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Foxfeather Follows Latest Single “End of My Rope” With A Striking Music Video

“End of My Rope” is the latest video release from alt. Americana band Foxfeather, presenting a woman strong in her power and ready to fight.

Alt. Americana band Foxfeather showcases a poignant resilience in spite of painful circumstances with their new music video for “End Of My Rope,” releasing on February 17th. The single released in fall 2021, earning itself a reputation as a fan and band favorite in that time. The video tells the story of a woman at her breaking point who challenges adversity with an electric confidence; for co-writers Carly Ricks Smith and Laura Stratton, “the lyrics come from a place of deep betrayal and pain, fleshed out after years of trying to make it work in an industry that all too often objectifies and belittles women.” Foxfeather filmed the video for this feminist anthem at Gold Hill, Colorado’s The Gold Hill Inn in collaboration with Kreation Films.

Credits:

Carly Ricks Smith – Lead vocals, co-founder, and co-writer

Laura Stratton – Guitar, keys, background vocals, co-founder and co-writer

Blake Smith – Electric guitar

Mark Dabrowski – Bass

Jay Elliott – Percussion, engineer

Oliver Jacobson – Fiddle

Kate Farmer – Background vocals

Eben Grace – Producer

Gus Skinas – engineer

Kreation Films – Videographer and Director

The video takes place in an old fashioned tavern gleaming with a western charm. While lead vocalist Carly Ricks Smith confronts frustrating interactions between nettlesome men at the bar with an intrepid moxie, she eventually finds herself in the support of a group of fearless women empowered and ready to stand up for themselves. “I’m vicious, this is a warning,” Ricks Smith sings in the chorus, foreshadowing the video’s epic swell into a climactic scene capturing the bite of a woman that has endured her limit of mistreatment. The co-writers sat down and wrote “End of My Rope” in a stroke of poetic irony, which for them, is often when they create their best work. After a particularly difficult transitional year, including big changes in the band line-up, Ricks Smith and Stratton felt disheartened and disheveled. The video for “End of My Rope” captures that same sentiment and reclaims control of a troublesome narrative with grit and grace.

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Viewers can stream the music video for “End of My Rope” on all major streaming platforms on February 17th.

More About Foxfeather: 

Foxfeather is a sultry, alt-americana band founded in 2013 in Boulder, CO. Beginning with a lyrical base, and bolstered by strong blues-rock instrumentals, Foxfeather’s unique sound captivates their audience. Songwriters Carly Ricks Smith and Laura Paige Stratton met in high school, connecting over their shared love of music. The pair began writing together in 2005 and have been creating material for, and leading their band for the past 7 years. Foxfeather is extremely proud of being  an advocate of women in art and in business, and strives to motivate and empower other women and allies through song.  The band is a local staple in the Colorado Front Range and also tours nationally.

In 2014, with the help of engineer Justin Roth of Fort Collins, the group released their debut EP, Foul Moon.  The six-song collection garnered local attention, with The Marquee stating that “the group is overflowing with talent” and “Carly Ricks Smith has a spectacular voice which lies somewhere between the folky soprano of a young Joni Mitchell and the jazz-heavy range of Lake Street Dive’s Rachel Price. powerful as well as delicate.”

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Foxfeather returned to the studio in 2016 to record and release their self-titled and full length album, Foxfeather. Working with producer Jagoda of New York and engineer Jay Elliott of Boulder’s own IntroVertigo Studios, the band created this dark and dusky album. The album features a collection of songs that explore the grey areas of life, whiskey, love and death.

2018 brought the release of a four song EP collection, Come and Get Me. The band again worked with Jagoda and Jay Elliott, but split the process between IntroVertigo Studios and Fox Run Studios in Boston. Smith and Stratton were able to show their versatility through this project, with the four songs showcasing the breadth of their voice and of their songwriting abilities.

Foxfeather is set to release their newest album in 2022 through PS Audio and Octave Records. The full length album, entitled “The Nature of Things,” features the current band line-up and additional musicians Kate Farmer (backing vocals), Eric Moon (organ/synthesizer), Eben Grace (pedal steel/guitar) and Oliver Jacobson (fiddle). The album was recorded at PS Audio Studios in Boulder, CO, Animal Lane Studios in Lyons, CO, and The Barn in Longmont, CO. Producer extraordinaire is Eben Grace, and Engineering magicians are Jay Elliott and Gus Skinas.

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In the last five years, Foxfeather has captured their audience with their unique and sultry songs, sharing stages with The Gasoline Lollipops, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Yonder Mountain String Band, Woodbelly and Andrew Bird. Their songwriting and performance is influenced by a wide variety of artists including Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, Margaret Glaspy, Ani Difranco, and Stevie Nicks. The band’s current lineup includes Carly Ricks Smith (lead vocals, writer/composer) Laura Paige Stratton (guitar, keyboard, writer/composer), Blake Smith (lead guitar), Mark Dabrowski (bass guitar), and Jay Elliott (drums and percussion). The group is proud to utilize their voice to embolden and rejoice in both the frailty and the power of humanity. With expressive instrumental tone, powerful vocal melody and harmony, and passionate performance, this band is ready to win your hearts.

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Hip-Hop Sensation: Barbie Doll Is Back For Good

Barbie Doll

One of the most refreshing things to hear in music is an original style. In a time when everything sounds the same, and there seems to be very little creativity and innovation in music, it stands out even more when an artist dares to be great with their own style of music that they would like to bring to the world. That type of sound is what you get from Barbie Doll.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Alison Richardson popularly known as Barbie Doll is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has gained acclaim on the music scene for some time and earned a huge fan following across various social media platforms.

At the age of 18, she met an Oklahoma City rapper named Starr Lyfe and she traveled all over the US with him helping promote shows, learning about the music industry and eventually learned how to rap.

She has been a big sensation in the music industry after releasing her first music video “Barbie world” which reached over 250,000 views on Facebook in just a couple days. Because of its popularity, the producer offered her a trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands to shoot another video for her official single “Barbie Girl” which reached over 3 million views on Facebook within a week of posting.

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Check out one her latest release “Barbie Gang” on YouTube:

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you so much for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

Barbie Doll – I’ve been a fan of music forever, especially rap music & my home state isn’t really known in the Industry for rap music, so I thought about trying it & it worked!

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Barbie Doll – In 2017, I tried it & my 1st video hit over a million views. That’s when I knew this was meant for me. 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Barbie Doll – It’s authentic & comes from the experience. Either what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen so far.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? 

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Barbie Doll – OMG! my 1st performance was so scary! I was so nervous I performed with my back turned to the crowd the whole time lol. I definitely learned not to do that again lol.

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

Barbie Doll – My latest releases were with some female artists. Kelsey Lynn, Nayborhood Barbie & Kay Kay. I wanted to start collaborating with more female artists to show our talents, especially since we’re so dominated by men in this industry.

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

Barbie Doll – I have a new single entitled “Push It” coming soon. The world is definitely gonna love this one.

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

Barbie Doll – Never stop! I wish I didn’t take that long break but it’s okay. I’m back now!

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Barbie Doll – Keep going because the sky’s not the limit! There are so many goals out there to accomplish and you can never get enough done.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Barbie Doll – I’m a certified esthetician & beautician and I also love to paint. I do vlog as well.

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

Barbie Doll – Promote, promote, PROMOTE! .. awareness is everything when it comes to music!

How can our readers follow you online?

Barbie Doll – You can find me on all social media platforms @BarbieDollOKC.

For more updates, you can follow me on Instagram – @BarbieDollOKC.

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Artist Spotlight

Meet CHEBO: One Of The Most Exciting Artist And Music Producer In The Industry Today

CHEBO

Music has long been something special that has united us, as well as exposed us to the world around us. Long from the days of music just coming from one specific place, you can now hear great music from any part of the world, with rocking jams that get the job done in a real way, as well as get us familiar with other styles out there. Now, this is where an incredible artist named “CHEBO” comes in.

Known for his electrifying stage performances and signature sound, CHEBO is an accomplished French composer, mixing engineer, producer and DJ who has continued on his adventure of exploring numerous sounds from many cultures and incorporating them into his music, which has earned him praise from his fan base. In a fiery pursuit of his passion, CHEBO had to put aside his promising career in finance to live his music dream. His hard work and fearless creativity have seen him release catchy tracks such as ‘Jiggle It’, paving way for hits like ‘Tonight’ – a breathtaking single shared by Spotify in the ‘Groove Theory’ editorial playlist. This artful yet full of rhythm dance song is structured sophistically and offers an addictive classic disco vibe. Also supported by “The Supermen Lovers”, the infectious record has already passed the 1,000,000 streams mark.

Driven by an urge to break the rules, CHEBO has scooped various awards such as the 2011 Emergenza Prize for Best Bass Player in France. The young artist believes in the power of inspiration and possibilities.

Currently, CHEBO is a common figure in clubs, festivals across Europe and in his hometown of Paris. Besides, his music is widely played on FM radio stations in France, UK, USA, Canada, Argentina, Nigeria and Japan.

Check out CHEBO on Spotify:

 

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

CHEBO –  I’ve always loved playing music. I started with an electric guitar I received for my 13th birthday and that passion never really left me. Afterwards I wanted to learn more about other instruments like the bass, piano and drums, and did some gigs in several bands when I was in high school. Now I mainly produce electronic music, as the possibilities are endless. But I still like to balance it with some organic sounds. I’m a pretty spiritual and emotional guy, so I guess that’s where most of my inspiration comes from. I love to translate my feelings and the way I see this mysterious universe into pieces of music. Sometimes I feel like dancing so I make tracks with great energy, and other times I’m more into meditative deep thinking or chill mode. That’s why you can find the whole spectrum in my discography and that’s how I share my emotions with the world. I think it’s pretty amazing that where words fail, music can be understood by everyone.

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When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

CHEBO – Actually, I realized I was going to make music professionally before it happened. I used to work in private banking, but I didn’t feel fulfilled back then. There was still that voice in my head giving me that burning desire to pursue what I love. It was time for me to take a big risk by leaving this comfort and going all-in into living my dreams. So I kinda manifested it. Even though I am not advocating such a risky move, I firmly believe that we can manifest anything we truly want.

 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

CHEBO – I guess everyone is very unique, the same way our fingerprints are. It’s all about becoming your true self, your higher self and going back to who you were and what you loved as a child. So it’s an unlearning process. Regarding my music, I basically translate who I am into it. That’s why it is unique. I don’t follow any rule, genre, nor recipe. I only go with my intuition and strive to surprise my audience. My goal is to deliver “outside the box” music never heard before, and that doesn’t sound like anything else. I want the listener to go on a journey with me, so you can find a lot of progression and evolution in the same track which is quite uncommon. It is also important for me that someone can listen to my music at any given time of the day and in any mood or situation. Or even the whole day without getting tired of it. That’s why my discography is pretty eclectic. I’m a defender of diversity and I refuse to be pinned down in any one particular music category. I’ve collaborated with artists from all continents and cultures, and I prize my freedom to do whatever I want with my own style very much. In real life I’m pretty introverted and not used to sharing my feelings, so I put it all into my music. I also enjoy expressing myself in the mixing part of the production and experimenting new approaches. So while it may be appealing to follow trends, I usually move in the opposite direction. I would be like “How can I be even more myself today and what feeling does my soul want to share?”.

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Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

CHEBO – Absolutely! I started doing DJ gigs only a week after buying my first CDJs, which I would definitely not recommend. The first time, I went to a bar with my usual headphones, however I didn’t have the right adapter to plug them into their mixing table. So I had to mix without headphones plus I wasn’t familiar with their equipment so I started sweating a lot haha. I still remember the manager telling me “it’s hot over here huh?”. Back then it was a very stressful moment, and the result wasn’t good at all. The atmosphere was pretty calm while I was playing energetic tracks, some people were looking at me like “dude what are you doing we’re trying to chill”. Obviously that bar didn’t call me back. But I didn’t get discouraged and on my next gig everything went perfectly. So I would say in order to avoid any stress in live situations, take time to practice until you feel ready. That way you can just enjoy the moment and feel that connection with the audience. You need your full attention on reading their minds, feeling the vibe and guessing what they wanna hear next. When you are playing live there should be no stress but only fun.

 

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

CHEBO – My latest releases are mostly remixes of my own tracks by other producers. While I was releasing them, I was preparing for the next season as I needed some time to raise the bar and lift expectations. “Tonight” is currently my most listened to track with over a million streams on Spotify. I really enjoyed making that one and my inspiration came from the fact that I wanted to create something groovy, punchy and sexy, while blending modern and old school vibes. I am super proud of the two available remixes for ‘Tonight’. The first one was made by Ralf, from California while his friend EMRY played live sax on top, so it gives the track a cheerful and uplifting vibe. And the most recent one, released this year, was produced by Elleyet from Australia, which sounds darker and deeper on the sensual end of the house spectrum. A superstar is currently working on the third one, but for now it’s a secret.

 

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

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CHEBO – Following up on my previous answer, I’ve raised the bar much higher for my upcoming projects. I wanted my audience to feel that my next productions are from a whole new level. I’ve been working on some of these tracks for over a year, and it’s now time to share this work with the world. My next dance summer tracks are called ‘Can’t Escape’ and ‘Alive’, both set for release this July. Many hard hitters are on the way. I’m super excited!

 

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

CHEBO – Everything is gonna be alright. Building an audience takes time. So don’t get discouraged. I had to release over 20 tracks before it took off. If you maintain a laser focus on what you are doing, it will happen. And try to give 110% in everything you do. Don’t be in a rush, don’t overthink. Just have fun and enjoy the process. Build slowly with happiness. Believe in yourself, keep going, if you like your music other people will like it too. Also and most importantly, think early about your branding as it is essential in this industry. But don’t fall into the trap of perfectionism, I tend to be guilty of that. Just do your best and improve over time.

 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

CHEBO – Go with the flow while having discipline. It can be a long journey so it’s important to take some rest and enjoy other things, but stay in your lane. One step at a time. Remember it’s a marathon not a sprint. Plus, inspiration usually strikes while you are doing something else.

 

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

CHEBO – I like to spend time with my family and friends, travel or go to the gym. Producing music is pretty sedentary, so it’s important to move the body as well.

 

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

CHEBO – Don’t forget to have fun! If you love what you do you will succeed.

 

How can our readers follow you online?

CHEBO – You can find me on all social and music platforms.

Instagram – @chebomusic

Twitter – @chebomusic 

Facebook – @chebomusic

Don’t hesitate to hit me up and say hi!

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