Heather Newman had picked up a bass guitar only six months prior to her bands first on stage appearance at Knucklehead's Saloon in Kansas City, MO March 17th, 2017, where she introduced her music to the stylings of Keith Ladd on the guitar , bringing on a unique mixture of American roots genres. The Heather Newman Band immediately began to captivate audiences with their powerful performances and Heather's dominant yet pixie-like stage presence.
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", which was 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 in 2018 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 New Artist Debut Album" and the "Sean Costello Rising Star Award". They are also nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award for "Best Emerging Artist".
Now, gearing up for 2019 and beyond, the Heather Newman Band is preparing to hit the studio this March to begin recording their second full length and fully original album, Rise From the Flames.
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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"Right from the start, Newman’s vocals dominate the proceeding, roaring with a fierce intensity. The title track is a standout with a resonating bass line underneath a majestic vocal performance that erases any doubt listeners might have about Newman's singing skills. [She] proves that she understands the art of singing, her voice generating plenty of emotional weight as it easily transitions from note to note without any hint of strain. Newman certainly straddles that middle ground where blues and rock intersect, but for once, the blues influences have the upper hand. Heather Newman has written a solid batch of tunes – and when they are fleshed out by her compelling voice, every song becomes noteworthy. On the evidence here, her solo career is off to rousing start. Make sure you jump on the bandwagon now."
- Mark Thompson
On the Radar
"Taking center stage, Heather Newman releases Burn Me Alive, her first studio album. Blues Rock kicks into the album with a tale of 'Willie James', and stops by Willie’s home by the railroad tracks riding a hill country stomp groove. Notes snap and pop as Heather Newman prescribes 'Love Strong' to keep two hearts together, slinks low down to crawl over the thick bass line of 'Dirty Blues', throws out a Memphis groove to 'Share Your Love', and succumbs to the trance of pounding drums to 'Bring the Swing'. Fronting a four-piece band, Heather Newman tosses out bass notes like stepping stones as options for the left-alone lover in the title track as 'Burn Me Alive' shuffles out a second-line beat for 'High Mountain Blues', strolls into a cabaret Blue request with 'How Many Times?', and rolls guitar chords like dice, tossing some high-stepping hurls in 'Howling for Love'. "
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