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Compass Records Announces

Matt Flinner Trio
Traveling Roots

Out now!






 


"...stunning, often jaw-dropping musicianship that never feels showy even when it is." —The Associated Press

“Matt Flinner (is) one of the best mandolin players ever.” —Downbeat


Led by one of the most respected mandolinists in today’s acoustic scene, Matt Flinner and his trio partners, Ross Martin (guitar) and Eric Thorin (bass), are sonically founded in bluegrass, jazz, classical and American acoustic music.

Over the past decade, the Matt Flinner Trio has been on the cutting edge of the 21st century string band movement. All master composers and improvisers, the trio has become legendary for their ability to almost simultaneous compose and perform new music. Their past two albums have developed this “music du jour” concept—drawing on whatever inspires them that day to compose a new tune and then performing it that evening. Their collective ability to conjure great melodies out of the ether and deliver them in front of a live audience has earned the group a reputation as one of the most imaginative and fearless in the contemporary instrumental space. But on Traveling Roots the trio has set their musical sights on seeking out and delivering beautiful music. Band leader and mandolinist Matt Flinner explains: “I feel that our goal as musicians should be to try to add some bit of beauty to the world. I see this as our small, esoteric string band bluegrass-jazz-new acoustic living on the 17th-moon-of-Saturn contribution to that.  We hope that all of the sweat, frustration, love and aspiration that we put into this music makes your world a little more beautiful."


TRACK TITLES 

1. Hide Nor Hair
2. Shiny Blue
3. Yard Games
4. Pioneer Coffey
5. 150 Banjos
6. Blueberry Blue
7. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
8. Sopris
9. One-Dog Night
10. The Basketmakers
11. Fallen Star
12. The Terry Cloth Warrior


Matt Flinner Trio's TRAVELING ROOTS EPK

 

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Colin Hay on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=977 Colin Hay Performs "Next Year People" and "Overkill" on The Tonight Show
Starring Jimmy Fallon

 

[Click here to watch Colin Hay perform "Next Year People" on The Tonight Show.]

 


“Superb…A rich mix of character study, jaunty pop, and craftsmanship blended with contemplation…”
–The Boston Globe


On last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Colin Hay performed the title track off his most recent Compass release, Next Year People, along with his classic song, “Overkill,” played with the help of The Roots. Jimmy Fallon introduced Colin Hay as, “A talented, talented musician,” and later called his performance, “Fantastic.” Last night’s other guests included actor Danny DeVito and reality TV celebrity Khloé Kardashian.

Next Year People is the work of an artist who is a true master of his craft. The album is full of quizzical, curious, cynical yet open hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics. The album’s title track “Next Year People,” performed last night on The Tonight Show, is a stand out composition—a stark but beautiful homage to the depression-era farmers who kept going by holding on to hope that next year would be better. “They kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result,” explains Colin. “I can relate, although their situation was so much more bleak.”

Colin Hay’s voice and visage are familiar to millions as front-man, songwriter, and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”). But over the past 15 years he has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the US and around the world and introducing himself to a new generation of fans in the process. The frequent use of his music in TV and film (Scrubs, Garden State, Army Housewives, Words and Pictures) has proven the timeless appeal of his songs.


[Click here to watch Colin Hay perform "Overkill" with The Roots.]

Colin Hay International Tour Dates

Jan 18 – The Tobin Center for Performing Arts - San Antonio, TX
Jan 20, 21 – The Kesller Theater – Dallas, TX
Jan 22, 23 – Stateside at The Paramount – Austin, TX
Jan 24 – Wortham Center/Cullen Theater – Houston, TX
Jan 26 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Jan 28 – Capitol Theater – Clearwater, FL
Jan 29 – Parker Playhouse – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jan 30 – The Plaza “Live” Theater – Orlando, FL
Jan 31 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Feb 2 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
Feb 4 – The Foundry – Athens, GA
Feb 5 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
Feb 6 – Franklin Theatre – Franklin, TN
Feb 10 – McGlohan Theatre – Charlotte, NC
Feb 11 – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC
Feb 12 – Diana Wortham Theatre – Asheville, NC
Feb 14 – The Paramount Center – Bristol, TN

Mar 4 – Melbourne Zoo – Parkville, Australia
Mar 6 – Lizottes – Lambton, Australia
Mar 8 – Garden of Unearthly Delights – Adelaide, Australia
Mar 11 – Port Fairy Folk Festival – Port Fairy, Australia
Mar 15 – West Gippsland Arts Centre – Warragul, Australia
Mar 18 – Wollongong Town Hall – Wollongong NSW, Australia 
March 19 – Blue Mountains Music Festival – Katoomba NSW, Australia

