Compass Records Group RSS Feed feed:// This feed is for all artists, news and press releases under the Compass Records Group English Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:46:54 GMT Colin Hay's MAN @ WORK Acoustic Vinyl Out Today! Colin Hay - Man @ Work vinylColin Hay MAN @ WORK [ACOUSTIC VINYL] Out Now!

When Colin Hay released MAN @ WORK it became an indie hit, spawning new favorites including “Beautiful World” which was featured on the NBC series Scrubs and selling over 100,000 copies.  The album introduced Hay to a new generation of fans with its acoustic re-workings of some of his most classic songs.  

Now, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of MAN @ WORK, the MAN @ WORK [Acoustic Vinyl] is being released Tuesday, October 14, 2014 on Compass Records. The LP includes tracks from the original CD release plus “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You” (of Garden State fame) and new recordings of “It’s a Mistake,” “I Can See it in Your Eyes” and “Down by the Sea.”

"Hay has been attracting new fans with gentle, ruminative acoustic songs". —The New York Times

Side A
1. Beautiful World (alternate mix)
2. Down Under (acoustic version)
3. Love Is Innocent (re-release)
4. It’s A Mistake (acoustic version/new recording)
5. Waiting For My Real Life To Begin (re-release)
Side B
1. Who Can It Be Now? (acoustic version)
2. Overkill (acoustic version)
3. I Can See It In Your Eyes (acoustic version/new recording)
4. I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You (radio edit)
5. Down By The Sea (acoustic version/new recording)

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Join The Compass Records Family! Photo: (L-R) Top: Garry West and Alison Brown; Bottom: Trey Hensley and Rob IckesCompass Records Signs Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

New Album Slated for January 2015 Release

Compass Records is pleased to announce the signing of bluegrass and traditional country-infused duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley to the label. Their debut collaboration, BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN, slated for a January 2015 release, pairs the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15 time Dobro Player of Year, Ickes, with the up and coming singer/guitarist, Hensley, whom Ickes recently discovered in a stroke of good luck. Says Ickes, "Last year, when we were working on the latest Blue Highway album, THE GAME, we needed a scratch vocal done on one song so we could play live without having to go back and replace the vocal. The studio owner said he knew a kid nearby who was a great singer and could do it on short notice. So he called Trey in and he proceeded to sing the hell out of "My Last Day in the Mines", a song he'd never even heard before! And the way he sang it was so perfect that we couldn't imagine replacing it or changing anything about it, so his "scratch" vocal quickly became a "guest" vocal. Later, I saw some YouTube footage of him playing electric guitar and it was obvious he was as strong on guitar as he was on singing. So I told Trey that if there was ever anything I could do to help him in his career, I'd be happy to do it, and soon after, he and his wife moved to Nashville and we started playing the Station Inn on a regular basis."

The more the two musicians played together the more they became inspired to record a studio album together. BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN is the result of that effort and it is a unique project for the way it seamlessly blends contemporary bluegrass and the spare studio stylings of classic '60s and '70s country music. Hensley's voice is something of a miracle, a throwback to the great country singer icons of the genre's first golden era, at one moment evoking an early George Jones or Merle Haggard, and at another, Conway Twitty or Hank Snow. The fact that Hensley is still just in his early 20's makes the experience of listening to him even more astounding. His talent has drawn the attention of more than his fair share of Music Row heavy weights including Marty Stuart who said: "Trey Hensley is the real deal—I'm one of his biggest fans." Dobro master Rob Ickes is the perfect musical foil to Hensley's prodigious talent, both as a musician and producer. His Dobro ornaments Hensley's vocal lines with perfect finesse one moment and with  jaw-dropping fire the next, showing why he is one of the best to ever pick up the instrument. As a producer, Ickes has a solid hand and deep musical understanding which enables him to draw the connections between bluegrass and early country to create a cohesive and highly successful end result.  
Compass co-founder Alison Brown says, "We are delighted to be working with Rob and Trey. Individually they represent some of the best talent roots music has to offer. Rob's Dobro playing is an absolute force of nature and Trey is one of the most gifted singers and players I've ever heard. As a duo they are forging new territory, creating a sound that is steeped in tradition but utterly fresh and completely captivating." Ickes adds, "I've known Garry West and Alison Brown for years and I am very excited to be working with Compass. Their passion and dedication to Roots Music is second to none and I'm looking forward to seeing where this new venture takes us all!"

