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Photo Courtesy: Interscope Records

Photo Courtesy: Interscope Records

LOVE ELLIE GOULDING LIKE YOU DO

Ellie Goulding has continued her success into 2015!  The Burn superstar hit the top spot of the Billboard charts with Love Me Like You Do, a song recorded for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie soundtrack.

The song was created by hitmakers Max Martin and Savan Kotecha along with Sweden singer/songwriter Tove Lo, and Goulding admits she can’t believe how successful the track has been.

“This song has just gone absolutely bonkers.  It’s just surreal, I can’t even fathom it right now,” the singer told CapitalFM.  “I feel like the luckiest person in the world.”

The songstress went on to discuss her excitement over her third studio album, which is currently in the works for a late 2015 release. 

“[The album’s] going well,” she explained to DigitalSpy.  “I’m trying to take my time a bit more, and I’ve done a few songs that I’m really, really happy with.”

She goes on to say that she doesn’t overthink things when she gets into the studio, “I have such an affinity with electronic music, classical music and folk music that so much stuff comes into my recording session.  I’m really happy and excited about the direction,” Goulding adds.

Photo Courtesy: Glassnote Records

Photo Courtesy: Glassnote Records

MUMFORD & SONS WILDER MIND

It’s been a hectic ride for Mumford & Sons and the bands third album, Wilder Mind, will be going in a different direction.  The group is trading in their banjo-driven acoustic sound for something more electric. 

“We felt that doing the same thing, or the same instrumentation again, just wasn’t for us,” Marcus Mumford told Rolling Stone.  “We’ve got a broader taste in music than just that.”

The record is produced by James Ford with a number of songs written at Aaron Dessner’s The National studios.  Ben Lovett said working with Dessner helped give the band an “identity” on their new album.

“We met Aaron touring around, just on the circuit,” Lovett explained.  “We’ve been huge fans of The National for ages.  All of us, individually have got a very personal attachment to their music. We ended up being complete super fans.  After meeting Aaron, [he] said: ‘Come to my garage in Brooklyn and we’ll make some music’.  It was quite innocent really.”

The star said songs were then taken back to London to record and the album got an identity.

“Some of the songs suddenly felt like they had to be on the record, instead of just being songs that we liked.  It’s quite a spectrum of different sounds and songwriting styles,” he added.

Bassist Ted Dwane added, “None of us had really any interest in doing a sort of Babel 2. It was always going to be different.”

Wilder Mind is due out May 4 and is the follow-up to the bands enormously successful debut and sophomore efforts, 2009’s Sigh No More and 2012’s Babel.  

Photo Courtesy: Columbia Records

Photo Courtesy: Columbia Records

BIG REVIVAL WITH KENNY CHESNEY

Marking his first tour in almost two years, Kenny Chesney is bringing the 2015 Big Revival!

The country superstar is holding nothing back as he prepares to return to the road saying, “I can’t stand to be away from the fans.  They fire me up. 

“That’s why we decided to throw a stadium show on the beach at the Flora-Bama line… so I could see the No Shoes Nation doing what they do best.”

Hold on to your cowboy hats because the show will definitely be magic with Chesney bringing in the big guns to make the production spectacular.

“It’s all part of it,” he said.  “How it looks, how it sounds, how you feel.  I had the time to really seek out what was special…really find things that are innovative even if it’s just the quality they deliver.  I’ve got some of the best people in the business out on the Big Revival Tour, folks who’ve worked for Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Lady Gaga.  They get putting music across in big places, but they also understand that to me — and the fans — the songs are important.”

The Big Revival tour kicked off March 26 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with special guests Jake Owen and Chase Rice, and will make stops in Nevada, North Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Georgia, Ohio and Florida to name a few. 

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And the winner is…RHMB!

By: Yohana de la Torre, Chief Editor

Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands winner, RHMB

Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands winner, RHMB

The young musical talent of Southwest Florida took center stage at this year’s Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands!  Fourteen bands entered the competition and when it was all said and done, the last band standing was RHMB.

Comprised of Robert Herbet, Shawn Karso, Juan Jose Johnson, Daniel Lutarewych and Quinten Paul, RHMB is a multi-genre band fusing jazz, funk, rock and blues and soul music.  They started as a regular garage band with a love for the guitar, the sax, the bass and percussions that has grown leaps and bounds into a dynamic quintet with a great passion for music.

