Grammy Award-Winning Songwriters Form New Band Appealing to Musically Marginalized Boomers and Generation Xers
Salt Lake City-Based Troubadour 77 to Release EP Featuring New Music with Classic Rock Sound
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (PRWEB) MARCH 22, 2017
Seeking to revolutionize the youth-dominated music industry, Grammy award-winning songwriters Anna Wilson (piano/lead vocals) and Monty Powell (guitar/vocals) have formed Troubadour 77 (aka T77). The band’s mission is to create new music with classic rock influences that appeal to older Generation Xers and Baby Boomers, two generations largely neglected by contemporary artists. Having been staples of the Nashville music scene for years, the husband-wife duo is now based in Salt Lake City with fellow band members Nathan Chappell (drums) and another pair of husband-wife musical collaborators Austin Weyand (guitar) and Kassie Weyand (bass). Troubadour 77 will release their “Troubadour 77 EP,” a collection of four songs written by Wilson and Powell, on April 7, 2017. It will serve to introduce the band to older classic rock fans marginalized by the industry and left longing for original music that resonates with them. Pre-Sale begins exclusively at iTunes on Friday, March 24, 2017.
Appealing to the modern music consumer who craves new content and continual engagement, the EP will kick off what T77 is calling a “progressive album” that will be completed over the next seven months by releasing one new song on the first Friday of each month, leading up to the full-length album that will be fully packaged and available on December 1, 2017.
Wilson says, “We like that we can leak songs out a little at a time to build anticipation for the full album. It feels like a win-win for listeners who like to get their music one song at a time, and also for the old school fan who appreciates a beginning-to-end listening experience. For those wanting the complete “progressive album” in advance, it will be available for download when the EP is released on April 7 exclusively at Pledge Music, pledgemusic.com/troubadour77 through the purchase of an Access Pass.
Collectively, Wilson and Powell have written a dozen #1 songs and countless album cuts featured on more than 70 million records sold worldwide and have co-produced unique projects that pay tribute to The Eagles, Billy Joel and the Countrypolitan era of music. Powell was a driving force in establishing Keith Urban’s career as the country star’s early producer and top collaborator, earning many prestigious awards for the songs they co-wrote. A critically acclaimed recording artist, Wilson has also written songs for Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Billy Ray Cyrus and penned the International theme song for Habitat for Humanity International.
“As Troubadour 77, we are writing and performing new music with a sound reminiscent of the classic singer-songwriter and California country artists that helped define our generation,” explains Monty Powell. “We hope to inspire listeners to reflect on and celebrate where they are in their lives while reducing the need to rely entirely on the nostalgia of a bygone era for their entertainment.”
While incorporating a classic rock style, T77’s subject matter evokes today’s political and social issues, as well as the circumstances and perspectives of an older, wiser audience of music lovers. In the spirit of 1960s and ‘70s protest music, Wilson and Powell have no qualms about addressing hot topics like gun violence and control in the EP’s focus track, “I Got a Gun” and immigration controversies in “Open Home.” “Steal Forever” speaks to the challenges of recapturing the magic of lost love, and “Troubadour” is dedicated to storytelling, something this songwriting team has proven to be so successful in doing throughout their accomplished careers.
Troubadour 77 has already shared billings with established acts like Brandi Carlile, and will kick off their summer tour at the sold out BottleRock Festival in Napa, CA over Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, the “Troubadour 77 EP” will be available at iTunes, Spotify, and all digital retailers. For more info, visit http://www.troubadour77.com.
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NEW MUSIC THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE MUSIC BOOMERS LOVE
I was three-years-old when the Beatles took the stage on that historic night of February 9th, 1964. I was ten in 1971 when the Allman Brothers made their unforgettable live recordings at Fillmore East. In 1977, my wife and collaborator Anna Wilson was five when Rumours and Hotel California came out. I am now 55-years-old, and Anna and I have just started a new rock band, Troubadour 77.
Our vision is to create new music reminiscent of the classic singer-songwriter and California Country artists that so many of us have on our playlists: Jackson Browne, The Eagles, James Taylor, and Fleetwood Mac to name a few. I have spent my whole adult life in the music business as a songwriter and producer, writing chart-topping songs for artists like Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and others. But after years of facilitating other artists’ visions, I decided it was time to come out from behind the glass, time to play my guitar and sing the type of music that Anna and I (and our contemporaries) love.
But it’s not so easy to find. I don’t like hip-hop, and teen pop is useless to me. I remember the feeling the first time I heard “Stairway to Heaven” and “The Pretender” and know that if someone would make some new music that embodies those sensibilities, the sense of discovery and passion can be reignited in a generation that has been musically marginalized for too long.
“Open Home,” a music video from Troubadour 77.
The music business is and has always been focused almost exclusively on young people. It is an irony impossible to miss. If you start early, you can stay in the spotlight as long as you want to. Look at Mick Jagger and Sir Paul, still rocking. This formula, that has now been around for generations, has left baby boomers these choices: either get down with our kids’ and grandkids’ music, or wear ourselves out listening to “Free Bird” for the thousandth time.
