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Join TRO at the special East Coast screening of the new documentary “Leadbelly: The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll,” spo...
12/07/2023

Join TRO at the special East Coast screening of the new documentary “Leadbelly: The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll,” sponsored by TRO Essex Music Group. The event takes place in NYC on Thursday, December 28, at The Schomburg Center at 4 pm.

This full-length feature film pays homage to the remarkable career, of folk/blues musician Leadbelly, featuring intimate interviews with Leadbelly’s niece, Tiny Robinson, and clips from an impressive lineup including Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, Joan Baez, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and Alan Lomax. The film premiered for the first time ever in September at the International Black Film Festival in Nashville, TN, and left with the Audience Choice Award, it's one you won't want to miss!

Leadbelly’s tale is one of perseverance and resilience, his work inspired generations of artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Van Morrison, not to mention Pete Seeger, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Nirvana, The White Stripes, Eric Clapton, and rock and roll in general.

Through a compelling mixture of rare video footage and live performances, to an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, take a journey through Leadbelly’s life in the documentary “Leadbelly: The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll,” and learn about his significant contributions to rock and roll, music history, and the lasting relevance and impact of his story today.

Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRI5XVGfjI0
Learn more at www.Houseofleadbelly.com

  TRO is proud to now be representing pop singer/songwriter Kaylee Federmann! A rising star Kaylee has been nominated fo...
12/06/2023

TRO is proud to now be representing pop singer/songwriter Kaylee Federmann! A rising star Kaylee has been nominated for "Pop Artist of the Year" and "New Artist of the Year" at the Boston Music Awards. And her work ‘Her Song’ went viral on TikTok, which in turn generated over 2 million streams! Check out her catalog here: https://s.disco.ac/kifexfrdfhhf

  Denny Laine, cofounder, and singer of The Moody Blues, passed away on December 5th, in NCH Baker Hospital in Naples, F...
12/06/2023

Denny Laine, cofounder, and singer of The Moody Blues, passed away on December 5th, in NCH Baker Hospital in Naples, FL after a long battle with interstitial lung disease. He was 79.

Brian Frederick Hines was born on October 29, 1944. He took on the stage name Denny Laine in his first band Denny Laine and The Diplomats. Laine left the band and formed The M&B 5 with Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas, which was renamed The Moody Blues. Their cover of “Go Now” by Bessie Banks instantly became their biggest single, reaching no. 1 on the British charts and no. 10 in the United States.

Denny Laine left The Moody Blues in 1966. He joined Paul McCartney and worked beside him in their popular band Wings throughout the 70s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of The Moody Blues, in 2018. Denny Laine you will be missed.

Follow our new UK Instagram page .  As part of our mission to share exciting news and highlights from our UK catalog and...
12/05/2023

Follow our new UK Instagram page .

As part of our mission to share exciting news and highlights from our UK catalog and writers, we have created the brand-new TRO Essex Music UK Instagram page.

On the menu: new artist alerts, legacy artist tributes, song/album highlights, sync placements, company news, and much more.

Make sure to follow us here: https://www.instagram.com/troessexmusicgroupuk/

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    Loonis McGlohon was an American songwriter and jazz pianist, he was born on September 29, 1921, in Ayden, North Caro...
12/05/2023

Loonis McGlohon was an American songwriter and jazz pianist, he was born on September 29, 1921, in Ayden, North Carolina, as a boy, he became fascinated by the big-band music of the time and learned to play piano. He graduated from East Carolina University and spent several years with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. In the early 1950s he began working as a music director for WBT (AM) radio and WBTV (Charlotte's CBS-TV affiliate). Outside his radio work, McGlohon continued to play and write music and formed his own trio for club and concert performances. The Loonis McGlohon Trio recorded more than two dozen albums and performed across the USA.

