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John Cowan Aligns with Compass Records for First Album in Four Years

March 31, 2014
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JOHN COWAN SIGNS TO COMPASS RECORDS

New album scheduled for Summer 2014 release

(Nashville, TN) March 24, 2014 –John Cowan, one of the most legendary voices in roots music, has signed to Compass Records with a new album slated for an early summer release. Cowan is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the project which promises to be the celebrated singer/bassist’s most ambitious and compelling solo release to date. Working with Doobie Brothers band mate John McPhee in the producer’s chair, Cowan has assembled an impressive list of guest artists so far, including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell and Sam Bush, on the way to creating what is shaping up to be a cross-genre musical celebration of his 35 year career.
 
John Cowan, known by many as "The Voice of Newgrass," has been singing his heart out for the past 35 years. As a member of New Grass Revival, he helped create a sound which brought a new audience to the bluegrass music and was arguably as important in shaping the direction of modern bluegrass as Flatt and Scruggs was to the genre in the 1960s. After New Grass Revival disbanded in 1990, Cowan went on to record a series of critically acclaimed solo albums and to lend his unique vocals as a session musician to a lengthy discography including albums by Garth Brooks, Glen CampbellSteve Earle, Janis Ian, Delbert McClinton, Kenny Rogers and Poco. Currently, Cowan divides his time on the road between solo tours with the John Cowan Band and as a touring member of the Doobie Brothers with whom he has been performing regularly since 2010.

Guitarist/Vocalist Jim Oblon Releases New Album Sunset

March 31, 2014

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Guitarist/Vocalist Jim Oblon Releases New Album Sunset

New album from Paul Simon Band member features legends Jim Keltner and Larry Goldings
  
(Nashville TN) February 13, 2014 –

Jim Oblon is one of those rare talents—a jaw-dropping guitarist, soulful singer and compelling writer. On Sunset, to be released on March 25, Oblon’s virtuosic Telecaster-driven blues chops and vocals shine on a set of originals, vintage rock & roll, and country blues, all delivered in a neoclassic organ trio setting comprised of legendary session drummer Jim Keltner and renowned GRAMMY-winning organist/pianist Larry Goldings.

Oblon has gained national attention as guitarist, drummer, and vocalist in Paul Simon’s band as well as for his contributions on bass, drums and guitar to Simon’s latest album So Beautiful or So What. Always a believer in the bigger musical picture, he aims to expound upon the legacy of his forbearers without ever becoming an impersonator himself. “Today there’s a ‘blues scene’ with Brylcreem and bowling shirts, all the gear, but it doesn’t have the essence of music,” Oblon explains. “I wanted to honor the people who came before me. Maybe I can add a few of my own things, but I want to not lose what was.”

Sunset is a showcase for all three musicians. The album was recorded with the trio playing together in one room and the energy and intensity of this created by this performance-style recording approach yields tracks that literally seem to pop off the disc. A blues-funk reworking of Little Richard’s “Lucille” gives each of the players a chance to stretch out and strut their inventiveness, musical depth and mastery, as well as their ability to put a fresh spin on an old classic. Oblon’s soul shines on his two originals, the languid “Desert Sun” and the almost time-suspending instrumental title track, “Sunset.”  And his plaintive telecaster, backed by Keltner’s bombastic rhythm bed, lends a particularly vibey feel to Lead Belly’s “When I Was a Cowboy 1911.”

Goldings, featured on piano on “Desert Sun” and “Railroad Bum,” uses the Fats Domino classic “Blueberry Hill” to illustrate why he is considered one of the best Hammond B3 players alive; he delivers a solo that makes you think he’s been waiting his whole life to play this tune. And rock/session legend Jim Keltner’s performances stand out as almost a “Jim Keltner how-to”: propulsive yet laid-back, rocking yet swinging, and rhythmically percussive enough to make you swear there is more than one of him playing.

In 2011, Oblon released a Jim Morrison-esque recording of the traditional song “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” which was featured in last season’s finale of HBO’s hugely popular vampire drama True Blood. He now lives in Nashville where he’s a fast rising guitarist on the session scene.  His Tuesday night residency at fooBAR in East Nashville is becoming the buzz event of the week among musicians and those in the know.


Watch Jim Perform "Can’t Be Satisfied" at Music City Roots
 

Compass Records at SXSW 2014

March 07, 2014

At SXSW: A.J. Croce, The Farewell Drifters, Darden Smith and Missy Raines.COMPASS RECORDS ARTISTS DURING SXSW WEEK

AJ Croce
Fri 3/14 – 2:00PM – Acoustic Café/SongCraft Presents Writing Session
Sat 3/15 – 11AM – KDRP Live On-Air show from Downtown Austin
Sat 3/15 –  9:30PM @ St. David’s Bethel Hall (301 E 8th St)

The Farewell Drifters
Wed 3/12 – 4PM – G&S Lounge (2420 South 1st St) (Unofficial SXSW)
Thurs 3/13 – 11:55PM @ HAAM Showcase – Hilton Garden Inn Creekside Lounge (501 N IH 35)
Sat 3/15 – 5:30PM – Folk Alliance All Day Party @ Threadgill’s (301 W Riverside Drive)

Darden Smith
Thurs 3/13 – 3PM – Lucy’s Fried Chicken Revival (2218 College Ave) (Unofficial)

Missy Raines
Wed 3/12 –  9PM – Playing with non-Compass Robbie Fulks – Continental Club (1315 S Congress Ave)

All artists available for interview opportunities.
Contact Betsy Buntin at [email protected] or text 615-714-3360
We’d love to meet you. Meet us at our artists’ shows or let’s find time to connect. Send us an email or text.

 

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