21.08.2017

Cat Yusuf Stevens.....

Whether he is known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf, or The Man Being Followed By A Moon Shadow, there is no denying that he has one of the most storied songwriting catalogues of the past century. Now Yusuf Islam has announced a new album "The Laughing Apple", which a) is a fantastic name, fitting snugly alongside "Tea For The Tillerman", "Teaser & The Firecat" and "Buddha & The Chocolate Box" in his catalogue of excellently named records and b) finds him combining newly written songs with a handful of songs from his 1967 catalogue, re-recorded in a way that better suits his original goal with the tunes.

“There are some I always wanted to hear differently”, he says of the new record. “Many of my earlier recordings were overcooked with big band arrangements. They crowded the song out a lot of times”. Those familiar with his early albums may tend to agree. Thankfully, the album is produced by with Paul Samwell Smith, who manned the desk on the aforementioned "Tea For The Tillerman" record.

“As you grow older, the sweetness of youth, as Wordsworth expressed in his poem ‘Splendour In The Grass’, get stronger,” says Yusuf of the tone of this album. “Looking back and emotionally drawing on the themes of childhood possibilities and disappointments is what exemplifies this album, for me”.

"The Laughing Apple" celebrates the 50th anniversary of the artist's 1967 debut, "Matthew & Son", and will come out on Yusuf's Cat-O-Log Records imprint, via Decca Records, on September 15th, 2017.

 

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20.08.2017

Humphrey-McKeown.....

Paving an americana lane all their own”, this 5 piece modern americana folk rock act, Humphrey-McKeown, engages listeners in with organic melodies, originality of sound and soulful lyrics. Writing together since 2006, Humphrey-McKeown delves deep into universal human experiences and captivates live audiences with their high energy music, atmospheric gypsy taste, melodic colors and first class storytelling.

They have created a buzz for themselves with their personal concerts to unsuspecting fans during tours, are on rotation on 120 independent radio stations across the US and Canada, and have released 5 albums in 6 years, self produced by Tom McKeown and Heather Humphrey. 'Tuned Loud' states, “It’s not too much to say that Humphrey-McKeown is one of the most promising figures in contemporary folk rock music”. Given much acclaim across varied press, their 5th album, “Tapestry Of Shadows”, is available on Spotify, iTunes and wherever digital music is sold.

The band’s songwriters and lead vocalists, Heather Humphrey and Tom McKeown, met in their current home towns of Schaumburg, IL, in 2006, when they joined forces to write for publishers in Los Angeles, Chicago and Nashville.  By blending New York native, Heather’s innate sense of melody, and Chicago based Tom’s pursuit of something new and unexpected, the partnership wrote for any occasion and in any style always seeking to better themselves and their craft.  After peddling their songs for the success of others, they realized they wanted to find success for themselves and write for their own musical voice.

In 2011 they formed the Humphrey-McKeown Band, subsequently released 4 studio albums from 2012 to 2015, and honed their unique take on americana folk rock. By bringing Tom and Heather’s  dual lead vocals to an americana style with unexpected progressive sense, broad sweeping melodies, a big beat, and a touch of Brill Building sensibilities, the Humphrey-McKeown sound was born.

On their 5th album, “Tapestry Of Shadows,” bassist Tony Meadors, violinist Gary Jacklin, and drummer Jim Livas, join Tom and Heather on the recordings. Unlike previous albums, this is truly a band album where everyone has a key role in the creation and execution of the music.  ”Tapestry Of Shadows” is a milestone for Humphrey-McKeown and is sure to garner even more national and international recognition for them as songwriters. The entire band is actively touring across the US and Canada

 

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19.08.2017

Bruce Cockburn.....

Bruce Cockburn has announced the September 15th, 2017 release of his 1st full length album in 7 years, "Bone On Bone", on True North Records. The release coincides with his induction into the 'Canadian Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame', and the launch of his longest touring schedule in decades.

Few recording artists are as creative and prolific as Bruce Cockburn. Since his self titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums every couple of years. But that output suddenly ran dry in 2011 following the release of "Small Source Of Comfort". There were good reasons for the drought. For one thing, Cockburn became a father again with the birth of his daughter, Iona. Then there was the publication of his 2014 memoir 'Rumours Of Glory"

“I didn’t write any songs until after the book was published because all my creative energy had gone into 3 years of writing it”, Cockburn explains, from his home in San Francisco. “There was simply nothing left to write songs with. As soon as the book was put to bed, I started asking myself whether I was ever going to be a songwriter again”.

Such doubt was new to the man who’s rarely been at a loss for words as he’s distilled political views, spiritual revelations and personal experiences into some of popular music’s most compelling songs. What spurred Cockburn back into songwriting was an invitation to contribute a song to a documentary film about the late, seminal Canadian poet Al Purdy and he was off to the races.

"Bone On Bone", Cockburn’s 33rd album, arrives with 11 new songs and there’s a prevalent urgency and anxious tone to much of the album, which Cockburn attributes to living in America during the Trump era. But, more than anything, "Bone On Bone" amounts to the deepest expression of Cockburn’s spiritual concerns to date. “There have been so many times in my life when an invitation has come from somewhere, the cosmos, the divine, to step out of the familiar into something new. I’ve found it’s best to listen for, and follow these promptings.

Produced by Colin Linden, Cockburn’s longtime collaborator, the album is built around the musicianship of Cockburn on guitar and the core accompaniment of bassist John Dymond and drummer Gary Craig. Also very much part of the sound, is the accordion playing of Cockburn’s nephew John Aaron Cockburn and the solos of noted fluegelhorn player Ron Miles.

 

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18.08.2017

Overend Watts.....

Overend Watts, who died early this year, was a bass player, record producer, songwriter, author, and founder member of Mott The Hoople, and was the the driving force behind the reunion shows of 2009 and 2013. Before his death, after a long illness, he finally completed his solo album that he had been promising to deliver to his legion of fans for the past decade or so, and in keeping with his legendary witty humour, he decreed that as the album would be released after his passing, it would not be called "She's Real Gone" as planned, but changed to "He's Real Gone". As a bonus track for his fans, Overend provided his own demo of his song "Born Late 58", which he sang on the 7th and final album from Mott The Hoople back in 1974. Angel Air, September 8th, 2017.

 

 

 

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17.08.2017

Gregg Allman.....

"Southern Blood" serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock'n'roll throughout the past 4 decades. Greg Allman’s 1st all new recording since 2011’s solo landmark, "Low Country Blues", the album is among the most uniquely personal of the rock'n'roll hall of famer’s long career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists, including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Lowell George, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn, meant to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Allman collaborated on his closing project with manager and dear friend Michael Lehman and acclaimed producer Don Was, a longtime acquaintance and staunch supporter committed to helping the rock icon actualize his very specific aspirations. Rounder Records, September 8th, 2017.

 

 

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16.08.2017

Jay Pinto.....

Jay Pinto’s undeniably catchy folk pop melodies surround lyrics capturing the complex realities oflove, family, home, and perhaps most significantly, hope. As a songwriter Jay sees his role as an observer of the world, whose task is to distill his experience into an emotional connection with the audience, in a 3 minute pop song. This challenge has driven him during his 30 year career as an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and producer, leading to what has been described as an ’ability to write what may be close to the perfect pop song’.

Musically, Jay reaches far beyond his genre’s standard acoustic fare. Whether working on his own song or one for a client, you might find him in his home studio sampling the jangling of aluminum can tabs for a new sound design, layering a cloth muffled bassline into a mix that needed an extra ’something’, or recording vocal ’oohs’, ’ahs’ and ’la la la’s’. Jay’s musical universe is limited only by his imagination, everything is an instrument, every word is a lyric, every situation is an opportunity to create.

At the age of 8, Jay began what would be a lifelong passion for music. First playing piano, then guitar, Jay’s boyhood fascination with music eventually led him to write and perform his own songs. After relocating from his native Boston to the westcoast of the US, Jay performed original music on stages from Sacramento to LA,  San Francisco to Seattle. It was in Seattle that he met Tom Kennedy and the 2 formed Bananafish, an acoustic folk pop duo that recorded and released 4 CD’s and toured internationally, sharing stages with Heart, Shawn Colvin, and Ani DiFranco.

In 1999 Jay released his 1st solo album, ”9 Song Demo”. Over the next decade he sharpened his craft through the discipline of writing music for television and film, landing placements in major daytime soaps, primetime network and cable dramas such as ’The Sopranos’, ’Queer As Folk’, and ’Party Of Five’. He also brought his vast artistic and industry experience to the studio as a producer working with newer artists like Emilia Glaser, Pellegrini, Adena Atkins, and Dana Hubanks. In 2012 he released the full length album, ”blink”, followed by the 2013 single, “Whoa”.

Currently Jay is writing and recording his 3rd solo album, to be released on his own label, Nervesauce Music, and preparing for a 2017 international tour in the United States, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland.

Jay Pinto's forthcoming self titled album is an unvarnished acoustic and vocal reimagining of songs written throughout his 35 year career, along with 2 never before released tracks. Fans of Jay's solo work or his material from the Bananafish years will appreciate this intimate glimpse into his world, where universal themes like love, hope, friendship and fulfillment all ring with notes of both melancholy and joy. Deeply honest and vulnerable, this album has an immediacy to it that borders on eavesdropping, listeners will have the sense they have been let in on a secret Jay has chosen to reveal only to them.


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15.08.2017

Duane Eddy.....

He’s the #1 rock and roll instrumentalist of all time, a rock and roll hall of famer of long standing, and the sound of his Gretsch 6120 brought the word twang into the pop music vocabulary. He’s Duane Eddy, and here, for the 1st time ever, is a collection devoted to the classic single sides he recorded for the RCA label during the 60's.

Those familiar with Duane’s discography know that it had 2 distinct periods, 1, the late 50's, early 60's recordings for the Jamie label, and, 2, the early to mid 60's sides for RCA Victor. Strangely, though he had 7 chart hits for the label, the RCA Victor material has never really seen a good compilation come out in the US, now, in true Real Gone Music fashion, they’ve assembled the a and b sides of all 11 original mono singles he recorded for RCA, remastered from the original tapes by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios and painstakingly compared to the original 45’s to ensure maximum fidelity to that original sound that Duane perfected with Lee Hazlewood among others during his stay at RCA.

The booklet includes detailed liner notes by Ed Osborne drawn from a new interview with Duane, festooned with rare European picture sleeves and photos from the RCA archives. Features such classics as “Guitar Man”, “The Ballad Of Paladin”, “Boss Guitar” and “The Son Of Rebel Rouser”, 22 tracks of twang. Real Gone Music, September 8th, 2017.

 

 

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14.08.2017

T Rex Remixes.....

Demon Music Group are to mark the 40th anniversary of Marc Bolan’s untimely death with a project that is sure to divide fans of T Rex. They have commissioned new remixes of classic tracks such as "Metal Guru", "Telegram Sam" and "20th Century Boy", for a 2 CD set that is also available as a strictly limited 500 only triple coloured vinyl set.  "T Rex Remixes" features 16 modern remixes by people you have probably never heard of, including The Reflex, Wye Oak, STOOF, Castleman and Ra Ra Riot. There are also 12 bonus instrumental remixes on both the triple vinyl and 2 CD editions and they have exactly the same audio content. "T Rex Remixes" will be released on September 1st, 2017.

 

 

 

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13.08.2017

John Sebastian.....

As the leader of The Lovin' Spoonful, John Sebastian was responsible for a string of hits including, “Do You Believe In Magic”, and "Summer In The City". This new 'best of his solo years' includes the #1 hit "Welcome Back”, as well as new versions of the Spoonful classics “You're A Big Boy Now” and “Didn't Wanna Have To Do It”, and live versions of “Nashville Cats”, "Darling Be Home Soon” and others. The forthcoming album, "Stories We Could Tell: The Very Best Of John Sebastian", also features “Stories We Could Tell” and "She’s A Lady”, his first solo hit. Varese Sarabande, September 1st, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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12.08.2017

Frank Migliorelli.....

Whimsically explaining his life changing decision to return to his passion of writing and playing his own songs after years of creating musical magic in the service of others, Frank Migliorelli says, “when you’ve done everything from writing music for little kids, ad agencies and half naked guys in bowties, you want to step back and try something different”.

With 10 self penned tracks infused with a solid dose of what he calls ’Napper rock’n’roll sensibility’, the New York based singer, songwriter and front man for the popular indie powerhouse Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers draws from an deep well of influences, rock, pop, roots, rockabilly and soul, to create an eclectic full length album whose title speaks to the essentials involved, ”Bass, Drums, Guitars and Organ”s. It’s the highly anticipated follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2015 debut ”City Eastern Serenade”.

Frank brings decades of fascinating musical history to his leadership of and vision for The Dirt Nappers. The onetime owner of indie label Rave On Records, whose roster included renowned NYC blues duo Satan & Adam, has written and published a library of music for advertising agencies, children’s publishers and video game projects. His music has appeared on NBC’s “Homicide”, an “X-Files” video game, and numerous video games and educational programs for Scholastic and Sunburst. 

His creative work extends to his successful career in interactive media as an award winning exhibit and game designer, and a college professor at New York University. In addition to performing with The Dirt Nappers, Frank hosts a monthly songwriter showcase at The Green Growler in Croton on Hudson, NY, which began its 3rd season in the spring of 2017.


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11.08.2017

Jerry Douglas.....

The Jerry Douglas Band, led by multi award winning musician Jerry Douglas, have announced their new studio album, "What If", to be released August 18th, 2017, via Rounder Records. Throughout the album’s 11 tracks, "What If" decisively merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul that Douglas spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he, or anyone else, has done before.

"What If" marks the recorded debut of The Jerry Douglas Band, though Douglas has recorded several of these songs previously, he turns them inside out here in bold new arrangements, filled with unexpected elements. For example, in 1992 he covered “Hey Joe”, the Billy Roberts folk tune that became one of Jimi Hendrix’s most beloved blues rockers, as an uptempo bluegrass song. Here, it’s recontextualized again with drums and fiddle, and horns instead of mandolin. Speaking of changing the feel, Douglas’ rendering of Tom Waits’ “2:19” is a funky revelation, dripping with soul, and vocals that sound like they’re rolling from the lips of a grizzled Beale Street bluesman, killing it at 3AM, not a 3 time country music association musician of the year. He also radically reconfigures the album opener “Cavebop”, originally recorded in 2002. This time, it contains the horns he always wanted it to have. “The first time I recorded it, we just played it as fast as we possibly could”, says Douglas. “This time, we made it a bit more sophisticated, with more of an arrangement. A lot of times, when you record songs, you don’t really know ’em yet. I got another shot at this one”.

 

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10.08.2017

Lynne & Moorer.....

Bob Dylan needs women. Not necessarily in the personal sense, although like most prominent male artists he relied on female companions' creative input and connections as he cut out his path to greatness. Certainly women have inspired his writing, too, his lyricism has always been most humane within his explorations of actual relationships, from his marriage to Sara Lownds to the mysterious bombshell who inspired his 1998 masterpiece about heartbreak in life's evening hours, ”Time Out Of Mind”.

But more than in the usual heterosexual ways, Bob Dylan needs women to carry his music beyond the confines of his peerless yet technically limited voice. Sure, The Band, The Byrds and Jimi Hendrix  gained commercial success and canonical status covering rock's bard. But Joan Baez and Odetta gave us the most revealing dives into his songbook, Nico and Sheryl Crow delivered the finest version sanctioned by the writer himself, and right now, Joan Osborne is keeping the flame vividly alive right now with a tour that refreshes a whole program of his classics.

Add Alabama born sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer to the list of women granting Dylan the gift of their insights and vocal chops. Both groundbreakers in the free zone between country music and what's come to be called americana, Lynne and Moorer have long been extolled for their exceptional strength and vision, as both songwriters and vocalists. For years they have promised to collaborate on a full length release, and finally, it's happened, and Dylan is one of the lucky beneficiaries of their attention.

The title track on their upcoming album ”Not Dark Yet” is one of Dylan's most powerful ballads, the gentle elucidation of despair that was at the center of that 1998 resurgence. Dylan's original is a desert version of country blues, his singing dusty and a bit wry, its musical bed marked by a gentle western drift. Lynne and Moorer take a more searching approach, anchored in Benmont Tench's gospel inspired organ. Seamlessly exchanging verses, these 2 voices share such a deep genetic imprint that it can be hard to tell them apart, Lynne and Moorer communicate how resilience develops from the admission of vulnerability.

"Not Dark Yet" is a highlight on an album whose collaborative spirit is rooted in a shared desire to push, with the utmost grace, against confining musical categories. Produced by Teddy Thompson, it partners songs by rockers like Killers, Nirvana and Nick Cave with more conventional picks, like Jessi Colter's "I'm Looking For Blue Eyes", and Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings". There's one original, the solemn, hopeful Lynne and Moorer cowrite "Is It Too Much". Turning rock songs more acoustic and rootsier can be a gimmick, but Lynne, Moorer and Thompson take a more refined approach in arrangements that are never gimmicky and always centered on the sisters' haunting harmonies. Lucky you, Bob Dylan. The female perspective has done you right again.

 

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09.08.2017

Chris Farlowe.....

Following the dissolution of Immediate Records, Chris Farlowe cut this album with the band the Hill, which was comprised of Bruce Waddell on bass, Colin Davey on drums, Peter Robinson on keyboards, Steve Hammond, late of Fat Mattress, on guitar, with Paul Buckmaster, the same man who arranged the accompaniment on albums by Elton John, among others, filling in the last spot on cello.

The results were a strange, but beautiful amalgam of bluesy hard rock and progressive rock, highlighted by "Black Sheep" and "Mama Rosa", a song about a drug dealer. It was all a new style for Farlowe, a British soul shouter who was good enough to share billing with Otis Redding on the latter's 'Ready, Steady, Go' debut, and one that worked astonishingly well, and served as something of a bridge to his work with Colosseum.

He shares the spotlight here with a very busy organist, with lots of cadenzas, and an extremely talented guitarist, but it all holds together and, in fact, is some of the most powerful progressive rock you're likely ever to hear. Repertoire Records, August 18th, 2017.

 

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08.08.2017

Alex Lopez.....

Born in the heartland of rock'n'roll, this Cleveland, Ohio, area native started with organ lessons at the age of 8 and soon was playing keyboards at local church and school functions. Inspired by The Beatles and British blues rock bands, Alex learned to play the guitar as a teen, developing a style influenced by guitar greats Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix.

While playing in local bands like Midnight Voyager and Sahara, Alex spent part of young adulthood recording original songs in small studios and polishing his songwriting skills. After moving to Florida to attend college, Alex played in local bands until his band at the time, Sahara, also relocated to Florida to rejoin him in pursuit of a music career. They had some modest success playing in Florida clubs with a few of Alex's original songs, eventually receiving local airplay.

Alex took a break from actively pursuing his music career to raise a family. It was during this period Alex reconnected with his blues roots, studying the guitar style of blues greats like BB King, Albert Collins and Buddy Guy. Alex also took this time to write and record a voluminous amount of original material while continuing to hone his guitar skills.

With his family grown, Alex rekindled the musical fire by joining the classic rock and blues band Reminiscion as lead guitar and vocalist, the popular band has been performing steadily in Tampa area clubs and venues for years. While a member of Reminiscion, Alex has continued performing, writing and recording his own brand of driving blues music. In September of 2013 Alex released the album "Back Bedroom Blues", a collection of all original blues and rock songs displaying his formidable skills as a blues guitarist and singer songwriter. And in 2015 Alex Lopez released his 2nd CD "Is it A Lie" to excellent reviews.

With his just released 3rd album, "Slowdown", Alex has achieved a new level of success with international airplay, recognition and great reviews. Alex continues to perform throughout the Tampa Bay area with his band The Xpress and at festivals through out the Southeast, while now developing a global loyal following.


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07.08.2017

Lukas Nelson.....

Since forming 10 years ago, the buzz surrounding Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real has been quietly intensifying. During that time, the 28-year old singer, songwriter, guitarist and his bandmates have played hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world and built a devoted underground following. Lukas’ profile continued to rise when he contributed 3 songs and heavenly vocals to his dad Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, "Heroes", their voices blending with potent DNA. Then 2 years later, life took another turn skyward when Neil Young decided to make Promise Of The Real his touring and studio band. Young has guided the grateful young musicians ever since, as they’ve backed the legend on tour around the world and on his 2 most recent albums.

These experiences were undoubtedly invaluable, but none of what has come before will prepare you for the cosmic country soul of Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, the band’s new, self titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work set for release on Fantasy Records. From the epic “Set Me Down On A Cloud”, to the climactic “If I Started Over”, the album delivers one sublime song and inspired performance after another. “I knew I had a lot of good songs that transcended the cultural boundaries between rock'n'roll and country”, Lukas says of his vision for the album. “I wanted to get the songs as pure as they could be. We owe a lot to Neil, we made this record after coming off the road with him for 2 years. Neil’s been mentoring us, and we’ve been absorbing that energy, and I think it shows. We got acclimated to a different level of artistic expression. We’ve grown”.

"Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real", produced by song shaping specialist John Alagia (numerous Dave Matthews Band albums, John Mayer’s "Room For Squares") was recorded at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. Promise Of The Real’s 6 piece line up now includes longtime bandmates Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums) and Corey McCormick (bass, vocals), along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, wurlitzer). Stefani “Lady Gaga” Germanotta (who convincingly plays the role of Bonnie to Lukas’ Delaney) added her signature vocals to the rousing “Carolina” and “Find Yourself”, while Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the Brooklyn based indie pop duo Lucius provide backing vocals on five of the 12 tracks, evoking "Exile On Main St’s" ecstatic, gospel rooted harmonies.

The band’s many influences can be discerned in the opening track, “Set Me Down On A Cloud”, a soulful country rocker that features Lucius’ spiritual vocals and an extended solo underscores Lukas’ tasteful guitar virtuosity. The lilting, pastoral “Just Outside Of Austin” features a guitar solo from Willie, while Lukas’ 86 year old Aunt Bobbi plays piano. “It’s a love letter to Austin, something like Roger Miller or Glen Campbell would write”, he said.

“Runnin’ Shine”, one of the album’s first person character studies, is written from the perspective of a young moonshiner trying to outsmart the law while hurtling along Appalachian back roads in a souped up car loaded with homemade booze. “Perspective is huge”, says Lukas. “If you’re able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and you can relate to them, it’s really hard to hate them, even if you don’t agree with how they live their life”. 2 of the album’s most breathtaking songs, “Find Yourself” and “Forget About Georgia”, vividly retrace the turbulent final stages and bittersweet aftermath of the same doomed love affair. “After the relationship ended, I had to play Ray Charles’ 'Georgia On My Mind' every night when I was on the road with my dad, which made it literally impossible to forget about her”. Introduced by a wistful 4 note guitar lick that reoccurs throughout the arrangement, “Forget About Georgia” unfolds to a “Layla” like outpouring of romantic yearning, as the band stretches out behind Lukas’ emotional guitar soloing. Not surprisingly, it’s Neil Young’s favorite song on the album.

Inspired by the big ballads of Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, Lukas delivers a full throttle vocal on the closing track, “If I Started Over”, at once a cosmic rumination and a rapturous expression of romantic devotion. “The song is asking, what if, after we die, we just come back? What if we have to do the same dream again until we learn the right lessons?”. A seasoned veteran at 28, Austin born Lukas grew up in Maui, while spending much of his time during school breaks in his hometown and on the road with his dad. “I had a lot of passions growing up”, he says. “I played soccer, I was on the swim team, living a Maui lifestyle, surfing and skateboarding. I also loved singing and wrote my first song when I was 11. I became obsessed with guitar, playing 8 to 10 hours a day. I knew what I wanted to do from a super young age, and I made my life about it”. He and his brother Micah played in bands together in high school, and they struck up a friendship with Uruguay born Tato Melgar, a skilled musician then making his living as a landscaper, who taught the brothers the basics of drumming.

In 2007, Lukas headed to the mainland to attend Los Angeles' Loyola Marymount University. A year later, after meeting LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert, he dropped out of school and started a band with LoGerfo, Melgar and original bassist Merlyn Kelly, he named it Promise Of The Real, referencing a line in Young’s 1973 song “Walk On”, “sooner or later it all gets real”. When McCormick joined 2 years later on bass, the lineup was set. The band woodshedded; averaging more than 200 shows a year. Drawing on Lukas’ lineage as well surrogate uncles like Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and the classic rock and roll of JJ Cale, The Band, Clapton era Delaney & Bonnie and of course mentor Neil Young, they began to develop their own distinctive style of American music. Neil Young befriended the band after checking them out at Farm Aid several years back. “Neil got in touch after that, and we started talking by email”, Lukas recounts. “Eventually, he asked us to record with him. So we recorded 'The Monsanto Years' and played some shows together, and we fell in love with each other musically, one thing led to another and we became Neil’s band".

“What’s happened with us feels similar to the career trajectory of The Band”, he continues. “They were already a great band when they started working with Dylan, who lifted them up, which is similar to what Neil’s done for us. He’s also given people a chance to hear what we’re doing and what our own songs have to offer. Then we played the Desert Trip with Neil, along with Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Who and Bob Dylan. That was incredible”. Those 2 weekends in Indio last October turned out to be extremely fortuitous. “We met Lucius at Desert Trip”, says Lukas. “They were playing with Roger Waters, and still are. Then they came to the Bridge School Benefit, where we really got to know them. I love Jess and Holly, they really enhance the record”.

Bradley Cooper also saw Lukas play at Desert Trip, and right afterward contacted a mutual friend about helping him on the new film he’s directing and starring in, a remake of "A Star Is Born". “At first I was just helping him out, and then I started writing with Stefani (Lady Gaga), who’s in the movie. We connected and she and I became really close. I got very involved in this film and ended up bringing the band into it as well”. Coming of age in a celebrated musical family, Lukas Nelson learned early on that true originality is hard won, never given. Doubtlessly blessed with a measure of musical ability, it’s clear that his natural gifts have been honed by a singular devotion to craft and a deep appreciation for the sacrifice a creative life requires. Elated by the way things have come together so beautifully, Lukas is gratified that POTR have earned this moment and seized the opportunities that have led to this album, all perfectly capturing what he’d heard in his head 18 months earlier.

“It’s just amazing how things have flowed”, Lukas marvels. “It feels divine in a way”.

 

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06.08.2017

Classic Toto.....

Toto is pleased to announce the first set of shows in support of the band’s 40th anniversary beginning in 2018. The "40 Trips Around The Sun Tour" will begin in February 2018 in Europe. The tour will be the band’s most extensive run in years and will be a worldwide tour to celebrate the band’s enduring career.

Alongside the launch of the tour, Toto along with Legacy Recordings have created a brand new "Greatest Hits" package. The album will feature brand new previously unreleased music, alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner & Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams re-entered the studio this past year to work on the material.

