PREMIERE: Meet Thomas Wynn and The Believers [Album Stream]

first_imgMeet Thomas Wynn and The Believers, an American band with a striking new organic rock record about building a better life, a life you really believe in. Named #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band in the city for seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly, Thomas Wynn and The Believers are breaking beyond the Southern rock scene with the release of their new album, Wade Waist Deep, their Mascot Label Group debut.The record is packed with the facts that make American music timeless—the deep Southern heat of the guitars, the complex, pulsing rhythms, and the male-female vocal harmonies that sound like only a brother and sister can. Breathtakingly in-sync with his vocalist sister, Olivia Wynn, Thomas Wynn sings about overcoming fear to become the person you were meant to be. Wynn, who fell in love with The Band’s first album Music from Big Pink in his early teens, brings classic country rock and soul into the new century with tunes that evoke the best of CSNY, Levon Helm, and John Prine.Growing up in Orlando, Wynn played guitar and bass in church with his brother, while Olivia sang in the choir. Family and Bible study gave rhythm to their lives. “Our parents and our church were certain,” says Olivia, who participated in the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir, where she received vocal training and sang in cathedrals. “My favorite part was watching my dad [the original drummer of the legendary 70’s country band Cowboy] listening,” remembers Olivia. “I think he was trying to pick out my voice.” So the drummer once signed to Capricorn Records (Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, etc), now a family man, sat quietly in church and heard in his children the new voices of Southern rock.The birth of “Wade Waist Deep” saw Thomas Wynn and The Believers traveling from Florida to Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, where the band recorded with four-time Grammy award-winning producer, Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Jack White, Chris Stapleton). “I really wanted to do it outside of our hometown,” said Wynn. For the month of August 2016, Wynn and The Believers went on a journey to a sonic place that’s big, bright, and visionary.Moving beyond his previous, confessional songwriting, where he sought relief from heartbreak and addiction, Wynn has reached maturity on this album, which sees him pushing for higher, spiritual fulfillment. Life—and music—have changed for Wynn since he became a father to one-year-old Abel. “It’s that yearning, that longing for the person that you want to be,” says Wynn.As a child, Wynn learned from his father how to give a song the right kind of respect. Wynn remembers, at age five, his father showing him how to set up the drums “the right way,” then putting on an egg-timer and saying, “Play this beat ‘til the egg timer runs out. Don’t do any fills. No nothing. No frilly stuff. Just that beat. Learn to love that beat.”The album opens with “Man Out of Time,” a hypnotic blues that sees Wynn describe how music makes us believe: “I felt a pulse slow to the ear, but deep in body, and free from fear,” he sings with drive and conviction. His sister’s harmonies swirl in between Wynn’s transcendent guitar solos like a haunting church choir. Hitting your heart like a drum, “Heartbreak Alley” is a classic country tribute to the lover who brings a lost man back from the edge. With sparkling acoustic guitars, triumphant Hammond organ, and enormous choruses soaring above the loneliness of the past, the song strikes gold through Wynn’s startling sincerity and gratitude.The title track, “Wade Waist Deep,” dives right into an instant-classic groove, offering up casually genius guitar licks that ask us all to “slow down,” “trust the path [we’re] on,” and “set [our] spirits free.” Wynn’s message resonates strongly with the listener in anxious times like these. Calm down, go deep, have faith, and peace will come: “If you’re quiet enough, you might just hear a voice.” In the gospel-inspired “I Don’t Regret,” hope gives Wynn’s voice a striking emotional power, and he cries out at the climax as his electric guitar bleeds soul.In “My Eyes Won’t Be Open,” Wynn’s voice shakes with the intense vulnerability of the best soul singers. This genuinely moving ballad about becoming a father finds Wynn facing his fear of a leaving this world and realizing that his children will carry on the lessons he’s taught them. Wynn triumphs in asking the big questions: Who will remember us when we die? Will our troubles matter? What will we leave behind? Seeking to see life from a higher place, “Mountain Fog” moves up the mountaintop in a deep rock rhythm, carrying the listener to a moment of ecstatic, guitar-driven connection. “There’s a mountaintop high above your heart,” sings Wynn.So who, and what, are The Believers? They’re musicians united by a common belief in the power of these remarkable songs. Olivia Wynn works meticulously to make her vocal harmonies so hauntingly correct that they’re startling to hear. Colin Daniel Fei plays that vintage Hammond organ that can take you to church or send you straight to hell. Chris “Bell” Antemesaris wails wildly on blues harmonica. David Wagner and Ryan Miranda hold down the deep grooves on bass and drums, respectively. The band came together naturally. All of The Believers are regulars in the Orlando music scene who admired Wynn’s work and wanted to help him take it farther. From Antemesaris, who just kept on showing up at Wynn’s gigs and asking, “Can I sit in on a few?” to Wagner, who started out as a fan of The Believers, declaring “I want to be involved in this somehow or other,” Wynn has earned the band he has now.With two previous albums and several tours already under their belt, Thomas Wynn and The Believers have shared the stage with the likes of Cheap Trick, Gov’t Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood, SIMO, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Drive-By Truckers, and more. Many have already taken notice of the emotional energy and power of Thomas Wynn and The Believers’ live show. “Maybe the best band we’ve ever had on that stage,” says the Albany Herald. “One of the newest, brightest, tightest, smoothest, most energetic bands to come through,” says Georgia Music Hall of Famer Alan Walden. “One of the most exciting new bands in Florida,” says WMNF 88.5 FM. “Folks stood, jaws dropped…shook their heads, and said, ‘Damn. Can’t remember the last time I was so impressed by a band I knew nothing about.’” Now Wynn and his band are excited to get out on the road for national and international tours in 2017.As for Wynn, he’s ready to convert us all to believers. But maybe not in the way you’d expect. “I don’t care how many people know my name,” he says, “as long as when they hear my music, it makes them feel something.” For Wynn, that’s the victory that’s sweeter than no other.Stream Thomas Wynn and the Believers’ Wade Waist Deep below, exclusively through L4LM:last_img read more

