ingénue, Kristen Englenz, 2020

Kristen Englenz Releases Full-length Album, ingénue, Produced by Grammy Nominated Ken Coomer (Wilco)

ingénue, Kristen Englenz, 2020
ingénue, Kristen Englenz, 2020

Saturn 5 Records announces the release of the Americana album “ingénue” by Nashville singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz. The album drops on all platforms February 28, 2020.

Three-time Grammy nominee and former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer produced the full-length debut album recorded at Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville.

The nine-song collection floats through a mosaic of genres while embracing each in an Americana vibe. The tongue-in-cheek wittiness of folk-pop “Got Me With Goodbye,” the electrified bluesy rocker “Rebound,” and the Tom Waits-like ballad “Oh, Evenin’ Star,” each accompanies Englenz on her journey to unravel the complexity of modern life. Her Dylanesque gospel-like “Pray for Rain” features the five-time Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama.

Throughout, there is a feel of uncertain innocence which Coomer’s artful production teases out of Englenz’s subtle Southern twang. It is an album best heard in its entirety. Coomer’s intuitive drumming supports the narrative in each track from the soft jazzy feel of “Georgia Peach” to the rock and roll beat of “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” to the defiant snare in “Rebound.” Nashville’s finest session musicians, Ted Pecchio, Jason “Slim” Gambill, Robbie Crowell, and Joe Garcia, provide inspired musical interpretations song-to-song.

“Globe in My Room,” the evocative final track of ingénue features Englenz performing bird calls. Englenz attributes her melodies as partly inspired by the natural world, which she combines with her interest in environmental activism in her popular web series “Caterwauling with Kristen” where she mimics birdcalls and teaches about avian species.

Englenz appeared live on Paste Studio Atlanta performing three songs from the new album. She frequently plays at multiple Nashville venues including The 5 Spot, The Basement, and The Bowery Vault as well as at the famed Eddie’s Attic in her hometown of Decatur, Georgia. She has opened for the Blind Boys of Alabama. Her songs have appeared on compilation albums for Amplify My Community, a nonprofit organization using music to defeat homelessness, along with those of R.E.M., Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic and many more.

Englenz was recently signed by Atlanta, Georgia-based indie label, Saturn 5 Records. Her tour in support of the album begins February 29, 2020, at Bowery Vault in Nashville. KristenEnglenz.com for dates, times and more information.

Shot of Kristen Englenz in her music video of Rebound

Saturn 5 Records Releases Single “Rebound” by Nashville Artist Kristen Englenz

”Rebound“ by Kristen Englenz
Rebound (single), Kristen Englenz

Saturn 5 Records announces the release of Kristen Englenz’s newest video, “Rebound”. The sweet revenge, bluesy rocker comes on the heels of Englenz’s release of videos for two other singles from her upcoming album, ingénue.

The video is directed and produced by Eric Englert who has camera credits on popular series such as Queer Eye, Married to Jonas, Bridezilla, and Man vs. Food, among others.  Englert also directed Kristen’s first video, “Got Me With Goodbye”. Englenz and Englert have something in common-they are siblings.

“It was really very special working with my brother on these projects. He knows me as well as anyone else and in particular, what these songs mean to me. And we had a blast!” says Englenz.

The one, continuous shot video also features Atlanta musicians who have played with Englenz: Colin Agnew, Matthew Pendrick and Robby Handley.

“I love the tongue in cheek ending,” says Englenz. “We go into relationships thinking they are the real thing. When you are the rebound, you suddenly understand, it wasn’t. The ending chuckles at that ‘seeing is believing’ concept as bit!”

Watch the video here and see for yourself! 

Rebound, Kristen Englenz

Saturn 5 Records Releases Single “Rebound” by Nashville Artist Kristen Englenz

”Rebound“ by Kristen Englenz
Rebound (single), Kristen Englenz

Saturn 5 Records announces the release of the single “Rebound” by Nashville singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz. “Rebound drops on all platforms January 31, 2020. It comes on the heels of Englenz’s positively received single “Pray For Rain,” featuring five-time Grammy winners the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Three time Grammy nominee and former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, produced the new single and Englenz’s upcoming full-length debut album, ingénue. The album drops February 28, 2020.

“Rebound” unravels the raw emotions one experiences after realizing a new relationship is nothing more than a band-aid for a previous lover. Englenz’s passionate vocals transports one through the intensifying stages of betrayal. The stinging lyrics are underscored by Nashville musicians Jason “Slim” Gambill and Joe Garcia’s powerful guitars and Coomer’s heavy rock drums. The listener is left on the hook as much as the lover.  The lilith track also features Englenz on electric guitar and Ted Pecchio’s punchy electric bass.

Roots music journal No Depression called Englenz’s music “stream of consciousness Beat poetry imbued with good-down-home Southern sensibility.” And Stomp and Stammer said, “There is a stirring intimacy to these performances that holds you in their grasp.”

Kristen Englenz video still in Pray for Rain music video

Vevo Premieres “Pray for Rain” Official Video Featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama

Like the timeless classic Bob Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind”, Kristen Englenz’s “Pray For Rain” featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama searches for answers by questioning. Englenz’s hypnotic plea for understanding of an everchanging world finds solace in the warm, time-weathered voices of the Blind Boys answer of inspiration and uplifting prayer.

The video features the Blind Boys of Alabama recording in legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Especially poignant are footage of Jimmy Carter, the sole remaining survivor of the original Blind Boys, singing spontaneous riffs.  Ken Coomer, who produced the recording, felt these moments were so special, they did not need instrumentation behind it. The single has become an instant favorite and as SoundBites Kristopher Weiss says, deserves to be on repeat.

Michael Killeen headshot

Mike Killeen’s Latest Album “Ghost” Receives Rave Reviews

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

May 2019 marked the release of Mike Killeen’s fifth studio album, GhostProduced by three-time Grammy-nominated drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco/Uncle Tupelo) in his Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville, the nine-song album has received praise and kudos from music reviewers. Jeff Clark’s Stomp and Stammer remarked that this album served to showcase Killeen’s smooth vocals with a rootsy rock vibe. In a song by song review, Atlanta Music Grapevine extolled the virtues of the album’s musical structure and integrity. “It is not necessary to know much about Mike or already be invested in his music to immediately take a shine to this record. The song structure philosophy Mike and Ken chose — serving each song over soloing and pushing melody over unnecessary adornment — still has a focus on sonic depth, with interesting layers in every song. The overall effect is one of great balance, a cohesive mix, with music and words upfront rather than any detours focused on any one player. Across much of the album, there is a gentle wash of delay, reverb, and tremolo, giving it an atmospheric, ethereal quality and vocals that feel both big yet intimate.”

Chicago Crowd Surfer may have summed Ghost up best as a “luminescent record.”

Killeen is on tour and writing new songs. Tour schedule can be found at MikeKilleen.com. The Ghost album, in CD and vinyl can be purchased at Saturn 5 Record’s online store or on your favorite music platform.

Paste Studio with Kristen Englenz and Blind Boys of Alabama

Englenz Featured on Paste Live Studio Sessions Joined by Blind Boys of Alabama for Live Rendition of “Pray For Rain”

Paste Studios Atlanta was the site for the first live performance of Kristen Englenz’s new single, “Pray For Rain” featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama. Englenz started the three-song set with “Got Me With Goodbye” the first single released from her upcoming debut album, ingénue. A slapping version of the soon-to-be-released single, “Rebound” followed. Englenz was joined by band members Colin Agnew on drums, Robbie Handley on bass and Trevor Woodward on electric. Paste’s Andy Coombs conducted between-song interviews with Englenz. A surprise visit by guests Blind Boys of Alabama ended the set with a soulful “Pray For Rain” live rendition. The entire 18-minute interview can be seen here. Each song has been placed on Daytrotter and can be viewed here.  If you are a fan (and how could you not be!) here is the full 18-minute session. Less time than it takes to get a Popeye Chicken Sandwich.

Listen to the Paste Podcast featuring the 10 best albums of 2019.

Kristen Englenz with the Blind Boys of Alabama

Saturn 5 Records is Proud to Announce the Single “Pray For Rain” by Kristen Englenz Featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama Is Released Today

“Pray for Rain” by Kristen Englenz, featuring Blind Boys of Alabama
Pray for Rain (single), Kristen Englenz, featuring Blind Boys of Alabama

Saturn 5 Records announces the release of the single “Pray For Rain” by Nashville singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz performed with the Blind Boys of Alabama. The single drops TODAY on all platforms November 15, 2019. The single and Englenz’s upcoming full length debut album, ingénue, were recorded by Grammy nominee and producer Ken Coomer, former drummer of Wilco. The album is slated for release February 28, 2020.

Roots music journal No Depression called Englenz’s music “stream of consciousness Beat poetry imbued with good-down-home Southern sensibility.” And Stomp and Stammer said, “There is a stirring intimacy to these performances that holds you in their  grasp.”

Recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, “Pray For Rain” features Englenz’s soulful melody accompanied by moving vocals of five-time Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama. Their voices blend in an awe-inspiring juxtaposition of youth searching for wisdom which only comes with time.

Coomer feels that “Pray For Rain” is a song that needs to be heard. He said, “like Michael Stipe letting everyone figure out what your songs are about, the song is for individual interpretation. It’s genius.” For Coomer, the lyrics encourage one to not be stuck, to find the light at the end of the darkness. “This song speaks to me to keep moving, keep trying to make things better.”

For Englenz, recording with the Blind Boys was a dream come true. “Recording at FAME with its history and iconic music legends felt like an unworldly experience,” relates Englenz. “The ending is so special. It’s like a prayer!”

Besides Englenz on acoustic guitar and vocals, Coomer plays percussion on the track. Ted Pecchio plays electric bass, Jason “Slim” Gambill and Joe Garcia play electric guitar and Robbie Crowell rounds out some of Nashville’s finest session musicians with his keyboard work.

Blind Boys of Alabama band

Kristen Englenz to Open for Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur

The five-time Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama are on the road with their beloved Christmas tour and it kicks off in famed Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia on November 26, 2019. Kristen Englenz opens. 

The Blind Boys provided moving vocals on Kristen Englenz’s single “Pray For Rain” to be released on November 15th.  Recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and produced by Grammy nominee Ken Coomer (Wilco), “Pray For Rain”  Englenz’s and the Blind Boys voices blend in an awe-inspiring juxtaposition of youth searching for wisdom which only comes with time. 

Coomer feels that “Pray For Rain” is a song that needs to be heard. He said, “like Michael Stipe letting everyone figure out what your songs are about, the song is for individual interpretation. It’s genius.” For Coomer, the lyrics encourage one to not be stuck, to find the light at the end of the darkness. “This song speaks to me to keep moving, keep trying to make things better.”

For Englenz, recording with the Blind Boys was a dream come true. “Recording at FAME with its history and iconic music legends felt like an unworldly experience,” relates Englenz. “The ending is so special. It’s like a prayer!”

Doors at 7 pm. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. November 26, 2019. Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, Georgia.

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Kristen Englenz featured in her music video, "Got Me With Goodbye"

ImmersiveAtlanta.com Premieres the Official Video “Got Me With Goodbye” by Kristen Englenz

Indie music blog immersiveatlanta.com premiered the official video for the first single released from Kristen Englenz’s debut album, ingénue. The single and video dropped on October 18th. The video garnered over 10,000 views in the first 48 hours.  Directed by Eric Englert and filmed in East Nashville at the Bowery Vault, the video features Englenz and singer-songerwriter, John Burnette. The two depict the story of contemporary romance in a virtual world with miscues and misread intentions,  ending in the “best move, your good-bye!”.

Got Me with Goodbye by Kristen Englenz

Immersive Atlanta’s Ethan Fogus states: “Kristen Englenz’s “Got Me With Goodbye” is a full-color rendering of the pastel drawings from the singer-songwriter’s last EP. The lead single off her forthcoming album ingénue is rich with a kaleidoscopic tapestry of guitars, French horn, and Indigo Girls drums. Englenz’s voice is in pristine shape suggesting Stevie Nicks and Neko Case. Of course, her singing has always been muscular and defined, but here it feels ready for a fight as she spars between verses. It provides a strong tension between the declaration of “you got me with goodbye” and the mournful descending riff that bisects the chorus. 

