Compass Records is pleased to announce the release of DEAR JEAN: ARTISTS CELEBRATE JEAN RITCHIE. Dear Jean is a 37 track, 2 CD set which features performances from an impressive array of Ritchie’s fans and admirers, all of whom have come together to honor the living legacy of the Kentucky-born singer/songwriter many refer to as "The Mother of Folk."
Contributors were intentionally selected to represent the diversity of genres and generations Ritchie has influenced throughout her life, with classic artists like Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, John McCutcheon, Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Robin and Linda Williams, Oscar Brand, and Dale Ann Bradley alongside up and coming talents like the Starry Mountain Singers, Rachael Davis, and Matt Brown. Standout tracks include "The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore" (Robin and Linda Williams), "I’ve Got a Mother" (The Starry Mountain Singers), "Black Waters" (John McCutcheon, Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss, Tim O’Brien), "Morning Come, Maria’s Gone" (Janis Ian) and "One I Love" (Judy Collins). Also included is a spoken word version of "I Celebrate Life" by Pete Seeger, one of his last recordings.
"As folk music continues to mourn the loss of its trailblazers, including Pete Seeger, who died earlier this year, Jean Ritchie doesn’t always get the respect and attention she deserves. Now in her early 90s and living in her native Kentucky, Ritchie is the subject of this two-CD tribute album honoring her work as a singer, songwriter, dulcimer player, and cultural preservationist." —The Boston Globe
"[A] uniformly outstanding tribute." 5 Stars (out of five) —Lonesome Road Review
“Jean Ritchie represents a living connection to a heritage of song, spanning an ocean and several generations.” —Fiona Ritchie, NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock
"It’s hard to imagine a more heartfelt and well-deserved tribute, and it should be considered an essential purchase for any folk or country collection." —Rick Anderson, CDHotlist.com
"It’s not every musician with the chutzpah to deliver a lyric like “Let me teach you how to write a song.” But when Justin Currie makes that declaration, in the second song of his new album, "Lower Reaches," rest assured you’re about to get a master class. Since the mid-1990s, when he led the hit rock band Del Amitri, Currie has wed words to music with a matchmaker’s art." — New York Daily News
September 14* 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
September 16* Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH
September 18* Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
September 19* Jammin’ Java Vienna, VA
September 20* Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY
September 22* Tin Angel Philadelphia, PA
September 23* City Winery New York, NY
September 25* SPACE - Evanston, IL **SOLD OUT
September 26* Schuba’s Tavern - Chicago, IL **SOLD OUT
September 27* Dakota Jazz Club - Minneapolis, MN
September 30* Kessler Theatre - Dallas, TX
October 1* Cactus Cafe - Austin, TX
October 3 Last Exit Live - Phoenix, AZ
October 4 McCabe’s Guitar Shop - Santa Monica, CA
October 5* Largo - Los Angeles, CA
October 8* Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
October 9 The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
* With support from The Mastersons
The new album is the follow-up to Currie’s 2010 critically acclaimed project The Great War which garnered 4 star reviews and earned Currie the moniker of "a songwriter’s songwriter" from Mojo. On Lower Reaches, Currie’s pop sensibilities and radio ready vocals are ever present, but it’s his songwriting that is perhaps most striking. The new set of self-penned songs show Currie emerging as a writer of great depth and sensitivity, deftly examining life, relationships and the human condition, albeit delivered with the healthy dose of cynicism and wit that his fans have come to count on.
Currie wrote most of the songs on Lower Reaches during a solitary songwriting retreat on the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland. Hunkered down in a remote cottage in the shadow of The Cuillins, the mountain range that dominates the Hebridean island, Currie had no internet and no mobile phone, just an acoustic guitar, a piano, and a ghetto-blaster on which to record his ideas. "I suppose it was a bit like my Brill Building", he smiles. "You’re being your own boss and putting yourself under pressure to write." Currie wrote fifteen songs in eleven days, something of a personal best in terms of rapid-fire delivery. When it came time to capture the music in the studio Currie traveled to Austin, Texas to work with producer Mike McCarthy (Craig Finn [The Hold Steady], Spoon, Patty Griffin, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead). The process was, in Currie’s words, "a brilliant experience" and the resulting tracks have been heralded by the UK press as among the songwriter’s recent best.
As singer and main songwriter in Del Amitri, formed in Glasgow in 1983, Currie wrote many of their biggest hits including ‘Roll To Me’, ‘Always The Last To Know’, and ‘Nothing Ever Happens’. During their long and distinguished career, Del Amitri released four Top 10 albums, including ‘Waking Hours’ (1989), which sold over a million copies in the UK alone.
SIXTY, produced by fellow Doobie Brother John McFee, showcases John Cowan’s iconic voice and finds him paired with an incredible array of special guests including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson and many more.
- #27 AMA Americana Airplay Chart
- #26 Roots 66 Airplay Chart
- #10 Freeform Americana Chart (debut)
- #5 Alternate Root Song of the Week & #27 Roots 66 Airplay Chart
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"Mixing originals tunes with unique covers of songs from Marty Robbins, The Beatles, Charlie Rich, The Youngbloods combine to make this one of his best efforts in years" -- Bill Frater, Freight Train Boogie
Upcoming Tour Dates
9/12 Franklin Theatre, Franklin, TN
9/13 Miami University, Hamilton, OH
9/14 Stokes Stomp Festival, Danbury, NC
9/15 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
9/16 Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN
9/18 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY
9/25 Rives Theater, Martinsville, VA
9/26 The Down Home, Johnson City, TN
9/27 The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
9/28 Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA