From sunny San Diego, Willie Ames is a guitarist/banjoist/singer/songwriter performing acoustic folk/rock music. At the age of 18, Willie became deeply inspired by the music of Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. Willie has written, and continues to write, his own original material that has listeners comparing his sound to his influences and other well known musicians.
Willie’s track titled “Desert Run” is a good example that proves his ability to finger pick his instrument while singing. As many other banjo players play bluegrass style of banjo, Willie digs deep to find a harder/darker rock type of sound. For years now, Willie has been performing showcases at music venues, festivals, party functions, corporate gigs, and weddings with his original music all across the United States (all 50 States covered to date).
His current album Night Owl features 10 original tracks (with both his solo work and collaborations with other musicians) and a cover of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Never Going Back Again”.
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“Desert Run” by Willie Ames
Indie dance/pop band Side FX is picking up momentum and cranking out hit after hit. The boundary-defying group is back for the fourth time to give fans a new album. Released on September first, Spin Me Ever After is available for purchase on the band’s website and iTunes.
Side FX with lead singer, Kim Cameron (the ‘FX’ factor), is well known for exploring new sounds and combining rhythms and beats that, together, offer the unexpected. National TV and films have licensed their songs and radio stations across the US, UK, Canada and Australia have added them to their playlists. Have a listen to the title track below.
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“Spin Me Ever After” by Side FX
mp3 and image of Kim Cameron courtesy of Cleo Gordon, LaFamos
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British guitarist and singer, Neil Halstead, released an album today on Brushfire Records titled Palindrome Hunches. The song “Full Moon Rising” is the first single. Neil is an old soul and his newest solo record is exactly who he is – welcoming, warm, clever and kind. He likes mellow music, after all. Staunch fans of his fiercely alternative music in the early 1990s (with his teenage band Slowdive) may not enjoy his transformation, but I welcome it.
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“Full Moon Rising” by Neil Halstead
mp3 courtesy of Brushfire Records.
Image by John Isaac courtesy of MTV Hive