Derek Hoke – Bring The Flood
Derek Hoke – Bring The Flood
Dark times call for dark songs. At least that’s how East Nashville based singer/ songwriter Derek Hoke sees it. On his new album, the portentously titled Bring the Flood (Little Hollywood), Hoke dives into a sound far more ominous, threatening, and anxiously introspective than the music on his previous three full length releases would suggest. "So much pain and sorrow/more than I’ve ever seen," sings Hoke on the opening "Love Don’t Live Around Here," an exploration of life passing by for people stuck in their small town existence. And for most of the next 40 minutes, he explores various shades of unease, if not quite gloom, of the characters that populate this world with the confidence and musical prowess gleaned through years of working in Nashville, one of the toughest, most competitive songwriting scenes in the nation, if not the world.
Assisted by contributions from friends and neighbors such as Elizabeth Cook, Langhorne Slim, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Luther Dickinson, then molded into a cohesive whole by longtime producer and friend from childhood Dex Green, Bring the Flood finds Hoke more visceral, honest and intuitive than at any other point in his career. Never one to release the same record twice, this album nevertheless marks a substantial shift in Hoke’s approach away from the rootsy, singer/songwriter vein and towards a more edgy, low boil, subtle country infused rock oriented style.
It was inspired by Hoke watching the news, often with the audio turned off, in the heated political atmosphere of late 2016. "It seemed like a dark cloud coming over America, watching a lot of people hurting, going through hard times, harder than ever." He lodged those visual images into musical protagonists, flowing melodies and, with Green’s assistance, an overall conceptual world where each track feels connected to the last. That creates an austere, rugged but not stripped down landscape, both hypnotic and earthy in its atmosphere.
Hoke looks to artists like Tom T. Hall and Roger Miller, known for their directness and simplicity, for inspiration. "I’m a big fan of getting to the point and saying what you mean" he explains, and that informs tracks like the blues based ballad "I’m Just a Man" with its swampy, humid texture and "She Never Loved Me" featuring wiry, sinewy funk pushing nervy, dreamy/nightmarish strings. You wouldn’t suspect it from his smooth vocals and unruffled demeanor, but Hoke’s current persona emerged from a self-professed "skateboard-punk rock kid" upbringing in Florence, South Carolina.
His grandfather was a Grand Old Opry/Hee-Haw enthusiast and his father a Stones loving classic rock devotee. Hoke’s own "weird" CD collection extrapolated from those influences and added his own. So Radiohead and the Pixies sat alongside Clint Black and Garth Brooks. "It wasn’t to be cool. All of this is good music, it all has a place and it all speaks to me." That diverse sense of musical inclusion began when he was a child, mimicking songs and riffs from TV and radio. It was kick-started after Hoke moved to Nashville in the late nineties, taking a job selling merchandise for Ricky Skaggs. For the next three years, Hoke visited every state, learning the finer points of performing from an established veteran. His role as founder/curator/weekly host of $2 Tuesdays at Nashville’s The 5 Spot club keeps him plugged into fresh talent, absorbing different methods of songwriting and execution. The themes of isolation on Bring the Flood were in part stirred by Hoke driving alone late at night, singing thoughts into his phone recorder and analyzing the results in the daylight with producer Green. "It’s a lonely feeling, especially on the back roads and two lanes around middle Tennessee. I wanted to evoke that mood running through these tunes."
He also sees these tracks connecting with a more visual, almost cinematic coherence.
"We tried to make these tunes wider-sounding. This is something I’ve never done before. I’ve always kept it short and sweet…this is fuller," he says. Hoke also stretched his comfort zone, urged by Green who encouraged him to push the creative envelope and, should he revert to his more traditional impulses, drove him to "get back in the fire."
The result on insightful, dreamy, psychedelically tinged tracks like "When the Darkness Comes" reflects that heat and the simmering frustration developed by the uncertainly of current times. As a whole, Bring the Flood focuses on Hoke’s knack for melody and easy flowing, distinctive vocals, incorporating them into a cohesive, sometimes unsettling yet always imaginative and creative set that positions him firmly in the top tier of contemporary songwriters. It’s a bold, perhaps unexpected stride in a dynamic new direction, further separating him from his Nashville peers, and audacious proof that Derek Hoke has stepped forward with confidence and is not looking back.
Look for Hoke to further expand as he takes Bring the Flood on the road in 2017 and beyond, exposing audiences to its nocturnally inspired nature and spellbinding musical charms.
Focus tracks: #4, #1 & #5
Going For Adds: October 2
DELTA RAE – NO PEACE IN QUIET
"Ghosts don’t stand a chance against the radio
That’s why I turn the music up to sleep
Cause there’s no peace in quiet…"
"NO PEACE IN QUIET"
GOING FOR ADDS 10/16
Matt Mays – Faint of Heart
"Faint of Heart" is the first single from the forthcoming album Once Upon a Hell of a Time… by Matt Mays. The album was produced by Matt Mays and Loel Campbell (of Wintersleep) and is the follow up to Coyote which won a JUNO for Rock Album of the Year.
When asked about the album and the single Matt explained: "I wanted to create a record that I feel hasn’t been done before – thematically – a party-rock record for the heartbroken. I like the idea of having downer, break-up lyrics matched with happier tunes. I like how the Smiths do that. Their lyrics are super dark, but the music itself is quite poppy. It’s a neat juxtaposition that tricks your mind almost. "Faint of Heart" is about the trials and tribulations of a relationship and how you really have to put in the work if you want it to last. It’s about tough love."
"Faint of Heart" was already Top 10 in Canada. Once Upon a Hell of a Time… is available Oct 20, 2017 via Sonic Records/ADA.
Scarborough – Freaks Love Freaks EP
Freaks Love Freaks EP
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"He’s the Bono of Broadcast. Scarborough actually has chops." —Billboard
"Scarborough’s show at South by Southwest was surprisingly expansive."—Guidelive.com
"He is so talented. He’s so creative it’s almost disgusting. It’s why he makes such good TV.
He understands words, how to craft things. His mind just works in a creative way.
It’s really incredible." —Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC, Vanity Fair
Emily Jean – Poison In The Well
Country recording artist, Emily Jean, will be releasing her newest single "Poison In The Well" on October 13, 2017. The single will be available on all major media outlets.
"Poison In The Well" was produced by Ted Skolits at 5012 Studios in Nashville, TN.
Emily Jean originally wrote "Poison In The Well" several years ago, and had consistently been receiving positive responses from her listeners. Finally, with the encouragement of her producer and mother, she decided to give the song life consisting of a "big outlaw country sound with a little bit of sass". The song evolved Emily Jean’s style into something a little different from her normal ballads, drawing inspiration from strong female radio powerhouses. Emily Jean states that "the song was built around the theme and idea of a person who is enticing but dangerous".
Emily Jean has already been receiving praise for "Poison In The Well". Dave Williams of KQKX in Norfolk, Nebraska exclaims that, "when you hear poison in the well you’ll know you’ve uncovered a true gem. Emily Jean will burn up your airwaves and light up your phones. You NEED to add this song!"
This past August, Emily Jean released the single, "Bad Decision" which can be found on all major media outlets. Other exciting news for Emily Jean, she recently signed with Nashville based label Break The Cycle Entertainment.
President and CEO of Break The Cycle Entertainment Amber Nicole Smith stated, "Discovering Emily Jean’s raw, breathtaking talent was a major win for BTCE. We are so excited to see what is in Emily Jeans future."
You can stay up to date with Emily Jean though her Facebook and blog
Brian Doerksen – Micah Six Eight
Labels: Doerksen Music
Number of Tracks: 1
Total Time: 4:05
Formats: Christian, Christian CHR, Christian AC, Christian Inspo, Christian Praise & Worship, Christian Hot AC
Available Date & Time: September 25, 2017 09:00 AM ET
Impact Date: September 25, 2017
From the writer of classic songs such as ‘Come Now Is The Time To Worship’ ‘Refiner’s Fire’ ‘Faithful One’ and ‘The River’ comes a brand-new single. Brian Doerksen is known for his powerful lyrics combined with singable melodies and this song will not disappoint. Based on words from the ancient prophet, Micah Six Eight provides a timely message for a world that is rapidly changing. With escalating tension between nations, natural disasters and violent extremism, the words ‘Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly’ are needed more than ever.
Jordan Hobson – Waitin On Last Call
Multi-genre, singer-songwriter, Jordan Hobson will be debuting his new single, "Waitin’ On Last Call", to country radio September 25th and the single will be hitting iTunes, Spotify, and other digital retailers October 6th.
The song written by Hobson, was recorded at Direct Image Studio by Kenny Royster who recorded Luke Comb’s #1 single "Hurricane". Hobson is confident his listeners will be captivated by this new single, because it captures the essence found across his music; upbeat, rhythmic and flirty in both melody and lyric.
"Don’t wait for last call on this song. This Iowa Native taps into his midwestern roots and delivers a song your listeners will love the first time they hear it."
– Dave Williams of KQKX in Norfolk, Nebraska.
" Fell in LOVE with this guy’s voice. I felt like the song was SO honest and definitely addicted to his vocals."
– Alexandria Hardy of KYYK in Palestine, Texas.
Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Hobson started his musical journey early. At the age of 12 he picked up his brother’s guitar and has been perfecting his craft ever since. By the age of 14 he had written his first song and soon after that started playing stages all over Iowa. In the summer of 2012, Hobson made the journey to Nashville, TN to live out his dream. A finalist in Nashville’s Rising Star competition, Hobson is making strides for himself in Music City USA. He recently signed to Nashville record label Break The Cycle Entertainment and we can be expecting to see much of him in the coming months.
You can find more about Jordan Hobson on his website, Facebook, Instagram, or Spotify