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Rachael Kilgour to release third album ‘Rabbit in the Road’ March 3 on NewSong Recordings..

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Rachael-Kilgour-RIR-CvrRachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Telluride Troubadour Contest. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shared stages with the likes of indie artists Haley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler & Catie Curtis.

Kilgour married in her early twenties and devoted the rest of the decade to parenting her stepchild and building family and community. Her work from that time (Self-Titled 2008, Will You Marry Me? 2011, Whistleblower’s Manifesto 2013) chronicled her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and addressed sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality to religious hypocrisy. Kilgour’s music career took a backseat during those years as she lived a slow, home-focused life.

In 2014, divorce brought an unwanted and excruciating end to her role as a member of her family. The sudden shift left her deep in grief. Kilgour spent many months processing with friends, family, and therapists and found solace in songwriting. Kilgour’s forthcoming album, Rabbit in the Road, was born out of that time: the love, loss, betrayal, disorientation and the profound sense of resilience that followed.

“While I have always felt a strong pull to address social injustices from the stage, this new collection of work requires something new of me,” Kilgour shared. “I feel called to use my platform to address emotion and grief and forgiveness in a way that is not often done in our culture.”

Though the album was instigated by a particular event in her life, each track explores a different aspect of Kilgour’s emotional journey. “I was taught from a young age that a person’s hurtful behavior is almost always a sign of inner pain and not a reflection of your self-worth. The second track on the album, ‘Deep Bruises’, was my attempt to put that belief into practice under the most difficult circumstances.”

 

 

Later, in “Ready Freddie”, Kilgour professes an unyielding confidence in her step-daughter as she steps into adolescence:

“I know you can take it
I believe that you will make it
On your own somehow
Maybe not right now
But I can see you’re almost ready
Do you think you’re ready Freddie?
Say it right out loud
You’re gonna make me proud”

In the title track, Kilgour examines the dualities of forgiveness. As is true of the album in its entirety, the detailed examination of Kilgour’s relationships and emotions is surprisingly universal:

“With your hands around his neck
You spared his misery
How swift you gave that rabbit
What you couldn’t give to me”

Rabbit in the Road, due out March 3rd, 2017 on NewSong Recordings, was produced by Catie Curtis and Gar Ragland with help from Crit Harmon, who engineered the album. The album was mixed by Gar Ragland at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC. The album takes an intimate and often painful look at the failed marriage and loss of family. Kilgour’s writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Sorrow, rage, resilience and compassion exist side by side within a series of honest and memorable melodies. The collection of work stands tall on a foundation of vulnerability and opens the door to moments of profound connection.

Pre-order Rabbit in the Road.

 

Publicist: Amanda Dissinger, Terrorbird 

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Licensing: Scott Cresto, Music Alternatives

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2016 NewSong grand prize winner Wilder Adkins releases peace anthem “Side By Side” on MLK Jr. Day

Monday, January 16th, 2017

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2016 NewSong grand prize winner Wilder Adkins releases peace anthem “Side By Side” on MLK Jr. Day

“This is a song about the city of Birmingham, Alabama and the struggles of the civil rights movement in the 1960s,” says Adkins, a Birmingham resident himself. “It is also an anthem for peace and a call to keep hoping and never give up fighting darkness with the power of light.”


ABOUT WILDER ADKINS
Wilder Adkins15698210_881465828570_6907624843770016758_n songwriting gleans as much from the earthy poetry of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver as it does from the works of folk luminaries Richard Thompson and Bruce Cockburn. His courtly-but-witty lyrics evoke a Deep South Shelley or Yeats, riding a joyful guitar dexterity.

Adkins hails from Marietta, GA, but now lives and writes in Birmingham, AL. He grew up listening to his dad play renditions of Neil Young and Van Morrison songs on an old Guild Jumbo Acoustic. Adkins’ songs, steeped in natural imagery, frequently touch upon the subjects of faith, doubt, and as the title of his new album would indicate, hope and sorrow.

Adkins is the grand prize winner of the 2016 international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition.


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Congratulations to Wilder Adkins, the 2016 NewSong Grand Prize Winner

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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Introducing the 2016 NewSong Grand Prize Winner: Wilder Adkins

Congratulations to Wilder Adkins, this year’s grand prize winner of the 15th Annual NewSong Music Showcase and Competition. Adkins took top honors on Saturday night at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium in New York City.

Adkin’s songwriting is steeped in earthy poetry and is imbued with a theosophical spirit. Thematically, his songs frequently touch upon faith, doubt and the natural world. He counts poets Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver among his influences, as well as Neil Young and Van Morrison. His aptly titled latest album, Hope and Sorrow, is a characteristic marrying of poetry and musicality.

