Compass Records Group RSS Feed feed:// This feed is for all artists, news and press releases under the Compass Records Group English Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:37:01 GMT Mike Farris To Release 'Shine For All The People' New Album Slated for September Release

Mike Farris is set to release his newest studio album, SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, on September 16, 2014. This long-awaited follow up to 2007’s critically acclaimed SALVATION IN LIGHTS 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. 
Farris’ musical vision has coalesced into a sound that, at once, harkens back to early soul records yet emerges completely fresh with this new studio record. The album’s 10 tracks are saturated with horns, B3, and gospel backing vocals, but Farris is the star here, as his voice is one of the greatest of our time while staking his claim as sole proprietor of a musical style uniquely his own.

SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE opens with “River Jordan,” an almost cubano, horn-punctuated groove, driven by Farris’ soaring vocals that form a surprising link between Havana and Hattiesburg. Two Farris originals, “Power of Love” and “Real Fine Day,” convey the album’s uplifting message of survival and gratitude. The New Orleans-infused “Sparrow” takes a side trip to Preservation Hall, and the achingly poignant “Mercy Now,” from the pen of singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier—as delivered by Farris—stands tall as a plea of forgiveness for all mankind. This album bears witness to the determination of putting one foot in front of the other and to the power of music to get you there. “I’ve discovered that falling is a divine thing,” Mike adds. “It’s part and parcel of being human. The important thing is to keep the faith, get up and go on."

Stream tracks from the album here

Request Media Kit or Promo Copy here

Watch MIKE FARRIS – SHINE (short), featuring Ashley Cleveland, Rodney Crowell, Mary Gauthier:

“He looks a little like Prince and sounds somewhere in the neighborhood of Little Richard, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Farris’ supercharged voice slices through the band like a knife.”
—Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore Magazine
Mike Farris began his solo career in the in the early 2000’s intertwining rock, blues and gospel in a way that allowed him to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul.  In 2008, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist and later a Dove Award in 2010 for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the year with SHOUT! Live.  He has appeared at multiple festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Telluride, Strawberry Festival, ACL Festival & Bonnaroo electrifying audiences with the impact of his live performances with his 9 piece band, The Roseland Rhythm Revue. In 2010, Mike was joined by some of Nashville’s finest musicians including Ketch Secor & Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show, Sam Bush, Kenny Vaughan, Byron House and others to record an EP called THE NIGHT THE CUMBERLAND CAME ALIVE to benefit victims of the Nashville flood.  He has contributed vocals to Patty Griffin’s Grammy Award Winning DOWNTOWN CHURCH project, as well as Rodney Crowell’s latest album, TARPAPER SKY. Additionally, Farris was invited to be a featured performer at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert in 2011 honoring Aretha Franklin along with such acts as Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, Ronald Isley, Dennis Edwards & Melinda Doolittle.

John Cowan's SIXTY, produced by John McFee (Doobie Brothers) John Cowan - SixtyJohn Cowan Announces New Album and Supporting Tour Dates

Produced by fellow Doobie Brother, John McFee, guest roster includes Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, among others

John Cowan is set to release his brand new studio effort, SIXTY, on August 24th. The new album, his first since 2010’s THE MASSENBERG SESSIONS, touches on all facets of his career and is, without a doubt, the legendary singer’s most ambitious solo effort to date. Produced by fellow Doobie Brother, John McFee, the album’s 12 tracks showcase Cowan’s iconic vocals alongside an impressive array of nearly 30 guests including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson and many more. 

Tracks range from the New Orleans-styled, heartfelt "Miss the Mississippi," to "Why Are You Crying," a banjo driven foot stomper, to the rocking "Run For Your Life," which, as performed by Cowan, could easily become an Americana standard.  The album’s opener "The Things I Haven’t Done" alludes to Cowan’s Newgrass roots while the standout piano/vocal duet with the legendary Leon Russell, "Feel Like Going Home," (recorded live and in one take) is an absolute stunner.
Taken as a whole, the album illustrates the breadth of Cowan’s vocal talents while showcasing his remarkable vocal dexterity across a variety of genres, proving that 45 years into his career, John is still one of the most iconic singers in roots music.  “I love my ‘job’,” Cowan says. “I love playing music for people every night. I’m very grateful for every opportunity I have to play my music with my own band for the fans that have been so loyal to me over the years. I don’t ever want to stop sharing my music with them.”

