Lyrical Lists is BACK!!

I know that I took a longer break that I wanted, but I am back and more committed to the growth of my blog.  The blog was created to promote bands that are in the process of breaking big into the music scene.  I want to feature bands with a great sound, decent following, and deserve to have their music heard.

Over the next month I will be doing articles on South of Heaven and Them Dirty Roses. Yes, another TDR article. I will revisit one of my first interviews with Savannah Leighton and see what is new in her world 3 years since we spoke last.

Do you have a band or know of an amazing music act that should be featured here on Lyrical Lists? I am always looking for submissions.  I also hope to have a website up and rolling soon.

Lyrical Lists started out as a hobby a few years ago, but with the fast growth and loyal readers, I am ready to step up this year and really make it a must stop for all music!

Thank you for your loyalty and for helping my dreams come true.  I have always wanted to do something like this and could have never dreamed that it would be as successful as it has been.  I love you all for your support! Now, let’s go on to bigger and better things!

 

I cherish the love shown for my blog! I hope to keep it going for a long time.  I know with readers like you guys, Lyrical Lists by Layla will continue to grow.

Layla Shipman

 

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Them Dirty Roses-Trouble

After two years from releasing their first EP, Them Dirty Roses released their second EP, Trouble.  It is a self funded project that tops the first EP by leaps and bounds. (If that is at all possible.) I have made no secret that these guys are one of my favorite bands out there today.  I call them Southern Soul with Gritty Rock and Roll.  I was fortunate to be one of the firsts to receive the new EP and I cannot begin to put into words how great this music is to roll your windows down and jam to.  I spoke to the guys a couple of months ago to talk about the new music and what is next for the Roses.

Fans have been waiting for two years for the new music and of course I had to ask, “Why did it take so long?”  The guys told me that they have been so busy on the road, spreading the name for the last 2 years, and self funded the EP.  They are so proud to do things on their own terms and put out quality music.  The writing on this EP was more personal.  Everyone would work together to get behind what was being written.

I have my favorite on the EP, which is “Fix You”, but of course I had to ask the guys which were their favorites.  “Back Home” and “Fix You” seem to be the common song among the guys.  Andrew and Ben told me that “when they laid it down in the studio, it surprised us.”  Frank told me that “Songs About You” was a fun song to play on drums, which I will say he does a phenomenal job on.  James said his favorite was “Fix You” because “that is the only song I wrote by myself and is more personal to me.” James also said that it turned out as close as it could to the way he heard it in his.  (I am glad that it was in his head, because the song kicks ass.)

I asked the guys to go through each song and the writing process.  James told me the inspiration for “Fix You” comes from having those people you have in your life and seeing the problems they have.  You beat yourself up because you can’t seem to make them happy and in hindsight as you get older, you realize it still isn’t you.

“Songs About You” was co-written by Brian Wesley as well as The Roses.  Andrew had the first line about the girl and the guys started throwing out things and changed it up to be about life.  So many songs are written about a girl and this one is for people who have that “southern belief” even if they are not from the south.

“Trouble” was written by a friend of theirs.  They listened to the song, tweaked it here and there and is about planning on doing the right thing but end up doing the wrong thing.  It is a song that anyone can relate too.

“Molly”, another one of my favorites, is an older song that was written a while back.  The idea of having a girl’s name, but didn’t want to use a name of a girl he knew.  (Please think back to “You’re So Vain”)  We can thank Molly, the Maltese puppy, for running into the room.

“Back Home” was written awhile back.  It deals with being away from home, not knowing anyone as well as contemplating the moves you made.  It is one of those homesick songs that make you think about life’s choices and decisions.

So what can we expect from Them Dirty Roses in the upcoming year? More touring, more songs.  The guys want to get better as writers and musicians.  They performed at Spring Jam in Panama City the early part of April with several big name artist.  The Roses are looking to get on XM and continue to expand the fan base.  The guys are always working in collaboration together trying to use everyone’s idea.  The Roses have seen the growth from the first EP to Trouble.  They are hearing a lot of feedback at how they have grown and want to always put out the best music for the fans.

I see the growth in the band.  I feel that being on the road together for the last 2 years has made the band a cohesive unit.  They have really gotten to know each other and helped with the growth.   In a world of cookie cutter, over produced music, people are starving for real meaningful music.  Them Dirty Roses is a band that is ready to bring back that music that has heart and soul.  They are bringing the music that makes you feel something and can I get a big “Amen” for bringing back songs with meaning.

