Monday mashup 2021 (vol 30)

It’s time once again for our weekly Monday Mashup and this time it’s the final one for the month of September. Where has this year gone? There is so much great music out there and it’s getting harder and harder to choose which songs to share with you. We hope you love these five new singles and music videos we have chosen for you. But first, we have some news for you.

Ponderosa Grove wins Music Prize competition

My former client, Candace Devine, has been super busy during the pandemic. She started a new band, Ponderosa Grove, who has burst onto the scene with abandon. They recently travelled to Shreveport, Louisiana to participate in Music Prize’s Prize Fest competition. She was recently interviewed by KSLA News 12:

“I started my career as a backup singer to Christina Aguilera and then released a solo record that did pretty well. Then had a duo that was signed and toured and opened for Adam Lambert and Boys to Men and Michelle Branch. I sang on Ringo Starr’s record.”

Devine, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, lives in Prescott, Arizona. Her band, Ponderosa Grove, released its first album in June and it’s seen plenty of success so far.

She heard about Music Prize from a friend living in Arizona who was originally from Shreveport.

“We submitted to see if we could do Prize Fest and we made it in,” Devine said. “So it’s just been this really exciting, fun collaboration that’s blossomed into a beautiful thing.”

photo courtesy of Candace Devine

Devine and Ponderosa Grove walked away with the Grand Prize of $10,000. Congratulations and well done.

NEW SINGLES

Shane Alexander has been a valuable asset to not only the local LA music scene but has also performed across the country. He has just released a new single that, despite its name, will not bore you. Please listen to “Asleep” and check out his amazing catalog of great songs.

It’s been a minute since we last featured a new single from SARRA, but her latest, “All I see is You” was definitely worth the wait. She is a bright and shining voice that combines the best in old school R&B, and we simply love her sound.

LA Music Critic Award winners Carly and the Universe have been treating us to a bevy of great tunes as they have released single after single from their new album. As they say, all good things must come to an end, and they have saved the best for last. Check out their groove and “Rock the Baby.”

Speaking of great groove, we are pleased to highlight the latest track from LA emerging artist, Sun Kiss. This song definitely makes us just want to “Melt Away,” and chillax. We think this artist has a bright future.

Our final single this week comes from future country-pop superstar Crystal McGrath. It is a powerful song about breaking free of a toxic relationship. We can definitely hear this song on country radio, and encourage them to start playing “Back to Never.” Expect big things from this young lady.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

We kick off this week’s new music videos with this one from LA Music Critic Award winning blues artist Diana Rein. She may be on a “Broken Road,” but her music is the fix for everything else. Let this one get your week going strong.

Next up is the latest from The Greys. It shares a title with one of our favorite Halloween movies, and is pure magic. Check out “Hocus Pocus.”

Our third video is full of style and mixes the best of slow jam, R&B and reggae with the sweet sound of Australian band Sticky Fingers. We love the sentiments of “We can Make the World Glow,” and think this is a powerful anthem for change. Check it out.

Our fourth video this week talks about a serious subject – teenage drinking and death. It’s powerful and definitely gives us food for thought. Check out KULICK and their new single, “Time to Go.”

We close out this week with this superb video from rising country-pop star Leah Marie Mason. She tells the cautionary tale of “Hannah,” and we are listening carefully to the words. We think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this promising young lady.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 29)

It’s been another rough couple of weeks as I’m just finishing up a nine-day run of opening my store without a day off. I think the incredible new singles and music videos we’re sharing today will make the wait worthwhile, so let’s get started.

NEW SINGLES

Our first single this week comes from a songwriter known for her positive messages and incredible musical abilities. Aptly named “Hold On,” the latest single from the incredible Patricia Bahia will lift your spirits and give you hope. Welcome to the new anthem for this crazy time in our history.

They started out as a trio of sisters named Southern Halo before becoming the duo known as American Blonde. They have now released their debut single and it’s a definite keeper. Let’s give it up for this amazing band and avoid the “Quicksand.”

Continuing in the country/Americana vein, our favorite LA queer indie artist Abby Posner is back with another great tune. We think she has reached a new “high” with her latest, “Low, Low, Low.” This one is definitely going on repeat.

We haven’t featured any reggae/funk in a while and we think this new tune from Canadian rock band Gnome Chimpsky is just perfect. We love their vibe and look forward to hearing more from them. Check out “Peter Pepper.”

Our final single this week is from Asian American artist Roma Sheth. She has an incredibly upbeat style that deserves Top 40 radio attention, and showcases those abilities in her latest, “So I Run.” We think we’ll be hearing a lot more from this artist in the future.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Delaney Gibson may feel like an “Alien” in her transplanted home in Austin, Texas, but people that love great indie music think she is the Queen of the Realm. Check out her incredible new music video and definitely put her on your favorites list.