Apr 21 – Westbrook Performing Arts Center – Westbrook, ME
Apr 22 – Academy of Music – Northampton, MA
Apr 23 – Flying Monkey Performance – Bristol, NH
Apr 24 – Shalin Liu Performance Center – Rockport, MA

Apr 28 – MK11 Live Music Venue – Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
April 30 – Union Chapel – London, United Kingdom
May 5 – St. Philips Church – Manchester, United Kingdom
May 6 – Pleasance Theatre – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
May 7 – The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen, United Kingdom
May 8 – Oran Mor – Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Song premiere via Bluegrass Situation: Quiles & Cloud http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=976  

Bluegrass SItuation logoThe Bluegrass Situation premieres Quiles & Cloud's song "Shake Me Now" from their forthcoming album, Beyond The Rain, out January 29th.

[Click here to read more and listen to "Shake Me Now."]


 

Listen to Shake Me Now

 

 

 

 

 


“With two guitars and two voices, San Francisco-based Quiles & Cloud weave together modern folk songs with a symphonic elegance.”
—FreshGrass Festival


Beyond the Rain album cover

After two fan-funded studio recordings and nearly four years touring the US as an independent act traversing the continent in a small VW hatchback, San Francisco-based Quiles & Cloud (Maria and Rory, respectively) have teamed up with GRAMMY-award-winning artist and producer Alison Brown for their latest album, BEYOND THE RAIN, to be released January 29, 2016 on Compass Records. 

Human emotion and world strife play out as central themes throughout the new album. “We’re often drawn to songs with a bit of darkness in them,” says Cloud. “Topics like mortality and loss come up fairly often, but it’s not all bad. We always find a ray of sunlight in there somewhere. Like overcoming fear, or accepting the past and finding something worthwhile beyond the darkness. That’s kind of what the album title (Beyond The Rain) is all about.” 

With Beyond The Rain, Quiles & Cloud have marked a pivotal moment in their development as a group, demonstrating their continued ability to combine subtle precision with stark grit and creative exploration. In 2016, Quiles & Cloud will be back on the road performing across the country in support of the new release. Official tour dates and more information to be announced. 


Track List

1. Black Sky Lighting

2. Shake Me Now

3. Deep Ellum Blues

4. Hero's Crown

5. By The Rio Grande

6. Faded Flowers

7. Feelin' Good

8. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

9. Mississippi River

10. Worried Man Blues (Live)


Quiles & Cloud 2016 Tour Dates

01/28 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA

02/11 – Silver Star Café – Park City, UT

02/13 – Twisted Pine Brewery – Boulder, CO

02/20 – Folk Alliance International Official Showcase – Kansas City, MO

02/24 – Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House – St. Louis, MO

02/26 - Trailhead Pizzeria - Bloomington, IN 

03/05 – Wolf Howl House Concert Series – St. Petersburg, FL

03/13 – The Rooster’s Wife – Aberdeen, NC

03/18 – Shaggy Turtle House Concert Series – Charlotte, NC

03/19 –Support Local House Concerts Basement Series – Hickory, NC

04/10 – P.M. Sundays Concert Series – Richmond, VT

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Quiles & Cloud celebrate the release of Beyond the Rain http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=975 Beyond the Rain cover


Quiles & Cloud celebrate the release of Beyond the Rain

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

January 28th

Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm


Beyond the Rain out January 29
 


Quiles & Cloud will play a home-town album release show in Berkeley on January 28th.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. More information can be found by clicking here.

After two fan-funded studio recordings and nearly four years touring the US as an independent act traversing the continent in a small VW hatchback, San Francisco-based QUILES & CLOUD (Maria and Rory, respectively) have teamed up with GRAMMY-award-winning artist and producer Alison Brown for their latest album, BEYOND THE RAIN, to be released January 29, 2016 on Compass Records. 

Human emotion and world strife play out as central themes throughout the new album. “We’re often drawn to songs with a bit of darkness in them,” says Cloud. “Topics like mortality and loss come up fairly often, but it’s not all bad. We always find a ray of sunlight in there somewhere. Like overcoming fear, or accepting the past and finding something worthwhile beyond the darkness. That’s kind of what the album title (Beyond The Rain) is all about.” 

