Forty years and thirty million record sales into a Grammy-winning, chart-topping, and Academy Award-nominated career, Huey Lewis and the News return today with their first new song in over a decade. Self-recorded and self-produced at the band’s own Troutfarm Studio in Marin County, California, the new single “Her Love Is Killin’ Me” previews Huey Lewis and the News’ first collection of original music since 2001’s Plan B, to be released in 2020.
One of the most versatile artists to make waves in the blues scene in the last decade Samantha Fish is celebrating the release of her sixth studio album, Kill Or Be Kind, in style by debuting the music video of the album’s title track.
“That was my mission on this album: To really set these songs up so that they have a life of their own,” says Samantha Fish about Kill or Be Kind, her sixth solo album and her debut on Rounder Records. “Strong messages from the heart – that’s what I really set out for.” Indeed, what comes across immediately on hearing the album is the extraordinary level of songcraft on its eleven tracks, the way these songs are so smartly put together to deliver a potent emotional impact.
Anyone who has ever heard Fish’s previous albums knows that she has earned a place in the top rank of contemporary blues guitarists and that her voice can wring the soul out of a ballad and belt out a rocker with roof-shaking force. And, rest reassured, those virtues are fully in evidence on Kill or Be Kind. But each of the songs on the album does far more than simply provide a setting for Fish’s pyrotechnics. They tell captivating stories, set up by verses that deftly set the scene, choruses that lift with real feeling, and hooks that later rise up in your thoughts, even when you’re not aware that you’re thinking of music at all. It’s the kind of songwriting that emerges when raw talent is leavened by experience and aspiration, and when a committed artist genuinely has something to say. Those qualities make Kill or Be Kind a genuine artistic breakthrough for Fish.
“I think I’ve grown as a performer and as a player,” she explains. “I’ve become more respectful of the melody. You can go up and down the fret board and up and down your vocal register, but that’s not going to be as powerful as conveying a simple melody that people can really connect to and sing themselves.” To help bring those elements to her music, Fish sought out high-quality songwriting collaborators – the likes of Jim McCormick (who has worked with Fish before and also written for Luke Bryan and Keith Urban); Kate Pearlman (who has worked with Kelly Clarkson); Patrick Sweeney; Parker Millsap; and Eric McFadden. The result is an album on which each song is distinct, but the complete work hangs together as a coherent, entirely satisfying statement. “When you get to this point in your life as an artist,” Fish says, “it’s good to work with others, because it makes you stretch. I think you hear a lot of that nuance on the record, songs that have a pop sensibility to them, hooks that really pull you in.
Kill Or Be Kind is now available in digital formats via iTunes and Amazon
BBMAK, Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Stephen McNally who recently reunited after a 15-year hiatus are back in a big way with a recent performance on Good Morning AmericaBBMAK on GMAas well as a special Facebook Live GMA Facebook Live sneak peak backstage with host Ginger Zee as they surprised a staff member with a very special serenade of their huge hit “Back Here” as well as interviews with CBS and many more.
BBMAK are also excited to announce new North American & UK tour dates. The tour is set to kick off in San Diego on November 3 and wrap up on December 16 in Glasgow, UK. All dates (see below) will go on sale Friday, September 13 at 10:00 AM PST – https://bbmak.com/#tour. The tour, dubbed “Back Here” after their massive 1999 worldwide hit, travelled through such cities as Boston (SOLD OUT), New York, Nashville & Austin, TX this past May.
Global superstar Celine Dion has released three new tracks from her highly anticipated album, Courage, today via Sony Music Entertainment Canada/Columbia Records. “Imperfections,” “Lying Down” and “Courage” are new tracks from the eclectic album, each representing an exciting new creative direction for Celine. A mix of beautiful ballads and edgy up-tempo tracks, Courage is her first English album in 6 years and will be available everywhere November 15th. Courage is available for preorder now, audio samples also available.