Before wrapping up, there are two upcoming and interesting newbies to put on your radar for this spring.  First up is Circleslide, a Cape Girardeau, Missouri-based band with an Americana-Brit pop style that's just signed with Centricity Records out of Bellevue, Washington.

And believe it or not, there is an '80s connection here, too.  Remember The Choir and their alternative leanings?  If you do, you've probably already put two and two together by this point.  The title of The Choir's 1990 critically-acclaimed project, "Circle Slide," was, in fact, the inspiration for Circleslide's name. 

What's even more intriguing is that The Choir's own founding members Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty have offered their production talents to the upcoming Circleslide project, which is slated to drop in late spring.

"Working with Steve and Derri has been a dream come true for us since we are all huge fans of The Choir," says Gabe Martinez, Circleslide's lead vocalist.  Along with Martinez, the band's lineup includes bassist Tim Martinez, lead guitarist Aaron Gillies and drummer Fred Mandujano.  Listen for first single, "Walking on Waves," in the months ahead.

A little later this spring, recent Essential Records signee Krystal Meyers (pictured right, as signing) will see her very first major-label project release to Christian and general market retail on June 7.  The 16-year-old rock singer got her start at a Barefoot Republic youth camp where she performed a ditty she co-wrote, "Anticonformity," at a talent show. 

"The idea of 'Anticonformity' is not conforming to the ways of this world, but instead living a life by God's standards," says Meyers.  After the talent show, the aspiring singer/songwriter was asked to cut her personal theme song for a Barefoot Republic Camp benefit CD, which included  tracks from established artists like Audio Adrenaline and Pillar.  One thing led to another, and now she's got a deal with Essential Records and producer Ian Eskelin and the L.A.-based Wizardz of Oz production team (Avril Lavigne, Liz Phair) are on board to man the helm of her debut. 

So … I guess that camp must be where it's at as Meyers even attended summer camps focused on songwriting as a child.  Later in junior high, she started her own band to play at school events, and now all of that experience is coming into play as she's prepping to play for the masses.  I see big things ahead for this spunky, punky chica.


Well, thanks for joining me again this week.  Hope you enjoyed the '80s throwback. And if you are the only person in the history of the world who has EVER completely figured out the Rubik's Cube, a hearty congrats to you!  Sadly, I can only do one side. …