Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NAMM 2017: IK Multimedia announces iRig Pro I/O, the next gen audio/MIDI interface

I'll be at NAMM this week updating everyone about some of the new music making products I catch. Media Preview Day officially is set to begin this afternoon, but I wanted to share this NAMM-related media release that just landed in my inbox...

IK Multimedia announces iRig Pro I/O - the next generation
ultra-compact audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC

iRig Pro I/O gives musicians and producers a pocket-sized mobile personal recording studio for all platforms, with high-definition audio I/O, professional quality preamp, MIDI input/output, and a huge software bundle

January 18, 2017 - Recording on the go just got a whole lot better. IK Multimedia is proud to announce iRig Pro I/O, the successor to its highly popular iRig Pro, the personal mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC and Android devices.

iRig Pro I/O is a simple "plug and play" interface that lets musicians hook up all of their gear - guitars, basses, studio mics, vocal mics, keyboards and more - to their mobile devices or computers and record 24-bit/96kHz pro-quality audio and MIDI tracks anywhere, any time. iRig Pro I/O features a high quality 1/8" headphone/line out with level control for use with the latest Apple devices like the iPhone 7 to connect to  headphones, mixers, or powered monitor speakers in an ultra-compact enclosure that fits in a pocket and can be carried anywhere.

24-bit, 96kHz Professional audio
At its core, iRig Pro I/O is professional audio interface - it gives players the ability to record 24-bit audio at up to 96kHz sample rate. This high-resolution ultra-compact interface rivals traditional desktop interfaces and provides stunning audio quality anywhere. The iRig Pro I/O preamp features a marked precision input gain control to adapt to a wide array of input signals giving it a tremendous amount of flexibility in a super-compact design. iRig Pro I/O features a multi-color LED indicator for visually optimizing the input gain level and monitoring of the input signal to prevent clipping.

iRig Pro I/O includes MIDI input and output ports to add connectivity with MIDI keyboards, controllers, synths, sound modules and more to record MIDI tracks, control virtual instruments, use control surfaces, connect outboard sound modules and more. The multi-color LEDs on iRig Pro I/O provide a visual of MIDI in/out activity.

1/8" Headphone/Line out
For real-time monitoring on the go with the latest iPhones, iPads and computers, iRig Pro I/O features a high quality 1/8" headphone/line output with level control. Users can hook up their headphones, connect to a mixer, or hook up a set of powered monitors like iLoud Micro Monitor. Either way, the headphone/line output delivers pristine, crystal-clear audio for ultra-accurate representation of the audio program.

Combo XLR/¼" Input
iRig Pro I/O features a Neutrik™ XLR/¼" combo input that lets users plug in all their gear - from dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones to unbalanced Hi-Z or line level instruments like guitars, basses and more.  iRig Pro I/O features a switchable 48V phantom power feature for powering condenser or active ribbon microphones. With the adjustable input gain control, users can easily recall and replicate the input gain setting for their instruments, and the multi-color LED provides a visual monitor of the input signal gain setting.

Battery, USB or DC Power with device charging function
iRig Pro I/O can operate with its onboard 2 x AA batteries (included) when connected to an iPhone/iPad, or on USB power when used with a Mac or PC. iRig Pro I/O also features a new DC in port that, when used with its dedicated power supply unit, will charge a connected iPhone or iPad while in use for unlimited playing or recording time, on stage and in the studio.

Over $/€500 worth of software and apps
iRig Pro I/O is the complete music production interface and provides amazing tools to make inspired music thanks to $/€543 MSRP worth of included IK software. Users get full versions of IK's award-winning titles like AmpliTube 4, AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad, SampleTank 3 SE and T-RackS Deluxe with Mic Room.

Pricing and availability
iRig Pro I/O will be available in April, 2017, from the IK Multimedia online store and IK authorized dealers worldwide for an astonishing low price of only $/€149.99. In addition to the amazing bundle of included software, iRig Pro I/O comes with 2 x AA batteries, Mini-DIN to USB and Mini-DIN to Lightning cables, and two 5-Pin MIDI to 2.5mm cables for connection to standard MIDI gear.

*Prices exclude taxes.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Aimee Mann's highly anticipated new album 'Mental Illness' out March 31 + Single “Goose Snow Cone” debut

I was super excited to get this media release today, announcing the new album from Aimee Mann (and her first in five years!)...


Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness, her first album in five years, will be released on March 31 via her own SuperEgo Records. The record follows 2012’s Charmer, which Rolling Stone proclaimed “shows off the more pop-oriented side to her usual acoustic tendencies.” With this follow-up, she returns to a more musically soft-spoken but still lyrically barbed approach, as heard in the album’s lead single, “Goose Snow Cone,” which debuts today. Listen/share the track here: aimeemann.comMental Illness can be pre-ordered now at
Mental Illness shows off Mann’s rich, incisive and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a “finger-picky” style inspired by some of her favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records, augmented by haunting strings arranged by her longtime producer, Paul Bryan. Additional players includeJonathan Coulton on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Jay Bellerose on drums, Jamie Edwards on piano, John Roderick as a co-writer and Ted Leo (who recently joined her in a joint side project, The Both) as a background singer.

On this eleven-track album, the Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer remains a student of human behavior, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends. “I assume the brief on me is that people think that I write these really depressing songs,” Mann says. “I don’t know—people may have a different viewpoint—but that’s my own interpretation of the cliché about me. So if they thought that my songs were very down-tempo, very depressing, very sad, and very acoustic, I thought I’d just give myself permission to write the saddest, slowest, most acoustic, if-they’re-all-waltzes-so-be-it record I could…I mean, calling it Mental Illness makes me laugh, because it is true, but it’s so blunt that it’s funny.”
In support of the release, Mann confirms a headlining North American tour this spring, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and more. Tickets can be purchased here: See below for complete tour details.
After several albums with Til Tuesday, Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo Records. In addition to her solo albums, she has appeared on many film soundtracks, most notably the song score for Paul Thomas Anderson’sMagnolia, with “Save Me” landing her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song.
In 2014, Mann joined up with Ted Leo for a more rock-oriented duo project, releasing a self-titled album under the name The Both. Other extracurricular activities since Charmerranged from playing herself on the hit TV series Portlandia to performing for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House. Named one of The Huffington Post’s “13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter,” Mann has gained a diehard social media following for her quick wit and stinging observation.
  1. Goose Snow Cone
  2. Stuck In The Past
  3. You Never Loved Me
  4. Rollercoasters
  5. Lies Of Summer
  6. Patient Zero
  7. Good For Me
  8. Knock It Off
  9. Philly Sinks
  10. Simple Fix
  11. Poor Judge
April 20Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre
April 21—Philadelphia, PA—Keswick Theatre
April 22—New York, NY—The Town Hall
April 24—Boston, MA—The Wilbur Theatre
April 25—Albany, NY—The Egg Center For The Performing Arts
April 26—Toronto, ON—Danforth Music Hall 
April 28—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark
April 29—Chicago, IL—Park West
April 30—Milwaukee, WI—Pabst Theatre
May 2—Madison, WI—Barrymore Theatre
May 3—Minneapolis, MN—Fitzgerald Theatre
May 5—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre
May 6—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room
May 8—Missoula, MT—The Wilma
May 9—Seattle, WA—Neptune
May 10—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall
May 12—San Francisco, CA—Fillmore Theatre
May 13—Los Angeles, CA—The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Far-flung sounds on display

Early 2017 has already seen a slew of notable new album releases, including titles featuring Nathan East, Dennis Coffey, Eric Johnson, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and England Dan & John Ford Coley.

Artist: Nathan East
Title: Reverence (Yamaha Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: Fourplay; Earth, Wind & Fire
Tell me more: Bassist Nathan East has performed on many of the most celebrated hits in the history of pop and modern jazz, so it is little surprise he continues to chart a winning course on his new sophomore solo effort Reverence. A founding member of the contemporary jazz troupe Fourplay, East's new collection finds the virtuoso bass player assisted by an all-star team of top players including Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire (on an infectious remake of that group's "Serpentine Fire"), saxophone master Kirk Whalum, singer Ruben Studdard, jazz pianist Chick Corea, singer Yolanda Adams and others. Information:

Artist: Dennis Coffey
Title: Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' at Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge (Resonance Records)
You might like if you enjoy: 1960s Motown and soul recordings, 1960s jazz
Tell me more: The previously-unreleased tracks on Dennis Coffey's Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' at Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge celebrate not only the artistry of the famed guitarist, but of the Detroit music scene of the late 1960s and the adventuresome spirit of that decade. A native of Detroit, Coffey was a groundbreaking member of the Funk Brothers studio band who played on a slew of classic Motown Records hits. Along with his band Lyman Woodard (Hammond B-3 organ) and Melvin Davis (drums), he also was a frequent performer at several Detroit clubs that allowed him to explore and extend his musical muse beyond Motown. On "Hot Coffey in the D" there are potent and smoking live takes on a wide range of material, including the soul nugget "Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over," Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love" and Jimmy Webb's "By The Time I Get to Phoenix." The deluxe edition includes a 56-page book of liner notes with archival photos, essays by producers Zev Feldman and Kevin Goins, and interviews with key players including Coffey. Information:

Artist: Eric Johnson
Title: EJ (Provogue)
You might like if you enjoy: Rik Emmett, Laurence Juber
Tell me more: On his 12th studio album titled EJ, Texas guitar great Eric Johnson has set aside his electric instrument and takes listeners on a distinctively different sonic journey via intimate material featuring his vocal work adorned with his top-tier work on acoustic guitar and piano. One of the greatest and most original electric guitar masters in the history of the instrument, Johnson's artistic voice is equally strong in the acoustic territory that plays out over the 13 tracks on the self-produced EJ. There are breathtaking instrumentals ("Mrs. Robinson," "Once Upon A Time In Texas," "The World is Waiting For The Sunrise"), beautiful ballads (the piano and violin anchored "November") and genre-blending confessionals (the jazz-tinged "One Rainy Wish," ambitious "Wrapped In A Cloud"). Many of the songs here venture far beyond cliche territory as evidenced by "Wonder" and "Water Under The Bridge," the latter a potent message on moving on beyond the pain of the past. Information:

Artist: Ronnie Baker Brooks
Title: Times Have Changed (Provogue)
You might like if you enjoy: Vintage Trouble, Tommy Castro, Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Tell me more: From the rock 'n' soul of "Show Me" and "Long Story Short" to Memphis soul of the textured title track and the smooth R&B gem "When I Was We," Ronnie Baker Brooks' solid return Times Have Changed is pure joy. As if the Chicago bluesman's own talents as vocalist and guitar slinger were not impressive enough, a talented parade of notables guest on the album; Todd Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters adds vocals and electric guitar on the heavy blues rocker "Doing Too Much" while his father, the legendary Lonnie Brooks, adds some fiery guitar work on "Twine Time." Information:

Artist: England Dan & John Ford Coley
Title: The Very Best of England Dan & John Ford Coley (Varèse Sarabande)
You might like if you enjoy: 1970s pop-rock, Dan Seals, Paul Davis, America
Tell me more: The recording duo of England Dan & John Ford Coley helped create a sound that is forever associated with the pop rock sound of the 1970s. Listening to the outstanding collection The Very Best of England Dan & John Ford Coley is to rediscover song craft enhanced by the two singers' sweet harmonies and artful arrangements. Beyond the bona fide hits ("I'd Really Love to See You Tonight," "Nights Are Forever Without You," "We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again"), there are some real treasures - especially the affecting "Soldier in the Rain" and a spirited cover of Todd Rundgren's "Love is the Answer." In addition to the duo's best known hits, the collection also includes the rare Japanese single "Keep Your Smile" and two songs from the "Just Tell Me You Love Me" movie soundtrack. Information:

Robert Kinsler

George Harrison's Vinyl Box and Book Release on February 24, 2017 to mark his 74th birthday

My inbox is packed with big news, and I wanted to kick things off with this release as it relates to George Harrison...


  GEORGE HARRISON - THE VINYL COLLECTION  Vinyl Box Set Includes Thirteen Albums From 1968-2002, plus 12” Picture Discs 

59 Additional Handwritten Lyrics, Photographs and Memories to be Published in New Extended Edition

(Los Angeles – January 17, 2017) The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection (UMe) box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time.

The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George’s classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12” single picture discs of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’.  All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analogue master tapes were used for the new re-masters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout.  The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with All Things Must Pass as a limited edition title.

George’s autobiography I Me Mine – The Extended Edition  (Genesis Publications) 

George Harrison’s I Me Mine was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980.  It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison's own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality and philosophy.  This new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison’s career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now.

