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Follow up to some artists I have featured this year, Richard Davia, Mike Wyatt, Truly Ford and Matt Wade

Happy holidays to all!!!! I will not be featuring any one artist this week as the holidays are fast approaching and things are hectic all around.

So I thought as the year starts to wind down and winding down it is since the Mayans were kinda wrong.  (Where are those Mayans anyway?   Seems they fizzled long before 2012)  I thought I would do a little piece on some of the artists I have featured and what they have been up to since they last appeared here.

So first let’s start with Richard Davia the singer songwriter from Rhode Island.

Richard won the Charter TV3 WooTube video of the month and now he is up for Video of the Year  with his videodavia1 “Breaking up around me”

Let’s help Richard achieve that by voting here http://www.facebook.com/questions/308340722599950/

Richard’s videos were top of the line so let’s get him the recognition he so well deserves.

Also, a quick note of Mike Wyatt and Truly Ford, the two Brits I have featured.  Both have a unique style and vocally are not your average pop singers, Mike, having the makings of the grittiness of Tom Waits and Truly a  young Florence.  Both of these artists are making their mark in the UK and both are in the studio working on new material.  I will keep you updated on the progress and release as I learn more.

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And last but not least is NJ’s own  Matt Wade who was up for Keyboard player of the year and well, you matt 2

guessed it, he won. Great accomplishment.

I guess that about sums up all there is for now.  I will

return in 2013 with more great bands and artists and of course 50 States of Talent continues.

Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Kwanza and a great Boxing Day, sorry if I missed any and Have a safe and Happy New Year!!!!!

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From the Pioneer Valley Region of Massachusetts come Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves

HeavesFolksy harmonies and alternative a la R.E.M and Michael Penn,  Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves is a must listen.

Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves offer a very unique listening experience.  I cannot easily place them into one specific musical genre since they encompass so many. Folksy alternative may be a good generalization. The songs are smart, catchy and well written.

The first full length CD, Frost Heaves, was released in 2009,   The sound of this CD reminds me of 60’s psychedelic folk sans the mind altering drugs.  It is mellow and quite pleasing to the ear.I picture a mixed lot of musicians travelling a well worn road and playing at various stops along the way. Adding texture and flavor to their songs the further they travel. “Wrong Meter” picked up the pace a bit but quickly settled back into folk psychedelica with “When the Sun” and grabbed you again with “Northpole in July”.

The second full length release in 2012, You Make a Better Door than a Window is equally satisfying.  Lyrically there is more here than just your average pop song.  There is artistry in Daniel’s songwriting.  The overall feel of this release is more upbeat than the previous but still Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves have continued to flirt with various musical genres. This album overall I find to be a bit more alternative folk than psychedelic. I am reminded of Dan Zanes and Friends and their quirky folksy take on many songs.

frost heavesDaniel Hales and the Frost Heaves is a come have a good time kind of band.  If you’ve got no rhythm then I am sure they will give you some.  They want you to have a good time in a Travelling Wilbury’s sort of way.

The  core make up of this band is obviously Daniel Hales, guitar and vocals and master of a killer soulpatch, James Lowe on bass, Ivan Ussach on drums and Anna Wetherby on viola.  I say core because I am sure along the way and on various incarnations a few other souls find their way in to the mix.

The website is http://www.TheFrostheaves.com and it contains everything that you need to connect with the band.  Links to buy the music, pictures, samples of some live performances, merchandise etc.  They can also be found on Facebook and Myspace.

 

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50 States of Talent continues……. this week The Blue Veins

Blue veins

This week I am featuring a band from Massachusetts   The Blue Veins.

 The Blue Veins founded in 2009 and hit the scene primarily as a cover band.  However, as they continued to play and write songs it became apparent that their original material was growing.  They gave it a go and started playing primarily originals quickly becoming a hit on the Western Mass bar scene.

 Their musical style is alt rock with a mix of the classic rock that alt rock sprung from.  The songs are catchy and nicely balanced.  The Blue Veins are easy to listen to regardless of musical taste.  They have a sound that touches upon many different musical styles. They are rock without being too hard,and alt without being too out there and pop without the bubblegum. I could musically hear the Eagles, Queens of the Stoneage, and some Jimmy Buffet on a song.

The Blue Veins are: Jacob Watson – guitar/vocals, Bryan Forbes – Bass, Matt Skowyra- drums and Jamieson Goodwinon lead guitar.They released a self titled debut album earlier this year.  It contains a nice mix of slower titles, “Follow” and some more upbeat titles, “Blue Dream Number Seven”.

The Blue Veins have a few videos on YouTube but the quality isn’t the greatest.  Your best bet is to check out their website http://www.blueveinsrock.com   Be careful, don’t get them confused with at least 2 or 3 others acts with the same name.  The website contains all you need to either book them for an appearance, shop for some merchandise, see upcoming shows and most importantly, listen to and buy their music. They even have photos posted which I always think is a plus.

So if a solid alt rock band is something that appeals to you then I suggest checking out The Blue Veins.  Their popularity is expanding and for good reason.

 

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50 States of Talent continues……. this week The Blue Veins

Blue veins

This week I am featuring a band from Massachusetts   The Blue Veins.

 The Blue Veins founded in 2009 and hit the scene primarily as a cover band.  However, as they continued to play and write songs it became apparent that their original material was growing.  They gave it a go and started playing primarily originals quickly becoming a hit on the Western Mass bar scene.

 Their musical style is alt rock with a mix of the classic rock that alt rock sprung from.  The songs are catchy and nicely balanced.  The Blue Veins are easy to listen to regardless of musical taste.  They have a sound that touches upon many different musical styles. They are rock without being too hard,and alt without being too out there and pop without the bubblegum. I could musically hear the Eagles, Queens of the Stoneage, and some Jimmy Buffet on a song.

The Blue Veins are: Jacob Watson – guitar/vocals, Bryan Forbes – Bass, Matt Skowyra- drums and Jamieson Goodwinon lead guitar.They released a self titled debut album earlier this year.  It contains a nice mix of slower titles, “Follow” and some more upbeat titles, “Blue Dream Number Seven”.

The Blue Veins have a few videos on YouTube but the quality isn’t the greatest.  Your best bet is to check out their website http://www.blueveinsrock.com   Be careful, don’t get them confused with at least 2 or 3 others acts with the same name.  The website contains all you need to either book them for an appearance, shop for some merchandise, see upcoming shows and most importantly, listen to and buy their music. They even have photos posted which I always think is a plus.

So if a solid alt rock band is something that appeals to you then I suggest checking out The Blue Veins.  Their popularity is expanding and for good reason.

 

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50 states of talent continues…….. next stop a New England state

The weekend is here and I am working at bringing you another noteworthy band.  I am travelling up the coastline to go to a place where they pronounce words a bit differently then they do by me and their passion for a certain baseball team rivals that of NY’s Yankees.

The state is chock full of talent though having hatched the likes of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and those Wahlberg boys.

So check back on Monday and see what local gem from Massachusetts I have running in my veins.  They won’t leave you blue.

And as always if you know of a local band that you would like to see featured drop me a message on my facebook page, NotHaydn  and I will check them out.

 

Have a great weekend!!!

 

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