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Top 10 All Killer No Filler Albums of All Time

Top 10 All Killer No Filler Albums of All Time

Update: 2019-01-18
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Many critics attribute the death of the album to too many bands who put out albums with only one or two good songs and the rest is crap. But in the history of rock music there are many albums with every song being a winner. This week on The Loudini Hard Rock & Metal Circus we pick our favorite and your favorite all killer no filler albums. Topics discussed:
-what makes a great album
-the decline of the album as an art form
-our picks for albums that provide excellent "front to back" listening experiences
-recent great albums
-some great albums you may have never heard of
-should Van Halen tour? do you care?
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Greg Connors, getting back on the chain gang
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!With a deceptively simple sound of an old country or blues record, his sound is at once raw and vulnerable, but distilled through a caustic brilliant prism of sound. Connors freshly weaves a view of emotion and experience; lyrical branches wound densely in and out of darkness and diffused light. His own raw and vulnerable sound journey can do any listener a great service. And if you've ever feel the limb snap, it may just be his dry wit.From his teen years, drifting the fringes of various NYU independent music festivals and on to places such as CBGB's, Greg's path led him to Atlanta, Georgia, creating deliberate vibrations at such local favorites as the 40 Watt Club, in Athens, and the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, and then back to NYC again, with various stops along the wayGreg is making music currently in metro NYC. He has awakened audiences for the likes of John Mayer, Joseph Arthur, Cat Power, Smoke, Songs; Ohia, Palace Brothers, Joan as Police Woman and Vic Chesnutt.In 2006 Scared Records released Greg's 5th Studio album,"Here, There and Anymore", Produced by friend and studio wizard, Joseph Arthur.Recorded with Bass player and recording engineer, Scott Fragala, Connors' 9th studio album, "Home Made Compass" will be available on March, 3rd 2018.'Greg Connors’ trademark simple guitar licks and detached alienated, lonely voice are coupled with a scary command of the English language. He is the Howard Finster of music, painting vivid abstract images with his words and guitar.”Performer MagazineLinks:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gregconnorsnyc/Twitter: https://twitter.com/gconnors314Website: www.gregconnorsmusic.blogspot.comSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/greg-connorsYouTube:sBandcamp: www.gregconnorsmusic.bandcamp.comiTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/greg-connors/200357331https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/greg-connors-music/1131959800
Jackie Auguste finds true love and launches an award winning music career
Band Biography: Across The BoardAlt Pop RockToronto, CanadaDo your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Across The Board (ATB) is an award-winning Canadian alt pop/rock band of multi-instrumentalist musicians with over 300 Youtube videos, debut album, a concept EP and now a second full length album, SONIC BOOM, slated for release May 4th, 2018, who seamlessly combine creative talents to push their pop-rock sounds to the edge of the rock 'n roll envelope with harmonious power vocals and catchy electric guitar riffs. The lead single, “Sonic Boom” reached #4 on the iTunes Canada Rock chart on September 11, 2018.Forged from garage jams and basement Youtube sessions, “Across The Board” finally broke out of the internet box with their debut album “Jane On Fire” in 2016, earning the band critical acclaim for the single “Indifference” which also became their first track to hit the FM radio waves and win an international independent music award.ATB's second record, the EP "AMENDS", was released in 2017 as a concept album centered around the theme of facing one's demons and resentments in order to break free of the restraints of past mistakes. The first single,” Don’t Drag Me Down” was featured on the International Women's Day website, and continues to receive airplay on US College Radio, internet and terrestrial FM radio in Canada and internationally including Australia, South America, Asia and Europe.ATB was featured at Canadian Music Week in 2017, and toured across Canada from coast-to-coast by rail to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. ATB also toured Newfoundland and Vancouver in the summer of 2017 with the EP AMENDS and will be touring Canada again this summer with their newest full length album SONIC BOOM.NEW ALBUM RELEASE MAY 4TH, 2018:SONIC BOOM, ATB’s third major record and second full – length album, will be released May 4th in conjunction with a release party at THE HIDEOUT in Toronto, Canada.Founding Members:Jacqueline Auguste, lead vocalist and songwriter for Across The Board, comes from a concert and stage band