18.09.2019

Wax Live 1987.....

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new 3 disc digipack edition, 2 CD's and a DVD, of a previously unreleased concert by Wax, recorded in Harrogate in November 1987.

Wax was a collaboration between 2 highly respected song writers and musicians, namely American Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman. Both Gold and Gouldman had enjoyed successful careers before coming together. Andrew Gold had recorded 4 acclaimed albums for Asylum Records and had enjoyed hits with such classic songs as ‘Lonely Boy’, ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’, ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’ and ‘Kiss This One Goodbye’. Graham Gouldman had been a successful songwriter in the 1960's and was a member of 10CC from their formation in the early 1970's, being a co-writer of many of their hit singles and acclaimed albums.

Wax issued their debut album, "Magnetic Heaven", in 1986 and followed this in 1987 with the album "American English", which spawned the hit single ‘Bridge To Your Heart’). In November of 1987 Wax undertook a UK tour with a line up featuring Andrew Gold, Graham Gouldman and Rick Fenn, Roger Jackson and Mike Richardson. A concert in Harrogate on November 27th was captured both on audio and video tape, but has languished in the vaults until now. The set performed that evening featured Wax material, including the hit ‘Bridge To Your Heart’, alongside classics such as ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’, ‘Thank You For Being A Friend’ and ‘Lonely Boy’ by Andrew Gold, and Graham Gouldman’s ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘For Your Love’, and the 10cc track ‘Dreadlock Holiday’.

This Esoteric Recordings edition releases the entire concert over 2 CD's and also features highlights of the concert on a DVD. The set also includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay featuring an exclusive interview with Graham Gouldman.

Esoteric Recordings, September 27th, 2019.

 

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17.09.2019

Wally 2 CD Set.....

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new remastered 2 CD anthology featuring all the recordings made for Atlantic Records by the band Wally. Formed in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in 1971, the band initially featured Roy Webber, Paul Middleton, Pete Sage, Paul Gerrett, Pete Cosker and Roger Narraway. The band’s sound was unique for the era, being a fusion of progressive and US west coast rock influences, which combined to give Wally an identity that made them stand out from their contemporaries. A support spot for Cockney Rebel in London in 1974 brought them to the attention of Rick Wakeman, who was impressed by the band’s performance. Participation in a talent contest run by the Magazine Meloday Maker soon after led to them meeting legendary radio and TV music presenter Bob Harris and a recording contract with Atlantic Records soon followed.

The band’s debut album, "Wally", issued in 1974, was produced by Rick Wakeman and Bob Harris, and featured excellent material, including the epic ‘To The Urban Man’. Its release led to the band developing a loyal following on the live circuit assisted by extensive touring in Europe and the US. Prior to the recording of Wally’s next album Paul Gerrett departed and he was replaced by Nick Glennie-Smith. This change in line up saw the band move further in a progressive direction for the album "Valley Gardens", issued in 1975. The album was dominated by the excellent side long piece ‘The Reason Why’, and also included the track ‘Nez Perc’e’ which was issued as a single and gained some considerable airplay.

With changing musical fashions Wally disbanded in 1976, although they would reform in 2009. This anthology is newly remastered and gathers together all the tracks from both albums issued by Atlantic Records along with 2 rare b-sides of singles, ‘The Life You’re Living’ and ‘Right by Me’, both appearing on CD for the 1st time. "Martys & Cowboys" also includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome, featuring exclusive interviews with band members Roy Webber and Paul Middleton.

Esoteric Recordings, September 27th, 2019.

 

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16.09.2019

Paul Messinger.....

Paul Messinger is a poet, songwriter, vocalist, and multi instrumentalist, originally from New York, now based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is known as one of the early proponents of the Howard Levy (The Flecktones) approach to playing diatonic harmonica chromatically, and writes nuanced, character driven songs in different styles, explaining, “Different stories require different musical styles in order to fully tell them”. His abiding passions include history and people, as well as challenging the notion of ‘otherness’, and his artistic lens is focused on telling the stories of the people(s) he encounters in the world around us.

Messinger's 2019 release, "The Reckoning", is a song cycle constructed to challenge the growing notion of 'otherness'. Recorded live, in the studio with great players, such as Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five), with blazing vocals, and trademark original harmonica seamlessly woven within the textures of sound throughout, this is music heard as it was played, with songs written to provoke, as well as to dance, and even rejoice, in our shared humanness. He writes, "We are ALL heading, toward a reckoning".....

 

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15.09.2019

Another Floyd Box.....

Pink Floyd are to release, "The Later Years 1987-2019", another massive music box set in the style of 2016’s "Early Years" package. This time around, as the title suggest, the set focuses on the later period when Roger Waters had quit and David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason were left to continue on their own to produce studio albums and undertake massive world tours. The period generated record sales of over 40 million worldwide and included 3 studio albums, "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason", "The Division Bell" and "The Endless River", as well as 2 live albums, "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" and "Pulse".

The label claim over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audio visual material  feature in the set including the 1989 Venice and 1990 Knebworth concerts. Both "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" and "Delicate Sound Of Thunder" have been remixed, with the former also updated, thought to be new Nick Mason drums and alternate Rick Wright parts. They appear on the first 3 CD's and a 4th gathers together unreleased live and studio recordings. CD 5 is the 57 minute Knebworth concert from 1990. Note "The Division Bell" isn’t included on CD here, but is on one of the 6 BluRays.

The 1st BluRay features the new 2019 of "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" in 5.1 and high res stereo, the 2014 mix of "The Division Bell" and 7 unreleased studio recordings also in 5.1 and hi-res stereo. 3 further BluRay discs cover live material, "Delicate Sound Of Thunder", "Pulse" and the Venice and Knebworth concerts. All in hi-res stereo and 5.1. A final BluRay disc offers a massive amount of videos, concert films, rehearsal footage and more.

"The Later Years" includes 5 DVD's but these merely repeat the content on blu-ray discs 2-6. Where surround sound is offered these are mostly Dolby Digital and DTS. Finally, for the audio, this set includes 2 7" singles, ‘Arnold Layne’ performed live by Pink Floyd at the Syd Barrett Tribute concert, 2007 and "Lost For Words" from the Pulse tour rehearsals at Earl’s Court. Both singles have a special etched image on their b-sides.

In terms of stuff this also comes with a 60 page photo book, 3 reproductions tour programmes and a collection of replica memorabilia like posters, tour passes and stickers. A 2 LP highlights and 1 CD of "The Later Years" will also be released. "The Later Years 1987-2019" is released on November 29th, 2019.

 

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14.09.2019

Tom Waits Tribute.....

New Tom Waits tribute album by great female artists, ”Come On Up To The House : Women Sing Waits” featuring Rosanne Cash, Aimee Mann, Phoebe Bridgers and many more, will be released via Dualtone Music Group on November 22nd, 2019.

 TRACKLIST :

01 Joseph – “Come On Up To The House”
02 Aimee Mann – “Hold On”
03 Phoebe Bridgers – “Georgia Lee”
04 Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – “Ol’ 55″
05 Angie McMahon – “Take It With Me”
06 Corinne Bailey Rae – “Jersey Girl”
07 Patty Griffin – “Ruby’s Arms”
08 Rosanne Cash – “Time”
09 Kat Edmonson – “You Can Never Hold Back Spring”
10 Iris Dement – “House Where Nobody Lives”
11 Courtney Marie Andrews – “Downtown Train”
12 The Wild Reeds – “Tom Traubert’s Blues”

 

 

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13.09.2019

Neil & Crazy Horse.....

Colorado" is the 1st new Neil Young with Crazy Horse album since 2012's "Psychedelic Pill". The album will be released on October 25th, 2019, and features 10 new Neil Young compositions. It includes several songs that Neil has been playing live in the past few months, ”Rainbow Of Colors", "Green Is Blue" and "Milky Way", and the epic 13+ minute track "She Showed Me Love".

The vinyl version of the album comes with a bonus 7" single, featuring an album outtake, "Truth Kills". The 7" also includes a live, solo version of "Rainbow Of Colors" from Portland, OR, on May 17th, 2019, the first time Neil ever performed this song live.

This incarnation of Crazy Horse is Neil Young on vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica and vibes, Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums and features the return of Nils Lofgren on guitar and piano, almost 50 years since he last appeared on a Crazy Horse album in 1971.
 
The album is produced by Neil Young and John Hanlon and was recorded in Colorado in April and May 2019.

Full Track Listing:

01. Think Of Me
02. She Showed Me Love
03. Olden Days
04. Help Me Lose My Mind
05. Green Is Blue
06. Shut It Down
07. Milky Way
08. Eternity
09. Rainbow of Colors
10. I Do

 

 

 

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12.09.2019

Patton & Brokus.....

Berkalin Records is proud to announce the 2019 European release of Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus‘ “Collection : 2008 - 2018”, compiled from the folk-rock duo’s 4 acoustic CDs.

Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus have sung together for 40 years. They led the folk rock band Edge City from Baltimore to Austin where they recorded with Lloyd Maines, the guru of Texas record producers. In 2006, a supporter in Atlanta asked which of the 4 CDs on the merchandise table sounded most like what he had heard that night. And there were none. They had played as a duo and all their recordings were with bands.

They released “Plans Gang Aft Agley”, an all acoustic CD, in 2008 as Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus, with Ron Flynt as producer, and it broke into the top 30 on the Folk charts. Their next CD, “Ray Of Hope”, another acoustic CD, made the top 100 on the Americana charts. They made 2 more acoustic albums in the next decade, all with Flynt as producer, and “The Great Unknown” was named one of the Top 100 CD's Of The Year by legendary music critic Geoffrey Himes in Paste Magazine.

 

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11.09.2019

Another Kinks Box.....

50 years ago, The Kinks released "Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire", a concept album which continued in the quintessentially British vein of "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society", but carved out its own musical identity.  Building on the success of last year’s "Village Green" box set, BMG has just announced a similarly expansive, make that Kink size, set for "Arthur", loaded with previously unreleased tracks and mixes and incorporating the great lost Dave Davies album as well.  It’s due on October 25th, 2019, in a variety of formats, including a 4 CD and 4 7" single box set, and slimmed down 2 CD and 2 LP editions.

 

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10.09.2019

The Soft Parade.....

The Doors will include a trove of previously unreleased recordings on the upcoming 50th anniversary deluxe edition of their 1969 album, "The Soft Parade", out October 18th, 2019.

The band teased the project with one such rarity. An raucous early version of their 1970 track “Roadhouse Blues”, which would appear on the band’s next album, "Morrison Hotel", sung by organist Ray Manzarek, who’s cheekily billed as 'Screamin’ Ray Daniels'.

"The Soft Parade" is one of the most controversial albums in the Doors’ catalogue, due to the string and horn arrangements on several tracks. One such song, “Touch Me”, did become one of the band’s biggest hits. The 50th anniversary edition of "The Soft Parade" will notably include Doors only versions of 5 tracks, “Tell All The People”, “Touch Me”, “Wishful Sinful”, “Runnin’ Blue” and “Who Scared You”, where the strings and horns have been removed. There will also be additional stripped down versions of  “Touch Me”, “Wishful Sinful” and “Runnin’ Blue”, featuring new guitar parts from Robby Krieger.

Other rarities on the set include 2 more songs recorded during studio rehearsals that also feature Manzarek on vocals, “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further” and “I’m Your Doctor”. That trio of tunes, including Manzarek’s “Roadhouse Blues”, also features newly recorded bass parts by the Stone Temple Piolots’ Robert DeLeo. The final disc of the set comprises a handful of studio outtakes, including the Doors’ famous and long bootlegged hour long jam, “Rock Is Dead”.

The 50th anniversary edition of The Soft Parade is available to pre-order and will be released as a 3 CD, single LP set that will be limited to 15,000 copies. Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke also contributed new liner notes to the collection

 

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09.09.2019

The Magpie Salute.....

The Magpie Salute return with their new album, "High Water II", which will be released October 18th, 2019, via Provogue Records. The album will be released on limited edition 180g 2LP brown vinyl, 2LP 180g black vinyl, CD and digitally.

When "High Water I" was released in August 2018 it was the sound of old friends coming together in a union of rock‘n’roll, psychedelic blues, rasping Americana and late night storytelling. The band was pulled together by guitarist Rich Robinson, it continued a story line he began in The Black Crowes with guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien. Meanwhile, vocalist John Hogg shared Hookah Brown with Robinson as keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro both joined him for solo records and tours over the years. Their 1st official live outing was in January 2017 at the Gramercy Theatre, New York City.

The album reached the Top 40 and was met with widespread acclaim from Rolling Stone, Relix, Guitar World, Planet Rock, Mojo Magaine, The Independent, The Daily Express, and Classic Rock Magazine named it #7 in their albums of the year. Tours across the US and Europe followed, including shows with Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers and Blackberry Smoke, with the band also taking their 1st trip to Japan in January this year.

"High Water II" picks up where the band’s studio debut left off, much of the album was written during those early recordings at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville which is why the album feels like a perfect continuation of its predecessor. Talking about the flow between the 2 albums Robinson explains, “Both records are part of a collective journey. I chose the sequence specifically for each record. I wanted ‘High Water l’ to introduce us to the world and the world to us. With ‘High Water ll’, I wanted to get a little deeper. To take people places they may not have expected to go”.

The Magpie Salute is a landscape with limitless possibilities and they have the ability to swoop and delve into a myriad of textures and emotions. Their live repertoire alone highlights this as an impressive cannon which means they can perform as a 10 piece, 6 piece or a trio. The collections of songs spans The Magpie Salute, The Black Crowes, Rich Robinson solo material and cover versions meaning that no 2 shows are the same. Something that will keep fans wanting to come back time after time. “I think it definitely keeps it moving and fresh for us as a band. I think the fans that come to the show expect that they will be at a different show hearing different songs every night”, says Robinson.

Prior to the announcement of "High Water II", Robinson revealed, he has also teamed up with Gretsch to create a new Rich Robinson Magpie Signature guitar. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved Gretsch guitars”, Robinson says. “From Neil Young and Stephen Stills to Steve Marriott and Malcom Young, these guitars have always piqued my imagination. Sonically and visually, Gretsch guitars have always been unique in the musical landscape. To have my own signature Gretsch is an honor, and the Magpie is the combination of all of my favorite elements of Gretsch guitars”.

 

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08.09.2019

Coyote Brother.....


The new self-titled record from Coyote Brother is classic country, rich with lyrical imagery and the universal emotionality of the everyday. From loneliness and gratitude, to persistence and retribution, singers and songwriters John Hardin and Hayward Williams take turns offering up perspectives on each with sincerity.

Their welcoming conveyance transports the listener to a proverbial parlor room, ready for another round of storytelling. Folded in to the mix are plaintive steel guitar and robust organ, ebbing and flowing throughout their rolling and weaving vocals.

Coyote Brother is Hardin and Williams, 2 musicians with distinguished solo careers lasting over a decade before coming together as a duo. Drawn together by the profound impact that mental illness, in the form of panic disorders and depression, had on their ability to continue, Coyote Brother speaks to the collaborative work that can be achieved by taking a step back and re-entering the current with a strong support system.

Hardin is a Madison, WI, based artist, who previously toured under a pseudonym which, when viewed through the lens of the changes he has gone through personally, he insists is not important. From 2005 to 2013, his music appeared in numerous television spots, and he shared the stage with Gregory Alan Isakov, Over The Rhine, Sara Watkins, Jeffrey Foucault, and more. He released 2 records during this period, ”Fools & Thinkers” and ”Visions Of The Sea”, touring extensively behind both before deciding to take time off to engage with and work on his ’personal and mental maladjustments’. He returned to music with 2016’s ”The Piasa Bird”.

Williams is based in Milwaukee, WI, and like Hardin, he took time off after years of extensive touring to tend to his mental health and gain control of persisting anxieties. His most recent records since returning to music, ”The Reef” and ”Pretenders”, re-enforced his well earned reputation as a soulful folk artist. As a solo artist, Williams has released 7 records, toured across 3 continents, and has shared the stage with artists such as Jose Gonzalez, Sturgill Simpson, and the Secret Sisters.

The 2 came together after a moving in overlapping circles for a number of years. It was Hardin who first proposed the idea of working together, asking Williams to produce ”The Piasa Bird”. During this process, they discovered how well suited they were as a duo, and after Hardin co-produced Williams’ record ”Pretenders”, the  decided to ’hitch their wagons together’ and form what they now call Coyote Brother.

A majority of their debut, self titled record was engineered by Hardin at his home studio, with the remainder recorded remotely at locations across the country. In addition to Hardin and Williams, featured on the record are Charles Koltak on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis  on bass, Brooks Milgate on keys, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel. The record was mixed by Alex Bush of Sonikwire Studio and mastered by Ed Walsh  of Resonant Mastering.

At its core, Coyote Brother is steeped in the spirit of traditional country music with rich imagery, timeless storytelling, and poignant melodies that carry the listener through the drama of the modern world.

 

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07.09.2019

Ode To Wilco.....

Jeff Tweedy and Wilco are getting back after it, so to speak, as the band will release a new studio album, "Ode To Joy",  on October 4th, 2019. Tweedy says the album overall is defiantly joyful in the face of global political and cultural upheaval. “The record is, in a weird way, an ode”, he says in a statement announcing the album. “This terrible stuff is happening, this deepening sense of creeping authoritarianism that weighs on everybody’s psyche on a daily basis, and you’re allowed to feel a lot of things at once. And one thing that is worth feeling, that is worth fighting for, is your freedom to still have joy even though things are going to shit”.

 

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06.09.2019

A Chicago Xmas.....

Chicago is back on October 4th, 2019, with the band’s 37th studio album and 4th Christmas release. The simply titled "Chicago Christmas" will arrive from Rhino Records on CD, LP, and digital platforms with 8 original songs, 2 classic holiday standards, and 1 pop favorite.

Produced by founding member Lee Loughnane, "Chicago Christmas" is the group’s 1st holiday album to focus primarily on original compositions. For this project, the band members wrote new songs such as “All Over The World”, “(Because) It’s Christmastime” and “I’m Your Santa Claus”. The album also features 2 distinctive versions, in r'n'b and ballad style, of “Merry Christmas, I Love You”, a song that Loughnane penned with John Durrill of The Ventures.

Joining the new songs are renditions of “Here We Come A Caroling” and “Sleigh Ride”, the latter of which was previously cut by the band on 2011’s "Chicago XXIII : O Christmas Three". The album’s other cover is more unexpected, but promises to be a highlight. Robert Lamm brought Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What The World Needs Now Is Love” to the project, feeling its message was timely and relevant for the holiday season.

The horn arrangements for "Chicago Christmas" have been scored by James Pankow, while the album was recorded and mixed by Tim Jessup. The current Chicago line-up as heard on the album is anchored by founders Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane  and James Pankow, plus Keith Howland, Lou Pardini, Ray Herrmann, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Neil Donell, Brett Simons, and Ramon Yslas.

 

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05.09.2019

The Replacements.....

Don’t tell a soul? The Replacements are releasing their first ever box set. The hell raising Minneapolis rockers have proudly told the story of stealing a clutch of tapes from their onetime home of Twin Tone Records and chucking them into the Mississippi River back in 1987. But happily, the band was more careful about subsequent masters, and the year later, held onto a stash of tapes that now will provide the basis of "Dead Man’s Pop", a 4 CD and 1 LP set reimagining their 6th album and 3rd for Sire Records, "Don’t Tell A Soul". It’s due out on September 27th, 2019, from Rhino Records.

 

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04.09.2019

Spike Flynn.....

Singer songwriter Spike Flynn has released 2 albums of original songs. Both have been very well received. His 1st album "It's Alright" reached number 10 on the Euro Americana Chart. He won the alt country section of the Tamworth Australian National Songwriting Competition in 2017 and had 3 songs in the 2018 finals. He is an accomplished finger picking guitarist in the style of Doc Watson and plays rack harmonica. His strongest interest however is the lyrical side of songwriting.
 
Originally from a small town in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia, he has been based in Sydney now for many years. Spike infuses home town and country themes with an urban edge. He says his songs "are for listening to, the lyrics, for me, are the most important element”. That's why he always includes a lyric booklet with his CD's. His original songs have a strong Australian presence, but with universal themes.
 
He has supported international acts including Peter Rowan & His Bluegrass Band, Kristina Olsen and John McCutcheon. Until recently Spike performed with his 2 piece band the Open Hearted Strangers, playing a mix of original songs, blues and country. He is now doing more solo and duo gigs around Sydney. Currently Spike is focused on songwriting and recording. He has several albums of original material ready, which will be released over the next 2 to 3 years. Spike Flynn sees himself as primarily a songwriter, he is an 'album' songwriter, focused on story telling and the overall album feel and continuity of a collection of songs.

 

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03.09.2019

Sutherland Brothers.....

This 8 CD, 103 track, box set covers all of the releases by Sutherland Brothers & Quiver during the period 1971 to 1979 for both Island and CBS Records. Disc 1 is the self titled “Sutherland Brothers” album, produced by Muff Winwood and featuring the single ‘The Pie’ which was later covered by, of all people, the Bay City Rollers on their “Strangers In The Wind” album. The 2nd disc features 1972’s “Lifeboat” album which now adds 7 bonus tracks, 4 taken from the US version of the album. Also added is the single ‘Sailing’, which though not a hit for the band, gave Rod Stewart an international chart topper.

The single ‘You Got Me Anyway’, however, did reach # 48 in the US, # 25 in Canada and # 34 in Australia. Disc 3 is 1973’s “Dream Kid” album which now adds a previously non album cut as a bonus. 1974’s “Beat Of The Street” is on disc 4 and features 2 previously non album cuts as a bonus. Disc 5 is 1975’s “Reach For The Sky” album which reached # 26 in the UK charts. It features the hit single ‘Arms Of Mary’ which hit # 5 in the UK, # 17 in Germany and the top # in both Holland and Ireland.

Again, 2 non LP tracks have been added as a bonus. Making a guest appearance is Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour. The 6th disc is 1976’s “Slipstream” album which includes the UK # 35 hit single ‘Secrets’. The album itself reached # 49 in the UK charts. 6 previously non LP bonus tracks have been added to the “Down To Earth” album including rare cuts from the US version of the album. All produced by The Shadows’ Bruce Welch. The final disc is 1979’s “When The Night Comes Down” opus which features the # 50 UK hit single ‘Easy Come Easy Go’. The detailed booklet includes an in depth new interview with the main band members by the Groups webmaster Brian Mathieson. Lemon Records, September 27th, 2019.

 

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Nina Simone.....

The Nina Simone "Complete RCA Albums Collection" box set is being made available again on September 27th, 2019. This 9 CD box set was first released back in 2011 via Sony’s Legacy Recordings imprint and collects remastered versions of all 9 original albums that Simone cut for RCA, between 1967 and 1974, and presents them in vinyl replica sleeves.

This set features expanded versions of each album, with a total of 35 bonus tracks, including additional songs and session material relevant to time period. The included 34 page booklet offers details on all the sessions and sources.

 

 

 

 

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01.09.2019

Beth Hart.....

Beth Hart announces new album, "War In My Mind", out on September 27th, 2019, on Provogue Records and Mascot Label Group.

Beth Hart is as real as it gets. At a time when other musicians polish their songs, airbrush their image, conceal their blemishes, deny their age and bury their darkest secrets, this is one artist who throws down her cards and invites you to either walk or love her anyway.

"With War In My Mind", this Grammy nominated talent has never served herself up so raw, on a record that embraces her merits and flaws, channels her bittersweet headspace and spins gold from her demons.

“More than any record I’ve ever made, I’m more open to being myself on these songs”, Beth explains. “I’ve come a long way with healing, and I’m comfortable with my darknesses, weirdnesses and things that I’m ashamed of, as well as all the things that make me feel good”.

Having followed the fascinating career of Beth Hart for a quarter century, we’ve learnt not to rule anything out, so long as it’s real. And now, with "War In My Mind", this songwriter has made a record that bares her soul, represents her warts and all, and makes no apology for it.

 

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31.08.2019

Judith Owen.....

Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter and pianist Judith Owen will release a timely and heartbreaking new single, “I Still Dream Of America”, on September 27th, 2019.
 
For the Welsh musician, who holds passports in both the UK and US, the song is at once deeply political and personal, she dedicates it to her mother in law, Dora Kohn, who fled Nazi led Poland at the age of 19 to come to America, “and to everyone who has risked their lives for a better future and made this country the remarkable melting pot it is”.
 
“As an artist, an immigrant and an American citizen, I need to speak out”, Owen says. “After talk of the wall, along with the ever growing hatred directed at those who are literally risking life and limb to find safety and a better life, I felt compelled to write this song. And what’s a wall, really? It’s a metaphor for all those who are fearful of ‘other people’. And the irony is that those ‘other people’ are just doing what we’ve all done. For goodness sake, we're all immigrants!”.
 
“I Still Dream Of America” is rooted in current reality, but it also harkens back to Owen’s idealized view of the States that was formed growing up in the UK hearing American music and watching vintage Hollywood’s classics. “Most people growing up outside of the US have a romantic notion that it’s a place that promises safety and a second chance”, she says.
 
The song begins with Owen singing lushly and wistfully over her own elegant piano accompaniment, “When I was young and London bound, the taste of coal dust still in my sound, the loss of leaving all around, I looked to a distant star to the music that would stir my soul, when across the sea came Jelly Roll, so when rainy pavements took their toll I dreamt of America”.
 
As the song unfolds and the music builds in rich, 'Copeland-esque' orchestration, Owen conjures up vivid images from her childhood of “cowboys underneath an open sky”, and she sings about “a land that welcomed souls to save, where all stood equal the lost and the brave”. Artistically, it’s a thrilling, incandescent performance, with Owen deftly letting listeners in on a feeling that is strikingly intimate yet entirely universal. 
 
“It’s right in the title, I still dream of America”, Owen insists. “The words that are on the Statue Of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’, still exist for everybody who wants it. And make no mistake, you have to want it badly. I watched people being sworn in, mostly from Hispanic countries, crying, besides themselves with joy that they had reached this place. People still want what this country has to offer, inspire of what is happening currently.
 
“And, of course, I know what my mother in law went through to get to this country”, she continues. “When she arrived at Ellis Island, she couldn’t speak English, and nobody even knew she was Polish because she was terrified to speak. Her story is very much like what we’re seeing now, people from Mexico who risk it all to leave behind intolerable suffering, and for many, certain death. That’s why I dedicate this song to her and them”.
 
An accomplished visual artist, Owen designed the artwork for “I Still Dream Of America”, a haunting charcoal rendering of a woman with her 2 children, standing on Ellis Island and staring longingly at the Statue Of Liberty in the near distance. “I purposely made it period non specific”, she explains. “It could be from the 1920's, it could be from the 1950's, it could even be right now. There’s a timelessness to the beacon of hope that the Statue Of Liberty and America represents, and I wanted to capture that. I know that what I imagined America to be was a romantic dream, but haven’t the greatest achievements in history started as dreams?”.
 
Owen has enraptured audiences with her live performances across the globe, and she’s currently workshopping her “song cycle” titled “Elegada”, ('The Chosen') about Picasso’s fascinating muses. “Next year, I’ll be focusing primarily on it”, she says, “and I’m very excited about returning to my roots, classical music, with jazz overtones. In this show, I’m composer, arranger, lyricist, librettist, book writer, actress, painter and actress, with the theatrical overtones and richness that comes from both the US and UK”.
 
Before that, Owen will be touring Europe and the UK, during which time she joins her longtime friend and collaborator, the legendary Richard Thompson, as a featured guest, along with a cavalcade of British rock and folk royalty, in his 70th birthday celebration on September 30th, 2019, at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

 

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30.08.2019

Abbey Road.....

The Beatles, "Abbey Road : Super Deluxe Box Set", September 27th, 2019.

 

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29.08.2019

Robbie Robertson.....

01. I Hear You Paint Houses
02. Once Were Brothers
03. Dead End Kid
04. Hardwired
05. Walk In Beauty Way
06. Let Love Reign
07. Shanghai Blues
08. Wandering Souls
09. Street Serenade
10. The Shadow
11. Beautiful Madness
12. Praying For Rain
13. Remembrance

Universal Music, September 20th, 2019.

 

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28.08.2019

Gerry Rafferty.....

Whether recording as a solo performer, a member of Stealers Wheel or as one half of The Humblebums, the other half, of course, being Billy Connolly, the late Gerry Rafferty was always a master craftsman, leaving behind a dazzling portfolio of songs headed by huge hits ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ and the equally timeless ‘Baker Street’.

Although early success eluded him, it was during his time with the nominally folk oriented Transatlantic label that Gerry learnt his craft, sharing space with Connolly on two Humblebums albums before the superb 1971 solo set “Can I Have My Money Back?”.

As most fans will be only too aware, those early recordings have been repackaged on a regular basis over the last 4 decades or so with varying degrees of care and attention. What makes this 2 CD set, "Who Knows What The Day Will Bring?" different from the pack is that, for the first time, a full anthology of Gerry’s early years is available under one roof.

In addition to every album track, stray b-side and remixed single, added is a cache of previously unreleased songs and alternative versions, including 2 early versions of ‘Who Cares’, a song that would later turn up in substantially different format on the 2nd Stealers Wheel LP, taken from a bunch of multi track masters that have been gathering dust in Transatlantic’s archives for the last 50 years.

With a host of hitherto unheard songs and performances, the first ever complete reissue of “Can I Have My Money Back?”, previous attempts have substituted an unauthorised overdubbed ‘Mary Skeffington’ in place of the original, far superior album version, "Who Knows What The Day Will Bring?" Is nothing less than a complete, unexpurgated document of Rafferty’s adventures in the recording studio between 1969 and 1971, with all tracks taken from the master tapes.

A digipak release, the 20 page booklet features numerous photos, obscure European picture sleeves and a definitive 5000 word note on Gerry’s early years.

Grapefruit, September 20th, 2019.

 

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27.08.2019

Gibrish.....

Gibrish släpper, den 27:e september, sitt 4:e album sedan debuten 2012. "Andrahandssånger" är fylld med bandets, ofta hyllade, egna material. Ett album som tar tempen på ett allt kyligare Sverige.
 

Gibrish från Sundsvall har rötterna i de mörka skogarna i Medelpad och influeras bland annat av rock, blues, visa och teatermusik. På nya albumet fortsätter de arbetet med att sudda ut de musikaliska gränserna.
 
"Andrahandssånger" innehåller en rad starka låtar som inledande ”Leds Av En Blind” till avslutande ”Vilse Bland Stjärnorna". Men även svängiga ”Ingen Fri Lunch” theremindoftande ”Säger Aldrig Farväl” och tunga ”Gud Gått Och Fiskat” sätter sina avtryck på albumet.

På tramporgelbaserade valsen "Kråkor Och Skator tar Gibrish tydligt ställning mot främlingsfientligheten. Men albumet innehåller också några lekfulla avantgardistiska instrumentaler och en fantasifull, raspig saga från Indien.

Gibrish har hyllats för sina livespelningar på de svenska musikscenerna, bland annat på Urkultfestivalen. Men bandet har också uppmärksammats internationellt. Bandet har turnérat i både USA, England och Finland. Flertalet artiklar, intervjuer och recensioner har publicerats i både svensk och utländsk press.


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26.08.2019

Bruce Cockburn.....

Legendary singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn showcases his guitar technique on new instrumental album, "Crowing Ignites", coming September 20th, 2019, on True North Records, supported by more than 40 North American tour dates.

"Crowing Ignites" was produced, recorded and mixed by Colin Linden, and recorded at the Firehouse in San Francisco. It showcases 11 all original compositions by Cockburn, who plays acoustic guitar throughout, backed by a stellar cast of sympathetic musicians. Cockburn will support the new disc's release with a summer, fall tour schedule throughout the US and Canada. 

More than 40 years since he embarked on his singer songwriter career, Cockburn continues pushing himself to create and winning accolades in the process. Most recently, The Order Of Canada recipient earned a 2018 Juno Award For Contemporary Roots Album Of The Year. "Bone On Bone", recieved a Lifetime Achievement Award from SOCAN, The People's Voice Award from Folk Alliance International and was inducted into The Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2017.

Cockburn, who released his memoir, "Rumours Of Glory", and its similarly titled companion box set the same year, shows no sign of stopping. As his producer-friend Linden says, "Like the great blues players he admires, Bruce just gets better with age".

