Moro releases new folk rock single ‘Wanderin’’

The singer-songwriter of folk music known as Moro has released his latest official single, “Wanderin’.” The single has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Budwick Music Co. record label. Warm, adventurous, and bearing classically trilled vocals of the rarest quality, “Wanderin’” proves that Moro still ranks among the world’s most genuine folk musicians.

Asked to cite some main artistic influences, Bodega Bay, Calif.’s Moro blazes his own trail, as usual.

There’s not enough room here for a properly representative list,” he writes. “I’ll just list my guitar, the sound of the ocean surf, gulls, wind, silence, and the letting in of Love.”

Moro’s own sound takes natural elements from each of these on “Wanderin’” and adds his own sonic vision for a result that blends classic ’60s pop and folk with an undeniable lo-fi sound which will appeal to fans of a broad variety of music. As it happens, this vision seems more important to Moro’s creative process than the input of any other person or musician – anyone maybe but his friend, 77-year-old Native American and Carmel resident Red Eagle.

Red Eagle told me when I was seven,” Moro says, “that if I pretend my playing sounds like it does in my heart, where millions of heavenly musicians are playing my tunes, then one day it will.”

In addition to Moro’s own considerable talents, “Wanderin’” also features work by friends, most notably singer, songwriter and pianist Van Dyke Parks, best known for his ’67 LP, “Song Cycle,” and lyrics contributed to the Beach Boys’ “Smile” record.

After singing ‘Wanderin’’ for the group and seeing Van Dyke was groping for what to do, I sat with him and hummed his notes,” says Moro. “As I’d hoped, he liked them, practiced them for a few moments, and we had a run-through during which he really got into the notes, building them to a climax at the end. Inspired, he produced a long felt strip from his pocket and gently tucked it between the strings of the baby grand piano he was working with. We did another run-through, and it was boffo. Van Dyke had scored big time with that simple felt strip and created the perfect sound for my song. We rolled tape, recorded the tune, and all were inspired by the playback.”

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Wanderin’,” Moro writes, “The meanings, themes and inspirations in ‘Wanderin’’ are exactly the same as they are in all my work – particularly in my purely instrumental guitar work – outpourings of joy in gratitude for the hallowed days of freedom I was given during my troubadour years – outpourings that continue to this day. My wealth is all in happy golden memories of all the good times I have had in fifty countries, as the song says.”

Originally billed as Buddy Bohn, Moro has been writing and recording popular music since before the release of his first album, “Buddy Bohn, Folksinger,” in 1962. Since that time he has garnered global fame traveling under the Troubador’s Code: performing in exchange for basic needs like food and housing, which code he took to heart while still a teenager. He has played for kings and queens, actors and artists as well as cooks, smugglers, and American troops stationed in Laos. During his travels he also recorded three albums on three different labels and on three separate continents. His international hit “Vermouth Rondo” helped him build his home and recording studio in Bodega Bay, California, where he continues to record. For 22 consecutive years, the popularity of his music has earned him recognition from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for consistent play of his compositions.

“It’s a big help to see how beautiful the world looks and feels when we remember that no matter where we go, Love is there,” writes Moro. “This has been a huge help during my troubadour travels, particularly during my performance tour of Upcountry Thailand in 1962 when there were Viet Cong snipers lurking around the perimeters of my concerts. Hope you enjoy this new video of my new single, ‘Wanderin’.’”

Wanderin’” by Moro on the Budwick Music Co. label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, folk music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Wanderin’” by Moro –


https://www.amazon.com/Wanderin-Moro/dp/B07QBGJ9XZ/

Official Website –

www.moromusic.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_glbhxLxeus

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Folk musician Dylan Champagne releases new single and video ‘Pterodactyl Wings’

The folk and rock artist from Moscow, ID known as Dylan Champagne has released his latest official single, “Pterodactyl Wings.” The single is the most prominent release from Champagne since the “Bones in Your Pocket” video from his rock band, the Lost Explorers, appeared exactly on this date one year ago. Like “Bones…” and other material from Dylan Champagne, “Pterodactyl Wings” has been published independent of the corporate music industry. An official video for “Pterodactyl Wings” has also been released and is free to view (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MEgrcPhFzE).

