Having announced the release of not just one, but TWO brand new EPs for 2014 -‘Whiskey & Wine – Volume 1″ and “Whiskey & Wine – Volume 2” -Antigone Rising is currently on the road extensively touring across the US to promote the new material and is showing no sign of slowing down.
The first single entitled “That was the Whiskey”, co-written with Nashville songwriter Lori McKenna (Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes), premiered on CMT trending in the Top 10, and is now nominated in the “Country Song” Category at The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards.
Antigone Rising is the first band on Starbuck’s Hear Music (Lava Records) that exploded into the spotlight selling over 150,000 copies of their debut LP and landing in the top 20 of the “Billboard Heatseekers” chart for an entire year.
Since then Antigone Rising has gone from touring with such prestigious acts as The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Bangles and Rob Thomas; traveling to the Middle East, spending time in Israel and the West Bank as cultural ambassadors for the United States Embassy, to making national headlines for having its co- founding member, Kristen Henderson featured on the envelope-pushing cover of Time Magazine’s Equality issue.
The all female rock band known for grass roots touring has been on the music scene since 1993. While the players have changed over the years their focus hasn’t. They are still centered on making quality rock music with a soul for the masses, always maintaining the same philosophy — “Play better than the boys and make sure the fans feel like part of the family.’”
The band was founded by sisters Kristen Ellis-Henderson and Cathy Henderson. After a few shifting band members, drummer Dena Tauriello and lead singer/ rhythm guitarist Nini Camps completed the quartet.
The success of Antigone Rising’s has, quite literally, been driven by the overwhelming support of their fans – with two fan-funded albums, including 2013’s critically acclaimed “23 Red.” Their enduring success ensures an average of 280 shows annually.
The fab four have already been turning up everywhere from the pages of Curve Magazine, Billboard, Out Magazine, Buzzfeed, AfterEllen and the Huffington Post to appearances on The Today Show and The Tonight Show, among others.
Antigone Rising garnered much media attention last year when Kristin Ellis-Henderson appeared on the cover of Time with wife Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson, the president/CEO of GLAAD, for a feature on marriage equality – a move which testifies to the out band’s queer friendly and socially progressive vibe.
“It was an honor to be chosen as the couple on the cover of Time Magazine. To be part of the cultural shift is not something my wife and I take lightly. We will continue to show up for our community until there is Equality everywhere.” said Kristen Ellis-Henderson.
In fact, the band pledged to donate 5% of their earnings to GLAAD from the two-volume Whiskey and Wine, which were funded with the help of fans via a robust Pledge Music campaign.
The girls are now poised for an exciting and busy 2014 with “Whiskey & Wine – Volume 1” released March 25, 2014 on iTunes and the band’s official website, and “Whiskey & Wine – Volume 2,” due out October 28, 2014.
Doing things very differently with these releases, the band plans to put a laser focus on each and every song on the 2 EPs.
The goal is to stay connected and involved with the fans who have always been the lifeblood of, and the most critical part of the band’s formula for success. So fans can expect loads of Antigone Rising content with videos, behind the scenes footage, alternate mixes and versions.
Having dazzled audiences across the globe and invaded our iPods, Antigone Rising has never been more primed to take the musical world by storm!
May 30 Detroit, MI Callahans Music Hall w/ Liz Larin
May 31 Indianapolis, IN Rathskeller w/ Jennie DeVoe
June 8 Maplewood, NJ North Jersey Pride Festival
June 14 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
June 21 Boston, MA Johnny D’s
July 12 Hartford, CT Riverfest
October 25 Stanhope, NJ The Stanhope House
For more information visit: www.Antigonerising.com