The Cliff Wheeler Band

The Cliff Wheeler Band is a four-piece alt-country/southern rock band based out of Lemon Springs, NC USA.

Cumulus Media’s 2017 “Nash Next” North Carolina winner – Music Mafia Radio’s Artist Of the Year First Runner Up – Six #1’s on multiple indie charts worldwide. A new CWB album “To the Bone” is scheduled for release in May of 2018.

At the encouragement of his son and now CWB bassist Garret Wheeler, Cliff wrote a batch of songs in 2016 and brought a group of musician friends together to record a solo album. Along with Cliff, the lineup included seasoned regional performing musicians Gary Orlando on guitar, Kevin Griffin on drums, Robert Watson on slide and acoustic guitars, and Cliff’s teenage son Garret on bass guitar. After four rehearsals the band went into the studio and recorded “Wheeler” in seven days. “Wheeler” was released on April 1, 2017 and soon thereafter began garnering attention from internet based indie radio stations and music blogs around the world along with a few over the air stations.

In July 2017 Cliff was notified that his song “Judgement Day” had been selected by WWQQ FM 101.3 out of Wilmington, NC as a finalist for Cumulus Media’s “Nash Next 2017” competition for the state of North Carolina. The next step in the “Nash Next” experience was a live performance at the finals in Carolina Beach, NC. Cliff was reluctant to continue, but after much encouragement from family and friends decided to carry on. Bringing together the lineup that recorded his song “Judgement Day” which includes Cliff, Gary, Kevin and Garret, they won the competition in their very first live performance as a group. Following this success, they decided to stay together as the Cliff Wheeler Band or as they call it, The CWB. They continue to have radio and live performance success including multiple songs charting in the US and abroad with six indie chart #1’s. They have spent the past nine months on Music Mafia Radio’s Top 30, never leaving the top five. The CWB performs primarily in NC but is expanding into the southeastern US and other areas including a recent show in Nashville, TN. The CWB is currently working on their sophomore album “To the Bone” which is scheduled for release on May the 16, 2018.

Band Members
Cliff Wheeler – Vocals

This son of North Carolina has been a journeyman player for nearly four decades and has played venues from coliseums to theaters to clubs to backyards across the state and the southeast, and it’s all been good! Cliff began his musical journey playing bass with the hard rock band Knight Heir in the early eighties. A converted guitarist he quickly learned to love the lights of the stage. Always the songwriter, Cliff wrote all of the lyrics and helped with the arrangements for this band’s original songs. After a few years, Knight Heir had run its course.

Meanwhile, Cliff had met a guitarist new to the North Carolina music scene, Gary Orlando. The two joined forces to form MZ Dangerous and several bands thereafter including Synergy and again, Cliff wrote the lyrics and the two together wrote the arrangements. The bands including this combo thrived and found themselves opening for national acts passing through the region and garnering interest from record labels. In the early nineties Cliff and Gary began to go their separate ways musically and Cliff returned to his roots doing one-man acoustic shows with Gary joining him occasionally. The two reunited in the late nineties for a short run with Cliff’s newest musical venture “Twister”, an alt-country band. Although the band met with modest success at the club level and released an EP, it didn’t last and was likely ahead of its time.

Following the end of Twister and being a new husband and father, Cliff took a hiatus from performing and writing. Meeting Robert Watson several years later changed that. Cliff and Robert began performing as Watson-Wheeler doing acoustic shows which they still do today and also with a full band as The FOG Blues Band, a blues rock band covering Texas, Delta and Chicago Blues. Cliff’s time with the FOG reignited the fire to write that had been smoldering for nearly a decade. In the summer of 2016 Cliff went into seclusion on Oak Island, North Carolina for ten days and the songs on Wheeler are the result.

Gary Orlando – Electric Guitar

Gary started his professional musician career on the New Jersey club circuit with the bands Ruffian and The Priscilla Harriet Band before moving to North Carolina in 1985. Soon after his arrival in North Carolina Gary and Cliff hooked up to lead several bands such as MZ Dangerous and Synergy that had regional success. Later, Gary joined Cliff in his first foray into alt country or as they called it “acid-country” with the band Twister which released an EP in the early 90s. Their musical collaboration now spans four decades.

