The Chapmans to play at AMA

June 30, 2010

First 20 Artists Selected to Perform include
Hayes Carll, Exene Cervenka, Charlie Louvin  and Raul Malo
Festival and Conference Set for September 8-11, 2010
Register NOW and Save $200 off the Walk up price!
NASHVILLE, June 30, 2010 -- Texas Troubadour Hayes Carll, punk legend Exene Cervenka, country music icon Charlie Louvin and the peerless Raul Malo are among the first artists selected to perform at the Americana Music Association’s upcoming 2010 AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL, slated for Wednesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 11.  The event will feature nearly 100 different musical performances over four days at five of Nashville’s live music venues.
The nighttime festival is open to the general public.  Advance wristbands are a steal: For only $50, the wristbands may be purchased now via or by calling the AMA office (615.386.6936). Wristbands are good for admission to all venues during the four-day event.  Music industry professionals and those interested in the business of music can purchase Full Day Festival and Conference Registrations at the reduced rate of $300 for Americana Music Association members and $400 for non-members through Wednesday, June 30. Rates will go up on July 1.

Showcase artists confirmed so far include:
18 South
Black Lillies
Cadillac Sky
Hayes Carll
Peter Case
Exene Cervenka
Elizabeth Cook
Susan Cowsill
Kevin Gordon
Will Kimbrough
Randy Kohrs Band
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
Charlie Louvin
Raul Malo
Chuck Mead
Micky and the Motorcars
Over the Rhine
Dex Romweber Duo
Stone River Boys
Abigail Washburn
The early lineup underscores Americana’s perennially formative place in the world’s musical landscape. The genre continues to grow deeper grassroots and gain  industry recognition, including the inaugural Best Americana Album Grammy, which was presented to Levon Helm for his Electric Dirt album earlier this year.

Karan Casey visits NPR's "Folk Alley"

June 30, 2010

Karan Casey performed on NPR’s Folk Alley this week. Listen to the session and watch video from the performance here.

Richard Julian on WCPN's "Around Noon" Today (6/29)

June 29, 2010

Richard Julian will be interviewed on “Around Noon” WCPN (Cleveland’s NPR station) – 12:40-1:00PM EST on Tuesday, June 29th.

Week-End Roundup: In the News at CRG (6/25/10)

June 25, 2010

Colin Hay "busks" in Melbourne with Keith Potger, John "Swanee" Swan and Cecila Noël: /

The Waybacks perform Abbey Road with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra:

Darol AngerMissy Raines & The New Hip, Bearfoot and the Matt Flinner Trio play the Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass Festival:

John McSherry’s Soma is Celtic Music Radio’s Album of the Week:

Alison Brown finally plays Toronto!

Téada’s Ceol & Cuimhne on PopMatters:

Special Consensus featured in "Chicago: The Secret Bluegrass Town" on Gaper Block:

Richard Julian "Takes Five" with Safe Digression:


Bearfoot perform for American Songwriter

June 25, 2010

American Songwriter has posted an article about Bearfoot along with a video of the band performing "Oh My Love" during their visit to Merlefest at Wilkesboro Community College. Watch it here.

You can hear "Oh My Love" on Bearfoot’s latest album Door and Windows.



Colin Hay on 'Sock Monkey Sound'

June 25, 2010

Check out Colin Hay on ’Sock Monkey Sound’.  Colin chatted with Chris Copeland before his May 18th Rockford, IL live show!

The John Hartford Stringband visits WPLN and Fox

June 24, 2010

The John Hartford Stringband recently performed and were interviewed on WPLN’s Live in Studio C and Fox 17’s Tennessee Mornings.

The John Hartford Stringband’s Memories of John was also recently reviewed in the Tennessean and was a Critic’s Pick in the Nashville Scene.

Greg Cahill Upclose

June 22, 2010

Greg Cahill (of Special Consensus): UpClose Greg Cahill

1. Do you come from a musical family?
Yes, but not a bluegrass music family. I learned to play the harmonica from my grandfather when I was about 5 years old. My mother played honky-tonk piano (her mother played piano for the silent movies and taught piano), which prompted me to take accordian lessons for about 8 years (beginning when I was 7 years old). My sisters played piano and accordian respectively and my father was an Irish tenor singer in the church choir.

