal in the 11th to 13th centuries, especially on the theme of courtly love.
synonyms: minstrel, singer, balladeer, poet, bard; “a band of wandering troubadours”
Troubadours in NYC is a fantastic visual.
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The most interesting show I’ve ever seen was Ben Folds performing with yMusic. Music genius aside, Ben Folds has successfully replaced the guitar with a piano in his various bands to create rock music with more depth and agility than we typically see with the standard drum-bass-guitar lineup. The Artificial Spring, fronted by keyboardist Sean Embry-Stine, embraces this guitar/keyboard swap and strong pop overtones resulting in a “Ben Folds meets A Great Big World” sound.
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When I listen to artist submissions I typically just glance at their description of their own sound and aim to develop my own opinion. Music is subjective, and I find that I often hear influences from various styles and genres in every artist’s music – many times in a single song. But, Justin Sosa has mastered the art of defining his own sound so succinctly I couldn’t have put it better myself: Americana-infused, new wave tinged, alternative rock.
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Remember when Paul McCartney played every single instrument on his debut solo album McCartney? I don’t, because it was released exactly 46 years and 1 day ago, and I was about 20 years too late to the party. BUT, Manchester’s James Holt is releasing his sophomore EP, Sanguine On The Rocks, next Friday, April 29th – on which he composed, sang, played each instrument, recorded, and mixed each song all by himself. Moreover, Holt was born with bilateral hearing loss – talk about resilience in the face of adversity.
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They say that the best writers write at a 6th grade level, so that most people can digest the material without wading through flowery and unnecessary descriptions. I’ll be the first to admit that I struggle with making my writing entirely palatable, but after listening to Richard Lomax’s lyrics, I’m not convinced that this is always the best route.
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Let’s talk production. Specifically: SERIOUSLY INSANE Producer/Composer/Sound Designer, Andrew Iovino (NativeWave Music). This is definitely one you’re going to want to hear for yourself.
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While developing the idea for this blog, I tweeted my contact form out to see if any artists would let me showcase their work (even though I still hadn’t even come up with a blog name). Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting to hear much of anything right away, but only a few minutes later I received an email from Greg Gilman about his band – Greg in Good Company. Sitting there and listening to Greg in Good Company’s debut EP was the first time I had the thought, “This was a really good idea”.
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What were you doing at 22 years old? Had you already been in the Top 16 of American Idol, debuted at #16 on Italy’s iTunes Dance Charts, watched your original song be featured throughout March Madness on CBS, or opened up for Shawn Mendes, Jake Miller, Karmin, Aaron Carter, or Cassadee Pope?
No?! Obviously. Because you are not musical-phenom-slash-nicest-person-EVER: Robbie Rosen.
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