22/09/2014

''SONGS & WHISPERS '' - PRESENTS: Riddle & The Stars (USA/AUS) - European Tour dates running from 23.09.2014 - 26.10.2014

American and Australian cooperation Band Riddle & The Stars  will promote the release of their album "This is Happening" on tour in Germany
Tourdates are running from 23.09.2014 - 26.10.2014. The album is available in store on Friday, 01.08.2014. Please see details down below.
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"Mixing Ben Riddle and The Fallen Stars is like mixing Nick Drake and The Clash.  You wish for it every night in bed until it comes true." - Rami Jaffee (Grammy winning keyboardist for The Foo Fighters and Wallflowers among others)
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Three continents, two bands, one album!
Riddle & The Stars is a collaborative project between the Australian singer/songwriter Ben Riddle and The Fallen Stars, an American rock band from Southern California. The three of them met each other on their “SONGS & WHISPERS” - CIRCUIT TOUR 07/2013 in Germany, where they shared an apartment and about half of the tour dates. They started to play music together, joined each other on stage and they really hit it off – musically and personally. On their last day in Germany Heiko Grein (the promoter from “SONGS & WHISPERS”) said: “You know we like what you do but we love what you do together. I think you should make an album together we'll distribute it here and then come back and tour it next year." They left the meeting, and Bobbo said: “So I guess this is happening!” And an album name was born.
In November 2013 they met up in Southern California and created the album in 3 weeks. Through fundrasing they collected enough money to get the CDs pressed.
The last Fallen Stars album was very much big drums, and lots of guitar and organ on everything. Ben Riddle's last album was mostly him and his acoustic & his amazing harmonies and polyrhythmic beats so they all really wanted to find the common ground, the space between. Riddle had just bought an old Harmony tenor guitar and it became a muse for Ben with him writing two songs on it!  Bobbo hopped on the pedal steel and created some atmosphere and Tracy locked it down to earth with her bass.
They found their sound.  Call it Indie/Americana/Alt.Folk if you want.

“This Is Happening!” is a musical journey across Europe, America and Australia about the experience three travelling artists made meeting each other by chance.

In September 2014 they will come back to the project’s roots, to Germany, where their friendship began. They will present their album “This Is Happening” live on the “SONGS & WHISPERS” – CIRCUIT 10/2014.
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Drei Kontinente, zwei Bands, ein Album!



Riddle & The Stars ist ein gemeinsames Projekt des australischen Singer/Songwriters Ben Riddle und dem American Rock Duo The Fallen Stars, bestehend Bobbo und Tracy Byrnes.  

Die Drei haben sich während des Songs&Whispers – Circuits im Juli 2013 kennen gelernt. Dort teilten sie sich neben einer Wohnung auch das eine oder andere Live Konzert und begannen  nach einiger Zeit, gemeinsam - auf auf der Bühne - zu musizieren. 
Auf einen Vorschlag aus dem „SONGS & WHISPERS“ Team hin, verbrachte die neugeformte Band Zeit im „SONGS & WHISPERS“ – STUDIO und nahm dort ein Demo auf. Dieses Demo führte am letzten Tourtag zu der spontanen Idee die Tourerlebnisse in einem gemeinsamen Album zu konservieren, dieses Album im Jahr 2014 auf dem Label „SONGS & WHISPERS“ zu veröffentlichen und die Band erneut einzuladen.
Im November 2013 trafen sich die drei Musiker in Kalifornien, der Heimat der Byrnes,  und produzierten binnen drei Wochen das Album „This Is Happening“. Finanziert durch eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne wurde es in den „Wandering Star Studios“ (https://www.facebook.com/wanderingstarstudio) in Kalifornien von Bobbo Byrnes, Tracey Byrnes, Ben Riddle und einigen befreundeten Musikern aufgenommen.
Während die Alben von The Fallen Stars durch eine eher klassische und zuweilen opulente Rockinstrumentierung geprägt sind, zeichnet sich Ben Riddles Soloprojekt durch reduzierte, rein akustische Stücke aus.

„This Is Happening“ ist eine musikalische Reise über drei Kontinente. Das Album ist  inspiriert durch gemeinsame Erlebnisse auf dem Alten Kontinent, wurde eingespielt durch Musiker der „Neuen Welt“ und bewegt sich fließend zwischen intimen Songer / Songwriter, American Music, Country, Folk und Indie.


