Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sights and Sounds: Grace Potter, The Who, Billie Eilish, GRAMMY Museum

There is plenty of cool music news to share...


On October 25, 2019 Grace Potter will release Daylight, her second solo LP and first for Fantasy RecordsDaylight arrives after a turbulent, life-altering 4-year hiatus from music that had the acclaimed singer-songwriter contemplating whether she would ever record another album. Cathartic and emotionally raw, Daylight is the result of that arduous journey, the most emotionally revealing, musically daring work of her career.  Watch the clip for Daylight's passionate first single "Love Is Love" HERE and pre-order Daylight HERE.

"I've always aimed to write songs from a universal perspective; so that anyone who heard my music could relate, but that actually made it harder for me to take ownership of my own perspective. These songs were written so I could process - and be accountable for - my own life experience," Potter says. "I had just pulled the ripcord on my whole life. It was an incredibly jarring, private experience. When the dust settled a bit, the last thing I wanted to do was tell the whole world about it through song. It was a very gradual process of re-framing music and its purpose in my life. So, when I finally started writing songs again - it had to be for myself and myself alone."
 
Produced by her husband Eric ValentineDaylight took shape in the Topanga Canyon home they'd recently settled into. Unsigned and entirely free of any pressure to appease, Potter slowly carved out ideas and the two began laying down tracks. Moving to Valentine's Hollywood studio, Barefoot Recording, the songs came to life with the help of longtime Potter collaborators including guitarist Benny Yurco and drummer Matt Musty, friends Benmont Tench and Larry Goldings on keys and supreme vocalists, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the indie band Lucius.  

On the powerful album-opener and first single "Love Is Love," Potter fully surrenders as her voice shifts from fragile to soaring. It was the first track written for Daylight and she found the process so unsettling, it temporarily put her off from attempting any further self-examination in song. "'Love Is Love' is so confessional, it was terrifying. After we recorded the demo, I had no desire to keep on writing because the feelings were still too raw," she says. "I was scared to dig any deeper."

Throughout Daylight, Potter imbues her songs with equal parts aching vulnerability and unapologetic self-possession. In many ways, the stark piano balled "Release" is the album's centerpiece. Sorrowful but redemptive, its resolution lies in a lyric by co-writer Mike Busbee ("I hope that someday/The sun will shine again/And you'll release me too").

While much of the new album mirrors the emotional chaos of her recent past, Daylightalso channels a soulful wonder on songs like "Every Heartbeat," an acoustic-guitar-laced serenade for Valentine and their infant son, Sagan. And on "Desire," Daylight drifts into an impulsively playful mood, serving up a sweet celebration of unabashed lust.

Described by Spin as "one of the greatest living voices in rock today," Grace Potter has not only played every major music festival from Coachella and Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo and Rock in Rio, she's created her own thriving music festival, Burlington's Grand Point North. Additionally, she's shared a stage with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, the Allman Brothers, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples, and The Roots to name just a few. Potter has also collaborated with the Flaming Lips for a Tim Burton film, written and produced music for film and TV and recorded two GRAMMY-nominated, multiplatinum singles with her friend Kenny Chesney.

Having endured a painful divorce and the breakup of her band- as well as far more joyful events like a new marriage and the birth of her first child, Grace Potter reached for Daylight and delivered a commanding statement of power and purpose.

Pre-Order Daylight HERE

Daylight - Track List:

Track Listing:

  1. Love Is Love
  2. On My Way
  3. Back To Me
  4. Every Heartbeat
  5. Release
  6. Shout It Out
  7. Repossession
  8. Desire
  9. Everyday Love
  10. Please
  11. Daylight
Grace Potter on Tour: 

August 22 - Syracuse, NY @ Great New York State Fair
August 31 - Nashville, TN @ Live On The Green
September 14 - Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North
September 15 - Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North
September 21 - Louisville, KY @ Bourbon and Beyond
November 15 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg University, The Forum Auditorium
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Check out a special video from The Who ahead of their upcoming fall leg of the Moving On! Tour. The groundbreaking rockers provide an exclusive look into what fans can expect and how they have successfully reinvented some their most beloved songs. The band recently wrapped up the first leg of the celebrated run with each performance supported by a 48-piece local symphony orchestra. 

The Who will kick off their highly anticipated second leg at Madison Square Garden on September 1, 2019 with Leslie Mendelson supporting.

VIDEO LINK HERE:


In the video, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend along with the tours’ conductor and members of the orchestra, discuss how the vision of these songs have been produced and performed for this unique tour.  They show clips from the rehearsals of what fans can expect on this fresh take of their classic Brit Rock songs. 
  
More info on the second leg of the Moving On! Tour below. Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com.

Legendary rock band The Who have announced they’ll be joined by very special guest Leslie Mendelson to kick off the fall leg of their much heralded 2019 North American MOVING ON! TOUR at Madison Square Garden on September 1. They recently wrapped up the first leg of the celebrated run with each performance supported by a 48-piece local symphony orchestra. Tickets for the Madison Square Garden show are on sale now at LiveNation.com

Mendelson is an acclaimed Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter touring with Jackson Browne this year. She recently released a string of singles including "The Hardest Part," as well as a duet with Browne, “A Human Touch” for the documentary film 5B. Mendelson’s forthcoming full-length studio album ‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice’ is expected this fall. She previously opened for The Who’s sold out Madison Square Garden date in May. 

Produced by Live Nation, The Who’s fall North American trek of the MOVING ON! TOUR will deliver their indelible brand of powerhouse rock through 20 cities before an epic finale October 24th at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.

The Who fans can also expect an exciting lineup of special guests opening up for the band on selected dates throughout the autumn leg of the trek, including Oasis front man Liam Gallagher, iconic Boston rocker Peter Wolf, and Canadian indie/blues band Reignwolf (see dates below.)  

The Madison Square Garden return will mark the second time this year The Who will bring their acclaimed juggernaut with a full orchestra to New York City. Their first Garden appearance on May 13 drew raves (“.. Daltrey’s vocals sliced through the arena... far enough to view the crowd pulsing from the floor seats all the way to the rafter, hailed Glide Magazine“The rockers seemed genuinely appreciative about what NYC fans have meant to the band throughout their career…”; “They hit Madison Square Garden for a truly spectacular show…” Brooklyn Vegan) and set the tone for a riveting and remarkable run, drawing high praise from critics and social media at every stop on the first half of the historic tour. 

By once again raising the bar on their own live legacy, The Who have re-set the standard when it comes to classic rock bands reinvigorating their repertoire with an authenticity and integrity that few live bands from any era can match.

Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend’s pairing with acclaimed local symphony orchestras are rewarding Who fans with a once-in-a-lifetime live experience.  The founding members manage to achieve new sonic heights, with Forbes Magazine hailing Moving On! as a must-see show that “goes to great lengths to show fans the many gears The Who possess…” The band, which includes guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, serves up THE WHO’s many classics with full and minimal symphony backing, as well as intimate acoustic numbers and a show stopping Pete/Roger duo performance. 

The Who will also be releasing their first album of new songs in thirteen years later this year.

Every pair of tickets purchased online includes a redeemable code for a CD copy of The Who’s forthcoming album upon its release.This offer is available to US and Canada customers only and not valid for tickets purchased via resale. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold for the MOVING ON! TOUR will benefit Teen Cancer America (www.teencanceramerica.org.)

ABOUT THE WHO

The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history.  Their music provoked explosive change and spanned what many critics declare is rock’s most elastic creative spectrum, with Pete Townshend’s songwriting moving between raw, prosaic, conceptual, and expressively literate.  Their visionary sense of stagecraft headed by Roger Daltrey’s soaring vocal prowess is topped off by the band’s blistering rhythm section.  With both Roger and Pete delivering their own
memoirs in recent years (Pete’s Who I Am was released to much acclaim in 2012, and Roger’s autobiography, Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite; My Story, was embraced by critics in 2018) it’s
fitting that the two remaining WHO members have shared their incredible legacy in literary fashion, for few bands have had a more lasting impact on the rock era and the reverberating pop culture than The Who.  


