LOS ANGLES- October 9, 2014- Heart’s “Heart & Friends – Home for the Holidays” will be released as CD/DVD, Blu Ray and digital download on November 10, 2014, it was announced today by Frontiers Music SRL. Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits. Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this unique concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART. Read More

Violet Hour: New Album Instigator May 10

Topping the local rock charts and quickly climbing national charts, The Violet Hour, a Fort Smith, AR based female-fronted band is revving up for the release of their sophomore album, Instigator. The new album is a far cry from The Violet Hour’s early indie/pop days. Front lady, Alli, says “We are a rock band at heart. This album shows our true spirit.”  Instigator is flavored with strong influences of metal and blues. Read More

Mary Gauthier Carries Americana Banner Across Europe

Currently on a spring swing through Europe that began in Malmo, Sweden on April 17, Mary Gauthier is representing not only her own catalog of critically acclaimed songs, but also the Americana music genre. The singer-songwriter, who sits on the Americana Music Association’s Board of Directors, is on a 17-city tour through Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and the U.K. She will carry the banner of the AMA to each venue, spreading the mission of the not-for-profit music association, which is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.  Gauthier will document her observations on music and community with regular updates through social media and on the Americana Music Association’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Read More

Canada Pays Tribute To Etta James

Brenda Zahorchak and Ross Robinson Present: A Tribute To The Queen of the Blues Etta James, a show honoring the music and legacy of  the late, great Etta James. The event will run two shows in Canada at the end of May, 2013. The Seneca Theater in Niagra Falls, Ontario will present this event on May 24th.  Hosted by Danny Marks with Jesse Whiteley. Featuring the bewitching Sabrina Weeks, the sublime Diana Braithwaite, the firecracker Lori Yates, powerhouse Heather Katz and the soul-inspiring Cheryl Lescom. Niagara Tickets are available through the theatre at 905-374-7469 or from Brenda Zahorchak at The Duck’s Blues Matinee on Saturday’s 2:30-6:30. Show price is $35.00.

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Are You A Kickass Music Woman? Want Your Own Column?

Our goal here at KMW is to feature Kickass Music Women from all over the world in our digital magazine. We would love to build a network and be a great resource to women in music everywhere. We’re just getting started and what we would like to do first is build an extensive Column list. We’d like to see women of all areas and genres represented.  You can check out the Columns that we already have, and see if you’d like to be involved. Columns can be about your life as an artist, a musician, a songwriter or even if you’re on the business end of music. You can write about other female artists who have inspired you, stories behind your songs or interview other women in music. If you’re from another country other than the United States, you could tell us what it is like for you being a woman in music in your area. Read More

Heart: “Heartbreaker Tour” with Jason Bonham

2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, HEART, will take their critically acclaimed live show on the road this summer with very special guest JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE. Ann and Nancy Wilson first met Jason Bonham, son of famed Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, when they performed “Stairway to Heaven” together at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin in December 2012.   Over 6 million fans have watched the performance online and purchased the track on ITunes.  Now, in addition to a full set of Heart classic hits including “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Alone,” “These Dreams,” “What About Love,” and many more, fans can experience this historical pairing live when Heart and Bonham close each show with a special thirty-minute finale tribute to Led Zeppelin. Read More

Brandi Carlile: New Tour Dates & Tour Merch Contest

Americana singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile has announced  several of the 2013 Hard Way Home Summer Convoy Tour dates in support of her latest release,  Bear Creek.  To read KMW’s Aileen Ballard’s review of this album, click HERE.  The album is an inspired collection of beautiful crafted and deliciously genre-meshed songs, organically developed with her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth (the twins) and co-producer, Grammy award winning Trina Shoemaker.  Carlile’s  gearing up for the new tour to support it. The Hard Way Home Summer Convoy Tour will continue to add dates to the growing itinerary.  Read More

Heart Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It is finally going to happen. Rock and Roll Pioneers Ann & Nancy Wilson will be recognized for their body of work, influence and impact on the world of music. On April 18, Heart will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and now you can see their exhibit at the Museum in Cleveland. Check out Nancy Wilson’s electric guitar from the Bad Animals tour, Ann Wilson’s dress from 1976, clothing items from Roger Fisher and Howard Leese, and more! Details on the exhibit and information on attending the April 18 induction in L.A. is available at!

Ruth Moody (of The Wailin’ Jennys) To Release New Album These Wilder Things

Red House Records has announced the May 7, 2013 US release of These Wilder Things, the new solo album from Juno Award-winning songwriter Ruth Moody. A member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys, she has made a name for herself as a transcendent solo artist. Read More

Babs Martin To Host KMW Radio

KMW is proud to announce that Oklahoma’s Kickass Music Queen BABS MARTIN  will now be hosting the KMW Radio – Kickass Music Women Podcast. Babs has a column here on KMW called Rough Road Darlins and she’ll be featuring women she’s written about in her articles as well as her favorite female singer/songwriters from around the globe and, of course, we’ll get to hear the latest out of the Babs Martin original music vault. The KMW Radio Podcast is available for subscription HERE or just tune in every time you visit us here online. Don’t forget to add us on Facebook.