"Matt Flinner blurs the lines between jazz and bluegrass, traditional and avant-garde." –Associated Press
"Matt Flinner [is] one of the best mandolin players ever."–DownBeat
Led by one of the most respected mandolinists in today’s acoustic scene, Matt Flinner and his trio partners,Ross Martin (guitar) and Eric Thorin (bass), are sonically founded in bluegrass, jazz, classical and American acoustic music.
Over the past decade, the Matt Flinner Trio has been on the cutting edge of the 21st century string band movement. All master composers and improvisers, the trio has become legendary for their ability to almost simultaneous compose and perform new music. Their past two albums have developed this “music du jour” concept—drawing on whatever inspires them that day to compose a new tune and then performing it that evening. Their collective ability to conjure great melodies out of the ether and deliver them in front of a live audience has earned the group a reputation as one of the most imaginative and fearless in the contemporary instrumental space. But on TRAVELING ROOTS the trio has set their musical sights on seeking out and delivering beautiful music. Band leader and mandolinist Matt Flinner explains: “I feel that our goal as musicians should be to try to add some bit of beauty to the world. I see this as our small, esoteric string band bluegrass-jazz-new acoustic living on the 17th-moon-of-Saturn contribution to that. We hope that all of the sweat, frustration, love and aspiration that we put into this music makes your world a little more beautiful.”
1. Hide Nor Hair
2. Shiny Blue
3. 150 Banjos
4. Pioneer Coffey
5. The Basket Makers
6. Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
7. Fallen Star
8. Yard Games
10. The 17th Moon of Saturn
11. Blueberry Blue
12. The Terry Cloth Warriors
01/22 - Colorado Springs, CO; Black Rose Acoustic Society
01/24 - Louisville, CO; Concerts @ 538
01/27 - Moose, WY; Dornan's
01/28 - Park City, UT; Riffs
01/30 - Salt Lake City, UT; South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
02/19 - Albany, NY; The Linda Theater
02/20 - Purdys, NY; Westchester Bluegrass Club
02/23 - New York, NY; Rockwood Music Hall
02/26 - Portland, ME; One Longfellow Square
That's Me In The Bar on Vinyl!
October 23, 2015
THAT'S ME IN THE BAR 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION [VINYL]
“...an album worthy of rediscovery.” –Blurt Magazine
(Nashville, TN) October 23, 2015 — On October 23rd, Compass Records will re-release A.J. CROCE’S highly successful album, THAT’S ME IN THE BAR in celebration of its 20th anniversary on vinyl LP. 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 Ford, Ry Cooder, Waddy Wachtel, Sid 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 Charles, James Brown, Lyle Lovett, and Rod Stewart. Croce has performed on television shows including Conan, David Letterman, Jay Leno, MTV, VH1, and E!, and climbed up seven radio charts including Top 40, Americana, Blues, College, and AAA.
1. That’s Me in the Bar
2. Sign on the Line
3. She’s Waiting for Me
4. Checkin’ In
5. Music Box
6. Callin Home
7. Night Out on the Town
1. Pass Me By
2. I Meant What I Said
3. Maybe I’m to Blame
4. I Confess
5. Some People Call it Love
6. If You Want Me to Stay (Bonus Track)
Cecilia Noel Havanna Rocks on vinyl!
October 21, 2015
Cecilia Noël Havana Rocks
Out October 23rd!
Winner of the 2015 Cubadisco International Award
If you’ve ever wanted to hear a boogaloo version of “Whip It”,” a timbachart of “You Shook Me All Night Long,” or salsa-dance to “Cars,” then Havana Rocks is definitely the album for you. Seriously, this is more fun than should be legal.” –WRIR’s Global A Go-Go
(Nashville, TN) October 21, 2015 — CECILIA NOËL's newest album, HAVANA ROCKS, is now availble on vinyl LP. Havana Rocks is a Latin-infused collection of pop/rock classics recorded in Havana, Cuba which recently won the 2015 Cubadisco International Award (the first American album to win this award). Together, Noël and crew combine elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and Afro-cuban music to deliver infectious Latin takes on MTV-era mega-hits. The album includes covers of Devo’s “Whip It,” Gary Numan’s “Cars” andACDC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” along with hits from her husband Colin Hay's 90's hit machine Men At Work, Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, Van Halen and more–all propelled by deep percussive grooves and Noël’s rich and appealing alto vocals.