If you haven’t checked out Them Dirty Roses, please visit their website, buy their EP, go to their shows.  I promise you this is one band that will not disappoint. I have played this EP on loop for a long time.  The music is well written, meaningful, gritty, true life Southern Rock. Trouble is a great representation of all that is Them Dirty Roses.

http://www.themdirtyroses.com/

John “JR” Roberson of Big Foot Music and Outdoors

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk with John “JR” Roberson of BIG Foot Music and Outdoor about the services his company has to offer those in the music industry.  We covered a lot of topics concerning the insider workings of the music industry and what is on the horizon for John “JR” Roberson.

Now most of you know JR as a local Armuchee boy that moved to Nashville to live out the dream of a song writer, manager, developer, and consultant.  The story of how JR went from local football stand out to a music man is very interesting.

JR  is a 1997 graduate from Armuchee High School located just a little north of downtown Rome, GA.   Life throws a few curve balls and the straight path from point A to B to C and further, isn’t exactly the path you had planned.  JR had plans to play high school and college football, as well as going into coaching.  His back up plan was to go into engineering, which he had a great deal of success as an intern in high school.  His career path had to take an unexpected turn once his father was diagnosed with cancer.  JR continued working while putting his dreams on hold to help his family.

After graduation, JR was able to get into fiber optics by designing for telecommunications. He was making a nice salary and providing a nice life in that industry until 2013.  In 2012 he began dabbling in the world of music management finding that was where his passion truly was in the industry.  JR was an aspiring singer/songwriter as early as 2003.  His love of music started as a songwriter but JR saw that he had the ability, passion, and drive to manage and develop acts.  Of course, as any loving father will tell you, the duty of being a father called him away for awhile until he felt that he had the resources and network to go into it full-time.  His first artist that he managed was Preston Summerville in 2012.

Once again JR finds himself taking another leap of faith and moves out to Nashville and take up music full-time in November 2013.  He started his company Bigfoot Music and Outdoor off of his unemployment.  At that time he was managing Season 5 Nashville Star Runner up, Zac Hacker.  He has consulted fairs, record industries, and other management agencies.

Now in 2016 Bigfoot Music and Outdoors has merged with Banner Music in Nashville on Music Row.   They represent artists from all over the country. Trust me when I say, JR will be working with some legendary performers, platinum selling artists, as well as many up coming artists.  You will be truly impressed at the list he will be working with.

The aspiring songwriter in JR will also keep the drive for him to continue with showcases.  He wants to give people the tools needed to make it in the industry. The showcases are set up so the artist can consult with them about ways to improve, work that can be done, etc.  JR feels he excels by showing artists that they may have the deals, managers, you still have to get out and hustle.  Fans are the most important thing the artist needs and JR tries to consult the artists on making sure they are doing everything possible to draw fans.  JR also tries to show the “Georgia Effect” on the industry.  Georgia is taking over the country music and that building relationships with these established artists is important.

JR has the right to brag that his group of performers is packed with potential new artists that can break into the scene at any time.  Organic approach is the way JR likes to have an artist grow.  With the Organic approach, you are creating a product, growing a fan base, with pure and honest lyrics, sung with no help from the studio.  Chris Stapleton is a great example of what a pure, Organic, system to grow the craft.

JR knows the fans are going to be appreciative with the approach of hard work to produce quality music from the artist.

Big Foot Music and Outdoors will live their name well this year as “Come big or Go home”.  JR feels that he is finally in the position to leave his imprint on Nashville.  JR always refers to coming home, doing shows, as a great homecoming.  “It is a good feeling to come home and be able to entertain the folks I grew up with.” JR told me.  JR also told me that Rome is becoming a hotbed of music.

JR is always looking for ways to improve the music industry and I know that he is the one to help cultivate and produce great singers with the potential to have longevity in the business.

http://www.worldofbigfoot.com/home

John “JR” Roberson of BIG Foot Music and Outdoors

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk with John “JR” Roberson of BIG Foot Music and Outdoor about the services his company has to offer those in the music industry.  We covered a lot of topics concerning the insider workings of the music industry and what is on the horizon for John “JR” Roberson.

Now most of you know JR as a local Armuchee boy that moved to Nashville to live out the dream of a song writer, manager, developer, and consultant.  The story of how JR went from local football stand out to a music man is very interesting.

JR  is a 1997 graduate from Armuchee High School located just a little north of downtown Rome, GA.   Life throws a few curve balls and the straight path from point A to B to C and further, isn’t exactly the path you had planned.  JR had plans to play high school and college football, as well as going into coaching.  His back up plan was to go into engineering, which he had a great deal of success as an intern in high school.  His career path had to take an unexpected turn once his father was diagnosed with cancer.  JR continued working while putting his dreams on hold to help his family.