With Beyond The Rain, Quiles & Cloud have marked a pivotal moment in their development as a group, demonstrating their continued ability to combine subtle precision with stark grit and creative exploration. In 2016, Quiles & Cloud will be back on the road performing across the country in support of the new release. Official tour dates and more information to be announced. 


 

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Frank Solivan Cooks Up New Album Family, Friends & Heroes http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=974 Family, Friends & Heroes Cover

 

 

Frank Solivan
Cooks Up New Album
Family, Friends & Heroes

 

Out March 4th on Compass Records

 

 

 

 


“It’s a toast to the things that matter in life and testimony to how good music can feel when talent is fused with soul and sincerity.” —Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots 


Following Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen's GRAMMY nomination, IBMA Award, and top prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, bandleader FRANK SOLIVAN continues the pace in 2016 with a solo release, FAMILY, FRIENDS & HEROES. Available March 4th, the album pays homage to Solivan’s family and features the pristine playing of his closest musical heroes. Special guests include members of Dirty Kitchen along with Sam Bush, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, and more. 

Recorded in an intimate, living-room style, Family, Friends & Heroes is a glimpse into Solivan’s heart. Highlights are plenteous and include a take of “Pretty Woman”, with Del McCoury on high harmony, “Wayfaring Stranger”, featuring the vocals of Lorene Solivan (Frank’s late mother); “The Fishing Song”, written by Ty Smith (Frank’s cousin); “Are You Missing Me”, featuring Frank’s cousin, Megan McCormick (Jenny Lewis); and “Leaving On A Jet Plane”, featuring John Cowan’s mighty tenor. 

A prolific force from the stage, the studio, and even in the kitchen, you can expect Solivan and his band to continue to entertain fans as they tour in 2016. Select shows (*) will feature favorite dishes from Solivan’s forthcoming cookbook, and two shows (*DKE) will feature the group’s full-blown “Dirty Kitchen Experience,” through which attendees can expect to be fed both musically and physically. These special shows begin with dinner prepared and served by Gourmand Frank Solivan himself and end with an intimate performance by Frank and the band. 


Album Release Tour

March 11 — Me & Thee Coffeehouse – Marblehead, MA 

March 12 — Caffe Lena – Saratoga Springs, NY

March 13 — Riverfolk Concerts – Honesdale, PA

March 19 — The Hamilton: CD Release Celebration (w/ Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley & others) – Washington D.C. 

March 26 — Anodyne Coffee Roasting – Milwaukee, WI

March 31 — Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC*

April 1 — The Station Inn – Nashville, TN

April 23 — Birthplace of Country Music Museum – Bristol, VA *DKE

May 1 — Black Rock Arts Center – Germantown, MD

May 20 — Nelson Odeon – Cazenovia, NY

May 21 — Nelson Odeon – Cazenovia, NY *DKE

More dates to be announced soon!


Frank Solivan On The Web:

dirtykitchenband.com

compassrecords.com/frank-solivan

facebook.com/frank.solivan.and.dirty.kitchen

twitter.com/franksolivan

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GRAMMY Nod for Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=972 Before the Sun Goes Down album coverCompass Records Duo Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Receive
GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album

for Before The Sun Goes Down

(Nashville, TN) December 7, 2015 –– Compass Records recording artists ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY received a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Bluegrass Album of the Year for their release BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN during today's nominee announcement by The Recording Academy for the 58th Annual GRAMMY awards. The awards will be held on February 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live at 8/7c on CBS.

“I’m sure I don’t make a true ‘critic’ since I’m already such a fan, but the new album from Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley is a wonderful piece of work. And my songwriting side is truly overwhelmed. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
—Merle Haggard

“It's right in my wheel house...love it!”
–Bill Cody, WSM Radio

“This is just damn good playing.”
–Bluegrass Situation

Ickes and Hensley’s debut collaboration, Before The Sun Goes Down, seamlessly blends contemporary bluegrass and the spare studio stylings of classic '60s and '70s country music. Hensley's voice is a throwback to the great country singer icons of the genre's first golden era, at one moment evoking an early George Jones or Merle Haggard and at another, Conway Twitty or Hank Snow. Dobro master and 15-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year award winner Rob Ickes is the perfect musical foil to Hensley's prodigious talent. His Dobro complements Hensley's vocal lines with both finesse and jaw-dropping fire, reminding audiences that he is one of the best to ever play the instrument.


