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LISTEN: Bri-anne Swan ‘Have You Seen My Ghost?’

Bri-anneSwanToronto, Canada resident Bri-anne Swan has a few things in common with her idol, Gordon Lightfoot. One of those things is their hometown – situated between Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, Orillia, Ontario is a darling little town often referred to as the “sunshine city”. It is here where Bri-anne developed her love for Gordon and the likes of Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Lisa Loeb and Sam Phillips. The indie-folk songstress released her debut album ‘These Are All My Friends…’ in 2009 and followed it up with an EP called ‘Ballad of A Canadian Superhero’ in 2011, graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2012 and continuing to work with them as a designated lead artist, leading workshops and using music and arts as catalysts for learning and growth.

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Jace Everett @ The Borderline, London UK | July 1, 2015 – Review

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Jace Everett at The Borderline, London, UK on July 1st, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR.

On Wednesday evening I headed up to London once more, this time to see Jace Everett at the Borderline. After having interviewed Jace the previous week I was looking forward to seeing this performance. I have had the pleasure of seeing Jace on, I think, all of his UK tours for about the past 10 years and so usually I would say I knew what to expect but this time was going to be different. With Dan Cohen and Kasey Todd on stage with him this gritty, bluesy, Americana artist was about to head back to his first love: bass guitar.

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LISTEN: Scooter Lee ‘The City Put The Country In Me’

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New Orleans native Scooter Lee has had quite the illustrious career. In the early 1990s she signed with Sony and began making music that was primed for the dance hall scene, taking full advantage of the line dance craze that was sweeping the globe. In fact, partnering with choreographer Jo Thompson, the pair were hired by CMT to promote country and line dance around the world, resulting in several multi-thousand line dancing shows across the UK, Singapore and Australia, and an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her music has continued to be popular in the UK and Europe, and in addition to receiving awards in those countries, she has also had hits and toured extensively in those areas of the world. Still, her success stretches from the USA to Canada, Asia, Africa and beyond, too.

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Amber Hayes Releases New Song, “Hero’s Heart,” in Honor of Her Uncle and Medal of Honor Recipient, Bennie G. Adkins

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Country artist Amber Hayes has written and recorded a new song titled, “Hero’s Heart” in honor of her uncle, Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins, who was awarded theMedal of Honor in 2014. Hayes was in attendance at the White House with her uncle when he was presented with the award, which is the United States of America’s highest military honor.

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4

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VIDEO: Anielle Reid ‘Morality’

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Album Artwork Illustrator Jensine Eckwall Courtesy of Running Elk Music

Florida native Anielle Reid wanted to become a lobbyist. She got her BA in Political Science but soon realized that making a statement through her music was how she would change people’s lives and support causes she believed in. Her change in career was a great choice – she’s since released an album and EP of musically-varied material that spans several genres, all rooted in her extremely proficient musicianship on the banjo. She still campaigns through her music, too – she collaborated with gay rock artist Stephen Leonard on his latest album and also appears on the recent benefit album to support RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). In addition, she’s spent some time performing as part of the duo Red Winter, around the New York and New Jersey areas.

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4

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LISTEN: Mary Sarah ‘Dress Up This Town’

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Mary Sarah is no ordinary up-and-coming country artist. At the age of 19 she recorded an album of duets with classic country artists such as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lynn Anderson, Ray Price, Ronnie Milsap, Neil Sedaka and many more, singing some of their biggest and more well-loved hits. That album was called ‘Bridges’ and had Nashville all-abuzz when it was released in July 2014. It came together from many years of Mary posting her performances on social media, catching the attention of acts like the Oak Ridge Boys who asked her to sing at their show. Bit by bit, they assembled a cast of legends for that record rarely heard all in one place, even less so with a technically-unknown 19-year-old, helmed by Dolly Parton’s longtime producer Kent Wells.

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