Compass Records Group RSS Feed feed://compassrecords.com/testroom/newsFeed.xml.php This feed is for all artists, news and press releases under the Compass Records Group English Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:52:50 GMT Congratulations to all of our Compass Records 2016 IBMA nominees http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=1003

Compass Records is pleased to announce a bevy of IBMA nominations of their roster artists and band members.

Most exciting is viral phenomenon “Fireball” which racked up over 100,000 views on Facebook and two nominations for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year.  The track, produced by Compass co-founder Alison Brown, was included on Special Consensus’ most recent album, LONG I RIDE, and features scorching performances from label mates Brown, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.
Special Consensus picked up an additional nomination in the Recorded Event of the Year category for “Highway 40 Blues”, their collaboration with Della Mae.

Ten time IBMA winner and viral star (6 million views for his backstage performance of “Jerusalem Ridge” on Inspire More), Michael Cleveland picked up another nomination for Fiddle Player of the Year.

On the heels of his current release FAMILY, FRIENDS & HEROES, Frank Solivan and band received 5 nominations including Instrumental Group of the Year, Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Cazenovia Casanova” with Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas, Recorded Event of the Year for his collaboration with Del McCoury on “Pretty Woman”, Mandolin Player of the Year, and for his bandmate, Mike Munford, a nod for Banjo Player of the Year.

Also, in the banjo category, Noam Pikelny picked up another nomination for Banjo Player of the Year.

In the individual categories, Missy Raines was nominated for Bass Player of the Year and Rob Ickes and Andy Hall (The Infamous Stringdusters) were both nominated for Dobro Player of the Year.

Three time IBMA Female Vocalist Claire Lynch received a nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. The nomination comes in anticipation of her upcoming album NORTH BY SOUTH slated for a September 16th release.

Complete List Below.

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
"Cazenovia Casanova" - Frank Solivan featuring Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas
"Fireball" - Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR
"Fireball" - Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown
"Highway 40 Blues" - Special Consensus featuring Della Mae

"Pretty Woman" - Frank Solivan featuring Del McCoury

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Claire Lynch

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Noam Pikelny
Mike Munford

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Missy Raines
Mike Bub

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Cleveland

DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rob Ickes
Andy Hall

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan

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COLIN HAY PERFORMS ON ABC'S GREATEST HITS http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=1002 COLIN HAY PERFORMED ON ABC'S GREATEST HITS

Colin Hay performed as one of the special guests to perform on ABC's Greatest Hits Live Finale: 1980-2005.
Colin Hay’s voice and visage are familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”). But over the past 15 years he has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters across the US and around the world, introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of his music in TV and film has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.
The live two-hour finale showcased the dynamic roster of artists responsible for creating the greatest hits in the music industry from the 80s, 90s and 2000s. Performers included Celine DionAriana GrandeSheryl CrowJohn Legend and NellyGreatest Hits was broadcast LIVE from the Microsoft Theatre on THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 (9:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.
 
You can watch Colin Hay performing "If I Had Been a Better Man" off his most recent Compass release, Next Year People, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! that aired on July 21st, 2016.  He also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! MashUp Mondays with Icelandic rockers Of Monsters and Men
 
Colin is currently in the studio working on a new album slated for a winter 2017 release.
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Remembering Joe Derrane http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=1000 Joe Derrane

1930-2016

Joe Derrane with Gaillard

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Colin Hay on Jimmy Kimmel Live http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=999

Colin Hay Performs on Jimmy Kimmel this Thursday July 21st!

As a follow-up to his standout performance during “Mashup Mondays” with Of Monsters and Men, Colin will appear solo this Thursday, July 21st to play the song “If I Had Been a Better Man” from his album Next Year People.
 

Tune in to ABC TOMORROW, Thursday JULY 21st at 11:35 / 10:35 CT! 

PREVIEW, LISTEN, OR BUY FROM ITUNES/APPLE MUSIC HERE

 

 

 

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ROLLING STONE FEATURES INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS AT RED ROCKS http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=998

See the Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm's Lively 'Run to Heaven'

Spirited take of cut from Stringdusters' 'Ladies & Gentlemen' was filmed at legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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PBS NEWSHOUR FEATURES ALISON BROWN http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=997

A banker-turned-banjo player finds payoff in her passion

 

"But I had no idea how I could translate my passion for the banjo into a career. It’s not like accounting or law, every step more or less spelled out until you arrive at your destination; those of us who build a life in music each arrive by a different path."