“Getting to meet and hang out with the other NewSong Music finalists totally affirmed for me that this is a supportive community of artists serious about their craft. Playing at Lincoln Center in New York at the Holidays was a dream come true. Being named the winner of such a talented pool of songwriters is an incredible honor and one of my proudest moments!” – Wilder Adkins, 2016 NewSong Grand Prize Winner

Click here for a photo gallery of the live performance finals.

“The NewSong Music Competition is one of the country’s strongest platforms for discovering and showcasing some of the today’s most talented, emerging and most deserving singer-songwriters. It has a rich legacy of shining a spotlight on true artists who are serious about their craft. While all of this year’s finalists were compelling in their own way, this year’s winner, Wilder Adkins is an extraordinarily gifted lyricist, vocalist and guitarist from Birmingham, Alabama, who mesmerized everyone in the room at Lincoln Center. He’s the real deal and I’m thrilled to play a part in exposing him to a wider audience.”  – Erik Philbrook, NewSong Music judge and ASCAP VP and Creative Director

“We had another outstanding group of finalists this year, which made our job as judges all the more challenging. But after the first two rounds, Wilder’s deeply poetic songcraft – paired with a passionate and at times comical performance – led him directly to this year’s top honor. We look forward to working with him over the next year and beyond, and to help him and the rest of his fellow finalists take their music to the broader audience they richly deserve.”  – Gar Ragland, NewSong Music Producer and Co-founder

#MeetTheJudges: Erik Philbrook, Vice President and Creative Director of ASCAP

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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ASCAP’s VP and Creative Director

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Erik Philbrook serves as ASCAP’s VP and Creative Director. In addition to writing editorial, producing video and managing content for ASCAP’s various media channels, he has interviewed and written about many of today’s leading songwriters and composers from across the musical spectrum, from legendary icons to today’s emerging artists. He has helped lead ASCAP’s advocacy efforts in protecting songwriter rights in the digital age. And he has played an essential role in the success of high-profile ASCAP events such as the Sundance ASCAP Music Café and the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO, where he has interviewed on stage many top music creators, including Tom Petty, John Mayer, Bon Jovi, ELO’s Jeff Lynne, Ingrid Michaelson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Steve Lillywhite and many others. In addition, Philbrook is a songwriter and musician himself, having recorded three acclaimed albums with his band NYC-based band The Brilliant Mistakes.

#MeetTheJudges: Elysa Marden of Arts Brookfield

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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Elysa Marden is a curator and producer based in NYC. She is currently the Co-Director of Art Brookfield, a national public arts program that produces, commissions, and presents music, dance, film, visual art and spoken word year-round and free to the public. She has had the pleasure of working with NewSong Music to present NewSong artists in Brookfield spaces in NYC and Denver for 8 years.

 

#MeetTheJudges: Meera Dugal (Lincoln Center)

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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Meera Dugal is the Programming Manager for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The Atrium is home to over 100 free, extremely eclectic performances a year that are curated with the aim to reflect the diversity present in New York City. Originally from Charleston, Meera has a Bachelor of Arts from New York University’s Gallatin School where she studied ethnomusicology. Before coming to Lincoln Center, Meera worked with globalFEST, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, The Jazz Gallery, and Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar. She is the manager for the New York-based traditional Moroccan Gnawa sextet Innov Gnawa and a member of Women of Color in the Arts.

 

Three Questions with Jomo Edwards (of Jomo & The Possum Posse)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Three Questions with Jomo Edwards (of Jomo & The Possum Posse)

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Jomo Edwards is a roots-loving, Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is perhaps best known for his viral video series, “Guy On A Buffalo,” in which he wrote and overdubbed a new soundtrack for the film, Buffalo Rider. The irreverent wit and sardonic sense of humor apparent in the video series is just as pronounced in his songwriting.

Edwards often performs with his band, Possum Posse. The band’s latest record, Local Motive skews heavily toward roots rock & roll and old-school country. With song titles like “Farts Ain’t Funny” and “The Real Housewives of the West of Us,” you can bet that this songwriter has his own, singularly entertaining take on the classic genres.

We took the time to ask Edwards about his songwriting inspiration, career news and his hopes for the NewSong competition.

What is your songwriting process like, and where do you find inspiration?

I do my best work when given a deadline or assignment. I don’t usually spend weeks or months writing a song. I usually write my best songs in one sitting. Then, I begin playing them on an instrument, and don’t look back at the words I’ve written down, which usually allows me to develop more organic-sounding lyrics.

A few years ago, I also started attending a songwriting circle where an assignment was given each week. I was immediately hooked, and I have ended up writing a large number of songs from that group.