After graduation, JR was able to get into fiber optics by designing for telecommunications. He was making a nice salary and providing a nice life in that industry until 2013.  In 2012 he began dabbling in the world of music management finding that was where his passion truly was in the industry.  JR was an aspiring singer/songwriter as early as 2003.  His love of music started as a songwriter but JR saw that he had the ability, passion, and drive to manage and develop acts.  Of course, as any loving father will tell you, the duty of being a father called him away for awhile until he felt that he had the resources and network to go into it full-time.  His first artist that he managed was Preston Summerville in 2012.

Once again JR finds himself taking another leap of faith and moves out to Nashville and take up music full-time in November 2013.  He started his company Bigfoot Music and Outdoor off of his unemployment.  At that time he was managing Season 5 Nashville Star Runner up, Zac Hacker.  He has consulted fairs, record industries, and other management agencies.

Now in 2016 Bigfoot Music and Outdoors has merged with Banner Music in Nashville on Music Row.   They represent artists from all over the country. Trust me when I say, JR will be working with some legendary performers, platinum selling artists, as well as many up coming artists.  You will be truly impressed at the list he will be working with.

The aspiring songwriter in JR will also keep the drive for him to continue with showcases.  He wants to give people the tools needed to make it in the industry. The showcases are set up so the artist can consult with them about ways to improve, work that can be done, etc.  JR feels he excels by showing artists that they may have the deals, managers, you still have to get out and hustle.  Fans are the most important thing the artist needs and JR tries to consult the artists on making sure they are doing everything possible to draw fans.  JR also tries to show the “Georgia Effect” on the industry.  Georgia is taking over the country music and that building relationships with these established artists is important.

JR has the right to brag that his group of performers is packed with potential new artists that can break into the scene at any time.  Organic approach is the way JR likes to have an artist grow.  With the Organic approach, you are creating a product, growing a fan base, with pure and honest lyrics, sung with no help from the studio.  Chris Stapleton is a great example of what a pure, Organic, system to grow the craft.

JR knows the fans are going to be appreciative with the approach of hard work to produce quality music from the artist.

Big Foot Music and Outdoors will live their name well this year as “Come big or Go home”.  JR feels that he is finally in the position to leave his imprint on Nashville.  JR always refers to coming home, doing shows, as a great homecoming.  “It is a good feeling to come home and be able to entertain the folks I grew up with.” JR told me.  JR also told me that Rome is becoming a hotbed of music.

JR is always looking for ways to improve the music industry and I know that he is the one to help cultivate and produce great singers with the potential to have longevity in the business.

http://www.worldofbigfoot.com/home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyrical Lists- “Head On” Video Review

So my two favorite music acts team up to produce one of the hottest videos I have seen in a long time.  The song co-written by Kirstie Lovelady and James Ford, from Them Dirty Roses, is proof once again, these musicians, are doing things on their own terms, in their own way.  Two unknown singers, team up to release a hot new video… “No one does that!” A female, trying to break into country music shoots a video in a boxing ring because that is how she sees the video…. “No one does that!”  Well whoever “no one” is has never met Kirstie Lovelady and Them Dirty Roses.  Just as the song’s message is about doing things, your way, not the way everyone else does it, this video follows that message.

When I talked to Kirstie yesterday, I told her “No one has done it this way, because they have been waiting on YOU to do it”.  This video was shot at GetFit615 and Music City Boxing and the locations could not tell the story any better than Kirstie and James do in the song writing.  The guys were lucky to have the video directed by Preston Leatherman who took the vision and brought it to life.

I cannot say enough good things about the first cut “Head On” from Kirstie Lovelady’s new EP “Weeds”.  The video is a clear portrayal of the fight to be your own artist, in your own way, in your own time, and feeling that strong about being you and not someone who the industry expects.

I hope that CMT and GAC will pick the video up and give their viewers the opportunity to see what a total badass, rocking lady looks like and how awesome Them Dirty Roses are and the void they will in fill in music today.

Give it a listen, call your radio stations, and music channels and let’s get this some airplay.  I love they did this their way.

