Thursday, June 7, 2007

THE VELVET HEARTS (unsigned, unpublished) -- Here's a six-piece from the UK, fronted by John James Newman, a singer-songwriter we've been following as a solo artist for a couple of years. Very cool, blues-influenced rock with sprinkles of pop -- we think their Into The World EP could work well on "Red State" rock radio stations and some of the more progressive AAA outlets across the U.S. The group has dates booked in the UK through the end of the year. Interesting side tidbit: John James Newman is the son of Sandy Newman, who sang for the Scottish pop group Marmalade (they had a big hit with their remake of The Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da")