Music is in an interesting and sometimes frightening predicament these days. Talent challenged entertainers litter the radio, TV and streaming services with a brand of music that is bland, unoriginal and sometimes unlistenable. Being forced upon the masses these entertainers are achieving popularity not based on their talent but due to the massive marketing budgets they have at their disposal. While the latest pretty face or sexy ass follows the script to stardom true musicians toil away in obscurity with their music going virtually unnoticed. As they spend time in musty vans, urine soaked hole in the walls and on a plethora of couches these musicians rely on word of mouth, friends & family and of course independent record labels to spread their gospel in hopes that with enough exposure they can make a living doing what they love. This Is American Music is one of those independent record labels that spreads the good word.
A business built on the mutual love of good music This Is American Music (TIAM) emerged from the kudzu engulfed South letting folks know there is a wealth of incredible tunes out there ripe for the picking. Offering an alternative to the sounds that rule the airwaves TIAM is offering up a free/name your price sampler to close out the summer. The 2015 Summer Sampler allows listeners to explore a healthy chunk of the tasty tunes, some old and some new, available on TIAM. Musicians such as Caleb Caudle, Have Gun Will Travel, Blue Blood, Bohannons, Fire Mountain and Tedo Stone may not be household names but all of their music has more heart and soul than any of the over produced shlock pandering to those that do not know any better.
Do not settle for music that corporations, commercials, popular websites or hit TV shows tell you is good, take the time to investigate and seek out music that is off the beaten path waiting for you to find it. Kick over some rocks, dig in the dirt and unearth the gems that are more substance than style. This Is American Music and the musicians that call TIAM home is as good a place as any to start digging.
- Great Peacock – Making Ghosts
- Have Gun, Will Travel – Madhouse Promenade
- Tedo Stone – By Your Side
- Dana Swimmer – Kids and a Mortgage
- Joey Kneiser – Run Like Hell
- Blue Blood – We Could Never Be Friends
- Bohannons – Darkest Nights
- The Holy Ghost Electric Show – Levee of Your Heart
- Caleb Caudle – Trade All the Lights
- Fire Mountain – Be Your Eyes (Live)
- Joey Kneiser & Kelly Smith – The Good Ones (Live from Standard Deluxe)