NPR 'All Songs Considered' premieres the first single from The Waifs' new record,
Beautiful You, available August 14th
"The Waifs sound both comfortably loose and tighter than they've ever been."
–NPR All Songs Considered
Beloved Australian folk rock band The Waifs will be releasing Beautiful You on August 14th. A strong sense of melody and affecting, illustrative lyricism guided The Waifs’ songwriting trifecta of Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn and Josh Cunningham as they wrote Beautiful You over the course of four years. With bassist Ben Franz and drummer David Ross Macdonald, the 5-piece outfit created an album that echoes with both wisdom and pop appeal.
The trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world, including opening for Bob Dylan in North America and Australia in 2003. True to form, Beautiful You features their trademark sound: "a bit of blues and roots, a bit of country, a bit of jazz, anything really."
August 13, 2015 – Nature Center – Ogden, UT
August 16, 2015 – Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (Planet Bluegrass Ranch) – Lyons, CO
August 18, 2015 – Stewart Park – Roseburg, OR
August 19, 2015 – The Center for the Arts – Grass Valley, CA
August 21, 2015 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
August 22, 2015 – Twisted Oak Winery – Vallecito, CA
August 23, 2015 – Van Zuer Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA
August 25, 2015 – Laxson Auditorium – Chico, CA
August 26, 2015 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA
August 27, 2015 – Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park – Los Angeles, CA
April 28, 2016 – Ball State University – Muncie, IN
April 30, 2016 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
May 1, 2016 – Rams Head Stage – Annapolis, MD
May 3, 2016 – City Winery – New York City, NY
May 4, 2016 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
May 12, 2016 – Admiral Theatre – Bremerton, WA
“....a thoughtful probing record about matters of the heart." –The Boston Globe
“The impressive set features a slew of guest musicians, including Ry Cooder on mandolin and guitar.” –Billboard
On August 21st, Compass Records will re-release A.J. Croce’s highly successful album, THAT’S ME IN THE BAR in celebration of its 20th anniversary. 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 Cooder, Waddy Wachtel, Sid 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.
1. That's Me In The Bar
2. Sign On The Line
3. She's Waiting For Me
4. Music Box
5. Callin' Home
6. Night Out On The Town
7. Pass Me By
8. I Meant What I Said
9. Maybe I'm To Blame
10. I Confess
11. Some People Call It Love
12. If You Want Me To Stay (Bonus Track)
"This record and Andrea’s voice remind me of the reasons why I love music."- Vince Gill
Most fans of Americana and country know violinist and vocalist ANDREA ZONN from her 12-year run as a featured member of James Taylor’s band and as one of Nashville's most in-demand musicians who has recorded and toured with Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Vince Gill. Now, fans can experience the full breadth of Andrea’s talents with her first album of originals, the deeply personal RISE, out September 25th on Compass Records.
Album highlights include the roiling gospel/New Orleans funeral number and title track “Rise,” the melancholy swing jazz of “Another Swing And A Miss,” and the mid-tempo Motown-flavored “You Make Me Whole.” The album is centered around the pairing of the legendary Steve Gadd and Willie Weeks on drums and bass, and boasts special guest appearances by James Taylor, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, and Trace Adkins, among many others.
The songs on Rise represent a new chapter in Andrea’s story. Whereas her debut record featured her interpreting works by her favorite writers, many of them her friends, the new project finds Andrea digging into songcraft with focus and newfound confidence.
The need to write for Rise didn’t stem solely from artistic exploration—it came out of emotional necessity when Andrea’s young son needed a series of dangerous brain operations. More than anything she’d encountered, she says, the surgeries and their related complications became a “catalyst for me learning to speak.” Suddenly she had plenty to say and the will to say it.
Andrea will be making solo performances in conjunction with the release of Rise, including a special hour-long set with Nashville’s acclaimed roots and Americana variety show, Music City Roots. PBS will film the event. In addition, every Tuesday in September (with the exception of the 15th), Andrea will be at the historic Station Inn in Nashville with special guests. Andrea will also appear on WoodSongs, a multi-media event hosted by folksinger Michael Johnathan that is broadcast on over 500 radio stations. In addition to these exclusive performances, Andrea will be embarking on a multi-city tour. (Full dates below.)
