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Chris Thile & Brad MehldauNonesuch Records labelmates mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, first toured as a duo in 2013. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at New York City's Bowery Ballroom before going into the studio to record Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs.
Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species, says the New York Times. Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players ... Both love Bach and the Beatles, and both have developed fan bases bigger and broader (and younger) than their genre silos can accommodate.
The two musicians first performed together in September 2011 as part of Mehldau's residency at London's Wigmore Hall. The Guardian said of that performance, Mehldau struck up his signature rocking chord vamp over which lightly struck motifs swell to sensuous extended melodies. Thile kept cajoling him with percussive snaps, flying runs, and chords strummed fast enough to sound as seamless as a purring strings section, inducing Mehldau to bat back the playful provocation with stinging rejoinders.
MacArthur Fellow and A Prairie Home Companion host Chris Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer called the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen. The band has released four albums on Nonesuch beginning in 2008: Punch, Antifogmatic, Who's Feeling Young Now?, and The Phosphorescent Blues. Thile's other releases on the label include Sleep with One Eye Open with Michael Daves; Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile and Bass & Mandolin-the latter of which won a Grammy Award; a solo record of Bach violin sonatas and partitas; and A Dotted Line with his longtime band Nickel Creek. He also recently collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer on the double Grammy Award-winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
Brad Mehldau's Nonesuch debut was the 2004 solo disc Live in Tokyo and includes six records with his trio: House on Hill, Day Is Done, Brad Mehldau Trio Live, Ode, Where Do You Start, and Blues and Ballads. His collaborative records on the label include Love Sublime, Highway Rider, Metheny Mehldau, Metheny Mehldau Quartet, Modern Music, and Mehliana: Taming the Dragon. Mehldau's additional solo albums on Nonesuch include Live in Marciac and last year's 8-LP/4-CD 10 Years Solo Live, which the New York Times says contains some of the most impressive pianism he has captured on record. Earlier this year, he released a duo album with Joshua Redman, Nearness, of which the Wall Street Journal said: Few records released this year better define what jazz sounds like today, even if there isn't a hip noun to describe it.1. The Old Shade Tree (Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile)
2.Tallahassee Junction (Brad Mehldau)
3. Scarlet Town (David Rawlings & Gillian Welch)
4. I Cover the Waterfront (Johnny Green & Edward Heyman)
5. Independence Day (Elliott Smith)
6. Noise Machine (Chris Thile)
7. The Watcher (Brad Mehldau)
8. Daughter of Eve (Chris Thile)
9. Fast As You Can (Fiona Apple)*
10. Marcie (Joni Mitchell)
11. Don't Think Twice It's Alright (Bob Dylan)
12. Tabhair dom do Lámh (Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin)
*Vinyl-only bonus track$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Such JubileeAfter the breakout critical success of Mandolin Orange's Yep Roc debut, This Side of Jordan, you'd expect the relentless onslaught of touring that accompanied it to seep into the writing of the North Carolina duo's follow-up. You'd expect the sound to reflect long days on the road, long nights onstage, unfamiliar cities, countless miles. You'd expect the classic "road record." But you'd be wrong. "All of these songs are definitely a product of being on the road," says multi-instrumentalist/singer Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange's gorgeous new album, Such Jubilee, "but they're not about the road." "They're about home," explains song-writer/multi-instrumentalist/singer Andrew Marlin. "Not because we were missing it, but because when you're gone so much, you start realizing what you have and what's waiting for you. You realize there's this place to come back to at the end of the journey, and that's where a lot of these songs come from." Such Jubilee is a record about home, both the place and the idea. Some days it's a safe, warm, loving refuge from the world outside. Other days it's cold and empty and too quiet. Either way, it's always waiting for you at the end of the road.1. Old Ties and Companions
2. Settles Down
3. Little Worlds
5. From Now On
6. Jump Mountain Blues
7. That Wrecking Ball
8. Blue Ruin
10. Of Which There Is No Like$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
This Side Of JordanAt its core, Mandolin Orange is a duo - Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz - from Carrboro, NC. Their harmonies are ethereal, their chemistry vibrant, bringing to mind the atmosphere invoked by classic duos such as Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, or Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
Andrew and Emily provide the foundation of the group's timeless Americana sound, while enlisting a full band to flesh out their dynamics. This Side of Jordan is the group's 3rd full length. The band has made quite a bit of noise on the folk/Americana circuit, while displaying a virtuosity and exuberance that crosses over to more indie-rock inclined audiences. This Side of Jordan is a stunning work of beauty and grace from a young band destined for great things.1. House of Stone
2. Turtle Dove and the Crow
3. There Was a Time
4. The Runaround
6. Black Widow
7. The Doorman
8. Morphine Girl
9. Hey Adam
10. Waltz About Whiskey
11. Until the Last Light Fades$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
TerraplaneTerraplane takes its title from the 1930s Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit model, which also inspired the Robert Johnson song, "Terraplane Blues." It is Earle's 16th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut Guitar Town. As its title suggests, the album is very much a blues record, some of which was written while Earle toured Europe alone for five weeks with just a guitar, a mandolin and a backpack1. Baby Baby Baby (Baby)
2. You're the Best Lover That I Ever Had
3. The Tennessee Kid
4. Ain't Nobody's Daddy Now
5. Better Off Alone
6. The Usual Time
7. Go Go Boots Are Back
8. Acquainted With the Wind
9. Baby's Just as Mean as Me
10. Gamblin' Blues
11. King of the Blues$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-0215xMerl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
Live At KeystoneRecorded live on July 10 and 11, 1973, at the Keystone club in Berkeley, California, this recording beautifully captures the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarist Jerry Garcia. The sterling band featured Saunders on keyboards; Garcia, guitar and vocals; John Kahn, bass; and Bill Vitt, drums. Virtuoso David Grisman added mandolin to Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street. The mix of songs ranged from Saunders originals to covers of songs by Jimmy Cliff, Junior Parker, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Rodgers & Hart, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins, Don Nix and Dan Penn and Dylan.LP 1
1. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
2. Positively 4th Street
3. The Harder They Come
4. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
6. It's No Use
1. That's All Right, Mama
2. My Funny Valentine
3. Someday Baby
4. Like A Road$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Lone Bellow (Awaiting Repress)Hailing from Brooklyn via south of the Mason-Dixon, The Lone Bellow will release their self-titled album on brand new label Descendant Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The Lone Bellow (formerly known as Zach Williams & The Bellow) have made a name for themselves with their acclaimed live shows in New York and across the country during their stint opening for Grammy Winners The Civil Wars. Featuring lead singer and principal songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin and singer-guitarist Brian Elmquist, The Lone Bellow isn't just a group of musicians; they are an urban tribe, a family away from family.1. Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold
2. Tree to Grow
3. Two Sides of Lonely
4. You Never Need Nobody
5. You Can Be All Kinds of Emotional
6. You Don't Love Me Like You Used To
7. Fire Red Horse
8. Bleeding Out
9. Looking For You
10. Teach Me to Know
11. The One You Should've Let Go$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Light Of The Stable
180-Gram Black Vinyl, Pressed At RTI.
Package Is Recreation Of Original 1979 Warner Bros. Release On Heavy Board Jacket Printed At Stoughton.
Mastered By Ron McMaster At Capitol Mastering.
Light of the Stable debuted in 1979, with a title track featuring backing vocals from Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. The sublime Rodney Crowell-penned Angel Eyes, composed specially for this album, features Rick Skaggs on mandolin and Skaggs and Willie Nelson on vocal harmony, and is just one of many highlights. This radiant acoustic masterpiece-graced throughout with the presence of stellar guests--features both contemporary and traditional gems.1. Christmas Time's A Coming
2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. Away In A Manger
4. Angel Eyes (angel Eyes)
5. The First Noel
6. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
7. Little Drummer Boy
8. Golden Cradle
9. Silent Night
10. Light Of The Stable$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ROU-7295xSteep Canyon Rangers
RADIO (Pre-Order)The Rangers - made up of guitarist Woody Platt, banjo player Graham Sharp, bassist Charles R. Humphrey III, mandolin player Mike Guggino, fiddle player Nicky Sanders and Mike Ashworth on the box kit - are working with Jerry Douglas as their producer on the project. Despite being well known as a bluegrass group, the band has also made an effort to being other genres into the mix on the new record.
