Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Recording Academy Announces Nominees For The 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

 Here is the media release of the day...


RECORDING ACADEMY® ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE 63RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

BEYONCÉ LEADS GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS WITH NINE; DUA LIPA, RODDY RICCH, AND TAYLOR SWIFT EACH GARNER SIX; BRITTANY HOWARD EARNS FIVE

THE LATE JOHN PRINE NOMINATED FOR TWO AWARDS...
John Prine / Photo credit: Danny Clinch

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (NOV. 24, 2020)
 — The Recording Academy® has revealed nominees for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Leading the pack this year are recordings representing a wide-range of musical genres, including pop, classical, jazz, rap, R&B, and rock. Top nominees include Beyoncé (9)Dua Lipa (6), Roddy Ricch (6), Taylor Swift (6), Brittany Howard (5)John Beasley (4)Justin Bieber (4), Phoebe Bridgers (4), DaBaby (4), Billie Eilish (4), David Frost (4), and Megan Thee Stallion (4). As the only peer-selected music accolade, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by the Recording Academy's voting membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers. This year, the Academy received a total of 23,207 entries for GRAMMY® consideration, setting the record for the most entries in a single year.
 
Nominations in all categories* were announced this morning via a global livestream featuring Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason jr., alongside Regional Mexican singer-songwriter Pepe Aguilar; Nigerian Afropop singer Yemi Alade; GRAMMY Award-winning classical violinist Nicola Benedetti; two-time GRAMMY Award-winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle; current nominee Mickey Guyton; two-time GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist and past GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony® host Imogen Heap; "CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King; current nominee and two-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Dua Lipa; current nominee Megan Thee Stallion; and "The Talk" host Sharon Osbourne.
 
"This has been a tough year for our industry but I have witnessed, day after day, the incredible resiliency of the music community," said Mason. "This year's nominated recordings are proof that the creative spirit continues to be alive and well, and our nominees are a testament to the passion and perseverance that our community embodies. I'm endlessly amazed that so many music creators continue to use their craft to tell important stories, providing a dynamic soundtrack that both directly impacts and reflects our culture. I truly believe in the power of music, and the 63rd GRAMMYs® will be an opportunity to help us unite, uplift and inspire."
 
This year's nominees were voted on by Recording Academy voting members from more than 23,000 submissions and reflect the wide range of artistic innovation that defined the year in music (Sept. 1, 2019–Aug. 31, 2020). The final round of GRAMMY voting is Dec. 7, 2020–Jan. 4, 2021. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, on the CBS Television Network from 8:00–11:30 p.m. ET/5:008:30 p.m. PT with Emmy Award-winning "The Daily Show" host and comedian Trevor Noah serving as host. The Premiere Ceremony will stream live on GRAMMY.com beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

The 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy. Ben Winston is executive producer, Jesse Collins and Raj Kapoor are co-executive producers, Fatima Robinson, Josie Cliff and David Wild are producers, Patrick Menton is talent producer, and Hamish Hamilton is director.

The following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards' 30 Fields and 83* Categories.
For a complete nominations list, visit www.grammy.com. Later today media assets from today's livestream will be available here. Click here to download the social media toolkit.
 
Record Of The Year:
"Black Parade" — Beyoncé
"Colors" — Black Pumas
"Rockstar" — DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch
"Say So" — Doja Cat
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish
"Don't Start Now" — Dua Lipa
"Circles" — Post Malone
"Savage" — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
 
Song Of The Year:
"Black Parade" — Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim "Kaydence" Krysiuk & Rickie "Caso" Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"The Box" — Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
"Cardigan" — Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
"Circles" — Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
"Don't Start Now" — Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
"Everything I Wanted" — Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
"I Can't Breathe" — Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
"If The World Was Ending" — Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)
 
Album Of The Year:
Chilombo — Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) — Black Pumas
Everyday Life — Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3 — Jacob Collier
Women In Music Pt. III — Haim
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Hollywood's Bleeding — Post Malone
Folklore — Taylor Swift
 
Best New Artist:
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Kaytranada
Megan Thee Stallion
 