Summer Tour Dates
August 26 - Music City Roots - Franklin, TN
September 1 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN
September 6 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN
September 22 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN
September 29 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN
October 2 - The Down Home - Johnson City, TN
October 3 - Barking Legs - Chattanooga, TN
October 12 - Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour - Lexington, KY
October 16 - The Rooster's Wife - Aberdeen, NC
October 17 - Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA
October 24 - Isis Music Hall - Asheville, NC
2015 UK Silverball Tour
TOUR LAUNCHES ON SEPT 29TH IN PORTSMOUTH
“He’s a stellar singer-guitarist, and his between-song banter gives today’s top comics a run for their vegemite sandwich. Watching Hay perform, one gets the sense he’s an old family friend (perhaps an itinerant uncle) come home for respite—yet ready to regale you with some sweet musical storytelling.” – The Cleveland Sound
Colin Hay will be going on tour this fall with Barenaked Ladies for the “2015 Silverball Tour” starting on September 29th in Portsmouth! This tour will include performances at 8 amphitheaters around the UK and will finish off on Friday, October 9th in London.
Tickets are on sale now and you can find the full list of tour dates and venue websites for ticket purchases below.
Colin will be performing new material from Next Year People, released on February 17th, as well as his beloved classics (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”) from his Men At Work Days.
More updates and information will be coming soon!
UK TOUR DATES
Sept 29 - Portsmouth - Pyramids
Sept 30 - Manchester - Ritz
Oct 01 - Glasgow - O2 ABC
Oct 03 - Edinburgh - Queens Hall
Oct 05 - Aberdeen - Beach Ballroom
Oct 07 - Birmingham - Institute
Oct 08 - Bristol - O2 Academy
Oct 09 - London - Indigo at The O2
Satellite radio subscribers can spend Independence Day weekend with the bluegrass re-telling of The Who’s iconic rock opera
The HillBenders’ live performance of Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry has been winning praise from both critics and fans throughout the world. Now Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel will make it possible for subscribers to hear this bluegrass re-telling of The Who’s iconic rock opera during the July 4th weekend, airing the band’s full performance of Tommy on Saturday, July 4 at 9am and 5pm ET, and Sunday, July 5 at 12noon and 9pm ET.
“The HillBenders’ performance of Tommy in its entirety was one of the more spirited and memorable sessions we’ve had here in recent years,” said Jeremy Tepper, Program Director for Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country Channel. The band performed Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry at the Sirius XM studios in New York during an East Coast run of dates earlier in the month.
The plaudits for The HillBenders’ Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry project on Compass Records continues to build across the globe, with The Sydney Morning Herald bestowing a 4-star review: “This is no novelty record. The five members…have taken the amped-up energy of the original and powered it into a blazing, swinging alternative version of the young pinball wizard's life and times.”
Music fans are responding strongly to the videos from Compass Records project, too. "Pinball Wizard" has surpassed 30,000 views on YouTube so far, with The Bluegrass Situation noting that “on their version of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a banjo takes over the iconic guitar riff, with dobro and acoustic guitar handling the song's powerful, chugging rhythm guitar section.” The band’s video for "We're Not Gonna To Take It/See Me, Feel Me" just recently debuted via The Who’s social media sites.
The HillBenders continue their summer of touring, with upcoming dates at Frisco Historic Concert in the Park (Frisco, CO, July 9), High Mountain Hay Fever Festival (Westcliffe, CO, July 10/11), Grey Fox music festival (Oak Hill, NY July 18), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA July 19), Runyon Theater (Pueblo, CO July 22), Stargazers Theatre (Colorado Springs, CO July 23), 4th and Main Downtown Grille (Wrey, CO July 24), Wildflower Pavilion (Lyons, CO July 25) Evanston Space (Evanston, IL July 31), The Old Rock House (St. Louis, MO August 1), The Hi-Fi (Indianapolis, IN August 12), Music Box Supper Club (Cleveland, OH August 13), Harrisburg Midtown Art Center, Herr Street Stage (Dillsburg, PA August 14), Philadelphia Folk Festival on August 15 and many more. For the full tour schedule, visit www.whograss.com or www.hillbenders.com.