In 1960, McGlohon began an association with composer Alec Wilder, together they co-hosted the Peabody Award-winning NPR radio series American Popular Song, featuring 40 programs centered on the contributions of the top songwriters. McGlohon later co-hosted Eileen Farrell’s NPR radio series, American Singers, Loonis was Eileen Farrell’s musical director from 1980, and together they recorded nine albums. McGlohon also was an avid songwriter. He wrote operas, musicals, revues, and numerous songs in collaboration with Alec Wilder. Together they wrote about 75 songs including "Blackberry Winter", "Be a Child", ‘A Long Night’ and ‘South To A Warmer Place’. In addition to Wilder, McGlohon collaborated with songwriters Billy VerPlanck, Hugh Martin, and Marian McPartland.

McGlohon was also very active in his home state he was commissioned in 1985, with his friend Charles Kuralt to write a piece in celebration of North Carolina's 400th birthday, and produced North Carolina Is My Home. McGlohon died on January 26, 2002, at the age of 80, following a long-term battle with lymphoma. Prior to his death the NationsBank Performance Place in Charlotte’s Spirit Square was named the Loonis McGlohon Theatre, and in 2004, the biography Loonis! Celebrating a Lyrical Life was published by the East Carolina University Foundation.

Take a listen to McGlohon's most memorable works: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2IQR6Imo4f3EpDl448ZEe9?si=7412879a68a74812

12/04/2023

Happy December! We hope you're enjoying the holiday season; we're celebrating by reflecting on our catalog's top music placements this past season in TV, ads, and film! Throughout Autumn we saw placements of TRO's catalog in TV shows like Billions, Apple TV's The Morning Show, Peacock's The Continental: From the World of John Wick, and many more!

Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" shined this sync season, with a use in the new trailer for the film "NAPOLEON". The song use helped the film trailer go viral with more than 20 million views, and many including Black Sabbath's original manager think the song was "perfect" for it. Click below to watch our full sync highlights reel!

English singer/songwriter Ralph McTell shares the meanings behind his classic songs, including his hit "Streets of Londo...
11/30/2023

English singer/songwriter Ralph McTell shares the meanings behind his classic songs, including his hit "Streets of London", and his long-standing marriage. https://www.rsvplive.ie/news/celebs/ralph-mctell-meanings-behind-classic-31333638

From There to Here: Ralph McTell on busking in Paris, his musical legacy, touring Ireland and the meanings behind his famous songs Streets of London and From Clare to Here

Big congratulations to Story and Tune for being selected as one of Easyfolk Media's featured artists in 2024! Easyfolk M...
11/29/2023

Big congratulations to Story and Tune for being selected as one of Easyfolk Media's featured artists in 2024! Easyfolk Media is a Portland, OR based company, dedicated to lifting up the acoustic music community. Look for good things to come over at !

#2024

  Did you know that Pink Floyd's drummer, Nick Mason’s voice can be heard on several Pink Floyd songs, including "Corpor...
11/24/2023

Did you know that Pink Floyd's drummer, Nick Mason’s voice can be heard on several Pink Floyd songs, including "Corporal Clegg", "One of These Days", "Scream Thy Last Scream", and more!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, rest, and enjoy food and time with loved ones! Celebrate the ...
11/22/2023

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, rest, and enjoy food and time with loved ones! Celebrate the holiday and share the love with TRO's Thanksgiving-themed playlist, featuring songs by some of our newest writers, enjoy!

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'Tis the season, Sam Robbins and HalleyNeal  will be releasing a new collaborative holiday album “You and Me on Christma...
11/17/2023

'Tis the season, Sam Robbins and HalleyNeal will be releasing a new collaborative holiday album “You and Me on Christmas Eve” next Friday, 11/24!!

