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Saturday, Mar 8th, 2014

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition Announced. Nine From Texas, One From Houston.

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Nine of the finalists are from Texas including one from Houston.

AMERICANA - Stick Around

David Ramirez (Austin, TX, USA)

CHILDREN'S MUSIC - The Fairy Tale Song

Deborah L Wedekind, Don Koch (DeDe) (Houston, TX, USA)

COUNTRY - Breathe

Matt Aslanian, Kent Bell, Kyle Gaston, Justin Haber (Breaking Southwest) (McKinney, TX, USA)

Miss You Anywhere

SaraBeth Swagerty, Dean Sams, Misty Rae Carson (SaraBeth) (Murphy, TX, USA)


Aaron Wagner, Tyler Halford (Weatherford, TX, USA)

PERFORMANCE - When I Found You

Nakia Reynoso, Barry Goldberg (Nakia) (Austin, TX, USA)

POP/TOP 40 - Boy With A Kite

Joe Moralez (Dallas, TX, USA)

RAP/HIP HOP - Holy Water

(RAS) Riders Against The Storm (Austin, TX, USA)

TEEN - Homework

Victoria Celestine (San Antonio, TX, USA)

Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.

In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition.

Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.

link: Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition

Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014

Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Is March 13, 2014.

The "Unsigned Only Music Competition" is now taking entries for the 2014 competition - with the deadline of March 13.

The Unsigned Only Music Competition, is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. If you are signed to an independent label you ARE eligible to enter this competition. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. Mentors have included professionals from labels such as Universal, Sony, Atlantic, Capitol, Vagrant, Word, Bad Boy, Big Machine, Disney Music Group, G-Unit, Razor & Tie, J Records, RCA, Grand Hustle, and many more.

Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; 3 Doors Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post) , and more to be announced.

Genres of music accepted are: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Teen; and Vocal Performance. Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories.

We hope that you will enter, and we look forward to hearing your music. Again, the deadline to enter is March 13.

link: For more information and to enter, go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

Monday, Sep 30th, 2013


Recorded in 2000, Griffin's "Lost" 'Silver Bell' Album Features "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2," Later Covered by Dixie Chicks.

"Patty's voice became my favorite voice the moment I heard her sing, and Silver Bell is one brilliant song after the next. I have loved this album for 13 years and didn't think it could get better, but it has. This version has that incredible voice front and center where it always belongs." - Natalie Maines

"There's a whole lot of singing/That's never gonna be heard/Disappearing every day/Without so much as a word," sings Patty Griffin in "Top Of The World," a song from her unreleased album, Silver Bell, recorded in 2000 and intended to be the follow-up to her hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red. The album was not released by A&M Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change, and until now, it has remained a missing piece from Griffin's acclaimed catalog. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell will be released for the first time on October 8 by Universal Music Enterprises across all major digital and physical music retailers.

Silver Bell features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans by Griffin on vocals, guitar and piano with guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist John Deaderick, bassist Frank Swart, and percussionist Billy Beard. Emmylou Harris also joined Griffin in the studio to sing harmony on "Truth #2."

Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2" for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band's Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell's title track for her recent solo debut, Mother.

Through the years, Griffin's original songs have also been covered by many other notable artists, including Solomon Burke, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Linda Ronstadt, Ellie Goulding & Lissie, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, and Joan Osborne.

Since parting with A&M, Griffin has continued her successful, critically-acclaimed career, releasing 1000 Kisses (2002, ATO Records), Impossible Dream (2004, ATO Records), Children Running Through (2007, ATO Records), the GRAMMY® Award winning Downtown Church (2010, Credential Recordings), and her latest album, American Kid, released in May (New West Records).



Saturday, Sep 14th, 2013

Oz Knozz "True Believer" Reviewed by A. Dorian

Self produced 8/10.

In a way Oz Knozz reminds me of the old Schlotzsky's commercial, "funny name, serious sandwich". Not that the last album production was bad but this one is downright impressive thanks to having Brian Baker on board as engineer...

link: read more of Oz Knozz - True Believer reviewed by Alexander Dorian

Thursday, Sep 5th, 2013


Grand Prize Is Awarded To Canadian Country Artist Wes Mack

August 29, 2013 - The winners of the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced today, representing ten genres of contemporary music. With 22 winners and 100 Honorable Mentions, the US-based competition awards over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $10,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner.

The overall Grand Prize winner is awarded to rising Canadian country artist Wes Mack. His song "Duet" was the overwhelming favorite with the judges who predict a great future for this young and promising unsigned artist. From the silver screen as a film and television star to sold-out performances with Florida Georgia Line, Wes Mack is quickly taking the world of country music by storm. Influenced by artists as diverse as Hank Williams and The Beatles, Mack says, "I would always listen to those tapes with my parents on long road trips through the mountains. That's where I learned the melodies and storytelling which influences me today." As an actor, Mack has built up an impressive resume, including his recurring role in the CBC Western drama, Heartland, playing an up-and-coming country musician. In the past year, Mack has been writing and recording his music in Vancouver and Nashville, and his first single "Duet," featuring Carly McKillip of One More Girl, is currently charting on Canadian country radio.

The judging panel consists of iconic recording artists Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders); Iggy Pop; Neon Trees; Hunter Hayes; Cyndi Lauper; Dustin Lynch; Carly Simon; Brandi Carlile; John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Of Monsters And Men; David Crowder; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); G. Love; Craig Morgan; Jason Gray; Ryan Bingham; Aaron Shust; and The Mountain Goats. Judges also include a group of influential music journalists and editors from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, The Washington Post, and Spin.

Unsigned Only honors artists who are unsigned to a major record label and acts as a benchmark for excellence in this arena of contemporary music. Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. In addition to offering prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a prestigious judging panel, Unsigned Only takes it a step further and offers the Grand Prize winner the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be mentored by and directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals. Mentors include presidents and top-level executives from Universal Republic, Capitol, Vagrant, RCA, Bad Boy Entertainment, Disney Music Group, Atlantic, Sony, Big Machine, Word, and G-Unit.

Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan said, "With more than 9,000 entries from all over the world, the competition was so competitive, and the finalists impressed the judges with the immense talent displayed. We owe a great thank-you to our dedicated judges who demonstrated their critical knowledge of music in selecting this year's winners, and we are proud to recognize these winners. We are excited to now present our Grand Prize winner to our group of mentors, and we anticipate the experience to be beneficial."

Other winners include:
Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
First Place: Streets of Laredo (Auckland, New Zealand) - "Girlfriend"
Second Place: Skipping Girl Vinegar (Melbourne, Vic, Australia) - "Chase The Sun"

Adult Contemporary (AC)
First Place: Jerzy Jung (Haddon Township, NJ) - "I Hope"
Second Place: Mikey Wax (Syosset, NY, USA) - "Counting On You"

First Place: Paul Stephens (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - "Wonder"
Second Place: Skyhawk Drive (Greencastle, PA, USA) - "Whisper"

First Place: Fairchild Brothers (Toronto, ON, Canada) - "I Have Your Touch"
Second Place: Rachel Honza (Nederland, TX, USA) - "Anonymous"

First Place: Heymun (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - "By Sea"
Second Place: Ben Glover (Glenarn, Northern Ireland) - "Melodies of Midnight"

Pop/Top 40
First Place: Ginger And The Ghost (Sydney, NSW, Australia) - "Where Wolf"
Second Place: Miracle Bell (Dublin, Ireland) - Love Sounds

First Place: Teri 'Lyric' Green (Crown Point, IN, USA) - Death Of A Poet
Second Place: Tia P. (Inglewood, CA, USA) - I'm Already Tomorrow"

First Place: The Deans (Galway, Ireland) - "Lonely Like Me"
Second Place: Stefan Weiner (Northampton, MA, USA) - "Say I'm Strong"

First Place: Darla Beaux (Las Vegas, NV, USA) - "Rebel Soul"
Second Place: Lena Fayre (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - "Silver"

Vocal Performance
First Place: Nehemie (Miami, FL, USA) - "Tainted Love"
Second Place: Nikisha Reyes (London, England) - "So Cold"

Unsigned Only is sponsored by Sony Creative Software, Disc Makers, David Bean Photography, D'Addario, Mrs. Fields Cookies, The Music Business Registry, Celebrity Access, and CAD Audio.

