Compass Records Group RSS Feed feed:// This feed is for all artists, news and press releases under the Compass Records Group English Thu, 4 Sep 2014 18:52:21 GMT Out Now: Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean RitchieCompass 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,

Justin Currie (Del Amitri) US Tour Dates In Support of New Album, Lower Reaches Justin Currie’s Lower ReachesJustin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Scottish pop-rock band Del Amitri, is pleased to announce US dates this fall in support of his newest release, Lower Reaches

"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.

Out Now: John Cowan's Eagerly Anticipated SIXTY John Cowan’s SixtySIXTY, 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.
Radio Activity:
- #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

Compass Records Artists Receive 18 IBMA Award Nominations Compass Records Bluegrass Artists Lead with 18 Nominations Across 12 Categories for 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Noam Pikelny and Special Consensus lead Compass nominees; Claire Lynch, Michael Cleveland and Missy Raines, along with their bands, also included among nominees for this year’s IBMA Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 4
Nominees for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced last night at a press conference at The Factory in Franklin, TN, where Compass Records artists and their respective band members received an impressive 18 nominations across 12 Award Categories. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen lead the Compass Records nominees with four nominations, while Claire Lynch, Noam Pikelny and Special Consensus each garnered three.  A full list of nominations can be read here.
"This is an awesome day for Special C," says founding Member, Greg Cahill, "After 39 years of touring and recording, it is a true honor to be recognized by our peers and friends in the world of bluegrass music. Thanks to the IBMA voters for this honor, to all the fantastic musicians who played with us on this John Denver tribute recording, to all the DJs who play our music and press who write about it, and to all our friends and fans for their support."

Special Consensus, their collaborators, and their liner notes writer, Dave Royko, received nominations for Recorded Event of the Year for "Wild Montana Skies" (with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes), Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for "Thank God I’m A Country Boy" (with Michael Cleveland, Buddy Spicher and Alison Brown) and for Best Liner Notes for their project COUNTRY BOY: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver.

Fast rising Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were nominated for the second year in a row for Instrumental Group of the Year Category and reigning 2013 IBMA Banjo player of the Year, Mike Munford, received a nomination for Banjo Player of the Year. Frank Solivan also received nods for Male Vocalist of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year.
Last Year’s IBMA Keynote Speaker, Noam Pikelny, received three nominations including Banjo Player of the Year. Pikelny claimed his spot on the list of Album of the Year nominees with his Compass release, NOAM PIKELNY PLAYS KENNY BAKER PLAYS BILL MONROE. The album also received a nomation for Best Liner Notes by Neil V. Rosenberg.

Peter Rowan received a nomination for Recorded Event of the Year for the track  “Keepin’ It Between the Lines (Old School)” from his Compass release, THE OLD SCHOOL. Collaborators with Peter on this track include Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury and Del McCoury.

"Dear Sister" received a nomination for Song of the Year, recognizing Claire Lynch (artist) and Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscom (writers).

Additional nominees in the Vocalist and Instrumental categories include Claire Lynch and Dale Ann Bradley for Female Vocalist of the Year, Mark Schatz and Missy Raines for Bass Player of the Year, and Michael Cleveland for Fiddle Player of the Year.

Nominations are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. Results of the balloting will be revealed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, October 4 as the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass Week, held September 30 - October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The IBMA Awards Show will also be broadcast live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction).

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen's Cold Spell Out Now Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s Cold SpellWith the release of COLD SPELL, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen prove that they’ve got it all – including momentum. Some critics have called the band "the new NewGrass Revival" and that comparison is no exaggeration.  This foursome has vocal prowess and instrumental chops in spades. COLD SPELL is a testament to the power and versatility of traditional bluegrass instrumentation, and the album’s 10 tracks move effortlessly through Solivan and crew’s virtuosic, electrifying and broad–minded brand of bluegrass music. 

From the evocative opening track "Say It Isn’t So" through the bluesy "No Life in the this Town" to the hard hitting "She Said She Will" and the grassy instrumental "Yeah Man," penned by reigning IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Mike Munford, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen prove that bluegrass can rock and groove.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - Frank Solivan (mandolin, lead vocals), Mike Munford (banjo), Danny Booth (bass, harmony vocals) and Chris Luquette (guitar, harmony vocals) - have been taking the acoustic music scene by storm this summer with appearances at Telluride, Grey Fox, MerleFest and the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington KY.  Look for the band on tour throughout the fall with stops at Sister’s Folk Festival (Oregon), Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and at the City Winery in Chicago tomorrow night. 


Cecilia Noėl Delivers HAVANA ROCKS September 9 Cecilia Noel - Havana RocksCecilia Noël To Release ’Havana Rocks’
Recorded in Havana, New Album Delivers 80’s Rock Classics with A Latin Twist

The passionate Cecilia Noël returns with her newest album, HAVANA ROCKS, a Latin-infused collection of American classics recorded in Havana, Cuba (under special license from the US Government) with an all Cuban cast of musicians. The album is slated for a September 9, 2014 release. Together, Noël and crew combine elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and Afro-Cuban music to deliver an infectious Latin take on 80’s classic rock ‘n roll hits.

The album includes covers of Devo’s “Whip It,” Gary Numan’s “Cars” and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” along with hits from her husband Colin Hay’s 80’s hit machine Men At Work, Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, Van Halen, and more, all propelled by deep percussive grooves and Noël’s rich and appealing alto vocals. Marrying 80’s hits with Noël’s signature "salsoul" sound was a stroke of pure genius and the results are both deeply musical and just plain fun.  In the words of Grammy winning pianist and producer Oscar Hernández: "Havana Rocks because Cecilia rocks!"


Fiddler/Vocalist from The Deadly Gentleman Mike Barnett Prepares to Release Solo Album Mike Barnett to Release Solo Album One Song Romance

Fiddler/vocalist from The Deadly Gentlemen steps out with debut solo project featuring Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz, Noam Pikelny, Tim O’Brien and more.

From a young age, Mike Barnett has made his mark on the bluegrass world as an extremely talented fiddler. He has toured as a member of Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, the David Grisman Sextet and the progressive bluegrass quintet, The Deadly Gentleman, which he co-founded. With the release of his debut solo project, ONE SONG ROMANCE, Barnett is poised to establish himself as a solo artist with a broad and engaging musical vision that reaches from bluegrass into acoustic jazz and beyond.
Barnett penned all of the music on the twelve-track album which showcases his vocal abilities as well as his virtuosic fiddle technique.   The tracks moves from slick bluegrass fiddling ("More Strangs") through Celtic ("Change Her Mind"), swing ("Dig, Dig, Dig") and neo-grass on the album’s opener "It’ll Be All Right."  Special guests and collaborators include Aoife O’Donovan, Tim O’Brien, Noam Pikelny, David Grier, Dominick Leslie, Chris Eldridge and more. 

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Michael Barnett began studying the fiddle at age 10 and by age 15 was touring with the legendary "Mr. Mandolin" Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys, playing regular weekend performances on the Grand Ole Opry. That same year, at age 15, he became the youngest instructor ever to teach at the fiddle school at Vanderbilt University.  Barnett later relocated to the Northeast where he has built his profile touring and recording with Jonathan Edwards, Tony Trishcka and Gordon Stone. In 2010 Barnett and banjoist Greg Liszt co-founded The Deadly Gentlemen, a progressive bluegrass outfit that allowed Mike the space to push the limits of traditional fiddle playing and incorporate new influences into his constantly evolving style. After four years with the group, Barnett will now focus on exploring his solo career path.

New Album Pays Tribute to Jean Ritchie, Mother of Folk Folk’s Best Come Together for Two CD Tribute to Jean Ritchie

Featured artists include Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, John McCutcheon, Judy Collins, Kathy Mattea, Suzy Boggus, Robin and Linda Williams, Dale Ann Bradley, Archie Fisher, Tim O’Brien and many more

Compass Records is pleased to announce the release of DEAR JEAN: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF JEAN RITCHIE.  The album is scheduled for release on September 2, 2014.  The 37 track, 2 CD set 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, Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Robin and Linda Williams, Oscar Brand, and Dale Ann Bradley sharing the spotlight with 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 Boggus, Tim O’Brien), "Morning Come, Maria’s Gone" (Janis Ian) and  "One I Love" (Judy Collins). There is also a spoken word version of "I Celebrate Life" from Pete Seeger, one of his last recordings.