background and plays multiple instruments from sax to flute to guitars and keys.Andy Ramjattan: bass guitarist Andy, comes from a drumming background and took up bass once the band moved from the internet world out into live performances.Support Musicians:Jessica Speziale on backing vocalsBen Healey on electric guitarMartin Heller on keysKurt Dickson on drums.Links:SOCIAL MEDIA AND WEBSITE LINKS - ACROSS THE BOARDWatch us and subscribe on Youtube: http://youtube.com/atbmusiccanadaPlease Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acrosstheboardproductionsFollow us on Twitter: @ATBmusicCanada https://twitter.com/ATBmusicCanadaHear us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/across-the-board-musicCheck us out on Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/acrosstheboardmusicVisit us at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/across-the-board/id719845554Stalk us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/acrosstheboardbandRead our blog: http://acrosstheboardmusic.wordpress.comPatronize us at Patreon: http://patreon.com/acrosstheboardBuy our tunes at BandCamp: http://acrosstheboardmusic.bandcamp.comPlaylist us on Spotify: Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/artist/6vqlpaWpOMN5TSyWnNOgmiOFFICIAL WEBSITES:http://acrosstheboardmusic.ca - ATBs official websitehttp://acrosstheboardband.ca - ATB’s electronic press kithttp://acrosstheboard.band - ATB's wordpress bloghttp://pickupandplay.tv - ATBs Youtube fanpagehttp://janeonfire.ca - ATBs full length debut album 
Kevin Bianchi gets a free guitar from his youth pastor and discovers Bob Dylan
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!As a lifelong seeker of truth, Kevin Bianchi has spent his entire musical career embracing and wrestling with the mystery of life and love in song. This has been exemplified by his time as the lead singer and songwriter for the indie rock band, the Chestertons. Having achieved regional success with the single 'Coast Road' and dynamic performances opening for artists such as James McCartney, he now begins a new journey with the formation of Vanishing Shores."The need to reach out and connect with those around us has never been greater," states Bianchi. It is this realization that inspires and informs each song by Vanishing Shores. From the opening of 'In Between' to the closing notes of 'Blurred' on their self-titled EP, the listener is invited to become a part of the story, not as a stranger but as a fellow traveler who is loved and accepted. The answers may not be found. Everything known may collapse at any moment, but 'even still, I won't let you go.' This promise, in all of its emotional complexity, is the true vision of Vanishing Shores.Influenced by diverse artists such as Neil Finn and Elvis Costello, Vanishing Shores is not 'business as usual' but a band that pursues beauty wherever it may lead. Just like their musical inspirations, Vanishing Shores strive to deliver passionate, well-crafted rock and roll in each and every performance. As the band continues to develop, each song points to a future that is filled with limitless potential, founded on the power of music and the community it creates.Links:https://vanishingshores.com/
SixTwoSeven on how to been in a band with your brothers without going insane
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Set to release their album "Already Gone / Dead on the Table," on September 29, SixTwoSeven outdoes themselves on the sophomore release. Already debuting at #497 on the College Radio charts, the band shows no sign of slowing down. This time around, SixTwoSeven teamed up once again with legendary Sub Pop producer, Jack Endino, who has produced the best of the best...SixTwoSeven included. The group draws from current day inspirations such as Muse and the Foo Fighters, though create a sound that would give both a run for their money. SixTwoSeven is made up of Greg Bilderback (Lead vocals, guitar, keys). Matt Bilderback (Drums, keys, back up vocals), Jason Bilderback (Bass, backing vocals) and Mike Knapp (Bass, Backing vocals). With a heavy sound that will have you craving more, SixTwoSeven is out to take over the world, one song at a time. "Already Gone / Dead to the Table" is out September 29th via DubSeven Records.Links:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjFVr0JVmMg&feature=youtu.beListen and Catch the record via:Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sixtwoseven627Bandcamp: https://sixtwoseven.bandcamp.com/iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sixtwoseven/1129457430CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/artist/SixtwosevenAmazon:https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B01HRAD6WY?ie=UTF8&field-
Tia McGraff has a message of strength for her fans
