Caleb Hawley: New York, NY
We're giving you a second helping of Merica Monday in honor of Thanksgiving week, so continue to feast on the neo-soul, funk/pop sounds of Caleb Hawley. These days, Caleb is sporting a new full band which is adding some depth around his already dynamic voice.
When asked about the new sound, Hawley commented, “While writing the EPs, I primarily listened to late 60’s and early 70’s Motown. I became pretty obsessed with how such simple songs could be arranged with such intricacy, so I took that influence and went with it. I also focused on centering the album around my voice, rather than guitar, as I had in the past.”
This song doesn't officially release until December 3rd, and it will be a precursor to two new EP's that are set to release in 2014. If you want to keep up with Caleb and be ready for those new EP's check out his website.
Back in May we did a Merica Monday feature on Oklahoma's Graham Colton in which we mentioned that he had recently successfully funded his Kickstarter campaign. Well the fruits of that labor are beginning to materialize, and the video for "Born To Raise Hell" is the first taste. If the first single and the title of his new album, Lonely Ones, (Coming out in January) are any indication, we can expect to see a darker side of Graham's music than the last video we showed you. Colton has been most widely known as a singer/songwriter, but this song and video feels like more Portugal. The Man than Tallest Man on Earth.
GC's new album is a collaboration with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne who encouraged Colton to "Just put down the guitar. Put all guitars down. Just open up a different part of your brain and see what happens." (NewsOK)
If you want to check out more Graham Colton, check out his soundcloud, and if you click though to this youtube video, you'll find a link to a free download.
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: The Bijou Theatre 10/25
Just in time for NBA basketball season, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors are coming to Knoxville's Bijou Theatre on Friday. Why is that a thing? Well, it's a thing because one of DH&N's songs was featured on the most incredible NBA promo of all time. I still get chills seeing D. Rose fist bump MJ.
Many Knoxvillians saw Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors back in April when they were here opening for Needtobreathe. The two-day stretch at the Bijou brought some notoriety for a band that already has a pretty strong following here. Now, deservedly so, they're headlining at The Bijou this Friday. If you want to hear the full version of this song, click here, and if you want to hear more DH&N check out their website at DrewHolcomb.com.
Patti Griffin: The Bijou Theatre 10/17
Any day that Patti Griffin is playing a show in Knoxville, Tennessee is a heavenly day. She'll be at The Bijou on Thursday, October 17th.