Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Tift Merritt, is known for her sweet melodies and intricate lyrics, and has recently graced her fans with her latest album, Stitch of the World. On this album, she collaborated with Sam Bush of Iron and Wine and really focused on her roots and upbringing, reminiscing of what her father taught her, in creating this record. We had the pleasure of talking with Tift about her new album and the collaborations featured on it, her background in photography, and how her songwriting has shifted now that she’s a mother. Find out more about this exquisite musician, and her love of music, and the arts.
LOCAL BANDS TO COMPETE FOR THE CHANCE TO
OPEN FOR METALLICA THIS SUMMER
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 7, 2017 – This summer Metallica’s WorldWired tour hits stadiums across North America. The band has invited along special guests Avenged Sevenfold and openers Volbeat or Gojira to join them through out the summer. However, as some fans have noticed, there are a handful of cities (five to be exact!) where only one band from the bill is able to join. Since Metallica have had so much fun checking out local bands that fans voted for to open the shows in other parts of the world (Central/South America, Copenhagen and Mexico City), it only seems natural to invite fans to once again voice their opinion and help choose a band. This time around, the group receiving the most fan votes will hit the stage first on their own five-city tour!
SINGER-SONGWRITER JANEY STREET
Early Clive Davis Protégée Sets Her Musical Sights Beyond the Horizon,
Steps Out of the Norm and Deeper Into Herself
On New Album
IN MY OWN SKIN
Out June 23rd via Blue Élan Records
(Los Angeles, CA)— April 6, 2017 – Blue Élan Records is thrilled to announce the new album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter, JANEY STREET. The album, In My Own Skin, continues the meteoric comeback for STREET and will be released on June 23, 2017, nearly one year to the day after the release of her award-winning debut, My Side of Paradise. “When Blue Elan signed me, they didn’t know if I could still sing or if I was a heroin addict!” Lucky for us all, STREET is healthy, writes great songs and can still sing her ass off!
Wallace Detroit Guitars Announces Limited Edition ‘Firehouse Series’, Handcrafted with Reclaimed Wood from Iconic Detroit Firehouse
Aged Maple and Pine Salvaged from Floor of Old Detroit Landmark Inspires
Twelve One of a Kind, Timeless Instruments
Detroit, April 5, 2017 — Wallace Detroit Guitars, a Detroit-based guitar company that builds unique and timeless instruments using reclaimed wood from local landmarks, announced a limited edition ‘Firehouse Series’, available now. The instruments are lovingly crafted with original wood from the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters, located at 250 West Larned Street in Detroit. Salvaged pine and maple from the building’s floorboards will allow Wallace Detroit Guitars to build ten of its flagship single-cutaway guitars and two guitars with a brand new offset body shape. Like all Wallace Detroit Guitars, these instruments will feature expert craftsmanship and premium components for a playing experience and sound that matches their one-of-a kind historical significance.
Canadian musician, writer, and CEO front-woman of her own record label and publicity firm, Rose Cora Perry is not stopping anytime soon. She’s just getting started. Her first solo release came in 2010, Off of The Pages, and most recently, in 2016, released her sophomore album, Onto the Floor. Aside from creating music, Perry is a photography model, web designer & social media specialist, including print journalism and broadcasting. Rose chatted with Guitar Girl Magazine about her achievements in her exciting endeavors, her music video trilogy accompanying her sophomore album, and being vegan. Find out more about this chameleon of an artist!
HAUNTING ANTHEM “BANSHEE MOAN” OUT NOW
New York, NY (April 4, 2017) – Shannon McNally’s blues-Americana return, Black Irish will make you dance, break your heart, and save your soul. The album was recorded in Nashville, but its distinctive sense of place lies 210 miles west, where Memphis meets Mississippi. The primary colors of American music are black and white, and Black Irish displays that hybrid in many shades, mixing country, blues, soul, rock, folk balladry and classic pop. Shannon McNally will release Black Irish on June 9 via Compass Records. Pre-order Black Irish at iTunes HERE.
by Steve Gordon, entertainment lawyer
and author of The Future of The Music Business
MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Steve Gordon is an entertainment attorney specializing in music, television, film and video, and has assisted countless artists to navigate the legal aspects of the music business. His new book, The 11 Contracts, is an in-depth guide that will help any songwriter or producer understand binding agreements and help them negotiate favorable deals.
Country singer Maren Morris wore Randi Rahm last night at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The New Female Vocalist of the Year winner sparkled on stage in a Randi Rahm haute couture sequin wrap gown (price available upon request, www.randirahm.com).
Known as the Six String Siren to her fans, once you listen to blues rocker Diana Rein, you will quickly agree. Her voice will captivate you, her guitar skills will wow you, and her overall songwriting and musicianship will move you.
MARTIN GUITAR EXPANDS THE LEGENDARY STANDARD SERIES AND INTRODUCES 2 NEW DREADNOUGHT MODELS AT THE 2017 FRANKFURT MUSIKMESSE
C.F. Martin & Co. ® (Martin Guitar) will unveil a classic 0-18 and two new Dreadnought models this spring at the 2017 Musikmesse held in Frankfurt Germany from April 5-8. The DST and DSTG add even greater accessibility to Martin’s Dreadnought legacy by offering two great sounding and highly affordable D models that can ship internationally without delay.