Next up is the latest from another of our favorite indie artists who moved to New York from California to pursue her Zen. She may be looking through “Rose Colored Glasses,” but we love the view. Thanks to Katie Costello for another instant classic.

Our third video this week features the stunning voice of Rachel Lorin. She is bringing her pop/country to a new high with “Shoot a Man,” and we think she is about to break into the big time. This one will get your toes tapping and deserves serious radio air play.

Continuing in the country vein, our next music video is a reimagining of a song that was recorded back in 2011. We love the visualization which brings the words of the song, “Erase You,” to life. Thank you Tawny Ellis for another beautiful indie music moment.

We close out this edition of Monday Mashup with another great country artist, but Teea Goans has a surprise for us. That amazing harmony comes from none other than the one and only Vince Gill, and we can’t get enough of this.
“That’s What I Know” is our pick for the best country song of 2021.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 28)

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Somebody forgot to renew the Blog’s website hosting (wonder who that was?) and then I got stuck working the entire Labor Day weekend. Yesterday my body was in recovery mode, but today it’s time to move on and share some great new singles and music videos with you. Are you ready?

NEW SINGLES

All must be right with the universe because ABBA is back! That’s right, the band that fueled a generation has returned with a new album, and even though they are not an indie act, we would be remiss in not sharing their new single. Here’s “Don’t Shut me Down,” which brings back so many memories for this child of the 70’s.

Our first new single this week comes from one of our favorite duos, Lauren Harding and Mallory Trunnell, aka Crimson Calamity. We have always loved their harmonies and witty lyrics, and their latest is no exception. Check out “Wild Card” and enjoy the beauty of this beloved band.

Next up is the latest from Blue Elan Records artist The Vegabonds. They continue to bring the right mixture of instrumentation, vocals and lyrics with their latest, “Feels Right.” This band deserves to be at the top of your playlist.

Our third single this week is from the fiery redhead CH3LS, who relocated from California to Nashville and has truly found her home in their local music scene. She’s become a regular at Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk and Rock n’Roll Steakhouse and has definitely learned how to “Break These Blues.”

Single number four is from an artist we introduced you to a couple of weeks ago. We think he is the perfect blend of musical genres, including rock, Americana, blues and more. Really love the horns on his latest, “Murder in the Dance Hall,” and we think we will be spinning Jeff Tuohy over and over again.

We close out this week’s singles with this particularly badass song from Ruth Lyon, who we are dubbing as the “next Amy Winehouse.” We think you’ll quickly fall in love with her voice and the dynamic sound of “Lemon Tree.” Enjoy.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

We kick things off this week with the latest from alt rockers Megan Nash and the Best of Intentions. This one is called “Check Quietly / Clean Slate,” and we love everything about it. Let us know what you think.

Our next video is from Teea Goans, who we recently brought to your attention. She has a style that reminds us of vintage Terri Clark, and we think she’ll be a major factor in the country music market for years to come. Check out her latest “The Detour,” and listen carefully to the amazing words.

Next up is the latest from European sensations Single by Sunday. This one will bring back great memories and is instantly memorable. Here’s “Give it to me Now.”

We would be glad to be “Home on the Road” with Taylor Rae. This lady has a great sound that deserves serious radio airplay and we want to be the first in line to see her live in concert.

We don’t share a lot of live videos, but we felt this one deserved the attention. Abby Posner has always been one of our favorite LA treasures, and her recent single release show for her upcoming solo album, held at The Hotel Cafe with her band, The Myth, highlights why we love her so. Check out “Water Meets the Stone,” and we think you’ll become a fan as well.

We wanted to leave you with a special video treat from ABBA. It is their first new video in nearly 40 years. Enjoy “I Still Have Faith in You.” We always will.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 27)

Happy Monday! As we approach the Labor Day weekend, indie musicians are still hard at work creating great music. Check out these five new singles and music videos as further proof.

NEW SINGLES

Do you love harmonies? They are in abundance on the latest single from Trousdale, “Always, Joni.” These ladies are pure magic. To quote from their Facebook page, “Trousdale is a powerful female band consisting of Quinn D’Andrea, Georgia Greene, and Lauren Jones. Their melodic and heartfelt harmonies are often compared to The Chicks and The Staves, but the girls draw inspiration from a wide array of music, including Crosby Stills and Nash, Kacey Musgraves and HAIM. Driven by their passion to empower young women, Trousdale is committed to making quality music that spreads a message of self-acceptance and love.”

