Compass Records Group RSS Feed feed:// This feed is for all artists, news and press releases under the Compass Records Group English Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:18:48 GMT John Cowan's SIXTY, produced by John McFee (Doobie Brothers) John Cowan - SixtyJohn Cowan Announces New Album and Supporting Tour Dates

Produced by fellow Doobie Brother, John McFee, guest roster includes Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, among others

John Cowan is set to release his brand new studio effort, SIXTY, on August 24th. The new album, his first since 2010’s THE MASSENBERG SESSIONS, touches on all facets of his career and is, without a doubt, the legendary singer’s most ambitious solo effort to date. Produced by fellow Doobie Brother, John McFee, the album’s 12 tracks showcase Cowan’s iconic vocals alongside an impressive array of nearly 30 guests including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Bernie Leadon, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson and many more. 

Tracks range from the New Orleans-styled, heartfelt "Miss the Mississippi," to "Why Are You Crying," a banjo driven foot stomper, to the rocking "Run For Your Life," which, as performed by Cowan, could easily become an Americana standard.  The album’s opener "The Things I Haven’t Done" alludes to Cowan’s Newgrass roots while the standout piano/vocal duet with the legendary Leon Russell, "Feel Like Going Home," (recorded live and in one take) is an absolute stunner.
Taken as a whole, the album illustrates the breadth of Cowan’s vocal talents while showcasing his remarkable vocal dexterity across a variety of genres, proving that 45 years into his career, John is still one of the most iconic singers in roots music.  “I love my ‘job’,” Cowan says. “I love playing music for people every night. I’m very grateful for every opportunity I have to play my music with my own band for the fans that have been so loyal to me over the years. I don’t ever want to stop sharing my music with them.”

John Cowan, John McFee and friends will launch a tour in support of the new release this September, and is currently on tour with the Doobie Brothers.

Congratulations to Compass Records' IBMA candidates for nomination Please consider the following Compass Records candidates for nominations when you cast your vote on the IBMA Awards Second Ballot.  A complete list of our candidates follows below:

Claire Lynch Band
Dale Ann Bradley
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Special Consensus

The Bankesters
Claire Lynch Band
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Special Consensus

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Special Consensus
"Dear Sister"
Performed by: Claire Lynch
Written by: Louisa Branscomb, Claire Lynch

"The Letter"
Performed by: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Written by: Wayne Carson Thompson

"Wild Montana Skies"
Performed by: Special Consensus with Claire Lynch and Rob Ickes
Written by: John Denver

Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver
Special Consensus & Friends
Love Has Wheels
The Bankesters
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Noam Pikelny
When We Fall
Rebecca Frazier

"Country Boy"
Special Consensus with Michael Cleveland, Buddy Spicher and Alison Brown

"Virginia Coastline"
Rebecca Frazier
The Bankesters
Rebecca Frazier


"Keeping It Between the Lines"
Peter Rowan with Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury, Del McCoury

"Wild Montana Skies"
Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes
Frank Solivan
Larry Stephenson
Claire Lynch
Dale Ann Bradley
Rebecca Frazier
Greg Cahill
Mike Munford
Noam Pikelny

Danny Booth
Missy Raines
Todd Phillips

Michael Cleveland
Phil Leadbetter
Chris Luquette
Dustin Benson
Matt Wingate
Rebecca Frazier

Frank Solivan
Larry Stephenson
Rick Faris

The Duhks Are Back! The Duhks are reunited and rejuvenated on their "superb" (Relix) new record, Beyond The Blue, out today, and are ready to reclaim their place as one of Canada’s premiere artists of the neo-folk revivalist era. Produced by Mike + Ruthy (The Mammals), the 12-song album shows The Duhks in the best form of their 13-year career. Featuring founding members Leonard Polodak (banjo/lead vocals) and Jessee Havey (lead vocals), the new album welcomes three new members to the lineup, Rosie Newton (fiddle), Kevin Garcia (drums/percussion), and Colin Savoie-Levac (guitar/bouzouki).

The Duhks’ cohesive blend of different downhome styles is already turning heads. The Huffington Post proclaims Beyond the Blue a "tasty potpourri of cultural influences, styles and substance," and No Depression dubbed it "amazing." The record has already been feature in CMTEdge’s Top 10 Americana Summer Picks and Folk Alley’s New Music Picks for June 2014. The title track debuted at #26 on AMA Chart and as the #1 most added single, and also debuted on Folk-DJ (#51) and Roots Music Report (#5) radio charts.