George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection vinyl LP box set contains:

Wonderwall Music (1968) | 1 LP
Electronic Sound (1969) | 1 LP
All Things Must Pass (1970) | 3 LP *limited edition piece
Living In The Material World (1973) | 1 LP   
Dark Horse (1974) | 1 LP
Extra Texture (1975) | 1 LP
Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976) | 1LP
George Harrison (1979) | 1 LP
Somewhere in England (1981) | 1 LP
Gone Troppo (1982) | 1 LP
Cloud Nine (1987) | 1 LP
Live In Japan (1992) | 2 LP
Brainwashed (2002) | 1 LP
12” Picture Disc Singles of ‘When We Was Fab’ and ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ (only available as part of the box set)
Also available, the perfect companion for the vinyl set is the George Harrison Essential III  turntable. This elegant piece is manufactured and designed by Pro-Ject Audio Systems, one of the world’s leading suppliers of record players. The artwork was designed by Studio Number One based on an exclusive 2014 art-print lithograph designed for the Harrisons by Shepard Fairey. This turntable is limited to 2500 worldwide.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Catching up on 2016 essentials

It would be criminal to bid a final farewell to 2016 without catching up on a handful of essential collections that came out last year.

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Title: Havana Moon (Eagle Rock)
You might like if you enjoy: The Rolling Stones
Tell me more: Watching the concert film or listening to the accompanying audio recording of the performance featured on The Rolling Stones' Havana Moon is to be in awe. The Stones' amazing return in 2016 included the release of the band's terrific blues album "Blue & Lonesome," as well as the legendary concert staged in Havana, Cuba on March 25, 2016 and now available commercially. Performing a free concert before a crowd estimated to be around a million, the Stones delivered a high-powered 138-minute concert featuring stellar takes on most of the band's biggest hits including "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Start Me Up," "Miss You," "Gimme Shelter," "Brown Sugar" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Every fan of the band should get this release (available as a Blu-ray+2CD or DVD+2CD version). Information:

Artist: John Doe
Title: The Westerner (Cool Rock Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Dave Alvin, John Doe, The Doors
Tell me more: Released in early 2016, John Doe's aptly-titled The Westerner is an album that has continued to gain momentum as the months raced by. Recorded in Arizona, there is a spacious and rousing sound across the fast-moving disc. Highlights include the train-themed twangy delight "Get On Board," rollicking "Go Baby Go" (featuring guest vocals from Debbie Harry of Blonide), the swirling acoustic nugget "Alone in Arizona" and rockabilly-tinged "My Darling, Blue Skies." In addition to the aforementioned contributions from Harry, the album includes guest appearances from Chan Marshall of Cat Power and Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West. Doe has also received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio book "Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk" (Penguin Random House). Looking ahead, area fans can catch Doe when he performs at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio on April 29, 2017. Information:

Artist: Jake Shimabukuro
Title: Nashville Sessions (JS Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Laurence Juber, Jake Shimabukuro
Tell me more: It is no exaggeration to note that Jake Shimabukuro has radically advanced the stature of the ukulele more than any player in the Hawaiian instrument's history. Shimabukuro's latest album, Nashville Sessions, finds the uke master and two of Nashville's top session players (bassist Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings) delivering a thrilling master class in instrumental music crafted over a mere six day span. Standouts on the outstanding collection include the infectious rock foray "Man of Mud," freewheeling jazz jam "Galloping Seahorses," gentle "Ballad" and melodically-rich "Celtic Tune." It is the fusion of Shimabukuro's virtuoso dexterity, melodic sense and the artful inclusion of electric sounds with the authentic ukulele itself that makes this recording so special. Information:

Artist: Davy Knowles
Title: Three Miles From Avalon (WYAN)
You might like if you enjoy: Jeff Healey, Rory Gallagher
Tell me more: Fans of original and authentic modern-day blues guitar will want to check out the latest album from singer-guitarist Davy Knowles. The guitarist shows off his solid fretwork across Three Miles From Avalon, including on the spirited rocker "Ain't Much Of Nothin'," soul-blues original "What You're Made Of," Chicago blues burner "Falling Apart," the slide guitar-anchored blues blaster "Never Gonna Be The Same" and ambitious title track. As if his guitar chops aren't impressive enough, Knowles has a potent singing voice and writes songs that are compelling and authoritative. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Sights and Sounds: Tom Chaplin, Zac Brown Band, Tommy Emmanuel, Noam Pikelny

Happy Friday everyone! Here is a roundup of some pretty exciting news as it relates to upcoming tours and releases...