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
"Un Dia (One Day)" — J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & Tainy
"Intentions" — Justin Bieber Featuring Quavo
"Dynamite" — BTS
"Rain On Me" — Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
"Exile" — Taylor Swift Featuring Bon Iver
 
Best Pop Vocal Album:
Changes — Justin Bieber
Chromatica — Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Fine Line — Harry Styles
Folklore  — Taylor Swift
 
Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Kick I — Arca
Planet's Mad — Baauer
Energy — Disclosure
Bubba — Kaytranada
Good Faith — Madeon
 
Best Rock Performance:
"Shameika" — Fiona Apple
"Not" — Big Thief
"Kyoto" — Phoebe Bridgers
"The Steps" — HAIM
"Stay High" — Brittany Howard
"Daylight" — Grace Potter
  
Best Progressive R&B Album:
Chilombo — Jhené Aiko
Ungodly Hour — Chloe X Halle
Free Nationals — Free Nationals
F*** Yo Feelings  — Robert Glasper
It Is What It Is — Thundercat
 
Best Rap Performance:
"Deep Reverence" — Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
"Bop" — DaBaby
"What's Poppin" — Jack Harlow
"The Bigger Picture" — Lil Baby
"Savage" — Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
"Dior" — Pop Smoke
 
Best Country Album:
Lady Like — Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is A Record — Brandy Clark
Wildcard — Miranda Lambert
Nightfall — Little Big Town
Never Will — Ashley McBryde
 
Best Jazz Vocal Album:
Ona — Thana Alexa
Secrets Are The Best Stories — Kurt Elling Featuring Danilo Pérez
Modern Ancestors — Carmen Lundy
Holy Room: Live At Alte Oper — Somi With Frankfurt Radio Big Band
What's The Hurry — Kenny Washington
 
Best Latin Pop Or Urban Album:
YHLQMDLG — Bad Bunny
Por Primera Vez — Camilo
Mesa Para Dos — Kany García
Pausa — Ricky Martin
3:33 — Debi Nova
 
Best Americana Album:
Old Flowers — Courtney Marie Andrews
Terms Of Surrender — Hiss Golden Messenger
World On The Ground — Sarah Jarosz
El Dorado — Marcus King
Good Souls Better Angels — Lucinda Williams
 
Best Contemporary Blues Album:
Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? — Fantastic Negrito
Live At The Paramount — Ruthie Foster Big Band
The Juice — G. Love
Blackbirds — Bettye LaVette
Up And Rolling — North Mississippi Allstars
 
Best Global Music Album:
FU Chronicles — Antibalas
Twice As Tall — Burna Boy
Agora — Bebel Gilberto
Love Letters — Anoushka Shankar
Amadjar — Tinariwen
 
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
Acid For The Children: A Memoir — Flea
Alex Trebek – The Answer Is… — Ken Jennings
Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, And The Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth — Rachel Maddow
Catch And Kill — Ronan Farrow
Charlotte's Web (E.B. White) — Meryl Streep (& Full Cast)
 
Best Music Film:
Beastie Boys Story — Beastie Boys
Black Is King — Beyoncé
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme — Freestyle Love Supreme
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice — Linda Ronstadt
That Little Ol' Band From Texas — ZZ Top
 
*Due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the nominations for the 63rd GRAMMYs for Best Immersive Audio Album will be announced next year in addition to (and separately from) the 64th GRAMMY nominations in the category.
 

 
Bluesman Bobby Rush's album 'Rawer Than Raw' is
nominated for Best Traditional Blues.
Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

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Sights and Sounds: Goo Goo Dolls, Steven Wilson, The National, Staci Griesbach

 A roundup of what's going on in the music world today...