 

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25.08.2019

Allan Clarke.....

Allan Clarke, one of the most distinguished voices in British music history, makes a dramatic return to the musical frontline, and no one is more surprised than Clarke himself. Clarke's place in pop rock folklore is unshakeable. As co-founder and lead vocalist with the mighty Hollies, he was the frontman of such indelible singles as 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', 'The Air That I Breathe', 'I'm Alive’,'Long Cool Woman’ and dozens more. Between 1963 and 1988, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees amassed an incredible 18 top 10 and 30 top 40 UK hits and sold scores of millions of singles and albums all over the world.

As a soloist, Clarke recorded 8 greatly admired studio albums between 1972 and 1989 which enhanced his reputation both as a composer and an astute interpreter of other writers. He was, for example, one of the first artists to cover the work of an emerging New Jersey talent called Bruce Springsteen, who would later thank him personally for his early reading of '4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)'.

But now, Allan is ready to add a new chapter to his unique story, some 20 years after he retired from music to spend time with his family. The atmospheric, country rock flavoured 'Journey Of Regret' is the first taste of the upcoming album by the hugely admired singer and writer, aptly titled "Resurgence". The background to Clarke's reemergence is a tale of new technology, encouragement from his loved ones and a gift for songcraft that stayed with him even when he left the stage.

In 2017, he started writing poetry, of which one piece was musically interpreted by Los Angeles based musician Carla Olson. It inspired Allan to do his own version. “For many years, people have asked 'Why don't you go back singing?'”, he says. “What I couldn't do was perform Hollies songs anymore. But what I should have said was that there may be a time when I'll be able to sing, because I'll be doing songs that maybe I'll write myself. It was always on the back burner. But then I said to my son Toby, who's been involved musically in the family since the year he was born, 'I've got a song I've done on guitar, but I don't know what to do with it, what do you suggest?' He said 'You should learn to use GarageBand', and showed me how”.

Newly equipped with the means to make his own music at his own pace, the creative floodgates opened. Clarke brought in Francis Haines, a former collaborator, as producer and arranger, and soon a body of work was taking shape. Even at that stage, Allan wasn't thinking of the project as an album, but then word reached one of his countless industry admirers, BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch. A deal was struck, and Clarke's "Resurgence" was official. One of 2019's most unexpected albums is also one of its most exhilarating. As Allan says himself, “It's given me a new lease of life in doing something I thought I'd never do again”.

BMG, September 20th, 2019.

 

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24.08.2019

Iggy Pop's Free.....

Iggy Pop has announced a new album, "Free". The follow up to 2016’s "Post Pop Depression" arrives September 6th, 2019, via Loma Vista and Caroline International.

The album, described in a press release as uniquely somber and contemplative, features collaborators Noveller and Leron Thomas. “This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice”, Iggy says.

He continues, “By the end of the tours following 'Post Pop Depression', I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free. I know that’s an illusion, and that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing, all that you need, not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen”
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Iggy appears as a caffeine craving zombie in Jim Jarmusch’s 'The Dead Don’t Die', in theaters now. Last month he announced a book of lyrics called ’Til Wrong Feels Right', out in October through Penguin Random House. He recently announced his own signature coffee, with notes of dates, nutmeg, and a long, chocolatey finish, and some proceeds going towards Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

 

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23.08.2019

Slowman.....


"Efter att ha släppt 4 hyllade album på engelska så testade jag att göra en svensk EP år 2014, 'Slowman På Svenska'. En recensent tyckte att låtarna var 'intressanta, originella och personliga'. En annan hoppades att nästa fullängdare skulle bli 'fullsmockad med låtar av det här slaget'. Många av er som lyssnar på mig röstade på min hemsida på att jag absolut skulle göra ett svenskt album. Det tog sin tid, jag är ju Slowman, men nu är det äntligen dags.

Den 6:e september 2019 släpps albumet 'En Romantisk Idiot'. Det är inspelat av Jörgen 'Jugglo' Wall och Markus Gahnfelt på Fimta Recordings. 'Jugglo' har också mixat i Kapsylen-studion och producerat ihop med mig. Tillsammans med Michael Wall har vi skapat ett nytt sound.

Låtarna har sina rötter i 70-talets rock, blues, americana och några droppar jazz. De svenska texterna är personliga och innehåller ett brett spektrum av ämnen från separation och tomhet, distanserad självinsikt, dystopisk omvärldsbetraktelse till våryster förälskelse och ömsint kärlekspoesi.

Musiken är ibland tung som ett godståg, ibland lätt som en sommargardin. Rytmerna svänger och andas. Jag är övertygad om att det här är det absolut bästa album jag gjort.

Medan ni väntar kan ni lyssna på tidigare plattor på Spotify, där finns till exempel EP'n 'Slowman På Svenska' som på sätt och vis är förrätten till detta album. Huvudrätten tog tid på sig, men jag hoppas ni tycker det var värt att vänta på.

I april släpptes den första singeln från albumet, 'Kärlekens Osynliga Hand', och nu i dagarna den andra singeln 'Glamourhippie Från Örebro', och snart alltså dags för album. Håll ut!"

~ Svante "Slowman" Törngren

 

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22.08.2019

Highwomen.....

01. Highwomen
02. Redesigning Women
03. Loose Change
04. Crowded Table
05. My Name Can't Be Mama
06. If She Ever Leaves Me
07. Old Soul
08. Don't Call Me
09. My Only Child
10. Heaven Is A Honky Tonk
11. Cocktail And A Son
12. Wheels Of Laredo

Atlantic Records, September 6th, 2019.

 

 

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21.08.2019

Caravan Box Set.....

Universal Music will issue a 9 CD box set that features expanded editions of English Canterbury scene band Caravan‘s albums recorded for the Decca and Deram labels in the late 1960's and early 1970's. "The Decca & Deram Years : An Anthology 1970-1975" features 5 studio albums all of which include bonus tracks such as demos, single mixes and alternates. Additionally, this collection features "The Story of Our Lives : Live At The BBC 1970 - 1975", 2 CD's of live at the BBC performances largely from radio shows such as ‘Sounds Of The Seventies', ‘John Peel’s Sunday Concert’ and ‘BBC In Concert’. Another live album, 1974’s "Live At Fairfields Halls" completes the 9 discs. The discs are housed in 8 gatefold card sleeves, featuring original album art and sit alongside a 48 page booklet with notes detailing the history of the band. "The Decca & Deram Years : An Anthology 1970 - 1975" is issued on September 6th, 2019.

 

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20.08.2019

Vince Gill.....

Grammy Award winning country star Vince Gill returns with his 1st new studio album in 3 years, "Okie". Co-produced by Gill and Justin Niebank, the album’s title is taken from the once derogatory term used to disparage migrants from Oklahoma to the nation’s west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression eras. A proud Oklahoman, Gill has appropriated this term on an album that embraces his roots and explores some of the most important issues of our time. Universal Music, August 23rd, 2019.

 

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19.08.2019

Dave Rosewood.....

Dave Rosewood is a native of the Ozark Mountians, but now makes his home in the heartland of Småland, Sweden. His debut album "Gravel & Gold" was called ”100% pure damn country in the spirit of Cash, Merle, Waylon and even the Allman Brothers” by The Rockin Magpie. His single "20 Years" was recognized by Sonic Magazine and New Nordic Indie and included on their respective Spotify playlists.

Dave Rosewood´s brand new single "Drinkin' Man" takes a cue from classic country, tinged with fiddle, electric guitar and piano. "Drinkin' Man" addresses the thoughts of a man with a lost love that he can´t escape summed up by the words of the chorus, ”If I was a drinkin' man, the whiskey couldn´t drown the pain, and a shot would only feel like rain on an ocean wave”.

"Drinkin' Man" is the lead single from Dave´s sophmore album "No Rodeo In Rome" which is due for release March 2020. Supporting the release of "Drinkin' Man", Dave Rosewood will be embarking on his 'Honky Tonk Troubadour Tour' in September with stops in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

 

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18.08.2019

Gregg Allman.....

2 years after his death, Gregg Allman's 1973 solo debut "Laid Back", as well as his 1974 live album "The Gregg Allman Tour", will be reissued on August 30th, 2019, via Mercury Records.

Recorded at the same time as the Allman Brothers’ iconic "Brothers & Sisters", "Laid Back" is a densely soulful record that includes a stripped down version of “Midnight Rider”, the devastating rocker “Queen Of Hearts” and a swampy cover of Jackson Browne's “These Days”.

The reissue will be released on a deluxe edition 2 CD set, which features early mixes, demos and outtakes, including an unreleased demo of “These Days”. 2 vinyl formats will be released, a standard 180 gram as well as a limited edition colored vinyl, pressed in violet and white marble.

Allman’s live album "The Gregg Allman Tour" is also being reissued, pressed for the 1st time since 1987. Featuring live tracks from Carnegie Hall and the Capitol Theater, the tracklist includes “Oncoming Traffic” and a cover of Elvis Presley’s “I Feel So Bad”. The vinyl edition will be pressed in grey and white marble, modeling the original so that side 1 and 4 will be on the 1st LP, while sides 2 and 3 will be on the other.

 

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17.08.2019

Steve Miller Band.....

For the first time in the band’s career, the Steve Miller Band‘s vaults are opening up for an expansive new box set spanning 6 decades, and "Welcome To The Vault" will be released on October 11th, 2019. 52 tracks, 38 of them being previously unreleased, memorabilia, a book and more make up the box set version of this release.

"Welcome To The Vault" covers Miller’s genre blurring 6 decade career over 52 audio tracks, pairing a number of greatest hits and certifiable rock'n'roll classics with 38 previously unreleased recordings that span demos, rehearsals, outtakes, vintage concert performances and 5 newly uncovered original Steve Miller Band songs recorded in the 1960's and 1970's. The accompanying DVD collects 21 live performances, among them legendary rare TV appearances and concert videos. The box set is accompanied by a 100 page hardbound book of photos, memorabilia and artifacts from Miller’s personal collection, as well as an exclusive 9 000 word essay by renowned rock journalist David Fricke. Steve Miller Band’s "Welcome To The Vault", also available as a 52 track digital collection, arrives October 11th, 2019, via Sailor/Capitol/UMe.

As if all that weren’t enough, the DVD features 21 incredible live performances, including rare footage from 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival, a Dutch TV filmed performance of the Fillmore West from 1970, a 43 minute September 1973 concert at New York’s Palace Theater broadcast on 'Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert', unseen since the 70's, an 'ABC In Concert' performance with James Cotton from 1974, a performance of “Abracadabra” from Michigan’s Pine Knob from that album tour in 1982, and selections from Austin City Limits in 2011, as well as Miller’s intimate 1990 performance with Les Paul at New York City’s Fat Tuesday’s.

In addition to the box set news, the Steve Miller Band will head out on the road with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives on the 'An Amazing Evening Of Original American Music – Classic Rock Meets Classic Country tour.

 

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16.08.2019

Logan Ledger.....

Bay Area bred singer songwriter Logan Ledger sets most of his songs in lightless or shadowy spaces, the bottom of the ocean, the abandoned cells of Alcatraz, dreamless bedrooms, desolate streets in the dead of night. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the Nashville based artist’s self titled debut matches his moody noir lyricism with a darkly toned take on country music, a sound that’s stylistically wayward yet deeply grounded in classic songmanship.
 
With Burnett playing guitar on more than half the tracks, the album finds Ledger backed by guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Dennis Crouch, the same band that played on "Raising Sand" by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, a Burnett produced release that won Album Of The Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Joined by guitarist and pedal steel player Russell Pahl, the band artfully threads in elements of acid rock and surf music and baroque 60's pop to forge a decidedly Californian sound. But as the sonic antithesis of the sunshiney folk that Jimi Hendrix called 'western sky music', the album is nearly subterranean in its mystique, indelibly informed by what Ledger refers to as 'that gloomy, nocturnal, San Francisco, Ocean Beach vibe”.
 
Recorded at House of Blues Studios in Nashville, "Logan Ledger" emerges as a distinctly electric offering, yet continually reveals the rootsy sensibilities at the heart of his kinship with Burnett. “I think we’re each attracted to the more sinister aspects of folk and roots music, and we each have a desire to keep that music alive while finding a way to make something new out of it”, Ledger says. In turn, the album bears an era defying quality made all the more powerful by Ledger’s voice, a timeless instrument that channels utter lonesomeness even in the album’s most joyous moments.

Right from its first seconds, "Logan Ledger" proves to be blessedly removed from all musical convention. To that end, opening track “Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me” arrives as a gorgeously languid lullaby, its narrator longingly daydreaming his own death. A downhearted mood imbues much of the album, including “Invisible Blue”, a woozy meditation on inescapable sadness, and “Tell Me A Lie”, a sublimely tragic ballad written with John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars. And on “Nobody Knows”, Ledger achieves a cinematic grandeur, the drama intensified by his haunting lyrics, “Nobody knows where the lonely go, Nobody really seems to mind”.

Though Ledger sustains a certain Heavy heartedness even on the album’s uptempo tracks, that element is beautifully offset by the palpable joy behind each performance. On “Starlight”, a lovesick paean to self delusion, its lyrics suffused in the minimalism of hillbilly haiku, the band slips into a prolonged instrumental section almost trance like in effect. “We were jamming and once the song was finished, we just played the whole thing again”, Ledger recalls. “It was totally spontaneous and felt really good, so we kept it”. Two songs later, Ledger takes a cue from all those swoony Roy Orbison songs about dreaming, then flips the script with the oddly glorious “I Don’t Dream Anymore”. “It could be taken quite literally, the way I’m living, I don’t remember my dreams at all these Days, or it could reflect a cynical attitude toward modern times”, Ledger notes.

Written by Burnett, “I’m Gonna Get Over This Some Day” brings a more cheerfully gritty pragmatism to the current moment. “It reminds me of something Johnny Cash would’ve recorded, where he’s addressing a serious matter in a very lighthearted way”, says Ledger. “In this case it’s forgiveness, and T Bone put a political lens on it, it’s about forgiving people who think differently from you, and trying to find some common ground”. The only other track on the album not authored by Ledger, “Skip A Rope” offers a playful yet potent update of Henson Cargill’s 1967 single, a # 1 hit on the country charts, spiked with still pertinent social commentary, “Never mind the rules, just play to win, And hate your neighbor for the shade of his skin”. “It’s sad that a song recorded so long ago is just as relevant now, but I think it’s important to show that there’s a progressive side to traditional music, and that we shouldn’t ever lose that”, says Ledger.

Elsewhere on the album, Ledger embeds his songs with strangely mesmeric storytelling. Co-written with Steve Earle, “The Lights Of San Francisco” is a softly swaying lament narrated by a ghost wandering Alcatraz Island, eternally taken with the city lights. On the wildly hypnotic “Electric Fantasy”, he delivers a truly singular marvel of imagination, a psychedelic surf song built on endlessly shifting time signatures, its lyrics mining inspiration from Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie and relaying the story of a romantically frustrated computer program, “I want to hold you tight, My cathode ray, Will keep us warm at night”. And on the exquisitely melancholy “Imagining Raindrops”, Ledger takes a wholly mundane experience, “There was a day when I thought it was raining outside, but it wasn’t”, he explains, and twists it into a lyrical metaphor that feels both forlorn and defiant, “The world I see I don’t believe”.

All throughout his debut, Ledger makes abundant use of his self described 'archaeological impulse with regards to music-making'. “I’ve always believed that in order to create something new with purpose, one must be steeped in the past and work from within the tradition”, he says. “It has more gravity that way”. Ledger’s self-guided musical education began back in the Bay Area, where he first felt drawn to sing after his grandmother introduced him to the music of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and r'n'b vocal groups like The Platters. Taking up guitar at age 12, he soon began writing songs of his own, along with amassing a huge collection of Smithsonian Folkways CD's and immersing himself in the music of country and blues artists like Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt. While attending Columbia University, he hosted a bluegrass show on the campus radio station and played in a number of bluegrass bands, then headed to San Francisco after graduation.

In 2013, after a year and a half back in the Bay Area, Ledger moved to Nashville on a whim. Although his early days in the city were mostly spent working in bars and playing in cover bands, he later crossed paths with guitarist Mark Thornton and ended up recording a demo of “Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me” in Thornton’s home studio. Soon enough, that demo landed in the hands of Dennis Crouch, who then passed it on to Burnett. After he’d shared a few more demos with the legendary producer, Burnett invited Ledger to his home in Los Angeles.

Since teaming up with Burnett, Ledger has joined him onstage in the only 2 full band performances Burnett’s done in recent years. And on Ledger’s album, the duo’s immediate chemistry extends to a charmed communion between all of the featured musicians. “So much of this record is people not playing clearly defined rhythmic or lead roles, we’re all sort of twirling around each other and creating this great big texture of sound together”, says Ledger. “A typical country record would have very clearly defined solos, but I’m not interested in that. I love how everyone’s constantly improvising, but without ever getting in anybody else’s way”.
 
For Ledger, that uninterrupted and possibly transcendent flow is also the desired takeaway for listeners of his debut album. “I’d love for people to get into a meditative space when they hear the record, to sit with the songs and really take their time with them”, he says. “I think there’s a value in letting things happen at a much slower pace, especially in our current culture of instant gratification. It’s really not even a conscious decision for me, it’s just how I feel and how I like to do things, so I’m just going to keep going with it”.

Rounder Records, October 4th, 2019.

 

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15.08.2019

Jaime Michaels.....

A venue operator in California refers to Jaime Michaels as a songwriters’ songwriter. He came late to the craft having enjoyed a long career as a covers artist both as a soloist and, for a while, full tilt rock and roll band lead singer with The Truly Dangerous Swamp Band. Not being much of a radio fan, he chose his covers carefully, sometimes something recognizable like Dylan or the Beatles, sometimes just damned fine songs he happened to run across from lesser known writers like Canadian Murray MacLauchlan. He sang the hell out of all of them.
 
Something happened a few years back when he moved west, far from his east coast roots, to a new home in Santa Fe, NM. Maybe it was just the change of scenery, something in the big western night sky, but the songs started coming. Finely crafted. Tuneful. Both spirited and spiritual, songs of kindness and true emotion. 11 albums, so far, with Jono Manson in the producer’s chair for the past 9. Their 2013 effort, "Unknown Blessings", is a fund raiser with 100% of the sales going to the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation’s teen music camp. That album, along with 2011’s "The Man With The Time Machine" and his most recent, 2016’s "Once Upon A Different Time", have all won the New Mexico Music Awards album of the year award.
 
Jaime continues touring both in the US and in Italy where "Once Upon A Different Time" was released on Appaloosa records in 2016. He toured in Italy in December 2017 with keyboardist Radoslav Lorcović. 2018 dates included a mainstage set at the 2018 Kerrville Folk Festival, a summer tour in California, and a tour in Texas in the fall, with fellow singer songwriter Rj Cowdery. He appeared next on Appaloosa Records’ tribute album to Townes Van Zandt, "The Wind Blows", on the 1st track, a stellar cover of "Snowing On Raton".
 
And now a new album, "If You Fall", again a collaboration between Jono, Jaime and a new recording band consisting of Austinites Paul Pearcy on drums and Ronnie Johnson on bass, New York City and Nashville veteran pedal steel, mandolin, guitar wiz Jon Graboff and on keyboards and accordions, Radoslav Loković. As always, there are some stellar originals, and a couple of moving covers.

 

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14.08.2019

The Band Doc.....

Drawing inspiration from 2017’s "Testimony", the bestselling memoir by Robbie Robertson, a new music documentary, "Once Were Brothers : Robbie Robertson And The Band", will hit theaters this fall. Executive producers Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will chronicle the story of The Band and band leader Robertson, from playing backup for Bob Dylan and to his tenure in wildly influential group. Rare footage appears in the documentary, with guests including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and more. Imagine Documentaries, White Pine Pictures, Bell Media Studios and Universal Music Canada’s Shed Creative are all co-producing the doc. “Robbie and The Band are the stuff of rock'n'roll mythology”, Justin Wilkes, president of Imagine Documentaries, says in a press release. “As a Woodstock native, the Big Pink house loomed large in my cultural psyche growing up and like many, many others, the music sure made a lasting impression. The gospel according to Robbie is a wild, cinematic ride and we here at Imagine are honored to partner with Daniel and an illustrious band of producers in sharing Robbie’s story with the world”.


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13.08.2019

Gerry Beckley.....

Gerry Beckley, the gifted singer, songwriter, performer and co-founder of legendary band, America, is set to release a new solo album, "Five Mile Road", on September 20th, 2019, via Blue Elan Records. 1st single, "Life Lessons", is already out.

"I knew that this batch of songs, even the choice of the album's title, was going to be about my journey", says Gerry Beckley, who finds himself embracing his past, personally, professionally and creatively, nearly as much as he looks to the future. But for the artist best known for his 49 year career with America, and whose acclaimed collaborations have also ranged from Carl Wilson and Dan Fogelberg to David Cassidy and John Waters,  the journey still shimmers with a melodic melancholy that makes his music as familiar as it is iconic. Beckley brings his own journey home on his new Blue Elan Records release, "Five Mile Road".

In his 1st offering since his Blue Elan debut, "Carousel", "Five Mile Road" is produced by Beckley and Jeff Larson, with all songs written by Beckley, except "Life Lessons", which was written by Gerry and actor musician Bill Mumy. And while the album also features instrumental assistance from longtime friends that include Mumy, Jason Scheff of Chicago and Rusty Young of Poco, the majority of the backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano and additional keyboards are all Beckley. As he explains with a laugh, "When I make a solo album, there's a whole lot of 'solo' in there!".

As Beckley continues to tour in celebration of America's 50-year anniversary, he is still in awe of their longevity. "We never flamed out, broke up or hit bottom. Our songs marked a time and place in many people's DNA, and we still work hard to put on a great show. It's mind blowing, really".

 

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12.08.2019

Another Opeth.....

Opeth are pleased to present you with the title for their awaited 13th observation. "In Cauda Venenum", is due out this fall on Moderbolaget Records and Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded last year at Stockholm's Park Studios, "In Cauda Venenum" will be released in 2 versions, in both Swedish and English languages. Various physical and digital formats will be available and additional details will be announced in the coming months. In anticipation of the impending release, Opeth will be performing shows around the world through the end of the year.

 

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11.08.2019

Jan Seides.....

Like all creative people, Austin singer songwriter Jan Seides maintains a constant state of vigilance, always looking for the next idea, the next inspiration. But she’d never imagined that simply singing a song she’d written while laid up with a back injury would lead not only to her 1st album in 6 years, but to her 1st book, complete with her 1st foray into illustration. Not to mention a pilgrimage she’d dreamed of taking since she was a teen.

The song, “Sarah Laughed”, was her take on the biblical story of Sarah and Abraham, which she learned when her daughter was studying it to recite for her bat mitzvah. Seides didn’t know it at the time, but that was the genesis of "Unsung", a 12 song album packaged with a book containing lyrics, illustrations and short commentaries about each song. “Sarah Laughed” refers to Sarah’s reaction when an angel told her husband that she would give birth, despite the fact that both were over 100 years old. Seides’ song addresses the difficulty of believing in miracles. At that point, she felt healing might require one. But Seides recovered, no miracle needed, and after she performed the song one night, an audience member came up and suggested a book, "Women In The Bible", noting the stories of those women might make good songs.

“They were all old, familiar stories, but this time when I read them, what struck me was how many important people in those stories never got any attention”, Seides reflects. “Leah was responsible for 8 of the 12 tribes of Israel. There are 2 sentences about her in the Bible. 2. I decided it was my job to tell those stories”.

The album was produced by Bradley Kopp, the book was illustrated by Seides and Vanessa Lively, who added watercolors over line drawings she encouraged Seides to create. Born in Detroit, Seides was raised there and in New York. Though her father’s parents were orthodox Jews who spoke only Yiddish, her family wasn’t particularly religious, she didn’t even attend Sunday school past 1st or 2nd grade. But she was always fascinated by religion, especially the biblical stories and how beliefs and practices evolved. And she’s always been attracted to 'the community and the tribe and the rituals', as a young teen, she belonged to a Jewish youth group, which sparked her interest in visiting Israel.
“They talked about Israel the way that 'Little House On The Prairie' talked about the American frontier, and I was just enamored", she says. But as life intervened, the trip remained a dream. Then she started writing these songs, and realized that she needed to go while she still could. She decided to make it a working trip, and through connections, booked some performances, which also served as the ultimate litmus test for songs set in that very place.

“I started with the Jacob's Ladder Festival. I sang one of the 1st songs and the audience loved it”, Seides recalls. “And I thought, ‘OK, then’”. She began the project with “Rachel’s Sister”, the song about Leah, whose husband, Jacob, intended to marry Rachel but was tricked into marrying her older sister first.

“I have sisters and I know that dynamic fairly well”, explains Seides, a middle daughter. “It’s like, ‘I'm nobody. I'm just Rachel sister’. Then I'm reading the story of David and Bathsheba and I suddenly realized what her name means. Daughter # 7. So then I was off and running”. That story, of Bathsheba’s seduction and rape by David, who impregnated her and killed her husband, became “Your Neighbor’s Garden”.

“After a while, the songs started writing themselves”, Seides says. “Mostly the subjects are people I didn’t think got a fair shake from the narrative presented in the Bible. A lot of research went into choosing them, and I learned aspects of the stories I never would have known otherwise”, she admits. Among the books she cites for providing insight are 'Helpmates, Harlots And Heroes : Women's Stories In The Hebrew Bible', by Alice Bellis, and 'The Stolen Light Of Women : A Quest For Spiritual Truth Beyond Religion' by CC Campbell.

But ultimate inspiration came from her characters. Leah even inspired the album’s title. Seides says she regards Rachel’s sister as "an unsung hero”. Seides’ rich, expressive voice, lovely melodies and elegant arrangements bring each character to Life, her words, and the accompanying images, turn them into relatable beings. Kopp’s production keeps the focus on her voice and their intricate acoustic guitar picking, accompanied only by occasional backing vocals, contributed by Kopp and Lorrie Singer, and subtle touches such as castanet chimes or woodblock taps.

“Since the songs were so complex, we made the production as simple as possible”, Seides says. It was a wise choice. Their beautifully interwoven stringwork provides all the momentum needed to help carry these stories along. And what stories they are. With frankness and even humor, “Mom Always Liked You Best”, Seides gives voice to biblical women who were given short shrift in both testaments, usually treated as peripheral characters even when the story was about them.

“The Torah was oral for 100's of years, and when it finally got written down, a group of men decided what was going to be in there”, Seides notes. “I just provided the rest of the story that they left out”.

While distinctly feminist, "Unsung" is hardly an exercise in man bashing. Seides says she found humanity in both male and female characters, and though she initially expected all the songs would be about women, they’re not. “I started telling the story of Goliath, “Mighty Goliath”, and it was supposed to be one of the light hearted, funny ones”, she says, “but about halfway through, I started feeling sorry for him. So the song is tragic. I also thought they'd all be Old Testament, and that didn't turn out to be the case, either”.

The album begins with “And So I Followed”, the story of Mary Magdalene, told from her point of view. “She's been conflated with two other Marys, and they have her painted as a prostitute, that wasn't her. And they had her painted as the one who dried his feet with her hair, that wasn't her, either”, Seides says. “According to the research, she was a woman with money, a Canaanite, but she Heard what he had to say and she believed he was on the right path and that she should follow. So she was pretty much footing the bill for a while”.

In the song’s 1st verse, Seides clarifies Mary’s role, singing, "Never walked the streets, I’m glad of that, Never washed his feet, But I wish I had, I was a woman who believed, And so I followed".

Though an album in which she inhabits biblical lives is a 1st for her, Seides has created music involving religious themes and cultures before. For the Texas Library Association, she developed a show of Yiddish songs and stories. Performing for church services led to writing songs for some of them, one of which became the title track for her 2010 album, "Because You Believe".

But fans are more likely to find her performing at Austin’s Kick Butt Café, where she hosts a songwriters’ circle the 2nd Sunday of each month, or New World Deli, which reminds her of Chicago House, a long gone, but still beloved Austin songwriters’ hangout.

Seides, who earned a music degree at the University Of Texas, also gives voice and instrument lessons to clients ranging in age from 4½ to 85. Previously, she played piano for the Austin Ballet and, in Los Angeles, for dancer and choreographer Stanley Holden. She first performed at 3, and began studying piano at 4. She added guitar as a teen, and more recently, mandolin and ukulele. "Unsung" is her 5th album, it follows 2013’s "Siren Song". While working on her 1st album, 1992’s "Slowly But Surely", she met her recording engineer husband. 10 years later, she released "Everyday People", a collection of songs based on stories people told her. "Family Album" followed in 2007.

Though her previous output has been, to paraphrase her title, slow but sure, she’s already considering a 2nd volume of "Unsung" songs. “People are far more enthusiastic and forthcoming about this subject than any others I’ve written about”, Seides says. “It makes me really happy when people connect with my songs”.

 

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10.08.2019

Brand New Keane.....

Keane release a new album, "Cause & Effect", in September and fans can right now secure a signed deluxe CD from Amazon in the UK. This record is their 5th, after a 5 year hiatus and includes the new single "The Way I Feel" which features a Kevin Godley directed video. In a statement, it is claimed that the birth of the new album came as something of a surprise even to the band, with singer Tom Chaplin saying he missed his old sparring partner Tim Rice-Oxley. “I found myself wondering how I had come to let this very enigmatic and important relationship in my life drift”, Tom says. The signed deluxe CD features 5 bonus tracks, tacking the 11 track album’s song count to 16. There’s also a super deluxe edition which adds a bonus ‘Retroactive’ CD, the album on black vinyl and then a bonus blue 10" single containing the 5 extra tracks from the deluxe CD. This super deluxe comes in a book format. The album is of course available as a standard black vinyl. "Cause & Effect" will be released on September 20th, 2019 via Universal Music.

 

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09.08.2019

Lee Hazlewood.....

Light In The Attic Records is proud to continue it’s Lee Hazlewood Archival Series with "400 Miles From L.A. 1955-1956", a collection of previously unknown intimate recordings, never intended for release. Lee sings, plays guitar and even presses the record button on the tape machine. These are rural sketches and small town dreams, captured in an innocent time before the path ahead was clear. September 13th, 2019. 

 

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08.08.2019

Chrissie Hynde.....

Chrissie Hynde has announced a new album of covers for September with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble. It’s called "Valve Bone Woe" and sees Hynde interpret songs by Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Charlie Mingus and others.

In what she’s calling a jazz/dub album, it was recorded at London’s AIR studios and produced by Marius de Vries and Eldad Guetta.

Hynde says, “I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around. “Jazz got sidelined by rock'n'roll in the 60's, but now the demise of rock seems to be heralding in a newfound interest in it, the most creative and innovative musical forms of the 20th century. I’m happy to jump on the bandwagon”.

"Valve Bone Woe" is released on September 6th, 2019, via BMG Records.

 

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07.08.2019

Bianca De Leon.....

"Bianca De Leon is a writer and singer of note who has produced an album that works on several levels and is the work of a person who has lived life to get to this place. A place worth getting to." ~ Steven Rapid, Lonesome Highway

Bianca De Leon is an Austin, Texas, based singer songwriter dubbed 'Queen Of The Border Ballad' by John Nova Lomax, and 'A Voice From Texas That Does It Right' by Guy Clark. She has been touring Germany, Holland, Finland, Belgium, Scotland, England and Italy since 2001. Bianca has had 5 European releases and a worldwide release, “Love, Guns & Money”, and “Dangerous Endeavor”, which reached # 5 on The Euro Americana Chart.
 
She was invited to perform at Berklee College of Music in 2015 in the round with Eliza Gilkyson, and Betty Soo. Upcoming tours of the US midwest and Europe are slated for 2019. She has a sultry and mysterious voice that complements her writing and she is an accomplished guitar player, utilizing both finger picking and flat picking.

 

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06.08.2019

Allman Brothers Band.....

As part of the ongoing celebration of their 50th anniversary, on September 6th, 2019, The Allman Brothers Band Recording Company, caretakers of the original band’s unreleased catalog, in conjunction with distributor The Orchard will release a 4 CD set titled "Fillmore West 71", culled from an epic weekend of live music recorded at the legendary San Francisco venue. The band, formed in March 1969, were in great form on this weekend, where they were the middle act playing between headliners Hot Tuna and the 24-piece opener Trinidad Tripoli Street Band. This will be the debut release of these recordings. The packaging contains a front cover photo of Duane Allman from Jim Marshall, taken at these shows, that has rarely been seen before.

