BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet to Appear on Final Season of TREME

November 26, 2013

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet to Appear on Final Season of TREME
Cajun Icons to be Featured Characters on the Season Premiere December 1st
 
(Nashville, TN) November 19, 2013 – Cajun supergroup BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will be featured in an on-screen performance on the final season of HBO’s hit New Orleans drama TREME on December 1st at 9pm ET. The episode involves the band clarifying a point or two with the main characters about their classic album Bayou Cadillac.
 
BeauSoleil, praised by Rolling Stone as “stone psychedelia with a striking Cajun accent,” have been busy this year promoting their critically acclaimed new album From Bamako to Carencro (Compass Records). Their current performances have been featured on PBS’s Bluegrass Underground, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and on radio around the world.
 
For their first studio release in four years, and the 25th in their 37-year career, BeauSoleil teamed up with Nashville-based roots music label Compass Records. The band named the new album From Bamako to Carencro, a title that alludes to the cultural and migratory connection between Bamako, in Mali, West Africa, and Louisiana (symbolized in name by the Lafayette, LA. suburb of Carencro), a connection that draws a sonic bloodline back to BeauSoleil’s roots.
 
Since becoming the first Cajun band to win a GRAMMY with L’amour Ou La Folie (Traditional Folk Album – 1998) and then a second Grammy in 2010, Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, BeauSoleil has garnered many accolades, including twelve GRAMMY nominations, the latest being their 2009 release Alligator Purse. Critics unanimously agree that it is “bon temps, every time they play,” (New York Times)

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Guitarist Jim Oblon Signs To Compass Records

November 13, 2013

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Guitarist Jim Oblon Signs to Compass Records
Paul Simon Band Member Prepares for New Release Featuring Jim Keltner and Larry Goldings

(Nashville, TN) Nov 13, 2013
- Compass Records is pleased to announce the signing of guitarist/vocalist Jim Oblon, and will release his new album Sunset in the first quarter of 2014. The album features Oblon’s virtuosic Telecaster-driven blues and vocals alongside legendary session drummer Jim Keltner and renowned GRAMMY-winning organist/pianist Larry Goldings in a neoclassic organ trio setting.

Oblon, always a believer in the bigger musical picture, aims to expound upon the legacy of his forbearers without ever becoming an impersonator himself. “Today’s there’s a ‘blues scene’ with Brylcreem and bowling shirts, all the gear, but it doesn’t have the essence of music,” Oblon says in a recent Nashville Arts Magazine interview. “I wanted to honor the people who came before me. Maybe I can add a few of my own things, but I want to not lose what was.”

Oblon has gained national attention as guitarist, drummer, and vocalist in Paul Simon’s band as well as for his contributions on bass, drums and guitar to Simon’s latest album So Beautiful or So What. In 2011, Oblon released a Jim Morrison-esque recording of the traditional song “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” which was featured in last season’s finale of HBO’s hugely popular vampire drama True Blood. He now lives in Nashville where he’s a fast rising guitarist on the session scene and where his Tuesday night residency at fooBAR in East Nashville is fast becoming the buzz event of the week among musicians and those in the know.

Billboard Magazine has touted Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade. The label group is home to more than 500 releases across the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records imprints with a roster that boasts a variety of artists including Colin Hay, A.J. Croce, Victor Wooten, Claire Lynch, the Farewell Drifters, Peter Rowan, The Gibson Brothers, Darden Smith, BeauSoleil, Michael Cleveland, and label co-founder Alison Brown. For more information, visit www.compassrecords.com.
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The Farewell Drifters Announce Tomorrow Forever

November 01, 2013
 
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Folk Rock Quartet The Farewell Drifters Announce New Album
Tomorrow Forever Set for January 28 Release with Tour to Follow
(Nashville, TN) October 31, 2013 - Folk rock quartet the Farewell Drifters have announced their long-awaited album Tomorrow Forever, set for release on January 28th on their new label home Compass Records. To help them accentuate the pop sensibilities of their music, they enlisted roots pop producer Neilson Hubbard (Matthew Perryman Jones, the Apache Relay), whose production enhanced the band’s signature harmonies and acoustic foundation with gutsy electric guitar and orchestral-style drums, resulting in the band’s strongest effort to date. The Farewell Drifters will tour heavily throughout January and February in support of the release, including album release shows in New York City, Atlanta, at Folk Alliance, and SXSW. Click here for a full list of tour dates.
 
The Farewell Drifters acoustic instrumentation and anthemic songwriting places them squarely in the midst of what’s bound to go down in the annals of popular music history as an era-defining, youthful folk-rock boom. But, although they share significant common ground with their folk-rock brethren the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, the Drifters aren’t content simply to stomp, strum and sing with gusto. They bring a unique Brian Wilson-like sensibility to the movement, with intricately arranged harmonies and atmospheric, string-swathed studio shading all of which is showcased on Tomorrow Forever.
 
When Zach Bevill, brothers Joshua and Clayton Britt and Dean Marold started making music together eight years ago, they aimed for the sweet spot between bluegrass and the Beach Boys’ artfully crafted, ‘60s studio pop.  “All the production on Pet Sounds really was very influential – it was a matter of finding the perfect note for the perfect place, everything has a purpose and is highly thought out,” says Zach, the band’s formally trained lead singer and rhythm guitarist. That same sense of intentionality is present in the band’s songwriting as well. “The feeling came before the sound as we were writing,” adds songwriter and mandolinist Josh Britt. “And that’s what guides every song – honest self-expression and trying to make sure every detail serves that. It is what we as people respond to in music and it makes Tomorrow Forever a really personal record.”
Lyrically the new album strives to acknowledge the specter of failure without being paralyzed by it.  “We’re sort of restless people,” Zach offers. “Maybe everybody’s restless. We’re always aspiring to something. We’re always in pursuit of something. If we don’t believe that whatever that is, is good and true, then we’ve got nothing.”  Josh, a self-described extreme introvert, concurs, “Without hope, I would give up. I would not be in relationships, because they’re hard. I would not go out; I would just stay home. There’s a pursuit of something there that’s powerful enough for me to keep putting myself out there.”
 
And when you get right down to it, putting themselves out there is exactly how the Farewell Drifters and their earnest kindred spirits throughout the folk-rock scene harness music’s power to unite fans around common desires. The Drifters also have something singular to offer: a sound that’s as richly layered as the emotional landscape it portrays, and catchy besides.
“I feel like we’re on the same trajectory we’ve always been on,” says Zach, “but now it feels like there’s a much larger audience out there that digs the kind of music that we’re making. And that gives me a lot of hope for this album.”
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