Out Now: Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie

September 04, 2014

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, CDHotlist.com


Justin Currie (Del Amitri) US Tour Dates In Support of New Album, Lower Reaches

September 02, 2014

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

September 02, 2014

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

August 15, 2014

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

August 13, 2014

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. 

 


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