14 independent artists. Each week we will have a top 10 plus new songs to try and break into that top 10 this week's artists are 10. Blake Pettis "Dear Jesus" 9. Sam Phelps "Talking to a Friend" 8. Ashley Puckett " Bulletproof" 7. Ryan LittleEagle " If It Was Me" 6. Miles Landrum "Child of Wonder" New Artist Julian Fulco Perron "You Can't Stop a Dreamer" New Artist Jeff Ehling "Love What You Have" 5. Jason Adams "Forbidden Fruit" 4. Run Katie Run "15 Minutes" 3. Thomas Hinds "She Thinks She Loves Me More" New Artist Tofte "Down by the River" New Artist Ben Bostick "Feeling Mean" 2. Jessica Turoczi "Let Me Dream" 1. Sam Roark "G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thegeorgiasongbirds/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thegeorgiasongbirds/support
Ryan LittleEagle is a Native American singer-songwriter and musician from San Antonio, Texas, now living in Dawsonville Georgia. Influenced by the likes of George Strait, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, and R Carlos Nakai, Littleeagle blends the rich storytelling of Country/Americana music, and with the cultural roots of First Nations music creating a style called NDN Country.
Ryan is a multi-award winning international performer and musician having won two Native American Music Awards (Debut Artist 2012, Best Instrumental 2014) and two Canadian Indigenous Music Awards (Best Flute CD 2013, Best Flute CD 2014). Ryan has enjoyed performing for diverse crowds throughout the United States, and internationally to the Carribean and South America.
Ryan has released three albums: Straight from the Heart (2012), The Long Journey Home (2013), and My Songs My Stories (2014), as well as three single, including a collaboration with Peruvian based cultural project PERUSA El Ultimo Inka. His most recent single “Fly with Me” was released on March 13th, 2020.
Additionally, LittleEagle is a Native American cultural educator and traditional dancer, having spoken at private events, museums, schools, and colleges throughout the United States. His great respect for his culture and people is evident and represented in a positive way through his music. Ryan tries to utilize his talents to bring awareness to events and issues affecting the indigenous communities in the Americas and other parts of the world. He is truly an ambassador for bridging the gap between the old ways and the new.
Sam Phelps is a Kentucky born singer - song writer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. His love for Country, Bluegrass, Americana and Folk music led him to his career in music. Sam shares his life stories of growing up in rural Appalachia, and moving to New York through his music. His gentle harmonies, and powerful guitar solos are what creates his distinct and undeniable sound. The bucolic rolling Kentucky hills bleeding the American Country life meets New York gritty edge is felt throughout Sam Phelps’ music.
Thomas Hinds is a singer/songwriter out of the four corners area of New Mexico. He has been playing and writing since high school and life has given him the opportunity to get out and support his new album "Resurrection Road". "Resurrection Road" is his third independant release, recorded at Kitchen Sink Studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Jono Manson behind the board. This release is a step forward in letting the songs speak for themselves, a stripped down collection of thirteen tracks that show you the bones that inspired the stories found on this record.
Thomas will be on the road most of 2020. He has a catalog of originals that reflect a life filled with love, loss, and the phases of heartache. Hinds' first release "Ghosts and Lamentations" was released in 2015, then in late 2017 he released an EP titled "Barbwire Bouquet" with two songs recorded with Jono on that release, "Keep On" and a reworked "Favorite Hello" that was originally on "Ghosts and Lamentations", who according to Jeffrey Foucault, "showed a lot of growth in the songwriting". So, now with "Resurrection Road" a step towards solidifying his writing ability with a touch of Ray Lamontagne and Steve Earle in the fabric of the songs stretching out in this collection.
Thomas has relocated to northern Georgia and will be playing a lot of shows in that area, while working on a Midwest tour in March and an east coast run followed by a tour across the country and back starting in June. Be sure to catch a show if he is in your area and contact him if you are interested in hosting a house concert or have a venue looking for an original artist to play along his route.
Thomas wrote a book filled with Poetry & Prose published on September 17, 2020 titled "In the Details" now available for purchase on Amazon. For a limited time only, signed copies of the book are also available direct from Thomas via PayPal.
Combining energetic performance with raw talent, Sam Roark is paving the way as an influential Musician in the modern generation of music. Music saved Sam's life, now she is connecting with others through her music. Music is healing, music is POWERFUL. Sam has the most powerful vocals, that will give you chills. Since embarking on her career in 2000, Sam Roark continues to captivate fans with her signature sound, fierce passion, and unique performances. You will be hooked from the first note. Read on to learn more about this talented musician.
LEAD VOCALS, FIDDLE
Born in Decatur, GA, Jessica started playing fiddle at age the age of 7. She spent her high school years playing Irish and Bluegrass fiddle on the streets of Atlanta and performing at music festivals and small venues throughout the state.
For Jessica, playing and writing songs with Sweet Young Twang feels like the culmination of all of her musical experiences so far. The collaborative approach to song writing, the incorporation of humor into the music, and the experimentation with different genres and styles are just a few of the many things she loves about the group. Performing with Sweet Young Twang has been a dream come true!
What do these three words mean? As the music world will soon learn, a lot more than you might think.
They’re the name of a song — an urgent summons to a young girl, to run not from danger but toward adventure. They’re the name of a band — one of the few new bands in recent memory that can rock multiple genres, flaunt resonant harmonies, and showcase a dynamic lead vocalist whose passion and power demand attention.
But there’s another meaning. It’s the inner whisper heard or maybe felt by that vocalist, Kate Coleman, that beckoned toward a life where hard work promised independence, where the best way to express herself was by calling her own shots.
That song would surface on her first solo album, Past. Already Kate had forged a unique style, inspired by artists as diverse as Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, and the trio known then as the Dixie Chicks. Each had walked that path that would follow, leading to that place where emotion, honesty, and freedom come together.
Her journey continues with Running On Love, featuring the latest music from Run Katie Run. It winds through the restless drive, complex emotions, and exhilarating key changes of “15 Minutes,” travels between the candor and yearning of “Kinda Hoping,” explores the bitter commentary of “No Way Out,” riding a current of tight rhythm, and summits at Kate’s climactic — and frankly stunning — high note in “Running On Love” builds toward an explosive ending. She lays down the law to an irresolute lover on “Stay Or Leave,” amidst blazing fills and solo breaks from her musicians. And “Stolen Time” confirms Run Katie Run’s ascension as one of today’s best harmony bands.
While Kate is quick to share credit with her bandmates, the fact is that Run Katie Run centers on her singing, writing, and presence. Its story, then, traces back to Buffalo, New York, her hometown. Her gifts first surfaced through dance. “It was my heart and soul,” she affirms. “I was sure I was going to be a dancer. Music was just a fun thing for me.”
But there were signs that her interests would change. In Kate’s freshman year, when the time came for her high school’s annual Anything Goes talent show, her mother suggested that she set aside her dancing and try doing a vocal number instead.
“She really pushed me hard,” Kate recalls, with a smile. “So I did ‘Big Deal’ by Leann Rimes. I don’t think anybody knew I listened to country music let alone sang. But everybody was so impressed! They made me feel like a rock star. From that point, I was like, ‘Oh, okay. I think I get it.’”
Although she would immerse herself in the dance program at Buffalo State College, music won her allegiance by her senior year. “A couple of my professors were planning on giving me a big feature role in the annual dance concert,” she remembers. “I think they had high hopes for me. So they were heartbroken when I didn’t do the show. I mean, dance will always be a part of me. I even have a dance floor in my dining room! But a gut feeling told me then that it was time to choose music.”
Before graduating with a degree in dance and communications in 2011, Kate had joined her first band. Known as Naughty Dawg, they played cover songs at bars and parties, where she built her stage chops. Through playing music, Kate met her husband, Corey Coleman, and as their relationship blossomed, they started playing as a duo throughout the Buffalo area as Kate and Corey. It didn’t take long to realize that they had something special but that it needed to be transplanted to a market where they could earn the recognition they deserved.
