Hear Ron Sexsmith's New Album CAROUSEL ONE Streaming Now Via The Guardian

March 27, 2015

Hear Ron Sexsmith's New Album 
Now Via The Guardian





"Sexsmith has proven himself a storyteller and musician worthy of the praise he's received." –Paste


(Nashville, TN) March 26, 2015 – Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith's new studio album, Carousel One, will be out in North America on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 via Compass Records and Warner Music Canada. You can hear it early at The Guardian where the full album will be streaming until the end of the month.

Carousel One finds Sexsmith in surprising territory for a man often pegged as a downbeat balladeer: he’s actually contented. "I didn’t realize until we were putting the songs together for Carousel One that this would be more outgoing. There's a lot more humor,” says Ron. “I mean, there’s even a smiling picture on the cover, which I've just never had before. I just hope it doesn't scare the children."

Produced by Jim Scott, Carousel One features 14 new Sexsmith originals. It was recorded with an incredible cast of musicians including bass player Bob Glaub (John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne), guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John), drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris), and keyboard player John Ginty (Dixie Chicks).

Read more and listen to the whole album, streaming now at The Guardian.



CAROUSEL ONE Track Listing:
  1. Sure As The Sky
  2. Saint Bernard
  3. Loving You
  4. Before The Night Is Gone
  5. Lucky Penny
  6. Getaway Car
  7. Nothing Feels The Same Anymore
  8. Sun’s Coming Out
  9. Lord Knows
  10. All Our Tomorrows
  11. No One
  12. Can’t Get My Act Together
  13. Tumbling Sky
  14. Many Times

Ron Sexsmith U.S.A. Shows

4/2 – City Winery – New York, NY
4/4 – City Winery – Nashville, TN
4/6 – Old Town School – Chicago, IL
4/8 – The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN

An Evening With Alison Brown

March 25, 2015

An Evening With Alison Brown 
The University of West Georgia Carrollton Cultural Arts Center
Carrollton, Georgia
Performance: Friday, April 10 / 7:30pm
Workshop with Judge Parker: Friday, April 10 / 3:30pm

“In Brown’s hands, the banjo is capable of fluid musical phrases of boundless beauty.” Billboard

An Evening with AB

Alison Brown will be performing with her band at The Carrollton Cultural Arts Center at the University of West Georgia in Carrolton, GA on April 10th. This is a rare opportunity to see theGrammy winning banjoist for free as part of the University's Alumni Weekend.
Joining Alison will be rising fiddle master Christian Sedelmyer, East Tennessee native Bryon Larrance on drums, Joe Davidian on piano, and Compass Records co-founder, Garry West, on bass.  The band will feature fan favorites from Alison's catalog as well as preview new music from her forth-coming album The Song of the Banjo, due for release in August of this year.
Judge Parker
In addition to the performance at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, Alison will also be doing a workshop and demonstration with University of West Georgia Alum Judge Parker in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall at 3:30pm.
To reserve tickets, RSVP to:
Jennifer Sauls | 770-830-0063 | [email protected]
Jessica Dunham | 678-839-5453 | [email protected]

AB Photo
Alison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in the world.
A former investment banker (she has a bachelor's degree in History and Literature from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA), she toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station and Michelle Shocked before forming her own group.
She has recorded 10 critically-acclaimed solo albums, received four Grammy nominations, a Grammy award and the Banjo Player of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Alison is also co-founder of the internationally recognized Compass Records Group which oversees more than 600 roots music releases from the Compass RecordsGreen Linnet and Mulligan Records catalogs. Described by 
Billboard Magazine as "one of the leading independent labels," Compass Records is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2015.

The Hillbenders New Album With SXSW Showcase

March 25, 2015

Tommy Album Cover

The Hillbenders Announce New Album TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry

With full album performance at SXSW Folk Alliance Showcase




"Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry is the highlight of...many stellar Friday night performance at Folk Alliance." –Timothy Finn, Kansas City Star

Forty-five years after its initial release, The Who’s rock opera TOMMY has been transformed by The Hillbenders into a full-length bluegrass tribute with all of the original record’s energy, instrumental showmanship and rock star vocals in tact. TOMMY: A Bluegrass Tribute will be out June 2nd on Compass Records.

