John Cowan's SIXTY, produced by John McFee (Doobie Brothers)

July 15, 2014

John Cowan - SixtyJohn Cowan Announces New Album and Supporting Tour Dates

Produced by fellow Doobie Brother, John McFee, guest roster includes Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, among others

John Cowan is set to release his brand new studio effort, SIXTY, on August 24th. The new album, his first since 2010’s THE MASSENBERG SESSIONS, touches on all facets of his career and is, without a doubt, the legendary singer’s most ambitious solo effort to date. Produced by fellow Doobie Brother, John McFee, the album’s 12 tracks showcase Cowan’s iconic vocals alongside an impressive array of nearly 30 guests including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson and many more. 

Tracks range from the New Orleans-styled, heartfelt "Miss the Mississippi," to "Why Are You Crying," a banjo driven foot stomper, to the rocking "Run For Your Life," which, as performed by Cowan, could easily become an Americana standard.  The album’s opener "The Things I Haven’t Done" alludes to Cowan’s Newgrass roots while the standout piano/vocal duet with the legendary Leon Russell, "Feel Like Going Home," (recorded live and in one take) is an absolute stunner.
 
Taken as a whole, the album illustrates the breadth of Cowan’s vocal talents while showcasing his remarkable vocal dexterity across a variety of genres, proving that 45 years into his career, John is still one of the most iconic singers in roots music.  “I love my ‘job’,” Cowan says. “I love playing music for people every night. I’m very grateful for every opportunity I have to play my music with my own band for the fans that have been so loyal to me over the years. I don’t ever want to stop sharing my music with them.”

John Cowan, John McFee and friends will launch a tour in support of the new release this September, and is currently on tour with the Doobie Brothers.


Congratulations to Compass Records' IBMA candidates for nomination

July 15, 2014

Please consider the following Compass Records candidates for nominations when you cast your vote on the IBMA Awards Second Ballot.  A complete list of our candidates follows below:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Claire Lynch Band
Dale Ann Bradley
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Special Consensus

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Bankesters
Claire Lynch Band
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Special Consensus

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Special Consensus
 
SONG OF THE YEAR
 
"Dear Sister"
Performed by: Claire Lynch
Written by: Louisa Branscomb, Claire Lynch

"The Letter"
Performed by: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Written by: Wayne Carson Thompson

"Wild Montana Skies"
Performed by: Special Consensus with Claire Lynch and Rob Ickes
Written by: John Denver
 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver
Special Consensus & Friends
 
Love Has Wheels
The Bankesters
 
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Noam Pikelny
 
When We Fall
Rebecca Frazier
 
INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

"Country Boy"
Special Consensus with Michael Cleveland, Buddy Spicher and Alison Brown

"Virginia Coastline"
Rebecca Frazier
 
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Bankesters
Rebecca Frazier

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR

"Keeping It Between the Lines"
Peter Rowan with Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury, Del McCoury

"Wild Montana Skies"
Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes
 
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan
Larry Stephenson
 
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Claire Lynch
Dale Ann Bradley
Rebecca Frazier
 
BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Greg Cahill
Mike Munford
Noam Pikelny

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Danny Booth
Missy Raines
Todd Phillips

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Cleveland
 
DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Phil Leadbetter
 
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chris Luquette
Dustin Benson
Matt Wingate
Rebecca Frazier

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan
Larry Stephenson
Rick Faris


The Duhks Are Back!

June 24, 2014

The Duhks are reunited and rejuvenated on their "superb" (Relix) new record, Beyond The Blue, out today, and are ready to reclaim their place as one of Canada’s premiere artists of the neo-folk revivalist era. Produced by Mike + Ruthy (The Mammals), the 12-song album shows The Duhks in the best form of their 13-year career. Featuring founding members Leonard Polodak (banjo/lead vocals) and Jessee Havey (lead vocals), the new album welcomes three new members to the lineup, Rosie Newton (fiddle), Kevin Garcia (drums/percussion), and Colin Savoie-Levac (guitar/bouzouki).

The Duhks’ cohesive blend of different downhome styles is already turning heads. The Huffington Post proclaims Beyond the Blue a "tasty potpourri of cultural influences, styles and substance," and No Depression dubbed it "amazing." The record has already been feature in CMTEdge’s Top 10 Americana Summer Picks and Folk Alley’s New Music Picks for June 2014. The title track debuted at #26 on AMA Chart and as the #1 most added single, and also debuted on Folk-DJ (#51) and Roots Music Report (#5) radio charts.

Watch The Duhks album trailer below, featuring pictures and video from their much lauded performance at this years’ Merlefest.


The Duhks will be touring extensively throughout the US this summer and fall.

Click to see tour dates at The Duhks website.