John Cowan, John McFee and friends will launch a tour in support of the new release this September, and is currently on tour with the Doobie Brothers.

Congratulations to Compass Records' IBMA candidates for nomination Please consider the following Compass Records candidates for nominations when you cast your vote on the IBMA Awards Second Ballot.  A complete list of our candidates follows below:

Claire Lynch Band
Dale Ann Bradley
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Special Consensus

The Bankesters
Claire Lynch Band
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Special Consensus

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Special Consensus
"Dear Sister"
Performed by: Claire Lynch
Written by: Louisa Branscomb, Claire Lynch

"The Letter"
Performed by: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Written by: Wayne Carson Thompson

"Wild Montana Skies"
Performed by: Special Consensus with Claire Lynch and Rob Ickes
Written by: John Denver

Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver
Special Consensus & Friends
Love Has Wheels
The Bankesters
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Noam Pikelny
When We Fall
Rebecca Frazier

"Country Boy"
Special Consensus with Michael Cleveland, Buddy Spicher and Alison Brown

"Virginia Coastline"
Rebecca Frazier
The Bankesters
Rebecca Frazier


"Keeping It Between the Lines"
Peter Rowan with Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury, Del McCoury

"Wild Montana Skies"
Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes
Frank Solivan
Larry Stephenson
Claire Lynch
Dale Ann Bradley
Rebecca Frazier
Greg Cahill
Mike Munford
Noam Pikelny

Danny Booth
Missy Raines
Todd Phillips

Michael Cleveland
Phil Leadbetter
Chris Luquette
Dustin Benson
Matt Wingate
Rebecca Frazier

Frank Solivan
Larry Stephenson
Rick Faris

The Duhks Are Back! The Duhks are reunited and rejuvenated on their "superb" (Relix) new record, Beyond The Blue, out today, and are ready to reclaim their place as one of Canada’s premiere artists of the neo-folk revivalist era. Produced by Mike + Ruthy (The Mammals), the 12-song album shows The Duhks in the best form of their 13-year career. Featuring founding members Leonard Polodak (banjo/lead vocals) and Jessee Havey (lead vocals), the new album welcomes three new members to the lineup, Rosie Newton (fiddle), Kevin Garcia (drums/percussion), and Colin Savoie-Levac (guitar/bouzouki).

The Duhks’ cohesive blend of different downhome styles is already turning heads. The Huffington Post proclaims Beyond the Blue a "tasty potpourri of cultural influences, styles and substance," and No Depression dubbed it "amazing." The record has already been feature in CMTEdge’s Top 10 Americana Summer Picks and Folk Alley’s New Music Picks for June 2014. The title track debuted at #26 on AMA Chart and as the #1 most added single, and also debuted on Folk-DJ (#51) and Roots Music Report (#5) radio charts.

Watch The Duhks album trailer below, featuring pictures and video from their much lauded performance at this years’ Merlefest.

The Duhks will be touring extensively throughout the US this summer and fall.

Click to see tour dates at The Duhks website.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Sneak Peek From New Album On Down the LineProduced by Jeff White, New Album Showcases Cleveland’s Fiery Fiddling and More

Since the band got together in 2008, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have made their mark in the bluegrass world. Their newest album, ON DOWN THE LINE, is set for release on July 22, 2014. Led by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland, the group’s virtuoisic style and traditional bluegrass sound has never been better represented.

The album’s fourteen tracks showcase Flamekeeper’s rich instrumental blend and tight three-part vocal harmonies, with tunes that span from straight-ahead bluegrass (“Fiddlin’ Joe," "Orange Blossom Special") to melodic, heart-felt songs such as "Just Call Me Crazy" and the imaginative reworking of the traditional "Jack O’Diamonds" as a solo fiddle tour de force. There is also a suprise twist with a hard-driving bluegrass take on the Julian Lennon song "Much Too Late For Goodbye," which is propelled by instrumental trades between banjo player Glenn Gibson and Cleveland. Grounding the driving forces of Gibson, Cleveland, and Nathan Livers on the mandolin, are bassist Tyler Griffith and guitarist Josh Richards, who contributed several originals to the project, including the neo-grass original, "Johnny Thompson."



Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Tour Dates:
Jun 20 - Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival - Bean Blossom, IN
Jun 21- Historic Cowee Schoole Bluegrass Music Series - Franklin, NC
July 4- Renfro Valley Backwoods Bluegrass Festival - Renfro Valley, KY
July 8 -  Southland Jamboree - Lexington, KY
July 16 & 17-  Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival - Lockburne, OH
July 25-26-  25th Annual "Midsummer in the Northwoods" Bluegrass Festival - Manitowish Waters, WI
Aug 1- Pickin’ in Parsons - Parsons, WV
Aug 2- PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton, NC
Aug 16 & 17- SummerGrass - Vista, CA
Aug 21- Pickin’ in the Pasture - Lodi, NY
Aug 23- Bluegrass On The Square - Corydon Capital State Historic Site - Corydon, IN
Aug 28- Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival - Brunswick, ME
Aug 30 & 31- New Richmond Bluegrass Festival - New Richmond, QC
Sept 6 - Muncie Three Trails Music Series - Muncie, IN
Sept 20 - Victory BrewGrass Fest - Breinigsville, PA
Sept 21 - Fresh Grass - North Adams, MA
Sept 25 - Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Uncle Pen Days Festival - Bean Blossom, IN
Sept 27 - Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival - Roanoke, NC

The Bankesters Win IMA Award for Best Bluegrass Album! Bankesters Love Has WheelsCongratulations to The Bankesters!

Winners of the 13th annual Independent Music Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut Compass Release Love Has Wheels.

The award, announced this morning, comes on the heels of significant radio activity for the new album. Love Has Wheels has reached #6 on the Bluegrass Today radio chart and "(Cups) When I’m Gone" is currently #23 and moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart

"With their moving harmonies weaving around and above their shimmering instrumentals, The Bankesters blow a fresh breeze into the bluegrass world."  —Country Standard Time

"This, their first album with Compass, has been produced by Alison Brown with an elegant touch that embraces all the nostalgia of Carter Family harmonies with an appreciably contemporary sparkle….A stirring listening experience."  —Rhythms Magazine

About the Independent Music Awards:

For more than a decade, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts that includes record label executives, talent buyers, music journalists, film and TV music supervisors.

Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry contact database The Musician’s Atlas, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion and distribution to connect winners and nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on six continents.

Look for the Bankesters on tour this summer:

June 7, 2014 - Creal Springs IL, Egyption Hill Resort
June 20 -21, 2014 - Waldron AR, Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
July 19, 2014 - Rankin IL, Music in the Park @ Centennial Park
July 31, 2014 - Asheville NC, Isis Music Hall
August 1, 2014 - Fletcher NC , Feed & Seed
August 2, 2014 - Robbinsville NC,  Appalachian Evening @ Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
August 7, 2014 - Hebron CT, Pondunk Bluegrass Festival
August 9, 2014 - Staunton VA, Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
August 23-24, 2014 - Salem IL, Salem BBQ and Bluegrass Festival

Compass Records Signs David Mayfield Compass Records Group is pleased to announce the addition of David Mayfield to the roster. Mayfield’s new album, Strangers, is slated for an early September release. The new album is a bold affair that reaches into the avant garde while still giving a nod to Mayfield’s musical roots. Mayfield’s goal was to record a timeless album—avoiding anything overtly modern without going retro. Mayfield says that a series of life changes inspired the songs on the project. "The underlying tone of struggle and trying to gain ground gave a sincerity to the music that makes me feel like I have finally found my voice. My friends say I sound more like myself than ever before."  Mayfield will be showcasing tracks from the new album while on tour this  summer with Parade bandmates Jason Edwards (drums) and Jenn Star-Symch (fiddle, synth) and with John Warren Watson (bass, vocals).