Im September 2014 kehren „Riddle & The Stars“ nach Deutschland zurück, an den Ort, wo alles begann. Hier werden sie ihr neues Album „This is Happening“ live auf Tour auf dem „SONGS & WHISPERS“ – CIRCUIT 10/2014 präsentieren.

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Riddle & The Stars (AUS/USA)
 

GENRE: Indie / Americana / Alt.Folk  
DISCOGRAPHIE:
2014 -'This Is Happening' (S&W/Broken Silence)

HOMEPAGE: www.riddleandthestars.com
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21/09/2014

''SONGS & WHISPERS'' - CIRCUIT 09/2014 (05.09. - 28.09.2014)

''SONGS & WHISPERS'' - CIRCUIT 09/2014

DREW DAVIS (Texas, USA)

england-fahneDrew Davis has been performing live since she was 11-years-old and began writing music when she was 6-years-old. Now, at just 24, Drew has developed her talents to become an incredible singer and songwriter. Throughout her career, fans have compared her talent to that of a young Grace Potter, Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple and Brandi Carlile. The combination of her heartfelt original compositions and soulful power vocals has the ability to make any room instantly silent.  
At the early age of 14, Drew was the youngest musician ever to play at National Women’s Music Festival. She released her first full-length album when she was only 11-years-old (released in 2001), and now has two albums out on iTunes and other online mediums.  Her first, “Traffic,” was released at the end of 2008.  Her newest album, “Old, Old Heart,” was released in November of 2012. 

Drew is currently working on her third album, set to be released in early August of 2014.

Her music has been used on several MTV shows including “The Hills,” “When I Was 17,” “Made,” “Snooki & JWoww,” “True Life” and more.  Her most popular song from her first album “Not the Same,” was placed in the season two premiere of Showtime’s “The Real L Word” the French series “Foudre,” and the Mexican series “Infames.

Throughout the years, Drew has played many shows at several reputable venues across the United States. She has performed at Austin's SXSW festival unofficially the past three years, and she released a Daytrotter Session in November of 2013.  She is very excited to be touring in Europe this September.

Drew is based in Austin, TX and identifies herself as an Austin musician. Currently, however, Drew is embarking on a year-long national and international tour.
Because Drew is still so young, it’s hard to say the direction her music will take in the future. What is not hard to predict, however, is the success and recognition her music is sure to achieve if placed into the right hands.
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Drew Davis Talent zeigt sich schon sehr früh – im zarten Alter von sechs Jahren schreibt sie erste Songs,  nur fünf Jahre später vollendet sie ihr erstes Album und präsentiert die Songs mit dem Charisma einer Vollblut-Texanerin auf der Bühne.
Mit 14 Jahren tritt sie als bisher jüngste Künstlerin beim National Women’s Music Festival auf. Heute ist die 24-jährige eine Singer-Songwriterin, die in der Lage ist, mit der Kombination ihrer kraftvollen Stimme und gefühlsbetonten Kompositionen das Publikum zum Schweigen zu bringen. Oft wird sie mit der jungen Grace Potter, Fiona Apple oder Brandi Carlile verglichen.
Davis Musik wurde mehrfach in Sendungen des Musik-Senders MTV, sowie in Showtime oder ABC TV-Serien und zur Untermalung von Filmtrailern verwendet.
2008 wurde das Album „Traffic“, veröffentlicht „Old, Old Heart“ folgte 2012.
