Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Groundbreaking artists shine via remarkable returns

Five seminal artists are back with outstanding new releases. 

Artist: Johnny Marr
Title: Call the Comet (New Voodoo Records)
You might like if you enjoy: The Smiths, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Interpol
Tell me more: Since the breakup of The Smiths in 1987 guitarist Johnny Marr has carved out a wide-ranging path performing with everyone from The The and the Pretenders to Modest Mouse, Talking Heads and even famed composer Hans Zimmer! But the most astounding ripple in Marr's incredible journey has been a solo career launched with 2013's The Messenger. That album, as well as 2014's Playland and 2015's live import Adrenalin Baby, have rapidly established Marr as one of this decade's most exciting rock artists. On June 15, Marr released his third studio album Call the Comet, and the 12-song set offers definitive proof that while Marr's signature guitar work put him on the map his elevated songcraft and top-tier vocals guarantee listeners will be swept away and immersed across "Call the Comet." The disc's track listing shines from start to finish, with the spacious "Rise," evocative "Hi Hello," hypnotic "A Different Gun" and breathtaking "Walk Into the Sea" among the awe-inspiring songs. Johnny Marr will headline at the legendary Theatre at Ace Hotel on Oct. 4, 2018. Information: JohnnyMarr.com.

Artist: Snow Patrol
Title: Wildness (Republic)
You might like if you enjoy: Radiohead, Two Door Cinema Club, U2
Tell me more: Snow Patrol has returned with Wildness, the Northern Irish rock band's first new full-length album since 2011's Fallen Empires. A seven-year break feels like a lifetime when considering the span between studio albums (just think how many albums the Beatles released during the seven-year span between 1963's With The Beatles and 1970's Let It Be), but the good news for fans is Wildness delivers on the group's ambitious modern rock approach. Indeed, singer-songwriter-guitarist Gary Lightbody and company's mix of introspective lyrics and art rock dynamics are as affecting and compelling on "Wildness" as the troupe's 2003 breakthrough Final Straw. The songs frequently tackle the intimacy of love but in the context of the mystery of life's magic and fleeting fabric. The diversity of sounds and even the range and studio effects on Lightbody's vocals (much of the power of the disc comes courtesy of producer Jacknife Lee) on the pensive "Life On Earth," tender "Don't Give In" and deeply moving "Heal Me" are early standouts on the album. The anthemic "Empress," piano-anchored ballad "What If This is All The Love You Ever Get?" and powerful "Soon" are among this writer's other favorites. Finishing off the album is the introspective "Life and Death" which gracefully explores the connection between two souls. An outstanding return. Snow Patrol is going on a summer tour with Ed Sheehan, and will perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on Aug. 18, 2018. Information: SnowPatrol.com.

Artist: The Record Company
Title: All Of This Life (Concord Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Moreland & Arbuckle, The Record Company, Buddy Guy
Tell me more: Those who appreciate the blistering blues rock of Greta Van Fleet but complain that the Michigan outfit sounds too much like Led Zeppelin needs to check out the sophomore album from Los Angeles-based trio The Record Company. On All Of This Life, the trio (singer-guitarist Chris Vos, bassist-vocalist Alex Stiff and drummer-vocalist Marc Cazorla) proves to be the real deal unleashing a blistering hybrid of electric Chicago blues and classic blues rock that explodes out of the speakers. The album's undeniable lead-off track "Life to Fix" has a bona fide intensity and resonates with the impact of a favorite classic rock track. The Little Walter-styled harmonica blasts give "I'm Getting Better (And I'm Feeling It Right Now)" an additional flair on the equally amped-up follow-up single. Adding fuel to the band's firepower brand is the overall message about looking inward and working on one's own issues as part of a solution to help make the world we all share a little better (a message forcefully delivered via the slide guitar-drenched "Make It Happen" and the closing track "I'm Changing"). All Of This Life will be released on June 22. The Record Company has several regional concert dates set for this fall, including a San Diego House of Blues show on Nov. 9 and a date at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA on Nov. 10. Information: TheRecordCompany.net.