GOO GOO DOLLS & FANTRACKS PRESENT
THE FIRST-EVER AUGMENTED-REALITY MOVIE MUSICAL “IT’S CHRISTMAS ALL OVER” 

TUNE IN DECEMBER 12TH AT 4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET FOR THE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE AND EXCLUSIVE VIP MEET-AND-GREET OPPORTUNITIES

GENERAL ONSALE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW HERE

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE 



November 24, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) - Today, multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls, debuts the trailer for It’s Christmas All Over, the first-ever augmented-reality movie musical, created and presented by the livestreaming platform FanTracksIt’s Christmas All Over will feature Goo Goo Dolls performing music from their brand-new holiday album of the same name (Warner Records), but goes beyond the realm of a live concert to transport viewers through an unparalleled music journey, all taking place within a surreal virtual world. This movie also marks the second time that the band has worked with FanTracks, the first being a livestream concert in October, which is currently available on-demand to subscribers on the FanTracks website.
 
Directed and produced by FanTracks President Barry Summers, the full hour-long program will first air as an exclusive sneak-peak for FanTracks subscribers only on December 11 at 4pm PT/7pm ET. The official global release, which will be free to all viewers, will happen at 4pm PT/7pm ET on December 12 along with additional VIP private video Meet-and-Greets and a Q&A with the band. The program will remain available on-demand for free for 48 hours after the conclusion of the premiere.

"It was such an amazing experience getting to play songs from our new record live for the first time," says John Rzeznik. "We can’t wait for everyone to see and hear these Christmas tunes in this unique way, and we hope they bring some cheer to this peculiar holiday season. Happy holidays from all of us to every single one of you!!”

Inner Machine (the official Goo Goo Dolls fan-club) began exclusive pre-sale access on November 23, while general on-sale tickets are available now HERE. The “Ultimate Goo Goo Dolls Christmas VIP Package” not only includes a private Meet & Greet with band founders John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, but also a fantastic array of Goo Goo Dolls gear including a limited edition Crosley Record Player, a Christmas sweater, holiday ornaments, stockings, and much more. Exclusive VIP Packages are available HERE and other Meet & Greet and Q&A session opportunities will be offered, which will take place live on December 12. FanTracks subscribers also gain early access and on-demand access to It’s Christmas All Over as well as FanTracks’ full catalog of classic concerts.

In this AR movie musical adventure, Goo Goo Dolls travel through past, present, and future searching for the lost “Spirit of Christmas”; from wintery city street scenes, subways, and taxis; to a 1940s speakeasy and the classic set of The Ed Sullivan Show; and beyond. As the band travels between settings, fans will follow along for an intimate and festive musical experience, unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Throughout, they treat fans to classic holiday standards as well as their new holiday music, and discover that although people are separated by current events, we remain unified by the true nature of the holiday.
 
On the journey, the band takes a moment to remind us all to "Give A Little Bit" - with two autographed guitars to be auctioned to benefit Music Gives to St Jude Kids - St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
 
Writer, director, and producer Barry Summers, Co-Founder & President of FanTracks Digital LLC, says, “We built all these scenes from the live footage we captured of the Goo Goo Dolls along with special guest performers in October, and then using augmented reality, layered in the environments, animation, and more to create something really special that the world has not seen before. The band’s performance is outstanding, and It’s Christmas All Over is sure to become an instant holiday classic.”
  
To create the It’s Christmas All Over, FanTracks created a new digital format, Music Adventures using their proprietary Augmented Reality Film Capturing system utilizing 12 Unreal game engine servers, three GreenHippo servers, immersive Hi Lum LED Screens in FanTracks new custom build LED Mixed Reality Studio, built specifically for live music with virtual environments designed for Mixed Reality imaginative storytelling.

