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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 Wha
t. 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.