News from Hemifran August 2014

Hemifrån is an independent A&R, promotion and marketing company, based in the heart of Sweden, specializing in, what they call, “gut music” – The kind of music that you can feel in your gut, no matter what. Hemifran is promoting a lot of singer-songwriter, westcoast-pop, country, AOR and more. Here are featured some of their latest news – it is not all west coast, but dig into it!

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Diyet – When You Were King

Born in a tent, raised in a cabin across a glacial lake in the wild and magnificent Kluane region of the Yukon, Canada. Diyet’s unique style of altfolk gives legs to stories deeply rooted in a northern life, that is a blend of contemporary and her traditional Indigenous way of life. One of northern Canada’s most recognizable voices and songwriters, Diyet and her band have almost played their way across the circumpolar globe, have ventured down south and played on small stages, stadium stages and sometimes no stage at all across Canada and in Europe. More information at Hemifran.

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Jesse Brewster – March Of Tracks

With elements of folk, classic country, southern rock and soul, Jesse Brewster has been dubbed as one of the new breed of the musical working class heroes. His 3rd album, “March Of Tracks”, was recorded as one song per month for 12 months, with each song being released monthly as a digital download to his fans. As with most indie artists, Brewster was trying to figure out how to make his record stand out in a sea of music. As the process of the new record began, he initially planned to release one single as a teaser, followed by the rest of the album later in the year. “All that momentum you build up for months while you track, mix, master and create artwork is released at one time with a full album release”, said Brewster, “ There’s this huge push and it seems like it’s over so fast – then you find yourself scrambling to keep attention on the album.” More information at Hemifran.

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Trent Miller – Burnt Offerings

Trent Miller hails from just outside Turin, the ‘Capital Of The Alps’, in Northern Italy though now resides in London. Since first arriving here in 2006, his fusions of folk, rock, goth and americana have seen him attract a growing following. More information at Hemifran.

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Sister Speak – Rise Up For Love

The year of 2014 marks the long-anticipated release of Sister Speak’s debut album ‘Rise Up For Love.’ With two Grammy Award-winning engineers on the board – producer-engineer Alan Sanderson (Fiona Apple, Rolling Stones) and mastering engineer Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys), the album has received rave reviews by press and fans alike. Led by Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Sherri Anne, Sister Speak combines captivating vocal melodies and rootsy guitar stylings with dynamic rythm and driving beats. After a five-year sojourn in Chicago, it was a Missy Higgins concert in 2007 that inspired Sherri Anne to no end to pursue music and set her on course. Within days she began to book shows, within months national tours – many without a car, which eventually landed her in San Diego where Sister Speak was formed. The vision – A collaboration of musicians in support of the expression of the female voice. The sunny city welcomed Sister Speak with a ‘Best New Artist’ nomination at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards. More information at Hemifran.

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Bob Cheevers – On Earth As It Is In Austin

Bob Cheevers surprises us once again… This time by having the artistic courage to present 15 new songs with just his voice and his guitar. Well… There also were 15 of Austin’s most celebrated musicians stepping up to help him. Each of those musicians plays on one of the 15 songs with Bob giving them complete artistic freedom to play whatever part they heard on the song they were assigned. Magic was the result, and the album titled “On Earth As It Is In Austin” became Bob’s 10th commercial CD. The title and subsequent song of the same name came from a bumper sticker on the guitar case of Bob’s English guitarist pal Dave Greaves with those words on it. Little did Bob know that those words and that song would serve as the guiding light on the road to this brand new and totally refreshing piece of art from a true artist. More information at Hemifran.

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Rob McHale – Fields

Rob McHale is a North Carolina-based folk-americana artist whose songs can take you through a small town, down a dirt road or on an historical journey – and bring you back home again. A two-time nominee for folk artist of the year in the Charlotte Music Awards and a finalist in Dallas Songwriters Association competitions, McHale also has received honorable mention in songwriting contests run by American Songwriter Magazine and Billboard. He’s been described as “a socially conscious writer with intelligent lyrics”, while somebody else “I hear shades of Neil Young, JJ Cale and many of the best writers of our generation”. More information at Hemifran.

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Good music enriches your life. At BLUE DESERT we are passionate about this particular yet wide-ranging style of music we call West Coast Music. This site is a modest tribute to the music and the performing artists, who through the (many) years have given us - and continue to give us - endless hours of musical enjoyment. As long-time fans we want to share our enthusiasm, experiences and views with fellow connoisseurs as well as curious newcomers. If we can do our bit to help promote this great music and all the gifted artist – well, then we have succeeded.