Artist: Dawes
Title: Passwords (HUB Records II LLC)
You might like if you enjoy: Buffalo Springfield, The Band, Dawes
Tell me more: Dawes' sixth album Passwords (set for release on June 22) taps into the 21st century with artistic timeliness to be sure. The lead-off track "Living in the Future" is a decidedly probing work that taps into the fast-paced world we call home. But the band's incursions extend beyond the quickening pace of how we struggle to connect with those around us beyond Tweets and Facebook posts. There is an intimacy and honesty that is at the heart of this special album and it helps elevate Dawes' California-styled folk rock beyond the reach of most of their contemporaries. Lead singer-songwriter Taylor Goldsmith clearly spends a lot of time thinking about love, loss and the meaning of life; the fact he is able to put his keen observations so clearly into song is a gift for which discerning listeners can be grateful. "Crack the Case," "I Can't Love" and "Never Gonna Say Goodbye" ooze melancholy even while the songs themselves are luxuriously beautiful. The jazz-tinged soul of "Feed the Fire" and reflective "Time Flies Either Way" show the remarkable range of the Los Angeles-spawned quartet. The ambitious "Telescope" makes an immediate mark, with its sophisticated and majestic soundscape adding weight to its lyrical refrain: "The Stronger the Telescope / The More Stars There Are."  Information: dawestheband.com.

Artist: Tami Neilson
Title: Sassafrass! (Outside Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Janiva Magness
Tell me more: The rise of the "Me Too" movement has extended beyond Hollywood-related issues of sexual assault and harassment to also serve as a greater cry by women around the world for equality in workplace and society at large. On Canadian-born/New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Tami Neilson's outstanding new album Sassafrass! there is no mistaking the 11-song album as anything less than a potent and masterful artistic statement on behalf of women everywhere. Wrapped in a musical mix of Americana, soul, country and blues, the songs across Sassafrass! are bolstered by Neilson's own life experiences as woman, mother and daughter. The aptly-titled "Stay Outta My Business" finds the singer playfully (and skillfully) letting everyone else to best worry about themselves. Beyond the straightforward lyrics, there is a magical glow to the music making across the disc. The opulent "Devil In a Dress" is enhanced by a rich musical canvas; the sparse "Smoking Gun," rockabilly romp "Kitty Cat" and gorgeous country ballad "Manitoba Sunrise at Motel 6" add additional layers of depth in expanding the album's focus on women. In addition to the powerful themes detailing and rallying against sexism, Neilson's potent talents as singer are on full display across Sassafrass! Information: TamiNeilson.com.

Robert Kinsler

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sights and Sounds: Shemekia Copeland, Passenger, The Rails, Eliza Gilkyson

Here is a round-up as it relates to some exciting new releases coming this summer...

Shemekia Copeland to release 'America's Child' on Friday, August 3, 2018

Produced by Will Kimbrough with guests including John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, J.D. Wilkes, Steve Cropper and others.

Shemekia Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar…she can do no wrong.
--Rolling Stone
Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time.  No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will.
--Chicago Tribune

America's Child is a groundbreaking, genre-bending work of beauty. Shemekia is one of the great singers of our time. This record introduces listeners to another side of her, and I predict it will result in many new fans. Her voice on these songs is nothing short of magic.
--Mary Gauthier 

Shemekia Copeland is the real deal. America's Child goes deep and Shemekia‘s voice -- a national treasure -- carries the songs effortlessly, whether topical, personal, spiritual, political or just plain raucous fun. Shemekia rears back her head and what comes out is humanity made vocal.
--Will Kimbrough

Award-winning vocalist Shemekia Copeland will release her potent new Alligator Records album, America's Child, on Friday, August 3, 2018. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America's Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise.

America's Child is by far Copeland's most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. The three-time Grammy nominee’s wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach. From America's Child's anthemic opening track, "Ain’t Got Time For Hate," to the closing lullaby, the traditional Go "To Sleepy Little Baby," Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.

With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time JumpersAmerica’s Child bursts with Copeland’s bravado and embraces with her tenderness. Gauthier and songwriter/executive producer John Hahn wrote two striking songs for the project. Smoked Ham And Peaches is a search for truth and tranquility in America, featuring Giddens on African banjo. Americans celebrates our collective diversity in all its forms and colors. American music legend Prine joins Shemekia for a stirring duet on his own Great Rain. Guitar great Cropper adds his scorching playing to the ballad Promised Myself, written by Shemekia's father, the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland. And her version of I'm Not Like Everybody Else transforms the Kinks song into a blues-fueled declaration of independence.

