Cecilia was recently featured on their "Latin Party" album.
Jeremy Chapman, of The Chapmans is currently the ’Artist of the Week’ on Bluegrass Music Profiles.
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Upcoming Nashville Shows:
Tuesday, May 18 - The Basement - 7 PM
Carnival Presents New Faces Night
With Jedd Hughes, Brent Cobb, and Reed Foehl
Thursday, May 20 - The Basement - 7 PM
Bill Demain opens
Recorded in Norah Jones’s home studio, Girls Need Attention showcases Richard Julian’s gift for direct and often heartbreaking lyrics. These, paired with stark instrumentation and arrangements, make for a timeless album of love and loss.
“...a voice as distinctive as a thumbprint... if only more songwriters —and more people— had his balance of wit and fortitude.”
- Jim Farber, New York Daily News
“One of the best songwriters and record makers I’ve heard in a very long time.” - Randy Newman
“...aphoristic folk-rock songs packed with sly, joking wordplay. Keen social observation is tinged with a hipster’s sarcasm.”
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“...appealing, unassuming acoustic pop colored with shades of folk, country, blues and jazz.”
-Chuck Arnold, People Magazine
Girls Need Attention, Richard Julian’s new album, is a musical atonement: vulnerable, honest, and painfully direct as it chronicles a break-up. “I don’t know how to not write confessionally... the songs always feel like a shopping cart that veers in that direction no matter which way I try to steer it.” This, Julian’s Compass Records debut and first album since 2008’s Sunday Morning in Saturday’s Shoes, still serves up the occasional helping of his razor-sharp wit but ultimately reveals the singer at his most emotionally-charged. “This is by far the most raw I’ve ever been on an album,” says Julian, and his uncloaked narration is served well by lean and elegant arrangements.
Recorded at Norah Jones’s home studio, Girls Need Attention features stellar accompaniment from Nels Cline (Wilco) on guitar, Jolie Holland on box fiddle, and Sasha Dobson on vocals. The backing band, who was “essentially paid in fine tequila”, says Julian, a self-professed food and drink aficionado, contains such luminaries as Lee Alexander (who also produced the album), Tim Luntzel (bass) and Dan Rieser (drums), and is sparingly augmented throughout with keyboards (Dred Scott), baritone guitar, (Steve Elliot) french horn (Louis Schwadron), tuba (Marcus Rojas), and bass clarinet (Doug Wieselman). This star-studded cast is nothing out of the ordinary for Julian, who has spent the last few years touring with the likes of Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Ritter, Roseanne Cash, and Suzanne Vega.
Girls Need Attention boasts many gems, including the Holland backed title track, which displays Julian’s gift for combining humor with pathos: “C’mon! And get your drunk ass up! / Don’t you know? / Girls need attention!” The gently rollicking yet heart-wrenching, “Lost In Your Light” is easily the most straight-ahead recording Julian has offered to date, and “Stained Glass,” another standout, highlights a swaggering and punchy vocal delivery about a memorable encounter with an ex and the hope for a second round. The scorching “Words” and the languid soundscape of “Window” prove memorable for the outstanding guitar and vocal work. The Randy Newman cover, “Wedding in Cherokee County”, is a remake that brilliantly displays where Julian and Newman musically converge and where they stylistically part.
Richard Julian began releasing albums in 1997 on Billy Lehman’s (son of the infamous Wall Street trader Ivan Boesky) label, Blackbird. During that time he recorded Richard Julian and Smash Palace and toured Europe with Suzanne Vega. When Blackbird folded, the label-less (and broke) artist made his third record, Good Life, with Brad Jones (Smash Palace), who let Julian record in his home. Julian then released and promoted Good Life on his own to rave reviews and was invited to open Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me” tour in North America. Slow New York, his EMI/Manhattan debut, cemented Julian’s reputation as one of the keenest voices in songwriting and, in 2008, was followed by the critically-acclaimed Sunday Morning In Saturday’s Shoes also on Manhattan. Richard Julian lives in Brooklyn, plays Santa Cruz guitars, and loves good tequila. He is currently filming and starring in an upcoming television and web series about the best food, drink and music finds in NYC.
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WAMU’s Bluegrass Country’s signal reaches around the world and now so do our eyes and ears. 2010 is the year of “special correspondents” — people who blog and cover events both far and wide on behalf of BluegrassCountry.org.
This time around, The Gibson Brothers are chronicling a portion of their spring tour for Bluegrass Country. Eric, Leigh, and the rest of the boys provide WAMU readers with video, photos, and a journal of their travels from California all the way to Europe, culminating in Germany where they’ll perform at the Staatstheater in Oldenburg.
Click here to read their Spring tour blog.
Peter Rowan signs with Compass Records, Alison Brown to produce new album.
Compass Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Peter Rowan, the famed bluegrass singer-songwriter, GRAMMY Award winner and five-time GRAMMY Award nominee. Work will soon begin on a new release from the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band with Alison Brown, GRAMMY Award-winning banjoist and Compass Records co-founder, producing. Rowan’s career has spanned over five decades, from his early years playing under bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, to his ground-breaking stint with Jerry Garcia in Old & In the Way and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader.
Through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects and constant touring, he has a devoted international fanbase, including Compass Records’ co-founders Alison Brown & Garry West. Brown says "I can’t think of another person in bluegrass with such a varied history: Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Seatrain, Old & In the Way, not to mention the breadth of the solo material he’s written and recorded. We’re excited to have Peter as part of the Compass family, and with this new record I’m really excited to be working with Peter to shine a light on his bluegrass roots." The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band includes Rowan (guitar, vocals), Keith Little (banjo, vocals), Paul Knight (bass, vocals) and Jody Stecher (mandolin, vocals).
April 24 - The Station Inn
April 28 - Music City Roots
April 30 - May 1 - Merlefest
May 8 - Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
*as a guest with Poor Man’s Whiskey
May 21 - 24 - Fur Peace Ranch
Dale Ann Bradley & The Gibson Brothers on the April Bluegrass Music Profiles chart. Click here to see the chart.
Nearly a decade after his passing, Memories of John was recorded to commemorate the life and music John Hartford. The core of the project is the John Hartford Stringband—Chris Sharp/guitar, Bob Carlin/banjo, Matt Combs/fiddle, Mike Compton/mandolin and Mark Schatz/bass—the same group of musicians who appeared on Hartford’s last five Rounder Records projects and who were his touring band during the last years of his life.
Special guests Tim O’Brien, Bela Fleck, Alison Brown, Alan O’Bryant, George Buckner and Eileen Carson Schatz join the band on renditions of hit original John Hartford songs, traditional fiddle tunes, country and bluegrass songs refashioned by Hartford as well as a few rarely heard Hartford originals written shortly before his death. But the most special guest on the CD is John Hartford himself who appears on several previously unreleased tracks. Memories of John is a loving tribute to one of the most influential musicians of his time and an essential recording for all John Hartford fans.
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