Compiled from reel to reel soundboard masters, the January 29th show that kicks off this collection reads like an Allman Brothers Band greatest hits, from opener “Statesboro Blues” through the set wrapping “Whipping Post”. On the next night, the standard sequence of “Statesboro Blues”, Trouble No More”, “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin'” and “Elizabeth Reed” was typically riveting, and then the blues soaked “Stormy Monday” was worked in, replacing “Midnight Rider”. Gregg’s vocals were visceral and honest, while Duane and Dickey added down and dirty licks. “You Don’t Love Me” showcased some run and gun guitar work, and a frenzied “Whipping Post” closed out another solid night. The band, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks, were loose and talkative and you can hear them really dialing their sound in at what would be a final tune up for the seminal "At Fillmore East album", recorded less than 2 months later. "At Fillmore East would" cement the band’s place in rock history.

Always acclaimed for their explosive live shows, the band really ratcheted up the intensity and focus on January 31st. After hammering tightly through the reliable first 4, the band placed “Midnight Rider” back into the rotation, and then Berry Oakley stepped up to the mic for a wicked and nasty take on “Hoochie Coochie Man”, with Jaimoe and Butch churning full bore behind him. After an extensive workout on “You Don’t Love Me”, the group worked a relatively new song into the set, “Hot ‘Lanta”. Conceived out of a loose jam at the Big House in Macon, GA, the band’s home base currently an Allman Brothers museum, this group composition was cutting edge fusion, displaying the delightful musical diversity of The Allman Brothers Band. A superior “Whipping Post” concludes the Fillmore West material, but disc 4 goes on to include a wonderful bonus track. A March, 1970 version of “Mountain Jam” from the Warehouse in New Orleans which at 45 minutes long showcases a band that loved to improvise and let the music take on a life of its own.

Kirk West, who served as the “tour mystic” and official archivist for Tthe Allman Brothers Band for over 20 years, played a pivotal role in re-acquiring the original live performance 2 track, reel to reel tapes used for this release from legendary band crew members Twiggs Lyndon, Joe Dan Petty and Mike Callahan, who were the original care takers of these recordings. The tapes had been stored in closets and attics for many years, necessitating careful transfers and several successive attempts at restoration, as technology continued to improve. Interestingly in 1971, however, Kirk was a 20 year old counterculture entrepreneur who found himself at the Fillmore West during the last four days of January. “I was living in Palo Alto with a bunch of hippie kids who, by and large, were Dead Heads. I had moved to California from Chicago, and I already was a big Allman Brothers fan”, recalls West. “I was insisting that everyone in the house go up to the Fillmore that weekend, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, the Brothers are in town, playing with Hot effin’ Tuna”.....

 

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05.08.2019

Sheryl Crow.....

Sheryl Crow releases a new album, "Threads", at the end of August. It’s an all star duets album with contributors who include Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, Eric Clapton, Mavis Staples, Sting, Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, St Vincent and more. Crow has been vocal about how this might be her last album, even if it isn’t her last recording. This is actually only her 3rd record that has been issued on vinyl, after 2017’s "Be Myself" and the RSD and Black Friday red vinyl version of "Tuesday Night Music Club". "Threads" will be released on August 30th, 2019.

 

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04.08.2019

Zappa's Favorites.....

Frank Zappa's "Orchestral Favorites" is to be presented in audiophile qulaity for the 1st time with special packaging in celebration of it's 40th anniversary. The 3 disc deluxe edition includes original album remastered from master tapes, plus recording of previously unreleased 2 hour concert, extensive liner notes and newly created cover art. Available August 30th, 2019, via Zappa Records/Universal Music.

When Frank Zappa's "Orchestral Favorites" was eventually released in 1979 as part of fulfilling his contract with his contentious former label, the album was dumped into the world along with several other titles without the legendary musician's permission or quality control. It did not include liner notes or credits and the artwork and audio wasn't approved by Zappa who publicly criticized it as not being up to his standards. As a result of not receiving any promotion, it was quickly relegated to the bargain bin shortly after its release.

4 decades later, in celebration of the long beleaguered album's 40th anniversary, the Zappa Family Trust is righting this wrong and presenting "Orchestral Favorites" with the audiophile detail and respect it deserves to commemorate the historical event that took place at UCLA's Royce Hall in September 1975 where the compositions were recorded. Zappa Records will release a 40th anniversary 3 CD deluxe edition featuring brand new proper hi fi transfers of the original tapes, a newly created cover, and extensive liner notes from Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers and former Zappa bandmate Terry Bozzio, who recounts performing at the concerts and provides some unique illustrations for the collection. The beautiful packaging includes proper musician credits for the first time and a wealth of stunning rare and never Before seen photos of the event from the estate's archives.

Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers, the comprehensive collection will include the original album, plus the entire evening performance from September 18th, 1975, spread across 2 additional discs. After extensive searches in the Vault, the elusive master tone reel, the essential component that contains the alignment tones that help set up the playback of the master tapes that Zappa reportedly did not provide when he turned in the album, was found, allowing the Zappa Family Trust to present the audio as originally intended. Coupled with new hi res transfers from the original tapes and mastering by Bob Ludwig, the music sounds the best it ever has. The bonus concert features brand new 2019 mixes by Craig Parker Adams from the original 2" 24 track masters.

 

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03.08.2019

Steve Mednick.....

Steve Mednick has recorded 15 CD’s  and published 191 songs, including his latest CD, “Enough!”. “Enough!” is a series of songs, including the first 7 which were inspired by and dedicated to the young victims and survivors of the Parkland Stoneman Douglas shootings of February 2018. 
 
While the words came from the mouths of the victims and their families and the reportage on these incidents, it could have been about any of the seemingly endless mass shooting incidents unique to the US. The subject is dark, yet the story must be told: “I can’t imagine the horror facing my grandchildren as they wait on the cusp of their school years. Forget the probabilities; in this case, the possibility is all you need to understand. The fear is palpable and the killer could be the kid next door. We need safe streets, schools, gathers spots, sanctuaries to worship for all faiths”.
 
Steve has written of gun violence many times before, notably, “Stand Up (And Take Them On) in 2011, “Take It Back in 2012, “The Angels They Are Crying ” in 2014, and “We’re Better Than This” in 2016. Unfortunately, there are more in his catalogue and, inevitably, there will be more. 
 
The other songs on the CD could be on his “Problems In Democracy Series” and reflect Steve’s continued concerns with a look back to 1968, “The Whole World Was Watching”, and look into the current political climate in the United States. He has tried to write a musical essay or polemic that you might be able to dance to.
 
“Enough!” was the latest collaboration with Eddie Seville and Karl Allweier. Steve is also joined by his Hard Road compatriots, Tony Casagrande and Joey Sciortino, his long time vocal partner, Natalie Modugno, and, Steve Jacobs, who, again, plays some mean violin. Steve was especially pleased that  Frank Carillo contributed the guitar solos on “What Are You Going To Do?” and “A Dark Night Is Upon Us” and, Jen Durkin contributed her pipes to “The Whole World Is Watching”, ”A Dark Night Is Upon Us” and “Don’t Let This Season Pass”.
 
Steve is already in the studio working on 2 projects under the working titles “River of Tears”, with a new series of stories and cast of characters, and “Other Voices”, where he will collaborate with different vocalists and musicians on some new songs.

 

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02.08.2019

Jesse & Lucinda.....


In a 2017 joint interview Jesse Malin and Lucinda Williams discussed the idea of collaborating together. 2 years later, it’s come to fruition, Malin will release his new album "Sunset Kids", produced by Williams, on August 30th, 2019.

The americana singer songwriter, whom Malin sang about in the 2007 song “Lucinda”, co-wrote 2 tracks on the LP, including “Room 13”, with jangly guitars and a moody vibe. “Room 13” is peak Malin. “Shadows on my wall and voices in the hall, making up my own scene, hanging out in room 13”, he sings in his nasally tone, as Williams provides harmonies.

“This was one of the first songs I wrote for the record. I remember bringing my notebook and guitar over to Lucinda’s place and sitting around her kitchen, working up the lyrics, not knowing what where it would go. Like the first drop of a good rollercoaster”, Malin says. “Music can be a great way to hide the pain and loneliness, but sometimes you’ve gotta deal with it head on. ‘Room 13’ is that place far away from the distractions, the noise and the telephone zombies. It’s a place where you’re forced to reflect on what really matters most”.

"Sunset Kids" is the follow up to Malin’s 2015 effort "Outsiders". A collection of 14 tracks, it features a proper duet between Malin and Williams, “Dead On”, and a contribution from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, “Strangers And Thieves”. The record also finds Malin revisiting some past songs with fresh arrangements, like “Meet Me At The End Of The World Again” and “Revelations”, off his 2010 LP with the St Marks Social, "Love It To Life".

 

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01.08.2019

Stephen Bishop.....

Stephen Bishop’s 18th album, “We’ll Talk About It Later In The Car”, is set to be released on August 30th, 2019. Bishop's forthcoming album features, what he says, "songs that should have been hits 40 years ago". He initially planned for the album to be a collection of demos of tunes he penned early in his career, but eventually decided to make it a full fledged studio album. "There's a little bit of country, pop, and a few tracks that are more brokenhearted love songs", he explains. Bishop says the album's title comes from something he overheard Carrie Fisher say to someone on the phone while he was dating the late 'Star Wars' actress.

"She said to the other person, 'anyway, we'll talk about it later in the car'", he recalls. "I thought it was something to do with me, but as it turned out, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, would say that when she was mad and wanted to get out of the house". The phrase is also repeated in the title of Bishop's upcoming documentary "We'll Talk About It Later In The Car : The Untold Story of Stephen Bishop". The doc features film clips and TV appearances, and examines Stephen's songs and the impact he's had on fans and the stars he's worked with, including Dionne Warwick, Jimmy Webb, Richard Marx and Toto's Steve Lukather. The movie also focuses on Bishop's recent 11th tour of The Philippines, where he's hugely popular. Bishop's upcoming autobiography, meanwhile, is called "On And Off", which he maintains will be "wild and crazy, like the life I've led".

 

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31.07.2019

Sheryl Crow.....

Sheryl Crow is gearing up to release her forthcoming studio album of collaborative tracks, "Threads", due out on August 30th, 2019, via Big Machine. Crow’s "Threads" collaborative album will feature 17 tracks full of the music world’s favorite musicians including Johnny Cash, Don Henley, Jason Isbell, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Mavis Staples and more. Sheryl Crow has admitted she is planning to stop making albums after the upcoming album, because she doesn't see the point in releasing a full length release with the rise of playlists. Crow says her new album may be her last. "It may be my final album, so I am going out big. I grew up in the age where people made albums. But now, I think people do playlists and they will only hear 1 or 2 songs off a full length album that you tried to make as a full artistic statement. I kind of like the idea now of just putting out songs. This will not be my last music, but probably my last album project as a whole".

 

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30.07.2019

Jono Manson.....

"It's a folk gospel tune for complicated times", says singer songwriter Jono Manson of "The Christian Thing", adding "what really matters in the end is how you actually live your life and treat others along the way, regardless of what beliefs, or lack thereof, you profess". For this recording he enlisted the help of 2 friends, twice Grammy nominated singer and songwriter and activist Eliza Gilkyson and modern day renaissance man, musician and Visual artist, alt country godfather Terry Allen, who share the lead vocals with Manson.

"I love this song. It expresses exactly how I feel, reclaiming an ethical and compassionate stance at a time when basic moral tenets of faith have been usurped by haters”, says Eliza Gilkyson. "This song is so religious, if you don’t listen to it, you'll probably go to hell", says Terry Allen.

The song was recorded and mixed by Manson in his Santa Fe, NM, recording studio and additional musicians on the track include Ronnie Johnson on bass, Jason Crosby on keyboards, Jon Graboff on pedal steel, and Mark Clark on drums. Jono Manson himself is a veteran performer and songwriter, producer and audio engineer, with a long track record that includes major label album releases on 3 continents, major motion picture soundtracks and music for network television shows. He is currently recording a new album which is set for a fall 2019 release.

“We weren't accomplished enough to copy the songs that we heard on the radio, so we had no choice but to make up our own”, says Manson of his first band which he formed in 1968, at the age of 7. So began the career of this prolific singer songwriter. Jono was born in New York City, into a family full of creative people, so it's not surprising that he cannot remember a time when he wanted to be anything other than an artist. His mother was a principle member in the Martha Graham dance company, his great uncle was a vaudevillian who later wrote for radio and film, and Jono’s cousins are filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

During a career spanning 4 decades, Manson has performed pretty much everywhere, from Max's Kansas City to Madison Square Garden, from house concerts to festival stages, with pretty much everyone, from Bo Diddley to Pete Seeger. He continues to tour as a solo artist and as a member of a number of side-projects. Jono is the founder and chief engineer at The Kitchen Sink recording studio, located in his adopted home of Santa Fe, NM, and has 4 times been named Producer Of The Year by the New Mexico Music Awards.

When not working on his own music, Manson remains extremely busy recording, writing, and producing projects for Grammy winners and local heroes, American Idol finalists and folksingers, Italian pop stars and Pakistani Sufi folk rockers, not to mention numerous American singer songwriters including John Popper, David Berkeley, Crystal Bowersox, Jaime Michaels and Tao Seeger. Manson’s studio also plays host to a wide variety of artists, recently including the likes of Amanda Palmer, Tom Russell, and T Bone Burnett.

 

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29.07.2019

Chicago # 1.....

On April 28th, 1969, "Chicago Transit Authority" arrived in record stores, introducing the group that would become the world’s most influential horn rock band and one of the most successful bands of all time. The 7 man ensemble of Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Walter Parazaider, along with producer James William Guercio, offered something for everyone in their sprawling, stunning double LP debut, big, hook filled pop singles, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and “Beginnings”, both of which went Top 10 in the US, heavy blues rock, “South California Purples”, political agit rock, “Someday”, and even 7 minutes of searing, avant electric guitar, the aptly named “Free Form Guitar”, courtesy of the fiery Kath. Now, that bold debut is receiving a remix from Rhino Records in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

On August 30th, 2019, Rhino will release "Chicago Transit Authority : 50th Anniversary Remix" on CD and 2 LP, 180-gram vinyl editions, as well as a limited edition, numbered version of the 2 LP set on gold vinyl, available exclusively through Rhino. It will also be available through digital and streaming services on the same day. The new remix was created by the band with engineer Tim Jessup, who also mixed the band’s recent "Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival". The Grammy nominated "C.T.A." has attained double platinum status, and remained on the charts for an extraordinary 171 week run, setting a record at the time. Rhino’s remix promises to bring out new colors in the classic recording. Look for it on CD, LP, and digital services on August 30th, 2019, and look for Chicago, anchored by founding members Lamm, Loughnane, and Pankow, on the road this summer for the 52nd consecutive year.

 

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28.07.2019

Jack Tempchin.....

Hot off the heels of his June induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, legendary singer and songwriter Jack Tempchin has announced the release of his 12th solo album titled "One More Time With Feeling", due out August 23rd, 2019, on Jimmy Buffett’s label Mailboat Records. The album’s title track, an uptempo country rock tale of a couple’s 3rd attempt at love, is a previously unreleased co-write with Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, with whom Tempchin has co-written a dozen radio hits.

Featuring a handful of co-writes and a number of new and unheard Jack Tempchin originals, "One More Time With Feeling" includes an updated version of one of his best known hits, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, which was first made famous by Glenn Frey’s newly formed band, Eagles, in 1972.

As a tribute to Frey, Tempchin penned “Never Had The Chance To Say Goodbye”, a poignant and heartfelt farewell to his friend of over 4 decades. "One More Time With Feeling" also includes Tempchin’s rendition of “True Love”, another Glenn Frey co-write, which originally appeared on Frey’s 1988 album "Soul Searchin’", where it peaked at # 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Mailboat Records founder Jimmy Buffett, a songwriting legend in his own right, is thrilled to have Tempchin on the roster, stating, “Jack was a true inspiration back when I opened for Eagles on the 'Hotel California' tour, and it is an honor to have a class act like Jack on Mailboat”.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to make Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records my new home for music. I'm sure that my new album 'One More Time With Feeling' will be a really great fit for this cool label”, said Tempchin.

While reflecting on his Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction, Tempchin stated: “When I was a small kid, I walked around the block in San Diego whistling every song I could think of. Years later I got a harmonica and walked the same block figuring out how to play every song I could think of. Instead of going out to play, I sat in a big armchair and read books for years. As I got older I became Midnight Jack, staying up until dawn hanging out with the night people and the music people looking for the next song. All the whistling, harmonica playing, reading, and crazy night life now seem OK. They appear to have been steps on the path to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, like I was headed there the whole time".

"One More Time With Feeling" was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville with Grammy Award winning producer Gary Nicholson, who also co-wrote “Back To The Old Me”. Keith Harkin, best known for his work with Celtic Thunder, contributed “One Of The Good Old Days”, with the remainder of the album being new and unheard Tempchin originals.

 

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27.07.2019

Tanya Tucker.....

Country legend Tanya Tucker returns this summer with the album "While I’m Livin’", which marks her debut for Fantasy Records. Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, the album consists mainly of songs penned by Carlile and her longtime collaborators, twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth. “It’s a musical biography of sorts, about Tanya’s real life and the places she’s seen, and it’s narrated by the greatest country and western singer this side of Johnny Cash”, says Carlile of the project, the first collection of new songs from Tucker since 2002’s "Tanya". The covers album "My Turn" was released in 2009.

A native of Seminole, TX, and a longtime equestrian, Tucker illustrates Carlile’s assertion effectively, imbuing “The Wheels Of Laredo”, the wistful 1st release and music video from "While I’m Livin’", with equal parts country and western. Tucker’s still strong voice finds its emotional center in this affecting ballad as she sings, with grit tinged regret, “If I was a white crowned sparrow I would float upon the southern skies of blue, but I’m stuck inside the wheels of Laredo, wishing I was rolling back to you”.

Carlile and the Hanseroth brothers also collaborated with Tucker to write the album closing song “Bring My Flowers Now”. The handful of covers on the album include Tucker’s version of the Award winning Miranda Lambert hit, “The House That Built Me”.

A 10 time Grammy nominee who has taken that same number of memorable hits,  including “What’s Your Mama’s Name”, “Blood Red And Goin’ Down”, “Here’s Some Love” and “Strong Enough To Bend”, to the top of the country charts, Tucker performed with Carlile on the CMT Music Awards. "While I’m Livin’" will be released August 23rd, 2019, and is now available for pre-order.

 

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26.07.2019

Randy Lewis Brown.....

“i love good stories, stories that make me think, that stick with me, and sometimes haunt me.....”

Songwriter and poetic lyricist Randy Lewis Brown was born in Louisiana, spending his childhood in pre civil rights Shreveport, LA, immersed in the formative structures and music of the church. He discovered a new world when, at 12, his family moved to Houston. It was there, as he grew to adulthood, that he began to connect with and make music in a deeper sense. Having grown up in both Louisiana and Texas, Randy Lewis Brown’s tales are those of hard resignation with the occasional dappled sunlight of wounded optimism shining through.  You might say Randy Lewis Brown’s songs are as windswept as his heart. Having been tapped to open for Ray Wylie Hubbard, David Olney, Jim Lauderdale and more, Randy Lewis Brown has played across the country, extensively through Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, including multiple festivals like Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering and the South Florida Folk Festival.

During his formative years in Texas, he was offered a $10 guitar and lessons for $1 a week by an older teen in the church, and he was instantly and irrevocably hooked. By 14, he was a budding songwriter and went on to form bands all throughout his teen years, dedicating himself in earnest to songwriting, even delivering lyrics in high school English class. A few years later, moving to East Texas with his bride to start a family where most of the counties were dry and the bars to host gigs were few and far between, Randy Lewis Brown began hightailing it across Texas on the weekends to as many welcoming stages as he could find. After forming a duo with John DeFoore, and then adding cellist Dirje Childs to form the trio Jealousy Motel, he eventually shifted focus to solo projects, although Dirje Childs reappears on his newest album.

Randy Lewis Brown sets his lyrical poetry to americana music.  His new release, ”Red Crow”, on Berkalin Records, was produced by Merel Bregante at Cribworks Audio in Texas. Bregante was named CMA Of Texas’ Producer Of The Year in 2019, producing all but one of that year’s winning albums. ”Red Crow” is Randy Lewis Brown on acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals, Merel Bregante on drums, percussion, harmony vocals, Michael Dorian on electric guitar, Riley Osborne on B3 organ,  Mark Epstein on bass, Dirje Childs on cello, Cody Braun on fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, with Sarah Pierce also on harmony vocals.
 
”Red Crow” is 13 original songs, 4 co-written with Terry Klein, Richard Paul Thomas, Randy Palmer and Jim Gilmore, that produce an instantly familiar feel in spite of the unusual stories they often tell.  The showcase of talented musicians on the album bring the lyrical messages into sharp focus through a display of synergistic camaraderie. “One Horse Town” is a haunting, relatable tale of a man who’s slept alone for 13 years, watching a dead horse decay out in the neighboring meadow with buzzards circling. The imagery of the sleepy despair of small town living brings Randy Lewis Brown’s storytelling abilities to light. The rhythm is a deeply funky groove that serves to accentuate the sense of entrapment. “Not Ready Yet” is a shuffle groove and a metaphor of a whippoorwill and a mockingbird, an elderly couple, and really all of us whose stories aren’t ready yet. On the title track the lyrical imagery will capture your attention as the red crow leaves calling cards and an uncomfortable truth is revealed.  On “Barlow Road” you’ll be drawn to the low, emotive cello the recounting of the story of pioneer hardships.

Randy Lewis Brown’s previous pair of albums, ”Dream Big” in 2007 and ”But Wait, There’s More” in 2013 drew crowds during his traveling shows, creating core fans along the way.

Brown has been a repeat winner of songwriting awards over more than 2 decades. including the New Traditions Award in 2007, T.I.M.E. Songwriting Competition in 2009, Poor David’s BW Stevenson Songwriter Contest in 2014, F.T.R. Willows By Water in 2017, South Florida Folk Festival in 2018, and he was the regional finalist at Kerrville in 1995 and 2009.

 

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25.07.2019

Bruce @ The Movie.....

Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
The River - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Badlands - Bruce Springsteen
Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen
Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Prove It All Night - Bruce Springsteen
Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
Because The Night - Bruce Springsteen
The Promised Land - Bruce Springsteen
Blinded By The Light - Bruce Springsteen
Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
I Will Stand By You - Bruce Springsteen

Sony Music, August 9th, 2019.

 

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24.07.2019

Jesse Dayton.....

Revered guitarist, singer, songwriter and filmmaker Jesse Dayton has announced the August 9th, 2019, release of "Mixtape Volume 1" on Blue Élan Records, a collection of deeper cuts by legendary artists infused with Dayton’s Texas Louisiana influenced style. Through his decades spanning career, Jesse Dayton has become one of the music industry’s best kept secrets and valuable weapons with a sound that blends rock, blues, old school country, punk rock, and zydeco. On "Mixtape Volume 1", Dayton offers his own reinterpretations of songs from iconic artists including Neil Young, The Clash, Elton John, ZZ Top and more.

Hailing from Beaumont, TX, Jesse Dayton got his start performing in zydeco bands at the age of 15 before securing a residency at the famed Broken Spoke in Austin. It was during that time that he formed a trio that would go on to sell out venues all over Texas. Over the ensuing years, Dayton developed into a true renaissance man, performing as a guitarist for a range of artists including Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Ryan Bingham, Duff McKagen and seminal L.A. punk band X. He has toured with the likes of Social Distortion, Supersuckers and John Doe, written soundtracks for three Rob Zombie films, wrote and directed his own film and just signed a publishing deal to write a memoir. With more than 50 songs licensed to film and television, 11 studio albums and 1 EP, Jesse Dayton is a gifted, intelligent, socially conscious and unstoppable creative force who continues to tour nearly 250 days a year. After 3 decades as a jack of all trades, while hiding in plain sight and working with a who’s who of artists, Dayton now enters a new chapter focused primarily on his own career. On "Mixtape Volume 1", he revisits some of the songs that helped build his musical foundation while paying homage to the icons that have inspired him.

Early on, Jesse Dayton realized the correlation between the raw passion and honest songwriting of the country artists who toured through his hometown and the spirit of the punk rock of his youth. He illustrates these commonalities on "Mixtape Volume 1", transforming The Clash’s reggae infused “Bankrobber” and AC/DC’s rock anthem “Whole Lotta Rosie” into rip roaring, honky tonk staples. Dayton offers compelling rockabilly interpretations of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper” and Dr Feelgood’s “She Does It Right” and turns The Cars’ “Just What I Needed” into a classic souther two step. After 30 years, Jesse Dayton is more focused now than ever. He has become on of the most respected musicians among those in the know, though he has mostly flown under the radar. "Mixtape Volume 1" affirms things are about to change, as he finds a renewed sense of energy while reconnecting with the music of his past and looking toward the future.

 

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23.07.2019

Godley & Creme.....

Originally released as 3 LP box set in 1977, "Consequences" was the debut album by ex-10cc artists Godley & Creme. It was created as a concept album, and incorporates a play, with all characters voiced by comedian Peter Cook, and singing by Sarah Vaughan. The album was also released in a single album version, an 8 track album, "Musical Excerpts From Consequences", which features on the 4th disc. The concept of the album was described at the time as the story of man's last defence against an irate nature. The album began as a demonstration record for the Gizmo Tron, or Gizmo. This was an electric guitar effect device that Godley and Creme had invented a few years earlier as a means of providing orchestral textures. The Gizmo was an electro mechanical device which was clamped over the bridge of an electric guitar, it contained 6 small motor driven toothed plastic wheels that, when pushed into contact with the strings, created a bowing effect, producing notes and chords with endless sustain. The album was recorded over 18 months at Strawberry Studios in Stockport and The Manor in Shipton On Cherwell, Oxfordshire, with Godley, Creme and engineer Martin Lawrence going to extraordinary lengths to create its special effects. This version, mastered by Andy Pearce and overseen by Godley and Crème and is available in full on CD for the 1st time outside Japan, contains the original album, as well as the previously mentioned "Music Excerpts", and for the first time on CD, the promotional edit album set. Housed in a clamshell box contains expanded artwork and notes by Mojo’s Daryl Easlea who has spoken to both participants about the making and production of the album. Caroline International, August 9th, 2019.

 

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22.07.2019

The Vignatis.....

What happens when you mix the passion for rockabilly and gypsy music with the love for jazz and country music? You get a whole new genre called gypsybilly. The Vignatis have been rockin’ their gypsybilly style for 3 albums. The aurally and visually colorful Los Angeles based group’s dynamic performances charter audiences on a journey from nostalgic times to the unknown future. They innovatively fuse american and european traditions, musicianship and a sense of humor cleverly expressed in their songs. Their unmistakeable, neo-nostalgic sound is a natural musical union so diverse it avoids strict categorization.

Their latest album release, “Let’s Hit The Road : Gypsybilly Vol 3” is a palate of american and european cultures combining an innovative, fresh approach with a solid rhythm section and even some beats, vocals, guitar and clarinet. The overall sound is seasoned by other distinctive instruments that paint a musical picture leaving audiences singing along, tapping toes or on their feet. The lyrics consist of topics from culture, geographic location, to overcoming personal struggles.

As prestigious voting members of The Recording Academy And Grammy Awards, The Vignatis have performed at many esteemed events and venues including The Grammy Museum, Emmy Awards Parties and recently opened for the renowned swing band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Music is their lifestyle. Their goal is to share gypsybilly with the world by passing on to others the same joy they receive in creating it. Whether paying homage to their great musical influences or exploring the future, The Vignatis continue to blend the old continent, Europe, with the new continent, America, from studio to stage.

 

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21.07.2019

Elvis Presley.....

The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s transformative Las Vegas residency at the International Hotel will be commemorated this summer with "Live 1969", a deluxe 11 CD box set out August 9th, 2019, on RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Marking his return to the stage for the first time in 8 years, Elvis’ 1969 Vegas run featured 57 sold out shows and the live debut of his signature #1 hit “Suspicious Minds”, the track celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 26th. The transcendent performances included The King of Rock and Roll backed by 2 vocal groups, The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations, a full orchestra and a band later known as the T.C.B. band.  
 
"LIve 1969" is the definitive collection of The King at the height of his power. For the 1st time ever, it features the release of 11 complete sets from Elvis’ August 1969 engagement at Las Vegas’ International Hotel. Of these performances, 4 are being released in full for the 1st time ever, including 2 Elvis shows that have remained almost completely unheard for 50 years, August 22nd and 25th. The package also includes a 52 page booklet with rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Tom Parker, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston, Terry Blackwood, George Klein, Fats Domino and more.
 
Also, being released on August 9th is the special 2 LP "Live At the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, August 26th, 1969". The vinyl release features Elvis’ complete set from August 26’s midnight show. The material includes a repertoire of blues tinged rock‘n’roll, beautiful ballads and his 2 brand new hit singles “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds”. The performance also gives rare insight into an otherwise very private man, as Elvis cracks jokes and tells in depth stories about his career.

 

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20.07.2019

Davy Jones.....

7a Records is heading to Davy Jones’ locker, or more accurately, his vault, as the label has announced its most extensive project yet. The late Monkee’s "Live In Japan" is a remarkable and comprehensive collection of both of Jones’ officially released, and long unavailable, Japanese concert albums in their best sound yet, plus numerous singles and rarities from the early 1980's. The set, due on August 2nd, 2019, in 2 formats, paints a vivid portrait of Jones’ solo work during the period prior to The Monkees’ 1986 reunion.

Japan had been a popular destination for Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, all of whom toured the country separately as solo artists. Davy was so successful there that he released 2 live albums, 1981’s "Live In Japan" featuring Monkees classics plus his then current singles, “It’s Now” and “How Do You Know”, and 1982’s "Hello Davy", with a diverse setlist of new songs, Monkees favorites, and his 1970's singles “You’re A Lady” and, of course, “Rainy Jane”. 7a’s 2 CD + DVD set features both of these original Japanese album releases, plus a whopping 22 bonus tracks consisting of alternate mixes and ultra rare original single releases.

And that’s not all. The collection also includes a DVD of the quintessential showman’s "Hello, Davy" concert, which has only ever previously been issued on laserdisc in the Far East, back in 1982. 7a acknowledges, “It isn’t BluRay quality, it’s laserdisc footage from the 80's, but it still looks and sounds a mazing, and we are delighted to be able to finally release this as an official DVD”.

All recordings have been digitally remastered for this project. The set, housed in an attractive and faithfully designed package, comes with a detailed 24 page color booklet, boasting previously unpublished photographs, new liner notes by 7a co-founder Iain Lee and Mark Kleiner, and recollections from Japanese fans that were present at the shows.

A 3 LP vinyl gatefold edition will also be released. This format includes a 28 page A4 brochure with a replica of the Japanese tour program unavailable anywhere else. The 3 LP's comprise both of the original concerts, each pressed on individually colored vinyl, and 1 LP of 16 bonus tracks drawn from both the alternate mixes and single sides.

Davy Jones’ "Live In Japan" has been produced in conjunction with the artist’s family, and promises to be a wonderfully nostalgic trip with the Manchester Cowboy. 7a notes, ”We have thrown everything at this. We could have cut corners. We could have made it cheaper. But we wanted to make the best. And we really stand by this release. Remember, we do not take a penny personally out of any of our releases. Every penny we make gets poured into the next release”. Davy Jones’ "Live In Japan" is set for release on August 2nd, 2019, and is available for pre-order now in both formats.

 

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19.07.2019

Yes 50 Live.....

Yes celebrated the band's 50th anniversary over the last year with an extensive tour that included shows in Europe, North America and Japan. This year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are back with a new double live album that was recorded during the group's anniversary tour. "YES 50 LIVE" will be available from Rhino Records on August 2nd, 2019, as 2 CD's, or 4 LP's. On the same day, the music will also be available digitally to download and stream.

The cover of "YES 50 LIVE" was painted by Roger Dean, whose artwork and trademark calligraphy are synonymous with the band's identity. The CD and vinyl versions both come with an 8 page booklet that includes photographs from the tour taken by the Gottlieb Brothers.
 
