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"Lyric videos are becoming more and more popular all the time," Passamano notes. "They help fans connect with a song's message while creating an entertaining visual experience that further enhances the music." Sammy used Adobe After Effects software to create the piece; his first in this format. His previous efforts include conceptual and live music videos for The Roys, Marty Raybon, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Darrell Webb, Monroeville, Billy Droze and Brand New Strings.
"'No More Lonely' is pure Country soul with a Bluegrass heart ... reminiscent of the style that made Dolly Parton a star. This is music from the roots of both genres."
In collaboration with some of today's hottest songwriters, including Steve Dean, Larry Alderman, Jenee Fleenor and Keesy Timmer, as well as Country star Josh Thompson, The Roys are once again poised to take their listeners on an amazing musical journey. Exploring a vast array of human emotions, The View resonates with diversity as it traverses the highs and lows of life. From the inspirationally-celebratory "Mended Wings" to the heartbreak of goodbye found in "Heaven Needed Her More," to the powerfully poignant look at the life of an Alzheimer's patient found in "Sometimes," the duo tackles uncommon topics with grace, compassion and insight. Throughout the album, they are ably backed by band members Clint White (fiddle), Daniel Patrick (banjo) and Erik Alvar (bass).
The siblings teamed up with Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry icon "Whisperin' Bill" Anderson to compose the disc's title track. The song eulogizes Lee and Elaine's grandparents' final resting place at Saint Mary's in New Brunswick, Canada. The lyrics and melody paint images of the small church overlooking the river so masterfully that one might ask if it is the view God sees while looking out his own window.
"Elaine and I poured our souls into this project," Lee admits as he climbs aboard the bus for another whirlwind festival season. "We focused hard on writing what was in our hearts, used our band throughout, and recorded and produced it in our studio. It's a bit unnerving to throw so much of ourselves out there, but we wanted this album to tell The Roys' story," he explains.
"No More Lonely" was written by Elaine, Lee and Nashville hitmaker Steve Dean; the single is now available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, Google Plus, Rhapsody and eMusic.
Fans can catch THE ROYS at the following locations/venues this summer:
Nashville, TN -- The sophomore release from IBMA’s 2013 Emerging Artist of the Year nominee, Flatt Lonesome, displays a talented, tight group that brings a new level of maturity to their stellar - yet still youthful - musicianship.
Flatt Lonesome’s album, Too, is set to release July 15th and is soaring with sibling harmonies and hot picking that resounds in “So Far” to the serene, lonesome ballad “Make it Through the Day.” The band shines on Tim Stafford’s original “Dangerous Dan” and “Never Let Me Go” resonates with a playful swing style that demonstrates Flatt Lonesome’s versatility.
“Since the last release, we’ve learned even more about how to be a band,” says singer and mandolin player Kelsi Harrigill. “We still enjoy showcasing each member on this album, but our performance as a unit has created an even stronger musical bond. We are really finding our identity as the band Flatt Lonesome.”
Flatt Lonesome considers itself a family even beyond ties of blood and marriage. Their close bond is a result of both a life on the road performing as well as shared convictions. In addition to Bluegrass standards and originals, the band includes original Gospel songs that are delivered with sincerity.
With Too, Flatt Lonesome offers Bluegrass lovers a confident look into the future of the genre.
Flatt Lonesome has already enjoyed many highlights as a relatively young band. Performances have included the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (Boston, MA), California Bluegrass Association Festival (Grass Valley, CA), Summergrass (San Diego, CA), IBMA FanFest, The Grand Ole Opry’s 87th Birthday Bash, The World Famous Station Inn, the Red, White & Bluegrass festival (Morganton, NC), and The Lakes Festival (Pine River, MN). With their friend and mentor, Barry Waldrep, the band has played Music City Roots where they received a thunderous standing ovation and garnered many new fans from among the music-savvy audience. Flatt Lonesome has opened for Marty Stuart and even had Zac Brown join them on stage while performing in Georgia.
Preview and purchase today at Crossroads, iTunes, and AmazonMP3.
For more information visit: www.flattlonesome.com
Nashville, TN -- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their high octane take on progressive bluegrass music. Their newest album, Cold Spell is certain to establish them as torchbearers for the new generation of bands taking bluegrass from its traditional roots to a younger and broader audience.
Cold Spell is now available for pre-order for only $11.99 at Compass Records. The first 100 pre-orders will receive an autographed CD plus a free album sticker.
The album’s ten tracks show just how far the traditional bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, guitar and acoustic bass can go in the right hands. From the evocative opening track “Say It Isn’t So,” through the bluesy “No Life in this Town,” to the future jam grass anthem “She Said She Will” (featuring Solivan’s bluesy tenor vocals and a jaw dropping banjo performance from Mike Munford, International Bluegrass Music Association’s reigning Banjo Player of the Year), Frank Solivan and his bandmates (Munford on banjo, Danny Booth on bass and Chris Luquette on guitar) take their brand of bluegrass through the paces proving track after track that bluegrass can rock and groove. With special guests Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick.
Fronted by mandolinist, singer and songwriter Frank Solivan, his bandmates comprise , the band has been nominated for multiple IBMA awards including Instrumental Group of the Year and Emerging Artist of the year, and their current tour schedule includes some of the most important tastemaker festivals in the roots music world. Their new album COLD SPELL will solidify their position as torchbearers for the new generation of progressive bands taking bluegrass from its traditional roots to a younger and broader audience.New album features guests Leon Alexander, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Rob Ickes and Megan McCormick
Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan and banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they also earned 2012 and 2013 Best Bluegrass Band honors from the Washington Area Music Association.
[by John Welsh]
Traveling is a mindset.
The fundamentals for a successful experience have very little to do with planes or itineraries. It’s kinda’ like our profession. Does knowing what technically defines an F-stop help us find our vision or convey experiences through our images? Does it make perfect execution of intricate logistics, especially while on the road, easier?
(Straight from Wikipedia: In optics, the f-number (sometimes called focal ratio, f-ratio, f-stop, or relative aperture ) of an optical system is the ratio of the len’s focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. It is a dimensionless number that is a quantitative measure of lens speed, and an important concept in photography.)
Does this knowledge help us? Not really, though knowing it makes us appear smart…try deftly throwing around ideas like dimensionless numbers and quantitative measures regarding light next time someone questions how easy it is to be a photographer, then see what happens.
So, to officially marry travel and image-making we need The Producer. It’s one of the crucial roles that will help us survive The Great Democratization (in other words, handing us cameras that shoot video along with the many new roles we now have).
You need to either become a producer or hire one. Hiring one is expensive but if you do it yourself you’ll need to be a thorough planner to pull off intricate jobs without flaw. You’ll also need to balance the empirical stuff with the freedom to explore so you can open the door to the possibilities that will make great images. How do you balance this wearing of multiple hats if you decide to go it alone? Make a list and keep things simple.
Research everything. Know your subject like you’re the one who created or discovered it. Know your limitations and hire someone when you can’t do whatever needs to be done. Use GPS (or at least have good maps). Use referrals – kinda’ what ASMP is about – connecting shooters and assistants. Plan for emergencies (involving equipment, talent, transportation). Have a back up plan for the emergency plan. Buy extra insurance. Know how far it is to the local camera outfitter along travel routes to or at destinations. Turn over every stone along your path to project completion.
Will all of this guarantee a perfect shoot? Perhaps. But if not, extensive preparations will separate you from the pack and the not-so-perfect shoot can still be a success.
John Welsh is the current the Philadelphia Chapter President and STILL spending every spare minute of his time in the northern reaches of Pennsylvania filming really old school and abandoned coal tech for a documentary about preservation.