Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Just a few weeks ago, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival announced their full 2017 lineup. The third annual event which features music, art, and culture will return to The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN on September 23rd and 24th. With an insane lineup including performances by Ryan Adams, Justin Timberlake, Walk The Moon, and Eddie Vedder, this is a festival you don’t want to miss out on!

Fans can purchase 2-Day Pilgrimage passes for $175 or 2-Day INFINITI VIP Village passes for $725 which includes VIP parking, stage front viewing, open bars, and a culinary experience. Additionally, children under 10 get in FREE when accompanied by an adult Pilgrimage Pass.

A portion of each ticket sales will be donated to the Pilgrimage Foundation (benefiting the City of Franklin and Friends of Franklin Parks) as well as MusiCares® (a nonprofit providing a wide range of emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music community). Those interested in attending can #MakeThePilgrimage and pick up tickets for the festival here.

Check out the full festival lineup below!

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Get To Know:: Blacktop Queen


Members: Evan Ambrose (Vocals), Omar Ahmed (bass), Nate Lotz (drums)
Genre: Garage Rock
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Recent ReleaseEverybody

When LA rockers Blacktop Queen released their debut single a few weeks ago, we were completely into it. Filled with gritty vocals and catchy riffs, the track (which was self-produced and recorded in one take) is a relatable one to those who have been in toxic relationships and just can’t seem to stay away. Though a new band, Blacktop Queen is no stranger to the scene. Lotz plays drums for Halsey and Ryan Adams (yes – you read that correctly) and Ahmed plays bass in Youngblood Hawke and Kitten. So basically, Blacktop Queen is the band we’ve all been waiting to come to life and now our prayers have been answered. Get to know Blacktop Queen below!

How did Blacktop Queen form and come to be what it is today?
Blacktop Queen came from the death of a lot of previous project and bands. We had all known each other from playing music in the past, and it just so happened that we were all free’d up around the same time, it was a pretty a natural thing.

Who are some of your musical influences – both as a band and individually?
Omar – Radiohead, Chance The Rapper, BRMC
Evan– Oasis, the La’s, the cars, Nas
Nate – the pixies , refused, the clash

What do you enjoy most about playing shows?
I really enjoy the energy, from the crowd and from my band mates on stage. I love the interaction between everyone, trying to push yourself and your bandmates musically, its really fun having musicians that can all pull people in certain directions depending on the moment.

What do you do when you’re not playing music?
Omar – I love TV series, podcasts, and video games
Evan– play with my dogs, drink wine, listen to podcasts, and watch fail videos
Nate – go out to eat, go to museums, lay on the couch, play star wars video games

For more on Blacktop Queen: Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

New Cover: “Bad Blood” | Ryan Adams

Earlier this morning, Ryan Adams released his cover album of 1989 by Taylor Swift. You can stream the full album over on YouTube and Spotify or download it over on iTunes.

David Rosales Announces New EP To Be Released June 17th

Reminiscent of artists such as Ryan Adams, Amos Lee, and Ryan Bingham, David Rosales shakes things up with a broad sonic palate rooted in American folk, blues and country. His new EP, Along The Way, will be released on June 17th with seven eclectic tracks.

Below you can find the artwork and track listing!

Track Listing:
1. Too Young to Know Better
2. Slice of Heaven
3. Not Playing to Lose
4. Amélie’s Song
5. Strike Gold
6. Appleton
7. Crashing Down

Review: Nathan Roberts and the New Birds | Nathan Roberts and the New Birds

Toledo’s Nathan Roberts has left behind his solo career and teamed up with Daniel and Joel Trzcinski to form Nathan Roberts & the New Birds. The band’s self-titled debut album is loaded with pop-Americana gems. Upon listening to the album for the first time, I immediately made the connection to Ryan Adams with a pinch of Top 40.

That’s not to say that every song is upbeat or fast paced, in fact some of the best ones may be the more subdued tracks. “Walk On” and “Until the End” are just two examples of slower, more Americana songs. These two songs in particular are filled to the brim with soul and heartfelt lyrics that are able to shine in thanks to the mellow tones.