“Myself, David, Steve and Joseph are humbled and thrilled at the long lasting success of the band”, Steve Lukather remarked. “This '40th Anniversary Tour' is going to be a special one for us and all of the fans that come out. On top of all that, it’s really exciting to be working with Sony Music again. We’ve spent a lot of time this year working on new music and re-mastering the older tracks”.

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums, that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. Amongst these recordings, N.A.R.A.S. applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

With close to 40 years together and literally 1000's of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s "Thriller", and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility. Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi generational worldwide fan base.

 

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05.08.2017

Liam Gallagher.....

Former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, will issue his 1st solo album, ”As You Were” in October this year.  The 12 track long player is being put out by Warner Bros Records and a deluxe CD edition, in clear jewel case packaging, will be available that adds 3 bonus tracks. The track listing hasn’t yet been announced. The almost inevitable deluxe box set offers ”As You Were” pressed on white vinyl, the deluxe CD, a bonus 7” single, a Klaus Voormann art print, a poster and a 20 page premium hardback book. This is currently only available to order via Liam’s online store. Gallagher issued ”Wall Of Glass”, a rather good 1st single from the album, last month. ”As You Were” will be released on October 6th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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04.08.2017

Pentangle Box Set.....

When they formed in 1968, Pentangle were hailed as folk’s 1st supergroup, fusing elements of jazz and underground Music, and comprising the twin guitar and songwriting talents of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, with bassist Danny Thompson, drummer Terry Cox and singer Jacqui McShee.

Between 1968 and 1972, Pentangle issued 6 albums, 5 on legendary folk label Transatlantic and a swansong release on Reprise. Their debut, "The Pentangle" in 1968, was hailed as a folk rock classic and charted in the UK at # 21. Sequel "Sweet Child", also in 1968, was an ambitious double album coupling live and studio discs. 3rd LP "Basket Of Light" in 1969 was their most commercially successful, peaking at # 5, fuelled by the success of lead track ‘Light Flight’. "Cruel Sister" in 1970 allowed Pentangle to reinterpret traditional folk songs. "Reflection" in 1971 was their last Transatlantic LP, and was also among their most adventurous. "Solomon’s Seal" in 1972 proved to be their last album with the original line-up.

For the 1st time ever, these albums are available as a deluxe box set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation. Each record has been remastered from the best available sources, referencing original tapes and vinyl where relevant. Each album has been expanded with a wealth of bonus material, including choice selections from contemporaneous solo LP's by Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, outtakes and live tracks. Across the package, there are an impressive 22 recordings which are previously unreleased.

Each album is presented in a miniature card sleeve replica of the original vinyl artwork. These are housed in an attractive box set alongside an 88 page book awash with rare images and over 20 000 words of sleeve notes, which include a q&a culled from past interviews by author Mick Houghton with Bert, John and Jacqui, essays about each album by a variety of music journalists, like Stuart Penney, Trevor Leeden, Nigel Cross, Colin Irwin, Lois Wilson and Jim Wirth, a lengthy chronology and track by track details.

Pentangle’s 1st 3 albums and 3 singles were produced by the legendary Shel Talmy, while Peter Blake designed the sleeve for "Sweet Child", 1 of only 3 such commissions in the 1960's. The band also enjoyed popularity in America and toured there. Alongside Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band, Pentangle define folk’s flowering in the late 60's, melding jazz, rock, traditional folk and other styles.

Cherry Red Records, September 29th, 2017.

 

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03.08.2017

Chris Hillman.....

In terms of heavy hitters, it’ll be hard to top the upcoming album from Chris Hillman. On September 22nd, 2017, Rounder Records will release "Bidin’ My Time", a new studio album from the founding member of the Byrds, and he worked with some seriously legendary friends this time around. The album was produced by Tom Petty, and the list of special guests who appear on the album is vast. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Desert Rose Band alumni Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson, Jay Dee Maness, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone and Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers, Mark Fain, Josh Jove and Gabe Witcher all make appearances.

 

 


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02.08.2017

Brian Wilson.....

Hot on the heels of a well received biopic and a record breaking concert tour that continues through this fall, the legendary Brian Wilson is looking back on his solo career for a new compendium arriving on September 22nd, 2017, from Rhino Records.  "Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology" captures, via 18 tracks, the Beach Boy’s extraordinary journey from his 1988 Sire Records solo LP debut through 2015’s "No Pier Pressure".  2 never Before released tracks will also premiere here. "Playback" begins, appropriately enough, with 4 selections from 1988’s "Brian Wilson", including the Jeff Lynne collaboration “Let It Shine”, the dreamy Russ Titelman co-production “Melt Away”, the SMiLE-esque suite “Rio Grande”, produced with Lenny Waronker, and of course, “Love & Mercy”, Wilson’s cri de coeur which still closes each of his solo concerts today.

The collection picks up a decade later with 2 tracks from "Imagination", overlooking the Don Was helmed soundtrack album "I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times" and the Van Dyke Parks composed "Orange Crate Art" on which Brian served as vocalist, the ballads “Cry” and “Lay Down Burden,” the latter an affecting tribute to his late brother Carl Wilson.  Surprisingly, the infectiously bright title track didn’t make the cut here. Soon after, in 2000, Wilson made his triumphant return to live performing, an occasion marked by the inclusion of original songs “The First Time” and the Tony Asher co-write “This Isn’t Love” from "Live At The Roxy Theatre". After issuing "Pet Sounds Live" to commemorate his complete live performance of the 1966 Beach Boys landmark, Wilson delivered his 3rd full length album of original songs with 2004’s "Gettin’ In Over My Head", from which the moving title track and r'n'b influenced “Soul Searchin'”, a posthumous duet with brother Carl, have been culled.

Later that year, however, Wilson released his most seminal solo work, the completion of The Beach Boys’ abandoned "SMiLE". Brian and his band 1st performed the finished work on February 20th, 2004, at London’s Royal Festival Hall, bringing it into the studio a couple of months later.  2 tracks from the Grammy winning "Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE" are featured here, the scene setting “Heroes & Villains” and epic finale to the suite’s 2nd movement, “Surf’s Up”. Following his 2005 christmas album, Brian returned to solo recording in 2008 for a song suite dedicated to California, "That Lucky Old Sun". The touching “Midnight’s Another Day” has been plucked from Wilson’s americana journey in song. In 2010, he debuted the 1st of 2 concept albums released in conjunction with Walt Disney Records. "Brian Wilson Sings Gershwin" featured his reinventions of some of George and Ira Gershwin’s classic showtunes, as well as 2 songs completed by Wilson from George Gershwin sketches.  One of them, “The Like In I Love You”, appears on "Playback", along with Brian’s rendition of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s Oscar winning “The Colors Of The Wind”, from the film 'Pocahontas', which appeared on the 2011 follow up "In The Key Of Disney".

Wilson’s romantic ode to his wife Melinda, “One Kind Of Love” was introduced on 2015’s "No Pier Pressure", his 1st album after The Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary reunion and studio album "That’s Why God Made The Radio", and was also featured in the biopic "Love & Mercy". "Playback" doesn’t end there, however, making room for 2 premiere songs. “Some Sweet Day” was written and recorded by Wilson and Andy Paley in the early 1990's, and makes its official debut here. “Run, James, Run”, a working title for the “Pet Sounds” instrumental on the album of the same name, inspired by the James Bond films, is a new song recorded in 2017 for this compilation.

"Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology" includes new liner notes by David Wild, and the cover boasts a previously unpublished photo of the artist by Robert Matheu.  It’s due from Rhino Records on September 22nd, 2017, on CD, 2 

 

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01.08.2017

The Doors.....

A complete collection of singles by The Doors is to be released later this year. Simply titled "The Doors: The Singles", the package brings together all of their singles and b-sides for the 1st time on 2 CD, 2 CD + BluRay and 7" vinyl box set and will be issued via Rhino on September 15th, 2017. The 2 CD release contains all 20 US singles along with their corresponding b-sides, plus 4 extra mono radio cuts. The 2 CD + BluRay package features all the content from the 2 D version plus 1973 compilation "The Best Of The Doors" on BluRay for the 1st time. Meanwhile, the vinyl box set comes with all 20 US singles and b-sides on 20 separate 7" vinyl pressings with original cover art presented in a lift top box and limited to 10 000 copies worldwide. The collection will also be available for digital download and on streaming services. The group will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first # 1 hit with a 7" reissue of "Light My Fire" featuring artwork from the original Japanese release. It’s limited to 7 500 copies.

 

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31.07.2017

The Waterboys.....

The Waterboys will release their brand new studio double album "Out Of All This Blue" on September 8th, 2017, their first for BMG Records, with whom they recently signed. Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo, "Out Of All This Blue" will be available on 2CD and 2LP, plus deluxe 3CD. "Out Of All This Blue" is The Waterboys most exploratory recording yet, comprising 23 songs with Mike Scott's trademark sharp lyrics set to pop music with echoes of classic r'...n'b, country, soul and funk and underpinned by modern hiphop production values and rhythms . String and brass sections were arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective. Mike Scott says of the record, "Out Of All This Blue is 2/3 love and romance, 1/3 stories and observations. I knew from the beginning I wanted to make a double album, and lucky for me, and I hope the listener, the songs just kept coming, and in pop colours".

 

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30.07.2017

Godley & Creme.....

There is something of a glut of 10cc related releases in the coming weeks. We have the 2 CD ”Eric Stewart Anthology”, 10cc’s ”Before, During & After” 4 CD box set and ”Body Of Work 1978 – 1988”, a 5 disc Godley & Creme box set scheduled for release in September. This box features music from Kevin Godley and Lol Creme that spans 10 years. The 1st CD combines 1977’s ”L” and its follow up ”Freeze Frame”.

The next album, 1981’s ”Ismism” shares space with 1983’s ”Bird Of Prey” on another twofer disc, although a close look at the track listing confirms that the last song on that album, ’Out In The Cold’, is bumped to the start of CD3. ”The History Mix Volume 1”, which features the hit single ’Cry’ and their final album ”Goodbye Blue Sky” fill out the next 2 CD’s and the final disc contains single a-sides, b-sides and extended versions. ”Body Of Work 1978 – 1988” will be issued on September 8th, 2017 by Caroline International.

 

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29.07.2017

Dream Syndicate.....

The Dream Syndicate broke up in 1989, and in 2012, they reunited to play live shows. This year, they’ll release their 1st new album since 1988’s "Ghost Stories". "How Did I Find Myself Here?" is out September 8th, 2017, via Anti- Records. The band, Steve Wynn, Dennis Duck, Mark Walton, and Jason Victor, began recording the album last year. “It sounds like everything that I loved about the Dream Syndicate and yet sounds unlike any other record we made”, Wynn said in a statement. Pre-order bundles for the album include signed test pressings, guitar lessons from the band’s members, house concerts, and much, much more.


 

 

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28.07.2017

Carole King.....

Carole King‘s concert from Hyde Park on July 3rd, 2016, is to be released September 1st, 2017. "Carole King - Tapestry: Live At Hyde Park" features King’s first ever live performance of her 1971 album in its entirety, alongside other songs from King’s body of work, including “Take Good Care Of My Baby”, “It Might As Well Rain Until September”, “Go Away Little Girl”, “I’m Into Something Good” and “One Fine Day”. The "Carole King - Tapestry: Live At Hyde Park" package includes the full concert on CD/DVD plus interview material about the making of Tapestry. "Carole King – Tapestry: Live At Hyde Park" will be released on CD, DVD or digitally by Legacy Recordings and Rockingale Records.

 

 

 

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27.07.2017

Transatlantic Years.....

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a new deluxe 3 CD which tells the story of the so- called underground era of one of Britain’s great independent record labels of the 1960's and 1970's, Transatlantic Records. In the heady atmosphere of the late 1960's, the sea change in British popular music spearheaded by the Beatles experimentation on the "Sergeant Pepper" album and swiftly followed by the likes of Cream, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Family, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull and a host of groups and musicians who followed in their footsteps led to the album being seen as the medium in which serious musicians would explore and develop their craft.

The apparently disparate genres of blues, jazz, rock, folk and even world music were fused together by many diverse acts all of whom were eager to be regarded as progressive in their musical approach. The so called underground audience eagerly consumed this music, which sat alongside the social changes that were also taking place. In the UK the major labels established imprints such as Harvest, Vertigo and Deram to market music to this audience, inspired by the vision of independent labels such as Island Records. Another, smaller British independent label also swiftly tapped in to this new musical movement, Transatlantic Records. This proudly independent imprint, founded in 1961 by Nat Joseph, looked beyond its initial folk, jazz and blues output to sign a distinctly quirky and diverse roster of underground acts. Between 1968 and 1976 Transatlantic explored all aspects of the progressive and underground scenes, from the heavy groups such as The Deviants, Jody Grind, Little Free Rock and Stray, to the acts on the fringes of folk and rock such as Pentangle, Mr Fox, Alan Hull, The Humblebums, Gryphon and Carolanne Pegg, to jazz rockers such as Circus and Marsupilami. Featuring over 3½ hours of newly re-mastered music over 3 CDs, “Let The Electric Children Play” documents the fascinating story of a unique period in the history of one of Britain’s most eccentric labels. This deluxe anthology also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with new essay and artist biographies housed in a clamshell boxed set. August 18th, 2017.

 

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26.07.2017

Raspberries.....

Having waited this long to witness the impossible, Raspberries live, we showed up 2 hours early, parking our car in the empty parking lot, and moments before the house lights went down, we looked at each other and said the words that we never thought we would ever say ‘we’re at a Raspberries concert’. Then it began”. Ken Sharp and Bernie Hogya from the liner notes to "Raspberries - Pop Art Live". November 26th, 2004, the stage was set for a reunion most thought could never happen, the Raspberries live in concert.

Over 30 years since the original 4 members of Raspberries last played together, "Pop Art Live" captures opening night, at Cleveland’s House Of Blues, as never Before. You will experience the power and magic that led the group to a successful reunion tour in 2005. Founding members Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, David Smalley, and Jim Bonfanti powerfully muscle through 28 slices of pure rock’n’roll heaven, bringing to life the legacy of power pop’s founding fathers. Brilliantly mixed by longtime Raspberries’ associate Tommy Allen, the midwestern quartet has never sounded this good. "Pop Art Live" contains live versions of songs from all 4 of the Raspberries’ classic original studio albums including the hits “Go All The Way”, “I Wanna Be With You”, “Let’s Pretend” and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)”, as well as perfect renditions of timeless favorites by The Beatles and The Who.

Also included in this 2 CD package are reflections and testimonials from Cameron Crowe and longtime Raspberries aficionados Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp. Hogya also contributes a wealth of ephemera from opening night in Cleveland. The Raspberries are one of rock’s most treasured bands, influencing everyone from John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen to Paul Westerberg. "Pop Art Live" is an essential document of that band, providing another chapter to their lasting impact. The Raspberries live, they said it would never happen, they were wrong. Omnivore Recordings, August 18th, 2017.

 

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25.07.2017

Tubes Box Set.....

"The A&M Years" is a 5 CD, 59 track roundup, of The Tubes time with A&M Records between 1975 and 1979, which includes the self titled debut album, which gave them a worldwide hit in ‘White Punks On Dope’. Follow ups "Young & Rich", "Now" and the Todd Rundgren produced "Remote Control". Always a sensational live act, the in concert album "What Do You Want From Live" completes the set. Housed in a sturdy box, each disc comes in a replica cardboard wallet of its original LP artwork, along with a booklet containing pictures of all the records plus in depth liner notes by Classic Rock’s Dave Everley. August 11th, 2017.

 

 

 

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24.07.2017

David Rawlings.....

The new album by David Rawlings, "Poor David’s Almanack", will be released August 11th, 2017, on Acony Records. You can preorder the album now directly from www.davidrawlingsmusic.com in various formats, including vinyl, CD, and digital download. You can also preorder the forthcoming "Hatch Show Print" release poster.....

 

 

 

 


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23.07.2017

Stormy Mondays.....

We are an indie folk rock band, hailing from Spain’s rainy northern coast. We play rock, folk ock, americana and soul. Acoustic and electric. Classic and modern. That’s not important. What’s important is that we don’t make ’fast food’. Our music is always slow cooked. It’s not for everyone, but it could be precisely right for you. We have released 15 records, which include songs in English, Spanish and Asturian, the endangered language of our homeland. The ace up our sleeve is our live shows, intense, fun and always surprising, with 8 musicians and more than 20 instruments onstage. And, yes, all the stories are true, our song ’Sunrise Number 1’ was chosen by NASA to be played in space. We have played live with both Slash and Springsteen, and, in 1999, were the only Spanish band to ever play at the Woodstock Festival. We are pioneers of internet music distribution, since 1996, and the use of creative commons licenses.

There’s a recent book that details the techniques behind the manufactured big hits of the last few years. We have taken that manual and turned it inside out. They say a song needs a ’hook’ every 7 seconds. Really? We make music for people, not for distracted chimpanzees. They say you need a team of writers. A dozen is not unusual. We write our own songs. Our way. We are songwriters, it’s what we do. They say you don’t even need to learn how to play, the computer does that for you. We enjoy playing our instruments. The more, the better. We are musicians, it’s what we do. They say you don’t need to be a good singer. Autotune will make you sound perfectly in tune, and robotic. We sing with human voices, imperfect by nature. And real. We are singers, it’s what we do. They say, they say… We don’t care what they say. We make real music for real people. Slow cooked. It’s not for everyone, and that’s alright.

We share common influences with some current bands that we like, such as Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers, Dawes, The Lumineers, Ryan Adams, and Wilco. We mix the electric sound of a rock band with all sorts of acoustic instruments, from a horn section to the hurdy gurdy, an instrument from the 12th century that seems to come from the future. Some people say that we sound like Springsteen, Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Waterboys, and R.E.M., and we like that. You can also find echoes of The Band, Dylan, Neil Young, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

On we release our new EP ’Suitcase Full Of Dreams’. It’s being released on CV, compact vinyl, a surprising format. There’s only been another release like this in the world. One side carries a song in vinyl, which can be played on a turntable. The other side is a CD with the whole record, which can be played in a regular player. It’s a hand numbered edition limited to 500 copies. The album cover photo was made in Asturias, Spain, but that’s not the biggest surprise. It’s a 1955 Cadillac Eldorado, and the incredible part of the story is that it belonged to Ava Gardner.”


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22.07.2017

Randy Newman.....

"Dark Matter", Randy Newman's 1st album of new material in 9 years, will be released on Nonesuch Records on August 4th, 2017, with the vinyl to follow on August 18th. The record is the follow up to 2008's acclaimed "Harps & Angels", which the Guardian praised for its "sumptuous melodies, devastating pathos and thorny, irony-laden character songs", calling it, "the work of a true master of popular song". "Dark Matter" was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by long time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher. The album's 9 songs include the 2016 digitally released "Putin", plus songs about the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs religion, love and loss, and more.

 

 

 

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21.07.2017

Kayak Box Set.....

On August 4th, 2017, Universal Music will release a Kayak box entitled "Journey Through Time : The Complete Studio Album Collection". Included are all 16 studio albums that have been released so far, plus 2 bonus CD's, and even a special wallet for the new album "Seventeen", to be released in October 2017. No less than 21 CD's with corresponding original artwork, labels and vinyl look. The box will be released in a limited edition. All albums that were issued as vinyl LP's will be remastered from the original studio mastertapes.

 

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20.07.2017

Howard Jones.....

To any fan of 80's pop, Howard Jones needs no introduction. From his breakthrough in 1983 with "New Song", Howard was rarely out of the charts for the ensuing decade. After leaving Warner Brothers in the early 90's, he set up his own label, DTox, and has continued to wow audiences the world over, ever since. Compiled and annotated by the artist himself, "Best 1983 - 2017"is the 1st retrospective to properly span Howard Jones’ entire recording career, with all his major hits and key tracks across the decades. Housed in a deluxe digipak, the package also boasts an exclusive bonus disc, which was only previously available as a DVD with the interactive book edition of "Engage" and now adds an exclusive remix. Cherry Red Records, July 28th, 2017.

 

 

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19.07.2017

Lesley Kernochan.....

Lesley Kernochan is an americana singer songwriter with occasional bursts of comedy, swing, pop, and jazzy mouth trumpet.  Within each unique song Lesley's versatile voice brings music to life that is intelligent, achingly beautiful, and playfully surreal.  In Lesley's new album, ”A Calm Sun”, she settles into a tender country folk sound that casts her in a place delicately between the soundscape of Kacey Musgraves and Norah Jones, studied and soft spoken, yet rollicking.

”A Calm Sun” features the talents of Dean Parks, Aaron Sterling, Jeff Babko, Dan Lutz, Christopher Bruce, Scott Jacoby, Emily Lazar and John Schimpf.  It was recorded in Los Angeles at The Village and East West Studios.

Lesley has an eclectic background as a saxophonist, contemporary composer, operatically trained coloratura, musical saw player, and now singer songwriter. She has 4 albums of original music including the acappella creation ”Undulating”, her indie rock pop jazz sensation ”The Pickle Jar”, the Parent's Choice Gold Award winning children’s album ”A Day In The Life Of A Boogaleeboo”, and her most recent americana record ”A Calm Sun”.

Lesley is being represented in Germany, Austria  and Switzerland by Make My Day Records, and independently under her own label Maple Syrup Music in all other areas.


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18.07.2017

Herb Alpert Vol 1.....

01. Flamingo
02. Unforgettable
03. Michelle
04. C'est Si Bon
05. I'm Yours
06. Cheek To Cheek
07. Just A Gigolo
08. Witchcraft
09. Sugarfoot
10. Strike Up The Band
11. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
12. Imagine


"Music Volume 1", Herb Alpert Presents/Warner Bros Records, July 28th, 2017.

 

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17.07.2017

Firefall Singles.....

Firefall was a soft country rock group formed in Boulder, Colorado, in the mid 70's, featuring, among others, Michael Clarke from the Byrds and Rick Roberts from the Flying Burrito Bros. They had numerous high charting albums throughout their career. Wounded Bird Records is pleased to be able to provide a collaboration of their work with a 2 disc, 34 track compilation, of all of their single a and b sides. July 28th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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16.07.2017

Alice Cooper.....

Alice Cooper's new studio album, his first in 6 years, "Paranormal", was recorded in Nashville with long time collaborator Bob Ezrin. The 10 track album also features a very special bonus CD, a mini album consisting of 2 brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce, alongside carefully selected live recordings. "Paranormal" also features special guest appearances by U2's Larry Mullen, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple's Roger Glover. "Paranormal" will be available July 28th, 2017, and Alice Cooper will hit the road with Deep Purple and the Edgar Winter Band in August.

 

 

 

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15.07.2017

Mendacity.....

"I wrote this tune in early 2016, appalled by the dangerous devaluation of truth featured in the campaign rhetoric of Donald Trump. It’s foul breath clouded not only the public debate in a historically pivotal election, but threatened to permanently alter the standards by which that discourse is interpreted and judged. Straight faced lying threatened to become an accepted vernacular of the political process. At that time it seemed a surreal and incomprehensible possibility that his campaign might actually succeed, but all of us, including Trump and his minions, were in for a cruel surprise.  His stunning victory installed a man of seemingly bottomless corruption and infantile character in a position to alter the course of history in ways we are coming to understand daily in ever more personal ways.The fundamental concepts of democracy and fair play are being challenged in such a bold, shameless and relentless way that renders punch drunk the default condition of public engagement, certainly a tactical political goal. This assault on the central values of a progressive society obviously requires a response and I felt that this song and it’s message was aimed at the heart of the situation and deserved amplification. This video is the product of several months work with videographer Carol Luna, and hopes to join the rising clamor of resistance, artistic and otherwise, to this pernicious threat. Contrary to my usual routine of obsessive production, we recorded this song very quickly, using most of what went down live in the basic sessions in the final mix. Solos and vocals were done later but it was a surprisingly cohesive effort, reflecting the urgency of the topic." ~ Michael Ward


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14.07.2017

Canada @ 150.....

Universal Music Canada has just issued "Canada 150: A Celebration Of Music", a multi format release issued on the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial, yes, that’s a word, it means 150th anniversary, which includes a 6 CD super deluxe edition that comes complete with a coffee table book. Jeffrey Remedios, president & CEO of UMC says, “assembling a package that sums up Canada’s 150 years would be impossible”, but they’ve gone ahead and given it a go, anyway.

Remedios suggests it “goes some way to answering the question of ‘how does a nation sing happy birthday to itself?’”. The big 6 CD super deluxe includes the aforementioned book, 10″ x 14″ hard cover, which apparently has a special double cover with 10 x 14 hard cover book featuring a double cover with Marc Jordan and Murray McLauchlan commissioned paintings featured on each. The music runs a wide gamut of talent, both new and old, and features artist such as Bryan Adams, Men Without Hats, Leonard Cohen, Barenaked Ladies, Alannah Miles, Rush, The Band, Steppenwolf, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois, Shania Twain, Cowboy Junkies , Joni Mitchell, kd lang, Blue Rodeo, Buffy Sainte Marie, Martha & The Muffins and many, many more. The box does have one exclusive which is Lighthouse covering Leonard Cohen’s "Tower Of Song", produced by Bob Erzin. If that’s too much there’s a 2 CD "Now & Next" edition which concentrates more on new and future talent while a humble 11 track single CD "Icon"edition doesn’t mess around and gives you the big hits. All 3 editions of "Canada 150" were issued on July 7h, 2017.

 

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13.07.2017

Focus Box Set.....

"Hocus Pocus Box" is a 13 CD box set that includes the albums "In & Out Of Focus", "Focus II Moving Waves", "Focus III", "Live At The Rainbow", "Hamburger Concerto", "Mother Focus", "Ship Of Memories", "Focus Con Proby", "Jann Akkerman & Thijs Van Leer", "Focus 8", "Focus 9 New Skin", "Focus X" and "The Best Of Focus". Opposites attract, or so they say. And Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer certainly are opposites. Both incredibly gifted, the 2 musicians inspire each other when they meet in Focus. Here you find Akkerman and Van Leer's exciting legacy of superb continental European progressive rock, jazz and classical music. Plus the non Akkerman Focus releases, with a rejuvenated band helmed by Thijs van Leer, innovative as ever, creating new sounds like no other band can. 10 albums of unsurpassed, ground-breaking music. July 14th, 2017.

 

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12.07.2017

Summer Of Love.....

Rhino celebrates the 50th anniversary of the cultural phenomenon known as ”The Summer Of Love” with several vinyl reissues, plus new compilations from Grateful Dead, Monkees and many more. The 1st releases arrive on July 14th, 2017.

The summer of 1967 was a turning point in popular culture that drew as many as 100,000 young people to San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood. It represented a social convergence driven by free thinking, hippie fashion, political upheaval, sexual freedom, drug use and creative expression. As the movement spread around the world, it led to an outpouring of poetry, artwork, and especially music.

In July, Rhino will launch its 50th anniversary celebration of ”The Summer Of Love” with vinyl reissues of key albums from that era, along with new compilations that provide a soundtrack to this defining moment of the 60’s.

