<![CDATA[My Site - News]]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:35:26 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[David Rosales Announces Highly-Anticipated Full-Length Album 'Brave Ones']]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:25:21 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/david-rosales-announces-highly-anticipated-full-length-album-brave-onesPicture
Huntington Beach, CA - February 23, 2018 (Press Release) - David Rosales has announced the release of his first full-length album, Brave Ones, due out April 27, 2018. The singer-songwriter returns with his rich baritone vocal and hopeful melodies that create a perfect blend of authentic country, folk, blues and rock.
On the album, Rosales shares, "It's 11 songs of love, loss, adversity and triumph. I get into some pretty heavy subjects, but overall, the album has a positive vibe. It's uplifting and makes me feel better after I listen to it...I'm hopeful it does the same for the listener."
The 11-track album was co-produced by Matt Grundy (Donavon Frankenreiter) and Rosales himself. The team took to recording in the wind-swept Southern California High Desert region inside an isolated log cabin dubbed, Super Bloom Studios. The album clearly displays Rosales' diverse songwriting prowess, as he seamlessly blends his vintage sonic taste with fresh vision, channeling inspirations such as Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams and Nathaniel Rateliff.

Brave Ones - Track Listing
  1. Brave Ones (Come with Me)
  2. Sunshine
  3. Lift Your Hands
  4. I Know I Could
  5. I Give Up, You Win
  6. La Batalla
  7. Get Me Right
  8. Brighter Days
  9. Carry Me Away
  10. Good to Be Alive
  11. Free Your Mind
Rosales has also announced that he will be hitting the road beginning next month for a North American tour that will hit various cities throughout Canada and the U.S. for much of the year, making appearances at SXSW and Toronto Music Week. Tickets are available through select retailers.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
  • 3/13 - Dallas, TX @ Opening Bell Coffee
  • 3/15 - Austin, TX @ Westin Downtown (SXSW)
  • 3/16 - Austin, TX @ Westin Downtown (SXSW)
  • 3/17 - Austin, TX @ Westin Downtown (SXSW)
  • 3/19 - New Orleans, LA @ Neutral Ground Coffee
  • 3/22 - Ocean Springs, MS @ Murky Waters
  • 3/23 - Houston, TX @ The Americana
  • 3/24 - San Antonio, TX @ The Cove
  • 4/14 - Portland, OR @ Artichoke Music
  • 4/15 - Portland, OR @ The Ranger Station
  • 4/27 - Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer - Album Release Show
  • 5/10 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Music Week
  • 5/11 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Music Week
  • 5/12 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Music Week
  • 5/27 - Temecula, CA @ Monte De Oro Winery
* Additional Dates TBC

David Rosales is a Los Angeles-native, raised in a mixed family of seven brothers and sisters, where upon his 11th Birthday was given his first guitar by his grandfather. He instantly fell in love with the instrument and began writing songs of his own. Since that time, David has been involved in several significant projects, most notably hard rock band Silent Treatment, the Americana duo David & Olivia, and now, continuing as a solo artist. Having previously released two solo EPs (SmileAlong the Way), Brave Ones will be his debut full-length album. When not taking the stage, the deep-rooted family man enjoys spending time at home in Huntington Beach, CA with his wife and two children in the ocean and on the trails.

For more information and to keep up with David Rosales:
Website: http://www.DavidRosalesMusic.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DavidRosalesMusic
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DavidRosalesMusic
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DRosales
<![CDATA[George Strait Announces Final Two Shows of 2018 December 7-8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas]]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:23:17 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/george-strait-announces-final-two-shows-of-2018-december-7-8-at-t-mobile-arena-in-las-vegasPicture
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Press Release) – The King of Country George Strait will play two final shows in 2018 on December 7-8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with special guests Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Tickets go on sale in one month on Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PT at www.StraitToVegas.com.
The trio of Texans shared the stage earlier this month for the first shows of 2018 after initially coming together last year for Hand in Hand Texas: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, which was a humanitarian campaign assembled by Strait—a night that ultimately raised tens of millions of dollars for hurricane relief efforts. Strait will be recognized by his home state with the prestigious Texan of the Year honor on March 22 in New Braunfels, Texas.