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PopMatters premieres Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=996

premieres "Leave My Woman Alone"

from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

"this one is a real country smoker with licks traded so fast your head might get dizzy. Ickes and Hensley can seriously burn up the fretboard with some of the most amazing country playing you’ll hear anywhere. "

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THE PROCLAIMERS ANNOUNCE 28 DATE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=995 THE PROCLAIMERS ANNOUNCE 28 DATE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The Proclaimers have announced a 28 date North American tour to promote the release of their 10th studio albumLET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS.  Strikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have over the years enjoyed huge successes across the globe and have carved a niche for themselves where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide.  The emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans new and old. 
For example, the brothers recently celebrated the first win of the Hibernian FC in Scotland in over 114 years. The players and fans sang along with The Proclaimers "Sunshine On Leith" performance after the Scottish Cup victory.
On Let's Hear It For The Dogs, The Proclaimers share their gift for crafting soulful pop songs that are as gloriously catchy as they are a voice of unabashed, heart-on-their-sleeves romantics. The album was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales and was produced by Dave Eringa (The Who, Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey, The Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild) and features their live band, Stevie Christie (keyboards), Garry John Kane (bass), Zac Ware (electric guitar) and Clive Jenner (drums) with additional guitars by Sean Genockey and an appearance by the Vulcan String Quartet.
The band has enjoyed Gold and Platinum singles and albums in US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and are best known for the songs “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” “Sunshine on Leith,” “I’m On My Way,” and “Letter from America,”. Their tour kicks off in Alexandria, VA and takes them through several dates in Canada and wraps up at Solana Beach in California.
 
TOUR DATES:
9/15 ALEXANDRIA, VA - THE BIRCHMERE
9/16  PHILADELPHIA, PA - WORLD CAFÉ
9/17 NEW YORK, NY - GRAMERCY THEATRE
9/19 NORTHAMPTON, MA - PEARL STREET
9/20 ALLSTON, MA - BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
9/21 RIDGEFIELD, CT - RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
9/23 BUFFALO, NY - THE TOWN BALL ROOM
9/24 TORONTO, ON - DANFORTH MUSIC HALL
9/25 OAKVILLE, ON  - CTR OF PERF ARTS
9/27 CLEVELAND, OH - BEACHLAND BALLROOM
9/29 ANN ARBOR, MI - THE ARK 
9/30 CHICAGO, IL - PARK WEST
10/01 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - CEDAR CULTURAL CENTRE
10/03 WINNNIPEG, MB - BURTON CUMMINGS THEATRE
10/04 SASKATOON, SK - BROADWAY THEATRE
10/06 REGINA, SK - CASINO REGINA
10/07 EDMONTON, AB - CENTURY CASINO
10/08 CALGARY, AB - DEERFOOT CASINO
10/11 VANCOUVER, BC - COMMODORE BALLROOM
10/13 SEATTLE, WA - NEPTUNE THEATRE
10/ 14 PORTLAND, OR - ALADDIN THEATER
10/15 GRANT’S PASS, OR - ROGUE THEATRE
10/17 SACRAMENTO, CA - HARLOW’S
10/18 SANTA CRUZ, CA - RIO THEATER
10/19 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
10/21 WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - THE ROXY
10/22 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - COACH HOUSE
10/23 SOLANA BEACH, CA - BELLY UP
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NEW ALBUM FROM GRAMMY NOMINEES ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY THE COUNTRY BLUES OUT JULY 8TH http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=994 NEW ALBUM FROM GRAMMY NOMINEES ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY

OUT JULY 8TH 

Some things you know are just meant to be, but it was still welcome news for Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley when their debut duo album, Before The Sun Goes Down, earned a Grammy nomination for the Best Bluegrass Album. And with the release of their new project, THE COUNTRY BLUES on July 8th, the pair build on the first one’s strengths to take their unique musical conversation to an even higher level. Fun pervades the 11 tracks, even when the subject matter’s as mournful as the post-romance desolation of Hank Williams’ classic “May You Never Be Alone.” It continues through the powerful Sonny Boy Williamson blues shouter, “One Way Out,” the mixed regret and determination of Merle Haggard’s “I Won’t Give Up My Train,” into the grassy dexterity of their original, “Everywhere I Go is a Long Way From Home.” They mix it up with insouciant funk of “Pray Enough,” imported from the Wood Brothers and the southern rock of Charlie Daniels on “Willie Jones.” Then there’s the jazzy tour de force instrumental, “Biscuits And Gravy,” written by Ickes as a kind of tribute to pedal steel master Buddy Emmons and even a nod to the Grateful Dead in “Friend Of The Devil,” a dazzling staple of the duo’s live shows. That organic approach served them well throughout the recording sessions with regulars Mike Bub (bass) and John Alvey (drums) and a select handful of instrumental and vocal guests that included the likes of Ron BlockVince GillAubrey HaynieCarl JacksonShawn LaneAndy LeftwichRobinella and John Randall Stewart

 
 
TRACK LISITING:
1. Ballad Of A Well Known Gun
2. Everywhere I Go is a Long Way from Home
3. That's What Leaving's For
4. Pray Enough 
5. Leave My Woman Alone 
6. I Won't GIve Up My Train
7. Biscuits and Gravy 
8. Friend Of The Devil
9. May You Never Be Alone
10. Willie Jones
11. One Way Out 
 
