We are pleased to present a long time friend Kelly Moneymaker (a great session musician/producer/songwriter and member of the R&B group Exposé) and her new song titled Stone Butterfly from her latest album named Stone. The video was filmed by Christopher Michael McGann and Peter Reckell, live at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles, a legendary small music venue where many many greats have performed during their 40 years in business. Kelly Moneymaker is one very soulful Eskimo. She is backed by Herman Matthews (drums), Michael Mennell (bass), Gabriel Moses (guitar) with Guest Musicians Bill Churchville (trumpet), Terry Landry (sax), George Friedenthal (B3), Lynn Fanelli & KW Miller Backing Vocals. Enjoy! GC
Connect direct with Kelly Moneymaker at KellyMoneymaker.Com
Just below is a music video to a song that was love at first listen by a refreshing new artist onto our radar by the name of Jackie Bristow, who is originally from the deep South of New Zealand. The song is titled Whistle Blowin' from her upcoming Shot of Gold album set for a 2016 release. The song feels like it should be a hit on CMT and Country Radio nationwide. The album was produced by Mark Punch and the beautifully shot music video was directed and produced by Mark Tierney. Enjoy! GC & MLV
Connect direct with Jackie Bristow at JackieBristow.Com
Rob Hotchkiss is a champion songwriter and recording artist with a knack for consistently writing and performing songs with a timeless quality.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's he was in a great young rock band known as The Apostles. After a long run of hard knocks and an eventual recording contract and release with JVC Records, the group was phased out without any hits under it's belt. Three members of The Apostles, which included Rob Hotchkiss, became founding members of Train, which became the Grammy Award winning rock act when songs by Hotchkiss became certified platinum hits. It was a long hard winding road to the top.
After there was "enough" so called success for Hotchkiss, there came a point when he decided to drop out of Train's fast lane drama-laden pace. He had musical and personal differences with other members of the group. That must have been a tragic loss for the group, which was so deeply rooted in a sound that Hotchkiss had been crafting since his teens, long before Train came to fruition.
Now, after a long hiatus from the music business, Hotchkiss is back out performing and recently performed an outstanding intimate show at Genghis Cohen in West Hollywood. It was instantly apparent by the quality of his new original songs that Hotchkiss still has that "it" thing with his innate ability to cast a spell very well intact.
I first saw Rob Hotchkiss perform at several lunch time concerts when we attended the same high school and he was more solid and professional than most others who were leading bands. He had a special charisma that was very understated.
Years later, we met and I got the privilege of booking and promoting shows for the band at venues such as China Club and The Roxy in Hollywood which led to a short stint as the band's manager. I learned then about what Hotchkiss still exudes now. He knows what he wants and that is success. It's not about hype or bling. It's about happiness, being around nice stable ego-free people, a smooth work flow, with the strength and ability to walk away when things aren't living up to that. A big part of success to Rob Hotchkiss is staying down to earth and keeping it humble and gravitating toward and attracting the same kind of people. Rob Hotchkiss represents a thing that is lacking in much of today's music. He and his music have an organic uncontrived soul. And for all those reasons, I wish him much more well deserved future success. GC
Please enjoy the 15 song playlist below. All of the songs are excellent! Especially love Give It Time and Blind Faith.
Connect direct with Rob Hotchkiss at RobHotchikss.Net
A dynamic emerging young singer, guitarist, songwriter, and recording-engineer named Crosby Morgan is someone I caught live while she was busking on the Venice Beach boardwalk on a sunny Southern California day. It was love at first listen. The way she touched and plucked her strings was what sucked me in like magic, picking so smooth rambling like a freight train that it grabbed my ear and spun me around to look as she was heading into the very first song of hers that I feel lucky to have come upon. Bought her record, referenced in the above photo and heard all of her songs, not once, but for numerous enchanting spins.
Her voice, the way I heard it live, had a purity that kind of reminds me of early Joni Mitchell. This is not meant to insinuate that Crosby is emulating anyone, because she most certainly is not. She is doing her own thing and it's sweet.
A thing I like about her is that on her webpage bio, she has willingly hung out her personal story of mental illness that emerged many years ago and explains that she has used songwriting and the time she loves to spend as a recording engineer as therapy. It's proof that beautiful things like good music can sprout and emerge out of adverse times.
She has been paying her dues busking and honing her skills in the fine craft of recording. Her music, her presence and her obvious artistic & personal sensitivity has an authenticism that is delightful as it comes across in her music on the street live and in her recordings. After hearing some of her story, it is apparent that she's a real dedicated artist to the core and she rates high on this network's list of artists who are worthy of attention by music lovers everywhere. GC
This first song below is titled breathe. It is the opening track to her album titled BLESSED MEMORY.
Next is song #2 and the title track on the BLESSED MEMORY album.
Next is her song titled Blame. It is track #6 from the BLESSED MEMORY album.
Connect direct with Crosby Morgan at CrosbyMorgan.Com, Facebook.Com/CrosbyMorganMusic, Twitter.Com/CrosbyYeah and Soundcloud.Com/CrosbyMorgan
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Here is a cool sounding act still under the radar. Black Suns are Otha Derek, Mishka Bier, Daniel Camarena on Bass and Dillan Wheeler. It is our opinion that these songs should be turned up loud.
Black Suns - City By The Sea
Back Suns - Perfect
Black Suns - British Goddess
Connect direct with Black Suns at blacksunsmusic.com, on Facebook.com/BLKSNS and at Twitter.com/black_suns_