Court Yard Hounds – Amelita

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Well hello gorgeous ladies! Where have you been all my life? Or at least the past few years? After a few years away from the limelight and the Dixie Chicks, the two sisters were ready to get back into the studio with the creation of Court Yard Hounds. Amelita, out now, marks the Court Yard Hounds’ second album. The new album contains 11 new tracks and a new perspective, which is due in part to time passed since Robison’s divorce. “I’ve been freed of all of those time-heals-everything kind of things,” says Robison. “Now, I’ve opened up to other ideas and ways of looking at life and the world. I think it’s not only a more hopeful album, but it’s more… well fun.”

I love this band…the way we explore new aspects of ourselves and what we can expect from each other, both musically and as people,” says Martie. “We are close. Plus, being on the road and being in the studio is like my spa from the everyday challenges of just being a mom.

One of my faves from a first listen – ‘The World Smiles‘. It is definitely a song to listen to on the morning to get your attitude in check and ready to conquer the day. The songs on this album have an undeniable edge to them, with songs that strike a cord in both life and relationships. ‘Phoebe‘ is a flashback to high school, mean girls and gossipy boys. But man it makes you want to go back to those horrid days and kick some butt! It also has great break-up, make up and new found love songs. You are sure to find a song that suites any of your moods on any given day.

The Court Yard Hounds’ new album is a clear statement of who the girls are as artists, defining their sound as a band, with soaring songs that are personal, yet familiar. You can score their new album on Amazon or iTunes. And of course, be sure to keep up with the Court Yard Hounds on Twitter and FaceBook for all the up to the minute news and music.

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Tuesday Tunes – Luke Bryan Up For ACM Entertainer of the Year Award

667176The Academy of Country Music, the Ram Truck brand and Kohl’s Department Stores announced today that fan voting is now open for the Entertainer of the Year award. This year, Luke Bryan competes for the title alongside Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and Blake Shelton. Country music fans everywhere have the power to choose the winners by casting their votes now at www.VoteACM.com.

The awards will be given out during the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00PM, live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This year, for the third time, the ACM Awards will feature the ACM Ram Red Carpet to welcome country’s biggest stars to the show.   

“The Ram Truck brand is proud to partner with the Academy of Country Music for their 48th Award ceremony.  Ram truck fans and country music fans are one and the same as they are cut from the same cloth of authenticity with a genuine work-hard, play-hard attitude,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC.  “We are excited to find out who Ram and country music fans will select as their choice for Entertainer of the Year. We congratulate all the nominated artists.”

“Once again, fans have the power to vote for two of the ACM’s most exciting categories, and we’re proud to have great partners both in Ram Trucks and Kohl’s to help make it happen,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.

Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three final ACM New Artist of the Year nominees as they receive their trophies for winning their respective first round categories on GAC’s “ACM New Artist of the Year” special, premiering March 25th at 8:00PM ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 7. Additional air times and dates can be found at GACtv.com/ACM.

Tuesday Tunes – Courrier

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Austin based rock group Courrier have just released their sophomore album, Cathedrals of Color, available on iTunes. The album features the single “Inch of Rope” which can be heard here.

Cathedrals of Color was produced by Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam) and features the top 50 radio single “Love is a Fire”. Purevolume.com is currently offering the acoustic version of “Inch of Rope” as a free download. Fans can check out and download the free stripped down version of the single here.

Courrier will be heading back out on the road at the end of the month with Marc Broussard, kicking off with a show at Stubb’s in Austin on March 28th. For a full list of dates and to stay up to date with all things Courrier follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Love Me Some Josh Doyle

Singer-songwriter Josh Doyle (formerly of the UK band The Dumdums) has just shared the official music video for his lead-off solo single, “Solarstorms.”  The track comes from Josh’s self-titled debut full length (available now on iTunes), which was produced by Grammy Award winning John Shanks as the result of winning a singer-songwriter competition through Guitar Center.

Doyle recently made his US television debut performing the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and plans to tour in support of the album in 2013. Watch away and let me know you thoughts!

Meet The Diamond Light

Allow me to introduce you to The Diamond Light, a great new rock ‘n’ soul band based out of Los Angeles – think Black Keys-meets-Wolfmother. The Diamond Light formed over long summers and weekly blues jams back in rural New Hampshire.  Singer and guitarist Griffin Young began writing songs with drummer Ian Ochs almost ten years ago in Ian’s father’s band. Taking their name from a novel by Jack Kerouac, the two eventually paired up with guitarist/vocalist Brian Stanley to form the final incarnation of The Diamond Light.  In 2007, the band began to make their way West, with all of the members eventually landing in Southern California.

After releasing two EPs and touring extensively around Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest, The Diamond Light teamed up with multi-instrumentalist/singer Trevor Menear in early 2012 and began writing material for a full length record. Returning producer Joseph Holiday (Seeds in the Street), and new friend/recording guru Niko Bolas (Neil Young, My Morning Jacket) helped transform their Laurel Canyon rehearsal space into a fully operational recording studio. The resulting 12 songs will form The Diamond Light’s debut full-length record, set for release this fall after their September residency at Los Angeles venue Harvard & Stone.  Their electric live performances have been fueling a rapidly growing fan base – get a sample of the band’s raw energy with their video for “3 Days,” a track from their forthcoming album.

Check out their video “3 Days” and let me know what you think!