Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Late-2018 discs among the year's best

While 2018 will soon be over, a number of must-hear albums have just been released and are well worth exploring.

Artist: Andrew McMahon
Title: Upside Down Flowers (Fantasy)
You might like if you enjoy: Andrew McMahon, Jack's Mannequin, Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Tell me more: One of the most insightful and talented artists of his generation, Andrew McMahon has scored success fronting Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. On his newly-issued solo LP Upside Down Flowers, McMahon uses his uncanny ability to examine and exhume the world around him and put it all into song. The disc's opening tracks find the singer-songwriter-pianist revisiting his past, from his family's move from Ohio to Southern California ("Ohio") to his formative teenage years in Orange County breaking through with his indie rock troupe Something Corporate (courtesy of the wistful "Teenage Rockstars"). McMahon has the ability to create songs that are both literate and musically enthralling as evidenced by the evocative "Monday Flowers," chamber pop of "This Wild Ride," melodic rocker "Goodnight, Rock and Roll," the introspective "House in the Trees" and Beatlesque "Penelope." McMahon embarks on his highly-anticipated "Upside Down Flowers" North American tour on January 23, 2019. Information: AndrewMcMahon.com.

Artist: Paul Kelly
Title: Nature (Cooking Vinyl)
You might like if you enjoy: Neil Finn, Bruce Cockburn, John Hiatt
Tell me more: Paul Kelly's new LP combines poetry from five literary masters (Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Phillip Larkin) as well as his own prose with a shared theme reflecting the disc's title Nature. The songcraft is as glorious as the verse with a diverse soundscape encompassing folk rock (the propulsive "With the One I Love"), Celtic-tinged folk ("And Death Shall Have No Dominion," "A Bastard Like Me"), baroque pop ("The River Song") and Americana ("Little Wolf," "Morning Storm," "The Trees"). The lush neo-classical "Bound to Follow (Aisling Song)" features soprano Kate Miller-Heidke and further captures the exhilarating spirit of this special project that simultaneously and magically celebrates the power of poetry, song and the natural world. Information: PaulKelly.com.au.

Artist: Glen Campbell
Title: Sings For The King (Capitol/UMe)
You might like if you enjoy: Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley
Tell me more: Fans of both Elvis Presley and Glen Campbell will be in amazed after hearing the astounding new collection Sings For The King. From 1964 to 1968  an especially productive time for Campbell highlighted by his touring duties with the Beach Boys, high-profile studio work as lead guitarist with the Wrecking Crew and a burgeoning solo career  Campbell was recruited to record songs for Elvis Presley. Now more than a half century after Campbell made these recordings, 18 of the rescued tracks have been released as Sings For The King (available on audio CD, vinyl and digitally). A dozen of the songs on the disc would ultimately be recorded by Presley, but these versions feature Campbell and he uses his voice to showcase how they would sound if sung by Presley (who did ultimately record his own versions of a dozen of the songs heard on the set). Beginning with the gospel-flavored "We Call On Him" where the voices of Presley and Campbell are both featured to clearly demonstrate how closely the Rhinestone Cowboy could mirror the King of Rock and Roll's tone, the collection offers a great mix of strong material. There are rousing rockers ("Spinout," "Magic Fire" and "Anyone Can Play"), Southern soul ("All I Needed Was The Rain"), and tender ballads ("Cross My Heart And Hope To Die," "There Is So Much World To See"). One of the most interesting songs is "I Got Love" which begins with Campbell sounding like himself against a sparse guitar backdrop before the song picks up and his voice adopts Presley's signature styling. The collection concludes with the lovely "Restless," a ballad never covered by Presley; how wonderful to hear the song sung by Campbell as he conjures up the legacy of both artists. Information: GlenCampbell.com.

