Jody Porter (Of Fountains Of Wayne) & May Residency
Jody Porter, known for his impressive guitar playing abilities and Brit-pop style, first garnered attention in the early 1990's fronting and writing songs for the then London-based group The Belltower. The band created quite a buzz for itself abroad including features in Melody Maker as well as scoring multiple NME singles of the week. After topping the English charts, the band moved back to the States, eventually breaking up in 1996.
Max Collins (of Eve 6)
For Max Collins, longtime singer and bassist of Eve 6, this year marks an opportunity to explore new musical ground. The musician will unveil his debut solo album, Honey From The Ice Box, bolstered by a Pledge Music campaign to help finance and promote the disc. After finishing a tour with Eve 6 on New Year’s Eve, Max began penning the tracks that appear on the record, an evitable release from the prolific musician. The songs on the album emerged quickly and organically, pouring out in January as Max spent time at home with his guitar. The musician penned ten tracks in a month, feeling his inspiration click.
“It definitely seemed like a lot of songs were just happening,” Max says. “It was clear – now is the time for me to make the record that I've wanted to make for a long time. People are often surprised when I talk about my musical influences, from Crowded House to Steve Earle to The Lemonheads. I feel this record really captures my soul and points more directly to the artists that have moved me. It's entirely uncompromised.”