James Maddock affirms his status as a fixture in downtown Manhattan’s folk and Americana scene with ‘Another Life,’ his new album out July 23rd on Jullian Records. As NPR says of the British transplant, “his timeless songwriting style, which seems to draw from great songwriters of every era, conveys quiet confidence and lovely intimacy.”
Nodding to ‘70s rock with shimmering acoustic guitars, an understated rhythm section and flourishes of fiddle, mandolin, piano and dobro, ‘Another Life’ bridges the mainstream appeal of songwriters like Jesse Harris and Norah Jones and the quirkier sensibility of Loudon Wainwright. With funding entirely from fan contributions through PledgeMusic, Maddock worked with producer Matt Pierson, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell (who’s played with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm) and bassist Tony Scherr (who plays with Norah Jones).
A seasoned live performer, Maddock's touring in the the U.S. and Europe is ongoing.
Writer, musician, and educator Alan Semerdjian has been performing and recording music, writing poems and essays, and teaching high school in New York City and on Long Island for over fifteen years. His work is recognized for "its impressive contemporary sound...rich, textured songs, and poetic lyrics" (Relix). Alan's newest album, Quiet Songs for Loud Times (Newsong Recordings, 2013) is his third solo effort and is mixed by longtime friend and collaborator Michael Bloom (The Elected, Rilo Kiley, Julian Casablancas). While the album is an intentional stark departure from the lush Americana sounds of 2009's The Big Beauty, it still retains the inventive songwriting and inimitable charm of one of the area's most unique voices.
"It's really hard not to like Jay Scott. His songs are simple and passionate and sneak into your heart without asking for permission. Jay's vocals are raw and soulful and soaring. He gets compared to Joe Cocker sometimes. Here's the similarity-even if you're not always 100% positive what he's saying, you know for sure he means it. And as you're listening, you find that you mean it, too. Jay's main focus in songwriting is honesty." - Long Island Pulse Magazine
Pop singer-songwriter Christine Holt is anything but your ordinary artist. Long Island born and raised the Berklee grad refuses to be put in a box. Armed with an acoustic guitar and an angelic voice, Christine takes influence all the way from country to hip-hop, creating something truly her own.