Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sights and Sounds: Stagecoach 2017, Status Quo, Moreland & Arbuckle, Kaleo

Back from a long and great weekend at Coachella, now seems like a great time to catch up and share a number of news items of definite interest...

Pandora Partners with Goldenvoice to Livestream Stagecoach 2017

Audio for more than 50 performances available only on Pandora
Kiefer Sutherland
Photo: Beth Elliott
OAKLAND, Calif.- April 25, 2017 - Pandora (NYSE: P) today announced its partnership with Goldenvoice to host an exclusive audio livestream of performances from the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, taking place April 28-30 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Performances and artists interviews will be available throughout the festival at pandora.com/stagecoachfestival. The station will be co-hosted by Pandora's own country, rock and Americana curators, Rachel Whitney and Eric Shea.
"With over 60 million listeners every year, Country fans are one of the biggest, most engaged and loyal audiences on Pandora," said Nick Bartle, chief marketing officer at Pandora. "Partnering with Goldenvoice to livestream one of Country's biggest events allows us to connect our listeners with this year's amazing lineup of talent at Stagecoach for three days of exclusive live performances and content."
Pandora's audio livestream will feature the following performances:
Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Jon Pardi, Maddie & Tae, Elle King,  Randy Rogers Band, Son Volt, William Michael Morgan, Justin Townes Earl, Anderson East, Dylan Scott, Ryan Hurd, Quiet Life, Bailey Bryan
Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Willie Nelson and Family, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Tucker Beathard, Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, Brent Cobb,  John Doe, Traveller, Jonathan Tyler, Brooke Eden, The Walcotts, Ruston Kelly, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Black Pistol Fire, Jackie Lee
Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Cam, Cowboy Junkies, The Cadillac Three, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Terry Allen, Steep Canyon Rangers, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Kiefer Sutherland, LANco, Levi Hummon, Courtney Cole, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Dan Layus
You can tune in to Pandora's Stagecoach Station now for a road trip playlist inspired by the festival. If you miss the action or want to replay a few of your favorite sets, interactive playlists with select performances will be available from May 5 through June 30. Want to hear even more music from this year's Stagecoach lineup? On Pandora Premium, you can search and play specific tracks or albums from your favorite country artists. Premium is now available to all listeners via the App Store and Google Playor at www.pandora.com/premium.
Pandora is the world's most powerful music discovery platform - a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans.

Status Quo: Deluxe Editions
Blue For You, ‘Just Supposin’’ and ‘Never Too Late’

Status Quo are delighted to announce the release of deluxe expanded 2CD / 3CD versions of a trio of classic albums that were released on the revered Vertigo label, namely Blue For YouJust Supposin’ and Never Too Late. These special editions are to be issued by UMe, on May 26, 2017.  Offering 36 previously unreleased tracks/versions between them [see track-listing], these carefully curated special releases come with an enhanced booklet containing new notes by Classic Rock’s Dave Ling and also feature rare photos and memorabilia from the band’s personal collection.

Blue For You was originally released in 1976 and is one of Status Quo’s definitive albums. It was the last to feature the band’s classic 4-piece line up and reached No. 1 in the UK album charts.  It contains the classic “Rain” as well as live favorite “Is There A Better Way.”  This Deluxe version is released as a 2CD and has been re-mastered by Andy Pearce with the assistance of ‘unofficial 5th band member’ Bob Young from the original tapes and has a bonus disc of demos and live material from the band’s vault.

Just Supposin’ is another of Quo’s finest albums – released in 1980 it reached No. 4 in the UK album charts and spawned the singles “What You’re Proposing” and “Rock N Roll.” Again re-mastered by Andy Pearce with Bob Young from original tapes, this 2CD release has a bonus disc of B-Sides and Live recordings.

Released in 1981, Never Too Late was the last album to feature drummer John Coghlan and reached No. 2 in the UK LP charts. This 3CD Deluxe edition has been re-mastered by Andy Pearce and Bob Young from the original tapes and has a bonus disc of archive recordings as well as a concert from 1981.

These releases are fully supported and endorsed by the band members, past and present – and represent a triumphant revisiting one of the monumental periods of one of the world’s most important rock acts, Status Quo. 


Is There a Better Way?                                             
Mad About the Boy                                                  
Ring of A Change                                                    
Blue for You                                                           
Rolling Home                                                         
That's A Fact                                                          
Ease Your Mind                                                       
Mystery Song                                                          
CD TWO                                                                                               
You Lost the Love – B-Side                                                        
Mystery Song - Single Version
Wild Side of Life – B-Side
All Through the Night – B-Side                                                  
Wild Side of Life - Demo
Bye Bye Johnny – Osaka *
Caroline – Osaka *
Don't Waste My Time – Osaka *
In My Chair – Osaka *
Roll Over Lay Down – Osaka *
Is There a Better Way – Osaka *
Rain –Osaka *
Honky Tonk Angel – Demo

CD ONE                                                                                                
What You're Proposing                                             
Run to Mummy                                                       
Don't Drive My Car                                                  
Over the Edge                                                          
The Wild Ones                                                        
Name of The Game                                                   
Coming and Going                                                   
Rock 'N' Roll                                                          
CD TWO                                                                                               
AB Blues – B-Side                                                                    
Coming and Going - Writing 1980
Don't Drive My Car - Live - Le Mans 1981 *
Over the Edge - Live - Le Mans 1981 *
Rock N Roll - Live - Le Mans 1981 *
Something 'bout You Baby I Like - Live - Le Mans 1981 *
What Your Proposing - Live - Le Mans 1981 *

CD ONE                                                                                                
Never Too Late                                                        
Something 'Bout You Baby I Like                              
Take Me Away                                                        
Falling In Falling Out                                               
Long Ago                                                               
Mountain Lady                                                        
Don't Stop Me Now                                                 
Enough Is Enough                                                    
CD TWO                                                                                               
Rock 'N' Roll - Single Version
Don't Stop Me Now - Austrian Flexi Disc *
What You're Proposing - Austrian Flexi Disc *
LP Overview - Austrian Flexi Disc *
Something 'Bout You Baby I Like - Austrian Flexi Disc *
Something 'Bout You Baby I Like - demo acoustic instrumental
Caroline - St Austell 1981 *
Roll Over Lay Down - St Austell 1981*
Backwater - St Austell 1981*
Little Lady - St Austell 1981 *
Don't Drive My Car - St Austell 1981*
Whatever You Want - St Austell 1981*
Hold You Back - St Austell 1981*
Something 'Bout You Baby I Like - St Austell 1981*
Rockin All Over the World - St Austell 1981*
Over the Edge - St Austell 1981*
CD THREE                                                                                           
Rock N Roll - St Austell 1981*
Dirty Water - St Austell 1981*
4500 Times - St Austell 1981*
Big Fat Mama - St Austell 1981*
Don't Waste My Time - St Austell 1981*
Roadhouse Blues - St Austell 1981*
Rain - St Austell 1981*
Down Down - St Austell 1981*
Drum Solo - St Austell 1981*
Bye Bye Johnny - St Austell 1981*
*Previously unreleased

Electric Blues Band MORELAND & ARBUCKLE bring group to an end after current tour wraps

Alligator Records recording artists Moreland & Arbuckle, whose latest album Promised Land Or Bust recently received a 2016 Blues Music Award nomination for Rock Blues Album Of The Year, have decided to amicably dissolve the band. They will play the remaining booked dates on their tour calendar. Guitarist Aaron Moreland plans to spend more time at home with his family. Vocalist, harmonicist and songwriter Dustin Arbuckle plans to continue making music and touring. Drummer Kendall Newby, who joined the band in 2012, also intends to keep playing professionally.

Over the course of their 15-year career, Moreland and Arbuckle have played hundreds of shows, performing in the United States, Canada, across Europe and in Australia, Iraq and Kuwait.They've shared stages with ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Los Lonely Boys. No Depression said, “These guys have kegs full of talent. Their songs will keep you driving fast and long.”

According to Moreland, “I’ve had extraordinary opportunities playing music my entire life. The best shows have been the highest of highs. After 15 years on the road, it’s time for me to focus on what’s most important—my family.”

Arbuckle says,"The last 15 years have been an incredible ride. I especially want to thank Aaron for being my partner in this endeavor. Creating and playing music with him has been one of the greatest parts of my life. I wish him nothing but happiness in the future. Playing and touring afforded us the opportunity to have so many great experiences and meet even more wonderful people. I want to express my tremendous gratitude to all the friends and fans who have supported us over the years. I plan to continue my career as a touring musician, so hopefully I will see all of them again in the future. In addition, I have to give my most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been a part of this band and to all those who have helped build it. It's been great and I will always cherish the memories of the good times we've had."

Moreland & Arbuckle brought fierce electric fury and unrelenting punk rock energy to their original songs, inspired by raw Delta and Mississippi Hill Country blues. With each of their six releases, the band grew musically and lyrically, creating a signature sound while earning a large and loyal worldwide fan base. Their legendary raw and raucous live shows were played with wild abandon. The New York Post said, "Moreland & Arbuckle have a raw juke joint exuberance with a dirt-under-the fingernails garage band attack.” 
From their 2005 self-released Caney Valley Blues to 2016's Promised Land Or Bust, Moreland & Arbuckle grew from a fiery, crowd-pleasing duo to a genre-smashing three-piece band. Together, Moreland’s simultaneous bass, rhythm and lead guitar work and Arbuckle’s emotionally-charged harmonica and edgy vocals—driven by Newby’s propulsive drumming—created a sound forceful enough to grab a listener’s attention and nuanced enough to hold it. American Songwriter said the group’s music was “swampy, sweaty and muggy...mixing a bluesy foundation with bits of country, folk and squawking American rock and roll.” WNYC’s Soundcheck said the band played “gritty blues with a thoroughly contemporary bite.”


Los Angeles, CA - April 26, 2017 - Icelandic rockers Kaleo visited the Late Late Show with James Corden last night to perform their single "No Good" off their critically acclaimed debut album A/B.  Led by singer JJ Julius Son, Kaleo delivers a distinctive blend of bluesy alt rock with "otherworldly vocals." (Rolling Stone).  To watch Kaleo's performance on the Late Late Show with James Corden, simply see the embedded video at the bottom of this post.
Their appearance on Corden comes fresh off the heels of Kaleo's Coachella music festival debut, where the band blew crowds away with a performance that the Huffington Post described as "the secret star" of the festival.   Fans will have the opportunity to experience Kaleo live this summer when the band performs at some of the biggest music festivals around the globe including Lollapalooza in both Chicago and Paris and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June.
Named by Rolling Stone as one of their "10 New Artists You Need To Know," Kaleo's performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden follows a number of major TV appearances including ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! as well as NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers and TBS' Conan.
Kaleo's A/B includes the multi-format rock singles, "All The Pretty Girls," "No Good," and the #1 alternative breakthrough "Way Down We Go." "Way Down We Go" marked the band's fourth top 10 hit at three different radio formats in the US. "Way Down We Go" has been certified GOLD in US, Belgium, Ireland and South Africa and platinum in Canada, where it reached #3 on the Alternative radio chart.

"The Icelandic foursome begin with a Bon Iver-y hush, then bloom into holy fervor."
- Entertainment Weekly
"The band's dark, spooky ballad 'Way Down We Go' is the perfect showcase of Julius Son's otherworldly vocals."
- Rolling Stone
"Kaleo is a mix of Southern influences, from soft and sweet folk songs to blues rock and jagged '70's guitar anthems."
- The Associated Press
"[A/B] stands as a perfect example of Kaleo having universality in good songwriting that works across countries."
- Noisey / Vice
"...falsetto-fueled balladry meets Icelandic grandiosity."
 "Kaleo hail from Mosfellsbaer, Iceland, but you wouldn't know it by frontman JJ Julius Son's fine-tuned biker-soul growl or the overheated garage blues on the band's major-label debut."
- Rolling Stone

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