Humphrey-McKeown Passing Shadows an Epic Adventure in Music and Voice A Spirited Fusion of Past and Present

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Humphrey McKeown

“Passing Shadows”, the latest release by Humphrey-McKeown instantly captures listeners with epic instrumentation and uplifting vocals. The song offers a spirited performance combining various elements of rock, pop, and folk while encompassing the gorgeous layers of the all-American ethos.

While listening to Humphrey-McKeown, fans will be whisked away into an ethereal dimension which is illuminated by the theatrical nature of the score. At moments,  “Passing Shadows” makes you feel as if you are in a 70s rock opera. Other times, the song transports you to contemporary times with an distinct alternative feel. Unmistakable however, are the country and folk-infused elements that take listeners to the core of the American soul or even the Midwest plains with a slightly gritty feel.

“Passing Shadows” is an easy listen with a nice danceable feel. The song truly has a distinct sound that is unconventional yet engaging.  Humphrey-McKeown has developed a beautifully entertaining production that not only has mass appeal but inspires an appreciation for gifted multi-instrumentalists creating a picturesque layering of stunning images through sound and voice.

Heather Humphrey and Tom McKeown are each one-half of Humphrey-McKeown, a songwriting and performance collaboration that started in 2006. The songwriting duo, after agreeing to partner took to the road and started writing for music publishers all over including places like LA, Chicago, and Nashville. The team is known for their diverse writing style, organic melodies, and drive to create new sounds that have never been heard of in the past.

Humphrey-McKeown has written over 100 different songs for other artists however, they have since shifted the focus from writing for others to defining their own unique musical presence. The duo’s first open mic in 2010 led to the release of four studio albums in a 3-year spans. Through a painstaking audition process, the duo was able to find several other great musicians to complete their band.

The band now consists of Heather Humphrey (lead and background vocals, piano, flute, and percussion), Tom McKeown (lead and background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, piano, synths, bass, drums, and percussion) Jim Livas (drums and percussion) and Tony Meadors (Upright bass, 4&5 string electric bass, and background vocals). Humphrey-McKeown’s sound has been described as contemporary Folk-Rock Americana while their styles encompass a variety of genres such as rock, pop, country, folk, and progressive. The secret sauce to their unique sound is “a hint of Brill Building songwriting” (hm-music.com). The band’s upcoming release is called ‘Tapestry of Shadows’ which is due out on May 20th, 2017. Visit www.hm-music.com to learn more about the band and their music.

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The Quicksilver Kings Little Miss Magic Feel Good Folk Pop Perfection Hull City of Culture 2017 Festival Favorite Debuts first release from Upcoming Album

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 “Little Miss Magic” by folk pop trio The Quicksilver Kings is a festive production with mass appeal. The band which calls Hull home is a festival performance favorite and “Little Miss Magic”, the latest release from the trio’s upcoming full-length album. The song is upbeat, loveable and brings to life the distinct sounds of folk music, rock, and pop into a remarkable listening experience. The Quicksilver Kings give fans a feel-good performance that is without a doubt illuminated in professional musicianship and plenty of personality.

“Little Miss Magic” is introduced with light acoustic instrumentals and a seemingly retro vibe. The mood changes however, and the musical expression then morphs into an up-tempo series of energetic chords. Fierce guitars riffs and powerful percussion progress as the band executes the song’s lyrics in an absolutely flawless manner. “Little Miss Magic” is reminiscent to rock before it’s alternative evolution.

In addition to the magnetic music performed by The Quicksilver Kings on “Little Miss Magic”, the songwriting is equally as mesmerizing; this is the type of hit that you want to play over and over again. The song has power, meaning, most of all it’s righteously infectious. From lead vocals to the band’s harmonization, The Quicksilver Kings hit every note with perfection while illustrating the performance with scintillating metaphors.

“Little Miss Magic” is a must-add to your music playlist. The Quicksilver Kings’ latest release is certain to give you a positive mood when you find yourself in need of a lift. If you are a fan of the the classic rock sounds of the Eagles on “Witchy Woman” or the roots rock vibes of Tom Petty, you’ll definitely appreciate the sounds of The Quicksilver Kings.

The Official Music Video for “Little Miss Magic” is equally as enjoyable, complete with visual ironies and a generous bit of humor. Check out the video below.

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“She’s a genie in a bottle making dreams come true”-The Quicksilver Kings, Little Miss Magic

Quicksilver Kings-Little Miss MagicHailing from Hull, City of Culture 2017, The Quicksilver Kings formed their collective in 2012 through a mutual love of brewed beverages, camp-fires and old music. The band’s writing style has been described as “sixties-inspired” to include “melodic and hook-laden songs” that are both nostalgic and addicting.

In 2009, lead singer Keith Hagger appeared on The Secret Millionaire, where he helped to raise £20,000 for a local charity. After making the appearance on the Secret Millionaire, he went on to record his initial demos and later performed at Hull’s Freedom Festival on the main stage. Keith’s style has been likened to the styles of Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers with a “freshness to it that never fails to blow people away” (The Quicksilver Kings).

In 2012, a chance encounter, a legend and a little tobacco brought together Keith, The Kinky Wizard, and Jamie, now known as The Quicksilver Kings. The band commenced to performing at local Hull pubs and open mic shows. The band describes their adventure as a “fine line between chaos and harmony” (The Quicksilver Kings).

The Quicksilver Kings have garnered a faithful following and since the band’s inception, have received airplay on local and national BBC radio alongside names such as Dodgy, The Beat, The Christians, and the CC Smugglers. The band played at Hull’s Humber Street Sesh Festival in 2016 and is set to debut their full-length album in 2017.


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KickBend “Someday” Single Powerful Vocals and Instrumental

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KickBendKickBend international vocalist, musicians, and producers, recently released the single “Someday”, a smooth powerful track evoking an emotional love journey solidify by burst of instrumental interludes. The drums, piano, acoustic and bass guitars intensifies the flow of the song. The raspy-country, yet bluesy vocals frame the setting of the story, love will come, but not today.
KickBend begins with the cello that produces a smooth but ebbing account of emotions. Vocalist soulful voice tells the emotional journey of one searching for love. The intensity of the instrumental interludes builds up to the climax, with electric and acoustic guitar, as well as the drums and piano. The cello smoothly brings “Someday” to its closure. This song demonstrates the crest and ebbs along a journey of love. It makes you want to slow dance, sing, moan, cry, yet it leaves one hopeful.

The track is a powerful yet modern rendition depicting that love is nearby and obtainable. KickBend’s “Someday” was mixed and engineered by Larry Millas at World Stage Studios; mastered by Collin Jordan in The Boiler Room in Chicago. KickBend released “Spin” March 2014 which was engineered and mastered by Erick Nelson Yoder at Horse Drawn Productions in Berwyn, IL. In 2012, KickBend produced “Crumbs” and “Taken” (featured Jessica Robinson); produced by Danny Karabaic at DK Media, mixed by Eric Yoder at Horse Drawn Productions. KickBend’s music style encompasses soul, blues, pop, country and definitely folk. It is a style that internationally people are thirsting for.
Listen to Kick Bend Someday, now streaming on Soundcloud.


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