Venerable Singer/Songwriter Colin Hay Confirms First Album in Four Years, Next Year People, Out February 17 via Compass Records
On Tour in 2015 in Nashville, New York, Chicago + West Coast Dates
Colin Hay, familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”), has confirmed the February 17, 2015 release of a new solo album entitled Next Year People on Compass Records.
Next Year People is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, and cynical yet open-hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics. Some of the songs are based on Colin's personal experiences such as "Waiting in the Rain," written about his parents and the almost mystical experience he had growing up in a music shop in Scotland, surrounded by instruments and a constant stream of 50's and 60's radio hits.
The album's title track, "Next Year People," is a stand out composition, a stark but beautiful homage to the depression-era farmers who kept going by holding on to hope that next year would be better. "They kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result," explains Colin. "I can relate, although their situation was so much more bleak."
The album was produced by Hay and mixed by Chad Fischer (Chasing Mavericks, Ice Age 3, Lisa Loeb) and includes contributions from two young Cuban musicians, San Miguel Perez and Yosmel Montejo, both of whom recently emigrated from Havana, as well Larry Goldings on piano, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel) on B3, and Colin's wife, vocalist Cecilia Noel.
Over the past 15 years Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of his music in TV and film—including hit shows such as Scrubs (on which he has made several cameo appearances) Army Wives and Modern Family, the hit soundtrack to the film Garden State and the recently released Words and Pictures—has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.
Colin Hay Tour Dates:
2/12-13 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
2/16-18 – New York, NY – City Winery
2/20-22 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
3/9 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
3/10-11 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum
3/13 – Poway, CA – Poway Center for the Performing Arts
3/15 – Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre
3/17 – China, CA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
3/19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
3/20 – Napa, CA – City Winery
3/21 – San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
3/22 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
3/25 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
3/26-27 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall
3/28 – Yakima, WA – Seasons Performing Hall
3/29 – Walla Walla, WA – Main Street Studio
3/31 – Sun Valley, ID – Sun Valley Opera House
4/4 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Track Listing for Next Year People:
1. Trying to Get to You
2. If I Had Been a Better Man
3. Did You Just Take the Long Way Home?
4. I Want You Back
5. Next Year People
6. Lived in Vain
7. Scattered in the Sand
8. To There from Here
9. Mr. Grogan
10. Waiting in the Rain
Bonus Tracks–CD Edition Only
11. Are We There Yet? - 3.49
12. Lament for Whisky McManus - 3.35
Colin Hay Online:
"Too Late for Goodbyes"
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper announce a new single from their latest album, On Down the Line. "Too Late for Goodbyes" is a hard-driving bluegrass take on the Julian Lennon hit from 1984. Propelled by instrumental trades between banjo player Glenn Gibson and Cleveland, the bluegrass version is an unexpected twist on what was originally a rock song steeped in the electronic synth sounds of the era.
Watch Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Perform "Too Late for Goodbyes"
Singer Josh Richards tackles Julian Lennon’s "Too Late For Goodbyes" to open proceedings and it makes for a far more effective bluegrass song than you could have imagined." – Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine
On Down the Line is led by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland. Michael is currently celebrating his 2015 SPBGMA nomination for Fiddle Performer of the Year. The group's virtuosic style and traditional bluegrass sound have never been better represented or received such high praise.
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper 2015 Tour Dates:
“Listening to Trey Hensley play guitar, I realized I haven’t heard guitar-playing this exciting since Clarence White. Wow!” –Gene Parsons, The Byrds
White House Art Collective (Clarkston) 2/10 at 7:15
NMU Northern Lights Series - Forest Roberts Theater (Marquette) 2/13 at 7:30pm
The Bay Theater (Suttons Bay) 2/14 at 7:30pm
The Ark (Ann Arbor) 2/15 at 7:30pm
“Jeremy Kittel has already established himself as a world class fiddler.” —SingOut!
Jeremy Kittel is at the forefront of a new breed of fiddlers and violinists who easily navigate between musical styles and traditions. His mastery of the instrument has earnd him a 2015 GRAMMY nomination in the category of "Best Classical Compendium" for his work with Turtle Island Quartet. Kittel breaks exciting new ground and is helping to redefine the role of his instrument.
Currently touring with his name-sake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band, he leads audiences into fresh musical territory. Jeremy and his band are eager to play four dates in his home state of Michigan.
GRAMMY nominated, six-time Detroit Music Award winner, and Scottish Fiddle Champion, Jeremy Kittel is known for his captivating fusion of Celtic fiddling with the spontaneity of jazz, the soul of bluegrass, the rhythms of Africa and Latin America, the layered melodies of Eastern Europe, and the intricacies of chamber music. Kittel has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured with Abigail Washburn, spent over five years as a member of the GRAMMY Award-winning jazz improv group Turtle Island Quartet, and arranged and performed the strings parts for My Morning Jacket’s most recent studio album, Circuital.
Sample his latest album Chasing Sparks.
Grammy winning banjoist Alison Brown is bringing her Americana Holiday Pops program to Chattanooga for two performances at The Tivoli Theater with the Chattanooga Symphony on December 20th and 21st.
The program, which Brown debuted with the San Diego Symphony last December, was touted as one of the freshest and most fun holiday concerts of the season. Highlights of the show include Brown's imaginative reworking of themes from The Nutcracker. Titled The Five String Nutcracker (In five Minutes More or Less), it's the first time Tchaikovsky's masterpiece has been adapted for the banjo and is a bona fide crowd pleaser.
Joining Brown and her band on the show will be legendary Chattanooga fiddler (and founder of the Dismembered Tennesseans) Fletcher Bright. Cloggers, Irish dancers and a surprise guest or two will round out a performance that you won't want to miss!
Tickets are available online for Saturday and Sunday's performances or by calling 1-800-514-3849. Tickets can also be purchasd at the Theater box office located at 3999 McCallie Avenue. For more information, visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com.