What does it mean to you to be a NewSong finalist, and what do you hope to gain from the experience?

For me, it means I’m not 100 percent crazy. I really believe in what I’m doing as a songwriter, but sometimes it can feel like there’s nobody else out there who understands and/or appreciates it.

What music news do you have to share with fans?

Earlier this year, my band, The Possum Posse, released a self-produced album called Local Motive. I’m pretty proud of it, and I think it captures the energy of our live shows. We’ve been playing most of the songs on that album live for a couple of years, so they organically developed their own arrangements. When we got into the studio, we were able to just play them the way we’d done many times before, and we were able to track most of the songs live.

To learn more about Jomo Edwards, visit thepossumposse.com and follow his band Jomo & The Possum Posse on Facebook.

Three Questions With Wilder Adkins

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Three Questions With Wilder Adkins

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Wilder Adkins, a Birmingham, Alabama-based folk musician, discovered that he was a NewSong finalist at a friend’s house in Cambridge, England. “I had just played a show at a 900-year-old church when I heard,” says Adkins. “So, suffice to say, it was a great bit of news to cap off a great evening.”

Adkin’s songwriting is steeped in earthy poetry and is imbued with a theosophical spirit. Thematically, his songs frequently touch upon faith, doubt and the natural world. He counts poets Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver among his influences, as well as Neil Young and Van Morrison. His aptly titled latest album, Hope and Sorrow, is a characteristic marrying of poetry and musicality.

We took the time to ask Adkins about his songwriting inspiration, career news and his hopes for the NewSong competition.

What is your songwriting process like, and where do you find inspiration?
Generally, I write about things that move me. Usually, the music comes first, but not always. Oftentimes it takes a while for a song to grow on me — even my own songs. In terms of musicians that inspire me, I love Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. It’s one of my favorite albums. Recently, I played at a folk festival in Scotland hosted by another of my songwriting heroes, Dougie MacLean.

What does it mean to you to be a NewSong finalist, and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
It can be pretty hard for folk musicians to get attention these days, so it is really wonderful to receive that kind of recognition for my work. I’d love to connect with the NewSong family of artists and hopefully make plans for future shows and collaborations.

What music news do you have to share with fans?
I put out a new album called Hope & Sorrow in 2016. I’ve also got an album of pirate music hopefully coming out soon.

To learn more about Wilder Atkins, visit wilderatkins.bandcamp.com and follow Wilder Music on Facebook and Twitter. You can also listen to his music on SoundCloud.

#InstagramTakeover with Wilder Adkins

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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Follow 2016 NewSong Music finalist Wilder Adkins as they take over the official NewSong Music Instagram account.

 

 

Good day, my name is Wilder Adkins and I’m a #NewSongMusic finalist from Birmingham, AL doing an Instagram takeover today. Thanks for joining me. Follow along for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the life of a songwriter/janitor in the Deep South. #instagramtakeover #songwriterslife #singersongwriter #meditation #snoopy #joechristmas

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On the phone with a big-time music publisher! Part of the #WilderAdkinsTakeover today. #wilderadkins #carlyraejepsen #musicindustry #songwriter

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#WilderAdkinsTakeover If you’re ever down in Birmingham, come check out the best little music shop in the land, Bob Tedrow’s Homewood Music. These guys are great luthiers and set up all my guitars for me. #musicbham #luthier #birminghamal #wilderadkins #alabama @wildhare_radkins

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#wilderadkinstakeover Everyday I'm hustlin'. #onemoreday #holdon #wilsonphillips #wilderadkins #inspiration

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#wilderadkinstakeover Everyday I'm hustlin'. #onemoreday #holdon #wilsonphillips #wilderadkins #inspiration

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THE 2016 NEWSONG MUSIC PERFORMANCE & SONGWRITING FINALS ARE ONE WEEK AWAY!

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

 THE 2016 NEWSONG MUSIC PERFORMANCE & SONGWRITING FINALS ARE ONE WEEK AWAY!

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After hundreds of listening hours, and months of waiting, we are beyond excited to welcome the 2016 NewSong Music finalists to perform in front of a packed house and an esteemed panel of judges at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 10th!

Each of the finalists has been invited to network with both one another and music industry professionals, and to showcase their music and compete for this year’s grand prize, which includes a recording session at Echo Mountain Recording Studios, a featured performance at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Café, a grand prize return performance at Lincoln Center in 2017 and much more.

If you are in the New York area, we hope you will join us for this exciting night of music. Tickets are free for this event, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis (please arrive early). For fans not able to join us in person, we will be streaming the event via Facebook Live all night. Tune in to see who will win it all HERE!