Thursday, November 10, 2016

Introduction to the 3 bands I'll be working with in the upcoming year.

Howdy Everyone!

As Big Daddy Love is winding down from constant touring, I've been trying on different hats for the next phase of my life. Mostly I've been writing articles, creating podcasts, and helping other bands grow their careers. Out of those three, one of them feels completely natural to me--helping other bands.

I've decided to put my years of music industry experience to use by working with three groups that I'm absolutely passionate about. These three groups are similar in that they all create music on par with the best-of-the-best in today's vibrant southern music scene. The only thing separating these artists with festival headliners is how many people know about them.

That's where I come in. BDL was extremely lucky in how fast we moved up through the southeastern music scene, and I hope to use that experience to do the same with them.

Here are the three artists. Please find some time and play ALL of these videos and let me know what you think! 

Hank, Pattie, and the Current
An all-star group in every sense of the phrase, this new group out of Raleigh, NC had a huge showing at this year's IBMA festival. Boasting a wealth of three lead singers, four songwriters, and a banjo player that has turned the ear of both Bela Fleck and Jens Kruger, these guys and gal are a powerhouse group.  Keep up with them here.

The instrumental at the end of this half-set, "Sundown," is on the first ballot for Grammy nominations.

Aaron Burdett
Many of you know Aaron from the years of following BDL. Aaron has played a good number of shows with us and I've always worked hard to turn people onto his music. No Depression magazine wrote “A lot of great male voices have come from North Carolina including Eric Church, James Taylor, Randy Travis and Don Williams. With the release of 'Tinderbox,' Aaron Burdett has proven this his name needs to be added to that list.” –Rick Amburgey, No Depression
Follow Aaron here.

Here's a preview of one of his new songs he will be recording in the coming months.

Aaron Burdett - Something Out Of Nothing from Moonlight Mile Productions on Vimeo.

Kevin Maines

This guy--Holy Moly. When I first heard the music of Kevin Maines all I could think was "Why is this guy not on main stage of FloydFest?" Throughout the years of traveling around this country we've been handed dozens upon dozens of CDs. Many of them were good, a few were great, but American Hustle by Kevin Maines was the best. You can download this album for free HERE.  Do It.
Follow Kevin here.

These tracks will be on his upcoming album

Kevin called me one day and said he was going to attempt Stapleton's "Sometimes I Cry" for a studio compilation project. I said, "Good luck, but you should have a backup plan ready."  A few weeks later he sent me this. I knew his voice was good.  I didn't know it was this good.

--Brian Paul Swenk

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