Kevin Griffin – Drums

Kevin is a native North Carolinian and played his first professional gig with the stage orchestra for the play “The Music Man” at the age of fourteen. He has dedicated his life to music. His career includes stints with NBT, Calibur, the Lee County Community Orchestra and the prog rock band Method To Madness which released two albums that were met with critical acclaim. Kevin is also an endorsing artist for Soultone Cymbals. Kevin and Cliff came together when the FOG Blues Band was looking for a replacement drummer. There was an instant bond and the two have been rocking together since.

Garret Wheeler – Bass

Garret was born to play. As Cliff’s son, some of Garret’s first memories are listening to Twister rehearse in the family’s garage. After experimenting with drums, guitar and keyboards, Garret found his true calling, bass. After learning the basics with a little input from his dad, he soon began wowing Cliff’s contemporaries at jams in the barn. His ability to improvise with much more seasoned musicians forecast the future. After a couple of public shows with Cliff to gain stage experience, he spread his wings and formed the award winning power trio Bad Sign. Garret is currently a full time student when not performing with the CWB.

Doctor Paul

Doctor Paul, as he’s known to his fans, is a troubadour in every sense of the word. After appearing on NBC’s The Voice in Season 9, the Doctor has been traveling on his “I Ain”t Done Yet” tour, bringing his music to as many new fans and friends as possible.

From the Gulf coast of Florida, to Music City and all points in between, fans of his acoustic solo performances have fallen in love with his utterly original interpretations of the work of songwriters great and small.

In his deft hands familiar songs are rendered fresh, as though being heard for the first time, and lesser-known songs are thoroughly owned and yet oddly familiar.

The Doctor has collaborated with some of the great names in the business, and has recorded with some of Nashville’s top session players, but it is in his live shows that you’ll experience him as nature intended: Unadorned, accompanied by only his acoustic guitar, his unique, powerful voice carried by a flurry of finger-picked notes that pass like mile markers on a very heady trip.

So here is an invitation to join him as he takes you somewhere new yet familiar, and anyone who has experienced one of his intimate performances knows one thing for certain: You will both treasure the company.

Doctor Paul’s latest release, “The Old Home Place”, and others, are available at his web store at

The Doctor grew up in New Jersey. An avid electronics experimenter, Doctor Paul’s first introduction to musical performance was building a custom amplifier for a friend who owned an electric guitar. Acquiring his first guitar in his early teens, Doctor Paul performed for friends at parties and barbecues.

Early musical influences included country & western, doo wop, R&B, soul, jazz, folk, and of course rock & roll. After a tour in the United States Army, Doctor Paul returned to New Jersey in 1971 and joined a group of friends in his first band as the lead singer and bass player.

Musical performance became more than a hobby, leading to a career in music playing acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, and electric bass in both solo and group settings.

Touring the United States throughout most of the 70’s and early 80’s, Doctor Paul met his wife, Dawn, in Tampa, Florida.

A musical hiatus followed for the next 25 years while they raised a family of five daughters.

Moving to the mountains of North Carolina in 2005 allowed Doctor Paul to reconnect with his musical past.




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Mark Stone & the Dirty Country Band

Hailing from Minnesota, Mark Stone & the Dirty Country Band originated in 2012 as a solo project by Mr. Stone himself.

Since then, it has evolved into a full unit, comprised of Mark Stone (Guitar/Vocals), Todd Jameson (Bass), and Johnny Strutt (Drums).

Mark Stone on the first 2 EPs wrote and played primarily all the instruments himself (with some help from some other fellow musicians), which received some critical acclaim.


The song “Drink the Pain Away” was nominated for “Best Country Song” by I Love Music Awards.

The success of the song took the band down to Austin, TX to record the album, “The Sequel” at Music Lane Studios.

The band has been gigging regularly, putting out new music, and has performed at many notable venues and events across the country, such as SXSW (twice), The Red Fly (before their doors closed), Moondance Jamming Country Fest, amongst many others.

The band was also chosen as 1 out of 8 bands (from over 1,000 entries) for the Hard Rock Rising Midwest Regional Battle of the Bands.

With the band fully lined up and ready to take the country by storm, Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band are currently continuing their winning streak and have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon, or at all!

The band released there newest EP “Trifecta” on April 1st, 2017.

They are currently working on a new release “For Stories” to be released Spring of 2018.