Originally from Lima, Perú, Noël was discovered by Stan Getz and moved to New York City where she briefly performed as a dancer with Jo Jo’s Dance Factory and Menudo. In 1989, she relocated to Los Angeles and became involved in the local music scene. She formed Cecilia Noël and The Wild Clams, a James Brown meets Pérez Prado type band, which received frequent bookings at the House of Blues and the Playboy Jazz Festival and instant acclaim for their explosive live shows. In 2009 Noël released A Gozár!(Compass Records), an infectious set of playful ‘salsoul’ grooves for which Noël is known and which earned Noël a spot on Putumayo’s critically-acclaimed Latin Party release in 2010. In addition to her band, Noël also performs and records with husband and former Men At Work front man Colin Hayand has produced Los Chapillacs. She is currently finishing production on Cuban tres master San Miguel Perez's first solo album.
The Song of The Banjo Released
October 14, 2015
Acclaimed Banjoist Alison Brown's New Album The Song of the Banjo Released To Raves:
Headlining Show At New York's Joe's Pub Set For Tonight, October 14th,
With Additional Dates To Follow
GRAMMY Award-winning banjoist ALISON BROWN'S new album, THE SONG OF THE BANJO—released Oct 9 via Compass Records—is her first in six years and has been garnering critical acclaim.Billboard says of her Marvin Gaye cover: "While Gaye’s original is soaked with sounds of R&B, Brown’s take is able to reinvent the song while keeping the soulful spirit at its core." The Irish Times says, "The original tunes are where the real treats lurk though, and "Musette for the Last Fret" is a master class in cool lyricism crossed with a baroque sensibility.”
The album includes an all-star cast including Indigo Girls, Keb’ Mo’, Colin Hay, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, and some of acoustic music’s most legendary session players including drummer Steve Gadd, fiddler Stuart Duncan, Dobro player Rob Ickes, upright bassist Todd Phillips and, on guitar and bouzouki, Irish phenom John Doyle.
With "The Song Of The Banjo," Brown shows she can reinvent classic covers in her own style. Listeners hearing them for the first time may well see them as new standards. The Song Of The Banjois an album that reaches into the past while looking to the future. Its an album created for people who had no idea how much they love the banjo, as well as for banjo fans looking to find a new perspective on their love for the instrument.
Brown, who has been touring throughout October with dates in San Francisco and Nashville, will be headlining Joe's Pub tonight in New York City. Additional tour dates are below.
10/14 – Joe's Pub, New York City, NY
10/22 – Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
10/23 – Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
11/05 – Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte, NC
11/06 – Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
1.The Song of the Banjo 2. Dance With Me (with ROB ICKES) 3. Carolina in the Pines (with INDIGO GIRLS) 4. A Long Way Gone 5. Windansea 6. Time After Time 7. Stuff Happens 8. I'll Never Fall in Love Again (with COLIN HAY) 9. Airish 10. Feels So Good (with JAKE SHIMABUKURO) 11. The Moon in Molly's Eyes 12. Musette for the Last Fret
Colin Hay Continues Momentum with 'Next Year People' and Fall Tour
October 06, 2015
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Though Colin Haymade an indelible mark on pop music back in the ‘80s, he’s been far from idle in the years since his unmistakable tenor and witty, ska-inflected songs sent Australian band Men at Work to the top of the charts. His second-chapter career includes 12 solo albums (his latest, Next Year People, was released in February on Compass Records) and a variety of acting gigs; multiple appearances in the TV show Scrubs alone endeared him to a new generation of fans.