Lyrical Lists – Imprint

Sometimes I am lucky to see a band perform live and ask them for an interview, other times I am trolling the internet to see what acts are promoting themselves on the music pages.  The next band I am presenting to you guys is one that I found one late night of trolling.  Imprint is full on, in your face rock and roll.  These guys brought out the inner-metal head in me.  I listened to 3 songs and sent an email to the band.  I had to know more about them and hopefully share them with my readers.  Well lucky for you and me, these guys were happy to talk to me about the band, their music, and the future of Imprint.

Imprint is from Alcoa, TN and have been together since the Spring of 2003.  The band is made up of Lones Lynn with killer lead vocals, Heath Devine shredding the electric guitar, Allen Burnete killing it on bass, Doug Jones smashing it up on drums, and Chris Gaumond adding more spicy flare to electric guitar.  The band is comprised of guys that were playing in other bands and were all looking for that “special sound” they were not getting in other bands.  Once the band members found each other, the sound and their ideas just meshed well.  The band told me that they had a song written within the first hour that they were together.  After that, the band was able to push out a song a week for the first month and half.  They were able to add Chris into the current line-up of the band.  They told me that “Chris filled a hole” and added the flare.  Allen, on bass, is the newest member of the band and at the time of our interview was getting ready to play his first live show with Imprint.

Imprint plays all originals at their shows and the crowds are growing.  “Of course, you always want more”, the band told me.  Imprint really enjoys the crowd and their response while they are on stage playing.  They are seeing 100% crowd participation and they are “Digging It”.  They have shows coming up outside of the Knoxville area to show that they are not just your average Knoxville band.

I asked Imprint if they are seeing a need or a missing hole for the rock sound.  They told me that they “want to be true to themselves”.  “Rock and Roll is about putting your heart and soul into a song.”   Imprint doesn’t want to be the band that is “doing what everyone else is doing”.  The influences of the band are all over the map including Iron Maiden, Dio, Dokken, The Ramones, and several punk rock bands.  That is what Imprint feels makes their sound so unique to the band.  Doug told me that he plays the drums like he hates them but knows that you don’t always have to play a 100 beats a minute to provide a quality sound.  They are providing the listeners an option and it is an option that I am glad to have!

One thing that impressed me about the band the most is that as you get into the heavier metal type of music, you get a distorted sound and the lyrics are very hard to understand.  Imprint has clear and concise lyrics that are easy to hear and understand.  I was able to start singing along to the songs after a few days.  The band told me that was exactly what they like to hear.  They said, “We look forward to the day when they hear the crowds over their vocals”.  It has happened once in a different band and they said it makes you play harder and it is the biggest rush ever.  They attribute that to the punk influences like The Ramones.

I love that they are not a musician’s band.  They define themselves finding a riff and just going off on that.  They don’t need to play 1 million beats a minute to be “in your face Rock and Roll”.  That lead into a conversation about the song writing process.  “Every song has a story and it is my job to that story to life”, Lones told me.  The song writing is truly collaborative.  One member may have a beat or a guitar riff down and lyrics come around that or lyrics come in and the music shapes around the lyrics.  Some songs come together really quickly and “you are not sure where that came from”.

Imprint is in the process of getting their EP together and have 9-10 songs that are ready for CD.  When you are listening to the music on ReverbNation, you will now hear more flavor with Chris’ guitar and are even more full.  Of course I had to ask about my favorite song, “A Prayer For the Hopeless”.  The song means different things to different people but was originally written to show that change starts from within and to change the world you have to look at yourself.  Imprint jokingly told me that it was their “Man in the Mirror”.  I would also like to mention that “Lucy’s Song” and “Monsters Like Us” are on heavy rotation on my playlist but there isn’t a band song that I can find.  Be sure to check the ReverbNation link to hear and appreciate Imprint.

Coming up for the year the band wants to get release a new CD, new merchandise, and more shows.  Imprint is looking to grow as a band and not just be known as your “local band”.  Taking steps to being in front of as many people as possible is the focus for the Imprint and I am hoping that is a reality that happens soon.  They have a great charity show coming up soon.  If you are interested in seeing them in Knoxville, you can attend Hydrocephalus Awareness Rock Concert (HARC 2015),Saturday, May 16 at 8:00pm,Open Chord Brewhouse & Stage in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The band will also be in Ashville, NC in June.  You can get a full schedule on the ReverbNation link I have listed below.  Maybe, just maybe, we can get these guys here in my hometown in Georgia.

Imprint on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imprintTN?fref=ts

Imprint on ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/imprint7

Lyrical Lists- Them Dirty Roses

What can I say about this next band? I heard them on the Pepsi On The Rise tour as it made its final stop in Rome, Ga.  Their sound was a complete throwback to my preteen and teenage years, yet it was fresh and new.  The band I am talking about is a 4 member band from Gadsden, AL called Them Dirty Roses.  The guys have been friends for most their lives, went to high school together, and now all live together in Nashville, TN.  Them Dirty Roses are made up of 4 colorful, wonderful, and southern charming guys: Ben Crain, James Ford, Frank Ford, and Andrew Davis.  They have been together only a year and half and have one of the bests sounds that I have heard in a very long time.  They have a sound, showmanship, and electrifying stage show well beyond the time the band has been together.  I can honestly say that this band has whatever “it” is.  Every time I play their EP to someone, they automatically want to know who they are and where can they find more music.

Them Dirty Roses has a strong Southern Rock sound that has been lacking in the music industry since the late 1970’s.  Their influences range from The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Black Crowes, Grand Funk Railroad, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers, and many others.  Though they have a sound influenced by many but you really can’t compare them to anyone but Them Dirty Roses.  Their stage show is engaging, in your face, and non-stop energy from start to finish.  I cannot praise this band enough.  They are one of the most talented bands that I have come across.  If you ask Them Dirty Roses how they would classify their music they would say “southern roots rock and roll”.  They are trying paint a picture with their music and take you back to a “time when music was important”.  One of the coolest things they told me about their goals with their sound was to take you back to when music was “a movement”. “Music was Facebook, Twitter, and text messages.”  They just want to make music that tells a story and go back to the roots of music from decades ago.

When going through the song writing process, the range is all over the place.  It comes from someone humming a tune, a chord or musical progressions, anything.  The song writing comes from having something to say and telling story.  The intent when making their first EP was making something that you just want to put in the CD player and let it play.  They are all about the old school way of promotion of hanging the flyers, word of mouth, calling venues, and letting the hype of the band grow organically.   They told me that social media is a great avenue to promote the band, but there is nothing better than to “have someone in your face, telling you what you missed by not being at the show”.  Word of mouth is the best way to grow your band.

We talked at length about bands not playing Southern Rock anymore.  They are seeing some small pockets of radio play but they feel that there is a great need and they are filling that hole.  YouTube has been a great way for bands these days, but playing shows non-stop is still the best way to grow the fan base and that radio will catch up.

They have seen a great increase in the band’s name since being on the Pepsi On The Rise Tour.  They feel that the tour has been a great learning experience.  They are able to do music fulltime.  Them Dirty Roses will be joining many other bands at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam and will be opening for Miranda Lambert.  I am in hopes that the readers of Lyrical Lists by Layla will also help get the name, Them Dirty Roses out there as well.  We know that Southern Rock is not dead and these guys are bringing that sound back.  I love that they are unapologetic of being “in your face.

The best way I can describe the live show is a full set of balls to the wall music, with hair slinging, crowd interaction, and unbridled fun.  They truly have a good time and are high energy.  Their goal is to make people to forget everything but the music for the length of their set and “dance like no one is watching”  Them Dirty Roses will continue to play their music and know that eventually radio will catch up.  They will always be true to their sound and the fans will show up.  Them Dirty Roses and I agree that there is a huge need for their music and have plugged into the hole that is missing.  Southern Rock is a staple of music that appeals to the working class that want to rock out after a long week a work.  It is a distinctive sound and Them Dirty Roses are true, new ambassadors to the sound.  Them Dirty Roses are writing, recording, and performing music that are the type of songs that will stand the test of time and not just be a splash in pan.  I told the band that I can hear, in their sound, that this will be the music that we are singing in 2015 and will be singing in 2045.

So we can expect Them Dirty Roses to be here a while and leave their mark.  They are wanting to bring the soul back to music and make good music.  If Rock and Roll is trying to roll over, Them Dirty Roses is here to bring the fun vibe, roll your window down, and jam out rock back.  Them Dirty Roses refuse to let Rock and Roll lay down and fade away.  The guys are going to be constantly touring, recording new music, and continue bringing Southern Rock to a town near you.  I have linked a couple of my favorite songs, ways to find out more information on the band, and their social media.  Like I said, these guys are one of my favorites that I have ever interviewed and one that is a daily play in my song list.  You can purchase Them Dirty Roses’ EP on I Tunes now.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themdirtyroses?fref=ts

Website: http://themdirtyroses.com/

You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3kA31jdEgsq7bN3ukqvg5w

“Shake It”: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3kA31jdEgsq7bN3ukqvg5w

“Cocaine and Whiskey” Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3fO4IfgfmI