Pete Berwick - Just Make It You and Me Tonight

Pete Berwick

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Berwick - Just Make It You and Me Tonight

Pete Berwick – Just Make It You and Me Tonight

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Berwick – Just Make It You and Me Tonight

 

ARTIST NAME: Pete Berwick

 

SONG TITLE: Just Make It You and Me Tonight

 

ALBUM TITLE: Island

 

RELEASE DATE: 1-1-19

 

GENRE: Country Americana

 

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Cowpunk / alt-country pioneer Pete Berwick has been touring and recording and hammering out hundreds of shows a year, as a solo artist and with his bands, for over four decades. Along with releasing six albums, he is also an author and actor, and has written and published four novels, as well as having appeared in film and television.

 

He is also an amateur boxer. “Can’t kill a man born to hang” is Berwick’s motto, as he fearlessly travels from town to town and roadhouse bar to roadhouse bar with a lifetime of critically acclaimed songs and his battered six string…

 

Over a dozen of his songs have been featured in movies and television, several of his albums have been placed in the year’s top ten by various media sources, and his “Ain’t No Train Outta Nashville” album, recorded and shelved on Music Row in 1992 and eventually released in 2007, peaked at #5 on XCOUNTRY RADIO, now OUTLAW RADIO.

 

“Island” is Pete Berwick’s sixth studio album, with backing band The Mugshot Saints delivering the musical firepower, produced by Jason Botka at Skye Bleu Studios in Villa Park, Illinois, and according to his critics, his finest work and masterpiece, scraped from the trenches and ruins of the long, hard miles and highs and lows of his hard-fought battles in the music industry.

 

The early reviews of this grizzled veteran’s 2019 album release describe fairly well what his world-wearied heart was attempting to say on this one:

 

“Pete Berwick is one of the best things to happen to punk-infused, alt-country leaning, folk music since Johnny Cash made his impact on this planet. There is no other entertainer in the business that works as hard or harder than Pete Berwick, hands down! Island is the next step in the evolution of a master craftsman who refuses to slow down, become complacent or allow the status quo to interfere with his art.”

Joshua Smotherman

Middle Tennessee Music.com

 

“Pete Berwick’s new album “Island” contains songs written with the grit of John Wayne and the soul of mainland America.”

– ‘The Music God’ CJ Christopher Plain, Host of 6 Ways 2 Sunday Radio Show on Firebrand Radio

 

“Island is a cross genre masterpiece. Each song is written straight from the heart and delivered like a punch to the stomach. If you like country, blues or just good ass kicking rock and roll, “Island” will fit perfectly in your playlist.”

-Rob Weingarten, Radio-Television Personality

 

“This is undoubtedly the finest album release to date from this inspirational songwriter and performer. Pete Berwick captures his own essence in every song. As you feel his emotions run down your spine you unwittingly connect them with one’s own lifetime experiences and you’re hooked, right to the very last song. Essential modern day Americana with an organic ‘live’ feel. Ever so highly recommended!”

-Lucas Campbell, “The Rock of Ages Radio Show” U.K.

 

“There is a ‘tenseness’ in the subdued emotions in the songs, a longing that’s palpable. I feel ‘Island’ is the album we always knew he had in him. I can’t wait to share it with my audience.”

Eddie White – The Cosmic Cowboy Cafe – 2RRR – Sydney, Australia

 

“No good music collection is complete without a copy of the upcoming album ‘Island,’ by Pete Berwick. It’s a heartfelt slice of Americana that may never truly receive the accolades it so deserves. The album is solid, and is reminiscent of the many great Americana / singer-songwriters of my youth, such as The BoDeans, John Prine, Steve Earle, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, even Johnny Cash. It’s an album filled with angst, love, hope and urgency. This album will reach out and tug at your heart and soul.”

-Nick Katona, Radio Host, Concert Promoter, and President of Melodic Revolution Records, Orlando, Florida

 

“When it comes to Pete Berwick the songwriting is always top notch, and I’ve always liked that gravelly growl. The vocals on this one sounds like Pete has laid off the PBR and Cigs, and has been drinking honey and smokin’ catfish. That turns out to be a sweet combination.”

– Billy Rose, Radio DJ at KMCN, Clinton, Iowa

 

“A coat of polish can’t wash away the grit of a Pete Berwick album. And that’s a good thing. The enhanced production and beautiful harmonies on his latest release only serve to highlight the heartache and joy.”

