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Nocturnal Blonde

Nocturnal Blonde was originally created to bring awareness, in loose story form, to the devastating reality of the opioid pandemic. Ritchie Williams, producer/ songwriter/ singer/instrumentalist of Nocturnal Blonde, nearly lost his brother, Dave Williams, to an incidental opiate-related overdose. Though he survived, Dave was left with permanent neurological damage.

Before his brother’s incident, Ritchie had the opportunity and privilege to work with Athens, Georgia legend Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Michael produced an album by a local act in which Ritchie sang, wrote, and played guitar. Stipe also lent assistance to Williams by co-writing and simplifying one of his songs.

Ritchie was truly moved by Michael’s concise, intuitive approach as producer. With the education of studio experience and the need to help the fight against the opioid crisis, Williams initiated Nocturnal Blonde, a studio project with purpose. Most of the material on Still Gushing was written by Dave and Ritchie Williams, brothers and best friends, during the throes of Dave’s addiction. Younger brother, Ritchie experienced his own full system breakdown while writing the rest of the material alone.

Williams didn’t have to dig too deep to find compassionate talent in Athens. With a deep, supportive cast of instrumentalists on deck, Ritchie’s confidence grew. The only thing missing was a true lead singer. By luck, standout vocalist, Rachel Adams was discovered, harmonizing to radio songs at Ritchie’s day job. The coworkers immediately bonded, and Rachel accepted Ritchie’s proposal to join forces and fight for the cause. Within three months, Nocturnal Blonde released their debut EP, Smart Heart.
“The positive press reviews of Smart Heart and positive feedback from my brother was so encouraging that I had to keep the project alive. The next step was to share the whole story, and hopefully touch someone who’s struggling with similar issues, with our LP, Still Gushing. – Ritchie Williams.


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THE TIES THAT BIND US (story):


Addiction serves as a catalyst for the beautiful darkness of Nocturnal Blonde:
A story of An Artistic Brotherhood, An Opioid Overdose, and A Brotherly Bond Bound Through The Music They Create to Heal Themselves – and Others
From “Ties That Bind Us full story“https://www.thetiesthatbindus.org/addiction-serves-as-a-catalyst-for-the-beautiful-darkness-of-nocturnal-blonde/” by Steve Wildsmith 2019

Ritchie Williams was 17 years old when he first noticed his brother Dave’s descent into the depths of addiction.

Since their childhood in Jacksonville, Fla., the two had been thick as thieves; best friends then and now, but Dave’s drug use began to steal Ritchie’s older sibling, with the slow assuredness of guaranteed destruction.

Looking back, Ritchie — who now leads the Athens, Ga.-based band Nocturnal Blonde, which draws on music the two brothers created to tell Dave’s story and light a beacon of hope for those who might similarly struggle — sees that his brother’s path was, in some ways, no surprise.

“He’s incredibly intelligent in a lot of ways, and in the ’80s, they had a gifted program where they would really just lay it all out for you,” Ritchie told The Ties That Bind Us recently. “They would give you an IQ test and tell your parents what your personality was going to be, and they told our parents that he was only going to see things in black-and-white. This is pretty much a direct quote from my memory — they said he could either end up working for NASA, or end up in a ditch.”

Dave didn’t end up in a ditch, but he came close. An opioid related overdose in 2016 brought on respiratory failure, which led to acute ischemia, a stroke that damaged his brain. He’s alive, but he’s forever changed, and when a part of him died, a part of Ritchie did as well. Nocturnal Blonde, his band with Rachel Adams, was his own way back into the light. The band released an EP, Smart Heart, in 2018 which includes songs from the forthcoming full-length album, Still Gushing due August 16.

A brotherly bond forged in music

“My dad used to play with Chet Atkins a little bit when he was a really young kid on the guitar, so we had no choice but to pursue music. My brother and I were immersed in it” recalls Ritchie. For the Williams brothers, music has been one of the primary ties that bound them as siblings and friends. Ritchie remembers realizing his connection to music when he heard “Us and Them” by Pink Floyd at age 4. “It hit my pleasure center so hard, and I remember feeling overwhelmed and in love.” he said.

