Wednesday, March 3, 2021

MUSIC VIDEO: EVVAN -- "I'm Not Done Yet"

If you've spent any amount of time on queer social media, you know there's a lot of gatekeeping. Lots of people struggling to define terms that are really in fact flexible -- something that is at times liberating and at times frustrating. When your identities can seem invisible at times, that can lead to feeling isolated. For EVVAN, who is pansexual and non-binary, "I'm Not Done Yet" is a coming out anthem. In the video, EVVAN runs from those who would force her to conform. (EVVAN uses she/her pronouns.) As the song swells to a crescendo of certainty and confidence, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter's world explodes with cover as she asserts all that is unique about her identity.

After performing under her given name, Evan Petruzzi, for several years, EVVAN found herself at a crossroads. “I was at a point in my life where I stopped and thought to myself, ‘What am I doing? Where am I going? I want to change things up.’” She found herself delving deeper into herself, pouring her heart and soul into her music like never before. “I wanted to be open and honest; I wanted to share the deepest parts of myself and truly overcome the hindrances I’ve had my whole life,” she says.

“This song stemmed from a yearning to come out and be who I truly am. It embodies the lack of acceptance and overall inclusivity in the world, primarily with the LGBTQ+ community,” EVVAN shares. “So many times in my life I’ve heard the exact phrases I wrote in the song from friends who’ve experienced the same, from people who I thought were friends and didn’t accept me, from absolute strangers on the street who noticed I was different… It is exhausting and while there are times I feel beaten down and without hope, I remember this is who I am and I should be proud of that. ‘I still carry it’ means I carry my true self, I still carry the pain and the burden, and ‘I’m not done’ fighting for that person and every person like me.”

"I'm really hoping it'll reach the people who need to hear it most. I know I wish I had something like this when I was younger," she says. "I put links to some websites in the description of the video for anyone who is struggling with their sexuality/gender identity."

You can listen to "I'm Not Done Yet" on your favorite streaming service, and pre-save EVVAN's upcoming EP Home here. It'll be out on 4/30.

EVVAN -- Official, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

HEY! LISTEN: Addison Agen -- "My Kitchen Floor"

There's no mystery to Addison Agen's "My Kitchen Floor." It's a great fucking song. Agen, a contestant on The Voice, has an arresting voice that lands somewhere between Carole King and Courtney Marie Andrews. The song's strong central image evokes a gamut of emotions and experiences. It's the best kind of song, and I won't say much more about it because it speaks for itself. Agen is prepping her debut album, and I'm already antsy waiting for it.

Addison Agen is an Americana singer-songwriter best known as Season 13’s first runner up on NBC’s The Voice. Based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the 19-year-old’s raw and heart-wrenching voice welcomes listeners of all kinds to be grateful and self-reflective. Addison’s honest storytelling and simplicity earned her an opening slot with Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, as well as Kevin Bacon’s, The Bacon Brothers in 2019. Addison’s music transforms lived experiences into songs woven together with themes of nostalgia, acceptance, hopefulness and joy.

"'My Kitchen Floor' is the debut single from my upcoming 12-song album that will be released in May of 2021. This song personifies the kitchen floor in my childhood home and how it has seen every victory, tragedy, heartbreak and milestone in my life. The chorus gets straight-to-the-point stating, '…So if you’ve got questions, the kitchen floor knows.'"

Addison Agen -- Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

HEY! LISTEN: Robert Connely Farr -- "Ain't Enough"

Robert Connely Farr is something of a frequent flier on this blog and podcast. He can't help it -- the guy just can't stop making music...and he's really good at it. The Mississippi native leans heavily into blues and Southern rock, though the influence of his current PNW digs is strong in "Ain't Enough." The raw acoustic number has some serious Eddie Vedder drawl in the vocals as Farr yearns for the lost pleasures of pre-COVID life.

Photo by R.D. Cane (Vancouver, BC)

Farr grew up in the small southern town of Bolton, Mississippi, home of Charley Patton & The Mississippi Sheiks. He has been mentored in the Bentonia Style of the Delta Blues by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes since 2017. His 2019 release Dirty South Blues was met with widespread critical acclaim, including being named one of KEXP's Top Albums of 2019 & earning Farr nominations at Canada's prestigious Maple Blues Awards for Songwriter of the Year & New Artist of the Year. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC but when he's home in Mississippi, he can be found at Jimmy "Duck" Holmes' historic juke joint The Blue Front Cafe.

Robert Conelly Farr -- Official, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Monday, March 1, 2021

HEY! LISTEN: Hollier -- "Jeff Buckley's Ghost"

As the doldrums of winter start to lift, my body is physically aching to go somewhere else. Hollier's got that wanderlust, too. After a barnstormer of a tour to promote his first EP, Hollier's resurrecting fond memories in "Jeff Buckley's Ghost." If the name sounds familiar, I featured "Wrestle My Heart" way back in episode 86 of the podcast. What I appreciate is Hollier's ability to dance between the lines of pop and alternative music: this could and should be on somebody's radio (don't worry -- the song "War Cry" has racked up 300k streams on Spotify), and his songs carry enough heft to make you feel something.

Photo by Sara Miller

Hailing from Louisiana, Hollier loves to incorporate heartland roots and alt rock in his music -- what's not to love? Never one to turn down a chance to tour, John and the band played over 60 shows from coast to coast in 2019 in support of his first EP. Spotify placed "War Cry" on their Rockin' Vibes and All New Rock playlists where it was streamed over 300k times. The song was later placed on Indie Folx "Best Songs of The Summer". With almost a full year of quarantining under his belt, John is excited to share fresh material starting with February's single release "Jeff Buckley's Ghost."


Hollier -- Official, Facebook, Instagram

Friday, February 26, 2021

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 160

Better late than never!!!

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Album of the Week: Ben Trickey -- We Are Not Lucky We Are Blessed
 
 
Ben Trickey’s newest album, We Are Not Lucky We Are Blessed, is his finest effort to date. It’s making me do things I haven’t for a long time: feel things, for example. But, most importantly, it made me feel sad when it ended because I wanted more. Trickey sings and writes with a prophetic voice reminiscent of Bill Mallonee of the Vigilantes of Love. While I feature some of the quieter songs on the podcast, Trickey can fill a stadium with his artful soundscapes, the soundtrack to despair, dread, and, in spite of it all, hope.
 
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  1. Mando Saenz -- “The Leaving Side” (All My Shame)
  2. Olivia Ellen Lloyd -- “Emily” (Loose Cannon)
  3. Tommy Alexander -- “River Run Down” (Single)
  4. Mo Kenney -- “Hard On You” (Single)
  5. Sarah Petite -- “The Misfits” (Rare Bird)
  6. Ben Trickey -- Mundane Supernova (We Are Not Lucky We Are Blessed)
  7. Jim’s Not Dead -- “Can’t Stop Now” (Single)
  8. Embla and the Karidotters -- “Bergen Blues” (Howling)
  9. Charlie Treat -- “Drive My Blues Away” (The Comet)
  10. Wild Earp -- “Same Old Sorry Lesson” (Single)
  11. Amythyst Kiah -- “Black Myself” (Single)
  12. Casten Wong -- “Why On Earth” (Single)
Podcast intro by Alma Contra, music from Two Cow Garage’s “Stars & Gutters”
 
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

PREMIERE: Victoria Bailey -- "Skid Row"

Victoria Bailey's spin on classic country will scratch your itch for music that's authentic and relevant to our times. Her debut album, Jesus, Red Wine, & Patsy Cline, is a warm collection of Bakersfield, western swing, and good old classic-style ballads. Bailey, who lives in Huntington Beach, has released a new version of the song "Skid Row." It's premiering here on Adobe & Teardrops, and she very kindly wrote to us about this new standalone single. You can listen below, read the lyrics, and presave the song to your favorite streaming service here.


 

What inspired you to write this song? What is it about?
“Skid Row” is a song deeply inspired by my curiosity of the “Bakersfield Sound” and from digging deep into the history of the country music that came out of California. A lot of people in Orange County (where I live) are always asking how I started playing country music being born and raised here. I feel like country music is really rooted in me so naturally. So many of my classic country heroes all came out of California… Buck Owens and Merle Haggard being two major ones for me. This song also gives a nod to one of my favorite honky tonk bars in LA that rests right in the middle of “Skid Row” called The Escondite.

