“GHOST”, Mike Killeen’s latest album, launches on Saturn 5 Records

Saturn 5 Records proudly announces the release of “GHOST”! This is Georgia songwriter Mike Killeen’s fifth album. Killeen’s strong lyrics and producer Ken Coomer’s intelligent drumming makes this album ring with Americana sensibilities. The album explores topics of lost loves while celebrating current ones. Having drummed for indie rock bands Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, Coomer adds urgency and longing to the percussive elements. Recorded in Nashville, the CD and vinyl album are available for sale here and at Mike Killeen’s website.

Killeen has always had a way with words, crafting them to subtly tease out the flavor in each lyric like a brewmaster making a great microbrew. His straightforward melodies softly stroke the lyrics without dominating them. The album features nine songs that range from the glass rattling rock of “Total Nonsense and Drunk” to the tear inducing, heartfelt “Decatur Cemetery.”

Ghost album by Mike Killeen

Mike Killeen Releases Inspiring, Haunting Album ‘Ghost’ May 17

Producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) Calls Disc ‘a Great Surprise’

With four albums to his credit, veteran singer-songwriter Mike Killeen opts to color outside the lines with his fifth. The genre-defying “Ghost,” produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), will be released on Saturn 5 Records, and available on Spotify and iTunes beginning May 17.

“The idea was to not make just another singer-songwriter record,” says Killeen, “but to take inspiration from the music that’s shaped me and channel it into something new.”

Ghost, Mike Killeen, 2019
Ghost, Mike Killeen, 2019

The result is “Ghost,” a nine-track amalgamation of indie, alternative, Americana, and folk rock, rife with storytelling, passion, and introspection. Chockfull of diversity in songwriting, accompaniment, and production, “Ghost” proves to be Killeen’s strongest set of music and lyrics to date.

Recorded at Coomer’s Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville, Tenn., the producer says it was Killeen’s gift of storytelling that drew him to the project. “Mike Killeen can take you to that place, the place of a lost love, that yearning we all have for someone,” says Coomer. “Or he can paint the picture of human loss, that deep line that runs between life and death.”

Killeen sings lead on all nine tracks and contributes electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and piano. Expert accompaniment from Joe Garcia on lead guitar, Ted Pecchio on bass, and Coomer on drums — as well the textural presence of keyboards, mellotrons, mandocellos, loops, and well-placed harmonies by Kristen Englenz and Nathan Beaver — give the album its hard-to-label, but easy-to-embrace vibe.

“Listeners are in for a great surprise,” Coomer says. “I didn’t want to make a safe record, not with lyrics like that. So I pushed him sonically. I find things get exciting when you take away an artist’s parachute and make them jump.”

And jump Killeen does. From the disc’s first single, the melodic, pop-infused folk of “She Called Me Last Night,” to the solemn and reflective storytelling of the solo piano gem “Decatur Cemetery (Section14),” “Ghost” forgoes caution and convention, traversing musical peaks and valleys with soul and sustenance.

Killeen is also the founder of Amplify My Community, a non-profit organization that has raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to community organizations offering support for the homeless and impoverished. Amplify’s funds are raised through the production of music festivals and concerts — and have featured acts such as Lucinda Williams, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, The Jayhawks, and Bruce Hornsby. Killeen has donated more than 30 performances to Amplify.

When asked why he’s releasing “Ghost” at this point in his career, Killeen recalls listening to one of his favorite Bob Dylan songs, “Going, Going, Gone,” with the lyric: Grandma said, boy, go and follow your heart/And you’ll be fine at the end of the line/All that’s gold isn’t meant to shine/Don’t you and your one true love ever part.

“Sometimes,” laughs Killeen, “you have to heed the voice of God.”

Dates to remember

  • Available now: “She Called Me Last Night,” the first single from “Ghost,” now available on all major streaming sites, including Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes.
  • Available now: “Ghost” available for pre-order on CD and vinyl at MikeKilleen.com.
  • May 10: Mike Killeen “Ghost” record release show at the legendary Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Ga. http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1821654/
  • May 17: “Ghost” available on all major streaming sites, including Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes.

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Mike Killeen performing at Eddie‘s Attic in Decatur, Georgia

Mike Killeen Releases New Album May 10

Singer/songwriter Mike Killeen announced the release of his next album. Produced in Nashville at Cartoon Moon Recording Studio by Ken Coomer, the nine song collection is Killeen’s fifth studio album. Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fans may recognize Coomer as those groups’ bad ass drummer. Still wielding the sticks with a variety of touring artists, this three time Grammy-nominated producer has been working with the likes of Al Green and Stax’s great William Bell. Killeen is set to release his album on May 10, 2019 at the famed Eddie’s Attic venue in Decatur, Georgia.

Amplify Decatur Music Festival Concert

The Bitterroots Bring Jam Rock to Decatur

Local Decatur jam rock band, The Bitterroots, announce their new CD release and anniversary show. The famed Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia will feature a rock blast evening as the tables are moved aside to allow concert-goers close up access to the acts. May 18th, 2019. Get your tickets now!

Amplify Decatur Music Festival

First Amplify Decatur Music Fest

Food trucks, craft beer, and the ubiquitous funnel cake are on tap to feed the tummy while awesome music feeds the soul at the first Amplify Decatur Music Festival in Decatur, Georgia. LENZ and Eddie’s Attic are humbled sponsors of this three-day indoor and outdoor music event held on the Decatur Square on June 18, 2016.  At the world famous Eddie’ Attic music venue, acts such as Anthony D’Amato will take center stage, while a Prince tribute hosts multiple artists for the Sunday evening indoor festival finale.

Amplify Decatur Music Festival 2016
Kristen Englenz featured performer at free concert

Outdoors, get your folk on, as from noon to 3 in the gorgeous downtown Decatur Square, four acts including The Magic Birds, The Dammages, Kristen Englenz and The Bitterroots rock on during the free concert. At 5 p.m., the venue transforms to a ticketed event with Atlanta favorite Eliot Bronson, Penny and Sparrow, Elephant Revival and Grammy nominated The Milk Carton Kids creating a special evening on the bricks.

Get Your Folk On!

Americana music at its best hits the Square in Decatur, Georgia on June 1, 2015.

Get tickets at Amplifydecatur.org.  Various packages include the VIP package with private restaurants, complimentary cocktails and front row seats to the venue. See you there, on the Square!

Eliot Bronson

Eliot Bronson “Wouldn’t Want Ya” Video

Eliot Bronson performs “You Wouldn’t Want Me if You Had Me” with additional vocals from Faye Webster and world famous, Eddie’s Attic. Magical.

Eliot Bronson from his Eliot Bronson album cover

Album Touted as “Americana gem” by Paste Magazine

“An Americana gem” is what Paste Magazine calls the recently released album “Eliot Bronson”. The album hit #1 on the EuroAmericana charts, #1 on the Roots Music Chart and was named as one of the best albums of 2014 by more than 15 reviewers, DJ’s, and bloggers. Signed and numbered albums are available exclusively on Saturn 5 website.

Eliot Bronson, Eliot Bronson, 2014
Eliot Bronson, Eliot Bronson, 2014

The album and its namesake Bronson are touted by reviewers as having a “Dylan-like edge that the master himself might even have considered” (countrystandardtime.com), “one of the best releases this year” (glidemagazine.com), “Bronson may just be one of the finest singer/songwriter artists since Bob Dylan” (criticaljazz.com). Besides being voted in the Top Five Albums of 2014 by the EuroAmericana Charts, the album has been rated the #1 album of the year by ctlaltcountry.com and made Blurt’s Lee Zimmerman’s Top Ten of 2014, among many other rankings and reviews.

The album was tracked entirely analog in Nashville by acclaimed producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Anderson East). “The whole project, produced by Americana superstar recordist Dave Cobb is wonderful” (musiccittyroots.com). Eliot Bronson is a vibey, ten-song album with an uncluttered production aesthetic that highlights Bronson’s songwriting and his achingly beautiful vocals. “It’s an album that trades on both the simplicity of its nine-song the live approach Bronson and (Dave) Cobb took to recording” (bluegrass situation.com).

“It was quite a pleasure working with Eliot,” says Cobb. “He’s a brilliant lyricist and poet. We did the record live all together and the album feels timeless.”

Saturn 5 Records is dedicated to the production, promotion, and preservation of music that matters — Artists that are significant, enduring, and worth your time. The artists on Saturn 5 are the best songwriters and performers the label discovers in the worlds it inhabits.

Poverty Is Real album cover

“Poverty is Real” Featured in Documentary

Atlanta-based Americana folk artist, Mike Killeen’s title track Poverty is Real, is featured with those from Patti Smith and Ziggy Marley in this introspective and fascinating view of philanthropy in the United States. Director Salvatore Alaimo interviews citizens, volunteers, and non-profit leaders to uncover the lack of knowledge of what philanthropy is in our communities, and how anyone can be involved.

Mike Killeen in studio

An introduction to the video can be seen on YouTube at “What is Philanthropy?” documentary trailer.