As the brothers got older, the two began writing and playing together, and the pair eventually moved to the college rock incubator town of Athens. Ritchie and Dave had always been co-writers in the bands in which they were involved. Fortunately, most of the work they did was recorded in a professional home studio before Dave’s descent into opioid addiction.

“His music opened so many doors for me, and the connection was still there as my brother, but he just kept getting deeper and deeper into anything he could just to feel good at the moment. The music was huge and hard to capture, because he couldn’t get it together, but whenever we did, we kept it.”

When Dave became incapable of playing, Ritchie decided to venture out. Through a mutual friend, his music was introduced to Lynda Stipe of Flash to Bang Time. The collaboration of Ritchie, Lynda, and the band got the attention of Lynda’s big brother, Michael Stipe, singer and front man for Athens-based R.E.M. After a show at a local venue, Michael asked if the band would like to take the live material into the studio for production.

During the recording process, Ritchie was fascinated by Michael’s approach. “I was so impressed with how concise Michael was while producing. It was great to see a true leader simplify the process and achieve his vision with ease, all while having fun.” Ritchie said.

While there Ritchie also received some lessons about song-crafting from Mr. Stipe himself. Williams recounted, “Michael really liked one of my songs but felt that it needed attention, and he wanted to sit with me and go over it. He and I went in a room together hoping to find a lyrical ending with a twist for the last stanza of the song. He jotted down a couple of lines and asked what I thought about it. At that moment, I truly felt the magic of his genius.”

A bond is broken

In 2016, Ritchie arranged for an intervention to get Dave into treatment in Athens. The plan was for Dave to return from a visit back to Florida and enter the treatment program directly, but he slipped the net and disappeared. About a week later, their father called.

“My dad said he had overdosed, and the paramedics were taking him away with a sheet covering his face,” Ritchie said, pausing against the well of emotions those searing memories entail. “However, somehow, 11 minutes into a 20-minute ride, he came through.”

It was a call Ritchie had long dreaded but still expected, and his world came crashing down around him. He suffered his own nervous breakdown, wondering if his brother would ever be the same. Almost three weeks later, Dave called from the hospital.

“It was like a phone call from beyond the grave,” Ritchie said. “But he remembered the number, and he dialed it, and within a week, I was playing music again. That’s always been our main bond, and it was such a relief to see that it was still a possibility.”

Nocturnal Blonde was born when Ritchie met Rachel in December 2017. She grew up outside of Athens, and her earliest memories of music are of sitting on the front pew of churches around the area, listening to the Southern gospel quartet of which her father was a part. Music has been a part of her life ever since, and when she discovered the music Ritchie and Dave had created she knew that she could bring something to it.

The first time Ritchie heard her sing, he knew as well, he added.
“When we met Ritchie told me he was trying to get something started and asked if I wanted to listen to the music, so I did,” Rachel added. “He gave me three songs, and I knew immediately that I wanted to work with them. And then, when he told me the story, it all made sense.”

Music remains the bedrock

After three meetings, the two were a band; in February, they borrowed a line from the Syd Barrett song “Feel” for a name and immediately went into the studio to work on “Smart Heart.” It’s gorgeous acoustic psych-folk, drawing on the dual harmonies of other male-female combos like Mandolin Orange and Carolina Story but wrapped in a patina of ache and darkness. It’s impossible to listen to the EP, however, without hearing the hope on the other side of that void.

Because despite his brother’s stroke, Ritchie still has his brother. There are many whose stories are contained in Nocturnal Blonde’s songs who do not still have that person in their lives, and the music Adams and Williams make is for the ones who’ve been lost and the ones who’ve survived.
“I haven’t been the same since then, but Dave’s sound is still there,” Ritchie said. “I’ll call and talk to him about a song, and he’ll say it needs this or that in terms of color. He can’t drive, and he can’t work, and he falls a lot, but I get to bounce the ideas off of him, and because we’ve worked so long together, his presence is in there. It’s more than inspiration.”

