Colin Hay's MAN @ WORK Acoustic Vinyl Out Today!

October 14, 2014

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!

October 07, 2014

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!

October 07, 2014

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

October 06, 2014

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

October 02, 2014

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.

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