2019 North American Fall Tour Dates

SPECIAL GUESTS

Liam Gallagher https://liamgallagher.com
MOON VS SUN (Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk) https://www.facebook.com/moonvssunofficial

Sept 1 /Madison Square Garden / New York City SPECIAL GUEST: Leslie Mendelson
Sept 3 / Scotiabank Arena / Toronto, ON SPECIAL GUEST: MOON VS SUN (Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk) 
Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI SPECIAL GUEST: Dead Horses
Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Wolf
Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Wolf
Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NY SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Oct 9 / Chase Center / San Francisco, CA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher
Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST TBA
Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST TBA
Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University / San Diego, CA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher
Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners / Seattle, WA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher
Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher
Oct 24 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher



BILLIE EILISH TOPS BILLBOARD HOT 100 WITH ‘BAD GUY’

FIRST ARTIST BORN THIS MILLENNIUM TO REACH NUMBER 1
 

CONTINUES TO SHATTER THE CEILING WITH RECORD-BREAKING DEBUT ALBUM


17-year-old Billie Eilish has earned her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her latest single ‘bad guy,’ taken from her multi-platinum global smash debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? [Darkroom/Interscope Records]. Following an unprecedented total of 9 weeks at No. 2, ‘bad guy’ has knocked Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ featuring Billy Ray-Cyrus off the top spot this week.
 
Billie Eilish is officially the first artist born this millennium to achieve both a No. 1 album and single, and is now the third female solo artist in the 31-year history with multiple songs topping the Billboard Alternative Songs airplay chart (alongside Alanis Morissette and Sinead O’Connor). "bad guy" also sits atop the Pop Songs airplay chart for a second week running after leading the Alternative Songs airplay, and is the first Alternative Songs No. 1 to top the Hot 100 since Lorde's "Royals."
 
Her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? -- released on March 29 [Darkroom/Interscope Records] -- debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has since returned to the top spot two additional times this year. 
 
Recently, Billie Eilish graced the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, and most recently V Magazine for their 20th Anniversary issue, and has amassed more that 15-billion combined global streams to date. Showing no signs of slowing down, the Los Angeles native is currently on her sold-out WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WORLD TOUR.

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is out everywhere now
Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify | Amazon | Google Play | Pandora | YouTube
 
OFFICIAL WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD

“dont smile at me” EP

iTunes | Apple Music | Spotify | Google Play | Amazon | VEVO



Sheryl Crow / Photo credit: Richard Ehrlich

Herbie Hancock / Photo credit: Richard Ehrlich


GRAMMY MUSEUM® ANNOUNCES FACE THE MUSIC

NEW EXHIBIT FEATURES 41 LEGENDARY MUSICIANS PHOTOGRAPHED BY RICHARD EHRLICH
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (August 22, 2019) — Music and photography share a common nexus for experiencing feeling and are linked in contextualizing human emotion. During a five-year project led by photographer Richard Ehrlich, these two art forms came together in a unique and moving way and aimed to redefine the profound and transcendent influence music has on human emotion through facial expression. Ehrlich accomplished this by capturing close-up facial expressions of artists listening to their favorite songs as seen in his photography book Face The Music published by Steidl. To showcase these portraits, the GRAMMY Museum® proudly announces Face The Music, a new photography exhibit showcasing 41 legendary musicians including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Bublé, Kenny Burrell, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Dudamel, Quincy Jones, Iggy Pop, RZA, Esperanza Spalding, Ringo Starr, and many more. The exhibit will open to the public on Sept. 12 and will run through Jan. 6, 2020.

"It was an incredibly fulfilling once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, personally and professionally, to capture some of the world's most iconic musicians while they listened to their favorite songs," said Richard Ehrlich, photographer of Face The Music. "It is a dream come true to now showcase these photographs at the GRAMMY museum."

Face The Music will offer an inside look, through portraiture, at how artists feel emotionally while listening to music of their choice. Some of Ehrlich's favorite moments from this project include capturing Wayne Shorter exuding an aura of calm, grace and mystery; Herb Alpert listening to Pavarotti with eyes closed and lost in reverie; Herbie Hancock, Michael Bublé, Rosanne Cash, and LeAnn Rimes all shedding tears during their listening session; Lars Ulrich's exuberant and emotional facial expressions while listening to Rage Against The Machine; and Iggy Pop shouting during Link Wray's "Rumble." These moments and more are discussed in the exhibit along with the music each musician was listening to, paired with each photo on display.

"As an education institution, the GRAMMY Museum aims to bring a variety of artistic mediums to best experience and learn more about the universal power of music," said Michael Sticka, GRAMMY Museum President. "The portraits on display as part of our Face The Music exhibit visually capture the undeniable influence music has on human emotion."


For tickets, please go to www.grammymuseum.org.
 
ABOUT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
Established in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, “like” the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Big Star's 'In Space' coming October 25 from Omnivore; features Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer

What isn't to love about any announcement centered around legendary music makers Big Star



MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Big Star formed in 1971, and in its brief four years together, created three albums that consistently make “Best of All-Time” lists. Eighteen years after officially disbanding, original members Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens joined forces with the Posies’ Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow for a live performance, which led to a tour (documented on Omnivore Recordings’ Live in Memphis), and years of concerts. While the live shows were a joy and surprise, a bigger surprise happened in 2005, after more than a decade playing together: a new studio album. As Ryko A&R’s Jeff Rougvie said, “It was the easiest approval for a project I ever got.” 

In Space featured new 12 tracks (10 originals and a cover of The Olympics’ “Mine Exclusively” and French baroque composer Georg Muffats “Aria, Largo”) recorded where Big Star began, at the classic Ardent Studios. The new lineup was creating a new chapter for the band while honoring its past. 

With original albums going for outrageous prices, In Space returns as an LP on translucent blue vinyl, and expanded CD with six bonus tracks including “Hot Thing” (previously available on the out-of-print Big Star Story )and five previously unissued demos and alternate mixes. Packaging contains liner notes from Rougvie, original album co-producer/engineer Jeff Powell (who also cut the new vinyl), assistant Ardent engineer Adam Hill, and surviving band members Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, and Jody Stephens. 

According to Stephens, “Alex, Jon, Ken, and I had talked about making an album together but it never seem to go anywhere. Then out of the blue, at a performance in London, Alex announces to the audience that we will be making a new album. A year or so goes by and Alex brought it up again. This time he had a plan: to write and record a song a day. Maybe record 15 tracks and then concentrate on the ten most appealing ones . . . I believe the budget I put together was for 15 days tracking, five days for overdubs and ten days to mix. Songs unheard, Jeff Rougvie and the Ryko folks agreed to the budget and I booked the studio time. It was remarkably easy . . . well, up to that point anyway.”

In the liner notes, Stringfellow recalled the ensuing tour: “The album was released in 2005 and a year later we found ourselves on the main stage of Primavera Sound, a prestigious music festival in Barcelona. Some 10,000 people in the crowd. Before we played ‘Hung Up on Summer’ Alex addressed the crowd: ‘Here’s a song from our latest album . . . you know, it totally bombed — just like the other ones! But don’t worry . . . 30 years from now you’ll be saying it’s the greatest thing ever!’”

Expanded and remastered, In Space finally returns to Earth via Omnivore Recordings on October 25, 2019.

Prepare to blast off again! 

Track Listing:
Dony 
Lady Sweet 
Best Chance 
Turn My Back On The Sun 
Love Revolution 
February’s Quiet 
Mine Exclusively 
A Whole New Thing 
Lady Sweet 
Aria, Largo 
Hung Up With Summer 
Do You Wanna Make It 
Makeover
 
CD Bonus Tracks: 
Hot Thing 
Dony (Rough Mix 4/17/04)* 
February’s Quiet (Jody/Jon Demo)* 
Lady Sweet (Jon Auer Sketch #1)* 
Lady Sweet (Jon Auer Sketch #2)*
Turn My Back On The Sun (Acapella)* 
 
* Previously Unissued 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Authentic song craft works wonders on new releases

The talents of three terrific artists are featured on titles being released this month.



Artist: Vince Gill
Title: Okie (MCA Nashville)
You might like if you enjoy: Vince Gill, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen's "Western Stars"
Tell me more: Vince Gill's new album Okie (set for release on Aug. 23, 2019) is an album that fully captures the Oklahoma native's towering talents as singer, songwriter and master guitarist. The songs here exude the authentic spirit of real people immersed in the day-to-day struggles and joys of real life, and to be sure the songs (all written or co-written by Gill) have a uniform depth wonderfully at odds with the majority of contemporary country music hitmakers. There are gorgeous ballads ("What Choice Will You Make," "When My Amy Prays"), as well as probing gems with lovely choruses ("Black And White," "The Red Words"). From the album's incredible opening song "I Don't Wanna Ride The Rails No More" to the disc-closing tribute to Merle Haggard ("A World Without Haggard"), Okie astounds. On "An Honest Man" Gill's voice echoes the enduring themes captured across Okie as he sings "Come put your arms around me / Put your heart in my hand / Let them cowboys be the heroes / I'm still an honest man." Editor's note: Gill is set to perform “Forever Changed” on NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday, August 27. Later that day he will perform an exclusive 60-minute set at the iHeartRadio Theater NY to celebrate the release of OkieInformation: VinceGill.com.



Artist: Steve Goodman
Title: Santa Ana Winds (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: John Denver, John Prine, Andrew Gold
Tell me more: Omnivore Recordings' wonderful series of Steve Goodman reissues is reintroducing the world to the singer-songwriter great who passed away at the age of 36 in September 1984 following a long battle with leukemia. Santa Ana Winds was completed in the span of a week (including the recording, mixing and mastering), and 35 years later it proves to be a timeless masterpiece. Remastered and expanded in 2019, the LP features all 10 songs featured on the original 1985 release as well as eight bonus tracks (including solo acoustic versions and several previously-unissued songs). Best known for his song "City of New Orleans," Goodman's rich mix of styles is displayed in all its brilliance across Santa Ana Winds. Armed with a distinctive and emotive voice and keen observer of the world around him, the material never falters; penetrating insights abound ("Face On The Cutting Room Floor," "The One That Got Away") and humor is used with a master's touch just as convincingly (on the country-styled "Telephone Answering Tape," the rock 'n' roll flavored "Queen Of The Road" and Chicago blues tune "Hot Tub Refugee"). Guests on the disc include Kris Kristofferson, Herb Pedersen and Emmylou Harris (whose soprano shines on the beautiful "Fourteen Days"). Information: OmnivoreRecordings.com.



Artist: Steve Goodman
Title: Unfinished Business (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Steve Goodman, John Denver, John Prine
Tell me more: Originally issued in 1987, Unfinished Business ultimately proved be much more than a collection of demo recordings, outtakes and unissued material from Steve Goodman. That 10-track album  which earned a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1988  has now been further expanded with nine bonus tracks. The strength of the songs and recordings that span Unfinished Business are equal to his previous releases. The nuanced "In Real Life," acoustic "The Dutchman," uptempo "Mind Over Matter" and "Millie Make Some Chili," and previously-unreleased "Kidstown U.S.A." showcase the diverse approach of Goodman's gifts as a tunesmith and recording artist. Both Unfinished Business and the previously-mentioned Santa Ana Winds feature new liner notes from music journalist Lee Zimmerman along with interviews and remembrances from family members, band members and friends. OmnivoreRecordings.com.



Artist: Mike Jacoby
Title: Long Beach Calling (Mike Jacoby Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Brian Setzer, Nick 13, Haymaker
Tell me more: Roots rocker Mike Jacoby's keen and often-wry observations combined with a multi-instrumentalist's top-tier talents are used to good effect across his newly-released third album Long Beach Calling. A multi-layered and winning tribute to life, love and his own musical heroes, Jacoby's style explores a diverse range of musical areas associated with roots and Americana music. Handling lead vocals as well as the majority of instruments heard on the 12-track disc. The driving tribute to his hometown is chronicled in the title cut; the countrified "Pine Box" takes an insightful look at how little life we have ahead once we reach middle age; the tender ballad "Know Right Away" is bolstered by a burgeoning arrangement with Jacoby's stellar lead guitar work. The playful "Hangers (A Christmas Tale)" is sure to bring a smile to the face to anyone with a sense of humor; before you catch the Rolling Stones on the band's current "No Filter" tour catch up with the band's 55-year sonic aesthetic courtesy of "Play Like Richards." Information: www.MikeJacobyMusic.com.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Los Lobos announce their first holiday album 'LLEGÓ NAVIDAD' out October 4 on Rhino

Here is a Christmas-minded media release that landed in my inbox...


East L.A. Icons Record Eclectic Mix Of Christmas Songs 
From North, Central And South America
New Holiday Original “Christmas And You” Available Now
On All Digital Download And Streaming Services
Los Lobos Tour Dates Continue This Fall And Winter


Rising up out of East L.A. comes the first ever holiday album from Los Lobos. The Grammy®-winning group researched nearly 150 Christmas-related songs from across North, Central and South America for the collections, eventually narrowing the list down to the songs they wanted to reinvent in their own inimitable style. They even wrote their own holiday original “Christmas And You,” especially for the album, which is available now on all digital download and streaming services.
 
LLEGÓ NAVIDAD is now available to pre-order and will be released on CD and digitally from Rhino on October 4 for $16.98. A vinyl version will be released on November 22 for $21.98.
 
David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, and Steve Berlin open the album with “La Rama” (the branch). This lively song is in the regional folk style known as son jarocho, which is popular in the Veracruz region of Mexico. La Rama is also the name of the traditional Mexican holiday custom where the community adorns branches from a tree and displays it in a nightly procession through the neighborhood.
 
Another album highlight “La Murga de Panamá” was originally recorded in 1971 by the legendary salsa duo of Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe. And though “La Murga” is actually the name for a group that assembles to dance, sing, and play music during another South American holiday - Carnival – the spirit of the song is no less infectious at Christmastime.

Los Lobos transform the 1958 novelty song “Dónde Está Santa Claus” (Where is Santa Claus) into a “lowrider oldie” with a head-nodding groove powered by Hidalgo’s guitar and Berlin’s vibraphone. Rosas delivers an impeccable lead vocal on “Regalo de Reyes” (meaning Gift of Kings), a song made famous by Javier Solís, Mexican actor and singer of boleros and rancheras. Naturally, the collection also includes the band’s take on Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad.”
 
The album’s new original “Christmas And You,” was written by Hidalgo and Pérez. Hidalgo’s vocals are sweet and soulful. Berlin layers in piano along with some Omnichord, Rosas provides electric guitar, and Lozano adds upright bass to create what is sure to become a modern classic. 

LLEGÓ NAVIDAD
Track Listing
 
1.      “La Rama”
2.      “Reluciente Sol”
3.      “It’s Christmas Time In Texas”
4.      “Amarga Navidad”
5.      “Arbolito De Navidad”
6.      “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?”
7.      “Llegó Navidad”
8.      “Las Mañanitas”
9.      “La Murga”
10.   “Christmas And You”
11.   “Regalo De Reyes”
12.   “Feliz Navidad”
LOS LOBOS
Tour Dates
 
Aug    16 – Saint Paul, MN – Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
          17 – Valparaiso, IN – Prairie Magic Music Fest
           23 – Plymouth, NH – The Flying Monkey
           24 – Trois-Riviéres, Quebec – Trois-Riviéres en Blues Festival
           29 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
           30 – Akron, OH – E.J. Thomas Hall
           31 – Kittanning, PA – John P. Murtha Amphitheater
 
Sept    06 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Resort and Casino
           07 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
           12 – Albany, NY – Skyloft
           13 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Music Hall
           14 – North Truro, MA – Payomet Performing Arts Center
           15 – East Greenwich, RI – Greenwich Odeum
           19 – Beaumont, TX – Jefferson Theater
           20 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
           28 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns
 
Oct     01 – Olympia, WA – Washington Center for the Performing Arts
           02 – Kirkland, WA – Kirkland Performance Center
           03 – Edmonds, WA – Edmonds Center for the Arts
           04 – Mount Vernon, WA – Lincoln Theatre
           05 – Federal Way, WA – Performing Arts Center of Federal Way
           06 – Perris, CA – Lake Perris Fairgrounds
           09 – Modesto, CA – Gallo Center for the Arts
           10 – Visalia, CA – Visalia Fox Theater
           11 – Long Beach, CA – Museum of Latin American Art
           12 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
           13 – Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Civic Center
           17 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theatre
           18 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury
           19 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
           20 – Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center
           26 – San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise 

Nov    7 – Toledo, OH – Stranahan Theater
          8 – St Louis, MO – The Sheldon
           9 – Bartlett, TN – Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center
           14 – Hopewell, VA – The Beacon Theatre
           16 – Owings Mills, MD – The Gordon Center for Performing Arts
           17 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

Dec    8 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
           9 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
           10 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
           12 – Washington, DC – City Winery 
           13 – Washington, DC – City Winery 
          14 – New York, NY – The Concert Hall at NY Society for Ethical Culture
          15 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
           16 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
           18 – Boston, MA – City Winery 
           19 – Boston, MA – City Winery 
           27 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club
           28 – Santa Calrita, CA – The Canyon Santa Clarita
           29 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
           31 – Montclair, CA – The Canyon Montclair

Jan      25 – Redding, CA – Cascade Theatre
 
Feb     9 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
           11 – Key West, FL – Key West Theater
           13 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
           22 – Toronto, Ontario – Koerner Hall