This 15-track album features 5 original Christmas songs and 10 holiday classics. The duo will be kicking off the album release with a tour on 11/25. Click the link here to purchase tickets and pre-order the album: https://linktr.ee/samrobbinsmusic


Singersroom.com have listed their "15 Best Folk Music Songs of All Time", and on the list includes works by Woody Guthri...
11/15/2023

Singersroom.com have listed their "15 Best Folk Music Songs of All Time", and on the list includes works by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Pete Seeger! Read more here: https://singersroom.com/w27/best-folk-music-songs-of-all-time/

Folk music, a genre deeply rooted in the cultural tapestry of humanity, has a timeless and universal appeal that resonates

  Alec Wilder was an American composer, his work is a unique blend of American musical traditions, like jazz, and basic ...
11/14/2023

Alec Wilder was an American composer, his work is a unique blend of American musical traditions, like jazz, and basic “classical” European forms and techniques. Alec Wilder was born Alexander Lafayette Chew Wilder in Rochester, New York on February 16, 1907, to a prominent family. He was largely a self-taught composer but studied composition and counterpoint privately at the Eastman School of Music in the 1920s.

Mitch Miller, who Wilder met at Eastman, and Frank Sinatra were initially responsible for introducing his music to the public. It was Miller who organized the historic recordings of Wilder octets beginning in 1939 for Brunswick Records. In 1945, Frank Sinatra, an early fan and avid supporter of Wilder’s music, persuaded Columbia Records to record an album of Wilder’s solo wind works with string orchestra, and Sinatra conducting. The two men became lifelong friends and Sinatra recorded many of Wilder’s popular songs. Jazz musicians fascinated Wilder, he was admired and respected not only by Frank Sinatra, but by Mabel Mercer, Mildred Bailey, Peggy Lee, and Tony Bennett, for whom he wrote songs. Among his best-known works are It’s So Peaceful in the Country, I’ll Be Around, While We’re Young, and Blackberry Winter.

In the early 1950s, Wilder became drawn to writing concert music for soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. Throughout the rest of his life, he produced dozens of compositions for the concert hall. Wilder also wrote the definitive book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900–1950 (1972). Alec Wilder died of lung cancer on Christmas Eve 1980 in Gainesville, Florida. In 1983, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Wilder was never really interested in being categorized as a “classical” or “popular”, or even a “famous”, composer. Alec’s ambition was to write good music, and he succeeded, creating a large catalog of work characterized by intelligence, grace, elegance, sensitivity, and honest sophistication.

Have you checked out the new "NAPOLEON" trailer, featuring "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath? The song use has helped the film...
11/10/2023

Have you checked out the new "NAPOLEON" trailer, featuring "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath? The song use has helped the film trailer go viral, and Black Sabbath’s original manager says ‘War Pigs’ was “perfect” for the trailer. Check it out below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIsfMO5Jd_w&t=38s

Joaquin Phoenix takes the crown. Watch the new trailer for , from acclaimed director Ridley Scott. See it in Premium Large Formats, Screen X, 70mm a...

Happy 56th Anniversary to the iconic The Moody Blues album "Days of Future Passed"! Released on November 10, 1967, with ...
11/10/2023

Happy 56th Anniversary to the iconic The Moody Blues album "Days of Future Passed"! Released on November 10, 1967, with its fusion of orchestral and rock elements, this album has been cited as one of the first examples of progressive rock. It has since been listed among the most important albums of 1967 by Rolling Stone and contains The Moody Blues' hit single "Nights in White Satin", which became a top ten hit in the US in 1972.

Check out the full album here: https://open.spotify.com/album/7IIy4elDOHGHr6qemgpa9i?si=jYYq0hSjT4efD1bdgt0FwQ

The Moody Blues · Album · 1967 · 7 songs.

TRO is proud to announce our presence at the 2023 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Asbury Park, NJ, Novemb...
11/08/2023

TRO is proud to announce our presence at the 2023 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Asbury Park, NJ, November 9-12. The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance or "NERFA" is a regional affiliate of Folk Alliance International (FAI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and protecting the global folk music community.

TRO's own writers are scheduled to perform and speak on panels at NERFA, including multi-cultural band, The Scooches, harmonic trio The Pairs, Americana singer/songwriter Dan Zlotnick, "old soul singer songwriter" Sam Robbins, and more! Look for the TRO team at various showcases, panels, workshops, and more, see you there!