The Grateful Dead were at the epicenter of the Haight Ashbury scene and the band is well represented during the celebration with ”Smiling On A Cloudy Day”. This new compilation brings together 10 songs from the band’s early psychedelic period and includes tracks like “Morning Dew”, “China Cat Sunflower” and “St Stephen.” The collection will be released on LP and CD on July 14th, 2017.

More releases will arrive on July 14th, 2017, including ”The Best Of Peter, Paul & Mary: 10 Years Together” and the mono version of Love’s self titled debut. Other releases include colored vinyl editions of The Association’s ”Insight Out”, The Young Rascals’ ”Groovin’” and The Beau Brummels’ ”Triangle”.

The next group of releases comes out on July 21st, 2017 and features the mono version of ”Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie, The Electric Prunes’ eponymous debut on purple vinyl, Van Morrison’s ”Astral Weeks” on clear vinyl and Vanilla Fudge’s self titled debut on white vinyl.

A new compilation from the Monkees will also be released the same day. ”Summer Of Love” includes 12 tracks that focus on the group’s lesser known psychedelic side. The collection will be released on LP and CD. The LP ”Gettin’ Together: Groovy Sounds Of The Summer Of Love” will also be released on July 18th, 2017. Its 16 tracks spotlight memorable hits from 1967, like “Hip Hug Her” by Booker T & The MG’s, “You Keep Me Hanging On” by Vanilla Fudge and “Windy” by The Association.

The final round of releases from ”The Summer Of Love” celebration will arrive on July 28th, 2017 and includes ”Dusty In Memphis” by Dusty Springfield, ”Goodbye & Hello” by Tim Buckley and the mono version ”Aretha Arrives” by Aretha Franklin. In addition, ”Wildflowers” by Judy Collins will be pressed on translucent yellow vinyl and The Zodiacs’ ”Cosmic Sounds” will be pressed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl.

And last, but certainly not least, is a new ”Nuggets” collection, ”Transparent Days: West Coast Nuggets”. Pressed on transparent vinyl, this 2 LP collection includes 30 songs by artists like The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s“Time Is After You”, The Mojo Men’s ”She’s My Baby”, MC 2’s “Smiling” and Love’s “Your Mind & We Belong Together”.

 

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11.07.2017

Craig Cassler.....

Craig Cassler is an independent musician who started his career in San Diego, CA, and now calls Boston, MA, home. ”Find My Way” is his 5th full length album, with 9 tracks of strong acoustic influences of rock, soul, folk, country and reggae. Craig Cassler’s music has been compared to Jack Johnson, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, among many others.

 

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10.07.2017

Steve Winwood.....

"Winwood Greatest Hits Live" is a new 2CD and 4LP collection sourced from Steve Winwood’s personal archives of live performances. With a 23 song tracklist handpicked by Steve, featuring his best loved songs, "Greatest Hits Live" is Winwood’s first ever live release as a solo artist, offering fans a definitive musical portrait of his 5 decade career. The expanded 2CD and 4LP gatefold package features rare, previously unreleased material touching on all aspects of his extensive catalog, including contemporary arrangements of the music he created with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and his solo recordings. The collection channels r'n'b, jazz, funk, classic rock, pop and folk, highlighting Winwood’s unique ability to fuse multiple genres into a singular, cohesive musical expression. "Winwood Greatest Hits Live" is available now for pre-order exclusively at www.stevewinwood.com and will be released this September on Wincraft Records.

 

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09.07.2017

Steven Wilson.....

"After many months of writing and recording, I’m pleased to finally announce details of my new album 'To The Bone', and a major European tour in early 2018, which includes a return to many of my favourite venues, including London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall. For my North and South American fans, expect to see further tour news soon. 'To The Bone' is due to be released on August 18th, 2017, but is available now to pre-order in a variety of formats, including a special deluxe hard back 120 page book edition, which includes an exclusive full length CD of demos and unused songs, and a one sided 7" vinyl single of a bonus instrumental song from the album sessions. Neither of these will be available anywhere else. My 5th record is in many ways inspired by the hugely ambitious progressive pop records that I loved in my youth, think Peter Gabriel’s 'So', Kate Bush’s 'Hounds Of Love', Talk Talk’s 'Colour Of Spring' and Tears for Fears’ 'Seeds Of Love'. Lyrically, the album’s 11 tracks veer from the paranoid chaos of the current era in which truth can apparently be a flexible notion, observations of the everyday lives of refugees, terrorists and religious fundamentalists, and a welcome shot of some of the most joyous wide eyed escapism I’ve created in my career so far. Something for all the family!" ~ Steven Wilson

 

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08.07.2017

Loretta Lynn.....

"Wouldn't It Be Great", the new album from Loretta Lynn, highlights The Queen of Country Music's original songwriting, as sharp as ever since her early days as a musical trailblazer in the 1960's. This 3rd volume of recordings produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, features 13 tracks all written or co-written by Loretta.

The follow up to "Full Circle", mixes new compositions ("Ruby's Stool", "Ain't No Time To Go", "I'm Dying For Someone To Live For"), with newly imagined renditions of timeless classics like the unforgettable "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)", Loretta's 1st of 16 career country # 1 singles.....

Sony Legacy Recordings, August 18, 2017.

 

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07.07.2017

Santana & Isley Bros.....

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is pleased to announce the release of "Power Of Peace", a new studio album from Santana (Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana) and The Isley Brothers (Ronald, Ernie) coming August 4th, 2017. The Isley Brothers & Santana's "Power Of Peace" will be available in CD, 12" vinyl and digital formats.

Recorded last year, the new album is the fulfillment of a dream, a new musical studio collaboration connecting Santana and The Isleys on a mind bending journey through some of the immortal soul, funk, blues, rock, jazz and pop songs that continue to inspire them. Carlos Santana observes, "I feel a deep sense of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness. There is a spirit of creativity that came knocking and presented itself as a golden opportunity to do something with and for a supreme musician, who I consider to be the best in the world.

Brother Ronnie Isley has been in the center of collective unity and harmony on the radio around the world since 1962 with 'Twist & Shout', the song that the Beatles chose to invade America with. Like Michael JacksonJohn Lennon andBob Marley, he's an iconic supreme of the highest order. Cindy and I feel very blessed to offer him this gift. From God, through us to you, for the World, mr Ronnie Isley".

"It was an absolute joy working on this album with Carlos," exclaims Ronald Isley. "I hope this record carries the spirit of hope, love, and peace to the world that it brought to me, my brother and Carlos". Ernie Isley shares his brother's enthusiasm, saying, "Doing this project with Carlos Santana was fun and illuminating. I hope all music lovers enjoy what we have done".

Led by the legendary Ronald Isley on lead vocals and the album's main producer and arranger Carlos Santana on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and background vocals, "Power Of Peace" covers songs 1st made familiar by the Chambers Brothers ("Are You Ready", "Love, Peace, Happiness"), Swamp Dogg ("Total Destruction To Your Mind"),Stevie Wonder ("Higher Ground"), Billie Holiday ("God Bless The Child"), Eddie Kendricks ("Body Talk"), Curtis Mayfield("Gypsy Woman"), Muddy Waters & Willie Dixon ("I Just Want To Make Love To You"), Dionne Warwick and Jackie DeShannon ("What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love"), Marvin Gaye ("Mercy Mercy Me"), Leon Thomas("Let The Rain Fall On Me") and Sy Miller and Jill Jackson ("Let There Be Peace On Earth").

"Power Of Peace" premieres a new song, "I Remember", written and sung by Cindy Blackman Santana. Cindy, who plays drums on the album, produced and arranged "Higher Ground", along with her husband, Carlos. A family affair, "Power Of Peace" features 2 Santanas, Carlos (guitar) and Cindy (drums), and 4 Isleys, Ronald (vocals) and Ernie (rhythm guitar), and their respective spouses, Kandy Johnson Isley (Ron's wife, she sings background) and Tracy Isley(Ernie's wife, she also sings background vocals).

 

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06.07.2017

10cc Box Set.....

This coming July, Universal Music will issue "Before During After – The Story Of 10cc", a new 10cc 4 CD box set curated with input from the band to detail each and every chapter of their musical story. The box features the band together and apart, and therefore features work from artists like Paul McCartney, Art Of Noise, Wax and Godley & Creme.  CD one is basically a 10cc best of, while the 2nd disc is dubbed ‘What We Did Next‘ and here’s where it gets interesting. Eric Stewart co-wrote 6 songs on Paul McCartney‘s 1986 album "Press To Play" and one of these tracks, "Pretty Little Head", is included on disc 2. However, it’s the single mix that features here, which was radically remixed by Larry Alexander for the 7" single. This version has never been issued on CD, so this is a genuine rarity. The other two discs are ‘And Friends‘ which features collaborations and production work, while the final CD ‘Before 10cc – The Early Years‘ which has work from early beat group The Mindbenders, which featured Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, and Hotlegs, which was an early incarnation of 10cc. "Before During After – The Story Of 10cc" is released on July 28th, 2017. A 2 CD edition called "During After" will featured the first 2 discs in the box set.

 

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05.07.2017

Rob Jungklas.....

Rob Jungklas is a Memphis rock legend. In recent years, he has come roaring back into the Memphis music psyche with 4 critically acclaimed recordings on Madjack Records, "Arkadelphia", "Gully", "Mapping The Wreckage" and "The Spirit & The Spine". Ever prolific, Jungklas also self released "Nothing To Fade" in 2014.

Rob Jungklas returns to Madjack Records with his new recording, "Blackbirds", a continuation of his delta-inspired exploration of the holy and profane. Rob Jungklas issued his debut LP "Closer To The Flame" in 1987 on Manhattan Records. On the strength of an MTV video aired for the single ’Boys Town’, the record garnered airplay and modest chart success for his effort, while creating the iconic regional anthem "Memphis Thing".

The more reflective "Work Songs For A New Moon" that followed 2 years later on RCA, showcased Jungklas nuanced blend of pop songwriting and Memphis style r’n’b. Lee Froelich calls Robs songs ’profane and poetic, haunted by ghosts and damnation’ and the sentiments are echoed by the likes of Rolling Stones David Fricke who describes the sounds as ’bloodied bottleneck guitar and choked prayer’.

Jillette Johnson.....

Jillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb, known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson, Johnson's sophomore album "All I Ever See In You Is Me" offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and ever changing vocal texture, an instrument that's irresistibly powerful whether she's belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody. Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity. Recorded at RCA Studio A, the historic Nashville space where Dolly Parton laid down 'Jolene' and 'I Will Always Love You' in the same 3 hour span, "All I Ever See In You Is Me" bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, Johnson examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful and magnetic vulnerability. Rounder Records, July 28th, 2017.

 

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04.07.2017

Fairport Convention.....

While some artists are credited with starting a music scene, Fairport Convention is responsible for forging an entire new genre. As the progenitors of British folk rock, they took traditional music and electrified it, paving the way for bands like Pogues, Flogging Molly and U2. Since 1st coming onto the scene during 1967’s Summer Of Love, the group has one of the most impressive catalogues in rock, even with their changing personnel, with over 30 studio albums and 20 live albums. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of their first live performance, the group has announced an extensive 7 CD box set titled, "Come All Ye – The First 10 Years", set for release on July 28th, 2017.

Compiled by Andrew Batt, the curator behind the musical stage show, ‘The Lady – A Tribute To Sandy Denny’, the collection captures Fairport’s first 10 years, beginning with their debut for Polydor in 1968, through all of their classic albums for Island Records and finishing with tracks from their 2 albums for Vertigo, "The Bonny Bunch Of Roses" and "Tippers Tales" that spans 121 tracks in total. Of those, 55 are previously unreleased, culling from single b sides, BBC radio sessions, TV performances, and the audio for an entire concert at The Fairfield Halls. To say they were prolific is an understatement. Just as The Byrds help shape folk rock stateside by amplifying Bob Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man", Fairport plumbed the tales of Celtic lore to create a new kind of psychedelic folk rock. In 2006, they won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and their groundbreaking album, "Liege & Lief", was voted The Most Influential Folk Album Of All Time by the listeners of BBC Radio 2.

With almost 50 years under their belt, the group continues to perform and record, much to the delight of their devoted fans. Since 1976, the band have hosted the Cropedy Festival, an annual event that includes the current incarnation of Fairport, plus past members and guests, that draws up to 20 000 people a year. This year’s 37th anniversary of the festival will take place from August 10th to August 12th, 2017, and includes special guests Petula Clark, Show Of Hands, Feast Of Fiddles, Pierce Brothers, Dougie MacLean, Marillion, Cats In Space, Gigspanner and The Gerry Colvin Band.

 

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03.07.2017

Collins & Stills.....

In 1967, Stephen Stills met Judy Collins and began a two year romance with the folk legend that inspired him to write the 1969 Crosby Stills & Nash classic “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. Now, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their relationship, Stills and Collins are teaming up for a collaborative album, as well as a US summer tour.

The duo are working on the still untitled album this month and are hoping to release it sometime this summer. The trek, which features more than 20 dates, kicks off with a July 26th performance at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, and winds down with a September 6th concert in San Diego.

Interestingly, the tour will mark the first time Stills and Collins will perform on stage together. The shows will feature songs from the new album and selections from their back catalogs, while Stephen and Judy also will share stories about their eventful lives and careers and recollections of their time together.

Meanwhile, Stills is winding down a spring tour with his blues-rock band The Rides, which features Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ex-Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg. The group has 2 dates left on its 2017 itinerary, a pair of California festival appearances, on May 27th in Santa Cruz and May 28th in Avila Beach.

In other news, Stills is in the process of writing a self penned memoir and his guitar work is featured on a new EP titled "Walking In Twos" by singer songwriter Amanda Abizaid.

 

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02.07.2017

Chris Robinson.....

"Barefoot In The Head", released by Silver Arrow Records on July 21st, 2017, marks a 3rd collection of new material from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood in little over a year, a freedom that suits them well. "Barefoot In The Head" finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before.

The album showcases the continued growth of Robinson's songwriting partnership with his bandmates, guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill, while revelling in the kind of playful adventurousness that can only come from 5 artists tuned in to the same sonic wavelength.

The album opens with the americana funk of "Behold The Seer", which sounds like something of a mission statement for the CRB as Robinson sings, 'if you want to keep your engine humming, keep your eyes wide ahead and don't look back'. On the dreamy "She Shares My Blanket", Robinson crafts cinematic scenes from a winter love affair in the mountains, while elegant pedal steel added by special guest Barry Sless on "Blonde Light Of Day" casts a warm, romantic haze and "Blue Star Woman" sounds like T Rex dressed in overalls living on a West Coast commune.

Throughout the album, Robinson and the band deftly intertwine country, blues and psychedelia, even channeling freewheeling 60's folk on "Hark The Herald Hermit Speaks", a breakneck stream of consciousness that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. On the English psych inspired "Glow", which Robinson calls 'one of the most special things I've ever done in the studio', CRB are joined by the celebrated sarodist Alam Khan, son of the legendary Ali Akbar Khan.

 

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01.07.2017

Jan Daley.....

Once crowned Miss California, Jan Daley began life as a bashful native of Inglewood, CA, who slowly but willfully blossomed, parlaying her classical piano lessons and dreams of becoming the next Carol Burnett or Debbie Reynolds into an enviable string of gigs and experiences that have become touchstones of her career, from Hollywood Variety TV shows to opening for Louis Armstrong and Don Rickles in Vegas to Broadway and many stops in between. Jan went from a lanky local medal winning competitive swimmer and Hollywood singing lessons to sharing stages with the giants of giants of stage, screen, and the comic circuit including George Burns, Rodney Dangerfield and Bob Hope.

She was also flown to Rome, Italy to record the title song for the movie “Madron”, that eventually was nominated for an Oscar, “Till Love Touches Your Life”, and has performed in stellar productions of perennial favorite musicals and plays such as “Oklahoma”, “Anything Goes” and “Taming Of The Shrew”. Along the way, Jan honed an intuitive skill for writing, songs which appeared in movies and scripts, that has served her as a chronicler and a torchbearer of bygone eras, able to bring them back to vivid life via her words, her voice and her dynamic stage performances.

 

Lesley Duncan.....

One of Britain’s 1st ever female singer songwriters, with her 1st and 2nd albums from the early 1970’s , who paid her dues singing backing vocals during the 1960’s. Lesley Duncan was signed as a writer in 1963 and had covers of songs by the likes of Swinging Blue Jeans, Walker Brothers, Dusty Springfield, and in 1970 "Love Song" was recorded by Elton John for his "Tumbleweed Connection" LP.

She paid her dues whilst honing her craft singing on sessions and performing live show backing vocals throughout the 1960's, notably behind Dusty Springfield. Lesley can be heard loud and clear on "In The Middle Of Nowhere", and seen on vintage footage in shows with Dusty, alongside Madeline Bell and Kiki Dee. Lesley also sang on stage behind Elton John in 1970 and in return Elton played piano on tracks for Lesley’s own "Sing Children Sing" LP.

Following a string of solo pop singles Lesley caught the wind and changed direction in the later 1960's writing more personal material and her singles from that period are all included on this package.

Disc 1 is Lesley’s debut LP from 1971, "Sing Children Sing", a reflection of the prevailing US sound recast as a British singer songwriter. Whilst on disc 2 the second LP, "Earth Mother", released in 1972, is more brooding and concerned with the state of the world. Both entirely written by Lesley. Both with shades of contemporaries Carole King, Laura Nyro, Judee Sill.

4 of the bonus tracks are on CD for the 1st time. Here are 3 early versions from 1968 and 1969 of songs later re-recorded on the LP's, including her 1st version of "Love Song" which inspired Elton John to record his version. This was b-side to a towering, almost theatrical, Richard Hewson arranged version of Carole King’s "A Road To Nowhere". All the tracks, LP's and singles, are taken from fresh analogue tape transfers and new mastering.

"Sing Lesley Sing: The RCA & CMS Recordings 1968-1972", RPM/Cherry Red Records, July 21st, 2017.

 

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30.06.2017

Eric Stewart.....

Eric Stewart is most known for his tenure with the Mindbenders in the 1960's, and 10cc from 1972 to 1995. In 1968, he became the co-owner of Strawberry Studios in Stockport, where he developed skills as a recording engineer and record producer. His involvement in Strawberry was instrumental in the eventual formation of 10cc.

Stewart has collaborated with Paul McCartney on 3 of his albums recorded between 1982 and 1986. He has also recorded 3 solo albums and released "Viva La Difference" in 2009. This forthcoming 2CD compilation brings together tracks from all his solo albums and some tracks from his period in 10cc for the first time.

Compiled and co-mastered by Eric, these 2 discs showcase the talents of one of the UK’s best producers and writers. Some of these tracks are available on CD for the first time. The set contains a new essay on the albums by Mojo’s Daryl Easlea, who has spoken at length to Eric about these records. Eric has just released his autobiography. Lemon, Cherry Red Records, July 21st, 2017.

 

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29.06.2017

Harry Nilsson.....

Bookended by his daughter Annie's recording of the title track and Andy Williams' version of "Remember Christmas", this release in Ace Records highly regarded songwriters series celebrates the one and only Harry Nilsson. It's one of the great paradoxes of contemporary pop music that Nilsson, one of the most talented and respected American songwriters of the 20th century, is primarily remembered for his stone classic recordings of 2 songs written by others, Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin" and Badfinger's "Without You".

"Gotta Get Up! The Songs Of Harry Nilsson 1965-1972" aims to remedy that by spotlighting 2 dozen Nilsson songs from the years 1965 to 1972, including several of which he made no official recordings. Among the highlights are "Cuddly Toy" and "Daddy's Song" performed by Nilsson champions the Monkees, Al Kooper's harmony filled recording of "Mournin' Glory Story", Canadian folkie Tom Northcott's version of Nilsson s autobiographical "1941" and the Modern Folk Quartet's Phil Spector produced "This Could Be The Night", one of Brian Wilson's favourite records. Fully illustrated booklet features copious notes by Mick Patrick and Ian Johnston. Ace Records, June 30th, 2017.

 

Arthur Alexander.....

When Beatles, Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Dusty Springfield, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Bob Dylan, Bee Gees and more cover your songs, you must be on to something. Arthur Alexander was a songwriter and song stylist, whose career took off in the early 1960's, writing and recording hits like “Anna (Go To Him)” and “You Better Move On”. After a short break at the end of the decade, he released a self titled, comeback album in 1972. Omnivore Recordings is pleased to reissue "Arthur Alexander" four decades later, expanded with 6 bonus tracks, 2 previously unissued.

With new liner notes form Barry Hansen, better known to most as Dr Demento, the package also features the piece he wrote for the album’s original issue. "Arthur Alexander’s" 12 tracks were produced by Muscle Shoals bassist Tommy Gogbill, and include a version of “Burning Love”, covered by Elvis Presley shortly after the album’s release.

Alexander’s 2 Warner Bros follow up singles are also here, as well as a pair of tracks from the original sessions, unearthed and unheard until now. As Hansen wrote in the original notes, “Arthur is especially proud of the variety and versatility of his work on this album. All of it is strong medicine, and should be a fine antidote for a lot of bad scenes”. Arthur Alexander, inducted into the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame, is a music legend. "Arthur Alexander" is a legendary recording.

Omnivore Recordings, July 21st, 2017.

 

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28.06.2017

Gospelbeach.....

The 2nd album from Gospelbeach continues to deftly honor the grand tradition of west coast rock'n'roll. This time around it's more 1970's FM rock than 1960's AM gold, more cosmo than country, with a theme of timeless love. Straightforward, inviting songwriting and singing by Brent Rademaker, a founding member of Beachwood Sparks.

Warm classic production and tight harmonies once again by guitarist and vocalist Jason Soda. Recorded in Los Angeles at Palomino Sound, Jason's new 1970's vintage artisan recording studio. 3rd Gospelbeach core member Jonny Niemanns cascading piano, organ and mellotron fill out the albums rich sound. In the tradition of the Troubadour in L.A. scene of the 1970's, "Another Summer Of Love" features some of the Gospelbeach friends and Los Angeles' finest players and singers, including Pearl Charles, Miranda Lee Richards, members of Wilco, Mapache, Eels, and pickers from the Grand Ole Echo. The album artwork features a re-active photography by Gospelbeach guitarist and singer Neal Casal and Allah-Las drummer Matthew Coreia. June 30th, 2017.

 

Paul Simon.....

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release ”Paul Simon - The Concert In Hyde Park”, available in a physical 2CD/DVD or 2CD/BluRay package, as well as digital audio and video formats, plus audio streaming, on July 14th, 2017.

The arrival of ”Paul Simon - The Concert In Hyde Park” coincides with the artist's summer tour launcing June 1st in St Petersburg, Florida.

On July 15th, 2012, Paul Simon and his band were joined by the original ”Graceland” musicians and special guests to headline the closing night of the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London with a 3 hour set that The Guardian declared, "One of the landmark concerts of his career", The Daily Telegraph wrote, “The night was a chance for those of us who grew up listening to Paul Simon to congregate, commune and be reminded again of music’s ability to transport us to a land of grace”. ”Paul Simon - The Concert In Hyde Park” chronicles the legendary artist's historic concert at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival with an epic career spanning set including Simon’s most enduring hits, “Kodachrome”, “Graceland”, “Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard”, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”, fan favorites, and 2 Simon & Garfunkel classics. The concert features a reunion with the original ”Graceland” musicians on the album’s 25th anniversary, including Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as a surprise appearance from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, performing his original songs “The Harder They Come” and “Many Rivers To Cross”, and a duet with Cliff and Simon on “Vietnam” and “Mother And Child Reunion”.

Both immediate and retrospective, ”Paul Simon - The Concert In Hyde Park” travels across 6 decades of the artist's famous and timeless songbook, from Simon & Garfunkel, through 2011’s critically acclaimed album, ”So Beautiful Or So What”.

 

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27.06.2017

Geoff Alpert.....

Trombonist Geoff Alpert has loved music all his life, studying the craft, learning several brass and valve instruments, playing in bands and composing songs. Inspired by the likes of jazz legend JJ Johnson, rock band Chicago’s James Pankow, and fusion greats such as Wayne Henderson and Raul de Souza, Geoff studied music as a major at San Diego State University while supplementing his income gigging near and far. Yet he walked away from music for 30 years in the early 80’s to be an ideal provider as a husband and father. Following the painful passing of his wife from cancer in 2002, Geoff did some profound soul searching which led him to pick up his trombone again, gradually easing back into the scene where he met bassist Darryl Williams and musical director and keyboardist Gail Jhonson. Both pushed and assisted him in creating a musical statement that spoke to his emotional life story, his undying passion for the art form and the spiritual Eastern martial arts disciplines that guided him along his journey. That album is ”Open Your Heart”.

Geoff Alpert’s ”Open Your Heart”, co–produced with Gail Jhonson, is a 10 tune tapestry which lovingly places the trombone in a front and center position it rarely enjoys in the present musical landscape. Floating between jazz, pop, r’n’b and latin sound signatures, it’s a bold, yet highly accessible listen. Highlights include the Brazilian flight of the title track, a cover of The Jacksons’ “Heartbreak Hotel”, composed by the immortal Michael Jackson and specially arranged for Geoff by Gail, the transfixing and deeply touching trombone and keyboard duet “Thinking About You”, in memory of his departed mother and wife, “The Crusade”, a tribute to The Crusaders emulating some of the progressive sounds of the band’s evolution over 5 groundbreaking decades, the groovin’ “Zen Funk”, featuring bassist Darryl Williams and dedicated to the Ken Ka Kung Fu Club, the martial arts school which Geoff has been both student and teacher for 4 decades, and an especially emotive cover of sister trio The Emotions’ 1977 hit “Don’t Ask My Neighbors”, on which Geoff tips his hat to trombonist Raul de Souza, first instrumentalist to cover the song in 1978, produced by the late George Duke, while placing his own heart piercing stamp on the Quiet Storm classic.

“This album, like my teaching of Ken Ka Kung Fu, is all about love, sharing and the willingness to open your heart”, Geoff explains. “Wherever you go in life, the center of your journey is always found within. Challenge yourself, maintaining your balance and focus as you navigate life’s obstacles on your way to becoming your truest, most humble best self, with honesty, integrity, discipline and respect”.


Nick Lowe.....

For the 1st time in multiple decades, you can now own "Nick The Knife", "The Abominable Showman", "Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit", "The Rose Of England", "Pinker And Prouder Than Previous" and "Party Of One" on CD and LP!

Purchase the bundle of all 6 reissues together and get a great, limited edition, Nick Lowe lunchbox for free. If purchasing the LP versions of these reissues, "Nick The Knife", "The Abominable Showman", "Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit" and "Party Of One", LP's come with a bonus 45 of live tracks, demos, and rarities, as well as a digital download card. If purchasing the CD versions, the 45 tracks are included as bonus tracks.

These albums mark the period in Nick Lowe's career where he was experimenting with numerous genres, ranging from roots rock to country, to reggae to the pub rock and power pop sounds that he made so famous. These albums are absolutely worthy of a 2nd listen and showcase his collaborations with artists such as Elvis Costello, Huey Lewis, Paul Carrack, and many more. 1st 2 to be released July 14th, 2017, the 2nd batch of 2 on August 25th, and 3rd and last batch of 2 on October 20th, 2017.