“Buffalo was a great place, but as far as doing original music goes, there wasn’t a whole lot of possibility there,” Kate explains. “On top of that, we wanted the whole lifestyle. We wanted to be in a van, going from city to city in the South because the weather would be more agreeable for that. We thought about moving to Austin for a minute. But because my older sister lives in Georgia, I was like, ‘Why don’t we check out Atlanta? There are 40 cities within a three-and-a-half hour radius. We can tour small.”
So they made the move. Soon their calendar filled with bookings at clubs and corporate events. They even tried their luck at a national talent search, the Country Showdown (hosted by Jewel at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium), and finished in second place in the final round. More significantly, at an open mic one night in Georgia, they were so impressed by a trio called Highbeams. They became mutual admirers and close friends over the next several years, so it was no surprise that Kate recruited guitarist/banjo player Adam Pendlington, bassist Stephen Quinn, and drummer Ian Pendlington to play on her solo album, Past. Corey played guitar and recorded the album. Then, as offers started coming in to play at clubs and festivals, Kate made them an offer that, luckily, they couldn’t refuse.
“I asked, ‘Can you guys play with me?’” she says. “‘You know the songs already. And we have so much fun just being in a room together. Would you be into keeping this going as a five-piece?’ I wasn’t thinking that this would be my band, with them backing me up. I was like, ‘We all write. We all play. We all sing. We can all contribute.’ It was the guys who said, ‘We’d love to do this, although it really should be your thing.’ And it was Adam who said, ‘It should be called Run Katie Run.’”
Their union was kismet. “They never make me feel limited,” Kate points out. ‘They don’t make me pigeonhole myself or hold me back or tell me, ‘That’s not country enough,’ or ‘We need to stick with this.’ Who needs that? Because as long as it’s us making the music, we’re gonna sound like us.’”
Which leads to another truth behind the name of this band. With these five talents combined, they’ve come a long way in a short time. But there’s still a long path ahead, with countless opportunities to create and entertain and fulfill their promise.
This race is just beginning. Run Katie Run!
Ashley Puckett was born and raised in North Huntingdon, just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ashley realized her passion for music at a young age, performing at vocal competitions and community events, and eventually, landing at open-mic nights and shows in bars and clubs, doing anything to keep the music and her passion alive. Her musical influences have been empowering..shaping the artist she has become: Ladies like Lee Ann Womack, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Sara Evans, Carol King and LeAnn Rimes. At age sixteen Ashley picked up the guitar, began writing songs, and the adventurous country girl hit the road. Somewhere between skydiving and bungee jumping, Ashley was introduced to world class Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Bryan Cole and Lead Sound Engineer, Doug Kasper at Tonic Studios. With legendary musicians Mike Brignardello (bass), John Willis (banjo), Mike Johnson (Steel Guitar), Heidi Engel and Tammy Petty ( Background Vocals) and hot newcomer, Adam Ernst, Ashley’s debut album and lifelong dream, “Never Say Never” was made a reality. The album released on MTS Records February 14, 2020 , featuring the first single, “Medicine” that debuted August of 2019 and has already had over 101,000 Spotify streams, while her follow up, "Bulletproof" is streaming right behind at over 69,000 and counting since it's release January 2020! Ashley has already earned herself a mention in Billboard Magazine's "Women of Music" edition in December of 2019. She has been featured on countless radio stations, podcasts, magazines and social media outlets, including her hometown Froggy radio. When the June 12th 2020 issue of New Music Weekly magazine hit the stands, Ashley Puckett grabbed the #1 AM/FM Country single, “Bulletproof.” This is just the beginning of the young starlet's rise to the top!
Torill and Olav Tofte have been on stage together since 1988. In 1994 they started the band “Don’t mess with Alice”, which was changed to “Tofte” in 2001, playing mostly Olav’s songs – a mix of acoustic ballads and -70’s southern outlaw. They played in bars, clubs, larger events and country festivals in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Their songs “Living man”, “Down by the river” and “The one to pay” were released by 4 indie labels in the US - The Country Gazette, Comstock Records, Nite Sky Records and Hill Topper Records. Which lead to air play in the US, Australia, New Zealand and 10 European countries. They have also participated in 2 Norwegian compilation CD’s, have released 3 Maxi single CD’s and 1 CD production between 1994 and 2006. They have had the opportunity to work with some of the best country musicians in Norway. In this period they also played at the same festivals in Norway as Willie Nelson, Marty Stewart, Paul Overstreet, Hal Ketchum and Steve Earle. They also happened to meet Scotty Moore (RIP), Elvis’s first guitar player, who became a good friend after several meetings in Norway and Nashville. He liked Torill’s voice a lot, and said he could be quoted on that. At the end of 2006 the couple decided to take a break from the music business.