 With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts – more than any other artist in any genre – during the span of his 30-year career, Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.” He has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and third across all genres behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

You can listen to all of Strait's hit singles here.
Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that makes him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. Keen, who grew up in southwest Houston, has recorded 18 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels, while his songs have been recorded by a variety of artists including Strait, Lovett, Joe Ely, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and Dixie Chicks.

The Strait To Vegas series started with just six shows in 2016 but was extended with 10 more in 2017. The shows in December will be the last of 2018. Strait previously announced performances in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas in 2018 shows including May 27 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans; June 1 and 2 at BOK Center in Tulsa; and June 3 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
Ticketing information is available at 
<![CDATA[Ashley Monroe Announces 'Sparrow' due 4/20; Stream "Hands On You"]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:50:40 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/ashley-monroe-announces-sparrow-due-420-stream-hands-on-youPicture
On April 20, Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Ashley Monroe will release Sparrow via Warner Music Nashville. The album, her fourth, was recorded with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A. Monroe spoke about the forthcoming album with NPR Music who today also shared the music video for the first released song “Hands On You.” 

​Stream “Hands On You”:
Watch The Video For “Hands On You”:
After releasing her Grammy-nominated LP The Blade in 2015, Monroe started writing songs that realized themselves in unexpected ways – nudged loose after working through trauma and turmoil from her childhood. "I was unpacking a lot of stuff," she says. "I was singing, and identifying what it's like to be left. No one told me what I should do, back then, when the world started to crumble."

After losing her father when she was young, Monroe and her mother grappled with the challenging experience of learning their new roles in his absence. Through the songs of Sparrow, Monroe and Cobb turned these experiences into moody, orchestral recordings that explore all sides of a fully formed woman unashamed of her scars – the maternal tendencies, the childlike wonder, the sultry moments behind closed doors.
Working with some of her closest collaborators, including Brendan Benson and Waylon Payne, Monroe recorded and wrote many songs on Sparrow while she was pregnant with her first child. "I felt powerful," she says. "I wasn't puffing, I wasn't drinking wine, I was just singing."
"I knew I wanted to work with Dave," Monroe says. "All of his records are consistently awesome and classic, timeless, old and new all in one." Together, they shared their favorite records and music moments, like early Elton John LPs and Glenn Campbell's "Wichita Lineman," molding Sparrow into its own unique sonic space. "Country music is a wide genre, and that's OK," Monroe says. “I don't even know what genre this record is, but I know it's me."

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<![CDATA[Daniel Pearson Releases New Single, "Honest Man"]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:18 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/daniel-pearson-releases-new-single-honest-man
(Press Release) Following press and radio acclaim for his January comeback single "Pieces Of A Puzzle," Daniel Pearson has unveiled another new song for streaming/download. "Honest Man" tackles life’s complexities through the prism of sparse, soul-influenced Country and layers of jagged guitar riffs.

“Songwriting for me is always a quest for meaning, to say something authentic and personal” explains the singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist. “I’m kind of at odds with a lot of other music out there - I don’t really do throwaway stuff or follow trends and I’m always trying to make sense of the world through my songs. Honest Man is about realising that our lives are full of challenges and hard choices - so how do you hold on to your values and not lose yourself in the compromises you might make along the way?”

With new singles set to drop each month this year and a highly engaged fanbase on streaming and social media, Pearson is a 21st-century digital artist steeped in analogue culture. In coverage of his three studio albums so far, writers for Uncut Magazine, No Depression, PopMatters, Baeble Music & more have been quick to praise timeless songwriting and poetic lyrics that draw on classic rock and Americana influences. 

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<![CDATA[Red Shahan shares "Someone Someday"]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:46:35 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/red-shahan-shares-someone-somedayPictureCredit: Scott Slusher
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On March 30, the West Texas troubadour Red Shahan will release Culberson County, the follow up to his acclaimed debut Men & Coyotes. Today, Cowboys & Indians shared "Someone Someday," the second single to be released from the forthcoming album.
"The catchy, melodic track takes a laid-back look at aspirations and insecurity," said Cowboys and Indians. "With tongue-and-cheek lyrics like 'rubbernecking all the outlaws,' it’s also a loud commentary on the modern Texas-Americana music scene."