Radio travels the dial from top to bottom, Sharp says. The album tunes into the rock channel for a little while, then the blues, then country, pop and, of course, bluegrass.1. Radio
2. Diamonds In The Dust
3. Simple Is Me
4. Blow Me Away
5. Blue Velvet Rain
6. Looking Glass
7. Down That Road Again
10. Long Summer
11. When The Well Runs Dry
12. Monumental Fool$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Little SeedsPressed On Translucent Red Vinyl
LITTLE SEEDS is as loud as we've ever been and it's as quiet as we've ever been. It's our most personal record and reflects some of those extremes we've experienced both sonically and lyrically. It has been nothing short of a harrowing couple of years, full of beauty and sorrow. We got served an adult portion. We grew up. From raw and primal electric guitar feedback slammers to mandolin led ballads, it's just us being ourselves and stretching.
-Shovels & Rope1. I Know
2. Botched Execution
3. St. Anne's Parade
4. The Last Hawk
5. Buffalo Nickel
6. Mourning Song
7. Invisible Man
8. Johnny Come Outside
9. Missionary Ridge
10. San Andreas Fault Line Blues
12. Eric's Birthday
13. This Ride$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-FRO-6066xYonder Mountain String Band
Black Sheep (Awaiting Repress)Yonder Mountain String Band nationally releases its sixth full-length studio album, Black Sheep, on its own Frog Pad Records. On Black Sheep, Yonder Mountain continues to redefine bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n' roll and improvisation. Produced by YMSB, Black Sheep marks the first time the band utilizes (throughout an entire record) the conventional five-piece bluegrass instrumental line-up of guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and bass. Two standout musicians, violinist Allie Kral and mandolin virtuoso Jacob Jolliff, were recruited for the recording and the forthcoming tour dates.
With the release of Black Sheep, Yonder Mountain begins a new era. It's instantaneously apparent that Black Sheep is the work of a new Yonder Mountain String Band, one with a strong commitment to re-exhibiting itself, broadening its parameters following the departure of a founding member. While it's certainly recognizable as YMSB music, there's undeniably a raw aesthetic to the studio tracks - a sense of daring is embedded in both the instrumental interaction between the five singular players and in the lyrical content of each song.1. Insult And Elbow
2. Black Sheep
3. Ever Fallen In Love
6. I'm Lost
7. Around You
8. Love Before You Can't
9. Drawing A Melody
10. New Dusty Miller$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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Devils Brigade (On Sale)Devils Brigade is an all-star punk group featuring Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong of Rancid and DJ Bonebrake, drummer of X and the Knitters. Rancid fans have always cherished Matts deep punk growl on his featured songs on Rancid albums, and now Devils Brigade brings his singing, rockabilly-inspired bass slap, and classic punk songwriting to the fore. With Tim Armstrongs Duane Eddy lead guitar and the rock-steady rhythm of DJ Bonebrake, Devils Brigade offers up twelve songs that mix equal parts Johnny Cash, the Pogues, and Sun rockabilly, in a combustible cocktail that will have fans slamming on this falls tour with the Street Dogs. On tracks like Bridge of Gold with vocals by Armstrong, the band stretches out, adding mandolin and banjo to their sound, while Ride Harley Ride features some slinky vibraphone. Also features guest vocals from Rancids Lars Frederikson.1. Im Movin Through
2. My Own Man Now
4. Bridge Of Gold (featuring Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen)
6. Ride Harley Ride
7. Whos Gonna Save You Now
8. Desperate Times
9. Vampire Girl
10. Gentleman Of the Road (featuring Tim Armstrong)
11. Protest Song
12. Half Way To Hell$19.99 $15.79 Save $4.20 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We'll Do It LiveWE'LL DO IT LIVE is the first album released by The Infamous Stringdusters' own label: High Country Recordings.
Produced by Drew Becker and the Infamous Stringdusters
Executive Producer Michael Allenby
Mixed by Billy Hume at The Zone
Mastered by Glenn Schick
Travis Book - Bass and Vocals
Jesse Cobb - Mandolin
Andy Falco - Guitar
Jeremy Garrett - Fiddle and Vocals
Andy Hall - Dobro and Vocals
Chris Pandolfi - Banjo and Video
Drew Becker - Sound
Brett Angstadt - Lights
Justin Billcheck - Tour Management
April 29, 2011 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theater
May 4, 2011 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
May 6, 2011 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
May 7, 2011 - Falls Church, VA - The State Theater1. Fork In The Road
2. The Hitchhiker
3. Long Lonesome Day
4. Gettin' Down The Road
5. Get It While You Can
7. Ain't No Way Of Knowing
8. Well, Well
9. How Far I'd Fall For You
10. All The Same
11. No More To Leave You Behind
12. Echoes Of Goodbye
13. Keep On Truckin'$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bach: Sonata and Partitas, Vol. 1Nonesuch Records releases an album of three Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile in 2013. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. The album was produced by Thile's friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.
Thile explains his connection to the composer: "Bach was my first meaningful experience with-for lack of a better word-classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on."
He continues, "This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin-like, 'Oh boy, what fun, he's playing a weird instrument!' It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light.
Chris Thile, whom London's Independent calls "the most remarkable mandolinist in the world," is the founding member and lead vocalist of Punch Brothers. With broad influences including progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic. Thile will be touring this summer with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer, with whom he released last year's The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which won two Grammys in 2013.
As a soloist, Thile has released five previous albums. In 2011, Nonesuch Records released the Grammy-nominated Sleep with One Eye Open, an album of duets with guitarist Michael Daves. Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of musical innovators from multiple genres including BÉla Fleck, Brad Mehldau, and Hilary Hahn. For more than 15 years, Thile played in the wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with which he released three albums, sold two million records, and was awarded a Grammy.
The New Yorker's Alec Wilkinson said of Punch Brothers: "each musician has a deep command of his instrument their technique and specific sensibilities have given Punch Brothers a sound that is strikingly coherent and singular, even if they haven't yet settled on a genre Each of the musicians plays with grace, thoughtfulness, and force to a degree that is not duplicated by any band I am aware of." Their latest album, the critically acclaimed Who's Feeling Young Now?, was released in 2012 on Nonesuch Records.
Chris Thile, mandolin
Produced by Edgar Meyer
Recorded and Mixed by Richard King
Recorded January 12-17, 2013, at The Barn, Washington, MA
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland ME
Illustration by Oliver Jeffers
Design by Rory Jeffers
Photography by Ryan Mastro
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz1. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
2. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro
3. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana
4. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
5. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda
6. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
7. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente
8. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double: Presto
9. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande
10. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
11. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Borea
12. Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
13. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave
14. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga
15. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante
16. Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Five Years Later"Something special happens when they play together" observed Robert Palmer in the New York Times, and the participants concurred. "Playing with John is one of my favourite things to do," said Ralph Towner. "I can play as much as when playing solo, and still get to ply my skills as accompanist. John is such an amazing person to play with that, even when he's playing intensely or aggressively, we somehow fit together and there's really no way that we could collide." On Five Years Later, follow-up to their debut duo disc Sargasso Sea, their improvisations draw on a wider sonic palette, to telling effect.