GCT caught up with RHMB after coming out on top and here’s what they had to say about their musical journey together, their inspiration and their recent win.  Here’s what they had to say:

YD: Congrats on your recent Reading Rocks win!  Share with our readers where your interest in music developed and how you all came together.

Daniel: “RHMB first technically began in 2012 when Juan Johnson, Shawn Karson and I began jamming in Juan’s garage.  The three of us met at Lexington Middle School in our Jazz band class.  We became interested in music after our school Music Director, Keith Doxie, inspired us by showing how fun music can be with principles such as improvisation. In a way, when we were jamming, we were almost always trying to recreate the experience we had in his class. 

“But, while we were making music, the band never truly grew beyond us because we could not find a bass player.  Then, in 2013, we came across Robby Herbert, who was interested in joining a band.  After jamming once,  we knew he was a great fit for the band as he brought a new dimension with his guitar playing, however we still needed a bass player.  We finally came across bass player Quinten Paul through the recommendation of a friend and by 2014, we were the five-piece RHMB.”

YD: How did you all come up with the band name?

Shawn: “While in Juan’s garage, I was next to a bucket of wet clay and Juan’s brother came up to me, dug his hand in the bucket and slapped my back with the wet clay leaving a right hand print on my back.  He said, “You guys should be called the Right Hand Man Band or something,” and now that back-slapping has become our initiation.”

YD: Tell us a little about the musical influences you all have as a band.

Robby: “We play a wide range of genres including jazz, fusion, progressive rock, R&B, and Rock-n-Roll.  So, some of our musical influences include BadBadNotGood, Herbie Hancock, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Coltrane and many more.”

YD: As a multi-genre band, what do you find inspires you all most?

Robby: “As a band, we’ve seen that playing together, just jamming to get musical ideas flowing is inspiring for us.”

Daniel: “Although we play covers, we actually have quite a bit of original music, which usually comes from a basic idea of a song that we then organize together into a cohesive piece. Together, as a whole, we are pretty much inspired by everything.  We all have different tastes in music, but  yet we can still all come together and appreciate our differences to make for one unique sound.”

YD: Tell us a little about your Battle of the Bands experience and what you all are looking forward to most after this win.

Daniel: “I thought the Battle of the Bands was a great experience overall.  We found it to not only be very rewarding since it exposed our band; it also gave us the opportunity to meet other bands and people interested in music.  I would say that we’re most looking forward to having our band recognized in the community and to continue doing what we do best…jam!”

Robby: “Yeah, the opportunity was amazing!  After all, any opportunity to perform in front of a crowd is a gift for us.”

- For more about RHMB, email rhmbband@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/rhmbband! 

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Local Vibe

DEB & THE DYNAMICS

Deb and the Dynamics is a soulful blues and R&B band playing everything from Louis Jordan to Janis Joplin and more. The band includes the remarkable chops of Deb Salyer, Dan Keady on the guitar, Michael Baer on the keyboard, the effortless sounds of Newt Cole and Don Hulgas’ saxophone action.

- April 3, 10, 18 & 24: 6 pm at Pincher’s Wyndham Hotel in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
- April 4: 2 pm at The Hut in Fort Myers, FL.
- April 5 & 19: 1 pm at Doc Ford’s in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
- April 11: 6 pm at Dale’s Dockside in North Fort Myers, FL.
- April 12 & 26: 3 pm at Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL.
- April 14: 6 pm at Fathom’s at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, FL.
- April 16, 23 & 30: 7:30 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
- April 25: 7 pm at Primer de Leon Steak House in Fort Myers, FL.

WONDERAMA

Wonderama is a high-energy pop and dance party music band with an authentic sound.  A bit of a “friends and family project,” the five member group fuses Top 40 music with current dance production for a young and energetic sound.  Jam with Wonderama on:

- April 14 & 28: 8 pm Seminole Casino Immokalee in Immokalee, FL.

JIM MORRIS

Jim Morris is a singer and songwriter with a devotion to storytelling.  He considers himself “Florida’s own traveling tropical troubadour” with a unique blend of styles including island, rock, jazz, folk and country.  A prominent figure in the trop rock movement, he has 25 CDs to his credit and a touring schedule that regularly takes him to festivals, theaters and salty bars across the U.S., the Caribbean, Canada, Central America and the South Pacific.  Jam with Jim Morris on:

- April 22 & 29: 6:30 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grille in Matlacha, FL.