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Wide Open Country Premiere's "Turn Again"

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Wide Open Country Premiere's "Turn Again"

Wide Open Country Premiere's "Turn Again" Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and producer John Calvin Abney finds hope in the setbacks on "Turn Again," the first release from his forthcoming album Safe Passage (out on September 27 via Black Mesa Records).The fiddle-driven tune finds value in starting anew and being kind to yourself when you're staring down a road leading to old habits."The less I know the better I feel/ My mind turns easy like a worried wheel," Abney sings. "There's things I miss that tried to kill me/ That took my peace and balled my fists/ And if you find yourself turning...

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Twangville - Mayer’s Picks – the Best of 2019 (So Far), the Albums

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Twangville - Mayer’s Picks – the Best of 2019 (So Far), the Albums

Porter channels his frustration about the state of the world into a glorious rock and roll record.  The lyrical bite can be potent yet not without a glimmer of optimism and rebellion.  “Our redemption song can topple walls but first we must compose it,” he sings on “The Dream Is Dead”.

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Twangville - Mayer’s Playlist for Spring 2019, Part 1

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Twangville - Mayer’s Playlist for Spring 2019, Part 1

Mayer’s Playlist for Spring 2019, Part 1 Waiting For a Sign, M. Lockwood Porter (from the Black Mesa Records release Communion in the Ashes) M. Lockwood Porter is on a quest, longing to step beyond the anguish and misery he sees around him in hopes of finding a better place, personally and for everyone.  The opening – and title – track freely acknowledges the depths to which we’ve sunk.  “There used to be a blueprint for dignity and hope,” he sings, “but the threads have all unraveled at the end of this old rope.”  Yet, rather than wallow in misery...

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AltCountry.nl - M. Lockwood Porter

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AltCountry.nl - M. Lockwood Porter

AltCountry.nl - M. Lockwood Porter Translated (paragraphs added): Bruce Springsteen has it. American Aquarium has it. Mr. Lockwood Porter has it. They can all convert negative circumstances into positive energy. Communion In The Ashes (Black Mesa Records) is full of battle songs. It is what americana is all about: describe the circumstances, find something about it, do something with it. Delivering songs that can trigger something. Build a community on the ashes. On the title track, M. says goodbye to San Francisco, though he realized at the time he didn't write the song yet that he was really leaving, back...

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Our 5th Anniversary is next month! 🎉

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Our 5th Anniversary is next month! 🎉

Newletter version 5 years ago in June we started Black Mesa Records to put out M. Lockwood Porters second full-length record, 27. We couldn't be more pleased with how far we've come since then! Three M. Lockwood Porter records, two John Calvin Abney records, and becoming stewards of a friends label after his passing. We'd be content about how much we helped put into the world after just that, but we're just getting started.This year we've got one more full-length record coming, a single from a new artist, and possibly, just maybe, if you're good, a Christmas present that some of you have been asking...

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