Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Inbox Update: Americana fest, John Fogerty, Shoes, Doheny Days

There is a little bit of everything in today's roundup of recent media releases that have caught my eye. What follows are highlights from my overloaded inbox. Enjoy everybody!

Americana Summer Celebration at Blackberry Farm

The Americana Music Association has partnered with Blackberry Farm on a few events taking place in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The weekend of July 20-22 will mark the association's third fundraising effort.

Featured performers at the special event include Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, John Oates and Jim Lauderdale.

To reserve your place in this event, call 1-800-557-8864 or email reservations@blackberryfarm.com for accommodation reservations and event participation pricing and confirmation.

Information: http://www.blackberryfarm.com/

John Fogerty brings his epic song "Proud Mary" home to New Orleans in a new version with Jennifer Hudson

John Fogerty's latest recording of his classic "Proud Mary" featuring Jennifer Hudson will be featured on Wrote A Song For Everyone, set for release on Oct. 9, 2012. The release features newly-recorded classics from his timeless catalog as well as brand new songs performed alongside many of Fogerty's musical ancestors.

"Proud Mary" is just one of Fogerty’s classic songs from his vast canon of hits that will be included on ‘Wrote a Song for Everyone’ along with some brand new songs. The array of music’s hottest artists to acclaimed new bands include: Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, My Morning Jacket, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Dawes. Wrote a Song for Everyone will be released on Vanguard Records October 9, 2012. See below for complete tracklisting.

John Fogerty is a true American treasure, one of popular music’s all-time greatest singers, guitar players, and songwriters. As leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound all his own, equal parts swamp boogie, blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, and Southern fried rock ‘n’ roll, all united by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective.

Fogerty recently announced his first ever ‘Cross Canadian Revival Tour’ which begins September 7 in St. John’s, Newfoundland through September 29th in Victoria, BC.

A U.S. tour will follow.


Vanguard Records / October 9, 2012

Jennifer Hudson: Proud Mary

Kid Rock: Born on the Bayou

Foo Fighters: Fortunate Son

My Morning Jacket: Long as I Can See the Light

Alan Jackson: Have You Ever Seen the Rain

Bob Seger: Who'll Stop the Rain

Brad Paisley: Hot Rod Heart

Miranda Lambert: Wrote a Song for Everyone

Keith Urban: Almost Saturday Night

Dawes: Someday Never Comes

Information: http://www.johnfogerty.com/

Shoes set to return with 'Ignition' on Aug. 14, 2012

Shoes, the rock band originally from Zion, Illinois, has been recording Shoes music since 1974. John Murphy, Gary Klebe and Jeff Murphy, the core members of the Shoes band, along with drummer, John Richardson, are preparing to release the Shoes Ignition album due out August 14, 2012.

Ignition switches on with 15 fresh, vital tracks from Shoes’ three founding members and songwriters: bassist-vocalist John Murphy, guitarist-vocalist Jeff Murphy, and guitarist-vocalist Gary Klebe, plus longtime stage drummer John Richardson. Self-produced and released on the band’s own Black Vinyl Records, Ignition not only carries on Shoes’ cult-heroic tradition of edibly tuneful, harmony-honeycombed guitar pop; it ventures intriguingly beyond those comfortable (though undeniably rewarding) borders as well. Altogether the work of seasoned, mature musicians whose singular trajectory as 100-percent self-taught, self-created recording artists has been outside-the-box since it began, Ignition showcases Shoes at their technical and artistic peak.

The album’s release coincides with that of a new book, definitive band chronicle Boys Don’t Lie: A History of Shoes by Mary E. Donnelly (New York college professor and managing editor of PurePopPress.com) with Moira McCormick. It recounts the critically-lionized group’s evolution from rudimentary mid-’70s experiments in cutting their own records at home, through a three-album 1980s tenure at major label Elektra Records, on to a ’90s incarnation as self-sufficient indie artists operating their own full-service label and studio businesses, before coming full-circle back to home recording in the new, post-digital-revolution millennium.

For more information on Shoes and the band's upcoming release Ignition, click here. Great news!

Doheny Days returns to Dana Point on Sept. 8 and 9, 2012

Doheny Days Music Festival returns to the whitewashed sandy beaches in Orange County on September 8 & 9 – the perfect end to a summer in SoCal!
Jane’s Addiction, The Flaming Lips & Jimmy Eat World will headline the festival. Joining the lineup are Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Rebelution, Delta Spirit, Beats Antique, Anuhea and many more! The festival will feature an eclectic mix of of music and more artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Weekend Passes are on sale now via http://www.dohenydays.com/.

Here are some memories from the 2011 festival:


The World Famous KROQ will be giving away tix all summer long:


Ben Wener at The Orange County Register previewed the festival here:


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