"YES 50 LIVE" features 13 live performances of key songs that helped make Yes the most enduring, ambitious and virtuosic progressive band in rock history. What makes this collection even more extraordinary is the number of band members who are featured. In fact, much of the album was recorded in Philadelphia, a show where 10 members of Yes were on stage during the encore, current members Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison, Jay Schellen, plus former members Tony Kaye, Patrick Moraz, Tom Brislin and Trevor Horn. Patrick Moraz is featured on "Soon" and Tony Kaye is featured on "Yours Is No Disgrace", "Roundabout" and "Starship Trooper".

The live performances on "YES 50 LIVE" seamlessly weave together several eras from the band's past with songs from 10 different studio albums recorded between 1970 and 2011. This summer, the current members of Yes will extend the band's 50th anniversary tour in North America as it headlines The Royal Affair Tour.

 

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18.07.2019

Dennis Roger Reed.....

Dennis Roger Reed is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist based in Southern California. He's performed throughout the US and Canada at folk, blues and bluegrass festivals, clubs and concert halls. His recordings have been written about and received radio airplay throughout the world. He’s shared stages with many stars such as JJ Cale, Rodney Crowell, Bo Diddley, John Hammond, Doug Kershaw, BB King, Little Richard, John Sebastian, Texas Tornadoes and Jessie Colin Young.
 
Along with his solo work, Reed performed as bassist and high harmony singer in the Andy Rau Band, and recorded 2 CD's for Turquoise Records of Whitesburg, Kentucky. He also played in the roots rock band Blue Mama, recording 3 CD's, and currently in the roots blues band Suitcase Johnnie, with one CD released. He has written songs for each of these groups.
 
"Before It Was Before" is Reed’s 4th solo CD. His first 3, "Little King Of Dreams", "Cowboy Blues" and "Songs About Tractors And Stuff" created a trilogy focused on small town life in America, and the changes that occur. "Before It Was Before" encapsulates 30 years of recording at Plastic Meltdown Studios, and the material runs the gamut from blues, bluegrass, western swing, country rock, folk to rock. His family’s roots in the Arkansas Ozark mountains provide a firm basis for Reed’s music.

 

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17.07.2019

Linda McCartney.....

"Wide Prairie", a posthumous 1998 compilation of Linda McCartney recordings spanning the early 1970's through the late 1990's, will be re-released August 2nd, 2019. via MPL/Capitol/UMe having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios under Paul's supervision.
 
The only album to be released solely under Linda’s name, "Wide Prairie" features Linda on vocals and various instruments on songs she wrote or co-wrote and recorded with Wings between 1972 and 1980, the single-only ‘Seaside Woman’/‘B-Side To Seaside’ released under the pseudonym of Suzy & The Red Stripes, cover versions of classics by the McGuire Sisters, The Coasters and more, and solo work from the 80's and 90's including her final recording, ‘The Light Comes from Within’, co-authored by and featuring Paul McCartney, as well as their son James on electric and acoustic guitar.
 
The album was recorded in various locations including Jamaica, Paris, Nashville and Sussex with contributors including husband Paul, son James, Wings members Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough, Jimmy McCulloch, Joe English and Laurence Juber, writer Carla Lane who also co-wrote ’The White Coated Man’ and ‘Cow’, Lee “Scratch” Perry and members of the Black Ark studio band Boris Gardiner, Winston Writer and Mikey Boo.
 
2 tracks from the release also highlight Linda’s interest in other art forms outside photography and music. ‘Seaside Woman’ featured in the Palme d’Or winning short film by Oscar Grillo at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. ‘Oriental Night Fish’ also appeared in a short film of the same title created by Linda and Ian Emes. "Wide Prairie" will be released August 2nd on limited edition white and blue coloured vinyl and classic black vinyl, digitally and on streaming services. The reissue will mark the 1st time the album has been available on vinyl since its original 1998 release.

 

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16.07.2019

More America.....

The celebration of 50 years of America continues. We’ve already filled you about the Capitol era "Classic Album Collection", the reissue of "Archives Vol 1" and "50th Anniversary : The Collection", but there’s more on the way courtesy of the band’s own America Records and available through the band’s webstore.

The label will release "Live At The London Palladium", a chronicle of the band’s 2018 stand at the famed venue, on a 2 CD set, on DVD, and in a lavish box set containing both formats, a signed and numbered certificate, a 24 page book, and a replica tour pass.  The concert features 23 tracks from across America’s career including hits and deep cuts alike.

Later this summer will see the first time combo release of "Live In Central Park 1979" as a CD + DVD set. Reissues of the band’s Christmas album "Holiday Harmony" and "The Grand Cayman Concert", both from 2002, have also been released via the band’s website, as has the 2015 archival collection "Lost & Found" with upgraded packaging.

"Live In Central Park 1979" has previously been released only on DVD, this upcoming set will mark the 1st time its music has appeared on CD and also include bonus material. The New York concert came on the heels of "Silent Letter", the 1st album following the departure of Dan Peek from the band, and was preserved for posterity by Australian filmmaker Peter Clifton. The concert featured performances of such band classics as “Sister Golden Hair”, “Ventura Highway” and “A Horse With No Name”, as well as “Only Game In Town”, “Foolin’” and “All Night” from "Silent Letter".

"Lost & Found presented 10 tracks recorded by Beckley and Bunnell between 2000 and 2011 including the road song “Drivin’”, the reflective “All In Al,,” the infectious “Out On The Street” and the moody “Many Colors”, adding up to a classic America album that almost never was.

 

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15.07.2019

Graham Nash.....

Graham Nash’s demos, which appeared on the 2nd disc of the "Over The Years" release, will now be available on vinyl. Featured demos include “Teach Your Children”, “Chicago”, “Marrakesh Express” and many more. "Graham Nash Over The Years : The Demos". Rhino Records, July 26th, 2019.

 

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14.07.2019

The Refugees.....

"The Refugees are thrilled to announce the upcoming digital release of our new EP 'How Far It Goes' on September 13th, 2019. We have decided to manufacture a small number of physical CDs, which will only be available for pre-order, and we will only press the amount pre-ordered. If you are someone who desires a copy of the new work in your hands, you can pre-purchase it between now and Sunday, July 28th, 2019. Monday, July 29th, 2019, it will go to press. To order, go to www.therefugeesmusic.com, scroll down to the donate button and send $20 either through Paypal or CC, and be sure to include your mailing address. The $20 will include shipping. Much love and thanks from Cid, Deborah and Wendy."

 

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13.07.2019

I Am The Morning.....

"The Bell", iamthemorning’s 2019 studio album, delivers a contemporary fusion of rock, classical and folk influences. Inspired by 19th century song cycles, a style established by Schubert, the album cohesively tells 10 individual stories of pain caused by human cruelty. The lyrical imagery draws on themes from Victorian England's art and culture, with its prevalent fixation with death. The artwork, created by Constantine Nagishkin, portrays the once popular coffin bell used as an alert system to indicate that a person had been mistakenly buried alive, a terrible phobia commonly held by Victorians. The engineering and mastering was handled by Vlad Avy, and recorded in March 2019 across Russia, the UK and Canada, in several studios, Mosfilm in Moscow, Lendoc and Red Wave in St Petersburg, Noatune in London, The Studio at Sunbeams, Penrith, and Union Sound Company in Toronto. Kscope Records, August 2nd, 2019.

 

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12.07.2019

Creedence @ Woodstock.....

Woodstock’s 50th anniversary is right around the corner, and Craft Recordings is marking the occasion with the release of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s complete performance at the historic festival.  "Live At Woodstock" will arrive on August 2nd, 2019, on CD, 2 LP, and digital formats, including high-resolution 96/24. The 1st digital single, “Born On The Bayou”, is available today and can be previewed below.  As CCR declined to appear in Warner Bros’ big screen documentary Woodstock or on the accompanying soundtrack album, this release marks the 1st time the band’s set has been available, it will also be included in full on Rhino’s massive 38 CD complete Woodstock box, due that same day.

CCR could stake claim to being one of the most popular bands in the country at the time of their Woodstock performance. 8 months prior to the concert, their sophomore LP "Bayou Country" had been released, and by the end of spring, it had reached Billboard's Top 10 and yielded the Top 5 hit single “Proud Mary”. Just weeks before Woodstock, the band released "Green River", featuring the title track, “Bad Moon Rising” and “Lodi”, which became their 1st # 1 album.  Despite keeping a busy touring schedule, CCR found plenty of time in the studio, they would release another Top Ten LP, "Willie & The Poor Boys", before 1969 was out.

John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook were scheduled to perform after the Grateful Dead on Saturday night, August 16th, 1969, but as the Dead’s performance ran long, they didn’t begin until after midnight on Sunday, August 17th. For 11 songs and roughly one hour, they performed their biggest hits including “Bad Moon Rising”, “Proud Mary” and an extended “Susie Q”, as well as “Born On The Bayou”, “Keep On Chooglin’”, and “I Put A Spell On You”, with improvisational flair. It was a much talked-about performance that would soon be all but forgotten as the Woodstock film and soundtrack immortalized the acts who chose to appear.

Finally, the band’s complete, headlining performance on that fateful evening can be enjoyed by their fans everywhere. Look for "Live At Woodstock" on August 2nd, 2019, from Craft Recordings.

 

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11.07.2019

Bad Company.....

Bad Company are to celebrate their 45th anniversary with "The Swan Song Years 1974 - 1982", a new 6 CD box set of their albums.

The 6 disc "Bad Company : The Swan Song Years 1974 - 1982" collects together their output for Swan Song. These are all fairly recent remasters, from the original tapes, with "Desolation Angels" and "Rough Diamonds" brand new 2019 remastered versions. The other albums included are "Bad Company" (1974), "Straight Shooter" (1975), "Run With The Pack" (1976) and "Burnin’ Sky" (1977).

Bad Company formed when members of Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), King Crimson (Boz Burrell) and Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs) decided to pool their talents back in 1973. They became the first band to sign to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label later that year.

The band’s 1974 debut, "Bad Company" went to # 1 in America and was a massive seller thanks to songs like ‘Can’t Get Enough’, ‘Rock Steady’, and ‘Movin’ On’. The multi platinum streak continued a year later with "Straight Shooter" which delivered standouts like ‘Good Lovin’ Gone Bad’, ‘Shooting Star’ and the Grammy nominated smash, ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’.

The band carried on with double platinum releases for the next few albums, before ceasing operation in 1982 after the measly gold of "Rough Diamonds", becoming the last studio album the original quartet released. "Bad Company : The Swan Song Years 1974 - 1982" is released August 2nd, 2019.

 

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10.07.2019

Michael Jerome Browne.....

“Michael Jerome Browne is probably, if not positively, one of Canada’s most significant musical exports, a finger picking stylist with a hugely talented and nuanced delivery” ~ Iain Patience, Elmore Magazine
 
Whether he's gliding a slide across his acoustic guitar, pulling his bow over the fiddle strings to play a lively Cajun waltz, or frailing away on his gourd banjo, Michael Jerome Browne's passion and virtuosity always shine through. In the true tradition of folk music, his performances inspire us to see the interconnections between the many cultures and influences that gave birth to american roots music. Gospel, blues, old time, country, soul and cajun, expect to hear all of this and more from a performer who's been called a street smart archivist and an absolute treasure.
 
Born in South Bend, Indiana, Michael is the son of English professors whose love of music and poetry inspired them to take their 9 year old son to the great jazz, blues and folk clubs in their adopted home of Montreal. By the age of 14, Michael Jerome Browne was already a regular on the vibrant folk and coffee house scene adding banjo, fiddle, and mandolin to his masterful command of all variety of guitars and harmonica. A musician's musician, when he isn't performing his own material, he is in demand backing up and recording with other artists, most notably Eric Bibb, whose Grammy nominated CD “Migration Blues” he co-produced and played on.

 

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09.07.2019

Tony Banks.....

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of "Banks Vaults", a newly re-mastered 8 disc boxed set featuring all of the solo albums released by Genesis founder Tony Banks between 1979 and 1995.

Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2010 as a member of Genesis, Tony is one of the most respected songwriters and keyboardists in the world. His career spans almost 50 years and has seen him sell in excess of 130 million albums. His body of work is as innovative as it is eclectic. Genesis’ avantgarde style made them one of progressive rock’s founding fathers in the 1970's, creating an experimental style of rock music never before seen. They went on to produce music with a greater pop sensibility in the 1980's that saw them become one of the biggest selling bands of the decade, and play stadiums throughout the world.

Tony Banks’ solo work has continued in the same vein. His rock albums have included collaborations with some of the world’s most respected musicians, including singers Toyah Wilcox, Fish, Jim Diamond and Nick Kershaw, bassist Pino Palladino and drummers Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta, as well as long time Genesis collaborators Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson.

The albums "A Curious Feeling", "The Fugitive", "Wicked Lady", Soundtracks", "Bankstatement", "Still" and "Strictly Inc" all feature in this set, some being unavailable on CD for many years, and have been newly re-mastered at Abbey Road studios by Miles Showell and Nick Davis. Also included in this set is a bonus DVD which features all 8 promotional videos made as companions to single releases from these albums, issued on DVD for the first time.

 

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08.07.2019

Mike Love.....

Mike Love grew up under the Southern California sun where he soaked up a life of music, sports, and family traditions. Beginning his singing and songwriting career as a teenager, Mike and his cousin Brian Wilson, frequently sang at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. Mike’s early influences, including his attendance at a culturally and socially diverse high school, served as inspiration to some of The Beach Boys most iconic songs. Throughout Mike's career, he has co-authored more than a dozen # 10 singles, cementing The Beach Boys legacy alongside The Beatles and Michael Jackson, as the only artist to have produced 12 # 10 singles within 5 years. Mike continues to write and record music 57 years after his legendary career began. Mike’s new album, "12 Sides Of Summer", celebrates a season treasured by so many around the world and will be a must have on your summer playlist. “'12 Sides Of Summer' was such a fun album to create. I loved bringing a fresh vision to some of my favorite artists’ songs and Beach Boys’ classics, while pairing them with a few of my new original tracks. This is an album for the whole family to listen to as they celebrate the summer season and warmer days in the sun”, says Mike Love. BMG Records, July 19th, 2019.

 

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07.07.2019

James Taylor Boxed.....

Rhino Records is about to shower the people with the 1st ever box set from James Taylor. Between 1970 and 1976, the quintessential troubadour released 6 albums on Warner Bros Records that laid the groundwork for his remarkable career which continues to this day. At Warner Bros, Taylor introduced signature songs like “Fire and Rain”, “Sweet Baby James”, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, “Mexico” and “You Can Close Your Eyes”, as well as classic interpretations of “You’ve Got A Friend”, (his 1st # 1 and a Grammy Winner, and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)”. Now, all 6 of his Warner Bros releases have been remastered for release on July 19th, 2019, as "The Warner Bros. Albums : 1970 - 1976" on 6 CD's, 6 LP's or on digital platforms.

Guests on these landmark LP's include David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stevie Wonder, Paul and Linda McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Randy Newman, Carole King and The Brecker Brothers. Each album in the box has been freshly remastered, as overseen by Peter Asher.  Not only did Asher sign Taylor to the Beatles’ Apple Records label in 1968, where he recorded his solo debut album, but he served as his manager for 25 years, and originally produced the first 3 of these albums. He writes in the collection’s liner notes, “Revisiting these albums several decades later has been revelatory, nostalgic, and exciting. I have heard bits and pieces frequently over the years, of course, but listening with concentration and in detail to each of the original tapes without interruption has been a thrilling luxury”.

Note that Taylor’s 1976 "Greatest Hits" album, which included re-recorded versions of his Apple Records cuts “Something In The Way She Moves” and “Carolina In My Mind”, plus a live version of “Steamroller”, is not included in this set. Rhino will also offer exclusive bundles of "The Warner Bros. Albums" that pair both the CD and LP versions of the set with a 12″ x 12″ lithograph of a 1970 photo of the artist. Additionally, the first 350 pre-orders of the LP version from Rhino will come with a signed version of the lithograph.

 

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06.07.2019

Ben Lorentzen.....

Ben Lorentzen's brand new single, “All Knives Out”, is the first glimpse from the upcoming album "King Of Bitter Sorrow". "All Knives Out" is drawn from Ben’s experience as a social worker, working with abused teenagers. Here Lorentzen continues to dive deeper into the suburban noir landscape he started exploring with his 2 previous albums. In other words, it is still dark and moody, it’ s introvert, eclectic, and dealing with the pains and pleasures of existence. The pace is slower than on the previous album, “Pains & Pleasures Of Intimacy”, but the lyrics are strong, heartfelt, and sung as if life depended on it. As a backdrop Ben Lorentzen explains how he imagines the new 10 songs as a conversation between humanity and its collective conscience, and how the 2 entities falling apart becomes the "King Of Bitter Sorrow".

 

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05.07.2019

Lilyhammer.....

Between 2012 and 2014, Steven Van Zandt starred in Netflix’s 1st exclusive television series. A co-production with Norwegian network NRK1, "Lilyhammer" cast the singer songwriter musician as Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, a gangster making a new life in Lillehammer, Norway. Van Zandt not only acted in, co-wrote, and co-produced the series for 3 seasons, but he also composed most of the show’s music. For the 1st time, the music of "Lilyhammer" will be released on July 12th, 2019, by Van Zandt’s own Wicked Cool label and Universal Music in 2 volumes, "Lilyhammer : The Score : Vol 1 : Jazz" and "Lilyhammer : The Score : Vol 2 : Folk, Rock, Rio, Bits & Pieces". Both volumes will arrive on CD, black 180 gram vinyl, and digital platforms. These follow up the artist’s recent, acclaimed release "Summer Of Sorcery", itself a follow up to the rousing "Soulfire".

The score and songs of "Lilyhammer" were arranged and produced by Van Zandt and recorded at his Renegade Studios in New York and at various studios in Norway while filming. It was recorded, mixed and co-produced by Geoff Sanoff and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Wishing to combine the feel of New York jazz with Norwegian folk music to underscore the story of the series, Van Zandt turned to his E Street bandmate Max Weinberg for advice. The drummer put his pal in touch with Lee Musiker, veteran musical director and pianist for such artists as Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Wynton Marsalis, and the late Mel Tormé. Van Zandt and Musiker then assembled The Interstellar Jazz Renegades, a collective of musicians led by Musiker and orchestrators Stan Harrison, Raul Agraz, and Adam Hochstatter.

"Volume 1 : Jazz" collects together 13 of the best jazz oriented compositions from the show and features a mix of vintage standards, instrumental cues, and original songs. Van Zandt takes a page from Sinatra in his new renditions of “All Of Me”, “Ring-A-Ding Ding!” and “My Kind Of Town”. He explains in the press release, “I figured I’ve got some of the most talented musicians in New York City, so why waste them on 15 second cues. We decided to have some fun. I’d meet Lee about an hour before the session and give him the top line melodies, basic chord changes and structure, and talk about the overall mood of the piece. I wanted to try something different and get the musicians creative input and let these guys who were used to always reading their parts express themselves for a change. We would basically arrange it on the spot. I’d suggest a harmony, Lee would suggest an idea and the musicians would begin to orchestrate themselves. It was wild and extremely fruitful. After the success of the 1st session I knew we had a legitimate jazz album in addition to an incredible score”.

"Volume 2 : Folk, Rock, Rio, Bits & Pieces" collects a whopping 36 tracks from a variety of genres, including the theme song and cues inspired by Norwegian folk, rock'n'roll, surf, aatin sounds, brazilian music, and beyond. Van Zandt plays guitar on all but one of the tracks on this album, and was inspired by artists ranging from Tito Puente and Antonio Carlos Jobim to Ennio Morricone. “I’m really proud of ‘Lilyhammer’ and the music I created for it”, observes Van Zandt. “This was especially rewarding because it gave me the chance to finally do a score completely. This was a full commitment, I loved doing it and experimenting with sound and putting it to pictures and seeing what effect it has. It was a lot of fun, I’d love to do more of it”.

"Lilyhammer : The Score" arrives on July 12th, 2019, as Van Zandt tours across America, the European leg begins in August, and then a final leg in the fall returns them home to the United States.  As in the past, teachers are welcome to all shows for free, and each concert will be preceded by a teacher’s development workshop explaining how to integrate Van Zandt’s music education curriculum into the classroom.

 

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04.07.2019

Another America Box.....

America celebrates its half centennial with "50th Anniversary : The Collection". Fans embraced the group for simply being themselves, 3 gifted singer songwriters with a love of soaring melodies, close harmonies, and honest expression. In the collection's liner notes, Bunnell says, 'There wasn't any contrivance in what we did'. Beckley adds, 'We didn't start out with some grand plan, it just turned into a soundtrack for so many people's lives. That's something that I treat with great respect'. This collection brings the core of America's recorded legacy together with choice rarities like an early studio recording of "Ventura Highway", a live performance of "Riverside", and an unreleased demo for the # 1 hit "Sister Golden Hair". All of the band's Top 10 singles are included here, "Horse With No Name", "Ventura Highway", "Tin Man", "Lonely People" and more. July 12th, 2019.

 

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03.07.2019

Paul Is Live.....

On July 12th, 2019, Sir Paul McCartney will dip into the vaults once again for a series of reissues of live albums spanning more than 4 decades of his timeless career, from 1975 and 1976’s Wings arena tour to a fun, intimate at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles.

Here’s the rundown of each title :

"Amoeba Gig"
"Amoeba Gig" is the 1st full length commercial release of Paul’s surprise free concert at Hollywood’s Amoeba Music on June 27th, 2007. To date only 4 songs have seen wide release as the "Amoeba’s Secret EP", 2 of which were nominated for Grammy awards in 2008, “That Was Me” for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and “I Saw Her Standing There” for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. A few years later in November 2012, an extended 12 song excerpt of the Amoeba show titled "Live In Los Angeles",  this extended set was made available free to Paul McCartney's premium members for a limited period. And come July 12th, 2019, a full 21 song recording documenting possibly the most intimate LA show Paul has ever played, will be made available to the public for the 1st time.

"Paul Is Live" :
Recorded during the Australian and US swings of the tour in support of 1993’s "Off The Ground", "Paul Is Live" is Paul’s 5th live album. Originally released that same year, the album is famous for the multiple meanings and clues embedded in its title and cover art, all of which play on the “Paul Is Dead” conspiracy hoax. In addition to a wealth of Wings and Beatles classics, covers of Roy Brown’s "Good Rockin’ Tonight" and Leiber and Stoller’s "Kansas City" and more, "Paul Is Live" also offers a peek behind the curtain. 3 songs improvised on the spot and exclusive to the album, all recorded during rehearsals in various locations over the course of the tour.

"Choba B CCCP" :
The live in studio "Choba B CCCP", Russian for “Back In The USSR”, was released in the Soviet Union in 1988, making Paul the first western artist to issue an album exclusively for that market. In a conscious decision to get back to his roots, Paul spontaneously spent 2 days covering his favorite hits from the 1950's. The sessions produced 22 songs in total, and one of the outtakes being a version of The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There”. "Choba B CCCP" was a deeply personal album and a way to acknowledge fans who had supported him and The Beatles since the start. “When I was very young I asked my dad if people wanted peace”, Paul explained at the time. “He said to me, ‘Yes, people everywhere want peace, it’s usually politicians that cause trouble’. It always seemed to me that the way The Beatles’ music was admired in the USSR tended to prove his point, that people the world over have a great deal in common. In releasing this record exclusively in the Soviet Union, I extend the hand of peace and friendship to the people of Russia”. "Choba B CCCP" was released in the rest of the world following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

"Wings Over America" :
Rare # 1 charting triple live album, "Wings Over America" is a document of one the most sophisticated and dazzling rock shows of the 1970's or any decade. Paul and the band would eventually perform to more than 600 000 people at 31 shows in the US and Canada, ending with 3 historic nights at The Forum in Los Angeles. It’s no exaggeration to say that the excitement that greeted Paul McCartney & Wings in the spring of 1976 as they embarked on what would become their one and only North American tour was overwhelming. Having released 4 consecutive chart topping albums, Wings’ career was in full flight, and as Paul’s 1st US tour since The Beatles, the sheer joy of both the band and its fans were off the charts throughout the 90 hours of recordings distilled into this triple album.

 

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02.07.2019

King Of The Tramps.....

King Of The Tramps is an original roots rock group, whose sound calls upon influences from modern roots rock, rhythm and blues, rock and southern country rock. Their sound has been described as 'whiskey gospel' and 'midwestern roots rock' by critics. The band has released 5 albums of original music, “Good People”, 2011, “Wicked Mountain”, 2013, "Joyful Noise", 2014,  "Cumplir Con El Diablo", 2016 and "Wild Water", 2018.

King Of The Tramps live show is a foot stompin’, hand clappin’ rock and roll gospel, with plenty of crowd participation. According to City View, show reviewer Chad Taylor, Todd Partridge is 'part troubadour, part tent revival preacher, he holds court over his audience, welcoming all to the Tramps roots rock and jam band sound with the charisma of a faith healer”.

King Of The Tramps takes its name for a lesser known rail legend, 'Tex,  King Of The Tramps'. Tex rode the rails across the US in the 1930’s and 1940’s often leaving his mark 'Tex K.T.' carved into bridges, fences and buildings across the US.

With "Wild Water, the 5th album from Iowa roots rockers King Of The Tramps, the Tramps blend rock, blues and r'n'b tendencies without losing site of the 'whiskey gospel' sound that has made their live show a favorite. The Whiskey Gospel Horns (Andy Poppen, Aaron Ehrlich) and Motown backup vocals (Sarah Nevins) add polish and shine to the gritty midwestern working class sound.  The album features 10 songs. Official release is set for August 2nd, 2019.

 

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01.07.2019

Even More Bowie.....

As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie’s 1st hit, and following announcements of the "Spying Through A Keyhole", "Clareville Grove Demos" and "The Mercury Demos" collections, Parlophone is releasing a very special double 7” single of "Space Oddity" featuring brand new remixes by Tony Visconti. The set and a 1 track digital single of the single edit of the 2019 mix of "Space Oddity" for streaming and download will be released by Parlophone on July 12th, 2019, the day after the single’s 50th anniversary.

"Space Oddity" 50th anniversary double 7” set will come in a box including a double sided poster featuring an original "Space Oddity" press advertisement and a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage at the Save Rave 1969 concert at the London Palladium on November 30th, 1969, the backdrop featuring a N.A.S.A. astronaut. The set also includes an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the "Space Oddity" promo single cover session.

A facsimile of the original ultra rare unissued UK picture sleeve has been used for the cover of the original mono single, which, along with the label, features the original Philips trademark specifically cleared for this 50th anniversary release. The single itself has been cut from the original analogue single master tape. The jacket housing the 2019 remixes by Tony Visconti is a new design featuring an alternative Ray Stevenson shot from the Save Rave 1969 concert to that on the poster.

1st released as a 7" single on July 11th, 1969, "Space Oddity" was also the opening track of his 2nd studio album, "David Bowie". Initially inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film "2001 : A Space Odyssey", the song gained huge popularity when it was adopted as the unofficial theme of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission which launched 5 days after the single’s release.

 

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30.06.2019

Woodstock @ 50.....

Rhino Records is getting back to the garden in a big, make that BIG, way. "Woodstock 50 : Back To The Garden : The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive", due August 2nd, 2019, will live up to its name as the last word on the legendary festival. This 38 CD and 1 BD set, limited to 1 969 copies, will include every note performed onstage by every act at Yasgur’s Farm over those 3 days of peace and music, save 2 tracks by Jimi Hendrix, omitted at the request of his family, and one song from Sha Na Na, which couldn’t be used due to a tape gap. Many of these recordings are being released for the very first time.  In total, the set boasts an astounding 432 songs, 267 of them previously unreleased, plus crowd announcements and other sonic memorabilia from audience members.  A BluRay of the director’s cut of Michael Wadleigh’s film is also included.

“There have been large boxed sets devoted to particular eras or tours, the Grateful Dead do a great job of that sort of thing, but there’s never, to my knowledge, been an attempt to present a large scale durational experience of this sort”, Andy Zax, the producer and archivist who co-produced the set with Rhino’s Steve Woolard, says. “The Woodstock tapes give us a singular opportunity for a kind of sonic time travel, and my intention is to transport people back to 1969. There aren’t many other concerts you could make this argument about”.

The box will retail for $799 and will include swag such as a hardbound book by Michael Lang, a replica original program, replica posters, photo prints, a guitar strap, and more, all housed in a screen printed plywood box with canvas insert. 10 CD, 5 LP, and 3 CD highlights versions was also released on June 28th, 2019. "Woodstock : Back To The Garden : 50th Anniversary Experience" features 162 tracks across 10 CD's and is the first Woodstock collection to feature live recordings of every performer at the festival.  This version will be also available via digital download. "Woodstock : Back To The Garden : 50th Anniversary Collection" collects 42 tracks, and will be available on 3 CD's or 5 LP's.

And that’s still not all. Vinyl Me Please will have a special 10 LP package, due in early August, limited to 1 000 units pressed on tie dyed style colored vinyl. This set contains "Woodstock Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", which haven’t been in print on vinyl since 2009. "The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive" will not be released to general retail, and will be available exclusively through direct to consumer retailers such as Rhino, Woodstock.com, and Dead Net. Orders placed with Rhino Records for the big box will include exclusive Dale Saltzman 18×15 lithographs based on banners from the original festival.


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29.06.2019

Jordi Baizan.....

Jordi Baizan is a 1st generation American and native Texan songwriter. His songwriting has garnered him recognition from several prestigious songwriting competitions including the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, the Songwriter Serenade Competition and the South Florida Folk Festival’s Singer Songwriter Competition. Recently signed by Berkalin Records, label owner Brian J Kalinec says "Jordi's songs convey authenticity perfectly intertwined with memorable melodies.

His unique voice and his stories draw you in from the beginning, and you can't wait to hear the next page". Walt Wilkins, the producer of “Free And Fine”, Baizan’s new record says "This is a beautiful record, full of grown up, but still joyous and hopeful songs by a true artist and deep soul".

 

 

 

 

 

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28.06.2019

Gov't Mule.....

No 2 Gov’t Mule shows are alike, as the band draws on the more than 300 songs in their repertoire, and often a host of special guests, to create a unique experience each and every time. Warren Haynes, vocals, guitar, Matt Abts, drums, Danny Louis, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals, and Jorgen Carlsson, bass, have galvanised a global fan base with their improvisational virtuosity, leading them to be recognised as one of the most timeless and revered bands in the world.

Now Gov’t Mule have announced the release of "Bring On The Music : Live At The Capitol Theatre", a brand new live CD and DVD package out today, June 28th, 2019, via the Provogue Mascot Label Group. Filmed at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, on April 27th and 28th, 2018, the 9 camera video shoot was directed by renowned music photographer and director Danny Clinch. The release features more than 2 hours of live music, a full length concert film, interviews with the band, behind the scenes footage, photos shot by Danny Clinch over the years, and more.
 
This is the 1st time that Gov’t Mule’s updated stage set and production have been filmed, bringing the excitement and spectacle of a Gov’t Mule show directly into fans’ homes. The release will be available in a variety of configurations, a 2 CD and DVD deluxe package, the CD and DVD feature entirely different track lists and includes bonus videos of “Soulshine” and “Traveling Tune”, 2 separate double vinyl packages, digital, BluRay and a 2 CD package, featuring audio from the film.

 

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27.06.2019

White Owl Red.....

White Owl Red is the San Francisco based music of singer songwriter J Josef McManus. It features drums by Kyle Caprista (Chuck Prophet, Megan Slankard) and guitars by Gawain Mathews (Mickey Hart, Grateful Dead, Ben Lee).

"Americana Ash", White Owl Red’s 1st album debuted on the Americana Music Association Charts and remained there for 14 weeks in 2014. "Naked And Falling, the 2nd studio album received international acclaim and airplay in 2017and 2018.  It charted on the AMA Top 100 Chart, FAR Chart Top 10 and the Root 64 Airplay Chart Top 20, and was ranked in The Top 100 Albums Of 2017 by Alternate Root.

"Existential Frontiers" is the 3rd studio album by White Owl Red. Honest, gritty, poignant and powerful, this album unites elements of americana, alt country and indie folk traditions to take the listener on an unforgettable musical journey.

 

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26.06.2019

Ian Dury.....

Ian Dury & the Blockheads’ album "Do It Yourself" is celebrated this June with a 40th anniversary reissue package.