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley will be on tour in California and the Pacific Northwest in December:
12/4/14 – Royal Room – Seattle, WA
12/5/14 – Green Frog – Bellingham, WA
12/6/14 – Treehouse – Leavenworth, CA
12/7/14 – Little River Inn – Little River, CA
12/9/14 – Tallman Hotel – Upper Lake, CA
12/10/14 – TBA, Redding, CA
12/11/14 – Don Quixote's – Felton, CA
12/12/14 – Boulevard Music – Culver City, CA
12/13/14 – Powerhouse – Del Mar, CA
12/14/14 – TBA, Sonora, CA

Catch The Tannahill Weavers This Friday at Earlville Opera House! The Tannahill WeaversThe Tannahill Weavers Return to Earlville Opera House!

"The music may be pure old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll." -- Winnipeg Free Press

The Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland's premier traditional bands, will bring their dynamic brand of Celtic music to the historic Earlville Opera House this Friday, October 10.

The Tannahill Weavers’ diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. 

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, "The Tannahill Weavers - properly harnessed - could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night's concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll."

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. Only their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits can match the variety and range of the material they perform.
Catch the Tannahill Weavers with reflective ballads and foot-stomping reels and jigs at the EOH!  You won't be disappointed!

Compass Artists Take Top Honors at 2014 IBMA Awards

Label leads with seven wins, including Noam Pikelny, Special Consensus, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and Claire Lynch

(Raleigh, NC) October 6, 2014  -- At the sold-out International Bluegrass Music Awards at Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts last night, Compass Records bluegrass artists took home a total of seven awards, including Album of the Year.
Banjo phenom Noam Pikelny, well known as a member of Punch Brothers and as the first winner of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, took home his first Banjo Player of the Year trophy from the IBMA.  He returned to the podium at the end of the evening to receive the Album of the Year award for Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe – the first time in the 26 year history of the IBMA awards that an all-instrumental album has captured top honors. The album also received the award for Best Liner Notes earlier in the afternoon for an essay written by 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Neil Rosenberg.
In accepting his award Pikelny acknowledged Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker, explaining that the album which began as a personal challenge to literally replicate Baker's fiddle performances note for note on the banjo was built on the shoulders of these 2 musical giants.  Noam Pikelny commented, "I'm truly honored. This record was a labor of love for me, and at best I was hoping to not get struck by lightning as retribution for putting my name in the same album title as Kenny Baker's and Bill Monroe's. While I've spent most of my career on the far fringes of this music, bluegrass music and its community mean the world to me, so the warm embrace from the IBMA this year is very special. To me, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe is truly a band record, so the album of the year award is shared equally between Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Bub, and our producer Gabe Witcher.  It goes without saying that many a glass was raised after the show last night to Kenny Baker."
It was a night to remember for Greg Cahill and Special Consensus who were honored with their first IBMA trophies in the 39 year history of the band.  Special Consensus received the Recorded Event trophy for their collaboration with Claire Lynch and Rob Ickes on "Wild Montana Skies" and the Instrumental Recorded Event award for their recording of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" with fiddlers Michael Cleveland and Buddy Spicher guesting alongside the album's producer and banjoist Alison Brown.  Both winning tracks are from the band's 2014 release COUNTRY BOY: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver.  Greg Cahill commented, "We cannot thank our friends and fans enough for all the support over all 39 years of Special C touring and recording, our families for enduring our erratic tour schedules and Alison, Garry and all the Compass Records folks for believing in us." 
Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscomb received the award for Song of the Year for the title track off Lynch's 2013 release DEAR SISTER.  The Claire Lynch Band also delivered absolutely spellbinding version of the winning song during the awards show.  Audience favorites Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named Instrumental Group of the Year and performed the title track off their brand new release COLD SPELL.
Compass Records, the label co-founded by banjo player Alison Brown and bassist Garry West, was delighted to share in the success of its bluegrass roster, winning nearly every award during the evening that is presented to the label as well as the artist.  This was especially sweet for Brown who produced Special Consensus' award-winning 'COUNTRY BOY' (as well as their 2012 Grammy nominated "Scratch Gravel Road"):  "No one band better epitomizes the work ethic of bluegrass musicians than Greg Cahill and Special Consensus.  The band has been out there for the past 39 years burning up the road and spreading the message about bluegrass. It was wonderful to see their many years of hard work be recognized.  And, as a banjo player myself, I was especially happy to see Noam Pikelny take home the Album of the Year award.  Bluegrass is one of those rare genres where instrumental virtuosity is celebrated and players aren't considered to be secondary to singers.  That's part of what makes bluegrass music so powerful."
Mike Farris to Appear on ACL's 40th Anniversary PBS primetime Special Mike Farris - Shine For All the PeopleTwo-Hour Primetime Special Premieres October 3rd on PBS
(Nashville, TN) October 2, 2014 - Mike Farris will be performing on the primetime special, Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, airing Friday, October 3rd, 9-11pm ET on PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Mike Farris was recently chosen as one of Rolling Stone's "20 Best Things We Saw At Americana Music Festival" and described as a "cross between the crowd-stirring dynamism of a charismatic church band and the syncopated endurance of a New Orleans jam outfit." His latest studio project, SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, is out now on Compass Records and currently #14 on the AMA music chart. 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.

