Bearfoot #4 Most Added on the Americana radio chart

April 27, 2009

Bearfoot’s new release, Doors and Windows, is the fourth most added album on the Americana Radio charts this week.

For more information on Bearfoot and to hear clips of their new album, click here.

To view the charts, please click here.


The Bittersweets - new fan videos posted

April 24, 2009

The Bittersweets (Chris Meyers & Hannah Prater) have been on the road all spring, & lucky for us their fans have been capturing the magic through the lenses of digital cameras and cell phones. Click here to see all of their upcoming tour dates & check out these newly posted live videos.

Click here for The Bittersweets’ performance of "When the War Is Over" & their cover of "Falling Slowly" from the hit indy film Once.

Click here for The Bittersweets’ performance of "Long Day" at The Iron Horse.

Click here for The Bittersweets’ performance of "Blue" at The Iron Horse in Northampton, MA.


Alison Brown debuts on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart

April 22, 2009

Alison Brown’s April 7th release, The Company You Keep, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart this week. Brown is a GRAMMY award winning banjo player and co-founder of Compass Records. The Company You Keep is her tenth album and was released in tandem with Compass Records’ 15-year anniversary.  Click here for to view her new video EPK and a full list of tour dates.


Matt Flinner Trio new album, Music du Jour, available now

April 21, 2009

The new Matt Flinner Trio album, Music du Jour, is available now in stores and at www.compassrecords.com/matt-flinner. In August of 2006, with the backdrop of the Rockies to inspire them, the Matt Flinner Trio (Matt Flinner (mandolin), Ross Martin (guitar), and Eric Thorin (bass)) threw down a challenge to one another: write a new tune each day while on tour and perform it that evening. The first gig was at a small art gallery in Salt Lake City and barring a frantic evening of photocopying and rehearsing, the show was a success. The players continued with their daily musical challenge, giving birth to the concept of the “Music du Jour” tours and later the Music du Jour album.

Matt Flinner is performing this week at Merlefest as a special guest with Missy Raines & The New Hip.


Colin Hay's Transcendental Highway Available Now

April 21, 2009

Colin Hay’s classic 1998 solo album, Transcendental Highway, is available now in stores and at CompassRecords.com. Transcendental Highway features the track "I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You" from the "Garden State" soundtrack and serves as a reminder of why his work continues to resonate with audiences worldwide and find its way into today’s films and television, allowing fans new and old to rediscover the man from down under.

Colin is currently on tour & has sold out 14 shows in a row. Click here for more information about Colin and for a full list of tour dates.


Bearfoot's Doors and Windows Available Now

April 21, 2009

Bearfoot’s Compass Records debut, Doors and Windows is available in stores and at CompassRecords.com today. The release has been chosen by iTunes as a "New & Noteworthy Release". Bearfoot is appearing at Merlefest this week and have upcoming gigs in NYC, Boston, & Philadelphia.

Click their artist page here for more information and a full list of tour dates.


Bearfoot's Doors and Windows #2 Most Added at Americana Radio

April 20, 2009

On the eve of the release of Doors & Windows, Bearfoot’s new release is the second most added album on the Americana Radio charts this week.

For more information on Bearfoot and to hear clips of their new album, click here.

To view the charts, please click here.


Watch Colin Hay on Fox's The Strategy Room

April 16, 2009

Colin Hay, best known as the front man and principal songwriter of the pop sensation Men at Work, appeared on Fox’s live web show The Strategy Room yesterday to l discuss the newly re-released Transcendental Highway, his forthcoming album, American Sunshine and play two songs. A clip from the show can be found here.

For more information on Colin, please visit his artist page here.


Tony McManus Featured in The Irish Echo

April 16, 2009

Tony McManus’ The Maker’s Mark (the Dream Guitars sessions) is featured and reviewed in the April 15, 2008 issue of the Irish Echo.

Earle Hitchner writes: A decade ago, at a small club in New York State, I gained an unforgettable insight into the character of guitarist Tony McManus. He had an opening slot for an Irish traditional band before a less than capacity crowd, so an adequate fee, mainly based on a percentage of admissions, was out of the question. From somewhere across America he had flown in to honor his commitment to perform, and despite the paltry payment he knew he’d receive at the end of the evening, McManus gave a bravura performance, full of passion and great touch. Whether in front of twelve or twelve hundred people, his effort is the same.

You can read the rest of the article here.

For more information about Tony and The Maker’s Mark, please visit his artist page here.

 


Tony McManus Interview in Modern Guitars Magazine

April 16, 2009

Tony McManus sat down for an in-depth interview with Modern Guitars magazine. 

You can read the interview here.

For more information about Tony and his new album, The Maker’s Mark (the Dream Guitar sessions), visit his artist page here.

