NEW RELEASES for the week of February 26, 2016, and Georgia On My Mind

 

Bonnie Raiit: Dig in Deep

Bonnie Raiit: Dig in Deep

her twentieth album, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt comes out swinging. Dig In Deep is the follow-up to 2012’s triumphant Slipstream – the Grammy-winning, Top 10-charting first release on her own Redwing Records label – the new record illustrates the delicate balance of consistency and risk-taking that has defined Raitt’s remarkable career for more than 45 years. Now, with Dig In Deep, Raitt returns with her characteristic, incomparable blend of blues, rock, R&B, and pop, and a healthy dose of the signature slide work from the woman Rolling Stone named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” “I’m feeling pretty charged, and the band and I are at the top of our game,” adds Raitt. “I think all these years together pay off, and the best part is that we know how lucky we are to still get to make our livings doing something we love this much.”


 

George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison

George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison

Two CD + DVD edition. George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison was recorded and filmed on September 28th, 2014 at the The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. Produced by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine, Harrison stated, ‘I’ve always imagined a small club show where my generation of musicians could cut loose on some of the deeper tracks from his career… So, in a totally new and vibrant way, I once again found myself taking the stage with some of my most treasured musical heroes to the sound of the most familiar music in my life… I hope you enjoy listening to these as much as I do. They are some of the best interpretations of my father s songs I could have ever thought possible.’ The line-up includes Brian Wilson, Nora Jones, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Conan O Brien, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Britt Daniel from Spoon, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Dhani Harrison, Weird Al Yankovic, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Perry Farrell and many others.


 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I've Made

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:
This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

the long awaited follow-up to the acclaimed debut LP The Heist, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made was largely recorded over the course of a year in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. “What I couldn’t find in a hotel room, on the road or in Seattle, I found in the middle of nowhere” says Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty. The eclectic, raw, and emotional album is an honest look into the soul of two artists who “needed time to be human again.” It also marks the official release of the stirring “Kevin”, previously performed on the American Music Awards, and featuring Grammy nominated soul crooner Leon Bridges. This Unruly Mess I’ve Made includes platinum selling single “Downtown” (featuring Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, and Eric Nally), as well as “Growing Up” (featuring Ed Sheeran).


 

Willie Nelson: Sings Gershwin

Willie Nelson: Sings Gershwin

album of pop standards, penned by America’s legendary songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin, follows the selection of Willie as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Among the 11 Gershwin classics recorded by Willie Nelson for this album are two duets: “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” with Cyndi Lauper (the song was originally introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 film Shall We Dance) and “Embraceable You” with Sheryl Crow (the song was performed by Ginger Rogers in Girl Crazy, recorded by Billie Holiday in 1944 and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005). Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin hearkens back to Stardust, the 1978 blockbuster album of pop standards that secured Willie’s reputation as pop balladeer (in addition to his status as one of the architects of outlaw country music).


 

God Don't Never Change:  The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

God Don’t Never Change:
The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

Blind Willie Johnson’s seminal songs have inspired artists like Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton to interpret his musical vision. Produced by Jeffrey Gaskill, who helmed 2003’s Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan, God Don’t Never Change hits artistic pay dirt like few tribute albums have, and is brimming with outstanding performances by some of the biggest names in music. The artists are well-chosen and totally committed, and the new versions capture the raw beauty of the original recordings. There’s not a false note in the batch and moments of revelation are everywhere. From Sinéad O’Connor’s righteous cries on “Trouble Will Soon Be Over” and Derek Trucks’ and Susan Tedeschi’s reverent reading of “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning,” from Lucinda Williams’ slide guitar-fueled lament in “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and Tom Waits’ virtual embodiment of Johnson himself on “John The Revelator,” this record is packed with transcendent recordings that speak as much to the greatness of the performers as they do the enduring legacy of Blind Willie Johnson.


 

Emitt Rhodes: Rainbow Ends

Emitt Rhodes: Rainbow Ends

Emitt Rhodes stopped making albums in 1973. From his teenage start in The Merry Go Round (“Live,” covered by the Bangles and “Time Will Show The Wiser,” recorded by Fairport Convention) to his acclaimed solo career, Rhodes was destined for greatness. Sadly, in a storied battle of the record business, that run stopped. While he periodically appeared on other musicians’ records, Emitt Rhodes’ fourth true solo album never appeared. After being re-introduced via the inclusion of his track “Lullaby” in 2001’s The Royal Tennebaums, old fans rejoiced and new ones were born. Over a decade later, producer Chris Price approached Emitt about working on another record. He contacted friends including Roger Joseph Manning Jr and Jason Falkner (former Jellyfish and current Beck bandmates), Fernando Perdomo, Taylor Locke (Rooney) and New Pornographers’ drummer Joe Seiders, and they all entered Emitt’s home studio (where his classics were made), and emerged with the record the world has been waiting decades for-Rainbow Ends. In addition to Emitt’s all-star band, Rainbow Ends contains contributions from Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Jon Brion, Bleu, Nels Cline and Pat Sansone from Wilco, as well as members of Brian Wilson’s band, and more.


 

The 1975:  I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It

The 1975:
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It

The Manchester-bred band has built its reputation here and overseas on the strength of its rollicking live shows as well as its self-titled 2013 debut album, which entered the UK album chart at No. 1. It has done well over half a million in sales and stream album equivalents, fueled by the success of the gold-certified single Chocolate. The 1975, which is vocalist / producer Matthew Healy, drummer / producer George Daniel, guitarist Adam Hann and bassist Ross MacDonald, have performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.


 

Steel Panther: LIVE From Lexxi's Mom's Garage

Steel Panther: LIVE From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage

 

Deluxe CD/DVD edition. 2016 live acoustic release from the hair metal heroes. The Panther returns like you’ve never heard them before! Part narrative film, part live performance – all stripped acoustic and joined by a string section. Filmed at Lexxi’s Mom’s (played by Bobbie Brown, the Cherry Pie video vixen) garage, the band perform all of their hits plus a brand new song to a crowd of adoring females. At least that what they see in their head, and fortunately we’re along for the ride. Interspersed throughout are the bands exploits as they navigate life in the real world, with mixed results.


 

Anthrax: For All Kings

Anthrax: For All Kings

the 11th album from the veteran metal band. For All Kings is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2010 album Worship Music. Over it’s 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with it’s unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.” The band has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enem to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have it’s music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to demonstrate it’s just all about the music.


 

Santigold: 99 Cents

Santigold: 99 Cents

the long-awaited third album from the artist/producer. It took roughly eight months to manifest her new vision, with assists from a mix of collaborators with poppier visions such as producers Patrick Berger (Robyn, Icona Pop) and John Hill (Florence and the Machine, Charli XCX), alongside eclectic talents known more for globe-trotting sounds such as Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. She went into the studio with them intending to make a fun record.


 

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This Newsletter is dedicated to the memory of my first wife,
Georgia Ann Jayne who passed away on February 22.
In 1975, after losing our jobs in the auto industry, Georgia spotted a help-wanted ad for
Wherehouse Records. They were looking for manager trainees.
Even though I had mountains of LP’s, I had never considered working in a record store until that moment.
Had it not been for her sharp eye and encouragement, I might be working on
Volvo Warranty Claims rather than typing this newsletter.
Rest in peace, kiddo.
and THANK YOU

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Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

Georgia, Georgia,
The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind

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