Dave and Rachel struck up a close friendship — “We talk all the time, and text almost every day, and he’ll tell me if he thinks what I’m doing is good or if something could sound better,” she said. “The two of them are so special, and the music is so special, and adding to it has been really fun for me.”

Although he’s forever changed, Dave is clean today. He went through treatment at an Athens area treatment facility, and he’s active in recovery. However, the damnable part of his brain damage is that the part where his addiction lives is unaffected.

“He knows that he still craves it, and if he has the opportunity and isn’t active in recovery, he would use,” Ritchie said. “But in terms of support, he has a program, and he uses the tools of the recovery center, and I can see it in his outlook that things have changed.”

And part of that support is Nocturnal Blonde. Dave lives vicariously through Ritchie and Rachel, and the two are very aware that the music made by a once-brilliant mind still has a role in healing hearts also damaged by addiction. They hope to move from the studio to the stage soon, but they’re not anxious to force anything. The band has been guided to date by a higher power, and shoehorning it to fit into a certain box would defy Nocturnal Blonde’s momentum.

Ritchie, Rachel and Dave have been through too much to allow that to happen, they said.
“I’m not trying to force it anymore,” Ritchie said. “I think the songs stand strong enough on their own. I want people to know just how dangerous it is to dabble with these particular substances. There’s a depth of isolation to it that I want them to feel, but I want them to know that there is inspiration as well. You don’t have to go to those places and lose yourself.”

by Steve Wildsmith

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Tariq

Tariq is a Juno nominated songwriter and recording artist with a music career that spans over two decades. Born in rural Quebec to parents from Pakistan and Fiji, Tariq grew up on a healthy diet of Bollywood soundtracks. Then, in high school, he got his hands on a guitar and started writing songs which sounded more like Cat Stevens and Neil Young than Mohammed Rafi. By the end of the nineties, Tariq had released two full-length albums, Splat, and The Basement Songs. The Basement Songs, which came out on EMI Music Canada, earned him national radio play as well as a Juno nomination for “Best New Solo Artist.”

Into the early aughts, Tariq went on to release more music—two albums and one EP—independently and through small imprints. In 2009, he joined the ranks of the Vancouver based band, Brasstronaut. Since joining, this critically acclaimed act has been putting out music and touring extensively in both Canada and in Europein support of their records.

Tariq’s latest offering is Telegrams, his fifth full-length album and follow up to the 2013 Moonwalker EP. On Telegrams, the songs feel a bit like short stories, hence the title—three-and-a-half minute snippets of fictional lives. A fan of short fiction, Tariq found characters in stories by some of his favourite authors, like Lorrie Moore and Roberto Bolaño, and cast them as leads in his songs. Written in his apartment on an acoustic guitar, the songs were eventually shaped by a band who helped him envision fresh tempos, feels, and arrangements, adding layers of texture and melody. The result is a ten-song album with thoughtful lyrics and singable melodies reminiscent of artists like The Mountain Goats, and John K. Samson.

Sometimes though, those Bollywood soundtracks still play for him somewhere in the background.

Telegraphers:

Sam Davidson: clarinet, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), saxophone + musical arrangements
John Walsh: bass
Skye Brooks: drums
JP Carter: trumpet
Jesse Zubot: violin
Micajah Sturgess: french horn
Leah Abramson: background vocals

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Tummyache

tummyache is An Alternative Rock Project created by Songwriter / producer soren bryce. The project is named after one of the side effects of severe physical anxiety. Bryce has been creating and releasing music for the past six years Under her own name. Tummyache manifested from Bryce’s need to explore a new set of emotions She experienced while living in brooklyn, new york.

the debut ep “humpday” is an honest and aggressive self-dive into a myriad of Intra/interpersonal issues; as well as a reflection of the human condition through the lens of absurdism. Songs like “machine” and “commonplace” are a cry to understand a life without intrinsic meaning, while “median” and title track “humpday” surrender to the existential anxiety in an attempt to be comforted by self-made hope. “in between” is a bitter-sweet outline of Bryce seeking to simply ‘feel better’.