Culberson County finds Shahan exploring the ebb and flow of the darkness and light in the world around him. The album ranges from songs like "6 Feet," which tells the story of an incarcerated drug dealer dreading the cartel justice awaiting him on the other side, to "Someone Someday," (a rare co-write for Shahan, penned with Brent Cobb and Aaron Raitiere), where he sings a line about "rubbernecking all the outlaws" that lands as both a laugh-out-loud commentary on the modern Texas/Americana music scene and a playfully self-aware admission of his own aspirations and insecurity. And then there’s the politically charged fist-in-the-air anthem "Revolution," which really isn’t funny at all.
Like any self-respecting Texas singer-songwriter worthy of the title, Shahan can hold his own playing any of his songs solo acoustic, just like he writes them. But Culberson County is no one-man show. Like Men and Coyotes before it, this is very much a full-band affair, with Elijah Ford (an acclaimed solo artist in his own right) returning to the producer’s chair, Matthew “Paw Paw” Smith (formerly with Ryan Bingham) back behind the drum kit and Shahan’s old Lubbock buddy Parker Morrow on bass. Shahan himself played rhythm electric and acoustic, while special recruit Daniel Sproul was called in to handle most of the lead guitar for the sessions. Guests on the album include fellow Texas songwriters Charlie Shafter and Bonnie Bishop on background and harmony vocals, as well as Shahan’s own mother, Kim Smith, who sings on the song "Memphis."
Shahan will perform at this year's SXSW Festival. Watch a live performance of "Culberson County," filmed at Willie Nelson's Pedernales studio ​for Luck​ Reunion HERE.
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<![CDATA[Belly Announce DOVE  First Album in 23 Years out May 4; Listen to "Shiny One"]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:44:05 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/belly-announce-dove-first-album-in-23-years-out-may-4-listen-to-shiny-onePictureCredit: Chris Gorman L-R: Chris Gorman, Gail Greenwood, Tanya Donelly, Tom Gorman
(Press Release) On May 4Belly return with DOVE, their first full length album release in 23 years. The album was recorded and produced and recorded by band member Tom Gormanalongside longtime friend of the group Paul Q. Kolderie (Hole, Throwing Muses, Radiohead). Today, the band shared "Shiny One," the first single to be released from the forthcoming album.
Stream "Shiny One" HERE

DOVE is now available for pre-order and includes an instant download of "Shiny One." 
"I have a lot of affection for 'Shiny One,'" says Tanya Donelly. "It was the first completely collaborative song we've ever done—Gail wrote the riff and the chorus, Tom and I wrote the verse and bridge, Chris’s parts shaped the direction and vibe. When I hear it, I hear all four of us equally."
Belly, who formed in 1991, is Tanya Donelly (guitar, vocals), Tom Gorman (guitar), Chris Gorman (drums), and Gail Greenwood (bass). The band released their gold-certified critically-acclaimed debut album Star in 1993, which spawned the alternative radio and MTV staple "Feed The Tree" and led to Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist.

In 1995, Belly released their sophomore album King and toured extensively behind the album before dissolving in 1996. Over the next two decades, the members stayed close while pursuing their own creative paths before the idea of a Belly reunion gained serious traction just a few years ago.
"We had just gotten to the point where we were just missing each other, and missing the music," says Donelly. "The music I've been doing in the past several years has been very collaborative, which made me kind of homesick for Belly; I missed that sense of having a band."
The songs that comprise DOVE were spun out of a new songwriting system that was necessitated by the four members' far-flung hometowns. "It required a lot of trust," says Donelly, "because we were sending raw snippets to each other—anything from 30-second pieces to full songs. Tom and Gail and I would send demos back and forth, and then Chris would add drums to whatever snippets he'd heard, and Tom would sew everything together. It would sometimes be a very circuitous route to a song, but it was really fun."  

"All three of the songwriters were locked in and working in a way that complemented the others' strengths," says Chris Gorman. "Gail's writing was in top form. Tanya is able to make anybody's song her own—she's got that gift. And Tom has really honed his arrangement and production style." 
Belly will launch their first major tour since 1995 later this year and will play Boston Calling on May 26. Find a full list of tour dates below. "We're all looking forward to presenting these songs in a live setting, and having the opportunity to play together again," says Chris Gorman. "We should be in for a really exciting year."