Artist: Dennis Roger Reed with Don Reed
Title: Before It Was Before (Plastic Meltdown Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Mumford & Sons, Bob Dylan
Tell me more: With an artistic spirit directed at the strength of a song rather than its specific genre, singer-songwriter Dennis Roger Reed and his brother Don Reed have crafted a freewheeling album (Before It Was Before) mixing up originals and covers spanning country-western, folk, western swing, blues and even a bit of bluegrass. There is an intimacy and warmth across the 21-track collection with ballads and uptempo cuts exuding an inviting touch. The driving "I Had to Ride," affecting "Reconciliation," and country ballad "Up Until Now" all wonderful Reed-penned originals. Among the joyful covers is a countrified take on Bob Dylan's uptempo "If Not For You," a reflective reworking of Michael Hall's "River of Love" an artful reading of the traditional instrumental "Corrina Corrina" and a country rock version of Randy Meisner's "Hearts on Fire." Information: DennisRogerReed.com.

Robert Kinsler

Monday, November 19, 2018

Dale Watson set to release new LP 'Call Me Lucky'

Breaking news that genre-defying aritst Dale Watson has announced a new album is on the way...

Dale Watson announces new album 'Call Me Lucky' 
Johnny Cash’s former drummer W.S. Holland plays on first offering from Watson’s new album due out February 15, 2019 on Red House Records 

Dale Watson
Over the last three decades, Dale Watson has been labeled as everything from alt-country to Ameripolitan. But the most humble description may come from the title of his newest album, CALL ME LUCKY, out February 15 on Red House/Ameripolitan RecordsRolling Stone is premiering a new track from the album, "The Dumb Song," which "mixes a devilish charm with a touch of smarm as he rattles off the bad habits he won’t quit, from drinking and smoking to eating Southern fried chicken." Recorded at historic Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN, the track channels early Johnny Cash and even features Carl Perkins and Cash's former drummer, W.C. Holland, to nail the vintage sound (that's Holland shouting "Yes!" at the end of the song).

A fixture of the Austin, Texas, music scene for years, Watson recorded all but one song on CALL ME LUCKY in Memphis. The album features some of Memphis’ finest as well as Dale’s longtime band, His Lone Stars, and includes a horn section on some of the tracks. In early 2018, he bought a house there and now divides his downtime equally between Texas and Tennessee. He also sold the bars he owned in Texas and purchased the fabled Memphis nightclub Hernando’s Hideaway in an effort to provide a hospitable place for touring musicians to perform.

Throughout CALL ME LUCKY, Watson’s songwriting is so descriptive that you can almost see him cruising into Memphis as he sings “Tupelo Mississippi and a ‘57 Fairlane,” a throwback tune backed by a Memphis-style horn section. Meanwhile, a Hank Williams influence seeps into “Haul Off and Do It,” which is already a favorite in Watson’s live shows. And like the music from his musical heroes, many of the new songs clock in at roughly three minutes long – sometimes less.

“I’ve always been a fan of keeping songs short,” Watson confirms. “Long ago, I went to a library and checked out Tom T. Hall’s How I Write Songs. And in there, he said it’s not about keeping the songs short, it’s keeping the point. Make your point and get out. That’s always been my way of writing. There are some songs I’ve written that go on a bit more like a story, but I guess it’s probably my ADD that I don’t drag it out too much.”
On CALL ME LUCKY, Watson sings with fondness about his girlfriend, rockabilly singer Celine Lee, on “You Weren’t Supposed to Feel This Good,” while “Mama’s Smile” would have been perfectly suited for a young Elvis. Later, Watson’s electric guitar roars on “Who Needs This Man,” a clever number about finding a date through the personal ads. He concludes the album with “Run Away,” a country-tinged tune that echoes the records Johnny Cash made in Memphis in the 1950s.

Looking ahead, Watson will once again be a featured artist on the sold-out Outlaw Country Cruise joining Margo Price, Lucinda Williams and others. He’ll then gear up for the Sixth Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards in Memphis in February. Founded and operated by Watson, the ambitious event celebrates touring roots artists who write their own music – a winning formula that Watson has embodied for more than 30 years.

