September 1, 2015 – STONED IN SAN FRANCISCO, PAINTED FISH MAKES A BIG SPLASH WITH THEIR LATE 1960’S INFLUENCED MUSIC VIDEO
Painted Fish represents good, free-spirited fun. In this changing world of electronic beats and synth sounds, Painted Fish stands apart from the masses by reaching back to the late 1960’s and presenting a good, old fashioned blues influenced rock album, one they recorded in their St. Petersburg, FL bedroom! Their first single takes listeners to the heart of the 1969 Summer of Love. Complete with psychedelic overtones and high-contrast film footage, this band’s debut music video, “Stoned in San Francisco,” gives viewers a glimpse at the hippie culture still alive today in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. The colorful band members prance about the sidewalks, the quaint shops and recognizable architecture of painted row homes make a cameo appearance, and some real live hippies take a puff or two under a nearby tree in Golden Gate Park. It’s worth a closer look. You might just spot a graffiti’d Jerry Garcia in the background or a glimpse at the infamous Janis Tree.
Rooted in St. Petersburg, FL, Painted Fish debuts their self-titled album on September 5, 2015. Part Alannah Miles, part B-52’s, with a touch of Janis and a splash of blues, “Painted Fish” is a fast moving, high-energy album filled with hooks, hidden references, and a slight hint of psychedelia. Lead singer Amber Lynn Nicol’s sultry vocals and lyrics captivate. The “Painted Fish” album is Amber Lynn’s 4th commercial release, a rocked up addition to her previous catalog, and showcases her range and unique vocal techniques. Combined with walking bass lines by Mitchell Ray and classic Fender solos by Tristan Willard, the grooving drums and percussion breakdowns make for an enjoyable musical journey. Some of the more peculiar instruments on the album include a dropped spring verb amp, Amber Lynn’s dog Roo barking in the background, and a wine glass solo played by Tristan Willard on a late summer night.
Painted Fish funded their debut album via Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding site for musicians. The band formed when lead singer Amber Lynn and lead guitar player Tristan Willard met at a local music studio. “We hit it off. We started hosting late night jam sessions,” they say. Bass player Mitchell Ray and singer / rhythm guitar player Amber Lynn had collaborated on projects in the past so the trio already knew the sound they wanted to go for was inherently 1970’s and 1990’s rock. It was only a matter of finding the right drummer with the right personality. Vince DeCosmo came along and fit the bill, and then there was Painted Fish. The band name comes from Amber Lynn’s sister’s love for painting strange fish in the acrylic on canvas medium. Deda Nicol (Amber Lynn’s sister) often serves as a silent member of the band. She can typically be found working the merch table at shows or filming for the band. Deda Nicol shot the “Stoned in San Francisco” footage for Painted Fish’s music video with a handheld Canon DSLR camera.
Painted Fish finished recording and sent the album to be mixed in early summer, before embarking on a mini tour which included dates in Key West and Northern California. The band’s official hometown release party will be held in downtown St. Petersburg, FL at The Ale & The Witch on September 5, 2015 from 4-7PM. Future 2015 tour dates include stops in NJ, NYC, and upstate NY.
The bands’ combined cited influences are: Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, The Foo Fighters, Cage The Elephant, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament Funk, Coheed & Cambria, and everything rock, blues, funk, reggae, awesome, happy, sad, and just plain musical.
The album can be purchased on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and through the band’s official website. It is currently available for pre-sale.
June 5, 2015 – PAINTED FISH RELEASES SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM, A BLEND OF ROCK, BLUES AND FUNK
Whether it’s the good vibes or groovy tones, something about Painted Fish will keep you coming back. Painted Fish brings a unique blend of Blues, Rock, Funk, and Soul to the stage. Releasing their debut self-titled album on August 1st, this band out of St. Petersburg, FL is hard at work.
Featuring lead singer Amber Lynn Nicol, lead guitar player Tristan Willard, bass player Mitchell Ray, and new drummer Vinnie DeCosmo, this band is scheduled to release their debut, self-titled album “Painted Fish” and then follow it up with a string of concert dates from California to Key West and then New Jersey.
