Feb. 20, 2021

The Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown Week 31

The Georgia Songbirds Weekly Top 10 Countdown Week 31

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. Sonia LInares "Ended" 9. Ben Bostick "Feeling Mean" 8. Art and Wick "Dusk" 7. Aaron Richard "The Same Kind" 6. Jessica Turoczi " Let Me Dream" New Artist Geary Nelson "Tonight She'll Hold Me" New Artist Kay Cook-Abbott " All Roads Lead to You" 5. Thomas Hinds "She Thinks She Loves Me More" 4. Maxine MacLennan "Good and Gone" 3. Coffee & Flowers "When You Fall in Love" New Artist Sami Lavette "Not Just a Girl" New Artist Greg Drews and the Truth "Goldmine" 2. KJ Wood "Fred Astaire" 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

Thomas Hinds

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.

Sam Roark

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.

Jessica Turoczi

Jessica Turoczi

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!

Art and Wick

Based in Atlanta, GA, Art & Wick is an indie band created from the collaboration between Christian Artieda and Amy Smithwick. Our debut album is available anywhere you listen! www.artandwick.com

Ben Bostick

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."

Maxine MacLennan

Maxine MacLennan is no stranger to music fans across Canada. She has performed extensively throughout Canada and parts of the United States doing shows and high profile showcases for music industry events. She has been a guest on television shows including the East Coast Music Awards (CBC), The Country Beat, (CBC), Up and Coming (ATV), Breakfast Television (ASN), The Tommy Hunter Show (CBC), That Country Feelin' (MCTV), The Joan Kennedy Show (ATV), and many many more. And these days, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, she can be found performing on Facebook's Ultimate Nova Scotia On Line Kitchen Party (COVID Series) and Christopher Cross Music at Home page. Every show draws between 5,000 and 10,000 viewers. Maxine gives special thanks to the administrators of these venues, and especially Malcolm Joseph Pitre.

Maxine's latest release, Pieces of Me, magically captures ten all original compositions in her own vocal style. The songs are all from the heart and written about the special people and places in her life that have impacted her in some life changing way. Pieces of Me is truly pieces of Maxine. This latest album was co-produced by Maxine, Jon Matthews and Richard Wood and recorded at The Sound Mill in Emyvale, Prince Edward Island.

Prior to releasing her latest album, Pieces of Me, Maxine has recorded and released three other albums, mostly in the country music genre. The three albums Love This Deep, Dream On and There is a Heart were all released and distributed in Canada. A number of singles from all three albums garnered major air play in the Canada, US and Europe. Some even in the Top 10 in Europe and US and Top 20 in Canada. She has also been included in numerous compilation CD's over the years, with various musical artists. Country Music Television (CMT) embraced a number of Maxine's videos including Baby I'm Only Lonely, Fork in The Road, and The Millionth Time, playing them in medium to heavy rotation.

Music is part of Maxine's heart and soul! She started in the industry at 12 years old as the lead vocalist and the the drummer in her father Gordon Gallant's country music band. She played at country dance halls across PEI, selling out to crowds that wanted to hear this young girl perform. From there the rest is history as lead singer in several bands over the years ... country, pop, roots, and east coast music.

Over the last few years, her passion for writing and performing has grown fearlessly. And new songs are spilling out of her on a daily basis!

KJ Wood

A singer songwriter from the UK

Aaron Richard

I've always had a big-time passion for music and a deeply rooted connection to writing and performing it. I become someone else when there's a guitar in my hands. I've never played the music; it truly has always played itself through me.

Bring it on! I've been writing lyrics and singing songs from the moment I learned how. It's time to get some support! I am ready to go out and do what I know I can do. See Less

Coffee & Flowers

Coffee & Flowers is an acoustic duo from Tuscany, formed in January 2019 by the singer Gianluca Niccoli and by the acoustic guitar player Alessandro Moschini. The duo is based in the little and famous town Montecatini Terme in the Valdinievole area. The repertoire proposed by the two musician is a mix of original (genre acoustic rock/pop/songwriter) and many famous italian/international songs. After 3 singles ("When you fall in love" reached 115.000 streams on Spotify) the duo released in July 2020 the debut album "Capatosta", available on all the main music platforms in the web.

Sonia Linares

Composer/Singer/Song-Writer/Top Liner/Lyricist

Hi! I am Sonia Linares, a Composer/Singer and Song-Writer based in Catalonia, Spain.
I have been writing and composing Music for over 20 years, with independent Live Music projects: Et-Co (Contemporary World Fusion), Jazzul (Author, Nu Jazz) and with Liverpool Spanish Fusion Band, BARRIOVIEJO – Manchester International Festival, Southport Jazz Festival, BBC Radio Manchester. (U.K).
Curiously artistic, I love mixing genres and atmospheres in my vocal delivery and in the creation of my music and in all my artistic expressions.

My latest musical adventure is «Spirit Fruit», my debut EP as a solo artist. This work is a opportunity to convey my emotional inner world. I love submerging listeners into a vivid space of emotion and reflective wonder.