“I write a lot. It doesn’t mean I write good songs, but I do write a lot of songs. So I think as with anything, you keep at it and you get better at it. But as for writing just a simple country song, I can accept that I’m good at that,” Watson says. “I’m just really, really grateful to be able to do what I do for a living, for as long as I’ve been doing it.”

Look for Spring 2019 US tour dates and a UK tour in May to be announced soon. 
For Dale’s full tour schedule, please visit www.dalewatson.com.

Track Listing:

1. Call Me Lucky
2. The Dumb Song
3. Johnny And June
4. Tupelo Mississippi And A '57 Fairline
5. Haul Off And Do It
6. Restless
7. David Buckskimper
8. Inside View
9. You Weren't Supposed To Feel This Good
10. Mama's Smile
11. Who Needs This Man

“Watson infuses every track with unashamedly blue-collar, grass roots honesty.”  – American Songwriter

"He’s spent the past two decades proving there are still powerful tales to be told from the honky-tonk pulpit, and he's brought that message to the faithful.”  – The Nashville Scene 

 “I’m one of Dale’s biggest fans.” –  Willie Nelson

“His objective importance lies in his priceless role as devoted counter to insipid pop-country.”  
– No Depression

Nov 21 - Fredericksburg, TX - Luckenbach Dance Hall
Nov 22 - Austin, TX - Continental Club
Nov 24 - Austin, TX - Broken Spoke
Nov 30 - McKinney, TX - Hanks Bar and Grill
Dec 6 - Austin, TX - The Highball
Dec 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Gilley's Saloon at Treasure Hall
Dec 13 - Austin, TX - Palmer Events Center
Dec 14 - Austin, TX - Continental Club
Dec 15 - Dripping Springs, TX - Mercer Street Dance Hall
Dec 20 - Wimberly, TX - Wimberly Methodist Church
Dec 22 - Austin, TX - White Horse
Dec 28 - Houston, TX - Rockefellers
Dec 29 - Austin, TX - Broken Spoke
Dec 30 - Turkey, TX - Bob Wills Event Center
Dec 31 - Fort Worth, TX - Longhorn Saloon
Jan 3 - Austin, TX - The Highball
Jan 5 - Coupland, TX - Old Coupland Inn and Dancehall
Jan 10 - Austin, TX - The Highball
Jan 12 - Austin, TX - Broken Spoke
Jan 17 - Austin, TX - The Highball
Jan 18 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
Jan 19 - San Angelo, TX - Wells Fargo Pavilion
Jan 25 - Bartlett, TN - Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center
Jan 26 - Tampa, FL - Skipper's Smokehouse
Jan 27 - Tampa, FL - Norwegian Cruise Line
Feb 15 - Fredericksburg, TX - Luckenbach Dance Hall
Feb 16 - Austin, TX - Broken Spoke

America's Christmas album 'Holiday Harmony' available worldwide

Exciting news and in tune with the holiday season, America's classic Christmas LP 'Holiday Harmony' is once again available. Here is the official media release...

Seventies hitmakers America's Christmas album “Holiday Harmony” Released Worldwide! 

Dewey Bunnell, left, and Gerry Beckley of America at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA on
July 16, 2015
.  Photo: Kelly A. Swift
London - Remember the seventies, when the charts were filled with classic songs such as “A Horse With No Name”? 

Now Gonzo Multimedia has released worldwide the Christmas album from the band who had that international hit, America,  featuring ten familiar Christmas songs and three original songs. With Andrew Gold (another name from the seventies) as producer and multi-instrumentalist, fans of seventies pop music will enjoy this. 

The set opens with “Winter Wonderland,” which even reminds us of their biggest hit with its arrangement. Other tracks here also provide reminders of their hits. 