Cover songs are a staple for many indie artists, but sometimes the cover is so good it deserves to be recorded. Such is the case for the latest single from LA super-songstress Shannon Hurley. She has once again delivered a killer cover, this time for Duran Duran‘s mega-hit, “Ordinary World.” Keep ’em coming, Shannon.

Our third single this week was the first track that The Electric Petals ever created. “We record all of our music on an island in the middle of nowhere for a reason. You have to take a boat there and there’s no cell service. You just completely tune out and let the music come together in an organized way without any city noise and distraction.” Check out the difference in “Wild at Heart.” We think you’ll want to add them to your playlist.

Our next band refers to their musical style as “sad Southern rock.” We think Red River Hymn is so much more than that, as evidence by their latest offering, “Catalyst.” Keep it rocking boys. We think you’re on to something.

Our final single this week is from the ethereal voice of Chloe Mae. She’s “Falling,” and we think we may be falling for her. Thanks for sharing this beautiful single.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week comes from Ontario, Canada. We are pleased to introduce you to Ellevator and their new music video for “Easy.” This one is easy to love.

Video number two is from a band we introduced to you back in March. The Flavians have a uniquely classic feel to their music, and bring it all in their latest video for “Black Bat.” Enjoy the cinematography in this one.

Our next artist, Wynnm, has a musical style that is haunting and ethereal, much like Enya, but definitely has the chops to make a name for herself. We love her video for “Twelve,” and will definitely be putting this one on repeat.

We are in love with “Girls Like You,” and expect to hear a lot more from Emilia Ali. With a style similar to Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey, her music belongs on Top 40 radio. Prepare to be wowed by this one.

We close out this week with a stunning lyric video featuring some of the best travel footage in recent memory. The artist name is Teea Goans and we wholeheartedly agree with her song, “Enjoy the View.” Love the sweet bluegrass feel of this one.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 25)

Just when it was getting safe to get back in the water, along comes Delta and threatens to force us all back home. We have been anxiously awaiting a return to normal concerts and hope that we can get past this glitch without having to go back to square one. How about you guys? At any rate, let’s share this week’s new singles and music videos to whet your appetite for new music.

NEW SINGLES

First up this week is the latest from the lead singer of one of our favorite Americana bands, honeyhoney. Suzanne Santo has released her second solo album and it is even better than her first one. Her latest single talks about something we all need, “Mercy,” and tells it in the best possible way. This one is definitely going on repeat.

Next up is the powerful ballad, “Colors Run,” courtesy of Matt Hartke. He continues to amaze us and this well-crafted song is the perfect way to show your support during these trying times. We think you’ll want to hear it again and again.

Our third single comes from Abby Posner, the voice of LA’s LGBTQ community, and is sung with perfect layered harmonies, reminding us of Raining Jane. It may be called “Emergency Use Only,” but we think she wouldn’t mind if you played it every day.

“Silver Arrow Sunday” is the second single from former producer and now artist David Franz. It is a breath of fresh air, with its unique desert rock sound that will truly haunt you. We love it and can’t wait to hear what comes next from this intriguing new artist.

Our final single this week comes from Tucker Wetmore, an artist that sounds as familiar as if he’s been on country radio all his life. He is asking for “Another Shot,” and we truly believes he deserves it. This one could easily be a chart-topper.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

If the voice behind our first music video of the week sounds familiar, that’s because he was formerly the lead singer for The Chordaes. His name is Leo Sawikin, and his song is entitled “Row me Away.” We adore his voice and wish him well in his solo career. We think it will be incredibly successful.

Next up is the latest from the always incredible voice of Rachel Lorin. She says she’ll take a bullet for you, even if you pull the “Trigger.” We are willing to join that que. This song belongs in rotation on Top 40 radio.

Our third video will leave you drooling for some of that sweet “Honey.” Carly and the Universe are back and this time around she uses every ounce of her sexuality to hook you. This one is definitely worthy of multiple views.

Blue Elan Records artist Chelsea Williams brings us a desert mirage performance video with her stirring cover of America‘s classic tune, “Sister Golden Hair.” At this point in her career, she could sing the phone book and we’d love it. Thanks for this brilliant new take on a classic hit.

We close out the week with a bittersweet video from LA Americana band Great Willow. The video was shot last May when some of LA’s best Americana bands got together to celebrate the right to perform and hang out with people again. They call it “Together Again,” and we wish we could have been there for this momentous occasion. Hopefully we can all continue this trend.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 24)

Missed our deadline yesterday due to work, so up early today to post the article. We are so proud to share these new singles and music videos. Enjoy these great artists.