Watch Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Play "Pride and Joy"

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Matt Flinner Trio to release Traveling Roots http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=971 Compass Records announces a new album from


Matt Flinner Trio
Matt Flinner Trio
Traveling Roots
Out January 22
"Matt Flinner blurs the lines between jazz and bluegrass, traditional and avant-garde."
–Associated Press
"Matt Flinner [is] one of the best mandolin players ever." –DownBeat
Led by one of the most respected mandolinists in today’s acoustic scene, Matt Flinner and his trio partners,Ross Martin (guitar) and Eric Thorin (bass), are sonically founded in bluegrass, jazz, classical and American acoustic music.
Over the past decade, the Matt Flinner Trio has been on the cutting edge of the 21st century string band movement. All master composers and improvisers, the trio has become legendary for their ability to almost simultaneous compose and perform new music. Their past two albums have developed this “music du jour” concept—drawing on whatever inspires them that day to compose a new tune and then performing it that evening. Their collective ability to conjure great melodies out of the ether and deliver them in front of a live audience has earned the group a reputation as one of the most imaginative and fearless in the contemporary instrumental space. But on TRAVELING ROOTS the trio has set their musical sights on seeking out and delivering beautiful music. Band leader and mandolinist Matt Flinner explains: “I feel that our goal as musicians should be to try to add some bit of beauty to the world. I see this as our small, esoteric string band bluegrass-jazz-new acoustic living on the 17th-moon-of-Saturn contribution to that. We hope that all of the sweat, frustration, love and aspiration that we put into this music makes your world a little more beautiful.”
TRACK TITLES 
1. Hide Nor Hair
2. Shiny Blue
3. 150 Banjos
4. Pioneer Coffey
5. The Basket Makers
6. Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
7. Fallen Star
8. Yard Games
9. Sopris
10. The 17th Moon of Saturn
11. Blueberry Blue
12. The Terry Cloth Warriors
Tour Dates
01/22 - Colorado Springs, CO; Black Rose Acoustic Society
01/24 - Louisville, CO; Concerts @ 538
01/27 - Moose, WY; Dornan's
01/28 - Park City, UT; Riffs
01/30 - Salt Lake City, UT; South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
02/19 - Albany, NY; The Linda Theater
02/20 - Purdys, NY; Westchester Bluegrass Club
02/23 - New York, NY; Rockwood Music Hall
02/26 - Portland, ME; One Longfellow Square
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That's Me In The Bar on Vinyl! http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=970 A.J.CROCE

THAT'S ME IN THE BAR
20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

[VINYL]  

Out today!

That’s Me In The Bar

“...an album worthy of rediscovery.” –Blurt Magazine

 

(Nashville, TN) October 23, 2015 — On October 23rd, Compass Records will re-release A.J. CROCE’S highly successful album, THAT’S ME IN THE BAR in celebration of its 20th anniversary on vinyl LP. With his unique jazz piano stylings and blues-tinged voice, the 12-track album established Croce as a singular artistic force in 1995.
 
Hailed by The Boston Globe as “a thoughtful, probing record,” That’s Me In The Bar boasts appearances from the likes of Billy Payne (Little Feat), Sweet Pea Atkinson (Was (Not Was)),Robben Ford, Ry CooderWaddy WachtelSid Page (Sly & The Family Stone), and others.
 
The re-release will feature a bonus track, “If You Want Me to Stay,” recorded 20 years ago but locked in the vault until now. Producer Jim Keltner, “the leading session drummer in America” according to Bob Dylan, held down the percussion and invited a slew of illustrious friends to play on the track as well. Multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo’s (Los Lobos) masterful contributions include horn and accordion lines, while Keltner’s next-door-neighbor Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) added a heavy dose of funky bass. A.J. Croce, whose timeless voice has cured like good Scotch whisky, rerecorded the vocals in 2015 for the 20th anniversary re-release.
 
Croce, son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, began his career at age 17 opening for B.B. King. Unbound by genre, Croce’s music spans from jazz to Americana to blues to pop. Through the years, he’s headlined festivals and shared the stage with Ray Charles, James Brown, Lyle Lovett, and Rod Stewart. Croce has performed on television shows including Conan, David Letterman, Jay Leno, MTV, VH1, and E!, and climbed up seven radio charts including Top 40, Americana, Blues, College, and AAA.
 
TRACK TITLES
 
Side A
 
1. That’s Me in the Bar
2. Sign on the Line
3. She’s Waiting for Me
4. Checkin’ In
 
5. Music Box
6. Callin Home
7. Night Out on the Town
 
Side B
 
1. Pass Me By
2. I Meant What I Said
3. Maybe I’m to Blame
4. I Confess
5. Some People Call it Love
6. If You Want Me to Stay (Bonus Track)
 
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Cecilia Noel Havanna Rocks on vinyl! http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=969 Cecilia Noël
Havana Rocks

[VINYL]

Out October 23rd! 