The landmark PBS series Austin City Limits (ACL) highlights four decades as a music institution with a primetime special honoring the program's milestone 40th anniversary. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the trailblazing show's remarkable run, while the brightest stars in the series' history return to the ACL stage for dream duets and choice collaborations.

See Mike Farris perform "House Is Rockin'" with Kenny Wayne Shepherd in this ACL special.

Out Now: Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean RitchieCompass Records is pleased to announce the release of DEAR JEAN: ARTISTS CELEBRATE JEAN RITCHIE. Dear Jean is a 37 track, 2 CD set which features performances from an impressive array of Ritchie’s fans and admirers, all of whom have come together to honor the living legacy of the Kentucky-born singer/songwriter many refer to as "The Mother of Folk."

Contributors were intentionally selected to represent the diversity of genres and generations Ritchie has influenced throughout her life, with classic artists like Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, John McCutcheon, Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Robin and Linda Williams, Oscar Brand, and Dale Ann Bradley alongside up and coming talents like the Starry Mountain Singers, Rachael Davis, and Matt Brown. Standout tracks include  "The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore" (Robin and Linda Williams), "I’ve Got a Mother" (The Starry Mountain Singers), "Black Waters" (John McCutcheon, Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss, Tim O’Brien), "Morning Come, Maria’s Gone" (Janis Ian) and "One I Love" (Judy Collins). Also included is a spoken word version of "I Celebrate Life" by Pete Seeger, one of his last recordings.

"As folk music continues to mourn the loss of its trailblazers, including Pete Seeger, who died earlier this year, Jean Ritchie doesn’t always get the respect and attention she deserves. Now in her early 90s and living in her native Kentucky, Ritchie is the subject of this two-CD tribute album honoring her work as a singer, songwriter, dulcimer player, and cultural preservationist." —The Boston Globe

"[A] uniformly outstanding tribute." 5 Stars (out of five) —Lonesome Road Review

“Jean Ritchie represents a living connection to a heritage of song, spanning an ocean and several generations.” —Fiona Ritchie, NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock

"It’s hard to imagine a more heartfelt and well-deserved tribute, and it should be considered an essential purchase for any folk or country collection." —Rick Anderson,

Justin Currie (Del Amitri) US Tour Dates In Support of New Album, Lower Reaches Justin Currie’s Lower ReachesJustin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Scottish pop-rock band Del Amitri, is pleased to announce US dates this fall in support of his newest release, Lower Reaches

