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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THIRTY DOLLAR STELLA “YOU’RE IN SOME TROUBLE SON” A 220 Studio / Cheap-N-Easy Records release tonebenderproducts@gmail.com www.thirtydollarstella.com Thirty Dollar Stella to release their new CD on Amazon and iTunes this month. Southern California Americana/Alt Country band Thirty Dollar Stella is releasing the follow up to 2012’s self-titled debut album. “You’re In Some Trouble Son” includes five new original tunes that make you want to dance the night away in your own personal honky-tonk. This time they have included some favorite covers with their own unique twist and twang. The ever popular Junior Parker tune “Mystery Train” has already garnered favorable internet radio play with its’ infectious rolling groove and familiar “takin’ care of business” lyrics. Scott Davis of Hayes Carll’s Gulf Coast Orchestra and Band Of Heathens makes a special appearance with some incredible guitar and harp work on “Whiskey In A Pickup”. The album was recorded and mastered at 220 Studio in Palmdale, CA. The band is planning some local LA County tour dates in the spring to promote the album and have a hoot with the local fans. Gary Schwind of AXS.com says: “One of those bands worth discovering is Thirty Dollar Stella, currently at #22 on the Los Angeles country chart on ReverbNation. This band certainly falls into the country category. However, this isn't cowboy-hat country. The country aspect of this comes from the heavy blues influence of this band as well as some alt-country sounds. The first song on the ReverbNation player is a cover of the country/blues classic "Mystery Train" This is a great version of a train song - and let's face it; there's never a bad time for a train song.” http://www.axs.com/less-is-more-with-thirty-dollar-stella-19303 With members from three So Cal high desert towns but all born and raised in the midwest, Thirty Dollar Stella has influences coming from all directions with a country based feel and a less-is-more attitude that usually includes simple vintage instruments, minimal recording equipment and some old school techniques. “We really started with a $30 Stella acoustic from an Orange County swapmeet and it hit us that it had a unique simple and trashy sound that we loved. It gets crazy from there on out, we’d bring all kinds of stuff into the studio just to see what would happen.” What happened was recorded and will available on Amazon, iTunes and many of your favorite digital music outlets this month. The hard copy CD will hit stores next month. For more information, promo requests or to set up an interview, please contact: tonebenderproducts@gmail.com Thirty Dollar Stella www.thirtydollarstella.com

RWH approved

"nastyass lowdown slide from the bowels of hell..very gratifying to my ol dark heart to hear such rude coolness..dig the version" ~ Ray Wylie Hubbard on Stella's version of his wicked tune "Wanna Rock And Roll".

AXS.com Review

Less Is More with Thirty Dollar Stella - "Recently, Gene Simmons declared that rock is dead. That is a debate that could rage on for hours, but basically Simmons is declaring that he knows all the rock bands out there and that none of them are as good as KISS. It is pretty presumptuous - not to mention self-aggrandizing - to say something like that, but even more than that is that you can't really declare any genre (except maybe disco) dead because there are always bands in all genres worth discovering. The onus is on the music fan to go out and discover those bands, which is easy enough to do considering outlets like ReverbNation, Bandcamp, etc. Really all you have to do is search one of your favorite genres on one of those sites, and you're bound to find something you like. One of those bands that's worth discovering is Thirty Dollar Stella, a band currently at #22 on the Los Angeles country chart on ReverbNation. This band certainly falls into the country category. However, this isn't cowboy-hat country. The country aspect of this comes from the heavy blues influence of this band as well as some alt-country sounds. The first song on the ReverbNation player is a cover of the country/blues classic "Mystery Train" This is a great version of a train song - and let's face it; there's never a bad time for a train song. This band shows it can straddle the line between alt-country and blues. A good example of this is the band's cover of "Six Days on the Road". The band takes this song and puts some good twang into it. It's very different than Taj Mahal's version of the song, but it's really good. If you want to hear more of the blues sounds of this band, check out the song "What the Cowgirls Do". This is a slow-burning, lowdown blues song that features some awesome slide guitar. This is a great song for slow dancing with someone in a dark juke joint. And if you like slide guitar, check out the song "Wanna Rock and Roll". This may not be front-porch blues, but it's honest-to-goodness, lowdown blues - and it even includes some lyrics from the blues standard "John the Revelator". When you check out the band's Blogspot page, you'll see that the band strives for a less-is-more approach. It's safe to say that the guys follow through on it. There are not a whole lot of bells and whistles in the songs, just a lot of great licks and real simple, straightforward vocals. Thirty Dollar Stella is currently working on a CD, which will include the first five songs on the ReverbNation player as well as some other songs. Be sure to get a copy when it's available." ~ Gary Schwind - AXS.com

Countin’ Blessings

Countin’ Blessings A friend and fellow musician and I were discussing how to “keep it fresh” when playing and writing music these days. I had mentioned the underlying bitterness and resentment I had been sensing through other musician’s comments and posts on social media sites, blogs like this one, and webboard forums.

Seems like the more someone HAS to do something, for food or a roof, etc.., the more prone they are to resent it and let the fun get sucked out of it. This has always been true of “jobs” and such. Anything that is hard or requires a lot of time and effort can go this route. Tasks without the expected rewards, real or imagined, become tiresome.

So when you pick a career in the arts, music, acting, painting, or whatever, because you love it and are passionate about it, be prepared to have some of the shine wear off that penny along the way. Knowing that this is probably going to happen in some form will help prepare you for dealing with it, although it may not completely ease the pain of its’ occurrence.

You’re going to deal with boredom, repetitiveness, deception, disappointment, strain, stress, anxiety and depression somewhere in almost any path you choose. How you deal with it will determine whether or not it’s a deal-breaker. Sometimes the above mentioned career maladies can fuel a streak of creativeness and awakening rather than the normally expected destructive results. It truly is in your hands most of the time, as well as in your head. While nothing is easy or guaranteed in life, you do have more control than you think.

Have a “happy place” to go to when struggling with your career demons. For those in regular jobs, put on some music. For those in music, go to the beach or park and just listen. And so on, and so forth for the other things we HAVE to do each day to survive. Chemical escapes are not what I’m talking about here, they carry their own risks and demons and tend to snowball on the escapee.

Something good is happening right now, perhaps right next to you. Will you take a moment to notice it and escape for a while? Will you be a little less bitter about your current “HAVE TO” situation? What have you got to lose?

Yeah, I’m bitter and cranky about things in my life. Yes, I have my music to escape to. I stop and listen to the sounds of my home and family for just a moment. Yes, it works for me. It doesn’t take much to change my outlook. I choose to make it easy. I choose to notice things that make me smile.

My friend says “Every day that my gratitude exceeds my expectations, that is a really good day”.

Have a good day today.

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The Americana music scene is ever changing. New artists are emerging daily and we'd like to promote some new folks here as well as our old favorites. First off, this guy's hardly new to the music scene, but has top billing on our page due to the enormous infuence he continues to have on our music. Ray Wylie Hubbard, Texas music legend, sage and keeper of the outlaw/americana/alternative country music flame. Check him out here on ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/raywyliehubbard Next up is Lincoln Durham. We'll let his 4 song EP speak for itself. A full length CD is due out this fall. This guy is on the gas. http://www.reverbnation.com/lincolndurham Check these guys out and keep tuned here for more new and interesting artists. More interesting gear and band stories and info can be found here as well - http://tonebender.blogspot.com/