Of course, he’s kept his nose to the touring grindstone, too, organically growing his audience the old-fashioned way — by putting on the kinds of shows people tell their friends about. Following the success of his Last Summer on Earth outing with Barenaked Ladies and Violent Femmes this past summer, Hay is embarking on a solo excursion across the Midwest and Northeast starting Oct. 29 in Cleveland. Naturally, he’ll showcase tracks from the new release, which Rhythms magazine called “his latest admirable installment,” adding, “there is more than enough to confirm that he has lost none of his ability to craft openhearted songs with insightful lyrics and catchy melodies.”
Allmusic.com described the album as “warm, welcoming … a friendly letter from an old pal” and “plenty charming.” Glide magazine labeled it “beautiful and thought-provoking.”
The title song takes on the perspective of farmers struggling to survive the Depression and Dust Bowl droughts that also inspired some of Woody Guthrie’s greatest work. In “Waiting in the Rain,” Hay sings about his parents and memories of their Scottish music shop, where his young ears picked up the sounds of myriad instruments and countless hit singles. (The family moved to Australia when he was 14.)
The longtime Los Angeles resident produced all but one track: “Are We There Yet?,” which was co-written with Richard Jacques and Renee Stahl and co-produced by Jacques and album mixerChad Fischer (The Practice, Scandal). Major contributors include young Cuban emigres San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, plus pianist Larry Goldings, pianist/Hammond player Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel), drummer Charlie Paxson, and Colin’s wife, vocalist Cecilia Noël.Michael Georgiades, who co-wrote six of the album’s 12 tracks, also contributed guitar and backing vocals.
Hay’s solo career has included several forays into film and TV; Scrubscreator and longtime fan Zach Braff also included Hay’s “I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You,” on the Grammy-winning soundtrack to the film Garden State. Hay’s “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin” can be heard on the soundtrack to the film Words and Pictures. He also voiced a character in the animated film The Wild.
Hardly one to rest on old laurels (though the set does include the hits “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Overkill,” which contributed to his former band’s Best New Artist Grammy win), Hay’s latest activities include producing a live performance/in-depth interview Web series with weekly installments focusing on songs from Next Year People. He’s also the subject of the documentaryColin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life, directed by Nate Gowtham for Diving Indian Films, which recently made its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Hay is now selling out multiple nights at venues such as Alexandria, Va.’s legendary Birchmere, where he recently regaled fans with anecdotes about life as a musician who’s never stopped working. Catch him at one of the following tour stops:
Thu., Oct. 29 CLEVELAND, OH Trinity Cathedral Sat., Oct. 31 MADISON, WI Barrymore Theatre Sun., Nov. 1 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Pantages Theatre Mon., Nov. 2 IOWA CITY, IA The Englert Theatre Tue., Nov. 3 BLOOMINGTON, IN Buskirk-Chumley Theater Thur., Nov. 5 MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall Ballroom Fri., Nov. 6 CHICAGO, IL The Vic Theatre Sat., Nov. 7 CINCINNATI, OH Taft Theatre Sun., Nov. 8 ANN ARBOR, MI The Ark Tue., Nov. 10 WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ Pollak Auditorium Thu.-Fri., Nov. 12-13 ALEXANDRIA, VA The Birchmere Sat., Nov. 14 GLENSIDE, PA Keswick Theatre Sun., Nov. 15 RIDGEFIELD, CT Ridgefield Playhouse Tue., Nov. 17 ITHACA NY Hangar Theatre Thu., Nov. 19 NEW YORK, NY The Town Hall Fri., Nov. 20 CONCORD, NH Capitol Center for the Arts Sat., Nov. 21 BOSTON, MA Wilbur Theatre Sun., Nov. 22 HARTFORD, CT Infinity Hall