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Daily Discovery: Purr Mixes Folk and Flare with Adventure-Track, “Avenue Bliss”

With a sound that is reminiscent of a 1960’s folk group like The Mamas & The Papas, New York City duo Purr is honoring the organic genre of American Folk while putting their own unique twist on it. Eliza Barry Callahan and Jack Staffen’s musical career is one that’s young, yet it is one that has already seen some success, with singles “Bad Advice,” “Painted Memory,” and “Gates of Cool” notched in their belts. They’re going to add to this with their debut album, ‘Like New.’ To keep fans busy ahead of the Feburary 21st release date, they have decided to release “Avenue Bliss.”

Released on January 21st, “Avenue Bliss” is a track that came from their soul, a rule they always try to follow. “We don’t set out to write a song with “because.” We’re always just following an emotion at a given moment or telling a story or a small piece of one.” Writing is often a very “spur of the moment” sensation, one that Callahan and Staffen practice often. “I write my best when I have to run out the door to be somewhere else and end up not giving way to the idea, and being late…or maybe not showing up at all.” Although they call the Big Apple home, they did some of the song’s fine tuning on the West Coast with Jonathan Rado in Los Angeles.

Ultimately, Purr wants fans to experience the adventure that the track embodies. “Avenue Bliss” was the last song we wrote on the album. It’s about power and presence and having no words left—and then having that dust clear. The beginning of the song is like an ending and the end, hopefully, like a new beginning… we tried to mirror this in the arrangement too. You’ll see. It’s an adventure track. Self-adventure, the worst and best kind.

This song is just a sliver of what the album will entail. It’s about a certain revival that many of us could use as we work our way through the new year. This represents the duos career and will continue to do so as long as they produce music. As young songwriters, learning to be able to go through a rebirth every so often is key. To stay up to date on Purr and their journey, visit them on purrband.com.

“Avenue Bliss” is available on streaming sites everywhere today!

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World Premiere Video: Benny Turner “Who Sang It First?”

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Life and times have changed over the course of his eighty years, but the heart of international blues icon, Benny Turner still belongs in East Texas.

Born in Gilmer, Texas on October 27th, 1939, Benny, the younger, bass-playing brother of Freddie King, has made the blues his business for over six decades. Touring the world as a sideman throughout his sixty-plus year career, Turner recently appeared for the first time as a bandleader. Whether as a highlight at the 25th Anniversary Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland, or as the honoree at the inaugural Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival in his home state, Turner still thrills his audience.

Now, just in time for Black History Month, Benny brings us “Who Sang It First,” a co-write with Pennsylvania songwriter Jim George based on his original composition, “Black Is Beautiful.” George describes his original song as a “tribute to all the black pioneers and artists who have paved the way, invented the music and enriched all our lives.”

The video was shot by Scott Rosenbaum of Red Hawk Films (Sidemen: Long Road to Glory) in the cotton fields of Delta County, Texas and the picturesque landscape of Salmon Lake Park where Turner celebrated his 80th birthday at the Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival.

“Who Sang It First,” features Turner on bass and vocals, Will McFarlane – Guitar, Jack Miele – 2nd guitar, Clayton Ivey – Wurlitzer, Joe Krown – Organ, Justin Holder – Drums, and Tiffany Pollack and Kassie Netherland Miele – Background Vocals. The song itself was recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and released via Nola Blue Records.

“‘Who Sang It First,’ is about blues history, which is black history,” Turner told us. “Shooting the music video in East Texas honors my personal history too. As a young boy in Gilmer I rode on the cotton sack with my brother when he picked cotton. Recently I celebrated my 80th birthday at Salmon Lake Park in Grapeland. I’m proud to bring all of that history together to share an important message: never forget who sang it first and why!”

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Benny Turner

*Feature image courtesy of Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival



Brian Wilson Issues Clarion Call to Boycott Beach Boys Show at Trophy Hunting Convention

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A couple days ago, a Change.org petition was created, urging Mike Love’s Beach Boys to drop out of the concert scheduled at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada on February 5th. The organization encourages trophy hunting for endangered species. Donald Trump Jr. will be its keynote speaker.

Brian Wilson himself has taken to social media in support of this this, hoping that others will join him in signing a petition addressed to Elliott Lott, the Beach Boys’ manager.

The petition states: “We the undersigned pledge to stop buying or downloading all Beach Boys music, going to Beach Boys concerts, and purchasing any Beach Boys merchandise until the Beach Boys withdraw from the SCI Convention and publicly state their opposition to this sick ‘sport’ of killing animals for ‘fun’. We will call on the Beach Boys’ record label, agent and publicists to disown the Beach Boys, and on members of the public to protest at forthcoming Beach Boys concerts, unless they do so.”

Here are Brian Wilson’s tweets from earlier today:



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