Watch The Duhks album trailer below, featuring pictures and video from their much lauded performance at this years’ Merlefest.

The Duhks will be touring extensively throughout the US this summer and fall.

Click to see tour dates at The Duhks website.

The Bankesters Win IMA Award for Best Bluegrass Album! Bankesters Love Has WheelsCongratulations to The Bankesters!

Winners of the 13th annual Independent Music Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut Compass Release Love Has Wheels.

The award, announced this morning, comes on the heels of significant radio activity for the new album. Love Has Wheels has reached #6 on the Bluegrass Today radio chart and "(Cups) When I’m Gone" is currently #23 and moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart

"With their moving harmonies weaving around and above their shimmering instrumentals, The Bankesters blow a fresh breeze into the bluegrass world."  —Country Standard Time

"This, their first album with Compass, has been produced by Alison Brown with an elegant touch that embraces all the nostalgia of Carter Family harmonies with an appreciably contemporary sparkle….A stirring listening experience."  —Rhythms Magazine

About the Independent Music Awards:

For more than a decade, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts that includes record label executives, talent buyers, music journalists, film and TV music supervisors.

Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry contact database The Musician’s Atlas, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion and distribution to connect winners and nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on six continents.

Look for the Bankesters on tour this summer:

June 7, 2014 - Creal Springs IL, Egyption Hill Resort
June 20 -21, 2014 - Waldron AR, Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
July 19, 2014 - Rankin IL, Music in the Park @ Centennial Park
July 31, 2014 - Asheville NC, Isis Music Hall
August 1, 2014 - Fletcher NC , Feed & Seed
August 2, 2014 - Robbinsville NC,  Appalachian Evening @ Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
August 7, 2014 - Hebron CT, Pondunk Bluegrass Festival
August 9, 2014 - Staunton VA, Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
August 23-24, 2014 - Salem IL, Salem BBQ and Bluegrass Festival

Compass Records Signs David Mayfield Compass Records Group is pleased to announce the addition of David Mayfield to the roster. Mayfield’s new album, Strangers, is slated for an early September release. The new album is a bold affair that reaches into the avant garde while still giving a nod to Mayfield’s musical roots. Mayfield’s goal was to record a timeless album—avoiding anything overtly modern without going retro. Mayfield says that a series of life changes inspired the songs on the project. "The underlying tone of struggle and trying to gain ground gave a sincerity to the music that makes me feel like I have finally found my voice. My friends say I sound more like myself than ever before."  Mayfield will be showcasing tracks from the new album while on tour this  summer with Parade bandmates Jason Edwards (drums) and Jenn Star-Symch (fiddle, synth) and with John Warren Watson (bass, vocals).

Upcoming dates include:
6/14 - River Music Experience at Redstone Room - Davenport, IA
6/25 - The Abbey Bar - Harrisburg, CO
6/26 – MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA
6/27 – Musica - Akron, OH
6/28 – Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
6/29 - Duck Room - St. Louis, MO
7/1 - The Trouser Mouse - Blue Springs, MO
7/4 - Ullrs Tavern - Winter Park, CO
7/5 - Bluegrass in Paradise - Crested Butte, CO
7/8 - LaguMiniAmphitheaterette @ Lagunitas Brewing Co. - Petaluma, CA
7/10 - Sophia’s Thai Kitchen - Davis, CA
7/11 - Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA
7/12 - The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
7/13 - Seven Sisters Craft Beer & Music Festival - San Luis Obispo, CA
7/16 – Cavalcade - Fruita, CO
7/17 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
7/18 - The Vega - Lincoln, NE
7/19 - Rocket Suzie Music Festival - Spencer, IA
8/17 - Unplugged in the Park - Atlanta, GA
8/30 - RTE 23 Festival - Wise, VA
8/31 - Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV
9/2 - Communion NYC @ Rockwood - New York, NY
9/5 - Tellus 360 - Lancaster, PA

