Friday, May 22, 2015

Music Picks for the Week Ending:
May 22nd, 2015


22/05/15- Song River  

A weekly feature choosing music from around the world: International, Stateside, Local.  Sharing a variety of sounds, genres and styles to set your curiosity into motion, and allow you to discover new music.

Supporting the independent musicians, and those who just believe music is more than just a good beat you can dance  to... It is an experience that moves one's soul! 





International Pick of the Week:


Romain Virgo- Jamaica 
Genre: Reggae
Album: The System (Click HERE)




Bio:

In 2007, Romain Virgo made history as the youngest contestant ever to win Digicel Rising Stars, Jamaica’s talent competition, at the age of 17. Virgo was sensational throughout the 2007 competition and outshone his opponents with singing skills that seemed to stretch beyond the talent of a 17 year old.

Now two years later, his career definitely seems to be on the rise. His single Can’t Sleep is still climbing up the Jamaican charts and already gained him attention outside Jamaica as well. Love Doctor on the Automatic riddim is already getting loads of airplay as well as his single Wanna Go Home. Romain Virgo manages to build his musical career while still doing a five-year bachelor’s degree in performance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, studying for a major in voice and minor in keyboard. 

Click HERE to read more.


Soul Provider








Stateside Pick of the Week:


Somi- New York

Genre: New African Soul & Jazz
Album:  "The Lagos Music Salon"

Somi's style, and grace is the "New African Soul and Jazz" of these modern times. Shimmering and filled with grace, Somi's music is the delightful mood setting brush of love, her voice is the perfume of a thousand stars.- Song River 



Bio:

In late 2011, acclaimed East African vocalist & songwriter Somi decided to move from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria for 18 months in search of new inspiration. The result: a new album she calls The Lagos Music Salon released in August 2014 as her major label debut on Sony Music/Okeh - landing at #1 on US Jazz charts.  The album, which features special guests Angelique Kidjo,Common and Ambrose Akinmusire, draws it material from the tropical city's boastful cosmopolitanism, urgent inspiration, and giant spirit - straddling the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop with a newfound ease and a voice that Vogue Magazine simply calls “Superb!”
Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, the African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to her sound. Often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,” while Billboard exclaims that she’s “all elegance and awe…utterly captivating.”
Click Here to read more

Ginger Me Slowly







Local Pick of the week: 

The Haymarket Squares- Phoenix, Az.
Genre: Punkgrass for the people.







Bio:


Armed with tight vocal harmonies, bluegrass instruments and a heaping dose of righteous anger, The Haymarket Squares are Arizona's premier purveyors of punkgrass.

Founded in 2009, the band has played more than 300 shows in the U.S., Canada and Europe. They've developed a loyal following among folks who appreciate rabble-rousing lyrics wrapped in a catchy melody.

Known for long sets and short songs, a typical Haymarket Squares show features ecstatic dancing, blindingly fast mandolin, and broad smiles. Who knew changing the world (or at least singing about it) could be so much fun?



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Dos Local Picks of the week!!!!

Chris Daniels & the Kings- Colorado
Genre: Blues w/ a twist of funk'n'soul
Album: Funky To The Bone

A little old time classic funk... bringing the jones'n down to the raise the roof and shake your tail feather to.- Song River



Bio:
Chris Daniels & the Kings played their first show on March 14, 1984. Chris has toured Europe 20 times and played in the States from South Carolina to Seattle, New York City to LA. The seven piece rockin' band, called "funky-blues" by the Europeans, is an all out "horn band" celebrating their 24th year making great R&B, funk, "jump blues" and rock n roll. In THE SUMMER OF 2008 they will release their 11th CD. Their 10TH CD (called 10) came out IN EUROPE in 2006! They have been compared to "Little Feat with horns" and "John Hiatt meets Tower of Power" and “Keb Mo meets The Subdudes with horns.”
Starting in 1991 the band made a name for themselves touring Europe: playing for the Queen of Holland at the 50 Year VE Day Celebration and at Europe’s famous Parkpop Rock Festival for 450,000. They have headlined festivals from Mediterranean to the North Sea. They have had number one records on Holland’s number one rock show, “Countdown CafĂ©” rand had front page success with cover articles in De Telegraph and De Standard in Amsterdam and Brussels. 

Click HERE to read more.



I Like Your Shoes















Get out to your nearest record store, or go online and get out to explore the world of music!  
Support independent record stores near you!  My independent record store pick is: Stinkweeds Records Phoenix, Az. 
Music Picks for the Week is brought to you by Song River Photojournalist and owner of CowGirlZen Photography.  

Song River is the owner of CowGirlZen Photography. She is also a freelance photojournalist. Currently working with L3 Magazine, Vents Mag, Silverplatter. You can follow her interviews, reviews of great musicians, writers, artists on her blog, http://cowgirlzenphoto.cowgirlzenphotojournalist.com/.  She is also quite active in social media working as a copywriter for several companies, and individuals. Never wrong, always right... and filled with a twisted satirical outlooks on life sometimes... you have to be thinking out of the box most of the time to catch her.  A mess of delight and quandary at times, but known for her love and compassion to help others succeed. A die hard Nikon proficient! 

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Charity Involvements (past and present) : Playing for Change, Be the Change, Human Society Fundraiser, Tsunami Relief Fund, Red Cross, Grieving Parents Photography, Missionary San Felipe, Mexico- A Hammer and A Heart, Benefit for Phoenix Children's Hospital w/ Jared & the Mill.  
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