Ribler’s New Album Is Awaiting And Deserves Attention From Audiences, Radio Stations Nationwide

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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Ribler has made quite the name for himself over the course of his career, having worked with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zant, and Paul McCartney.  Now this Friday, Ribler is poised to take a big step forward in his career, going from a supporting role to that of front man with his new solo album, The Whole World Awaits You.  The record, which has already produced three successful singles, could make Ribler a star in his own right given the right support as those singles show.  They are just a few of the songs that serve to support the noted statements.  ‘Without You,’ one of the album’s late entries, serves in its own way to show the album’s strength.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Manzanillo,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another example of how much the record has to offer.  It will be examined a little later.  ‘This Is How The Song Goes,’ the album’s finale, is another example of the album’s appeal. It will also be discussed later.  Each of the songs noted here does its own part to show why The Whole World Awaits You is appealing.  When they are considered with the album’s existing trio of singles and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album a “whole” win for Marc Ribler and audiences alike.

Marc Ribler’s forthcoming solo album The Whole World Awaits You is a wholly successful new offering from the veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist.  The album’s existing trio of singles goes a long way to support that statement.  They are only some of the songs that show how much the album has to offer audiences.  ‘Without You,’ which comes late in the album’s 12-song run, is also of note.  The song’s musical arrangement is an instantly infectious composition that lends itself to comparison to works from Train just as much as from Tom Petty.  Yes, those are two completely opposing acts, but are more alike than not, as this song shows.  That is evidenced through the light use of the organ alongside the vocals and the equally subtle guitar, percussion and drums.  The whole is a composition that is one of the album’s most radio ready works. 

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Without You’ does a lot to make the song appealing, and is just part of what makes it engaging and entertaining.  The lyrical theme that accompanies the musical arrangement builds on that appeal even more.  While the song’s title and some of its lyrics make it seem like a love song, the rest of the song proves to be more than just that.  It also presents a social commentary of sorts in the song’s chorus that shames people on both sides of the aisle so to speak.  That is evidenced as Ribler sings, “I don’t want to live in a world where everyone has an empty heart/I don’t want to live in a world where it still matters what color you are/I don’t want to live in a place where they watch every thing you say and do/I don’t want to live in a world without you.”  On the one hand, yes, the romance aspect is there.  At the same time, Ribler uses the opportunity to comment on the negative place that the world has reached; that place where we have to be so careful about every single thing that we say and do, and where our skin color still sadly matters so much.  The romance aspect becomes more pronounced in the song’s lead verse, in which the song’s subject pronounces his/her love for that other person.  This is made clear as Ribler sings, “Your love runs deep for me/Shows up in most everything/You lose your way and you fall down/I’ll be the one that you can count on/Help you understand/I’ll always be right there/You can let your feelings flow.”  This is Ribler’s subject saying that things are bad in the world, but he/she will be there for that other person.  It is a familiar lyrical topic in pop music, and is just as familiar in this case.  The adoration for that other person continues in the song’s second verse and bridge, as the song’s subject praises and thanks that other person for being there.  That accessible lyrical them and equally accessible musical arrangement is just as much of a positive addition to this album as the record’s singles.  It is just one of so many examples of how much the album has to offer audiences, too.  ‘Manzanillo,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another example of the album’s strength.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Manzanillo’ makes the song stand out because it stands out in itself.  Whereas so much of the music featured in The Whole World Awaits You blurs the line between neo-classical, Americana, pop and rock, this song’s arrangement is a distinctly Latin-tinged composition.  The dual guitar line, horns, and drums work with the claves to take listeners to Cuba from years ago.  Meanwhile, Ribler’s vocal delivery maintains a more American pop sound and stylistic approach.  The whole here is so infectious in its own right.  When it pairs with the song’s lyrical theme, the two elements make the song even more engaging and entertaining.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Manzanillo’ itself comes across as a tribute to the history of the Latin culture.  This is inferred as Ribler makes mention of the ancient Mesoamerican peoples and their culture.  He even makes mention of history repeating itself if we are not careful, perhaps making reference to how those cultures were wiped out and how our current world is doing itself in, too.  This is all this critic’s own interpretation of course.  His mention of his mother coming to him in a dream and warning about thing happening “in this land” lends itself even more to that inference.  Considering all of this, the song’s lyrical theme definitely stands out from its counterparts in this album.  That originality and identity pairs with the unique presence of the song’s musical arrangement to make the song stand out even more, as a key addition to the album.  It is just one more way in which the album shows its strength.  ‘This Is How The Song Goes,’ which closes out the album, is yet another example of what makes Ribler’s new album stand out.

The musical arrangement in ‘This Is How The Song Goes’ is just as unique as those in the songs addressed here and the rest of the album’s songs.  To a certain point, the blues, almost psychedelic approach and sound here conjures thoughts of The Doors.  At the same time, listeners can also argue that there is a hint of influence from The Beatles in the song’s arrangement, considering the strings and vocal harmonies.  Once again, it is completely unlike anything else featured in this record, making even clearer the importance of the album’s musical content.  The song’s musical arrangement is just one part of its identity.  Its lyrical theme is just as unique.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘This Is How The Song Goes’ is just as thought-provoking as the song’s musical arrangement.  It opens with Ribler singing, “A tree fell in the forest with no sound/Some things go up/But don’t come down/Tomorrow’s just a day we’ll leave behind/Only precious time…” What follows is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference considering the overly subtle way in which Ribler sings here, but what is understandable shows the deep metaphorical language that Ribler uses here.  The mention of things being “in your dreams” in the song’s chorus is just as metaphorical even when the song’s lyrics can be deciphered.  That what little can be deciphered is itself cryptic is interesting enough.  When the rest of the song can be deciphered, the whole proves just as cryptic, ensuring even more engagement and discussion.  That engagement and discussion pairs with the song’s equally interesting musical arrangement to make the song in whole yet another clear example of why The Whole World Awaits You deserves so much attention.  When the song in whole is considered with the other songs examined here, the album’s singles, and the rest of its works, the whole makes the album a powerful new outing for Marc Ribler that could be the start of a very big career for him, given the right support.

Marc Ribler’s forthcoming solo album, The Whole World Awaits You is a presentation that is awaiting and deserves attention from audiences and radio stations nationwide.  It is a unique presentation that shows Ribler, who has spent so much of his career as a supporting musician to bigger names, is ready to take his own place in the limelight.  That is proven through each of the album’s singles and the songs examined here.  The album’s remaining songs serve just as much to support the noted statements.  Between the record’s unique (and accessible) musical arrangements and equally accessible lyrical content, the whole offers audiences much to appreciate.  All things considered, the album proves itself to be among the best of this year’s new independent albums.  It is scheduled for release Friday through Wicked Cool Records.

More information on Marc Ribler’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

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Marc Ribler Debuts New Single, ‘Fly Away’

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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Ribler offered audiences another preview of this new album over the weekend.

Ribler, who has worked with legendary music acts, such as Steven Van Zant, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul McCartney, premiered his new single, ‘Fly Away’ Friday. The song is the third from Ribler’s forthcoming album, The Whole World Awaits You, which is scheduled for release July 16 through Van Zant’s Wicked Cool Records. The song’s premiere follows that of ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More‘ and its video, and of the album’s lead single, ‘Shattered.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Fly Away’ is a gentle, semi-acoustic ballad. Its sound and stylistic approach bears a blend of southern rock with elements of Eagles, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. The blending of those influences and sounds makes this composition interesting if only for this reason.

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was provided in the press release distributed about the song’s premiere. A close listen leads to the inference that the song centers on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship. That is only this critic’s interpretation.

The full track listing for ‘The Whole World Awaits You‘ is noted below.

Track Listing:

1 The Whole World Awaits You

2 I’m Comin’ Aound

3 The Only Truth

4 War on Peace

Shattered

6 Fly Away

7 Manzanillo

8 Torn Apart

9 Without You

10 Who Could Ask for Anything More

11 History

12 This is How the Song Goes

More information on Marc Ribler’s new single and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

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Marc Ribler Debuts New LP’s Lead Single, ‘Shattered’

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Singer-songwriter-guitarist Marc Ribler unveiled his debut album this week.

