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|The Atlas||Phantasmagoria|| |
|The New Handshake||Phantasmagoria|| |
|Mind vs The Media, Part 1 (2004 demo)||Phantasmagoria (Deluxe Version)|| |
|The Escape (Single Version)||Phantasmagoria|| |
|Mind vs The Media, Part 2 (2004 demo)||Phantasmagoria (Deluxe Version)|| |
|Step Outside Your Mind||Phantasmagoria (Deluxe Version)|| |
|Step Outside Your Mind (Single Version)||Phantasmagoria|| |
|Where Do We Go From Here? (2004 demo)||Phantasmagoria (Deluxe Version)|| |
|Dear John||Phantasmagoria|| |
|Into the Light (Live Improv Jam, 2012)||Phantasmagoria (Deluxe Version)|| |
The latest CD—Blues and Beyond—from guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, Chris Stevens cooks a simmering stew of acoustic music: one pound of CLASSIC BLUES, eight ounces of POP song sensibility, blended with a huge helping of TODAY.
Chris has performed on the primary festival stages in central Illinois including: Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival, Miller Lite Illinois Blues Festival, Budweiser Grand Nationals, Summer Camp, Taste of Peoria, Frost Yer Buns and a stint as the guitar player for the touring cast of Hairspray at the Peoria Civic Center.
“…a background of musical expertise, talent and credentials that will impress even the difficult to please.”
Jubilee Advocate, Toulon, Illinois
Chris co-founded the successful Blues-Rock trio, LIAR’S DICE. He co-wrote, played the guitars and sang on the self-titled album. The album contained the song “Don’t Change the Answer” which climbed to #2 on KSYM-FM in San Antonio, Texas. The song also reached #4 on WWVU-FM in Charleston, West Virginia. Two other songs on the album, a cover of the Ides of March “Vehicle” and another original song “Like-A-Roller” both climbed to #5 on WERG-FM in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Years of playing ‘cover songs’ and learning the signature licks of Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Carlos Santana, Duane Allman, Buddy Guy and many others help Chris bring a passionate, improvisational style of lead guitar and vocals to the studio and live performance stage.
When you want to enjoy a show in the heavens reach for some new stars, the unknown players and 'no-name' bands who have honed their skills on a thousand late night gigs, in hundreds of different clubs, concerts and anywhere else they let us play.
It all started with a dream, or maybe it was the lack of sleep driving home from a great gig. Actually it was while listening to the Allman Brothers band Chris "Stinger" Stevens decided once and for all to play the music he wants to play.
Chris also appears as a solo acoustic artist and performs a wide variety of material ranging from traditional blues to original pop. Chris also coordinates and conducts the popular and successful Blues Workshops at the annual Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival...
Chris co-founded the successful Blues-Rock trio Liar's Dice. He co-wrote, played the guitars and sang on the self-titled album, which contained the song "Don't Change the Answer". which climbed to #2 at KSYM-FM in San Antonio, Texas. The same song also reached #4 at WWVU-FM in Charleston, West Virginia. Two other songs on the album, a cover of the Ides of March "Vehicle" and another original song "Like-A-Roller" both climbed to #5 on WERG-FM in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Perhaps the outside patters were what lulled their inside ears into inspiration. Perhaps the echoes against the plaster walls of an empty room made the music from their violin and piano sound all the more beautiful. Maybe it was the careless nature of an unintentional collaboration with no rules --in that particular moment-- that allowed two friends to create what has now become an unrivaled brand of orchestral indie pop music.
Or, perhaps Feather & Belle was born that day in 2010 simply because two friends wanted to create their favorite kind of art. And so they decided to spread their wings.
With respective roots in Minnesota and North Carolina, best friend duo Kelsey Kopecky and Laura Musten both followed their heartbeat to Nashville and landed at Belmont University where they first met. Their friendship was marked by laughter, ice cream for any meal, and a deep love for creating music, and the two were quickly inseparable.
