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New Releases September 15, 2017

Bruce Cockburn: Bone on Bone

Bone On Bone is Cockburn’s first album since 2011’s Small Source Of Comfort. “There have been so many times in my life when an invitation has come from somewhere… The cosmos… The divine… to step out of the familiar into something new. I’ve found it’s best to listen for and follow these promptings. The song is really about that. You can stay with what you know or you can pack your bag and go where you’re called, even if it seems weird – even if you can’t see why or where you’ll end up.” – Bruce Cockburn.
Bruce comes to Sonoma County on Tuesday October 3 at 1pm for an interview and performance on KRCB FM with me, Doug Jayne.
I’ll be interviewing, Bruce will be performing.

 

Foo Fighters: Concrete And Gold

The first studio album in three years from Dave Grohl and his Foos, . “I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.” So speaks Grohl of the mission statement made manifest in Foo Fighters’ ninth epic, the aptly-titled Concrete and Gold. The album was written and performed by Foo Fighters, produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, and mixed by Darrell Thorp. Initial writing sessions only involved Grohl, who continued being in seclusion from the band, although he initially struggled, feeling “out of practice” and “creatively atrophied” due to his longer than usual break from music. After twelve or thirteen rough ideas were mapped out, he ran them by the band, who shared Grohl’s belief that he was on the right track with the material.

 

Prophets Of Rage

rap rock supergroup consisting of three members of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave (bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk), two members of Public Enemy (DJ Lord and rapper Chuck D), and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. Prophets of Rage, their explosive, self-titled debut album, exemplifies the band’s commitment to creating a more decent and humane world. Produced by Brendan O’Brien fuses the diverse styles, sonic firepower and hard-hitting social consciousness of the group’s previous work into an inventive and commanding new musical statement.

 

Michael McDonald: Wide Open

the former Doobie Brothers member. Wide Open marks Michael McDonald’s first set of original material in 17 years. McDonald wrote Wide Open over several years and recorded the tracks at his Nashville studio with drummer Shannon Forrest (Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Toto) and a crew of the city’s session players and features collaborations with guitarist-singer Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule), guitarist Robben Ford, bassist Marcus Miller and saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

 

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams: Contraband Love

Multi-instrumentalist/singer Larry Campbell and singer/guitarist Teresa Williams have long provided musical firepower for fellow artists including Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Little Feat, Phil Lesh and Friends, and Rosanne Cash. When the duo stepped onto center stage in 2015 with their Red House Records debut, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, the response was immediate: the release placed them atop the Americana radio charts, Mojo called them “The first couple of Americana” and Uncut gave the album 9/10 stars, describing it as “Passionate, eloquent, spilling over with regal harmonies… channeling Emmylou and Gram.” In January 2017, armed with a new collection of Campbell originals, the pair headed back into the studio with longtime drummer/engineer Justin Guip and new bassist Jesse Murphy to record their follow up. Contraband Love represents a leap forward for Larry and Teresa as they dive even more deeply into their shared pool of musical and life experience. Williams continues to impress as a vocalist, turning in stunning performances on Campbell originals “Contraband Love” and “Save Me From Myself.” Her interpretive skills are showcased on two surprising covers: the Carl Perkins classic “Turn Around” (featuring drumming by Levon Helm on one of his last sessions), and “My Sweetie Went Away,” penned in 1923 and popularized by Bessie Smith. High octane originals “Hit & Run Driver” and “The Wishing Well” give Campbell ample room to show off his vocal prowess as well as his legendary dexterity as a guitarist. Campbell particularly shines on his soul ballad “When I Stop Loving You,” co-written with Stax Records songwriting legend and recent Grammy winner William Bell. Building on the bedrock of album one, Contraband Love features adventurous songwriting, powerful new interpretations of their blues and gospel influences, sterling musicianship and some achingly vulnerable vocals by Teresa and Larry as they tackle emotionally stormy themes of love and betrayal.

 

Cat Stevens / Yusuf: The Laughing Apple

2017 release from the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens. The Laughing Apple was produced with Paul Samwell-Smith, the original producer behind Yusuf’s landmark recordings, including 1970’s seminal Tea for the Tillerman. The Laughing Apple follows the common ’60s template of combining original songs with covers, though the covers on this album are Yusuf’s own. The album’s cover features Yusuf’s own illustration, the first time since 1972. Yusuf has drawn additional works of art for each of the 11 songs on The Laughing Apple.