2. What’s on your iPod?
Loads of bluegrass and swing music, from Bill Monroe to Benny Goodman.

3. What are 5 CDs you’d want with you on a desert island?
J.D. Crowe & The New South (Rounder 0044), Charlie Christian (compilation), Claire Lynch (Silver and Gold), Alison Brown (The Company You Keep), Bela Fleck (Tales from the Acoustic Planet).

4. What would you be doing if you weren’t in playing music?
I have a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree and enjoyed working with young people and their families as well as being director of a youth services consortium for about a year before deciding to play music full time (in 1974). I would most likely go back into some form of social work.

5. Musical hero you’d most like to meet?
Charlie Christian.

6. Favorite venue as a performer?
Probably the Ryman Auditorium, but there are many on my list.

7. Favorite concert/performance as an audience member?
J.D. Crowe & The New South with Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Sloan and Jerry Douglas in a relatively small room at the University of Chicago in 1974, just before the Rounder 0044 recording was released. It was the first time I ever saw J.D. live and I sat in the front row.

8. What sound do you love?
The timber of acoustic instruments when playing together along with voices singing in harmony.

9. What sound do you hate?

Any music played at obnoxiously loud levels.  

10. Favorite movie(s)?
The Natural

11. Last good book you read?
How The Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

12. Favorite clothing store?
Any place that sells Levis jeans.

13. Favorite comfort food?

Chocolate milk shake

14. Role Model?
My parents.

15. What trait do you most value in your friends?   


16. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having plenty of time to spend with my family with plenty of time left over to play the banjo.

17. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Good question.

18. What is your most treasured possession?
My dad’s pocket knife.

19. Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be a great singer ala Keith Whitley.

20. What is your Motto?

If I were to create one it would be something like "just keep on rolling along (pun intended) and enjoy life."

The Gibson Brothers and The Chapmans rank on this month's Bluegrass Unlimited Survey

June 21, 2010

The Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey

Colin Hay interviewed on Boomitude's new podcast!

June 18, 2010

Check out Boomitude’s new podcast featuring Colin Hay!  Joseph Vella interviews Colin before his Ridgefield, CT show in May of 2010.

Summer Road Trip Sale and VIP Contest

June 17, 2010 you’re headed across the planet or just across town, we’ve got the perfect soundtrack for your journey.

All Compass Records Group cds are on sale for $11.99.

That includes music from Colin Hay, Solas, Altan, Richard Julian, Karan Casey & John Doyle, The John Hartford Stringband, Michael McGoldrick, Catie Curtis, John McSherry, Martin Simpson, Téada, Special Consensus, Sharon Shannon and many more.

Purchase three or more CDs and receive free domestic shipping or 50% off International shipping.

Sale Runs June 17 thru June 24th


Enter our contest to win a Compass VIP Pass – good for 3 free shows this year!

Visit our store page to get started.


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American Songwriter Reviews Memories of John

June 10, 2010

"Hartford fans will appreciate the humorous, tender, and sometimes whimsical and unpolished singing style of the band..."

To read the rest of American Songwriter’s review of The John Hartford Stringband’s Memories of John click here.

Dale Ann Bradley and Alison Brown Celebrate IBMA's 25th Anniversary on Music City Roots

June 07, 2010

Compass Records’ Dale Ann Bradley and Alison Brown with the Fair Weather Friends will celebrate IBMA’s 25th Anniversary on Music City Roots along with Jesse McReynolds, The Whites, Rodney Dillard and The Dillard Band, The G2 Bluegrass Band, The Farewell Drifters, Sierra Hull, and The Rockin’ Acoustic Circus. The event takes place on June 23rd and will air live at 7pm. Tune in or click here to buy tickets.

Compass Records celebrates five singles in the BMP June 2010 Top 30 Hot Singles!

June 07, 2010

The Gibson Brother’s album Ring the Bell is #2 on the BMP National Top 10 Bluegrass CDs chart.

The Gibson Brothers’ "Ring the Bell" and "Farm of Yesterday" both rank in the top 10 on the BMP Top 30 Hot Singles chart. The Chapmans’ "Love’s Gonna Live Here", Dale Ann Bradley’s "Don’t Turn Your Back" and The John Hartford Stringband’s "M.I.S.I.P" who also rank in the top 30.

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