NEWS FROM THE BAND & ALBUM REVIEWS
“There’s a reason why Willamena are still making great music for well over 20 years; they’re fantastic songwriters, true artists and skilled entertainers who deserve your attention.”
“When you hear pure talent and hit songs, it’s easy to listen again and say great things. Please take the time to listen to Willamena. These guys are providing us with great new music and keeping the art of songwriting alive.”
“Imagine if you will, the end of a long season and thinking back on what has been quite the adventure, you play this album…and turn it up and just sit back and think, enjoy, and find a message that speaks to you on a deeper level!”
“Willamena has quite a unique sound, and it’s so refreshing to hear a song that is so exuberant and confident.”
“Broken Songs: A Compilation…is a strong return for the band”
“If This is Love” became Willamena’s fourth nationally-charting single, reaching #161 on the Friday Morning Quarterback Triple A top-200.
“The Other Side of Loneliness” peaked at #87 on the FMQB Triple A top-200, and spent 10 straight weeks on that chart (as of 3/25/15).
Willamena charts! “The Other Side of Loneliness” is up to #90 on the Friday Morning Quarterback national Triple A singles chart.
Willamena charts! “The Other Side of Loneliness” debuted at #110 on the Friday Morning Quarterback national Triple A singles chart 1/20, and moved up to #105 on 1/27.
The lists change hourly, but “The Light Ahead” hit #1 on Amazon.com’s “Hot New Releases” list in the AAA category 1/17/15 – three days before its release date. Long live indie! http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/dmusic/195408011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr
Willamena charts! Billboard Magazine’s #5 AAA indicator “most added.” http://charts.bdsradio.com/bdsradiocharts/charts.aspx?formatid=7
RadioInfo.com Music Editor Duane Doobie has named “The Other Side of Loneliness” a rock “pick of the week.” Read more here: http://www.radioinfo.com/2015/01/07/doobies-picks-week-1715/
“The Light Ahead” will be released on 1/20/15. You can preview the first single “The Other Side of Loneliness” here: https://soundcloud.com/willamena/willamena-the-other-side-of-loneliness
11/4/2014 – Production on “The Light Ahead” continues.
Even though “Broken Heart” is still spinning on stations like KCLC in metro St. Louis (it reached #1 there), WIKD Daytona Beach, KWSS Phoenix, and popping up in places like KCSN Los Angeles (and on Nic Harcourt’s nationally-syndicated “Connections” show produced there), it’s time for the next record. “The Light Ahead” is in production now; tracking should wrap up the first week in October.
“Falling Through the Sky” climbed to #115 on the FMQB national AAA singles airplay chart for week 11, 2014. And “Broken Heart” was added to regular rotation at WOCM, Ocean City MD. The album remained on the AMA national Americana chart, coming in at #204. http://americanaradio.org/ama/displaychart.asp?mode=lw&dtkey=594
“Falling Through the Sky” reached #121 on the FMQB national AAA singles airplay chart for week 10, 2014. That’s the track’s 11th straight week in the top 200.
“Falling Through the Sky” reached #123 on the Friday Morning Quarterback national AAA singles chart – week 6, 2014.
“Falling Through the Sky” just went out to radio stations world-wide on a TM Studios’ “Hit Disc B” — http://www.tmstudios.com/members/searchresponse.asp?dt=h&mode=disc_srch&dnum=HB201402
“Falling Through the Sky” charts again! #132 on the Friday Morning Quarterback national AAA singles chart, for week #2 of 2014.
“Falling Through the Sky” charts! #146 on Mediabase’s “Active Rock” chart ending 11/17: http://www.pulsemusic.proboards.com/thread/103749/mediabase-active-alternative-top-2012?page=8
“Falling…” was the #13 streamed track in AAA on PlayMPE for the week ending 11/15: http://daily.plaympe.com/triple-a-top-20-stream-november-15th-2013/ It’s already in rotation at KFMU, KSPN, WRRW, KPCW, KBHR, and more. It recently was featured as a “Music Friday” track on the Free Beer and Hot Wings morning show (syndicated nationally to about 38 stations): https://www.freebeerandhotwings.com/b/Music-Friday-Songs,-11/15/-130994843824620168.html
“Falling Through the Sky (Radio Mix)” is the fourth single from “Lost in the Shadows” to make the AllAccess.com Triple A “cool new music” list: http://www.allaccess.com/triple-a/cool-new-music Five days after the PlayMPE listing (where you can read all about the track and the band), it’s already picking up airplay around the country: http://daily.plaympe.com/willamena-falling-through-the-sky-radio-mix/
For up-to-date news on airplay, please check out either the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/willamenaband) or the Twitter feed (@Willamenaband). Tracks from “Lost in the Shadows” have spun, and charted, all over the U.S. and the world.
5/26 – at this writing, Willy’s the #1 indie band in The Deli Magazine’s Chicago region: http://chicago.thedelimagazine.com/top300?genre=indie%20rock
National retail distribution is in place, via FYE Stores/Dynasty Records: http://www.fye.com Retail distribution across Canada happens via Dynasty/HMV Stores: http://www.hmv.ca
Willy charts! “Things…” is #180 on last week’s FMQB Triple A national radio airplay chart, up from its debut at #193 the week before. Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBoLH5eIpgA
It’s getting really tough to keep up with all the new airplay for “The Things That I Forgot.” Added/spinning now at KSPN (Aspen, CO), KFMU (Steamboat Springs, CO), WVMP (Roanoke, VA), many more around the U.S. The new video made the web feed at Creative Review Magazine (UK): http://www.creativereview.co.uk/feed?url=/feed&=&offset=2 It’s featured now on Carmen Allgood’s internationally-syndicated programs: http://www.thecoloradowave.com/jup/ and it has several thousand YouTube views in its first few days out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBoLH5eIpgA
“The Things That I Forgot” is picking up airplay nationwide. #1 on the “most played” list at KBHR (Big Bear, CA), #5 on the “top hits” list at WVMP (Roanoke, VA) and lots more. Here’s the new video for the track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBoLH5eIpgA
“The Things that I Forgot” has made AllAccess.com’s “Cool New Music” list for Triple A: http://www.allaccess.com/triple-a/cool-new-music It impacts radio beginning on 3/11, and it’s already topped the “most played” list at KBHR Big Bear, CA: http://kbhr933.com/music-events/kbhr-music-030713/
“Lost in the Shadows” hit #1 on Amazon.com’s Adult Alternative “Hot New Sellers” list: https://willamenadotnet.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/amazon-number-1-screenshot.pdf
John Sinkevics’ brief review of “Lost…” on LocalSpins.com: http://localspins.com/album-reviews-the-final-local-spins-end-of-year-roundup/
KPCW (Park City, UT) adds “When Love Rescued Me” to its playlist – just in time for the Sundance Film Festival! http://www.kpcw.org
“When Love Rescued Me” made a VERY important list: AllAccess’ Cool New Music!
WLRM also made TM Studios’ widely-distributed “Hit Disc B” http://www.tmstudios.com/members/searchresponse.asp?dt=h&mode=disc_srch&dnum=HB201302
“Broken Heart” has been nominated for two WYCE “Jammie” awards! Details here: http://www.grcmc.org/radio/?npad=1&news_id=1622
You can cast a free online ballot for the WYCE “Listeners’ Choice” Jammie award, here: http://www.grcmc.org/radio/
Here’s a link to one early review of “Lost in the Shadows:” https://willamena.net/?attachment_id=197