Monday mashup 2022 (vol. 4)

It’s our last mashup for the month of March, and we are so proud to have shared some great tunes this month. It’s also my final day off before starting my new job tomorrow as a shift lead/assistant manager at Wendy’s. It has been a very productive down time, and we finally got to do something we haven’t done in more than a year – attend a live performance. We drove out to Warrenton, NC to see our dear friend and platinum-selling songwriter Jason Adamo perform at a cool place called Locorum Distillery, along with Jeremy Burns and Pressley Free. What a fun night. We’ll have more about that show later in the post. So let’s get going with this week’s Monday Mashup, as we share these five new singles and music videos.

NEW SINGLES

We first met Jason Adamo when he was represented by Laura Goldfarb and Red Boot PR more than 10 years ago. We were instantly blown away by his soulful voice and amazing musical skills. This was before he wrote a platinum tune for then relatively unknown country artist Brett Young, and the rest, as they say, is history. Adamo has gone on to host a weekly Homegrown Carolina Country show on FM radio station QDR (94.7), which has featured local NC artists, including current breakout star Priscilla Block. Adamo has continued his amazing growth as an artist and recently recorded a cover of an unreleased track from Delta Rae called “Whatcha Thinking Bout Baby.” He is donating the proceeds to the American Cancer Society in memory of his mom and countless others that have been lost to this disease. We think you’ll love it as much as we do, and we hope you’ll support this amazing charity by buying the song.

Next up is the latest from the delightful Rachel Farris, who we have previously featured here in our column. She is a breath of fresh air in the indie world, and we really love her new song, “Down to Earth,” and its call to protect our environment. Get inspired.

Speaking of great causes, our next single is about mental health, and features the one and only Nicole Boggs & the Reel. The words are deep and mighty and need to be heard. Please help everyone who suffers from this disease as they go through their own “Existential Blues.”

Our fourth single comes from another of the amazing artists we have been exposed to courtesy of the Durango Songwriters Expo. This artist goes by the name Arielle Eden, and her latest is “Signs and Signals.” This one should be played on repeat.

Our final single this week comes from two sisters based in Houston, Texas. You’ve probably seen the barrage of sponsored posts on Facebook offering a free autographed copy of their current album. I admit I never clicked on those links, but after hearing their latest, I wish I had. Their harmonies are dreamy and they have hooked up with another of my favorite female duos, Honey County, to record “Like Home.” These ladies have got the goods. Definitely check out Wild Fire.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week is another incredible song about empowerment from an artist who has become synonymous with that term, the one and only MILCK. Let’s take back our “Power” and show the world what that means.

Our next video is from a band we have not featured in a while, but one that is packed with immense talent. Check out “Time Won’t Take our Times Away” from The Claudettes.

One of our favorite venues in Los Angeles started out as a little hole in the wall that became the launching point for the careers of such diverse artists as Raining Jane, Sara Bareilles, Colby Caillat and more. We’re talking of course about The Hotel Cafe. One of the artists we discovered there is Heather Bond, and her latest release, “Fate,” is proof of her greatness. Check out this beautiful live performance of that tune.

We don’t feature many instrumentals in our column, but this one is just too good not to share. We have loved Joe Taylor since we first met him through our work with Ue3 Promotions, and we are definitely ready for “The Drive.”

We close out this edition of Monday Mashup with the new song from The Lickerish Quartet. “Fortunately” is definitely a feel good tune that deserves multiple plays. Turn it up and enjoy life.

Monday mashup 2022 (vol. 3)

Happy spring. Just like the changing of the season, my time with Speedway has come to an end, and I will be starting a new job next week. In the meantime, let’s enjoy these new singles and music videos.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is the latest from Blue Elan Records musician Colin Devlin. Given the state of war in the world, this one is particularly timely, although it is a remake of a classic Rusty Young song from the Blue Elan tribute album My Friend. Here’s Devlin’s take on “Regret.”

Our second single is from one of our favorite groups, whom we have featured numerous times in this blog. Not only are they multi-talented musicians, but they are also gifted lyricists and know how to say things that will make you think and take action. Give it up for “Chitter Chatter” from Carly and the Universe.

Next up is the latest from Denver Blues goddess Diana Rein. In times like these, sometimes we just need to “Drift Away.”

Single number four is from one of Los Angeles’ most prolific songwriters, Jen Waters. Her new album, Fate, is being released tomorrow and we are proud to share the title track. Enjoy her wisdom and incredible voice.

Our final single this week is from the incredible indie artist known as John West, who has been Lost in Japan since 2021. He has returned with an admonition to “Slow Down,” and we think that is excellent advice.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

We kick off this week’s music videos with this beautiful and heart-warming song from Canyon City. We love the sentimentality of “Castle,” and encourage you to stop and listen to its message.

Another LA band we have featured extensively in the past is the power duo named Dauzat St. Marie. Their latest lyric video is for their hard-hitting song, “Time to go Home.” We think it is one of their best to date. Let us know what you think.

It seems like it’s not a new week unless we have something new from Ponderosa Grove to share. This band deserves a national spotlight, and their new video for “Changin'” may achieve that for them. Enjoy the beauty of the cinematography and the incredible sound of the voice of lead singer Candace Devine, as well as some of the finest harmonies in music today.

Our next video brings back memories of bands like America and CSNY, with vocal harmonies, folky sensibilities and just plain good fun. We are happy to share “Safe House” by Trout Fishing in America with you. Hard to believe they’ve been performing for 45 years, and this is our first introduction to them. We think you’ll also become an instant fan.

