One to Watch: Jacob Needham & the Blue Trees

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, and now native to Nashville, Jacob Needham & the Blue Trees are a talented four piece writing, recording and performing their unique and exciting brand of Southern Americana Groove Rock. Not sure what Southern Americana Groove Rock is? Best check out their storming debut album, Procrastinated Memoirs. It’s good. Real good. These guys have talent in all departments and we reckon Spectra have snapped up a band that has genuine potential to make a lasting impression.

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Headed by a frontman with a personality bigger than his beard, Jacob Needham is talented. His authoritative voice is distinctive and oozes confidence. The Blue Trees are equally gifted, playing with flair, distinction and a degree of unity that belies the fact they’ve only been together for three years. James Tyler Cody is a phenomenal guitarist with fingers faster than Usain Bolt. Ben Trexel’s an experienced bassist who’s not afraid to get down and dirty, and RaShaun Whetstone keeps everything on-point with drum beats that keep better time than a Rolex.

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Procrastinated Memoirs comprises twelve tracks of pure American Rock heaven. Released by the Spectra Music Group earlier this month, it’s diverse and pushes boundaries but maintains a strong sense of cohesion throughout. The album kicks off in style and with a slight twist – the ethereal intro to Traffic puts you at ease and leaves you expecting a ballad. You start to relax…BLAM…the big guns come out. Bass. Drums. Guitar. Snarling vocals. It’s energetic, exhilarating and everything a rock song should be.

Following on is Therapist, which dials things back a notch. Its emotional lyrics paint a picture of conflict and confusion within a relationship that’s teetering on the brink. It’s smart, sincere and proves these guys can actually put pen to paper. Vanilla Salt Black Voodoo brings the noise back – it’s chock full of deep guitar riffs, bass with attitude and twisted lyrics that are perfectly delivered, and Next Words you Say proves just how versatile Needham is as a vocalist. Avalanche is pure, sophisticated and is the kind of track average bands can only dream of writing. It will undoubtedly appeal to a wide audience and underlines the band’s potential to cross genres and build a fan base that stretches far and wide.

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Procrastinated Memoirs comes into its own with the oh-so-catchy Alabama Baby. You’ve probably seen the video – it’s won The Blue Trees a lot of new admirers. The track is the first of several smokin’ hot, Southern stormers that could’ve been laid down at Muscle Shoals. Alabama Baby epitomises fun times, boys & girls, beer and barbeques. Get it on your summertime playlist before you regret it! While you’re there, add Radio too. It’s yet another stand out track in which everyone pulls their weight. It’s got so many elements to it that it could easily fall on its face, but it doesn’t. And just when you think J T Cody’s lightning fretwork has snatched glory, Needham slams home an accomplished rap that totally works.

By this stage we’re thinking things surely can’t get any better. We’ve been worked into a party-ready frenzy and it’s only 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon. Oh wait…they’ve done it again…Rhythm & Brews comes swaggering along, tipping its hat to Johnny Cash and throwing in some catchy harmonica and banjo twists for good measure. It’s our personal favourite and left us mulling the possibility that Jacob Needham is in fact the bastard love child of Ronnie Van Zant and Mick Jagger. Probably not, but with his range, attitude and tone, he sounds like he could be. These guys rock; Just Dropped In proves it. Dirty, edgy, raw and accented by yet another unbelievable guitar solo.

King without a Crown is a luscious piece of soft Southern rock that starts to wind the party down. It’s classy and well measured without sounding dull, allowing Needham to show a silkier side of his voice. Ol’ Bones is modern rock that steps away from swampland juke joints and into the city with its contemporary, urban sound that is still undeniably rock music. The final track, Say your Prayers, eases you back to reality with a soft landing – the perfect comedown from one of the most exciting albums we’ve heard this year.

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Jacob Needham & the Blue Trees have dropped a bombshell with Procrastinated Memoirs. An incendiary mix of effortless rhythms, raging guitar solos, confident lyrics and a front man who delivers. It’s a must-listen album and we can’t help but think this is the start of something very big indeed.

If you want to get in touch with Jacob Needham & the Blue Trees, contact Bobby Collins, Director of Operations at Spectra Music Group:

bobbycollins@spectramusicgroup.com
(O) 843.628.3555 Ext. 101  –  (F) 843.494.9626  –  http://www.spectramusicgroup.com

Links & Social Media:

http://www.bluetreenation.com/

https://facebook.com/JacobNeedhamandTheBlueTrees

https://youtube.com/user/Jneedham2910

https://instagram.com/blue_tree_nation

One to Watch: Wild Horse

Barry Humphreys, the newest member of the Urban Antenna team, has taken some time out from his own blossoming music career to give the low-down on Wild Horse. They’re bold, brash and recently signed to the exciting Studio 3 Records:

Wild Horse celebrate their fifth anniversary in April. They’ve been in our sights for some time, so what better time to take a look at what these boys can do. In a nutshell, they’ve been not so quietly paying their dues and honing the craft of what they do. So stop thinking…look and listen! Radio stations around the world are giving them airtime and they’re building on 2016’s debut album “It’s Begun” very, very nicely thank you very much.

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My first taste of Wild Horse came when I walked into “The Wall” (ouch !). This deceptive track lulled me into a false sense of security in those first few seconds . It sounded like a Brit-pop moment (maybe Cast?) but the boys had the laugh. I’m quietly minding my own business one minute and then the rug’s pulled out from under me and I’m thinking “MOSH PIT!!!”…and lovin’ it!  Henry, Jack and “Barking” Ed having an in-yer-face moment…… well, yes exactly…. that’s what they do! One minute they’re doing subtle, then they’re not – it explodes into something special when you’re least expecting it! So if that’s what you like, you need to take a listen to Wild Horse.

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The Wall” is from the “Timeless Dancing” EP – check it now. It’s a great mix of tracks, including “It’s Only Rejection”, a another favourite that is most definitely louder than the thunder. So listen…… listen…. then have another listen to some of their other hidden gems. Another stand-out track is “Do We Really Know”. It’s a big-big sing-along anthem that conjures images of a big-big crowd giving it loads down at a big-big festival. And you just know that everyone will be loving every moment of it.

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Wild Horse aren’t one-trick ponies. They have loads of great songs, with great hooks that will appeal across the generations.  Just take “She Comes And Goes”, which is something like Velvet Underground meets the 21st Century. The influences are there but Wild Horse then bring it all together to give us their own unique take on what it’s like to be a front-runner guitar band in 2018.

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At the moment they’re writing and recording new songs for their second album, which will be with us on Studio 3 Records before long. But in the meantime check the dates and catch them live…it’s an experience that will most definitely not disappoint. On stage they’re a driving force. They’ll send you home with a smile on your face and some very good news to share with all those other people you know who love great music. The future’s looking very good indeed for Wild Horse!

 

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Want to find out more about Wild Horse? Get in touch with us at Urban Antenna or contact the band direct on social media or via their website:

www.facebook.com/wildhorseuk

www.wildhorse-rockband.com

https://twitter.com/wildhorserockuk

www.soundcloud.com/wildhorseuk

www.reverbnation.com/wildhorse6

www.wildhorse1.bandcamp.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/wildhorserockuk

http://www.studio3label.com/wildhorse