Five time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives debut their music video for “Time Don’t Wait,” off their recent album Way Out West, which was shot in the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This piece, directed by Reid Long, explores the lands and people of the Lakota Sioux tribe, of which Stuart is an honorary member (his Lakota name is O Yate' o Chee Ya'ka Hopsila or "The man who helps the people") and which he has had a deep and personal connection to since he first visited the Lakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation on tour as a member of Johnny Cash’s band. Said Stuart about the video: “Reid and his crew followed us to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the results are absolutely exquisite. I invite the viewer to come along with me and the Superlatives to Pine Ridge. By way of Reid Long's camera, we'll take you deep inside of a world filled with wonderful people, that most people don't even know exist.” Watch the video here.
Nashville, Tenn., (October 18, 2017) – On Monday, December 4, Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert will feature an acoustic filled evening with top of the line country artists at the Historic Ryman Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. to benefit The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS together.
The night will feature Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, Canaan Smith, Trent Tomlinson, The Warren Brothers, and Stevie Monce. Hosted by SiriusXM The Highway's Storme Warren, Stephen Baker Lilies from Love and Theft and Dee Jay Silver.
Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, the Ryman box office, www.ryman.com and by phone 800.745.3000. Tickets are $125, $75 and $55.
Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert was formed as a partnership between The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS. Susie Burchett, wife and mother of Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft, was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2017.
Blank Range Announce Tour Dates Supporting Margo Price, Touring with Tyler Childers and Jessica Lea Mayfield This Fall
This summer, Nashville's Blank Range released their debut album Marooned With The Treasure via Sturdy Girls Records distributed by Thirty Tigers (Sturgill Simpson / Jason Isbell). The band will hit the road for the rest of the year supporting Jessica Lea Mayfield and Tyler Childers and have just announced a run of dates in 2018 with Margo Price. Find a full list of tour dates below.
Last week, The Nashville Scene hosted their annual Best of Nashville awards where Blank Range was awarded the Writers' Choice for Best Rock Album. D. Patrick Rogers said, "Not only is Blank Range’s long-awaited debut LP Marooned With the Treasure one of the most evocatively named local releases of 2017, it’s also among the strongest. Somewhere between the charming garage rock of The Replacements, the striking power pop of Big Star and the rough-hewn Southern rock of Lucero, Marooned With the Treasure features nuanced, road-tested playing and vocal performances that are just the right amount of rugged."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 20, 2017) - Singer-songwriter Mike Ryan announces fall tour dates in support of newly released album Blink You’ll Miss It out today (10/20). The tour kicks off in Ryan’s hometown at Cowboy’s Dance Hall in San Antonio, TX tonight and will continue with stops in major cities including Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Oklahoma City, OK and Houston, TX (see full list of tour dates below). Blink You’ll Miss It debuted at No. 6 on iTunes Top Country Albums chart.
Blink You’ll Miss It has been highlighted by press as a standout collection of songs that shine a light on Ryan’s knack for impressive songwriting, pop sensibility and vocal prowess. Music Row called the new music “Essential listening.” Cowboys and Indianspointed out, “Singles like ‘New Hometown’ and ‘Sad Song’ offer only a small taste of the overall talent displayed on Blink You’ll Miss It” and Lonestar Music Magazine added that the results on the album “...suggest that his career will only take off even more…” Ryan shared some of the inspiration behind his third studio album and his writing process withSan Antonio Magazine ( HERE) and Celeb Secrets ( HERE). The Boot recently premiered the music video for current single “Sad Song” and shared, “Ryan’s intensely powerful, emotive vocals and beautifully simple piano playing give the track an ultimately uplifting and wholly authentic, if not entirely hopeful, feel.” View the “Sad Song” music video HERE.
Blink You’ll Miss It is the follow up to Bad Reputation which yielded three #1 singles on the Texas Music Chart and New Male Vocalist of the Year by Texas Radio. Two of the songs on the album are already making impressions at satellite and terrestrial radio including SiriusXM’s Highway Find “Sad Song” and “New Hometown” which has racked up nearly 5 million stream on Spotify. Fans can purchase Blink You’ll Miss It HERE.
2015-2016 began Lloyd Cole’s “retrospective years” in which the UK born, Western Massachusetts-based musician began to revisit his storied career. It all began in 1984 with the Rattlesnakes album with its stunning pop hit “Perfect Skin.” The album was released the following year in North America via Geffen. This year has seen the release of a 6 CD box set called Lloyd Cole in New York – Collected Recordings 1988-1996. The last studio album Standards was released in 2014.
In his “own write” (nods to John Lennon) from last year with regards to the start of the looking back process:
"Yes, it was me who opened his solo venture (the eponymous 1990 release) with a song called ‘Don’t Look Back’. I know, I know…
However, the release of 2015’s Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Collected Recordings 1983-1989 was received to universal warmth and acclaim, and it sold out far more quickly than UMG anticipated. A second printing is due in March, and a second box is in the works, for September release. It will span 1988 – 1996, my first four solo albums, the lost fifth album, plus rarities and videos.
