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Michelle Malone: 1977

A mainstay of American roots music for more than 30 years, Michelle Malone has built an award-winning career as a songwriter, road warrior, and modern-day guitar hero. Her music is ingrained in the sounds of the American South, mixing the rebellious stomp of roadhouse Rock 'n Roll with the raw grit of Blues, the holy-rolling rasp of gospel, the slow-motion swagger of country-soul, and the organic warmth of folk music.

The Bros. Landreth: Come Morning

The Bros. Landreth welcome a new day with Come Morning, an album that marks both a rebirth and refinement of the JUNO-winning band's blend of North American roots music and harmony-heavy soul. The most immersive, emotive record of the Landreths' career, Come Morning finds brothers Joey and Dave lacing their melody-driven songs with layers of atmospheric synth, organ, and textured guitar.

Eddie Benjamin: Weatherman

Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Benjamin introduces his upcoming debut album with new single, “Weatherman.” A defiant call for optimism in troubling times, the Australian newcomer imbues his message of hope with old-school soul and irresistible pop hooks.

Face The West: The Long Night To New Orleans

The Long Night to New Orleans is the powerful new single from Isle of Lewis based Celtic Rock band Face The West. The bagpipe-infused track, which is influenced by synth pop and rock music, and is the second single from their upcoming album. Face The West are stalwarts of the Scottish traditional music scene with three albums under their belt, and a fourth on the way.

Deepak Pandit, Pratibha Singh Baghel and The Budapest Symphony Orchestra: INHERITANCE

The music for INHERITANCE was composed and produced by Deepak Pandit, co-produced by Gaurav Vaswani and features Prashant Sonagra on tabla, the string tapestries of Tapas Roy as well as Deepak Pandit on violin, the instrument for which he is renowned. Deepak crafted large-scale orchestrations and sent them to the master musicians of the renowned Budapest Symphony Orchestra, taking the music of INHERITANCE into a much bigger sonic space.

Alyssa Bonagura: Paper Airplane

Critically-acclaimed artist and “fixture on Nashville’s Indie singer-songwriter scene (Rolling Stone),” Alyssa Bonagura, has released the third single "Paper Airplane'' off her upcoming album out later this year. The poetic track once again proves she is as talented a singer as she is a songwriter and producer.

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