 

Musiq Soulchild: Feel The Real

Musiq’s no nonsense conversational songwriting style and buttery vocals earned him a recording contract as he took on an illuminating, life-changing last name. Musiq Soulchild was born. Everything down to his meticulous throwback soul man image (his trademark apple jack cap and designer shades) screamed superstar. Soon Musiq’s name was being mentioned alongside modern-day R&B royalty like Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Usher, D’Angelo, Maxwell, and Jill Scott. But he wanted more. “Truthfully, the success I had out the gate was different than how people now make it out to be,” Musiq recalls. “I didn’t have a chance to revel in that amazing moment of having my first two albums go platinum. I was dealing with political issues, writers, producers, and managers. The labels were trying to get me to be something that I didn’t want to be. I’m from the streets, so I wasn’t use to people telling me what to do [laughs]. It turned into, ‘Well, if you want this check you might want to compromise.’ But even with that negative experience, I got to do what I love, which is inspire people.” Musiq Soulchild’s Grammy nominated Life on Earth in 2016 represented an intriguing chapter in the striking career of an artist who continues to search for new muses; new sounds. With Feel The Real, the future is now.

 

Wyclef Jean: Carnival III: The Fall & Rise of a Refugee

2017 release. Carnival III: The Rise and Fall of a Refugee is the third installment in the Carnival series by Wyclef Jean featuring contributions from Emeli Sande, Supah Mario, The Knocks, and Lunch Money Lewis. Wyclef is known for his wealth of musical influences from jazz to classic rock to reggae. With his critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated debut The Carnival, he launched himself as a producer and solo artist whose work drew from elements of pop, country, folk, disco, Latin, and electronic music. As a solo artist, Wyclef Jean has released six albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including 1997’s The Carnival and 2000 s The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book.

 

Ringo Starr: Give More Love

Give More Love, Ringo’s 19th studio album features all new recordings with special guests Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Don Was, Richard Marx, Steve Lukather and more, plus new renditions of previously released tracks like ‘Photograph” and “You Can’t Fight Lightning.” When the Beatles officially split in 1970, Ringo defied the odds and achieved the most commercial solo success of all four fabs during the first part of the ’70s. While he was eventually eclipsed by his former bandmates midway through that decade, he has continued to release a series of albums that embrace his past while also carving out his own style that can only be called ‘Ringo-esque’!

 

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready

The story of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s stunning album, Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready, begins in that city, where she was born at Collins Chapel Hospital, located not far from where the album was recorded. Dee Dee’s father, a trumpet player, also affectionately known as “Matt the Platter Cat”, was a DJ at WDIA, the top Memphis radio station. Even when the family moved to neighboring Flint, Michigan, as a young girl Dee Dee would listen to the great sounds of the Memphis music scene by tuning-in late night from across state lines. And oh what a music scene it was! Dee Dee was determined to recapture the same magic and history of the blues, R&B and soul classics in the recordings that were originally made in or associated with Memphis including “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Try A Little Tenderness,” “Can’t Get Next To You” and “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” “The result of this recording is an album that sounds like Memphis and feels like Memphis but also, sounds and feels as only a Dee Dee Bridgewater album can

 

Wynton Marsalis: Handful Of Keys

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests take you through 100 hundred years of jazz piano on Handful of Keys. Star pianists Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, Helen Sung, Isaiah J. Thompson, and the JLCO’s own Dan Nimmer grab hold of all 88 keys and reveal the full breadth of the piano’s evolution over the 20th century. This landmark live performance will released on 9/15/17 by Blue Engine Records. – Recorded on opening night of the 2016-17 Jazz at Lincoln Center season, Handful of Keys showcases a band in full stride, burning through electric arrangements of beloved compositions from Jelly Roll Morton, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, and more. With guests ranging in age from 13-year-old prodigy Alexander (recently featured on 60 Minutes) to 89-year-old American treasure Hyman, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO survey jazz piano’s past and give the stage to several prodigies.

 

Willie Watson: Folksinger 2

For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him. Southern gospel. Railroad songs. Delta blues. Irish fiddle tunes. Appalachian music. Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for it all. Produced by David Rawlings, the album carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs don’t actually belong to those artists, though. They don’t belong to anyone. Instead, they’re part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson.

