Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: AURORA performs “Running With The Wolves”

AURORA is a singer/songwriter from Norway. Her style features elements of electronica and folk, with melodic songwriting and smooth vocals. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Ellie Goulding, Angus And Julia Stone, and Lorde. She came by with musician Odd Martin Skålnes and played “Running With The Wolves” off her debut EP.

ODESZA Announces “In Return World Tour” On Pandora

Freshly off the festival circuit, ODESZA has partnered with Pandora to officially announce their upcoming world tour called the “In Return World Tour.” The tour itself begins in Wellington, New Zealand on September 24th and continues in Australia, Europe and finishes in the US.

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Along with the announcement, ODESZA has put together a mixtape of all of the tracks that they will be listening to while out on the road this Summer. Launch the mixtape, and get pumped for the ODESZA “In Return World Tour” now: http://pdora.co/odeszatour.
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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Indigo Girls perform “Happy In The Sorrow Key”

The Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) are a folk/rock duo from Georgia. Their style features dynamic vocals, interweaving harmonies, acoustic/electric instrumentation and narrative rich lyrics.

Other artists that can be heard on their station include Brandi Carlile, Tracy Chapman and Adele. They came by the office and played “Happy In The Sorrow Key” off their latest album One Lost Day.

ODESZA Announces “In Return World Tour” On Pandora

Note:  Scroll down for individual links for each Pandora pre-sale tour date.

Freshly off the festival circuit, ODESZA has partnered with Pandora to officially announce their upcoming world tour called the “In Return World Tour.” Starting at 10am local time today, Pandora listeners will have an opportunity to buy tickets to the band’s US fall tour before the general public, using the code: PANDORA. The tour itself begins in New Orleans with Pandora Presents: ODESZA on Friday, October 30th. Click on the tour date of your choosing below, to get your special offer tickets now.

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Along with the announcement, ODESZA has put together a mixtape of all of the tracks that they will be listening to while out on the road this Summer. Launch the mixtape, and get pumped for the ODESZA “In Return World Tour” now: http://pdora.co/odeszatour.
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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Everclear performs “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart”

Everclear is an alternative rock band from Portland, OR. Their style is rooted in hard rock with punk influences, and features dynamic vocals and electric guitar riffs. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Blink-182, Weezer and Third Eye Blind. They came by the office and played “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart” off their latest album Black Is The New Black.

BBQ & Sing-Alongs: CMA Festival Day 4

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They said today was going to be the hottest day of CMA 2015 and they were right. Word to the wise: when the weather app on your magic rectangle tells you that it’s going to be high in the 90s, make sure to stay hydrated… with water.

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 10.23.51 AMGood thing Darius Rucker was playing in the air-conditioned convention center on the CMA Close Up Stage. He was also doing a Q&A panel and talked about the songwriting and recording process. “Sometimes you’ll write 50 songs,” he said, “but you’ll have to pick 13.” He also humbly stated, “I truly believe that I was a singer in a cover band that got really lucky.” During a stripped-down acoustic rendition of “Alright,” some of the audience could be heard singing along. But of course it was when he and a fiddle player launched into his breakthrough cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” that the entire audience lit up and joined in, singing every single lyric with him. Rucker also gave props to his influences and inspirations such as Al Green, Radney Foster, Dwight Yoakam and Miranda Lambert, whose “More Like Her” he added to his quiver of covers. Even Hootie fans were rewarded with an old-school treat when he dusted off a more countrified take on “Let Her Cry.” Read More →

CMA Festival Day 3: Women Of Country Music

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Carrie Underwood’sBlown Away,” in 2012, was the last huge chart-topper by a female country artist. Recently a radio consultant, in comparing country music to a salad, referred to male country artists as the “lettuce” and the female country artists as the “tomatoes.” Subsequently, a few of country music’s female luminaries (including Martina McBride and Jennifer Nettles) are speaking out against these remarks in an effort to put women in country music on equal footing as men, the debacle has been dubbed #TomatoGate.

GG2A9424Rootsy chanteuse Sunny Sweeney also offered her two cents on the matter with a screened a t-shirt depicting a cartoon image of her hoisting a salami over the text, “Sunny Sweeney – Breaking Up The Sausage Party.” When I heard she was playing CMA 2015 I made it a priority to see what she’s been up to. Read More →

From Kelsea Ballerini to Zac Brown Band: CMA Festival Day 2

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Contrary to Thursday, Friday showered us in sheets of rain. It was the kind of hot summer rain that finds its way into many country songs, and most of the CMA fans seemed to welcome it. As some of the Pandora crew and I ducked under a tent, Kelsea Ballerini took the stage to an enthusiastic round of hoots and hollers from her fans. I was excited to see her live, I heard that she put on an amazing show the week before at Marathon Music Works for our Pandora Country event (she opened for Dustin Lynch and Thompson Square). I was further intrigued because of recent Taylor Swift comparisons – Ballerini also writes her own songs.

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Ballerini confidently strode on stage, slung an acoustic guitar over her shoulder and sang “Yeah Boy.” Her crowd didn’t need warming up – they were instantly fervent. I paid for a cold beer and when I turned back around, the audience seemed to double in size. For a second I doubted myself but then Ballerini said, “There are so many of you! I just got word that there are over 4,000 people here right now!” And the sound of 4,000 people cheered back at her in panoramic sound. She then introduced her next number “Peter Pan” as a song about boys who didn’t want to grow up. The catchy “Dibs” got heads bobbing and the crowd sang along. But the spectacle of her set was a ‘90s mashup medley that blended Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Destiny’s Child. Following that she covered an especially impassioned version of Rihanna’s “Take A Bow” as her fans chanted, “Kelsea! Kelsea!” and waved their hands in the air like some kind of country-pop tent revival. Read More →

Honky Tonks, Blazing Heat, Twang & Swagger: CMA Festival Day 1

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Three members of the Pandora crew and I had just missed Kenny Chesney. He played outside on Broadway in downtown Nashville and after stepping out onto the balmy Southern night following a hearty soul-food dinner; we heard the explosion of applause to what was his last song. So the four of us decided to go honky-tonkin’ at Robert’s Western World across the street. Don Kelly Band was blazing through some old hillbilly standards with help from a 20-year-old guitar prodigy named Daniel Donato. This amazing six-string jedi looked like a young Rory Gallagher and picked a Telecaster like Don Rich on steroids.

IMG_7712But it was A Thousand Horses who really set the tone for this year’s CMA Music Festival. The band sauntered on stage over a droning organ before launching into “Landslide.” Armed with three, soulful, female, backing singers, they rocked with the timeless soul of Delaney & Bonnie through a nitty, gritty, Lynyrd Skynrd swagger. Lead guitarist Bill Satcher was kicking out the jams with a punchy tone that recalled The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion era Black Crowes. There was a palpable excitement in the crowd when Michael Hobby strapped on a Gibson acoustic guitar. After he strummed the first few chords to “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” the audience ignited in applause. But their fans really went wild when Hobby announced that they were now going to play their number one single, “Smoke.” For a few seconds, the roar of the crowd even eclipsed the band’s audibility. After walking away from their set with “Trailer Trash” stuck in my head, I realized that A Thousand Horses is everything that I’ve ever wanted from Kid Rock and Shooter Jennings. Southern Rock is alive and well at CMA Music Festival. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Good Old War performs “Broken Into Better Shape”

Good Old War is an indie-rock band from Philadelphia. Their folk-rooted style often features melodic songwriting, acoustic rhythm guitars, and vocal harmonies. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Iron & Wine, The Shins and The Lumineers. They came by the office and played “Broken Into Better Shape”, the title track off their upcoming album.