Upon the birth of her son Johnny Lee Copeland in 2017, Shemekia, with fresh eyes, began to take an even deeper look at the state of the world. Of the new album, she says, “After having a child, I started thinking about the world I brought him into, how it actually is and how I wished it was and all the things he will have to go through. And to live in this world today, you have to have a strong foundation like I did to make it through. So that’s what 'America’s child' means to me. I’m truly grateful to all the artists that joined me on this record – it wasn’t about the genre for anyone, it was about the music and mutual love and respect.”

When Shemekia broke on the scene at age 18 in 1998 with her groundbreaking Alligator Records debut CD, Turn The Heat Up, she instantly became a blues and R&B force to be reckoned with. News outlets from The New York Times to CNN praised Copeland's talent, larger-than-life personality, and true star power. With each subsequent release, Copeland's music has continued to grow. From her debut through 2005's The Soul Truth, Shemekia earned eight Blues Music Awards, a host of Living Blues Awards (including the prestigious 2010 Blues Artist Of The Year) and more accolades from fans, critics and fellow musicians. 2000’s Wicked received a Grammy nomination. Two highly successful releases on Telarc (including 2012's Grammy-nominated 33 1/3) cemented her reputation as a singer who, according to NPR's All Things Considered, "embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops and fearless look at social issues."

Copeland returned to Alligator Records in 2015 with the Grammy-nominated Outskirts Of Love. She won the 2017 Living Blues Readers’ Award for Blues Artist Of The Year (Female), the same distinction she won the year before. She also took home the 2016 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of  The Year. Outskirts Of Love won the BMA for Best Blues Album Of The Year. MOJO said Copeland was "spectacular, stirring, sanctified and sassy." 

Shemekia Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television, NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She's sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeff Beck calls her “amazing.” Santana says, “She’s incandescent…a diamond.” In 2012, she performed with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr. and others at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

Now, with America's Child, Shemekia Copeland is standing on the cusp of her greatest success. Her intensely empowering, American music is as insightful as it is fun. Upon release of the album, she'll tour nationwide, including a showcase performance at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville in September.

NPR Music says, "She brings a perfect balance of authority and understatement to each song." No Depressionadds, "When Shemekia Copeland opens her mouth, everybody pays attention. She pierces your soul. This is how you do it, and nobody does it better than Shemekia Copeland."

Passenger takes listeners on a road trip of the U.S. with new album 'Runaway,' out on August 31, 2018

North American Summer Folk Festivals Include Newport Folk Festival, Festival D’Été International and Winnipeg Folk Festival

Following the release of the new single “Hell Or High Water,” UK singer/songwriter Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) has announced his new album Runaway is set for release on August 31, 2018Runaway, available for pre-order HERE, was recorded between the UK and Australia, but its aesthetic is North American, thanks in large part to his American father who organized trips back to the States every other summer while Mike was growing up in Brighton, UK.  While some songs point to specific locations such as Yellowstone or Detroit, Mike imagined all the new songs unfolding against a backdrop of American landscapes, which led to a month long road trip across the U.S. to create a series of live acoustic versions of each album track, and videos to match.

The gorgeous video for “Hell Or High Water” was shot over a few days across various national and state parks, including Monument Valley, Valley of Fire, Death Valley and Joshua Tree.  Says Rosenberg,“These epic and vast landscapes really help to portray a feeling of being lost in a hopeless quest for answers.”

Sonically, too, Runaway draws on Americana more so than past Passenger albums. There is some lap steel, some mandolin, a little banjo, all courtesy of guitarist Benjamin Edgar. Rosenberg is also joined on the album by bassist Rob Calder, drummer Peter Marin and keyboard player Jon Hansen

Passenger will be appearing at a slew of summer festivals across the globe, with North American stops atNewport Folk FestivalFestival D’Ete InternationalWinnipeg Folk FestivalCalgary Folk Festival,BluesFestVancouver Island Folk Festival, and LL Bean Summer Series. Details on a North American headline tour are expected in the coming weeks.

