(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.”
Iconic Newfoundland singer-songwriter, best-selling author, actor and recent recipient of the Order of Canada, Alan Doyle released his third solo album, A Week at The Warehouse today (October 13th) via Universal Music Canada.
A Week at The Warehouse was recorded live off the floor with Doyle’s band and legendary producer Bob Rock at the helm. The album is chock-a-block with country-tinged, radio-ready tunes that carry Doyle’s signature blend of traditional and modern flavors. Rock’s own band, Payola$, is celebrated with a cover of “Forever Light Will Shine” – which includes a guest vocal from none other than Paul Hyde. The album’s first single, the call to the campfire salvo “Summer Summer Night” was released in June of this year, with a second to follow.
Stream the video for "Summer Summer Night"
Doyle was the lead singer of iconic Canadian band Great Big Sea, known for fusing traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have all been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada. His third solo album continues to cement Doyle’s reputation a
Amy Helm Announces SKYLARK Concert Series Featuring Nicki Bluhm,Rachael Yamagata, Carolyn Wonderland and more
(Press Release) This November, Amy Helm and some of her closest friends and collaborators will hit the road for three very special SKYLARK shows. The evening will feature an all-female lineup of musicians, singers and songwriters from Helm's hometown of Woodstock, NY and beyond. The tour begins on November 3 at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY and will make stops at City Winery in New York for two shows on Saturday, November 4 and Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT on Sunday, November 5.
From the rhythm section to the vocalists, these woman play and sing with grace and fire. The evening will first both long term musical partnerships and first-time collaborations. SKYLARK will feature performances by Nicki Bluhm, Cindy Cashdollar, Jennifer Condos, Emily Gimble, Amy Helm, Shelley King, Allison Miller, Simi Stone, Carolyn Wonderland, and Rachael Yamagata.
"I can't wait to dig into the collaborations with these fine musicians and singers," said Helm of the upcoming SKYLARK shows. "The songs, voices, and musicians cover all the ground we need, from kick-ass boot stomping funk, to heart breaking melodies and quiet, masterful playing. This group of ladies is surely a force to be reckoned with!"
Amy Helm's most recent release, her critically-acclaimed solo debut Didn't It Rain, was released in 2015 via eOne Music. The album was embraced by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Relix, Rolling Stone and firmly established her as a solo artist.
While Didn't It Rain was her first official album as a solo artist, Helm has been making music most of her life. She's already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated alt-country/ collective Ollabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.
11/3: Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios - SKYLARK
11/4: New York, NY - City Winery - SKYLARK (Two Shows)
11/5: Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall - SKYLARK
11/18: Jay, VT - Foeger Ballroom, Jay Peak Resort
Iconic Songwriter John Prine, Bootsy Collins, Maria Maldaur and OthersOn Tap to Honor 2017 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductees
Memphis, TN (Press Release)
In August, the Hall of Fame announced the names of 7 honorees for the Friday, October 27 Induction Ceremony, which bring the total Hall of Fame roster to 67. They include Sun Records icon and member of the original Class of ’55, Roy Orbison, Booker T. Washington alum and co-founder of the supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, prolific Stax and Hi Records horn section, The Memphis Horns, father of Memphis guitar blues, Frank Stokes, gospel singer and songwriter, Cassietta George; Sun Records performer and producer who later had a huge influence on Nashville’s country music scene, “Cowboy” Jack Clement, and artist manager and civil rights lawyer who also helped start the Beale Street Music Festival 40 years ago, Irvin Salky.
John Prine will be performing and participating in the induction of longtime friend “Cowboy” Jack Clement. Bootsy Collins will participate in the induction of Maurice White. Maria Maldaur will be performing and honoring Frank Stokes. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame is also looking forward to the Memphis return of Valerie June, who will be performing in a raucous tribute to Roy Orbison. Additional performers and presenters are expected to be announced.
The 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. The show will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50 and $100 and are available at the Cannon Center, at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
The Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum launched the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012 to pay proper tribute to the hundreds of legendary musicians who helped place Memphis, Tennessee on the world map and, in doing so, created the music that changed the planet. In 2015, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum also opened the Memphis Music Hall of Fame museum, located at 126 Beale Street at Second Street, adjacent to Hard Rock Cafe. Additional information about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is available at www.memphismusichalloffame.com.
Nashville, Tenn. (October 13, 2017 Press Release) — Grammy Award-winning country music group Shenandoah hits radio airwaves with brand new music today. The world premiere of the legendary group's new single, "Noise," airs today at 4:50 PMcentral time exclusively onSiriusXM Prime Country (Ch. 58). An interview with radio personality Mike Terry and a live performance of the band's biggest hits will follow the debut. Shenandoah recently inked a recording contract withBMG for the new single and forthcoming album.
The single marks a historic moment for Shenandoah. It's been 20 years since the group has released new music to country radio
At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight Spotlights the Legendary Radio Show in a Historic 20-CD Box Set Due October 20th
Featuring more than 25 hours of music, this unprecedented collection comes packed in an LP-sized package complete with a 224-page hardcover book with rare performances from stars like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Kitty Wells, George Jones, and Webb Pierce, as well as
a previously unknown Hank Williams recording.
Rolling Stone Country premiered unheard Hank Williams track: http://rol.st/2gf77XJ
SHREVEPORT, La. (Press Release) — For more than two decades, the Louisiana Hayride radio show was a Saturday night staple for music lovers. Broadcast by Shreveport, Louisiana’s KWKH-AM from 1948-1960, Hayride stood as the chief rival to the now better-known Grand Ole Opry. While the Opry favored established Nashville stars, Hayride offered headliners and newcomers alike an opportunity to perform. It was this policy that led Hayride to say “yes” to a young singer from Tupelo, Mississippi after the Opry said “no.” That singer, Elvis Presley,debuted on the show in October 1954 and later made his first TV appearance on the television version in March 1955.
Presley’s 15 songs here (which include “That’s All Right,” “Baby Let’s Play House,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Don’t Be Cruel”) are just a fraction of the more than 500 tunes stockingAt the Louisiana Hayride Tonight. Bear Family Records’20-CD box set holds a treasury of long-buried live Hayride performances — many of which have never been heard since the day they were broadcast — with perhaps the rarest of these rarities being the previously unknown recording of “I’m a Long Gone Daddy” by Hank Williams.