‘Bitter’ Is A Solid Intro To Atmosphere’s Upcoming LP

Courtesy:  Rhymesayers Records

Courtesy: Rhymesayers Records

Minneapolis, MN based hip-hop duo Atmosphere will release its latest album Southsiders through Rhymesayers Records Tuesday, May 6th.  In anticipation of the album’s release, the duo (MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis) has released the album’s debut single ‘Bitter.’  The single is a great first impression for anyone that is new to the duo’s music.

‘Bitter’ is a great first impression for audiences that might be new to the music of Atmosphere first and foremost because it is clean. What’s more, it’s not about drugs and alcohol and doesn’t objectify women.  Yet it still has some serious bite.  That is something that is rare in today’s rap and hip-hop industry.  So any radio programmers that might have this single but have yet to check it out should take this into account and give it a chance.  What’s more, the song could be argued to be a battle rap of sorts.  As the song’s title hints, it is about a friendship that has become broken between two individuals.  What’s most interesting in the song is that Daley’s subject that is speaking isn’t even sure what has caused his former friend to become so hateful toward him.  He writes in the song’s lead verse, “Everything used to be so good then/Now it seems like you’re mad at my footprints/I’m only tryin’ to scribble in the book, man.”  There’s a lot of venom in this line.  But it’s justified venom.  Daley’s bite gets even sharper as that opening verse progresses.

As the opening verse progresses, listeners hear Daley’s attitude blatantly change.  It changes from a point of confusion over the situation to more of a confident, defensive attitude.  He doesn’t allow his subject (himself?) to remain the victim.  His subject becomes more empowered, telling his former friend, “It’s not my fault you’re hurting/You must have a lot of free time/Otherwise, why you tryin’ to see mine/Strain ya neck/Let the blame project/Don’t give yourself the same respect/So independent but undependable/We’re all gettin’ old/So take a mental note/And  stop being so covetous/The crime is the punishment/Now run and get a sliver of dignity/You ain’t gotta be a figure of misery/You don’t want to be a victim to victory/Listenin’ to a bittersweet symphony.  His subject is telling that former friend, “Hey, We’re getting older.  Stop being this way.  You’re only hurting yourself! So grow up and stop being so immature!”  This is one hundred percent relatable for any listener.  Who out there hasn’t been in the situation of having a friend that turned on them and started hating them without any explanation whatsoever?  That ability of the song to relate to its listeners is the starting point of what makes the song an excellent first choice for Atmosphere’s upcoming album.  Just as important to the song is its musical side.

The musical side of ‘Bitter’ makes the song an excellent opener for Southsiders because of how well it complements the song’s biting lyrics.  The keyboard line is the starting point of what makes the song’s musical side work.  The keyboard line is an arpeggio of sorts.  The arpeggio is in a minor key.  That minor key adds a certain emotion to the lyrics in itself.  The equally strong bass line makes for an excellent counterpoint to the keyboard part.  The bass line uses more notes than the keyboard part.  But looking at the song from the vantage point of composition, the solid four-count of the bass line’s whole notes actually accents the eighth notes of the keyboard line.  The specific notes of the bass line counter the keyboard line perfectly, too making the two feel even more like one whole.  Add in a chorus comprised solely of low voices at the song’s end, and the song as a whole ends up sticking in listeners’ ears and minds just as easily as anything that is on mainstream hip-hop radio today.

‘Bitter’ can be heard now online via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQuXxQwungE&feature=youtu.be.  Fans can pre-order Southsiders now at http://fifthelementonline.com/collections/atmosphere-southsiders-pre-order and https://itunes.apple.com/album/southsiders-deluxe-version/id828734533.  Audiences can hear ‘Bitter’ and more songs from Southsiders Saturday, April 26th at the University of Vermont’s Springfest 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.  The duo is scheduled to take the stage at 1pm ET.  More information on Atmosphere’s upcoming album and live events is available online at http://www.facebook.com/Atmosphere, http://twitter.com/atmosphere, and http://rhymesayers.com/atmosphere.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Lacuna Coil Debuts Lyric Video For New Single

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Lacuna Coil has officially debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Die & Rise.’

