Emerging artists you should be cueing up
with Lance Lewis
Editor’s note: Lance Lewis covers the emerging artist scene for KAFM Community Radio.
Behind the playlists at KAFM Community Radio is a small but vital group of volunteers known as the “Music Bureau” that work under the direction of the staff music director, Alicia Mitchell. Primary among our many tasks is to review the flood of new music sent to KAFM. We must then narrow down the list to what will make it to the stations “new rack,” performing what might be likened to panning for gold.
Presented here for your consideration are some of the shinier nuggets, emerging artists who, for a variety of reasons, are beginning to get more attention. These are often local or regional favorites, honing their craft by taking to the road, their musical and song-writing skills growing in complexity, getting progressively more favorable press and reviews, playing to larger and larger audiences, and beginning to release recorded music, often on their own.
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Artist: Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Title: “Our Lady of the Tall Trees”
Release date: Sept. 25, 2012
From Seattle, Wash., two outstanding fretboard multi-instrumentalists, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, combine their substantial talents to reveal a pure, elemental, tonic bliss as they pick and strum their style of roots, bluegrass and old-time music. New, original material flows seamlessly together with traditional tunes as they comfortably interweave instrumental melodies and vocal harmonies.
Morrison and West were introduced to each other by a mutual friend in the music industry and shortly thereafter the duo started touring. In the summer of 2010 they found themselves in Fort Collins recording their first joint effort, “The Holy Coming of The Storm” followed up by “Our Lady of the Tall Trees.” With two releases feathering their musical caps, Morrison and West are garnering a lot of well-deserved attention.
For more information, visit: http://cahalenandeli.com/ or http://music.cahalenandeli.com/album/our-lady-of-the-tall-trees
Artist: Kail Baxley
Title: “Heatstroke,” “The Wind and The War”
Label: Forty Below Records
Release date: Feb. 5, 2013
A former Golden Gloves boxer, South Carolina based singer-songwriter Kail Baxley started playing the guitar after receiving one for his high school graduation and spent years traveling around the southern U.S. and Europe honing his skills before landing in California to continue songwriting. A chance meeting with producer Eric Corne leads to a recording session and resulted in the production of two EPs. Titled “Heatstroke” and “The Wind and The War,” the two EPs were released together on one CD. Each title is stylistically different and each recorded with separate sets of Los Angeles-area musicians. “Heatstroke” serves as the vehicle to show off Kails’s southern rockin’ blues/gospel/soul talents while “The Wind and The War” exhibits his ability for storytelling Americana. As the CD unwinds, you begin to realize there is something special in the soothing, almost transcendent quality of Kail’s voice as it hovers above the perfectly understated instrumental arrangements.
Lance Lewis is a volunteer programmer and Music Bureau member with KAFM Community Radio. You can catch him on KAFM’s Radio Rapture alternating Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
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