Fleet Foxes.....

Fleet Foxes just announced a special limited edition collection to mark the 10th anniversary of their debut album. Entitled "First Collection 2006 – 2009", it will be released on November 9th, 2018. "First Collection 2006 – 2009" features content spanning the early days of Fleet Foxes’ career, including the self titled full length debut album on 12” vinyl, as well as the "Sun Giant" EP on 10” vinyl and the first vinyl releases of both the very limited edition, previously only self released "The Fleet Foxes EP" on 10” and "B-sides & Rarities" on 10”. In addition the release will feature a 32 page booklet including show flyers, lyrics, and artwork from the period. The special edition will also be released on CD and on all digital platforms.







The Beatles.....

Everything we know about "The White Album" is about to change. The Beatles’ 1968 masterpiece has always been been the deepest mystery in their story, their wildest, strangest, most experimental, most brilliant music. But as it turns out, "The White Album" is even weirder than anyone realized. Especially when you’re hearing it in Abbey Road, the fabled London studio where the band spent 5 long months making it. Over a couple of sunny days, and late nights, in Abbey Road, forever known as "The White Album", producer Giles Martin, son of George Martin, is a valiant guide, playing outtakes from deep in the vaults, often grabbing a guitar to demonstrate a chord change. “They were a band on fire”, he says. “It’s double or triple "Sgt. Pepper", the four walls of this studio couldn’t hold them anymore”.

Part of "The White Album" mystique is all the drama that went into it, the arguments and bad vibes are the stuff of legend. So the big shock is all the humor, excitement, and camaraderie on display in the new set. Case in Point, a previously unknown version of “Good Night” where John, Paul, George and Ringo all harmonize over folk guitar. As Martin admits, “You listen to them sing together and ask, ‘Is this 'The White Album'?”.

Yes, this is "The White Album", and the forthcoming, stunning box set goes deep into the creative frenzy the Beatles surged through in 1968. There’s a new mix from producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell, plus 4 discs of outtakes. The bonus material is full of revelations, especially the crown jewel of buried Beatle treasures, the acoutsic Esher demos.

It follows in the wake of last year’s acclaimed anniversary "Sgt Pepper". But this is a deeper dive, since the album covers so much ground. With their batteries recharged from their India retreat, all 4 were hitting new peaks as songwriters, even Ringo, who contributed “Don’t Pass Me By”. They couldn’t wait to get back into the studio. They had no idea how much trauma they were in for. George’s “Not Guilty” went through 102 takes, and still didn’t make the album. Their long suffering producer bailed after a few months. Ringo not only quit the group for a couple of weeks, he fled the country.

They drove each other to the edge making it, but that’s how they came up with the most audacious music of their lives. What comes across all over the new material is the nerve, the spontaneity, the collective risk taking, the team spirit. As the tapes roll, the lads sound surprisingly playful. At the end of one take, Paul quips, “Keep that one. Mark it fab”. They’re not afraid to indulge their craziest ideas. As Giles Martin diplomatically puts it, “The line between a final master and dicking around is narrowing down”.

The outtakes defies the conventional wisdom that this is where the band split into 4 solo artists. “Do you think the perception of the Beatles history has been tainted by their own commentary in the early 70's?”, Martin asks. “That’s what I get. I think post Beatles, when the champagne cork has flown out of the bottle, and they’ve gone their separate ways, they reacted against it. ‘Oh, to be honest we didn’t work well as a group’, and that sort of thing. Yet they never slowed down creatively. I quite like the idea of them throwing cups of tea at each other in the studio. I’m mildly disappointed not to find it. But what they’re doing is making a record”.

The deluxe and super deluxe editions finally unveil the Esher demos, which hardcore Beatle freaks have been clamoring to hear for years. In May 1968, just back from India, the group gathered at George’s bungalow in Esher to tape unplugged versions of the new songs they’d already stockpiled for the new album. Over the next days, working together or solo, they busked 27 songs. The tapes sat in a suitcase in George’s house for years. 7 tracks came out on "Anthology 3", others have never been released in any Beatle version, including John’s “Child of Nature” and George’s “Sour Milk Sea”. The Esher tapes alone make this collection essential, with a fresh homemade intimacy that’s unique. Martin says, “They’re rough takes, but spiritually, the performances stand on their own”.

This edition has new versions of other songs from the same period, "Hey Jude", “Lady Madonna”, “The Inner Light”, “Across The Universe”, but not the b-side “Hey Bulldog”, since there aren’t any outtakes, they tried it only once. They also have a bash at oldies like “Blue Moon” and “You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care)”. It shows what should have been evident all along from the original record, they sound like a true band, 4  guys who can’t stop showing off for each other, too passionate about their songs to consider backing down. Or to notice everyone around them cracking under the strain, even the stoic mr Martin. His son explains, “There was no schedule, and he loved a schedule”.

Of course, the essence of "The White Album" is that everyone hears it differently, including the Beatles themselves. They clashed over what to include, what to leave out, whether it should have been edited down to a single record. Years later, in the "Anthology" documentary, they were still arguing over it. This edition will fire up those arguments. But even for fans who know the original album inside out, it’s a whole new experience, one that will permanently change how we think and talk about the Beatles.

Apple Records, November 9th, 2018.




Rosanne Cash.....

Country songstress Rosanne Cash has announced a new album. On November 2nd, 2018, she’ll return with "She Remembers Everything", a 10 track effort featuring appearances from the likes of Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson and Sam Phillips. "She Remembers Everything" is the follow up to the 2014 album that won Cash 3 Grammys, "The River & The Thread". This time around, she’s writing more personally, as well as exploring the many female narratives of the #metoo age.

“There is a woman’s real life, complex experiences and layered understanding in these songs”, Cash says in a statement. “I could not have written them 10 years ago, not even close. Time is shorter, I have more to say”. On the ballad “She Remembers Everything”, which features Phillips, Cash is thoughtful and searing. “Who knows who she used to be before it all went dark?”, she sings. “Everyone But Me” is just as emotional, though it’s even more somber. Writing about #metoo isn’t Cash’s first traipse into political territory. Last year, she penned an op-ed for the New York Times, rallying the country music community to embrace stricter gun control laws and condemning the National Rifle Association. "She Remembers Everything" will also be available as a deluxe box set containing personal letters from Costello and Phillips, and exclusive live recordings with Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams.




Paul Stephenson.....

01. Unexceptional Day 
02. Crying Shame 
03. Silence Is Deafening 
04. Handfuls Of Sand 
05. You Played Julia 
06. Till Kingdom Come 
07. Like Irene 
08. Only Lovers Understand 
09. Yes I Do 
10. The Mists Of Pity Me 
11. Patience Of A Saint 
12. The Long Haul 
13. The Painter's Hand 
14. When The Rain Begins To Fall

Stockfisch Records, October 19th, 2018.




Pistol Annies.....

Pistol Annies, the acclaimed side project of Angaleena Presley, Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert, have set November 2nd, 2018, as the release date for their 3rd album "Interstate Gospel". The album is the follow up to 2013’s "Annie Up", and features songs written by all 3 artists together, with one exception, the album’s closing track, “This Too Shall Pass”. penned by Monroe and Presley.

The platinum selling group, whose adherence to musical tradition has permeated each of their collaborative albums, initially revealed the track listing for the new project through postcards mailed directly to fans. From the riotous, harmony soaked “Got My Name Changed Back”, to the ironic and poignant “Best Years Of My Life”, the LP spotlights the trio’s emphasis on Classic country storytelling from a modern female perspective.

Pistol Annies will preview the new music at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 25th and will follow that on November 2nd with an appearance at the Town Hall in New York City. The trio of intimate concert events concludes on November 7th at Novo in Los Angeles.




More Blood & Tracks.....

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan's "More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol 14" on November 2nd, 2018.

The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy's highly acclaimed 'Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 'makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Bob Dylan during 6 extraordinary sessions in 1974, 4 in New York (September 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th) and 2 in Minneapolis (December 27th, 30th), that resulted in the artist's 1975 masterpiece, "Blood On The Tracks". One of the top selling albums of Dylan's career, "Blood On The Tracks" redefined the boundaries and structures of modern pop songwriting, a genre Dylan had virtually invented a decade prior, reached # 1 on the Billboard 200, achieved 2 x platinum status and was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2015.

"Blood On The Tracks" was originally recorded during 4 days in New York City in September, 1974. Soon thereafter, the album was mastered and review copies began to circulate. A few months later, Dylan felt the album needed a different approach and rerecorded 5 of the tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios beginning in late December of that year. While a few of the outtakes from the original New York sessions have been highly prized by bootleggers and collectors, most of these recordings have never been available in any format.

The single disc and 2 LP configuration of "More Blood, More Tracks" assembles 10 of the most emotionally resonant alternate takes of each of the 10 songs appearing the original "Blood On The Tracks" plus a previously unreleased version of "Up to Me".

The 6 CD full length deluxe version of Bob Dylan's "More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol 14" includes the complete New York sessions in chronological order including outtakes, false starts and studio banter. The album's producers have worked from best sources available, in most cases utilizing the original multi track session tapes.

The only recordings remaining from the Minneapolis Sound 80 sessions are the multi track masters of the 5 performances included on the finished "Blood On The Tracks" album. Each of these has been remixed and remastered for the deluxe edition of "More Blood, More Tracks".

In his liner notes for "More Blood, More Tracks", Jeff Slate observes that, "Dylan cut each of these amazing performances, some of the best he ever committed to tape, one after the other, live in the studio, without headphones, and without the types of overdubs that most performers rely on to make their records sound finished. Instead, on these tracks, we find Dylan, just a singer with a guitar and a harmonica and a batch of great songs, delivering performances that thrill you when they’re supposed to and break your heart when they need to. The performances are also in the purest state we’ve ever experienced them. During the production of 'Blood On The Tracks', Dylan asked producer Phil Ramone to speed up many of the masters by 2-3%, a common practice in the 60's and 70's, especially for records sent to AM radio. It was thought that doing so would give the songs a little extra bounce to better engage listeners. Most of the songs from the New York sessions that previously circulated, officially and unofficially, are the sped up versions that Dylan requested. On 'More Blood, More Tracks', for the first time, we’re hearing the songs exactly as Dylan recorded them".

Bob Dylan's "More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol 14" will also be available as a single CD or 2 LP configuration showcasing 11 essential tracks from the New York A&R Studio sessions.

The deluxe box set is a limited edition. After it sells out, no additional copies will be made. This set includes a hardcover photo book featuring liner notes by rock historian Jeff Slate and a complete reproduction of one of Dylan's legendary handwritten 57 page notebooks, where you can follow the lyrical development of the songs that would eventually comprise "Blood On The Tracks".




Eagles Legacy.....

Eagles created an indelible musical legacy over an extraordinary career that spans more than 40 years and includes 6 #1  albums, more than a dozen Top 40 hits, and 6 Grammy Awards. This fall, "Legacy" will bring together all the music that made the Eagles one of the best selling bands in music history in one extraordinary collection.
2 versions of "Legacy" will be available on November 2nd, 2018. The 1st has 12 CD's and includes all 7 of the band’s studio albums, 3 live albums, and a compilation of singles and b-sides. It also includes 2 concert videos, "Hell Freezes Over on DVD and "Farewell Tour : Live From Melbourne on BluRay.
A vinyl version of "Legacy" will also be available the same day. It has all the music from the CD's on 15 LP's, but none of the videos. Both sets are housed in handsome slipcases and accompanied by a 52-page hardbound book that’s filled with rare and unseen photos, memorabilia, and artwork that encompasses the band’s entire career.
Grammy winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig remastered "Hell Freezes Over" and "Millennium Concert" especially for "Legacy". Both albums, along with several tracks from the "Singles & B-Sides" compilation, are being released on vinyl for the first time ever as part of this collection. In addition, the phenomenal double album "Eagles Live" is making its long awaited return to vinyl in this set after being out of print for decades.




Jorge Calderon.....

"'Blue Rhythm Highway' is my 1st record in many years. At the urging of my long time friend Jackson Browne, I went into his studio to record 'Blue City' and 'On Mardi Gras Day'. Then consequently many other songs to complete this CD. I've always chosen to ride the blue rhythm highway, a road where the afro caribbean sounds of my youth blend with those rolling rhythms that rock the blues and feed on street-bred beats, shaking my soul like a steady moving train. Painting the backdrop to my travels, 'Sky Blue Chevrolet' opens the record and bookends with 'Down By The Breadfruit Trees', which speaks to where I stand at this moment of the journey. In between, I share observations, dedications, plus a few raw tales and conversations along the blue rhythm highway." ~ Jorge Calderon






On October 26th, 2018, David Crosby will release "Here If You Listen", his 4th solo album in 5 years. It’s an unexpected run that proves his musical passion to be as powerful as ever. With "Here If You Listen", the 77 year old singer songwriter continues the singular creative streak, delivering one of his most joyfully adventurous albums yet in a career that spans 6 auspicious decades. On "Here If You Listen", Crosby again joins forces with the 3 musicians who helped lend his 2016 album "Lighthouse", and the tour in support of the album, its captivating grace. Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens. But in a purposeful departure from "Lighthouse", "Here If You Listen" emerges as a highly collaborative effort, with all 4 artists trading off lead vocals and bringing their distinct songwriting to the mix.

“If leaving a group like Crosby Stills & Nash was like jumping off a cliff, then finding the Lighthouse Band was like growing wings halfway down”, says Crosby. “These three people are so startlingly talented, I literally couldn’t resist making this album with them”.

Produced by League and co-produced by Stevens, Willis and Crosby, "Here If You Listen" bears a stripped down, acoustically driven sound centered on the band’s stunning harmonies. But despite its sonic simplicity and minimal percussion, the album unfolds in infinitely shifting textures that find each musician tapping into their own carefully honed palette and idiosyncratic sensibilities.

“The songs are taking on all of our collective influences, which is kind of crazy if you think about it, hearing the influence of Björk on a song with David Crosby lyrics, for example”, League notes.

With most of the album written collaboratively in League’s Brooklyn studio Atlantic Sound, "Here If You Listen" matches its intricate arrangements with lyrics both raw in emotion and rich in insight. Attuned to the chaos of the present day but visionary in perspective, the songs question, challenge, and demand self reflection just as often as they illuminate and soothe.

From song to song, "Here If You Listen" radiates the palpable sense of joy and wonder each musician brought to the album’s creation. “I love that it genuinely sounds like what happened, 4 people from different backgrounds with mutual respect and commitment to their work, coming together to create something they found meaningful”, says Willis.




Crazy Arthur Brown.....

Back in the summer of 1968, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown were on top of the world. Famously promoted by performances with Arthur Brown wearing a burning helmet, "Fire!" was a massive worldwide hit, topping the charts in the UK and Canada, and eventually reaching # 2 in the US, France, Germany, Austria, Holland and Ireland. The band’s 2nd single on Track Records, co-produced by The Who’s Pete Townshend, bridged the gap between London’s flourishing, colourful psychedelic underground and the mainstream pop scene.

The resulting album, "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown", was a theatrical, ambitious concept album based around the elements, fire being just one of four, of course. Such was the huge impact of "Fire!" that the album sold in huge quantities, peaking at # 2 in the UK and # 7 in the US. The Beatles were the only other British band to enjoy such unprecedented sales with such ambitious, psychedelic LP's.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark record, Cherry Red are delighted to present this deluxe edition box set of "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown". Alongside the stereo album and numerous bonus tracks, the rare mono mix appears on CD for the 1st time, as well as 3 additional, previously unissued BBC sessions and 4 other radio recordings, plus a handful of pre-Track recordings by Arthur Brown before he formed Crazy World.

Millions of people discovered the delights of Arthur Brown, rock’s supreme showman, and his influence would be felt the following decade when Alice Cooper acknowledged his debt to Arthur’s genius.

Lavishly packaged within a 12” x 12” box set, and complete with a stereo vinyl replica of the original LP and a poster, "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown" is augmented by a 12 000 word sleeve note from Mojo magazine’s Mark Paytress, including fresh quotes from Arthur and others, alongside a wealth of illustrations and three previously unissued photos from the original front cover session.

Cherry Red Records, October 26th, 2018.




R.E.M. @ B.B.C.....

Universal Music will issue "REM At The BBC" in October, a massive 8 CD + 1 DVD R.E.M. box set that comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives.

The box set features in studio performances such as a John Peel Session (1998), Drivetime and Mark and Lard appearances (2003) and a Radio 1 Live Lounge performance (2008). Amongst the live broadcasts are a show from Nottingham’s Rock City (1984), the 1995 Milton Keynes Monster Tour, the 1999 Glastonbury headline set and an invitation only 2004 show at London’s St James’s Church. In total there are 8 CD's of this kind of audio.

The DVD that completes the set kicks off with a 60 minute "Accelerating Backwards" documentary, previously broadcast in the UK, but never available commercially,  and also offers a complete 1998 "Later…With Jools Holland" episode dedicated to the band, plus TV appearances on Top Of The Pops and more.

"The Best Of R.E.M. At The BBC" offers highlights from the big box set on 2 LP's and 2 CD's. All 3 formats are issued on October 19th, 2018.




Ted Vaughn.....

The Ted Vaughn Blues Band's latest release, "It Takes A Man to Play the Blues", features some of the worlds most notorious blues musicians .

The rhythm section includes veteran drummer Drawback Slim and bassman Dave Stump. Drawback Slim has shared stages with national acts such as James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Earl King, while Dave Stump has performed with members of the iconic Savoy Brown.

The incredibly tasty guitar licks are provided by veteran guitarist Greg Dodds, and the multi award winning godfather of the pacific northwest blues scene, Garry Meziere. Producer Leon Forrest lays down the keyboards, and Ted himself handles the vocals and harmonica.

The new album features 8 original tunes and 2 completely revamped covers. Produced by Leon Forrest and engineered by Paul Carlsen.

If this don't get you on your feet, nothing will. Soul fixin' blues, Texas Style.




Colter Wall.....

Colter Wall is bar none the best young singer songwriter I’ve seen in 20 years” ~ Steve Earle

“Colter sings and writes songs in ways seemingly lost in time, there is an agelessness about him so unusual in someone so young” ~ Rick Rubin

“One thing I’ve noticed over the last few years, in the US and playing in Europe, is that people all over the world really don’t know much about Canada at all. When you talk about Saskatchewan, people really have no idea. Part of it is because there are so few people there. It’s an empty place, it makes sense that people don’t know much about it. But that’s my home, so naturally I’m passionate about it. With this record, I really wanted people to look at our Western heritage and our culture. I went into the studio and knew exactly the story I wanted to tell. That made it easier on a sonic level and a musical level, to be able to tell Dave Cobb that it’s a record about my home. That changes it at the roots level because it’s like having a mission statement, saying, and ‘all right, let’s make a western album’.” ~ Colter Wall

Thirty Tigers, October 12th, 2018.




A Monkee Xmas.....

2 years after their shockingly great 50th anniversary album "Good Times!", which gave them their highest showing on the album chart since 1968, The Monkees have returned to the studio to cut "Christmas Party", their 1st holiday album. Set for release October 12th, 2018, Fountain of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger produced the album with new vocals by surviving Monkees Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, along with vintage recordings of the late Day Jones.

"Christmas Party" features new songs written by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo (“What Would Santa Do”) and Andy Partridge of XTC (“Unwrap You At Christmas”). Novelist Michael Chabon and Schlesinger collaborated on “House Of Broken Gingerbread”, while R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 wrote the title track and play on a cover of Big Star’s “Jesus Christ”. Nesmith didn’t write any songs for the album, but he does sing lead on “The Christmas Song” and “Snowfall”. Other tracks on the album include “Wonderful Christmastime”, “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “Merry Christmas, Baby”. “Silver Bells” and “Mele Kalikimaka” contain Davy Jones vocals, seemingly drawn from his 1976 LP "Christmas Jones", that have been paired with newly recorded music. The rest of the songs were recorded in their entirety this year.




Amy Ray's Holler.....

Amy Ray, still thriving as one half of folk duo Indigo Girls, released her solo album, "Holler" last month. Containing 14 new songs by Ray, "Holler" was released September 28th, 2018, on Daemon Records via the Compass Records Group. Ray and her recording and touring band will kick off a US tour on October 23rd, 2018, and another run in the spring of2019.

Inspired by her Southern upbringing and her home in rural Georgia, "Holler" finds Ray once again displaying her knack for straddling the line between the personal and the political on these songs. Ray says: "The songs are all my own compositions and tell stories of late nights, love, addiction, immigration, despair, honkytonks, growing up in the south, touring for decades, being born in the midst of the civil rights movement, and the constant struggle to find balance in the life of a left wing southerner who loves Jesus, her homeland and its people".
There is a tip of the hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release, "Harlan County", and songs inspired by the film 'Winter's Bone', Appalachian poet Byron Herbert Reece and writer Toni Cade Bambara. Along with her touring and recording band, "Holler" features a horn section on some tracks and appearances by Justin Vernon, Phil Cook, Derek Trucks, Brandi Carlile, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Wood Brothers, Vince Gill and more, which illustrates not only just how broad Amy’s musical tastes are, but how widely she’s respected among her musical peers.

Thoughtful and musically fluid, Ray, like many Southern artists, grapples with love for her heritage, both musical and personal, and her own, more inclusive values. It’s that drive and artistic commitment that has made Ray’s career so full of unforgettable songs, and "Holler" feels like a culmination.




The Plastic Pals.....

On their 3rd album, "Psychic Reader", Stockholm guitar slingers The Plastic Pals flirt with glam, ska, pub rock and 70's soul and funk. But the band still stay true to their patented twin guitar, drums and bass sound, drawing inspiration from 70's CBGB’s rock and the Paisley Underground, with a dash of powerpop, psychedelia and blue eyed soul.

"Psychic Reader" features guest appearances from Camper Van Beethoven violinist Jonathan Segel, Polynesian and Swedish chanteuse Tiare Helberg, Peter Forsman, from Swedish band Into Deep Water, Italian keyboardist Francesco Bonfiglio from Lowlands, and, as on previous, albums, Green On Red’s Chris Cacavas on keyboards.

“Question is whether the band ever sounded this good”, Swedish music critic Pär Berglund, Meadow Music, wrote on The Plastic Pals’ single "Riding With Elvis",  featured on the album as a remix by acclaimed US producer JD Foster.

"Psychic Reader’s" 10 songs tell tales of visits to London and New York, lost friends, loves and chance encounters, and there’s no question, the band never sounded this good.




Blondie Box Set.....

Blondie will next year issue a comprehensive "Complete Studio Recordings" box set that will gather albums, rarities and some unreleased material. "The Complete Studio Recordings 1975 - 1982" box set will be available on vinyl and CD and will feature the first 6 albums remastered from the analogue tapes, along with 2 bonus discs of b-sides, rarities and previously unreleased curiosities from deep in the Blondie vault.




Cheap Thrills.....

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Brother & The Holding Company's major label debut with the premiere release of "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" on November 30th, 2018.

Released at last under its original title, nixed by the label as too controversial a half century ago, "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" restores the band's vision and intent in an essential new collection of 30 rare performances including 29 studio outtakes, 25 previously unreleased, from the mythic 1968 sessions that generated Big Brother & The Holding Company's "Cheap Thrills", the breakout album that introduced Janis Joplin to the world. "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" debuts a previously unreleased live performance of "Ball And Chain" recorded live at the Winterland Ballroom on April 12th, 1968.

"Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" includes liner notes penned especially for this commemorative release by Jefferson Airplane front woman Grace Slick and Big Brother & The Holding Company drummer David Getz. "Then I heard that voice", writes Slick. "Good Lord, spontaneous explosions of every emotion, no holds barred. Janis had no trouble sliding from the apron clad 50's into the no bra 60's. We all took every advantage of the new freedoms, and it was reflected in the music. This album, because of its worldwide success, made it possible for everybody to hear the phenomenon that was previously limited to the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, a new generation gets the 'Cheap Thrills' experience to enjoy".

Originally released on August 12th, 1968, "Cheap Thrills" was an out of the box smash, a # 1 album that, building on the heat she'd generated at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, established Janis Joplin as rock's foremost primordial psychedelic soul singer, a musical archetype whose influence has never waned. "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" revisits those 1968 sessions and shines a new light on the genius of Janis Joplin and the incredible chemistry she shared with her bandmates in Big Brother & The Holding Company.

The original "Cheap Thrills" featured dubbed in crowd noise to create the sonic illusion of a live album, though only "Ball And Chain" was actually recorded in concert. An alternate live version of the song, recorded at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on April 12th, 1968, is included on "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills". The album was the culmination of several years of hard work for the psychedelic quintet, consisting of Joplin on lead vocals, Sam Andrew and James Gurley on guitar, Peter Albin on bass and Dave Getz on drums. In 1967, a year after recruiting Joplin, they released their self titled debut album while continuing to build a devoted fan base in their native San Francisco and the Bay Area.

A performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 earned Big Brother national recognition, with Joplin's unrestrained full tilt delivery bringing audiences to their feet. Clive Davis, then president of CBS Records, attended the group's performance and signed Big Brother & The Holding Company to Columbia Records. Produced by John Simon, "Cheap Thrills" was the pure distillation of the band's raw talent and bleeding edge instrumental prowess, with compelling originals, as well as covers of jazz and blues favorites.

"'Cheap Thrills' seems to have stood the test of time", writes Dave Getz in his notes for "Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills". "It might be because it is arguably the greatest work by a great artist, Janis Joplin. It is certainly the greatest and closest representation of what Big Brother & The Holding Company was as a band and I would add to that argument that Big Brother and Janis as a band, and as a sound, was the embodiment of the San Francisco, psychedelic, counter culture of the 60's. On another, more metaphorical level and in the perspective created by the distance of 50 years, I see 'Cheap Thrills' as a time capsule for the year 1968. That year might have been the moment when it all came to a boil for Big Brother, Janis and the entire 60's, acid infused, revved to the max, counter culture generation".

"Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills" will be available in a 2 CD set with 30 tracks and a 2 LP set with 16 tracks.




Electric Ladyland.....

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience masterpiece "Electric Ladyland", Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing a deluxe edition box set on November 9th, 2018. Available as either a 3 CD and 1 BluRay set or a 6 LP and 1 BluRay set, both packages include the original double album, now newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes. For the LP set, Grundman prepared an all analog direct to disc vinyl transfer of the album, preserving the authenticity. Also included is "Electric Ladyland : The Early Takes", which presents demos and studio outtakes from this period in Hendrix’s career, plus a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the entire original album by Hendrix’s original engineer Eddie Kramer. This marks the first and only time this has been done with a Hendrix studio album, and gives listeners the original stereo mixes in uncompressed 24 bit/96 kz high resolution audio."Jimi Hendrix Experience : Live At The Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68", part of Experience Hendrix’s Dagger Records official bootleg series, is another exclusive component. The never before released recording captures the band and the mounting excitement that took place just weeks before the release of "Electric Ladyland". The BluRay also includes the acclaimed, feature length documentary "At Last… The Beginning : The Making Of Electric Ladyland."

Lastly, the "Electric Ladyland" deluxe edition includes a full color, 48 page book containing Jimi’s handwritten lyrics, poem and instructions to his record label, as well as never before published photos from the recording sessions that were shot by Eddie Kramer himself.

“I had always dreamed of mixing Electric Ladyland in 5.1 surround sound”, says Eddie Kramer, who engineered every Hendrix album made during his life, and produced or co-produced nearly all of his posthumous material. “It always felt to me as the perfect vehicle for the kind of adventuresome stuff that Jimi and I were trying to do in 1968. The visceral thrill when we completed the first surround mix of ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ was palpable. It was an overwhelming experience, pun intended. We viewed this song as the surround test and the moment I heard it I flashed back on those moments when Jimi and I were mixing the stereo album, laughing at our attempts to find that elusive sound”. The BluRay for the "Electric Ladyland" deluxe edition will contain these 5.1 surround sound mixes, a first for any studio album in the Hendrix canon.

The new cover art, a Linda McCartney Eastman photograph of the band and children at the statue of Alice In Wonderland in New York’s Central Park, was Hendrix’s own choice of imagery for the album’s cover image. The shot was relegated to the inside of the US version on Reprise Records, printed in black and white. The UK version of the album released by Track Records didn’t include the photo at all, and instead featured a gatefold photo of 19 naked women, which Hendrix famously abhorred. For the first time ever, the Linda Eastman photo, in full color, will grace the cover of "Electric Ladyland", true to Jimi Hendrix’s original vision.

The 3rd album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Electric Ladyland" was the last Hendrix studio album to have been released during the guitar icon’s lifetime and reflects his meticulous involvement in every facet of its creation. In his essay, included in the full color 12” x 12” book that comes with the set, veteran Rolling Stone contributor David Fricke contends, “Electric Ladyland is the guitarist at a visceral, pictorial peak in his playing and his exploration of the recording studio as an instrument of composition and narrative”.

Originally released on October 16th, 1968, "Electric Ladyland" is the source of such legendary Hendrix tracks as “All Along The Watchtower”, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, “Crosstown Traffic” and “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp”. It is commonly acknowledged by Hendrix cognoscenti as the most fully realized, cohesive project of his entire career. The only Hendrix album to have hit #1 on the Billboard charts, it is, indisputably, the crowning achievement of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and underscored Hendrix's abilities as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. It remains his most popular selling album outside the US, outpacing the guitarist’s groundbreaking debut LP "Are You Experienced".

Notable for being the 1st album produced and directed by Jimi Hendrix, "Electric Ladyland" was largely recorded after Hendrix split from Chas Chandler, the former member of the Animals who found Hendrix in New York and brought him to the UK, co-managing his career and producing the first 2 Experience albums. There is also the introduction of outside players, namely Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and Dave Mason of Traffic, Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, bass on “Voodoo Chile”, and Hendrix’s own future Band of Gypsys band mate Buddy Miles, drums on “Rainy Day, Dream Away” and “Still Raining, Still Dreaming”. As a result of the growing tension between Hendrix and Experience bassist Noel Redding, who parted ways the following year, Hendrix took it upon himself to play bass on most of the songs, including the cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”, the only Jimi Hendrix Experience single to reach Billboard’s top 20. Widely considered one of the greatest interpretations ever recorded, Dylan professed in 1995 that Hendrix found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. By 1974, Dylan demonstrated the ultimate show of respect when he began using Hendrix’s template to perform his own song.

"Electric Ladyland : The Early Takes" consists of demos for song ideas Hendrix recorded himself on a Teac reel to reel tape machine in early 1968, as well as early sessions at Sound Center and the Record Plant in New York. Previously unreleased versions of “Angel Caterina” and “Little Miss Strange” feature guest appearances from Buddy Miles and Stephen Stills. “Long Hot Summer” features Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell with Al Kooper on piano, and “At Last... The Beginning” is an early version of what would become “…And The Gods Made Love”. Jimi’s demos, recorded in March 1968 while he resided at the Drake Hotel in Manhattan included formative renditions of such classic songs as “Voodoo Chile” and “Gypsy Eyes”, as well as fascinating sketches of songs such as “Angel” and “My Friend” which, despite their quality, did not make the album.

The "Electric Ladyland" deluxe edition includes the previously unreleased live album "Jimi Hendrix Experience : Live At The Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68", part of Experience Hendrix’s official bootleg series. This live album documents their triumphant Los Angeles concert held a few weeks before "Electric Ladyland" was released. The recently discovered 2 track soundboard recording captures the energy that had the audience in such a frenzy that many concert goers jumped into the reflecting pool that separated the bandstand from the seats. "Live At The Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68" includes selections from all 3 Experience albums, as well as a cover of Cream’s smash hit “Sunshine Of Your Love”. The accompanying book is filled with unpublished photos that follow the band at the Bowl, from afternoon rehearsal, to backstage to the performance itself.

"At Last… The Beginning : The Making Of Electric Ladyland" documents the creation of the legendary double album. Some of Jimi’s closest associates are seen on screen discussing their first hand recollections of Hendrix and the project including bassist Noel Redding, drummer Mitch Mitchell, manager Chas Chandler, Buddy Miles, Jack Casady, Steve Winwood, Dave Mason and others who participated in the "Electric Ladyland" sessions. One of the highlights of the program includes demonstrations by Eddie Kramer, who discusses the techniques Hendrix, Mitchell and Redding employed in recording the album, playing some of the original multitrack tapes to illustrate the process. "At Last… The Beginning : The Making Of Electric Ladyland" is the definitive telling of the story.

The accompanying 48 page full color book contains essays by music critic David Fricke and producer John McDermott. It is filled with detailed recording information and unpublished photos, including many taken by Eddie Kramer during the recording of the album. Fans get a rare look at Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics and instructions to his label Warner Bros for the album, drawn from his personal notebook, as well as original Warner Bros internal memos and alternate artwork for the album.





"Mine" is the 5th full length album by the hard traveling, foot stomping roots duo known as Swampcandy. Set for release in October, "Mine" is 13 songs of acoustic and electric americana heavily influenced by primitive blues, world music, hard driving rock'n'roll, rotgut whiskey, almost 2 000 live shows and 100's of 1 000's of road miles. The tales they spin are sometimes moral, sometimes dark, yet always timeless. Sonically, the material weaves seamlessly between the incredibly full sound created by the core band, guitarist and vocalist Ruben Dobbs and bassist and foot drummer Joey Mitchell, and the ultimate vision of the songs replete with keyboards, strings, vibes and more.

Just over half of the songs on this album were recorded during the "Land" sessions, the rest were tracked and fleshed out over the last 2 years. There are some concepts involved in this release as well. Together, the previous album "Land", combined with "Mine", create the grand vinyl release Swampcandy "Landmine". The gatefolds of each album when opened and placed one below the other create the board game Swampcandyland that comes with instructions, playing pieces, dice and mysterious “The Flask Of Question”. Just like their music, the game is open to interpretation.

"This album evolved very organically", Dobbs explains. "About a year after 'Land' was done I started working on material that would become 'Mine' and I started seeing how the 2 could be tied together. The concept of the game came during the recording of 'Land'. The song 'Swampcandyland' came 1st, for the album, and then the idea of the game emerged. I brought in my friends who help me with creative stuff, and we came up with the entire concept, then we tested it and woke up a day later and saw it was good".

Despite being the theoretical musical bookend to "Land", "Mine" is its' own album, one that marks a bold departure for Swampcandy from a roots band dabbling in other genres to a band expanding its scope and confidently writing the next chapter of its musical journey. From standard power trio arrangements to ragtime, aggressive finger picking, alongside Hammond B3 organ and grand piano, instruments from the far flung reaches of the earth nestled in with fiddles and violins, violas, cellos, upright bass and slide guitar, there is bound to be something for everyone on "Mine".





Steven Wilson.....

Steven Wilson is to release a concert film, "Home Invasion : In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall", in November on various audio video formats and later as a special limited edition 5 LP vinyl box set. This concert recording captures the last show of the 3 night run in the historic London venue from March this year, as Steven Wilson was coming to the end of his European 'To The Bone' tour.

This release is being issued across an number of formats, namely BluRay + 2 CD, DVD + 2 CD and standalone BluRay and DVD. There isn’t a 2 D option but the soundtrack to the film will be available as a deluxe 5 LP vinyl box set due next year. The CDs include the full soundtrack of the concert across 2 discs, while the vinyl box actually offers 6 extra tracks, three soundcheck songs, included as bonus content on the BluRay and DVD, and 3 songs from the previous night’s performance. Those last 3 weren’t performed at all during the filming, so are therefore exclusive to the vinyl.

As you’d expect from the 5.1 mixing maestro, the BluRay and DVD offer 5.1 surround mixes of the concert. The vinyl box features 5 180 g vinyl records, which all come with printed outer sleeves and plain poly lined inner bags. These are housed in a rigid slipcase with a deluxe foil blocking and embossed finish on the cover and spine. The vinyl box also includes a 32-page large format booklet.

The vinyl box features five 180g vinyl records which all come with printed outer sleeves and plain poly-lined inner bags. These are housed in a rigid slipcase with a deluxe foil-blocking and embossed finish on the cover and spine. The vinyl box also includes a 32-page large format booklet.

"Home Invasion : In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall" is released on video formats and combo packs on November 2nd, 2018, by Eagle Rock. Vinyl fans require some patience as the 5 LP box set won’t be released until March 22nd, 2019 through Caroline International.




Mott The Hoople.....

Universal Music will in November issue "Mental Train : The Island Years 1969 - 1971", a new 6 disc Mott The Hoople box set which delivers everything the band recorded during their time at Island Records including many bonus tracks and unreleased material. "Mental Train" includes the 4 albums, "Mott The Hoople" (1969), "Mad Shadows" (1970), "Wildlife" (1970) and "Brain Capers" (1971), each of which include 8 or 9 bonus tracks, including a-sides, b-sides, demos, rehearsals and alternate takes. The 5th CD includes more unheard and unreleased music from the Island archive while the final disc features live material recorded at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, on September 13th, 1970, and a 'BBC Radio One In Concert' show from the Paris Theatre, London, on December 30th, 1971. The studio albums have all been remastered from the original tapes by Andy Pearce and this set comes in what looks like the familiar Universal shoebox package with a a 50-page booklet designed by Phil Smee with sleeve notes by Kris Needs. "Mental Train : The Island Years 1969 - 1971" will be released on November 2nd, 2018.




2 x Badfinger.....

Real Gone Music is taking a bite of the apple this fall with a special pair of newly remastered and generously expanded reissues from Badfinger. The band’s 2 underrated Warner Bros albums are getting the deluxe treatment from the label on November 2nd, 2018.

Following 5 albums for The Beatles’ Apple label, including one as The Iveys in 1969, the hitmaking band behind “Come and Get It” and “Day After Day” decamped their fab home for the Warner Bros label. The quartet of Pete Ham, Tom Evans, Joey Molland and Mike Gibbins announced their artistic rebirth by titling the album, simply, "Badfinger". Producer Chris Thomas resumed work with the group in 1973 shortly after completing Apple swansong "Ass", which was released in November 1973 in the US and March 1974 abroad. "Badfinger‘s" arrival actually preceded the UK release of "Ass", arriving in stores in February 1974.

Consisting entirely of group originals, the album nonetheless failed to ignite the charts. Molland’s “Love Is Easy”, released in the UK as a single, failed to make the charts.  The choice for the American market, Ham’s “I Miss You”, also missed the commercial mark. With the band also engaged in litigation with Apple, "Badfinger" didn’t stand much of a chance. It peaked at # 161 on the Billboard 200, becoming the group’s lowest charting album.

Undeterred, Badfinger regrouped with Thomas in the spring of 1974 at the famed Caribou Ranch in Colorado, the same studio where Elton John, Chicago and Beach Boys all called home at one time or another. The album eventually titled "Wish You Were Here" would be the band’s 2nd and last album for Warner Bros, as well as the final album by the original foursome. With just 9 tracks all written by band members, "Wish You Were Here" was received more favorably than its predecessor upon its November 1974 release. Today, some pundits even consider it Badfinger’s best, most cohesive album. But just weeks after its release, the album was pulled as a result of another lawsuit, this time between Warner Bros and the band’s management.  It did make the Billboard chart at # 148, besting "Badfinger‘s" performance, but hardly restoring the group to chart supremacy.

"Wish You Were Here" marked the end of the classic iteration of the group. Joey Molland quit Badfinger following a strife filled tour, Ham, Evans and Gibbins joined with Bob Jackson, a brief replacement for Ham when he briefly quit following "Wish You Were Here", in December 1974 to create the "Head First" album which went unreleased until 2000. Pete Ham committed suicide in 1975, dashing hopes of any subsequent reunions. Evans and Molland picked up the pieces in 1979 with musicians Joe Tansin and Kenny Harck, reforming Badfinger for "Airwaves" on Warner Bros’ sister label Elektra. A different line up of Molland, Evans, Tony Kaye, Glenn Sherba and Richard Bryans issued "Say No More" in 1981 on the Radio label, the final new album to bear the Badfinger moniker. 2 years later, Tom Evans also took his own life.

Real Gone’s "Badfinger" reissue expands the original release with 10 bonus tracks, highlighted by the unreleased song “Love My Lady”, and featuring an additional 9 works in in progress mixes from the original album sessions. The "Wish You Were Here" expansion also adds 10 bonus tracks with another unreleased song, “Queen of Darkness” and 9 new alternate mixes, featuring some different vocals and arrangements.  Badfinger biographer Dan Matovina has remastered both reissues from the original master tapes. He has also penned new liner notes for each release which include new quotes from Chris Thomas.




The Sign.....

Jo Stevens and Paul Volta are The Sign. The original musical style of The Sign is drawn from rock, blues, pop and folk styles from Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Pretenders, Divinyls, XTC, Joan Baez, Fleetwood Mac, etc.

Constantly transcending, these recycled teenagers use 12 string and 6 string acoustic guitars to present a fresh original sound. Their exhilarating live shows always receive a great response.

With a mix of different styles and influences, they have delighted audiences from Tokyo to Osaka, California to New York, Queensland to Tasmania and more.

The Sign have released 4 CDs. “Black Label Acoustic”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Naked Glory” and their new release “C The Sign”.

“C The Sign” is creating a worldwide buzz and is looking to make its mark in the music industry. The album was co-produced by 11 x Emmy Award winner Jack Allocco and Grammy Award winner Tom Weir.

They have won awards from the Australian Songwriters Association, Billboard Songwriting Contest and National Songwriters Contest, as well as a place on Australia’s “X Factor” TV show.

Great vocals, excellent harmonies and compelling lyrics are the trademarks of The Sign.




Sheryl Crow Live.....

Sheryl Crow will issue "Live At The Capitol Theatre" in November, an audio visual combo package that celebrates the final show of her 2017 'Be Myself Tour'. Available as a 2 CD + BluRay or 2 CD + DVD digipak, this release showcases 21 songs from Crow’s back catalogue including hits like "All I Wanna Do", "Leaving Las Vegas" and "If It Makes You Happy", as well as songs from the "Be Myself" album, such as the title track, "Halfway There" and "Roller Skate"’. A new composition, "Atom Bomb", also features. The show was filmed on November 10th, 2017, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. "Live At The Capitol Theatre" will be released on October 26th, 2018 by, Wienerworld.





Barry White Box.....

"The 20th Century Records Albums 1973 - 1979" is a new box set brings together all the albums issued by Barry White via the 20th Century Records label. 2 box sets are available, a 9 CD package or a 9 LP vinyl collection. The audio for both has been remastered from the original analogue tapes and the vinyl, cut at Abbey Road, is pressed on 180 g vinyl and replicates original sleeve and label art. "The 20th Century Records Albums 1973 - 1979" is released on October 26th, 2018 via Universal Music.







Jim James.....

Jim James has announced the forthcoming release of "Uniform Clarity", a new companion piece to his 2018 solo album, "Uniform Distorsion". The new album, which includes acoustic versions of the songs originally from "Uniform Distortion", along with 2 new tracks, arrives on October 5th, 2018 via ATO Records

“The idea for 'Uniform Clarity' came from 'Uniform Distortion', an album of intentional chaosand dirt, literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live”, James explains.

“'Uniform Clarity' is meant to illuminate the other side, raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio”. "Uniform Clarity" was recorded with Shawn Everett. “Working with Shawn Everett, we created a document style recording of these songs, just vocals, guitar and the space itself, no special FX”, James notes. “A crystal clear illustration of the flawed beauty of what a song starts off as or sometimes remains, a thought. A seed. A light from the womb of the universe brought to life down here on earth”.




Marco R Wagner.....

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro's 1960's art scene, Marco R Wagner’s mother was an accomplished piano performer and his father a successful painter from Spain. He lived in his father’s country in his late teens where he had his first public performances and was soon part of Madrid's renowned art and cultural revival, La Movida. In 1980 after 2 years of conservatory studies in Madrid, Marco decides to move to New York City to pursue his dream of being a singer songwriter in the tradition of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne or Dan Fogelberg. Drawing upon his Brazilian roots and Spanish guitar training and his work in New England, Nashville and Europe, he has continued to be a sought after performer, guitarist and session player on both continents.
Marco was part of Boston’s coffee house scene briefly in the 80’s, but moved to Nashville after recording his 1st album in New York City. In Music City in the early 90's Marco was part of a new budding generation of singer songwriters who flocked in from other places, such as his friends Matthew Ryan, Ricko Donovan, Jana Stanfield or Richard Mekdeci. Other classmates from the East Nashville scene included David Rawlings or Josh Rouse. He collaborated with local artists and performed with mainstays such as Dolly Parton, Jana Stanfield, Julie Gold, working as a member of the World Peace Choir and the Peace Celebration Band, which included ex-members of The Byrds, Guess Who, Orleans, New Grass Revival, and the Wooten Brothers. Marco has also toured with artists such as Sid Griffin, Lou Marini, or Gene Taylor.
In Nashville he formed the popular band The Joytoys who published a collaborative effort, "Come Out And Play!", and his own back-up band, Worlds Collide, with whom he later published an eclectic album in Europe. He had already put out 2 albums of original songs "What’s Love Remains" in 1991 and "Poet, Painter And Cowboy in 1994, which his European label has now reissued. His band effort, "140 Reasons" in 2006 was a candidate for the Spanish Academy Of Music Awards in 2 categories. Best Rock Album, and Best Album. His acclaimed and powerful anti war single "Democratize" has since been featured on Neil Young’s website.
Also produced by himself, his 4th effort "My Old Spain" in 2015 is an original americana collection of songs with stellar collaborations of resident artists such as Jeff Espinoza and Ramón Arroyo, and has garnished rave reviews all throughout Europe. Several Records now releases Marco’s latest album, "Music Love Magic", an exquisite collection of songs laced with countless acoustic guitars and vocals interpreted and produced entirely by him.
Marco currently resides in his father’s hometown in the mountains of Spain where he also runs a weekly radio program, 'In Between Worlds'. He is endorsed by Avalon Guitars.




Tull & Wilson.....

Jethro Tull‘s 1968 debut album, "This Was", will be reissued as a 3 CD + 1 DVD deluxe edition in November with stereo and surround mixes by Steven Wilson, plus a lot of rare recordings. This 50th anniversary package includes the original album and bonus tracks remixed in stereo by Steven Wilson, live BBC sessions from 1968, the original mix of the album in both mono and stereo, a flat transfer of the US 1969 stereo mix and the original album and bonus tracks remixed by Steven Wilson in 4.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround and 96/24 LPCM stereo.

‘Love Story’ and ‘A Christmas Song’ are actually presented as 5.1 mixes. The Jethro Tull reissues should be familiar by now, so this will be presented in the usual DVD sized book package filled with an extensive history of the album, track by track annotations by Ian Anderson, with rare and unseen photographs. "This Was: The 50th Anniversary Edition" will be issued on November 9th, 2018.






Dave Davies.....

Dave Davies of the Kinks is set to release "Decade". The album, which arrives October 12th, 2018, is a collection of unreleased songs he recorded from 1971 to 1979. "I am so pleased that after all this time these tracks are being released to see the light of day", he says in a press release. "These songs have been silently nagging at me to be recognised all these years. At last I can proudly present this album 'Decade' to the world. I do hope you all enjoy the music".

"Decade" can be considered to be a companion piece to 2011’s "Hidden Treasures", which spotlighted songs he wrote in the 60's. Although his brother Ray wrote the majority of the Kinks material, Dave penned several great songs, such as "Death Of A Clown" from "Something Else" and the Arthur-era outtakes "Mindless Child Of Motherhood" and "This Man He Weeps Tonight." But as the press release notes, Dave's songs had no apparent Place in the concept albums Ray was creating, so these tracks remained under beds, in attics, in storage until they were discovered by Dave's sons. Dave's first true solo album, "AFL1-3603", came out in 1980.

"We were busy, and we were touring", he continued, The Kinks were very vibrant that whole period of time. It wasn’t really until the end of the ‘70s that I started to really take my writing seriously. I should have done it anyway, because what’s ‘serious’ and ‘not serious’? Just get stuff out, you know?”.




Steve Perry.....

Former Journey singer Steve Perry is set to make a return to music. The reclusive singer last released a solo album in 1994 with "For The Love Of Strange Medicine", which was followed 2 years later with his final album in Journey, 1996’s "Trial By Fire". Come October, however, Perry will release a new solo album called "Traces".

According to a listing on iTunes, "Traces" spans 10 tracks and will be released on October 5th, 2018. Perry previously mentioned the solo album in an interview last year. Speaking to ABC Radio, Perry said the album was inspired by the death of his girlfriend in 2013. “I met someone and I fell in love with this person”, he said. “And I lost this person to breast cancer 4 years ago.

In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording. Basically the record is an emotional expression, and a reason to make one. It’s been a real cathartic experience going back to that emotional place that I thought I would never go back to. And we really have been doing our very best to capture what I think are some timeless songs.




Rob McHale.....

On “Prophets On The Boulevard” master storyteller Rob McHale takes you on a walk through the Boston Common, up to a mountain top in West Virginia, to a street corner prophet helping the downtrodden, and on a stroll in an historic small town along main street.

Woody Guthrie leaves us with an inspiration to make the world a better place in “Woody’s Shoes“ as Mother Jones is too late to stop a movement on “Blair Mountain”. Folk songs with a dash of roots and contemporary bluegrass influence make observations about ourselves and our world.

Recorded in the North Carolina mountains with producer Chris Rosser, Rob and his bandmates returned for a balanced album featuring social commentary, history and love. Massachusetts artists Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards made contributions along with Rob’s brother Pat featured on the harmonica, and a few other musical friends.

Rob has been performing in the southeast and internationally sharing stories about some of our greatest folk legends at a range of venues, from historical societies and libraries, to telling the Tom Dooley Legend at the grave of Laura Foster during the Happy Valley Fiddler’s Convention.

”Prophets On The Boulevard”is Rob McHale’s 4th release.




Marcus King Band.....

The Marcus King Band have already given fans reason to believe they are destined for great things.  At 22 years of age, Marcus King has been a bandleader for a decade and tipped as 'music’s next great guitarist' by the Washington Post.  But the band’s daring, ambitious new album, "Carolina Confessions", marks an artistic leap of another order.  Set for release on October 5th, 2018, on Fantasy Records, the album was produced and mixed by Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio A.  And it finds the band’s trademark musicianship buoyed by a new narrative depth, as Marcus delves into heavy themes, such as absolution, guilt, leaving home, yearning, love and other affairs of the soul.

"Carolina Confessions" features 10 brand new songs, all written by Marcus except for “How Long,” which was co-written with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin.  Whether it’s the searing rock exorcism of “Confessions” or the propulsive road bound soul of “Where I’m Headed”, Marcus exhibits an almost Southern gothic sensibility in his songs, owning up to failed relationships, portraying his complex connection with his hometown, arraying a sprawling musical firmament in the process. Marcus and his 5 bandmates, drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter and trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell and keyboard player DeShawn Alexander, are in top form on "Carolina Confessions", exhibiting an intuitive sense of control and expression as they tackle their most sonically layered and emotionally complex compositions to date.




Loretta Lynn.....

Legacy Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment will release "Wouldn't It Be Great", the new studio album from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on September 28th, 2018.

One of the most deeply personal albums of Loretta Lynn’s career, "Wouldn't It Be Great" communicates in song the hard truths and spiritual insights Loretta has gathered throughout her life and reflects the resilience that sustains her still. Comprised entirely of songs written or co-written by Loretta, the album premieres new compositions alongside soulful reinterpretations of enduring classics from her catalog. “This new record means so much to me, but this last year I had to focus on my health and I decided to hold up the release”, said Loretta. “I’m feelin’ good and look forward to it comin’ out. It was really important to me to be a part of it being released and I’m excited to celebrate with everybody”.

"Wouldn't It Be Great" is the last song Loretta wrote for her late husband, Oliver 'Doolittle' Lynn). "Well," Loretta observes, "my husband liked to drink a lot and that's where that song comes from. ‘Say you love me just one time, with a sober mind’. I always liked that song but I never liked to sing it around Doo¨". "That song just always meant so much to me", continues their daughter, and album co-producer, Patsy Lynn Russell, "because of the lyrics, you know, 'when my fancy lace couldn't turn your face,' it was just so powerful and was a song that needed to be recorded for this album with Loretta. It shows just how masterful my mom is with writing down her feelings".

Like its predecessor, the critically acclaimed "Full Circle", "Wouldn't It Be Great" was mainly recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with producers Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.




Cher & ABBA.....

One of this year’s biggest and best surprises has been the perfect timing of ”Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”. The sequel to 2008’s all ABBA jukebox musical film ”Mamma Mia!” is a serious hit and an instant cult favorite at the same time. It’s helped spike streams for the Swedish pop quartet’s decades old classics and sparked countless new memes, all full of sweet, seemingly unironic love for both the film series and the band itself.

The secret to this success may be Cher, who makes a grand entrance in the new film, stepping off a helicopter to sing “Fernando” with Andy Garcia. Cher, of course, was in no way at risk of fading from pop culture memory. Her Twitter has become the gold standard of celebrity twitters. She’s passionate, funny and clearly writing in her own unmistakably sassy voice with the aid of a few well placed emojis for emphasis. Cher can tweet out something as simple as “Hi again” and rack up nearly 70 000 faves from her followers. ”Mamma Mia!” is lucky to have her.

Stars rarely align like this. ABBA and Cher were 2 of the 70’s greatest pop acts, and though they were very successful, both of them battled for respect against the hard rock and punk of the era. ABBA’s US breakthrough album, 1976’s ”Arrival”, went platinum around the world, but was largely panned by critics. Rolling Stone called them ’charming twerps’ in a patronizing review, dismissing songs like “Dancing Queen” as ’muzak mesmerizing in its modality’.

Cher has capitalized on the success of ”Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” by announcing an ABBA tribute album titled ”Dancing Queen”. The first single is a cover of 1979’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” that’s as much a nod to the pop group’s heyday, as it is to her own clubby career revival in the 90’s, when she linked up with producer Mark Taylor for “Believe”.

It’s a delightful bit of utopian revisionist history for a generation of 20 and 30 somethings who were born after ABBA broke up and first encountered their catalog through the first ”Mamma Mia!” soundtrack, a perfectly fine way to first discover one of pop’s campiest and most influential acts. To this fandom, as it exists now, ABBA’s music is less a nostalgic time capsule than a mirror perfect reflection of the upbeat yet heartbroken synth pop of the last several years, heard everywhere from fellow Swedes Robyn and Tove Lo, to Taylor Swift’s ”1989” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s ”Emotion”. The dance-y desperation of a song like ABBA’s 1975 hit “SOS” encompasses pop’s past and present in a way few other acts can.

It’s early to say, but Cher’s ”Dancing Queen” might just be a surprise hit of its own, a unique, almost fated moment of convergence that is probably as much a pleasant surprise to Cher and ABBA themselves as it is the fans who have stuck by them long before the rates of their cultural currency shot up. Of all the left field pieces of cultural history to make a breakthrough in 2018, pop that’s unafraid of frivolity and extravagance ain’t exactly the worst.

September 28th, 2018.




Laura Meade.....

Laura Meade’s background in musical theatre helps define her unique approach as a lyricist and musician. "Remedium" combines Meade’s love of art rock with the emotion of musical theatre. In addition to being a vocalist for the progressive rock band IZZ, her career includes performances around the world with many different artists and on a multitude of stages.

"Remedium" features progressive, adventurous extended tracks such as “Sunflowers At Chernobyl” and “Dragons”, as well as songs with art pop sensibilities, such as “Conquer The World”. Meade’s incredible range and versatility as a vocalist is evidenced throughout the album and particularly on songs such as “Every Step” and “What I See From Here”

Meade is joined by her IZZ bandmates on several songs, as well as Randy McStine, from The Fringe and Lo Fi Resistance on “Sunflowers At Chernobyl” and Jason Hart, from I and Thou, Renaissance and Camel, on “Irradiation”.




Grateful Dead.....

In 2017, filmmaker Amir Bar Lev impressed with his documentary film, "Long Strange Trip : The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead", which premiered at Sundance, lists Martin Scorsese as executive producer and has, until now, only been available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. On November 9th, 2018, the documentary will be made available on BluRay and DVD, with a trove of bonus material included for the most devoted fans of the iconic musical ensemble fronted by the late Jerry Garcia.

“Around 2003, while winding through the 16mm film outtakes for 'The Grateful Dead Movie' in preparation for its DVD release, I came across a couple of unlabeled cans of 16mm film. I loaded the first reel onto the Steenbeck film viewing and editing table and was amazed by what I saw”, said Dead archivist David Lemieux. “Not only rare, exceptional quality material from the performance at the Hollywood Festival, but loads of other terrific footage, showing the band at a Warner Bros Records party in London, Pigpen surrounded by suits, at a photo shoot, 'that’s one uncooperative bunch of musicians’, at a rehearsal hall performing ‘Candyman’ vocal harmonies, and, most exciting of all, backstage at the festival. This is truly some of the most remarkable, candid, and interesting footage in existence of the Grateful Dead and we’re thrilled to be releasing the entirety of this wonderful historical document”.

The official Grateful Dead website currently has up for pre-order exclusive and extended super deluxe editions of the film available for purchase now, but those will assuredly sell out ahead of the release date. This deluxe edition boasts a previously unreleased, 6 song live performance from the band’s first show overseas, recorded on May 24th, 1970, in England at the Hollywood Festival, along with backstage footage from the band’s first trip over the pond. It also features 2 live performances from 1989, "Dear Mr Fantasy” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy”. Snippets of all the bonus content were used in the film, but this marks the first time they will be released in their entirety.




The Kinks' V.G. Box.....

BMG Records will issue a 50th anniversary edition of The Kinks‘ 1968 album "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" in October. The band’s 6th studio album was originally issued in November 1968 and would be the last album by the original line up as bass player Pete Quaife departed in early 1969. Describing the album today, Davies says it’s about “the ending of a time personally for me in my life. In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you’re never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle”.

The super deluxe edition is a 11 disc set, no less. It contains a double vinyl LP with stereo and mono versions, both 2018 remasters, and a 12 track "Continental : Swedish" version on vinyl. There are 174 tracks in total with many previously unreleased tracks and versions, including the previously unreleased track ‘Time Song’ which was performed by The Kinks at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in January 1973. This track was Davies’ commentary on the UK joining what was then called The Common Market. Ray says, “This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on the "Preservation Act I" album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed”. This track features in the box set and the 2 CD edition.

The box set comes with a 52 page hardcover book with extensive sleeve notes and new band interviews and includes essays by Pete Townshend and other writers. It boasts special packaging with debossed box cover, foil and metallic text, linen cloth finish and a bespoke accessories holder. It also comes with what we like to call stuff, broadly categorised as memorabilia. This includes a poster of the "Village Green" LP inner gatefold, Empire Liverpool 1968 tour poster, glossy 10” x 8” photos from Hampstead Heath 1968 photoshoot, colour press photo with reproduced band signatures, Bournemouth 1968 gig ticket, PYE Records promo card, ‘Days’ sheet Music, etc.

The other 3 physical editions are a 2 CD deluxe art of the album which features the stereo and mono remasters and bonus tracks, 49 tracks in total, plus single disc vinyl and CD versions with just the stereo remaster. "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" 50th anniversary editions are out on October 26th, 2018.




John Hiatt.....

John Hiatt returns with "The Eclipse Sessions" on October 12th, 2018. The 11 track set is Hiatt's 1st new album in 4 years. Hiatt places "The Eclipse Sessions" in a lineage alongside 2 of his greatest works, 1987’s mainstream breakthrough "Bring The Family", which sprung from an impulsive 4 day session with an all star combo led by Ry Cooder, and 2000’s "Crossing Muddy Waters", an unplanned and largely unplugged effort that set Hiatt on the rootsier path he’s still pursuing today. “The 3 albums are very connected in my mind”, Hiatt says. “They all have a vibe to them that was unexpected. I didn’t know where I was going when I started out on any of them. And each one wound up being a pleasant surprise”.






Lady Eryn.....

Since its release, critics have been praising singer Eryn’s new EP and celebrating the emerging artist for her powerhouse live vocals, infectious new music and performances that bring audiences to their feet. Early feedback praises her first single “Hallelujah You’re Gone” as 'HOT!', and the "Lady E" EP as 'her masterpiece to date'.

Much in the way Bruno Mars recalls the excitement of 1970's music, or Amy Winehouse took listeners on a journey back to the 1960's, or Meghan Trainor evokes a 1950's vibe, Eryn hopes to have "Lady E" transport listeners to another era. The EP delivers in a big way, starting with Eryn’s thrilling vocals and reinforcing them with a compelling range of songs, from the wit and catharsis of first single "Hallelujah You’re Gone", to the understated storytelling of "Stranger In My House", to the epic build of "The You Missing From Me", written by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, which rises to an anthemic high and is surely a centerpiece of the EP.

The pedigree on Eryn’s new EP is impressive. It was produced and mixed by Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, Beyonce), and Daley also played bass on the EP. Songwriting credits include Cheryl DaVeiga and Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz,) and the musicians are among the best in the business.

Born and raised in Maryland and now living in New Jersey, Eryn began singing professionally at the age of 13 and hasn’t looked back. She has performed with or opened for such luminaries as Buddy Guy, Dr John, Greg Allman, Robert Cray, Don McLean, Johnny Winter, Gin Blossoms, Bernard Purdie, Little River Band and many others. An Award winning emerging artist, Eryn has been described as a mixture of blues, soul, jazz, pop, rock and even country, but she prefers the term ‘RetroPop’, and the moniker is taking hold with her acclaimed new EP.

On "Lady E" and in concert, Eryn combines an old school sound that evokes the rhythms and recording techniques of the past with a modern pop mindset and powerhouse live performances.




Elvis Costello.....

Elvis Costello & The Imposters,  Steve Nieve, keyboards, Davey Faragher, bass, Pete Thomas, drums, release a new album on October 12th, 2018. Titled "Look Now", it is the first Costello album in his classic combo format since "Momofuku" in 2008.

Recorded in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia, it combines classic Costello songcraft with vintage Attractions and Imposters musicality and sophisticated orchestrations. There’s a jazzy feel in parts plus co-writes with Burt Bacharach, on "Don’t Look Now" and "Photographs Can Lie", and Carole King on "Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter". The album was co-produced by Elvis and Sebastian Krys, the Latin Grammy Producer Of The Year for both 2007 and 2015.

“I knew if we could make an album with the scope of 'Imperial Bedroom', and some of the beauty and emotion of 'Painted From Memory', we would really have something”, says Costello.




Lindsey Buckingham.....

This October, Rhino Records will release a Lindsey Buckingham "Solo Anthology" which will be available in 3 physical formats. "Solo Anthology – The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham" to give the package its full, and rather prosaic, title, spans Buckingham’s 6 solo studio albums, from 1981’s "Law And Order" to 2011’s "Seeds We Sow". It also includes oddities like contributions to soundtracks such as "National Lampoon’s Vacation" and "Back To The Future".

Fans of the sublime 1992 album "Out Of The Cradle" have reason to rejoice, since putting aside the spoken word elements and instrumentals, 9 of the 12 songs from that album are remastered and included in the 3 CD edition of "Solo Anthology". In fact a tenth, ‘All My Sorrows’, is also featured on CD 3, but that disc is made up of solely of live performances. The official line from the label about this set is that it includes includes album, live and alternate versions. Obviously, alternate immediately provokes a raise of the eyebrow, but there’s no confirmation as yet which tracks are not the standard studio cuts.

"Law And Order" is the poor relation with just one song, ‘Trouble’, including in this new anthology. A slightly strange decision when songs from his very recent collaborative album with Christine McVie do feature here. Finally, "Solo Anthology" comes with 2 previously unreleased tracks. By a process of elimination we can deduce these are "Hunger" and "Ride This Road". In terms of formats, the 52 track version is available on the 3 CD set and the 6 LP vinyl box. There is a 21 track single disc edition, although it doesn’t include either of the previously unreleased tracks.

"Solo Anthology : The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham" is released on October 5th, 2018, 2 days before the start of a North American tour.




John Lennon.....

On October 5th, 2018, Universal Music will reissue John Lennon‘s 1971 "Imagine" album across a number of physical formats as "Imagine – The Ultimate Collection". The most exciting of these is a new 6 disc, 4 CD's and 2 BluRay audio discs, super deluxe edition box set that is remixed and remastered and contains all manner of outtakes, sessions, demos, alternate takes, surround mixes, and more. 135 tracks in total.

Fully authorised by Yoko Ono, who oversaw the production and creative direction, this set offers a variety of immersive and intimate listening experiences including what are being called the ultimate mixes of the album, which promise amazing definition and clarity to raw studio mixes which allow fans to her original stripped back performances to new 5.1 surround mixes and the old quad mix which is available for the 1st time in over 45 years.

Of particular interest is "The Evolution Documentary", which is describe as a track by track audio montage that takes you through the development of each song from demo to master recording via instructions, rehearsals, recordings, multitrack exploration and studio chatter.

Fans might observe from the detailed track listings, the fact that a remastered version of the original album mix is not present anywhere and neither is the 10 track album alone on a disc at any Point as CD 1 appends some bonus single A sides and B sides. The good news is that the 2 BluRay discs appear to include Everything on the 4 CD's and more. For example, there are only four elements mixes of tracks from "Imagine" on CD 2 of this box set, but 6 more make an appearance on the 2nd BluRay disc. Likewise, what promises to be very interesting evolution mixes go beyond the just the album on BluRay with bonus extra evolution mixes, including ‘Power To The People’, ‘Do The Oz’, ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ and one called ‘Tittenhurst Park’.

The BluRay discs contain a hi-res stereo and 5.1 surround sound version of the new remix of "Imagine", and the 10 album tracks in the original quad mix.  The press release talks of 35 tracks in 5.1 surround sound, which means 25 of the singles, outtakes and remixes are also available in surround sound, although the track listing contradicts that slightly and suggests nearly all the content on the BluRays has been remixed for 5.1. All audio has been remixed by engineer Paul Hicks at Abbey Road Studios under the supervision of Yoko Ono. He used high definition 24-96 audio transfers of the original 1st generation multi track recordings.

The super deluxe edition of "Imagine" surely exceeds the expectations of the majority of Lennon fans and will, by some margin, be the deepest exploration of an ex-Beatle’s solo work to date. A 2 CD deluxe edition, a 2 LP black vinyl, and limited clear vinyl, edition and a single CD remaster will also be available. The double vinyl has a selection of 12 outtakes on the 2nd record.

Don’t forget, that the "Imagine" and "Gimme Some Truth" films have been hand restored frame by frame from the original film reels into hd, and their soundtracks have been remixed in 5.1 surround sound, and remastered. They will also be released on BluRay and DVD in October. The "Imagine" film is also being shown theatrically.





PARK88, the captivating musical marriage between award winning, gritty voiced pianist Rich Wyman and singer songwriter storyteller Lisa Needham, have confirmed the release of their debut EP ”The Fearlessness” to be released September 14th via Brendan Entertainment Records. Following the release the duo will hit the road supporting The Gypsy Kings in September.

The road to PARK88 is a story of far flung travel, dues paid, and a special bond between 2 unique talents. Initially coming together in New York City, as Wyman and Needham supported their musical endeavors as a bike messenger and singing waitress, the pair began gaining a steady recognition for their talent and performing at some of the city's biggest venues.

Unexpectedly invited to Park City, Utah, by a friend, Needham and Wyman headed off for what would become a life altering vacation. Happening upon a neglected piano at a local restaurant Wyman began performing for fun and became an instant hit.

The owner offered him a job on the spot, doubled his pay within year and watched as crowds and local media coverage piled on the praise. The pair soon relocated permanently to Park City and have called it home ever since.

Shortly afterwards Needham and Wyman found themselves making the acquaintance of Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Eddie Van Halen while he was visiting Park City. Like so many others, the guitar icon also became a fan and invited Wyman out to his 5150 Studio in Los Angeles. Along with Andy Johns, Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones mixing engineer, they spent several years creating music together and shopping the material.

Using the tracks Van Halen performed on and Johns produced, as well as adding new songs, Wyman created his solo album ”Fatherless Child”, and, in another unexpected twist, found the release storming the charts in Europe and opening the doors to years of touring some of that continent's biggest stages.

While Needham and Wyman had always played shows together, PARK88 is the beginning of a new pairing of sounds with Needham’s words and singing complimenting Wyman’s virtuosic piano playing. "Lisa is my best friend and soulmate", Wyman says.

"So it's a spiritual experience to create and perform music together and share it with other people. When we sing harmonies together, we’re having a musical conversation in the same way we’ve been communicating as partners. It feels magical, we’re excited to finally tour together".




The Small Faces.....

The Small Faces classic 1968 album "Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake" will be reissued in September as a 50th anniversary box set, with a 3 LP vinyl and a 3 CD + 1 DVD variants available.

Issued on Immediate Records in May 1968, the album reached # 1 in the charts and includes "Lazy Sunday", "Afterglow", "Song Of A Baker’" and "Rollin’ Over". This new 50th anniversary edition is available as a 3 LP coloured, red, white and blue, vinyl set. This set comprises both mono and stereo versions of the album plus an LP of rare bonus material. Audio has been newly remastered by Nick Robbins, with the full cooperation of surviving Small Faces member Kenney Jones, and the vinyl has been cut at half-speed, by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios. This vinyl set comes with a deluxe booklet with in depth sleeve notes by Mark Paytress, interviews and rare photos.

The 50th anniversary set is also available as a 3 CD + 1 DVD large format book, earbook, package. This contains almost the same audio as in the 3 vinyl set, CD 3 has extra content, but adds a DVD that includes the Small Faces June 1968 TV performance of 'Happiness Stan', for the BBC’s Colour Me Pop, along with Peter Whitehead’s promotional film for 'Lazy Sunday'. The hardcover book is 60-pages and features the same Mark Paytress notes, etc.

These 50th anniversary editions of "Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake" will be released on September 28th, 2018.




Longbranch Pennywhistle.....

Glenn Frey was my roommate, best friend, and first songwriting partner in Los Angeles. We knew we were onto something original, as are most young musicians, including our soon to be friends and collaborators Jackson Browne and Don Henley, but quite honestly, we were just trying to do our best work in a very competitive environment. If in doing that we evolved a new architecture of some sort, fine, but remember we were all listening carefully to each other and to the giants before and among us. We listened to Miles, Hank Williams, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Coltrane, Bach, Cole Porter, Tim Hardin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Carole King to name a few. We always said that if you want to make great music you should listen to great music. This album was our freshman project”. ~ JD Souther

Longbranch Pennywhistle, Geffen Records, September 28th, 2018.




Bobbie Gentry.....

"The Girl From Chickasaw County" is a new career spanning 8 CD deluxe set that brings together all of American singer songwriter Bobbie Gentry’s studio albums and adds a massive amount of previously unreleased recordings. Sensitively remastered from the original tapes, this collection features Gentry’s 6 studio albums, recorded between 1967 and 1971, her LP with Glen Campbell, and adds over 75 unreleased recordings outtakes, demos and rarities. The 8th CD features 26 previously unreleased live performances from her TV series that was broadcast on BBC 2. Numbering 177 tracks in total, this set has specially commissioned cover art by David Downton. It includes an 84 page book with an essay by compiler Andrew Batt, rare and unseen photos, 8 postcards and a facsimile lyric sheet insert of Gentry’s original handwritten lyrics for "Ode To Billie Joe". "The Girl From Chickasaw County : The Complete Capitol Masters" will be released on September 21st, 2018.




Jennifer Maidman.....

Jennifer Maidman is a complex musical creative with a distinguished career that stretches back to the 1970’s. She is well known as a multi instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger and producer. She has worked with many respected artists including Boy George, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, David Sylvian, Proclaimers, Shakespears Sister, Robert Wyatt, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, David Soul, Linda McCartney, Salif Keita, George Clinton, Sam Brown, Ian Dury, Murray Head, Mark Knopfler,Terry Reid, her partner Annie Whitehead, and many others. Jennifer is also proudly transgender and has been out since the mid 1980’s.

Maidman’s new solo album, ”Dreamland”, is the fully realized song cycle her fans have long waited for. Recorded in Woodstock, New York and Kent in England, it’s full of original music, spoken word elements, and top tier guests like trombonist Annie Whitehead (Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson), guitarist David Torn (David Bowie, Laurie Anderson), and drummer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney). Several members of the original Penguin Café Orchestra also appear, Jennifer having been a longstanding member of that seminal band. The tracks on ”Dreamland” range from deep funk to piano ballads and demonstrate the scope of Maidman’s creative vision. Writer and filmmaker Dakota Lane produced a documentary film about the making of the record and Maidman’s life. The film, shot on a single iPhone, is a brilliant glimpse into her world and was selected for the New York City Independent Film Festival in 2018.

Other recent releases featuring Jennifer's work include Paul Brady's ”The Vicar Street Sessions” (on which Jennifer can be heard playing with Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Ronan Keating, and others), ”Freedom's Daughter” by Jan Allain, ”Flawed Heroine” by Lund, ”Confessional” by Lil & Ollie, ”A Better World” by Chris De Burgh and ”Femina Australis” by Maryen Cairns. Jennifer also appeared on Boy George’s 2013 album ”This is What I Do”. In addition to her solo work, live appearances in 2018 include concerts with Kokomo, Murray Head, Annie Whitehead, Terry Reid, Lil & Ollie and Arnold McCuller.

Jennifer began this incredible musical journey as a child in England studying classical guitar and piano. She left school at age 16 to train as a recording engineer at Decibel Studios in London and Escape Studios in Kent. Some of her early projects included sessions with Steve Marriott, The Only Ones, Junior Marvin of The Wailers and T Rex. Maidman has worked continuously ever since. She has toured the world, been awarded gold and platinum records, appeared frequently on television, produced music for film, and acted in the theatre.

Jennifer also found the time to become a qualified humanistic counsellor and has contributed articles to journals such as ’Therapy Today’, ’Asylum’ and ’Self & Society’, which she has also edited. She co-edited and contributed chapters to 2 books, ’The Future Of Humanistic Psychology  and ’Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends and Future Prospects’.

Life has clearly been a continual creative unfolding for Jennifer Maidman. Her ramble through this world is nowhere near completed and those around her know that she’s just now getting to the best part.




Clapton's Christmas.....

Eric Clapton is gifting his fans with an early holiday present. The classic rock legend announced the release of his first full length holiday album, "Happy Xmas", coming October 12th, 2018, via the Bushbranch Surfdog label. The collection of 14 songs includes covers of many holiday standards including “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” His st studio release since 2016’s "I Still Do" will also feature Slowhand’s take on such favorites as “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas”. "Happy Xmas" includes one original, “For Love On Christmas Day”. The album also features a cover art illustration by Clapton himself.  Clapton’s rendition of “Jingle Bells” is dedicated to the memory Avicii, due to the singer’s admiration for the late DJ.





Bowie Box Set 4.....

The David Bowie vaults still have many musical gifts to bestow upon us, and on October 12th, 2018, another elaborate box set will be released by Parlophone Records. This news comes right after word of the "David Bowie Is" exhibit becoming an immersive digital experience in the fall. Titled "Loving The Alien (1983-1988)", the set is the 4th in an ongoing series of box set releases paying tribute to Bowie’s impeccable catalog of music, starting in 1969 and working up toward more recent releases.

Exclusive to the "Loving The Alien" set is the 1987 album "Never Let Me Down", complete with new production and new instrumentation. Other highlights include remixes, the previously unreleased "Serious Moonlight" album, and much more. The whole package spans a massive 11 CD's and 15 LP's, and includes a special book featuring unpublished photographs, studio footage and extensive liner notes.

It’s a big box set, and here’s how it breaks down :

128 page hardback book
"Let’s Dance" (remastered) (1CD)
"Serious Moonlight" (live 1983) (previously unreleased) (2CD)
"Tonight" (remastered) (1CD)
"Never Let Me Down" (remastered) (1CD)
"Never Let Me Down 2018" (previously unreleased) (1CD)*
"Glass Spider" (live in Montreal 1987) (2CD)
"Dance" (1CD)*
"Re:Call 4" (singles, edits, b-sides and soundtracks) (remastered) (2CD)*

* Exclusive to "Loving The Alien (1983-1988)".




Amy Helm.....

During the "This Too Shall Light" sessions, Amy Helm was literally taken 3 000 miles out of her comfort zone, leaving the family studio in Woodstock, New York for Los Angeles’ iconic United Recording Studios, the same compound where The Beach Boys recorded "Pet Sounds" and "California Dreamin" was tracked by The Mamas & The Papas. It was there that Helm began her collaboration with Joe Henry, Grammy winning producer known for his work with artists like Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello and Lizz Wright. Together, in just 4 days, the pair traversed decades of material, stretching from early 70's Allen Toussaint through contemporary Americana darlings the Milk Carton Kids. Coupled with originals by Helm and Henry, and a pair of tributes to the singer’s late father, the 10 song collection serves as the most complete look at Amy Helm as an artist to date.

Says Helm of the recording sessions, “We just kind of set up, threw our stuff down and started playing without much thought, without much arranging, without much rehearsal and with lots of extra voices. That’s what we wanted the record to sound like and feel like. I had a picture of Mavis near my recording station and a picture of my little boys. That was about it”.

Among the most personal songs on "This Too Shall Light" are “The Stones I Throw”, a 1965 pre The Band cut by Levon & The Hawks, and an arrangement of the traditional hymn “Gloryland”, which remained a staple of Levon Helm’s live sets through his final performances, with Amy playing a large part in his Midnight Ramble Band. Elsewhere, Helm reflects on a childhood hero, the late jazz pianist Blossom Dearie, whose live shows she found to be a transformative experience as a teenager.

Above all else, "This Too Shall Light" soars with riveting 4 part harmonies as Helm displays an effortless chemistry with the vocal trio behind her. The singers are joined by Texas royalty on guitar with the inclusion of Doyle Bramhall II, and the air tight rhythm section of Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass. "This Too Shall Light" follows Helm’s 2015 solo debut "Didn’t It Rain", which NPR described as a glorious, soulful record that ushers in a new chapter of Helm’s life.

Yep Roc Records, September 21st, 2018.




Lisa Mednick Powell.....

Lisa Mednick Powell is a musician and songwriter who resides in 29 Palms, CA, close to Joshua Tree, with her husband and bassist extraordinaire, Kip Powell. Together they have a band called Arroyo Rogers, which plays country hits from the 60’s and 70’s, along with songs penned by the Powells. As a keyboard player she has worked on stages and in studios from New York to New Orleans, and from Austin to Auckland. She has worked with too many artists to mention, known and unknown. Some highlights for Lisa were working with Earl King, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, The Chills, and Juliana Hatfield, just to name a few. Playing original music, both hers and that of others, is her strength. She has an uncanny ability to find just the right part for ’your’ songs. While living in New Orleans she was part of the popular rock and roll ensemble, The Song Dogs. They have recently reunited to record an album of fresh songs.

Since age 7, Lisa has pounded the piano, studying the classical greats, some jazz, with the late great John Malachi, and lots of rock and country. She also played saxophone for many years, studying for a time with the late great Charles Neville in New Orleans. While in New Orleans she also learned to play the accordion.

Lisa Mednick Powell has a new album out after quite a long hiatus. The album is called ”Blue Book”. Her previous albums, ”Artifacts Of Love” and ”Semaphore” were critically well received, and ”Blue Book” is a logical follow up to those albums. Lisa's artistic concepts and themes have remained consistent throughout all of her works.

Fred Mills, of Blurt Magazine, writes: "’Blue Book" is Powell’s 3rd album, and considering it’s been nearly 16 years since her previous album, 2002’s acclaimed ’Semaphore’, the obvious question becomes, why the delay? Part of the reason is that she was busy getting a master’s degree, but really, the answer resides in these 10 remarkable tunes. She was taking the time to live her life, learn its many lessons, and turn those experiences into songwriting gold".

In Stereo Embers, Dave Cantrell writes, "Similar to the Band’s mythic epiphanies or the sand mandalas of Tibetan monks, the songs on ’Blue Book’ seem held in this sort of tension of timelessness that makes them feel both fleeting and stamped forever on your music listening heart. It’s not a trick, there’s no sleight of anything going on, they convince you of that from the very start. It’s just how they arrive, as if they’re fully formed souls aware of their own mortality".

Because Lisa wants the music to convey the emotion as much as the lyrics do, every song is a mini soundtrack that swirls around dark and truthful lyrics.

Lisa Mednick Powell writes songs that take you on a winding road straight to the heart of the matter. Her voice is unadorned, but it suits the songs, and her profound poetry is drenched in evocative layers of sound that wrap around her sinuous lyrics and give them credence.




Doyle Bramhall II.....

On October 5th, 2018, Provogue Records will release "Shades", singer, songwriter and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II’s debut for the label. Over the last few decades, Bramhall established himself as one of the most distinctive and sought after guitarists around, performing with Roger Waters, Elton John, Gregg Allman, Allen Toussaint and T Bone Burnett, to name a few. More significantly, Bramhall had spent over a decade as Eric Clapton's musical right hand man, collaborating closely with the legendary guitarist both in the studio and on stage. "Shades" is a spellbinding blend of grungy blues, raucous garage rock, transcendent psychedelia, and soothing, soul stirring ballads, with guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Texas band the Greyhounds.





Rod Stewart.....

Rod Stewart will release his 30th studio album "Blood Red Roses" September 28th, 2018, through Republic Records. The 13 track collection will feature 3 bonus covers for the album’s 16-track deluxe edition. "Blood Red Roses" can be pre-ordered now and comes with an automatic download of the album’s lead single “Didn’t I”.

The upcoming album is his first in 3 years, and a culmination of ultra personal narratives interwoven with his songwriting expertise. The release of "Blood Red Roses" comes nearly 50 years to the date when Stewart signed his very first solo recording contract.

He announced the title of his latest project during his Hollywood Bowl concert June 26th, but Stewart has revealed more details now, about how far his songwriting will take listeners when the album arrives. “I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy”, he said in a press release. “Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in songwriting”.

Stewart weaves through genres, from folk to motown to rock, for fans to comprehend the fluidity that is the artist. From being inducted twice into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to being knighted by Prince William as Sir Rod Stewart, he is ready to keep his versatile momentum going.




Phil Collins.....

Phil Collins surveys his eclectic catalog of collaborative tracks, session work, outside songwriting and production with the new career spanning box set "Plays Well With Others", out September 28th, 2018, via Rhino Records. The 4 disc, 59 track project, includes material from George Harrison, David Crosby, Bee Gees, John Cale, Argent, John Martyn, Gary Brooker, Al Di Meola, Adam Ant, Philip Bailey, Chaka Khan, Howard Jones, Isley Brothers, Four Tops, Tears for Fears, George Martin, Lil’ Kim, Annie Lennox, Bryan Adams, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins Big Band and the songwriter’s formative psych pop group, Flaming Youth, among others.

The set also highlights Collins’ deft ability to drum in various styles, from pop rock to experimental art rock to jazz fusion. Collins spoke about his charmed life of collaborations in a statement. “I’ve done what I wanted for most of it, and got paid well for doing something I’d have done for nothing, playing the drums”, he said. “During that time I’ve played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends. Over these 4 CD's you’ll find a mere smattering of those moments”. The title of "Plays Well With Others" originated from a playful gift, a T shirt featuring the phrase, that Genesis touring drummer Chester Thompson gave to Collins. The slogan was meant to reflect Collins’ willingness to play drums at seemingly any recording session.




Kate Campbell.....

Singer songwriter Kate Campbell turned to The Man In Black for inspiration on her latest Large River Music release ”Damn Sure Blue”. In fact, 2 of the songs from this soulful collection of tunes stem directly from Johnny Cash’s prolific catalog, the folk classic, “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” and his self penned “Forty Shades Of Green”. In addition to giving a nod to Cash, Kate chose his ode to the Emerald Isle in commemoration of her annual treks to Ireland where she hosts a music and heritage tour every summer for a group of die hard fans. And by enlisting award winning americana guitar whiz Will Kimbrough as producer, this album plays like a Sunday afternoon drive down Highway 61 with country, folk, and blues blowing in the breeze.

”Damn Sure Blue’s” opening line, “I’m not bitter, I’m just mad”, taps into the tide of discontent that many feel about the current state of American politics. Even a casual glance at daily headlines is enough to resonate with Kate’s reflective thoughts in “Change Should’ve Come By Now” and “Long Slow Train”. But she offers some hopeful words for this social malaise in her contemplative tune inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem, “This, And My Heart Beside”.

“When You Come Back Home” speaks to love’s devotion amid the weariness of life’s journey and serves as a tender centerpiece for the record. “Sally Maxcy” tells a heart rending tale of loss from an 18 century letter shared with Kate by her friend Joanne Maxcy Martin. Campbell pairs The Louvin Brothers’ “Great Atomic Power” with Eric Kaz’s “Christ, It’s Mighty Cold Outside” which are both decades old tunes but seem eerily relevant in today’s brink of war landscape. The album fittingly concludes with “Peace, Precious Peace” that Kate’s friend and banjo player Laura Boosinger discovered on an old LP by the late Grand Ole Opry banjoist Stringbean. Kate recorded the basic track of the song through her iPhone at Laura’s house with Emma McDowell backing on a haunting fiddle.

Recorded by Will Kimbrough at Kimbrough Super Service with additional recording by Robert Lucas at Barefoot Jerry’s Cinderella Sound Studio, with special thanks to Wayne Moss, and mixed by Todd Robbins in Nashville, ”Damn Sure Blue” breathes americana soul and features a cast of stellar musicians, including Will Kimbrough, guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo, mandola, keyboards, percussion and harmony vocals, Chris Carmichael, violin, viola, and cello, Dave Jacques, upright bass, Bryan Owings, drums, and percussion, Kevin Gordon, guitars and harmony vocals, Phil Madeira, accordion, Kate Campbell, piano and acoustic guitar, and album artwork by outsider artist Miz Thang. Kate keenly notes that Cinderella is Nashville’s oldest surviving independent studio, opened in 1961 the year she was born, and nearby the house where she lived as a teenager and listened to the country rock sounds of Barefoot Jerry and Johnny Cash.




Nazareth Box Set.....

BMG Records are to release "Loud & Proud!", a new 39 disc super deluxe edition box set that celebrates 50 years of those hard rocking Scots, Nazareth. The box set will contain all 23 original studio albums remastered on CD, 2 triple CD sets, "Singles, EPs, B-Sides & Bonus Tracks" and "Rare & Unreleased", 4 vinyl albums, including a picture disc, 3 bespoke 7" singles, a 52 page hardcover book, various items of facsimile memorabilia, programs, lyric sheets, posters, etc, and a metal pin badge. Fans should be aware that the first 500 of these sets ordered via the official Nazareth store come with a free Nazareth photo signed by Pete Agnew and Dan McCafferty. More concise 3CD and 2LP anthologies are also available. The box and the anthologies will be released on September 28th, 2018.




Blaze, The Movie.....

The cornerstone of blues and country music is storytelling, but only the most able messengers can carry the words of another as their own. So goes the story of Texas singer, songwriter and poet Blaze Foley, whose vision has been kept alive by legendary artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams and John Prine. It’s in the spirit of this great musical tradition that writer and director Ethan Hawke and his cast and crew set out to create the 1st ever Gonzo Indie Country & Western Opera Movie, "Blaze".

Hawke, an Austin native, understood the jury he’d likely face in making a film about Texas’ own drunken angels, Blaze Foley and Townes Van Zandt. An able messenger of this story, Hawke brought in the people that loved them most, including Foley’s partner Sybil Rosen, the film is based on her book 'Living In The Woods In A Tree', longtime friend and bandmate Gurf Morlix, Charlie Sexton, portraying Van Zandt and overseeing music production. Alia Shawkat and Alynda Segarra, from Hurray For The Riff Raff, already knew the words to Foley’s songs and went all in. Finally, songwriter and chef Ben Dickey was pulled out of the kitchen and placed in front of the camera to portray Foley, a performance by this first time actor that couldn’t have been played by anyone else.

As the cameras rolled, the actors began to sing and the singers began to act, and in many ways what’s captured in the film is the spirit of music itself. Found in the atmospheric noises of clinking beer bottles, birds, and the cast cheering each other on are the makings of any good album, a group of artists with a collective vision of creating something eternal, and doing it all, as Van Zandt put it best, “for the sake of the song”.....

Light In The Attic Records, September 21st, 2018.




Billy F Gibbons.....

Billy F Gibbons, the iconic guitarist and lead vocalist for ZZ Top, has announced he will release his new solo album, " The Big Bad Blues", on September 21st, 2018, via Concord Records.

“We successfully made our way through those uncharted waters with the Cubano flavor of 'Perfectamundo' and completed the journey”, Gibbons says, referencing his last solo effort, which came out in 2015. “The shift back to the blues is a natural. It’s something which our followers can enjoy with the satisfaction of experiencing the roots tradition and, at the same time, feeling the richness of stretching the art form”.

"The Big Bad Blues" sees Gibbons returning to the classic blues influences that he and ZZ Top famously explored for years. Along with covers, like songs from Bo Diddley, Jerome Greene and Gilly Stillwater, the album features new, original blues cuts penned by Gibbons. Joining the guitarist on the tracks is a band consisting of keyboardist Mike Flanigin, bassist Joe Hardy, drummers Greg Morrow and Matt Sorum, guitarist Austin Hanks and harmonica player James Harman.

“There’s something very primordial within the art form”, Gibbons says of the blues. “Nobody gets away from the infectious allure of those straight-ahead licks! I suspect Jimmy Reed did me in early on. The inventiveness of that high and lonesome sound remains solid and stridently strong to this day. We could go on to mention the lineup of usual suspects, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy, all 3 Kings, BB, Albert and Freddie. The lengthy list of champions are forever carved in stone”.





"Eye To Eye" is the brand new studio album by Swedish rocker Anders Bodin, a.k.a Bodinrocker. This is his 4th album. He is known for his straightforward rock, combining tasty guitar riffs with crystal clear melodies. This new album recorded at various places in Gothenburg has been co-produced by Anders Bodin and Lars Ekberg.

Along with Bodin, guitars and vocals, and Ekberg, keyboards, the performing musicians are Klas Anderhell, drums, and Stefan Deland, bass, who also are the rhythm section in Sven Ingvars, a classic Swedish band. There are also guest appearances by his nephew Gabriel Ekberg on guitar, Hasse Johnzon on slide guitar and mandolin and singer songwriter Mårten Lärka on backing vocals.

”Eye To Eye” is a diverse and dynamic album in the classic rock domain. Productionwise and musically this is probably the best Bodinrocker album so far. And like his previous albums, sense of melody can be seen as the key weapon.

Bodin´s interest in music started when growing up in the small village Hallen in Jämtland in the middle of Sweden. He started playing the guitar and writing songs at the age of 10 and has been writing songs ever since.

From his childhood there is one special historical family story that has always intrigued him and that now has become the theme of the album title and cover. The album title ”Eye To Eye” and the album track ”Brown Bear” are built upon the story about how Bodin´s great great grandfather came eye to eye with a brown bear out in the wild. The legend says that the man actually killed the bear with his bare hands. True or not, it sure is an extraordinary story.

The track "New Sweden" is another historical theme about Sweden's first and last colony in North America.

As one of the most experienced in the ambulance service in Gothenburg, Bodin uses the music as a catalyzer to clear his mind for what he has to deal with out in the field. "It´s a gift to help people in emergency need, but in the long run you`ll need some coping strategy to not being washed up. And for me, music and running works fine. Anders Bodin could also be seen in the Gothenburg ambulance service in the reality series “112 På Liv Och Död" that has been broadcast on Swedish TV4.

On September 20th, 2018, Bodinrocker will play live at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg to celebrate the release of his new album. ”Eye To Eye” will be on general sale on September 14th, 2018 as LP, CD, download and streaming.

As Bodin would say, "put Status Quo, Tom Petty, Neil Young and the bluesy years of Whitesnake in a mixer and press the button. There you have it!".





Deep in the LHI Records tape archive hid a mysterious tape marked Woodchucks. The tape held a lost instrumental surf album recorded by Lee Hazlewood in the early 1960's. Some of the songs have been recorded by The Astronauts, Jack Nitzsche, Dick Dale, Takeshi Terauchi, The Ventures, John Paul Jones, The Trashmen, The Challengers and The Surfaris. Lee’s original recordings have never been released. Bask in the reverb drenched twang of Lee Hazlewood’s original versions for the first time ever.

Light in the Attic Records is proud to continue it’s Lee Hazlewood archive series with this very special release. Not a reissue, but rather a brand new, never before released time capsule from the surf era. Lee Hazlewood’s Woodchucks "Crusin’ For Surf Bunnies" is the perfect soundtrack for sun baked skin and salty waves, hot rods and summer love. It’s the soundtrack to the american dream in the early 1960's and it comes from California. Though Lee and Suzi Jane Hokom hadn’t met yet, they were both living that dream. Suzi with her group The Surf Bunnies and Lee on his brief surf music tangent with albums like Al Casey’s "Surfin’ Hootenanny", "Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars" and The Glaciers' "From Sea To Ski".

LIght In The Attic Records, September 14th, 2018.




Willie Nelson.....

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release "My Way", Willie Nelson's new studio album on September 14th, 2018. "My Way" will be available on CD, LP and digital formats, as well as part of exclusive merch bundles on Willie’s web store. In addition, the 1st single from the album, Willie’s take on the classic “Summer Wind” has just been released.  "My Way" is Willie's 2nd new studio album this year, following the release of his critically acclaimed "Last Man Standing" in April.

An album of standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, "My Way", finds Willie, who's written a few standards himself, swinging his way through some of the most beloved songs in the 'Great American Songbook'. The album, which features lush string and horn arrangements, was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings.

2 iconic avatars on the American pop culture landscape, Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson express the range of romantic emotion, from the intoxicating thrill of falling in love to the crushing hangover of heartbreak, in songs that speak directly to the listener. Recorded in the spirit of Willie's legendary 1978 "Stardust" album, one of the first contemporary artists to cover the 'Great American Songbook', and 2016's "Summertime : Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin", "My Way" pays homage to one of his heroes.

Willie and Frank were close friends, musical colleagues and mutual admirers of each other's work throughout Sinatra's lifetime. In the 1980's, Sinatra opened for Willie at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and the 2 of them appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA's Space Foundation.

"I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank", Willie said recently. "He didn't worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever, he could sing it either way, and that's the feel you have to have".

That's the attitude Willie brings to "My Way", with abiding classics like "Summer Wind", "It Was A Very Good Year", "I'll Be Around", "Fly Me To The Moon", "What Is This Thing Called Love", a duet with Norah Jones, and the anthemic title track, Frank done Willie's way, one master vocalist channeling Another.




Richard Thompson.....

Richard Thompson is set to return with "13 Rivers" on September 14th, 2018. The 13 song set is the artist’s first self produced album in over a decade and was recorded 100% analogue in just 10 days. It was engineered by Clay Blair (The War On Drugs) and features Thompson’s regular accompanists Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Bobby Eichorn (guitar).
"13 Rivers" is a bare bones, emotionally direct album that speaks from the heart with no filters. “There are 13 songs on the record, and each one is like a river”, Thompson explains. “Some flow faster than others. Some follow a slow and winding current. They all culminate on this one body of work”.
A high water mark in an overwhelmingly impressive career, "13 Rivers" was recorded at the famed Boulevard Recording Studio in Los Angeles. Previously known as The Production Workshop, which was owned by Liberace and his manager, the locale served as the site for seminal classics by Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Ringo Starr, and hosted the mixing sessions for Pink Floyd’s legendary "The Wall".




Citizen K III.....

The 3rd studio album from Klas Qvist and his Citizen K trademark is called "III". As expected, "Citizen K III" is the best album yet from this Swedish pop artist. Featuring 13 songs, "III" conjures up an essential blend of catchy 21st century pop and rock vocal tracks balanced by a couple prog pop instrumental tracks that serve as beat group style instrumental interludes in the style of Stackridge or even Speedy Keen. The 2018 CD release of "III" proves that Citizen K is a modern maestro at combining breezy american west coast Brian Wilson and Chad & Jeremy style rock with a spirited blend of UK influenced, Swedish art pop songs.

The 2017 Citizen K double CD, "Second Thoughts", consisted of new recordings of music Klas Qvist wrote as far back as the 1980's. Critics even compared the prolific output of "Second Thoughts" to a kind of 2017 version of the Beatles’ "White Album". The 2018 release of "III" brings the Citizen K sound up to date with an even more direct blend of catchy pop rock songs, infused with Beach Boys style harmonies and an ABBA like Euro pop bounce. "Citizen K III" will dazzle fans who enjoyed both "Second Thoughts" and the first Citizen K album, "Meet Citizen K - Somewhere Up North", released in the autumn of 2009.

So is "III" really like The Beach Boys "Love You", compared to "Smile"?

Klas proclaims, “Exactly! 'III' is all back to hamburgers and milkshakes after the hallucinogenics of 'Second Thoughts'. No seriously, 'Second Thoughts' was as far as I could go in that direction without being insufferably introspective. I'm also an old pop fanatic, so sooner or later, there had to be a recording where I paid tribute to the 'Rumours' lineup of Fleetwood Mac or 10cc, for instance. I hope you don't think I've sold out completely here".




Paul Weller.....

Paul Weller will release a new album, "True Meanings", in September. The 14 track album is the 26th solo long player of his career and is described as incorporating lush orchestration that contains a dreamy, peaceful, pastoral set of songs.

"True Meanings" features many guests, including Rod Argent, Martin Carthy and Danny Thompson. Interestingly, lyrics for 4 songs were written, to Weller’s melodies, by others. Connor O’Brien wrote the words to "The Soul Searchers", while Erland Cooper did the same for "Bowie", "Wishing Well" and "White Horses".

The album was recorded in around 3 weeks at Paul’s Black Barn Studio and produced largely by Weller. It was engineered and recorded by Charles Rees and mixed by Jan Stan Kybert.

Formats are kept quite simple. The 14 track CD is available in soft-pack gatefold card wallet packaging, with a 12-page booklet or as a casebound book deluxe edition which features a bigger 28-page booklet. The double heavyweight vinyl edition is housed in a gatefold tip on sleeve and includes an 8 page booklet, fixed inside the gatefold sleeve. There are no bonus tracks on any physical edition and nothing exclusive on Paul’s store.

"True Meanings" will be released on September 14th, 2018.




Joni Mitchell.....

"In 1970, the Isle of Wight Festival was one of the largest musical events of its time. Bigger than Woodstock, and controversial from the get go, hundreds of thousands of people descended on the island. Many of those without tickets set up camp on a hill overlooking the festival site, opposing the consumerism of the event and intent on taking the music back by any means necessary. It was a celebration of hippy counter culture gone awry, and they fed me to the beast." ~ Joni Mitchell

Eagle Vision, September 14th, 2018.







Gilbert O'Sullivan.....

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s unique blend of melodic craftsmanship, witty wordplay, topical acuity and surrealist humour has given him an enduring and endearing career. His songwriting knack has outlived and transcended fashion, global million sellers, critical acclaim, court cases and an occasional tendency to reclusiveness. Now recognised as one of our great singer songwriters, he’s been championed in recent years by everyone from Morrissey to Paul Weller, from Difford & Tilbrook to Neil Diamond. There’s a case for him being our own Randy Newman or Harry Nilsson. Certainly Ethan Johns, who produces his new album "Gilbert O’Sullivan", is a clued up enthusiast. “I’ve been a fan of Gilbert’s for years”, he says. “He’s a true original”.

Gilbert’s 19th studio album since his 1971 debut "Himself" feels in some ways a kindred spirit to that record, which yielded his first hit, the poetic and powerful breakthrough "Nothing Rhymed". It’s organic, almost live feel is encouraged by Ethan and the songs sail on the perennial O’Sullivan strengths of evocative tunes and wry insight.

The album was recorded on analogue equipment at O’Sullivan’s Frobisher Drive Studios, Jersey, in easy going sessions with players hand picked by Ethan. The band featured guitarist Paul Stacey, bassist Nick Pini, drummer Jeremy Stacey, Stephanie Jean, AKA Ida Mae and O’Sullivan on vocals and piano. There are also guest appearances from several incredible musicians, Andy Fairweather Low (guitar, Chas Hodges and Geraint Watkins.

The resulting album is a collection of some of the finest songs Gilbert has ever written and recorded. Ranging from the melancholy charm of "At The End Of The Day" or "I’ll Never Love Again" to the brisk, buoyant "Penny Drops", "What Is It About My Girl" and Ethan’s favourite, the rollicking "This Riff". There are musings on ageing and mortality, and also, of course, crisp comic touches, something Gilbert attributes to his love of Spike Milligan.

One of the album’s standout tracks is first single "Where Did You Go To?" which, with Gilbert’s surreal wordplay and the hammond organ to the fore, would not be out of place on long time influence, Bob Dylan’s "Like A Rolling Stone" album.

Whilst the album’s centerpiece, "Dansette Dreams And 45's", is a nod to nostalgia, Gilbert’s deft, droll observations on today’s world remain ever eagle-eyed. The album’s final 2 songs, "The Mind Boggles" and "For The Record", both tackle serious issues, with references to Donald Trump and homelessness. These songs show Gilbert at the top of his game, as he has been since banging out Dylan and Beatles tunes as a child on the piano, in the shed at the end of his mother’s council house garden in Swindon.

“Success for me is to write what I think is a good song”, says Gilbert. “When I’m pleased with it, that, for me, is a magical moment. I never lost that buzz”. Gilbert O’Sullivan represents a talent as vibrant and in touch with its own truth as it has ever been, and should ensure a new generation discovers this truly remarkable artist.




Nichole Wagner.....

Emerging americana folk artist Nichole Wagner is set to release her full length debut, ”And The Sky Caught Fire”, on August 24th, 2018. For this album, the Austin based singer songwriter delivers emotionally intense lyrics spiked with hard truths bookended by her soulfully broad, raspy tinged vocals and thoughtful arrangements.

"This is unashamedly a relationship record, and all of the songs on it are very honest, though I may have slightly shifted a few very specific details, just to keep from hurting anyone unnecessarily”, confesses the straight shooting Wagner, who not coincidentally grew up obsessing over every heart tangled note of Fleetwood Mac's ”Rumours”.

Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Justin Douglas, the album was recorded at Austin's King Electric Studio and features 9 original tracks written or co-written by Wagner along with one heartbreaking cover of Warren Zevon’s “Reconsider Me”. Wagner enlisted several of her americana contemporaries to lend a musical hand, including lead guitarist Will Sexton, Rod Picott and Terry Klein on vocals, Jan Flemming, keys, Grant Himmler, bass and Chris Hausler, drums.

Album opener “Winner Take All” pulses with dreamy guitar licks and the palpable tensions of love coming undone. The blues hued “Dynamite”, one of the two songs she co-wrote with fellow Austin songwriter Terry Klein exhibits matter of fact conviction.

“Yellow Butterfly” is a gorgeous, folk laden track with ethereal piano compositions that was written right after the loss of legendary Tom Petty, while “Rules Of Baseball” uses America’s favorite pastime and its long and arduous season as a metaphor for the demise of a relationship.

Haunting and sparse, "The Last Time" addresses the finality of love having given up the ghost or perhaps having never even been in the room at all. “This Kind of Love” is a poprocker retelling of a break up that took the better part of two years, condensed into three minutes. As arresting as those songs are, it’s “Fires of Pompeii” featuring Picott on vocals that simmers with the album's longest slow burn.

Current and new fans will get a chance to see Wagner perform songs from ”And The Sky Caught Fire” this summer and fall. She’ll tour extensively throughout Texas and the Southeast. Stay tuned for tour announcements and updates.




Phil & Crazy Horse.....

Phil Lee is hard at work on his forthcoming album, "Phil Lee & The Horse He Rode In On", to be released in this fall. It will be Lee's seventh album. 2 members of Crazy Horse, Neil Young’s long time band, are featured on the CD, bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina. Other contributors are keyboardist Barry Goldberg, who played with Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills & The Rides and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and Chicago guitarist Jan King of the Orchids.  Associated Press described Lee  as 'combining the social conscience of Woody Guthrie with the twisted fury of Jerry Lee Lewis'. The Lexington Press  called Lee a 'cross between Merle Haggard and Mark Twain'. Singing with no apologies, and no regrets,  Lee often shows hard earned wisdom from his adventures and misadventures









Bert Jansch.....

From his 1965 iconic debut album, which changed folk music, Bert Jansch's peerless musicality, songwriting and interpretations of tradional song has held generation after generation spellbound and inspired musicians in all genres.  This is the first ever collection of Bert's entire solo career with insightful liner notes by Bernard Butler of Suede who compiled this selection together with the Bert Jansch Estate. "Just A Simple Soul - The Best Of Bert Jansch", Earth Recordings/Sanctuary Records, October 26th, 2018.







Aretha Franklin.....

When Aretha Franklin joined Atlantic Records in 1967, it was the beginning of an unprecedented run that would ultimately cement her place as a music legend, a global household name, and one of the most influential singers of all time.

"The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970" features 34 singles which Franklin released during her first 3 years with Atlantic Records. Arranged chronologically, the songs on the new collection originally appeared on 6 studio albums, "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You" in 1967, "Aretha Arrives" in 1967, "Lady Soul" in 1968, "Aretha Now" in 1968, "Soul 69 in 1969, "This Girl’s In Love With You" in 1970 and "Spirits In The Dark" in 1970). The only exception is Franklin’s cover of Elton John’s “Border Song”, which was released as a single in 1970 and later appeared on her 1972 album "Young, Gifted & Black". The vinyl version is a double LP with 25 tracks.

The album is stacked with many of Franklin’s best known songs, including “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”, “Respect”, “Baby I Love You”, “Chain Of Fools” and “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Several of the songs on this collection are cover versions that underscore Franklin’s exceptional skill at reinterpreting music and making songs her own. Among the highlights are her versions of Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me”, The Band’s “The Weight”, The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”, and Dionne Warwick’s “I Say A Little Prayer”, which became a Billboard Top 10 hit for Franklin in 1968.

Atlantic Records, September 28th, 2018.




Judith Owen.....

For most artists, an album of cover songs is an idea of last resort, a Hail Mary pass when one’s creativity has stalled out or there’s a contract to be fulfilled. But most artists aren’t Judith Owen

This firebrand singer songwriter and pianist is currently riding the wave of a tremendous couple of years. Her previous album "Somebody’s Child" was adored by critics around the world, The Sunday Times UK chose it as one of the best records of 2016 and Analog Planet said that it “sparkles with Owen’s witty energy” and noting that “the songs will stay with you long after the record ends”.

Her live performances, whether as a headliner or as the handpicked opening act for Bryan Ferry’s recent tours of Europe and North America, have been wowing listeners and gaining fans like fellow artist Jackson Browne, who said of Owen’s onstage prowess, “It’s a masterclass on how a show should be done”.  

So with all that wind in her sails, why then turn to the music of others for her forthcoming album "redisCOVERed"? For Owen, it is something of a gift for her fans, both old and new. 

“Over the years, so many people, whether it be film producer Nick Wechsler or audience members who hear the covers I’ve done over the years, have always had the question, ‘Why don’t you make a collection of these things because they’re so unique and unusual?’”, Owen says. “And I had to really ask myself why I do these covers and why they bring me so much pleasure”.

Those questions are easy to answer once you listen to "redisCOVERed". As she has done since her earliest days attempting to plunk out the music of Mozart and Debussy on her family’s piano to her days playing 4 hour sets in piano bars fulfilling customer requests, Owen makes these songs her own. She molds the familiar melodies and lyrics to contemporary pop hits and longtime favorites to her unmistakable voice and style. 

“The line I always use is, ‘I don’t do karaoke’. I don’t perform or sing music unless it means something to me”, Owen insists. “I knew I had to make these songs matter to me, to have my truth in them”. 

It doesn’t take much digging to find the deeper layers of meaning in her song choices and her performances on "redisCOVERed". Look within even the seemingly silliest selection and you’ll find a big piece of Owen’s heart waiting for you.

For some songs, the connections are fairly easy to make. She pays loving homage to one of her biggest influences Joni Mitchell, recording a pair of the Laurel Canyon legend’s compositions, “Cherokee Louise” and “Ladies Man”. They’re somewhat surprising choices, as they come from Mitchell’s post 70's heyday when her commercial star had faded somewhat yet she was still producing incredible work. Work that resonated loudly with Owen. 

“There’s a line in ‘Ladies Man’ where she sings, ‘Why do you keep trying to make a man out of me?’”, Owen says. “And I really relate to that because when I met Joni, I realized I knew exactly what she was talking about.  She is someone who is one of the guys. She does not lead with her sexuality. She leads with her musicianship and her abilities. The most important thing is to be respected on stage and in the studio. Yet, there are times when I’ve wished that the person I was working with could perhaps notice that I was a woman. She nailed it in that one line and it really touched me”.

Owen had a similar relationship within the lyrics and mood of “Black Hole Sun”, one of the breakout hits for grunge icons Soundgarden that she performs with such thoughtfulness and verve on "redisCOVERed", in tribute to the late Chris Cornell and to the message she found within the song.

“When I heard it, I thought, ‘This is the best song about depression and being in the darkness that I’ve ever heard’”, she says. “You couldn’t make that song darker, but what you can do is bring this kind of pompous kind of perkiness to it, which always how I feel when I have my game face on. Like most people who struggle with the ‘black dog’, they have their daytime face that they go out with so you won’t see what’s going on inside. So I liked the idea of doing this almost skipping, ‘Take Five’ version of it, which belies the words”.

Her biggest test, though, was seeing herself within the very modern hip hop of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”.

“I said to Harry Shearer, my husband, ‘Choose the most extreme thing, something contemporary that you would think I could not relate to’”, she says. “But of course I can because I’ve been in that place where I was constantly waiting for the phone call that would come from the guy who would call me only when there was no one better to be around. That song became more of a torch song. That’s absolutely a woman’s song if ever there was one”. 

Owen’s arrangements breathe fresh life into these familiar songs recording with Grammy winning co-producer and mixer and engineer David Bianco whilst surrounding herself with some sharp musical talent. She’s joined throughout this album by legendary bassist Leland Sklar and master percussionist Pedro Segundo, both key members of Judith’s recent live band.  

You’ll also find contributions from the likes of Paul Beard, George Shelby, Snarky Puppy member Michael ‘Maz’ Maher, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and her dazzling London string players, longtime cellist collaborator Gabriella Swallow and violinist Lizzie Ball.

What every track on "redisCOVERed", be it a pop chestnut from Grease, a modern chart hit, an icon or evergreen 70's dancefloor classics, reveals is that what we bring to a song that we love is what ultimately defines its truth. 

“These are great songs that I’ve deconstructed and re-claimed or simply found my life and new meaning in the lyrics”.

“What started as a 'Dream A Little Dream Of Me’ request sung for a good friend’s wedding, this version turned into one more akin to Sinatra’s 'One More For The Road', the joy of first love was exchanged turned in a ‘not into you’ and the perfect bookend for the album starting with 'Hotline Bling' and seemingly perfect ending for the album”.

“This is the thing about music”, Owen avers, “We always get a different read from the same song. A song means so many different things to different people, and they’re all true. It’s what it means to you that matters”.

“I  will continue to live by my family motto, 'Ego Non Karaoke'”. 




Joe Bonamassa.....

It’s been 2 years since Joe Bonamassa released his last studio album "Blues Of Desperation". "Redemption" is his 13th solo studio album and 3rd in a row of all original material. It features a collection of 12 exhilarating songs that reflect the re-birth that he is currently going through. “I’m going through some other stuff in my life I didn’t expect to be going through. It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything. It’s painful, but knowing that there’s a rising coming”, he explains. "Redemption" was recorded with a remarkable collection of musicians, including 2 extra guitar players, and a guest appearance by country singer Jamey Johnson. Provogue Records, September 21st, 2018.






A Prince & A Piano.....

The Prince estate just announced that it is prepping a new album of previously unreleased home recordings, "Piano And A Microphone 1983", set to arrive September 21st, 2018. The album's 9 tracks were culled from cassette recordings Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, MN. The estate teased the project with Prince's rollicking and rumbling rendition of the 19th century spiritual, "Mary Don't You Weep", which will also play during the end credits of Spike Lee's upcoming movie, "BlacKkKlansman". Much of "Piano And A Microphone 1983" captures Prince working through future classics like "Purple Rain", "17 Days", "Strange Relationship" and "International Lover", while it also boasts a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You". The album's first 7 tracks are presented in the same format as they were originally recorded and will reportedly play like one of Prince's spontaneous live medleys.




Petty Box Set.....

Tom Pettys‘s family and former collaborators compiled a 4 CD box set of previously unreleased material by Petty and the Heartbreakers, for release on September 14th, 2018. The release, called "An American Treasure", marks the first posthumous album of Petty material since his death in October last year. "An American Treasure" will contain previously unreleased studio recordings, live recordings, deep cuts and alternate versions of popular Petty songs. The collection will encompass 60 tracks in total. Petty’s daughter Adria and his wife Dana helped select the material along with former Heartbreakers Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and longtime studio collaborator Ryan Ulyate. A less expensive 2 CD set will also be available for purchase.

Petty was as prolific as he was talented. During the 80's and 90's, he released albums at a rapid pace. His studio productivity dipped slightly in the new millennium, when he put out an album roughly every 4 years. The last album Petty released under his own name was 2014’s "Hypnotic Eye". He also contributed to 2016’s "Mudcrutch 2" with members of his pre-Heartbreakers band.

Petty was found unconscious at his home in Malibu on October 2nd, 2017. He was taken to the hospital and put temporarily on life support. He died hours later. In January, a medical examiner ruled that the singer died of an accidental overdose. Petty had been prescribed drugs to treat emphysema, knee issues and a fractured hip, according to a statement from his family. “On the day he died, he was informed his hip had graduated to a full-on break”, Dana and Adria wrote. “It is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his overuse of medication”.




Brett Perkins.....

Brett Perkins & The Pawnshop Preachers ”Double/Single” delivers a double dose of high energy americana.

”You can take the american out of the United States, but you can’t take the United States out of the americans. Thus, Brett Perkins still sounds to an extent that he is a child of Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino and not least Hank Williams.”

So wrote Danish reviewer Henning Hoeg in his 5 star recommendation of The Pawnshop Preachers 2017 release.

The Preachers new ”Double/Single” will no doubt add Cab Calloway and Jerry Lee Lewis to the bands musical heritage, from the distinct swing sound of ‘Everything’s Turnin’ Around’, to the straight ahead, piano pounding rock’n’roll of ‘Yes, Yes, Yes (Honey, Take Off That Dress)’.

The band is releasing the 2 tracks in advance of a new full length album planned for a spring 2019 release.




More Doors Deluxe.....

The Doors will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 3rd album "Waiting For The Sun" with a reissue featuring 14 previously unreleased tracks. The 2 CD, 1 LP set will be available September 14th, 2018, via Rhino Records. Of the 14 unreleased recordings, 9 are early rough mixes cut during the original recording sessions, which longtime Doors engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick discovered while digging through his archives. “I prefer some of these rough mixes to the finals, as they represent all of the elements and additional background vocals, different sensibilities on balances, and some intangible roughness, all of which are quite attractive and refreshing”, Botnick says. The remaining 5 unreleased tracks were recorded live at a September 17th, 1968, Doors concert in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 50th anniversary version of "Waiting For The Sun will also feature a remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix on both CD and 180 gram vinyl. Botnick handled the remaster using the original master tapes.




Loudon Wainwright.....

Loudon Wainwright III has announced plans to release "Years In The Making", a 2 disc, 42 track compendium album comprised of live recordings, radio appearances, home demos, cut album tracks and more.

The content of the album spans more than 45 years of Wainwright’s career, showcasing his more rare, offbeat or unissued work. Of the album, Wainwright says, “'Years In The Making' covers a lot of ground, about half a century’s worth. Sonically it’s all over the place and, at times, noticeably low fi, but my co-producer Dick Connette and I decided that didn’t matter as much as offering up something that was spirited and representational”. Wainwright’s discography to date is made up of 23 solo albums, 4 live albums, and 5 compilation albums

The 2 disc audio biography will be released along with a 60 page hardbound book, with artwork done by New Yorker cartoonist Ed Steed, divided into 7 chapters filled with scans of documents, introspective musings and other artifacts from Wainwright’s younger years, supplemented with paintings and drawings by friends and fans. The album drops September 14th, 2018, via Story Sound Records.




Jean Michel Jarre.....

With his upcoming best of, "Planet Jarre", the godfather of electronic Music, Jean Michel Jarre celebrates his 50 years at the forefront of electronic music with an extensive double album that will once more carburize his legacy in pop music history. Set for release September 14th, 2018, on Sony Music, "Planet Jarre" comprises 41 works from his extensive catalogue, hand picked by Jarre himself and completely re-mastered to add a new and sparkling freshness to the sound of the package. To top things off, the Vinyl Book and Ultimate Box Set both come with a download card to enter the world of Jean Michel Jarre in 5.1. Always fascinated by the best possible sound and technology Jarre mastered some tracks in 5.1. for a unique listening experience.





Allan Thomas.....

Greetings from Kauai, Hawaii, 21 degrees north by 159 degrees west. A bit of  backstory. I've been singing professionally since I was 12 years old. Released my first 45 rpm single at 17, became a songwriter at 19, and have released 5 previous studio albums of original material thus far. My whole life has been about the making of music, and that has led to this, my newest recording 'Two Sides To Every Story'.

Written and recorded over the last 6 years this collection of songs could possibly be my most far reaching album yet. Blending elements of soul, blues, jazz, rock and singer songwriter, the resulting album contains 8 songs with vocals, and 7 instrumentals. 

Ranging from a solo acoustic guitar slack key instrumental to full-blown ensemble tracks with some of the worlds tastiest musicians, including players from Steely Dan,  the  James Taylor Band, Yellowjackets and Crosby Stills & Nash, plus many other stellar studio cats and kittens from Kauai, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Needless to say, I'm beyond stoked at the performances of my musical compatriots. ‘Two Sides To Every Story’ was mixed in Montreal by multi platinum engineer Paul Northfield (Rush, Dream Theater). 

Several compositions, like 'Dating Game', a dude's eye look into some of the head scratching scenarios in online dating, and 'Geezer Talk', a lighthearted laundry list of the daily ailments thrust upon unsuspecting baby boomers aim to induce some much needed humor. A few tunes express the wishful thinking of one who dreams big, as in 'If Only' and 'Is That Asking Too Much?', while 'Troubled Times' takes an unflinching look at the darkly disturbing aspects of our current worrisome world. Most of the songs have been written in recent times, but the instrumental  'In Search Of' goes all the way back to Malibu, California, in 1973. Some things take a while.

Instrumentals and vocals. Humor and deadly serious. Two sides. Looking towards an August release, stay tuned.”

 ~ Allan Thomas




Batt & Hawkwind.....

For their 31st studio album, Hawkwind have collaborated with songwriter and conductor Mike Batt to recreate a selection of Hawkwind songs with an extra, orchestral ingredient. Hawkwind invited Mike to help create arrangements for some of their most celebrated songs performed by the current line-up of Dave Brock, Richard Chadwick, Mr Dibs, Haz Wheaton and Magnus Martin.

Tracks such as "Quark, Strangeness And Charm", "We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago" and "Psychic Power" are re-rooted acoustically, then embellished with a strength and majesty only Hawkwind can produce. "The Watcher" features trademark guitar licks from very special guest Eric Clapton. Dave Brock says, “Reinventing these familiar songs has been an interesting experience, we hope you like them”. "Road To Utopia" will be previewed in August by a 2 track digital single coupling "Quark, Strangeness And Charm" and "The Watcher", which will be promoted to radio and to streaming platforms. Cherry Red Records, September 14th, 2018.




Alejandro Escovedo.....

Alejandro Escovedo returns with a brand new album on the Yep Roc label. The new album is perhaps his most varied and expansive album to date. It is his 1st album recorded outside of America, in northern Italy, with co-writer Don Antonio Gramentieri and a band of Italian musicians. It is also Alejandros 1st ever concept album drawing the story of 2 young immigrants to the US, who bond over a mutual love of punk rock as they struggle with the racism and discrimination as immigrants. Special guests on the album include Wayne Kramer, Joe Ely and Peter Perrett and John Perry of The Only Ones. The sound ranges from straight ahead rockers like, "Sonica USA", to ballads like the classic Joe Ely penned, "Silver City", and everywhere in between. To describe this album as "epic" might be an understatement. "The Crossing", Yep Roc Records, September 14th, 2018.





14 Easy Pieces.....

Jimmy Webb is a true phenomenon. His songwriting career burst onto the scene in the late 60's with smash hit after smash hit by artists like Glen Campbell, 5th Dimension and decades later with top charting hits by Linda Ronstadt, Donna Summer and many others. His memorable songs cover all genres of pop, rock, r'n'b, country and jazz. Much like Lennon and McCartney, Rogers and Hammerstein, Bacharach and David, Jimmy Webb's music will live on forever.

In 1996, Jimmy Webb teamed up with producer Fred Mollin and they put together one of the most important albums of Webb's career with "Ten Easy Pieces." The masterpieces within showcase a resume that is second to none with sensational readings of his best known classics like "Wichita Lineman", "Worst That Could Happen", "All I Know", "Didn't We" and the all time game changer "MacArthur Park". His music has been a force for over 50 years and with recent touring across the USA and overseas, the Jimmy Webb songbook continues to be an inspiration to millions.

This past year, Jimmy Webb, his wife Laura, original producer Fred Mollin and Friday Music's Joe Reagoso teamed up to revisit his 1996 long out of print masterwork "Ten Easy Pieces". Always considered one of his most fan favorite albums, Jimmy and Fred cut a few early demo tracks when the CD was in the planning stages and have located 4 very important demo recordings of "Galveston", "Worst That Could Happen", plus 2 two tracks not released on the original album, "Up, Up And Away" and his emotional reading of "I Was Too Busy Loving You".

This 14 track collection is augmented with brand new liner notes from Jimmy, as well as new notes from Fred Mollin and Joe Reagoso, as well as all the lyrics and striking first time CD artwork, making this a wonderful revisit for any popular music fan.

Friday Music, September 14th, 2018.




Brad Colerick.....

Shop Local. It’s a phrase often espoused by chambers of commerce and city officials in support of community businesses. South Pasadena, California, singer songwriter Brad Colerick took it to heart for his latest album, ”Nine Ten Thirty”. The album title is the postal code of the town of 25,000. The CD was a musical barn raising made entirely by Colerick and some very talented neighbors. “I wanted to showcase the great talent I’m surrounded by in this town”, said Colerick, “South Pasadena is a hotbed of wonderfully creative people. And the community really supports the arts”.

Colerick awakened the sleepy town of South Pasadena in 2009 when he launched a weekly Wednesday night acoustic music series called Wine & Song. After playing the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, he decided to pattern the series after the impromptu nights that occur there. Held in the Blue Guitar room at Arroyo Seco Golf Course, Colerick hosts 2 Americana artists each week along with special guests. “I love these Wednesday gatherings”, explained Colerick. “Every show is unique and inspiring. We get a steady stream of outstanding artists touring through town who have heard about the great scene and receptive audiences here in the arroyo. It's also a great place for me to test drive new songs”.

Sounds of the wild, red crowned Amazon parrots that thrive in South Pasadena accompany the title cut which features keyboard work by Grammy Award winning pianist, Billy Childs. Billy's son, singer songwriter Aaron Childs, makes a cameo on “Millard Stream”, a story that takes place near the neighborhood where Childs grew up. “Bachelorette Party” is about an encounter on an early morning flight amidst a group of young, Vegas bound revelers, and the joy of embracing life's unexpected moments. The sole cover song is a revamp of the Bobby Troup standard, “Route 66”. The celebrated roadway ran through the middle of South Pasadena, and brought tourists from far away to see the famed Cawston Ostrich Farm.

Other locals who contributed to the project include David Plenn, Tim Fleming, Dave Tull, Luke Halpin, Sally Dworsky, and Guillermo Guzman, who co-produced the record with Colerick. The CD was recorded at Colerick's studio, DeepMix, which sits in the shadow of the iconic Rialto Theatre in the heart of the 91030 zip code. A CD launch concert will be held Saturday, August 25th, 2018, as part of the 2nd annual Bradfest at the Arroyo Seco Golf Course. Other bands sharing the Bradfest bill are Twanguero, Rose’s Pawn Shop, I See Hawks in LA, Abby & The Myth, and the Pasadena Playboys.




Per Gessle.....

Per Gessle, "Small Town Talk".

1. There’s a Place / 2. The Finest Prize (w/Helena Josefsson) / 3. Small Town Talk (w/Nick Lowe) / 4. Simple Sound / 5. Far Too Close (w/Savannah Church) / 6. Hold On My Heart (w/Helena Josefsson) / 7. No One Makes It On Her Own (w/Helena Josefsson) / 8. Being With You / 9. It Came Too Fast / 10. Name You Beautiful (w/Helena Josefsson) / 11. For The First Time (w/Helena Josefsson) / 12. One Of These Days / 13. Rudy & Me (w/Jessica S)

BMG Records, September 7th, 2018.






Paul McCartney.....

Sharing a title with one of Paul McCartney’s own paintings, "Egypt Station" is the 1st full album of all new McCartney music since 2013’s international chart topping "New". Preceded by 2 of its tracks just released as double a-sides, plaintive ballad "I Don’t Know" and raucous stomper "Come On To Me", "Egypt Station" was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced, with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track, by Greg Kurstin.

Of the forthcoming album’s enigmatic title, Paul says, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station’. It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make. 'Egypt Station' starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from”.

True to the inspiration behind its title, "Egypt Station’s" 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals "Station I" and "Station II", each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination. Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness, "Happy With You", a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era, "People Want Peace", and an epic multi movement closer clocking in at 7 minutes with a song suite structure harkening back to the days of Paul’s previous combos, "Despite Repeated Warnings". The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now, with Paul’s singular unmistakeable melodic and lyrical sensibility serving as a guide.

September 7th, 2018.




Paul Simon.....

It’s an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them, to modify, even completely change parts of the originals”, Paul Simon notes in a statement about his forthcoming album "In The Blue Light". “Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn’t recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home”. "In The Blue Light" is produced by Simon and Roy Halee, and will feature contributions from artists like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd and many others. The album is set to be released on September 7th, 2018, and will coincide with the final leg of Simon’s tour, the last stop of which is on September 22.




Andrew Sheppard.....

Singer songwriter Andrew Sheppard grew up in Hailey, Idaho, in an extended musical family, his mother was always playing and singing in rock and blues bands. As a kid Andrew was always at his moms rehearsals and live shows, drawing in the music as a constant. Sheppard was playing bass in punk rock bands in high school and by the age of 19, he picked up the guitar and started writing his own songs. 10 years later, he is poised to release his sophomore album, ”Steady Your Aim”.

”Steady Your Aim” is a concept record, a musical journey in which every song was methodically thought out to fit the record.  An analog recording, it is a cinematic dreamscape narrative that is richly layered with the pedal steel, piano, cello, wurlitzer and b3 organ. All of their parts are gently tucked in which leaves the listener wondering just what it is they are actually hearing. “We used traditional sounding instruments to create a new sound”, said Sheppard. “For example, we used cello on this record because I wanted a deep sound that didn’t come from anything electric or synthetic. Instead of being a lead instrument we used it as a texture tool giving the songs a more rich and real feel”. Produced by Sheppard, Eric Loomis and Wes Walsworth, both of whom play guitar on the album, ”Steady Your Aim” was recorded at Ivy Hall Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.  John Mayfield at Mayfield Mastering mastered the record.

Leaving Idaho just after high school, Sheppard headed to Los Angeles, California, to pursue his other passion, skateboarding.  After a blown out knee derailed his skating plans, he shifted his focus back to writing music.  In 2008 he formed the band, Gypsy River Haunts that disbanded in 2012. Feeling the need to roam, he bought a car, loaded up his dog and headed around the country collecting stories for what he deemed his ’record writing road trip’. After 8 000 miles of driving, Sheppard wound up back in Idaho with no plan to stay, but realized after landing, that all his childhood friends were great musicians and that he had everything he needed to make the record he had in mind. Packing it up for a trip to Los Angeles, Sheppard and pals recorded ”Far From Here” in 2015 at Bedrock Studios before heading back to Idaho. “I realized how much more I thrive in a mountain town”, said the artist.  “I need to be in nature to feel a bit more sane”.

But a slower pace doesn’t mean that Sheppard has slowed down. He is on the road constantly, both solo and with band, playing festivals such as Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Treefort Music Festival, The Feed L.A. Festival and The Northern Rockies Music Festival.  He’s shared the stage with The Black Lillies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Whiskey Shivers and Scott H Biram and has toured with friend and fellow roots musician, Jeff Crosby.

On ”Steady Your Aim”, Sheppard doesn’t sugarcoat any of the emotions in his songwriting. He writes honest music that comes from the heart and darker places in life.  The first track of the album, “Take A Walk With Me”, is inspired by packing up his life in L.A. and heading back to the mountains. ”I was tired of the coast, so I booked it for the pines. Took a swing at the open road and caught up with my mind”. The more somber 2nd song, the title track, is a response to the 1st song, where he is taking the musical journey and dealing with the trials and tribulations of what being a musician on the road means. “The instruments are meant to make you look at everything widescreen, like watching a film”, he explains.

From the sad and happy, “Here At The Bottom”, to the protest vision of “Not My Kind”, to the traditional, yet modern, waltz of “Holy Water”, ”Steady Your Aim” takes you on a musical journey from start to finish with a modern and experimental sound. Sheppard writes songs and music that isn’t a carbon copy of other country and americana artists, and that touches on subjects you don’t typically touch.

“Writing a song is something that I don’t, and won’t take for granted”, Sheppard vows. “Every show, every tour and every album provide me with new insight and a new way of looking at life. It helps me grow as a person and an artist and I want to see where that takes me for the rest of my life”.



Ann Wilson.....

Heart's Ann Wilson will release a new solo album, "Immortal", filled with covers that honor late musicians such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty. The record arrives September 14th, 2018, via BMG Records. The "Immortal" track list features songs like Petty's "Luna", Bowie's "I'm Afraid Of Americans" and Cohen's "A Thousand Kisses Deep". Wilson also put her spin on more contemporary classics like Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" and Audioslave's "I Am The Highway", in honor of Chris Cornell. The record also features tributes to the Eagles' Glenn Frey, Cream's Jack Bruce, George Michael and Gerry Rafferty.

In a statement, Wilson explains how the project developed and led her to the title, "Immortal". "The original working titles evolved as the concept for the album evolved, a little bit at a time. As my understanding of what I had undertaken grew and clarified, I realized a larger truth. That the souls may have departed but the songs will forever be their resonances. These are the poets of our time and their expressions must be handed down. Poetry is lasting and elemental like carvings in rock". Wilson recorded "Immortal" with original Heart producer Mike Flicker. The record will also feature guest appearances from Warren Haynes and Ben Mink.





Zeppelin Box Set.....

Led Zeppelin‘s soundtrack to their concert film "The Song Remains The Same" has been remastered and will be reissued across multiple formats in September. The band’s performances in July 1973, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, were recorded for the concert film, "The Song Remains The Same". The soundtrack to the film, produced by Jimmy Page, was originally released in 1976.

This reissue is similar to the recent reissue of their live album "How The West Was Won", since the formats on offer include an expansive super deluxe edition box set that includes the remastered audio on 2 CD's and 4 vinyl LP's and a 2 DVD set of "The Song Remains The Same", featuring the full theatrical version of the film plus bonus content including 4 performance outtakes that were not part of the original film, "Celebration Day, "Over The Hills And Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop", and "The Ocean". The box also includes a DVD of the entire album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, a download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit, a 28-page book, with photos and an essay by Cameron Crowe, a replica of the Japanese program from 1977, and a print of the original album cover

As well as the big box, there’s a 4 LP vinyl set, a BluRay audio with the 5.1 mix, 96kHz/24 bit, and stereo mix and a humble remastered 2 CD package. It’s worth noting that for the 4 LP set, Page made a change to the track sequence, allowing the 29 minute version of "Dazed And Confused" to be featured in its entirety on one side of vinyl for the first time. "The Song Remains The Same" will be reissued on September 7th, 2018.





Big Pink Deluxe.....

The Band's 1968 debut album, "Music From Big Pink", is getting remixed and expanded for its 50th anniversary this year. 6 bonus tracks from the sessions, including outtakes and alternate versions, will fill out one of rock's great debut LP's. The new edition will be available on August 31st, 2018. The album has been remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround, and will be released in a super deluxe box that includes a CD, BluRay, 2 LP's, and a 7" single. It will also be available as a single CD, as a digital download, a 180g double LP and a limited edition 180g 2 LP pink vinyl. The 7" single for “The Weight” and “I Shall Be Released” is a reproduction of the original 1968 version. The box also includes a hardbound book with a new essay and classic photos.





Low Lily.....

Start with excellently matched vocals, add some world class playing, sprinkle with raised off grid americana and you get Low Lily. Flynn’s deft flatpicking on guitar and mandolin and Lissa’s virtuosic fiddle playing are grounded by Liz’s percussive rhythm guitar playing, the sounds of which combine joyously in this stunning ensemble.

With a vocal blend that has been dubbed ’outstanding’ and ’meticulous’, Low Lily’s cohesive sound comes naturally for musicians whose lives have been entwined on the road and onstage for almost 2 decades. Setting down roots in Brattleboro, Vermont, the band has crafted a signature sound which they have shared with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK, garnering 2 #1 songs on international folk radio and 2 New England Music Award nominations.

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s ’Most Wanted Band’ of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary. With their first full album release, “10 000 Days Like These”, Low Lily shares an intimate, no tricks involved, collection of songs that showcases their talents and proves them to be a formidable, ready for prime time act. A first album this strong doesn’t come from newbies, all the members have performed with numerous well known names in folk and traditional music. Flynn has toured with Ruth Moody, John Whelan, Cathie Ryan and Aoife Clancy. Liz has toured with Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Melanie, and Long Time Courting. Lissa has toured as a solo act as well as with Solas and Childsplay.





Neil Diamond.....

Neil Diamond played a concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre back in 2012 to mark the 40th anniversary of his original "Hot August Night" album and performance. That show is now being issued as "Hot August Night III" in audio video combo packages.

The show, in the same venue he played in 1972, features 31 of Diamond’s greatest hits and is available as a 2 CD + BluRay set, a 2 CD + DVD set, or a simple 2 CD audio package. The DVD or BluRay elements include a bonus behind the scenes features. "Hot August Night III" will be released on August 17th, 2018.







Casal's Circles.....

In 2015, guitarist Neal Casal was asked to provide music that would be played during intermission of 5 "Fare Thee Well : Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead" concerts. Casal recruited keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy to help record the instrumental music and the reaction to the resulting tunes was so strong they decided to continue the project known as Circles Around the Sun. Now, the quartet announced a new step with the upcoming release of "Let It Wander", a double album due August 17th, 2018, via Rhino. Casal, MacDougall, Horne and Levy laid down the 7 instrumentals found on the follow-up to 2015’s "Interludes For The Dead" in early 2018 at Castaway 7 Studios.

“More than anything, what you hear on this album is a band growing into its own sound”, Casal said in a statement about Circles Around The Sun evolving past their original aim of paying homage to the spirit of the Grateful Dead. Circles Around The Sun recruited Chuck D of Public Enemy to contribute to the "Let It Wander" track “One For Chuck”. It turns out Chuck D had visited Castaway 7 during one of the listening sessions. The legendary hip hop star dug what he heard and obliged when the band asked him to record an intro.




Elvis Presley.....

RCA and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Elvis Presley's "Where No One Stands Alone", a new Elvis album celebrating the artist's everlasting love of gospel music, on August 10th, 2018.

Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley and Andy Childs, "Where No One Stands Alone" introduces newly recorded instrumentation and backing vocal contributions from music legends who'd performed on stage and/or in the studio with Elvis. It also inc...ludes a reimagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album’s title track and spiritual touchstone.

"It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father", wrote Lisa Marie in her liner notes for the album. "The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I’m certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way". Background vocalists on the album include Darlene Love, who first sang with Elvis on his 1968 NBC television special), Cissy Houston, who, with The Sweet Inspirations, sang with Elvis on stage beginning in 1969, Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray, members of The Imperials, who sang on Elvis' "How Great Thou Art", with the title song winning the 1967 Grammy for Best Sacred Performance, and Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland, members of Presley's longtime backup group, The Stamps.

"Where No One Stands Alone" will be available in digital, CD and 12" vinyl album configurations, available for pre-order now.




The Refusers.....

The Refusers' incendiary new album, fueled by the insanity of the Trump era, social injustice, congressional corruption and the gap between the haves and have nots, is an epic call to refuse to accept the messed up way things are, fight back and yes, "Disobey".

The Refusers drive their manifesto with some kick ass rock and roll that commands our attention. The band of top flight musicians includes Michael Belkin, guitars, songs, lead vocals, keyboardists Eric Robert, who has performed with Keb’ Mo’, Joe Doria, who contributes a powerhouse b3 organ solo on "Eruption", drummer Brendan Hill from Blues Traveler and bassist, vocalist Steve Newton.

Belkin’s lyrics are tight, on point, blistering and incisive rages against the machine that controls us. On the incendiary opening track “Playing With Fire”, he points out the oxymorons that define the US, “freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, war is peace, big brother’s calling, nation of sheep, playing with fire". The soulful rock and funk jam, “Eruption”, lays out what’s hopefully coming, “gonna be an eruption, too much corruption, headed for disruption". Then on the scorching blues and rock title track, he gives an order which he seriously hopes protesters of all stripes will be singing and chanting as they continue to beg for wrongs to be righted and those who dominate to go down, “Disobey! What’d I say? Disobey! Don’t fade away! Disobey! How dare they? They’ve got you caged! Take off the chains!”.

Belkin and The Refusers rail against Big Pharma’s opioid massacres in "Why Do They Lie?”, the fact that we’re “Government Slaves”, economic inequities between the fat cats and the poor falling further behind in “Free The Captives”, and of course, our pathetic addiction to the “Fake News” corporately run media organizations feed us. There is respite and hope, however in “Emancipation” and especially the rollicking “My Baby Loves Rock And Roll”, which playfully knocks rap while asserting the enduring power of rock and roll.

Belkin, the band’s founder, songwriter, producer, lead singer and guitarist, muses, “An album called 'Disobey' by a group called The Refusers, you can’t get any more defiant than that, and that is exactly what rock and roll is supposed to be. We embody that classic spirit of defiance that defines rock in any era!”.

The Refusers have performed at The Bottle Rock Festival in Napa opening for the Black Keys and Kings Of Leon and at Seattle venues such as The Crocodile and Seattle Center.




Fairport Convention.....

At the very start of their career, North London’s Fairport Convention were often mistaken for being an American band. This was largely due to their penchant for doing cover versions of songs by American singer songwriters, in particular those of Bob Dylan.

With 2018 marking the 50th anniversary since the original 12 track "Basement Tapes" acetate of Dylan arrived in London, it seems the ideal time to release this 17 track CD compilation.

It was from this Dylan white label tha...t Fairport Convention got "Million Dollar Bash" and the Fairport splinter group Fotheringay took "Too Much of Nothing". Similarly, Manfred Mann scored a hit with "The Mighty Quinn", as did Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger with "This Wheel’s On Fire" and The Tremeloes with "I Shall Be Released".

Formed in London in 1967, Fairport Convention are the hardy perennials of the British folk scene. Over the years they have enjoyed a shifting line up, which has helped to launch the successful solo careers of founder members Iain Matthews, Richard Thompson, Judy Dyble, Ashely Hutchings and Simon Nicol and subsequently the careers of Sandy Denny, Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg.

Since 1979 the band have been hosting their very own yearly festival, Cropredy, the annual highlight of which is the Saturday night headlining performance by the current incarnation of Fairport Convention plus past members and guests.

Universal Music, August 3rd, 2018.




Salim Nourallah.....

"I worked over 3 years on my 7th solo record, 'Somewhere South Of Sane'. I fully embraced the vinyl revival and recorded and sequenced it as a sprawling double LP with 21 songs. Via Pledge Music you will not only get all these songs but also bonus tracks, demos, videos, alternative mixes and tons of other Pledge exclusives. The official release date is September 28th, 2018, but if you pledge here, you’ll get your copy in early August." ~ Salim Nourallah








Nez & 1st National Band.....

This past January during a 5 concert jaunt throughout California, Michael Nesmith brought new life to his initial post Monkees outfit, The First National Band. Originally consisting of Nez, Red Rhodes, John London, and John Ware, the group released 3 albums between 1970 and 1971, but their live performance history was fairly limited. Ignored and almost shunned by audiences and peers during their heyday, the music of The First National Band has since been cited by critics and contemporaries as a pioneering influence in the country rock genre.

In one of the more unexpected moves of Michael Nesmith's career, a reconstituted First National Band hit the road in early 2018 with Christian Nesmith, guitar, Jonathan Nesmith, piano, guitar, vocals, Circe Link, vocals, Christopher Allis, drums, Jason Chesney, bass, Amy Spear, vocals, and Pete Finney, pedal steel. Sadly, original members Rhodes and London have passed away, but Ware gave his blessing to the project and wished everyone well.

The concerts by the First National Band Redux, as they were dubbed, were ultimately a critical and commercial triumph. And now, we're proud to share the details about a forthcoming live album from 7a Records that will document this unique event in Nesmith and First National Band history.

Since 2015, 7a Records and its proprietors Glenn Gretlund and Iain Lee have been producing Monkees related releases, including a collection of Micky Dolenz's 1970s MGM singles, Bobby Hart's 1st solo album, various limited edition vinyl 45s of Dolenz, Davy Jones,  and Dolenz w/Circe Link & Christian Nesmith, and more recently, vintage and new live recordings by both Nesmith and Dolenz. And now 7a has made an agreement with Michael Nesmith and the members of The First National Band to release a live album documenting their January 2018 performances. 

"We are extremely proud and excited to be able to work with Michael Nesmith and The First National Band on this album", Glenn says. "What I have heard so far literally gave me goose bumps. It's that good. By all accounts this will be a superb album and one of 7a Records' biggest releases to date".

Iain was just as enthused. "If you’d have told 15 year old me I’d be releasing a brand new First National Band live album on my own record label I’d have laughed in your face. This is a dream come true and is the culmination of years of hard work and dreaming from both myself and my business partner Glenn. We make it our business to only release records that we would buy and man, I’d buy a dozen copies of this. It’s a thrill and an honor to be working with Michael and the band on this. And you wait until you hear what Christian has done with the production. Stunning".

As Iain said, Christian Nesmith is currently in the process of mixing and mastering the recordings, but at this moment, it has not yet been decided whether the album will consist of one full show or a compilation of the best performances from the various stops on the tour. Nez will have the final vote once everything has been mixed. 

7a Records, July 27th, 2018.




Steve Future.....

Steve Future started his career in 1984 at the Kristianstad Jazz Festival. After 10 years of touring he realesed his 1st album, called ”First Take”, in 1994. Musicans has changed a lot during the years, and at times they were also backing up famous Swedish artists like Totta Näslund, Rolf Wikström, Sven Zetterberg, and even some US artists, like Alan Haynes. ”First Take” is still part of Steve’s blues act and some of the songs are still rocking. ”He Ain’t Blue Enough” and ”Stop It, Stop It” are some of the songs his audiences really like. Steve is truly a performing live artist, killing audiences, big and small. New album ”7 Cities”, his 8th album, will be released in the summer of 2018.






Southside Johnny.....

During the band's formative years, Miami Steve Van Zandt acted as the band's co-leader, guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer, while other members of the E Street Band, including Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent, Ernest Carter, Patti Scialfa, and Soozie Tyrell have all performed, toured and/or recorded with the Jukes. The band's horn section, The Miami Horns, has also toured and recorded with Bruce Springsteen. More than one hundred musicians can claim to have been members of the Asbury Jukes, including Jon Bon Jovi who toured with the band as a special guest during 1990. Housed in a 3 CD box this set brings together the 3 albums they recorded for Mercury in the late 70's and early 80's, which have now been re-mastered. The box contains a booklet with notes by noted journalist Malcolm Dome and contains rare covers and memorabilia.




Morrissey's Best.....

Parlophone will issue "This Is Morrissey", a new single disc Morrissey compilation in July and August.  The semi random 12 track selection includes 2 Record Store Day a-sides, the Mael Mix of "Suedehead" and the live "Satellite Of Love", neither of which have been issued on CD before, along with 10 other tracks from albums and singles issued on Parlophone in the late 80's and early 1990's.

For some reason, "Your The One For Me Fatty" is a live version. The vinyl has a bonus track of "Angel, Angel Down We Go Together", from "Viva Hate" and if you buy the CD in America you’ll get a 10 track edition. Morrissey apparently curated this himself, and in a rare interview, with Fiona Dodwell, he described how he made the selection, “It’s difficult to choose, because so many of the songs are fantastic.

The album is so full of life, and worthy questions, and great choruses, and quite playful. It’s a very underrated catalogue, but perhaps everyone feels this way about their own songs”. "This is Morrissey" was issued on CD on July 6th, 2018. The vinyl will follow on August 31st, 2018.




Nick Mason.....

Pink Floyd drummer and co-founder Nick Mason will reissue his 3 solo albums in a new box set, "Unattended Luggage", August 31st, 2018 via Warner Music. "Unattended Luggage" is available to pre-order as both a 3 CD or 3 vinyl LP set. The collection boasts Mason's 1981 solo debut, "Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports", his 1985 collaboration with 10cc guitarist Rick Fenn, "Profiles", and "White Of The Eye", Mason and Fenn's 1987 soundtrack for the British thriller of the same name. All 3 records will also be made available to stream and download.

"These recordings hold a very special place for me in my musical life", Mason says. "Listening back after 30 odd years, I'm delighted they are getting the reissue treatment. I'm rather hoping that sales will be sufficient to damage the market in the original rare vinyl versions". Mason recorded "Fictitious Sports" in 1979, though the record wouldn't arrive for another 2 years. The drummer collaborated with a variety of musicians on the project, including keyboardist and songwriter Carla Bley and singer Robert Wyatt.

Mason notes that his next 2 projects with Fenn, "Profiles" and "White Of The Eye", grew out of the work they were doing for advertisements and short documentary films. "Profiles" was a largely instrumental effort, though Maggie Reilly and Mason's former Pink Floyd bandmate David Gilmour provided vocals on "Lie For A Lie", while UFO keyboardist Danny Peyronel sang "Israel". As for "White Of The Eye", the record has not been available for over 20 years, and the "Unattended Luggage" set marks the first time it will be released on CD.

Following the release of "Unattended Luggage", Mason and his new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, will embark on a European tour September 2nd, 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden.




Curse Of Lono.....

Acclaimed London 5 piece Curse Of Lono will release their 2nd album "As I Fell" on August 17th, 2018. Produced by Oli Bayston at Rancho V, a remote desert studio in Joshua Tree, and Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney, the album is accompanied by a documentary 'Somewhere In Their Heads' by Gregg Houston.

The 1st single from "As I Fell" is 'Valentine', available to stream now. 'Valentine is about the kind of murderous jealousy that twists you up until you don’t recognise yourself anymore”, says frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. “The sort of dejection that will make you do things you know you will regret. I think the vocal harmonies floating over the tribal beat, distorted bass and filthy baritone guitar going through a tiny 1950’s Selmer practice amp, really capture that feeling”.

Joining Felix in Curse Of Lono, who formed in London in 2015, are Joe Hazell, lead guitar and vocals, Dani Ruiz Hernandez, keyboards and vocals, Charis Anderson, bass and vocals and Neil Findlay, drums.

"As I Fell" is the follow up to "Severed", one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of 2017, and builds on Curse Of Lono’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony laden americana and driving, gothic alt rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like Doors and Velvet Underground as it does to more modern practitioners of the form such as War On Drugs and Wilco.

Although some of the songs on "As I Fell" revisit familiar themes like murderous jealousy and the death of loved ones, much of the album covers new ground. 

'Leuven', with its sumptuous string arrangement, recalls the stories Felix’s grandfather told him about growing up as a half Jew in Nazi Germany and a devastating train crash he survived in 1954 after the 1st football international between England and West Germany after World War II.

“It was one of the worst train crashes in Belgian history”, says Felix. “My grandfather and his brother were on their way home from Wembley, when their train derailed outside Leuven in Belgium. He told me that he was never able to shake the image of their coats soaked in blood as he and his brother dragged the bodies from the wreck”.

Despite a conscious attempt to close the door on the heroin related material that has inspired much of Felix’s previous work, "As I Fell" does include a couple of old songs that have patiently waited their turn. The most notable is 'And It Shows', the 1st song Felix wrote after he gave up heroin and methadone.

“I was only a couple of weeks out of detox, living in a halfway house in Delray Beach. My best friend had passed away a few months earlier, my girlfriend of 5 years was gone and I was climbing the walls. It was a very dark time and the only thing I had to cling to were the songs that kept pouring out. I thought that I had exhausted that well when we started working on this album but despite my desperate attempts not to go back there, this song wouldn’t leave me alone. Eventually I backed down and gave it another chance. I’m glad I did. It’s a time capsule”.

Having spent much of 2017 on tour in Europe and the UK, Curse Of Lono will be embarking on their first UK headline tour this summer. They have also been invited to open for Steve Earle and for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes in Europe in July and in the UK in October.





The Magpie Salute.....

Rich Robinson’s Magpie Salute will release their debut album "High Water I" on August 10th, 2018, and the band have shared the album’s 1st single. “‘Send Me An Omen’, to me, wraps up all of the elements of this band”, Robinson said in an official statement. “There’s pure rock‘n'roll juxtaposed with these pop melodies sung with a melancholy that creates this beautiful balance of surreal dark and light”. The 12 song offering was produced by Robinson, and its sequel, "High Water II" is already slated for 2019. The Magpie Salute is made up of Robinson, Marc Ford, John Hogg, Sven Pipien, Matt Slocum and Joe Magistro.




Reg Meuross.....

"Reg Meuross" is out July 13th, 2018 via Stockfisch Records. This is a beautiful brand new retrospective of 12 Reg Meuross classics. Produced and arranged by Gunther Pauler, the discerning ears of the cutting edge Stockfish. Honoured by Stockfisch’s invite, Reg says, “it was a real pleasure to work with Gunther and his team, and to make these new recordings of some of my classics on some of the finest recording equipment in the world. Gunther had a clear vision of how he wanted the songs to sound and I gave him free range to achieve this”. 

"Love, death, politics, social commentary, these are all tools of the singer songwriter’s trade and, whether drawn from life or imagination, Reg Meuross wields them with the best, crafting songs that touch the heart, stimulate the mind, leave you in a warm glow of contentment or a fire of righteous indignation in equal measure”, says music writer and radio presenter Mike Davies who has written beautiful sleeve notes.




Shooter Jennings.....

Shooter Jennings pays homage to "Hee Haw" and the classic "Freedom Rock" TV commercials in a new music video that also announces his upcoming album, "Shooter". The 9 song album, due August 10th, 2018, reunites Jennings with producer Dave Cobb, who produced Jennings' 2005 debut "Put The O Back In Country".

In the inventive, nostalgic video, Jennings performs the album track "Fast Horses & Good Hideouts" as the music guest of his own variety show, "Hey Shooter!", a nod to "Hee Haw" complete with hayseed jokes and a cornfield full of guests, including Elle King, Jerry Cantrell, comedian Jenny Johnson and 80's child star Danny Cooksey.

"I had a lot of my friends come over from all eras of my life", Jennings says of the all star cast. "Like Danny Nordhol, who was in this band Motochrist and was the first person I ever met when I moved to LA".

For the performance of "Fast Horses & Good Hideouts," Jennings re-creates the song live with help from long time bass player Ted Russell Kamp and rising country rebel Jaime Wyatt. The track was inspired in part by actor Randy Quaid, who signed a note to Jennings with "here's to fast horses and good hideouts", so Jennings gave Quaid a writing credit, and also pays tribute to Jennings' best friend and manager Jon Hensley, who died in 2015. The song is the first taste of the upcoming "Shooter" project, which Jennings calls his "Bocephus record", the follow-up to his electronica album "Countach (For Giorgio)".

"I was looking at country music and looking at my place in it and I had a different perspective after doing 'Countach'", he says. "Nobody is cutting a honky tonk Hank Williams Jr record right now. That is still missing from country and that's what I and a lot of people want to hear. Everything is so politically divisive and everybody wants a break from that shit, and it's that downhome attitude that this music was born out of".

"Shooter" is available for pre-order now and will be released via Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.




Zan Zone.....

On the menu tonight are 11 mouth watering courses sure to please every palette. Our head chef, Zan Burnham, has created some of the tastiest dishes ever From the organic crunch of classic american and british rock fare to psychedelic jellys and jams, ”It's Only Natural” will not only have you coming back for 2nds and 3rds, but it also supplies all of your ear's nutritional needs.

After the drop of Zan Zone's 2013 delicious release, ”Shorts”, Canadian songstress Sabrina Clery joined the group. Within a year, Zan Zone cooked up a new stew with vocalist Philip Dessinger, featured on ”Shorts”, and Sabrina, sharing the lead vocals.

“5 stars!”, said Wolfgang Giese, ”exquisite songwriting and very complex arrangements that never seem overly intellectual, but directly jump to the soul. Lots of groove and passion are dripping from the instruments and voices. Unusually good!".

Stylistically eclectic and adventurous, ”Shorts” featured 9 instrumentalists, and 10 vocalists. ”It’s Only Natural” is just guitars, bass, and drums, with a sprinkling of vibraphone, and a couple of tasty singers, a real rock’n'roll album, with live in studio rhythm section tracks. The subtle, spicy and rich flavors pop in just the right proportions. The result is a flavorful, all natural rock’n'roll record. No fake drums or click tracks here, ”It’s Only Natural” grooves to the pulse of organic life.

”It’s Only Natural”  was recorded, washed, tossed, baked, grilled and roasted in Brooklyn, New York, at Atlantic Sound Studios, and Zanland Studios. At the helm was engineer Diko Shoturma, head cook at Atlantic Sound, who garnered 2 grammys in 2017. Accompanying Zan in the kitchen were co-chefs Kurt Bergland, a drumstick specialist, and Saadi Zain, an expert on the lowdown of exotic fare. Also back from ”Shorts” is mallet wizard Bill Ware who tenderizing many a dish with his awesome vibraphone. Philip Dessinger and Sabrina Clery both sang for their suppers with the sweetest tones. Rounding out the kitchen staff was Arianna Burnham, who added a wonderful crème fraiche to 2 gourmet desserts.. And, like the toothpick you grab as you walk out the door, Blind Lime Burnham makes a cameo appearance.

”It’s Only Natural” is Zan Zone's 4th, full length banquet, following a few smaller catered affairs. Critics and fans alike are always enthusiastic with the quality of praise rising with each gourmet offering. Fillers, artificial and sub quality ingredients, preservatives and dyes, so common in most people's musical diets, are absolutely absent here. This is four star cuisine. So grab a fork and spoon or perhaps your chopsticks, and prepare to experience a meal of music like you haven't had in years. Bon appetit!




Willie Nile.....

Willie Nile's "Children Of Paradise" in stores worldwide July 27th, 2018, on River House Records.

01. Seeds Of A Revolution
02. All Dressed Up And No Place To Go
03. Don't
04. Earth Blues 
05. Children Of Paradise
06. Gettin' Ugly Out There
07. I Defy
08. Have I Ever Told You
09. Secret Weapon
10. Lookin' For Someone
11. Rock 'N' Roll Sister
12. All God's Children






Lincoln Briney.....

Homeward Bound” is Lincoln Briney’s 3rd full length studio recording. When he decided to take on Simon & Garfunkel’s iconic melodies, he wanted to do so in collaboration. For this project he chose the highly respected Chicago based arranger and producer, Paul Langford. Together they’ve reimagined some rare gems from Simon’s canon, most are familiar, some are lesser known. All are infused with a unique modern sensibility and bolstered by Lincoln’s signature close flying vocal harmonies, penned together with Langford. Briney’s delivery, as if singing directly in your ear, will take you back to that distinctive 70’s moment of singers like Kenny Rankin or Michael Franks at their early best. The sound and feeling is fresh, intelligent, direct and uniquely Lincoln.

Long a first call session singer, Briney has worked on recording projects and on the concert stage with Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer, Jackie & Roy, Leiber & Stoller, Andy Bey, Bill Frisell, Jane Monheit, Mark Murphy, Julie Wilson, and many others.

Titles include a hauntingly rich treatment of ”Bookends”. ”So Long Frank Lloyd Wright” is tinged in bossa nova with vocal chorus and flugelhorn. The bright and spirited samba feel of the title track, ”Homeward Bound”, will make you want to pack your bags. There’s the achingly poignant ”Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall, then ”Old Friends”, done as a lilting waltz, which takes us home. Here is a new gift to a public crying for something genuine, heart felt and sublimely sophisticated.




Boz Scaggs.....

Concord Records recording artists Boz Scaggs will release new album "Out Of The Blues" On July 27th, 2018. Scaggs co-produced "Out Of The Blues" with Jack Walroth and contributed rhythm guitar, bass and vocoder to the album, in addition to lead vocals. Other musicians featured on the tracks include such respected session players as guitarists Doyle Bramhall II, Ray Parker Jr and Charlie Sexton, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Jim Keltner; and keyboardist Jim Cox.




Ben Bostick.....

Country artist Ben Bostick has once again teamed up with engineer and producer John Would to create ”Hellfire”, his rowdy sophomore release. ”Hellfire” is a collection of 11 high energy songs written during his band’s year long weekly residency at The Escondite in downtown Los Angeles. Influenced by the energy of the barroom, Bostick says the songs were “written to make the drunken denizens of the downtown dive go ‘hell yeah!’. In the tradition of the blues, they are lyrically dark songs that make you tap your toes and feel all right”.

In an unconventional way of recording, the musicians arranged themselves in a circle in the studio and played live, without headphones, using stage monitors to hear the vocals. In addition to using close mics for the instruments, Would placed microphones throughout the room to capture the sound of the band playing together. The songs were all written well before the band went into the studio and performed live dozens of times.

“My aim was to write an album of songs that not only fit together musically and thematically”, Bostick explained, “but also songs that really worked in a live situation and that suited the players in the band”.

Bostick’s eponymous debut was released in 2017 and was well received by the americana and country music critics and fans. “Last year was great for me”, said Bostick. “I felt like I entered the musical conversation. I released my 1st album, got reviews and fan mail from all around the world, and played more shows than ever. I felt like a musical debutante”. That being said, when asked about the differences between the former CD and ”Hellfire”, Bostick responds, “everything”.

Bostick’s last album was expansive, varied, sometimes funny, sometimes soft spoken and sometimes wistful. ”Hellfire” occasionally has humorous moments, but as an album it is loud, fast, and angry. “The last record had something for everyone”, Bostick professes, “but this one will have a specific audience. I expect more people to dislike this album, which I’m excited about”. Fascinated by the tendency of people to turn their suffering outwards in the form of rage and resentment, Bostick explores these themes on ”Hellfire”.

“I have a theory that one way to cope with being in hell is to integrate yourself into the environment and become one of the demons that dwells there, as if inflicting pain on others might relieve some of the pain you yourself feel”.

Kicking it off fast and loud with “No Show Blues”, the song’s main character is a man acting against his self interest. “This is a guy inside me”, confesses Bostick. “I often have to push down the perverse urge to drive out into the desert and just get drunk, smoke cigarettes, and shoot bottles off fence posts”.

The title track, “Hellfire”, has a call and response chorus inspired by reading an article that asserted that music was historically only part of larger ritual practices and was always accompanied by dance, ceremony and religion. “When I sing, ‘I’m talking bout hellfire’ and everybody in the crowd yells ‘hellfire!’ back, that breaks down the barrier between the stage and the dance floor and brings us closer together”, Bostick contends.

In the vein of participation, there are 2 songs on the record, “No Good Fool” and “Work Sleep Repeat” that were written as line dances. “As the satanic narrator sings on ‘No Good Fool’ about driving a woman to her death, the dancers are out there laughing and having fun”, Bostick observed. “That’s a thing of country music beauty”.

The humorously titled, “It Ain’t Cheap Being Poor” was arranged by the band’s drummer, Perry Morris, and has a New Orleans feel to the music, while on “Feeling Mean” Luke Miller’s organ takes center stage. “Luke never plays the same solo twice”, Bostick claims admiringly. “In fact, he never plays anything remotely similar. He’s one of the most creative musicians I know and he never fails to surprise me”.

South Carolina raised, now Los Angeles based, Bostick makes his living in music through various forms. Along with being a performing artist, he busks, in an official capacity, on the Santa Monica Pier and has recently started DJ’ing at local clubs. “It’s been a great opportunity to indulge my inner music fan and allows me to tell my girlfriend that I’m working when I go to the record shops”, he quips. “But seriously, if it weren’t for music I would be a complete mess, if not dead. Most of our waking lives as americans are spent working, so I had to find a way to make a living doing something that was meaningful”.

The themes of work and masculinity are thoroughly explored in ”Hellfire”. “The definition of maleness, the ideal of masculinity, and the role of a man in modern society have become harder to make out”, he considers. “The image of the big strong man who works physical labor and provides for his family and retires with a union pension is old fashioned. There are a lot of guys raised in that mold that feel left behind. I suppose you could say that the ‘character’ of ”Hellfire”, the person that sings the songs on this album, is one of those guys”.

Despite the darker theme, ”Hellfire” is upbeat, raucous, honky tonk bar music. The sound is raw and live and fast and the lyrics are of a whole. “I’m very proud of it, and I’m proud to have made it with a great group of guys”, said Bostick. “I have 2 more albums written, who knows if I’ll record one or both or neither, but this ain’t the last time you’ll be hearing from me!”.



Jan Ackerman.....

For over 50 years, Jan Akkerman has been one of Holland's most respected guitarists. In addition to his leading role in the globally acclaimed bands Focus and Brainbox, he has also worked with the likes of BB King, Charlie Byrd, Cozy Powell, Claus Ogerman and Ice T. On his solo projects, Akkerman let his creativity run free, combining rock, jazz, blues, classics and dance in his own distinctive style. This 26 CD box set brings together all of Jan Akkerman's studio albums, his most important live recordings, his personal selection of Focus tracks and a CD of rare and previously unreleased tracks. In other words, the legacy of a singular and groundbreaking artist. Universal Music, July 20th, 2018.





Dan Israel.....

Dan Israel's "You're Free", his 14th studio album, sidesteps midlife crisis clichés while searching earnestly for change, liberation, and the perfect guitar break. Produced during a transitional period for Israel, who left his legislative day job of 21 years to pursue music full time, "You're Free" is a cry of the heart, showcasing the songwriting chops of someone learning to cope with a plethora of challenges, all while drawing inspiration from the FM radio staples of his youth.

With help from producers and engineers Rich Mattson, who also helped weave the complex guitar interplay, and David J Russ, who also anchors Israel's sound with his rock-solid drumming, songs such as the propulsive, addictively catchy title track "You're Free", the angry, impassioned "Someday You'll Say", and the bluesy "Soul Will Be Found" would sound excellent in a basement bedroom decorated with tapestries and can collections. 

This powerful batch of tunes, many of which are colored by loneliness, heartache, frustration, alienation, which often accompanies our reliance on social media, rage at the current political situation, and joy at finally being released from untenable situations, further demonstrate Israel's longstanding knack for tuneful, contemplative rock music, a gift that's earned him a steadily growing and dedicated following for over a quarter century of record making.  With his newly flexible schedule, Israel will likely be playing in your town. He hopes you're free.




Willie Nelson.....

For the series of sessions that laid the foundation for Willie Nelson’s career and thus changed the course of modern country music, these historic recordings have been treated pretty cavalierly over the years. But first, a little history. Willie Nelson was a struggling songwriter, hungry for work and maybe even just plain hungry, when he moved to Nashville in late 1960 with his wife and kids and met Hank Cochran, who was a writer for Pamper Music. Pamper, which was owned by country star Ray Price, fiddle player Hal Smith, and a baker from Pico Rivera, CA, named Claude Caviness, was the hottest publishing company in town, thanks to writers like Cochran and Harlan Howard and songs like “Heartaches By The Number” and “I Fall To Pieces”.

At first, Willie wasn’t going to sign with Pamper because Hal Smith wouldn’t give Willie the draw he needed, but Cochran told Smith to front Willie 50 bucks a week from his own draw. So Willie, determined to reward Cochran’s trust, got to work. “I was writing to prove I could write”, he said. “To get the money and feel like I was earning it”. He would end most work days with a new song, and then he and Cochran would call a session with a-team musicians who didn’t have major label studio work that day.

The result. A body of work that just may well represent the most fertile creative period ever to issue from a country songwriter. The songs Willie recorded for Pamper during the early 60's remain among his most famous, and include tunes he still performs to this day, “Crazy” “Funny How Time Slips Away", “Night Life”, “Pretty Paper”, “Half A Man”, “Hello Walls”, “Healing Hands Of Time” and many more. And these, the Pamper demos, are the 1st recordings of those legendary songs. In other words, this is what artists and label guys back in the day heard when Hal Smith or Hank Cochran handed over a little acetate, and said, “Hey, listen here to what our guy Willie Nelson just come up with”. It simply doesn’t get much more historic than that.

But, for some reason, these demos have hitherto turned up in bits and pieces, mostly on budget packages with little documentation or care. Now, finally, these incredibly important recordings are getting the respect they deserve. "Things To Remember : The Pamper Demos" brings together these 28 performances for the 1st time, several of which have hitherto eluded compilation, all remastered by Mike Milchner at Sonic Vision to sound much better than they ever have, and annotated by Colin Escott, with photos courtesy of Bear Family label founder Richard Weize.

Available from Real Gone Music as a CD, or from Light In The Attic Records as a gatefold red vinyl double LP limited to 1 000 copies, this collection is indispensable for any Willie Nelson fan or any lover of great country music. It’s the first blossoming of one of our greatest songwriters, presented the way work of this stature should be, with great sound and packaging.

July 13th, 2018.




Bobbo Byrnes.....

Bobbo Byrnes is not a musician who remains still very long. Between The Fallen Stars, Riddle & The Stars and solo performances, Byrnes plays about 150 shows every year. That being the case, it's no surprise that from Billerica to Berlin, his songs are born from a life on the road. You need look no farther than "Heart like Mine", in which he explores the theme by singing about the roads that take him from show to show.

"Two Sides To This Town" is an album that is a product of Byrnes' busy touring schedule. However not all of the songs are road songs. "Angelia" is a contemplative song, and the one from which the album takes its title. "I named it 'Two Sides To This Town' in a sort of admission to the division within the US at the moment, and that I am looking for answers to that division".

Seeking is another common theme on this album, whether the object of the search is answers to a division of people, a car that doesn't break down all the time, or simply the next show. With Byrnes the search for the next show is constant, which is a good thing, because it means he'll continue to write and record heartfelt songs like the ones on this album.




The Jayhawks.....

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release "Back Roads and Abandoned Motels", a new studio album from The Jayhawks, on July 13th, 2018. Available in digital, CD and vinyl formats, "Back Roads And Abandoned Motels" is The Jayhawks' 10th studio album and 1st for Legacy Recordings, who issued the group's 1st compilation, "Music From The North Country", in 2009 followed by releases of expanded Legacy editions of the group's fabled American breakout titles, "Hollywood Town Hall" and "Tomorrow The Green Grass", in 2011. Produced by Gary Louris, John Jackson and Ed Ackerson at Flowers Studio, Minneapolis, "Back Roads And Abandoned Motels" sets 9 songs co-written by Louris with other artists alongside 2 of Gary's latest compositions.

Recorded in 2 soulful sessions in 2017, "Back Roads And Abandoned Motels" finds the current incarnation of The Jayhawks, Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O'Reagan, Karen Grotberg, John Jackson, expanding the group's repertoire with 11 new performances of Gary's songs. Karen and Tim each sing lead on 2 songs on the album. Tim performs "Gonna Be A Darkness" and "Long Time Ago", while Karen takes lead vocals, for the 1st time on a Jayhawks album, on the opener, "Come Cryin' To Me" and on "El Dorado".

Destined to become a classic in The Jayhawks' catalog, the "Back Roads and Abandoned Motels" setlist of songs co-written by Louris includes "Come Cryin' to Me", originally released on Natalie Maines' "Mother" in 2013, "Everybody Knows" and "Bitter End", released on Dixie Chicks' "Taking The Long Way" in 2006, "Gonna Be A Darkness", written and performed by Louris and Jakob Dylan for "True Blood" in 2011, "Need You Tonight", originally released on Scott Thomas' "Matson Tweed" in 2015, "El Dorado", originally released on Carrie Rodriguez' "She Ain't Me" in 2008, "Bird Never Flies", originally released on Ari Hest's "The Break-In" in 2007, "Backwards Women", written with Wild Feathers but never recorded, and "Long Time Ago", written with Emerson Hart of Tonic but never recorded.

"Back Roads And Abandoned Motels" also debuts 2 of Gary's latest songs, "Carry You To Safety" and "Leaving Detroit".




Andrea Van Cleef.....

Andrea Van Cleef was born in a small town near the northern Italian alps. After spending his post teenage years doing various jobs and playing guitar and bass guitar in different garage punk outfits, he founded his first real band, the dark alt rockers Bogartz. He starts singing because nobody in the band wants to sing, and he hasn't stopped since.

In 2002 the Bogartz release their debut album, "Honeymoons In The Desert". It earns rare reviews and a cult status for the band. During the live shows to promote the record, the band gets entangled in major labels net. 3 years are lost in management's effort to smooth the edges of their music, and at the end of 2005, the Bogartz call it quits.

Andrea then releases his 1st EP under the Van Cleef Continental moniker. "8 Shots, 8 Failures", the EP, is then followed in 2009 by "Red Sisters", which is released in the USA. The 1st single, the band's rendition of Mike Oldfield's "Moonlight Shadow", is a minor radio hit, and the record earns ecstatic reviews in the national press. The band tours extensively to promote it, playing clubs and important italian open air festivals, sharing the stage with Willard Grant Conspiracy, Dead Meadow and Gaslight Anthem, among many others.

In 2010, Andrea starts touring alone for the 1st time, playing his old band's songs, as well as selected cover versions of other artists'. During the tour, 57 gigs all over Italy and Switzerland, he starts to feel the need to record new songs in a singer songwriter style. And he starts writing new songs. With "Sundog", for the first time, songwriter, musician and producer Andrea Van Cleef plays acoustic songs, and his distinctive baritone isn't surrounded by thundering drums and overdriven guitars and basses. His music here is a re-interpretation of the experimental folk music of the early 70's, merged with the songwriting sensitivenes.

And now, in the summer of 2018, Andrea Van Cleef releases his sophomore release, "Tropic Of Nowhere".




Rodney Crowell.....

Throughout his more than 40 years as a songwriter, producer and recording artist, Rodney Crowell has explored an expansive musical landscape from intimate, heartbreaking ballads to spirited honky tonk rockers. For his 19th album, the Grammy winning musician, whose health issues forced the cancellation of several 2017 tour dates, finds himself unplugged and recharged all at once with the release of "Acoustic Classics", a 12 track collection of some his most recognizable songs in all new settings. songs on the LP.

The writer of 15 # 1 country hits, including "Making Memories Of Us" and "Please Remember Me", cut by Keith Urban and Tim McGraw respectively, Crowell presents stripped down versions of these songs on the album. Other highlights include "Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight", "Shame On The Moon", and "Ain't Living Long Like This", as well as songs from his solo albums, including "Diamonds & Dirt", which set a record for its 5 # 1 singles on the country chart.

Crowell will follow the release of the new album by joining other tunesmiths to share details of their creative process and offer advice on the craft of songwriting at the new Adventures In Song conference. A 4 day songwriting camp, it also features Lisa Loeb, Joe Henry, Allen Shamblin, Brennen Leigh and Don Peake, along with special guests Bernie Taupin and Benmont Tench. Set for July 16th through 20th, the event takes place at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Carmel, CA.

"Acoustic Classics" will be out July 13th, 2018, and represents the 1st release on Crowell's newly launched imprint, RC1.




Circus In Flames.....

The Circus In Flames is pleased to announce the release of "Outside America", the band's latest CD on the Northern Electric label.  With this recording, Vancouver singer songwriter Doug Andrew returns with his latest offerings and The Circus In Flames deliver their best album yet.  Present again is the 'dark folklore' in the group's 'original, string band music of the Canadian south', a unique folk, country, blues sound driven by Andrew's songs but this time it also resonates with the influences of gospel and r'n'b, as well as the anthology of american folk music.  On "Outside America" the songs and The Circus are now older, wiser and grittier. 

In a career that began in Vancouver’s independent music scene of the early 80's, Doug Andrew has shared bills with everyone from Ramones to Raffi to Ramblin' Jack Elliott.  He is recognized as an accomplished singer songwriter respected by critics, peers and music fans alike.  The Edmonton Journal has described his songs as having 'slightly twisted, always interesting storyline lyrics' delivered with 'an energetic thrust that falls just shy of reckless abandon'. See Magazine has said his songs 'should shuffle him off into the Canadian musical songwriting hierarchy' and the Vancouver Province declared 'Andrew is a great songwriter, while The Circus In Flames are his extraordinarily sympathetic band, a weird mix of musical eclecticism built on a dark folklore'.

Andrew first formed The Circus In Flames when asked to play at a friend's St Patrick's Day bash in the mid 90's and since then the band has toured, played several music festivals and released 2 previous critically acclaimed recordings. In 2007 the group joined such artists as Gordon Lightfoot, Blue Rodeo and former Byrd, Chris Hillman on Stony Plain’s "The Gift : A Tribute To Ian Tyson". The Toronto Star chose their version of the classic "Someday Soon" as the album's top track.

On "Outside America", Doug Andrew once again called on long time band member Brian Barr to co-produce and play mandolin and electric guitar.  Ed Goodine plays drums, and making his debut on banjitar is Brian Thalken.  Upright bassist Bernie Addington, who played on the self titled Circus In Flames debut album, reunites with the band in the studio, while his brother Phil Addington grabbed his electric bass and became the latest musician to run away and join The Circus.

'Sheet metal country', Doug Andrew describes the music. 'It bangs and rattles and booms, generally making a fair amount of noise, but it can also be light and quiet.  It can go from sounding like a runaway locomotive thundering down the mountain without any brakes to a wind slipping through the forest at midnight'.




Milk Carton Kids.....

The Milk Carton Kids’ 5th album, "All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do" arrives from Anti- Records on June 29th, 2018. The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into studio with them. “We wanted to do something new”, Pattengale says. “We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we’d been before.

There arose some sort of need for change". “Musically we knew we were going to make the record with a bigger sonic palette”, says Ryan. “It was liberating to know we didn’t have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars”. “Sometimes in singing, we’ll switch parts for a beat or a bar or a note”, Ryan says. “And things start to obscure what is the melody and what is the supporting part”. A 3rd presence rises out of their combined voices. “There are only so many things you can do alone that allow you to transcend your sense of self for even a short period”, Pattengale says. “I’m the lucky recipient of a life in which for hundreds of times, day after day, I get to spend an hour that is like speaking a language only two people know and doing it in a space with others who want to hear it”.




Fagen & More.....

One might assume someone with the studio studiousness of Donald Fagen, a man who infamously brought in 7 session guitarists to attempt the solo on Steely Dan's "Peg", would be approached to produce other people's albums every other week. "Not so much", the singer keyboardist says. "And the manufacture, because that's what it is, of much contemporary music is a pretty boring job".

Naturally, Fagen only bothers with an outside collaboration if the chemistry is instantaneous. Enter Austin singer songwriter Peter More, a previous member of Brooklyn folk rock act Oh Whitney whom Fagen met, and later jammed with at a hotel restaurant, while vacationing in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, with his wife, musician Libby Titus. After playing together a few times, an intrigued Fagen offered to produce More's debut solo album, "Beautiful Disrepair", set for release on June 29th, 2018.

"The guys in the band, aside from being fine players, each had a great sense of fun and a strong musical personality" he says. "Pete is mostly Texas with a Mexican twist, Jose and Diego come from Latin backgrounds, and drummer Adrien's parents are global expats. Although the Texican thing wasn't in the foreground of my experience, the music had a smart, savvy edge, and I got hooked. It's an American dish, but it's served with hot sauce".

More admits he "wasn't exposed to a lot of Steely Dan growing up" and "didn't have any expectation" when they met. "We were invited to jam with him at a New Year's Eve show and played a few songs together", he says. "We talked a bit after the show and I never felt starstruck, he was just a really smart and funny guy that happened to be ripping on the melodica that night".

The crew later returned to San Miguel and began work at guitarist Ken Basman's home studio. Recording in bursts over the next 2 years between Fagen's touring commitments with Steely Dan and supergroup The Dukes Of September, they racked up sessions in Woodstock, NY, and More's hometown of Fort Worth, TX, before mixing in Manhattan.

Utilizing Fagen's expertise with vocal harmony and clever arrangements, More fashioned material that veers from folk balladry, to country, to sauntering soul rock. "Most of the groove and time signature changes came about spontaneously", More says of the latter experiment. "We had been playing long sets at a residency down in Brazil so we got used to trying out new rhythms and interpretations of songs. I think that's how it came about when we got in the studio, trying a couple rhythmic ideas behind the guitar solo".

"Beautiful Disrepair" marks Fagen's 1st major production credit since helming late Steely Dan bandmate Walter Becker's 1994 solo album, "11 Tracks Of Whack", and the circumstances behind those sessions were quite different.

"It was similar to making a Steely Dan record, except that I had to be more of a supporting player, as Walter was when he helped me produce 'Kamakiriad'. It took a while to get used to Walter's studio, which was all the hell up on the side of a volcano in Maui. He'd gone all da kine, big time".




George Lilly.....

George Lilly has been playing professionally since 1961. Playing with local rock'n'roll bands near his childhood home on Cape Cod, then from Pennsylvania to Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky during his college years then on to New York and the New England area.

During the 70’s and 80’s he ran Northern Studios, a successful recording studio in the Boston area, where artists ranging from jazz greats, like Jaki Byard, to pop Icons, The Cars, recorded. He also engineered live broadcasts for 50 000 watt radio station WBCN from the great jazz and blues venue Paul’s Mall in Boston where he got to work with the likes of Muddy Waters, Sun Ra, Tom Scott, Taj Mahal and other greats.

At the same time George continued to perform around the New England area and appeared on shows with Chuck Berry, James Cotton, The Band, Johnny Winter, Irma Thomas, Paul Butterfield, Lonnie Mack, Zachary Richard and many, many others.

In 1991 George moved his family to the New Orleans area to study guitar with Wayne Bennet, of blues and jazz renown, and played around the greater New Orleans area with local blues and r'n'b bands. In 1995 George wrote and produced an album for the independent label Wildcat Records from which Aaron Spelling Productions used his original song, “Always You”, in their film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “Thinner”.

After losing their home in Hurricane Katrina, George and family moved to the Jupiter Florida area where he formed his 6 piece r'n'b band George Lilly & The Half Fast Allstarz with whom he recently completed his latest album “Thinkin’ About You Baby” and he has resumed his jazz studies and is a regular performer at the Jupiter Jazz Society Jam Session on Sundays at the Double Roads Tavern & Grill.

Known for his energetic stage presence and his New Orleans blues feel, George is still very much on the scene!




Chicago II Live.....

For the first time in a career that’s spanned 6 decades, Chicago is on the road playing a full album from start to finish.  The album is "Chicago II", the 1970 classic that may be the most beloved in the band’s impressive catalogue.  This summer, Rhino Records will be marking the occasion with a pair of multi format releases.

"Chicago II : Live On Soundstage" captures the band’s November 2017 performances at the Grainger Studio in Chicago’s hometown. It will be available on June 29th, 2018, as a single CD and a CD/DVD set with video of the program and 5.1 audio. The music will also be available digitally and via streaming services. Then, on August 31st, 2018, "Chicago II : Collector’s Edition" will bundle together the Soundstage performance on CD and DVD, as well as the acclaimed 2017 stereo remix by Steven Wilson on CD and double vinyl.

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 colloquially as "Chicago II", earned the group and producer James William Guercio a string of US pop hits including “Make Me Smile”, “Colour My World” and “25 Or 6 To 4”, but that didn’t mean Chicago was simplifying the expansive approach of 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 first 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.” Steven Wilson’s remix was derived from the original 16 track multitrack tapes. It was released last year on CD by Rhino Records, and on 2 LP vinyl in the US as a Barnes And Noble retail exclusive.

"Chicago II : Live On Soundstage" features original members Robert Lamm, James Pankow, and Lee Loughnane, along with Tris Imboden, Keith Howland, Lou Pardini, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Ray Herrmann and Jeff Coffey. Since the taping last November, Coffey and Imboden have both left the band, though the "Chicago II" tour continues on with Walfredo Reyes Jr moving from percussion to drums, his brother Daniel De Los Reyes stepping in on percussion, Neil Donell taking over on vocals, and Brett Simons of Brian Wilson’s band playing bass.




Lazy Afternoon.....

Lazy Afternoon has regrouped and are now putting out a single with 2 songs from their forthcoming album. Cristina Säfsten has taken up the lead vocals together with Bo Ahlbertz. It’s still the same ’good mood americana’, but more varied, with 2 lead singers and even some duets. Maria Nordseth, from Poeta Magica, is also in the band, on backingvocals and percussion. Those 2 new members are lifting the band even higher and their great harmonies are becoming alomost like a trademark. Lead track from the new single, ”Everytime”, is sung by Cristina in an acoustic style, and ”Water” is a duet between Cristina and Bo with a good grove. The band has now settled in this new configuration and will continue spreading their happy message throughout the world.



Fairport Convention.....

"What We Did On Our Saturday" is a double CD recorded live at a landmark concert by the founders of the British folk rock genre, legendary folk rock band Fairport Convention. The band celebrated its 50th anniversary in front of 20 000 fans at its own Cropredy Festival on August 12th, 2017. The 25 tracks span the band's entire history and the album features the current line-up plus a galaxy of former members and guests including Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings, Iain Matthews, Dave Mattacks, Judy Dyble, Maartin Allcock and Ralph McTell. Matty Grooves Records, June 15th, 2018.






Son Of Velvet Rat.....

Son Of The Velvet Rat celebrate the glorious elusiveness and the sweet heartbreak of song by releasing a new live record, “The Late Show”, for their US label Fluff & Gravy/Mint400.

A few years ago, Austrian natives Georg Altziebler and Heike Binder set down roots in the Desert community of Joshua Tree,CA. In the last 50 years the desolate town has quietly become an enclave for artists and musicians much like Paris in the 1920’s or Laurel Canyon in the 1960’s.

Their 2017 release, “Dorado”, produced by Joe Henry, featured a mix of high desert musicians and LA stalwarts, as well as guest vocals from brilliant singer songwriter Victoria Williams. The record received rapturous reviews and topped myriad year end critics’ polls.

“The Late Show” is a souvenir from their extensive 2017 tour. The album was recorded at three venues, the Rhiz in Vienna, Austria, Scheune in Wredenhagen, Germany and The Studio Venue in beautiful downtown Burbank,CA.

The 11 song set features several songs from “Dorado”, but also reaches back to older albums like “Animals”, “Firedancer” and “Red Chamber Music”. “Another Glass Of Champagne” is a newish number that revisits an older riff and adds new lyrics. The ambiance is passionate, sweat soaked and electric.

Georg and Heike’s cinematic sound is augmented by Dominik Krejan on Fender Rhodes piano and backing vocals. Drum duties are split between Muck Willmann and Felix Krüger. Highlights include an epic “Sweet Angela”, a brooding version of “Copper Hill”, the pulsing psychedelia of “Surfer Joe” and the world weary ache of “Franklin Avenue”.

Son Of The Velvet Rat weaves a sonic tapestry of disparate influences that is best described as folk noir, while being thoroughly unique in every aspect. No wonder everyone from Americana UK to Lucinda Williams to Palm Springs Life & Magnet Magazine is singing their praises. “The Late Show” offers a perfect introduction to their sui generis sound.



Grateful Dead.....

This is one the most thrilling albums the Grateful Dead ever produced, mixing portions of live recordings from the first 6 months of Mickey's tenure with the band, along with studio experimentations that would hint at where the Dead would go when they started recording to 16 track tape the following year. The 1971 remix, produced in order to make the album more accessible to the newer fans who were brought on board with 'Workingman's Dead' and 'American Beauty', has been the most commonly heard version for the past 45+ years. However, having this side by side with the original 1968 mix demonstrates countless differences, with the original mix being more primal, psychedelic, and experimental. Add to this the 1st extant live recording featuring Mickey as a member of the Grateful Dead, and you have a very special release in every way”. ~ David Lemieux

The Grateful Dead are continuing their 50th anniversary reissue series with "Anthem Of The Sun : 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition", due July 13th, 2018. Released 50 years after its anniversary date, this 2 disc deluxe version features a double dose of the original album, 1 fully remastered from the original 1968 mix and the other remastered from the more well known 1971 mix, as well as a bonus disc of a previously unreleased complete live show recorded on October 22nd, 1967, at Winterland in San Francisco, CA. Newly remastered by Jeffrey Norman, this is the 1st known recording of the Grateful Dead with Mickey Hart, who joined the band in September 1967. The 1st run will come with a special lenticular of the artwork.




Wilson & Yes.....

Rhino Records are to mark Yes‘ 50th anniversary with a new vinyl box set, "Yes : The Steven Wilson Remixes". The box includes remixed versions of "The Yes Album", "Fragile", "Close To The Edge", "Tales From Topographic Oceans", and "Relayer". Each album features remixed audio by renowned producer Steven Wilson, released on vinyl for the 1st time. These mixes were previously available on BluRay and DVD. The outer box features artwork created specifically for the set by Roger Dean, whose artwork is of course synonymous with the band’s identity. Additionally, the label have confirmed that, 2 of the albums, "Close To The Edge" and "Tales From Topographic Oceans", have new cover art, while the remaining 3 covers have been reworked by Dean. "Yes : The Steven Wilson Remixes" vinyl box will be issued on June 29th, 2018.





Ray Davies Country.....

Kinks legend Ray Davies has announced he will be returning with a new solo album. Titled "Our Country : Americana Act II", the record will arrive on June 29th, 2018 via Sony Legacy Recordings.

The album comes as a follow up to Davies' 2017 solo effort "Americana" and his 2013 memoir of the same name. You can get a taste of the upcoming sequel album with the newly premiered track "Our Country".

A press release explains "Our Country" was 'born from Davies' vision of America, how it shaped him and evolved through the years. His reflections on his experiences in America instigate personal reformation, and eventually rediscovery and celebration of his own origins'.

"Our Country : Americana Act II" was arranged and produced by Davies. It was co-produced by Guy Massey and John Jackson, and all the songs are Ray Davies originals. This includes new renditions of the Kinks' "Muswell Hillbillies" track "Oklahoma USA", "The Real World" from Davies' 2007 solo LP "Working Man's Café" and "The Gateway" from 2006's "Other Peoples Lives".

Like its predecessor, "Our Country" was recorded at the legendary Konk Studios in London with guitarist Bill Shanley. In addition to a group of UK musicians, the Jayhawks once again serve as Davies' backing band on the record.

"The book, 'Americana', has got some song references in it and the songs are part of the narrative, so the trick was to get the record to stand up as a record, as well as being part of a series", Davies said in an album announcement video. "I think people that like the 1st album understand where it's going. 'Our Country' is what happens when you get there".

Besides the new album, Davies is currently working on a theatre or film piece based on his overall "Americana" Project.




Tom Peterson.....

If you’re from South Dakota, you’ve grown up listening to the songs of Tom Peterson. Every band that came from the area had a song or two of Tom’s in their repertoire. In fact, he’s a member of the South Dakota Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Dancers’ feet would swing and fly to Red Willow Band’s version of “Magic Bird” or “Hell Or High Water”, Blueberry Buckle’s “Crispy Friends” or “City Song” and others. Until now, Tom hasn’t released his own album, even though his voice is the perfect medium for his message. Listen to “Broken Heart Of Mine” on his brand new album ”Black Hills Gold”, and you’ll see what we mean.






Procol Harum.....

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of an expanded 2 disc edition of the acclaimed Procol Harum album “Grand Hotel”. Released in March 1973, the album was the 1st to feature a line up of Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham and B.J. Wilson, and was remarkable for its musical diversity and was hailed as “a masterpiece of musical perfection and lyricism” by the NME weekly music paper. From the sumptuously orchestrated title track, to compositions such as ‘For Liquorice John’, ‘Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)’, ‘Bringing Home The Bacon’, ‘Toujours L’Amour’ and ‘Robert’s Box’, “Grand Hotel” defied classification but remains one of Procol Harum’s best loved and most admired works.

This expanded 2 disc edition includes 5 bonus tracks, 3 previously unreleased, taken from the early recording sessions, along with a DVD featuring a previously unreleased performance filmed for RTBF television in Belgium from November 1973. The release also features a replica of the book included with the original LP of “Grand Hotel” and a further lavishly illustrated booklet featuring material from Gary Brooker’s personal archive and an essay by Procol Harum authority Roland Clare featuring comments from Gary Brooker.

Esoteric Recordings are also pleased to announce the release of an expanded 3 CD edition of the acclaimed Procol Harum album “Exotic Birds And Fruit”. Released in April 1974, the album was the product of a series of recording sessions beset by power cuts, the result of industrial strife during the winter of 1973. Despite having to work around these difficult conditions, “Exotic Birds And Fruit” would prove to be another fine collection of material written by Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid, featuring such classic tracks as ‘Nothing But The Truth’, ‘As Strong As Samson’, ‘Beyond The Pale’, ‘Butterfly Boys’ and ‘The Idol’. The album would reveal the line-up of Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham and B.J. Wilson to be in fine, inspired form.

This new expanded 3 CD edition of “Exotic Birds And Fruit” includes the original album, with two bonus tracks, along with two additional discs featuring the band’s entire performance for BBC Radio 1’s 'In Concert' show from March 1974 and a previously unreleased 65 minute live set recorded at January Sound Studios in Dallas on July 5th, 1974, for KZEW FM. The release also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet featuring material from Gary Brooker’s personal archive and an essay by Procol Harum authority Roland Clare featuring comments from Gary Brooker.

Esoteric Recordings, June 29th, 2018.




Jim James.....

As always, Jim James is keeping himself busy. Following 2016’s "Eternally Even" and 2017’s "Tribute To 2", the My Morning Jacket frontman has announced a new outing, entitled "Uniform Distortion". “Touring is fun, but it’s tough to keep a real life together when you’re always gone”, James says, describing My Morning Jacket’s recent touring hiatus. “You get this desire to see what it’s like if you actually stopped. But it’s hard for me to stop, because I always want to do something, so I end up making another solo record”. "Uniform Distortion" is due on June 29th, 2018, via ATO Records.






Graham Nash.....

Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi faceted career, there stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half century. 2 time Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer inductee Nash burst on to the scene during the British Invasion with The Hollies before he formed the legendary supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1968 with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. As Nash prepares to launch a European tour in July, Rhino Records looks back at some of his best known recordings from the past 50 years in a new anthology featuring more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes.

"Over The Years" features 30 tracks and will be available on June 29th, 2018, as a 2 CD set and on digital download and streaming services. A 15 track, 2 LP version featuring an etching on side 4 will be released on August 31st, 2018. The anthology has been painstakingly curated by Nash and longtime associate Joel Bernstein and includes extensive credits and liner notes.

"It does my heart good to present my songs this way. I hope that listeners will enjoy hearing the demos of my songs, how my demos of ‘Our House’, ‘Teach Your Children’, and others turned into the records that have endured ‘Over The Years’, how I started writing them, and how they became the now familiar recordings when they were released", says Nash.

"Over The Years" highlights songs from the iconic CSN debut album and its successor album "Déjà Vu", for which Neil Young joined forces with CSN, as well as songs from subsequent CSN albums. In addition, the collection highlights songs that Nash recorded for his 1971 solo debut, "Songs For Beginners", and includes unreleased mixes from that album. The most recent recording on the compilation is “Myself At Last” from Nash’s 2016 solo album "This Path Tonight".

The CD version of "Over The Years" includes 15 demo recordings, 12 of which have never been released. Standouts include the 1968 London demo of “Marrakesh Express”, rejected by the Hollies and setting the stage for Nash’s relocation to Los Angeles and the next chapter of his life. The set contains early versions of CSN classics like “Our House”, “Wasted On The Way”, “Pre-Road Downs” and “Teach Your Children”. Other unreleased gems include “I Miss You” and “You’ll Never Be The Same”, both from Nash’s 1974 solo album "Wild Tales", and “Horses Through A Rainstorm”, originally intended for "Déjà Vu".




Mike Aiken.....

Life on the fringe has its benefits, not the least of which is the perspective from an outsider’s view. Northwind Records is proud to announce the release of Mike Aiken’s 7th studio album, ”Wayward Troubadour”. Aiken’s 11 song package is the anticipated follow up to the Grammy nominated ”Captains & Cowboys”, produced by Dan Baird, Georgia Satellites. As the 1st track’s title indicates, ‘Everything Changed’ with this album. A conceptualized work that each of us can relate to, ”Wayward Troubadour” tells tales of trouble and charm.

It has been 5 years since ”Captains & Cowboys” made its debut and Aiken says he wasn’t going to stop, not until he achieved what he was after. “I had a very clear sound in my head for this album, one I’ve always wanted to capture. At this point in my career I don’t have time for folks who don’ t believe in the music 110%. These are the folks I want to write, record and perform with”.

Of the 8 original songs on the album, 6 are co-writes. ‘Two Lane Highway’ was penned with Henry Paul, from Outlaws and BlackHawk, who also lent his talents to mandolin and vocals on this timeless, sweet track. ‘Nashville Skyline,’ written with Chris P James, of the Burrito Brothers, covers the troubadour’s view of Nashville as seen from any highway leading in to town . Mike included 2 very different songs he wrote with Paul Jefferson, the cooking Bob Wills-esque, ‘Everything Changed’, and the intense song about not being judgmental, ‘Hard Working Working Girl’. Longtime friend and co-writer, Tim Buppert and Mike created the more tongue in cheek offerings with ‘Hangover Helper’ and the gypsy jazz flavored, ‘A Little Lazy In Your Life’.

The 3 covers were chosen for their content and their songwriters, rather than audience familiarity. ‘Real Mean Dog’, by Robbin Thompson and Gregg Wetzel, is for Robbin, longtime friend, fellow sailor and songwriter, ‘Dead Man Runs Before He Walks’, by Mark Collie and Shawn Camp, for an interesting twist on a somber story, and ‘Penelope’, by Christopher Hynes, for its reminder that the grass is not always greener elsewhere.

The self penned songs ‘Travelin’ Bone’and ‘Chesapeake’ give an autobiographical peek into Mike Aiken. Wayward, by definition, is difficult to control, unpredictable, non conforming. It took 3 studios and almost as many years to complete this troubadour’s collection of true north. Tracking began in Austin, TX, late in 2016. Aiken then found his way to Latitude Studio South in Leiper ’s Fork, TN.

Here is where the magic started, where the wayward musicians could be themselves and Mike could begin to capture what he heard in his head on the vintage equipment. Tracking and mixing were completed in Deep Creek, VA, when Aiken brought the project to longtime friend and mixing engineer Skip DeRupa. The 2 had not worked together since ”Just Add Salt” in 2008 but they picked up as if no time had passed. DeRupa understood exactly what Mike was going for and set about mixing each song for what it needed.

Tom Hurst on drums set the tone and character Aiken was after. David Roe cooked on upright and electric bass. Kenny Vaughan, acoustic and electric, shared the guitar work with Mike adding grit, tension and color. Amy Aiken added depth with harmony vocals and percussion. Ben Probus rounded out the band on fiddle.

If anybody has earned the title of ”Wayward Troubadour”, Mike Aiken has. He ran away as a kid to play music, he became a licensed U.S.C.G. Captain, he has sailed over 30 000 bluewater miles on his own sailboat, and logged countless miles on the road performing in North America and Europe. Put this record on and become part of the journey.



Buffalo Springfield.....

Before playing its final show on May 5th, 1968, Buffalo Springfield released 3 studio albums on Atco Records during an intense, 2 year creative burst. Those albums, "Buffalo Springfield", "Buffalo Springfield Again", and "Last Time Around", have been newly remastered from the original analog tapes under the auspices of Neil Young for the new boxed set, "What's That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection". The set includes stereo mixes of all 3 albums, plus mono mixes for "Buffalo Springfield" and "Buffalo Springfield Again", and will be available on June 29th, 2018, from Rhino Records as a 5 CD set and will also be on digital download and streaming services. On the same date, the albums will also be released, for the first time ever, on 180 gram vinyl as part of a limited edition set of 5 000 copies. The 5 LP box features the same mono and stereo mixes as the CD set, presented in sleeves and gatefolds that faithfully re-create the original releases.




Dawes' Passwords.....

"Hi folks. Taylor here. As you’re probably aware, it’s a wild time to be alive. There are a lot of thoughts and feelings we feel less inclined to share than we ever have before. At least in my lifetime. A lot of controversial conversations that feel like they only serve as something for the next person to crumple up and toss aside. So it’s with all that in mind that we are proud to announce our new album ‘Passwords’, to be released June 22nd, 2018. In this rapidly approaching age of transparency, passwords can feel like this last vestige of a wall between a world we can see and one we can’t. Having a password allows you to gain access to some information or perspective that you didn’t have before. In that sense, I like the idea of looking at a song as a password, an opportunity for some sort of insight that had previously been unavailable to you. And that goes for the singer as much as the potential listener, I promise. These songs are about everything to the extent that any Dawes record has been, but in this case there is more of an objective, at least for us, to think a little harder about not just how but why we, not just ‘you’ or ‘I’ but ‘we’, feel the ways that we do. What small steps can be taken to revisit these old ideas of empathy? How can we develop a form of communication that goes beyond making sure you’ve said your piece and accurately aims at being heard?" ~ Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes




Ben Folds Five.....

"Brick : The Songs Of Ben Folds 1996 - 2012" features 13 CD's housed in a unique brick box set. This collection of 194 tracks spans the career to date of one of the most adventurous and exciting songwriters and performersof his generation, who has not only worked with a diverse range of artists including William Shatner, Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, but authors Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman.

In addition to featuring all the Ben Folds Five and Ben Folds’ solo studio albums, the box set also includes the 2002 ‘Ben Folds Live’ album, the live album ‘Songs For Goldfish’ which accompanied the 2005 album ‘Songs For Silverman’, the alternative ‘Seeds’versions from ‘Stems And Seeds’, and all the bonus tracks, b sides and rarities from the whole period.

Ben Folds Five formed in in 1993, accompanied by Robert Sledge (bass, synthesizers, backing vocals) and Darren Jessee (drums,backing vocals), with Folds on lead vocals and piano, this outstanding musical trio forged a path as an incendiary live band.

Releasing their self titled debut album in 1995, the album featured such classics as “Underground” and “Philosophy”. This was followed in 1997 by ‘Whatever And Ever Amen’. The album featured the singles, “Battle Of Who Could Care Less” and “Kate”, as well as the UK Top 30 and mainstream radio hit in the USA and Australia, “Brick”. The 3rd and final album, until their 2012 reformation, was ‘The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner’.

In 2001 Folds released his first solo album, ‘Rockin’ The Suburbs’, which was recorded in Adelaide, Australia, where he was living at the time. The title track was remade for the 2006 film 'Over The Hedge', featuring William Shatner on vocal duties, both versions ppear on this box set, as well as the 5 other songs recorded for the film. This was followed in 2005 by ‘Songs For Silverman’, which reached # 13 on the Billboard chart. The next year Folds released ‘Supersunnyspeedgraphic’, a compilation of songs, which were originally released on the EP's 'Sunny 16', 'Speed Graphic' and 'Super D'.

The final Folds solo album to appear in this box set is 2008’s 'Way To Normal', which is his highest charting solo album to date in the US, having entered at # 11 on the Billboard chart. The album featured a guest appearance by Regina Spektor, as well as a remastered follow up version, 'Stems And Seeds'. For this Folds created a different track order and stem files, which allowed the listener to use computer applications to produce their own remixes. 

In 2011, Ben Folds Five reunited to record new tracks for a Ben Folds retrospective. Excited by the experience, the band reconvened in Folds’ studio and recorded what would become the first album for 13 years. With the title track’s lyric supplied by Folds collaborator Nick Hornby, 'The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind' was to be their highest charting album, reaching # 10 on the Billboard chart.

This box includes a 60 page booklet featuring a brand new interview with Paul Myers. June 22nd, 2018.




Patton & Brokus.....

US label Berkalin Records is proud to announce the May 2018 European release of "The Hard Part Of Flying", a new album from the Austin, TX, folk and americana duo Jim Patton and Sherry Brokus. Building on the momentum of their last album, "The Great Unknown", named one of 2013’s top 100 CD's by Geoffrey Himes in Paste Magazine, the duo has teamed up with producer Ron Flynt for the 4th straight time to deliver their strongest writing and singing yet.  Once the album is released, Patton and Brokus will support it with live shows in Europe.

Patton’s new songs not only provide a back and forth with Brokus on vocals, with Brokus taking a larger role than usual, but the songs create a back and forth between Austin, their home for over 20 years, and their Maryland home before that. John Conquest said in 3rd Coast Music, “The Baltimore rootedness gives their latest real strength”.

Producer Flynt has crafted ingenious acoustic and electric arrangements that keep Patton’s acoustic guitar, Brokus’s hand percussion and the duo’s voices out front, while subtly reinforcing them with bass and keyboards. The result is a sound that closely resembles the duo’s live shows, where the lanky, silver haired Patton sits next to the petite, dark haired Brokus and showcase the lyrics that are the key to the act’s appeal. Even at house concerts and folk clubs, however, the duo often brings along an extra musician to embellish the songs, and that's the feel of the record as well. Providing that enhancement on "The Hard Part Of Flying" are bassist and keyboardist Ron Flynt, acoustic guitarist and multi instrumentalist Rich Brotherton, fiddler Warren Hood, and acoustic guitarist and mandolinist Marvin Dykhuis, with guest appearances from lead guitarist Mary Cutrufello, cellist Julie Carter, guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb, and percussionist John Bush.


The Beach Boys.....

"The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmic Orchestra" combines the brilliant original vocal harmonies of The Beach Boys’ beloved classics with brand new symphonic arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, creating a unique and special experience of these iconic songs. 17 tracks produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman. Executive produced by Jerry Schilling. Orchestra conducted by Sally Herbert and Steve Sidwell and recorded by Peter Cobbin at Abbey Road Studio 2. Universal Music, June 8th, 2018.







The Darkness.....

England’s most distinctive, multiple award winning, platinum selling, hugely entertaining rock gods The Darkness have announced the release of their live album "The Darkness Live At Hammersmith", out on June 15th, 2018, through Cooking Vinyl.

To mark the live album announcement, The Darkness have made 2 songs from the album available for free download with pre-orders of the live album. This includes the swashbuckling live version of "Buccaneers Of Hispaniola", one of the highlights from "Pinewood Smile", and their award winning smash hit "I Believe In A Thing Called Love", taken from their chart topping, 4 x platinum selling debut album "Permission To Land".

The album captures The Darkness on sterling form at their iconic London headline show at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo in December last year. In true Darkness spandex clad fashion it featured huge riffs, mighty bass faces, seismic drumming, hair raising falsetto, Justin Hawkins acrobatics, gigantic disco balls and a whole lotta pyro.

"The Darkness Live At Hammersmith" is the band’s 1st live album across all formats and spans their spectacular back catalogue of 5 albums across 19 incendiary tracks. Regarding the live album Justin says :

“The Darkness is untamed. It cannot be caged. Some very clever recording engineers have discovered a way to capture its essence, all that remains is for us to release it back into the wild. Life is about experiences, not possessions. This is your opportunity to possess the experience of The Darkness live, as perceived by your ears, leaving your eyes free to scan the road ahead for obstacles, or to watch Emmerdale with the sound off, or to mould clay, or to darn socks, or to look at the beautiful artwork in this magnificent gatefold release”.




Rolling Stones LP's.....

The Rolling Stones and Universal Music have announced the June 15th, 2018 release of "The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016". The limited edition vinyl box set collection will include 15 of the band’s storied albums across 20 LP's, pressed on heavyweight 180 gram black vinyl. They’re contained in a highly bespoke, lenticular mounted, limited edition box set, housing the 15 studio albums from "Sticky Fingers" to "Blue & Lonesome".

Featuring faithful and intricate original packaging replications, each album has been remastered and cut at half-speedat Abbey Road Studios in London. The remasters have been created from vinyl specific original tape transfers, to make these among the highest quality vinyl pressings these classic albums have ever received. Each album includes a download card for HD digital redemption of the catalogue, and includes a numbered certificate of authentication.

Detailed artwork reproduction features include the 20 cut outs on the cover of "Some Girls" and the famous sleeve of "Sticky Fingers" in Andy Warhol’s original design, complete with a working zip with a hidden image underneath. "Exile On Main Street" comes with a set of 12 original postcard inserts. The new set will arrive as the Stones roar through Europe on their 'No Filter' tour, which begins on May 17th in Dublin.




Gene & Rose Garden.....

Finding a musician and songwriter more influential in the collective genres of pop, folk, country and americana music, and yet also more underappreciated, than the late Gene Clark would be a formidable task. Clark's legacy as a singer, songwriter, founding member of the Byrds, and collaborator in a number of acts, including Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark & the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, and as the duet partner of Carla Olson, front woman of 80's L.A. rock band the Textones, earned him a place in the Rock AndRoll Hall Of Fame. Now, a previously unknown collection from Clark's post-Byrds career has been unearthed by Omnivore Recordings, as "Gene Clark Sings For You" is set for a June release.

The 8 tracks on the album, which author and annotator John Einarson describes as "nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer songwriter's extraordinary body of work", were recorded in 1967 and discovered on a rare acetate in the Liberty Records vaults. The upcoming collection also features 5 tracks from another acetate given to L.A. band the Rose Garden, best known for their solitary 1967 hit, "Next Plane To London". An additional album, "A Trip Through The Garden : The Rose Garden Collection", is also being reissued with a wealth of previously unavailable bonus tracks.

Included on the Rose Garden acetate as part of the "Gene Clark Sings For You" album is "A Long Time," penned and performed by Clark acoustically with a warm, enveloping vocal that sounds like a mystical cross between Bob Dylan and George Harrison. Lines about faces on street corners "all just looking for a place called somewhere", naturally give the gentle tune a vintage Byrds feel, built on a foundation of poetic 60's idealism, yet easily translated to the 21st century social media conscious ethos.

 "Gene Clark Sings For You" and "The Rose Garden" will both be available on Omnivore Records, June 15th, 2018.




Nico Rivers.....

After releasing 3 self produced EPs, Nico Rivers has put together his first full length album backened by the Black Grass. Recorded in a log house, "Tiny Death" touches on themes of existence, transformation and the cyclical nature of the universe. One of the only known constants in the universe is transformation. All that exists has been and will someday be something else. "Tiny Death" is meditation on this notion.








Chris Rainbow.....

Active as a solo recording artist between the years of 1975 and 1981, Chris Rainbow wrote and recorded 3 very highly regarded albums, "Home Of The Brave" in 1975, "Looking Over My Shoulder" in 1978 and this release, his 3rd full length recording, "White Trails" in 1979, as well as a collection of singles throughout his valued career. Chris Rainbow also worked extensively adding vocal contributions to artists’ work of the calibre of The Alan Parsons Project, Culture Club, Elaine Paige and Toyah Wilcox, as well as producing albums for the likes of Scottish Gaelic rock group Runrig. Includes the singles ‘Love You Eternally’, ‘Ring Ring’ and ‘Body Music’. Features the sought after bonus tracks ‘Body Music’ (7” Version), ‘Girl In Collision’ (12” Version) and ‘Body Music’ (12” Version). First time released on CD in the UK. All material has been fully remastered especially for this release. Lemon Records, June 15th, 2018.




Buddy Guy.....

Fresh off the heels of a thrilling performance for the closing of New York City’s BB Kings Blues Club & Grill, Buddy Guy announces the upcoming release of his brand new studio album, "The Blues Is Alive And Well". Set for a June 15th, 2018, release on Silvertone/RCA Records, "The Blues Is Alive And Well" features guest appearances by Mick Jagger on “You Did The Crime”, Keith Richards & Jeff Beck on “Cognac”, and James Bay on “Blue No More”. Producer, songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge produced the album.







Allman Brothers Band.....

On June 15th, 2018, Peach Records will release a new live Allman Brothers Band compilation titled "Peach Picks : Cream Of The Crop", which takes from 6 shows the band performed during the summer of 2003.

The 4 disc collection features 36 tracks in all, culled from shows between July 25th and August 10th, 2003, in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Darien Center, NY, Hartford, CT, Charlotte, NC, and Raleigh, NC. The 2003 lineup of the group included founding members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, plus Warren Haynes, Marc Quiñones, Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks. “That was an important time in the growth of that incarnation of the band”, says Haynes, who acted as supervising producer on this collection.

“We had just released "Hittin’ The Note" and everybody was psyched to be playing a lot of new material from an album we all were very proud of and there was new life being breathed into a lot of the older songs”. "Peach Picks : Cream Of The Crop 2003", which also features special guests like Susan Tedeschi, Karl Denson and Branford Marsalis, will also be available digitally, along with full versions of each of the six concerts. The release is being dedicated to the memory of the late Gregg Allman.




Paul Messinger.....

Paul Messinger is a poet, songwriter, vocalist, and instrumentalist, who writes nuanced, character driven songs in varied styles. His abiding passions are history and people, and his artistic lens is focused on telling the stories of thepeople in the world around us.

Keith Hargreaves, reviewing Messinger’s acclaimed 2017 release "America 2.0 "for Americana UK wrote, "'America 2.0' is an extraordinary album that attempts to examine the very concept of what America is in the Trump era, and what it means to be part of the great American melting pot. It is massive in its ambition and scope”. He concludes that "'America 2.0' is a “powerful examination of America 2017 from a true artist”.

With songwriting elements that channel Beck meets Marley meets Zappa, Messinger explains. Different stories require different musical styles to tell them.

Messinger’s new release, “Love Will Find You : 9 Degrees Of Relationship”, explores the people in the world around us, doing what people do. Each song represents a different aspect of human relationship.

Trust. Delusion. Perseverance. Faith. Regret. Courage. Betrayal. Patience. Satisfaction.

As always, things are not as simple as they might seem and stuff happens.

Diverse and eclectic collaborators such as bassist Fernando Saunders, Maceo Parker alum keyboardist Jay Shirley, producer Jason Merritt, Las Vegas based Pure Joy People’s PJ Trasmil and Rob Hau, New York producer Dezo, and vocalist Raney Hayes, all deliver a sonic pallete that, combined with Paul Messinger’s unique harmonica, lyric, and vocal stylings, is just plain unusually gorgeous.




Zuider Zee.....

An early to mid 1970's group that sound like a hybrid between T Rex and Big Star, might sound like a band that should be universally adored but Memphis’ Zuider Zee have remained something of an untapped curiosity. Until now. With this 1st time release of the album "Zeenith", recorded between 1972 and 1974 and featuring all previously unheard tracks, the band should no longer be a boxed up mystery.

Prior to "Zeenith", Zuider Zee’s 1975 self titled LP was the only record out there that existed. Released on Columbia, it was hailed as a true great power pop record of the time by groups such as Cheap Trick. “Rick Nielsen called me one night”, Zuider Zee’s Richard Orange recalls. “He was asking about why weren’t we bigger and doing as well as they were. He said, 'Man, you’re so damn good, do you know where I have your phone number? I have your number right beneath John Lennon’s number. Fuggin’ John Lennon, Richard'!"

Despite love from such bands and a later line-up of Zuider Zee even supporting the Sex Pistols at the Taliesyn Ballroom in Memphis in 1978, “Sid Vicious stumbling around out of his gourd. It was very unremarkable, the whole event”, remembers Orange, and with Columbia never even releasing a single for radio, Zuider Zee never quite took off and dissolved into the ether of cult band land. However, an untold chapter of the group’s history has now been unearthed as Light In The Attic’s ability to pluck gold from seemingly nowhere continues on this release.

Comprised entirely of previously unreleased tracks, "Zeenith" is an album in which sugar coated glam stomp nestles up alongside Mersey beat and where rousing power pop, crunchy rock and a undercurrent of pop peppered psychedelia all merge seamlessly.

Childhood pals Richard Orange and Gary Simon Bertrand had matriculated in late 60's Lafayette pop psych outfit, Thomas Edison’s Electric Light Bulb Band, before joining forces with Kim Foreman and John Bonar. Zuider Zee’s tale wasn’t always destined to be that of a mysterious cult band but they did face some difficulties in from the off, as they found when they moved from Jackson, Mississippi, to their new adopted home of Memphis.

“When we 1st rolled into town, we were completely unknown”, says Orange. “We couldn’t get a gig at any of the clubs for what seemed like at least a year or even longer. We were very different from bands in the South. We never covered any Southern rock, apart from The Allman Brothers who we all thought the world of, and as we grew into ourselves, we didn’t sound anything like southern rock”.

It was Orange’s work ethic that kept the band driven and focused though through such tough times. “I can honestly say that there is one thing Zuider Zee shared with The Beatles experience”, he says. “We played for years in the crappiest most disgusting, dangerous and depressing places, and we played anywhere from 5 to 7 hours, 6 days a week, for years”.

A group led by such a hard working and determined individual is glisteningly apparent on this release. "Zeenith" feels like a band at that magical juncture between a group perfecting their craft whilst still driven by wide eyed optimism, youthful energy and a sense of fun that radiates throughout every note played. Ultimately, this was at the core of Zuider Zee’s aims. “Most important is to have fun whilst you’re up there doing it on stage, because people will feel that joy, it’s electric and contagious and they will react to it”.

Something that still feels pertinent over 40 years since it was created.

Light In The Attic Records, June 8th, 2018.




Eric Clapton.....

Eric Clapton will complement the upcoming home release of the revealing documentary "Life In 12 Bars" with a massive soundtrack featuring 5 unreleased songs. The "Life In 12 Bars" soundtrack, which features songs from all of the Clapton affiliated bands and solo work, as well as tracks by the Beatles, Muddy Waters and Aretha Franklin, arrives June 8th, 2018, on CD and digitally, while a 4 LP version will hit shelves on July 20th, 2018. The previously unreleased tracks include a mammoth 17 minute version of "Spoonful" that Cream performed live in 1968 during the band's farewell tour, plus Clapton's full length version of his Bob Marley cover "I Shot The Sheriff". A live rendition of Derek & The Dominos' version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing", Clapton's live take on Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie" from 1974 and the unearthed Derek & The Dominos track "High", later rerecorded for Clapton's solo LP "There's One in Every Crowd", round out the unreleased songs. "Life In 12 Bars" also features 2 alternate mixes of Clapton's "After Midnight" and "Let It Rain" from his 1970 debut solo album. The documentary itself will also be released on DVD and BluRay on June 8th, 2018.




Beside Bowie.....

25 years after Mick Ronson's death at the age of 46, a new documentary sheds light on the crucial and creative member of David Bowie's influential early 70's band Spiders From Mars. In "Beside Bowie : The Mick Ronson Story", the shaggy haired guitarist, a player whose 'grit and energy cut through the room', as Bowie observes in the doc, is revealed through interviews with contemporaries and collaborators, including producer Tony Visconti, Lou Reed, singer and publicist Cherry Vanilla, Angie Bowie and Yes' Rick Wakeman.

Many recent documentaries focus on supporting players, "20 Feet From Stardom", "Hired Gun", etc, but "Beside Bowie", was incited by Bowie's personal contribution, as director Jon Brewer explains. "When Mick died, his wife Suzi wanted to do a documentary. But David, I don't think, was up to be in it at that moment in time", Brewer says. Instead, of his own volition, Bowie recorded audio memories and praise for Ronson. "Bowie said, 'I'll give my donation to Suzi Ronson. I'll give you the guidelines'. He wrote the chapters for that documentary. That was his gift. That's a big, big statement".

 While Ronson was a trained pianist and violinist, and is revealed to be an extremely skilled arranger with an interest in scoring, his contributions weren't always acknowledged with credits, or cash. Brewer feels Bowie's documentary donation aimed to remedy that. "He possibly should have acknowledged Ronson's songwriting credits, but the band were all about being creative. None of them would talk about who's getting what off what. Nothing reflecting against David, but due to management problems, record company problems, money situations, David would bury his head about a lot of things".

There are no on camera interviews from Bowie or Ronson done specifically for the documentary, which was begun after both men had died, and no contributions from his Spiders bandmates, bassist Trevor Bolder, who died in 2013, and drummer Mick Woodmansey. Still, "Beside Bowie" paints a powerful portrait of a humble man from Hull, England, whose appeal and talent was large, varied, and ultimately cut short due to liver cancer. Of the lack of kudos during his lifetime.

"Mick was not bitter, more disappointed", says Suzi Ronson in an interview. "I think, later in life, he realized the enormous contribution he made to those 5 albums and 'Transformer' by Lou Reed. When he was working with Morrissey, the last album he produced, he alluded to Morrissey that he had co-written some of those Bowie songs. His musical contribution was enormous to David and Lou, he didn't get paid what he deserved. They gave him credit for co-producing 'Transformer', as well as credit for guitar, piano and string arrangement, but no money and no royalty. For a long time Mick was unrecognized for his massive contribution".

Brewer, an associate and friend of Bowie's, notably during the "Hunky Dory" era, and a friend of Ronno's, as his pals referred to him, wanted to "take out the trumpet and blow it for Mick Ronson". To that end, the film eschews traditional doc fare of childhood and family background in favor of focusing on Ronno's seminal time with Bowie on songs such as "Five Years" and "Jean Genie." There's also footage of Reed listening to and praising Ronson's playing, he also plied his trade with Ian Hunter and Bob Dylan. Although a 1974 solo album, "Slaughter On 10th Avenue", tried to establish Ronno as a frontman, it was as a collaborator where he shone. As Suzi Ronson says, "After the final Ziggy show, Mick was pushed to the front by Tony DeFries' MainMan before he was ready. David took time off and Mick was in the spotlight. It was more that they had a machine that needed a star. Mick was to be that star. Hindsight is 20/20 and I think now Mick should have waited to see who he was as a solo artist rather than been pushed out alone".

"Beside Bowie" has strong footage of the Bowie Ronson chemistry. Ronson's live debut with Bowie was a February, 1970 John Peel session at BBC Studios, but it was the rapport between the two on stage that proved iconic and groundbreaking for the time. Legendary concert photos and 'Top Of The Pops' clips of Bowie with his arm draped around Ronson titillated audiences, while more incendiary imagery of the frontman on his knees, simulating oral sex on Ronson's guitar, shocked people. In "Beside Bowie", Cherry Vanilla observes that Ronson "made Bowie a rock star" rather than a theatre star.

Ronson's guitar tone, which he discusses in archival interview footage from the BBC, derived especially from his skill and use of the wah-wah pedal, and he demonstrates how songs like "Jean Genie" owe a debt to the rhythms of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

In an interview Yes' Rick Wakeman, an uncredited player on "Ziggy Stardust", noted that "Mick was around during a period when there were literally hundreds of great guitar players, so you had to be very special to stand out and make a name for yourself and Mick did just that. He was a joy to know, and a joy to play with".

In the doc, Mott The Hoople frontman Ian Hunter recalls Ronno meeting Bob Dylan at New York club Bitter End, leading to his role in Dylan's 1975 and 1976 Rolling Thunder Revue band. In 1982, Ronson worked with John Mellencamp on his "American Fool" album, contributing heavily to the creation of "Jack & Diane." Tina Turner was likewise interested in working with the multi faceted musician, though it never came to pass. One of his last big projects was Morrissey's 1992 album "Your Arsenal", where Ronson's production and playing brought a glam sheen to the singer's 3rd album.

Brewer, who is currently working on a Chuck Berry doc, dislikes the term "unsung hero", but he acknowledges it's apt in Ronno's case. "This makes people sit up and say, 'wow, we didn't know that, because it wasn't at the forefront of every press release that David Bowie put out'. I just feel that people should know where that music came from. There's always been a big problem with writing credits, and there always has been for arrangers, and we know, and musicians will tell you, time and time again, that was Mick Ronson. Don't get me wrong, David Bowie needed to be there, and he needed to contribute his wonderful performance, but Mick Ronson was that engine behind him".

For Suzi Ronson, "Beside Bowie" is bittersweet viewing. "I think none of it would have mattered if Mick had lived. I feel sure he would have worked with David again and it seemed it was finally his turn to be successful. He was only 46, plenty of time for him to make his mark. I have no doubt he would have done that".

Available on CD, BluRay and DVD on June 8th, 2016.




Mike Spine.....

Mike Spine is a critically acclaimed Seattle born and Seattle and Europe based musician, known for his captivating live performances, intelligent songwriting and support of humanitarian issues. He has played 100’s of shows in 5 continents since 1995 and has received press and radio airplay throughout the US, Europe, UK and Asia.

”Forage & Glean, Volumes I & II”, is the 10th full length studio album for Mike Spine. It is a 32 track double album, an anthology containing the best of Mike’s songwriting and recordings from the last 2 decades.

”Volume I” is a collection of Spine’s best work of folk and rock songs, including the memorable and more relevant than ever “Crumble”, personal political songs such as “Meteorite”, and the labor themed “Sand in Your Teeth”.  There’s also a hauntingly beautiful version of “The French Girl” and the stripped down “Black Diamond”, the lyrically dense and moving tale of families immigrating to work in the coalmines outside Seattle in the early 1900’s.

”Volume II” contains Spine’s more explosive rock and punk material. It opens with the dynamic anti-war song “Kiss and Remember”, and then launches into fiery, complex and catchy rockers, which touch on the themes of global warming with “Second Hand”, empire “Transylvania” and the anti-corruption song, “Power Broker”, before transitioning into the hook filled songs like “Iron Lake”, the hybrid country punk song “Another Day” and the rocker version of “Meteorite”.

For 20 years, Mike Spine bounced between the worlds of folk rock, underground rock and punk, while simultaneously working as an inner city language arts and social studies teacher in Seattle, Portland, New York and London.

Since retiring from public school teaching in 2011, Mike has spent his time focused on music, having performed 100’s of concerts and benefit shows in multiple continents, ranging from Italy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Costa Rica. The last few years he has split his time between the US and Europe, touring extensively throughout the EU and often living out of a motorhome for months at a time.

The songs on ”Forage & Glean” were chiefly recorded and mixed at Haywire Recording in Portland, Oregon, with longtime engineer Rob Bartleson. The album was predominately mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Resonant in Seattle, Washington.

The recordings were made with a highly talented pool of band mates from Seattle, Portland and Italy over the last decade.

Core musicians on ”Volume I” include Joey Prude and Chris Croft on drums, Martin Flores on guitars, Katie Toft and Ali Ippolito on piano, organ, accordion and backing vocals, Amelia Claire on backing vocals, Robert Bartleson on electric bass, Brian Casey on upright bass, Barbara Luna on violin and Mike Spine on guitars, vocals, songwriting, arrangements, etc.

Core musicians on ”Volume II” include Jeff Gall and Chris Croft on drums, Martin Flores on guitars, Richie Parish on guitar and bass, Jack Peters on bass, Amelia Claire on backing vocals and Mike Spine on guitars, vocals, etc.

”Forage & Glean, Volumes I & II” will be available on CD, downloads and streaming on June 1st, 2018.




Simon's Graceland.....

Sony Music are soon to release "Graceland : The Remixes", a new edition of Paul Simon‘s classic 1986 album, with every track reimagined by well known remixes. This 2018 reworking was overseen by project curator Michael Gaiman and features different styles such as deep house, afro house, drum'n'bass, tech house, etc, and includes the talents likes of Paul Oakenfold, Groove Armada, MIK and Richy Ahmed. "Graceland : The Remixes" will be released on CD and 2 LP vinyl on June 1st, 2018.







Father John Misty.....

Father John Misty has formally announced the release of his 4th album, "God’s Favorite Customer". A press release issued by Sub Pop Records, confirms the leaked album information to be true, including the tracklist, the album art, photographed by Pari Dukovic, and the June 1st, 2018, release via Sub Pop and Bella Union. The follow up to "Pure Comedy" was written and produced by Misty, and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara and Trevor Spencer. "God’s Favorite Customer" is available for preorder on Father John Misty’s official store along with Sub Pop, Bella Union and select independent retailers in 6 formats, limited loser edition LP on metallic purple vinyl, standard LP on black vinyl, CD, streaming, digital download and cassette.




Cheap Trick.....

Cheap Trick fans positively inhaled the 1st batch of rarities, so Real Gone Music are back with 16 more lost tracks from Rockford, Illinois’ finest Except this time, Ken Sharp’s notes feature track by track commentary from Bun E Carlos, Tom Petersson, and Rick Nielsen. This collection is a deep dive into the Cheap Trick hive mind. So let’s jump in. First up are 3 tracks taken from the 1980 EP "Found All The Parts", including a live version of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”, with an instrumental nod to The Yardbirds’ “Shapes Of Things”.

Then comes the single “Oh Boy”, followed by the demo of “Loser”, which was recorded in 1980, but was written by Nielsen way back in 1976, all CD debuts. 2 live tracks, “The House Is Rockin’ (with Domestic Problems)” and “Way Of The World”, from a New Year’s Eve 1979 show at the L.A. Forum raise the temperature, then come the George Martin-produced single versions of “World’s Greatest Lover” and “Everything Works If You Let It”. 2 tracks, “Reach Out” and “I Must Be Dreamin’”, from the Heavy Metal soundtrack and the title song from the Spring Break soundtrack cover the Cheap Trick silver screen legacy, while the demo version of the classic “If You Want My Love” premieres on CD. The “Super New Dance Remix” of “Saturday At Midnight” and “Short Version” of “Dancing The Night Away” also appear on CD for the first time, as does the last track, the B side “Get Ready.” Rare photos by long time band photographer Robert Alford accompanies and the set is mastered by the great Vic Anesini at Battery Studios. Real Gone Music, June 1st, 2018.




David Gerald.....

David Gerald, the son of Rural Mississippi born and raised parents, grew up to the sounds of the blues and r’n’b music in his hometown, Detroit. He's the youngest of 11 children, 6 of whom were born and partly raised in Mississippi. "Because segregation and racial discrimination were so bad in Mississippi at the time, my dad moved the family north to Detroit when he was 33, so we'd have a better chance at the American dream".

Gerald, whose dynamic, blues infused rock and soul hybrid has been captivating audiences across the country for over a decade, grew up to the sounds of the blues, r’n’b and rock’n’roll in his hometown of Detroit. He started playing guitar at 14, influenced by Prince and 80’s rock guitarists.

"I was lucky enough to have a neighbor who was a guitarist and gave me scrap guitars. I would piece them together and build Frankenstein guitars", says Gerald. "They were horrible to play and sounded bad, but I had to play music. It was and is my destiny. I finally scraped up enough money to buy an old amp and I was happy".

Gerald performed in many local blues, r’n’b and rock’n’roll bands, cutting his guitar and vocal chops live and in person. Finding it hard to keep a band together, Gerald learned to play guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. Using 2 antiquated cassette recorders he would overdub each part individually until the song was complete. "The end result sounded horrible, and the songs would not end up in the same key they started in. But it got my songs recorded", says Gerald. This was the beginning of his songwriting, most of which were pop and rock tunes during the 80's. Around the age of 24, he began experimenting with computers to write and compose music. As he began to explore the music of blues guitar heavyweights like Albert King, ZZ Hill, BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, his sound evolved and expanded to where it is today.

Gerald is now playing nationally with his own band. Year round, he performs at clubs and festivals across the US. Some notable appearances include Riverdays Festival, formerly known as the International Freedom Festival, in Detroit, MI, Chrysler Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak, MI, Springing The Blues Festival in Jacksonville, FL, among many others.

Gerald's music has been receiving widespread radio play, along with recognition in the blues and rock communities. His 2009 debut CD, ”Hell And Back”, continues to receive consistent airplay, while his stirring live performances have brought widespread acclaim. Recently Gerald was listed as #1 on the Reverb Nation blues charts for Michigan Blues artists. "Hell And Back" reached #1 on Roots Music Report's Blues Chart for Michigan based artists and remained in the top 20 for many weeks in a row.

Gerald's long awaited new album, ”N2U”, is slated to be released in the spring of 2018. Videos from 2 of the album's 10 tracks of blues infused rock’n’soul have begun to leak out across the internet, creating a groundswell of excitement in anticipation of the release. "This album has been a long time coming", Gerald comments. "I put together these songs for myself, my friends and supporters. It's all about new thoughts, new experiences and deeply felt emotions. I hope everyone who listens can find something that touches them. Something they can relate to".

N2U” is a true solo effort, with the exception of 2 live tracks where he's backed by his band, Gerald not only plays every instrument on the album's 8 studio tracks, he also handled all of the recording and mixing duties.




Malo Singles.....

Malo was pretty much a jam”, Jorge Santana laughs. “Just a lot of natural energy. But it had to be structured to an arrangement”. The legendary and pioneering Bay Area band, Malo found inspiration in its latin roots while mixing it with rock, blues, funk and jazz, creating a musical stew that was augmented by a horn section. At the time, horn sections were popular in rock bands like Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, and Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Malo joined other California bands at the time, like War and Tower Of Power, in adding a brass section. “The new band had elements of the latin rock sound thriving a few hundred miles south in Los Angeles, but Malo had something that set it apart from established groups like Thee Midniters and El Chicano. We had latin percussion and we had a horn section", Santana notes. Drawn from their 4 long players, a series of singles were issued for radio airplay, the 1st of which, “Sauvecito” was to be their biggest hit and has been called The Chicano National Anthem.

All 14 A and B sides are gathered here on "Latin Bugaloo : The Warner Bros. Singles" for the 1st time, including a single that was previously reported as having been assembled but never issued. That single, including the songs, “Pana”, backed with “Just Say Goodbye” was in fact released, but only in Turkey. Because the length of Malo’s album cuts could at times stretch to the near 10 minute mark, all the tracks selected for 7″ release were edited for the format. Those edits appear here so Malo fans can hear the songs the way they originally heard them on the radio. Omnivore Recordings, May 25th, 2018.




Matthew Sweet.....

Matthew Sweet had a head start for his new album, "Tomorrow's Daughter", whose opening track and first single "I Belong To You" is streaming now. Sweet wrote and did most of the recording for the dozen songs on the set, which comes out May 18th, 2018, while making last year's expansive "Tomorrow Forever". "It's really, like, a deeper dive into the sessions that made 'Tomorrow Forever'", the Nebraska based Sweet says.

"At the time I was finalizing that record I took all of these other songs I really liked and made it into this album. I didn't know if I'd get to release it right away or what, but I just liked the way they fell together". Sweet likens the project to the 1994 EP "Son Of Altered Beast", but notes that "this is more of a real record. It's a whole 12 songs that seemed to hold together and be their own fresh thing". "I Belong To You" kicks the new album off in a manner that will sound familiar to fans of Sweet's particular brand of riffy power pop. "It's a very signature to me kind of song, it's poppy and upbeat and pledging love and all of that", Sweet says.

"Everybody liked it when I was making 'Tomorrow Forever', so it was high up in my thoughts". There's more of that on Tomorrow's Daughter, too, though the album does have the wide range of things, Sweet also likes to pursue. "I do like those poppy, jangly, happy things", he says. "I'm always hoping I'll have some stuff like that, 'cause it's fun and has a sound to it. But I know it can get tedious. So there's lots of the more morose kinds of things I do, too".




Buck Owens.....

Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with the Buck Owens Estate, is proud to present Buck Owens & The Buckaroos’ "The Complete Capitol Singles : 1967 – 1970". This is the 2nd in a series chronicling every one of Buck’s historic Capitol singles from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Taken from the original mono and stereo masters, "The Complete Capitol Singles : 1967 – 1970" collects the A and B side to all 18 singles from that period, including 14 Top Ten hits, in their original, chronological form. Newly remastered, and featuring liner notes from Scott B Bomar, "The Complete Capitol Singles : 1967 – 1970" presents the golden age of Buck Owens in an entirely new way. These are the records that made Buck Owens a legend and defined the Bakersfield Sound. It’s history. It’s "The Complete Capitol Singles : 1967 – 1970". Omnivore Recordings, May 18th, 2018





Mona Wallin.....

Mona Wallin is a Swedish singer, songwriter and guitar player from Ljusdal, Hälsingland. She made her first public appearance at the age of 8. During her younger years, she played flute in a brass band and acted in the nationally organized Riksteatern’s performance of "A Fiddler On The Roof". She started to play the guitar at the age of 12.

Her path to a musician’s life has been winding, and may at first appear to have almost led her astray. 4 years of university studies in forestry seemed to lead to a life of profit margins, production and pay checks, but in the end, the forest beckoned for other reasons, with its serenity, its beauty, and its quiet songs. She traded the industry for jazz studies at Birka Folkhögskola. At the end of her stay, she was offered a place in the highly selective program for individual artistic expression, and after that, she completed a 3 year degree programme in world music at the Academy Of Music And Drama at the University Of Gothenburg.

Mona Wallin has been a member of various bands, from the early days garage band Rainy Day Woman and bluegrass band Bluegrass And Green Skies, to her current acoustic trio Ain’t No Brothers. In recent years, however, her focus has been mainly on her solo career, and she performs regularly as a duo act together with guitarist Erik Ivarsson, featuring her own material. Her songwriting has always been grounded in her love of the forest and the wilderness, from Americana to traditional northern Swedish music, from one outback to the next.

On her debut album, “To Build A Fire”, she gathered a band and recorded most of it live in the studio. Records like Neil Young’s "Harvest" and Gillian Welch’s "Soul Journey" inspired the album. “I really wanted the process and the sound to connect to an era in music that was more about the whole record than just one song”. she says. “ And I didn’t want it to sound complicated with big arrangements and too many things going on. I wanted it to sound authentic and grounded. The songs are so connected to where I come from and they speak much about my longing for home and my journey towards this record”.

“I also wanted the record to connect to that time in my life when I discovered music and it was about the whole album, from the songs to the order of the songs to the cover of the album. Everything about the record mattered back then, not just weather the song would be played on the radio or not. This record has through the whole process always been about more than writing songs. It has also been about me and my journey to reconnect to myself. I always have been able to do that by spending time in the wilderness. Nature humbles me”.

The title “To Build A Fire” comes from a short story by Jack London, about a man that on an extremely cold winter day, go on the Yukon Trail to meet his friends at a gold digger camp after being warned by an old man of the dangers of traveling alone in this area and in the extreme weather conditions. The man doesn’t take the warning seriously and thinks, a bit arrogantly, that he can master the cold and the nature. But he doesn’t.

 “That is an reflecting image of society today, I think. It feels like we’re just carrying on living our lives in the city. We’ve lost contact with nature and the respect for it and that is so sad. I think that in a way it means that we lost contact with ourselves. We don’t know how to connect anymore, to nature, to ourselves or to each other. Way back, people used to gather around an open fire at night for the light, warmth and to feel that they belong and to connect to each other. I think we need to learn how to build a fire again. I hope this record can contribute to that“.




Brent Cobb.....

Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and performer Brent Cobb will release his highly anticipated new album, "Providence Canyon", today, May 11th, 2018, on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records. Recorded at Nashville’s RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb, the album features 11 songs including “King Of Alabama”. The new album and tour follow a breakthrough few years for Cobb, who was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 60th Grammy Awards for his major label debut, "Shine On Rainy Day".

Released in 2016 to overwhelming acclaim, The Tennessean calls the album, “an outstanding piece of work and a collection of true, country songs”, while WXPN World Café asserts, “a gorgeous solo album that promises to place him in the top echelon of this century’s young troubadours”. Since the album’s release, Cobb was also nominated for Emerging Artist Of The Year at the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards and made his television debut on Conan. Cobb was born in Americus, Georgia, about an hour east of Columbus, in the rural South central part of the state. In addition to his work as an artist, Cobb is widely respected as a songwriter garnering cuts by Lee Ann Womack, Luke Bryan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and many more.




Calle Karlsson.....

Calle Karlsson describes his childhood as quite idyllic. Even though it was not so well ordered at Träslövsläge, on the westcoast of Sweden, at that time, "läjsingarna" had each other. At home, his dad Janne played  accordion and his mother Ella the piano, and there was always a lot of music in the house. Calle and his 2 brothers contributed singing. 

It was in church that Calle got his first stage scene. "I sang in the choir and participated in school closures. My singing has been there, all the way. As a child, I liked to enjoy and to entertain and to be on stage". Calles first music memories is a photo where he has formed a band at the age of 5, with some cousins playing with homemade guitars.

"It was only when I started at Varberg School Of Education I learned to play the guitar properly, such teaching was not available on Läjet. My first solo performance was at the Rosenfreds school scene. I'll never forget it. I was terribly nervous until I started playing. Then it suddenly disappeared and I've never been nervous about standing on stage ever since".

When Calle finished his education he was very tired of school. His father, a fisherman for generations, who had realized that the fishing industry was facing a hard time, did not try to persuade Calle to take on this task. Calle instead started working at Dagåh's Photo Shop in Varberg. At the same time, interest in cars, motorcycles and music grew. Calle became one with his own Ford Thunderbird, formed Varbergs Automobil & MC Club, and also played rock'n'roll with brother Håkan and some friends in the band Victoria. The music took more more and more of his time. After 15 years at Dagåh's Photo Shop, he quit.

Calle then fronted the band Blue Light, recorded an album in 1985, but despite the fact that they were touring around Sweden and other countries, they never really took off. Calle began to play more and more as a solo troubadour at cafés and pubs. He didn't wanted to let go of the music, and he was very appreciated for what he was doing.

"I sat there and played and sometimes wondered what I was doing there, so I started talking to the audience, telling stories". Suddenly, he received requests to attend corporate celebrations, weddings, birthdays and association meetings. The business took a new focus as Calle developed increasingly. Over the years he has become an appreciated entertainer, but music has always been the foundation. He has released 6 CD's so far. They consist of mixed material, some written by himself, and some have been on his hometown language, which he feels extra warmly about.

In the summer of 2013, he took the full step and released the CD "Läjet, Läjet", completely sung in his native, hometown language. "When I was a child, we talked like this at home. When I started 1st class I had to learn Swedish. Today, the hometown of which the dialect is called is cool, but back then there was nothing positive about it. I would think there are about 200 people, at most, who can talk to this native tongue today. Therefore we also had to translate the songs on that CD into Swedish".

On May 11th, 2018, Calle will release his 7th CD, "Monterey Shoreline", a 5 track CD EP, that Calle recorded with comrades, relatives and friends from all over the westcoast of Sweden.




Ray LaMontagne.....

Ray LaMontagne, "Part Of The Light".

01  To The Sea 
02  Paper Man 
03  Part Of The Light
04  It's Always Been You 
05  Let's Make It Last 
06  As Black As Blood Is Blue 
07  Such A Simple Thing 
08  No Answer Arrives 
09  Goodbye Blue Sky

RCA Records, May 18th, 2018.





Joe Medwick.....

After many stops and starts from Los Angeles to Woodstock, to Austin and back to Los Angeles, Joe Medwick has wrapped up his "Memphis To Montreal" sessions at Johnny Lee Schell’s Ultratone Studios in Studio City, after starting the project in Austin and Woodstock. With musical contributions from Grammy award winning friends like Albert Lee, Mike Finnigan, Hutch Hutchinson, Tony Braunagel, Johnny Lee, Joe Sublett, Gary Mallaber, David Jackson, Jennifer Condos, John Inmon, Joel Savoy and the legendary Garth Hudson of The Band, "Memphis To Montreal" features handpicked original songs, as well as selected covers by Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Dan Penn and more. "Memphis To Montreal" is dedicated to Joe’s too soon gone friends Tim Drummond, Levon Helm, Lonnie Mack and his late brother Peter.



Lanois & Venetian Snares.....

Daniel Lanois and Venetian Snares are 2 very different kinds of producers. During the last 30 years, Lanois has become one of his generation's essential record producers, responsible for the likes of U2's "The Joshua Tree", Bob Dylan's "Time Out Of Mind", and a score of collaborations with Brian Eno. Lanois favors widescreen sounds and albums with atmosphere, music that invokes that mystical asset of 'vibe', no matter what the genre. Venetian Snares is the long running concern of electronic producer Aaron Funk, whose rapid cuts between shards of noise and ruptured samples have made him a pioneer of what's been reductively dubbed intelligent dance music. Claustrophobic and intense, his meticulous records produce the illusion of chaos controlled, vibe be damned.

But years ago, in a Los Angeles watering hole, Lanois heard an audacious album for which Funk had sampled the sounds of symphonies and string quartets to build his own boisterous electronic simulacrum of a classical ensemble. Lanois was intrigued by the fellow Canadian and soon confessed his burgeoning fandom to Funk. A few years later, they finally convened in Lanois' Toronto studio and, with little planning in place, improvised. In person, Lanois was even more floored by Funk's approach. "I recognized that he knew something I didn't", Lanois says laughing. "And I always like to work with people who know how to do something I don't. It's a way of broadening my scope".

Hearing their bewildering, intoxicating 8 track debut, simply titled "Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois", is tantamount to rubbing one's fingers across a topographical map of some monstrous mountain range. It is a vast landscape, where flat stretches jut suddenly upward into an intricate series of peaks and valleys, nooks and crannies. Aside from his resume as a producer, and occasionally brilliant songwriter, Lanois is a master of celestial pedal steel, mutually inspired by gospel exaltation and minimalist exhalation. Funk cavorts atop that bedrock, making mountains out of chopped, screwed and scrambled drums, and valleys from warped webs of static. Recorded live after their brief studio stint, "Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois" finds an altogether unlikely duo locked in feverish instrumental cross talk, a sort of free jazz duo for the new millennium.




Raven And Red.....

With many musical accomplishments individually, Brittany Jones and Mitchell Lane met while attending the University Of North Carolina School Of The Arts in Winston Salem, NC. Not limited to one style of music, they discovered their shared interest in many different genres alongside classical music. From singing opera and playing the pipe organ to singing folk and country songs with a guitar and a fiddle, Mitchell and Brittany have been collaborating musically since they first met.

Upon graduating with her master’s degree in organ performance in 2011, Brittany decided to continue her education in bluegrass, old time, country, and celtic music at East Tennessee State University. While Mitchell continued pursuing his degree in vocal performance, he decided to learn the acoustic guitar in order to accompany Brittany at her program’s audition.

Together, their musical training has aided them in grasping the detail and sensitivity in music, and it enables them to effectively present those nuances on stage and in the studio. “Just like in classical music, there is an important historical component to folk music and we were immediately drawn to it. After graduating college in 2013, forming Raven and Red was our natural calling as performing musicians”, Mitchell recalls.

To round out the group, Cole King, Mitchell’s youngest brother and current 11th grade student at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, GA, joined the duo on mandolin and fill out the group’s 3 part harmonies. Cole was only 13 years old when he began performing with the band.

Raven And Red combines elements from all of their different musical influences into their songwriting and the songs featured on their new album, ”We Rise Up”, which is set to release in Europe in the spring, on Line Crossing Records.

“We find it difficult to really narrow down our style into one particular genre”, declares Mitchell. “We have so many influences, from John Denver and Jim Croce to Tim O’Brien to classic rock and back to Bach. We are still learning from each other every day and developing our signature sound. This album is one milestone in our musical journey”, he adds.



Duane Betts.....

Guitarist Duane Betts has just issued his debut studio EP. The 6 song collection "Sketches Of American Music" is now available on CD, as download and on streaming services. Betts collaborated on "Sketches Of American Music" with Steve Cropper, Marc Ford and Stoll Vaughan. Recording sessions were held in Nashville and Los Angeles. Currently, Duane Betts is on tour with The Devon Allman Project, which see the singer songwriter performing with Devon Allman, the son of his father’s Allman Brothers bandmate, Gregg Allman.

During these performances, Duane opens with a 30 minute set, ahead of Devon Allman’s performance, both bands then reconvene for a special, joint 30 plus minute encore. Furthermore, Duane Betts will also be performing with his father for a number of shows during Dickey Betts’ highly anticipated comeback tour.





CJ Simmons.....

Nashville duo CJ Simmons is Christian and Jessica Simmons. Originally from Oklahoma, Christian fuses his Okie influence with Jessica’s soft hometown Texas sound. Over the past few years CJ Simmons has opened for many of today’s top names in country music, played for 1000’s, toured overseas to play for the US military, and had their videos picked up by CMT, and they are just getting started. With the release of their latest album, ”Forever”, they look forward to hitting the road while picking up fans one by one and show by show. CJ Simmons has one goal in mind, making the best possible music, and of course having a great time doing it.




Little Steven.....

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul are heralding this Thursday's start of their landmark live tour with today's surprise release of "Soulfire Live!", a 24 track collection recorded last year in the US and Europe, during Little Steven's 1st tour in nearly 2 decades. "Soulfire Live!" is available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services and a 3 CD box set with bonus tracks, BluRay, and vinyl box set will arrive this summer. To stream or download "Soulfire Live!", please visit here.

"Soulfire Live!" is an epic and electrifying journey through rock'n'roll history led by one of its most passionate practitioners, showcasing Stevie Van Zandt's limitless knowledge, talent, and sheer love for the genre in all its many shapes and guises. Among the album's many highlights is the introduction made by the legendary Mike Stoller, who along with partner Jerry Leiber, are widely considered to be the 1st successful and the most enduring rock songwriters and producers of all time. Other highlights on the album are the original songs from throughout Little Steven's illustrious career, alongside a number of favorite cover versions. In addition, the album includes Van Zandt's inimitable introductions, detailing each song's unique history and singular spot in his life and illustrious career.

"Soulfire Live!" was produced and arranged by Stevie Van Zandt and the album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig.




Annie Keating.....

A hugely impressive body of work, 8 albums over 14 years, culminates in this acoustic mini masterpiece by Brooklyn based songwriter Annie Keating.  An intoxicating mix of poetic and raw, tough and tender, Keating’s songwriting is at the heart of meaningful americana music. "Ghost Of The Untraveled Road" features this seasoned songwriter at her best. The album delivers beautiful, engaging, honest and real songs.

About the new release, she shares, “These songs were born in motion, in the back of a sweltering tour rig last July, traversing 4 countries and some 7000 miles with no mobile phone service, I had a lot of time to write and think. Somehow as the miles rolled along, I collected a box full of half poems, melodies, refrains and phrases on napkins, set lists and my tour notebook. When opening that box of writings months later back in Brooklyn, I was pleasantly surprised. I picked up my Gibson guitar and it seemed like the songs were already there waiting, just hungering for the right chords".

The music and lyrics impart the feeling of traveling through new lands, unexpected surprises, a journey of longing and also letting go. The songs titles themselves voice these themes, with compelling lyrics that take the listener in and away, "From Holland to Hull, across the North Sea, with dreams of the ocean, your eyes and the deep. Travel has a way of changing time, a little more freedom the curve from a line", and from the title track, "The windows open blowing papers around, the Italian radio's playing a sad song. I understood little but felt just as much, as if I were fluent the pale music hushed. Wondering what would unravel if we dared let the string go. Busy bees in my head and a 'Ghost Of The Untraveled Road'". Other lines linger, heartfelt but not trite, honest and searching, "Shall I cherish confessions or bury them all?  You wanted forever inside the lines, I wanted a moment lost in time. You like a beautiful darkening sky, your eyes they lied”.

 Over the course of her previous 7 full length albums, Keating has proven herself a unique and extremely talented artist. When asked about how the band recorded the album, she reflects, "When the songs took shape, I brought the band together and we had sessions by the fire at my place with acoustic guitars, mandolin and bass, no amps. Just playing acoustically in a circle and work shopping the songs, I decided that’s the way we should record the album, live in a room together playing. We laid them down pure and simple together live in a former firehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Atomic Sound, NY. I’m more proud of these songs than anything else I’ve recorded. You either capture the magic or not. For me, the sound of the band on this album is magical”.



Nick Lowe.....

Nick Lowe is back and has re-discovered his rockin’ side on his 1st new release in half a decade.This new EP is limited to 3,500 copies and features 2 x 7" singles in a gatefold package. "Tokyo Bay b/w Crying Inside" is a 4 song EP featuring 2 Nick originals, the ship rockin’ “Tokyo Bay” and introspective “Crying Inside,” plus covers of the Bee Gees’ “Heartbreaker” and Cliff Richard’s “Travellin’ Light”. Nick’s recent tour mates, Los Straitjackets, are his backing band on this record, contributingto the sounds of Nick rocking his hardest in decades. June 1st, 2018.








A.F.T.  is a new trio containing of some of Gotland's (SE) finest musicians and songwriters. The response of the tours A.F.T. has done so far, in Sweden, Denmark and Germany, has been overwhelming. Strong stage presence, a rich  musical experience with lots of groove to the deep and moving lyrics of Annika Fehling's songs, and light and love flowing from the music makes the concerts magical  and unforgettable. 

Annika Fehling is a touring Swedish singer, songwriter, composer, artist, event producer, guest teacher and consultant, living on the magical island of Gotland in Sweden.  Currently touring with the Annika Fehling Trio, A.F.T. , as well as  as a solo artist, and with Glimra, she has played in over 17 countries to date, released 12 albums, and produced over 200 shows, festivals and events working with over 500 artists from the whole world.

Christer Jonasson, guitarist with a distinct and rhythmic sound, as well as a singer songwriter,  has been part of the Swedish music scene since the 1970's.  He has played with and behind many of the most well known artists  in his homeland, on several LP's, CD's and in live concerts.  Swedes have heard him on radio, seen him on television, in theatres and in movies. Christer plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo and most instruments with strings.

Robert Wahlström, percussionist, producer and composer. Composing, among other things, music for film and theatre. Performing live electronica, as well as folk music. Recently went to India, invited to collaborate with the Bauls of Bengal. His relation to music is to dive deeper into the listening and interpretation of rhythms in a free way. To improvise  and to create a straight channel from feelings, mind and body to the hands and voice. Performing drumming, on his framedrum from the northern forests, to bring the extatic feeling of life and nature to people.




Karen Dalton Box.....

Loads and loads of Karen Dalton here in this handsome box set, which is attractively designed to look like an old studio tape box. 3 LP's and 4 CD's contain beautifully remastered versions of the live album "Cotton Eyed Joe", the home recordings of "Green Rocky Road", and a tantalising collection of previously unreleased home recordings, plus a book of treats from the Dalton archives and a bonus DVD. Get stuck in. June 15th, 2018.









Sawdust & Rust.....

Sawdust & Rust was born after a chance meeting on Greenland in 2015 between Swedish singer songwriter Patrick Rydman and Faroese singer songwriter Benjamin Petersen, who goes under the artist name Son Of Fortune. Most of the debut album was recorded in Benjamin's studio Bunkarin, in Tórshavn, FO. Melodic and accessible, this is poetic, catchy songwriting with lots of rootsy, folky elements and a touch of good old Nordic melancholy thrown into the mix, while never forgetting the importance of a memorable chorus. Welcome to a world where creation and decay walk hand in hand. Welcome to Sawdust & Rust.



Roger Daltrey.....

On June 1st, 2018, a week before Roger Daltrey begins a tour where he'll perform "Tommy" with an orchestra, the Who singer will release "As Long As I Have You". This will be Daltrey's 1st record since "Going Back Home", his 2014 collaboration with Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson. "As Long As I Have You" includes covers of songs written by Stephen Stills, Stevie Wonder, Nick Cave and Garnet Mimms. Daltrey also wrote some of the songs, notably "Certified Rose" and "Always Heading Home".

For the singer, it's a return to his roots mixed with the wisdom that can only come with age. "This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls", Daltrey says in a statement. "That’s what we were, a soul band", he continued. "And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in. I’ve always sung from the heart but when you’re 19, you haven’t had the life experience with all its emotional trials and traumas that you have by the time you get to my age. You carry all the emotional bruises of life and when you sing these songs, those emotions are in your voice. You feel the pain of a lost love. You feel it and you sing it and that’s soul. For a long time, I’ve wanted to return to the simplicity of these songs, to show people my voice, a voice they won’t have heard before. It felt like the right time. It’s where I am, looking back to that time, looking across all those years but also being here, now, in the soulful moment”.

Daltrey worked with a band that includes former Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot and Sean Genockey on lead guitar. Townshend contributed guitar on 7 tracks, and noted that the record 'shows Roger at the height of his powers as a vocalist'. The record was produced by Dave Eringa.




Michael Veitch.....

Heart driven songs combined with a beautiful tenor and fluid guitar playing, Michael Veitch is highly regarded by many of his singer songwriting peers. His music visits the past without regret and the future with an optimist’s Eye, while his lyrics and melody weave a narrative of world class performance. It’s every person’s dream to get to do what they love, intertwining that work with their heart’s passion and making a difference in the world. And that’s exactly how Michael Veitch lives his life.

Some musical highlights includes Judy Collins covering his song “Veteran’s Day” for her CD “Bohemian”, and live DVD “From The Temple Of Dendur”, both duets with Kenny White. Michael’s version reached #3 song on the folk and americana DJ list in November 2017 from his EP “Wake Up Call”. Being honored by the Music2Life Foundation for his song “Pledging Allegiance”, which reached #10 on the folk and americana DJ list in October 2017, being featured with Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert and Jim Henry for a full set at the 2001 Newport Folk Festival, opening numerous dates for Shawn Colvin and sharing stages with many fabulous singer songwriters out there.


Def Leppard Box.....

In June, Universal Music will issue a new Def Leppard albums box set which will be available both on CD and vinyl. It’s the 1st of 4 planned volumes which will cover the band’s complete recorded output. "Vinyl Collection Volume 1" and "CD Collection Volume 1" contains the band’s 80's output, their 1st 4 albums, "Live At The LA Forum 1983" and a disc of rarities. Additionally, the vinyl set will include a recreation of the band’s first EP "The Def Leppard EP" which contains 3 songs recorded in 1978. This was issued in January 1979, 15 months before debut album "On Through The Night" was released. Interestingly, the CD box includes the same content on a 3" CD single. The audio was re-mastered by Ronan McHugh and Joe Elliott at Joe’s Garage, and the vinyl LPs were cut by Greg Moore. Both vinyl and CD sets feature a hardcover book with photos by Ross Halfin and notes by Paul Elliott. Both collections will be released on June 1st, 2018.




Emmylou Harris.....

Emmylou Harris once called this concept album, "The Ballad Of Sally Rose", a country opera. Released in 1985, the song cycle is based loosely on her short time with influential singer songwriter Gram Parsons, who died in 1973. Known more for singing songs written by others, this was Harris’ 1st self composed album and it remains one of her favorites.
Harris says the idea for the album had been brewing for years, but she needed time away from the road to write. Previously, Harris used the name Sally Rose as an alias on tour. So when she started writing songs about a singer whose lover and mentor, a hard living, hard drinking musician, is killed while on the road, the name Sally Rose was a natural fit.
This expanded edition features a newly remastered version of the original album which includes the singles “White Line” and “Rhythm Guitar” with Waylon Jennings on lead guitar. In addition, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt sing harmony throughout the album. The expanded edition’s bonus disc introduces unreleased demo recordings for 10 tracks. Most feature Harris accompanying herself on acoustic guitar giving these versions a stripped back intimacy.

Warner Bros Records, June 1st, 2018.




Martin & Marotta.....

Soul Redemption” is the debut release from singer songwriter Flav Martin and drummer producer Jerry Marotta. The duo harmoniously blends modern adult rock with traditional world pop. Whether performed in a café in Italy or on the polo fields of Indio, these songs would feel comfortably at home in either environment.

Credited as one of the most innovative acoustic guitar players on the scene today, Flav Martin blends beautiful melodies with intricate technique, voicing, and a percussive style that leaves people saying, "How does he do that?”. Throughout his career Flav has performed with David Crosby, Al Stewart, Suzanne Vega, Tommy Emmanuel and more. Flav's many writing credits include Saturday Night Live, PBS, Canon Films. All but 2 of the songs on this album were written by Flav.

World renowned drummer, touring and session musician and producer Jerry Marotta has left his mark on countless recordings by Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, Indigo Girls, Marc Cohn, Sarah MacLachlan, and John Mayer to name but a few. He 1st entered the music scene as the drummer for Orleans with the hit single “Still The One” followed by a decade of performing and recording with Peter Gabriel. His rhythmic drumming and world music inspired percussion complement the acoustic flavor of Flav's guitar.

Backing up the duo are their long time friends Tony Levin, bass, Peter Primamore, piano, Thor Jensen, guitar, Marc Shulman, guitar, and Gary Schreiner, harmonica, accordion.




The Humblebums.....

The Humblebums were a Scottish folk band, based in Glasgow. Its members included Billy Connolly, who later became a renowned stand up comedic actor, guitarist Tam Harvey and singer songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Connolly co-founded the band with Harvey in 1965 and played in the pubs and clubs around the city, most notably the Old Scotia Bar. Connolly sang, played banjo and guitar, and entertained the audience with his humorous introductions to the songs. Harvey was an accomplished bluegrass guitarist.

 Rafferty joined later and for a short time they performed as a trio. However, the nature of the act had changed and Harvey departed shortly afterwards. The remaining duo broke up in the early 1970's after recording 2 albums of material, "The New Humblebums" and "Open Up The Door", the former graced by a cover by John Patrick Byrne, marking the beginning of a long working relationship between Byrne and Rafferty. Connolly embarked on a solo career while Rafferty formed Stealers Wheel with Joe Egan, before eventually emerging as a major recording act with "Baker Street". 

The "Transatlantic Anthology" features material from both albums plus a few different versions. Talking Elephant Records, May 25th, 2018.




Jethro Tull 50.....

Jethro Tull  will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a massive 3 disc compilation, "50 For 50", out May 25th, 2018, via Parlophone Records. Jethro Tull's founder, singer and flautist, Ian Anderson, hand picked the 50 song track list from the band's 21 studio albums. The 3 disc set is loosely arranged in chronological order to capture the band's myriad musical phases. "50 For 50" boasts Jethro Tull's early blues influenced efforts like "Nothing Is Easy" and "Beggars Farm", hard rock hits like "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath", prog classics such as "Skating Away" and "Critique Oblique", plus folk songs like "Heavy Horses" and "Songs From The Wood". Along with "50 For 50", Jethro Tull will also release "50th Anniversary Hits", a condensed, 15 track collection that will be available on CD and vinyl. The CD version will be released May 25th, 2018, alongside "50 For 50", while the vinyl version will arrive August 31st, 2018.




Otis Redding.....

Rhino Records are to issue "Dock Of The Bay Sessions", a new Otis Redding collection, in May this year.  The release is part of an ongoing 50th anniversary celebration of "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay" which topped the charts in America on March 16th, 1968. Although nothing is actually previously unreleased, "Dock Of The Bay Sessions" effectively brings together individual tracks that have found their way onto posthumous albums and compilations and attempts to paint a picture of what the next Otis Redding album might have looked like, had the singer not been tragically killed in a plane crash on December 10th, 1967. This new collection, which features 12 songs including "Hard To Handle", "Gone Again" and "I’ve Got Dreams To Remember", was compiled with input from Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould and has the Redding family’s full endorsement. "Dock Of The Bay Sessions" will be issued on vinyl and CD on May 18th, 2018.




Mark Huff.....

There are 2 kinds of singers, the ones you believe and the ones you don’t”, observes Mark Huff. “Anything that’s good stems from honesty”.

You can hear the ring of honesty throughout Huff’s 9th solo release, "Stars For Eyes", as he negotiates the highs and lows of love and life in its 11 songs. But like real life, there’s nothing simple about the characters that populate his tunes or their emotions. As Huff knows, even the bliss of falling in love can be laced with conflict, a duality he captures perfectly in the title track’s shimmering sonic dreamscape, elegantly painted with steel and electric guitars, keyboards, and an angelic choir of female voices to support the balance of limerence and doubt in his arcing vocal melody.

"Stars For Eyes" follows his 2016 tour de force, "Down River", which ranged from full tilt roots rock to gospel fueled allegory, all spiked by Huff’s expert writing, open hearted vocal performances, and ear for perfect musical support.

In his new album’s “I Know You Don’t Want My Love”, a number driven by Huff’s own acoustic guitar, he ventures into darker territory as the song’s narrator is driven toward madness and even, possibly, murder, by cold hearted rejection. All the while, the warm, wailing tones of an effects laden pedal steel played by Russ Pahl provides ghostly commentary.

Huff is also joined by a host of other accomplished players on "Stars For Eyes", which was produced by Chad Brown, who has worked with Ryan Adams, Faith Hill, Gretchen Peters, Tom Russell, Dr John, and Hayes Carll. Brown won a Grammy in 2015 for his work on Mike Farris’ "Shine for All The People". Other guests include guitarist Doug Lancio, bassist Mike Vargo, keyboardist Micah Hulscher and Julie Christenson, the longtime supporting vocalist for Leonard Cohen, who plays the same role for Huff on his version of Cohen’s meditative “Almost Like The Blues”, which closes the album.

Together Huff and his players give "Stars For Eyes" an uncommon blend of cinemascopic sound and storytelling depth, once again raising the bar for the rich musical journey he began in his teens. “For this album”, Huff explains, “I took the filters off. I decided to liberate myself as an artist. I arrived at a point where I felt, after a lifetime of singing and learning from great songwriters like Ray Davies and the Beatles, that my vocal style had come into its own. When I was writing many of these songs, I’d also been in a relationship, and clearly I did not get the girl, so that affected by perspective. And I knew that since I was ready to really get personal with these songs, I didn’t want it to be a typical Nashville sounding album, so I decided to work with Chad and to get a diverse group of musicians who could play deeply rooted music with an ambient sonic approach”.

That approach turns songs like “Carolina Blue”, a kind of cosmic country waltz, into iridescent works of pop craftsmanship, balancing the poetic sensibility of Dylan’s "Nashville Skyline" with the scope of Daniel Lanois’ earthier productions. All the while, Huff’s voice and guitar serve as the album’s compass.

Although most of the songs negotiate the turns of life’s emotional landscape, “Big City Down” is an ode to his adopted hometown, Nashville, TN. “When I moved here, I was welcomed with open arms by the music community”, he says. “I’ve felt at home here ever since”.

Huff relocated to Music City in 2003, after establishing a strong career that began in his native Las Vegas. Inspired by a mix of music brought into his home by his mother and older siblings, which ran from Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones to the Doors to Neil Diamond, he started a garage band with his brother Rick as a teenager. Huff’s first original band was the punk  and British Invasion inspired Smart Bomb, which quickly gained momentum, drawing as many as 1 000 fans to the frat parties and outdoor shows they played.

Huff’s talents as a singer, songwriter, and charismatic performer grew, as did his regional reputation. In 1989 he released his 1st solo album, "Happy Judgment Day", and through the 90's he made a series of heralded discs including 1999’s "Skeleton Faith", which won Best Album and Best Artist awards, as well as the Best Single award for “White Trash Town”, in the annual, fan driven Las Vegas City Life music poll. All the while he played to increasingly larger audiences at local venues like the Hard Rock Hotel and the House Of Blues, where he opened for Chris Isaak, Al Green and Peter Frampton, among others. He also launched his busy international touring career, and has performed in arenas as an opener for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

After arriving in Nashville, Huff met Allison Moorer, who was so impressed with his songs and performing abilities that she invited him to open on her US tour. In 2005, he cut his first Nashville studio album, "Gravity", and in 2010 he recorded and released "Feels Like California". The success of those albums and the recent "Down River" EP has continued to widen his fan base on both sides of the Atlantic and kept him on the road, performing solo and as a headliner, and opening more shows, both for Dylan and Steve Forbert.

“I love the cycle of making records and touring”, says Huff. “Being in a new place every night and sharing my songs and stories with people makes me feel alive. I thrive on it, and I love being able to meet so many interesting people along the way”.

Among them was Leonard Cohen, whose “Almost Like The Blues” appears on "Stars For Eyes", and who gave Huff some indispensible advice. “I was struggling with a serious case of writer’s block at the time, and felt like I couldn’t get anything good on paper”. Leonard said, “Sometimes you’ve got to write some shitty songs to get the good ones flowing again. And remember, a song is never finished”.

Huff took that to heart, and as he performs the songs from "Stars For Eyes" on the road, they’ll explore new progressions, new sounds, additional nuances of tone and emotion. And continue to grow. So will their author.




Joe Bonamassa.....

Joe Bonamassa has just announced that he’ll release a new live package later this spring. Titled "British Blues Explosion Live", it was recorded during the vocalist and guitarist’s show at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, on July 7th, 2016. It was part of the live tour Bonamassa set up to honour the musicians who have inspired him, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. It’ll launch on May 18th, 2018, on CD, DVD, BluRay and a 3 LP set via Mascot Label Group. Bonamassa says, “If it wasn't for certain British musicians of the early 60's, the blues may well never have exploded into rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history”.





2nd Bruce Box.....

Bruce Springsteen, "The Album Collection Vol 2 : 1987 - 1996". This new collection follows Springsteen’s 2014 release, "The Album Collection Vol 1 : 1973 - 1984", which included newly remastered editions of the 1st 7 Bruce Springsteen studio albums. The vinyl box set includes Springsteen’s 4 studio albums from the era, plus 2 EP's and a double LP live album.

These 4 LP's have been long out of print and have been remastered for the first time on vinyl. The LP's include 1987’s "Tunnel Of Love", 1992’s "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town", and 1995’s "The Ghost Of Tom Joad". All 4 of these albums were certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum.

The 2 EP's include a 12” of 1988’s live EP, "Chimes Of Freedom", and the first ever vinyl release of the 1996 "Blood Brothers" EP. The double live album is Springsteen’s 1993 "MTV Plugged" special. The boxset will include a total of 10 discs with recreations of the original packaging and a 60 page book with rare photos, memorabilia and original press clippings. The albums were remastered by Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s longtime engineer Toby Scott. They were transferred from the original analog masters using the Plangent Process playback system. "Tunnel Of Love" and "Human Touch" have also been expanded to double LP's to maximize audio quality. May 18th, 2018.




Glenn Frey Box.....

A new 4 disc box set is set to celebrate the solo career of the Eagles’ Glenn Frey. Entitled "Above The Clouds : The Collection", the new box is set for release on May 11th, 2018, through Geffen/USM. Frey, a co-founding member of the Eagles, one of the world’s best loved and best selling bands, also carved out a notable solo career during their hiatus in the 80's and beyond, something he carried through with as an artist right up until his untimely passing in January 2016.

"Above The Clouds" compiles the key elements of Frey’s music both before and after the Eagles became international superstars, showcasing the broad range and wide influence of the Detroit-bred singer songwriter in the process. The collection is a fitting way to honor a singer songwriter whose imagination knew no bounds.

The 1st disc, aptly subtitled "The Very Best Of Glenn Frey", is chock full of major chart hits, including the 'Beverly Hills Cop' smash “The Heat Is On”. the gritty, slide guitar driven gutbucket groove of “Smuggler’s Blues”, the epic 'Miami Vice' ballad “You Belong To The City”, the inward looking poignancy of “Soul Searchin’”, and much more. This disc will be available as a stand-alone disc as well as part of the box set. And while Glenn clearly embraced the burgeoning video age, nabbing a vaunted 1985 MTV Music Video Award with the cinematically dramatic clip for “Smuggler’s Blues”, it’s the enduring essence of the man’s songwriting skills on display here that truly sealed his legacy as a solo artist.

Disc 2 explores Frey’s prowess beyond the charts, from the classy to the classic. Included are the broad swath of "After Hours", his majestic take on "For Sentimental Reasons", a harmonic nod to the Beach Boys with a spot on cover of "Caroline, No", and the sheer battle cry of "Route 66" among them.

The 3rd disc highlights the early output of the duo formed by longtime friends Frey and JD Souther known as Longbranch Pennywhistle makes its digital debut. Originally released on the Amos label in 1969, the self titled "Longbranch Pennywhistle" may have ultimately been consigned to the side bins of the acid rock era, but songs like "Kite Woman" and "Run, Boy, Run" serve as the literal seeds of the country rock movement Frey and the Eagles perfected to a T. Besides navigating the success of his own fine solo career, Souther also went on to be a chief Frey collaborator on such pivotal Eagles songs as "Best Of My Love", "New Kid In Town" and "Heartache Tonight".

The final disc, a live DVD culled from a telling performance at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in July 1992, on the 'Strange Weather' tour, shows Frey and his top shelf band at the height of their powers, veering from the cool breeze manifestos of "Long Hot Summer" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling" to the rip roaring crackle of "Strange Weather" to the everyone join in vibes of "Party Town".




Carrington MacDuffie.....

In life and in art, Carrington MacDuffie is an adventurer. A New York native who now splits her time between Austin and Seattle, after a decade beachside in Los Angeles, she travels the globe and joyfully explores diverse universes of thought and practice. Whether making music, writing poetry, voicing works of literature, piloting a fixed wing airplane, or savoring the zen like concentration of target shooting, she is led by her passion for creativity, and her endless fascination with exploring both the world outside and her inner muses.

As a singer songwriter, Carrington first released work in 2014. Her love for music was originally sparked in earlychildhood while listening to the records that her dad, a huge music aficionado, was spinning, Teddy Wilson, Beethoven, Herb Alpert, Hudson River folk, Scottish marches, The Mamas & The Papas, Arlo Guthrie, classic rock, The Beatles, among many other artists and genres. Those far reaching influences weave through her entire body of work, and stand out in her new album, "Kiss Make Better", recorded last year in Nashville. 

The 13 song album took shape when she was gleaning her repertoire with an eye toward material to pitch for film and television synchronization.  With a wealth of music with cinematic inclinations, what emerged is a collection of songs, some new, some spanning a few years, and a pair of covers, that are atmospheric, brimming with emotionality, desire and resistance, and full of compelling sonic space.   

The title track came to sum up what Carrington sees as the album’s overall theme, the healing and redemptive power of erotic love. She notes, “If Marvin Gaye said it, he’d say ‘sexual healing'”. It’s a song both lusty and delicate, with potent lead guitar from Tim Galloway. The second track, the yearning “Red Kiss, Blue Halo”, is about the spiritual aspect of erotic love. “It came out of a time when I was writing a lot of poetry, and working with my dreams. I was also deep into sacred geometry and symbology, and creating forms and images using a protractor and various visual media. I was looking at the world through that lens”.

Other highlights include the reggae influenced “Love Chased Me”, the psychedelic infused “Rising Sun” and “Come For Me”, “I Let You Kiss Me”, a contemplation on what goes through a woman’s mind between a 1st, and possibly, 2nd kiss, and “Over Again”, featuring a riveting electric sitar part. Carrington’s ethereal cover of Rodgers & Hart’s “Blue Moon” reinvents the classic as a mystical wish rather than as a lament.  The other cover, “Why Can’t He Be You”, written by Hank Cochran and popularized by Patsy Cline, is the one song not recorded in Nashville. Carrington’s rocking version, which remakes Cline’s torch with punk, was produced in Austin by Scott Clark, who also plays lead guitar.  She says, “It struck me that the singer might not just be sad and heartbroken, she could also be frustrated and pissed off, ’cause she’s ready to move on. I just picked up my uke one day and started singing it like that”.

Other than “Why Can’t He Be You”, "Kiss Make Better" was produced by Steve Freeman, and mixed and mastered by John D Kennedy. In addition to Carrington on vocals, the band, which she totally adores for their musicianship and camaraderie, includes David Dorn, keyboards, and known as the secret weapon, Tim Galloway, guitar, electric sitar, ukulele, Tim Denbo, bass, and Grady Saxman, drums, percussion, programming. It follows up Carrington’s 2017 EP "Rock Me to Mars".  She will promote the new album via a spring tour of Europé, including Paris, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, London, and Scotland, followed by subsequent U.S. dates.

Carrington is also busy with her career as a renowned and versatile voice actor, and has recently done the narrations for audiobooks including the first reading of Katharine Graham’s Pulitzer Prize winning memoir “Personal History”, and “The Dance Of The Dissident Daughter”, a memoir of spiritual awakening from “The Spiritual Life Of Bees” author Sue Monk Kidd, as well as syndicated self help columnist’s Amy Alkon’s “Unf*ckology : A Field Guide To Living With Guts And Confidence”. Previously, she voiced biographies of Joni Mitchell, Pussy Riot and Jack Kerouac, and video games including “World Of Warcraft”, in which she plays a shamanic Scottish Dwarf.

In Spring of 2018, she launches her podcast “Voice Of A Muse”. Twice a month, she will present outside the box, thought provoking topics seen through her deeply considered, humorous, and philosophical perspective. 

Going forward, Carrington will venture forth to engage and inspire audiences with the intimate power of words, music, and voice in all her endeavors.



Roy Buchanan.....

"Live At Town Hall 1974", Roy Buchanan Real Gone Music, May 4th, 2018. Guitarist Buchanan was famous for playing the Fender Telecaster with an effects free technique and influencing many other musicians despite never having much solo success of his own. Jeff Beck dedicated “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” on 1975’s "Blow By Blow" to Buchanan. He began his career as a sideman in the late 1950's, joining on recording sessions for such artists as Dale and Ronnie Hawkins, Freddie Cannon, Merle Kilgore and others. He also was a tutor to a young Robbie Robertson. He stepped away from music for a time, but returned to performing in the early 1970s in the Washington, DC, area. His career took a major turn when he was featured on the PBS program "Introducing Roy Buchanan" in 1971.  This lead to a recording contract with Polydor Records. Around this time, the story goes that he turned down a place in The Rolling Stones for the position Mick Taylor eventually got.

Buchanan recorded 4 studio albums for Polydor, of which 1973’s "Second Album" went gold. By 1975, however, he had an offer from Ahmet Ertegun to join Atlanic and wanted to move on. But an album was still owed to Polydor, leading to the live album "Live Stock". It featured 6 songs taken from 2 sets on November 27th, 1974 at Town Hall in New York City. A 7th song was taken from a gig in Evanston, IL, at the Amazin Grace Café. The shows were recorded by the Record Plant Mobile Studio and Buchanan’s band featured Malcom Lukens, keyboards, John Harrison, bass, Ronnie Foster, drums and Billy Price, vocals. But like most live albums, there was a lot of material unreleased.  Now, Real Gone is releasing the entirety of both sets from Town Hall on a new 2 CD set. It features the 6 songs from the original album, a version of Neil Young’s “Down By The River” which surfaced on a 1992 compilation, and 14 additional previously unreleased tracks. The set has been mixed and mastered by Tom Lewis at Studio 1903 in Athens, GA. Bill Levenson has produced the reissue and the booklet feature liner notes by Buchanan biographer Phil Carson, plus photos from the night of the show, taken by Charles R Cohen. Beautiful new artwork tops it all off.




Barry & The Doctor.....

"Barry McGuire & The Doctor", Real Gone Music, May 4th, 2018. On this album, Barry McGuire was joined by “The Doctor,” aka guitarist Eric Hord, for a 6 song set of free wheeling blues rock. Real Gone’s reissue will mark the album’s authorized worldwide CD debut.

After his stint in The New Christy Minstrels, McGuire would shoot to solo fame with 1965’s classic protest anthem “Eve Of Destruction”, and, in 1966, he would help launch the career of The Mamas & The Papas. But, by 1971, McGuire’s profile was low, as he had not released an album since 1967 and was reportedly battling drug abuse. Deciding to get back into the studio, he was joined by old friends and acquaintances to record what would become "Barry McGuire & The Doctor". Collaborating with him was Eric 'The Doctor' Hord, a guitar prodigy who had played for The Mamas & The Papas and would also appear on Denny Doherty’s solo album "Watcha Gonna Do", recently reissued by Real Gone as part of "Of All The Things : The Complete ABC Dunhill Masters. He co-wrote 4 of the songs on the album with McGuire and played on all 6. McGuire would co-write the remaining 2 tracks with others. The album was produced by Lou Adler and 2 of McGuire’s former New Christy Minstels bandmates, Nick Woods and Art Podell. Besides Hord, other top tier musicians playing on the album, included many from the country rock genre, like Chis Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Byron Berline and Bernie Leadon. They were even joined by an uncredited Herb Alpert on one song.

Unfortunately, "Barry McGuire & The Doctor" did not fare well on the charts. Hord never recorded another album as a lead player, while McGuire would become a born again Christian the same year as the album’s release. He turned his attention to contemporary Christian music, beginning with 1972’s "Seeds" on the Myrrh label. In 1976, he signed to Billy Ray Hearn’s Sparrow Records, where he recorded 7 albums and a children’s record. McGuire left the music industry in the 1980's before returning as part of the duo Talbot McGuire, releasing 4 albums between 1996 and 2000.  He has continued with sporadic live appearances since then.




Jennifer Warnes.....

Jennifer Warnes will release her new album "Another Time, Another Place" this spring. Warnes recorded the album in Austin, TX, and Los Angeles, CA, with Roscoe Beck, her longtime friend from Leonard Cohen’s band, for which Beck was bassist and musical director. He also co-produced her albums "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "The Hunter". “Singing is what I do”, Warnes says. “My manager said, ‘It would be good for you to make a record’, so she got this deal for me and I went to Texas and started working with Roscoe”. BMG Records, April 27th, 2018.







Love On Drugs.....

"Solder" is the title of Love On Drugs 2nd album, due for release April 13th, 2018. Behind the name Love On Drugs we find Thomas Pontén. He describes himself as an in Gothenburg residing singer songwriter and guitarist, who, for the past few years, has tried to combine the easiness of pop, with the often more harsh and brooding storytelling of country usic. Love On Drugs has been compared to Karl Wallinger's World Party and it makes sense since he, just like Thomas, tends to mix influences from both sides of the pond in his music.

Love On Drugs is essentially a solo project. Pontén has written the songs and sings as well as plays all the guitars. The album was for the most part recorded at the producer, Magnus Johansson's studio but some tracking was also done at Thomas' own studio close to his home in Gothenburg. Together they've produced an album that probably first will find it's way to listeners who share Ponténs eclectic taste in music. However the level of songwriting is so high and the songs so catchy, that most people will find them very appealing.

On the album you also find Krister Selander, Love On Drugs´s bass player since day one, drums and percussion was played by Martin Lillberg, and one of Thomas´s favourites on the Gothenburg scene Anders Göransson, a.k.a. Anders Enda Barnet, on keyboards. Last winter when Pi Jacobs from Los Angeles did a short tour with Love On Drugs and Ted Russell Kamp she got to do some backup vocals.

All the songs were written by Pontén, except for the closing track, “Night Ride Home”, written by Joni Mitchell. ”One of the world´s best songs and Joni Mitchell one of the world´s best performers”, Thomas reckons. His old band was also called Little Green, named after Mitchell´s song off her classic album "Blue".

Lyrically the songs on "Solder" are often about different flaws of man. The album aims to comfort us and reassure us that the not so charming traits really are what makes us human and wants to piece us back together.

Pontén describes the 9 track long album as a homage to the fantastic songwriters of the 70's and 80's. “Every Now And Then” reminisce of British pubrock by Nick Lowe, Graham Parker and Rockpile, epic "Scar" of Elton John, David Bowie and Beatles, and ”Gone Away” sounds like a mix of Neil Young with 'twin guitars' a la Thin Lizzy. There are also more modern 90's and 00's influences like Teenage Fanclub sounding ”Solitude”, and americana ballad ”At The Rainbow's End”. ”Insomnia” starts off as a 60's ballad but ends like a cacophony by Radiohead or Arcade Fire. “Your Kind Of Man” is one of few rock songs in the meter of 7/8 and is a nod to both 70's classic rock, as well as older prog rock from Genesis and Rush. ”I love so many types of music and I just can't hide it in my songwriting”, Thomas concludes.




Fab Gear.....

Named after the slang term forever associated with The Beatles, "Fab Gear", this 6 CD box set offers around 180 tracks in chronological order from the mid 1960's, many of which are new to CD and some of which are previously unissued. "Fab Gear" draws heavily from the vaults of Pye Records and sister label Piccadilly, picking up where Castle Music’s "Beat Beat Beat" series left off many moons ago.

Instead of concentrating on Beat’s initial boom of 1963 and 1964, "Fab Gear" is focused instead on the scene’s later gems from 1965 and 1966, which were often musically superior to those earlier works. Other featured labels include independents such as Ember, President and Oak, as well as a smattering of choices from the majors, like Decca, Parlophone, Columbia, Fontana, CBS.

"Fab Gear" includes many of the era’s biggest names such as Kinks, Moody Blues, Searchers and Tremeloes and other hit acts such as Marmalade, Alan Price Set, Rockin’ Berries, David & Jonathan, Ivy League, Twinkle, Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers, Chad & Jeremy, Tornados, Arthur Brown, Tony Jackson & The Vibrations, The Undertakers, Billie Davis, Migil 5, Truth, Quiet Five and Sorrows.

The hefty booklet boasts band by band histories and details of each recording, including early works by David Bowie, Status Quo, Clifford T Ward, Manfred Mann’s Mike d’Abo, Lemmy and future members of Yes,  Move, Mott The Hoople, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Traffic, Lindisfarne and Man.

The bonus disc 6 contains recordings which weren’t issued at the time, including many tracks which have never been heard before.




Geoff & Maria.....

In the early 60's, Maria Muldaur could be found performing in the Village in New York City, playing alongside regulars like Bob Dylan, Stefan Grossman, David Grisman, and many others. Geoff Muldaur was a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, which Maria later joined. After the Kweskin Jug Band broke up, the Muldaurs produced 2 albums together.

"Pottery Pie" was produced in 1968 by the magical team of Joe Boyd, producer, and John Wood, engineer. Already veterans of albums by Fairport Convention and Incredible String Band, and heading towards work with Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, and Richard & Linda Thompson, they were a perfect fit for the Muldaurs’ 1st effort together. The album finds the pair making some folk and blues classics their very own and includes Geoff’s celebrated version of “Brazil”, which became the opening theme for Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film "Brazil".

"Sweet Potatoes" showed up 4 years later in 1972. Paul Butterfield, Amos Garrett, John Kahn, Bill Keith and Billy Mundi all turn up to lend musical hands, and the album also sported cover art by Eric Von Schmidt. "Sweet Potatoes" was unfortunately the last album by Geoff and Maria together, but each went on to great success on their own and their careers continue to this day.




Old Crow M Show.....

Nashville string band Old Crow Medicine Show recently revealed the details for their new album "Volunteer". It's the band's 1st original music since 2014's Grammy winning "Remedy", which landed in the Top 5 on Billboard's country albums chart. Working for the 1st time with acclaimed roots producer Dave Cobb, "Volunteer" was recorded in Nashville's historic RCA Studio A, and is set for release on April 20th, 2018

The project marks Old Crow Medicine Show's 20th anniversary as a band, and the 11 new tracks for the album has topics ranging from southern history to modern refugees and the band's own beginnings. Meanwhile, electric guitar was incorporated on a recording for the first time since their famous "Wagon Wheel" in 2004, which went on to become a triple platinum # 1 hit for Darius Rucker in 2013. Old Crow Medicine Show's most recent release was their 2017 tribute to Bob Dylan, "50 Years of Blonde On Blonde", and the band filmed an episode of CMT Crossroads with Tennessee raised pop star Kesha, which aired in December. They'll appear at festivals including Bonnaroo, Del Fest and Floyd Fest this summer, with more details and a full tour schedule to be released soon.




I'm Kingfisher.....

"I wanted to give this album time, and time came to be a big part of it. ’Transit’ is my 6th solo album and my 1st truly stripped down one. While I've been collecting the songs for this album, I've seen people both depart and arrive. Events and plans that ended and became something else, a feeling and a movement that fascinates me a lot.”

One of Sweden's best kept secrets, singer songwriter I'm Kingfisher is set to return with his 3rd album ”Transit”, which is due for release on April 13th, 2018, on vinyl, CD and digitally via the newly started Stockholm based label Fading Trails Recordings. ”Transit” follows to acclaimed records, ”Arctic” and ”Avian”, which received rave reviews in his native Sweden, as well as from international publications, such as Uncut, and on ”Transit” we find I'm Kingfisher at his most stripped down and intimate yet. The 1st single ”What Good Would Loving Do Me Now” was picked up by US radio KEXP as their ’Song Of The Day’.

Behind the I'm Kingfisher moniker is Swedish musician Thomas Jonsson, who's been honing his craft since the early 2000’s, first recording under his given name before turning into the Kingfisher in 2010, and touring around the world, with over 600 shows under his belt. ”Transit” was initially recorded by Jonsson on his own, recording both vocals and guitar simultaneously in full takes, with long time producer Carl Edlom, before having some of Sweden's finest musicians adding their touches to it with Christian Kjellvander, Martin Hederos, Helena Arlock and Klabbe Hörngren being among the guests.



Dire Straits Box.....

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will induct Dire Straits in April, honoring the legendary band’s incredible musical legacy, and Rhino Records will kick off the celebration early with a career spanning boxed set “The Studio Albums 1978 - 1991”. Bernie Grundman mastered the 1st 4 titles from analogue masters, with lacquers cut by Grundman and Chris Bellman. "Brothers In Arms" and "On Every Street" mastered by Bob Ludwig from digital masters, and cut by Chris Bellman.

 Dire Straits' "The Studio Albums 1978 - 1991" limited 6 CD box set containing all 6 original albums by the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. From the pub rock influenced sound of their 1978 debut album, to the slickly produced 1985 album "Brothers In Arms", and their swan song "On Every Street" in 1991, this set spotlights the songwriting and guitar talents of Mark Knopfler and his Dire Straits mates. All albums have been re-mastered, with original artwork restored, the 6 albums are packed in a handsome box set slipcase.




Beth Hart Live.....

Beth Hart has announced that she’ll release a new CD and DVD titled "Live From New York : Front And Center" later this spring. It’ll launch on April 13th, 2018 on Provogue Records. It was recorded at the city’s Iridium Jazz Club and features songs from throughout her career, including tracks from her most recent album "Fire On The Floor". "Live From New York : Front And Center" will be released as a 2 disc DVD/CD set, mixed in 5.1 stereo, and will also feature never before seen bonus material, including an exclusive interview with Hart. The audio from the performance will also be sold separately as a digital release.






2 x Elton John.....

Elton John's songs will be reworked by top artists including Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson and Chris Stapleton. Just announced is the April 6th, 2018, release date of 2 albums. "Revamp" will include covers by pop and rock stars from Mary J Blige to Miley Cyrus. Miranda Lambert and Dolly Parton will appear on the country album "Restoration". Pink and Logic will team up for "Bennie & The Jets" and Florence + the Machine take on "Tiny Dancer". Other acts on "Revamp" include Sam Smith, Coldplay, Killers, Mumford & Sons, Q Tip, Demi Lovato, Queens Of The Stone Age and Alessia Cara. "Restoration" will feature Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Rhonda Vincent and Lee Ann Womack.




True North.....

Americana and bluegrass duo True North, Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, blazes new territory in contemporary bluegrass simply by traveling a bit further than others might dare to go. The silky smooth delivery of Grainger’s vocals beguiles the ear, as Wetzel skillfully weaves instrumental tapestries around her poetic and visual lyrics. Grainger’s songwriting makes artistry of real life, creating memorable songs that alternately warm and wrench the human heart. The duo’s interpersonal chemistry sparks and smokes onstage, like distant lightning from a summer storm, and the emotional wallop of their conjoined voices grabs the heart and pulls it out to sea. 

Kristen Grainger, vocals, is an accomplished singer songwriter with the soul of a storyteller. Her songs pack a powerful emotional punsch, ”Be Here Now” was named the 2015 I.M.E.A. Folk Song Of The Year, and she took 2nd place in the 2016 MerleFest Songwriting Competition, performing live in the finals in North Carolina. She was one of 10 finalists in the 2014 Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest, performing solo in front of the festival’s 10 000 member audience.  Her song ”Birds Like Me” was chosen for the soundtrack of independent film ”The Danish Boy”, slated for a 2018 release.

Dan Wetzel, guitar, mandolin, mountain banjo, resonator guitar, octave mandolin, ukulele and  vocals, has earned considerable recognition as a singer songwriter and toured nationally as a solo artist after winning a national songwriting contest. An accomplished luthier, his superb instrumental skills, particularly guitar, both flat pick and finger style, give True North’s songs their driving groove.

Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel’s co-written ”Mountain Boy” was featured on the European World Bluegrass Festival’s composite CD. The duo also was chosen from more than 800 entries to perform ”Limbo” and ”Doris Dean” in the finals at the Kerrville New Folk songwriting contest.  The duo’s song ”Hard Place To Suffer (And That Really Gets Me Down)” won the Wintergrass song contest.




The Feeling Box.....

Cherry Red Records are reissuing The Feeling‘s 2006 debut album "Twelve Stops And Home" for its 12th anniversary in June. It will be available as a 4 disc box set and a limited edition coloured double vinyl. The album has thus far sold almost a million copies in the UK and features 3 top 10 hits, "Sewn", "Fill My Little World" and "Never Be Lonely".

The 3 CD / 1 DVD reissue comes as a digi-book edition. The 1st CD features newly remastered audio of the album, while the 2nd disc, dubbed ‘the ones that got away’, includes songs that were b-sides, some that would feature on future albums and some that were never released. The band consider some of these songs 'among our best work'.

The 3rd CD includes original demos, more unreleased songs, and various remixes and jams from back then. According to the group 'some of these demos were simply remixed for the final album and others had a lot more work done before they were finished'.

The DVD features a documentary "The Feeling On Ice" telling the early story of the band as narrated by fan Kiefer Sutherland. It includes  performances in the Alps of "Sewn", "Never Be Lonely" and "Love It When You Call". Chris Salmon has written sleeve notes to accompany the deluxe packaging.

The remastered album is also appearing as a double vinyl LP for the first time, originally it was pressed onto one record. This is actually a limited edition yellow 2LP. "Twelve Stops And Home" will be reissued on  June 29th, 2018.




Ryley Walker.....

Ryley Walker has announced his new album, "Deafman Glance", due out May 18th, 2018, via Dead Oceans. ”Deafman Glance" is the 2nd Ryley Walker album produced by LeRoy Bach and Walker himself. It was largely recorded at the Minbal Studios in Chicago. Some later sessions also took place at USA Studios and in LeRoy’s kitchen. Cooper Crain recorded and mixed the album, as well as adding his shimmering synths all over it.

Ryley plays Electric and acoustic guitars and was joined by long time 6-string sparring partners, Brian J Sulpizio and Bill Mackay, who both play electric. LeRoy Bach also plays some electric guitar, whilst adding all piano and other keys. Andrew Scott Young and Matt Lux play bass, and Andrew supplying some double bass, both of them played electric. Drums and percussion are handled by Mikel Avery and Quin Kirchner. Topping off this list of notorious Chi-Town players is Nate Lepine, who added a lot of flute and a little saxophone too. "Deafman Glance" will be available digitally, on CD and on LP, which was cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios in London, using his half speed mastering method for the greatest possible audio detail and fidelity.




Ry Cooder.....

Ry Cooder details his new album "The Prodigal Son", his 1st album in 6 years. It features a mix of Cooder originals and interpretations of songs by Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Stanley Brothers and other traditional recordings. According to Cooder, the album's 11 tracks, set for release May 11th, 2018, offer a deft commentary on our ailing moral state.

"I do connect the political and economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today”, Cooder says in a statement. "There's some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. 'Reverence' is a word I heard my granddaughter’s nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, 'We don't want to teach religion, but instill reverence'. I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music".

Cooder also trumpeted the impending arrival of his new album with the rollicking lead track "Shrinking Man", an original Cooder penned for the new album. In addition to "The Prodigal Son", the guitarist will also embark on his first full tour of North America since 2009 this summer. Check out Cooder's website for album pre-order and ticket information





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