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Ode to Thinking now streaming at AllMusic.com

July 31, 2015

Now streaming at AllMusic.com
Bobby Long's
Ode to Thinking

Album available August 7th
New tour dates added!

 

 


Click below to listen to Ode to Thinking


U.S. TOUR DATES
Aug 1 - McCabe's - Los Angeles, CA
Aug 8 - Jammin' Java - Washington, DC
Aug 11 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 12 - Musica - Akron, OH
Aug 13 - Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
Aug 14 - Southgate House - Cincinnati, OH/Newport, KY
Aug 15 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
Aug 16 - 3rd & Lindsley, Lightning 100 Nashville Sunday Night - Nashville, TN
Aug 18 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
Aug 20 - Rozz Tox - Rock Island, IL
Aug 24 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
Aug 25 - Fire Bird - St. Louis, MI
Aug 28 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
Aug 29 - Blue Door - Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 30 - Sam's Burger Joint - San Antonio, TX
Sept 2 - Cactus Club - Austin, TX
Sept 3 - Poor David's Pub - Dallas, TX
Sept 4 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Sept 6 - Eddie's Attic - Atlanta, GA
Sept 8 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
Sept 25 - World Cafe Live - Wilmington, DE
Sept 26 - The Linda - Albany, NY
Sept 27 - The Kate - Old Saybrook, CT
European Tour Dates
Oct 3—Hedon–Zwolle, Netherlands   
Oct 4—Paradiso–Amsterdam, Netherlands  
Oct 7—Rio’s–Mettmann, Germany
Oct 8—Hot Jazz Club–Münster, Germany
Oct 9—Tribunen–Haderslev, Denmark  (free admission show)
Oct 10—Logo–Hamburg, Germany
Oct 11—Studio 7–Panketal, Germany   
Oct 14—Backstage–Munich, Germany
Oct 15—Orpheum Extra–Graz, Austria   
Oct 16—Haus der Musik–Vienna, Austria   
Oct 17—Kulturzentrum–Linz, Austria
Oct 18—ArtUm Centrum–Olomounc, Czech Republic
Oct 20—Schlachthof–Kassel, Germany 
Oct 21—Das Bett–Frankfurt, Germany
Oct 22—Arkadas Theatre–Cologne, Germany
Oct 23—Sotano–Greifswald, Germany   
Oct 24—Kulturlabor–Fehmarn, Germany 
Oct 25—Wabe–Berlin, Germany
Oct 27—Nörgelbuff–Göttingen, Germany
Oct 28—Marlene–Hannover, Germany
Oct 29—Bunker Ulmenwall–Bielefeld, Germany
Oct 30—Grend–Essen, Germany
Oct 31—Club Zentral–Stuttgart, Germany
UK Tour Dates
Nov 3—Hare & Hounds–Birmingham 
Nov 4—Night N Day Café–Manchester 
Nov 5—King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut–Glasgow 
Nov 6—The Borderline–London

Mr Sun The People Need Light Available Today

July 31, 2015

Compass Records Announces

Mr. Sun

       The People Need Light

       Available Today!
 
 

“Aside from their instrumental mastery, there is a playfulness to their music that falls somewhere between old time, bluegrass, swing, and what we used to call ‘new acoustic’.”

—Bluegrass Today


Mr. Sun is a new collaboration between four of American string band music’s most prolific virtuosos. Spearheaded by legendary fiddler Darol Anger (Turtle Island String Quartet/Montreux), the members of Mr. Sun span three generations and create a sound that draws from bluegrass, jazz and contemporary classical themes.

On their much anticipated debut album, THE PEOPLE NEED LIGHT, Mr. Sun scorches a set of tunes that emanate with warmth, emotion and pure joy. With both personality and unimaginable finesse, they move through soaring melodies, titillating solos, groovy rhythms and fluid time changes.

Mr. Sun features Anger, one of the most iconic fiddlers alive today, along with a trio of young but seasoned professionals: vocalist and mando monster Joe Walsh (The Gibson Brothers), flatpicker extraordinaire Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet/ Sextet), and the phenomenal bassist Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull). The musical personalities comprised in Mr. Sun are strongly independent, but the quartet comes together with love and humor that are evident in every melody they play together.


