Bob Leggett has been involved in the music business for the past 20 years, including promoting and discovering bands, and hosting concerts at venues in Los Angeles. He has also covered the indie music scene as a reporter and music critic. His articles have appeared in such publications as Music Connection Magazine, Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise, Associated Content, Examiner.com and AXS.com. He spent five years each with the Orange County Music Awards (OCMA) and the SoCalMusic Live Awards, the latter of which he created and ran. He has since founded the LA Music Critic Awards, which are handed out twice a year. This background allows him to bring an insider's knowledge to his writing. He launched Indie Voice Blog in September 2015, which covers all forms of independent artistry with a focus on music and theatre.
Sorry we missed last week but there were issues at work and I never had the chance to write. However, we’re back today with some local indie news about Jason Adamo, plus we have five new singles and music videos. Let’s get going.
Home Grown Country
NC indie musician Jason Adamo is one of the best country music artists we have come across, but he is also gaining a reputation as a DJ on one of the larger country music radio stations, QDR 94.7, out of Raleigh. Every Sunday night at 9 p.m., he is the host of Home Grown Country, featuring music from local artists. Way to go Jason – keep shining that spotlight.
It’s been a minute since we last had a new song from one of our favorite redheads, but Delaney Gibson has given us something to celebrate with the release of “Shelter From Thieves.” We love the sheer power of this song. Let us know what you think.
Our second single this week comes compliments of the one and only Shannon Hurley. She collaborates with Activa on another stunning EDM masterpiece, and definitely helps us “Return to Life.”
Next up is the latest from a very talented young lady out of Santa Barbara, California. She has rebranded herself as Cecilia James and continues to amaze everyone who hears her. Check out her new single, “Different Ground.” We love it.
LA Music Critic Award winner Brigitte Purdy is back with our fourth single this week, and it is her best to date. If you love the blues, then this artist needs to be on your radar. Here’s her latest, “Time for Love.”
Our final single this week comes from LA songstress Kris Angelis and is remake of one of her earlier hits. Get ready for the warmer weather with “20 Miles to Empty (Summer Version).”
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS
We kick off the new with the new video from Carly and the Universe. It is a wild and crazy romp for their hot new single, “Salvation.” We think you will want to put this one on repeat.
Next up is a rocking bluesy number from the Queen of Sacramento, Katie Knipp. This one is a toe tapping musical treat. Check out “Sad Eyed Lover.”
Our third video this week is from none other than the Russian songbird, Marina V. This lyric video brings to life the beautiful words of her latest single, “It Gets Better.” Listening to her sweet “soft rock” voice, we truly believe it will.
Video number four comes from relative newcomer Taylor Rae and is the first video from her forthcoming album. It is a beautiful and sentimental tune that evokes all kinds of memories with its excellent cinematography. We think you’ll fall in love with her voice. Check out “Fixer Upper.”
Our final video this week comes from the fresh R&B duo allen&elle. We think their music shows great “Promise” and can’t wait to hear what comes next.
Having a great PR firm is critical for indie artists, since they don’t have the power of a label behind them to promote their material. One of the better PR firms that we have worked with is Kim Grant’s KG Music Press. This edition of Get it or Forget it will highlight four of her recent clients’ releases.
Track Listing: 1. My Whiskey Life; 2. Foolin’; 3. The Cost of Lovin’ You; 4. Darlin’ How You’ve Changed; 5. This Fool; 6. Whatcha Drinkin’ (explicit); 7. Dead End Job Blues 8. Bayou Boy; 9. Cheatin’ Drinkin’ Hurtin’ Song; 10. Fixin’ to Love You; 11. Sign of a Broken Heart; 12. If You Were in my Shoes; 13. You’re Still the One I Dream Of; 14. 12 Steps to Drinkin’; 15. Sound of my Heart Breakin’; 16. Whatcha Drinkin’ (radio edit)
Publicist: KG Music Press
Review: In a world where “country music” is more rock than country comes a breath of fresh air. West of Texas provides a more traditional approach to country music that is pure Texas in its sound, incorporating more blues, folk and swing into the mix. This is the music you want to hear in a dance hall as you two-step, waltz and swing around the floor. What makes it even more interesting is the story behind the album, which began more than 10 years ago as a 3-song EP. Lead singer and songwriter Jerry Zinn developed health problems and was unable to sing from 2010 until 2019. Just as he was getting ready to return to the studio to complete the album, the world got shut down because of the Coronavirus. Fortunately, the final product was worth the wait, and allowed Zinn to work with some of the best players in the Southern California country and Americana scenes. We can hardly wait to hear what comes next.
Recommendation: If you love country dancing or just want to hear some good music with your beer, then this one is perfect for you. Go get it.