Don’t get me wrong, though, the poppier songs on the album are just as good as the others and really pull off a fun sound that Jim James would be proud of. “In Stereo”, “No Trouble”, and “Mind Reader” really come off well, hitting an almost 70’s southern rock sound.

All in all, this is a fantastic debut album, one that has me anxious to hear more down the road. My one gripe would be that a few of the songs sound a little similar, so much so that I had to check to see if the album had started over. This doesn’t take away much from the overall experience, however. If you’re a fan of singer / songwriters with an Americana flare, then I can’t imagine you not enjoying this album.

Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Rating: 4/5
Runtime: ≈33 minutes

Track List:
1. In Stereo
2. No Trouble
3. Dead on Arrival
4. Step into the Light
5. Walk On
6. Heaven Knows
7. Mind Reader
8. Please Don’t
9. Two Dreamers in One Dream
10. Until the End

Nathan Roberts & the New Birds are:
Nathan Roberts – Vocals / Guitar
Daniel Trzcinski – Keys / Guitar
Joel Trzcinski – Drums

Written By: Mark Northern

Interview With:: Nick Santino


We recently interview Nick Santino of Nick Santino & The Northern Wind. Nick is currently on a co-headlining tour with This Century. Check out our interview below!
Photo by: Sarah Hoffman

Most people would be familiar with you as the frontman of A Rocket To The Moon. What has been the biggest difference between playing in a band and doing more of a solo project as you are now?

It’s a little more honest. I can be myself. I don’t care about being this front man rockstar type that a lot of guys in bands want so badly. I just like being me and playing songs about my life. 
 You’ve actually released two EPs under Nick Santino and The Northern Wind, one back in July and one last month. What is it about these albums that really represent who you are under this new project?

Life stories. Tour stories. Honesty. 
 What has the fan response been to these EPs? Was it what you expected?
It’s been real positive so far. It’s really showing me who the true fans are and they are nothing but kind to me. 

 In the past you’ve mentioned that Tom Petty and Ryan Adams are some musical influences of yours. Was the title Nick Santino and The Northern Wind inspired by them and their backing bands? (I.e. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Ryan Adams and The Cardinals). 
I’ve always had The Northern Wind as an idea in my iphone notes for if I ever went solo. I’ve always loved the heartbreakers and the cardinals. I think it’s an easier way for people to remember my name. 

On this tour you are playing most of the songs off of The Ones You Meet Along The Way live for the first time. What was your favorite song to write and record off of this EP? Do you think you have more creative control now that you are writing as a solo artist?
They were all fun.  Too good was fun because I was different. Very raw. One take guitar and one take vocal. I wanted that one to feel as real and painful as I could. 

 I’ve heard that you like to occasionally include a cover in your set. What is your favorite song to cover and why?
I love playing anything from Petty to Ryan to whatever’s cool these days. 

What can we expect next from Nick Santino and The Northern Wind?
More touring and a hell of a lot more music. 
 Thanks for your time! Anything else you’d like to add?
Come see a show and check out the music!

You can check out an interview with tour-mates, This Century, in Amplified Magazine’s latest issue, which can be viewed here!

ABSOLUTExclusive: William Beckett Song Premiere



Check out this Ryan Adams cover I did featuring the lovely Cara Salimando.  I wanted to honor the original while putting my own twist on it, respectfully.  Hope you enjoy!

Stream it here —-> AP.net


This spring, Rocks For Justice will be releasing Songs For Justice, a compilation in which all the proceeds will go to fight global poverty and social injustice via our partnership with Speak Up Productions. We are premiering the first song from the compilation – William Beckett’s cover of “Come Pick Me Up,” featuring some additional vocals from Cara Salimando. You can stream in the replies or at Will’s AP.net profile. We’ve also included a teaser video about the project in the replies.

WE DID THIS REMEMBER! I miss singing this song every night 😥

such a great cover. check it out if you haven’t yet.

ABSOLUTExclusive: William Beckett Song Premiere