John Abercrombie (acoustic and electric guitars, electric 12-string guitar, mandolin guitar)
Ralph Towner (12-string and classical guitar)
Recorded March 19811. Late Night Passenger
3. Half Past Two
6. The Juggler's Etude
8. Child's Play$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This SideGrammy-Winning Folk-Roots Masterwork: Newly Remastered and Available for the First Time Ever on Vinyl
No Contemporary Band Better Merged Pop Hooks With Bluegrass Craft: Flatts & Scruggs Rubbing Shoulders With the Beatles
2003 Grammy Award Winner for Best Contemporary Folk Album Presents Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Co. in Supreme Fidelity
Produced by Alison Krauss: You-Are-There Acoustic Imaging, Organic Warmth, Extraordinary Textures
Also Available on Remastered 2LP Sets: Nickel Creek and Why Should The Fire Die?
An inimitable merger of pop hooks, bluegrass craft, virtuosic musicianship, and unbeatable acoustic sounds, 2002's This Side is the Grammy-winning sophomore record from the bluegrass/progressive folk trio Nickel Creek. Produced by mentor Alison Krauss, as was the group's 1999 breakthrough predecessor Nickel Creek, This Side finds permanent members Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (fiddle) and Sean Watkins (guitar) expanding their sound and becoming the most original and inventive bluegrass band of modern times in the process.
The Absolute Sound's Neil Gader captured the group's appeal, stating: The charm of this Southern Cal-based band stems from its fresh challenge to our preconceptions of homespun musical genres like folk and bluegrassNickel Creek simultaneously honors old-world traditions while respinning them with contemporary country-pop hooks and hill-country accents. Here, the echoes of bluegrass legends Flatt & Scruggs and The Dillards rub shoulders with those of the Beatles and Eagles. With Sara Watkins on violin and Sean Watkins on guitar (both sing lead as well), Nickel Creek offers crisp ensemble playing, but its Chris Thiles mandolin virtuosity and quirky singing that puts the caffeine in the coffee and keeps it percolating. Highlights include a cover of Pavement's Spit on a Stranger and originals Speak and Beauty and the Mess.
The production values are exceptionally high, reflecting the intense musicality of producer and iconic newgrass artist Alison Krauss. The instrumental envelope, acoustic properties, rich body, and vocal presence on this pressing need to be experienced by every fan of acoustic music, Americana, and folk. These newly remastered Nickel Creek LP pressings blow the great-sounding SACD counterparts away. In addition, the gatefold packing looks incredible.1. Smoothie Song
2. Spit on a Stranger
4. Hanging by a Thread
5. I Should've Known Better
6. This Side
7. Green and Gray
8. Seven Wonders
9. House Carpenter
10. Beauty and the Mess
11. Sabra Girl
13. Brand New Sidewalk$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Goat Rodeo SessionsThe last time cellist Yo-Yo Ma teamed with bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin player Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers fame) for a classical/bluegrass hybrid, the result was the gold-selling Songs of Joy & Peace. Here, Ma, Meyer, and Thile are joined by fiddler Stuart Duncan in a different kind of string quartet.
The slang phrase goat rodeo, according the Urban Dictionary, is about the most polite term used by aviation people (and others in higher risk situations) to describe a scenario that requires about 100 things to go right at once if you intend to walk away from it. That may be overstating the case for a group of musicians, most of whom have worked together and succeeded before, but it also carries a rural connotation that is appropriate for music that is, for the most part, closer to bluegrass than classical. The tunes were written by Duncan, Meyer, and Thile, and Ma's role is largely supportive. After the fast pieces Attaboy and Quarter Chicken Dark, Helping Hand is the first slower number, with Thile switching to guitar and Duncan taking over the mandolin for a musical conversation between the two instruments.
Where's My Bow? is a violin/cello/bass trio with Thile sitting out, and it is one of the few tracks that leans more toward the classical side, boasting a big, dramatic finish. The more exotic Here and Heaven finds both Thile and Meyer at times playing the Renaissance instrument the gamba, as Duncan picks up a fretless banjo, all of them backing a vocal duet between Thile and Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still. Meyer moves to piano for the slow, thoughtful Franz and the Eagle, another piece that has more of a classical bent.
