PREMIERE: “THESE ARMS ARE OPEN” by KAIL BAXLEY

  Singer/songwriter KaiL Baxley‘s experiences are as diverse as the day is long–the Los Angeles-based South Carolina native and son of a couple of outlaws who learned to dance from James Brown–the Godfather of Soul himself–has been an amateur boxer, a gunshot survivor, a football star, and a traveling troubadour. Those narratives naturally inform his…

“BROWN EYED LOVER” – NEW MUSIC from ALLEN STONE

After spending months in the studio working on new material, R&B singer/songwriter Allen Stone is finally giving us a taste of what he’s been creating. In his newest soul-filled single, “Brown Eyed Lover,” Stone tells the struggle of being a touring musician while also being in a serious, committed relationship. Despite its external appearance, the…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MATT BROWN

“Yeah, I guess it’s kind of creepy,” laughs soulful songcrafter Matt Brown about naming his baby blue Fender Telecaster. “I have lots of guitars, but ‘Stella’ and I have a special bond. I think every player has that ‘one’ guitar. She’s irreplaceable.” The Washington native with an old soul got Stella at the turning point…

NEW TO ‘ROO CONTINUES

Our New To ‘Roo spotlight ends with three other blog favorites from the archives who are making their first Bonnaroo appearances this year: London Souls:  Thursday, June 9th, That Tent, 6:00 p.m. Tash Neal and Chris St. Hilaire, a.k.a. The London Souls, a Brooklyn-based rock n’ roll duo possessing explosive talent and envy-inducing hair, are…

PREVIEW: NICOLE ATKINS at THE HIGH WATT on 4/30/16

“I keep wanting to call myself The Blue-Eyed Goombah because I’m a Sicilian that makes dark-edged psychedelic soul,” says internationally acclaimed veteran songstress Nicole Atkins with a laugh.  “When people think of blue-eyed soul, they think of music that’s very white and measured, and my music is everything but.” The singer, who is working on…

PREVIEW: JEFFREY JAMES at THE HIGH WATT on 11/17/15

With a hint of sultry soul intertwined with groove-heavy alt-pop, Jeffrey James’ intoxicating voice is undoubtedly set to be a game changer. Born and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, James got his start singing in the school choir and learned how to play guitar at the age of ten. After independently releasing EPs Make Your Way To…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with CHARLIE OXFORD

Texas-raised, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Charlie Oxford creates his own blend of modern soul on his self-titled debut due for release this Friday, September 25th.  It’s been a long road for Oxford and this album, which almost never saw the light of day; “It was a classic situation of artist signs with record label, things don’t pan out…

REVIEW: ALEX CLARE with FIREKID and TAYLOR BERRETT

My most recent adventure? Traveling to Atlanta to see an Alex Clare show, as part of Skype’s Ones To Watch tour series!  “So Susan, what exactly is this Ones To Watch series?” you may be asking; for six weeks only, Skype and the House of Blues have teamed up to give fans unprecedented access to six of…