Croatia gets its first Run Friendly hotel

first_imgLifeClass Terme Sveti Martin is the first Run friendly hotel in Croatia, but also in Europe.The initiative to raise the quality of service for millions of runners around the world came from Berislav Sokač and his team from the Run Croatia project. The goal of the project is to organize races of a high standard, but also to sell experiences, ie to promote the Croatian tourist offer – apart from the sun and the sea.As over 50 million people regularly run in the EU, and their annual consumption is estimated at 9.6 billion euros, it is quite logical to focus on runners, especially in the pre- and post-season. This initiative was first recognized by those who know very well that today’s tourist should be offered much more than what was offered in previous years – those from northern Croatia, who are already the main generator of continental tourism in Croatia – LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin.”The introduction of the Run friendly concept in our business is a continuation of our desire to brand the resort in the direction of a Healthness resort that encourages a healthier lifestyle in its guests through physical activities, local food and mind cultivation. After being the first in Croatia to earn the Bike hotel certificate, we are extremely glad to be the first hotel in the world with a Run friendly certificate, providing passionate runners, but also beginners, all Run firendly services throughout the year. We are looking forward to every kilometer that is run in Međimurje.”Pointed out the General Manager of Terme, Branimir Blajić, who is also a passionate athlete and the initiator of many sporting events in the area. Among the sales packages, you will also find the RUN package, which in this Healthness resort is completely adapted to all the needs of runners. Includes high quality t-shirt, running map, various running tours – from beginner to advanced program, healthy offer of drinks and food in the mini bar, energy bars, late checkout, a special massage program and no less important, the perfection of untouched nature, ideal for an active stay outdoors.” The goal of the project is to provide a platform for runners as an added value to hotels through labeling, and our vision is for Croatia to be the first country in the world to have a platform for a run friendly package ” Berislav Sokač from Run Croatia points out and adds that they have made a book of standards and know-how for the certification of hotels as Run Friendly and that we have the opportunity to set a new standard on the tourist map of the world.But the Run Croatia concept is a much broader story, which includes the whole Run Friendly Eco System with various partners, from clinics, restaurants, banks, etc.… Read the wider story of the entire Run Friendly concept below in the attachment.Related news: BERISLAV SOKAČ, RUN CROATIA: I want to bring a part of 50 million runners in Europe to Croatialast_img read more

SAILOR 900 VSAT Systems for CCCC Dredging Fleet

first_imgCobham SATCOM maritime antenna systems will be powering the digital connectivity on 16 dredging vessels that support the One Belt One Road Initiative, China’s ambitious port and infrastructure-building project.16 SAILOR 900 VSAT antenna systems, via partner Beijing Highlander Digital Technology Co. Ltd are due to be rolled out on the ships owned and operated by CCCC Dredging Company (CDC) over a period of 24 months with an option for a further six vessels.The new VSAT equipment will replace the vessels’ existing FleetBroadband communications hardware.Cobham SATCOM General Manager China, Cheng-Yu Tang said: “The dredging sector has been cautious in embracing digitalisation, but the enhanced on-board communications delivered to CCCC by the SAILOR 900 VSAT paves the way for real-time monitoring, higher precision modelling and potential for extended remote operations.”China’s dredging industry has undergone a massive overhaul over the past 20 years, resulting in a significantly expanded and more technologically advanced fleet. More than half of this capacity is owned by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which today operates around 40 trailing suction hoppers, 60 cutter section dredgers and almost a dozen bucket dredgers.The latest ship to join the CCCC fleet is the Tian Kun Hao, dubbed a ‘magic island-maker’ by its designer, was launched last year and is due to enter service this summer.It is the first fully domestically-built self-propelled dredger of its type in China. The 140m-long cutter section can dredge up to 6,000 cubic meters an hour from depths up to 35m and thanks to an automatic control system can be operated without any crew.last_img read more

Girls to shine in backyard

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThe 2014 National Youth Championships is hours away but for two Queensland girls, it can’t come quick enough.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) players Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes will don the maroon jersey for this week’s event at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.But more importantly, they will be playing in front of their family and friends.Johnstone and Sykes are Sunshine Coast girls – Johnstone is from Twin Waters and Sykes from Sippy Down.Playing in a big tournament in their own backyard is something the pair of 16-year-olds are looking forward to.“It is pretty exciting because it is a really good ground and a massive stadium. Plenty of supporters, so it is going to be very exciting,” Sykes said.This is Sykes’ debut at the National Youth Championships while Johnstone previously played for Sunshine Coast Pineapples. “The experience will be awesome. Playing at a high level with a lot of girls I’ve grown up playing with, so that will be awesome. Every game will be challenging,” Johnstone said.Having played in every girls division final since 1996 – winning 14 of the 18 finals including the past two years – there is a lot of expectation on QSST to maintain their incredible record.“Playing for Queensland you have that expectation in the past about winning,” Johnstone said.“You have to withhold that but I think you need to just get out there and have fun; make the most of it.”New South Wales Combined High Schools have been QSST’s biggest threat each year, and 2014 will be no different.“It is going to be really hard because, even from the under 15s, it was pretty tough competition. It is always hard playing New South Wales and other states,” Sykes said.Sunshine Coast councillor Peter Cox said he would be coming out and watching the National Youth Championships.“I came here last year and the competition was really tight and a great spectacle,” Councillor Cox said.“Anyone out there who hasn’t got anything to do in the next couple of days they should come down here because they will see some quality football.”Councillor Cox said the Sunshine Coast would benefit from the National Youth Championships, as well as the State of Origin series (played on Friday and Saturday).“It’s a pretty special time for us and the Sunshine Coast. The players, officials, spectators and families all coming along gives our local economy a great boost, and it is great to show off our great facilities,” Councillor Cox said.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – LinksNational Youth Champslast_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool, Everton watching Club Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjuma

first_imgLiverpool, Everton watching Club Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjumaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveClub Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld is attracting major Premier League interest.Danjuma is on the radar of AC Milan, which Club Brugge have confirmed, though reports of a bid already tabled have been denied.The 21 year-old only moved to Belgium last summer from NEC Nijmegen, but his impact has attracted interest from across Europe.Along with Milan, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are also interested in Danjuma. He has scored five times and gave four assists in fifteen official matches for his new club.Manchester City were also keen on Danjuma before he left NEC in the summer for a cut-price €1m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoTottenham due Lo Celso boost this week

first_imgTottenham due Lo Celso boost this weekby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will receive a boost this week with the return of midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso.The Argentine, signed from Real Betis this past summer, has been out for two months with a hip injury.But manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Monday that Lo Celso will be available for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade.Spurs are yet to win collect a win from Group B so far this season. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Cadets walking Winnipeg cop beat

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police are trying a new technique to get policing closer to the community.Cadets are now walking the beat in downtown Winnipeg.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out what kind of impact they are making on the streets.last_img

Government of BC gives response to hydraulic fracturing report

first_imgSince March, the Government has implemented a number of changes that address the panel’s recommendations.Those recommendations include:installing new hydrometric monitoring stations in collaboration with First Nations communities;installing new groundwater observation wells near Fort Nelson;completing mapping of more than 55 aquifers;implementing an outreach and education initiative for land and dam owners in the northeast region; andmapping zones that are likely to experience greater ground motion from seismic events is underway.According to the Government, as part of the short-term action plan, the working group will review and clarify regulatory processes and procedures, and identify areas for improvements in data-management tools, systems, integration and public accessibility.The group will also recommend long-term research directions and priorities for the Government that address knowledge gaps identified by the scientific panel.The working group will engage with all British Columbians and will provide a status update in December 2019.The full Scientific Review can be found on the Government’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of B.C. has issued a response to the independent scientific panel’s Scientific Review of Hydraulic Fracturing report.After releasing the report in March, the Government says they have established a cross-government working group to develop short-term and long-term action plans for implementing the panel’s 97 recommendations.The working group includes staff from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commision and from three provincial ministries, which includes the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.last_img read more

Modi hai to Mumkin Hai BJP slogan for 2019 election Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Seeking to encash Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image of a doer, BJP has chosen the slogan of ‘Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai’ ‘Modi makes it possible’ for the upcoming general elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Thursday. Modi, he added, has demonstrated during the last five years indefatigability by literally working round-the-clock, Jaitley said in the ‘Agenda 2019 Part-4’ blogpost. He further said Modi as a quick learner has demonstrated his ability to take quick decisions on complicated matters with clarity and determination. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “His image as a doer is now recognised by most Indians. Many India observers across the world have marvelled with India’s pace of taking decisions and implementing them. The BJP, therefore, has chosen an effective slogan for the forthcoming elections ‘Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai’ ‘Modi makes it possible’,” said Jaitley, who is also in-charge of the publicity division of BJP for 2019 general elections. Recalling some landmark achievements of the government, he said for the first time for five years in a row, India has remained the fastest growing major economy in the world and also a ‘sweet spot’ in the global economy. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “It is both the motivation and the leadership which made the vital difference. It is precisely for this reason that India will witness an election where people will get an opportunity to endorse Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, decisiveness, integrity and performance. Indeed he makes it possible,” the finance minister said. Among other things, Jaitley also said during Modi’s premiership, India demonstrated through surgical strike of 2016 and air-strike of 2019 against Pakistan that it was willing to adopt unconventional methods of attacking terror at the point of its origin. The other achievements of the government, he said, were bringing down inflation from 10.4 per cent during the UPA regime to 2.5 per cent presently, running an honest government and providing 10 per cent reservation in public employment and educational institutions for economically weaker sections in unreserved category. The government, he said, has also provided income support to poor farmers and pension scheme for the unorganised labour in the country. Other achievements of the government were the smoothest implementation of GST, free medical treatment to the poor under Ayushman Bharat scheme and 100 per cent electrification of all households, he said. “The above is only an illustrative list of the kinds of strides India is making. Has any government done more? It was the same governmental machinery, the same political system, the same implementation instruments that the government had at its disposal. It is both the motivation and the leadership which made the vital difference,” Jaitley said.last_img read more