 

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26.06.2017

Neil Young.....

"One night, Mr. Briggs and I jumped into Stretch and headed for his favorite place, Indigo Ranch Studios. I spent the night there with David and recorded nine solo acoustic songs, completing a tape I called 'Hitchhiker'. It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances. Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked with on 'Human Highway' as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as I laid down all of the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or cocaine. Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console." ~ Neil Young


"Hitchhiker", Reprise Records, July 14th, 2017.

 

 

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25.06.2017

Shannon McNally.....

Shannon McNally's blues and americana return, "Black Irish", will make you dance, break your heart, and save your soul. The album was recorded in Nashville, but it's distinctive sense of place lies 210 miles west, where Memphis meets Mississippi. The primary colors of American music are black and white, and "Black Irish" displays that hybrid in many shades, mixing country, blues, soul, rock, folk balladry and classic pop. "Black Irish" is McNally's most personal project yet, which is saying a lot, given the americana singer songwriter's deep catalog

But it speaks to the power of connection, and the power of music to create it and to reflect it. The kick off track, "You Made Me Feel For You", was written by her producer, Rodney Crowell, and serves as a metaphor for their collaboration, how his particular understanding of her unique gifts pulled out the career defining album many have been waiting for since she came on the scene. The concept for "Black Irish" began in 2013, as Shannon was going through what she calls 'a miserable divorce', raising her daughter Maeve, and nursing her terminally ill mother Maureen. Her parents had relocated to Holly Springs, Mississippi, and McNally moved in, caring for her mom until her death in 2015. Compass Records, June 30th, 2017.

 

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24.06.2017

Stax At 60.....

From deep within the heart of Memphis to your stereo, the rich legacy of Stax Records will be honored this year as 2 label partners join forces to commemorate the label’s 60th anniversary. It will be a massive campaign to celebrate Stax artists and albums across physical and digital formats. Notably, this initiative will be carried out by both owners of the Stax catalogue, Rhino Records/Warner Music Group, which controls much of the label’s Atlantic distributed output from 1957 to 1968, and Concord Bicycle Music/Universal Music Group, handler of the Stax masters released from 1968 to the mid 1970's, when the label declared bankruptcy. Founded by siblings Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, whose surnames gave the label its moniker, Stax Records was to the south what Motown was to Detroit, a pioneer in locally sourced, gritty soul and r'n'b. With crack house band Booker T & The MG’s at the fore, an integrated group which included keyboardist Booker T Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn and drummer Al Jackson, Jr, and a stable of stars like Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, there seemed little Stax could not achieve. The label weathered major setbacks in the mid 60's, notably the tragic loss of Redding in an airplane crash and a split with distributor Atlantic Records, when they were sold to Warner Bros. The independent Stax soldiered on with legends like William Bell, The Staple Singers and Isaac Hayes, all of whom helped define 70's soul in many ways.

 

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23.06.2017

Russell Joslin.....

In 2007, the 23 year old Russell Joslin released his 1st self produced, bedroom folk album "Dream Token" to unexpected critical and public acclaim. Since then his wayward journey has always been in the direction of his forthcoming, 4th studio album "Hey Mathematician", a rare and observant tale of heart, unrest and rebellion in an increasingly fraught and controlling world.

Singer songwriter Russell Joslin has lived in the ever intensifying metropolis of London, UK for the last 12 years, where his unique strain of dissenting, literate folk has seen him become a stalwart of the city’s singer songwriter scene. He has self produced 3 solo albums as well as fronting 2 rock bands, folk punk 2 piece Pretty Bricks and art rock 3 piece High Windows. He now tours as a much lauded duet with his Australian soulmate and singing partner Sarah McCaig. Over the past 18 months he has toured western Europe extensively, supported Martha Tilston for several shows and been booked for numerous profile UK folk festivals, Bromyard, Sark, Lyme Folk Weekend, as well as an upcoming 2017 slot at the Isle Of Wight Festival.

Throughout his career, Joslin has used his songs to illustrate unsettling images of his turbulent environment and relied on literature to inform and direct his work. "Hey Mathematician" is no exception, themes of love and rebellion, in the context of a controlling society are key to both Russell’s 4th album and 'We' the seminal dystopian 1921 novel, and precursor to Orwell’s '1984', by Yevgeny Zamyatin, from which the album takes its name.

‘We’ tells the story of D 503, a man of numbers, subservient to the ‘One State’, who falls in love and eventually rebels against the totalitarian regime which confines him. The atmosphere of "Hey Mathematician", whilst having the contemporary world as it’s backdrop, owes a debt to the futuristic and troubled story of 'We' as Joslin paints a picture of love, sentimentality, fear and hope on the canvas of an increasingly anguished, digitised environment. The love expressed throughout the album is almost always that of Joslin and his Australian girlfriend Sarah McCaig, the couple are pictured on the album cover reflected in an East London puddle holding on to each other for dear life in industrial filth, to face the city’s storms as lovers and artists. Russell and Sarah, whilst having found an intense and soul defining love, pressured by the demands of the city and explored in dark love songs such as "Water For Blood", "The Cold Of The Night" and "Shackles", also represent city dwellers the world over, rudderless souls searching for romance, integrity and wonder in a system which seems increasingly intent on the distraction and domination of its Citizens.

Track 2 on the album, "Elevate Me (Smoke)" is an insubordinate, demanding letter to politicians in the wake of a 2nd Tory UK election victory, expressing disgust at the degrading state of English society compared with the comfort and connivance of the nation’s leaders. "Billy’s Funeral" is a poetic and thankful lament on a working life lived proudly and a love which endures in the face of the world’s realities. "Shipwreck" is a pained, fatalistic account of modern day anxiety alongside a message of defiance, whilst "We Are 40 Now" spits bile at an increasingly shallow, image conscious hipster culture within a financially corrupt and globalised London, "my tinder’s full of bearded lunatics, mincing round in 3 in H&M kits". If there are more traditional protest songs on the album then they lie with "If I Die A Tory" and "The Blocks Of St Lukes", whilst the 1st is self explanatory to anyone familiar with the UK’s conservative government, the latter is a tribute to Sam Hallam, jailed for 7 years in 2005, for a murder he did not commit, and indicative of tens of thousands of miscarriages of UK justice.

In contrast to the more produced, studio based band sound of Russell’s 2015 album "Harlequins", "Hey Mathematician" was conceived as a raw, live recording using the city’s top sessions players to fill out the songs. Preparation came in the form of Russell’s past 2 years of European touring, comprising over 150 live shows. It was recorded using vintage equipment, at the now defunct North London studio, The Cowshed. The album was mixed down to quarter inch tape by Ed Duggan at Gizzard studio, a Toe Rag Studio spin-off, using rare 50’s gear and the experienced ears of the no frills producer of rockabilly and garage punk. From there the album was taken to vinyl cutting living legend and loudness war rebel Noel Summerville for mastering. Summerville took control of the sound of the record once Russell was far beyond burnt out and added the conservative and considered polish it needed to entice the listener and celebrate its vast, carefully recorded dynamic range.

In "Hey Mathematician" Russell Joslin has created a personal folk album which truly speaks about its wider time and place, using the best of London’s assets to create the sound and modern society’s darkness for material.


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22.06.2017

Laura Nyro.....

Can you surry? Can you picnic? Laura Nyro, to use her own fanciful word, surried onto the scene 50 years ago with the release of her debut album "More Than A New Discovery". Its title was certainly apt. Throughout the course of her life, Nyro wrote and introduced some of the most beloved popular songs of all time with her singular fusion of pop, jazz, r'n'b, soul, broadway and folk sounds.

Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are proud to celebrate the golden anniversary of Laura Nyro’s debut with a landmark 2 CD collection. "A Little Magic, A Little Kindness: The Complete Mono Albums Collection" features, for the very 1st time on CD, both of Nyro’s original mono albums newly remastered by Vic Anesini at Sony’s Battery Studios from the original master tapes. "More Than A New Discovery", originally released on Verve Folkways in 1967, premiered the songs that Barbra Streisand, Blood Sweat & Tears and The 5th Dimension would all take up the charts, including “Stoney End”, “And When I Die”, “Blowin’ Away” and perhaps the most famous song Nyro ever wrote, “Wedding Bell Blues”.

This special edition restores the original album sequence and mono mix from the very first version of the album. In 1968, Nyro moved to Columbia Records for her most acclaimed album, "Eli & The Thirteenth Confession". Its songs were once again adopted by other artists such as Three Dog Night, Frankie Valli, and of course, The 5th Dimension. Featuring “Eli’s Comin’”, “Emmie”, “Sweet Blindness” and the era defining “Stoned Soul Picnic”, this ultra rare album, thought by many Nyro connoisseurs to be superior to the familiar stereo version, also makes its maiden appearance on CD. A handful of bonus tracks round out this special package, including the Bones Howe produced 'pop' version of “Save The Country” and the CD debuts of the Verve 'censored' single version of “Stoney End” and the single mix of “Eli’s Comin’”. The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese provides new liner notes, the crystal clear remastering is by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York. "A Little Magic, A Little Kindness: The Complete Mono Albums Collection" pays tribute to one of pop’s most enduring iconoclasts. It’s a soul picnic you won’t want to miss. Real Gone Music, July 7th, 2017.

 

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21.06.2017

Eagles Remasters.....


Bernie Leadon & Michael Georgiades' "Natural Progressions", Don Felder's "Airborne" and Randy Meisner's self-titled 1st solo album will all be remastered and released by Friday Music on July 7th, 2017.

 

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20.06.2017

Dusty Springfield.....

Having issued collections of her lost 1971 Jeff Barry produced sessions, "Faithful", and her entire 1970-1971 UK sessions, "Come For A Dream", they have made chronicling the hallowed early 70's period of Dusty Springfield’s career something of a mission at Real Gone Music. And they have saved what just might be the best for last, this collection brings together, for the first time ever, all of the historic recordings made by Dusty at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia with Gamble Huff Productions for Atlantic Records

The 17 selections cover the 10 1969 recordings issued on Springfield's 1970 album "A Brand New Me", including the hit title song, plus 7 additional tracks from 1970, including the single "I Wanna Be A Free Girl", outtakes not issued until the 1990's on various compilations, and a previously unreleased track, “Sweet Charlie”. Additionally, because former iterations of this material have not been sonically quite up to snuff, each track is newly remixed from the original multi track masters by noted Sigma Sound veteran Tom Moulton, under the supervision of legendary Gamble Huff producer writer Thom Bell, who worked on the original "Brand New Me" album and follow up sessions with "Dusty!". Liner notes by Joe Marchese and rare images from Dusty’s own collection complete this invaluable look at the seductive miss Springfield’s foray into the Philly Soul sound. Put this together with the other Real Gone Dusty retrospectives and you have the full picture of Dusty’s recordings from 1969-1971 that immediately followed her "Dusty In Memphis" pinnacle. July 7th, 2017.

 

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19.06.2017

Passerine.....

Passerine’s music occupies a zone somewhere between modern folk, progressive bluegrass, and what is loosely called americana. With original songs, as well as their own arrangements of traditional songs, Passerine carries on the living tradition of acoustic folk music rooted in popular experience, memory, and shared wisdom. They have found inspiration across a wide musical spectrum. From Woody Guthrie and Bill Monroe to Lucinda Williams and Old Crow Medicine Show, from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Cracker and the Black Keys, from the Carter Family and Hazel Dickens to Kate Wolf and Nanci Griffith. By combining diverse musical interests with instrumentation usually associated with a traditional string band, and with vocal harmonies that sometimes move outside the usual structures, Passerine has created a sound with a personality that is both familiar and unique, whether the song is a sweet ballad, a foot stomping bluegrass tune, or one of their more rocking originals.

The band was formed in 2009 by singer songwriter Carmela Pedicini and David Brain. Carmela had already established a substantial regional following with Radio Free Carmela & The Transmitters. Sara Stovall combines classical training with her western Kentucky roots to achieve great versatility across musical genres from punk and psychedelic rock to Passerine’s version of americana. Originally recruited only as a violinist in 2011, Sara has stretched her wings as a vocalist and a songwriter in her own right. Carmela, David and Sara quickly settled in as the core of the group. “Transmitter” Doug Conroy joined up in 2014, earning his Passerine wings on their 6,000 mile Northern Loon tour, with 23 shows in 25 days.

Passerine’s sound has continued to mature as they have toured extensively. The group released their first CD, “Another Song About A Bird”, in July 2012. Their 2nd, “Nest Of String”, was released a year later in 2013. They have just finished their 3rd full length CD, “Harbingers”. They have been featured performers and headliners at major festivals all over Florida. In 2015, they were selected as headliners for the Listening Room Festival in St Petersburg. They were voted Band Of The Year at the Deland Original Music Festival in 2012, and took home an award for Song Of The Year in 2011. In 2014, Passerine was among 3 bands voted Best Of Local Bands by the readers of SRQ Magazine, a notable achievement or an original folk band on a list of mostly rock bands active in the bar scene.

 

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18.06.2017

Beach Boys 1967.....

In recent years, we've seen comprehensive reissues of remastered mono and stereo versions of nearly every original Beach Boys album of the 60's. Any Beach Boys fan with insight into the group's massive output knows there are still some albums missing, for instance the much overlooked yet brilliant album of late 1967, "Wild Honey".

1967 turned out to be a particularly tumultous year in the Beach Boys' career. The previous year had ended on the brightest possible note when "Good Vibrations" hit #1 on both sides of the Atlantic and readers of England's highly influential magazine NME helped place The Beach Boys on the #1 spot as the worlds  greatest band, even before The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The Beach Boys returned to California from a triumphant tour of England to continue their vocal sessions with Brian Wilson, the band's undesputed leader and chief songwriter, who'd been a non touring member since late 1964. He stayed in Los Angeles, concentrating on songwriting and producing backing tracks to which the others added their vocals. The results showed throughout 1966 via classics like the "Pet Sounds" album and the above mentioned "Good Vibrations".

1967 was meant to be the year when Brian and The Beach Boys put out their crowning achievement, the album that was supposed to sement their reputation as The Beatles' chief rivals, "Smile". We all know that never happened.

In May 1967, after nearly a year of hard work, and with Wilson's mental health in decline, the "Smile" project was cancelled. The only outcome was the single "Heroes And Villains", and "Smiley Smile", an album consisting of bizarre, stripped down versions of "Smile" music, recorded at Wilson's home studio, the only place where The Beach Boys could expect contributions of any substance from Brian for the next couple of years. Though not a bad album, "Smiley Smile" couldn't live up to expectations. It was the first of many Beach Boys albums not to make the Top 20.

To make matters worse, The Beach Boys cancelled their main appearance of the year, namely the headline spot at Monterey Pop, the festival that changed the face of rock history litterarly over night.

In December 1967, only 3 months after "Smiley Smile", a new Beach Boys album appeared. "Wild Honey", also recorded at Wilson's home, displayed a surprisingly upbeat and focused group, with Brian's youngest brother Carl contributing some of his best ever vocals. His love for soul and r'n'b matched perfectly with the often raw and basic arrangements as can be heard on the album's opening track "Wild Honey", the group's cover of Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made To Love Her", and on future concert staple "Darling".

The Wild Honey album also marked a beginning of a new chapter in the Beach Boys career where Carl and the others showed surprising skills both as songwriters and producers.

On June 30th, 2017, Capitol Records will release "1967 Sunshine Tomorrow", a 65 track 2 CD set comprising new stereo mixes of the entire "Wild Honey" album, plus over 50 tracks taken from the "Smiley Smile" and "Wild Honey" recording sessions, and rehersal takes from "Laid In Hawaii", a planned but never released 1967 live album.

"1967 Sunshine Tomorrow" also contains the first ever on CD release of the band's cover versions of 2 of that year's most famous songs, The Box Tops' "The Letter" and The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends", previously only available on an early 80's compilation of "Beach Boys Rarities" that quickly disappeared from the market for legal reasons.

Also on June 30th, 2017, a 180 gram vinyl 50th anniversary edition of the "Wild Honey" album, featuring the new Mark Linett and Alan Boyd stereo mixes, will be released through Capitol/Universal Music.

 

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Willie Sings Bob.....

"Positively Bob : Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan"

01. The Times Are A’ Changin’
02. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
03. Blowin’ In The Wind
04. A Hard Rain’s A’ Gonna Fall
05. I Want You
06. Subterranean Homesick Blues
07. Love Minus Zero, No Limit
08. Every Grain Of Sand
09. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
10. Abandoned Love

June 23rd, 2017.


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16.06.2017

Purple Rain.....

NPG and Warner Bros have announced the release date for the long promised deluxe editions of Prince’s 1984 album “Purple Rain". The set will be available in deluxe and super deluxe editions on June 23rd, 2017, 33 years to the day after the original album’s release. The editions feature multiple previously unreleased songs from the era and the expanded edition includes the long unavailable concert film “Prince & The Revolution Live!” which was recorded in Syracuse, NY, in March 1985, near the end of the “Purple Rain” tour.

One previously unreleased song, the sultry “Electric Intercourse”, which was replaced on the original album by, and is stylistically similar to, “The Beautiful Ones”, is already available as an instant grat download as part of the pre-order. The song was previously available in live versions on bootlegs, but this studio version is new to even the most completist fans.

The 2 CD "Purple Rain" deluxe set includes the 2015 “Paisley Park Remaster” of the original tapes from the soundtrack, which was overseen by Prince. The 2nd disc, “From The Vault: Unreleased”, includes 11 previously unreleased songs from 1983 and 1984, including “Electric Intercourse”, “Possessed”, “Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden”, the instrumental “Father’s Song”, “We Can F**k”, a 10 minute version different from the one released on 1990’s “Graffiti Bridge”, and “Katrina’s Paper Dolls”.

The super deluxe edition includes a 3rd disc of singles and b-sides from the era, as well as the concert film.

 

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15.06.2017

Lynne Hanson.....

We all carry a little bit of weight on our shoulders, but being compelled toward songwriting is a welcome burden for Lynne Hanson. At 1st listen, her warm, gritty, boot stompin' music leads you through the southern USA, though Hanson hails from Ottawa, Canada. Her sound is born honestly through a lifetime of experience and influence, expressed through the rock, blues and roots that bleeds from her very being. With a liberal amount of Texas grit and a polished Nashville sensibility, Lynne's songs are familiar and comfortable, yet fearless and strong. She likes things a little rough around the edges, but her deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude. No matter what the song, there is a weight and a warmth to her expression.

In her brand new release, ”Uneven Ground”, produced by Winnipeg's Scott Nolan, Hanson explores the realm of giving sound advice through songwriting, and fighting back against the devil within us. Permeating the recording is a restrained intensity, elevated with a finger picked beat, beautiful piano accompaniments, dobro and wind instruments. "Working with Lynne was like chasing a train", says producer Nolan, and the album charges out of the gates with the electricity of "Carry Me Home", winding into down home roots ballads like "Stronger" and "Just For Now". The title track "Uneven Ground" is a full on blues assault, conjuring images a glamorous chanteuse stretched out in front of a baby grand in a smoky nightclub. "Counting Heartbeats" and "Every Honest Misstep" each have a unique, driving, rain on the windshield quality, with a pace that leans in on the gas just a bit. All together, ”Uneven Ground” is an authentic expression of Hanson's rustic style, brimming over with imagery and cleverly penned lyrics, and a crystal clear production. It steps proudly into the next generation of roots and blues music, while still respecting traditions.

Growing up in Ottawa, Canada, Hanson started playing guitar as a teenager, eventually working her way to her award winning debut, ”Things I Miss”, in 2006. 2 more albums quickly followed, ”Eleven Months” in 2008, and ”Once The Sun Goes Down” in 2010. Each new release garnered critical praise, earning Hanson a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2009, an invitation to the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, administered by the Ontario Arts Council. After a few years hiatus, Lynne Hanson returned with a new approach to songwriting, releasing her 4th studio album ”River Of Sand” in 2014 with producer Lynn Miles, a Juno award winning artist. ”River Of Sand” stands out as the creative output of the personal journey endured over her four year break, and saw her writing mature into a more intuitive and visceral style.

Lynne Hanson has toured across Canada, the US, Europe and the UK, either solo or with her band The Good Intentions. She's showcased in Austin, Phoenix and Memphis, toured in support of Grammy nominated artist Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert, and performed at the legendary 100 Club in London England and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to name a few.

 

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14.06.2017

Natalie Merchant.....

Nonesuch Records have announced the release of “The Natalie Merchant Collection” which will be a deluxe 10 CD box set compiled by Merchant herself and released on June 23rd, 2017. The discs include all 8 of her solo studio albums from the past 3 decades, a new studio set featuring 4 new songs and 6 reinterpreted selections from her catalog called “Butterfly” and a final disc featuring a collection of 15 rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017, including home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks and collaborations with artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm.

The package includes a 100 page lyric book and pictorial history of the singer songwriter’s solo career. To coincide with the release of the box set, Merchant will tour the US this summer with "Natalie Merchant - 3 Decades Of Song", performing songs from across her career. A portion of the tour’s proceeds will be donated to the environmental organization Food & Water Watch, which champions healthy food and clean water.

 

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13.06.2017

Joe Cocker.....

Joe Cocker : Mad Dog With Soul” is the definitive documentary on the great Sheffield soul and blues singer's life and 50 year career. It is the story of a rock music legend. As a former gas fitter who spent 6 years playing in Sheffield pubs, Joe Cocker then catapulted to a world of stardom following a spectacular appearance at Woodstock in 1969. This film explores the inner anguish which ironically caused his voice to sound so unique. BluRay and DVD, Eagle Rock Entertainment, June 23rd, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12.06.2017

TajMo.....

"TajMo" marks a timely convergence of the talents of 2 unique American artists who've already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory, Taj Mahal and Keb Mo. This collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that's firmly rooted in tradition, yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E, Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer's anthemic "Waiting On The World To Change". Decca Records, June 16th, 2017.

 

 

 

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11.06.2017

Joseph Eid.....

Americana singer songwriter Joseph Eid has been writing poetry and dreaming of a career in the arts as long as he can remember. He grew up in the suburbs of New York.  Raised in a strict and traditional home, the arts were only supported as a hobby and never as a career.  During his college years, Eid studied psychology and pre med.  After his first semester at med school, his dream got too big to hold and Eid made the bold choice of dropping out to move to New York City to pursue music. 

 While in New York, Joseph Eid picked up a guitar, joined a band, and the songs poured out of him like rain.  His journey then led to Los Angeles where he started playing regularly at open mic nights and showcases.  Shortly after, he began working with world renowned guitarist and songwriter, David Lamar, honing his songwriting at weekly showcases at the Stone Bar. This lead him to write over 30 new songs as well as record a debut EP, “Cardiac Output”,followed by a full length album, “Human“.

 Known as a dynamic solo performer Joseph Eid has brought his one man live show to many of Los Angeles’ premiere music venues, including stints at Room 5 and El Cid and residencies at The Stone Bar, Crane’s Hollywood Tavern, and Bar Lubitsch. He has also toured regionally as well as nationally, and has also enjoyed doing house concerts and corporate events. 

 Since the release of his “Human“ album, Joseph Eid has been garnering considerable buzz. He has been featured inAmerican Songwriter Magazine’s Best New Music column and was recently named as one of the 100 Hottest Live Unsigned Artists by Music Connection Magazine. His song “It’s Only Love” will be in a new Independent film starring Sharon Stone called 'A Little Something For Your Birthday'. His latest EP, “Watch It Fall”, will be released in the summer of 2017.

 

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10.06.2017

Matthew Sweet.....

Matthew Sweet will release a new studio album, "Tomorrow Forever", June 16th, 2016.  The 17 track long player is a follow-up to 2011’s "Modern Art", although he did issue "Under The Covers Vol 3" with Susannah Hoffs in between. You can preview the new single 'Trick' on Spotify right now, and the album can be pre-ordered on 2 LP and CD. "Tomorrow Forever" is the 1st album recorded after Sweet moved back to Nebraska, and features guests such as Rod Argent, the Bangles’ Debbie Peterson and Jayhawks’ frontman Gary Louris.

 

 


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09.06.2017

Eight Miles High.....

During an action packed Byrds tour of the UK in August 1965, ideas began to form in Gene Clark’s mind for a new song. After germinating for several weeks, he began to put his thoughts on paper during the band’s US tour in November 1965. Traveling from gig to gig, David Crosby’s cassettes of Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane provided the tour bus soundtrack. As Clark continued writing the song that would become ‘‘Eight Miles High’,’ this exotic music, especially Coltrane’s recordings, found their way into the composition. Juxtaposed against lyrical snapshots of London, like ‘rain grey town, known for its sound’, the modal melody created a striking contrast and summoned a surreal, flight like feeling. Despite Clark’s increasing isolation from the group, it was obvious that ‘‘Eight Miles High’’ was a work of major importance and the group promptly made plans to record it.

The band entered RCA Studios in Los Angeles on December 22nd, 1965, to track ‘‘Eight Miles High’’, along with a new Roger McGuinn and David Crosby song ‘‘Why’’. They had worked up an explosive arrangement for the Clark song, adding elements culled from their recent highway listening sessions. The Coltrane influence is especially evident in McGuinn’s electric twelve string solo, inspired by Coltrane’s free form sax lines on ‘‘India’.’ Shankar’s sitar work is reflected in Chris Hillman’s driving bass part, a hypnotic drone against which McGuinn’s guitar lines shine in high relief. This Eastern influence also emerges on the high energy ‘‘Why’’, with McGuinn creating a sitar like solo on his guitar, while employing non Western scales. Though not a conscious attempt, these songs were later sited as pioneering examples of raga rock, one of several innovative sub genres, along with folk rock and country rock that the band explored in their career.

Despite the unqualified artistic success of the RCA sessions, Columbia refused to release the tracks because they had not been recorded in a Columbia owned studio. The band dutifully re-recorded the 2 songs at Columbia Studios in Hollywood and these recordings were released as a single and later included in the "Fifth Dimension" album. However, the band was not fully satisfied with this 2nd attempt, believing that the RCA recordings were better. This special Sundazed release marks the first use of the recently located original mono mixdown masters. McGuinn has always felt that the 1st recordings of these songs were more spontaneous. And when asked about the RCA version of ‘‘Eight Miles High’’ Crosby declared, ‘‘It was a stunner, it was better, it was stronger. It was the way we wanted it to be’’. Sundazed Music, June 16th, 2017.

 

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08.06.2017

Cracked Actor.....

David Bowie's "Cracked Actor" is a previously unreleased live recording from Los Angels on September 5th, 1974, this was a pivotal gig in the transition between the 'Diamond Dogs' tour and the 'Philly Dogs' tour. Produced by David Bowie and mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, New York City, in October and November 2016. Originally released as a triple vinyl album for this years Record Store Day "Cracked Actor - Live In Los Angeles" will be available as limited edition 2CD digipak with a twelve page booklet featuring notes from the original L.A. Amphitheatre show programme and a contemporary piece about the LA ‘Philly Dogs’ shows from Rolling Stone's Richard Cromelin dated October 10th, 1974. Neither of these was featured in the vinyl package. "Cracked Actor" was the best selling vinyl album of Record Store Day 2017. June 16th, 2017.