1st released in May 1979 following the chart topping success of ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, "Do It Yourself" omitted the track due to his policy of not including singles on his albums, although opening track ‘Inbetweenies’ was issued in Europe. Despite this, the Chaz Jankel and Laurie Latham produced album still managed to reach # 2 in the UK album charts, denied the top spot by Abba’s "Voulez Vous", no less, although any money made was soon lost on the ensuing European tour where Dury would insist on staying in top hotels, and the whole affair was so stressful for Chaz Jankel he left immediately afterwards. It was also the 1st album to credit The Blockheads, having only previously mentioned on the 1978 single ‘What A Waste’.

This new 40th anniversary super deluxe is a 4 disc, LP + 2 CD + DVD, set and sees the original album pressed on magnolia coloured vinyl, freshly cut from the original master tapes. The 2 CD's and DVD containing the album, all of the singles, b-sides, demos, videos, and a live concert recorded in Belfast, in February 1979. A cute selling point here is a ‘choose-your-own-cover’ option. The 34 different front cover sleeves, originally designed by Barney Bubbles, based around various samples of Crown wallpaper, are included on 17 large art cards. These can be switched around and slide into a special die-cut. This set also comes with a 12 page booklet with input from Phill Jupitus and Kosmo Vinyl. "Do It Yourself : 40th Anniversary Edition" was released June 14th, 2019.

 

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25.06.2019

Mark Rogers.....

"Mark Rogers cements his place in the indie folk pop scene as not just a reliably strong composer, but as a sonic force to be reckoned with" ~ No Depression

Mark Rogers is a well traveled songwriter whose music reminds us of the years we spent scouring lyric sheets and liner notes. When vocal harmony would induce a palpable reaction and words would take us to places we couldn’t always describe. Introspective, thoughtful, melodic and soulful. A nod to the past, but with both hands on the wheel, Mark’s music endures. With his new album, “Laying It Down”, Mark Rogers continues the American rich tradition of literary songwriting.
 
Mark Rogers grew up in the Washington, DC, area.  In the early 80's, he moved to LA where he and his new band attempted to revive country rock in the town that had invented it. Playing the same West LA clubs that were home to a new Paisley Underground scene, Mark abruptly left town and returned to DC, just as things were starting to happen. For the next 25 years, he relegated his music to hobby status and raised a family. In 2012, he wrote his 1st song in decades. Which led to another. And then another.
 
Mark’s 2018 EP “Qualifiers” charted both in the US and Europe with outstanding reviews in several prominent music pubs and blogs including No Depression (US), MaximumVolume (UK), The Indie Source and many more.

 

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24.06.2019

Glen Campbell Box.....

The life and career of beloved country music icon Glen Campbell spanned generations and influenced countless musicians who would follow in his wake, and on June 21st, 2019, Capitol Records released a long out of print collection originally released in 2003, newly expanded and with more material than in its original form. "Glen Campbell : The Legacy 1961-2017" aims to tell Campbell’s story all the way through, culminating in some of his final recordings from within the past 5 years or so.

This new edition picks up where the previous one left off and adds songs from Campbell’s thrilling late career renaissance to paint a complete picture of his peerless and pioneering catalog. Now included are songs from his string of acclaimed albums of the aughts, 2008’s "Meet Glen Campbell", 2011’s "Ghost On The Canvas", 2014’s soundtrack to his revealing and emotional documentary, "I’ll Be Me", and 2017’s "Adiós", released shortly before he passed away from complications from his long, public battle with Alzheimer’s. This beautiful box set includes a stunning 60 page booklet and updated liner notes by well known music scribe Joel Selvin who wrote the original liners.

The last song Campbell ever recorded was “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”. This touching goodbye to his family and fans co-written by him and producer Julian Raymond and recorded with members of The Wrecking Crew, is one of the many high points that round out the new box set. The song featured in the documentary “I’ll Be Me”, which chronicles Campbell’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and his final tour, won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards. The retrospective culminates with 3 songs from Campbell’s bucket list album "Adiós", recorded while fighting his disease and released in 2017 to universal Acclaim, a banjo filled take on “Everybody’s Talkin’”, country weeper “It Won’t Bring Her Back”, and the bittersweet title track, which brought Campbell’s career full circle by reuniting him one last time with his lifelong collaborator Jimmy Webb.

 

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23.06.2019

Mara Levine.....

“Some people, like the one described in Leonard Cohen’s classic song, are born with a golden voice. Mara Levine is one of those gifted few who fit that definition. Hearing her sing makes you stop whatever you are doing and listen. Known for her warmth, sincerity and impeccable natural musicality, she makes us all listen more intently, and celebrate the beauty that she brings to every song she sings and inspires us to do better ourselves, in whatever field we work. Thank you, Mara, for making us all remember the poetry of lyricism”. ~ David Amram

Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, folksinger and jewelry designer Mara Levine, like a skilled gem cutter, selects songs with inherent beauty, examines them carefully, then crafts and polishes them to a glittering brilliance. According to folksinger and activist Si Kahn, 'Layering harmony line on top of harmony line, Levine creates rich tapestries of sound and emotion'.

With her 3rd album, "Facets Of Folk", Levine has found her true voice and it rings clearly and powerfully like a bell or chime, reminiscent of her inspirations Judy Collins and Joan Baez, as she explores some of the different faces of the folk genre. Most songs on the project are filled with Levine’s lush harmony arrangements and invite the listener to sing along.

“As I was selecting material for my 3rd CD" said Levine, “I was inspired by the current political and social challenges facing us today, and thought a great deal about the importance of speaking out against injustice, both societal, and for people in our lives who are being wronged”.

On "Facets Of Folk", Levine presents a number of songs of social conscience with themes of taking a stand, making a difference, considering the treatment of others and becoming a better person. Those tunes, written by popular contemporary songwriters, as well as emerging talents, are all carefully set among folk favorites and lesser known songs.

The lead off track, “You Reap What You Sow”, by Susan Shann, recorded with bluegrass luminaries Greg Blake, Bob Harris, Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, Mollie O’Brien, Mark Schatz and Scott Vestal, was extremely well received when it was released as a single in November 2017, hitting # 1 on the Folk DJ chart and spending 22 weeks on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart.

A traditional holiday song from the Scottish Hebrides, “Taladh Chriosda” has been re-recorded with frequent touring partners Gathering Time. 4 additional songs were recorded with Gathering Time, including a rousing version of the Tommy Sands protest anthem, “Daughters And Sons”, featuring special guests Kim and Reggie Harris swapping lead vocals with Levine, and “By My Silence”, a provocative warning about the perils of remaining passive in the face of injustice, written by award winning Florida singer songwriters Ellen Bukstel and Nick Annis, which reached # 1 on the Folk DJ Chart when it was released as a single in September 2017.

"Facets Of Folk" was co-produced by Bob Harris, (Johnny Cash, Vasser Clements, Girlyman) who plays guitar and helped with arrangements on many of the tracks, and also with John Guth (Tom Chapin, Galt MacDermot) who plays various instruments and helped with arrangements on 5 of the tracks. Other contributing musicians are Kim and Reggie Harris, Robin Greenstein, Michael G Ronstadt, Ed Trickett, Josh Joffen, Terry Kitchen, Caroline Cutroneo, Jan Alba, Harold Morton, Sean McComiskey, Barbara Novick, Cheryl Prashker, Tilman Reitzle, Akiva Wharton and Patrice Avsharian Wiseman.

 

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22.06.2019

Buddy & Julie.....

Buddy & Julie Miller have just released “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” from their reconciliation album "Breakdown on 20th Avenue South", out yesterday, on June 21st, 2019, from New West Records, as well as a 7" exclusive track, “Can’t Cry Hard Enough”.
 
Julie said of the former, a deeply intimate track that ushered in this ambitious new chapter for the husband and wife duo both in and out of the studio, “I wrote the song ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’ as a message to Buddy, because we kept putting off making our album because he was so busy”. She continued, “It took me too long to communicate how I was feeling. I felt as if I was waiting for my turn. I know he feels guilty about it. I was ill, and I was depressed, and that complicated everything. Once he realized how I felt, he was incredibly gracious and he really focused on helping me craft what I wanted to create”.

Out of the roughly 60 songs Julie wrote during the "Breakdown on 20th Avenue South" sessions, the duo selected 12 for its final tracklist. The new album is their first since 2009’s "Written In Chalk". Buddy said of what it meant to record “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” with Julie in their shared bedroom just upstairs from Buddy’s official home studio, “After that first song, we wanted the record to be just us. The songs are all Julie’s, and she wanted the sound to be as raw as the lyrics are”.

 

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21.06.2019

Blind Lemon Pledge.....

From the opening track to the final melodic flourish, “After Hours”, the new album from James Byfield, aka Blind Lemon Pledge, delivers an exotic and creatively unique ride through the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s era of The Great American Songbook, in a set of stylistically diverse, and thematically rich, original jazz compositions.
 
Known primarily for his award winning career as a blues and americana singer, songwriter and producer, James Byfield has gained a reputation for his ability to write in a variety of genres with skill, creativity and authenticity.
 
Working from his Bay Area studio, Blind Lemon Pledge fronts an eponymously named performing band, while maintaining a separate branch of his career with a string of solo album releases featuring a variety of side musicians. Along the way he has garnered international critical recognition and airplay, a batch of best song and producer awards, and 7 slots on the first round Grammy ballots. His original compositions have earned acclaim for their musicality and stylistic diversity. Several of his previous albums have included songs that clearly demonstrate the influence of composers like Hoagy Carmichael, The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Mose Allison and other jazz influenced composers.
 
With “After Hours” Byfield dons his producer and arranger hats to present a sparsely sophisticated set of his original jazz tunes, performed by a group of musicians he has assembled for the project. Helmed by the keyboard and arrangement skills of Ben Flint and beautifully voiced by alto Marisa Malvino, the quartet is completed with drummer Joe Kelner and bassist Peter Grenell. “I decided that this project needed a whole new approach to best present the songs”, says Byfield. “I already knew what I would sound like performing the tunes. I wanted to hear what other musicians would bring to the lyrics, melody and feel. Since this is a jazz album, I was intrigued with the idea of putting together a session, old school. I have really enjoyed the process and the results”.
 
The album kicks off with the title track, and the mood and themes of the album are immediately established, we are in an after hours club where a jazz combo is jamming on some favorite tunes. The spare piano, bass and drum instrumentation echoes the feel of the Mose Allison or Oscar Peterson trios while the deep alto voice of Marisa Malvino bathes the lyrics in a warm glow.
 
Next, we jump into the heavy blues of “If Beale Street Was A Woman”, a song one could easily picture Allison performing. This stylistic leap promises diversity throughout the album. And indeed that promise is kept with the 3rd tune “Rich People In Love”, a humorous and sophisticated romp that Cole Porter would be proud of. Through the course of the album we are able to sense Byfield’s love for the diverse styles of the music of America. From bluesy swings, to upbeat humor, to a New Orleans stomp, the album is brimming with ideas and skillful musical diversity. Pianist Ben Flint handles these stylistic challenges with mastery.
 
The album officially finishes with the lush, jazz pop song “Lights Out”. However, in a nod to his own musicality, Byfield includes a bonus track with just himself, the guitar and bass. A gentle goodnight to another achievement from a unique American artist.

 

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20.06.2019

World Peace.....

Putumayo Records was pleased to announce the release of "World Peace" on June 14th, 2019. It was inspired by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr and other 60's leaders’ search for peace and justice. JFK’s historic peace speech at American University on June 10th, 1963, led to the first limited nuclear test ban treaty and an easing in cold war tensions. The themes he expressed, such as ending excessive militarism and making the world safe for diversity, resonate to this day. Excerpts are included in the booklet.
 
"World Peace" features renowned artists Jackson Browne, Nina Simone, Keb’ Mo’, India.Arie, Richard Bona, David Broza, Wyclef Jean, the international collective Playing For Change, and others who have been committed to writing and recording songs of peace and freedom. It begins with contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’, who recorded a moving version of the 1975 classic “Wake Up Everybody” with its inspirational lyrics 'there is so much hatred, war and poverty, the world won’t get no better, we gotta change it, just you and me'.
 
Following Keb’ Mo’, we hear a call for Africans to come together to achieve peace and prosperity in “Africa Unite” by Swaziland’s Bholoja. Renowned singer-songwriter and activist Jackson Browne wrote and recorded “It is One”, 'It is one world spinning ‘round the sun, this life is a battleground between right and wrong'. Cameroonian musician Richard Bona and jazz star Michael Brecker follow with their rendition of Bob Marley’s powerful “Redemption Song”.
 
The legendary Nina Simone recorded her version of the civil rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” in 1967 after an Alabama church bombing and the civil rights struggle moved her to address these issues. The album continues with the Keb’ Mo’ recording of the classic peace anthem “Love Train”. Then,  India.Arie sings “One”, in which she calls for a celebration of the similarities that bring human beings together.

We next head to South Africa for Bongeziwe Mabandla and his song “Freedom For Everyone”. Mabandla asks 'Oh, what is freedom if there’s no freedom for everyone?'. We then turn to the Palestinian and Israeli singer Mira Awad’s beautiful ballad “Think Of Others”, a musical adaption of the poem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Awad sings, 'Do not forget those who seek Peace, those who have nowhere to sleep'.
 
The album closes with 2 powerful ballads. On “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem,” Israeli  singer songwriter David Broza is joined by Haitian American star Wyclef Jean. They sing, 'Spread a little love before you put your head down, maybe when you wake up, the world will be a better place'. The album concludes with John Lennon’s beloved peace anthem “Imagine,” sung by Playing For Change and featuring artists from Brazil, India, Nigeria, Nepal, and beyond.
 
"World Peace" seeks to remind people of the importance of peaceful coexistence and freedom. As President Kennedy concluded in his June 10, 1963 address, 'We shall do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just'.

 

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19.06.2019

Kaurna Cronin.....

Multi award winning folk troubadour Kaurna Cronin has today announced his emotive new single and video "Gotta Get Outta This Place", a song about longing for the road, and a desire to be flung outside of ones’ comfort zone, out June 28th, 2019. In fact, Kaurna is no stranger to the road, having performed over 400 shows across the UK, Germany, France, BeNeLux, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, America, Denmark, Russia, India and Sweden. 
 
"Gotta Get Outta This Place" is a familiar title for a familiar feeling, and this song captures that feeling with true understanding, grace and lyrical intricacy. Evocative of Australian greats Paul Kelly and The Go-Betweens, the track arcs beautifully from a stark opening, showcasing Kaurna’s unique, quietly commanding vocal, to a percussive jam buoyed by laid back guitar and gentle vocal harmonies. Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Kaurna reflects, “This song is one I've been wanting to write for a long time, but had never really managed to get the tone quite right. It's a song about internal battles of a sense of belonging and love for the idea of 'ones home' and the ongoing feeling of needing to get away from home to experience the unknown to be inspired by different places, people and ideas. It was important for me to try and capture the sense of passion and inspiration in ones home and not dismiss that, it's about the conflict of urges that one can associate with not wanting to feel 'comfort' anymore”.
 
The clip for "Gotta Get Outta This Place" is minimalistic and eerie, it visually represents a feeling of dull routine, and how that dull routine can begin to numb the mind and senses. The same old merry-go-round that Kaurna talks about in the song is reflected here in mundane tasks, brushing his teeth, dressing, undressing, eating a bowl of soup, but they become inverted, playing and replaying backwards and forwards as the song goes on. Reflecting on the ideas behind the clip, Kaurna says, “Myself and Cooper (CW Creative Productions) tossed around a number of ideas but essentially we just kept coming back to it being such a personal experience for everyone, the sense of wanting to escape their daily routines, so focusing on the moods and movement became the focus of the clip. Obviously having the musical and lyrical tension with distinct changes of pace had to be reflected in the dynamic of the video, whilst keeping it black and white allowed the focus to be on the emotive mood and expression of the clip”.
 
After spending many years travelling the globe and performing his music to countless people around the world, Kaurna is thrilled to return to Australia to play a run of shows celebrating "Gotta Get Outta This Place", as he gives an insight into his life on the road, “My first years in Europe I was based in Germany, I spent a while busking in the streets of Berlin in 2011, developing songs which I would later create my 1st LP with, partly in a Berlin studio and at my home studio in Australia. Every year I have been travelling back to Europe, playing in new countries every year including Germany, Sweden, Italy, BeNeLux, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, France, Denmark, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Austria. It has been a gradual and constant evolution of building audiences from performing on the streets, to cafes, to venues, to festivals in most countries throughout Europe. There is no 'shooting to success' story by any means, but performing live to audiences all over the world has become my life”.

 

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18.06.2019

ZZ Top @ 50.....

ZZ Top will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a world tour this year, including extensive legs in Europe and the US.

The band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas, and following a few initial lineup tweaks, the classic trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard have all been going strong in the band for 50 years. Along the way, ZZ Top have released such classic hits as “La Grange”, “Gimme All Your Lovin’”, and “Legs”, among others, and they were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004.

With the upcoming 50th anniversary tour ready to help ZZ Top celebrate their years in Rock, it only makes sense to help them celebrate with a career spanning collection that effectively covers all the appropriate ground.

On August 16th, 2019, the 3 CD edition of "Goin’ 50" will round up 50 tracks, some of them live. 2 bonus tracks, “Salt Lick” and “Miller’s Farm”, have been included that are immediate delights due to the fact they were originally recorded in 1969 as an 7" side single. Most songs are pulled from all 15 ZZ Top studio issues ranging from 1969’s "ZZ Top’s 1st Album" through 2012’s "La Futura". Most tracks are remastered. There’s something for every level of ZZ Top fan.

"Goin’ 50" will be released as a 3 CD set, as a 5 LP vinyl set, and on digital streaming platforms.

 

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17.06.2019

Hawks With Intentions.....

Paul and Victoria from I See Hawks in LA first met Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk of The Good Intentions at a house party in the chaparral foothills of Sierra Madre, CA. The Liverpool folk duo were on their 1st tour of the USA and their English accents and timeless tunes charmed and impressed the Americans. Soon, the Hawks and Intentions were good friends.

Over the years and shared stages, from Peter and Gabi's house concerts in Liverpool to rocking Pappy & Harriet's nights in the Mojave desert, the friendship suggested a songwriting partnership. One evening in Hawks lead singer Rob Waller's Highland Park garage studio, Rob, Paul Lacques and Peter sat down with guitars and some trepidation, suddenly out of their comfort zones, but came up with the beginnings of "White Cross" and "Rolling The Boxcars", amidst much laughter and the chaos of the Waller children. Well, that was fun!

After this promising start and the Liverpudlians' return to Liverpool, the songwriting process migrated to the cold digital theater of the internet, lyrics and mp3’s bouncing back and forth across the Atlantic by the hundreds, nestled amidst internet spams and bank statements. The irony of creating heartfelt folk music through cyber connection was not lost on any of us.

As the email threads mushroomed, the Hawks and Good Intentions discovered the subtle and at times gaping differences between English and American musical sensibilities, phrasing and idioms, as well as quirks in their own personalities and hardened songwriting habits. Both groups shared an appreciation for nuanced shadings of words, and tiny but dire quibbles on a single word or phrase accompanied every stanza. The heated if wit defused discussions were a learning experience for all, including Hawks bassist Paul Marshall and drummer Victoria Jacobs.

What emerged was a song crafting process more deliberative and careful than the Hawks have ever been disciplined enough to undertake. Where Paul and Rob often revel in their reckless irreverence for traditional forms, Peter employs a more careful and thoughtful process. The results were different from songs either group had written before. About 15 songs were finished, including "White Cross" and "Singing In The Wind", which appeared on the most recent Hawks record, ”Live And Never Learn”.

Many Hawks fans are familiar with the Good Intentions. Peter Davies and Gabrielle Monk have been voted Best Americana Band by the British Country Music Awards. They've released 4 albums produced by LA's own Rick Shea with the cream of the crop of LA roots musicians.

I See Hawks In LA have released 8 critically acclaimed CD’s since their high desert conception 20 years ago, and were named to Mojo Magazine's 2018 Top 10 Americana Releases for "Live And Never Learn." They were just named Best Country Band in Los Angeles by the LA Weekly.

This CD collaboration, named ”Hawks With Good Intentions”, was recorded in the Hawks studios and in Liverpool, bouncing guitar and vocal tracks across the ocean in the same fashion as the lyrics and demos. 10 tracks, ranging from the contemplative ballads and waltzes to uptempo train beat, sung by Peter, Rob and Victoria, with duets and harmonies by all of both bands' singers, in unique combinations. It's a deep and intricate collaboration. Except for some slide guitar, the songs are acoustic, with beautiful contributions from fiddler Gabe Witcher (Punch Bros) and Richie Lawrence (Yolos, Ray Bonneville).

This is British American folk, a modern cross pollination with roots in the 70’s, 60’s, and much earlier, spreading today's news in timeless troubadour fashion.

 

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16.06.2019

More Real Promise.....

Since releasing an album in 2017, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real have played 200 plus shows, both on their own and with Neil Young, inspiring some of the legend’s fieriest shows in years. “They have no fear”, Young says. “They’re much better players than I am. Lukas is like a real gunslinger”.

The band took that fire and experience into the studio for their new album, "Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)", out two days ago, June 14th, 2019, where they double down on their psychedelic cowboy anthems, with help from friends including Sheryl Crow, Ke$ha and Young himself. The album features everything from soaring wall of sound arrangements, the Roy Orbison inspired “Where Does Love Go”, to wildly fun country rock throwdowns like the joyous Twin guitar jam “Civilized Hell”, a duet between Lukas and his dad Willie, and twangy road anthem “Lotta Fun”, with Margo Price. Another highlight is “Save A Little Heartache”, a funky stomper with Ke$ha on backing vocals.

One of the album’s big themes is trying to find peace and happiness in a world of chaos. On title track “Turn Off The News,” Lukas details his attempt to focus on love instead of other things he can’t Control, “Maybe I’ll turn off the fuckin’ news”. he sings. The song has become a new crowd favorite.

“We wanted these songs to be fun and upbeat”, Nelson said. “But we also wanted to have something to say. Rock'n'roll began as a countercultural movement, so in the true spirit of rock'n'roll, we’re trying to encourage a lifestyle where people can be active in their local communities, rather than glued to a device. We listen to so many artists, Byrds, Tom Petty, Al Green, Neil Young, Little Feat, JJ Cale, and this album carries forth something they all represented, the idea of turning off the news and doing something constructive. It’s a statement about how you can live your life with your heart leading the way”.

A new trailer for the album captures the spirit of the sessions, which took place at studios including Malibu’s legendary Shangri-La with producer John Alagia. We see the group smoking weed, playing ping pong and sharing ideas, Lukas shows his bandmates the title track and asks for feedback. “I don’t even hear drums on it”, one member says. They found a compromise. The album includes both a full band version and an acoustic version that features Neil Young on pump organ.

Other guests on the LP include Nelson’s brother Micah, Shooter Jennings, Randy Houser, Lucius, Madison Ryann Ward, Hunter Elizabeth and more. Nelson said they enlisted the album’s many collaborators with his heroes the Band in mind. “They supported so many incredible people throughout their career, but they were also focused on their own music”, he said. “We’re the same way. We want to see good music and great artists succeed, because a rising tide raises all ships. We’re cheering for our friends, just as they’re cheering for us”.

 

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15.06.2019

Auburn.....

Auburn has been captivating audiences around the world with their unique blend of americana, blues and roots music. Fronted by female vocalist Liz Lenten, who's voice has been described as “so sweet it'll make your hair curl” and “husky, with an emotional frailty”, who “isn't afraid to show her full range of vocal tones or emotions”.
 
With varied influences from Bonnie Raitt, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse to Kate Bush, Liz's songs grab you melodically and tell stories of life's ups and downs.
 
She has toured extensively including supporting artists Sophie Ellis Bextor, Jefferson Starship, Live Dead 69, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick to name just a few.
 
Liz, a very untypical English rose, she describes herself as “a mongrel, descending from several places in Eastern Europe”, now lives in the Wolds of Lincolnshire, where she spends her time writing, performing and running music groups for young people living in rural isolation and other challenging circumstances, as well as managing other artists including Eliza Carthy and Shane MacGowan. She was nominated for an “English Heritage Inspiration Award in 2012”, for her work bringing singing and music to the community.
 
The new album was mainly written in the last few months of 2018, in a flurry of outpouring. As always with Liz Lenten's prolific song writing themes cover the usual range of reflections of emotions and situations, focusing this album on trust, in all sorts of relationships and situations.
 
Says Liz, “Its been a couple of crazy years for me, with huge personal life changes, which lead to me losing my voice completely at one point, all of which left me struggling to trust my own judgement and learning to live on faith and hope, which is essentially all we have to go on when things get out of control”.
 
As with Auburn's previous releases, the band's new album was recorded once again in Nashville. Says Liz, “Nashville is one of the most wonderful cities on earth to me, buzzing with music and creativity. My fantastic multi award-winning producer, Thomm Jutz, (Nanci Griffith, Mary Gauthier, Bill Anderson, Otis Gibbs, Mac Wiseman), totally brings my ideas to life, is there, so I would go wherever he was. And the musicians are amazing, all so incredibly talented and sensitive, and just lovely people to be around”.
 
In addition, “Game Of Faith” has a unique strategy based card game that will be launched with the album. It has been devised and designed to compliment the songs and lyrics of the material, so that everyone can play their own "Game Of Faith", more details nearer release about this.

 

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14.06.2019

Tuscaloosa.....

The new chapter of Neil Young's ongoing archival series is spotlighting a concert he played with the Stray Gators at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on February 5th, 1973. Titled simply "Tuscaloosa", was released last Friday, June 7th, 2019, on a single CD and a 3 sided vinyl album with etched artwork on side 4.

“It’s from the period right around 'Harvest' and 'Tonight’s The Night'”, Young says. “For me, it’s edgy. It’s like those mellow songs with an edge. It’s really trippy to be down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and singing those songs from 'Harvest' and the songs that we were doing for 'Time Fades Away' before it came out. I found this thing and it had such a great attitude to it. I just loved the whole night, so I put that together with engineer John Hanlon”.

This tour was previously documented on the live album "Times Fades Away", but that was recorded after original Stray Gators drummer Kenny Buttrey left the group and was replaced by Johnny Barbata. This show is from the Buttrey period. It is also incomplete since they played about 20 songs most nights and this set just features 11. According to Hanlon, the show tape didn’t capture the whole thing and “The Loner” was out of tune, and “On The Way Home” was simply on too many other live albums.

In a letter to a fan on his Neil Young Archives website, Young defended his decision to release the show with songs missing. “We don’t like to release a lot of songs on many albums, so ‘On The Way Home’ went by the wayside”, he wrote. “‘The Loner’ was just not good enough. I still make those decisions because I am here on the planet. However, those 2 versions will be available in the archives for members to hear. I have no plans to release everything I have ever recorded. Some of it is just not good enough”.

Neil Young is currently in the studio with Crazy Horse recording their first LP since guitarist Frank 'Poncho' Sampedro retired and Nils Lofgren came back into the fold to replace him. It’s unclear when that album will be ready, but Young says that his unreleased 1975 LP "Homegrown" will be his next archival release after "Tuscaloosa".

 

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13.06.2019

Phil Collins.....

When Phil Collins’ "Take A Look At Me Now" reissue campaign commenced in 2016, some fans were understandably, justifiably sore at the exclusion of most of his rarest material, non LP b-sides and remixes, in favor of unreleased demos or, more often, non contemporaneous live material sitting next to the original albums on bonus discs. Last month, Rhino Records finally collected that much coveted material, albeit in digital form, on two new compilations, "Other Sides" and "Remixed Sides".

"Other Sides" collects hard to find singles, instrumentals, demos, and soundtrack recordings originally released between 1981 and 2003.  It kicks off with 3 "Face Value" era demos originally released on the Netherlands edition of the “If Leaving Me Is Easy” single.  Other highlights include “Homeless”, a demo version of “Another Day In Paradise”, “It’s Everywhere” from a European promo of "You Ought To Know" issued for Toyota, and the b-sides “Rad Dudeski”, “Around The World In 80 Presets” and “For A Friend”.  All the tracks on "Other Sides" are making their digital debut on the collection.

"Remixed Sides" brings together classic extended versions, dub remakes, and other contemporaneous remixes of Phil Collins favorites from the 80's and 90's.  These include many versions of “In The Air Tonight”, “Wear My Hat” and “Hang In Long Enough”, as well as extended mixes of such hits as “Take Me Home” and “Sussudio”, along with a megamix of “Sussudio/Don’t Lose My Number/You Can’t Hurry Love”.

 

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12.06.2019

Ralph Molina.....

Crazy Horse drummer and vocalist Ralph Molina is set to release his 1st solo album, entitled “Love And Inspiration”. Named as one of the '100 Greatest Drummers of All Time' by Rolling Stone magazine, he is best known for his decades long work with Neil Young & Crazy Horse. However, Molina is a superb vocalist and songwriter in his own right, as evidenced by the album’s 11 self penned tracks
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Molina’s musical beginnings were in local doo wop groups, singing harmonies with friends in New York, and then in Florida, where he graduated high school. He later moved to California to sing with his cousin Lou’s group, which led to other musical opportunities. Molina joined Danny Whitten and Billy Talbot in the doo wop group Danny & The Memories, which in the 60's morphed into a folk rock act called The Psyrcle, later known as The Rockets. As the decade came to a close, the group renamed themselves Crazy Horse after playing with Neil Young. Although the band lineup has changed over the years, Molina and Talbot have remained as core members of Crazy Horse, recording over 30 albums.

When asked about his songwriting process, Ralph describes it as being akin to a puzzle, stating that the melodies come to him first, followed by lyrics. Once ideas start coming together, he states, “I do my best to turn them into what others can relate to. This, my 1st work, turned out to be about love and inspiration”.  Molina gives credit to God for inspiring his work, and dedicates the album to departed friends Danny Whitten, David Briggs and Jack Nietzche. Many of the songs were composed on Whitten’s old guitar.

Much like the artist himself, the songs comprising the album are unpretentious and insightful, exploring a full range of emotions. Molina is accompanied by a host of musicians from a range of genres. Contributing artists include Anthony Crawford, Kelly Clarkson, Barry Goldberg, Phil Lee, Ian McNabb and many more.

 

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11.06.2019

Henrik Cederblom.....


Henrik Cederblom has played guitar behind artists such as Freddie Wadling, Daniel Lemma, Sofia Karlsson and Timo Räisänen, among others, and is also known for his work with the Swedish Grammis-award winning band Den Fule.

Now he has written a collection of songs for an album, "Zobop", that focuses on melody and groove. An urban world music that draws its inspiration from dance in different forms.

"Zobop" brings us new meeting points. Here are influences from style icons such as Zappa and Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell and Tony Allen, but basically the music is written as folk music for electric guitar, bass, beats, drums and saxophone.

“I have always loved how fiddlers play together in Swedish and Norwegian folk traditions, and I also really enjoy playing for a dancing crowd”, says Henrik, “so I wanted to focus on rhythm, melody and interplay”.

"Zobop" is a meeting between those elements and improvisation, individual, as well as collective. The soul of a tune, how it orchestrates the beat, the different worlds created by the melodies and interplay, this is what makes "Zobop" an entirely unique place to be. 

The quartet consists of Tapha Ndiongue, drums, Viktor Turegård, bass, Sten Källman, saxophone and percussion, and Henrik Cederblom, guitars and lap steel, and was formed in the summer of 2018 after some time of experimentation with different sets and concepts.

 

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10.06.2019

Rock'N'Roll Circus.....

Filmed before a live audience in London in 1968, "The Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus" was originally conceived as a BBC TV special. Directed by Michael Lindsay Hogg, it centers on the original line up of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, with Nicky Hopkins and Rocky Dijon, who serve as both the show's hosts and featured attraction. For the 1st time in front of an audience, The World s Greatest Rock And Roll Band performs 6 Stones classics.

The program also includes extraordinary performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono and The Dirty Mac. A supergroup before the term had even been coined, the band was comprised of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell and John Lennon. The limited deluxe edition includes the film on BluRay and DVD, plus the 2 CD expanded soundtrack, and a perfect bound 44 page book with custom foldout gatefold design. The book also includes David Dalton's original 1969 Rolling Stone essay and on set photographs by Mike Randolf. "The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus" soundtrack has been expanded to 28 tracks, received a new mix and 192k 24 bit HD restoration. Bonus material included by the late concert pianist Julius Katchen, 3 additional songs by Taj Mahal and never before heard recordings of The Dirty Mac performing The Beatles classic, "Revolution", and the aptly titled track "Warmup Jam". July 5th, 2019.

 

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09.06.2019

Arroyo Rogers.....

”If your idea of country music is less Florida Georgia Line and more ’I Walk The Line’, Arroyo Rogers has got you covered. Their music harkens back to a simpler time, but their lyrics have a 21st century twist. Hopefully a full length album is just around the corner.” ~ Coachella Valley Weekly

Arroyo Rogers is a California country band steeped in the classic country and western sound of the 60’s and 70’s. Founded by Kip Powell and Lisa Mednick Powell, the band continues to perform classic covers and original americana in and around the high desert community of Joshua Tree.

Both Lisa and Kip were veteran sidemen in the Austin, TX, music scene during the 90's. Past support of artists such as Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, and Radney Foster are evidence of their seasoned musicality.

After spending a few years in New York State, Kip and Lisa headed west to New Mexico. A country and western party band called 40 Miles Of Bad Road emerged from an adobe bunker in Española. Honky tonk drinking and cheating songs soon inspired original songs like "Albuquerque" and "Promised Land".

Kip and Lisa are now living in the high desert community of Joshua Tree, CA, where they have formed Arroyo Rogers, adding more originals to their classic country repertoire while keeping the dry, tongue in cheek style from their New Mexico days.

Arroyo Rogers has just released its debut EP, ”Single Wide”. Recorded at Blue Velvet Studio in New Orleans, LA, with the help of guitarist and engineer Tom Stern and Iguanas drummer Doug Garrison, the 6 songs range from the humorous "Eleanor" to the straight up honky tonk of "Three Sheets To The Wind." Listen to the new tracks, or, better yet, take a spin in the sawdust wherever Arroyo Rogers is playing.

 

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08.06.2019

Peter Frampton.....

I have always loved to play the blues. When we formed Humble Pie, the 1st material we played together was just that. For the last 2 summers I had been playing a handful of blues numbers every night on stage with Steve Miller Band. I enjoyed this immensely and it gave me the idea of doing an ‘All Blues’ album live in the studio with my band. We started the resulting sessions 9 days after coming off the road last year. Over a 2 week period, we recorded 23 tracks, all live in the studio. The energy of these tracks is completely different from building a track one instrument at a time. With this recording, we pay tribute to all the original artists who invented this incredible music. I hope you can hear and feel our enjoyment. I’m not sure if you can say we had fun playing the blues. But we definitely did.” ~ Peter Frampton

On June 7th, 2019 Peter Frampton will release a special covers record, "All Blues", via Universal Music. "All Blues" was recorded by Frampton with his longtime touring band, Adam Lester, guitar and vocals, Rob Arthur, keyboards, guitar, vocals, and Dan Wojciechowski, drums.

 

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07.06.2019

Anna Einarsson.....

The Portuguese have saudade, the Swedes have vemod. Contemplation, intricately entwined in compositions spanning jazz, folk music, experimental and the nordic, is at the heart of the new album by Anna Einarsson Ensemble, "Life In Pieces".

Following 3 albums with her band Anagram, various orchestral works, a compilation for children and receiving an artistic doctorate degree in both composition and interactive music, Einarsson returns to jazz.

"It has been such a joy collaborating with these wonderful musicians forming a timbral universe of their own, she comments."

Anna Einarsson Ensemble is the new collaboration featuring Anne Niepold from Belgium on accordion, Stefan Wingefors on piano and double bass player Svante Söderqvist. Along with its lyrics of recollections and everyday stories from mid-life, the music is lyrical and melodic, experimental yet inviting, guiding the listener forward to dwell in a world within.

Born in 1978 in Uppsala, Sweden, Einarsson is a working composer, vocalist and live electronic musician who received formal training from the Royal College Of Music in Stockholm. Music in between genres is notably one of her trademarks. "Life In Pieces" is the 6th album release by Einarsson.

 

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06.06.2019

Remember My Name.....

 

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05.06.2019

Pat Kearns.....

I thought I would spend the rest of my life in Portland, Oregon. I was the 3rd generation of my small family to live and work in the Pacific Northwest log and steel town. I had carved out a life recording and mixing music in a dank studio behind my longtime punk rock pals' guitar and amp shop, Centaur Guitar. My wife, Susan, owned her own hair salon just down the hill from our house near Mt Tabor Park. We had everything figured out.

You can count on life to throw you some curve balls. Gentrification, with it's skyrocketing rents and cycles of demolition and construction, gave Susan and I a solid push to pick up our things and create a new reality way out in the Mojave Desert near the town of Joshua Tree, California. So long city, indeed.

We sold our house and I closed the recording studio in Portland, Oregon. We moved into a tiny homestead cabin in the desert. That cabin is off the electrical grid. We use solar panels and batteries to run our electricity. ’Down In The Wash’ is my 2nd solo album. It was recorded and mixed in our cabin in the Mojave.

When it rains in the desert, the water runs. The channels it follows are called washes. Most of the time, washes are dry. Coyotes, hares, roadrunners, bobcats, tortoises, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, kangaroo rats, iguanas, out here in the desert, the washes are a thoroughfare. It's the street. It's where the actions is.

’Down In The Wash’ features a small sample of the amazing musicians this desert has to offer. Faith and Tim Chinnock from The Adobe Collective both sing. Tim plays the drums too. Joe Garcia of Urban Desert Cabaret plays lead guitar. Luke Dawson from RF Shannon plays the pedal steel. Bobby Furgo (Leonard Cohen, Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood) plays Lowery Organ. Susan Kearns plays upright and electric bass. I sing and play guitar, harmonica and organ.

The front cover is a painting by Susan Kearns. Susan created a series of 11 paintings for ’Down In The Wash’. One painting for each song on the album.”

~ Pat Kearns

 

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04.06.2019

Elvis Costello.....

Elvis Costello & The Imposters have been in the news a lot lately.  They are set to embark on a US tour this summer co-headlining with Blondie and recently released a new EP, "Purse".  The 4 song set features all unreleased tracks, including previously unrecorded lyrics from Johnny Cash, “If You Love Me”, and Bob Dylan, “Down In The Bottom”, featuring Rebecca and Megan Lovell. "Purse" also features co-writes with Paul McCartney, “The Lovers That Never Were”, and Burt Bacharach, “Everyone’s Playing House”. Once again co-produced by Sebastian Krys, it makes for the perfect companion to 2018’s "Look Now", featuring the same eclectic spirit and top drawer songcraft. The tracks were initially released on a 12″ vinyl EP for Record Store Day last month, but are now available from all digital services. The recordings are available for download and to stream across platforms.

 

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03.06.2019

Sam Levin.....

An amazingly accomplished live performer, songwriter and recording artist who released his 1st single at age 10, Sam Levin, now 17, is trying something new on his 3rd album, "A General Air Of Regret". Rather than writing songs about himself and the details of his life and relationships, or a free flow of thoughts and abstract images, Sam is looking for an elusive middle ground of ambiguity, where songs aren’t about feelings, they are feelings.
 
The suburban New York based singer songwriter shares this multitude of those feelings via acoustic guitar, synthesizer and piano driven songs on his latest full length album "A General Air Of Regret". Its focal track, the soulful and hypnotic “Bookmark”, is a compelling acoustic tune that by design, Sam says, “people can experience as it relates to them, not me. The song allows me to showcase my guitar work, and it’s also a good introduction to the sometimes offbeat way I write lyrics, with dreamlike words and situations that people can attach their own feelings to. To me, ‘Bookmark’ embodies the feeling of being somewhere new, but where you’re not alone, so it’s not a scary new, it’s just new. Like the experience of looking at art or trying a food for the first time”.
 
Now emerging from his 'prodigy' stage, Sam started his career in music when he was 5 years old, pointing to a Fender Mini Strat on the wall of a local music store and declaring, “I want to do that!”. He began playing piano and guitar at 5, wrote his first song at 7 and released his 1st single and video, “I Sure Hope Not”, at age 10. Earning solid critical acclaim for his previous albums, "I Am" and "Frame Of Mind", he’s been called 'one of the most eclectic and innovative artists in the current scene right now'. Sam’s music has been described as 'modern folktronica', 'touching, ornate chamber pop' and 'smart indie rock', earning comparisons to Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, LCD Soundsystem and Courtney Barnett. His uniquely eclectic music fuses electronic sensibilities, acoustic experimentation and a varied background in rock, jazz and alternative music to create an unconventional and engaging sound like no other.
 
While Sam’s last album "I Am" was about self analysis, “specific things and real details pertaining to me as a person”, "A General Air Of Regret", featuring transcendent guitar, piano and electronic instrumentals amidst the 9 vocal tracks, is about feelings, whether intense or ordinary. “I don’t only want to write about highs and lows, most of life happens somewhere in the middle”. From the anger of the piano pounding “Psych Ward” to the loneliness of “The Only Thing”, from the sweet hopefulness of “I’ll See You Tomorrow”, to the drama and empathy of “Robert’s Graveyard”, "A General Air Of Regret" introduces us to a variety of characters and evokes a wide range of emotions.

“One song might be instrumental, and the next might tell a whole story, but they are both just about feelings”, he says. “As for the album title, I don’t think of regret as a bad thing. Everything can’t always go as we want it to, so there’s always some kind of regret, even if it’s just a little. And maybe regret helps us next time to do the thing we didn’t do, or say the thing we wish we had said. I appreciate a general air of regret”.
 
From the time Sam did his first open mic at age 7, he’s performed on countless stages, from coffeehouses to community and art festivals and his London Open Mic Tour. In 2018, he played 7 shows in 9 days, from Philly to West Palm Beach and just completed a 2019 tour, 8 shows from Vancouver to LA, to promote "A General Air Of Regret".

 

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02.06.2019

Prince Of Books.....


The Prince Estate has announced "The Beautiful Ones", a new book from Prince himself that will be published by Penguin Random House later this year. The book will feature never Before seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death.

"The Beautiful Ones" is described as the story of how Prince became Prince and a first person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him.

The book is divided into 4 parts, with the 1st likely to be the most interesting, his memoir he was writing before his death. It’s not clear how much Prince wrote but the publishers say that these pages brings us into Prince’s childhood world through his own lyrical prose.

The 2nd part focuses on Prince’s early years as a musician, before his 1st album released, through a scrapbook of Prince’s writing and photos. The 3rd section shows us Prince’s evolution through candid images that take us up to around 1984 and "Purple Rain". The 4th and final section is Prince’s original handwritten treatment for "Purple Rain", him effectively retelling the autobiography we’ve seen in the 1st 3 parts of the book.

The book features an introduction by its editor Dan Piepenbring which touches on his short but profound collaboration with Prince in his final months. "The Beautiful Ones" is a 288 page hardcover book and will be published on October 29th, 2019.

 

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01.06.2019

Diesel Park West.....

There are bands that go the distance. And then there is Diesel Park West. In a tale of Homeric proportions, the group from Leicester, UK, have kept faith throughout a career that stretches back, unbroken, to the era of major label deals, MTV and music industry excess. Now, 30 years after their first album "Shakespeare Alabama", a new chapter begins with the release of "Let It Melt", an album of savvy, street survivor, sign of the times rock'n'roll that only a band with their immense experience, resilience and know how could have written and recorded.

“We’ve never lost the spark”, says singer, songwriter and guitarist John Butler. “We’ve never stopped writing, recording and gigging. We’ve never let the setbacks encroach on our creativity. We’ve only ever judged ourselves by the standard to which we are performing. And we’ve pushed on through.”

The band now comprises 3 members from the 1980's line up, Butler, Rich Barton, guitar, vocals, and Geoff Beavan, bass, together with new boy Rob Morris, drums, who joined 15 years ago.

"Let It Melt" is their debut album on Palo Santo, a hip, independent label located in Dallas, TX, and although it is actually the 9th studio album by Diesel Park West, it feels like a debut in another sense as well. On the first day of recording, Butler asked Morris what kind of album he thought the band should make. “One that we like”, the drummer shot back.

“Out of the mouths of babes and drummers comes the truth”, Butler says. “We spent a lot of time in the old days being pressured by our paymasters on the major labels to do this, don’t do that. This album is simply made up of new songs that we like to play and more to the point, that we like to listen to. It’s almost as if we had to do 9 albums to get to this starting point. And I’m not saying that in a flippant way. There’s a deep seam of truth in that statement”.

With a title that cleaves an appropriate passage between classics by the Beatles, "Let It Be", and the Stones, "Let It Bleed", "Let It Melt" is a masterclass of wry, observational lyric writing and wiry, anglo americana riffing. Songs such as "Living In The UK", "Bombs Away", "Across This Land" and "Let It Melt" chronicle the state of the modern world with a louche swagger and an incisive wit.

“When you’re 19 or 25 or even 35, you can’t really write from the standpoint of someone who’s been around for a long time”, Butler says. “It’s only now that I’ve got the experience to write a song like 'The Golden Mile', a metaphor for finding yourself on the last stretch. It doesn’t have to be a dark, grey, end of the line hurtling towards the final curtain situation. It’s actually a blast to get this far”.

How have they done it? Diesel Park West were born in the era of music business plenty. Signed initially to the small, independent Food Records, they were acquired by EMI, who signed the Food label, simply to get their hands on Diesel Park West. The band’s epic 1st album, "Shakespeare Alabama", produced by Chris Kimsey, received glowing reviews, established a solid fan base and made a promising dent in the UK album chart at # 55. They subsequently placed no less than 6 singles in the UK chart, but the breakthrough to a level of commercial success commensurate with the band’s talent and potential, remained elusive.

As the 1980's drew to a close, the baggy scene in Manchester was sweeping all before it, and then as the 1990's got underway Britpop took over. But Diesel Park West never hitched themselves to any passing bandwagons.

“There was so much money sloshing around in the record company coffers”, Butler says. “From CD sales of 'Dark Side Of The Moon', from the Beatles, from Queen, it was coming in from all sides, and they became imperious about it. We were the beneficiaries of some big advances, but there was a dark side to it. It made lateral thinking and innovation virtually impossible. There was a flabbiness in the thinking. And some of the excesses we encountered were mindblowing”.

Shifting their affairs back to the more grounded world of indie labels, the band released their genius 3rd album "Diesel Park West Versus The Corporate Waltz" on Demon. A commentary on their experience of major label madness, with songs including "Good Times Liberation Blues" and "The Cat’s Still Scratching", this was an early period masterwork which, ironically, given the subject matter, languished in the margins for want of a large scale promotional budget.

As the 1990's wore on and the industry underwent seismic changes, Diesel Park West scaled down their operations but maintained a full touring schedule and a consistent output of great new albums, "FreakGene" in 1995, "HIPReplacement" in 1998, "Thought For Food" in 2000. Butler also found time to launch a solo career with his debut album "The Loyal Serpent", in 1997, an enduring cult favourite which has just been reissued, also by Palo Santo, as a special vinyl edition.

The band carried on into the new millennium, ploughing through the MySpace era and into the brave new world of Spotify, smartphones and social media. “We’ve done a lot of hard labour since the days when EMI paid all the bills”, Butler says, without a trace of bitterness. “We’ve been breaking rocks since then. But we’ve stayed with it”.

In the latest twist to the story, a deal was signed with Palo Santo to release the new album, "Let it Melt". “They got in touch, out of the blue”, Butler says, “I sent them some early monitor mixes of the new tracks and they wanted to get involved. They came over and we met up at a show in Brighton. They are genuine people, and very smart. It’s been great dealing with them”.

Given the rootsy, riff driven sound and freewheeling, outlaw energy of the new music, it makes perfect sense that a label in Texas should have snapped up the album which, in keeping with the hands across the ocean spirit of the project, was recorded in D Line Studios, Leicester and mixed in Pleasantry Lane, Dallas by Palo Santo co-founder Salim Nourallah.

“The vocals are all live”, Butler says. “We kept the vocal tracks that went down with the drums, so they retain that energy. It’s better than having some producer making you sing it with the headphones on for the 23rd time. Somewhere around take 8 you’re going to be losing it”.

Rough, real, full of hard earned wisdom and a broad streak of black humour, "Let It Melt" is a late blooming masterpiece by a band that has walked the walk like no other.

“I don’t think we’d have been able to make a record like this at any other time in the band’s history”, Butler says. “There’s something about it that is definitive of where we are now. Really it’s the truest album we’ve ever made”.

Diesel Park West’s "Let It Melt" will be released later this year.

 

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31.05.2019

The Darkness.....

We live in dark times. As power drunk clowns cast a shadow of despair across the land, our people cower in tumbledown hovels. The children do not dance and the birds are silent. Hope is crushed! Where are the heroes that this world needs, the heroes that this world deserves? Cast aside despair, people, for the tide will turn! We are men in tight costumes, and we are ready to fight with every weapon that the forefathers have bequeathed, the guitar axe, the drum hammer, the bejewelled codpiece, and the banshee wail of righteous anger. Nor shall we be cowed by the nay sayers, nor bought off by the money lenders, nor gagged by the reeking stench of pious indifference that pours from the orifices of the clown lords. Cometh the time, cometh the band. We are The Darkness and we bring you light! This is the first day in our new world, and Easter Is Cancelled! Let us begin. Death, or glory my friends, which will it be?”

The Darkness, "Easter Is Cancelled", new album out on October 4th, 2019.


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30.05.2019

Dave Rosewood.....

Dave Rosewood wrote "Back In The Highlands" after coming home from a tour in Scotland.  Upon hearing Scottish folk music up close and personal he was struck by how much country music has been influenced by gaelic folk music. "Back In The Highlands" is written to honor those roots of country music, as well as the immigrants that carried the music with them. They emigrated often under harsh conditions, but kept their spirits up with songs of their homeland in their hearts. "Back In The Highlands" will release on all digital platforms Monday, June 3rd, 2019.  The release of "Back In The Highlands" will coincide with Dave Rosewood´s tour of the UK and Ireland in July 2019.

 

Another Neil Book.....

Neil Young’s efforts to bring quality audio to his fans garnered media attention when his Kickstarter campaign for his Pono player, revolutionary music player that would combine the highest quality possible with the portability, simplicity and affordability modern listeners crave, became the 3rd most successful Kickstarter campaign in the website’s history. It had raised more than $6M in pledges in 40 days. Encouraged by the enthusiastic response, Neil still had a long road ahead, and his Pono music player would not have the commercial success he’d imagined. But he remained committed to his mission, and faced with the rise of streaming services that used even lower quality audio, he was determined to rise to the challenge.

But this is also a business story of what’s involved in starting a company from scratch as well as developing, manufacturing and marketing the product. It takes the reader through the ups and downs and difficulties in turning an idea into a reality. Reminiscent of the classic ‘Soul Of A New Machine’, the book explains the formation and workings of a small team of engineers trying to build a product to literally save music. An eye opening read for all fans of Neil Young, fans of great music, as well as readers interesting in going behind the scenes of a startup company and the product development process, "To Feel The Music" has an inspiring story at its heart. One determined artist with a groundbreaking vision and the absolute refusal to give up, despite setbacks, naysayers, and skeptics.

The book will be published in the US on September 9th, 2019.

 

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29.05.2019

Rodney Crowell.....

Rodney Crowell explores his Lone Star roots with an eclectic cast of all star friends on "Texas", his adventurous new album of collaborations due August 16th, 2019, on RC1 Records. Crowell will be celebrating the album’s release by returning to SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel to host a special show devoted to his Texas heritage that will air multiple times during release week.

Featuring Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Ringo Starr and more, the 11 tracks on "Texas" represent not just a fresh batch of weathered poetry from one of Americana’s finest craftsmen, but also an iconic singer-songwriter letting loose with his friends.

“For the last few years, I’d been writing Texas centric songs and revisiting some of my tunes from as far back as the mid 70's”, Crowell explains. “Last year, I started referring to the collection of songs as the 'Texas' album”.

Crowell had it in mind to record one of the album’s tracks with Texas native Steve Earle, he says, and had also intended to work with fellow Houstonian and ZZ Top front man Billy F Gibbons for years. But after finally setting dates to get those projects done, the list of guest performers grew and grew and grew.
 
“Interestingly it all started with Ringo Starr who, through a mutual friend, let me know he was keen to record a track”, Crowell says. “Before I knew it, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Randy Rogers, Lyle Lovett and Vince Gill had climbed on board. Ray Kennedy and I took hold of the production reins, enlisted a cast of bad ass musicians and voilá, 'Texas' was born. Man, was it a fun record to make”.

Twangy two steppers stand alongside hard driving blues rockers and dusty cowboy ballads, sharing time with windblown prairie gems, quirky spoken word compositions and historically charged singalongs. Each one is defined by Crowell’s famously sharp, vivid storytelling and authentic vernacular, with collaborators like Rogers counting themselves lucky to be along for the ride.

“I have to admit, my heart almost stopped when I got this phone call from Rodney”, says Rogers. “There are really not words to explain how honored I am. He is a true legend to all of us who dream of playing our songs for people who care”.

"I love to work with people who are the best at what they do". shares Womack. "Singing with Rodney is like a master class from one of the greatest singer songwriters of our time".

On August 10th, 2019, Crowell will be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame in Carthage, TX.

 

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28.05.2019

Joel Rafael.....


Joel Rafael is repurposing his song "Strong", a collaboration with Jason Mraz, as part of his upcoming album "Rose Avenue" for all the right reasons. The veteran singer songwriter, Mraz and Michael Natter originally composed the track for a performance at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, as part of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests. "Jackson Browne was invited to Standing Rock and invited me to go with John Trudell's band", Rafael says. He and Mraz, who live 15 minutes apart near San Diego, had previously worked together to help defeat a proposed real estate development in their hometown. "Jason heard about the Standing Rock concert and was really anxious to help in any way he could. We only had about two weeks but we said, 'Let's write a song'".

Rafael, Mraz and Natter wrote "Strong" via email. "Mraz had a snippet of something he got started and never finished", Rafael says. "He sent it to me, I added some things and sent it back to him. We did that 3 or 4 times then got together for a couple of rehearsals before we went to North Dakota". And when it came time to assemble "Rose Avenue", Rafael felt like "Strong" still had some legs even after the protest. "We wrote it for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, people who risked all they risked to make an issue visible to other people who weren't aware of it", says Rafael, who co-wrote another "Rose Avenue" track, "Under Our Skin", with Mraz. "I put it on the record because clean water is an issue now. We all need clean water".

"Strong" certainly fits with the rest of "Rose Avenue", out June 21st, 2019, on Inside Recordings and named after the street where Rafael resided while recording the 10 song set with Marty Rifkin in Santa Monica, CA. Rafael's 10th solo album blends protest and personal ruminations, while the lone cover, Dick Holler's "Abraham, Martin & John", opens the album and sets the tone for what follows. "I think this album is very much motivated by the times we're going through right now", Rafael says, "so the songs that I wrote and put together kind of reflect my general feeling about that, on a few different levels. It wasn't something planned, 'Oh, I'm gonna make social commentary in my songs'. I just kind of ended up going down that road because of who I am as a person, and probably because of people that inspired me".

After a performance on April 27th in Pasadena, CA, he has an album release show planned with Jack Tempchin and Jude Johnstone on June 21st, 2019, at the City Winery in New York. "I've always been kind of a dreamer in that, for me, I've always felt like there's an opportunity around the corner somewhere, I don't know how far it is to the corner, but I've never lost that feeling that I've got to keep going to get to what I'm really seeking”.

 

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27.05.2019

Mike McGear.....

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 3 disc clamshell box set edition of the album “McGear” by Mike McGear, featuring 2 CD's and a DVD. Originally released in 1974, McGear was the 2nd solo album by Mike McGear, Paul McCartney's brother, and was a more serious record than his work with the Liverpool satirical trio Scaffold, or his work with Roger McGough on the “McGough & McGear” album.

Recorded at Strawberry studios in Stockport, the musical home of 10cc, the album was produced by Paul, who also played on the album and co-wrote most of the material with Mike, and featured Paul's wife Linda and members of wings, along with guests such as Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains. The album featured a selection of tremendous songs such as ‘Rainbow Lady’, ‘Simply Love You’, ‘Givin’ Grease A Ride’ and ‘The Man Who Found God On The Moon’. "McGear" also featured an inspired cover of the Roxy Music song ‘Sea Breezes’, the evocative ‘The Casket’ and the hit single ‘Leave It’. The sessions also spawned a non album single, ‘Dance The Do’, which featured Vivian Stanshall.

“McGear” was charming, eccentric and unique in equal measure and was one of the great unsung albums of its time. Now acclaimed, but unavailable on CD for over 20 years, this long awaited expanded 3 disc edition reissue of “McGear” has been compiled with the full involvement of Mike McGear McCartney and has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes. It has an additional 21 bonus tracks, including 13 previously unreleased outtakes and tracks alongside singles appearing on CD for the 1st time. The set also includes a DVD featuring Mike McGear McCartney reminiscing at the Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts, an interview with Mike at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the 1974 promotional film for the single ‘Leave It’. The set also includes an illustrated booklet with new essay and a poster and is a fine tribute to the eccentric genius of "McGear".

Esoteric Recordings, June 28th, 2019.

 

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26.05.2019

Another Bowie Box.....

As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, 'Space Oddity', "The Mercury Demos" features 10 early Bowie recordings captured live in one take to a Revox reel to reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals. 
 
The version of 'Space Oddity', originally released with edits on the "Sound & Vision" box set, is presented here in its original context for the 1st time. The other 9 recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn composition 'Life Is A Circus' and the Lesley Duncan composition 'Love Song'. David’s own 'Conversation Piece' is announced as a new song and 'Janine' features a short 19 second section sung to the melody of The Beatles’ 'Hey Jude'.
 
The ‘Mercury' Demos comes in a replica of the original tape box and features 1 LP, a print, two photo contact sheets, and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP, which is is mono and plays at 33 1/3 rpm, feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as "Spying Through A Keyhole" and "Clareville Grove Demos" with the song titles in David’s own handwriting.

June 28th, 2019.

 

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25.05.2019

Prince Originals.....

There are few artists as prolific as Prince. His legendary vault is said to contain 100's of albums’ worth of material. On June 7th, 2019, what would have been Prince’s 61st birthday, The Prince Estate and Warner Bros Records will issue "Originals", a new album of further treasures from the archives.

"Originals" brings together 15 demos of songs Prince gave away to other artists. Tidal will 1st exclusively offer the album for high resolution streaming, with a CD and wide digital release arriving 2 weeks later, and vinyl configurations to follow in July.

Some may say that it’s uncommon for artists to give away some of their best material, but in the mid 80's Prince was able to do just that while also putting out some of his most successful solo albums. There were the songs lent to proteges like The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila E., Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, The Family, and Mazarati. But Prince also wrote songs for those outside his sphere, including such unlikely friends as Kenny Rogers and Joni Mitchell.

In many cases, Prince’s own demos would create the foundation of the cover recordings, other times they were simply a starting point on which the talented artists would reinterpret the material. Often, Prince’s original demo recordings would be used as master takes on their albums, with only minor alterations to the instrumentation and a replacement of the vocal tracks. Other times, artists would rely on his demos to guide them through their own recording process, with Prince’s initial take informing their final version of his song.

"Originals" collects 15 such demos sourced from that legendary vault, including hits like “Jungle Love”, “The Glamorous Life” and “Love… Thy Will Be Done” and deep cuts like “Make-Up”, “Baby, You’re A Trip”, and “You’re My Love”. Of the 15 songs, only 1 has been previously released, Prince’s original 1984 recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U” was released last year as a single. Now the song joins a host of other exciting tracks that demonstrate Prince’s immense and immeasurable talents.

 

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24.05.2019

Faris Nourallah.....

”Spontaneous, joyous, filled with imperfections and mistakes, played once and never played again, perfect little moments captured instantly with sound as the canvas, one microphone, me, and a room with a 16 track recorder” ~ Faris Nourallah

Born out of Michigan in the winter of 1969, Faris Nourallah moved as a child with his family to Texas, the Lone Star State. He grew up listening the likes of Clash, Beatles and Elvis Costello, and soon he's involved in playing music in a band. Started writing songs in 1999 and building up his own studio in Groveland, Dallas.

All albums played, recorded and mixed all by himself. The 1st solo album came to be called "I Love Faris" and was released in 2003 on the indie USA label Western Vinyl. Critics was immediately hit by his ability to put down songs of disarming beauty as the ones included in ”I Love Faris”, the debut solo album. The stone was thrown in the open water and the waves started to spread.

Then there was time for ”Problematico”, which was also received with great reviews. With the 3rd album, ”King Of Sweden”, Faris’ name landed strongly in Europe too, where his music became sort of a must for the indie lovers. Critic points at Faris as one of the smartest songwriters around, comparing him to the likes of Ray Davis, John Lennon and Plush, and his records' feeling to literary milestones like ”Catcher In The Rye”.

The myth creeps more and more, but mainly, people loves Faris. People declared the man and his music to be precious jewels to take care of. So, how can one possibly reach such a status without ever playing in public? How can it be possible to have a European label like Green UFO’s releasing a best of? How can it be possible to not love Faris' songs?

Now, 8 years since the latest release, his 9th solo album sees the light of day. ”Minus One” contains 14 out of 30 unreleased songs. The remaining songs are planned to be released in the future. These songs, sent by e-mail in 2004 and 2005 to the founder of RuthRecords, have been preserved in a basement. Rediscovered in 2018.

 

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23.05.2019

Hollywood Vampires.....

We’re not quite sure how Hollwood Vampires had time to record another album, but they did. "Rise", a new studio album from the supergroup, made up of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and a host of special guests, will be released on June 21st, 2019. Unlike their 2015 debut record, the new album “Rise” consists mainly of original material, written by the band. There are however, in the spirit of the Vampires’ original mission, 3 covers of songs originally written and recorded by some fellow rockers who died far too Young, an intimate and intense version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”,  beautifully performed by Johnny Depp, the late Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died”, and Johnny Thunder’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory”, sung by Joe Perry. Raucous rock anthems like “The Boogieman Surprise” and “Who’s Laughing Now”, capture the natural, raw, celebratory attitude of Hollywood Vampires displayed in their rowdy shows around the world.  But the album shows off their range as well with tracks like “We Gotta Rise”, a tongue in cheek politics song in the the tradition of Alice’s “Elected”, to the psychedelic gothic epic of “Mr. Spider”

 

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22.05.2019

Bruce Springsteen.....

Bruce Springsteen’s 1st new studio album in 5 years, "Western Stars", takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late 60's and early 70's. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York. Columbia Records will release Springsteen’s 19th studio album on June 14th, 2019.

“This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements", says Springsteen. "It's a jewel box of a record".

The 13 tracks of Western Stars encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.

Ron Aniello produced the album with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals and contributes vocal arrangements on 4 tracks. The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion, who plays celeste, moog, and farfisa, as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst.

 

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21.05.2019

Santana Speaks.....

"Africa Speaks" is the new energy infused, full length album from Santana. It features the soulful vocals of Afro Latin singer Buika and was produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin. Santana and his 8 piece band, featuring his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana on drums, convened at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, and in a joyous and stimulating 10 day period they recorded an astonishing number of tracks, many of them in one take. Inspired by the melodies, sounds and rhythms of Africa. Santana has created a truly memorable and powerful experience that also promises to be one of his most groundbreaking albums yet. Concord Records, June 7th, 2019.

 

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20.05.2019

Frank Migliorelli.....

We definitely went into the studio with the intention of roughing it up a bit”, says Frank Migliorelli, frontman and songwriter for The Dirt Nappers. “Really going for a more organic, live sound was in the plan”.

”The Things You Left Behind” is the follow up record to the 2017 release ”Bass, Drums, Guitars & Organs”, which was hailed as “a winner in the vein of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers or early Wilco efforts” by Glide Magazine. “But don’t worry, the jangle, the hooks and some occasional twang of The Dirt Nappers are all there!”.

The band features a variety of seasoned sidemen, Mike Heaphy on pedal steel (Steve Forbert), Dan Weiss on keybords (Joan Osborne), Tony Tino on bass (Southside Johnny, Gavin DeGraw), and Tommy Deihl on drums. Also returning to the line up on backing vocals is Sherryl Marshall, who was a member of Buster Poindexter’s Banshees Of Blue. Eleanor Kleiner of The Whispering Tree adds vocal to “She’s Not Coming Home”.

The new album tracks effortlessly from the Nick Lowe influenced title track to the soulful groove of “She Moves Like a Mystery”.

Tumbling guitars and overdrive kick “Tack It Back” into gear as an anti social media anthem, while “Vagabond Shoes” features a nod to The Faces and acoustic Black Crowes. “Only Here” is a rallying cry to take down the National Rifle Association.

“I was devastated after the Parkland shootings that weekend, I sat in the studio and banged out that tune”, said Migliorelli.

The album was recorded at Rave On and mastered by Scot Anthony (David Gilmour, Beastie Boys, Yarn) at Storybook Sound.

 

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19.05.2019

Rolling Thunder Box.....

A new boxset chronicling Bob Dylan's famous Rolling Thunder Revue will be released as a companion piece to Martin Scorsese’s upcoming documentary about the 1975 tour, "Rolling Thunder Revue : A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese". The boxset will be released June 7th, 2019, while the film hits Netflix and select theaters June 12th.

"Rolling Thunder Revue : The 1975 Live Recordings" will comprise 14 CD's and 148 tracks, capturing 5 full Dylan sets from the tour that were professionally recorded. It will also include recently discovered tapes from Dylan’s tour rehearsals, which took place at SIR studios in New York.

Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour took place between 1975 and 1976 and found the musician playing theatre shows with little advanced notice. The tour famously featured Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, while one off special guests included Ringo Starr, Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell.

The Rolling Thunder Revue box set has reportedly been in the works for several years, a selection of songs from the tour were featured on 2002’s "The Bootleg Series Vol 5". In 2017, a source close to Dylan’s camp said, “it’s a great period and there’s so much music that was so well recorded. I think that’ll be a great companion piece to the film. We have incredible, incredible stuff”.

Scorsese’s documentary about the tour was also long rumored before Netflix confirmed its arrival in January. The film is expected to feature a rare on camera interview with Dylan, as well as other performers from the tour. The majority of the interviews were reportedly conducted by Dylan’s longtime manager, Jeff Rosen, who also did the interviews for Scorsese’s 2005 Dylan film, "No Direction Home".

 

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18.05.2019

Willie Nelson.....

Willie Nelson’s latest album will be called "Ride Me Back Home", and will once again be produced by Buddy Cannon, with a release date sometime in June. This is the news coming out of an exclusive Sirius XM taping that occurred at Willie’s ranch outside of Austin in the chapel of his own private Western town, Luck, TX.

The new album will include multiple originals written by Willie with Buddy Cannon, as well as a few familiar tunes. Those who’ve seen Willie Nelson perform lately probably got a kick out of his rendition of Mac Davis’s 1980 hit “Hard To Be Humble”. Willie’s version apparently makes the track list, as does a cover of Guy Clark’s “My Favorite Picture Of You”, which was the title track from Clark’s final album released in 2013. There’s also a recording of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” that at some point may have been bound for a tribute for the piano legend that didn’t materialize, but will make the track list for the new album instead.

Of the originals on the new record, one is called “Come On Time”, which is said to carry the same strong theme of mortality as Willie’s recent “Still Not Dead” did. Another original is called “One More Song To Write”, and a 3rd is called “The Seven Year Itch”, which Buddy Cannon says means something different to him every time he hears it. “I still don’t know what that is”.

The title track for the record was written by Sonny Throckmorton, who was said to be inspired to write the tune after he heard of Willie’s work adopting horses, which he stables at his Texas Hill Country ranch surrounding Luck. A picture of Willie with a horse adorns the front cover of "Ride Me Back Home".

 

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17.05.2019

Allman Betts Band.....

The sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, Devon Allman and Duane Betts, who joined forces to form the Allman Betts Band, have announced more 2019 concerts and a brief update on their debut album. In December 2018 they announced that they completed recording the album. At the time, it was to be self titled. A March announcement offered a new name, "Down To The River", coming this summer. in April they announced that they had signed with BMG and that the 9 track album would arrive in June.

The band's forthcoming tour includes many festivals and will feature new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band. The new album was produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine.

The new ABB includes Devon, Duane, Berry Duane Oakley, son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley, slide guitar virtuoso Johnny Stachela, keyboardist John Ginty, and percussionists R Scott Bryan and John Lum. Peter Levin, Gregg Allman’s Hammond B3 player, and Chuck Leavell, former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current Rolling Stones keyboardist, also appear on the album.

 

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16.05.2019

Dan Navarro.....

"Shed My Skin" is Los Angeles native Dan Navarro’s long awaited 1st studio solo album, after 14 albums in 20+ years with Lowen & Navarro, triple A aadio mainstays in the 1990's. Dan went solo in 2009 after the retirement and subsequent death of Eric Lowen due to ALS.

"Shed My Skin" is produced and guitarred by Steve Postell (Danny Kortchmar, Jennifer Warnes, Little Blue), featuring a duet with blues singer Janiva Magness, hit singer songwriter Wendy Waldman (Vanessa Williams, The Dirt Band), Grace Pettis and Brother Sun, plus players Danny Kortchmar (James Taylor, Don Henley, Jackson Browne), Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), Bob Malone (John Fogerty) and many more.

The songlist features 8 Navarro originals, plus 4 covers, 2 by old friends, Kenny Edwards of Bryndle and Tom Wilson of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings.

Dan’s long songwriting career includes Pat Benatar’s classic "We Belong“, top # 5 in 30 countries, plus songs recorded by Bangles, Dave Edmunds, Dionne Warwick, Jackson Browne, Keb‘ Mo‘, Temptations and many more.

Dan tours constantly, for over 20 years with Lowen & Navarro and since 2008 as a solo artist, with headline and mainstage performances at the Kerrville Folk Festival, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, The Bottom Line, The Ark, The 12 Bar in London, and many more.

 

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15.05.2019

Neil & The Horse.....

Neil Young has informed his fans that he’s in the studio working on a new album with his legendary band Crazy Horse.  In a post on his website, Young says that 11 new songs, all written recently, will be recorded. The album will be released this year and will be the 1st featuring Crazy Horse since 2012’s "Psychedelic Pill". Nils Lofgren, Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot will join Neil in the studio. Neil signs off by saying that “the band is excited to make this new album and continue our story. We sincerely hope you enjoy our new music when it is released this year”. Last October Neil indicated that the long awaited 2nd volume of the "Neil Young Archives" would be releases in May 2019. There has been no word of this since. Young’s most recent release was the truly excellent "Songs For Judy live acoustic set, part of his "Archive Performance Series" from 1976.

 

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14.05.2019

Rory Gallagher.....

Irish guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher can be best considered underrated, as his was a career of virtuosity, depth and musical character that was tragically cut short when he died at age 47 in 1995. On May 31st, 2019,  Chess/Universal Music will release "Blues", a collection of some of Gallagher’s finest blues rock work, to commemorate what would have been his 50th year of recording. Drawn from the vaults of the Gallagher estate’s tape archive, the collection presents rare and unreleased recordings of Rory playing his favorite blues material. Ranging from previously unreleased tracks to special guest sessions with legendary blues artists, like Muddy Waters and Albert King, as well as lost radio sessions, "Blues" uncovers Rory’s love of the blues throughout his solo career, from 1971 right through to 1994. Available on 3 CD set, 1 CD, 2 LP and limited edition 2 LP set.

 

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13.05.2019

Kenny Wayne Shepherd.....

Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be releasing his brand new album ‘The Traveler’ on May 31st, 2019, via Provogue/Mascot Label Group, which will be accompanied by a series of European shows through the summer.

Gone is the young Louisiana gunslinger who erupted onto the early 90's scene with his burn it down guitar solos and gut punch songcraft. The 41 year old he’s become is even more magnetic, still pushing his Fender Strat where others fear to fret. As a grown man and a father, there are different thoughts and feelings that have come into focus.

“The album title comes from the song 'Tailwind'”, he explains. “We’re all travelling together through this thing called life. These are testing times for us as a society, and it seems to me that it’s been a bit crazy in the world lately, with so much division. Without making any kind of political point, it’s like, ‘Let’s get through this together, appreciate one another and not always be trying to fight’”. The new songs typically began with a raw riff captured on Shepherd’s cell phone. But they blossomed into full technicolour at Neptune Valley, Los Angeles, with the production of Shepherd and Marshall Altman.

World class guitar playing has always been his calling card, but in his 40's, Shepherd knows when to blaze and when to breathe. “There’s some restraint on ‘The Traveler’”, he considers. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to lean towards the approach of less is more. I play for the song now“. Taking a cue from his side project, The Rides, the supergroup he co-founded with Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg, Shepherd shares more vocal responsibilities with his long time singer, Noah Hunt, than on past releases, allowing the band more versatility. “I still don’t sound like Muddy Waters”, he smiles. “But I’ve definitely grown as a vocalist. I owe a lot of the credit to Stephen Stills for pushing me to sing more in The Rides”.

“The lyrics were important to me on this record”, Shepherd explains. As the album unfolds, ‘Long Time Running’ is someone expressing what it’s like to lead a complicated existence. On the surface, ‘Gravity’ is about a very complicated relationship. “With ‘Woman Like You’, my goal is to glorify the woman in the relationship, not tear her down. Some songwriters focus on the negative aspects of a relationship, but this song rocks and makes you feel good”.

The album features 2 covers. “I was asked to do an event honouring Joe Walsh”, he explains, “and everybody had to choose a couple of songs to perform. We did ‘Turn To Stone’, and it came off so well we did a completely live take in the studio. As for the Buffalo Springfield song, ‘Mr. Soul’, Stephen had the idea of getting me, him and Neil Young onstage together at an autism benefit show. It was in the back of my mind that ‘Mr. Soul’ would be a killer song to do, and it was just a spectacular moment. So this was my way of paying tribute to that amazing experience on record”.

He may move amongst legends, but the modest Shepherd brushes off any suggestion that he belongs in the same breath as the blues greats he collaborated with on 2007’s platinum selling and Grammy nominated documentary, ‘10 Days Out : Blues From The Backroads’. Yet he’ll accept that with the old guard fading, there’s a responsibility to carry the torch. “The inescapable reality is that I’m getting older, and the generation of blues artists that went before, well, ya know nobody lives forever. If I live long enough, I’m gonna wind up in the category of the older statesmen of the blues. For anyone in that position, I think it’s our duty to pass it on. It’s not all about me and my music, the goal is a broader one of keeping the genre alive and relevant”.

 

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12.05.2019

Another Mudfish.....

Waiting for the Mudfish album due September 2019? Now it’s time for yet another Mudfish single release! In February 2019 the uptempo song “Propeller Man” was released, and it is now followed by the slow and intense ”Tug Of The Undertow” to be released May 17th, 2019. “It’s about time we release these songs now”, says singer Joakim Lövgren, “It has taken us a while from farm to fork, even though the recording process was a quick one”.

 

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11.05.2019

Tangerine Dream.....

Tangerine Dream were one of the true pioneers of electronic and ambient music and the albums they recorded for Virgin Records between 1973 and 1979 remain classics of the genre. "In Search Of Hades : The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979" is the definitive statement of this period in Tangerine Dream's history, featuring newly remastered versions of the albums "Phaedra", "Rubycon", "Ricochet", "Stratosfear", "Encore", "Cyclone" and "Force Majeure" all drawn from the original 1st generation master tapes, and new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes of "Phaedra" and "Ricochet" by Steven Wilson.

"In Search Of Hades" includes 8 CD's of previously unreleased material. 3 London concerts in full, Victoria Palace Theatre in 1974, The Rainbow Theatre in 1974 and Royal Albert Hall in 1975, along with the previously unreleased full soundtrack to "Oedipus Tyrannus", recorded in July 1974 and remixed in 5.1 surround sound and stereo by Steven Wilson. Also includes 2 CD's of previously unreleased outtakes from the "Phaedra" sessions at The Manor Studios, Oxfordshire in November 1973 and the surviving 35 minute live recording from Coventry Cathedral in October 1975.

The box set features 2 BluRay discs featuring the 5.1 mixes of "Phaedra", "Oedipus Tyrannus" and "Ricochet", along with a 1976 German TV performance and BBC Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast of Tangerine Dream at Coventry Cathedral. "In Search Of Hades" is lavishly packaged with a hardback book featuring new liner notes and rare photographs and memorabilia. Universal Music, May 31st, 2019.

 

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10.05.2019

Robert Randolph.....

Robert Randolph & The Family Band just announced that they will release their new studio album, "Brighter Days", on August 23rd, 2019. Randolph chose to work with producer Dave Cobb on "Brighter Days", who is best known for his work with new country stars like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell. “Dave Cobb is just a guy who likes to record good music and good songs”, says Randolph. “He wanted to do something that was fun, but it also gives you a gospel feeling. He knows the history of our band, coming from church and giving that fun church feeling to people".

 

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09.05.2019

Shift It Baby.....

Voices, guitars, loop station and percussion come together to create Shift It Baby's full sound with rhythmic and melodic subtleties.

Thilo grew up in a small village in East Germany. Once moving to the West, his self taught guitar style led very quickly to busking, then performing in local pubs and clubs. With a constant need for inspiration he travelled far and wide, playing with musicians from different backgrounds, developing his percussive and unique style.

He lives and breathes music, be it classical, jazz, experimental, indie or traditional folk, as long as there is heart, and it shows.Many comment that he plays like he and the guitar are one, moving an audience, heart and soul.

Robyn was born in Sydney, Australia, and worked as an actor in the 90s, appearing in sitcoms, commercials and stage productions.

A singer from an early age, she joined numerous jazz and rock bands, writing her own songs, which were well received in the bubbly Melbournian music scene.

A true performer at heart, Robyn finds inspiration from the senstive and emotive classic jazz singers to the passionate right-in-your-face authenicity of a Janis Joplin and Rickie Lee Jones.

Inspired, aware and confident of her own voice, Robyn reflects a deeply moving and authentic performance. The feelings and emotions expressed through Thilo's guitar playing find it's equally expressive counterpart in Robyn’s voice.

Shift it Baby, have been performing together for the last 10 years, touring Germany and Australia, as well as stints in India, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium and Sweden to name a few. They also love to just rock up to a bar and play a spontaneous gig, something that is always well received and a lot of fun.

Their approach, musical ability and lively, groovy, yet intimate performance makes them attractive to almost any venue.

Shift it Baby are regularly accompanied by excellent, seasoned musicians, their latest album is a collabaration with some of Dresden's finest, and their latest endeavour as a full band is exciting. Songs from the album have been played regurlarly on independent and commercial radio stations.

They are currently based in Dresden, but spend most of the year travelling, combining gigging with a life style of independence as they forge new pathways.

 

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08.05.2019

More Canyon Echoes.....

The "Echo In The Canyon" soundtrack features an all star lineup of artists covering classic songs from the era including Beck, Cat Power, Josh Homme, Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Regina Spektor, Neil Young and Stephen Stills. Many of the songs were recorded in the same Los Angeles studios where the originals were cut, such as Sunset Sound and Western Recorders.

"Echo In The Canyon" will explore the history fo the California sound and how it emerged from a tight-knit community of artists that often showed up at each others’ houses, played in progress songs and took inspiration from each other’s music. The film will also look at how these artists influenced the next generation of songwriters.

"Echo In the Canyon" will feature extensive interviews with Tom Petty, to whom the film is dedicated, David Crosby, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Roger McGuinn, Michelle Phillips, Ringo Starr and more. Following its May 24th premiere in Los Angeles, the film will open in New York City May 31st. A country wide release is slated for June.

Tracklist :

01. “Go Where You Wanna Go” (Jade Castrinos)
02. “The Bells Of Rhymney” (Beck)
03. “You Showed Me” (Cat Power)
04. “She” (Josh Homme)
05. “In My Room” (Fiona Apple)
06. “Goin’ Back” (Beck)
07. “Never My Love” (Norah Jones)
08. “It Won’t Be Wrong” (Fiona Apple)
09. “No Matter What You Do” (Regina Spektor)
10. “Questions” (Jakob Dylan, Stephen Stills)
11. “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” (Neil Young)
12. “Expecting To Fly” (Regina Spektor)
13. “What’s Happening” (Neil Young)

 

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07.05.2019

Hootie & Blowfish.....

90's pop superstars Hootie & The Blowfish are set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 21 x platinum smash "Cracked Rear View" with a 2 CD expanded edition and 3 CD and 1 DVD deluxe edition. Both configurations are due from Rhino Records on May 31st, 2019, and boast a wealth of unreleased and hard to find content.

The classic album was originally recorded at LA’s NRG Studios with Don Gehman producing. The result was an infectious collection that spawned 4 successful singles and earned a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance, Group or Duo. The album also topped the charts in New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, where it reached # 1 5 times during 1995.

The new deluxe edition of the album includes a new remaster of the album, plus rare and unreleased studio recordings, a live show from Pittsburgh in 1995, and a DVD with music videos, bonus tracks, and a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album. Among the rare studio recordings are early versions of their classics, recorded in 1990 and 1991, and released on cassette at the band’s gigs. Also featured is their 1993 EP "Kootchypop" and various outtakes and b sides from the "Cracked Rear View" sessions. The set is rounded out by extensive liner notes by Tim Sommer, who signed Hootie and the Blowfish in 1993.

 

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06.05.2019

Bob's Vulf Bros.....

After recently wrapping up a series of tour dates with his Wolf Bros trio, Bob Weir has announced a new project, Vulf Bros, which will feature that group as well as members of Michigan based pop funk outfit Vulfpeck.

The Grateful Dead guitarist has teamed with bassist Don Was, drummer Jay Lane and Vulfpeck’s multi instrumentalist duo of Jack Stratton and Theo Katzman for Vulf Bros, who will release their debut album, "But…Why Though?" on May 31st, 2019. Stratton explains, “Not only are we hoping that this project will help people finally figure out how to pronounce our name properly but more importantly, Bobby promised that when we go on tour he’ll sing ‘Back Pocket’ in falsetto while rocking those ‘80s jean short-shorts. Who could say no to that?”.

 

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05.05.2019

Canyon Echoes.....

Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson and other rock architects reflect on the creative explosion of mid 60's Los Angeles in a new trailer for upcoming documentary "Echo In The Canyon". Andrew Slater, a former music journalist, record producer and label executive, helmed the film, which explores the influence of the definitive California sound, cemented by artists like Beach Boys, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Mamas & Papas.

Throughout the clip, songwriters recall the sonic cross pollination that occurred during this fertile period, when bands showed up at each others’ houses, played in progress songs and took inspiration from each other’s music. “California was like this legendary paradise”, Petty says, before plugging in a signature Rickenbacker electric guitar. This doc marks his last film interview. “Laurel Canyon became this heavenly place”, Clapton recalls, and Starr notes that he “fell in love” with the scene.

The trailer also points toward the influence these artists had on the next generation of songwriters. “The music that came out of the Laurel Canyon scene was inspiring to my generation of songwriters”, says Jakob Dylan, the film’s star and executive producer. “These records come all of the sudden, like an avalanche”, Beck says, “and there’s nothing like them before”.

In a statement about the film, Dylan expanded on this theme. “The best test of songwriting is that it transcends its moment in time”, he said. “And there is no doubt that the songs we explore in this film are as powerful today as they were in 1965”.

"Echo In The Canyon" also includes conversations with Michelle Phillips, Roger McGuinn, Jackson Browne, Stephen Stills, Fiona Apple, Cat Power and Norah Jones. The film opens in Los Angeles on May 24thth, 2019, at Arclight’s Cinerama Dome and the Landmark, followed by a New York premiere at the Angelika and The Landmark at 57 West on May 31st. Both openings will feature performances by musicians from the film all weekend. A national rollout and a soundtrack will follow in June.

 

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04.05.2019

The Maes.....

Award winning Melbourne, Australia’s The Maes, formerly The Mae Trio, are sisters Maggie, banjo, guitar and vocals, and Elsie Rigby, fiddle, mandolin and vocals.

The Maes are currently working on their 3rd album, which is set for release in May. What started as a plan to make a 4 track EP mid tour last year at Lake Echo studio in Nova Scotia, Canada, with producer Daniel Ledwell, turned into recording a brand new album in studios across Canada, Ireland, Scotland and back home in Melbourne, working with Ledwell in Canada, Gordon Maclean on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, Liam King on Inish Bofin, John Fitzgerald in West Cork, Ireland and finally finishing up back home in Melbourne with Brendon Love of The Teskey Brothers.
 
Over the last 3 years the pair have toured extensively, bringing their unique contemporary twist on folk music to audiences in Australia, North America, the UK and Ireland, most recently performing at the legendary Telluride Festival in Colorado. Other stand-out shows include performances at the Hydro Stadium at Celtic Connection, Glasgow, Americana Folk Festival, Nashville, Cambridge Folk Festival, UK, Edmonton Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada and Woodford, Port Fairy and National Folk Festivals, Australia.
 
Their sophomore album, "Take Care Take Cover" was awarded Best Folk Roots Album 2017 by The Age Music Victoria Award and has received rave reviews at home and abroad with The Australian calling it a “simply superb sophomore album”.  They have also performed sessions for Rolling Stone and Sirius XM Village Folk. "Take Care Take Cover" was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Erick Jaskowiak (Crooked Still, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, The Waifs). The album features guest performances by The Stray Bird’s Maya De’Vitry, Darrell Scott, The Time Jumper’s Jeff Taylor, Victor Krauss, Jano Rix, and Kai Welch. The album follows on from their debut, "Housewarming", which earned them the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award and NFSA Folk Recording of the Year.
 
The Maes new album was released May 3rd, 2019.

 

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03.05.2019

Traffic Box Set.....

A 6 LP box set containing all of the 60's and 70's albums by seminal rock trailblazers Traffic will be released by Island Records on May 17th, 2019. "The Studio Albums 1967 - 1974" is the 1st ever vinyl box set celebrating their work, and includes original artwork plus a rare facsimile promo poster for each disc.

The collection begins with "Mr Fantasy", the band's debut set released in December 1967 in the wake of their dynamic arrival with 3 # 10 UK hit singles, ‘Paper Sun,’ ‘Hole In My Shoe’ and ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’. None of these were included on the LP, which appeared in America as "Heaven Is In Your Mind", but it did feature Traffic’s next 7", ‘No Face, No Name, No Number’.

Their self titled sophomore record followed in October 1968, when Dave Mason had returned to the fold following his departure at the beginning of that year. He wrote or co-wrote ½ of its 10 songs, including the celebrated ‘Feelin’ Alright?’. Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood also all wrote for the LP, which notably featured Winwood and Capaldi’s ‘40 000 Headmen’.

July 1970’s "John Barleycorn Must Die" was a bold shift to a more overtly folk influenced sound, much admired in particular for its near title track ‘John Barleycorn’, as well as ‘Glad’ and ‘Empty Pages’.

Late 1971 brought the progressive rock landmark "The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys", which eventually became a platinum certified disc in America and saw Traffic become a favourite of FM radio there.

"Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory" followed it into the US # 10 in 1973, solely produced like its predecesor by Winwood.

Traffic completed their initial run of album releases with 1974’s "When The Eagle Flies", produced this time by Island boss Chris Blackwell and Another # 10 US success.

The band went on to pursue solo endeavours, with Winwood and Capaldi reuniting once more under the Traffic name in the 1990's. "The Studio Albums 1967-1974" serves as a reminder of their singular eclecticism and fearless invention.

 

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02.05.2019

Judy Collins Box.....

This forthcoming collection gathers together the 8 albums Judy Collins recorded during the 60's. They were all made for Jac Holzman's farsighted Elektra Records, a label she helped to shape in her 1st decade as a recording artist through her adventurous spirit. Her forte was imaginatively interpreting songs by her peers and, later with her own songwriting which first graced her 7th album "Wildflowers" in 1967. That album also gave her a first major hit single in 'Both Sides Now', reaching # 8 in the US chart, which helped launch the career of Joni Mitchell, who had no contract at the time. Judy had by then established herself as an impeccable interpreter of the outstanding new songs by a welter of songwriters springing up in the early sixties, covering songs by Phil Ochs, Eric Anderson, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Paxton, Randy Newman, Jacques Brel, Donovan, Sandy Denny and Bob Dylan. Most significantly among the artists whose careers she helped develop, her 1966 album "In My Life" is now celebrated as the 1st record to feature songs by Leonard Cohen. The artwork has been put together by acknowledged Elektra collector Phil Smee. The albums are in CD sized facsimiles of the original sleeves, along with a booklet that compiles the credits and liner notes from those sleeves plus a note by Mick Houghton, author of "Becoming Elektra : The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label". "The Elektra Albums Volume 1 1961-1968" will be released May 17th, 2019.

 

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01.05.2019

Jimmy Webb.....

01. Moonlight Mile
02. God Only Knows
03. Accidentally Like A Martyr
04. Marie
05. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
06. All In Love Is Fair
07. The Long And Winding Road
08. A Case Of You
09. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
10. Pretty Ballerina
11. Old Friends

S Curve Records, May 17th, 2019.

 

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30.04.2019

Martha L Healy.....


"Like a classic Nanci Griffith album with songs by Gretchen Peters" ~ Duncan Warwick, Country Music People

Martha L Healy was raised on a diet of Eagles, Traveling Wilburys, Bruce Springsteen and folk heroes, The Dubliners. These were, and still are, staples of the Healy family vinyl collection. At the same time, in her native Scotland, she was listening to female artists like Sheryl Crow, Carole King, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline, and picked up the guitar to start writing her own songs.  

 
Her new album, “Keep The Flame Alight” was written mostly in Nashville in the autumn and winter of 2016 and she returned there to record in October 2017, with David Spicher in the producer’s chair. The album was released late 2018 at the Glasgow Americana Festival and followed up with a tour of Scotland and England. It entered the iTunes Country charts at # 11 and has received praise for its lyrical and melodic content.   
 
It features a host of Music City’s best players, including Todd Lombardo on guitars and mandolin (Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift), Eamon McLoughlin on fiddle and strings (Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris) and Bill Cooley on guitar (Nanci Griffith) to name a few.
 
Live festival performances to date include C2C in Glasgow & London, Glasgow Americana Festival, Eden Festival at the Scottish Borders, Southern Fried Festival in Perth and HebCelt at Isle of Lewis.
 
Martha has recently played at Celtic Connections in her hometown of Glasgow and showcased officially at A.M.A. UK’s AmericanaFest in Hackney.

 

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29.04.2019

Carole King.....

Carole King’s lasting legacy as a singer and songwriter has been revitalized in recent years by compilations, an autobiography, and, most recently, the still ongoing, Tony Award winning jukebox musical "Beautiful". One thing that’s been notably absent? Previously unreleased content. With the exception of the excellent 2012 vault dive "The Legendary Demos", and a few odd bonus tracks on reissues, King’s archive has remained largely untouched. To the delight of fans worldwide, that will soon change.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has announced the May 17th, 2019, release of "Live At Montreux 1973", a new set documenting her appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 15th, 1973. The press release notes that this was her first ever performance outside the US, with the exception of a 1971 BBC taping. Recorded only a month after her conceptual "Fantasy" album, King’s Montreux set featured 7 tracks from that album, including “Corazon” and “Believe In Humanity”. Also on the setlist are 7 of the 12 songs from her triumphant release "Tapestry". In all, it serves as a snapshot of Carole King at the height of her powers, performing an energetic set of album cuts, hits, and fan favorites in a legendary venue.

"Live At Montreux 1973" has been newly remastered and restored for its first ever release and will be available in a variety of configurations. The CD and CD/DVD editions will feature the full, 18 track concert program. The 180-gram black vinyl LP, meanwhile, will feature 16 highlights from the show. All the versions will be released on May 17th, 2019.

 

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28.04.2019

Egypt Station II.....

Paul McCartney will reissue his 2018 album "Egypt Station" with an additional disc filled with bonus songs and live tracks. "Egypt Station : Explorer’s Edition", due out May 17th, 2019, will feature the original album alongside another record dubbed "Egypt Station II", which compiles all of the non LP bonus tracks and live promotional performances from venues like Abbey Road Studios, New York’s Grand Central Station and Liverpool, England’s the Cavern. The live songs, the surprise single “Get Enough” and 3 of the unreleased tracks, “Frank Sinatra’s Party”, “Sixty Second Street” and an extended version of the album cut “Who Cares”, also feature on the limited and deluxe "Traveler's Edition" of "Egypt Street", which comes packed with a cassette, a handwritten note from McCartney, an illustrated map, luggage stickers, lithographs, a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards and more.The “Explorer’s Edition”, available on vinyl, CD and digitally, adds “Get Started” and “Nothing For Free”, both Target exclusive bonus tracks, to this "Egypt Station II" track list.

 

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27.04.2019

America Box Set.....

For America, it was an instant love affair as their “A Horse With No Name” sprang to life over radio airwaves and speaker setups across the world. Their 1st album, the self titled "America", released in 1971, yielding up other hits like “Sandman”, and “I Need You”. Interestingly, “A Horse With No Name” was not initially included on the 1st pressings, although it certainly was in subsequent pressings. After 7 studio albums for Warner Bros, and an equal number of Top 10 hits, as well as a nice set of singles that didn’t chart as well, America moved to Capitol Records. America continued on without Dan Peek and produced Another 6 albums for Capitol Records.
 
On May 17th, 2019, Capital Records will unleash a 6 CD box set containing all of the band’s albums for the label. The music for this set will be newly remastered. These albums include 'Silent Letter' (1979), 'Alibi' (1980), 'View From The Ground' (1982), 'Your Move' (1983), 'Perspective' (1984), and the live set, 'In Concert' (1985). Collectively, these albums will be clamshell boxed and titled as "The Capitol Years Box Set". 'View From The Ground' provided a resurgence of radio popularity for the band with “You Can Do Magic”, and on a lesser scale, “Right Before Your Eyes”.

 

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26.04.2019

Lazy Afternoon.....

"Attractive. Strong. Engaging stuff and the musicians are all exceptional.” ~ John Apice, No Depression

Lazy Afternoon from Sweden delivers catchy americana, a pot of influences from country and folk fock with a pinch of tex mex in it. Now their 2nd album, ”Almost Home”, is out.

 

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25.04.2019

New ABBA Book.....

"ABBA On Record : Packaged Promoted Reviewed", the companion volume to "ABBA : The Complete Recording Sessions" is in the works, and should be out later this year.....

 

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24.04.2019

Joni Mitchell.....

In 1971, as her album "Blue" topped charts around the world, Joni Mitchell crafted 100 copies of "Morning Glory On The Vine" as a holiday gift for her closest friends. For this stunningly beautiful book, Joni hand wrote an exquisite selection of her own lyrics and poems and illustrated them with more than 30 of her original paintings and watercolors. Handcrafted, signed, and numbered in Los Angeles, the existing copies of this labor of love have rarely been seen in the past half century.

Now, as Joni celebrates her 75th birthday, "Morning Glory On The Vine : Early Songs & Drawings" is widely available for the 1st time. In this faithfully reproduced facsimile edition, Joni's best loved lyrics and poems spill across the pages in her own elegant script. The lively, full color watercolor paintings depict a superb array of landscapes, still lifes, portraits of friends, self portraits, innovative abstractions, and more.

All the paintings from the original book are included, along with several additional works that Joni had intended to include for her friends in 1971. Finally, the refreshed volume features an original introduction written by Joni herself. "Morning Glory On The Vine" is a gorgeous and intimate keepsake and an invitation to explore anew the dazzling, visionary world of Joni Mitchell.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 22nd, 2019.

 

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23.04.2019

Chris Robinson.....

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has announced the release of their 6th studio LP, "Servants Of The Sun". “With our last couple of albums we made songs we knew we probably weren’t going to play live”, Robinson said of this new set of music. “This time around every one of these songs will fall into the live repertoire”. "Servants Of The Sun" follows up 2017’s "Barefoot In The Head", and is slated for a June 14th, 2019, release via Silver Arrow Records. “The best thing about the CRB after all this time, is that no matter what we’re going through, when there’s a new piece of music that everyone is interested in, the entire band gets in there and goes for it”, Robinson added.

 

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22.04.2019

The Campfire Flies.....


The Campfire Flies’ debut album, entitled ”Sparks Like Little Stars”, will be released in the spring of 2019, by OverPop Music.