Painted Fish is self-producing and recording the LP in their home studio, located in South St. Petersburg, FL. They raised over $5,000 on Kickstarter (a crowdfunding website) to cover the costs of mixing and printing CD’s and getting T-Shirts for their upcoming tour dates. Tampa Bay Area fans as well as fans from Northern California and even Japan and the UK showed their support and the band hosted a party in thanks.
The new album comes from a somewhat coastal perspective. Painted Fish wanted to release songs that would put people in a good mood and get them swaying. The opening number, “Happy,” has a traditional female blues flavor while songs like “Take Time” and “Life Is a Party” get the crowd dancing. The lyrical material spans from early adulthood angst to the vacation state of mind.
We look forward to the release of some live footage from Painted Fish’s Kickstarter Party on YouTube and their debut album to follow. For concert dates check out Amber Lynn’s website: www.AmberLynnNicol.com
December 08, 2014
Jeff Louderback – Press Release 2014
Amber Lynn Nicol returns to sweet home St Petersburg after national summer tour in support of blues-influenced rock album, SEVEN
Based on the seven deadly sins, Amber Lynn Nicol’s new album SEVEN features eight new tracks rooted in blues and classic rock
St. Petersburg, Fla. – Amber Lynn Nicol is a writer, a musician, and an active member in the St Petersburg music and arts community. When she’s in town, she can always be found performing at a festival with her band, playing an acoustic show downtown or on the beach, or supporting a new local non-profit.
In January of 2014, Amber Lynn traveled to and from Nashville while writing and recording her new album, SEVEN, a concept album based on the seven deadly sins. “SEVEN is a break up album,” says Amber Lynn, who’s first two albums were a little more light hearted, lovey, and a lot more country. “I’m told every artist releases one. I’d been through a few rocky relationships and had a lot to get off my chest. Writing and playing music is my release.” Also in January of 2014, Amber Lynn organized a fundraiser at Ringside Cafe to raise money to help a small village in The Philippines recover from the typhoon.
In 2014, Nicol performed before the Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and Melissa Etheridge shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, opened up for The Kingston Trio at The Olive Grove in Brooksville, Kicked off the St Patty’s Day Fest at Irish 31 in South Tampa, rocked The Friday Extra Concert Series and Margaritafest in downtown Tampa, and then released her new album, SEVEN, with a well attended launch party at Ringside Cafe in downtown St Pete. She also released her first music video to YouTube featuring her new single “Cowboy.”
“SEVEN” represents a departure in genre and style from Nicol’s first two albums. “Beach Day,” (2011) and “Broader Horizons,” (2012). Those titles emphasized country rock. “SEVEN” brings Nicol into her natural comfort zone, which she defines as blues-influenced rock. “I am a huge ACDC fan,” says Nicol, “I’ve always loved rock … Zeppelin, The Stones, The Black Crowes … and I’ve always loved blues … BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Clapton … Yes. I love soulful music and I love guitars!”
In June of 2014, Amber Lynn toured the Northeast before loading up her car a heading to California for her West Coast Tour, which lasted over two months and included concerts in San Diego, Hollywood, Monterey, Carmel, The San Francisco Bay Area, and even as far north as Leavenworth, WA. She also performed six nights of music in Key West, and performed on numerous radio shows nationwide in support of the new album.
In late September, Amber Lynn returned to St Pete and performed at The Amsterdam downtown in support of the upcoming election, and is scheduled to play Rock the Beach in Clearwater, FL on November 16 in support of the local non-profit, HavUHeard. She will also perform at The Ale & The Witch with her full band on December 18.
“SEVEN is doing very well,” says Nicol. “I’m excited and really happy with how it turned out.” Moving forward, Nicol plans to keep writing, recording, and releasing music. She’s working on new music videos, collaborations with other bay area musicians, and doing her part to keep the music and arts community alive and rocking in the bay area.
September 12, 2014
Chris Counts – The Carmel Pine Cone
At Jack London’s in June, Nicol unveiled her brand new CD, “SEVEN,” which musically marked a dramatic departure from her first two recordings.