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Hailing from just south of Toronto, Ontario Canada, Tia McGraff is an internationally-renowned, award-winning americana/singer-songwriter and author. Accompanying Tia on her musical journey is her life/musical partner, Tommy Parham. The two met and married while both were living in Nashville, TN and have enjoyed an extensive career performing, songwriting and recording together for more than 12 years. They bring such an honesty and passion to their music that they have even been described as the modern day, Johnny and June!2015-2017 were stand out years for Tia and Tommy, with sold out shows around the world (including the coveted, Bluebird Café, in Nashville, TN); international acclaim for their cd release Crazy Beautiful and radio play on such notable shows as Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2 in the UK.With the 2018 release of Stubborn In My Blood, first single, “Strong” is already reaching beyond all demographics and boundaries, having been adopted by “Me2” and women’s empowerment groups around the world! New single, a cover of the classic, “One Tin Soldier” recently hit #22 on the iTunes Canada Country charts!A gifted author, Tia’s children’s book, Jake The Road Dawg has helped raise funds and awareness for her local chapter of The Dolly Parton Imagination Library.Seven international CD releases, various film/tv placements, and numerous nominations and awards (including Americana CD of the year first round nomination for 2016 Grammy Awards), have earned Tia and Tommy a respect in the music industry and a global fan base. The duo have a gift for ‘getting to the heart of the matter’ and writing relatable songs about life, love and this crazy world we live in.Don’t miss Tia and Tommy’s UK Tour in September, at one of the featured venues listed: www.tiamcgraff.comLinks: www.tiamcgraff.comhttps://www.facebook.com/tiamcgraffhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialTiaMcGraffhttp://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/tiamcgraff  
Love Stallion, Aaron Hart invites you to take a ride on his rock 'n roll steed
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Love Stallion storms the music scene with original glamorous hard rock, sure to get your heart racing and ears pounding. Power riffs, memorable hooks, and electric flash capture the nostalgia of years gone by, bringing a fresh punch of rock & roll back to the universe in proper style.Love Stallion began as an experiment; a spur of the moment co-write of the song "Big Rock Radio" by Aaron Hart & Crayton Huntly (aka Rob McLemore) outside a concert hall in the fall of 2013. Inspired by the "big rock" sound of the 70s & 80s, rockstars David Lee Roth & Freddie Mercury, and bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, the duo enlisted the help of industry pros Dr Scott Martin & Kate Emerich, "Aaron Hart w/ Crayton Huntly" played their first show May 1st, 2015 at The Walnut Room Denver to a small crowd of friends.As the crowd grew, so did the flash & flare of the live show. With the addition of Aero X (aka Aero Marquez) joining on bass, the band became recognized for their high energy live performance, flamboyant wardrobes of sequins, spandex and leather, and their signature Sexy Disco Legs.The first video single "Slow Release" was released in March of 2018. It stormed to #1 on the IndiMusicTV charts and reached #4 on the iTunes Canada rock charts! Love Stallion's 'Unforgettable Ride' was produced by Steve Avedis (Tony Bennett,*NSYNC) at Colorado Sound Studios and was released on June 2nd 2018.Links: http://www.lovestallionrocks.comhttp://www.facebook.com/lovestallionhttp://www.twitter.com/lovestallionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neBVmKY_VG0     
Award winning guitarist/songwriter Cory M. Coons brings country soul to rock and roll
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Growing up in Eastern Ontario (South of Ottawa), Canada, Cory M. Coons has been passionate about music since his early teen years, and he began learning guitar and bass, which led him to crafting his own melodies and musical ideas, while still in High School. Shortly after, he would begin travelling and performing in a variety of cover bands throughout the mid-to-late 90's, in both Ontario and the Southeastern United States.Now, Cory has just released a brand new melodic rock Cd/Album "The Long Road Home", in early 2018. It has been produced by Multi-Gold & Platinum veteran music producer, Ron Nevison, (Heart, Bad Company, Damn Yankees, Survivor, Styx, Night Ranger.) Additional tracking/overdubs, and driving force on guitar on the new record is guitarist/engineer Marc D. Muir.Cory was nominated at the "Producer's Choice Honors", (formerly Los Angeles Music Awards), in the "Rock Artist Of The Year" category for 2015. He was the the 2014 recipient of the Producer's Choice Honor for "Studio Album Of The Year," for his Independent E.p "Share A Little Time". Additional nominations also included "Male Singer/Songwriter" and "Record Of The Year". Cory's influences are a collection of various genres like melodic rock and roots-rock, blended with hints of country-rock.Cory is a respected freelance guitar instructor in the local St. Lawrence Seaway Valley and at Rock My House Music Centre in Kemptville, ON. Cory has opened and performed alongside such treasured national Canadian artists like April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Glass Tiger and David Wilcox.Links:http://www.facebook.com/cmc-musichttp://www.twitter.com/corymcoons1http://www.corymcoons.com
