Husky Tones’ punk blues style favours the common rawness, simplicity and emotion shared between the punk and blues genres. Live it is delivered by the unique set up of a female drummer and singer Victoria Bourne and guitarist Chris Harper. Their approach to punk blues mirrors what they love as audience members, inventive, individual and fully aware of tradition, without being a slave to it.
African and punk drumming patterns as a basis, fuzz boxes, guitar through guitar and bass amp this is how the Husky Tones create their full sound. Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Time For A Change’ in 2015 they have been making new friends and fans performing around the UK and songs from the album have been played on national and international radio. They have built a reputation for intense live shows performing at places such as London’s 100 Club and Blues Kitchen, Brighton’s Latest Bar, The Fleece in Bristol and national UK festivals.
Rock, blues, punk and folk. These are the core elements of Husky Tones’ 'Who Will I Turn To Now?’. The album takes you on a journey with songs that scream and cry, lush vocals drifting on a sea of heavy guitar riffs, ’Who Will I Turn To Now?’ combines songs of protest, despair and love, tales of the benefits system, climate of cuts and the disintegration of capitalism. As well as reference to modern day politics, it has historical roots with a ballad, ’Island Of Barbed Wire’. The song is about Victoria’s great uncle who was interned on the Isle of Man as a German prisoner of war just for being a German living in the UK when war broke out. He was married to an English woman, and the song tells their story, an expression of powerlessness in the face of terrifyingly sad global events, which is as relevant today as it was during World War 1. Husky Tones are ready to protest and have an attitude that music is a force for change.
Artful Dodger was a band ahead of its time, casting hard edged hooks into a mid 70's pond that wasn’t quite ready to bite on the genre that came to be known as power pop. Had they come along a few years later, things might have been quite different for this outfit hailing from Fairfax, VA, for their 3 albums for the Columbia label hold up to this day as shining examples of the style.
Their first 2records, 1975’s "Artful Dodger" and 1976’s "Honor Among Thieves", combine Beatle-esque pop and driving rock in the finest Raspberries tradition, they feature refreshingly straightforward production from Jack Douglas and/or Eddie Leonetti and some really tremendous songwriting, especially on tracks like “Wayside” and “Scream”. And 1977’s "Babes On Broadway", while showing some signs of a group frustrated with its lack of commercial success, definitely has its moments, particularly on the song “Can’t Stop Pretending”. Unfortunately, without a stylistic pigeonhole to place them in, Columbia was unable to move any copies and dropped them, which explains why Artful Dodger has been so hard to find in the digital era, with CD's of their first 2 albums commanding huge sums online and the 3rd one never coming out at all.
Now, Real Gone Music is shining a long overdue spotlight on this seminal power pop band with a 2CD set that includes all 3 albums plus a couple of single versions, their complete recordings for the Columbia label, newly remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York. Jeremy Cargill’s notes feature fresh quotes from band members Steve Cooper and Steve Brigida, plus some rare photos from the Columbia vaults. Real Gone Music, March 3rd, 2017.
This ”Soul Reunion” album has Jon Strider coming full circle in his musical, and personal, life. Indeed, it is a departure from his ’rhythm’n’folk’ and ’retro rockin' country’ recordings released between 1990 and 2015.
Growing up in Berkeley, CA, in the 1960's, Jon was exposed to many styles of music, but was particularly taken by r’n’b, soul music and blues. He thought it was high time that he made a recording that celebrated this music, and tapped his more soulful side. 4 years in the making, Jon sincerely hopes you'll enjoy this fantastic album.
Unlike many of Strider's albums, ”Soul Reunion” is keyboarda and vocals driven, rather than guitar driven. This gives the record a beautifully warm, yet still powerful and soulful. sonic texture. Jon's eloquent piano playing swims beautifully with Skip Edward's compositional hammond b3 performances. Based in L.A., Skip has played on thousands of top drawer records, among them albums by Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, kd lang and Ike Turner.
The project's other stand-out is Mariam Ucharu. To imagine this recording without her background vocal contribution is simply unimaginable. It also must be noted, that Jon is singing, producing and arranging, better than ever. All these factors, along with top drawer musicians, and Emil Isaksson's engineering prowess, assure that the goods are delivered, no doubt about it. And, Indiana and Nashville based mastering whiz, Paul Mahern, makes absolutely sure that the promise of ”Soul Reunion” is fully realized.
Orbison & Friends.....
Roy Orbison’s 1987 comeback concert at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, featuring guests such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt, and originally released as a black and white TV special, a home video and an album, has been re-edited and re-mastered, and will be released as CD/DVD and CD/BluRay sets for its 30th anniversary, with lots of previously unreleased footage. According to a press release, the film should not be considered a reissue.
“Because the concert had been shot using seven separate cameras, there were hundreds of hours of footage that went unused and unseen”, the press release states. “Roy’s youngest son Alex Orbison and his co-editor Luke Chalk have gone back and re-edited the entire performance so that, while the look will be familiar to those that have seen the original version, the vast majority of footage in ‘Black & White Night 30’ has never been seen before by the public”.
The DVD and BluRay will include alternate versions of 6 songs, plus a 33 minute mini documentary. According to the press release, the mini documentary consists of rehearsal footage and pre and post show interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, kd lang, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne from that night. Absolutely none of this content has ever been released commercially, and until recently, has only been rumored to exist”.
The CD/DVD and CD/BluRay sets will be released on February 24th, 2017, and PBS will air the re-edited film in March.
In addition to Springsteen, Costello, lang, Raitt and Browne, other guests include Tom Waits, Jennifer Warnes and JD Souther. The core band for the show is former Elvis Presley sidemen James Burton (guitar), Glen D Hardin (piano), Jerry Scheff (bass) and Ron Tutt (drums).
Gilmour & Unicorn.....
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of “Blue Pine Trees”, the 1974 album by Unicorn. Featuring a line-up of Ken Baker (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Pete Perryer (drums, vocals), Pat Martin (bass, vocals) and Kevin Smith (lead guitar, mandolin), “Blue Pine Trees” was released on the Charisma label in 1974, the album was Unicorn’s 2nd LP and was produced by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, who also featured on pedal steel and guitar on several tracks. This new remastered edition of “Blue Pine Trees” features 6 bonus tracks, ‘Volcano’ (an out-take from the “Blue Pine Trees” sessions), ‘The Ballad Of John & Julie’ (recorded for a BBC Radio session), ‘Bog Trotter’, ‘Ooh Mother’ (both sides of a 1974 single), along with ‘I’ll Believe In You (The Hymn)’ and ‘Take it Easy’ (issued as a single in 1975). The booklet features a new essay featuring an interview with Pat Martin and fully restores the original Hipgnosis album artwork. February 24th, 2017.
Jardier is a 5 piece band that play a contemporary amalgam of pop, rock, folk and blues, knit together with great production and emotional and soulful vocal performances. The band started out in 2014 as a solo project of the band’s frontman and author Alex, who gradually formed a band of experienced musicians, who in their own right shape clever, modern arrangements around his songs.
Their self titled debut album was produced by Zmago Smon aka Zed, who in the past produced and worked with artists such as Exploited, Andreas Johnson, Kent, Millionaire and others.
So far, Jardier have landed quite a few gigs locally and wider, including several relatively high profile festivals, such as Europavox (FR), Waves Vienna (AT), INmusic Festival (CRO), Budapestshowcasehub (HU), the 2015 Slovene edition of the Finnish Flow Festival, and, among others, supported artists such as Biffy Clyro and The KVB.
Toronto roots rock mainstays the Sadies followed up 2013's "Internal Sounds" with their Gord Downie and the Conquering Sun collaborative album in 2014, and now they're ready to return to their usual lineup for a new album. "Northern Passages" is set to be released today, February 17th, 2017, through the band's new label home of Dine Alone Records.
It marks the 10th studio album from the unit, which has been composed of singer and guitarist brothers Dallas and Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky for more than 20 years now. The latest batch of songs was recorded in the basement of the Good brothers' parents in north Toronto last winter, and a press release describes the resulting record as a wild acid folk country punk trip.
The first sampling of the new material arrives with the single, "Riverview Fog". It started out as a letter written to the band's friend and fellow Canadian musician Rick White. The former Eric's Trip member has worked as a producer for the band in the past, and the twangy new tune hears the Sadies voicing their desire to reconnect soon.
Legendary Dutch rockers Golden Earring see their long career celebrated with a 29 CD "Complete Studio Albums" box set. All 26 studio albums are included in this box, from their 1965 debut "Just Earrings" to 2015’s "The Hague". 3 bonus CDs with non album tracks, such as 'That Day', 'Sound Of The Screaming Day', 'So You Want To Be A Rock’n’Roll Star' and 'L.A. Woman', complete the collection. The band have always been enormous in Holland, but flirted with international success in the early 70's thanks to the popularity of their 1973 single 'Radar Love', from the "Moontan" album, which was a sizeable hit in the UK and the US. It’s not clear, at this stage, if all or any of this content is remastered, but this set brings together a total of 307 tracks and the booklet will feature sleeve notes by music journalist Tjerk Lammers. "Complete Studio Albums" is released tomorrow, February 17th, 2017.
Australian artist Steve McNaughton has earned high praise as one of Sydney’s best contemporary songwriters whilst achieving independent chart success and overseas airplay. His music varies from solid radio friendly hooks, to passionate, upfront and personal material. He has been writing songs for over 20 years and performing with different artists and bands around Sydney for nearly as many.
Steve launched his 1st album ‘Hardly Softly Rock’ in 1999, and as the name suggests it was an album with an impressive blend of solid rock and sweeter US westcoast rock. Several of the singles on the album, particularly ‘Hold Me Tonight’ and ‘Stalingrad Still Stands’ gained both massive local and overseas radio airplay and spent many weeks in the top 10 of the Ison Live Radio Top 50 chart. With 2 duets on the album, one featuring legendary Aussie rocker John Swan, and the other blues vocalist Jenny Lang, the album quickly sold out the original CD run.
In 2007 Steve released his 2nd album ‘Storm Chaser’ full of songs with solid radio friendly hooks and some definite groove and attitude. The opening title track ‘Storm Chaser’, was inspired by Scott Currens, and other American storm chasers. It is a high energy rock song that fully captures the fury of nature when the plains turn violent across the United States’ mid-west.
Skope TV and radio magazine has been full of praise for this album and provide the following glowing tribute, “Steve McNaughton’s ‘Storm Chaser’ is an earth moving experience. If you turn on the CD and close your eyes you could almost mistake his vocals for the legendary Elvis Costello. There seems to be a clear influence from that era. The CD is full of up tempo contagious tunes. The instrumentation is a good companion to solid, well written lyrics and the production takes some interesting turns, with killer background vocals that really drive a couple of the songs”.
Now we have his latest album ‘Eagles Aloft’, his best album by far. With this album, Steve has taken a huge leap into the contemporary country scene using US westcoast artists, some americana and Nashville influences, for inspiration. The result is a slick album of crossover country and soft rock, earning rave reviews from highly credible sources. Donna Wilson from the Nashville Examiner not only gave the album a 5 gold star rating, but states “ this is one album you absolutely must have in your collection”.
Douglas Garnett from Skope Magazine and Radio, heaps praise on the album and is full of superlatives with these quotations, on some of the stand out tracks, “’Cross Country’ is the first track from the new album by Steve McNaughton, titled ‘Eagles Aloft’. Bluegrass is the first thing that comes to mind, americana with roots in country. The players are top notch and the production is perfect for jukeboxes in pubs all across the beltway. ‘One More Shot’ steps things up a notch, with an upbeat driving guitar and some gypsy like fiddling. ‘Floating’ has a Tom Petty type of feeling to it. This song is a story driven track with a soulful organ guiding the vocals. Even Steve’s voice sounds like mr Petty at times throughout the song. The vocal harmonies are great and the guitar solo shows a lot of restraint. My stand out track on the album is ‘When You’ve Got It Good’ sounding like a cross between Eagles and Heartbreakers. Americana is the best way to describe it. Pop for the golden age of radio”.
A little over 3 years ago, Sheryl Crow took her career in a radically different direction with the release of her debut country album, "Feels Like Home". Despite a relentless touring schedule and promotional campaign, the album didn't make much of an impression with country fans and no single placed higher than # 72 on the Hot 100.
"It was still a great experience and I learned a lot", says Crow. "But I gotta say that the country market is commerce at its most fully realized. Right now, I want to have an experience that feels detached from anything in commerce".
That was her mindset when she recorded her upcoming pop record "Be Myself", which was cut with her 90's collaborators Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake, the team responsible for hits like "My Favorite Mistake" and "Everyday Is A Winding Road". The album is slated for release in late March or early April.
"I really wanted to get back to how I got started on my 2nd record and 3rd record", Crow says. "I wanted to revisit that sound and that feeling. It was a complete blast and the most effortless thing I've ever done".
Crow has worked consistently with songwriter and producer Trott during the past 2 decades and they remain close, but reuniting with Blake was another story.
"It began with Jeff and I saying, 'What would complete this'?", she says. "We both said, 'Tchad Blake'! I thought in a million years he wouldn't come over because he lives in Wales and I haven't seen him in 15 years. But I emailed him and he said, 'When do you want me there'? He flew over and stayed with me in an apartment over my garage. Every day at 5PM we'd drink a Guinness. He went through cancer treatment a year ago, and so we both had that in common. It felt profoundly sweet having him and Jeff here".
Once the trio that created 1996's "Sheryl Crow" and 1998's "The Globe Sessions" had reassembled, new songs began coming quickly. Over a period of just 3 weeks in September and October, they had created 17 compositions. More than anything, Crow wanted to make sure she wasn't overthinking the work.
"As you get older you start making records that are more calculated and you're trying to compete with what you've done and not repeat yourself", she says. "You get more methodical and more analytical about the music and that doesn't necessarily make it better. I wanted to have the feeling I had when I made my first 2 records, which was like being a kid playing with my friends and writing about whatever came to mind".
The album was finished before Donald Trump won the presidential election, but the chaos that overtook the world in 2016 is still heavily reflected in the lyrics. "Fear is definitely present in the songs", Crow says. "I think the election really incited a feeling of us against them, and a feeling of trying to get back to reason, so thematically there's a lot of that on the record. Also, technology, for better or worse, is a theme. I really think that so much vitriol in our dialogue is partially due to the fact that people communicate over technology without having a sense of empathy".
1 track Crow is excited to share with her fans is "Heartbeat Away". "I wrote it before that was any discussion of Russia", she says. "But it's about espionage and a guy who is burying his money off the coast of the Cayman Islands and Russia is hacking. Cut to the election and it became really foreboding, very eerie. It ends with a guy with a red face getting on a private jet and flying off into space. I almost changed it to an orange face, but I decided to just keep it red".
Another song, "Halfway There", reflects on divisions in America and is a contender for the 1st single, which may come out shortly after Trump's inauguration. "I am a liberal, which I think most people know", Crow says. "And I've seen Nashville change a lot in the past 10 years that I've been here. The idea of the song is that even though you may drive a big Chevy truck and I drive my hybrid, or you may wear designer clothes and I wear ripped jeans, that doesn't mean we don't want the same things in life and the same things for our kids in the future. The message is we need to agree to disagree and just try and meet halfway there".
Returning to her 90's roots may come off to many as a complete rejection of her short lived country period, but Crow doesn't see it that way. "It's not a rejection at all", she says. "It's just that a fair portion of my songs where inspired by the Rolling Stones during their "Let It Bleed" and "Exile" periods when they were doing their version of country, and the Flying Burrito Brothers and people that rocked. That doesn't get played at country radio, so I don't know why I would ever get played at country radio. I'm not shunning country music. I'm just not part of that format".
Even if she were part of the format, the country radio promotion game isn't something she enjoyed. "It was more political than I expected", she says. "You do lots of free playing for radio stations in trade for getting played between 3 and 4 in the morning. And that's just not how other formats work, and that goes against my grain. I'm too old to allow that for myself and to spend any night away from my kid for that is not justified".
Crow plans to promote "Be Myself" with a huge tour. At one point there was talk about doing an 'Outlaws' tour with Neil Young and Willie Nelson, but she's not sure if that is still happening. "They're still putting it together", she says. "They've asked us to do it, and I'd be fully on board. Then we'll do a bunch of our own dates".
In the meantime, she's also working on an all star record with Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson and many others. Several of the songs are new, though she's duetting with Keith Richards on the 1994 Rolling Stones tune "The Worst", and Johnny Cash's estate has allowed her to cut a virtual duet with the 'Man In Black' on "Redemption Day", a songs of hers he covered toward the end of his life. She hopes to get the album into stores near the end of the year.
