Alison Brown Brings Americana Holiday Pops Program to Chattanooga

December 12, 2014

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.

 


Compass Records Artists Receive Three Grammy Award Nominations

December 08, 2014

Compass Records recording artists received three GRAMMY nominations in the categories of Best Roots Gospel Album of the Year and Best Bluegrass Album of the Year during today's nominee announcement by The Recording Academy for the 57th Annual GRAMMY awards. Albums nominated include banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny’s solo album Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, newgrass revivalists Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen's razor sharp album Cold Spell, and the powerfully evocative Mike Farris' much-anticipated album Shine For All The People. The awards will be held on February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live at 8/7c on CBS.
 
Noam Pikelny
has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. His solo project Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe is the first banjo adaptation of the seminal 1976 bluegrass album Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe and won Album of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association award ceremony earlier this fall, the first instrumental album in the 25 year history of the organization to capture this award. The project has been praised by The New York Times as “an absolute boon for him: at once a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion.” The inaugural winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Banjo and Bluegrass, Pikelny is a founding member of Chris Thile’s dynamic string ensemble Punch Brothers. His last album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail, was also nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album in 2012.

Riding on a 2014 IBMA award win for Instrumental Band of the Year, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen have taken their brand of progressive bluegrass to another level with Cold Spell. Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen.Touted as "highly original and dexterous" by PopMatters, Dirty Kitchen is made up of banjoist Mike Munford (2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth.

On Shine For All The People, Mike Farris’ musical vision coalesces into a sound that harkens back to early soul records and yet emerges completely fresh. The album pushes beyond his 2007 Grammy nominated album, Salvation in Lights, into a realm that holds to hope admist 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.”


Emmy Award Winning A Southern Celtic Christmas Out on DVD

November 05, 2014

A Southern Celtic ChristmasEmmy Award-Winning A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS out on DVD - As seen on American Public Television

“A rollicking yet reverent time.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Compass Records and W.B Yeats Foundation are thrilled to release today, A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS, a unique holiday program that brings together some of the leading lights in Irish and traditional Appalachian music to create a heart warming celebration of the season. From toe-tapping jigs and reels to haunting fiddle tunes to exquisite prayer poems dating back to Medieval times, engaging performances capture the mystical beauty, heartfelt warmth and sheer humanity that is the best of the holiday season.

The program, as seen on American Public Television, grew out of 20 year holiday concert tradition at Emory University, the brainchild of Yeats scholar James Flannery. Unique among holiday programs, A SOUTHERN CELTIC CHRISTMAS delves into the spiritual meaning of the season across time and across continents as it explores the similarities and differences in ancient Celtic traditions and more recent Appalachian traditions. What is revealed is the common thread of humanity’s celebration of the bounty of life at the darkest time of the year.

With appearances by Moya Brennan Band with Cormac DeBarra, Alison Brown Trio with Joe Craven, John Doyle, Rising Appalachia, Buddy O’Reilly Band, Rosin Sisters, Kelly Stewart Brzozowski, Atlanta Irish Dance Troupe and more.


Join Us At The Franklin Theatre on Friday, Nov. 14

November 04, 2014

Join Compass Artists JOHN COWAN, CLAIRE LYNCH & ALISON BROWNat the Franklin Theatre, Friday, November 14th for SEEDS FOR THE GARDEN - A BENEFIT FOR THE CARTER HILL GARDEN PARK
          
November 4, 2014 (Nashville, TN) - Join Compass Records artists John Cowan, Claire Lynch, Alison Brown and special guest Forrest O'Connor at The Franklin Theatre on November 14th for an evening of music to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Franklin. The concert is timed to coincide with the State of Tennessee's annual Sesquicentennial event and proceeds will go to support efforts to acquire the Carter Hill Garden (a significant battlefield site). This collaborative evening of music will include original selections inspired by those who fought as well as music that was well known during the time of the Civil War.

The concert begins at 8P and tickets are $25.  Tickets can be purchased at www.franklintheatre.com.


Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley Announce New Album, December Tour

November 03, 2014

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley’s Before the Sun Goes DownCompass Records Announces Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley's BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN. Duo Tour Scheduled for December with Album Release to follow January 13, 2015.

“In the ever changing world of country music, it’s comforting to know that the real deal still exists.” —Marty Stuart

Compass Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN. The album pairs Rob Ickes, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 15-time Dobro Player of Year, with rising singer/guitarist Trey Hensley whom Ickes recently discovered while recording in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee. After collaborating with Hensley on an album track from Blue Highway's current release, and inviting him to guest on some live shows, Ickes was inspired for the two musicians to record a studio project together. BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN is the result of that effort and it is a unique project in 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 co-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. On the production side of things, 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.  
The 13-track album includes a hard-driving cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s masterpiece “Georgia on A Fast Train,” which showcases Trey's acoustic guitar chops, “My Way Is The Highway,” an original by Trey that elicits a classic country vibe, as well as the album's title track, which is an elegantly played country shuffle that illustrates just how well Ickes and Hensley have absorbed the sounds of shared musical influences.  

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
12/11/14 – Don Quixote's – Felton, CA
12/12/14 – Boulevard Music – Culver City, CA
12/13/14 – Powerhouse – Del Mar, CA


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