Whiskey and Cigarettes Country Radio Show is happy to announce the airing of their exclusive interview with Shine On Records’ recording artist and country music veteran, Nick Nichols. Mr. Nichols joined award-winning host, DJ Nik Bernitz Pizzigoni to talk about his latest inspirational single release, “The Other Side.” Read More
Martin X. Petz – Chained
This sort of raw, yet delicately rendered, sincerity is in short supply. Rock, rap, country, all of the major popular music genres are littered with talents who have made a gloomy fortune pretending and performing for audiences too jaded to care. Martin Petz is beyond that. His second release, Chained, takes on familiar structures , but the voice and guiding its base spring from something increasingly unfamiliar to devoted music listeners – honesty. It will be difficult for anyone to finish listening to this album and not believe they’ve just met the real Martin X. Petz, completely unvarnished.
He puts his best foot forward with the title track and opener. “Chained” is exquisitely performed acoustic fare with a deeply felt, occasionally quavering vocal. Petz maintains a skilled balance between the stripped back sonics and his moving vocal so that each quality moves in concert with each other rather than simply providing empty ornamentation. “It’s Hard” will resonate with countless listeners and Petz capitalizes on that familiarity with another focused vocal turn that never overplays its hand. Moreover, the song reflects the album’s template – Petz lays down testimony after testimony about the grit and grime of real life’s joys and disappointments over a breezy pop country backing full of melody and inventiveness. These are sturdy songs and it’s hard, if not impossible, to respond to them.
“Kinship” is one of the album’s best songs lyrically and Petz rises to its challenge. It’s an attractive subject for a song, in the sense that listeners haven’t heard such musings since time immemorial like the love songs forming the bulk of the album, and Petz explores it completely with surprising poetic verve. “All That I Am” is another of Chained’s finest moments thanks to its breathtaking intimacy. He builds the song around his acoustic guitar work and vocal with occasional bits of percussion peppering the track. Chained employs a brass section on a few cuts and one of these, “Jesus Loves Us So”, manages to strike for real musical depth while never rendering it inaccessible. The accessibility of these songs is important – through this point in the album, Petz has earned a listener’s trust thanks in no small part to its coherent structure and its refusal to bite off more than it can chew. This is disciplined songwriting focusing on the essential – connecting with its audience.
The retro-infused country of “Run Ride Leave” bristles with a Tex-Mex feel that doesn’t sound at all out of place against the album’s guiding stylistic aesthetic. Like all of the album’s songs, it further benefits from a superb arrangement. The penultimate song, “This Love”, flirts with rock and roll energy heard in earlier songs like “It’s Hard”, but nevertheless maintains the album’s low-fi direction with acoustic guitars. The album’s final song, “Jesus Can You Hear Me”, revisits some of the southwestern influences heard in “Run Ride Leave”, but there’s considerable musical and lyrical vulnerability here missing in the earlier song.
Petz has scored big with this latest release. Chained shows an emerging songwriting who is consolidating his skills and turning an eye towards the future. He does a remarkably spotless job of marrying his religious convictions with the material and never lapsing into ministry or heavy-handed sermonizing. This is a strong album lightly straddling a number of genres and makes a strong first impression.
8 out of 10 stars.
Rock Solid Talent Entertainment, LTD, in association with Star 1 Group, is happy to announce the worldwide release of Canadian teen rock singer/songwriter Sophia Radisch’s second album, Beautiful Sin. The new album was produced by former Megadeth member, Glen Drover, who is also Guest Guitarist on the album. Beautiful Sin, co-produced by Sophia Radisch, also features Shawn Drover, as Guest Drummer, formerly of Megadeth. The album also features Ronnie “Dawg” Robson on Bass Guitar. The 13 tracks of soulful, passionate rock/alternative and rock ballads, also features Radisch herself on vocals, harmonies, and rhythm guitar. Beautiful Sin is the follow-up album to Sophia Radisch’s debut album, Intoxicated, released in 2014. Live performances are planned and perrformance dates are scheduled for March 2016 in British Columbia, Canada, followed by summer dates in the USA, and fall 2016 dates in The Netherlands, UK and Europe. Read More
MTS Management Group is proud to announce that metal guitarist, Xander Demos has been nominated for Best Guitarist at the 2015 Iron City Rocks Pittsburgh Music Awards. Xander has been nominated every year, since 2011, winning the award the past two years, in 2013 and 2014. Demos’ band, XDB (Xander Demos Band) is also nominated for Best Progressive Band. Ray Luzier (Korn) and Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), both with roots in Pittsburgh, are nominated for the Hall of Fame Award, an honor Xander Demos previously received. Read More
This Friday, January 8th at 8pm ET/7CT, Texas country singer/songwriter and pageant beauty, Madelyn Victoria will be making her first appearance on “The Josie Show.” Madelyn will join host, Josie Passantino, to talk about her hot new single, “He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor,” her self-titled EP, and her upcoming radio tour. Tune in to hear the live interview and call in, too, at http://josieshow.com/. Read More
This Thursday, January 7th, Texas country singer/songwriter, Madelyn Victoria will be the guest on WLOR Radio’s “Indie Music Corner.” The LIVE show kicks off at 7pm ET/6CT on www.wlor.net. Tune in to hear all about Madelyn’s self-titled debut EP, and her hit single, “He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor.” Don’t miss it!
This Thursday, January 5th at 1pm EST, Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter, Billy Grima will be the guest on “Independent Artists and Thinkers.” Billy will join host Traci Slatton, to talk about his latest album, Sugar & Cream, and his single, “Picture of You and Me.” Tune in live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/independentartiststhinkers/2016/01/07/singersongwriter-billy-grima-on-music-as-medicine-for-life for an in-depth look at one of Canadian music’s hottest artists. Host Traci L. Slatton interviews independent artists of all kind, thinkers, and healers about their process. This show illuminates the unusual journey.
Kinderjazz, the world’s only big jazz band for kids, performed for the Lord Mayor’s Picnic in Sydney, Australia, on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015. Sydney’s biggest event of the year was held at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens. Each New Year’s Eve, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, holds the picnic for 2,000 disabled children and their families. This year’s event was attended by 5,000 people, with a global broadcast audience of 1 Billion. Read More
MTS Management Group is happy to announce Billy Grima’s music video for “Picture of You and Me” has reached Number One on the Yallwire.com Most Watched Yallturative Videos chart. Grima’s tribute to military members comes in ahead of videos by Shooter Jennings, Mark Wills and Craig Campbell. This is Grima’s first Number One on Yallwire.com. His video is also number three on the All-Genre chart. To view both charts, visit http://www.yallwire.com/topvideos/yallturnative.html. Read More
Award-winning syndicated radio show, “Whiskey And Cigarettes” is kicking off 2016 with a star-studded guest lineup that includes Billboard chart-toppers, CMA Award winners, and country legends. Among the artists appearing on the show are John Anderson, Irlene Mandrell, Marlon Hargis (Exile), Gene Watson, Rex Allen, Jr. and more. The complete lineup through February 14th is: Read More