They had their comeback 4 years later, and chose to do charity-, cultural- and church concerts. In 2014 their daughter Pernille (vocals) and Henning their son in law (drums), joined the band. And together with two longtime friends they band became the family band Tofte. In 2016 they released an album with 3 psalms and 7 of Olav’s songs on Mudistore. The album were recorded live in their home, and was released almost “as is”. Tofte then did several various concerts, including tribute concerts arranged by Norwegian Americana Forum.
In September 2017 Torill and Olav recorded 3 of Olav’s songs at the 515 studio in Nashville – “The star”, “Answered prayers” and “Pray, work and stand tall”. They got great assistance from Erik Halbig – guitars, lap steel, mandolin, banjo (Lonestar, Collin Rae), Jay Weaver - bass (Dolly Parton, Mavericks), Tim Grogan - drums (Desert Rose Band, Tanya Tucker) and Billy Nobel – organ, piano (Tim McGraw). The songs were made digital available in December 2017 to July 2018 on Spotify, iTunes, Wimp/Tidal, and others by Indigoboom, and was heard live at their concerts. “The star” and “Answered prayers” were also promoted and released by NiteSky Records, USA in 2018 and 2019.
During the autumn of 2019 Tofte got a one page review in the magazine Country Music Europe. And, even more important, they were signed at FAJo Music, Norway, that will promote and release a new album. The album has been recorded during the spring of 2020, at Kleiva Studio, Halden. With Freddy Holm as a producer (also guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, lap steel, pedal steel, citar and keys), Eivind Kløverød (drums and percusion), and Finn Tore Tokle (bass). The album / CD "Coming home" was made available for purchase 05.08.2020. The record company, FAJo Music,will release the album digitally in November 2020.
Ben Bostick is a South Carolina-raised, Georgia-based outsider country singer-songwriter and one man band. His influences range from Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen to Otis Redding and Tommy Emmanuel.
After leaving home for a decade of rambling and toiling at odd jobs, Bostick blew into California and decided to try his hand busking on the Santa Monica Pier. To the great surprise of the former ranch hand and roofer, Bostick found that he could make a living playing music. Ben saved his busking money and used it to record his debut EP, My Country, in 2016. No Depression says, “he comes on like an unholy alliance of George Jones and Merle Haggard.” My Country was nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Roots/Country category.
His debut album, Ben Bostick (2017), takes on a more progressive country tone, recalling such artists as Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson, and showcases his versatility as a songwriter. “This eponymous album is so well written that it is to look into the heart of the divine, a true great,” says Liverpool Sound & Vision.
Hellfire (2018), Bostick’s sophomore release, is a collection of high energy songs written during his band’s yearlong weekly residency at The Escondite in downtown Los Angeles. It was during this residency that Bostick solidified the lineup in his band and set out to write material to suit the players and the venue. Lonesome Highway says, "Bostick has a wicked & wry sense of looking at things and amidst a gumbo of Country, Rockabilly, Blues and Rock we are treated to plenty of drinkin’, hard partying on Saturday nights, lustful love flings, poor boy messes and just downright bitter and mean men - loners set to do you harm."
September 2019 brought Bostick and his family to Atlanta, GA. Back in the beautiful southeast, he plans to keep making music and playing 200+ shows a year. His latest album, Among the Faceless Crowd, was released on April 17, 2020 to universal praise. The Daily vault says, ""The haunted feel and moral complexity of these songs inevitably bring to mind Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. It’s a point of comparison one should never make lightly, but it’s merited here thanks to the exceptional craft and affecting power of Bostick’s songs."