So, I asked, “Why can’t there be new songs and new music for us? Recordings that sound familiar, lyrics that you not only can understand, but speak to where we are at in life and not just to kids?” So, we started a rock band.
It’s not a hobby or a weekend warrior cover band. It’s an attempt to change the culture and conversation about who gets to have a seat at the table in this art form. Actors, directors, novelists, painters, and all other sorts of artisans are not saddled by the myopic worship of youth the way music is. There has been an unspoken rule, with few exceptions, that you can’t enter the conversation from the second half of your life.
I want to prove it wrong.
Changing long-standing norms is always an uphill battle, but I feel that our boomer generation is tired of only refilling the cup with nostalgia. We are ready to embrace music made specifically for us again.
Troubadour 77’s four-song “The Progressive Album EP” will be released April 7th. Following that, an additional song per month will be released leading up to the full album release on December 1st. Their recordings are available at iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify.
TROUBADOUR 77 TO PERFORM at 5TH ANNUAL BOTTLEROCK NAPA VALLEY MAY 26 - 28, 2017
FOO FIGHTERS, TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS, MAROON 5 TO HEADLINE with Over 80 Musical Acts at the 3-Day music, wine, food, and craft brew festival
Passes On Sale Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 10AM PST
NAPA,CA, January 3, 2017 —BottleRock Napa Valley 2017,presented by JaMCellars,announces its fifth annual festival lineup today , which includes headline artists Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Maroon 5 . The three-day music, wine, food, and craft brew festival will take place in the heart of the City of Napa at the Napa Valley Expo, May 26 - 28, 2017. Festival passes go on sale at 10AM PST on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at BottleRockNapaValley.com and eventbrite.com .
One of the most innovative and enjoyable festivals in the U.S., BottleRock Napa Valley features an unparalleled combination of the world’s biggest bands and artists alongside the hottest up-and-coming music acts. In addition to the three renowned headliners, the 2017 festival will showcase Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The Roots, Silversun Pickups, Band of Horses, Fitz & The Tantrums, Dirty Heads, Live, The Naked and Famous, The Devil Makes Three, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gavin DeGraw, St. Lucia, House of Pain, Bob Moses, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Saint Motel, The Strumbellas, AlunaGeorge, Frightened Rabbit, Andra Day, Galactic, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Mavis Staples, Ani DiFranco, Bishop Briggs, Lewis Del Mar, Highly Suspect, Judah & the Lion, Elephant Revival, Warren G, Bad Suns, Giraffage, gnash, The Staves, The Barr Brothers, Pell, Hippo Campus, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Barns Courtney, Hiss Golden Messenger, The California Honeydrops, The Hunna, 888, Prinze George, Con Brio, La Santa Cecilia, The Shelters, SWMRS, Run River North, James Hersey, Day Wave, DREAMERS, HIRIE, Baskery, City of the Sun, Cobi, PARTYBABY, A R I Z O N A, The Heydaze, Parade of Lights, little hurricane, Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra, Josh Kelley, Jessica Childress, Corey Harper, WILD, Saint Mesa, Hibbity Dibbity, The Helmets, Pacific Radio, The Redwoods Revue, Doobie Decibel System, Troubadour 77, Silverado Pickups, Tracksuit Wedding, Secure the Sun, Serf and James, Kadin Yeahmon, Alec Lee, and the Napa Youth Symphony.
“We are very proud of this lineup. In addition to our amazing headliners, the lineup has something for everyone,” said Dave Graham, CEO of BottleRock Napa Valley and Latitude 38 Entertainment. “It's exciting to see BottleRock develop, from the performers, to our wine and culinary programming, our layout...we make great strides each year to elevate the overall event. BottleRockers expect an amazing experience and we believe they will be very happy with all the upgrades we are planning for this year’s festival.”
In 2016, BottleRock Napa Valley welcomed more than 120,000 music, food and wine fans during its fourth annual installment in historic downtown Napa. The sold-out 2016 festival featured more than 90 performers on five stages including Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The Machine, and more. BottleRock Napa Valley also features its legendary Williams-Sonoma Culinary Stage, showcasing a unique mashup of cooking demonstrations with renowned chefs, celebrities, performers, and rock stars. Details on the 2017 culinary stage will be announced at a later date.
THREE-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION PASS | Starting at $309
Anything but general, the general admission pass provides all that BottleRock is known for: 70+ bands on four music stages plus celebrity and chef mashups on the culinary stage with great sight lines throughout the venue. Tickets also include access to gourmet food from the Napa Valley’s finest chefs and restaurateurs, craft beer, specialty cocktails, and dozens of wine cabanas where you can sip, savor and mingle with your favorite vintners making every festival-goer feel like a VIP. 3-day general admission pass holders also receive in-and-out privileges. Three days of world-class music combined with wine country living at its finest!
