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  • And The Horse He Rode In On: Nobody's Fool & The Donor Blues EP And The Horse He Rode In On: Nobody's Fool & The Donor Blues EP Quick View

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    And The Horse He Rode In On: Nobody's Fool & The Donor Blues EP

    Pressed On Limited Edition 2x Clear Vinyl

    After years of fan requests, Shakey Graves will officially release two EPs from his collection of rarities and early home recordings - 'Nobody's Fool' and 'Donor Blues' - as a 2xLP package via Dualtone Records.

    'Donor Blues' is currently available digitally only via Bandcamp, and 'Nobody's Fool' is even harder to find, passed around as an online bootleg by fans. Both will be released on limited edition clear vinyl.

    1. This Is The Beginning
    2. Only Son
    3. Dearly Departed (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    4. The Perfect Parts
    5. Hard Wired
    6. Family And Genus
    7. Big Time Nashville Star (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    8. Pansy Waltz
    9. House Of Winston
    10. If Not For You
    11. Call It Heaven (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    Shakey Graves
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • And The War Came And The War Came Quick View

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    And The War Came


    "A gnarly composite of blues and folk." - PASTE "Best of What's Next"


    "A surprisingly pop-leaning single from a rising folk hero." - ESQUIRE


    "Astonishing Unclassifiably Original. And frighteningly good." - NPR Music


    "His voice is shockingly soulful, and his effects-laden guitar playing exceptional." - BOSTON HERALD


    Performing live with nothing but a guitar and a homemade kickdrum built out of an old suitcase, Austin TX's "astonishing
    one-man-show" (NPR Music) Shakey Graves has quickly risen from obscurity into the nation spotlight since the release of
    his debut full-length LP "Roll The Bones." Nearly two years later, as word of his haunting lo-fi recordings and contrastingly explosive live show spreads, the self-released album continues to sell at a vigorous pace, consistently ranking near the top
    of Bandcamp's digital best seller charts. The album was recently released as a limited edition LP, which sold out almost immediately. New listeners around the world continue to discover his music every day, often through a series of live performance videos on YouTube (collectively over 1.5 million views). His videos for Myspace and Cadillac's "One Two Watch"
    documentary series have also gathered over 3 million views alone.

    1. This Is The Beginning
    2. Only Son
    3. Dearly Departed (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    4. The Perfect Parts
    5. Hard Wired
    6. Family And Genus
    7. Big Time Nashville Star (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    8. Pansy Waltz
    9. House Of Winston
    10. If Not For You
    11. Call It Heaven (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    Shakey Graves
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  • Mouth Harp Blues Mouth Harp Blues Quick View

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    Mouth Harp Blues

    Shakey Jake - Mouth Harp Blues The late James Harris earned the moniker Shakey Jake due to his proficiency at dice, but he was equally adept at the blues game. The Arkansas-born, Chicago-based singer and harmonica blower traveled to Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio in November 1960 to record this, his second album for the Bluesville label. Jake brought along Jimmie Lee Robinson, the brilliant, fast-fingered guitarist best known for his work with Little Walter's band. Also making tasty contributions to the session was Robert Banks, the New York R&B and gospel studio organist who, in this case, ably appointed himself as a two-fisted blues piano stylist. Among the 10 selections is the distinctively loping Easy Baby, a tune also associated with Jake's nephew Magic Sam.


    Guitarist Jimmie Lee Robinson, who died in 2002, was the soul of Acoustic Sounds' own APO Records. He was the first to record at Blue Heaven Studios, having made three records (one still unreleased) in the converted church, and he was there several more times to perform. A Chicago native and lifelong resident, Robinson began playing guitar in the open-air market on Maxwell Street in 1942 with the likes of Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Nighthawk. He later teamed with Freddie King for a four-year partnership and went on to play guitar and bass with Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Eddie Taylor, Elmore James, Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy Reed, Magic Sam and of course Shakey Jake.

