Big Blend Radio Interview: SF Music Scene Fixture EVAN WARDELL Releases His Debut Solo Full-Length Album IN LIKE A LION // OUT LIKE A LIGHT – Available Now!

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“This episode of Big Blend Radio features Evan Wardell, a musician, producer, and audio engineer based in San Francisco. Hear about his new debut solo album “In Like a Lion / Out Like a Light,” a hook-laden indie rock masterpiece that illustrates the pain of addiction, heartbreak, and the all too common struggle just to get out of bed in the morning. Written, performed, produced, recorded, and mixed entirely by Evan, the album represents at least seven years of songwriting and recording, and as a result offers a chronicle of how he has changed over that time as a person, as a songwriter, and even as an audio engineer.”

www.moomoorecordsmusic.com/evanwardell

An export from the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, EVAN WARDELL is a musician, producer, and audio engineer now based in San Francisco. Written, performed, produced, recorded, and mixed entirely by EVAN WARDELL (he even created the cover art), the new album IN LIKE A LION // OUT LIKE A LIGHT is a hook-laden indie rock masterpiece that illustrates the pain of addiction, heartbreak, and the all too common struggle just to get out of bed in the morning. Released online everywhere music is streamed and sold on October 30, 2020, IN LIKE A LION // OUT LIKE A LIGHT is the debut solo full-length album from EVAN WARDELL.

Click here to read a great track-by-track review of the album at MaximumVolumeMusic.com!

EVAN WARDELL moved to San Francisco in 2009 to study audio engineering and immerse himself in city life. Since then he has gone from recording in his bedroom to becoming the musical manager at Pianofight (the coolest indie venue in San Francisco), engineering at the historic and renowned Hyde Street Studios, and mixing front of house for audiences of hundreds of people. IN LIKE A LION // OUT LIKE A LIGHT represents at least seven years of songwriting and recording, and as a result offers a chronicle of how EVAN WARDELL has changed over that time as a person, as a songwriter, and even as an audio engineer. Evan says, “To me the album feels like the culmination of everything I’ve ever learned, and the beginning of something bigger and better.”

EVAN WARDELL produced, recorded, and mixed IN LIKE A LION // OUT LIKE A LIGHT entirely by himself, and offers these services to other artists and producers as well. With flexible rates, a home studio, a small demo studio, and access to Hyde Street Studios, he has the rates and environment to fit your recording needs! For more information please contact evan.wardell@gmail.com.

Evan was born and raised on a small rural island off the coast of Massachusetts where he learned how to play music. From the very beginning he wanted to write and record his own material, and everything he does musically has this entrepreneurial drive at its core. He’s played in a few different bands over the years, all the while developing his own voice and engineering abilities. His music blends vitriolic passion with meandering psychedelia into a soup of hook laden indie rock. Throughout 2020 he has been keeping busy, already at work in the studio again and recording some new songs. EVAN WARDELL also does sound design for theater, and as a composer is currently scoring a film, a videogame, and even a dance video.

A fixture in the San Francisco music scene, you can find EVAN WARDELL rocking out with the psychedelic Western outfit The Green Door (new album Wolf In The Fold out now!), or in normal times playing his saddest tunes for his bi-weekly live show Sadurday Happy Hour at Pianofight, the city’s coolest hub for performing artists, where he also acts as Musical Technical Manager. EVAN WARDELL was also a member of the SF band Biv and the Mnemonics, whose album The Pace was released to critical acclaim in 2013.

To order IN LIKE A LION // OUT LIKE A LIGHT on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/EvanWardell

For more information about EVAN WARDELL or upcoming tour dates, please visit:

www.moomoorecordsmusic.com/evanwardell

For Press, Radio, and Interview inquiries please contact Moo Moo Records:

ben@independentdistro.com

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Bay Area Rock Songstress KARNEY Pens Love Song to Her Community and Puts Pandemic in the Rearview Mirror with Her New Single “BE TOGETHER”

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For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – Anna Karney has been making great music for many years, performing across the country and putting out several singles, EPs, and albums, and now with her San Francisco-based band KARNEY is set to release a new single titled “BE TOGETHER,” the first in a series of singles she will be releasing throughout 2021. Songs from her last EP release Better received stellar airplay on Triple-A and Americana radio stations, including the title track and her powerful cover of “Ramble On,” one of Karney’s favorite Led Zeppelin songs.

Keeping her mind on social justice and positive messages, Anna Karney’s lyrical content offers a sardonic and sometimes straightforward approach to many of the issues facing people today. Feelings of isolation and a troubled heart have been unavoidable throughout the past year, so how can a social justice songwriter stay inspired during these trying times? By changing the tune. Channeling her loneliness, KARNEY has penned her first love song, inspired by all the dear friends she has missed for the past year. All she really wants is to reunite and to finally “Be Together” with those she loves. 

Throughout the past year it has been difficult for musicians to stay productive. In order to create the “BE TOGETHER” single, KARNEY band musicians worked from individual studios to assemble their parts and build the track. Singer/guitarist Anna Karney, bassist Kevin White (The Chuck Prophet Band), and guitarist James DePrato (The Chuck Prophet Band) all recorded tracks at their own home studios. Drummer Jeff Herrera created rough drum parts in his rehearsal studio and sent them to trumpet player Bill Ortiz (Santana, Tony Toni Tone), who then recreated them digitally. All the tracks were then sent to producer/mixer Michael Rosen, who finished the mix at his East Bay Recorders studio. Ironically, even though the single is titled “BE TOGETHER,” the musicians never were. Such has been the reality during this past year, but the band is looking forward to reuniting soon after vaccinations, with each other and most of all their fans.