David Mayfield may be one of the most quirky performers on the roots/Americana scene. He came up on the bluegrass circuit, winning contests on mandolin and guitar, playing bass with his family bluegrass band and even doing a stint living in Bill Monroe’s old bus, Bluegrass Breakdown. Mayfield’s writing is equally inspired by Doyle Lawson, Randy Newman and Simon & Garfunkel. He oozes personality on stage and his boundless energy and sense of humor make him a natural frontman. Since forming his own band The David Mayfield Parade in 2011, he has been touring almost non-stop including many appearances with The Avett Brothers (both with The Parade and sitting in with The Avetts), Mumford & Sons, Willie Nelson, The Barenaked Ladies as well as with his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield (including an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman). Mayfield is also a Grammy-nominated producer and mix engineer (he produced 4 albums last year and already has 3 under his belt in 2014).

Colin Hay on A Prairie Home Companion Colin Hay Takes The Stage on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Live from the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park //  Flagstaff, AZ

GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay brings his storied songs and delightful sense of humor to A Prairie Home Companion on May 31, proudly presented by KNAU Arizona Public Radio and R Entertainment. Also appearing on the show are seasoned Tex-Mex rockers Los Texmaniacs, and vocalist Lynn Peterson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman, The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

For more information and ways to listen, click here. A Prairie Home Companion is the renowned live radio show distributed by American Public Media that garners four million listeners each week on some 590 public radio stations, and abroad on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East.

About Colin Hay
"An aboriginal man once came backstage after a show and said to me in a kindly voice, ‘Where’s your dance? I used to like your dance, you’ve lost your dance mate, you’ve gotta find your dance.’ So, I set out in search of it, looking here, there and everywhere in all corners of the globe. Quite soon I realized that "finding my dance" is an inner search, and that whilst I may never truly find it, it matters not. What’s important is to keep searching, and in the process, refine and simplify the steps."—Colin Hay

Colin Hay is a man hard at work. Upcoming in fall 2014, Hay will re-release his landmark 2003 album Man @ Work on vinyl, which boasts tracks such as  a stripped-down, intriguingly paced new version of “Down Under” sits perfectly alongside “Beautiful World,” “Love is Innocent,” and other exquisite modern-day Hay.

He celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Men at Work hit “Down Under” from chart-topping Business As Usual by releasing “Down Under 2012,” a re-recorded version of the #1 single and touring in support of the release.  Early last year, Colin released his critically acclaimed latest album Gathering Mercury on 18-gram vinyl, followed by multiple performances at the hugely popular Bonnaroo Music Festival, and last February he was invited to serenade Ellen Degeneres for her special birthday episode. He has also performed on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, has interviewed at length on CNN with Brooke Baldwin and has performed for Rolling Stone Live.

Hear Jamie Hartford and Andrew Vaughan on Here & Now Jamie Hartford, John Hartford’s son, and Andrew Vaughan, author of John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain visited Here and Now to discuss John Hartford’s career and legacy. You can listen to it here.

Merlefest 2014 Contest Winners Congratulations to Allyson of Chuckey, TN on winning 30 FREE CDs from Compass Records Group!

And, to our free T-Shirt Winners: Susan of Winston-Salem, NC; Irene of Forest Hills, NY; Jamie of Asheville, NC; Tim of Hampstead, NC; Peggy of Elkin, NC; Cam of Greensboro, NC; Peter of Oak Ridge, TN; M.K from Winston Salem, NC; Diane From Rutt Creek, PA; and Chris from Wolcott, IN.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle at Merlefest. Don’t fret if you didn’t win—All entrants are elligible for a monthly chance to win 30 CDs from Compass Records.


The Duhks Return with Beyond The Blue, Out June 24 The Duhks - Beyond the Blue coverCanadian neo-folk favorites deliver their most dynamic and grittiest album yet.

The Duhks are back and set to release their long-awaited new studio album Beyond the Blue on June 24. The album shows the band in the best form of its 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project. "All of the people who have been in the band over the years, including non-touring founding members Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell (who both appear on the album) have had a hand in shaping our sound and direction. The goal with the new record was to draw on everything we’ve learned over the years and everything we know about where we want to take the music now and create something as fresh, exciting and forward thinking as possible." Toward that end, the band turned to the rising production team of Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of The Mammals), who brought a progressive approach to production that was still firmly rooted in the traditions of folk music. 