Goo Goo Dolls’ album It’s Christmas All Over was created during lockdown earlier this year, and was produced by Goo Goo Dolls’ frontman John Rzeznik alongside the band’s frequent collaborators Brad Fernquist and Jimmy McGorman. Released October 30th via Warner Records, it boasts a diverse collection of songs that capture the warmth and spirit of classic Christmas music. The record is packed with iconic tracks such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow” and the brand new original “This Is Christmas,” all three of which currently rank in the top 40 at AC radio. It’s Christmas All Over is available now via all digital streaming platforms here, and exclusive merch offers including a red vinyl LP, a Goo Goo Dolls Crosley record player and additional limited edition holiday items are available via the band’s website HERE.
ABOUT GOO GOO DOLLS:
Formed in Buffalo, NY during 1986 by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, Goo Goo Dolls quietly broke records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. Beyond selling 12 million records worldwide, the group garnered four GRAMMY® Award nominations and seized a page in the history books by achieving 14 number one and Top 10 hits at Hot AC—"the most of any artist. As a result, they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.” Among a string of hits, “Iris” clutched #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and would be named “#1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years. Thus far, A Boy Named Goo [1995] went double-platinum, Dizzy Up The Girl went quadruple-platinum, and Gutterflower [2002] and Let Love In [2006] both went gold as Something for the Rest of Us [2010] and Magnetic [2013] bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. 2016’s Boxes attracted the praise of People and Huffington Post as NoiseyConsequence of Sound, and more featured them. Their music has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Leona Lewis. Among many accolades, John received the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” in 2008 as well.

Following a sold-out 2018 twentieth anniversary tour in celebration of Dizzy Up The Girl, Goo Goo Dolls wrote and recorded their twelfth full-length album, Miracle Pill [Warner Records]—igniting a bold and bright new era in the process. On October 30th, the band began a new chapter with the release of their first-ever holiday record, It’s Christmas All Over.

ABOUT FANTRACKS
FanTracks is a live streaming and fan engagement platform. The company was founded by Barry Summers and Ty Roberts in May of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to allow consumers to continue enjoying the live music experience and gain access to their favorite artists in a personal and safe way. FanTracks is a departure from services that digitally mimic traditional ticketing approaches. The platform offers music lovers access to high-quality, carefully curated, and professionally produced live shows. Its proprietary technology creates a new world of virtual music and fan experiences, from a range of group chat modes to hosted “hang out” spaces and parties, to interactive features that bring musicians and music lovers together. FanTracks' President/Executive Producer Barry Summers is an award-winning veteran live concert/music film/TV producer, President of World Live Shows LLC, and Rock Fuel Media. In the '90s, he worked personally with Dick Clark as Executive Producer of many successful live shows and has produced award-winning concert films/live TV Specials and numerous Billboard #1 chart-topping DVDs, CDs, and vinyl consumer product releases featuring some of the world's biggest artists. Ty Roberts, FanTracks' CEO and CTO is a proven serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. As a technologist, he developed technologies and data that power products like iTunes, Comcast Xfinity, and Ford Sync that are used by hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide. He holds dozens of patents for his inventions and has created multiple technical standards across the industry.
STEVEN WILSON UNVEILS EPIC ONE-OF-A-KIND
SPECIAL EDITION OF EAGERLY AWAITED NEW ALBUM

GROUNDBREAKING ARTIST/PRODUCER HERALDS THE FUTURE BITES
WITH BESPOKE BOX SET LIMITED TO 1 OF 1

ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA
RETAILS FOR £10,000 WITH ALL PROCEEDS DIRECTLY BENEFITTING
THE UK’S MUSIC VENUE TRUST

SOARING NEW TRACK, “12 THINGS I FORGOT,” PREMIERES TODAY

THE FUTURE BITES ARRIVES
JANUARY 29, 2021 VIA TFB.COM/ARTS & CRAFTS
Photo credit: Miles Skarin
Groundbreaking musician/songwriter/producer Steven Wilson has announced a truly unique special edition of his eagerly awaited sixth album, THE FUTURE BITES. Limited to 1 of 1, ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA will retail for £10,000, with all proceeds directly benefitting the Music Venue Trust to help save grassroots music venues in the UK adversely affected by COVID-19. Simultaneously the apotheosis of modern consumerism and the ultimate Steven Wilson collectible, the bespoke package will collect the previously announced THE FUTURE BITES LIMITED EDITION DELUXE BOX SET alongside previously unheard music (including a one-sided 7-inch single with the exclusive track, “The Tastemaker,” limited to an edition of one and never to be released anywhere else), conceptual artwork, handwritten lyrics, and such rare items of personal ephemera from Wilson’s personal archive as six laminated AAA passes for various tours between 2011-18 and his GRAMMY® Award nomination certificate and medal honoring 2011’s GRACE BEFORE DROWNING for “Best Surround Sound Mix.” ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA will be available for a very limited time on Friday, November 27. THE FUTURE BITES arrives via TFB.com/Arts & Crafts on January 29, 2021.