The year 2018 marks the 48th Anniversary of America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

From their formative years, America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, America's audiences continue to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group's enduring appeal. “I think that the ingredients of the America sound are the basic fundamentals that translate internationally,” explains Beckley. “The Italians are huge fans of dance music, but they also love a ballad - they're romantic at heart. It's the same in the Far East. A lot of times in these countries, we see people singing along, and they don't really know what the words mean. Music is truly the international language.”

If you enjoy America's seventies classic hits, you will love America's Holiday Harmony. As a Christmas album alone, it is undoubtedly one of the very best.

Winter Wonderland | Let It Snow | White Christmas | A Christmas to Remember | Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas | Sleigh Ride | Silver Bells | Christmas in California | It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas | Winter Holidays | Frosty the Snowman | Silent Night | The First Noel | A Holly Jolly Christmas (2010 Collector’s Edition Bonus Track)

Release Date: 9th November 2018 

To purchase: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/16132 

America's official website: http://www.venturahighway.com/ 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sights and Sounds: The Rolling Stones, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Guy

Just because it's Saturday doesn't mean there isn't cool music news to share...

Rolling Stones' 'Beggars Banquet (50TH Anniversary Edition) available on Super Audio CD on Dec. 7 from ABKCO Records

On December 7, ABKCO Records will release The Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition) on limited edition hybrid Super Audio CD. In comes on the heels of the November 16 domestic release of Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition) on limited-edition vinyl, CD and digital formats.

The SACD package itself is designed to look like a miniaturized replica of the 12” gatefold double-vinyl edition, sized to be a convenient 7” gatefold, and contain 2 hybrid SACDs, a flexi disc and expanded packaging elements exclusive to this edition. This bespoke packaging is manufactured in Japan and is of the highest quality to match the SACD audio. Special elements of the package include: replica packshots of two Japanese 7” single picture sleeves (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man”) and both versions of the Beggars Banquet sleeve art are included. This SACD set is a Japanese release, which will be imported into North America in a limited quantity. 

Recorded between March and July of 1968 at Olympic Sound Studios in London, mixed at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Beggars Banquet was the first Stones album produced by Jimmy Miller, and marks the start of what is considered their most prolific album era. Beggars Banquet has a special place in the history of the band, as it is the final album completed with the original lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Billy Wyman and Charlie Watts. During the year of release, Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone declared it “the best record they have yet done” and “an achievement of significance in both lyrics and music.”

Each of these hybrid layered discs includes the entire musical content in both Super Audio CD (SACD) as well as standard CD, providing for complete backward and forward hardware compatibility. The discs will play flawlessly on any SACD compatible or standard CD player. In an SACD player, the laser pick-up automatically reads the SACD layer in Direct Strem Digital (DSD) format, while a standard CD player’s laser pick-up will automatically read through the SACD layer to the CD layer in Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) format. Recently remastered by eleven-time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, the SACD audio is the exact product of his work, with no loss of fidelity whatsoever. 

The flexi disc captures a telephone interview between Mick Jagger and a representative of King Records in Tokyo, the distributor of London Records in Japan. The rare artifact’s title translated to “Hello, This Is Mick Jagger!” LONDON to TOKYO April 17, 1968” has been resotred and reissued on flexi disc with a picture sleeve lovingly restored to look just like the original. The flexi is included in the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SACD package (as well as vinyl package) worldwide, making it available for the first time outside Japan. A mirthful moment in the exchange captured over the telephone, halfway around the world, while the band was busy recording the yet-unnamed album Beggars Banquet in Olympic Studios, Jagger was asked “What do you think is the future direction of your music?” And with no hesitation, he responded “Sideways.” 

The original intended album cover art for Beggars Banquet was initially rejected both by London Records, the band’s U.S. label as well as Decca, their UK label. The Michael Vosse photograph of a vandalized restroom wall (Jagger and Richards provided the graffiti, the restroom was inside a Porsche dealership) was deemed offensive, possibly because the top of an open toilet is captured in the shot. The replacement cover was simply the band name and album title written in the style of a wedding invitation, and remained that way for several years before the intended bathroom photo art finally gained its rightful place on the cover. Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition) pays tribute to both, as the package will be housed with the Vosse image, with an overwrap of the “inoffensive” wedding RSVP invitation art.
Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition) Super Audio CD tracklist
SACD Disc 1 (original album, stereo mix)
1)    Sympathy For the Devil
2)    No Expectations
3)    Dear Doctor
4)    Parachute Woman
5)    Jigsaw Puzzle
6)    Street Fighting Man 
7)    Prodigal Son
8)    Stray Cat Blues
9)    Factory Girl
10)Salt of the Earth
SACD Disc 2
1)    Sympathy For the Devil (mono mix)
2)    Hello, This is Mick Jagger! LONDON to TOKYO April 17, 1968 (interview)
Flexi Disc
1)    Hello, This is Mick Jagger! LONDON to TOKYO April 17, 1968 (interview)

Blues icon Buddy Guy coming to Dan Rather's 'The Big Interview' on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Buddy Guy performing at the Coach House in San Juan
Capistrano, CA earlier this year. Photo: Bob Steshetz
Acclaimed blues legend Buddy Guy joins Dan Rather at his Buddy Guy’s Legends blues club in Chicago, in an all-new episode of The Big Interview on Tuesday, November 20 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time (6 p.m. Pacific Time).
In this exclusive first-look, the master of the six-string fondly remembers the first song he learned how to play on the guitar while growing up on the Mississippi River—and how excited he was to share this newfound gift with everyone he could. “John Lee Hooker had just come out with ‘Boogie Chillen’, which I think was one of his biggest records,” Guy begins. “I don’t know what happened, but I was lyin’ out there on the grass on that levee, and my fingers got locked, and I heard me sound like I had found that ‘Boogie Chillen’… I walked to everybody I knew—and in the country, that was a long ways—and I said, ‘Look what I found! Look what I found!’” The song continues to hold a special place in Guy’s heart to this day, as he charmingly concludes, “If somebody asks me, I still play it!” Watch it here.
Dan Rather, left, with bluesman Buddy Guy.
Additionally, Guy discusses his dedication to preserving the blues, and the importance of keeping it alive for future generations; sheds light on the creative process behind his latest album, The Blues Is Alive And Well, featuring Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, among others; explains why the “Chicago Blues” should really be called “The Southern Blues;” describes making his very first guitar out of a screen door and a can of lighter fluid; and recalls performing at the White House, where he sang with President Obama and was given the National Medal Of Arts by President Bush. The son of sharecroppers, Guy humbly and humorously muses, “It’s a long way from the outhouse to the White House!”
To see more of this insightful episode, tune in to The Big Interview on Tuesday, November 20 at 9pE/6pP, only on AXS TV.

Mark Knopfler's 'Down The Road Wherever' out now
Photo credit Derek Hudson
Singer-songwriter/guitar great Mark Knopfler's new album Down The Road Wherever was released on British Grove Records via Blue Note on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Recorded by Knopfler at British Grove—his West London studio—Down The Road Wherever features 14 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including Knopfler’s early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray soccer fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon diner.
Knopfler recently premiered the album tracks “Back On The Dance Floor” and “Good On You Son,” plus the video for “Good On You Son” can be streamed/shared at https://markknopfler.lnk.to/GoodOnYouSonVideo.
In celebration of the forthcoming album, Knopfler is set for an extensive North American tour kicking off on August 16, 2019 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. See below for a complete list of dates; tickets for most North American shows are available for purchase now at http://tour.markknopfler.com/ and each ticket comes with a copy of Down the Road Wherever. Fans are urged to buy tickets from Knopfler’s website rather than resellers as the tickets’ authenticity and price can’t be guaranteed. Check http://markknopfler.com for the best way to buy tickets and for all details of safe fan-to-fan resale sites.
On tour Knopfler will perform with an expanded ten-piece band, most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions include Graeme Blevins (saxophone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet).
‘My songs are made to be performed live,’ notes Knopfler. ‘I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live. I enjoy the whole circus, travelling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I’m really looking forward to it.’
Knopfler has previously released eight solo albums, as well as Neck And Neck with guitar great Chet Atkins and All The Roadrunning with Emmylou Harris. He has also created film soundtracks for Local HeroThe Princess Bride and Cal. In addition to producing his own records, Knopfler has also produced albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, amongst others. Knopfler was made an Order of the British Empire in 1999 and was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.

Down The Road Wherever is available via digital download, CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with three bonus tracks and a lavish box set that includes the album on both vinyl and deluxe CD and an additional 12” vinyl EP with 4 bonus tracks, a 12” print of the artwork and a 12” guitar tablature of ‘Back On The Dance Floor.’.

1. Trapper Man
2. Back On The Dance Floor
3. Nobody’s Child
4. Just A Boy Away From Home
5. When You Leave
6. Good On You Son
7. My Bacon Roll
8. Nobody Does That
9. Drovers’ Road*
10. One Song At A Time
11. Floating Away
12. Slow Learner
13. Heavy Up
14. Rear View Mirror*
15. Every Heart In The Room*
16. Matchstick Man
*Deluxe Edition CD bonus tracks

Friday, November 16, 2018

Lost Glen Campbell Album 'Sings For The King' Featuring Songs Recorded For Elvis Presley, Discovered And Released Half A Century Later

This is one of the projects that almost doesn't sound real because it's so cool. But it's true and Glen Campbell's 'Sings For The King' is out today!

Lost Glen Campbell album 'Sings For The King' featuring songs recorded for Elvis Presley discovered and released half a century later


“Beautifully demonstrates Campbell’s ability to approximate, yet not intentionally imitate, Presley’s unique 
vocal style and is yet another example of Campbell’s pristine, pitch-perfect delivery that helped 
vault him into superstardom.” – Rolling Stone
A compelling snapshot for anyone with a deep appreciation of either artist… The collection explodes to life with ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ – a rocket-heeled rockabilly roister that Presley never bettered – then finds its groove with the wonderfully lazy ‘Any Old Time,’ before Campbell drops an octave for ‘Anyone Can Play.’” – Country Music
“They are more than a posthumous footnote to the career of Campbell, who died last year: 
they stand up as an impressive album in their own right.” – Louder Than War
Los Angeles – November 16, 2018 – Before he became the Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell secretlyrecorded demos for several years for The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. A new album released today onCapitol/UMe aptly named Sings For The King collects together some of these rare songs that Glen sang for Elvis. Originally intended for The King’s ears only, fans of both legendary artists can now enjoy this discovered piece of history that has gone completely unknown about for more than a half a century. Many of the songs were made famous by Elvis in his movies with on-screen performances of tracks such as “Spinout,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “Clambake” and “Stay Away Joe.” The album, available on CD, vinyl and digitally, opens with a newly constructed Glen-Elvis duet of the poignant gospel song “We Call on Him,” which fuses their voices together allowing listeners to hear how Glen set the stage for Elvis and how the two superstars would have sounded together.

Order Sings For The King now: https://UMe.lnk.to/GCSingsForTheKingPR 

The collection is also available on limited edition 180-gram clear vinyl exclusively at GlenCampbell.com.
Glen recorded the songs featured on Sings For The King between 1964-1968 in between recording hundreds of sessions with the Wrecking Crew, touring with the Beach Boys, and recording his own albums.
Sings For The King includes songs written by the songwriting team of Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne. Weisman is significant for having written the most songs recorded by Elvis than any other songwriter in history at 57. Weisman and Wayne turned to Glen Campbell who had perfect pitch and an uncanny ability to match Elvis’s key and even mimic his delivery, to record fully fleshed out studio versions that they could present to Elvis for his recording consideration. The songs were discovered by Executive Producer Stephen Auerbach who found the fifty-year-old recordings on long-forgotten reel-to-reel tapes in a storage space belonging to his wife’s uncle, Ben Weisman. Of the 29 recordings that have been rescued, there are twelve of Glen’s recordings that went on to be recorded and released by Elvis including “Stay Away Joe,” “Clambake,” “Spinout” and “Easy Come, Easy Go,” which were all made famous with iconic singing performances of the title tracks in his movies.
The variety of the material is striking and ranges from the country-flavored “Any Old Time” to the more rocked-up “I’ll Be Back” to meaty ballads like “I’ll Never Know.” On “I Got Love” Glen begins the song sounding like himself but then subtly shifts into Elvis’s trademark tone. The album opens with the gospel song “We Call on Him,” which features the two legendary voices fused into a duet, giving a real sense of how Glen’s performances teed up these songs for Elvis, and then where The King took them and made them his own. All eighteen songs highlight Glen’s incredible vocal range and guitar skills and draw focus to Weisman and Wayne’s understanding of all the styles of music Elvis could perform.
As noted music journalist and author Alan Light writes in the illuminating liner notes, “With their genre-bending musical exploration and rural Southern roots, it’s no surprise that Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley formed something of a mutual admiration society.” ‘Elvis and I were brought up the same humble way,’ Campbell once said, “picking cotton and looking at the north end of a south-bound mule." The friendship between the Rhinestone Cowboy and the King of Rock and Roll spanned three decades, and they often orbited each other professionally.”
Glen and Elvis first met in 1956, when Elvis performed in Albuquerque, where Glen had recently moved to join his uncle’s band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. “I saw him in the rough,” Glen later said. “He was so electrifying.” In 1960, Glen headed to Los Angeles to find work as a session musician and took a regular gig at a club called the Crossbow, where Elvis and his friends would sometimes come watch from a small private room upstairs. As a member of the incomparable group of LA studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, Glen appeared on dozens of immortal hits, from “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’ ” to “Strangers in the Night.” In 1963 alone, he added his guitar to almost 600 sessions, including his one and only recording with Elvis, for the “Viva Las Vegas” soundtrack.
By 1967, Glen’s own career was exploding with the release of his breakthrough albums Gentle on My Mind andBy the Time I Get to Phoenix, which both reached Number One on the charts, and made Grammy history by sweeping the Song and Performance awards in both the pop and country & western categories. The following year, By The Time I Get To Phoenix took home the prize for Album of the Year, the first country record to do so. Yet Glen continued to knock out songs for Weisman and Wayne in whatever spare time he had.
The relationship between these two Hall of Famers might have become more extensive: When Elvis was assembling his TCB band in 1969, his two finalists for the lead guitar chair were Glen and James Burton. But while Glen was riding high as a solo artist following the monster hits “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Wichita Lineman,” Burton was available since his previous boss, Ricky Nelson, had recently broken up his backing band.
As it turns out, though, there was a deep connection between Elvis and Glen that almost no one was aware of—until now, with the release of Sings for the King. This historic collection casts new light on the quiet influence that one musical giant, and an often-overlooked songwriting team, had on America’s greatest rock and roll star.
1. We Call On Him (A Duet With Elvis Presley) *
2. Easy Come, Easy Go *
3. Any Old Time
4. Anyone Can Play
5. I Got Love
6. I’ll Never Know *
7. All I Needed Was The Rain *
8. How Can You Lose What You Never Had *
9. Spinout *
10. Magic Fire
11. I’ll Be Back *
12. Love On The Rocks
13. Stay Away, Joe *
14. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die *
15. Clambake *
16. There Is So Much World To See *
17. Do The Clam *
18. Restless
* Recorded by Elvis Presley

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Infamous Stringdusters announce new Live Album 'Live From Telluride' and additional 2019 tour dates

Here is news on a notable release coming out tomorrow, The Infamous Stringdusters' new live album...