The video, which is available for viewing via the Century Media Records YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFttR7bvogo, is centered in a cemetery.  The song’s lyrics are superimposed over a backdrop of various blank headstones and dark sky throughout the video.  This latest video comes only a couple weeks before the April 1st release date for the band’s new album Broken Crown Halo.

The band is currently touring in support of Broken Crown Halo on the “Revolver Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour.”  The tour hits Spokane, Washington tonight and Seattle, Washington tomorrow before closing out the weekend in Portland, Oregon.  The “Revolver Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour” winds down next Thursday and Friday with a pair of dates in California.  Once it winds down, Lacuna Coil will hit the road on its own headlining tour and play a handful of festival dates.  All of those dates are listed below.

REVOLVER TOUR:

3/14/14 @ The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

3/15/14 @ Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

3/16/14 @ Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR

3/19/14 @ House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

3/20/14 @ House Of Blues – Anaheim , CA

w/KYNG, EVE TO ADAM and NOTHING MORE:

3/21/14 @ Slims – San Francisco, CA

3/23/14 @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA

3/24/14 @ Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

3/25/14 @ Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, ID

3/27/14 @ Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

3/28/14 @ The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

3/29/14 @ Top Deck – Farmington, NM

3/30/14 @ Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ

4/02/14 @ Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

4/4/14 @ The Lucky Mule – Abilene, TX

4/5/14 @ Malls Of America – San Antonio, TX

4/6/14 @ Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX

4/8/14 @ Juanitas Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AR

4/9/14 @ Strange Brew – Shreveport, LA

4/11/14 @ Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL

EARTHDAY BIRTHDAY:

4/12/14 @ Central Florida Fairgrounds – Orlando,FL

w/KYNG, EVE TO ADAM and NOTHING MORE:

4/14/14 @ Exit/In – Nashville,TN

4/16/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

4/17/14 @ Austin’s – Libertyville, IL

4/18/14 @ POV’s – Spring Lake Park, MN

98 ROCKFEST 2014:

4/25/14 @ Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL

FORT ROCK:

4/26/14 @ Jet Blue Park – Ft.Meyers,FL

WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE:

4/27/14 @ Metropolitan – Jacksonville, FL

 

More information on Lacuna Coil’s new video, album and tour is available online now at http://www.facebook.com/lacunacoil, http://lacunacoil.it, and twitter.com/lacuna_coil.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

The Pretty Reckless’ New Single Reaches #1

Courtesy:  Razor & Tie

Courtesy: Razor & Tie

The Pretty Reckless releases its new album Going To Hell next Tuesday, March 18th via Razor & Tie.  It is currently on tour in Europe in support of its upcoming album.  The band has reason to celebrate as it tours.  That’s because its new single, ‘Heaven Knows’, has reached the #1 spot at Active Rock Radio.  The song’s accompanying video, directed by Jon J and Taylor, can be viewed online now at http://veo.ly/GlreyE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHBxJCq99jA.

The band is currently performing in support of Fall Out Boy.  It will perform April 23rd at the annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards.  From there, the band will be very busy throughout the summer.  It will perform at a number of festival shows including: Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma, Monster Energy’s Fort Rock, Welcome to Rockville, Rock Fest Kansas City, and a number of others.  The band’s most current tour schedule is available online at http://www.bandsintown.com/theprettyreckless.

Going To Hell can be pre-ordered now online at iTunes.  It can also be pre-ordered as part of a number of bundles made available by the band on its official website at http://theprettyreckless.merchnow.com/.  The first groupings of pre-orders will include the CD in a Limited Edition digipack, a pull-out poster, and two bonus tracks.  The pre-order bundles include:

  • LIMITED EDITION CD
  • LIMITED EDITION CD + vinyl
  • LIMITED EDITION CD + vinyl + shirt (in men’s and women’s styles)

The track listing for Going To Hell is listed below.