– Mike Preston, Television Host, Music & Entertainment Journalist, Professional Comedian

 

“There is only one Pete Berwick, unsung sword slinging Troubadour of outlaw finery.”

– Chris Gantry, legendary Country Hall of Fame songwriter

 

“To say that this is “country” or “rock” or any other genre would be misleading at the very least. Berwick’s music doesn’t fit into any of those molds and instead breaks all of them.”

– Jack Simpson, Indie Spotlight Live

 

“‘Island’ is a perfect slice of alternative-country rock ‘n’ roll, full of the dust and grit to be expected from Pete Berwick. And with excellent musicianship complimenting honest songwriting, it is also quite possibly his best album to date.”

– Craggy Collyde, RPM Magazine

 

“True country roamer Pete Berwick is back and ready to tell it exactly how it is with his new album, ‘Island’. Channeling influences from Bruce Springsteen to Steve Earle, Berwick has spent many years walking on the dusty side of the country road, spinning lonely nomadic tales of sorrow and heartbreak.

 

 

Following on from the punchy ‘The Legend of Tyler Doohan’, released in 2015, ‘Island’ immediately offers something a little different with the opener ‘I’m Getting Tired of This Place’. While the former album opens with a punch, you can’t help feeling that this one finds Berwick in a weary, tired mood – a feeling that permeates through the entirety of the album. The album is no less striking, however. On the contrary, ‘Island’ is truly a fantastic piece of work.

 

The album is once again packed with stories and multi-layered characters, whilst also appearing deeply introspective. Berwick is a master of getting his storytelling across, and here this depth is backed up by the superb backing band, The Mugshot Saints. The album is something of a journey, from the bitterness of the opener to the romantic last notes of hope on ‘The Streets of Pasadena’. The album does indeed begin and end on the streets.

 

Tracks such as ‘Anyway’ offer the familiar country-on-hard-times sound, while others reflect the aforementioned world-weariness, such as title track ‘Island’ and ‘I Am Not Afraid’. Others detail his need to hide, for example in ‘Let’s Make It You and Me Tonight’. Berwick is certainly not afraid to turn on the big choruses for this one, and songs such as ‘One Setback at a Time’, ‘I’m Really Not That Kind’ and ‘They Gave Love a Chance’ are standout tracks on a collectively brilliant album.

 

‘Island’ is a perfect slice of alternative-country rock ‘n’ roll, full of the dust and grit to be expected from Pete Berwick. And with excellent musicianship complimenting honest songwriting, it is also quite possibly his best album to date.”

– Craggy Collyde, RPM Magazine

 

Album Credits:

All songs written by Pete Berwick, Pete Berwick Publishing BMI, Nashville, Tennessee

 

Shotgun Records

 

Pete Berwick – Lead vocals, acoustic guitar

 

Jason Botka – Keys, acoustic and electric guitar

 

Jennifer McCleary Botka – background vocals

 

Johnny Gadeikis – Bass

 

Luke Smith – Drums

 

Jeff Givens – Background vocals on “I’m Gettin’ Tired Of This Place.”

 

Produced and mixed by Jason Botka at Skye Bleu Studios, Villa Park, Illinois

 

Mastered by Blaise Barton

 

Album photography and cover design by Michelle Shalloo Gadeikis

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Describe yourself as an artist.

Hard-edged, determined, die-hard, and a survivor. Always growing and never satisfied.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Country Americana and roots-rock.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

Just a passionate and emotional song about two lovers lost in love; who find themselves together and seeking solace in each other from the darkness of the world.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

I don’t have problems. I create them.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

Recorded at Skye Bleu Studios in Villa Park, Illinois.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.

nwi.com

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

When I am so pregnant with an idea I have to give it birth.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Wouldn’t know, never had one.

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Tell the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. Read a look of books and work hard. Take more than a Facebook page to build a name.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

My putting in long hours and days – a musician has to think like a head of a record label. But most don’t, and that is why they fail.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

One day at a time.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Pete Berwick is given to me at birth.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Just Make it You and Me Tonight” – It is just a beautiful love song. Two broken-down souls seeking solace in each other’s arms.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

“Island” sums up the isolation and melancholy emotions of the music.

 

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J Jamal - Stand Still

J Jamal – Stand Still

 

 

 

 

 

J Jamal - Stand Still

J Jamal – Stand Still

 

 

ARTIST NAME: J Jamal

 

SONG TITLE: Stand Still

 

ALBUM TITLE: iLikeMe

 

RELEASE DATE: 8/21/18

 

GENRE: R&B

 

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Discuss your personality.

I’m really laid back and mellow. But I love a good joke.

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Discuss your existence as a musician. 

I want my music to be more than music. I want it to be a message, and to be a movement.

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Go into details on the changes in your life for choosing music as a career.

It’s been a challenge, but also the most rewarding thing I’ve done. My confidence in myself has reached places I never thought it could. I am able to use my creativity for something, and make my story mean something.

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Tell us the benefits and drawbacks of choosing music as a career.

The biggest benefit is just using my voice and platform for something greater than me. I can use my life, my story, to make someone smile, or cry, or laugh, or think and being able to evoke an emotion. The biggest drawback is to understand it’s not all going to come together in a day. It’s a grind, some days more than others.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

I’ll manage it simply by being exactly who I am right now. Anyone who lets fame go to his/her head gets complacent at some point. I can’t have that.

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Elaborate on the storyline of this song.

It came from a place that took me years to reach. I’d been hurting for a while – depression running rampant. But eventually, I started to feel better. I realized I just needed to hold on and trust that things would get better. And it all came together once Black Panther came out. The chorus is based off of that.

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

The greatest moment for me so far has been being asked back for the final round of the Next Up Concert Series in Inglewood, CA.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Broken 8 Records

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

So far I’ve performed at the Next Up Concert Series in June and November 2018, and performed a set at The Airliner in Los Angeles in December of 2018. I do hope to tour at some point in the near future.

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Discuss the changes in your life as an artist.

I’ve had to learn how to promote myself and my music, whereas my life before music was nothing like that.

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State the names of the most important people that boosted your music career and how you met them.

Derek Russell, Kelvin Bellamy, and Johnnie Jameson. Derek and Kelvin hosted the concert series, and trusted me to perform twice, when nobody had any idea who I was. And Johnnie Jameson was the first to interview me and be part of my musical journey, and has opened the door to me many times.

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Explain what you have in mind before considering music as a career.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do, aside from music; I just know I wanted to make a difference.

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Discuss your experience in life.

I’m a minister; I was long before the music. Spent a year at UCLA, would love to go back some day. But ministry and music has been my life, for life.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

I’d say Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Prince, Elvis, The Beatles, N.W.A, 2pac, Notorious B.I.G, Kendrick Lamar, and any other artists that can help the world view art and themselves differently.

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Discuss your moment of rejections as a musician/artist and how you are able to cope and move on with your career.

The biggest rejection I’ve felt has just been in ticket sales, not reaching the thresholds I feel I should. Not always seeing the support I did before making music my career. That and submitting music to labels, sites, DJs, and having them rejected. I cope with this by reminding myself that all I need is the right door to open one time, for my life to change.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received.

That there was nothing special about my voice and my vocals were generic.

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Elaborate on the song.

Stand Still is just my message to the world, to just stand still and let God work things out for you. That’s been the way I’ve lived my life for as long as I can remember. Even when things get rough, stand still, it’ll turn around

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My name’s J. Jamal, which is an abbreviation for Just Jamal. Literally meaning, I’m just one guy with one mic, trying to reach many people.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is Stand Still, meaning just breathe, relax, and trust God to turn things around for you.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

The project is called iLikeMe. I chose this for the title because I consider my life … this was a journey. Some ups, some downs, great days, sleepless nights. But the lesson that I had to learn throughout it all was to always like me.

 

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Baby D – Mama

Baby D – Mama

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Baby D

 

SONG TITLE: Mama

 

ALBUM TITLE: Queen Of Judah The Mini Album

 

RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2017

 

GENRE: R&B/Soul

 

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

We love music and find it as a spiritual way to bond communicate and work with one another.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

Listening to the flow of the rhythm and calculating what to say and when to speak.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

Working day to day job and looking forward to doing something creative that can make a difference in this world.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

The Creator, great artists like Peter McIntosh, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, One Nation, Notorious B.I.G.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

I would rather entertain on a full level. I feel good making others feel good.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

Like I do with Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rock, and R&B; we are mixing it up and trying something different.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Menace II Society, Juice, Lean On Me, The Lost Boys, Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon – nonstop fun and originality

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State the meaning of the song.

The song is about falling in love.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Queen Of Judah means the Tribe and its Queen shall rise again after 400 years of Hardship.

 

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