1) Mine
2) Shiny One
3) Human Child
4) Faceless
5) Suffer The Fools
6) Girl
7) Army of Clay
8) Stars Align
9) Quicksand
10) Artifact
11) Heartstrings
Tour Dates:
5/26: Cambridge, MA - Boston Calling
6/9: Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
6/10: Bristol, UK - SWX
6/11: Cardiff, UK - Glee Club
6/12: Manchester, UK - The Ritz
6/13: Leeds, UK - Beckett
6/14: Whitley Bay, UK - Playhouse
6/16: Glasgow, UK - O2ABC
6/17: Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
6/18: Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
6/19: Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
6/20: London, UK - Shepherd's Bush Empire
8/8: Los Angeles, CA - Teragram 
8/9: Los Angeles, CA - Teragram
8/10: San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
8/11: Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
8/12: Seattle, WA - Neptune
8/22: Portland, ME - Port City
8/25: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
8/26: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/28: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
9/29: Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/4: Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
10/5: Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10/6: Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
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<![CDATA[Kaylee Rutland Pens New Single, “Do You,” to Inspire Young Women to be Themselves]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/kaylee-rutland-pens-new-single-do-you-to-inspire-young-women-to-be-themselvesPicture
Nashville, Tenn. – Feb. 23, 2018 (Press Release) - Country recording artist, Kaylee Rutland, has released her new single, “Do You,” which is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify. 

The inspiration behind the new track originated from an idea that Rutland had in wanting to instill a positive message in her younger sister as well as young listeners. “Do You” is intended to encourage young women that going outside the “status-quo” is something to be celebrated.

Rutland adds, "‘Do You’ enforces the idea that young women should find comfort and pride in who they are. It is also a reminder to take the images we see on social media with a grain of salt. No one is perfect, regardless of his or her follower count. This song is a call for each of us to essentially just ‘do you’ and not worry about fitting into the mold that society has created for young women.”  

Rutland co-wrote the song with three-time Grammy-nominee and longtime producer/mentor, Jamie O'Neal, along with Minnie Murphy. 

<![CDATA[Chris Stills to Release 'Don't be Afraid' on March 23]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:55 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/chris-stills-to-release-dont-be-afraid-on-march-23PictureCourtesy: Shore Fire Media
(New York, NY – February 21, 2018 Press Release) – Singer songwriter, guitarist Chris Stills will release his new album, Don’t Be Afraid, on March 23 in North America. The video for the first song off the album. “The Weekend,” can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/g-DxXdgu-Y0

Recorded over the last few years, Don’t Be Afraid, is an evocative collection of eleven heartfelt songs. Chris exudes a pure authenticity as he writes about his personal life and experiences over the past decade. With an endearing and honest intimacy he crosses a wide range of ups and downs through love and hardships that Chris calls “a self-reflective, atmospheric space walk”.

His first album in over ten years, the collection features three co-writes showcasing new and old friendships. Two with David Saw on “The Weekend” and “In Love Again” and the other with Ryan Adams on “Criminal Mind” while jamming it for the first time at his studio, Pax Am in Hollywood. Chris makes good use of his influences, wearing them like a heart on his sleeve - Pink Floyd in “Don't Be Afraid”... Queen in “I’m Frightened”... Harry Nilsson in “This Summer Love” and Tom Petty in “Criminal Mind”. Yet, with Chris’s very personal touch and stellar vocals he ties it all together making it undeniably a Chris Stills record.

Stills, the son of American rock musician Stephen Stills and French singer-songwriter Veronique Sanson, was raised between Paris and Los Angeles. His multicultural influences are infused in his work as a singer-songwriter and actor. Since his debut album 100 Year Thing (Atlantic Records, 1998) and follow up album Chris Stills (2006), Chris has toured the world performing and recording with a variety of brilliant artists including, Don Was, Leanne Rimes, Ryan Adams, Government Mule, Smashing Pumpkins, Don Felder, Richard Ashcroft, Lucinda Williams, Paul Weller, Ricky Lee Jones. His songs have been featured in numerous movies and television including the hit Showtime series, Shameless and films like American Hustle directed by David Owen Russell and most recently I, Tonya directed by Craig Gillespie where Chris sings the Bee Gees classic, "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart".
Stills will perform on release day March 23 in New York City at The Standard Sounds Annie O Music series as well as on April 21st in Los Angeles where is he is co- producer and musical director for "Light Up the Blues", an annual concert to benefit Autism Speaks at the Dolby Theater. Performances will include Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests.
Stills made his acting debut in 2009 as Julius Caesar in the top-grossing French musical, Cleopatre-The Last Queen of Egypt. His film roles include a critically acclaimed performance alongside Melanie Laurent in the French film Requiem for a Killer, which Elle magazine called his performance, “Sublime... a revelation.” He also guest starred on seasons 5 and 6 of Showtime’s Emmy-winning, television hit, Shameless.

Don’t Be Afraid Track List:
  1. This Summer LOve
  2. Hellfire Baby Jane
  3. In Love Again
  4. Daddy’s Little Girl
  5. Lonely Nights
  6. The Weekend
  7. Criminal Mind
  8. Blame Game
  9. Don’t Be Afraid
  10. Leaving You Behind
  11. In The Meantime
Chris Stills Tour Dates:
February 21 - Les Arenes - Metz, France
March 23
 - The Standard Live For Penthouse - New York, NY
April 13 & 14
 - The Seine Musicale - Boulogne- Billancourt, France
April 21
 - Light Up the Blues Dolby Theater - Los Angeles, CA
April 26
 - Café de la danse - Paris, France
*Summer dates to be announced soon

<![CDATA[Traditional fiddle-folk foursome The Fretless ready “Live From The Artfarm” (April 6th)]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:50:15 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/traditional-fiddle-folk-foursome-the-fretless-ready-live-from-the-artfarm-april-6thPicture The Fretless (L-R): Eric Wright, Karrnnel Sawitsky, Trent Freeman, Ben Plotnick. Photo credit: Scott Ramsay.
(Press Release) The Fretless is the Canadian fiddle foursome playing an essential part in the emerging movement mainstreaming traditional Irish folk music.
Starting with its debut album in 2012, the band has steadily pushed further into the public eye, winning Instrumental Album of the Year at the​ ​​​Western Canadian Music Awards and Instrumental Group of the Year at the​ ​Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its 2014 tune​ ​​​“Waving To Ryan” has topped a million​ ​Spotify plays, and in 2016,​ ​The Fretless took home a​ ​​​Juno® award for Instrumental Album of The Year for its most recent full-length​ ​Bird’s Nest.
Through its deconstruction and transformation of the usual rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles around the world,​ ​The Fretless is pushing traditional music to a new place, and has now issued itself an atypical challenge in the mission to find and convert fans unfamiliar with “progressive” traditional music.

With its latest recordings, instead of attempting to make a more “accessible” follow-up to​ ​Bird’s Nest,​ ​The Fretless is taking advantage of the recent recognition by releasing an instrumental album of tunes representing the player’s traditional roots. Recorded live in a barn in upstate New York before a handful-sized audience assembled only a few feet away from the players,​ ​​​Live From The Artfarm (​​April 6th) is the raw result of this performance.
See the live performance by The Fretless of “Jenny Bear” courtesy of PopMatters here.
​​Live From The Artfarm is a joyous recording that shows off why traditional folk music is finding an audience among the non-traditional, and also why​ ​​​The Fretless is leading the charge. Among the album’s “sets” – the term used in traditional Irish music for groups of three or more tunes arranged and played together – are three new originals by
​​The Fretless.​ ​The album’s total of ten tunes were also beautifully filmed before multiple cameras, and singles from​ ​​​Live From The Artfarm will be circulated that way in order for the uninitiated to fully experience the boundless electricity of the evening.
“We’ve made a record of our favorite pub tunes, but transformed them in our world of arrangement and intricacy,” says fiddle and viola player,​ ​​​Trent Freeman. “We are hoping to bring the current pub crowd audience to us and we are hoping to bring a new crowd to the pub, too. We want everyone involved and there’s no better way than to have you in the room with us.”
It’s a give and take that makes the audience the fifth member of the band towards the end of the new album. As the enthusiastic response from the crowd grows, the band responds in kind.​
“Making this record was a test in getting out of the mindset of recording and into the mindset of performing,”​ ​says The Fretless cellist, Eric Wright. “To capture the energy of a concert, we had to play it like a concert. With​ ​​​Live From The Artfarm, we’re so excited to share the best part of​ ​​​The Fretless, which is seeing us live!”
​​The Fretless already has shows throughout North America booked into the fall, with more being added all the time. For those who can’t make it out,​ ​Live From The Artfarm serves as a document of what​ ​The Fretless can do in front of any crowd, big or small.
​​Live From The Artfarm, the fourth album by​ ​​​The Fretless, arrives on​ ​​​April 6th, 2018