GRAMMY-winning band THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS are announcing a new live album, Live From Telluride, out this Friday, November 16 on all digital retailers and platforms. The 20-track release features a wide-ranging set spanning the band's 12-year career with tracks from their eight previous studio albums, including 2017's Laws Of Gravity, which won a GRAMMY for "Best Bluegrass Album," and a few covers which THE STRINGDUSTERS have been known to incorporate into their live set. Jambase exclusively premiered the band's version of The Grateful Dead's "Tennessee Jed"; check it out HERE.
Banjoist Chris Pandolfi reflects on the live show recorded for Live From Telluride: "Telluride Bluegrass has been the center of the acoustic festival universe for many years, and we have been really honored to be involved in that. The fans are knowledgeable, but even more importantly, they are always down to connect with the moment and bring a lot of energy to the performance. It's a place of deep inspiration because of the amazing surroundings, but also the amazing musical company. You feel it every time you step on stage there, and this show was no exception. We knew pretty much right after the show that this was a show worth putting out there. Hope you guys enjoy!"
The bluegrass mavericks--Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)--are also putting a new round of 2019 tour dates on sale this week. In addition to the previously announced January dates, kicking off January 16 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, the new dates will take THE STRINGDUSTERS from coast-to-coast. Midnight NorthShook Twins and John Craigie will open select dates. A list of all dates is below, and select pre-sale tickets are available now at www.thestringdusters.com/tour; general on-sale is November 16 at 10am MT.
Earlier this week, the band announced a special show with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band on Wednesday, May 29 at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Pre-sale tickets are available starting November 14 at 10am MT and general on-sale begins November 16 at 10am MT HERE.
"Phil Lesh is a legend, in every sense of the word," shares bassist Travis Book. "To see him play is an honor, to share the same space with him a privilege, and to share the stage is beyond words. We're truly grateful for the opportunity to perform at the world's most iconic venue with one of the world's most iconic bass players and musicians."
All this live music news sets the stage for what's sure to be an exciting 2019. THE STRINGDUSTERS have revealed that they've completed recording of their next full-length studio album; the group shared, "Our new album is done!! We got deep into a bunch of new music and we are really excited about the way things turned out. Huge thanks to our amazing engineer/co-producer Billy Hume and to everyone here at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver."

Wed 1/16 - West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
Thu 1/17 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up*
Fri 1/18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore*
Sat 1/19 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Casino
Sun 1/20 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
Tue 1/22 - Ashland, OR - Live from the Armory
Wed 1/23 - Bend, OR - Midtown Ballroom*
Thu 1/24 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
Fri 1/25 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom*
Sat 1/26 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Theatre*
Sun 1/27 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
Thu 2/14 - Bozeman, MT - The Rialto
Fri 2/15 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma+
Sat 2/16 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Commonwealth Room+
Sun 2/17 - Durango, CO - Fort Lewis College
Tue 2/19 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
Wed 2/20 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf+
Thu 2/21 - Telluride, CO - Sheridan Opera House
Fri 2/22 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen+
Sat 2/23 - Steamboat Springs, CO - WinterWonderGrass Colorado
Sun 2/24 - Steamboat Springs, CO - WinterWonderGrass Colorado
Fri 3/8 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Sat 3/9 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live
Sun 3/10 - Tampa, FL - Gasparilla Music Festival
Tue 3/12 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
Wed 3/13 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre^
Thu 3/14 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater^
Fri 3/15 - Wausau, WI - Granite Peak Ski Resort^
Sat 3/16 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre^
Wed 3/27 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
Thu 3/28 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
Fri 3/29 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
Sat 3/30 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Sun 3/31 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
* Midnight North opens | + Shook Twins opens | ^ John Craigie opens

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