Runaway follows 2016’s Young As The Morning Old As The Sea, which debuted at #1 in the U.K.,AustraliaNew Zealand and Switzerland, and saw Passenger play his largest headline tour to date, with a total audience of over 1.4 Million across 29 countries97 gigs and 23 busking shows, including 13,500 people at Amsterdam’s ZiggoDome.

Passenger gained worldwide recognition with breakout, multi-Platinum single “Let Her Go” (2012), which went #1 in 19 countries and today has 780+ Million worldwide streams and just under 2 Billion YouTube views.

Stay tuned for many more announcements from Passenger in the coming weeks…

Runaway Track Listing:
1. Hell Or High Water
2. Why Can’t I Change
3. Heart To Love
4. Let’s Go
5. He Leaves You Cold
6. Ghost Town
7. Runaway
8. Eagle Bear Buffalo
9. To Be Free
10. Survivors
11. Survivors (Live from Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, CA)
12. To Be Free (Live from Dauphin Rd, Vineland, NJ)
13.  Eagle Bear Buffalo (Live from Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area, UT)
14.  Runaway (Live from Joshua Tree National Park, CA)
15. Ghost Town (Live from Michigan Theatre, Detroit, MI)
16. He Leaves You Cold (Live from Unityville, PA)
17. Let's Go (Live from Trough Rd, State Bridge, CO)
18. Heart To Love (Live from a Rooftop in Manhattan, NY)
19. Why Can't I Change (Live from Tahkenitch Landing Campground, Gardiner, OR)
20. Hell Or High Water (Live from Santa Monica Beach, CA)

Passenger North American Summer Festivals:
Thur, July 5    Ottawa, ON @ BluesFest
Fri, July 6       Quebec, QC @ Festival D'Été International
Sun July 8       Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
Sat, July 14     Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver Island Folk Festival
Thur, July 26  Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
Sat, July 28     Freeport, ME @ LL Bean Summer Series
Sun, July 29    Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

Click HERE for a full list of Passenger tour dates.

Folk-rock royalty The Rails are touring North America this summer 

Dates with the Pretenders, new album out with Thirty Tigers on June 29
The Rails are a duo brought together by serendipity. Kari Thompson and James Walbourne first met during sessions for an album by Kami’s mother Linda Thompson, and there was never any doubt that the way forward was to stay open to the vagaries of chance and embrace new possibilities. Four years later, the duo have created an album that emphatically vindicates the pair’s restless curiosity. The Rails’ second album is one which lays itself open to the stormy weather of life, be it when addressing the desultory self-justifications of an abusive husband in the broodingly poignant "Dark Times," or the everyday ups and downs of James and Kami’s own relationship in "Drowned In Blue".

Comprised of ten original compositions, plus four bonus tracks, Other Peopleout June 29 with Thirty Tigers, is a record rooted in change: both musical and circumstantial. For James, after a ubiquitous presence on lead guitar for artists such as The PretendersEdwyn Collins and Ray Davies, it was time to inject a bit of voltage into the group he formed with Kami after they became an item in 2011. Key to that process was finding the right producer. At the very top of James’ wish-list was Tennessee-based producer Ray Kennedy, who had impressed him with the “off-the-scale psychedelic country treatment” he meted out on Steve Earle’s benchmark 2000 album Transcendental Blues: “To my amazement, Ray said he’d be up for it. We travelled to his studio, knowing that we had seven days to nail it.” The pressure of the deadline audibly brought out the best in the players assembled to tease out Kami and James’ vision for the songs – a vision which they described to Kennedy as “folk-rock on steroids.” The synergy summoned by the players is abundant throughout Other People, be it "Late Surrender," which seems to locate a perfect equidistant point between Roy Orbison and Lucinda Williams, or the yearning desolation of Kami’s vocal on "Mansion Of Happiness."