The film has been touring the United States, accompanied by the director. A free screening of the film is followed by a panel discussion, hosted by the United Way of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, November 3rd, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Loudermilk Center.

CDs of the album Poverty is Real are available at the Saturn 5 Store, Amazon.com with digital downloads at iTunes and streaming on Spotify.

Producer Dave Cobb with Performer Eliot Bronson

Dave Cobb Nominated for Grammy

Dave Cobb, Producer of Eliot Bronson’s Self-Titled Album, Is Nominated for Grammy’s Producer of the Year

Eliot Bronson, Eliot Bronson, 2014
Dave Cobb produced self-titled album available on Saturn 5 Records

Cobb produced country music sensation Chris Stapleton’s latest album, “Traveller.” Cobb was instrumental in creating the sound for the critically acclaimed “Eliot Bronson.” His fresh perspective on the recording has him dubbed as the savior of country music and the new zeitgeist of Americana. Cobb has been nominated for several Grammy’s this year in the Americana field. Good luck, Dave!

Three Albums: Poverty Is Real, Universal You, Everybody‘s Out Tonight

S5R Releases Three Albums in August

Three Album Re-Releases Slated for WorldWide Distribution in August

Atlanta-based Americana folk artist, Mike Killeen, and Nashville’s Americana alt-country artist, Nathan Beaver, have both signed independent deals with Saturn 5 Records located in Decatur, Georgia. The first venture for all parties is a re-release of the artists’ most recent recordings with wide distribution to iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon.com, Rhapsody, and other digital media services through an exclusive arrangement with RedEye Worldwide.

“Saturn 5 is expanding, however, its focus is still Americana music,” states President and CEO, Richard Lenz. Building on the success of its first award-winning artist, Eliot Bronson, and leveraging the experience of publishing 12 albums with the national music non-profit, Poverty is Real, Inc., Saturn 5 announced today that is has signed two new artists. Saturn 5 is actively involved in the promotion of Americana music including music event planning and promotion, artist development, and publishing.

Proverty Is Real, Mike Killeen, 2011
Proverty Is Real, Mike Killeen, 2011

“Released in the spring of 2011, Poverty is Real was produced by Atlanta’s Will Robertson. The record is a more muscular presentation of Mike Killeen’s songwriting than found previously, with crunchy electric guitars and raucous crash cymbals appearing throughout. An album with this title might be considered preachy, however, Killeen never goes there, choosing instead compelling arguments and emotions to influence the listener.

Originally from Athens, Georgia and now living in Decatur, Mike counts Bob Dylan, Vic Chesnutt, Nirvana, and Uncle Tupelo among his formative influences. BeAtlanta.com called Poverty is Real, “a collection of beautiful arrangements and meaningful lyrics.” The album’s title track is featured on Director Salvatore Alaimo’s recently released documentary, “What is Philanthropy?”

Nathan Beaver’s southern roots run deep. Don’t be fooled by his choir boy good looks and angelic voice. This alt country singer is badass. Beaver’s full-length album Universal You and the extended play record, Everybody’s Out Tonight, are both being re-released on August 21. Both albums capture Beaver’s distinctive style of smooth-as-oak-barreled-whiskey vocals laced with edgy lyrics.

Universal You, Nathan Beaver, 2010
Universal You, Nathan Beaver, 2010

Released in 2010, Universal You was produced by Atlanta’s Will Robertson. Paste Magazine praised the album as “stunning in its simplicity” while Music News Nashville gets to the core of Beaver’s tunes stating, his “forte is showing intimate moments in time.”

A Georgia native,Universal You was ten years in the making and reveals the care of its owner in musical choice and m Beaver now lives and works in Nashville. Growing up with parents who were lay ministers, Beaver sang weekly with his father. Once in college, he struck out on his own, moving from hymns to pure rock. He was a favorite in the Athens, Georgia music scene which fueled his decision to write songs and produce his own album. ature subject matters.

Everybody’s Out Tonight, Nathan Beaver, 2011
Everybody’s Out Tonight, Nathan Beaver, 2011

Beaver has shared the stage with Shawn Mullins, Clay Cook, Ari Heist, Bain Mattox, and Matthew Kahler, to name a few. Everybody’s Out Tonight, produced in 2011 at Atlanta’s Gallop Studios, is infused with a country music influence that seems to sit just right with Beaver’s consistently thoughtful lyrics and smooth vocals. Physical copies of all albums are available here at Saturn 5 Records. Download tracks or the album at iTunes or Amazon.com, and stream on Spotify, Pandora or other digital service providers.

All three albums are available on Amazon.com or right here at the Saturn 5 Store.