How does the old saying go; “Out with the old and in with the new”. Well, we’re at Day 13 of 2015 and brand new music is already emerging with a lot more on the way. So let’s get started with a few of my favorites.
Following the breakup of Pawn Shop Lifters last summer, bassist Jeff Pierce wasted no time in starting a new venture. The Vir is a new Americana, coffee shop-style band that features Pierce on bass, Mike Lawson on vocals and guitar and William Swafford on drums. They self-recorded their debut EP which was mastered by local engineer Matt Katherman and will release the 3 song collection TODAY at Noon on iTunes. Click this link to get it. Trust me, you’ll want to add it to your collection.
Mae just completed a small run of shows celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their album, “The Everglow”. They are taking a little break before heading off to Australia and then on to a full US tour and in the meantime, two members are working on their new projects. Guitarist Zach Gehring has been working on Demons for the last year and it is in the middle of being pressed for vinyl. His Indigogo supporters get first dibs and the snippets I’ve heard on the Demons Instagram have been a great little tease of what’s to come.
Keyboardist Rob Sweitzer has been busy as well with his new project, My God It’s Full Of Stars. Rob spent a few weeks in Nashville at Dave Elkins studio tracking drums, keys and guitars. Dave is producing this EP titled, M29. Rob is currently tracking strings and will start mixing soon. This is going to be good….really good.
The 2015 Veer Magazine Local Music Awards nomination have been released and open for voting. The Hampton Roads Show has been honored once again for Best Media Program (Promoting Local Music) and the album I produced for the band, Revery, is nominated for Album Of The Year. A lot of fantastic artists have been selected and many our Live Music Friday members have been graced with nominations. Click this link to vote. The awards will be held at the historic Attucks Theater Wednesday, February 11.