Horsehead proves that rock 'n roll is stronger than open heart surgery
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!The band is currently sharing their enticing new lyric video for "The Misprint," which has us head over heels immediately. Taken from their upcoming record "Pageant Wave," out later this year, this is the first glimpse we have into the world of Horsehead for 2018.Horsehead's Jon Brown of the group says of the track:“My brother and I used to take trips together; drinking vacations if you will. One of those trips was the inspiration for the song. It’s not autobiographical per se (it’s quite embellished) but we all are searching for something and screwing up along the way.”A little reminiscent of artists such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and Jason Isbell, the group bring a unique and eclectic sound to the table that is very much their own. "The Misprint," dives in deep to the sound of the band with powerful instrumentation and honest lyricism that drives the track home.A little bit Country, a little bit Rock n' Roll, the group takes the reigns and heads into glory on the new track....our ears are eager for the upcoming record in tow.OVER A DECADE OF SPLITTING ATOMS, HORSEHEAD NOW SETS THEIR SITES ON ASSEMBLING THEM ALL OVER AGAIN. THIS TIME, THE LOW-END LAB COATS FILLED BY STEVE CHILES (TEST TUBES) AND RICKY TUBB (BEAKER FILLING), BUNSEN BURNER DUTIES FULFILLED BY KEVIN WADE INGE ALL WHILE JON BROWN SCRAWLS THE FORMULAS. MOST THINK TANKS CAN'T MAKE IT PAST 2 THEOREMS, YET HORSEHEAD IS PREPARING THEIR SIXTH DISPATCH. DANCE AND SING, BUT DON'T LET THE SQUIRRELS SEE YOU SMILE. WAVE, IT MAY BE LOVE.http://horseheadmusic.comhttp://facebook.com/horseheadmusictwitter.com/horseheadmusichttp://horsehead.bandcamp.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVY_AiJYpuk
James Lee Baker finding the balance between folk and Americana
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!A classically trained musician, James Lee Baker fuses influences from acoustic singer-songwriters like David Mead, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bob Dylan, and Slaid Cleaves. He embraces open tunings to create an unconventional but welcoming sound and timbre to his playing. Trained briefly by Richard Gilewitz, a renowned fingerstyle guitar player, James Lee’s fingerstyle guitar playing is rich and melodic, pulling listeners into memorable motifs and atmospheres.In 2017, Baker released a Texas-inspired full-length project called “Home Again.” Harnessing his experience in technology, Baker recruited talented studio session musicians, accessing performers from Los Angeles, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Denver. “Home Again” is a Country-flavored Americana album, rich with instrumentation like dobro, lap steel, fiddle, and harmonica.In March, he released an EP of Folk/Americana songs called The Canadian River. The single of the same title placed #23 on the FolkDJ radio charts in April of 2018, and the song “Two Cageless Birds” went on to be selected for the John O’Hara Songwriting Performance Grant.James has played at several prominent venues including the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, The Fox Theater in Boulder, and Swallow Hill and The Walnut Room in Denver.Links: www.facebook.com/jamesleebakerwww.twitter.com/jlbakermusicwww.instagram.com/jamesleebakerwww.soundcloud.com/jamesleebakerwww.youtube.com/jamesleebakerwww.jamesleebaker.com
Bad brakes and Broken Amps won't stop indie rockers,Gestures and Sounds
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Gestures & Sounds is a one-stop shop for a great time. Their authenticcompositions are raw and evoke real feelings, mostly because they don’t knowhow to be any other way. Live performances are a rollercoaster of up and higher.After high school, best friends Erik, Brian and Jory left Wisconsin to pursue filmcareers. Their cramped Los Angeles apartment spawned late-night muted jamsessions that put them on a new course. With their sights set on starting a band,they quickly scooped up Jeremy as their fourth best friend and drummer. And sothey began their love lives as Gestures & Sounds.Warmth in sound and lyrics is a given with these guys. From cozy and swooningto top-of-the-lungs raging. In tune with each other, the crowd, and anyonewearing flannel at any given moment in the world, G&S are equal partsmelodically innovative and lyrically wrenching. Links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gesturesandsounds/Twitter: https://twitter.com/gesturessoundsWebsite: www.gesturesandsounds.comSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gestures-soundsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkGKPzUwRnUf548g-AShT4ABandcamp: https://gesturessounds.bandcamp.com/iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/gestures-sounds/1048766567CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/gesturessoundsAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_srch_drd_B016MB2508?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Gestures%20%26%20Sounds&index=digital-music&search-type=ssOther: https://open.spotify.com/artist/36FVqKVwEg4XD18EnvI9wF