 

Gizmodrome

Gizmodrome is an “All Star band” made up of Stewart Copeland (The Police), Mark King (Level 42), Adrian Belew (ex King Crimson, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads) and Vittorio Cosma (PFM and Elio e le Storie Tese). This album brings the audience back to when rock music was played by unique musicians, when daring was a must, when listening to an album was an experience to enjoy from the first to the last song. Fans of the bands the four Gizmodrome members are coming from, will find it all again on this album which promises to be one of the “must have” of 2017!

 


Deer Tick 1 and Deer Tick 2
Both albums were recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Each features 10 new tracks, meaning Deer Tick fans will be getting 20 new songs this fall. What’s more, the albums showcase different sides of the band, one softer and the other grittier. – Vol. 1 will highlight the Rhode Island outfit’s acoustic folk rock side, harkening back to where they started on albums like their War Elephant debut. A press release says the 10-track effort highlights frontman John McCauley’s “masterful, introspective and observational” songwriting with songs that document “inner struggles and external conflicts with a perfect balance of heartfelt sincerity and wry wit.” The album will include tracks led by guitarist Ian O’Neil (“Hope is Big”) and drummer Dennis Ryan (“Me and My Man”).

 

Hank Williams III: Greatest Hits

Hank Williams III’s Greatest Hits presents fifteen of Hank III’s biggest selling country songs for the first time in one package. This collection simultaneously showcases Hank’s strong country influences from his legendary heritage as well as his own outlaw edge. Shelton Hank Williams, better known as Hank III, is an outlaw, a battler of convention. He comes by it naturally: The third generation of Hanks, and the third generation to tilt nobly at country traditions and white-collar establishment sensibilities. After all, this 39-year-old semi-reformed punk-metal drummer is the son of Hank Jr., a blue-collar hero who has difficulty ducking controversy even on something as Richard Nixon and apple pie American as Monday Night Football.

 

Angus & Julia Stone: Snow

The first notes of Snow are instantly transporting. The guitar is a scratchy, wooden memory laid over a moment of silence. The gently driving organ beat emerges and takes you with it, beginning the next enchanting journey from brother-sister duo, Angus and Julia Stone. “Running from the start, here we are again,” Julia sings. “Running from the start, here we go again,” comes her brother’s reply. Plot-wise, Snow is yet another confident advance on a story which now accounts for over half a million album sales in Angus & Julia’s homeland of Australia alone. The Sydney-born siblings produced and largely engineered it themselves, in Angus’s cottage studio, Belafonté, in the Byron Bay hinterland.


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Jack Johnson, The National, Tori Amos and more

NEW RELEASES September 8, 2017:

Jack Johnson: All The Light Above It Too on CD and LP

Jack Johnson returns with his eighth album All The Light Above It Too. Includes the first single “My Mind Is For Sale”. Jack is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and a former professional surfer. He is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. Johnson has reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010, and From Here to Now to You in 2013. Johnson’s In Between Dreams album peaked at #2 on the chart in 2005 and again in 2013.

 

Gregg Allman: Southern Blood on CD & LP

the final studio album from the late, great rock icon. Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock ‘n’ roll throughout the past four decades. This is Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated solo landmark, Low Country Blues. Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where Duane Allman and the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, Southern Blood is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career. This emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn serves as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.

 

The National: Sleep Well Beast on CD & LP

the seventh album from the alt-rock band. The album’s first single, ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’, blends elements of The National’s signature indie rock anthems with a shot of disco funk. A shuffling drum beat and a grimy guitar loop mix with a slow-burning blend of piano, synths and horns that rise at the end with Matt Berninger’s rousing plea, “I can’t explain it/ Any other, any other way.” The band recorded the album primarily at guitarist Aaron Dessner’s studio, Long Pond, in Hudson Valley, New York, while additional sessions took place in Berlin, Paris and Los Angeles. Dessner produced the record with his brother, guitarist Bryce Dessner, and Berninger.

 

Neil Young: Hitchhiker on CD and LP

archive release from the iconic singer/songwriter. The songs on Hitchhiker were recorded in a single night with the intent of being released as an album. In his memoir Special Deluxe, Young described the session, “It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances… I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke. Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console.” Many of the songs surfaced on Young albums American Stars ‘n Bars, Decade, Comes a Time, Rust Never Sleeps, Hawks & Doves, and Le Noise, albeit in different forms. Hitchhiker also contains a pair of never-before-released songs: “Hawaii” and “Give Me Strength,” which Young has occasionally performed live.

