Bleu is a pop artist, professional songwriter and producer. His latest solo CD, FOUR, was released on his own record label through Redeye Distribution due in part to his very successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign for which he won “Best Music Project 2010” (Kickstarter Awards). FOUR has been critically admired in the press by LA Weekly, Sunday Times UK, Classic Rock Magazine UK, American Songwriter, All Music Guide, Boston Herald, Huffington Post and many more. Bleu’s work as a professional songwriter and producer has landed him cuts on Platinum and Gold selling records by artists like: Jonas Brothers, Boys Like Girls, Selena Gomez, Jon McLaughlin, Kate Voegele, Hanson and many more. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

To rustle up inspiration for his award-winning third album Morning in Glen Burnie, Tom McBride dug deep into his record collection.

“I was trying to identify those songs that I loved as a child and still enjoy now,” he explains. “I looked backwards a little bit and dug deeper into some older folk, pop, and country songs by artists like Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, and George Jones. I was challenging myself to simplify my writing, to really dig into more traditional forms and melodies.”

“Put really simply,” he sums up, “I just tried to write good songs.”

With an eye on the classics, McBride wrote the songs that eventually became Morning in Glen Burnie, a modern album steeped in an old-school blend of Americana, blues, soul and pop/rock. Many of the songs were inspired by Nashville, the town where he launched his music career in the early 2000s. McBride recorded Morning in Glen Burnie closer to his hometown, though, setting up shop just outside of Boston. Another Beantown native, Kimon Kirk (Grant-Lee Phillips, Aimee Mann), signed on as producer.

“We recorded at Dimension Sound Studios with an excellent engineer, Dan Cardinal, and a band that included a full rhythm section, organ, and electric guitar,” McBride says. “Many of the tracks on the album are either the second or third attempt of the song. We’d go over the forms together in the mixing room, talk about the vibe of the song together, and then we’d go play it. Just painless, and a lot of fun.”

The result is a breezy, classic-sounding record that splits the difference between all of McBride’s influences, from the country sway of the Mavericks to the crooning pop of Sam Cooke. It’s the sound of a singer/songwriter working with a well-oiled band. It’s already begun gathering its own buzz, too, with the Mid-Atlantic Songwriters Association awarding its prestigious gold prize to the album’s first track, “But I Don’t Care.”

The Boston native has logged over 300 shows across the country over the past few years, has performed at CMJ, Folk Alliance & SXSW and his songs have been featured on AAA-radio stations across the country as well as within print and on-line magazines like American Songwriter, Spark Magazine, & Bootleg Magazine among many others. McBride has recently shared the stage with notable acts such as Dawes, William Elliot Whitmore, Futurebirds, Ellis Paul, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Ben Taylor, Charlie Mars among others.

Will Dailey is an acclaimed recording and performing artist, who is a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. Dailey has released two full-length albums (‘Back Flipping Forward’ and ‘Torrent’) through CBS Records, one on Universal Republic (Will Dailey & The Rivals - named album of the year by The Improper Bostonian) and his music has been featured on over 50 TV programs and films. He has appeared on stage with Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp at three of their philanthropic Farm Aid concerts, and recently completed work on a Stephen King/John Mellencamp project produced by T Bone Burnett called Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County. After seeing Will Dailey & The Rivals in concert, the New York Post’s Dan Aquilante favorably contrasted him with the performers on TV shows, writing, “Forget the last five months of force-fed artificial pop music on TV that just crowned a king (who I'm betting will be forgotten as quickly as he was created) – Will Dailey is the real deal." Dailey is currently in the studio recording his new album.

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Bleu, Tom McBride & Will Dailey - Presented by PledgeMusic

Monday, September 16 · 7:30 PM at Rams Head On Stage