As his website promises, “Not all cowboys are from the west.” Ryan Luce, born and raised in upstate New York, is a testament to the power and universality of country music. His latest EP, California Gold, offers a blend of country-western Americana and Pacific Rock à la Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to paint energetic narratives with lasting visual effect.
A lifetime in the making, as they describe it, Last Call for Dreamers calmly runs through topics ranging from the traveling band lifestyle to childhood and teenage nostalgia. Drenched in heartache but with subtle spices of optimism, the new album is a folksy southern rock record built on red dirt roads and pine tree forests and then strengthened by asphalt highways.
Country-pop singer-songwriter Patrick Murphy has one of those voices that makes you stop and listen. With tonality and vocal ranges that resemble radio stars like
Referred to as his “Nashipeg” album, Plaid Is the New Black was a project of eight years in the making, and recorded half in Nashville, TN with the other half recorded at Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Formed in Locust Valley, NY, Ransom Pier steadily plays shows across the Northeast and has sporadic tour dates booked up and down the East Coast as well. Catch the band performing their new EP as well as old tunes from the 2017 Beauty & Demise record this Sunday, June 2, at Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge.
“Wait For It”, the leading single from the album released late last year by Houston Bernard Band, is a driving, riff-heavy Carolina country anthem sure to kickstart any summer country playlist.