May 16, 2014
Jeff Louderback – Official Press Release
Amber Lynn Nicol provides glimpse into her roots with blues-influenced rock album, SEVEN
Based on the seven deadly sins, and how they often derail romantic relationships, Amber Lynn’s newest album tells a biographical story from beginning to end
St. Petersburg, Fla. – Fueled with an analytical and creative mind, Amber Lynn Nicol embraces writing about her life. From the exhilarating highs to the emotional heartbreaks, the 27-year-old Nashville recording artist who resides in St. Petersburg is passionate about sharing her inner-most thoughts about life and love in her music. Her newest album, SEVEN, tells a story from beginning to end about relationships and the seven deadly sins.
Featuring a blend of blues and rock, SEVEN offers a biographical glimpse of lessons learned and life experiences for Amber Lynn (www.amberlynnnicol.com).
“Through my own life, and by observing others, I have noticed that romantic relationships are often derailed by one or more of the seven deadly sins (which are wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony),” Amber Lynn explained. “Love is beautiful. It is what we all desire, yet in many cases it starts out wonderfully and then succumbs to one or more of these sins.”
SEVEN represents a departure from Amber Lynn’s first two albums. “Beach Day,” a five-song EP, was released in 2011. “Broader Horizons,” her first full-length album, debuted in late 2012. Those titles emphasized country rock. SEVEN brings Amber Lynn Nicol into her natural comfort zone, which she defines as blues-influenced rock.
Inspired by blues, classic rock and acoustic music, Amber Lynn’s influences include Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Kacey Chambers, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge, Jim Croce, Tom Petty, The Eagles, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.
“Rock and blues is where my heart is,” said Amber Lynn, who plays the guitar and also some piano, percussion, and bass. “When I was 5, I played my mom’s records and would try to imitate the rasp in Janis Joplin’s voice. I wanted to be just like Janis Joplin. She had soul.”
With tracks like “When the Sun Goes Down,” and “Don’t Need No Man” and “Guys Like You,” Amber Lynn demonstrates her blend of blues and rock, giving a deeper look into her musical soul.
“In the first two albums, I was hesitant to express my full inner emotions,” Amber Lynn said. “I’ve always been a sensitive person. Music is personal, especially when you write your own lyrics. In SEVEN, I felt comfortable and free about expressing my deepest feelings and singing about my life, who I am, and what I’ve experienced and learned.”
It seems that Amber Lynn was destined for a life in music. Her parents play the guitar, and her mom often held an acoustic guitar to her belly while she was pregnant. Amber Lynn started ballet and piano lessons at the age of 5, and by her teenage years she had learned to play the acoustic guitar. Her mom taught her to play “Danny’s Song” by Loggins and Messina, and she immersed herself into mastering the acoustic Ibanez, a guitar she still has today.
There was a time in college when Amber Lynn shelved her musical passion for earning a degree in accounting. A few years into a comfortably paying position at an IT company, she grew restless and her desire to pursue a career as a recording artist prevailed.
“I was making good money, but I couldn’t see myself spending the rest of my life behind a desk,” Amber Lynn said. “Music is my passion – performing it and writing lyrics. I had to follow my passion.”
After a soul searching afternoon at the beach, Amber Lynn gave her two-month notice, pulled the money out of her 401k and founded Jerzey Girl Records. She committed to being a full-time professional recording artist, but she was not interested in gaining a record deal. She created her own. The entrepreneurial Amber Lynn is even studying audio engineering, writes the lyrics to all of her songs, has co-produced all of her records, and funded her first three albums, including SEVEN, by spearheading and promoting successful crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter.
Amber Lynn attributes her vast following of loyal fans in northern California, New Jersey and the Tampa Bay area for helping to generate the funding through Kickstarter. Her tour schedule to introduce fans to SEVEN includes stops in all of those areas as well as Key West, Maryland, and Virginia.
The SEVEN CD Release Party is slated for June 16 from 7 pm. to 10 p.m. at the Ringside Café in St. Petersburg, FL.