We close out this week with the premiere of the latest lyric video from Life.Church Worship, the place I called my church home when we lived in Oklahoma. Their latest is called “Grace Upon Grace,” and is one of the strongest songs they have written. Let the calmness of the Lord wash over you as you listen to the words.

Monday mashup 2022 (vol. 2)

It’s almost spring, and amazing new music continues to burst forth in this beautiful post-Covid time of reconnecting to the rest of the world. We have some amazing tunes for you this week, so let’s get started.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is the latest from the multi-talented band called Ponderosa Grove. Not only are they creating great music, but their lead vocalist, Candace Devine, is producing the Pure Imagination Festival in their hometown of Prescott, Arizona. They just added the legendary Wynonna to their already amazing lineup. The music of Ponderosa Grove is so refreshing and we really think their latest, “Changin,'” will become your theme song. Give it up for them.

Next up are two sisters from Nashville that call themselves American Blonde. Their music is radio ready and their latest, “Blackwater Creek,” is the perfect vehicle to truly launch them into the mainstream. Watch for these guys to take country radio by storm with their brilliant storytelling and pitch-perfect harmonies.

Jackie Lee McLean may be the daughter of a legendary American musical icon, but she has earned her place in the industry through self-reflection, strong relatable lyrics and memorable musical compositions that connect her to the rest of the world. On stage she goes by Roan Yellowthorn, and her latest single, “One Tear at a Time,” is a remake of the classic Rusty Young (Poco) tune for a special Blue Elan Records project honoring Young’s music. Check out the entire album.

MILCK has become the voice of empowerment for women around the world, and her latest, “Power,” is further proof of his place as the Queen of Empowerment.” Bow down before her majesty and rise up into a great new beginning.

Our final single this week reminds us of the power duo of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. This song will leave you laughing and crying at the same time, as Julia Cole and Alexandra Kay tell us about the “Best Worst Ex.” It’s no wonder Tim McGraw chose Kay to open up his next tour. Catch them in concert this summer.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first music video this week is a heartwarming and uplifting country tune from Bryan Lanning, who extols the value of letting your children grow up at their own pace. We think “Let ‘Em Grow” will become a theme song and source of inspiration for new parents.

Next up is the latest lyric video from Canadian band Ellevator, who we have featured before. We love the driving beat and the powerful lyrics of “Sacred Heart” and think you will too. Enjoy the latest from this stellar group.

Our third video features Canadian R&B artist Myles Lloyd in a powerfully moving video about living life called “Down Under.” This one is worthy of your attention.

Paloma is a 14-year old phenom whose music shows maturity way past her years. Listen carefully to the words of her latest, “Momma,” and we think you will see the future of music.

Our final video this week is a bluesy classic from Sandy Haley with a message that should resonate with women all over the world, “Love me Right or Cut me Loose.” Man up and heed the message.

Monday mashup 2022 (vol 1)

Hard to believe it’s March 8 and this is our first Monday Mashup of 2022. Spring has arrived here in North Carolina and our weather has been reminiscent of California, with temps in the 70s and 80s, trees budding and flowers blooming. We have a rare day off and thought it might be nice to share some of the amazing music that is bursting out everywhere. Here are five new singles and music videos that have inspired us recently.

NEW SINGLES

Our first single this week is from a long time friend who, like many of us, has been going through some difficult times over the past few years. We first encountered Alyssa Jacey when we were living in California, and have always been inspired by her fire, her way with words, and her positiveness. Her latest, “See me Cry,” shows a new chapter emerging in her truth, and we are so excited to be able to share it with you.

Next up is the latest from iconic LA indie artist BINX, with her haunting lyrics and delicate instrumentation of “Ghost.” This one will stay with you long after the final notes are struck.

Our third single this week is from the sultry fiery redhead named Nina Storey. We have been fans of her for a very long time, and we think her latest tune, “Falling,” is her absolute best to date. The lyrics stir up our emotions and inspire us to make ourselves memorable. Sit back and “fall” in love with the voice and talent of this amazing young lady.

We switch gears for our next single, shifting over to the iconic blues sound of Brigitte Purdy. We are totally in love with her powerful vocals, and totally agree with the sentiments expressed in her latest, “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” We think you’ll feel the same.

Our final single this week is a breathtaking ride through the world of Alexandria Corn. She writes about familiar truths in such a way that you will never forget them. Listen carefully to the words of “Back Together Again” and reflect on the sweet sentiments of the song.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week comes from former Home Alone actress and new blues queen Diana Rein. Her compelling lyric video for “Fake Love” will move you and reasonate with your own past experiences. Check it out.

Moving on to South African pop star Cara Frew, experience the power of “Electric Feels.” This one will get you up and moving on.

Our third video takes us back to the blues/rock sound of Fred Hostetler and features Eric Troyer. “Wall of Dreams” is a visually stunning capture of this song, and definitely worth multiple listens.

We don’t normally share videos from major international artists, but this one is just too good not to share. The music of The Snake Charmer is electrifying, combining the best of Celtic and Indian cultures. Check out “The Foggy Dew” and we think you’ll be hooked for life.

Our final video this week is from the amazing collaborative group Ponderosa Grove, featuring our friend and former client Candace Devine. The band has been busy building on their recent success of opening for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and lay it all on the line with the lyric video for their awesome tune, “Freedom Ride.” Hop on board.

We’ll see you soon. Enjoy your week.