¨Written in a rich, poetic ground, the story-telling grows almost innerly, blossoming in a metaphoric music, filled with turning contrasts¨. Radio Gladys Palmera,

The album was produced by David Chueca at Marlee Records and released independently in October 2020. ¨My music works have been broadcasted on RNE Radio 3 Disco Grande, Independents ICat FM, Geografia Humana, Catalunya Radio and also as apart of the international independent scene: Ridge Radio, UK, Lonely Oak Radio, USA, Krac Radio Montreal, 382 Radio UK etc.

Geary Nelson

I started playing music at a young age, my father who was a country singer and performed in local clubs in Ill, they would rehearse at our house and I watched and listened to his band as a young boy, and I knew I had to play music. With guidance from my father and Dick Johnson his lead guitar player, I watched and learned how to play the guitar. As a young teenager I was with a Rock group in the 1960s called the "Panik" we played all over Illinois, we recorded records, toured several States, performed on TV shows, in Chicago we did the "Kismit" show and in Memphis, TN, we did "Dance Party". I started writing songs at that time and have many songs, some good, and some well, not so good but you have to continue to write to get better. I started singing late in life, and focused on that for many years and soon did both, lead Guitar and lead singing in bands. Elvis and the Beatles were huge influences on my musical direction, and also many other artist, too many to mention. I sing, and perform all my own harmonies and backup singing, I play the guitar, Lead/Rhythm, Bass guitar, Drums and I attempt to play some keyboards now and then. I love to write songs that have interesting melody lines and good beats. I consider myself a music creator, and love doing it. I write, produce and arrange all of my own material, it is fun...

Kay Cook-Abbott

Kay has been singing country music since she was 18 years, and has worked with several local bands, covering songs from artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Billie Jo Spears and Kittie Wells.

She put her music career on hold to raise her family, but returned to performing, when she joined forces with guitarist and steel player Mick Hearn to form the duo Fates Right Hand, mainly covering 50s and 60s music, but with some added country thrown in for good measure.

The duo recorded all their own backing music, to which Kay also added backing and harmony vocals. Kay found she enjoyed the recording side of the music, and so started to record herself singing both covers and original songs independently.

In 2019, Kay recorded the song 'I Only See You' which she posted online and her version was then sent to the songwriter Ginny Peters in New Zealand. Ginny loved what Kay had done with the song and she offered Kay further songs to record, which included 'How Many lights Do I Have to Shine', a song that had never been previously released, and 'It's Alright'. All three songs were released by Kay early 2020, and have received airplay on indie radio stations in the UK, USA, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and have been placed in the top 20 on several radio stations charts.

2020 was been a busy year for Kay. In July, Kay joined forces with Nashville songwriter Jim Colyer, and has recorded a number of his songs which appear on her new album which was released in October (see below). She also signed as an artist with the Country Roads Records label, and became a member and local representative of the International Singer and Songwriter Association (ISSA).

Sami Lavette

Sami was born on March 18th, 2003 in Birmingham AL. Her parents are Dennis and Katrina Hennings and she has 2 older sisters Savanna and Sierra.

She is a Senior at Victory Christian High School with a 4.0 GPA and she has a current ACT score of 32. She is a cheerleader, Softball player, Basketball player and member of several clubs including the Chapel Choir. She also plays “A” class travel Softball which carries her around the country.

Samantha has competed in the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen (MALOT)competition for the past 3 years and is Currently Miss Hamilton’s Outstanding Teen. She will again repeat at the state competition this year where the awards include several thousand dollars in scholarship opportunities. MALOT includes fitness, evening gown, interview, and talent competitions and contestants must have a civic platform. Sami sings for her talent portion and her platform is “Just Breathe” initiated by Sami to help teens with anxiety and depression. She has contributed hundreds of dollars and gifts to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Sami spends her time away from pageants and sports singing in local restaurants, writing songs, farming with her two ducks “Dum Dum” and “Dee Dee”, and wrestling her two cats “Mendez” and “Chaco” and her Morkie “Sebastian”.

Sami’s musical influences include Barbara Streisand, Adele, Demi Lovato, Reba, and many others and her taste is extremely varied. She has covered Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, and other pop and country singers.

Future plans for Sami include recording her first album and increasing her geographic footprint as well as her internet popularity.

Greg Drews

Atlanta based songwriter Greg Drews crafts vocal driven American Roots music with an abundance of warmth and space. His songs blend the recline of California Roots Rock, harmonies of Southern Appalachian Soul and the gentle swagger of the Texas Troubadours - all echoes of time spent living in those locales.
As a band, Greg Drews and The Truth operate from a simple set of guiding principles: be honest with the music and genuine in the delivery, stay open to different configurations, collaborate, tell good stories and bend in the breeze. They create a sound that seems to know when to pull from roots and when to swing and sway from the trees - structures are loose and chemistry is undeniable.
The Truth is: Chris Nosek (drums/uke/mandolin), Jay Gore (vocals/harmonica/drums), Mark Grundhoefer (guitar/vocals) and Stephen Grundhoefer (bass).