Keith Cooper embraces the unkown and learns to trust the universe
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Born in Phoenix, AZ, a gemini, Cooper’s first love was lawn sprinklers. At the age of 6 he assembled his first above ground sprinkler system with pvc pipe, strong smelling waterproof glue, Toro© brand sprinklers and possibly a little help from his father. Changing light bulbs was also an early hobby. He was punished more than once for flicking bulbs within his reach, trying to burn them out. Happily by adolescence music had mostly replaced this destructive habit. Jeremiah Green’s drumming on early Modest Mouse records inspired him to get behind a kit. Being too scared to stand up on stage and read his poetry by itself inspired him to start songwriting. He played in Tucson, AZ based post punk band Overcast Off from 2009 -2012 while attending the University of Arizona. Then, to avoid a dead end job, he moved across the country to Somerville, MA where he learned how to make lattes and have 30 second conversations with no awkward pauses. Hosting a weekly music night at his cafe for 5 years made him a familiar face in the local music community. He released You Didn’t Know Me, a lyrically driven indie rock record, in 2016. A completely DIY local release, no effort was made to promote the record beyond friends and hometown fans. Rabid Underdogs will be his second full length record and it finds Cooper widening his ambitions. Recorded over a 2 year period of short sessions at the Soul Shop in Medford, MA, and produced by Elio DeLuca (Titus Andronicus), it was funded entirely by slinging coffee. Links:Facebook: facebook.com/rabidunderdogsTwitter: twitter.com/yourpunpalWebsite: rabidunderdogs.comSoundcloud: soundcloud.com/keithcooperYouTube:Bandcamp: bandcamp.com/keithcoopermusic
Nita Strauss, Steps boldly into her solo career after years as a Side Woman
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Los Angeles born guitarist Nita Strauss has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the US, UK, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Most fans will recognize Nita as Alice Cooper’s touring guitarist of the past 4 years, but she has also played with R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early MTV darlings Femme Fatale, video game supergroup Critical Hit and popular tribute band The Iron Maidens. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation in the music industry and endorsements including Ibanez Guitars, Marshall Amplification, DiMarzio pickups, Monster Energy and more. 2018 has been a banner year for Nita. In January she was officially announced as the first ever female Ibanez signature artist with her own model, the Ibanez JIVA. She also released her signature pickups, the DiMarzio Pandemonium. April saw Nita playing WWE Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance music at Wrestlemania in New Orleans in front of an audience of 78,000 fans and millions streaming worldwide, and in the same month she launched a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for her debut solo record Controlled Chaos. The campaign reached its goal in two hours, doubled it by the end of the day, tripled the following day and ended up over 800% funded. Nita produced the record herself and did the majority of the engineering, as well as playing all the guitars and bass on the record. After the record was competed, Nita signed with Sumerian Records to release and distribute the album worldwide. After finishing out the Alice Cooper tour cycle, Nita will immediately hit the road supporting Controlled Chaos alongside modern guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi.Nita has been featured on the covers of many worldwide print magazines and on dozens of albums, trailers, and soundtracks, including Heroes Of The Storm (Blizzard) and Grammy-nominated Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Konami/ Platinum Games); and is the author of the Guitar World column “Like A Hurricane”. Nita was also the official in-house guitarist for the LA KISS, the arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. She is one of the most sought after clinicians in the industry and has done extensive clinic tours across multiple continents. Her consistent touring schedule has shown her to play in front of over a million audience members per year consistently for the past several years. Nita is also extremely passionate about health and fitness, and uses her wide social media reach to inspire and educate people about maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling on tour.Nita’s debut solo album Controlled Chaos will be available worldwide November 16 through Sumerian Records.Links: http://nitastrauss.com/https://www.facebook.com/NitaStrauss/muscleandfitness.com/nita-strauss
Amie Penwell, Music is Cheaper than Therapy!
