“California” to air on Boston NPR!

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Great news, everybody: an instrumental version of Marina’s song “California” has been selected to air between radio shows on Boston’s National Public Radio (NPR) station, WGBH! Tune in to 89.7 FM or click here to stream online, and keep your ears open for a familiar tune.

Some of you may have noticed when listening to NPR (in Boston, New England, or anywhere across the country) that there is a brief musical interlude that plays as one show finishes and before another begins. These interludes are always instrumental. This is where you will be hearing “California”!

Years ago, when she was just at the beginning of her songwriting career (with only a few songs under her belt), Marina learned of music placement on NPR from one of her music professors. He said submitting well-crafted, original, instrumental tracks to NPR was a great way to gain exposure for your music, and perhaps to earn a royalty or two. At the time this seemed like such a long shot that it slipped away into the back corner of Marina’s mind — only to be resurrected 7 years later, when a representative from WGBH contacted her and requested instrumental tracks for several of her songs! So here we are.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to Unbound co-producer, multi-instrumentalist, and Marina’s husband & musical partner Bernardo Baglioni, as well as to Marina’s Italian band who recorded the album. You’re on the U.S. airwaves, fellas!

Tune in and keep your ears peeled — and see if you can recognize “California” without Marina’s lead vocals!

 

Supporting Les Sampou at the Rose Garden!

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  • Who: Marina Evans opens for Les Sampou
  • What: American singer-songwriters, blues, country & folk
  • Where: The Congregational Church, 17 West St., Mansfield, MA
  • When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, 8 pm
  • Tickets: $20 at the door or in advance at www.rosegardenfolk.com

Les Sampou makes her return to the Rose Garden Coffeehouse on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, bringing her America/folk/blues and rock styling to our stage for the first time since 1998. A guitarist with a powerful, sultry voice, Sampou often plays with a full band. Though she will perform solo at the Rose Garden, Sampou is a commanding stage presence by herself. She can sing blues with the passion of Bonnie, country with the angst of Emmylou and rock with the fire of Janis. But every note is brilliantly original. “Lyrics are at the heart of my songs,” says Sampou. “I wrap a melody and harmony around them to bring out the meaning and emotion. When you listen to my songs, you don’t have to wonder what I’m talking about.”

From the Bottom Line in New York City, to the Montreal Jazz Festival, to the Music Circus right here in Cohasset, Mass., Sampou has played her heart out in front of crowds of 20 to 20,000. She has opened for legends such as Aretha Franklin, Heart and Sugarland. Les has given workshops at Berklee School of Music and appeared on the top syndicated radio programs such as Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, and NPR. Her soaring vocals , strong guitar playing and upbeat material of cross-styles and ballads will leave you talking about her show long after the lights go out.

Sampou has released five albums, three on her own label and two on Rounder Records. Her second album, “Fall from Grace,” topped the Gavin Americana Charts nationwide. Her most recent release “Lonesomeville” (2010) charted number 2 on the US/European Americana F.A.R. Charts and led to her guest performance at the 25th Anniverary SXSW Conference in Austin, TX. Les is working on her sixth album to be released in 2015.

Marina Evans opens

Marina Evans of Rockport, Mass. – recently nominated as Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards – will open for Sampou, performing her own songs that combine jazz, traditional folk, and an indie rock edge. Evans combines various styles, genres, and instrumentation – from sweet ballads to folk anthems to straight up rock and roll – in her latest self-produced and self-released album, Unbound (2013). Her music has been described as “swellingly beautiful,” “raucous,” and “anthemic” in the Noise Magazine, and her live performance “creates as much dramatic feeling as two gunfighters approaching each other with hands over holsters.” Evans has released 3 EPs and a full length album in the past three years, and has toured with them from her hometown to New York City, Nashville, New Orleans, Los Angeles, London, across Italy, and everywhere in between. In 2014, she supported such folk greats as Loudon Wainwright III, Ellis Paul, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, and is thrilled to share the stage with Les to kick off 2015!

Links:

  • Les Sampou – http://lessampou.com
  • Marina Evans – http://marinaevansmusic.com/
  • New England Music Awards – http://www.nemusicawards.com/ne-music-award-nomineesvote

Opening for Ellis Paul!

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It’s quite an honor to share the stage with one of today’s folk greats — and I am thrilled to be doing just that this weekend! On Saturday, 12/6, Bernardo and I are headed down to Puck Live in Doylestown, Pennsylvania where we will be opening for renowned songwriter and storyteller, Ellis Paul. On tour with his new album Chasing Beauty, Ellis has been on the road for nearly 25 years now, and has produced almost as many albums.

“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.”

– The New York Times

Tickets are $20 advance, and $25 at the door. Please visit PuckLive.com for more details, including directions, set times, and ticket reservations.

Album Review: Unbound

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Music reviewer Bill Copeland has given a thorough and highly complementary review of Marina’s new album, Unbound (2013), in his music blog. Many thanks, Bill! Here are some excerpts:

Many of her songs have a haunting quality, as if there is an underlying spirit driving them on… No matter, though, which technique she employs, genre she borrows from, or inflection she sings in, Evans has come up with a complete artistic expression of where she is today.

She’s a master of using self-restraint to keep a lid on her power, which makes her song a more powerful expression, her power simmering just beneath the surface. […] Everything comes together perfectly around Evans’ heartfelt expressions, like a mother’s arms holding a child, like a painter getting every detail just right. […] She creates as much dramatic feeling as two gunfighters approaching each other with hands over holsters.