A genuine return to the American folk tradition while remaining true to his underlying rock roots, “Pterodactyl Wings” is the latest example of Dylan Champagne’s arresting imagination, inimitable vocal tones and undeniable knack for crafting songs as individual works of art.

Music by Dylan Champagne (and his ever-morphing crew of ingenious collaborators) is music for the true audiophile. From his 2011 “Love Songs of the Apocalypse, Vol. 1” LP to his 2013 “The Bones” EP with the Lost Explorers to this fresh “Pterodactyl Wings” video and folk single, his sound transports, narrates, evokes, is gorgeous, is human, and is alive. Even when at his most aggressive – half of “The Bones” borders on outright punk rock – the overarching feel and mode of Champagne’s art is palpably compassionate and surprisingly touching.

This humanistic trait is perhaps nowhere felt as strongly in Champagne’s repertoire as in “Pterodactyl Wings,” and especially in the video. This makes the folk single an important marker in the career of Dylan Champagne, one which fans and newcomers alike would be astute to note and appreciate.

Dylan Champagne’s musical vision takes him to far-flung and exotic places in the art world.

“For the last several months I’ve been diligently composing the score for a screening of the 1925 silent film, ‘Phantom of the Opera,’” writes Champagne on his official website. “The score will be played by a live, eight-piece chamber orchestra. The screening will take place at the Kenworthy Theater in downtown Moscow, ID on April 28, 2016. It’s been such an amazing experience writing the music for this thing. All in all it’s about 90 minutes of music.”

Denizens of the American Northwest with a penchant for one-of-a-kind music experiences would be unfortunate to miss this exceptionally rare opportunity.

But everyone in the world gets to enjoy “Pterodactyl Wings” from Dylan Champagne now, and everyone who loves great music should do so.

Dylan Champagne’s “Pterodactyl Wings” is available directly from the artist’s website and from iTunes and 700 online music stores worldwide. Get in early, folk fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Pterodactyl Wings” from Dylan Champagne –
http://dylanchampagne.bandcamp.com/track/pterodactyl-wings
Official Website –

http://www.dylanchampagne.com

Modern folk artist Greg Charles releases single ‘Repulsion Days’

The singer and songwriter of contemporary folk music known as Greg Charles has released his latest single, “Repulsion Days.” The track is being concurrently dropped with two B-side tracks, “For All I Know” and “Drug Taken Girlfriend.” These and their flagship single, “Repulsion Days,” are being proudly published on the Octive Resin independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry.

Sonorous, heartfelt, natural and indicative of the zeitgeist of today’s folk-music revival, “Repulsion Days” from Greg Charles stands as proof that folk fans have much to look forward to in this indie folk musician from Australia.

Queensland-born Greg Charles cites as main artistic influences Picasso, Jay-Z, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Nabokov, Jodorowsky, Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Built to Spill, Townes Van Zandt, Soulwax, and East River Pipe. From this eclectic potpourri of art forms and styles comes the inspiration for a highly textured sound that is all Greg Charles.

Music by Charles tends toward the introspective and emotionally evocative. His guitar work is subtly ingenious without sounding the least bit pretentious. His singing comes from his heart and takes the tone of a raw talent as it emerges from him with carefully crafted words.

Asked to describe the themes of his new single, Charles writes, “’Repulsion Days’ is a meditation on the emotion called disgust, disgust being a response to everything that you are receiving through your senses in modern-day society. So it talks about psychologists, men, women, children, all of the roles that people play in society. The end result of experiencing all of these games people play is a general feeling of disgust and repulsion. Repulsion Days.”

“Repulsion Days” was written in a single night at a friend’s house and recorded the following day at the Lounge Room with engineer Todd Dixon in 2009. And the B-side songs?

“’For All I Know’ is a pop song,” writes Charles. “It’s full of melodies and is in drop-C tuning. It’s about learning how to tolerate somebody who is trying to ride your coattails.”

These single tracks are far from Greg Charles’ first foray as a published musician. They are preceded by “Attack the Day” (independent – 2003), three records as Charles Curse: “InSilver Scene” (MusicYourMindWillLoveYou – 2005), “Rain In Skull” (MusicYourMindWillLoveYou – 2006) and “STOMAC” (WeHaveNoZen – 2011), as well as a vinyl re-release of “Rain In Skull” from Olde English Spelling Bee out of Brooklyn, NYC in 2009.

