Dale Ann Bradley’s new album, Don’t Turn Your Back, is available now in stores and digitally here.
Dale Ann Bradley is the 2007 & 2008 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and has been hailed by Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs as one of the greatest vocalists in country and bluegrass music.
In the company of some of best bluegrass pickers and singers including Stuart Duncan (fiddle/banjo), Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Alison Brown (banjo), Gena Britt (banjo), Steve Gulley (vocals), and Mike Bub (bass), Bradley explores Don’t Turn Your Back’s undeniable themes of bravery and hope through the eyes of mothers, lovers, trains, and one shiny, soon-to-be-lucky penny.
Click here to sample tracks from Don’t Turn Your Back.
Alison Brown’s new album, The Company You Keep, traveled into space this week with astronaut John Grunsfeld aboard space shuttle Atlantis.
GRAMMY-award winning banjoist Alison Brown is a big hit with astronauts. Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld chose to take a physical copy (an interesting fun fact as most astronauts carry only iPods during missions) of her new album, The Company You Keep, on today’s final Hubble repair visit after fellow astronaut Marsha Ivins hipped him to Brown’s signature hybrid banjo sound a few space missions back. Grunsfeld couldn’t get Brown’s tunes out of his head, so he saved up his first listen of The Company You Keep for orbit. This is the fourth time Brown’s music has journeyed into space as Mission Control has chosen 3 of her tunes as wake-up calls for the astronauts on past shuttle missions.
Click here to listen to samples from The Company You Keep.
Missy Raines, renowned bass player and now band leader of The New Hip, is featured in the current issue of Bass Player Magazine. Known for her ability to seamlessly fuse bluegrass virtuosity and jazz-tinged licks with a song-driven sensibility, Missy Raines’ bass has yet to meet a genre it can’t groove with.
Click here to read the article from Bass Player Magazine.
Click here to sample tracks from Missy Raines and The New Hip’s new release on Compass Records, Inside Out.
Bearfoot’s Doors and Windows debuts at #1
on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart
(May 6th Soundscan chart / May 15th issue date)
Click here to listen to samples from Doors and Windows.
Click here to watch video of Latin Soul Queen Cecilia Noël chatting about her May 5th release on Compass Records, A Gozár!
Cecilia Noël is passionate, flamboyant, exotic, and incredible talented and on her aptly titled new CD A Gozár! (to enjoy), she demonstrates why critics have long called her the Latin Tina Turner. Salsoul, the genre Noël created to describe her sound, combines elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and afro-cuban. Featuring smoking hot Latin grooves laced with rapid-fire Spanish lyrics, A Gozár! is a manifestation of Noëls love of music and dance and a dedication to her family in her native Perú. Noël wanted the CD to be something that you can put on at your party and dance to take a little break to dance to the ballad cheek-to-cheek and then dance some more.
Ted Lehman (blogger & bluegrass festivarian extraordinaire) is currently featuring The Gibson Brothers (including live photos from their debut performance at Merlefest) and their new album, Ring the Bell, on his blog now.
“Ring the Bell” is the first Gibson Brothers album being released today by Compass Records, and it’s a great new contribution to their ever growing record of accomplishment and musical creativity. The twelve new songs, including five by Eric and Leigh Gibson, present them doing what they do perhaps better than any other band around today. The honesty and truthfulness of their lyrics perfectly complement the sincerity of their close knit brother harmonies. This new album should take its place beside their four previous number one disks at the top of the charts.
Click here to read the entire review.
Photo credit: Ted Lehman
A Songwriter Profile feature on The Gibson Brothers is up now on The Bluegrass Blog. Click here to read.
Their new album, Ring the Bell, is in stores now. Click here to sample tracks & to purchase.
Leigh Gibson, of The Gibson Brothers, talks to WAMU’s Katy Daley about "Music That Matters" to him. You can listen by clicking here.
The Gibson Brothers’ new album, Ring the Bell, is out now.
Cecilia Noël’s (the "Latin Tina Turner") new album, A Gozár, in stores today! Click here to purchase directly from Compass Records.
"Ms. Nöel is certainly a front-runner for the title of Latin Soul Queen." - Descarga
Cecilia Noël is passionate, flamboyant, exotic, and incredible talented - and on her aptly titled new CD A Gozár! (to enjoy), she demonstrates why critics have long called her the "Latin Tina Turner." "Salsoul", the genre Noël created to describe her sound, combines elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and afro-cuban. Featuring smoking hot Latin grooves laced with rapid-fire Spanish lyrics, A Gozár! is a manifestation of Noël’s love of music and dance and a dedication to her family in her native Perú. Noël wanted the CD to be "something that you can put on at your party and dance to... take a little break to dance to the ballad cheek-to-cheek and then dance some more."
Capercaillie’s Roses & Tears has been selected as the Best CD of the Year in the Indie Acoustic Project’s "Best CDs of 2008" Awards Celtic category.
Click here to see the full list of winners.
The Gibson Brothers’ new album, Ring the Bell, available digitally and in stores today. (Click here for the digital version or to order your copy directly from Compass Records.)
Bluegrass duo The Gibson Brothers’ talk about the "feel" of their new album, Ring the Bell. "It makes me think of being young and growing up in our small farming community in New York," explains Leigh. "It evokes memories of fellowship with the men who knew my Grandfather Gibson at church on Sunday mornings. We’d see folks at the hardware store or the bank during the week and then see them all again at church each Sunday.
Produced by the two brothers plus bassist Mike Barber, Ring the Bell features six originals (including a co-write with Bob DiPiero) and new songs by Shawn Camp/Paul Kennerly, Chet O’Keefe, Joe Newberry, and Marshall Warwick, and a relatively obscure Tom Petty song, "Angel Dream." Staying true to their upstate New York farm boy roots, The Gibson Brothers recorded two agricultural-themed songs for this record, one written by Leigh ("Bottomland") and one by Eric ("Farm Of Yesterday"). "Bottomland", originally recorded for an unreleased Skaggs record, is given an old-timey treatment here and touches on the lives of sharecroppers. "Farm of Yesterday" was written as a tribute to their parents and the family dairy farm that belonged to the Gibson family from 1865-2000. Eric showed the song to Leigh who was moved but said, "it might be too personal to put on the record." Eric replied, "Laying it out there could be the difference between a good record and a great record." "Farm Of Yesterday" is Leigh’s favorite song on the album: "I told Eric he’d now written one Haggard would sing."
Click here for more info on The Gibson Brothers, including all upcoming tour dates & appearances.
Bearfoot’s new album, Doors and Windows, was reviewed this week by Gwen Orel in TimeOut New York’s music blog The Volume:
"On their fourth CD, Doors and Windows (released last week), they bring out the pop influences in their work (including a take on the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down”), while showcasing bluegrass licks that appeal to traditionalists. Lead singer Odessa Jorgensen’s subtle inflections sound like a cross between Norah Jones and Suzanne Vega—a style that brings out the flavor of the strong, old-timey instrumentation. Is it the future of bluegrass?"
Click here to read the entire review.