Do your part to keep guitar driven rock ALIVE... join Loudini LIVE! Go to http://LouLombardiMusic.com/InnerCircle to find out how you can be a part of our LIVE online audience and get access to exclusive music and video!Amie Penwell music is alternative, piano pop, with enough soul to dip it's foot into alt. country and gospel, joining the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Annie Lennox, Melissa Etheridge, and Peter Gabriel.I believe all of us are trying to better navigate and understand our roles, plights, masks, defenses, and reactions to a world in an increasingly, desperate need to experience more of ourselves in these confines, real or imagined. Giving voice to our own truths, our realities, our power, our fear of that power, and the paradox of the need to admit powerlessness before true change proceeds. I’ve spent the last few years working on a collection of songs that came out of conversations I had, and experiences I’ve shared, with women of diverse ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds. With the help of my collaborators, that collection has become my new record, Windows. It’s an intimate, firsthand look into the lives of nine women on nine different journeys. Each song is a portrait of individual and collective exploration through acceptance, power, will, humility, denial, willingness, faith, surrender, and freedom. The ultimate goal of this work is to stimulate conversations with one another, to help each other and the upcoming generations be more awake, objective, vocal, and free. To walk with one another through the sometimes brutal inventory of facing of ourselves, through the society we find ourselves in.My main objective as an artist is to focus on what the moment has to teach me, to extract truth, the lesson from the beastly, the beautiful, and every ordinary passing in between. My experience has made clear to me that the more honest I am with myself, the more connected I can be with others. I believe there is no work worth sharing that won't at least try to be of service to another. With this in mind, when I began working on Windows, the songs were in charge the whole way through. They arrived one by one like premonitions pushing and pulling against each other. The first one pulled me out on a rainy night to catch Maia Sharp (Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Art Garfunkel) live at a show in Berkeley CA. As soon as I heard Maia sing her song Underneath, I knew I wanted to write with her. I worked up the courage to send my song “Dogfight On The Moon” This led to my sending the first iPhone recording of “Window” about a successful executive woman in the middle of a meeting for a moment baring witness to the stark contrast of reality right outside the window. I remember standing in the middle of a playground watching 5-year-olds at work listening to the way she changed some phrasing at the end of “Window.” I knew it was special. Maia sent along a verse, chorus and melody for a title she’d been kicking around. It was "Noticing Place.” a song about a middle-aged woman realizing what she is allowing herself to become. I sent back “This Ain’t Happening To You,” an alt-country song about a woman in her late 30’s diagnosed with MS expressing how angry she is at everyone telling her what to do and how to feel when all she wants is to be pissed off. Lastly, we wrote “Angels In The Sand” about an older woman who has reached a place of seeing the spectrum of her experiences both joyful and at times horrific and how they have made up the mosaic of her life. It felt like an effortless songwriting tennis match—or like having a new pen pal. The remaining songs I wrote alone. To raise enough funds to begin, I set out to do a small crowdfunding campaign. After a first go of recording the record, I decided I needed to set them aside and approach the work more organically. Songs can sound perfect, but not feel right. I took another big gamble. I booked six days at Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco to record and mix. I will be forever grateful to John Vanderslice (founder and owner of TT) for building his version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, for maintaining an affordable creative oasis for DIY musicians to work in the midst of one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Partnering up with Engineer, Multi-Instrumentalist and Arranger Adam Hirsch, (Ex Eye, Sam Amidon). Drummer Jason Slota, (The Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice) Bassist Matt Penwell, Guitarist Jeri Jones, (Blame Sally) Jeff Oster (Will Ackerman, Deepak Chopra) on Trumpet and Flugel Horn, Pianist Adam Rossi (Luce, Brad Brooks), Cellist Marissa Dietze, and myself on piano, Rhodes, pedal organ, vocals. Over four days, we recorded nine songs on analog tape, leaving the last two to mix. I later re-recorded my song “Mercy” about a young woman who has had faith but lost it, with producer Adam Rossi for Notes4Hope, a breast cancer benefit compilation and decided to add it to the record. Finishing up one of the tracks “Unstoppable” with my long-time collaborator, Drew Pearce, and engineer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Gawain Matthews (guitar, organ, bass) about woman willing to stand in her full unedited strength, calling on other women to unite in mutual respect, to stand together in the face of everything. The song immediately caught the ear of Director Windy Borman, making it the credit song for her film Mary Janes The Women Of Weed. Lastly, I called on Jim Greer (Foster The People, Yoko Ono) to mix Unstoppable and Window, and master the record. I was raised in Massachusetts by an Irish/Italian family the youngest of four siblings, all avid music lovers. My upbringing was full of religion, poverty, love and the savior of stereos blasting the likes of The Police, U2, Van Halen, Rush, Journey, Prince, Pavarotti, Kris Kristofferson, and Fleetwood Mac, among many others. My core influences are Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, and Prince. My underground hit single, “Mercy,” was featured in the award-winning 2012 documentary, The Eyes of Thailand, which was narrated by Ashley Judd. In 2013, my EP Under City Lights was featured on Season 2 of Web series “Bloomers” and The Ask BonBon Show. In 2015, I was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Contest (ISC) in the Adult Album Alternative category for my song “Dogfight On The Moon”. In 2016, my song “Somewhere The Sky Is Blue” with Grammy Award-winning Producer Ricky Kej, in the Dominica Scorsese film Almost Paris.Links:https://www.amiepenwell.comamie youtube video 
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