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Emerging Artist Series: Sam Bradley

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Hi folks! Things have been busy here in the studio, I have so many ideas and topics I want to share with you… all in good time, right?! Sometimes I have something on my mind and it sits there and begs to be written about and shared (aka stealing focus away from other tasks)…. and the past few weeks it’s been this great musician, Sam Bradley. sam-bradley-not-your-kind-ep

Why has Sam been on my mind? He recently released his highly anticipated third EP, Not Your Kind; and it’s been playing non-stop in the studio (and my mind). It is a five track, beautifully recorded and produced collection of heart felt music, with a touch of banjo. (I love me some banjo). The ladies over at Shack of Soul hit the nail on the head in their review (which is hilarious): “This EP is the closest I have ever come to feeling like I am listening to him live.” And seeing Sam live is quite the treat. I finally saw him live last September and I was amazed with his ability to capture the crowd and stay connected with them the entire set. His presence on stage and sound live is something you need to experience to understand why his fans are so devoted. The set was by far way to short, I could have listened to Sam sing, tell stories and engage the crowd the entire night. He is currently touring the UK in support of Not Your Kind; I hope he plans on touring the US again soon (hint, hint). Take a minute to check out Sam Bradley, you won’t be disappointed!

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Emerging Artist Series

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I am a firm believer in supporting artists & musicians that spark an interest or chord with me. I love to connect with others by talking and sharing artists and musicians, especially those whom are hovering below the radar. My goal is to share these artists and musicians with any one who will listen!

To kick things off I want to tell you about this great musical movement that started in London several years ago, Communion. Communion is a community of musicians, artists and fans that showcase emerging talents. The movement has quickly grown and now many cities have their own Communion monthly shows. A few years ago, I was reading an article about the British folk scene and these “club nights” hosted by Communion, the article mentioned British musician Marcus Foster and had a link to one of his songs. I was immediately smitten with the tone of his voice and beautifully composed songs. In this day and age of the “interwebs” I quickly searched for more of his music to listen to. I was able to find an EP to buy, but knew the best way to get his music library was to attend a show.

I ( not so ) patiently waited for a US tour with a show I would be able to attend. Finally, last March I had the pleasure to see Marcus live. He did not disappoint, on the contrary I was even more impressed with his music live. Marcus has this likable charm and quirkiness as he relays stories of the road, and an incredible energy when he plays… you can see it move up from his feet and course through his being as he plays. Last fall I was invited to attend a secret concert weekend that included Marcus. I was blown away by the invitation, incredibly nervous and anxious to attend… this was way out of my comfort zone. But when would another chance like this arise? I am so happy I put my big girl pants on and attended the weekend. If it is at all possible, Marcus was even more impressive. He is also a very kind and funny gentleman. ( I gave him a set of custom personalized stationery but was so nervous I didn’t even tell him what it was or that I created it for him *hangs head* ) I walked away from the weekend with a greater appreciation for Marcus’ music, a bunch of new friends who share the same passions and a little more confidence. 😉

Marcus is on tour in the US right now! He has many stops, and I encourage you to try to get to one. Tickets are not expensive and you will get a night out and an incredible music experience. I am attending as many as I can, hope you do too!

Backstage at Country Music’s Biggest Nightâ„¢

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Music Inspired Stationery at the CMA Awards

Sparetire Design, in association with The Artisan Group, will be participating back stage at the official gift lounge for The 46th Annual CMA Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a big fan of music, I am beyond excited to participate in the official gift bag and lounge for The 46th Annual CMA Awards. The event is held backstage, October 29 – November 1, 2012, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. After the performers get ready for Country Music’s Biggest Nightâ„¢ they will come through the official lounge and admire the hand made wares of The Artisan Group. The musicians will walk a way with a huge bag full of items designed for them and the CMA Awards. There are 30 artists’ work in the bag, including a set of Sparetire Design’s music inspired designer stationery.

I will have stationery on display, backstage at the lounge as well, with music and Nashville at the heart of the design! Country music’s biggest stars will be walking through; I am beyond excited to have my work, that is very much inspired by music, in front of artists and musicians that inspire me. One of my favorite bands, The Civil Wars, (check them out!) is nominated for Vocal Duo at the CMA Award show. The prospect of Joy and John Paul having a set of my stationery is positively thrilling!

Performers:
Jason Aldean
The Band Perry
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Kelly Clarkson
Eli Young Band
Brantley Gilbert
Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Little Big Town
Brad Paisley
Blake Shleton
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Zac Brown Band

Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Album of the Year
Luke Bryan, Tailgates and Tanlines
Eric Church, Chief
Miranda Lambert, Four the Record
Dierks Bentley, Home
Lady Antebellum, Own the Night

Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriters)
Eli Young Band, “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” – written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You” – written by Dave Barnes
Dierks Bentley, “Home” – written by Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers
Miranda Lambert, “Over You” – written by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
Eric Church, “Springsteen” – written by Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell

Single of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)
Jason Aldean, “Dirt Road Anthem”
Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You”
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”

Musical Event of the Year
“Dixie Highway,” Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band
“Feel Like a Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” Willie Nelson featuring Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson
“Safe and Sound,” Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars
“Stuck on You,” Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker

Music Video of the Year
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Kenny Chesney, “Come Over”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup”

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

Tune in!!! The CMA Awards live, November 1 at 8p on ABC

Experiences : Marcus Foster Live

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Marcus Foster at Rockwood Music Hall

Marcus Foster live at the Rockwood Music Hall, with Bobby Long. It was a pleasure meeting these two incredible artists.

Ever have a musician you would drop just about anything you had planned to go see? On top of my list is British singer songwriter Marcus Foster. Last night I was finally able to see him play live at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. I’ve waited a long time for him to come state side for a tour. Marcus did not let me down! In typical Marcus Foster style he entertained and charmed us with stories from the road and laughed at himself when he spent a few minutes tuning his guitar in the wrong key. He is one of those musicians that the music pulses through as they perform; every inch of him exudes his passion and talent. His voice is raw and gritty, his lyrics poignant, funny and brilliant. The intimate venue made it feel like hanging out with an old friend. Just when I thought the night couldn’t get better, he invited his friend and fellow Brit Bobby Long to join him in two songs. Marcus and Bobby played “Crooked Sky” and a very entertaining version of “Kiss is a Knife”.

I was able to grab Marcus’ new EP which is only available at shows, and was able to meet and chat with him. I am always leery meeting someone I admire and respect, but Marcus was sincere, grounded and kind. I got a chance to say hi to Bobby right before he hopped in a cab as well; he too was gracious and kind. It is really great to be able to tell someone how much you enjoy their music, and to have them truly appreciate your support. These guys are the type of artists and people you want to shout to the world about and yet keep it to yourself because you don’t want to change the incredible dynamic they’ve created. Bobby and Marcus are true talents… take the time to listen to their music, and if you have a chance, be sure to catch them live. You won’t be disappointed!