  Lonnie Donegan was a British singer, songwriter, and musician, he invented a style of music, skiffle, that completely ...
11/07/2023

Lonnie Donegan was a British singer, songwriter, and musician, he invented a style of music, skiffle, that completely altered 1960s pop culture and greatly influenced British pop and rock musicians. He was born Anthony James Donegan on April 29, 1931. He purchased his first guitar at the age of fourteen and through BBC Broadcasts learned classic folk and blues songs like "Frankie and Johnny", "Puttin' On the Style", and "The House of the Rising Sun". He began performing out in small jazz clubs in London in his later teens and caught his first big break when the Chris Barber band invited him to audition to play the banjo in the group.

In 1953 cornetist Ken Colyer joined the Chris Barber band, and they changed their name to Ken Colyer's Jazzmen and the Monty Sunshine Trio. While in Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, in between sets Donegan played with two other musicians his own versions of American blues, country, and folk standards, by artists like Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie. Incorporating his own rhythms, he created his own sound, what promotional posters would call a "skiffle" break. In 1954 he recorded a fast version of Lead Belly's "Rock Island Line". It was a hit reaching number eight on the UK charts and Top Ten in the United States. Utilizing simple instruments like the acoustic guitar, washtub bass, and washboard rhythm, Donegan created a new style of music called ‘Skiffle’ inspired by the American southern blues, which became exceptionally popular amongst English teenagers.

Donegan’s success continued to grow when he released his debut album Lonnie Donegan Showcase in 1956 including songs "Ramblin' Man" and "Wabash Cannonball", which sold hundreds of thousands and encouraged amateur musicians including the early formation of the Beatles’ The Quarrymen, Gerry & the Pacemakers, and the Searchers. By the early 60s however, the skiffle sound was becoming less commercial, replaced by the new wave of rockers like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other British invasion bands, whom Donegan inspired. Donegan passed away on November 3, 2002, following heart problems. He remains a beloved pioneer of English rock & roll and the “King of Skiffle”.


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Join the TRO team at The 38th Annual Alec Wilder Concert, presented by The Friends of Alec Wilder! Alec Wilder was an Am...
11/06/2023

Join the TRO team at The 38th Annual Alec Wilder Concert, presented by The Friends of Alec Wilder! Alec Wilder was an American composer who wrote music of remarkable originality. It is the FOAW's mission to bring greater awareness and to preserve the life's work of this unique composer.

Come celebrate Alec Wilder's artistry with classical and popular pieces at 2 p.m. this Saturday, November 11, at 54 Below, NYC. Click the link below for more information: https://www.alecwildermusicandlife.com/announcing-concerts/

Next month Ozzy Osbourne will return to the UK to accept the Icon Award at the first-ever Rolling Stone UK Awards!“I’ve ...
11/01/2023

Next month Ozzy Osbourne will return to the UK to accept the Icon Award at the first-ever Rolling Stone UK Awards!

“I’ve had a long career and I’ve raised a few f*****g eyebrows along the way, and I’ve met some amazing people too. I’ve done some good gigs and I’ve done some f*****g bad gigs! Thanks very much for giving me this award, it really means a lot to me.”

Congratulations Ozzy Osbourne!

50 years ago, on October 26, 1973, The Who released one of their most acclaimed albums "Quadrophenia", which is their th...
10/26/2023

50 years ago, on October 26, 1973, The Who released one of their most acclaimed albums "Quadrophenia", which is their third rock opera, the two previous being the "mini-opera" song "A Quick One, While He's Away" and the album Tommy.

The seventeen album tracks, all composed by Pete Townshend, tell the story of a young working-class mod from London named Jimmy, who is seeking self-worth amidst his chaotic life. Townshend took inspiration from early fans of the band, especially from their eccentric and wacky friend "Irish" Jack Lyons, to create the four-sided schizophrenic character of Jimmy.

The album featured brilliant instrumentation and was also the playground for introducing cutting-edge multi-track synthesizers. Happy 50th Anniversary to The Who's "Quadrophenia" album!

It's fitting that David Bowie's documentary MOONAGE DAYDREAM isn't like the typical documentary - check out our story fo...
10/25/2023

It's fitting that David Bowie's documentary MOONAGE DAYDREAM isn't like the typical documentary - check out our story for more info!

  TRO is proud to now be representing indie-pop meets soul-rock singer-songwriter, Casii Stephan. Stephan’s emotive voic...
10/25/2023

TRO is proud to now be representing indie-pop meets soul-rock singer-songwriter, Casii Stephan. Stephan’s emotive voice and beautifully honest songwriting join the likes of talented folk writers such as Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger, iconic rock bands like The Who, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and more! TRO and Casii Stephan are both excited and hopeful, for this new chapter!



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  Sonny Terry was an American blues and folk musician best known for his duo with guitarist Brownie McGhee. He was born ...
10/24/2023

Sonny Terry was an American blues and folk musician best known for his duo with guitarist Brownie McGhee. He was born Saunders Terrell on October 24, 1911, in Greensboro, Georgia. His father was a farmer and taught Terry to play the basic blues harp. Terry unfortunately sustained injuries to his eyes and went blind by the time he was 16. Terry decided to be a blues singer and began traveling around North Carolina. In 1934, he befriended popular guitarist Blind Boy Fuller. By 1937, they were offered an opportunity to go to New York to record for the Vocalion label, Terry went on to record for the Library of Congress. Among his most famous works are "Old Jabo", “Mountain Tunes”, and "Lost John".

Terry continued playing regularly with Fuller until his passing in 1941. It was during this time that Terry met his future partner, guitarist Brownie McGhee. Together the duo moved to New York and began playing the folk music circuit, they became known for their collaborations with Styve Homnick, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, and Moses Asch. During this period Terry and McGhee also appeared in the original Broadway productions of Finian's Rainbow and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But it was during the blues revival of the 1960s, that Terry and McGhee found their biggest success on the concert and music festival circuits. The duo were some of the first blues artists to tour Europe and were featured on many major network television shows and folk music special programs.

By the mid-'70s, the strain of constantly being on the road created personal problems between McGhee and Terry, so the pair decided to resign from their long partnership. Terry continued his career by appearing in the 1979 Steve Martin comedy The Jerk, the 1985 film The Color Purple, and collaborating with Ry Cooder on the track "Walkin' Away Blues". Terry also performed a cover of Robert Johnson's "Crossroad Blues" for the 1986 film Crossroads. Terry and McGhee both were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1986. Terry died of natural causes in Mineola, New York, on March 11, 1986. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0UUKIi6nweFnpF4LqCgVQw?si=087dd727f4064aad

Calling all Toronto, ON residers, if you love folk music, and harmonies The Pairs have got the show for you! Check out f...
10/23/2023

Calling all Toronto, ON residers, if you love folk music, and harmonies The Pairs have got the show for you! Check out folk trio The Pairs open for acoustic folk-roots group The Fugitives at Hugh's Room this Thursday, October 26th. Click the link below to get tickets, doors open at 7pm!

https://thepairsmusic.com/event/5298819/657216516/the-fugitives-wsg-the-pairs

The Fugitives are an acoustic folk-roots group headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod. They’re joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters). Over their first five albums, they’ve amassed a JUNO nomination, 6 CFMA nominations, and to...

"He could open prison gates with his voice." WGNO covers the story of Leadbelly during his time in Louisiana prisons, si...
10/20/2023

"He could open prison gates with his voice." WGNO covers the story of Leadbelly during his time in Louisiana prisons, singing his way out😎

Lead Belly was a big man. Around his neck was a white scar that stretched from ear to ear. Twice, he went to jail on murder charges, and in both cases, he emerged from the jail, prison, or penitent…

David Bowie and Marc Bolan - both legends who rivaled one another professionally 👽 Yet their friendship was strong, with...
10/19/2023

David Bowie and Marc Bolan - both legends who rivaled one another professionally 👽 Yet their friendship was strong, with Bolan even gifting Bowie a guitar shortly before the T. Rex frontman's tragic death.

Although Marc Bolan died in 1977, he managed to contribute to David Bowie's Tin Machine.

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