Before the release of the Better EP in 2020, KARNEY released her previous album of original songs titled NO MERCY in 2018, which received broad national Radio airplay on Triple-A and Americana radio stations, and internationally as well. On that album as well as on previous releases, KARNEY has worked with producers and artists in the SF Bay Area such as Producer/engineer Mark Pistel (Michael Franti, Grace Jones, Chuck Prophet), Producer/Engineer Michael Rosen (Rancid, Tesla, Smashmouth, Santana, and Papa Roach), and Adam Munoz (Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Chester Thompson, and Lyle Lovett).

Anna Karney’s musical influences include Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patti Smith, John Lennon, Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, and Joni Mitchell. As an arranger, pianist, and guitarist, she has worked with artists such as George Clinton, Linda Perry, and Dennis Bovell. Anna Karney has had a diverse musical career, having spent many years composing music for games such as Star Wars Galaxies, Monkey Island IV, Armed and Dangerous, several SimCity titles, Metal Dungeon, Death Jr., and many more.

Stay on the lookout for the next KARNEY single, a cover of Neil Young’s “HEART OF GOLD” due out in May 2021!

Visit the KARNEY website for more information:

 www.karney.org

To order or stream the “BE TOGETHER” singleon digital services please visit: smarturl.it/KarneyBeTogether

To order the “BE TOGETHER” singlefrom Bandcamp please visit: https://karney.bandcamp.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR at

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For Radio inquiries please contact Peter Hay of Twin Vision Radio Promotion at TwinVision@aol.com

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IDC Features Female and International Artists Amongst Some Great New Music Releases in 2021 While Launching Innovative Online Virtual Event Services

For more information fill out IDC’s RFI FORM (Request For Information) with the details of your project!

For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – In business for over 16 years, INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION COLLECTIVE is a marketing, distribution, and virtual event production company based in San Francisco. IDC provides unique and valuable services that help independent labels and artists to strategize, market, and distribute their own releases. IDC maintains long-standing business relationships with an assortment of retailers, publicists, radio promoters, social media experts, graphic designers, videographers and editors,and various other industry professionals that can be hired to work on any project.

IDC continues to execute successful campaigns for some great new projects in 2021, including reggae singer-songwriter ANNICIA BANKS who has seized the spotlight with the release of her debut UP FRONT EP through Raw Vue Music. UP FRONT EP was a featured listing on iTunes on both the main page and the reggae page the week of its release and debuted as the #7 Top iTunes Reggae Album!

Next, discover the singular voice of Ivorian singer-songwriter FELY TCHACO on her new album YITA (DEEP WATER), whichwas featured on the iTunes Worldwide Page the week of its release on International Women’s Day 2021. IDC organized a virtual press conference that united an assortment of national and international press outlets for a series of interviews with FELY TCHACO on International Women’s Day 2021, and YITA (DEEP WATER) has been receiving incredible international media coverage on the BBC, KQED, and elsewhere.

FEVERSEED is a New York rock quartet founded by singer/lyricist George Panagakos and bass player Chris Crosby that delivers a powerful and soulful debut with their new LET YOURSELF DOWN EP. In its first thirty days of release this highly regarded FEVERSEED debut has been receiving amazing press coverage and airplay from around the world and has gathered over 35,000 Spotify streams.

Following their acclaimed full-length album 20/20 (which had an unprecedented seven singles on the Roots Music Report radio charts at once and made it up to the #3 RMR Alt-Rock chart and #16 Rock chart!), Aussie-American rock quintet THE WALK-A-BOUT released a special new cover of the INXS single “AFTERGLOW” from their 20/20 LP recording sessions.

Also coming soon, CIRCUS MIND will showcase their ’70s rock, funk, and jazz grooves on their upcoming album JOY MACHINE.

With their innovative IDC PROMO service, IDC provides a project manager that will strategize a customized and cost-effective campaign to yield tangible results for an agreed upon budget. The project manager guides the campaign from start to finish, organizes and facilitates communication with the IDC Marketing and Distribution Team, and ensures that all aspects of the campaign are executed according to the client’s wishes using cutting edge project management software. IDC Promo campaigns can be targeted around music releases (single, EP, and full-length), as well as other products and general brand building.

The company also recently launched IDC VIRTUAL EVENTS (IDCVE), a new ultramodern service that professionally produces online virtual events, an asset that is now more important to the arts community than ever before. By focusing its deep resources and partnering with media production dynamo DIGITAL LAMB PRODUCTIONS, IDC offers two initial packages to record, edit, market, and broadcast online events such as live performances or virtual press conferences.

Clients may provide their own footage, or IDC can arrange a day long shoot which could provide all AV equipment including cameras, lights, sets, microphones, and more. This includes consultation on set design, shooting schedule, asset organization, and any additional details to ensure a smooth filming session. Current IDC VIRTUAL EVENTS produced with DIGITAL LAMB PRODUCTIONS in 2020 have included The Mid-Summer Fog Virtual Music Festival and the Ben Lang Modern Man EP Virtual Release Show. IDC also recently organized a virtual press conference that united an assortment of national and international press outlets for a series of interviews with FELY TCHACO on the day of the release of her new album.