 
 
 
TOUR DATES:
6/02 - Quinlan Cafe, Denver, CO 
6/03 - Vaudeville Theatre, Glenwood Springs, CO 
6/05 - Folk and Bluegrass Fest., Pagosa Springs, CO 
6/09 - The Station Inn, Nashville, TN 
6/11 - Wellmont Reginal Center for the Performing Arts Bluntville, TN
6/16 - Mountains of Music, Glade Springs, VA 
6/19 - The Rooster’s Wife, Aberdeen, NC 
7/07 - Boulevard Music, Culver City, CA 
7/09 - Sebastopol Comm. Center, Sebastopol, CA
7/14 - The Station Inn, Nashville, TN 
7/15 - MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove, Sugar Grove, NC
7/17 - Music on Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 
7/20 - Opera House, Boothbay Harbor, ME 
7/23 - Musicians Against Childhood Cancer,  Lockbourne, OH 
7/30 - The Founder’s Room, Alma, AR 
8/05 - Bluegrass Fest., La Roche sur Foron, FRA 
8/13 - Waldhutte Stetten, Stetten, CHE
8/25+26 - Tonder Folk Festival, Tonder, DNK 
8/27+28 - Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Waterford IRL
9/10 - The Soda Foundation Steelville, MO
9/17 - Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN 
11/04 - Manhattan Arts Center Manhattan, KS
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BOBBY OSBORNE LAUNCHES PLEDGE MUSIC CAMPAIGN http://compassrecords.com/testroom/news.php?story=993 BOBBY OSBORNE LAUNCHES PLEDGE MUSIC CAMPAIGN
At 84 years old, Bobby is the oldest living artist at PledgeMusic!
Legendary Opry star and bluegrass pioneer Bobby Osborne announced via Facebook that he is launching a crowd funding campaign with PledgeMusic this month to record a new album. At the age of 84, Bobby is one of very few of his generation to embrace a crowd funding format, but Bobby says, “It reminds me of the fan clubs we used to have when we started.  Fans are why we make the music, and I’ve always tried to interact with fans and listeners whenever I can.”  
 
In Bobby’s case, this approach will allow an impassioned collaboration of fans, students, the Compass Records label and the Freshgrass Foundation to support this historic recording.  The album will be produced by Alison Brown (Grammy winning composer/instrumentalist, 2015 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award winner, and co-founder of Compass Records) and recorded at Compass Sound Studios in Nashville, TN.  Pledges to the campaign will be matched by a grant from the Freshgrass Foundation.
 
Bobby carries on the bluegrass legacy, his one-of-a-kind, high lonesome tenor vocals as strong as ever, and plays the tradition forward in his role on the faculty at the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in his home town of Hyden, Kentucky.  Former student Lindsey Branson, had this to say about having the opportunity to study with the bluegrass master, “It has meant the world to me getting to learn from Bobby Osborne. I was really nervous and scared the first time I had class with him but, after that day, I looked forward to each one. Bobby has taught me a lot… not only musically but he's taught me about life. He's become a big inspiration for me and has made me strive to become a better mandolin player. I could never thank him enough for everything he's done for me this past year!”
 
Bobby’s students’ passion for mandolin playing and bluegrass have made a huge impression on him. “My students continue to inspire me everyday.  Their support and encouragement for this recording has been a blessing. It also gives me the enthusiasm to make the best record of my career.”
 
The Freshgrass Foundation’s, Chris Wadsworth says, "As a foundation, we want to help with the creative process and galvanize the fan base that appreciates the music as much as we do. Crowdfunding is the best model for doing that. It also allows the artist to make the fan part of the creative process and cultivates a healthy economy around it which is needed for this genre."
Benji Rogers the Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of PledgeMusic is "thrilled that Bobby has embraced the Pledge platform like so many other artists who recognize its reach and effectiveness. To have a legend like Bobby embrace both the technology and the concept of crowdfunding is exciting for us and we hope that it draws even more of his existing supporters into the digital realm while exposing his music and legacy to a whole new group of fans."
 
Producer Alison Brown adds: “One of the things that the bluegrass community does really well is to honor its elders.  Bobby Osborne played a pivotal role in shaping the genre in its early days both through the classic songs he brought to the music like “Rocky Top” as well as through the spirit of creativity and innovation that characterized the Osborne Brothers’ sound.  Although he’s in his 7th decade as a recording artist, Bobby still has a lot to say musically.  I’m delighted to be a part of an effort that will expand his recorded catalog and bring some new Bobby Osborne music to his fans."
 
PledgeMusic has become the premier crowdfunding platform for the music industry, used by established and emerging artists alike, to facilitate the recording process and offer fans unprecedented access to the artist, his process, and limited edition memorabilia in exchange for their support.
 
Bobby’s Osborne’s PledgeMusic Campaign will run for 60 days. www.pledgemusic.com/bobbyosborne
 
 
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