Track Listing: 1. Just a Shame; 2. Almost Home 3. Too Much is not Enough; 4. And Just; 5. Free Country
Publicist: KG Music Press
Review: It’s been a few years since we last reviewedHilary Scott, and her latest EP was worth the wait. Her musical sound has developed since then and is so much more than typical modern country, with a more alternative pop-rock sound. It truly showcases the eclectic musical taste of a seasoned artist, and is one of the best we’ve reviewed in quite a while. All five songs are different and we think the best is yet to come. We recently featured “Just a Shame” in our Monday Mashup column, but every one of these tunes could potentially be highlighted. We are truly looking forward to seeing which direction she takes in the future, and believe she will continue to be a shining light on the indie music scene. The EP closes with “Free Country,” which belongs on Top 40 radio.
Track Listing: 1. My Baby; 2. Cocaine; 3. Tumbleweed; 4. Love her & you need her; 5. 12 bar blues; 6. Good Thing
Publicist: KG Music Press
Review: If you’ve spent any time around the LA roots scene, you’ve undoubtedly seen Ben Reddell. He is the promoter of the weekly The Grand Ole Echo indie-roots music show and general manager of Bedrock LA Studios. He is also the unofficial “Mayor.” His last album was released in 2012. However, with the shutdown of the live music scene, Reddell found himself with a lot of time on his hands, so he turned his knowledge of the scene and his contacts within the scene into a fun, no-holds-barred album that will make you want to listen again and again. We really love the zydeco feel of “Love her & you need her” and “Good Thing” and the Jimmy Buffett influence of “12 bar blues.” This is an album that will definitely stand the test of time, and we already want to see it performed live. Please don’t make us wait another nine years for the next one.
Recommendation: , Definitely worth whatever it costs to add this one to your collection. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Track Listing: 1. Equation of Life; 2. This Town; 3. Worth the Wait; 4. Jenny Lynn; 5. Non-Typical Find; 6. Lemonade 7. Something Better; 8. Staring Down the North; 9. These Eyes; 10. Back the Other Half; 11. Silver Line
Publicist: KG Music Press
Review: This is our first exposure to the music of Tylor & the Train Robbers, and we guarantee it won’t be the last. They have a classic country sound that reminds us of such hitmakers as Sawyer Brown and Confederate Railroad. Lead singer Tylor Ketchum‘s vocals are reminiscent of a cross between another famous Ketchum (“Hal“) and Bob Dylan. The band is composed of Ketchum, his brothers Jason and Tommy Bushman, his father-in-law, Johnny “Shoes” Pisano, and his wife Jennifer. Other musicians who contributed included Bernie Reilly, Cody Braun and Brian Davies. Nashville needs to stand up and take notice of this band, as we believe they have what it takes for lasting success. The songs are designed to get you on on the dance floor, and the lyrics are memorable and fun.
Recommendation: This one is a definitely Get. Don’t waste time if you love great classic roots country.
Happy (observed) Independence Day 2021 and welcome to the new improved Indie Voice Blog. Enjoying my “weekend” today and tomorrow, so it was the perfect time to sit down and share these five new singles and music videos with you. Hope you are having a great holiday and are ready for summer and the return to “live music.” Here we go.
Our first single this week is from Rod Gator, the new moniker for multi-LA Music Critic Award winning artist Rod Melancon, who is also signed to Blue Elan Records. This one is dedicated to his home state and is “For Louisiana.” We think you’ll love it. Welcome Rod.
Our second single is from another Blue Elan artist, The Vegabonds. We love the classic country feel of this one, and definitely get “Shaky Hands” when we listen. Well done.
Suzanne Santo is one half of the Americana duo honeyhoney, and is a dynamic solo artist on her own. Her latest single is powerful and we can’t wait to check out the forthcoming new album. Give a listen to “Common Sense” and we guarantee you’ll want more.
We are overjoyed to share with you a new band that is upbeat and fun to listen to. Welcome to our blog, One More Weekend. We are really enjoying “Colourful Things” and can’t wait to hear what comes next.
Our final single this week comes from local California southern country rockers Sam Morrison Band. The song is called “Straight Outta Jacksonville” and features the Sons of Liberty. Grab a cold one and make some noise with this one.
NEW MUSIC VIDEOS
Before we share this week’s music videos, we have a special treat for you. One of our favorite country artists, Toby Keith has a new lyric video, and of course, it’s controversial. Check out “Happy Birthday America” and let us know where you stand.
Back in February we shared the single “A Lot Like Home” from Risa Binder. Today we are happy to share the music video, which features Benji Harris. We love this collaboration and hope it makes it home to CMT.
Next up is a lyric music video released yesterday by Shannon Clark and the Sugar. We love the beautiful cinematography and think you’ll get a kick out of their song, “Little Darlin.”
Somehow we missed this next music video when it was released back in May. It features the powerful and soulful vocals of Candace Devine and is from her new band Ponderosa Grove. What also makes it special are all the cameos from friends and fans, sharing their own personal losses. Remember those who have gone ahead of the “Waterline.”
Another video that debuted yesterday is the latest from Bryan Lanning and is a sentimental feel good song worthy of repeated listens. Check out “Slide into my GM” and see if it doesn’t make you want to relive those memories.
We close out this week’s edition with some smoking rock and roll from The NEW Bardots. They may be “On our Own,” but we are happy to join the party. See you next week.