About IDC

For over 16 years, Independent Distribution Collective (IDC) has been helping labels and artists to professionally market and distribute their music releases by creating and implementing cost-effective and successful strategies for each new project. IDC also represents other non-music related projects and brands.

For more information, please visit the recently redesigned official IDC website at:

www.independentdistro.com

Or please call or email IDC at:

(415) 292-7007 – newmusic@independentdistro.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

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CIRCUS MIND Showcase Their ’70s Rock, Funk, and Jazz Grooves on the New Single “ARE YOU READY?” From Their Upcoming Album JOY MACHINE – Debuted at #26 on JamBands.com Charts!

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The new CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY? featuring Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer” debuted at #26 on the JamBands.com Charts!

The official new video for the CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY? featuring Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer” was featured on LiveForLiveMusic.com the day of its release!

Now Your Ready!!!! Here is the Official Music Video for the first single from the upcoming Circus Mind album “Joy Machine”

Directed by George Panagakos of 525 Media

Lyrics by Mark Rechler

Music by Mark Rechler and Chris Crosby

Produced and Engineered by Chris Fasulo

Circus Mind:

Mark Rechler – Keys

Chris Crosby – Bass

Dave Berg – Guitar

Dan Roth – Drums

Steve Finkelstein – Percussion

feat: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – CIRCUS MIND is a New York-based rock outfit and the brainchild of ringleader Mark Rechler. The band is entering their twentieth year and are soon to release their third album JOY MACHINE, a delightful mashup of the retro sounds of ’70s rock and funk with N’awlins swamp rock mixed with late-Beatles pop. The first JOY MACHINE single “ARE YOU READY?” features guest guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and will release online February 26 ahead of an official video release and Fat Friday Virtual Event on March 5, 2021. “ARE YOU READY?” is a funky rock throwback that has roots in P-Funk, Sly Stone, and other ’70s rock and soul vibes, all flavors that CIRCUS MIND wears on its sleeve as a badge of honor, from the writing to the production. The JOY MACHINE album will release on May 21, 2021, and also features Walter Wolfman Washington, Scott Metzger, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Marc Ribot, and more special guests.

CIRCUS MIND has many faces, and the band is able to daringly swing from jazzy grooves to reggae roots then shoot out of a canon into rock without missing a beat. Their last release “Silver Flower” was voted Best Indie Album of 2006 by Newsday and put a modern take on influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, and Mott the Hoople while mixing in NoLa vibe influences like Dr. John, The Meters and The Neville Brothers. The last CIRCUS MIND single “Jazzfest Time” was released one year ago as an ode to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. CIRCUS MIND is quite versatile and has opened for national acts (Toots & The Maytals, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators) and had many notable guests sit in on their recordings and live performances (Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville).

CIRCUS MIND’s members are diverse in their influences as well as their playing. Lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and bandleader Mark Rechler plays in multiple bands (such as Falling Water), and has played, toured, and recorded with members of The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Soulive, The Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Ivan Neville, and more. Spending five years in New Orleans studying music and architecture helped influence his style and direction, and he always keeps his focus on the hook to keep his listeners salivating and wanting more.

Bassist Chris Crosby has a serious case of spider-fingers and can solo as beautifully as any guitarist. A funkster from a family of highly respected musicians, Chris has also studied with Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band and The Dead. Currently, he has also been busy playing in his brother’s Jason Crosby Band and New York rock quartet Feverseed. Guitarist David Berg is rooted in jazz, reggae, and bluegrass. He has toured with Dark Star Orchestra and has played multiple shows with Garth Hudson (The Band). Dave’s fluid rock style keeps CIRCUS MIND in a constant snake-like flow.

Drummer Dan Roth has been banging on things since he was a tyke, and he can’t seem to stop. He’s addicted to crosswords, motor coordination, and avocados. With over 30 album credits to his name, percussionist Steve Finkelstein has worked with pop icons from Ray Charles and Mariah Carey as well as jam band giants including members of the Dead, Allman’s, and Neville’s, and Tower of Power. Steve is also an original member and current member of the Funk Filharmonik.

The CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY?” will release online February 26, ahead of an official video release and Fat Friday Virtual Event on March 5, and the JOY MACHINE album release on May 21, 2021.

To purchase or stream the new single “ARE YOU READY?” please visit:

https://smarturl.it/CMAreYouReady

For more information including tour dates or booking inquiries please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/CircusMindMusic/

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney of Independent Distribution Collective:

jerome@independentdistro.com

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FEVERSEED Quadruple Their First Month’s Performance on Spotify and Reach 52,144 Streams for “LET YOURSELF DOWN”!

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Click here to read a Track-by-Track Review at Music Street Journal!

“This EP comes from a quartet that hails from New York. The blend of sounds here leans toward the hard, rawer rock, but it’s still got a mainstream, almost pop sensibility. This makes me think of both Jane’s Addiction and early Radiohead. It has a slightly less rocking texture to it, with hints of psychedelia and experimental punk. When it powers up to the harder rocking zones that Radiohead element is even more appropriate, but perhaps with some Smashing Pumpkins in the mix. This really shows promise.”

