The Blues & [Urban] Melodies of Ancient Hebrew Prayer…

nickNick and The Grooves

Nick Edelstein | Blues-Rock | Atlanta, GA

 

Nick was born in Deltona, FL when it was still a small town. The street he lived on was gravel. His class was the first to attend their elementary school, built when he was 4, the same year he began piano lessons. Today Nick is a multi-instrumentalist whose lyrics portray real, down-to-earth characters struggling to find themselves in a complex world. His songs have been radio-broadcast across 3 continents and used in video games, iPhone apps, films and marriage proposals! Nick’s first studio LP, Ripple, is about perspective and metamorphosis. Each song is a window into its characters’ Life journey.Live In 2007 pits fiery guitars against tight grooves and features some of Nick’s improvisation skills. His second studio LP, Year Of The Ox speaks about The Great Recession and the Chinese zodiac, Earth Ox. For more details and exclusive content, visit yearoftheox.info

Being classically trained on the piano gave Nick a strong foundation of Music Theory and aural skills, but he didn’t find his true love until he dusted off his dad’s 1960s archtop acoustic guitar.

Writing and performing his entire life, Nick loves the Blues: “I’ve played it all, but I always come back to the Blues.” He attributes his unique vocal melodies to recanting prayers in the synagogue and reading Torah. “Melodies of ancient Hebrew prayer, with their harmonic minors and Phrygian scales, are at once beautiful and haunting and definitely impacted my sense of harmony.”

Nick’s band has opened for international Blues acts such as Devon Allman, Francine Reed, Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck, and Joe Pitts. Nick is well-versed in many genres and has played with Barry Richman, Sonny Emory Sr., and Drivin’N’Cryin’ to name a few. Since his first “gig” in 1992, Nick has entertained some major audiences such as Atlanta’s Chastain Amphitheater, Dogwood Festival, Sweet Auburn Springfest, Great Atlanta Blues Festival, Bluesfest and more! Nick has appeared on many radio and TV stations including NPR and Comcast TV, and is endorsed by Holland Guitars.

With a large catalogue of original songs, film scores, and compositions, and a repertoire that stretches well past 500 “cover” songs, Nick continues to live and breathe music. He advocates environmental protection and awareness, and is active in national organizations like JFSJ and ONE Campaign.

Nick promotes education and is experienced in private & group instruction to students of all ages!

More: www.nickedelstein.com

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Top of The Tribe – Amber Ojeda is Vintage with a Modern Flare

amber-cd-cover-d-2Amber Ojeda is vintage with a modern flare…
Known best for her sultry and subtle vibrato, it’s her ability to lace together jazz, new soul, pop and hip hop that helped make her mark on the digital world of music. Equal parts talent and ambition, Ojeda has managed to secure music placements on networks such as ABC, Bravo, Oxygen & The Style Network. In 2010 a distribution deal was acquired with Sweet Soul Records releasing her debut Album ‘Here I Am’ in Japan.
In 2011 she landed a coveted spot on Bravo’s emerging singer songwriter competition series “Platinum Hit”. Her sophomore album “Space.bar.Love.” was released in January of 2012 and has been highlighted on numerous music blogs among the likes of Getty Images & This is Real Music. Amber has continued to receive constant airplay by independent music stations and has remained #1 on Reverbnation (San Diego pop Charts) for over a year.
For more up to date information please visit http://www.amberojeda.com

 

10 Reasons To Buy Music from Independent Artists

supportThis post was written by Daniel Kobialka on Articlesbase.

10 specific reasons why you should support Independent Musicians

Musicians develop their own labels for many different reasons. My reason is partly because of a challenge I took on at a young age, to take what I was told was an unmarketable instrument, the violin, and create music that expressed emotions, touched hearts, and ultimately, sold. Whatever the reason for creating their own labels, musicians sometimes forget the advantages they hold and focus instead on the multitude of challenges.

As a gentle reminder to artists as well as their potential customers, I’m sharing my personal favorite reasons why I enjoy having my own label, and why music lovers should consciously choose to buy music from independent labels.

1. Independent musicians can freely express their passion and unique talent. They can express their own personal stories, follow their own instincts, and not have to follow orders from major label executives as to what they must create. From the customer’s perspective, by exploring radio stations and other sources of independent music, they too are now free to make their own decisions as to what is hot and what is not.

2. Many of the common music distributors only offer music from major labels, and rarely do they give anything for free, no matter how many albums you download or cds you buy. An independent artist is free to be unique and generous in his sales methods. For the consumer, this can mean getting bulk discounts, coupon offers and appreciation for their repeat purchases.

3. The independent musician can communicate directly with the customer, so online sales doesn’t have to feel like an isolating experience for the artist. Many times the thrill of receiving an email directly from the musician can turn an independent label music purchaser into a devout fan.

4. Niche marketing is all the buzz these days, and nowhere is it more successful than in independent music. As an independent musician, you are free to create your own unique niche and, in the process, reach more ideal fans. As someone who buys music from an independent label, you can find it easier to discover the music that defines and expresses YOU as well.

5. By buying from independent labels, customers and musicians can share the love. Think of it this way, here’s one scenario. A music lover makes a purchase. The independent musician has total control over what is communicated in the thank-you message. The customer can write back. The musician can quote the customer in his blog, the customer basks in the glory of the personal mention and shares it with all his friends on his Facebook page. Backlinks abound. Try that when you purchase from a major label.

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Black Boys on Mopeds by Sinéad O’Connor

41g93ABZ+dLOn a lighter note:

There have been a few people since the 60s and 70s who’ve tried to wake us up. It’s too bad they’re so few and far between.

Black Boys on Mopeds by Sinéad O’Connor

Margaret Thatcher on TV
Shocked by the deaths that took place in Beijing
It seems strange that she should be offended
The same orders are given by her

I’ve said this before now
You said I was childish and you’ll say it now
“Remember what I told you
If they hated me they will hate you”

[America’s] not the mythical land of Madame George and roses
It’s the home of police who kill black boys on mopeds
And I love my boy and that’s why I’m leaving
I don’t want him to be aware that there’s
Any such thing as grieving

Young mother down at Smithfield
5 am, looking for food for her kids
In her arms she holds three cold babies
And the first word that they learned was “please”

These are dangerous days
To say what you feel is to dig your own grave
“Remember what I told you
If you were of the world they would love you”

[America’s] not the mythical land of Madame George and roses
It’s the home of police who kill blacks boys on mopeds
And I love my boy and that’s why I’m leaving
I don’t want him to be aware that there’s
Any such thing as grieving.

Dylan Knows the Truth

by philip scott wikel

After church on Sunday I decided to surprise my son with a trip to some tidepools up around Carpinteria. I was a little wary of telling him where we were going because I had agreed with him the day before that we would go to Target to get a new game for his Playstation. I was worried that once he got his new game there would be nothing else in the world to him and that a trip to the beach to look at crabs and starfish would pale, profoundly, by comparison.

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