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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Country Artist Cody Joe Hodges

December 29, 2014 in Country/Western, Featured Artist by Indie Artist Radio

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Cody Joe HodgesCody Joe was recently nominated as Rising Star for the 2014 Texas Music Awards. He has also been nominated as Male Country Vocalist of the Year at the International Music and Entertainment Association for 2013 and 2014.

Cody Joe is a traditionalist in that he loves the sound of traditional country. Steel guitars, fiddles and good, old-fashioned story-telling songs, remind him of the way country music was when he was growing up.

Cody Joe Hodges’s music has been described as “outlaw country”, with a large influence of the country greats and performers who started the genre in the late 70’s and 80’s. Cody Joe’s voice ranges from silky smooth to raspy seduction. He and his band always thrill, putting on a high-energy performance at every show. It is rare that you will find someone that reaches across the aisle to both the old and new generations, but Cody Joe Hodges does it every time. Cody Joe’s sound is something out of the past, and his writing style of the here and now. His goal for every show is to fill the dance floor and get the crowd moving.

Featured Soul Artist Jerry Adams

February 23, 2014 in Featured Artist, News, R/B - Soul by Indie Artist Radio

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Jerry Adams“Brown-eyed Country Soul”
A mix of soul, country, and R&B, Jerry Adam’s music is singular among today’s vast music scene. Adams’ smooth personality is exemplified by his continually evolving sound with influences he attributes to The Temptations, Marvin Gay, and Otis Redding. He refers to his timbre as “brown-eyed country soul”. Growing up in Cleveland County, NC, Adams molded his voice while singing to himself in hot cotton fields and participating in local talent competitions. Many of his family members were in the entertainment industry themselves, and Adams says this played a big role in his attraction to the music business. His mother, Ruby Guyton Adams, sang in church choirs and his father Odell Adams, played a
role in the gospel movement in the South. Adams himself now has eight children and holds tight to strong family values.

In 2005 Adams quit his job as an independent paralegal to pursue his dream as a performer. After frequently performing at school functions through elementary and high school, and occasionally singing at night clubs – “when his mama gave me permission”, laughs Adams- the singer/songwriter tapered off his musical endeavors. During and after his time attending Gardner-Webb University, Adams made very few performances, but was eventually called back by the allure of the stage. He hopes to one day walk the red carpet at the Grammys, and sing with a few stars along the way.

In May, Adams performed at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC and was asked by the crowd and venue owners to return in June as the headliner. Adams currently has three original tracks and one full length album released titled “Send a Letter”. He has performed several of his songs for “Cleveland County Idol Search” and is preparing for more performances in the future. On June 15th, Jerry was selected to perform at the 2013 Pop Rock Country Extravaganza in Charlotte, NC. In regards to his accomplishments, Adams laughs and says, “I just sing”.

Maw Band Featured Rock Artist

December 5, 2013 in Featured Artist, Rock by Indie Artist Radio

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Maw BandI am a singer-songwriter and performing artist. I have been writing lyrics longer than I have been playing the guitar. Maw Band is an acoustic rock/funk band with musical influences including Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews, Jack White, Glen Hansard, Neil Young, Jack Johnson, Marcus Eaton, Colin Hay, Slightly Stupid and many other acoustic based artists. Made up of a group of guys from all styles of music we have created a driving, rhythmic sound that will pull you in and sit you down then bob your head and dance around. Now Touring.

We have shared the stage with artists such as, the Romantics, Reckless Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars, Muzzie Braun, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress and many more!

This past summer toured venues throughout CO, UT, ID, WY, MT, OR & WA.

s Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars, Muzzie Braun, Robert Walter's 20th Congress and many more!

This past summer toured venues throughout CO, UT, ID, WY, MT, OR & WA.

Idzkan Up and Coming New Age Artist

September 16, 2013 in Featured Artist, New Age/Electronica & Dance by Indie Artist Radio

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An aspiring singer/songwriter who wants to inspire people with my song. I want to create ART with my music and connect it with catchy hook to make it sounds experimental and diverse.

My genre is mostly dance electronic and some hint of pop. My debut album “The Art of Love” will be out later this year and Dj Wizzy which is an 11 years old producer will be the executive producer.

Support my music because I want you guys to get the message that I want to spread to the world.

Paul Bibbins

July 19, 2013 in Featured Artist, Rock by Indie Artist Radio

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Paul BibbinsThe rock-n-roll power trio is my thing, or thang, as some would say. Give me a great drummer and a solid bass player and I am in hog-heaven. But situations do not always allow one to do what one wants to do….

One of the biggest issues that I’ve faced in the past with trying to get my original music together has been the fact that it usually has taken drummers that I’ve worked with, a long time to lock in with me on the groove of the songs. It is the “nature of the beast” so to speak, with me…because odd-meters are my forte. Most of my songs buck the 4/4 timing trend of the bulk of the music of today. In fact, a lot of my songs are as odd-metered as hell; and flow freely from standard time signature, to one odd time signature, and then to a different odd time signature…and all within the same song.

Trying to convey those time signature changes in real time while rehearsing with the typical drummer, and have him lock in with me on the groove and the changes, got very frustrating at times; especially for the drummer because the process took so very long.

Usually by this time the bass player, if we had one, was frustrated also….So what would invariably happen is that we would abandon trying to hash out my original songs, and we switched to working on Hendrix cover tunes and blues cover tunes. This didn’t really bug me too much, because I loved playing Jimi Hendrix songs; but I still had the burning desire to get my original songs hashed out and recorded.

The power trios that I put together never lasted for very long, or went anywhere; so I have never built a name for myself as a performing musician….Been a 9 to 5 working stiff all my life.

I’ve been playing guitar for many, many years—I play my guitar regularly now, but there have been various times in years past where my guitar was like an abandoned child: I just would not give her the time she deserved.

A big stretch of guitar abandonment happened when I got heavily into building special effects pedals for myself. Although I haven’t done much of it in recent years, there was a period of a few years where all I wanted to do was electronic circuit building…hours upon hours, upon hours! During those times I would be like a mad scientist, with electronic parts and test equipment thrown all around whatever room I was working in. I rarely played my guitar during the times when I was prototyping and testing the electronic circuits that went into the effects pedals—I would only touch my guitar when I needed to use it to test the sounds produced from the effects pedals.

The crazy part is that I was building effects pedals to make me sound better on my guitar; but I wasn’t actually doing any real guitar playing. And it wasn’t the case where I was building effects pedals to sell to other guitar players…I was building the pedals strictly for myself.

A real benefit, though, of doing the electronic circuit building is that I got really good at being the primary architect of my musical sound…for example, I got it down to the level of knowing which type and value of capacitor I preferred sound-wise for the inputs and outputs of the effects pedals, and so on.
I did eventually get all of that out of my system…and I re-focused my attention on guitar playing and song writing.

I feel that I am at a good place musically at this time….Technology has enabled me to overcome all the obstacles I experienced with frustrated drummers and bass players; and has allowed me to shape my musical vision exactly as I have wanted to for so very long—I found the perfect “drummer” in a fantastic drum machine made by Roland Corp.; and I haven’t looked back. I program the drum tracks for my songs to be exactly what I need them to be; whatever time signature…no frustrations what-so-ever.
In spite of this, my music is still power trio music—recorded “live” with me singing, and playing my guitar over the rhythm track of bass and drums…no guitar overdubs.

I hadn’t planned on doing another album/CD anytime soon…..I did a couple of them in the past; with so-so quality and production.
The eleven songs on my latest CD, “Joe Kool Jack: a slight ode to Jimi Hendrix”, are a group of recordings that I’ve done over the last couple of years. I originally did most of the songs mainly for the purpose of putting out youtube videos; with no pressure on myself at all to do a CD.

But like the seasons of the year, things always change…..I stumbled into mastering my own music; which lit a fire under me to up the sonic quality of my music, which lit a fire in me to do another CD; or at the very least, a digital download only album for iTunes, etc.

I can hear people saying (thinking), “You call it ode to Jimi Hendrix, but the only Hendrix song that I see listed on your album is Voodoo Child….so what’s up with that?”……my answer is that Hendrix is such a guiding force in how I approach my music and songwriting, that all my songs are in some ways odes to Jimi….it’s as simple as that. It’s also why I crowned the album as a “slight” ode to Jimi Hendrix.”

That said though, my version of Voodoo Child is unlike any version that you’ve ever heard….guaranteed. Jimi would never do anybody else’s song just like they did it; and so that is the attitude I took when I did Voodoo Child….it’s extremely different from Jimi’s original version, but still squarely in the spirit of Jimi.

The album’s title track, “Joe Kool Jack!…ode to Jimi”, is a bona fide tribute to the man himself, and it is a track that I’m exceedingly proud of…..Jimi Hendrix was, and still is, “a six-string killer in basic black.”

I am, in fact, exceedingly proud of every track on this album.

Make no mistake about it: if you desire Hendrix type fire, originality, and imagination in the music that you listen to…..then you’ve come to the right place baby!!

….and you won’t believe that all that sound that you hear is just me alone, and a rhythm machine doin’ our thing!

Enjoy,
Paul Bibbins

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