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Monday
Jul232012

Folk artist Willie Ames re-releases "Night Owl", plans U.S tour

Profound folk and acoustic music on the more insightful side of the spectrum is hard to come by; folk music in 2012 is generally thought of as "folk pop" or "indie folk", and the names Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Fleetwood Mac get thrown around much less often. Los Angeles singer/songwriter Willie Ames seeks to change that with the re-release of his critically acclaimed disc "Night Owl", which features some wise social commentary on tracks such as "Human Race", and gritty, honest folk on "Night Owl" and "Desert Run". The album features an even mix of Ames's self-taught guitar and banjo playing with insightful lyrics and vocals that pay tribute to his influences.

Willie has been recognized as "Solo Artist of the Year" at the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards, and "Best Male Performer" at the 2011 eMusic Awards, as well as receiving coverage in publications like SPIN Magazine and Relix Magazine. He's toured all 50 states, and has recently announced he'll be doing it again; initial dates are listed below.

New dates will be posted to www.myspace.com/willieames.

Cosmic Railroad Festival, Gays Mills, WI, Jul 28

Birdy's Bar & Grill, Indianapolis, IN, Jul 31

Prairie Berry Winery, Hill City, SD; Aug 3

P&H Cafe - Memphis, TN; Aug 22

Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN; Aug 23

Dunn Bros Coffee - Katy, TX; Aug 24

Spotlight Music Cafe -  Fit Collins, CO; Aug 28

Monday
Apr162012

Chords of Truth shows brilliant lyrics on "Reflections of Reality"

Not all independent artists play indie pop or dubstep. I know that's difficult to believe if you frequent popular music blogs often, but some stick to the tried-and-true expression of good lyrics and an acoustic guitar. I'm not saying this is a more valid form of expression than the aforementioned genres. It's just nice to hear some music with substance and wisdom.

Jason Garriotte goes by the name Chords of Truth. He is an up-and-coming acoustic/folk singer/songwriter who I believe is striking some deep truths (or "pointing at them", since words can only point) with his lyrics and music. I hear a lot of artists making an effort to be hip, and some of them are good, but I do have a soft spot for a master wordsmith. After all, artists like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits put a heavy focus on poetry. Chords of Truth's debut album is "Reflections of Reality", and while the music is restrained acoustic material, the lyrics are closest to the spiritual output of Tool's Maynard James Keenan. His voice sounds wise and knowing. Take a listen below.