The rest of the album is in a progressive bluegrass mode, Less Is Moi mixing several short themes and allowing room for improvisation, and 13:8 taken quickly, with Duncan and Thile interacting briskly. It doesn't really seem as if 100 things had to go right for The Goat Rodeo Sessions to work; it only required four or five talented musicians to play and sing in sympathetic unity, and that they did, making this a satisfying experience for more adventurous classical and bluegrass fans.LP1
2. Quarter Chicken Dark
3. Helping Hand
4. Where's My Bow?
5. Here and Heaven
6. Franzand the Eagle
1. Less is Moi
2. Hill Justice
3. No One But You
5. Goat Rodeo$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SpokeVinyl version of Calexico's debut album from 1997. First time on vinyl in North America.
Nearly ten years has passed since we embarked on these initial home recordings on our trusty 8 track reel to reel. These were the first experiments of writing and recording with the newly bought thrift store instrumentation featuring marimba, vibraphone, accordion, cello, mandolin as well as the respective drums, guitar and bass. The songs have a certain lean to them and we appreciated the unusual character that came from this session. We started off minimal and one by one started adding instruments, both John and I as we saw fit, or adding vocals when we needed storyline. Spoke has an organic feel to it. In addition to these songs there are field recordings and outgoing tape machine messages that help to paint the picture of crooked adobe walls and empty downtown streets of Tucson. There's an element of space on this album that unfolds nicely upon the ear and it evokes the kind of late night aesthetic that holds up well to this day.ö - Joey Burns1. Low Expectations
2. Mind The Gap
7. Paper Route
9. Navy Cut
12. Point Vicente
14. Ice Cream Jeep
15. Wind Jammer
19. Stinging Nettle$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Yonkers NYIf a songwriter of some accomplishment who is also a singer predominantly known for his work in country music was looking for a subject for a deeply personal cycle of songs, it's pretty unlikely that Yonkers, New York, a small city bordering on New York City's borough of the Bronx, would be the subject.
Not, of course, unless the writer is Chip Taylor, who grew up there. With Yonkers, NY, Taylor, a veteran songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Peggy Lee, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, the Hollies and, of course, the Troggs (who waxed his first big hit, Wild Thing), has gone back to his childhood and adolescence and come up with eleven songs filled with warmth and humor, enlivened with spoken reminiscences and packaged with a book of lyrics and vintage photos of the people and places that are their subjects. The songs on Yonkers, NY take us into Taylor's family life and into his discovery of music, horses and girls, opening these subjects up with a skill only a master songwriter can summon.
John Platania - electric guitar
Greg Leisz - steel guitar, dobro & mandolin
Tony Mercadante - electric bass
Seth Farber - piano and accordian
Kendel Carson - fiddle
Tony Leone - drums1. Barry Go On (Put Yourself On The Mountain)
2. Charcoal Sky
3. Gin Rummy Rules
4. Hey Jonny (Did You Feel That Movie)
5. Without Horses
6. No Dice
7. Bastard Brothers
8. Piece Of The Sky
9. Saw Mill River Road
10. Yonkers Girls
11. Yonkers N.Y.$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Happiest LambSince arriving in Los Angeles, Audra Mae has landed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, a TV placement singing Bob Dylan's Forever Young on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, a record deal with SideOneDummy Records, and in late 2009, co-wrote Who I Was Born to Be, the only original track on Susan Boyle s chart-topping, 9 million-selling I Dreamed a Dream album. It has turned out to be a dream come true for the 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Oklahoma.
Growing up, show business was in Audra Mae's blood. She is the great grand niece of the late Judy Garland and her grandmother turned her on to country and folk artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Woody Guthrie, while her grandfather introduced her to jazz.
Audra Mae is a natural without a doubt. The Happiest Lamb, produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero) spotlights Mae's incredible voice and her songs are timeless affairs augmented with minimal accompaniment, including acoustic guitar, piano, mandolin and sometimes mournful accordions.1. The Happiest Lamb
3. The River
5. My Lonely Worry
6. The Fable
7. Lightning In A Bottle
8. Sullivan's Letter
11. Little Sparrow$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A TreasureLive Album from 1984-85 Tour!
Includes Free Limited Time mp3 Digital Download of the entire album!
