In each one of his projects, Médéric Collignon renews itself with talent. With MoOvies, the timeless energy and unbridled imagination of the former member of the Orchestre National de Jazz, Andy Emler’s MegaOctet or the Septik Ensemble serve this new project he considers as “an odyssey where you listen to pictures and where music is a picture”. He draws his inspirations from American movies soundtracks like Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood), Bullit (Steve McQueen) or Brubaker (Robert Redford) among other thrillers, written by Quincy jones, Lalo Schifrin and David Shire… At the top of his art with his quartet Jus de Bocse enhanced with the Paris Trumpet Ensemble (Eutépé), the cornet player and singer screens in cinemascope his funky and orchestral jazz, teeming with ideas, finds and surprises! The story he tells is perfectly mastered, the silences and ballads answer the swing and groove furies, leaving us breathless after such an explosion of senses. Enjoy the MoOvies!
What if Tel-Aviv had become the new parable of beat-music, just like Bristol in the 90’s? The producers, musicians and singers who form this trio have become inescapable in this city, this “bubble” where everything seems possible. They embody the whole neo-hippie generation, freed from frontiers, from bans, who gives way to both cultural and extrasensory new experiments. Those soul and pop patches, electronic sounds and jazzy rhythms that intertwine with melancholy, plainly define Buttering Trio’s productions. A blend that reminds us the magnetic roaming of Morcheeba or Massive Attack’s trip-hop, The three members have their own perfect alchemy when they combine heavenly atmospheres, musical explorations come from all around the world and rhythms close to broken beat to make a warm and unique sound.
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.
Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff’s unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. His fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him worldwide recognition and have left many a first-time listener in stunned disbelief!
The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. At only 21 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter in his own right while the instrumentals he shares with Jeff play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic style. In 2016, the International Bluegrass Music Association nominated Tristan for the Instrumental Momentum Award. West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. Twice nominated for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America's (SPBGMA) “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award, Greg’s phenomenal guitar playing has earned him nine nominations and five consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year. They are joined by Oregon native, 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle Champion, 2016 Arizona State Fiddle Champion, and 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee Ellie Hakanson on fiddle and vocals. In addition to their individual accomplishments, the band was featured as the California Bluegrass Association's Emerging Artist of the year, an honor given into the past to bands such as Della Mae, and Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass.
The new album from the Arkansas/Texas native M Callahan couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation yearns for authenticity, American country music is needed more than ever to remind us of who we are. Born the son into a blue-collar military family, M Callahan grew up to respect many things such as common values and a deep work ethic. His acclaimed debut album Trailer Park Paradise (November 2013) and following release Chicken on a Chain (February 2014) touched on these values, producing two #1 charting songs on Europe’s Hot Disc Country Charts and garnering him Indie Music Channels Country Artist of the Year in 2015. The new album, Working Man (TBD 2017), delves even further into the heart of this soft-spoken craftsman. His songs on the new album are driven by his rich low tenor vocals, intricate guitar work, and beautifully understated lyrics.
Recorded in just two days in Nashville, Working Man was produced by Dove award winning songwriter Michael Hunter Ochs (Eric Heatherly, Josh Groban) and Grammy winning producer Matt Rollings (Keith Urban, Willie Nelson). As a pure country album, Working Man weaves between issues like class distinction (“Johnny Cash and Jesus Christ,” “Chicken Feed and Barbed Wire”) and more personal narratives speaking to life, love and lessons learned (“A Smile Won’t Hide The Pain,” “Real Love Isn’t Blind”). And while these songs are complexly crafted, this is really an album that accomplishes each message simply and beautifully. M Callahan’s crooner style voice speaks levels to anyone who has lost love in “A Smile Wont Hide The Pain” while the ballad “Tell Me” introduces layers of subtle harmonies and atmospheric guitar work that cradles the lyric masterfully. The title track “Working Man” has you thumbing through a mental photo album of long lost family memories at each turn of the lyric. All of these moments point to a man who is not just an artist, but also a craftsman-imparting lesson lived and learned.