"Country and gospel music is in dire need of some pure heartfelt soul right now. [Mike Farris is] loaded with soul... He's melting hearts with his voice one at a time." –Marty Stuart
Singer, songwriter, classically trained pianist and acclaimed actress Alicia Witt (Justified, House of Lies) teamed up with Ben Folds to record and produce REVISIONARY HISTORY (out May 5, 2015), an album of songs that deals in themes of heartbreak, loyalty, and the amazing power that comes with finding one’s own voice and using it. Revisionary History, Alicia's first full-length studio album, will be out on May 5th through Compass Records.
Her interview with NPR's Scott Simon aired on Saturday, May 2nd. It can now be heard worldwide here.
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"Tommy's Holiday Camp/Eyesight To The Blind"
"The perfect group to execute this 'Whograss' concept."
“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball...”
Forty-five years after its initial release, The Who’s rock opera TOMMY has been transformed by The Hillbenders into a full-length bluegrass tribute with all of the original record’s energy, instrumental showmanship, and rock star vocals in tact.
The live performance is a full 75-minute show covering the original album from start to finish with special video accompaniment and audience participation.
Originally recorded with a full rock band, the dynamic bluegrass quintet recreated the legendary album with a banjo, Dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar. The “Bluegrass Opry,” as its been dubbed, brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying homage to its creators.
SXSW co-founder and musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers conceived the idea of a “bluegrass opry” and felt he’d found the right band to pull off this high-wire approach to the record when he met The Hillbenders, a band known for its ability to bridge the gap between musical genres and fans.
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"You Built Me Up"
"Emotional honesty, singalong raucousness, and political fire... A true gift to the stage."
Best known for the hit singles “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and “Sunshine on Leith,” the identical Scottish twins known as The Proclaimers are anticipating the release of their 10th studio album, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS, out May 5th on Compass Records. The album follows a banner year for the duo that included the Toronto Film Festival debut of Sunshine on Leith, a musical film written around and featuring Proclaimers' songs, and the inclusion of their song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" in the 2015 Superbowl ad, Budweiser's 'Last Dog.'
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS shows The Proclaimers to be craftsmen of gloriously catchy songs who are simultaneously unabashed romantics. The album was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales and was produced by Dave Eringa, (The Who) and features their live band: Stevie Christie (keyboards), Garry John Kane (bass), Zac Ware (electric guitar) and Clive Jenner (drums) with additional guitars by Sean Genockey and an appearance by the Vulcan String Quartet.
Read more and watch the video for "You Built Me Up" now on PopMatters!
Track Listing for Let's Hear It For The Dogs:
1. You Built Me Up
2. Be With Me
3. In My Home
4. Tuesday Afternoon
5. Then Again
6. What School?
7. If I’m Still Around
8. The Other Side
9. Forever Young
10. Ten Tiny Fingers
11. Through Him
12. Rainbows and Happy Regrets
13. Moral Compass