Hear Ron Sexsmith's New Album CAROUSEL ONE Streaming Now Via The Guardian

March 27, 2015

Hear Ron Sexsmith's New Album 
Now Via The Guardian





"Sexsmith has proven himself a storyteller and musician worthy of the praise he's received." –Paste


(Nashville, TN) March 26, 2015 – Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith's new studio album, Carousel One, will be out in North America on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 via Compass Records and Warner Music Canada. You can hear it early at The Guardian where the full album will be streaming until the end of the month.

Carousel One finds Sexsmith in surprising territory for a man often pegged as a downbeat balladeer: he’s actually contented. "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 humor,” says Ron. “I mean, there’s even a smiling picture on the cover, which I've just never had before. I just hope it doesn't scare the children."

Produced by Jim Scott, Carousel One features 14 new Sexsmith originals. It was recorded with an incredible cast of musicians including bass player Bob Glaub (John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne), guitarist Jon Graboff (John Lee Hooker, Dr John), drummer Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris), and keyboard player John Ginty (Dixie Chicks).

Read more and listen to the whole album, streaming now at The Guardian.



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 U.S.A. Shows

4/2 – City Winery – New York, NY
4/4 – City Winery – Nashville, TN
4/6 – Old Town School – Chicago, IL
4/8 – The Cedar – Minneapolis, MN

An Evening With Alison Brown

March 25, 2015

An Evening With Alison Brown 
The University of West Georgia Carrollton Cultural Arts Center
Carrollton, Georgia
Performance: Friday, April 10 / 7:30pm
Workshop with Judge Parker: Friday, April 10 / 3:30pm

“In Brown’s hands, the banjo is capable of fluid musical phrases of boundless beauty.” Billboard

An Evening with AB

Alison Brown will be performing with her band at The Carrollton Cultural Arts Center at the University of West Georgia in Carrolton, GA on April 10th. This is a rare opportunity to see theGrammy winning banjoist for free as part of the University's Alumni Weekend.
Joining Alison will be rising fiddle master Christian Sedelmyer, East Tennessee native Bryon Larrance on drums, Joe Davidian on piano, and Compass Records co-founder, Garry West, on bass.  The band will feature fan favorites from Alison's catalog as well as preview new music from her forth-coming album The Song of the Banjo, due for release in August of this year.
Judge Parker
In addition to the performance at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, Alison will also be doing a workshop and demonstration with University of West Georgia Alum Judge Parker in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall at 3:30pm.
To reserve tickets, RSVP to:
Jennifer Sauls | 770-830-0063 | [email protected]
Jessica Dunham | 678-839-5453 | [email protected]

AB Photo
Alison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in the world.
A former investment banker (she has a bachelor's degree in History and Literature from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA), she toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station and Michelle Shocked before forming her own group.
She has recorded 10 critically-acclaimed solo albums, received four Grammy nominations, a Grammy award and the Banjo Player of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Alison is also co-founder of the internationally recognized Compass Records Group which oversees more than 600 roots music releases from the Compass RecordsGreen Linnet and Mulligan Records catalogs. Described by 
Billboard Magazine as "one of the leading independent labels," Compass Records is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2015.

The Hillbenders New Album With SXSW Showcase

March 25, 2015

Tommy Album Cover

The Hillbenders Announce New Album TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry

With full album performance at SXSW Folk Alliance Showcase




"Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry is the highlight of...many stellar Friday night performance at Folk Alliance." –Timothy Finn, Kansas City Star

Forty-five years after its initial release, The Who’s rock opera TOMMY has been transformed by The Hillbenders into a full-length bluegrass tribute with all of the original record’s energy, instrumental showmanship and rock star vocals in tact. TOMMY: A Bluegrass Tribute will be out June 2nd on Compass Records.

Originally recorded with a full rock band, the dynamic bluegrass quintet recreated the legenary album with a banjo, Dobro, mandolin, bass and guitar. The Hillbenders will be performing TOMMY in its entirety as part of the Folk Alliance Showcase at South By Southwest.

The Hillbenders Present TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry

Folk Alliance Showcase at South By Southwest

South Store Beer Garden

Donations ADV/Donations day of show
March 21 / 6pm




The Hillbenders Pre-release Shows

3/21 – The Kesslers Theater – Dallas, TX
4/16 – Tim Faulkner Gallery – Louisville, KY
4/17 – The Strand at 38 Main – Waynesville, NC
4/18 – The North Carolina CueGrass Festival – Raleigh, NC
4/25 – McGee Street Festival – Kansas City, MO
4/26 – Guthrie Green – Tulsa, OK
5/8 – Kunckleheads Saloon – Kansas City, MO
5/9 – Patton Alley Pub – Springfield, MO
5/10 – The Station Inn – Nashville, TN

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


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