Sugarspun, Gear Up to Release Debut Single, Spaceman Dreams

Astronaughty But Nice! Indie Heroes, Sugarspun, Gear Up to Release Debut Single, Spaceman Dreams – Single (Release date April 6 2018)

Word of mouth counts for a lot and this is certainly the case with Sugarspun. Despite no releases other than a handful of Soundcloud demos, they have forged an army of fans from coast to coast who have bombarded them with requests for more tracks and who have turned up en-masse to sell out venues they have played.

Having developed from a two-piece acoustic outfit to a full-on 5-strong indie juggernaut, they capture the triumphant euphoria of prime Stone Roses and the classic 60’s song-writing chops of The Faces and early 90’s acts like The La’s.

Formed in the unlikely rock n roll hotbed of Carlisle in Cumbria, Sugarspun started out as an acoustic duo, comprising vocalist Jamie and Steven (guitar), though rave reviews emanating from their BBC Introducing plays and feverish fan support at their live shows caused the pair to revise their plans and expand to a much larger vision in all senses.

Having recruited the members who now complete their line-up – Michael (rhythm guitar); Luke (bass) and Andy (drums) – from their local music scene, they moved away from acoustic tracks and bedroom demos to their first studio-recorded work: “Spaceman Dreams” and “Hide”.

“Spaceman Dreams” is the antithesis of the trend of gloomy introspection and negativity, with hooks flying around like hand grenades and the chorus racing in at speeds Virgin Trains can only dream of.

With a message to never give up on your dreams, however distant they may seem, this is the perfect launchpad for a band who remind you how 90’s indie changed the musical landscape by combining musical talent with optimism, irreverence and fun.

Artist: Sugarspun
Title: Spaceman Dreams
Release: Single (Release date April 6 2018)
F.F.O: The La’s; Stone Roses; Oasis



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Ivan Beecroft

Ivan has struggled to transcend the limitations of his working class background. As a steel worker in a dying industry he was often appalled by the blatantly unsafe conditions he and his colleagues were expected to work under. The memory of a workmate screaming in pain after having his hand caught in a faulty machine is just one that has contributed to Ivan’s social conscience. The challenges of finding and keeping safe, ongoing employment have given him empathy with those who are displaced or disadvantaged in modern society.

Coping with the day-to-day reality of his working life led Ivan to turn to music as a form of solace. The song Miss You exemplifies this, it was inspired by the death of his father and dedicated to his mother and sister.

His workplace experiences are also reflected in his music. The lyrics can be angry and political and some are quite dark, while the simple melodies and upbeat rhythms belie the nasty, cynical element. However the mood is not all anger and melancholy – Ivan’s marriage to his teenage sweetheart has inspired some happier, more loving songs. Her efforts to find purpose, as well as Ivan’s own, have also been the catalyst for several more philosophical offerings.

Ivan’s musical journey was almost derailed when his bass player and long-time friend attempted to defend a neighbor from a random drug-fuelled attack. He was hospitalized, was in a coma for a month, almost lost sight in one eye and was left partially deaf. This rendered him unable to continue playing bass. Ivan was so traumatized that he turned his back on music altogether – until his wife bought him a new guitar for his birthday almost two years later, prompting him to start writing songs and playing again.

Ivan has always been a versatile musician. He started out playing the flute, then successively played saxophone, drums, and guitar in various bands, gigging extensively. He then moved into writing and recording original material. As a result of being dissatisfied with the music production that he could afford, and inspired by the independent Do-It-Yourself ethos of underground 70s UK bands such as Sex Pistols, Joy Division and The Clash, he learned how to record, mix, master and produce his own music. This gave him much more creative freedom.

His distinctive baritone voice is influenced by the deep vocals of Jim Morrison and Eddie Vedder, while his music shows evidence of the influence of his parents’ record collection – Glenn Miller Band, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Duane Eddy, Neil Diamond, The Beatles – as well as Ivan’s own collection: David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Church, Soundgarden, Paul Kelly, INXS, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Icehouse. Ivan’s music can be described as retro rock / 90s grunge pop.