WATCH THE ULTRA DELUXE MUSIC PRODUCT ON OBSOLETE MEDIA BOXSET TRAILER

“This edition of THE FUTURE BITES takes the whole notion of deluxe limited editions to its logical and fairly extreme conclusion as the ultimate limited edition will obviously end up being just one copy,” Wilson says. “In many ways, this edition is more analogous with the world of art than with those of music or luxury branding. Only one person can own an actual painting with the artist’s brush strokes on it. There is no variance, only the one original.

“With regards to the contents of the 1 of 1 edition, it’s the purchaser’s choice as to whether they decide to share what they’ve bought or keep it to themselves. Do they want to exhibit ‘the painting’, or put it on display at home? If it was me, I’d probably keep it private but I’ll leave it entirely up to them as what they do with the contents of their purchase.”

THE FUTURE BITES is further heralded by today’s premiere of the soaring new track, “12 Things I Forgot.” An official visualizer is streaming now at YouTube. Furthermore, “12 Things I Forgot” will be available on limited edition vinyl on Friday, November 27.

LISTEN TO "12 THINGS I FORGOT"

“12 Things I Forgot” marks the latest track premiere from THE FUTURE BITES, following the previous release of “King Ghost,” “Eminent Sleaze,” and “Personal Shopper,” the latter of which will be joined by an equally ambitious official video premiering this Friday, November 27. Both “King Ghost” and “Eminent Sleaze” are already accompanied by official videos, streaming now at Wilson’s official YouTube channel; a striking trailer previewing the album’s provocative themes of high-concept consumerism and post-internet evolution is also streaming now via YouTube.

LISTEN TO “PERSONAL SHOPPER”

WATCH “KING GHOST”

WATCH “EMINENT SLEAZE”

WATCH THE FUTURE BITES TRAILER

THE FUTURE BITES will be available on all digital platforms, along with vinyl, CD, and a limited edition deluxe box set that contains CDs of the album, an instrumental version of the album, bonus material (including six additional songs and several reworked versions of album tracks, among them a 19-minute extended mix of “Personal Shopper”), a cassette of demos, and a Blu-ray featuring videos and Wilson’s own 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos versions of the album (marking THE FUTURE BITES as the first contemporary album to be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos). Pre-orders are available now.

PRE-ORDER THE FUTURE BITES

Co-produced in London by Wilson with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything), THE FUTURE BITES sees Wilson exploring contemporary addiction and the lasting effect of ever-increasing technology on our daily lives. The album marks his most inventive and far-reaching musical construction to date, spanning soaring acoustics, lush electronica, relentless bass-driven grooves, murky funk, and so much more, all linked through powerfully focused songcraft and this one-of-a-kind artist’s always unique creative vision.

Hailed by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke for his “fighting spirit and truly progressive ideals in rock composition, group improvisation and emotionally authentic storytelling,” Wilson recently launched an official THE FUTURE BITES webstore, featuring a fully imagined consumer universe. The website will crack a door open onto a wonderful world of purchase power, a place where everything is marketable and nothing is too random or too moronic to be considered valuable. Inspired by notable 21st century artifacts like the Virgil Abloh ceramic block or Vitality Air’s canned Canadian oxygen, THE FUTURE BITES website is a fully imagined consumer universe (built in collaboration with Baby and Crystal Spotlight) designed to be accessible and addictive to anyone from the casual fan to the hardcore collector. The site will feature regular drops of limited edition merchandise over the coming months, showcasing anything from a slogan shirt to a branded hole punch.