 

 

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07.06.2017

Ad Vanderveen.....

At age 60 singer songwriter Ad Vanderveen realizes more than ever that writing is primarily a personal necessity, it’s between him and the universe and a small but devoted fan base are welcome to listen in. Vanderveen has been a musical adventurer for well over 4 decades, exploring and following his muse wherever it takes him.

This time this path led to acoustic improvisational songs with a contemplative mood and atmosphere.”Worlds Within” is an album of poetry and music in motion, in the sense that it consists of poems set to music with an improvisational approach. Some of the songs turned out like compact folk tunes, while others seem to lose track of time  and venture way beyond the usual 3 to 4 minute time span.

The lyrics have a personal and philosophical character and the music breathes a contemplative and mystical atmosphere, rooted in an earthy acoustic folk style. “These songs started out private and personal, as songs do, and together with some great musicians we made what you could call a record of contemporary folk with some jazz and classical overtones”. Ad Vanderveen has built up an impressive catalog of CD’s over the past decades. In 2017 this will be augmented by ”Worlds Within”, his 30th record release of new originals.


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06.06.2017

Jason Isbell.....

Jason Isbell's forthcoming album "The Nashville Sound" was recorded at Nashville's legendary RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb, who produced "Something More Than Free" and Isbell's celebrated 2013 breakthrough album "Southeastern". "The Nashville Sound" features 10 new songs that address a range of subjects that include, politics and cultural privilege, longing nostalgia, love and mortality, the toxic effect of today's pressures, the remnants of a break up and finding hope, and some songs find Jason and his bandmates going back to their rock roots full force. Thirty Tigers, June 16th, 2017.

 

 

 

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05.06.2017

The Magpie Salute.....

The Magpie Salute, Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, June 9th, 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment. The deeply soulful rock “Omission”, written by Robinson and vocalist John Hogg, is the album’s 1st single, with a video to be released shortly thereafter. Look for the band to launch a national headline tour starting July 26th in Indianapolis. In advance of the album’s release, The Magpie Salute issued a 10” vinyl 45 single of “Comin’ Home” and “Glad And Sorry” on Record Store Day, April 22nd

The Magpie Salute, driven by the magic of the reunited Robinson and Ford guitar team, features musicians who’ve played together for decades throughout various projects and share a truly deep musical bond. Joining Robinson, Ford and Pipien in the band are drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The group also boasts a fine cast of vocalists, including Robinson, Ford, lead singer John Hogg, former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen. There is wide open musical freedom on the band’s debut album, with half of the 10 songs coming in over 7 minutes in length, and the musicians’ wide-ranging roots are reflected in the diverse selections. They offer fresh takes of The Black Crowes’ “What Is Home” and “Wiser Time”, and interpret songs by Delaney & Bonnie, “Comin’ Home”, Bobby Hutcherson, “Goin’ Down South”, War, “War Drums”, Pink Floyd, “Fearless”, Faces, “Glad And Sorry”, Bob Marley, “Time Will Tell”, which The Black Crowes covered on their 2nd album, and the traditional “Ain’t No More Cane”.

 

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04.06.2017

Gov't Mule.....

Gov’t Mule have announced the release of their anticipated 10th studio album, "Revolution Come, Revolution Go" out June 9th, 2017, on Fantasy Records. Steeped in the roots and mystique of rock, blues, soul, jazz and country, "Revolution Come, Revolution Go" enriches Gov’t Mule’s distinguished legacy with cleverly crafted songs, intelligent and timely lyrical commentary, and downright incendiary playing, while the depth and breadth of the band’s stunning songwriting is displayed with full force.

 

 

 

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03.06.2017

Kaurna Cronin.....

"Euphoria, Delirium & Loneliness” is the 4th studio album from 24 year old, multi award winning, Australian singer, songwriter and folk rocker Kaurna Cronin, whose music combines folk, acoustic, pop, rock and indie. With a strong emphasis on grand story telling Kaurna creates a unique blend of narrative style folk songs coupled with group harmonies, catchy hooks and energetic folk jams, which have won him accolades and audiences all over the world. Being named as 'Artist Of The Year' by Folk Alliance Australia in 2015, awarded the prestigious APRA AMCOS 'Emily Burrows Award' and 'Best Acoustic Act' at Fowler's Live Awards are only a few of his notable achievements, along with a long list of national and international festival performances.

Growing up amongst the Australian folk festival circuit with his family and listening to the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young and Paul Kelly, Kaurna began to write and perform songs on streets all over Australia and Europe. Kaurna Cronin, the son of a professional clown, grew up first developing circus skills with a dream to entertain. He now harnesses a natural ability to engage and inspire crowds internationally. In the past years Australian songsmith Kaurna Cronin has performed in venues, on street corners and festivals worldwide, performing alongside artists such as Keith Urban, Michael Franti, Robert Forster, John McCutcheon, Colin Hay from Men At Work and Roscoe James-Irwin (Cat Empire). ”Euphoria, Delirium & Loneliness” is a varied and poetic collection of moods, ideas and tales craftily pieced together by Kaurna and band. The songs, reminiscent of a life on the wide open road and the 3 most reoccurring emotions encountered throughout his lifelong musical journey, ”Euphoria, Delirium & Loneliness”.


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02.06.2017

Glen Campbell.....

6 years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell, who’s currently in the final stages of the disease, is releasing his final studio album on June 9, 2017. Titled "Adiós", the album was recorded in Nashville following the 80 year old country legend’s diagnosis and subsequent “Goodbye Tour”, the singer’s wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell, shares in the album’s emotional liner notes. “Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011”, she writes. “A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never”.Kim shares the inspiration to record the album was sparked after the couple spent an afternoon with Carl Jackson, Glen’s longtime banjo player and a mutual friend who set up the pair on their first date more than 3 decades ago.

“We reminisced about all of the songs that Glen had always wanted to record, but had never gotten around to”,continues Kim. “Carl laid down some basic tracks and vocals for Glen to study and practice in preparation for his final session”. Though the recording sessions were heartbreaking at times because of the singer’s struggles with dementia, “Glen was barely able to remember the words that he was singing at times. Carl held up sheets of paper with large print lyrics and fed them to him one line at a time”, Kim says, the 'Rhinestone Cowboy' singer was clearly ecstatic about being in the studio. To give the record polish and charm, Jackson and Kim enlisted stars like Willie Nelson and Vince Gill to add to the album, and the couple’s children, Ashley, Shannon and Cal, also stepped into the recording booth to boost the vocals behind their father’s voice. “All of the laughing, crying, and we laughed much more than we cried, and singing were certainly bittersweet, but more than worthwhile when listening back to the finished album today”, writes Kim. “What you’re hearing is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised and entertained them for decades, giving him the chance to say one last goodbye to his fans”.

 

King Crimson.....

King Crimson are to release an EP featuring their version of David Bowie's "Heroes" recorded in Berlin during the band’s 2016 European tour. The tracklist for the gatefold CD EP is :

01. Heroes 
02. Easy Money 
03. Starless (edit)
04. The Hell Hounds Of Krim 
05. Heroes (radio edit)

"Heroes - Live In Europe 2016" is set for release today, June 2nd, 2017.

 

 

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01.06.2017

Ryan Adams.....

Ryan Adams recently released a new box set, “Prisoner : End Of The World”, and it features 17 previously unreleased b-sides. Fans needn’t buy the boxset to hear these b-sides, as they appear to have surfaced online. Track titles include ‘What If We’re Wrong’, ‘Are You Home?’, ‘It Will Never Be The Same’ and ‘Hanging On To Hope’, hinting that many of the songs were inspired by Adams’ split with his ex-wife Mandy Moore. The boxset also features 12 7" records and 2D action figures of Adams and his bandmates.

Adams recently spoke about how writing the record helped him recover through the trauma of death and divorce. “For me, the big shadow illuminating things for fans will be that this record is directly related to my divorce, and to what was going on inside me, how I endured it and where I was in my emotions at that time, and they wouldn’t be wrong. I didn’t want to make a mistake and avoid it. I believe in art, and it sounds so stupid, but I think it’s more stupid to pretend that things aren’t happening to you and write some bland fucking useless bullshit”.

 

Folk Songs.....

When Nonesuch Records celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, with festivals at London's Barbican Centre and New York's Brooklyn Academy Of Music, Kronos Quartet joined forces with four labelmates, Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens and Natalie Merchant, to perform a concert entitled "Folk Songs".

The group later recorded the songs, most of which are traditional with contemporary arrangements, with Doug Petty as the album's producer. In addition, the album includes the instrumental "Last Kind Words" by Geeshie Wiley. For more than 40 years, San Francisco's Kronos Quartet, David Harrington and John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello), has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagine the string quartet experience.

In the process, Kronos has become one of the world's most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world's most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning more than 900 works and arrangements for string quartet. Nonesuch Records, June 9th, 2016.

 

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31.05.2017

Buckingham McVie.....

Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie will release their 1st album as a duo, "Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie", June 9th, 2017, via Atlantic Records. The album will be available digitally, as well as on CD and vinyl. The first single, "In My World", is online now on all digital and streaming services. Buckingham and McVie will also embark on a North American tour this summer, starting June 21st in Atlanta and wrapping July 27th in Denver. The longtime collaborators rekindled their working relationship in 2014 when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for their 2014 'On With The Show' tour. The pair recorded the LP at Village Studios in Los Angeles, where Fleetwood Mac also made several albums, including "Tusk". Buckingham and McVie tapped bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie to serve as the rhythm section for much of the album.

 

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30.05.2017

Ani DiFranco.....

Righteous Babe Records and singer songwriter activist Ani DiFranco announce her 20th studio album "Binary", set for a June 9th, 2017, release. With "Binary", the iconic singer, songwriter, activist, poet, DIY trendsetter returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than 25 years ago. One of the 1st artists to create her own label in 1990, she has been recognized among the feminist pantheon for her entrepreneurship, social activism, and outspoken political lyrics. At a time of global chaos and confusion, DiFranco is kicking ass and taking names, with a set of songs offering a wide range of perspective and musical scope. European fans can pre-order the album now and exclusively in CD, and vinyl formats from Ani DiFranco's PledgeMusic campaign page. Pledgers who pre-order the album will receive 3 instant gratification tracks and access to exclusive artist updates and bonus content. Fans will also be able to order special memorabilia including lyric books, t-shirts, screen printed posters, totes, socks, signed guitars, and art prints. The album will also be available from the merch stand on Ani’s European tour dates and digitally from all the major streaming and download services continent wide.

Written prior to the 2016 election, the songs on "Binary" are prescient of the current political situation in America. Ani tackles the challenge and necessity of teaching non violence with “Pacifist’s Lament” and the need for empathy in “Terrifying Sight”. “Play God”, a rallying cry for reproductive rights, is currently playing out in congress. And on the title track, DiFranco reveals the larger meaning of the album. “This binary principle is echoed throughout our bodies“, Ani notes. “With one ear, we hear, but only with 2 ears can we perceive the full spectrum of depth and position. This idea that refuses now to let me go, that nothing can truly exist except in relationship with something else, is where this song and this album are coming from”. The backbone of "Binary’s" sound is DiFranco’s long time rhythm section of bassist Todd Sickafoose and drummer Terence Higgins, but on much of the album, the trio is augmented with some all star guests. Virtuoso violinist Jenny Scheinman and keyboard wizard Ivan Neville both join in for more than half of the record. Other contributors include the legendary Maceo Parker, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Gail Ann Dorsey, longtime bassist for David Bowie. New Orleans resident DiFranco takes special pride in the Crescent City funk spearheaded by natives Higgins and Neville on a number of the tunes. “Their souls are of this place”, she says. “The feel they bring is something they got in utero”. When it came time to mix Ani turned things over to Tchad Blake, the result a bold sonic imprint elevating the songs to a new level in her canon.

"Binary" represents the 1st album release from a European joint venture between Aveline Records and Righteous Babe Records. The Aveline Records label was established in the UK in 2016 by the triumvirate of long time Righteous Babe European representative Ian Blackaby, Lizzie Evans of Evans Above PR and Immy Doman co-founder of the legendary Green Note venue in London's Camden town. DiFranco spent much of 2016 on the "Vote Dammit" tour, driving home the need to get out the vote for the local, congressional and presidential elections. In the days following, fans turned to her for guidance with renewed earnestness, anxious to hear music and wisdom from the longtime activist. Ani encouraged fans to take political action and did the same herself, participating in the Women’s March on Washington and performing at the official Women’s March after party benefiting Planned Parenthood with The National and Sleater Kinney.  Ani will be honored with this year's Independent Icon Award at the American Association of Independent Music's Libera Awards ceremony in June. She will be performing in Europe this summer for the first time since 2014, including appearances at Glastonbury Festival and the London Palladium.


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29.05.2017

Roger Waters.....

Roger Waters will put out "Is This The Life We Really Want?", the Pink Floyd co-founder's 1st album since 1992's "Amused To Death", on June 2nd, 2017. Nigel Godrich produced and mixed the album, which includes 12 new songs that, according to a press release, contain 'unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times'. "I've only ever written about one thing in my life, which is the fact that we as human beings have a responsibility to one another", singer says. The album will come out as a 180 gram vinyl LP, on CD and digitally.

In addition to Waters, who sings, plays bass and acoustic guitar on the album, the musicians include Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Mannning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards) and Lucius (vocals) with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Although Waters has been tight lipped about the album's contents, he said in February that he has drawn inspiration from the antipathy he feels toward the Trump administration, as well as a dramatic radio play he had been writing before working on the LP about a man and his granddaughter investigating why children were being killed in faraway lands. "2 or 3 of the songs from that idea are on this album", he said. "Nigel Godrich persuaded me that for the purposes of a rock'n' roll record, which is what this is, he felt my theatrical idea, I'd written the whole thing as a radio play, was less than ideal".

They reworked some of Waters' ideas, though the singer-songwriter also looked outward for inspiration. The "Is This The Life" tune "Wait For Her" was inspired by an English translation of "Lesson From The Kama Sutra" by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The album will come out shortly into Waters' upcoming "Us + Them" North American tour, which kicks off May 26th in Kansas City, Missouri. Gigs at arenas around the US and Canada run through October 28th, when the tour wraps in Vancouver. Waters said that the tour's concept will be built around his album title. "I will be making the point that we're living the life that we don't really want to live", he said. But it also ties into the tour moniker, which comes from the "Dark Side Of The Moon" track of the same name. "I like to think that people would still like to live in a world where we might address the problems of climate change, where we might understand that if we empathize with others, it makes us feel happier", he said. "Maybe we should start looking at happiness indexes rather than if we win and lose. And if we do that, then we may start to understand that the idea of 'us' and 'them' is actually an illusion".

 

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28.05.2017

Robert Lamm.....

If you know “Saturday In The Park”, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is”, “Beginnings”, and “Get Away”, and who doesn’t?, you know the work of Robert Lamm.  Yet what you might not know is that the founding member of Chicago has also had a flourishing solo career in which he’s been able to explore new sonic avenues free from the shadow of his famous, and still busy, band. 

On June 2nd, 2017, Omnivore Recordings will collect some of the best of this World class songwriter and musician’s solo work on "Time Chill: A Retrospective." This first ever solo collection for Robert Lamm, the solo artist, brings together 15 tracks, 5 of which are previously unreleased, drawn from his diverse recordings beginning in 1999. Prior to that, Lamm released 2 fine solo LP's, 1974’s "Skinny Boy" and 1993’s "Life Is Good In My Neighborhood".

One track has been culled from his beautiful collaboration with America’s Gerry Beckley and the late Beach Boy, Carl Wilson, as Beckley Lamm Wilson, among the other highlights, you’ll find a previously unheard cover of Bobby Hebb’s timeless “Sunny”, and a solo re-interpretation and remix of Chicago’s classic “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is”. Lamm has written new track by track liner notes for this compendium, which promises to be a fresh and exciting release from one of the rock era’s most enduring and socially conscious songwriters.

 

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27.05.2017

Rita Coolidge.....

Effortlessly blending pop, country, blues, soul, gospel, and rock, Rita Coolidge is one of the great female singer songwriters of our time, but crucial parts of her recorded legacy have remained fallow in the CD era. Now, Real Gone Music is releasing "Beautiful Evening - Live In Japan", an extremely rare 1980 concert album that was originally released on LP only in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. This album captures Rita Coolidge at the height of her powers and international popularity, with a crack band featuring Booker T Jones, Michael Warren, Salvatore Guglielmi, Mike Utley, Richard Adelman, Phyllis Battell and Carlena Williams. The set list is just killer, with big hits from throughout her career. And for an encore, we have rounded up 5 studio tracks issued on various Japanese singles and albums that have never before surfaced in the US. Worldwide CD debut and first US release of any kind, featuring notes by Joe Marchese with quotes from 'The Delta Lady' herself. Real Gone Music, June 2nd, 2017.

 

 

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26.05.2017

Sandra Marielle.....

"Welcome to my music. Every given moment of playing with my fellow musicians, performing and communicating with music is precious to me. If I somehow touch peoples hearts, get you to forget about all your troubles for a while, connect, get you to move to the music, sing along, clap your hands or just sit and listen and contemplate, then my job as an artist is done and I feel fulfilled. My goal with music is to reach out to people, touch peoples hearts, express myself, try to make a change and have an impact on people and on society. I always give it all I've got in in the studio, live on stage, unplugged or with a full band. Welcome into my world of my music." ~ Sandra Marielle

 

 

 


 

 

 

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25.05.2017

Mavis Staples.....

This historic, all star concert, featuring over 20 performances, spanning many genres by artists including Gregg Allman, Arcade Fire, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy and many, many more. Filmed at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theatre, this performance was a once in a lifetime event, bringing some of the biggest names in music together to honor Mavis Staples.

Throughout an unparalleled career that spans over 6 decades, Staples’ soulful songs of justice and equality have become a soundtrack for the civil rights movement, and inspired multiple generations of artists. In addition to the performances, "I’ll Take You There" includes exclusive interviews with many of the artists, exploring Staples’ cultural and musical impact. The deluxe edition includes 6 extra songs plus a DVD of the entire Concert, including 2 songs not included in the broadcast version. Captured and presented in stunning HD quality with true Dolby 5.1 surround stereo, the full length concert film and available audio recording spans Mavis career from her beginnings at Stax Records, all the way through her recent work with Jeff Tweedy and Ry Cooder.

The collection features music from across Mavis’ legendary career from the earliest Staples Singers songs, through massive hits from their Stax heyday, to her recent career resurgence with producers like Jeff Tweedy and Ry Cooder. Includes hits like “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” and transcendent covers like The Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” and Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready”. Blackbird Productions, June 2nd, 2017.

 

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24.05.2017

June Star.....

"Sleeping With The Lights On" by June Star, June 2nd, 2017. Andrew Grimm: guitars, banjo, bass, harmonica, percussion, vocals. Andy Bopp: guitars, bass, percussion, backing vocals. Kurt Celtnieks: drums, percussion, backing vocals.  Special helpers: J Robbins: organ. Ellen Cherry: backing vocals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23.05.2017

Lynn Castle.....

In the 1960's Lynn Castle became the first lady barber in L.A. just as long hair on men became hip. By day she was styling The Monkees, Boyce & Hart, Del Shannon, Sonny & Cher, The Byrds and countless others, and by night she was writing songs. Despite lacking the desire to self promote and a crippling insecurity that made it hard to sing in front of anyone, her songs managed to bend the ears of such industry heavyweights as Phil Spector, Jack Nitzsche and Lee Hazlewood.

“It was so hard to get me to sing”, explained Castle. “I had buried it so low, I didn’t think I was good at all. Lee heard my songs and thought I was fabulous. He said, ‘Oh my god, you’re really good! Let’s cut a record’."

Her sole 1967 7", “The Lady Barber/Rose Colored Corner”, released on Lee Hazlewood Industries is a slice of psychedelic pop heaven. A full length album was never completed, but her sparse demos with Jack Nitzsche give the listener a peek of what one might have sounded like. If you are familiar with Nitzsche’s mid 60's work with Tim Buckley, Bob Lind and Buffalo Springfield, you can squint your ears and imagine her songs bejeweled with lush strings, finger cymbals, and delicate harpsichord. Instead, the songs remained unheard until now.

For the first time ever Lynn is sharing recordings from her personal archive and telling her story.....

Light In The Attic Records, June 2nd, 2017.

 

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22.05.2017

Alex Lopez.....

Bluesman Alex Lopez’ driving blues style is delivered through a collection of infectious songs in his album “Is it a Lie”.This album features a vintage classic rock sound, along with the blistering guitar work of this rising blues artist. From the explosive opening track, “Can’t Hide Your Love”, to the closing emotional acoustic ballad, “The Night is Closing In”,every song captures your attention. “Sing The Blues” is as classic a blues song as you will hear, and “Company Man” is an all out rocker that will have your body moving. And with “Smile At Me”, Alex is sure to have the hit song you will remember. Alex is a soulful vocalist and his songs have melodies that stay with you like any carefully crafted catchy pop song. “Is it a Lie” is indeed an album with a fresh new sound, redefining and stretching the blues.  

 

 

 

 

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21.05.2017

Kris & Rita.....

It is mighty, mighty hard to believe, but this famed duets album, which went to #1 on the country charts and #26 on the pop charts, has never been issued on CD outside of Japan, and even there only in the late 90's on a limited run.

This was a love album par excellence, as the 2 stars had just gotten married weeks prior to the album’s release in 1973. interestingly, though Kris Kristofferson, fresh from recording his country chart-topper “Why Me”, was the bigger star at the time, "Full Moon" really played to Rita Coolidge’s strengths, as it was produced by her long time producer David Anderle and set its songs in a higher key more suited to her dreamy vocals.

The album scored a huge hit with Kristofferson’s “A Song I’d Like To Sing”, and followed that up with a smash version of Tom Jans’ “Loving Arms”, the duo’s rendition of Kristofferson’s “From The Bottle To The Bottom” also won a Grammy for 'Best Country Vocal Performance By Duo Or Group'. In short, "Full Moon" was, and is, a stone cold classic, and this re-issue not only features notes by Joe Marchese featuring quotes from Rita Coolidge herself, but also adds a no less than 6 unreleased tracks from the A&M vaults, including a Kris & Rita duet from the album sessions and 5 more Rita solo recordings from the period. Real Gone Music, June 2nd 2017.

 

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20.05.2017

Aaron English.....

Seattle based piano man Aaron English has been steadily building a buzz in the US, thanks to 4 self released albums and regular touring throughout the US as a solo artist and with The Aaron English Band. In 2012, Aaron scored a Top 5 Italian radio hit in Italy with an epic medley reinvention of The Beatles' and Led Zeppelin's classics "Norwegian Wood" and "Kashmir".

Also in 2012, Aaron formed the side project Boombox Séance with Baltimore singer songwriter Victoria Vox. After writing and touring together in the summer and fall of 2012, they released the album ”Boombox Séance”, produced by Geoff Stanfield, in March 2013. In 2015, Aaron spent 2 music filled months as a record producer, songwriter, performer in East Africa, where he founded International Youth Music Project, a charity that supports music programs at orphanages.

In 2017, Aaron began a four month tour of Europe to promote his solo album ”American [Fever] Dream”. Aaron is currently releasing a new single and video each month, a project that will culminate in a new album release at the end of 2017.

 

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19.05.2017

Jesse Ed Davis.....

Throughout the 60's and 70's, native american guitarist Jesse Ed Davis was the go to sideman for a remarkable group of musicians. Starting in the mid 60's, he toured with Conway Twitty, then become a key part of Taj Mahal’s band, playing on several albums and tours, including an appearance on "The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus" and his historic pairing with Leon Russell to play on Bob Dylan’s “Watching The River Flow” at the "Concert For Bangla Desh", after which he accompanied George Harrison.

By now, he’d caught the eye of Atco Records, which released his debut LP "Jesse Davis" in 1971, featuring Russell, Eric Clapton, Gram Parsons, Merry Clayton, Ben Sidran, John Simon, Alan White, and many others, including Delaney Bramlett behind the mixing desk. A year later, Atco released "Ululu" containing some of the same all stars, plus Duck Dunn, Jim Keltner, and Dr John, and a version of George Harrison’s “Sue Me, Sue You Blues” before even George recorded it. Next up, Jesse become John Lennon’s guitarist on "Walls And Bridges" and "Rock 'N' Roll", plus Harrison’s "Extra Texture" and Ringo Starr’s "Goodnight Vienna". Davis also produced and played on Gene Clark’s 1971 album "White Light" and appeared on Clark’s "No Other", Leonard Cohen’s "Death Of A Ladies’ Man", and that’s Jesse taking the solo on Jackson Browne’s 1972 breakout hit “Doctor My Eyes”.

Despite his status as one of the all time great session guitarists, Jesse Ed Davis’s solo LP's have been out of print for years and hard to find on CD, so for the very first time, the best of the Atco material has been collected together, coupled with some unreleased gems from the Atlantic Records vault. Real Gone Music proudly presents "Jesse Ed Davis : Red Dirt Boogie - The Atco Recordings 1970-1972", a 19-track collection featuring liner notes by Pat Thomas that trace the ups and downs of this supremely talented musician whose life ended tragically at the age of 43 from a drug overdose. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as Davis is featured in a new documentary that debuted at Sundance a few months ago: "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World",  including Robbie Robertson and John Trudell. June 2nd, 2017.

 

Peter Cetera.....

It’s hard to believe that only in 2017 will collectors have the 1st proper collection of solo works by Peter Cetera, but today, on May 19th, 2017, Varese Sarabande is doing just that. For more than 2 decades, Cetera was a solid fixture of popular American music. As bassist and one of several vocalists in progressive rock jazz combo Chicago, his soaring voice powered a fair amount of the group’s horn filled # 10 hits, including “25 Or 6 To 4”, “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”, “Just You 'N’ Me” and the international chart topper “If You Leave Me Now”. After a prolonged cool streak in the late 70's as disco moved to the forefront, Cetera was front and center as the group retooled into a soft rock hits machine alongside producer David Foster, with Cetera leading on the # 1 hit “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” plus “Hard Habit to Break”, “You’re The Inspiration” and more.

While Cetera had only fleetingly chased a solo career during this time, a 1981 self titled solo album released not long after Chicago signed with Warner Bros, the Foster era made him take a 2nd look, much to the chagrin of his bandmates, who turned down an offer for Cetera to record on his own, like Phil Collins did when not with Genesis. He departed Chicago in the summer of 1985, and a year later released his 1st solo hit, “Glory Of Love”, the heartfelt ballad from the film 'The Karate Kid Part II'. It topped the Billboard Hot 100, as did the next song from his solo project "Solitude/Solitaire". “The Next Time I Fall” was a Bobby Caldwell co-penned duet with Amy Grant. 2 more singles reached the # 10 of the pop charts, another pop song for a film, “After All”, a duet with Cher from the film 'Chances Are', and “One Good Woman”, from the 1988 album "One More Story". 3 singles from 1992’s "World Falling Down", his final effort for WarnerBros, did hit the # 10 of the adult contemporary charts, with “Restless Heart” reaching the top of that survey.