Ribler, who is the musical director of Little Steven and the Disciples, premiered his debut single, ‘Shattered‘ Friday. The song is the lead single from Ribler’s latest album The Whole World Awaits You, which is expected for release in June through Steven Van Zant’s Wicked Cool Records.

The Whole World Awaits You is Ribler’s third album. It is preceded by his first two albums, This Life and Life Is But A Dream. Both albums are available to order here along with ‘Shattered.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Shattered’ generates its own engagement and entertainment. Ribler’s vocal delivery style leads to comparison to Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl as does the sound generated through the song’s instrumentation. At the same time, the arrangement also features a light, Tom Petty style approach and sound.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical content touches on the all too familiar topic of a broken relationship.

Ribler co-produced his new single along with Van Zant. Ribler mixed the song.

More information on Marc Ribler’s new single and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

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Ricky Byrd Announces New Distribution Deal; Debuts New Single

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Ricky Byrd’s latest album is getting renewed attention months after its release.

Sobering Times was released in 2020 as a limited release, but thanks to a deal between The Orchard and BFD, the record — his third — the record will now be distributed globally to retail outlets and digital retailers.

Byrd spoke positively of the new deal in a prepared statement.

“With music and lyrics we press on and pass it on….that being said, BFD is the perfect company to help spread this rock’n’roll recovery message to the masses,” said Byrd. “This partnership marks the next chapter of Sobering Times.”

BFD CEO Bob Frank expanded on Byrd’s comments.

“We are thrilled to release this great new album from Ricky and the BFD team is proud to partner with him,” said Frank.

In related news, Byrd celebrated the new deal by debuting a new single from Sobering Times, in the form of the song ‘Together.’ Steven Van Zant added the song to his ever-growing “The Coolest Song on Earth” list in December on his Sirius XM Radio show, “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

More information on Byrd’s new distribution deal, single, and album is available along with all of Byrd’s latest news at:

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Jessie Wagner Debuts New Holiday Single, Video

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Jessie Wagner is doing her part to get audiences in the holiday spirit.

Wagner debuted her new, original holiday song ‘What Christmas Is To Me‘ and its companion video Sunday. The video finds Wagner performing her new single on a building roof with the simplicity of a city as her backdrop. Various pictures of Wagner, and her family and friends accompany the performance footage to help translate the message in the song’s lyrical content.

Wagner discussed the song’s lyrical content in a prepared statement.

“Christmas is my favorite time of year because it always brings my family and friends closer,” the statement reads. “I know that this year has made that difficult, but I still have the memories to hold on to and I’m grateful for all the time I’ve shared with those I love. That’s what this song is about.”

“Thank you Scott Martin for helping me create the music,” the statement adds. “Thank you Jorgen Kjaer for building the song up with your beautiful additions. And thank you Rob Liano for bringing it home with all the final touches. You guys really came through for me at the last minute to bring this to life.”

The musical arrangement that accompanies the song’s lyrical content is such that it will appeal to Wagner’s fans and to R&B and pop music fans in general.

‘What Christmas Is To Me’ is just Wagner’s latest release. Wagner recently released her debut album Shoe’s Droppin through Wicked Cool Records, which was founded by E. Street Band member Steven Van Zant. The album spawned the singles ‘My Darlin, My Dear,’ ‘What You Get Is What You See,’ ‘End Of Time,’ and ‘Passin’ Me By.’

Shoes Droppin took top honors in this year’s Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Independent Albums list.

More information on Jesse Wagner’s new album is available along with all of her latest news at:

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Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts To Hold Livestream Performance Today

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Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts will hold a live streaming event this afternoon.

The group is scheduled to hold its event at 5:15 p.m. ET through Americana Highways’ official Facebook page.  The performance is in celebration of the upcoming release of the band’s new album Nowhere To Go But Everywhere.  The album is scheduled for release Sept. 18 through Wicked Cool Records.  Wicked Cool Records is owned by Steven Van Zant, who is a member of Springsteen’s E Street Band.