    1. Mouth Harp Blues
    2. Love My Baby
    3. Jake's Cha Cha
    4. Gimme A Smile
    5. My Broken Heart
    6. Angry Lover
    7. Things Is Alright
    8. Easy Baby
    9. Things Are Different Baby
    10. It Won't Happen Again
    Shakey Jake
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  • In Case You Missed It: 15 Years of Dualtone In Case You Missed It: 15 Years of Dualtone Quick View

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    In Case You Missed It: 15 Years of Dualtone

    Celebrating the history of Dualtone Music Group. Also includes new recordings from The Lumineers, Shakey Graves, Ivan & Alyosha, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Langhorne Slim & The Law.
    LP 1
    1. Are You Sincere (Bobby Bare)
    2. Tomorrow (Shakey Graves)
    3. Boots Of Spanish Leather (The Lumineers)
    4. Wild Heart ( Brett Dennen)
    5. From Now On (Acoustic) [Delta Spirit]
    6. Break It Down Baby (Robinella)
    7. Break Bones (Wild Child)
    8. Perfect Moment (Darden Smith)
    9. Am I Just One (Carey Ott)
    10. Unknown Legend (Shovels & Rope [feat. Shakey Graves])


    LP 2
    1. Wrapped Around Your Finger (Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors)
    2. Slow Dancer (Noah Gundersen)
    3. The Worth Of The Wait (Ivan & Alyosha)
    4. Cheese & Crackers (Rosco Gordon)
    5. Pony (Langhorne Slim & The Law)
    6. Tennessee Rose (The Deep Vibration [feat. Gillian Welch])
    7. Down The River (Chris Knight)
    8. My Favorite Picture Of You (Guy Clark)
    9. Keep On The Sunny Side (June Carter Cash)

    Various Artists
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  • Busted Jukebox: Volume 1 Busted Jukebox: Volume 1 Quick View

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    Busted Jukebox: Volume 1

    Shovels & Rope's 'Busted Jukebox: Volume 1' is a collaborative effort between critically acclaimed duo Shovels & Rope and their close friends. The ten song collection finds the band covering well known songs or tracks they have written or performed with other artists in the past. Album features collaborations with Shakey Graves, Lucius, J Roddy Walston, Butch Walker and more.
    1. Unknown Legend (Neil Young) w/ Shakey Graves
    2. Bullet Belt (Butch Walker) w/ Butch Walker
    3. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding (Elvis Costello) w/ Lucius
    4. Patience (Guns N Roses) w / Milk Carton Kids
    5. Boys Can Never Tell (J Roddy Walston & The Business) w/ J Roddy
    6. Nothing Takes The Place Of You (Allen Toussaint) w/ JD McPherson
    7. Last (Nine Inch Nails) w/ Caroline Rose
    8. Strangers (The Kinks) w/ Inlaws
    9. Perfect Day (Lou Reed) w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    10. Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight (Emmylou Harris) - Shovels & Rope
    Shovels And Rope
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  • Remember Me Remember Me Quick View

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    Remember Me

    Jimmie Lee Robinson doesn't dance for the approval of others nor does he thin his music to seduce a wider audience. The self-proclaimed Lonely Traveller's work is an artistic achievement that illustrates why enduring reputations are earned slowly, over time, not swiftly via shrewdly orchestrated media blitzes. His music, honest and unspoiled, comes as a welcome and refreshing alternative in an age of crowd-mesmerizing pyrotechnics, outlandish tempos, and incendiary solos. Remember Me, Robinson's first effort for the APO label and the first album recorded at Blue Heaven Studios, is an adventure deep into the blues of Mr. Robinson's Maxwell Street neighborhood, a neighborhood that has included residencies with musicians such as Little Walter, Howlin Wolf, Freddie King, Elmore James, Luther Tucker, Eddie Taylor, Magic Sam, Jimmy Reed, Shakey Jake, St. Louis Jimmy, Eddy Clearwater, Sunnyland Slim and more.


    On Remember Me, Robinson accompanies himself on acoustic guitar to create The Lonely Traveller's distinctive brand of blues, which he says represents a lifetime of work, the trials and tribulations of growing up on and experiencing Maxwell Street. If you listen closely, you'll also hear Jimmy D. Lane (son of the late blues legend Jimmy Rogers) accompanying on one tune.