Musically, the new project is reminiscent of 2006’s Grammy-nominated Migrations, but with a sound that is even more dense and grittier than 2008’s Fast Paced World. The album opens with the title track, a gorgeous song by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gary Nicholson that begins with the bell-like drone of Leonard’s claw hammer banjo and the ethereal sound of guest Charlie Rose’s lap steel before giving way to Jessee’s expressive alto, perfectly complemented by Tania’s harmonies. On "Banjo Roustabout" electric guitar and drums bring out the more aggressive side of the band’s sound while "Suffer No Fools" is a beautifully rendered acoustic waltz ornamented by banjo, strings and percussion and beautifully sung by Jesse and Tania. Taken as a whole, Beyond the Blue represents a group of musicians at the peak of their powers, the music shaped by their collective experience of years on the road and driven by the sheer joy and inspiration that comes from reuniting and rediscovering that magic that drew them together in the first place.

About The Duhks
No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks.  Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet.  Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.
The Duhks Will Be On Tour In Support of Beyond The Blue:
5/1 - Red Light Cafe -  Atlanta GA
5/3 - Gamble Rogers Folk Festival -  St Augustine FL
5/4 - MeadowGrass Music Festival -  Colorado Springs CO
5/28 - The Blind Tiger -  Greensboro NC
5/29 - Abingdon Farmers Market  - Abingdon VA
5/30 - Graves’ Mountain Festival  - Syria VA
6/1-6/2 - Ogden Music Festival  - Ogden UT
6/27-6/28 - Kate Wolf Festival - Laytonville CA
6/29 - Mountain Sage - Groveland CA
7/9 - Roots Revival Stage - Winston Salem NC
7/11 - Redwing Roots Music Festival - Mount Solon VA
7/12 - Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton - Lorton VA
7/13 - Blissfest Amphitheater - Harbor Springs MI
7/25-7/26 -  Floydfest - Floyd VA
8/1 - Summer Sounds - Greensburg PA
8/29-8/31 -  Rhythm & Roots Festival - Charlestown RI
9/5-9/6 - Sisters Folk Festival - Sisters OR
10/11 - US National Whitewater Center - Charlotte NC
11/6 - Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall - Durango CO
11/8 - Brighton Armory Performing Arts Center - Brighton CO

Luka Bloom New Album Out May 9 with Tour to Follow Luka Bloom Delves Into The Intricacies of the Human Soul On New Album, Head & Heart, Out May 6
US Tour Dates To Follow Release

(Nashville, TN) April 11, 2014 – Luka Bloom is set to release his latest project, Head and Heart, on May 6.  The new album represents a creative turn for the beloved Irish singer/songwriter who has earned legions of fans with his heartfelt original songs.  On Head and Heart, Bloom delivers provocative  interpretations of ten well-known songs alongside a pair of self-penned songs. Half of the album was recorded with The Phil Ware Trio, a jazz ensemble with whom Bloom had never played, and he describes the entire recording process as an unforgettable experience. "Completely out of my comfort zone, in a studio I’ve never used before, singing with musicians I had never met before and performing without rehearsal…. I love everything about this record," says Bloom. 

Classic songs on the album include "My Wild Irish Rose", "Danny Boy", "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Gentle on My Mind" – songs which Blooms says are "simply songs I loved before I ever sang them." The two originals both have an emotional underpinnings fans have come to expect of Bloom: "Liffeyside" is a tribute to the town of Newbridge and its surrounds where he grew up and "Give you Wings" is a lament to the tragic loss of life experienced by the Belgian families who lost children in a bus crash in Switzerland in 2012.

Luka Bloom began his professional musical career in the late 1970s. He began touring the US with the release of Riverside in 1990 and achieved international prominence with the critically-acclaimed Acoustic Motorbike in 1992.  Known for blending a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Luka Bloom has been one of Ireland’s most respected contemporary folk artists for the past several decades. 

Bloom begins a US tour in support of Head and Heart on May 10 with dates nationwide: 
5/10 - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
5/12 - Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
5/14 - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
5/15 - Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA
5/17 - Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT5/18 - City Winery, New York, NY **SOLD OUT
5/19 - City Winery, New York, NY
5/20 - New York Irish Center, Queens, NY
5/22 - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
5/23 - The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY