Welcome to September. We have a special edition of Get it or Forget it, featuring the debut EP from one of our favorite actors, Riley Smith, star of Nashville and Frequency. In addition, we have the latest from The Grascals, as well as LA Music Critic Award winner Gabe Dixon. Have a wonderful Friday, and let’s get cracking.
Artist Name: Riley Smith
Album Name: Riley Smith
Genre: Country/Pop /Rock
Track Listing: 1. I’m on Fire; 2. I Can’t Keep on Missing You; 3. Break Somethin’; 4. Mad Love; 5. Selfish; 6. Change of a Season
Publicist: Chloe Robinson
Review: With a soulful voice over country tinged pop music, Riley Smith bursts forth on the indie music scene with “I’m on Fire,” the first single off his latest EP. Smith has the kind of sound that is truly radio ready and is perfect for both country and pop/rock formats. He has chosen a strong group of songs that showcase his voice and bring out the best possible sound. Every song on this EP is amazing, and worthy of repeated listens. We are pleased to welcome Smith to the club of artists with amazing voices, including the entire cast of Nashville, Lukas Haas, Minnie Driver and others.
Recommendation: You simply must add this one to your musical library. We think that Smith will become a very important member of the exclusive club of actors that can sing. Get it now!
Artist Name: The Grascals
Album Name: Before Breakfast
Label: Mountain Home Music
Track Listing: 1. Sleepin’ with the Reaper; 2. Demons; 3. Delia; 4. I’ve Been Redeemed; 5. Lonesome; 6. Beer Tree; 7. Pathway of Teardrops; 8. Lynchburg Chicken Run; 9. He Took Your Place; 10. Lost and Lonesome; 11. There is You; 12. Clear Corn Liquid
Publicist: So Much Moore Media
Review: The Grascals have earned their reputation for quality bluegrass music by choosing the right songs and arrangements. Since they were introduced by Rounder back in 2005, they have thrilled bluegrass fans around the world. On this collection, they have chosen to cover some of the classic songwriters of bluegrass and country music, like Bill Anderson, Jon Randall, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Paul Overstreet and Tim Stafford, while also showing their skills at writing (“Lynchburg Chicken Run”). Composed of John Bryan (guitar, clawhammer banjo and vocals), Terry Eldredge (guitar and vocals), Terry Smith (bass and vocals), Adam Haynes (fiddle), Danny Roberts (mandolin) and Kristin Scott Benson (banjo and guitar), this dynamic sextet take bluegrass to h\new heights, thrilling old fans and creating new ones. The Grascals continue to set the bar high, and every song on Before Breakfast only strengthens their position as one of the premier bluegrass bands in the world.
Recommendation: Lucky for you, this album is being released on September 1. We strongly recommend that you Get it before it sells out.
Artist Name: Istanbul Hippodrome
Album Name: No Way Home
Track Listing: 1, Overlord; 2. No Way Home; 3. Servovar Vent; 4. Diet of Worms
Publicist: Neon Tetra
Review: Istanbul Hippodrome is a British band with an entirely different sound. Their music is not so much songs but soundscapes, with a cinematic sound you would expect from your favorite movie soundtrack. Their music is eerie and ethereal, encompassing all your senses. It is music that you feel even more than just hear, as the unique yet cohesive sounds envelop you from head to toe, transforming your environment and setting your mind free to wander through the vast possibilities set forth in the notes. Their music is perfect for your solitude and meditation, when you want your thoughts to wander free.
Recommendation: This unique blend of sounds and moods is a perfect addition to your musical library. We recommend you pre-order it so that you will have it when it is released on September 8.
Artist Name: Gabe Dixon
Album Name: Live in Boston
Genre: Indie Pop
Track Listing: 1. Holding her Freedom; 2. Crave; 3. If I Love You; 4. Flow Like Wine; 5. Five More Hours; 6. Last Fool; 7. Find my Way; 8. All Will be Well; 9. Till You’re Gone
Publicist: Berklee College of Music
Review: This live album was recorded on the independent label of Berklee College of Music in Boston from a performance by Gabe Dixon, who is no stranger to indie music lovers. Dixon won Best Single for “Crave” and Best Male Pop/Rock Artist in the 2016 LA Music Critic Awards, and has been nominated for Best CD (Male) and Best Video (Live). We also reviewed his last album, Turns to Gold, and interviewed him after his LAMCA win. In this stellar live performance, Dixon shows his major piano chops as he brings to life nine of his best songs. He has that mastery of the ivory that was previously exhibited by the legendary Bruce Hornsby, as well as an uncanny ability to capture emotions in his songwriting. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend one of his live shows, then this is the next best thing to experience Dixon’s brilliance. It is obvious even from this live album why he was chosen to appear on the Carson Daly show last year. Although every song is amazing, we simply love his live arrangements of “Holding her Freedom,” Crave,” “Flow Like Wine,” and “Find my Way.”
Recommendation: If you love great music, then this one must be included in your musical library. We strongly suggest you pre-order it so that you will be among the first to have it when it is released on September 8. You can find it here.