Originally recorded with a full rock band, the dynamic bluegrass quintet recreated the legenary album with a banjo, Dobro, mandolin, bass and guitar. The Hillbenders will be performing TOMMY in its entirety as part of the Folk Alliance Showcase at South By Southwest.

The Hillbenders Present TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry

Folk Alliance Showcase at South By Southwest

South Store Beer Garden

Donations ADV/Donations day of show
March 21 / 6pm




The Hillbenders Pre-release Shows

3/21 – The Kesslers Theater – Dallas, TX
4/16 – Tim Faulkner Gallery – Louisville, KY
4/17 – The Strand at 38 Main – Waynesville, NC
4/18 – The North Carolina CueGrass Festival – Raleigh, NC
4/25 – McGee Street Festival – Kansas City, MO
4/26 – Guthrie Green – Tulsa, OK
5/8 – Kunckleheads Saloon – Kansas City, MO
5/9 – Patton Alley Pub – Springfield, MO
5/10 – The Station Inn – Nashville, TN

Mike Farris takes home Best Roots Gospel GRAMMY for Shine For All The People

February 09, 2015
Mike FarrisMike Farris takes home Best Roots Gospel GRAMMY for Shine For All The People
Compass Records congratulates Mike Farris on his award presented last night by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 57th annual GRAMMY awards. Mike Farris won Best Roots Gospel Album for SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.

"I decided to do the music I love to do, the music that makes me happy."  


Shine For All the People

Mike Farris  
"Surely, there are few artists whose persona belies their music more than Mike. Out of this diminutive, self described southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful 
voice with  a range, talent, and emotions that make him seem 
possessed.”  Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum
"10 Hidden Gems From 2015's GRAMMY Nominations" –USA Today
- #1 Best R&B Album of 2014 –PopMatters 
- #44 Best Album of 2014 –PopMatters
On Shine For All The PeopleMike Farris’ musical vision coalesces into a sound that harkens back to early soul records and yet emerges completely fresh. The album pushes beyond his critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights, into a realm that holds to hope amidst the failures and sufferings of the present.
The new album includes both original material and Farris' trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and the swagger of New Orleans. Folk titan Mary Gauthier says of Mike: "He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone, and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they're not...that's magic.”


Best of 2014 SALE: All CDs are $9.99 / Vinyl only $12.99

January 28, 2015

Compass Records Logo

Colin Hay   Man @ Work (LP)

  Anniversary edition vinyl

  Includes tracks featured on Scrubs and Garden State soundtrack


Noam Pikelny   Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

   2015 GRAMMY Nominee

   2014 IBMA Album of the Year


John Cowan   Sixty

  PopMatters' 15 Best Americana Albums of 2014

  Featuring Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Huey Lewis, Rodney Crowell and more 


The Duhks   Beyond the Blue

  AMA Top 100 Americana Albums of 2014

  "One of the Canadian neo-folk scene's most influential roots acts."      –Huffington Post


Mike Farris   Shine For All The People

  2015 GRAMMY Nominee

  Popmatters' Best R&B Album of 2014


Justin Currie   Lower Reaches

  "Master songwriting talents." –New York Daily News

  "Delivered with intelligence and sincereity." –BBC Music


AJ Croce   Twelve Tales

  "It is a pleasure to witness triple uniqueness: pianist, songwriter, singer."      –Allen Toussaint




 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen   Cold Spell

    2015 GRAMMY Nominee

    2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of Year


Special Consensus & Friends   Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver

  2014 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year

  2014 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year


 Cecilia Noël   Havana Rocks

   2014 Lucas Award Nominee

  "Havana Rocks because Cecilia rocks." –Oscar Hernández



 Jim Oblon   Sunset

  "One of the most exciting guitarists in Nashville (and beyond)." –GuitarWorld

  "A musician's musician." –NPR Mountain Stage



Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper   On Down the Line

  IBMA 9-time Fiddle Player of the Year

  IBMA 4-time Instrumental Group of the Year


Michael Barnett   One Song Romance

  "Brilliant throughout...a triumph." –John Lawless, Bluegrass Today

  "Nothing but virtuosity here on so many levels." –Bluegrass Unlimited

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