Saturn 5 Records announces the release of Nashville-based Americana Artist Kristen Englenz’s new single “Shelf Life”. The single drops June 19, 2020. The song was recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy nominee and producer Ken Coomer, former drummer for Wilco during the studio sessions for Englenz highly regarded debut full length album, ingénue.
“Shelf Life” features Englenz performing vocals and acoustic guitar, Coomer on drums and Nashville session musicians Ted Pecchio on electric bass and Joe Garcia on electric guitar. It’s meditative tone underscores the lyrical imagery of being frozen in place after a “break up”. It seems to have even more impact as the recent pandemic has left the world feeling immovable and disconnected.
The East Nashvillian called Englenz’s debut album “a sonic wonderland” and Creative Loafing says, “Kristen Englenz shines…with a strong opening salvo.” Stomp and Stammer comments that “ingénue features strong lyrics delivered by an emotive storyteller…a talent with the drive to work as an equal with roots music legends.
https://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/social-shelf-life.png6271200Saturn 5 Recordshttps://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/saturn-five-records.pngSaturn 5 Records2020-06-18 17:17:352021-06-11 16:20:24Saturn 5 Records Releases the New Single “Shelf Life” by Americana artist Kristen Englenz
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.
https://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/fb-ingenue.png6271200Saturn 5 Recordshttps://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/saturn-five-records.pngSaturn 5 Records2020-02-18 11:10:402021-06-11 16:21:05Kristen Englenz Releases Full-length Album, ”ingénue,“ Produced by Grammy Nominated Ken Coomer (Wilco)
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!
https://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/kristen-englenz-rebound-shot.jpg6281200Saturn 5 Recordshttps://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/saturn-five-records.pngSaturn 5 Records2020-02-13 16:58:022020-02-13 16:58:52Saturn 5 Records Releases Single “Rebound” by Nashville Artist 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.”
https://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/social-rebound-single.jpg6281200Saturn 5 Recordshttps://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/saturn-five-records.pngSaturn 5 Records2020-01-13 08:45:002021-06-11 16:21:23Saturn 5 Records Releases Single “Rebound” by Nashville Artist Kristen Englenz
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.
https://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/fb-pray-for-rain.png6281200Saturn 5 Recordshttps://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/saturn-five-records.pngSaturn 5 Records2019-10-30 15:28:482021-06-11 16:22:10Saturn 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
“Got Me With Goodbye” by Nashville singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz. The
single drops on all platforms October 18, 2019. The single and the full-length
debut album, ingénue, were recorded
by three-time Grammy nominee and producer Ken Coomer, former drummer for Wilco.
The album is slated for release February 28, 2020.
In “Got Me With Goodbye”, Englenz ruefully
ponders modern relationships, particularly the miscues and misleading meanings
that arise when initial introductions are virtual instead of face-to-face.
“Your words sound so good now, echoing in my head, louder than the words that
you said.” Two of Nashville’s finest
session musicians, Ted Pecchio on electric bass and Jason “Slim” Gambill on
electric guitar augment Englenz’s vocal, acoustic guitar and French horn
contributions. Coomer’s inspired drumming and percussive rhythm drive the
melody to a toe-tapping indie rock beat.
When asked about working with Englenz,
producer Coomer noted that he loved her voice and believed she needed some
coaxing out of her “safe zone.” He knew she had been through some personal struggles
and could hear that pain infused with her hope in the lyrics. “I felt she
needed to be pushed to go inside the special dark sad moments where every
artist needs to go. She rallied and flew the flag of women surviving and
conquering. She nailed it.”
Englenz was recently signed by Atlanta, Georgia based indie label, Saturn 5 Records.
https://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/og-got-me-with-goodbye.png6281200Saturn 5 Recordshttps://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/saturn-five-records.pngSaturn 5 Records2019-10-14 08:30:202021-06-11 16:22:21Saturn 5 Records Announces Single Release “Got Me With Goodbye” by Singer-Songwriter Kristen Englenz
Producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) Calls Disc ‘a Great Surprise’
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
https://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mike-killeen-singing-1.jpg6301200Saturn 5 Recordshttps://saturn5records.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/saturn-five-records.pngSaturn 5 Records2019-02-20 19:47:022019-05-14 14:44:11Mike Killeen Releases New Album May 10