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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.

Got Me with Goodbye, Kristen Englenz

Saturn 5 Records Announces Single Release “Got Me With Goodbye” by Singer-Songwriter Kristen Englenz

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.

Got Me With Goodbye by Kristen Englenz

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.

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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.