 

Tori Amos: Native Invader on CD

the 15th studio album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Native Invader is the long-awaited follow-up to her 2014 album Unrepentant Geraldines. Tori’s confessional style of writing sees her continue to push boundaries with her music. Her messages of empowerment, tenderness, acerbic assertiveness and her utterly peerless sound speaks to audiences across the globe. On this album, Tori delves even deeper into her personal experiences, and the standard is there to be seen. Says Tori: “The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?

 

Living Colour: Shade on CD and LP

the sixth studio album from the veteran rockers. Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun recorded the follow-up to 2009’s The Chair In The Doorway with producer Andre Betts. “Shade is the sound of a band coming to terms with it’s shadows and light,” says Reid. “From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, Shade is the next chapter of a unique American journey.”

 

Jonny Lang: Signs on CD

Signs is not merely a return the artist’s guitar-based beginnings, but an embodiment of an even more elemental sound. Beyond focusing attention on his soloing prowess, it is about recapturing the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar was front and center, fairly leaping out of the speakers. “A lot of my earlier influences have been coming to the surface, like Robert Johnson, and Howlin’ Wolf,” he reports. “I let the writing be what it was and that was sometimes not necessarily the blues.” At 15, Jonny Lang made a blues album, 1997’s Lie to Me, which went platinum and hit #1 on Billboard’s New Artist chart. At 17 he made another, Wander This World, which earned a Grammy nomination. Today, at age 32, he can’t listen to them. “It’s like torture,” he says. “It’s like going back and looking at your high school yearbook or something. But no, I wouldn’t change anything. It’s all a part of where you are presently as a person.”

 

The Waterboys: Out Of All This Blue on CD

The Waterboys Out Of All This Blue 2 cds – Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo, Out Of All This Blue will be available on Double CD and Double Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) and Deluxe Triple Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) . Out Of All This Blue contains 23 songs. String and brass sections were arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective. Mike Scott says of the record: “Out Of All This Blue is 2/3 love and romance, 1/3 stories and observations. I knew from the beginning I wanted to make a double album, and lucky for me – and I hope the listener – the songs just kept coming, and in pop colors.”

 

Fred Hersch: Open Book on CD

Fred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely lyrical pianist. The 7 pieces on Open Book offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for it’s profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz.

 

Mogwai: Every Country’s Sun on CD and soon on LP

Every Country’s Sun takes two decades of Mogwai’s signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. Produced by psych-rock luminary Dave Fridmann, it’s a structural soundscape built from stark foundations up; from a gentle, twinkling, synth-rock spectre to a solid, blown-out, skyward-thrusting obelisk. There’s percussive, dream-state electronics (“Coolverine”), church organs as chariots of existential fire (“Brain Sweeties”), tremulous, foreboding bleeping – possibly from a dying android (“aka 47”). Their most transportive album yet, it also hosts their most fully realized art-pop sing-along of their storied history, “Party In The Dark,” a head-spinning disco-dream double-helix echoing New Order and The Flaming Lips, featuring Braithwaite’s seldom-heard melodic vocals declaring he’s “directionless and innocent, searching for another piece of mind”. This is music as a keep-out chrysalis, protective audio armor through exalting organs and portentous, dissonant guitar fuzz warping at the edges, bending the world inside-out into a reality in which you’d much rather live. The last three songs ascend into explosive exorcism, closing with the colossal “Every Country’s Sun,” it’s searching intensity whooshing towards infinity in a dazzling cosmic crescendo.

 

Mike Stern: Trip on CD

About a year ago Mike Stern, one of the highest regarded most successful jazz guitarists alive today, had a terrible accident. He broke both shoulders when he tripped running across a street in Manhattan. Trip is his stunning return after multiple surgeries and a lot of gumption. More than just a comeback, this album is about Mike’s career and his musical partnerships which Mike loving refers to ‘as a trip’. Feeling sufficiently fortified, Stern and his stellar crew of sidemen – many of whom go back with him to the ’80s – went into Spin Studio in Long Island City between January and March of 2017 to record his 17th album as a leader. A powerhouse outing, Trip, features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans, the latter a bandmate in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981, bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.

