Luka Bloom New Album Out May 9 with Tour to Follow

April 21, 2014

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

John Cowan Aligns with Compass Records for First Album in Four Years

March 31, 2014


New album scheduled for Summer 2014 release

(Nashville, TN) March 24, 2014 –John Cowan, one of the most legendary voices in roots music, has signed to Compass Records with a new album slated for an early summer release. Cowan is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the project which promises to be the celebrated singer/bassist’s most ambitious and compelling solo release to date. Working with Doobie Brothers band mate John McPhee in the producer’s chair, Cowan has assembled an impressive list of guest artists so far, including Leon Russell, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell and Sam Bush, on the way to creating what is shaping up to be a cross-genre musical celebration of his 35 year career.
John Cowan, known by many as "The Voice of Newgrass," has been singing his heart out for the past 35 years. As a member of New Grass Revival, he helped create a sound which brought a new audience to the bluegrass music and was arguably as important in shaping the direction of modern bluegrass as Flatt and Scruggs was to the genre in the 1960s. After New Grass Revival disbanded in 1990, Cowan went on to record a series of critically acclaimed solo albums and to lend his unique vocals as a session musician to a lengthy discography including albums by Garth Brooks, Glen CampbellSteve Earle, Janis Ian, Delbert McClinton, Kenny Rogers and Poco. Currently, Cowan divides his time on the road between solo tours with the John Cowan Band and as a touring member of the Doobie Brothers with whom he has been performing regularly since 2010.

Guitarist/Vocalist Jim Oblon Releases New Album Sunset

March 31, 2014

Guitarist/Vocalist Jim Oblon Releases New Album Sunset

New album from Paul Simon Band member features legends Jim Keltner and Larry Goldings
(Nashville TN) February 13, 2014 –

Jim Oblon is one of those rare talents—a jaw-dropping guitarist, soulful singer and compelling writer. On Sunset, to be released on March 25, Oblon’s virtuosic Telecaster-driven blues chops and vocals shine on a set of originals, vintage rock & roll, and country blues, all delivered in a neoclassic organ trio setting comprised of legendary session drummer Jim Keltner and renowned GRAMMY-winning organist/pianist Larry Goldings.

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 What. Always a believer in the bigger musical picture, he aims to expound upon the legacy of his forbearers without ever becoming an impersonator himself. “Today there’s a ‘blues scene’ with Brylcreem and bowling shirts, all the gear, but it doesn’t have the essence of music,” Oblon explains. “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.”

Sunset is a showcase for all three musicians. The album was recorded with the trio playing together in one room and the energy and intensity of this created by this performance-style recording approach yields tracks that literally seem to pop off the disc. A blues-funk reworking of Little Richard’s “Lucille” gives each of the players a chance to stretch out and strut their inventiveness, musical depth and mastery, as well as their ability to put a fresh spin on an old classic. Oblon’s soul shines on his two originals, the languid “Desert Sun” and the almost time-suspending instrumental title track, “Sunset.”  And his plaintive telecaster, backed by Keltner’s bombastic rhythm bed, lends a particularly vibey feel to Lead Belly’s “When I Was a Cowboy 1911.”

Goldings, featured on piano on “Desert Sun” and “Railroad Bum,” uses the Fats Domino classic “Blueberry Hill” to illustrate why he is considered one of the best Hammond B3 players alive; he delivers a solo that makes you think he’s been waiting his whole life to play this tune. And rock/session legend Jim Keltner’s performances stand out as almost a “Jim Keltner how-to”: propulsive yet laid-back, rocking yet swinging, and rhythmically percussive enough to make you swear there is more than one of him playing.

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.  His Tuesday night residency at fooBAR in East Nashville is becoming the buzz event of the week among musicians and those in the know.

Watch Jim Perform "Can’t Be Satisfied" at Music City Roots

Compass Records at SXSW 2014

March 07, 2014

At SXSW: A.J. Croce, The Farewell Drifters, Darden Smith and Missy Raines.COMPASS RECORDS ARTISTS DURING SXSW WEEK

AJ Croce
Fri 3/14 – 2:00PM – Acoustic Café/SongCraft Presents Writing Session
Sat 3/15 – 11AM – KDRP Live On-Air show from Downtown Austin
Sat 3/15 –  9:30PM @ St. David’s Bethel Hall (301 E 8th St)

The Farewell Drifters
Wed 3/12 – 4PM – G&S Lounge (2420 South 1st St) (Unofficial SXSW)
Thurs 3/13 – 11:55PM @ HAAM Showcase – Hilton Garden Inn Creekside Lounge (501 N IH 35)
Sat 3/15 – 5:30PM – Folk Alliance All Day Party @ Threadgill’s (301 W Riverside Drive)

Darden Smith
Thurs 3/13 – 3PM – Lucy’s Fried Chicken Revival (2218 College Ave) (Unofficial)

Missy Raines
Wed 3/12 –  9PM – Playing with non-Compass Robbie Fulks – Continental Club (1315 S Congress Ave)

All artists available for interview opportunities.
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Justin Currie Set To Release New Album on Compass Records April 15th With US Tour To Follow

February 28, 2014

Justin Currie - Lower ReachesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


Announcing US Tour Dates Including New York, LA and Chicago

(Nashville, TN) February 18, 2014 - Justin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Scottish pop-rock band Del Amitri, is set to release Lower Reaches on Compass Records on April 15th. 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 of 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.
Justin Currie will be on tour in support of Lower Reaches in the following markets:

April 21 Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel
April 22 New York, NY – City Winery
April 24 Chicago, IL – Schubas
April 25 Evanston, IL – SPACE
April 26 Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
April 29 Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove Underground
April 30 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
May 2 Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
May 3 Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s Guitar Shop
May 4 Los Angeles, CA – Largo
May 6 Scottsdale, AZ – The Western
May 8 Dallas, TX – The Kessler Theatre
May 9 & 10 Austin, TX – Cactus Café
May 13 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
May 14 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
May 16 Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
*All tickets on-sale Friday, February 21

Watch Justin Currie’s Video "Bend to My Will"  here.

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