News/Releases/Video/Partiesfor April/May 2015

WELCOME!  Stream songs from Jon Chi, Claire Holley, Kip Boardman and Matt Lax on Soundcloud:

Congratulations to San Francisco's Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah!  They are featured in the April/May issues of Relix, Hittin' the Note and Shindig!  

5 Bands You Need To Know About


Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band  Los Angeles, CA 
Not That Kind of Girl  June 23rd

Produced by Herb Pedersen with special guests:  Chris Hillman, Joe Craven, Skip Edwards
Keep your eye out for a special video guesting Herb Pedersen and Chris Hillman along with Susie &the Hilonesome Band!

“While Susie Glaze and Hilonesome have set out from their beginnings to stake out a legacy that reaches beyond genre limitations while honoring past musical traditions in a way that is timeless over nostalgic, this album succeeds in ways beyond the usual expectations often set in Americana music. That is, there is a resonate authenticity and unique dynamic to the proceedings that is a joy to experience. “—Terry Paul Roland, No Depression

“Not That Kind of Girl is a potpourri of folk and Americana delights. While retaining their trademark Appalachian roots and Newgrass sound, Glaze and her band have expanded their repertoire to include songs that range from traditional to contemporary folk; from old-timey to country; from tender ballads to light-hearted humor.”—Folk works

Claire Holley  Los Angeles, CA  Time in the Middle  June 2nd
Keep an eye out for Claire in Sing Out! Magazine
Claire is fresh off a tour of the South where she played several dates including the Oxford American Music Series in Little Rock, AR!

Holley has released seven previous records, and her powdercoat ep, a collaboration with Kristin Mooney, won the 2014 "Best in Popular Music" from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters—Huffington Post called it "one of the year's loveliest recordings." A tasteful vocalist and guitar player, Claire is an engaging performer and has sung at Merlefest, Mountain Stage, and a host of listening rooms around the country.

"The slight catch in Holley’s voice can break your heart…" Time Out New York

“(Claire Holley) is readying the album for release now.  Here is a trailer for Time in the Middle.  Listen closely to the music behind the talking.  I hear three songs which have me salivating.”
—Frank Gutch Jr.
One of The Morton Report’s  “Nine New Winners”
“This is hummable, confessional folk that manages to seem simultaneously powerful and light as a feather. Holley’s vocals, which remind me a little of Norah Jones, will draw you in.”—Jeff Burger

Jon Chi:  Boston,MA  Another Rising Sun release on May 5th tunes for single:

“Chi has much to be proud of here. His singer-songwriter strengths are evident, imagery, impressionistic flow, and honest emotional grit make you care about his characters and want to follow their stories. His rocking, roots band keep everything drenched in authentic flavors. His choir can save you. Another Rising Sun will likely increase his audience and visibility in Boston and Milwaukee.”Rock Critic, Bill Copeland
"Record of the Day" 50thirdand3rd Music Blog

KIp Boardman Los Angeles, CA  Boardman  April 28th
Produced by Brian Wilson percussionist, Nelson Bragg
with: Kip on vocals and Wurlitzer, Erik Heywood (guitar, pedal steel), Dave Gleason (guitar), Rob Douglas (bass) and Steve Mugalian (drums)
“In a voice that never falters, intimate and captivating Kip Boardman, with this fourth album (and the first vinyl!) Provides the music he loves, with a natural ease and nonchalance claimed, and hope you will follow ... as simple as that.”—Long Player Late music blog (France)

“As on The Long Weight, Boardman serves up a very impressive string of songs, some bordering on compositions. All lyrically solid and formed to the music.”—Bob Segarini Music Blog
VIDEO:  "Oh The Ache"

Megan Wilde  Seattle, WA   Wildfire   May 19th

“Wilde’s 4-song ‘Wildfire’ EP is packed from top to bottom with so much soul and R&B goodness that it would make Aretha Franklin and Al Green stand up and shout. “—Innocent Words Magazine

“Megan Wilde has a star quality and is one to keep your eye on.”—Red Dirt Report

“Rowdy, sultry and soulful all in one, this Chicago born songstress now living in Seattle lights a serious bluesy rock fire under this debut. A very powerful voice with excellent emotive control is a perfect foil for retro yet edgy songs that also have comforting hooks.”—Music Morsels