While indie label River North Records issued "You’re The Inspiration: A Collection" in 1997, featuring Cetera’s hit duets and re-recordings of Chicago material, Varese’s "The Very Best Of Peter Cetera" is the 1st collection to include all the hits from his Warner Bros albums, many of which are presented in their original single edit and mix versions, including Japan only single “Stay With Me”, from the country’s fairy tale film "Princess From the Moon", making this a must own for those who want to remember Cetera’s smooth sound as it was heard on radio through the 80's and 90's.

 

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18.05.2017

Gus McKay.....

Gus McKay is a successful songwriter and musician after almost 20 years as a seasoned recording artist and performer. He sings and writes all his own material, plays guitar, blues harmonica and more recently tenor saxophone, while also performing in a number of bands and as a solo artist in his home town of Fremantle, WA. His earthy style of music is sage like, but still in step, and finding it’s own niche around the world , within the modern blues idiom. Inspiration flows constantly ,as he bases himself in the country, finding solace on the road and peace in the bush. Weekends are spent away, playing music in the city.

Talisman” is his latest release and possibly his best work to date. It has 10 new songs at 39 minutes length and is available on CD and vinyl, featuring strings, horns and an eclectic list of instrumentation. After almost 20 years, Gus McKay can now to be regarded as a seasoned recording artist, performer and producer with his output released on his own RPM label. He sings and writes all his own material, plays guitar, blues harmonica and more recently tenor saxophone ,while also performing in a number of bands and touring as solo artist in eastern Australia and performing in his home town  of Fremantle, WA.

His earthy style of music has a sage like bonhomie. With his undeniable roots to the land and nature. A farmer and stock man most of his life, but now a fulltime musician, he’s devoting his time to carving out his own niche on the world stage. Already having 454,000 plays on one streaming site alone, this free promotion , has attracted many fans and influencers willing to share his music with others on social media.

Talisman” is his 5th album, and possibly his best work to date. The album consists of 10 new songs, a shout out in the modern blues idiom. His musical influences are many and varied. Artists he cites as inspiration are the likes of Chris Whitley , David Crosby, Donald Fagen, Little Walter, Freddie King, Howling Wolf, just to name a few.


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17.05.2017

Dan Auerbach.....

Dan Auerbach has been abducted by aliens to compete in intergalactic demolition derbies. Prior, we have to assume, to Auerbach's abduction, the prolific producer and Black Keys guitarist and singer completed his newest solo album, "Waiting On A Song". You can listen to "Shine On Me", the bright and sweet first single from the new album, his last solo effort, "Keep It Hid", was released in 2009, and see the lighthearted abduction recreated in an animated dramatization.

While you watch Auerbach compete and win, to the cheers of 3 eyed aliens, you may hear something quite familiar in those guitars, Mark Knopfler. Auerbach tell us that while he was mixing "Shine On Me", he "could hear Mark Knopfler in his mind. He'd never met him before, but decided to call him anyway, to see if he would add a guitar part to it. He gave him no instructions, just told him to do whatever he felt. He sent it back 2 days later with that rhythm guitar part on it and it was perfect. And that guitar sound couldn't be mistaken for anyone else. He's so grateful for his contribution". "Waiting On A Song" is out June 2nd, 2017, on Auerbach's new label, Easy Eye Sound, which shares a name with his Nashville recording studio.

 

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16.05.2017

Elliott Murphy.....

Elliott Murphy’s 35th album, ”Prodigal Son”, will be released on May 19th, 2017, in Europe and the US. ”Prodigal Son” is Elliott’s 1st album of all new original songs in over 3 years and marks a daring step forward in both musical and lyrical terms from one of the most original and classic American rock singer songwriters.

Prodigal Son” was recorded in Paris’ Question de Son Studio where artists such as Beck and Kanye West have worked. Elliott is backed by his longtime backing band The Normandy All Stars, Alan Fatras, Laurent Pardo and guitar virtuoso Olivier Durand. Sadly, Laurent Pardo passed away just after the album was completed and in Elliott’s liner notes there is a heartfelt dedication.

Prodigal Son” was produced, mixed and arranged by Elliott’s son Gaspard Murphy, an outstanding producer in his own right and features Leon Russell-like keyboard work by Leo Cotton and violin playing by Melissa Cox and the lap steel of Philippe Almosnino. ”Prodigal Son” was conceived and written with the idea of incorporating a gospel choir and the blend of these soaring voices along with Murphy’s own on tracks such as ’Wit’s End’ is nothing less then monumental.

Highlights from ”Prodigal Son” include the anthem ’Chelsea Boots’, the poignant love song ’Let Me In’, and the touching story of a young girls coming of age ’Hey Little Sister’. The album ends with Elliott Murphy’s longest song to date ’Absalom, Davy & Jacky O’, both biblical and tarantinoish, that clocks in at just over 11 minutes.

Following the release of the film ”The Second Act Of Elliott Murphy”, featuring interviews with Bruce Springsteen (“I don’t think he’s ever written a bad song”) and Billy Joel (“I thought he was good as soon as I saw him”), ”Prodigal Son”, available on CD and vinyl , will surely go down as one of the amazing highlights of a storied musical career that began with ”Aquashow” in 1973.


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15.05.2017

Sgt Peppers At 50.....

To mark the 50th anniversary of the album hailed as the greatest of all time, The Beatles have announced the expanded reissue of their groundbreaking 1967 album, "Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band", due for release on May 26th, 2017. Coming in several versions, a standalone CD, a deluxe 2CD edition, a deluxe 180g 2 LP edition and a sumptuous super deluxe 4CD+Blu-ray+DVD edition, this reissue opens the vaults for an unprecedented look at the making of one of the group’s classic albums, and also boasts a fully remixed stereo version of the original album, made by Giles Martin and Sam Okell and sourced from the original 4 track tapes that Sir George Martin made with The Beatles.

With 34 previously unreleased recordings seeing the light of day on the super deluxe box set, this reissue charts exactly what happened in the studio when John, Paul, George and Ringo, with producer George Martin, set about creating a masterpiece that would change the world. In his introduction to the 144 page hardback book that also comes in the super deluxe box set, Paul McCartney marvels, “It’s crazy to think that, 50 years later, we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art”.

But is it really so crazy? After all, "Sgt Pepper's" broke new ground in every way possible when it was released on June 1at, 1967, from its iconic pop art album cover, designed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, and presented in a glorious lenticular for the super deluxe box set, down to its innovative recording techniques, resulting in new sounds that no one had ever heard before, including some of the group’s most beloved songs, "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "A Day In The Life".

Also borne of the sessions were "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane", which were issued together as a standalone single in February 1967 and were released as a 7” single on  'Record Store Day'. Taken together, these reissues set the scene for a full celebration of 1967’s 'Summer Of Love'. As Ringo Starr says, “Sgt Pepper" seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and really go for it”.

Or, as The Beatles are also putting it, “It’s getting better all the time”.

 

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14.05.2017

Born 53.....

Stockholm based Born 53 are releasing ”A Talent Unrecognized”, May 19th, 2017, the band’s 5th album since 2005.

After 2012’s ”Theving In The Alley”, entirely devoted to interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, the focus is back on band members Anders Lindh and Hans Birkholz originals, 7 and 3 respectively. The collection is also graced by one Dylan song, ‘Forgetful Heart’ and one from Paddy MacAloon, ‘Devil Came A-Callin’.

Over the years, Born 53 has developed its own style, rooted in blues, with a mixture of various pop, rock and folk influences from different parts of the world, here noticeable in ‘Forgetful Heart’, played as a Finnish tango, with fado tinted vocals by Åsa Källén-Lindh. ‘Devil Come A-Callin’ has a South American feel, courtesy of Hans Birkholz’s charango, a Bolivian string instrument. The opening track, Lindh’s ‘Looking For Marie Jones’ sounds straight out of the 70’s British folk boom, while ‘Forgive’ is best described as world music.

Birkholz’s 3 instrumentals explores landscapes, developed from blues techniques that seem to travel back to its African roots in ‘The Spin’ and ‘The Trail’.

As usual, Lindh has taken good care of his lyrics, this time perhaps a little more personal than before, ‘Crimson Red & Aqua Blue’ is a love song with an edge of mortality, and ‘Morning Song’ is an ode to a love crossing boundaries of various kinds. ‘The Great Liberator’, on the other hand, find’s Lindh at his satirical best. ”I wrote it a couple of years ago”, he says, ”thinking metaphorically, imagining a slick, sophisticated usurper of our minds, but then we got Trump”.

And as for the title song, ‘A Talent Unrecognized’, Lindh writes :

”When I saw Jesus on the cross, I was well advised, maybe lucky is a fella, with a talent unrecognized”.


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13.05.2017

Long Strange Trip.....

The soundtrack to director Amir Bar Lev’s Grateful Dead documentary "Long Strange Trip" will be made available as a 2 CD set on May 26th, 2017, as well as an Amazon exclusive 3 disc collection. The film will also debut theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on May 26th, as the soundtrack, co-produced by Dead archivist David Lemieux and Bar Lev, includes many of the Dead’s greatest studio recordings as well as live cuts from Barton Hall 1977 and previously unreleased tracks like the February 14th, 1970, “Dark Star” and “Dear Mr Fantasy” > “Hey Jude” from July 2nd, 1989

The Amazon exclusive version will add 9 additional tracks spanning massive improvisational highlights in tunes like “Eyes Of The World” from August 6th, 1974, as well as “Stella Blue” from July 5th, 1981 and “The Days Between” from October 18th, 1994. The 2 CD version will also be made available digitally and on streaming services and in addition, both versions will be released on vinyl.

 

 

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12.05.2017

West Of Eden.....

Hailed as ’the best of contemporary folk’ by Irish Music Magazine, Swedish folk band West Of Edennow celebrate 20 years with a compilation album and an anniversary tour.

Just outside the mainstream limelight, but with a faithful and growing audience, West Of Eden have stubbornly continued carving out their own brand of music with strong influences from British and Irish folk music. Add to this their lyrics that ’put many a lyricist born and bred to English to shame’ and you will find that ’there’s a versatility and a noticeableabsence of the often tame respect for musical predecessors that can diminish so many of their European counterparts’ efforts, the band’s sound is unmistakably chiefly driven by their love of the music’.”

In spite of setbacks, deaths and no less than 7 changes of bass players, over the course of these 2 decades, the band have released 10 albums and spent countless miles together in the tour bus. The records have been met with fantastic reviews both in Sweden and abroad, which also has led to collaborations with musicians from Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Chieftains and Mark Knopfler’s band, to name a few.

The new song ”Twenty Years Of Travelling”, written especially for the compilation album, chronicles the struggles and the travels, but above all speaks about the joy in playing together. On ”No Time Like The Past”, West of Eden have also included a new recording of ”Where The Ivy Is Growing”, the 1st song they ever wrote. In addition to this, they serve up tunes like ”Faraway”, written at the request of music mogul Bert Karlsson, who wanted to send ’something Irish’ to the Eurovision Song Contest.

And even if West Of Eden like to look backwards, write albums about the Swedish wave of emigration to America in the 19th century and choose to call a retrospective album ”No Time Like The Past”, the future looks bright, indeed. Thirty something shows in Sweden after the release is followed by a German tour and then, for the first time, China. It’s simply just as Jenny puts it in the song :

”Onwards, upwards, never back, things to carry, bags to pack, another page is finished in our book, this is not a happy ending, this is not the curtain call, it’s just 20 years of travelling, and I wish for 20 more”.


American Epic.....

Legacy Recordings will release "American Epic - The Collection", a 5 CD and 100 song deluxe box set, and "American Epic - The Soundtrack", a single disc anthology of 15 songs featured in the 3 part historical documentary, to be released today, May 12nd, 2017.

In the 1920's, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, gospel preachers across the south, cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, native american drummers in Arizona, and hawaiian musicians were all recorded. For the first time, a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coalminer in Virginia, or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have their thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. It was the 1st time America heard itself.

"American Epic - The Collection" gathers 100 of these original recordings from the 1920's and 1930's in one 5 disc set, restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity. For these releases, compiled by Bernard MacMahon, engineer Nicholas Bergh refined a transfer process using a mix of both modern and vintage equipment in order to extract the remarkable resolution from the records that is often missed. This ‘reverse engineering’ approach to the transfer process enabled the restoration team of engineers Peter Henderson, Duke Erikson and Joel Tefteller to get the resulting audio closer to the original performance than ever before.

This is not remastering, in the normal sense, but something closer to fine art restoration. The intent is not for people to marvel at the antiquity of these discs, but rather to experience them as vital, immediate performances that speak to us as directly as they did on the day they were recorded, not simply great art for their time, but great art for all times. It includes a 100 page book filled with stunning unpublished photographs, quotes from the artists, their friends and families, lyrics for every song, essays and recording notes. Among the artists included are Mississippi John Hurt, The Carter Family, Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, Lydia Mendoza, Nelstone's Hawaiians, Big Chief Henry's String Band, Robert Johnson and many others.

"American Epic - The Soundtrack", is a 15 song single disc anthology of songs featured in the film trilogy. Compiled by Lo-Max Records, it includes restored archival recordings from artists such as Memphis Jug Band, The Carter Family, Charley Patton, Joseph Falcon, Lydia Mendoza and others.

Columbia Records will also release "American Epic - The Sessions", the soundtrack directed by Bernard MacMahon. The team has reassembled the very 1st electrical sound recording system from the 1920's, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by 20 of today’s greatest artists. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era.

Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering 6 foot amplifier rack, and a live record cutting lathe, powered by a weight driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly 3 minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920's, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle”. All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear on the soundtrack is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.

"American Epic - The Sessions", features Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard.

“The American Epic Sessions” airs in the US on PBS June 6th, 2017 and in the UK on BBC later in June.

"American Epic" will also be available on BluRay and DVD on June 13th, 2017, from PBS Distribution.

 

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11.05.2017

Bacharach & Tonio K.....

Burt Bacharach is one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century with a songbook that reads like a soundtrack of our lives with timeless melodies including “The Look Of Love”, “Alfie”, “A House Is Not A Home” “What’s New Pussycat”, “I Say A Little Prayer”, “Wishin’ And Hopin’”, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and a myriad of others.

Burt Bacharach & Tonio K‘s ”Original Demos” presents a batch of great compositions co-written by Burt Bacharach and Tonio K between 1995 and 2008. Although some of those songs were eventually recorded by important names, including Diane Schuur, Ron Isley, Randy Crawford and Dionne Warwick, the real treat is to listen to the original demos crafted by mr Bacharach and mr K with the help of award winning producers Stephan Oberhoff, Ted Perlman and Steve Deutsch.

Featured vocalists include Billy Valentine, John Pagano, Bill Champlin, Warren Wiebe, Donna Taylor, Brittney Bertier, Mimi Paley and Burt Bacharach himself. Released in a limited edition of only 1000 copies on May 15th, 2017.

 

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10.05.2017

Elaine Mahon.....

In Elaine Mahon’s newest release, ”Reach For The Stars”, she does just that. Mahon, a Ph D in astronomy, lets her astronomical perspective shine through in this cohesive collection of personal songs. The new album continues to build on the universal themes of life, nature and love that Mahon explored through story and myth on her 2013 release ”Rise”. With this new release, Mahon steps into her mastery as a songwriter, with songs that will be recalled again and again in one’s memory.

Mahon weaves her stories throughout the release with tracks like ”Lean Into Love”, a sweet and powerful song of how to reach out for love. Love is also explored from a familial point of view and sung from a mother’s perspective, as in ”Afterglow”, ”You Are Not Alone” and ”Reach For The Stars”. Bringing in her affinity with nature and science, Mahon celebrates her love of the earth. Listen to ”Look Up”, the beautifully crafted ”When My Mother Sings”,”Denali” and ”Sweet Florida”, an environmental call to action for her home state. Listen on and you’ll hear from a road weary traveler, of journeys through grief and uncertainty, and of redemption and hope found in a field of fallow ground.

”Reach For The Stars” is Elaine Mahon’s 2nd release through the Gatorbone label. Elaine’s vocals and delicate fingerstyle arrangements on acoustic guitar are complemented by accompaniment from the same array of talented musicians that played on her 2013 release, ”Rise”, Lon Williamson  on bass, Gabriel Valla on guitar, mandolin and mandocello, Jason Thomas  on violin, Hannah Alkire on cello, Penny Nichols, Elisabeth Williamson, plus her son, Sam Mahon, on harmony vocals.

Mahon lives in her home town of Gainesville, Florida, with her husband of more than 30 years with whom she has raised a child, climbed mountains, canoed great rivers and backpacked deep into wilderness areas. In addition to performing around the Southeast, Elaine is co-founder and host of Sandhill Stage, an acoustic music series which benefits 2 land conservation nonprofits. Elaine Mahon may be reaching for the stars with this release, but it’s clear that her feet are deeply rooted in her beloved mother Earth.


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09.05.2017

Duncan Browne.....

The proverbial musical chameleon, Duncan Browne recorded the post-psych chamber pop classic "Give Me, Take You" album in 1968 before re-emerging four years later with the introspective singer songwriter hit single ‘Journey’. By the mid 70's, he had signed to the Transatlantic label as a member of Euro art rock sophisticates Metro, a trio whose calling card, ‘Criminal World’, was covered by David Bowie on his 1983 album "Let’s Dance", which went on to sell over 10 million copies. Leaving Metro after their debut album, Duncan resumed his solo career, recording two highly regarded late 70's albums for Transatlantic, by now re-branded Logo, with "The Wild Places" and its title track single both reaching the # 10 in 1 or 2 European territories. This anthology covers his time with Transatlantic/Logo, both with Metro and as a solo performer. It includes the long lost late 1979 recording ‘China Girl’, no relation to the Bowie/Iggy song, which now gains its first ever release in any format.

 

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08.05.2017

Doug Schmude.....

Doug Schmude, pronounced as to rhyme with moody, is an americana singer songwriter who combines rock, folk and country with a common thread of storytelling and vividly drawn characters. His latest record, ”Ghosts Of The Main Drag”, is a collection of 10 original tracks. This album features a mixture of driving electric guitar tracks and folk and country inspired tunes with pieces of blues and grunge mixed in that should fit well within a playlist of artists such as Son Volt, Reckless Kelly and Tom Petty. The album, released independently on his own label Lost Hubcap Records, was self produced. Doug plays the majority of the acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, lap steel guitar and dobro. The album additionally features appearances by Kyle Nix (Turnpike Troubadours) on fiddle, Jessy Greene (The Jayhawks) on fiddle, Joe Fick (The Don Kelley Band) on upright bass and Bobbo Byrnes (The Fallen Stars) on organ and bass.

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Doug spent most of his formative years in Oklahoma and Texas and has called 8 states home. He honed his songwriting in the late 1990's while performing in and around Boulder, Colorado. In 2000, he relocated to Nashville to further develop his craft. While in Tennessee, he was nominated for several awards through his work with the acoustic blues duo Hot Foot Delta. Currently based out of Southern California, his music is littered with souvenirs of the places he lived and seen.

His debut CD, ”A New Century”, was nominated for an Orange County Music Award. His live performances include journeys into Delta Blues, which are backed by percussive resonator guitar playing, often pounding on the guitar for rhythmic accent. Although he predominately writes and performs on acoustic guitar and resonator slide guitar, he also plays harmonica, mandolin and banjo. In addition to songwriting, recording and performing, Doug lends his talents as a session guitarist, recording engineer and producer.

 

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07.05.2017

Lowe's Straitjackets.....

For the past Decembers America's Lucha Libre guitar heroes Los Straitjackets have toured with Nick Lowe for his Christmas themed Quality Holiday Revue, performing classics old and new with the Jesus Of Cool. Van discussions with Nick's co-producer Neil Brockbank led to the speculation. What would Nick's songs sound like as instrumentals? There was only one way to answer the question. Los Straitjackets delved into Nick's catalog, from Brinsley Schwarz through Rockpile to his late career as a soulful pop stylist, and came up with original arrangements of some some of Nick's most iconic songs. With Brockbank in the producer's chair, the band veers from pop to twang and even exotica and of course surf. Here are 13 unforgettable melodies delivered with the flair that only Los Straitjackets can provide. May 19th, 2017.

 

 

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06.05.2017

Annie Gallup.....

Lucy Remembers Her Father” is the 11th solo recording from accomplished song poet Annie Gallup. Gallup layers her vocals, guitars lapsteel, Peter Gallway’s bass, and very little else to give this album a shimmering beauty and smoldering immediacy.

Annie Gallup is the winner of numerous songwriting awards, including Kerrville New Folk. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, immersed in the arts. By the time she recorded her first album in 1994, she had internalized a songwriting style all her own, that evolved from her fascination with country blues, her love of words, and a dancer’s sense of rhythm.

She has toured extensively across North America, including appearances at the Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Mariposa Folk Festivals, and at clubs from New York’s Bottom Line to The Troubadour in Los Angeles. Annie is currently living in southern California. She performs solo and as half of the duo Hat Check Girl with Peter Gallway. ”Lucy Remembers Her Father” is Gallup’s 11th solo release.

 


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05.05.2017

Midnight Oil.....

Introducing Midnight Oil's "Full Tank" from Sony Legacy Music, this is the definitive CD/DVD collection. It includes, for the 1st time ever, all of their 11 classic studio albums, their 2 EP's, plus a new DVD that contains all of the band's unforgettable music videos. Each album has been digitally remastered and its artwork has been restored to match the original releases. This ultimate collection also includes some alternative album covers, plus a new cover for the DVD. Uniquely made out of recycled materials, all of these 14 discs are housed in a miniature replica water tank like the one seen onstage at so many memorable Midnight Oil concerts. This collection also contains a deluxe 36 page booklet that takes you on a journey through the unparalleled career and music of Midnight Oil with a collection of iconic photos and an essay by Australian music journalist and musician, Sean Sennett. To be released today, May 5th, 2017.

 

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04.05.2017

Bobbo Byrnes.....

As a member of the Fallen Stars, Bobbo Byrnes has long proven himself as a key voice on the international americana scene. On his new solo album, “Motel Americana”, the singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist continues to successfully explore roots rock and alt country, focusing on the slightly quieter and more nuanced regions of americana.

Bobbo, pronounced like Bobby, but with an o at the end,  sang and played the guitars, mandolin, pedal steel, b3 organ and dumpster, yes, there’s a recorded dumpster on one of the tracks, and had help along the way from Tracy Byrnes (The Fallen Stars) on bass and vocals, Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters and Wallflowers) B3 organ on ”I May Never Know”, Ben Riddle (Riddle & The Stars) on backing vocals and Brandon Allen (The Fallen Stars) on drums.

Staying true to form, the album has both pedal steel guitar and guitar feedback. It’s northern country rock, more Westerberg than Skynyrd. Tracks 5, 11 are the more up tempo, rock tracks. Track 1 is a dark folk love song. Tracks 3, 4 and 8 are a little more mid tempo country folk rock. Tracks 7, 10 and 12 are the really quiet folky tunes. It should be noted that ”Nothing Needs To Be Said” has two f-bombs in it, one in each chorus and ”To Her Door” has a hardly noticeable little f-bomb at the 0:55 mark.

Born and partly raised in Boston, Bobbo now calls Southern California home, because he got tired of shoveling snow.

 

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03.05.2017

Little Steven.....

"I have very little interest in the modern world and I'm not in any way conflicted about that. I grew up in a renaissance period, a very lucky time when the greatest music ever made was also the most commercial. We'll never see that again, so for me, there's only one criteria, which is greatness. That's all I care about. Is what I'm doing reaching for greatness? Whether I achieve it or not, that is one hundred percent of my criteria." ~ Stevie Van Zandt

Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMe has announced the eagerly anticipated new album from the legendary Little Steven. "Soulfire" arrives everywhere on May 19th, 2017. "Soulfire" will be available on CD, digitally and on vinyl as a double LP.

"Soulfire" is Stevie Van Zandt's 1st solo album in close to 2 decades and without question his purest and most uniquely personal artistic statement thus far. The album sees van Zandt revisiting songs that span the length of his career as artist, performer, producer, arranger, and songwriter, focusing directly on the hugely influential 'soul horns-meet-rock'n'roll-guitars' approach he first pioneered on Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes' classic first 3 albums.

"I've always been very thematic with my work, very conceptual", Van Zandt says. "I need a big picture, I can't just do a collection of songs, that doesn't work for me. In this case, the concept became me. Who am I? I'm kind of my own genre at this point. So I tried to pick material that when you added it all up, really represented me. So there are a couple of covers, a couple of new songs, and some of what I feel are the best songs I've written and co-written over the years. This record is me doing me".

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul made their long awaited return last October, prompted by a friend's request to perform at London's Blues Fest 2016. Van Zandt had only just returned home from The E Street Band's summer stadium run, but as luck would have it, his autumn plans already included a trip to the UK to celebrate both his wife's birthday and his friend Bill Wyman's 80th. "It was perfect circumstances coming together", says Van Zandt.

Little Steven quickly put together a Disciples of Soul for the 21st century, an 'ever changing group of misfits, rogues and roustabouts' complete with 3 backing vocalists and a full horn section, currently featuring original Asbury Jukes/Miami Horns saxophonists Stan Harrison (tenor) and Eddie Manion (baritone). Stevie and his 15-piece big band crossed the Atlantic and blew the roof off London's indigo at The O2 with what was supposed to be just a 'one-night-only' performance highlighted by classic hits like "I Don't Want To Go Home", solo favorites, songs written for other artists, and inventive covers of tracks made famous by Etta James, James Brown and The Electric Flag. "I thought, well, we've already learned 22 songs", Van Zandt says. "Maybe we should make an album?".

With his usually packed schedule clear until The E Street Band's 'Summer 2017' tour of Australia and New Zealand, Van Zandt decided to strike while the iron, and his big band, was hot. "Soulfire" was arranged and produced by Van Zandt at his own Renegade Studios in New York City, co-produced and recorded by Geoff Sanoff (Fountains of Wayne, Stephen Colbert) and co-produced and music directed by guitarist Marc Ribler, the latter musician recruited by Stevie as Darlene Love's music director for Love's 2015 Van Zandt-produced "Introducing Darlene Love" and then 'borrowed back' to serve that same role with The Disciples of Soul. Background vocals on "I Don't Want To Go Home" and "The City Weeps Tonight" come courtesy of renowned a cappella group, The Persuasions. "Soulfire" was mixed and mastered by Van Zandt's career long collaborators and friends Bob Clearmountain and Bob Ludwig.

"This was the most fun I've ever had making a record", Van Zandt says. "We did it quickly, while we still had the fire and energy from the London show. We just took it into the studio and banged it out, 6 weeks from start to mix. It's one of those strange things, it really seems like it was meant to be".