GOING TO HELL track listing:
1. Follow Me Down
2. Going to Hell
3. Heaven Knows
4. House on a Hill
5. Sweet Things
6. Dear Sister
7. Absolution
8. Blame Me
9. Burn
10. Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party
11. Fucked Up World
12. Waiting for a Friend
13. Going To Hell (Live Acoustic) *
14. Sweet Things (Acoustic) *
* Bonus Tracks

Leading up to the album’s pre-order availability, The Pretty Reckless has previewed four other songs from its upcoming album.  The video for the album’s title track is available online now via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmtbg5b7_Aw&feature=c4-overview-vl.  It already has 3.5 million views.  A lyric video for ‘Follow Me Down’ is available online  as well at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfwJ-SoYw4U.  A teaser video for ‘Burn’ and a fan-made lyric video for ‘Heaven Knows’ are also among the tracks previewed from the Going To Hell.

More information on The Pretty Reckless, its upcoming album and tour plans is available online at http://www.facebook.com/theprettyreckless and http://twitter.com/TPROfficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Excision To Perform At Charlotte, NC’s Fillmore This Saturday

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Canadian-based dubstep artist Excision is coming to North Carolina as part of his current tour.

Excision will perform this Saturday, March 8th at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He will be supported by French drum and bass duo Dirtyphonics and fellow Canadian Ill Gates.  Excision has released a series of singles in conjunction with his current tour, including the songs ‘Get Stupid’, ‘Rock You.’  ‘Get Stupid’ is a collaboration with Louisville, KY-based producer Space Lanes.  It is available now online at Destriod Music.  ‘Rock You’ is an update of Queen’s classic hit, ‘We Will Rock You.’

Excision’s current tour marks the return of his immense twenty-eight foot wide, fifteen-foot tall video and lighting wall called “The Executioner.”  The video wall was originally built for Excision’s 3D video mapped visual sequences.  This time out, “The Executioner” has brand new 3D visual animations that will run across its four hundred and twenty square feet of space.  Audiences can see just how massive “The Executioner” really is when they see Excision live this Saturday in Charlotte.  Tickets are available online now at http://www.flavorus.com/excision.  Audiences can check out a trailer for Excision’s tour is available online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_Y3UW4V0t4.

More information on Excision is available online at http://www.excision.ca, http://www.facebook.com/Excision, http://twitter.com/excision and http://www.myspace.com/excision.  Fans can hear more of Excision’s music online via Soundcloud and YouTube at http://www.soundcloud.com/excision and http://www.youtube.com/excisionofficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Joshua Scott Jones Debuts Video For New Single

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Courtesy: MSO PR

Joshua Scott Jones, one half of the country duo Steel Magnolias, officially debuted the video for his new single ‘Honk (If You’re Tonky)’ this week.

The video is the companion piece to the lead single from Jones’ debut solo album The Healing, which is due out later this year.  It can be viewed online now via YouTube and Vevo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqdJRcJF7Qk and http://www.vevo.com/watch/joshua-scott-jones/honk-if-youre-tonky/QMGR31400913 respectively.  Fans can download Jones’ new single now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/honk-if-youre-tonky-single/id789803809.

Jones shared his rather surprising inspiration for the video in a recent interview saying it was actually inspired by a well-known pop star.  “I had the idea for the video from Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies,’ he said.  “I wanted to make a dance video, but a honky tonk style video, so we shot half of it in black and white, and the other half in color. It was me, and two dancers…It’s edgy, cool, and upbeat. I think it’s something people won’t want to take their eyes off of.”

In regards to the song itself, Jones says it is a song for all the men out there.  “‘Honk (If You’re Tonky)’ spoke very loudly to me right off the bat as an anthem for guys,” he says.  “It speaks to the misunderstood side of men, that makes us rough around the edges while carrying the burden of a big heart and just wanting to live in harmony with yourself. What better than an ‘anthem’ for a first single?”