Directed by Eric Englert, the video plays like a quick-witted Nora Ephron rom-com. With bright colors and good use of natural light, you may spend your time waiting for Sally Albright or Kathleen Kelly to pop out from behind a tree. But if you’re left wanting for a star-studded cameo, no matter. The bright caftans and patterned blazers Englenz rocks in the video more than make up for that feeling.”

Watch it here!

Kristen Englez, "Pray for Rain" Featuring Blind Boys of Alabama

Saturn 5 Records Announces Single Release “Pray For Rain” by Singer-Songwriter, Kristen Englenz Recorded with the Blind Boys of Alabama and Produced By Grammy Nominee and Producer Ken Coomer (Wilco)

Saturn 5 Records announces the release of the single “Pray For Rain” by Nashville singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz performed with the Blind Boys of Alabama. The single drops on all platforms November 15, 2019. Grammy nominee and producer Ken Coomer, former drummer of Wilco, recorded the single and Englenz’s upcoming full-length debut album, ingénue. The album is slated for release February 28, 2020.

Recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, “Pray For Rain” features Englenz’s soulful melody accompanied by the moving vocals of five-time Grammy winning Blind Boys of Alabama, combining the hopes of youth with the wisdom of experience. Coomer relates that “if I had a crystal ball and you said that in 10 years, 15 years, three years, you’ll be at FAME in Muscle Shoals recording with the Blind Boys of Alabama, I would have said ‘That isn’t my crystal ball!’ ”

For Englenz, recording with the Blind Boys was a dream come true. “One of my executive producers on the album, Willie “Chuck” Shivers, is a great friend. I’ve hung out with Ricky McKinnie and have listened to everything the Blind Boys have done. For this to all come together and have them sing on my first album is just unbelievable.” Englenz adds, “Recording at FAME with its history and iconic music legends felt like an unworldly experience. It felt like magic when the Blind Boys walked in. And then the end of the track is so special. Ken knew exactly what to do. It’s like a prayer!”

Coomer feels that “Pray For Rain” is a song that needs to be heard. He said, “like Michael Stipe letting everyone figure out what your songs are about, the song is for individual interpretation as to meaning. It’s genius.” For Coomer, the lyrics encourage one to not be stuck, to find the light at the end of the darkness. “With what’s going on in the world with climate change and the Amazon being in a crucial critical state, this song speaks to me to keep moving, keep trying to make things better.”

Besides Englenz on acoustic guitar and vocals, Coomer plays percussion on the track. Ted Pecchio plays electric bass, Jason “Slim” Gambill and Joe Garcia play electric guitar, and Robbie Crowell rounds out some of Nashville’s finest session musicians with his keyboard work.

Roots music journal No Depression called Englenz’s music “stream of consciousness Beat poetry imbued with good-down-home Southern sensibility.” And Stomp and Stammer said, “There is a stirring intimacy to these performances that holds you in their grasp.”

A fast-rising fixture of the East Nashville music scene, Englenz sings stories of loss and heartache with a soulful sensibility both intimately aching and defiant with hope. A classically trained pianist and acoustic guitarist, Englenz also plays French horn on several tracks on the album. With a voice both virtuosic and vulnerable, her music is fragrant with Americana notes and a modern indie vibe.

“Pray for Rain” follows the first single from the Coomer-produced album, “Got Me With Goodbye,” which included a video track that has been garnering attention.

Englenz attributes her melodies as partly inspired by the natural world, which she combines with her interest in environmental activism in her popular web series “Caterwauling with Kristen” where she mimics birdcalls and teaches about avian species.

Englenz frequently performs at multiple Nashville venues including The 5 Spot, The Basement, and The Bowery Vault as well as at the famed Eddie’s Attic in her hometown of Decatur, Georgia. Her songs have appeared on compilation albums for Amplify My Community, a nonprofit organization using music to defeat homelessness, along with those of R.E.M., Drive By Truckers, Widespread Panic and many more.

Englenz was recently signed by Atlanta, Georgia-based indie label, Saturn 5 Records.