-Gary Hill, Music Street Journal

“Overall, we highly recommend the alt-rock enjoyers to check this EP! Feverseed has a nice way of combining the instruments to provide a well-constructed song that has inviting vibes to it. It’s inevitable to click the play button again. Click here to give it a listen yourself!”

-TheLoopNet.Work

Translated from Dutch: “A good thirteen minutes and barely four songs, Feverseed doesn’t need more to convince us. They open in high speed with the unconditional ‘Let Yourself Down,’ to continue the paved road with ‘Beat Me.’ In pleasant contrast is the light-footed epic and radio-friendly ‘Imprint’ and a Radio Edit of ‘Beat Me,’ which is colored with beautiful guitar riffs.”

-KeysAndChords.com

“Feverseed’s four-song Let Yourself Down EP [encompasses] their down to earth persona in a colossal way, they know that they don’t have anything to prove to anyone. With their eccentric character smudged all over the musical creations they put forth, the difference is in the details with experimental resonance shining luminously.”

-BuzzMusic.com

“Guitar driven, hard hitting power quartet hard rockers delivering the blues rock version of Miles’ elephant funk.”

-Midwest Record Blog

“This new four-song release may be short on songs, but it’s big on riffs, as displayed in the opening hard rock track ‘Let Yourself Down.’ The best friends’ duo of George Panagakos and Chris Crosby are also joined by lead guitarist Wibbus and drummer Drew Bertrand to create a a big, loud sound like ‘Beat Me.’ They add more classic rock melody to their song ‘Imprint,’ before finishing with a radio edit, censored version of their single ‘Beat Me.’”

-JP’s Music Blog

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – FEVERSEED is a New York rock quartet founded by singer/lyricist George Panagakos and bass player Chris Crosby. With their new LET YOURSELF DOWN EP, the band delivers a powerful and soulful debut that is sure to please fans of guitar-driven rock the world over. LET YOURSELF DOWN features three remarkable songs, each with its own personality. The title track is an anthem of loss and redemption, “Beat Me” is a fast and sexy powerhouse and “Imprint” is an intimate epic of love and longing. LET YOURSELF DOWN released worldwide on February 1st, 2021 through Hice Records.

Chris and George, both multi-instrumentalists, have been writing and recording together for years. They’ve explored many musical genres, but the common threads of their memorable and melodic compositions and George’s versatile, unique and powerful voice are always present. In 2019 they decided to quench their thirst for rock and FEVERSEED was born.

The two best friends worked on the material for their new band from November 2019 through August 2020, and by September 2020 they had chosen the three songs that best represented the scope of Feverseed’s sound. With George producing, singing and playing rhythm guitar & piano and Chris playing bass & guitar, they were ready to hit the studio and record their debut. To complete the band’s lineup, they were joined by lead guitarist Wibbus and drummer Drew Bertrand shortly before recording commenced.

LET YOURSELF DOWN was recorded in October 2020 at Suffolk Recording Studios, mixed by Chris Laybourne at Coop Studios and mastered by Roger Lian. The recording and mixing process was very much a group effort. As George puts it, “While I did serve as producer of this EP and had a clear idea of what I wanted these songs to sound like, it was a very collaborative experience. I’m just a piano player who decided to pick up a guitar and rock. Chris and Wibbus are very much responsible for the guitar sound we achieved on the EP. Same goes for the drums. I told Drew what I was looking for, and he chose the right drum kit and set up the microphones perfectly to get me just what I needed. As far as the mix, Chris Laybourne was invaluable at taking my rough mixes and bringing them to life so beautifully, achieving the sound for these songs that I had envisioned from the very beginning.”

The new FEVERSEED debut LET YOURSELF DOWN EP released worldwide on February 1st, 2021 through Hice Records. The band is currently preparing a North American tour in support of their debut release when live performance restrictions are lifted.

To purchase or stream the new FEVERSEED debut LET YOURSELF DOWN EP:

www.feverseed.com/lyd

For more information including tour dates or booking inquiries:

www.feverseed.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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FELY TCHACO Interviewed by Rob Weisberg on WFMU About Her New Release “YITA (DEEP WATER)”

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Click here to listen to the interview on WFMU!

Discover the Singular Voice of Ivorian Singer-Songwriter FELY TCHACO on Her New Album YITA (DEEP WATER), released March 8, 2021, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

FELY TCHACO was also a featured artist on Jonathan L’s Lopsided World of L airing to 9 stations internationally… on 4 continents!

Congratulations to Fely Tchaco for the ‘New and Notable’ featured listing of her new album “YITA (Deep Water)” on Bandcamp!

Fely Tchaco is the total package. With a powerful persona and a positive aura, she is a dynamic performer and dancer as well as specializing in rhythms of the West African forest region – such as Gbegbe, Gaou Alloukou and Zaouli, et al.

This quite mesmerizing new album opens on the rhythmic drum mastery of both ‘Ato Lagoh’ and ‘Cawe Yoko’ and follows them seamlessly with the lusciously Latin-flavored ‘Blamer Les Autres’ and the electronica-inspired beats of ‘Djebi Dje,’ and then we get one of my own personal favorites here, the sweepingly ambient ‘Do Afe.’

Next up are more foot-tappin’ beats within ‘Zaouli’ which is backed by the highly spirited ‘Zante,’ which are in turn followed by the quietly moving title track ‘Yita,’ the percussion-imbued ‘It’s Never Too Late,’ with the album rounding out on the light and breezy, Summer’s day, top down drive of ‘Tile Tete,’ closing on the joyous tones of ‘Kubeli.’

-Russell Trunk’s Exclusive Magazine

Yita (Deep Water) is the superb fifth album from elegant Ivorian artist Fely Tchaco. She is a fascinating, multifaceted artist. She composes and writes her own material, conceived the album artwork and created her fashion design, style and accessories. Fely Tchaco’s music is multidimensional. She put together a captivating mix of Ivorian roots, such as traditional rhythms of the West African forest region, such as gbegbe, gahu, alluku, and the zauli. Additionally, she added a wonderful set of styles such as Afrobeat, Afropop, rock, and electronic music. Fely Tchaco sings in many different languages, including English and French as well as in the languages she grew up speaking, such as Guro, Bete, and Dyula.”

-Angel Romero, WorldMusicCentral.org

Congratulations to Fely Tchaco also for the featured listing of her new album “YITA (Deep Water)” on the iTunes Worldwide pre-order page!

Discover the Singular Voice of Ivorian Singer-Songwriter FELY TCHACO on Her New Album YITA (DEEP WATER)

For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – FELY TCHACO might be one of the Bay Area’s best-kept musical secrets, but not for much longer. Her highly anticipated new album YITA (DEEP WATER), originally scheduled for release last spring but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is now set for release on March 8, 2021, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

YITA (DEEP WATER) marks the fifth full-length album from FELY TCHACO on which she explores themes of migration, human trafficking, and calls for social justice and the end of police brutality against civilians. The title track “Yita” was inspired by her 2016 humanitarian trip to bear witness to Syrian refugee camps in Greece, and the album is dedicated to African and Middle Eastern migrants who lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea. YITA (DEEP WATER) was conceived as a tribute to migrants seeking better lives all over the word, but the album is not just a solemn remembrance; it is also a positive, inclusive celebration of cultural diversity and black joy, where FELY TCHACO offers an uplifting vision of immigrant triumph and African excellence.

An immigrant who faced tremendous challenges herself, FELY TCHACO was born and raised in the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire, where she released two albums to critical acclaim in the 1990s. She now resides in San Francisco, where she continues to refine her sound and vision. Since 2004, FELY TCHACO has released two more albums and an EP, racking up more accolades on this side of the Atlantic including an Independent Music Award for “Best Song” in the World Beat category, and a “Just Plain Folks Music Award.”

YITA (DEEP WATER) is an album firmly rooted in tradition, but cosmopolitan in composition and outlook. FELY TCHACO’s unflinching lyrics are inspired by current events, and always grounded in her own life experiences. FELY TCHACO sings in many different languages: English and French as well as in the languages she grew up speaking, such as Gouro, Bete, and Dioula. A dancer as well as a musician, FELY TCHACO specializes in the traditional rhythms of the West African forest region, such as gbegbe, gahou, alloukou, and the zaouli – a mask dance from her own Gouro people that has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2017. The track “Zaouli” is a celebration of this very special mask dance.

FELY TCHACO’s commitment to Ivorian music, dance, and traditions led her to found the Pan African Arts Academy in San Francisco, with a mission to teach arts and crafts originating in Africa and the African diaspora based on a spirit of cultural diversity, dynamic growth, and sustainability. FELY TCHACO has deliberately chosen to release YITA (DEEP WATER) on International Women’s Day 2021, whose theme this year is #ChooseAChallenge.

“I am so grateful to be able to represent my culture as a Gouro woman, because there are not many of us. It is mostly men that are known in the crafts, arts and dance. I hope that I can add to that by celebrating not only the Gouro women but to celebrate the entire women all over the world who have contributed so much in art and music.”  -FELY TCHACO

Discover singular voice of FELY TCHACO this spring with YITA (DEEP WATER), available on all major platforms March 8, 2021.

For more information about FELY TCHACO please visit:

www.felymusic.com

To order YITA (DEEP WATER) on digital services please visit:

https://smarturl.it/FelyTchacoYITA

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

Additional Media Contacts:

North Am Radio: Tom Pryor –  tom.pryor@gmail.com

UK + European (excl. France): Angie Lemon – angielemonpr@gmail.com

France PR: Leo Ferte – leo.ferte@differ-ant.fr

Promotion of YITA (DEEP WATER) has been made possible through the support of

AccountingSuite™ – www.accountingsuite.com

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Hollywood Soapbox Interview: ANNICIA BANKS “UP FRONT” – Available Now!

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“Annicia Banks, who has made a name for herself in the reggae music world, is about to release her professional solo debut. The EP is called Up Front, and the songs gathered on the recording are both personal and heartfelt, showcasing carefully curated covers of classic tunes and new songs from artists she used to tour the world with. The debut single is Banks’ version of “Love Has Found Its Way,” a cover song of the Dennis Emmanuel Brown classic.”

-John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

Click here to read the interview!

Congratulations to Annicia Banks and Raw Vue Music for the featured listing of the new “Up Front EP” on iTunes, and for making it to #7 on TOP ALBUMS!

