Mercury Down Alternative Featured Artist

June 3, 2015 in Alternative, Featured Artist by Indie Artist Radio

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Mercury DownIf you have ever wondered how a band gets started and what influences people to write music and lyrics, here it goes. Each of Mercury Down’s members has been involved in multiple bands over the last 20-30 years and has had influences from just about every genre of music.

Artists like The Beatles, Eric Johnson, Dada, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rush, Yes, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Wes Montgomery, etc…,

With all of this influence coupled with teaching and studio experience, the combination wouldfoster an amazing and diverse range of music and lyrics.

Mercury Down started as two solo projects in the fall of 2011. Larry Puterbaugh and Scott Shaver wanted to work on some of their own originals with Matt Cameron over seeing the production at his home studio. The initial idea was to lend their talents to each other’s originals. Cameron had a several songs of his own that were in need of some bass and vocals, so he decided to have Puterbaugh and Shaver trade studio time in exchange for work on his tracks.
There was no band collective in mind, explains Cameron, “just three projects that merged easily into one”, now known as Mercury Down. With new song ideas flooding in, the band decided tospend last year writing/recording, pushing the cd release to this year.

In the process of creating “Phases – Volume 1”, they started getting inspired with new musical ideas that began to transform into a second album. Stay tuned for “Phases – Volume 2” in the near future. It will include an amazing array of music that will more than complement the first album release.

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Soul Chatter Is A Touch of Rock

March 4, 2015 in Featured Artist by Indie Artist Radio

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SoulChatterSoul Chatter is roots rock, indie, folk-influenced, white soul, retro; ultimately the listener will decide what label(s) apply. We take the lyrics pretty damned seriously (at least the lyricist does) and work to create soul stirring compositions that stay with you, make you want to dig in a little. Intelligent, melodic, listenable rock songs with strong melodies, crisp guitar and rollicking keyboards. Toss in some horns and strings and plenty of heart.

History
Cleveland, back in the stone ages. The early 1980’s. Dark and dusty warehouses, long rehearsals, no money and trying to play only original music in a town with very few venues straying from a cover band format, especially with no local connections and certainly no pedigree. Modern music was hitting the radio. MTV had stumbled across its video format. We had real drums, a battered Wurlitzer electric piano, a couple of battle scarred amps and no ability or desire to play synth bass or a drum machine.

A band with three core members (keyboards, guitar and vocals) begins assembling original works. Ill-paid live performances, wallet-emptying studio projects and a revolving cast of support musicians straight out of The Commitments come and go. After a few years of long rehearsals, late night trips to Irv’s Deli and lots of very bad attempts at humor, the trio becomes a duo (the duo made this dubious mistake, but it has finally been rectified by the time of this writing). An ever-changing crew of characters join us for more studio sessions (whenever money other than that earmarked for rent was available) and the occasional ‘live’ performance.

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” Like Starting Over ” is a Great story about Former Wrestler & Fighter “Aaron Reese”

March 4, 2015 in Indie Films by Indie Artist Radio

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Like Starting Over“Like Starting Over ” is a Great story about Former Wrestler and Fighter “Aaron Reese” who is forced to Retire after he is serious injured after an Accident, so Aaron moves back home and gets a job as a teacher at his old School where he grew up, now he is a single dad raising his children and learning what love family and Passion is all about Follow the ” Reese “Family and share the love of family and how they learn as a family what love is all about.

Like Starting Over is a great Tv Project about a man who was a former pro wrestler who was forced to retire from wrestling when his doctor told him one night that his life as a wrestler was over because of too many concussions and other health issues, the Life of Aaron Reese now is about him moving back to His home town of Huntingdon Pennsylvania and getting a Job at his Old Elementary school. The story is a great story about a single father raising Pre teen daughters and a son this is Family Television show about Faith love and the Passion of life.

Forgotten Paradise A short Film by Sylvia Love Johnson

March 4, 2015 in Indie Films by Indie Artist Radio

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Forgotten ParadiseIn search for the answer of some of the most important questions in life, two young boys 8 and 10 years old put into action their creative skills, they decide to make a film about fear and loneliness. Research, a spirit of adventure and pure child like reasoning results in a surprising turn of events. A hearty, emotionally uplifting comedy, with poetic elements of spiritual awakening.

A short Film by Sylvia Love Johnson

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”Aristotle

Forgotten Paradise is an emotionally uplifting poetic piece seeking the attention of our youngest audiences. This ‘children’ genre film with simplistic and age appropriate content incorporates adventure, fantasy and imagination elements in a realistic manner, from the point of view of children creating stories and making films. It demonstrates a moral massage based around the concepts of fear and loneliness. We attempt at decomposing these feelings to find the real essence in them and then conclude that such feelings are but the creation of our own minds.

The idea was born from the desire to exploit “fear/s” which govern the majority of our awaken life as human beings; these feelings/emotions block our growth, our development, our achievement path and more. Thus the need teach our children to perceive ‘fear’ differently from an early age.