“Although it is one of the seven deadly sins, I am ‘proud’ of SEVEN – the sound, the story, the edginess,” Amber Lynn said with a grin, “a blend of blues and rock, and telling my story through music. This is who I am.”
June 05, 2013
Paul Freeman – The Daily News – San Francisco, CA
Singer-songwriter Amber Lynn Nicol, with her irresistible brand of country-rock, has built a strong fan base in Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg. Following up an EP, “Beach Day,” with her first full album, “Broader Horizons,” she’s ready to widen expand her audience.
Nicol, who wrote nine of the 10 songs on the album, tells The Daily News, “I wanted it to be a little more of a singer-songwriter album, a little more country, and a little bit deeper, too. The reason I chose ‘Broader Horizons’ as the title is because I wanted to branch out and make stuff happen. It’s been doing really well, I’m really happy with it. I’m looking forward to coming out to California to play these songs for you guys.
Beach-oriented, fun music is popular in Tampa Bay. “There’s a lot of jam music here, but there’s also a lot of singer-songwriters, and it’s a pretty cool little scene. A lot of people go out to the local shows. It’s a neat place to be,” Nicol says.
December 17, 2012
Keith Wilkins – The Examiner
Tampa Bay singer/songwriter, Amber Lynn Nicol, has just released her first full length album entitled Broader Horizons.
The first track on Broader Horizons is an infectious ballad called “In Your Kiss”. With “In Your Kiss”, Nicol Manages to fuse a modern pop-country sound with an 80’s style country feel. Lyrically the song does a great job of telling a story with well written lyrics and a catchy hook… “… I can taste forever in your kiss…”. Simply put, “In Your Kiss” contains all the elements of what makes a great song… well written lyrics that tell a story, a clever hook, and a catchy, memorable melody.
Finally now Included on Broader Horizons, “Autumn” was well worth the wait, and did not disappoint! The final CD version of the song is a simple stripped-down ballad which contains only piano, violin, and cello behind Nicol’s vocals. Nicol’s choice to replace the acoustic guitar melody with a piano melody was an essential key to the songs magic. The piano makes up a beautiful and powerful melody that a guitar just wouldn’t do justice to. The softer, more subtle strings in the song add an element of sophistication and elegance to the song that would have been hard to achieve with any other instruments in their place.
Nicol’s vocals on “Autumn” portray a strong, heart-felt emotion that most songwriters and singers can only strive to achieve. With her vocals combined with the music itself, Nicol has managed to create and record a teary-eyed ballad that tugs at your heart-strings. The unexpectedly abrupt ending to the song leaves the listener wanting more.
September 08, 2012
Kathy Steele – Tampa Tribune
Amber Lynn Nicol, a singer from St Petersburg, performs on stage during the inaugural Summerfest in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. The festival featured music from seven artists, including Juliet Simms of Clearwater, runner-up from “The Voice,” and David Cook from “American Idol.”
April 30, 2012
Raubi Perilli – Dive In Tampa Bay
For our first profile we met up with 25-year-old Amber Lynn Nicol – singer-songwriter and lead singer for the Swingin’ Papas. It was a no brainer to interview Amber first because she is what we love about Tampa – all barefoot, beachy and breezy.
April 01, 2012
RMP – Tampa Bay Metro Magazine
Her music has a fun, beach vibe and she has been called the female Jimmy Buffet.
March 21, 2012
On Air Studio 10
Amber Lynn is a fun, beachy singer-songwriter currently based in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her sound has been compared to the likes of Jimmy Buffet, Jack Johnson, and Sheryl Crow. The solo artist recently released her debut EP, “Beach Day,” which she produced and recorded in Nashville, TN.
March 08, 2012
Tampa Bay Times – TBT Feataured Artist
The 25-year-old St. Petersburg singer-songwriter recorded her debut EP, Beach Day, in Nashville. As the name implies, it’s a sunny, euphoric blend of pop country and bluesy singer-songwriterdom, much in the vein of Miranda Lambert or Sunny Sweeney, though her stated influences hew more toward the pop side of the spectrum — thinkSheryl Crow, Natalie Imbruglia and Jack Johnson.