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Prince

Prince will forever be remembered as a commanding live performer, chart-topping recording artist, and music business revolutionary.

Yet for all the time he spent in the spotlight over his four-decade-long career, Prince also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to nurture talent and pen songs for the rising artists he respected.

The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Records and TIDAL, releases Originals, a 15-track album featuring 14 previously unreleased recordings that illuminate the vital, behind-the-scenes role Prince played in other artists’ careers. The tracks were selected collaboratively by Troy Carter, on behalf of The Prince Estate, and JAY-Z.

By the mid-1980s, Prince was dominating the charts even as a writer/producer with songs he’d composed and recorded for others. In addition to releasing nine of his most commercially successful full-length albums, he also wrote and recorded endless reels of material for proteges The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila E., Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, the Family, and Mazarati. Occasionally, Prince’s original demo recordings would be used as master takes on their albums, with only minor alterations to the instrumentation and a replacement of the vocal tracks. Other times, artists would rely on his demos to guide them through their own recording process, with Prince’s initial take informing their final version of his song. The aggregate effect was a complete saturation and transformation of the pop music landscape, with Prince both leading and subverting mainstream culture.

Several of the iconic songs found on Originals were considerable hits for the artists who recorded them. Sheila E.‘s “The Glamorous Life” reached #1 on the dance charts in 1984, while the enormous success of “Manic Monday” propelled the single and its accompanying album, The BanglesDifferent Light, to the #2 spot on the pop charts. The Time’s Ice Cream Castle, featuring the top 20 “Jungle Love”, spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard 200. And in 1991, Martika enjoyed international success with “Love… Thy Will Be Done”, a top 10 hit in France, Australia, the UK and the USA.

Originals pulls back the curtain to reveal the origins of these familiar songs, in addition to deeper album cuts such as Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Jill Jones’s “Baby, You’re a Trip,” and Kenny Rogers‘ “You’re My Love.” The album also features Prince’s majestic original 1984 version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” released in 2018 as a standalone single.

Today Warner Bros. Records releases this extraordinary body of work, sourced directly from Prince’s vast archive of Vault recordings, via all download and streaming partners and physically on CD, while 180 gram 2-LP and limited edition Deluxe CD+2-LP formats will follow on July 19th.

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The Travoltas hail from Dallas, Texas, and were formed there in the fall of 2011. Salim Nourallah (vocals, guitar), Paul Slavens (keys, vocals), Nick Earl (guitar), Emsy Robinson (bass) and Jason Garner (drums), deftly swerve through music decades past ranging from tin-pan alley to the 60’s British Invasion and 70’s punk rock.

Nourallah, a well-established producer and solo artist in his own right, conceptualized the project, hand-picking each member for their unique skill set and a myriad of influences. The result is the Travoltas’ unique sound, a blend of pop/rock’s pre-1980’s history going back all the way to the 40’s.

The Travoltas recorded their full-length debut on the heels of a triumphant Midwest/East coast tour opening for the Old 97s. The 97s opening band sold over $7,000 worth of merch in just 4 weeks and the seeds of “Travolta-mania” were sewn, especially in New York City. Recording took place in Austin, Texas, with Jim Vollentine (Spoon; Old 97s, White Rabbits). The record was tracked in just 4 days and mixed back in Dallas by Matt Hibbard and Salim.

“I Can’t Say No” comes crashing out of the gate with reverb-drenched surf guitars and Liberace-esque piano runs. “Snowball” works a disco groove your mama would die for, almost as if the Kinks were doing a send-up of the BeeGees. The Travolta “formula” is basically twisted lyrics about situations gone awry coupled with perky pop tunes. “Mail Ya to Australia” showcase Slavens virtuoso piano work and continues the trend of clever wordplay. Slavens channels Randy Newman, Steve Nieve and even Scott Joplin on some of these numbers while Nourallah channels Ray Davies and some sort of punk-rock Sinatra persona.

The power pop/punky “If You Could Be the Star” and Weezer-esque (um…Blue album) “Making Out” call guitar player Nick Earl to the front of the class with his not-at-all-retro manipulation of sound. Earl fuses the past to the present with his guitar wizardry – at times creating sounds and textures that don’t even slightly resemble traditional guitar tones. This element is key to the Travoltas fresh sound and greatly helps the band step out of retro-kitsch land and in to the present day.


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Amy Blaschke Shares Video with Elmore Magazine

Amy Blaschke shares new music video for “Under My Skin” with Elmore Magazine and talks her upcoming record Breaking The Blues : “Music was like a sanctuary, and it ended up being the fastest I’ve ever written a new body of work.”

Read on over at Elmore Magazine

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Surfer Blood

AthFest Artist Spotlight: Surfer Blood

Hailing from West Palm Beach, FL, Surfer Blood stormed onto the scene with 2009’s “Swim”, which was ranked by Pitchfork as one of 100 Best Tracks of the year. Then came months of festival and performances, garnering buzz at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, and an epic stint opening for The Pixies. They’ve become known for their sunny melodies and shiny hooks, drawing comparisons to both Weezer and The Smiths for their contrastingly pop sound and darker, more evocative lyrical content. Between 2010 and 2013, the band released two full-length albums – Astro Coast and Pythons – and an EP Tarot Classics.

After a brief gap and a switch-up in its label, the band returned to their DIY roots and released their third album 1000 Palms on Joyful Noise recordings. The album has been praised throughout the internet, being called “consistently lovely” by Pitchfork and seen as a “mature return” to the subtle-surf rock of earlier releases by Detroit News . Now they’re back on the road, a revitalized touring band melding the style that launched them onto the scene with the lessons and growth that six years as a band will bring.

For their latest single “Island”, Surfer Blood invites us on a beach weekend complete with sandcastles and bucket hats. Check it out:

Don’t miss Surfer Blood at the Georgia Theatre on Saturday, June 27th during Athfest 2015!

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Nuci's Space Launches Indiegogo Campaign to save historic R.E.M. steeple

For the last fifteen years, local non-profit organization Nuci’s Space has provided financial aid, practice space and mental health services to Athens’ musicians. It has always been and remains one of the most essential players in preserving the Athens music scene.

On November 3rd, Nuci’s Space launched an IndieGoGo Campaign to help restore St. Mary’s Steeple, the last remaining remnant of the church where R.E.M. played their first official show in the spring of 1980. While the building itself was torn down several years ago to make room for yet another parking lot, the steeple still stands tall as an important Athens landmark. However, as the steeple has begun to deteriorate, the structure requires extensive repair.

In an effort to support the restoration, several Athens musicians have supplied unique items to be used as donation incentives. Items include (but are not limited to):

- A limited edition steeple logo poster from long-time R.E.M. art director and renowned graphic designer Chris Bilheimer

- Three Rickenbacker guitars autographed by R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, and Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal)

- Stage props designed by Michael Lachowski of Pylon

- A smashed Gibson SG and tour costumes from of Montreal

- A limited-edition autographed Wes Freed steeple poster from Drive-By Truckers

- New limited-edition Chuck Sperry posters and Brute posters (featuring autographs by both Mike Houser and Vic Chesnutt) from Widespread Panic

- Drumheads, albums, poster, etc autographed by Neutral Milk Hotel

The campaign, which runs through December 12, has already raised over $50,000 dollars and has received press from publications like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Spin. For more info contact project manager Marc Tissenbaum via marc @ nuci.org or by telephone at 706-410-6758. Nuci’s Space has provided a video detailing the restoration effort. Check it out below!


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Theme Announced For Normaltown Records Presents Team Clermont Summer Showcase! + Prom!