This afternoon’s scheduled performance is just the latest appearance for the group.  Hamilton was recently interviewed by television personality Drew Carey (The Price is RightThe Drew Carey ShowWhose Line Is It Anyway) through americansongwriter.com.  Hamilton took on a variety of topics during the interview, not just his new album.

Nowhere To Go But Everywhere has spawned two singles — ‘Oh No (ft. Kay Hanley)‘ and ‘Jesus and John Lennon‘ — leading up to its release next week.  Pre-orders are open now.

More information on Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts’ livestream performance is available along with its latest news at:

 

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Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts Debuts ‘Oh No (ft. Kay Hanley)’ Video

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Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The group debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Oh No (ft. Kay Hanley)‘ Thursday.  The song is the second single from the group’s forthcoming album Nowhere To Go But Everywhere. Hamilton debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Jesus & John Lennon‘ July 17.  ‘Jesus & John Lennon’ is available to stream and download here.

The album is scheduled for release Sept. 18 through Wicked Cool Records.  Pre-orders are open now.

The ‘Oh No (ft. Kay Hanley)’ video places the song’s lyrics over a continuous stream of Hamilton in a variety of positions in front of a blue drop cloth backdrop.  The song’s musical arrangement is an upbeat, poppy composition that will get stuck in listeners’ heads.  Its lyrical theme is just a celebration of mainstream music that features tributes to acts, such as Prince, Beck, and Bruce Springsteen.

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Wicked Cool Records is owned by Steven Van Zant, who is a member of Springsteen’s E Street Band.

Hamilton offered a brief statement about the song’s lyrical concept.

“I’m super proud of the concept of this song. Flipping all those classic songs on their heads. Plus, I got to sing it with my friend Kay,” he said.

In other news, Hamilton recently recorded a documentary during a cross-country trip across America.  The trip was a result of his divorce from his ex-wife.  Hamilton took America’s famed Route 66 for his trip.  The documentary — “Communique” — saw its first segment debut Wednesday through Glide magazine.

Hamilton said of his journey, “While it was magical to take that storied route, it was more like driving through a graveyard version of what once was,” said Hamilton. “Though ominous, it was still darkly beautiful.”

More information on the group’s new single and video is available along with its latest news at:

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TheRyanHamilton

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Wyldlife Debuts New LP’s Second Single

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Indie punk rock band Wyldlife recently unveiled the second single from its new album.

The band debuted the song ‘Kiss and Tell‘ from its forthcoming album Year of the Snake, which is scheduled for release April 17 through Steven Van Zant’s Wicked Cool Records.  The song’s arrangement boasts a distinct indie-garage-punk sound that will appeal widely to fans of said genre.

Front man Dave Feldman talked about the song’s lyrical content in a recent interview.

“After listening to ‘Definitely Maybe’ more times than we can count, [guitarist] Sam [Allen] an I wanted to make a song that was tough and angry, but still confident and cool,” he said.  “The lyric, ‘I’d rather be ignored than adored’ was another riff on another favorite Macnhester band, The Stone Roses.  Obviously, we as a band want to be celebrated and have an impact on people’s lives, but most times, I just want to be left the f*** alone.  Wyldlife tends to have a larger than life personality, but most people don’t actually know anything about us.  I’ve said “Good to see you” to more people I don’t know than I’m comfortable with.”

Wyldlife debuted the lead single from Year of the Snake, ‘Neon Nightmare’ late last year.  The full track listing for Year of the Snake is noted below.

 

 

Year Of The Snake Track Listing:

1 Deathbed

2 Neon Nightmare

3 Get Well

4 Kiss and Tell

5 Automatic

6 Crime of the Scene

7 Sacré Bleu

8 Year of the Snake

9 Tulsa Superstar

10 Keeping up with C.T.

11 The Falcon

 

The band has two concerts scheduled to take place this summer.  Both shows — July 4 and 5 — are scheduled to take place at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, CO.

More information on Wyldlife’s upcoming concerts, its album and singles is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.wyldlife.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wyldlifeband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/wyldlifeband

 

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