Sometimes I think that Kelli Rae Powell has somehow stumbled out of America’s past, a bombshell torch singer with a ukulele… but then I listen to her lyrics and she reminds me that her mind is anything but old-fashioned. It’s a charming mixture of impressions, and added to it is a live performance that walks the line between technical beauty and unrestrained passion. It’s no wonder that we’re all excited for her CD release this fall. Make sure you come out on October 30th to experience Kelli Rae’s music for yourself.
Kelli Rae Powell CD Release Party
New Words for Old Lullabies
October 30th at Jalopy
315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Andy Mac is one of those people you want to hate, but have to love. Why would you want to hate Andy? Because he’s good at pretty much everything and it makes the rest of us a little jealous. It’s not enough that Andy writes infectious songs that you want to sing along to, he has to rub your face in it with his mad skills at vocals, guitar, piano, and drums. There’s probably more that I don’t even know about!
But seriously, we at Local Correspondents all have a lot of love for Andy who has been a longstanding member of this community and want to extend our congratulations on his upcoming CD, “Struggle Fantastic”.
Ready yourselves folks, it’s CD Release Season! There are some exciting releases to look forward to, plus the awesome parties that go along with them. So here’s a quick rundown with some of the highlights:
Join Danny Ross and his 15 piece Band and Orchestra as they play the new album, “One Way” straight through in its entirety at New York’s historic St. Mark’s Church.
Saturday September 12, 8:00 PM
Danny Ross Presents ‘One Way’ Record Release Show
@ St. Mark’s Church (131 E 10th St. at 2nd Ave), NYC
All Ages, $12; Reuben Chess of Quintus Opening.
After-Party @ Solas, 131 E 9th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves.
Scott Krokoff is an independent singer-songwriter from Queens, New York. Previously, he practiced as a tax attorney before recently taking the bold step to pursue his lifelong dream to be a musician. To make manifest his desire to leave his past behind and go for his dream, Scott called his debut CD, A Better Life, which features a diverse array of folk, pop and rock songs. Scott’s music is largely influenced by 60’s and 70’s singer-songwriters but draws from new influences and sounds as well. There is an obvious folk component to his sound, but not of the Kumbaya variety, rather one that has a pop/rock aspect to it. Scott calls this unique combination “rockier folk,” essentially combining the pop-rock sensibilities of John Mayer and the folksiness of James Taylor, and creating the kind of crossover appeal that is the hallmark of artists like Shania Twain. He has also been compared to the Gin Blossoms, Jack Johnson, and Paul Simon.
Jessica Kostek of MuzikReviews.com concluded that
“[o]verall, A Better Life is a wonderful CD that will leave listeners full of anticipation for Krokoff’s second release.”Annie Reuter of You Sing, I Write, noted that A Better Life “can be easily kept on repeat all day long” and that “many of his songs could be easily heard on the radio.” She also remarked that “after giving A Better Life a close listen I’m glad Krokoff quit his day job to pursue his passion.” Similarly, Colin Meeks of Indie Launchpad concluded that A Better Life “is one of those albums, that you listen to and in the blink of an eye it’s over. This is a trait that marks a fine album.”
In February 2009, Scott’s song “A Better Life,” the title cut from Scott’s CD, placed Runner-Up in Mike Pinder’s SONGWARS songwriting competition. Mike Pinder is one of the founders of The Moody Blues and Scott was honored that one of his songs was selected.
A Better Life was also selected on January 29, 2009, as Single of the Day by blogger/musician Jody Whitesides on his blog, SingleOfTheDay.com. Scott’s music has also been featured recently on other blogs and podcasts, such as Vinny Bond’s Big Leather Couch blog and Earl Clifton’s Radio Podcast, and in June 2009, 3 of Scott’s songs placed on Japan’s PMN Hit Makers Podcast Weekly Top 5 Countdown.
Scott began his music career as a singer and songwriter in a band called Equinox, which had its beginnings in Binghamton, New York, and later became a frequent performer in the New York City scene during the 1990’s. However, like many others before him who tried to take the responsible and practical route, Scott completed law school while he was still a member of Equinox and began a promising career as a tax attorney with some of New York City’s largest and most prestigious firms. Scott never gave up his dream, though, and in February 2008, Scott resigned from his full-time law position to live his dream.
Just want to encourage the community to check out a great show coming up featuring Chris Cubeta & the Liars Club, April Smith, and Bryan Dunn at the famed Bowery Ballroom. This is a not to be missed event coming up in August. Make sure you get your tickets in advance for $13. It’s $15 at the door if the show doesn’t sell out first. Don’t take chances though, get your tix now!
LC is one of the sponsors of a great new contest from Silversound! Check out the event page on FaceBook.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for:
New York’s 1st Music Video Film Festival
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
Finalists will be showcased LIVE August 12th, 09 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
~ GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives a music video produced by Silver Sound worth over $10,000
~ HONORABLE MENTIONS receive discounted Silver Sound studio time and a copy of the professional recording program REAPER.
Music Video Film Festival:
GRAND PRIZE WINNER receives an array of goodies, including Silver Sound services on your next project*, a story written about you in a major publication (to yet be named), and your video featured prominently on major internet media sites.
APPLY at www.silversound.us/contests
Sponsored in part by:
Parlay Studios – www.parlaystudios.com