    Robinson sings in the powerful and sometimes piercing voice that inspired the Lonesome Lee sobriquet when he began recording for Bandera Records in the 1950s. Boot-stomping, spur-jangling highlights include a rousing performance of Wait For Me, Jimmy Reed-inspired Boss Man and a spirited rendition of Wagon Wheels.

    1. My Name Is Jimmie Lee
    2. Boss Man
    3. Wagon Wheels
    4. See See Baby
    5. Wait For Me
    6. Keys To The Highway
    7. Rosa Lee
    8. The Boll Weevil
    9. Angry Lover
    10. Rollin' and Tumblin'
    11. Remember Me
    Jimmie Lee Robinson
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Woman To Woman Woman To Woman Quick View

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    Woman To Woman

    I was sitting in a hotel room in Spearfish, SD learning to play a Townes Van Zandt tune called Loretta, and as I was singing the words, I started to get angry, says Esme Patterson on the inspiration behind her new album 'Woman to Woman.' I started thinking how one-sided and aubjective a lot of 'love songs' are, and how a lot of women immortalized in songs might tell a different side of the story if anyone ever asked.


    That realization inspired Patterson to write an album of response songs that aims to give voice to seven women from popular music: Jolene (Dolly Parton), Alison (Elvis Costello), Loretta (Townes Van Zandt), Caroline (The Beach Boys), Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles), Evangeline (The Band), and Irene (Leadbelly).


    They are archetypes from songs, frozen forever in black and white, she says. I did my best to add some color and give them some humanity.


    Well known for her work as a vocalist for Denver, CO's Paper Bird, Patterson also appeared on Anais Mitchell's 'Hadestown,' has performed on both Letterman and Leno as a backup singer for Tennis, and has collaborated with artists like Shakey Graves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Nick Jaina, and Reed Foehl. 'Woman to Woman' is her second solo release.

    1. Valentine (Elvis Costello - 'Alison')
    2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton - 'Jolene')
    3. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt - 'Loretta')
    4. The Glow (The Beach Boys - 'Caroline, No')
    5. Bluebird (The Beatles - 'Eleanor Rigby')
    6. Louder Than the Sound (The Band - 'Evangeline')
    7. A Dream (Leadbelly - 'Goodnight Irene')
    Esme Patterson
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  • New Magic (Blue Vinyl) (Pre-Order) New Magic (Blue Vinyl) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    New Magic (Blue Vinyl) (Pre-Order)

    Pressed On Blue Vinyl

    Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. He is a conjurer, and much like those of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of the diaspora of American R&B. Deftly he weaves different eras of the sound-blues, soul, gospel, rock and roll-through his own unique vision, never forced, always smooth, each note a tributary on the flowing river of rhythm and blues. And now, with his second full-length album, New Magic, he has delivered a profound statement, a cohesive creation that captures the diverse spirit of American music in a fresh and modern way.

    The song that serves as the album's true centerpiece is Blue Magic, a Philly Soul inspired number deconstructed almost like a rap song or the best of production savants like J Dilla or Madlib, complete with chiming glockenspiel bells and old school female backing vocals. The song has the appeal of an instant classic. On the heels of his 2015 self-titled debut and the 5-song EP, Songs I Forgot, that came before it, Son Little found his reach steadily growing. His song Lay Down had been streamed over seven million times, he had toured the world with artists as diverse as Leon Bridges, Kelis, Mumford & Sons, Portual. The Man and Shakey Graves in addition to his own headlining runs, and also became a Grammy Award winning producer, earning a 2016 Best Roots Performance award for his work on Mavis Staples.

    1. Kimberly's Mine
    2. Blue Magic (Waikiki)
    3. O Me O My
    4. Charging Bull
    5. Mad About You
    6. Miss Ona
    7. The Middle
    8. Bread & Butter
    9. ASAP
    10. Letter Bound
    11. Demon To The Dark
    Son Little
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    New Magic (Pre-Order)

    Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. He is a conjurer, and much like those of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of the diaspora of American R&B. Deftly he weaves different eras of the sound-blues, soul, gospel, rock and roll-through his own unique vision, never forced, always smooth, each note a tributary on the flowing river of rhythm and blues. And now, with his second full-length album, New Magic, he has delivered a profound statement, a cohesive creation that captures the diverse spirit of American music in a fresh and modern way.