These boxes are a lot of work, much of which can only be done by me. I must revisit and rediscover material. I am necessarily in retrospective mode. I have decided to embrace it. Once the world has seen the Retrospective Show I will resume my work as a contemporary artist."
Lloyd Cole will play City Winery NYC 155 Varick Street on November 25th
(Dallas, TX- October 18, 2017 Press Release) - Josh Abbott Band’s charitable organization JAB Cares will host a fundraiser for the Brotherhood for the Fallen at the band’s Friday, October 21st show at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX. “Dallas Love” T-shirts will be for sale (shirts created in collaboration with Tumbleweed TexStyles).
Brotherhood for the Fallen’s mission is to honorably attend the services of Fallen Officers across the United States & Canada who have made the ultimate sacrifice, giving his/her life during the performance of their duties, by providing safety for citizens. They will raise money to attend the services to give support to the families, department, and communities, and also to provide the family with a monetary donation. http://brotherhooddallastx.org
JAB Cares also recently celebrated the organizations one-year anniversary. Since its formation, JAB Cares has raised funds for hurricane relief as well as the DFW metroplex alongside an organization called Win The Day that supports kids in the community of Celina, TX developing important life skills through participation in athletics.
In the wake of Harvey, JAB Cares raised over $65,000 in hurricane relief. The first annual Victory Bells Tournament took place in Lubbock, TX on September 11th and grossed over $100,000 for three organizations: the Jennie Bailey Endowment at Texas Tech, The Luke Siegel Foundation and New Hope Mission for Haiti. JAB Cares info here: https://www.jabcares.org/
Josh Abbott Band recently released their new album Until My Voice Goes Out to rave reviews and performed on the national television show Fox & Friends. JAB is now on the road in support of the album with a horns and string sections.
Texas native Emily Herring sings country that is pure and simple, and Gliding, Herring's fourth record, releasing on October 27th, is no exception. Gliding delivers raw emotion from a voice that conveys honky-tonk swagger (“Miller's in Milwaukee"), romantic warmth ("Midnight," “Best Thing”) and down-home truth ("Gettin' By") while showcasing Herring's sharp, honest storytelling.
The ten-track collection, which mixes originals with well-chosen covers, was produced by the legendary instrumentalist Steve Fishell whose involvement Herring notes was key to the project,
"Truthfully, Steve WAS the project. I had the tremendous opportunity to see him re-record Radney Foster’s Del Rio, TX 1959 for the Revisited album. Because Steve produced the original, and because this was the first Country album I ever bought, this was huge for me. What an opportunity! Steve runs a program, MPI, that is a production class. Students pay to watch some of the best Country musicians you can think of make a record and see the production side of that process. The tuition from the session helps pay for the recording session.
He’s done this for Asleep at the Wheel, Rodney Crowell, Kris Kristofferson.. the list is phenomenal. Steve isn’t just stellar production, he’s a steel player from hell. Steel and dobro are my favourite parts of the signature Country twang and having a producer who embodies the sound you like best is a good move. After that class, I made it my mission to make a record through MPI. When I finished working my last record, Your Mistake, I spent so much time writing and working on demos. I got my three best songs together, and wrote Steve a sincere plea for him to take this project on. Within an hour of writing, he called!
It was amazing… and that’s how I got to be the only unknown artist on the MPI roster. It's not every kid that gets to grow up and have the producer/steel player from the first Country album they ever bought work their record. I am forever grateful."
Today, TDC is honored to premiere the stellar Gliding for you to stream in full below.
While the songs on Gliding offer everything from aching, tender moments ("Yellow Mailbox," "Right Behind Her") to rollicking classics ("Semi Truck"), Herring chose to title the album after the album's emotional opener, "Gliding." She says,
"Despite the fact that the title track hinges upon a feeling of loss, I think that overall people think of gliding in a more optimistic way. I wanted to capitalize on that emotion. Good or bad, the feeling of gliding has a certain slowness, and stillness to it. You don’t have to be careening off a cliff.. you could be paragliding! So, there’s some deceitful depression when you listen to the song...But you make it over to Best Thing I’ve Seen Yet, and perk yourself up a little."
Genuine, distinctive, and affecting. Gliding soars.
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Dan Auerbach, announces a 7” Easy Eye Sound sampler, Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1, which will be released on Friday, November 24th, as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday initiative. The new 7” is a preview of upcoming releases on Auerbach’s label and features “Cellophane Angel,” an exclusive and unreleased track Auerbach recorded with the Preservation Hall Band, on Side A, and Robert Finley's "Medicine Woman"— the first single on Goin’ Platinum! due December 8th— and Sonny Smith's "Pictures of You" on Side B. Sonny Smith will be releasing a full-length album on Auerbach’s label soon. The 7” will be available at participating record stores, and more information can be found here.