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things” Plato

Kirk’s The R & B Zone

January 22, 2015 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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KIRK Guitar ThompsonKirk’s The R & B Zones Forth CD/Album Release “Let’s Bounce” is a Masterpiece of hard soul hitting songs that grab you. Just Listen to “Let This Music Take Your Mind” that is one of the song on this album CD. Kirk(Guitar)Thompson is the Producer and writer of all the music on the CD.

He has been touring over 20 years and writes music for major artist. Kirk spent his first years studying Jazz guitar with Bill Harris and Classical guitar at Sophocles pappa in Georgetown wash DC. Kirk has toured with or on the bill with New birth, kool and the gang, The Isley Brothers, The Manhattans, The Chi Lites, Stylistics, Funkadelics. Let me tell you a short story of how I became an artist. My Musical carrier all started one night when my mother took me to see a concert, we were standing in line to get tickets at the Howard Theater in Washington DC. The line was around the building and down the alley. In those days they had a line to buy a ticket and a line to get in the concert.

At 10 years old I didn’t know who James Brown was, from that day forth I would never forget the show that James brown gave that night. That show left an unbelievable Impression, To be there and see James Brown Live in his Prime, well there are no words that can explain the electricity in that theater. After that night I knew who James Brown was, that was my beginning.

You Got That Feelin took seven month to finish, he put a lot off thought in his music, a good song can take months to create and only minutes to hear. but its those few minutes that drive our emotions and make us feel good. This is a special group very talented musically and vocally, With Kirk (Guitar) Thompson outstanding performance that captivates the audience makes this group worth every bit of you’re time to see. A very polished group of musicians, a must see live. ASCAP – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers welcomes Kirk(Guitar)Thompson as Songwriter and Composer.

Classical Pianist in the Soviet Union Yelena Eckemoff

January 22, 2015 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Yelena EckemoffPianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff entered the artistic world as a young classical pianist in the Soviet Union. Having studied both classical and jazz, she has performed in concert halls and with experimental jazz/rock ensembles. She left the Soviet Union and has been living the USA since 1991, where she developed a discography as an independent recording artist. Over the course of years, she has produced a number of recordings of her original, arranged, and classical music under the independent label, L & H Production. Her original music has been acclaimed as intelligent, reflective, sometimes dark and edgy, diverse and sentimentality-free romantic. It is rooted in the modern classical approach, much influenced by jazz and world music.

The Atmospheric Indie-Folk Owls Of The Swamp

January 22, 2015 in News by Indie Artist Radio

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Owls Of The SwampThere’s a sense of searching and mystery nestled in the music of Owls of the Swamp, the atmospheric indie-folk project of Australian singer-songwriter, Pete Uhlenbruch.

His forthcoming album ATLAS was mixed in Reykjavik by Sturla Mio Thorisson (Damien Rice, Markéta Irglová, Owen Pallett) and features guest performances from Markéta Irglová (The Swell Season), Ryan Karazija (Low Roar), Myrra Rós, Svavar Knútur and Phia. Recorded on his mobile studio across Germany, Iceland and the UK, ATLAS heralds a new voice for Owls of The Swamp — sweeping synthesizers, dynamic textures and rhythmic programming alongside his characteristic finger-picking and earthy vocals. The album, released on May 6th, 2014 on Labelship, ignites the never-ending desire to better understand one’s expanding environment. ATLAS offers a friendly and internal comfort for those carrying the weight of the world upon their shoulders, especially for those in search of a place to call home.

ATLAS acts just like the soft voice of reason. “Garden” is an airy, dream-like waltz that lends simple yet elegant guitar phrases. It feels just like a heartbeat, one that shows Uhlenbruch’s ability to create a grandiose and angelic landscape of sound. “Shapeshifter”, a rhythmic lullaby, is a soft and breathy sing-a-long. “The Hypnotist” tells the story of a haunted relationship between a hypnotist and his estranged lover. Cascading piano melodies and ghostly backing vocals from Irglová and the subtle production of Thorisson add a surreal and otherworldly dimension to this memorable song. “Shelter” shows Uhlenbruch’s ability to turn a pop song on its head with his combination of haunting vocals and his prudent reflection: no matter where we set up our home, one day we’ll have to pack up and move on.

His last album Go with River (2011) was received as “one of the sleeper hits of the year” (Timber and Steel)and “new folk music at its best” (Sony Ericsson Music Blogger). There is no doubt that location has played an influential role in the development of Uhlenbruch’s sound. His debut album Smoky Bay (2007) was an ambitious concept album that sought to capture the strange coincidences, connections and charismatic characters that shaped his experience living in Iceland. Uhlenbruch’s deeply embedded Wanderlust has also led him to perform extensively throughout Australia, Germany, Iceland, the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic. His arresting yet personal live performances have led to tours with artists such as Žamboši (CZ), Myrra Rós (IS) and Svavar Knútur (IS) as well as supports for Machine Translations (AU), Old Man River (AU), the Paradise Motel (AU) and Jens Lekman (SE).

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