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Spotlight On…….Colby T. Helms & His Tales of Misfortune On Debut Album

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Photo Finish Records is proud to present Tales of Misfortune, the debut album by the rising star from the Appalachian region Colby T. Helms. Acknowledged by American Songwriter as possessing “the name, the background, and the music to become the next big thing in country” following the release of the album’s first single (“Higher Ground”), the album chronicles the artistic coming-of-age story of the 21-year-old from Boones Mill, VA.

In addition to the track, Helms has released the music video for “Mountain Brandy,” a song that draws inspiration from her childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The film and song are Helms’ ode to the Appalachians who inspired him, as well as to the valleys themselves, and were directed and produced by Michael Mazza of M7 Productions.

The eight-track album covers a wide range of topics, from the ragtime-influenced “First Snow” set in a dream to the emotionally charged “Daddy’s Pocketet Knife” in which Helms mourns his late father, the man who had inspired his musical career. Along the way, the album acknowledges the mystic pull of Helms’ hometown, which keeps drawing him back, and the toll of life on the road. This album, which Helms wrote and recorded solo, features his trademark brand of bone-raw country folk, which combines the raw honesty of country storytelling with the piercing twang of bluegrass. Billy Hurt, a legendary fiddler from Boones Mill, Virginia, served as his mentor and produced the album.

When Helms says “this album delves into my teenage years growing up in rural Southwest Virginia”, it is is exactly what he describes. “When people spin this album, I hope they can experience the enchantment of my region’s sounds, landscapes, and culture.”

Helms began travelling at the age of eighteen and has since opened for a long list of artists, including Molly Tuttle, Marty Stuart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Charley Crockett, and more. He will be performing at AmericanaFest UK, MerleFest, Blue Ox Music Festival, FloydFest, Rooster Walk, and Suwanee Spring Reunion in 2024, in addition to supporting Tanner Ursey.

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Spotlight On Finnian Johnson

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Finnian Johnson, a name that’s been making waves in the country music landscape, brings a refreshing blend of authenticity, passion, and undeniable talent to the forefront. With his soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and captivating stage presence, Finnian has been captivating audiences and earning recognition far and wide.

Join us as we delve into Finnian’s journey, from his humble beginnings when he found his talent for music to his current status as a rising star in the country music realm. We’ll explore the influences that have shaped his unique sound, the stories behind his most beloved songs, and the moments that have defined his career thus far.

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Spotlight On….Kim McCartin & Her New Single “Head Above Water”

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Dive into the soul-stirring melodies of alt-country sensation Kim McCartin. With lyrics that resonate like a heartfelt conversation and a voice that weaves tales of love, loss, and redemption, Kim’s music is a journey through the heartland of emotions. Experience the raw authenticity of her storytelling, where every note is a brushstroke painting the canvas of life on her latest single “Head Above Water“, out now on all streaming services.

Drawing from roots deeply embedded in the rich Australian soil, Kim’s music effortlessly weaves together the authenticity of country storytelling with the edgy allure of alternative sounds.

On her previous album, Two White Horses, Kim gained debut critical acclaim that left critics and fans longing for more, with songs written by Kim and co-written by the album’s producer, Kevin Bennett. The maturity of her writing at the time won her many fans and friends in the broader Australian music family. Further writing as part of a prestigious song club, Kim was able to collaborate with some of her great friends and notable names in the music industry.

Penning lyrics like pages from a well-worn novel, Kim has just finished recording at her studio on the Sunshine Coast, with a view to releasing a new album in 2024.

With her new single Head Above Water, Kim invites listeners into a world where raw emotions and untamed melodies collide, resonating with a soul-stirring honesty that is both refreshing and unforgettable.

Embrace the rich tapestry of alt-country of a genuine troubadour, whose music speaks directly to the core of the human experience. Don’t pass up the chance to lose yourself in Kim McCartin’s captivating sounds.

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Tami Neilson Records New Single At Willie’s Luck Ranch

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One of Tami’s favourite songs from Willie Nelson’s vast library, “Sister’s Coming Home,” would be the perfect way to commemorate her homecoming to the legendary Luck Reunion Festival that takes place on his ranch. Featuring the talented Nicky Diamonds, a native Texan and member of The Black Opry, and produced by the legendary Pedernales Studio’s own GRAMMY winner Steve Chadie, Tami gushed about how meaningful it was to record this song for a number of reasons:

“Growing up performing in a family band, I’ve always loved this song from a sibling perspective. This track documents the first time me and my two brothers have recorded music together in 25 years. It wasn’t planned- Jay performs and tours with me regularly and our little brother Todd creates my visuals and has produced many of my music videos and album covers throughout my career. Todd was there to film and document this project- which was supposed to be just Jay and I recording a little acoustic love letter to Willie for his 90th birthday present. We walked into the studio and Chadie had scavenged around the studio for some percussion and rustled up a kick, snare and a floor tom- (no cymbals a la Willie!) I asked Todd if he would mind hopping on the makeshift kit and The Neilson Family was reunited once again!”

In 2023, following their unexpected live performance of “Beyond the Stars” at Luck Reunion in 2022, Tami and Willie took home the trophy for “BEST COUNTRY SONG 2023” from the Country Music Awards in New Zealand. Neilson has informed Willie that she will be bringing the plaque to give him for his collection. “You know, just in case he wants to display it alongside his fourteen Grammys!” she exclaims while laughing.

“Sister’s Coming Home” is the first release for Neilson since her award-winning album “Kingmaker” stunned fans and press alike in 2022.

“Neilson is at the forefront of the women who are taking back country music. This is the Album of the Year”

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