The Rails upcoming Tour Dates

Mon 2 July        Nashville TN - Ryman Auditorium *
Tue 3 July         Louisville KY - Palace Theatre *
Thu 5 July         Covington KY - Octave +
Fri 6 July           Cincinatti OH - Taft Theatre *
Sat 7 July          Northfield OH - Hard Rock Live *
Sun 8 July         Indianapolis IN - Murat Theatre *
Tue 10 July        Milwaukee WI - Riverside Theater *
Wed 11 July       Grand Rapids MI - 20 Monroe Live *
Mon 16 July       Minneapolis MN - The State Theater *
Wed 18 July       St Louis MO - Peabody Opera House *
Thu 19 July        Des Moines IA - Stephens Auditorium *
Mon 23 July       Los Angeles CA - Moroccan Lounge +
Wed 25  July      New York NY - Mercury Lounge +

+ Rails headline show
* main support to The Pretenders

Eliza Gilkyson set to release 'Secularia' 

The two-time Grammy nominee returns with a new studio album
on July 13 via Red House Records 

AUSTIN, TX: Renowned GRAMMY-nominated folksinger Eliza Gilkyson will release her 20th album, SECULARIA, on July 13 via Red House Records. She's premiering the first single, "Solitary Singer," at Folk Alley. The song features lyrics by Eliza's grandmother, Phoebe Gilkyson, set to music by her father, folk legend Terry Gilkyson. The song became the title of a weekly folk-music themed radio show he hosted in the early 1950s for the Armed Forces Radio Network. "The song bears witness to the profound harmony of the natural world, the antithesis of music tied to an industry, and the foundation upon which I was raised," Gilkyson says. 

Gilkyson's music, in the classic folk music tradition, has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in with each song a window into a world of struggle and beauty in a culture she feels is "caught somewhere between collapse and reinvention." The follow-up to her GRAMMY-nominated 2014 release, The Nocturne DiariesSECULARIA is a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs, challenging us to embrace a more inclusive perspective, to respect all life and to be accountable for our actions in these divisive times.  

The album features a stunning performance with the internationally acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, (David Byrne, Bob Schneider), vocal cameos by Shawn Colvin and gospel singer Sam Butler, and a duet with her friend, the late Jimmy LaFave, as well as two songs adapted from poetry written by her grandmother, Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, co-written with Eliza's father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson. Recorded with what she calls a "spare urban folk approach," the album features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder.  As always, she's assembled a group of some of Austin's finest players to back her in the studio: Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Warren Hood, Kym Warner (The Green Cards), Andre Moran, Mike Hardwick (Jon Dee Graham, Charlie Sexton), Betty Soo and more.

The concept that evolved into SECULARIA has been percolating for years. Gilkyson is a daughter of the feminist movement and the project is equally inspired by the writings of the movement's early pioneers and today's #metoo movement.  Feminist pioneer Mary Daly wrote in 1973, "If God is male, then male is God. The divine patriarch castrates women as long as he is allowed to live on in the human imagination." Like many women living in 21st century America, Gilkyson is questioning the patriarchy that has for so many centuries fundamentally shaped society.  

"How much of my life has been built around the gender roles assumed in the God-as-Man theology?" Gilkyson writes. "How did that primal patriarchal assumption play out in my search for self-awareness, love, and acceptance in my personal life and ultimately in my music?  How has it played out in the degradation of the natural world, the ever-present wars, violence against women, human suffering, the potential end of everything? These songs were directly inspired by a new way of understanding myself as a woman in the context of a culture going through a massive overhaul." 

The second track, "Lifelines," celebrates the coming together of like-minded people after the last US presidential election. "I became acutely aware of a network of individuals all over the world who were mourning, processing and ultimately gearing up to fight back with all their hearts and souls, like lifelines of light connecting to me and to each other, comforting then and even more so today," Gilkyson says. 

Other songs explore the overarching theme of a "new spirituality" that is evolving outside of traditional religious structures, including her moving current take on the traditional gospel tune "Down By the Riverside" sung with her longtime friend, the late Austin artist Jimmy LaFave, that was recorded just a few months before his passing, as well as a duet with Shawn Colvin on the song, "Conservation,"with lyrics and music adapted by Eliza from another of her grandmother's poems.

"The fall from grace and redemption of the soul in these songs are less about a deity or afterlife, or a heaven and hell than they are about the very human story of losing and finding oneself within the span of a lifetime, which is all I know for certain that I've got. Woody Guthrie said, 'My religion is so big no matter what you do you're in it and no matter what you do you can't get out of it...' Gilkyson says. "He also said, 'Earth is God's everything.' He conveyed all that depth in just 29 little words." 

Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated (2006/2015) singer-songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in folk, roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.  A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame and Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014's Songwriter of the Year. 

She'll be touring festivals and North American this summer and fall -- more dates to be announced soon.  Go to http://elizagilkyson.com for updates.

 Track Listing:
1. Solitary Singer
2. Lifelines
3. Conservation
4. In the Name of the Lord
5. Dreamtime
6. Seculare
7. Reunion
8. Sanctuary
9. Through the Looking Glass
10. Emmanuelle
11. Down by the Riverside
12. Instrument

7/11/18 Salt Spring Island, BC - Pitchfork Social (at Bullock Lake Farm) - Three Women and the Truth (Eliza, Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters)
7/13/18 & 7/14/18 Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Folk Music Festival - Three Women and the Truth (Eliza, Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters)

8/09/18 Lunenburg, NS - Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

9/20/18 Houston, TX - McGonigel's Mucky Duck

9/23/18 Austin, TX - One World Theatre
More tour dates to be announced soon. 

Buck Owens' final Capitol Records album, never released, will be available via Omnivore on August 17, 2018

Wow, it is always amazing when the world gets to suddenly hear previously-unreleased music from a legend. Read on for news as it relates to the late Buck Owens' final LP recorded for Capitol Records in 1975...

Buck Owens' last album recorded for Capitol Records, 'Country Singer's Prayer,' to finally be released

Recorded in 1975, 'Country Singer's Prayer' includes Owens' final two singles recorded for the label

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with the Buck Owens Estate, will release Country Singer’s PrayerBuck Owens’ final Capitol album from 1975, which has remained unissued until now. Street date for CD and Digital is August 17, 2018.
By late 1975, Buck’s unequaled success at Capitol Records was finally winding down. His singles were no longer topping the charts, and after the untimely death of bandmate Don Rich the year before, Buck was starting to lose the fire that drove him through an unprecedented run of groundbreaking hits in the ’60s and early ’70s. His contract with Capitol was due to expire at the end of the year, and he and the Buckaroos readied one final album for the label in November 1975. 
While several of Buck’s later Capitol recordings had not been topping the charts as before, his last single for them, “Country Singer’s Prayer,” failed to even make a showing. 
Likely due to the indifference shown to that last single, the decision was made to shelve this final album, and assign the selection number to what was ultimately Buck’s last Capitol release, Best of Buck Owens, Vol. 6, which did include the last two singles originally intended for Country Singer’s Prayer: “Battle of New Orleans” and the title track. 
While Buck would revisit some of these songs with producer Norro Wilson in Nashville after signing to Warner Bros. Records, the original recordings produced at Buck’s Bakersfield studio with the Buckaroos remained in the vault. 
Country Singer’s Prayer will finally receive its release some 43 years late, taken from the original LP master tapes, in what was the intended sequence. Also included are the B-sides to Buck’s final two singles from the unissued album. 

 View the Buck Owens LP trailer: https://youtu.be/qP5VzY-LneE
With new liner notes by Scott B. Bomar featuring interviews with longtime Buckaroos piano playerJim Shaw and Robert John Jones (a.k.a. Rocky Topp), who co-wrote “Country Singer’s Prayer,” this is a fascinating chance to experience Buck’s last intended Capitol album. 
Track Listing:
1. John Law
2. Love Don’t Make The Bars
3. He Ain’t Been Out Bowling With The Boys
4. Drifting Away

5. The Battle Of New Orleans
6. Country Singer’s Prayer

7. California Okie

8. A Different Kind Of Sad

9. It’s Been A Long, Long Time
10. How’s Everything
Bonus Tracks:
11. Run Him To The Round House Nellie (You Might Corner Him There)
12. Meanwhile Back At The Ranch ]
Produced at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California

Young The Giant share new song "Simplify" and announce tour

Hear new music from Young the Giant, the exciting new song "Simplify."

Young the Giant share new song "Simplify" and announce upcoming new tour dates

Today, Los Angeles-based indie rockers Young the Giant share the new track "Simplify," the band's first new music since the release of 2016's critically acclaimed Home of the Strange. "Simplify" is available now via Elektra Records at all music retailers and streaming services. Download/stream at https://lnk.to/simplify.
"Simplify," produced by Alex Salibian (Harry Styles), comes at a time when there's so many points of conflict and scrutiny around us every day, yet Young the Giant have found some space to breathe with this song, focusing on the unequivocal power of some loving eye contact.
"Everything in modern life is complicated," explains lead singer Sameer Gadhia. "Each decision divides into possible alternatives, reflections multiplying within themselves endlessly, like a room of a thousand mirrors. We construct images of how life should be lived: how to act, dress, tweet, and vote, and often times it is easy to lose your true self to the images we create for all to see. But love is simple, and to love someone is to love all of humanity. It is the closest thing to truth, and even though love can be compromising, painful, and exhausting, we can only see our truest selves in the eyes of another. This is the essence of "Simplify"."
Along with the track release, Young the Giant announce new headline tour dates for the fall with LIGHTS as the main support. Fan pre-sale begins Monday, June 18. Public on-sale starts Friday, June 22. For more tour info and to purchase tickets, please visityoungthegiant.com/tour.
Most recently, Gadhia performed as a special guest for the annual SuperJam at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival last weekend. For the Tom Petty-themed tribute event coordinated by members of Wilco and My Morning Jacket, he covered the late rockstar's classic "Free Fallin'."
Since the band's 2010 inception, Young the Giant has made a name for itself in rock as the "thinking man's band," winning over fans, radio, and press with their incendiary live shows, strong musicianship, and poignant lyrics. The band's 2010 self-titled debut, which reached No. 6 on the Rock and Alternative album charts, featured the RIAA Gold-certified hits, "Cough Syrup" and "My Body," which peaked at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively on Alternative Radio. The band's sophomore release 2014's Mind Over Matter hit No. 7 on The Billboard 200 and spawned the hits, "It's About Time," which reached No. 2 on the Alternative Radio chart and the title track, which hit No. 15. The most recent album, 2016's Home of the Strange, honed in on the modern American immigrant story. It's especially relevant to the quintet as they're from different ethnic backgrounds and most are immigrants or first-generation Americans. Gadhia had an in-depth conversation with NPR's Ailsa Chang on the topic (see here). The album features hits "Amerika," "Something to Believe In," and "Silvertongue."
Young the Giant is composed of Sameer Gadhia (vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar/vocals), Payam Doostzadeh (bass), and Francois Comtois (drums/vocals). They've sold out performances at historic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, and more.
For more information and artist updates, visit youngthegiant.com.

Photo credit: Wesley Yen
SUN June 30 - Seattle, WA - Elysian Search Party +
FRI July 13 - Prior Lake, MN - Lakefront Music Fest +
SAT July 21 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield +
SAT September 1 - Boston, MA - Rock the Roots +
September 14-16 - Denver, CO - Grandoozy Festival +
September 14-16 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest +
TUE September 18 - Bethlehem, PA - Yuengling Summer Concert Series +
FRI September 21 - lthaca, NY - Cayuga Sound +
SAT September 22 - Roanoke, VA - Budweiser Summer Series +
SUN September 30 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana +
FRI October 5 - Napa, CA - Silverado Resort & Spa +
THU October 25 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live *
FRI October 26 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room *
SAT October 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Coca Cola Roxy *
TUE October 30 - Nashville, TN - Ryman *
FRI November 2 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore *
SAT November 3 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz *
SUN November 4 - Richmond, VA - The National *
TUE November 6 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
THU November 8 - Toronto, ON - Rebel *
FRI November 9 - Montreal, QC - MTELUS
SAT November 10 - Portland, ME - State Theatre *
SUN November 11 - Providence, RI - The Strand *
TUE November 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
WED November 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
FRI November 16 - Washington, DC - Anthem *
+ previously announced
* w. LIGHTS as support
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"[Young The Giant] gobbles up bits of several segments of rock history - prog-rock, boogie metal, Southern rock, soft rock, new wave, dance-rock, and more - and claims ownership of them."
New York Times
"...explosive, inventive rock..."
Rolling Stone
"[Young The Giant] carve out the kind of open spaces that seem to release energy from the stage and back into the audience...And the band itself tidily mashes up rock from all over the spectrum."
Entertainment Weekly
"...twin guitar lines, buzzy synths and wide-open melodies fit together in a way that makes perfect sense."
USA Today