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. 

 


Cecilia Noėl Delivers HAVANA ROCKS September 9

August 06, 2014

Cecilia Noel - Havana RocksCecilia Noël To Release ’Havana Rocks’
Recorded in Havana, New Album Delivers 80’s Rock Classics with A Latin Twist

The passionate Cecilia Noël returns with her newest album, HAVANA ROCKS, a Latin-infused collection of American classics recorded in Havana, Cuba (under special license from the US Government) with an all Cuban cast of musicians. The album is slated for a September 9, 2014 release. Together, Noël and crew combine elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and Afro-Cuban music to deliver an infectious Latin take on 80’s classic rock ‘n roll hits.

The album includes covers of Devo’s “Whip It,” Gary Numan’s “Cars” and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” along with hits from her husband Colin Hay’s 80’s hit machine Men At Work, Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, Van Halen, and more, all propelled by deep percussive grooves and Noël’s rich and appealing alto vocals. Marrying 80’s hits with Noël’s signature "salsoul" sound was a stroke of pure genius and the results are both deeply musical and just plain fun.  In the words of Grammy winning pianist and producer Oscar Hernández: "Havana Rocks because Cecilia rocks!"


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Fiddler/Vocalist from The Deadly Gentleman Mike Barnett Prepares to Release Solo Album

July 29, 2014

Mike Barnett to Release Solo Album One Song Romance

Fiddler/vocalist from The Deadly Gentlemen steps out with debut solo project featuring Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz, Noam Pikelny, Tim O’Brien and more.

From a young age, Mike Barnett has made his mark on the bluegrass world as an extremely talented fiddler. He has toured as a member of Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, the David Grisman Sextet and the progressive bluegrass quintet, The Deadly Gentleman, which he co-founded. With the release of his debut solo project, ONE SONG ROMANCE, Barnett is poised to establish himself as a solo artist with a broad and engaging musical vision that reaches from bluegrass into acoustic jazz and beyond.
Barnett penned all of the music on the twelve-track album which showcases his vocal abilities as well as his virtuosic fiddle technique.   The tracks moves from slick bluegrass fiddling ("More Strangs") through Celtic ("Change Her Mind"), swing ("Dig, Dig, Dig") and neo-grass on the album’s opener "It’ll Be All Right."  Special guests and collaborators include Aoife O’Donovan, Tim O’Brien, Noam Pikelny, David Grier, Dominick Leslie, Chris Eldridge and more. 

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Michael Barnett began studying the fiddle at age 10 and by age 15 was touring with the legendary "Mr. Mandolin" Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, playing regular weekend performances on the Grand Ole Opry. That same year, at age 15, he became the youngest instructor ever to teach at the fiddle school at Vanderbilt University.  Barnett later relocated to the Northeast where he has built his profile touring and recording with Jonathan Edwards, Tony Trishcka and Gordon Stone. In 2010 Barnett and banjoist Greg Liszt co-founded The Deadly Gentlemen, a progressive bluegrass outfit that allowed Mike the space to push the limits of traditional fiddle playing and incorporate new influences into his constantly evolving style. After four years with the group, Barnett will now focus on exploring his solo career path.


New Album Pays Tribute to Jean Ritchie, Mother of Folk

July 24, 2014

Folk’s Best Come Together for Two CD Tribute to Jean Ritchie

Featured artists include Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, John McCutcheon, Judy Collins, Kathy Mattea, Suzy Boggus, Robin and Linda Williams, Dale Ann Bradley, Archie Fisher, Tim O’Brien and many more

Compass Records is pleased to announce the release of DEAR JEAN: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF JEAN RITCHIE.  The album is scheduled for release on September 2, 2014.  The 37 track, 2 CD set 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, Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Robin and Linda Williams, Oscar Brand, and Dale Ann Bradley sharing the spotlight with 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 Boggus, Tim O’Brien), "Morning Come, Maria’s Gone" (Janis Ian) and  "One I Love" (Judy Collins). There is also a spoken word version of "I Celebrate Life" from Pete Seeger, one of his last recordings.

Jean Ritchie was born in 1922 in Viper, Kentucky, the youngest of 14 children. Ritchie grew up immersed in the traditional songs of the region and moved to New York in the 1940s where, as a social worker, she taught music to children. She also befriended Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand, Woody Guthrie and Alan Lomax during this time and, in the 1950s, recorded several albums for Electra. In the early ’50s she received a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to the UK and Ireland to collect traditional songs. Ritchie’s songs have been recorded by a variety of artists including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash and Judy Collins. Over the course of her career, her song collecting and song writing has helped to preserve the musical legacy of her Kentucky home, as well as expand awareness of its challenges through her continued support of the grassroots environmental organization Appalachian Voices and politically pointed songs such as "The L & N" and "Black Waters". Not only is Jean Ritchie an amazing musician, cultural preserver, and activist, she is and has always been a welcoming, supporting mentor for all those who have crossed her path, and DEAR JEAN gives a well-deserved thank you for years of inspiration.


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