In the meantime, "Be Myself" seems poised to reconnect with old school Sheryl Crow fans, but she says that isn't the goal. "I don't know who I'm gonna connect with", she says. "I don't know how it gets played at Spotify or other subscription services. I don't look at it and think I'm gonna make a ton of money and I'm gonna have big hits cause I know that's not how it works anymore. But I would love for people to hear it, and I would love for them to enjoy it and have the experience that I used to have when I'd hear a song and go, 'Oh, my gosh, I totally get it'".
Nile Rodgers & Chic.....
Nile Rodgers was deep into the production of "It's About Time", the first Chic album in 2 decades, when he learned that Prince died. "We were really buddies", says Rodgers, adding with a laugh, "as buddy as you can be with Prince". After a string of personal losses since late 2015, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner and Lemmy, the news hit Rodgers particularly hard. He delayed the Chic LP, writing in a new blog post that it befit a more festive milieu, and a 40th anniversary in 2017 was the perfect occasion.
"If we had put out the album last year, it would have been the 39th anniversary of Chic", Rodgers says. "No one gives a shit about 39 or 37 or 38. And I went, 'Wait a minute. 2017 is the 40th anniversary of Chic'. And then it hit me it was the 40th anniversary of Studio 54. No matter what bad stuff goes on in the world, it's just like your birthday, you still can celebrate and pay tribute to these anniversaries. The fact that it's 40 years later and we're still going strong. Our gigs are fun and great. It still feels the same as when we first started, other than the fact that my guitar feels heavier", Rodgers laughs.
Although all the songs for the album are written, Rodgers decided to hold off on finishing them until he's ready to release it. "I purposely didn't finish stuff off because there are a lot of artists who wanted to do features with us that we just didn't get to". He says the album will contain a joyful vibe, but with deeper lyrics. "We write happy songs and it's nice to tell people that we're happy, even if there's double entendre going on to reflect the times that we're living in", he says. "So on the surface, it's joyous. Underneath, when you listen to the lyrics, you may go, 'Oh, that's what they're really saying'".
The Chic album, which will be accompanied by what Rodgers' blog post calls a "big surprise", though he is staying mum about ("It's pretty big", he says assuringly), will contain 10 songs. Rodgers intended to keep it vinyl length and continue what he calls the 'old school' tradition of making the single the longest track on the LP, as he did on "Le Freak", "Good Times" and "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)", as well as David Bowie's "Let's Dance", which Rodgers produced. "Every song is cut long, because we like to jam", he says. "When I'm editing, I purposely say, 'OK, this song is the one. This has got the bop. That's the long song'".
Playing long, dance oriented songs live is another piece of Rodgers' 2017 plan. He wants his concerts to evoke the non stop party feeling of Studio 54, the legendary nightclub that originally gave Chic a platform. "Studio 54 made a little band from New York internationally relevant", he says. "Before we were even a part of the Studio 54 inner circle, our music was blasting there every single night". His prime goal is to make the concerts 'big dance parties' that are fun, romantic and even a little nostalgic.
The Doors 1st Album.....
Packaged in a 12x12 hardcover book, "The Doors 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" includes a remastered version of the album's original stereo mix, available on CD for the 1st time in a decade and remastered for the 1st time in nearly 30 years. The album's original mono mix was also remastered for this set and is making its CD debut. An LP version of the mono mix is also included. The 3rd disc features live performance from The Matrix in San Francisco on March 7th, 1967, recordings heard on this deluxe edition were sourced from the recently discovered, original tapes, previously thought to be lost. Music journalist David Fricke provides detailed liner notes for the set, which includes a selection of rare and previously unseen photographs. Elektra Records, March 31st, 2017.
An award winning artist, for her singing, songwriting and instrumental work, Eileen Kozloff is a multi-instrumentalist who has been actively involved in the autoharp world for nearly a quarter of a century. She is best known for her unique pick-less style of diatonic autoharp and for her soaring vocals, stunning harmonies and commanding performances. Her ability to compose, play and sing in a wide range of genres has made her a versatile festival performer and workshop teacher.
In addition to performing at festivals, concerts and dance venues, Eileen has appeared live on numerous radio and television broadcasts, and for several years she was a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Artist In Residence program. In the winter of 2012, Eileen performed and taught workshops at 2 Australian Folk Festivals, Cygnet, in Tasmania, and Illawara, in Wollongong. A return tour of Australia is now planned for 2017.
Her extensive repertoire is a rich mix of old time chestnuts, Carter Family songs and her original compositions, which stylistically run the gamut from country, blues and folk, to jazz and even rock’n’roll. The Old Time Herald calls her approach “emotive, clear and controlled, reminiscent of the best of the revivialists, such as Joan Baez or Anne Hills”, and her performances “heartfelt, with ravishing, wide ranging vocals".
Eileen's recordings have garnered stellar reviews and her discography includes 2 critically acclaimed CD’s with her former band, Well Tempered String Band, as well as 3 solo efforts, "Solitary Rider", "Hearts & Souls Entwined", and her forthcoming 3rd solo CD “Just Words”, which is scheduled for release in early 2017.
Paul McCartney will reissue his 1989 album, "Flowers In The Dirt", with a slew of rare demos with Elvis Costello and never before seen video footage, March 24th, 2017, via MPL/Capitol/UMG. The release will be the 10th installment in McCartney's archive collection, available in 3 different formats, A 3CD/1DVD set, a 2CD set and a double vinyl LP.
All 3 editions will include a remastered version of the album and a set of McCartney and Costello's original and previously unreleased demos. Those include early versions of the 4 songs Costello contributed to "Flowers In The Dirt" ("My Brave Face", "You Want Her Too", "Don't Be Careless Love" and "That Day Is Done"), plus "The Lovers That Never Were", which ended up on McCartney's follow-up "Off The Ground", and "Playboy To A Man" and "So Like Candy," which appeared on Costello's 1991 LP "Mighty Like A Rose". The other 2 demos, "Twenty Fine Fingers" and "Tommy's Coming Home", have been bootlegged, but never officially released.
The 3CD/1DVD set of "Flowers In The Dirt" will also come with an extra set of demos from 1988, as well as a download that includes b-sides, song remixes, single edits and 3 unheard cassette demos, "Don't Want To Confess", "Shallow Grave" and "Mistress & Maid". The DVD will include 3 new short films, featuring never Before seen footage from the writing and recording sessions, plus music videos and the documentary, "Put It There", originally released on VHS in 1989.
Capping off the 4 disc deluxe edition will be 3 books. A 32 page notebook that collects McCartney's handwritten lyrics and notes, plus a catalog of Linda McCartney's "Flowers In The Dirt" photo exhibit, a 64 page book featuring stills from the music video for "The One", and a 112 page book that delves into the making of "Flowers In The Dirt" with interviews from McCartney, Costello and other contributors.
"Semper Femina" is Laura Marling’s 6th album, an intimate, devoted exploration of femininity and female relationships, and among her finest work to date. Written largely on the tour that followed 2015’s "Short Movie" and recorded in Los Angeles with production from Blake Mills, it is at once a distinctive and musically compelling collection of songs, run through with Marling’s fierce intelligence, a keen, beautiful and unparalleled take on womanhood. Also available as a limited deluxe 2LP edition including bonus material, live tracks and a digital download card.
Clapton & Cale.....
Nearly 10 years to the day that Eric Clapton held an all star gig at San Diego's iPayOne Center, a concert that was immortalized as a live album last year, the guitarist will release the DVD and BluRay of the March 15th, 1997 performance this spring. "Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale" features Clapton performing alongside Cale on 5 tracks, including Clapton's Cale-penned hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine", and Robert Cray on "Crossroads". Clapton's band at the time also featured guitarists Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II. Clapton and Cale's San Diego performance came less than a year after the 2 artists collaborated on 2006's "Road To Escondido". "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember", Clapton said of Cale at the time. "Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale" will arrive March 10th, 2017. In addition to the concert, the DVD and BluRay includes bonus footage of Clapton and Cale rehearsing "Anyway The Wind Blows" and "Who Am I Telling You?".
Surrender Hill is a duo out of Sedona, Arizona. The duo started performing together in 2014 and is made up of South African, Sony recording artist Robin Dean Salmon and singer songwriter, Afton Seekins, who was born in Alaska and raised in Arizona.
Surrender Hill has just completed their 2nd album. The album, “Right Here Right Now”, was recorded at Eastwood Studios in Nashville, TN. The album features a fantastic lineup of musicians including Paul Griffith on drums, Eric Fritsch on bass and Mike Daly on pedal steel.
Surrender Hill's debut was released in April of 2015 and the duo has toured internationally since. The debut album was recorded in Sedona, AZ, with additional recording, mixing and mastering done in Nashville, TN. All of the songs on both albums were penned by Seekins and Salmon.
Surrender Hill's sound is acoustic guitar and vocal driven with lasting hooks and melodies. A comfortable blend of americana, country and roots rock.
Although this will be Surrender Hill's 2nd release, it will be Robin Dean Salmon's 12th album release. Salmon has spent his life working as a performing songwriter, musician and producer. He has 2 album releases with Epic/Sony and 8 albums released on various indie labels. Salmon has been nominated for 2 New York Music Awards and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa. Robin's touring and recording career has been extensive and he has worked with a very diverse group of artists, such as Rodney Crowell and Cyndi Lauper to Modern English, Al Perkins and Kenny Vaughn.
Afton Seekins is no stranger to the stage. In addition to being a performing singer songwriter, Seekins spent 8 years in New York City working as a professional dancer and choreographer. Her work has been featured on networks such as MTV, VH1 and NBC.
"The String Quartets" is an album of classic Jethro Tull repertoire, imaginatively arranged for classical string quartet with the flute, guitar and vocals of songwriter and producer Ian Anderson, and John O’Hara. "The String Quartets" is a new album by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and the Carducci Quartet, featuring the classic songs of Jethro Tull, arranged and orchestrated by John O’Hara. Ian plays flute on most of the tracks and even sings a few lines here and there to provide his trademark sounds in the context of classical music traditions. "Living In The Past", "Aqualung", "Locomotive Breath" and "Bungle In The Jungle" are amongst the album track listing, but appear, along with their fellow musical travelers, under more cryptic titles to differentiate them from the original recordings and arrangements. Recorded in the crypt of Worcester Cathedral, UK, and in St Kenelm’s Church, Sapperton, Gloucestershire, UK, Ian says that this album is “perfect for lazy, long sunny afternoons, crisp winter nights, weddings and funerals”. He forgot to add, perfect also after a night of wild, abandoned sex or to celebrate the win of your favourite football team. Essentially, anytime music for sophisticated lovers of classic rock too afraid to wear their Jethro Tull t-shirt at the village barbecue.
Guy Clark, channeler of the human condition, plainspoken poet, master luthier, seasoned painter and damn fine guitar player, was above all a man. Probably the closest thing to Hemingway, Nashville, or the Lone Star State, would ever see, lean prose, gut strings ringing and a hard won dignity that embraced tenderness as the ultimate manifest of toughness. By the time he arrived at Dualtone, he was already a legend for his exacting song craft that elixired truth tempered with compassion, grounded by vivid detail. "Workbench Songs", "Somedays The Song Writes You", "Songs & Stories" and "My Favorite Picture Of You" measured the life, the heart, the humanity that defined Clark's writing, especially having fully lived well into his 7th decade. We are is pleased to announce the release of "Guy Clark: The Best Of The Dualtone Years", a celebration of Guy's albums recorded under the Dualtone moniker. March 3rd, 2017.
01. All The Purchaser's Option
02. The Angels Laid Him Away
04. Birmingham Sunday
05. Better Get It Right The First Time
06. We Could Fly
07. Hey Bebe
08. Come Love Come
09. The Love We Almost Had
10. Baby Boy
11. Following The North Star
12. Freedom Highway
"Freedeom Highway", Nonesuch Records, February 24th, 2017.
Singer songwriter Michael Lanning began performing in theatre at the age of 9. With an extensive background and training in music and theatre, Michael has been a featured performer in many theatre companies including San Bernardino Civic Light Opera and the legendary Summer Stock, Junior University. Michael has recorded and/or toured with such musical greats as Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Rockpile, Larry Gatlin, Frank Wildhorn, Mike Post and George Harrison. Michael's band, Jiva, was the first American band signed to the Harrison label, Dark Horse Records, with George serving as their executive producer.
Michael's distinctive, yet versatile, style made him a top session vocalist for national television and radio commercials for over a decade. As an actor and a singer, his credits include Steven Bochco's "Coprock", ”Wayne's World”, "ER", "Thunder In Paradise" and "Baywatch".
A songwiter and a music publisher, Lanning's songs have been recorded by producer and guitar legend Dave Edmunds, The Stray Cats, French recording star Slyvie Vartan and many others. As a musician, Michael has mastered guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, drums and percussion, And, is a hunt and peck pianist. Sorry, mom…..
Michael starred in both the Tony nominated Broadway and national tour productions of composer Frank Wildhorn's "The Civil War". He played Dozer in the world premiere musical "Mask" at The Pasadena Playhouse, based on the motion picture, starring Cher. He was featured as ’The Preacher’ in the world premiere musical "Bonnie & Clyde" at The La Jolla Playhouse in the winter of 2009 and at The Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, in the winter of 2010, and on Broadway at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in 2011. He was also a featured vocalist for 6 years with The Trans Siberian Orchestra and was introduced as "the most soulful white man on the planet".
Celebrated filmmaker Jim Jarmusch says "Gimme Danger", his critically acclaimed documentary about The Stooges, is more an essay than a document. “It’s our love letter to possibly the greatest band in rock’n’roll history”. Named an official selection to the New York, Toronto and Cannes film festivals, "Gimme Danger" presents the band’s story and explores its influences and impact, complete with some never Before seen footage and photographs.
Emerging from Ann Arbor, Michigan, amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock'n'roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 60's. Jarmusch says, “no other band in rock’n’roll history has rivaled The Stooges’ combination of heavy primal throb, spiked psychedelia, blues a billy grind. There is no precedent for The Stooges, while those inspired by them are now legion”.
Rhino Records offers the perfect complement to the film with "Gimme Danger : Music From The Morion Picture". The digital and CD versions include 14 songs that focus on the group’s 1st 3 studio albums, "The Stooges", "Fun House", and "Raw Power", and feature band members Iggy Pop, Ron and Scott Asheton, Dave Alexander, and James Williamson. Slightly truncated, the LP version features Stooges songs and has a selection of tracks previously only available on CD and digital formats, including the vinyl debut of the outtake “Lost In The Future”.
Both Jarmusch and Pop helped select songs for the soundtrack, which mixes indelible studio recordings, "I Wanna Be Your Dog”, “1969” and “Loose”, with rare studio outtakes, “I Got A Right”, “I'm Sick Of You” and “Asthma Attack”. Fellow Detroit natives MC5 make an appearance on the Collection, as well, with “Ramblin’ Rose” from the group’s 1969 debut, "Kick Out The Jams". The oldest songs on the collection pre date The Stooges and spotlight Pop with his previous bands, the Iguanas, “Again And Again” and Prime Movers Blues Band “I’m A Man”.
Rhino Records, February 24th, 2017.
Brandi & Old 97's.....
”I’m good with God, I wonder how she feels about me?”. So ends the chorus of the Old 97’s’ “Good With God”, the lead single from the band’s 11th album, "Graveyard Whistling". Due February 24th, 2017, the album offers up another boozy blast of Texas twang, train beat percussion and guitar grit from Rhett Miller and company, who recorded its 11 songs in the same border town studio that spawned the group’s major label debut, "Too Far To Care", 2 decades earlier.
With their original four piece lineup still intact, the Old 97’s’ welcome a new face into the fold with “Good With God,” whose titular omniscient character is played by Brandi Carlile. The 2 trade vocal duties throughout, with Carlile’s voice bathed in plenty of godly reverb.
The result is an ominous, off kilter duet between Miller and his maker, driven forward at highway speed by bandmates Philip Peeples, Murry Hammond and Ken Bethea. Produced by Vance Powell, "Graveyard Whistling" also features help from co-writers like Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker, making it one of the most collaborative albums in the band’s catalog. Some habits never die, though, and the band will be supporting the album’s release, as they’ve supported every record before it, with a lengthy spring tour that stretches from the Florida coastline to Southern California.
Son Of Velvet Rat.....
The upcoming release from Austrian duo, Son Of The Velvet Rat, "Dorado", rides through the dusty California desert with haunting folk noir melodies. The album was produced by Joe Henry and Ryan Freeland, at Stampede Original Studio in Culver City, CA. It is due out on February 17th, 2017, on Fluff & Gravy/Mint 400. Husband and wife duo Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder capture the sweltering heat and arid wind of the sandy landscape they now call home. Adding a layer of backing vocals from Victoria Williams, the album becomes an almost danceable counterpoint to the somber nature of the lyrics. Altziebler’s distinctively deep smoky voice carries the melodies on its journey, as the falling sweat seems to evaporate before ever hitting the cracking dirt.
On her new release “Baby, We All Know”, Miss Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music. This full length release features 11 finely crafted and well sung original songs. Heightened by Tess’ prowess on her Weymann archtop guitar, she is accompanied by her top notch band, The Talkbacks, featuring guitar ace and co-conspirator Thomas Bryan Eaton. The songs were further enlivened with piano, organ, pedal steel and fiddle in the studio.
Tess says “I consider this my best yet collection of original music. In writing these tunes I stepped out of myself and into many different characters, based on real life and my imagination, and pulled sounds and stories from my musical fantasyland. Baby, we all know their secrets and on goings, in a world of mischief and troubled fun”. These songs were penned at Tess’s yearly writing retreat in New Hampshire, and at her home in Nashville. Yet time and place don’t bear much relevance here, the subjects she speaks through live in the streets of New Orleans, in the backwoods hollers of Tennessee, on a train heading to Mexico, and under the sheets.
Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, her childhood nights ending in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs, occasionally interrupted by their 30’s swing band rehearsing in the basement. Tess studied pianomas a child, and continued on as a teenager to take up the guitar and singing, and eventually began her own studies in early jazz and blues. All grown up, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks regularly steal the show at venues with something a little rowdier and more eclectic. Infused with classic country and honky tonk, southern rhythm and blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, and sounds of swamp pop and early rock ‘n’ roll, she is an embodiment of everything that it still homegrown in America.
Miss Tess has been releasing albums and leading a band for over a decade, spanning her career over many different cities, including Baltimore, Boston, New York, and her new home base of Nashville, TN. Straddling her move from New York to Nashville, the new album was recorded in both cities. The recording cast includes her steady band mate and co-producer, Thomas Bryan Eaton, producer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Tift Merritt), Robin Macmillan, Jake Silver, Roy Williams, Stefan Zeniuk, Eric Frey, Dominic Billet, Kai Welch, John Pahmer, Aaron Shaffer Haiss, Oliver Craven, Maya De Vitry and Caitlin Canty.
A follow up to 2012’s “Sweet Talk” and 2013’s “The Love I Have For You”, both released on Signature Sounds Recordings, “Baby, We All Know” will be released independently. As she expands and grows more into her own sound, Tess is still hard to categorize. She says “Many times after the show, somebody will come up to compliment the band and ask me what kind of music we just played. After mumbling through a few different genres I usually just tell them it’s my music and hope they enjoyed the show”.
Enjoyable is just what “Baby, We All Know” is, propelled by the classic quality of Tess’s vocals, compelling and totally believable. The production throughout is the right balance of punch and rhythm, without getting in the way of the vocals or songwriting, giving this collection of songs a plentiful dose of old school swagger. Time after time, Miss Tess is able to utilize sounds and styles from a past era combined with modern sensibilities to present an authentic and engaging presence.
Ryan Adams has announced a new album, "Prisoner", out February 17th, 2017, via Pax Am/Blue Note Records. In a recent interview, Adams spoke about the inspiration for the album, "I started writing this record while I was going through a very public divorce, which is a humiliating and just a fucking horrible thing to go through no matter who you are. To be me and to go through that the way that I did was destructive on a level that I can’t explain. So a lot of extra work went into keeping my chin up and remembering what I did and what I loved about who I was". "Prisoner" is the follow-up to "1989", Adams’ song for song remake of Taylor Swift’s album of the same name, and a project that he does not look back fondly upon. It marks Adams’ first full length collection of new music since 2014’s "Ryan Adams".
The new album from Alison Krauss, ”Windy City”, will be released February 17th, 2017. Produced by Buddy Cannon. Mixed by Gary Paczosa. Recorded by Neal Cappellino, Tony Castle, TW Cargile. Orchestra arrangements by Kristin Wilkinson. Featuring Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon, Sidney Cox, Suzanne Cox, Teddy Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Dan Tyminski, Hank Williams Jr, Barry Bales, Richard Bennett, Ron Block, Chad Cromwell, Scott Ducai, John Hobbs, Jim Horn, Mike Johnson, Kenny Malone, Brent Mason, Joe Murphy, Matt Rollings, Charles Rose, Jeff Taylor, Bobby Terry and Tommy White.
Lynn Anderson is one of the top 10 charting female country singers of all time, the first to win an 'American Music Award', the first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden, and was a regular on TV, starring on broadcasts ranging from The Lawrence Welk Show to The Tonight Show to Starsky & Hutch.
Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present a collection that finally does justice to the superstar career of Lynn Anderson, 40 tracks, 38 hits, her classic chart and Columbia sides, lovingly remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios and annotated by Joe Marchese.
"The Definitive Collection" starts with her first hit, “Ride, Ride, Ride”, and continues with every other notable song, including “Rose Garden”, “You’re My Man”, “How Can I Unlove You”, “What A Man, My Man Is”, “Keep Me In Mind”, “Mother, May I”, “That’s A No No”, “Cry”, “Listen To A Country Song”, “Fool Me” and many more hits, both major and minor. Great, great 70's country from an often overlooked artist. Real Gone Music, February 3rd, 2017.
Lorin Hart has been writing songs about basic issues of love and trouble for most of the time since she left the snowy pastures of Northwestern University and dove into the whirlpools of Haight Ashbury, Woodstock, Cambridge, Greenwich Village, Coconut Grove and Fayetteville, Arkansas.
After years of partnering with her guitar slinger husband, and running around briefly with the likes of Tim Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Phil Oaks, Country Joe Macdonald and Lucinda Williams, they split up and she kept half the debt, her guitar and the kids. She recorded her 1st solo CD ”Breathe” with Hal Blaine and Don Randy of the famed Wrecking Crew some years back, which brought her air play around the country, as she continued writing while finishing raising up her spectacular children. She has now released her 2nd album ”Love Come Back”, featuring Jim Keltner, and looking forward to many more years of finding ways to tell her story in song.
The famed Paul Zollo would have her tell you she is also the grandaughter of renown early silver screen stars, John Gilbert and Leatrice Joy.
Having filled a major gap in the late, great Lesley Gore’s discography with its release of her Motown album "Someplace Else Now", Real Gone Music now turns its attention to the other major missing piece of her catalog, the 1976 album she recorded for A&M Records. "Love Me By Name" not only reunited Lesley with producer Quincy Jones from her hit-making 60's days, but brought her into together with a truly staggering array of talent, including Herbie Hancock, Toots Thielemans, Harvey Mason, Jim Keltner, Dave Grusin and just about every other studio superstar you could name, even the Partridge Family.
"Love Me By Name" features compositions written by Gore and her songwriting partner Ellen Weston, most notably the title track, which was later covered by Dusty Springfield, Patti Austin, and Jennifer Holiday among others. The album also gave a nod to the disco and funk trends that were so prominent in pop music at the time, particularly on the lead-off track, “Sometimes”, which paired her unmistakable pipes with the Brothers Johnson. This reissue marks the worldwide debut of this album on CD, and adds two rare single versions as well as liner notes by Joe Marchese that explore the life and times of this remarkable lady. Real Gone Music, February 3rd, 2017.
Larry Coryell is one of the greatest guitarists ever to walk the face of the earth, but he remains somewhat underappreciated, witness the fact that this, his 2nd solo album, has never been released on CD until this reissue. 1969’s Coryell offers an intriguing blend of improvised and arranged pieces, with an all star cast that includes Ron Carter, Bernard Purdie, Albert Stinson, “The Jam with Albert” is perhaps the highlight of the entire album, Chuck Rainey, and Free Spirits bandmate Jim Pepper. Jimi Hendrix is definitely an influence on this jazz rock gem, but Coryell takes his axe in directions only known to him, at this time, only John McLaughlin, with whom Coryell would shortly cut the one off "Spaces", could rival him in the fusion field. Bill Kopp’s notes include copious quotes from Larry Coryell himself, and Mike Milchner’s remastering lets this overlooked album shine. Real Gone Music, February 3rd, 2017.
Delaney & Bonnie.....
Though they never achieved the popular success enjoyed by some of their peers, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett spearheaded the roots rock revolution of the late 60's and early 70's along with The Allman Brothers Band and The Band, turning away from the exoticism of psychedelia towards music rooted in blues, country and soul. Witness the fact that the “& Friends” that played with the pair included Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Dave Mason and Bobby Whitlock, out of Delaney & Bonnie’s various aggregations arose Derek & The Dominos and Joe Cocker’s band for the legendary "Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour".
For "Motel Shot", the duo’s 4th studio album and their 3rd for Atco, the circle of friends included Cocker, Whitlock, and Mason, plus appearances by Duane Allman, Gram Parsons and John Hartford among others. But for the most part, this is a largely acoustic, charmingly informal affair dipped in gospel and dominated by the Bramletts and Whitlock, the "Motel Shot" title refers to informal, after hours jam sessions on the road. But there’s a whole lot more to the story, and to this release.
The project began not in a hotel room, but in the living room of engineer Bruce Botnick, with November 1970 sessions as a prospective release for Elektra Records. But, after Delaney had a falling out with label head Jac Holzman, the project moved to Atco, who put the band into a proper studio to re-record much of the material. Those later sessions comprise the original album, which has here-to-fore only appeared briefly on CD in Japan, but, after hours of tape research, co-producers Bill Inglot and Pat Thomas uncovered the original living room sessions that yielded the 8 unreleased tracks on this expanded edition CD release.
Remastered by Inglot, with an essay by Thomas that includes exclusive, and extremely candid, quotes from Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, Bruce Botnick and Jac Holzman, "Motel Shot" finally is presented here the way it was originally conceived, and takes its rightful place as one of the great albums of the classic era of the roots rock movement.
Real Gone Music, February 3rd, 2017.
Kurt Deemer Band.....
The debut CD by the Kurt Deemer Band,” Gaslight”, stands apart in both content and execution. Drawing on the angst of americana rock and the melancholy of alternative country, Deemer’s songs feel strangely familiar, yet vital and new.
The swirling dream time arrangements forgo the formulas and emerge lean yet fully embellished. Pedal steel and hammond b3 rise from the mix, catching the ear for a second before fading into the background, subtle enough that you might have just imagined them there. A pop sensibility from long ago prevents anything from getting in the way of a great song.
These are stories of personal disillusionment and partial redemption, about finding one’s place in the world having being eaten alive and swallowed whole, but still emerging alive and kicking. A sense of grace and mellow alienation runs throughout the compositions. Our anger has turned to disappointment coupled with a determination to persevere. We have grown to accept that some true sadness will be woven into the fabric of our lives and we’re okay with that.
The result is not bitter, it’s hauntingly bitter sweet, like a chance meeting with an ex-lover. It is the intimate journey from being authentically broken to cautiously hopeful, in all of its intense and uneasy glory. This is impassioned detachment at its nuanced best.
"Stitch Of The World", Tift Merritt's 6th studio album, was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, TX, at Merritt's California cabin, and in New York City, in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was 6 months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, NC. The time since the release of "Traveling Alone" has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt work shopped the songs on "Stitch Of The World" with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping into him in an airport. The limited edition CD is only available on initial pressing, and the bonus tracks are not available for purchase with the digital album. Yep Roc Records, January 27th, 2017.
Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a new remastered CD and DVD collection by The Move. "Magnetic Waves Of Sound" features a newly remastered 21 track CD featuring all of the Move's UK hit singles, along with key album tracks from their 4 studio albums.
The accompanying hour long DVD in this collection is a true 1st, and features 21 appearances on BBC TV and German television, and a promotional film, all shot between 1967 and 1970. These include a performance of "Fire Brigade" on Top Of The Pops from February 1968 and the band's entire Colour Me Pop performance for BBC 2 from January 1969.
Also featured is a rare promotional film of "I Can Hear The Grass Grow", a trio of songs performed live from the German TV show Beat, Beat, Beat, recorded in June 1967, and a fine selection of Move appearances on the German TV show Beat Club, all gathered together on DVD officially for the 1st time. Of all of the groups to emerge in Britain in the latter half of the 1960s, The Move was arguably one of the finest. A powerful act on stage, the group were blessed with one of the most imaginative songwriters of his generation in Roy Wood. "Magnetic Waves Of Sound" is a fitting celebration of the legacy of The Move. Esoteric Recordings, January 27th, 2017.
Iconic musician and Blues Hall Of Fame member John Mayall will release his latest CD, "Talk About That", on January 27th, 2017, from Forty Below Records. Joining Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica and guitar) and Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums) and Rocky Athas (guitar) as special guest, is legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who plays on 2 tracks, “The Devil Must Be Laughing” and “Cards On The Table”, both John Mayall compositions. The songs showcase Walsh’s amazing guitar work and are destined to be two of the many highlights on this new disc.
Produced by John Mayall, who also designed the album package, and Forty Below Records president Eric Corne, who also engineered and mixed, "Talk About That" was recorded at House Of Blues Studio in Encino, CA, and contains 11 tracks, 8 originals, plus covers from Memphis soul music songwriter Bettye Crutcher, blues great Jimmy Rogers and singer songwriter Jerry Lynn Williams. The album also showcases a 3 piece horn section that adds extra punch on several tracks, including the infectious New Orleans flavored “Gimme Some Of That Gumbo”.
Austin, Texas, based ethereal americana band Runaway Horse is set to release their debut album, ”Beautiful Blue”, on January 20th, 2017. Led by singer songwriter Mari Tirsa, the album draws the listener in with the sounds of an American frontier coupled with the far reaching influences of our dream world. It is both grounded and cosmic, grabbing the listener immediately while revealing its many layers with repeat spins. Tirsa blends earthy folk like vocals and plaintive ethereal tones with sparse and drifty guitars, keyboards and percussion to create a hypnotic cosmic americana vibe.
A native of New Mexico, Mari Tirsa writes songs that strive to connect the dust and toil of the landscape to the vast and otherworldly skies above. Together with her carefully curated band of musicians, she bridges grounded Americana folk with the ambient sounds of our dream world. Her music expresses the experience of cosmic consciousness and oneness.
Produced in Austin at Rubicon Studios by Daniel Barrett and featuring Rick Richards on drums , ”Beautiful Blue” is almost hymnal, carrying the listener from dark night of the soul moments to redemption and grace through the raw sensuality of the natural world.
3CDs + 1 BluRay in a book set. CD1: UK mono album + mono outtakes, mono singles and mono EP's. CD2: UK stereo album + stereo outtakes, stereo remixes including alternate versions. CD3: Early versions and demos + BBC recordings. Blu-ray: 24/96 hi-res of UK + US mono and stereo albums + bonus tracks. Universal Music, January 27th, 2017.
Chicago & Wilson.....
The 2nd album by the Chicago is coming back to CD in a newly remixed edition. On January 27th, 2017, Rhino Records will issue "Chicago II : The Steven Wilson Remix", featuring an all new stereo mix of Chicago's classic 1970 double album from the producer and engineer behind acclaimed remixes for progressive bands such as Yes, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
The creativity and innovation of the band formerly known as Chicago Transit Authority surged more than ever on its 2nd straight double album. "Chicago", now known as "Chicago II", earned the group and producer James William Guercio a string of US pop hits including "Make Me Smile" (# 9), "Colour My World" (# 7) and "25 Or 6 To 4" (# 4), but that didn't mean Chicago was simplifying the expansive approach behind its first jazz rock opus. "Make Me Smile" and "Colour My World" were excerpted from the album's centerpiece, composer James Pankow's 7 part, 13 minute song suite "Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon". Terry Kath supplied a 4 part classically inspired suite "Memories Of Love", and Lamm, already the songwriter of the 1st album's hits "Beginnings" and "Does Everybody Really Know What Time It Is", supplied "25 Or 6 To 4", as well as teaming with Kath and Walter Parazaider to write the politically charged "It Better End Soon". The band's breakthrough, "Chicago II" reached # 4 in the US and # 6 across the pond.
Steven Wilson worked from the original 16-track tapes to create his new remix. He's quoted by Rhino in the press release: "Working with high resolution 96K/24 bit digitally transferred files, I had every element from the recording sessions isolated, which meant I was able to rebuild the mix from the drums upwards, recreating as closely as I could the equalization, stereo placement, reverbs, other effects, and volume changes of each individual instrument or vocal, but at the same time looking to gain definition and clarity in the overall sound". He continues, "So rich was their creative seam at the time that, like their debut, and the album that followed this one, it was a 2 record set. In fact, with unprecedented boldness the run of double albums was only broken by their 4th which was a quadruple (live) set! I consider all of these albums to be classics, but perhaps 'Chicago II' is the pre eminent masterpiece. It's got everything, moments of tender beauty to power riffs and scorched earth jazz rock, catchy melodies and gorgeous vocal harmonies. When I first heard it as a teenager I was captivated by the mixture of jazz, blues, pop, classical, progressive and heavy rock styles, including both improvisational elements and intricate arrangements, and by songs written and sung by several different members, all with their own unique personality. How could that possibly hang together? But it does, and brilliantly so".
"After coming off a successful 3 week tour of Scandinavia in the fall of 1986, my band the Textones found that our album 'Midnight Mission' was hard to follow up. Our next effort, 'Cedar Creek', came and went with little of the critical acclaim we were fortunate to have gotten on our debut. George Callins and I were writing a lot of songs we felt deserved to be Heard, but there were no takers. Fans, critics, and the music business had moved on. Then out of the blue our Swedish label, Volume Records, threw us a wild pitch, come to Sweden and record with Swedish rock stars Wilmer X. The result became my first solo album recorded in the country of my father's roots. The Wilmers' had just scored a hit record in their homeland and were gracious to back this Texas by way of Los Angeles rock and roll woman. My co-writers on 'Rubies & Diamonds' include guitarist George Callins and drummer Rick Hemmert of the Textones, Danny Wilde of the Rembrandts, Danny Tate, whose songs have been covered by Tim McGraw, Rick Springfield, Smithereens, and Jeff Healey, and George Green, who co-wrote some of John Mellencamp's best songs." ~ Carla Olson
Extended and remastered version available January 27th, 2017.
The Furious Seasons.....
“We’re not done yet, not by a longshot”, sings L.A. veteran David Steinhart on ”Look West’s” opening gem “Longshot”. And though he’s singing of a relationship, it’s utterly true of his muse, too. Having gone canyon rock, country, pop, western on last year’s ”My Love Is Strong”, with pleasing result, he goes one better, decamping with just his and lead guitarist Paul Nelson’s acoustics and harmonies, making western folk that shines the sharpest light on his pure strengths over now 21 LP’s in 32-years, beginning with ”Pop Art” and ”Smart Brown Handbag”, his remarkably seasoned songwriting and storytelling.
Regret, nostalgia, melancholia, distaste, and resigned philosophizing can be cloyingly dull in mediocre hands, Steinhart’s ruminations are warmhearted, tender, considerate, and appreciative, not for so much lost, but what remains. “I would love to see your face before another winter, before what’s coming next”. Let us not take him for granted, especially when he’s on top of his game like this.
“The album’s instrumentation is complex despite only being comprised of the trio, and Paul Nelson’s swift hand on guitar deserves special recognition. From the nostalgic wandering a European city late at night classical riff to introduce “A Thing to Behold”, to the beautiful solo on “Simple & Clean”, his melodies are the pulse of every song.
Even more than the gorgeous guitar, however, it’s the impeccable songwriting and heartfelt lyrics that lift this album up the furthest. Every track on the record is emotionally vulnerable, honest, and accessible. You’ll spend all fall unpacking the layers.
The Furious Seasons’ 5th release, “Look West” is a perfect departure from last years lush and orchestrated “My Love is Strong”. With “Look West” David Steinhart’s penchant for catchy melodies and story line lyrics are still firmly intact, but this time they are tackled by an acoustic trio that highlights the stories and creates a warmth that David and his brother Jeff haven’t achieved since the early days of their mid 80’s band, Pop Art. Jeff Steinhart plays a stand up bass for the first time in his career and guitarist Paul Nelson’s agile solo’s and harmonies helps “Look West” create a sound all it’s own. Not folk in the traditional sense, the folk, pop album soars with deep personal stories and melodies that will stay with you for long stretches.
The album concept was born out of months of 3 piece shows played in Southern California, including shows in support of John Hiatt, David Lindley and AJ Croce. Scott Campbell recorded a few of the tracks live in a home studio in Hollywood set up for Shelby Lynne. Tim Boland at White Light Studios in North Hollywood recorded the lion share of the album.
The 25th anniversary of Mickey Hart’s grammy winning world music album, "Planet Drum" contains 3 new tracks, "Sea Of Showers", "Throat Games" and "The Spot", that were initial sketches from the original album sessions and were revisited and completed by Mickey Hart and the band for this special release. The album is available on remastered CD, and for the first time ever, on vinyl. January 20th, 2017.
Mike Oldfield follows up 1975’s "Ommadawn" in the new year, with "Return To Ommadawn", his 26th studio album. As well as vinyl and CD editions, the new album will be available as a CD + DVD deluxe edition, which features a 5.1 surround sound mix on the DVD. "Return To Ommadawn" will be released on January 20th, 2017.
Produced by Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) "Burn Something Beautiful" is renowned songwriter and singer Alejandro Escovedo's 12th solo studio album and most definitive album to date. The album was written, arranged and performed as a true collaboration with Peter and Scott in Portland, OR. The band is rounded out with guitarist Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks), Decemberists' drummer John Moen, Los Lobos' saxophonist Steve Berlin and singers Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case). In a trailblazing career that began with The Nuns, San Francisco's famed punk innovators, to the Austin-based-based alt country rock pioneers, Rank & File, to cult Texas band, True Believers, through countless all star collaborations and tribute album appearances, and finally a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992's acclaimed "Gravity", Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions. Fantasy Records, January 20th, 2017.
American singer songwriter Wendy Webb releases her 5th studio album ”Step Out Of Line” on Spooky Moon Records. Songs written under a Nashville skyline with an urban attitude attracted legendary musicians Wayne Jackson, David Grissom, Mark T Jordan, Willie Weeks and Dan Dugmore to record with Webb. The record consists of 9 original songs along with a haunting electric piano rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘Girl From The North Country’, a stunning tribute that pays homage to her Midwestern roots. The recordings took place in a private residence in Nashville where Webb co-wrote and co-produced with engineer Mark Keller.
Webb says, ”Having a house in town made the recording more organic and convenient for studio players to stop by after their day sessions to play on what I thought were some artful demos. Imagine the thrill of hearing Wayne Jackson, founding member of the Memphis Horns, blow that incredible trumpet solo on ‘Step Out Of Line’ in the living room, and know you captured that performance. Jim Horn played sax on ‘Destiny’s Muse’ in the dining room. I sang and played piano on Dylan’s ‘Girl From The North Country’ live in the living room and Dan Dugmore added the gorgeous pedal steel solo. Each musician’s contribution was over the top. It was an extraordinary experience and very exciting”. Originally from Iowa and self taught on guitar and piano, Wendy moved to Los Angeles where she was fortunate to meet Joni Mitchell’s engineer, Henry Lewy, who offered her studio time and mentoring. She recalls, “That’s when I learned about recording and my own performance”.
With its bombastic brass heavy funk, deep blues and soul, paired with Lee Hazlewood’s subterranean baritone, ”13” would be best enjoyed with a tall Chivas in an off strip seedy Vegas lounge. Thing is, ”13” wasn’t initially intended to be a Lee Hazlewood album at all. By 1972 Hazlewood had settled in his new homeland of Sweden. To keep up his prolific output, he began to mine the recently defunct LHI Records' archives for material. One such gem, was an unreleased album by LHI staff producer Larry Marks, who had taken some of Hazlewood’s strongest compositions, arranged them in a soul vibe, and recorded his own vocals for them. Marks completed the album, but since Lee had no distribution in America and no funding at the time, the tapes were taken to Sweden where Lee decided to wipe Larry’s voice from the record entirely and replaced it with his own. And so ”13” was born. This reissue includes a download of the original Larry Marks version. Light In The Attic Records, Friday the 13th of January, 2017.
Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges powerful and aggressive style of rock n roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960's. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, r'n'b and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch's new film "Gimme Danger" chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock n roll bands of all time. January 16th, 2017.
“‘Reflection’ is so called because I find it makes me think back. It makes me think things over. It seems to create a psychological space that encourages internal conversation. And externalones actually, people seem to enjoy it as the background to their conversations. When I make apiece like this most of my time is spent listening to it for long periods, sometimes several whole days, observing what it does to different situations, seeing how it makes me feel. I make my observations and then tweak the rules.” ~ Brian Eno
Singer songwriter Kelly Zirbes of L.A. based band Kelly’s Lot has returned to her roots and written 14 songs that express a lifetime of feelings. With 14 tracks, the new CD, ”Bittersweet”, contains a variety of roots and folk rock, the genre that Zirbes started in before she began a career in blues rock with 'The Lot'.
Based in Southern California for the last 21 years, the band has released 11 CD’s, toured nationally and internationally and and have recorded numerous songs for film and television. In 2016 Kelly began asking her friends and fans on Facebook for words to inspire these songs.
These compositions became the catalyst for a CD with lots of heart and message-driven lyrics. These words from friends, fans and even strangers conjured up a lifetime of stories and feelings that Kelly had been keeping at an arms length. Genres included on ”Bittersweet” include an Irish ballad, an acapella gospel tune, an old style country track, a blues tune and so much more. They will make you smile or cry, possibly both.
The CD is mixed by Fred Paragano from Paragon Studios in Nashville. 'The Lot' includes Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca on guitars, Sebastian Sheehan Visconti, Scotty Lund, Art Mendoza and Michael Mason on drums and percussion, Bill Johnston on sax and clarinet, Bobby Orgel on piano and b3, Matt McFadden and Chuck Maithonis on bass, Doug Pettibone on pedal steel and dobro, Frank Hinojosa on harmonica and Kelly Zirbes on guitar and vocals.
”Bittersweet” will be available as a limited release today, January 6th, 2017, at www.kellyslot.com and a wide release on January 27th, 2017.
Cheevers Box Set.....
Celebrating his 50th year as a songwriter with over 3 000 songs to his credit, Bob Cheevers’ 5 disc, box set retrospective is appropriately called “Fifty Years – A Semi Century Of Songwriting”. It spans half a century of his writing covering 10 genres featuring 83 songs culled from his 10 previous CD’s along with unreleased master recordings that have been gathering dust in his vault for decades.
After college in his r’n’b flavored hometown of Memphis, he spent 25 years on the West Coast in the pop field followed by 16 years as a journeyman writer in Nashville. His creative road then led him to what he describes as his ’wonderful life in Austin’. After only 3 years in Austin and on the heels of his “Tall Texas Tales” CD, produced by Texas Music Legends Hall Of Fame member Stephen Doster, Bob was awarded the 2011 Texas Music Awards Singer Songwriter Of The Year.
His half century journey included winning an Emmy, opening for Johnny Cash and touring Europe and the UK for a dozen years, all of which earned him the respect of his peers world-wide. “Fifty Years” is a celebration of his musical gifts that resulted in this career achievement. Howlin’ Dog Records is proud to include Bob in a lineup of artists who’s art tops their list of best intentions. “Fifty Years” is an extremely unique and comprehensive look at the creativity of a man who has never taken his eye off the ball. The long list of great artists he has shared stages with, his massive catalogue and the way his songs glide seamlessly from one genre to another speak to his versatility as a story teller whose rootsy, blues flavored songs spin tales of life in a conversational language of the heart. Bob modestly calls “Fifty Years” his masterpiece.
”For those of us still alive and well enough to remember actually having lived through the Beatles dominated music world of the mid 1960’s, through the early 1970’s, you will recall that the double album was all the rage, having established itself as a major rock music statement in 1968. Flash forward nearly half a century later and what you have in your hands is ’Second Thoughts’, the long awaited 2017 double album by Sweden’s very own Citizen K. Known in his homeland as Klas Qvist, Citizen K has clearly spent a lot of time listening to that 1968 double album classic ’The White Album’ and, in the spirit of the Fab Four, the uncanny combination of Citizen K’s vocals, songwriting and guitar work is very much on display here, as are key contributions by album producer and engineer Tobias Walka, drummer Kim Gunneriusson and other fine musicians. ’Second Thoughts’ echoes the spirit of the 2009 album ’Meet Citizen K - Somewhere Up North’, but certainly, ’Second Thoughts’ drives the Citizen K sound even further. ’Second Thoughts’ contains 23 tracks of vital pop exuberance with 4 instrumental interludes that offers yet another fresh direction. Even casual pop listeners will find a gem or two, while more devoted and inquisitive music fans will totally devour ’Second Thoughts’ and its endless smorgasbord of big beat pop and memorable rock songs. In this way, Citizen K will challenge the world.” ~ Robert Silverstein, Music Web Express 3000, www.mwe3.com
First 2 singles, "Mindexpander #2" and "Train Of No Forgiveness", out now, and 3rd single, "Our Town", out December 23rd, 2016.
"Second Thoughts", the album, will be out January 27th, 2016.
”Bright Shiny Objects” is the brand new release from New York-based violinist, singer and songwriter, Deni Bonet, due for worldwide release on Zip Records, (distributed by Sony/RED, US and PIAS/Rough Trade, BeNeLux) on January 27th, 2017.
It's no secret that Deni Bonet can rock a violin like nobody's business. Or that she writes memorable songs that make you want to listen again and again and again. Anyone who has heard her last few albums, especially 2013’s ”It’s All Good”, knows that ms Bonet has always brought something extra special to the table. However one listen to ”Bright Shiny Objects”, and you’ll know this particular record takes on a completely different life and direction.
In a departure from her usual song based material, this album is entirely instrumental, Carnegie Hall virtuosity intertwined with a rock club vibe and intimacy. That doesn’t ring your bell? Try Yitzak Perlman playing lead for AC/DC. Deni has spent the past year and a half writing and recording with a who’s who of some of the best musicians on the planet, including Steve Gaboury (Cyndi Lauper), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Richard Barone (Bongos), Shawn Pelton (SNL), Will Lee (Letterman), Matt Beck (Matchbox Twenty), Steve Holley (Paul McCartney), Graham Maby (Joe Jackson), Ben Butler (Chris Botti), Mike Visceglia (Suzanne Vega), Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz), and the list goes on and on.
It's difficult to try and describe, or unnecessarily, classify, Deni's music, and that's a good thing. There are certainly elements of straight forward rock, classic styled pop and pure american folk, but she takes all of this and makes it wonderfully her own. This new album is sheer, ultra high voltage rock with pure classical training and precision playing. She’s a whirling dervish, a streak of aural and visual lightning wielding a violin bow. Her songs make you want to get up and dance around the living room, or groove to while walking up the street wearing headphones. Even without the vocals, you can hear the passion and emotion in Deni’s performances.
The opening track, "Light This Candle", recalls the more skilled moments of alt-rock, "Einstein's Brain" is a finessed blend of the poetic nature of a violin intertwined with the chime of a 12-string electric guitar (Mozart meets The Byrds) and the delicate yet dramatic texture of "Primal Dream" is filled with emotion, one doesn't need lyrics to feel what is being said. And check out her updated cover of the classic “Frankenstein”, which begs to be used over the credits of the next Marvel movie.
For years, Bonet has been honing her craft as a violinist, singer, songwriter and performer. She is, simply, a musical total package. Whether fronting her own band of outstanding players, or collaborating with anyone from Cyndi Lauper to R.E.M., to Sarah McLachlan to Irish rocker, Mundy, Deni has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting, dynamic and entertaining performers on the live circuit.
Although classically trained, Deni quit the classical world because she hated having to wear black and sit still. She was an original cast member of National Public Radio's premier music show, Mountain Stage, performing in her own right and accompanying guests like Richard Thompson, Warren Zevon, and the Indigo Girls, before leaving the show to form her own band.
She has performed at Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and just recently performed at the White House for the president, 1st lady and vice president. She has been described by the Wall Street Journal as like “Sheryl Crow meets the B-52's", and music from her 5 independent CD releases has been featured on HBO, NBC, American Airlines and in several movies and modern dance pieces.
The debut EP of Johanna Lillvik is just the tip of the iceberg. Though having written songs from an early age, this is the 1st time ever that she unravels her poetry mind and clearly colourful compositions on an available recording.
Many years of performing as a singer, and an artist in various projects, have rendered her a reputation on stage, but her plentitude of songs are still quite unknown to the main audience. They have bred in the dark, with strong melodies and bewitching rhythms. Some are ready to hatch at the beginning of January 2017 and show their beautiful plumage.
Johannas influence on her debut is omnipotent. As a composer, writer and as a producer, she really sets the conditions for her pieces, yet the music shows a great deal of creative interaction with her excellent fellow musicians. Her voice hovers over the supportative arrangements that distinguish the different character of each one of these 5 tracks.
Critics have twisted their heads trying to define the genre she plays, since she fearlessly moves across the borderlines of many. Wether or not she will be the inventor of one in the end, I wish you a safe flight if you wish to take off with Johanna Lillvik as your pilot. Don´t forget to buckle up!
John Cee Stannard.....
Just over 3 years since John Cee Stannard launched his blues career with “The Doob Doo Album” in 2013, comes his 4th studio album “To The River”, with the title track, “Run To The River” due for release as a free single on January 6th, 2017.
This album comes from much the same mind set as the previous ones, yet has its own individual feel. It is similar, yet at the same time, quite different. For the first time John Cee included a choir, inviting them to join him on 2 tracks, “Run To The River” and “The Good Lord Didn’t Tell Me”, adding to the gospel feel which these 2 tracks already had. “River” reminds us that ultimately we have to pay for our actions, whilst “The Good Lord” deals with ultimate loss, and how that can make us question the point in anything.
10 of the 12 tracks are written by John Cee. The other 2 include John Cee’s interpretation of the Jelly Roll Morton classic “Winin' Boy Blues” and a completely new and original reworking of the traditional “House Of The Rising Sun”, which owes more to Woody Guthrie than the Animals, and is delivered with an energy and intensity which is very much of today.
Once again there is a smattering of accomplished guests. Renowned musician Simon Mayor returns to add his creative fiddle playing to the rag influenced closing track “Nothing Is What You Get” and the driving train song “Let The Train Whistle Blow”.
Matt Empson also returns to add his unique piano style to the closing track, as well as the preceding slow and mournful “Ain’t No Livin’ With The Blues”, which also benefits from a fine solo from blues guitar virtuoso Jason Manners.
Sensational vocalist Julia Titus also joins John Cee for several tracks. As well as providing superb backing vocals, she also shines in a couple of solo spots.
As usual, band mates Mike Baker and Howard Birchmore provide some excellent guitar and harmonica work, and once again, John Cee has called in the rhythm section of Julian Bown, drums, and Andy Crowdy, double bass.
John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon continue to build their reputation with live performances, and this album is sure to help them on their way.
Jude Johnstone is one of the most respected and acclaimed songwriters of her generation. Her lyrical depth and memorable melodies have attracted an impressive list of recording legends that have covered her songs including Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Jennifer Warnes and Clarence Clemmons. These legendary artists are drawn to the emotional truth found in Johnstone’s songs that are without pretense or posturing. Johnstone’s work is poignantly heartfelt and deeply emotional.
Music supervisors have begun to spotlight Johnstone as well, with television shows Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”, and Fox’s “Lie To Me”, using her songs in emotional scenes and ending credits.
“A Women’s Work”, her forthcoming album, is a raw and unapologetic study of love, loss and deliverance with a particular keen emphasis on the female perspective. It’s perhaps her most personal and reflective collection. “A Woman’s Work”, is Jude Johnstone’s 7th CD on BoJak Records.
Hat Check Girl.....
Hat Check Girl is the collaboration between 2 seasoned performers, Annie Gallup and Peter Gallway. ”Two Sides To Every Story”, their 6th release as a duo, is a collection of 10 songs, written in pairs, collected in 5 chapters, with interludes and an epilogue. Peter and Annie share vocals and instrumentation, and are joined by Jerry Marotta, on drums and percussion.
Peter Gallway emerged from the Greenwich Village scene of the 60’s and had released 3 albums on Warner Bros/Reprise by the time he was 25. He subsequently put out over a dozen more recordings on various independent labels. As a producer he’s been involved in more than 50 albums including the Grammy nominated ”Bleecker Street: Greenwich Village In The ‘60s” and ”Time &Love: The Music Of Laura Nyro”.
Annie Gallup is the winner of numerous songwriting awards, including Kerrville New Folk. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, immersed in the arts. By the time she recorded her first album in 1994, she had internalized a songwriting style all her own that evolved from her fascination with country blues, her love of words, and a dancer’s sense of rhythm. Her 11th solo recording is scheduled for release in the spring of 2017.
60 years ago, a young man and woman met at a roller rink outside Houston. Their love story, covering half a century and half the globe, provides the centerpiece for ”I’ll Take You Home”, the 5th full length album by singer songwriter Steve Brooks. Many of the songs explore the meanings of home, where we find it and how we keep it standing, against the twin winds of age and economy. As in the americana classic ”One Good Year”, which Steve wrote with Slaid Cleaves, his characters are chasing grace, in a world in which grace ain’t so easily found.
Some songs also reflect Brooks’ home for the past 25 years, Austin, the heartland of the Texas troubadour tradition. More than a few of those troubadours have written with Steve or recorded songs from his catalog. They include Cleaves, Christine Albert & Chris Gage, The Flyin’ As, Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus, Danny Santos and Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe.
At heart, Steve is a Guy Clark style storyteller, with the knack for turning phrases you’d expect from a former reporter for the New Orleans Times Picayune. He seasons with generous dashes of humor, honed by writing a satirical song-a-week for Jim Hightower's syndicated radio show, and appearing on TV’s "I've Got a Secret" as 6 time World Pun Champion. Through many of his songs runs a strong spiritual current, a reflection of lay sermons he’s delivered at more than 30 Unitarian churches.
More than 70 folk and americana DJ’s have spun Steve’s last album, ”Chasing Grace”. Crowdfunded through the faith of more than 160 fans, ”I’ll Take You Home” promises to spread Steve’s songs even farther beyond the borders of Texas.
New Year's Eve.....
”Years ago, I was washed up on a tiny island between Spain and Africa. There was no electricity, no running water, and after dark, the animals took over the island, dogs and goats, and creatures you couldn’t see, but could hear, snuffling and breathing by the rocks on the shore. There was a pretty girl who lived in a windmill, a doctor who had hung his rejection letter from Harvard Med School on his front door, and an architect who was compiling an encyclopedia of sand. It was that sort of place.
It was late November, I’d rented a tiny house in the middle of a pine grove, and I realized it was the first year I wouldn’t spend Christmas with my parents. I felt both liberated and homesick, but excited to be on my own, finding my way in the world and anxious to leave all the trappings of pop culture behind. I wanted to stare at the moon and hear the music of time.
I would go out under the stars, with nothing but the sound of wind and dogs and night, and there in the wilds, my mind would fill with all the worst crap of my childhood, ’The Christmas Song’, ’The Little Drummer Boy’, ’We Wish You A Merry Christmas’. So much for the music of the spheres.
For years, after I returned, I couldn’t set foot in a mall or step into an elevator after Thanksgiving. I still can’t. Holiday music gives me the creeps.
So this is my revenge, my way out of no way out. 3 minutes of seasonal music without a sleigh bell or reindeer or sugar plum fairy dancing in your head. It’s a song for that dark nightclub of the soul, where Randy Newman and Willie Dixon are the DJ’s and no one really cares if you’re naughty or nice.”
~ Brian Cullman
Backtrack Blues Band.....
On its new release, “Way Back Home”, the Backtrack Blues Band has delivered an exciting harp and guitar infused album that really hits the mark. The group has been one of Florida’s leading original blues acts for decades, and those years of performing have paid big dividends on this record. The solid grooves, stellar guitar, electrifying harmonica, and vocals make this CD one of the best blues releases of 2016. Reminiscent of the sounds of Paul Butterfield and the early Fabulous Thunderbirds, the songs on this record are true electric blues with lots of soul and energy.
Backtrack Blues Band has won 3 consecutive Tampa Bay Music Awards for ’Best Blues Band’ and has performed at festivals and concerts around the world with blues music legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter and others. “Way Back Home” marks the band’s 5th album, and the critics have proclaimed it the band’s best work.
Pegi Young's Raw.....
In 2007, Pegi Young, who had frequently sung backup in her husband Neil's band, belatedly launched her own career with a self titled album, followed by 3 more. But none are quite like "Raw", which Pegi Young will release in February 2017. "Raw" opens with a pointed jab at her ex, "Why" (as in, "why'd you have to ruin my life", its refrain). In songs she co-wrote with 2 members of her band, keyboard legend Spooner Oldham and guitarist Kelvin Holly, Young works her way through feelings of hurt ("Gave My Best To You", "Too Little, Too Late", "Lonely"), acceptance ("You Won't Take My Laugh Away from Me") and, finally, exhaustion with her own turmoil ("Up To Here"). Interspersed are covers soaked in heartbreak, Otis Clay's "Trying To Live My Life Without You", Dolly Parton's "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind", Randy VanWarmer's 1978 hit "Just When I Needed You Most", and the Nancy Sinatra associated feminist anthem "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'".
Rhythm has always been part of Vinny Fazzari's life. He started his musical journey on Catalina Island where his mother owned a nightclub. Early on, he realized a knack for bringing you into his musical landscape.
It has become increasingly difficult to come across something original in today’s repetitive music world. Listen to Vinny Fazzari's music and you will be transported to a world all his own. The simplicity and the arrangement of the songs feel as though every instrument is in it's rightful place.
His new album, ”Live Life Long”, stays with you. From the infectious riff of the title track, to the ethereal storytelling of ”Your Dress” and the devotion of ”Hold Me Close Tonight”. Vinny captures elements of his past, present and future. His ’singer songwriter with a twist’ style takes you on a musical ride starting with the whistle of the train through the swampy blues, all the way to the closing farewell.
Vinny sings about living life longer through love, taking road trips and dreaming dreams, enduring challenging moments and coming home. Vinny's music digs deep inside revealing heartfelt emotions. One listen won't be enough as your heart will most likely ask you for more.
The Grateful Dead have announced a comprehensive reissue series of their entire discography, in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the release of their self titled debut studio album. "The Grateful Dead" will be reissued January 20th, 2017. Each of the band’s studio and official live albums will be re-released around its 50 year anniversary in 2CD and vinyl picture disc versions, both featuring remastered versions of the albums. The CD editions include a bonus disc of unreleased recordings. The band have also announced a 7" singles subscription, allowing fans to order reissues of their singles from throughout the years in chronological order.
Rock journalist David Browne just sold a biography of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to Ben Schafer at Da Capo Press. The book, currently untitled, will join a lengthy list of biographies that the author, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has written of rock bands and rock stars, including "Fire And Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSN&Y And The Lost Stort Of 1970", and "So Many Roads: The Life And Times Of The Grateful Dead". Slated for spring 2019, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s self-titled debut album, the book will, Da Capo said, stand as the first 'true narrative' biography of a band that 'came to represent the highs and lows of the 60's dream'. Schafer took world rights in the deal from Erin Hosier at Dunow Carlson & Lerner.
Travis Green is a conductor, a musician, a singer songwriter who takes you back to the days when music was a familiar feeling you tapped your feet to and tuned your heart to like a clock. With his highly anticipated release, "A Little Too Late", Travis reveals a little bit of his soul and shares stories of family and love lost within a blanket of country and rock and roll. Almost gone are the days of the conductor, a true band leader who directs his band with pure feeling, derived from the relentless study of music. The result is a treat for crowds as he leads those sharing the stage with a undeniable charisma and a smooth voice not to be forgotten. Travis Green was born and raised in Austin, TX. At the young age of 27 he has obtained a wealth of musical knowledge that pours out to his audiences through each performance.
The development of his unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influences. Travis was always surrounded by different forms of music, from Chuck Berry, which he took his love for different melodies and vocal delivery, to Led Zeppelin and Muddy Waters. Travis holds country music very near to his heart and feels most comfortable stretching the boundaries while mixing his favorite genres. He also credits the unique opportunities he's had to play with local artists and musicians abroad. Last summer, Travis spent 6 weeks touring Scandinavia, playing nightly shows to large crowds, directing musicians he'd never met before, never skipping a beat. It was a great success and Travis will be returning to Scandinavia after the release of "A Little Too Late".
There is no denying that Travis Green belongs on a stage sharing his songs. "A Little Too Late" solidifies his hard work and commitment to his craft and is just a small sample of things to come from this great artist. His dedication to his ever growing abilities, his confidence while directing the musicians around him to create that perfect sound within a perfect groove, all the while captivating audiences is what truly makes Travis Geen among the last of a dying breed.
The album was recorded at Greaseland Studio and produced by Norway born, Kid Andersen, who is well known for his award winning blues guitar. Together they created a raw sound capturing the emotion of tracks like, 'Please Don't Cry' and 'Keep You Off My Mind'. The brutal truth sang in the chorus of 'Everybody Knows' shows the fearless attempt to paint an imperfect picture through lyrics. Travis is currently working with US promoter, Mark Pucci in support of his latest release "A Little Too Late".
Geffen & Wilson.....
"The new Blackfield album 'V' is now available to pre-order on standard CD, deluxe media book CD/BluRay, and double 180gram vinyl (cut at 45rpm) in gatefold sleeve. There are also copies of a limited single vinyl picture disc edition, not recommended for an audiophile experience, but it does highlight Lasse Hoile's very beautiful cover photography, and makes a nice collectors item. I'm very proud of this album, it might be our best yet, a flowing collection of 13 tracks with a loose concept relating to the cycle of life, but with the emphasis on succinct melancholic songs and beautifully layered production, including 3 songs produced by Alan Parsons. I really hope you enjoy it. 'V' is released on January 20th, 2017." ~ Steven Wilson
Based out of Dallas, TX, Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch is a high energy trio that blends jump blues, hard hitting rock, vintage soul, r’n’b and traces of 60’s country into a unique, but familiar, sound that always maintains the essence of the blues, while simultaneously offering a fresh take on the genre. Jason Elmore is uncommonly seamless in his ability to tailor his performance to suit the venue and demographic, without compromising the integrity of the band’s mission, which is to give 110% with every single performance, regardless of whether it’s 2 people or 2 000.
Having grown up with an obsession for all genres of American roots music, Elmore is remarkable in his ability to appeal to fans of all genres of music with his virtuoso level guitar playing, soulful and powerful old school vocals, and keen sense of songwriting. It is common to see an artist excel at one of those three things, but Jason is uncanny in his ability to express himself with an original and unique voice as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. All one needs to do is watch him play live one time in order to have a good understanding of how all of these different genres of music have a common thread when it comes to eliciting an emotional response from the listener and taking them to that special place where only the music exists and the troubles of the world are temporarily put on hold.
The band is currently set to release their 3rd full length album, titled ”Champagne Velvet” on the Underworld Records label. The album is a slight change of direction from the band’s 2010 album “Upside Your Head” and 2013’s “Tell You What”, both of which featured a heavy emphasis on Texas rock and blues. ”Champagne Velvet” sees the band exploring their soul, blues, and country roots more in depth than before, with a sense of excitement and fire that is uncommon in the contemporary blues scene. It is a throwback to 1950’s jump blues, rockabilly, and Memphis soul. The guitar tones are cleaner, the bass and drums interplay with more dynamics and the grooves jump like a kangaroo on a hot sidewalk. All 13 original songs flow with an abundance of melody, harmony, and clever lyrics. At the same time, there is just enough variety to quench the thirst of fans of the more rock oriented material of past albums.
”Champagne Velvet” is like a road trip from Dallas, TX, to Memphis, TN, with a quick stop by the West Coast on the way. It perfectly captures the essence of the band doing what they do best, which is bringing unrestrained boogie to the party. So get ready to groove with Jason Elmore& Hoodoo Witch, baby, these boys can flat get it!
The Flaming Lips.....
The Flaming Lips are one of the most enduring, influential, unpredictable, and universally respected bands of their generation or any other. Led by Wayne Coyne, they have been cited as the ultimate live attraction and life affirming festival band who continue to dazzle audiences with their over the top, maximalist, high energy onslaught on the senses. On "Oczy Melody", the Lips return to form with an album no less experimental in nature, but perhaps more melodically song oriented, recalling the best parts of their most critically applauded albums "The Soft Bulletin" and the gold certified "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots". "Oczy Melody" will be released in several configurations, a 12 song CD, a 12 song digital version, as well as a 12 song double LP vinyl edition, pressed on coloured vinyl and an 11 song single LP vinyl edition, both of which include a digital download card of all 12 songs . "Oczy Melody" will be released January 13th, 2017, on Bella Union in Europe and on Warner Bros in the US.
The 5th Dimension.....
Back in 1966, Billy Davis Jr, Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson first started making beautiful music together, and the world of pop music has never been the same. Now, in late 2016, 50 years later, Real Gone Music is proud to present the most comprehensive 5th Dimension collection ever compiled, a 3 CD set containing their complete singles for the Soul City and Bell labels, 61 tracks of swinging, soulful harmonies, brilliant arrangements, groundbreaking production, and some of the best songwriting to come out of the 60's and 70's.
This 3 CD set, which is housed inside a sumptuous, 8-panel digipak mini-album featuring rare photos, not only includes 30 pop and 15 r'n'b hits, all in their hard to find, mono mixes, featuring such legendary recordings as “Up, Up & Away”, “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “One Less Bell To Answer”, I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All”, and “If I Could Reach You”, but also some rare, non LP single sides and single edits, nearly all making their CD debuts here. With production by the great Bones Howe, vocal arrangements by Bob Alcivar, and the instrumental accompaniment of the famed Wrecking Crew, the confluence of talent on these sides is simply staggering.
And, of course, The 5th Dimension brought the songwriting genius of Laura Nyro and Jimmy Webb to the masses, their collaborations with Webb in particular remain among the pinnacles of 60's pop. Remastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios, and with notes by Paul Grein, featuring quotes from Billy Davis Jr and Marilyn McCoo that trace the historic arc of the group, "The Complete Soul City & Bell Singles 1966-1975" isn’t just the definitive look at The 5th Dimension, it’s a collection that defines the whole sunshine pop genre. Real Gone Music, December 23rd, 2016.
On ”Every Other Night”, Jeff Boortz’ 4th album, the singer songwriter returned to Nashville, TN, to record at Brian ’Brain’ Harrison’s Rendering Plant studio. The sessions, as Boortz describes them, were relaxed and full of laughter and camaraderie. Returning to the fold was longtime friend, guitarist, John Jackson, who played his usual role of musical director. “John has always had a knack for taking the songs and adding the right touches and colors”, explains Boortz, “he probably honed that skill from years spent playing with the likes of Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams, to name a few”. The rest of the Nashville session band included Bryan Owings on drums, and Ron Eoff on bass guitar.
The easy going atmosphere, however, did not prevent a determined Boortz, on these 10 new songs, from dealing with the heartfelt subject matter of the material. Sparse arrangements were encouraged to mirror the emotional directness of Boortz’ tunes, an examination of a tortured love affair that lingered on for two years.
“Everything was written as it happened”, explains Boortz, “there was a lot of pain but that’s a reality in everyone’s lives at times”. Here the pain shines through on the atmospheric drone of leadoff track, ”Here Comes Love”, as well as the haunting beauty of the title track.
“In your eyes I see, who I want to be, every other night”, laments Boortz, amidst a backdrop of rolling acoustic chords and dreamy fiddle runs. Not to fret, the album also plays up the fun and exciting side of those rollercoaster relationships we know all too well.
”Walk With Me”, a roll kicking, sexy rockabilly number, would be right at home on a Bo Diddley record. There is also the glam rock stomp of ”Mess With Love”, a real walk on the wild side of risky love, the rush of seizing the moment, before you’re burned by the fire.
New Neil Young.....
The ever prolific Neil Young will release a brand new studio album, entitled "Peace Trail", on December 2nd, 2016, via Reprise Records. The album is available for pre-order through www.neilyoung.com and PONO Music. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the title track and first single. Additional instant downloads will follow for those who pre-order "Peace Trail".
"Peace Trail" features all new songs that Young wrote since the release of his album "Earth", and recorded within a short time span. The album is primarily acoustic and reflects an intimate, sparse approach that draws the listening into the heart of the songs in a personal way. Each song is rich with Young’s typically inviting lyrical expression of his inimitable impassioned and heartfelt Life long humanitarian concerns which remain as topical and timely as ever.
"Peace Trail" was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri- la Studios and features Young on vocals and guitar, Jim Keltner on drums and Paul Bushnell on bass. It was produced by Young and John Hanlon, mixed by John Hanlon. Most recently Young previewed 5 songs from the album during his performances during the Desert Trip Festival, in Indio, CA, which both Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly summed up as simply “explosive”. “Neil slashed and bashed at his guitar, the sound intense and nearly out of control”.
The Los Angeles Times called Young’s performance “intensely powerful”, “furious” and concluded “combining passion, energy and stinging content, Young served up a deeply rewarding performance”.
"Peace Trail" will be released in several configurations, as a physical CD, digital download, and cassette. A vinyl edition will follow later in January.
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will tour Australia and New Zealand in April, Japan in May and South America in the summer.
The track-listing for "Peace Trail" is as follows :
01. Peace Trail
02. Can’t Stop Workin’
03. Indian Givers
04. Show Me
05. Texas Rangers
06. Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders
07. John Oaks
08. My Pledge
09. Glass Accident
10. My New Robot
Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel is an all original americana, roots and country band based in Chicago, Illinois. Together nearly 20 years, they boast 5 previous critically acclaimed and well received releases. They have toured throughout the US and Europe, sharing the stage with an impressive roster of musicians including Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Robbie Fulks, David Crosby, Delbert McClinton, Neko Case and many more.
Named after and old western novel, Trigger Gospel’s 20 year history has seen a rotation of bandmates, mostly in the lead guitar position. But in recent years the americana group has returned to its original line up, formed in 1997, with Anna Fermin at the helm, Paul Bivans on drums, Michael Krayniak on bass, and Andon Davis on lead guitar. Alton Smith joined the group on keyboard and accordion a few years back, and has also worked with Fermin over the years on various projects away from Trigger Gospel.
Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel has come together, once again, with all the original members to record and release ”You Belong Here”, their first full length album in 8 years. In a recent write up in the Chicago Tribune, critic Greg Kot proclaims that Anna Fermin is ’a singer with a striking voice and a songwriter with a feel for the indelible image’.
”You Belong Here” features 9 songs penned by Trigger Gospel’s front-woman, Anna Fermin, and one song written by Texas songwriter Butch Hancock. The album was produced by Trigger Gospel, with assistance from multi instrumentalist John Rice, who has played on many recordings by notable folk and country artists, including John Prine and Jim Lauderdale. The record was engineered by Joe Dilillo at Solid Sound Studios in Hoffman Estates, IL, mixed by Mike Tholen, and mastered by Dave McNair. Prominent Chicago artist and writer Tony Fitzpatrick, who is a long time fan of the band, created and donated the cover art for the album.
Says Fermin, "It felt great to be back in the studio with Trigger Gospel after 8 years. We were all ready to make music together again. You can't really say we were picking up where we left off, because in our time apart we all continued to work on different projects and grow in ways we wouldn't have grown if we had only been working with each other. There's a real connection between us that's evident as soon we're all in the same room, and I think it really translates in the music we make together”.
2 Petty Boxes.....
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will commemorate the 40th anniversary of their self titled debut album by releasing 2 companion vinyl box sets featuring their entire studio album repertoire via Univeral Music and Warner Bros. Several of these albums have been out of print on vinyl for years and all albums have been remastered for this release. All LP's in each of the limited edition box sets will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl with replica artwork. Both "The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991)", that features 9 albums, and "The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014)", that contains 7 albums, will be released on December 9th, 2016.
The Rolling Stones.....
On December 2nd, 2016, The Rolling Stones will release "Blue & Lonesome", their 1st studio album in over a decade. The band’s return to the blues took just 3 days to record, but it’s been over 50 years in the making. "Blue & Lonesome" takes the band back to their roots and their passion for the blues, which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones.
The album was recorded in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, close to where it all began for the band at The Ealing Club and Richmond’s Crawdaddy. Their approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie were joined by their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell and Matt Clifford and, for 2 of the 12 tracks, by old friend Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album.
"Blue & Lonesome" sees the Rolling Stones tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band, when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf, artists whose songs are featured on this album.
Keith has long said that he wants ‘he passed it on’ written on his gravestone. Well, "Blue & Lonesome" does just that, it’s an album for the 21st century, one that’s bathed in the blues, but one that has a modernity about it. The Rolling Stones are the embodiment of modern day blues, with heartfelt intensity they attest to why this music is timeless. “This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do”, says Don Was, co-producer of "Blue & Lonesome".
Produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins, "Blue & Lonesome" will be available in various formats, CD, digital download, double heavyweight LP in a gatefold sleeve with album download card, and a deluxe edition including CD, 75-page mini book about the making of the album and band postcard prints.
Jono Manson formed his first band at the age of 7 and began playing professionally in his early teens, in the dirty 1970's dive bars of his native New York City. He has since performed everywhere from Max's Kansas City to Madison Square Garden, and with everyone from Pete Seeger to Joan Osborne to Bo Diddley, and the list goes on. His songs have been recorded by Grammy-winners and have been featured in major motion pictures, and on network television. He has produced albums for rock stars and local heroes, American Idol finalists, folksingers, Italian singer songwriters and Pakistani sufi rockers.
His new album "The Slight Variations" marks the next chapter in his storied career. "The album ties the many threads of my experience together", says Manson. "The material spans a wide range of styles and it plays like a capsule history of my musical and life experience, from my early days as a bar band rocker in New York City, to my life as a songwriter and father in New Mexico. Some of the musicians are more recent associations, such as members of Colorado's Brothers Keeper, while others are guys I've been working with for many years, like guitarist Kevin Trainor, Jason Crosby on keyboards and violin, and Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors, who co-wrote 2 of the songs". This album comes on the heels of his late 2015 release "Angels On the Other Side", which showcases yet another stellar selection of songs, culled from years worth of travel, experience and collaboration. "Angels" also features an impressive cast of players, including members of Shurman from Austin, TX, Blues Traveler's John Popper on harmonica, Carlo Aonzo on mandolin, and David Berkeley on harmony vocals.
Manson continues to collaborate with a wide range of artists and as a member of an array of side projects. He also owns and operates The Kitchen Sink recording studio in his adopted home of Santa Fe, where he has twice been named ’Producer Of The Year’ by the New Mexico Music Awards.
Gene Clark Box.....
At long last, these 24 thought-to-be-lost recordings by the late, great Gene Clark are being released on Sierra High Fidelity as "Gene Clark's Lost Studio Sesseions 1964-1982". These incredible recordings, which have never been released commercially, are from the original analog master studio recording sessions held in Los Angeles between 1964 and 1982. "Gene Clark's Lost Studio Sessions 1964-1982" is now available at a pre-release advance purchase price through the Sierra Records website.
Big Big Train.....
In August 2015, Big Big Train played 3 sell out shows at Kings Place in London. The gigs saw the band return to live performance after a 17 year absence from the stage, during which they had built a reputation for high quality songwriting, as shown on albums such as "Folklore", "English Electric" and "The Underfall Yard". The Kings Place shows were awarded 'Live Event Of The Year' in the 2016 Progressive Music Awards. "A Stone's Throw From The Line" is a 2 CD live album which features the best performance of each song played over the course of the 3 Kings Place gigs, with the album track listing reflecting the running order of the shows. It is presented in a gloss laminated softpack with a 40 page booklet. December 2nd, 2016.
Terry Dolan never achieved the mega stardom of many of his peers from the 1960's San Francisco rock scene. One of the reasons for this was Warner Bros inexplicable cancellation of his superb self titled, debut album, a mere 2 months before its release date. This lost gem is finally getting its due with a release on High Moon Records today, November 25th, 2016. "Terry Dolan" featuring an all star cast, including Nicky Hopkins, John Cipollina, Lonnie Turner and Neal Schon, is the missing link between the frenetic, guitar-driven sound of the San Francisco ballroom scene, and the increasingly expansive West Coast singer-songwriters. And with its epic guitar duels intertwining with driving piano and organ, it anticipated the jam band genre by 20 years. The album captures the dual nature of Terry himself, an East Coast folkie with a penchant for soul-stirring rock ’n’ roll, his music is equally informed by Leadbelly, Buddy Holly, and the late 60's San Francisco rock scene. Amazingly, the chemistry captured on the album’s 8 indelible tracks, and 6 bonus tracks, have never seen the light of day, until now.
The conception of "Terry Dolan" is a story in 2 parts, and about two producers, one for each side of this unreleased masterpiece.
Side A. Terry Dolan moved to San Francisco from Weston, CT, in 1965, at the tender age of 21, and quickly made a name for himself with his wild, electric energy and passionate performances. Based on the strength of a demo for his song “Inlaws & Outlaws”, Terry Dolan was offered a major record deal with Warner Bros in 1971. Dolan tapped renowned, British session pianist Nicky Hopkins to produce (the only time he ever did so for another artist) and play keyboards on the album. Together, they put together a band of the who’s who of the San Francisco music community. Prairie Prince, founding member of Journey and The Tubes, played drums, and on bass, Lonnie Turner of the Steve Miller Band. Greg Douglass (who would go on to co-write “Jungle Love” with Turner, and join The Steve Miller Band) and John Cipollina (from the pioneering Quicksilver Messenger Service), shared guitar duties. Rounding out the group were June, Bonnie and Anita Pointer, aka The Pointer Sisters, singing backing vocals. The ensuing sessions created the mix of folk infused, high octane rock that became the Terry Dolan sound, but with only 4 of the album’s eight songs tracked and mixed, Nicky Hopkins was called on tour by The Rolling Stones, and Dolan was forced to regroup.
Side B. The unexpected departure of producer and pianist Nicky Hopkins was a major setback, but Dolan found a solution the form of Pete Sears, another virtuosic Englishman who’s numerous credits included Rod Stewart’s early solo albums. Sears would produce the album’s second side and brought on guitarist Neal Schon, who would soon co-found Journey, and drummer David Weber. Greg Douglass returned on guitar. Even considering the 6 month break and pressure from Warner Bros, it is no stretch to call Peter Sears the 'secret weapon' of Terry Dolan’s unreleased debut album. He shepherded the final 4 tracks and arranged the album into a cohesive and dynamic release. By September 1972, the album was completed and Warner’s assigned it a catalog number, BS 2669. The record was slated for a February 1973 release, however, with no explanation ever provided, just 2 months before it was to hit the record racks of the world, Terry Dolan’s debut album was cancelled, and he was dropped by the label. Adding insult to injury, Warner Bros failed to inform Dolan of their decision. Terry was devastated, but determined to forge ahead.
Less than 6 months after being dropped by Warner’s, Terry Dolan formed Terry & The Pirates, who’s revolving and evolving lineup (featuring many of the musicians on his record) became a beloved fixture of the Bay Area music scene over the next 30 years, but when he passed away on January 15th, 2012, Terry’s unreleased album had still only been heard by a handful of people. Now, 43 years later, the music still brims with soul and passion, and with this 1st time ever release of Terry Dolan’s debut album, the world can finally hear how those early sessions, and the friendships, collaborations, and glorious hours of music they spawned over the years, still echo across the ages.
The Monkees 10".....
The "Good Times" continue well into the holiday season as Monkees fans will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition vinyl EP that will collect all of the bonus tracks from "Good Times!". As part of a special Record Store Day release, Rhino Records will issue "Good Times! Plus!", featuring the 4 non-album songs that were previously only available via iTunes and exclusive retail CDs in both the US and Japan. Limited to 2500 copies worldwide, "Good Times! Plus!" will be pressed on 10" red opaque vinyl. The official track listing is, side a, "Terrifying", "Me & Magdalena" (version 2), and side b, "A Better World", "Love's What I Want".
Dave Desmelik is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist based in Brevard, North Carolina. His new album ”Lifeboat” is full of raw emotions, winding musical pathways, and intense personal feelings. Desmelik considers himself a seasoned veteran and frontline soldier in the D.I.Y. music world. As with all of his recordings and performances, his heart and soul lie exposed in these tunes. According to Desmelik, “the intent of this recording and these somewhat sparse compositions is to allow the songs to breathe and remain open for the listener to interpret however they may”.
”Lifeboat” is Dave Desmelik’s 11th self released full length album. On this collection of songs, he plays a number of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, drums, textures of hammond b3, but with a heavy foundation of 4-string cigar box guitar and baritone ukulele.
Other musicians contributing their talent on this recording include longtime band mates and friends Josh Gibbs and Andy Gibbon, the incredibly skilled Michael Ashworth (Steep Canyon Rangers), W.N.C. powerhouse Laura Blackley, and the distinctive spoken voice of Ben Hardy. Adding his 2 cents and outside of the box thinking, the mastering was done by Seth Kauffman (Floating Action).
This collection of songs is titled ”Lifeboat” because in all of the complexities and uncertainties of life, music will always be there as a safe place. A sturdy vessel designed for use in saving lives.
Warner Bros Records will issue "4ever", a brand new Prince hits collection, and the 1st new posthumous release, next month with the long awaited deluxe edition of "Purple Rain" to follow in 2017. "4ever" is a fairly comprehensive 2 CD, 40 track, collection that spans Prince’s Warner Bros era, and includes the previously unreleased "Moonbeam Levels", recorded in 1982 for the "1999" sessions. Almost everything here was a single, although Prince’s only UK number one, "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" is an unfortunate omission, it was originally issued on NPG Records, of course. This new set comes with a 12 page booklet with previously unpublished photos by Herb Ritts. No news of any vinyl version. The "Purple Rain" deluxe edition has been promised for early next year. It will definitely include a 2nd album of previously unreleased material, with plans apparently agreed with Prince before his death.
"4ever" will be released tomorrow, November 25th, 2016.
Neil Young 8.5-12.....
"The Neil Young Official Release Series Volume 3" is the next limited edition box set that includes "Long May You Run" (The Stills-Young Band), "American Stars 'N' Bars", "Comes A Time", "Rust Never Sleeps" (Neil Young & Crazy Horse) and "Live Rust" (Neil Young & Crazy Horse). "The Neil Young Official Release Series 8.5 - 12" will be released November 25th, 2016.
Paul Revere & Raiders.....
"The Spirit Of 67" was fermented in the creative highs of 1966 and Paul Revere & The Raiders were at the peak of their popularity that year, playing hundreds of concert dates, while also appearing 5 days a week on ABC’s "Where The Action Is". Released in November of 1966, "The Spirit Of 67" stands as one of the Raiders’ very best albums and includes 3 hit singles. The top 10 LP also found the band pushing their own creative boundaries and experimenting with a number of different styles. It was also the final album to include their core classic line-up, 3 key members would depart soon after its release. This deluxe edition marks the first time digital release of the hard-to-find mono mix of "The Spirit Of 67". Also included are 3 bonus tracks. The deluxe, full colour booklet also includes rare photos and extensive liner notes by noted music historian Mike Stax (Ugly Things) that feature the participation of original band members. Now Sounds, November 25th, 2016.
Kate Bush Live.....
Kate Bush will release a new live album, "Before The Dawn", which captures the titular 3 act show she performed during her 22-day residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. The album arrives November 25th, 2016, via ConcordRecords/Fish People. "Before The Dawn" is split into 3 discs, one for each set of the live show. The 1st boasts 7 hits from throughout Bush's career, the 2nd centers around Bush's seminal 1985 LP, "Hounds Of Love", while the 3rd features selections from her 2005 double album, "Aerial", and includes an unreleased song, "Tawny Moon". Bush's "Before The Dawn" residency marked the reclusive British singer's first live performances in 35 years. "I was really delighted that the shows were received so positively and so warmly, but the really unexpected part of it all was the audiences", she wrote after the residency. "Audiences that you could only ever dream of. One of the main reasons for wanting to perform live again was to have contact with that audience. They took my breath away".
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic 1972 album “Woman” by Michael McGear on November 25th, 2016. Originally released by Island Records in February 1972, “Woman” was the 1st solo album by Mike McGear (McCartney) and was a more serious record than his work with the Liverpool satirical trio Scaffold, or his work with Roger McGough on the “McGough & McGear” album. Recorded at Strawberry studios in Stockport and completed at Abbey Road studios, the album had a long gestation period and sessions featured such notable guests as organist Brian Auger, Ginger Johnson and his African drums, Andy Roberts et al, the material comprising the album was song based, interspersed with recorded dialogue between Mike and his daughter, with some lyrics provided by Roger McGough. Being removed from his work with Scaffold, “Woman” was rejected by EMI Records for release, but was eagerly signed by Island Records. Over the years, the songs on the album, including the emotive title track, have earned both appreciation and a cult following. The album’s title track was even featured in an episode of the BBC TV series “Cradle To Grave”. A gorgeous, eccentric, collection of music, “Woman” is an album to savour. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered and includes an illustrated booklet with a new interview with Mike McGear (McCartney).
Georgie Fame Box.....
Spanning more than 5 decades in music, this beautifully designed box set contains 6 discs featuring 110 tracks, 18 of which are previously unreleased. Taking in all of Georgie Fame’s hit singles, including his 3 UK chart toppers, "Survival" also collects together notable b-sides, rarities (including his very 1st instrumental recordings as a band leader), mod classics and a wealth of key album cuts. The 48 page hardback book features extensive liner notes from a new interview with Georgie by author Paolo Hewitt, as well as many unseen photographs, ensuring that this is the most comprehensive overview of a truly momentous career. Universal Music, November 25th, 2016.
Gillian Welch’s groundbreaking album ”Revival” was released 20 years ago. To commemorate the anniversary, Welch’s own Acony Records will release ”Boots No 1 - The Official Revival Bootleg” on November 25th, 2016. Personally curated and produced by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, they worked alongside archivist Glen Chausse to mine selections from their extensive vault of analog tape recordings. The 2 CD set will feature 8 previously unreleased songs, and include 21 outtakes, alternate versions, and demos from the making of the album such as the earliest home demo of “Orphan Girl”, which was recorded on a 4 track, and the rarity “Georgia Road”, a song that was only performed live once. The demo “Dry Town” was written the week after Welch and Rawlings opened for Johnny Cash. Gillian Welch is currently on tour as part of the Dave Rawlings Machine and has confirmed more tour dates in December.
”Shadowland” evokes a sense of unreality, mysterious phantoms in an indeterminate place, shrouded in uncertainty. ”Shadowland” was also the name of a roadhouse club where the first electric guitar debuted in 1932 in Wichita, Kansas, which just happens to be the town where guitarist extraordinaire Glenn Alexander cut his teeth, both literally and musically.
The music of Glenn Alexander & Shadowland brings these 2 seemingly disparate notions together into a band that evokes the soulful vibe of a historic honky tonk, while keeping you guessing on what’s comin’ next.
At its very core, ”Shadowland” is guitar driven, horn laced, in your face, raw, rockin’, soulful, blues drenched music with a down home feelin’. Led by Glenn Alexander, ”Shadowland” is comprised of a group of accomplished musicians and includes many members of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, all of whom bring something different to the party, and what a party it is.
What can you expect from ”Shadowland”? The only expectation is to show up, have a good time and soak up some damn good music.
Cowboy In Sweden.....
Lee Hazlewood spent a good part of the late 1960's traveling the globe, cutting records and inking business deals. A string of hits with Nancy Sinatra enabled Lee to build a mini media empire, Lee Hazlewood Industries, and afforded him nearly unlimited resources, for a time. By the end of the decade LHI Records had burned piles of cash, gone through a half dozen distributors and failed to achieve the kind of chart success “Boots" had promised.
Fortunately for Lee there was a land where he was still on the top of the charts, a place where women flowed like brännvin, Sweden was calling. While on an LHI promotional tour in Stockholm, Lee crossed paths with Swedish director Torbjörn Axelman. “I met Lee through my script girl, in Stockholm in 1969”, remembers Axelman. "We noticed we had very many similarities, interests, and the same backgrounds. It led to many productions during our 38 years of close partnership and friendship”. The partnership showed Lee the way forward and allowed him an easy exit strategy from the LHI house of cards that was crumbling in Los Angeles.
Light In The Attic Records is proud to continue its Lee Hazlewood Archival Series with this expanded reissue of "Cowboy In Sweden". Released as the last LHI LP, "Cowboy In Sweden" was a soundtrack to the 1970 cult classic film of the same name, starring Lee Hazlewood. The film was a surreal psychedelic account of Lee’s journey to his new homeland, while the soundtrack was a perfect compilation of Hazlewood’s strongest songs recorded over a prolific globe trotting 3 year period. The production scope of the album was the most ambitious of his career, recorded in Paris, London, Los Angeles and Stockholm, with a slew of talented session musicians, producers and arrangers.
"Cowboy In Sweden" is quite possibly the purest distillation of the Hazlewood sound, lush melancholy country pop with a pinch of humor, a dash of bummer, some beautiful ladies to sing with and even a couple anti war protest songs to be topical. The David “Bitter Sweet Symphony” Whitaker arranged orchestral pop of “What’s More I Don’t Need Her” and the stone cold Hazlewood classic “The Night Before” cemented the album as Lee’s peak on LHI Records and ironically the label’s swan song.
Light In The Attic Records, November 25th, 2016.
A 2016 2CD/1DVD 'Elevated Edition' of Jethro Tull's brilliant 1969 sophomore release. "Stand Up", featuring stereo and 5.1 mixes by Steven Wilson. Highlights include :
* Original album and bonus tracks (including a previously unreleased 'Bouree') mixed in 5.1 surround and stereo by Steven Wilson.
* 96/24 flat transfer of the original stereo master tapes, and the original mono and stereo mixes of 'Living In The Past' and 'Driving Song'.
* Video of the band performing two songs live in January 1969.
* Presented in the 'book set' format of the recent JT reissues.
* A 112-page booklet with an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson, and rare and unseen photographs.
* The original album's iconic pop-up artwork designed by James Grashow.
The 1st disc features Steven Wilson's stereo mixes of the original album, four songs recorded at the BBC, single mixes for 'Living In The Past' and 'Driving Song' and more. The 2nd disc captures Jethro Tull performing live in Sweden, where the band opened for Jimi Hendrix in January 1969. Recorded only a few weeks after Martin Barre joined the band, the concert includes songs from the band's debut in addition to 2 songs destined for 'Stand Up'. Rounding out the disc are mono single mixes of 'Living In The Past' and 'Driving Song', plus 2 radio spots promoting the album. The DVD includes concert footage of the band performing 'To Be Sad Is A Mad Way To Be' and 'Back To The Family'.
Released yesterday, November 18th, 2016.
"A Very British Synthesizer Group - The Anthology" is a new 4 disc super deluxe overview of Sheffield’s electronic pioneers The Human League. With almost 40 year of activity under their belt, this new collection seems well balanced with the 1st disc 2 discs containing largely original single versions of all their 45's, from 1978’s non-album debut "Being Boiled" to the radio edit of "Sky" (taken from 2011’s "Credo").
The 3rd CD is packed with previously unreleased early versions of 17 songs, and the DVD which completes this set is crammed full with promo videos and, more interestingly, 21 of their appearances on the BBC, including rare early appearances of the Oakey/Marsh/Ware line-up on BBC 2’s Mainstream and on Top Of The Pops (promoting the "Holiday 80" EP). The 4 disc super deluxe will come with a 58-page book with a new essay by David Buckley and a cut-down 2 CD edition (featuring just the singles) will be available, along with a half-speed remastered triple-LP vinyl edition (containing the tracks on the two-CD set). The vinyl comes with a download code. "A Very British Synthesizer Group - The Anthology" is released today, November 18th, 2016. They will support this release with a UK tour in December.
John Lennon’s 2nd wife, Yoko Ono, is not “the woman who broke up The Beatles”, as has been famously charged. But John’s devotion to her as expressed in much of his solo music, as well as her own challenging solo works, has ruffled a few feathers along the way. No matter, this fall, audiences will have a chance to hear her classic records anew, when the Secretly Canadian label kicks off a reissue project spanning her discography from 1968 to 1985.
The 1st batch of reissues, due on vinyl, CD and (for the first time) digitally was released on November 11th, 2016, will include the avant-garde releases "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" (1968) and "Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions" (1969), both recorded with Lennon, and 1970’s solo "Plastic Ono Band", released simultaneously with John’s debut solo album of the same name and ensemble, months after The Beatles’ dissolution. All are newly remastered and expanded, with reconstructed packaging and never-before-seen archival photos.
A further 8 albums, spanning from "Fly" (1971) to "Starpeace" (1985) and also including 1969’s experimental Lennon-Ono collaboration "Wedding Album", will follow in 2017.
My Darling Clementine.....
My Darling Clementine, aka Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish, have been back in the studio this summer to make album # 4. After the literary departure that was ”The Other Half”, the song and story album with crime writer Mark Billingham, the new album,”Still Testifying”, is a further step away from the classic country style that launched them with their debut ”How Do You Plead?” in 2011.
The 2013 follow up ”The Reconciliation” hinted at where they were heading but this album shows them fully at their destination. The pedal steel has given way to horns, the twang given way to wah-wah and the fiddle replaced by strings. It is more Delaney & Bonnie than George and Tammy, with the songwriting channelling the likes of Dan Penn, Micky Newbury and Bacharach & David.
The original plan was to cut it in Pasadena with Joe Henry producing at his home studio, but when Joe moved house, that domestic set up that has generated many fine albums in recent years was no long available.
The budget did not run to an LA studio so that collaboration was shelved for now, and after much soul searching it was decided the best option, for the musical direction this album was going to take, was to go back and work with Neil Brockbank who produced the debut album. Between them they pulled in an array of the finest UK musicians with a love and understanding of Stax, Fame, Hi and mid 60’s Atlantic Records. Players who between them have worked with Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Ben E King, Van Morrison, Dr John, & Doug Sahm.
If the musical landscape has changed then the message and tone of the songs stay pretty constant. 2 adults, a man and woman, singing to each, about each other, for and against each other.
The song writing process for the new album began in a tiny cottage on Long Beach, in Washington State, midway thorough a west coast tour in spring 2015. Following a show in Eugene, Oregon, Lou was rushed into a nearby hospital. Consequently 5 shows were cancelled and a week of recuperation was ordered. So, they decamped to a beach house donated by some fans from Seattle and the seeds of the new album were sown.
One of the first songs was aptly named ”Eugene”, written by Lou about the recent terrifying and upsetting events. One of King’s new songs, ”Two Lane Texaco”, portrays the demise of small town America, and of a musical golden age too. Recounting the halcyon days of early broadcasting, the Shreveport radio tower and such iconic figures as Alan Freed and Wolfman Jack.
Recording and mixing will be complete by late summer and the album planned for release in March 2017. Before then, as ever, they are back on the road. First in Scotland, then England, and onto Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Norway and Spain.
From folk, to rock, to psychedelia, to jazz, to soul, Tim Buckley continued to evolve and explore. pushing boundaries at every turn. Through the course of his career, 10 singles were issued from his 9 albums, and they are collected for the very first time on "Wings: The Complete Singles 1966–1974".
Working with producers including Paul Rothchild, Jac Holzman, Jerry Yester, and Jerry Goldstein, Buckley’s recordings always sounded incredible, each producer bringing the right feel to his progressing musical persona. With material running chronologically from his self titled debut from 1966 through 1974’s "Look At The Fool", "Wings" traces his development as an artist and writer. Of special note is the unissued 1967 single “Once Upon A Time” b/w “Lady, Give Me Your Key” with the latter making its first appearance anywhere.
The booklet features photos and ephemera, as well as an extensive, new interview with Buckley’s longtime friend and collaborator, Larry Beckett, done specifically for this collection. Mastered by Michael Graves, the audio sparkles like never before. An excellent primer for the curious and essential for those in the know, "Wings: The Complete Singles 1966–1974" lets the legacy of the great Tim Buckley fly.
Omnivore Recordings, November 18th, 2016.
The Rolling Stones.....
The Rolling Stones have launched plans for a home entertainment release for their "Havana Moon" concert film. It was released on November 11th, 2016, by Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD, BluRay, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP, Digital Video and Digital Audio plus a special Deluxe Edition. The deluxe edition contains the DVD, BluRay and 2 CD's with the above content in a 60 page hardback photobook. The film documents the band’s historic show in Havana, Cuba on March 25th, 2016.
The Last Waltz.....
The Band just launched an expansive 40th anniversary reissue campaign behind their 1978 live album and concert film, "The Last Waltz". Rhino Records will and have released 4 versions of the set, a remastered 2CD version, 4CD/BluRay deluxe edition and a 6LP deluxe edition vinyl was released November 11th, 2016, while a massive 4 CD/2BluRay collector's edition is set for release December 9th, 2016.
"The Last Waltz" finds the Band performing their iconic last concert on Thanksgiving Day 1976 at San Francisco's Winterland Theatre. The folk rock quintet, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson, were joined by a crew of all star guests, including Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Dr John, Van Morrison and Muddy Waters.
Director Martin Scorsese filmed the concert for an acclaimed documentary feature of the same name that hit theaters in April 1978. The deluxe editions feature complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, with the 180 gram vinyl version presented in an ornate lift-top box. The sets include rare performances not featured in the film, including "Furry Sings The Blues" (w/Joni Mitchell) and "All Our Past Times" (w/Eric Clapton). The CD version also features new liner notes from Ben Fong-Torres and David Fricke.
The collector's edition, limited to 2,500 copies worldwide, includes complete audio, a BluRay of the film, a 2nd BluRay with a rare 1990's interview with Scorsese and Robertson, a photo gallery and 5.1 audio mix of the original album. The set will also include a 300 page book featuring a full replication of Scorsese's shooting script, rare and previously unseen photos and a foreword by Scorsese.
The Who Box Set.....
The Who have announced details of a new box set celebrating their debut album, "My Generation". The super deluxe edition features unreleased songs, demos, mixes, remasters, new notes from Pete Townshend, 80 page book, rare memorabilia and much more. A 5 CD box set is released on November 18th, 2016, with 3LP and 2LP editions following on February 10th, 2017.
Of the super deluxe box set Pete Townshend says, “gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable, it’s wonderful for me to have these tapes made 52 years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were”.
The album contains 3 previously unreleased songs, “The Girls I Could Have Had”, “As Children We Grew”, “My Own Love”, alongside previously unheard demos and mixes.
Rhino Records just issued a 4 disc super deluxe edition of Black Sabbath‘s 2nd studio album "Paranoid". This new edition uses the 2012 remaster of the 1970 album and includes the 1974 quad mix. Bizarrely, the quad mix isn’t on a DVD or BluRay but on the CD. Since CD's cannot deliver audio in a surround sound format, this rare quad mix is folded down to stereo. It will still sound different to the master version, but the whole point of quad mixes was to deliver a surround sound experience via four channels, something this CD won’t do. The other 2 CD's contain 2 concerts from 1970, from Montreux, recorded shortly before the album was issued, and Brussels, recorded during the band’s television performance for public broadcaster RTBF. The latter has been widely bootlegged, but for this set, the entire show has been sourced directly from the RTBF master tapes for optimum quality. The 4 disc set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring new interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the "Paranoid" tour. This super deluxe edition was issued on November 11th, 2016.
Space Rock Box.....
"Space Rock : Interstellar Traveler's Guide" is an intergalactic roadmap to the most mindblowing sounds in the universe. 6 CD's of the best space rock, including Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Gong, Can, Guru Guru, Tangerine Dream, Ozric Tentacles, Nik Turner, Popol Vuh, Alice Cooper, Nektar, Chrome and many, many more. Each CD comes in its own individually designed jacket and housed in a deluxe 7″x7″ box with oversized booklet, featuring liner notes, band biographies, photos, and out of this world artwork. Purple Pyramid Records, November 18th, 2016.
Brooklyn based Americana artist Pete Sinjin returns with a resonating new collection of vivid and arresting compositions, a follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album, ”Better Angels Radio”.
With hard won experience and a novelist’s precision, Sinjin paints rich, evocative portraits of fleeting moments, stolen glances and lives in transition. ”The Heart & The Compass” represents love in all its various incarnations, tender, lost, found, nostalgic, passionate, defiant, foolish, hopeless, awe inducing,and life changing.
Produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Luna), and featuring an assortment of musicians that have supported the likes of Levon Helm, Roseanne Cash and The Lone Bellow, ”The Heart & The Compass" is already gaining comparisons in songwriting maturity to the likes of Jason Isbell and Rodney Crowell.
Robbie Robertson, of The Band, is set to release his autobiography today, November 11th, 2016, titled "Testimony". A companion piece in the form of a CD highlights some of the career highs from Robbie's career that he writes about in the book, including playing with the Hawks, the Band, Bob Dylan, as well as his own solo work.
This is the story of a time and place, the moment when rockʼn'roll became life, when legends like Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley crisscrossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, when the Beatles, Hendrix, Stones, and Warhol moved through the same streets and hotel rooms. It’s the story of exciting change as the world tumbled through the 60's and early 70's, and a generation came of age, built on music, love, and freedom. Above all, it’s the moving story of the profound friendship among 5 young men who together created a new kind of popular music.
"Testimony" is Robbie Robertson’s story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.
"Hole Hearted – A Revival In God’s Country" started as an idea. What would happen if you where to take country music into a church environment? This is nothing new, it has been done, and in many ways, still is done, all around the world. But we wanted to put country music in the context of a church service. Country music is somewhat regarded as being music for everyday people.
On the other hand, some people derogatory call it 'horse jazz'. As there are many styles of music, there are many way’s to worship. We decided that a good match would be a service in the form of a tent revival. "Hole Hearted" is a concept album and the thing that connects all the songs is the idea of living water that Jesus says flows from our inner well. Water that fills the nagging hole inside us, and makes us whole.
The result is a 7 piece band and a choir of 30 people. The country sound of dobro, fiddle, mandolin and pedal steel, combined with the power of the choir, creates the country gospel sound that we wanted to achieve, and a profound experience that puts you in contact with your inner self, and with God, fingers crossed.
Please come celebrate the release at Immanuelskyrkan, Borås, Sweden, on November 19th, 2016.
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the highly collectable and legendary 1970 album “The Road” by Quiet World tomorrow, November 11th, 2016. Formed in Lancashire in 1969 around the nucleus of three brothers, John, Lea and Neil Heather, Quiet World was a studio recording project perhaps best known for being the first album to feature future Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, with a guest appearance from Steve’s brother, John. Signed to Pye Records’ progressive imprint, Dawn, the band’s sole album was “The Road”, issued in August 1970.
An impressive concept album, Quiet World’s sole LP is now a hugely in demand collector’s item. This Esoteric Recordings reissue of “The Road” has been re-mastered and includes 6 bonus tracks, taken singles issued between 1969 and 1971.
The booklet restores the original album artwork and includes a new essay with exclusive interviews with the Heather brothers, Steve Hackett and John Hackett. It also includes previously unseen studio session photographs.
N.R.B.Q. Box Set.....
Founded in 1966 in Louisville, KY, NRBQ has given their dedicated fan base decades of great recordings and exceptional live shows in countless festivals, clubs, colleges, and concert halls. No style of music is safe around NRBQ, their 1st Columbia album, for example, ranged from Eddie Cochran to Sun Ra and their own diverse compositions have been covered by artists including Bonnie Raitt, Dave Edmunds, She & Him, Steve Earle, Los Lobos, and Widespread Panic. There are very few bands that have lasted for half a century, and the list of those that are still at the top of their creative game is even smaller.
Their legendary live shows are programmed on the spot, drawing on their own classics (“Me And The Boys”, “RC Cola And A Moon Pie”, “Wacky Tobacky”, “Ridin’ In My Car”, “12 Bar Blues” and “Christmas Wish”) along with great new material and countless other surprises. Their fans include Keith Richards, Wilco, Replacements, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., and Bob Dylan among others, and their songs have been featured on 'The Simpsons', 'Weeds' and 'Wilfred'.
With more than 30 albums recorded across 50 years they, have proven themselves to be peerless as musicians, songwriters and performers. So to celebrate 50 years of NRBQ, Omnivore Recordings is proud to present "High Noon: Highlights & Rarities From 50 Years". After so many years of brilliant, unpredictable, joyfully exciting musical explorations on stage and in the studio, it’s time to honor NRBQ. Omnivore Recordings, November 11th, 2016.
C Daniel Boling.....
2014 winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, C Daniel Boling shares experiences from a life well lived in places as far ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas. This balladeer and songwriter with the friendly tenor brings his well crafted story songs to happy audiences coast to coast and in Europe in over one hundred shows a year, from house concerts and listening rooms to major festivals.
Born into a traveling Air Force family, he later worked as a National Park Ranger (yes, the gun toting kind) and as a criminal investigator for the US Bureau Of Land Management. He started touring at 50, an age when most guys are planning their retirement. He has released 7 albums since 1999, including ”These Houses” produced by Jono Manson and to be released in late 2016 on the Berkalin Records label.
Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of characters, including himself. He plays the guitar and banjitar (a banjo and guitar hybrid) with a deft fingerpicking style that always enhances the stories, and a bit of harmonica into the bargain. His clear tenor draws positive comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger, and like Pete, Daniel is happiest when his audiences sing too.
There’s a lot of Steve Goodman in Daniel’s delivery and storytelling. You can also hear the influence of other classic folk singers and songs from the great American folk tradition. It’s no surprise that iconic Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie is his 2nd cousin. He’s had the pleasure to share the stage with Tom Chapin, Small Potatoes, Jack Williams, Tim Henderson, John Flynn and many more. He’s won numerous songwriting awards including Kerrville New Folk, Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, and Woody Guthrie Folk.
"If you're a songwriter, you always wanted her to record one of your songs", said Steve Earle of his friend, Emmylou Harris at a star-studded tribute concert honoring the country songstress last year. Earle joined several of those lucky writers, along with a long list of collaborators, friends and disciples at the event, billed "The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris - An All-Star Concert Celebration". Held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, the show boasted a set list spanning 4 decades of Harris' iconic catalog.
Lucinda Williams sang "Hickory Wind", a 1974 Gram Parsons hit later recorded by Harris, who toured in Parsons' band and recorded several albums with the late singer. Another frequent duet partner, Rodney Crowell sang "You're Still on My Mind", a song he first heard Harris sing when she was playing coffee shops in Washington back in the early 70's. Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow teamed for "Two More Bottles Of Wine", while Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Conor Oberst harmonized on "The Pearl". All were backed by a house band of country greats, Buddy Miller, Don Was, Sam Bush, Audley Freed, Fred Eltringham, Matt Rollings, Greg Leisz and Sara Watkins.
Other artists on the bill included Lee Ann Womack, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Coleman, Chris Hillman, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel Lanois, Martina McBride, Milk Carton Kids, Herb Pedersen, Shovels & Rope, Mavis Staples, John Starling, Trampled By Turtles, Holly Williams and Emmylou Harris herself, who joined friends on several tunes.
This once in a lifetime show was recorded for a live album and DVD, which will be released November 11th, 2016, via Rounder Records. Also available via BluRay and several combo packs, "The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris - An All-Star Concert Celebration" was created and produced by Blackbird Presents.
The Beatles DVD.....
Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary "Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years" is now available to pre-order on BluRay and DVD. Both formats come as 2 disc deluxe editions with 100 minutes of extras, including exclusively created featurettes and fully restored full length performances of some tracks, including 'Twist & Shout' and 'She Loves' You recorded at the ABC Theatre, Manchester in 1963 and 'Can’t Buy Me Lov'e at the NME Awards, 1964, in London. Notable by its absence however, is the Shea Stadium concert which is being shown theatrically with the film, although there is a feature called ‘Recollections Of Shea Stadium’. Apple and Universal have also chosen not to create a box set edition which combines the already issued CD with the video content. These home Entertainment editions will be issued on November 21st, 2016.
"Bowie Legacy" will be released via Parlophone in November. The album collects together a selection of Bowie’s most popular tracks and singles, from 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’, through to the final singles ‘Lazarus’ and ‘I Can’t Give Everything Away’, issued earlier this year. "Bowie Legacy" will be available as a 1CD and a deluxe 2CD from November 11th, 2016. These will be followed by a 2LP version on January 7th, 2017.
All formats of "Bowie Legacy" feature a previously unreleased version of the classic 1971 "Hunky Dory" track, ‘Life On Mars?’, remixed by its original producer Ken Scott.
From his very first recordings over 50 years ago, right through to his last album ★, David Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, icon and a constant influence on generations of writers, artists and designers. He was, and remains, a unique presence in contemporary culture.
Bowie left a legacy of inspiration in every discipline from art and fashion to acting and beyond. But, it is for his ground breaking music that he will be best remembered. "Bowie Legacy" is an introduction to a world of incredible music, just waiting to be enjoyed by a whole new generation.
R.E.M. Box Set.....
R.E.M.‘s classic 1991 album "Out Of Time" will be reissued as a special 25th anniversary edition on November 18th, 2016, across a number of formats. The top of the range 4 disc deluxe set combines the remastered album with a CD of 19 demo recordings, a CD of the band’s performance at Mountain Stage and a BluRay disc which features the album in 5.1 surround sound and hi-res stereo. The BluRay adds videos and ‘Time Piece’, an 18-minute EPK which features in-studio footage, exclusive performances and more. The demos were recorded at John Keane Studio in early 1990 and should be a fascinating listen. They include versions of "Losing My Religion" and "Texarkana" with different lyrics. A 3 LP set will include all the demos, as will a cut-down 2 CD edition of this 25th anniversary reissue. All versions will feature extensive liner notes by Annie Zaleski, featuring interviews from all four band members and producers Scott Litt and John Keane.
Another Dylan Box.....
Bob Dylan is to release a 36 CD box set containing every known recording from his 1966 concert tours of the US, UK, Europe and Australia. "Bob Dylan - The 1966 Live Recordings" will be released on November 11th, 2016, by Columbia Records and Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings. The material has been drawn from 3 main audio sources, soundboards, CBS Records mobile recordings and audience tapes.....
Ever the optimist, even in the midst of the darkest trials of his life and career, Jerad Finck wrote his powerful and provocative 2011 anthem “Runaway” about not giving up on your dreams, no matter how hard things get, and dealing with his issues head on instead of trying to escape them.
The title of the track became the perfect metaphor for the wild success of the track, which has propelled the tireless Spokane, WA, based singer and songwriter and road warrior to new heights in his career, including collaborating and co-writing tracks on his latest upcoming full length album with top producers David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Christina Perri), Steven Miller (Pink, Dave Matthews Band, Switchfoot), Andrew Williams (Five For Fighting, Jessica Simpson), and Nathan Meckel (Sara Haze, Autumn Hill). Hodges helmed “Criminal”, the infectious power-pop ballad set to be the new album’s lead single. Jerad has recently signed his new single to Kobalt Music and is preparing to launch his full length album to the radio and the public.
At one point in 2011, “Runaway” was the #1 independent song in the country, peaking at #33 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, #42 in Hot AC and #25 on the Hot AC Indicator Chart. While inspiring popular remixes by Ajax and DJ Lynnwod, the song was used by the NBA and NHL as the backdrop to videos created for each league’s finals that celebrated wins by the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Bruins. In addition to leading to Jerad’s signing with Rock Ridge and ADA/Warner Music for further distribution, the song’s enduring popularity led the Gibson Guitar endorsee to add to his already breakneck touring schedule with a near constant slate of performances everywhere from small towns in Texas to the entire east coast.
Growing up in Spokane and spending his childhood summers on his family’s farm in Odessa, Washington, Jerad has been playing music his whole life, starting with trumpet and playing jazz heavily until college. Since releasing his self titled debut album, produced by John Seymour in 2011, he’s been on the road practically non-stop, opening for and/or touring with Daughtry, Christina Perri, Edwin McCain, DADA, Vertical Horizon, Parachute, One Eskimo, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Hires, Red Wanting Blue, Ron Pope, Cracker, Ingram Hill, Tony Lucca and many others. Jerad credits his experiences touring with the highly fan interactive Sister Hazel for helping him develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with his own audiences, both onstage and off.
Martha Wainwright's 'Goodnight City' is the follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 release 'Come Home To Mama'. 'Goodnight City' features 12 brand new songs produced by Thomas Bartlett (Surfjan Stevens, Glen Hansard) and long time producer Brad Albetta. It recalls the emotional rawness of her debut album, much of it encapsulated by the captivating lead track 'Around The Bend' and her extraordinary voice. "Making 'Goodnight City' was the most fun I've had in a long time", Martha admits. "Thomas (keys), Brad (bass), Phil Melanson (drums) and I would sit in a circle and work out arrangements for these vividly different songs. Recording them live with very few overdubs the focus remains on the integrity of the song and our ability to play together as a band". Martha wrote half the songs on the album while the other half were written by friends and relatives: Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright, Michael Ondaatje and Merrill Garbus. "Because these writers know me and because I was able to personalise these songs by changing things here and there, I made them feel as if I wrote them myself", Martha explains. "Somehow they wonderfully reflect my life and I am so thankful to the other artists for writing them". 'Goodnight City' was recorded in Montreal. P.I.A.S., November 11th, 2016.
Ryan Adams recently said that his forthcoming album, which is set for release tomorrow, November 4th, 2016, was inspired by AC/DC and Bruce Hornsby. “When I run, I listen to an iPod Nano that I have”, Adams said. “I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I’ll listen to the best of stuff from the 80's, Springsteen or Hornsby, and I’ll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC’s 'Fly On The Wall' and that’s when I realized what I had to do for the record”. The album was produced by Don Was, an industry veteran that Adams likened to 'Gandolf The Gray'.
”This political season has produced a phenomenon unique in my experience. While the shading of facts, as well as the outright falsehoods designed to promote one’s objectives have been a staple of electioneering for as long as the process has existed, the current surreal and widespread public acceptance of the openly, one might say proudly, mendacious rhetoric of Donald Trump is unprecedented in our country. His chronic devaluation of verifiable fact in favor of the broadcast of unsupportable but emotionally rewarding fantasy threatens to turn our attempts at collective decision making in an irretrievably dark direction. Differences are the inevitable consequence of democracy and language is the primary tool we have as citizens to sort them out. To so radically alter the terms of public debate with a willingness to trade the truth for crowd response, will make all subsequent debate more difficult, and in some cases impossible. Words matter. Tone matters. Respect is the price of common destiny and we are bound together in that conversation regardless of affiliation. This song, 'Mendacity', is my humble stab at naming this dangerous tactic.” ~ Michael Ward
“I was musing over the phrase ‘light entertainment’, all the huge TV shows from when I was a kid, 30 million people watching them, this huge shared experience of these moments called light entertainment. Sometimes it can be leveled at people in a bad way, but for me that’s heavy entertainment. That’s what I’m hoping to do with this new album, to have a shared experience with millions of people though the medium of light entertainment, but on steroids.” ~ Robbie Williams
Columbia Records, November 4th, 2016.
Queen On Air.....
Queen‘s BBC sessions have been pulled from the vaults and remastered for a new box set scheduled for release later this year. Titled "Queen On Air - The Complete BBC Sessions" and due to arrive in stores November 4th, 2016, the set will be available in a variety of configurations, a 2CD edition, 3LP, digital and a deluxe 6 disc package adding highlights from live concert broadcasts and 220 minutes of interviews with band members. Promising a glorious snapshot of the growth of a legend, "Queen On Air" follows the band from its first BBC session in February 1973 through their 6th recording for the network in October 1977. The end result, spanning 24 tracks in all, includes what the press release describes as alternate versions of the debut single, unique takes of classic album tracks, and even a radically reworked re-imagining of one of their best-known anthems that has never previously appeared on any Queen studio release”.