Greg Charles lives and makes music now in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia, and has re-emerged with a brand-new perspective on creating and music. He is currently writing a new record, playing shows in Burleigh Heads and Brisbane, and plotting a new phase of creative output.

Asked for a comment for his fans, Charles says simply, “I’m ready.”

“Repulsion Days” from Greg Charles is available online worldwide beginning 23 November 2015.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Link to Music –
http://www.amazon.com/Repulsion-Days-Explicit-Greg-Charles/dp/B0164COLFC/

Americana folk heroes the Ebony Hillbillies release new live album ‘Slappin’ a Rabbit – Live!’

The titans of folk, alt-country and Americana music known as the Ebony Hillbillies have released their anxiously awaited live album, “Slappin’ a Rabbit – Live!” The record is a full-length LP comprising 10 tracks for an approximate listening time of 40 minutes. It has been proudly published on the EH Music independent music label. Jubilant, genuine, and red-blooded-American in a way only raw country music can express, “Slappin’ a Rabbit…” proves that the Ebony Hillbillies aren’t just playing the music of yesteryear – they’re evidence that it’s very much alive.

The NYC-based Ebony Hillbillies cite as artistic influences Murph Gribble, Mississippi Sheiks, Canray Fontenot, Doc Roberts, Dennis Murphy, Leonard Bowles, James Brown, Willie Dixon, and other legends of the North-American music tradition.

“This is another slice of Americana,” the Ebony Hillbillies say of their style. “We’re trying to bring back ‘porch music!’ The idea of bringing people together is what we are all about. This music is infectious and the impetus of what we call American music.”

This goal of unifying the people isn’t just a dream, either. The Ebony Hillbillies write and perform their music with the principle guiding every movement and phrase.

“It’s got it all in there,” they explain. “Pop, jazz, folk, country, blues, funk, R&B, dance, Native-American, African, Irish, etc… It’s truly American music – a melting pot. That is what we are, warts and all: real Americana!”

The band goes on to describe their overarching philosophy behind not just their own music, but of all American music. They explain that the music of the United States isn’t based on exclusivity and individualism, but rather, a tendency to bring in, to appreciate, and to synthesize.

“Since our music [represents] the basics of all American-based music, the songs are just that – everything! In the early string-band tradition, no repertoire was off-limits. They played everything. As we play everything!”

The Ebony Hillbillies have been called “the toast of the North.” Their history of prominent performances includes venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, international music workshops and festivals, collaborations with popular visual artists and museums (Kara Walker, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian, etc.) and on television networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS and the BBC.

North-Carolina favorites the Carolina Chocolate Drops have cited the Ebony Hillbillies as key inspirations, and the Pete Seeger family have given them enthusiastic accolades. The history of the Ebony Hillbillies is a trail of critical and fan approbation and rousing, universal applause.

Their current official bio describes them as “consisting of fiddle, banjo, washboard and bass fiddle …

they have successfully created a following that has bridged a gap in audiences in pop, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and beyond while maintaing their grassroots credibility.”

Credibility, nothing. The Ebony Hillbillies don’t play music that once was – they’ve brought this American sound through time, thrumming, jumping and alive, to the thrilling ears and dancing feet of discerning audiences of today.

“Slappin’ a Rabbit – Live!” by the Ebony Hillbillies is available online worldwide. Get in early, music fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Slappin’ a Rabbit – Live!” by the Ebony Hillbillies –
http://www.amazon.com/Slappin-Rabbit-Live-EBONY-HILLBILLIES/dp/B00VR54AVW/
Website –

www.TheEbonyHillbillies.com

“What a wonderful connection to all our humanity.” – The New York Times
“They are the real Y’alternative!” – Creative Loafing
“They provide NYC’s soundtrack…” – LA Times
“They get double takes, if not full pauses when they play!” – The Wall Street Journal


Be sure also to see the Ebony Hillbillies on the new BBC documentary, “Blues America,” featuring Keith Richards, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, and Chuck D.