The Campfire Flies are a songwriter’s dream sextet, bringing together some of New Jersey’s most acclaimed indie rock writers and performers. John and Toni Baumgartner and Ed Seifert from Speed The Plough, Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried from The Cucumbers, and Matt Davis from The Thousand Pities.

Each songwriter comes to the group with a long, rich history and collection of songs. Each had songs that never quite fit into their existing bands, or saw their way into the world in just the right fashion. All of The Campfire Flies are multi instrumentalists, and everyone sings. Key to the group’s sound are their layered harmonies and the 4 distinct, complimentary songwriting voices, enabling the ensemble to create a broad spectrum of classic, acoustic textures.

After a year of performing at clubs and festivals in New York and New Jersey, the group decided to record an album. “New songs kept bubbling up among us, and we felt we needed to document what we had”, says Shoshkes.

“Our first rehearsal was by candlelight in John and Toni’s living room”, recalls Fried. Longtime friends and admirers of each other’s work, the band formed on a stormy summer night. A ferocious storm felled trees, knocking out all electricity in North Haledon, NJ, the evening the group first assembled to play through each other’s songs for fun. “There was a glowing magic to the mood and the acoustic sounds. We all couldn’t wait to get together and do it again”, says Davis.

The 11 songs on the album were produced by the band. Tracks were engineered by Rob Friedman (Dan Zanes, Jackson Browne, Lou Reed) at David Cossin's Bang On A Can Studio, mixed by Don Sternecker (The Feelies, Railroad Earth) at Mix-O-Lydian Studios and mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound. Additional recording was handled by John at Ruff Studios, Deena at the J-Club, and Scott Anthony.

The album’s opening track, “If Your Eyes Are Closed”, is one that Ed and Deena had performed together prior to the Campfire Flies’ formation, so it was a natural fit for the band. The Flies’ arrangement, with Toni’s flute and Ed’s mandolin, brings the Buddy Holly-esque composition more towards Fairport Convention territory.

“Go Back To Your Heart” was written by Deena just months before the band was formed. As soon as Ed heard Deena’s demo, he said, “You should have John Baumgartner play accordion on this!”. Toni’s clarinet adds to the song’s continental flair. Jon and Ed accompany Deena on vocals
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John’s “Deep Water” shows off The Campfire Flies’ layered harmonies perhaps better than any other song in their repertoire. A deceptively simple chord structure, driven by John’s piano, builds and ebbs and builds again on the strength of 4 part harmony background vocals by Jon, Matt, Deena, and Toni.
Matt’s haunting, ethereal “Blue Fall Day”, has sonic textures unlike anything else on the album, enhanced by John’s bubbling keyboards and Toni’s moody, layered recorder solos. When the chorus arrives, the lush vocal arrangement makes for an unmistakable Campfire Flies song.


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21.04.2019

Grateful Dead.....

The Grateful Dead will include a set of unreleased music taken from a handful of 1969 shows on the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of "Aoxomoxoa", out June 7th, 2019.

The set will feature 2 versions of "Aoxomoxoa". A newly remastered version of the original 1969 LP, and a remastered version of the band produced mix the Dead released in 1971. The reissue’s bonus disc will boast live music recorded January 24th to 26th, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, California. The recordings were among the first live performances recorded to 16 track tape.

“In 1969, for their 3rd album, the Grateful Dead eschewed outside producers and created 'Aoxomoxoa' themselves, beginning a run of self produced albums that would continue until 1977”, said Grateful Dead archivist Dave Lemieux in a statement. “Scrapping the 1st sessions, which were recorded to 8 track tape, the Dead now had 16 tracks with which to experiment their psychedelic sound, with an album that included entirely Robert Hunter penned lyrics for the 1st time”.

The bonus disc of live material includes several gems, including 2 early versions of "Aoxomoxoa" tracks, “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” and “Doin’ That Rag”, as well as the final live performance of “Clementine,” a song the Dead began playing in 1968 but never released on a studio album. The Dead lineup at the time of the Avalon shows was Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan, Phil Lesh, Tom Constanten, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.

The 50th anniversary version of "Aoxomoxoa" will be released as a 2 disc CD set and a limited edition vinyl picture disc.


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20.04.2019

Doug Seegers.....

”When I first heard Doug Seegers’ voice, so full of soul and raw emotion, I was stunned. This man has lived these songs, not in his imagination, but every long day over many hard years. He stands before you now, ready to testify. Listen and believe.” ~ Emmylou Harris

"A Story I Got To Tell" is Doug Seegers’ 1st major album release on BMG Records. American by birth and a star in Sweden, he has gold and platinum discs to his name, hundreds of live shows to his credit and multiple successful album releases.

Released on May 31st, 2019, "A Story I Got To Tell" features 11 new tracks and is produced by renowned producer Joe Henry. Encompassing country and blues, gospel, soul and rock, it’s a fluid and eloquent mix that demonstrates just how accomplished Seegers is as an artist, though as the title suggests, his story has not all been plain sailing.

Though Doug Seegers dreamed of a career in the music industry and grew up on the hard country sounds of Hank Williams, the heart first country rock of Gram Parsons, the soul stirring love longs of Emmylou Harris, and the classically American sounds of Johnny Cash, he never imagined his road to stardom would take him from a life of drug addiction on the streets of New York City to a food pantry in Nashville where everything would change on one extraordinary afternoon.

Growing up in Queens, New York, Doug Seegers listened to soul, blues, and jazz and dreamed of making it as musician. When Seegers’ dad left him and his family when he was about 8 years old, Doug, alone and lonely in his Long Island home, only found comfort in the guitar and the Hank Williams records his father left behind.

For years Seegers chased his musical dreams playing in New York City, Austin and other locales, eventually recording a few songs, while also working odd jobs including a stint as a cabinet maker, then starting his own family before eventually moving from New York to Nashville with only his guitar and a collection of spiral notebooks filled with over 2 decades of his song writing. Seegers struggled all along the way with ongoing drug and alcohol abuse which continued until his addiction became so severe that he eventually hit rock bottom and was living on the streets of Nashville alone, homeless, and with nothing but his guitar.

In 2013, after committing to recovery from his addictions and re-committed to his lifelong dream of making music, Seegers eventually became a regular at the ‘Little Pantry That Could’, a food bank in West Nashville run by Stacy Downey, where he received nourishment for his body and soul, food, encouragement, even guitar strings.  It’s there that he met Swedish country star Jill Johnson and a film crew who had traveled to Nashville to produce a documentary about the down and out musicians who played at Downey’s singer songwriter nights, where Seegers performed regularly.

Downey knew deep down that among the many fellow musicians with worn guitars, busted strings and frayed hopes, the one person she was sure Jill Johnson needed to hear was Doug Seegers. At first Doug wasn’t sold on the idea but reluctantly sat on the grass next to Johnson and sang, “I’m going down to the river, to wash my soul again,I been running with the devil, and I know he is not my friend”.

In early 2014, when Doug performed that song “Going Down To The River” on a popular Swedish TV show it became an instant sensation, topping the iTunes charts overnight. Before long, a 3 day marathon of recording followed at Nashville’s legendary Sound Emporium, an iconic studio founded by the late Cowboy Jack Clement, a Country Music Hall Of Fame member and friend of Johnny Cash, who had also recorded there as had Emmylou Harris, Taylor Swift, Elvis Costello and so many other greats.

The formerly homeless street singer was now making music in hallowed space and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today the remarkable 2014 debut album "Going Down To The River", his well received 2nd album "Walking On The Edge Of The World", both produced by Will Kimbrough and recorded in Nashville, a duet album with Jill Johnson, plus a cherished Christmas album and most recently a respected Hank Williams tribute prove Seegers, who was known as Duke The Drifter early in his career, a nod to Williams, isn’t going anywhere. His albums and singles demonstrate a natural musicianship and song writing talent as well as an ability to evoke deep emotions from loneliness and despair to joy and salvation through songs as diverse as Texas swing dances to heart-wrenching love songs to stomping honky tonks to rollicking rock.

In the spring of 2018 in Los Angeles, Doug Seegers recorded a set of brand new songs with renown master producer Joe Henry, who was mentored by legendary producer T Bone Burnett in the 90's, and has worked with Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Hansard, Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette, Meshell Ndegeocello and many more award winning artists.

“Working with Joe Henry has been one of the most revolutionary and evolutionary experiences”, says Seegers. “This album is probably my most personal songwriting experience ever and reminds me why every day I choose my recovery, my redemption, and my faith. Through my music I know my authentic message of hope and rehabilitation can help people. It’s what I’m meant to do. It’s the story I’ve got to tell”.

As producer on the new album, Henry instantly connected with Doug’s charismatic presence, his soulful songs, and his artistic sensibility. The result of their collaboration takes Doug beyond his signature country sound to a rich soundscape where soul, blues, rock and gospel intersect, redefining Doug Seegers as a classic American music artist in the same legendary category as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Roy Orbison.

"A Story I Got To Tell" includes just 2 cover songs. The 1st is “White Line”, the other cover is “Poor Side of Town”, written by Canadian songwriter Willie P Bennett, and it draws on Doug’s experience as a street musician where he organically absorbed songs from different writers and then transformed them into his own unique sound, this authentic version feels like it was written for or by Doug.

The inspirational “Give It Away” is the heart of the album evoking Doug’s raw, spiritual journey from rock bottom addiction to rebirth to recovery and ultimately redemption.  The song poignantly tells Doug’s tale of paying it forward, divine intervention and discovering his life’s mission via an AA meeting.

"Demon Seed", another standout moment, is the 1st single from the album and is released to stream and download now. Doug Seegers "A Story I Got To Tell" is out May 31st, 2019 on BMG.

 


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19.04.2019

The Waterboys.....

Mike Scott returns with a new album by The Waterboys this May, a 10 song collection entitled "Where The Action Is", the title is inspired by the chorus to Robert Parker’s northern soul classic “Let’s Go Baby”, that follows up the band’s hip hop inspired double album "Out Of All This Blue". The album is due out May 24th, 2019, on Cooking Vinyl Records. It will be released digitally, on black and marble colored vinyl, and as single and double disc sets, the limited edition 2 D set will include a second disc called "Where The Action Is : Mashed" with alternate versions and mixes. Scott will mark the album’s release by taking The Waterboys out on tour in the UK and Spain.

 

 

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18.04.2019

Smoking Flowers.....

"There are not enough words to describe the intrinsic chemistry Kim and Scott Collins possess. The duo, better known as The Smoking Flowers, have discovered what some duos spend their entire careers trying to find, a fascinating marriage between artistic talent and subtle sensuality that pierces the attention of anyone in the same room as them. The Collins' have devoted their entire lives to music, and the second their wild feet touch the stage they exude just how tenured they truly are." ~ The Repertoire
 
Musically speaking, Kim dances between drums, accordion, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, shimmering tambourine and her own sensual, simmering vocals. Scott plays electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, and delivers his vocals with the voice of a feisty, gin battered, heart on sleeve, hardscrabble troubadour. 
 
They have influences that range from Led Zeppelin to Gillian Welch and The Ramones to Neil Young.  Kim was ironically considered by one of those very influences when she was up for the female vocalist spot in Robert Plant's Band Of Joy. Unbeknownst to Kim, mr Plant had been listening to some of her recordings and loved her voice. But as fate would have it her friend Patti Griffin got the role. "The job was clearly destined for Patti. I mean look at her and Robert now! I do believe in a good love story, after all", says a sighing Kim.
 
The Smoking Flowers 1st album "Sweet As Port" debuted in 2009, initially recorded as a side project of sorts for the couple from their respective rock bands at the time.  It is a delicate americana album released well before americana was a popular trend.  Their critically praised 2nd full length album "2 Guns" was released in 2013, but was raucously brought into existence in single live recorded takes over about 4 days in 2011.  It is a ferocious musical document that eerily proved to be a foreshadowing of a battle the couple was soon to encounter. 
 
Kim was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer just after they recorded and mixed "2 Guns", delaying the album's release by 2 years.  Kim's breast cancer is in remission today due to only using holistic and alternative methods and a raw food diet, no chemotherapy, no radiation, no hormones. In the wake of this experience Kim and Scott took life by the reins and hit the road in their vintage Volvo 240 station wagon, touring across America and Canada for 3 years straight promoting "2 Guns". With this life altering experience to draw upon, and 3 years of intense touring under their belt, the couple then tapped even deeper into their raw rock, punk and folk roots in the composition of their newest album "Let's Die Together" just released. The undeniable urgency present in these recordings cannot be faked.  "Let's Die Together" is a true story of triumph. 
 
The Collins’s continue to be activists and advocates for holistic and alternative medicine and healing, also founding the charitable organization The Treasure Chest. Their music and life have been an influence on many East Nashville artists, being early pioneers of the now popular underground scene.
 
The Smoking Flowers live shows exemplify the gritty wanderlust of Kim and Scott, while their songs paint a picture of a couple that lives together, married 19 years, writes together, plays together and simply loves life together.  The Smoking Flowers are currently on tour worldwide. 

 

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17.04.2019

Sting's Songs..... 

Sting just unveiled news about his upcoming album, "My Songs", out on May 24th, 2019, via Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope. "My Songs" finds Sting interpreting songs from across his career, both as a solo artist and a member of the Police. "My Songs" will feature faithful reimaginings of “Desert Rose” and “Brand New Day”, both of which remain rooted in the atmospheric grooves of the originals. The track list for "My Songs" also boasts “Message In A Bottle”, “Englishman In New York”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Fields Of Gold” and a live version of “Roxanne”. A deluxe edition of the album includes 4 live tracks, “Synchronicity II”, “Next To You”, “Spirits In The Material World” and “Fragile”. "My Songs" follows Sting’s 2018 collaboration with Shaggy, "44/876", which won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. The new record will be released digitally, as well as on CD and vinyl.

 

 

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16.04.2019

Primal Scream.....

Over the past 3½ decades, Primal Scream have embraced everything from psychedelic pop to degenerate rock’n’roll, euphoric rave to industrial gloom. They have made records with George Clinton and Kate Moss, invited Mani of the Stone Roses and Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine into the fold, survived narcotic oblivion, personal trauma and the death of beloved guitarist Robert Young, and captured the mood of the nation several times over. Throughout it all, they have always sounded like Primal Scream. And they have always made great singles.

From their psychedelic roots to the era defining hedonism of "Screamadelica" through to the sonic attack of "XTRMNTR" and beyond, the eclectic nature of Primal Scream has been matched by the sheer consistency of their singles and they have become part of Britain’s musical heritage.

Now Primal Scream compile one of the great singles discographies into one expansive collection with "Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll : The Singles", which will be released May 24th, 2019, via Sony.

“Right from our 1985 debut 'All Fall Down' onward we’ve approached singles as an aesthetic choice, a statement of where we are as a band”, says Bobby Gillespie. “We grew up with 'Suffragette City' and 'Metal Guru' flying out of the radio. The 4 Sex Pistols singles were great. Pu'blic Image' by PiL sounded like nothing else. Prince and Madonna made amazing hits. That has been our approach. I’ve always loved Top 40 pop radio, I love greatest hits albums like The Who’s' 'Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy'. I remember Alan McGee saying of 'Higher Than The Sun', 'it won’t be a hit, but it will be a statement'. Great singles can get out into the world and show people an alternative way of thinking. They make you feel less alone”.

Opening with the jangly melodic rush of "Velocity Girl", "Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll : The Singles" is a celebration of a vital catalogue of songs from a band who have always pushed the boundaries of their sound. There’s rock‘n’roll infused with gospel and soul in "Movin’ On Up", the stonesy strut of "Rocks" and industrial funk in the shape of "Kill All Hippies". And that freewheeling attitude never stopped, as evidenced by the anthemic garage rock meets vintage r'n'b of "Country Girl" and the creativity of the songs taken from their most recent album, 2016’s "Chaosmosis".

 

 

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15.04.2019

Morrissey.....

Morrissey’s forthcoming album, "California Son", will feature renditions of songs by Roy Orbison, "It's Over", Joni Mitchell, “Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow”, Bob Dylan, “Only A Pawn in Their Game”, Dionne Warwick, “Loneliness Remembers What Happens Forgets”, and Carly Simon, “When You Close Your Eyes”. The record will also boast guest appearances from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Ariel Engle of Broken Social Scene, Petra Haden and more. May 24th, 2019.

 

 

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14.04.2019

Doug Collins.....

"A mini country pop classic!" ~ Jim Walsh, Southwest Journal

By no means some retro-rocker or vintage-white-dudecome-lately, Doug Collins is nonetheless a songwriter, rocker, man out of time. His lived in and poetric songs evoke the glory days of AM radio country pop rock, and this 10 song long player is his most fully realized collection of songs to date, highlighted by seriously addicting country rock and alt pop gems like “Conversation With My Heart”, “I Saw You Dancing”, and the big heart bursting ballad “Please Don’t Make Me Leave You”.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Rob Genadaek at Brewhut Studios and played by Collins and the Receptionists, drummer Billy Dankert (Gear Daddies, Billy Dankert & The Real Austinaires) and bassist Charlie Varley (Box 10, Sons Of Gloria), ”Good Sad News” is also the sound of a great band swinging hard and having fun together. Powered by Collins’ best ever vocal performances, the records’ myriad hooks are ready made hits for both classic country and alt rock radio. Timeless stuff, to be sure.

 

 

 

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13.04.2019

Boz Scaggs Hits.....

Boz Scaggs releases a greatest hits album with all the leading songs from the singles released in Japan from 1971 through 1996. Feature the high fidelity Blu spec CD2 format. Comes with a bonus DVD with all the music videos released when he belonged to Columbia Records. They become available as video contents in DVD format for the first time in the world. Comes with a booklet with pictures of cover artworks of all the singles, 12 cm CD replica versions of original 45 rpm record ones. Columbia Records/Sony Music Japan, April 24th, 2019.

 

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12.04.2019

Todd Rundgren.....

"The Complete Bearsville & Warner Bros Singles" is a forthcoming compilation 2 CD set from Todd Rundgren that includes all a-sides and b-sides from all of his singles that were released in his Bearsville and Warner Bros era, from 1970 to 1983. Released by Warner Bros Japan on May 17th, 2019.

 

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11.04.2019

The Head & The Heart.....

"We're so proud to announce that our new album, 'Living Mirage', will be released into the wild on May 17th, 2019. The 1st single 'Missed Connection' is available for immediate download when you pre-order the new album and you can stream 'Missed Connection' now wherever you listen to new music. 'Missed Connection' came to us through a series of beautiful accidents. The lyrics draw from both real and surreal imagery, interweaving thoughts of doubt and blind confidence. Both of which seem to exist in all of us. It’s a story of what life and love can become when you follow the signs from the universe, where ever they may lead. It's been a labor of love and we couldn’t be more excited to share it all with you." ~ The Head & The Heart

 

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10.04.2019

E.L.S. Band.....

E.L.S. Band was founded in 2015 in Karlskoga, Sweden. The repertoire has been and is so far, well chosen covers that span blues, soul and some rock'n'roll. The band has over the years played at a number of different festivals and clubs.

E.L.S. Band has built up a faithful and growing crowd of followers which is not so strange, with a singer of absolutely highest class and a very experienced and competent band. They have  just released their first full length album, "Dark Blues Sky" on Sound Station Records. The goal now is to release an album with their own material, the work has started.

E.L.S. Band is Stig Pettersson, vocals and guitar, Erik Lindstedt, drums, Erik Harrström, keyboards, Lasse Lövgren, bass.


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09.04.2019

Plonk Box Set.....

The 1st ever comprehensive anthology of the work of beloved former Faces and Small Faces songwriter and bass player Ronnie Lane, "Just For A Moment 1973 - 1997", will be released as a 6 -CD box set and in best of editions by UMC on May 17th, 2019.

The collection is a much deserved tribute to the post Faces career of the co-writer of such classic British songs as ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘All Or Nothing’, ‘Ooh La La’ and his own hits with his later band Slim Chance, ‘How Come’ and ‘The Poacher’. Lane passed away at the age of just 51 in 1997, after suffering from multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years.

Affectionately and widely known as ‘Plonk’, Ronnie became one half of the songwriting force behind the Small Faces’ definitive and soulful 1960's British rock sound with Steve Marriott. He then became a founding member of the highly successful powerhouse that grew out of them, Faces. Then, increasingly at odds with the demands of the music business, he retreated to a ramshackle country farm, Fishpool, Wales, and formed Slim Chance.

The group toured in a carnival type extravaganza called 'The Passing Show', and Lane also built his own recording facility, the Lane Mobile Studio. He collaborated with any friends in his musical circle, including Ronnie Wood, Gallagher & Lyle, Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton, who wrote ‘Wonderful Tonight’ around the fire at Fishpool.

Townshend, with whom Lane created the memorable 1977 joint album "Rough Mix", says of the new retrospective:  “For me the music here brings a joyful tear. How wonderful to get a sense of the entire arc of Ronnie’s work, rough and smooth, lost and found”.

"Just For A Moment 1973 - 1997" includes Lane’s 4 solo albums, "Anymore For Anymore" plus its non-LP singles, "Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance", "One For The Road" and "See Me". It also features tracks from the "Mahoney’s Last Stand" soundtrack album with Ron Wood and from "Rough Mix". The final disc of the set focuses on Ronnie’s later years in the US, when he lived in Austin, TX, with live highlights and previously unreleased studio tracks.

Many other rare and unreleased recordings are included, such as covers of ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘The Joint Is Jumpin’’, alongside unheard Lane compositions plus live recordings, tracks for the BBC and highlights from a concert at Rockpalast. "Just For A Moment" is curated by Ronnie’s longtime musical confidant Charlie Hart of Slim Chance, who continue to tour in their modern day line-up, with a new album, "New Cross Road", out on the Fishpool label.

The box set is available as a 6 CD edition with a hardback book and outer slipcase, a book of Lane’s lyrics and an A2 fold out poster. 1 CD and 2 LP best of versions will also be released. The collection contains comprehensive sleeve notes split into 3 distinct parts, written by Paolo Hewitt, Kris Needs and Kent Benjamin. Townshend contributes the foreword.

“Here, in these songs, collected with such love and care, he is found again”, says Townshend of his old friend. “Probably at the height of his rebellious and chaotic powers, where music had to be immediate and uplifting, or else heart-breaking, but always real”.

 

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08.04.2019

Big Big Train.....

Inspired by the 17th and 18th century custom of the "Grand Tour", where young men and women travelled to broaden the mind, Big Big Train have made an album of songs set in distant lands and beyond. "Grand Tour" will be released on May 17th, 2019, and is available to pre-order now on double heavyweight gatefold vinyl, featuring a 24 page booklet, digipack CD, featuring a 52 page booklet, and on standard and hi-resolution download. "Grand Tour" will be available on all good streaming services on release day. "Grand Tour" features 9 new tracks which will take listeners on an epic journey over land and sea and through time and space.

 

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07.04.2019

Another Bowie Box.....

Following the recent "Spying Through A Keyhole" announcement, Parlophone is set to further commemorate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, with a 7" vinyl singles box set of 6 home demos, 4 of which are previously unreleased recordings. This set further documents the earliest stages of David’s journey and development as an artist and songwriter.

Recorded early in 1969 in David’s flat in Clareville Grove, London, this live to tape demo session features David performing as a duo with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson following the end of the Feathers trio, which featured David’s then girlfriend Hermione Farthingale.

The photography featured on the box front and the print inside, is by Bowie’s then manager, Ken Pitt, and was taken in the Clareville Grove flat that David shared with Hermione. His military haircut was due to the very brief appearance he had in the movie 'The Virgin Soldiers'.

As with the "Spying Through A Keyhole" vinyl singles box set, the design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 rpm.

May 17th, 2019.

 

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06.04.2019

Kaurna Cronin.....

Folkster Kaurna Cronin's latest works intertwine meaningful songs with a rich musical tapestry of folk, roots and indie rock, sewn together with grand imagery and tales of yesteryear. From ballads to boogies, Kaurna and his band's unique folk blend has provided thrilling musical and poetical journeys for audiences globally.

Renowned for their relentless touring schedule, Kaurna together with his band provide their folk, Australiana inspired sounds which craftily compliment Cronin’s lyrically driven songwriting.

At just 26 years, Kaurna has released 5 albums with his latest being awarded ‘Roots Album Of The Year’ by A.R.B.A. After being award Folk Alliance Australia’s ‘Artist Of The Year’ along with a plethora of other accolades including A.P.R.A. AMCOS Emily Burrows Award and F.L.M.A. 'Best Acoustic Artist', Kaurna and band have mustered 300+ performances internationally in the past years throughout Australia, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and India.

2019 will see the release of his newest works, a series of singles and a new album recorded partly in Germany, Australia and recorded with producers from David Bowie, Midnight Oil and Rolling Stones.

 

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05.04.2019

Paul McCartney.....

Paul McCartney has confirmed the release of "Egypt Station : Traveller’s Edition" out May 10th, 2019, via Capitol Records. This strictly limited deluxe edition of the #1 album "Egypt Station" will be a one time only pressing limited to 3 000 numbered cases. The "Traveller’s Edition" arrives in a vintage style suitcase and contains exclusive previously unreleased tracks, hidden rarities and all the essentials needed on your journey to "Egypt Station" and beyond.....

 

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04.04.2019

Little Steven.....

Little Steven knows what you’re thinking, especially when the topic is his music and not his acting. You hear his name and immediately imagine a bandana clad rock gypsy who sings and plays heated, self righteous diatribes about politics and life in a justice challenged America. And he doesn’t disagree with you. “All my previous solo records were very political and very personal”, he says from his Manhattan home. “And I wanted to get away from both of those things. I wanted to fictionalize my life. I was sick of me”.

Van Zandt’s first step in that direction came when he heard that his longtime employer, Bruce Springsteen, would be heading to Broadway in 2017. “I said, ‘I might as well use the time'”, he says. On that year’s "Soulfire", Van Zandt revived his inactive solo career, his long dormant band name, Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul, and several songs he’d written for other artists but had never cut himself. “As soon as I did 'Soulfire', I said, ‘I should evolve this to the next logical place’”, he recalls. “All my records in the 80's were diverse, but the music was always second to the lyrics. This time I wanted the music to come first”.

For his next project, Van Zandt started with a new song, “Summer Of Sorcery”, which he says was “relatively new territory for me, I’d never wandered into that Van Morrison area very often”. Starting with that swirly, strummy reverie, a new idea took shape, what he calls “a concept loosely about going back and experiencing the first summer of consciousness, first time in love, first experiences in life and that thrill of unlimited possibilities”.

Working with his current band, Van Zandt rode that feeling into "Summer Of Sorcery", the most eclectic record he’s ever made. Set for a May 3rd, 2019, release, it largely dispenses with protest songs and revels in the rock, soul and r'n'b of his 60's youth. On tracks like “Soul Power Twist”, “Vortex” and “Love Again”, he returns to the sort of Jersey Shore soul shakers he once wrote for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. “I wanted to write some of those songs for me”, he says. “I would’ve given those to Southside, but I never wrote them for myself”.

The album also ventures into Phil Spector style pop, “A World Of Our Own”, Latin Music, “Party Mambo”, and garage rock, “Communion”. Even more striking are the lyrics, which avoid autobiography in favor of character studies, like the lovesick romantic in “A World Of Our Own”. “Every singer is an actor, and the song is the script”, he says. “And you’re selling it. You’re convincing the audience you are who you say you are. In this case, I had to inhabit the body of that person, and I played and sang along with these different movies that required my singing to be different”.

The results are particularly felt on “Suddenly You”, which features a rare Van Zandt swoony croon. He also points to the horn swinging “Love Again”, which he calls “a complete fantasy” inspired by pop of a bygone era. “I was thinking about Sam Cooke singing ‘I ain’t got nobody’ in ‘Another Saturday Night’, and yet he was having sex with 2 or 3 women a day!”. Van Zandt laughs. “But there’s nothing autobiographical about this one”.

Still, Van Zandt couldn’t shut out current events entirely. “Superfly Terraplane” portrays a new anti gun and pro social media generation, while “Gravity” laments the denigrated state of the country, “200 years of muscle, you blew it all trying to be the boss”. “I couldn’t help myself”, he shrugs. “It pulled me back in”.

Yet he admits it’s ironic that he’s made one of his least political records during one of the country’s most tumultuous times. “I got that with 'Soulfire' too, ‘What are you doing?’”, he says. “It’s unbelievable what’s going on. We’re in a civil war here. But my usefulness now is trying to bring people together and find a common ground”. Van Zandt learned a hard lesson when he launched TeachRock, a rock history based education program for schools around the country. “I didn’t endorse Obama and I didn’t criticize Trump”, he says. “TeachRock is the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I didn’t want a teacher in Alabama saying, ‘I don’t want to follow this liberal’”.

Van Zandt will be taking the "Summer Of Sorcery" songs on the road starting this summer through October. He hasn’t heard anything about future E Street Band roadwork, but he knows he needs to take advantage of his break, and the chance to play his own songs, as much as possible. “If Bruce goes back out”, he says, “we could be gone 2 years”.

Until that happens, assuming it does, Van Zandt says he’s going to enjoy stepping away from himself. “There’s nothing more anxiety producing than trying to understand yourself and analyze yourself”, he says. “It’s exhausting”.

 

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03.04.2019

The Honkin' Stones.....

In anticipation of their upcoming North American 'No Filter' tour, The Rolling Stones have announced the April 19th, 2019,  release of "Honk", a new compilation album that focuses on the rock titans’ post 1971 output. It will be released in a variety of configurations, 1 CD, 3 CD deluxe, 2 LP, and 4 LP deluxe editions, as well as digital download and streaming.

The 1 CD collection and the 2 LP edition both collect 19 of The Stones’ singles recorded from 1971 to 2016, plus an unreleased live version of “Wild Horses” featuring Florence Welch that was taken from a London Stadium performance on May 22nd, 2018. The 3 CD edition of "Honk" includes 36 hits, plus an exclusive 3rd CD with 10 unreleased live recordings from the last 6 years. This includes duet versions of “Beast Of Burden”, featuring Ed Sheeran, “Dead Flowers”, as performed with Brad Paisley, “Bitch” featuring Dave Grohl, and the aforementioned “Wild Horses” with Florence Welch. The disc also includes recent recordings of the band tearing through “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Dancing With Mr D”, “Shine A Light”, Under My Thumb”, “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “She’s A Rainbow”.

For vinyl aficionados, The Rolling Stones’ Online Shop will have an exclusive, 4 LP color vinyl edition of the collection that mirrors the track list of the deluxe CD and will be pressed on purple, red, orange, and yellow colored 180 gram vinyl. The run will be limited to just 2 500 units. The store is also stocking the other editions of the collection. There, you’ll also find exclusive bundles that include various t-shirts, hoodies, and lithograph options, plus a wealth of "Honk" related apparel. All orders taken through the Rolling Stones’ Online Shop will receive an exclusive "Honk" emblazoned bumper sticker.

 

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02.04.2019

Jesper Lindell.....

“It has been a long process. My 1st EP took almost 2 weeks to record. This time, I really wanted to spend time in the studio, to experiment and develop." ~ Jesper Lindell

Jesper Lindell debuted with the EP ”Little Less Blue” which contained the hit single ”Moving Slow”, featuring the Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. The EP was produced by the duo’s father Benkt Söderberg and was well received by music media. ”Moving Slow” was featured on multiple Spotify playlists and has to date streamed over 3,1 million times. In 2019 he is back with his 1st full length album. In the coming weeks, 3 singles will be released before the album reaches the listeners in May. The 1st single from Lindells debut album is out now.

 

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01.04.2019

Norah Jones.....

Norah Jones will release a new album, "Begin Again", this month. "Begin Again" features a collection of 7 eclectic songs that Jones recorded with collaborators including Jeff Tweedy and Thomas Bartlett. 4 of the songs were put out as ad-hoc digital singles last year but "Begin Again" sees them released physically along with 3 more previously unreleased tracks. After the last "Day Breaks" tour, Jones returned to the studio with the sole intent of following her muse down creative pathways without any expectations or boundaries. Jones got together with various friends for brief, largely improvised sessions to collaborate and experiment. “I felt inspired to record and try different things”, Jones says, adding that "the idea was to make it quick and fun and easy and low-pressure. It’s a great way to collaborate with other people. Just a day or 3 in the studio and that’s it. It’s been so fun and I feel very inspired right now and love all the different directions this is going”. The album in released on CD and LP on April 12th, 2019.

 

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