Unbound feels like its title suggests. Evans clearly feels free to use whichever technique, genre, and instrument as colors in her palette to achieve the musical experience she seeks. She uses rock’s aggression when she wants her song to have kick. She infuses other songs with jazz inflection to make them move freely. She even relies on flamenco structures to add more snap to her rhythmic thrusts. There is much to enjoy on Evans’ Unbound album, and all of it comes together as a nice, wholesome, fully realized reflection of an artist who knows where she wants to go.

Click here to read the full review.

Marina Plays at the Vanilla Bean

From the Worcester Telegram:

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July 10, 2014 — There’s an appealing romanticism to Marina Evans’ “California,” a song in which the Golden State stands for some better future while the song’s persona stands amid the rubble. The sweet-voiced singer-songwriter brings a sort of wistfulness to the song that creates a sort of quiet hopefulness. It’s lovely work, and just a mere drop in Evans’ rich songbook. Marina Evans performs at 8 p.m. July 12 at the Vanilla Bean Café, 450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret. (860) 928-1562. $10. (Victor D. Infante)

Click here for the full article!

New Video: California!

I am super excited to share with you all a video that’s very close to my heart: a solo acoustic performance of my song “California,” filmed at the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center in my hometown of Rockport, MA! It has long been a dream of mine to perform on this beautiful stage, with the backdrop of Sandy Bay. So, naturally, I was THRILLED to hear from Henry Cooper of Granite Visions (who produced the video) that he and his team were interested in putting together an interview and a couple of live performance videos. Many, many thanks to Henry and Granite Visions for their support and hard work! And stay tuned: more videos to come!

Local Musicians up for New England Music Awards

Excerpted from the Gloucester Daily Times, February 20, 2014. Click here to read the full article.

by Gail McCarthy

Cape Ann musicians are among the singer-songwriters and bands nominated for New England Music Awards, which celebrates and recognizes top performers in the region for their musical achievements. The awards event takes place Saturday night in Lowell.

Rockport’s Marina Evans is nominated for Female Performer of the Year, and Kingsley Flood, whose lead guitarist is from Gloucester, is up for Band of the Year and Album of the Year for “Battles,” released in February 2013.

The nominating committee consists of journalists from music publications, radio personalities, talent buyers, and record label execs representing all six New England states.

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Kingsley Flood band members and Evans are excited about being nominees.

Evans is a rising singer-songwriter, who last year traveled to Tuscany in pursuit of her musical inspiration. She recorded an album in Florence, and has traveled back and forth between Cape Ann and Italy since she studied abroad there in 2008, when she began collaborating with Florentine musicians. Her debut album “Unbound” was released last fall.

“This nomination was a great surprise and an incredible honor. To be included in a group of such talented musicians from all across New England is both encouraging and so inspiring,” said Evans. “I am so grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make these awards happen. It’s a true testament to the vibrant and unique music scene we have here in New England — and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Prior to her debut album, she released an EP with music she wrote inspired by Dogtown, the wild center of the Cape Ann island, the history of which dates to Colonial times.

Evans received her undergraduate degree in music theory and composition from Columbia University in 2009, but her music career started years before when she started singing in a jazz duo with her older brother. She performs with Allen Estes at the Dog Bar here on Feb. 28.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-675-2706, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

If you go, what: The 2014 New England Music Awards, hosted by Comedian Steve Sweeney and featuring live performances by Sarah Borrello, The Mallett Brothers Band, Will Dailey, Nemes, Dressed for the Occasion, and Hayley Sabella. When: Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Where: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. How much: $10 general admission; at lowellauditorium.com or the box office.

Live on 980 WCAP!

Today at 1pm, Bernardo and I are psyched to be performing LIVE on Lowell radio station 980 WCAP! We’ll be on the show Live at Jack’s Cafe, hosted by Jack Baldwin. He’ll interview us about this weekend’s New England Music Awards, and then we’ll perform a couple of tunes off my new album, Unbound. Tune your radio to 980AM or click here to stream live online! 1pm sharp!

Me, Jack and Berna at WCAP in Lowell

Unbound reviewed in The Noise!

 

 

My new album Unbound received its first official review this month in The Noise Magazine, and it was a great one — I am so honored! Reviewer Tim O’Brien took a very careful listen to the album, and made his commentary on everything from the songwriting to the arrangements, vocal performance, production, and even the recording quality. It’s both refreshing and encouraging to get such a positive response on literally *all* aspects of the record. Thank you, Tim and The Noise!

You can read the full article here — scroll down, it’s about 1/3 of the way down the page. For now, an excerpt:

Recipe for a superior CD: start with a charming songstress, blend hints of Amy Winehouse and Sara McLachlan-esque vocal stylings, add just a smidge of KT Tunstall, mix in a pile of well-crafted songs, and season with outstanding production. […] Marina Evans seems destined for a sure shot at the big time.

Tuscany Tour 2014

After a long Stateside hiatus, I am thrilled to be back in beautiful Italia to debut my new album in the very land in which she was born! I will be playing several dates in acoustic duo with brilliant guitarist and Unbound producer Bernardo Baglioni; we’ve also put together a show on January 22 at one of Florence’s newest rock clubs, Jailhouse, and will be featuring a full 5-piece band (yup – the guys on the record: Leonardo Baggiani (bass), Donald Renda (drums), and Lele Fontana (keys)), as well as several special guests on viola (Paolo Clementi), guitar (Matteo Urro), and percussion (Derek James Mattuchio). This is shaping up to be a GREAT show with super talented musicians, and I am really looking forward to it! So all you ex-pats (I know there are plenty of ya!) and allayouse Florentines, come rock out with us!