"It’s not every musician with the chutzpah to deliver a lyric like “Let me teach you how to write a song.”  But when Justin Currie makes that declaration, in the second song of his new album, "Lower Reaches," rest assured you’re about to get a master class.  Since the mid-1990s, when he led the hit rock band Del Amitri, Currie has wed words to music with a matchmaker’s art." — New York Daily News

September 14*  3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
September 16*  Music Box Supper Club -   Cleveland, OH
September 18*  Club Cafe  -  Pittsburgh, PA
September 19*  Jammin’ Java  Vienna, VA
September 20*  Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY
September 22*  Tin Angel  Philadelphia, PA
September 23*  City Winery  New York, NY
September 25*   SPACE - Evanston, IL  **SOLD OUT
September 26*  Schuba’s Tavern - Chicago, IL **SOLD OUT
September 27*   Dakota Jazz Club - Minneapolis, MN
September 30*   Kessler Theatre - Dallas, TX
October 1*  Cactus Cafe - Austin, TX
October 3  Last Exit Live - Phoenix, AZ
October 4  McCabe’s Guitar Shop - Santa Monica, CA
October 5*  Largo - Los Angeles, CA
October 8*  Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
October 9 The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
* With support from The Mastersons

The new album is the follow-up to Currie’s 2010 critically acclaimed project The Great War which garnered 4 star reviews and earned Currie the moniker of "a songwriter’s songwriter" from Mojo. On Lower Reaches, Currie’s pop sensibilities and radio ready vocals are ever present, but it’s his songwriting that is perhaps most striking.  The new set of self-penned songs show Currie emerging as a writer of great depth and sensitivity, deftly examining life, relationships and the human condition, albeit delivered with the healthy dose of cynicism and wit that his fans have come to count on.

Currie wrote most of the songs on Lower Reaches during a solitary songwriting retreat on the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland. Hunkered down in a remote cottage in the shadow of The Cuillins, the mountain range that dominates the Hebridean island, Currie had no internet and no mobile phone, just an acoustic guitar, a piano, and a ghetto-blaster on which to record his ideas. "I suppose it was a bit like my Brill Building", he smiles. "You’re being your own boss and putting yourself under pressure to write."  Currie wrote fifteen songs in eleven days, something of a personal best in terms of rapid-fire delivery. When it came time to capture the music in the studio Currie traveled to Austin, Texas to work with producer Mike McCarthy (Craig Finn [The Hold Steady], Spoon, Patty Griffin, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead).  The process was, in Currie’s words, "a brilliant experience" and the resulting tracks have been heralded by the UK press as among the songwriter’s recent best.

As singer and main songwriter in Del Amitri, formed in Glasgow in 1983, Currie wrote many of their biggest hits including ‘Roll To Me’, ‘Always The Last To Know’, and ‘Nothing Ever Happens’. During their long and distinguished career, Del Amitri released four Top 10 albums, including ‘Waking Hours’ (1989), which sold over a million copies in the UK alone.

Out Now: John Cowan's Eagerly Anticipated SIXTY John Cowan’s SixtySIXTY, produced by fellow Doobie Brother John McFee, showcases John Cowan’s iconic voice and finds him paired with an incredible array of special guests including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson and many more.
Radio Activity:
- #27 AMA Americana Airplay Chart
- #26 Roots 66 Airplay Chart
- #10 Freeform Americana Chart (debut)
- #5 Alternate Root Song of the Week & #27 Roots 66 Airplay Chart
Look for feature articles in:
The Bluegrass Situation, PopMatters, CMT Edge and more!

"Mixing originals tunes with unique covers of songs from Marty Robbins, The Beatles, Charlie Rich, The Youngbloods combine to make this one of his best efforts in years" -- Bill Frater, Freight Train Boogie

Upcoming Tour Dates
9/12  Franklin Theatre, Franklin, TN
9/13  Miami University, Hamilton, OH
9/14  Stokes Stomp Festival, Danbury, NC
9/15 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
9/16  Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN
9/18  Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY
9/25  Rives Theater, Martinsville, VA
9/26  The Down Home, Johnson City, TN
9/27  The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
9/28  Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA

Compass Records Artists Receive 18 IBMA Award Nominations Compass Records Bluegrass Artists Lead with 18 Nominations Across 12 Categories for 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Noam Pikelny and Special Consensus lead Compass nominees; Claire Lynch, Michael Cleveland and Missy Raines, along with their bands, also included among nominees for this year’s IBMA Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 4
Nominees for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced last night at a press conference at The Factory in Franklin, TN, where Compass Records artists and their respective band members received an impressive 18 nominations across 12 Award Categories. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen lead the Compass Records nominees with four nominations, while Claire Lynch, Noam Pikelny and Special Consensus each garnered three.  A full list of nominations can be read here.
"This is an awesome day for Special C," says founding Member, Greg Cahill, "After 39 years of touring and recording, it is a true honor to be recognized by our peers and friends in the world of bluegrass music. Thanks to the IBMA voters for this honor, to all the fantastic musicians who played with us on this John Denver tribute recording, to all the DJs who play our music and press who write about it, and to all our friends and fans for their support."

Special Consensus, their collaborators, and their liner notes writer, Dave Royko, received nominations for Recorded Event of the Year for "Wild Montana Skies" (with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes), Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for "Thank God I’m A Country Boy" (with Michael Cleveland, Buddy Spicher and Alison Brown) and for Best Liner Notes for their project COUNTRY BOY: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver.

Fast rising Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were nominated for the second year in a row for Instrumental Group of the Year Category and reigning 2013 IBMA Banjo player of the Year, Mike Munford, received a nomination for Banjo Player of the Year. Frank Solivan also received nods for Male Vocalist of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year.
Last Year’s IBMA Keynote Speaker, Noam Pikelny, received three nominations including Banjo Player of the Year. Pikelny claimed his spot on the list of Album of the Year nominees with his Compass release, NOAM PIKELNY PLAYS KENNY BAKER PLAYS BILL MONROE. The album also received a nomation for Best Liner Notes by Neil V. Rosenberg.

Peter Rowan received a nomination for Recorded Event of the Year for the track  “Keepin’ It Between the Lines (Old School)” from his Compass release, THE OLD SCHOOL. Collaborators with Peter on this track include Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury and Del McCoury.

"Dear Sister" received a nomination for Song of the Year, recognizing Claire Lynch (artist) and Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscom (writers).

Additional nominees in the Vocalist and Instrumental categories include Claire Lynch and Dale Ann Bradley for Female Vocalist of the Year, Mark Schatz and Missy Raines for Bass Player of the Year, and Michael Cleveland for Fiddle Player of the Year.

Nominations are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. Results of the balloting will be revealed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, October 4 as the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass Week, held September 30 - October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The IBMA Awards Show will also be broadcast live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction).

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen's Cold Spell Out Now Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s Cold SpellWith the release of COLD SPELL, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen prove that they’ve got it all – including momentum. Some critics have called the band "the new NewGrass Revival" and that comparison is no exaggeration.  This foursome has vocal prowess and instrumental chops in spades. COLD SPELL is a testament to the power and versatility of traditional bluegrass instrumentation, and the album’s 10 tracks move effortlessly through Solivan and crew’s virtuosic, electrifying and broad–minded brand of bluegrass music. 

From the evocative opening track "Say It Isn’t So" through the bluesy "No Life in the this Town" to the hard hitting "She Said She Will" and the grassy instrumental "Yeah Man," penned by reigning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Mike Munford, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen prove that bluegrass can rock and groove.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - Frank Solivan (mandolin, lead vocals), Mike Munford (banjo), Danny Booth (bass, harmony vocals) and Chris Luquette (guitar, harmony vocals) - have been taking the acoustic music scene by storm this summer with appearances at Telluride, Grey Fox, MerleFest and the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington KY.  Look for the band on tour throughout the fall with stops at Sister’s Folk Festival (Oregon), Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and at the City Winery in Chicago tomorrow night.