Track Listing:
01. MacLeod’s Farewell/Palmer’s Gate (Live)
02. Maggie’s Set (Live)
03. The Killavil Fancy (Live)
04. Jenny Bear (Live) (
05. Bixie’s (Live)
06. Holton Alan Moore’s (Live)
07. Miss Thornton’s/Climate Change’s Reel (Live)
08. The Templehouse/Holy Land (Live)
09. Dawning of the Day (Live)
10. Star Monster (Live)
<![CDATA[Final Album by Multi-Instrumentalist Sandy Bull, 'Steel Tears,' Receives Reissue from Omnivore on April 13th]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:58:42 GMThttp://thedailycountry.com/news/final-album-by-multi-instrumentalist-sandy-bull-steel-tears-receives-reissue-from-omnivore-on-april-13thPicture
Contains three “tribute” tracks by renowned Nashville musicians including Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Mickey Raphael, Kevin Welch, Matraca Berg and others.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) –Alexander Bull, better known as Sandy Bull, was an accomplished player of many stringed instruments: guitar, pedal steel, banjo and oud. He helped connect the ’60s folk movement to later ’60s psychedelia, and set the model for latter-day finger-picking artists John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Robbie Basho 

As musician Buddy Miller says, “Sandy Bull did it first, he laid the foundation, he built the highways, a visionary who heard music as a communal stew pot. In the ’60s, just having a Sandy Bull record in your collection made a statement about your musicality and mind.”  

Steel Tears (1996), Bull’s seventh album, was the innovative artist’s final album prior to his death in 2001. The album also reveals his deep love of country music, which stems back to his childhood when his father would play Hank Williams records.  

The first-ever reissue of Steel Tears, set for release by Omnivore Recordings on April 13, 2018, features the newly remastered album alongside Endventions, four previously unissued tracks. Wrapping up the disc are three tributes recorded in Nashville by a band that includes some pretty well known Sandy Bull fans: Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Matraca Berg, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), Kevin Welch, Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler) and Harry Stinson (Marty Stuart). “Love Is Forever” features Sandy’s vocals with Berg singing back up and Raphael adding harmonica. Hanna takes lead on “I May Never Pass Out” and the ensemble wraps up the tribute tracks with a run through the instrumental “Jesse James Jam.”  

According to annotator Joe Hagan, “A musical alchemist, introvert, gearhead, former junky, itinerant wanderer and erstwhile musicologist, his adventurous investigations of stringed instruments, whether guitar, banjo, the Hindustani sarod or the Turkish oud, predated celebrated savants like John Fahey and Leo Kottke. But Bull’s music got lost in the haze of his brief career, which began with the seminal Fantasia in 1964 and seemingly ended with an ode to self-destruction, Demolition Derby, in 1972. It would be 16 years before he would make another record, by which time Sandy Bull was largely forgotten. In many ways Steel Tears, first released in 1996 on his own label, stands as the musical testimony of a man trying to make sense of his own history. These eleven songs form a kind of playlist as memoir, drawn from hard-won memories and a lifelong love of music, all of it shot through with sincerity and friendship.”  

As Bull’s son, Jackson Bull, added to the liner notes, “Whether you’re a fan of country, folk, rock, soul, jazz, or whatever, this project is a testament that good music has no boundaries.”  

Track Listing:
1. Arabalabama
2. Long As We’re Dreaming   
3. Can I Get A Witness   
4. Old Habits Like You   
5. Love Is Forever   
6. I Don’t Care   
7. It Should be Easier Now   
8. My Baby Left Me   
9. Steel Tears   
10. Sideshow   
11. I May Never Pass Out  
Endventions & Tributes:
12. Nagra Sarod (Take 1)
13. Rhumba
14. Nagra Guitar (Take 1)
15. Strat 1
16. Love Is Forever (featuring Matracta Berg & Mickey Raphael)   
17. I May Never Pass Out (featuring Jeff Hanna & Kevin Welsh)
18. Jesse James Jam
19. Sandy’s Last Word