Blog Posts by Wendy Geller

  • See It First! Whiskey Myers Reveal New Lyric Video for 'Early Morning Shakes'

    Whiskey Myers describe their music as being "honest," and — honestly — that's a pretty good way to put it. The Texas-bred band blends a no-holds-barred mixture of Southern rock, country, blues, and a bit of soul that has been rapidly attracting a fanbase over the past six years since the release of their debut in 2008.

    The band released their latest album, Early Morning Shakes, earlier this year; the set was helmed by noted producer Dave Cobb (whose credits include Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, and both Waylon and Shooter Jennings). Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the lyric video for the title track, exclusively for fans to enjoy.

    Whiskey Myers kept playing played hundreds of shows in the past year, including a headlining spot at Texas Thunder Fest and a slot opening for their heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd in Houston. If you'd like to keep up with their schedule, check here.

     

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  • Hear It First! Lenny Kravitz Offers Listen to New Song, 'The Pleasure and the Pain'

    It's been three years since we've heard a new album from four-time Grammy winning artist Lenny Kravitz, but as we all know, he hasn't been exactly taking a rest from his creative endeavors. In addition to his selection of red-hot acting roles (including his turn in The Hunger Games franchise), he's also helming his own design company... and, of course, working on music.

    Kravitz revealed in April that he'd be releasing his 10th studio album, Strut, through his own Roxie Records imprint, following his announcement that he'd inked a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album.

    Yahoo Music is excited to premiere a track from the new set, "The Pleasure and the Pain," for fans to hear exclusively. Fans will be delighted by the "vintage Kravitz" feel of the song, which features the musician's trademark vocal stylings and a dose of bluesy guitar.

    Kravitz has has sold more than 38 million records worldwide and released his landmark debut album, Let Love Rule

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  • Dee Jay Silver: Keeping Country 'Country' in an Unexpected Way

    Out of all genres of music, country may just be the one with the most purist reputation. Country fans, although tolerant of other types of tunes, generally want to keep their country just like that: Country.

    Make no mistake: Attending a country music event these days will certainly satisfy your hankerin' for good ol' fashioned redneck fun. However, even the most country of the country fests these days are adding current trends that have made waves at multigenre gatherings such as Coachella and Bonnaroo.

    A good example? Coachella caught flak this year for its growing emphasis on electronic dance music, with EDM tents attracting far more fans than the good old-fashioned rock stars on the main stage. While it's doubtful we'll be seeing Skrillex spinning next to Tim McGraw anytime soon, the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan did bow into this hot trend this year with its own uniquely country-friendly version.

    That would be in the form of one Dee Jay Silver, who's described as

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  • Annabelle Road: Following a Path To Stardom

    Rising country sensations Annabelle Road describe themselves as "Carrie Underwood-meets-Johnny Cash-by way of-Skynyrd" which sounds like one heck of a rep to live up to. However, if there is any band out there that could claim that admittedly eclectic mash-up, it's this one. The members come respectively from years of playing rock, pop, blues, and country.

    "I wasn’t really country when we started doing it," notes drummer Donovan Tarjeft, who along with his cousin/guitarist Jeremy Temple has honky-tonk music in his bloodstream (both granddad and great-uncle played the Grand Ole Opry!), but chose to play rock n' roll intitally instead. Turns out it was easy to change his mind: "Jeremy’s like, 'listen the amount of girls to guys [in the country audience] is like 10 to 1!'" he laughs.

    Vocalist Amanda Bailey agrees with the assessment. "The real story is they were in a rock band and my sister and I had two extra tickets to a Kenny Chesney concert, so we invited Jeremy and his friend...

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  • Hear It First! Lili Haydn Offers Listen to New Album 'Lililand'

    Few artists are as eclectic as Los Angeles-based Lili Haydn, who started playing violin at age 8, performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a teenager, graduated from Brown University, launched an acting career, and ended up making her mark as likely the most sought-after rock violinist on the planet.

    Now, the multi-talented musician is poised to release Lililand, her first full album in six years and fourth overall, on September 16. Yahoo Music is thrilled to premiere the entire tracklisting of Lililand for fans to enjoy ahead of release.

    As it turns out, there is a dramatic story behind the album's creation. "LiliLand is the jungle of my mind,” explains Haydn. "It was written and recorded in the four years following a freak chemical accident in my home, in which the pesticides in the foundation used to prevent termites made me sick, caused brain damage, and forced me to get rid of everything I owned."

    Haydn turned to her music in order to achieve recovery. "After trying every

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  • Gunnar Nyblad of Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys: Music is the 'Apple' of His Eye!

    Sure, Gunnar Nyblad would love it if you rocked out to his band's uber-catchy single, "Standard American." Or perhaps stopped by one of his shows to let him know how much you like his music. However, he does have a very important directive that he wants to make sure fans get front and center.

    What's that? Turns out it has to do with, well, fruit. "Eat Michigan apples," the singer-songwriter bellows. "Michigan apples are the best thing on this Earth!"

    OK, don't worry, this guy hasn't gone off his rocker, nor is he a health nut on a Steve Jobs-esque fruitiarian diet. As a matter of fact, when Nyblad isn't playing music, he's working for his family's fruit farm. The Michigan native has an agricultural degree from Michigan State University and spends a good amount of waking hours tending to thousands of apple trees ... so when he says his apples are the best, it's probably best to believe his expert opinion! 

    "I planted 14,000 Fuji apple trees this spring," he notes. "it’s nice having

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  • See It First! Counting Crows Debut Live Version of New Single 'Cover Up the Sun'

    After a lengthy, nearly two-decade run with one record label, the Counting Crows have decided to make a fresh start in 2014 with a new label, Capitol Records, and their first album of new original material since 2008. The set, Somewhere Under Wonderland, made its official debut this week following the release of several new singles that have won critical and fan acclaim.

    The band, led by Adam Duritz, was able to recently try out some of the new songs live in concert for the audience's approval.

    Here, Yahoo Music has the very first exclusive look at one of these, “Cover Up the Sun,” recorded live at Atlantic City's Borgata Event Center.

    Frontman Adam Duritz took the time to explain the history of the song in a recent interview with Yahoo Music (watch below, and see more of the interview here). Watch to learn more about this poignant tune and the inspirations behind it.

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  • Citi Culinary Beats: Toronto Meets L.A. When Celeb Chef and Quirky Band Get Together!

    "I got some freakin' pipes, I just haven't gotten my record deal yet!" So says gregarious celeb chef Eric Greenspan, who's based in Los Angeles and serves up his versions of classic dishes at the Roof on Wilshire.

    On a more serious note, he explains his reasoning for going into the culinary arts. "I didn't always know I wanted to be a chef," he says. "I always knew I wanted to be my own boss. I started cooking in college and I fell in love with it. The fire...the derelicts that I worked with," he jokes. "I just fell in love with that lifestyle."

    It's no wonder then that Greenspan gets along so well with musicians, including ultra-creative Canadian outfit Walk Off the Earth, who have charmed millions on social media with their clever "hands-on" covers of hit tunes. Like the chef, the members of the band knew from an early age they wanted to pursue a creative avenue, and do it in a way that had never been approached before.

    "[They're] a lot like I cook," says Greenspan of the band.

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  • See It First! Counting Crows Debut Rare Live Version of Classic 'Round Here'

     

    After a lengthy, nearly two-decade run with one record label, the Counting Crows have decided to make a fresh start in 2014 with a new label, Capitol Records, and their first album of new original material since 2008. The set, Somewhere Under Wonderland, made its official debut this week following the release of several new singles that have won critical and fan acclaim.

    With fresh material inevitably comes a desire to also revisit some of the band's classics. One of the most beloved Crows hits is 1994's "Round Here," a yearning ballad that for some fans defines the band's entire sound.

    Here, Yahoo Music has the very first exclusive look at “Round Here,” recorded live at Atlantic City's Borgata Event Center.

    “It still really sucks people in...it still works,” laughs frontman Adam Duritz in a recent interview with Yahoo Music (watch below, and see more of the interview here). He also explains that the song helped with the creation of their new single "Palisades Park" -- "We stick

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  • See It First! Nickelback Creates a 'Revolution' With Brand-New Video

    Few bands of any genre have been able to make a fraction of the impact Nickelback have on the overall music scene: The Canadian rockers have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and are notched in the books as the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 21st century — behind only the Beatles.

    It's been three years since their last album, and the guys are planning on releasing their eighth studio album, titled No Fixed Address, in November. It's their first set for new label home Republic (after years on indie Roadrunner Records), and the first single is also a departure for the band, having a political message that's not been part of their hit catalog to date.

    Yahoo Music is excited to premiere the very first look at the video for "Edge of a Revolution." Nickelback continues the theme of rebellion and dissent with the visual treatment for the song, combining arresting scenes of soldiers, protests, and a classroom full of children being fed messages of

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