City and Colour's "Lover Come Back" premieres at Paste Magazine
New album 'If I Should Go Before You' to be released October 9, 2015 on Dine Alone Records
“His music, often dreamy and introspective without being moody and bleak, and maintaining a unique edge, is the perfect score for a long drive or quiet afternoon.”—Esquire
“…tells a story with a sincerity and fluency that is truly masterful.”—BBC
“…moving, melodramatic songs delivered with candor and confidence by Mr. Green in a sweet, soaring voice. An excellent guitarist, he’s equally adept in a sparse solo folk setting and out in front of powerhouse players…”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Green’s folk sound expands even more…laid-back drums prompt slide-guitar swells and Green’s easy falsetto.”—Rolling Stone
City and Colour’s new single “Lover Come Back” recently premiered at Paste Magazine and can now be heard/shared HERE and purchased at iTunes. Of the single, the site praises, “…a gorgeous, R&B-tinged torch song split evenly between joyous, earnest affection and yearning, lovesick sadness.”
“Lover Come Back” is from City and Colour’s upcoming release If I Should Go Before You, which will be availableOctober 9 on Dine Alone Records. The highly anticipated new record is now available to pre-order via iTunes, which includes an immediate download of “Lover Come Back” as well as the album tracks “Woman” and “Wasted Love.” A fan pre-order is also now available via www.cityandcolour.com featuring limited edition colored vinyl along with other unique items. For those that prefer to shop at record stores, a vinyl pre-order will be available in September, including a bonus 12” that fans will receive instantly upon order. Additional details to be announced.
After performing countless sold-out shows worldwide, City and Colour (aka world-renowned singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green), will embark on an extensive full band tour this fall, including dates at L.A.’s Hollywood Palladium, NYC’s Terminal 5 and Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium. Tickets for all shows are now on-sale. See below for complete details.
Recorded at Nashville, Tennessee’s Blackbird Studios, If I Should Go Before You was produced by Green with additional production and engineering by Karl “Horse” Bareham. Unique to this project, the studio players on If I Should Go Before You are made up of Green’s trusted touring band: Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Spanish Gold, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys.
Of the album and recording process, Dallas comments, “They inspired me to want to create new music, just to create it with them—I don’t think I wrote these songs for the band, per se, but I certainly wrote them because of the band.” He goes on to add, “Anybody who has seen us play will understand that this is the best representation of what we do live that we have ever recorded. I was so excited about being able to make and record an album with these guys that it just flowed. I felt so confident about their abilities to make all of my ideas come true.”
If I Should Go Before You is Green’s fifth release as City and Colour and follows 2013’s The Hurry and The Harm,which received widespread critical and commercial praise. The album debuted at #1 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #16 in the U.S., #4 in Australia, #32 in the U.K., and #83 in Germany—all career highs.
Most recently, in 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on a new project, entitled You+Me. The duo’s acclaimed debut, rose ave., debuted at #4 on the U.S. Top 200 Chart, #1 in Canada, #2 in Australia and #6 in Germany. Of the music, The Huffington Post praised, “While such prominent voices rarely mix too seamlessly, Green and Moore were destined to harmonize together,” while Entertainment Weekly declared, “The harmonies on the album are absolutely beautiful.”
IF I SHOULD GO BEFORE YOU TRACK LIST
2. Northern Blues
3. Mizzy C
4. If I Should Go Before You
5. Killing Time
6. Wasted Love
8. Lover Come Back
9. Map Of The World
CITY AND COLOUR TOUR DATES
November 5—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore*
November 6—Chicago, IL—Metro* (SOLD OUT)
November 7—Minneapolis, MN—First Ave*
November 9—Denver, CO—The Ogden Theatre*
November 12—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater*
November 13—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre *
November 15—Oakland, CA—Fox Theatre
November 16—San Diego, CA—House of Blues* (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Palladium*
December 2—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE†
December 3—Ithaca, NY—State Theatre†
December 4—Northampton, MA—Calvin Theatre†
December 5—Boston, MA—House of Blues†
December 7— Sayreville, NJ—Starland Ballroom†
December 8—Philadelphia, PA—Tower Theatre†
December 10— New York, NY—Terminal 5†
December 11—Washington, DC—Echo Stage†
December 12—Richmond, VA—The National†
December 13—Nashville, TN—War Memorial Auditorium†
*with special guest Hurray for the Riff Raff
†with special guest Bahamas
(additional dates to be announced)
Tony Bennett and jazz pianist Bill Charlap record 'The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern'
Bennett's new album for RPM/Columbia Records available everywhere on Friday, September 25, 2015
|Photo credit: Kelsey Bennett|
Following the enormous success of his #1, Grammy-Award winning album with Lady Gaga, Cheek To Cheek, this new release continues the classic series of Tony Bennett album releases celebrating the essentials of the Great American Songbook. The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern is an appreciation of the genius of Jerome David Kern (1885-1945), one of the 20th century's most important American composers of musical theater and popular music.
Tony Bennett is the only artist to successfully bridge the worlds of pop music and jazz on an international scale for over 60 years. The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern become parts of a timeless legacy of recordings that Bennett has done throughout his career that have embraced both genres, in particular the revered piano jazz albums that he recorded with the late Bill Evans in 1975 and 1977. Tony has become synonymous with the pop/jazz connection and in recent years has been a mentor to contemporary artists such as Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse in encouraging them to embrace jazz music. With his 90th birthday less than a year away, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern defines what makes Tony Bennett unique in the pantheon of great singers and is a testament to the legacy that he continues to create as a recording artist and influence in the music industry.
Over the course of his career, Kern composed more than 700 songs, creating musical elements used in more than 100 stage works, collaborating with the greatest lyricists and librettists of the era including P.G. Wodehouse, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg and many others on a seemingly limitless repertoire of classic songs including "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Long Ago and Far Away" and many more.
New York native Jerome Kern was a major force on Broadway and in Hollywood musicals in a career that spanned more than four decades. He expanded on earlier musical theater traditions, from vaudeville to operetta, to embrace new dance rhythms, syncopation and jazz progressions and helped invent the modern musical template. While many of his Broadway musicals and Hollywood musical films were contemporary smash hits, Kern is perhaps best remembered today through revivals of "Show Boat," one of his signature achievements.
In his liner notes for The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, music historian Will Friedwald describes Kern as "...the key link between the great music of historical and contemporary classics, a direct connection between Brahms and Charlie Parker....a key architect of a uniquely American art form that would eventually take shape as musical theater....one of the founding fathers of a term that Tony Bennett later coined himself, 'the Great American Songbook.'" (Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for The Wall Street Journal, worked with Tony Bennett on Tony's "The Good Life" memoir, and is author of eight books including the award-winning "A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers," "Sinatra! The Song Is You," "Stardust Melodies," and "Jazz Singing."
"The idea of a Kern Songbook project was Tony's," writes Will Friedwald, "thereby placing Kern on the very short list of canonical composers (Rodgers & Hart, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, and Cy Coleman) who have been the beneficiaries of an entire album by Bennett. It was also Bennett's idea to create the album in collaboration with the remarkable Bill Charlap....who can also take a great song we all know by heart and make us feel like we've never heard it before."
Playing alongside Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap on The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern are pianist Renee Rosnes (on the piano duet pieces), Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums). Unrelated, though sharing the same last name, Peter and Kenny have been performing with Bill Charlap for nearly two decades and pianist Renee Rosnes has been Charlap's life partner for close to 10 years.
With more than 700 Jerome Kern compositions to choose from, the set list for The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern is a distillation of essential highlights from a boundless catalog. With these interpretations of some of Jerome Kern's finest songs, Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap offer a definitive introduction to Kern's music while providing a deep understanding of the abiding and universal qualities of these songs.
TONY BENNETT & BILL CHARLAP
THE SILVER LINING: THE SONGS OF JEROME KERN
Vocals: Tony Bennett
Pianos: Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes
Bass: Peter Washington
Drums: Kenny Washington
Arranged by Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap
Tracks in Alphabetical Order (14 total)
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (single piano)
DEARLY BELOVED (trio)
I WON'T DANCE (trio)
I'M OLD FASHIONED (trio)
LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING (piano duet)
LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY (piano duet)
MAKE BELIEVE (single piano)
NOBODY ELSE BUT ME (trio)
PICK YOURSELF UP (trio)
THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (piano duet)
THE SONG IS YOU (piano duet)
THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT (single piano)
THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME (trio)
*Single piano is Bill Charlap
*Piano duet is Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes
My latest column - update Finally, you can read my new album/DVD review column published in Desert Star Weekly here. I'll post a longer version of the column online sometime this weekend.