LA MUSIC CRITIC AWARD WINNERS HIT #1 ON THE CHARTS

Two LA Music Critic Award winners have had some recent success on the charts. Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method‘s new single “You Better Think” debuted at #1 on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Song chart, while Brigitte Purdy‘s tune “Time to Love” hit #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Rock Song chart. Congratulations to you both.

NEW SINGLES

Speaking of Polly O’Keary, here is the band’s new single, “You Better Think.” It is further proof that indie music is the best music.

Next up is the latest from one of our favorite LA songwriters, who has been fairly quiet for a while. John West is back and better than ever with the release of his latest tune, “Lost in Japan.” We’re just glad we found this one.

Our third single comes to us courtesy of Ue3 Promotions‘ client Chesca, and this smooth ballad should fuel your wind down time. Just sit back and “Feel the Breeze.” Check out the rest of this amazing album, which just dropped on July 30.

Next up is a stirring country/Americana ballad from one of LA’s reigning queens of the genre, Pi Jacobs. She may have a “Broken Cup,” but we will take it.

Our final single this week is a beautiful love song written by Matt Jones for his girlfriend, Lauren de Miranda. We think it is one of the best love songs we have ever heard. Give a listen to “Crazy Over You,” and we think you’ll be back for more.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

Our first video this week is from an artist we featured back in 2016, and we’re thrilled that she’s back. Check out Ryal’s latest, “Feathers,” and enjoy the amazing flamenco dancing of Xianix Barrera.

Next up is the latest from Lucy & La Mer. It is a gorgeous acoustic cover of the Harry Styles‘ hit, “Watermelon Sugar.” We love it.

Our third video has a classic psychedelic sound and we truly dig it. Here’s “Floating in Air” by Monet’s Pond. We have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the future.

Are you a fan of the Netflix series The Witcher? If you are, then you will love “In the End,” the new video from Beth Crowley. This one will make you want to re-binge the entire series again.

We’re going to send you out this week with a rocking video from rue vox. This one features Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury and Heidi Shepherd and Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch. Don’t be a victim of the “90’s Villain.”

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 23)

As we enter the final week of July, the Olympics are in full swing and indie music is flowing freely. We’ve got some great new songs and music videos for you this week, so let’s get the party started.

NEW SINGLES

Our first single this week comes from another LA Music Critic Award winner, this time LA’s Constanza Herrero. She relocated to LA from her native South America after winning Best Latin Artist/Band, and we couldn’t be happier. Her latest is another gem, in the form of “I Didn’t Care,” but we know that she really does.

Next up is the latest from San Diego native and now Nashville musical maven Alyssa Jacey. She continues to improve her musical prowess and delivers a stunner with the remix of her song, “Drowning Me.” We are glad that she has overcome and we can’t wait to see what comes next.

LA is home to some very prolific songwriters, and one of our favorites has always been Patricia Bahia. She is an award-winning songwriter who has had multiple placements in television and movies. She is also a collaborator. Her latest collaboration with Betty Lawrence has become the band 7th & Hope, and the product of that union is called “Brand New Day.” Let it inspire you as the new week begins.

Single number four is from Blue Elan Records artist The Vegabonds. These guys always bring it to every song they release and their latest, “Heartache and a Memory,” is no exception. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Our final single this week is from the EP Empty Hearts which was released last Friday by Alexis Keegan. She has been off the radar for a couple of years but is back with an abandon. We love the third song “I’d Rather be Your Girl,” and believe it has what it takes to make it on Top 40 Radio. Let us know if you agree.

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

First up this week is the latest video from Adelaine Morin on her 10th anniversary as a YouTube artist. This one has a smooth R&B groove and is highly provocative. Check out “No Sugar.” This one will appeal to all your senses.

It’s very “Easy” to love the latest video from Laurent Bourque. We love the groove and could easily visualize the use of this song in a multitude of placement opportunities. We look forward to hearing what comes next from this sweet artist.

Our third video this week comes from the sweet Americana honey voice of Jenny Shawhan and is truly reflective of her debut album, Don’t be Afraid. Check out this beautiful video for the title track.

Next up is a funny video about trying to find the right “look” for your band. We love the 90’s feel of “Time Will Tell,” and think The Keystones definitely have the chops to find their place on the indie music scene.

Our final video this week comes from the intriguing mind of Jessicka. She shares her somewhat disturbing vision for her song “Mirrorball Midnight,” and leaves us wanting more. Have a great week and we’ll check in with you next month.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 22)

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.

NEW SINGLES

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.

Monday mashup 2021 (vol 21)

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.

NEW SINGLES

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.