Compass Records Signs David Mayfield

June 03, 2014

Compass Records Group is pleased to announce the addition of David Mayfield to the roster. Mayfield’s new album, Strangers, is slated for an early September release. The new album is a bold affair that reaches into the avant garde while still giving a nod to Mayfield’s musical roots. Mayfield’s goal was to record a timeless album—avoiding anything overtly modern without going retro. Mayfield says that a series of life changes inspired the songs on the project. "The underlying tone of struggle and trying to gain ground gave a sincerity to the music that makes me feel like I have finally found my voice. My friends say I sound more like myself than ever before."  Mayfield will be showcasing tracks from the new album while on tour this  summer with Parade bandmates Jason Edwards (drums) and Jenn Star-Symch (fiddle, synth) and with John Warren Watson (bass, vocals).

Upcoming dates include:
 
6/14 - River Music Experience at Redstone Room - Davenport, IA
6/25 - The Abbey Bar - Harrisburg, CO
6/26 – MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA
6/27 – Musica - Akron, OH
6/28 – Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
6/29 - Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
7/1 - The Trouser Mouse - Blue Springs, MO
7/4 - Ullrs Tavern - Winter Park, CO
7/5 - Bluegrass in Paradise - Crested Butte, CO
7/8 - LaguMiniAmphitheaterette @ Lagunitas Brewing Co. - Petaluma, CA
7/10 - Sophia’s Thai Kitchen - Davis, CA
7/11 - Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA
7/12 - The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
7/13 - Seven Sisters Craft Beer & Music Festival - San Luis Obispo, CA
7/16 – Cavalcade - Fruita, CO
7/17 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
7/18 - The Vega - Lincoln, NE
7/19 - Rocket Suzie Music Festival - Spencer, IA
8/17 - Unplugged in the Park - Atlanta, GA
8/30 - RTE 23 Festival - Wise, VA
8/31 - Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV
9/2 - Communion NYC @ Rockwood - New York, NY
9/5 - Tellus 360 - Lancaster, PA

David Mayfield may be one of the most quirky performers on the roots/Americana scene. He came up on the bluegrass circuit, winning contests on mandolin and guitar, playing bass with his family bluegrass band and even doing a stint living in Bill Monroe’s old bus, Bluegrass Breakdown. Mayfield’s writing is equally inspired by Doyle Lawson, Randy Newman and Simon & Garfunkel. He oozes personality on stage and his boundless energy and sense of humor make him a natural frontman. Since forming his own band The David Mayfield Parade in 2011, he has been touring almost non-stop including many appearances with The Avett Brothers (both with The Parade and sitting in with The Avetts), Mumford & Sons, Willie Nelson, The Barenaked Ladies as well as with his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield (including an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman). Mayfield is also a Grammy-nominated producer and mix engineer (he produced 4 albums last year and already has 3 under his belt in 2014).


Colin Hay on A Prairie Home Companion

May 30, 2014

Colin Hay Takes The Stage on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Saturday, May 31, 2014
5PM CDT
Listen here
Live from the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park //  Flagstaff, AZ
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GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay brings his storied songs and delightful sense of humor to A Prairie Home Companion on May 31, proudly presented by KNAU Arizona Public Radio and R Entertainment. Also appearing on the show are seasoned Tex-Mex rockers Los Texmaniacs, and vocalist Lynn Peterson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

For more information and ways to listen, click here. A Prairie Home Companion is the renowned live radio show distributed by American Public Media that garners four million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East.

About Colin Hay
"An aboriginal man once came backstage after a show and said to me in a kindly voice, ‘Where’s your dance? I used to like your dance, you’ve lost your dance mate, you’ve gotta find your dance.’ So, I set out in search of it, looking here, there and everywhere in all corners of the globe. Quite soon I realized that "finding my dance" is an inner search, and that whilst I may never truly find it, it matters not. What’s important is to keep searching, and in the process, refine and simplify the steps."—Colin Hay

Colin Hay is a man hard at work. Upcoming in fall 2014, Hay will re-release his landmark 2003 album Man @ Work on vinyl, which boasts tracks such as  a stripped-down, intriguingly paced new version of “Down Under” sits perfectly alongside “Beautiful World,” “Love is Innocent,” and other exquisite modern-day Hay.

He celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Men at Work hit “Down Under” from chart-topping Business As Usual by releasing “Down Under 2012,” a re-recorded version of the #1 single and touring in support of the release.  Early last year, Colin released his critically acclaimed latest album Gathering Mercury on 18-gram vinyl, followed by multiple performances at the hugely popular Bonnaroo Music Festival, and last February he was invited to serenade Ellen Degeneres for her special birthday episode. He has also performed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, has interviewed at length on CNN with Brooke Baldwin and has performed for Rolling Stone Live.


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