Shane Martin

“Keepin’ The Night Alive” is Shane Martin’s 4th album release along with 2 EP’s. The album is book ended with two solid high energy country rock anthems. “Keepin’ The Night Alive” and Nobody’s Getting’ Outa Here Alive”. In between Martin takes the listener on a musical ride with the infectious heavy groove of She’s Got Swagger, the melodic “Goodbye Never”, to a salute to small town America with “American Dream”. The latest single “Hankerin and Jonesin” is a power waltz love song tipping the country hat to Hank Williams and George Jones while the soaring melody of “Passenger Seat” reflects on something bigger than you guiding life’s journey.

“The great things about the one man band option are the uniqueness of it, and the opportunity it allows for intimacy with the crowd,” says Martin, who estimates he plays 60% of his shows this way. “The set list is also more open, so people can request the songs they like. I also have fun playing in and out of tunes and twisting them up. The coolest thing is when people come up to me during the break and say when they came in, they thought a four piece band was playing. They didn’t realize I was just one person up there. But I also love playing with my band because I’m able to move around with my guitars onstage and be more energetic. I’m able to focus a lot on my showmanship.

“Whether I’m jamming with my band or presenting the music in this unique solo setting, I truly enjoy singing, performing, entertaining crowds and connecting with an audience,” he adds. “Connecting with people is what songs and live music are all about. There’s nothing like the feeling of watching as a crowd sings along to your songs. There’s an infectious energy that pours from the stage to the audience and back to the stage again. Music is in my heart and soul and I honestly love sharing it.”

The title of Shane Martin’s latest album “Keepin’ The Night Alive” sums up how he keeps his music alive and loves what he does: “Livin’ every moment, hangin’ on for life” and play his powerhouse brand of country rock. . A Top 5 Finalist in the 2012 Texaco Country Showdown where he competed for “Best New Act in Country Music” at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium (hosted by LeAnn Rimes), the Minnesota based singer/songwriter is now up to a breakneck pace of 175 regional shows per year.

Fronting his full ensemble, Martin has performed at some of the top country music festivals in the country and shared the stage with everyone from Ronnie Dunn, Joe Nichols and Jerrod Niemann to David Nail, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, Greg Bates and Black Hawk. But with his amazing longtime rep as the “One Man Band,” he’s also a powerhouse performer on his own. Performing acoustic guitar driven versions of his eclectic mix of country/rock/pop tunes, high octane rockers and soulful ballads, he uses his feet to play bass pedals and tambourine. In recent years, he’s also added a loop pedal to add extra rhythm via an additional acoustic guitar line. He also plays harmonica and auxiliary bongos – with nothing pre-recorded!

Currently one of the top live draws throughout the Midwest, his modern country rock vibe is perfectly described by his longtime producer and now co-writer, Emmy Award wining engineer/producer Kenny Royster: “Shane is a great singer/songwriter on the teetering edge of country, pop and rock where it’s just dangerous enough to be fun!”

Martin and his band have shared the stage with Eli Young Band, Ronnie Dunn, Ronnie Milsap, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, Joe Nichols and many more.

New album “Keepin the Night Alive” available on iTunes.
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Peter Nigido

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Australian musical artist ‘Peter Nigido,’ welcomes the release of his ambitious new single titled ‘Turn A Page’.

It comes alongside the release of his debut EP ‘The Art Of Turning A Page’.

He is releasing his new Single Turn a Page from his new EP The Art of Turning a Page after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

Peter’s electronic and acoustic instrumental style challenges the minds of its listeners and moves to feed their soul.

The music is a combination between the organic and the rhythmic synthesized world.



Dynamically created, with lyrics set to explore themes of relationships, challenge and personal growth, he drives an awakening of hope and optimism.

The focus of ‘Turn A Page’ is about self reflection, and becoming emotionally stronger.

He challenges the listener to become kinder and to think before acting on emotion.

Demanding attention, Peter’s music is melodically composed expressing symbolic imagery. Its metaphoric charisma will surprise all.

‘The Art Of Turning A Page’ pulls no punches. A Provocation of strength and boundless creativity signifies the passion Peter displays in his writing and performance.

Peter’s journey is one of truth, depth and emotional maturity.

For the first time Peter places himself in the vocal front line, exploring warm breathy sounds that are unconventionally structured and provoking.


Gentle guitar chord progressions, resonant bass lines and pulsating keys, makes his music surprising and un-restraining in every way.

Peter leaves no stone unturned in his search for musical nirvana. T

here is a conscious musical effort to set one self free. A chemistry of illusions will endeavour to help one search for that freedom and aid to bring back the beauty of honesty and love.

