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A.J. Croce Signs to Compass Records
Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Prepares for 2014 Release of Twelve Tales
(Nashville, TN) Sept 19, 2013 – Compass Records is proud to announce the signing of singer-songwriter A.J. Croce. Compass will release his ambitious new album project Twelve Tales in first quarter 2014. Pop and roots music scion Croce, the son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, has been working on a collection of 12 new songs over the last year, recording two at a time with different legendary producers in cities across the US. Sessions took place in Los Angeles with Tony Berg (Fiona Apple, Bob Dylan) and Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Los Lobos); in Nashville with the late “Cowboy” Jack Clement (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash); in Stamford, CT, with five-time GRAMMY-winner Kevin Killen (Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel); in New Orleans with Allen Toussaint (Dr. John Paul McCartney); and with Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, John Zorn) in New York City.
“Twelve Tales is turning out to be the most unique and challenging album I’ve made to date,” says Croce of the project. “Each producer brings a new unique dimension, and traveling around the US to record with all these talented players is a real treat. This project is like a musical jigsaw puzzle without a box. I won’t see the full picture until the last song is completed.”
With glowing press from Rolling Stone to The New York Times, Croce crafts Americana, pop, and jazz, into his own bluesy juju, making him an ideal addition to Compass’ diverse roster of roots musicians. He has headlined festivals, concerts and major venues worldwide over his 20+ year career, and has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Austin City Limits.
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, Victor Wooten, Claire Lynch, Altan, Peter Rowan, The Gibson Brothers, Darden Smith, BeauSoleil, Michael Cleveland, and label co-founder Alison Brown. For more information, visit www.compassrecords.com.