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March 2018 Singer Songwriter Record of the Month - Brandi Carlile - By The Way I Forgive You
  • Mar 2, 2018
March 2018 Singer Songwriter Record of the Month - Brandi Carlile - By The Way I Forgive You

I first heard Brandi Carlile live October 16, 2006 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  I had discovered her self titled debut roughly a year earlier when it first released and I was immediately hooked.  Her vocals were haunting and deceptively powerful.  The harmonies she created with twin collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth were something special.  At that performance, Brandi was opening for Shawn Colvin.  After all, it was her first record.  Shawn was great.  I have always been a fan and she did not disappoint, but for me; I was there to see the opener.  It was all about Brandi and she blew me away.  Huge, powerful vocals always held back so they don't loose their punch.  Just a great show.

B.T.R.C. Announces New Jazz, Soul & Blues genre as part of our Monthly Subscription Service!!
  • Feb 20, 2018
B.T.R.C. Announces New Jazz, Soul & Blues genre as part of our Monthly Subscription Service!!

Beginning in March, our Members will have the option to choose from our newest genre Jazz, Soul & Blues for their Monthly Subscription Box. Just hit the drop-down menu in your account for your genre preference, and select "Soul, Jazz, & Blues" in order to receive the Record of the Month in your March Box. We've already loaded the Record Store with several awesome titles, including color variant, imports, new stock and old reissues! Stay tuned for the announcement of our first R&B/Soul/Jazz selection in the next week!

February 2018 Alternative Record of the Month - Moon Taxi - Let The Record Play
  • Feb 14, 2018
February 2018 Alternative Record of the Month - Moon Taxi - Let The Record Play

B.T.R.C. is excited to see a local band make our Record of the Month pick for February.  Moon taxi is from Nashville, TN and formed while all the members were students at Belmont University in 2006.  They floated around Nashville finishing school and putting out four independent studio records (Melodica, Cabaret, Mountains Beaches Cities, and Daybreaker) before signing with RCA Records in 2017.  They only signed in September, so Let The Record Play is the bands first label backed release.

February 2018 Rock Record of the Month - Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers
  • Feb 10, 2018
February 2018 Rock Record of the Month - Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers

Many of us at B.T.R.C. have always been fans of The Gaslight Anthem.  They have bounced around the indie scene for years.  While getting some critical buzz, they never seemed to really break through as a commercial success even though they consistently skated around the edges. In spite  of little to no radio success, the band kept touring hard and growing their fan base, which kept drawing the attention of both critics and labels.  In 2011, the band signed with Mercury Records and released their fourth record; Handwritten.  This album did produce the bands biggest radio milestone with the track "45".  This is still the bands most recognizable song to date in the US.  It went #22 Billboard Rock, #11 Billboard Alternative, and #20 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.  The album also debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200.  That's the bands highest position to date. 

Announcing the BTRC Record Store Collector's Series!!!
  • Feb 7, 2018
Announcing the BTRC Record Store Collector's Series!!!

BTRC is proud to announce the addition of our Collector's Series! We're bringing our members the best in boxed sets, complete album collections, and special bundles that we'll curate along the way! You can find the Collector's Series under the Record Store tab on the B.T.R.C. website!

February Spotlight Album of the Month - Van William - Countries
  • Feb 5, 2018
February Spotlight Album of the Month - Van William - Countries

This is Van William's debut solo album. He was the front man for the band Port O'Brien, so he has recorded before, but nothing at this level. This album only dropped January 19th, but we have a feeling that this might be one of the strongest Singer Songwriter albums to release this year. In addition to "Revolution", the album is full of potential radio singles. "Never Had Enough of You" is a great representation of William's style on this album. It has a dark and brooding verse that swells into a huge chorus with layered vocals. "Cosmic Sign" has a layered effect on the verse that harkens back to Elliot Smith yet unravels on the chorus.

February 2018 Singer Songwriter Record of the Month - Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores
  • Feb 3, 2018
February 2018 Singer Songwriter Record of the Month - Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores

If you didn't already know of Glen Hansard before he burst onto the international scene with 2007's Academy Award winning Once, then, you had a lot to dig into.  Along with his six albums with The Frames (he released a seventh in 2015), he had already released his first project with Czech singer Maketa Irglova the self titled The Swell Season.  That first album produced the smash hit "Falling Slowly" which was the Oscar winning song from Once.  With the release of that song, and the success of the film, the world was introduced to one of the most earnest, compelling, voices of the new century. 

January 2018 Singer Songwriter Record of the Month - Neil Young + POTR - The Visitor
  • Jan 18, 2018
January 2018 Singer Songwriter Record of the Month - Neil Young + POTR - The Visitor

Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young rose to fame with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and a steady stream of solo projects over the last 50+ years. Young has received several Grammys and Juno awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once in 1995 as Neil Young, and again in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. The folk-rock troubadour's most recent release, The Visitor, is B.T.R.C.'s Record of the Month for January's Singer-Songwriter category. Throughout Young's career, we have seen him collaborate often. Sometimes, in a group like CSN&Y, sometimes with his backing band, Crazy Horse. His co-credited albums with the backing band total 11 studio albums and numerous "Live" albums.