Im Moment arbeitet Drew Davis an ihrem dritten Album, das noch in diesem Jahr erscheinen soll.
Die Texanerin beschreibt sich selber als „Austin Musikerin“ und legt sich ungern auf nur einen Stil fest: „Ich bin einfach eine „Austin Musiker“, die sich irgendwo zwischen Soul und Americana bewegt.“. 
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Influences: Fiona Apple, Van Morrison, Al Green, Ryan Adams, Amos Lee, Patty Griffin
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ECHO BLOOM (New York, USA)
www.echobloom.com
 england-fahneAfter bouncing between Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Echo Bloom’s founder, Kyle Evans eventually caught the muse he was searching for in Berlin. Completely submerged in the German culture, Evans found inspiration in dusty libraries along the Spree and long, quiet bike rides through the city. He holed up in an apartment and woodshedded for months, the seclusion allowing him the perfect environment to completely focus on his work. After a few months, he left Germany with material for three records. Because each album seemed to fit into slightly different genres, Evans began thinking about them as different seasons, different countries and finally, different colors. 'Blue' would be the more folk-oriented of the group, 'Red' would be more country rock, and 'Green' would be more classic pop.
Finally taking root in Brooklyn, Evans drew on his diverse background, including a stint focusing on electro-acoustic recording, a home-grown love of 1960s surf rock, and a deep and abiding passion for Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals to create the intricately layered and carefully composed tracks of Blue. The group continued to blossom into the robust touring ensemble visiting Europe in 2014.  That quintet adds Aviva Jaye on alto vocals and piano, Steve Sasso on tenor vocals and banjo, Jason Mattis on bass, and Josh Grove on electric guitar.
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Nach endloser Pendelei zwischen Washington D.C., Los Angeles und San Francisco findet Kyle Evans, Gründer von Echo Bloom, letztendlich in und mit Berlin seine Muse. Komplett in deutscher Kultur versunken, lässt er sich von staubigen Bibliotheken an der Spree und langen, einsamen Fahrradtouren durch die Stadt inspirieren. Er schließt sich monatelang in einem Apartment ein und nutzt die Isolation um sich auf seine Arbeit zu fokussieren. Schließlich verlässt er Deutschland mit Material für drei Alben. Da jedes Album für sich in ein anderes Genre passt, beginnt Evans sie als verschiedene Jahreszeiten, verschiedene Länder und schlussendlich als verschiedene Farben zu betrachten. „Blue“ ist das Folk-orientierte Album in der Reihe, „Red“ lässt sich in den Country-Rock einordnen, während „Green“ als klassische Popmusik zu bezeichnen ist.
Schließlich schlägt Evans Wurzeln in Brooklyn und nimmt dort das erste Album „Blue“ auf. Die vielschichtig komponierten und sorgfältig eingespielten Songs spiegeln seine Liebe zum 1960er Surfrock wider und eine tiefe Leidenschaft für Rodgers and Hammerstein-Musicals. Heute ist Echo Bloom das Quintett, mit dem Evans 2014 Europa besuchen wird – Aviva Jaye, Altstimme und Klavier; Steve Sasso, Tenor und Banjo; Jason Mattis, Bass und Josh Grove, E-Gitarre. 
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Influences: Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Iron and Wine, Debussy, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, Sufjan Stevens

“It’s difficult to adequately describe the spectacular sound Kyle Evans manages to evoke under the moniker of Echo Bloom. Utilizing little more than a grouping of magnificent voices, and coupling them with barebones instrumentation, this ensemble offers proof positive that more can be done with less. Consequently Evans and company provide a stirring and soaring series of songs that can’t be defined by any word other than “awesome.” (…) Clearly, originality is Evans’ strong suit, and with Blue he’s made a masterpiece.”
Lee Zimmerman - No Depression

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22/08/2014

''SONGS & WHISPERS'' - CIRCUIT 10/2014 (03.10. - 26.10.2014)


„SONGS & WHISPERS“ – Circuit 10/2014


RIDDLE AND THE STARS (AUS / USA)
england-fahneRiddle & The Stars is a collaborative project between the Australian singer/songwriter Ben Riddle and The Fallen Stars, an American rock band from Southern California. The three of them met each other on their “SONGS & WHISPERS” - CIRCUIT TOUR 07/2013 in Germany, where they shared an apartment and about half of the tour dates. They started to play music together, joined each other on stage and they really hit it off – musically and personally. On their last day in Germany Heiko Grein (the promoter from “SONGS & WHISPERS”) said: “You know we like what you do but we love what you do together. I think you should make an album together we'll distribute it here and then come back and tour it next year." They left the meeting, and Bobbo said: “So I guess this is happening!” And an album name was born.
In November 2013 they met up in Southern California and created the album in 3 weeks. Through fundrasing they collected enough money to get the CDs pressed.
The last Fallen Stars album was very much big drums, and lots of guitar and organ on everything. Ben Riddle's last album was mostly him and his acoustic & his amazing harmonies and polyrhythmic beats so they all really wanted to find the common ground, the space between. Riddle had just bought an old Harmony tenor guitar and it became a muse for Ben with him writing two songs on it!  Bobbo hopped on the pedal steel and created some atmosphere and Tracy locked it down to earth with her bass.
They found their sound.  Call it Indie/Americana/Alt.Folk if you want.
“This Is Happening!” is a musical journey across Europe, America and Australia about the experience three travelling artists made meeting each other by chance.
In September 2014 they will come back to the project’s roots, to Germany, where their friendship began. They will present their album “This Is Happening” live on the “SONGS & WHISPERS” – CIRCUIT 10/2014.
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Riddle & The Stars ist das gemeinsames Projekt des australischen Singer/Songwriters Ben Riddle und dem American Rock Duo The Fallen Stars, bestehend Bobbo und Tracy Byrnes.
Die Drei haben sich auf ihrer Songs & Whsipers – Circuit Tournee im Juli 2013 kennen gelernt. Dort teilten sie sich neben einer Wohnung auch das eine oder andere Live-Konzert und begannen nach einiger Zeit sich gegenseitig bei ihren Songs zu begleiten.
Die Tour war vorbei, aber die Freundschaft ging erst richtig los - im November 2013 trafen sich alle drei im Süden von Kalifornien und produzierten binnen drei Wochen das gesamte Album „This Is Happening“. Ihr genreübergreifender Stil war schnell gefunden und bewegt sich im Bereich Indie/Americana/Alt Folk. Aufgenommen wurde das Album in den „Wandering Star Studios“ in Kalifornien von Bobbo Byrnes, Tracey Byrnes, Ben Riddle und einigen befreundeten Musikern. Die Finanzierung gelang durch eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne.
Während die Alben von „The Fallen Stars“ durch eine eher klassische und zuweilen opulente Rockinstrumentierung geprägt sind, zeichnet sich „Ben Riddle“ in seinem Solowerk durch sparsam, reduzierte rein akustische Stücke aus.
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Influences: Ryan Adams, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly.

"Mixing Ben Riddle and The Fallen Stars is like mixing Nick Drake and The Clash.  You wish for it every night in bed until it comes true." - Rami Jaffee (Grammy winning keyboardist for The Foo Fighters and Wallflowers among others)
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STRESSECHOES (GB)
www.stressechoes.com
england-fahneStressechoes are an acoustic act from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Founded in 2008
when introduced by mutual friends, singer­songwriters Alex and Andrew bonded through a shared taste in music and an ability to gel together in songwriting and vocal harmonies. They began to write material, soon adding bassist Steve, and another songwriter, and drummer, in Ben Hawling. In
2011, Stressechoes released their debut EP 'Bitter Acoustic Noise' to extremely positive reviews and
national radio airplay. The follow­up in 2012 'Goodnight, Impossible' focused on darker themes
including religion, murder, loss, and desperation. Their music has been described by the BBC as “...heart­on­sleeve storytelling, supported by beautiful understated music”.
Stressechoes completed a tour of Europe in 2012, and a tour of Germany with Songs & Whispers in 2013. Early 2013 saw the release of a double A side single “Hold On/Lucy” through White Wash Recordings.
Musical comparisons include Fleet Foxes, Belle and Sebastian, and Simon & Garfunkel. Stressechoes’ music concentrates on personal lyrics, catchy melodies, vocal harmonies, and the inevitability of death.
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„Geschichten, die mit dem Herz auf der Zunge erzählt werden“, so wird die Musik der Stressechoes aus dem britischen Cheltenham beschrieben. Was man sich darunter vorstellen kann? Songs, die abwechselnd sanft und dunkel, vor allem aber ehrlich sind. Der akustische, auf harmonischen Gesang fokussierte Pop orientiert sich an der „Quiet is the new loud“-Bewegung, die Anfang der 2000er aufkam und Bands wie Badly Drawn Boy oder Kings of Convenience bekannt machte.
Die Stressechoes bestehen aus Alex Petrie und Andrew Corey - gefunden haben sich die Singer/Songwriter im Jahr 2008 und seitdem verbindet sie nicht nur derselbe Musikgeschmack, sondern auch die Fähigkeit, stimmlich und kompositorisch zu harmonieren.
2011 veröffentlichten Stressechoes ihre Debut EP „Bitter Acoustic Noise“. Das Album „Goodnight, Impossible“ folgte 2012 und die Single „Hold On/Lucy” (2013, White Wash Records). Der Fokus der Band liegt auf persönlichen Texten, eingängigen Melodien und der Vergänglichkeit des Lebens. 
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Influences: Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, I am Kloot, The Cure, Joy Division


"Stressechoes' songs are a triumph of heart-on-sleeve storytelling supported by understated, beautiful music." - Stephen Morris BBC Introducing Gloucestershire
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