THREE-DAY VIP PASS | Starting at $659
For those BottleRockers who want more from their festival experience, the 3-day VIP Pass really cranks up the perks. VIP guests will have access to the VIP Village, an oasis featuring premium bars and an ultra premium wine bar, expanded culinary offerings, a VIP viewing deck, comfy seats, shade, live acoustic performances, DJ sets, upgraded VIP-only restrooms, and much more - all located adjacent to the JaM Cellars main stage. VIP ticket holders will also receive up-close prime viewing areas and shade at each stage, an easy access corridor between the JaM Cellars main stage and the second stage, separate fast lane festival entrances and exits, in-and-out privileges, and the opportunity to purchase a parking pass exclusive to VIP ticket holders located within a short walk of the VIP entrance. There is a limited quantity of VIP Passes.
THREE-DAY VIP PLUS SKYDECK PASS | Starting at $1200
Along with all of the VIP benefits, VIP Plus Skydeck pass holders have access to an exclusive elevated platform located within the VIP Village. The Skydeck is the ultimate place to experience BottleRock. With unparalleled views of the JaM Cellars main stage and culinary stage, you’ll have comfortable lounge seating to see your favorite chefs and musicians without leaving the Skydeck. VIP Plus Skydeck guests have access to all-day complimentary beer, cocktails, and wines. There is a limited quantity of VIP Plus Skydeck passes. Private suites are available for parties of 20 or more.
THREE-DAY PLATINUM PASS | Starting at $3500
For a refined festival experience that only Napa Valley can provide, Platinum ticket holders receive a one-of-a-kind ‘All Access’ pass to BottleRock Napa Valley. Rub elbows with artists in special artist Meet & Greets (subject to availability). Be face-to-face with some of the world’s top musicians with exclusive access to front-row and soundboard viewing, or better yet watch bands from exclusive on-stage viewing platforms!
Platinum guests receive exclusive access to the Platinum Lounge hosted by Estate Events by Meadowood, located next to the JaM Cellars main stage. The Platinum Lounge includes complimentary daily signature dishes and gourmet tasting menus prepared by world-renowned Napa Valley chefs. Also included is complimentary craft beer, specialty cocktails prepared by Master Mixologists, and world-class wines selected and served by top Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine. Platinum benefits include all of the perks that come with the VIP and VIP Plus Skydeck ticket packages. Last but certainly not least, Platinum guests will receive on-site concierge services, premium restrooms, Platinum-only parking directly at the event site, air-conditioned spaces, lockers to store personal belongings, and much more. Platinum passes are extremely limited, and provide the ultimate luxury festival experience.
About BottleRock Napa Valley
BottleRock Napa Valley features the world’s top musicians on four music stages, plus the infamous BottleRock Culinary Stage showcasing one-of-a-kind culinary and celebrity mashups. Master Sommeliers, celebrity chefs and dozens of the region’s finest vintners, restaurateurs, and brewers rub shoulders with guests in an intimate setting. BottleRock offers the best in wine, food and craft brews to complement the music and create an
authentic wine country experience for festival guests. For additional information, please visit BottleRockNapaValley.com . Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@BottleRockNapa, #BottleRock) and Instagram (@BottleRockNapa, #BottleRock).
About Latitude 38 Entertainment
Formed in 2014, the vision of Latitude 38 Entertainment is to blend world-class music, food, wine, brew and community to enhance and elevate Napa Valley’s offerings and reputation as a world-class destination in which to live, work and play.
About JaM Cellars
JaM Cellars, based in Napa California, makes Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet, and Toast Sparkling wines. These nationally distributed California and Napa wines are easy-to-love, exceptional quality wines that live up to their names. These wines are made for sharing with friends - whether it’s a special occasion, everyday celebration, or at BottleRock Napa Valley where JaM Cellars is the Presenting Sponsor for 2017! JaM Cellars wines are crafted in the tradition of great winemaking by second-generation Napa Valley vintners John and Michele Truchard, the “J" and "M" in JaM Cellars. Follow #JaMCellars on Facebook and Instagram and at JaMCellars.com , or visit in downtown Napa, 1460 First Street, Napa CA.
TROUBADOUR 77 AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Opening for Brandi Carlile At Montage LIVE!
January 2, 2017 - (Park City, UT) - Troubadour 77 (T77) and it’s various members can be found performing a few times at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. T77 will take the stage at the Montage Deer Valley in the Vista Lounge on Sunday, January 22 for a full band show and again on January 26, unplugged, opening for Brandi Carlile. The band will be featuring all new music from their forthcoming album due out this summer. Lead singer, Anna Wilson comments, “We are so thrilled to be a part of the Montage Deer Valley Music Series and debut some of our brand new music. This will essentially be the first time we share this batch of new songs and perform them live, and I can’t think of a better setting.”
Additionally, founding members, Anna Wilson and Monty Powell will also be bringing their acoustic show “Song Tales” (www.songsessions.com) to OP Rockwell’s on Main Street for a
private event for Acura. This Bluebird Cafe style singer-songwriter show is and intimate glance behind the curtain of the stories behind the hit songs the dynamic duo has penned. Collectively, Powell and Wilson have songs on over 70 million albums, have been nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice award and have written the international theme song for Habitat For Humanity.
At a festival that hails great storytelling through movies, you can now find even more great stories in song from these inspiring troubadours!