 

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton: Wildflower Blues on CD and LP

Wildflower Blues, the debut album from The Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. ItÕs been eighteen years since Holland and Parton first joined forces, and with Wildflower Blues, they begin a new chapter in their ever-evolving creative relationship. On the album’s ten tracks, they weave together influences spanning jazz, blues, country, folk, rock, experimental, and the great wide history of American song, into their own kind of soul music. Wildflower Blues features mostly original tracks written by Holland and Parton, as well as reimagined versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Michael Hurley, and Townes Van Zandt. Despite this sonic vastness, there is a deep intimacy running through everything the pair creates. The duo’s songwriting is at the forefront throughout: emotive and raw, marrying words and sound to both the dark and light corners of life.

 

Tony Allen: The Source on CD

With his Blue Note-debut, The Source, Nigerian drummer Tony Allen sees a childhood dream come true. Allen says this is the “best in my life,” and with a career spanning over 50 years, that’s quite the confession for the Afrobeat pioneer and former Fela Kuti fixture. The Source represents Blue Note’s classic era while symbolizing the label’s innovative present.

 

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NEW RELEASES September 1, 2017:

 

LCD Soundsystem: American Dream on CD & LP

Tthe fourth studio album by the alt-rock band led by James Murphy. American Dream acts as the band’s first album in seven years, following This Is Happening (2010). Prior to the album’s release, LCD Soundsystem performed at large music festivals as well as smaller shows to promote their reunion. Two album tracks, “Call the Police” and “American Dream”, were released together as the album’s lead single. LCD Soundsystem announced their breakup in early 2011 and also announced that they would end with a show at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011. In October 2015, online publication Consequence of Sound reported that “multiple sources” could confirm that LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting in 2016 and that they would be headlining “high-profile music festivals in the US and UK.” Two months afterward, the band released the Christmas-themed track “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” acting as their first single in four years

Winwood Greatest Hits Live on CD

Two CD set. 2017 live release from the rock icon. Winwood: Greatest Hits Live is a collection sourced from Steve’s personal archives of live performances. With a 23-song track list handpicked by Steve, featuring his best-loved songs, Greatest Hits Live offers fans a definitive musical portrait of his five-decade career. The package features rare, previously unreleased material touching on all aspects of Winwood’s extensive catalog, including contemporary arrangements of the music he created with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and on his classic solo recordings. The collection channels R&B, jazz, funk, folk, classic rock, pop, and Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms, highlighting Winwood’s unique ability to fuse multiple genres into a singular, cohesive musical expression. The record not only demonstrates Steve’s mastery of the Hammond B3 Organ, but also showcases his remarkable guitar skills.

Joan Osborne: Songs Of Bob Dylan on CD

On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon. With performances honed by the time Osborne spent polishing them during Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan – two critically acclaimed two-week residencies she performed at New York City’s Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017, the seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called “a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer, ” winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan’s poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way. The album spans Dylan’s beloved standards from the ’60s and ’70s (“Masters of War, ” “Highway 61 Revisited, ” “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, ” “Buckets of Rain, ” “Tangled Up In Blue”) to some of Osborne’s favorites from his later albums including “Dark Eyes” (from 1985’s Empire Burlesque), “Ring Them Bells” (from 1989’s Oh Mercy), “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” (from 1997’s Time Out of Mind), and “High Water” (from 2001’s Love and Theft). “His versions are legendary and I’m not trying to improve on them, ” Osborne says. “I’m just trying to sing beautiful songs and let people hear them. It’s about trying to give a different shade of meaning to something that’s already great. ”

Walter Trout: We’re All In This Together on CD

The album will be out on CD, and soon on double vinyl. “We’re All In This Together” features Walter with a different guest on each track, including artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Joe Louis Walker, John Mayall and Joe Bonamassa. Gonna Hurt Like Hell (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) Ain’t Goin’ Back (feat. Sonny Landreth) The Other Side Of The Pillow (feat. Charlie Musselwhite) She Listens To The Blackbird Sing (feat. Mike Zito) Mr. Davis (feat. Robben Ford) The Sky Is Crying (feat. Warren Haynes) Somebody Goin’ Down (feat. Eric Gales) She Steals My Heart Away (feat. Edgar Winter) Crash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker) Too Much To Carry (feat. John Nemeth) Do You Still See Me At All (feat. Jon Trout) Got Nothin’ Left (feat. Randy Bachman) Blues For Jimmy T. (feat John Mayall) We’re All In This Together (feat. Joe Bonamassa)

Bill Evans: Another Time: The Hilversum Concert on CD

2017 archive release. Another Time: The Hilversum Concert is a rare, never-before-issued recording of the legendary Bill Evans trio featuring Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums captured live at the Netherlands Radio Union Studios on June 22, 1968. For the audiophile, this is possibly the best sounding live recording of Bill Evans found to date, captured with the state of the art equipment of the NRU. This deluxe CD features rare photos, essays, plus interviews with Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette and more.