Each of Van Zandt's prior 5 solo albums had seen him expressing his utterly personal songwriting through a changing variety of sounds and approaches, an ambitious adventurousness that has fueled much of his creative output these past 2 decades. He expanded his parameters, as an actor on 'The Sopranos' and 'Lilyhammer', as host, historian, and rock 'n' roll advocate on Sirius XM's one-and-only 'Little Steven's Underground Garage'. Van Zandt kept his skills sharp by composing the score for all 3 seasons of 'Lilyhammer' and continued to work as producer and songwriter, lending his distinctive craft to records from an array of international garage rockers, but couldn't kick a lingering sense of unfinished business.

"I felt a bit guilty about having walked away from Little Steven, the artist", he says. "I left that part of myself behind and I shouldn't have done that. I let the material down by not continuing to perform it", he says. "I betrayed the work and I want to fix that. I didn't give up on the material, there were a lot of other factors, but I do have a sense of wanting some redemption for it",

Van Zandt, who will remain a touring and recording member of The E Street Band, is now looking forward to hitting the road with his own big band. Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul will celebrate "Soulfire" with an epic international tour schedule, that started April 22nd with an eagerly anticipated return to Asbury Park, NJ's historic Paramount Theatre, and then continue with headline gigs and festival dates around the world. A full scale North American headline tour will be announced soon.

"I want to take this band to every place that wants to see us", Van Zandt says. "It's tricky with a 15-piece band, but I'm just trying to achieve my lifelong goal of breaking even".

6 solo albums and countless milestones in, Stevie Van Zandt has fully captured the singular vision he has refined and pushed forward for the length and breadth of his life and already brilliant career. "Soulfire" marks the much needed return of a truly great artist, reenergized and unstoppable.

"I'm back into it", Little Steven says. "And this time I'm going to stay back".

 

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02.05.2017

Carrington MacDuffie.....

Singer songwriter Carrington MacDuffie first got into music from listening to what her dad, a huge music aficionado, was spinning, Teddy Wilson, Beethoven, Herb Alpert, Hudson River folk, Scottish marches, Mamas & Papas and Arlo Guthrie, among many, many other artists and genres

Carrington’s spirited, multi genre music flows freely out of that original influence, and from her boundless sense of adventure and passion for the arts. She grew up in New York City and Westchester County, studied in New England and Baltimore, lived by the beach in Los Angeles for a decade, and now divides her time between Austin and Seattle, when she’s not traveling the globe to visit points afar, learning to pilot a fixed wing plane, or practicing to control a race car while driving at maximum speed

“The purpose of life is to experience fun and joy. That’s the whole point of being here”, she says. “I see the world as one big art happening, and I love participating in it”.

A multi disciplinary muse, Carrington is a top voice actor renowned for her lively narration on audiobooks including biographies of Joni Mitchell and Pussy Riot, and video games including “World Of Warcraft”, in which she plays a shamanic Scottish dwarf. A lifelong wordsmith, she is a widely published poet who’s also served as poetry editor for the respected literary journal Square Lake. With one book out, she’s finished a couple of manuscripts that are waiting in the queue for their spotlight.

What she loves most, though, is to write songs and to sing.

Carrington’s latest musical venture is the 6 song EP ”Rock Me To Mars”, which was recorded and produced by Rob Halverson at his Halversonics studio in Austin, where reggae legend Jimmy Cliff recently cut some tracks. Halverson also plays multiple synths, baritone, bass, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and accordion on the EP. It follows up her 2016 release ”Crush On You”, produced by Halverson, as well.

”Rock Me To Mars continues in the vein of an organic sound Carrington has developed that she likes to call electronic americana. That mingles with other sensibilities including synth pop, and what some reviewers have called her flair for alt cabaret. “I’m fascinated with electricity, and how it can be manipulated to make sound”, she says. “I like experimenting with unconventional ways of integrating electronic sounds into my music”.

She records and performs on ukulele and electric ukulele, and writes on both uke and keyboard. “I wrote some of the songs on piano, and then moved to the ukulele for the convenience of playing live”, says Carrington. “Whatever I’m feeling when a song emerges from my psyche, once I get into the studio with Rob, and give it what for on my electric uke, those feelings get transmuted into the music even more expressively”.

The title track “Rock Me To Mars” is a love letter, of sorts, to a guitarist, but keep in mind that Carrington says, “seems like I’m always falling in love with every musician I’ve ever played with. It just translates for me that romance and making music are practically interchangeable”.

That feeling flows through all 6 tracks, which include the New Orleans funk flavored “Better That Way”, and “Because I Couldn’t Have You” and “Come For Me”, which share a lilting retro sound. The subdued but powerful outlier “Lay Down And Let Go” was inspired by the death of a partner,  “it’s the sexiest song about suicide you’re likely to hear”, she says. The EP closes out with her version of Michael Nesmith, Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Sweet Young Thing”, a gem from the Monkees’ #1 debut album ”The Monkees”.

That cover is also Carrington’s tip of the hat to the classic songwriting era into which she was born. She grew up on classic AM radio as a young teen, with the Beatles ringing in her ears. Later, as FM became a culture changing musical platform, she absorbed everything that surrounded and followed in many diverse directions

Now, with her own music, she wants to go all around the world and play live for people wherever she can. Focus on the song, the intimate power of words, music and voice, and go forth on the adventure.

 

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01.05.2017

Lost Dion Album.....

A long lost album by Dion DiMucci will finally come to light when "Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965" is released by Norton Records on May 12th, 2017. The 15 songs on the album were recorded during Dion’s time at Columbia Records in sessions that started in spring of 1965 and intensified during September and October with a group called The Wanderers, which included The Belmonts’ Carlo Mastrangelo of drums. Columbia didn’t release the full album, but put out a few songs, including the title track, as singles.

The Wanderers, the group with Dion on "Kickin' Child", are drummer Mastrangelo, lead guitarist John Falbo and bass player Pete Falsciglia. And a de facto member of the group is Al Kooper, fresh from his work with Bob Dylan. The title track, co-written with Buddy Lucas, that leads off the album with a vocal and lyric heavily influenced by Dylan. “She's the kind of friend she don't ask me where I'm going, she don't ask me where I've been”, the song begins. The album was recorded in Columbia's Studio A, where Dylan had recorded.

The 2nd track, “Now”, co-written with Mastrangelo, is an impassioned vocal backed up by the band with Al Kooper. “Al Kooper was a friend long before all of that”, Dion says. “He was over in the Brill Building. Columbia was catty corner to the Brill Building. So I'd be over there sitting on a stool with Carole King while she wrote me a song like 'This Little Girl' or going in and out of the offices. And Al Kooper hung out there writing and playing. We were all young and passionate”.

The album, produced by Tom Wilson, who also helmed records by Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Animals, and others, is really quite a fantastic group of songs. “My Love” is Dion removed from the teenage aura of “The Wanderer”. “Wake Up Baby,” another Dion original, has a country flavor. “Knowing I Won't Go Back There” is a tender ballad. The production on the album is simple, and also very nostalgic.

Dion says there wasn't a lot of contemplation about using the 3 Dylan covers “Baby, I'm In The Mood For You”, “Farewell” and “It's All Over Now, Baby Blue”. “I just liked them. I didn't give it much thought. It's hard to explain music when it goes in your gut and makes left and right and turns and moves you and resonates with you. I guess there's something inside me. You either like something or you don’t”, says Dion, who was present when Dylan recorded “It's All Over Now, Baby Blue” in the studio.

 

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30.04.2017

John Statz.....

John Statz has been writing love songs lately, specifically about the kinds of romantic love that burn. Namely, all of them. When we first enter a new relationship we are filled with burning desire. Sometimes we later take those same relationships for granted and seemingly burn right through them. At the end, we might find ourselves literally burning old love notes, or bridges, which turns out to be an excellent time to listen to that fire in our bellies. Hit the road, see something new, spend time on ourselves. ”The Fire Sermon” is more than a meditation on romance in the 21st century, it is an assertion gleaned from trial by fire.

One of the more prolific and hard working young songwriters working in the Americana genre, John Statz has released 7 studio albums, and performed all over North America, including Canada and Mexico, and Europe, all in just a shade over a decade. Throughout that time he's been ’writing the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening’ (American Songwriter) and it's been said that ’his songwriting can stand beside the best and above the rest’ (No Depression). Along the way John has attracted the attention of the likes of americana scene heroes Jeffrey Foucault and Bo Ramsey, who separately produced his last 2 records. This latest is produced by fellow Denver songwriter, Megan Burtt, whose instincts and backing band help bring forth an entirely new sound from Statz. The title of ”The Fire Sermon” was taken from the 3rd section of TS Eliot's poem, ’The Wasteland’, the name of which was borrowed from a sermon given by Buddha, in which he denounced the fires of passion, hatred, and infatuation with which the senses burn, according to Eliot's endnotes. At the very end of the ”Fire Sermon” section Eliot simply repeats, ’burning, burning, burning, burning”.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes, first trying out his singing voice and turning towards rock and roll. Spending the rest of his high school years in southern Wisconsin attempting to play and sing like Neil Young and Cat Stevens, it wasn't until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, much later on, fast friends and colleagues. The first record, ”Dusk Came Slow”, was engineered by a friend enrolled in the university recording program, and what followed for John has been 11 years of touring everywhere from Bellingham to Budapest, Fairbanks to Mexico City, all the while becoming a stronger songwriter, and a more compelling performer.

 

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29.04.2017

Van Morrison.....

A deluxe 3 CD "Van Morrison - The Authorized Bang Collection" is the 1st official comprehensive anthology ever assembled chronicling Morrison's musical output during a brief, but astounding, musical association with Bang Records, the groundbreaking hit making label founded by legendary American producer and songwriter Bert Berns, whose writing credits include "Twist & Shout", "Cry To Me", "Piece Of My Heart", "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" and "Here Comes The Night", a #2 UK breakout hit for Them in March 1965.

All songs on disc 1, "The Original Masters" and disc 2, "Bang Sessions & Rarities" were produced and directed by Bert Berns, while disc 3, "Contractual Obligation Session" presents for the first time as an official release, and in its best sound quality ever, one of the most raw, honest and in the moment studio performances of Van's storied career.

Disc 1, "The Original Masters", presents original stereo mixes of recordings for the 1st time on CD, including the archetypal "Brown Eyed Girl", first released on Bang 12" vinyl LP’s, "Blowin' Your Mind!" in 1967 and "The Best Of Van Morrison" in 1970. Disc 1 also features the highly prized original mono mixes of "Beside You" and "Madame George", first issued on "TB Sheets" in 1973, and "Chick A Boom", a Van Morrison and Bert Berns composition recorded in New York in 1967 and released as a Bang single. "The Original Masters" closes with the rare demo version of "The Smile You Smile", previously available on Legacy's 1991 compilation, "The Bang Masters".

Disc 2, "Bang Sessions And Rarities", includes the much sought after original edited mono single mix of "Brown Eyed Girl" and the original mono single mix with backing vocals for "Ro Ro Rosey", in addition to previously unissued studio takes of "TB Sheets", "Midnight Special", "Beside You", and some insightful outtakes of "Brown Eyed Girl".

Disc 3, "Contractual Obligation Session", presents 31 short songs that have been widely bootlegged as Van’s contractual obligation demos for Bang. These songs show Van’s incredible humor and give some insight into the frustrating close of his relationship with the label. They are included here for the sake of completeness and to finally officially close the chapter on Van’s 1967 New York City recording sessions", writes Andrew Sandoval in his in depth liner notes for the set. Sandoval compiled and curated the material on "Van Morrison - The Authorized Bang Collection".

In his own notes for this collection, Van Morrison writes, "Bert Berns was a genius He was a brilliant songwriter and he had a lot of soul, which you don’t find nowadays".

Sony Legacy Recordings, yesterday, April 28th, 2017.

 

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28.04.2017

Elias Krell.....

Elias Krell writes catchy, wistful, and witty songs that draw from as wide an array of genres, as latin, pop, jazz, blues, folk, rock, and experimental music, while remaining unmistakably her own. Her 2017 release, “As Eli”, includes 11 original songs and 2 covers, an eclectic yet intuitive bricolage of sound, feeling, and meaning.

The music often marries upbeat sounds with deeper meanings in the poetry in Spanish and English. Elias studied voice and guitar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH, and also works in the academy as a scholar of transgender vocality. Previously, Krell has independently produced 3 records, ”Taking My Take”, in 2010, ”Tangled Mess Of Hands”, in 2011, and ”Elias Krell & The No Good”, in 2013. The new album, "As Eli", was produced by Paul Antonell and recorded at the Clubhouse, in Rhinebeck, New York. Elias can be found actively touring in support of her music.


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27.04.2017

Dan Fogelberg.....

At long last, the recording of Dan Fogelberg's stellar 1979 solo performance at Carnegie Hall is ready for production. "Dan Fogelberg Live At Carnegie Hall" will be available as a download and as a double CD package. You’ll hear every minute of the concert, including Dan’s banter with the audience between songs. That, combined with Bob Ludwig’s digital sound enhancements, will make you feel like you are there.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26.04.2017

Fleet Foxes.....

At last, Fleet Foxes are back with their 1st new music in 6 years. Their new album is called "Crack-Up", and it’s coming June 16th, 2017 via Nonesuch Records. Frontman Robin Pecknold wrote all 11 tracks on the follow up to their excellent 2011 album "Helplessness Blues", and produced the record with bandmate Skyler Skjelset. In May, Fleet Foxes will play their 1st show in 6 years during a four night stint at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, and they’ve also announced a string of North American tour dates. "Crack-Up" was recorded at various studios across the country between July 2016 and January 2017. Phil Ek mixed the album, and it was mastered by Greg Calbi. Fleet Foxes’ current lineup is Pecknold, Skjelset, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo, and Morgan Henderson.

 

 

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25.04.2017

U2's Joshua Tree.....

U2‘s landmark 1987 album "The Joshua Tree" celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017, an occasion that already prompted the legendary band to map out a massive tour commemorating its legacy. But that’s not all Bono and the guys are going to do for the record, as they’ll be releasing a fancy expanded reissue of the album on June 2nd, 2017.

Billed as an ultimate collector’s edition, the announced reissue is a treasure trove of archival material for longtime fans that will be made available in a variety of formats, including a vinyl super deluxe box set, a CD super deluxe box set, a 2CD set, vinyl, CD as well as digital formats.

To give you an idea what’s in store, here’s a rundown of the 4CD Super Deluxe edition :

* "The Joshua Tree" original album 

* "The Joshua Tree" live at Madison Square Garden 1987 

* "The Joshua Tree" remixes 

* "The Joshua Tree" b-sides and outtakes

 

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24.04.2017

Blind Lemon Pledge.....


Even a guy with the stage name Blind Lemon Pledge can’t sing the blues all the time. After a nearly decade long, discography exploring a multitude of blues related styles, Blind Lemon Pledge, a.k.a. James Byfield, is taking a ”Backwoods Glance” with a new album that explores the americana, country and folk influences that are also an important part of his musical heritage.

Critically praised on his previous albums for his deft handling of diverse and eclectic musical styles, Pledge does not disappoint with this new collection. With styles ranging from line dance swing to appalachian folk to cajun stomp, with detours to romantic waltz, jug band hoot and southern country gospel along the way, Blind Lemon Pledge proves once again that his skills as a songwriter, musician and producer know no bounds.

Although multi instrumentalist Pledge has often self created most or all of the backing tracks on his previous recordings, for this recording he handpicked a group of musicians from local jam sessions and from his blues band to round out the sound. Says Pledge, “It was great fun to record with musicians I love and respect”.

The album kicks off with the lively “Polly Come Out” which quickly establishes the new directions Pledge is exploring on this album. Although the 1st 2 verses suggest a classic 12 bar blues pattern, the addition of dobro and fiddle, the loping country cadence of the melody and the addition of a chorus all establish the americana feel that will carry throughout ”Backwoods Glance”. The haunting “The Hills Of West Virginia” is a somber folk tune about the Appalachian miners and the problems they face. The Dylanesque “Fayetteville” exemplifies Pledge’s superb storytelling ability with a song about homelessness sketched out in a few poignant lines.

Also included are, “Sisters Of The Coal Dust”, written and sung from a woman’s perspective, “Moon Over Memphis”, a heartbreaking waltz about lost love, “Lynchburg Town” another Dylanesque tune about unemployment, and the uplifting folk rock anthem “Silver Wings”, about searching for dreams in Hollywood. “Sweet Celine” is all fun with a jug band feel and harmonica and slide guitar solos, “Carolina Kiss” is a keyboard driven, emotional love ballad about memory and loss, followed by “Sunset”, a classic folk rocker. “My Belle Cherie” is a sudden detour into cajun country with a humorous tune about young love and lust. The album finishes its musical journey with “Give My Poor Heart Ease” with echoes of old southern baptist hymns and a story of finding hope amidst despair, a theme that runs throughout the album and is concluded in this song.

Pledge’s previous albums, ”Evangeline”, in 2014 and ”Pledge Drive”, in 2016, have been critically hailed as “masterpieces” and received international reviews and airplay with nominations for best contemporary blues album, best blues song and best blues performance. ”Backwoods Glance” continues the musical journey of Blind Lemon Pledge with new directions in folk, country and americana.


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23.04.2017

Singles Deluxe.....

The soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s 1992 film "Singles", which focused on the grunge scene of the early 90's, is to be reissued as a 2 CD deluxe edition and a 3 LP set May 19th, 2017.

The original soundtrack featured 13 songs from various artists, including Alice In Chains, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, and Smashing Pumpkins.

The new deluxe edition adds 18 tracks to this, including much more from Chris Cornell and Paul Westerberg, as well as tracks like 'Truly’s Heart' and 'Lungs', a song that is featured in the original film, but apparently pulled at the last minute from the final soundtrack. The band, who were on Sub Pop at the time, claim this was “due to pressure from various managers to add more songs from the other major label artists”.

Tracklisting :

Disc 1 :

01. Would? – Alice In Chains
02. Breath – Pearl Jam
03. Seasons – Chris Cornell
0 4. Dyslexic Heart – Paul Westerberg
05. Battle of Evermore – The Lovemongers
06. Chloe Dancer / Crown of Thorns – Mother Love Bone
07. Birth Ritual – Soundgarden
08. State of Love and Trust – Pearl Jam
09. Overblown – Mudhoney
10. Waiting for Somebody – Paul Westerberg
11. May This Be Love – Jimi Hendrix
12. Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees
13. Drown – The Smashing Pumpkins

Disc 2 :

01. Touch Me I’m Dick – Citizen Dick
02. Nowhere but You – Chris Cornell
03. Spoon Man – Chris Cornell
04. Flutter Girl – Chris Cornell
05. Missing – Chris Cornell
06. Would? – Alice In Chains
07. It Ain’t Like That – Alice In Chains
08. Birth Ritual – Soundgarden
09. Dyslexic Heart – Paul Westerberg
10. Waiting for Somebody – Paul Westerberg
11. Overblown – Mudhoney
12. Heart and Lungs – Truly
13. Six Foot Under – Blood Circus
14. Singles Blues 1 – Mike McCready
15. Blue Heart – Paul Westerberg
16. Lost In Emily’s Woods – Paul Westerberg
17. Ferry Boat #3 – Chris Cornell
18. Score Piece #4 – Chris Cornell

 

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22.04.2017

The Long Ryders.....

“Whenever I hear this 1st new Long Ryders’ song in 30 years it only takes me about half a minute before I have to push back my chair, turn the volume up, and start dancing around the room like a happy fool. A killer Tom Stevens’ song, a strong ensemble performance, a real true thrill to be back in the saddle again, riding high with The Long Ryders, my musical home away from home.”
~ Sid Griffin

Americana pioneers, L.A.’s The Long Ryders, has just released “Bear In The Woods”. Penned by bassist and vocalist Tom Stevens and produced by Adrian Olsen and The Long Ryders, it is available on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, www.thelongryders.com and YouTube. Additional newly recorded songs will follow closely thereafter.

The new music comes just before the band’s first CA tour run in 30 years, playing club dates before their 2017 Stagecoach Festival appearance. Shows include The Chapel in San Francisco (4/26), Constellation Room in Santa Ana (4/28) and The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood (4/29).

Songwriter Tom Stevens offers the following about his new tune, “The message is complex. I wrote this song about a bear, a friendly one, approaching it like a children's song. But what emerged under its surface was different. I likely had the state of politics on my mind. The bear in this song may not be the friendly, all knowing guru that he appears. But in real life, it's up to us to seek our best hopes and not our worst fears in our gurus. Lately I feel that too many have done the latter”.

Lead guitarist and vocalist Stephen McCarthy explains how the new music came about, “The band played a number of shows in 2016 and we felt it would be worthwhile to try and write and record some new material. Greg flew out to Virginia and we recorded a few new songs at Adrian Olsen's Montrose Studio. Sid and Tom sent new tunes over and we recorded remotely for the first time”.

Tom continues the story, “30 years on and the band still sounds wonderful, mature, familiar yet new, and all very much The Long Ryders. It's brand new musical scenery in our long ryde, and we're all enjoying the view”.

Drummer Greg Sowders agrees, “30 years goes by in the spin of a wig hat. We wanted to give our fans something new for our spring tour. It’s so great to be back in the studio with my favorite rock 'n' roll band. We hope you like this new music as much as we do”.

 

Seals & Crofts.....

Seals & Crofts was an american folk and soft rock duo made up of Jim Seals and Dash Crofts, who began playing together in 1969. The duo had 2 top 10 hits in the early 1970's, "Summer Breeze" and "Diamond Girl", both of which are featured on this 2 CD collection of all their a and b sides, remastered for this compilation, spanning the period 1970 to 1976. May 19th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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21.04.2017

Tumbleweed Records.....

In February of 1971, Larry Ray and Bill Szymczyk fled an earthquake and a debauched Los Angeles music scene to claim their own slice of utopia in Denver, Colorado. After meeting and bonding at ABC Dunhill, where Ray landed as general manager, and where Szymczyk had breezed in from New York, fresh off his first real hit as a burgeoning engineer and producer with BB King’s “The Thrill is Gone”, they’d often daydreamed about starting their own label.

In Denver, Ray and Szymczyk ...settled on the name Tumbleweed Records, and through industry connections they secured multi million dollar financing from Gulf + Western, whose head honchos believed they were bankrolling the hippie movement’s next big thing.

But instead of producing the next Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix, Ray and Szymczyk turned their sights on idiosyncratic wunderkinds like Pete McCabe, moody songwriters Robb Kunkel and Danny Holien, psych folk rocker Arthur Gee, all the while providing a platform for more established musicians like Albert Collins and Dewey Terry, of Don & Dewey fame, while launching the career of Michael Stanley.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and, per Szymczyk, it was a “bitchin’ disco time”. Drugs, parties, poetry, celebrities, money, Tumbleweed had it all, except airplay and distribution. 2 years after its storied start, the label was finished.

Ray would go on to various opportunities, including producing 5 country albums alongside Bill Halverson, while Szymczyk would soon skyrocket to fame after producing The Eagles’ "Hotel California". Yet most of Tumbleweed’s artists have been relegated to thrift store bin obscurity, until now. This landmark release not only showcases Ray’s vision and Szymczyk’s early work, but begins a major reappraisal of Tumbleweed’s catalog by bringing these songs out of the shadow of the Rocky Mountains and back into the spotlight.

Light In The Attic Records, May 12th, 2017.

 

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20.04.2017

LL Goat.....

Born in Cleveland, Ohio , 1957, to Cleveland Indians baseball  slugger Al Rosen.  Mother Terry died from a long battle with emotional illness, a suicide, I was 13.  Mom sang and painted and took me to the art museum often.  I have an older and a younger brother, making me the middle child. I was good at sports, but didnt like coaches. My granparents had a player piano and thats were it all started for me.

I wound up in New York via Las Vegas and started playing in local bands.  Got a gig playing piano with Otis Blackwell, legendary Hall Of Fame songwriter, Smithereens  and I were the band. Then branched off into my own writing and performing.

I was signed by Interscope as Goatboy, and then went  Ruffhouse as Goat. Had a little hit with my song and recording of ’Great Life’, many of my recordings have been licensed to movies, film,and television.

I did some opening work for Madeleine Peyroux and changed directions from Goat, rock’n’roll, hip hop, to jazz and blues, pop kinda stuff.  Madeleine sang a song with me on my critically acclaimed self produced record, ’Dont Tempt Fate’. ’Who Doesn’t Call’, an acoustic guitar and vocal song from the record, garnered 250,000 hits on YouTube with the same titled video.

Most recently I recorded a record for Jazz Legacy Productions, featurung Cyrus Chestnut on piano.  When I do the jazz thing its as Andy Scott, when i do the Goat thing, its as myself.

I wore many hats in New York City. I cooked my way through Hunter College, ran sound and bartended and did the door  at Kenny’s and The Bitter End in the Village, while playing and writing and recording.  For a minute I was on staff at Julliard, as a modern dance accompanist, and I accompanied modern dance classes at the Martha Graham School, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey. I played classes at Suny Purchase as well. I saw Michael Jackson and Barishnikov and Liza Mineli and Madonna.

I walk through the doors of the Martha Graham Dance School. At one point I sat down with Pat Metheny to talk with him about the invisble dancers beat. Pat composed wonderful music for the company.

I played in many clubs in New York City. Folk City, The Bottom Line, The Bitter End, The Bowery Ballroom, CBGB’s, Electric Circus, The Cat Club, Kenny’s Castaways, Joe’s Pub, Smalls. These are some that I remember. I loved hanging out and doing music at any opportunity with my friend Chris Whitley.

I continue to write and record and perform, and decided to assemble and release theses recordings.I am performing these songs along with new songs with my band in New York City.”


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19.04.2017

Neil Young Archives.....

When it comes to audio perfection, we have no greater stickler in the profession than Neil Young. The digital world has long been a thorn in Young’s side. He held off from the transition to CD for ages during the formative years of the format. Eventually, he relented but only because time was moving on without a clear pathway to ease Neil Young’s grievance against the format.

Some of Neil Young’s mos enduring, and endearing, albums have been slow to make the lavish parades of reissues and remasters of deluxe editions and super deluxe editions, all of which would have sold through splendidly.

On May 12th, 2017, Reprise Records will release 2 separate CD box sets that will house 9 of Neil’s great high points. These are CD versions of the already released vinyl remasters that were previously released back in 2016. "O.R.S. Box 5-8" was originally reissued on vinyl on R.S.D. on Saturday, April 19th, 2011, and "O.R.S. Box 8.5-12" was released on November 26th, 2016. All were limited editions.

May 12th will deliver these analog remasters on CD with "O.R.S. Box 5-8" providing 'Zuma', 'On The Beach', 'Time Fades Away' and 'Tonight’s The Night', and "O.R.S. Box 8.5-12" providing 'Long May You Run', 'Comes A Time', 'American Stars ‘N Bars', 'Rust Never Sleeps' and 'Live Rust'.

 

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18.04.2017

Iain Matthews.....

Although Iain Matthews hadn’t realised it at the time, "Walking A Changing Line“ was one of the most important of his career. A comeback of sorts. It was his one and only concept album and it reaps dividends until today. Beneath his band cooperations with Fairport Convention, Plainsong, HiFi and Matthews Southern Comfort, he always found time to work on his solo albums. On “Walking A Changing Line” he reinterpreted the songs of American singer and songwriter Jules Shear in his own and unique way. This re-release of the original album from 1988 contains tons of bonus tracks on 2 CD's, demos, outtakes, live-recordings, careful digitally remastered and in a beautiful digipack with a 16 page booklet, unpublished fotos and extended liner notes by Iain himself. May 12th, 2017.

 

 

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17.04.2017

Cover Stories.....

Pearl Jam, Adele, Dolly Parton, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Kris Kristofferson and more have all put their stamp on songs from Brandi Carlile's "The Story" for an upcoming all star tribute album benefiting the War Child UK Charity to be released May 5th, 2017. "Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years Of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child" also features tracks from the country singer's 2007 LP as interpreted by Margo Price, Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Indigo Girls and more. Chris Stapleton, who provides guitar on Kristofferson's "Turpentine", and Miranda Lambert, who delivers backing vocals on Anderson East's "Josephine", also appear on the album.

All of the "Cover Stories" tracks were recorded in 2016 with the exception of Adele's take on "Hiding My Heart", originally released as a "21" bonus track in 2011, and Ruby Amanfu's Patrick Carney produced "Shadow On The Wall", which came out in 2015. As Carlile noted on Facebook, 'Adele's cover served as the project's original inspiration'. All proceeds from the album will go toward War Child UK, which aims to help children affected in war-torn regions. "This is a David and Goliath story", Carlile said in a statement. "Since becoming a mother, the reality of a child's beautiful life being torn apart by war felt like too big of a problem for me. So I asked my heroes and friends to help me launch a rock at the giant that is our refugee crisis and help in the only way we know how, through the power of music".

Barack Obama, who provides a foreword for "Cover Stories", said of the country singer and activist in a statement, "As an artist, Brandi Carlile is using her talent on behalf of the most vulnerable among us, children living in areas of conflict, she reminds us that, together, we can build for our children a more just, peaceful world". In addition to "Cover Stories", Carlile and her band the Twins will kick off a tour in April where they'll play "The Story" in its entirety. "This album defined our band and welded the Twins and me to one another forever. It’s been a transformative experience to revisit it 10 years later and watch it become something bigger than me. To hear the songs through the voices of my heroes is both surreal and humbling", Carlile said.

01. Shovels & Rope "Late Morning Lullaby"
02. Dolly Parton "The Story"
03. Kris Kristofferson "Turpentine"
04. Old Crow Medicine Show "My Song"
05. Jim James "Wasted"
06. Avett Brothers "Have You Ever"
07. Anderson East "Josephine"
08. Secret Sisters "Losing Heart"
09. Indigo Girls "Cannonball"
10. Torres "Until I Die"
11. Margo Price "Downpour"
12. Ruby Amanfu "Shadow On The Wall"
13. Pearl Jam "Again Today"
14. Adele "Hiding My Heart"

 

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16.04.2017

Janet Martin.....

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Janet Martin has been dividing her live performances between the US and Europe since 2004. Janet is a multi published writer with over 30 original songs written and administered through BMI and GEMA in Europe.

Janet has recorded and released 8 CD’s to date with critical acclaim. Her 2010 release, “Passage”, was a huge success in Europe receiving airplay in more than 12 different countries. Janet has earned high praise from the European musical press with overwhelmingly positive reviews and an ever expanding base of European fans who keep up with her through social media when she’s stateside. Currently, Janet has released her very first solo, self produced and recorded CD, “Eve Sessions”, a personal and emotional odyssey.

The “Eve Sessions”, are songs written without genre boundaries or guidelines straight from the source and soul baring with Janet playing all of the instrumentation.

Janet picked up the guitar at just 8 years old. Her guitar style took shape early on and is direct result of her Virginia roots along with what was playing on the airwaves. Writing and performing has become her career and life long passion. From bluegrass flatpicking to electric rock and blues, Janet is a fully accomplished guitarist and her signature acoustic sound is due in large part to her love for open tunings of which she is a master.

Widely known as a musician’s musician, Janet delights audiences with her commanding performances. She is always willing to perform with other musicians and is eager to collaborate and help fellow artists by guesting on recordings or sharing the stage. If there’s good music to make, you’ll find Janet there.

A live Janet Martin performance , whether it is solo, trio or full band, is not to be missed. Her energy and connection to the audience is truly unique. Janet’s hypnotic acoustic and lead guitar work, blazing slide guitar and stellar vocals delight loyal fans and create new followers instantly.

 

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15.04.2017

Willie Nelson.....

"God's Problem Child" is Willie Nelson's 1st album to debut all new songs since "Band Of Brothers" in 2014. It includes 13 new songs, including 7 recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album's title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers and the legendary Leon Russell (on what may be Russell's very last recording). Closing the album is "He Won't Ever Be Gone", a song written by Gary Nicholson that pays tribute to Willie's outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard. Legacy Records/Sony Music, April 28th, 2017

 

 

 

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14.04.2017

Quintessence.....

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of “Move Into The Light – The Island Recordings 1969 – 1971”, a deluxe 2 CD remastered anthology of the legendary psychedelic, underground & eastern influenced rock band Quintessence.

One of the great underground acts of their era, Quintessence came together in the Ladbroke Grove area of London in 1969. The band comprised Australians Phil ‘Shiva’ Jones, vocals, keyboards, Ron ‘Raja Ram’ Rothfield, flute, along with Allan Mostert, lead guitar, Richard ‘Shambhu Babaji’ Vaughan, bass, Dave ‘Maha Dev’ Codling, rhythm guitar and Jeremy ‘Jake’ Milton, drums.

Within months of their formation the eastern influenced rock music of Quintessence had earned the band a dedicated following and they were signed by Chris Blackwell to Island Records. Over the next 3 years the band would record 3 classic albums for the label, “In Blissful Company”, “Quintessence” and “Dive Deep”, along with the classic single version of one of their best known tracks, “Notting Hill Gate”.

The material Quintessence recorded during this period, mostly produced by John Barham, who would also work with George Harrison on his “All Things Must Pass” album, earned them admiration from such luminaries as Pete Townshend of The Who, who attended several Quintessence concerts and Jim Morrison of The Doors. Quintessence also had the distinction of appearing at the very first Glastonbury Festival in 1970 and the legendary Glastonbury Fayre of 1971, along with selling out the Royal Albert Hall.

This 2 disc newly remastered set celebrates Quintessence and gathers together all of the band’s material issued by Island Records between 1969 and 1971. It also includes a live version of “Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Guaranga”, which originally appeared on the Island double LP sampler “Bumpers” in 1970. “Move into the Light” features an illustrated booklet with an essay by Malcolm Dome and exclusive new interviews with Phil Jones and Dave Codling.

Esoteric Recordings, April 28th, 2017.

 

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13.04.2017

Patto 1 and 2.....

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1970 debut album by the legendary Patto. One of the truly great bands of the early 70's, Patto featured a lineup comprising Mike Patto, vocals, Ollie Halsall, guitar, vibes, keyboards, vocals, Clive Griffiths, bass and John Halsey, drums. The band arose from the ashes of the group Timebox and were graced by the presence of the stunning guitar playing of Ollie Halsall and a highly original and unique musical style that set them aside from their progressive rock contemporaries of the era. This, the band’s debut album, was released in 1970 and featured classic tracks such as ‘The Man’, ‘San Antone’ and ‘Government Man’. This Esoteric Recordings edition of “Patto” has been fully sanctioned by all members of the band and their representatives, for the first time ever, and includes 3 bonus tracks, ‘Hanging Rope’, and 2 tracks recorded in session for BBC Radio One in November 1970, ‘Love Me’ and ‘Government Man’.

Esoteric Recordings are also pleased to announce the release of a newly remastered and expanded edition of the classic 1971 album “Hold Your Fire” by the same band. “Hold Your Fire” was the band’s 2nd album and includes such classics as ‘You, You Point Your Finger’, ‘Hold Your Fire’ and ‘Air Raid Shelter’. This Esoteric Recordings remastered and expanded edition is now a 2 CD set with 13 bonus tracks including 5 outtakes from the album recording sessions and 8 previously unreleased BBC session recordings from 1971, including a legendary session for BBC Radio One in March 1971, featuring guest guitarist Bernie Holland.

Both expanded editions also includes illustrated booklets with essays by Sid Smith and exclusive interviews with John Halsey. Esoteric Recordings, April 28th, 2017.

 

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12.04.2017

Susan Kane.....

New York based  singer songwriter Susan Kane releases her 4th CD in April 2017. ”Mostly Fine” represents something of a departure from her previous efforts. Recorded over a couple of months with local musicians at Fred Gillen Jr’s Woody House studio, it is a largely acoustic record with nary an electric guitar within earshot. This album is filled with dobro, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, and lap steel, with a sprinkling of banjo layered over acoustic guitars. Nevertheless, listeners will find themselves in familiar lyrical territory, with songs that amuse or evoke deeper emotions.

But they will notice that even the humorous tracks reveal subtle insights into human foibles. The album features 7 original songs, including a co-write and an adaptation of a poem, and 3 covers. The title originates from a lyric in one song and is not meant to be negative, says Susan. She believes if well into adulthood you can honestly say that everything is ’mostly fine’, that is really fine. Produced by Jeff Eyrich (Dave’s True Story) and mastered by Scott Hull. Guest artists include Abbie Gardner (Red Molly), The Levins, Lisa Gutkin (Klezmatics) and David Bernz.

”Mostly Fine” follows the successful releases of her 3rd CD ”A Word Child” whose eclectic tracks addressed timeless and universal themes of love, loss, and hope. In addition to original compositions, it covered some famous writers and some lesser known. Produced by Billy Masters, it was recorded primarily in Austin, TX, and featured many gifted musicians, including bass player Zev Katz, pedal steel artist Bob Hoffnar, fiddler Warren Hood, percussionist Ben Wittman, vocals from Jess Klein, bass player Glenn Fukunaga, drummer Marco Giovino  and others. The CD enjoyed an excellent response from the radio world, as did her 2 previous releases, which were well received and enjoyed extensive and long lived radio play around the world.

Susan has played at a wide variety of well known venues and festivals in the New York area, including the Towne Crier Café, the Bitter End, the Pleasantville Music Festival, the Huntington Folk Festival, and the Tarrytown Music Hall. She has shared bills with such diverse artists as Pete Seeger, Garnet Rogers, Sloan Wainwright, Ryan Montbleau and Catie Curtis. An active member of the local music scene, she is a past president of Tribes Hill, a Hudson Valley collective of independent musicians. During her stint as president she produced a 2 disc compilation CD for the group.

Born in New York, and raised in various suburban locations by artistically inclined parents in New Jersey, Kane was drawn to music at an early age, but wandered away from her mother’s conservatory piano repertoire to the homespun vibes of acoustic folk and twangy country music. The arrival of Bob Dylan and equal time for folk music and its offshoots on top 40 radio and pop music outlets of the time called to her. “My mom is actually from Wheeling, West Virginia, home of WWVA and its legendary Jamboree USA country music show ”. Coming to songwriting later in life gives one time to process everything. Something old, something new, the old bridal rhyme is the perfect recipe for songwriting. If you follow Susan on Twitter, you’ll find she admits to digging in the dirt, digging the Dead and reading a lot of books, the paper kind, preferably. A connoisseur of words, she’s a reader, a listener, a hunter and gatherer of raw song material.


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11.04.2017

Legacy Editions.....

The 2 CD Legacy Edition of Patti Smith‘s seminal 1975 album "Horses" will be reissued by Sony Music in April, 2017, as part of a 2nd wave of Japanese style mini LP CD vinyl replica reissues. We were really impressed with the first batch of these vinyl replica reissues which came out in October of 2016. These included titles such as Jeff Buckley‘s "Grace!, Dennis Wilson’s "Pacific Blue" and Iggy & The Stooges’ "Raw Power". "Horses" was re-released back in 2005 for its 30th anniversary and this reissue is a repackaged version of that set, with a bonus CD of Patti performing the album, in full, at the Royal Festival Hall London in June 2005.

That performance featured Tom Verlaine on guitar and Flea on bass. The album on the 1st disc appends the 1976 live performance of "My Generation", the B-side to the "Gloria" single, and Smith also includes that at the end of the 2005 live rendition. Other titles in the next batch of vinyl replicas will be 2 CD Legacy Editions of Janis Joplin’s "Pearl", Johnny Cash "At San Quentin" and Mile Davis' "Sketches Of Spain". They will all be released on April 28th, 2017.

 

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10.04.2017

Bodinrocker.....

Vacation” is the 1st release from the forthcoming Bodinrocker album, ”Eye To Eye”, that will be available later this year. Bodinrocker is a solo project by Anders Bodin from Gothenburg, Sweden. He is known for his straightforward rock, combining tasty guitar riffs with strong melodies. The single is a catchy boogie pop and rock track that will certainly get you in the perfect summer mood.

 

 


 

Cheap Trick.....

If a group’s made up of two genuine rock star types, a Huntz Hall lookalike with a guitar fetish, and a guy who looks like an accountant, which one d’ya think would keep track of its recording archive? Don’t worry, it’s not a trick question, it is indeed the bespectacled Bun E Carlos, the drummer for the original line up of Cheap Trick, who has not only commented on every song, as faithfully transcribed by Ken Sharp, but provided much of the source material for this collectio...n of rarities from the band’s early days, 18 tracks that reconfirm that the singular blend of classic rock, power pop, and glam, and inspired visual style, wielded by this outfit of Rockford, Illinois places them among the first rank of American rock ‘n’ roll bands.

First up are 3 1975 demos, of “Come On, Come On”, “Southern Girls” and “Taxman, Mr Thief”, they cut at Ardent Studios in 1975, prior to signing a record deal, followed by early, 1976-1977 studio takes, produced by Jack Douglas, of “You’re All Talk” and “I Want You To Want Me”, an outtake, “Lookout”, from their debut album, and an alternate, and nasty, version of “I Dig Go-Go Girls”.

On deck are an instrumental version of “Oh Boy”, the b-side to “I Want You To Want Me”, and live versions of “You’re All Talk” and “Goodnight”, from a 1977 stand at the Whiskey, and a pair of alternate takes from the "Heaven Tonight" album, “Stiff Competition” and “Surrender”. 

Also inside are 5 rarities from the band’s famed Japanese tours, including the single version of “Ain’t That A Shame”, the promo only release “Lookout”, and 3 tracks from the out of print "Budokan II" album, “Stiff Competition”, “How Are You”, and “On Top Of The World”. The no strings version of “Dream Police” rounds out the collection in fine style.

Compiled by producer Tim Smith, remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York, and featuring photos by Robert Alford, "The Epic Archive Vol 1, 1975-1979" takes its place as a key release in the Cheap Trick discography

Real Gone Music, April 28th, 2017.

 

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09.04.2017

Big Big Train.....

Big Big Train have announced details on their new album. Titled "Grimspound", their 10th album will arrive on April 28th, 2017, and follows hot on the heels of 2016’s "Folklore". It’ll feature 8 tracks, with vocalist David Longdon saying Big Big Train have progressed the band’s sound on the album.

“'Grimspound' has followed on very swiftly from 'Folklore'. We found ourselves with a wealth of new material and, with writing input from Danny, Rachel and Rikard, we have been able to move the band’s sound forward while building on all we have learnt over the last few years. We are determined to work hard and, as they say, make hay while the sun shines”.

Bassist Greg Spawton adds, “There is some complex music on this album, with extended instrumental sections alongside vocal passages. We had a lot of fun making the album and have pushed ourselves as progressive rock bands should”. Judy Dyble adds vocals to a song concerning the reported sightings of a ghostly apparition beside the cemetery gates in a quiet English village.

And Longdon adds, “It’s the first time we have brought a non band member into sing with us. It’s good to try new things so that we are not simply resting on our laurels. Nick and Rachel also sing some lead parts on this album, further adding to the mix of sounds and voices".

"Grimspound" will launch on CD, 180g double vinyl, hi-resolution 24/96 download, standard resolution download and via streaming services.

 

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08.04.2017

Bev Grant.....

"It's Personal" is a heart filled album by Bev Grant, a long time feminist and labor social activist, who has been creating and using music for social change since the late 60's. She was founder of a popular political band called The Human Condition, which played around the New York City area for 19 years and currently is founder and director of The Brooklyn Women's Chorus, which will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

This album is her 1st solo album in a number of years, although she did record an album in 2014 with singer songwriter Ina May Wool, called "Wool & Grant". Bev's music is extremely eclectic in style, ranging from acoustic folk to country, jazz and world music, and she has a knack for getting her political points across through the use of personal stories about other peoples' lives.

In this album, she tells us a lot about herself, where she grew up, her relationship with her dad and her loves and losses. There are also songs about social concerns, like the environment and factory conditions, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but the bulk of the album is personal, although often the personal is political as she points out in her song "Throw Me The Ball", about growing up in the 50's before girls were allowed to play in organized sports.

 

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07.04.2017

The G.T.O.'s.....

The G.T.O.'s, Girls Together Outrageously, were an a cappella girl group from the Los Angeles area, specifically the Sunset Strip scene. Only active for 2½ years, 1968 to 1970, with a single reunion in 1974, their only album, "Permanent Damage", produced by Frank Zappa, was released in 1969. The members were connected by their association with Zappa, who encouraged their artistic endeavours despite their limited vocal skills.

The group performed live only 4 or 5 times, although they created a strong impression at their December 1968 performance at the Shrine Auditorium opening for The Mothers of Invention, Alice Cooper and Wild Man Fischer. A mix of theatrics, singing, dancing, wild costumes, and unusual lyrical content were staples of their act. Their only album, "Permanent Damage", on Straight Records, was produced in 1969 by Zappa, with the assistance of Lowell George and Russ Titelman. The album features songwriting contributions from Lowell George, Jeff Beck and Davy Jones. A young Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck's singer at the time, pops up on a track. April 21st, 2017.

 

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06.04.2017

Kenny White.....

"Had you ever heard of Kenny White? Well, we had not. But after reading the list of guests on his album, David Crosby, Peter Wolf, Larry Campbell, Amy Helm and Catherine Russell, along with his regular band, featuring the dexterous Duke Levine on guitar, shape shifting Shawn Pelton on drums and the masterful Marty Ballou on bass, we were very anxious to hear the music. When we did, we were really blown away. So, even if 'Long List Of Priors' may sound a bit more sophisticated than the bulk of C.R.S.'s other releases, that did not bother us one tiny little bit. Even without aforenamed guests this would have been just an amazing album. One that will make sure you will not easily forget the name Kenny White." ~ Continental Record Services

 

Sheryl Crow.....

Sheryl Crow returns next month with her 10th studio album "Be Myself".

The album is co-produced and co-written with her long-time collaborator Jeff Trott and sees her return to what might be called her ‘classic’ sound after the country excursions of 2013’s "Feels Like Home".

“I really wanted to get back to how I got started on my 2nd record and 3rd record”, Crow told Rolling Stone earlier this year, adding, “I wanted to revisit that sound and that feeling. It was a complete blast and the most effortless thing I’ve ever done”.

Listening to "Halfway There", the 1st track to be promoted from the album, you have to say that she’s certainly been successful in recapturing the spirit of those earlier records. Part of that might be down to Crow also persuading engineer Tchad Blake, who worked on the "Sheryl Crow" and "Globe Sessions" albums, to come over from Wales and work on this new record.

Sheryl Crow kicks off a US tour next month in support of "Be Myself". The album itself is released on April 21st, 2017.

 

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05.04.2017

Ray Davies.....

On April 21st, 2017, Ray Davies will release his 1st new album in over 9 years, ‘Americana’, via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The 15 track collection of originals serves as a master crafted return for one of the most acclaimed and iconic songwriters of the past 50 years, and follows Davies’ 2013 memoir of the same name, using the book as both source material and creative catalyst. Davies enlisted The Jayhawks as backing band, and recorded the album in London at Konk, the studio founded by The Kinks in 1973.

‘Americana’ was written, conceived and arranged by Davies, and co-produced with Guy Massey and John Jackson. The album is an autobiographical work, chronicling the inextricable role America has played in Davies’ life. From his earliest days touring the US with the Kinks and subsequent blacklisting by the American Musicians Union, to his years playing stadiums and eventually settling in New York and New Orleans for a time, America has served as both muse and tempest to Davies. The songs on ‘Americana’ dig into the rich American musical tapestry, through the lens of Davies’ own wholly unique American experience. The music swerves from the open road manifesto of “The Great Highway”, to a delicate duet with The Jayhawks’ Karen Grotberg on 'Message From The Road', to 'Poetry', which offers a vital reminder of Davies’ ability to spin small detail into penetrating truth. The album also features a number of short spoken word passages from Davies’ memoir. A 2nd volume to ‘Americana’ will be a released later in 2017.

 

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04.04.2017

Judy Kass.....

New York based singer songwriter Judy Kass quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling and genre bending exploration of guitar and piano. Her original music blends generous amounts of folk, jazz and blues, with songs that cover the full gamut of mood and experience, ranging from whimsical musings of relationship challenges to her own personal journey of healing from post 9/11 trauma and the loss of numerous colleagues to the terror attacks.

Featuring 9 original songs and an interpretation of “The Snows They Melt The Soonest”, Judy’s 2nd album, ”Beyond The Ash & Steel”, pushes past the celebrated intimate acoustic portrait of her 1st CD to reflect even more of her jazz and blues influences. The result is a pleasingly eclectic mix that includes several driving ’foot tapping’ tracks.

As in her 1st album, Judy’s abilities as a multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and arranger in ”Beyond The Ash & Steel” are palpable in the creative and lyrical narrative, exquisite melodies and rich harmonics that showcase her transporting voice and command of her instruments.

”Beyond The Ash & Steel” includes the talents of Sara Milonovich (Richard Shindell), Dan Hickey (They Might Be Giants, Joe Cocker), Mark Dann and the legendary John Sebastian. It also features sizzling trumpet licks and vocal harmony from Judy’s own daughter, Kyla Moscovich, an award winning trumpeter.

Judy’s debut album, ”Better Things”, co-produced by Jay Mafale (The Ya Yas, No Fuss and Feathers) and released in early 2014, received notable airplay, topping folk and roots radio charts for months after its release. It was also included on both the Roots Music Report’s and the Folk DJ Listerv’s 2014 year end top albums charts.

Co-produced with Mark Dann, ”Beyond The Ash & Steel” is full of unique twists and turns of lyric, melody and harmonics that have a distinct groove while offering a familiar warmth.

 

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03.04.2017

David Allan Coe.....

We’d be the first to admit that a David Allan Coe hits collection is something of a contradiction in terms. Despite having written some of the most hallowed songs in country music, tunes like “Take This Job And Shove It” and “Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)”, nobody would ever confuse Coe with a popular country artist. The man is outlaw to his core, having offended just about everybody inside, and a lot of people outside, the country music business during the cour...se of his riotous career. But because he is such a great songwriter and honky tonk singer, he did manage score 31 chart hits, despite his best efforts at career sabotage, that some of these gripping performances didn’t score higher on the charts is testimony to just how far out of the country mainstream he was and is.

And you’ll find all of them here on this new 2 CD collection, which serves not only as a great career overview, but also takes its place as the most comprehensive Coe collection to date. Among the highlights here are “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile”, “You Never Even Called Me By Name”, “The Ride”, “She Used To Love Me A Lot”, “Longhaired Redneck”, and his hit with Willie Nelson, “I’ve Already Cheated On You”, most of them produced by countrypolitan producer par excellence Billy Sherrill, who definitely had his hands full trying to sand off the rough edges of David Allan Coe. Chris Morris supplies the notes for "The Complete Hits", which features photos and remastering by Chris LeMonde. Some of the hardest country ever recorded. Real Gone Music, April 7th, 2017.

 

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02.04.2017

Procol Harum.....

To mark their 50th anniversary, seminal rock act Procol Harum, with founder member Gary Brooker at the helm, will return with a new studio album "Novum" on April 21st, 2017, via Eagle Records. The album is their 1st in 14 years and a European tour with a set of UK dates has also been announced. “Novum” is Procol Harum’s 13th studio album, following “The Well’s On Fire” in 2003. “Novum” is released in the band’s 50th anniversary year, which also sees the band undertake a very special UK and European tour. The album release is preceded by that of the single “Sunday Morning” on April 7th.

“Novum” features a stunning cover artwork by Julia Brown which references elements of the sleeve of the band’s eponymous debut album in 1967. With that album, half a century ago, powered by the huge and ongoing success of their debut single “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”, Procol Harum went on to help define the progressive rock genre in the early 70's whilst at the same time embracing their roots in blues and soul. “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” continues to be one of the best-selling singles of all time, one of the most recognisable and most played songs, ever.

Procol Harum has been an evolving musical force from the first performance in ’67, but always led by founding member, singer, pianist and composer Gary Brooker. Most of today’s line-up has been playing together since the early ‘90s and it includes bassist Matt Pegg (Jethro Tull), drummer Geoff Dunn (Jimmy Page, Van Morrison), guitarist Geoff Whitehorn (Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey) and Hammond organ player Josh Phillips (Pete Townsend), but to all their fans, they are the real Procol Harum.

 

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01.04.2017

B.J. Thomas.....

Having documented BJ Thomas' early sides with the 2 CD set "The Complete Scepter Singles", and followed his late 70's, early 80's, foray into inspirational music with a pair of album 2fers from the Myrrh label, it was only a matter of time till Real Gone Music tackled the next big phase in the career of this all time great American singer, namely the classic country pop sides he cut for Columbia Records in the 80's. This is a stage in BJ’s career that has seen little attention in the CD era, which is strange, because he was just killing it on the country charts with #1 hits like “Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love” and “New Looks From An Old Lover” and the #3 hit “Two Car Garage”.

In fact, out of the 21 songs on this collection, which includes the a and b side of every Columbia single, plus sides from the Cleveland International and Priority labels, 8 were chart hits, among them the top 20 duet “Rock And Roll Shoes” with Ray Charles, plus “The Whole World’s In Love When You’re Lonely” and “The Girl Most Likely To”. Also added are a pair of bonus tracks including his rare original solo version of “As Long As We’ve Got Each Other”, the theme to the TV show 'Growing Pains', and his early version of “Wind Beneath My Wings”, which ended up being a hit for Gary Morris and Bette Midler, among others. Remastered by Sean Brennan at Battery Studios, peppered with rare photos, and annotated by Joe Marchese, based on a fresh interview with the artist himself, "The Complete Columbia Singles" is a must for any BJ fan and anybody who wants to hear some of the best country pop the 80's had to offer. Real Gone Music, April 7th, 2017.

 

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