"Sexsmith has proven himself a storyteller and musician worthy of the praise he's received." –Paste
“In Brown’s hands, the banjo is capable of fluid musical phrases of boundless beauty.” –Billboard
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
Donations ADV/Donations day of show
March 21 / 6pm
Acclaimed 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.
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: