Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Nils Lofgren, Pat Boone

Good morning everybody. Here are several noteworthy items that landed in my inbox today I wanted to share...

Nils Lofgren
"UK2015 Face The Music Tour" coming to CD and digital platforms on Friday, November 13, 2015

UK and US Tour Dates Announced

Nils Lofgren shows no signs of slowing down. When the E Street Band has down time, Lofgren seamlessly returns to his 47 year devoted solo artist fan base. After the successful release of an ambitious 10 disc career spanning retrospective last year entitled Face the Music, Lofgren began work putting together solo and duo acoustic shows to take on the road.
In January of 2015, Nils toured the UK to enthusiastic capacity audiences. Midway through the tour, his wife Amy insisted they record the last half of the tour, optimistic that it could lead to an album of live tracks that would capture the intimacy and inspiration they experienced night after night. The result is the UK2015 Face the Music Tour album, comprised of stellar performances by Nils Lofgren on vocals, keyboards, guitar and lever harp, and accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta on vocals, keyboards, guitar, trumpet and tap dance percussion. As with all Nils' live shows, the passion, musicianship and wonderful stories from his long, exceptional musical journey are front and center on this new recording.
To commemorate the release of the album Nils will be returning to the UK at the end of October, for 21 shows. Prior to departing he will join his longtime friend Neil Young for the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View California. Organized annually by Neil Young and his wife Pegi, this year's event will feature Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Nils Lofgren, Sheryl Crow, St Vincent, Gary Clark Jr and the Dixie Chicks, among others. Proceeds from Bridge School Benefit tickets go to the Bridge School which helps children with severe disabilities and communication impairments. 
Nils will continue to tour acoustically in 2016 including confirmed shows in the USA that include stops in Durham NC (1/21/16) Atlanta GA (1/22/16), Nashville TN (1/23/16), Conroe TX (1/29/16), Dallas TX (1/30/16), Austin, TX (1/31/16 ), Oakland CA (3/9 and 3/10/16), Mill Valley, CA (3/11/16), Saratoga, CA (3/12/16 ), Staten Island NY (4/1/16), Alexandria, VA (4/22 and 4/23/16), Uncasville, CT (4/29/16), NYC (4/30/16), Minneapolis, MN (5/17 and 5/18/16), Milwaukee, WI (5/19/16), Chicago, IL (5/20/16), and Valparaiso, IN (5/21/16).
"In January 2015, after a three year break from our traditional acoustic UK tours, we headed back in the dead of Winter, excited for another run of shows, town to town, on the bus, sharing music that hopefully spreads some good will and hope to linger with the wonderful audiences we've had, decade after decade. Accompanied by Greg Varlotta, our friend and amazing, multi-instrumentalist and our stellar crew, we all set out to do special, inspired shows everywhere. We were all thrilled with the audience response and it was Amy who insisted we record the last half of the tour, optimistic it could lead to an album of live tracks to commemorate this wonderful UK run. She was right and here it is. We hope you all enjoy it. It really is the audience that breaths the life, fire and inspiration into every performance. God bless you all and thanks again for your presence and magical energy, night after night, town after town, note after note. Peace and Believe." - Nils Lofgren

Track Listing:
Too Many Miles
New Holes In Old Shoes
Lost A Number
Walkin' Nerve
Miss You "C"
Girl In Motion
I Don't Want To Talk About It
Rusty Gun
Black Books
Goin' Back
The Sun Hasn't Set
Like Rain
Mud In Your Eye
No Mercy
Shine Silently

Pat Boone joins with Cleopatra Records to release R&B album laden with superstar duets

With a career that has spanned over sixty years, Pat Boone has achieved an amazing number of accomplishments. He has been a successful singer, composer, actor, writer, television personality, motivational speaker, and spokesman. He is one of rock & roll’s best-selling artists and has sold over 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits, and appeared in more than 12 Hollywood films. He still holds the Billboard record for charting consecutive weeks by spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more song each week. He has hosted his own TV show and has written a number of books including 2 million - plus sellers that have been translated into many languages. Currently, he continues to perform for an audience of millions on both TV and radio, has just completed 2 films and is still recording.

"This classic, ultimate party record fulfills a career long desire to record with many of my most favorite artists, bringing me back full circle to my first R&B million sellers,” say an enthusiastic Boone.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Pat Boone decided to expand his horizons by recording his first ever R&B album. And not one to do things in a small way, he was thrilled to work with some of the genre’s biggest superstars of all time! He has powerful duets with James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Four Tops, and KC & The Sunshine Band plus members of Kool & the Gang, and Sister Sledge and even Hip Hop legend Kool Moe Dee. By joining with Cleopatra Records, this stunning album now has national distribution is available to his legion of fans worldwide.

Pat Boone
R&B Duet Hits

  1. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag with James Brown
  2. Soul Man with Sam Moore
  3. Get Down Tonight with KC & The Sunshine Band
  4. Tears of a Clown with Smokey Robinson
  5. Celebration with Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool & The Gang
  6. I Can’t Help Myself with The Four Tops
  7. A Woman Needs Love with Ray Parker Jr.
  8. We are Family with Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge
  9. Shotgun with Geraldo Albright
  10. That’s The Way Of The World with Earth, Wind & Fire
  11. Backbone with Kool Moe Dee

Released October 16, 2015 on Goldenlane Records – a division of Cleopatra Records.

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