Realty poll plank

first_imgWhile the issue of nationalism in the wake of Pulwama and air strike continues to dominate the political discourse in the run-up to 2019 general elections, yet growth with good governance remains the main poll plank of ruling BJP, which is showcasing how its reforms have paid rich dividends in the real estate and infrastructure domain, not only contributing significantly to nation’s GDP but also boosting the living standard of masses. Riding high on the theme of New India & transformation through reforms, this year’s interim budget spelt out measures to boost real estate. Not only was the annual income up to 5 lakh made tax free to boost the disposable income of home buyers, but tax exemption on house rents was also hiked to 2.4 lakh to encourage investors to invest in second homes for rental income. The budget also lessened the tax burden of developers by way of extending the exemption of tax levy on unsold inventory, from one year to two years, besides benefits under Section 80-1BA of the Income Tax Act to projects approved till March 31, 2020. With these budgetary incentives together with a substantial cut on GST rate on housing, the government focused on boosting real estate. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn fact, immediately after taking over in 2014, the Modi government demonstrated its commitment to give a boost to the construction and housing sector. In a far-reaching measure, the first budget of the NDA government met the long-standing demand of liberalising FDI norms in the construction sector by reducing the requirement for a built-up area and capital requirement. In yet another significant step, REITs were introduced with tax incentives to unlock a new source of funding for the capital-starved developers. Besides these, the twin measures of increasing home loan interest exemption limit by 50000 rupees and income tax limit by another 50000 rupees were major incentives to boost housing. In the following budgets, infrastructure was given a big push with an investment hike of 70000 crores and setting up of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. Also Read – Insider threat managementFully recognising that affordable housing is key to meet the severe shortage of housing in the country, the government brought in incentivised policies for affordable housing including providing infrastructure status to it. The reform of demonetisation together with Benami Property Prohibition Act was introduced to stamp out black money from real estate, responsible for an artificial spurt in prices. Further, the reform to regulate real estate through the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) was introduced which not only contributed to bringing down realty prices but also brought in transparency and fair play into real estate transactions. The government launched the flagship mission of ‘Housing for All by 2022’. And to ensure that housing was within the reach of masses, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) was launched with Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) offering home loan interest rate subsidy of up to 2.67 lakh. This has significantly helped to make homes affordable. The gains of PMAY are visible to all in terms of delivery of record number of homes, though they are far short of 2022 targets. On the infrastructure front, the record construction of over 25 km a day of highways is another achievement which Modi government is showcasing. Modi government is now flaunting these reforms to voters ahead of polls. That the government has made real estate, housing and infrastructure as one of its main poll planks, is clearly visible from the hordes of projects/schemes launched in a rush before the introduction of poll code. Among the key metro rail projects given go-ahead were Kanpur & Agra Metro, Phase 4 of DMRC, Dwarka Expressway metro connectivity and extension of Red Line Metro to Ghaziabad. The Dwarka Expressway stuck for years in Delhi area, was given go ahead. In order to provide a big connectivity boost to real estate, regional air connectivity from Hindon Airforce Station in Ghaziabad was started with the operationalisation of civilian flights. The foundation laying of Rs 90000 crore Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and 61000 crores Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Project. However, notwithstanding the pre-election real estate and infrastructure bonanza and the positive impact of real estate reforms, only time will tell, how much dividend this poll plank will pay to the ruling party in the parliamentary polls. (The author is Founder & Editor of Ground Real(i)ty Media. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more