Announcing 2016 She Rocks Summer NAMM Showcase Performers

Hot off the press at CountryMusicNewsBlog.com!

Acts include award-winning jazz vocalist and guitarist, Leni Stern; teen artist, Juliana Wilson; singer-songwriter, Ashley Riley; and singer-songwriter and guitarist, Savannah Lynne She Rocks Showcase performers Ashley Riley (top left), Juliana Wilson (top right), Leni Stern (bottom left), and Savannah Lynne (bottom right). The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) is pleased to announce the finalists selected to perform at the 2016 She Rocks Summer NAMM Showcase, taking place Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 8:30-11:00 p.m., at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, Tenn., during the 2016 Summer NAMM trade show. Tickets are available here. [bctt tweet=”Announcing performers for the Summer @NAMMshow 2016 SheRocks Women’s Showcase Brought by @The_Wimn. Details at @CMNBlog”] Performers include singer-songwriter Ashley Riley, 13-year-old singer Juliana Wilson, jazz vocalist and guitarist Leni Stern, and singer-songwriter Savannah Lynne. The performers were chosen based on their submissions to thewimn.com “The WiMN’s She Rocks Showcases are a part of our ongoing efforts to create opportunities and a platform for women in music,” said WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore. “We aim to give a chance to as many female artists as possible across the country to display their talent in front of music industry experts, influencers, media representatives, artists, and more. Attendees are in for a real treat!” Ashley Riley’s latest offering, Through the Thin, showcases her signature delicate-then-soaring vocals and clever storytelling. Riley is able to build an intimacy with the listener, inviting them into the songs and on a journey through the thin with her. The 13-song collection, released in April 2016, finds Riley a bit stronger and wiser than before, her down-to-the-bone vulnerability wrapped up in a cozy, warm blanket. The gritty, rootsy moments that garnered favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin and Stevie Nicks remain, backed by lush instrumentation that incorporates genres such as indie rock and pop into her folk niche. For more information, visit www.ashleyriley.com. Aiding topics from ageless experiences to lyrical content riddled in sarcasm, Juliana Wilson’s warm and intimate tone surfaces forcibly through wide echos of ambient backdrops as well as dynamic indie-driven pop. With content unique as it is relatable, Wilson’s visual storytelling sets the scene for any listener by combining universal narratives with conceptual standpoints through every song. Visit www.julianawilson.com for more information. Leni Stern is in the 28th year of her career as a recording artist. With her latest release Dakar Suite (LSR 2016), she continues to define herself as a genre-bending master guitarist and timely songwriter. Over the course of her career, Stern has established her vocal and guitar abilities in jazz, rock, and folk, while more recently drawing upon studies and collaborations from her international travels to places such as Kenya, India, Mali, Madagascar and Senegal. Having been awarded the Gibson Guitar’s Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year for five consecutive years, Stern has also been acknowledged for her songwriting talents by the International Songwriting Competition with an Honorable Mention in the world music category in 2009 and 2012. Visit www.lenistern.com for more information. At 14 years old, Savannah Lynne Continue reading

NAMM News: Cakewalk Announces New Gibson Electric Bass Expansion Pack for Rapture Session at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show

Cakewalk Announces New Gibson Electric Bass Expansion Pack for Rapture Pro and Rapture Session at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show Includes New expansion pack features meticulous sampling of three iconic Gibson instruments Boston, MA (January 20, 2016) – Cakewalk, dedicated to powerful and thoughtfully designed software for modern musicians, announces the new Gibson Bass Collection Expansion Pack at the 2016 NAMM Show (Gibson Booth 300B, Level 3). Designed for Cakewalk’s Rapture Pro and Rapture Session virtual instruments (available in VST3/AU/AAX/standalone formats), and sampled by expert sound designer Craig Anderton, this collection combines the warm, organic sound of three unique Gibson electric basses. The 28 programs also offer keyswitching to toggle between pick and finger attacks. [bctt tweet=”Get all the greatest #NAMM / #NAMM2016 gear updates at @CMNBLog as we share the hottest product releases all week long! ” via=”no”] The Midtown Bass captures the distinctive clarity and depth of this rare semi-hollow body bass, which is made from routed solid woods (rather than laminating woods around a solid center block). Its bright, punchy sound is ideal for pop/rock. For warm, raw power, the Les Paul Standard Bass features the classic tonewood combination of a mahogany body for richness with a solid carved maple top for “snap,” topped off by Thunderbird Bass pickups with ceramic magnets for “punch.”Finally, building on one of the most successful expansion packs ever for Cakewalk’s Dimension Pro synth, the EB 5-String Bass 2.0, with its eight unique pickup combinations, now takes full advantage of Rapture Pro/Session’s advanced features. Download the Full Press Release and Photo HERE

2016 NAMM Performers

Hundreds of artists from nearly every imaginable musical genre will perform on five NAMM Show stages and at dozens of industry events during the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, January 21-24. Live music will set the stage for product debuts from more than 5,000 brands throughout the four-day music industry event. Star-studded awards shows, iconic speakers, legendary musicians and music-making opportunities provide the soundtrack to a NAMM Show the industry will be talking about for years to come. “The annual gathering of the musical tribes during the NAMM Show naturally seems to create a festival type atmosphere; craftsman, artists and innovators coming together from around the globe united in their passion for music,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And all the parties, concerts, and intimate networking that occurs during and after show hours are legendary, as are the friendships and deep connections formed at NAMM.” Productive days on the show floor flow into evenings for networking with friends, enjoying live jams on the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage, the new NAMM Sheraton Acoustic Stage, NAMM CenterStage Presented by Pioneer DJ, NAMM Marriott Stage, and the NAMM Hilton Stage. Live Music at NAMM Each night from 6-7:30 p.m. on the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage, check out iconic artists noted for shaping their musical eras and genres. Immediately following the Industry Tribute on opening night, legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash will take the stage for an Evening with Graham Nash. Friday night The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus present The Imagine Party featuring Dr. John & the Nite Trippers. Celebrate music education with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time GRAMMYTM winner Dr. John, for a live performance co-hosted by OWC, Neutrik USA, Genelec, Securematics and Juniper Networks. Saturday night, members of The Legends band will headline the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage from 6-7:30 p.m., playing cover songs from each of their previous bands. The Legends consists of Bill Champlin (Chicago), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Dennis Tufano (The Buckinghams), Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Jimy Sohns (Shadows of the Knight), Spencer Davis (Spencer Davis Group) and other guest artists. Drop in for the Pioneer DJ Happy Hour Thursday-Saturday, 3–3:40 p.m. and Sunday, 2-2:40 p.m. at the NAMM CenterStage Presented by Pioneer DJ. High profile guest DJs will fill the center of the show with beats as industry guests refuel. Check out the full line up of performances on the NAMM Show stages, including Don Wilson of The Ventures, Kruger Brothers Band, Bernie Williams & Gil Parris, and other top names. She Rocks Awards Friday from 7-8:45 p.m., the She Rocks Awards presented by the Women’s International Music Network pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry. Held in the Hilton Anaheim Pacific Ballroom, the event honors performers Nita Strauss (co-host of the event), Chaka Khan, Jennifer Batten, Amy Heidemann of Karmin, along with other female industry leaders including Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen. Purchase Continue reading