We’re excited to announce that this year’s prom theme is “Back To The Future”. Time to track down a DeLorean you can rent for the evening to transport your date, and start planning which era or character you’ll channel with your outfit. We invite you to dress as a character from any era the films visit, meaning 1885, 1955, 1985 or 2015!

It’s all part of the return of the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom presented by Normaltown Records, as the Athens, GA firm celebrates 15 years of excellence in music publicity and radio promotion.

The long weekend also consists of two nights of showcases, all of which are open to the public. Over three nights, Thursday through Sunday, July 26, 27 & 28, two showcases will be held at the Georgia Theatre, headlined by critically acclaimed national act Bear In Heaven (Brooklyn, NY) psych-pop pioneers The Olivia Tremor Control (Athens, GA)

The third night (Saturday July 28) will be our prom held at The Melting Point. A favorite for out-of-towners and locals alike, the Prom takes the attendees back to the times of cover bands, questionable outfits, photo booths and punch bowls, without all of the awkwardness of being a teenager. Get ready to dance, as Yacht Rock Revue performs a set of 80s cover songs they call “Reagan Rock Prom!”

Also scheduled to perform: Dent May, Crooked Fingers, Pattern Is Movement, Wild Moccasins, Astronautalis, and more!

Dent May Added To Team Clermont Summer Showcase And Prom This July 26-28!

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Paw Tracks artist Dent May to our lineup for the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom! Dent May joins The Olivia Tremor Control, Bear In Heaven, Crooked Fingers, Astronautalis, Pattern Is Movement, and more!

Our showcase happens this July 26-28 here in Athens GA, with two nights of music at the Georgia Theatre, as well as a “K’s vs. W’s Kickball Game” (to be announced by Astronautalis) and an industry record fair. Our weekend closes out with our Prom, which features Yacht Rock Revue’s “Reagan Prom” as well as local favorite, DJ Mahogany.

Three-day wristbands and single night tickets are available through TicketBiscuit!

About Dent May:
“The chorus of “Fun” feels like the record’s quick-beating heart: “I don’t know what’s in store for me, but I think it’s gonna be fun.” That youthful sentiment is a long way from the angst of getting older, or worrying about the economy; instead Dent May just wants to kick back with major chords and party. He’s even ditched his magnificent ukelele. In its place are spritely synths, airy acoustic guitars, and hints of psychedelia.” – Pitchfork

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Pattern Is Movement Joins Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom!

We’re super excited to announce our latest addition to the Team Clermont Summer Showcase and Prom: Philadelphia’s own Pattern Is Movement!

Pattern Is Movement joins a lineup that already includes The Olivia Tremor Control, Bear In Heaven, Crooked Fingers (Eric Bachmann from Archers Of Loaf), and Astronautalis!

Our Summer Showcase weekend will be held here in Athens, GA from July 26-28. In addition to two showcases hosted by the Georgia Theatre, there will be a kickball game as well as an afternoon record fair!

Three-Day passes as well as single night tickets can be purchased now through TicketBiscuit!

About Pattern Is Movement:
Following their first three records, endless shows and tours (among them dates with friends St. Vincent, David Bazan, and The Forms), and the transition from five-to-four-to-three-to-two members, Pattern is Movement turned themselves inside out with their last release, All Together. Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward embody the two-man wall of sound; it‘s music that‘s been a long time building, rising out of the ether of left-behind evangelical childhoods (see Jesus Camp), best friendship (kindled as kids listening to The Chronic), and life in Philadelphia. All Together continued the mysterious narrative of the band, both documenting and foretelling the pounding energy of their near-legendary live show: Chris and Andrew side-by-side, hammering drums and keys (among other things), sweat flying, voices hollering. This is what resides in the ten exquisitely constructed tracks of All Together, the kind of stuff that compelled Stereogum to declare that “Pattern is Movement deserve your worship.”

Team Clermont awarded Promotion Company Of The Year!

New York – Top Honor, Promo Company Of The Year goes to Team Clermont.

CMJ Music Marathon is hosted in NYC every Fall, and this year was no different, except this year our team brought home the top honor!