David Grisman & Tony Rice: Dawg & T on CD

CD reissue. A live duet recording of a rare concert on October of 1997 by two virtuosos who started an acoustic revolution in the 1970’s

Grateful Dead: Road Trips 4 No.4 – Spectrum 4-6-82 on CD

It is the great honor at Real Gone Music to issue all 36 volumes of Dick’s Picks, The Grateful Dead’s landmark live concert series. Well, the diligence in releasing Dick’s Picks has had a “Ripple” effect, for now the band is entrusting us with releasing it’s subsequent live concert series, Road Trips! Unlike Dick’s Picks, which saw about two-thirds of it’s titles go to regular retail in their original incarnations, NONE of the entries in the Road Trips series were offered to retail outlets outside of the Dead’s own website. Since it worked so well with Dick’s Picks, we are reissuing the last titles first, and we have enlisted the series’ original designer, Steve Vance, to convert the original wallet packaging to customer-friendly triple-CD slimline jewel cases. This volume dates back to 1982, which, despite having been among the best years of touring for the Brent Mydland-era Grateful Dead, had seen only one authorized release (Dick’s Picks Vol. 32) from that year prior to the August 2011 release of this concert, and only one other since (one of the shows included in the Thirty Trips Around the Sun box); it remains probably the least-documented year in the band’s history when weighed against it’s overall quality. But that’s just one of the reasons Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4 belongs in any Deadhead’s library; this show, which hails from one of the band’s best and favorite venues, the Philadelphia Spectrum, kicks off a rock solid first set with “Cold Rain and Snow” segue-ing into “Promised Land” and follows it with sparkling versions of “Big Railroad Blues,” “Jack-A-Roe,” and “It’s All Over Now” among others, while set two gets off to a similarly strong start with an irresistibly funky “Shakedown Street” and winds up with a sublime encore of “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” with exceptional versions of “Truckin’,” “The Other One,” and “Morning Dew” in between. Bonus material from the previous night (including the rarely-performed “Deep Ellem Blues”) just add to the early ’80s goodness, all presented in HDCD sound.


John Prine September ’78
In the fall of 1978, John Prine found himself between the release of the folk-driven Bruised Orange album and the more rocking Pink Cadillac. During that period, the singer-songwriter returned home to Chicago for a show at Park West theater that saw Prine backed by an electric band for the first time in his career.
Prine released a recording of that performance on vinyl in 2015 with live-album September ’78, and today, it is released for the first time on CD.
The 10-track collection includes two cover tracks: The Righteous Brothers’ “Try To Find Another Man” and Elvis Presley’s “Treat Me Nice”.
Prine credits his rediscovery of the show to his wife, Fiona. “Interesting,” he said, “the little gems you find when the wife makes you clean out the basement … these are some good songs.”

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Nightbeats: Sonoma County music compilation ‘The Out There Tapes’ released


photo of John Courage by Darryl Bush for The Press Democrat
ESTEFANY GONZALEZ
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | August 30, 2017, 12:35PM

Out There at The Last Record Store — Remember when your car didn’t have auxiliary cord slots or Bluetooth capabilities to sync your phone to your stereo? Better yet, remember when CD players didn’t exist and tapes were all the rage?
Well, the majority of the local Americana music scene does. “The Out There Tapes” is a collection of songs by local acts such as Ashley Allred, Frankie Boots and The County Line, David Luning and Sean Hayes, just to name a few. The compilation was recorded at Gremlintone studios owned by local musician John Courage.
To celebrate the release of this collection of cool tunes, both The Crux and John Courage will play a free concert at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa this Saturday. Swing by to pick up a copy, or listen to cool rock n’ roll guitar riffs and creative sounds made via large metal chains.

BIG in-store on Saturday September 2 @ 2pm ish:
The Out There Tapes CD Release PARTY with
John Courage & The Crux
Please come.

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