Ron Sexsmith Confirms New Album Carousel One Out March 31

February 25, 2015

Ron Sexsmith Carousel One Album Cover

Ron Sexsmith Confirms New Album Carousel One Out March 31

Hear Album Tracks "Saint Bernard" And "Can't Get My Act Together" Via RonSexsmith.com

New York, Chicago And Nashville Shows Confirmed for April

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith confirmed the release of his new studio album, Carousel One, out in North America on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The album will be released in the U.S. via Compass Records and in his home country by Warner Music Canada.

Carousel One, produced by Jim Scott, features 14 new Sexsmith originals. It was recorded with an incredible cast of musicians who helped bring the album to life including bass player Bob Glaub, who has recorded with John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Graham Nash and hundreds of others; guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John); drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Lone Justice); and keyboard player John Ginty (Dixie Chicks, Whiskeytown, Neal Casal, Matthew Sweet). The album takes its name from the luggage retrieval belt at Los Angeles airport where bags off Toronto inbound flights are delivered.

2014 was an incredible year for Sexsmith. In March, his 2013 album Forever Endeavour won the Juno Award as Best Adult Alternative Album marking the third Juno win in Ron’s career. In April, Sir Peter Blake (the man who created the cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) unveiled a mural he was commissioned to do for the Royal Albert Hall in London featuring people who have played there. Ron’s image is included alongside those of Roger Daltrey, James Brown and Janet Jackson. In May, Sexsmith was named Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. On June 3 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Brock University in his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario. It’s no wonder that in July of 2014 he was in a particularly good mood entering the studio to record Carousel One.

"I didn’t realize until we were putting the songs together for Carousel One that this would be more outgoing, there's a lot more humour,” says Ron. “I mean, there’s even a smiling picture on the cover, which I’ve never had before. I just hope it doesn’t scare the children.”

Carousel One features 14 new Sexsmith compositions including the first single, “Saint Bernard,” a tribute to an anonymous family dog from a photograph picked up in a second-hand shop by his wife Colleen.

"They’ve always been my favourite type of dog," says Ron, recalling the genesis of the song. "I was sitting in the kitchen one day playing guitar, I had this melody but no lyrics, so I looked up at the picture and just started singing the opening lines. I guess the album is kind of a travelogue of music that I like which was mostly a happy accident."

 

Ron Sexsmith N. American Shows

4/2 – City Winery – New York, NY

4/4 – City Winery – Nashville, TN

4/6 – Old Town School – Chicago, IL

4/18 – Collins Recital Hall, GPRC – Grande Prairie, AB

5/2 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON

 

Carousel One Track Listing:

  1. Sure As The Sky
  2. Saint Bernard
  3. Loving You
  4. Before The Night Is Gone
  5. Lucky Penny
  6. Getaway Car
  7. Nothing Feels The Same Anymore
  8. Sun’s Coming Out
  9. Lord Knows
  10. All Our Tomorrows
  11. No One
  12. Can’t Get My Act Together
  13. Tumbling Sky
  14. Many Times

Acclaimed Actor & Singer-Songwriter Alicia Witt Steps Out With Ben Folds-Produced Debut Revisionary

February 25, 2015

Alicia WittAcclaimed Actor & Singer-Songwriter Alicia Witt Steps Out With Ben Folds-Produced Debut Revisionary History

Out April 7 via Compass Records

Hear Album Track “About Me,” Here: http://bit.ly/1Ju6N9c

“Sharply personal, boldly melodic” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Singer, songwriter, classically trained pianist and acclaimed actor Alicia Witt (Justified, House of Lies) has confirmed the release of her first full-length studio album Revisionary History, out April 7 on Compass Records.

Produced by Ben Folds, Revisionary History was years in the making. Some of nine original songs on the album date back to the mid-’00s, which gave her plenty of time to hone them in concert before heading to Folds’ Nashville studio, where she recorded the album in two week-long chunks in the spring and late fall of 2013. The album features Folds on backing vocals as well as drums, bass, percussion, electric guitar and more. Multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia also lends acoustic guitar, pedal steel, backing vocals and additional percussion.

Revisionary History is full of songs that deal in themes of heartbreak, loyalty and the amazing power that comes with finding your own voice —and using it. “This record is probably the most personal thing that I’ve put out,” says Witt, who released a self-titled EP in 2009 and the full-length Live at Rockwood in 2012. Both releases happening in between parts in films and on TV (including a recurring role on this season of Showtime’s House of Lies) in an acting career that began with her debut in the David Lynch sci-fi classic Dune in 1984, when she was 7.

For all the autobiographical touches on Revisionary History, it’s also a collection of deeply relatable songs. The reflective piano ballad “Friend” opens the album with Witt sifting through feelings of attraction for someone she knows should be just a pal and not a lover, while the aching vocal showcase “Consolation Prize” pairs torchy piano with taut electric guitar accents as Witt muses over the ways in which we edit our pasts to fit the present.

Alicia Witt debuted her single release “Consolation Prize” on The Queen Latifah Show on February 4.


New Ron Sexsmith Album Out March 31

February 20, 2015

Carousel OneRon Sexsmith Confirms New Album 
Carousel One Out March 31

Hear Album Tracks "Saint Bernard" And "Can't Get My Act Together" Via RonSexsmith.com

New York, Chicago And Nashville Shows Confirmed for April

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith today confirmed the release of his new studio album, Carousel One, out in North America on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The album will be released in the U.S. via Compass Records and in his home country by Warner Music Canada.

Carousel One, produced by Jim Scott, features 14 new Sexsmith originals. It was recorded with an incredible cast of musicians who helped bring the album to life including bass player Bob Glaub, who has recorded with John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Graham Nash and hundreds of others; guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John); drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Lone Justice); and keyboard player John Ginty (Dixie Chicks, Whiskeytown, Neal Casal, Matthew Sweet). The album takes its name from the luggage retrieval belt at Los Angeles airport where bags off Toronto inbound flights are delivered.

2014 was an incredible year for Sexsmith. In March, his 2013 album Forever Endeavour won the Juno Award as Best Adult Alternative Album marking the third Juno win in Ron’s career. In April, Sir Peter Blake (the man who created the cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) unveiled a mural he was commissioned to do for the Royal Albert Hall in London featuring people who have played there. Ron’s image is included alongside those of Roger Daltrey, James Brown and Janet Jackson. In May, Sexsmith was named Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. On June 3 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Brock University in his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario. It’s no wonder that in July of 2014 he was in a particularly good mood entering the studio to record Carousel One.

"I didn’t realize until we were putting the songs together for Carousel One that this would be more outgoing, there's a lot more humour,” says Ron. “I mean, there’s even a smiling picture on the cover, which I’ve never had before. I just hope it doesn’t scare the children.”

Carousel One features 14 new Sexsmith compositions including the first single, “Saint Bernard,” a tribute to an anonymous family dog from a photograph picked up in a second-hand shop by his wife Colleen.

"They’ve always been my favourite type of dog," says Ron, recalling the genesis of the song. "I was sitting in the kitchen one day playing guitar, I had this melody but no lyrics, so I looked up at the picture and just started singing the opening lines. I guess the album is kind of a travelogue of music that I like which was mostly a happy accident."

 

Ron Sexsmith N. American Shows

4/2 – City Winery – New York, NY

4/4 – City Winery – Nashville, TN

4/6 – Old Town School – Chicago, IL

4/18 – Collins Recital Hall, GPRC – Grande Prairie, AB

5/2 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON

More dates to be announced soon.

 

Carousel One Track Listing:

  1. Sure As The Sky
  2. Saint Bernard
  3. Loving You
  4. Before The Night Is Gone
  5. Lucky Penny
  6. Getaway Car
  7. Nothing Feels The Same Anymore
  8. Sun’s Coming Out
  9. Lord Knows
  10. All Our Tomorrows
  11. No One
  12. Can’t Get My Act Together
  13. Tumbling Sky
  14. Many Times

Ron Sexsmith Online:

http://www.ronsexsmith.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ronsexsmith

https://twitter.com/RonSexsmith

https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialRonSexsmith


Mike Farris takes home Best Roots Gospel GRAMMY for Shine For All The People

February 09, 2015
Mike FarrisMike Farris takes home Best Roots Gospel GRAMMY for Shine For All The People
Compass Records congratulates Mike Farris on his award presented last night by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 57th annual GRAMMY awards. Mike Farris won Best Roots Gospel Album for SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.

"I decided to do the music I love to do, the music that makes me happy."  

 


Shine For All the People

 
Mike Farris  
 
"Surely, there are few artists whose persona belies their music more than Mike. Out of this diminutive, self described southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful 
voice with  a range, talent, and emotions that make him seem 
possessed.”  Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum
"10 Hidden Gems From 2015's GRAMMY Nominations" –USA Today
- #1 Best R&B Album of 2014 –PopMatters 
- #44 Best Album of 2014 –PopMatters
On Shine For All The PeopleMike Farris’ musical vision coalesces into a sound that harkens back to early soul records and yet emerges completely fresh. The album pushes beyond his critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights, into a realm that holds to hope amidst the failures and sufferings of the present.
The new album 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. Folk titan Mary Gauthier says of Mike: "He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone, and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they're not...that's magic.”
 

 


Irish Traditional Band Altan Announces New Studio Album, The Widening Gyre, Out 2/24

January 28, 2015

The Widening Gyre Album Cover

Irish Music Masters Altan Confirms New Album,

The Widening Gyre, Out Feb 24 Via Compass Records

Guests Include Grammy Winners Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Brown and More

Recorded In Nashville, Album Explores Musical Relationship Between Traditional Irish and American Roots Music

U.S. Tour Kicks Off Feb 22 With NPR's Mountain Stage

The hottest group in the Celtic realm — The Boston Globe

After nearly 35 years together—the longest running Irish music band with every founding member in tact—Altan were ready to flex their musical boundaries when they began work on their newest album, The Widening Gyre. Adding new band member Martin Tourish on accordion and with the help of many good friends in the studio, Altan’s new album fuses the traditional Irish music that they are known for, namely Donegal fiddling and Gaelic singing traditions, with American roots music, particularly that of the Appalachian bluegrass fiddle.

Recording in Nashville for only the second time and the first time for a full album, the band was able to gather many of the roots musicians they’ve met over their thirty years together including Sam Bush, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Eddi Reader, Bryan Sutton, and Compass co-founder Alison Brown.

The bluegrass presence shows itself clearly on “Buffalo Gals” and “Thomasino (Thomas Tourish’s Tune),” a lively fiddle song written by Altan’s own Ciaran Tourish. Lead vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s crystalline voice unlocks the Celtic undertones of the mournful waltz “No Ash Will Burn,” penned by legendary Nashville songwriter Walt Aldridge, and Tim O’Brien duets on “The House Carpenter (Gypsy Davy),” a track which spotlights the shared musical roots of Irish and Appalachian music with references to both of these historical songs.

The Widening Gyre straddles time as it manages to remind listeners of the ancient bond between Irish and Appalachian music while at the same time breaking new ground through collaborations between masters of American roots music and Celtic music.

The Widening Gyre is a compelling development in Altan’s story proving they are still growing as artists, even after so many years together.

Tour Dates:

2/22 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage

2/27 – Boothbay Harbor, ME – Boothbay Harbor Opera House

2/28 – Sommerville, MA – World Music CRASHarts - Somerville Theatre

3/1 – New York City, NY – City Winery

3/2 – Fairfield, CT – Edgerton Center of the Performing Arts

3/5 – Ram's Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD

3/6 – Barns at Wolf Trade – Vienna, VA

3/7 –  Annenberg Center - Zellerbach Theatre – Philadelphia, PA

3/8 – Majestic Theater – Gettysburg, PA

3/12 – UW Memorial Union – Madison, WI

3/13 – Old Town School - Maurer Hall – Chicago, IL

3/14 – Interlochen Center for the Arts – Interlochen, MI

3/15 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI

3/17 – Arden Theatre – St. Albert, AB

3/22 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR

3/24 – City Winery Napa – Napa, CA

3/25 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA

3/26 – Folsom Lake College – Folsom, CA

3/27 – Spanos Theater – San Luis Obisbo, CA

3/28 – Berger Performing Arts Center – Tucson, AZ

3/29 – Music Instrument Theater – Phoenix, AZ

4/1 – KiMo Theaer – Albuquerque, NM

4/2 – Daniels Hall – Denver, CO

4/3 – Union Colony Civic Center – Greeley, CO

5/7 – Mac – Birmingham, England

5/8 – The Atkinson – Southport, England

5/9 – Buxton Opera House – Derbyshire, England

5/14 – Huntingdon Hall – Worcester, England

5/15 – Grayshott Folk Club – Grayshott, England

5/16 – Blackheath Halls – London, England

5/20 – Carnegie Hall – Dunfermline, Scotland

5/21 – St. Andrews in the Square – Glasgow, Scotland

5/22 – The Queen's Hall – Edinburgh, Scotland

5/23 – The Buccleuch Centre – Langholm, Scotland

 


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