For more information and to view the list of winners and Honorable Mentions, go to www.unsignedonly.com.

link: www.unsignedonly.com

Sunday, Sep 1st, 2013


Fight For My Soul Out September 17th On Concord Music Group.

It's been seven years since Jonny Lang released a new studio album, but the wait is almost over. Lang has signed a new recording deal with Concord Music Group and will release Fight For My Soul - the follow up to his Grammy Award Winning 2006 album "Turn Around", in North America on September 17th. The album will be released on the Mascot Label Group in the UK and Europe on September 2nd.

"This particular record has taken quite a long time to finish for a lot of different reasons" Lang remarked. "Most of all, I started having kids a few years back. Between being with the family, and being out on the road touring, the last thing you want to do when home is to go make a record. I'm really happy with the body of work we have for this one. It's kind of hard to be excited and know what the record is going to be like when the process is extended over such a long period of time. Today, sitting here, I'm really proud of the recordings." Lang has been working on the release for three years with Producer Tommy Sims, who co-wrote Eric Clapton's Grammy winning "Change the World." The duo collaborated on the project from the ground up.

Fight For My Soul truly defies categorization by a single genre. The textured arrangements, broad worldview, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing are what defines the album. It is unequivocally what Lang aimed to achieve over the long period he has been working on reaching a realized vision. He offers, "Much of what I've experienced through music and life in general is in these songs. I really like reaching out and connecting with people. For me, this is what it's all about. It keeps it fresh with different experiences every day."

Since the release of his 1997 major label debut "Lie To Me", the then 16 year-old Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. As always, Jonny Lang will be on the road leading up to and beyond the release date of Fight For My Soul. Along with a full North American tour schedule, in October Lang will embark on his first extended European tour in over a decade.

For the latest news on Jonny Lang:

link: Pre-Order Fight For My Soul by Jonny Lang

Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2013


This is not just a fundraiser or a benefit show... this is so much more! We have gathered some of the best bands around Houston from all different genres to come together and show Pam some love and support. She is currently fighting stage 4 cancer and is just beginning her chemo treatments. She has such a positive attitude about beating this, and we feel this event can only lift her spirits higher and give her even more to fight for!!

This is a 3-day event and 100% of the proceeds made from the door and the silent auction will be given to Pam to help pay for her growing medical bills. We will have food trucks, the best bands in Houston and a silent auction.

Here's a few of the items that will be in the silent auction:

Houston Astros Tickets
Sugarland Skeeters Tickets
4 VIP Passes to Houston BrewFest
Dinner for 2 w/ wine pairings @ Abiza
Local artwork
Concert tickets to HOB/ Bayou City Music Center and more
Salon Gift Certificates
and so much more!

Admission for each day is $10 and you can buy them presale or the day of the event!

We will also be setting up a donation account for those that aren't able to make it out, but would still like to contribute! That info will be posted at a later date.

Here's the bands that have graciously donated their time and talents, so we could make this even possible:

Friday Sept 6, 2013
The Tontons
The Suffers
New York City Queens
Wild Moccasins
Feather Face
Second Lovers
The Manichean (Acoustic)

Saturday Sept 7, 2013
Pride Kills
Black Congress
Knights of the Fire Kingdom
Bury the Crown
Bastard Cult

Sunday Sept 8, 2013
The Last Starfighter
Nine Minutes
In Exile
Safe Haven
Fear and Wonder

Each individual day will have it's own Facebook event with links to the bands and set times. We want to thank everyone in advance for all the help we are getting to put this together! Houston truly is amazing!!!

link: Facebook event page.