Auerbach’s new solo album, Waiting On A Song, which NPR Music calls “a batch of sparkling pop songs that's sweet, breezy, and primed for summer,” is out now on Easy Eye Sound, and you can listen to it here. The album is Auerbach’s follow-up to 2009’s Keep It Hid and is his love letter to Nashville. As such, he recruited some of Nashville’s most respected players to write and record his latest, including John Prine, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas, Russ Pahl, Pat McLaughlin as well as Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys. Auerbach said about working with his musical heroes: “Living in Nashville has definitely changed the way I think about music and the way that I record it. I didn’t have all of these resources before. I am working with some of the greatest musicians that ever lived.”
Auerbach, along with Robert Finley, will appear on “A Prairie Home Companion” with host Chris Thile, on October 28th. With nearly 3.2 million fans from around the world tuning in to enjoy the show each week, “A Prairie Home Companion” is the only live music and variety show aired nationwide today.
Richmond, VA-based Rob Williams will release his new album, An Hour Before Daylight on October 27th. Full of turns and twists through a warm soundscape of folk, roots rock, and Americana twang, Williams songs address issues from loneliness and love to the plight of miners over a century ago. Williams, who has a doctoral in educational leadership, works to make a difference in song, to "seek truth in the marriage of lyric and melody."
Today, TDC is extremely proud to premiere one of the album's tracks, the instantly memorable "Don't Want To Love You." Williams relates the story behind the sadly optimistic tune,
“I had the idea of building a story around a wedding dress, and having the dress re-appear in verses throughout the song. I got so fixed on that structure that I couldn’t actually make progress on the song. By the time I finally abandoned that approach, I had a couple of verses and saw a storyline evolving. I just followed the path of the story from there. To me, this song carries a certain degree of hopefulness about it. Despite the appearance that things didn’t go the way the narrator wanted with the girl, he has emerged as the stronger of the two and moved on.” Further adding, “There’s hopefulness in this song. It may not sound like it initially, but that’s the underlying message.”
The song, a light on its feet, jaunty shuffler led by Williams warm, gentle vocals, has that inherent hopefulness he speaks of even as it focuses on an ex who is causing quite a bit of emotional distress for the narrator. Williams says he enjoys that particular dichotomy noting,
“I like contrast. I like it visually and lyrically. On the surface, this song is a little sad. The narrator pines for a girl who marries someone else. He’s kicking himself and wondering what might have been. But really, it’s a song about courage and confidence. In the end, when she wants him back, he’s strong enough to say no. Musically, the song is fairly light and bouncy. The chord arrangement is familiar, but the vocal delivery is choppy at times and maybe even a little awkward. I like that contrast as well. It feels natural to me.”
With his previous records Williams didn’t share his new songs until right before each session, but with this one, he wanted a little more control, so he rehearsed in advance, and then went to Great North Sound Society, a studio in an old house in the foothills of southern Maine. For eight days, amidst trees and open spaces, they got inside each song, found its heart and brought it to life. Williams says of recording the track,
“We went into the studio with the attitude that “less is more.” I didn’t want to over-do anything on this album, either performance-wise or production-wise. I think we accomplished that overall, and particularly with this song. There are places where more instruments might have accentuated verses or choruses, or where a guitar or piano solo might have fit in, but we stuck to the plan and let the songs speak for themselves without cluttering them up.”
In addition to “Don’t Want To Love You,” the stories on An Hour Before Daylight lead listeners to places that are autobiographical (“The Old North State”), hopeful (“Icarus Dreamt”), and lonesome (“Broken”), while some travel to the past (“Butte, Montana, 1885,” “Lucy, You’re Lovely”). Williams says his songwriting process, “has traditionally been music first, but recently I’ve been forcing myself to try it the other way around. When I first started out, I played guitar in a band but didn’t sing. I wasn’t writing words, so chords and music were my focus. As I’ve adapted to the singer/songwriter role, lyrics have naturally become more important and I’m finding that focusing on them independent of the music has been beneficial for my overall writing process.”
Rob Williams An Hour Before Daylight releases October 27th. Pre-order the album HERE.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Press Release) — For more than three decades, Flat Duo Jets have been the American rock underground’s secret, as hugely influential among musicians as they are obscure to the broader mainstream. And much of the Jets’ reputation is based on their first full-length album, the roots-rock landmark Flat Duo Jets, originally released on Dog Gone Records in 1990 — and coming back into circulation on a two-CD set, Wild Wild Love, to be released by Daniel 13 on October 20, 2017.
Singer-guitarist Dexter Romweber and drummer Chris “Crow” Smith were still teenagers when they formed Flat Duo Jets in Chapel Hill in 1984. Inspired in equal measure by the Cramps’ haunted rockabilly and vintage drive-in horror movies, they cooked up a metallic version of rockabilly that sounded as if it had been launched into the deepest quadrants of the astral plane.
“I had this place behind my mother’s house, The Mausoleum, and that’s where we formed the Jets,” says Romweber. “It was this campy ’40s horror kind of place. Gothic, but not English neo-gothic – more like the ‘Addams Family’ – and that’s what we tried to make Flat Duo Jets.”