Jean Ritchie was born in 1922 in Viper, Kentucky, the youngest of 14 children. Ritchie grew up immersed in the traditional songs of the region and moved to New York in the 1940s where, as a social worker, she taught music to children. She also befriended Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand, Woody Guthrie and Alan Lomax during this time and, in the 1950s, recorded several albums for Electra. In the early ’50s she received a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to the UK and Ireland to collect traditional songs. Ritchie’s songs have been recorded by a variety of artists including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash and Judy Collins. Over the course of her career, her song collecting and song writing has helped to preserve the musical legacy of her Kentucky home, as well as expand awareness of its challenges through her continued support of the grassroots environmental organization Appalachian Voices and politically pointed songs such as "The L & N" and "Black Waters". Not only is Jean Ritchie an amazing musician, cultural preserver, and activist, she is and has always been a welcoming, supporting mentor for all those who have crossed her path, and DEAR JEAN gives a well-deserved thank you for years of inspiration.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Album Out Now! Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper’s On Down the LineOn Down the Line Out Now!

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper’s New Album, Produced by Jeff White

"ON DOWN THE LINE, a terrific record by any standard, illustrates the band’s elevated cohesion and vibrant interplay even as it highlights the selflessness Cleveland brings to his bandleader’s calling." – David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper’s brand new album has just been released today. Led by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland, the group’s virtuoisic style and traditional bluegrass sound has never been better represented, and is already receiving high praise.

The album’s fourteen tracks showcase Flamekeeper’s rich instrumental blend and tight three-part vocal harmonies, with tunes that span from straight-ahead bluegrass (“Fiddlin’ Joe," "Orange Blossom Special") to melodic, heart-felt songs such as "Just Call Me Crazy" and the imaginative reworking of the traditional "Jack O’Diamonds" as a solo fiddle tour de force. There is also a suprise twist with a hard-driving bluegrass take on the Julian Lennon song "Too Late For Goodbyes," which is propelled by instrumental trades between banjo player Glenn Gibson and Cleveland. Grounding the driving forces of Gibson, Cleveland, and Nathan Livers on the mandolin, are bassist Tyler Griffith and guitarist Josh Richards, who contributed several originals to the project, including the neo-grass original, "Johnny Thompson."

Mike Farris To Release 'Shine For All The People' New Album Slated for September Release

Mike Farris is set to release his newest studio album, SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE, on September 16, 2014. This long-awaited follow up to 2007’s critically acclaimed SALVATION IN LIGHTS includes both original material and Farris’ trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and the swagger of New Orleans. 

Farris’ musical vision has coalesced into a sound that, at once, harkens back to early soul records yet emerges completely fresh with this new studio record. The album’s 10 tracks are saturated with horns, B3, and gospel backing vocals, but Farris is the star here, as his voice is one of the greatest of our time while staking his claim as sole proprietor of a musical style uniquely his own.

SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE opens with “River Jordan,” an almost cubano, horn-punctuated groove, driven by Farris’ soaring vocals that form a surprising link between Havana and Hattiesburg. Two Farris originals, “Power of Love” and “Real Fine Day,” convey the album’s uplifting message of survival and gratitude. The New Orleans-infused “Sparrow” takes a side trip to Preservation Hall, and the achingly poignant “Mercy Now,” from the pen of singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier—as delivered by Farris—stands tall as a plea of forgiveness for all mankind. This album bears witness to the determination of putting one foot in front of the other and to the power of music to get you there. “I’ve discovered that falling is a divine thing,” Mike adds. “It’s part and parcel of being human. The important thing is to keep the faith, get up and go on."

“He looks a little like Prince and sounds somewhere in the neighborhood of Little Richard, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Farris’ supercharged voice slices through the band like a knife.” —Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore Magazine

Mike Farris began his solo career in the in the early 2000’s intertwining rock, blues and gospel in a way that allowed him to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. In 2008, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist and later a Dove Award in 2010 for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the year with SHOUT! Live. He has appeared at multiple festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Telluride, Strawberry Festival, ACL Festival & Bonnaroo electrifying audiences with the impact of his live performances with his 9 piece band, The Roseland Rhythm Revue. In 2010, Mike was joined by some of Nashville’s finest musicians including Ketch Secor and Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show, Sam Bush, Kenny Vaughan, Byron House and others to record an EP called THE NIGHT THE CUMBERLAND CAME ALIVE to benefit victims of the Nashville flood. He has contributed vocals to Patty Griffin’s Grammy Award Winning DOWNTOWN CHURCH project, as well as Rodney Crowell’s latest album, TARPAPER SKY. Additionally, Farris was invited to be a featured performer at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 16th Annual American Masters concert in 2011 honoring Aretha Franklin along with such acts as Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Cissy Houston, Ronald Isley, Dennis Edwards and Melinda Doolittle.