Now, their compelling musical collaboration is not only rooted in deep friendship, but is also characterized by their diverse experiences in the music industry. Before becoming Feather & Belle, Kelsey toured the country singing and playing keys in indie-rock band, Kopecky Family Band, and continues to write and tour with her musical band of brothers. Kopecky Family Band has frequented the stages of CMJ Festival, Bonaroo, and South by Southwest, and has been a featured band on NPR. In addition to her musical contributions, Kelsey’s homemade art and graphic design is featured as both the band’s album artwork and merchandise design.
Laura, on the other hand, quickly emerged as a recognizable studio and performing violinist in Nashville, playing for artists like Brooke Waggoner, Chris Tomlin, Elenowen, Paper Route, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Most notably, she has toured extensively for 2 years with global electronic act, Owl City, and has recorded for many artists including Relient K, Owl City, Deas Vail and Breanne Duren. Her recent string arrangements and recordings are proudly featured on the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack with indie band, Sleeping at Last.
Together, Kelsey and Laura as Feather & Belle are an unstoppable pair drawing from a rich well of musical history. After writing songs drenched in lessons from classical music studies that musically agree with the pop sensibilities of Fiest, Andrew Bird, Regina Spektor, or Grizzly Bear, Feather & Belle is now making their debut with an 11 song album in hand, Pockets Run Deep.
This album is in equal parts lovely and haunting, cinematic and thought-provoking, colorful and timeless. Tuning wine glasses to hover over their haunting ballad for jackals, “Zombie”, Feather & Belle present a battle between good and evil told in a 3 movement orchestral composition laced with whispers and wind-chimes. Whether it is the retro handclaps in their Motown influenced tune, “Tennessee Baby”, or lush string orchestration in songs like “Dress”, Pockets Run Deep is truly a visual narrative that showcases the grand nature of these multi-instrumentalist songwriters who have composed songs made to simply make you feel alive.
And so the story of best friends turned band begins. Sunlight is beaming through their windows, and Feather & Belle now have a song to sing to the world. After all, birds of a feather will find a way to flock together.
- 2.5 million+ youtube views
- 100,000+ twitter and facebook fans
- 400,000 album downloads
- #1 on Amazon and #1 on Frostwire.com
- 1 of only 7 Hip Hop Acts invited to perform at the Bonnaroo Music Festival 2011
Kellee wants to change the world. She feels we all have the power to help positively affect the world by "being the change we wish to see", as Ghandi puts it. While this can bei ncredibly challenging given our human tendencies and emotions, she believes we are entering a new stage of evolution in human consciousness.
Kellee feels that all people have a special gift that will be a piece in the puzzle to transform the world. We are all made of the same energy and therefore are really all one. Music and art will usher in the peaceful revolution we need from our current fear stricken society.
We can enjoy this time/space reality while opening hearts and minds, and creating lasting change.
As for their music? You’ve heard it. Fort Lean write big, anthemic rock songs, and they play the hell out of them. Stakes are high. Fort Lean don’t want people to “kinda like” them. They want to be a girl’s first crush. They want college kids to make bad life decisions based on misinterpretations of their lyrics. They want to write the song you dance to with your second wife on the night of your wedding to your first wife. When your son moves to whatever the new Bushwick is in twenty years, and when he calls you, crying, to report he just got shook down by a bunch of punk kids, Fort Lean want you to smile to yourself and think of that line from “Sunsick”: “Get-tin’ mugged by chil-drennn!!”
You would think this is every band’s wish–to be The Biggest Band In The World. But it turns out that’s a lot of work! It turns 99.9% of bands just don’t have the chops or the songbook. Fort Lean somehow have both–which is why they stuck out like a sore thumb this past CMJ. They’re writing choruses you wish you had written, and playing tighter than your band ever could. They’re only going to get better too. Mark my words: the world will get at least five great albums from this band before the singer cracks and decides he wants to be a doctor after all.