“Annicia showcases her amazing voice with a nice mixture of soul and reggae with such other tracks as Jamaica ForeverHushRestore My Soul and so much more.  This album also features an amazing performance, great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album you need to add to your reggae library.”

-Oasis Entertainment Blog

“Delightful in it’s difference, this is a smoking set that announces the arrival of a talent that’s been hiding in plain sight for way too long. Simply smoking.”

-Midwest Record Entertainment Blog

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY” featuring original saxophonist DEAN FRASER, is available now!

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – ANNICIA BANKS is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown. ANNICIA BANKS will finally seize the spotlight with the release of her debut solo UP FRONT EP in stores and online March 5, 2021. The EP will introduce her own original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser is available now.

With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, ANNICIA BANKS has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.

ANNICIA BANKS showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort UP FRONT EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of ANNICIA BANKS and are proud to put out this debut release!

Currently residing in Massachusetts, ANNICIA BANKS is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.

The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is available now.

For more information about ANNICIA BANKS and UP FRONT EP please visit:

www.RawVueMusic.com

To order UP FRONT EP on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksUpFront

To order the “Love Has Found Its Way” single on digital services please visit: 

https://smarturl.it/AnniciaBanksLHFIW

To order UP FRONT EP on Bandcamp please visit:

https://anniciabanksmusic.bandcamp.com/album/up-front

For Booking inquiries please contact:

booking@rawvuemusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Reggae Press, Radio and Interview inquiries please contact King I-Vier:

kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

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IDC Features Female and International Artists Amongst Some Great New Music Releases in 2021 While Launching Innovative Online Virtual Event Services

For more information fill out IDC’s RFI FORM (Request For Information) with the details of your project!

For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – In business for over 16 years, INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION COLLECTIVE is a marketing, distribution, and virtual event production company based in San Francisco. IDC provides unique and valuable services that help independent labels and artists to strategize, market, and distribute their own releases. IDC maintains long-standing business relationships with an assortment of retailers, publicists, radio promoters, social media experts, graphic designers, videographers and editors,and various other industry professionals that can be hired to work on any project.

IDC continues to execute successful campaigns for some great new projects in 2021, including reggae singer-songwriter ANNICIA BANKS who has seized the spotlight with the release of her debut UP FRONT EP through Raw Vue Music. UP FRONT EP was a featured listing on iTunes on both the main page and the reggae page the week of its release and debuted as the #7 Top iTunes Reggae Album!

Next, discover the singular voice of Ivorian singer-songwriter FELY TCHACO on her new album YITA (DEEP WATER), whichwas featured on the iTunes Worldwide Page the week of its release on International Women’s Day 2021. IDC organized a virtual press conference that united an assortment of national and international press outlets for a series of interviews with FELY TCHACO on International Women’s Day 2021, and YITA (DEEP WATER) has been receiving incredible international media coverage on the BBC, KQED, and elsewhere.

FEVERSEED is a New York rock quartet founded by singer/lyricist George Panagakos and bass player Chris Crosby that delivers a powerful and soulful debut with their new LET YOURSELF DOWN EP. In its first thirty days of release this highly regarded FEVERSEED debut has been receiving amazing press coverage and airplay from around the world and has gathered over 35,000 Spotify streams.

Following their acclaimed full-length album 20/20 (which had an unprecedented seven singles on the Roots Music Report radio charts at once and made it up to the #3 RMR Alt-Rock chart and #16 Rock chart!), Aussie-American rock quintet THE WALK-A-BOUT released a special new cover of the INXS single “AFTERGLOW” from their 20/20 LP recording sessions.

Also coming soon, CIRCUS MIND will showcase their ’70s rock, funk, and jazz grooves on their upcoming album JOY MACHINE.

With their innovative IDC PROMO service, IDC provides a project manager that will strategize a customized and cost-effective campaign to yield tangible results for an agreed upon budget. The project manager guides the campaign from start to finish, organizes and facilitates communication with the IDC Marketing and Distribution Team, and ensures that all aspects of the campaign are executed according to the client’s wishes using cutting edge project management software. IDC Promo campaigns can be targeted around music releases (single, EP, and full-length), as well as other products and general brand building.

The company also recently launched IDC VIRTUAL EVENTS (IDCVE), a new ultramodern service that professionally produces online virtual events, an asset that is now more important to the arts community than ever before. By focusing its deep resources and partnering with media production dynamo DIGITAL LAMB PRODUCTIONS, IDC offers two initial packages to record, edit, market, and broadcast online events such as live performances or virtual press conferences.

Clients may provide their own footage, or IDC can arrange a day long shoot which could provide all AV equipment including cameras, lights, sets, microphones, and more. This includes consultation on set design, shooting schedule, asset organization, and any additional details to ensure a smooth filming session. Current IDC VIRTUAL EVENTS produced with DIGITAL LAMB PRODUCTIONS in 2020 have included The Mid-Summer Fog Virtual Music Festival and the Ben Lang Modern Man EP Virtual Release Show. IDC also recently organized a virtual press conference that united an assortment of national and international press outlets for a series of interviews with FELY TCHACO on the day of the release of her new album.

About IDC

For over 16 years, Independent Distribution Collective (IDC) has been helping labels and artists to professionally market and distribute their music releases by creating and implementing cost-effective and successful strategies for each new project. IDC also represents other non-music related projects and brands.

For more information, please visit the recently redesigned official IDC website at:

www.independentdistro.com

Or please call or email IDC at:

(415) 292-7007 – newmusic@independentdistro.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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CIRCUS MIND Showcase Their ’70s Rock, Funk, and Jazz Grooves on the New Single “ARE YOU READY?” From Their Upcoming Album JOY MACHINE – Debuted at #26 on JamBands.com Charts!

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The new CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY? featuring Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer” debuted at #26 on the JamBands.com Charts!

The official new video for the CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY? featuring Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer” was featured on LiveForLiveMusic.com the day of its release!

Now Your Ready!!!! Here is the Official Music Video for the first single from the upcoming Circus Mind album “Joy Machine”

Directed by George Panagakos of 525 Media

Lyrics by Mark Rechler

Music by Mark Rechler and Chris Crosby

Produced and Engineered by Chris Fasulo

Circus Mind:

Mark Rechler – Keys

Chris Crosby – Bass

Dave Berg – Guitar

Dan Roth – Drums

Steve Finkelstein – Percussion

feat: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

For Immediate Release – New York, NY – CIRCUS MIND is a New York-based rock outfit and the brainchild of ringleader Mark Rechler. The band is entering their twentieth year and are soon to release their third album JOY MACHINE, a delightful mashup of the retro sounds of ’70s rock and funk with N’awlins swamp rock mixed with late-Beatles pop. The first JOY MACHINE single “ARE YOU READY?” features guest guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer and will release online February 26 ahead of an official video release and Fat Friday Virtual Event on March 5, 2021. “ARE YOU READY?” is a funky rock throwback that has roots in P-Funk, Sly Stone, and other ’70s rock and soul vibes, all flavors that CIRCUS MIND wears on its sleeve as a badge of honor, from the writing to the production. The JOY MACHINE album will release on May 21, 2021, and also features Walter Wolfman Washington, Scott Metzger, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Marc Ribot, and more special guests.

CIRCUS MIND has many faces, and the band is able to daringly swing from jazzy grooves to reggae roots then shoot out of a canon into rock without missing a beat. Their last release “Silver Flower” was voted Best Indie Album of 2006 by Newsday and put a modern take on influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, and Mott the Hoople while mixing in NoLa vibe influences like Dr. John, The Meters and The Neville Brothers. The last CIRCUS MIND single “Jazzfest Time” was released one year ago as an ode to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. CIRCUS MIND is quite versatile and has opened for national acts (Toots & The Maytals, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators) and had many notable guests sit in on their recordings and live performances (Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville).

CIRCUS MIND’s members are diverse in their influences as well as their playing. Lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and bandleader Mark Rechler plays in multiple bands (such as Falling Water), and has played, toured, and recorded with members of The Meters, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Soulive, The Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Ivan Neville, and more. Spending five years in New Orleans studying music and architecture helped influence his style and direction, and he always keeps his focus on the hook to keep his listeners salivating and wanting more.

Bassist Chris Crosby has a serious case of spider-fingers and can solo as beautifully as any guitarist. A funkster from a family of highly respected musicians, Chris has also studied with Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band and The Dead. Currently, he has also been busy playing in his brother’s Jason Crosby Band and New York rock quartet Feverseed. Guitarist David Berg is rooted in jazz, reggae, and bluegrass. He has toured with Dark Star Orchestra and has played multiple shows with Garth Hudson (The Band). Dave’s fluid rock style keeps CIRCUS MIND in a constant snake-like flow.

Drummer Dan Roth has been banging on things since he was a tyke, and he can’t seem to stop. He’s addicted to crosswords, motor coordination, and avocados. With over 30 album credits to his name, percussionist Steve Finkelstein has worked with pop icons from Ray Charles and Mariah Carey as well as jam band giants including members of the Dead, Allman’s, and Neville’s, and Tower of Power. Steve is also an original member and current member of the Funk Filharmonik.

The CIRCUS MIND single “ARE YOU READY?” will release online February 26, ahead of an official video release and Fat Friday Virtual Event on March 5, and the JOY MACHINE album release on May 21, 2021.

To purchase or stream the new single “ARE YOU READY?” please visit:

https://smarturl.it/CMAreYouReady

For more information including tour dates or booking inquiries please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/CircusMindMusic/

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney of Independent Distribution Collective:

jerome@independentdistro.com

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FELY TCHACO “YITA (DEEP WATER)” featured on Jonathan L’s “Lopsided World of L” Radio Show

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FELY TCHACO is a featured artist on Jonathan L’s Lopsided World of L starting this week and airing to 9 stations internationally… on 4 continents!

*PHOENIX, AZ**TUCSON, AZ**LANTAU ISLAND, HONG KONG*
*MERSEYSIDE, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND**MANGAROA, NEW ZEALAND**SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA**NEW MEXICO**NASHVILLE, TN**KINGSTON UPON HULL, ENGLAND*

Discover the Singular Voice of Ivorian Singer-Songwriter FELY TCHACO on Her New Album YITA (DEEP WATER), released March 8, 2021, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Fely Tchaco is the total package. With a powerful persona and a positive aura, she is a dynamic performer and dancer as well as specializing in rhythms of the West African forest region – such as Gbegbe, Gaou Alloukou and Zaouli, et al.