He is releasing his new Single Turn a Page from his new EP The Art of Turning a Page after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

Peter Nigido is definitely one of Australia’s upcoming musical artists which will challenge the attitudes of many. He is something not to be missed.


He is releasing his new single after Easter and his album a month or 2 later

Youtube Video Peter Nigido ‘Holding Hands with the Sun’

Teen Asty

Teen Asty, born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, has been a part of the Portuguese Rock scene since his early teens.

Got his first record deal at the age of 16 with his Hard n’ Heavy project called Brain Dance to release their 1st album Inheritance.

During the promotion of Inheritance, Teen played among some of the most influential bands in the Portuguese metal scene like Ramp, as well as the German thrash titans Tankard.

A couple years later, Teen Asty, joins the Portuguese Metal act Scar For Life for the release of their 4th studio album Worlds Entwined, recording bass guitar for the entire record.

Scar For Life, founded by the Portuguese composer and producer Alex Santos, counted with the participation of Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, ex-Dio) on drums for the Single Thirteen Revolution.

During the promotion of the album Worlds Entwined with Scar for Life, Teen played alongside some of the biggest metal and rock acts, like Heaven Shall Burn, Amorphis, Within Temptation, Black Label Society.

Meanwhile, Teen had been working on new songs with the purpose of starting a new solo project.





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Robbie Ansley

Robbie Ansley was born in 1967 a country boy from the start his family lived in a small share croppers house on his great grandpas farm in McDuffie County where his mother sang to him and he soon began singing with her at home and in church.

Ansley started writing country songs in 1996 when Robbie and a friend went around to a few local churches to play and sing also on a local radio station where Greg Harden called them the singing welders.

In 2003 Robbie won third place in the VH1 song of the year writing contest for country songs.

In 2008 he worked on a project with Standoff Studios on some songs for a reality fishing show that was aired on the outdoor channel called “The Catch”.

Ansley is also a published poet and Author writing short stories for a local paper and is now working on a novel.

Robbie formed several bands before joining a local Thomson band” Southbound” where he co-wrote songs on their album” Up To My Neck In Red” that was released in 2005.

They played all over the CSRA including “The Day In The Country” and at “The Country Club”in Augusta Ga.Later the band changed their name to “17 South” where Ansley Co-wrote more songs on their Album released in 2008.

They opened For over 25 Major Artist Such as Tracy Lawrence, Trace Adkins, Shenandoah, John Anderson, Danielle Peck, T-Gram Brown, Jeff-Bates and Lady Antebellum just to name a few.

The Band Broke up in 2009. and he is writing new songs and and now Robbie is working on his book plus doing artwork to sell to pay for his recordings right now in the studio recording his first solo album . What keeps him going is his love of music that runs so deep.

Right now he is currently involved in doing his Facebook live show called The Pea Ridge Junktion, and working on his record hopefully ready to release it sometime in September, to iTunes and radio stations across the country , daily working on his art, and also writing his book.

Robbie plans on playing locally soon but hopefully getting the right call and playing across the country and someday play at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

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Lennon Daniels

Lennon Daniels is a country singer-songwriter originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, who now resides in Stouffville, Ontario.

In 2004, Lennon moved to the United Kingdom where he toured and received radio play on several local radio stations.

With a powerful, soulful voice, and his deep ties to country, rock and blues, Lennon lays it all out as a storyteller with passion and heart.

Over the past decade, his focus has purely been on songwriting and developing his craft with a fresh, unique sound, which will no doubtably capture the hearts of his audience.

In August, 2017, Lennon teamed up with award winning producer, Douglas Romanow (Justin Bieber, Johnny Reid, Chantal Kreviazuk), and together started working on Lennon’s debut single, Break Free.




The song was co-written with Nashville based songwriter, Brian Donkers (Kari Lynch, Twin Kennedy, Alessia Cohle, Nicole Rayy) and recorded at Noble Street Studios (Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers) in Toronto.

Break Free is described as an upbeat, playful, melodic track that has that Tom Petty, 90’s feel, which is sure to push the reset button on country music.

Break Free is slated for release in the Spring of 2018. When you hear Lennon’s music, you latch on to his powerful lyrics and easy flowing melodies, and a voice so pure, that will leave you absolutely breathless.

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