VISIT THE FUTURE BITES WEBSITE

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STEVEN WILSON
THE FUTURE BITES
(Arts & Crafts)
Release Date: January 29, 2021
TRACKLIST:
Unself
Self
King Ghost
12 Things I Forgot
Eminent Sleaze
Personal Shopper
Man of the People
Follower
Count of Unease

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THE NATIONAL

The National To Reissue Remastered Early Catalogue:
The National | Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers | Cherry Tree EP 
Out February 26th 2021 Via 4AD

 
Twenty years on from the release of their self-titled debut album, The National are reissuing it along with 2003’s follow-up Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers and 2004’s Cherry Tree EP for release on February 26th, 2021 via 4AD. With all three records having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the finest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation. Cherry Tree members can pre-order exclusive, limited split color versions here: https://cherrytreeshop.americanmary.com/. Pre-order on black vinyl and CD here: https://4ad.ffm.to/thenationalreissues. Visit americanmary.com for more information.
 
The National
Originally Released July 2, 2001
 
Originally Released July 19 2004 Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, The National’s self-titled debut album of sozzled Americana is a thing of beauty, laden with heavy hints that this was a special band in the making. Their first release, The National arrived two years after The National formed, a time when they were juggling bandlife with needing to hold down full-time jobs. And while nods to the alt.rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own – Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.
 
The National marks the start point for one of the best bands of their generation with its new master helping elevate it to new levels. A great primer to a great band.
 
CD / LP (Black Vinyl) / Digital
4AD0312CD / 4AD0312LP / 4AD0312
1. / A1. Beautiful Head
2. / A2. Cold Girl Fever
3. / A3. The Perfect Song
4. / A4. American Mary
5. / A5. Son
6. / A6. Pay For Me
7. / B1. Bitters & Absolut
8. / B2. John’s Star
9. / B3. Watching You Well
10. / B4. Theory Of The Crows
11. / B5. 29 Years
12. / B6. Anna Freud
 
Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers
Originally Released September 1, 2003
 
The National’s second album, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (2003) proved a leap forward from 2001’s eponymous debut, showing a band adept at delivering warm embraces and gut punches in equal measure. With word of mouth now spreading on the band, critics proved equally enthusiastic. Pitchfork in their glowing review called it a “Gorgeous train wreck” that “Lives up to its blunt title (with) Matt Berninger’s self-effacing barbs matched by the band’s equally potent hooks,” while Uncut also became early champions saying the album was “A genuine treasure... Livid as a bruise, this is brave, desperate, beautiful music.” No longer a secret among those that know, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers is an important record in The National’s discography with this new remaster showing that it’s more than standing the test of time.
 
CD / LP (Black Vinyl) / Digital
4AD0313CD / 4AD0313LP / 4AD0313
1. / A1. Cardinal Song
2. / A2. Slipping Husband
3. / A3. 90-Mile Water Wall
4. / A4. It Never Happened
5. / A5. Murder Me Rachael
6. / B1. Thirsty
7. / B2. Available
8. / B3. Sugar Wife
9. / B4. Trophy Wife
10. / B5. Fashion Coat
11. / B6. Patterns Of Fairytales
12. / B7. Lucky You
 
Cherry Tree EP
Originally Released July 19, 2004
 
Released a year before The National broke through with their third album Alligator, 2004’s Cherry Tree EP is a thrilling record which - thanks to its collection of delicate ballads and anthemic crowd-pleasers - sums up what they do best in under 30 minutes. Now a firm fan-favourite, among Cherry Tree’s seven tracks are now National classics “About Today” and “All The Wine”, plus a thrilling live version of “Murder Me Rachael” that reminds of the band’s fearsome early live performances. Cherry Tree can be seen as the record that marks the moment when The National had truly found themselves, a bridge from what went before to a band ready to conquer the World. And with this new master, it’s never sounded better too.
 