Bill, Nelson, Steve, Shil and the entire team at Team Clermont headed up to the Big Apple to once again represent at CMJ’s music conference and music festival “the marathon”, and we did so in a big way! First off, CMJ and voters from across the industry and college radio honored Athens, Georgia’s Team Clermont with Promo Company of the year, as well as a few other top honors in these categories (included are quotes from some of the nominating industry reps:

Promo Company Of The Year:
Team Clermont – “They are way more legit than pretty much everyone else.”
“They really stepped up their game this year.”

Promoter Of The Year:
Team Clermont / Shil Patel – “He’s always lovely to talk to, remembers details about you, and he STILL promotes great music in an effective/non-annoying way.”

Most Sincere:
Shil Patel, Team Clermont

To see a full list of the winners, click here . If you attended CMJ and put in your vote for our team, Thank YOU for entrusting our team and for casting your ballot for Team Clermont!

It was also great to see so many of you at our Music Showcase held on Friday, October 23rd at Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave New York). Thank you for supporting our artists who played!

Bear In Heaven (Hometapes)
Helado Negro (Asthmatic Kitty)
Peggy Sue (Yep Roc)
Hi Red Center (Joyful Noise)
Spring Tigers (Bright Antenna)

Thank you for voting and for coming out to party with us!
We couldn’t have done it without all your support, nor would Team Clermont be named Promotion Company of The Year.

Thanks from all the team
Alyssa, Bill, Nelson, Shil, Steve, Sarah, and all!

Congrats To The Winners Of Flagpole Music Awards Last Night!

Last night at the 11th annual Flagpole Music Awards, we saw some of Team Clermont’s finest walk away with awards for their amazing work and contributions to the music scene…

Best Jam/Funk: Widespread Panic
Best Rap/Hip Hop: Deaf Judges
Best Rock: Dead Confederate
Best Pop: Modern Skirts
Best Album Cover Art: Modern Skirts – “All Of Us In Our Night”
Band/Performer Of The Year – Widespread Panic

The night also included awesome performances by Deaf Judges, Casper & the Cookies, and Dead Confederate! What an awesome way to kick off the Athfest weekend. Congrats to everyone!

Also, Be sure to make your way to Nuci’s Space tonight for the Team Clermont/Aquarium Drunkard showcase featuring:

Liz Durrett – 8:30
Circulatory System – (only Athfest performance) 9:15
Modern Skirts – (only Athfest performance) 10:30

We’ll see you there!

Modern Skirts "Soft Pedals"

The release of Modern Skirts fantastic new record All of Us In Our Night is coming up this Tuesday. It’s been more than three years since the band’s Athens Music Award winning debut Catalogue of Generous Men, much of the time has been spent recording and touring the UK with Athens’ own R.E.M. In honor of the bands sophomore debut we are pleased to share with you the stunning new single “Soft Pedals” Along with the MP3, check out the video of the band recording the song (look for a cameo from producer David Lowery). ALSO! Catch the band on tour!

01.22 • T.T. The Bear’s Place (Cambridge, MA)
01.23 • Union Hall (Brooklyn, NY)
01.24 • Rock And Roll Hotel (Washington DC)
01.29 • Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)
01.30 • The Earl (Atlanta, GA)
01.31 • 40 Watt Club (Athens, GA)
02.06 • Cox Capitol Theatre (Presented by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame) (Macon, GA)
02.17 • Circle Bar (New Orleans, LA)
03.05 • Odgen Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA)


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The Cropper! accepts music submissions of all kinds. Though we cannot guarantee write-ups, we eagerly anticipate hearing, writing about and discovering new, unsigned, and exciting artists. Submit your music now. Thanks!

Here's to 20 Years of Team Clermont artists & bands. Thank you all!

We surely couldn’t have made it 20 years without all of you, our artists.
See our full roster, the whole list of the 2,238 artists, singers, bands and true creatives we’ve had the privilege of working with so far during our company’s (first) 20-year history. – with love from co-founders Nelson Wells and Bill Benson

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