Upcoming dates include:
6/14 - River Music Experience at Redstone Room - Davenport, IA
6/25 - The Abbey Bar - Harrisburg, CO
6/26 – MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA
6/27 – Musica - Akron, OH
6/28 – Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
6/29 - Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
7/1 - The Trouser Mouse - Blue Springs, MO
7/4 - Ullrs Tavern - Winter Park, CO
7/5 - Bluegrass in Paradise - Crested Butte, CO
7/8 - LaguMiniAmphitheaterette @ Lagunitas Brewing Co. - Petaluma, CA
7/10 - Sophia’s Thai Kitchen - Davis, CA
7/11 - Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA
7/12 - The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
7/13 - Seven Sisters Craft Beer & Music Festival - San Luis Obispo, CA
7/16 – Cavalcade - Fruita, CO
7/17 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
7/18 - The Vega - Lincoln, NE
7/19 - Rocket Suzie Music Festival - Spencer, IA
8/17 - Unplugged in the Park - Atlanta, GA
8/30 - RTE 23 Festival - Wise, VA
8/31 - Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV
9/2 - Communion NYC @ Rockwood - New York, NY
9/5 - Tellus 360 - Lancaster, PA

David Mayfield may be one of the most quirky performers on the roots/Americana scene. He came up on the bluegrass circuit, winning contests on mandolin and guitar, playing bass with his family bluegrass band and even doing a stint living in Bill Monroe’s old bus, Bluegrass Breakdown. Mayfield’s writing is equally inspired by Doyle Lawson, Randy Newman and Simon & Garfunkel. He oozes personality on stage and his boundless energy and sense of humor make him a natural frontman. Since forming his own band The David Mayfield Parade in 2011, he has been touring almost non-stop including many appearances with The Avett Brothers (both with The Parade and sitting in with The Avetts), Mumford & Sons, Willie Nelson, The Barenaked Ladies as well as with his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield (including an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman). Mayfield is also a Grammy-nominated producer and mix engineer (he produced 4 albums last year and already has 3 under his belt in 2014).

Colin Hay on A Prairie Home Companion Colin Hay Takes The Stage on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Live from the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park //  Flagstaff, AZ

GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay brings his storied songs and delightful sense of humor to A Prairie Home Companion on May 31, proudly presented by KNAU Arizona Public Radio and R Entertainment. Also appearing on the show are seasoned Tex-Mex rockers Los Texmaniacs, and vocalist Lynn Peterson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

For more information and ways to listen, click here. A Prairie Home Companion is the renowned live radio show distributed by American Public Media that garners four million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East.

About Colin Hay
"An aboriginal man once came backstage after a show and said to me in a kindly voice, ‘Where’s your dance? I used to like your dance, you’ve lost your dance mate, you’ve gotta find your dance.’ So, I set out in search of it, looking here, there and everywhere in all corners of the globe. Quite soon I realized that "finding my dance" is an inner search, and that whilst I may never truly find it, it matters not. What’s important is to keep searching, and in the process, refine and simplify the steps."—Colin Hay

Colin Hay is a man hard at work. Upcoming in fall 2014, Hay will re-release his landmark 2003 album Man @ Work on vinyl, which boasts tracks such as  a stripped-down, intriguingly paced new version of “Down Under” sits perfectly alongside “Beautiful World,” “Love is Innocent,” and other exquisite modern-day Hay.

He celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Men at Work hit “Down Under” from chart-topping Business As Usual by releasing “Down Under 2012,” a re-recorded version of the #1 single and touring in support of the release.  Early last year, Colin released his critically acclaimed latest album Gathering Mercury on 18-gram vinyl, followed by multiple performances at the hugely popular Bonnaroo Music Festival, and last February he was invited to serenade Ellen Degeneres for her special birthday episode. He has also performed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, has interviewed at length on CNN with Brooke Baldwin and has performed for Rolling Stone Live.

Hear Jamie Hartford and Andrew Vaughan on Here & Now Jamie Hartford, John Hartford’s son, and Andrew Vaughan, author of John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain visited Here and Now to discuss John Hartford’s career and legacy. You can listen to it here.

Merlefest 2014 Contest Winners Congratulations to Allyson of Chuckey, TN on winning 30 FREE CDs from Compass Records Group!

And, to our free T-Shirt Winners: Susan of Winston-Salem, NC; Irene of Forest Hills, NY; Jamie of Asheville, NC; Tim of Hampstead, NC; Peggy of Elkin, NC; Cam of Greensboro, NC; Peter of Oak Ridge, TN; M.K from Winston Salem, NC; Diane From Rutt Creek, PA; and Chris from Wolcott, IN.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle at Merlefest. Don’t fret if you didn’t win—All entrants are elligible for a monthly chance to win 30 CDs from Compass Records.