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New York City-based rock quartet The Cringe has inked a label deal with Rock Ridge Music, who will release the band’s forthcoming fourth album in the fall.  Says band lead singer John Cusimano of the signing:  “We’ve wanted a label that is going to put the same amount of care and thought into the release of the record as we put into making it. We are all genuinely thrilled to have signed to Rock Ridge, who represent the very best of what the post-digital music business ought to be, and we’ve already begun strategizing with them on launching a successful and, we hope, notable record release.”

Says Rock Ridge Music President Jason Spiewak of the signing:  “We’re proud to have added The Cringe to the roster at Rock Ridge!  The Cringe put on an incredible live show, and any time you have an opportunity to sign a band that connects so well to their audience you have to go for it.  The band are truly hitting their stride creatively and we could not have started our working relationship at a more opportune time.”

The Cringe is currently hard at work on their fourth album, a process which has proven to be the band’s most collaborative, full-band effort to date on the songwriting side of things.  Recording is taking place for the first time at Cusimano’s home studio in upstate New York in the woods 200 miles north of Manhattan (previous releases were recorded at commercial studios in New York City). “In addition to allowing us to ice skate on a frozen pond between takes,” says Cusimano, “it’s given us plenty of time to wield an audio scalpel on these new tunes, flesh out and tweak arrangements, and engage in healthy, even heated debate over how to make the songs as rich, rocking and substantive as possible.”  Joining the band again in the engineer seat is Steve Hardy (Vertical Horizon, The Upwelling), with the band self-producing the effort.

In the midst of the recording process, The Cringe plans to head down to Austin, TX, during South By Southwest and are confirmed to play several unofficial sets during the course of the music festival.  In addition to performing at Rachael Ray’s annual Feedback Party at Stubbs on Saturday, March 19th, the band is also slated to appear at the 12th annual Heart of Texas Rockfest outdoor stage (at 5th and Colorado) and the Music Gorilla Fest.  The band plans also to hit the road very soon with dates across the U.S. to field-test the new songs further in front of audiences.

The Cringe has been bringing their music to fans across the country since 2004, and their forthcoming album is the follow-up to last year’s “Play Thing.”  The New York City band (lead singer John Cusimano, lead guitarist James Rotondi [ex-Air, Mr. Bungle], bassist Jonny Matias [ex-Crash Moderns] and drummer Shawn Pelton [“Saturday Night Live” Band, Bruce Springsteen]) have been lauded both for their incendiary performances and top-flight musicianship: “Cusimano’s infectious and insightful songwriting is the foundation for the band’s dynamic mix of artful, harmonic power pop and raw, aggressive punk garage-band energy,” said All Music Guide of their music.  Electronic Musician calls their sound “smart, poppy rock,” while The Pulse Magazine says the band “blaze[s] forth with a sense of rock that hearkens back to the days when combining genres was fresh and exciting.”


Spartanburg, SC-based modern rock quartet Quarterfly will be releasing their third album, Do You Believe, on January 18, 2011 via Rock Ridge Music.  Do You Believe was produced by hit-maker Greg Archilla (Buckcherry, Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, Edwin McCain), reprising his association with the band for its 2007 release, Quarterfly II. In addition to recording with Archilla in two different Nashville studio sessions, the group also tracked with metal kingpin Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Metallica, Queen), and recorded at Edwin McCain’s Whitestone Studios in Greenville, SC.

The album leads off with the grind and cut of “All Lies,” following by the foreboding title track. Also plumbing the darkness of emotion is “Addiction,” contrasted by the confessional ballad “Not Like Me,” which shows the band’s more reflective side in a waltz tempo. The closing “Last Chance” is an epic anthem of resolve driven by pinging guitar, a charging four-on-the-floor beat and sweeping vocals.  “This album is the strongest one so far, musically, with songwriting and expression of who we are at this moment, what we’re about,” says frontman-guitarist Kip Darby.

As a former tour manager for a major label band, Darby realized his passion and began writing songs, which led to Quarterfly coming together in 2004.   The band has built a loyal following throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic areas through a hands-on, DIY approach by all four band members when it comes to marketing and promotion coupled with live shows that always connect with the crowd. They have shared the stage with Marvelous 3, Drivin’ ’n’ Cryin’, Stabbing Westward, Cowboy Mouth, Sister Hazel, VAST, Chevelle, and Shinedown, and have performed more than 1000 shows across the Southeast. They released their debut album, “Bigger In Life,” in 2005, with some of the songs from that album being featured on MTV’s “Road Rules” and the “Real World.”  Quarterfly is:  Jeff Jennings (lead guitar), Tim Morelock (bass, vocals), Brian Stuart (drums), and Kip Darby (lead vocals, guitar).

Riley Etheridge, Jr.

Americana singer-songwriter Riley Etheridge, Jr., whose new album Powder Keg is due out on March, 8, 2011, has signed to Rock Ridge Music for the release.  Says Etheridge of the partnership:  “I am excited about the potential of working with Rock Ridge Music. They are smart, experienced and fun folks who have a group of cool artists and creative ideas.”

Says Rock Ridge Music CEO Tom Derr:  “Riley has set a nice foundation from which RRM can build. His talent and drive is what we will have as the benchmark.”

Etheridge may call New York City his home now, but his music sounds like he’s still living down South. A South Carolina native, Etheridge spent many years living – and playing music – in Louisiana, and listening to his sophomore effort, Powder Keg, it’s as if he has never left.  Throughout this disc, Etheridge deftly blends together rock, country, blues, soul, and folk into a rich Americana sound.  Powder Keg ignites with the fiery Southern-style, blues-rocking title track that opens the disc, and Etheridge keeps a Louisiana groove going on songs like the funky “Scene of the Crime,” the lively, Zydeco-flavored “She’s Ready Already” and the soulful rocker “Look At The State We’re In.”  Etheridge’s musical journeys on this 10-song set also take listeners to Texas on his cover of Willis Alan Ramsey’s “Northeast Texas Women.”

Powder Keg features the core musicians from his debut album, Things I Used To Know (2009) – producer/guitarist Wendell Tilley, guitarist Shane Theriot (Neville Brothers, Boz Scaggs), Baton Rouge-based bassist David Ellis, New Orleans jazz pianist Larry Sieberth and drummer Doug Belote (Sonny Landreth, Jerry Douglas) – who often accompany Etheridge on stage too. The disc also boasts newer friends, like mandolinist/violinist Jonathan Yudkin (Rascal Flatts, Shelby Lynne), pedal/lap steel player Dan Dugmore (Linda Ronstadt, Randy Travis) and harmonica player Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson) – all Nashville session aces who lent their expert touches to the songs.  Rube Ambler, writing on the website Atlanta’s A-List, compared Etheridge to Radney Foster, Billy Joe Shaver and Uncle Tupelo.

Etheridge is looking forward his forthcoming album release:  “I am eager for people to hear Powder Keg– from writing on the road to the recording in New Orleans, making the album was a celebration that I hope listeners enjoy as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

(from our friends at Skye Media / Rock Ridge Music…………thanks Krista!)

Singer-songwriter Roy Jay will release his second album, Fairfax Avenue, on August 31, 2010, on Rock Ridge Music.  Laced with blues, roots rock, and grittier, more focused, groove-driven flavors than his past work, Fairfax Avenue is the follow-up to “Lucky Guy,” an album which ran the musical gamut and drew comparisons to Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Jimmy Buffet.  Fairfax Avenue is much more the real me,” says Jay.  “My first album, ‘Lucky Guy,’ felt like it had sort of a split personality.”  On his new album, Jay has found his groove, a gritty and bluesy groove that’s simultaneously easy-going and laid back, perfectly reflecting the life of the man within. It’s an album of self-assured focus, where Jay moves past various influences to become the artist he’s always wanted to be.

Ruth Gerson

(From our friends at Skye Media / Rock Ridge Music………thanks, Krista!)

Singer-songwriter Ruth Gerson‘s latest album, “This Can’t Be My Life”, her first release on Wrong Records, hits stores today.  Recorded by Nic Hard (The Bravery, Jesse Malin) with additional recording and mixing by Daniel Wise (Scissor Sisters, Secret Machines), Gerson says, “Writing the album got me from nowhere to somewhere and through the second hardest part of my life.”  Originally ready for a summer 2007 release (the album was recorded, mastered and pressed), Gerson held back “This Can’t Be My Life,” because of her divorce and newly-single parenthood. Three years later, Gerson is ready to share “This Can’t Be My Life” with the world.