Jones self-produced his new upcoming solo debut record as well as handling many of the instrumental duties, too.  He went on in his interview to explain the meaning behind his new album in whole and what the album means to him as an artist.  “I feel like it’s really a chance for my voice to be heard. It’s really a personal record that reflects on my head space over the past few years and what I’ve been through,” he said.  “I’m excited about it because I think it will translate well to all the fans we had as a duo in Steel Magnolia. I tried to take them with me for the ride, and gain a few more. It means a lot to me.”

Jones already has a small handful of live dates scheduled in support of his new single and upcoming album. He will perform next Monday, March 7th at the Warehouse in East Battle Creek, Michigan.  The following night, he will be at the Diesel Lounge in Chesterfield, Michigan.  From there, he will make his way to dates in Pennsylvania and Florida.  Jones’ most current list of tour dates is available below.

DATE

CITY

VENUE

3/7

East Battle Creek, MI

Warehouse

3/8

Chesterfield, MI

Diesel Lounge

3/15

Uniondale, PA

Herrick Ski Lodge

3/21

St. Augustine, FL

Cafe Eleven

*3/22

Englewood, FL

Englewood Event Center

*Supporting Chris Cagle

More information on Joshua Scott Jones, his tour, single, and upcoming album is available online now at http://www.joshuascottjones.com, http://www.facebook.com/JoshuaScottJonesMusic, and http://twitter.com/JoshScottJones.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Bigelf Gives Fans Free Download Of New Song

Courtesy:  InsideOut Music

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Bigelf will release its new album this Spring.  The band will release Into the Maelstrom on Tuesday, April 1st via InsideOut Music.

In anticipation of the album’s release, Bigelf is giving audiences the chance to download for free, one song off of its new album.  Fans can download the band’s brand new track ‘Alien Frequency’ for free now online at http://insideoutmusic.com/specials/bigelf/.  After downloading the band’s new song, fans can also check out a special EPK that gives some background information on the album’s creation.  That information is given via interviews with Bigelf front man Damon Fox.

Also available for viewing now is the lyric video for the band’s song ‘Control Freak.’  It can be viewed online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YShfPzht-mc&feature=youtu.be.

Into the Maelstrom will be available on limited edition double-disc digipack and gatefold double-disc vinyl LP. The double-disc digipack includes exclusive re-mixes and demo versions of the album’s songs.  The double-disc gatefold vinyl includes the album on both vinyl and CD.  It can be pre-ordered now online at http://www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Bigelf/21221.  As an added bonus, Into the Maelstrom features famed drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Transatlantic) on drums.  The complete track listing for Into The Maelstrom is listed below.

1.     Incredible Time Machine
2.     Hypersleep
3.     Already Gone
4.     Alien Frequency
5.     The Professor & The Madman
6.     Mr. Harry McQuhae
7.     Vertigod
8.     Control Freak
9.     High
10.  Edge of Oblivion
11.  Theater of Dreams
12.  ITM
I. Destination Unknown
II. Harbinger Of Death
III. Memories

More information on Bigelf is available online now at http://www.bigelf.com, http://www.facebook.com/bigelfmusic and http://twitter.com/bigelf.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

I Am Heresy Releases New Lyric Video

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

I Am Heresy released this week, the lyric video for its song, ‘Seven Wolves and the Daughters of Apocalypse.’  The new video, which can be viewed now via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbdaxcrVKHc incorporates the song’s lyrics into footage of the band’s recent European tour.

The release of the new lyric video comes a week ahead of the release of I Am Heresy’s debut album, Thy Will.  The album will be released via Century Media Records worldwide next Tuesday, March 3rdThy Will will be available in a number of formats in its European and Australian release.  Those formats include:

 

Ltd. Digipak incl. 3 bonus tracks (afterwards the album will be available as Jewelcase)

LP (180gr black vinyl) + the entire album on CD (the CD comes with 3 bonus tracks)

Digital Album (incl. 3 bonus tracks)

Digital Album mastered for iTunes (incl. 3 bonus tracks)

The album can be pre-ordered in each of its formats online at the CM Distro store at http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/i_am_heresy.

Fans of I Am Heresy can still get two tracks from Thy Will for free right now online.  The song can be downloaded at http://www.centurymedia.com/specials/iamheresy/.  Audiences only need to register their e-mail addresses to download ‘Rahabh’ and ‘March of Black Earth.’

More information on I Am Heresy, its new album, tour and more is available online at http://www.iamheresy.com, http://www.facebook.com/iamheresy and http://twitter.com/iamheresyband.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Cyrus, Warwick To Perform New Single Today On CBS’ The Talk

billyraycyrus_hopeisjustahead_cover_smallCountry musician Billy Ray Cyrus will appear today on CBS’ The Talk.

Cyrus will perform his new single, ‘Hope Is Just Ahead’ on the networks’ afternoon talk show.  Audiences can catch The Talk live on their local CBS station.  Viewers can check their local listings for broadcast times online at http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_talk.  He is expected to be joined by fellow veteran singer Dionne Warwick, with whom he also recorded the song.  The song has jumped to #60 and is most added on the A/C Chart in just its second week at radio.  The video for the new single can be viewed online now at http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/01/30/billy-ray-cyrus-dionne-warwick-premiere-new-duet/5044913/?AID=10709313&PID=6154686&SID=2f4szw8nt2dh and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQfyMIH5Uk.

Cyrus explained in a recent interview how the meaning behind his new single has changed since it was originally written.  He explained that  was inspired by a school shooting, and that it has now done what it was meant to do.  “I initially started writing ‘Hope Is Just Ahead’ the day after the Columbine shootings with Don Von Tress,” he noted.  “I feel like ‘Hope Is Just Ahead’ has now found its purpose.  Cyrus will donate a portion of sales of the single to the “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign to Stop Violence.”  The group was developed to create awareness and stop violence among young people in schools before it has a chance to develop.

Cyrus discussed the “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign To Stop Violence” in his comments.  ‘Do The Write Thing is one of the few ideas I have seen in front of us as a society in America that can actually make an immediate and positive impact, a real difference in stopping violence in schools before it happens,” he said.  “If this concept can save one life, if the thought of early detection means one less Sandy Hook, VA Tech or movie theater massacre, then it needs our support.  He went on to add that “Edmund Burke said, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,’ so let’s no longer just stand back and say ‘I saw this coming, but did nothing.We have to try something, standing here debating and procrastinating, just ain’t working.”  More information on “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign To Stop Violence” is available online at http://www.dtwt.org/about-dtwt.

More information on Billy Ray Cyrus is available online at http://www.billyraycyrus.com and http://www.facebook.com/BillyRayCyrus.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Joshua Scott Jones Releases Debut Single

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Joshua Scott Jones, one half of the country duo Steel Magnolias, has released the lead single from his upcoming debut solo record The Healing.  ‘Honk (If You’re Tonky)’ is the lead single from Jones’ upcoming solo debut.  Fans can check out the song online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feWZnCS5iHs&feature=youtu.be.  Jones explains of his new single that it is a song for guys.  “It speaks to the misunderstood side of men, that makes us rough around the edges while carrying the burden of a big heart and just wanting to live in harmony with yourself,” he said.  “What better than an ‘anthem’ for a first single?”

Jones wore a number of hats in the creation of his new album.  Along with writing the songs that make up the album and playing a number of instruments on each song, he also served as the album’s executive producer.  Jones explained in a recent interview how he has changed since the release of Steel Magnolias’ most recent record roughly three years ago and how this upcoming record is a reflection of how he has grown and changed since then.  “I feel like at this point in my life as an artist, I can’t be anything but candid. The record certainly reflects my headspace over the last few years and tells the story of what I’ve gone through, especially the title track of the record, ‘The Healing.’”