CD / 12” (Black Vinyl) / Digital
4AD0314CD / 4AD0314T / 4AD0314
1. / A1. Wasp Nest
2. / A2. All The Wine
3. / A3. All Dolled-Up In Straps
4. / A4. Cherry Tree
5. / B1. About Today
6. / B2. Murder Me Rachael (Live)
7. / B3. Reasonable Man (I Don’t Mind)
  


My Shania Twain Songbook Jazz Album
Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of The Woman In Me 

Staci Griesbach Celebrates Country Music Icon Shania Twain
with New Jazz Tribute Coming December 18th, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 23, 2020) – Known the world over for crossing genres between country music and pop, Shania Twain’s catalog is now being introduced to a jazz audience as Los Angeles-based singer Staci Griesbach interprets songs from Twain’s breakout album The Woman In Me. Celebrating the album’s 25th anniversary, Griesbach’s My Shania Twain Songbook album reimagines a selection of songs from Twain’s iconic album including the #1 hit and fan-favorite "Any Man of Mine."

“When Shania released The Woman in Me in 1995, I was a junior in high school in rural Wisconsin, and that album very much represented a coming of age for me.  Shania demonstrated confidence in being a woman and really owning who she was as an artist,” Griesbach said. “Most importantly, she didn't shy away from her desire of pursuing her dream, and that was inspiring to me then and perhaps even moreso now.”


My Shania Twain Songbook features collaborations with top jazz composers and arrangers as well as top musicians including Tamir Hendelman (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra), Michael O. Mitchell (Leslie Odom Jr.), Grammy winner Otmaro Ruiz (Diane Reeves), Rahsaan Barber (Kelly Clarkson) and Stuart Duncan (Diana Krall, Goat Rodeo).

“It was refreshing to collaborate with Staci and reimagine Shania Twain’s repertoire. Staci taps into Shania’s heartfelt songwriting and carefree spirit, trusting her instincts in performances that invite the listener to hear Shania Twain’s music in a new light,” said Tamir Hendelman (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra), who arranged four of the songs on the album.

This marks the second album for Griesbach after her 2019 release of My Patsy Cline Songbook.   Garnering attention from both the country music and jazz audiences, Griesbach hopes to reinforce potential in the intersection of the two genres. 

“Shania crossed genres arguably better than any other female in country music at that time, and it's part of my exploration to bring her music into the jazz world,” Griesbach added.  “For me, looking at this music twenty-five years later is like going home and reconnecting to a little part of myself all over again.”

My Shania Twain Songbook Track Listing:
1. No One Needs To Know 
2. The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)
3. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under
4. Leavin’ Is The Only Way Out
5. Is There Life After Love
6. God Bless The Child
7. Any Man of Mine


My Shania Twain Songbook
 features the following:
-Tamir Hendelman on piano and arranging (Barbra Streisand, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra
-Chuck Berghoffer on upright bass (Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Mel Torme)
-Jake Reed on drums (Seth MacFarlane, Bill Cunliffe, Johnny Mandel)
-Otmaro Ruiz on piano and arranging (Dianne Reeves, Dori Caymmi, Arturo Sandoval)
-Michael O. Mitchell on piano and arranging (Leslie Odom Jr., Musical Director for “Amateur Night at the Apollo,” Tony Bennett, Motown the Musical (assoc. conductor)
-Rahsaan Barber on tenor saxophone and arranging (Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle)
-Willie Murrillo on trumpet and horn arranging (Michael Buble, Steve Wonder, Josh Groban)
-Andrew Synowiec on guitar (Michael Buble, Bette Midler, Brett Eldridge)
-Stuart Duncan on fiddle (“The Goat Rodeo Sessions” with Yo Yo Ma, Chris Thile, and Edgar Meyer, as well as Alan Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Bela Fleck)
-Kevin Axt on bass (Natalie Cole, Shelby Lynn)
-Kirsten Edkins on clarinet (John Beasley’s Monkestra, Johnny Mandel, Seth MacFarlane)
-Erik Hughes on trombone (Michael Buble, Bob Mintzer)
-Justin Claveria on baritone, tenor saxophone (Kenny Loggins, David Foster)

My Shania Twain Songbook is produced by Staci Griesbach. Recorded and engineered by Talley Sherwood (Tritone Recording) in Los Angeles, additional engineering and vocals recorded by Harriet Tam. Mixed by Steve Genewick. Mixed at the Stewart House. Mastered by Eric Boulanger at The Bakery in Los Angeles, CA. 

For more, visit www.StaciGriesbach.com
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