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Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Name: Steve Gibson
Guitarist, Bassist, & drummer looking to add any combination of guitar/keyboard/vocals. NO drama or egos please! Practice weekly and gig every other mon th (as schedules permit). Located in the Cypress/Copperfield area. We play classic rock/blues covers-Tom Petty, Allman Brothers, CCR, Clapton, ZZ Top, etc. This is mostly for fun, but we want to gig when we can.
Phone: 713-249-3329
Email: skigib63@gmail.com

Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
Name: Cody
New project (currently guitarist and drummer) looking for a bassist. We play a southern/blues based heavy metal hoping for a bassist with good groove (think Geezer Butler or John Paul Jones). If interested, text is the preferred contact method. Thank you for y our time.
Phone: 832-579-6624
Email: cohammock@yahoo.com

Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
Name: Kenny Scarborough
The band SOUTHWIND with Ty Phillips is currently seeking a qualified bass guitarist. Our website is located at www.southindmusic.com Interested candidates must be very familiar with "classic" C&W as well as "current." Commitment is a must. If you are not interested in committing to the project...then please don't apply. Must be dependable, substance free, no drama, good equipment, good references. Thanks!
Phone: 409-466-1271
Email: Southwindmusic@live.com

Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
Name: Juan Reynoso
Looking for a bass player that's into Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal that wants to make originals. Email if you're a bass player.
Email: toomuchspaghetti@gmail.com

Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Name: Polyamorous
80’s rock cover band looking for gigs. Few of the band that we cover are: AC DC, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Journey, Motley Cure, Poison, Van Halen and many more. Looking for: Clubs, Bars, Ice houses and Private Parties. Email us for pricing. Polyamorouslive@gmail.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGIeR7VMAhY
Email: polyamorouslive@gmail.com

Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Name: VSRecordings
VSRecordings has special studio rates untill Aprill 31st.Contact the studio for more info @ 832-704-1219.Or visit the website for all info and booking info.www.vsrecordings.com
Phone: 832-704-1219
Email: vsrecordings@yahoo.com

Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
Name: Victoria Cirillo
I am a singer/songwriter/guitar player looking to start my own personal band. I am a solo act looking for people to back me up (drums etc.). I a m looking for SERIOUS people only who are willing to go somewhere with their music. I am looking for guitarists, drummer etc. I have good connections so I only want serious people. Message me for more info!
Phone: 832-712-7879
Email: Victoriacirillo75@gmail.com

Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Name: David Ruhl
The Rock Center Band Rehearsal Studios has 40 monthly rooms when available and 4 hourly rooms with PA, drums and amps. Never a deposit or monthly contract at the RC! Call David at RC main line 713-981 -6555, call or text cell 713-894-1923, e-mail ruhldavid@rocketmail.com or check out www.rockcenterhouston.com!!
Phone: 713-981-6555
Email: ruhldavid@rocketmail.com

Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Name: Rodney (guitarist)
Looking to start new project, influences are (red, karnivool, apc, 32 leaves) looking to really find the right members first and demo through ga rage band app to get the ideas flowing before dedicating to any practice rooms. Must have pro gear and attitude and transportation . Looking to keep it close to home, ages 21-30 preferably. This is for serious musicians. Please have past material (audio/video) ready to share
Email: Raltenbaugh@gmail.com

Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Name: krystal
90's alternative cover band looking for summer gigs: dive bars, festivals, parties, weddings, icehouses, beer joint, bars. PA provided DJ capability available too. email us for pricing and info. facebook.com/altmatter
Phone: 832-689-7448
Email: altmatter@gmail.com

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Oz Knozz "True Believer", self produced 8/10 Reviewed by A. Dorian

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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
9:00 pm

Luther and The Healers
Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club
5731 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77025

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
8:00 pm

Acadia Bar
3939 FM 1960 West
Houston, TX 77068

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
9:00 pm

Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne Tribute Band) and Judas X (Judas Priest Tribute Band)
The Concert Pub North
2470 FM 1960 W
Houston, TX 77068
Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne Tribute Band) and Judas X (Judas Priest Tribute Band) share the stage for a night of killer classic metal. Halford...Osbourne...need I say more ! ! !

Monday, Apr 21, 2014
6:00 pm

Eric Gales w/ Peterson Bros.
Dan Electro's Guitar Bar
1031 E. 24th
Houston, TX 77009

Saturday, Apr 26, 2014
6:00 pm

Luther and The Healers
Kemah Boardwalk Stage
Kemah Waterfront - 215 Kipp Ave
Kemah, TX 77565

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