    The song that serves as the album's true centerpiece is Blue Magic, a Philly Soul inspired number deconstructed almost like a rap song or the best of production savants like J Dilla or Madlib, complete with chiming glockenspiel bells and old school female backing vocals. The song has the appeal of an instant classic. On the heels of his 2015 self-titled debut and the 5-song EP, Songs I Forgot, that came before it, Son Little found his reach steadily growing. His song Lay Down had been streamed over seven million times, he had toured the world with artists as diverse as Leon Bridges, Kelis, Mumford & Sons, Portual. The Man and Shakey Graves in addition to his own headlining runs, and also became a Grammy Award winning producer, earning a 2016 Best Roots Performance award for his work on Mavis Staples.

    1. Kimberly's Mine
    2. Blue Magic (Waikiki)
    3. O Me O My
    4. Charging Bull
    5. Mad About You
    6. Miss Ona
    7. The Middle
    8. Bread & Butter
    9. ASAP
    10. Letter Bound
    11. Demon To The Dark
    Son Little
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  • Blues Jam At Chess (Pure Pleasure) Blues Jam At Chess (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Blues Jam At Chess (Pure Pleasure)

    No introduction needed for this fabulous release. Arguably one of the greatest blues recordings laid down in the last 40 years! Just checking out the personnel above says it all. Originally released on Mike Vernon's highly collectable and revered Blue Horizon label in 1969, this pressing will become a must for all serious collectors and muso's alike!




    Musicians:



    • Fleetwood Mac

    • Otis Spann

    • Willie Dixon

    • Shakey Horton

    • J.T. Brown

    • Guitar Buddy

    • Honey Boy Edwards

    • S.P. Leary




    Recording: January 1969 at Chess Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago

    Production: Mike Vernon and Marshall Chess



    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Side One

    1. Watch Out

    2. South Indiana - Take 1

    3. South Indiana - Take 2

    4. Last Night

    5. Red Hot Jam



    Side Two

    6. I'm Worried

    7. I Held My Baby Last Night

    8. Madison Blues

    9. I Can't Hold

    10. I Need Your Love

    11. I Got the Blues



    Side Three

    12. World's in a Tangle

    13. Talk with You

    14. Like it This Way

    15. Someday Soon Baby

    16. Hungry Country Girl



    Side Four

    17. Black Jack Blues

    18. Everyday I Have the Blues

    19. Rockin' Boogie

    20. Sugar Mama

    21. Homework

    Fleetwood Mac
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Johnny Winter Johnny Winter Quick View

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    Johnny Winter

    Johnny Winter - Johnny Winter on 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP



    There have been some classic rock and blues albums over the years... and then there are those definitive rock and blues albums from the classic rock era, making rock and roll history! Johnny Winter's amazing debut for Columbia Records Johnny Winter is one of those rare releases.



    The self titled second album was recorded in Nashville,and Johnny Winter was becoming one of the fastest rising stars on the planet in 1969. With highly applauded performances at all the major rock festivals, appearances on television and featured in key rock and roll publications around the globe, Winter still found the time to record this smash album with some of the coolest and most influential blues players of all time!



    This self produced venture featured his highly acclaimed power trio of Johnny Winter (Guitars, Vocals), Tommy Shannon (Bass) and Uncle John Turner (Drums). Brother Edgar Winter was also brought into these important sessions to play both keys and horn parts, as well as the legendary bluesmen Willie Dixon, Shakey Horton and his producer/consultant Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix).



    Featuring stunning renditions of blues classics like Good Morning Little School Girl and his own future classics like Dallas and Leland Mississippi Blues, the album soon became a major hit with rock and blues audiences all over the world.



    Of course his stunning and heart wrenching interpretation of the Ray Charles' classic I'll Drown In My Tears brought audiences to their knees! All in all, the Johnny Winter LP would go on to become one of the great modern day blues rock albums of all time.