The original version of this song appeared on your album, "Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline," that came out last year. What made you want to revisit this song and record a different version of it to release now?
I honestly was really happily surprised that this song resonated so well with people and really seemed to be a favorite off the album for listeners. It was important for me to go into the studio to track a few of the album songs acoustically, because that truly represents who I have been as an artist for the past decade. I have really learned so much and discovered my voice as a singer and writer singing solo, two or three nights a week in local bars and restaurants here. Singing this song solo, in a room with one mic, is the most vulnerable version of myself and was such a beautiful way to put a cap on the year of promoting this record. It also is a really special way of turning the page to the new music I am getting ready to release. 

Photo by Stefanie Vinsel Johnson
  

This song has such a great vibe to it and it sounds like it was fun to record in the studio. What was the recording session like for this song? Did you record it during the pandemic?
Thank you! It was really fun recording it! I do have to say though, after playing it with my band for quite some time now, I sure did miss them and hearing their solos. I recorded it in the beginning of the pandemic and have been in the studio several times since. I feel really blessed to still have the outlet to record and create during this wild time.

You are known for, and praised for, your lyrics. What's your favorite lyric line in the song? Why is it your favorite?
Oh, my goodness, that is SO kind. My favorite line from the song is “and all this time you thought you had to be from the South, to get a little respect for your country sound.” I really feel so lucky living here in California with my family, and I believe there is a really great pocket of musicians here that listen to and that are inspired by the classic/traditional country sound. It’s not only in the South, like some may assume, and I’m really thankful to be surrounded by friends and musicians who are also inspired by the music history here.

Tying in to that and digging a little more deeply, how do you feel being based in California has factored into the music you make?
Living between the desert and the ocean really has a big impact on my music. My experiences here and the people I’ve met throughout my life are woven into the stories I tell through my songs, and there are so many great musicians in Orange County and LA who have really inspired me lyrically. I’ve pulled a lot of inspiration from visiting Nashville over the years too though, and I pick up little pieces of inspiration traveling anywhere new. 

"Skid Row" will be available to stream tomorrow, February 26th. You can pre-save the song here.

 

Lyrics: "Skid Row" by Victoria Bailey

Have you ever heard of the Bakersfield sound
Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam’s town
and all this time you thought you had to be from the South
to get a little respect for your country sound
I’m tired as hell Angelenos
But I’m gonna walk your roads
Thank God for that one Honky Tonk Bar down on skid row
It’s where Buck met his friend, that old Dusty Roades
In Bakersfield where he called his car his home
It was 1951, when the Oakies were born
And they were playin that Western swing until the break of morn’
I’m tired as hell Angelenos
But I’m gonna walk your roads
Thank God for that one Honky Tonk Bar down on skid row
We may have lost some of those early pioneers
But I can still hear Ralph Mooney pickin’ that Pedal Steel
I might have grown up in the West
But I still can tack a horse
And I’ll ride her down Sunset Boulevard
I’m tired as hell Angelenos
But I’m gonna walk your roads
Thank God for that one Honky Tonk Bar down on skid row

Victoria Bailey -- Official, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

HEY! LISTEN: Duane Forrest -- "See The World"

Come for the steel guitar, stay for the uptempo vibes. Yeah, you read that right. Duane Forrest's "See the World" is a plea to understand the world around us in all its complexity: the good, the bad, the ugly, so to speak. And, more importantly to understand that world by questioning it, not simply observing things at face value. It's a pleasant-sounding song, with deceptively confrontational lyrics. You can hear for yourself below.

Photo by Mavis Harris

Forrest first gained attention in 2017, when he debuted his first musical theatre production, Climb, a live album experience based on his concept album of the same name. Toronto Fringe Festival founder Gregory Nixon described Duane’s show as “an engaging, multilayered work of song, storytelling and movement” and “one of the highlights of this year’s Fringe.” His forthcoming double jazz and fusion album builds on themes of love, heartbreak, BLM, and self-discovery, reflecting musically Duane’s growth as an artist and a human being. Aside from his innate drive to create beautiful things, Duane also has a passion for arts education. In 2011 he founded Genesis Community of the Arts, a registered Canadian charity offering music and arts education to marginalized children and youth in Toronto and Central America.

Duane Forrest --  Official, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook