The Heather Newman Band had their first public debut as a trio on March 17th 2017. Heather had picked up a bass guitar only six months prior to the groups on stage appearance at Knucklehead's Saloon in Kansas City, MO. She introduced her music to the styling of Keith Ladd on the guitar and Cole Dillingham on drums which brought on a unique mixture of American roots genres.
The trio played locally around the Kansas City area before adding a brand new layer to their groove when Ryan Matthew joined the band that July on piano and keys. Only one month after bringing on a fourth member, the group hit the studio to record their first album "Burn Me Alive", set to release Dec. 1st 2017 through Vizztone Label Group. Heather's debut album reached #9 on B.B. King's Bluesville top 15 Countdown in November 2017 before the official release, and continued to make the charts on various radio stations around the world.
Their raging success with their first album landed them some amazing performance opportunities including opening for the legendary Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, and Delbert McClinton.
The Heather Newman Band and their album went on to win two 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards for "Best Debut Artist Album" and the "Sean Costello Rising Star Award". They are also nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award for "Best Emerging Artist".
Heather released her first studio album through Vizztone Label Group on Dec. 1st, 2017. Burn Me Alive is an accumulation of twelve original songs written and produced by Heather Newman. She was lucky enough to have two special guest musicians on the album. Nick Schnebelen played lead guitar on the fifth song, 'High Mountain Blues', and Michael LeFever played the saxophone on the tenth song, 'Dirty Blues'. Burn Me Alive showcases Heather's writing style with the varying flavors and emotions of life put into music. With these songs, Heather's goal is to open up the world of blues to new music lovers everywhere.
"A powerful and sensual vocalist, the blues are Heather Newman’s playthings and Burn Me Alive crackles with possibility. Whether she’s conveying the emotional damage described in 'I Don’t Know Why' or having a blast on 'Bring The Swing', you get the sense that she means what she’s singing; and that’s kind of the music that hits you hardest and sticks the longest. Feeling that truth is a genuine thrill. Burn Me Alive is a steamy blues adventure that should absolutely not be missed."
"Bassist Heather Newman’s solid, basic foundations anchor a set of smartly crafted and arranged songs; each track distinct from the previous one other than Ms. Newman’s consistently sweet-and-tangy, soulful vocals. The small-group sound is tasty and tight. Standouts include 'Willie James', 'Howling For Love' and the title track 'Burn Me Alive'."
Heather Newman won the "Sean Costello Rising Star Award" in the 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards.
Heather Newman - Burn Me Alive won "Best New Artist Debut Album" in the 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards.
Heather Newman - Burn Me Alive has been nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award. Vote now through March 1st at www.blues.org
With musical guests Bob Margolin on guitar and Jimmy Carpenter on saxophone.
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