    This album was so jam-packed with gems that underground AND rock radio at the time would play the entire album sides because of the groundbreaking performances contained within the grooves.



    Friday Music announces another installment of their Johnny Winter 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his amazing masterpiece Johnny Winter. This first time audiophile vinyl release is mastered from the original Columbia Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Johnny Winter/Elvis Presley/Jeff Beck) at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI.



    For this special release, the limited edition album comes in a first time gatefold presentation, featuring brand new liner notes and recollections about the sessions from the legendary bluesman himself.



    To keep your album in impeccable condition, also included is a poly lined sleeve to protect your vinyl investment and a poly bag for the stunning album cover art.



    Johnny Winter...A classic blues rock dream release perfect for the audiophile vinyl domain...from your friends at Friday Music. ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!!

    1. I'm Yours & I'm Hers
    2. Be Careful With a Fool
    3. Dallas
    4. Mean Mistreater
    5. Leland Mississippi Blues
    6. Good Morning Little School Girl
    7. When You Got A Good Friend
    8. I'll Drown In My Tears
    9. Back Door Friend
    Johnny Winter
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  • Johnny Winter (Speakers Corner) Johnny Winter (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Johnny Winter (Speakers Corner)

    When an international weekly magazine calls a musician the »white pope of black art«, then it sounds suspiciously like charitableness towards a blues musician in his prime, whose good years are in the past. As if! In the case of Johnny Winter, the reviews of his 2011 tour were just as glowing as in his early years, when Rolling Stone magazine described the gaunt Mississippi bard as »a cross-eyed albino with long fleecy hair playing some of the gutsiest fluid blues guitar you have ever heard«. Intentional or not: Winter was able to win for himself some of the 'rocker' laurels that were reserved for the young Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. But Winter let everyone know that he was only interested in the blues, gutsy, evoking Howlin' Wolf's and Muddy Waters' growling groove, yet nimble-fingered enough on the strings to conjure up astoundingly sleek garlands of sound that fit precisely into each bar of music.



    Winter remains pretty cool when people attempt to identify personal afflictions in his music: When I play blues, I feel good he stated recently to a journalist. That the same goes for over 40 years ago is substantiated by both sides of this debut album.



    Musicians:



    • Johnny Winter (guitar, harmonica, vocal)

    • Edgar Winter (piano, alto saxophone)

    • Albert Wynn Butler (tenor saxophone)

    • Karl Garin (trumpet)

    • Norman Ray (bassoon)

    • Walter 'Shakey' Horton (harmonica)

    • Willie Dixon (bass)

    • Tommy Shannon (bass)

    • 'Uncle' John Turner (drums, percussion)



    Recording: 1969

    Production: Johnny Winter





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. I'm Yours & I'm Hers
    2. Be Careful With a Fool
    3. Dallas
    4. Mean Mistreater
    5. Leland Mississippi Blues
    6. Good Morning Little School Girl
    7. When You Got A Good Friend
    8. I'll Drown In My Tears
    9. Back Door Friend
    Johnny Winter
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Front Porch Sessions

    Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David "Honeyboy" Edwards.


    That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band America's foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev's new release, The Front Porch Sessions. Peyton's dazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev's irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose "When My Baby Left Me" receives a memorable reading.


    "It started as a literal whim on my part, but it turned into something really special," Reverend Peyton says of this new collection. "I wanted it to feel like you're on my front porch. You can almost hear the wood creaking."


    The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener "We Deserve a Happy Ending" to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of "One More Thing" to the rollicking, playful swagger of "Shakey Shirley," "One Bad Shoe" and "Cornbread and Butterbeans." Meanwhile, the instrumentals "It's All Night Long" and "Flying Squirrels" demonstrate the Rev's nimble, imaginative guitar work."


    I didn't have much planned when I went into the studio," the Reverend notes. "I went into the studio with some new songs and some old songs that I've always wanted to try. At first, I thought 'Well, maybe we'll make it a download or release a single.' But it took on a life of its own, and when it was all said and done, I was as proud of it as anything I've ever done. To me, it was a lesson in not overthinking things; I just went in and let my gut guide me."