Cecilia Noel Album Cover

Winner of the 2015 Cubadisco International Award

If you’ve ever wanted to hear a boogaloo version of “Whip It”,” a timbachart of “You Shook Me All Night Long,” or salsa-dance to “Cars,” then Havana Rocks is definitely the album for you. Seriously, this is more fun than should be legal.” –WRIR’s Global A Go-Go
 
(Nashville, TN) October 21, 2015 — CECILIA NOËL's newest album, HAVANA ROCKS, is now availble on vinyl LP. Havana Rocks is a Latin-infused collection of pop/rock classics recorded in Havana, Cuba which recently won the 2015 Cubadisco International Award (the first American album to win this award). Together, Noël and crew combine elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and Afro-cuban music to deliver infectious Latin takes on MTV-era mega-hits. The album includes covers of Devo’s “Whip It,” Gary Numan’s “Cars” andACDC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” along with hits from her husband Colin Hay's 90'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.
 
Originally from Lima, Perú, Noël was discovered by Stan Getz and moved to New York City where she briefly performed as a dancer with Jo Jo’s Dance Factory and Menudo. In 1989, she relocated to Los Angeles and became involved in the local music scene. She formed Cecilia Noël and The Wild Clams, a James Brown meets Pérez Prado type band, which received frequent bookings at the House of Blues and the Playboy Jazz Festival and instant acclaim for their explosive live shows. In 2009 Noël released A Gozár! (Compass Records), an infectious set of playful ‘salsoul’ grooves for which Noël is known and which earned Noël a spot on Putumayo’s critically-acclaimed Latin Party release in 2010. In addition to her band, Noël also performs and records with husband and former Men At Work front man Colin Hay and has produced Los Chapillacs. She is currently finishing production on Cuban tres master San Miguel Perez's first solo album.
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The Song of The Banjo Released http://compassrecords.com/news.php?story=968 Alison Brown

Acclaimed Banjoist Alison Brown's New Album The Song of the Banjo Released To Raves:

WBUR'S 'RADIO BOSTON'

THE TENNESSEAN

Hear Brown & Keb' Mo' Take On Marvin Gaye's "What’s Going On" via BILLBOARD

Headlining Show At New York's Joe's Pub Set For Tonight, October 14th,

With Additional Dates To Follow 

GRAMMY Award-winning banjoist ALISON BROWN'S new album, THE SONG OF THE BANJO—released Oct 9 via Compass Records—is her first in six years and has been garnering critical acclaim.Billboard says of her Marvin Gaye cover: "While Gaye’s original is soaked with sounds of R&B, Brown’s take is able to reinvent the song while keeping the soulful spirit at its core."  The Irish Times says, "The original tunes are where the real treats lurk though, and "Musette for the Last Fret" is a master class in cool lyricism crossed with a baroque sensibility.” 

The album includes an all-star cast including Indigo Girls, Keb’ Mo’, Colin Hay, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, and some of acoustic music’s most legendary session players including drummer Steve Gadd, fiddler Stuart Duncan, Dobro player Rob Ickes, upright bassist Todd Phillips and, on guitar and bouzouki, Irish phenom John Doyle. 

With "The Song Of The Banjo," Brown shows she can reinvent classic covers in her own style. Listeners hearing them for the first time may well see them as new standards. The Song Of The Banjois an album that reaches into the past while looking to the future. Its an album created for people who had no idea how much they love the banjo, as well as for banjo fans looking to find a new perspective on their love for the instrument. 

Brown, who has been touring throughout October with dates in San Francisco and Nashville, will be headlining Joe's Pub tonight in New York City. Additional tour dates are below.

 

TOUR DATES

10/14 – Joe's Pub, New York City, NY 
10/22 – Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
10/23 – Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 
11/05 – Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte, NC
11/06 – Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC

TRACK TITLES

1.The Song of the Banjo   
2. Dance With Me (with ROB ICKES)
3. Carolina in the Pines (with INDIGO GIRLS)
4. A Long Way Gone
5. Windansea
6. Time After Time
7. Stuff Happens
8. I'll Never Fall in Love Again (with COLIN HAY)
9. Airish
10. Feels So Good (with JAKE SHIMABUKURO)
11. The Moon in Molly's Eyes
12. Musette for the Last Fret

Deluxe Edition Bonus Track: What's Going On? (with KEB' MO')

 

Alison Brown Online:

 

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