WHO'S ON TOUR
The Crane Wives
Davina & the Vagabonds
Five for Fighting
The Marcus King Band
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4 ARTISTS TO KNOW
Garrett Sale, better known by his stage name, William Wild, is a 24-year-old alternative singer-songwriter. He was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, and while attending the University of Tennessee Sale began to record music and released his first self-titled LP under the pseudonym William Wild. While travelling through Europe, Sale wrote a number of songs that are on his new EP, Steady Now, where he examines his search for peace while grappling with self-pity, guilt and materialism. His sound and message changes throughout the EP from dark and harsh sounds to lighter sound full of warmth, growing as Sale grows.
Swim Deep is an indie/pop band hailing from Birmingham, England. The band members currently consist of Austin Williams on lead vocals, Tom Higgins on guitar, Zachary Robinson on drums, Cavan McCarthy on bass, and James Balmont on keyboard. The band was formed in 2011, and in late 2012 they began recording their debut album, Where the Heaven Are We, in Brussels. The album was later released in 2013 and their sophomore album, Mothers, was released in October of 2015. The band is currently on tour in Europe.
Firekid, born Dillon Hodges, is a country singer-songwriter and guitarist originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Firekid is now based in Nashville and is signed to Atlantic Records. Starting at the age of 11, after playing guitar for only about a year, he started winning competitions, and at the age of 17, he won the 2007 National Guitar Championship Bluegrass Competition. As Firekid his sound has developed, mixing his bluegrass roots with his love for Americana music, and adding in pop notes. His self-titled album, Firekid, was released in September of 2015. Firekid is currently on tour in the US.
Marcus King and his band hail from Greenville, South Carolina. Their sound: a broad mixture of rock, blues, psychedelia, funk, soul, and improvisation. Marcus, now only 19-years-old, has been playing in clubs since the age of 11, initially with his father, bluesman Marvin King, by his side. Marcus King’s talents have already led his band across the country, opening for artists like the Foo Fighters, Johnny Winter and Gov’t Mule. King’s band is currently signed to Warren Haynes’, founding member of Gov’t Mule, label Evil Teen. The Marcus King Band is currently on tour in the US.
THIS WEEK'S COVER
Song: “Purple Rain”
Original / Prince
Cover / Adam Levine
If you like AMERICA then try WILLIAM WILD