NATE RUESS THE GRAND ROMANTIC
Grammy-winning fun. founding member and singer Nate Ruess debuted his first solo album Grand Romantic on June 16.
Although known for a Top 40 pop-type style, the new project is an effort that carves out a new, more diverse and introspective territory for the vetted musician, says Rolling Stone.
“People thought I was f-ing nuts,” Ruess told the magazine of not making a new record with the fun. boys. “But I’m not out to chase something. I’m out to be happy.”
From songs that sample old fun. lyrics like the single AhHa to features from musical heroes Jeff Tweedy and Beck, Grand Romantic is the end of an era for the singer. The album is part subdued and part theatrical, influenced by the love and commitment a serious romance with designer Charlotte Ronson brought to the singers life.
For Grand Romantic, Ruess reteams with fun.’s Some Nights producer Jeff Bhasker, who helps him rein in the melodrama to produce some of his most- affecting work he’s ever created.
In the record, Ruess takes a deeply personal look at his own life in the process. He claims that the inspiration to produce new material came with a certain level of greed in keeping them all for himself.
“You get a little selfish about the songs that you write, and it’s really hard to do that in a group setting, where there are two other people, and you have to think about everybody else’s feelings,” Ruess said in an earlier interview. “I was gonna be a lot happier making this album by myself.”
Grand Romantic will further be introduced with a number of major concert events throughout the summer including New York City’s Webster Hall, Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom, Minneapolis’s Basilica Block Party and Washington, DC’s Landmark Music Festival to name a few.
NEW RECORD FOR SLASH
Slash and his band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will continue on the World On Fire Tour up until Christmas, but recording its follow-up is on the horizon as well.
“We’re working on new material for the next record,” Slash tells Billboard. “When this tour’s over we’ll start going in and doing some pre-production and probably go into the studio some time in mid to late spring and record.”
Kennedy, of course, will also be spending time with his band Alter Bridge around then, but Slash promises that, “We just have a way of doing it. It all works out.”
Songs are shaping up well, Slash reports, “They sound very rhythmic and that’s definitely something that, for me personally, I’m going for. We’ll see what that turns into. It changes. It sort of evolves; you start out with one idea and that sort of morphs into another idea. At this point, it sounds like it’s going to be really awesome, so I’m excited about it.”
KACEY MUSGRAVES FLAUNTS PAGEANT MATERIAL
Grammy and CMA-winning artist, Kacey Musgraves recently released her highly anticipated sophomore album Pageant Material and let her fans in on the news that a new tour would kick off August 27th in support of the record.
Enjoying the ride like “Biscuits” and gravy, Musgraves wrote the record by using her lyrical cleverness to delve into the personal observation of a small town southern woman establishing herself in a faster-moving modern world. She stays true to her vintage sound and progressive subject matter, while incorporating traditional styles from different eras of the country genre.
“I don’t feel like it’s a huge step away,” the singer says. “This is, just in a sense, a big grouping of songs that I feel like represent where my head is right now. But this album is a lot different in the way we recorded it. This album has more of a concise, even tone throughout.”
The album was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A— a place she says is stuck in the 60s.
“I just love the ‘60s. I feel like they nailed fashion, beauty. The cars were great, the music was awesome. It was just a good time period over all for a lot of things,” Musgraves says.
So, recording at the mid-century modern studio was a given, “It’s wonderful,” she adds. “It was just a lot of my band and a lot of players that I really, really love. And we just kinda recorded everything in a big circle.”
Musgraves continues by announcing the upcoming dates for her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue Tour, which begins August 27th in Atlanta and continues through the fall, with visits to the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands, along with a dozen U.S. stops.
MIKE IMBASCIANI & THE BLUEZROCKERS
Mike Imbasciani is a 18-year-old with an old musical soul. A classic rock and blues music aficionado, Mike is all about Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and much more. He and his band the BluezRockerz entertain audiences with a large repertoire of great tunes, sprinkled with a few originals. Jive with them on:
– July 10, 24 & 31: 7:30 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
Yankee Jack is “a country from the heart musician” from Key West, Florida. Jack plays guitar and keyboard, and sings an interesting mix of music, from country and folk to 50’s and 60’s rock and of course some Jimmy Buffett thrown in. He’s big on music and comedy, so lyrically he puts on one heck of a show. Jam with Yankee Jack:
– July 12: 3 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
THE DEL PRADO’S
The Del Prado’s are a Southwest Florida Oldies Tribute group playing music from the 50’s and 60’s. The band came together in 2002 and has performed with a slew of artists including The Platters, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, The Mystics and many more.
– July 2: 7 pm at the Cape Coral Yacht Club in Cape Coral, FL.
– July 5, 12 & 19: 6 – 9 pm at The Sandy Parrot in Fort Myers, FL.
– July 18: 6:30 – 9:30 pm at The Shell Factory’s Dolphin Room in Fort Myers, FL.