 

 

 


The Waybacks Return to Merlefest

April 15, 2009

In 2008 The Waybacks rocked the Hillside Merlefest stage with their unbelievable performance of Led Zeppelin’s II with special guest John Cowan on vocals.

The Waybacks return with another classic album performance at the Hillside Album Hour Saturday, April 25th at 5pm - can you guess which one it will be this year? Hint: This album proved damaging to other bands’ records.  Click here to put in your guess.

For more information on The Waybacks, please visit their artist page

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Colin Hay in TimeOut New York

April 15, 2009

Colin Hay sat down with TimeOut New York  to talk about his up-coming album, American Sunshine, Bob Dylan, and we discover he’s a fan of label mate & fellow Scotsman Tony McManus. Colin is currently on the road utill the end of April, and appears tonight and tomorrow at the Canal Room in NYC.

To read the interview, click here.

For more information about Colin, please visit his artist’s page here.

 


Colin Hay to Appear on Fox's The Strategy Room on Wednesday

April 14, 2009

Colin Hay, best known as the front man and principal songwriter of the pop sensation Men at Work, will appear on Fox’s live web show The Strategy Room tomorrow at 4:15pm EST.

He will discuss the newly re-released Transcendental Highway, his forthcoming album, American Sunshine and play two songs.

For more information on Colin, please visit his artist page here.

For more information on The Strategy Room, please visit their website: http://www.foxnews.com/strategyroom/

 


Jeff Coffin Joins Dave Matthews Band

April 09, 2009

Jeff Coffin, saxophonist/composer, and three time GRAMMY Award winner with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, will begin touring as a touring member of Dave Matthews Band on April 14, 2009 with their NYC appearance at Madison Square Garden. Coffin was originally tapped in July 2008 while LeRoi Moore, the band’s original saxophonist, recovered from injuries sustained in an ATV wreck. Moore tragically passed away from complications of the wreck in August 2008 and Coffin stayed on with band, including recording with them in New Orleans in January and February of 2009. "It’s been a great process and I’m very happy to be playing, recording, and working with these guys. They are great musicians and the spirit and intimacy they bring to the music and stage is something that really calls to me." Coffin’s first recording with Dave Matthews Band is the upcoming Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, set for release June 2, 2009.

Coffin, an alumni of the University of North Texas in Music Education, is heavily involved in clinic work as a Yamaha and Vandoren Artist working with students ranging from high school to college age. Living by the motto, "giving back is essential to moving forward", Coffin participated in the New Orleans based Tipitina’s Foundation education program in early 2009. Alongside Tony Degradi, James Singleton, Roland Guerin, and Johnny Vidakovich, Coffin worked with young players interested in improvisation and learning the music rooted in New Orleans.

As a touring member of Dave Matthews Band, Coffin hopes to bring his love of a wide range of music to the band and audience members alike. "I am interested in off-the-beaten-path music of different world cultures and I love to share and discover it with others." Coffin will continue to tour as a member of the Flecktones and his own group, the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, whenever possible. In addition to being a heralded saxophone sideman - in 2008 Coffin shared the Bonnaroo and New Year’s Eve stages with jamband favorites My Morning Jacket and Umphrey’s McGee - Coffin has also released four solo records on Compass Records, including 2008’s Mutopia.

For more information on Jeff Coffin, please click here.


Alison Brown's The Company You Keep available now

April 07, 2009

Alison Brown, GRAMMY-award winning banjoist, "ground-breaker" (USA Today), and co-founder of Compass Records releases new album, The Company You Keep, today.
 
Early purchasers of the CD will receive a limited edition full-length concert DVD taped live at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). The DVD, which was filmed in HD and recorded in high res audio, features the Alison Brown Quartet with Joe Craven on a set that includes tunes from The Company You Keep as well as fan favorites from past albums.
 

Alison will be featured in upcoming issues of: The Wall Street Journal, The Fretboard Journal, Dirty Linen, and Banjo Newsletter.

For more information about Alison, her video EPK and tour dates, please visit her artist page here.

To hear samples from The Company You Keep, please click here.


Pierce Pettis American Songspace Songwriting Contest

April 07, 2009

Is there a song you’ve been working on and you just can’t seem to find the right ending? Or a finished song you’d like to make better? If so, enter your song in the American Songspace Pierce Pettis Songwriting Contest here. Pierce, the Alabama “songwriter’s songwriter,” is looking for a song he feels he can add something to.

Pierce, American Songwriter and Compass Records will choose one song and songwriter to bring to Nashville for a one-on-one workshop with Pierce. Compass Records will host a recording session at their legendary Hillbilly Central studio on Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee. ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SONGWRITER.

For more information about Pierce, please visit his Compass Records’ artist page here.


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