Experience this live, 12-track ablum which includes 6 previously unreleased track recorded with legendary band, The International Harvesters, while on tour in the US in 1984. This Limited-Edition Vinyl pressing is on 140 Gram Double-Disc Vinyl featuring special artwork etched into the fourth side.
Neil Young unearths this live country album recorded with the International Harvesters. The 12-track album includes songs recorded during their 1984-85 U.S. tour. Selections include Grey Riders and artists include the late Ben Keith on steel and slide guitar, Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle, Spooner Oldham and Hargus Robbins on piano, Tim Drummond and Joe Allen on bass, Karl Himmel on drums, Anthony Crawford on guitar, banjo and mandolin among others!
The live album captures this iconic artist during a fascinating time in his career, when he was facing criticism and lawsuits from his then current record company for exploring a more traditionally country sound. You can call me erratic, Young said when asked at the time about his tendency toward musical shape-shifting, but Ive been consistent about it, consistently erratic. Always celebrated for his musical versatility, A Treasure, is akin to a sonic time capsule, instantly transporting the listener to the time and place when it was made.
I love this record. I hadn't heard these takes in 25 years, but when we unearthed them co-producer Ben Keith said, 'This is a treasure'. - Neil Young1. Amber Jean
2. Are You Ready For The Country?
3. It Might Have Been
4. Bound For Glory
5. Let Your Fingers Do The Walking
6. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
7. Motor City
8. Soul Of A Woman
9. Get Back To The Country
10. Southern Pacific
11. Nothing Is Perfect
12. Grey Riders$49.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
URPD-EXH-44062xLester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
Foggy Mountain Jamboree180 Gram Audiophile Mono Vinyl Gatefold Package
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One of the most important and influential records in the history of American Roots Music. Includes appearances by numerous Foggy Mountain Boys including Chet Atkins & Josh Buck Graves.
Widely regarded as one of bluegrass' most influential recordings, Foggy Mountain Jamboree introduced audiences -- more specifically radio listeners -- to the crystal-clear vocals and peerless musicianship of former Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Amassed between 1951 and 1955, the 12 tracks that made the cut served as a veritable blueprint for a genre that had been growing in popularity since the late '40s. While numerous Foggy Mountain Boys appear throughout -- Chet Atkins, Josh Buck Graves -- Flatt's fluid tenor and rhythm guitar work anchored the sessions, Scruggs' machine-gun banjo work provided the steam, and fiddler Chubby Wise, along with mandolin player Curly Seckler, carried the whole thing home without a care in the world. Flint River Special, Earl's Breakdown, and Foggy Mountain Special became part of American culture, celebrating both its trailblazing work ethic and spirituality with equal amounts of grace and hellfire. Foggy Mountain Jamboree is essential listening for anyone with even the most remote interest in bluegrass. - allmusic.com
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Earl Sruggs, banjo
Lester Flatt, guitar1. Flint Hill Special
2. Some Old Day
3. Earl's Breakdown
4. Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy
5. Foggy Mountain Special
6. It Won't Be Long
7. Shuckin' The Corn
8. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
9. Randy Lynn Rag
10. Your Love Is Like A Flower
11. Foggy Mountain Chimes
12. Reunion In Heaven$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Wheatstraw SuiteMastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
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Features Albert Brumley's I'll Fly Away and Tim Hardin's Reason To Believe
This album paved the way for a generation of country and folk-rockers. An indispensable part of any collection of '60s music
It never got any better than this. In 1968, as the Byrds were making valiant (if unappreciated) efforts to bring rock and country music closer together, the Dillards were trying to do some of the same for bluegrass and rock. The result was 13 all-but-perfect tracks mixing some pretty laid-back topicality (Hey Boys) and humor (The Biggest Whatever), cowboy songs (Single Saddle, which Gene Autry should have covered), just plain gorgeous poetry (Lemon Chimes), and a couple of unexpected covers (I've Just Seen a Face, Reason to Believe), with arrangements that exude a delicate, subdued lushness (Listen to the Sound) and an element of electric rock (courtesy of Joe Osborn on electric bass and Jim Gordon on drums) that worked perfectly. In many ways, this is a finer rural/rock fusion album than Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the first Flying Burrito Brothers album, or the Beau Brummels' efforts during this same period, and an indispensable part of any collection of '60s music. - Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
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Rodney Dillard, vocals, guitar, dobro
Herb Pederson, vocals, banjo, guitar
Dean Webb, mandolin
Mitch Jayne, bass1. I'll Fly Away
2. Nobody Knows
3. Hey Boys
4. The Biggest Whatever
5. Listen To the Sound
6. Little Pete
7. Reason To Believe
8. Single Saddle
9. I've Just Seen a Face
10. Lemon Chimes
11. Don't You Cry
12. Bending The Strings
13. She Sang Hymns Out of Tune$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Deep OwlIn recent years, songwriter and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd has been gradually moving away from the grunge rock aesthetic of his day job. (At least, as much as he can, given that the band are as synonymous with Seattle as its weather.) Spending the last four years stripping away the layers of grunge from his music, Shepherd turned introspective and acoustic. In fact, the songs which would form the basis of his upcoming debut record, In Deep Owl, were initially intended to feature only his voice and an acoustic guitar, but some longtime friends helped to subtly shift the sound and feel of the record.
Bringing on Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain to help fill in the gaps in the songs, Shepherd used their percussive presence to add a weight and resonance to the album. The result is a collection of tracks which retain their acoustic inclusivity while still feeling tied to the overcast dreariness of his hometown.
Having previously released the raw-edged rocker "Baron Robber," the second song released off the album is "Collide". Closer to Mark Lanegan than to Chris Cornell, the contemplative acoustic guitar and mandolin help to evoke a sense of folksy serenity. Forgoing percussion of any sort here, Shepherd emphasizes the rhythmic interplay between his voice and the minimalist stringed instrumentation. Born from a thousand campfire songs, "Collide" draws you into its inner sanctum and keeps you spellbound, firmly holding you in place without you ever realizing it.
- Josh Pickard (Consequence Of Sound)1. Stone Pale
4. Loose Ends
5. Neverone Blues
7. Baron Robber
8. The Blue Book
10. The Great Syrup Accident
11. The Train You Can't Win (Holes)$24.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Twin Forks (Awaiting Repress)Twin Forks are Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) Suzie Zeldin (The Narrative), Ben Homola (Bad Books), and Jonathan Clark. The band new
band was formed to play a one off festival, but worked so well that they decided to keep playing together. They put together an EP that they gave away
digitally to fans, and released a proper EP in September 2013. They have been touring the world since the formation of the band, and are working
towards the release of their first full length record in 2014.
"I use my gut, and my gut don't lie to me" is more than just a lyric in Twin Forks' exuberant "Something We Just Know," it is a kind of mission statement for
the quartet. If you've ever been to a musical performance that made you lose all sense of time and place and give in to the cathartic feeling of clapping
and dancing and singing along, you've already visited the sweet spot where Twin Forks have made it their mission to reside. "Whatever makes the
audience stomp their feet and sing at the top of their lungs, that's what I want to be doing," says singer/guitarist Chris Carrabba. "I want to be generating
that spirit from the stage. And there's gotta be a way to do that whether the audience knows the songs yet or not." Carrabba, mandolin player Suzie
Zeldin, bassist Jonathan Clark and drummer Ben Homola are already well on their way, rousing crowds with their electrifying chemistry and anthemic folkrock.1. Can't Be Broken
2. Cross My Mind
3. Back To You
4. Kiss Me Darlin
5. Scrapping Up The Pieces
6. Something We Just Know
8. Reasoned and Roughened
10. Done is Done
11. Come On
12. Who's Looking Out$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now