I could write thousands of words about keyboardist Will Runge’s impeccable style (great face, great denim). I could rap on drummer Sam Ubl’s tasty hi-hat work, or bassist Jake Aron’s smart use of space. I could tell you about the first time I heard Keenan’s voice–an oaky, siren-like tenor that proves once and for all that nature does in fact trump nurture. Or how about this: Zach Fried routinely wears tight red pants, plays a Telecaster, and insists on using an enormous eighty-pound pedalboard even though he only has like two pedals–and somehow gets away with it all! There’s just so much to like about this band in the particular. But right now, the thing I like most about Fort Lean is quite simple. They pay their rent on time. They chip in when equipment gets broken. They let me use their Twin Reverb, and the Peavy Bandit (great for leads). I didn’t have to tell them twice about not leaving bikes in the hallway. It’s hard to find bands like this. I will miss them when they’re gone.
Her new EP entitled “Shannon Labrie,” has five songs that are goose bump worthy. Her lyrical content hints at artists such as Bob Dylan and James Morrison. If that weren’t enough already, her voice sings with a Lauren Hill type of R&B. Her songs will make you want to hang with the gospel choir while smoking a long cigarette. Her soulfulness, deep emotion and honesty will invite you into a place where you can be yourself, ask questions, and hope for something more.
In the past two years Shannon has had her music placed on several TV shows and continues to have her songs on hold for charting artists. There is no doubt that Shannon Labrie’s career is just getting started and her new EP is an incredible window into what she is capable of.
Channeling an electro-rap style that is uniquely his own, Warhol released his first solo album, Japanese Lunchbox in 2010 (Voted Best Rap Album of 2010 by the Nashville Scene). His unconventional sound has earned him a place on stage at last year's Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Atlanta’s A3C and headlining Next Big Nashville’s Soundland music festival. Warhol has also supported a long list of artists, including Questlove, Kid Cudi, G-Side, Wallpaper, and Yelawolf. His music has been featured on Fuel TV, ABC, HBO's "Less Than Kind", and the Gen Art Film Festival’s award winning film, Saeng-il (Birthday).
A dictator of his own art, Chancellor Warhol continues to redefine music genres and produce a matchless sound in his sophomore album, The Silver Factory (which was released September 13th, 2011). In 2012, Warhol will be performing at SXSW; and was also selected to be part of the Google Music Magnified Artist program that launched with a performance at the Sundance Film Festival.
K-Skeem has had his songs shopped to Tommy Rotem on Beluga Heights/Epic Records, however he wasn’t what they were looking for. K-Skeem has also shopped his own music to JPat Records which is Usher’s mother’s label along with Justin Timberlakes label Tennman Records. In 2001, K-Skeem launched his indie label Fatalistik Entertainment. On August 19th, 2010 K-Skeem signed a Licensing Contract Deal with MTV, he also launched his personal label S.M.G (Skeem Music Group). For the future K-Skeem hopes to produce for Jay-Z, work with Timbaland and Dr. Dre.
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Every Suite 709 show is like a party from beginning to end. With a sound that has been classified by fans as funk to rock & soul, Suite 709 blends the elements of R&B and Soul with a touch of Rock to create a unique style that translates to multiple audiences. The Suite 709 sound is reminiscent of Motown's mega-pop group The Jackson 5 to modern day R&B superstar John Legend, with a touch of James Brown's flare. Their thrilling live show is an indication of one thing in particular: Suite 709 wants to make you dance. Soulful frontman, Jirod Greene's playful melodic scats & vocal acrobatics matched with his animated stage presence holds the crowd's attention and his bandmates are just as engaging. Greene, Dietrich Schmidt (keys), David Butler (guitar), Drew Walters (bass) & Zach Boston (drums) are bringing new flavor to music lovers. Suite 709 has their sights set on giving you an experience that you won't forget.