Jones will treat a handful of lucky fans to an early listen to his album later this month when he performs a free show at the Country Radio Seminar Week February 19th at 12th and Porter.  Jones’ set starts at 9pm ET.  More live dates are expected to be announced as the release date for Jones’ new album nears.  Fans can keep up with the latest tour announcements and more from Joshua Scott Jones online at http://www.joshuascottjones.com, http://www.facebook.com/JoshuaScottJonesMusic, and http://twitter.com/JoshScottJones.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Jo Dee Messina Announces Title, Release Date For New Album

Photo Credit:  Krista Lee Photography

Photo Credit: Krista Lee Photography

Jo Dee Messina has been building anticipation for her new album for roughly a year.  All of that buildup has finally led to a long awaited announcement from the veteran country music artist.

Messina has announced that her new album Me will finally see the light of day.  Me will be released Tuesday, March 18th.  The Kickstarter funded album is the most successful of its kind to come out of Nashville to date and the fifteenth largest funded music campaign in the history of the Kickstarter.com website.  Over the course of the album’s production, Messina’s fans helped her raise over $100,000 to cover the cost of its creation.  It will be released via Messina’s own Dreambound Records and distributed by eOne Music.

As a thank you to her fans for helping her raise the money to bring Me to life, Messina gave her fans a voice.  She gave them the chance to choose the album’s songs, album title, lead single, and even the logo for her label, Dreambound Records.  The lead single chosen by fans is titled ‘Peace Sign.’  The lyric video for the song can be viewed online now at http://youtu.be/TqllF4aZkuo.  Each was selected via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Stage-It collectively.  ‘Not Dead Yet’ is another of the songs included on Messina’s new album.  She explained the song was born after her departure from her now former record label.  In a recent interview, she told reporters, “I had been listening to the naysayers around me and thought, ‘I have so much to offer now that I’m free of the restraints I had with my label.’ I then had a conversation with my friend and co-writer saying, ‘I have so much left to do, so much left to say. Goodness! I’m not dead yet!’ And that is how the song was born. It talks about how if I listened to the small thinkers and naysayers, I might as well throw in the towel. Music is my life, it’s a part of who I am. I’m not ready to give up that part of my life. Hell, I’m just getting started!”

Part of Messina’s push to support her new album meant hitting the road and testing her new material with audiences.  It was that testing that led ‘Woman’s Rant’ to be included.  It’s a song that every one of her female listeners will appreciate.  Messina joked about the song in an interview.  “This song had many more verses,” she said, laughing as she discussed the song.  “It was written in a few minutes. My youngest baby wouldn’t sleep longer than two hours. One night I was sick and could barely move so I tried to wake up my husband to get the baby, but I couldn’t get him to budge. After feeding the baby, burping him, changing him, I was wide awake. That’s when I went downstairs and wrote ‘A Woman’s Rant.’ It’s literally a day in the life of me. Ha!”  She performed the song on NBC’s The Today Show this past Summer.  Audiences can check out the performance online now at http://www.today.com/video/today/52082917.

The title track from Messina’s new album is one her own favorites.  She explained the importance of the song, stating that it allows her fans to see a side of her that they might not otherwise see.  “The fans chose ME as the album title. I think it fits because this record explores many different sides of who I am. The song came about through a conversation with one of my co-writers, Kathie Baillie of Baillie & The Boys, who has a grown daughter. I was feeling the stress of trying to be everything to everyone and asked her how she did it. There is a part of me that thinks when I look in the mirror, I should see Wonder Woman. When I see me, it terrifies me. Can I really pull off all the things I have to be to so many? I don’t know. We’ll see. This song gives folks a peek at the vulnerable side of me which isn’t shown that often.”

Messina thanked her fans for their help bringing Me to life in closing.  She said to her fans in a statement, “This album is truly for you, the people who appreciate the creative process, as well as my amazing fans,” she said.  “There’s no question, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support. You’ve been with me since the beginning. This album is a fresh start for me, and I want us to go on this exciting journey together.”

More information on Me, Messina’s tour schedule, and all of her latest news is available online at http://www.jodeemessina.com, http://facebook.com/jodeemessina, http://twitter.com/jodeemessina, and http://www.babble.com/contributor/jodeemessina.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.