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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.

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 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.

Ken Coomer in studio

Saturn 5 Records Collaborates with Nashville Producer and Grammy Nominee, Ken Coomer

Saturn 5 Records recently collaborated with Nashville producer Ken Coomer on another joint recording project.  Three-time Grammy nominated Coomer has drummed with Wilco and Uncle Tupelo as well as many other artists such Al Green, Wilco, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris. As a producer, he has created several gold and platinum recordings, including Mexican rock star Chetes’ recent release “Vaquero”.

Ken Coomer with Kristin Englenz at studio

Coomer completed production on Mike Killeen’s full-length album “Ghost” in early 2019. Saturn 5’s latest signed artist, Nashville singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz, just completed her debut album with Coomer. It is slated for release in early 2020. Label president Richard J. Lenz and Willie “Chuck” Shivers served as co-executive producers on the album.

Coomer traveled to FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he directed production of Englenz’s song “Pray For Rain”. The track features Englenz’s soul searching melody accompanied by the moving vocals of five-time Grammy winning Blind Boys of Alabama. Coomer relates that “If I had a crystal ball and you said that in ten years, fifteen 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!”

Besides Coomer, Saturn 5 Records has had the privilege of working with several award winning producers including multiple Grammy winner, Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, The Highwomen).

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!

Producer Dave Cobb with Performer Eliot Bronson

Dave Cobb Signs with Elektra

Dave Cobb, Red Hot Producer of Saturn 5’s ‘Eliot Bronson’, Signs with Elektra

Dave Cobb, the Georgia-born, Nashville-based producer, recently signed with Warner Brothers subsidiary, Elektra Records. The deal essentially places Cobb as A & R for Elektra in a partnership with Low Country Sound.  Cobb produced the critically acclaimed album “Eliot Bronson” on the independent label Saturn 5 Records last year. The album has been placed for nomination consideration for the 2015 Americana Music Association Awards and was cited as many “best of” recognitions in the past year. New artists Anderson East and Brent Cobb are part of the Elektra efforts.

Tennessean.com