    We recorded this album at a studio called Farm Fresh, which is right down the street from my house," he continues. "It's in the shade of the oldest poplar tree in Indiana, and there's a graveyard next to it and train tracks run across there. In fact, I think you can hear the train on one track on this record. The studio's in an old church, and the main sanctuary is the tracking room, so the haunting reverb that you hear is that room.


    "We used a lot of vintage gear in the recording. I love that organic sound, and I'm always chasing that in everything I do. I just like things that feel timeless. Feeling timeless to me is way more important than feeling old. When you try to make something sound old, you're trying too hard."


    That lifelong pursuit of musical authenticity was instilled in his musical consciousness while Peyton was growing up in rural Indiana, where his early love for blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles gave him a sense of direction that would soon manifest itself in his own music. He and the Big Damn Band won a large and loyal fan base, thanks to their tireless touring efforts and high-energy showmanship, along with such acclaimed albums as Big Damn Nation, The Gospel Album, The Whole Fam Damnily, The Wages, Between the Ditches, So Delicious and the Charlie Patton tribute disc Peyton on Patton.


    Despite his prior achievements, the Rev views The Front Porch Sessions as a personal creative milestone.


    "This record's very personal for me, because so much of it is just me," he says. "The Big Damn Band is on there, but it's mostly me. There's washboard only in a couple of songs, and the drum kit is a suitcase drum set that we put together in the studio. It's a snapshot of the week we spent in the studio, but it also represents a lifetime of me building up to it."


    The Front Porch Sessions has also spawned a series of audio-vÉritÉ companion videos, many of them shot on the Rev's actual front porch, that embody the album's intimacy and immediacy. "A lot of these songs started on the porch, and that's what the videos are," he says. "I'd be pickin' and go, 'I like the way this sounds, let me get my camera.'"


    Reverend Peyton has already begun to integrate The Front Porch Sessions' spare approach into the Big Damn Band's expansive live shows, which are renowned for their intensity and abandon.


    "In a lot of our shows in the past few years, we'll take a break and I'll come out and do a song or two by myself," he explains. "That brings things down and allows me to do some songs like this. We're definitely gonna be doing more of that, so there's definitely gonna be moments in the shows where you're gonna hear a lot of these songs. We may also do some Front Porch Sessions shows, and maybe present some of our other songs in a more stripped-down way. We did one earlier this year as kind of a test, and that worked really well.


    "Over the years, our shows have gotten more dynamic," he continues. "The ups are more up and the downs are more down. That's something that's important to me. If I go and see a show and someone's just standing there and staring at their feet and singing their songs, I feel insulted. That's not a performance. I want to know that you're living that song, not just regurgitating it. I don't think artists should seem like they're too cool for their audience."


    The Rev's dedication to delivering the goods on stage is reflected in his flamboyant performance persona. "The Rev is me," he states. "Sometimes that freaks people out, because the person who's on stage is exactly the way I am offstage. I don't know how to separate myself from my music, because it's so personal to me. My mom calls me Rev; it's been my nickname since I was a teenager. It was a name that was given to me by some friends, and it sort of stuck.


    "I'm one of those people who feels everything really hard, for better or worse," he continues. "If I'm angry, I'm really angry. If I'm sad, I'm really sad. If I'm happy, I'm really happy. So onstage, I tap into that. There are certain songs that I can't play on some nights, because they're just too sad. That may be the rantings of a crazy person, but it's the God's honest truth."


    With The Front Porch Sessions showcasing his expanded musical palette, Reverend Peyton is excited about bringing his new music to his fans.


    "I really think it's one of the best things I've ever done," he asserts. "I'm interested in making hand-made American music, and the goal is to be timeless."

    1. We Deserve a Happy Ending
    2. When My Baby Left Me
    3. Shakey Shirley
    4. What You Did to the Boy Ain't Right
    5. One Bad Shoe
    6. It's All Night Long
    7. One More Thing
    8. Flying Squirrels
    9. Let Your Light Shine
    10. When You Lose Your Money
    11. Cornbread and Butterbeans
    Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
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