L.A.-based jazz vocalist to release debut album "Interior Person" Sept. 13th


Samantha Sidley is a jazz vocalist from L.A. and she likes girls. “I Like Girls” is the first song, first single, and the first words you’ll hear on Sidley’s debut album Interior Person, out Sept. 13th from Release Me Records. The album features songs written for Sam by some of her favorite women: Inara George, Alex Lilly, and Sam's wife, Barbara Gruska. Check out an impromptu performance of "I Like Girls" below (foot to fax machine at 2:33!) The official "I Like Girls" single drops June 21st.

Gregory Ackerman is finalist in International Songwriting Comepetion; New single and EP coming soon


Congrats to Gregory Ackerman: "Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None," from his 2018 V2 Records / Munich Records album And Friends, was a top 10 finalist in the International Songwriting Competition out of nearly 20,000 submissions. Stay tuned for a brand-new single and news about Ackerman's next EP coming soon.

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Minneapolis-based songwriter Ryan Traster to release second album July 19th



Choses Obscures by Ryan Traster (July 19th, Slow Start Records) is like that 70’s-era gem of a find in a milk crate of vinyl at the Sunday afternoon tag sale. He counts Skip Spence, Bert Jansch, and Judee Sill as influences and the album's cosmic-country feeling is contrasted by a subtle darkness that those departed artist's lives imply. It’s especially notable when Traster name drops Jesus and Mary Chain on the deep cut “Endless Summer Blues”. First official single “New Again” coming soon.

Brooklyn-based band Tolani to release cathartic debut album on June 14th


The self-titled debut album by Tolani, a Brooklyn-based five-piece led by the band’s namesake, Sameer Tolani, is out on June 14th.

This record is raw in many ways.

In its personal lyrics, candid production techniques, and cathartic vocal and instrumental performances that speak openly to the brutal honesty and authenticity of this record.

Tolani makes no issue about coming to the songwriting and record-making game with more passion than practical experience. It’s what makes the album so charming, frankly.

“I have a limited palette, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. The music that comes out is an expression of how I’m feeling, and letting it out is like therapy for me.”

In this way, Tolani’s songs can remind of John Lennon’s “primal scream” period, albeit with less screaming.

“Songwriting inspired the changes I’d been longing for. This record began as a coping mechanism and ended up as catharsis.”

Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds debut set for May 24th release


Ryan Thompson has been a visual artist, poet, husband, father, businessman, alt-rocker, and singer-songwriter. It took a lot of living to find his voice, and now Thompson is finally set to release his debut album of songs about that life (and maybe about your life, too.)

Waiting on a Ghost by Ryan Thompson & The Delicate Hounds arrives on May 24th. The album is comprised of Country-influenced songs about feelings and events that we’ve all experienced. Songs that resonate lyrically, but also melodically.

“Even the sad songs need hooks!,” Thompson jokes with the bit of truth that all good humor has.