Record Release Party in Seattle May 8th, click on picture for details

Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved  San Francisco, CA
This House of Mine  May 11th

Matt Lax (a.k.a. Lacques--brother of I See Hawks in LA's Paul Lacques) grew up all over California and Texas in the 1970s, and lived in Austin, TX in the early 80’s in the prime of its songwriter heyday. Finally settling in the San Francisco area in the mid-80’s, Matt ensconced himself in the African music scene and joined the band, Zulu Spear; with whom he wrote and played for 10 years. Matt penned the band’s title song for their 1991 Capitol Records release Welcome to the USA. Matt began his solo recording career in 1998 and formed the band Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved. Their first release, Wanderer’s Dream, was an album of heartfelt torch songs with an all-acoustic lineup. In 2002 Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved released the afro-billy inspired Hurricane and Tumbleweed. In 2012 Matt and the band released Where's Bob to much critical acclaim. Matt and Nearly Beloved have just released This House of Mine, an all acoustic effort which brings them back to the heartfelt simplicity of their first album. Matt currently splits his time between playing with Zulu Spear, Nearly Beloved, and teaching at Juvenile Hall in San Francisco.
“Check out This House of Mine by Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved.A careful listener can definitely hear the influences of such Joseph Spence, Doc Watson and Nick Drake no doubt among others. The release is an interesting amalgam of blues, country, traditional folk with the West African and South African Township styles Lax learned as a longtime member of the afro-pop band Zulu Spear.”
—AXS online magazine

Record Release Shows: (for more information: )
May 9th Petaluma, CA
*May 10th Los Angeles, CA Coffee Gallery Backstage  playing with his brothers, Paul and Anthony AND with Manda Mosher and Kristen Proffit of Calico the Band opening.
June 11th Carmel, CA
June 12th Soquel, CA
*June 13th Nicasio, CA


The Neighborhood Bullys  Los Angeles, CA Callin' All Rockers! 
10 question interview with Innocent Words Magazine: 

Stream at all music:!-mw0002838881

“Within the last year the Pagans have released a superb punk rock inspired rock album, Rockford are turning into first rate art rockers and the sublime The Neighborhood Bullys are the essential rock group releasing an album in segments…It is like being pushed in a crowded club, it gets your attention and you know it is the price you pay for great rock and roll.”—Rock NYC

“When you can take a simple premise and make it edgy enough to really put the hook into the listener, you know you are doing something right…with these guys it means taking various influences from bands who have the same attitude about rock and roll, putting it in a blender, and standing back while you rip the top off.”—Music Morsels

“Pretty great mix of rock n’ roll with a punk feeling…a cascade of melodies, rock and evocative harmonies.”—Skrutt Magazine

PI Jacobs  Los Angeles, CA  Hi-Rise Ranch 

interview with guitar girl mag:

“Jacobs is known for her slick guitar playing and prowess as a multi-instrumentalist, but her singing is the most potent element of this collection of funky, tight, and driving roots rock.”—LA Record

“n her latest album Hi-Rise Ranch, this musing spirit does what only bands such as the Eagles and Toto can do, she takes the listener on a trip not just in location but also across the spectrum of American Time.”—Liverpool Sound and Vision

Seahorse  Salem, OR  The Fire's Heart 
“Conflicted characters and poetic images distinguish this tuneful collection from Seahorse, aka Willamette Valley-based guitarist/songwriter Rich Swanger and whatever players he rings around his sweetly soothing melodies.”—Bliss Bowen, Pasadena Weekly

“The Fire’s Heart, Seahorse. This highly listenable second album spotlights Rich Swanger, an excellent Oregon-based folksinger/songwriter, and his capable backup group. Swanger applies his distinctive vocals to a set of self-penned meditations and fairytales”—The Morton Report

“A simple joy. Swanger is on to something with Seahorse. This album is built for pleasure. “—Aiding and Abetting

Contact:  Kim Grant
T. 626-755-9022
2975 Emerson Way Altadena, CA 91001