TRACK TITLES 

1.The Likes of You
2. The Fiddler's Boot
3. A Little Heart's Ease
4. Hunter's Permit
5. A Stranger Comes to Town
6. Ben's House
7. If I Were a Bell
8. The People Need Light
9. Key Signator
10. After You've Gone
11. Dry and Dusty

U.S. TOUR DATES

08/08 – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Fest, Alta, WY 
09/18-20 – Freshgrass Bluegrass Fest, North Adams, MA 
10/03 – IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival-Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 
10/04 – The Rooster’s Wife, Aberdeen, NC 
10/08 – Summity Community Center, Blodgett, OR
10/09 – Wisenbloom House Concert, Portland, OR 
10/10 – Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, Snohomish, WA
10/11 – Jeff Hollingsworth House Concert, Port Townsend, WA
11/14 – Jenkins' House Concert, New York, NY
11/19 – Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, NY *with special guest Tony Trischka
11/22 – Valley Stage, Richmond, VT
11/28 – One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME

The Waifs NPR Premiere

July 20, 2015

NPR 'All Songs Considered' premieres the first single from The Waifs' new record, 
Beautiful You, available August 14th


"The Waifs sound both comfortably loose and tighter than they've ever been.
–NPR All Songs Considered 


Beloved Australian folk rock band The Waifs will be releasing Beautiful You on August 14th. A strong sense of melody and affecting, illustrative lyricism guided The Waifs’ songwriting trifecta of Donna SimpsonVikki Thorn and Josh Cunningham as they wrote Beautiful You over the course of four years. With bassist Ben Franz and drummer David Ross Macdonald, the 5-piece outfit created an album that echoes with both wisdom and pop appeal.

The trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world, including opening for Bob Dylan in North America and Australia in 2003. True to form, Beautiful You features their trademark sound: "a bit of blues and roots, a bit of country, a bit of jazz, anything really."


Tour Dates

August 13, 2015 – Nature Center – Ogden, UT

August 16, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (Planet Bluegrass Ranch) – Lyons, CO

August 18, 2015 – Stewart Park – Roseburg, OR

August 19, 2015 – The Center for the Arts – Grass Valley, CA

August 21, 2015 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA

August 22, 2015 – Twisted Oak Winery – Vallecito, CA

August 23, 2015 – Van Zuer Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA

August 25, 2015 – Laxson Auditorium – Chico, CA

August 26, 2015 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA

August 27, 2015 – Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park – Los Angeles, CA

April 28, 2016 – Ball State University – Muncie, IN

April 30, 2016 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA

May 1, 2016 – Rams Head Stage – Annapolis, MD

May 3, 2016 – City Winery – New York City, NY

May 4, 2016 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT

May 12, 2016 – Admiral Theatre – Bremerton, WA

AJ Croce Re-Issues That's Me In The Bar

July 20, 2015

Compass Records Announces the 20th Anniversary Re-issue of

AJ Croce's
That's Me In The Bar

 

 


“....a thoughtful probing record about matters of the heart." –The Boston Globe

“The impressive set features a slew of guest musicians, including Ry Cooder on mandolin and guitar.” –Billboard


On August 21st, Compass Records will re-release A.J. Croce’s highly successful album, THAT’S ME IN THE BAR in celebration of its 20th anniversary. With his unique jazz piano stylings and blues-tinged voice, the 12-track album established Croce as a singular artistic force in 1995. 

 

Hailed by The Boston Globe as “a thoughtful, probing record,” THAT’S ME IN THE BAR boasts appearances from the likes of Billy Payne (Little Feat), Sweet Pea Atkinson (Was (Not Was)), Robben FordRy CooderWaddy WachtelSid Page (Sly & The Family Stone), and others. 

 

The re-release will feature a bonus track, “If You Want Me to Stay,” recorded 20 years ago but locked in the vault until now. Producer Jim Keltner, “the leading session drummer in America” according to Bob Dylan, held down the percussion and invited a slew of illustrious friends to play on the track as well. Multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo’s (Los Lobos) masterful contributions include horn and accordion lines, while Keltner’s next-door-neighbor Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) added a heavy dose of funky bass. A.J. Croce, whose timeless voice has cured like good Scotch whisky, rerecorded the vocals in 2015 for the 20th anniversary re-release. 

 

Croce, son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, began his career at age 17 opening for B.B. King. Unbound by genre, Croce’s music spans from jazz to Americana to blues to pop. Through the years, he’s headlined festivals and shared the stage with Ray CharlesJames BrownLyle Lovett, and Rod Stewart. Croce has performed on television shows including ConanDavid LettermanJay Leno, MTV, VH1, and E!, and climbed up seven radio charts including Top 40, Americana, Blues, College, and AAA.


TRACK TITLES 

1. That's Me In The Bar

2. Sign On The Line

3. She's Waiting For Me

4. Music Box

5. Callin' Home

6. Night Out On The Town

7. Pass Me By

8. I Meant What I Said

9. Maybe I'm To Blame

10. I Confess

11. Some People Call It Love

12. If You Want Me To Stay (Bonus Track)

Andrea Zonn Announces New Album, RISE, out September 26!

July 20, 2015

Compass Records Announces
Andrea Zonn 

Rise

Available September 26th

 

 


"This record and Andrea’s voice remind me of the reasons why I love music."Vince Gill


Most fans of Americana and country know violinist and vocalist ANDREA ZONN from her 12-year run as a featured member of James Taylor’s band and as one of Nashville's most in-demand musicians who has recorded and toured with Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Vince Gill. Now, fans can experience the full breadth of Andrea’s talents with her first album of originals, the deeply personal RISE, out September 25th on Compass Records.

Album highlights include the roiling gospel/New Orleans funeral number and title track “Rise,” the melancholy swing jazz of “Another Swing And A Miss,” and the mid-tempo Motown-flavored “You Make Me Whole.” The album is centered around the pairing of the legendary Steve Gadd and Willie Weeks on drums and bass, and boasts special guest appearances by James Taylor, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, and Trace Adkins, among many others.

The songs on Rise represent a new chapter in Andrea’s story. Whereas her debut record featured her interpreting works by her favorite writers, many of them her friends, the new project finds Andrea digging into songcraft with focus and newfound confidence.

The need to write for Rise didn’t stem solely from artistic exploration—it came out of emotional necessity when Andrea’s young son needed a series of dangerous brain operations. More than anything she’d encountered, she says, the surgeries and their related complications became a “catalyst for me learning to speak.” Suddenly she had plenty to say and the will to say it.

 

Andrea will be making solo performances in conjunction with the release of Rise, including a special hour-long set with Nashville’s acclaimed roots and Americana variety show, Music City Roots. PBS will film the event. In addition, every Tuesday in September (with the exception of the 15th), Andrea will be at the historic Station Inn in Nashville with special guests. Andrea will also appear on WoodSongs, a multi-media event hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathan that is broadcast on over 500 radio stations. In addition to these exclusive performances, Andrea will be embarking on a multi-city tour. (Full dates below.)  


Summer Tour Dates

August 26 - Music City Roots - Franklin, TN

September 1 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN

September 6 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN

September 22 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN

September 29 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN

October 2 - The Down Home - Johnson City, TN

October 3 - Barking Legs - Chattanooga, TN

October 12 - Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour - Lexington, KY

October 16 - The Rooster's Wife - Aberdeen, NC

October 17 - Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA

October 24 - Isis Music Hall - Asheville, NC


TRACK TITLES 

    1. Another Side of Home  
    2. No Reason to Feel Good  
    3. Crazy if You Let It  
    4. I Can’t Talk About It Now  
    5. Let Them Go  
    6. Where the Water Meets the Sky  
    7. Rise   
    8. Another Swing and a Miss  
    9. You Make Me Whole  
    10. Ships   
    James Taylor: harmony vocal– 9
    Keb' Mo':  lead and harmony vocals, electric guitar– 2
    Trace Adkins: lead and harmony vocals– 10
    Vince Gill:  harmony vocal, electric guitar– 3
    Steve Gadd: drums– 1-10
    Willie Weeks: bass– 1-10
    Alison Brown:  banjo– 8, 10
    Robert Bailey: backing vocals– 2, 7, 9
    Sam Bush:  harmony vocals, national mandolin– 6
    John Coleman: organ– 9
    John Cowan: harmony vocal– 7
    Eric Darken: percussion– 1, 2, 5-9
    Jerry Douglas: dobro 1,5
    Walt Fowler: trumpet– 7, 8
    Vicki Hampton: backing vocals– 2, 7, 9
    John Jarvis: piano, organ– 1-10
    Thomm Jutz: acoustic guitar– 1-3, 6, 9, 10
    Mac McAnally: harmony vocal– 1, 5
    Jim Oblon: electric guitar– 1, 6, 7, 10; percussion– 4
    Drea Rheneé: backing vocals 4, 7, 9
    Bryan Sutton: acoustic guitar 1, 3-9
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