This quite mesmerizing new album opens on the rhythmic drum mastery of both ‘Ato Lagoh’ and ‘Cawe Yoko’ and follows them seamlessly with the lusciously Latin-flavored ‘Blamer Les Autres’ and the electronica-inspired beats of ‘Djebi Dje,’ and then we get one of my own personal favorites here, the sweepingly ambient ‘Do Afe.’

Next up are more foot-tappin’ beats within ‘Zaouli’ which is backed by the highly spirited ‘Zante,’ which are in turn followed by the quietly moving title track ‘Yita,’ the percussion-imbued ‘It’s Never Too Late,’ with the album rounding out on the light and breezy, Summer’s day, top down drive of ‘Tile Tete,’ closing on the joyous tones of ‘Kubeli.’

-Russell Trunk’s Exclusive Magazine

Congratulations to Fely Tchaco for the ‘New and Notable’ featured listing of her new album “YITA (Deep Water)” on Bandcamp!

“Yita (Deep Water) is the superb fifth album from elegant Ivorian artist Fely Tchaco. She is a fascinating, multifaceted artist. She composes and writes her own material, conceived the album artwork and created her fashion design, style and accessories. Fely Tchaco’s music is multidimensional. She put together a captivating mix of Ivorian roots, such as traditional rhythms of the West African forest region, such as gbegbe, gahu, alluku, and the zauli. Additionally, she added a wonderful set of styles such as Afrobeat, Afropop, rock, and electronic music. Fely Tchaco sings in many different languages, including English and French as well as in the languages she grew up speaking, such as Guro, Bete, and Dyula.”

-Angel Romero, WorldMusicCentral.org

Congratulations to Fely Tchaco also for the featured listing of her new album “YITA (Deep Water)” on the iTunes Worldwide pre-order page!

Discover the Singular Voice of Ivorian Singer-Songwriter FELY TCHACO on Her New Album YITA (DEEP WATER)

For Immediate Release – San Francisco, CA – FELY TCHACO might be one of the Bay Area’s best-kept musical secrets, but not for much longer. Her highly anticipated new album YITA (DEEP WATER), originally scheduled for release last spring but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is now set for release on March 8, 2021, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

YITA (DEEP WATER) marks the fifth full-length album from FELY TCHACO on which she explores themes of migration, human trafficking, and calls for social justice and the end of police brutality against civilians. The title track “Yita” was inspired by her 2016 humanitarian trip to bear witness to Syrian refugee camps in Greece, and the album is dedicated to African and Middle Eastern migrants who lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea. YITA (DEEP WATER) was conceived as a tribute to migrants seeking better lives all over the word, but the album is not just a solemn remembrance; it is also a positive, inclusive celebration of cultural diversity and black joy, where FELY TCHACO offers an uplifting vision of immigrant triumph and African excellence.

An immigrant who faced tremendous challenges herself, FELY TCHACO was born and raised in the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire, where she released two albums to critical acclaim in the 1990s. She now resides in San Francisco, where she continues to refine her sound and vision. Since 2004, FELY TCHACO has released two more albums and an EP, racking up more accolades on this side of the Atlantic including an Independent Music Award for “Best Song” in the World Beat category, and a “Just Plain Folks Music Award.”

YITA (DEEP WATER) is an album firmly rooted in tradition, but cosmopolitan in composition and outlook. FELY TCHACO’s unflinching lyrics are inspired by current events, and always grounded in her own life experiences. FELY TCHACO sings in many different languages: English and French as well as in the languages she grew up speaking, such as Gouro, Bete, and Dioula. A dancer as well as a musician, FELY TCHACO specializes in the traditional rhythms of the West African forest region, such as gbegbe, gahou, alloukou, and the zaouli – a mask dance from her own Gouro people that has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2017. The track “Zaouli” is a celebration of this very special mask dance.

FELY TCHACO’s commitment to Ivorian music, dance, and traditions led her to found the Pan African Arts Academy in San Francisco, with a mission to teach arts and crafts originating in Africa and the African diaspora based on a spirit of cultural diversity, dynamic growth, and sustainability. FELY TCHACO has deliberately chosen to release YITA (DEEP WATER) on International Women’s Day 2021, whose theme this year is #ChooseAChallenge.

“I am so grateful to be able to represent my culture as a Gouro woman, because there are not many of us. It is mostly men that are known in the crafts, arts and dance. I hope that I can add to that by celebrating not only the Gouro women but to celebrate the entire women all over the world who have contributed so much in art and music.”  -FELY TCHACO

Discover singular voice of FELY TCHACO this spring with YITA (DEEP WATER), available on all major platforms March 8, 2021.

For more information about FELY TCHACO please visit:

www.felymusic.com

To order YITA (DEEP WATER) on digital services please visit:

https://smarturl.it/FelyTchacoYITA

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

Additional Media Contacts:

North Am Radio: Tom Pryor –  tom.pryor@gmail.com

UK + European (excl. France): Angie Lemon – angielemonpr@gmail.com

France PR: Leo Ferte – leo.ferte@differ-ant.fr

Promotion of YITA (DEEP WATER) has been made possible through the support of

AccountingSuite™ – www.accountingsuite.com

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