Tom Chaplin releases debut Solo Album
 'The Wave' today, January 13 via Arts & Crafts
Keane Lead Singer Embarks on Intimate North American Tour 

"Stunningly raw and lovely." - Yahoo! Music

"The most gorgeous, anthemic, uplifting music of Chaplin's career." - The Telegraph    
"Keane singer Tom Chaplin bares his emotions and confronts his demons on 'The Wave,' a solo debut with soaring vocals vulnerable and victorious." - Daily Mail

Watch Music Video for New Single 'Quicksand'
Watch Acoustic Performance of 'Hardened Heart' 

New York, NY - January 13, 2017 - Tom Chaplin, frontman of beloved British alt-rock outfit Keane, has released his debut solo album, The Wave, today via Arts & Crafts. He is kicking off a string of intimate tour dates tomorrow, January 14 in Atlanta and wraps up the tour on February 3 in San Francisco. The Wave features eleven incredibly honest and ultimately uplifting songs written by Tom, produced by Matt Hales (Aqualung, Lianne La Havas) and recorded in Pasadena, California and London. The album is now available on iTunesAmazon and Spotify.

You may think you know Tom Chaplin. His soaring, emotional voice lay at the center of Keane, the anthemic, multi-million selling British band who scored 5 number one albums between 2004 and 2013, delivering such unforgettable hits as "Everybody's Changing," "Is It Any Wonder?" and "Somewhere Only We Know." But even at the height of his fame, there was a side to the singer hidden from the world. Now, after a three year journey to hell and back, Tom Chaplin returns with his extraordinary solo debut The Wave, a self-penned album revealing the real man behind the songs. It is a journey from utter despair to redemption, love and self-acceptance, told with enormous, emotional pop music. The voice is the same. The songs tell a whole new story.

The Wave is a powerful album of self-destruction and recovery. "I wanted there to be no wall between the truth of my experiences and the listener. I felt that was the place to be. No holds barred," says Tom. "It is not a concept album but there is a narrative arc, from the depths of despair to a kind of resolution." Yet it is far from a harrowing listening experience, glittering with the rich melody, anthemic drive and high production values that people have come to expect from Keane.

From the first evocative track 'Still Waiting', Tom takes us on quite a bumpy ride, a cinematic journey through life's ups and downs that is both uplifting and incredibly moving."Buried in the rubble, there's a boy in trouble, reaching for a piece of the sky," he sings."Clawing at the wreckage, sending out a message, dying to get back to the light". The music, vocal prowess, and total warmth of this track encapsulates everything this wonderful album is about.

Another highlight, 'Hardened Heart', deals with some of the demons Tom has lived through with an endearing clarity and honesty. While the album occupies some dark spaces, its defining emotion is life affirming and joyous. "Musically we wanted 'Quicksand' to tread that fine line between joy and despair while making the chorus heartfelt and uplifting."
This is the first time Tom Chaplin has stepped outside of Keane. His unmistakable voice drives all eleven tracks with a range of emotions, never previously scaled.

Watch Chaplin's video for the new cut "Quicksand" below:

Tom Chaplin's The Wave was released in the U.S. on January 13, 2017.
North American Tour Dates:
01/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
01/15 - Nashville, TN @ City Winery
01/17 - Washington DC @ The Lincoln Theatre
01/19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
01/20 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
01/21 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
01/23 - Montreal, Canada @ Lion D'Or
01/24 - Toronto, Canada @ Mod Club
01/25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues, Cambridge Room  
01/26 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
01/28 - Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater
01/29 - Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater
01/30 - Austin, TX @ 3TEN
02/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
02/03 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall 

Full Tracklisting for 'The Wave':
01.     Still Waiting
02.     Hardened Heart
03.     The River
04.     Worthless Words
05.     I Remember You
06.     Bring The Rain
07.     Hold On To Our Love
08.     Quicksand
09.     Solid Gold
10.   See It So Clear
11.   The Wave

Zac Brown Band Announces 40+ Date "WELCOME HOME" 2017 North American Tour

Band Currently In Studio Recording New Album Out May 12, 2017

Zac Brown Band will kick off their 2017 headlining North American concert tour on May 12, 2017 in their hometown at Atlanta's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. The 40+ date tour sees the band returning to stadiums and amphitheaters nationwide including Hollywood Bowl, Wrigley Field, Coors Field, Gorge Amphitheatre and Camden's BB&T Pavilion where last year they broke the record for the best-attended show in the venue's 22-year history. "We’re looking forward to heading back on the road in 2017 and sharing some new songs with our fans,” Brown said.

Rolling Stone has said that the band's live show "reaches far behind the boundaries of country music, roping in everything from Metallica covers to EDM-inspired light displays." The band's 2016 "BLACK OUT THE SUN" US concert tour received widespread acclaim with reviewers calling it "a rollicking...musical odyssey" and ”a dazzling... explosive performance" with “musical brilliance and craft."

2016 was a record-breaking year for the multi-platinum artists. In addition to breaking attendance records at Camden's BB&T Pavilion, the band made Fenway Park history with the most tickets sold at a single concert, the most tickets sold over two nights of concerts by the same artist and the first band to sell-out seven consecutive shows over three years at the ballpark. Other milestones included the band's debut album The Foundation being certified 5X platinum and a career-spanning exhibition entitled "Homegrown: Zac Brown Band" that explored Zac Brown Band's rise to fame at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Watch "BLACK OUT THE SUN" Tour Highlights: 

Zac Brown Band will also perform at their Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Charleston, SC on Saturday and Sunday May 20 and May 21. The groundbreaking, premier Americana event and one-of-a-kind festival will feature some of the most impressive music acts and artisan food earning the fest its long-running title of Charleston City Paper's reader-voted "Best Music Concert." 
The band is currently in the studio recording a new album that returns to their roots entitled ‘WELCOME HOME,’ out May 12th. Every online ticket order includes a choice of a physical or digital copy of the new album ‘WELCOME HOME.’ 

Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music's most heralded acts. Their latest platinum-certified album 'JEKYLL + HYDE,' out now on Southern Ground Artists/John Varvatos Records/Big Machine Label Group/Republic Records, marks the band's third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Together with their four platinum-selling albums, 'JEKYLL + HYDE,' 'Uncaged,' 'You Get What You Give,' and 'The Foundation,' and their 2013 project 'The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1,' the band has sold over eight million albums to date. The band has earned a historic series of fifteen #1 hit radio singles and became only the second artist to top both the country and active rock formats. "Homegrown", the band's first single off of 'JEKYLL + HYDE,' earned the title of the "No. 1 most-heard song of 2015" according to Mediabase.
Zac Brown Band is: Zac Brown ( vocals/guitar), Jimmy De Martini (vocals/violin/guitar), John Driskell Hopkins (vocals/guitar/banjo/ukulele), Coy Bowles (vocals/keys/guitar), Clay Cook (vocals/guitar/keys), Chris Fryar (drums), Daniel de los Reyes (percussion) and Matt Mangano (bass).
Zac Brown Band is managed by ROAR, a Beverly Hills-based artist and brand management company. The band is also represented by CAA, public relations firm Shore Fire Media and strategic digital marketing agency Girlilla Marketing. Additional information can be found at

Zac Brown Band 2017 "WELCOME HOME" Tour Dates:
May 12 / Alpharetta, GA / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
May 13 / Alpharetta, GA / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
May 20 / Charleston, SC / Southern Ground Music and Food Festival / MUSC Health Stadium
May 21 / Charleston, SC / Southern Ground Music and Food Festival / MUSC Health Stadium
May 26 / Gilford, NH / Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
May 27 / Gilford, NH / Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
May 28 / Gilford, NH / Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
June 8 / Detroit, MI / DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 9 / Cuyahoga Falls, OH / Blossom Music Center
June 10/ Columbus, OH / Ohio Stadium - 2017 Buckeye Country Superfest
June 11 / Pittsburgh, PA / KeyBank Pavilion
June 23 / Bethel, NY / Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 24 / Syracuse, NY / Lakeview Amphitheater
June 25 / Darien Center, NY / Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 1 / Milwaukee, WI / Milwaukee Summerfest
July 6 / Hartford, CT / XFINITY Theatre
July 7 / Holmdel, NJ / PNC Bank Arts Center
July 8 / Holmdel, NJ / PNC Bank Arts Center
July 14 / Camden, NJ / BB&T Pavilion
July 15 / Camden, NJ / BB&T Pavilion
July 16 / Bristow, VA / Jiffy Lube Live
July 29 / Denver, CO / Coors Field
August 4 / Detroit Lakes, MN WeFest - WeFest Amphitheatre
August 19 / George, WA / Gorge Amphitheatre
August 20 / Brownsville, OR Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival
August 25 / Indianapolis, IN / Klipsch Music Center
August 26 / Chicago, IL / Wrigley Field
August 27 / St. Louis, MO / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 
August 31 / Toronto, ON / Budweiser Stage
September 1 / Toronto, ON / Budweiser Stage
September 2 / Saratoga Springs, NY / Saratoga Performing Arts Center
September 3 / Hershey, PA / Hersheypark Stadium
September 15 / Dallas, TX / Starplex Pavilion
September 22/ West Palm Beach, FL/ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre 
September 23/ West Palm Beach, FL/ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre 
September 24 / Tampa, FL / MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 5 / Charlotte, NC / PNC Music Pavilion
October 6 / Raleigh, NC / Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
October 8 / Virginia Beach, VA / Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
October 27 / Mountain View, CA / Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 28 / Los Angeles, CA / Hollywood Bowl

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. local time. The Zamily Fan Club pre-sales will begin on Tuesday, January 17th at 10:00am local time. 
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 17th at 2pm.
A Citi® cardmember presale begins Tuesday, January 17th through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details, visit

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Acoustic Guitar Legend Tommy Emmanuel
to Release ‘Music Gone Public’ DVD
on February 3, 2017

On February 3, world-renowned “fingerstyle” guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel will release Tommy Emmanuel - Music Gone Public, a DVD collection of “greatest hits” from Tommy’s previous PBS airings. It includes seven never-before-seen performances and musical collaborations, and features personal stories about the songs and performances from Tommy himself. 

The first season of Music Gone Public – Curated Concerts for Public Television was met with enormous success. The season featured programs created by producer Peter Berkow, including artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Frankie Moreno, Frank Vignola, and Antsy McClain, to name a few. Emmanuel’s program was a bit unique. Rather than highlight one concert, his episode combined many of his great performances for PBS over the last decade from previous features such as Center StageTommy Emmanuel & Friends - Live from The Balboa Theatre, and Live and Solo from Pensacola, Florida

Tommy Emmanuel’s five-decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide, along with two GRAMMY nominations. Maintaining a tour schedule of nearly 250 shows a year, Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s reader polls. Emmanuel’s catalogue includes more than 20 musical recordings of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, utilizing both electric and acoustic guitar. He has made six live performance DVDs, and six additional instructional DVDs. Tommy Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM) and the holder of an honorary Master’s Degree (MA).

‘Tommy Emmanuel – Music Gone Public’ Track List1. Nine Pound Hammer (from Center Stage)
2. The Bug (from Live & Solo from Pensacola)
3. Angelina  (from Live & Solo from Pensacola)
4. Guitar Boogie (from Live from The Balboa Theatre)
5. Avalon with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo (Previously Unreleased)
6. Mombassa/Drums (from Center Stage)
7. Miyazaki’s Dream (from Live & Solo from Pensacola)
8. Blood Brother (from Live & Solo from Pensacola)
9. The Trails (from Live & Solo from Pensacola)
10. Tall Fiddler (from Center Stage)
11. Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Previously Unreleased)
Special Features Track List (All Tracks Below Are Previously Unreleased)1. Tears for Jerusalem 
2. Haba Na Haba 
3. Golliwoggs’s Cakewalk 4. Nuages with Frank Vignola 5. If I Had You with Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, and Vinny Raniolo

Tommy Emmanuel's 2017 US Winter Tour
Feb 16-17 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre 
Feb 18 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Feb 19 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Feb 21-22 – Newberry, SC – Newberry Opera House 
Feb 23 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre of Durham  
Feb 24 – Charlotte, NC – McGlohand Theatre  
Feb 25 – Lancaster, PA – Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival
Feb 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theatre 
Feb 28 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Theatre  
Mar 1 – Troy, NY – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 
Mar 2 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Perfomring Arts Center 
Mar 3 – Newton, NJ – Newton Theatre 
Mar 4 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
Mar 5 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music
Mar 7-8 – Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere 
Mar 9 – Richmond, VA – Carpenter Theatre 
Mar 10 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center 
Mar 11 – Greenville, TN – Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Mar 12 – Bluegrass Underground -The Cave at Cumberland Caverns – McMinnville, TN

Banjo Virtuoso Noam Pikelny's "Musical Manifesto"
Universal Favorite Set For March 3 Release on Rounder
Solo Dates Announced for Winter and Early Spring

No Depression Premieres "Folk Bloodbath" 
Listen Here: "Folk Bloodbath"

On March 3, banjoist Noam Pikelny - considered by many to be the finest of his generation, will release Universal Favorite, his Rounder debut.  While Pikelny, a seven-time Grammy nominee best known for his work as a founding member of Punch Brothers, has three previous solo efforts,  Universal Favorite is truly his solo debut. The new release features only the man himself. He recorded the album live in the studio without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, and for the very first time, he also sings, revealing a resonant baritone that conveys humor and melancholy in equal measure. 
Pikelny, the recipient of the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, calls Universal Favorite "my musical manifesto. It's the most personal statement I've put forward. The setting couldn't be more stark, and I think it lays bare my musical core. At times it's autobiographical, as these songs I gathered illuminate the path I've traveled so far. Most importantly, it's an incredibly honest solo album, in that there are honestly no other people on this record other than me."
Universal Favorite also marks Pikelny's debut as a multi-instrumentalist. In addition to his 1941 Gibson Banjo, Pikelny plays a carefully chosen assortment of vintage and exotic instruments that includes a four-string resophonic guitar from 1928, a 1953 Telecaster, and a 1938 Kalamazoo flat-top guitar.  An obsessive collector of vintage instruments, Pikelny is fascinated by the insights they provide into bygone days-the way these objects connect the present with the past.
"Each of these instruments has a unique story and has known the world much longer than I have. Picking them up makes me feel more connected with generations that have come before. Perhaps this bond with old instruments that are filled with character and charisma makes performing solo feel less lonely."
In fact, the title Universal Favorite was inspired by a banjo made around the turn of century. "I stumbled upon an old catalog from the S.S. Stewart Banjo company and saw their 'Universal Favorite' model and thought, 'That is the most audacious thing I've ever seen. Who would have the gall to make a product and officially name it 'Universal Favorite?'"
 The album, produced by his fellow Punch Brother Gabe Witcher and engineered by longtime collaborator Dave Sinko, features a dozen new recordings of original compositions as well as covers of tunes by Josh Ritter ("Folk Bloodbath"), and Elliott Smith ("Bye"),  Roy Acuff ("My Tears Don't Show"), and Roger Miller ("I've Been a Long Time Leavin' (But I'll Be a Long Time Gone"). No Depression premiered "Folk Bloodbath" today. 
Universal Favorite carries a great deal of history, yet it remains relevant and bears the artist's own innovative touch. "I've always loved the ability of a great bluegrass or country song to conjure up days gone by but simultaneously be current and ripe for reinterpretation. And the real power is that when music really does its job, when it fully resonates, our world becomes more interconnected. It cultivates a community of people who share in that response. That community can be encapsulated on stage within an orchestra or within a five-piece band. That bond can be between one person standing alone onstage and the people in audience."
Pikelny will embark on a solo tour that commences February 1, 2017 in Provo, Utah and concludes in Nashville in early April. A full list of dates is below.

Noam Pikelny - Solo Tour - Early 2017
2/1 BYU Arts at Madsen Recital Hall Provo UT
2/10 Club Helsinki Hudson, NY
2/11 Sanders Theatre Cambridge, MA
3/2 The Green Fog Bellingham, WA
3/3 The Triple Door Seattle, WA
3/4 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ
3/5 McCabe's Guitar Shop Santa Monica, CA
3/8 eTown Hall Boulder, CO
3/9 Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek, CO
3/10 Wheeler Opera House Aspen, CO
3/11 Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill Denver, CO
3/13 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
3/14 Des Moines Social Club Des Moines, IA
3/15 Old Town School of Folk Chicago, IL
3/17 Old Rock House St. Louis, MO
3/18 Live at the Ludlow Garage Cincinnati, OH
3/19 The Kent Stage Kent, OH
3/20 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
3/22 Carnegie Lecture Hall Pittsburgh, PA
3/24 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
3/25 Harold Prince Theatre Philadelphia, PA
3/26 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Great Barrington, MA
3/27 The Stone Church Newmarket, NH
3/29 Barns at Wolf Trap Vienna, VA
3/30 Isis Asheville, NC
3/31 The Earl Atlanta, GA
4/1 Modlin Center for the Arts Richmond, VA
4/3 Savannah Music Festival (early show) Savannah, GA
4/4 Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga, TN
4/7 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN